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Sexual assault in the Peace Corps, over 70 dead in Kentucky tornadoes: 5 Things podcast
Today, sexual assault in the Peace Corps. Donovan Slack:Earlier this year, we published our larger investigation about sexual assault in the Peace Corps. We found that the Peace Corps wasn't doing enough to protect volunteers from being sexually assaulted in the first place. We really did a deep dive on the data and analyzed five years worth of data that the Peace Corps had given to us. They said, they're really not happy with the way that the Peace Corps has responded.
Lane Kiffin rants about transfer portal: 'They're going where they're going to get paid the most'
— Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin is done ignoring what the transfer portal has done to college football recruiting. There are plenty of players in the transfer portal because the coach who recruited them was fired or left for another job. There are no such windows for the transfer portal. Unless, of course, more Ole Miss players start putting their names in the portal. "There are just a lot of things happening from what was initially a really good idea to help the kids," Kiffin said.
Visitors to Hawaii are enjoying an unexpected taste of Italy
She says, “The Italian food in Hawaii has improved over the past several years, as more chefs are traveling, expanding their horizons and learning about new techniques that Italian chefs use. He says, “There’s a small, close-knit Italian community here in Hawaii that makes some great Italian food of all kinds that are worth checking out. Executive chef Hiroyuki Mimura is originally from Japan and has extensive experience using Italian techniques in award-winning restaurants in Italy. A native from Bari, Italy, Pasquale arrived in Hawaii a few years ago as an importer of Italian foods. He describes his menu as “Capri meets Hawaii,” and it features elegant yet flavorful items from Southern Italy.
Kid’s KN95 masks are back in stock now, in time for the holiday season
The holiday busy season is here in full swing, so no one wants to get sick this winter — especially kids, who are the latest to be approved for the COVID-19 vaccine. Luckily, WellBefore has just restocked its line of kid’s KN95 masks and surgical masks, offering protection when we need it most. “Due to the uncertainty of when the surges occur, that means stock of popular items such as kids masks can fluctuate in availability. “WellBefore was the pioneer in affordable and quality kids KN95 and 3 layer masks,” Amin said. For the traditional surgical style, the Kid’s 3-Ply masks are a great option, and at only $0.23 per mask, they are super affordable and easy to stock up on.
Eric Adams supports Hochul’s ‘non-invasive’ vaccine-or-mask mandate
Mayor-elect Eric Adams expressed unequivocal support Tuesday for Gov. Kathy Hochul’s vaccine-or-mask requirement for New York State businesses amid the spread of the Omicron variant. Kathy Hochul instituted a new mask mandate that force patrons dining inside to either wear a mask all the time or show proof of vaccination. Mayor-elect Eric Adams has said that he will personally look into Bill De Blasio’s mask mandate when he takes over in January. Meanwhile, Adams was non-committal on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s private-sector vaccine requirement — scheduled to take effect Dec. 27, five days before Adams takes office.
Opinion : After Ron Johnson’s Listerine push, no product is certain it won’t be billed as covid-19 treatment
“Maybe we’d better put out a preemptive statement of some kind,” observed the small-business owner of the firm A Box Of Crickets To Feed To Your Snake Or Do Something Else With, Once They’re Yours We Don’t Look Into It Too Closely, The Crickets Are Your Responsibility Now, But We Assume You’re Not Doing Anything Too Weird With Them. “I guess we could put it in the business name. It’s already very unwieldy, and adding ‘Also They Don’t Have Any Effect On COVID-19! In Case That Was Something You Thought Might Be The Case, It’s Not!’ wouldn’t change too much."
Kristi Noem introducing women's sports bill limiting participation based on sex on birth certificate
Kristi Noem, R-S.D., plans to introduce legislation that would limit participation in female sports – both at the collegiate and K-12 levels -- based on the sex identified on an athlete's birth certificate, Fox News has learned. Expected Tuesday, the bill would make good on a promise Noem delivered when she controversially vetoed a similar bill from the state legislature. A draft bill obtained by Fox News showed Noem restricting athletic participation based on "biological sex," which it defines in reference to that which is identified on the student's birth certificate. In rejecting the legislature's bill, Noem had argued its language would create a "litigation hazard" for the state. That timeline is important, because their working relationship far pre-dates his work for Sanford Health.
Cuomo torched by mob boss Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano over nursing home scandal: 'I would never do that'
Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was torched by a former mob boss over the Democrat’s COVID nursing home scandal, saying that he "would never do that." CHRIS CUOMO SOUGHT TO DISCREDIT FOX NEWS’ JANICE DEAN FOR SPEAKING OUT ON BROTHER’S NURSING HOME SCANDAL"I hate to get into Governor Cuomo. "One, because he’s Italian and I’m embarrassed to have someone do what he did as an Italian," The Bull continued. The host also said that the mobsters were "no fans" of Cuomo "at all" as well as his younger brother, Chris Cuomo. The former governor resigned in disgrace earlier this year amid the nursing home scandal and multiple sexual harassment allegations.
Miss America Pageant turns 100 years old
As Miss America turns 100, a major question remains unanswered: Is she still relevant? Faithful Miss America organizers and enthusiasts contend the annual ritual is here to stay and will keep changing with the times. Miss America President and CEO Shantel Krebs, a former South Dakota secretary of state who does not take a salary, contends the Miss America organization is "committed to diversity, equity and inclusion." "I say in the book that it’s always been in dialogue with feminism, but behind feminism," Mifflin said of the Miss America competition. The change was made possible by a donation from Miss America 1996 Shawntel Smith Wuerch and her husband Ryan Wuerch.
Bill Gates: ‘Conspiracy theories that unfortunately involve me’ are keeping many Americans from the Covid vaccines
Since the start of the pandemic, billionaire health philanthropist Bill Gates has been a target for bizarre Covid conspiracy theories. Now, Gates says, those rumors and pieces of disinformation are keeping many Americans from getting vaccinated against Covid — and delaying the end of the pandemic by doing so. In a blog post last week, Gates wrote that "conspiracy theories that unfortunately involve me" have impacted Covid vaccine uptake in the United States, adding that he expected vaccination rates to be much higher by now. To date, 61% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against Covid, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both myths are false: Experts say the CDC may actually be undercounting Covid deaths, and there's no scientifically sound evidence that the country's Covid vaccines can cause any fertility issues.
Covid pill could come in time for a potential Christmas surge, says Dr. Kavita Patel
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCovid pill could come in time for a potential Christmas surge, says Dr. Kavita PatelDr. Kavita Patel, former White House health policy director and fellow at the Brookings Institution, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the latest data from Pfizer over its Covid-19 pill.
U.S. Covid shot distribution faces new challenges in year two, UPS vaccine logistics head says
The next phase of the U.S. Covid vaccination distribution effort will be challenging, the president of UPS Healthcare told CNBC, as Tuesday marks one year since the initial shipments. UPS and FedEx are the U.S. government partners in Covid vaccine distribution, which began under what was originally called "Operation Warp Speed" in the Trump administration. "The key is flow, it's all about flow," now-retired U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna told CNBC, referring to how to sustain the vaccine rollout. Perna was chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed and continued to serve under the Biden administration before retiring in July. So, you want flow," Perna said.
People are still struggling to replace the social part of office life — use these 4 tips to feel less lonely
The Covid-19 pandemic is still lingering, and workers across the world are feeling lonelier because of it. According to new research, 72% of global workers say they feel lonely at least monthly, while 55% say they feel it at least weekly. One of their biggest takeaways: Many people are still struggling to replace the social element of the in-person office. "A lot of employees see work as kind of a pseudo-lifeline to be able to have meaningful relationships that they want in life," Van Cohen tells CNBC Make It. That's partially due to Covid — and partially due to employer shortcomings, Van Cohen says, noting that many companies aren't devoting enough time and energy to encouraging quality peer-to-peer and manager-employee relationships.
Opinion: What Elon Musk as 'Person of the Year' says about us
Musk, of course, is the chief executive of SpaceX and Tesla, two businesses at the forefront of innovation. Time's announcement of Musk as its pick for the title began by describing him as "the richest man in the world." What's even worse, Musk has discouraged other people with resources from helping their fellow human beings in need. It's also abundantly clear that Musk is not a man in need of further attention. Join us on Twitter and FacebookWe can all be interested in futuristic advances without venerating boy-men like Musk whose personal behavior is anything but exemplary.
British PM Johnson faces rebellion in parliament over COVID measures
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson records an address to the nation, to provide an update on the booster vaccine COVID-19 programme at Downing Street, London, Britain December 12, 2021. It's yet another blow to a prime minister already under pressure over reported parties in his Downing Street office last year when such gatherings were banned, a pricey refurbishment of his apartment and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. "Boris on a bad day is better than any of the other wannabes on a good day," said one veteran Conservative. Conservative former minister, David Johnson, described the move to introduce COVID passes as "quite wrong". "People should certainly be encouraged to have the vaccine ... but ultimately people have to take responsibility for their own health," he told Reuters.
6 Workplace Lessons from 2021 to Carry Into Next Year
Check out Charter’s Reset Work package of tools, resources, and services to help your team navigate this next phase. Look no further than your employer’s return-to-office timeline (versions one, two, 12…) to understand just how much remains out of our control. What 2022 will demand of workers is not just the acceptance of uncertainty, but an ability to pivot. The Chief Diversity Officer can’t fix everything. Chief diversity officers often have remarkably short tenures, driven out by a lack of resources and lackluster support.
BioNTech/Pfizer protects against hospitalization in South African Omicron wave
While the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine only showed protection of 33 percent against infection, people still had 70 percent protection against hospitalization. That compares to data indicating 93 percent protection during an earlier wave largely caused by the Delta variant. Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, said the analysis was very encouraging. Worryingly, the data indicated that children have a 20 percent higher risk of admission for complications when infected with Omicron. However, Shirley Collie, chief health analytics actuary at Discovery Health, said children were still 51 percent less likely to test positive during the Omicron wave and the risk still remains low.
Paul Gosar becomes latest GOP hypocrite to take credit for Covid relief he opposed
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona became the latest shameless Republican lawmaker to take credit for a federal Covid-19 relief package he vehemently opposed. He’s effectively declared war on progressive politics of any kind — except when he can use their benefits to earn kudos. Gosar is just a two-faced politician whose self-serving hypocrisy explains, in part, why his own siblings revile him. But Gosar voted against the relief plan — twice. It's clear Gosar is just a two-faced politician whose self-serving hypocrisy explains, in part, why his own siblings revile him.
Fleeing the Gilded Cage
Fleeing the Gilded Cage The COVID shutdown stalled careers. In March 2020, opera singers, like all performing arts professionals, suddenly found themselves facing weeks, then months, then whole seasons without any income at all. "All these events, it wouldn't have happened any other way," Liverman says. In the United States, opera singers are freelancers: Regardless of how famous you are, you don't have the luxury of a regular salary or job security. Opera singers face a lot of other constraints, as well.
Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison
A court in Belarus on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated. A court in Belarus on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated.
COVID toll nears 800,000 to close out year filled with death
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Carolyn Burnett is bracing for her first Christmas without her son Chris, a beloved high school football coach whose outdoor memorial service drew a crowd of hundreds. School administrators tweeted heartfelt condolences, praising his passion in coaching running backs at Olathe East High School. And he was honored with an inspiration award at a ceremony that recognizes the region’s best high school athletes. “Here’s what I’m going to say to COVID: ‘Up yours.’ I’m getting a Zoom call going, and there you have it. You’re going to do what you’re going to do and you’re going to kill this person.
What is parosmia? COVID long-haulers speak out about the strange symptom making everything they eat taste and smell like ‘garbage’
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a change in taste and smell is on the list of potential long haul COVID symptoms. Cano says she forces herself to eat two Cliff Bars a day — not because they don't taste terrible, but because they're quick to scarf down. "Things taste like garbage. While her taste and smell symptoms subsided eight or nine months after her experience with COVID, they came on full force when she became pregnant. "For me, right now, I'm worried that I won't be able to enjoy my baby when she comes — her newborn baby smell, things like that.
E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average (YM) Futures Technical Analysis – Momentum Shifts to Down Under 35488
At 20:49 GMT, March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are trading 35651, down 224 or -0.62%. Daily March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial AverageDaily Swing Chart Technical AnalysisThe main trend is down according to the daily swing chart, however, momentum is trending higher. The E-mini Dow is currently trading on the weak side of its pivot at 35759, making it new resistance. If the minor trend changes to down then its retracement zone at 34945 to 34689 will become the primary downside target. Daily Swing Chart Technical ForecastThe direction of the March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average into the close on Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to 35875.
AMC, GameStop short sellers make a comeback as meme stocks buckle
AMC, GameStop short sellers make a comeback as meme stocks buckle FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at a GameStop in Manhattan, New YorkBy Medha Singh(Reuters) - Shares of AMC Entertainment and GameStop dropped further in early trading on Tuesday, extending declines that have helped short sellers recover more than $1 billion in losses in December. Both companies were at the heart of the meme stocks phenomenon earlier this year, when individual investors coordinated on online message boards to fuel stunning rallies that cost short sellers billions of dollars. GameStop short interest has shot up to 14% from 11% in the same period. Insider selling at AMC last week added to worries over the Omicron coronavirus variant denting a recovery in theater attendance. Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research, said AMC investors are worried about the reopening trade, with comments from the UK that Omicron infections could become a tidal wave weighing on the sentiment.
UPDATE 1-Higher risk of heart complications from COVID-19 than vaccines -study
(Adds details on study, expert comment, background)Dec 14 (Reuters) - COVID-19 infections are more likely to trigger rare cardiovascular complications such as heart inflammation and irregular heartbeat than vaccines, a British study showed on Tuesday, after scientists parsed data of about 38 million vaccinated people. The study, published in the Nature Medicine journal https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01630-0), compared the risks of myocarditis, pericarditis and cardiac arrhythmia following a first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccines – from AstraZeneca-Oxford, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna - with coronavirus infections. The study, led by Oxford University researchers, found an increased risk of myocarditis with first doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines and both doses of Moderna's shot, but the risk was much higher after a COVID-19 infection. An analysis by age also showed that higher risk of myocarditis associated with mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna was present only in those younger than 40 years of age, researchers said. But this solid, scientifically robust paper supports and confirms this," said Dr Peter English, a retired consultant in communicable disease control.
UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate readies vote on debt-limit hike, averting default risk
Both Democratic and Republican aides said the Senate was expected to vote on passage later on Tuesday, following a months-long standoff. The chamber has allowed for up to 10 hours of debate, which could push the vote into the evening. Democrats, who narrowly control the Senate and the House, have yet to disclose the size of the increase. The debt ceiling fight and another self-created crisis, passing a bill to continue to fund the government through February, occupied much of Congress' time this month, and members in both chambers are now eager to begin lengthy holiday breaks. Votes to lift the country's debt ceiling have taken place on a regular basis since World War One.
India's Nov WPI inflation hits a record of 14.23% y/y
Annual wholesale price-based inflation rose to 14.23% in November, its highest since April 2005, according to data from Refinitiv, against 12.54% the previous month, government data showed on Tuesday. The gap between retail and wholesale price-based inflation has widened in recent months as many companies and retailers are struggle to absorb galloping input costs that threaten their bottom lines. Wholesale inflation has remained in double-digits for the eighth month in a row while headline retail inflation is hovering near 5%, or within the central bank's target of 2% to 6%. Wholesale fuel and power prices rose 39.81% on the year versus 37.18% in October, while manufactured product prices rose 11.92%, against 12.04% in the prior month. Wholesale prices of food accelerated at a 6.70% pace in November from a year earlier, versus 3.06% the previous month.
Stock market news live updates: Stocks close at a record as investors look beyond hot inflation
Stocks ended Friday at a record level as investors shrugged off a key inflation report ahead of the Federal Reserve's final policy-setting meeting of the year next week. The S&P 500 jumped nearly 1% to log a record closing high. The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed yet another multi-decade high rate of inflation for November. ET: Ford shares jump to the highest in two decades after founder's grandson spends $20 million in share purchasesShares of automaker Ford (F) jumped Friday afternoon to reach their highest level since 2001. ET: CPI inflation posts biggest year-over-year increase since 1982The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index showed the largest annual increase in inflation since 1982, signaling persistently elevated price pressures in the U.S. economy.
Stocks start lower after jump in wholesale prices last month
Stocks are opening lower again on Wall Street Tuesday as traders took in the latest sign that inflation is still running high. The S&P 500 index gave up 0.5% in the early going. Treasury yields rose after the latest report on inflation, which showed that wholesale prices jumped a record 9.6% in November from a year earlier, more than expected. That shows how inflation is impacting costs for businesses and is important given the Fed meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. China Evergrande Group's shares gave up 7%.
US STOCKS-Wall Street edges lower on Omicron worries; Fed meeting awaited
Seven of the 11 major S&P 500 sector indexes fell in early trading, with only defensive plays including consumer staples , utilities and real estate gaining. Travel-related stocks also fell after at least one patient died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Shares of Carnival Corp fell nearly 6% to lead declines among cruise operators, while the S&P 1500 airlines index shed 3.4%. Apple Inc shares rose 0.8% after J.P. Morgan raised its price target on the iPhone maker's shares to the highest on Wall Street. The S&P index recorded 34 new 52-week highs and one new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 24 new highs and 110 new lows.
Rentokil slumps after £5.1bn deal makes it world's biggest rat catcher - live updates
Rentokil Terminix takeover £5.1bn pest control - Jonathan Brady/PA WireShares in Rentokil have dropped as shareholders reacted to a takeover deal that will make it the world’s largest pest control company. The FTSE 100 firm has agreed to buy US rival Terminix in a cash-and-share deal worth $6.7bn (£5.1bn). The drug maker also said the treatment appears to be effective against the Omicron variant. 10:32 AMPfizer jab gives 70pc protection against omicron hospitalisationTwo doses of Pfizer's Covid vaccine gives 70pc protection against hospitalisation with the omicron variant, according to a major new real-world study. They've risen to a record high of 1.22m, suggesting the UK market is still grappling with a chronic shortage of workers.
Rentokil to Buy Terminix in $6.7 Billion Pest-Control Deal
(Bloomberg) -- Rentokil Initial Plc agreed to buy Terminix Global Holdings Inc. to expand in the U.S., the world’s largest pest-control market. Most Read from BloombergThe stock-and-cash transaction values the company at $6.7 billion with an implied price of $55 per share, according to a statement. Rentokil shares rose as much as 6% in London trading, before paring those gains. Overseas DealsThe transaction marks a rare overseas deal for a U.K. company at a time when investors have been discouraging London-listed firms from making bold acquisitions. (Updates with M&A comparisons)Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental pill to treat COVID-19 appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
GameStop, AMC Drag Meme Stock Group to 7-Month Low
The volatility for meme stocks is nothing new as massive rallies and rapid selloffs for the group is the status quo. AMC Entertainment is up almost 1,000% this year and GameStop shares have rallied 620% -- outperforming the group’s 44% rise. Dip-BuyingGameStop Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., the two best-known meme stocks, have been the biggest drags on the group since mid-November. AMC Entertainment has been caught in a selloff alongside reopening-trade stocks and as key executives sold shares. Retail traders on Fidelity’s platform rushed to buy shares of AMC Entertainment after the 18% dip and GameStop’s 14% drop on Monday.
Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Close Into Voting Trust
KANSAS CITY, Mo., December 14, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) ("KCS") today announced the completion of its sale to Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP, NYSE: CP) ("CP"). The STB’s approval of CP’s control of KCS would create Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited ("CPKC"), the only single-line railroad linking the United States, Mexico and Canada. ?BofA Securities and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to Kansas City Southern. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Baker & Miller PLLC, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, WilmerHale, and White & Case, S.C. are serving as legal counsel to Kansas City Southern. CP-IRABOUT KCSHeadquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.
US STOCKS-Futures fall after PPI data as Fed meet looms
The fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant also tamped down the mood after the S&P 500 index hit an all-time closing high late last week. Market participants are expecting a hawkish tone from the Fed at the end of its two-day meeting on Wednesday. The U.S. central bank will likely signal a faster wind-down of asset purchases, and thus, a quicker start to interest rate hikes in order to contain the rapid rise in prices. A Reuters poll of economists sees the central bank hiking interest rates from near zero to 0.25%-0.50% in the third quarter of next year, followed by another in the fourth quarter. Software tech firms Datadog, Akamai Tech, and Cloudflare dropped between 3.0% and 6.0% after J.P.Morgan downgraded the stocks.
Lane Kiffin rants about transfer portal: 'They're going where they're going to get paid the most'
— Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin is done ignoring what the transfer portal has done to college football recruiting. There are plenty of players in the transfer portal because the coach who recruited them was fired or left for another job. Unless, of course, more Ole Miss players start putting their names in the portal. "There are just a lot of things happening from what was initially a really good idea to help the kids," Kiffin said. This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Lane Kiffin rants about recruiting issues created by transfer portal
NFL Power Rankings: Aaron Rodgers is Packers' star, but don't ignore coach Matt LaFleur
Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have contributed to a lot of wins together. Atlanta Falcons (6-7, LW: 26)Cordarrelle Patterson started out this season as a gadget player doing a little bit of everything. Miami Dolphins (6-7, LW: 21)DeVante Parker could have a nice impact down the stretch. Washington Football Team (6-7, LW: 17)Not only did Washington lose, Taylor Heinicke was banged up and Terry McLaurin suffered a concussion. If he has to miss the game that's a big loss for the Chargers offense, which is already monitoring the health of Austin Ekeler's ankle.
Investors hoard cash as market braces for potentially hawkish Fed meeting
ReutersLONDON (Reuters) -European shares clung to gains on Tuesday while Wall Street looked set to fall, as investors nervously eyed the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and sat on the sidelines before numerous central bank decisions due this week. Despite fears that Omicron is spurring another round of government restrictions that will slow economic growth, stock markets have held up well and rebounded fast - the S&P 500 last week enjoyed its strongest week since early February. There is plenty for investors to be nervous about as policymakers at the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England weigh the pace of interest rate rises needed to curb higher inflation. "Everyone has their hands in their pockets at the moment, first because of the major (central bank) events that are coming up and also because most people had a fairly successful year and don't want to blow it at the end of the year," said Colin Asher, Senior Economist at Japanese bank Mizuho.
Pfizer finds COVID pill 89% effective, some hospitals drop vaccine mandates amid labor shortage
The HillPfizer announced Tuesday that a study found that its oral, antiviral COVID-19 pill Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89 percent in high-risk patients.Pfizer said that the 2,246 patients in the study were given the pill within three days of symptom onset, adding that they had mild to moderate symptoms as well as an underlying medical condition or an increased risk of becoming severely infected by COVID-19. The company said...
Sign at Alaska IHOP blames Biden 'free money' for staffing woes: 'Nobody wants to work anymore'
A sign at an IHOP in Alaska said the franchised restaurant was reducing hours because of staff shortages and blamed President Biden's COVID-19 relief programs. "Due to the fact that Biden gave out way too much free money and nobody wants to work anymore, we are forced to reduce our hours during this week," the typed sign posted to the counter at an IHOP in Wasilla, Alaska, reads. "I know we’re just one small family, and we don’t matter, but we can’t eat at a place that condones this," the user wrote. When I see a sign posted by a restaurant door, I am always prepared to turn around and walk away if it’s this kind of entitled, anti-worker non-sense. People are rethinking their priorities and working for min wage minus taxes during a pandemic w no benefits ain’t the lure you might think it is," another user wrote.
Disney Stock: Jim Cramer Says It's Time to Buy. Is It?
Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report was founded in 1923, so it’s no stranger to volatility. Those worries have led to new volatility in Disney’s stock. Figure 1: Disney stock price throughout 2021. data from Yahoo FinanceBut even though Disney looks to be on the decline, there are still investors who believe right now is a great time to buy its shares. CNBC(Read more from MavenFlix: Roku Stock: Why It Spiked This Week)Where Jim Cramer Thinks Disney Is HeadedThe CNBC host recently told viewers he believes Disney is a buy, even after losing one-third of its share price since March. Cramer emphasized to his viewers that it’s Disney’s stock that’s “broken,” not the company.
Premarket Movers Tuesday as Meme Stocks Extend Slide
Stock futures dropped Tuesday as investors await the Federal Reserve's meeting to discuss the pace of the stimulus taper. GameStop GME | Down 4.3%Shares of GameStop (GME) - Get GameStop Corp. Class A Report slipped early Tuesday after they fell nearly 14% on Monday. Beyond Meat BYND | Up 3.4%Shares of Beyond Meat (BYND) - Get Beyond Meat, Inc. Report jumped. Ralph Lauren RL | Down 4.7%Shares of Ralph Lauren (RL) - Get Ralph Lauren Corporation Class A Report slipped ahead of the bell after analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded the retailer to sell from buy. AMC Entertainment AMC | Down 9.3%Shares of AMC Entertainment (AMC) - Get AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Class A Report fell after dropping 15% on Monday.
Tom Bissell learned to let go of literary ambition. It made his fiction better
On the Shelf Creative Types: And Other Stories By Tom BissellPantheon: 224 pages, $27If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookstores. When a writer writes a short story about a writer, there’s always a temptation to read it as autobiographical. For many years Bissell subsidized his literary fiction by writing long travel pieces for magazines, but after the recession in 2008, those assignments vanished virtually overnight. After publishing the book “Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter,” Bissell received opportunities to work in the industry he’d written about. He revisits this period in “Love Story, with Cocaine,” a piece in the new collection about a former video game writer.
Why do we get side effects from vaccines? Experts say that means it’s working
All three of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. effectively work in the same way, said Dr. David Pride, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Diego. But your body will detect them and think an infection is underway, prompting the immune system to swing into action, Pride said. In other words, having no side effects doesn’t mean the vaccine is not working, and having more side effects doesn’t mean it’s working better. California How to handle another COVID holiday season The 2021 holidays will be much different from 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccinations are almost always given in a series, and the COVID-19 vaccine is turning out to be no different.
‘Spencer’ costumes evoke Princess Diana without duplicating her look
“Icon” is a term so overused it rarely feels accurate, except perhaps in discussing Diana Spencer. Kristen Stewart sports a plaid jacket as Princess Diana in “Spencer.” (Neon / Topic Studios)Tell us about Chanel’s involvement with the film. We mixed the Chanel red coat with a look Diana wore at Sandringham at Christmas once and came up with this look. Kristen Stewart wears a low V-back silk gown with pearls as Princess Diana in “Spencer” with Sally Hawkins as Maggie. Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in “Spencer”.
The best albums of 2021, ranked. Music from St. Vincent, Genesis Owusu, Sault and more
You'll find a mix of all those types of records in this unabashedly subjective countdown of the year's best albums. "In the final scene, there's a final girl and you know that she should be screaming." Idehen returns for the final track, a cacophonous free-jazz explosion that finds the poet signing off with "You already have the world! That's gotta be one of the 20 best lines to be found on the opening track of an album that's loaded with lyrics that leap off the record. By the second track, he's rapping with abandon to a funky synth-pop groove before seemingly running his voice through a vocoder backward to brilliant robotic effect on the dreamy future-soul of "Centrefold."
Former Pinnacle QB Spencer Rattler will take his game to South Carolina
Former Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback Spencer Rattler announced on social media Monday night that his next college chapter is taking him to the University of South Carolina. Rattler simply wrote, "Excited for the next chapter!" Rattler came out of Pinnacle in 2019 as the top-rated quarterback in the nation. They play North Carolina Dec. 30 on ESPN in the Duke's Mayo Bowl. This is a big coup for South Carolina, where he is expected to be the starter from day one.
Dear Doctor: How long should I wait after contracting COVID to get the vaccine?
-- P.M.ANSWER: In general, people can expect to have symptoms of acute COVID-19 infection for up to four weeks after the onset of symptoms. Roughly a third of people with symptomatic COVID-19 symptoms will have persistent symptoms. I do recommend vaccination after COVID-19 infection, with or without persistent symptoms. The risk of being infected again within three months of COVID-19 infection is very low. -- L.A.ANSWER: Uterine bleeding in a woman after menopause always raises the concern for endometrial (uterine) cancer, although only about 10% of cases turn out to be cancer.
As expanded child tax credit expires, Dems push for extension
The parents and guardians of more than 3.5 million children in New York have qualified for monthly payments of up to $300 a month under the expanded child tax credit, which was included in the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress in March. The plan approved by House Democrats also seeks to lower the income criteria to qualify for the advance monthly payments. Currently most households earning $440,000 or less qualified for some level of the expanded credit and could opt into the monthly payments. The federal government has issued $77 billion in total monthly payments from July to November this year, according to the Treasury Department. The child tax credit has helped families — especially those that have really struggled — to be able to meet the basic needs of their families and the prospect of losing this credit is anxious-making for many."
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
By MATTHEW PERRONEWASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental pill to treat COVID-19 appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations. She said the Pfizer pill, if authorized by the FDA, “will be another great tool, but we need to diagnose people early.”
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
The data were gathered from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7, during which time omicron was first spotted by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, and may change as time passes. Experts now say that omicron accounts for more than 90% of all new infections in South Africa, according to Discovery Health chief executive Dr. Ryan Noach. Researchers around the world are rushing to figure out what omicron will mean for the coronavirus pandemic now well into its second year. In the weeks since omicron was detected, South Africa has experienced rapid spread of the virus — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng. The U.K. Health Security Agency said Friday that new data from the U.K. confirm that omicron is more easily transmissible than other variants.
Stocks start lower after jump in wholesale prices last month
Associated PressStocks are opening lower again on Wall Street Tuesday as traders took in the latest sign that inflation is still running high. The S&P 500 index gave up 0.5% in the early going. Treasury yields rose after the latest report on inflation, which showed that wholesale prices jumped a record 9.6% in November from a year earlier, more than expected. Federal Reserve policymakers began a two-day meeting Tuesday at which they’re expected to speed up the withdrawal of economic stimulus measures. That shows how inflation is impacting costs for businesses and is important given the Fed meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kroger ending some COVID-19 benefits for unvaccinated staff
Michelle ChapmanAssociated PressKroger, the country’s biggest traditional grocery chain, is ending some benefits for unvaccinated workers as big employers attempt to compel more of their workforce to become vaccinated with cases of COVID-19 again rising. Unvaccinated workers in that category will pay a monthly $50 surcharge for their company health plan. Delta Airlines announced it August that it would charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The airline also said at that time that it would stop extending pay protection to unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 on Sept. 30, and would require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly beginning Sept. 12, although Delta will cover the cost. Unvaccinated employees also have to wear masks in all indoor company settings.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
Meet Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson: 'I see myself as a conversation facilitator'
About Amelia Robinson:New opinion editor seeks community conversationsWe wrote every article in pencil and drew photos and cartoons with crayons and scented magic markers for the first and only edition of the "Amelia Times." She was one of the biggest role models of my life and probably has no clue. Columbus Conversation series:'We have a housing crisis in Greater Columbus.' Amelia Robinson column:Public needs to know details of Ma'Khia Bryant's life and death while in our careWhat is your favorite Greater Columbus tradition? Your subscription supports work like thisAmelia's work and all the journalists at The Dispatch rely on the Greater Columbus community's support to put out essential news, commentary, analysis and more.
'There’s just no give on their position': COVID killing 2.3 times faster in Trump counties
A registered Republican from a conservative family, Bates and her husband have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since April to protect their young son. “I realized pretty quickly that I was on a different side of the issue than my family,” Bates, 31, said. Also clustered in Appalachian counties near Portsmouth, the counties of Brown and Adams are each four COVID deaths away from surpassing the death toll of the first 15 months of the pandemic. Votes predict vaccination ratesPolitical ties to vaccination and death rates mirror national reports and holds true across Ohio. Even age, the single most common factor in deaths, has little influence on predicting community vaccination rates or deaths during the delta surge.
29 great gifts that give back to the community
To help you buy gifts that you feel good about (and that benefit more than just your giftee), we at Reviewed have rounded up 29 amazing presents from brands that give back. For the one with opinions about socks: Bombas socksNever underestimate the value of a good pair of socks. For the frequent bather: Hand in Hand soapEveryone can use a nice, fragrant bar of soap in their stocking. For every bar of soap purchased, Hand in Hand donates a soap bar, plus a month of clean water to a child in need. For the well-adorned one: Pura Vida braceletPura Vida has a whole collection of charity bracelets, each of which support a different cause.
The new normal? Only 42 percent of Americans feel optimistic about post-pandemic life
New survey shows that nearly 2 in 5 Americans rate their current mental health as ‘fair-to-poor,’ while more than half say the same about their sleep quality. In fact, just 42 percent feel optimistic about post-pandemic life, with most saying that the “new normal” of fearing viruses and overwhelming stress is impacting their well-being. Results show two in three American adults say the pandemic continues to affect at least one aspect of their health and well-being. Moreover, more women and millennials say living through COVID is increasing their levels of stress and anxiety compared to other adults. Four in 10 Americans say they feel “well-rested” after waking up less than half of the time.
NFL Mandates Booster Shot for Coaches and Staff After Record Number of Players Test Positive for Covid
The NFL distributed a memo to all teams Monday night, announcing Tier 1 and 2 personnel are now mandated to receive a Covid booster shot by Dec. 27. The announcement comes after 37 players tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, a new record since the league implemented its testing protocols in 2020. The previous high occurred earlier this year, when 24 players tested positive on July 28. A Tier 3 staffer reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid this week. Tier 1 personnel include players, coaches, physicians, trainers and necessary personnel who require direct contact with players.
Pubs, shops and restaurants could be forced to shut in January as Omicron rips through Britain sparking staff shortages
PUBS, shops and restaurants could be forced to shut in January because so many workers will be off sick with Omicron. In a "bleak" update to Cabinet the PM and chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned the new variant is set to spark staff shortages. MPs and businesses are afraid that Plan B measures could escalate to a greater squeeze after Christmas if Omicron continues to rip. Tory MP Danny Kruger also revealed that the PM suggested there could be another lockdown if Plan B measures don't work. But Tories are worried that the Plan B measures would naturally lead to harsher curbs in the coming months.
What pandemic? Miami airport sets Thanksgiving travel record
About 3.9 million passengers passed through security last month, a 6% rise from 3.7 million ticketed passengers in November 2019, airport officials said Monday. Thanksgiving holiday travel, the full return of Miami Art Week and the end of U.S. travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens coming from 33 countries helped boost November numbers. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the airport recorded its busiest day on record with 164,000 passengers. And during the entire 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, 1.7 million passengers passed through the airport, 14% more than the same period in 2019. And the airport recorded its second-busiest day on Sunday, with 163,000 passengers, officials said.
Risk of DUAL infection from Omicron and Delta in the near future, top vaccine boss warns
THERE is a very real risk of getting a "duel infection" from both Omicron and Delta, a top vaccine boss has warned today. Dr Paul Burton, chief medical officer for Moderna, said: "In the near future these two viruses are going to coexists." 2 There is now a risk of dual infection with both Omicron and Delta, an expert has warnedHe made the warning as he spoke to the Science and Technology Committee this morning. He added: "Omicron is going to infect people with a very strong background of Delta. "We expect to see Omicron displace Delta there but they are going to co exist together in other places for longer."
Five new Omicron symptoms including night sweats and how it differs from original Covid
Symptoms of the Omicron variant of coronavirus appear to be different from previous strains, doctors and epidemiologists believe. Growing concerns over the Omicron variant have led to speculation over fresh restrictions to stop the new strand overwhelming the NHS. The NHS website is asking that anyone with the three traditional symptoms of coronavirus get a free PCR test as soon as possible, Mirror Online reports. She said her patients presented symptoms of extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, scratchy throat and dry cough. At a briefing convened by South Africa's Department of Health, GP Unben Pillay listed the symptoms that Omicron patients were reporting.
Premier League clubs to discuss growing Covid crisis amid fears over fixture congestion
Premier League clubs will discuss the growing Covid crisis at a meeting on Tuesday. The Premier League last week brought in emergency Covid measures and are hopeful that they will have an effect. What are the Premier League and English Football League doing to contain their Covid crisis? How do the Premier League decide if a game should be postponed? Premier League fixtures can, in exceptional circumstances, also be rescheduled on Uefa dates during Champions League weeks.
Nicola Sturgeon announcement: Limit mixing to three households in run-up to Christmas to fight omicron
Nicola Sturgeon has urged people across Scotland to limit their socialising to three households before and after Christmas to help combat the omicron coronavirus variant. In a statement at the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish First Minister warned that omicron cases were "increasing exponentially - faster than any variant that has gone before it". She stressed she was "not asking anyone to cancel Christmas", but advised people to limit their socialising either side of the holiday. She added: "My key request today is this: before and immediately after Christmas, please minimise your social mixing with other households as much as you can. "Getting fully vaccinated is the best thing any of us can do to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the country.
UK to remove all countries from COVID travel red list from Wednesday
LONDON -Britain will remove all 11 countries from its COVID-19 travel red list from Wednesday because there is now community transmission of Omicron, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament. “Now that there is community transmission of Omicron in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely across the world, the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad,” Javid said. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said these testing measures would be reviewed in the first week of January. “As always, we keep all our travel measures under review and we may impose new restrictions should there be a need to do so to protect public health,” he said on Twitter. The 11 countries which will be removed from the list are Angola, Botswana, Eswantini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Covid UK: Government ministers to remove all countries from travel red list as Omicron runs rampant
Sajid Javid today confirmed all countries will be removed from the Government's international travel red list from 4am tomorrow because Omicron is already running rampant in the UK. As a result he said the red list is 'now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad'. The 11 countries on the list are: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The red list was reintroduced last month following the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant as ministers tried to prevent importing cases into the UK. Despite the change on the red list, tougher travel testing rules introduced in response to Omicron will remain in place.
'Mentally disciplined' Queen 'compartmentalises' to cope, royal expert claims
The 'mentally disciplined' Queen 'compartmentalises' to cope with heartbreak of losing Prince Philip and Megxit scandal, a royal expert has claimed. She is mentally disciplined and that has helped her through these 70 years. The 'mentally disciplined' Queen, 95, 'compartmentalises' to cope with heartbreak of losing Prince Philip and Megxit scandal, a royal expert has claimed'It has enabled her to deal with all the things and not allow things to overwhelm her. Meanwhile a source also revealed the royal has been able to 'keeps things separate between family and official issues.' The Queen was last seen in public at a Windsor Castle reception on October 19.
NFL sets single-day record with 37 new COVID cases among players as one staffer contracts Omicron
The 37 new cases of COVID-19 are the most infections the NFL has recorded in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The league's requirement extends to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals who have previously received the vaccine. A person who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot. An individual who is in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID-19 test under the league protocols. The league has been conducting genetic sequencing tests on positive cases to determine exact strains of the virus.
Grabbing gran behind San Francisco's looting spree that saw $1 million in goods ripped from stores
Now they are accused of making off with thousands of dollars worth of high end goods from San Francisco's Louis Vuitton storeEven her Covid mask is Louis Vuitton. The spate of lootings has been blamed on ‘woke’ San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin and a 2014 California law that made theft under $950 a misdemeanor. Despite the rules, DailyMail.com has been able to piece together the looting gang’s extensive rap sheet using information obtained from neighboring counties, old news reports and an overview published online on San Francisco Superior Court’s own website. While out on bail, he was collared again – accused of being part of a crime gang that also included his cousin Tameko Miller that was behind a spate of car thefts in San Francisco. In a statement released to DailyMail.com, San Francisco PD said they are continuing to investigate the looting spree and are ‘confident’ there will be further arrests.
Norway introduces booze ban to slow oncoming Omicron wave
Article contentA recent wave of infections of the delta variant is filling up hospitals, and an out-of-control spread of the omicron strain threatens to overwhelm the health system, prompting the government to unveil a swathe of containment measures. Try refreshing your browser, or Norway introduces booze ban to slow oncoming Omicron wave Back to videoNorway will stop the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars, bring back limits on schools and require people to work from home, the government said late on Monday. It will mandate face masks at indoor events, close amusement parks and expand quarantine rules to all suspected virus variants. Adults are advised to cancel sport and leisure activities, and limit social interaction to ease pressure on the health system. “For many, this will be experienced as a lock down — if not of society, then of their lives and livelihoods.”
Omicron a threat in British Columbia for ‘more cases than we’ve ever seen’: COVID models
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Posthaste: Canada set to smash oil production record in 2022 — and that's a little bearish for oil
Canadian oil production is set to hit a record 5.87 million barrels per day on average in 2022, its highest level ever, according to the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based watchdog says while COVID-19 remains a credible threat to global growth, oil demand is expected to remain resilient next year. Global oil demand is forecast to grow by 5.4 million bpd in 2021 and a further 3.3 million bpd next year, and rebound to 99.53 million bpd — just shy of the 99.5 million bpd level clocked in 2019. OPEC production is set to reach 45.6 million bpd on average in 2022, compared to 41.4 million bpd in 2021. Already in November, supply was closing the gap with demand after the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Iraq led world oil production.
Proud Boys Regroup Locally to Add to Ranks Before 2022 Midterms
That was when the Proud Boys began concentrating on local issues, Mr. Holt said. Many Proud Boys’ local chapters have now taken on causes tied to the coronavirus pandemic, with members showing up at protests over mask mandates and mandatory vaccination policies, according to researchers who study extremism. Ms. Hiller said the Proud Boys have shown consistently high levels of activity this year, unlike last year when there was a spike only around the election. “Tell me where I need to be and I am there,” one member of a Proud Boys group in Wisconsin wrote last month about protests of mask mandates. At some local meetings where the Proud Boys have shown up, they have spoken and threatened community leaders, according to news reports.
China avoids Olympic protests by banning foreign spectators
The ban does not apply to world leaders, who are invited by the host country, nor to accredited foreign media, of whom there will be plenty. But in effect the Beijing games will be a domestic—and domesticated—affair. Under the contract the host country agrees with the International Olympics Committee IOC , the environment of the games is meant to be free and open. Foreign media will focus some attention on human rights, but China is unlikely to give visas to Western reporters, other than those in the bubble covering the sports. Gady Epstein: China affairs editor, The Economist?This article appeared in the China section of the print edition of The World Ahead 2022 under the headline “Frozen”
UK Has At Least 250 People In Hospital With Omicron, Says Deputy PM
British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab had said 250 Omicron patients were in hospital. UK has at least 250 people in the hospital with the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, the British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday. Sky news has said that the Deputy Prime Minister had misspoken when he made this statement. When asked for a comment, a spokesman for the justice ministry told Reuters to call the health ministry and suggested Reuters use different figures. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday that 10 people were in hospital with Omicron.
U.S. Supreme Court rejects religious challenge to New York vaccine mandate
The Supreme Court previously rejected other challenges to vaccine mandates including one focusing upon Maine's lack of a religious exemption for healthcare workers. It said longstanding healthcare worker vaccine mandates for measles and rubella also have no religious exemptions. The group opposes vaccine mandates and advocates for various causes including what it called "medical freedom." In a video on the group's website, co-founder Brian Festa said, "We were fighting against vaccine mandates. According to government data, about 84% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 72% are fully vaccinated.
It's the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 vaccine, here's what to watch in the future
It's the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 vaccine, here's what to watch in the futureIt's the one year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccine, so what's next for researchers? Here are some things to watch for the vaccine's future.
Opinion: Cardinals have lost their mojo, and time is running out to regain it
Yet, the Cardinals have morphed from great to good and seem to have lost their way. “That defensive line is tremendous, and I was proud of the way he battled.”Murray’s first interception came on the Cardinals' second possession. “It’s a touchdown,” Murray said. He’s one of the best football players in the league.”Murray’s second interception came on the Cardinals' second play of the second half. “I thought Stafford played a great game,” Kingsbury said.
TikTok thinks I’m gay. How could it know before I knew?
Sarah Kelly was getting a divorce from her husband – a "COVID divorce," as it were – and resigned herself to the idea of a spinsterly existence. But a year later, tired of that, she began mulling over her future. She simultaneously downloaded TikTok. What (rather, who) started to crowd her feed? Did that mean ... could it be ... was Kelly actually a lesbian too?
Teens Are Advocating for Mental Health Days Off School
If your child needs time off because they are suffering from crippling anxiety or experiencing a behavioral health crisis, for example, it might not be appropriate for schools or families to label that as a “mental health day” — in fact, doing so might inadvertently minimize mental health disorders, Dr. Koplewicz said. “Everyone has mental health, everyone,” she said. Mott Children’s Hospital said that their teenagers had shown signs of either a new or worsening mental health condition during the pandemic. report found that the proportion of 12- to 17-year-olds visiting emergency rooms for mental health reasons rose 31 percent for most of 2020 compared with 2019. In New York, California and Florida — homes to some of the nation’s largest school districts — there are no state laws specifying that children can take a mental health day.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Holiday Social Anxiety
We both knew that, even in the best of times, holiday social gatherings can be overwhelming. I’m definitely feeling some social anxiety.”That’s a refrain that Paula Zimbrean, a psychiatrist and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, has heard a lot. “Honestly, if a patient tells me that he or she has no anxiety about resuming life as usual, I start worrying,” she said. “This is to only commit to events where your response is, ‘Hell, yes, I want to do that!’” he said. “If I’m not that excited about it, I will likely pass.” He tells clients that while it may be tempting to dive headlong into the holiday season, it’s important to seek middle ground.
Oil supply is expected to catch up to demand, offering relief on prices.
Rising production in the United States, Substantial surpluses of oil could accumulate next year, the International Energy Agency said. Credit... Patrick T. Fallon/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesOil production is on the verge of exceeding demand this month, potentially easing pressure on prices, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. “Much needed relief for tight markets is on the way,” the Paris-based forecasting group said in its Monthly Oil Report. Oil prices have roughly doubled over the past year, leading to higher prices at the pump for refined products like gasoline, which have been large contributors to soaring inflation in the United States and other countries. The group said that the key factor in its improved outlook was rising oil production in the United States, Canada and Brazil.
Quentin Grimes added to COVID protocols after breakout Knicks game
The Knicks now have three players in COVID-19 protocols as rookie shooting guard Quentin Grimes has been ruled out Tuesday vs. the Warriors. Grimes is coming off a breakout 27-point performance Sunday vs. Milwaukee when he hit a rookie record seven 3-pointers. Knicks power forward Obi Toppin, who previously had the hot hand, was put into protocols Saturday night and missed the game against the Bucks. The players need two negative tests in a 24-hour span to return before the ten-day maximum. The Knicks are 1-6 in that span and are 12-15 overall.
Morgan Stanley boss says he was wrong to order staff back to the office
Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman on Monday admitted he “was wrong” about previously pushing staffers to return to the office while threatening to cut their pay if they didn’t. It’s continuing to be an issue.”Despite his softer tone, Gorman said that most Morgan Stanley employees have been back at the firm’s New York headquarters. “Sorry, that doesn’t work.”As recently as last month, other Morgan Stanley executives have urged staffers to get back to the office. The corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley is pictured on the company’s world headquarters in New York. That means that office workers need to mask up even while sitting at their desks.
Sign at Alaska IHOP blames Biden 'free money' for staffing woes: 'Nobody wants to work anymore'
A sign at an IHOP in Alaska said the franchised restaurant was reducing hours because of staff shortages and blamed President Biden's COVID-19 relief programs. "Due to the fact that Biden gave out way too much free money and nobody wants to work anymore, we are forced to reduce our hours during this week," the typed sign posted to the counter at an IHOP in Wasilla, Alaska, reads. "I know we’re just one small family, and we don’t matter, but we can’t eat at a place that condones this," the user wrote. When I see a sign posted by a restaurant door, I am always prepared to turn around and walk away if it’s this kind of entitled, anti-worker non-sense. People are rethinking their priorities and working for min wage minus taxes during a pandemic w no benefits ain’t the lure you might think it is," another user wrote.
Cuomo torched by mob boss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano over nursing home scandal: 'I would never do that'
Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was torched by a former mob boss over the Democrat’s COVID nursing home scandal, saying that he "would never do that." CHRIS CUOMO SOUGHT TO DISCREDIT FOX NEWS’ JANICE DEAN FOR SPEAKING OUT ON BROTHER’S NURSING HOME SCANDAL"I hate to get into Governor Cuomo. "One, because he’s Italian and I’m embarrassed to have someone do what he did as an Italian," The Bull continued. The host also said that the mobsters were "no fans" of Cuomo "at all" as well as his younger brother, Chris Cuomo. The former governor resigned in disgrace earlier this year amid the nursing home scandal and multiple sexual harassment allegations.
UPS warns of looming Covid vaccine delivery challenges
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailUPS warns of looming Covid vaccine delivery challengesCNBC's Frank Holland joins 'Squawk Box' to report on why UPS and FedEx Covid-19 vaccine deliveries may lag in 2022.
Hit your retirement savings goal? It may be wise to unload some stocks
JGI/Jamie Grill | Tetra images | Getty ImagesHave you hit your retirement savings goal ahead of schedule? The idea is to reduce investment risk and preserve savings. Stocks are an important building block in a retirement portfolio: They yield higher returns, on average, than "safer" types of investments. This framework begs two questions: How do I know if I've hit my retirement goal? Retirement goalJose Luis Pelaez Inc | Getty ImagesFiguring out how much you might need for retirement can be tough.
Op-ed: Here are some energy companies that could be a good option for investors
In recent years, many financial advisors have been cautious talking to clients about energy companies. Government-led decarbonization efforts around the globe and the move to produce alternative energy sources have also been major factors in dimming the perception of traditional oil and gas assets. For one, demand will likely remain high. Fourth, oil and energy companies have long been a hedge against inflation, making them more likely to advance should the cost of goods and services continue to escalate. While the Federal Reserve for months maintained that price spikes were transitory, it is beginning to change its tune.
5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)U.S. stock futures extended Tuesday's decline after another hot inflation report. Following last week's stellar performance, tech stocks were under pressure in the premarket after leading the Nasdaq lower by 1.4% on Monday. The S&P 500, which closed at a record Friday, lost nearly 1% to start the new week. The study has been conducted in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has signaled he's still not ready to back his party's Build Back Better plan.
The travel industry is getting hit again. Can it take it?
But even as scientists urge patience while they assess the severity of the strain and its impact on the efficacy of vaccines, the travel industry is feeling the pain. But industry leaders are making clear that tighter government rules around travel, as well as customer anxieties, are having an impact. Ryanair RYAAY In a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the chief executives of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic,and easyJet said "haphazard and disproportionate" travel restrictions risk "permanent scarring" of the industry. Energy stocks among the year's biggest winnersUS oil prices began 2021 just under $50 a barrel. It should come as no surprise, then, that American energy stocks are among the market's biggest winners this year, my CNN Business colleague Paul R. La Monica reports.
Europe's biggest economy is on the brink of a winter recession
London (CNN Business) Germany is teetering on the brink of recession this winter as supply bottlenecks and a wave of new coronavirus cases hobble the economy. An economy is in recession when it contracts for two consecutive quarters. "Ongoing supply bottlenecks and the fourth wave of the coronavirus are noticeably slowing down the German economy," Timo Wollmershäuser, head of forecasts at Ifo, said in a statement. "The strong post-pandemic recovery that was originally expected for 2022 still hasn't materialized." Consumer prices are not expected to return to normal until 2023, according to Ifo.
'Boost everybody.' CEOs should mandate boosters before returning office workers, Andy Slavitt says
That's why Slavitt, who in June stepped down from Biden's Covid-19 response team , said CEOs should rethink their office reopening plans. In light of the Omicron variant, Slavitt said there's "no question" CEOs should require employees to get boosters. Asked to rank from 1 to 10 how concerned he is about Omicron, Slavitt said he's only a 2 or 3 worried about people who are boosted and in communities where lots of people have boosters. "We're going to be living in most communities with Delta plus Omicron, instead of one superseding the other," Slavitt said. Asked if JPMorgan is right to say 2022 will be the year the pandemic ends, Slavitt said no.
Manchester United vs Brentford postponed as Premier League announces record-high positive Covid tests
(CNN) Tuesday's Premier League fixture between Brentford and Manchester United has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the United squad as the league grapples with a surge in cases. statement from United said that those who tested positive were isolating and that the club were in discussions with the Premier League over the continuation of the Brentford fixture. Gerrard on signing vaccinated playersThough not to the same extent as Conte, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is another Premier League boss wrestling with selection issues caused by Covid. Speaking yesterday to reporters ahead of his side's trip to Norwich tonight, Gerrard confirmed "a couple" of positive cases among players. "I am not concerned because they might cancel the Premier League, I am concerned because the virus is here and people suffer.
CDC director shares update on spread of omicron variant, now in 33 states
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared new data on TODAY Tuesday about the rate of spread of the omicron variant, which has already been detected in 33 states across the country and 77 nations around the world. "It is more transmissible, and we’re seeing that in other countries as well, that it’s rapidly becoming the more predominant strain, but I want to emphasize that we have the tools now," she said about the omicron variant. "We’re starting to see some early data that is demonstrating some decreased severity," Walensky said. The study also found that two dozes of the Pfizer vaccine gave 70% protection against hospitalization from the omicron variant, compared to 90% against the delta variant. As far as whether being fully vaccinated against the omicron variant means two initial doses of the vaccine or two doses plus a booster, Walensky said "the science is still evolving."
Paul Gosar seeks credit for relief funds he fought to defeat
President Joe Biden signed the Democrats' Covid relief package on March 11, but it was on March 10 when Republican Sen. Roger Wicker celebrated the American Rescue Plan's beneficial "targeted relief" for restaurants. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, one of Congress' most right-wing members, issued a press release yesterday, touting federal investment in a local airport thanks to the American Rescue Plan. What the press statement neglected to mention is the inconvenient detail: Gosar opposed the American Rescue Plan. Gosar said the relief package was a "Trojan horse for socialism." Or to borrow Gosar's competing assertions, either it's a "Trojan horse for socialism," or it's a relief package that's providing "critical" and "essential" funding to local communities.
Pfizer's Covid-19 pill cut risk of hospitalization and death by 89 percent, final results show
“This news provides further corroboration that our oral antiviral candidate, if authorized or approved, could have a meaningful impact on the lives of many," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. Pfizer said results showed its treatment appears to work against the Omicron by targeting a protein associated with the strain called 3CL and inhibiting viral replication. Pfizer's treatment consists of three pills taken twice a day over five days. Two of the pills are Paxlovid while the third pill is an HIV drug called ritonavir. The Merck-Ridgeback pill is aimed at adults who have been experiencing Covid-19 symptoms for five days or less.
Women say they do most chores, child care: AP-NORC poll
Still, she says she and her husband divide child care equally — including attending to night wakings. The poll found that 57% of mothers said they provide “all or most” emotional support to their children. Early in the pandemic, by contrast, the study’s authors said, just one in four women had considered leaving. Women are more likely than men to say flexibility at work is important when thinking about whether or not to have a child, 74% versus 66%, according to the poll. According to the poll, 47% of women say having a child is an obstacle for job security at their current or most recent job, compared with 36% of men.
Start your day here: Mark Meadows referred for contempt; Pfizer COVID pill protects against severe disease; the search for survivors in Kentucky
Pfizer said it has submitted the results to the Food and Drug Administration. Searching in Kentucky: Crews are combing through the debris after dozens of tornadoes whipped through the South and Midwest over the weekend. An NPR reporter joined recovery efforts in Kentucky, where at least 74 people were killed and more than 100 remain missing. ? Also on Up First, our daily podcast, abuse survivors reach a settlement with USA Gymnastics and the Olympic committee. — The Morning Edition live blog team(Carol Ritchie, Rachel Treisman, Nell Clark and Chris Hopkins)
U.S. stock futures edge lower after PPI data, with Fed meeting set to kick off
U.S. stock futures pointed to a decline for Wall Street on Tuesday, as investors digested a hotter-than-expected reading on wholesale inflation, looked toward the start of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting, and kept an eye on omicron updates. Monday marked the biggest one-day point and percentage falls since Dec. 1 for the S&P 500 and Dow, as investors fretted over the fast spreading omicron variant of COVID and looked ahead to the kickoff of the last Fed meeting of the year. Stock futures modestly extended declines after the U.S. November producer price index rose 0.8%. Read: Fund managers dash for cash ahead of Fed decisionInvestors may also want to see the Fed’s view on the fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID. “The question this week is whether central banks perceive inflation or omicron to be the greater risk.
What Will Stop Omicron? Vaccines, Masks, and Paid Sick Leave
In just a few short weeks after its detection, the newly emergent Omicron variant of Covid-19 has already spread to every continent save Antarctica. Early studies from South Africa suggest the variant is more infectious than the highly contagious Delta variant, perhaps twice as infectious. What then, are the policy responses and options governments, public health authorities, and communities might take to mitigate the spread of Omicron? Countries like New Zealand and Taiwan, which had led the way on zero Covid measures, were soon forced by Delta spread to give up on this approach. Vaccine coverage, and now boosting with these vaccines, has had significant impacts on reducing severe Covid-19 disease, hospitalization, and death.
Restaurant disputes customer's and fired server's story after receiving $4,400 tip
An Arkansas restaurant is disputing a fired server’s and customer’s story that the waitress was terminated for receiving a generous $4,400 tip from a large party. Waitress Ryan Brandt and another server waited on a party of more than 30 people on Dec. 3. The diners each chipped in $100 that day, leaving a tip totaling $4,400 for the two servers to split. Wise also said that before the tip was made, he called the restaurant to make sure the tip would go to the servers. "The server who was terminated several days after the group dined with us was not let go because she chose to keep the tip money," the restaurant added in a statement .
Flash-mob thieves used social media to plan crimes
Snapchat was among the social-media apps and messaging services used by thieves in the Bay Area, one of the law-enforcement officials said. All the incidents were organized on social media, according to local law enforcement. Similar crimes also occurred at stores in Los Angeles, Chicago and other parts of the Bay Area. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSThe officials said they don’t know whether those incidents were organized on social media. Police agencies around the Bay Area banded together, and promised to share information on such crimes after the election-night robberies.
Today’s Headlines: California orders a statewide mask requirement
Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Sign up for our California Politics newsletter to get the best of The Times’ state politics reporting and the latest action in Sacramento. Although Northern California saw multiple huge fires, including the 960,000-acre Dixie fire, the state’s second-largest on record, Southern California did not. The Los Angeles Review of Books was conceived more than a decade ago during a dark period for the print literary ecosystem. (Los Angeles Times)In honor of today’s unofficial international Monkey Day, here’s a shot of a monkey caught looting a lunch basket in 1936.
Senators urge Biden administration to simplify military student loan forgiveness program
About 200,000 military members owe more than $2.9 billion in student loan debt, the letter stated. Keep reading to learn more about student loan forgiveness for military service members and consider the alternative debt repayment options like refinancing. However, specific details regarding updates to military student loan forgiveness have been scant. If you don't meet the eligibility requirements for the student loan interest waiver or the PSLF program, consider alternative student loan repayment plans such as refinancing. BIDEN CANCELS $5.8B IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT FOR BORROWERS WITH A TOTAL AND PERMANENT DISABILITYHave a finance-related question, but don't know who to ask?
144 Dividend ETFs Ranked For 2022
Top Dividend ETF Rankings For 2022As is usually the case in these rankings, the ultra-cheap ETFs tend to have the advantage and that's no clearer than looking at the dividend ETFs. VYM along with the SPDR Portfolio S&P High Dividend ETF (SPYD) and the iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV), obviously, focus on the high yield end of the space. Top Dividend ETF RankingsThere are also a lot of international ETFs in this range, which tend to rank a little lower on size and expense ratio compared to U.S. dividend ETFs. You may remember the Siren DIVCON Leaders Dividend ETF (LEAD) from the top monthly dividend ETF performers lists over the past couple of months. And the rest of the dividend ETF rankings:Top Dividend ETF RankingsTop Dividend ETF RankingsNote: Interested in getting periodic e-mail notifications when articles are published here?
The 13 best TV shows of 2021
Television will not be kept down. Given the ongoing emergency — not the destruction of American democracy, the other one — the medium produced an impressive number of first-rate programs in 2021, bearing no mark of the straitened circumstances under which they were produced. Nearly all also treat the pandemic as a thing of the past or some other reality entirely. Whether this is good social policy is hard to say, but it’s surprisingly easy to get used to this unrestricted other world, where people go about their business in unmasked, relaxed close quarters. As always my list includes only programs that debuted in the past year.
Editorial: L.A. Unified shouldn’t be the loser in a game of vaccine-mandate chicken
In the game of chicken with vaccine-hesitant parents, L.A. schools are the losers. We don’t want to isolate tens of thousands of kids again unless it’s absolutely necessary for public health and safety. Hundreds of L.A. Unified staff lost their jobs by refusing to get vaccinated. AdvertisementOpinion Editorial: Now’s the time to mandate vaccination for public school students Teachers and other school staff have to be vaccinated. But L.A. Unified should be better prepared in the coming months to enforce a vaccine mandate to keep students, staff and their families safe.
‘The most significant storm of the season’: The harsh weather coming to California on Tuesday
Let me walk you through it:Southern California“The most significant storm of the season” is expected to blow into Southern California early Tuesday morning, weather officials said. Emergency officials in Los Angeles County released mud and debris flow forecasts for roads and neighborhoods near the mountain burn areas. On Monday, KTVU meteorologist Steve Paulson said on Twitter that San Francisco already had surpassed the total rainfall last season, which amounted to 8.96 inches. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Support our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. CALIFORNIA ALMANACLos Angeles: Rainy, 58 San Diego: Rainy, 59 San Francisco: What is your favorite rainy day tune?
Entering the sacred realm of the bees with honey bee therapy
Marvin Jordana, 49, leads a “Honey Bee Therapy” workshop, inviting participants to “enter the sacred realm of the bees.” Jordana, a beekeeper for 10 years, does not extract honey from the dozens of hives he maintains in Los Angeles. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)Jordana exudes calm, but now he slowed his movements even more. He calls the session “Honey Bee Therapy” because everyone enters a trance-like state, transfixed by the beauty of something they once feared. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)Cautiously, the visitors stepped forward to look at the busy, bustling world vibrating inside. “What was honey called even before it was called honey?” Jordana asked.
Column: My can’t-miss predictions for L.A. and California in 2022
Around this time last year, I offered y’all gentle readers a list of predictions I, well, predicted would come true and change California forever. Part of my job as a columnist is to touch not just on what’s happening now, but what’s up ahead. Everyone in California gets fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — I mean, fully vaccinated. Newsom and Elder spend the rest of 2022 investing in cryptocurrency — a far more stable bet than democracy nowadays. The Chargers continue to pick up more football fans, for a grand total of 37 in L.A. by the end of 2022.
Inside the hunt for a killer who shadowed a homeless camp
*Walker was born in 1964 in Mississippi, according to a probation report reviewed by The Times. “He went from a highly structured environment in prison to no structure.”Walker became homeless soon after he was released from prison, according to the probation report. Carrillo and Machuca reached out to a team of deputies at the sheriff’s station in Carson who patrol homeless encampments. He told Walker detectives had searched his storage unit. He told detectives, for example, where he had buried the gun he said he had wrestled from Mazariegos.
Podcast: Hope, in a time of disasters
2021 has been a bad year for disasters: Drought. Our Masters of Disasters reflect on the year and offer a bit of hope on apocalyptic issues such as the coronavirus, the environment and wildfires. AdvertisementHost: Gustavo ArellanoGuests: L.A. Times earthquake and COVID-19 reporter Ron Lin, wildfire reporter Alex Wigglesworth and coastal reporter Rosanna XiaMore reading:The American West went through climate hell in 2021. But there’s still hopeMore than 400 toxic sites in California are at risk of flooding from sea level riseNewsletter: We write about environmental calamity. Here’s what gives us hope
49ers mailbag: How must final four games go for best playoff route?
Facing Aaron Rodgers (with more than 37 seconds left) is hazardous, even if he is 0-3 against the 49ers in the playoffs. Renewing the 49ers-Cowboys playoff rivalry is the best option, which might require the 49ers overtaking the Rams in Week 18 for the No. The 49ers certainly are positioned well ahead of all winnable games: vs. the Falcons, at the Titans, vs. the Texans, at the Rams. Related Articles 49ers on Monday: Injury situation heading into Atlanta gameMcDonald: Kittle put 49ers on his back to avoid collapse in Cincinnati. I’ve never been to a 49ers game in my life.
Opinion: Here’s why in California labor unions are winning again
Nearly two-thirds of us believe that children growing up today will be worse off financially than their parents. We are seeing that on an ad hoc basis in a phenomenon some are calling the “great resignation.” A record number of workers quit their jobs in 2021, spawning a worker-driven labor shortage. Also this year, more than 20,000 janitors across the state in my union fought for and ratified a new contract. The Gallup organization, which has since 1936 periodically polled Americans on how they rate labor unions, found in September that support for unions is now at its highest point since 1965. David Huerta is president of Service Employees International Union, United Service Workers West.
8 winter-ready craft beers from Colorado that are perfect for the holidays
The malt-forward strong ale (7.1% ABV) features rich flavors of caramel and chocolate with spicy notes from the hops. Now available on draft, in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles, and in mini-kegs. Now available on draft at New Terrain Brewing Co. (16401 Table Mountain Pkwy., Golden) and to-go in four-pack of 16-ounce cans. Now on draft at Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. (5455 Spine Road, Boulder) and to-go in four-packs of 12-ounce cans. Now available on draft at New Image Brewing Co. (5622 Yukon St, Arvada) and to-go four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
The data were gathered from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7, during which time omicron was first spotted by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, and may change as time passes. Experts now say that omicron accounts for more than 90% of all new infections in South Africa, according to Discovery Health chief executive Dr. Ryan Noach. In the weeks since omicron was detected, South Africa has experienced rapid spread of the virus — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng. The U.K. Health Security Agency said Friday that new data from the U.K. confirm that omicron is more easily transmissible than other variants. For individuals who have previously had COVID-19, the risk of reinfection with omicron is significantly higher than that of earlier variants.
