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How long will masks be required on planes? Flight attendants say mandate should be extended
It shouldn't be anytime soon, flight attendants say. The union, which represents flight attendants at airlines including United, Alaska, Spirit and Frontier, recently began doling out stickers to vaccinated flight attendants. U.S. airlines have required passengers to wear masks for nearly a year and repeatedly asked for a federal mask mandate to help them enforce it on flights. He said the federal mask mandate will likely be extended but can't be extended forever. He asked Dr. Leonard Marcus, director of the Aviation Public Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H.
'Vaccination vacations': International travelers book U.S. trips to get COVID-19 shots
Welcome the newest trend in international travel: vaccination vacations. Optional for a fortunate few with money or connections, international travel for vaccines could be a double-edged sword, say public health and travel experts. More international travel is expected this summer. At the same time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants everyone to delay any international travel. Khalili hopes his son and daughter-in-law will be in the United States by this summer to get a vaccine.
Cruise ships are moving out of the US due to CDC restrictions: Will they return?
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINETweet Facebook Email Email this story Share Share this story Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Docked cruise ships are seen at PortMiami in Miami at sunset on April 14, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Horizon cruise ship sits docked behind them at PortMiami in Miami. Some cruise companies, including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Virgin Voyages, have announced fleetwide vaccine requirements. "What we know is that cruisers love to cruise, and they will go where the cruise ships are," Craighead said.
Disney Wish: Everything we know about Disney's newest cruise ship, set to sail in 2022
Disney soon will be unveiling more information about its newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish. Those ships include: Disney Magic, which first sailed in July 1998; Disney Wonder (August 1999); Disney Dream (January 2011); and Disney Fantasy (March 2012). Aboard Disney Wish, it will be Rapunzel from Disney’s “Tangled.”And just recently Disney announced the magic of Captain Minnie Mouse will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish, a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels. A: On April 29 Disney will host "Once Upon a Disney Wish," which it describes as "a first-of-its-kind virtual media event revealing our newest Disney Cruise Line ship setting sail summer 2022." It will include an exclusive interview panel with the Disney Imagineers and Disney Cruise Line team behind the Disney Wish, world premiere sneak peeks and more.
Greece lifts quarantine requirement for travelers from US, other countries
Associated PressATHENS, Greece — Greece on Monday lifted quarantine restrictions for travelers from most European countries, as well as Israel and the United States as it prepares to reopen tourism services next month despite an ongoing emergency in pandemic-related hospital care. Air travelers from those countries will no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement if they hold a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test issued within the previous 72 hours, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority said. The countries made exempt are EU member states, the U.S., Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Israel and non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland that are part of a European travel pact. Airlines adding flights to countries relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated visitorsSummer travel:How lockdowns, quarantines and COVID-19 testing will change summer travel in 2021Government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni described the new travel rules as a “pilot measure” as Greece reopens more of its economy, noting that tourists are also subject to domestic travel restrictions. Greece remains under partial lockdown after widespread restrictions were imposed in early November but has struggled to contain an urban spike in infections that have kept intensive care facilities close to capacity.
High-speed rail line from Las Vegas to LA on track to break ground in 2021
LAS VEGAS — A top executive behind a high-speed rail project that would lay tracks between Las Vegas and Southern California contends construction is on schedule to start in the second quarter of this year. In January, Brightline West President Sarah Watterson said her company was preparing a revised financial plan that could see a second-quarter 2021 groundbreaking date. Meanwhile, Amtrak has teased plans to possibly install a new line between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. New service would be added to major cities that currently have no Amtrak service, including Las Vegas; Nashville; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix. At Brightline, Reininger welcomed the prospect of having two rail lines between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
10 great places to go scuba diving right here in the US – even in the Midwest
It’s a unique, almost cavern-like experience,” Valette-Wirth says. More information: bonneterremine.comHomestead CraterMidway, UtahDivers find year-round adventures in this mineral water naturally heated to 96? by a geothermal spring. It’s hidden in a beehive shape limestone rock with clear, super-warm water,” Valette-Wirth says. “It can be quite a beautiful experience,” Valette-Wirth says. More information: haighquarry.comBlack Rock PointMaui, HawaiiNo need to take a boat for an incredible scuba experience at the north end of Ka'anapali Beach.
Ready to visit Europe? Airlines adding flights to countries relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated visitors
United Airlines early Monday said it will offer new flights to Croatia, Greece and Iceland beginning in July. Washington Dulles-Athens: Daily flights begin July 1 and run through Oct. 1. United also plans to resume flights between Newark and Athens on June 3. Chicago-Reykjavik, Iceland: Daily flights begin July 1 and will run through Oct. 3. United will also resume daily flights between Newark and Reykjavik on June 3, with flights operating through Oct. 29.
Museums are welcoming back visitors. Here are some of the most enticing exhibits across the US
Harriet BaskasSpecial to USA TODAYAs communities begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions, many museums around the country are finally able to reopen their doors. "Driven to Win: Racing in America" celebrates stock cars, sports cars, drag racing, land-speed racing and more, with plenty of interactive displays, historic race cars and racing simulators. Virtual museum experiences aren't going awayDuring the pandemic, virtual exhibitions and experiences were the only way many museums could connect with their audiences. Free museum admissionAlthough the pandemic made deep dents in nonprofit budgets, many museums reopen with free admission and discount programs intact. Plus, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, which was canceled in 2020, returns Sept. 18 with free admission passes to more than 600 participating museums, gardens, zoos and attractions.
Unable to find vaccine at home, affluent Latin Americans head to the US to get COVID-19 shots
Olga R. Rodriguez and Marcos Martinez ChaconAssociated PressMONTERREY, Mexico — They travel thousands of miles by plane from Latin America to the U.S., in some places taking a shuttle directly from the airport to COVID-19 vaccine sites. People of means from Latin America are chartering planes, booking commercial flights, buying bus tickets and renting cars to get the vaccine in the United States due to lack of supply at home. “It’s a matter of survival,” Gónzalez said of getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. So vaccine seekers who can afford to travel are coming to the United States to avoid the long wait, including people from as far as Paraguay. He said he can spend up to 20 days in the United States to try to get a shot.
'Do not travel' list: The US State Department is raising the alert level for most countries due to COVID-19
Mexico, a popular vacation spot with American vacationers this year, is considered a Level 4 by the CDC – meaning avoid all travel – but a Level 3 by the State Department – meaning "reconsider travel.'' The Bahamas was just raised to a Level 4 by the CDC and is a level 3 on the State Department scale. The State Department is about to clear up some of that confusion, and the news is not good for travelers pondering a trip abroad. The State Department on Monday said it was raising the alert level for a significant number of countries this week as it factors the CDC's COVID-19 data more heavily into its rating system. The State Department said the pandemic continues to pose "unprecedented risks'' to travelers: "In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad.''
Australia, New Zealand welcome start of quarantine-free travel bubble
Elation and relief marked the opening of a long-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand at the Wellington Airport on Monday. The start of quarantine-free travel was a long time coming for families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to struggling tourist operators. The idea of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand had been talked about for months but faced setbacks because of several small virus outbreaks in both countries, which were eventually stamped out. To mark the occasion, Wellington Airport painted an enormous welcome sign near its main runway and Air New Zealand ordered some 24,000 bottles of sparkling wine, offering a complimentary glass to adult passengers. The start of the bubble comes ahead of the New Zealand ski season and is welcome news for many tourist towns, including the ski resort of Queenstown.
Should you get travel insurance for vacations during COVID-19? Here's what to consider.
And once you make the decision to travel again, you should pay special attention to your COVID-19 travel insurance options. Travel insurance policies almost always combine TCI and TII. Travel insurance and COVID-19: What you need to knowAlmost all family travel insurance provides financial coverage only for unforeseen risks. COVID-19 travel insurance coverage: Read the fine printA basic problem with COVID-19 risks is that some insurance fine print hasn’t caught up with the coronavirus, so you can’t rely on an online comparison table to give you the answers. More from FamilyVacationist:FamilyVacationist.com covers family vacation ideas; family travel destinations; all-inclusive resorts; and must-have travel accessories for families of all shapes, sizes and orientations.
Vaccinated and traveling to Hawaii? It may be summer before you can skip pre-travel testing
If you've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are planning trans-Pacific travel to Hawaii, it may be summer before you're exempt from pre-travel COVID-19 testing to skip the state's 10-day quarantine requirement. However, initially the exemption will apply only to travelers who were vaccinated in Hawaii and are traveling between islands. Ige said starting with Hawaii vaccinated travelers would allow the state to troubleshoot the program before implementing it more broadly. The state is able to validate those records for Hawaii vaccinated travelers through its database of vaccines administered. Josh Green said the state has welcomed 2.6 million travelers since the start of the Safe Travels testing program in October.
Planning an international trip? Get ready to show a negative coronavirus test to board your flight home
Some Caribbean destinations require proof of a negative coronavirus test to enter and have other restrictions, but Mexico does not. The new requirement, which comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S., means international travelers face another layer of restrictions. What international travelers need to know about CDC's new COVID-19 test ruleQuestion: Does the testing requirement apply to U.S. citizens? The CDC says passengers without negative test results or proof they have recovered from COVID-19 will be denied boarding. A: So far, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines have issued specific travel waivers on this front.
Pandemic wanderlust: 100 places we're yearning to travel in 2021 and beyond
USA TODAY Travel teamCanceled trips. Here are the places that staff and contributors across the USA TODAY Network, including travel site 10Best.com, want to travel in 2021 – or when it's safer to do so. – Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY deputy travel editor (Twitter: @jaymedeerwester, Instagram: @byjaymedeerwester)15. – Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY travel contributor; Society of American Travel Writers president (Twitter: @Lbleiberg, Instagram: @Lbleiberg)49. – Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY travel contributor and video host (Twitter: @wordzilla, Instagram: @sarahsomewhere)San Diego travel guide:Do's and don'ts89.
COVID-19 exposure on flights is more common than you think. The US doesn't share details, but Canada does
On the day after Christmas, passengers on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Calgary, Alberta, were potentially exposed to COVID-19. Data from Canadian public health authorities show a near daily occurrence of flights where a passenger may have been infected while flying. Canada has been posting public COVID-19 exposure alerts online for flights, trains and cruise ships throughout the pandemic. The CDC has revealed little information on the scope of COVID-19 exposure on flights except to release, when requested, the number of affected flights. Canada's approach has two major public health benefits, according to Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements
Some states are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. A negative test and affidavit are required for anyone age 10 and up; parents must sign one for minor children. Josh Green, who oversees the state's travel policy, indicated that policy may change once enough people have received both doses. If travelers to the state test test negative, they should still quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. All travelers must continue to fill out the state travel form upon arrival.
After a critical year for COVID-19 and climate, Earth Day is today
Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22, is the most widely observed secular holiday across the globe. John Oppermann, executive director of the Earth Day Initiative, said that “with each passing day, the urgency for climate action grows, and we are running out of time. "Most of our Earth Day events will be virtual with the exception of individual and small group cleanups through our 'Great Global Cleanup' program," said Olivia Altman of EarthDay.org, formerly the Earth Day Network. Despite the pandemic, "there's lots of excitement around this Earth Day," Rogers told USA TODAY. The global show begins at noon EDT on Thursday and will run parallel to the Biden administration’s global climate summit, also set for Earth Day.
Senate Republicans propose $568 billion infrastructure plan to counter Biden
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled a $568 billion infrastructure plan Thursday limited to roads, bridges, broadband and other physical infrastructure, countering President Biden's American Jobs Plan with a framework around one-quarter the size of his sweeping $2.25 trillion package. Republicans proposed $299 billion for upgrades to roads and bridges, vastly more than the $115 billion proposed in Biden's plan, and $44 billion on airport renovations, more than the $25 billion outlined in Biden's plan. Republicans proposed $61 billion for public transit systems and $20 billion for rail, compared to Biden's proposal for $85 billion for transit and $80 billion for Amtrak improvements and expansion. Republicans want $65 billion for broadband infrastructure, significantly less than the $100 billion proposed by Biden. Ten Republicans met with Biden in the White House during talks on the rescue plan after they proposed a trimmed down $618 billion package.
Justice, but not for all: Today's Toon
USA TODAYHas justice been for all in this country? After the conviction of officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's murder, Lady Justice herself weighs in. USA TODAY cartoonist Mike Thompson was on the ground in Minneapolis, sketching from George Floyd Plaza. There's even a gallery of Thompson's animated cartoons as well as cartoons from the Cagle syndicate. Follow Mike Thompson's cartoons and commentary on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.
US COVID-19 map: Tracking cases and deaths
This winter saw the highest numbers of cases reported thus far, with deaths surging as well. New deaths and confirmed cases of COVID-19 by dayEarly in 2020, New York had the largest number of cumulative cases. How the US coronavirus case trajectory compares to other nationsView novel coronavirus data by stateYou can search the latest totals for all states below. Finally, local governments and other organizations count and update case data differently, meaning different sources of information may show different numbers of cases. At least 12-18 monthsWhat to know about coronavirus: COVID-19, explained
India smashes global one-day record for new cases; infections in vaccinated people uncommon, study says: Live COVID-19 updates
That's good news as evidence builds that COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated people are rare. ?Arkansas on Thursday marked 1 million coronavirus vaccine shots administered in the state so far, though the governor acknowledged more needs to be done to increase demand. Nearly 278 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and almost 216 million have been administered, according to the CDC. “No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty and getting vaccinated,’’ Biden said. 77 inmates at Iowa prison given incorrect overdoses of Pfizer vaccineStaff from the Iowa Department of Corrections incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the department confirmed.
COVID-19 hate crimes bill to fight Asian American discrimination passes Senate
WASHINGTON – The Senate passed with overwhelming bipartisan support a hate crimes bill to address a drastic increase in violence and discrimination directed at Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act cleared the chamber in a 94-1 vote Thursday. It would expedite the Justice Department's review of hate crimes andwould designate an official at the department to oversee the effort. Republicans had raised concerns that the first text was too narrow in defining the types of hate crimes. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., would establish grants to aid local and state governments to encourage more training on hate crimes for law enforcement, establish hate crime hotlines and allow for a "rehabilitation" effort for perpetrators of hate crimes.
'He was loved by so many': Daunte Wright, 20-year-old Black dad shot by police, remembered at a funeral packed with mourners
MINNEAPOLIS – Family and friends of Daunte Wright exalted the 20-year-old Black father fatally shot during a traffic stop by a veteran Minnesota police officer at a funeral service in Minneapolis on Thursday. “I said, ‘Well, we came to bury the prince of Brooklyn Center,’” Sharpton said to applause from the audience. Wright's death brought on anger, sadness and frustration in a community already on edge amid Chauvin's trial. Potter, a Brooklyn Center officer for 26 years, resigned in the days after Wright's death and is charged with second-degree manslaughter. "We ... intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her taser.
When will everyone be vaccinated for COVID-19? Here's how the vaccine rollout is going
Here are some reasons why:A one-dose vaccine: The FDA authorized the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Feb. 27. Unlike the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose and can be stored at the temperature of a normal refrigerator for up to three months. The pause may briefly slow the pace of vaccine administration, but the U.S. is still on track to meet Biden's goals. Increased supply: Pfizer and Moderna are delivering 100 million doses a month earlier than expected, in May instead of June. At the current pace of vaccine administration, it will take a couple more months to reach that range.
Gannett Launches ‘Support Local’ To Help Small Businesses
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMGannett today announced the launch of Support Local, a platform to help communities support and access small businesses all across the nation that are facing significant economic challenges due to the spreading coronavirus pandemic. In the United States, small businesses with less than 20 employees make up almost 90% of all U.S. business enterprises in the country, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Gannett created Support Local to provide communities with an easy way to discover opportunities to help their favorite local businesses and access special services they may be providing during these times. “We believe local businesses are the heartbeat of America,” said Kevin Gentzel, Chief Revenue Officer, Gannett. Support Local will give our readers and local communities the opportunity to ensure sustainability for their favorite businesses as we all strive to make it through COVID-19 together.”To find or add a local business in your community to the new Support Local site, please visit supportlocal.usatoday.com.
USA TODAY Launches Special Section Dedicated to the Nation’s Health Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY announced today it is launching a special daily section focused on COVID-19 news and information. The new section, Nation’s Health, will be a standing section inside the USA TODAY print and e-edition newspapers and will appear on digital platforms as well. The nation is turning to USA TODAY for clear, up to date information on the outbreak. In the past 30 days, USA TODAY has had more than 100 million views of its coronavirus stories, videos, graphics and photo galleries. In addition, USA TODAY has:Launched a coronavirus newsletter, its readership growing to more than 90,000 subscribers in the past two weeks.
USA TODAY NETWORK Launches Series Focused on Workers Feeding America During the COVID-19 Pandemic
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY NETWORK today launched a series about America’s food chain to tell the stories of the people who are working to keep America fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 40 Gannett journalists from more than 10 newsrooms across the country are contributing to this series led by USA TODAY consumer editor Michelle Maltais and Des Moines Register politics editor Rachel Stassen-Berger. New stories in the series will continue to roll out over the coming weeks. “Food workers have faced great risks to keep America fed, and we wanted to focus a spotlight on some of the people in the food chain,’’ said Jeff Taylor, USA TODAY’s executive editor for news. “The collaboration for this series represents the strength and reach of our national news network.’’
USA TODAY NETWORK Launches “Just the FAQs LIVE: Conversations about Coronavirus”
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY NETWORK today announced it is launching a new livestream show “Just the FAQs LIVE: Conversations about Coronavirus” on Facebook to answer people’s most pressing questions about COVID-19. “Just the FAQs LIVE: Conversations about Coronavirus” is hosted by Megan Finnerty, founder and director of the Storytellers Project and Storytellers Brand Studio at Gannett. The show will be livestreamed on the USA TODAY Facebook page, as well as many of Gannett’s local media pages. USA TODAY NETWORK is launching two additional shows in partnership with Facebook that will focus on COVID-19 news and information. “Just the FAQs: Coronavirus Recap,” will feature clips of the most salient points made by guests of the livestream show.
USA TODAY NETWORK Launches Ambitious “Rebuilding America” Initiative
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMGannett this week launched “Rebuilding America,” an unprecedented national examination of how America’s economy is rebooting after nearly three months as states reopen for business. The project is a sweeping effort by the USA TODAY NETWORK, Gannett’s newsrooms across America, to empower its audience of more than 150 million readers. As a public service to readers, the “Rebuilding America” content will be free on the USA TODAY NETWORK’s collection of digital sites. In March, the company launched Support Local, a digital platform to provide communities with ways to support local businesses, from take-out restaurants to small merchants. “At a time of great tragedy and uncertainty, readers are relying on the USA TODAY Network for breaking news, public service journalism and health-related watchdog reporting.
USA TODAY To Provide Comprehensive On-Screen Fact Checking For the 2020 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY announced today that a team of expert reporters will provide comprehensive on-screen fact checking for the 2020 presidential and vice-presidential debates. The on-screen fact checking will provide USA TODAY livestream viewers with immediate context from topical experts to help hold each candidate accountable for their claims during the debates. The fact checks will appear live on screen as concise, declarative statements of facts, similar to the USA TODAY Coronavirus Task Force fact checking unit. USA TODAY will be livestreaming the debates on all USA TODAY owned and operated channels, including usatoday.com. We're building upon a workflow we pioneered with our real-time, on-screen fact check of the Coronavirus Task Force briefings.
USA TODAY NETWORK Partners With The 19th to Distribute Content at the Intersection of Gender, Politics and Policy
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY NETWORK is partnering with The 19th to distribute content from the nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom’s newly-launched website dedicated to original reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. Starting this week, USA TODAY and more than 260 local media brands across the USA TODAY NETWORK will begin sharing stories from The 19th with the aim of informing, engaging and empowering women. USA TODAY NETWORK will play a key role in bringing these important stories to readers by featuring The 19th's content across its wide national platform with deep roots in local communities across the United States. USA TODAY NETWORK’s partnership with The 19th will bolster and broaden its ongoing journalistic commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. "We are thrilled to partner with The 19th, publishing their stories across the USA TODAY Network.
USA TODAY Network's and Lee Enterprises' Iowa Newsrooms Collaborate on “Iowa Mourns” Project to Tell the Stories of Iowans Lost to COVID-19
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMIn an unprecedented partnership, nine newsrooms across the USA TODAY Network, including the Des Moines Register, and Lee Enterprises in Iowa joined forces to publish a collaborative project called “Iowa Mourns,” which identifies and tells the stories of Iowans who died from COVID-19. In addition to pinpointing more than 200 Iowans who passed due to the pandemic, “Iowa Mourns” includes about 60 feature stories about friends, colleagues and neighbors ranging in age from 29 to 108. By profiling the lost, the project sought to ensure they would live on through the memories of those left behind. This level of collaboration between our companies ensures these important stories will be told and told well,” Humenik said. The “Iowa Mourns” 24-page full-color special section is available in print Oct. 11 and through the Des Moines Register e-edition.
Gannett Teams in Texas Provide Vital Information to Local Communities Impacted by Storm
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMWhen the unprecedented winter storm devastated Texas, journalists at the Austin American-Statesman provided critical information to their local communities, despite also personally enduring effects from the inclement freezing weather. As Texas continues to deal with aftermath of the storm, Gannett is mobilizing to offer support and aid to Texas employees. Design Center and Digital Optimization Team teams stepped in on their off days to package indispensable information for Gannett newspapers. Beyond the newsroom, Gannett is working to provide aid and relief to Texas employees as well. The Austin American-Statesman office became a refuge (following COVID safety protocols) for employees seeking power, water, heat and supplies.
Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines
A vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company, was authorized in late February. More: How mRNA vaccines workThe Johnson & Johnson vaccine takes the more traditional approach. Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax are all US-based companies. All the vaccines except the one from Johnson & Johnson require two shots to train the immune system well enough to fight the coronavirus. In its large-scale trial, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was shown to prevent 95% of symptomatic COVID-19, just 1 percentage point more than Moderna's.
Tracking COVID-19 vaccine distribution by state: How many people have been vaccinated in the US?
Three vaccines – one made by ????Pfizer-BioNTech, one from Moderna and another from Johnson & Johnson – have been authorized for emergency use and are part of the widespread distribution process. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one for the recipient to be fully vaccinated. The share of distributed doses used in each state or territory is calculated by dividing the number of doses administered in that state or territory by the number of doses distributed to that state or territory. The percent of people vaccinated in each state, territory or county is calculated by dividing the number of residents of that state, territory or county who have been vaccinated by the population of that state, territory or county. From Feb. 22 to 25, a footnote incorrectly described the measure used to calculate the percent of people vaccinated in each state or territory.
USA TODAY Launches USA TODAY’s “Women of the Year” Franchise, Featuring Interview With Vice President Kamala Harris
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY today launched USA TODAY’s “Women of the Year” franchise that will recognize women of distinction in all 50 states and nationally each year, beginning with an interview featuring Vice President Kamala Harris as the first honoree. USA TODAY’s “Women of the Year” follows last year’s successful Women of the Century project, which highlighted achievements of trailblazing women in the 100 years since they achieved the right to vote. USA TODAY, with the help of a diverse panel of judges, will recognize 10 women nationally who will be interviewed and profiled by USA TODAY national columnist Suzette Hackney, and USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms across the country will honor a woman from every state, Washington D.C., and the U.S. territories. “We are excited to build off ‘Women of the Century’ with an annual project to honor women for their achievements. Find out more information about USA TODAY’s “Women of the Year” here.
Gannett Journalists Keep Their Local Communities Informed With Critical COVID-19 News Throughout Year of Pandemic
In the months since, our journalists have leveraged the local-to-national footprint of the USA TODAY NETWORK to keep their local communities informed with critical COVID-19 news, including recent updates about where to find the COVID-19 vaccine. To help calm communities, USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms showcased voices of people who emerged on the other side of the virus. USA TODAY NETWORK journalists worked to answer questions and tamp down rumors. USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms covered local businesses and restaurant plights as they learned to live under new rules. USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms went beyond headlines to explain key issues and add context for readers.
Casey's General Store adds cheesy breadsticks and teams up with comedian Joel McHale for 'cheesy jokes'
The convenience store chain has teamed up with comedian Joel McHale to promote a new menu item – cheesy breadsticks – and they're telling some, uh, Gouda jokes along the way. “I’m thrilled to be working with Casey’s and their cheesy breadsticks because I love cheese and I love cheese,” McHale said in a news release. The new breadsticks come in an 8-stick order with marinara or cheese dipping sauce. From now through May 31, get the breadsticks for a promotional price of $3.99. Casey's Reward members who order cheesy breadsticks twice in April with the loyalty program will earn 300 bonus points.
Look back at Prince Philip's 73-year royal love story with Queen Elizabeth II
From their courtship to their royal wedding and their almost 74-year marriage, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's love story spanned decades and garnered public interest. Prince Philip's funeral:When is it? More pressing questions, answeredMore:Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99How Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip metThe couple's foundation had humble beginnings as a young budding romance when they met when the queen was 13. Their children are Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales; Prince Andrew, the Duke of York; Princess Anne and Prince Edward Earl of Wessex. Seasons 1 and 2 depict the personal struggles of Prince Philip as the queen rose to the duties of her crown.
IHOP releases Bacon Obsession Menu with steakhouse premium bacon, Maple Bacon Milkshake and more
IHOP has a new way to meet your cravings, and it's more than a side of new, thicker bacon. IHOP introduces a new “Bacon Obsession” menu Tuesday with a steakhouse premium bacon with a maple glaze and limited menu items like Steakhouse Premium Bacon Burger, Candied Bacon Pancakes and a Maple Bacon Milkshake, the company shared exclusively with USA TODAY. Sign up hereAlong with the bacon, the special menu is available through June 13 and also features the Steakhouse Premium Bacon "BreakFEAST" combo ($10.99), Steakhouse BLT ($10), Oreo ‘N Bacon Waffle Sundae ($4.99) and the Bacon Lovers Combo ($5 to $6), available only on weekdays. In 2012, Jack in the Box had a limited Bacon Shake, and a year earlier, Denny’s had a Maple Bacon Sundae as part of its Baconalia festival. Prices vary by location, but a short stack costs an average of $6.45.
McDonald's is closing more restaurants in Walmart stores, but Taco Bell, Domino's and others are moving in
McDonald’s is closing hundreds of restaurants located in Walmart stores, and approximately 150 restaurants are expected to remain after another wave of planned closures, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. But Walmart officials told USA TODAY the spaces aren't sitting empty. We have been and continue to fill them," Walmart spokesperson Molly Blakeman said in a statement to USA TODAY. At the peak of the McDonald's-Walmart partnership, which began in the mid-90s, there were roughly 1,000 restaurants in Walmart stores, the Journal reported. BJ's Wholesale Club leadership:CEO Lee Delaney died unexpectedly; Bob Eddy named interim CEOFollow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko
Why it's a weekend for self care
I hope you can find some time and space for self care this weekend: sleep in a little bit, go for a walk, watch your favorite movie. I've been thinking about self care a lot this week. I took advantage of a wellness day my company has offered and took the day off to recover. We can't take a wellness day every week, but it was a good reminder to listen to my mind and body. "You have to sit the other person down and say, 'OK, we're not seeing eye to eye on this.
All the wonderful, mundane things I'm going to do after I'm vaccinated
Celebrate Earth Day on ThursdayOur planet's very own holiday is coming later this week. Despite the pandemic, "there's lots of excitement around this Earth Day," Rogers told USA TODAY. Overall, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participate in each Earth Day "to build environmental democracy and advocate for sustainability," according to EarthDay.org. You can read more about Earth Day, and how you can pitch in, here. Carrot our pet guinea pig has been a wonderful comfort friend," says Judy Tanner.
Got a COVID vaccine? Here's how to treat the side effects, including pain, swelling and more
If you're looking to lessen some of the potential side effects, however, here's how to treat some common symptoms:How to treat COVID-19 vaccine injection-site painOne area that may react to the vaccine is the arm where you received the shot. How to treat general COVID-19 vaccine symptomsYou may also experience symptoms including fever, chills, tiredness, headaches and nausea. Drink fluids: The CDC recommends this as a way to "reduce discomfort from fever." When should I see a doctor for my vaccine symptoms? "Usually, if you can make it through that without any severe symptoms, the chances of having any severe symptoms hours or days after that are very unlikely," he assured.