Colorado’s COVID cases and hospitalizations keep falling, but danger to unvaccinated still high
Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to fall, but facilities are still strapped and the virus remains a widespread danger for people who aren’t vaccinated. Hospitalizations for confirmed COVID-19 across the state dropped to 1,294 on Monday — their lowest level since early November, but still slightly higher than in spring 2020. The number of cases probably will rise somewhat as delayed reports come in, though. The delta variant still is dominant in Colorado, with only two cases of the new omicron variant confirmed so far. “What’s happened in the U.K. has happened here, with uncanny levels of similarity,” Carlton said.
Pfizer antiviral reduces hospitalization, death among high-risk people by 89%, study shows: COVID-19 updates
An experimental antiviral drug from Pfizer to help combat COVID-19, delivered in a five-day course of pills, reduced hospitalization or death among high-risk people by 89%, according to a final analysis of a previously released study. Lab studies also suggest the antiviral will remain potent against the omicron variant, which has been rapidly spreading across the globe. Late last month, an FDA advisory committee narrowly recommended authorizing a different COVID-19 antiviral from Merck, called molnupiravir. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 50 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 798,710 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. ? What we're reading: The omicron variant is fueling misinformation about COVID.
Women say they do most chores, child care in poll
The poll asked about eight specified household responsibilities and found that 35% of mothers report doing more than their partner for all eight, compared with just 3% of fathers who report the same. The poll found that 57% of mothers said they provide “all or most” emotional support to their children. Much has been said about the effects of the pandemic on women, including many women who left or stepped back from the labor force to take care of their children or aging parents. Women are more likely than men to say flexibility at work is important when thinking about whether or not to have a child, 74% versus 66%, according to the poll. According to the poll, 47% of women say having a child is an obstacle for job security at their current or most recent job, compared with 36% of men.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
By MATTHEW PERRONEWASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Dan Straughan wins leadership award among small employers in Top Workplaces contest
By Josh WallaceDan Straughan, executive director of the Homeless AllianceQ: Having to deal with a global pandemic over nearly the past two years, how has your company changed with the challenges the pandemic brought? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Homeless Alliance completely changed our operations in order to continue providing services while limiting the spread of the virus. The pandemic also added to the challenges we faced this past winter with the October ice storm and the February deep freeze. Through it all, our staff consistently demonstrated their commitment and flexibility to meet the evolving needs of our community. As an organization we recognize that we need to offer more and better opportunities for our staff to feel appreciated.
Is a new kind of religion forming on the internet?
Juarez tells me she was raised Christian, although at age 19 she began to have a more personal relationship with God outside of organized religion. I asked Joseph Russo, a professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University, if this loosely related web of beliefs could ever come together to form into its own kind of religion. The religion of the internet has also already culminated in real-world violence, the most obvious examples being the QAnon-related coup on January 6 and the conspiracy theories surrounding lifesaving vaccines. The religion of the internet posits questions like, “what’s the harm in believing?” and “why shouldn’t I be prepared for the worst?” The deeper you go, the harder those questions are to answer. It’s the same idea, different packaging.”These binaries espoused by internet spirituality — good and evil, demonic and angelic, abundance and poverty — are reinforced everywhere in culture, and not only in the context of religion.
Facebook put profit before Rohingya lives. Now it must pay its dues | Jason McCue and James Libson
In 1977, the Myanmar military launched a national drive to register citizens and drive out people they deemed to be “foreigners”. “Facebook turned away while a genocide was being perpetrated,” claims Tun Khin, the president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. This meant that, for many in Myanmar, Facebook was the internet. That was three years ago, but it was only this week, after being notified about our legal actions, that Facebook announced it was closing further military regime accounts. Major international oil giants have planned production-sharing initiatives with the Myanmar regime within the Rakhine basin.
Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy as Arteta punishes disciplinary breach
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and will not be selected for Wednesday’s match against West Ham, throwing the striker’s future at the club into doubt. “Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United,” the club said. Show Download the Guardian app from the iOS App Store on iPhones or the Google Play store on Android phones by searching for 'The Guardian'. If you already have the Guardian app, make sure you’re on the most recent version. In the Guardian app, tap the yellow button at the bottom right, then go to Settings (the gear icon), then Notifications.
South Africa: previous infections may explain Omicron hospitalisation rate
High levels of previous exposure to three previous waves of coronavirus infection in South Africa may explain the relatively low levels of hospitalisation and severe disease in the current outbreak of the Omicron variant, rather than the variant itself being less virulent. That is well over three times the rate of previous infections detected by a similar survey during the Beta variant outbreak a year ago where seropositivity was some 20%. “That is important to keep at the back of our minds when we see what is unfolding in South Africa and what we might see in other settings, which might have a very different epidemiology. With global attention closely focused on how South Africa’s Omicron outbreak is unfolding, some media reports have suggested the first evidence that Omicron cases in South Africa might be flattening. The reports, based on daily rather than more reliable weekly figures, appeared to focus on fluctuations on reporting of cases in Gauteng rather than South Africa more widely, where cases are rising in other provinces.
Government refuse rule out reducing capacities at sporting events
Sports minister Nigel Huddleston believes the Covid Plan B measures set to come into force in England on Wednesday are “proportionate” but refused to rule out reducing capacities in future. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the Plan B measures last week, which include a requirement to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test to enter sports venues holding more than 10,000 people. “The Prime Minister said yesterday that we will have to deal with this Covid situation as the facts tell us, so I can’t rule anything out. “So the key message is get boosted, get vaccinated because you’re helping yourself and helping others and reducing the risk of transmission. “But also many clubs have got experience already – many Premier League clubs voluntarily do Covid certification.”
Rising prices and omicron fears overshadowing Japan's economy
Japan's economic outlook remains cloudy, with the Bank of Japan's latest "tankan" survey showing that business sentiment among large manufacturers snapped its five-quarter rising streak. Supply constraints caused by the spread of COVID-19 and rising materials prices have dealt a blow to the country's economic recovery. With the emergence of the new omicron variant of the virus, the specifics of which are yet unknown, many are worried about what lies ahead for the economy. Wary of omicronIn addition to the parts supply issues, manufacturers are being impacted by rising prices of crude oil and materials. Adding to the uncertainty is the omicron variant.
These are the UK's most popular villain-inspired baby names
British parents are taking inspiration from screen villains - with Batman's Bane and Thor’s Loki (pictured left) being some of the most popular. Dolores and Bellatrix from the wizarding movies proved popular for girls, with 151 called the former and 58 the latter. It would appear that some parents are using even more unique villain names for their babies, as (Darth) Vader, Maleficent and even Chucky have inspired 5 names each. The company analysed data from the UK government on boys and girls names from 2000-2010 and used US government data for baby names for boys and girls between 2000-2019. This revealed the most popular villain-inspired names for boys and girls in the US and UK.
Covid-19 UK: NHS orders hospitals to discharge all healthy patients off wards and into hotels
NHS bosses have ordered hospitals to discharge all healthy patients off wards and into care homes and even hotels to handle the predicted Omicron surge. Doctors called for clear messaging on what is considered 'urgent', telling patients not to come in with rashes or common colds. Critics accused the NHS of having transformed into the 'National Covid Service' in the early days of the outbreak, sacrificing other elements of health care. The NHS last night ordered hospitals to discharge all healthy patients off wards and into hotels to handle the predicted surge in Covid patients because of the Omicron variant this winter. Mr Javid yesterday revealed some urgent appointments could be cancelled to accommodate Covid patients in hospitals — although he earlier insisted only non-urgent services would be postponed.
Zendaya and Tom Holland ace the red carpet at premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home in Los Angeles
AdvertisementZendaya and Tom Holland naturally stole the show as they attended the world premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home in Los Angeles on Monday evening. He radiated happiness with Zendaya by his side as they posed for a few photos together before some larger cast snaps. Holland, Zendaya, and Batalon are a priceless trio, and the various villains and 'others' who pop in and out make this pure movie fun of the highest order. Debruge said: '[Spider-Man: No Way Home] wrangles the unwieldy premise into a consistently entertaining superhero entry, tying up two decades' of loose ends in the process.' Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third film in the franchise starring Zendaya and Holland.
Checking work emails over Christmas leads to burnout, mental distress and poor physical health
They found that checking your work emails over Christmas could lead to burnout, mental distress and poor physical health – and can even affect family relationships. Men are also likely to become depressed because most workplaces tend to overlook their mental health. They also had higher emotional exhaustion (61 per cent compared to 42 per cent) and poor physical heath (28 per cent compared to 10 per cent). 'Our research shows that high levels of out-of-hours work digital communication can have a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being, affecting work-family relationships, causing psychological distress and poor physical health,' said Dr Zadow. Checking work emails over Christmas could lead to burnout, mental distress and poor physical health - and can even affect family relationshipsProfessor Kurt Lushington, also at UniSA, thinks employers should use their power to discourage working out of hours.
Russian oligarch's widow and daughters fight for a share of his £3BILLION fortune
The widow and daughters of an oligarch are fighting for a share of his £3billion fortune - including a £150million superyacht and £75million Monaco mansion. Mr Bourlakov's original will had named his widow as the sole inheritor of his estate but after he died another one was found. In his personal life, Mr Bourlakov met his wife when they were science students and were married for 47 years. Mr Bourlakov was buried on July 16 in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The legal fight will decide what was in Mr Bourlakov's estate when he died and whether it included the Black Pearl.
Spider-Man: No Way Home receives early rave reviews from critics
Franchise movies, Marvel Movies, Comic Book Movies – you name it – just don't get much better than this.' Debruge said: '[Spider-Man: No Way Home] wrangles the unwieldy premise into a consistently entertaining superhero entry, tying up two decades' of loose ends in the process.' Franchise movies, Marvel Movies, Comic Book Movies – you name it – just don't get much better than this. Debruge said: '[Spider-Man: No Way Home] wrangles the unwieldy premise into a consistently entertaining superhero entry, tying up two decades' of loose ends in the process.' The movie comes after 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Europe Covid: Norway bans alcohol sales to combat Omicron
Norway has banned alcohol sales in hospitality venues as the country's leaders race to impose new curbs to try and slow the spread of the Omicron variant. Denmark has recorded a total of 3,437 Omicron cases as of Monday, while the UK has recorded a total of 4,713 Omicron infections. France has recorded just 59 Omicron cases so far while Germany has recorded 77, which is much lower than the UK and Denmark. Norway is setting record highs in terms of both new Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations, partly due to the spread of the Omicron variant. It comes as Mads Albertsen, a professor at Aalborg University, said the Omicron variant could be dominant within days.
Elon Musk says Tesla will accept dogecoin as payment
Elon Musk said today that Tesla will accept dogecoin as payment for some of its merchandise, sending the 'meme coin' soaring by 33 percent in the space of two hours. Musk had asked users in May if they wanted Tesla to accept dogecoin in a Twitter poll. Elon Musk sold his Silicon Valley estate for $30 million, the last of his seven California homes, and moved to Texas. He also exercised stock options to buy 2.17 million shares of Tesla, according to the filings. Musk's recent purge of his Tesla shares come as whistleblowers say he misled buyers and undermined safety with an Autopilot driving system that was previously blamed for fatal crashes.
Kamala Harris ridiculed for puff piece on her office decorations amid crisis at southern border
The outlet tweeted the article on Sunday evening with the caption, 'Kamala Harris has redecorated the VP’s office. 'When folks said she needed to "reset" her office, they didn't mean to LITERALLY reset her office,' Brand said on Twitter. 'Oh, how about, 'She's going to buy a pot on her way to the airport,' Harris told the Chronicle. In her interview with the Chronicle, Harris brushed off several criticisms of her performance as vice president and reports of a feud between herself and the president. At a time when many users have moved on to the near invisible buds and pods connected through Bluetooth, Harris is frequently to be seen conducting remote television interviews with a cable dangling from her ears.
Two guards hurt in prison riot - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Two guards were hurt in a prison riot at Santa Maria Capua Vetere near Naples on Tuesday, the SAPPE warders' union said. Inmates rioted after getting the news that one of them had tested positive for COVID-19, the union said. They reportedly wrecked their section of the jail and attacked the two officers, who sustained slight injuries.
Strong Omicron growth likely in Italy - expert - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Strong growth of the new and more infectious Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is likely in Italy, a health ministry expert told ANSA Tuesday. Ministry consultant Walter Ricciardi noted that the new strain would be prevalent in the UK and Denmark by the end of the week, already representing 40% of new cases in Britain. He stressed: "It is presumable that the behaviour of the Omicron variant will be the same in our country, with a strong growth in cases. "The variant's growth trend is in fact proving to be similar in all countries, but we still don't have certain data insofar as we are doing less sequencing than others".
Two Pfizer jabs give 70% protection from Omicron: S.Africa study
Early indicators suggest that it could be more transmissible, but promising data so far has suggested that vaccines still offer protection against Omicron. The latest research out of South Africa suggested that two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine still offered protection against serious illness. Two doses of the vaccine offered 93 percent protection against earlier variants, according to the companies. But Noach warned that despite the protection offered by two doses, hospitals could still be overrun since Omicron is spreading rapidly in South Africa. So far more than 17 million people have been vaccinated in South Africa, or around a third of the country's population.
Secondary losses: The impact of the pandemic on Canadians with cancer
By: Anne Borden KingWe are only beginning to understand the impact of the pandemic on patients with cancer, from diagnosis to treatments and end-of-life care. Risk factors for secondary loss include delayed cancer detection; delays in surgery or other treatments; and poor management of treatment side effects. Some Alberta cancer patients took to social media to express their grief. Vaccines have been a miracle, but the crisis in health care is far from over. For example, Ontario is behind by 15.9 million surgeries, some related to cancer diagnoses and treatment.
Calgary Councillor floats idea of closing roads for supervised street racing
Calgary Councillor floats idea of closing roads for supervised street racing Motion acknowledges that racers have no other way to experience their cars, leading to illegal races Photo by GettyArticle content A city-run racing area could be the solution to curbing dangerous driving in the city, proposes one Calgary city councillor. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Calgary Councillor floats idea of closing roads for supervised street racing Back to video The notice of motion says many Calgarians who have altered their vehicles do not have a legal outlet to test their cars, leading them to race illegally. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
As Told To: My life with Hirschsprung disease and bowel incontinence
As Told To: My life with Hirschsprung disease and bowel incontinenceBeau Brockett is Michigan-based, and works in communications for the Michigan Environmental Council. He was born with Hirschsprung disease , a rare birth defect that affects the nerve cells that help move food and waste through the large intestine. Today, he shares his story to help others erase the shame around incontinence, and bring awareness to a rare and difficult disease. My incontinence stems from a disorder that I was born with, called Hirschsprung disease. Everyone has good and bad poop days, and talking about it can help you get educated, change your routine and make healthy choices.
First members of military are discharged for refusing COVID vaccine
The Air Force has discharged 27 service members for refusing to receive a COVID vaccine, marking the first service members to be involuntarily discharged for balking the rule. A spokesperson for the Air Force said the 27 active duty members discharged received counseling about the vaccines, and when they still refused, commanders made the decision to discharge them for refusing to comply with the Pentagon's vaccine rule, a lawful order. The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. Alex Brandon / APThe Navy, Air Force, and the Army have outlined their process for discharge if service members continue to not comply with the mandate. The Army's deadline for its active duty force is December 15.
DeSantis Urges Voters Across U.S. To Punish Democrats For Pandemic Restrictions: ‘Make Your Voice Heard’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) urged voters in blue states across the country to punish Democrat officials at the ballot box next fall for implementing seemingly never-ending COVID-19 restrictions. “The fact of the matter is, I think we’ve learned, you give these people an inch, they will never let go, they are going to take a mile, they are going to restrict, they’re going to mandate, they’re going to lock you down. What’s your, what’s your reaction to the blue states reaction to this? RON DESANTIS, FLORIDA GOVERNOR: Well, what are we on, like day, 700 of the 15 days to slow the spread? Southern states have a different season, the northern states have, they’re going through their season.
Deplatforming Trump didn’t work
In the years that Donald Trump served as president, platforms faced frequent calls to remove his accounts. his power has arguably only increasedIf you believe social networks were a primary source of Trump’s power, it follows that removing him from those networks would lessen that power. And yet in nearly a year since Trump was removed from those networks, his power has arguably only increased. But in a larger sense, it’s clear that deplatforming Trump did little to improve the underlying political situation in this country. But the future of tech and the future of democracy are inextricably linked.
Pfizer Announces Additional Phase 2/3 Study Results Confirming Robust Efficacy of Novel COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatment Candidate in Reducing Risk of Hospitalization or Death
Treatment-emergent adverse events were comparable between PAXLOVID (23%) and placebo (24%), most of which were mild in intensity. Full study data are expected to be released later this month and submitted to a peer-reviewed publication. The key secondary endpoint showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization and no deaths in the treated population for any cause compared to placebo. Additionally, there was approximately a 10-fold, or 1 log 10 copies/mL, decrease in viral load compared to placebo, consistent with results from the Phase 2/3 EPIC-HR study. The study is now fully enrolled, and further data will be released upon analysis of the full study data expected later this month.
Pfizer vaccines protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron, South African study finds
Pfizer vaccines protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron, South African study findsThe large-scale analysis also found that the vaccine provides just 33% protection against infection from omicron variantLoading the player...A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant. Melva Mlambo, right, and Puseletso Lesofi, both medical scientists prepare to sequence COVID-19 omicron samples at the Ndlovu Research Center in Elandsdoorn, South Africa, Dec. 8, 2021.
Pfizer confirms COVID-19 pill's results, potency against Omicron
WASHINGTON -- Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the Omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the Omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that Omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against Omicron because they don't target the coronavirus' spike protein, which contains most of the new variant's mutations.
Air Force discharges 27 service members over COVID vaccine refusal
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. The Pentagon earlier this year required the vaccine for all members of the military, including active duty, National Guard and the Reserves. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot. But overall the percentage of troops — particularly active duty members — who quickly got the shots exceeds the nationwide numbers.
Week 15 NFL power rankings: Los Angeles surge as Rams move into Top 5, Chargers crack Top 10
NFL power rankings entering Week 15 of the 2021 season (previous rank in parentheses):1. 32 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM WEEK 15:Close calls and blowouts as playoff picture remains openNFL PLAYOFF PICTURE:Cardinals cede NFC's No. Colts (9): Out of the playoffs prior to their bye week, they're now the AFC's No. Replicate that Thursday night at home against Kansas City, and Los Angeles moves into first place in the AFC West. Texans (31): Apparently, they're considering rookie QB Davis Mills, who’s 0-7 this year, as their starter for 2022.
Ailey’s New Secret Weapon: The Heroically Unmannered James Gilmer
December is never a breeze for an Alvin Ailey dancer, but recently — amid rehearsals and with a performance looming that evening — James Gilmer found himself in an empty closet on the studio side of New York City Center. Armed with a late lunch, he was using his only break of the day for an interview. So when it comes to his position at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Gilmer has perspective. He settled into “Revelations” after learning the Ailey masterwork from the veteran dancer and associate artistic director, Matthew Rushing. He went on an international tour with the company, and finished his first season at City Center.
Pfizer’s anti-covid pill prevents severe illness and should work against omicron, company says
In an early analysis, a second ongoing study that was designed to test whether the pill, called Paxlovid, relieved covid-19 symptoms faster in people who are not considered high risk found no benefit for symptom relief. But the pill regimen did cause the amount of virus in patients’ bodies to plummet and reduced the already low risk of hospitalization and death, though the result was at the edge of statistical significance, a sign that it could be due to chance.
Democrats will look to illegal immigrants for votes in 2022
As 2021 elections are demonstrating, traditional blue-collar, Hispanic, and rural Democratic voters are beginning to abandon the party. Though the new law does not allow illegal immigrants to vote, the arguments being used to justify it will easily apply to them. With Republicans gaining ground in municipal races, special elections and 2021 gubernatorial races, they are projected to take the House in 2022. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe trend in 2021 special elections bears out the bad news. Though states are unlikely to openly permit illegal immigrants to vote, they don't need to.
Omicron: Pfizer says COVID pill appears effective against variant
Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. The updates come as COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalization are all rising again and the U.S. hovers around 800,000 pandemic deaths. Late last month, Merck said that its pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by 30% in high-risk adults. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients.
'SNL' alum Chris Kattan weighs in on cancel culture: ‘You can’t be outrageous anymore’
"I like drama and when I’m offered something dramatic, that’s really cool," the comedian told Fox News. COMEDIAN CHRIS KATTAN TALKS OPIOID ADDICTION, HIS 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' AUDITIONStill, the 51-year-old hasn’t forgotten his comedic roots. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"If you want to do something funny, you can’t be outrageous anymore," he said. But over the years, Kattan has relied on his love of comedy to help him through his injury and addiction. In addition to stand-up and his new film "Famous," Kattan has a new sketch comedy show on YouTube, titled "Hey Kattan!".
Dr. Gupta: Looking at hospitalizations vs. daily COVID case rates is key
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDr. Gupta: Looking at hospitalizations vs. daily COVID case rates is keyDr. Vin Gupta, pulmonologist and global health policy expert at the University of Washington, discusses what the public and medical community should be more focused on than daily COVID case rates, and why the FDA and CDC should redefine what "fully vaccinated" means.
ManpowerGroup: Labor market is experiencing 'aftershocks' from delta Covid variant
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailManpowerGroup: Labor market is experiencing 'aftershocks' from delta Covid variantManpowerGroup U.K. Director Chris Gray discusses the recruitment company's U.K. employment report and the "great resignation."
Pfizer's Covid drug reduced hospitalization, death risk by 89% in final results
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailPfizer's Covid drug reduced hospitalization, death risk by 89% in final resultsCNBC's Meg Tirrell joins 'Squawk Box' to break down the final results from a Phase 2/3 clinical trial of Pfizer's coronavirus pill, known as Paxlovid.
Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: GameStop, AMC, Beyond Meat and others
AMC Entertainment (AMC) – The movie theater operator's stock slid 6% in premarket trading, after extending a losing streak to 3 days with a more than 15% plummet Monday. Last week, CEO Adam Aron sold all his holdings in AMC while CFO Sean Goodman sold the bulk of his AMC stock. Beyond Meat (BYND) – The maker of plant-based meat substitutes saw its stock jump 4.8% in premarket action, putting it in a position to break a 3-day losing streak. Tesla (TSLA) – Tesla shares slid 1.5% in premarket trading after CEO Elon Musk sold more of his holdings to cover tax bills generated by the exercising of stock options. Neogen (NEOG) – The food safety company's stock surged 12.1% in premarket trading after it announced a deal to combine itself with the food safety division of 3M (MMM).
Pfizer says Covid-19 pill near 90% effective in final analysis
Pfizer on Tuesday said final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still showed near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients, and recent lab data suggests the drug retains its effectiveness against the fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus. Nobody in the trial who received the Pfizer treatment died, compared with 12 deaths among placebo recipients. The Pfizer pills are taken with the older antiviral ritonavir every 12 hours for five days beginning shortly after onset of symptoms. Pfizer also released early data from a second clinical trial showing that the treatment reduced hospitalizations by around 70% in around 600 standard-risk adults. The U.S. government has already secured 10 million courses of the Pfizer drug for $5.29 billion.
Cowen upgrades Planet Fitness on projected member growth and gym openings
A customer wears a face mask as they lift weights while working out inside a Planet Fitness gym as the location reopens after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on March 16, 2021 in Inglewood, California. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images
Kroger to eliminate some Covid-19 benefits for unvaccinated employees, WSJ reports
Kroger employees put groceries and other goods into plastic totes. Those totes are gobbled up by a grid where robots help retrieve items for customers' online orders. Kroger will eliminate some Covid-19 benefits for unvaccinated employees starting next year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a company memo. Kroger will no longer provide two weeks of paid emergency leave for unvaccinated employees who contract Covid-19, unless local jurisdictions require otherwise, and will also add a $50 monthly surcharge to company health plans for unvaccinated managers and other non-union employees, according to the report. The reported push to get more employees vaccinated comes as U.S. President Joe Biden faces setbacks in implementing his vaccine-or-test mandate for private businesses.
Effectiveness of Pfizer's COVID pill confirmed in further analysis, company says
Additional data from Pfizer's clinical trial of its oral COVID-19 antiviral drug confirm the treatment's high level of effectiveness, the company said in a news release Tuesday. In the final analysis of its Phase 2/3 clinical trial, the antiviral, called Paxlovid, was found to be 89% effective at preventing high-risk people from being hospitalized or dying from COVID, the company said. Experts say an antiviral pill for COVID would have a major impact on the pandemic by making treatment available at home. Two of the pills are an experimental antiviral called nirmatrelvir; the third pill is an existing HIV drug called ritonavir. The FDA has yet to authorize the drug, called molnupiravir.
COVID-19 rattles major Chinese manufacturing province
People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk on a street in Shanghai, China, December 14, 2021. Zhejiang has reported 217 locally transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms in just eight days since the first case on Dec. 6. Major industries in Zhenhai, which has a port, include manufacturing of precision machinery and chemicals. PROVINCE ON ALERTWhile the factory closures are limited to certain districts, the general public in Zhejiang face broader restrictions. "After all, Wenzhou is not a big city and COVID-19 prevention work remains a top priority," the official said on condition of anonymity.
First real-world study finds omicron more vaccine resistant, causing milder illness in South Africa
The first major real-world study of the omicron Covid-19 variant found that it appeared to cause less severe illness in South Africa, where it was first discovered last month, but that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offer reduced protection against it. South Africa is the first country to experience an omicron-driven surge. The South African study Tuesday was led by Discovery Health in collaboration with South Africa's Medical Research Council, SAMRC. The study found that two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech provided just 33 percent protection against infection in South Africa compared with unvaccinated people. South Africa has so far used both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
State police investigating Statehouse vaccine-or-test enforcement
State police investigating Statehouse vaccine-or-test enforcementGood Tuesday morning! Phil Murphy refused to even address questions about the State Police’s lack of action during the Assembly Republican Statehouse sit-in. The announcement is the first time the state has revealed how many state employees are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Phil Murphy the scare of his short political career on Nov. 2, some lawmakers are not eager to stir up controversy. Among those taking issue with the bill, NJ A5030 (20R), was Assemblymember Gordon Johnson, a top sponsor.
Norway bans serving of alcohol as it tries to slow Omicron outbreak
The ban is part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron variant | JACK TAYLOR/AFP via Getty ImagesNorway will ban the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said, as part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. There's "no doubt the new variant changes the rules," Gahr Støre told a news conference Monday, announcing the country's fourth round of measures in two weeks. "For many this will feel like a lockdown, if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods," the PM added. Norway has reported the largest outbreak of Omicron in continental Europe, with 958 cases confirmed, according to the daily bulletin of the EU’s disease control agency on Monday. The number of hospitalizations has remained steady with around 30 new patients admitted every day in December.
Pfizer says COVID-19 pill near 90% effective in final analysis
The U.S. drugmaker last month said the oral medicine was around 89% effective in preventing hospitalizations or deaths when compared to placebo based on interim results in around 1,200 people. Nobody in the trial who received the Pfizer treatment died, compared with 12 deaths among placebo recipients. Rival Merck & Co (MRK.N) has asked for emergency use authorization of its antiviral pill molnupiravir. However, Dolsten said that for next year he expects the drug will be mainly produced by Pfizer. The U.S. government has already secured 10 million courses of the Pfizer drug for $5.29 billion.
Pfizer Study Confirms COVID Pill's Results, Potency Versus Omicron
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. AdvertisementSeparate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
FILE - This undated image provided by Pfizer in November 2021 shows the company's COVID-19 pills. (Pfizer via AP, File)FILE - This undated image provided by Pfizer in November 2021 shows the company's COVID-19 pills. (Pfizer via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. ADVERTISEMENTBoth the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Pfizer data shows that its COVID-19 pill is effective against severe disease
Pfizer data shows that its COVID-19 pill is effective against severe diseaseEnlarge this image toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesPfizer released additional data about its pill to treat COVID-19 that shows it was effective in preventing hospitalization and death when taken by people with mild to moderate illness within a few days of first symptoms. The medicine, called Paxlovid, is taken twice a day for five days in combination with a second medicine called ritonavir, a generic antiviral. When taken with five days, the drug reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 88%. Preliminary results from a second study showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization risk among several hundred people at lower risk for severe disease. If the agency authorizes the medicine, the U.S. government has a contract with Pfizer to buy 10 million courses for $5.3 billion.
Vaccine protection vs. omicron infection may drop to 30% but does cut severe disease
Vaccine protection vs. omicron infection may drop to 30% but does cut severe diseaseEnlarge this image toggle caption Shiraaz Mohamed/AP Shiraaz Mohamed/APThe new coronavirus variant, called omicron, was first identified in South Africa only about a month ago and is already spreading quickly in Europe and North America. The Moderna shot isn't available in South Africa. But this new study does offer really good news when it comes to vaccine protection against severe disease: That dropped a bit but not nearly as much as protection against infection. That's a drop from 90% observed during the previous surge in South Africa when the delta variant dominated. In South Africa, many people have been exposed to the coronavirus virus.
Here's why meme-stock madness and 99th percentile valuations will continue, according to this major bank.
And valuations, it notes, “have almost never been the sole cause of a market correction.”BNP also details the exuberance elsewhere, such as in options. As for institutional investors, there’s a high bar to decrease allocations to equities while real returns for many assets are low or negative, the so-called there-is-no-alternative, or TINA, trade. Historically, the team says, it’s the end of the tightening cycle, not the start, that has been problematic for stocks. Historically, U.S. sales growth has been correlated to global nominal gross domestic product growth (that is, real growth plus inflation). BNP’s estimate of 4.8% real GDP growth, and 4.1% consumer-price index growth, translates into earnings per share growth of 12.4%, 5 percentage points above the consensus.
‘My partner is afraid to marry me because of my debt.’ I’m 35 and have $380K in student loans from two master’s degrees. What should I do?
I have two masters degrees, and I owe $380K in student loans. Is there anything I can do to protect my family and lessen the blow for me?”Need help getting out of student loan debt or other debt? Bankruptcy might be an option too, “but that’s potentially costly and difficult for borrowers with federal student loans to achieve. Here’s a guide to what you need to show to get your student loans discharged in bankruptcy. There is good news on the tax front with regards to loan forgiveness, says Michael Kitchen, higher education expert and managing editor at Student Loan Hero: “A relief measure passed in response to the Covid pandemic has frozen all taxes on student loan forgiveness until 2026.
Pfizer's COVID vaccine protects from omicron-related hospitalization: study
The analysis was based on more than 211,000 positive COVID-19 test results, 41% from adults who had received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant. Encouragingly though, the result shows that these same vaccinated individuals who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have 70% protection against hospital admission in this same time period.
Pfizer says final data from late-stage trial of COVID-19 antiviral shows it reduces risk of hospitalization or death by 89%
Pfizer Inc. PFE, +4.59% said Tuesday that final data from a late-stage trial of its COVID-19 antiviral found it reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% within three days of symptom onset by 89% and reduced it by 88% within five days of symptom onset, compared to placebo. The drug giant said there were no deaths reported in non-hospitalized, high-risk adults with COVID-19 compared to placebo. The data has been shared with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as part of an ongoing rolling submission for an Emergency Use Authorization. The Phase 2/3 trial involved 2,246 adults and the results were consistent with an interim analysis released in November, Pfizer said in a statement. Pfizer shares were down 1.7% premarket but have gained 50% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.91% has gained 24% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.89% has gained 16%.
Opinion: What the U.S. economy needs is for people to work longer and take Social Security later
“The extra tax revenue that longer work lives generate could help to alleviate the rising cost of old-age benefit spending. ”Let’s hope not, since longer work lives would have many benefits for an aging America. Meanwhile, in fiscal terms, the extra tax revenue that longer work lives generate could help to alleviate the rising cost of old-age benefit spending. Nor should it even be for them to work longer. More: While many are looking for work, some older workers are jumping at the chance for a new startAlso read: This is why Congress needs to act on Social Security — right now
Treasury yields edge higher ahead of Fed meeting, PPI reading
Treasury yields edged higher Tuesday ahead of the kickoff of a pivotal, two-day meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers and the latest read on U.S. wholesale inflation. The focus for investors remains on the Federal Reserve and a host of other major central banks, including the European Central Bank, Bank of England and Bank of Japan, which are holding policy meetings this week. Investors also remain attuned to the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “Apart from an accelerated taper, [Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s] message on policy tightening going forward will be important,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, in a note. “In the past, Mr. Powell has said that tapering does not send a signal about tightening.
UPDATE 1-UK faces very difficult four weeks due to Omicron, health security agency says
(Adds details and quotes)LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is showing a higher rate of reinfection that other variants and its growth rate is shortening in the United Kingdom, the Health Security Agency's chief medical adviser said on Tuesday. "This is growing very fast with a growth rate of initially two to three days, and that growth rate seems to be shortening rather than lengthening," Dr Susan Hopkins said. "We are seeing a higher rate of reinfection than we've seen before," Hopkins said. Hopkins said infection from one variant of coronavirus should protect against severe disease from another variant, but it may not protect against mild disease or from transmission of the virus. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle)
Here's why meme-stock madness and 99th percentile valuations will continue, according to this major bank.
And valuations, it notes, “have almost never been the sole cause of a market correction.”BNP also details the exuberance elsewhere, such as in options. As for institutional investors, there’s a high bar to decrease allocations to equities while real returns for many assets are low or negative, the so-called there-is-no-alternative, or TINA, trade. Historically, the team says, it’s the end of the tightening cycle, not the start, that has been problematic for stocks. Historically, U.S. sales growth has been correlated to global nominal gross domestic product growth (that is, real growth plus inflation). BNP’s estimate of 4.8% real GDP growth, and 4.1% consumer-price index growth, translates into earnings per share growth of 12.4%, 5 percentage points above the consensus.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks cling to gains ahead of slew of cenbank meetings
Many traders are reluctant to take on new positions before year-end after a very strong rally in 2021. That followed falls across European markets on Monday when a Wall Street selloff hit sentiment. Wall Street futures were weaker on Tuesday, pointing to a lower open. Brent futures rose 0.42% higher at $74.70 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.38%, to $71.57. Oil prices remain way off levels above $85 a barrel seen in mid-October before the variant was discovered.
Here's why meme-stock madness and 99th percentile valuations will continue, according to this major bank.
It was quite the Manic Monday, with not just the S&P 500 suffering its worst single-day performance in nearly two weeks, but retail favorites such as meme stocks GameStop and AMC Entertainment getting battered. Thomas Lee of Fundstrat made three points. No investor wants to go risk-on into the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, equities reached an all-time high just last week, and the U.K. pushing COVID-19 vaccines is a reminder the U.S. still has to get through the omicron variant wave.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
NFL requiring booster shots by end of year
Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. NFL is requiring COVID-19 booster shots by Dec. 27 — 9:18 p.m.Associated PressThe NFL is requiring players, coaches and other team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. Panic spreads in an instant even if, as with the Omicron variant, the extent of the threat is not yet known. New UK Omicron cases double as country plans daily tests — 10:51 a.m.BloombergThe U.K. confirmed 1,239 new omicron cases on Sunday, almost double the 633 cases reported the day before. Boris Johnson will speak later Sunday about accelerating the U.K.’s vaccine booster program.
The Sports Report: Rams get important win over Arizona
AdvertisementA showdown with Cardinals – a true measuring-stick game for the Rams -- had all the makings of a Cardinals rout. But McVay guided his team to their most important victory of the season. But the Rams spoiled the party and improved to 2-2 in the division with four games left. ————Sam Farmer: In win over Cardinals, Matthew Stafford reminds everyone why Rams traded for himRams’ 30-23 road win over Arizona Cardinals by the numbersNFL requiring coaches and team staff to get COVID-19 booster shotsEnjoying this newsletter? The Steelers tie the 1973 Los Angeles Rams for the longest streak — 14 games to start a season — since the NFL merger in 1970.
Pfizer Says Covid Pill Cuts Hospitalization and Deaths by 89%
Pfizer on Tuesday says final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still shows near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients. Pfizer (PFE) - Get Pfizer Inc. Report on Tuesday said final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still showed near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients. The complicated results suggest the pill remains likely to become a standard treatment for Covid patients at risk of developing severe disease. That analysis was based on more than 211,000 positive Covid-19 test results, 41% from adults who had received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. About 78,000 of these positive Covid-19 test results between Nov. 15 and Dec. 7 were attributed to omicron infections.
Study suggests Pfizer shots offer 70% protection against hospitalization from Omicron
Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provides just 33% protection against infection by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. About 78,000 of these positive test results between Nov. 15 and Dec. 7 were attributed to infections by the Omicron variant. The study has been performed in the weeks since Omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the Omicron variant.
Pfizer says its COVID-19 treatment pill works against the Omicron variant
Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears to be effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The company said separate laboratory testing showed that the drug retained its potency against the Omicron variant, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that the Omicron variant uses to reproduce itself. Both the Pfizer pill and a rival one from Merck are expected to perform well against Omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. If granted, the pills would be the first COVID-19 treatments that Americans could pickup at a pharmacy and take at home. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
‘Digital nomad’ rent plan could be next for apartment dwellers
The National Multifamily Housing Council’s annual renter survey showed apartment dwellers are moving more often, would consider a “digital nomad” rental plan and support a loosening of restrictions on subleasing through Airbnb-type sites. Apartment operators began to consider renter membership plans before the pandemic when digital nomads were a tiny slice of the renter market, he said. In a typical year, most apartment dwellers move because they’re looking for a better deal or better amenities and community space, Haughey said. But some landlords complained their tenants took advantage of COVID-19 era eviction moratoriums to list their apartments on Airbnb anyway. “That’s a big deal for our membership that over 10% said they wouldn’t rent if their neighbors were renting out on Airbnb,” he said.
Giants’ Kadarius Toney one of NFL-record 37 COVID cases Monday; boosters required for staff as Omicron pops up
Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney was one of 37 positive COVID-19 tests in the NFL on Monday, a league record for a single day, sources confirmed. A Washington team employee also tested positive for the Omicron variant for the virus, a source confirmed, the first known case of that variant in the league. The previous high on any day was 24 positive tests on July 28 during training camp this past summer. On Monday, five Washington Football Team players tested positive, including defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. The Giants’ Toney, 22, meanwhile, tested positive for the second time this year.
Peanut brittle that doesn't stick to your teeth. Sharay's Ghana Style Brittle isn't a miracle, just this Appleton man's side hustle.
In 2020, Asare began selling Sharay's Ghana Style Brittle at farmers markets, to store owners and on Facebook videos. Nostalgia started Asare's unexpected journey, but it continues largely because Sharay's brittle doesn't stick to teeth. Turns out that peanut brittle lovers don't love the clingy ways of typical American brittles. "But it seems I’ve resolved an issue people have with the regular peanut brittle.”When peanut brittle doesn't stick to teeth, it's easier to grow a business by word of mouth. Gold Coast Candy was launched with Sharay's Ghana Style Brittle as its first product.
Milwaukee's American Family Insurance Amphitheater, Madison's The Sylvee among world's top-selling venues for 2021
When it comes to cumulative box office grosses, American Family Insurance Amphitheater actually ranks higher, clocking in at No. But the American Family Insurance Amphitheater wasn’t the only Wisconsin concert venue to report some of the year’s strongest box office returns. 3 with Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer (Sept. 1, American Family Insurance Amphitheater); No. 8 Dave Matthews Band (Sept. 15, American Family Insurance Amphitheater); and No. 10 the Jonas Brothers (Sept. 8, American Family Insurance Amphitheater).
Column: Desperate times? With most of the roster in quarantine, the Chicago Bulls should sign Tim Anderson and these other celebrities to 1-day contracts.
This Bulls COVID-19 outbreak is no laughing matter, of course, and it already is having an effect on their performance, as evidenced by recent losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. If the Bulls remain undermanned for the foreseeable future, it could damage their chances of finishing among the top four teams in the Eastern Conference and having home-court advantage in an opening playoff round.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, says it should be potent against omicron variant
In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. But the drug did achieve a second goal by reducing hospitalizations by about 70% among that group, which included otherwise healthy unvaccinated adults and vaccinated adults with one or more health issues. Less than 1% of patients who got the drug were hospitalized, compared with 2.4% of patients who got a dummy pill.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
WASHINGTON — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Pfizer jabs protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron
JOHANNESBURG — A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant. Hospital admissions among adults diagnosed with COVID-19 attributed to omicron is 29% lower compared to the COVID-19 wave that South Africa experienced in mid-2020, after adjusting for vaccination status.
Pfizer antiviral reduces hospitalization, death among high-risk people by 89%, study shows: COVID-19 updates
An experimental antiviral drug from Pfizer to help combat COVID-19, delivered in a five-day course of pills, reduced hospitalization or death among high-risk people by 89%, according to a final analysis of a previously released study. Lab studies also suggest the antiviral will remain potent against the omicron variant, which has been rapidly spreading across the globe. Late last month, an FDA advisory committee narrowly recommended authorizing a different COVID-19 antiviral from Merck, called molnupiravir. ?On the heels of a record 37 players testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the NFL is requiring Tier 1 and 2 employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccine boosters. ? What we're reading: A year after the first COVID-19 vaccine, here's what's next for researchers – and what worries them.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
Matthew PerroneAssociated PressWashington — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Pfizer confirms pill's potency vs. omicron; study finds shot 70% effective against hospitalization
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The first large-scale analysis of vaccine effectiveness in the region where the new variant was discovered appears to support early indications that omicron is more easily transmissible and that the Pfizer shot isn't as effective in protecting against infection as it was against the delta variant. ***Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark MeadowsWASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway. The texts, provided by Meadows before he ceased cooperating with the committee, revealed that members of Congress, Fox News anchors and even President Donald Trump’s own son were urging Meadows to push Trump to act quickly to stop the siege by his supporters.
Meadows moves to center of Jan. 6 probe
As House investigators charge ahead with their probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, their focus has shifted to a contentious former colleague they increasingly see as a crucial witness: Mark Meadows Mark MeadowsJan. 6 panel votes to hold Meadows in contempt Meadows texts show Hannity, Don Jr. wanted Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot Meadows lawyer argues contempt referral would be contrary to law MORE. Yet Meadows, a former House lawmaker from North Carolina, has refused to appear before the panel to discuss those communications. The Jan. 6 panel said it would have asked Meadows about emails to Justice Department leaders from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1 encouraging probes of suspected voter fraud, claims that had been rejected by federal investigators and the courts. That presentation made its way to Meadows’s email box on Jan. 5, days after Waldron met with Meadows at the White House.
As U.S. Nears 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Perished
One in 100 older Americans has died from the virus. In both sharp and subtle ways, the pandemic has amplified an existing divide between older and younger Americans. By now, Covid-19 has become the third leading cause of death among Americans 65 and older, after heart disease and cancer. The virus deaths of older people have sometimes been dismissed as losses that might have occurred anyway, from other causes, but analyses of “excess deaths” challenge that suggestion. The post As U.S. Nears 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Perished appeared first on New York Times.
Biden White House warns: COVID explosion imminent
New data from South Africa and Europe hint that Omicron cases are poised to explode in the U.S., where the vast majority of the population isn't well protected against infection. But the variant is less likely to lead to hospitalization in adults than the original version. During the current Omicron wave, the two-dose regimen was 70% effective against severe disease requiring hospital admission. They found children had a 20% higher risk of hospital admission than they did from previous variants. European countries have also been reporting that the variant is spreading rapidly, with cases doubling every two to three days.
Across the World, Covid Anxiety and Depression Take Hold
Panic spreads in an instant even if, as with the Omicron variant, the extent of the threat is not yet known. Anxiety and depression spread. Even in China, with no reported Covid deaths since January, some confess weariness with the measures that have kept them safe when so many others perished. Britain, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has veered between herd immunity temptations and the kind of periodic restrictions now in force again to combat the Omicron variant. The post Across the World, Covid Anxiety and Depression Take Hold appeared first on New York Times.
Effectiveness of Pfizer's Covid pill confirmed in further analysis, company says
Additional data from Pfizer's clinical trial of its oral Covid-19 antiviral drug confirm the treatment's high level of effectiveness, the company said in a news release Tuesday. In the final analysis of its Phase 2/3 clinical trial, the antiviral, called Paxlovid, was found to be 89 percent effective at preventing high-risk people from being hospitalized or dying from Covid, the company said. Experts say an antiviral pill for Covid would have a major impact on the pandemic by making treatment available at home. Two of the pills are an experimental antiviral called nirmatrelvir; the third pill is an existing HIV drug called ritonavir. The FDA has yet to authorize the drug, called molnupiravir.
Hospitals worry rising case counts will push them past breaking point
Hospitals increasingly are worried that a growing number of COVID-19 cases in several states will push them beyond their breaking point, even before the omicron strain really hits U.S. shores hard. ADVERTISEMENTSome public health experts worry that omicron could only make things worse, even in an optimistic scenario where the new variant doesn’t lead to deadly cases. New Hampshire and Maine officials also announced the National Guard’s deployment last week to assist with its overwhelmed hospitals. It’s unclear if and how the omicron strain could affect the demand on hospitals. Preliminary data suggests that the omicron strain may cause less severe illness but could be more transmissible than the delta strain.
'It all feels like a horrible repeat of last year': Readers on potential school closures due to Covid
The looming prospect of more school closures as part of further Covid restrictions has exasperated both parents and children. Following the Government’s announcement last week, which outlined their emergency response to the omicron variant, Health Secretary Sajid Javid refused to rule out another round of full school closures. Patrick O’Flynn, writing for the Telegraph, has argued that it would be “unforgivable” for the Government to fully close schools again, particularly as school closures have a devastating impact on vulnerable children. Join the conversation and tell us what your thoughts are on the prospect of school closures. 'We are struggling to motivate our 15-year-old doing exams this year'@Linda Turner:"I have a 15-year-old boy doing exams this year.
British Airways launches budget flights from Gatwick
British Airways has confirmed plans to launch a new budget operation at Gatwick with flights starting in March. It will use the British Airways name but exist as an "entirely separate entity". It will initially be run by British Airways, starting with three Airbus short-haul planes before ramping up to 18 aircraft by the end of May ahead of the summer. By autumn 2022 flights will be managed separately under the BA Euroflyer name, but the brand name will remain British Airways. The vast majority of British Airways' short-haul flights from Gatwick have been suspended since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Don't delete emails relating to alleged Christmas party, Tories told
Downing Street staff have been warned not to delete evidence relating to last year’s alleged Christmas parties, amid fears that vital information may have been wiped from Government email servers. All three allegedly occurred when the public were subject to strict Covid-19 restrictions on household mixing and gatherings. Should evidence of criminal wrongdoing be found, this would lead to Mr Case’s investigation being paused. Staff were also told some of them would be summoned in the coming days to give evidence to the ongoing investigation. However, in comments that suggest the inquiry may struggle to uncover all the evidence related to the three events, Mr Reynolds muted that emails are automatically deleted after 90 days as part of routine security procedures.
Revealed: the Tory rebels set to defy No 10's Covid vaccine passport plans
Some Tory MPs are planning to oppose all of the measures, including work-from-home measures and the use of face coverings in most indoor venues. What time are the votes on working from home, vaccine passports and masks? Three separate votes are expected on Tuesday on working from home, vaccine passports and face masks. Full list: The Tory MPs intending to defy the Government on 'vaccine passports'Here is the most up-to-date list of MPs who have indicated they will refuse to support the Government on Covid certification measures. Not all of these MPs have said they will vote against the proposals, meaning that some could abstain.
Coronavirus: How to manage your mental health while working from home
During the initial lockdowns, a long period of isolation may well have been a necessary measure to protect public health against Covid-19 but it has been acknowledged that it could also have a detrimental impact on people’s mental health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) last year released a mental health guide for people who are self-isolating saying: “This time of crisis is generating stress in the population.”So what should you do if your mental health is suffering during self-isolation or while working from home; are there ways to ensure you safeguard your emotional and mental wellbeing during a potentially extended period of being alone? But Emma Carrington, advice and information manager at Mental Health UK, says: “Do your best to eat well. “Our physical health and mental health are linked so try to create a routine that includes some physical exercise,” he says. The World Health Organisation says: “A near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed.
SNL’s Chloe Fineman responds to Lauren Boebert’s tweet
Chloe Fineman called Lauren Boebert an “actual clown” after the controversial Republican criticised the comedian’s “poorly-acted” sketch on a recent Saturday Night Live episode. The six-minute sketch, which aired on Saturday (11 December), mocked Ms Boebert’s and politician Marjorie Taylor Greene’s pro-gun stance. While Fineman impersonated Ms Boebert, fellow SNL cast member Cecily Strong portrayed Ms Greene in the show’s cold open, which also parodied chief medical adviser to the US president, Dr Anthony Fauci, and the “disgraced” Cuomo brothers, Andrew and Chris. After she watched the skit, Ms Boebert called Fineman a “no name actor” and ridiculed the popular NBC show, as well as actor Alec Baldwin. Would they give a dumb person a gun?” Fineman responded, adding, “Yes.”
IMF warns Bank of England against inaction on inflation
The BoE has said that interest rates will need to rise to ensure that consumer price inflation – currently 4.2% – returns to its 2% target. “Monetary policy also has a key role to play in managing volatility but could face difficult trade-offs,” the IMF said. “It would be important to avoid inaction bias, in view of costs associated with containing second-round impacts. The BoE is due to complete its 895 billion-pound of asset purchases this week and has said it will stop reinvesting the proceeds of maturing bonds once Bank Rate rises to 0.5%. Britain’s government should be ready to reinstate support such as its furlough programme and extra assistance for the poorest households if there are significant new lockdowns, but should not make furlough a permanent part of its toolkit.
IMF urges UK to give non-banks access to liquidity in market crises
LONDON – Britain should consider giving ‘non-banks’ access to its repurchase agreements and government bond operations as a source of liquidity in stressed markets, the International Monetary Fund recommended on Tuesday. Non-banks comprise hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds, money market funds and insurance companies, which collectively now account for half of global financial activity. Intervention prevented money market funds and other market participants from freezing up, but regulators globally are looking at what measures can be taken to avoid having to do the same again in the next market crisis. This is a major cross-border challenge, the IMF said in an assessment of Britain’s economy and financial system. Britain’s finance ministry has proposed that UK regulators have an objective of maintaining the competitiveness of the financial sector, which had raised concerns at the BoE.
UK faces very difficult four weeks due to Omicron, health security agency says
LONDON – The Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is showing a higher rate of reinfection that other variants and its growth rate is shortening in the United Kingdom, the Health Security Agency’s chief medical adviser said on Tuesday. “This is growing very fast with a growth rate of initially two to three days, and that growth rate seems to be shortening rather than lengthening,” Dr Susan Hopkins said. “We are seeing a higher rate of reinfection than we’ve seen before,” Hopkins said. Hopkins said infection from one variant of coronavirus should protect against severe disease from another variant, but it may not protect against mild disease or from transmission of the virus. And may not protect you from transmitting to others.”
British Airways says short-haul flights from Gatwick to start by March end
– British Airways’ short-haul flights from London’s Gatwick airport will start by March end, with an initial plan to fly to 35 destinations, the airline said on Tuesday. The airline had in August announced its intention to create a short-haul standalone business at Gatwick, similar to its operation from London City Airport, which works under the British Airways name but exists as an entirely separate entity. The company, owned by London-listed IAG, said tickets to the destinations would be on sale from Tuesday. The new unit’s operations will herald the airline’s return to short-haul flying from the London airport, which was suspended in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. The recovery at British Airways, typically IAG‘s most profitable airline, has fallen behind the group’s Spanish units, Iberia and Vueling, as Britain steered through tougher and longer restrictions than Europe.
Japan's 'Drive My Car' nominated for Golden Globe Awards
Movie director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” was announced Monday as one of the Golden Globe nominees for the best non-English language film. The three-hour drama is based on novelist Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name in the author’s 2014 collection, “Men without Women.”The other nominees in the non-English film category this year are “Compartment No. Hamaguchi and screenwriter Takamasa Oe won the Best Screenplay Award for “Drive My Car” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Last year’s best motion winner in the non-English category was “Minari,” a movie about South Korean immigrants pursuing the American dream in rural Arkansas. The winners of the 79th Golden Globe Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 9.
Victor Lindelof's wife reveals Manchester United defender is wearing a heart monitor
Victor Lindelof is wearing a heart monitor and undergoing 'a lot of tests' after he was forced out of Manchester United's clash with Norwich with breathing difficulties - but there is no link to the the current Covid outbreak at Old Trafford. Lindelof is currently wearing a heart monitor at home, and has undergone several tests to determine the cause of his discomfort. Maja explained: 'It was a scary match to watch and Victor was very cut up afterwards. A statement from United backed up the positive prognosis from his other half. Cardiologists are calling for more regular screening for players, but insists the recent spate of health issues is purely coincidental.
Simon Baker's ex Laura May Gibbs joins Pete Evans' wife Nicola at her yoga retreat
So it was only a matter of time before Simon Baker's ex-girlfriend Laura May Gibbs struck up a friendship with Pete Evans' wife Nicola. Simon Baker's anti-vaxxer ex Laura May Gibbs (right) spent the weekend at a wellness retreat run by Pete Evans' wife Nicola in Byron Bay. The Byron Bay businesswoman has since denied rumours the actor broke up with her because she attended an anti-vaccine mandate protest. The couple were last pictured together in August, laughing and joking during a trip to the beach in Byron Bay. Simon and Laura first sparked romance rumours in February after they were pictured frolicking in the surf together in Byron Bay.
Arsenal strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of club captaincy after third disciplinary breach
Arsenal have sensationally stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club captaincy and he will not be considered for Wednesday's match against West Ham. Arsenal said in a statement on Tuesday: 'Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday's match against West Ham United. The now former Arsenal captain was given permission to go abroad last Wednesday morning to collect his sick mum and bring her back to England. 'It's not an easy situation, a situation that we want our club captain to be in.' Arsenal didn't appear to miss Aubameyang against Southampton, sweeping the south coast club aside with goals from Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel.
MAFS Australia: KC Osborne flaunts her cleavage and thigh gap in bodysuit
She's the former Pussycat Dolls performer who made her triumphant return to the stage on Sunday after a three-year hiatus. And KC Osborne has clearly kept her dancer's physique despite her lengthy career break, as she showed off her figure on Monday in a new lingerie campaign. The Married At First Sight star, 33, flaunted her toned limbs and enviable thigh gap in a lacy black bodysuit from the label Samara Loves Us. 'Thank you Bedouin Double Bay and Oh La La Cabaret for believing in me to be back on stage after 3 years!' Emotional return: 'Thank you Bedouin Double Bay and Oh La La Cabaret for believing in me to be back on stage after three years!'
Hailey Bieber dons a VERY short minidress as she enjoys a night at the opera with Justin in London
Hailey Bieber looked flawless as she enjoyed a night out at The Royal Opera House with her husband Justin in London on Monday. Justin took to his Instagram account on Monday where he shared a slew of snaps showing himself and Hailey strolling through London, sharing kisses along the way. The pop star wore a tan coloured coat with a beige pair of corduroy trousers and a similarly coloured roll neck. On Saturday night, Justin's performance at the O2 was interrupted when a fan ran onto stage at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball. The member of the public decided to invade the stage while Justin was singing his Quavo collaboration, Intentions - with the crowd screaming.
Scout Willis flaunts expert sense of style in forest green boiler suit to go Christmas shopping
And on Tuesday, Scout Willis, 30, stepped out in a vintage boiler suit to do a spot of Christmas shopping on Melrose Avenue. The middle daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, looked stunning in the forest green jumpsuit, which boasted a tie belt to cinch her in at her svelte waist. Festive spirit: On Tuesday, Scout Willis, 30, stepped out in a vintage boiler suit to do a spot of Christmas shopping on Melrose AvenueShe teamed the outfit with quirky deep purple socks and black chunky lace up shoes. Abiding by Covid-19 rules, she donned a burgundy face mask over her nose and mouth for her shopping trip. Leading up to the release, Scout took to Instagram to share her sentiments around the vulnerably-written tune.
Marisa Tomei takes to the red carpet at the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere
And Marisa Tomei certainly took centre stage as she attended the premiere for the latest release, Spider-Man: No Way Home, at the Regency Village theatre in Los Angeles on Monday evening. The Academy Award-winning star wore her brunette locks in loose waves and sported a pretty pallet of make-up including a slick of nude gloss. Marisa was joined at the premiere by her co-stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jamie Foxx among others. The movie comes after 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home. And his response would be, "I’m still trying to figure it out",' he continued to divulge at the time.
And Just Like That.... viewers vent fury over Carrie's failure to call 911
And Just Like That... viewers have vented their fury over Carrie Bradshaw's actions when she discovered Mr. Big slumped on the floor after suffering a heart attack. It is not the same as a heart attack. A heart attack happens when blood supplying the heart muscle is cut off due to a clot in one of the coronary arteries. A person having a heart attack has a high risk of experiencing a cardiac arrest. 'When I told Chris that Mr. Big dies in the first episode, he definitely knew it wasn't [going to be the] same.
Rita Ora flashes her underwear in a sheer black dress at a Sydney supermarket
AdvertisementShe landed in Sydney with her Thor director boyfriend Taika Waititi earlier this month. Rita left little to the imagination, sporting a sheer black maxi dress that exposed her sexy black lingerie beneath. Down Under: Rita landed in Sydney with her Thor director boyfriend Taika Waititi earlier this monthDaring to bare! It comes amid reports Rita and her New Zealand director boyfriend Taika are set to celebrate the festive season Down Under this year. Rita and Taika flew into Sydney on December 1, and spent time in home quarantine upon their arrival in accordance with Covid rules.
Classic cars you should buy now ahead of a predicted value rise from 2022
Maserati 3200 (1998-2002)Average values today: from £8.900 to £26,650The Maserati 3200 was relatively overlooked in favour of the Porsche 911 of the era. Mini Cooper R50 (2001-2006)Average values today: from £900 to £6,650Not everyone was happy to see BMW relaunching the Mini name in 2001. Porsche Boxster (1996-2004)Average values today: from £4,875 to £12,650The original Boxster, launched some 25 years ago, is now in high demand. Rolls-Royce Camargue (1977-1986)Average values today: from £25,000 to £70,000Production volumes of the often overlooked Camargue were small, meaning there are few around. Triumph TR6 (1969-1976)Average values today: from £6,200 to £31,000A roaring success when on sale, there is a continual supply of Triumph’s TR6 for sale.
Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the club captaincyLondon (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following a breach of discipline, the club confirmed on Tuesday. "Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday's match against West Ham United," Arsenal said in a statement. "It's not an easy situation or a situation we want, to have our club captain in that situation," Arteta said on Saturday. Aubemayang was named Arsenal captain in 2019 after Granit Xhaka was also stripped of the role for his tirade towards supporters after being substituted in a Premier League match against Crystal Palace. He scored just 10 Premier League goals as Arsenal finished eighth last season and has four in 14 league appearances this campaign.
UK's Johnson faces angry MPs at vote on coronavirus curbs
UK's Johnson faces angry MPs at vote on coronavirus curbsBoris Johnson on Tuesday faces potentially the largest rebellion from his own MPs since he became British premier as parliament votes on new coronavirus restrictions to combat the spread of Omicron. Tim Bale, professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, tells us more.
'You don't fully absorb it': Omicron's spread across the province is taking experts by surprise
Share this Story: 'You don't fully absorb it': Omicron's spread across the province is taking experts by surprise'You don't fully absorb it': Omicron's spread across the province is taking experts by surprise Just weeks after it was first identified in South Africa, the highly contagious Omicron variant is spreading through Ontario with such speed that it has taken experts by surprise Photo by Tony Caldwell / PostmediaArticle content The Omicron variant does not so much announce its presence as it smashes the door down. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Even people with two doses can transmit and become infected with the Omicron variant.
India stuck with COVID-19 vaccines it can't export
An employee in personal protective equipment (PPE) removes vials of AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a visual inspection machine inside a lab at Serum Institute of India, in Pune, India, November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasNEW DELHI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - India is struggling to export its surplus of COVID-19 vaccines as logistical hurdles delay their use in many countries despite low levels of inoculation, vaccine producer the Serum Institute of India (SII) and a government official said on Tuesday. Top Indian health official Vinod Kumar Paul told the same event that current global COVID-19 vaccine production was enough to reach the nearly 3.6 billion who have yet to receive a shot. "India is in a position to offer vaccines, but is there traction (for it)?" The SII's monthly output of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it brands Covishield, has nearly quadrupled since April to 250 million doses.
Report: Canadian youth experiencing high levels of anxiety, suicidal thoughts
Youth across Canada are reporting higher levels of anxiety and substance use concerns, with less ability to handle pandemic stress. About 37 per cent of youth who use alcohol report increased use, compared with 27 per cent of the general population. “These findings highlight the importance of long-term investment in a range of youth mental health and substance use health services and supports. The results highlight the importance of continued effort and investment in youth mental health and substance use supports, fostering the resilience older adults have. Continued investments in youth mental health and substance use supports, resilience among older adults, and (further) stigma reduction efforts are needed.
Britons throng vaccine centres for boosters as UK records first Omicron death
Long lines formed Monday at vaccination centres across England as people heeded the government’s call for all adults to get booster shots to protect themselves against the omicron variant, and as the UK recorded its first death of a patient infected with omicron. Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers Monday that omicron will be dominant in London “within 48 hours". Barely two weeks after it was identified in South Africa, 10 people are in British hospitals with omicron-related Covid-19. The other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – are also expected to speed up their vaccination campaigns. The omicron outbreak is also more visible in Britain because the UK is also a world leader in genomic sequencing, which identifies and tracks new variants.
Pfizer antiviral reduces hospitalization, death among high-risk people by 89%, study shows: COVID-19 updates
An experimental antiviral drug from Pfizer to help combat COVID-19, delivered in a five-day course of pills, reduced hospitalization or death among high-risk people by 89%, according to a final analysis of a previously released study. Lab studies also suggest the antiviral will remain potent against the omicron variant, which has been rapidly spreading across the globe. Late last month, an FDA advisory committee narrowly recommended authorizing a different COVID-19 antiviral from Merck, called molnupiravir. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 50 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 798,710 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. ? What we're reading: The omicron variant is fueling misinformation about COVID.
Covid Live Updates: Pfizer Pill Protects Against Severe Disease, Including From Omicron, Study Says
Image Paxlovid, Pfizer’s Covid treatment pill, being produced in a laboratory in Freiburg, Germany. Credit... Pfizer, via Getty ImagesA highly anticipated study of Pfizer’s Covid pill confirmed that it helps stave off severe disease, the company announced on Tuesday. Last month, Pfizer asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize the pill, known as Paxlovid, based on a preliminary batch of data. These volunteers including vaccinated people who carried a risk factor for severe disease, as well as unvaccinated patients with no risk factors. Among this group of 662 volunteers, Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 70 percent, the company said.
'Too much of a dip': OC Kellen Moore, Dallas Cowboys diagnose where offense has slumped
“You’re going to have ups and you’re going to have downs,” the Dallas offensive coordinator said Nov. 25 after the Cowboys’ 36-33 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. … If you're going to go through a little bit of a bump, you want to go through it with these type of guys.”The Cowboys’ offensive struggles are multifaceted. But his production has fallen from 86.8 yards per game before Dallas’ bye to 41.3 in seven games since. The Cowboys want to return to an attack with a punishing uphill run game. “I thought our run game had some clean stuff in there,” Moore said Monday after Dallas ran for 122 yards at Washington.
800,000 US deaths from COVID-19 and counting: 'There's no question we will reach 1 million'
Less than three months ago, the U.S. reached 700,000 COVID-19 deaths, and public health experts mused over whether the toll would reach a once-unthinkable 1 million. US reaches 700,000 COVID-19 deaths: It's a milestone we never expected to reachExperts cringe at what winter could bring. That could make the "omicron variant in February 2022 more infectious in vaccinated persons than today." A hybrid approach of clinical and of public health practices such as hand washing and face covering remains the most viable method, he said. Such findings highlight "the politicization of public health recommendations,” said Wendy King, associate professor of epidemiology in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and a co-author of the Pitt-CMU study.
Can We Make Our Granddaughter Give Up Her Scary Dog?
In preparation for the move, my granddaughter brought her dog to stay for a week while she and her mother went back to finish packing. Because my granddaughter needed to leave the dog while she and her mother returned home to pack, she decided to board it. The first night, the dog escaped and caused some destruction. The kennel owner told my granddaughter that someone would have to come and pick up the dog. There are several Akita rescue groups in the area, and my husband wants my granddaughter to give the dog up.
What It Takes to Understand a Variant
Researchers expect it to become dominant in many countries, though the Delta variant is still the most common around the world. Omicron cases are expected to rise, but, for now, the Delta variant remains dominant in America. Source: “ Data set for Increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection associated with emergence of the Omicron variant in South Africa ,” Juliet R.C. 21 days after second dose Original strain 155 Omicron variant 6 1 month after third dose Original strain 398 Omicron variant 154 21 days after second dose Original strain 155 Omicron variant 6 1 month after third dose Original strain 398 Omicron variant 154 Source: Pfizer-BioNTechAntibodies are just one component of the body’s immune system. It’s worth noting that several months into a global surge of the Delta variant, researchers are still debating whether that variant is more virulent.
Omicron Is a Dress Rehearsal for the Next Pandemic
When scientists discovered the highly mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus last month, it set off an eerily familiar chain of events. Virus trackers filled in their maps as the variant was reported in country after country. And the rest of us waited, with increasing unease, to learn more about the threat we were facing. The same sequence unfolded nearly two years ago when the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was first discovered. “And by that time, it had already circulated widely between multiple states and from coast to coast.”
How is COVID going to end?
To end the hysteria, public health officials must communicate effectively accurate, metric-driven data with advice (not mandates) on risk reduction strategies, rather than media-hyped conjecture. To end the hysteria, public health officials must communicate effectively accurate, metric-driven data with advice (not mandates) on risk reduction strategies, rather than media-hyped conjecture. Also, Americans shouldn't be getting public health updates from Big Pharma. Health officials should allow this coronavirus to become seasonal, like the many other respiratory viruses Americans live with. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFuture actions should focus on reducing COVID hospitalizations while permitting mild illness to circulate.
Democratic mayors under fire as violence plagues Chicago, New York, Philadelphia
Democratic mayors are raising eyebrows with their responses to the rising crime plaguing major cities like New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. At least 12 major cities, including New York, have already set historical murder records in 2021. "Eight years I’ve been mayor, index crimes, major crimes in New York City down 11% over eight years. "The bottom line is that there is today in New York City, a much safer city than we were eight years ago." "We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence," the district attorney told reporters Monday.
Chris Cuomo sought to discredit Fox News' Janice Dean for speaking out on brother's nursing home scandal
Disgraced CNN anchor Chris Cuomo reportedly leveled personal attacks against Fox News' senior meteorologist Janice Dean, an outspoken critic of his brother's nursing home scandal. Dean, who lost both of her in-laws last year after they had contracted the coronavirus in nursing homes, had placed blame on then-New York Gov. Fox News reached out to Chris Cuomo's spokesperson for comment. Chris Cuomo was fired by CNN after a new sexual misconduct allegation emerged against the anchor over alleged behavior that took place at another network. Documents showed that Cuomo relied on his own media sources to find information about his brother's accusers.
Why a Covid booster dose is crucial against the omicron variant
It's been less than a month since the new, heavily-mutated omicron Covid strain was detected and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization. Prior to this, studies had shown that the immunity provided by Covid vaccines waned after around six months — meaning that booster shots are essential to increasing protective antibodies to fight potential Covid infection. But the same studies have indicated that three vaccine doses — the two preliminary shots plus a booster dose — significantly increases the level of protection against omicron. However, it found that a "moderate to high vaccine effectiveness of 70 to 75% is seen in the early period after a booster dose." "The good news is that with the booster dose it increases about a hundredfold.
Omicron is spreading fast. That's alarming even if it's mild
(CNN) The Omicron variant of coronavirus is spreading quickly in several countries where it has been discovered. "Given the current available data, it is likely that Omicron will outpace the Delta variant where community transmission occurs," WHO added. "What we now know about Omicron is that ... it's spreading at a phenomenal rate, something that we've never seen before. "Our findings show that vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease with the Omicron variant is significantly lower than with the Delta variant," the researchers wrote. Even without Omicron adding to the spread, the Delta variant combined with an undervaccinated population, is doing plenty of damage.
Only half of US nursing home residents have received a Covid-19 vaccine booster
(CNN) Only about half of fully vaccinated nursing home residents have received a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, leaving a high-risk group especially vulnerable as Covid-19 cases rise across the country and concern about the Omicron variant builds. By the end of October, a month after the initial recommendation, about a quarter of fully vaccinated nursing home residents had received a booster, according to data published Friday by the CDC. And while earlier waves of community spread led to even worse waves within local nursing homes, more recent waves of community spread have been less severe within nursing homes. Risks from staff and visitors remainBut nursing home residents are far from insulated from the risk Covid-19 continues to pose. Based on CDC data, booster uptake among nursing home residents is about the same as among the general senior population.
Los Angeles Rams hold off Arizona Cardinals for key playoff hunt win on Monday Night Football
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three touchdowns and the LA defense was able to do just enough to stop the Cardinals to hold on for a 30-23 win on Monday Night Football. After the game, Stafford called Kupp "fantastic." The Rams defense was able to slow down Cards quarterback Kyler Murray and the rest of the red-hot Arizona offense. UptickIn addition to the Rams players added to the Reserve/Covid-19 list, the NFL reported an overall increase in the number of positive cases around the league. This mandate does not apply to NFL players.
Pfizer: Final data on Covid-19 pills for high-risk adults holds strong against hospitalization and death
Pfizer hopes it can eventually offer the pills, under the name Paxlovid, for people to take at home before they get sick enough to go to the hospital. Among 682 who received placebo, 44 were hospitalized, including 9 who died. If given within the first five days of symptoms, the efficacy was similar: 88%. These results hold up against a similar announcement from the company last month, when not all the data had come in yet. The research also showed "an approximate 10-fold decrease in viral load at Day 5, relative to placebo," the statement said.
Former Vaccines Task Force chief raises concerns over UK vaccines strategy
Modified vaccines will likely be needed in light of the new Omicron variant | Rob Pinney/Getty ImagesThe former chair of the U.K.’s Vaccine Taskforce said Tuesday that modified vaccines will likely be needed in light of the new Omicron coronavirus variant — but raised concerns over the country’s vaccines manufacturing capability. “We have to be nimble in how quickly we can manufacture these variant vaccines because I think we’re going to have to produce (them),” she told the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. Bingham, who has been praised for her work in quickly identifying and procuring COVID-19 vaccines when she was chair of the Vaccines Task Force last year, said she was “concerned” about the U.K.'s approach to manufacturing. The U.K. terminated its contract with the small biotech which had gone to the lengths of setting up a production presence in the U.K. as part of its vaccine deal, she said. Having a variant vaccine by March next year “isn't beyond the realms of possibility," she said, "but we need to have that capability to be able to do it."
Pfizer jabs protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron
In general, the new omicron cases have resulted in milder cases, with fewer hospitalizations and less severe cases requiring oxygen or intensive care. In general, the new omicron cases have resulted in milder cases, with fewer hospitalizations and less severe cases requiring oxygen or intensive care. ADVERTISEMENTThe study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant.
Amazon worker deaths in tornados raise questions about tornado training and cellphone policy
Two employees who work at nearby facilities said they had been given very little tornado-specific training and were expected to work through tornado warnings. She added that during two previous tornado warnings during her overnight shift, she was expected to continue working even when the company sounded alarms. Workers across Amazon facilities also pushed back against a policy that Amazon is bringing back barring phones at work. For years, Amazon has banned workers from carrying their phones in warehouse facilities. The collapse has only stirred the anger of Amazon workers across the country who have been trying to unionize.
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 271 million and U.S. passes 50 million cases
The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 270.9 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged above 5.31 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to lead the world after passing 50 million cases and 798,713 deaths. The U.S. is averaging almost 1,300 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, , and cases and hospitalizations are rising again. Sandra Lindsay, the first person in the U.S. to receive a COVID vaccine one year ago, told the New York Times she would do it again. Brazil has second highest death toll at 616,457 and 22.2 million cases.
Most employers say they won't require vaccines if courts block Biden's mandate
(The World Health Organization identified omicron as a variant of concern on Nov. 26)Biden’s vaccine mandate, which was set to take effect next month, is currently at a standstill. The mandate would require employers with 100 or more employees to require that workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative on a weekly basis. The remaining share doesn’t fit the criteria for any of the federal vaccine mandates Biden announced. Three in 10 workers say their employers required them to get vaccinated, according to a recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. More than half of employers either have vaccine mandates in place or would require one if Biden’s mandate took effect, according to a recent Willis Towers Watson survey.
Terminix Stock Soars on $6.7 billion Pest-Control Merger
A Rentokil disinfection company employee after disinfecting a bus in Paris as part of measures taken to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. AFP via Getty ImagesU.K. pest-control services provider Rentokil Initial said Tuesday that it would acquire U.S.-based rival Terminix Global Holdings in a $6.7 billion deal that will boost its expertise in termite and residential services. The deal values Terminix (ticker TMX) at $55 per share, a 47% premium to Monday’s close. Terminix’s shareholders will own 26% of the enlarged group.
U.S. stock futures mixed as Fed meeting set to kick off, omicron variant worries simmer
U.S. stock futures pointed to a mixed start for Wall Street on Tuesday, as investors looked toward the start of a Federal Reserve meeting and kept an eye on omicron updates. On Monday, the Dow Industrials DJIA, -0.89% fell by 320.04 points, or 0.9%, at 35,650.95., the lowest closing value since Dec. 6. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -1.39% fell 217.32 points, or 1.4%, at 15,413.28, the lowest closing value since Dec. 6. Investors will get an update on producer price inflation, with November data due at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors may also want to see the Fed’s viewpoint on the fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID.
At least 10 Russian companies considering IPOs in 2022, advisers say
"More than 10 companies are now considering potential IPO in 2022," said Boris Kvasov, co-head of equity capital markets at VTB Capital, the investment arm of Russia's No. Evgeny Sokolsky, head of investment at BCS Global Markets, said companies from the agriculture, home building, and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as spin-offs of large companies could be IPO candidates. He also sees at least 10 candidates for a 2022 IPO. The Russian market is still young and small compared with major global peers. "A serious geopolitical escalation like a massive development in war is the kind of thing that makes the IPO market go away...
The Fed could tweak monetary policy based on Build Back Better passage, economist says
Video TranscriptALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Well, the Federal Reserve's final monetary policy decision of the year is set for this Wednesday. But what I think is interesting is, you know, Fed has been accommodating to fiscal policy throughout coronavirus. The second thing is that our natural immunity policy is lagging many other countries because we're disrupting labor markets with these vaccine policies, which is unfortunate. But it's kind of an interesting-- Yahoo Finance it said interesting reason why natural immunity policy is so poor because no one has an incentive to study natural immunity. So I think immunity policy could be a lot better by not just requiring vaccine but also paying attention to natural immunity and therefore opening up the economy more than it has been.
Omicron: We don't know the full effect of latest variant, doctor explains
That as the UK reported its first death tied to the Omicron variant and says, 40% of COVID cases there are now attributed to the variant. BORIS JOHNSON: Sadly, yes, Omicron is producing hospitalizations, and sadly, at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with Omicron. - Here with her insight is Suzanne Judd, PhD epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at the Birmingham School of Public Health. I know that there has been a labor crunch, and the pandemic, and these vaccine mandates have just added to it. We've seen some great results with the Pfizer vaccine and the Omicron variant.
Apple stock 'is here to stay,' Santosh Rao says
Manhattan Venture Partners Head of Research Santosh Rao joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss Apple approaching $3 trillion market cap and the company's future outlook. Apple stock is lower today, down by about .7/10ths of a percent. Here to discuss that is Santosh Rao, Manhattan Venture Partners head of research. SANTOSH RAO: Yes, good afternoon. Santosh Rao, Manhattan Venture Partners head of research, thank you so much for your time today.
2021 NFL Playoff Picture, Standings: Packers can clinch playoff berth on Sunday Night Football vs. Bears
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are set to face off in an NFC North matchup that has important implications on the NFL playoff picture. NBC News political correspondent Steve Kornacki makes his return to Football Night in America this week to trade election result breakdowns for NFL playoff picture scenarios. Let’s take a closer look at the NFL playoff picture in the NFC and AFC. 2021 NFC Playoff Picture:Story continuesThe NFC is a top-heavy conference and, as a result, every game has the potential to define the NFL playoff picture. 2021 NFL Playoff Picture, Standings: Packers can clinch playoff berth on Sunday Night Football vs. Bears originally appeared on NBCSports.com
We need to talk about 2023 (yes, already): Morning Brief
Get the Morning Brief sent directly to your inbox every Monday to Friday by 6:30 a.m. But the Morning Brief is here to give our readers the unvarnished truth, straight no chaser — and as ever, there’s both good and bad news. The bank expects 2022 growth to decelerate from the current year, but check in at a still robust 3.5% annualized rate. ET: PPI excluding food and energy, month-over-month, November (0.4% expected, 0.4% in October)8:30 a.m. ET: PPI year-over-year, November (9.2% expected, 8.6% in October)8:30 a.m.
‘My friends are being burned’: Atrocities mount under Myanmar’s junta
Then someone close by came screaming and crying, saying, ‘My friends are being burned,’” said Ko Sithu, a teacher in the village, Don Taw. “We are appalled by the alarming escalation of grave human rights abuses in Myanmar,” said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner last week. for Political Prisoners, a Myanmar-based human rights group. A Human Rights Watch report released this month detailed how security forces armed with assault rifles encircled protesters in a neighborhood in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and killed at least 65 demonstrators and bystanders. The country, also known as Burma, was defended at The Hague by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, precipitating her fall from grace as a onetime symbol of human rights.
Column: Trump’s clout with Republican voters seems to be slipping away
But other evidence suggests Trump’s appeal is becoming more selective — to borrow a term from Spinal Tap. Sen. Lisa Murkowski may have a tough reelection fight ahead of her, but Murkowski, not her Trump-backed opponent, will have the support of the national Republican Party. And, of course, there was the big GOP victory in Virginia last month, led by gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. Now, it’s easy to tell the opposite story — that Trump remains the leader of the Republican Party and the presumptive nominee if he runs. Ron DeSantis for not publicly declaring he won’t run for president if Trump does.
ASK IRA: Are Heat in the process of buying time with depleted roster?
A: I assume with Caleb Martin you’re referring to his limitations on his two-way contract. To that end, it stops the clock on his 50 allowable games to be on the active roster at his current 24, now likely to miss at least four more games. But it still leaves him well short of enough allowable games to remain a nightly Heat fixture for the balance of the season when he returns. Prior to this absence, assuming he had played every game, his NBA eligibility would have run out on Jan. 31 (then either limited to G League play or inactive status, unless converted to a standard contract). Now, assuming a five-game absence (based on the need to sit 10 days or return two negative COVID tests), it will extend his calendar through Feb. 12.
Dear Doctor: I got COVID and have natural immunity. Why would I need a vaccination?
Like I’ve read up on natural immunity. Natural immunity after a bout with one variant of COVID-19 may not provide protection against other variants. There have been documented cases of people getting COVID-19 despite vaccination, just as there are in people who have already had COVID-19. At least 30% of survivors of COVID-19 infection will have persistent symptoms three months after infection. Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible.
The biggest Long Island restaurant closures of 2021
Pentimento (Stony Brook): After 27 years in the village, this atmospheric restaurant closed following a landlord dispute. It was one of the few places to find German food on Long Island. KuraBarn (Huntington): This pioneering, family-run Japanese restaurant closed in October. It had been serving gyoza and sushi since 1980, a time when Long Island was almost completely sushi-less. "We loved being a part of the Bay Shore community and … we hope to bring that same vibe and delicious menu back to Long Island someday."
Researcher says Americans have two choices: 'protect ourselves' or 'act stupid and risk death'
The foundation is a main source for funding university research in this nation. President Joe Biden proposed a National Science Foundation budget for next year of more than $10 billion – not nearly enough, but up from the $8.5 billion of the year before. Today, Manchin is the ultimate swing vote in the U.S. Senate – and also a man with millions in coal stock. Yesterday we reached the second anniversary of the emergence of the worst and most lethal virus in known world history. The world has changed, and we can either protect ourselves accordingly, or act stupid and risk death.
Pfizer vaccines protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron
Andrew MeldrumAssociated PressJohannesburg — A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant. Hospital admissions among adults diagnosed with COVID-19 attributed to omicron is 29% lower compared to the COVID-19 wave that South Africa experienced in mid-2020, after adjusting for vaccination status.
Jack Roslovic, Max Domi and Jakub Voracek emerging as productive trio for Blue Jackets
Though Domi's finish was as highlight-worthy as Roslovic's pass, Domi credited Roslovic for the score. Domi and Roslovic have played on a line together for at least part of 11 of the Jackets' 16 games. In the last four games, Roslovic and Domi have scored a combined five goals, and the three players have 14 points altogther. Roslovic (scored). With another four games on Columbus' longest road trip of the season, maintaining a high level of production from Roslovic, Domi and Voracek may be key to changing that.
On anniversary of first COVID vaccine, doctors applaud progress but say more must be done
>>Read More:OhioHealth pauses enforcement of COVID vaccine mandateAs of Monday, 58.7% of the state's population, or more than 6.8 million Ohioans, are fully vaccinated. "It's almost hard to remember what it was like before there were vaccines and how hopeful we were (once there were vaccines)," Thomas said. >>Read More:Omicron COVID variant not yet found in Ohio, but experts believe only a matter of time"This isn't just about a vaccine. Like Horowitz, Moodabagil was also one of the first Ohioans vaccinated at Ohio State on Dec. 14, 2020. While it was a hectic time for many health care workers, Thomas said the vaccine gave them a much needed morale boost.
Midwest City-Del City to close 2 schools next year
MIDWEST CITY — Two elementary schools in Midwest City-Del City Public Schools will close at the end of this school year. Superintendent Rick Cobb said the school district could save $1.4 million per year by closing the two elementary schools. Students at Highland Park likely will attend Parkview, Epperly Heights or Townsend elementary schools next year. Steed students could be zoned to Ridgecrest, Soldier Creek or Midwest City Elementary. The firm produced a 400-page report, which included recommendations that four elementary schools shutter permanently.
A year since Oklahoma's first COVID vaccine was given, health chief reflects on saved lives
Having spent almost two decades working for the state Health Department, Keith Reed has seen his share of public health emergencies. On Dec. 14, 2020, when the first vaccine was administered in the state, Oklahoma’s COVID-19 death toll stood at 2,072. More:As COVID-19 vaccines open to all in Oklahoma, Gov. ... To see the pandemic shift to an endemic state, that's going to occur when we no longer have this imminent threat to our health care system. First, second and booster dose appointments can be found on the state’s vaccine scheduling portal at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.
First Thing: More than 100 still unaccounted for after Kentucky tornadoes
He said 109 Kentuckians were still unaccounted for and that the eventual number of confirmed deaths might not be known for weeks. Capitol attack panel recommends Mark Meadows for criminal prosecutionMark Meadows and Liz Cheney, who is vice-chair of the select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on 6 January. Protesting voting rights activists arrested as Biden meets with ManchinProtesters during a Poor People’s Campaign march near the Capitol in Washington DC. The diverse group of activists came to Washington from around the country and were focused primarily on issues around voting rights and poverty. Meanwhile, voting rights watchdogs have warned of a powerful web of attorneys and groups who have spent millions promoting new and onerous voting laws that many key battleground states have enacted.
Man Utd confident Victor Lindelof's breathing difficultes not linked to Covid outbreak at club
Victor Lindelof is undergoing a series of precautionary investigations following his substitution against Norwich with breathing difficulties but Manchester United are confident the problem is not related to the Covid outbreak at the club. United said Lindelof had “recovered well” from the episode at Norwich but he remains under medical observation. In a statement on Lindelof, United said: “Victor is currently undergoing a series of precautionary investigations. All indications are that this is not linked to any Covid outbreak within the club.”Lindelof’s wife opened up about the events of the past few days in her blog for Elle and described the sight of her husband in difficulty as “incredibly uncomfortable”. In her blog, Maja wrote: “It was a scary match to watch and Victor was very cut afterwards.
‘Seeing friends in hotel quarantine felt like visiting a prison’
But my recent experience at the Radisson Blu Edwardian felt pretty close to what I imagine a prison visit to be like. Thankfully, the United States remained off the UK’s red list, meaning we wouldn’t have to enter hotel quarantine on our return. This was a quarantine hotel. “Don’t suppose you’re staying at the Radisson Blu Edwardian at Heathrow? These were the quarantine hotel inmates, whose crime was to have travelled to a sub-Saharan African country when they were perfectly entitled to do so.
89 people are killed by mystery disease in South Sudan: WHO taskforce sent to investigate
A World Health Organization (WHO) taskforce has been sent to South Sudan to investigate an unidentified illness which has killed 89 people. The WHO sent a rapid response team of scientists to the area, which is one of the worst hit by recent severe flooding, to collect samples from sick people, reports the BBC. A World Health Organization (WHO) taskforce has been sent to South Sudan to investigate an unidentified illness which has killed 89 people. The flooding in the north of South Sudan has cut off communities from accessing supplies of food and other vital commodities. Nearly a decade after South Sudan gained independence following a war, it faces the threat of conflict, climate change and COVID-19, the outgoing head of the U.N. mission in the country said in March.
Scotland braced for new Covid restrictions that could cost its economy millions
AdvertisementNicola Sturgeon is expected to unveil a new wave of Covid restrictions for Scotland today that could cost its economy more than a billion pounds in the run up to Christmas. 'This is devastating for businesses that need the income to keep going and to see them through the winter. There are also contingency plans to bring back furlough and support for businesses if tougher restrictions are needed. Scottish Labour's health and Covid recovery spokeswoman, Jackie Baillie, said: 'It's clear we are in the most fragile position we've been in for months. 'We need to take the action needed now to save lives, protect livelihoods, and keep restrictions to a minimum this Christmas.
COVID: Much attention and prudence still needed-Mattarella - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Much attention and prudence is still required on COVID-19, President Sergio Mattarella said Tuesday. "We can now finally meet although we need to still have a lot of attention and prudence", the president told the young recipients of the 'Ensign of the Republic' award who had not been able to come to the presidential Quirinal palace to pick up their prizes due to the pandemic. He told them that their force of will made people have faith in the country.
Unvaccinated health worker who wanted to get COVID dies of it - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - An unvaccinated health worker died of COVID in Alessandria Monday, nurses' union Nursind said Tuesday. The woman, 64, had voiced the desire to get the virus. She had been suspended from her job at an Alessandria hospital for refusing to get the jab. In a video posted in November she said "it's better to die on your feet than to die crawling on the ground".
Sixth Covid-19 wave, fuelled by Omicron, to hit France in January
Sixth Covid-19 wave, fuelled by Omicron, to hit France in JanuaryFrance will be hit by a sixth Covid-19 wave next month due to the emergence of the new, more contagious, Omicron variant of the disease while the country is still in the midst of the current, Delta-fuelled, fifth wave of the pandemic, according to a leading French hospital executive.
Lindelof breathing difficulties not Covid related - Man Utd
Manchester United's Victor Lindelof had to be substituted at Norwich due to breathing difficultiesManchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is underdoing investigations into the cause of the breathing difficulties he suffered during Saturday's 1-0 win at Norwich, but it is not believed to be related to the coronavirus outbreak at the club. Advertising Read moreLindelof, 27, was substituted in the 74th minute at Carrow Road after struggling to catch his breath. In a statement on Tuesday, United said: "Victor is currently undergoing a series of precautionary investigations. He has recovered well from the episode he experienced in the match against Norwich. "All indications are that this is not linked to any Covid outbreak within the club."
GOP election objectors rake in corporate cash
Those same corporate PACs quietly resumed and later increased their political giving, doling out a total of $2.3 million to GOP election objectors between September and October, the most recent months on record. The Credit Union National Association is the top PAC donor to the election objectors, shelling out nearly $177,000. are the top recipients of corporate PAC cash among the 147 Republicans, taking in nearly $255,000 and $202,000 respectively. That shift is driven by the reality that nearly two-thirds of House Republicans objected to the election results. Corporate PACs have largely stayed away from a small number of Republican lawmakers who have continued to falsely claim that the election was stolen from Trump.
Brexit-voting areas of UK have highest COVID-19 death rate, study finds
COVID-19 is killing a high proportion of people in regions of the UK that voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, a new report has claimed. Wu of the University of Glasgow has claimed to have found a direct correlation between Brexit-voting districts of the UK and those that have the highest rate of fatalities from COVID-19. By contrast, the 20 boroughs with the lowest death rates all voted heavily for Remain. As for the correlation between areas that voted Brexit and fatalities, he suggested it could be for a different reason. “There has not been enough focus by social media companies on misinformation in other languages within the UK,” he said.
Vaccines appear weak at blocking Omicron, better against severe disease
Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. Vaccines appear weak vs Omicron infection, better vs severe diseaseVaccine effectiveness against symptomatic infection from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is likely to be much lower than against earlier variants, but they may still offer substantial protection against severe disease, a new analysis suggests. "Importantly, protection against severe disease is much higher" for all categories: recently vaccinated, waned, or boosted. "We estimated that protection against severe disease was 86% for recent mRNA vaccination against Omicron, 67% for waned immunity, and 91% following 3rd dose boosters," Kilpatrick said. "There are still no direct estimates of vaccine effectiveness for severe disease from any country yet, so our estimates cannot be compared to direct estimates yet."
COVID vaccine anniversary raises question of what's next for pandemic
A year ago today the firstCOVID-19 vaccines were given out, and more than 450 million shots have been administered across America since. The rapid development and manufacturing has been described as one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time. With all that progress – not to mention billions of dollars spent on vaccine development – what's next for vaccines?
Covid Live Updates: What the U.S. Vaccination Campaign Looks Like One Year On
The number of fully vaccinated Americans surpassed 200 million — just over 60 percent of the population — earlier this month, but the road to that milestone was not straight or smooth. With virus cases soaring to record levels after the 2020 holidays, officials in many states moved to expand vaccine eligibility. But as the pandemic appeared to dwindle in the United States, so did the appetite for the vaccines. Image In the year since Sandra Lindsay received the first coronavirus vaccine dose administered in the United States outside a clinical trial, 200 million Americans have been fully vaccinated. Do you want it to burn itself out and kill a lot more people and make a lot more people sick?
Biden’s rural investments run up against the culture wars in Wisconsin
While he performed slightly better than Hillary Clinton did with rural voters in 2016, Biden lost almost every rural county in the state. Millions in federal aid from Democrats' pandemic relief law have already reached small communities in southwest Wisconsin. As in Wisconsin, Brown’s state has pockets of small communities that once voted Democratic but have since turned deep red. Democrats' last hope for holding the district and their remaining footholds in rural America is a small sliver of rural voters whom they still might be able to persuade. “Republicans face a real challenge in rural Wisconsin explaining to people why they oppose delivering results that make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin’s Democratic senator.
U.S. court rejects bid to end Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' border policy
President Joe Biden, a Democrat, scrapped his Republican predecessor's policy — often referred to as "Remain in Mexico" — soon after taking office in January this year. Biden decried the policy on the campaign trail and immigration advocates have said migrants stuck in dangerous border cities have faced kidnappings and other dangers. The Biden administration re-issued a memo terminating MPP in the hopes it would overcome the legal challenges. In compliance with the court's order, the administration began sending the first asylum seekers back to Mexico again last week. The number of migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has soared to record highs this year, sparking criticism from Republicans.
Supply chain disruptions cloud German machinery outlook
BERLIN (AP) — A group representing Germany’s machinery industry said Tuesday it expects a weaker rebound in production this year than previously forecast because of persistent supply chain bottlenecks. The VDMA group said it now expects production to grow by 7% this year to a value of about 219 billion euros ($247 billion), down from the 10% it predicted in September. Last year, production of machinery — a major German export — dropped by nearly 12%. “We could have produced more had the various delivery bottlenecks not been so persistent,” said the group’s chairman, Karl Haeusgen. They complained in particular of shortages of electronic components and metal, and expected difficulties with electronic components to persist until the third quarter of 2022.Business confidence in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has been weighed down lately by the stubborn supply chain problems and by a resurgence of coronavirus infections.
Omicron stalks UK jobs market after previous fears allayed
The Office for National Statistics found that the number of workers on payroll rose by a record 257,000 in November to a record 29.4 million. The statistics agency also found that the unemployment rate fell once more, to 4.2% in the three months to October. Despite the buoyant jobs news, the Bank of England isn’t expected to raise interest rates on Thursday for the first time since the pandemic began in early 2020, amid concerns over the rapid spread of omicron. One concern is that the spread of omicron will prompt many people to avoid going out, leading to lower sales in entertainment and food venues. However, with the British economy showing lackluster growth even before omicron and the reimposition of new restrictions, the pressure on rate-setters to raise rates has eased.
The Omicron Variant Can Evade Vaccine Protection. Here’s How We Know
A growing number of studies indicate Omicron is more resistant to current vaccines than previous Covid variants, though boosters seem to help. WSJ’s Daniela Hernandez gets an exclusive look inside a lab testing how antibodies interact with Omicron. Photo illustration: Tom Grillo
This 93-year old great-grandmother says anyone under 80 might like these useful holiday gift ideas for the older people in their lives
Every holiday season I hear from loved ones that they have no idea what to get me. Or, if you love to cook, make a batch of your older neighbor’s favorite soup or meal and gift it to him in frozen, single-serving containers. Also valued are gift cards to favorite restaurants or shops; the expensive, not-covered-by-Medicare vitamins that help macular degeneration; magazine subscriptions and large-print books. Either our walkers make tasks difficult for us or we aren’t included in activities because our loved ones don’t think to ask. It’s also an incredible gift when my loved ones call and ask me to teach them to sew a button or how to knit.
California reimposes indoor mask mandate to battle omicron variant
The order comes as the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks. But since then, county governments covering about half of the state’s population have imposed their own indoor mask mandates as case rates surged with new variants. The new mask mandate will cover everyone else, but state officials on Monday were unclear about how it would be enforced. “We know that there’s going to be people who don’t necessarily agree with this, who are tired, who aren’t going to mask,” Ghaly said. The state also is recommending travelers who visit or return to California to get tested within five days of their arrival.
South Africa study shows two Pfizer shots may halt 70% of omicron hospitalizations: report
Two shots of the COVID vaccine produced by Pfizer PFE, +4.59% and BioNTech BNTX, +7.97% may offer 70% protection against hospitalizations due to the omicron variant, a South African study showed Tuesday, Bloomberg reported. The study was released by Discovery Ltd., the country's biggest health-insurance provider, which also found that Pfizer shots were 33% effective against the newly discovered variant. The study looked at clinical and vaccination records and lab tests in examining 78,000 COVID-19 test results for infections of that strain from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7.
Stocks Take a Pause as Markets Await Central Bank Decisions
U.S. stock markets were poised to open lower Tuesday after Asian and European stocks dipped in a trading day marked by investors’ persistent uncertainty about the crucial decisions major central banks are due to make later this week. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 0.1% to 35,483, S&P 500 futures fell 0.3% and Nasdaq composite futures declined 0.7%. Asian markets ended down slightly on Tuesday, with the Nikkei 225 falling 0.7% and the Shanghai composite index down 0.5%. Stocks in the U.S. retreated Monday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 falling 0.9%, and the Nasdaq dropping1.4%. Brent crude, the international benchmark, was down 0.15% to $74.28 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate fell 0.3% to $71.06 a barrel.
Chinese smartphone maker Oppo unveils self-developed chip for phones
A commuter using his mobile phone passes an advertisement of Chinese smartphone maker Oppo at a train station in SingaporeSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Oppo unveiled on Tuesday a new self-developed chip, as the hardware company moves further into the semiconductor sector. The company is owned by BBK Electronics, which also owns Vivo, another top-selling Chinese smartphone brand. In addition to MariSilicon X, Oppo has also developed a power management chip that it uses for some of its chargers. The chip efforts dovetail with a government push for Chinese companies to boost the country's domestic chip sector, which for decades has lagged behind that of the United States and other East Asian economies. The measures crippled the company's smartphone division as well as its in-house chip division HiSilicon, once the only Chinese unit developing smartphone processors that could rival those of Qualcomm Inc.
Where Matthew Stafford thrived, Kliff Kingsbury and Cards crumbled under cloud of mistakes, miscommunication and odd decisions
The Los Angeles Rams, and QB Matthew Stafford, defeated the Arizona Cardinals, coached by Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, 30-23. While this was still a December regular season game in December, it might signal plenty about the January playoff ones to come. Start with Stafford, who is closing in on 50,000 career passing yards, 320 career touchdowns and $250,000,000 in career salary. In a dozen seasons in Detroit, Stafford never won a playoff game (0-3 in the wild-card round) or a division crown. “I thought Matthew Stafford was outstanding,” said Rams coach Sean McVay.
How Adam McKay’s near-death experience led to ‘Don’t Look Up,’ his new apocalyptic comedy
Follow us wherever you get your podcasts:Director Adam McKay takes us behind the scenes of “Don’t Look Up” to reveal the real-life events that inspired his new film. And then his latest film is “Don’t Look Up,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. McKay In fact, I bet you it’s in the works right now,[Archival clip from “Don’t Look Up”: Introducing Bash Liif. I mean, I guess it’s like the fact-based comedy drama and “Don’t Look Up” feels pitched a little more strongly to comedy. Like, when you were working on “Don’t Look Up,” are you second guessing yourself?
Air Force discharges 27 people for refusal to get vaccinated
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these were the first Air Force personnel to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate; the Air Force set the earliest deadline. Stefanek said that, in the first three quarters of 2021, about 1,800 Air Force personnel were discharged for failure to follow orders. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 people have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, slightly more than 97% of active-duty Air Force personnel had received at least one shot.
Kim Kardashian passes California’s ‘baby bar’ exam
By Jack Guy | CNNKim Kardashian has passed a law exam and moved a step closer to being able to practice as an attorney in the state of California. Kardashian revealed that she passed the exam at the fourth attempt in an Instagram post published Monday. “OMFGGGG I PASSED THE BABY BAR EXAM!!! !,” Kardashian wrote, alongside an image of herself in a bright blue dress, looking into a mirror. The state bar declined to comment on Kardashian’s exam result to CNN, saying individual results were confidential.
Kim Kardashian passes ‘baby bar’ law exam
“OMFGGGG I PASSED THE BABY BAR EXAM!!! “For anyone who doesn’t know my law school journey, know this wasn’t easy or handed to me.”Passing the test – better known as the baby bar – means Kardashian can continue her legal studies and will be able to take the full bar exam. California is among the handful of states that has such a programme and is the only one with a baby bar. Pass-rate information was not yet available for the exam Kardashian took on 26 October but only 21% of those who took it in June passed – less than half the rate for the state’s most recent regular bar exam. The State Bar of California said baby bar results were confidential and it could not confirm Kardashian passed.
The richest countries are vaccine hoarders. Try them in international court | Anthony Costello
The global vaccine price ranges from $2 (for AstraZeneca) to $37 per dose, with mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna the most expensive. Donor countries would thereby fund guaranteed volumes of vaccines from manufacturers to supply low- and middle-income countries. Not only is it way off track, millions of vaccine doses donated to African countries have passed their expiry dates and have either been sent back or destroyed. In April 2021 the WHO established a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub to try to speed up global manufacturing. Likewise, the UN guiding principles on business and human rights, unanimously endorsed by the UN human rights council, calls for “business enterprises … to comply with all applicable laws and to respect internationally recognised human rights”, and describes the state duty to protect against human rights abuses by businesses through policies, regulation and adjudication.
The new Covid travel rules – from testing to quarantine requirements
However, some destinations still require proof of a negative PCR test result from all arrivals, while others only request a vaccine certificate for entry. Additionally, all those aged 12 years and over have had to take a PCR or lateral flow Covid test before they travel to England from abroad. Here is everything you need to know about international travel, from testing requirements to paperwork and quarantine. The rate for one additional adult, or a child aged 12 or over, is £1,430; while children aged between 5–11 are £325 each. All people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or lateral flow Covid test before they travel to England from abroad.
Premier League clubs to discuss growing Covid crisis amid fears over fixture congestion
Premier League clubs will discuss the growing Covid crisis at a meeting on Tuesday. The Premier League last week brought in emergency Covid measures and are hopeful that they will have an effect. The main topic on Tuesday's Premier League meeting will be to approve the new rules for related-party transactions – commercial deals with business or companies that have a connection to a club’s ownership. However it is expected that after that issue is dealt with the clubs will discuss how to handle the growing Covid outbreak given the speed at which the variant is spreading. The Premier League has not published data since October 19 which showed 68 per cent of players had had a second jab and 81 per cent had only one jab.
China reports first two omicron cases as manufacturing hub put in lockdown
China has detected its two first instances of the omicron Covid variant. A second case was found on Tuesday in Guangzhou, a major manufacturing hub in southern China, also via a traveller, 67, arriving from overseas. Both are in mandatory quarantine receiving treatment, according to Chinese state media. Chinese officials have said they’re confident the country’s strict testing and sequencing capabilities would provide a strong defence against mass spread of the omicron variant. Such stringent measures appear to have been enough to stave off the omicron variant until now.
Dominic Raab gets the number of people hospitalised with omicron wrong twice in painful broadcast round
Dominic Raab has been criticised after he twice provided the wrong figures about the number of people hospitalised with omicron. “Last I saw it was in the low hundreds, 250 the last time I looked, but of course the data is being updated all the time,” he said. Then, he popped on to BBC Breakfast where he massively slashed the figure to nine: “I know we’ve had one death. His comments came as modelling from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) suggested omicron is currently infecting 200,000 people a day across the UK. A real “the sea was closed” moment.
How to untangle your travel plans if you get Covid between now and Christmas
If you – or any of your immediate family – get a positive PCR test from this point on, your festive plans and any travel which you have organised are almost certainly scuppered. So how should you untangle your travel plans in such a scenario to make the best of a bad job? Holidays abroadThe good news is that many travel insurance policies do now cover cancellation costs if you can prove that you have fallen ill with Covid and are unable to travel as a result. For those who aren’t insured, most airlines and tour operators also now offer a good deal of flexibility. In any event, if you do decide to change holiday plans, always contact your holiday company or airline before taking any action.
Red list countries: 11 African nations on hotel quarantine list
The UK Government has added 11 countries to the travel red list due to the emergence of the omicron Covid variant. Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Lesotho are all subject to hotel quarantine restrictions. All flights to the UK from the 11 countries are now banned. However, reports have emerged that hotel quarantine could soon be scrapped for red list arrivals as soon as today (December 14). Previously, on November 1, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the red list would be temporarily scrapped, but kept "in place as a precautionary measure to protect public health."
Pfizer Covid vaccine offers 70 per cent protection against hospitalisation with omicron
Two shots of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine provides 70 per cent protection against hospitalisation, according to a major real-world study from South Africa analysing the impact of the omicron variant. It found that the effectiveness of two Pfizer shots at preventing severe disease – defined as hospitalisation – has dropped to 70 per cent, substantially lower than the 93 per cent protection offered during South Africa’s delta wave. The study – conducted by scientists at South Africa’s largest private health insurance administrator, Discovery Health, and SAMRC – also broke down protection against hospitalisation by age. Overall effectiveness against infection has also fallen, from 80 per cent to 33 per cent. Children, however, appeared to have a 20 per cent higher risk of hospital admissions with complications – though experts warned at a briefing that the numbers remain very low.
Best Christmas movies: The 20 greatest festive films ranked
The 20 best Christmas films - ranked Show all 20 1 /20 The 20 best Christmas films - ranked The 20 best Christmas films - ranked 20. 20th Century Fox The 20 best Christmas films - ranked 17. Universal Pictures The 20 best Christmas films - ranked 16. Kinology The 20 best Christmas films - ranked 15. 6) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)The Muppet Christmas Carol (U), 4.35-6.15pm, C4 Michael Caine stars in the Muppet’s take on Dickens’ tale.
Ombra, Hackney, restaurant review: This Italian restaurant finds culinary freedom in the set menu
Parmesan, especially that of the quality Ombra serves, falls under that category as far as I’m concerned. I could have written this review a hundred times over because I truly love Ombra. Ombra grew up a little bit over lockdown, finding its best self in what has been seen by many as a post-Covid necessity: the set menu. There’s endless ingenuity in this menu; culinary creativity that can be harder to achieve when you’re serving up multiple dishes at conflicting times and lobbying requests (like extra parmesan). Even better, the restaurant has retained its endearing charm, as if it just found itself plonked on this siren-soundtracked, canal-bordered corner of Hackney.
Billie Eilish reveals she had Covid: ‘It was terrible. I still have side effects’
Billie Eilish has revealed that she was diagnosed with Covid-19 in August. Billie Eilish and Kate McKinnon on SNL (Twitter/@nbcsnl)“But really, in the scheme of Covid, it was not bad. When you’re sick, you feel f****** horrible,” Eilish added. During the episode, Eilish performed comedian Kate McKinnon’s “Lonely Christmas” skit which was a hilarious, horrible holiday nightmare. But the back-and-forth becomes increasingly horrific as McKinnon is revealed to be a murderous mother who flashes teen Billie.
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof recovers from breathing problems not linked to Covid-19 outbreak
Victor Lindelof has recovered well from the breathing difficulties suffered during Manchester United’s win over Norwich City, with the issue not linked to the club’s Covid-19 outbreak. United confirmed that Lindelof is still undergoing “precautionary investigations” into the problems, which saw Lindelof substituted midway through the second half of the 1-0 win at Carrow Road. United said that there has been no indication that Lindelof’s breathing difficulties were connected to the outbreak. “Victor is currently undergoing a series of precautionary investigations,” the club said in a statement. I think he had a collision with another player and had problems to breathe.
I’m a Celebrity 2021: Winner Danny Miller says he ‘couldn’t afford’ to quit
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2021 winner Danny Miller has said he “couldn’t afford” to quit the show. Miller, whose newborn son was born weeks ago, has now said his motivation for competing was to help provide the financial foundation for his baby Albert’s future. I wanted to finish the journey. Deal or No Deal presenter Noel Edmonds, who went on I’m a Celebrity in 2018, is thought to be the highest-paid contestant of all time with a reported fee of £600,000.
Norway to tighten restrictions as Omicron 'changes the rules', PM says
By Terje Solsvik and Gwladys FoucheOSLO -Norway will further tighten restrictions in a bid to limit an expected surge of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told news agency NTB on Monday. The spread of infection is too high and we have to take action to limit this development … Omicron changes the rules,” he said. Norway is setting record highs both in terms of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, partly due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus. In a risk assessment released on Monday, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) recommended the government moved quickly. To speed up vaccination with booster doses, the health ministry has asked Norway’s armed forces as well as pharmacies to assist in the inoculation campaign, VG reported.
Pro-independence movement in New Caledonia rejects legitimacy of 'No' vote
PARIS – New Caledonia’s pro-independence movement on Monday rejected the outcome of Sunday’s referendum in the French overseas territory which showed a majority opting to remain part of France but more than half of registered voters abstaining. The result showed that 96% of those who did vote on Sunday opposed independence, while abstention stood at 56% as the indigenous Kanak population, who largely favour independence, boycotted the vote. “The pro-independence supporters…do not recognise the legitimacy and the validity of this vote which was confiscated from them,” several separatist groups said in a joint statement. The groups had previously called for a boycott of the vote. Paris would renew its pledge to protect the territory situated some 1,400 km off the Australian coast, he said.
First death with Omicron variant in United Kingdom
By Guy Faulconbridge and Michael HoldenLONDON -At least one person has died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron coronavirus variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain. Since the first Omicron cases were detected on Nov. 27 in the United Kingdom, Johnson has imposed tougher restrictions and on Sunday cautioned that the variant could overcome the immune defences of those inoculated with two shots of vaccines. Britain gave no details on the death or whether the patient had been been vaccinated or had underlying health issues. Deaths from Omicron may have occurred in other countries but none has been publicly confirmed yet outside Britain. “Sadly at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with Omicron,” Johnson told reporters at a vaccination centre in London.
Cast out of U.S., Haiti migrant drops American Dream for second go in Chile
Close to 8,000 Haitians were eventually expelled from Del Rio to Haiti, U.S. officials say. He got as far as Del Rio – and then was put on a plane to Haiti. Four people expelled from Del Rio told Reuters they were struggling to pay for plane tickets and get visas in order. Some left Chile while awaiting visa renewals, and must now contend with tougher visa rules from 2018. Migrant advocates say visa applications for Haitians in Chile and Brazil are backed up, partly because of the pandemic.
Congo president says Ugandan troops' presence will be temporary
By Hereward HollandKINSHASA – Democratic Republic of Congo’s president Felix Tshisekedi said on Monday he will ensure that Ugandan troops’ presence in Congo, where they are fighting an Islamist militant group alongside Congolese forces, is for a strictly limited period. “I will ensure that the presence of Ugandan troops on our soil is limited to the time strictly necessary for this operation,” Tshisekedi said in a state of the union speech that also covered the economy and COVID-19. At least 1,700 Ugandan soldiers have so far crossed into eastern Congo, and Uganda’s defence ministry has said its troops will stay as long as needed to defeat the ADF. Reforms have already helped improve Congo’s economic outlook, with growth expected to reach 6.4% in 2022, the IMF said last week. Congo has the lowest coronavirus vaccination rate in the world, with roughly 0.1% of its 90-million-strong population inoculated.
Mainland China detects first case of Omicron coronavirus variant - state media
– Health authorities in northern China’s port city of Tianjin have detected the first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country’s mainland, the state-run Tianjin Daily reported on Monday. The infection was discovered in a traveller who arrived in the city from overseas on Dec. 9, the newspaper said, adding that the patient is currently being treated in isolation in hospital.
Chinese manufacturing hub fights its first 2021 COVID-19 outbreak
BEIJING – Major Chinese manufacturing province Zhejiang is fighting its first COVID-19 cluster this year, with hundreds of thousands of citizens in quarantine and virus-hit areas suspending business operations, cutting flights and cancelling events. The outbreak in three Zhejiang cities – Ningbo, Shaoxing and Hangzhou – was developing at a “relatively rapid” speed, while the situation nationwide was largely stable, National Health Commission official Wu Liangyou said on Saturday. Before the current outbreak, Zhejiang – home to a legion of small and medium-sized enterprises, many of which are exporters – reported only one local case in 2021. More than a dozen Chinese-listed companies said they had suspended production in parts of Zhejiang owing to tightened COVID-19 curbs. Apart from the 74 local symptomatic infections in Zhejiang, Shaanxi province and the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia reported one and five local cases respectively on Sunday.
South Africa's Ramaphosa still showing mild COVID symptoms
JOHANNESBURG -South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, is still showing mild symptoms and has had to delay a booster vaccine he was due to receive this week, his office said on Monday. Ramaphosa, who was given Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine in February, tested positive the same day that he addressed a state memorial to the last leader of South Africa’s white minority government, FW de Klerk, in Cape Town. His office said on Sunday that Ramaphosa had tested negative on Wednesday last week when he returned to South Africa from a trip to four West African countries. In the past few days South Africa has reported around 20,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, in a fourth wave believed to be linked to the Omicron coronavirus variant. South African scientists so far see no sign that the variant causes more severe illness.
Vaccine sites to open in U.K. stadiums as omicron cases rise
The U.K. will open hundreds more vaccination sites in the coming days, including at soccer stadiums and racecourses, as it tries to massively ramp up delivery of booster shots amid a surge in omicron cases. With two vaccine doses deemed to provide insufficient protection against omicron, the government is accelerating its booster program in an effort to ensure the National Health Service isn’t overwhelmed. The question is whether more will be needed, especially if the booster program falls short of the target. More than 90,000 volunteers are already working in almost 3,000 vaccine sites across England. This will be widened to hundreds more sites, mobile units and pop-ups within the next week, Johnson’s office said, including sports stadiums and shopping centers.
Brexit-voting areas of UK have highest COVID-19 death rate, study finds
COVID-19 is killing a high proportion of people in regions of the UK that voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, a new report has claimed. Wu of the University of Glasgow has claimed to have found a direct correlation between Brexit-voting districts of the UK and those that have the highest rate of fatalities from COVID-19. By contrast, the 20 boroughs with the lowest death rates all voted heavily for Remain. As for the correlation between areas that voted Brexit and fatalities, he suggested it could be for a different reason. “There has not been enough focus by social media companies on misinformation in other languages within the UK,” he said.
Births down by 12,500 so far this year - ISTAT - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - ISTAT said Tuesday that Italy registered 12,500 fewer births in the first nine months of 2021 than it did in the equivalent period last year. "This strong decrease should be linked to the unfolding of negative effects sparked by the COVID-19 epidemic, which saw the biggest decrease ever registered in January 2021 (almost 5,000 fewer births, -13.6%)," the national statistics agency said. The fall is the continuation of a downward trend In 2020 there were 404,892 births in Italy, 15,000 fewer than in 2019. ISTAT said Italy's fertility rate has dropped to its lowest ever level, with an average of 1.17 children born per Italian woman.
COVID-19: Third dose key to curtailing Omicron says Speranza - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Tuesday reiterated his call for people have a third COVID-19 vaccine dose, saying this was crucial to curtail the impact of the highly contagious Omicron strain of the coronavirus. "The third doses are even more important in order to face the Omicron variant," Speranza said at a conference on health services in the home and palliative care. "Yesterday half a million doses of COVID vaccine were given (in Italy). "In total over 100 million doses have been given and in recent weeks 450,000 people have had heir first dose". Italy is set to start vaccinating five-to-11-year-old this week and Speranza said the number of parents booking jabs for these younger children was high.
Hong Kong central bank sends care packages to execs in quarantine
Hong Kong businesses have complained that the city's Covid rules are hampering efforts to recruit and retain talentHong Kong (AFP) – Hong Kong's central bank confirmed Tuesday that its officials sent care package goodies to high profile executives in quarantine as the business community's frustrations grow over the city's international isolation. For some VIP executives stuck in mandatory hotel quarantine for up to 21 days, the burden has been eased by care packages. Eddie Yue, head of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), told the Hong Kong Economic Times on Monday that a team was sending "wine and gourmet food" to finance executives in the hope they would be "less angry with Hong Kong" over the strict quarantines. That approach has been welcomed by Hong Kong residents cut off from families or businesses in China, but sparked growing anger among employees and managers at blue-chip multinationals. Some airlines have been steering clear of Hong Kong altogether so that crew can avoid quarantine.
Naming Elon Musk person of the year is Time’s ‘worst choice ever’, say critics
Time magazine’s decision to make Tesla billionaire Elon Musk its person of the year for 2021 has been criticised because of his attitude to tax, opposition to unions and playing down the dangers of Covid. Elon Musk on the cover of Time’s upcoming issue. Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else. It’s *TIME* for Elon Musk to pay his fair share in taxes. I held back on saying much about Time selecting Elon Musk as person of the years until I read their reasoning.
'It is time to cancel plans': Omicron surging in London area
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The 14 Best TV Shows of 2021
In 2021, it’s felt especially difficult, because as the streamers vie to outdo each other, they’re creating shows that overlap. But maybe this is how TV works now that it’s molded by algorithms—the inevitable effect of the “because you liked…” recommendation engine. At any rate, here are the shows that rose to the top for me this year. In a world saturated with superhero stories, Invincible, like sister show The Boys, offers a bracing corrective to the technicolor heroics of masked men. Additional talent includes voice-performance fixture Jason Mantzoukas, comedy darling Gillian Jacobs, and Atlanta breakout star Zazie Beetz.
With Proposed Assault-Weapons Ban, Gavin Newsom Tries to Get on Conservatives’ Level
Last week, the Supreme Court declined to strike down the Texas law banning all abortions that take place six weeks after pregnancy. SB8, as the law is called, is unique in that it allows private citizens to sue anyone who performs or facilitates an abortion. Over the weekend, California governor Gavin Newsom had something to say about this. “SCOTUS is letting private citizens in Texas sue to stop abortion? “If that’s the precedent then we’ll let Californians sue those who put ghost guns and assault weapons on our streets.
Kim Kardashian Passed the Bar Exam – And Celebrated in a Statement-Making Purple Balenciaga Outfit
Kim Kardashian is almost ready to take over the courtroom. “Looking in the mirror, I am really proud of the woman looking back today in the reflection,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. She adds that she still has another bar exam to pass, so she’s not a lawyer yet, but her first exam has the lower pass rate – meaning the most difficult hurdle has been crossed. In her post, she also gave a nod to her late father, Robert Kardashian, who was also famously an attorney. “Don’t ever give up, even when you are holding on by a thread, you can do it,” wrote Kardashian.
Kim Kardashian: I Passed the Baby Bar Exam! I WILL Become a Lawyer!
Good news: Kim has passed the baby bar exam! "For anyone who doesn’t know my law school journey, know this wasn’t easy or handed to me," Kim emphasized. "I did have COVID on the 3rd try w a 104 fever," Kim noted, "but I’m not making excuses." "I appreciate u for letting me tag along & ask all of the little questions along the way," Kim expressed. "Bar Bri Law School bar prep," she credited, "I couldn’t have done it without you guys setting me up w professors Sam Farkas & @ChuckShonholtz you changed my life."
3 things leaders need to do to hire more women in tech
It’s almost 2022, and companies still aren’t getting it right for women in tech. To make matters worse, bro culture is rife in tech companies, according to the 2021 Women in Tech Report by TrustRadius. advertisementAt InHerSight, we ask women workers how satisfied they are with their access to learning and development opportunities. And within the biggest 1,000 tech companies, less than one in five CIOs or CTOs are women. advertisementAnd, because of bro culture and the dearth of other women around them, women in tech often have experienced unequal treatment firsthand.
Forget goals and targets—leaders need to lean into this for success in 2022
With real-time data analytics, that future has arrived, and it is an important shift. In the light of real-time data and pattern analysis, brands have a clear lens through which to make decisions. With a proper approach to purpose and values, supported by that necessary real-time data lens, businesses have a template for action in all circumstances. Achieving this goal means embracing chaos, but also seeking to discern order through the use of real-time data analytics. It also means embracing brand purpose and using corporate values as a template to enable rapid decision-making as new situations present themselves.
Drive Innovation with Better Decision-Making
And a key culprit is the inability to make quick and effective innovation decisions. The solution here is to include in your decision-making processes the people who are most closely connected with end customers: frontline operations staff, customer service employees, salespeople, and the customers themselves. How to Avoid Common Traps A number of traditional decision-making habits can hinder agile decision-making. More often than not, at the end of decision-making processes, one individual confidently makes the final call. But in agile companies, innovation is based on discovery-driven learning.
A Crypto Expert Explains the Bizarre 1,000% Rise of the Omicron Token
The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 is all over the news, but in the crypto community a different Omicron is top of mind: the Omicron token. The surge came after the World Health Organization named the COVID-19 variant detected in southern Africa in November "Omicron." So does Omicron (the crypto) actually have anything to do with Omicron (the COVID-19 variant)? It's really impossible to say exactly what makes someone buy a crypto like the Omicron coin. Quite possibly, some people may be confused and think the Omicron crypto has something to do with COVID-19 recovery (again: it does not).
David Li wins 2022 Marshall Scholarship
David Li, from Woodbury, Minnesota, has been selected as a Marshall Scholar and will commence graduate studies in the UK next fall. “We are very proud of all the MIT students who applied for the Marshall this year,” says Professor Will Broadhead, who chairs the committee along with Professor Tamar Schapiro. Li has been interested in CRISPR technology since middle school, when he enrolled in an online version of MIT’s introductory biology class. When he arrived at MIT, Li immediately began working in the Zhang Lab at the Broad Institute, which seeks to develop molecular and cellular tools for manipulating biological systems. Li has served as a community teaching assistant for the MIT biology department’s online courses on edX, and has tested content for new online courses since middle school.
South Africa finds omicron 'highly transmissible' and more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines
Full vaccination against COVID-19 continues to provide 70% protection against severe disease, according to the Discovery Health study. The new omicron variant is substantially more contagious and reduces the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, but people who are fully vaccinated are still largely protected against severe disease, according to a study from South Africa released Tuesday. Omicron accounts for 90% of COVID-19 cases in South Africa and is a growing problem in Europe. Omicron also appears to be able to reinfect people who had an earlier disease variant. Approximately 78,000 of these positive COVID-19 test results, identified between Nov. 15 and Dec. 7, were attributed to omicron infections.
Biden spending bill's proposed cuts to hospital funding draws scrutiny
It’s unclear if the provision will be included in the Senate’s version of the Build Back Better Act. Biden and other proponents of health care provisions included in the Build Back Better Act argue it will expand medical coverage for the uninsured. The White House touts its plan as "the biggest expansion of affordable health care in a decade." The Senate version of the Build Back Better Act is expected to include notable changes from the House’s version. The White House said the president will travel to Ft. Campbell, Ky. for a storm briefing Wednesday, and to Mayfield and Dawson Springs, Ky. to survey storm damage.
IEA cuts oil demand forecast for both 2021 and 2022 on surging Covid cases
Demand for oil is set to be lower than expected next year, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday, as it revised down its outlook by 100,000 barrels per day for both the remainder of this year and 2022. In its Oil Market Report, the IEA said global oil demand was now expected to rise by 5.4 million barrels per day in 2021 and 3.3 million barrels per day in 2022 to hit pre-pandemic levels of 99.5 million barrels per day globally. The recovery is expected to be affected by a surge in new Covid-19 cases, with jet fuel being hit hard, the report said. Its authors noted that the emergence of the new omicron variant had already brought about new restrictions on international travel. However, the IEA added that while the rise in new Covid cases was expected to slow demand, the recovery that is already underway was not expected to be completely derailed.
Ghana airport will fine airlines if they bring unvaccinated passengers to the country
The operator of Ghana 's main international airport will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, it said on December 13. The rule comes into effect on Tuesday at Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra, Ghana Airports said. It follows a health ministry move last week to require all people entering Ghana to be vaccinated. The authorities launched a massive vaccination drive this month ahead of the enforcement from January 22 of a vaccine mandate for targeted groups, including government employees, health workers and students. It plans to recruit more health workers to be able to double daily inoculation from 140,000.
NBA and NHL call off games due to Covid-19 protocols
Here's a look at the Covid news from the NBA, NHL and NFL:NBA postpones first gamesWith 10 players and additional staff members in the NBA's health and safety protocols, the league has postponed the Chicago Bulls' two upcoming games. This is the first time this season that NBA games have been postponed because of Covid-19 concerns. A league source told CNN last week that 97% of NBA players are vaccinated, with 60% of eligible players having received a booster shot. Later in November, the New York Islanders had two games postponed due to multiple players in Covid protocol. This mandate does not apply to NFL players.
UK employment continued to mend in 3rd quarter
That's 1.1 percentage points lower than the last pre-pandemic quarter (December 2019 - February 2020) but 0.2 percentage points higher than the previous quarter (May to July 2021). The U.K.'s unemployment rate, estimated at 4.2 percent, fell by 0.4 percentage points compared to the previous quarter but remains 0.2 percentage points higher than before the pandemic. Total weekly hours worked in the U.K. have been on the rise since the easing of coronavirus restrictions, the ONS noted. This article is part of POLITICO’s premium policy service: Pro Financial Services. From the eurozone, banking union, CMU, and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the Financial Services policy agenda.
France might tighten entries from Britain due to COVID Omicron surge
Summary France keeping close eye on surge in COVID cases in UKUK hit by flare-up in COVID Omicron variant numbersAround 130 confirmed cases of Omicron in FrancePARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - France is contemplating tightening controls for travellers coming from Britain, where the new, more contagious, Omicron coronavirus variant seems to be rapidly spreading, said French government spokesman Gabriel Attal. "Regarding Britain, the current rule is to show a negative test less than 48 hours old in order to enter France," Attal told France Info radio on Tuesday. read moreAttal said France, currently engulfed in a fifth wave of COVID fuelled mainly by the Delta variant, presently had 133 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong in late November. France reported on Dec 13 that a further 231 people had died from COVID in hospitals in the last 24 hours, while the number of COVID patients in intensive care units (ICUs) had risen by 150 to stand at 2,752. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Sudip Kar-GuptaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Ceconomy Shares Rise on FY 22 Sales, Ebit Expectations
Ceconomy AG's shares rose Tuesday after the electronic retailer guided for a slight increase in fiscal 2022 sales. At 0843 GMT, shares trade 2.7% higher at 3.31 euros ($3.73) after a 12.9% spike in opening trade. Sales benefited from a strong online growth and recovery since stores reopened, while adjusted Ebit came in within the group's guidance range. "This means that Ceconomy was able to compensate its 100 basis points gross margin decline to 17.1%," the equity-research firm said. Analysts at the firm said adjusted Ebit expectations should point to a figure of between EUR236 million-EUR402 million, which would fall short of market expectations of EUR403 million.
Vela Technologies Shares Rise on Positive Results for Covid-19 Treatment
By Joe HoppeVela Technologies PLC shares rose Tuesday after it said a clinical trial for a potential coronavirus treatment which it invested in has been completed with positive results. Shares at 0835 GMT were up 0.01 pence, or 26%, at 0.06 pence.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusing to get COVID vaccine
Air Force discharges 27 for refusing to get COVID vaccineEnlarge this image toggle caption Alex Brandon/AP file photo Alex Brandon/AP file photoWASHINGTON — The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
SDX Energy: Morocco's Two-Well Campaign Delayed on Operational, Covid-19 Issues
By Sabela OjeaShares in SDX Energy PLC fell on Tuesday after it said that operational issues and Covid-19 border restrictions in Morocco has forced a delay to the current two-well campaign, which was expected to finish at the end of December. The London-listed energy company said that the current two-well campaign is now expected to be complete in the middle of the first quarter of 2022.
Ifo Institute Cuts 2022 Growth Forecast for the German Economy
By Maria MartinezThe Ifo Institute has lowered its 2022 growth forecast for the German economy by 1.4 percentage points and raised it by 1.4 percentage points for 2023. Following the revision, Ifo forecasts German GDP will expand 3.7% next year and 2.9% in 2023, after 2.5% growth in 2021. "Ongoing supply bottlenecks and the fourth wave of the coronavirus are noticeably slowing down the German economy," Ifo's head of forecasts Timo Wollmershaeuser said. In the first quarter of 2022, the economy is seen stagnating. In 2022 and 2023, deficits of EUR80 billion and EUR20 billion respectively are expected by Ifo.
Cathay Pacific's Passenger Business Stayed Weak in November, With Cargo a Bright Spot
By Yongchang ChinCathay Pacific Airways Ltd.'s passenger business remained weak in November as it continued battling Covid-19 headwinds, though its cargo segment was a bright spot. The Hong Kong flag carrier's passenger load factor rose 8.2 percentage points to 26.8% in November from a year earlier while the number of passengers jumped 85%, but remained down 97% from November 2019 amid "extremely challenging" conditions, it said Tuesday. Cathay doesn't expect things to improve much in December as the emergence of the Omicron variant weighs on travel sentiment during the key year-end holiday period.
‘Am I the evil stepmother?’ I have one son. My husband has 4 kids and says we should split our estate 5 ways. I disagree. What now?
My husband is a wonderful, caring and loving man and is kind to my son. I’d say my husband spends more time with my son, and has had the opportunity to bond with him more. I believe that our estate should be divided in half, with my half going to my son. If you had met when your children were very young — Brady Bunch-style — then I would understand if you wanted to split your estate five ways, as your husband wishes. Consult an estate lawyer as to how much of your estate you can actually leave to your son, keeping in mind all the above.
IEA cuts 2022 oil demand outlook citing omicron hit on global growth
The Omicron variant’s emergence will allow the supply of oil to overtake the rate at which the world is consuming it, easing the supply tightness of recent months, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. The IEA trimmed its 2022 supply forecast from non-OPEC producers by 100,000 barrels a day and cut its demand forecast by the same amount, saying it expects the surge in coronavirus cases to stymie the recovery in global demand.
Curry falls short of record, but leads Warriors past Pacers
Clearly, Curry and his teammates were pressing for the record - and the Pacers defense wanted to run the Warriors off the 3-point line every chance it could. It didn't last long in this back-and-forth game in which Indiana led most of the way. But Curry started heating up in the third quarter with his fourth 3 of the night to give Golden State a 79-78 lead. ... Golden State was 8 of 30 on 3s and had 17 turnovers. ''We'll address the team about that and make sure everybody is doing their best to stay safe,'' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
European markets surge as UK to turn football grounds into vaccine centres
The UK will open hundreds more vaccination sites in the coming days as it tries to ramp up delivery of booster shots. Photo: ReutersEuropean markets were up on Tuesday morning amid positive employment numbers in the UK and as the country turns football stadiums and racecourses into vaccine sites. Meanwhile, latest data reveals the number of employees in the UK was up 257,000 in the month to 29.4 million in November. On the one hand, it left rates untouched last month, specifically because it was concerned about the risk of unemployment. "Investors should understand that inflation is an important driver considered by the Federal Reserve before deciding its monetary policy.
Blinken vows to boost U.S. alliances in the Indo-Pacific to counter China
To do that, we will lean on our greatest strength: our alliances and partnerships,” Blinken said in a speech in Indonesia, outlining the administration’s Indo-Pacific plans. Blinken insisted that Washington was not trying to force countries to choose between the U.S. and China or seeking conflict with Beijing. But he laid out a list of complaints about “Beijing’s aggressive actions” from “Northeast Asia to Southeast Asia and from the Mekong River to the Pacific Islands.”Blinken is in Indonesia on the first leg of a weeklong, three-nation tour of Southeast Asia that will take him next to Malaysia and Thailand. Countering China’s growing aggressiveness in the region, particularly in the South China Sea, in Hong Kong and against self-ruled Taiwan is prominent on his agenda. “We are determined to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
South Korea marks its deadliest day of the pandemic as hospitals buckle under strain
South Korea on Tuesday marked its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic as an unrelenting, Delta variant-driven spread stretched hospitals thin and left people dying while waiting for beds. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 94 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, with a record 906 in serious or critical condition. More than 1,480 patients were still waiting to be admitted to hospitals or treatment shelters. Health experts have called for stronger measures, such as more working from home and expanding the government’s financial support to small businesses to ensure their compliance with social distancing. “We express deep concern that there will be a high possibility of serious fatalities if [the government] fails to employ stronger measures to reverse the crisis before it’s too late.”
Billie Eilish: I would have died from Covid-19 if I hadn’t been vaccinated
Billie Eilish has revealed that she had Covid-19 in August, and said that she felt sure she “would have died” had she not been vaccinated. “I think if I weren’t vaccinated, I would have died, because it was bad. Eilish’s second album has ranked highly in many publications’ year-end lists, including the Guardian, Billboard and Rolling Stone. “And honestly, I have almost only found, besides a few hiccups, that I’ve been enjoying just having a little adulthood. Doing things for the first time like getting gas and doing laundry and calling your doctor on your own.”