Your body is trying to tell you something
Experts say poor physical health can often signal poor mental health. "A lot of times our body is trying to communicate to us when we're not in a good spot," said Vaile Wright, senior director of health care innovation at the American Psychological Association. Inflammation, brain changes: What stress does to a bodyWhen someone experiences an increased level of stress, the body releases stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline are among the most well-known. Prolonged release of stress hormones increases the overall level of inflammation in the body and can lead to longer term health effects. She also notes that one of the things that can be most healing to a body is connection to another person.
There's been a rise in anti-Asian attacks. Here's how to be an ally to the community.
Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks acts of discrimination and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, found nearly 3,800 incidents of hate, discrimination or attacks on Asian Americans from March 2020 through February 2021. "Just now, we're starting to see more Asian Americans in TV shows, in movies, but on a very peripheral basis," she said. Ask the targeted person to leave with you if whatever is going on escalates. Ask the targeted person to leave with you if whatever is going on escalates. Find out how the targeted person is feeling and help them determine what to do next.
Flush with cash, affluent Americans are chasing million dollar listings
Falling mortgage rates (currently 3.04%) throughout 2020 and early this year also have also boosted sales of luxury homes, Yun says. By comparison, sales of affordable homes (those in 5th-35th percentile) increased 7%, while sales of mid-priced homes climbed just 5.9%. That compares with 26 fewer days for expensive homes, 18 fewer days for mid-priced homes and 14 fewer days for affordable homes. "Instead, builders have focused on luxury homes because of higher margins," he says. The U.S. housing market shortage increased to 3.8 million units by the end of 2020, according to new data from mortgage giant Freddie Mac.
As a small business owner, you will have to be a salesperson at some point. Here are some successful sales techniques.
Rhonda AbramsSpecial to USA TODAYIf you own a small business, sooner or later you have to make sales. Here are a few keys to successful sales:ListenNo sales skill is more important than the ability to listen. Don't just tell the customer what you think they'll be interested in or stick to your standard sales patter. Customers don't want to know the ins and outs of your business; they want to know how you meet their needs. How to structure your sales pitch in a conversationBy listening to customers, you find the issues important to them.
Dogecoin lacks 'substantive differentiation': These 3 stocks are much smarter buys
Dogecoin lacks substantive differentiation, relative to other digital currencies, and it has extremely limited utility. But here's a number to keep in mind: There are more than 32 million businesses in the U.S. alone. This trio of stocks make for much smarter investments than DogecoinRather than throwing your hard-earned money at a pump-and-dump asset like Dogecoin, consider putting your money to work in the following three much smarter buys. PinterestA third stock that's a considerably smarter buy than Dogecoin is social media up-and-comer Pinterest (NYSE: PINS). After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market.
There is a surge in new job openings, but why isn't there a surge in job candidates?
Forty-two percent of small businesses surveyed in March said they had job openings they couldn't fill, a record high, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. Before the pandemic, companies sometimes plucked job candidates from competitors, either on their own or through agencies. But McCoy estimates about half of all professional job openings were filled by job seekers responding to ads or sending out cold applications. Also, restaurant and retail positions are coming back as states ease business restrictions, adding to the swell of job openings. The upshot: Businesses are scrambling to fill an abundance of similar job openings from a limited pool of candidates.
Vitafusion recall: Church & Dwight recall select gummy vitamins after reports of 'metallic mesh'
A popular vitamin brand recalled some of its gummy products because they could contain metal. In a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website Tuesday, New Jersey-based Church & Dwight said it "initiated a voluntary recall of select vitafusion gummy products after the Company’s investigation of two consumer reports identified the possible presence of a metallic mesh material." However, it said, in "some severe cases, ingesting a metallic material could lead to damage of the digestive tract." Recall alert: List of affected vitaminsThe recalled gummy vitamin products are listed below with the Universal Product Code (UPC), lot code and expiration date. The company said no other products are included in this recall.
Stimulus check update: When will ‘plus-up’ payments arrive? Answers to your COVID-19 relief questions
If your income fell last year and you made significantly less money than what was reported on your 2019 income tax return, you may be eligible for another check. If you received your stimulus payment via direct deposit, that’s likely how you will get the “plus-up” money. If you are head of household and not married, how does your stimulus payment change? All dependents are now eligible for stimulus payments in the third round. And some don’t levy state income taxes at all, including Texas, Florida, Alaska, Nevada, Washington, Wyoming and South Dakota.
COVID vaccine motivation: Krispy Kreme giving away free donuts for showing vaccination card through end of 2021
Krispy Kreme is providing a sweet incentive to encourage more people to roll up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine: Free doughnuts through the end of 2021. The freebie is valid at all 369 Krispy Kreme shops located in 41 states and available “anytime, any day, every day for the rest of the year,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer, told USA TODAY. Krispy Kreme is also offering up to four hours of paid time off for each COVID-19 vaccination for its employees. :Comedian believes his box of General Mills cereal contained shrimp tailsWhile many companies are giving employees motivation, Krispy Kreme appears to be the first national chain to provide consumers with a treat. Krispy Kreme wants people to have a chance to take advantage of it – after all, not everyone is eligible for a vaccine yet.
Opinion: A college football Super League would be very lucrative ... for the very few
Because of the nature of the two sports, the parallels between college football and soccer aren’t identical. The Super League teams still intend to play their domestic league schedules, and in European soccer, clubs can compete for multiple championships or trophies within a season. So in a weird way, a College Football Super League of 30 or so teams might actually make the sport more competitive. If anything, the lack of competitive equity has been a huge part of the financial model that has sustained college football for decades. Much like in Europe currently, the backlash to any kind of College Football Super League would be severe.
All-America tight end Charlie Kolar leading Iowa State after coin flip decision to return for 2021
Faced with one of the most consequential decisions of his life, Charlie Kolar flipped a coin. Not so much to render a verdict, though, as to give him some insight into his own thinking about the prospect of staying for a fifth season with the Iowa State football team or leaving for the NFL. “My parents taught me this technique — when you can’t make a decision, flip a coin and you say you’re going to make a decision based on the coin flip,” the All-America tight end said. “The way you feel afterward gives you a pretty good idea of what you actually feel (about a decision).”So, Kolar flipped a coin after the 2020 season. “He’s light years ahead of where he was going into last season and we’re only in April right now,” Iowa State tight ends coach Taylor Mouser said.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner blasts NHL over COVID-19 vaccine protocols
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner blasted the NHL over its handling of its COVID-19 vaccination policy, saying the league went back on promises made about easing restrictions and calling it "totally unacceptable." The NHL pushed back on Lehner's characterization of the matter. Those leagues have all teams currently playing in the U.S., where everyone 16 and older can get a vaccine. And now we are, we are vaccinated and we’re still going to be trapped in a prison." Lehner said, however, that when he spoke to members of the NHL and the NHL Players' Association on Tuesday, he was told that restrictions would not be changing.
Magic Johnson on taking COVID-19 vaccine, Lakers’ players comfort level and attending games
The two also talked about Johnson recently taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and how that could do more than just protect himself from the virus. Lakers controlling governor Jeanie Buss and Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell posted recently on their respective social media accounts that they received the COVID-19 vaccine. So when Johnson talked last week with Buss, Pelinka and Linda Rambis (the Lakers’ executive director of community relations & special projects), he learned some encouraging news about the players’ comfort level with the COVID-19 vaccine. But it’s all about getting the information.”The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have not required players to take the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s not just impact on the players of today, but also in the Black community,” Johnson said.
Animal Crossing anniversary: 9 other cozy Nintendo Switch games for you to explore
"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" (Nintendo, 2020) was released for Nintendo Switch a year ago at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. More:First look: 'Splatoon 3' and 'Star Wars: Hunters' among new video games headed to Nintendo SwitchAs we approach the first anniversary of "New Horizons," here are nine other cozy Nintendo Switch games you might want to check out. Stardew ValleyMany Animal Crossing fans are likely familiar with the role-playing game "Stardew Valley," (ConcernedApe, 2017) and its pixelated style. My Time at PortiaIn "My Time at Portia" (Pathea Games, 2019), you're starting a new life, of course. While the gameplay is not as polished as "Animal Crossing" or similar games, "Portia" can still be a fun escape.
George Floyd still victim of lies on Facebook even after Derek Chauvin guilty verdict, report says
In anticipation of a verdict, Facebook pledged to remove posts from Facebook and Instagram that urged people to take up arms and any content that praised, celebrated or mocked Floyd’s death. After the Chauvin verdict, activists questioned why Facebook does not deploy them all the time. “If Facebook can be safer for Black people, why isn’t that the default setting?” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization. One of the problems, say civil rights activists, is the dearth of underrepresented minorities at Facebook, particularly in positions of influence. On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote about the Chauvin verdict on his Facebook page.
2021 NFL mock draft: What might happen in first round if Cowboys, Broncos trade up?
Given that, let's give it some credence – for now – and bake it into this latest first-round projection of the 2021 draft:1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson: Legitimate case to be made this is the least-suspenseful selection in NFL draft history. 2 overall selection in NFL draft history now that the Jets have dispatched QB Sam Darnold to Carolina just three years after tabbing him No. Denver Broncos [PROJECTED TRADE from Philadelphia Eagles via Miami Dolphins] – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama: If new GM George Paton wants to get into the quarterback arena, he probably can't afford to stick and pick at No. Smith, last year's record-setting Heisman Trophy winner, could thrive in an offense given opponents can hardly afford to double cover him given the running threat posed by Hurts.
How tech will help many of us readjusting back to the office post-COVID
All of this raises an intriguing question: How can tech help us reengage to office life? "Tech will be at the heart of the once office-centric workplace and good communication will be key as companies make this transition," Goulding said. This month, Barco let its employees back on a hybrid work schedule up to a 40% office capacity. Banks thinks another tech that could help foster socialization in the office is having upgraded ventilation systems and UV lighting that can "kill pathogens to the air that's circulating is cleansed." ServiceNow's Safe Workplace Mobile nine-app platform and dashboard can help companies reopening offices with employee contact tracing, vaccination statuses and social distance floorplans.
USA TODAY ramps up immersive storytelling in 2020
Working with colleagues across the USA TODAY Network, the Emerging Technologies team created experiences reflecting news of the day and important events in history. By creating this interactive specifically for Instagram, USA TODAY extended its audience for its AR work. Telling local storiesThe USA TODAY Network used AR to explore topics that are important to local audiences. This year, the network surfaced AR experiences on apps in five local markets, plus USA TODAY. Also as part of coverage around women’s suffrage, USA TODAY used photogrammetry to bring real objects into AR users’ space.
As Bitcoin tumbles, Dogecoin fans want to make 'DogeDay' happen on April 20
With the price of Bitcoin slumping over the weekend, fans of the popular spoof cryptocurrency Dogecoin are hoping to make April 20 "Doge Day." As of Monday morning, the price of Dogecoin was at 37 cents, up 24%, according to the digital currency exchange Coinbase. The topic #DogeDay is trending on Twitter, with several posts urging support for Dogecoin. Your crypto questions answered:How do you buy Dogecoin, bitcoin? There is a surge in new job openings, but why isn't there a surge in job candidates?
From Minecraft to Zoom calls, we’ve all spent much of the pandemic on our screens. But are we ready for the metaverse?
My virtual doppelgänger is ready to embark on digital adventures, be inserted into a video game, a movie, or virtual reality. Since then, Epic Games raised an additional $1 billion in funding including $200 million from Sony. The virtual reality platform High Fidelity also lets you invite up to 20 people for free and mingle around the environment. High FidelityAnother stop: High Fidelity, a new virtual reality platform co-founded by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale in 2013. Show caption Hide caption Within the Sensorium Galaxy virtual world is Prism, a space which is devoted to music.
Live coverage: Apple unveils multicolor iMacs, new iPad Pro, purple iPhone 12, AirTags at 'Spring Loaded' event
Apple unveiled several new devices during its "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday, including an updated iPad Pro, iMacs and a set of Tile-like devices called AirTags. The next iPad Pro confirmedApple formally confirms the new iPad Pro, which will use the same M1 processing chip as the new iMacs. The new iPad Pro will also support controllers from the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for playing iPad games. New model of Apple TV 4K revealedApple introduced a new version of the company's Apple TV 4K streaming media player. "We expect modest price increases on the iPad Pro models with consistent pricing on the iPad mini and next version of the low-cost iPad."
How to add ‘I got my COVID vaccine’ frame to your Facebook profile
Facebook is rolling out “I got my COVID-19 vaccine” profile frames. You can add them to your Facebook profile starting Thursday. “Research shows that social norms can have a major impact on people’s attitudes and behaviors when it comes to their health,” Facebook said in a blog post. Facebook said it has removed millions of pieces of misinformation and labeled more than 167 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook and Instagram. Here’s how to add a COVID-19 vaccine frame to your profile:
Facebook fundraisers may be taxed. One do-gooder got a 'huge shock' after a $16,000 tax bill
"It was a huge shock," the 27-year-old Goffinet told USA TODAY on Monday. Goffinet realized others may also need help, and he put out a call on his hometown's Facebook page to raise funds, his CPA, Dawn Brolin, told USA TODAY. Goffinet hopes Brolin and her accounting team can help him point out how the money was used to benefit his community. He said it's been uncomfortable asking his Facebook friends again for money – this time to help pay his tax bill during a pandemic. "I’m going to do everything I can to put him in the right position," said Brolin, noting the tax bill is due May 17.
COVID-19 vaccine near me: Digital tools to help you find vaccination locations
An illustrated guide:What to expect before and after getting a COVID-19 vaccineWhen can children get COVID-19 vaccine? Apple MapsApple announced Tuesday that it would display on its Apple Maps places where users can go to get a COVID-19 vaccine. WalgreensThe Walgreens COVID-19 vaccine locator tool helps residents in New Mexico and New Hampshire find a Walgreens providing vaccination against the coronavirus. Residents seeking the vaccine can visit Costco's COVID-19 vaccine page and select their state and county, and book an appointment. WalmartWalmart designed an interactive map to show which locations are offering COVID-19 vaccinations.
Megan Thee Stallion is taking a break from social media. 6 signs you need to unplug too
Megan Thee Stallion is "recharging" by taking a break from social media. We asked experts to weigh in on what signs to look for and how to form healthier habits with social media. If your real-life interactions are sufferingModir says this could come in the form of "decreased social interaction with friends and family in favor of social media engagement" or people in your life have "complained about your social media usage interfering with social interaction." Choose a time"A way to create boundaries can be as simple as only checking in on social media for a particular amount of time at a specific time of day (and) using the built in social media apps to monitor time spent," she says. Get outsideOstach says movement is a core attribute to leading a healthy life, which isn't achieved through social media usage.
Save Our Shows 2021: Is your favorite series canceled, renewed or ‘on the bubble’?
Major broadcast networks are weighing the fates of 25 endangered sitcoms and dramas, hovering "on the bubble" between renewal and cancellation. Last year's winner: NBC's "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," the musical drama that is once again "on the bubble" due to modest ratings and high costs. Here's a status update for every current series, based on conversations with top executives at each of the major networks. TOP: "Big Sky" MIDDLE: "For Life" ABOVE: "The Rookie" TOP: "Big Sky" MIDDLE: "For Life" ABOVE: "The Rookie" "Big Sky," "For Life" and "The Rookie." VIRGINIA SHERWOOD, Sergei Bachlakov, Casey Durkin, NBCRenewed, or almost The BlacklistBrooklyn Nine-NineChicago FireChicago MedChicago PDLaw & Order: SVUMr. MayorNew AmsterdamThis Is UsOn the bubble Good GirlsKenanLaw & Order: Organized CrimeManifestYoung RockZoey's Extraordinary PlaylistCanceled, or nearly dead DebrisNursesSuperstore
Corrections & Clarifications 2021
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Earth Day 2021: Prince Harry, Jane Fonda, stars' environment causes
On Earth Day and beyond, celebrities are using their platforms to call attention to environmental issues that aren't usually brought to the forefront. This year, Earth Day comes as a deadly pandemic took center stage and and climate change sparked a cascade of calamities from raging wildfires to a ferocious hurricane season. More:After a critical year for COVID-19 and climate, Earth Day 2021 is ThursdayBill Nye stars in 'Earth Day! Facebook Watch presents "Earth Day! "I’ve been whining and complaining about climate change for 40 years, and we’ve hardly done anything about it, but now we have an opportunity."
Which film deserves best picture? We passionately defend all eight Oscar contenders
The best picture race heading into the 93rd Academy Awards has kept the focus on writer-director Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," which has plundered the best picture prize in almost every preceding awards show. – Kim WillisRanked: The 25 greatest Oscar best picture winners (from 'Parasite' to 'The Godfather')Sir Anthony Hopkins in The Father. – Jenna RyuReport card: Would this year’s Oscar best picture nominees meet 2024 inclusion standards? Sorkin's all-star SAG-winning cast is game for it all, and there's no better acting ensemble in this crop of best picture nominees. – TruittOscar flashback: 15 films that didn't deserve the best picture Oscar – and the ones that should have won insteadThe Trial of the Chicago Seven Associated Press
100 resources to take action against racism, help Black organizations and learn to be anti-racist
Donations help support the group's goal to "establish facts, expose failures and examine solutions for a criminal justice system in crisis." Donations help support the coalition’s work to “make sure that our communities have the resources they need to thrive.”19. Black Table ArtsThis organization helps "Black communities through the arts, towards better Black futures," according to its website. The National Black Justice CoalitionThis civil rights organization is “dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”25. More resources for kidsThe D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice website also has resources for kids and teens.
100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic
We've compiled 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese. Finally read “Infinite Jest,” “Les Miserables” or even “The Stand.” Go all in and read “Ulysses.” You got this. 100 little things that bring us joy during the coronavirus pandemic23. Two words: Coronavirus beard!
Oscars at a train station? Why the Academy Awards at Union Station isn't weird, it's movie magic
In 1950, box-office star William Holden and "Sunset Boulevard"Oscar nominee Nancy Olson starred in, literally, "Union Station" the movie. Preston (Ethan Embry) kissed Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) at Union Station rather than get on a Boston-bound trainin the romanticconclusion of 1998's "Can't Hardly Wait." Catch these Union Station cameos if you canBut the station is far from a one-note actor. Even through the Oscar lead-up, the train station has remained fully functional for commuters. The Academy has kept the Ticketing Hall, the Grand Waiting Room along with the north and south patios under wraps.
2021 TV premiere dates, including 'Ted Lasso,' 'The Bachelorette': Your favorite shows, new addictions
Thankfully, TV shows are here to offer a distraction (and a reason to stay inside) amid chilly temps. May 14“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Season 2 (Disney+)"Pride" (FX, Fridays at 8): The six-part docuseries, airing on two consecutive Fridays, traces the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, beginning in 1950s. "Cake" (FXX, Thursdays at 10)March 15"America's Most Wanted" (Fox, Mondays at 9): Elizabeth Vargas hosts a revival of this criminal-catching series. April 8"Rebel" (ABC, Thursdays at 10): Katey Sagal stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, in this series inspired by the life of environmental activist Erin Brockovich. April 10"Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN, Saturdays at 9): The eighth and final season this series, which ran for 150 episodes.
Oscars 2021: Could Anthony Hopkins overtake Chadwick Boseman? And more questions as final voting closes
Like everything else this past year, awards season was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic: Screenings were virtual, acceptance speeches became Zoom calls and red carpets went the way of the dinosaurs. Best actress is still up for grabsTrying to read the tea leaves of the best actress race is harder than ever. But neither Davis, Day nor Mulligan were up for best actress at last Sunday’s BAFTAs, where the best actress winner has coincided with Oscar for the last seven years. McDormand could potentially ride a "Nomadland" Oscar sweep to her third acting win. We're guessing the Academy will choose to spread the love by anointing Day or Davis best actress, instead giving McDormand a best picture statue as a producer of "Nomadland."
The Nervous Person’s Guide to Re-Entering Society
Have I done all the things I have to do to make me safe?” Dr. Perl said. Then think about the tough things you’ve done before and how you pushed through them. Train your nervous system to recognize that you are not in danger by doing the very activities that might make you a little anxious. It’s not only reasonable but prudent if you take public transportation regularly or live in a place with high population density. Don’t compare yourself to what other people are doing or look to others for the right answer.
Man who allegedly threatened Olympian charged with hate crime for attacking Asian couple
A homeless man has been charged with a hate crime for attacking an elderly Asian couple at a California park — and is also being investigated for allegedly threatening a Japanese-American Olympian, prosecutors and police said. In Sunday’s attack, prosecutors said Vivona ran up to the couple as they took their nightly walk and slugged the elderly man in the face. Phil McMullin told the Orange County Register that “people knew about” Vivona from the earlier incident involving Kokumai. He’s now facing two felony counts of elder abuse, two felony counts of hate crime battery and two felony hate crime enhancements. Go home, stupid b—h,” a man police say was Vivano told Kokumai.
Donovan awarded $1.5M in taxpayer funds for mayoral bid despite dad’s $2M to PAC
“After reviewing additional information, including statements from Shaun and Michael Donovan, the Board voted to approve a public funds payment to the New Yorkers for Donovan campaign today. The Donovan campaign applauded the release of the funds. This decision upholds New York City’s unique, progressive campaign finance system as a model for the nation,” said Donovan campaign manager Brendan McPhillips. The matching funds for those donations is 8 to 1. The CFB has already released a record-shattering $74 million in matching funds, more than double the amount spent in any prior election.
Team Cuomo is now just piling lies atop lies
Andrew Cuomo made himself king of the news briefing, answering reporters’ questions face-to-socially-distanced-face all the day long about COVID-19 and his “leadership” during a pandemic. Now he insists on virtual-only press conferences, and his staff cuts the feed mid-question of any reporter who dares challenge him — then lies about it. On Wednesday, Ryan Tarinelli of the New York Law Journal asked: “If the attorney general’s report concludes that under state law you did sexually harass employees in violation of state law, will you resign? But the head of the LGA at that time, New York Now reporter Dan Clark, says there was no such deal. With Cuomo & Co. these days, it’s just lies upon lies.
The feds’ foolish J&J vax pause is already undermining the war on COVID
A little more than a week ago, federal officials called for a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Just before the pause, 52 percent of respondents thought the J&J vaccine was safe, according to an Economist/YouGov poll on vaccine-safety perceptions. After the pause, confidence in the J&J vaccine’s safety plummeted to 37 percent, and worries that it is unsafe rose to 39 percent. In the wake of the J&J vaccine pause, no one should be surprised to see the percentage rise in the April survey, as yet unreleased. The J&J vaccine only needs regular refrigeration and a single shot, making it much easier to use for these hard-to-reach populations.
Stocks drop on Biden’s plan to double capital gains tax for wealthy
Stocks tumbled Thursday on a report that President Biden is mulling a plan to nearly double what wealthy people pay on their investment gains. The S&P 500 index ended the day down 0.9 to 4,134.98, while the Nasdaq Composite slid 0.9 percent to 13,818.41. The current top capital gains rate is 20 percent. “Biden’s proposal effectively doubles the capital gains tax rate on $1 million income earners,” Jack Ablin, Cresset Capital Management’s founding partner and CIO told CNBC. Thursday’s capital gains news comes as investors waded through another batch of positive earnings reports.
Biden spells out U.S. climate goal, urges other world leaders to go big
A moment of peril, but also a moment of extraordinary possibilities,” President Biden said at the start. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThroughout the morning, other world leaders announced their own new promises. Like Biden and other leaders, he spoke of tackling climate change not just as an environmental necessity but as an unprecedented economic opportunity. This week, though, part of the answer seemed to rely on big corporations, which world political leaders tried to rally to the climate cause. “President Biden is unilaterally committing America to a drastic and damaging emissions pledge,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.
Should I wear a mask outside? Experts weigh in on scenarios.
“There are going to be people who, for a while, feel uncomfortable being outside without a mask,” Sax says. “If it’s okay do it indoors, then it’s certainly okay to do it outdoors,” Marr says. While brief unmasked interactions with servers are likely low risk, experts say you should still put your mask on when they approach your table to be considerate. “I think that it’s something that we should just do to respect them.”Do I have to wear my mask while walking or running? The decision to wear a mask while playing sports outside will depend on the amount of contact you’ll have with other players.
In Germany, more than 1,200 new words have been created in age of COVID-19
In the age of COVID-19, more than 1,200 words in German have been created. "I can think of many other examples of a huge cultural shift that changed the German vocabulary. The list of new words was compiled by the Leibniz Institute for the German Language. "When new things happen in the world [we] look for a name," said Dr. Christine Möhrs, who works at the institute and collects the words. "We see again and again how important it is to formulate precisely and to be very careful about which words we choose.
How Prince Philip played a 'crucial' role in preparing Prince William as future king: royal expert
Prince Philip played a critical part in molding his grandson, Prince William, for future service one day as king. "Philip was crucial in helping coach William as a future King," royal historian Robert Lacey and author of the biography "Battle of Brothers," told People magazine in the publication’s latest cover issue. When the time came for the Queen to talk business with William, Philip would quietly excuse himself because he didn't feel that the constitutional side of the Queen's job was something he wanted to interfere in," Lacey added. "He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. PRINCE WILLIAM PAYS TRIBUTE TO GRANDFATHER PRINCE PHILIP AFTER HIS DEATHAll eyes were on Harry’s reunion with his older brother, Prince William, after the duo’s relationship was reportedly strained as a result of Harry’s decision to leave the U.K. as well as his participation in an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Pence hits Dems over border crisis, touts Trump's success stemming illegal immigration
Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday hit President Biden and Democrats for the escalating crisis at the southern border, while touting the Trump administration’s reduction of illegal immigration -- saying Biden inherited "the most secure southern border in American history." "And yet, in just three short months, the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress have unleashed the worst border crisis in the history of our country." The Biden administration has called the situation a "challenge" and has focused on "root causes" in Central America, while blaming the Trump administration for ending asylum pathways. The op-ed marks a relatively rare intervention by the former vice president. Former President Donald Trump has been vocal in his criticism of Biden’s border policies and has regularly released statements criticized the 46th president.
You may want to opt out of advance payments of the $3,600 Child Tax Credit – here are 3 reasons why
The IRS is expected to start sending out advance payments of the enhanced Child Tax Credit to parents in July. To calculate your advance payments for the Child Tax Credit, the IRS will look at your 2020 income tax returns. The maximum Child Tax Credit amounts to $3,600 per child under the age of 6, and $3,000 per child ages 6 to 17. Waiting to receive the Child Tax Credit could help you avoid a surprise tax billOne of the reasons you might want to wait to claim your Child Tax Credit until next spring is because your tax situation has changed or could change this year. How to opt out of Child Tax Credit advance payments
Rep. Biggs requests answers about migrants housed in Arizona hotels
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., is calling for answers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after reports that hundreds of migrants are being housed in hotels in states like Arizona. "I am appalled that illegal aliens are being housed in American hotels. Illegal aliens should be held in [ICE] detention facilities, not hotels," Biggs said in a letter to ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson. Biggs blamed Democrats in Congress for the situation at the border, which has seen migrant families released into the interior and packed migrant facilities amid a dramatic spike in numbers. He also asks if they are being COVID-tested, if they are being released, and how long they are staying in the hotels.
Psaki has nothing to say on whether Biden will extend 100-day mask challenge
As 200 million Americans have received at least one coronavirus vaccine, press secretary Jen Psaki punted a question on whether the White House would extend its call for Americans to mask up beyond 100 days. "Is President Biden going to extend his call for Americans to wear masks beyond 100 days?" BIDEN'S GOAL OF 200M COVID-19 VACCINES ADMINISTERED TO BE REACHED THURSDAYPresident Biden when he first assumed office instituted a 100-day mask challenge to contain the spread of coronavirus. Biden should "light a torch to it and burn his mask and say, ‘I’ve had the vaccine. It also said that vaccinated people can travel safely within the country but should still wear a mask and social distance.