Ryanair brutally trolls government over Downing Street party allegations with mock Covid alert system
Perhaps in part as sweet revenge for the way Boris Johnson disrespected the business world during his CBI speech, Ryanair has savaged the government over the now infamous Downing Street party allegations by mocking their Covid alert system. Posting on Twitter, the airline posted the system, rightly informing people that the Covid alert level has been moved from level three to four. But it then posted a complimentary scale showing what kind of party they’d expect to see in Downing Street at each Covid level. At level one, when Covid is no longer present in the UK, Ryanair joked Downing Street would host a small gathering with wine and cheese. And since the tweet blew up, the airline posted an update about the latest member of their legal team who will deal with any backlash...That’s one airline firmly off Boris’ Christmas card list.
British PM Johnson faces rebellion in parliament over COVID measures
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a large rebellion among his Conservative lawmakers on Tuesday in a parliamentary vote over new restrictions to try to curb the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. The measures, including ordering people to work from home, to wear masks in public places and use COVID-19 passes to enter some venues, are expected to be approved by parliament but with Johnson relying on the opposition Labour Party for votes. “People should certainly be encouraged to have the vaccine … but ultimately people have to take responsibility for their own health. Lawmakers are due to start consecutive votes on the measures in turn from 1830 GMT. One person has died after contracting the variant and 10 people have been hospitalised with Omicron across England.
Sky News says UK deputy PM Raab misspoke about Omicron hospitalisations
LONDON – Sky news said on Tuesday that British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab had misspoken when he said 250 people were in hospital with the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. When asked for a comment, a spokesman for the justice ministry told Reuters to call the health ministry and suggested Reuters use different figures. The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday that 10 people were in hospital with Omicron.
COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo reports 24 new cases as seven-day average rises
Tokyo confirmed 24 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with the daily figure remaining below 30 for the 33rd straight day. The seven-day average of daily new cases came to 18.1, compared to 15.9 a week earlier. The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms under Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s criteria came to four, the same as the previous day. One new death from COVID-19 was reported Tuesday. On Monday, 79 new cases and one death from COVID-19 were confirmed nationwide.
Kris Jenner shares adorable never-before-seen childhood snaps of Kim Kardashian
Kris Jenner shared a slew of adorable snaps as she celebrated her daughter passing the baby bar exam. 'You are an inspiration to many': Kris Jenner left Kim Kardashian in tears as she celebrated her daughter passing the baby bar with childhood snaps on MondayKris penned: 'Congratulations to my beautiful Kimberly for passing the Baby Bar!!!!! Alongside her message Kris shared a selection of sweet throwback snaps of Kim not previously shared with fans. The reality star began the post by writing a lengthy caption to her 269million followers which began: 'OMFGGGG I PASSED THE BABY BAR EXAM!!!! For anyone who doesn’t know my law school journey, know this wasn’t easy or handed to me.
Jab booking chaos saw 4.4MILLION try to book a slot but just 545,000 get one
Website crashes in stampede for jabs The NHS website crashed yesterday as record numbers rushed to book a booster in the hope of saving their Christmas. The weekend saw a record number of booster bookings on the NHS website, with 749,000 slots snapped up. Yesterday there were long queues for jabs and the NHS booking system creaked under surging demand. Mr Javid told the Commons: 'Until now the highest number of jabs that we've delivered in a single day in the UK was over 840,000. Asked who was in charge, Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'Maggie Throup is the Vaccines Minister.
Boris Johnson on the edge: Is the UK PM the problem or just a symptom?
Are Boris Johnson's days numbered as British prime minister? AdvertisingThis week there will be a by-election: a vote on a new MP in what's been a safe Conservative seat since 1997. It's now been two years since Johnson won the general election for the Conservative Party with a landslide 80-seat majority. Would he be able to secure anything like that today? Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning Subscribe
Boris faces 70-strong Tory revolt over 'Nazi-style' Plan B TODAY
The Plan B measures are not in danger of failing because Sir Keir Starmer has ordered Labour MPs to support them. Boris Johnson is facing a 70-strong Tory revolt over his 'Nazi-style' in crunch votes today as furious MPs branded them a 'softening up exercise' for harsher lockdownStephen McPartland said on Twitter today that he will be voting against the Plan B curbsDominic Raab (left) risked inflaming the Tory tensions in interviews this morning as he dismissed 'overstated' criticism of Plan B measures. 'We know Plan B measures don't make any sense & are just softening us us up for more restrictions in next few weeks,' he tweeted. Another said 'scare stories' about further curbs beyond Plan B had 'actually had the opposite effect' and emboldened the rebels. He also said MPs thinking of rebelling against Plan B measures needed to recognise there was 'no room for complacency' in dealing with Omicron.
COVID-19: Govt expected to extend state of emergency
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Premier Mario Draghi's government is expected to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency until March 31 at a cabinet meeting later on Tuesday, sources said. The state of emergency, which gives the government special powers and has been extended several times since first being declared when the pandemic broke out early in 2020, is currently set to expire at the end of this year. "At the cabinet meeting today more decisions will be taken on the emergency that we are going through," Health Minister Roberto Speranza said.
Solomon opposition figure faces charges over riots
Late last month anti-government protests sparked widespread looting and arson in the Solomon Islands' capital HoniaraHoniara (AFP) – Police in the restive Solomon Islands on Tuesday pursued charges against a leading member of the opposition over deadly riots that rocked the country last month. "Police have released the suspect on bail," a police spokesperson told AFP, adding the suspect "will appear before Honiara Central Magistrate (in) February of 2022." Late last month anti-government protests sparked widespread looting and arson in the capital Honiara, causing US$67 million worth of damage and leaving the city's Chinatown district in ruins. The protests were sparked by opposition to veteran Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who is keen to forge closer ties with Beijing. Ally Peter Kenilorea urged supporters not to take to the streets, saying "I call for calm at this time."
Despite record deaths, Korea hesitates to reimpose restrictions
NATIONALSon Young-rae, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, speaks during a December press briefing at the government complex building in Sejong, North Chungcheong Province. (Yonhap)As deaths and hospitalizations continue a record-breaking streak, the South Korean government says it has yet to decide if COVID-19 restrictions will be brought back.The Ministry of Health and Welfare’s spokesperson Son Young-rae told Tuesday’s news briefing that it “may need to evaluate” if reintroducing restrictions is necessary. The previous record was set three days ago on Saturday with 80 deaths.So far on each day in December an average of 54 people lost their lives to COVID-19. And yet they make up 51 percent of critical care hospitalizations and 53 of deaths. Critical care medicine and infectious disease societies and nurses’ associations said hospitals were overwhelmed and forced to ration care.
Upbit operator Dunamu vows to go global
Dunamu, the operator of Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Upbit, aims to become a global platform for all types of exchanges, its chief said Tuesday.“In the future, Dunamu will establish a trading channel for all digital assets to discover new opportunities such as metaverses and non-fungible tokens,” said Dunamu CEO Lee Sirg-oo in an online press conference held on its recently-launched metaverse platform 2ndblock.“Taking a step further from being a platform for stocks and cryptocurrencies, we will expand the platform to other digital assets and NFTs. We will secure a meaningful foundation for global growth beyond Korea by utilizing our digital-oriented characteristics.”According to the CEO, the cryptocurrency exchange raked in 2.82 trillion won ($2.38 billion) in revenues as of September this year, up about 16 times from the previous year’s sum. In the same period, Dunamu’s operating profit recorded 2.59 trillion won.“The strength of Dunamu is that it connects transaction of valuable targets more conveniently and safely than anyone else through technology. We will apply this success method once more to connect the blockchain world and real world, and expand the range of transactions,” Lee said.Upbit, Dunamu’s cryptocurrency exchange, had 8.9 million users and 53 trillion won in customer deposit as of November, according to the company. But there are no detailed plans now as to when and where it would happen, he added.By Kan Hyeong-woo ( hwkan@heraldcorp.com
Despite record deaths, Korea hesitates to reimpose restrictions
As deaths and hospitalizations continue a record-breaking streak, the South Korean government says it has yet to decide if COVID-19 restrictions will be brought back.The Ministry of Health and Welfare’s spokesperson Son Young-rae told Tuesday’s news briefing that it “may need to evaluate” if reintroducing restrictions is necessary. The previous record was set three days ago on Saturday with 80 deaths.So far on each day in December an average of 54 people lost their lives to COVID-19. And yet they make up 51 percent of critical care hospitalizations and 53 of deaths. Critical care medicine and infectious disease societies and nurses’ associations said hospitals were overwhelmed and forced to ration care. To avert an imminent collapse, pausing the return to normal scheme -- which kicked off Nov. 1 -- was imperative.Government estimates show Korea is headed toward a bigger surge.
Amazon faces scrutiny over worker safety after tornado strikes warehouse
Questions over worker safety at Amazon are intensifying once again after a tornado struck an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Friday, leaving six people dead and another hospitalized. On Monday, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration said it opened a workplace safety investigation into the warehouse collapse. “This incident calls into question so much of Amazon’s practices in their warehouses,” said Marcos Ceniceros, an organizer at Warehouse Workers for Justice. 00:32 Drone footage shows collapsed Illinois warehouse after tornadoes sweep US – videoSpeaking to the Intercept on Monday, 12 Amazon workers described concerns over workplace safety. An Amazon spokesperson, Kelly Nantel, said the warehouse received tornado warnings between 8.06pm and 8.16pm on Friday and site leaders directed workers to immediately take shelter.
U.S. urges Americans to avoid travel to Italy, Greenland over COVID-19 concerns
REUTERS/Eduardo MunozWASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised Americans against travel to Italy, Greenland and Mauritius, citing COVID-19 concerns. The State Department on Monday also added Italy and Mauritius to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisories. The United States imposed new rules, effective Dec. 6, requiring international air travelers arriving in the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel. Under the prior rules, vaccinated international air travelers could present a negative test result obtained within three days of their day of departure. The White House has repeatedly said it is reviewing the African travel restrictions on a regular basis to determine if they should be lifted.
How Beijing Influences the Influencers
They also do not mention his and his family’s business ties to the Chinese state. They found that six of the 10 most commonly shared YouTube videos in the tweets were from the pro-China influencers. After The Times asked about the payments and free travel from Chinese state media, YouTube said it would remind the creators of their obligations. This allows some YouTubers to obscure the fact that they work for Chinese state media. As his trips with state media grew longer, the outlets paid him for his time, he said.
Ingo Rademacher Sues ABC Following His Exit from General Hospital Over Vaccine Mandate
Ingo Rademacher separated from General Hospital in November because he declined to comply with the production's vaccine mandateFormer General Hospital actor Ingo Rademacher is suing ABC over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. After separating from the show in November for refusing to comply with the production's mandate, Rademacher called it "blatantly unlawful" in court documents filed in Los Angeles on Monday and obtained by PEOPLE. Addressing the vaccine mandate, he continued: "I think it should be a choice. Rademacher isn't the only actor to exit General Hospital over the mandate. Steve Burton General Hospital Credit: Todd Wawrychuk via GettyGeneral Hospital's vaccine mandate for Zone A, which includes the actors and all crew who are present on set when the actors aren't wearing masks, went into effect on Nov. 1.
Billie Eilish Details Bout with COVID-19: 'If I Weren't Vaccinated, I Would Have Died'
"I still have side effects," Billie Eilish said on The Howard Stern Show of her experience with COVID-19Billie Eilish is opening up about her bout with COVID-19 and the side effects she's still experiencing months later. While on The Howard Stern Show Monday, the "Bad Guy" singer, 19, revealed she had a breakthrough case of coronavirus in August. Per Rolling Stone, Eilish shared the news after Stern referenced her cough, asking if she caught COVID-19 while appearing on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Billie Eilish Episode 1813 -- Pictured: Host Billie Eilish during the Monologue on Saturday, December 11, 2021 Credit: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via GettyRELATED VIDEO: Billie Eilish Shares the Stage with Her Parents and Brother Finneas for Her SNL Musical Performances"Some people wonder why I started wearing baggy clothes. "I'm actually really excited to get older because I am now just starting to understand who I actually am as a person," she said.
Naomi Watts Celebrates 'Darling' Kai's 13th Birthday: 'You Shine the Brightest Light'
Naomi Watts' youngest child is now a teenager! The Gypsy actress, 53, celebrated Kai's 13th birthday on Instagram Monday with a solo shot of the teen. "You shine the brightest light, from the depth of your soul, we feel it. "And other times, you're like, 'Oh God, just let me hand them the devices and let me get done what I need to do,' you know?" Naomi Watts Instagram Credit: Naomi Watts InstagramNever miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.
'Succession' Cast's Dating Histories Through the Years
While the Succession characters aren’t great at healthy relationships onscreen, many of the actors have happy, long-lasting romances offscreen. Sarah Snook, who plays Shiv Roy on the HBO series, secretly tied the knot in February 2021. Matthew Macfadyen — who plays Tom Wambsgans on Succession — was married long before the HBO series was even a thought. When life takes over, going out to dinner together isn’t top of your list, but before you know it, the children are older and around less and you’re sort of back together again. I’ve got to exit.”Take a look back at all the Succession cast‘s dating histories below:
Hamlin Family Drama Over the Years: Amelia Gray, Delilah Belle and More
Fans have gotten to know Rinna’s husband, Harry Hamlin, and their daughters, Amelia Gray Hamlin and Delilah Belle Hamlin, over the years, and as they watched Amelia and Delilah grow up, the sisters started using that platform to have candid conversations about their personal struggles. In November 2021, Delilah revealed that she had developed health issues that led to her getting hospitalized. “And after the second vaccine, I was sick for, like, 36 hours. “I started getting really sick, I started feeling like I had the flu. Scroll down to relive all the struggles that the Hamlin family has overcome:
‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Movie: Everything We Know So Far
The third movie in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise has been delayed repeatedly, but the fantasy film, set in the Wizarding World decades before Harry Potter was born, will finally hit theaters in 2022. The Warner Bros. movie — which is officially titled Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — will feature some big changes from the previous two chapters, including the recasting of Gellert Grindelwald. Johnny Depp exited the J.K. Rowling-penned franchise in November 2020 after losing a libel suit against Amber Heard. “And I know it was controversial for many people but that’s just the way it plays out once in awhile.”Though Mikkelsen is a new cast member, expect Fantastic Beasts 3 to include plenty of familiar faces. And suddenly you find yourself swimming outdoors in British winter.”Scroll down for everything to know about Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore:
15 sobering stats that tell the tale of the coronavirus in the U.S.
15 sobering stats that tell the tale of the coronavirus in the U.S.Added: 13.12.2021 22:51 | 34 views | 0 commentsSource: bestlifeonline.comA look at some of the big numbers that put it in perspective — even as the political debate has largely moved on. More in www.washingtonpost.com »
The striking, sobering stats of the coronavirus’s toll on the United States
The striking, sobering stats of the coronavirus’s toll on the United StatesAdded: 13.12.2021 21:54 | 17 views | 0 commentsA look at some of the big numbers that put it in perspective — even as the political debate has largely moved on.
The partisan divide on covid spawns a new reaction: shrugs
The partisan divide on covid spawns a new reaction: shrugsAdded: 13.12.2021 21:54 | 38 views | 0 commentsFrom the governor of Colorado to a conservative pundit, new demonstrations of weariness.
NBA, NHL games called off due to Covid-19 protocols
Added: 14.12.2021 7:17 | 24 views | 0 commentsWith winter almost upon us and people spending more time indoors, Covid-19 cases have been rising.
California to bring back indoor mask mandate
Added: 14.12.2021 1:17 | 16 views | 0 commentsAmid rising Covid-19 cases and fears that the highly transmissible omicron variant could spark a new wave of infections, the nation's largest state is
Air Force discharges 27 over Covid vaccine requirement
Added: 14.12.2021 6:17 | 29 views | 0 commentsThe Air Force has discharged 27 active-duty members who refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as required, a spokesperson said Monday.
How hologram tech may soon replace video calls
How hologram tech may soon replace video callsAdded: 14.12.2021 1:17 | 35 views | 0 commentsThe coronavirus pandemic and travel bans have accelerated interest in holographic communication.
FDA faces legal challenge over COVID-19 approval data, report says
Added: 14.12.2021 6:42 | 13 views | 0 commentsA nonprofit group will get its day in court Tuesday when it argues that the Food and Drug Administration should release all documents tied to the approval of the Pfizer/BioNtech's COVID-19 vaccine, which they claim could take decades for the agency to produce, a report said.
'General Hospital' actor Ingo Rademacher sues ABC over vaccine mandate, reports say
Added: 14.12.2021 5:39 | 16 views | 0 commentsActor Ingo Rademacher is suing ABC over their COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to reports. He was fired from "General Hospital" in November.
What Billie Eilish, Smokey Robinson, Matthew McConaughey, more stars are saying about COVID-19
What Billie Eilish, Smokey Robinson, Matthew McConaughey, more stars are saying about COVID-19Added: 14.12.2021 1:29 | 19 views | 0 commentsNot even Hollywood is safe from the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped much of the world. Here is how celebrities have dealt with the virus.
Delta invests US$1.2 billion in struggling partner network
Added: 14.12.2021 9:03 | 4 views | 0 commentsDelta will make investments in Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico and LATAM as its partner airlines seek to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. The carrier hopes to be well positioned when growth returns to the sector.
NBA, NHL games called off due to Covid-19 protocols
Added: 14.12.2021 7:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsWith winter almost upon us and people spending more time indoors, Covid-19 cases have been rising.
UK reports first known omicron death; California mandates masks indoors; US tops 50M cases: Today's COVID-19 updates
UK reports first known omicron death; California mandates masks indoors; US tops 50M cases: Today's COVID-19 updatesAdded: 14.12.2021 1:18 | 20 views | 0 commentsBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday reported the first known death from the omicron variant. Latest COVID-19 updates.
Raducanu tests positive for Covid-19
Added: 14.12.2021 8:26 | 8 views | 0 commentsU.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this week's Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, the 19-year-old Briton said on Monday.
NBA, NHL games called off due to Covid-19 protocols
Added: 14.12.2021 6:55 | 9 views | 0 commentsWith winter almost upon us and people spending more time indoors, Covid-19 cases have been rising.
America's Next Top Center? Logan Cooley Hits Camp
The NTDP pivot is the youngest player at Team USA's world junior camp and the veterans are taking care of him already. Rena Laverty/USNTDPLast year, Team USA won gold at the world juniors in Edmonton thanks to a strong cast that included a draft-eligible center with great wheels in Matty Beniers. As the youngest player at Team USA's final camp, Cooley has been embraced by some of the veterans on the squad including Beniers and returnees such as Landon Slaggert (CHI) and Jake Sanderson (OTT). And as Cooley continues to grow his own game, he can look to a fellow center such as Beniers and pick up tips on the ice. Beniers made an impact in his first world junior tournament with Team USA last year; can Cooley do the same this time out?
Olympics Quarantine Gives Maple Leafs' Tavares Pause
Initially excited about the prospect of going to the Olympics in Beijing, Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares admits the quarantine rules make him "uneasy". "You talk about a five-week quarantine, if you've already been over there for a few weeks, that's a really long time," Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. That's a really long time." "You talk about a five-week quarantine, if you've already been over there for a few weeks, that's a really long time," Tavares said. That's a really long time."
NFL to require booster shots following wave of positive COVID-19 test results
On a day in which the league saw a reported 37 players test positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL will now require all Tier 1 and Tier 2 staff members to receive booster shots by Dec. 27. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that individuals who received their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose more than six months ago should get a booster shot, with a two-month window for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of all the positive COVID-19 tests this season involving NFL staff, 86% have originated away from team facilities, per Schefter. The new memo does not apply to players, as any changes in vaccine requirements must be negotiated with the players union, per Garafolo. More NFL Coverage:
Week 4: SBLIVE/SI Power 25 National Boys Basketball Rankings
The Power 25 is a collaboration between SBLive and Sports Illustrated. Power 25 rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Andy Buhler and SI Director of Basketball Recruiting Jason Jordan based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaching and media sources across the country. RELATED: SI99 Recruiting Rankings 2022Find the complete breakdown of the latest Power 25 national boys basketball rankings here. Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) (0-0)16. Newton (Covington, Ga.) (9-0)Who qualifies for the Power 25?
Jimmy Garoppolo has given 49ers all they could have hoped for
• So we’re now 14 weeks into an 18-week season, and Jimmy Garoppolo is still leading the 49ers. And we just take it week by week. We know how this league works, we know exactly how it goes, and we enjoy everything the week that we have together. • One thing that’s sort of interesting in looking at the game of Coach of the Year footsies that Kliff Kingsbury and Bill Belichick played the last couple days? It’s something I’m planning to ask around on, because both Kingsbury and Mike Vrabel seem pretty natural running NFL programs, something that hasn’t always been the case with guys who’ve coached for Belichick.
‘General Hospital’ Actor Sues ABC Over Vaccine Mandate: ‘My Body is Endowed by My Creator’
A copy of his exemption request letter was attached to the complaint and obtained by Rolling Stone. General Hospital is not alone in asking its actors to get vaccinated against Covid-19, but there’s still no uniform requirement for the film and TV industry. That post led his General Hospital costar Cassandra James, a trans actress who portrays Dr. Terry Randolph on the soap, to express her disappointment online. I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor. You have some serious unlearning and education to do,” she wrote in a tweet to Rademacher last month.
Max Linn, Former Senate Candidate from Maine, Dead at 62
Max Linn, who ran for one of Maine’s U.S. senate seats in 2020, died on Saturday of an apparent heart attack while in a hot tub, Bangor Daily News reports. Undeterred, Linn entered the 2020 Maine senate race as an Independent, despite being a vocal supporter of Donald Trump. After losing, he continued to support Trump; Linn was among the crowd in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6. Yet, during his senate run the following year he called Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine Center of Disease Control and Prevention, “the very doctor of death” and then Gov. Janet Mills a “psychopath” for their policies intended to control the spread of Covid-19, which Linn viewed as impeding freedoms.
Evanescence Postpone Tour Dates Due to Multiple Covid-19 Cases
Evanescence have postponed the remainder of their 2021 arena tour dates with Halestorm due to multiple Covid-19 cases within their touring party. The five dates originally scheduled for December have been moved to January. “This tour has been an unforgettable experience that we are so proud of. From the production, to our fantastic crew, to Halestorm and Lilith Czar and Plush — and most of all, to you,” she added. We love you!”Evanescence Rescheduled Tour DatesJan. 14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Heritage Bank CenterJan. 16 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T PavilionJan. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Peterson Events CenterJan. 20 – Worcester, Mass.
Mark Meadows, Federal Reserve, comet Leonard : 5 things to know Tuesday
But with inflation surging to a 39-year high, those days of nearly free money likely are nearing an end. House Rules Committee to set rules for debate on Meadows contempt citationThe House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday to set rules for floor debate on the contempt citation for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Parents of Oxford school shooting suspect to appear in courtThe parents of the Oxford school shooting suspect, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each. The comet won't be the most spectacular one ever but will be "the brightest comet this year," Robert Lunsford, of the American Meteor Society, told USA TODAY. Astrophysicist and founder of The Virtual Telescope Project, Gianluca Masi, said Leonard is a long-period comet, meaning it doesn't come around often.
Emma Raducanu tests positive for COVID-19, out of exhibition event in Abu Dhabi
(Reuters) U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this week's Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, the 19-year-old Briton said on Monday. Raducanu , who became the first qualifier to win a major when she triumphed at Flushing Meadows in September, was due to face Olympics singles gold medallist Belinda Bencic at the Dec. 16-18 event. "I was very much looking forward to playing in front of the fans here in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately after testing positive for COVID-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity," Raducanu said. "I'm isolating as per rules and hopefully will be able to get back soon." Organisers said that they are looking at "alternative top female competitors" to replace Raducanu at the event.
Why Time tapped Elon Musk, master inventor and quirky zillionaire
He’s a visionary who has created such innovative companies as Tesla and Space X when doubters saw only Mission Impossible. Time has some mumbo-jumbo about how we’re in a brave new world and the mercurial Musk somehow matches the post-pandemic moment. But it has to be acknowledged that his rocket company reinvigorated space travel, pioneering the reusable rocket, before Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson got into the game. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBut you can see why Musk makes for colorful copy, which proved irresistible to Time. No way Time was going to pick Donald Trump, even with the caveat that the choice is about impact, good or bad.
Taylor Swift defends joint birthday party with 'Licorice Pizza' star Alana Haim: 'We tested everyone'
Taylor Swift isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic get her down on her special day. The pop star turned 32 on Monday and celebrated with a close friend of hers, HAIM band member and "Licorice Pizza" star Alana Haim, who will turn 30 on Wednesday, just days after receiving her first Golden Globe nomination for starring in the comedy. Swift gave fans a peek at their party by sharing two pics on social media. PRINCE WILLIAM SAYS HE FOLLOWED TAYLOR SWIFT ‘LIKE A PUPPY’ ON STAGE TO SING WITH JON BON JOVI: ‘I’M CRINGING’In the second shot, Swift and Haim embraced behind a pair of matching birthday cakes. TAYLOR SWIFT, BLAKE LIVELY SHOW MILES TELLER SUPPORT AS ACTOR SHUTS DOWN FANS' SPECULATION HE'S UNVACCINATED"Don’t worry we tested everyone!"
New Australian plant could make 100 million vaccines a year
Australia's government said Tuesday it plans to start making mRNA vaccines at home with a new plant that could produce up to 100 million doses each year. Australia's government said Tuesday it plans to start making mRNA vaccines at home with a new plant that could produce up to 100 million doses each year. (Andrew Henshaw/AAP Image via AP)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government said Tuesday it plans to start making mRNA vaccines at home with a new plant that could produce up to 100 million doses each year. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was in the country’s national interest to produce vaccines locally. “The mRNA vaccines have proven to be, I’d argue, the biggest scientific discovery over the course of this pandemic,” Morrison said.
Austrian leader: won't go to Beijing games, but no protest
BERLIN - (AP) -- Austria's leader says no high-ranking politicians from his country will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, but he says that is entirely because of coronavirus restrictions in China and is not a diplomatic protest. “We are against a politicization of the games and are coordinating in the EU,” Nehammer was quoted as saying. “No high-ranking politicians from Austria will visit the Olympic Games in China,” he said. Beijing has dismissed the decision by Canada and the United Kingdom to join Washington's diplomatic boycott as a “farce.”Rights groups have called for a total boycott of the Beijing Winter Games, citing Chinese human rights abuses against its Uyghur minority in the northwest Xinjiang region, which some have called genocide. They also point to Beijing's suppression of democratic protests in Hong Kong and a sweeping crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous territory.
New guidelines, Booster Day looming as virus disrupts NBA
Just like that, the virus has disrupted the day-to-day operations of the NBA. Friday is Booster Day, when the league's most important percentage won't be of the 3-point variety. The current data from the NBA indicates more than 60% of players have gotten their booster shots. Under the new guidelines, that potentially means somewhere around 150 players would now be subject to daily testing again. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have been urging players and staff to get their coronavirus booster shot for the past several weeks.
Omicron Covid variant Q&A: How the symptoms differ and what protection vaccines offer
Hospitals in South Africa are continuing to report “far milder” symptoms from omicron compared to previous variants. All Covid contacts now have to take daily lateral flow tests, not just those who come into contact with omicron. It found that the risk of reinfection from the omicron variant is three times higher than for the delta and beta strains of the virus. The authors concluded: “Evidence suggests that the omicron variant is associated with substantial ability to evade immunity from prior infection.”Why is it called omicron? Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously warned that it is not yet known if vaccines will help fight against the omicron variant.
Travel news latest: Health Secretary wants complex travel rules reduced 'quickly'
Winter holidays could soon become less complex and costly as Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said that the spread of omicron in the UK has “minimised” the justification for the more stringent rules that were introduced over the past fortnight. Ben Bradshaw, a member of the Transport Select Committee, pointed out on Monday that Mr Javid had previously agreed that “once omicron became widespread here, the very draconian, costly and complex travel rules that he introduced two weeks ago to stop omicron coming would be pointless” and asked why they were still in place. Reports suggest that ministers could approve the scrapping of hotel quarantine for red list travellers today – passengers from the 11 southern African countries in the category would instead be asked to self-isolate at home, or in other accommodation, for 10 days. There is a wish to avoid having any travellers in a quarantine hotel on Christmas day, according to The Times. Scroll down for the latest travel updates.
Politics latest news: Vaccine passports 'not particularly intrusive', claims Dominic Raab as Government braces for backbench revolt
Vaccine passports are “not particularly intrusive”, Dominic Raab has claimed as the Government braces for a backbench revolt on Plan B measures later today. There will also be votes on the expanded mask mandates and the return of working from home. “I don’t think that is a particularly intrusive thing to do. I don't think this is a big step or a slippery slope, but we should have a proper debate." Officials told Sky News that the current number of hospital patients with omicron is in fact ten.
M&S was Britain's fastest growing food retailer in last quarter -NielsenIQ
LONDON – Marks & Spencer was Britain’s fastest growing food retailer in the 12 weeks to Dec. 4, market researcher NielsenIQ said on Tuesday, providing more evidence the group’s latest turnaround plan is delivering. NielsenIQ said M&S’s sales rose 9.1% in the period year-on-year, outpacing German-owned discounters Lidl and Aldi, which recorded growth of 8.3% and 4.6% respectively. They were the only three retailers to grow sales against the same period last year. NielsenIQ said total UK till grocery sales fell 2.5% in the four weeks to Dec. 4 year-on-year. The researcher forecast British shoppers would spend 6.8 billion pounds ($9 billion) at supermarkets in the two weeks to Dec. 24.
One pandemic, three reactions: New study picks apart Germany, Sweden and the UK's COVID response
The UK, Germany and Sweden all responded differently to the pandemic, but the responses all led to a similar loss of public trust. According to researchers, who wanted to get insights on how we could prepare better for future pandemics, all three governments struggled to manage the public health crisis well. The study, published in the open access journal BMJ Global Health, looked at differences in government structures, the role of academics and scientists in the responses, and public health communication. While this appeared to be appreciated during the first wave, during the second wave the government faced heavy criticism as a result of the changing messages. As a result, the public was hammered with rapidly changing public health communication.
Omicron in Europe: Where have cases of the new COVID variant been detected?
First detected in South Africa, the potentially more virulent Omicron COVID-19 variant is now spreading around the world. CyprusCyprus has detected its first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, its health ministry said on Friday. EstoniaA total of 26 COVID-19 Omicron variant cases have been identified in Estonia, six of which have been confirmed during sequencing. United KingdomThe number of cases of the original Omicron variant detected in the UK rose by 1,576 as of December, 13, bringing a total of 4,713 confirmed cases across the UK. As for Wales, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 Omicron cases is 15 additional cases.
UK shares rebound after strong jobs data, M&A lifts Rentokil to record high
– UK shares rose on Tuesday after strong jobs growth signalled that the labour market withstood the end of Britain’s furlough scheme, while pest control company Rentokil jumped to a record high after a $6.7 billion deal to buy Terminix Global. The blue-chip FTSE 100 gained 0.7% by 0804 GMT and was on course to break a four-session losing run, while the domestically focussed FTSE 250 index advanced 0.3%. Rentokil climbed 4.1% to the top of the FTSE 100 after saying it would buy U.S.-based peer Terminix Global in a cash-and-stock deal. [MET/L]British employers added a record number of staff in November, data showed ahead of the Bank of England’s policy decision on Thursday.] Online supermarket group Ocado Group gained 4.6% on winning a patent infringement lawsuit against Norwegian robotics company AutoStore Holdings Ltd in the International Trade Commission.
Nazi reference as COVID pass protesters vandalise French WWII memorial
A famous monument to the memory of French resistance fighters and combatants in World War II has been vandalised with graffiti spelling out “Anti Pass”. The two letters ‘s’ from the word “Pass” were drawn to resemble the acronym SS, referring to Nazi Germany’s paramilitary force. It is assumed to be a protest against France's COVID health pass, which prevents the unvaccinated from going to places like bars and restaurants. French president Emmanel Macron called the desecration of Mont Valérien "an insult to the memory of our heroes and to the memory of the nation". The inscription on the Memorial of Fighting France, inaugurated by General de Gaulle in 1960 in Suresnes, is 50 metres long, police told AFP.
Fourth term for Mark Rutte as Dutch parties agree coalition deal to end record nine-month impasse
Mark Rutte looks set to serve as Dutch prime minister for a fourth term after four parties agreed to form a coalition government on Monday evening ending nine months of negotiations. "It's a good agreement," Rutte told reporters after the talks, yet declining to give further details. He was not disowned by voters in the March parliamentary elections, which his VVD party won handily, and then narrowly survived a no-confidence just two weeks later. With this fourth term, Mark Rutte will become one of Europe's longest-serving leaders, after Hungary's Viktor Orban who took office in May 2010, but still be a long way from Angela Merkel's 16 years at the head of Germany. The parties in the new coalition will present the agreement to their parliamentary groups on Tuesday and open it up to parliamentary debate on Wednesday.
Efforts to vaccinate homeless people promoted in Japan
Support groups and local governments in Japan are promoting efforts to give coronavirus vaccinations to those who are unable to receive inoculation vouchers from municipalities, such as homeless people without resident registrations. “We hope to realize a society where no one is left behind,” an official engaged in such efforts said, asking for assistance from the central government. Hunting for a job while living on welfare, the woman said that job seekers are asked to show vaccination certificates. Kenji Sawada, an official at the center, noted; “Although the number of COVID-19 patients has gone down, there still remains demand for vaccinations. There are people anxious about a possible sixth wave of infections.”Akiko Mera, chief of the secretariat at Medecins du Monde Japan, stressed, “Amid expanding poverty, there are still people who have been unable to receive vaccinations.”
Moderna to produce millions of mRNA vaccines in Australia
U.S. drugmaker Moderna Inc. will produce millions of mRNA vaccines a year in Australia after agreeing to set up one of its largest manufacturing facilities outside the United States and Europe. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the plant in Victoria state was expected to produce up to 100 million mRNA vaccine doses every year when it begins operations in 2024. Moderna said in October it planned to invest up to $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot. COVID-19 vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech use mRNA — messenger ribonucleic acid — technology that teaches cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. South Korea, which has a deal with Moderna to provide bottling work for the U.S. firm’s COVID-19 vaccine, is also seeking to attract mRNA vaccine makers to start local production.
Citing local needs, Kishida defends use of coupons in financial aid plan
“Some local governments want to make use of the coupon system, and the national government will consider how to respect those wishes,” Kishida told a Lower House budget committee meeting Tuesday. But some local governments, including the city of Osaka and Kanagawa Prefecture, opposed the plan, citing increased local cost and administrative burdens if forced to adopt a coupon distribution system. Kishida has agreed to all-cash payouts if local governments wish to have them, and the government is aiming to have the handout distributed by the end of this year. All nuclear weapons states, including the United States and China, have refused to join. As the only nation to suffer the atomic bomb, we will also have the opportunity to explain what kind of damage nuclear weapons can cause,” Okada said.
Lesbian cop faces demotion after complained was being tracked and discriminated against by coworkers
Captain Theresa Grillo who is married and openly gay, was the highest-ranking woman in the Lodi Police Department in Bergen County, northern New Jersey. New Jersey police Captain Theresa Grillo could be demoted by three ranks after being charged with leaving her post at an off-duty roadside construction siteGrillo complained she was being tracked and discriminated against by her 'old boys club' coworkers. 'This male-dominated police force did not want my client to ever serve as deputy chief or chief. After clashing with the chief, Grillo claims she is being discriminated againstThe refusal to switch cars, she claims, saw fellow police officers start tracking her movements via GPS in another car she was using. Grillo was supposed to be working off-duty at a construction site and Lodi Chief, Donald Scorzetti says Grillo was supposed to call for backup before leaving her posting.
Assembly speaker calls for solidarity and cooperation in Asia Pacific to tackle COVID-19, climate crisis
South Korean National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug on Tuesday called on countries in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen solidarity and cooperation to tackle various global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis.His remarks came during the inaugural ceremony of the 29th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum that kicked off for a three-day run from Monday to Wednesday. Under the theme of “The Role of Parliaments in Strengthening Resilience in the Post-COVID-19 Era,” the forum invited 27 member states, including South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, Vietnam and the US, among others.“No country is safe until every country is safe,” said Park in his opening remarks. “These values hold the key to addressing not only the climate crisis but also instability in regional security and economy caused by confrontations and conflicts. Park also expressed his willingness to meet his North Korean counterpart “anytime, anywhere and without any conditions.”“Dialogue is the starting line on the journey toward peace. Wishing to contribute to stability on the Korean Peninsula and Asia and the Pacific, I made public my intention to meet with the leader of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea anytime, anywhere, and without any conditions,” he said.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
Assembly speaker calls for solidarity and cooperation in Asia Pacific to tackle COVID-19, climate crisis
NATIONALSouth Korean National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug delivers an opening speech at the 29th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) at a Seoul hotel on Tuesday. (Yonhap)South Korean National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug on Tuesday called on countries in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen solidarity and cooperation to tackle various global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis.His remarks came during the inaugural ceremony of the 29th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum that kicked off for a three-day run from Monday to Wednesday. “These values hold the key to addressing not only the climate crisis but also instability in regional security and economy caused by confrontations and conflicts. Park also expressed his willingness to meet his North Korean counterpart “anytime, anywhere and without any conditions.”“Dialogue is the starting line on the journey toward peace. Wishing to contribute to stability on the Korean Peninsula and Asia and the Pacific, I made public my intention to meet with the leader of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea anytime, anywhere, and without any conditions,” he said.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
‘Uncertainty’ leading businesses to postpone investment: poll
FINANCESeoul. Has it raised their competitiveness? Has it delivered the greater good to consumers? For all I know, the smaller businesses are overly protected, which serves interests of no one,” Lee said.Last year, about 54 percent of entire deals on second hand cars were made without dealers, according to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association. Many South Koreans have accused used-car dealers of fraudulent transactions, complaining of limited competition in the market.Meanwhile, half the firms surveyed by the KERI said the economic condition next year would match this year’s, with 16 percent of them saying conditions would get worse in 2021.By Choi Si-young ( siyoungchoi@heraldcorp.com
Iran accuses Western powers of 'blame game' over nuclear deal
REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerVIENNA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday accused Western parties to its 2015 nuclear deal of "persisting in their blame game", a day after European diplomats warned the pact would soon be an empty shell if not revived. If there's real will to remedy the culprit's wrongdoing, the way for a quick, good deal will be paved." Failure in the negotiations would carry the risk of a new regional war, with Israel pushing for a tough policy if diplomacy fails to rein in Iran’s nuclear work. The United States has said it would remove curbs “inconsistent" with the nuclear pact if Iran resumed compliance with the deal, implying it would leave in place others such as those imposed under terrorism or human rights measures. But Biden cannot promise this because the nuclear deal is a non-binding political understanding, not a legally binding treaty.
Column: Hertz symbolizes everything that's wrong with American corporations
A rental agent at a Hertz counter in Manhattan (Getty Images)Among American corporations, the rental car company Hertz has it all. [Hertz] is happy to reward executives, company insiders, and big shareholders while stiffing consumers with record high rental car costs. Warren also referred in her letter to how Hertz executives made out great on either side of the bankruptcy. In August, after exiting bankruptcy, Hertz paid out another tranche of retention bonuses. Bizarrely, once in bankruptcy Hertz became a meme stock, favored by denizens of internet message boards despite its unprepossessing condition.
Tunisia’s President Promises Vote on Constitution and Sets Election Date
In a speech on Monday posted to his official Facebook page, President Kais Saied said he would hold a series of online consultations open to the public early next year to gather ideas for revising Tunisia’s Constitution, which would then go to a commission to draft amendments. Tunisians would vote on the new Constitution on July 25, 2022, the one-year anniversary of the day Mr. Saied suspended Parliament and took control. Parliament will remain frozen until new elections on Dec. 17, 2022, he said. “I assume this responsibility before the people and before God,” Mr. Saied said. “We seek to liberate our people and our country.
FDA faces legal challenge over COVID-19 approval data, report says
The Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval on Aug. 23, 2021. Johns Hopkins University said the full approval is granted when the agency amasses "even more scientific evidence to support" their use. The report said that the FDA’s proposed schedule to release the documents might not be completely seen by the public until 2097. Earlier this month, Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., introduced legislation that could force the FDA to release all documents relating to the vaccine within the next 100 days. GET THE FOX NEWS APP"How does a vaccine that receives approval in 108 days now require 55 years just to release information?"
London Playbook: Not-so-super Tuesday — Fight night — Letter status
By ALEX WICKHAMPRESENTED BYSend tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browserGood Tuesday morning. YESTERDAY’S UK COVID STATS: 54,661 new cases, ?? 5,807 on Sunday. New meaning of fully vaxxed: Tory MPs will queue up to complain about the government in the pre-vote debate. POLITICO UK: Boris Johnson: Down but not outPoliticsHome: Up to 100 Tory MPs could rebel against COVID certification with Commons vote. 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 newsletters
NFL requiring coaches, team staff to get COVID-19 boosters
NFL, which reports 94.4% of players are fully vaccinated, has not yet made COVID-19 booster shots part of its protocol. NFL, which reports 94.4% of players are fully vaccinated, has not yet made COVID-19 booster shots part of its protocol. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)The NFL is requiring coaches, front-office staff and team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. Teams were asked to provide booster shots to all eligible tiered staff as soon as possible, and to consider making booster shots available for player and staff families and cohabitants. At the time, nearly 95% of NFL players were vaccinated, and almost 100% of NFL personnel were vaccinated.
New guidelines, Booster Day looming as virus disrupts NBA
Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro (35) and Jarrett Allen (31) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Cleveland. Friday is Booster Day, when the league’s most important percentage won’t be of the 3-point variety. ADVERTISEMENTThe current data from the NBA indicates more than 60% of players have gotten their booster shots. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have been urging players and staff to get their coronavirus booster shot for the past several weeks. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Omega Diagnostics Says Covid-19 Antigen Test Performs With High Accuracy on Omicron Variant
By Kyle MorrisOmega Diagnostics Group PLC said Tuesday that analysis from clinical samples shows that its Covid-19 antigen test performs with the same high accuracy on the Omicron variant. The London-listed medical-diagnostics company said its technology partner, Mologic Ltd., has informed it that data shows that the Mologic Covios(R) Ag lateral flow test performs with the same high accuracy on the Omicron variant as it does with existing known variants. The Mologic Covios(R) Ag lateral flow test is manufactured and sold for professional use by Omega as the VISITECT(R) Covid-19 antigen test. "We remain encouraged by emerging commercial opportunities for our VISITECT(R) Covid-19 antigen test," Chief Executive Colin King said. Write to Kyle Morris at kyle.morris@dowjones.com
Air Force discharges 27 service members for refusing to get COVID vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot. But overall the percentage of troops — particularly active duty members — who quickly got the shots exceeds the nationwide numbers.
UPDATE 1-India's Serum plans to launch Novavax shot for children in six months
(Adds quotes, detail)NEW DELHI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The Serum Institute of India (SII) plans to launch the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for children in the country in six months, its CEO said on Tuesday, adding global vaccine supplies were outstripping the absorption capacity of many countries. "It is under trial and has shown excellent data all the way down to the age group of 3." Apart from the Novavax vaccine that it has already exported to countries such as Indonesia, SII also makes the AstraZeneca and Sputnik shots. Poonawalla said current global vaccine supply was far bigger than what many countries could consume despite them inoculating only a fraction of their population, mainly due to infrastructure shortages. "Certain countries have only vaccinated to the tune of 10% or 15% of the population, they really need to go to 60-70%."
Fresha, a business platform for salons, spas and beauty and wellness pros, extends Series C by $52.5M at a $640M+ valuation – TechCrunch
The beauty and wellness industry, annually worth some $4 trillion, is underpinned by tens of thousands of businesses and millions of professionals carrying out haircuts, treatments and workouts. “Stylists [and other beauty and wellness professionals] are not really trained in business management,” he said. Beauty and wellness had a mixed bag of luck as the pandemic took hold across the world. All of this presents a complex mix of new use cases, and customers, to sign on to a platform like Fresha’s, Miller noted. Sadly, one of the other consequences of the pandemic has been the closure of a lot of small and independent businesses.
Column: Teams cautious as big names land on NFL's virus list
No, it's not a Pro Bowl ballot, just a smattering of the big names that have landed on the NFL's ever more crowded reserve/COVID-19 list this season. They also had a message for NFL players who didn't want to get vaccinated. Among those with the lowest numbers of players on their 53-man roster landing on the virus list are the Seahawks, 49ers, Raiders, Colts and Jaguars. The NFL announced Monday it is requiring coaches, front-office staff and team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. Though players are in the Tier 1 designation along with coaches and trainers, the mandate doesn't apply to players because discussions with the NFL Players Association are ongoing.
Rams' Donald, Beckham Jr., receivers put much pressure on Cardinals at home
Entering Monday night's Cardinals' Week 14 home matchup against the Rams, everything pointed in the Cardinals favor to not only beat L.A. but sweep their NFC West rival this season. He balled out following his quiet four-tackle performance in the Rams' 37-20 home loss to Arizona in Week 4. Donald finished the game with five tackles (three solo, two assisted), three sacks, and tackles for loss of 35 yards. “It felt great to get that win,” Beckham Jr. said. But Beckham, L.A.'s receivers and Donald put much pressure on the Cardinals at home to spoil their coronation for a playoff spot.
Your niece is suddenly vegan! How to survive the 12 disasters of Christmas
If you’re really desperate, bring a large pan of chicken or vegetable stock to a simmer, then take the meat off the bone and poach it in that. Photograph: Olena Mykhaylova RF/AlamyYour pesky niece was a vegetarian last week and now, suddenly, she’s a vegan, but nobody told you. Create legitimate escape routes for people who need them, otherwise they’re really going to give you a pain in your butt by about 6pm. They’ll split up when they’re ready, and Christmas Day at your house is nobody’s idea of ready. You realise your kids have crossed over into cynicism and will never experience the magic of Christmas again.
China’s troll king: how a tabloid editor became the voice of Chinese nationalism
Hu is the editor of the Global Times, a chest-thumpingly nationalistic tabloid sometimes described as “China’s Fox News”. Two days after the bombing, the Global Times published a special issue, featuring a report by a Global Times journalist who had been speaking with the ambassador in the building just minutes before the explosion. The divergence between the English Global Times and the Chinese Global Times was striking. By 2011, as the government line on freedom of speech hardened, so did the editorial line of the Global Times. A decade ago, on social media, Hu had seemed to be the No 1 flag bearer for Chinese nationalism.
Worried that Covid has stolen your sex life? Join the club
The anxieties are so poignant – would they be heading into their 20s without having had sex? The trend was already towards having sex later in life – one in eight millennials had not had sex before the age of 26, according to a survey in 2018. Long Covid sucked the life out of a lot of people, while a lot of others were simply overexposed to one another. Rather, if you think you have missed the boat, you ought to know that the boat you missed is dangerously underpowered and going round in circles. There will be another – better – one around the corner and you will be glad you missed the low-pleasure cruise.
Spider-Man: No Way Home review – scattered fun in ambitious sequel
There’s a curse of sorts that’s become attached to “the third Spider-Man movie”, one that’s brought us something very bad, something very cancelled and now something very delayed. The next round of reboots then found itself on similar skids after a ho-hum second film led to the creatives involved also disassembling, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 fading into the ether. The script, from sitcom writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, lacks the expected fizz, that sense of shaggy fun struggling to break through a more robotic plot. Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. It’s flawed for sure but still moves with more deftness than most (arriving after Eternals is a blessing for any Marvel film) and there’s an ending that suggests an awareness of its roots (post-credits scene aside), hinting at a promising way forward rather than back.
Protesting voting rights activists arrested as Biden meets with Manchin
During a crucial week for Joe Biden’s agenda that will likely feature a political showdown on his Build Back Better legislation in the Senate, voting rights activists are turning up the pressure in Washington. The diverse group of activists came to Washington from around the country and were focused primarily on issues around voting rights and poverty. Barber and several other voting rights activists have been frustrated by what they view as a lack of focus and from the Biden administration regarding voting rights. Arnwine was referring to the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The bill would restore provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that were removed by the supreme court’s Shelby v Holder decision in 2013.
Zack Henry interview: 'I didn't fit at Leicester Tigers but it has helped me thrive in France'
Time has also helped him find perspective on a tough year in Tiger country after joining from Nevers in the French second division. For an idea of how raw Henry was, he had never worked with a full-time kicking coach. Having signed for a coaching set-up that was gradually dismantled and under a chief executive, Simon Cohen, who had left Leicester before Henry reached England, he stepped into an uphill battle. “When I was in Pro D2 [with Nevers], it was just ‘play what you see’ at all times,” he explains. Lasting friendships were forged at Tigers and their success this season has left him “buzzing”.
UK jobs growth remains strong in November as BoE meets on rates
Figures from Britain’s tax office showed 257,000 people were added to company payrolls last month, the most since records began in 2014. Official data showed the unemployment rate fell to 4.2% in the three months to October, as expected by economists polled by Reuters and down from 4.3% in the three months to September. Excluding bonuses, earnings were 4.3% higher than a year earlier, the smallest rise since the three months to February. The ONS said it was no longer estimating underlying pay growth excluding the impact of the furlough scheme and other pandemic-related factors which have distorted the data. Job vacancies hit an all-time high of 1.219 million in the three months to November, although the pace of growth in new openings continued to slow.
Omicron: Boris Johnson braces for MP rebellion against latest COVID measures
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could face the wrath of his party's MPs on Tuesday with dozens set to rebel against a vote to introduce new COVID-19 measures. Fellow Conservative MP Mark Harper also signalled he will rebel during Tuesday's vote, writing on Twitter: "The initial evidence on Omicron does not support the measures announced." It became the first country in the world on Monday to report a death from the new Omicron variant with Johnson warning over the weekend of a "tidal wave" in infections. Data suggest the level of protection against Omicron rises to 70-75% days after a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The Prime Minister was called to order on Thursday over the costly renovation of his Downing Street home.
Calls for free Wi-Fi in hospital rooms rising in Japan
Calls for hospitals to install free Wi-Fi connection systems are growing in Japan, with the coronavirus pandemic having led to restrictions on visits to patients by family members and friends. Shinsuke Kasai, a freelance television announcer, was hospitalized for treatment of malignant lymphoma for four and a half months from December 2019. In addition, only 21% of 563 hospitals surveyed by the group between June and August, including major cancer treatment hospitals, pediatric cancer hospitals and hospitals under the National Hospital Organization, had introduced free Wi-Fi systems. By prefecture, Wi-Fi systems have been installed at more than 50% of surveyed hospitals in Iwate, Yamagata and Ehime, but at none in Miyagi, Akita, Toyama, Yamanashi, Shiga, Hiroshima and Kochi. “I do hope hospitals will consider introducing access to the internet because it is a lifeline for patients in hospital rooms.”The Kasai-led group lists the names of hospitals where the use of free Wi-Fi systems is available on its website.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backtracks on plan to reopen New Zealand due to Omicron
New Zealanders stuck in Australia are becoming increasingly concerned after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signalled a potential delay in opening borders due to the emergence of the Omicron Covid strain. The Omicron variant is yet to land in New Zealand, and Ms Ardern's government is keen to keep it out while scientists assess how transmissible and deadly it may be. 'We haven't changed any decisions at this stage around reconnection... but I think people understand we need to review the latest details and evidence around Omicron,' Ardern said. 'This new (Omicron) variant is something we have been able to perceive for a long time. On Tuesday, NZ health officials confirmed there were currently 80 community Covid-19 cases, with 62 people in hospital with the virus.
NY governor brushes off a rebellion from multiple counties refusing to enforce her vaccine mandate
But Hochul said she was not concerned by the five counties' flagrant disobeying of her rule. 'I'm going to monitor what's going on in the various counties,' Hochul said. 'I have a close relationship with the [New York State] Association of Counties. 'How the state intends to enforce this mandate is not clear but our local health departments certainly do not have the capability to do so. 'To even think of adding the enforcement of another state mandate to this dedicated but exhausted staff is reprehensible.'
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
Russia has confirmed 10,046,454 cases of coronavirus and 290,604 deaths , according to the national coronavirus information center. — The developer of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V has said Moscow should make jabs mandatory as inoculation rates remain low despite record deaths and campaigning by authorities. — The European Union’s drug regulator will not approve Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine until at least the first months of 2022, Reuters reported. Aug. 26— Russia registered its fifth coronavirus vaccine, EpiVacCorona-N, Interfax reported. — Most service sector businesses in Moscow met a Friday deadline to ensure 60% of their workforce received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the capital’s coronavirus taskforce said.
Political film ‘Kingmaker’ throws question mark on ethical dilemma
ENTERTAINMENTFrom left: Actor Seol Kyung-gu, director Byun Sung-hyun and actor Lee Sun-kyun pose for photos during a press conference for “Kingmaker” at Megabox Coex in southern Seoul, Monday. (Megabox Plus M)From left: Actor Seol Kyung-gu, director Byun Sung-hyun and actor Lee Sun-kyun talk about the upcoming film “Kingmaker” during a press conference at Megabox Coex in southern Seoul, Monday. I think the ethical dilemma also matters nowadays.”Byun, whose 2017 film “The Merciless” was invited for a midnight screening at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Oscar-winning film “Parasite” star Lee Sun-kyun and recipient of the award for best actor at the 41st Korean Film Critics Association Awards Seol Kyung-gu teamed up for the upcoming film. The veteran actor, however, found much difficulty in playing the role of politician Kim Woon-beom, he said.“Since the movie features a political story, it was burdensome. The political movie will hit local theaters on Dec. 29.By Jie Ye-eun ( yeeun@heraldcorp.com
Yoo Jae-suk’s COVID-19 diagnosis to change year-end plans for local television
ENTERTAINMENTComedian Yoo Jae-suk (Antenna)The COVID-19 pandemic is once again standing in the way of the local broadcasting industry, with a long list of TV shows featuring top Korean comedian Yoo Jae-suk being canceled Tuesday, after he tested positive for coronavirus.Yoo will not be participating in both local broadcaster SBS’ hit TV show “Running Man” and the annual SBS Entertainment Awards this Saturday, which Yoo has been attending for the past 11 years.“The original six members will film “Running Man” without show host Yoo,” an SBS official told The Korea Herald on Tuesday.Although the cast and staff of tvN’s “You Quiz on the Block” have not been in close contact with Yoo, filming was canceled for that show as well.Television network MBC announced Monday that a special concert organized by its popular variety show “Hang Out With Yoo,” will be postponed from its scheduled date of Wednesday.“After receiving news about Yoo’s infection, all cast and staff members took PCR tests. However, a postponement of ‘Dotori Festival’ (unofficial translation) seems inevitable. We will also contact the members of the audience who were chosen to attend the show. The dates will be decided after considering the safety of the audience and the artists,” the TV network said in a press release on Monday.News of Yoo’s anticipated participation in KBS and MBC’s Entertainment Awards, to be held on Dec. 25 and 29 respectively, had not been announced as of press time.The 49-year-old comedian is complying with government measures and Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency guidelines, according to his entertainment agency Antenna.As critical cases and deaths hit record highs amid concerns over the spread of the omicron variant, the number of breakthrough infections among celebrities, including artists Yoo Hee-yeol, Choi Si-won of Super Junior, and actor Yun Eun-hye, are also increasingBy Lee Si-jin ( sj_lee@heraldcorp.com
Kazakhstan celebrates 30th anniversary of Independence
NATIONALKazakhstan Ambassador Bakyt Dyussenbayev delivers remarks to commemorate the 30th anniversary Kazakhstan independence at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Monday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)Kazakhstan marked the 30th anniversary of its independence at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on MondayKazakhstan marked the 30th anniversary of its independence Monday commemorating the development, peace and prosperity it has achieved since then.Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union on Dec. 16 1991.Kazakhstan Ambassador Bakyt Dyussenbayev declared 2021 as significant year for Kazakhstan-Korean relations due to the state visit of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the first visit by a foreign head of state since beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.“The state visit raised level of Kazakhstan-Korea bilateral relations to an expanded strategic partnership,” Dyussenbayev said.“The remains of Gen. Hon Beom-do, previously buried in Kazakhstan, were handed over to the Korean side,” the ambassador sai.Hong was a Korean independence fighter during the Japanese occupation who served as general commander of Korea’s independence army.He is a historic figure in the Korea’s fight for liberation. Hong is especially famous for leading a historic victory in the Battle of Fengwudong, called Bong-o-dong in Korea, in northeastern China against Japanese forces in 1920.Hong spent the end of his life in Kazakhstan, having been forced to migrate there under then Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin’s policy and died in 1943 at the age of 75.His remains had been buried in the Kazakh region of Kyzylorda.According to the Kazakhstan Embassy, a monument for Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev opened in Seoul with the support of Shinil Education Foundation and Seoul Cyber University in Korea.The embassy said that Kazakhstan and Korea was planning numerous bilateral, cultural, humanitarian events and intergovernmental visits in 2022 as part of 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplom
Mental Health -– a challenge for Korea and Denmark
Likewise, the Korean population faces mental health challenges and continues to have the highest suicide rate among OECD countries. We need to work together to support the mental health well-being, care, and treatment of our people.In Korea and Denmark, we strive to improve mental health for all citizens. The center helps young people who suffer from mental health issues with treatment programs.Denmark also supports mental health in the following ways: First, the fight against stigma. Denmark acknowledges the need to continue to eliminate stigma against mental health disorders. Most mental health disorders appear in childhood and young adulthood.
Yoo Jae-suk’s COVID-19 diagnosis to change year-end plans for local television
The COVID-19 pandemic is once again standing in the way of the local broadcasting industry, with a long list of TV shows featuring top Korean comedian Yoo Jae-suk being canceled Tuesday, after he tested positive for coronavirus.Yoo will not be participating in both local broadcaster SBS’ hit TV show “Running Man” and the annual SBS Entertainment Awards this Saturday, which Yoo has been attending for the past 11 years.“The original six members will film “Running Man” without show host Yoo,” an SBS official told The Korea Herald on Tuesday.Although the cast and staff of tvN’s “You Quiz on the Block” have not been in close contact with Yoo, filming was canceled for that show as well.Television network MBC announced Monday that a special concert organized by its popular variety show “Hang Out With Yoo,” will be postponed from its scheduled date of Wednesday.“After receiving news about Yoo’s infection, all cast and staff members took PCR tests. However, a postponement of ‘Dotori Festival’ (unofficial translation) seems inevitable. We will also contact the members of the audience who were chosen to attend the show. The dates will be decided after considering the safety of the audience and the artists,” the TV network said in a press release on Monday.News of Yoo’s anticipated participation in KBS and MBC’s Entertainment Awards, to be held on Dec. 25 and 29 respectively, had not been announced as of press time.The 49-year-old comedian is complying with government measures and Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency guidelines, according to his entertainment agency Antenna.As critical cases and deaths hit record highs amid concerns over the spread of the omicron variant, the number of breakthrough infections among celebrities, including artists Yoo Hee-yeol, Choi Si-won of Super Junior, and actor Yun Eun-hye, are also increasingBy Lee Si-jin ( sj_lee@heraldcorp.com
Senior US diplomat due in Seoul for talks on economic ties, supply chain
(123rf)A senior US diplomat in charge of economic and trade policy is scheduled to visit Seoul this week to discuss cooperation on supply chain, technology, healthcare and other sectors, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday. Jose W. Fernandez, US undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, plans to arrive here on Wednesday for a three-day visit after travelling to Tokyo. On Friday, Fernandez will hold a meeting with Seoul's Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon and lead the sixth annual Senior Economic Dialogue (SED) on bilateral economic issues, the ministry said. "The two vice ministers will discuss cooperation on the bilateral supply chains, science and technology, vaccine, climate change and infrastructure," ministry spokesperson Choi Young-sam said. The two sides are expected to touch on ways to bolster ties in key industries, including semiconductors and batteries, and other technology sectors.
Education ministry to improve vaccine pass application measures at cram schools
High school student Yang Dae-rim (C) arrives at the Constitutional Court in central Seoul last Friday, to submit a petition challenging the government's plan to expand the COVID-19 vaccine pass program to teenagers starting February. (Yonhap)The education ministry on Tuesday promised to come up with measures to improve its plan to place cram schools under the government vaccine pass system amid strong opposition from students and parents, officials said. Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae held a meeting with representatives of the Korea Association of Hakwon (KAOH), a cram school industry trade group, and agreed to present measures related to the vaccine pass expansion by the end of the year. KAOH officials stressed it has conducted strict antivirus measures at cram school facilities and actively complied with the government's various pandemic response measures. The ministry and KAOH agreed to form a joint consultation group to move forward related discussions.
Mental Health -– a challenge for Korea and Denmark
Globally, more than 970 million people live with a mental health disorder, corresponding to more than 1 in 10 people. Likewise, the Korean population faces mental health challenges and continues to have the highest suicide rate among OECD countries. We need to work together to support the mental health well-being, care, and treatment of our people.In Korea and Denmark, we strive to improve mental health for all citizens. The center helps young people who suffer from mental health issues with treatment programs.Denmark also supports mental health in the following ways: First, the fight against stigma. Denmark acknowledges the need to continue to eliminate stigma against mental health disorders.
Kazakhstan celebrates 30th anniversary of Independence
Kazakhstan Ambassador Bakyt Dyussenbayev delivers remarks to commemorate the 30th anniversary Kazakhstan independence at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Monday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)Kazakhstan marked the 30th anniversary of its independence Monday commemorating the development, peace and prosperity it has achieved since then. Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union on Dec. 16 1991. Hong was a Korean independence fighter during the Japanese occupation who served as general commander of Korea’s independence army. Kazakhstan marked the 30th anniversary of its independence at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Monday
Man United's league game at Brentford postponed due to COVID-19
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Leeds United - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - August 14, 2021 Fans sit in front of covid signage outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Phil NobleMANCHESTER, England, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Manchester United's Premier League match at Brentford on Tuesday has been postponed due to a number of COVID-19 cases at the Old Trafford club, the league announced on Monday. "The decision (to postpone the Brentford-United game) was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United's squad," the league said in a statement. The Premier League found a record 42 cases of COVID-19 among players and staff at various clubs over the past week. "We respect the Premier League's decision and acknowledge that the health and safety of both clubs' players and staff must always come first. "We wish everyone affected a speedy recovery and look forward to hosting Manchester United at the Brentford Community Stadium in the new year."
Millennial Women Made LuLaRoe Billions. Then They Paid The Price.
Not only was the market saturated with LuLaRoe consultants, the quality of the clothes became hit or miss. In September 2017, LuLaRoe ended the 100% buyback refund policy and reverted to the 90% refund policy. Under the deal, MyDyer destroyed more than $11 million worth of LuLaRoe inventory and absolved some of the debt. “To the contrary, we remain committed to the LuLaRoe business and continue to work daily on the business. Even so, a spokesperson for LuLaRoe said, “LuLaRoe is excited for this new year with all the amazing new efforts and products we will be launching.
'Fantastic Beasts 3': Release Date, Cast, Trailer & Everything to Know
More than two years after The Crimes of Grindelwald premiered, the third Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film finally has a trailer. On Dec. 13, the official Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore trailer dropped, and it shows an intense war of worlds. It's unclear if the Fantastic Beasts franchise will live to see another day after the third movie. 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought in $814 million worldwide, while the sequel only grossed $655 million. Amid Fantastic Beasts 3's development, fans and critics accused the author of transphobia after she tweeted offensive remarks regarding the trans community.
'General Hospital' actor Ingo Rademacher sues ABC over vaccine mandate, reports say
Rademacher has played the character "Jax" on "General Hospital" since 1996. In 1996, he also starred in the TV movie "General Hospital: Twist of Fate." Following Rademacher's exit, fellow "General Hospital" veteran, Steve Burton, announced on Instagram Nov. 23 he was let go from the ABC show because he didn't comply with the production’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. "Unfortunately, 'General Hospital' has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. Burton has portrayed Jason Morgan on "General Hospital" from 1991 to 2012 and 2017 to the present.
Boris Johnson, Facing Omicron and Scandal, Is in Trouble - The New York Times
People in England are advised to work from home, and masks and Covid passes will be mandatory in more places. The rules, as ever under Mr. Johnson, feel arbitrary and ill thought out. The problem is: Will people follow them when it is likely that Mr. Johnson — if the past is any indication — will not? That parties should come back to haunt Mr. Johnson is ironic, since we liked him for his levity. Ms. Stratton was hired to be the voice of his government and to give a daily briefing in the American style.
Vote For The Best Metropolitan Diary Entry of 2021
This year, for the column’s 45th anniversary, we’d like your help picking the best Diary entry of 2021. You can change your vote as many times as you’d like until then, but you may only pick one, so choose wisely. Click "Vote" to select your favorite Diary entry Click "Vote" to select your favorite Diary entryCool Breeze Dear Diary: One early fall morning some years ago, I decided to walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spend a few hours there before meeting a friend for lunch. – Vern SchrammEmergency Quarters Dear Diary: Every morning before I left for school, my mother would hand me an emergency quarter. “You have any chicken left?” – Carlos MatiasWalking Tour Dear Diary: I stepped out of an East Side funeral home into the bright June sunshine.
Laura Ingraham: Dinosaur Democrats like Nancy Pelosi need to lumber away
She said Nancy Pelosi is "increasingly cantankerous" yet is slated to run for an 18th term in Congress. She has real power – whether or not she’s in the majority," Ingraham said. And at age 81, he’s in no mood to give up power," Ingraham said. After listing many of the long-standing politicians in the Democratic Party, Ingraham said, "This is the party of the future? According to Ingraham, the Democrats have made the choice to abandon their principles after a progressive wing entered Congress.
Moderna to produce millions of mRNA vaccines in Australia
In this article MRNAEmpty bottles of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are pictured in a vaccination center in Garlan, western France, on December 13, 2021. FRED TANNEAU | AFP | Getty ImagesU.S. drugmaker Moderna will produce millions of mRNA vaccines a year in Australia after agreeing to set up one of its largest manufacturing facilities outside the United States and Europe. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the plant in Victoria state was expected to produce up to 100 million mRNA vaccine doses every year when it begins operations in 2024. Covid-19 vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech use mRNA — messenger ribonucleic acid — technology that teaches cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. South Korea, which has a deal with Moderna to provide bottling work for the U.S. firm's Covid-19 vaccine, is also seeking to attract mRNA vaccine makers to start local production.
Asian Development Bank expects India's growth to continue while it tries to keep inflation in check
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAsian Development Bank expects India's growth to continue while it tries to keep inflation in checkAbdul Abiad of the Asian Development Bank says inflation in the country is on the "high side" and it has been affected by Covid-19 lockdowns more than other Asian economies.
Matthew Stafford, Rams Remind Rest of the NFC They're Super Bowl Contenders
Norm Hall/Getty ImagesAs it turns out, the Los Angeles Rams were mostly dead after losing three of their last four games. Los Angeles went from the chic Super Bowl pick with Stafford being a frontrunner for MVP to a squad that lost three straight contests to playoff-caliber opponents by a combined score of 95-54. The Rams went through their funk. OBJ showed burst after initially battling through a knee injury upon his Los Angeles arrival. Los Angeles should be favored against the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens before facing the San Francisco 49ers for the second time.
Playbook Paris: Macron et la théorie de la dinde — Castagne en vue à Paris — Terre brûlée Orbán
Viktor Orbán a pour sa part exprimé son goût pour les “débats sérieux”, parfois même “tranchants”, avec Emmanuel Macron. AUSSI À L’AGENDAEmmanuel Macron s’entretient à 16 heures avec Franck Riester, et à 17 heures avec Jean Castex et Gérald Darmanin. Puis à 11h15, à la Tour La Marseillaise, il présente les projets de mobilité du plan “Marseille en Grand”. Les sénateurs élisent de 14h30 à 15 heures un juge suppléant à la Cour de justice de la République. Un grand merci à : Laura Kayali, mon éditeur Jules Darmanin, Pierre-Paul Bermingham pour la veille et Grace Stranger pour la mise en ligne.
Brussels Playbook: Big Tech’s Grinch moment — Sassoli told to sashay away — Rutte’s 4th term
Background: For those who are unfamiliar with the fine details of EU tech regulation, the DMA and DSA are the bedrock of the European Commission’s plans to rein in Big Tech. PARLIAMENT POLITICSSASSOLI’S SLIM HOPES SLIP AWAY: If there was any doubt that the S&D’s David Sassoli has little chance of securing another two and a half years as the European Parliament president, his hopes are likely to dissipate today. — EEAS chief Josep Borrell and Parliament President David Sassoli meet President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo. — European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg. 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 newsletters
California to reinstitute statewide mask mandate amid rise in COVID cases
A man walks down a street in Encinitas, as California Governor Gavin Newsom said his state would keep its mask order in place for another month, in California, U.S., May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike BlakeSACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec 13 (Reuters) - California will impose a statewide mask mandate in all indoor public spaces as COVID-19 case rates soar, the state's senior government health official said on Monday as precautions ramp up against the Omicron variant. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterThe rate of COVID-19 infections in California has jumped 47% since Thanksgiving to more than 14 cases per 100,000 people, Ghaly said. read moreIn the UK, at least one person has died after contracting the Omicron variant, which now accounts for 44% of new infections in London, officials said. Such rules are not currently under consideration, and officials hope they will not be needed if residents comply with the mask rule, Ghaly said.
Miss America turns 100. Will she last another 100 years?
FILE - Contestants in the first Miss America pageant line up for the judges in Atlantic City, N.J., in September 1921. (AP Photo/File)FILE - Contestants in the first Miss America pageant line up for the judges in Atlantic City, N.J., in September 1921. (AP Photo/File)UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — As Miss America turns 100, a major question remains unanswered: Is she still relevant? Faithful Miss America organizers and enthusiasts contend the annual ritual is here to stay and will keep changing with the times. “I say in the book that it’s always been in dialogue with feminism, but behind feminism,” Mifflin said of the Miss America competition.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
FOREX-Dollar hits one-week high on hawkish Fed views, Omicron fears; Aussie slides
The risk-sensitive Australian dollar dropped as much as 0.64% to a one-week low. The Fed's two-day meeting that begins later Tuesday headlines a string of central banks announcing policy decisions this week, including the European Central Bank and Bank of England on Thursday and the Bank of Japan on Friday. The U.S. central bank is expected to announce it will wrap up its bond buying stimulus sooner than previously communicated, potentially setting up earlier interest rate increases next year. "That leaves a very high bar for the Fed to deliver a 'hawkish surprise'," Westpac strategists wrote in a client note. The euro slipped 0.07% to $1.1278 after touching a one-week low of $1.12605 overnight.
Stocks Fall, Futures Waver Amid Fed, Virus Risks: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks fell Tuesday and U.S. equity futures wavered amid caution over economic risks from the omicron virus strain and central bank efforts to curb high inflation. Most Read from BloombergMSCI Inc.’s Asia-Pacific share index fell for a third session, with Chinese property and technology stocks struggling. Fed rate decision, Wednesday. BOE rate decision, Thursday. ECB rate decision, Thursday.
Week 14 Fantasy Football Care/Don't Care: Packers offense explodes
Rodgers and the Packers offense is at the height of its powers even with the offensive line continuing to shuffle guys. The Seahawks head coach might have been referring to the fantasy leaderboards, not just his own running back rotation. Penny only played 57 percent of the snaps and didn’t play much of a role in the passing game, running a route on less than half the dropbacks. However, if there’s any hope this keeps up, it’s that this team so desperately needs an answer in the running game. Even without the wind excuse from last week, there were moments in Week 14 where the ball was just on the wrong shoulder for Diggs.
Short-handed Rams step up to beat Cardinals for most important win of the season
A showdown with the Cardinals — a true measuring-stick game for the Rams — had all the makings of a Cardinals rout. The Rams play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. Stafford completed 23 of 30 passes for 287 yards and touchdown passes to receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson and Cooper Kupp. “We had a lot of moving parts.”The Cardinals defeated the Rams, 37-20, on Oct. 3 at SoFi Stadium. Stafford’s short touchdown pass to Beckham and two field goals helped the Rams play the Cardinals to a 13-13 tie at the end of the first half.
Judge denies LAPD union’s request to temporarily halt vaccine mandate
A judge on Monday denied the Los Angeles police union’s request to temporarily halt the implementation of the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Mike Feuer praised the judge’s decision, which marked the second time this month the court sided with the city on the vaccination mandate issue. On Dec. 3, a different judge rejected a similar request for a preliminary injunction filed by the union representing Los Angeles firefighters, Feuer said. Monday’s ruling comes after a judge struck down a similar request for a preliminary injunction filed by the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112. The firefighters union filed suit in November and asked that the vaccination mandate, which is scheduled to take effect Saturday, be delayed to allow for proper bargaining procedures.
In win over Cardinals, Matthew Stafford reminds everyone why Rams traded for him
This is why the Rams traded for Matthew Stafford. They looked polished and were in third-and-manageable all night.”Matthew Stafford signals to Rams teammates at the line of scrimmage in an NFC West game against the Cardinals. The Rams’ defensive front and retooled secondary stepped up, however, hounding Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and repeatedly jarring passes from his talented collection of receivers. Twice, the Rams intercepted passes by Murray, and two more times the Cardinals turned over the ball on downs. 9 Stafford lifted his team to win No.
5 takeaways from Suns' loss to Clippers without Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton
The Suns were without Devin Booker (hamstring) for a fifth straight game while Deandre Ayton was sidelined for a second consecutive game with a non-COVID illness. The Clippers didn't have Paul George (elbow) or Nicolas Batum (ankle). Here are five takeaways from the rematch as the Suns (21-5) will play the second of a back-to-back Tuesday at Portland. It was ruled a common foul, but the Clippers went on a 6-0 spurt that led to Williams calling a timeout with Phoenix down, 85-71, with 9:30 left. The Suns needed everything to go right in the fourth to even have a chance to win.
MGM will sell iconic Las Vegas Mirage Hotel in $1 billion deal
MGM Resorts International has agreed to sell the Las Vegas Strip’s first megaresort, the Mirage, to Hard Rock International for nearly $1.1 billion in cash. A new vision for the Las Vegas StripWhen the Mirage first opened its doors, Las Vegas was still known as a value destination with affordable rooms, giveaway entertainment and 99-cent shrimp cocktails. That posed a problem for Las Vegas Strip properties, which brought in nearly 60% of their revenue from casinos in that period. Experts agree that the megaresort would be an inspiration to Las Vegas Strip properties for years to come. "We think there is an opportune time and we think this might be it to sell asset an in Las Vegas.
Cardinals have lost their mojo and time is running out to regain it
Yet, the Cardinals have morphed from great to good and seem to have lost its way. He led a gutsy comeback in the fourth quarter that wouldn’t have been needed if the Cardinals had played better earlier. “That defensive line is tremendous, and I was proud of the way he battled.”Murray’s first interception came on the Cardinals' second possession. “It’s a touchdown,” Murray said. He’s one of the best football players in the league.”Murray’s second interception came on the Cardinals' second play of the second half.
Clippers beat Suns 111-95 in rematch of 2021 West finals
The Suns defeated the Clippers in six games last season to reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to Milwaukee. The Suns were without Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker, while Paul George and Kawhi Leonard sat out for the Clippers. Reggie Jackson added 19 points and Terance Mann had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who won their fourth in a row. The Clippers outscored the Suns 15-6 to start the fourth, building a 19-point lead. The Suns cut their deficit to 10 points a handful of times but trailed 79-69 going into the fourth.
Today in History
Five years ago: President-elect Donald Trump convened a summit at Trump Tower for nearly a dozen tech leaders whose industry had largely supported Democrat Hillary Clinton; the CEOs included Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Trump announced his selection of former campaign rival Rick Perry to be secretary of energy. Yahoo said it believed hackers had stolen data from more than one billion user accounts in Aug. 2013 (in Oct. 2017, Yahoo raised that figure to 3 billion). One year ago: The largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history began with health workers getting shots on the same day the nation’s COVID-19 death toll hit 300,000. U.S. government agencies and private companies rushed to secure computer networks after the disclosure of a sophisticated, long-running cyber-espionage intrusion suspected of being carried out by Russian hackers.
First needle-less Covid vaccine that could work against all variants enters human trials
Scientists at the University of Cambridge are set to administer the first needle-less, air-powered Covid vaccine on Tuesday that could work against all variants. The phase one clinical trial is being conducted in Southampton and will see 40 adults receive an experimental Covid booster jab. Named DIOSvax, the vaccine is made with DNA and is designed to work on all past, present and future forms of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19. Volunteers will be paid £785 to receive the jab and must be between 18- and 50-years-old, as well as having already had their first two doses but not a booster. “We're trying to do it in such a way that it will not only protect us from the next variants, but the next pandemic virus that comes from the coronavirus family.”
COVID news live: Close contacts now required to take daily tests - as MPs prepare to vote on Plan B restrictions
South Korea records highest number of COVID patients in critical conditionSouth Korea has marked its deadliest day of the pandemic as a Delta-driven spread stretched thin hospitals and left people dying while waiting for beds. In the latest 24 hour period, 94 virus-related deaths were recorded in the country and 904 COVID patients were in serious or critical condition. The 5,567 new infections recorded yesterday were the highest yet for a Tuesday, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency figures. More than 1,480 patients were still waiting to be admitted to hospitals or treatment shelters. At least 17 patients died last week at home or at facilities while waiting for beds.
Amazon rethinks warehouse cell phone ban in wake of tornado
For years, Amazon prohibited employees from having their phones on warehouse floors and required them to leave them in their vehicles or in lockers near break rooms. An Amazon spokeswoman said company policy currently allows all Amazon employees and delivery drivers to have access to their phones during their shifts. The deadly collapse of the Edwardsville, Illinois, warehouse near St. Louis amplified concerns among its blue-collar workforce about the return of the phone ban in work areas. Five Amazon employees, including two who work across the street from the building that collapsed, said they want access to information such as updates on potentially deadly weather events through their smartphones — without interference from Amazon. Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel released a statement saying: “We’re deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, IL.
Kim Kardashian 'would never do anything to appropriate any culture' in regards to Blackfishing
Kim Kardashian has addressed past allegations of Blackfishing when wearing her hair in braids and cornrows. Scroll down for videoThe latest: Kim Kardashian, 41, has addressed past allegations of Blackfishing when wearing her hair in braids and cornrows. When asked about the criticism, Kim replied: 'Obviously, I would never do anything to appropriate any culture. 'OMFGGGG I PASSED THE BABY BAR EXAM!!!!' The reality star began the post by writing a lengthy caption to her 269million followers which began: 'OMFGGGG I PASSED THE BABY BAR EXAM!!!!'
Covid UK: Boris calls for tens of thousands to join booster volunteer army
AdvertisementNHS leaders last night warned that Boris Johnson's Covid booster rollout is setting up the health service for 'failure' and raised questions about the possibility of success. A third dose of the Covid vaccine has been long planned because the immunity vaccines offer against the virus wanes over time. People who want to go to a nightclub or another large venue have been told to show the NHS Covid pass to gain entry. Younger people were also turned away in the confusion as they tried to get booster jabs. Early real-world data from the UK's first 500 Omicron cases suggests that AstraZeneca's vaccine provides even less protection against mild illness.
Covid UK: Pubs and restaurants could be closed under harsh New Year curbs
Another said 'scare stories' about further curbs beyond Plan B had 'actually had the opposite effect' and emboldened the rebels. Tory whips launched a desperate 11th hour operation on Monday to curb the revolt, telling junior members of the Government that they would have to quit if they voted against Covid vaccine passports. Even at the height of the NHS's vaccine drive in March, the health service never managed more than 850,000 jabs a day. Younger people were also turned away in the confusion as they tried to get booster jabs. Even at the height of the NHS's vaccine drive in March, the health service never managed more than 850,000 jabs a day.
Rams move step closer to knocking Cardinals off lofty perch
"Our guys answered the bell," said coach Sean McVay of the Rams, who have won two straight games for the first time since October. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been much improved after a shaky three games during the losing skid. The Los Angeles media has been filled with reports that Stafford is playing hurt but the club has not said anything about problems with his health. Quarterback Kyler Murray was 32 of 49 for 383 yards for the Cardinals, who dropped to 10-3. The teams are now 1-1 on the season after the Cardinals beat the Rams earlier this season.
KTO predicts 2022 tourism trends with big data analysis
LIFE&STYLECheongsando Slow Trail in Wando, South Jeolla Province (KTO)The Korea Tourism Organization predicted next year’s domestic travel trends with the acronym, HABIT-US, on Tuesday, the results showing a shift in travel preferences and patterns brought out by the COVID-19 pandemic.The results were based on travel-related big data analysis over the past three years, including travel expenses and use of social media, as well as in-depth interviews with industry experts.The acronym was derived from “habitus,” which refers to a person’s socially ingrained habits, skills and dispositions. The KTO found that individuals, in adjusting to the pandemic, formed unique habits and travel styles.“The research was meaningful in that we were able to comprehensively grasp the changes of both the public’s psychological and behavioral patterns on tourism,” Jeong Seon-hee, head of the tourism consulting team at the KTO said.HABIT-US stands for Hashtags, Anyone, Beyond boundary, In a wink, Therapy, Usual unusuality and Special me.Below are seven key words or phrases of HABIT-US, and what each means in relation to tourism:Hashtags -- Distinct preferences were shown in travel types. Social media posts mentioning specific travel types such as “workation,” a combination of “work” and “vacation” referring to staycations at hotels, have increased by 16 percent during the eight months from February to September this year from the 12 months ending January 2021.Anyone -- a diversification of travel companions was also detected, with a hike in data on traveling with kids, friends, pets, as well as travel-alone options.Beyond boundary -- Long-distance travels, which shrank in the early days of the pandemic, also came back, with telecommunication data indicating active movements within or among 242 cities and districts.In a wink -- Growing uncertainties in pandemic times have sparked spontaneous or short trips.Therapeutic -- Therapeutic nature-themed travels are gaining the spotlight, as more
Samsung Biologics to manufacture AstraZeneca’s Evusheld
BUSINESSLogo of Samsung Biologics (Samsung Biologics)Samsung Biologics will begin manufacturing AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 antibody combination Evusheld by expanding their earlier deal, officials said Tuesday.The newly expanded deal is estimated at $380 million, up about $50 million from the initial contract of the two pharmaceutical giants’ long-term strategic partnership signed in September 2020.Evusheld, formerly known as AZD7442, is a combination of two long-acting antibodies, tixagevimab and cilgavimab. It has the effect of preventing coronavirus infections for those at an increased risk in receiving a vaccine shot due to underlying diseases or a weakened immune system.Evusheld is the first long-acting antibody combination to receive emergency use approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. As Evusheld has not been approved in South Korea, the Samsung Biologics-made coronavirus antibody combination will be rolled out overseas.Under the expanded agreement, Samsung Biologics will also begin manufacturing AstraZeneca’s oncology product -- Imfinzi -- from next year.“We will support our clients by bringing innovative solutions to an array of diseases, especially during this time when it is needed the most, and together find ways to expedite the delivery of crucial therapies to the market,” said John Rim, CEO of Samsung Biologics.“We will quickly solve the problem of COVID-19, which is seriously threatening public health around the world and contribute to changing patients‘ lives by providing innovative anti-cancer drugs to the world more quickly,” said Kim Sang-pyo, CEO of AstraZeneca Korea.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced Monday that it has decided to approve the manufacturing and supply of Moderna’s vaccine Spikevax, which is also produced by Samsung Biologics.In May, Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the ministry as an imported drug under the name of Moderna Spikevax. However, the global pharmaceutical firm’s drug, “Spikevax,”
[Newsmaker] Student vaccine pass mandate may be adjusted
NATIONALA civic group holds a protest against government’s plan to expand the vaccine pass system to teenagers aged between 12 and 18, near Sinnonhyeon Station in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Saturday. We need to think about whether it is appropriate or not to include cram schools in the vaccine pass system,” Choi said. “In vaccination of teenagers, individuals don’t share the same interests with the nation. The government should focus on persuading parents and students.”Jung Jae-hun, a professor at Gachon University of Medicine and Science, argued it is more important to persuade parents by providing accurate data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, rather than to force vaccination through the vaccine mandate system.“Expanding the vaccine pass mandate to teenagers is about encouraging vaccination. “For schools’ return to normalcy, we will continue the full-scale, in-person class scheme without going into an early vacation.”By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.comRelated Stories
KTO predicts 2022 tourism trends with big data analysis
The Korea Tourism Organization predicted next year’s domestic travel trends with the acronym, HABIT-US, on Tuesday, the results showing a shift in travel preferences and patterns brought out by the COVID-19 pandemic.The results were based on travel-related big data analysis over the past three years, including travel expenses and use of social media, as well as in-depth interviews with industry experts.The acronym was derived from “habitus,” which refers to a person’s socially ingrained habits, skills and dispositions. The KTO found that individuals, in adjusting to the pandemic, formed unique habits and travel styles.“The research was meaningful in that we were able to comprehensively grasp the changes of both the public’s psychological and behavioral patterns on tourism,” Jeong Seon-hee, head of the tourism consulting team at the KTO said.HABIT-US stands for Hashtags, Anyone, Beyond boundary, In a wink, Therapy, Usual unusuality and Special me.Below are seven key words or phrases of HABIT-US, and what each means in relation to tourism:Hashtags -- Distinct preferences were shown in travel types. Social media posts mentioning specific travel types such as “workation,” a combination of “work” and “vacation” referring to staycations at hotels, have increased by 16 percent during the eight months from February to September this year from the 12 months ending January 2021.Anyone -- a diversification of travel companions was also detected, with a hike in data on traveling with kids, friends, pets, as well as travel-alone options.Beyond boundary -- Long-distance travels, which shrank in the early days of the pandemic, also came back, with telecommunication data indicating active movements within or among 242 cities and districts.In a wink -- Growing uncertainties in pandemic times have sparked spontaneous or short trips.Therapeutic -- Therapeutic nature-themed travels are gaining the spotlight, as more travelers seek comfort through experiences in nature.Usual unusuality
[Newsmaker] Student vaccine pass mandate may be adjusted
We need to think about whether it is appropriate or not to include cram schools in the vaccine pass system,” Choi said. “In vaccination of teenagers, individuals don’t share the same interests with the nation. The government should focus on persuading parents and students.”Jung Jae-hun, a professor at Gachon University of Medicine and Science, argued it is more important to persuade parents by providing accurate data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, rather than to force vaccination through the vaccine mandate system.“Expanding the vaccine pass mandate to teenagers is about encouraging vaccination. More students are infected outside of schools,” Kim said. “For schools’ return to normalcy, we will continue the full-scale, in-person class scheme without going into an early vacation.”By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.com
Samsung Biologics to manufacture AstraZeneca’s Evusheld
Samsung Biologics will begin manufacturing AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 antibody combination Evusheld by expanding their earlier deal, officials said Tuesday.The newly expanded deal is estimated at $380 million, up about $50 million from the initial contract of the two pharmaceutical giants’ long-term strategic partnership signed in September 2020.Evusheld, formerly known as AZD7442, is a combination of two long-acting antibodies, tixagevimab and cilgavimab. It has the effect of preventing coronavirus infections for those at an increased risk in receiving a vaccine shot due to underlying diseases or a weakened immune system.Evusheld is the first long-acting antibody combination to receive emergency use approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. As Evusheld has not been approved in South Korea, the Samsung Biologics-made coronavirus antibody combination will be rolled out overseas.Under the expanded agreement, Samsung Biologics will also begin manufacturing AstraZeneca’s oncology product -- Imfinzi -- from next year.“We will support our clients by bringing innovative solutions to an array of diseases, especially during this time when it is needed the most, and together find ways to expedite the delivery of crucial therapies to the market,” said John Rim, CEO of Samsung Biologics.“We will quickly solve the problem of COVID-19, which is seriously threatening public health around the world and contribute to changing patients‘ lives by providing innovative anti-cancer drugs to the world more quickly,” said Kim Sang-pyo, CEO of AstraZeneca Korea.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced Monday that it has decided to approve the manufacturing and supply of Moderna’s vaccine Spikevax, which is also produced by Samsung Biologics.In May, Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the ministry as an imported drug under the name of Moderna Spikevax. However, the global pharmaceutical firm’s drug, “Spikevax,” which had a different name from “Moderna Spikevax,”
Paul Gosar Takes Credit for Covid Funding He Bashed as a ‘Democrat Spending Bonanza’
Paul Gosar has repeatedly denounced the American Rescue Plan, a bill passed by Congress earlier this year to help Americans and businesses during the pandemic. Rep. Paul Gosar celebrates a federal grant to an Arizona city to fight Covid under the American Rescue Plan. UNMENTIONED: Gosar voted against the legislation. pic.twitter.com/DzyMgCVwFF — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) December 13, 2021Gosar and Miles’ offices did not immediately respond to a requests for comment from Rolling Stone. As of Monday, Gosar seems pretty proud of that supposedly “meager relief.”
Malaysian band Terrer take jabs at religious hypocrisy in debut single ‘Hang Loklaq’
Malaysian band Terrer have dropped a music video for their debut single ‘Hang Loklaq’, which the rockers say is a “statement of pushback against religious hypocrisy”. The band shared the satire-laden song and music video on Sunday (December 12). ‘Hang Loklaq’ will appear on their forthcoming EP ‘Kaum Lelaki’ (‘Mankind’). In northern Malaysia, ‘Hang Loklaq’ is a term often used to describe ‘strange’ or ‘creepy’ behaviour, frontman Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri told NME. The ‘Hang Loklaq’ music video was also shot in October 2019, but the band postponed the release of the single and visual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Los Angeles Rams pull within one game of NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals (10-3) will have to wait at least one more week before clinching their first playoff spot since 2015. The Rams (9-4), who won their second straight and pulled within one game of the Cardinals in the NFC West, look rejuvenated following a three-game losing streak in November. Kupp had 13 catches for 123 yards, the eighth 100-yard game this season for the NFL’s receiving leader. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after recovering an onside kick. Cardinals: Arizona activated DL Rashard Lawrence (calf) and long snapper Aaron Brewer (broken arm) before the game.
Joshua Bellamy, Ex-Jet, Is Sentenced to 3 Years in Covid-19 Aid Scheme
A former wide receiver for the New York Jets who fraudulently obtained more than $1.2 million in Covid-19 relief money and spent tens of thousands of dollars of that on luxury items has been sentenced to more than three years in prison, federal prosecutors said. The former N.F.L. player, Joshua J. Bellamy, 32, of St. Petersburg, Fla., pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida say Mr. Bellamy obtained a Paycheck Protection Program loan of $1.2 million for his company, Drip Entertainment L.L.C., by using false information. They say he used the loan’s proceeds on personal items, including more than $104,000 in luxury goods from Dior, Gucci and other merchants, and on $63,000 in purchases at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.At a hearing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, Mr. Bellamy was sentenced to 37 months in prison on the conspiracy charge and also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $1.2 million in restitution and $1.2 million in forfeiture, according to a statement from federal prosecutors.
Former ‘General Hospital’ star Ingo Rademacher sues ABC over vaccine mandate
Former “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher filed a lawsuit Monday against ABC over the company’s vaccine mandate that he argues is unconstitutional, a report said. Rademacher, who played Jasper “Jax” Jacks, was canned from the long-running soap opera last month after refusing to get the jab. He argues in the suit that ABC religiously discriminated against him by denying him a religious exemption for the vaccine, Variety reported. Before he was fired, Rademacher pleaded his case to the company’s human resource department, but to no avail. Rademacher was fired from ‘General Hospital’ after he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Congress to mark 800K American COVID deaths with moment of silence
Congressional leaders will hold a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the more than 800,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. More than 450,000 Americans died from COVID-19 in 2021, according to Reuters, which also noted that the deaths this year account for 57% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic. The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in 2020, by comparison, was 385,343, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). US COVID-19 DEATHS IN 2021 SURPASS 2020'S TOLLThe report from Reuters also ranked the U.S. as worst in terms of per capita deaths from COVID-19 among the Group of Seven countries in the period between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30. In June, members of Congress held a similar moment of silence when the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. hit 600,000 people.
European markets head for lackluster open as omicron concerns weigh on sentiment
LONDON — European stocks are expected to open in positive territory but sentiment remains cautious amid the continuing spread of the omicron Covid variant. European stocks slipped Monday as traders reacted to developments regarding the omicron Covid variant. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed yesterday that at least one patient infected with the new omicron variant of Covid-19 has died in the country. Mainland China reported its first case of the omicron Covid variant Monday in the city of Tianjin, about a two hours' drive from capital Beijing. In Asia-Pacific markets overnight, Chinese stocks declined, tracking other losses in the region, as the omicron variant returned to focus.
New York City to mandate Covid vaccines for all private sector workers
New York (CNN Business) All private sector employers in New York City will now be required to implement a Covid-19 vaccine mandate by December 27, the city's mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. "It's unclear if the city has authority to issue such a mandate," Wylde said, adding that the city business leaders are "very supportive" of vaccines. For instance, unlike the city, New York State does not have a vaccine mandate for private employers. And the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers has been held up by court challenges. Wylde said there is concern over a lack of coordination for federal, state and city health policies.
Lyft won't require its staff to return to the office until 2023
(CNN Business) Lyft is giving its employees another year to work remotely, a dramatic step among major businesses that are continuing to delay a return to the office. The rideshare company said Wednesday that it won't require its staff to return to the office until 2023. Lyft did not cite concerns about the new Omicron coronavirus variant in its statement, instead pointing to the "flexibility" desired by its employees. "We've heard from our team members that they value continued flexibility in determining where they work and would benefit from additional time to plan," said Ashley Adams, a Lyft spokesperson. "We're already seeing an increasing number of team members choose to work from the office, and we're excited to offer more opportunities for those interested in getting together," Adams said.
Air Force discharges 27 over Covid vaccine requirement
The Air Force has discharged 27 active-duty members who refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as required, a spokesperson said Monday. The Pentagon has required vaccinations for members of the military, and the deadline for active-duty Air Force members was Nov. 2. They are the first active-duty Air Force members to be discharged over the Covid-19 vaccine issue, Stefanek said. Around 97 percent of active-duty Air Force and Space Force members had been vaccinated as of Dec. 7, according to statistics from the Department of the Air Force, which includes the Space Force. More than 1,000 active-duty Air Force and Space Force members are listed as having refused, and about 4,700 are listed as having religious requests in the process of being decided.
China detects first case of Omicron coronavirus variant on the mainland
Hong Kong (CNN) China has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant on the mainland, posing a fresh challenge to the country's zero-Covid strategy in the lead-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics. Subsequent genome sequencing reviewed by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it was the Omicron variant, according to state media. The individual is now being treated in isolation in hospital, the report said, without providing further details. The fast-spreading Omicron variant has raised alarms around the world, prompting governments to impose travel restrictions. It has been reported in more than 50 countries since first detected in South Africa late last month.
Stocks move south in Asia after tech fuels a retreat on Wall Street
BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street retreated from recent record levels on weakness in technology shares. Shares in Shanghai-based Shimao Group Holdings 813, -12.99% sank 12.6% in Hong Kong on Tuesday on concerns about its financial situation. Another worry is China’s first reported case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan in late 2019, Yeap added. Stocks have been mostly pushing higher, despite a volatile stretch in late November as worries about the omicron variant of the coronavirus roiled markets. The yield on the 10-year Treasury TY00, was steady at 1.42% after falling to 1.41% Monday from 1.49% late Friday.
Stocks move south in Asia after tech fuels a retreat on Wall Street
BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street retreated from recent record levels on weakness in technology shares. Shares in Shanghai-based Shimao Group Holdings 813, -12.99% sank 12.6% in Hong Kong on Tuesday on concerns about its financial situation. Another worry is China’s first reported case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan in late 2019, Yeap added. Stocks have been mostly pushing higher, despite a volatile stretch in late November as worries about the omicron variant of the coronavirus roiled markets. The yield on the 10-year Treasury TY00, was steady at 1.42% after falling to 1.41% Monday from 1.49% late Friday.
S. Korea marks deadliest day of pandemic as hospitals buckle
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday marked its deadliest day of the pandemic as an unrelenting, delta-driven spread stretched thin hospitals and left people dying while waiting for beds. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 94 virus patients died in the past 24 hours while a record 906 were in serious or critical condition. More than 1,480 patients were still waiting to be admitted to hospitals or treatment shelters. At least 17 patients died last week at home or at facilities while waiting for beds. The country reported around 6,000 new cases a day last week, including three consecutive days of over 7,000.
Stocks move south in Asia after tech fuels a retreat on Wall Street
BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street retreated from recent record levels on weakness in technology shares. Shares in Shanghai-based Shimao Group Holdings 813, -12.99% sank 12.6% in Hong Kong on Tuesday on concerns about its financial situation. Another worry is China’s first reported case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan in late 2019, Yeap added. Stocks have been mostly pushing higher, despite a volatile stretch in late November as worries about the omicron variant of the coronavirus roiled markets. The yield on the 10-year Treasury TY00, was steady at 1.42% after falling to 1.41% Monday from 1.49% late Friday.
Amazon joins OSHA in promising review after six die as warehouse near St. Louis collapses in tornado strike
Amazon, meanwhile, said workers at the warehouse had little time to prepare when the National Weather Service declared a tornado warning on Friday night. The tornado arrived soon after, collapsing both sides of the warehouse and caving in its roof. Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said the warehouse received tornado warnings between 8:06 p.m. and 8:16 p.m. Friday, and site leaders directed workers to immediately take shelter. “How do we make sure the facilities are built in a way to best protect the workers inside?”Living With Climate Change: Was the deadly Kentucky tornado due to climate change? “It was basically a warehouse, with nothing particularly distinctive to Amazon,” said Wulfratt, president of MWPVL International, a consultancy in Montreal.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks dip as Omicron spreads, Fed decision looms
China's CSI300 index was 0.39% lower, after health authorities in Tianjin detected the country's first Omicron case, while Britain reported the first death from the variant. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was down 1.2%, also dragged down by persistent concerns over the health of China's property sector. The combination of economic risks from the Omicron variant and a potentially more hawkish tone from the Fed on Wednesday dampened risk appetite in Asia. The dollar edged higher ahead of the upcoming meetings, with investors eyeing the possibility that the Fed will start to raise interest rates in 2022. The benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield traded little changed at 1.422% after falling on Monday as traders positioned for a hawkish Fed.
Stafford, Rams beat Cardinals through air in 30-23 victory
The Cardinals (10-3) will have to wait at least one more week before clinching their first playoff spot since 2015. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after recovering an onside kick. Seven plays later, Stafford hit a diving Kupp for a 4-yard touchdown and the Rams led 27-13. The Rams converted the interception into a touchdown when Stafford found Beckham for a 2-yard score. Cardinals: Arizona activated DL Rashard Lawrence (calf) and long snapper Aaron Brewer (broken arm) before the game.
Editorial: If MFA can open, so can State House
To hear House Speaker Ron Mariano tell it, the denizens of the State House are as sturdy as puff pastry. For though the state gave the all-clear for businesses to reopen on May 29, with the encouragement to follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and hygiene protocols, the State House remains closed. Last month, approximately .6 miles from the State House, Michelle Wu was sworn in as mayor — and not in a Zoom call. “I’m very concerned as we talk about reopening the State House. The State House sees over 100,000 visitors a year.
Stafford, Rams beat Cardinals through air in 30-23 victory
The Cardinals (10-3) will have to wait at least one more week before clinching their first playoff spot since 2015. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after recovering an onside kick. Seven plays later, Stafford hit a diving Kupp for a 4-yard touchdown and the Rams led 27-13. The Rams converted the interception into a touchdown when Stafford found Beckham for a 2-yard score. Cardinals: Arizona activated DL Rashard Lawrence (calf) and long snapper Aaron Brewer (broken arm) before the game.
Dr. Roach: Long COVID symptoms need not put off vaccination
Keith RoachTo Your HealthDear Dr. Roach: Is it safe for an unvaccinated person experiencing long-term symptoms after a COVID-19 infection to get the vaccination, or must they wait until the typical 90-day period for symptoms to diminish or disappear? — P.M.Dear P.M.: In general, people can expect to have symptoms of acute COVID-19 infection for up to four weeks after the onset of symptoms. Roughly a third of people with symptomatic COVID-19 symptoms will have persistent symptoms. I do recommend vaccination after COVID-19 infection, with or without persistent symptoms. Vaccination has not been associated with worsening of symptoms in people with persistent COVID symptoms.
Michigan State University faculty, staff to receive $1,500 bonuses
The Detroit NewsMichigan State University is slated to give some faculty and staff $1,500 bonuses, the school announced Monday. Those eligible are regular and temporary faculty, academic staff and support staff employees; research and post-doctoral fellows; as well as graduate teaching and research assistants, he said. He also said the additional 5% match to university retirement contributions would be restored. Days after the announcement, the MSU Faculty Senate approved a resolution seeking a retroactive restoration of all pandemic-associated salary reductions and retirement matches. "Faculty and academic staff are struggling with increased teaching, research, and service workloads while managing our own family responsibilities," the authors wrote.
Meet the 2021-22 Arizona men's basketball team
Highlight of your offseason: "I went and saw LeBron James play the Suns in Game 3 at the Staples Center, and that was the day before my birthday so it was pretty fun. I saved up some money, bought a ticket, sat pretty close and saw LeBron James live." One thing about you others don’t know: "When I moved to Redlands, I took on snowboarding and a lot more outdoor activities. I don’t know if there’s much snow coming down in Tucson." I took on a lot of stuff to take care of myself."
Thousands of checks unclaimed in Navajo Nation aid program
FARMINGTON – Roughly 7,500 checks have not been claimed in the Navajo Nation CARES Fund Hardship Assistance Program, the Office of the President and Vice President said in a news release on Monday. The program was created to help enrolled tribal members impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic. “Unclaimed checks may be due to a change or error with a mailing address, an incomplete application or other issues. Navajo Nation officials authorized two application periods for the hardship assistance program. Some 312,000 enrolled members have received assistance, according to the president’s office news release.
Amazon faces scrutiny over worker safety after tornado strikes warehouse
Questions over worker safety at Amazon are intensifying once again after a tornado struck an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Friday, leaving six people dead and another hospitalized. On Monday, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration said it opened a workplace safety investigation into the warehouse collapse. “This incident calls into question so much of Amazon’s practices in their warehouses,” said Marcos Ceniceros, an organizer at Warehouse Workers for Justice. Speaking to the Intercept on Monday, 12 Amazon workers described concerns over workplace safety. An Amazon spokesperson, Kelly Nantel, said the warehouse received tornado warnings between 8.06pm and 8.16pm on Friday and site leaders directed workers to immediately take shelter.
Tuesday 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 Tuesday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. NHS overwhelmed after millions answer call for Covid booster jabsThe NHS was scrambling to deliver government pledges on booster jabs as millions of people answered calls to get the vaccines. Omicron wave driven by 'young, healthy, vaccinated' populationThe omicron epidemic is being driven by young, vaccinated people, according to mounting data from countries as diverse as the UK, Denmark and South Africa. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
‘Null and void’: boycott clouds New Caledonia’s final poll on independence
Low voter turnout at New Caledonia’s independence referendum “weighs heavily” on the French territory’s self-determination process, election observers from the Pacific Islands Forum have said. In Sunday’s referendum, more than 96% of voters were opposed to independence from France, compared with 57% in 2018 and 53% in 2020. However, there was only a 43.9% turnout of eligible voters after a boycott was called by Kanak leaders. They had called, unsuccessfully, for France to delay polling until 2022 to allow for a traditional mourning period for Covid-19 deaths. The nickel-rich territory is 20,000km from France, with a population including 41% Melanesian (mostly Kanak) and 24% of European origin (mostly French).
Stafford and Kupp shine as Rams beat Cardinals in NFC West battle
The Cardinals (10-3) will have to wait at least one more week before clinching their first playoff spot since 2015. The Rams (9-4), who won their second straight and pulled within one game of the Cardinals in the NFC West, look rejuvenated following a three-game losing streak in November. Kupp had 13 catches for 123 yards, the eighth 100-yard game this season for the NFL’s receiving leader. Seven plays later, Stafford hit a diving Kupp for a four-yard touchdown and the Rams led 27-13. The Rams converted the interception into a touchdown when Stafford found Beckham for a two-yard score.
Covid: PM faces big rebellion as MPs vote on new restrictions
He implored backbenchers to believe Covid certification to enter certain venues did not amount to a "Covid passport". But in spite of these assurances - and the prime minister warning of a "tidal wave of infections" - the potential Conservative revolt could be the biggest of Boris Johnson's premiership.
Osaka Gas to enter fixed-line telecommunications sector
Osaka Gas President Masataka Fujiwara | KYODOOsaka Gas Co. plans to enter the fixed-line telecommunications business as early as fiscal 2022, a first time among major city gas suppliers in Japan, President Masataka Fujiwara has said. Osaka Gas, which mainly serves western Japan, will enhance customer convenience by adding the fixed-line telecom business to the comprehensive services it offers customers, such as gas appliances and water repairs, according to Fujiwara. Osaka Gas has gained about 1.56 million electricity contracts thanks to the liberalization of electricity and gas retailing in Japan, but its core gas business has lost about 1.29 million contracts in the meantime. Fujiwara also expressed the company’s intention to start supplying gas in urban areas in India, which has continued to post economic growth. “If emerging countries are growing, they can’t rely solely on renewable energy,” Fujiwara said, pledging that Osaka Gas will “contribute to (resolving) social issues by increasing the use of natural gas during the transition” to a carbon-free society.
Khloe Kardashian arrives at her daughter's dance class with bestie Malika Haqq after recent Tristan
Khloe Kardashian was seen arriving at her three-year-old daughter True Thompson's dance class on Monday, with best friend Malika Haqq and her son Ace Flores in tow. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star dressed down for the outing, wearing a black sweatshirt and matching sweatpants. All black: Khloe Kardashian, 37, was seen arriving at her three-year-old daughter True Thompson's dance class on MondayEven though she was casual for the occasion, Khloe's blond hair was perfectly straightened and flowing down her shoulders. Khloe was joined by bestie Malika, who was also head-to-toe in black attire, aside from her Burberry fanny pack. Tristan already shares three-year-old daughter True with Khloe, and son Prince, four, with his ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig.
QLD Vaccine mandate enforced on Friday as state opens up
Travellers from across the country continue to descend on Queensland now its borders are opened to fully vaccinated people from COVID hotspots. It’s welcome news for small businesses, but a customer vaccine mandate that comes in on Friday could cause some backlash
California reintroduces mask mandate for indoor public spaces
California's mask mandate applies to all individuals, whether vaccinated or notLos Angeles (AFP) – Authorities in California said Monday they were reinstating mask mandates in all indoor public spaces to try to curb the resurgence of Covid-19 in recent weeks. Advertising Read moreThe mask mandate, which will come into force Wednesday, applies to all individuals, whether vaccinated or not. California's Health Secretary Mark Ghaly said the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases had prompted the new rule. Ghaly said that wearing a mask could help prevent a repeat of last winter's high rates of infection and death. The mask mandate will remain in place until January 15.
Former Ireland boss Schmidt appointed All Blacks selector
Joe Schmidt was in charge of Ireland until the end of the 2019 World Cup in JapanWellington (AFP) – Joe Schmidt was named as an All Blacks selector Tuesday, but will not take up the role until after his former team Ireland tour New Zealand next year. Advertising Read moreThe New Zealander will replace Grant Fox on the All Blacks selection panel from August 2022, a month after Ireland's three-Test tour. In addition to the selection role, Schmidt will also work as a part-time assistant coach with Super Rugby's Auckland Blues next year. All Blacks coach Ian Foster said Schmidt's years coaching in the northern hemisphere since 2007 with Clermont, Leinster and Ireland, gave him a different perspective to his New Zealand-based counterparts. Schmidt is hugely respected in New Zealand rugby circles and was approached about becoming an All Blacks assistant coach in 2017 but opted to remain with Ireland.
Coronavirus: traffic in and out of southern Chinese town halted after travellers test positive
Traffic control measures are in place in Dalang in Dongguan city after two people tested positive to coronavirus. The asymptomatic pair, aged in their 30s, had visited restaurants, hotels, beauty parlours and karaoke bars. Photo: Weibo
‘This is a charade’: GOP senator, voting experts urge Wisconsin Republicans to halt election attacks
David Becker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, is seen during a media briefing on growing threats to election professionals in Wisconsin, held at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Dec. 13, 2021. “You’ve seen all three of these things happen in Wisconsin, directed at state officials and local officials and others,” he said. Not the Wisconsin Election Commission and not Meagan Wolfe. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe, left, is seen during a September 2018 meeting of the Elections Commission with Commissioner Dean Knudson. Emily Hamer / Wisconsin WatchBecker is among those who have applauded state and local election officials’ efforts to navigate the pandemic amid unprecedented voter turnout in 2020.
Democratic governors plan to focus on "kitchen table" issues, not Trump, in 2022 elections
They're shying away from the topic of former President Donald Trump, after years relying on him to motivate Democratic voters to get to the polls. In Massachusetts, Trump is backing former Republican state representative Geoff Diehl against popular Republican Governor Charlie Baker, before he announced he wouldn't seek a third term. Democrats now see the heavily Democratic state as their most likely pickup. "If one of Trump's candidates is nominated or beats an incumbent Republican governor, I think that's news. After McAuliffe's loss in Virginia, Democrats are also adjusting their approach to education.
Dem governor declares COVID-19 emergency ‘over,’ says it’s ‘their own darn fault’ if unvaccinated get sick
At this point, if you haven't been vaccinated, it's really your own darn fault." NEW YORK ORDERS MASK MANDATE FOR INDOOR PUBLIC SPACES STATEWIDE"Those who get sick, it's almost entirely their own darn fault," he continued. "You know, public health [officials] don’t get to tell people what to wear; that's just not their job. You don't tell people to wear a jacket when they go out in winter and force them to [wear it]. "If you haven't been vaccinated, that's your choice.
Explaining the Prescription Drug Provisions in the Build Back Better Act
The BBBA includes several provisions that would lower prescription drug costs for people with Medicare and private insurance and reduce drug spending by the federal government and private payers. The key prescription drug proposals included in the BBBA would:This brief summarizes these provisions and discusses the expected effects on people, program spending, and drug prices and innovation. The legislation appropriates 10-year (2022-2031) funding of $3 billion for implementing the drug price negotiation provisions. A separate CBO estimate of the same Medicare drug price negotiation provision included in another House bill in the 116th Congress (H.R. The legislation also allows beneficiaries the option of smoothing out their out-of-pocket costs over the year rather than face high out-of-pocket costs in any given month.
Supreme Court rejects move to block New York vaccine mandate
A doctor prepares to administer a vaccine injection to Claudia Scott-Mighty, a patient care director at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Bronxville, N.Y. | Kevin Hagen/AP Photo Supreme Court rejects move to block New York vaccine mandateThe U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to block New York’s vaccination mandate for health care workers because it doesn't have a religious exemption. They asked the court last month to block the state from requiring those who were previously granted religious exemptions to get vaccinated or show proof of a medical exemption. A federal appeals court previously ruled that the mandate could move forward even though it did not allow for a religious exemption. Gorsuch also noted New York made changes to its mandate for health workers. Today, the Court repeats the mistake by turning away New York’s doctors and nurses,” he wrote.
Guatemalan president stands with ally Taiwan, derides Chinese vaccines
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei says his country will stay by Taiwan's side and has ruled out accepting vaccines from China as that country ramps up its international vaccine diplomacy. Giammattei was interviewed by Reuters Tuesday evening (June 2), ahead of next week's visit by American Vice President Kamala Harris. However, the president dismissed the prospect of importing Chinese vaccines, unlike neighboring Honduras, which reportedly considered pursuing Chinese jabs earlier this year, and El Salvador, which has received several hundred thousand doses of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine. Giammattei pointed to the lower efficacy of Chinese vaccines, adding that Guatemala has no plans to court Beijing and will instead stick to its decades-old alliance with Taiwan. El Salvador switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 2018.
Trump ally aims for Rep. Bill Foster's seat
Trump ally aims for Rep. Bill Foster's seat Presented by AARPHappy Tuesday, Illinois. TOP TALKERRepublican Catalina Lauf is pivoting her congressional campaign to run in IL-11 in the seat now held by Rep. Bill Foster. We are stronger together in that regard,” Jacob Kaplan, executive director of Cook County Dems, said in an interview. The pledge is only for Cook County candidates, so folks running statewide don’t need to sign the pledge. “I’m a dad and local volunteer who is ready to serve my neighbors on the Cook County Board,” he said in a statement.
Morning Digest: Trump gets his wish in Georgia. Will he get his next victim?
After all, Perdue very nearly won in Georgia last year—and so did Trump. ? NH-Gov: Democratic state Sen. Tom Sherman says he's considering a bid against Republican Gov. ? OH-Gov: Republican Rep. Warren Davidson, who first floated the possibility of running against Gov. Obituaries? Bob Dole, the longtime Republican Senate leader and unsuccessful GOP nominee for president in 1996, has died at the age of 98. While the move might have helped keep Reagan at bay, the Ford-Dole ticket lost a close race to Georgia Gov.
Tim James to seek Republican nomination for Alabama governor
Tim James will seek the Republican nomination for governor next year, adding a significant challenger to Gov. “I hate that we find ourselves in this situation because the governor and my family have been friends for more than 40 years,” James said. In 2010, James finished third in the Republican primary, just getting beaten out of a runoff by then-Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa, the eventual winner of the race. He had strongly suggested he would enter the race at an appearance at the State Capitol in September. Besides Ivey and James, the Republican field includes Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler; correctional officer Stacey George, and Dean Odle, a minister in Opelika.
Former ambassador Lindy Blanchard exits Senate race, enters Republican race for Alabama governor
WETUMPKA — Lindy Blanchard, a nonprofit director, former ambassador and major financial supporter of former President Donald Trump, entered the gubernatorial race on Tuesday, hitting traditional Alabama Republican issues while sprinkling in the former president's name. Blanchard, who Trump has reportedly encouraged to get into the race, is the second Republican to challenge Gov. James and Blanchard have both hit on themes of being conservative outsiders opposed to the federal government. REDISTRICTING:Montgomery state legislators hope county doesn't lose seats in Alabama redistrictingTim James, a businessman and the son of former Gov. Other Republican candidates for the office include Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler; correctional officer Stacy George and Dean Odle, a minister from Wetumpka.
Tim James is running against Kay Ivey. Will Lynda Blanchard?
James, said he is entering the race because he believes many conservative voters are “anxious” about the state’s recent political decisions. “This is not who the people of this state are,” James said in a telephone interview Monday. Ivey, while personally encouraging people to get vaccinated, has called the federal vaccine mandates ‘un-American, outrageous overreach.’James said he thought the state should do more, including an outright ban on mandates. Republican Lynda Blanchard, who was former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Slovenia, has scheduled a Tuesday campaign event in Wetumpka. Blanchard filed to run for U.S. Senate but there has been speculation she could switch to the gubernatorial race.
Florida governor's race: GOP goes after Nikki Fried after she amends financial disclosures
The moves highlight what is already a bitter contest between Fried and incumbent Republican Ron DeSantis. "We each hold positions of public trust," he wrote. "In keeping with that public trust, Florida’s Constitution requires public officers to make full and accurate disclosures of their financial interests and Florida law requires lobbying compensation reports to be true, complete, and accurate. Records show she's amended her financial disclosures before, in early 2020, after realizing she had miscalculated income. "We need to keep fighting the unethical democrats who will stop at nothing to defeat Governor DeSantis and our Republican team," Power said.
Nikki Fried amended past financial disclosures before jumping into Florida governor's race
Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried speaks during a meeting of the Florida cabinet in Tallahassee, Fla. on June 4, 2019. | Steve Cannon/AP Photo Nikki Fried amended past financial disclosures before jumping into Florida governor's raceTALLAHASSEE — Shortly before jumping into the race for Florida governor this week, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried amended two separate financial disclosure forms, including one showing previously unreported earnings of $351,480. In July 2019, Fried reported that her only salary for the previous year was the money she earned as agriculture commissioner. Several months later — in January 2020 — Fried amended her disclosure to show that she had earned $72,000 from Igniting Florida. Once Scott left office, state legislators repealed the law, arguing it allowed wealthy people to hide their financial holdings.
Rep. Emilia Sykes to step down as Minority Leader at end of year
On Wednesday afternoon, Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced that she will be stepping down as the Ohio Minority Leader. But we know there’s more work to do, more challenges to meet, and more injustices to address.”In 2019, Rep. Sykes was elected as the minority leader. “Though I am stepping down as Minority Leader, I am not stepping away from service—far from it. I love Akron, I love Summit County and I love Ohio, endlessly. During Leader Syke’s three-year job, she faced unprecedented challenges, including the Dayton shooting, COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty and protests with systematic racism.
Republican Shay Hawkins announces congressional bid in swing district; he’ll face Trump-backed Max Miller in GOP primary
WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Broadview Heights Republican Shay Hawkins on Wednesday announced that he’s seeking a newly reconfigured congressional seat that includes Cleveland’s western suburbs, Akron and Medina County. “I am running this race because I am the best person to win the district for Republicans,” declared Hawkins, whose primary opponents will include former White House aide Max Miller of Rocky River. After Miller entered the race, Gonzalez decided against seeking re-election, and the predominantly Republican district was redrawn to lean slightly towards Democrats. Hawkins argues he’s better equipped to win the district and represent it in Congress than any other candidate. He’s an attorney with a Master of Business Administration degree who heads a trade association for funds that invest in Opportunity Zone projects to spur economic growth in low-income communities.
Democrat Rob Sand to seek reelection as Iowa state auditor, won't run for governor in 2022
Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand is running for reelection, he said Tuesday, closing off the possibility of running for governor next year. Sand, a Democrat, will seek a second term in the office he won in 2018, when he flipped the office from Republican control. But Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann criticized Sand in a statement Tuesday, saying Sand has used his office to go after his political enemies. Sand was not the only statewide elected official in Iowa to announce a campaign for reelection on Tuesday. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said in a Twitter post he would seek a second term.
Morning Digest: Scott Walker's former no. 2 launches bid to avenge his loss
The Evers-Barnes ticket ousted Walker and Kleefisch 50-48, and chatter quickly began that the now-former lieutenant governor would run in her own right. ? IA-Gov: Democratic state Sen. Pam Jochum says she's considering a bid against Republican Gov. ? IL-Gov: Venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan kicked off a bid for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Gov. He joins a primary field that includes state Rep. Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine, and former state Sen. Paul Schimpf. House? IL-17: Democratic state Rep. Mike Halpin, who'd been considering a bid for Illinois' open 17th Congressional District, announced this week that he'd instead run for state Senate.
Kathy Hochul Wins the Invisible Primary
But the reality here is that Hochul, who only became governor in August after Cuomo resigned, crushed James in the so-called invisible primary. Hochul led James comfortably in every publicly available poll and banked more than $11 million for her run next year. Though I campaigned, in every way, as an anti-establishment progressive, I made aggressive attempts to win the backing of labor unions, elected officials, and political clubs. For James to overcome Hochul, she would need show voters, very clearly, that she had an exciting, far-reaching vision for New York State. It’s possible we will remember December 9th, 2021 as the day Kathy Hochul effectively locked up another four years in office.
Morning Digest: With Devin Nunes bailing, California could see some major special election weirdness
The Times also rattles off a long list of Republicans who could potentially run, including state Sens. Meanwhile, the state AFL-CIO has endorsed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley's campaign for the Democratic nod. However, state Rep. Bobby DuBose, who finished a distant fifth, won't try a second time. ? IL-13: The Illinois Federation of Teachers, which represents 103,000 member statewide, has endorsed former Obama official Nikki Budzinski in the Democratic primary for the state's open 13th Congressional District. ? TX-01: Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer, who'd reportedly been considering a bid for Texas' open 1st Congressional District, has instead announced that he'll seek re-election.
Morning Digest: New York congressman makes second try for governor after disastrous first bid
Under the proposal, the 1st, which Republican Rep. Nancy Mace flipped last year, would have voted 54-45 for Donald Trump, compared to 52-46 under the present map. Governors? AK-Gov: Freshman state Rep. Christopher Kurka announced Monday that he would challenge his fellow Republican, Gov. Moran has been considering a bid to succeed his fellow Republican, Rep. Louie Gohmert, in this safely red East Texas seat. ? TX-30: Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett on Wednesday launched her bid for this safely blue Dallas seat with an endorsement from her would-be predecessor, retiring Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. As a result, Republicans will soon see their majority slip to 5-3 after another Republican seat becomes vacant in January.
Sheriff's race against incumbent Marlin Gusman, Susan Hutson goes to runoff
New Orleanians must wait a few more weeks to learn who their next sheriff will be, with a runoff called between incumbent Sheriff Marlin Gusman and former New Orleans Police Department Independent Monitor Susan Hutson. Whoever wins the runoff will take the position and manage a jail that has been shrouded in controversy for nearly a decade. In an agreement with the Department of Justice, final authority was given to an independent jail compliance officer. Much of that reduction in the jail population has been attributed to pressure from criminal justice reform groups, including the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition. They're doing without lights and water and food to stay in touch with loved ones or to help loved ones in the jail,” Hutson said.
Glasgow native and former US ambassador to the United Nations visited her hometown and spoke about current issues - News 40
Glasgow native and former US ambassador to the United Nations visited her hometown and spoke about current issuesShare This StoryemailPrintLinkedinRedditGLASGOW, Ky. – Glasgow native Kelly Craft, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, was visiting her hometown Wednesday and toured the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow Barren County. Kelly Craft was appointed by Donald Trump as the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2019 until early this year. Craft is a graduate of Glasgow High School and a Barren County native. The former ambassador made a contribution to the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow Barren County earlier today saying she believes the organization helps bring the best out in children. So, all of our NATO countries that had their troops, they were panicked,” said Craft.
Morning Digest: Vermont's Patrick Leahy, the most senior senator, declines to seek a ninth term
Leahy had no trouble winning the Democratic primary, but he faced a very difficult race that fall against Republican Rep. Richard Mallary. Joe Biden would have won a 25-10 majority of seats in the state Senate and a 46-19 majority in the state House. PPP finds Mastriano edging out 2018 Senate nominee Lou Barletta 18-14, with state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman in third with 4%. One person who did take his own name out of contention on Sunday, though, is former state Rep. Caleb Jones. ? NE-01: Democratic state Rep. Patty Pansing Brooks said Monday that she would challenge Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who was indicted last month for lying to federal investigators.
Kentucky elections: Republican state Sen. Max Wise eying possible run for governor
Bruce SchreinerAssociated PressFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Max Wise, who has played a key role in shaping Kentucky education policy as a committee chairman, said Wednesday he’s strongly considering a bid for governor in 2023. “People right now feel like their values are being trampled upon,” Wise told The Associated Press in a phone interview. The state school board followed up with an emergency regulation requiring masks in public schools. More politics:Five takeaways from Kentucky's GOP-only 2021 Fancy Farm political picnicThough the election is two years away, considerable jockeying is under way among Republicans eyeing the governor’s race. Craft, whose personal family wealth would give her a built-in ability to mount a campaign, has said she’s “seriously considering” entering the governor’s race.
Nail-biter for family leave bill reveals tough realities for working moms
To help pass a new family leave law. The clock ticked as green lights slowly appeared on an electronic board, indicating yes votes next to lawmakers’ names. The Fresno Democrat had tried, as leader of the caucus of moderate Democrats, to water down or block the family leave bill, saying it was too onerous on small businesses. Most moderate Democrats did not vote for family leave job protection, including several who are mothers. Asked if it was because moderate Democrats were rebelling over his support for family leave, Arambula declined to answer.
GOP Braces for Trump to Fuck Up Their Georgia Hopes Again
Like a lot of Georgia Republicans, Karynn Walker reacted with a resigned sigh to the latest turn of her state’s seemingly never-ending GOP civil war. “I’m going to have a whole lot of aspirin beside me, because I really do like both of them.”But Georgia Republicans will have to choose. Trump has never forgiven Kemp for refusing to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Georgia. There is little pretense, from any corner of the party, that the primary ahead is about anything other than Trump. “I guess we’ll give Donald Trump what he wants,” Shepherd said, invoking an offhand remark from Trump at a rally months ago.
Healey’s big hire
Healey’s big hireSCOOP: HEALEY STAFFS UP — State Attorney General Maura Healey has hired veteran Democratic strategist Mindy Myers as a general consultant for her as-yet-to-be-announced 2022 campaign. She worked with Boston Turnout Project's IEPAC in support of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's campaign and is a partner at MZL Media. Anthony Collins joins as organizing director after a successful run as field director for Kendra Hicks’ Boston City Council campaign. Emily Neckes joins as finance director, the same position she held on Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell’s mayoral campaign. by Steve Brown, WBUR: "[Baker campaign advisor] Jim Conroy said they are happy to provide refunds to any donors who ask.
‘The most contested’ remap in decades
‘The most contested’ remap in decades Presented by AARPTGIF, Illinois. It’s probably the most contested and conflicted process in decades,” said Vargas, referring to our recent report that a draft map showed Ald. “We have no reason to be buying flags of our own state that are made in other countries," state Sen. Steve Stadelmen (D-Rockford), said in a statement. Gilbert Villegas (36th) said the club could not reach terms with Chicago Public Schools, the property owner,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder. Email to [email protected]HAPPY BIRTHDAYToday: former Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, state Sen. Jacqueline “Jacqui” Collins, Ald.
State House passes redistricting map supported by Indigenous communities
The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill Friday night adopting a redistricting map based on a consensus from Native American communities including Navajo Nation and the Pueblos. House Bill 8, which passed the chamber on a 43-23 vote, draws new lines for House districts and aims to correct past injustices, sponsor Rep. Daymon Ely, D-Corrales, said. Supporters say Native American communities are traditionally undercounted in the U.S. Census and therefore underrepresented in the House of Representatives. The population is based on U.S. Census data, but there can be districts that are undercounted, especially in minority areas. Related: State House map backed by tribal governments heads to House floorRep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, who voted against the bill, argued that HB8 would reduce the Hispanic voice in the state Legislature.
Morning Digest: Another suburban surge saw Biden flip key Michigan district that Romney won in 2012
Former state Rep. Tim Kelly raised very little, and Kildee handily beat him 54-42. Veteran Republican Rep. Fred Upton, however, again ran well ahead of the ticket and won his 18th term 56-40. The following year, Ward was selected to run the state Republican Party and quickly brought the organization into disrepute. J.B. Pritzker, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells Politico, "I never rule anything out." House? CA-08: Republican Rep. Paul Cook resigned Monday to take his spot on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Ivey Poll Shows He Has Early Lead in CD-4 Democratic Primary – Maryland Matters
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a liberal-leaning firm based in Raleigh, N.C., had Ivey the choice of 31% of likely Democratic primary voters, compared to 8% who said they were supported former state Del. The automated survey of 403 likely voters, taken Dec. 8 and 9, had a 4.9-point margin of error. He spent two terms as state’s attorney, from 2002 to 2010, and ran unsuccessfully for the 4th District House seat in 2016. The poll did not test the support of former U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D), who reportedly is mulling the race. Meanwhile, Lewis’ campaign announced last week that he had raised more than $100,000 in just over a month of fundraising.
Morning Digest: Days after praising Idaho's governor, Trump backs his far-right primary foe
Redistricting? AK Redistricting: Alaska's redistricting commission agreed on a new state Senate map on Tuesday, with the board's three Republican appointees voting in favor and its two independent members against. Republican Rep. Scott Franklin, who represents the current 15th, would instead find himself in the redder 28th District. ? NH-Sen: WMUR reports that wealthy businessman Bill Binnie, who took a distant third in the 2010 Senate Republican primary, is interested in another try, but there's no word from Binnie himself. Governors? AR-Gov: Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lost her last notable Republican primary foe on Tuesday night when Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she was switching to the race for lieutenant governor. ? IL-17: Two new Democrats announced campaigns for Illinois' revamped 17th Congressional District on Wednesday, former state Rep. Litesa Wallace and former TV meteorologist Eric Sorensen.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Monday, December 13, 2021
They’re now modern folk heroes, and congress has slapped on competition knee pads to sprint after all of them. When antifa didn’t show, Trumpanistas had no one to fight but the police. Wouldn't it almost be cool to have a mob kill for you? Mike Pence disagrees and discovers it is equally uncool to have that mob kill you. Peter Navarro tries to pull an Eichmann, which didn’t really work for Eichmann, btw.
Another Covid Death. Meanwhile we're nearly at 800,000 in America
Man whose wife won a court battle to treat his COVID-19 with ivermectin has died. His widow Darla Smith is obviously going through a difficult time, and is dealing with a great deal of anger. Trust me, you do not want this burden.”One of the few things different about this is that Darla Smith is having doubts about God after going through this. Reading through the report of Keith Smith’s death, only one line is given to something that might have made a difference. Meanwhile…Somewhere, sometime very soon now, if it hasn’t already happened, we will hit 800,000 Americans dead from Covid.
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – December 12, 2021
Groups Never Admit Failure[Naval, via Naked Capitalism 12-9-2021]You get a schism instead. The pandemicHow well masks protect[Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, via Naked Capitalism 12-5-2021]Three metres are not enough to ensure protection. “The Quiet Scandal of College Teaching”Jonathan Zimmerman [Liberties, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 12-10-2021]“A majority of college teachers are now adjunct or contract faculty. Recently uncovered software flaw ‘most critical vulnerability of the last decade’[Guardian, via Naked Capitalism 12-11-2021]“Explainer: What caused Amazon’s outage? [Bloomberg, via Naked Capitalism 12-7-2021]Trump’s Next Coup Has Already BegunBarton Gellman, December 6, 2021 [The Atlantic]January 6 was practice.
PowerPoint Doc Spells Out Trump's Failed Scheme to STEAL the 2020 Election: 'BradCast' 12
For me, as after the second shot, not so good (though much better than actual COVID!) Then, also breaking over the weekend, the release of a PowerPoint document called "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for JAN 6". It was obtained by the U.S. House Select Committee investigating January 6, from Donald Trump's former Chief of Staff Mike Meadows. But the main point is this: Donald Trump and his minions employed a coordinated attempt to steal the 2020 Presidential election. Donald Trump tried to STEAL the 2020 election and this was the "Rosetta Stone" road map for it.
Overnight News Digest: Tornado damage assessment continues
An unforgettable theme song, "Bill, Bill, Bill…" starts ringing in their ears. Manchin will also meet Tuesday with a group of moderate Democrats on voting rights. Voting-rights advocates want to see if Manchin would be open to a ‘carve-out’ to the Senate’s filibuster rule for voting rights legislation. The idea gained more urgency for voting rights advocates after the chamber approved a ‘one-time exception’ to its rules to approve a debt-limit increase by a simple majority vote. The crew of the Overnight News Digest consists of founder Magnifico, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, eeff, Magnifico, annetteboardman, Rise above the swamp, Besame and jck.
Lunatics With AK-47s are Shooting up Pizza Parlors Because Their Pizzas are 10 mins Late
Forget schools, it looks like we're going to need active shooter drills in pizza parlors. As if America's mass shooter crisis isn't bad enough, we now have lunatics shooting up pizza parlors because their pizza pies are 10 minutes late. Pizza Trouble in TennesseeA Tennessee man was arrested for threatening staff at a Little Caesars Pizza with an AK-47 - the favorite gun of Second Amendment Patriots™ everywhere! The suspect, Charles Doty Jrgot upset and demanded a free breadstick order and went outside the business to wait for the pizza. When Doty Jr. returned, he had the rifle in hand and was pointing it at employees, demanding his pizza immediately.