Biden pressured to disclose political appointees' ethics agreements as advisor's brother lobbies White House
Several watchdog and activist groups are pressuring President Joe Biden to publicly release ethics agreements signed by political appointees in his administration who are not subject to Senate confirmation. In a letter sent to Biden on Thursday that was shared exclusively with CNBC, over a dozen organizations demanded that the administration publicize the agreements made by his political advisors and others. The groups sent the letter a day after CNBC reported that Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of Biden White House counselor Steve Ricchetti, has lobbied the White House on behalf of health-care companies this year. These political appointees are not required to publicly disclose their ethics agreements, which could include notices of recusal from certain policy matters that may involve prior clients or business dealings. "You have the means to address this lack of transparency right away by requiring that every employee of the White House, in addition to other senior-level political appointees throughout the executive branch, agree to have their ethics documents made publicly available.
Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines do not appear to pose serious risk during pregnancy, research shows
(CNN) The mRNA Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna do not appear to pose any serious risk during pregnancy, according to new data published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, along with existing research showing mRNA vaccines are effective in pregnant and lactating women, suggests that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks. The researchers followed a group within the V-safe system to gather more data on pregnancy outcomes and complications. This registry included 3,958 pregnant participants (out of the 35,691) who had received an mRNA vaccine. They found 827 completed pregnancies, and 115 (13.9%) experienced a pregnancy loss, while 712 (86.1%) resulted in a live birth.
‘Unnecessary sadness’: Inside Ontario’s strained intensive care units
Over the course of a single shift last week, critical care physician Laveena Munshi saw her intensive care unit (ICU) at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital fill with pregnant and post-partum COVID-19 patients. Hospital staff say they are seeing whole families infected due to transmission at front-line workplaces that have remained open through lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. It has seconded non-ICU nurses to help deliver critical care to the most seriously ill patients as it braces for the worst. Raman Rai, manager of the ICU at Toronto's Humber River Hospital, said she has never seen such a volume of critical care patients. She is also seeing younger patients, pregnant patients and whole families with COVID-19.
California public universities plan to require Covid-19 vaccines
| Jae C. Hong/AP Photo California public universities plan to require Covid-19 vaccinesSACRAMENTO — California's two public university systems announced Thursday they will require nearly 800,000 students to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as this fall in the nation's most sweeping higher education testing requirement. California State University and University of California proposed the requirement for students, faculty and staff for the fall 2021 semester — contingent on full FDA approval. Students and staff would be able to seek a medical or religious exemption under the new policy, CSU officials said Thursday. "The state of California has been a leader in the administration of Covid-19 vaccines, and Californians receiving a vaccine has led to significantly reducing the transmission of Covid-19 in our state," CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro said in a statement. A growing number of private universities have begun announcing fall vaccine requirements for students without the FDA contingency.
Disney Marks Earth Day By Unveiling Renewable Energy Plans For Theme Parks
The Walt Disney Company on Thursday marked Earth Day by unveiling a revamped list of renewable energy efforts aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its theme parks and resorts around the world. Collectively, the facilities will reportedly produce renewable energy equivalent to about 40% of the total power consumption across its four theme parks, resort hotels and water parks. Disney A massive solar array in the shape of Mickey Mouse is one of four facilities that will provide renewable energy to the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. Catch a short video about Disney’s renewable energy plans below. The plans follow a challenging time for Disney’s theme parks, which are on a slow rebound after being devastated by the COVID-19 crisis.
Family of Ma'Khia Bryant speaks out after teen is killed by Columbus police
The family of Ma'Khia Bryant, who was fatally shot by police responding to a 911 call, remembered the teen as a "beautiful" and "sweet" girl, and questioned why a Columbus officer shot her. He immediately called the teen's mother, Paula Bryant. "Ma'Khia was a sweet little girl," Paula Bryant added. Ma'Khia Bryant. Hazel Bryant reacts after her niece, 15-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, was fatally shot by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, on April 20, 2021.
Kentucky ‘working every angle’ to get shots in more arms
Kentucky ‘working every angle’ to get shots in more armsFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hoping to reverse a slowdown in COVID-19 vaccination rates in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that officials are “working every angle” to increase the number of people getting the shots. About 85,000 Kentuckians were vaccinated in the prior week, less than half the number receiving the shots during a peak period in March. “We are working every angle that we can think of” to increase vaccination rates, the governor said. “We’re really going to have to get to the point where if there’s going to be a festival, there’s a tent where you can get vaccinated,” he said.
California’s public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall. Several U.S. colleges and universities also have said they plan to require the vaccination. But Thursday’s joint announcement from the 10-campus University of California and the 23-campus California State University is the largest of its kind in American higher education. The CSU system in the nation’s biggest four-year college system, with about 485,000 students and tens of thousands of staff, while the UC system has more than 280,000 students. Students who have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing.
North Carolina tax break for business, jobless clears House
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would provide several hundred million dollars in North Carolina state income tax breaks for businesses and the unemployed received final House approval on Thursday. In both provisions, North Carolina tax law would become aligned with what federal tax rules now allow on IRS returns while providing financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The individual income tax deadline is May 17. It’s unclear whether federal coronavirus relief money earmarked for North Carolina could cover that cost. Rep. Julia Howard, the former co-chair of the committee, was the only House member who voted against the bill Thursday.
Montana Senate advances bill banning vaccine requirements
(AP) — The Montana Senate voted Thursday to advance a measure banning the use of vaccine passports and prohibiting workplaces from requiring vaccinations as a condition for employment. Greg Gianforte banned the use of vaccine passports in the state to prove COVID-19 vaccination status by executive order. Vaccine passports are documents that can be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine. The Senate amended the bill Thursday to clarify that the change does not apply to vaccine requirement for public school students. The Senate must vote on the bill for a final time before it returns to the House for approval.
Arkansas marks 1 million virus vaccine shots administered
(AP) — Arkansas on Thursday marked 1 million coronavirus vaccine shots administered in the state so far, though the governor acknowledged more needs to be done to increase demand. “I want vaccines in arms so we can turn the chapter in Arkansas history to move on from this pandemic,” Hutchinson told reporters. Hutchinson told reporters he’s still reviewing the bill, but the delayed effective date makes it more favorable to him. Hutchinson last month lifted the state’s mask mandate, but allowed cities to impose their own requirements. The cities of Fayetteville and Little Rock have local mask mandates in place.
Edwards worries about decline in COVID-19 vaccine interest
A worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Monday, March 29, 2021, at "Vaccine Fest," a 24-hour COVID-19 mass vaccination event in Metairie, La., just outside New Orleans, hosted by Ochsner Health System and the Jefferson Parish Government. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)A worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Monday, March 29, 2021, at "Vaccine Fest," a 24-hour COVID-19 mass vaccination event in Metairie, La., just outside New Orleans, hosted by Ochsner Health System and the Jefferson Parish Government. (AP) — Fewer than two weeks after officials hailed the opening of a federal mass vaccination site in Louisiana’s capital city, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the location isn’t seeing enough traffic from people seeking the thousands of coronavirus vaccine doses available. ADVERTISEMENTMore than 1.4 million people in Louisiana — 32% of the state’s total population — have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to state health department data.
COVID liability bill heading to S Carolina governor’s desk
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House is sending a bill preventing people with COVID-19 from suing businesses and other groups to the governor’s desk. The proposal protects businesses as long as they follow guidelines to protect people from the virus. Dozens of other states have passed similar measures. But the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance and other business groups said the bill protects companies and others as they try to bounce back from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Henry McMaster is expected to sign the bill.
Dow Jones Futures: Biden Capital Gains Tax Hike Plan Hits Market Rally; Bitcoin, Intel, Snap, Apple Supplier Move Late
XWhile the negative reversal is never good to see, the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq didn't suffer too much damage from the Biden capital gains tax hike plan. Stock Market Rally ThursdayThe stock market rally was enjoying solid gains when the Biden capital gains tax hike news came out. The Biden capital gains tax hike plan wouldn't affect holdings in pension funds, retirement accounts and anyone who isn't a millionaire. In the near term, a sharp capital gains tax hike could spur heavy selling by wealth holders of long-term holdings. Market Rally AnalysisThe Biden capital gains tax hike plan rained on what was looking to be a solid session.
Historic Home on Land Leased from the Crown Estate in Suburban London Lists for £2 Million
A historic red-brick home that sits on land leased from the Royal Family has come to the market in the leafy and upmarket London suburb of Richmond with a guide price of £2 million (US$2.7 million). The eight-bedroom home is a leasehold property, meaning the proprietor owns the building—but not the land it’s on—for a set number of years. Unsurprising for a property more than 300 years old, there are period features galore, including elegant staircases, sash windows and window seats, according to the listing. The home is being sold by informal tender with best and final offers to be submitted no later than midday on May 12. Suburban locales globally have seen their popularity soar as buyers seek greener pastures during the coronavirus pandemic, and prices have responded accordingly.
Intel stock falls despite earnings beat, as data-center sales slump more than 20%
Intel’s data-center group saw revenue fall more than 20% to $5.56 billion, while analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $5.89 billion. Analysts had estimated adjusted earnings of $1.15 a share on revenue of $17.79 billion, while Intel had forecast adjusted earnings of $1.10 a share on revenue of about $17.5 billion. Intel predicted Thursday annual revenue of approximately $77 billion, or $72.5 billion without the memory business, and adjusted earnings of $4.60 a share. For the second quarter, Intel forecast revenue of $18.9 billion, or $17.8 billion when removing the memory business, and GAAP and non-GAAP earnings of $1.05 a share. Analysts on average expected adjusted second-quarter earnings of $1.09 a share on revenue of $17.55 billion.
California state universities to require COVID-19 vaccinations for fall
SAN FRANCISCO — Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall once the Food and Drug Administration gives formal approval. Several U.S. colleges and universities have said they plan to require the vaccination on campuses this fall. But Thursday’s joint announcement from the 10-campus University of California and the 23-campus California State University is the largest of its kind in American higher education. The CSU system in the nation’s biggest, with about 485,000 students and tens of thousands of staff, while the UC system has around 280,000 students.
Here’s how fast Iran could boost oil output after agreement on nuclear deal
There are likely weeks and months of thorny negotiations still ahead for the U.S., Iran and other parties, but a revival of the 2015 nuclear deal — and the easing of sanctions — could see Tehran ramp up oil production very quickly. “Once Iran returns to nuclear compliance — assumed to be two months after a return to the deal is agreed — it will try to export as much oil as it can as fast as it can. Rome estimated new exports would likely top out at around 2.2 million to 2.4 million barrels a day. Total exports, including sales out of the country’s significant volumes of floating storage, could run as high as 2.7 million barrels a day over the next year, he said. “Outside OPEC, a full return of Iranian oil to markets will make it more difficult for producers to attract investment into maintaining and expanding production.”
U.S. stocks close down on news of Biden tax proposal
Biden will propose raising the marginal income tax rate to 39.6% from 37% and nearly double capital gains taxes to 39.6% for people earning more than $1 million, sources told Reuters. During the session, the S&P 500 healthcare sector hit a fresh record high while industrials were the biggest gainers. All 11 S&P 500 sectors closed lower as Microsoft, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Tesla Inc weighted the most on the downdraft. Biogen shares fell 4.0%. The S&P 500 posted 84 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 86 new highs and 20 new lows.
Stock market news live updates: Stocks sink after report says Biden will propose higher capital gains tax on the wealthy
Stocks erased earlier gains to trade sharply lower after Bloomberg reported Thursday afternoon that President Joe Biden would propose increasing the capital gains tax rate on wealthy individuals. Biden's plan would involve increasing the capital gains tax rate on the wealthy to 39.6%, according to the report from Bloomberg citing people familiar with the matter. The current base capital gains tax rate is 20%. ET: Stocks end a volatile session lower after Biden reportedly seeks capital gains tax increase on the wealthy; Dow drops 322 points, or 0.9%Here were the main moves in markets as of 4:04 p.m. ET Wednesday: Stock futures edge lowerHere's where markets were trading as the overnight session began.
Do you still need to wear your face mask outdoors? Here’s what experts are saying
Now, many are wondering whether they can safely ditch the mask when they step outdoors this spring. The CDC recommends people wear masks outside, but on Thursday, the agency’s director told Today it’s considering lifting its recommendation. So is it safe to step outdoors without face masks now that vaccinations have picked up steam? “If you’re outdoors, you either need to be distanced or masked,” Marr told the Times. If you’re outside with other members of your household, masking isn’t necessary, Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, told Yahoo.
Snapchat sees new users, more revenue but still can't snap quarterly loss
Snap Inc.’s revenue surged in the latest quarter as the company gained more Snapchat users, continuing its streak as social-media use remains high during the coronavirus pandemic. Snapchat ended the quarter with 280 million daily average users, compared with 265 million in the prior quarter and 229 million a year earlier. Meanwhile, its daily-active-user base is expanding faster beyond the U.S. and Europe, in the latest quarter growing 57% year-over-year to 111 million users. Ticker Security Last Change Change % SNAP SNAP, INC. 57.05 -1.25 -2.14%Snap saw high engagement with Snap Maps and early momentum with Spotlight, a Tik-Tok-like feature that allows users to spread videos from around the Snapchat community. In the first quarter, Snap narrowed its losses to $286.9 million from $305.9 million in the same period last year.
L.A.'s live stage is back this weekend: 24 picks for culture
That, plus a hair-metal musical and an “ER” cast reunion lead our weekend list of music, theater, art and other cultural offerings for your viewing consideration. “Trouble in Tahiti”Pacific Opera Project stages four outdoor performances of Leonard Bernstein’s one-act musical drama about an unhappily married couple in post-World War II suburbia. 7 p.m. Thursday; available on demand afterward. 10 a.m. Friday; on demand afterward. 7 p.m. Sunday; available on demand afterward.
Review: There was more to Tiny Tim than tiptoeing through the tulips
For a few years in the late 1960s, the performance artist Herbert Khaury — known professionally as Tiny Tim — was ubiquitous on television, appearing on just about every variety show and talk show. Treated by many as a joke — or a freak — Tiny Tim was essentially a cult act who accidentally became a sensation. Johan von Sydow’s documentary “Tiny Tim: King for a Day” zips through Khaury’s story in just over an hour, leaving out too much to be called comprehensive. The rocket ride to stardom began in early 1968 on the hip sketch show “Laugh-In,” where Tiny Tim sang “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” while strumming a ukulele. Seeing Tiny Tim for a few seconds in a “Laugh-In” or “Tonight Show” retrospective makes him look like an inexplicable oddity.
Stocks end lower after report on Biden’s tax proposal
A report that President Biden will propose a hefty tax increase on the gains wealthy individuals reap from investments triggered a stock market sell-off Thursday afternoon that left indexes broadly lower. A separate surtax on investment income could boost the overall federal tax rate for wealthy investors as high as 43.3%, the report said, citing unnamed people familiar with the proposal. The selling was widespread, with every sector in the S&P 500 closing lower. AdvertisementThe S&P 500 lost 38.44 points to 4,134.98. The S&P 500, which set a record high Friday, started the week with a two-day slide before closing higher Wednesday.
Six things to do online and in person, April 26 to May 2
Registration required at mos.org. Hosted by Boston Lyric Opera, this month’s Tonic Hour production is The Mob Widow (loosely based on The Merry Widow). Knowledge of opera is not required for this free Zoom event, but registration at eventbrite.com is. BeWords: Lyrics, Legacy & Love is a free virtual event produced by Boston Art & Music Soul Fest as part of Artdacity. The virtual event runs all day.
Bill to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans passes Senate with bipartisan support
The crime heightened the pressure on Congress to respond to the rise in attacks against the Asian American community. “This Congress, with Democrats controlling the House, the Senate, and the White House, D.C. statehood is within reach for the first time in history,” she said. But the political odds remain formidable, with the Senate filibuster requiring the support of 60 senators to advance legislation. Not even all Senate Democrats have backed the bill as the clock ticks toward the 2022 midterm election. That plan focused largely on physical infrastructure spending, like repairing bridges and water pipes and building electric vehicle charging stations, and was funded by tax increases on corporations.
New state unemployment claims fell last week to pandemic low
In addition, 133,000 new claims were filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program that covers freelancers, part-timers, and others who do not qualify for state benefits. New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level of the pandemic, the US government reported Thursday, offering fresh evidence of the labor market’s recovery. In Massachusetts, about 12,900 individuals filed new claims for unemployment benefits, down roughly 1,550 from the week prior, at the lowest level since the onset of the pandemic. Another 2,100 individuals filed claims under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, roughly the same number as the week prior. AdvertisementAbout 96,340 people in Massachusetts continued to collect regular unemployment benefits for the week ending April 10, down 7,990 from the previous week and the seventh consecutive week of decline.
Rockland Trust inks billion-dollar deal to buy East Boston Savings Bank
Rockland, meanwhile, is offering an all stock deal at the East Boston Savings board’s request, which provides some tax advantages to the holders of shares in the bank being sold. Each shareholder in Meridian Bancorp, the holding company of Peabody-based East Boston Savings, will get 0.275 of a share of Independent Bank Corp., Rockland’s holding company. East Boston Savings, with its $6.5 billion in assets, will bring Rockland up to $20 billion in assets once the deal is completed toward the end of this year. Rockland’s branch network, consisting of about 100 locations, is roughly double the size of East Boston Savings Bank’s 40-plus. Rockland, now headquartered in Hanover, employs about 1,400 people, while East Boston Savings employs around 500.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy holds fast on successful forward lines
Coach Bruce Cassidy returned with the same 12 forwards who suited up here for Tuesday night’s 2-0 blanking of the Sabres, and only swapped in Steve Kampfer on defense. BUFFALO — The Bruins returned to action here Thursday night, working with the equity that a five-game winning streak affords: very little in the way of roster moves. Advertisement“It was an optional,” explained Cassidy, who took a rare day off ice himself on Wednesday, leaving his four assistant coaches in charge of the workout. If not Rask, Cassidy could opt to start Jaro Halak, the veteran backup, who last played on April 3, prior to beginning an extended stay on the NHL’s “unavailable” list linked to covid protocols. It’s quite possible he won’t play again in the regular season and might also be a postseason scratch.
Two local Indigenous leaders to deliver RWU’s commencement address for the first time
According to university archives, it will be the first time local Indigenous leaders have delivered RWU’s commencement address. Sagamore William Guy, chief of the Pokanoket Nation, and Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Indigenous Museum, will together deliver the keynote address to the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 prior to being presented with honorary degrees. BRISTOL, R.I.— Two local Indigenous leaders will co-deliver the commencement address to both this year’s and last year’s graduates at Roger Williams University for a scaled-down in-person celebration this May. She’s written curriculum, poetry, and narratives for publications such as From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution. Ceremonies on May 22 and May 23 will feature a livestream grad walk, where students will be honored individually.
Oakland: Kaiser Permanente to pay Black employees in $11.5 million settlement
Health care giant Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle claims going back 15 years that it illegally discriminated against thousands of Black employees — half of them in the Bay Area — by denying them equal pay and promotions. The 111-page settlement, which requires court approval, would resolve a class-action lawsuit claiming Kaiser’s alleged bias affected 2,225 Black workers in administrative support and consulting services in California. The deal announced Thursday by the plaintiffs’ law firm noted that Oakland-based Kaiser, a non-profit consortium with about 217,000 employees, denies wrongdoing. A White, female executive demoted Stewart while promoting an executive assistant to senior manager, the suit alleged. If the expert finds Black workers are underpaid, Kaiser would adjust compensation and pay back employees accordingly.
YouTube takes down racist video, but not because of the racism
The company noted that it had previously removed videos from Crowder’s channel, and that in June 2019 it suspended his channel from running ads for a year. That sanction followed complaints from another media host that Crowder had targeted him for racist and homophobic abuse. Crowder was allowed to resume monetizing his videos via ads after he showed a record of complying with YouTube policies, the company said Tuesday. Louder with Crowder did not immediately respond to questions about the racist content on Tuesday’s show or the removal of the broadcast. Google banned Trump from YouTube indefinitely after the insurrection by his supporters.
Kaiser Permanente, big player in state COVID-19 vaccine effort, has had trouble vaccinating own members
Many were long-standing Kaiser members and, aside from the vaccine rollout, had mostly positive opinions of the health system. And some longtime Kaiser members were disappointed by the lag. He then started checking Kaiser’s vaccine page every day for updates, but said none came for several days. This story was produced by KHN, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service.
COVID-19 hate crimes bill to fight Asian American discrimination passes Senate
The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act cleared the chamber in a 94-1 vote Thursday. It would expedite the Justice Department's review of hate crimes and would designate an official at DOJ to oversee the effort. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., would establish grants to aid local and state governments to encourage more training on hate crimes for law enforcement, establish hate crime hotlines and allow for a "rehabilitation" effort for perpetrators of hate crimes. For more than a year, reports of hate incidents against Asian Americans have climbed. Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group tracking hate incidents, said it had received nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents across the country since March 2020, compared with roughly 100 incidents annually in previous years.
Steve Keim: Arizona Cardinals will be 'aggressive' during next week's unusual NFL draft
Typically, the NFL draft is a crapshoot in and of itself. The 2021 NFL draft, which begins next Thursday night, could be as risky as shooting dice over the phone. “You've got incomplete medical information on these guys, and nothing scares a general manager more than not having the medical to the point where you're scrambling.”More:Arizona Cardinals' NFL draft odds: Cornerback in first round of 2021 NFL draft? More:7-round NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals take quarterbackTo a lesser extent, it could also involve a consideration of trading up to draft a cornerback to ultimately replace eight-time Pro Bowl selection Patrick Peterson. “There’s no doubt that the number of players certainly affects this draft,” Keim said.
New indoor COVID-19 vaccination site launches at WestWorld of Scottsdale; location draws criticism
A new indoor COVID-19 vaccination site launched at Scottsdale's WestWorld exhibition center Thursday morning, getting Arizonans out of the summer heat as the widespread rollout continues. The Arizona Department of Health Services, Cigna and Scottsdale are among those partnering to operate the site. Location draws criticismArizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Thursday also marked the milestone of 2 million fully vaccinated Arizonans. "The vaccines are safe, they're effective, they're available and they're free, so we would recommend that all Arizonans go get vaccinated as soon as possible," she said. Doug Ducey said it was an ideal location given "freeway access, proximity to tribal communities, and extensive indoor facilities."
Mark Cuban compares relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to that of Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry
The Mavericks plan for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to be the star duo to lead the franchise’s next generation of championship contention. In a segment during the K&C Masterpiece Thursday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], Cuban discussed Doncic and Porzingis’ relationship and their apparently restrained dynamic when playing together. Instead, he compared the roots of Doncic’s and Porzingis’ friendship to that of Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry. “If you remember, when we first got Jet, Dirk was not a fan,” Cuban said. “It took forever before Dirk and Jet did anything off the court together, a long time,” Cuban said on The Fan.
Cedarburg's popular Strawberry Festival is canceled for a second straight year due to COVID-19
Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival has been canceled for the second straight year. Members of the Festivals of Cedarburg Board cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and coronavirus trends as reasons for the cancellation, according to a Festivals of Cedarburg Facebook post. The board discussed postponing the event "but decided that was not feasible." "We are now focusing our efforts on Wine & Harvest Festival, September 18-19 at this point," said the Festivals of Cedarburg in a post to Facebook. The popular event, which draws thousands to downtown Cedarburg, is the latest festival to fall victim to the pandemic for the second straight year.
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee is planning to open for the season this weekend
A Midwest summertime staple, Six Flags Great America, is planning to open for the 2021 season on April 24. The reservation system helps the park "meet social distancing guidelines," ensure the health and safety of guests and control the flow of people at the front gate, according to Six Flags Great America's website. COVID-19 safety measuresAccording to the Six Flags 2021 Health & Safety Policy, attendees will undergo a "non-invasive" temperature check prior to entering the park. Six Flags cannot guarantee that guests will not be exposed to the coronavirus during their visit, the policy said. Six Flags members and Great America season passholders will still get free admission to Hurricane Harbor Chicago, Six Flags Great America, Hurricane Harbor Rockford and more, the news release said.
Stocks end lower after report on Biden’s tax proposal
A separate surtax on investment income could boost the overall federal tax rate for wealthy investors as high as 43.3%, the report said, citing unnamed people familiar with the proposal. The S&P 500 fell 0.9%, wiping out an early gain. The selling was widespread, with every sector in the S&P 500 closing lower. The S&P 500, which set a record high on Friday, started the week with a two-day slide before closing higher Wednesday. Washington aside, investors are focusing on earnings as the bulk of companies in the S&P 500 spend the next few weeks reporting their financial results.
Federal program helps keep Southwest profitable in 1Q
A Southwest plane takes off from McCarran International Airport on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Las Vegas. McCarran’s projections are for 1.5 million seats in June, 1.7 million seats in July and 1.8 million seats in August. The company is in the midst of adding 17 new airport destinations, including Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport in Florida, Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport in South Carolina, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Bellingham, Washington International Airport, Eugene Airport in Oregon and Santa Barbara Airport in California. Among the new destinations coming up are Fresno Yosemite International Airport in California beginning Monday, Myrtle Beach International Airport on May 23 and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Mississippi and Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana starting June 6. But, because many companies have re-examined business travel in the COVID-19 era and others have substituted technology and communicating online to in-person meetings, Kelly fears there could be a decline in business travel.
Countering Biden, GOP pitches $568B for infrastructure
The GOP’s slimmer infrastructure plan received a positive reception from the White House, with press secretary Jen Psaki characterizing it as a legitimate starting point for negotiations. Republican lawmakers have been quick to criticize the infrastructure proposal from Biden. The senators delivered their blueprint to the White House about 30 minutes prior to holding a press conference on it. “Any infrastructure proposal has to be green and cannot be paid for on the backs of working people,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said. White House officials declined to confirm the precise numbers, but they emphasized that taxes would not increase for anyone making under $400,000.
World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts
The entire world faces “a moment of peril” but also “a moment of opportunity,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style chrome-blue set for the virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The cost of inaction keeps mounting.”Biden’s new U.S. commitment, timed to the summit, would cut America’s fossil fuel emissions as much as 52% by 2030. But the summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world’s most powerful leaders speaking on the single issue of climate change. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some not.
Want normal? State and hospitals say adults should vaccinate and kids get tested.
As part of that response, state officials introduced a new program to make it easier for students to get tested every two weeks, including being tested in school. HOSPITALS SEE INCREASES, YOUNGER PATIENTSThe number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has increased to 683, including 196 requiring intensive care. And it’s now making up more than 60 percent of Minnesota cases. in such cases, officials emphasized, parental consent is needed. In related news, health officials on Friday announced that players on the field during outdoor sports no longer need to wear masks.
Coronavirus in Oregon: nearly 1,000 cases for second day in row
Oregon reported nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases for a second day in a row Thursday, with average daily case counts at their highest levels since January. Oregon is now averaging about 750 daily cases over the past week while the number of people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 is approaching 300. Modeling released Thursday by Oregon Health & Science University projects cases will peak May 4, with a daily average of 1,326 for that week. Vaccines: Oregon reported 48,387 newly administered doses, which includes 28,535 Wednesday and the remainder from previous days. Hospitalizations: 283 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 11 from Wednesday.
Oregon woman dies after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, suffering blood clots
An Oregon woman in her 50s has become the first known person in the state to have died after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine and suffering blood clots, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday. The woman died after having been vaccinated at some point before federal officials called for a nationwide pause April 13 to give medical experts time to study half a dozen cases of other Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients who experienced life-threatening blood clots. The health authority is investigating whether her death was directly caused by the vaccine or there is no link. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention learned Sunday of the woman’s death and officials at the Oregon Health Authority were notified Tuesday, according to state officials. The Oregon Health Authority will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. to share more details about the Oregon woman’s case.
Stellantis worker dies in 'workplace accident' in Sterling Heights
A Stellantis NV employee died this week while on the job at the Sterling Stamping Plant in Sterling Heights, the transatlantic automaker confirmed Thursday. In a Facebook post, Local 1264 identified the individual as a third-shift crane operator. "Stellantis confirms that there was a workplace accident at the Sterling Stamping Plant on April 21, resulting in the death of one of our employees," spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement. On behalf of all UAW members and UAW Stellantis members, our hearts go out to the family of our deceased Brother.”The incident comes ahead of Workers Memorial Day on Wednesday. "Everyday our UAW members kiss their families goodbye and head to work proud of their craft and with hopes for their future.
Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout: 526,662 doses given in past week
More than 526,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were given across Massachusetts during the past week, down a bit from the previous week’s record as close to 100,000 shots were administered in the most recent day of data. Nearly 5.4 million total doses of vaccine have been administered since the start of the state’s rollout, and 2,180,197 people are fully vaccinated, according to the daily vaccine report Thursday. The state’s weekly vaccine report showed that 526,662 total doses have been administered since last week — a dip of 46,707 doses from the prior week’s record high mark of 573,369 shots. The previous daily vaccinations were 93,385 shots, 79,162 shots, 50,856 shots, 69,990 shots, 88,032 shots, 86,934 shots and 95,048 shots. Statewide hospitalizations have also been dropping amid the state’s vaccine rollout but have fluctuated recently.
Ohio GOP lawmakers propose election changes, limiting drop boxes and allowing online ballot requests
COLUMBUS – Proposed changes to Ohio election law would eliminate voting on the day before Election Day, limit drop boxes and allow voters to request absentee ballots online. "It's something that Ohio voters want.”The proposal includes two priorities from LaRose, including creating a way to request absentee ballots online. Allowing the Ohio secretary of state to pay for postage to mail absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters. Requiring absentee ballot voters to use drivers' licenses and state identification cards as forms of identification first. That version would have required more forms of identification for in-person early voting and limited drop boxes to statewide emergencies.
California's public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the nation's largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall. Several U.S. colleges and universities also have said they plan to require the vaccination. But Thursday’s joint announcement from the 10-campus University of California and the 23-campus California State University is the largest of its kind in American higher education. The CSU system in the nation's biggest four-year college system, with about 485,000 students and tens of thousands of staff, while the UC system has more than 280,000 students. Stanford University also announced a mandate Thursday requiring all of its 19,000 students to be vaccinated when classes start in the fall.
Texas lawmakers target sexual assault after Fort Hood death
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........AUSTIN, Texas — A year after a Fort Hood soldier was slain by a fellow member of the Army, Texas lawmakers are poised to help lead the nation in the fight against sexual harassment and assault in the military. There is no opposition to it,” said state Sen. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, who authored the Texas bill. Guillen’s family says they believe Robinson also sexually harassed her, but the Army says they have no evidence of harassment from Robinson. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Guillen’s case became a rallying cry for military sexual assault survivors to denounce their experiences, and that movement has prompted calls for cultural change within the military from Texas to Washington. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
State records 238 new cases of COVID-19, 3 deaths
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........New Mexico tallied 238 additional cases of COVID-19 and three deaths from the virus — including a Bernalillo County man in his 30s — in an update Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Detention Center offered vaccines to inmates and the state aimed to do the same for students. “Vaccinating against this virus protects students’ health and the health of the school community,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said in a release. The majority of new cases of COVID-19 recorded Thursday were from Bernalillo, San Juan and Doña Ana counties with 83, 33 and 19, respectively. So far, 177,428 COVID-19 cases have been designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.
Searching for footing in a life nearly extinguished by COVID
“I’ve never worked so hard in my life,” he says. But the couple, who met in 2004 at a round-the-clock Mexican restaurant favored by hospital workers getting off nightshifts, were matter of fact about his odds of getting the virus. When the tickling cough started in the second week of July, Rodney thought it was allergies until the COVID test came back positive. I just feel awful,” she texted her sister, Kelly Garcia, from a room at Ascension St. Vincent. Days later, though, with oxygen levels in her blood dropping, doctors moved her on to a ventilator.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens; plus more virus news
COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation's younger people to roll up their sleeves. The drop-off in severe cases among Americans 65 and older is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from the virus since it hit the U.S., where the toll stands at about 570,000COVID-19 deaths among people of all ages in the U.S. have plummeted to about 700 per day on average, compared with a peak of over 3,400 in mid-January. “What you’re seeing there is exactly what we hoped and wanted to see: As really high rates of vaccinations happen, hospitalizations and death rates come down," said Jodie Guest, a public health researcher at Emory University. In other developments:
How Kentucky's senators voted on hate crimes bill to fight Asian American discrimination
WASHINGTON – The Senate passed with overwhelming bipartisan support a hate crimes bill to address a drastic increase in violence and discrimination directed at Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act cleared the chamber in a 94-1 vote Thursday. It would expedite the Justice Department's review of hate crimes and would designate an official at the Justice Department to oversee the effort. Republicans had raised concerns that the first text was too narrow in defining the types of hate crimes. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., would establish grants to aid local and state governments to encourage more training on hate crimes for law enforcement, establish hate crime hotlines and allow for a "rehabilitation" effort for perpetrators of hate crimes.
Earth Day 2021: 10 eco-friendly products to buy on sale now
This year, you can do your part to celebrate Mother Earth by investing in environmentally-friendly products, such as sustainable mattresses made from organic materials and recycled knit sneakers. The best eco-friendly products to buy on saleRegardless of whether you’re in the market for a new pair of spring shoes (check out No. Ahead, scroll through to discover 10 awesome eco-friendly products you can get on sale right now. As part of Best Buy's 4-day Earth Week sale, live through the end of today, April 22, you can nab the Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50 composter. Get the Google Nest Thermostat at Amazon for $90 (Save $30)Need help finding products?
Kentucky to reinstate work search requirement for unemployment benefits
People requesting Kentucky unemployment insurance benefits will soon be required to actively search for a job and report their efforts to the state. Starting May 9, people seeking benefits will need to make at least one job contact each week and report those details when requesting their bi-weekly benefits. Kentucky's Office of Unemployment Insurance suspended work search requirements last year when COVID-19 drove jobless claims to historic levels. But as the nation's economy rebounds and an increasing number of Americans get vaccinated against coronavirus, states are beginning to reinstate job search requirements, which are typically a normal part of unemployment insurance programs. South Carolina, Nevada and Idaho all recently announced they're resuming the work search requirements, joining other states that have already made the move.
'Passionate and committed': Prominent Kentucky gun reform activist Luther Brown Jr. dies
Luther Brown Jr. was often seen around the Louisville community on tennis courts, at banquets, city council meetings and churches, with one goal in mind — minimizing gun violence. Brown founded two organizations dedicated to gun safety and education — Board4Change and Little Hands, Little Feet. Hamilton remembers him coming to District 5 meetings to show PowerPoints on gun safety. You'll probably never hear, even people his age, refer to him as just Luther Brown. I think that's what Mr. Brown would want."
‘Covid is a scam’: Video shows anti-maskers targeting children at elementary school in Beverly Hills
Anti-mask protesters have been captured on video targeting children outside an elementary school in Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles, California. In a series of videos, Beverly Hills Courier journalist, Samuel Braslow, showed the group repeatedly confronting children, before Dr Michael Bregy, superintendent of schools for Beverly Hills Unified School District, came out to ask why they weren’t outside the Department for Public Health instead of a school for children aged five to 11. And a mask is a medical device.”Hawthorne Elementary School Principal Sarah Kaber sent an email to parents telling them that the school anticipated the protest and had extra security on-hand. as well as members of Beverly Hills Police Department, as reported by MSN. To ensure this afternoon remains peaceful we have support here from district leadership and Beverly Hills Police Department.
Woman with Down syndrome erupts in tears when her brother and his bride ask her to be maid of honor
Ahead of the big day, Chris and Tatiana sat down to video chat with Brittany, where they surprised her by asking her to be Tatiana's maid of honor. 'We both agreed that there would be no wedding, though, unless Brittany could be there,' he went on. Because of her Down syndrome, Brittany has immune system abnormalities that could put her at great risk if she contracts COVID. You're significant other needs to understand that although you are marrying them, you're a package deal,' Chris said. Then, when they ask her to be Tatiana's made of honor, Brittany grows overwhelmed, crying and cheering as she happily accepts.
Salma Hayek debuts her bright red hair on set of House Of Gucci in Rome
Salma Hayek transformed into jailed clairvoyant Pina Auriemma as she debuted her bright red hair for the first time while on set of House Of Gucci in Rome. Salma bore a striking resemblance to the clairvoyant, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison after Maurizio Gucci's murder trial in 1998. Salma Hayek transformed into jailed clairvoyant Pina Auriemma as she debuted her bright red hair for the first time while on set of House Of Gucci in RomeIn keeping with her character, Salma had dyed her usually-brunette tresses a fiery red and styled her hair in loose waves. She was convicted after her clairvoyant and confidante Pina (Salma) turned informer and told police about the plot. Maurizio Gucci, Guccio's grandson and Aldo's nephew, took control of the company from the board of directors after Aldo, who was sent to prison for tax evasion in 1986 aged 81.
'A sin to waste': Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at Alberta border crossing
Share this Story: 'A sin to waste': Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at Alberta border crossing'A sin to waste': Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at Alberta border crossing With almost all its population vaccinated, Blackfeet give Pfizer and Moderna shots to 450 Albertans Photo by Octavio Jones / ReutersArticle content A long line of cars was backed up at the Carway border crossing in southern Alberta this week as First Nations members and others took advantage of free COVID-19 vaccinations from the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana. Try refreshing your browser, or 'A sin to waste': Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at Alberta border crossing Back to video Many members of the reservation, 150 kilometres south of Lethbridge, have relatives in Canada and, with a lot of extra vaccine, they decided to see if they could help, he added. McNeely said those who need second Pfizer shots were given them, while others were offered the Moderna vaccine. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Shopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Canada halts passenger flights from India, Pakistan — effective at midnight
Half those testing positive after landing in Canada have come from IndiaArticle contentThe federal government is suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month as cases of COVID-19 surge in both countries. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says because there are so many people arriving in Canada from India and Pakistan with COVID-19, all commercial and private passenger flights from both countries will be prohibited as of midnight. Try refreshing your browser, or Canada halts passenger flights from India, Pakistan — effective at midnight Back to videoHe says cargo flights will still be allowed, particularly to ensure shipments of vaccines and personal protective equipment can continue. She says passengers coming from Pakistan are also testing positive at higher rates than average. At least 32 flights from Delhi and two from Pakistan have landed in Canada in the past two weeks carrying dozens of passengers who later tested positive for COVID-19.
Great expectations: US firms beat profit estimates at record rate
With results in from 110 of the S&P 500 companies as of Thursday, 85.5 percent have beaten analysts’ estimates for earnings per share, according to Refinitiv’s data. While it’s still early in the earnings period, a record percentage of first-quarter profit reports from major United States companies are coming in above analysts’ expectations. With results in from 110 of the S&P 500 companies as of Thursday, 85.5 percent have beaten analysts’ estimates for earnings per share, according to Refinitiv’s data. An average of 78 percent of companies have beaten earnings estimates in the past four quarters. To be sure, the S&P 500 is up less than 1 percent since mid-April when the earnings period kicked into high gear.
Anti-Asian hate crimes bill passes US Senate
New law would require the US Department of Justice to focus on prosecuting hate crimes amid surge in attacks. The United States Senate passed a bill Thursday to combat the rise of hate crimes against Asians during the coronavirus pandemic, setting the stage for enactment of major new anti-hate-crime law. The measure, passed in the Senate by an overwhelming 94-1 majority, would direct a US Justice Department review of hate crimes and provide support for local law enforcement responding to violent incidents. “It just turns your stomach what we’ve seen so far – far too often – in the wake of COVID-19,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said following the vote. Hate crimes are notoriously difficult to prosecute.
India’s giant second wave is a disaster for it and the world
This horrifying second wave is a catastrophe not only for India but for the world. A more immediate consequence of India’s second wave for the rest of the world is a disruption to vaccine supplies. Deaths from the first wave of the pandemic, which peaked in September, were surprisingly low, for reasons that are not clear. This is more than in many countries, but India is a huge vaccine-producer and could have done better. Unless India’s second wave is brought under control, the entire world will suffer.
Canada to halt direct flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days due to COVID variant concerns – Cowichan Valley Citizen
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanCanada will be suspending all direct passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next 30 days. Passengers flying indirectly from either India or Pakistan will have to complete an extra COVID-19 test at their last stop before boarding a flight to Canada. READ MORE: Canada eyes policy on travel from India due to massive COVID surgeThe B.1.617 variant was first discovered in India. That variant is being considered a variant of interest by the World Health Organization, rather than a variant of concern like the U.K., South Africa and Brazil ones. prior to April 4, according to the health ministry, before it was identified as a variant of interest.
How Israel Persuaded Reluctant Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Nearly every day this winter, a new pashkevil — Yiddish for street poster — would appear with a dire warning against the COVID-19 vaccine. Just as often, neighborhood residents — quietly hired by the government — were dispatched to cover these messages with new ones from Israel's Health Ministry:"A religious ruling! He's an ultra-Orthodox public relations consultant who directed the counter-messaging campaign, working with Israel's Health Ministry to convince devout Jewish communities to embrace the vaccine. Today, more than half of all Israelis have been vaccinated — including 80% of ultra-Orthodox adults over age 30, the Health Ministry says. Many ultra-Orthodox Jews shun TVs and smartphones, and were not exposed to nightly press conferences from Israel's top health officials.
Canada imposes ban on passenger flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days
Alghabra said the government won’t hesitate to ban flights from other countries as the science evolves. In the meantime, we’ll continue to apply stringent testing and quarantine measures for all passengers arriving in Canada,” she said. India recorded the highest one-day tally of new COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 314,000 new infections reported on Thursday. In total, India has had more than 15.9 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began – the second-highest amount after the United States. There were 35 flights from India with at least one COVID-19 case on board that arrived in Canada in the last two weeks, according to the government.
Cal State and UC School Systems Will Require Vaccinations Once FDA Provides Full Approval
The California State University and University of California systems jointly announced Thursday that they will both require all students and staff returning for on-campus classes and activities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement, however, will not take effect until one or more of the COVID vaccines receives full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Download our NBC 7 mobile app for iOS or Android to get alerts for local breaking news and weather. The universities' vaccination requirement will take effect upon that "full approval'' occurring or the beginning of the fall semester, whichever is later. Both university systems are expected to allow for exemptions based on medical or religious grounds.
On Earth Day, 350 US Sends Clear Message to Biden Administration as Climate Summit Unfolds
Commitments from the Biden administration, including reports of a 50% reduction of emissions at 2005 levels by 2030, fall short of the United States’s fair share of global climate action. There can be no meaningful climate action if we don’t keep all fossil fuels in the ground. The climate clock, which has been on display in New York, Union Square is a reminder of the urgent need to take immediate climate action at scale. “There can be no meaningful climate action if world leaders don’t make a decisive move to keep all fossil fuels in the ground. The Biden Summit is a critical meeting of world leaders ahead of COP26 this November.
New Report Outlines Country’s Food System Crisis, Calls for Major Policy Reform
WASHINGTON - A comprehensive report released today by the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch outlines the crisis state of the country’s food system, including detailed analysis on the severe damage levied on society by unchecked corporate monopolies dominating the system. The report, “Well-Fed: A Roadmap to a Sustainable Food System that Works For All,” offers a corrective policy blueprint that includes sweeping federal legislation and an overhaul of the country’s farm safety net. The report outlines the alarming degree of corporate consolidation in the food industry and its impact on consumers and small farms. These and other conditions have had a devastating effect on consumer choice and costs, and small farm income and stability. “The COVID pandemic laid bare many of the systemic crises in our food system today, all of which are exacerbated by unchecked corporate consolidation,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter.
The Great Forgetting: Why We Forget Epidemics and Why This One Must Be Remembered
To clear my thoughts, to forget, I opened my window, let in the winter air, and breathed deep. The pandemic had by then killed more Americans than had died in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined—and it wasn't done with us yet. Every November 11th, on Veterans Day, our world still remembers and celebrates the moment World War I officially ended. "Collectively, we obviously wrongly shared a feeling that Americans would be fine," Lincoln said of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. My inner misanthrope says no, but certainly the odds improve if we don't delete this pandemic from history like the last one.
Can Formula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton Send a Message to the Saudi Government?
Hamilton describes his concern for human rights as being global, and has expressed concern about human rights violations taking place in countries that Formula 1 travels to. His willingness to speak out comes at an opportune time, as 2021 is the first year that Formula 1 will go to Saudi Arabia. By blockading Yemen's main port of Hodeidah, Saudi Arabia is intentionally starving an entire population. Shortly after Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive, they rounded up the very women who had campaigned for the change. Human rights advocates and F1 fans are glad Lewis Hamilton is part of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Senate Passes COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill Amid Wave of Violence Against Asian Communities
WASHINGTON - Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act:“There has been a devastating spike in hate incidents and violence targeting the Asian American community, as well as other people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. By passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, with the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act (Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act) as an amendment, the Senate is recognizing the urgency of this moment and the need to improve hate crimes reporting and invest in communities targeted for hate. More accurate reporting and data would help to create community-centered solutions to prevent and report hate crimes and help law enforcement carry out its duty to protect and serve communities targeted for hate. We applaud the Senate for this vote, and call on the House of Representatives to pass this important legislation so the president can sign it into law.”The Leadership Conference urged Congress to pass the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act earlier this month. The letter is available here.
'Blood of Innocents on Its Hands': Modi Government Blamed as India Faces Horrific Covid Surge
That same day, India reported 1,341 coronavirus deaths. On Wednesday, the country reported a record-shattering 2,104 deaths from Covid-19 as experts fear a more contagious "double mutant" strain of the virus is driving the surge. "Patents should be disregarded and technology transferred as needed to maximize global vaccine production everywhere." According to the latest figures from Our World in Data, India has fully vaccinated just 1.3% of its population. "Patents should be disregarded and technology transferred as needed to maximize global vaccine production everywhere," Gaffney added.
Josh Hawley Casts Lone 'No' Vote on Senate Bill Targeting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
"This historic, bipartisan vote... is a powerful message of solidarity to our AAPI community," Hirono said following the measure's passage. This historic, bipartisan vote on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act is a powerful message of solidarity to our AAPI community. Hawley is lone senator to vote against anti-Asian hate crime bill https://t.co/P4t81PcUt3 pic.twitter.com/naDL1Dz7aM — The Hill (@thehill) April 22, 2021AAPI advocates, however, welcomed the bill's passage. Advancing Justice-AAJC told Politico the bill would "provide much-needed support for individuals and communities impacted by hate and discrimination." The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued a statement applauding the Senate for "recognizing the urgency of this moment and the need to improve hate crimes reporting and invest in communities targeted for hate."
'No Hiding Behind COVAX Anymore': Critics Say Delivery Shortfall Shows Dire Need for Vaccine Patent Waiver
—Heidi Chow, Global Justice Now"COVAX was never intended to go far enough or fast enough to end the pandemic. "Rich countries need to support an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines and force big pharma to share their vaccine blueprints with the world." "Getting the world vaccinated is not about some feel-good gestures, like a few billion dollars for COVAX... "The U.S. government and partners can retrofit facilities to produce eight billion mRNA vaccine doses, enough for half the world's population," said Maybarduk. "It means pulling out all the stops to produce and distribute billions of vaccines as quickly as possible," Baker added.
Pressure Campaign Kicks Off in US to Force Big Pharma and Biden to End Vaccine Apartheid
At 4:00 pm ET, a similar event took place not far away in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where Johnson & Johnson is based. Big pharma monopolies = countries waiting until 2023 for widespread vaccination @Pfizer @Moderna_tx @BioNTech_Group @AstraZeneca @Novavax @JNJNews must #JoinCTAP + share vaccines with the world. With momentum for a patent waiver building, the coalition behind the current week of action hopes to shed light on Big Pharma's profiteering and persuade Biden to help end vaccine apartheid. A banner calling for a people's vaccine will be dropped at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, located in Seattle, on Sunday. In the absence of a patent waiver, "millions of people in the Global South will not get access to the vaccine until 2024," tweeted People's Action.
The Science Behind Masks ? Current Affairs
Berenson’s primary evidence that masks don’t work is a randomized controlled trial conducted in Denmark last year that aimed to find out if surgical masks offer protection to the general public. Elsewhere in Unreported Truths, Berenson acknowledges that surgical masks provide some protection:The scientists found the surgical masks barely worked. As long as they’re made right (more on that in a second), washable cotton masks are a more accessible and sustainable option. N95 masks are designed with this effect in mind: they’re made with extremely fine fibers of polypropylene plastic that readily holds a charge. Outward mask efficiency could range from practically zero to over 80 percent for homemade masks, with 50 percent perhaps typical, while surgical masks and N95 masks are likely 50–90 percent and 70–100 percent outwardly protective, respectively.
The Pattern of Over-Policing Drivers
The Florida Clerk of Courts Operations Corporations estimated that at least $20.8 million of its revenue came from the payment of license suspension debt. “The creation of all these offenses … create these regulations that have to be enforced; they make it so everyone is constantly breaking the law or out of regulation. They generate revenue by over-policing,” Dindial said. For instance, the authors of the report found that each year, over 100,000 Coloradans lose their licenses because of unpaid traffic debt or failure to appear in court. In 2019, Florida issued 1.2 million license suspension notices, 70 percent of which stemmed from the failure to pay fines and fees.
Juxtaposition between Baltimore Docket and Other Officers in Chauvin Case. Our "Justice" System
Pretrial recommends HWOB. Pretrial recommends HWOB. An ASA from another jurisdiction (it is not clear why he is arguing this motion) recites cops' tales as facts. State is seeking HWOB. Pretrial recommends HWOB.
Why I sometimes think our government is ... dysfunctional
But we only have a small window to accomplish, what is needed for President Biden's agenda and hopefully his second term. When I think about what our government sometimes looks like ... "dysfunctional" was the word that came to mind. But "The Crown" still made me think what a waste of tax money and resources. President Biden had to look for someone else, as if he didn't have the party majority. Heaven forbid, Trump gets back in office, then there might be more similarities to "The Crown" that I don't want to think about.
CO-Gov: Gov. Jared Polis (D) Helps Colorado Residents Sign Up To Get Their COVID-19 Vaccines
Received this e-mail today from Governor Jared Polis’ (D. CO) re-election campaign:Almost 70% of Colorado’s most vulnerable population, those aged 60 and older, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all Coloradans ages 16 and up. In Colorado we’re seeing a 93-95% reduction in reported positive cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated people compared to non-vaccinated. 4) We are seeing concerning COVID-19 case trends in parts of our state where fewer folks are taking advantage of the vaccine. If you live in Southern Colorado and have not yet received your vaccine, there are many appointments available.
Lincoln City Elections: GOP Is Dangerous
When the Democrats swept the Lincoln city elections in 2019, the local economy was booming and there appeared to be blue skies ahead. Fortunately for the people of Lincoln, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the five Democrats on the City Council rose to the occasion. All of this was done over the bitter opposition of right wing city council member Roy Christensen, Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Republican Party. Those decisions turned out to be correct ones and Lincoln has made tremendous headway in mitigating the pandemic. The GOP incumbent city council member has a budget that proposes lower taxes and more services at the same time.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Thursday, April 22 2021
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop, this is Earth Day! Meanwhile, Eco-rebels misutilize poo outside the White House, perhaps in an effort to get their hands on pink wheelbarrows. Donald Trump was a villain, but his polls were steady, Joe’s polls might be the same. The Gop doesn’t want to hear that the 2017 shooting of congressional baseball players might not be terrorism, they need that for “whatabouts”. Nancy Pelosi keeps handing concessions to Republicans to get them for a January 6 commission.
Why are all colleges not mandating that students get the vaccine?
I heard on the radio that many colleges are not mandating that their students get vaccinated. Which is crazy! How can institutions of higher learning not believe in this basic science? College students are the best spreaders of COVID. Colleges usually mandate that incoming students have MMR and Tetanus vaccines why not require this too?!?
Ron Johnson at his most irresponsible: 'I see no reason to be pushing vaccines on people'
I don’t think they’re going to let go of COVID anytime soon. And to the point where you better impose it, you’re going to shame people, you’re going to force them to carry a card to prove that they’ve been vaccinated so that they can participate in society. Okay, as for not being a “fully approved vaccine,” Johnson appears to be acknowledging that the COVID-19 vaccines are currently being offered through an FDA emergency use authorization. Not sure if you can reasonably say that that means they’re not “fully approved,” but either way, it certainly doesn’t mean they’re not safe. After all, had it been up to Donald Trump, we probably would have had “fully approved” vaccines last April made of fairy dust, cat piss, and nougat.
Thursday Pundit Round-up: COVID-19 in India, Derek Chauvin Trial fallout, and more.
Before getting to some of the punditry on the Derek Chauvin trial, we have to look at the frightening explosion of COVID-19 cases in India. Astha Saxena reports for Indian Express that Delhi is running out of oxygen supplies. Top private hospitals in Delhi like Max, Fortis, Apollo, and Sir Ganga Ram reached out to the Delhi government regarding depleting oxygen supplies. Marianne Lavelle of Inside Climate News reports on the high stakes of the virtual international climate summit being led by President Biden that begins today. It is chiefly through the work of historians that we remember our presidents—their strengths and successes, their flaws and failures.
Yeah, So Much For The "Serious" Infrastructure Counter Offer From The GOP.
President Biden challenged Republicans to come up with a counter proposal to his infrastructure plan, and they have not disappointed those of us on the left who believe the GOP will not negotiate in good faith. It’s not detailed, but the plan outlines spending only $568 billion on infrastructure. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) described the plan, based on a document circulated by GOP senators, as “a beginning document” during a press conference. Instead of the Green New Deal that Democrats have talked about, we can call this Republican offer on infrastructure the “Ebenezer Scrooge” Deal. But this infrastructure plan has to be paid for.
Dealing With Anti-Maskers At A Supermarket..
He taught me to box, so one day he saw me in action and I thought he would be proud. You see some time ago my Mother had to work on Christmas Eve at a convenience store. For those of you who don’t know, Christmas Eve is a strange night to work convenience stores. In the coming days I intend to release a series of diaries about the deficit in assisting those physically challenged. If you can find it in your heart to help, his story and how to help can be found here:gofundme.com/...?
Deadly Vaccine-Hesitancy: A Facility Outbreak in Kentucky
A skilled nursing facility in Kentucky offered 3 vaccination clinics for staff and residents in January and February 2021. They succeeded in vaccinating 90.4% of residents and 52.6% of staff; however, many staff members and a few of the residents refused the vaccine after being offered multiple opportunities. On March 1, an unvaccinated, COVID-infected, symptomatic staff member came to work, and an outbreak was soon in progress. The facility started testing everyone with rapid antigen tests as soon as they figured out an outbreak was underway. The virus turned out to be a particularly nasty variant, but even so the vaccine (Pfizer in this case) gave pretty impressive protection.
We're rapidly approaching the time to stop catering to 'vaccine holdouts'
They’re the people who cheered when an incoherent mob led by white supremacists sacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Excuses for refusing the vaccine are ubiquitous on the internet and social media. Republican pollster Frank Luntz conducted a focus group of Trump-voting vaccine “skeptics” to try to fathom what was driving their obstinacy. I mean, we’re just going to be shot up and shot up and shot up,” said a man identified as Erzen from New York. This is not sustainable.”Presumably this person has never received a flu shot, which people get every year.
Police arrest man in connection with not one but two anti-Asian hate crimes in California
According to the Associated Press, during Vivona’s arrest, he told police he had a “hate” or “fixation” about Asians. “I want everybody to know, especially in the AAPI community, that you’re not alone,” Kokumai told NBC News. Similar to Vivona, the man expressed bias against and xenophobia towards Asian Americans. According to data released by Stop AAPI Hate, almost 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian hate were reported over the past year during the pandemic. To learn more and to report crimes, go to: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Stop the AAPI Hate, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, and Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council.
How People in Taiwan View Mainland China and the U.S.
Still, even as people are skeptical about closer political relations, half would embrace closer economic ties with mainland China. Younger people are particularly likely to support closer relations with the U.S., and they are less likely to embrace closer relations with China. Supporters of the Kuomintang (KMT), the opposition party that ruled Taiwan for decades prior to 2000 and favors closer relations with the mainland, favor mainland China. Favorable views of the U.S. among this group are three times higher than toward mainland China (75% vs. 23%). While many in Taiwan welcome greater economic relations with Beijing, few support closer political ties with mainland ChinaIn Taiwan, people tend to have negative views when it comes to mainland China.
US State Department accusation of China ‘genocide’ relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue
The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their “genocide” accusation against China. Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s last-minute accusation of “genocide” against the Muslim Uyghur population in China’s Xinjiang province. Otherwise, any birth control program provided to an ethnic group would be prima facie evidence of a policy of genocide against the group. Both official Chinese figures and Zenz agree that the Uyghur population in Xinjiang increased significantly between 2010 and 2018. That means the Uyghur population in Xinjiang grew by a staggering 25.04 percent.
‘Independent’ report claiming Uyghur genocide brought to you by sham university, neocon ideologues lobbying to ‘punish’ China
US media hailed a Newlines Institute report accusing China of Uyghur genocide as a “landmark” independent analysis. A majority of the report’s “expert” signatories are members of the Newlines Institute and the Wallenberg Centre. “New” report regurgitates old, discredited “evidence”The Newlines report presents no new material on the condition of Uyghur Muslims in China. A majority of the signatories are members of the two think tanks behind the report, the Newlines Institute and the Wallenberg Centre. Newlines Institute recently took steps to counter rumors of IIIT’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Taiwan’s Potential to Strengthen Creative Economy Sectors in the Americas
Taiwan’s Potential to Strengthen Creative Economy Sectors in the AmericasJanuary 4, 2021The creative economy spans various sectors, including audiovisual and performing arts, publishing, design, video games, fashion, architecture, advertising, software, and television and radio, among others, and is comprised of both formal and informal workers. By April 2020, the Colombian creative economy had shrunk by 34.7 percent and by November it had lost 61,000 jobs. Recognizing the vitality of the cultural and creative economy, Colombia has implemented measures to support its industries and their employees. Looking AheadCovid-19 without a doubt has been both the great disruptor and accelerator of the creative economy in the Americas. The cultural and creative economy is not only a vital part of the global economy but enriches and gives meaning to our lives.
Difficult choices: Taiwan’s quest for security and the good life
Elections are free, fair, and competitive; civil and political rights are protected; and on some issues, such as responding to COVID-19, the Taiwan government’s performance has been excellent. While these are not easy problems to solve, Taiwan’s political system has, at times, made implementing solutions more difficult. In his new book — “Difficult Choices: Taiwan’s Quest for Security and the Good Life” — Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard Bush weaves together a detailed and nuanced analysis of the difficult policy choices that Taiwan faces, both internally and externally. He also explores how its democratic political system might improve its performance for the public that it serves. On April 14, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution hosted Bush for a discussion of his new book, moderated by Senior Fellow Ryan Hass.
Analysis | Taiwan: The benefits of engagement
Because of this, Taiwan has developed expertise in how to counter China — expertise that could be of use to the United States and the European Union. In a world where authoritarian, state capitalist ideologies are flourishing, Taiwan is a showcase for the benefits of liberal democracy. In short, Western countries have good reasons to seek ties with and to support Taiwan. The United States, for example, has institutionalized a dense network of unofficial but substantivedialogues with Taiwan about a range of issues, including security and defense. This series will consider this and many other ways that non-state actors can contribute to strengthening ties with Taiwan.
Now Is the Right Time for a Trade Agreement with Taiwan
Now Is the Right Time for a Trade Agreement with TaiwanMay 27, 2020This piece is part of the Strategic Trade series supported by the Atlas Network. A bilateral trade agreement will help secure vital supply chains and draw Taiwan’s crucial technology capacities closer to the United States. For example, a U.S.-Taiwan agreement could enshrine important principles on data privacy and cross-border data flows, right on China’s frontier. For similar commercial reasons, other nations have preceded the United States in going forward with bilateral trade agreements with Taiwan. Taiwan now has eight bilateral trade agreement partners, including fellow Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) economies Singapore and New Zealand.
Taiwan’s democracy and the China challenge
So, the stakes for Taiwan’s democracy are high. 68% thought that Taiwan was a democracy, though some thought it had “minor problems.”63% were satisfied with the way democracy worked in Taiwan. PerformanceThat two out of three respondents were generally satisfied with their political system is not a bad approval rate. Yet meeting the China challenge is made all the more difficult because decisions must be processed through Taiwan’s democratic system. ConclusionAs noted, intra- and inter-party splits, protests, referendums, and populism reflect dissatisfaction with the performance of Taiwan’s system of representative democracy.
Some thoughts on the shadow
The shadow is highly personal but also collective, and some of it is karmic (it came with us.) My WW3 shadow was much more manageable than my poor father's WW3 shadow, which stalked him in the form of feeling helpless to be that strong capable protector for his own family. What's similar between living with the climate-change shadow and the WW3 shadow, (as collective shadows) is, they can't be avoided, we can't make them go away by ignoring them. (Covid represents another collective shadow, as does the specter of the surveillance state or the "dark state", which is both real, in a limited sense, and psychically real in a much more sinister way.) But regardless of how we experience our collective shadow, we are all also dealing with a personal shadow, which is uniquely our own to relate to, and it can be negative or positive.
Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, The Pandemic Memory Hole
World War I was, however faintly, still part of my life when I grew up in the Cold War years. But there was one thing they had lived through as children that they never mentioned, not once: the devastating great influenza pandemic of 1918-1920 that killed so many more Americans than died in both world wars. I had no idea it had even happened, though it was far more devastating than the present pandemic globally (horrific as Covid-19 is). The pandemic had by then killed more Americans than had died in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined and it wasn't done with us yet. Every November 11th, on Veterans Day, our world still remembers and celebrates the moment World War I officially ended.
Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar in “Modi-Made Disaster”
“It is an apocalyptic situation in India right now,” says journalist Rana Ayyub. AMY GOODMAN: India is in a state of crisis as COVID cases surge and hospitals run out of oxygen. Despite this, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has continued to hold large campaign rallies. There’s not a single critical report on the Kumbh Mela, which was sanctioned by the prime minister. The prime minister has still to hold a single press conference to take a single question from the Indian media.
Big Pharma’s Shareholder Payouts Are Enough to Fund Vaccines for All of Africa
That’s according to an analysis released Thursday morning by the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of advocacy organizations campaigning to end massive inequities in the distribution of life-saving coronavirus vaccines. Johnson & Johnson, which received $1.5 billion in public money, paid out $10.5 billion in dividends. “This is clearer now more than ever.”These vaccines were funded by public money and are desperately needed worldwide if we are to end this pandemic. “This is a public health emergency, not a private profit opportunity,” Marriott said. We need a people’s vaccine, not a profit vaccine.”“Instead of creating new vaccine billionaires,” Marriott added, “we need to be vaccinating billions in developing countries.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
To Survive Next Pandemic, We Must Not Forget COVID Like We Forgot the 1918 Flu
The pandemic had by then killed more Americans than had died in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined — and it wasn’t done with us yet. Every November 11th, on Veterans Day, our world still remembers and celebrates the moment World War I officially ended. “Collectively, we obviously wrongly shared a feeling that Americans would be fine,” Lincoln said of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the circumstances, it’s important that we not drop this pandemic from memory as we did the 1918 one. My inner misanthrope says no, but certainly the odds improve if we don’t delete this pandemic from history like the last one.
Big Pharma's 'Appalling' $26 Billion in Shareholder Payouts Could Fund Vaccines for All of Africa: Report
Johnson & Johnson, which received $1.5 billion in public money, paid out $10.5 billion in dividends. We need a people's vaccine, not a profit vaccine." "It is appalling that Big Pharma is making huge payouts to wealthy shareholders in the face of this global health emergency." "This is a public health emergency, not a private profit opportunity," Marriott said. We need a people's vaccine, not a profit vaccine."
Reject Greenwashing. At This Point, Only an Ecological Revolution Will Do.
It’s a bleak sort of Earth Day today. There has never been an Earth Day like this. How, then, do we look on Earth Day in this grim context? Please take this Earth Day and do likewise. Knowing this, it’s time to reject greenwashing and false promises from the powerful when they are proffered.
72-Year-Old Fisher Hunger Strikes to Press Biden to Revive Crude Oil Export Ban
“It’s got nothing to do with the well-being of this country; it’s sending crude fossil fuel over to other countries.”“It’s got nothing to do with the well-being of this country; it’s sending crude fossil fuel over to other countries,” Wilson tells Truthout. It really is a mess, and they’re trying to expedite it.”Congress’s reversal of the 40-year-old crude oil export ban in 2015 has enabled a massive fracking boom in Texas’s methane-blasting Permian Basin oil fields and elsewhere, driving an expansion of oil export infrastructure projects. Since the ban was lifted in 2015, fossil fuel exports have skyrocketed, increasing 750 percent, according to an analysis by Greenpeace USA and Oil Change International. Banning U.S. public financing for overseas fossil fuel projects and exports of U.S. crude oil overseas, they say, is low-hanging fruit. Everything is incremental.”The president could ban fossil fuel exports immediately by declaring a national climate emergency.
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: Green New Deal Is Essential for Human Survival
It’s true that, according to the IEA’s model, emissions level will not increase any further from now until 2040. This needs to be recognized as a minimal ethical requirement, since high-income countries are almost entirely responsible for having created the climate crisis in the first place. Bob, certain studies seem to indicate that the climate crisis won’t be stopped even if we reduced greenhouse gas emissions to zero. I am compelled therefore to ask you this: Is the climate crisis a race we can actually win? All of these impacts will also help break the grip that neoliberalism has maintained over the global economy over the past 40 years.
Vaccinating the 'last free place': In this isolated California desert community, shots are a hard sell
Show caption Hide caption Rodney "Spyder" Wild stands in his California Ponderosa camp in Slab City, Calif., on Monday, April 5, 2021. Spyder said he is considering getting the... Rodney "Spyder" Wild stands in his California Ponderosa camp in Slab City, Calif., on Monday, April 5, 2021. Positive case data is not collected specifically for Slab City, a public health information officer for Imperial County said. A dog sits on one of the couches outside at California Ponderosa camp in Slab City, Calif., on Monday, April 5, 2021. He’s thankful vaccinations are slowly bringing back some form of normalcy, although not everyone in Slab City wants one.
Bill passes to fight Asian American hate crimes
Bill passes to fight Asian American hate crimesThe Senate passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic.
'Finally taking a stand'
Protesters and grieving loved ones are asking for answers after a Black man was fatally shot by a deputy in North Carolina. Protesters ask for details after a North Carolina deputy fatally shoots a Black manMore than a day after a Black man was fatally shot by a North Carolina deputy, protesters and grieving loved ones are waiting for answers as to what happened. Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, when a deputy served a search warrant at Brown's home. The legislation, named the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, passed with a 94-1 vote. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., a co-author of the legislation, said at a rally Monday that "we are finally taking action in Congress" after a year that saw increased reports of hate incidents against Asian Americans.
Walmart moves more online orders to curbside as it phases out pickup towers
Walmart is kicking more online pickup orders to the curb. Instead of having consumers collect the orders in orange, 16-foot-tall automated pickup towers in select stores, more orders will now be retrieved for curbside pickup as the retail giant phases out the towers. The pickup towers, which are like large vending machines that dispense orders, were first added to stores in 2017. Walmart curbside pickup guideThe Walmart app and website have two different places to place orders: one for Walmart.com orders that are either shipped to someone's home or can be picked up at stores and the other for pickup and delivery orders. The Walmart.com pickup orders were previously retrieved in the pickup towers or in another designated area.
NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announces changes to overtime in football games
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday announced changes that will go into effect for the 2021 football season, the most significant of which will expedite the overtime process. The so-called two-point shootout, in which teams alternate running two-point plays until a winner is determined, will now begin in the third overtime session instead of the fifth. The first two overtime periods will continue to consist of drives starting at the opponent’s 25-yard line, but now a two-point try must be attempted after a touchdown in the second overtime. “This rules change is being made to limit the number of plays from scrimmage and bring the game to a quicker conclusion,” the NCAA release stated. This area was extended from the 25 to the 15 last season to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tim Scott picked to deliver Republican response to President Biden's first address to Congress
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has been chosen to given the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress on Wednesday, GOP leaders announced Thursday. Scott, the only African American Republican in the Senate, is seen by many as a rising star in Washington after also having a prominent speaking position during the 2020 GOP convention. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, who announced the choice, praised Scott as "not just one of the strongest leaders in the Senate. Scott, a South Carolina Republican, is well-liked in conservative circles but also known as someone willing to reach across party lines. "He is a conservative optimist with the right vision for a stronger, more united country," House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, of California, said in a statement.
Stocks end lower after report on Biden’s tax proposal
A separate surtax on investment income could boost the overall federal tax rate for wealthy investors as high as 43.3%, the report said, citing unnamed people familiar with the proposal. The S&P 500 fell 0.9%, wiping out an early gain. Death and taxes:Americans grapple with filing the final tax return for deceased relatives in a pandemic yearThe selling was widespread, with every sector in the S&P 500 closing lower. The S&P 500, which set a record high on Friday, started the week with a two-day slide before closing higher Wednesday. Washington aside, investors are focusing on earnings as the bulk of companies in the S&P 500 spend the next few weeks reporting their financial results.
Sleeping 6 hours or less per night linked to an increased risk of developing dementia later in life, study finds
Participants reported how many hours they slept on anaverage weeknight in questionnaires completed six times between 1985 and 2016. Out of nearly 8,000 people, researchers found 521 had been diagnosed with dementia at an average age of 77. For example, the participants involved in the earlierWhitehall study were not representative of all socioeconomic statuses and racial or ethnic populations. Wilckens says the study doesn’t take into account quality of sleep, which she said also could have an impact on cognitive function later in life. While there may be limitations to the study, experts say it highlights the importance of sleep and how certain behaviors can contribute to the risk of developing dementia.
With Few New Clotting Cases, Johnson & Johnson Pause Could Be Lifted Soon
Dr. Woodcock on Thursday acknowledged differences of opinion within the F.D.A. about the benefits of a temporary halt versus the risks of additional coronavirus infections if the vaccine were temporarily shelved. officials grappled with reports of the rare clotting cases in the weeks before the pause, regulators saw an unmistakable similarity in the cases in the United States. All had occurred within one to three weeks of vaccination and they were clustered in women under the age of 50. Dr. Woodcock said that a warning would have been insufficient if there was in fact a high rate of cases, like one in every 25,000 or 50,000 young women.
UK killer waves at cops from motorbike during fatal 161-mph chase
A killer was filmed mocking British cops who were chasing him by waving at them as he rode a motorbike at up to 161 mph — moments before he crashed and died. At times he was seen waving at officers filming overhead in a helicopter, even using both hands. Some of the released footage shows heavily armed police — a rare sight in the UK — eventually arriving at the crash scene and racing out to find Sartain. “His injuries were catastrophic and would have caused immediate death,” Hampshire coroner Jason Pegg told Monday’s hearing. Asked what he had been doing, he replied, “F—ing killing James,” the Sun reported of evidence heard in court.
Sen. Hawley lone ‘no’ vote on anti-Asian hate crimes bill
The US Senate passed a bill aimed at tracking anti-Asian hate crimes Thursday by an overwhelming majority of 94-1 — with Sen. Josh Hawley the lone “no” vote. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act would direct the Justice Department to expedite its review of anti-Asian racist harassment and attacks — which have spiked nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic — and to coordinate with local law enforcement to bolster reporting of those incidents. The House is expected to vote on the bill next month. In a referendum on the bill last week, 92 senators voted for it and six Republicans voted against, Hawley among them. Hours earlier, the Missouri Republican and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2021 to the Senate.
The Nationals didn’t seek this pain, but they might be growing from it
Baseball is the game where, every day, you take responsibility for everything that has befallen others yet is not your fault. But because the Nats got clobbered from Day 1, they bring into focus a kinship between them and us. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementHow can you play your hardest, win on a come-from-behind walk-off hit on Opening Day but still start 1-5? AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementNo one in their right mind wants to build character through pain. That’s who we are.”To the Nats, for the past decade, that has always been the focus: Concentrate on playing the game right, every game, every pitch, and never complain.
Major League Soccer's Austin FC aims to score economic boost for city
Austin’s first-ever professional sports team kicked off its debut to major league soccer last weekend. Although Austin FC may have fell in a loss to Los Angeles FC, things are looking up for the new football club and the local community. HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN GET FOR $1.5M IN AUSTIN, TEXASAustin FC play at the Q2 Stadium for the team’s first home game in June. He continued: "Austin is [an] incredibly vibrant community, and it's a community that had already adopted the sport of soccer, but the marriage between Major League Soccer and Austin [is] the perfect fit." McConaughey joins bold-named colleagues Will Ferrell and Drew Carey in becoming owners of Major League Soccer teams.
Hawaii man receives third Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose in booster study: report
A Hawaii man participating in a Pfizer-led study looking at third doses of its COVID-19 vaccine as booster shots said he joined the trial to help others, according to a local report. Gary Lahens of Honolulu took part in the company's vaccine trials for the safety of his family and community, he told news outlet KHON2. "I did this study in the beginning because of my mom and my aunties, they’re all in their eighties," Lahens told the outlet. Now months later in the booster study, Lahens received his third dose, and has undergone swab tests and had blood samples taken. TOO MUCH COVID-19 VACCINE GIVEN TO DOZENS OF INMATES IN IOWA: REPORTOne doctor involved with the vaccine rollout in Kauai told the outlet he was interested to see results from the studies.
Sherri Shepherd celebrates her 54th birthday after losing 20 lbs. in one year: 'I'm strong, intelligent, sexy'
Sherri Shepherd is celebrating two milestones: a birthday and losing weight. The actress just turned 54 years old and during the pandemic focused on losing 20 lbs. The Emmy-winner revealed her workout routine consisted of walking three miles four times a week, doing Zumba in her backyard, and boxing. The comedian said it's her 16-year-old son Jeffrey who keeps her motivated. My goal is to be living a long and active life with my son Jeffrey, who shares the same birthday as me."
Sen. Tim Scott to deliver GOP response to Biden's first speech to Congress
Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, will deliver the Republican Party’s response following President Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28, GOP leadership said on Thursday. "Senator Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in our Senate Republican Conference. Senate Republicans are looking forward to this address from our distinguished colleague," he added. The minority party traditionally delivers a rebuttal whenever the president makes a speech to Congress. Biden’s first speech to Congress is not considered a "State of the Union" address.
Texas AG sues Biden administration over COVID-19 risk at southern border amid migrant surge
"President Biden’s outright disregard of the public health crisis in Texas by welcoming and encouraging mass gatherings of illegal aliens is hypocritical and dangerous. TEXAS, MISSOURI SUE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION OVER SCRAPPING OF 'REMAIN-IN-MEXICO' POLICYThe Biden administration has been facing a spike in migrant encounters at the border, particularly in Texas. Shocking images have emerged of overcrowded facilities in places like Donna, Texas, where migrants were pictures packed together side-by-side, often without masks. "The Biden Administration is flagrantly and egregiously violating federal law, its own public health rules, the Administrative Procedure Act, and Title 42. TEXAS, LOUISIANA SUE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FOR 'REFUSING' TO TAKE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTSIt’s one of a number of legal challenges launched by Paxton.
Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill with bipartisan support
The Senate passed an Asian hate crimes bill Thursday, aimed at addressing the spike in attacks targeting the Asian-American community during the coronavirus pandemic. ASIAN HATE CRIMES IN NYC SKYROCKETED IN MARCH; MURDERS JUMPED 36%, POLICE SAYFox News could not immediately reach Hawley for comment on his decision. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer championed the bipartisan passing of the bill, calling it "proof" the divided Senate can still work together to get legislation passed. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The vote today on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill is proof that when the Senate is given the opportunity to work, the Senate can work to solve important issues," Schumer said Thursday. The bill will head to the House next where it is expected to pass with bipartisan support, though it is unclear at this time if the House GOP will favor the bill as strongly.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer lied about travels before Florida trip revealed: 'I was here in town the whole time'
Gretchen Whitmer lied about not traveling out of state in a podcast interview last week, saying she was "here in town the whole time." Whitmer admitted earlier this week that she traveled to Florida in March, despite cautioning Michigan residents against traveling out of state. WHITMER BLAMES MICHIGAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS ON TRAVELERSTed Goodman, the communications director for the Michigan Republican Party, blasted Whitmer for her travels, saying the problem wasn’t that the governor visited her dad but rather "that she lied about it." Whitmer previously responded to criticisms of her travels to the Sunshine State, saying that she was not vacationing in Florida and was checking in on her ill father. MICHIGAN LEADS US IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES AS WHITMER TAKES HEAT"It is saddening," Whitmer told The Washington Post Live.
House Republicans demand answers from VP Harris on 'politically motivated' border decision
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are demanding answers from Vice President Kamala Harris on whether a facility for migrant children in Florida has not been activated because of the Democrat's personal politics. During her visit on June 29, 2019, Harris criticized the facility and called out "human rights abuse" committed by the federal government. TOP REPUBLICANS REQUEST MEETING WITH KAMALA HARRIS OVER BORDER 'CATASTROPHE'A spokesperson for Harris did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Homestead facility has long been controversial and viewed by Democrats and activists as a symbol of what was wrong with Trump's immigration policies. "The Homestead facility is empty!
Senators push to secure U.S. drug supply chain after disruptions during Covid-19 pandemic
Sens Elizabeth Warren, Tina Smith and Marco Rubio reintroduced legislation on Thursday to secure the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain by reducing dependence on China and other nations for the supplies needed to make life-saving drugs and vaccines. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that 80% of the manufacturers that produce ingredients for drugs are located outside the U.S., many in China and India. While the agency has been closely monitoring the supply chain, it does not have a clear understanding of where drug components are made. Warren and Smith, D-Minn., first introduced the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Defense and Enhancement Act in June 2020. Lawmakers worry that foreign manufacturers could restrict or even completely cut off the supply of critical drug components as geopolitical tensions rise.
How the Biden capital gains tax proposal would hit the wealthy
Capital gains taxInvestors currently pay a 23.8% top rate on long-term capital gains. Under current law, long-term capital gains are taxed favorably with respect to wages. The White House plan would instead tax capital gains as ordinary income, at a top proposed rate of 39.6%. For example, the plan may exempt a certain portion of wealthy investors' capital gains from the higher tax, according to tax experts. "There will be plenty of time to plan and respond to any tax or tax proposal that's ultimately in place," he added.
Investors shouldn't be shocked that Biden wants to raise taxes on the rich, strategists say
U.S. President Joe Biden pauses while speaking on his administrations Covid-19 response in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Wall Street was spooked intraday Thursday by reports that President Joe Biden is considering a proposal to significantly raise capital gains taxes on wealthy Americans, sending all three major U.S. stock indexes lower. However, some strategists and policy analysts say the proposal is nothing new and likely won't get through in its most extreme form. The plan was reported Thursday first by Bloomberg News and later by other media outlets. This is exactly what Biden had ran on," Ed Mills, a Washington policy analyst at Raymond James, said Thursday on CNBC's "Closing Bell."
Delta orders 25 additional Airbus A321neo jetliners, options for 25 more
Ed Bastian, chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines Inc., attends a news conference at a mass covid-19 vaccination site at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Georgia, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2021. Delta Air Lines is buying 25 more Airbus A321neo planes, according to a company memo sent on Thursday. The new sale brings Delta's A321neo firm orders to 125 planes. The Atlanta-based carrier also has options for 25 more of the narrowbody jetliners, said the memo, which was seen by CNBC. Check back for updates.
A heartwarming reunion: 102-year-old is able to hug her family again
Covid-19 kept the Jerstad family apart for more than a year. Now that they are fully vaccinated, they are cherishing their in-person time together.
Restaurants face labor shortage as people are ready to dine out
The weather is warming up and more people are getting vaccinated each day, which means that people have been returning to restaurants in a big way. But one problem that the industry faces is a serious labor shortage to meet the demands of their eager customers. From fast food to fine dining, the service industry is in serious need of staff members. Many workers are still out of work due to COVID-19 fears or because they're waiting to get vaccinated. Others have moved due to the pandemic, or been scooped up by companies like Amazon that have been hiring workers in droves.
Norway to lend unused AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Sweden, Iceland
A box of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is seen as syringes are filled at the Skane University Hospital vaccination centre in Malmo, Sweden, February 17, 2021. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson via REUTERSNorway will lend 216,000 doses of the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine it has in stock to Sweden and Iceland, the country's health ministry said on Thursday, enabling the two Nordic neighbours to speed up their inoculation campaigns. read moreSweden and Iceland will be able to receive the doses from Norway for as long as the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout is suspended. "We will get the doses we lend back as soon as we ask for it," Health Minister Bent Hoeie said in a statement. Of the total, 200,000 doses will go to Sweden and the remaining 16,000 to Iceland, which has a much smaller population.
Canada's Ontario grapples with third wave, blame piled on its premier
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is seen after a meeting with Canada's provincial premiers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File PhotoOntario Premier Doug Ford, facing backlash over his government's handling of the pandemic, resisted calls to resign on Thursday as Canada's most populous province grappled with a third wave of COVID-19 infections that critics said could have been prevented. Ontario had 3,682 new infections on Thursday and 40 deaths, the highest of any province. Ford's Progressive Conservatives(PC) trailed the opposition provincial Liberals by one point in the same poll, ahead of a June 2022 provincial election. "This does remind me of 2019 where absolutely the best asset in Ontario for the federal Liberal Party was Doug Ford," a well-placed Liberal source said.
U.S. Senate passes bill to fight anti-Asian hate crimes
A woman holds a placard as she participates in a Stop Asian Hate rally at Columbus Park in New York City, U.S., April 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah MoonA hate crimes bill to combat violence against Asian Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic passed the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly on Thursday, a rare bipartisan vote in the evenly divided chamber. The measure, authored by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Grace Meng, designates a Justice Department employee to expedite a review of hate crimes reported to police during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides guidance for local law enforcement agencies to report hate crimes, expand public education campaigns and combat discriminatory language in describing the pandemic. One change, the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act, would provide funds to improve reporting of hate crimes and expand resources for victims.
CDC reassigns official who drew spotlight for pandemic warning
Messonnier remains the top respiratory disease official at the CDC and is still employed by the agency, the spokesperson said. A prominent respiratory disease scientist who has been at CDC for more than two decades, Messonnier led the CDC’s early planning for the nationwide distribution of coronavirus vaccines. The agency more recently has played a prominent role in the administration’s handling of safety concerns surrounding Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. But Messonnier first rose to prominence during the Trump administration, where she angered top White House officials early in the pandemic by warning that its impacts could be “severe." Messonnier clashed with the Trump administration over those comments, leading the administration to halt her regular press briefings and her appearances with the White House’s coronavirus task force.
US summit shows ‘long way to go’ in global climate fight
Some leaders made promises, some just made speeches during the first day of Biden's virtual global leaders' summit, with those vows falling short of what's needed to bring global warming under control. "Today’s summit shows the tide is turning for climate action, but there is still a long way to go. His climate envoy John Kerry said Tuesday that the administration plans to go well beyond an initial $1.2 billion commitment to a Global Climate Fund, to which the U.S. is $2 billion in arrears. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi instead warned that fighting climate change was also a question of lifestyle. The Chinese government — which last week agreed to work with Biden to get climate change under control — has been particularly scathing.
A Trump-McConnell power struggle creates landmines in GOP quest to retake Congress
The growing power struggle could have repercussions in the 2022 elections, when the party hopes to seize control of Democrats’ narrow majorities in the House and the Senate. Party officials recognize that Trump retains loyalty among the Republican base and that his endorsements carry weight. Speaking to a room full of Republican donors recently, Trump attacked McConnell for not objecting to the Electoral College count on Jan. 6. Senate Republican campaign officials say Greitens could have a difficult time winning a general election in a state that should easily be won by a Republican. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who is also in charge of the Senate Republican campaign arm and has 2024 presidential ambitions himself, is trying to keep Trump in the fold.
6 best portable air conditioners of 2021 for your home
There are plenty of AC configurations out there, including window air conditioning units, air coolers and portable units. SKIP AHEAD How to shop for a portable AC unitHow portable air conditioners workPortable air conditioners typically cool the entire room by taking in warm room air, cooling it and circulating it throughout. Best portable air conditioning unitsHere are our top picks for portable air conditioner units, which can be easily moved throughout your home and are designed for easy installation and portability. Best portable air conditioner overall: FrigidaireThis highly-rated model comes with a remote and programmable timer, as well as dehumidifying and air filtration features. Best portable air conditioner for large rooms: WhynterThis portable air conditioner has air filter and dehumidifying features, and has the cooling power to cool rooms up to 500 square feet.