The shenanigans around Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star scheme continue
With the three visiting judges out and Shahan’s reported pals in, these men can expect continued state detention. One of these groups, Patriots for America, “has claimed it is coordinating with law enforcement,” Human Rights Watch said. While the Texas Department of Public Safety has pushed back on associations with these extremist groups, both Abbott and Lt. Gov. “Abbott said Wednesday that ‘homes are being invaded,’” The Texas Tribune reported in June. The local shelter wouldn’t take people in because they could not help them get out,” Texas Fair Defense Project initially tweeted about Abbott’s order.
Trump official broke the law with attempt to silence government scientists during pandemic
“Documents reviewed by OSC prove that officials at Health and Human Services clamped down on damaging information about the severity of COVID-19 and limited the free speech of its scientists,” Freddy Martinez, a policy analyst at Open the Government, told Buzzfeed News. “When creating its press policies, HHS officials disregarded its employees’ important whistleblower rights in favor of secrecy.”While Caputo was only in that role for part of 2020, the Office of Special Counsel previously said that HHS violated federal law on gag rules on three other occasions in 2017 and 2018. And Caputo’s science adviser, Paul Alexander, made a separate effort to censor the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, an important weekly epidemiological digest from the CDC. I ask it to be stopped now!”Keeping scientists and public health experts from speaking about what was going on was a part of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response. However, HHS employees are not required to speak to the media.
'Fraud Alert': Republicans tout major investments from American Rescue Plan no Republican voted for
Gosar’s release even included a statement from Kingman Mayor Jen Miles saying how "grateful" the city was for his support. Yeah, let's revisit that spring vote for a second: 219 - 210 in the House, with zero Republicans; and 50-49 in the Senate, with zero Republicans. Gosar was just the latest in a recent rash of Republicans stealing credit for lavishing relief on their constituents. In his statement, Rural Organizing's Hildreth stressed that Democrats need to be clear about who's actually delivering for Americans. Indeed, taking credit is critical for Democrats, who are already facing rough political headwinds heading into next year.
News Roundup: 800,000 American pandemic deaths; Manchin's 'blind trust' coal money not so blind
It turns out the coal baron senator might have personal reasons for scuttling anything that might impede the sale of coal? In the news today: At least 800,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19, and topping the 1 million mark now looks almost certain. Sen. Joe Manchin has long hidden behind claims that his coal wealth was tucked away in a "blind trust"; it now seems the Maserati-driving senator's blind trust isn't as "blind" as he had previously claimed. In the probe of the Jan. 6 insurrection, every new document to emerge has told the same story. Inside the Trump White House last January, Trump, his allies, and other Republican leaders were drafting plans to nullify the last election rather than abide Trump's loss.
Real success stories for ivermectin use
Ivermectin has been attacked by pro-vaccine interests despite it being a cheap, safe and proven medicine for COVID treatment and prevention. If you get stricken with COVID and are seriously ill your doctor and hospital will not provide ivermectin. In Illinois it took a court to force a hospital to capitulate to family demands to give a very sick elderly patient IVM. The drug "most definitely" saved the elderly patient's life "because his condition changed right immediately after he took ivermectin," said the attorney. Ivermectin was also at the center of three successful court cases in three upstate counties of New York involving hospitalized COVID patients - 65, 80 and 81 years old.
Unapologetic Support for Abortion Rights Must Be a Pillar of the Left
Jackson Women’s Health Organization, or the “Pink House,” due to its color, is the only abortion clinic left standing in Mississippi. On Wednesday, both anti-choice and pro-abortion demonstrators from across the country congregated in the nation’s capital, including members of the Pinkhouse Defenders, Shout Your Abortion, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Thank God For Abortion, Abortion Access Front, Plan C and NYC for Abortion Rights. The contours of the abortion hearings and abortion struggle today have shifted dramatically in the nearly 50 years since Roe. The fight against abortion is a pillar of the far right, and it is impossible to understand the growth of one without the other. The abortion and women’s health movements, supported by physicians, and the women’s liberation and gay liberation movements, which came out of the civil rights movement.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, We Mourn Those Killed. What About the Living?
in New Orleans, have decided to observe “Transgender Day of Resilience” instead of “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” to honor the people who survive against the odds instead of the norm: acknowledging their struggles only when they’re gone. Jemma DeCristo: I think representation has brought, to answer your question, a mass delusion in a certain kind of way. And yeah, so I think that’s where we’re at. And then someone who’s still with us is Tracy Africa, formerly Tracy Norman, who was the first Black, trans model. You know, that’s kind of the one cultural reference people tend to have.
Government crisis in Sweden strengthens far-right
A government crisis in Sweden that began earlier this year with the temporary resignation of then Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has gained intensity over recent weeks. The four right-wing parties’ votes amounted to 174, one seat shy of the majority necessary to block Andersson’s election. Later that day, parliament debated two budget proposals for 2022, one drafted by the Social Democrats and another by the right-wing Moderates and Christian Democrats, and far-right Sweden Democrats. This marked the first time ever that a budget put together with the involvement of the Sweden Democrats was adopted. She vowed to impose the 2022 budget drafted by the Moderates, Christian Democrats, and Sweden Democrats.
The Right Is Now Weaponizing Recall Elections at Every Level of Government
Election recall efforts have recently become firmly entrenched in the political playbooks of the right. This year, in Colorado alone, 10 Democratic state legislators are now facing recall efforts. School board members in San Francisco are also facing recall, as is Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin. In the country as a whole, Ballotpedia is now tracking recall efforts against more than 200 school board members — an all-time high. Ballotpedia is now tracking recall efforts against more than 200 school board members — an all-time high.
Investigation Finds at Least 48 Members of Congress Have Violated STOCK Act
According to the Insider report, members of both major parties have violated the STOCK Act, with violations between Democrats and Republicans about even. Most of the violations from Capitol Hill staffers and Congress members are due to late reporting, with some disclosures coming as late as four years. This year, Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) made dozens of stock trades that he disclosed months late, worth around $17.5 million total. Several of the nearly 200 Capitol Hill staffers who violated the STOCK Act gave questionable excuses for not obeying the law. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has introduced legislation that would ban stock trading for Members of Congress, Cabinet members, top staffers, federal judges and White House officials.
Billionaire executive Charlie Munger proposes windowless dormitory for 4,500 students at UC Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara, has unveiled plans for “Munger Hall,” a dormitory for more than 4,500 students, designed by Charles T. Munger, a billionaire and executive at Berkshire Hathaway. The design has been denounced by architect Dennis McFadden, who served as a consultant on the university’s design review committee. UCSB students gathered outside of the library last month to protest the building of Munger Hall, and the December eviction of students. All across the country, the lack of decent, affordable housing has seen many students and their supporters demanding change. At Virginia Commonwealth University, 400 students at a dormitory in Johnson Hall were told to move after dangerous levels of mold were discovered.
Soaring social inequality under New Zealand Labour government
Recent reports show that the response of the Labour Party-led government in New Zealand to the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic has further widened the already vast gulf between rich and poor. The number of applicants on the public housing waiting list has increased by two thirds since the pandemic to 24,536. Some members of the ruling class are nervous about the consequences of the extreme inequality that has built up under successive governments. He said it had “done a really good job… financial stability is really strong in New Zealand. The WSWS calls on workers to break from the unions and form rank-and-file committees, controlled by workers themselves, in schools and workplaces.
Another Minnesota teenager dead from COVID-19
Last Tuesday, another teenager died from COVID-19 in the state of Minnesota, marking the fourth death among teenagers aged 15–19 from the virus in the state and the second in less than a one-week period. This comes in the wake of two Minnesota teachers dying from COVID-19 at the end of last month. The second case of the more infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the state. As of December 13, the seven-day average of hospitalizations in Minnesota from COVID-19 is 1,786, with 338 in intensive care. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there have been 956,779 total recorded cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota so far, with over 21 percent of COVID-19 cases occurring in people 19 and under.
Australia: Evan Blake speaks at Committee for Public Education online meeting
The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) held a successful online meeting on Saturday, October 11 attended by educators, parents and students across Australia and internationally, including from New Zealand, the Philippines and the US. The meeting was titled, “COVID -19 spreads through Australian schools: Put lives before profit! Stop the Pandemic!”This is the second CFPE online meeting in the past month organised against the dangerous re-opening of schools that has led to an upsurge of COVID-19 infections and clusters in schools in Victoria and New South Wales. The meeting was addressed by Evan Blake, a member of the Socialist Equality Party from the United States, and a leading writer for the World Socialist Web site. A full report of the meeting will follow in the next few days.
COVID catastrophe looms as Australian governments lift restrictions
Not least, the Labor Party governments in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have all “reopened” or set dates to do so. NSW Health reported 804 new cases. There are now 85 Omicron cases officially recorded in NSW—up by 21 in a day. NSW Health expects further Omicron cases to be identified in the coming days as genomic testing results are confirmed. “A number of these cases are likely to be the Omicron variant,” NSW Health said.
Austria ends partial lockdown
The seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose above 1,000, and in several states and among children and adolescents it was far higher. So far, the vaccination rate of around 67 percent is far too low. Scientists and physicians have strongly criticized the relaxation of measures to contain the spread of infection. The Coronavirus Commission, an expert advisory panel, expects the situation to soon worsen again because of the spread of the Omicron variant. In Texingtal, Lower Austria, where Karner was mayor, there is a museum honouring Engelbert Dollfuss, the Austrian chancellor who paved the way for fascism.
The New York Times’ crude attempt to pit Detroit parents against educators as pandemic rages
The New York Times published an article last week under the headline, “Schools are closing classrooms on Fridays. The Times article conceals this fact and tries to paint a picture of working mothers up in arms over the difficulties of making last-minute child care arrangements to protect their jobs. There would be virtual school only. After the article appeared, Detroit parents and educators responded with disgust. It can be done well!”While Heyward excluded any voices of teachers from her article, educators quickly expressed their opinion on the DPSCD page.
South Dakota teachers scramble at “Dash for Cash” in desperate attempt to fund their classrooms
Anger has exploded across the internet and among educators following a “Dash for Cash” spectacle staged among teachers at a hockey game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last Saturday. South Dakota teachers at "Dash for Cash" spectacle (Twitter/Annie Todd)A local business, CU Mortgage Direct, sponsored the stunt, arranging to dump a $5,000 cash pile in the middle of the ice rink. The teachers’ schools also participated in providing an audience, receiving $5 for every ticket they sold. But you know they were in the stands making wagers on who would win.”South Dakota teachers are among the lowest paid in the country. It has recently come to light that South Dakota is one of the world’s most lucrative tax havens.
One year of vaccines, but COVID pandemic rages on
It is not the vaccines, but American capitalist society, which has failed to meet the test of the pandemic. The COVID vaccines were presented as the ultimate weapon against SARS-CoV-2 that would end the pandemic once and for all and allow the world to return to normal. However, any illusions that somehow the vaccines would bring the pandemic to heel have since been shattered. The original WHO criteria for COVID vaccines set the bar at 50 percent. This is on top of the current total of close to 150,000 COVID deaths in the UK.
Barbados declares a republic: British imperialism’s legacy of slavery and colonialism
In 1636, British officials in Barbados passed legislation declaring all slaves, later extended to include their children, to be enslaved for life. The highly profitable sugar trade soon made Barbados Britain’s most populated colony and possibly one of the most densely populated places on earth. Equiano also publicized the infamous Zong massacre of November 1781, when the crew of the British slave ship threw more than 130 enslaved Africans overboard after running low on drinking water. As one of its first acts, it passed legislation in 1833 abolishing slavery in all the territories of British rule. These terrible conditions provide the context for the Barbados government’s decision to become a republic after 396 years of allegiance to the British Crown.
As COVID-19 surges, France’s Révolution permanente attacks public health measures
The current surge of COVID-19 is exposing the French website Révolution Permanente (RP), affiliated to Argentina’s Morenoite Socialist Workers Party (PTS). While they criticize the widely-decried inadequacy of French health spending, they align themselves with President Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to implement scientific public health measures necessary to stop mass deaths. (AP Photo/Jean-François Badias)Each week sees over 2 million new cases of COVID-19 and nearly 30,000 deaths across Europe. This social layer is far more concerned about the damage public health measures would deal to their stock market portfolios and to the corporate profits that pay the budgets of the trade union bureaucracies than about saving human lives. This requires a conscious break with the reactionary politics of the pseudo-left, and the building of rank-and-file committees in every workplace and school to fight the Macron government and its political satellites for a scientific health policy.
José Antonio Kast: Chile’s left paves the way for a fascist
This is the significance of fascistic presidential candidate José Antonio Kast traveling to United States at the beginning of December. José Antonio Kast giving press conference (source: Mediabanco Agencia)Very little has been revealed as to the content of the discussions. Over the last three years, the National Intelligence Agency has been revamped to combine military, security and public order divisions, permitting vast intelligence gathering operations. José Antonio is the son of Michael Kast, a Nazi officer who participated in Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s genocidal war against the Soviet Union. Through the ballot box Kast proposes a police state and authoritarian regime.
German federal and state governments continue “profits before life” policy despite high death toll and spread of Omicron variant
The number of COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care continues to rise and is now just under 4,900. There are currently fewer free intensive care beds than at any other point in the pandemic. The share of free intensive care beds is only 10 percent nationally, which is considered to be the limit of the hospitals’ ability to respond. The intensive care doctor and scientific director of the Divi intensive care register, Christian Karagiannidis, told DPA that the situation worries him, especially due to the Omicron variant. In the intensive care registry, only 921 available intensive care beds were specifically identified for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon.
Support the Turkish health care workers’ strike movement!
The TTB and other organizations also criticized it because it did not cover all health care workers. Outraged nurses and other health care workers organized work stoppages last week to protest the bill in hospitals across Turkey. Healthcare workers march during a strike action on December 6 in ?zmir, bearing a banner saying ‘Health care is teamwork. Demanding that care continue for emergency patients, dialysis patients, pregnant women, pediatric emergencies, cancer patients, intensive care patients and COVID-19 clinics, the health care workers called for support from broader sections of the population: “This struggle is not only for physicians and health care workers, but it is for the whole society, for all of us. The burgeoning strike movement among health care workers shows that a counteroffensive by the international working class is emerging.
China’s Zero COVID policy proves that the elimination of COVID-19 is possible
The World Socialist Web Site published yesterday a detailed analysis of China’s Zero COVID policy that demands careful study by anyone who wants to understand what must be done to end the pandemic. The “dynamic zero” policy of China is a confirmation in practice of the viability of a policy aimed at eliminating SARS-CoV-2. There is enormous popular support for the Zero COVID policy, which expresses a level of social solidarity and consciousness that does not yet exist in the United States and Europe. The dilemma that China itself confronts is that the effort to maintain a Zero COVID policy in one country is, in the long term, unsustainable. A common reaction that the WSWS has received from the submission by the scientist is surprise at both the success of China’s Zero COVID policy and its broad popular support.
Quebec authorities left long-term care residents to die in pandemic’s first wave
In public CHSLDs (long-term care homes) and private institutions for the elderly, approximately 4,000 residents died during the first months of the pandemic between March and June 2020, when Quebec recorded one of the highest per capita mortality rates in the world. The report identifies “significant pre-existing and long-known systemic deficiencies” as one of the main causes of the tragedy that occurred in Quebec’s CHSLDs. It was not until April 11, when the situation was completely out of control in the CHSLDs, that these transfers stopped. At the same time, the government also prohibited COVID-stricken residents from being transferred to hospitals for treatment, leaving them facing death without adequate care. Workers in Quebec and the rest of Canada should not expect anything from inquiries commissioned and directed by the capitalist class to absolve itself of any responsibility.
UK government announces first confirmed Omicron variant death in the world
Britain has announced the first publicly confirmed death globally from the Omicron variant of COVID-19. On Sunday evening, Johnson confirmed in a televised address that there were hospitalisations due to Omicron in Britain. With another 1,576 Omicron cases reported Monday, there were 4,713 confirmed cases of the variant in Britain. South Africa first reported the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) to the World Health Organisation on November 24, 2021. Javid replied, “I think [Bradshaw] makes a very good point, given that we already know that the Omicron variant is fast becoming the dominant variant in our capital city, spreading rapidly throughout the country, the justification for having those rules is minimised.
Steph Curry falls short of breaking three-point record but leads Warriors past Pacers
It didn't last long in this back-and-forth game in which Indiana led most of the way. But Curry started heating up in the third quarter with his fourth 3 of the night to give Golden State a 79-78 lead. ... Curry also had six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. ... Golden State was 8 of 30 on 3s and had 17 turnovers. “We'll address the team about that and make sure everybody is doing their best to stay safe," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
How Beijing Influences the Influencers
They also do not mention his and his family’s business ties to the Chinese state. They found that six of the 10 most commonly shared YouTube videos in the tweets were from the pro-China influencers. After The Times asked about the payments and free travel from Chinese state media, YouTube said it would remind the creators of their obligations. This allows some YouTubers to obscure the fact that they work for Chinese state media. As his trips with state media grew longer, the outlets paid him for his time, he said.
Fantasy football: Possible fill-ins if Aaron Rodgers misses time
As we head into NFL Week 15 and the fantasy football playoffs, the struggles with injuries and positive COVID tests continue to haunt us. This is exactly what those who have ridden to the playoffs on the coattails of Aaron Rodgers are thinking right now. Still, should he need to take a few games off to rest before the NFL playoffs, fantasy owners are going to have to scramble for a replacement. You’re never going to actually replace Aaron Rodgers, but you need to find the best possible candidate with the highest floor out there. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy football advice.
Incoming Nassau County Executive won’t enforce Hochul’s new mask mandate
Nassau County Executive-elect Bruce Blakeman won’t enforce Gov. “Nassau County is not in crisis, and should not be painted with the same broad brush as the rest of the state. Nassau County Executive-elect Bruce Blakeman says the majority of adults “have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.” in his county. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran will be leaving office on Dec. 31, 2021. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said Gov.
Hochul needs to quit COVID-19 overreach, take Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ cue
Jared Polis, who liberated himself from the “forever COVID” mentality that has gripped far too many lawmakers. Jared Polis declared that “public health [authorities] don’t get to tell people what to wear” in response to mask mandates. Hochul ordered a new indoor mask mandate in New York this week amid rising COVID-19 cases. More counties should take their lead, and more state officials and reporters should ask Hochul: What exactly do we stand to gain through this mandate? Polis, unlike Hochul, understands that the state cannot play the role of your parent, telling you where to go or what to wear.
Hard to mask disgust: Desk jockeys rip Hochul’s new mandate
Hochul’s sudden mask-at-your-desk mandate sparked outrage in New York City as it went into effect Monday despite the Big Apple having some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 and highest rates of vaccination in the nation. New York City’s COVID-19 positivity rate has remained at less than 3 percent since November. “It just doesn’t make sense to get the vaccine if I still have to wear a mask. Kathy Wylde, executive director of the pro-business Partnership for New York City, noted that the city hadn’t yet announced enforcement guidelines for Hochul’s order, which carries fines of $1,000 per violation. Kathy Hochul’s mask mandate.
Former FDA commissioners endorse Califf as head of agency, citing urgency of addressing omicron
Califf, a well-known cardiologist and researcher who served as FDA commissioner during the last year of the Obama administration, was nominated for a second stint last month by President Biden. That ended a search that took almost a year, during which an overextended FDA scrambled to review and regulate coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments — and to navigate other hot-button issues involving Alzheimer’s treatments, opioids and tobacco products.
Air Force discharges 27 active duty airmen for refusing to take COVID-19 jab
The U.S. Air Force announced Monday that 27 active-duty airmen were administratively discharged for refusing to roll up their sleeves for a COVID-19 jab and vowed to continue to refuse the jab. The airmen were all young and served for fewer than six years, Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman said. The paper reported that 97% of active-duty members have complied with the orders handed down by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in August. The Air Force did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News. About 40,000 active-duty military personnel have refused to take the vaccine, the Washington Post reported.
Georgia Southern Routs Carver College 133-15; 2nd-Largest Win in D-1 WCBB History
Elsa/Getty ImagesGeorgia Southern fell 11 points of making history Monday. The Eagles' women's basketball team beat Carver College 133-15 at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Georgia, recording the second-biggest margin of victory in Division I history. "Hats off to Carver, this is one of our non-DI opponents," head coach Anita Howard said of the performance. Three of those players outscored Carver on their own. Nobody from the Eagles' starting five logged more than 15 minutes, which allowed for the bench to combine for 88 points.
Boris Johnson: down but not out
Johnson’s Conservative MPs are preparing to rebel en masse over new public health restrictions which include vaccine certification for some hospitality venues. Nonetheless, with polls slipping and scandals mounting, this could yet look like the week the shine came off the Johnson circus. “It’s about trust, and it’s broken at the moment,” said one former aide to Johnson. ‘Emperor’s new clothes’MPs on all sides of the Conservative Party confirmed discussions over Johnson’s position are now taking place. If Johnson can’t pull off yet another big comeback, his time really could be limited.
South Korea to test AI-powered facial recognition to track Covid-19 cases
Seoul South Korea will soon roll out a pilot project to use artificial intelligence, facial recognition and thousands of CCTV cameras to track the movement of people infected with the coronavirus, despite concerns about the invasion of privacy. The nationally funded project in Bucheon, one of the country's most densely populated cities on the outskirts of Seoul, is due to become operational in January, a city official told Reuters. Governments around the world have turned to new technologies and expanded legal powers to try to stem the tide of Covid-19 infections . China, Russia, India, Poland and Japan as well as several US states are among the governments to have rolled out or at least experimented with facial recognition systems for tracking Covid-19 patients, according to a March report by Columbia Law School in New York. The Bucheon official said the system should reduce the strain on overworked tracing teams in a city with a population of more than 800,000 people, and help use the teams more efficiently and accurately.
US records over 50 million COVID-19 cases
More than 50 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the United States as new cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus continue to be identified across the country. The latest million cases were diagnosed in just over three months; the country reported 4 million cases in early September. Cases of the omicron variant had appeared in more than 50 countries as of Thursday. The omicron variant, which was first identified by South African scientists, has since been identified from Australia and Hong Kong to Canada. The first handful of omicron cases in the U.S. have been mostly mild, with most patients reporting symptoms such as cough or a runny nose, a CDC report said.
Asian shares mostly lower after tech-led Wall Steet retreat
Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street retreated from recent record levels on weakness in technology shares. Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street retreated from recent record levels on weakness in technology shares. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street retreated from recent record levels on weakness in technology shares. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 1.3% to 23,642.70 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo lost 0.9% to 28,391.91. Wall Street will get an inflation update on Tuesday when the Labor Department releases its Producer Price Index for November, which shows how inflation is impacting costs for businesses.
Stafford, Rams beat Cardinals through air in 30-23 victory
The Cardinals (10-3) will have to wait at least one more week before clinching their first playoff spot since 2015. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after recovering an onside kick. Seven plays later, Stafford hit a diving Kupp for a 4-yard touchdown and the Rams led 27-13. The Rams converted the interception into a touchdown when Stafford found Beckham for a 2-yard score. Cardinals: Arizona activated DL Rashard Lawrence (calf) and long snapper Aaron Brewer (broken arm) before the game.
Cardinals-Rams Monday night live scoring updates, highlights, injuries, news
The Arizona Cardinals are on the big stage in prime time as they face the Los Angeles Rams with a playoff berth on the line. They are a relatively healthy team against a Rams squad recently decimated by COVID-19. Kyler Murray and the gang seek their second straight win over the Rams after a 37-20 Week 4 win on the road. With a win, they punch their ticket to the playoffs, virtually lock up the NFC West and maintain the No. We will give live updates throughout the game.
Production suspensions in Chinese manufacturing hub amid COVID-19 outbreak
SHANGHAI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Several companies in one of China's biggest manufacturing hubs have suspended operations as local authorities try to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, halting production of goods from batteries to textile dyes and plastics. The outbreak in three Zhejiang cities - Ningbo, Shaoxing and Hangzhou - was developing at a "relatively rapid" speed, health authorities said over the weekend. Prior to the current outbreak, the province had reported just one local case this year. Companies reporting suspended production on Tuesday included Zhejiang Mustang Battery Co Ltd, Guobang Pharma Ltd and textile dyes maker Zhejiang Runtu Co Ltd . The companies said they halted operations after local governments in one district in Ningbo and another in Shaoxing curtailed all production bar essential manufacturing.
Two big INTs by Kyler Murray help Rams to big win as Cardinals lose grip on No. 1 seed
That's all it took to change the Arizona Cardinals' footing in the NFC, and maybe the NFC West too. The game flipped on two bad plays Murray would surely like to have back. But the Rams pushed the lead to 14 after Murray tried to float a pass over Leonard Floyd. Murray made plenty of great plays too. Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Greg Gaines of the Los Angeles Rams.
NFL requiring coaches and team staff to get COVID-19 booster shots
The NFL is requiring coaches, front-office staff and team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. Though players are in the Tier 1 designation along with coaches and trainers, the mandate doesn’t apply to players because discussions with the NFL Players Assn. A person who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot. Teams were asked to provide booster shots to all eligible tiered staff as soon as possible, and to consider making booster shots available for player and staff families and cohabitants. At the time, nearly 95% of NFL players were vaccinated, and almost 100% of NFL personnel were vaccinated.
Cardinals-Rams rewind: L.A. hands Arizona its third home loss this season
Conner's second TD cuts L.A.'s lead to 7The Cardinals entered the final period with possession but down 27-13. L.A. takes control with 2 TD passesThe Rams didn't waste time taking control of the game early in the second half. The Cardinals' second scoring play occurred at 3:21 left in the first half. On the first play of the game, Donald sacked Murray at Arizona's own 25 for a loss of six yards. 5 L.A. players on COVID-19 list, Cardinals-Rams inactives,The Rams have several players absent from tonight's game because of COVID-19.
Aaron Gordon hammers monster windmill dunk in Nuggets’ victory over Wizards
Nuggets coach Michael Malone is not surprised that Aaron Gordon’s back is hurting. On Monday night, Gordon still put on a show at Ball Arena in a 113-107 victory over the Washington Wizards. He received a second-quarter pass from teammate Facu Campazzo in transition for a thunderous windmill dunk that brought the home crowd to its feet. Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic posted a team-high 28 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists. The Wizards are led by Wes Unseld Jr., a longtime Nuggets assistant (2016-21), getting his first opportunity to be an NBA head coach.
One year of vaccines: Many lives saved, many needlessly lost
The nation’s COVID-19 death toll stands at around 800,000 as the anniversary of the U.S. vaccine rollout arrives. Developed and rolled out at blistering speed, the vaccines have proved incredibly safe and highly effective at preventing deaths and hospitalizations. In Oklahoma, nearly 60% of COVID-19 deaths occurred after all adults were vaccine-eligible. California has seen more than 15,000 COVID-19 deaths since the state opened eligibility to all adults in mid-April. Her brother was sick, too, but “he refused to let me into the house because he said I shed coronavirus because I was vaccinated,” McKibbens recalled.
Porzingis leads Luka-less Mavs to 120-96 rout of Hornets
Porzingis led the Mavericks (14-13) to a 70-43 halftime lead, securing his sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds before the break. The Hornets (15-14), who opened a six-game road trip, their longest of the season, were led by Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre Jr. with 20 points each. Charlotte played its fifth straight game without guard LaMelo Ball, who is still in the league's health and safety protocol. The Mavericks led by 30 in the closing seconds of the first half (70-40). … Doncic will be re-evaluated before the team's next game, Wednesday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sports Speak Up! Readers react to vaccination editorial
FANTASTIC EDITORIAL piece in Sunday’s paper on the Super-Spreading Pit. Mask or no mask inconsistency and no proof of vaccination status – no thanks. I will stay home and watch games safely from my couch. — Hunchback JimmyMASKS SHOULD NOT be mandated at the Pit or any other mass gatherings until those coming into NM illegally are fully vaccinated and also wear masks. FYI —I’m vaccinated, I wear a mask.
New Mexico eyes $50 million bond proposal for conservation projects
Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration plans to push a new funding source for conservation projects around New Mexico – a $50 million general obligation bond. “I think generally using general obligation bonds for conservation would not be appropriate,” said Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, the chairwoman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Currently, the state uses general obligation bonds to pay for three different types of projects – senior centers, libraries and higher education buildings and repairs. Adding conservation projects as a fourth category would provide a stable funding source amid year-to-year revenue fluctuations, backers say. Meanwhile, the money could also support visitor experience projects at cultural places like Los Luceros, said Patrick Moore, the New Mexico Historic Sites director.
Naming Elon Musk person of the year is Time’s ‘worst choice ever’, say critics
Time magazine’s decision to make Tesla billionaire Elon Musk its person of the year for 2021 has been criticised because of his attitude to tax, opposition to unions and playing down the dangers of Covid-19. Elon Musk on the cover of Time’s upcoming issue. Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else. https://t.co/jqQxL9Run6 — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 13, 2021It’s *TIME* for Elon Musk to pay his fair share in taxes. The author Kurt Eichenwald said it was the “worst choice ever”.”I held back on saying much about Time selecting Elon Musk as person of the years until I read their reasoning.
COVID vaccine passports 'increase jab uptake' in countries with lower coverage, study suggests
Coronavirus vaccine passports have led to an increase in people getting jabbed in countries with lower coverage, a study has found. "Our study is an important first empirical assessment of whether COVID-19 certification can form part of this strategy." Other factors like existing vaccination uptake, vaccine hesitancy, levels of trust in authorities, and trajectory of the pandemic were crucial to the impact of the policy, she said. "However, COVID-19 certification alone is not a silver bullet for improving vaccine uptake and must be used alongside other policies." "For those who are hesitant, different incentives can make the difference and requiring vaccine certification makes life for the unvaccinated more cumbersome," he said.
Japan to start using digital vaccination certificates from Dec. 20 via smartphone app
The government will start offering a digital version of its COVID-19 vaccination certificates on Dec. 20., the Digital Agency said Monday. The digital certificates will be used mainly for immigration procedures abroad, and as a pass for participating events or entering restaurants while under a state of emergency. By encouraging the use of both written and digital vaccination certificates, the government aims to minimize the impact on economic and social activities of any resurgence of the coronavirus, officials said. The vaccination certificate app will be available in two versions, one for iPhones and the other for Android smartphones, on Dec. 20. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a news conference that most people will be able to use the vaccination certificate app without any problems.
Tom Cruise 'demands that 300 coconut Bundt cakes are shipped from LA to the UK on his private jet'
Tom Cruise allegedly arranged for 300 Christmas cakes to be shipped over from LA to the UK on his private jet as a gift for Mission: Impossible 7 crew members. Selling for $50 (£38) each, the White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake from Doan's Bakery in Woodland Hills has been dubbed the 'Tom Cruise cake' by many of the stars who have been lucky enough to receive one in the post. 'He organised for the shop to make 300 cakes especially and they were then flown back to the UK on his jet. Mission: Impossible 7, which will see Tom reprise his role as protagonist Ethan Hunt, wrapped filming back in September after an eighteen month production. Along with Tom, it also stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Esai Morales and Frederick Schmidt.
Wakefield father-of-two, 41, spends £20,000 creating 'secret' underground 'bunker bar'
AdvertisementA father of two has spent £20,000 on creating a secret bunker bar in his back garden. Jody and his family were completing their self-build home when he decided he wanted to build an underground bar using the leftover materials. He added: 'I thought a bunker bar would be something different to the typical bars people usually build in their gardens. 'After originally joking with the builder I wanted an underground bar, one week later they started digging out the hole in the ground. It's not every day you get to go into an underground bar.
California brings back state-wide mask mandate in all indoor spaces after COVID cases rocket
California is re-imposing its statewide mask mandate for all indoor public spaces beginning Wednesday and lasting at least a month as COVID-19 figures ratchet. California partially lifted its initial mask mandate for the fully vaccinated on June 15. 'California indoor mask mandate is the right thing to do at this time,' tweeted Dr. Jorge A. Caballero. 'As the nation nears 800,000 COVID deaths and the omicron variant spreads, California's decision to reinstate an indoor mask mandate makes sense,' she tweeted. In Los Angeles County, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in July that he didn't plan to crack down on scofflaws in the municipality he oversees.
UK's Johnson faces angry MPs at vote on new virus curbs
Tory MP Steve Baker, from the Covid Recovery Group, accused Johnson of creating a "miserable dystopia" by introducing "disproportionate" curbs based on incomplete evidence. At least 60 Tory MPs -- possibly more -- are reported to be set to rebel over the new restrictions, although the government with its 80-seat majority is expected to win with opposition party support. Over the last week, he has seen support plummet in opinion polls and faced open calls to quit because of reports that he and staff broke coronavirus rules last Christmas. Johnson caused outrage for trying to change parliament's disciplinary rules after a Tory MP illegally lobbied ministers for two companies that had him on their payrolls. Political commentator Robin Pettitt said Johnson -- a former journalist and London mayor known for his unconventional style -- could ride out one or two scandals.
NSW Health Minister urges ATAGI to bring forward boosters
The NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is calling on the vaccine advisory body ATAGI to consider shortening the interval for COVID booster shots. The timeframe was this week reduced from six months after the second vaccine dose to five but Mr Hazzard says the period should potentially be cut further.
Senate Confirms First Korean-American Woman Appeals Court Judge
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will have its first judge appointed by President Joe Biden after the Senate confirmed Lucy Koh on Monday. Koh, a U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of California, will be the first Korean-American woman to serve as a U.S. federal appeals court judge. Koh said she followed Ninth Circuit precedent in making her decision and the evidence before her was not controversial. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) pointed out that Republican appointees on the Ninth Circuit panel upheld Koh’s decision, and that Chief Justice John Roberts wouldn’t have enjoined the restrictions. Koh’s confirmation leaves three Ninth Circuit nominations pending.
Opinion: Trump delivers Georgia Democrats a holiday gift
No Republican governor has ever lost reelection since Georgia began allowing governors to run for consecutive terms. Trump is doing a huge favor for Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who Kemp beat by a razor-thin margin in 2018. Ossoff beat Perdue partly because Trump went on a rampage in Georgia after losing in November. Another loss in 2022 would make it clear just how much damage Trump is doing to the party at the polls. That, like so much else about what lies ahead for Trump, the Republican Party and American democracy, remains an open question.
Mainland China reports its first omicron Covid case
Medical worker collects swab from a citizen for the COVID-19 nucleic acid test at Zhenhai District on December 7, 2021 in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province of China. BEIJING — Mainland China reported its first case of the omicron Covid variant on Monday in the city of Tianjin, about two hours' drive from the capital of Beijing. The omicron case was found in a traveler from overseas, who showed no symptoms but tested positive on Thursday, according to Tianjin's local health commission. On Monday, the United Kingdom reported the first publicly confirmed death globally from the omicron variant. The newly identified variant — first reported in South Africa in late November — is highly transmissible and heavily mutated, and has raised concerns about the efficacy of existing coronavirus vaccines.
Italy’s succession dilemma: It only wants Mario Draghi
The harmony around Draghi, Italy’s respected banker-turned emergency prime minister, was initially a salve for a pandemic-bruised country. But Draghi as prime minister may also deliver Italy from the pandemic and set it on a more equal economic footing. But Draghi as prime minister may also wear out his welcome, as has happened to others before him. Italy’s president is chosen by just over 1,000 parliamentarians and regional representatives, known as grand electors. Urging Draghi to stayAs the prospect of Draghi departing circulates, Italy’s political parties on the surface seem reluctant to reassume responsibility for running the country.
Moderna to produce millions of mRNA vaccines in Australia
A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mike SegarSYDNEY, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) will produce millions of mRNA vaccines a year in Australia after agreeing to set up one of its largest manufacturing facilities outside the United States and Europe. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the plant in Victoria state was expected to produce up to 100 million mRNA vaccine doses every year when it begins operations in 2024. Moderna said in October it planned to invest up to $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot. COVID-19 vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech (22UAy.DE) use mRNA - messenger ribonucleic acid - technology that teaches cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response.
Blinken vows more US military might in Indo-Pacific
In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, walks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, second right, as U.S. (Agus Suparto, Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, walks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, second right, as U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Kim, second left, and Indonesian State Secretary Pratikno, right, look on, during their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Agus Suparto, Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States will expand its military and economic relationships with partners in Asia to push back against China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday. To do that, we will lean on our greatest strength: our alliances and partnerships,” Blinken said in a speech in Indonesia, outlining the administration’s Indo-Pacific plans.
Raptors use 70-point first half to rout Kings 124-101
Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam, left, scores on Sacramento Kings' Marvin Bagley III during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — Chris Boucher matched his season high with 17 points, Yuta Watanabe had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and the Toronto Raptors used a 70-point first half to rout the Sacramento Kings 124-101 on Monday night. The Raptors set season highs for bench points (51) and points in the paint (68). The Raptors extended their lead by connecting on 18 of 27 field goal attempts in the second, one more than the Kings had in the entire first half. The Raptors scored 67 points in the second half of a Nov. 24 game at Memphis.
Curry falls short of record, but leads Warriors past Pacers
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) warms up on the court before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Curry is seven three-point baskets away from an NBA record. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) warms up on the court before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Curry is seven three-point baskets away from an NBA record. “We’ll address the team about that and make sure everybody is doing their best to stay safe,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
New unemployment claims fall to 52-year low: Here are the best and worst states for jobs
The national average insured unemployment rate was at 1.3% for the same week, or the lowest since December 2019. At its worst pandemic-era point in May 2020, during widespread lockdowns and layoffs, the insured unemployment rate peaked at 15.9% nationally. Other states also posted insured unemployment rates well below the national average. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and Alaska each posted insured unemployment rates of 2.7%, tying for the second-highest rates in the nation, based on the latest data. California followed close behind with an insured unemployment rate of 2.6%.
Oil Extends Drop With OPEC Demand Forecast Offset by Omicron
(Bloomberg) -- Oil extended declines as an increase in OPEC’s demand forecast for next quarter was offset by uncertainty over the omicron virus variant. Most Read from BloombergBrent crude fell below $74 a barrel after slipping 1% on Monday. The backwardation in Brent’s prompt timespread is inching toward a bearish contango structure -- where near-dated contracts are cheaper than later ones. The spread was 12 cents a barrel in backwardation on Tuesday, compared with $1.34 at the end of last month. Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Curry falls short of record, but leads Warriors past Pacers
Clearly, Curry and his teammates were pressing for the record — and the Pacers defense wanted to run the Warriors off the 3-point line every chance it could. It didn't last long in this back-and-forth game in which Indiana led most of the way. But Curry started heating up in the third quarter with his fourth 3 of the night to give Golden State a 79-78 lead. ... Golden State was 8 of 30 on 3s and had 17 turnovers. “We'll address the team about that and make sure everybody is doing their best to stay safe," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
Reports: 'RHOBH' stops filming after Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne test positive for COVID
Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais and Erika Jayne have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. (Photos: Getty Images)Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has shut down production after cast members Garcelle Beauvais, Erika Jayne (aka Erika Girardi) and Lisa Rinna tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports. "I found out that I tested positive for COVID," she said. Rinna was also nominated for The Reality Star of 2021, a prize that went to Khloé Kardashian. Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Bravo and to reps for Rinna and Jayne.
That brown, hazy air is bad for your kids
This is the Dec. 13, 2021, edition of the 8 to 3 newsletter about school, kids and parenting. I spend much of the summer months in Los Angeles obsessively monitoring air quality apps and just waiting for November to arrive. Prolonged exposure to air pollution is bad for everyone but especially children, whose growing lungs and immature immune systems are more sensitive to pollutants, experts say. I spoke with several air quality and pediatric lung health experts about how parents can reduce their kids’ exposure to air pollution year-round. If you don’t already, you should start monitoring the Air Quality Index (AQI) in your area.
Steph Curry comes up short of 3-point record but clutch when it counts in dramatic win vs. Pacers
On the following possession, Curry converted a wild drive to the rim that tied the game at 100. It looked like Curry might tie the record while giving Golden State the lead. We hung in there.”The pursuit of the 3-point record now heads to Madison Square Garden with Curry (2,972) only two away from overtaking Allen (2,973). After the first quarter, the Warriors had more technical fouls called against them (2) than they had made 3-pointers (0). Before the game, Curry said his feelings toward the record chase were “somewhere in the middle” of stressed out and the joy for which he’s come to be known.
Here are the Republicans running or likely to run for governor against Tony Evers in 2022
Here is a non-exhaustive list of Republicans who have considered running against him or announced their campaigns. Rebecca KleefischThe former lieutenant governor to Gov. Nicholson is likely to either run for governor or U.S. Senate if Republican Sen. Ron Johnson doesn't seek a third term. More:Bill McCoshen, a likely candidate for governor, was once cited for urinating in a tavernJohn MaccoThe fourth-term Assembly member from Ledgeview filed paperwork in August to run for governor but said at the time he had not made a final decision on a run. In November, he announced he would not run for governor and would back Kleefisch.
Love scores 23 in second half, Cavaliers beat Heat 105-94
CLEVELAND - (AP) -- Kevin Love made five 3-pointers and scored all 23 of his points in the second half, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their fourth straight win, 105-94 over the Miami Heat on Monday night. “We're living in the moment, but our big-picture goals are toward the end of the year,” Love said. Tucker had a season-high 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, and Tyler Herro had 12 points for the Heat. Neither team led by more than six until an Allen dunk put the Cavaliers up 46-38 with 2:51 remaining in the second. Positive test results in the NBA and NHL are beginning to affect both leagues' schedules, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn't panicking.
Curry falls short of record, but leads Warriors past Pacers
Clearly, Curry and his teammates were pressing for the record -- and the Pacers defense wanted to run the Warriors off the 3-point line every chance it could. It didn't last long in this back-and-forth game in which Indiana led most of the way. But Curry started heating up in the third quarter with his fourth 3 of the night to give Golden State a 79-78 lead. ... Golden State was 8 of 30 on 3s and had 17 turnovers. “We'll address the team about that and make sure everybody is doing their best to stay safe," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
Raptors use 70-point first half to rout Kings 124-101
TORONTO - (AP) -- Chris Boucher matched his season high with 17 points, Yuta Watanabe had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and the Toronto Raptors used a 70-point first half to rout the Sacramento Kings 124-101 on Monday night. The Raptors set season highs for bench points (51) and points in the paint (68). Malachi Flynn scored 14 points, Svi Mykhailiuk had 11 and Justin Champagnie finished with 10 for the Raptors, who wrapped up a 4-3 homestand -- their longest of the season. The Raptors extended their lead by connecting on 18 of 27 field goal attempts in the second, one more than the Kings had in the entire first half. The Raptors scored 67 points in the second half of a Nov. 24 game at Memphis.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
As California’s COVID cases rise, antibody treatments go unused
While not a replacement for vaccines, monoclonal antibody treatment offers a shot of instant immunization for those already infected. Initially, monoclonal treatment supplies were tight, creating the perception that only the rich and powerful had access. Florida, which has state-run monoclonal antibody treatment sites, says its hospital admissions have fallen 80% since opening the sites. “The earlier, the better,” said UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Phyllis Tien, who serves on NIH’s influential COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel. COVID-19 test sites don’t promote, advertise or link to the treatment sites, leading to a time lag.
The Tories are in turmoil: can Labour capitalise?
The opposition party is performing well in the polls, but still doesn’t have an easy pathway to power, says Observer leader writer Sonia SodhaIt’s starting to look like the start of another difficult pandemic winter. Labour is polling at new highs, with their biggest lead over the Tories in six years. Almost two thirds of voters believe Johnson should quit, and a record number say they’d prefer Keir Starmer as prime minister. But addressing the nation on Monday night, Starmer emphasised that this wasn’t a time for politics as usual. Observer leader writer Sonia Sodha tells Nosheen Iqbal that if the Labour party wants to win again, it must play a long game.
Soccer: Premier League has record 42 positive COVID-19 cases in past week
– The Premier League found a record 42 cases of COVID-19 among players and staff at various clubs over the past week, it said on Monday just hours after Manchester United’s fixture against Brentford was thrown into doubt due to an outbreak at the club. United said they had closed down their training complex following positive COVID-19 tests in the first team. United are scheduled to play at Brentford on Tuesday but the club said they had approached the Premier League to discuss whether the match should go ahead. The Old Trafford club did not say how many individuals had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. “Individuals who tested positive are isolating per Premier League protocols,” the club said in a statement.
US air force discharges 27 service members for refusing Covid vaccine
The US air force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate. The air force gave its forces until 2 November to get the vaccine and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. According to the latest air force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty air force had received at least one shot. But overall the percentage of troops – particularly active duty members – who quickly got the shots exceeds the nationwide numbers.
Vaccine mandates rekindle fierce debate over civil liberties
That has stirred angry street protests and rekindled a searing debate over how much countries should curtail individual liberties in the name of public health. Some of the most abrupt reversals are occurring in countries where the laws and culture cherish the sanctity of personal rights. “The civil liberty argument has ebbed and flowed,” said Adam Wagner, a London-based human rights lawyer and expert on COVID-19-related laws. “If we had a higher vaccination rate, we would have a different situation.”His timing was good: Germany’s highest court recently ruled that lockdowns ordered by the government earlier this year were constitutional. When Italy required workers in October to obtain a Green Pass, certifying their vaccination status, protests erupted across the country.
Sailor, 20 accused of starting fire that destroyed $1.2 billion warship makes court appearance
A sailor accused of intentionally torching the $1.2 billion Bonhomme Richard warship last year made his first appearance at a San Diego military court Monday. He appeared for the pretrial hearing in uniform, despite dropping out of the Navy SEAL training five days into the program. Investigators were led to Mays after interviewing the 177 service members assigned to the Bonhomme Richard, according to an NCIS search warrant. More red flags were raised when Mays allegedly also lied to investigators about his personal life, claiming he had gotten another sailor pregnant. When she was questioned, the sailor denied ever being pregnant and said Mays was 'volatile and bipolar.'
Australia sticks with easing plans as virus cases jump
Advertising Read moreAfter a string of infections linked to festive season parties in and around Sydney, New South Wales state recorded more than 800 new cases Tuesday -- its highest total since October 2. Australia has also detected more than 85 cases of the Omicron variant, which is feared to be highly transmissible and more vaccine resistant. Adding to the pressure, Australia is ploughing ahead with reopening domestic and international borders, welcoming back vaccinated skilled migrants and students from Wednesday. Only Western Australia -- a vast, mineral-rich region with a stubborn independent streak -- will remain locked off over the holidays, with its border to remain closed until February 5. Australia has recorded more than 230,000 cases of Covid-19 and 2,113 related deaths in a population of 25 million since the pandemic began.
NDP, Bloc back Liberal minority government in first confidence vote of new session
NDP, Bloc back Liberal minority government in first confidence vote of new sessionHad the Conservative amendment to the throne speech passed, it would have been considered a defeat of the government and could have triggered another electionOTTAWA — Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government has easily survived its first confidence test of the new parliamentary session with the help of the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article contentA Conservative amendment to last month’s throne speech was defeated by a vote of 215-117. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Try refreshing your browser, or NDP, Bloc back Liberal minority government in first confidence vote of new session Back to videoHad the amendment passed, it would have been considered a defeat of the government and could have triggered another election, less than three months after the last election handed Trudeau a second consecutive minority.
Monsta X And Their Waking Dream
View this post on Instagram A post shared by OFFICIAL MONSTA X (@official_monsta_x)Next Story : Anushka Sharma Stars In New TVC Celebrating Compassion & KindnessA thick grey velvet curtain provides the backdrop to this Zoom interview with Monsta X, blocking out mid-day LA sunshine. Their documentary, Monsta X: The Dreaming, opened to global release in theatres, just two days earlier, on December 8, helmed by a world premiere at CGV Cinemas in Koreatown. So, we thought the best way to communicate with our fans is by releasing music.” This is what’s especially interesting with Monsta X. Taking all these factors into account, you can still tell a Monsta X track from a mile away. So, curious minds must know — what are Monsta X currently dreaming of?
Norway introduces new COVID restrictions, bans serving alcohol in bid to curb Omicron outbreak
Norway will ban the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants, impose stricter rules in schools and speed up vaccinations as part of new efforts to limit an expected surge of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Presenting the country's fourth round of measures in two weeks, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said there was "no doubt the new variant changes the rules". "For many, this will feel like a lockdown, if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods." "A lack of action now could lead to large negative consequences for society, not just for health services and municipalities," the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said. Norway's new restrictions could cast doubt on the central bank's plan to raise interest rates later this week, DNB Markets said.
Air Force discharges 27 troops for refusing Covid-19 vaccine
(CNN) The Air Force has discharged 27 service members for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine, spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told CNN on Monday, making these likely the first troops to be removed from the military for failure to obey the vaccine mandate. They were involuntarily separated for failing to follow the lawful order to receive the Covid-19 vaccine , Stefanek said. The Air Force had the earliest deadline for vaccination, requiring its service members to be fully vaccinated by November 2. Members of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard had until December 2. The Air Force had already removed 37 people who refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine during basic training, Stefanek said, making those entry-level separations.
Norway bans serving of alcohol in bid to halt Omicron outbreak
Pianist Ove Nyvik entertains elderly residents as they wait to receive a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Rotnes church, in Nittedal, Norway January 21, 2021. Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB via REUTERSOSLO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Norway will ban the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants, impose stricter rules in schools and speed up vaccination as part of new efforts to curb the outbreak of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the government said on Monday. "For many this will feel like a lockdown, if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods," Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told a news conference. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Nora Buli, editing by Terje SolsvikOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Denmark and Norway Predict Drastic Spike in Omicron Cases
Public health authorities in Denmark and Norway on Monday released grim projections for the coming wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant, predicting that it will dominate both countries in a matter of days. It’s not yet certain how often Omicron infections will send people to the hospital, or how many hospitalized patients are likely to die. And while Omicron can partly evade immune defenses, researchers have yet to determine how well vaccinations and previous infections will protect people against severe disease. The authors of both new reports also observed that swift actions now, such as booster campaigns and reducing opportunities for Omicron to spread, could lessen the variant’s impact. But experts point out that the country is similar to Norway and Denmark in terms of vaccination levels and certain Covid risk factors, like the average age of the population.
Visit from powerhouse Warriors coming at tough time for scuffling Knicks
When the Knicks host the powerhouse Warriors on Tuesday night at the Garden, it will feature two of the NBA’s big brands — and two teams headed in opposite directions. The timing of the Warriors’ annual visit to New York City is unfortunate for the scuffling Knicks. Steph Curry and the Warriors visit Julius Randle’s Knicks on Tuesday. Our margin of error is real small right now.”The Knicks will get guard Burks back. Jordan Poole, a 2019 late first-round pick, has emerged as a key player and previously underwhelming overall No.
NFL requiring COVID-19 booster shots
The NFL is requiring players, coaches and other team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. An individual that received the Johnson and Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot. The NFL is requiring players, coaches and other team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. AFP via Getty Images• An individual who is in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID-19 test under the league protocols. Teams were asked to provide booster shots to all eligible tiered staff as soon as possible, and to consider making booster shots available for player and staff families and cohabitants.
How China uses the UN and WHO for its own nefarious ends
Tedros succeeded China’s Margaret Chan, who as director-general spent considerable time placing Chinese and China-sympathetic personnel into key positions. World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won his seat in 2017 as Beijing backed him. Chinese President Xi Jinping is using the United Nations to stomp on nearby adversaries such as Hong Kong and Taiwan. This was anathema to China, which was determined to snuff out any Taiwanese efforts at their first appearance. John Bolton was national security adviser to President Trump from 2018 to 2019 and US ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006.
Jets holding virtual meetings amid league-wide COVID spike
The Jets are going back to the virtual this week. The Jets have had multiple players miss time this season after testing positive for COVID-19, but they have been able to avoid any outbreaks. The league had 37 positive COVID-19 tests on Monday alone, ESPN reported. Getty ImagesFor a team that has been ravaged by injuries this season, the Jets finally had some positive news on the injury front Monday. Kroft last played in Week 9 and would bring a much-needed reinforcement to the Jets’ thin tight end group.
Islanders lineup hurting with top defenseman Ryan Pulock still out
Pelech and Pulock played 770.6 minutes together last regular season, with a 62.7 expected goals percentage, per MoneyPuck. Ryan Pulock Getty Images“A lot,” Andy Greene said when asked how much the Islanders were missing Pulock. Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock watches the team practice for the first time at UBS Arena on Nov. 18, 2021. “He’s played more assertive, he’s way more aggressive than it translates,” Greene said of Dobson. “You can’t replace Ryan Pulock,” Trotz said.
Majority of US voters feel country headed off on ‘wrong track’: poll
The majority of US voters feel the country is headed “off on the wrong track” — citing economic conditions, the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in crime, according to a new poll. Some 56 percent of respondents in a poll commissioned by NewsNation said the country is headed “off on the wrong track” compared to 34 percent who feel the US is going in the “right direction.”The new poll largely gauged Americans’ thoughts on crime amid the holiday season. Current laws and sentencing guidelines in America are too soft, according to 63 percent of voters, and 86 percent of respondents believe crime is a problem nationally, the poll says. The COVID-19 pandemic was also cited as a reason many participants believe the country is on the wrong track. Younger respondents, those aged 18 to 35, were more approving of their lawmakers than their older counterparts, according to the poll.
Lala Kent shades sex life with ex Randall Emmett while promoting vibrator
Lala Kent savagely poked fun at her sex life with ex-fiancé Randall Emmett in a Monday Instagram post promoting a Bellesa vibrator. It’s the best sexy time I’ve had in five years and eight months,” the “Vanderpump Rules” star, 31, captioned a photo of herself posing with the sex toy. Fans took notice of how Kent was clearly acknowledging her relationship with Emmett, 50, which began in early 2016. The “Vanderpump Rules” star poked fun at Emmett’s skills in the bedroom in a sponsored post for Bellesa sex toys. On the aforementioned episode of “Give Them Lala,” Kent revealed her initial reaction to seeing those pics — and explained why she wasted no time calling it quits on their romance.
Md. health department faces second week of disruption from cyberattack
Neil J. Sehgal, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, said that in the absence of other Maryland coronavirus data, those tracking trends can look at what is happening in the surrounding area. “That is not to say that what is happening in D.C. is exactly what is happening in Maryland,” he said, “but you get a pretty good reflection of what is happening when you look across the border.”
Oil prices steady on demand concerns over omicron spread
Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday but price gains were capped due to investor worries about oil demand after renewed restrictions were imposed in Europe and Asia amid a rise in coronavirus cases. Governments around the world, including most recently Britain and Norway, were tightening restrictions to stop the spread of the omicron variant. At least one person has died in Britain after contracting the omicron coronavirus variant, the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain. The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday trimmed its growth forecasts for developing Asia for this year and next to reflect risks and uncertainty brought on by the omicron coronavirus variant, which could also hamper oil demand. Still, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries raised its world oil demand forecast for the first quarter of 2022 and stuck to its timeline for a return to pre-pandemic levels of oil use, saying the Omicron coronavirus variant would have a mild and brief impact.
Dollar near one-week high amid hawkish Fed hopes, omicron fears
The dollar traded near a one-week high versus a basket of major rivals on Tuesday, supported by expectations of a hawkish Federal Reserve meeting this week and haven demand amid continued uncertainty about the omicron coronavirus variant. The U.S. central bank is expected to announce it will wrap up its bond buying stimulus sooner than previously communicated, potentially setting up earlier interest rate increases next year. The euro was about flat at $1.12835 after touching a one-week low of $1.12605 overnight. The dollar changed hands at 113.545 yen, another safe haven, consolidating in the upper end of the pair's trading range this month. The risk-sensitive Australian dollar eased 0.2% to $0.71215, edging back toward Monday's one-week low at $0.7111.
NFL requiring COVID-19 booster shots by Dec. 27
The NFL is requiring players, coaches and other team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. An individual that received the Johnson and Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot. The following do not have to meet the requirement:— An individual who is not eligible for a booster pursuant to the CDC definition. — An individual who is in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID-19 test under the league protocols. Teams were asked to provide booster shots to all eligible tiered staff as soon as possible, and to consider making booster shots available for player and staff families and cohabitants.
Gold muted as spotlight shifts to Fed meeting
Close up image of assorted gold ingots and gold coins. Gold prices were little changed on Tuesday, as cautious investors focused on key central bank meetings this week, with the U.S. Federal Reserve likely to accelerate its plans for the roll-back of its pandemic-era economic support measures. Spot gold was last down 0.1% to $1,785.65 per ounce by 0030 GMT. Apart from the Fed, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan are also scheduled for meetings this week. The ECB, meeting on Thursday, is likely to confirm that its 1.85 trillion euro ($2.09 trillion) pandemic emergency stimulus scheme will end next March.
Elon Musk is Time's 2021 'Person of the Year.' He doesn't deserve it.
After another year of pandemic mitigation measures, vaccine rollouts and health care inequities, Time magazine announced its Person of the Year for 2021. Time’s writeup claims Musk is “easily cast as a hubristic supervillain,” but it argues that such a negative framing doesn’t capture how he’s using his wealth and power. Even though he styles himself as an entrepreneurial, self-made man, Musk and his companies are the products of vast public subsidies. More recently, he said the Build Back Better Act shouldn’t be passed, and he has opposed additional electric vehicle subsidies. Time’s decision could be seen as the continuation of a more than decadelong trend of the media’s building Musk up to be our savior.
Capitol Rioter Who Used Fire Extinguisher On Cops Says He Realizes 'Tyrannical' Trump Lied
HuffPost identified Robert Scott Palmer (center) as a member of the pro-Trump crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a letter to Chutkan released in connection with his court case, Palmer wrote that he now realizes he was lied to by Trump and his advocates. He continued posting memes about the election he thought had been stolen. “In the event of a Civil War, I’m not afraid of the 81 Million Biden Voters,” he posted on Jan. 12. (In fact, prosecutors say, Palmer wasn’t shot with a less-lethal round until later, when he approached police “screaming obscenities” and then threw a pole “like a spear” at officers.)
Australian man claiming to be Japanese Bitcoin inventor wins $27 billion court case
The jury ruled that Wright and Kleiman did not have a partnership, and Wright will not pay the estate half of the $54 billion, according to CNN. The jury also declared that Kleiman and Wright did not have a partnership in writing the Bitcoin white paper as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, Coingeek reported. At the trial, which began on Nov. 1, Kleiman’s brother, Ira Kleiman, claimed Wright stole the 1.1 million bitcoin that Satoshi Nakamoto mined. Story continuesLynn Wright and Information Defense Pty Ltd (Craig's company) as majority members legally wound up W&K Info Defense after Dave's death at zero value. The face behind the cryptocurrency: Before Wright came into the picture, a Newsweek report in 2014 claimed Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese American engineer, was the inventor of Bitcoin.
Dow Jones Slips; Elon Musk Says This, Bitcoin Plunges; AMC Stock, GameStop Crater
Motley FoolShares of defense and aerospace giant Boeing (NYSE: BA) closed 3.7% lower on Monday, a day that saw shares of the commercial plane-builder's customers such as airlines American and United fall as much as 6%. Over the weekend, Presidential Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans about the COVID-19 Omicron variant's ability to evade immunity conferred by existing COVID-19 vaccines, even as medical researchers in Israel reported their own findings that "three shots [of the] Pfizer COVID [vaccine were] 4x less effective against Omicron than Delta." Rounding out the bad news, on Monday the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned that the variant poses a "very high" risk not just in America but all around the world. Faced with this prospect, it would make sense for airlines to postpone planned purchases of airplanes from Boeing and Airbus, and step down their pace of placing new orders for new airplanes as well.
California’s new indoor mask mandate: What you need to know
California on Wednesday announced a statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces. Here is what you need to know:Beginning Wednesday, wearing masks in indoor public settings is required. The statewide indoor mask mandate order will last a month and will expire on Jan. 15. Los Angeles County, Ventura County and most of the San Francisco Bay Area have their own indoor mask mandates that were implemented in the summer. California’s announcement came on the same day New York enacted its own statewide mask requirement in indoor public spaces, exempting only settings where everyone inside must be vaccinated.
Colin Quinn hoping he’ll bring laughs to Chicago on latest tour
Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Tour When: 8 p,m. Dec. 17-18 Where: The Den Theatre, 1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Tickets: $23-$56, two-drink minimum Info: thedentheatre.com NOTE: Proof of vax required. Now 62, Quinn started as a gravelly voiced side announcer who often sang clues on MTV’s “Remote Control” in the 1980s. “I’ll get west but it’s winter and I like to be in all the windy spots,” Quinn said, laughing. The key for any comedian is to be funny first, Quinn said.
Mask mandate returns to California as virus cases rise
The order comes as the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks. But since then, county governments covering about half of the state’s population have imposed their own indoor mask mandates as case rates surged with new variants. The new mask mandate will cover everyone else, but state officials on Monday were unclear about how it would be enforced. ‘A very tough time’“We know that there’s going to be people who don’t necessarily agree with this, who are tired, who aren’t going to mask,” Ghaly said. The state also is recommending travelers who visit or return to California to get tested within five days of their arrival.
Suns bigs Deandre Ayton, Jalen Smith out for Monday's game at Clippers with non-COVID illness
LOS ANGELES — Deandre Ayton remains out for Monday's road game against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing Friday's win over Boston with a non-COVID illness. Ayton participated in the team's Monday morning shootaround, but Suns coach Monty Williams said in pregame availability his starting center will be out. Backup big Jalen Smith, who scored seven points in the 111-90 victory over the Celtics, is also ruled out of Monday's game with a non-COVID illness. Phoenix (21-4) is also without Devin Booker (hamstring), Abdel Nader (knee) and Frank Kaminsky (knee). Monday's game is the first one between the Suns and Clippers since Game 6 of last season's Western Conference finals Phoenix won in Los Angeles in advancing to the NBA finals.
'This is a wake-up call': Rate of Arizona students who go to college drops significantly
Although Arizona in recent years has consistently trailed national higher education rates, as late as 1990, Arizona was above the average. His group surveyed high school students and parents during the pandemic and asked about how prepared they felt to go to college. That current national workforce education rate is more than double the four-year degree completion rate of Arizona students. It’s also ramping up efforts to increase the number of Arizona high school students that fill out the FAFSA, a key step in getting financial aid for college. “I believe we as a state overall want to do better when it comes to student success, especially for our Arizona students that are coming through the Arizona education system,” Luna said.
Public health experts urge masking, boosters as most U.S. omicron cases are hitting the fully vaccinated
Public health experts said a new report that found most U.S. omicron cases are hitting the fully vaccinated underscores the need for “layers of safety measures” like masks, social distancing and booster shots as cases surge amid the holiday season. A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that of 43 cases of omicron variant identified in the United States so far, 34 people had been fully vaccinated. Even though most cases are mild so far, a highly transmissible variant like omicron could result in enough infections to overwhelm health systems, the CDC warned. The omicron variant of the coronavirus has been found through testing in about 22 states so far after first being identified in southern Africa and Hong Kong in late November. The first known U.S. omicron case was found on Dec. 1 in a fully vaccinated person who had recently traveled to South Africa.
Covid news live: US coronavirus cases surpass 50m, China reports first Omicron case
01:52Some distressing news for football fans has just come in, as Covid continues to wreck havoc on sporting matches and events. England’s Manchester United game has been called off as the Premier League is hit by a record 42 Covid cases. “Our Premier League fixture at Brentford on Tuesday 14 December has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course,” a club statement said. Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance. The Premier League board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.”
Taylor Swift celebrates turning age 32 at COVID-safe party with closest pals including Alana Haim
Taylor Swift took to Instagram after celebrating her 32nd birthday early with a COVID-safe gathering surrounded by her closest friends and family. The pop star turned 32 on Monday but celebrated over the weekend during a joint party with longtime pal Alana Haim, who will be turning 30 on Wednesday. Taylor shared two images from the festivities on Monday on social media that showed her dancing at the intimate gathering. Birthday girl: Taylor Swift took to Instagram after celebrating her 32nd birthday with a COVID-safe gathering surrounded by her closest friends and family. Taylor thoughtfully sent Don flowers and a sweet note after breaking the record he held for 50 years.
Samsung Biologics, AstraZeneca expand tie-up to include COVID-19 and cancer therapy
– Samsung Biologics Co Ltd said on Monday it would continue its partnership with AstraZeneca Plc on manufacturing biopharmaceuticals. Samsung said production of drug substance and drug product is valued at about $380 million, up from the initial $331 million after the companies expanded the deal this year in May 2021. The company said it would start to manufacture a cancer immunotherapy product from next year along with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 long-acting antibody (LAAB) combination, AZD7442. Samsung Biologics CEO John Rim said, “We are delighted to continue expanding our strategic collaboration with AstraZeneca, a valuable partner we have witnessed first-hand to have a strong commitment to saving lives of patients”.
NFL mandates COVID boosters as one-day case count hits record
Multiple outlets released the contents of the memo, which coincided with a noticeable uptick in reported positive tests around the league. Thirty-six players were placed on the reserve/COVID list Monday, all of whom tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the NFL transaction wire. A 37th tested positive after the daily wire was published. The Los Angeles Rams placed two starters, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and tight end Tyler Higbee, on the reserve/COVID list Monday mere hours before their game against the Arizona Cardinals. NFL Network and The Washington Post also reported that a Tier 3 staffer in Washington tested positive for the Omicron variant of the virus, the first known occurrence of the new variant appearing in the league.
Japan to simplify entry process for wealthy travelers
The government plans to simplify the immigration procedures for foreign travelers arriving in Japan by luxury transport such as private jets and superyachts usually used by the wealthy, sources close to the matter said Monday. The move comes as the government hopes such affluent travelers will bring considerable spending power and help accelerate a postpandemic economic recovery, the sources said. Currently, those arriving by private jet for tourism need to apply 10 days before landing in a Japanese airport. Japan has 10 airports, including Haneda and Narita, which have facilities to process the entry of travelers arriving by private jets. Following the planned change, they will only need to do so upon entry and departure from Japan, according to the sources.
Did DVT cause your swollen leg, not sciatica? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions
As many readers will know from painful experience, sciatica causes pain running from your bottom and down one leg. So this kind of swelling should be investigated with an ultrasound scan of the leg to check the blood flow. I suspect your continued trouble walking long distances could be the result of these two problems, the DVT and the sciatica, coinciding. As the medication suppresses oestrogen, it can also cause hair thinning, as women’s hair health (like other tissues) depends on it. Write to Dr ScurrWrite to Dr Scurr at Good Health, Daily Mail, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT, or email: drmartin@dailymail.co.uk — include your contact details.
California brings back state-wide mask mandate in all indoor spaces after COVID cases rocket
California is re-imposing its statewide mask mandate for all indoor public spaces beginning Wednesday and lasting at least a month as COVID-19 figures ratchet. California partially lifted its initial mask mandate for the fully vaccinated on June 15. Added Fox News personality Tomi Lahren: 'Another mask mandate for California. 'California indoor mask mandate is the right thing to do at this time,' tweeted Dr. Jorge A. Caballero. 'As the nation nears 800,000 COVID deaths and the omicron variant spreads, California's decision to reinstate an indoor mask mandate makes sense,' she tweeted.
General Hospital actor Ingo Radermacher sues ABC after being booted from show for vaccine refusal
General Hospital actor Ingo Rademacher is suing ABC after he was fired from the popular soap opera for refusing to comply with an on-set vaccination mandate. General Hospital actor Ingo Rademacher - who was fired from the soap opera due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 - is suing ABC, calling the vaccine mandate put in place for actors unconstitutional. The General Hospital former mainstay also wants the court to label ABC's vaccine mandate as 'unconstitutional' and is seeking damages. 'General Hospital', which takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles, New York has been on the air since 1963. 'I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor,' James who plays Dr. Terry Randolph on the soap opera, shared on Twitter.
Air Force discharges 27 personnel, believed to be first service members, for refusing covid vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until November 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. U.S. Air Force has said 27 service members have been discharged for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccineAs a result, they were formally removed from service for failure to obey an order. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot. About 97% of 326,000 Air Force personnel are vaccinated against the virus, a number far higher than the general U.S. population.
'More money than drugs or guns': the illegal eel trade
Shrinking eel stocks and measures like fishing quotas have helped fuel a billion-dollar black market in the delicacyTokyo (AFP) – Shrinking eel stocks and measures like fishing quotas have helped fuel a billion-dollar black market in the delicacy, dubbed "the greatest wildlife crime on the planet" by one conservationist. Advertising Read moreHere are some facts and figures about the global illegal trade in the endangered eel:$3.3 billionThe estimated annual value of the illegal trade in young eels known as glass eels from Europe to Asia. 2010The date that the European Union banned all exports of glass eels outside its borders. Three years earlier, the European eel was placed in annex II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which regulates commerce of the creature. 100 timesThe value of a glass eel, sometimes called "white gold" for the astronomical prices it can command, increases exponentially as it moves along the supply chain.
S. Korea extends overseas travel advisory through Jan. 13
NATIONALThis image shows a duty-free mall at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Dec. 1. (Yonhap)South Korea has extended its special advisory against overseas travel for another month due to the global spread of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.In the advisory, the ministry recommended citizens to cancel or postpone non-essential trips abroad until Jan. 13, while asking those overseas to take measures to prevent exposure to the virus, such as refraining from going to large-scale events.The travel advisory was first issued in March and has been extended every month as countries struggle with outbreaks of COVID-19 variants.The ministry said it plans to review changing the special advisory in phases into a warning system for each country, depending on the virus situation and the vaccination rate in foreign nations and progress in travel bubble consultations.
PM apologizes for inconveniences from vaccine pass system outage
NATIONALPrime Minister Kim Boo-kyum chairs a Cabinet meeting held at the government office complex in Seoul on Tuesday. (Yonhap)Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum apologized Tuesday for inconveniences caused by an outage of the government's digital COVID-19 vaccine pass system after authorities began enforcing the system in restaurants and other multiuse facilities across the country.In a Cabinet meeting held at the government office complex in Seoul, Kim said he "sincerely apologized for causing inconvenience to the public" with the vaccine pass system outage on Monday. "Yesterday was the launch day in enforcing the vaccine pass system but access (to the application) was throttled as user traffic was concentrated at a certain time," Kim added.The prime minister instructed health authorities to swiftly stabilize the system and come up with measures to prevent another outage.Following a one-week trial period, the country officially began its vaccine pass system Monday, requiring all visitors to cafes and restaurants to present a certificate proving they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination or tested negative.Many people, however, experienced difficulties accessing either the government's digital vaccine authentication system or authentications of QR codes through other popular services, such as Naver, Kakao Talk and Toss Bank, around lunch time.
S. Korea’s exports hit new all-time record: ministry
(Yonhap)South Korea’s exports from the beginning of the year to Dec. 13 surpassed the record-high annual outbound shipments of $604.9 billion, observed in 2018, setting a new all-time high. According to data compiled by the Trade Ministry and Korea Customs Service, total outbound shipments surpassed the ful-year export record at 11:36 p.m. Dec. 13. It is projected to surpass $640 billion on current trends, the Trade Ministry noted. The nation’s shipbuilding accounted for 20.3 percent of the global market on a cumulative basis as of September, gaining some 3 percentage points on-year. 8 in global trade so far this year, according to the World Trade Organization.
PM apologizes for inconveniences from vaccine pass system outage
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum chairs a Cabinet meeting held at the government office complex in Seoul on Tuesday. (Yonhap)Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum apologized Tuesday for inconveniences caused by an outage of the government's digital COVID-19 vaccine pass system after authorities began enforcing the system in restaurants and other multiuse facilities across the country. In a Cabinet meeting held at the government office complex in Seoul, Kim said he "sincerely apologized for causing inconvenience to the public" with the vaccine pass system outage on Monday. "Yesterday was the launch day in enforcing the vaccine pass system but access (to the application) was throttled as user traffic was concentrated at a certain time," Kim added. The prime minister instructed health authorities to swiftly stabilize the system and come up with measures to prevent another outage.
S. Korea extends overseas travel advisory through Jan. 13
This image shows a duty-free mall at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Dec. 1. (Yonhap)South Korea has extended its special advisory against overseas travel for another month due to the global spread of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. In the advisory, the ministry recommended citizens to cancel or postpone non-essential trips abroad until Jan. 13, while asking those overseas to take measures to prevent exposure to the virus, such as refraining from going to large-scale events. The travel advisory was first issued in March and has been extended every month as countries struggle with outbreaks of COVID-19 variants. The ministry said it plans to review changing the special advisory in phases into a warning system for each country, depending on the virus situation and the vaccination rate in foreign nations and progress in travel bubble consultations.
California proposes big changes to rooftop solar incentives
“It’s focused on what we collectively need, to get off of fossil fuels.”A Grid Alternatives crew installs rooftop solar panels at a home in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood in June. Rooftop solar also doesn’t require paving over undisturbed land, unlike sprawling desert solar farms that can tear up sensitive ecosystems. The Save California Solar campaign, which includes more than 600 organizations, says it delivered 120,000 public comments supportive of net metering to Newsom last week. “That path requires a sustained commitment to growing rooftop solar,” Deehan said in a written statement. Gavin Newsom, urging him to protect the rooftop solar incentive program known as net metering.
Colorado governor says COVID "medical emergency" is over
Why it matters: Polis told Colorado Public Radio he prefers pushing vaccinations versus mask mandates, and that the latter should be left to localities. "You don't tell people to wear a jacket when they go out in winter and force them to [wear it]," he said. "The data we have so far shows that the vaccines do hold up well against the omicron variant. We want to see what new information emerges about the omicron variant and how well vaccines and natural immunity hold up to it." What they're saying: "We see [the availability of vaccines] as the end of the medical emergency," Polis said.
California imposes monthlong mask mandate for indoor public places regardless of vaccination status
California will impose a statewide mask mandate for indoor public places regardless of vaccination status for the next month, the state's top health official announced Monday. The mask mandate goes into effect Wednesday and will remain in place until Jan. 15, according to Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. Ghaly said the mask mandate is needed to help reduce Covid infections, which have increased 47% in California since Thanksgiving. Kathy Hochul has also imposed a statewide mask mandate for indoor public places unless the business has a vaccination requirement in place. "Public health [officials] don't get to tell people what to wear; that's just not their job."
NFL requiring Tier 1 and 2 employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccine boosters
On the heels of a record 37 players testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the NFL will require certain previously vaccinated staff members to receive boosters before the end of the month. If they do not receive the booster, those employees will lose this vaccination status, which is a requirement from the league for employees of the Tier 1 and 2 designation. General managers, front office members and other football operations staffers are Tier 2 employees. Players also are Tier 1 employees, but the NFLPA previously negotiated protocols that allow them to decline the vaccine. The league was bracing for a spike in COVID cases after Thanksgiving and increased the frequency of testing for vaccinated employees as they returned to work following the holiday.
Knicks’ Alec Burks returning with RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin out versus Warriors
The Knicks will remain shorthanded on Tuesday when they welcome Steph Curry and the Warriors to the Garden. But they will get one important player back who missed Sunday’s loss to the Bucks. While RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin have been ruled out as they remain in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol, Alec Burks was not listed on the injury report after missing Sunday’s game due to the birth of his child. Alec Burks Robert Sabo/New York PostRJ Barrett and Obi Toppin still are in the NBA’s COVID protocol. I’m excited for him.”The Knicks will be looking to snap a four-game home losing streak.
Beloved NYC bar owner Molly Fitch dead at 51
Molly Fitch, the owner of the East Village institution the International Bar, has died. “She knew everybody and was all in all the time, for good food, good wine and good company. Every place she went felt like a family,” International bartender Sawyer Mitchell told The Post. Although most customers only saw her at or behind the bar, Fitch was actually “a renaissance woman,” according to Mitchell. International Bar patrons on May 3, 2021, the day COVID restrictions on drinking at the bar were lifted.
Ex-Jet Josh Bellamy gets three years in prison for COVID-19 relief fraud
TAMPA, Fla. — Former NFL player Josh Bellamy has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining over $1.2 million in COVID-19 relief funds. Bellamy, 32, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was sentenced Friday in Tampa federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to court documents, Yashica Bain, 38, of Miramar, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She was also ordered to pay restitutionStote was charged in June 2020 with wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.
New York’s latest COVID madness: Masked, socially distanced high-school wrestling
Future generations will look back with disbelief at the suffering America’s schoolchildren endured because of the destructive decisions educators made. In this context, what’s happening to New York City’s high-school wrestlers may not be the worst instance of COVID-inspired insanity. Just look at the restrictions that PSAL has cooked up for the hardworking athletes who are competitive high-school wrestlers. The PSAL also says wrestling activities must always be conducted with masks while observing social-distancing rules. Making wrestlers wear mask is the latest nonsensical rule being imposed on the city’s kids.
'RHOBH' stars Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne and Garcelle Beauvais test postive for COVID, production halted: reports
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has reportedly halted production after stars Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne and Garcelle Beauvais tested positive for coronavirus. "I found out that I tested positive for COVID," she shared in a brief video. 'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR JEN SHAH'S REQUEST TO DISMISS FRAUD CASE OVER HULU DOCUMENTARY DENIED"This stuff is crazy. 'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR DORIT KEMSLEY'S HUSBAND PK ARRESTED FOR DUI A MONTH AFTER HOME INVASIONReps for Bravo, Rinna, Jayne and Beauvais did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. The outlet also reports that a crew member tested positive for the virus as well.
Britain expects a tidal wave of new Covid cases
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBritain expects a tidal wave of new Covid casesNBC's Matt Bradley joins The News with Shepard Smith to report that British officials are worried the omicron variant could become the dominant one in the country.
U.S. records over 50 million Covid cases
More than 50 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the U.S. as new cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus continue to be identified across the country. The latest million cases were diagnosed in just over three months; the country reported 4 million cases in early September. Cases of the omicron variant had appeared in more than 50 countries as of Thursday. The omicron variant, which was first identified by South African scientists, has since been identified from Australia and Hong Kong to Canada. The first handful of omicron cases in the U.S. have been mostly mild, with most patients reporting symptoms such as cough or a runny nose, a CDC report said.
California to bring back indoor mask mandate
SAN DIEGO — Amid rising Covid-19 cases and fears that the highly transmissible omicron variant could spark a new wave of infections, the nation's largest state is reimposing its indoor mask mandate, officials announced Monday. California's mandate resumes Wednesday and will last at least a month, at which time the state health department "will make further recommendations as needed," according to a statement. California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said an anticipated wave of gatherings during the year-end holidays — muted by last year's pandemic restrictions — influenced the decision to bring back the mandate. State health officials also recommended Monday that travelers arriving to California or returning home have a negative antigen test that's less than one day old or a negative PCR test that's less than two days old. On June 16, as a result of lower transmission attributed to vaccination, so-called lockdowns and mask rules, the state lifted many of its pandemic regulations.
House Capitol Riot Panel Recommends Holding Mark Meadows In Contempt Of Congress
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted Monday in favor of a resolution recommending criminal charges be filed against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for his failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. History will not look at you as a victim,” select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) And history will also record in this critical moment that some people would not.”AdvertisementCommittee vice chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) AdvertisementMeadows’ off-and-on cooperation with the panel came to an abrupt end Tuesday, when his lawyer sent the committee a letter. The committee suggested that Meadows could take his deposition on a question-by-question basis, deciding which he believed to be covered by various privileges as he went along, but Meadows declined.
OPEC Doesn’t Expect Omicron to Dent Oil Demand
OPEC doesn’t expect the Omicron variant to slow oil demand next year, and it sees U.S. supply growth coming back slowly—a sign that the cartel expects to remain firmly in charge of the direction of oil prices, and that they’ll stay high. On Monday, oil prices were down slightly, with Brent crude, the international benchmark, dropping 0.6%, to $74.72 a barrel. OPEC’s monthly market analysis offers a bright picture for oil supply and demand next year, with demand returning to prepandemic levels and supply growing only slightly. OPEC had a few tumultuous years where it lost some control of the oil market to U.S. producers pumping out shale oil. U.S. producers will likely add 0.65 million barrels a day of crude in 2022 on average, and end the year at 12.8 million barrels a day, still below the 13 million barrels at the height before the pandemic.
GameStop and AMC Tumbled. Meme Stocks Are Back Under Pressure.
A ticket booth at an AMC in California. Shares of the movie-theater chain fell 15% on Monday. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesShares of meme stock favorites AMC Entertainment and GameStop both tumbled on Monday, a possible blow to retail investors who plowed a net $32.5 million and $4.2 million into the stocks last week, according to Vanda Research. AMC shares (ticker: AMC) fell 15% to their lowest close since May, while GameStop (GME) shares fell 14% to their lowest close since March. The Omicron variant of coronavirus has revived fears that new lockdowns could keep moviegoers away from theaters.
Supreme Court again leaves state vaccine mandate in place for healthcare workers
Supreme Court again leaves state vaccine mandate in place for healthcare workersEnlarge this image J. Scott Applewhite/AP J. Scott Applewhite/APThe U.S. Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to New York state's vaccine mandate for healthcare workers--a mandate that provide no exceptions for religious objectors. This was the second time the court has refused to block such a state vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The six-justice majority included the court's three liberals and three of its conservative justices, too-- Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts. They wrote no opinion, simply turning aside an emergency request asking the court to block the law. Gorsuch, writing for himself and Alito, maintained that religious objectors are ineligible for unemployment compensation, and that the state mandate "exudes suspicion of those who hold unpopular religious beliefs."
NFL requiring COVID-19 booster shots by Dec. 27
The NFL is requiring players, coaches and other team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. The CDC recommends an individual who received a second Pfizer or Moderna shot to complete the primary vaccine series more than six months earlier should receive a booster shot. An individual that received the Johnson and Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot. ADVERTISEMENT—An individual who is in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID-19 testunder the league protocols. Teams were asked to provide booster shots to all eligible tiered staff as soon as possible, and to consider making booster shots available for player and staff families and cohabitants.
Dunleavy proposing grant for Alaska tourism efforts
Mike Dunleavy said on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, that he will propose a $5 million grant in his upcoming budget to support tourism marketing efforts amid the ongoing pandemic. Mike Dunleavy said on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, that he will propose a $5 million grant in his upcoming budget to support tourism marketing efforts amid the ongoing pandemic. Mike Dunleavy said Monday he plans to propose as part of his upcoming budget a $5 million grant to support tourism marketing efforts amid the ongoing pandemic and funds to prepare state parks for visitors. ADVERTISEMENTDunleavy’s office said he is proposing a $5 million grant in federal funds for the Alaska Travel Industry Association. A $10.5 million grant designated to the tourism association was approved last month by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Dunleavy’s office said.
Opinion: 'Diamond-handed HODLers' of GameStop and AMC take a Monday pummeling from the soft-handed crowd
Shares in GameStop plummeted 13.9% as the stock price of fellow ur-meme AMC Entertainment fell 15.3%. Meme stocks more generally took a gentle curb stomping to start the week, thanks to growing fears around inflation, the omicron variant and anxious anticipation of Wednesday’s now all-important monetary-policy pronouncements from the Federal Reserve. For AMC, the day was just a continuation of a recent bloodbath for the cinema-chain stock. Data from HypeEquity showed that social-media mentions of both stocks soared Monday, with 15% of the posts on GameStop mentioning AMC and more than 25% of the posts on AMC mentioning GameStop. They just see it as trading.”To these midsized funds, brokers for wealth managers, and non-Ape retail players, meme stocks are now something of an investment class, with GameStop and AMC just key names in their carry.
Florida substitute teacher arrested after alleged Snapchat video of her having sex with student, deputies say
MarketWatchCalifornia is bringing back a statewide indoor mask mandate. Gavin Newsom’s administration announced the new mandate will start Wednesday and last until Jan. 15. The order comes as the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks. California lifted its statewide mask mandate on June 15 for people who were vaccinated, a date Newsom heralded as the state’s grand reopening.
Dollar near one-week high amid hawkish Fed hopes, Omicron fears
The U.S. central bank is expected to announce it will wrap up its bond buying stimulus sooner than previously communicated, potentially setting up earlier interest rate increases next year. "That leaves a very high bar for the Fed to deliver a 'hawkish surprise'," Westpac strategists wrote in a client note. The euro was about flat at $1.12835 after touching a one-week low of $1.12605 overnight. The dollar changed hands at 113.545 yen, another safe haven, consolidating in the upper end of the pair's trading range this month. The risk-sensitive Australian dollar eased 0.2% to $0.71215, edging back toward Monday's one-week low at $0.7111.
Stocks pull back from records, weighed down by tech, energy
The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 0.9%, giving back some of its gains after the benchmark index climbed to an all-time high Friday. The S&P 500 fell 43.05 points to 4,668.97. Several big pharmaceutical companies, including COVID-19 vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer were among the biggest gainers in the S&P 500 on Monday. More than 60% of the stocks in the S&P 500 fell, with technology stocks, banks and a mix of companies that rely on consumer spending weighing the index down most. Persistently rising inflation has prompted the central bank to hasten its plan to trim bond purchases that have helped keep interest rates low.
Oakland reaches grim milestone as city ties 2012 homicide mark
That marked the 131st death investigated as a homicide by Oakland police in 2021 — the city’s highest total in nearly a decade. She said the city is working to place more violence interrupters on the streets to prevent bloodshed before it starts. Ward still weeps for her bother, Travis Ward, who was fatally shot July 24 near Garfield Park in East Oakland. As of Dec. 3, Oakland police had made arrests that led to charges in 44 percent of their homicide cases. Zero arrests have been announced in the five homicides being investigated by the California Highway Patrol because they took place on freeways and highways within Oakland city limits.
Cardinals-Rams live updates: Prater's 53-yard FG puts Arizona ahead early in 1st quarter
Check back here for live updates on scores, highlights, items trending on social media, and everything involving tonight's game. Hopkins, Prater honor ex-late teammate Thomas in Cardinals-Rams gameCardinals' wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and kicker Matt Prater are paying their respects to their former teammate Demaryius Thomas, who passed away on Thursday. 88 decal on the back of their helmets during the Cardinals-Rams game. Hopkins played with Thomas on the Houston Texans in 2018, and Prater was Thomas' teammate on the Denver Broncos from 2010 to 2013. 5 L.A. players on COVID-19 list, Cardinals-Rams inactives,The Rams have several players absent from tonight's game because of COVID-19.
Cardinals-Rams live updates: Hopkins, Prater honor late Demaryius Thomas on their helmets
Check back here for live updates on scores, highlights, items trending on social media, and everything involving tonight's game. Hopkins, Prater honor ex-late teammate Thomas in Cardinals-Rams gameCardinals' wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and kicker Matt Prater are paying their respects to their former teammate Demaryius Thomas, who passed away on Thursday. 88 decal on the back of their helmets during the Cardinals-Rams game. Hopkins played with Thomas on the Houston Texans in 2018, and Prater was Thomas' teammate on the Denver Broncos from 2010 to 2013. 5 L.A. players on COVID-19 list, Cardinals-Rams inactives,The Rams have several players absent from tonight's game because of COVID-19.
Bears’ Mario Edwards one of 37 NFL players to test positive for coronavirus
The NFL had 37 players test positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Edwards is unvaccinated, meaning that he must sit for 10 days — and miss Monday night’s game against the Vikings. More players tested positive Monday than tested positive between Nov. 14-27. According to NFL test result and vaccination data, 29 players tested positive during that two-week span. As of Dec. 2, 94.4 percent of all NFL players — and nearly 100 percent of coaches and staff members — were vaccinated.
Packers planning 'all hands on deck' approach to improving on special teams
GREEN BAY - In the wake of “a lot of critical mistakes” for the Green Bay Packers special teams units against the Chicago Bears, Matt LaFleur gave his hardest charge for improvement yet Monday. Traditionally, NFL teams stock their special teams with bottom-of-the-roster players. That philosophy could be changing for a Packers special teams unit that has been abysmal much of this season. “I think we’re getting to that point where it’s all hands on deck,” LaFleur said, essentially describing the need for special-teams improvement as mission critical. Douglas made one of the game’s biggest plays Sunday when he intercepted Bears quarterback Justin Fields and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
More evidence of COVID-19’s deadly toll on older Americans
The coronavirus has brought the world one grim milestone after another as infections, hospitalizations and deaths repeatedly surge, then decline, then surge anew. But on Monday, news of another sobering milestone was reported by the New York Times: One in 100 older Americans has now died of COVID-19. In all, three-fourths of the almost 800,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 are people 65 and over. From the beginning, statistics have shown that cases of serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths are much more likely among the older population. Which is why older Americans rightly were given high priority for the shots as the vaccine rollout began last December — and since then, 95% of Americans 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Mid-Willamette Conference boys soccer: Player, coach of the year and all-league teams
Just months after competing in their spring 2021 season, high school athletes in Oregon returned to some normalcy in the fall and completed a regular soccer season. Here are the all-5A Mid-Willamette Conference teams for boys soccer:Player of the Year: Jesus Pulido, CorvallisCoach of the Year: Salvador Maciel, North SalemFirst teamKellen Filker, Corvallis, seniorRyan John, Corvallis, sophomoreJesus Pulido, Corvallis, seniorCaleb Christner, Lebanon, seniorManuel Barocio, North Salem, seniorNoah Jacobo, North Salem, seniorAnthony Casillas Pena, North Salem, seniorSolomon Moore, Silverton, seniorBrian Sanchez, South Albany, seniorChris Monroy, South Albany, seniorJairo Perez, Woodburn, juniorBryan Hernandez, Woodburn, seniorRoyce Lavier, Dallas, senior, GKSecond teamAndy Rincon, Central, seniorGus Lerczak, Corvallis, juniorPeter Conrad, Corvallis, sophomoreJuan Rangel Salas, North Salem, juniorSamuel Dreyer, North Salem, juniorDominic Doyle, Silverton, seniorSergio Lara, South Albany, seniorJeremy Geno, West Albany, seniorSpencer Karsseboom, Woodburn, juniorJose Guzman, Woodburn, sophomoreVictor Barajas, Woodburn, seniorSaul Esquivel, Central, senior, GKHonorable mentionKaleb McArthur, Central, seniorEdwin Parroguin, Central , juniorAnson Shimeall, Corvallis, juniorSeth Hannigan-Downs, Corvallis, juniorJulian Swensen, Crescent Valley, seniorJacob Smith, Crescent Valley, seniorIsaac Jones, Dallas, juniorBrian Sheldon, Dallas, juniorCarlo Periera, Lebanon, seniorJackson Parrish, Lebanon, juniorAngel Rivera, North Salem, sophomoreJoshua Vargas Escalona, North Salem, sophomoreCarlos Flores, Silverton, juniorVictor Cortes, Silverton, seniorColeman King, South Albany, seniorGamael Lopez -Hernandez, South Albany, sophomoreIsaac Marteeny, West Albany, seniorDemetry Arellano, West Albany, seniorNoe Gonzalez, Woodburn, seniorJesus Corona, Woodburn, senior-- Nik Streng, nstreng@oregonian.com, @NikStreng
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Coronavirus in Oregon: New cases and testing down as state announces 39 deaths
Oregon’s 5,386th death is a 41-year-old Deschutes County woman who tested positive Oct. 2 and died Oct. 30 at St. Charles Bend. Oregon’s 5,388th death is a 50-year-old Linn County man who tested positive Oct. 15 and died Oct. 23 at his residence. The 5,389th death is a 97-year-old Jackson County woman who tested positive Oct. 15 and died Oct. 24 at her residence. Oregon’s 5,408th death is a 90-year-old Polk County man who tested positive Oct. 25 and died Oct. 23 at his residence. The 5,413th death is an 88-year-old Douglas County man who tested positive Nov. 11 and died Nov. 23 at his residence.
Oregon Senate passes rental assistance safety nets
The Senate also voted to extend the current 60-day eviction protection period. However an estimated 8,355 households are at risk of eviction, as the safe harbor protection keeping them housed have expired as they continue to wait for aid from the state. Differing views on COVID-19 related restrictions and safety mandates also carried into Monday’s special session. Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Roseburg, was escorted out of the chamber after Senate President Peter Courtney deemed his colleague was out of order and in violation of rules for refusing to wear a mask. There is a statewide indoor mask mandate in Oregon.
Covid passports could increase vaccine uptake, study suggests
Coronavirus passports could lead to increased uptake of vaccines, especially among young people, a study suggests. Increase in vaccine uptake was most pronounced in people under 30. The study used modelling to estimate what vaccine uptake would have been without Covid-19 certification in all six countries, based on vaccination uptake trends from 19 otherwise similar control countries without certification. “However, Covid-19 certification alone is not a silver bullet for improving vaccine uptake and must be used alongside other policies. There was no data available to examine vaccine uptake by sociodemographic, gender and ethnic groups.
Mature trees are key to liveable cities – housing intensification plans must ensure they survive | Margaret Stanley
The New Zealand parliament is about to have its third reading of an amendment bill informally known as the “housing intensification bill”. Previous amendments to the RMA removed general urban tree protection, which meant permission was no longer needed to remove trees on private land unless that tree was specifically protected (eg. The “death by a thousand cuts” that occurs across New Zealand cities via tree felling during intensification cannot be undone. Adoption of the “Urban Green Factor”, used in several European cities, would guide developers as to the relative value of different plants (eg. Beyond that, cities need to be forward thinking, planning for equity in urban greening, and developing green corridors that allow wildlife to flourish throughout the city.
Manchester United’s Covid outbreak postpones Premier League fixture at Brentford
Brentford’s Premier League clash with Manchester United has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Old Trafford club. The Tuesday night fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium will be rescheduled by Premier League chiefs. “Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brentford FC has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course,” read a United statement. “The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors. “Following medical guidance, the Premier League Board have postponed Tuesday night’s match against Manchester United due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing Covid-19 outbreak within the Manchester United squad,” read a Brentford statement.
Brentford vs Manchester United postponed after Covid-19 outbreak
Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Brentford has been postponed following a Covid-19 outbreak among the Old Trafford club’s first team squad. A United statement said: “Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance. Club sources claim it is too early to say whether United’s following Premier League fixture at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday will be affected. On the Brentford postponement, the Premier League said: “The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United’s squad. “The league wishes a quick recovery to those players and staff with COVID-19.
Who will pay for the damage caused by climate change?
Vulnerable countries say they urgently need finance and technical support now as they already face deadly climate impacts, which will intensify as the planet gets hotter. "We can't ignore [these impacts] anymore," says Adelle Thomas, senior Caribbean research associate at Climate Analytics. After the United Nations' global climate talks in November, policies now put the world on a path towards 2.4C. Preventative approachEvery year Fiji deals with extreme events, ranging from powerful cyclones to prolonged droughts, says Satyendra Prasad, Fiji's ambassador to the United Nations. The constant pressure to rebuild after extreme events makes it almost impossible for Fiji to invest in education, healthcare and infrastructure.
Omicron: Why do boosters work if two doses struggle?
If the antibodies are able to bind more tightly to the coronavirus then it will be harder for Omicron's mutations to help it wriggle free. And while the new variant is heavily mutated, it is still the same fundamental virus and has parts that have not changed at all.
Soccer-Man United's league game at Brentford postponed due to COVID-19
MANCHESTER, England -Manchester United’s Premier League match at Brentford on Tuesday has been postponed due to a number of COVID-19 cases at the Old Trafford club, the league announced on Monday. “The decision (to postpone the Brentford-United game) was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United’s squad,” the league said in a statement. The Premier League found a record 42 cases of COVID-19 among players and staff at various clubs over the past week. “We respect the Premier League’s decision and acknowledge that the health and safety of both clubs’ players and staff must always come first. “We wish everyone affected a speedy recovery and look forward to hosting Manchester United at the Brentford Community Stadium in the new year.”
Pep Guardiola urges Man City stars to get booster jabs with clubs braced for daily Covid tests
Premier League clubs are braced to be asked to perform daily Covid tests on their players after the checks were upped to three times a week as Pep Guardiola urged his stars to get their booster jabs. From this week, the top-flight have increased the number of rounds of tests clubs have to carry out as standard following a rise in cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant. The league hope the stricter measure will help them get a grip in the escalating crisis that has gripped the division. While the twice-weekly order was in place, some clubs were already performing more tests than required as a precaution, responding to any signs of Covid symptoms by conducting additional checks. Aston Villa cancelled a training session on Sunday after a player and number of staff members tested positive.
Tyson Fury deserves his place on SPOTY shortlist 'whether he likes it or not' says Gabby Logan
Gabby Logan has said it's not up to Tyson Fury whether he makes the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist, after the heavyweight champion threatened to take legal action. The Gypsy King has been named on the shortlist despite threatening to sue the BBC if he was included. Some call it the best heavyweight fight of all time so for that reason he deserves his place on the list whether he likes it or not.' US Open tennis champion Emma Raducanu is the overwhelming favourite to become the first female SPOTY winner since Zara Phillips in 2006. Tokyo 2020 heroes Tom Daley, Adam Peaty and Dame Sarah Storey, as well as England footballer Raheem Sterling, make up the shortlist.
Premier League fear rise in Covid-19 cases could force top-flight into another lockdown
Premier League clubs fear this season could be shut down due to the rapid spread of Omicron and slow vaccination rates among players. Manchester United's match against Brentford on Tuesday was called off at midnight - just 19-and-a-half hours before kick-off - due to Covid cases in the United camp, as the Premier League announced a record single-week tally of 42 positives, among at least five clubs. The Premier League's vaccine data is a closely guarded secret, but the last information they published on October 19 stated that 68 per cent of players were fully vaccinated. Six Premier League games were postponed during the second wave last Christmas without a shutdown, though, and league officials will do everything they can to prevent a suspension of the season. Even a brief pause would be disastrous, as it would lead to broadcasters demanding rebates and a huge fixture backlog.
Man United's clash at Brentford POSTPONED due to Covid outbreak
Manchester United's game at Brentford on Tuesday night has been called off following a Covid outbreak in their squad. Confirmation of the Premier League Board's decision came just before midnight after United requested a postponement amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant. A Premier League statement read: 'The Premier League Board has decided to postpone Brentford FC's home fixture against Manchester United, due to be played tomorrow. The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors. 'It is a very tricky situation and it is very important that the Premier League and all of us follow the normal society rules and restrictions,' Frank said.
Arsenal: Aubameyang's latest disciplinary breach has compounded concerns about making him captain
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's latest disciplinary breach has compounded long-standing concerns about his suitability as club captain from senior coaching staff. And Sportsmail has learned the controversy has amplified pre-existing reservations from figures inside the club's training ground about Aubameyang's position as skipper. There is an understanding that any move to strip the 32-year-old of the armband could cause major disruption within the squad, particularly given Aubameyang's influence in the dressing room. But Aubameyang's latest issue will only serve to bolster the unease over the striker's position as team figurehead given his already lengthy crime sheet. The Arsenal striker took to social media this week to explain the reason for his absence
Billie Eilish sports black Nike sweats to catch flight out of JFK Airport in New York
Seven-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish donned a black disposable face mask as she caught a flight out of JFK Airport in New York on Monday, likely back to her Highland Park hometown. Mandatory: Seven-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish donned a black disposable face mask as she caught a flight out of JFK Airport in New York on Monday, likely back to her Highland Park hometownTurning 20 this Saturday! I think if I weren't vaccinated, I would have, like, died, because it was bad,' Eilish (born O'Connell) said via Zoom. Contradicting herself, Eilish also described the experience of performing on the NBC sketch show as 'my worst nightmare come to life.' I don't know what I'm doing, I'm not good at it,"' the homeschooled vegan explained.
MARTIN SAMUEL: F1 is at a crossroads ahead of Mercedes' appeal
So you won't hear Netflix complaining about the travesty masquerading as the climax to the F1 season. And as sports lovers no doubt include every last soul who has ever driven an F1 car, or held a position of significance at a motor racing company, the FIA should be worried, too. And, of course, if Hamilton had collected his eighth championship in a procession behind a safety car it would have been deeply unsatisfactory. The crash brought out the safety car and gave an advantage to Piquet's team-mate, Fernando Alonso, who had made an early pitstop. Given what happened on Sunday, with maverick calls made around safety car deployment, it is fair to say Briatore was not a cheat, just years ahead of his time.
Naomi Watts wishes her 'darling Kai' a happy 13th birthday
Actress Naomi Watts has shared a gushing tribute to her child Kai on their birthday. Birthday tribute: Actress Naomi Watts (pictured) has wished her 'darling Kai' a happy 13th birthday with a gushing tribute on Instagram. Pictured in New York City on December 9The Oscar nominee went on to say how Kai 'shines the brightest light' in her life. Kai is often seen with older brother Sasha, 14, strolling around New York City with their famous parents. Family life: Naomi and her ex-partner Liev Schreiber share two children, Samuel, known as Kai, and Alexander, known as Sasha.
MAFS Australia: Martha Kalifatidis doubles down on her criticism of 'unsafe' LA
Martha Kalifatidis has defended her unflattering description of Los Angeles, hours after complaining about the city's 'horrifying' crime and homelessness crisis. Insisting she felt 'unsafe' the entire time, Martha warned other travellers to stay far away. Martha hit back at these critics on Instagram Stories, writing: 'So many people coming for me in the DMs. Doubling down: Martha hit back at her critics on Instagram, writing: 'So many people coming for me in the DMs. With a homeless population of nearly 64,000 and a surge in violent crime, Los Angeles has struggled to emerge from the wreckage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Woman says she 'found enough meat to feed an entire community' while dumpster diving Whole Foods
'Dumpster diving at Whole Foods is nothing like I've ever seen before,' she said. Dumpster Diving Freegan claimed she 'found enough meat to feed an entire community'She zoomed in on a 16-pound frozen turkey that she had found to show the price tag, revealing it cost a whopping $65.52'In addition to the meat, I found all this produce and yogurt. Dumpster Diving Freegan, who has more than 340,000 TikTok followers, explained in a previous video that she started dumpster diving after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented her from traveling for her job. According to the Dumpster Diving Freegan, everything she finds is within a three- to five-mile radius of her home. She also noted that she makes sure to leave enough behind for others who are dumpster diving for food.
Kentucky candle factory staff were threatened with sack if they left as tornado bore down on them
At least eight people at the factory were killed, among dozens of fatalities across several Kentucky counties. The factory was completely flattened with just rubble and twisted metal left behind - a testament to the destructive power of the storm. Mark and Courtney Saxton look at their home, which was devastated by a tornado in Mayfield. At the candle factory, rescuers had to crawl over the dead to get to the living at a disaster scene that smelled like scented candles. She describes how initially team leaders refused to let workers leave so everyone was kept in hallways and bathrooms.
NFL reports 37 Covid positives in single day: ESPN
The NFL reported 37 positive Covid-19 cases across the league on MondayLos Angeles (AFP) – The NFL reported 37 positive Covid-19 tests across the league on Monday, ESPN reported, the largest single-day number of positive cases since the pandemic began. Other players who have tested positive include Miami Dolphins running back Phillip Lindsay, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson and Kansas City Chiefs receiver Josh Gordon. In a separate development, the NFL Network reported that an employee with the Washington Football Team had tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19. As of November 17, more than 94% of NFL players have been vaccinated, while nearly 100% of NFL personnel have also been vaccinated. Under NFL rules, unvaccinated individuals who test positive for Covid-19 must isolate for 10 days away from the club facility.
Man Utd's clash at Brentford postponed after Covid outbreak
The Premier League reported 42 new Covid-19 cases on Monday -- a record since testing figures started being released in May 2020. Aston Villa and Brighton also revealed positive tests on Monday as the virus threatened to wreak havoc on the midweek fixture list. "Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance. "The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors. The Premier League wrote to all top-flight clubs last Thursday instructing them to reinstate Covid-19 emergency measures, including a return to social distancing and mask wearing.
Britons throng vaccine centers for boosters as UK records first Omicron death
Long lines formed Monday at vaccination centers across England as people heeded the government’s call for all adults to get booster shots to protect themselves against the omicron variant, and as the U.K. recorded its first death of a patient infected with omicron. More than 80% of people age 12 and up in Britain have received two vaccine doses, and 40% of adults have had three. The other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are also expected to speed up their vaccination campaigns. The omicron outbreak is also more visible in Britain because U.K. is also a world leader in genomic sequencing, which identifies and tracks new variants. Johnson’s Conservative government is requiring vaccine certificates to enter nightclubs and reintroducing restrictions that were lifted almost six months ago.
NSW Health Minister concerned over rising case numbers
New South Wales has seen a spike in new coronavirus cases with 804 infections recorded in the last 24 hours. Health Minister Brad Hazzard says cases are likely to continue to rise and is urging people who're eligible to get their booster shot now.
Return of international students to help relieve worker shortages
International students will start returning to Australia from tomorrow after a two week delay caused by the Omicron COVID strain. Small businesses say they can't come back soon enough as they deal with serious worker shortages.
New COVID-19 cases below 6,000 for 2nd day; critical cases and deaths at record highs
NATIONALThis photo taken on Monday, shows medical workers monitoring intensive care units at Misodle Hospital in Guro, southwestern Seoul, amid worries over the spread of the omicron variant. (Yonhap)South Korea's new coronavirus cases stayed below 6,000 for the second straight day Tuesday but critical cases and deaths hit record highs amid concerns over the spread of the new omicron variant.The country added 5,567 new COVID-19 infections, including 5,525 local cases, raising the total caseload to 528,652, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).Daily infections soared to a record high of 7,174 cases on Wednesday and remained above 7,000 for the following two days. The daily caseload fell to 5,817 on Monday after reporting 6,976 on Saturday and 6,688 on Sunday.The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients hit a record high of 906. Deaths from the pandemic also marked a fresh record of 94, bringing the death toll to 4,387. The fatality rate stood at 0.83 percent, the KDCA said.The public health agency has confirmed five more omicron cases, raising the total to 119.
Left out: Vaccinated foreigners in S. Korea face ‘discrimination,’ restrictions
This applies to both Koreans and non-Korean nationals.As Koreans are more likely to have family here, it is mostly foreign residents who face inconveniences caused by the self-isolation rule, including a delayed return to work.“I’ve worked as an educator in Korea for more than seven years. There are many foreign nationals who have regular jobs here. This means foreigners whose inoculations aren’t accepted face restrictions in gyms, movie theaters and many other public places.What started off as a strict requirement for quarantine exemption is now making the lives of many expats difficult, said a British woman who works and resides in Korea.“Despite being fully vaccinated overseas, foreign residents in Korean usually do not qualify for the government’s quarantine exemption scheme. This policy is clearly discriminatory.”The Foreign Ministry, in response to The Korea Herald’s earlier report on the issue, also stressed that people who are vaccinated overseas, regardless of their nationality, can register their vaccine record, once they obtain the quarantine exemption letter.The KDCA official added that the government is aware of the problem and has plans to recognize overseas vaccination records. The official did not elaborate further.The EU ambassador also told The Korea Herald that Seoul was in talks with the bloc about recognizing the EU Digital COVID Certificate, a QR code-based proof of vaccination that allows people to move freely within the EU without needing to self-isolate or undergo COVID-19 testing.By Choi Jae-hee ( cjh@heraldcorp.com
Military reports 40 more COVID-19 cases
(Yonhap)South Korea's military on Tuesday reported 40 additional COVID-19 cases, including 35 breakthrough infections, raising the total caseload among its personnel to 2,777. Of the new cases, 15 people are from the Army, 13 from the Air Force, four from the Navy, and seven from units under the direct control of the defense ministry, officials said. An officer from the ministry was also infected. Currently, 308 military personnel are under treatment. Of the total military caseload, 1,016 are breakthrough cases.
[Graphic News] Korea’s whisky imports jump over 70% this year
South Korea’s imports of whisky soared more than 70 percent in the first 10 months of the year as more people drank at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, data showed.The value of whisky imports came to $93.21 million in the January-October period, up 73.1 percent from a year earlier, according to the data from the Korea Customs Service and the local liquor industry.It represents the first on-year increase in the country’s whisky imports since 2014.Industry sources attributed the surge to the fact that a growing number of people drink at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.South Korea’s whisky imports had been on the skids since peaking at $264.6 million in 2007. (Yonhap)By Nam Kyung-don ( don@heraldcorp.com
New COVID-19 cases below 6,000 for 2nd day; critical cases and deaths at record highs
(Yonhap)South Korea's new coronavirus cases stayed below 6,000 for the second straight day Tuesday but critical cases and deaths hit record highs amid concerns over the spread of the new omicron variant. The country added 5,567 new COVID-19 infections, including 5,525 local cases, raising the total caseload to 528,652, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). Daily infections soared to a record high of 7,174 cases on Wednesday and remained above 7,000 for the following two days. The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients hit a record high of 906. The public health agency has confirmed five more omicron cases, raising the total to 119.
Chris Christie fired a fresh salvo at Trump, saying the events leading up to the Capitol riot were 'driven from the top' by 'C-team players'
Chris Christie said this weekend that the events leading up to January 6 were "driven from the top." Christie pointed the finger at people he called "C-team players" around Donald Trump. Chris Christie of New Jersey gave his take on the events leading up to the January 6 Capitol riot, calling it a process "driven from the top" and "executed by C-team players." He added that the "C-team players" told President Donald Trump what he wanted to hear during Trump's last days in office. "There were plenty of people on the outside who were telling him this is over, and you need to concede," Christie said.
Many Omicron patients “not as seriously ill” as in previous Covid waves say doctors
BBC News published this video item, entitled “Many Omicron patients “not as seriously ill” as in previous Covid waves say doctors – BBC News” – below is their description. The Omicron variant of coronavirus was first identified in South Africa. Doctors there say the early indications are that while hospitalisations are rising, so far the number of deaths and people needing intensive care is lower than at the same stage of previous waves of the virus. In This Story: South Africa South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. 2 Recent Items: South Africa South Africa Rush to Get Vaccinated After President Ramaphosa Tests Positive for Covid South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has COVID-19, presidency says
Researchers develop a molecule that blocks SARS-CoV-2 infection
Researchers develop a molecule that blocks SARS-CoV-2 infectionby Aarhus UniversityThe Spike protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 virus (marked in red) recognizes the hACE2 protein (marked in blue) that protrudes from healthy human cells in the throat and lungs. In this way, the Spike protein acts like a key that allows the virus to invade the cell and use its machinery to reproduce itself. The newly developed RNA aptamer (marked in yellow) binds the Spike protein very strongly and blocks it ability to recognize ACE2, thereby preventing further infection. Credit: Julián Valero, Aarhus UniversityA research team at Aarhus University has developed a new molecule that attaches to the surface of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. The efficient binding to SARS-CoV-2 virus also means that the aptamer can be used to test for COVID-19 infection.
Covid: NHS in crisis mode as hospitals told to discharge patients where possible
The NHS was put on a crisis footing tonight as hospitals in England were told to discharge as many patients as possible while estimated daily Omicron cases hit 200,000 and the variant claimed its first life in the UK. In a letter to hospitals, NHS England chiefs said patients who could be discharged to care homes, hospices, their own homes or hotels before Christmas to free up beds, should be. Hospitals and GPs have also been told to scale back normal services and limit care to those needing urgent attention so that NHS staff can be freed up to deliver boosters. No 10 insisted that the booster campaign was its immediate priority, with a senior government source describing the main strategy as “keep on jabbing”. He said around 20% of confirmed cases in England had been identified as the Omicron variant, and warned of “difficult weeks ahead”.
COVID-19 Special: Brazil's success story
DW NewsCOVID-19 Special: Brazil's success storyIn Brazil, over 75% of adults are fully vaccinated. In some big cities, the vaccination rate is even higher. Many Brazilians are hopeful that things could soon return to normal. But is there really a reason to celebrate?
MGM will sell iconic Las Vegas Mirage Hotel in $1 billion deal
MGM Resorts International sold the Las Vegas Strip’s first megaresort, the Mirage, to Hard Rock International for $1.1 billion. A new vision for the Las Vegas StripWhen the Mirage first opened its doors, Las Vegas was still known as a value destination with affordable rooms, giveaway entertainment and 99-cent shrimp cocktails. That posed a problem for Las Vegas Strip properties, which brought in nearly 60% of their revenue from casinos in that period. Experts agree that the megaresort would be an inspiration to Las Vegas Strip properties for years to come. "We think there is an opportune time and we think this might be it to sell asset an in Las Vegas.
Covid, Kentucky, Gymnasts: Your Monday Evening Briefing
Covid, two years later: A mood of exhaustion and anger simmers around the world. Sickness from Covid-19 subsides, only to be replaced by long Covid. The feeling grows that the Covid era will go on for years, like plagues of old. “I know it will only get worse, it won’t stop, the pandemic will only turn more life-consuming,” said Natalia Shishkova, a teacher in Moscow. “It is all chaos, like a fantasy film.” Said a French epidemiologist who specializes in mental illness: “We no longer know when we will get back to normal.”
Boris Johnson Is in Trouble. The Question Is, How Much?
LONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain warned his country in a televised address on Sunday night that a tidal wave was coming, he might well have been talking about his own political future. The cascade of bad news is so extreme that it has raised questions about whether Mr. Johnson will even hang on to power until the next election. It is an ominous turn for a leader who has long defied political gravity, surviving scandals and setbacks that would have sunk many other politicians. “It’s not the end for him, but I think it’s the beginning of the end,” said Jonathan Powell, who served as chief of staff to a Labour prime minister, Tony Blair. As soon as he ceases to be an asset and the party is facing an election, they’ll get rid of him.”
De Blasio fiddles in the face of rising crime, leaving Adams to end the mayhem
NYC mayhem continues: Over the weekend, a Times Square shoplifter injured a cop who was trying to take him into custody; a man was fatally stabbed in a Bronx subway station and two concert-goers said they’d been stabbed with a needle at a Union Square music event. Oh, and the MTA saw a huge jump in subway robberies and felonies in November. He’s done little to address the spate of shootings and other violent crimes involving kids under 18, except to belatedly rush metal detectors to city high schools plagued by gunplay and stabbings. Despite the nearly two-year long uptick in shootings, murders and other crimes, de Blasio sticks to his “safest big city” line. But he’ll still go down as the mayor who reversed the city’s decades-long gains against crime — and finished by simply ignoring the crisis while posturing on other issues to bolster a hopeless run for higher office.
Billy Bob Thornton on his cameo in '1883' on Paramount+
Point your wagons WestNew series “1883” — probably when Biden was conceived — is also the name of Paramount’s prequel to its hit show “Yellowstone.”Billy Bob Thornton: “This is about a journey out West. Come to Fort Worth.’ Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Sam Elliott — who are in it — are all my old friends. Religious leaders repping 930 nonpublic school employees wrote him suggesting he reconsider. The only governor showing leadership in such tragedy is Democrat Andy Beshear of red state Kentucky. So, afterward he says to me ‘Hey, you were really good.’ So what do I say back to him?
Letters to the Editor — Dec. 14, 2021
Anthony ScroWhitestoneInexperienced Hochul casts a pall over another Christmas season for revelers and businesses with her nonsensical mask mandate. Carole CampoloEast HamptonI wondered how businesses would implement the governor’s hysteria-driven new mask mandate. It was “mask up or don’t come in.”Why get three shots if you still have to wear masks everywhere? This mask mandate has nothing to do with keeping me safe. My local supermarket already has a sign out that it will require all people to wear masks inside.
NY’s governor should take a tip from Colorado’s: The COVID emergency is over
Jared Polis just put many of his fellow Democrats to shame — including New York Gov. Polis vowed not to impose a new mask mandate on his state, even with the spread of the Omicron variant. But even the COVID-hyping New York Times notes that cases are nearly irrelevant now, since, as Drs. And yes, the number of hospitalized COVID patients has also grown in New York, hitting 3,683 on Sunday. The gov should take a tip from her Colorado colleague: The emergency is over.
‘RHOBH’ Halts Filming as Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, and Garcelle Beauvais Test Positive for COVID
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has halted production on Season 12 after Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, and Garcelle Beauvais have all tested positive for COVID-19. TMZ was the first to report on the story, with sources stating that Rinna, Jayne, and Beauvais all tested positive late last week, along with one anonymous member of the crew. Thankful to be vaccinated and to not be showing symptoms,” she shared with the news. !”In the video, she updates her fans: “I found out that I tested positive for COVID. Kyle Richards, Kathy Hilton, and Dorit Kemsley all tested positive.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams sets business council of corporate heavyweights
“I’m humbled by the response from our Corporate Council to lean in, roll up their sleeves, and help accelerate our recovery,” said Adams. The council was formed after a “months-long listening tour” with business leaders and current and former city officials. The council features 60 corporate leaders from companies like JPMorgan Chase. Goldman Sachs is also represented on Adams’ council. De Blasio admitted last year that he hadn’t focused on the business community and “the elites” during his two terms leading the Big Apple — before quoting socialist revolutionary Karl Marx.
California to reimpose statewide indoor mask mandate – even for vaccinated
California is reimposing a statewide indoor mask mandate for even the vaccinated as local cases of COVID-19 have surged since Thanksgiving, health officials said Monday. Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services secretary, said the new mandate will go into effect Wednesday and expire Jan. 15, according to local outlets. Roughly half of California already lives in areas, such as Los Angeles County, where indoor mask mandates are in effect, Ghaly said. The move reverses the state’s lifting of its indoor mask mandate for the vaccinated in many places over the summer. The California indoor mask mandate will apply to fully vaccinated people as well.
Workers at Kentucky plant: We were told we’d be fired if we left building during tornado
“Everyone was uncomfortable.”Forklift driver Mark Saxton says workers were told to “go back to work” even after getting a warning about the dooming tornado. AP Photo/Timothy D. EasleySome workers left before the storm regardless of the threats — but others stayed, employees told the outlet. Emergency workers search for missing people at the Mayfield Consumer Products Candle Factory after it was obliterated by a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky on Dec. 11, 2021. They never offered us to go home.”Within a few hours, the Mayfield plant was leveled — so hard-hit that Kentucky Gov. The rampaging tornado killed at least eight employees after flattening the Mayfield Consumer Products plant in Kentucky.
‘RHOBH’ partially pauses production due to positive COVID tests
Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais and Erika Jayne are among the series stars who have tested positive. After Rinna’s diagnosis was shared with the group, Beauvais and Jayne learned that they, too, had contracted the virus. Beauvais shared her COVID status in an Instagram video post shared on Monday. “I found out that I tested positive for COVID. Be careful out there, be safe.”Reps for Bravo, Jayne and Rinna did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Janice Dean Reacts To Reports That Cuomo Brothers Plotted To Discredit Her: ‘I Wasn’t Surprised’
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Janice Dean, Senior Meteorologist for FNC & NY Times bestselling author joined the Guy Benson Show to react to news reports that reveal, Chris and Andrew Cuomo plotted to discredit as she sounded the alert of covid nursing home deaths. Janice reacted to the reports that the Cuomo brothers tried to discredit her saying,
Former 'General Hospital' actor Ingo Rademacher sues ABC over vaccine mandate
Former "General Hospital" star Ingo Rademacher has sued the soap's home network of ABC over Its vaccine mandate. ‘GENERAL HOSPITAL’ STAR STEVE BURTON CONFIRMS FIRING OVER VACCINE MANDATE: IT’S 'ABOUT PERSONAL FREEDOM'Following the email, Rademacher said he had an interview with the HR department, which was "akin to cross-examination," as the lawsuit puts it. The suit also alleges religious discrimination on the grounds that ABC is required to adhere to religious exemptions. 'GENERAL HOSPITAL' STAR BERGEN WILLIAMS DEAD AT 62 AFTER BATTLING RARE WILSON'S DISEASEFurthermore, the actor also claimed that the vaccine mandate violated his right to privacy. Rademacher isn't the only actor to depart the popular soap opera over the vaccine mandate.
There is 'renewed optimism' Kyrie Irving will rejoin Nets this season: report
Kyrie Irving could make his return to Brooklyn soon. The Nets superstar has refused to cooperate with New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates; however, The Athletic reported on Monday that Irving could return at some point this season. As of Monday, the Nets sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 19-8 record. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game so far this season. Irving, 29, has yet to receive the vaccine, which made him ineligible to play home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Invesco's Kristina Hooper expects emerging markets to have a big year
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Emerging markets including China to do well despite Covid-19: Invesco
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Japan stocks set to dip as investors renew focus on omicron variant
SINGAPORE — Stocks in Japan were set to dip Tuesday, as markets stateside pulled back with the S&P retreating from a record. Meanwhile, investors will monitor the omicron variant as it comes back into focus. Japan's Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 28,545 while its counterpart in Osaka was at 28,430. Caution on the new omicron variant prevailed again as the U.K. confirmed Monday that at least one patient infected with the new omicron variant of Covid-19 has died in the country. The University of Oxford published results on Monday showing two-dose Covid vaccines do not induce enough neutralizing antibodies against the new variant.
Morgan Stanley: Buy the dip on these global 'reopening' stocks
The emergence of the omicron Covid variant has weighed on "reopening" stocks, but Morgan Stanley says now is the time to buy. Here are 11 of the bank's picks which it calls "the best reopening stock ideas in Europe."
California imposes monthlong mask mandate for indoor public places regardless of vaccination status
California will impose a statewide mask mandate for indoor public places regardless of vaccination status for the next month, the state's top health official announced on Monday. The mask mandate goes into effect on Wednesday and will remain in place until Jan. 15, according to Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. Ghaly said the mask mandate is needed to help reduce Covid infections in California, which have increased 47% since Thanksgiving. Kathy Hochul has also imposed a statewide mask mandate for indoor public places unless the business has a vaccination requirement in place. "Public health [officials] don't get to tell people what to wear; that's just not their job."
Report: Washington Football Team Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 Omicron Variant
AP Photo/Mark TenallyA Tier 3 employee of the Washington Football Team reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the employee "had limited contact with other members of the organization" and is not a player or member of the football operations group. A Football Team member confirmed Washington followed the NFL's protocols in place for receiving a positive test. Pelissero also reported this is the first known case of the Omicron variant in the NFL, although a record 36 players went on the COVID-19 list Monday because of positive tests. The Football Team is 6-7 following Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
California to require indoor masking statewide
| Mario Tama/Getty Images Coronavirus California to require indoor masking statewideCalifornia residents will be required to wear facial coverings in all indoor public spaces from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 to help fend off a rise in Covid-19 cases as the holidays approach. The indoor masking requirement will affect about 50 percent of the state that does not have a similar mandate, Ghaly said. Many parts of California, including the Bay Area, already have indoor mask rules, but case rates are increasing particularly in areas where masks are not required. The state is also speeding up the testing window requirement for indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees. Daily case rates have jumped from 9.6 cases per 100,000 people to over 14 cases per 100,000 during that period.
Health care workers in Minnesota are 'overwhelmed,' 'heartbroken,' executives say
Your access to health care is being seriously threatened by Covid-19. Executives who signed the letter were from North Memorial Health; CentraCare; Allina Health; Mayo Clinic; Hennepin Healthcare; Essentia Health; Fairview Health Services; Children’s Minnesota; and HealthPartners. According to the most recent state health department data, adult beds in intensive care units at 57 hospitals in Minnesota — or 84 percent — were at capacity. The number of hospitals with non-ICU beds available for adults was 43 percent, or 56, according to the data. According to data collected by NBC News, Minnesota has the 18th-highest vaccination rate in the country, with just over 64 percent of its population vaccinated.
U.S. Air Force removes 27 service members for refusing COVID-19 vaccine
Vials labelled "VACCINE Coronavirus COVID-19" and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed U.S. flag in this illustration taken December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Monday said 27 service members had been discharged for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the first active-duty troops believed to have been removed for declining the vaccine. The Pentagon made the vaccine mandatory for all service members in August and the vast majority of active-duty troops have received at least one dose. Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, said the troops were given a chance to explain why they had refused to get vaccinated, but none of them were given exemptions. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterAbout 97% of Air Force personnel are vaccinated against the virus, a number far higher than the general U.S. population.
Canadian city Kingston limits gatherings to 5 over variant
KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) — A city in Canada’s most populous province is limiting gatherings to a maximum of five people in response to the spread of the omicron variant and the variant prompted several regions in Ontario to announce new public health measures on Monday. The top doctor in region in and around Kingston, Ontario — where community spread of omicron was confirmed — brought in new rules that limit social gatherings to groups of five until at least Dec. 20. Canada’s chief public health officer said Canada is expecting a potentially massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks, driven by the new omicron variant already spreading through communities. She foresees a “bumpy ride” this winter, but said Canadians can get through it with increased vaccination, proper testing, public health measures and better treatments for the virus. ADVERTISEMENTIn the Kingston, Waterloo and London regions, as well as Toronto, officials announced several new measures aimed at tackling the sharp rise in omicron cases.
Biden’s biggest challenges in 2022? Convincing Americans ‘the United States is on the right track,’ winning the economy battle, analysts say.
“The biggest challenge for Biden is to convince the American people that the United States is on the right track,” said Ed Mills, Washington policy analyst at Raymond James. Worryingly for Biden and congressional Democrats, Americans see the GOP as better able to handle them, according to the survey. Now see: U.S. inflation rate swells to 39-year high of 6.8% as Americans pay higher prices for almost everythingBiden’s and Democrats’ response? Doubling down on their agenda, namely the still-under-debate Build Back Better social-policy and climate plan. Pivoting to the president’s Build Back Better plan, Psaki said the legislation would “start cutting costs early next year,” including for child care.
California to reinstitute statewide mask mandate amid rise in COVID cases
By Sharon BernsteinSACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will impose a statewide mask mandate in all indoor public spaces as COVID-19 case rates soar, the state's senior government health official said on Monday as precautions ramp up against the Omicron variant. "We know people are tired, and hungry for normalcy," state Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said in a conference call with reporters. The rate of COVID-19 infections in California has jumped 47% since Thanksgiving to more than 14 cases per 100,000 people, Ghaly said. The state is also recommending that all travelers to the state be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of arrival, Ghaly said. Such rules are not currently under consideration, and officials hope they will not be needed if residents comply with the mask rule, Ghaly said.
Max Q: Astra heads to the Space Coast
Don’t forget to sign up to get the free newsletter version of Max Q delivered to your inbox. Astra is heading to Cape CanaveralFresh on the heels of its first successful launch to orbit, space startup Astra is heading to the Space Coast. The Federal Aviation Administration will end its Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program at the beginning of 2022, citing the advent of commercial space tourism. The space infrastructure startup has already launched two spacecraft, and aims to use the funds to scale its business, CNBC reports. It will merge with special purpose acquisition corporation Pine Technology Acquisition Corp.TC Sessions: Space is NEXT WEEKIt's finally (almost) here!!!!
Report: NFL records highest number of single-day positive COVID-19 tests since pandemic began
There were 36 players and one staff member across the league that tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, the most ever in a single day since the pandemic began in 2020, according to the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The 36 players who went on the COVID list today because of positive tests was the highest number since that list was created in 2020. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 13, 2021The staff member reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant, which marks the first known case of that variant in the league. Chargers tackle Rashawn Slater tests positiveThe Los Angeles Chargers placed left tackle Rashawn Slater on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, according to the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti. #Chargers HC Brandon Staley says Rashawn Slater tested positive.
Nancy Reagan Is Trending For Allegedly Being "Renowned In Hollywood For Performing Oral Sex" — Here's Why It's More Complex Than It Seems
Hundreds of tweets about Nancy Reagan went viral this weekend. Diana Walker / Getty ImagesThis weekend, a Twitter account tweeted side-by-side pics of Madonna and Nancy Reagan. This is Nancy Reagan at 64.Trashy living vs. Classic living.Which version of yourself do you want to be? The excerpt claimed that Nancy was "renowned in Hollywood for performing oral sex" before marrying Ronald Reagan. my ppl are talking about Nancy Reagan’s throat game and I can’t escape the tweets… 02:21 AM - 11 Dec 2021Oh, Nancy Reagan is trending.
Forget Black Friday: True Holiday Discounts May Be Coming in January
Many retailers may wind up with a surplus of certain items after the holiday shopping season is over. All those people who tried to score deals during Black Friday may be in for an unpleasant surprise: the true discounts are coming in January. Amid shipping delays and stores over-ordering inventory to prevent running out during critical times, many retailers may wind up with a surplus of certain items after the holiday shopping season is over. Anticipation to this year's holiday shopping period has led to much talk of pent-up demand — after a year of putting off major purchases, many predicted that shoppers would return to physical stores with a renewed vengeance. That, in turn, could lead to many retailers marking down the surplus of inventory still in stores.
How companies are helping parents and caregivers with ‘work-life integration’
Booth enrolled Lila in a crafts class — to get a Netflix break twice a week — with an on-screen tutor named Amy, and now artwork festoons her bedroom. Even as the pandemic wanes, SitterStream will still be available for parents. Webb Chappell/for The Boston GlobeAnd, in some cases, companies are going even further to address employee satisfaction in other realms. Last fall, Patten served as a “return to work buddy” for an employee who was coming back from parental leave. “It’s not work-life balance; it’s work-life integration,” she says.
UConn women slide to No. 7 in Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll
7 in the Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 poll, its lowest ranking in 14 years after losing its first game against an unranked team since 2012. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett made the second team and fellow Heisman finalist C.J. Boston College was represented on the first team by senior guard Zion Johnson and the second team by senior center Alec Lindstrom. As part of the extension, the sides agreed the federation will stop paying the salaries of national team players in the National Women’s Soccer League. The allocation system of national team players had been in place since the league started play in 2013.
Employees share why they love being at these Top Places to Work
Tim Carroll JASON SCHNEIDER/for The Boston Globe2. Fun fact: I’m a rock climber and climb indoors and outdoors every week. Colin DinnieEmployer: Wistia, CambridgeJob: Support associate and billing specialistMy position is called a “customer champion” and I also co-host our A Better Workplace podcast. As a Black man, I’m involved in many candid conversations about what it takes to build a better workplace. But 2Life appreciates my work, and if you work hard and meet their standards, they give you opportunities.
Ravens planning on injured Lamar Jackson playing Sunday against the Packers
Harbaugh said he’s planning for Jackson to play Sunday against the Packers, but it’s too early to tell. It was Baltimore’s second consecutive loss, but the Ravens (8-5) remained in sole possession of first place in the AFC North. The Ravens lead the division by one game over Cincinnati (7-6) and Cleveland (7-6), and even last-place Pittsburgh (6-6-1) isn’t far behind. Washington (6-7) now has nine players in the COVID-19 protocols, all of whom were added in the past week. “I wouldn’t say it’s insurmountable,” coach Ron Rivera said Monday in a conference call with reporters before the team announced four more players were added to the COVID-19 list.
Celtics turn to the tape to try to identify source of recent defensive struggles
Boston started its trip with a top-five defense but was gashed for at least 111 points in each of the five games. So it’s getting back to who we are defensively.”Brown makes returnCeltics forward Jaylen Brown returned Monday night against the Bucks after missing five games because of a sore hamstring. Smart said Brown has shown a return to form in recent practices. He returned for five games before missing the recent trip with lingering soreness. “I know Jaylen has definitely missed us and wanted to get out there and go to war with us,” Smart said.
‘Season of Hope’ free concert series returns to San Jose cathedral
After a one-year concert hiatus, St. Joseph’s Cathedral in San Jose is again hosting an in-person “Season of Hope,” a series of free music and dance performances that will run through Dec. 23. “We are back in person celebrating 25 years,” said Sharon Miller, director of Cathedral Social Ministries for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. “Our volunteers will be at the cathedral at 7 p.m. to check vaccine status and welcome people into the cathedral,” she said. The multicultural series kicked off Sunday with the San Jose State University Choraliers. The rest of the lineup includes:Dec. 13: San Jose Symphonic ChoirDec. 14: Castillero Middle SchoolDec. 15: Bellarmine College PreparatoryDec. 16: CA Philharmonic Youth OrchestraDec. 18: San Jose Youth SymphonyDec. 19: TBADec. 20: Cathedral Pipe Organ performanceDec. 21: San Jose Youth Chamber OrchestraDec. 22: Ballet Folklórico Guerrero de GuadalupeDec. 23: Harpers Hall Celtic HarpsDetails: St. Joseph’s Basilica is located at 80 S. Market St., San Jose.