Ex-Michigan health chief ordered to testify about departure
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan health director Robert Gordon will testify next week before a legislative committee about his abrupt departure from Gov. Gordon ordered coronavirus restrictions for more than three months after the Democratic governor lost powers in a court ruling. He resigned in January as director of the state Department of Health and Human Services and received $155,000 in a separation agreement signed by the chief lawyer in Whitmer’s office. Amid criticism, the state and Gordon amended the severance deal last month to remove a confidentiality clause. “Robert is proud of his work during this unprecedented time and grateful to have served the governor and the state of Michigan.
Easing virus fears prompts return of Alaska Native festival
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Celebration, a four-day dance-and-cultural event billed as the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in southeast Alaska, will return next year as an in-person event after widespread immunizations in the nation’s largest state, organizers said Thursday. Sealaska Heritage Institute said the event celebrating Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures will be held in Juneau from June 8-11, 2022. “We cancelled the in-person event because we had to protect our people. Many of those attending dress in the traditional regalia of clans from throughout southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Associated events include a Native fashion show, a juried art show, art market, Native food contests, lectures and a parade through downtown Juneau.
N Carolina to help farmer costs for quarantined farmworkers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has set aside money to reimburse farmers who bore the financial toll of quarantining their workers during the COVID-19 outbreak last year, a state agency said. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the state has made $2 million available for farmers who employ immigrant farmworkers with H-2A work visas that allow them to work temporarily in the U.S., The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday. Funding for the department’s COVID-19 Farmworker Quarantine Reimbursement program comes from federal CARES Act money approved by the state legislature. The application period opened April 14 and will continue through Dec. 15, or until program funds are exhausted, the department said. ADVERTISEMENTThe exact economic toll of COVID-19 is unknown across the roughly 1,000 farmers in the state who employ H-2A workers.
Typo in betting line on Browns-Chiefs game costs BetMGM $10K
A typographical error in a betting line on a Cleveland Browns-Kansas City Chiefs game in January led to a $10,500 windfall for nine eagle-eyed bettors. Five customers of BetMGM pounced on it, as did four on Borgata Online before the odds were corrected. That same day, the company decided to let the bets stand and to pay them off; BetMGM confirmed Thursday it had paid the bettors. FanDuel initially sought to void the bets, but then changed course and agreed to pay them, according to state documents. ADVERTISEMENTNew Jersey regulators also ordered FanDuel last August to honor 11 soccer bets that were based on erroneous betting lines.
Sahara’s Polisario Front chief gets COVID treatment in Spain
In this image made from video, Brahim Ghali, leader of the pro-independence Polisario Front speaks to a crowd in Tindouf, Algeria, Feb. 27, 2021. The leader of the Polisario Front that leads the struggle for the self-declared Western Sahara republic has been brought to Spain to receive medical treatment, it was announced Thursday, April 22. (AP Photo)In this image made from video, Brahim Ghali, leader of the pro-independence Polisario Front speaks to a crowd in Tindouf, Algeria, Feb. 27, 2021. (AP Photo)MADRID (AP) — The man leading the Polisario Front in its fight for independence of Western Sahara is hospitalized in Spain for treatment of COVID-19, officials from Spain and the group said Thursday. Morocco has proposed wide-ranging autonomy for Western Sahara, but the Polisario Front says the local population has the right to a referendum.
Parson hopes to pick new Missouri health director quickly
Mike Parson said Thursday that he hopes to name a new state health director quickly to rebuild the agency after parting ways with the man who had led it throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The governor’s office announced the resignation Tuesday of Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams without providing any specific reason for his departure. Williams had been appointed to lead the health department in 2017 by former Gov. Parson, who had been lieutenant governor, kept many of Greitens’ top officials when Parson ascended to the governor’s office. As health director, Williams frequently accompanied Parson to briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharpton decries ‘stench of racism’ in Daunte Wright’s death
Katie and Aubrey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, cry as the speak during funeral services of Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 22, 2021. Wright, 20, was fatally shot by a Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer during a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, Pool)Katie and Aubrey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, cry as the speak during funeral services of Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 22, 2021. Wright, 20, was fatally shot by a Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer during a traffic stop. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright
Stocks end lower after report on Biden’s tax proposal
In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, trader Fred DeMarco, right, works on the floor, Thursday April 22, 2021. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, trader Fred DeMarco, right, works on the floor, Thursday April 22, 2021. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)A report that President Biden will propose a hefty tax increase on the gains wealthy individuals reap from investments triggered a stock market sell-off Thursday afternoon that left indexes broadly lower. The selling was widespread, with every sector in the S&P 500 closing lower. ADVERTISEMENTThe S&P 500, which set a record high on Friday, started the week with a two-day slide before closing higher Wednesday.
Countering Biden, GOP pitches $568B for infrastructure
The GOP’s slimmer infrastructure plan received a positive reception from the White House, with press secretary Jen Psaki characterizing it as a legitimate starting point for negotiations. Republican lawmakers have been quick to criticize the infrastructure proposal from Biden. The senators delivered their blueprint to the White House about 30 minutes prior to holding a press conference on it. “Any infrastructure proposal has to be green and cannot be paid for on the backs of working people,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said. White House officials declined to confirm the precise numbers, but they emphasized that taxes would not increase for anyone making under $400,000.
Gold-medal project: Judo seeks solutions in police training
USA Judo officials spearheaded the training session to try to give officers techniques that could help them avoid using deadly force when they encounter potential suspects. USA Judo officials spearheaded the training session to try to give officers techniques that could help them avoid using deadly force when they encounter potential suspects. “This hits a societal issue,” USA Judo CEO Keith Bryant said. USA Judo was among the 70% of U.S. national governing bodies that asked the government for loans under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program during COVID-19. Over the course of the pandemic, most of the 400 clubs that USA Judo sanctions across the country were forced to close or severely curtail operations.
Overdose Deaths Surged In Pandemic, As More Drugs Were Laced With Fentanyl
Overdose Deaths Surged In Pandemic, As More Drugs Were Laced With FentanylEnlarge this image toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesResearchers gathered for a conference on addiction this week received a grim update on the growing spread of street drugs laced with deadly synthetic opioids including fentanyl. Volkow said people are often consuming fentanyl "unbeknownst to them," resulting in a spike in overdose deaths. Deaths from methamphetamines and other stimulants also surged by roughly 46%, an increase Volkow said is linked to fentanyl contamination. In all more than 90,000 Americans died from overdoses in the latest 12-month period for which preliminary data is available. Preliminary data for the full year won't be available until mid-summer.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. ADVERTISEMENTThe best available data suggests COVID-19 deaths among Americans 65 and older have declined more than 50% since their peak in January. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% of all adults. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect. The challenge will be quickly vaccinating younger Americans, who feel they are less vulnerable to the coronavirus but are mainly the ones spreading the disease.
World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. The entire world faces “a moment of peril” but also “a moment of opportunity,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style chrome-blue set for the virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some not.
Anti-hate-crimes bill spurred by attacks on Asian Americans passes Senate overwhelmingly
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill meant to improve the tracking of federal hate crimes in the wake of a series of high-profile attacks against Asian Americans related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate bill, sponsored by Hawaii Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono, would require the Department of Justice to quickly designate a person to track and speed up the review of federal hate-crime reports and their prosecution. The bill as it passed eliminated that language and only referenced a pre-existing definition of hate crimes in federal law. The language for expanding hate crimes reporting and grants to boost reporting came from a separate bill introduced in early April. “We’ve all heard the sickening stories and seen the horrifying videos of Asian Americans being beaten, slashed and spat on.
Senate Republicans’ opening infrastructure bid: $568 billion
The proposal would be a far less expansive version of an infrastructure spending bill that the White House and congressional Democrats have been seeking. She said that Biden would invite members of Congress to the White House for discussions following his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. The proposed breakdown by infrastructure sector in the Republican bill would include:$299 billion for roads and bridges;$65 billion new money for broadband;$61 billion for public transit systems;$44 billion for airports$35 billion for drinking water and waste water projects;$20 billion for rail;$17 billion for ports and inland waterways;$14 billion for water storage; and$13 billion for highway and pipeline safety. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Any infrastructure proposal has to be green and cannot be paid for on the backs of working people. I haven’t studied it yet.”Wicker said the Republican plan should not be dismissed out of hand because of how much smaller it is than the president’s outline.
Athlete groups, unions pledge legal support for athletes that protest at Tokyo Olympics
Multiple activist groups and athlete unions have pledged legal support for any athlete that opts to make a political or social justice statement at the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo — something the International Olympic Committee banned on Wednesday. The IOC executive board “unanimously approved” the recommendation for a continued ban on protests and demonstrations at the Olympics, including during both medal ceremonies and competitions. China had the most athletes surveyed by the IOC at 14%, and the United States came in at second with 7%. Ireland’s Caradh O’Donovan, a karate athlete who helped launch the group Global Athlete, made a similar pledge to Schwab on Thursday and encouraged athletes to speak out. The Tokyo Olympics, which were initially delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are set to start on July 23.
Swimming Pools Are Hot. And These Stocks Prove It.
Pool stock closed up 6.4% Thursday. Pentair had a strong quarter, too, but beat analyst estimates only by about 31%. He added that he suspects second-quarter guidance of about 72 cents in per-share earnings is conservative. Barron’s recently wrote positively about Pool, believing strong pool trends would continue into 2021 and beyond. Since that article, Pool stock is up about 13%, a couple of percentage points better than the S&P.
NCAA volleyball semis: Kentucky-Washington, Texas-Wisconsin
1 Wisconsin (18-0), which lost to Stanford in the national championship match in 2019, plays No. Kentucky is in the NCAA tournament for the 16th straight time and lost in the regional semifinals in its last three appearances. “I don't think we've played our best volleyball in this tournament yet,” setter Ella May Powell said. “Throughout the season we saw glimpses of what we can be.”The Badgers are in their second straight national semifinal and fourth overall. “Wisconsin is extremely disciplined, and they've got more firepower and they're balanced like we are at every position,” Elliott said.
Anti-Asian hate-crime bill passes Senate 94-1, with only Republican Sen. Josh Hawley voting against it
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERSOnly one senator, Josh Hawley, voted against a bill addressing the spike in anti-Asian hate crimes. The bill would improve public reporting of anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. Only one member, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, opposed the bill. Republicans last week expressed a willingness to work across the aisle when the Senate voted 92-6 to advance the bill.
Bill passes to fight Asian American hate crimes
“For over a year, anyone asking questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been branded as a conspiracy theorist. The world needs to know if this pandemic was the product of negligence at the Wuhan lab but the CCP has done everything it can to block a credible investigation,” Hawley said. “That’s why the Biden administration must declassify what it knows about the Wuhan lab and Beijing’s attempts to cover up the origin of the pandemic,” he continued. The Editorial Board at the Washington Post has called on Biden to declassify any intelligence associated with the lab. In April 2020, Hawley proposed legislation, the Justice for Victims of Coronavirus Act, that would allow American citizens to sue the Chinese government for damages.
What happened to the other officers arrested over George Floyd death?
Three former Minneapolis police officers, Thomas Lane (L), J Alexander Keung (C), and Tou Thao (R) will face August 2021 trial for their role in aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin in murder of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death, and he will be sentenced in eight weeks time. Now former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, 35, Thomas Lane, 38, and J Alexander Kueng, 27, all face charges of aiding and abetting Chauvin in second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of Floyd. The state’s attorney general’s office will try and add a third-degree murder charge against all three officers in a Minnesota Court of Appeals hearing set for 20 May. They are set to face trial on 23 August after a judge separated their trial from Chauvin’s because of Covid-19 concerns.
The housing boom, central banks and the inflation conundrum
Global residential property prices have risen 60% in the past 10 years, according to a Knight Frank index. Story continuesThat raises the question of what central banks can do. Including house prices in the inflation measures central banks use to guide policy is also widely seen as impractical, given their extreme volatility. Adding property prices to CPI indexes just as long-dormant inflation finally awakes could send readings soaring, heaping pressure on central banks to tighten policy even as economies nurse pandemic-time wounds. George Washington University professor Danny Leipziger argues housing markets are more effectively cooled by regulation and measures outside central banks' scope, such as raising capital gains taxes and increasing the supply of housing.
Biden preparing to recognise Armenian genocide, risking backlash from Turkey
However, the sources also said Mr Biden could change his mind last moment given the importance of America’s bilateral ties with Turkey. Last year, Mr Biden said he would “support a resolution recognising the Armenian Genocide and will make universal human rights a top priority.”Last year, during his presidential campaign, Mr Biden commemorated the killngs said he would back efforts to recognise the atrocities as an act of genocide. “Today, we remember the atrocities faced by the Armenian people in the Metz Yeghern — the Armenian Genocide. If elected, I pledge to support a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide and will make universal human rights a top priority,” he said on Twitter at the time. “Statements that have no legal binding will have no benefit, but they will harm ties,” Mr Cavusoglu said in an interview with broadcaster Haberturk.
Senate Republicans reignite push for debt ceiling, spending cuts
Senate Republicans are pushing a return to fiscal austerity under President Biden, adopting a new internal party rule that requires dollar-for-dollar spending cuts in order to raise the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling – which is currently around $22 trillion – is the legal limit on the total amount of debt that the federal government can accrue. Biden and Democrats already approved a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill this year and are pushing for another $2.25 trillion spending plan that would be offset by new taxes on corporations. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSSen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is one of the GOP lawmakers urging his colleagues to support offsetting any costs in the debt ceiling with spending cuts. I think Republicans agree that we have too much debt and that we have to figure out how to live within our means," Scott told NBC News.
Dow tumbles 321 points on Biden's capital gains tax hike plan
U.S. equity markets turned sharply lower Thursday afternoon following a report that the Biden administration is mulling increasing the capital gains tax. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 321 points, or 0.94%, while the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 declined 0.92% and 0.94%, respectively. The increase would help fund Biden's American Families Plan, the details of which are still being ironed out. In economic data, initial jobless claims fell to a coronavirus-era low of 547,000, better than the 617,000 that analysts were expecting. Ticker Security Last Change Change % DHI D.R.
Theater gets its weird back. How REDCAT and CAP UCLA shows celebrate the offbeat
What I miss most about alternative theater, the kind of work REDCAT and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA specialize in, is the feeling of strange delight. Robin Frohardt’s “Plastic Bag Store: The Film,” courtesy of CAP UCLA, and Elevator Repair Service’s “Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge (In Progress),” a REDCAT virtual presentation, bring quirky lenses through which to see stubborn social problems anew. This immersive installation was intended to give rise to a puppet theater piece, but the COVID-19 pandemic altered the plan. After seeing “Plastic Bag Store: The Film,” I couldn’t help viewing the containers in my refrigerator and cupboards with stark horror. Ben Williams, left, and Greig Sargeant in Elevator Repair Service’s “Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge (In Progress),” presented by REDCAT.
Snap Climbs as First-Quarter Results Beat Expectations
Snap (SNAP) - Get Report beat Wall Street's first-quarter expectations Thursday as the parent of the Snapchat photography-focused app reported a surge in active daily users. Snap reported a net loss of $287 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with a loss of $306 million, or 21 cents, in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue increased 66% to $770 million. Snap said daily active users increased 22% year-over-year to 280 million. 'Mad Money' Lightning Round: Snap, Boston ScientificIn February, Snap beat Wall Street's fourth-quarter earnings expectations.
California’s massive UC and Cal State systems plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall
More than three dozen colleges nationwide have already announced they will require vaccination for enrollment this fall, including Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd in Claremont. But UC and Cal State have not yet taken that step because of questions over the legality of requiring vaccines before they have been formally approved by the FDA. “The state of California has been a leader in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and Californians receiving a vaccine has led to significantly reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in our state,” Castro said. In California, COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations related to the virus are low and vaccinations are on the rise. AdvertisementWhile there has been no statewide or federal mandate ordering residents to get any emergency-authorized COVID-19 vaccine, there has been some indication already that a show of proof may be necessary at times.
Bill Buford on reading and learning from cookbooks
Bill Buford is the founding editor of the literary journal Granta who went on to become the fiction editor of The New Yorker. Lately I’ve been reading books I never got around to, like Salman Rusdie’s novel “Quichotte,” his novel about Don Quixote. BUFORD: A lot of what I’ve been reading has been nonfiction for my work. I had the most fun reading old, classic French food writing, a lot of which you can read on the digital library Gallica. BUFORD: I love Orwell but I’ve never read “1984.” I’ve never read Tolstoy or Proust.
Four games in 47 hours and three different uniforms, with infinite feel-good vibes at Fenway Park
The Red Sox wore three different uniforms and played four games in less than 47 hours to start their longest home stand of the year last weekend. With fan capacity less than 5,000 due to COVID restrictions, it was definitely feel-good vibe. I roamed the ballpark capturing images while the Red Sox played the White Sox. “This is the best day ever,” says Lisa Valatka as she watched Sox pitcher Austin Brice have an impromptu catch with a group of kids before the game.
Warren joins push for more housing help from DC, seeking nearly $500 billion for 3 million new homes
Add Senator Elizabeth Warren to the growing list of Washington Democrats urging federal help to tackle a housing crunch that’s affecting Greater Boston and many other places across the United States. It would expand several programs that fund affordable housing, chiefly the Housing Trust Fund, which finances development for lower-income households. Those rules, analysts say, contribute to sky-high housing costs and effectively block some people from buying homes in many Boston-area suburbs. The Biden administration’s $2 billion infrastructure package includes some of the same elements as Warren’s plan, such as $5 billion in grants to loosen zoning. At nearly $500 billion over 10 years, Warren’s housing plan could face pushback from lawmakers concerned about the mounting cost of COVID-19 economic relief spending and other broad economic bills being pushed in the early months of the Biden administration.
How to help friends avoid conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theories are an insidious form of conceptual quicksand. In part, that’s because conspiracy theories are based on non-falsifiable propositions, assertions that don’t exist in concrete enough form to be tested or disproved. In such a situation, facts don’t render one skeptical of conspiracy theories; rather, conspiracy theories make one skeptical of facts. “One may want to point out that throughout history, conspiracy theories have come up short,” Byford recommended via e-mail. And all that is to say nothing of the multiple arrests of cabal members that were supposed to occur.
COVID: UC and CSU systems plan to require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated
The California State University and University of California systems are moving forward with plans to require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before on-campus instruction begins this fall. CSU said Thursday it intends to require those accessing campus facilities to be immunized, pending full approval and availability of at least one of the vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccines currently in use have received emergency use authorization and are expected to be fully approved in the coming months. “[T]his is the most comprehensive and consequential university plan for COVID-19 vaccines in the country,” CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro said in a statement Thursday. Michael Drake, UC president and a medical doctor, said in a statement the vaccine will help bring students back to campus.
Airlines signal fares are on the rise after a year of record-low prices
Leisure travelers dominated 2020 and early this year, buoyed by airlines dropping fares to record low levels in order to fill empty airplanes. Executives at Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Dallas-based Southwest shared their outlook Thursday on airfares after a year of turmoil, saying that prices should go up this summer. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said last week that airfares for peak summer travel season could return to pre-pandemic levels seen in summer 2019. The average fare for a Southwest Airlines ticket was only $120 in the first three months of this year, compared to $155 for the same period a year ago. But business customers are key to airlines because they buy premium seats, pay premiums for flexible fares and tend to purchase tickets closer to travel.
The Spot: 3 major topics that Colorado’s lawmakers and leaders are focused on
Each day brings about 8,000 new things (rough estimate) that demand the attention of The Denver Post’s politics team. All of that would be on top of three other bills related to gun violence this session, two of which were signed into law this week. That lapse in leadership for more than 200,000 students ended this week when Douglas County School District named Corey Wise as the new permanent superintendent of the 63,000-student system. His appointment follows the announcement last month of new superintendents for Jeffco Public Schools (Tracy Dorland) and Cherry Creek School District (Christopher Smith). “We could see a real stress on the system of people ready to walk away.”Denver Public Schools is still looking to replace Susana Cordova, who resigned as superintendent of Colorado’s largest school district in November.
Over 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered while vaccination trends are sliding downward
That was likely because the state received a big shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine at that time, said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Department of Health Services deputy secretary. Willems Van Dijk said some of that dip was caused by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Allowing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being discussed at an upcoming Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Friday. “Once the pause and any parameters around it are put into place, we will have people ready to give (Johnson & Johnson)," said Willems Van Dijk. “We have also heard from a number of vaccinators that they do have people that are waiting for the (Johnson & Johnson) pause to be lifted.
Casinos hiring for hundreds of jobs to keep up with growing demand
As tourism rates ramp up across the Las Vegas Valley, some casino companies are rushing to fill hundreds of jobs to keep up. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeJob seekers line up to apply for jobs at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeJob seekers, including Donovan Garcia, second right, line up to apply for jobs at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeJob seekers, including Katelyn Laurente line up to apply for jobs as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeJob seekers, including Katelyn Laurente applies for cocktail waitress position as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Las Vegas.
Stress-induced drug use during pandemic is reason to de-criminalize harder drugs: Foxx
Whether that was cocaine or heroin or Fentanyl or prescription drugs. I’m not making value judgements on which person used what type of drug to say that’s a disorder,” Foxx told the Sun-Times. It’s a public health crisis. There’s not been a leader in the public health space who has said otherwise. And yet, we used the criminal justice system to criminalize people who have addition issues,” Foxx said.
$10.2 billion federal windfall has Florida lawmakers a bit flummoxed
Roads, environmental clean-up projects and school construction projects could get more cash from the federal COVID-19 relief funds. All of those ideas have been floated by House or Senate budget negotiators trying to come to the final agreement on a spending plan that is likely to top $100 billion for the first time in state history.
The rumors are true: Guthrie’s Tavern is reopening after sale to owner of Roscoe Village bar
But on July 20, hours after the city shut down indoor seating for bars that did not sell food as part of the effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, former Guthrie’s owner Steve Leith announced on Facebook that he would shutter the bar permanently. After a forced closure due to the pandemic in spring, Leith said in an interview last summer, he planned to close the bar and retire if another closure came. He kept his word.
Editorial: The need for continuity at the Chicago Police Department
With the unprecedented, unpredictable events of the last year dominated by a once-in-a-generation health pandemic, Brown and other leaders across the city, the state and the country cannot be evaluated outside of that context. Who’s to say, without a COVID crisis that no one could foresee whether Brown might be snapping his suspenders today, proud of progress his department made curbing Chicago’s violence epidemic? It is not easy to evaluate the leadership of Brown — and of Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, for that matter — with such a wild card in the deck.
Bald Hill amphitheater to hold June concert series
The Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill has announced a June concert series featuring seven shows from June 4 to 26. "We are trying to ramp the venue up a little bit," says John Caracciolo, president & CEO of Long Island Events, which operates the amphitheater. Classic rock cover band Wonderous Stories will headline on June 11 as multigenre cover band The Mystic takes the stage on June 12. "We wanted to get the best local bands we could," says Caracciolo. We dig deep to uncover the facts, hold the powerful in check and keep a watchful eye on Long Island.
Meet the Brides of Long Island
Weddings are a logistical nightmare during COVID-19, and some couples want looser restrictions from the state on their special day. Enter the Brides of Long Island, a bridal support group which has strong feelings about 2021 nuptials. Newsday Opinion’s Mark Chiusano checks it out. Credit: Newsday / Mark Chiusano; Chris Ware
How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?
NEW YORK — How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if, when and how often additional shots might be needed. “We only have information for as long as the vaccines have been studied,” said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine researcher at the University of Washington. The current vaccines are designed to work against a particular spike protein on the coronavirus, said Mehul Suthar of the Emory Vaccine Center. If it turns out we need another shot, a single dose could extend protection of the current shots or contain vaccination for one or more variants.
For Oregon State baseball — with 34 lineups in 35 games — the only lineup consistency is inconsistency
In 35 games this season, the Beavers have used 34 lineups as Canham has mixed and matched combinations at every spot in the order. The only consistency with Canham’s lineup has been inconsistency. Canham has changed lineups for all of these reasons — and more — over the first 35 games of the season. It was the first time this season Canham’s lineup has featured the same one-through-five hitters in three consecutive games. “In an ideal situation, the guys can create the lineup,” Canham said.
New live-fire Spanish restaurant from seasoned San Francisco chef coming to Beech Street Parlor space
But a move to Portland and a suddenly vacant space later, Muntzert is jumping in where he thought he never would again. In June, the former Commonwealth chef de cuisine will open Brasa Haya, a new Spanish restaurant in the former Beech Street Parlor space that will focus on high-quality meat and seafood, simply seasoned and grilled over live fire. Brasa Haya inherited a nice tap system from Beech Street Parlor, where sherry could one day be poured alongside craft beer. Currently, Brasa Haya has room for 24 seats outdoors, along with around 46 inside. Brasa Haya hopes to open in the converted foursquare home at 412 N.E.
Portland leaders kickstart new citywide cleanup effort with $750K
The Portland City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend $750,000 to help kickstart a new initiative aimed at picking up litter, garbage and debris citywide. Mayor Ted Wheeler launched the so-called Clean and Green project last month in response to Portland’s trash problem, which has spiraled out of control in the last year. The council unanimously agreed to provide the hefty dose of one-time funding to accelerate its work in May through June. The cleanup effort plans to dispatch an army of volunteers across the city with the help of nonprofits, community groups and neighborhood associations. “The people of Portland are clear,” Wheeler said in a statement.
Countering Biden, a group of Senate Republicans pitch $568 billion for infrastructure
Yet the unveiling of the GOP proposal also made clear the parties are leagues apart on the size and scope of what’s needed. Biden is spending time listening to Republicans and voicing a willingness to consider their ideas, but Democrats are intent on passing a major infrastructure boost this year with or without GOP support. They have made clear they are willing to use the budget reconciliation process to bypass Republicans altogether, just as they did on COVID relief earlier this year.
Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak temporarily closing its doors
Adam GrahamThe Detroit NewsThe Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, an arthouse staple in Metro Detroit for decades, is temporarily shutting its doors. The theater, located at the corner of 11 Mile and Main Street in Royal Oak and known for its iconic marquee, has been in operation for 80 years, since first swinging open its doors in 1941. The three-screen complex specializes in art films and independent fare. After being closed for much of the year, the Main Art opened up on Christmas Day and has been showing films such as "The White Tiger," "One Night in Miami..." and other awards season films. During its closure, the Main Art is continuing to offer "Minari" as a virtual title in partnership with distributor A24's online Screening Room platform.
Trenton-style pizza joint opening Downtown. Well, what's that!?
Next week, the couple will open a new pizzeria and cocktail joint dubbed Rosie's Cocktails & Pies, which will be located 300 E. Seventh St., Downtown. "Compared to every other kind of pizza, Trenton tomato pies are put together backwards," wrote New Jersey Monthly's Jill Capuzzo, in 2010. Only then comes the tomato sauce – seasoned, crushed plum tomatoes, to be precise – spooned on with the individual pizzamaker’s signature flair." Let us give thanks??:One man's search for the best Chicago-style pizzas in CincinnatiSitek said he learned the art of making a proper Trenton pie tomato sauce back in New Jersey. For those who like a little more blister, Rosie's pies can be ordered either regular or "well done" (meaning just shy of burnt).
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation's younger people to roll up their sleeves. “What you’re seeing there is exactly what we hoped and wanted to see: As really high rates of vaccinations happen, hospitalizations and death rates come down," said Jodie Guest, a public health researcher at Emory University. The best available data suggests COVID-19 deaths among Americans 65 and older have declined more than 50% since their peak in January. The picture is not entirely clear because the most recent data on deaths by age from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is incomplete and subject to revision.
The Latest: Alaska organizers eye 2022 for cultural festival
Cafes — a major part of social life in France — have been closed since the fall. ———SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says the state's vaccine supply is beginning to outpace demand in some counties, and he's urging everyone who may be hesitant to get their shots. Cox added that authorities are starting to move some doses to Salt Lake County, Utah's most populated, where demand remains high. State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn urged vaccine-reluctant people to speak with their doctor or pharmacist about the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.