Murphy Robinson, Denver’s top public safety official, to leave post in January
Denver’s top public safety official, Murphy Robinson, on Monday announced he will be leaving his position next month. Robinson previously worked as executive director of the Department of General Services and chief operating officer for the mayor’s office. He succeeded Troy Riggs as head of public safety after Riggs left less than two years after taking the position. The Department of Public Safety lauded Robinson for helping implement the Pepsi Center COVID-19 testing center, hosting the MLB All-Star Game this summer and launching an inmate voting program in Denver’s jail, among other accomplishments. He also raised hackles in January when he removed representatives from the Department of Public Safety from a large, community-led task force working to reform public safety in Denver in the wake of the protests.
Broncos Fifth Quarter: Manageable third downs allowed offense to control clock
The Broncos’ offense allowed a season-low four pass-rush disruptions (two knockdowns and one sack/pressure apiece). The Lions ran 16 plays to cover 71 plays, but failed on a fourth-down play from the Broncos’ 4 when Goff threw incomplete to the end zone. The margin of victory allowed the Broncos to play their defensive back-ups in the fourth quarter; only S Justin Simmons played all 63 snaps. He had completions of six, seven, seven, four, eight and seven yards and two incompletions. Bridgewater threw seven yards to Jeudy over the middle and the ball was placed in time for a spike to stop the clock at two seconds.
Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin honors CEOs of health systems during pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic challenged health care providers to collaborate, instead of competing. Since the virus was first identified in Wisconsin nearly two years ago, the health care systems have worked together to provide care. The Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin honored the CEOs of five health systems with its Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year award Monday during a virtual event. The increased communication among the health care systems during the pandemic has aided in new projects, Jacobson said. Four health care systems and the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division are working together to build and operate a new psychiatric emergency department.
Raiders report: Bisaccia ready to move on after ugly loss
The interim coach believes he has said all that needed to be said about the 48-9 drubbing the Raiders took in Kansas City on Sunday and is ready to focus on Cleveland. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @HeidiFangRaiders reportScheduleAll practices at Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, unless noted:Tuesday — Walkthrough, 11 a.m.Wednesday — Practice, 11 a.mThursday — Practice, 11 a.mFriday — OffSaturday— at Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, 10 a.m.Sunday — OffMonday — Rich Bisaccia news conference, 1 p.m.Quote of the dayInterim coach Rich Bisaccia is ready to turn the page. After several questions in his weekly Monday afternoon news conference focused on Sunday’s ugly blowout loss to Kansas City, he made it clear he was done talking about it. Linebacker Denzel Perryman, who missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, remains questionable. Carr still has the keysBisaccia did not make the move to put backup quarterback Marcus Mariota into Sunday’s game despite the one-sided score.
How Long Island businesses are implementing state's new mask rules
The rules apply in restaurants, grocery stores, offices and arenas, among other indoor spaces, and businesses can alternatively choose to admit only vaccinated patrons to avoid enforcing the mask rule. Kathy Hochul has asked counties to enforce the mandate, but Long Island officials appear willing to do so in a limited way, if at all. "We’re just putting up the signs and making sure everyone is wearing a mask basically," he said. Unions representing supermarket workers endorsed the state rules on Monday but said enforcement was the responsibility of companies, not workers. The mask rules cover any indoor public space that is not a private residence, according to a spokeswoman for the governor.
Hochul: New JFK terminal will be a 'first-class experience' for travelers
The 2.4 million-square-foot New Terminal One will be built in phases on the sites of the outdated Terminals 1 and 2, and the former Terminal 3, Hochul said. "So, whether they arrived here in coach, when they arrive and open the doors and come into our terminal, it’ll be a first-class experience," Hochul said at a news conference at the airport. "Today's announcement loudly proclaims the confidence the private sector has in the future of JFK Airport and of our region," said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton in a statement. As part of the project, Port Authority will fund improvements to local roads, parking and utilities, including a new electrical substation, officials said. COVID-19's effect on air travel, Hochul said, necessitated changes to the original New Terminal agreement, which was reached in 2018.
Could Trump really win again in 2024?
As we approach the one-year mark of the Biden presidency, what should be unthinkable — a second victory for Donald Trump in 2024 — seems increasingly possible. Today, Joe Biden’s ratings are underwater, and polls show that a Trump vs. Biden election would result in a tie or a narrow victory for Trump — who leads decisively among Republicans. Meanwhile, Trump is no longer the center of attention, and people who aren’t closely following the news are not getting daily reminders of his awfulness. To say that a lot can happen by November 2024 is an understatement. While Biden is certainly not one of the radicals, he is rightly seen as too willing to genuflect to them.
Vikings put RB Alexander Mattison on COVID list, will miss Chicago game
The Vikings on Monday placed backup running back Alexander Mattison on the COVID-19 reserve list after he tested positive, and he will miss next Monday’s game at Chicago. After learning about Mattison, the Vikings claimed running back Wayne Gallman off waivers from Atlanta, and he could be in uniform against the Bears. The Vikings also put wide receiver Dan Chisena on the COVID list, linebacker Ryan Connelly on injured reserve, guard Kyle Hinton on the practice squad COVID list and moved wide receiver Bisi Johnson from the COVID injured reserve list back to injured reserve. A source said Mattison, who has rushed for 432 yards this season, is generally feeling fine. By being off a COVID list, he can return to the TCO Performance Center for rehab work.
Battenfeld: Charlie Baker’s pass on a third term looking better by the day
Charlie Baker’s decision to pass on a third term is looking smarter by the day. The Republican governor would have faced a grueling, uphill battle for the GOP primary against former state Rep. Geoff Diehl and seems preoccupied dealing with the surge in coronavirus in Massachusetts. It’s also no fun as a governor to watch the state’s COVID-19 case numbers rise to the highest they’ve been since last winter. Baker has often boasted about Massachusetts’ record on vaccination rates but you don’t hear him boasting too much anymore. This so-called commission would only just delay getting the payments out, but unfortunately Baker’s veto can be easily overridden by the Democratic-dominated Legislature.
Waiting time after coronavirus vaccination could be cut to speed up booster race
Waiting times for observation after Covid-19 jabs could be scrapped or reduced under plans to speed up vaccination efforts. After people have a vaccine they are asked to wait for a period of observation to ensure they do not have an allergic reaction. The waiting time was introduced after two NHS staff suffered allergic reactions on the first day of the vaccine rollout last year. But some doctors have said the waiting time can "reduce the efficiency" of vaccination centres. "This substantially reduces the efficiency and throughput of vaccine clinics, as well as vaccinations for the housebound."
More than a dozen members of Congress have violated law on stock trades, investigation finds
A massive investigation of the financial disclosure history of every member of Congress found more than a dozen currently-serving members who have violated the STOCK Act, a piece of legislation that sets rules for lawmakers’ stock portfolios. The expansive project provides a look at just how frequently financial disclosure rules are violated by both members and people on their staffs. A few were responsible for hundreds of individual violations, including a staggering total of more than 720 violations committed by Rep Diana Harshbarger, a Tennessee Republican. Rep Ocasio-Cortez hammered the issue recently on Twitter, writing that it was “absolutely ludicrous that members of Congress can hold and trade individual stock while in office”. It shouldn’t be legal for us to trade individual stock with the info we have,” tweeted the New York congresswoman.
Letters: Boris Johnson’s booster challenge ignores the real state of the NHS
However, it appears no official had the brainpower to foresee that such demand would overwhelm the NHS website, following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday. All the paperwork was correctly filled in, and our online NHS records show the correct dates and times. Philip DulyHaslemere, SurreyIn search of a dentistSIR – Concerns over the availability of NHS dentistry (Letters, December 8) are not confined to Gloucestershire. It was our experience – shared with areas of London – that the crime rate in the city exactly matched the number of green things growing there. The highest crime rate came from a street without a blade of grass.
Freida Pinto discusses her 'intense' and 'wild' postpartum journey after giving birth to son
She recently welcomed her baby boy Rumi-Ray, with husband Cory Tran, and now actress Freida Pinto is opening up about her postpartum journey in hopes of helping other mothers. In a vulnerable post to her Instagram on Monday, the Slumdog Millionaire star shared, 'The Postpartum journey has been one of the most intense and wild rides I have ever been on.' Or that your nipples won't be sore and that for some of us our toes will curl everytime our little baby birds open up their sweet mouths to latch.' Baby boy: The Indian-born actress had son Rumi-Ray with photographer husband Cory Tran. Pictured here on November 21, 2021Pinto had son Rumi-Ray with photographer husband Cory Tran, 34, whom she married at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, sometime during the pandemic.
Paris 2024 floats openness after two closed-door Olympics
Beijing hosted the Summer Games in 2008 and has invested billions to host the 2022 Winter Games after several European candidates dropped out of the competition. For the IOC, the Beijing Games will be the second Olympics in seven months to be marred by calls for the competition not to take place. Estanguet and other Paris organizers are pitching a different Olympic story. He spoke of staging the most accessible Olympics ever in 2024, with a half-million people able to watch the boat parade during the opening ceremony. Also, competitions will take place throughout Paris at some of the city’s landmarks.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn, 62, is found dead in a hot tub of a 'heart attack'
Former U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn, 62, died in a hot tub of an apparent heart attack over the weekend. Former Maine U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn (pictured) died in a hot tub of an apparent heart attack over the weekend. 'I went to court because I believe my family could be in danger,' McDonald told the Bangor Daily News. One of Linn's attorneys, Jeff Silverstein of Bangor, told the Sun Journal that Linn died of a heart attack late Saturday, having long suffered from a heart condition. Juskewitch told the Bangor Daily News that Linn died in a hot tub.
Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will visit Waukesha
First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will travel to Waukesha, Wisconsin on Wednesday to meet victims of last month's Christmas parade tragedy. The first lady and second gentleman will meet with frontline health care workers at the hospital. First Lady Jill Biden (left) and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff (right) will travel to Waukesha, Wisconsin on Wednesday to meet victims of last month's Christmas parade tragedyAn SUV plows into a crowd of people during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 21They'll also visit with children who just received their COVID-19 vaccinations. Then, the group will travel to nearby Waukesha and meet with families of the victims and first responders at the Waukesha City Hall. The visit will mark the first from administration officials in the aftermath of the Christmas parade attack.
Dutch seal coalition deal record nine months after vote
The Hague (AFP) – Dutch political parties agreed on Monday to form a coalition government that will hand Prime Minister Mark Rutte a fourth term in office, a record 271 days after elections in March. "It's a good agreement," Rutte told reporters as he left the talks, while refusing to give further details. In late October the negotiations beat the Netherlands' previous record for coalition talks of 225 days as the parties wrangled still more. But the deal for a fourth coalition will confirm Rutte -- dubbed the "Teflon prime minister" for his ability to dodge scandals -- as Europe's second longest-serving leader after Hungarian premier Viktor Orban. The four parties are now due to present the deal to their lawmakers on Tuesday before it goes to parliament for a debate on Thursday.
Daily Covid cases in Omicron ground zero South Africa surge 119% in week and admissions jump 141%
AdvertisementSouth Africa's Omicron wave continued to surge today as daily Covid cases and hospital admissions more than doubled in a week. With a test positivity rate of 31 per cent today, it suggests the outbreak in South Africa is growing faster than swabs can keep up. Doctors in South Africa's Omicron ground zero maintain that Omicron patients are coming in with milder illness and being discharged quicker. Official figures suggest the number of Covid hospital patients with severe illness is a third of the level at the same point in the country's Delta wave. The DOH also recorded another 926 daily hospital admissions, up 14 per cent in a week, and 38 deaths, down 7 per cent.
Philadelphia joins list of US cities putting in vaccine mandates for indoor venues
Joining some other large cities and tourist destinations across the United States , Philadelphia has announced it will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for admission to indoor restaurants, theaters and entertainment venues where food or drinks are served. Other US cities with mandatesThe Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic symbol of San Francisco, one of the major tourist destinations in the United States with a vaccine mandate for many indoor activities. Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe City of Brotherly Love is hardly the only big city or tourist destination in the United States with some type of vaccine mandate or testing requirement. Unlike New Orleans, a negative Covid-19 test can't be used in lieu of proof of vaccination in San Francisco. In Los Angeles , all customers served in the indoor part of a food or beverage establishment and other types of indoor venues must show proof of full vaccination before entry.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
MGM will sell iconic Las Vegas Mirage Hotel in $1 billion deal
MGM Resorts International sold the Las Vegas Strip’s first megaresort, the Mirage, to Hard Rock International for $1.1 billion. Hard Rock, which has a hotel and casino in Paradise, said it plans to build a guitar-shaped hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. That posed a problem for Las Vegas Strip properties, which brought in nearly 60% of their revenue from casinos in that period. Experts agree that the megaresort would be an inspiration to Las Vegas Strip properties for years to come. "We think there is an opportune time and we think this might be it to sell asset an in Las Vegas.
NFL registers 37 positive COVID-19 tests in one day as concern grows
The league saw 37 positive tests on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, with the Rams and Washington Football Team getting hit hard, and the Jets moving to all virtual meetings. For the Rams, who play on Monday night, Jalen Ramsey was the biggest name to go on the COVID list. Jonathan Allen and David Mayo went on the COVID list for Washington, along with two practice squad players. Additionally, Chargers tackle Rashawn Slater was put on the COVID list, among others around the league. Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 13, there were 81 positive tests between players and staff, the most of any two-week period, making 37 in a single day cause for alarm.
Tom Cruise reportedly sends 300 cakes to ‘M:I’ crew in London via private jet
Tom Cruise reportedly flew his private jet across the Atlantic and back to deliver baked goods to his London-based “Mission: Impossible” film crew. Sources told The Sun that the “Top Gun” actor, 59, flew 300 Christmas cakes more than 5,500 miles on his private plane. “Tom wanted to give the team on Mission: Impossible a treat for Christmas and decided that only cakes from his favorite bakery in LA would do,” the insider dished. Back in December, a furious Cruise, who plays Ethan Hunt in the action franchise, tore into crew members who broke COVID-19 rules on set. And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine
WASHINGTON — The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Several officials from the other services said they believe that so far only the Air Force has gotten this far along in the process and discharged people over the vaccine refusal. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption.
Taylor Swift tells fans joint birthday party with Alana Haim followed COVID rules
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Taylor Swift is preemptively telling fans they need to calm down over her recent birthday bash. On Monday the pop star posted two pics on social media of her joint birthday with Alana Haim, making sure to note that the fête followed COVID precautions. “Don’t say it, don’t say it OKAY I’m saying it: I’M FEELIN 32. Swift and Alana — the youngest member of pop group Haim, comprised of herself and sisters Danielle and Este — have been close friends for years. In the summer of 2015, Haim opened for Swift at select dates on The 1989 World Tour, and the foursome have even vacationed together in Hawaii.
Psaki pressed about NYC releasing News Corp. Christmas tree arsonist
We’ve seen an arsonist burn down a half-million-dollar Christmas tree in New York City back out on the streets,” Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki during her regular briefing. William C. Lopez Craig Tamanaha is accused of burning down a Christmas tree outside News Corp headquarters in Midtown, Manhattan. White House press secretary Jen Psaki claims President Joe Biden has “taken action” to a growing national trend of retail thefts. The New York Post cover on Dec. 9, 2021 highlighting Craig Tamanaha’s alleged arson on a Christmas tree outside News Corp headquarters. They’re just right back out on the streets.”White House press secretary Jen Psaki insists funding police departments will solve retail theft problems.
I was told my five-month cough and weight loss was COVID but the reality was worse
An essential worker who was told her five-month-long cough was probably due to COVID found out the truth was much worse. “There were multiple times people asked if I had tested for COVID and it was frustrating because other illnesses still exist and a cough isn’t just a sign of COVID. She demanded a chest X-ray to discover what was causing her continuous cough. “I can’t believe it wasn’t looked into further and if I hadn’t pushed for the chest X-ray, I may still not have a diagnosis. “I’ve prepared myself for the chemo but the hardest part for me is going to be losing my hair.
Amid Omicron outbreak, South African president tests positive for COVID-19
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease Sunday, his office said. AS OMICRON CASES SURGE, SOUTH AFRICA EXCESS DEATHS NEARLY DOUBLE: REPORTHe is self-isolating in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service, the statement said. Some in the delegation tested positive in Nigeria and returned directly to South Africa. After a period of low transmission of about 200 new cases per day in early November, South Africa COVID-19 cases began rising dramatically. On Nov. 25, scientists in southern Africa confirmed the omicron variant, which has more than 50 mutations.
Thousands of fake COVID-19 health passes found, France launches investigative crackdown
France has opened 400 investigations into networks providing fake COVID-19 health passes, the interior minister said Sunday, as virus-related hospitalizations rise sharply across the country. The hospital's intensive care chief said they would have given the woman immediate antibody treatment had they known that she wasn’t vaccinated. MORE THAN 140,000 FRENCH CITIZENS PROTEST AGAINST HEALTH PASS FOR 8TH STRAIGHT WEEKENDAuthorities have identified several thousand fake COVID-19 health passes in use around France, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said Sunday on RTL radio. He said some 400 investigations have been opened into peddling fake passes, including some "connected to health professionals." Health Minister Olivier Veran told newspaper Le Parisien that while "the epidemic wave is violent," there are signs the rise is starting to slow.
Swalwell, other House Dems back vaccine requirement for boarding planes
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and a handful of other House Democrats have expressed their support for a federal COVID-19 vaccine requirement to be allowed to board airplanes. Swalwell pushed the idea of an air travel vaccine requirement on Twitter Sunday, writing a "prediction" that the country "can go from 60% Americans vaxxed to 80% if we require vaccines to fly." Talks on whether the Biden administration will implement a vaccine requirement for air travel have swirled amid the president’s ban on international travel from several African countries. The White House is set to extend its mask mandate to March 18, adding a doubling of fines if individuals are noncompliant with the requirement. The current mask mandate was slated to expire on Jan. 18 following an extension last August.
Conservative group joins with GOP governors to press Dem senators to oppose BBB
A conservative group is partnering with Republican governors in an attempt to pressure Democratic senators to oppose President Biden's Build Back Better agenda. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., to oppose the Build Back Better spending bill, which needs support from all 50 Democratic senators to pass. The tour begins Thursday in Tempe, Arizona, with an event that will bring local business leaders together with Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., who leads the Republican Governors Association. Short said his coalition recognizes there is still "a long way to go in this battle" and suggested it will extend into the new year.
California to reimpose universal indoor mask mandate
The State of California is reimposing an indoor mask mandate that will apply to everyone, whether vaccinated or not. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced the updated policy Monday, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state since the Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK ORDERS MASK MANDATE FOR INDOOR PUBLIC SPACES STATEWIDE"This is a critical time," Ghaly said Monday. The new mask mandate is set to take effect on Wednesday and will expire on Jan. 15. Washington D.C. also has such a mask mandate in place.
The Atlantic's David Frum suggests treating unvaccinated patients last in hospitals
The Atlantic staff writer David Frum suggested hospitals and doctors should give low priority to unvaccinated citizens in a series of tweets on Saturday. "Unless the US moves to vastly stricter vaccine mandates - which I would favor, but which is plainly not going to happen - the US will stall at present vaccination levels," Frum began his Twitter thread. NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL: TOO MANY AMERICANS STILL ‘PARALYZED’ BY CORONAVIURS FEARSWithin the thread, he added that barring "seemingly basic mandates" such as vaccine requirements to board airplanes, the best advice to protect against unvaccinated citizens could be prioritizing vaccinated patients in hospitals. Frum faced backlash for suggesting hospitals treat unvaccinated patients last. "If, at this point, you are still unvaccinated, you are not a victim.
Stock futures tick higher ahead of key inflation data, Fed meeting
U.S. stock index futures were little changed during overnight trading on Monday after the major averages started the week in the red as Covid omicron fears hit sentiment. S&P 500 futures were up 0.11%, while Nasdaq 100 futures were 0.08% higher. During regular trading, the Dow slid 0.89%, or 320 points, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.9%. The market will get fresh inflation data Tuesday when November's producer price index number is reported. Despite Monday's decline for equities, the S&P 500 is roughly 1.6% below its Nov. 22 all-time intraday high.
Britain reports first death with Omicron coronavirus variant
Britain gave no details on the death other than the person had been diagnosed in hospital. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterDeaths from Omicron may have occurred in other countries but none has been publicly confirmed yet outside Britain. "Sadly at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with Omicron," Johnson told reporters at a vaccination centre in London. Before the death was announced, Britain said 10 people had been hospitalised with Omicron in various parts of England. 1/6 An ambulance drives past St Thomas' Hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, December 12, 2021.
Opinion | Why Liberals Are the Only Ones Who Care Chris Wallace Left Fox
When Tucker Carlson parroted Kremlin talking points? He was emblematic of Fox only for non-Fox viewers, who thought of him as a professional oasis in the Fox sewer. He popped up occasionally to provide commentary on other Fox shows, but he was never a franchise face like O’Reilly, Carlson, Hannity or even Baier. By leaving Fox for a competitor, Wallace has picked the opportune time and the opportune place for his break. ******Will the Fox cult grow more extreme now that Wallace has left?
New sentencing hearing for former Tennessee death row inmate
The video was entered into evidence during a sentencing hearing in the case of Payne, who received the death penalty for the 1987 killings of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie Jo, but was removed from death row after court experts found him intellectually disabled. A ruling for the life terms to be served one after the other — or consecutively — would mean Payne would not be eligible for parole until he is 85 years old. Essentially, the judge will decide whether Payne is a danger to society, his lawyer, Kelley Henry, told the judge. Payne was convicted on murder charges and sentenced to death in the deaths of Christopher and Lacie Jo in the Memphis suburb of Millington. Payne’s lawyers have said the new law was critical in freeing Payne from death row.
Woolworths' 1H Australian Food Earnings to Drop on Covid Costs -- Update
SYDNEY--Woolworths Group Ltd. expects first-half earnings from its Australian food business to fall by as much as 9.2% largely due to costs related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The retailer on Tuesday said it anticipates Covid-related costs of between 210 million and 220 million Australian dollars (US$150.6 million-US$157.8 million) for July-December. Australian food earnings before interest and tax will fall to A$1.19 billion-A$1.22 billion, from A$1.31 billion a year earlier, it said. Woolworths expects direct Covid-related costs in Australian Food of about A$150 million, which equates to 0.6% of sales. Woolworths expects first-half Ebit for Big W of between A$20 million and A$30 million, down from A$133 million a year earlier.
California is imposing a statewide indoor mask mandate
California is imposing a statewide indoor mask mandateSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is bringing back a statewide indoor mask mandate. California lifted its statewide mask mandate on June 15 for people who were vaccinated, a date Newsom heralded as the state's grand reopening. But since then, county governments covering about half of the state's population have imposed their own indoor mask mandates as case rates surged with new variants. The state's new mask mandate will cover everyone else, but state officials on Monday were unclear about whether it would be enforced. "We know that t here's going to be people who don't necessarily agree with this, who are tired, who aren't going to mask," Ghaly said.
Moderna Plans Australia Vaccine-Manufacturing Facility
By Josh BeckermanModerna Inc. reached an agreement in principle with the Australian government to build a messenger RNA vaccine-manufacturing facility in Victoria, Australia. Moderna expects to invest in the facility with the collaboration of the Commonwealth and Victorian governments, aiming to provide Australians with domestically manufactured vaccines, including the Covid-19 and flu vaccines.
California orders new indoor mask mandate as virus cases rise
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is bringing back a statewide indoor mask mandate. The order comes as the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks. But since then, county governments covering about half of the state’s population have imposed their own indoor mask mandates as case rates surged with new variants. The state’s new mask mandate will cover everyone else, but state officials on Monday were unclear about whether it would be enforced. “We know that t here’s going to be people who don’t necessarily agree with this, who are tired, who aren’t going to mask,” Ghaly said.
Biden’s biggest challenges in 2022? Convincing Americans ‘the United States is on the right track,’ winning the economy battle, analysts say.
“The biggest challenge for Biden is to convince the American people that the United States is on the right track,” said Ed Mills, Washington policy analyst at Raymond James. Worryingly for Biden and congressional Democrats, Americans see the GOP as better able to handle them, according to the survey. Now see: U.S. inflation rate swells to 39-year high of 6.8% as Americans pay higher prices for almost everythingBiden’s and Democrats’ response? Doubling down on their agenda, namely the still-under-debate Build Back Better social-policy and climate plan. Pivoting to the president’s Build Back Better plan, Psaki said the legislation would “start cutting costs early next year,” including for child care.
California brings back mask mandate as virus cases rise
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is bringing back a statewide indoor mask mandate. California lifted its statewide mask mandate on June 15 for people who were vaccinated, a date Newsom heralded as the state's grand reopening. But since then, county governments covering about half of the state's population have imposed their own indoor mask mandates as case rates surged with new variants. The state's new mask mandate will cover everyone else, but state officials on Monday were unclear about whether it would be enforced. “We know that t here's going to be people who don't necessarily agree with this, who are tired, who aren't going to mask,” Ghaly said.
California orders statewide mask requirement starting Wednesday
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)Faced with rising coronavirus cases, California is ordering a statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces to go into effect on Wednesday. The statewide indoor mask mandate order will last a month and will expire on Jan. 15. Los Angeles County, Ventura County and most of the San Francisco Bay Area have their own indoor mask mandates that were implemented in the summer. California's announcement came on the same day New York enacted its own statewide mask requirement in indoor public spaces, excepting only settings where everyone inside must be vaccinated. Officials in Britain have also re-ordered an expansion of indoor mask mandates.
New NY mask mandate goes into effect
Reuters VideosThree shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provide significant protection against the new Omicron variant.That’s according to a study by Israeli researchers.The findings were similar to those presented by Pfizer and BioNTech earlier this week which showed a three-shot course of their vaccine was able to neutralise the new variant in a laboratory test. The Israeli study was carried out by the Sheba Medical Center and the Health Ministry's Central Virology Laboratory.It compared the blood of 20 people who had received two vaccine doses 5-6 months earlier to the same number of individuals who had received a booster a month before.Those who did not receive the booster shots, had no neutralization ability against Omicron. Researchers said the booster increased this about a hundred fold.The Israeli research follows a study from South Africa that found the Omicron variant can partially evade protection from two doses.South Africa alerted the world to Omicron late last month, prompting alarm that the highly mutated variant could trigger a new surge in global infections.
UPDATE 1-Canada's Scotiabank pauses mid-January return-to-office plan as Omicron fears rise
(Adds background)By Nichola SaminatherTORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Bank of Nova Scotia will pause its plan for employees working remotely to return to its Toronto head office starting on Jan. 17, Canada's third-largest lender said on Monday, as concerns mount about the Omicron coronavirus variant. "Based on the Government of Ontario’s latest guidance, Scotiabank is pausing its plans to begin a phased and gradual return to office for employees working remotely, and will reassess timing in the new year," the bank said in a statement. When Scotiabank employees do begin to return to offices, the move will be staggered for different groups, with the majority of head-office employees working in a hybrid model, according to the statement. Canadian banks have been more willing than global banks, including U.S. counterparts, to delay the return to offices of remote workers amid pandemic uncertainties including, most recently, the emergence of Omicron. All of Canada's five largest lenders have required employees to register their vaccination status to return to their premises.
China Reports Omicron Case; California Mask Rule: Virus Update
(Bloomberg) -- China reported its first omicron case, while Hong Kong issued quarantine-free rules for travel to the mainland. U.S. cases of Covid-19 topped 50 million, meaning about 15% of the population has tested positive for the virus. Covid-19 cases in Chicago have been on the rise in recent weeks. Ministers believe the move is logical now that omicron cases in the U.K. are doubling every two to three days, a person familiar with the matter said. China Reports 1st Omicron Case: Global Times (8:06 a.m. NY)The city of Tianjin reported the first case of omicron in mainland China Monday, the Global Times reported, citing the city.
Packers backup QB dressed for his first game in 4 years and Aaron Rodgers had him take the final snaps of the win
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that Aaron Rodgers asked him to put Benkert in the game. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers took care of business on Sunday night, taking down the Chicago Bears 45-30. After a somewhat slow start to the game, Rodgers and the Packers offense took over in the second half, outscoring the Bears 24-3 to secure the win. After the game, Benkert shared a photo of the chalk from the field still on his knee. Story continues—Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 13, 2021Benkert clearly appreciated the gesture.
Planning questions emerge at tornado-destroyed candle plant
Kentucky’s governor said Sunday the ferocity of the storm was so great that there was nowhere safe to hide inside the plant. More than 90 have now been accounted for, making the death toll lower than some had feared hours earlier. The factory employs many people in and around Mayfield, a city of about 10,000 in Kentucky's southwest corner. Scented candles made in the plant eventually found their way onto the shelves of prominent retailers like Bath & Body Works. Bryanna Travis, 19, and Jarred Holmes, 20, stood vigil near the rubble of the Mayfield candle factory Saturday where they had worked for months, usually for about $14.50 an hour.
Market recap: Monday, Dec. 13
BloombergBank of Thailand Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput talks about the outlook for the economy and monetary policy. Sethaput said last week the central bank expects the economy to expand by less than 1% in 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the recovery will be uneven and slower than in other countries in the region. He also discusses what policies of the Federal Reserve and the People's Bank of China mean for Thailand. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: Asia."
Factory bosses to workers before tornado: 'If you leave, you're more than likely to be fired'
Related video: Kentucky candle factory survivor details being trapped during tornadoSupervisors and team leaders told employees that leaving would probably jeopardize their jobs, the employees said. “If you leave, you’re more than likely to be fired,” Emery said she overheard managers tell four workers standing near her who wanted to leave. Image: A rescue worker and a cadaver dog arrive at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in Mayfield, Ky., on Dec. 11, 2021. “Some people asked if they could leave,” but managers told them they would be fired if they did, she said. The first tornado warning passed without any damage, but several hours later, another warning was issued.
Airbnb Isn’t Too Worried About Omicron in New Analyst Report
The travel company predicts the impact will be similar to what it felt from the delta variant. Airbnb (ABNB) - Get Airbnb, Inc. Class A Report said in a new note to analysts that it does not think the recently discovered omicron variant will impact its bottom line all that much. As the pandemic first set in last year, Airbnb launched strict hygiene protocols, modeled on C.D.C. The report did notice a decrease by 22% in internet searches for the company, a number below what it saw in the fourth quarter in 2019. Still, the company thinks it is in place to continue driving Airbnb share gains as the recovery continues, and predicts a stock price of $194 a share.
Virgin Atlantic Gets $530M Infusion as Airline Industry Takes New Hits
Virgin had been scheduled to IPO earlier this year but reportedly delayed plans until early next year. Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Delta Air Lines raised $530 million in new funding for struggling airline Virgin Atlantic as the aviation industry struggles with new Covid-19 travel restrictions. The new funds will help the airline balance its finances, cut debt, improve liquidity and withstand any prolonged downturn from a virus. Sky News reported in August that Virgin Atlantic was considering an IPO and a possible listing on the London Stock Exchange to reinforce the company's finances as it banked on a rebound in transatlantic travel. An IPO would be the first time Virgin Atlantic has sold stock to the public since launching operations in 1984.
UBS French Tax Fines Slashed By $3 Billion
Investment bank UBS Group AG was ordered to pay $2 billion by a French appeals court, an amount that was lowered from its original $5 billion penalty. UBS Group was found guilty in 2019 of helping its wealthy French clients avoid paying taxes on some of their assets. The Swiss banking behemoth now has to pay 800 million euros in damages and interest, with 1 billion euros confiscated, according to a French criminal court that upheld the guilty verdict. The original penalty was 3.7 billion euros, or about $4.2 billion, and was reduced to only 3.75 million euros. In 2009 UBS did admit to helping Americans evade taxes and paid a penalty of $780 million after settling on the amount.
Here Are Some of the Biggest Market Risks in 2022
Bloomberg forecasters took a shot at predicting some of the market risks over the next 12 months. Bloomberg says a three-month return to the toughest 2021 restrictions could see global economic growth slow to 4.2% in 2022 versus a base forecast of 4.7%. Rising rates appear inevitable as inflation soars, which could be bad news for the markets. While China has a reputation for quickly recovering from economic setbacks, it might not be as easy in 2022. Bloomberg notes the pandemic economies were worse back then and many were surprisingly better in 2021.
Chargers place starting left tackle Rashawn Slater on COVID-19 reserve list
The Chargers announced Monday that they are placing Rashawn Slater on the COVID-19 reserve list. If Slater is unable to play Thursday night against Kansas City, the Chargers will have a major void to fill at left tackle." The rookie has been a standout all season, teaming with veteran Matt Feiler to give the Chargers a strong left side of their offensive line. 13 overall pick in the draft, Slater has played every offensive snap for the Chargers this season. The winner Thursday night at SoFi Stadium will be in first place in the AFC West.
California proposes big changes to rooftop solar incentives
“It’s focused on what we collectively need, to get off of fossil fuels.”A GRID Alternatives crew installs rooftop solar panels at a home in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood in June. Two influential consumer watchdog groups, the Utility Reform Network and the state’s Public Advocates Office, have joined the utilities in arguing for reduced incentives for rooftop solar. Guzman Aceves described the $3-billion cost shift estimate as “on the low side” of what California spends on net metering. Gavin Newsom, urging him to protect the rooftop solar incentive program known as net metering. The Save California Solar campaign, which includes more than 600 organizations, says it delivered 120,000 public comments supportive of net metering to Newsom last week.
All Californians required to wear masks indoors in public spaces
Confronting a jump in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, California will require that masks be worn indoors in all public settings. But it is likely to have a significant effect in more conservative parts of the state, where mask-wearing is less widespread. About half of Californians live in counties without mask requirements, he said. The counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Marin, Napa and San Francisco already require indoor masking in public spaces. “Per the California state mandate, beginning this Thursday night, all attendees at our shows will be required to wear masks to enter,” tweeted ImprovCity, an Orange County comedy club.
Number of COVID-19 omicron variant cases grows in Arizona
Six cases involving the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus were identified in Maricopa County Monday, suggesting the variant is spreading in Arizona. So far, no serious illness has been reported among them, county health officials said. The omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, also called B.1.1.529, was first identified in specimens collected in November in Botswana and South Africa. The identification of the six cases in Maricopa County takes the total number of Arizona cases to seven. The first case involving the omicron variant was identified in Yavapai County Dec. 8.
Suns All-Star Devin Booker working way back from hamstring injury with help from LightStim
LOS ANGELES — Devin Booker has many reasons to smile right now even though he'll miss his fifth consecutive game Monday night. "Hammy feels good, man," said Booker, who strained his hamstring in the first half of a Nov. 30 win over the Golden State Warriors. Suns coach Monty Williams likes for players to get 5-on-5 action before putting them back on the floor. However, the Suns have a pretty packed schedule the rest of this month that will cut down on practice time. "If I'm not in the shooting game, I'm right behind them on the bench.
The omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Arizona, state says
The first known case of the omicron variant in Arizona was detected in Yavapai County, state health officials announced Wednesday. The Arizona Department of Health Services made the announcement with Yavapai County Community Health Services. B.1.1.529, also known as omicron, is a highly mutated variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or new coronavirus, that causes COVID-19. It has been detected in at least 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Much remains unknown about the omicron variant at this time, including whether it is more transmissible and more capable of producing severe illness than the Delta variant,” said Don Herrington, ADHS interim director in a written statement.
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst plans to have a new recruiting staff in place sometime in February
MADISON – Paul Chryst’s goal is to have a new recruiting staff in place sometime in February. Saeed Khalif, Wisconsin’s director of player personnel, and Jensen Gebhardt, UW’s player personnel coordinator, took jobs at Michigan State last June. They are: Whitefish Bay offensive lineman Joe Brunner, Stoughton offensive lineman Barrett Nelson, Franklin quarterback Myles Burkett and Monroe tight end JT Seagraves. UW pursued Fond du Lac offensive lineman Billy Schrauth, but the standout recently committed to Notre Dame. Those players include cornerback Faion Hicks, safety Scott Nelson, nose tackle Bryson Williams, offensive lineman Josh Seltzner and punter Andy Vujnovich.
More than 1,700 patients remain hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported Monday that more than 1,700 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state — a steady increase over the weekend. And Advocate Aurora Health, the state's largest health system, reported that fully vaccinated and boosted patients make up only 8% of its hospitalized COVID-19 patients and one-third of fully vaccinated hospitalized patients are immunocompromised. Driving home the importance of getting vaccinated, Aurora also reported that 74% of its hospitalized COVID patients have never received a COVID vaccine shot. The seven-day average of daily COVID-19 cases increased over the weekend, rising to 3,457 cases on Monday. Cases of the delta (B.1.617.2) variant: 20,46720,467 Cases of the omicron (B.1.1.529) variant: 5Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or DBentley1@gannett.com.
MGM Resorts International selling Mirage operations for over $1B
MGM Resorts International has reached an agreement to sell the operations of The Mirage to Hard Rock International for $1.075 billion in cash, according to an announcement from the company. The Mirage is shown on the Las Vegas Strip, Nov. 18, 2009. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)Plexiglass is installed throughout many areas as the Mirage reopens following a COVID-19 shutdown on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesMGM Resorts International has reached an agreement to sell the operations of The Mirage Hotel & Casino to Hard Rock International for $1.075 billion in cash, subject to customary working capital adjustments, according to an announcement from the company. “This transaction is a significant milestone for MGM Resorts, and for Las Vegas,” said Bill Hornbuckle, CEO & President, MGM Resorts International.
Nets' Kevin Durant emerging as leader in NBA MVP race
The Nets are just a third of the way through the season, but there is no doubt Kevin Durant is the leader to win the NBA MVP award. Durant scored nine of those points and assisted on two other baskets, but he also picked up his fifth foul. Nash said he considered taking Durant out with the Nets clinging to a five-point lead at that time. "Defense wins games and gives you a little more of a leash on the offensive side," Durant said. No one in the NBA has done a better job than Kevin Durant so far this season.
EPL coronavirus cases high with Man United game in doubt
Some United players and staff returned positive tests following the 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday evening. The first game to be called off this season due to coronavirus cases was Tottenham's trip to Brighton last Sunday due to at least eight players at the north London club contracting COVID-19. Norwich and Aston Villa have also reported coronavirus cases at their clubs. The Premier League has emulated national regulations by asking for face masks to be worn again around clubs, while going further than the government by reintroducing social distancing. The Premier League has avoided a shutdown since the 100-day pause in the season from the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
3 NY finalists among those that could share $1B in U.S. economic grants
WASHINGTON — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Monday announced 60 finalists for $1 billion in economic development grants tied to the Biden administration's coronavirus relief package and aimed at improving job training and regional industry partnerships. Twelve of the finalists were from places tied to the coal industry. The finalists were predominantly coalitions made up of government, academic and economic partnerships. "This program will bring communities back in regions across America," Alejandra Castillo, assistant commerce secretary for economic development, said in an interview. Among the city-led finalists are: Indianapolis; Newark, New Jersey; Tucson, Arizona; Manchester, New Hampshire; Phoenix; and New Orleans.
Hospitals take out full-page ads in newspapers asking Minnesotans to get vaccinated, take COVID precautions seriously
CEOs of nine Minnesota health systems, including Essentia Health, the Mayo Clinic and Centra Care purchased full-page advertisements in newspapers across the state calling for the public to take the virus more seriously. “Doctors, nurses and people working in health care are doing everything they can to support the health of all Minnesotans,” the statement said. “And yet, every day our health care workers see avoidable illness and death as a direct result of COVID-19. The person was an adult associated with Minnesota State University Mankato and was vaccinated, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The person traveled in the U.S. and had mild symptoms which have since resolved, MDH said.
Vikings place Alexander Mattison on COVID list
Gallman might be needed in next Monday’s game at Chicago because the Vikings placed running back Alexander Mattion on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday. The team also put wide receiver Dan Chisena on the COVID list, linebacker Ryan Connelly on injured reserve, guard Kyle Hinton on the practice squad COVID list and moved wide receiver Bisi Johnson from the COVID injured reserve list to injured reserve. In the Vikings’ 36-28 victory over Pittsburgh last Thursday, Cook rushed for 205 yards on 27 carries, Mattison for 27 yards on six attempts and Nwangwu didn’t have a carry. Mattison has rushed for 432 yards this season, 30 shy of his career-high of 462 as a rookie in 2019. By being off a COVID list, he can return to the TCO Performance Center for rehab work.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusing to get COVID vaccine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
Dolphins’ COVID-19 count up to four players — three of them running backs
Two more Miami Dolphins were placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list after running backs Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed had already tested positive over a weekend off for the team. Fellow running back Phillip Lindsay and rookie safety Jevon Holland were also placed on the team’s COVID list, the Dolphins announced Monday afternoon. The Dolphins also brought in former Dolphins running back Lamar Miller for a workout on Monday, but the team will not move forward in signing Miller, according to a report by WSVN, citing agent Drew Rosenhaus. Wide receiver Will Fuller, even after the bye week, is still not expected to return to practice this week, Flores said Monday. The top wild card is Los Angeles at 8-5, but then five 7-6 teams follow for spots 6 through 10, two of which qualify for the postseason.
UMass forecasts increase in enrollment
University of Massachusetts officials are forecasting enrollment increases in the next five fiscal years, but as higher education continues to face the challenges of COVID-19 and pre-pandemic demographic shifts, UMass President Marty Meehan cautioned that those numbers aren’t a sure thing. The forecast, presented at a virtual meeting of the trustees’ Administration and Finance Committee, projects enrollment growing from 64,768 full-time equivalent students in fiscal 2022 to 69,129 in fiscal 2027. “While the forecasts indicate systemwide enrollment increasing over the next five years, we all know that that is not guaranteed, and in all honesty may not even be realistic,” Meehan said. “In fact, if there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the past couple of years, nothing is guaranteed, so we need more clarity regarding campus strategies for achieving the projected growth.”Because tuition makes up a significant portion of university budgets, enrollment figures are a key factor in budgeting. In fiscal 2022, tuition and fees are projected to generate 24% of the UMass system’s revenue, or $907 million.
Charlie Baker signs $4 billion coronavirus recovery bill with vetoes to ‘immediately’ disburse cash
Charlie Baker has signed a $4 billion coronavirus relief bill ARPA and tax revenue surplus bill, ensuring billions in investments make it out the door before the end of the year, but said relief falls “far short” in some areas. But the bill boasts nearly $1 billion for health care — its largest investment. The bill also relies on $1.45 billion in fiscal 2021 surplus state tax revenue. A “frustrated” Baker and the Legislature have found themselves at odds over the bill for much of the process. The two-term governor filed his own legislation outlining spending priorities that made larger investments in nearly every category.
Massachusetts reports 11,078 coronavirus cases over the weekend, hospitalizations climb to highest level in 10 months
After the 11,078 new virus cases, the seven-day daily average of cases is now 3,606. That’s more than triple the daily average of 1,129 infections in late October. There are now 1,355 COVID patients hospitalized in the state, up 117 patients from 1,238 total patients on Friday. The 1,355 total patients is a 170% spike from 502 total patients six weeks ago. The state reported that 287 patients are in intensive care units, and 159 patients are currently intubated.
One year of vaccines: A look at the current state of the pandemic in the US
Their effectiveness has held up for the most part, allowing schools to reopen, restaurants to welcome diners and families to gather for the holidays. At last count, 95% of Americans 65 and older had had at least one shot. The vaccines' first year has been rocky with the disappointment of breakthrough infections, the political strife over mandates and, now, worries about whether the mutant omicron will evade protection. Despite all that, Dowdy said, "we're going to look back and say the vaccines were a huge success story." On the very day that an eager nation began rolling up its sleeves, Dec. 14, 2020, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 300,000.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get Covid vaccine
WASHINGTON — The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. She said all of them were in their first term of enlistment, so they were younger, lower-ranking personnel. And while the Air Force does not disclose what type of discharge a service member gets, legislation working its way through Congress limits the military to giving troops in vaccine refusal cases an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable condition.
WH aims to restore faith in government by improving services
Biden President Joe Biden signs an executive order to improve government services, in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Washington. “The bottom line is we're going to make the government work more effectively,” Biden said before signing the order in the Oval Office. “The fight to improve government services requires a broad retooling of the bureaucratic wiring and flattening of the hierarchy. Medicare recipients are to be able to access personalized online tools for saving money on drugs and managing their health care. It should become easier to update mailing addresses with the government or change names with the Social Security Administration.
Pep Guardiola not taking any credit for Raheem Sterling’s return to form
Pep Guardiola insists Raheem Sterling alone deserves the credit for his return to form. This could be presented as an example of good man-management by Guardiola but the City boss has been keen to play down his role. The day we played Aston Villa, the day before we had 12 players and he was not selected. Guardiola takes no credit for Sterling’s return to form (Richard Sellers/PA) (PA Wire)“But the day of the game (Ilkay) Gundogan had a pain in his back and could not travel, and Raheem played. “He struggled in the beginning of the season when he played and when he started to be who he is he got the Covid.
Tool drummer Danny Carey arrested and booked with misdemeanor assault following altercation
Tool drummer Danny Carey was arrested following an altercation at an airport. Arrested: Tool drummer Danny Carey was arrested following an altercation inside an airport terminal; pictured January 2020The police report is now being sent to prosecutors for review. Carey was in his home state of Kansas over the weekend performing with the University of Kansas band during their basketball game against Missouri. The legendary metal band Tool formed in 1990 and contains vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Carey, and bassist Justin Chanceller. 'These past 18 months have been trying to say the least but from great trials come great lessons and great rewards.
DR. ANGELIQUE COETZEE: I alerted the wider world to Omicron - and I believe Britain is overreacting
The UK Government's handling of what Boris Johnson warned will be a 'tidal wave' of Omicron infections verges on hysteria. The variant appeared to have been circulating in South Africa for some time, having previously been identified in Botswana. They bear no relation to what we're seeing in surgeries in South Africa, where people rarely even discuss Omicron. Our experience in South Africa suggests not. But yesterday there were only 11 Covid-related deaths in South Africa, far fewer than the 578 weekly average reported at Delta's peak.
Why are we sacrificing our god-given freedoms for the sake of a two-jab vaccine passport
The result is not in doubt because Covid passports will be nodded through by the feckless Leader of the 'No Opposition' Keir Starmer. That's because evidence from across the globe suggests vaccine passports do NOT work. Likewise, the introduction of vaccine passports in France, Germany, Ireland and Italy did nothing to stop Covid cases from skyrocketing. So, given the lack of evidence, what are vaccine passports REALLY about? Perhaps if thousands of businesses across England take the same approach then the enforcement of vaccine passports will become futile.
Rand Paul says travel bans will NOT stop spread of Omicron because it is already in half of states
Sen. Rand Paul blasted the Biden administration's Omicron travel bans on Sunday as 'knee jerk' attacks on liberty when the new COVID-19 variant is already present in more than half of U.S. states and in at least 40 countries. 'The travel bans aren't going to work. At the same time, his health secretary floated the idea of lifting new travel restrictions, introduced to stem the spread of Omicron, given the extent of the variant's spread in the U.K. It is not just libertarians like Paul who have chafed at travel bans. The U.S. is currently recording 119,000 new COVID cases every day, a staggering 43 percent increase over the past two weeks.
Moscow Targets Chinese Nationals Amid Coronavirus Fears. And the Arctic Heats Up in Record Speed
This week on the podcast:— China has complained that Moscow’s response to coronavirus is discriminatory and risks damaging relations with Beijing. Associated Press correspondents Francesca Ebel and Dasha Litvinova looked at how Moscow authorities went into great lengths to track down Chinese nationals. — The battle for the Arctic is heating up — literally — as countries, companies and citizens wrangle to protect and advance their interests in the region. We’ll speak to American journalist Alec Luhn about the effects of climate change on the Arctic, and Russia’s political and economic strategy for its icy north. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow.
Russia Gets Tough on Coronavirus. And What Does Surkov's Departure Say About Modern Russia
From today — that’s Thursday the 20th of February — most Chinese citizens will be temporarily blocked from entering Russia as part of Moscow’s latest moves to contain the spread of coronavirus. The ban covers all Chinese citizens traveling to Russia on employment, tourist and student visas. to discuss Russia’s latest moves to stop the coronavirus spread is Alexander Gabuev , chair of the Asia-Pacific programat Carnegie Moscow Center.
Putin Forever? And Russia's Economy Rocked by Coronavirus Fallout
This week on the podcast:— In a televised statement to Russia’s parliament, Vladimir Putin backed a constitutional shake-up that could see him remain president for another two full terms. — Last week, Russia rejected a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cut oil production in response to the economic fallout of the coronavirus, kicking off an “oil price war” and sending global energy prices tumbling. In the studio to weigh up those claims and assess the real damage is Natasha Doff, economy and government editor at Bloomberg News here in Moscow. From Russia With News is hosted by Jake Cordell and produced by Pjotr Sauer. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow.
Russia Prepares for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases
This week on the program we look at how Russia is dealing with the coronavirus, with experts on the line to take us through the latest developments and assess how Russia’s health system and economy will cope with the pandemic. — Moscow Times reporter Evan Gershkovich joins us to go over the steps Russia has taken in recent days. — And finally, ING’s Chief Russia Economist Dmitry Dolgin explains how the massive global economic disruption caused by the coronavirus will affect Russia. Read More:Russia Says It Has Very Few Coronavirus Cases. ‘We Don’t Have Enough Intensive Care Beds’: Coronavirus Will Test Russia’s Creaking Healthcare System
Baja California leads medal count at 2021 wines and spirits awards
Baja California was the most successful state at a national wine and spirits competition held earlier this month, winning a total of 67 medals. Twenty-four wines were awarded the competition’s top prize – the grand gold medal – and nine spirits received the same accolade. The grand gold medal winning wines and spirits, their vintages, the states where they were produced and their makers are listed below. WinesLa Santísima Trinidad Blanco 2020 Guanajuato La Santisima Trinidad Anónimo Riesling 2019 Aguascalientes Pablo Alonzo Perez Gonzalez Viña Secreta Syrah 2020 Aguascalientes Vinicola El Secreto S.p.r. De C.v. Santo Tomás Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Baja California Bodegas de Santo Tomas Sa de Cv Redes 2018 Baja California Casa Zamora Bodega de Vino Chateau Camou Chardonnay 2020 Baja California Château Camou Hilo Negro Alta Costura Tinto 2017 Baja California Compañía Agroindustrial Vinicola Viñedos Melchum Tempranillo 2018 Baja California Hacienda Guadalupe Procyon Tinto 2015 Baja California Hoteles y Viñedos del Valle de Guadalupe SA de CV Caipirinha Tinto 2017 Baja California Hoteles y Viñedos del Valle de Guadalupe SA de CV Monte Xanic Edición Limitada Cabernet Franc 2019 Baja California Monte Xanic Teziano Nebbiolo 2017 Baja California Tintos del Norte 32, S.A de C.V. Tres Rios Malbec 2020 Chihuahua Vereda de Plata S.p.r.
3.5 million pilgrims converge on Basilica of Guadalupe
Some 3.5 million pilgrims made their way to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City over the past 12 days to pay their respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe 490 years after her purported apparition on the nearby Tepeyac hill. One pilgrim was Javier López, who walked about 40 kilometers from his home in Texcoco, México state, to reach the basilica on December 12 – the virgin’s feast day. “She performed a miracle, … my mother didn’t die despite having cancer and getting infected with COVID-19 halfway through the year. Marco’s feet and hands were raw from walking and then crawling to the basilica but he assured reporters his faith was greater than the pain. The basilica, one of the world’s most visited pilgrimage sites, was closed to pilgrims last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
China’s Property Crisis Likely Dragged Economy Down in November
(Bloomberg) -- Economic activity in China likely slowed in November due to the worsening downturn in the property sector and still subdued consumption. Growth in fixed-asset investment probably weakened last month, dragged down by sluggish property investment, according to the median estimate in a survey of economists ahead of data due to be released Wednesday morning. There’ll be more emphasis on easing of monetary rather than fiscal policy, given the financial pressures local governments are under, he said. That boost may continue into 2022 with Beijing allowing local governments to start selling next year’s bonds from Jan. 1 to speed up spending, according to 21st Century Business Herald. What Bloomberg’s Economists Say...China’s economy likely continued to stabilize in November but remained stuck in low gear.
California Orders New Universal Indoor Mask Mandate, Effective Wednesday, As Infection Rates Rise
In a surprise move Monday, California state officials announced that the state is instituting a universal indoor , effective Wednesday, December 15. Los Angeles County already has a mask-wearing mandate at indoor public facilities. The state currently requires mask-wearing for unvaccinated people at indoor public facilities, but the new rule will apply to everyone regardless of vaccine status. The California order was announced on the same day that New York state’s indoor public mask mandate took effect. But, he emphasized, “We are expecting Californians to heed the warnings and mask up.”City News Service contributed to this report.
Omicron to be dominant variant in London in next 48 hours - health minister
Shoppers walk through the Liverpool City Centre, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Liverpool, Britain, December 13, 2021. REUTERS/Jason CairnduffLONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading swiftly and will become the dominant variant in the British capital in the next 48 hours, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday. "No variant of COVID-19 has spread this fast," Javid told parliament. "While Omicron represents over 20 percent of cases in England, we've already seen it rise to over 44% in London and we expect it to become the dominant COVID-19 variant in the capital in the next 48 hours." Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate HoltonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
Factory workers threatened with firing if they left before tornado, employees say
But at least five workers said supervisors warned employees that they would be fired if they left their shifts early. Supervisors and team leaders told employees that leaving would probably jeopardize their jobs, the employees said. Employees can leave any time they want to leave and they can come back the next day.”He also denied that managers told employees that leaving their shifts meant risking their jobs. “Some people asked if they could leave,” but managers told them they would be fired if they did, she said. The first tornado warning passed without any damage, but several hours later, another warning was issued.
Most reported U.S. Omicron cases have hit the fully vaccinated -CDC
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 43 cases attributed to Omicron variant, 34 people had been fully vaccinated. Among the Omicron cases, 25 were in people aged 18 to 39 and 14 had traveled internationally. The CDC said that while many of the first reported Omicron cases appear to be mild, a lag exists between infection and more severe outcomes. The first known U.S. Omicron case was identified on Dec 1 in a fully vaccinated person who had traveled to South Africa. But reports from South Africa show that the Omicron variant is very transmissible.
Coronavirus Christmas Masks 2021
Whether it's an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, if you're hosting an event inside in December, it's a smart, safe decision to make face masks part of the dress attire. Masks that are too loose can be ineffective — and too-tight masks may make it unnecessarily hard to breathe. Masks that are too loose can be ineffective — and too-tight masks may make it unnecessarily hard to breathe. : Can you form the shape of your mask to fit snugly against the ridge of your nose? Below, we're highlighting the best cloth face masks for any holiday celebration.
Chris Wallace’s Exit Leaves a Gaping Hole in Fox’s News Division
Wallace, the son of legendary broadcaster Mike Wallace, spent decades at ABC and NBC, where he once hosted Meet the Press, before joining Fox News in 2003. (Shep Smith, who also challenged Donald Trump’s lies, left in 2019 after 23 years at the network.) Wallace was known for grilling both Democrats and Republicans, including Trump, who typically got tossed softballs by sycophantic Fox hosts. Wallace’s announcement comes as the latest in a string of high-profile exits shaking up the TV world. (A Chris Cuomo spokesperson has denied the sexual misconduct allegation.)
The Surreal Scene at the 2022 Golden Globe Nominations Announcement
“A special thanks to Snoop Dogg.” By the time Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Helen Hoehne thanked her surprise cohost in her closing remarks, I wondered whether I’d hallucinated this morning’s Golden Globe nominations announcement. An act of gratitude, perhaps, for asking us to wake up at the crack of dawn and take this all seriously. Two giant Golden Globe pillars towered on either side of the podium onstage. Rumors began flying about a “special guest appearance.” (Preannounced celebrities typically announce the Globe nominees; given, well, everything, no such promise was made this year.) His seatmate replied, “Love Snoop.”As I’ve predicted for weeks on Little Gold Men, I expected this year’s Globe noms to be aggressively respectable.
Kim Kardashian’s “Baby Bar” Post Is a Master Class in Self-Congratulation
Kim Kardashian is a busy woman. She’s always performing due to her job as a reality-television subject and social media star. She must interact consistently with all of her sisters and their families, and there are so many of them! She also mentioned her father, Robert Kardashian, a lawyer who famously defended O.J. Anyway, the caption is so long and excited, and doesn’t seem concerned with the long road ahead (the actual bar exam, for example).
“The Messaging Is an Absolute Failure”: Biden’s COVID Strategy Is About to Face a Major Test
Yet the governor’s COVID-fueled political troubles are far from over, as she heads into a 2022 reelection campaign. “Certainly there are still public health dangers from COVID,” says Cornell Belcher, a Democratic strategist. “But the political problem with COVID is this, and you pick it up in focus groups: the uncertainty of it all. “Your political strategy on a health emergency isn’t really political,” says Biden’s pollster John Anzalone. The messaging by this administration going into the midterms is an absolute failure, just the way it was an absolute failure of the Obama administration going into 2010.
Facebook: It’s Not Our Fault People Want COVID Misinformation
Over the summer, as bogus information about COVID and vaccines spread aggressively across social media, President Joe Biden’s irritations with Facebook boiled over. Facebook didn’t invent misinformation and conspiracy theories. Misinformation always existed, but Facebook has helped to amplify it. There have always been conspiracy theories, but Facebook has given them echo chambers in which to flourish. It would be bad enough if Facebook were passively allowing bad actors to run amok.
Kim Kardashian Passes The Bar Exam – And Flexes A Look, Of Course
“Looking in the mirror, I am really proud of the woman looking back today in the reflection,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. She adds that she still has another bar exam to pass, so she’s not a lawyer yet, but her first exam has the lower pass rate – meaning the most difficult hurdle has been crossed. In her post, she also nodded to her late father, Robert Kardashian, who was also famously an attorney. It’s reminiscent of her viral black Met gala look, only more colourful – this is a happy, celebratory occasion, after all. “Don’t ever give up, even when you are holding on by a thread, you can do it,” wrote Kardashian.
Sarah Burton On Her Magical Welsh Adventure For Alexander McQueen
“There was an openness and enthusiasm about them that I found incredibly inspiring,” says Alexander McQueen artistic director Sarah Burton of the young teenagers the brand worked with over one unforgettable summer in south Wales last year. The series of creative workshops – a collaboration between the British house, the filmmaker Charlotte James and documentary photographer Clémentine Schneidermann (both of Ffasiwn Stiwdio in Merthyr Tydfil) – was born out of an especially affecting research trip to Wales, Burton explains. The results of a series of workshops devised by Alexander McQueen and Ffasiwn Stiwdio in Merthyr Tydfil are captured in a book and a fashion film. Clémentine Schneidermann“For our autumn/winter 2020 research trip, we visited Wales. The ensuing collection memorably included delicate guipure lace dresses inspired by traditional Welsh love spoons, and cloud-like tulle gowns adorned with otters, butterflies, starlings – even a Welsh lamb.
In Conversation With Two Indigenous Women Fighting for the Future of the Amazon—And the Planet
Our generation is concerned about the future, not only our own future but the next generations’ future. What is the biggest misconception about Indigenous women? Sônia: "Historically an idea was imposed that Indigenous women could not participate in spaces of power, decision making, or have leadership roles. Many people thought it was part of the culture that women could only be present in certain spaces. The first Indigenous Women's rally took place in 2019 with the theme “Territory: Our Body Our Spirit,” precisely to show the connection between these three elements.
Kim Kardashian Passes the Bar Exam—And Flexes a Look, Of Course
Today, the reality star-turned-entrepreneur became one step closer to adding another title to her roster—lawyer—after she announced she’s officially passed one of her two bar exams. “Looking in the mirror, I am really proud of the woman looking back today in the reflection,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. In her post, she also nodded to her late father, Robert Kardashian, who was also famously an attorney. This being Kim K, she also had to flex a major look to announce the news, of course. “Don’t ever give up, even when you are holding on by a thread, you can do it,” wrote Kardashian.
Kody Brown is a Selfish Jerk Who Doesn't Care About His Family: Daughter
Heck, Christine Brown announced in early November that she was leaving Kody after more than two decades as his spiritual spouse. "I'm not traveling with Christine and Ysabel on the way to surgery, I'm not going to surgery, I think it's very risky," he told the cameras. I do understand why he's doing it, it's just really frustrating and really, really hard." "I think I'm a little upset that he can't go because he's always talking about how family comes first," the teenager said in her own confessional. In the teaser for next week, she says that Kody not being there for Ysabel's surgery is "ripping her apart."
Meghan Markle's incredibly thoughtful gift to royal family on heartbreaking day
Meghan Markle's incredibly thoughtful gift to royal family on heartbreaking day It was carefully selectedThe Duchess of Sussex may not have been able to attend Prince Philip's funeral in April, but she still ensured she paid tribute to the royal with a very colourful wreath. Several stunning white wreaths from the royal family were pictured lying against the pews inside St George's Chapel, but there was one very eye-catching arrangement from Meghan and her husband Prince Harry that stood out from the rest. Created by one of their favourite florists, Willow Crossley, the royal couple specifically asked for the wreath to include acanthus mollis (bear's breeches), the national flower of Greece to represent Prince Philip's heritage, and eryngium (sea holly) to represent the Royal Marines. Prince Harry with his family at Prince Philip's funeralPrince Harry was one of only 30 guests in attendance at the funeral, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He flew from America to the UK and self-isolated at Frogmore Cottage ahead of the service, while Meghan stayed at their home in Santa Barbara, California with their son, Archie.
Exclusive: Get to know the real NBC's Joshua Johnson as he discusses his dream job at Now Tonight
Exclusive: Get to know the real NBC's Joshua Johnson as he discusses his dream job at Now Tonight Joshua Johnson's new show kicked off last week...Joshua Johnson is the star of NBC's Now Tonight with Joshua Johnson, which first aired last week. Now Tonight with Joshua Johnson is NBC's latest news showCongratulations on your new show, Now Tonight with Joshua Johnson, what can viewers expect from the program? On our show, we want to spark conversations about the stories that have everyone talking, or that everyone should be talking about. We know you're already talking about the news on social media, but often not able to reach the people with the most expertise, or the people who are actually in the middle of those stories. Now Tonight with Joshua Johnson has already proved popularIt's better to strive for growth: that's much healthier, it's actually humanly possible, and it's unlimited.
Kevin Miller on Building a Remote Business During a Pandemic
But for me, it was a time of immense growth and progress,” Miller writes in a blog post. When Miller and longtime friend Jon Zacharias began their SEO agency, they had zero full-time employees. In every sense, Miller and Zacharias built their company through nothing but hard work and tenacity. Giving Employees the Flexibility to Build the Life They Want“Human beings are more than what they do at work,” Miller notes, mentioning that benefits are helpful for building relationships, but they aren’t the complete story. Mental health is a major priority at GR0; so much so that Miller provided all employees with a free Headspace membership.
Is Kim Kardashian in Law School? She Wants to Be a Lawyer
Keeping Up With the Kardashians fans are likely aware that Kim Kardashian wants to be a lawyer like her father, Robert Kardashian Sr. But is she even in law school? Courtesy of Kim Kardashian/Instagram“Last year, I registered with the California State Bar to study law,” Kim captioned a photo of herself with her two attorney mentors, Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney that same year. For anyone who doesn’t know my law school journey, know this wasn’t easy or handed to me. Sure, most people might go to law school to be a lawyer, but since when does Kim do things the way everyone else does, anyway?
Schumer, Warren: The Next President Can and Should Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt Immediately; Democrats Outline Plan for Immediate Action in 2021
The resolution outlines how the President should use executive authority to cancel student loan debt and ensure there is no tax liability for Federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation. Over 100 community, civil rights, consumer, and student advocacy organizations have already come out in support of using executive authority to cancel student loan debt. Canceling student loan debt would help boost our struggling economy and close the racial wealth gap that has persisted for far too long." "Before the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans were already confronting burdensome student loans, with the national student loan debt at a record $1.5 trillion. - Becky Pringle, President of National Education AssociationOver 325 organizations have called on President Biden to cancel federal student debt using executive action.
Experts, lawmakers call for Biden to push back the return of student loan payments—again
The CARES Act, passed on March 27, 2020, paused federal student loan payments through Sept. 30, 2020 and temporarily set the federal student loan interest rate to 0%. A recent survey of 33,703 student loan borrowers by the Student Debt Crisis Center found that even among student loan borrowers with full-time employment, 89% say they're not financially secure enough to begin making payments after Feb 1. And 21% say they will never be financially secure enough to resume payments. "It is clear that payments should not resume until your administration has fully delivered on the promises you made to student loan borrowers to fix the broken student loan system and cancel federal student debt." Moreover, with Omicron spreading, the uncertainty with what happens next demands at least one more extension of the student loan payment pause."
Billionaires' wealth rises to $10.2 trillion amid Covid crisis
The world’s billionaires “did extremely well” during the coronavirus pandemic, growing their already-huge fortunes to a record high of $10.2tn (£7.8tn). UBS said billionaires’ wealth had hit “a new high, surpassing the previous peak of $8.9tn reached at the end of 2017”. “Wealth concentration is as high as in 1905, this is something billionaires are concerned about. The UBS report did not rank the fortunes of the world’s wealth, but the richest person on the planet is Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, with $189bn. In the US, 98 billionaires donated a total of $4.5bn, in China 12 billionaires gave $679m, and in Australia just two billionaires donated $324m.