Stocks end lower after report on Biden's tax proposal
The S&P 500 lost 38.44 points to 4,134.98. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 321.41 points, or 0.9%, to 33,815.90. The Nasdaq slid 131.81 points, or 0.9%, to 13,818.41. The S&P 500, which set a record high on Friday, started the week with a two-day slide before closing higher Wednesday. Stocks have rallied in recent weeks amid a string of encouraging reports on hiring, retail sales and other economic data.
Highlights of Indiana's new state budget
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana General Assembly gave final approval Thursday to a new two-year $37 billion state budget that is bolstered by $3 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding. A look at some highlights of the legislation:SCHOOL FUNDINGThe plan increases base K-12 school funding by of 4.6% in the budget’s first year and 4.3% in the second, adding about $1 billion to total two-year funding of $16 billion. Legislative leaders said the budget plan will cover the $600 million a year in additional money the governor’s teacher compensation commission found was needed to significantly boost Indiana’s lagging teacher pay in comparison to nearby states. The bill directs school districts to submit explanations to the state if they aren’t able to set a minimum teacher pay of $40,000 a year. The state is also directing $150 million toward grants for schools to help students make up learning loss caused by COVID-19 closures.
Vaccine booster: First lady visits ABQ medical clinic
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalRay Jaramillo was in the observation area at a South Valley medical center on Wednesday, after getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot, when in walked a bevy of television cameras, Secret Service agents, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and first lady Jill Biden. “It was a great thing, to be around people you believe in and trust.”Biden visited First Choice Community Healthcare, South Valley Medical Center, a nonprofit federally qualified health center, shortly after she arrived in Albuquerque on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Will Kaufman, the medical director, gave Biden and Lujan Grisham a tour of the facility. It’s mostly in your head.”Biden and Lujan Grisham spent a few minutes passing out stickers and buttons promoting the vaccine.
Northam to again roll back in COVID-related restrictions
Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he would be further loosening coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and social gatherings in mid-May. He also said that a more substantial rollback is likely coming in June. Beginning Saturday, May 15, sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase under changes Northam is making to an executive order. The Democratic governor said the easing of the measures would be possible thanks to increasing vaccination rates. “I’m optimistic that we will be able to take more steps in June," Northam said in a statement.
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See for yourself how and where vaccinations are ramping up, plus how COVID-19 infections and deaths still persist in most states.
Oscars 2021: How to watch all the best picture nominees
In years past unless you made it to a theater multiple times, you probably didn't get a chance to see all the films nominated for best picture at the Oscars. But COVID-19 changed that. With most theaters closed due to the pandemic, streaming became the way to enjoy many of the latest films. Kaluuya and Stanfield are now both nominated in the best supporting actor category for their roles as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and the man the government used to help infiltrate Hampton's organization, William O'Neal, respectively. It is currently available to rent on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube.
Virginia will relax some COVID-19 restrictions on May 15; masks and social distancing will continue
Virginia officials will relax COVID-19 restrictions around social events and restaurant operations on May 15, with hopes to eliminate all gathering and capacity limits by June. Ralph Northam said Thursday that social gatherings will be limited to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors starting in mid-May, up from 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. COVID-19 vaccinations have unlocked a gradual return to normalcy in Virginia and elsewhere. But health experts caution that ramping up social activity too quickly could lead to spikes among the unvaccinated population and the rapid spread of little-understood variants. “It’s good news that half of all adults in Virginia have gotten a shot so far,” Northam said in a video the administration shared online.
Why overdue book fines could soon be history at Louisville public libraries
The days of 20-cent fines for overdue Louisville library books could be numbered. "That transition of part of our circulation to e-books has really complicated the equity equation around overdue fines," he said. Some studies, however, suggest that people are more likely to return overdue materials when they don't face a large overdue fine. There's little to no data suggesting that fines incentivize returns, said Jessica Powell, the director of Oldham County Public Library and the chairwoman of the Kentucky Public Library Association. That's similar elsewhere — in Oldham County's system, the board of which is considering ending overdue fines, the $16,500 in overdue fines made up just 0.66% of its overall budget, Powell said.
Fischer rebuffs calls to defund police, proposes millions more for anti-violence programs
Fischer said Thursday his priorities for city spending were beating the COVID-19 virus, including through vaccination efforts; positioning the city for an economic recovery; focusing on equity; and "reimagining public safety." An amendment to the spending plan could be proposed prior to the council's final vote. The mayor's spending plan would fund three new LMPD recruit classes, as it does in a typical year to supplant departures from the agency. But Fischer also stressed a public safety plan must include investments beyond law enforcement — in "intervention, prevention, community mobilization, organizational change and re-entry." Hollander added not all the money will be appropriated by June 30, and it's possible council could consider additional ordinances separate from the city budget.
Mayor: New budget focuses on defeating COVID, lifting economy and realizing racial equity
Our budget was bolstered by the $156.7 million in critical COVID-related federal aid that Metro Government has received since last year. And federal COVID-related funding will continue to help – we’ll soon receive more than $430 million through the American Rescue Plan. Related:'Reimagining' police without defunding: How Fischer wants to spend Louisville dollarsMy team and I remain focused on creating equity of opportunity in our city. To foster that, this budget includes $250,000 for the new Equity in Procurement Task Force, which promotes supplier diversity initiatives. Let’s work together to defeat the pandemic, lift up our economy and realize racial equity.
COVID-19 reaches Mount Everest and experts warn of possible "superspreader" event
COVID-19 knows no bounds, reaching the farthest ends of the Earth including Mount Everest. Medical experts have recently confirmed the first coronavirus cases among climbers, per the New York Times. Catch up quick: The warnings, first reported by Outside Magazine, come as Nepal's neighbor, India, battles record daily surges of the novel coronavirus. India's health ministry confirmed 314,835 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the country's tally to nearly 16 million infections since the start of the pandemic. Be smart: A COVID outbreak in the punishing environment could be particularly dangerous, as Outside reported.
After the Super League fiasco: five reforms that could save the game | David Conn
The Football Supporters’ Association, whose recommendations have often been indulged but not implemented, is now a central participant in the fan-led review. When a sport becomes so grossly unequal, dominated on and off the field by billionaire-owned corporations, it is betraying its heritage, as the fans’ outcry against the Super League has shown. The football corporations now dominating the Premier League, wholly owned by investors, are an outcome of this deregulation. The Premier League resisted introducing such a test for years, arguing it could be illegal, until the Football League finally introduced some rules in June 2004 and the Premier League followed in August of that year. ‘Suffer consequences’: Uefa to discuss punishments for Super League rebels Read moreThe current rule, which bars people who are insolvent or have unspent convictions, is a bare minimum safeguard.
Republicans unveil $568 bln infrastructure package to counter Biden
Some Democrats dismissed it as inadequate to the task of repairing America's infrastructure and reliant on user fees that would penalize working people. Republicans sent the proposal to Biden on Thursday, before unveiling the package, which represents less than one-quarter of the Democratic president's plan. "It's a starting point," said Senator Joe Manchin, who has insisted that Democrats work with Republicans on infrastructure. Republican Senator Pat Toomey said state and local governments that are flush with tax revenues and COVID-19 relief funding could also be asked to help pay for infrastructure projects. Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress could need Republican support to get infrastructure through the Senate and House of Representatives.
Jake Paul Promised Them Fame. Was It Worth the Price?
At the time, it sounded like a good deal; Mr. Paul would help them become stars in their own right. Mr. Mitchell was given a room to share with Alissa Violet, who was 19 at the time and publicly dating Mr. Paul. Meanwhile, in BusinesslandIn the business and entertainment worlds, the name Jake Paul continues to have cachet. (After the fight, Mr. Paul wrote in an Instagram post that the fight had drawn 1.5 million pay-per-view customers.) The post Jake Paul Promised Them Fame.
Social distancing rules for hospitality 'a good way off' being lifted in Scotland, chief medical officer warns
Social distancing rules that threaten to bankrupt thousands of pubs and restaurants across Scotland are a "good way off" from being lifted indoors or outside, the country's chief medical officer warned on Thursday. Dr Gregor Smith said there was still a "theoretical risk" of Covid transmission outdoors with the one-metre distancing rule that will apply in licensed premises when they are allowed to reopen on Monday. He insisted the one-metre rule, which will even apply between people from different households enjoying a meal together, was "proportionate" and it would not change before more information is available about the impact of vaccination on transmission. But Scotland's crisis-hit hospitality industries warned their businesses could not even start to recover while the "toxic" rule remains and "every extra day of social distancing will result in more business failures, more job losses, and more small business owners losing what has often taken a lifetime to build." The Scottish Government’s position stands in stark contrast to England, where Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick wrote to local authorities cautioning them against “overzealous interpretation” of distancing rules at tables outdoors.
Boris Johnson met with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward days before European Super League launch
Boris Johnson met with Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, in Downing Street days before the launch of the ill-fated European Super League, The Independent can reveal. Sources at Manchester United said that Mr Woodward’s talks with Mr Rosenfield were “around Covid restrictions and the return of fans to stadiums”. Following the meeting, Mr Woodward was introduced to the prime minister, Manchester United sources confirmed. A Downing Street spokesperson refused to comment on the breakfast meeting, but a senior source insisted there was “definitely no discussion of the Super League”. The source said Mr Johnson was not in the meeting between Mr Rosenfield and Mr Woodward, but said they could not rule out that they may have met each other elsewhere in the building.
Ligue 1 club Bordeaux go into administration after owners pull financial support
French side Girondins de Bordeaux have been placed in administration after its owners, investment management firm King Street, said they no longer wished to support the club financially, the Ligue 1 side said on Thursday. Their problems were compounded when Spanish media rights agency Mediapro, which had won TV rights for a record 780 million euros ($936.23 million) per season over the 2020-2024 period, went bankrupt and missed payments last year. “While Bordeaux is strongly impacted, King Street, its shareholder, after having invested 46 million euros in the club since its takeover, has let it be known that he no longer wishes to support the club and finance its current and future needs,” the club said. “These circumstances led the president to protect the club by placing it under the protection of the Bordeaux Commercial Court. “An ad hoc representative has been appointed, he will be responsible for assisting Bordeaux in their search for a lasting solution.”Bordeaux last won the title in the 2008-09 season but are 16th in the Ligue 1 standings this season, five points above the relegation zone.
US stages climate comeback after Trump but fails to elicit specific targets from largest polluters
Some 40 world leaders were invited to the event, held online due to Covid-19. President Xi Jinping of China, the world’s largest carbon polluter, was the first global leader to speak after Mr Biden. Some world leaders made subtle digs at the right-wing former president in remarks on Thursday. International climate and policy campaign director, Cherelle Blazer, said it met “the urgency of the moment”. Democrats can kill US jobs & industries with no real impact on global emissions.”
How the pandemic has changed our sex lives
Before the pandemic, many couples lived like “two ships passing in the night”, says Houston, Texas-based sex therapist Emily Jamea. “Initially, the pandemic gave people the opportunity to… reconnect in a way that maybe previously they were only able to do on vacation,” says Jamea. As the pandemic wore on, however, it began to “take its toll” on intimate relationships, she says. “For the majority of couples, sexual desire kind of took a nosedive.”Studies from around the world tell a similar story. A decline in desireAs Jamea observed, many couples did enjoy a short boost in their sex lives at the beginning of lockdowns.
Dorinda Medley is slipping back into her spandex after 16lb weight loss for Dorobics charity class
Reality star and iconic aerobics instructor Dorinda Medley is bringing back her beloved Dorobics class for a special virtual session with the proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House New York. Sweating for a good cause: Dorinda Medley chatted exclusively with DailyMail.com about bringing back her beloved Dorobics class for a special virtual session with the proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities'It’s Dorinda Medley, need I say more?' Dorinda is hosting a virtual 80s Dorobics class this Friday to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York, which she hopes will be the start of many more classes. 'It’s Dorinda Medley, need I say more?' the star quipped about hosting a virtual 80s Dorobics class this Friday to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York'The 80s were so much fun!
TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on public transportation
Federal officials are debating whether to extend a mask mandate on airplanes, trains, buses and ferries could be extended, officials told CNN. The mandate, which applies to all public transportation, is set to expire next month. TSA is consulting experts on whether to extend a federal mask mandate for mass transit that was issued in February and is set to expire next monthMask-wearing has become nearly ubiquitous and an inextricable part of the 'new normal.' Both current president Biden and former president Trump said that they would not issue sweeping federal mask mandates. 'We do think it should maintain the mask mandate,' Nick Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.
Republicans plan to SNUB Biden's first address to Congress - though only 200 can attend
Several Republican lawmakers are planning to snub President Joe Biden's first address to Congress on Wednesday as the joint session is limited to 200 attendees in the midst of the pandemic. 'I don't think I'll probably attend,' Iowa Senator Joni Ernst told Punchbowl News. Republicans are planning to snub President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress on WednesdayThe House is out of session next week, but even Republican senators say they don't plan to attend. Ohio Representative Jim Jordan said he wants to attend Biden's address and hopes the invitation gets extended to the whole of Congress. Ticket allotment has not been revealed, but it will be divided in some way among House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans.
Covid US: CEOs' 2020 pay DOUBLED as they laid off thousands of employees
Kelly’s base salary and base pay fell in 2020 - from $750,000 the prior year to $562,500. American Airlines also reported a massive loss in 2020 - $8.9billion worth after earning $1.7billion in 2019. American Airlines also reported a massive loss in 2020 - $8.9billion worth after earning $1.7billion in 2019. The company reported a $720million loss in 2020, including a $225million loss in the fourth quarter. While Johnson saw his pay increase, the company furloughed almost all of its workers without pay beginning in late April 2020.
Anti-discrimination bill passes in US Senate as Josh Hawley casts only opposition vote
The Senate passed an anti-discrimination bill to address the rise in hate crimes against Asians in the U.S. by wide, bipartisan margins Thursday afternoon. The Senate overwhelmingly voted Thursday on a bill to combat the rise in hate crimes against Asians, which has occurred during the coronavirus pandemicSen. Josh Hawley was the only no vote on the bill. Hawley became a national political figure for his role in challenging Electoral College vote counts on the day of the MAGA riot on January 6The bill expedites the DOJ's review of anti-Asian hate crimes. In late March, Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered a review of how the Justice Department can best deploy its resources to combat hate crimes against Asian-Americans. One concern is that hate crimes are actually underreported.
Covid US: Just two 'breakthrough' infections found in 417 fully vaccinated people in NY study
Less than one percent of people at a New York City school who were fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine tested positive for coronavirus, a new study finds. Just two people out of 417 employees at Rockefeller University in New York City who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later tested positive for the virus. This means that fully vaccinated people are between 90 and 95 percent less likely to develop COVID-19 than unvaccinated people. 'We have characterized bona fide examples of vaccine breakthrough manifesting as clinical symptoms,' the authors of the new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, wrote. 'So far, about 5,800 breakthrough cases have been reported to CDC,' the federal health agency wrote to CNN in an email.
India logs record new infections as Europe hopes peak may be over
Concern about it has led some countries, including the UK, to slap travel restrictions on India. The United Arab Emirates became the latest to join the list, announcing Thursday that it would suspend all flights from India. -With the global death toll now standing at over three million, Europe has also recently been hammered by a ferocious surge in new infections. "Germany is negotiating 3 x 10 million doses for June, July, August. In Egypt, drug maker Minapharm announced it will produce 40 million doses of Sputnik V in the first such production partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.
From Mumbai to Rio, Netflix dominates cultural conversation
Or does that even matter, as the company churns out worldwide hit shows, focusing on emerging markets and telling stories that embrace diverse viewpoints? "But at the end of the day, like any other media producer, Netflix cannot predict what will strike a chord." Even as its global reach expands, Netflix -- whose competitors include Disney+ and Amazon Prime -- recently has seen a plunge in shares, with fewer new subscribers than expected. And the company has cited pandemic-related production delays as the reason for postponing the release of some of its original content. "We had those 10 years where we were growing smooth as silk," Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said on a streamed earnings call this week.
US travel advisory a setback to recovery of tourism: Foreign Affairs
The Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the U.S. government’s recommendation to its citizens to avoid travel to Mexico. In 2019 over 173 million tourists traveled between Mexico and the United States, 81 million of whom were Mexican. In that year Mexican tourists spent more than US $8 billion in the United States, while U.S. travelers spent close to $27 billion visiting their southern neighbor. Proof of this is in the biosafety and vaccination measures, which have placed it among the 15 countries with the highest application of vaccines against Covid-19, building international confidence and certainty.”The latest U.S. travel advisory on Mexico reads, “Do not travel to Mexico due to Covid-19. Other countries raised to level 4 travel advisory by the U.S. State Department this week include the UK, Canada, France, Israel and Germany.
Republicans’ opening bid on infrastructure is about a quarter of the size of Biden’s plan
Senate Republicans have unveiled their $568 billion infrastructure counterproposal. Republicans argue that their infrastructure plan is “robust.” Though it’s a fraction of Biden’s proposal, the Republican plan is actually larger than the last $305 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill Congress passed in 2015 that was signed into law by President Barack Obama. There is some funding for electric vehicle infrastructure in the Republican plan, but it pales in comparison to Biden’s. Biden’s plan also contains a clean electricity standard, which many clean energy advocates see as a key way to cut US greenhouse gas emissions dramatically. Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have previously floated the idea of approving a bipartisan $800 billion infrastructure measure, and considering the more contentious tenets separately.
AstraZeneca blood clots linked to 32 deaths after over 21mill jabs
R are bloodclots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine have risen to 168 with over 21.2 million people having had the jab in the UK. The UK’s medicines regulator said the overall case fatality rate was 19 per cent, with 32 deaths reported up to April 14. The cases, reported through the Yellow Card scheme, occurred in 93 women and 75 men aged from 18 to 93 years old. HEALTH Coronavirus / PA GraphicsThe regulator’s position remains that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. Of the CVST cases, the average age is 47, while for the other major thromboembolic events the average age is 55.
Canada to ban flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days: sources
The federal government will ban passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days starting tonight, CBC News has learned. The ban is being imposed to deal with concerns about rising case counts in India and mutations of the coronavirus. Centre for Disease Control confirmed they had found 39 cases of the COVID-19 variant B1617 as of April 4. 1:14The federal government says 35 flights from India with at least one case of COVID-19 aboard have arrived in Canada in the last two weeks. But B.1.1.7 still reached Canadian shores and the Public Health Agency of Canada was reporting 70,253 cases of that COVID-19 variant as of Wednesday.
Dave Matthews Band announces rescheduled dates for 2021 tour, pledges to plant 1 million trees
The Dave Matthews Band is going on tour – just a little bit later than anticipated because of the pandemic. As the tour announcement comes on Earth Day, the band is pledging to plant 1 million trees, as they did in last year. Dave Matthews Band joins a handful of artists who have announced a return to touring since COVID-19 halted virtually all major concerts. See below for all of the Dave Matthews Band tour dates. More:Andrea Bocelli will start 21-city North American tour in OctoberMore:Kane Brown will launch a 35-stop arena tour in October.
W.H.O. Leader Dr. Tedros: Countries Must Keep Their Vaccine Promises - The New York Times
Second, vaccine diplomacy has undermined Covax as countries with vaccines make bilateral donations for reasons that have more to do with geopolitical goals than public health. This inevitably leaves countries with the least political clout as wallflowers at the vaccine ball. Reports of very rare side effects linked to some vaccines have spurred countries with other options to cast some aside. The longer this coronavirus circulates anywhere, the longer global trade and travel will be disrupted, and the higher the chances that a variant could emerge that renders vaccines less effective. But even if we had all the funds we need, money doesn’t help if there are no vaccines to buy.
New York Comic Con sets ‘very limited’ in-person event for October
After going virtual last year over COVID concerns, New York Comic Con is slated to return as an in-person event at the Javits Center this October. The cosplay-filled shindig, Oct. 7 to 10, will go down a month before San Diego Comic-Con International’s “special edition” con, marking SDCC’s first in-person event since summer 2019. However, Rogers outlined general safety precautions for their in-person events, which include operating at a “reduced capacity” with limited attendance to “ensure physical distancing.”New York Comic Con, seen here in 2013, will take place this year Oct. 7 to 10. To further reduce the potential for coronavirus spread, ReedPop has also adopted a firm “no handshakes, no high-fives, no hugs” policy. Meanwhile, the organization will hold other virtual programs through its Metaverse site, including an event from June 7 to 13.
Uber, Lyft boost driver pay as demand for rides soars
Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are boosting driver pay in a desperate effort to meet soaring demand for their services as the pandemic wanes. Some of the souped up pay may also be from higher fares as Uber and Lyft charge riders based on supply-and-demand algorithms. But Uber last month said it’s set aside $250 million in incentives for drivers. Members of the Independent Drivers Guild rally in support of drivers at Uber and Lyft’s NYC headquarters during a 2019 action. And Lyft drivers now making an average $36 an hour in Lyft’s top 25 markets, compared with $20 before COVID-19, the company told The Post.
Institutional Investor’s top editors jump to London-based rival
Institutional Investor, the flagship publication of publicly traded Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, has lost its top two editors to another London-based rival looking to expand its US offerings. Kip McDaniel, the editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Institutional Investor for the past four years, turned in his resignation on Monday, sources tell Media Ink. It’s the latest major upheaval within the top ranks of Institutional Investor, a popular read among asset managers known for its annual list of richest hedgies. The duo won’t start their new gigs, however, until sometime in June, sources tell Media Ink. Institutional Investor, which also publishes the closely watched list of top Wall Street analysts, also had a once-thriving events business that was forced to go digital last year due to the pandemic.
Tom Brady is completely flipping out over NFL’s ‘dumb’ jersey number rule
Tom Brady isn’t a fan of the NFL’s revised rule that allows players to change their jersey number based on position. 12 jersey number won’t change — due to the exemption of quarterbacks, punters, kickers and offensive linemen — he’s clearly concerned about players having difficulty identifying positions. Just have colored jerseys…why not wear the same number?…DUMB.”Tom Brady went off on Instagram about the NFL’s new jersey number rules. @tombrady/InstagramQuarterbacks, punters and kickers are still required to wear numbers 1 to 19 and offensive linemen would still get to choose from numbers from 50 to 79. The NFL’s approval of its revised jersey number rule comes just weeks after owners voted to extend the regular season to 17 games.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s finger-sucking, explained
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “getting handsy.”The PDA-prone couple has thrown COVID caution to the wind, showcasing a cringe-worthy habit of sucking each other’s fingers in public. “It could be a kink,” an unconventional sexual behavior that someone enjoys, erotic educator Taylor Sparks told The Post. Either way, “it’s quite normal.”Kourtney Kardashian sucks Travis Barker’s thumb. travisbarker/InstagramNeither Barker nor Kardashian returned The Post’s request for comment. Because their faces are exposed, “the people involved aren’t concerned about sharing droplets, and the finger sucker is also not concerned about sharing whatever happens to be on the suckee’s fingers,” Pitagora said.
CDC ‘looking’ into whether masks are necessary outside
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into whether people should continue to wear masks outdoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the agency’s boss said Thursday. “This is a question that we’re looking at,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on the “Today” show when asked whether people still need to mask up outside when they’re not close to others. “I mean isn’t part of this sort of a reward thing where, ‘Do the right thing, and you’ll be rewarded’? Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, told NPR this week that it is “really, really uncommon for the virus to spread” outdoors. Cindy Ord/Getty Images“And wearing masks outside, again, unless you’re in a very, very crowded space for extended periods of time, probably doesn’t do much to protect you or protect others.”
Opinion : India is collapsing under a second wave of coronavirus. Callousness and incompetence are killing us.
The second wave of covid-19 is sweeping through India with the ferocity of an inferno; misplaced triumphalism, complacency and willful incompetence have brought us to our knees. The official numbers for the entire state in the same week placed the fatalities at 78. I counted 20 bodies in a single hour, on a day when the official data placed the casualties at eight. It had no contingency in place for the pandemic’s second wave. As a doctor told me: “when someone dies because you could not provide him oxygen, that is not a natural death; this is murder.”
Americans are eating lots of unhealthy food – except at school, study finds
Schools throughout America serve more nutrient-rich foods than restaurants, according to researchers at Tufts University. In the final year of the study, more than half of meals that were served in U.S. restaurants were determined to have the "lowest nutritional quality." In schools, only 24% of the meals served were said to be poor in nutritional quality. Data obtained from the 16-year study reportedly showed that "poor nutritional quality food consumed from restaurants" only declined from 85% to 80%. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERNot so surprisingly, the study also found that food trucks and entertainment venues served foods that lack nutrients at 44% for adults and 52% for children.
Senate Dems block amendment defunding universities that discriminate against Asian Americans
Senate Democrats blocked an amendment to the new COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that would have barred universities that discriminate against Asian Americans from accessing federal funding. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and John Kennedy, R-La., co-sponsored the unsuccessful amendment, which would have banned federal funding from going to colleges and universities that discriminate against Asian American applicants when being recruited by schools or applying. "In an unbelievably cynical move, Senate Democrats blocked efforts to stop discrimination against Asian Americans in higher education, where racial bias has become all too common," the lawmakers said. "This amendment would bar funds from institutions that discriminate against Asian American students." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The Biden administration’s decision to drop the Yale lawsuit is totally wrong and sets a dangerous precedent," said Steel.
Mourners remember Daunte Wright as prince, proud father who 'was loved by so many' amid calls for justice
Ben Crump, attorney for the Floyd and Wright families, led the assembled mourners in chanting, "Daunte Wright’s life mattered!" In a rousing speech to the mourners, Crump acknowledged the relatives of other young Black men and women killed by police. DAUNTE WRIGHT FUNERAL PLANNED FOR THURSDAY AFTER MOURNERS ATTEND WEDNESDAY VIEWINGU.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. The police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday's guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright.
Long Island college student doused with acid in horrific assault
A 21-year-old Long Island woman was assaulted by a suspect who doused her with acid on her own driveway in a disturbing incident her family claims was a "planned attack." Her father, Sheikh Ikram, 50, said Nafiah was targeted on her way home from work. "No it’s not a random attack, it’s a planned attack," Ikram told The Post Wednesday night. "They come very closely to her and it was so much acid, like almost… you can say one pound," the distraught father said. Nafiah is just starting to talk again, but still struggles to eat or drink, because acid burned her throat, her father said.
After bitterly divided election, what's next for America (opinion)
CNN Opinion asked 26 commentators to consider the question: What does the outcome of this election say about America in 2020? Enter Joe Biden, who even his biggest critics admit is wholesome and good at his very core. Decency was on the ballot in the form of Joe Biden, and through his election, we have regained our deepest sense of it. My soul has been clenched and now, with the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, my heart is lifted, and I can exhale. This article has been updated from an earlier version to give the number of votes drawn by Joe Biden.
Fauci says people who get Covid between vaccine shots can get second dose soon after recovery
Pfizer 's and Moderna 's Covid vaccines require two doses given three to four weeks apart. Both vaccines are about 95% effective against the virus, but that strong protection doesn't kick in until two weeks after the second dose, officials say. Some people have reported being diagnosed with Covid after receiving their first vaccine shot and before receiving their second shot. When that happens, Fauci said, they can get their second dose after they have recovered from the disease and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation. Fauci said officials don't yet understand the risk of developing lingering symptoms, also known as "long Covid," after a breakthrough case post-vaccination.
Citigroup will pay NY mayoral candidate, former exec Ray McGuire $5.7 million over next few years
Former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, who is running to be mayor of New York, will receive a total of over $5 million from the Wall Street bank from 2022 through 2025. A Politico report from 2019 shows that New York Mayor Bill De Blasio made over $250,000 in one year. The filing shows that McGuire will be paid in four equal installments starting next year and ending in 2025, totaling just over $5.7 million. McGuire has raised over $7 million since he entered the race, with some contributions coming from New York's business leaders. Last year, McGuire appears to have made at least $1 million in 2020 while at Citi, including through capital gains, dividends and interest.
Ahead of EU summit, 11 countries tell Brussels to back off on social policy
Ahead of an EU leaders’ summit in Porto focused on social issues, 11 member countries issued a joint statement warning Lisbon — and Brussels — to respect national authority over policymaking in areas such as labor and employment, pensions, education and childcare. But the broad array of other countries involved shows that the resistance to giving the EU more power on social policy is not just about money. Leaders on the European Council adopted a European Pillar of Social rights at a similar summit in Gothenburg, Sweden in November 2017. In their non-paper, the 11 countries were careful to voice praise for the Porto summit itself, and for an “action plan” prepared by the Commission. “Given the COVID-19 pandemic with large socioeconomic consequences for all Member States and the upcoming twin digital and green transitions, the Social Summit comes at a timely moment,” they wrote.
In Michigan, a record-breaking number of children have been hospitalized with Covid
In Michigan, rates of child infections are now higher than they’ve been at any point in the pandemic. Still, most children hospitalized for Covid-19 have a high likelihood of surviving, said Dr. Bishara Freij, the chief of pediatric infectious disease at Michigan’s Beaumont Hospital. The project has logged only 10 deaths of children or teens from Covid-19 in Michigan since the pandemic began. Michigan hospitals say they’re not seeing high numbers of children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but dangerous Covid-19 complication that affects otherwise healthy children. Mott Children's Hospital.
Les McKeown, Former Bay City Rollers Singer, Dead At 65
Les McKeown, who became a teen idol in the mid-to-late 1970s as the lead singer for the Bay City Rollers, has died at the age of 65. McKeown joined the Bay City Rollers in 1973 after the band had started making appearances on the British pop charts, and quickly became popular with the group’s fans. The band name reportedly came after the group threw a dart on a map of the U.S. and it landed on Bay City, Michigan, according to the BBC. The Rollers really hit it big in 1975 when their song “Saturday Night” hit No. McKeown told reporters, “You think we’re doing it for money but we’re doing it for the glory of Scotland and the glory of the tartan.
Senate overwhelmingly passes hate crime bill responding to anti-Asian violence in wake of Covid-19
The Senate passed legislation targeting anti-Asian hate crimes after an uptick of incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lawmakers approved the measure in a 94-1 vote. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was the only member to oppose the bill.
Colorado schools, nursing homes drive virus outbreak rise
DENVER (AP) — Health officials in Colorado say virus outbreaks have increased this week, reaching a total last seen in February, with the most outbreaks reported in schools and nursing homes. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said there were 722 active COVID-19 outbreaks as of Wednesday, The Denver Post reported Thursday. Compared with last week, K-12 schools reported 18 more COVID-19 outbreaks and nursing homes reported 13 more outbreaks, health officials said. Long-term care facilities reported 69 active virus outbreaks in Colorado, with 52 of them found since April 1. ADVERTISEMENTOfficials said schools reported 90 active virus outbreaks, with majority of them being small.
Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans
The measure would expedite the review of hate crimes and provide support for local law enforcement in response to thousands of reported violent incidents in the past year. Police have seen a noted uptick in such crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. ADVERTISEMENTThe names of the six women killed in Georgia are listed in the bill, which passed the Senate on a 94-1 vote. Hirono worked closely with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to incorporate some additional Republican and bipartisan provisions, including better reporting of hate crimes nationally and grant money for states to set up hate crime hotlines. The hate crimes legislation is the first byproduct of that agreement.
Bank of England reveals lobbying efforts of ex-PM Cameron
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England published on Thursday a series of communications showing Britain’s former prime minister, David Cameron making repeated efforts for a now-bankrupt financial firm to access a state-backed coronavirus financial support scheme. On that day, the bank launched the COVID Corporate Financing Facility, a scheme under which it lent money directly to large companies, backed by the Treasury. ADVERTISEMENTCameron also contacted the bank again during April 2020 after Lex Greensill had failed in an attempt to tap the recently launched scheme. Cameron even wrote to Cunliffe on April 22, 2020, expressing how “incredibly frustrating” the exercise had proved to be. The collapse of the financial firm threatens thousands of U.K. jobs at Liberty Steel, which was dependent on its finance.
Federal community coronavirus vaccine center opens in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal center providing coronavirus vaccinations to anyone aged 16 or older opened Wednesday in Tulsa, offering up to 3,000 vaccinations each Tuesday through Sunday for the next eight weeks. The center is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with state and local agencies at Tulsa Community College in northeastern Tulsa. Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart said it is hoped the location will provide vaccinations to underserved residents that include Blacks and Hispanics in north Tulsa. The center provides the Pfizer vaccine that is approved for anyone 16 or older. It was updated on April 22 to correct that the community vaccination center in Tulsa will operate from Tuesday through Sunday, not Tuesday through Saturday.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
Daunte Wright’s mother: ‘My son should be burying me’
Katie and Aubrey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, cry as the speak during funeral services of Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, Pool)Katie and Aubrey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, cry as the speak during funeral services of Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 22, 2021. Wright’s mother has said that her son called her after he was stopped and told her that was why he had been pulled over. “True justice is not done as long as having expired tags means losing your life during a traffic stop,” Klobuchar said. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright
World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. The entire world faces “a moment of peril” but also “a moment of opportunity,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style chrome-blue set for the virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some not.
Vaccine Passports: Israel, Bahrain Reach Landmark Agreement
Vaccine Passports: Israel, Bahrain Reach Landmark AgreementEnlarge this image toggle caption Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty ImagesIsrael and Bahrain on Thursday reached what Israel calls the world's first bilateral agreement for mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine passports for quarantine-free travel between two countries, an Israeli diplomat who helped forge the deal tells NPR. In Israel and Bahrain, the vaccine passports will be entirely digital: a QR code on one's phone, recognized at both countries' passport control, Fluss says. Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in a statement that Israel would reach similar agreements with other countries in the coming days. Several countries have already unilaterally recognized Israeli vaccine certificates in a bid to attract Israeli tourists without quarantine requirements, including Greece and Cyprus. Those countries have also announced efforts to forge bilateral travel agreements, as the European Union is working to unveil vaccine passports for EU-wide travel in mid-June.
‘Massive helicopter drop of money’ from Fed and Washington raises inflation risk, says manager of $88 billion bond fund
“We had this massive helicopter drop of money without creating more productivity capacity on the other side of it. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects a federal budget deficit of $2.3 trillion in 2021. “This is a massive experiment, so to speak, that you can in effect insulate the economy from basic fundamental change,” said Rivelle. Like former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Rivelle fretted efforts by fiscal and monetary authorities to boost demand, if continued, could see their comeuppance with higher inflation. But he noted that the path towards higher prices was a drawn-out process.
Global COVID cases top 144 million as India breaks U.S.’s daily case record
India has recorded 314,835 new COVID cases on Thursday, up from 295,041 on Wednesday, according to data provided by Times of India. That breaks the world record the U.S. set on Jan. 8, when it recorded 300,669 new cases, according to a New York Times tracker. That brings India’s total cases to 15.93 million, second most in the world, and now about half of the U.S. total of 31.90 million cases, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. Latest talliesTotal global COVID-19 cases rose to 144.19 million on Thursday, as deaths increased to 3,064,038, according to JHU data. The United Kingdom, which is fifth worldwide and led Europe with 127,579 deaths, was sixth in cases at 4.41 million.
U.S. Home Prices Hit All-Time High in March—Surging 17.2% Annually
The median sales price for existing homes was $329,100 in March, the highest on record and a 17.2% jump compared to the same time last year, the data showed. At the same time, existing-home sales slipped 3.7% last month compared to February, the report found. The median price was up 15.6% year over year to $283,900. The median price there was $248,200, a 13.5% jump from March 2020. The median price has spiked 21.4% from March 2020 to $364,800.
NIH launches 3 new clinical trials studying COVID-19 treatments
The National Institutes of Health this week announced several new clinical trials studying different types of COVID-19 treatments.One new Phase 3 clinical trial will evaluate NeuroRx Inc.'s experimental formulation of aviptadil acetate and Gilead Sciences Inc.' GILD, -1.72% Veklury in hospitalized COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. The trial will give participants a combination of the two drugs; aviptadil and a placebo; Veklury and a placebo; or only a placebo, and will initially enroll 40 patients. The NIH also said it added SAB Biotherapeutics Inc.'s investigational polyclonal antibody drug to an ongoing Phase 2/3 study evaluating possible COVID-19 treatments in people with mild or moderate cases of COVID-19. And, finally, the NIH said it plans to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating over-the-counter medications that people with COVID-19 can take at home. Roughly 13,500 participants in this new study will receive a placebo or one of seven treatments in the mail.
IRS is holding over 29 million tax returns, delaying refunds for many poorer Americans
By June or July, if we immunize most American adults and adolescents, levels of virus transmission will decrease precipitously. )We must engage in new outreach to conservative groups, to highlight both the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and the urgency for all Americans. (Worse are the conservative activists, including doctors, who make outrageous claims regarding COVID-19 vaccine safety. Cultivating conservative vaccine champions from the realms of science, politics, and entertainment could expand into a new advocacy push from the federal government.Reaching holdouts in Democratic constituencies isn’t enough. If we fail to fully vaccinate the American people, virus transmission could continue at a significant level.
Unvaccinated Nursing Home Worker Set Off a COVID Outbreak Among the Residents
In March, 26 residents at the nursing home and 20 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak originated with one of those unvaccinated staff members, the CDC said. "To protect skilled nursing facility residents, it is imperative that health care providers, as well as skilled nursing facility residents, be vaccinated." A continued emphasis on vaccination of skilled nursing facility populations, including health care providers, is essential to reduce the risk for SARS-CoV-2 introduction, transmission, and severe outcomes in skilled nursing facilities." Additionally, more than 80% of people over age 65 have gotten at least one dose and 65.6% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
CDC: Handful of "breakthrough" COVID cases occurred in nursing homes
Driving the news: An unvaccinated worker at a Kentucky nursing home caused "breakthrough" infections among vaccinated staff and residents, according to a CDC analysis. Subscribe for free18 residents who had been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine were infected in the outbreak. In a separate analysis, the Chicago health department also identified 22 breakthrough COVID cases among 627 fully vaccinated nursing home residents and staff, including one death. The big picture: As of April 13, the CDC had tracked just 5,814 reports of "breakthrough" infections, out of 75 million fully vaccinated Americans. Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
When can you ditch your mask outdoors? Experts weigh in on the risks
But experts suggest that when you are alone outdoors and far from others you may not need to wear your mask. But experts suggest that the data guiding masking policies outdoors is limited. Story continuesWhen you are alone outside or with your household, you may not need to mask up, although you’ll want to keep your mask handy, experts suggest. When can you ditch your mask outdoors? Experts weigh in on the risks originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
President Biden kicks off virtual climate summit
Video TranscriptAKIKO FUJITA: In our "World View" today, leaders across the world are recommitting to a carbon free future on this Earth Day. More than 40 world leaders publicly stating their emissions targets as a virtual White House leader summit on climate today. And you see Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaking at the summit right now live. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also taking part in the summit. The World Health Organization says the country now accounts for nearly 30% of new cases right now.
GOP reps ask Biden to halt provision in COVID stimulus banning states from using money for tax cuts
The letter, led by Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., follows a lawsuit filed by 13 states seeking to have the provision declared unconstitutional. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SUED BY 13 STATES OVER TAX PROVISION IN CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PLANTreasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the law does not actually ban states from cutting their taxes – only from using money they get from it to pay for tax cuts. "Nothing in the Act prevents States from enacting a broad variety of tax cuts," Yellen wrote last month. "It simply provides that funding received under the Act may not be used to offset a reduction in net tax revenue resulting from certain changes in state law." Republican West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, however, contends that the law is worded in a way that could be interpreted as a full ban on state tax cuts.
Andrew Cuomo is top-paid governor in history despite scandals
Despite the scandals swirling around him, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the country's highest-paid governor in history with an annual salary of $225,000. The $25,000 increase was part of a three-year pay increase of $71,000, according to Open The Books. An investigation to determine whether New York state lawmakers should attempt to impeach Cuomo is underway, with about 70 witnesses contacted, according to reports. FOX Business' Lucas Manfredi and Brittany De Lea and Fox News' Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.
Fiddle-leaf fail: How the plant I couldn’t save reframed my history with grief and loss
I loved walking into the living room and seeing its greenery against a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass. AdvertisementWhat a fiddle-leaf fig is supposed to look like. But my fiddle-leaf fig wasn’t happy in its new home. I wished I could ask her how to save my fiddle-leaf fig. Most people will try to tell you how to keep a fiddle-leaf fig alive.
Biden wanted to rally the world around his new climate target. Not all nations joined
“It’s an encouraging start,” Biden said during a break in a series of speeches from other nations’ leaders during the first morning of the two-day summit. Biden’s global climate envoy, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, told White House reporters after the opening day’s session that the administration would use persistent diplomacy to bring along leaders of nations that were lagging behind. Although a United Nations conference on climate change is scheduled for the end of the year in Scotland, Biden’s summit was conducted virtually because of the pandemic. When Vice President Kamala Harris and Biden opened the summit, their words echoed distractingly in the online video. “We must make sure the next step is in the right direction.”AdvertisementBiden’s climate summit was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. President, recognize the Armenian genocide
April, the month of Easter, was also when we commemorated the Armenian Genocide, the mass extermination of 1.5 million people in the region — 75 percent of our population — at the hands of the Turkish government. Apraham Haroutunian, the author’s grandfather, on right, with a friend, at Armenian orphanage in Lebanon. He must, however, remove the issue of the Armenian genocide from the negotiating table, because the recognition of our collective human history should never be used as a bargaining chip. With both houses of Congress having reaffirmed their recognition of the genocide last year, Biden has ample backing to make the American government’s position clear for the record. He will bolster his legacy and credibility as a president who meant it when he said human rights would be a priority for his administration.
Brand-new Polar Park is ready to go, but will it be a good deal for Worcester?
In assuming over half the construction cost of the $159-million-plus ballpark, the City of Worcester was also placing a bet on itself. “We’re still going strong here in the city, but this has brought us to a new level.”Baseball will be played at Polar Park beginning May 11. As lessees of Polar Park for the next 30 years, the WooSox will reap nearly all of the revenue from tickets, concessions, advertising, broadcasting rights, and merchandise. Both the city and the team pegged the total construction and design costs at approximately $118 million. The more development you have around, the more jobs it brings here and people working at the ballpark,” said Petty.
Mass. reports 94,047 new COVID-19 vaccinations
The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 94,047 to 5,397,052, state officials reported Thursday. The total number of shots administered amounted to 83.5 percent of the 6,465,170 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said. The total shots administered included 3,216,855 first shots and 1,976,054 second shots of the two-shot vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. It also included 204,143 shots of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. AdvertisementThe number of people fully vaccinated — with either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson — rose to 2,180,197.
Senate passes anti-Asian hate crimes bill 94-1
By Alex Rogers | CNNThe Senate passed with a wide bipartisan majority Thursday a bill denouncing discrimination against Asian communities in the United States, and create a new position at the Justice Department to expedite reviews of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes. The bill would also direct the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to issue guidance raising awareness of hate crimes during the pandemic, and work with agencies to establish online reporting of them. Collins said it “affirms our commitment to stand with” them against hate crimes. Hirono and other Democrats have also pressured Biden to include more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in top roles. Of the 23 Cabinet-level positions requiring Senate consideration, Biden nominated two Asian Americans: Katherine Tai for trade representative and Neera Tanden for Office of Management and Budget director.
Alice Cooper on garage band contests, getting COVID-19 and returning to the stage
For Alice Cooper, teaming up with Cooper Tires on the nationwide garage band contest Driven to Perform was a natural fit. "I think at some point, I might have said in an interview something about 'You guys understand that I own Cooper Tires, right?'" This is where the legend starts that I own Cooper Tires." But it was a good song for everybody to learn, because it did have a few complicated parts in it. Loving it to death: Every Alice Cooper album ranked from No.
Sinema, Kelly back bipartisan bill to fight Asian American hate crimes
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., joined a rare, overwhelming majority of senators in the 50-50 chamber to pass the hate crimes legislation, which included bipartisan provisions to garner Republican support. It also requires the department to give guidance to state and local police on establishing online reporting of hate crimes. It also allows judges to require community service or educational programs for perpetrators of hate crimes. She hopes it encourages Asian American and Pacific Islanders feel more comfortable reporting hate crimes. Though she has not experienced hate crimes herself in the era of COVID-19, she has friends who have.
The push to get vaccinations to underserved residents in southwest Phoenix started with a town hall
Arizona's top public health official and community leaders talked with southwest Phoenix residents in an over-the-phone town hall on Wednesday, answering their questions and encouraging them to get vaccinated. Thousands of residents in Phoenix City Council districts 7 and 8, which includes the 85009 ZIP code, tuned into the townhall. Christ answers questionsAbout a dozen residents asked Christ questions in the hour-long town hall. Local leaders call on residents to get vaccinatedThe Department of Health Services partnered with community leaders during the town hall to encourage residents in underserved communities to get the vaccine. Valleywise Health, in partnership with Wesley Community Health Centers, vaccinated a total of 482 over four events in that area.
Jared Bednar to surpass Bob Hartley as Avalanche’s longest-tenured head coach Thursday at St. Louis
Jared Bednar will coach his 360th NHL game with the Avalanche on Thursday night at St. Louis to break the club record he shares with Bob Hartley, who led the Avs to the 2001 Stanley Cup. “Hopefully, I can coach another 360-some games for the Avalanche,” Bednar said after the morning skate at Enterprise Center. “I try to live in the moment and coach in the moment,” Bednar said before the Avs’ first game in more than a week. The Avs’ seventh head coach, Tony Granato, coached two-plus seasons in two stints between 2003-09. Five full days off and just one practice and one AM skate but #Avs coach Jared Bednar said the boys ready to tonight at #stlblues pic.twitter.com/s4DpDKKoGc — Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) April 22, 2021Footnote.
Jerri Lange, pioneering Black TV newscaster, dies at 96
Pioneering Black television talk show host and producer Jerri Lange got her first job in journalism in 1964 after joining a street protest calling attention to the lack of reporters of color. Lange was not the first Black woman in Bay Area news and talk TV. “My mother was a talker, and she could philosophize with liberal and conservative, from Martin Luther King to David Duke,” said her son, Ted Lange, an actor best known for portraying Isaac the bartender on “The Love Boat” TV series. After being in television for a decade, Lange veered into education as professor of broadcast communications at San Francisco State University. “She was like a sage,” Ted Lange said, “active right up until COVID, which hit her in the winter.”Survivors include her sons, Ted Lange of Los Angeles and James Cowan of Vallejo, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Evers creates $420M grant program for small businesses, vetoes GOP bills to spend relief dollars
Tony Evers is using $420 million of the billions in federal relief funding heading to Wisconsin to help small businesses that lost revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That would account for $1.1 billion of the federal funds the state is receiving. Other bills vetoed Thursday appear to be in keeping with federal rules, according to the fiscal bureau. Evers noted his grant program provides more than double what Republicans planned for small businesses. "The Legislature’s proposal to spend just a small portion of our American Rescue Plan funds on small businesses simply won’t cut it for me,” Evers said in a statement.
At South Loop bus station, volunteers see signs of increased immigration
The family was among about a dozen immigrants the group made contact with on a recent Tuesday morning at the Greyhound bus station. Volunteers, who go to the station daily, have noticed a recent uptick in the number of immigrants passing through Chicago, said McCormick, the program coordinator. Earlier this year, volunteers resumed daily visits to the bus station after their efforts were slowed by the coronavirus pandemic. The group communicates with volunteers in other cities doing similar work to figure out what supplies to take to the bus station, McCormick said. The group has only come across adults and families at the bus station, McCormick said.
‘Will and Grace’ actor Leslie Jordan parlays Instagram fame with new book and album
“Someone called from California and said, ‘Oh, honey, you’ve gone viral.’ And I said, ’No, no, I don’t have Covid. Stop, stop, stop.’ You know, it almost became, ’If it doesn’t happen on Instagram, it didn’t happen.’ And I thought, ‘You’re 65, first of all. He also has a new book called, “How Y’all Doing? “That sort of dealt with all the angst and growing up gay in the Baptist Church and la, la, la, la, la. Now that the globe has hit the one year mark of the pandemic, Jordan is less reliant on Instagram.
Nevada’s new COVID-19 cases, deaths stay high, but positivity rate dips
Nevada recorded 528 new coronavirus cases and 12 additional deaths over the preceding day, according to state data posted Thursday. The new cases reported on Thursday were well above the 14-day moving average of daily reported cases, which rose slightly to 271. All of the deaths reported Thursday occurred in Clark County, according to data from the Southern Nevada Health District’s coronavirus website. There were 348 people in Nevada hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases as of Thursday’s report, 13 more than the previous day, state data shows. Clark County on Thursday reported 444 new coronavirus cases, according to the county health district.
John Shipley: Rocco Baldelli’s ingenuous compassion wearing thin with frustrated Twins fans
The Twins had three games postponed by positive COVID-19 tests and went 0-4 against the Angels and A’s. “It’s been a hell of a trip, in not a good way,” Baldelli said in the immediate aftermath. Returning from a three-day layoff with a doubleheader Tuesday against the A’s, the Twins lost 7-0 and 1-0. Twins fans are not happy — with the offense, the bullpen or the manager, whose conspicuous moves Wednesday at RingCentral Stadium came back on him like a boomerang. “We’re finding ways,” Baldelli said in perhaps his most Rocco Baldelli statement of all, “to not win games.”Lose, Rocco!
Town zoning change preserves horse farms, building of houses
Town of Huntington officials have added a new zoning category meant to preserve equestrian properties while allowing housing development. Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said six parcels in the town qualify as horse farms under town code. In other cases adjacent properties in one and two-acre zones could be purchased or assembled to reach the 20-acre minimum required by the overlay zone. The measure is similar to the town’s zoning rules to preserve golf courses while also allowing development under the Open Space Cluster District zoning passed in 2010. Now that it has been approved, the developer can apply to be in the zone, town officials said.
Newsday wins Excellence in Visual Journalism award covering 200 Black Lives Matter protests
The Newsday multimedia team entry "A Season of Protests," covering nearly 200 Black Lives Matter protests last year across Long Island and New York City, has been named the winner of the Excellence in Visual Journalism category in the prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation Excellence in Journalism competition for 2020. Newsday also was a finalist in the Excellence in Environmental Reporting category for its investigative series "The Grumman Plume: Decades of Deceit." "The Newsday multimedia team is honored to receive the Scripps Howard Award for Visual Journalism," John Keating, director of multimedia newsgathering for Newsday, said. Despite the dangers, Newsday photographers continued to work long days and often late into the night. The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes, with "a special emphasis on journalism education, excellence in journalism and childhood literacy."
Michigan adds 4,867 cases, 108 deaths from COVID-19
Michigan on Thursday added 4,867 new cases and 108 deaths from the virus, as the state continues to lead the nation in new cases per capita. So far this week the state has added 24,284 new cases and 299 deaths. Last week, the state added 47,284 cases and 342 deaths, an increase from 45,817 cases and 282 deaths the week of April 4-10. Cases are nearing the weekly record of 50,892 cases set the week of Nov. 15-21. Southwest Michigan, the Grand Rapids area and the Upper Peninsula are experiencing the fastest growth in COVID-19 cases.
Tony Barbee, Kentucky assistant, former Auburn head coach, to be CMU's next men's hoops coach
Central Michigan men's basketball has found its next head coach. Tony Barbee, assistant coach at Kentucky and formerly head coach at Auburn and UTEP, has reached a deal to take over the program, according to a source with direct knowledge of the agreement but who isn't authorized to speak publicly. The school has scheduled a virtual press conference for Friday afternoon, with Central Michigan to make the hiring official Friday morning. Barbee landed his first head-coaching job at UTEP, and spent four seasons there, making the NCAA Tournament in 2010. At Central Michigan, Barbee takes over a program that was 7-16 this past season, a year decimated at the end by injuries and COVID-19 contact-tracing issues.
Ronna McDaniel for Michigan governor? Report stirs speculation
Lansing — Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, revealed this week that she's considered running against Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s dismal record of leadership has done lasting harm to Michigan families," said Richard Walters, chief of staff for the Republican National Committee. Three days after Election Day, she appeared at an event with Laura Cox, then-chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. As Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, McDaniel helped Trump win Michigan by 10,704 votes in 2016 against Democrat Hillary Clinton. "Former MI GOP chair and current Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel also passed on a run, opting instead to lead the national party for two more years.
Black Business Spotlight: Small Linden pharmacy makes memorable impact
At Trio Pharmacy, Ijeoma Nnani administers medicine with a dose of good cheer. Williams praised Nnani’s efforts to get information to the Linden community during the pandemic. Because of that, organizations like the Greater Linden Business Network are working to secure funding for its members, which include Trio Pharmacy. “We’re trying to help small businesses, especially minority businesses in Linden, shore up their financial situation,” Gwinn said. “They are a treasured part of our vibrant business community.
Scott Pullen: Democrats are pushing legislation that would slow drug creation
Scott PullinsGuest ColumnistNote from Opinion Editor Amelia Robinson this guest column appeared in the Columbus Dispatch's print edition April 12. Not bad, considering that last year at this time, experts warned it could take years for vaccines to become available. Instead, drug makers Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson brought their inoculations to market in less than one. It was a direct result of billions of dollars of private-sector investment, coupled with U.S. policies that encourage drug invention. Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation that would undercut our biotechnology leadership.
'Vax for snacks': White Castle offers free dessert-on-a-stick to promote shots in the arm
For those who find getting vaccinated unappetizing, White Castle is hoping a sweet incentive will inspire participation. White Castle last year gave away $1 million worth of free combo meals to EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. And last summer the company delivered 15,000 free sliders to hospital, grocery store and retail food workers. It also gave a 20% discount to grocery store, retail food workers and school employees. White Castle isn't the only business giving free treats to those who receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Latest: Turkey again tallies 50,000 daily virus cases
The results were published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, which echo smaller studies. The research involved women in 18 countries, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The study involved about 700 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1,400 without it. It was sponsored by a research fund at the University of Oxford, there the lead authors work. The Vatican says the 600 people who will get their second doses of Pfizer will join Francis in a party.
Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemic
Because of the pandemic, many scientists “have had to innovate and look for alternatives.”The coronavirus abruptly halted research by many Latin American scientists, interrupting field work, sample collection and laboratory experiments. Some of them could focus on writing scholarly articles based on previous research, but others had to get creative to avoid losing a year of their careers. Researcher Brígida De Gracia of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute was lucky to be able to work from home. She had collected sediment samples in 2018, 2019 and January 2020 that allowed her to continue her research during the pandemic. Gálvez has been able to resume field work and supervising students.
Navalny hails rallies; doctors urge him to end hunger strike
Meanwhile, Navalny’s doctors urged him to “immediately” end a prison hunger strike now in its fourth week “to save his life and health.” And a top aide said Wednesday night’s protests seemed to have brought a compromise from Russian authorities on getting Navalny the medical help he had demanded when launching the hunger strike. The mass street protests in support of Navalny — which authorities had declared unlawful — swept dozens of cities and smaller towns across Russia. Navalny began the hunger strike to protest prison authorities’ refusal to let his doctors visit after he developed severe back pain and numbness in his legs. On Thursday, Navalny’s personal physician Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva released a letter she signed with four other doctors, urging him to end his hunger strike. Navalny’s doctors said they would continue to insist on access to their patient — his chief demand in launching his hunger strike — but urged him “to immediately stop the hunger strike in order to save life and health,” saying that they consider being examined by “civilian,” non-prison doctors and undergoing “objective tests” enough to end the strike.
Richmond seminary says it will require vaccines among students and staff
A seminary in Richmond says it will require COVID-19 vaccines next fall, as universities across the country debate whether they have the authority to issue such mandates. Union Presbyterian Seminary, located in the city's north side, is the first local institution of higher education to publicly announce it would require the shots. "It's care for the other we're trying to express, in a functional way," Blount said. More than 50 colleges across the country say they will require students and staff to be immunized by the fall, including Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame and Duke University. One exception is private-school Hampton University, which will require students and staff receive shots by the end of May.
A year ago today, in pictures: Coronavirus outbreak and more moments you may remember
Also on this day in 2020, several hundred gathered outside the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., to protest the restrictions and urge the reopening of businesses closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. See more top news photos as selected by the Associated Press.
Senate passes bipartisan bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans
Republicans said last week that they agreed with the premise of the legislation and signaled they were willing to back it with minor changes, an unusual sign of comity amid frequent standstills in the polarized Senate. Hirono worked closely with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to incorporate some additional Republican and bipartisan provisions, including better reporting of hate crimes nationally and grant money for states to set up hate crime hotlines. It’s unclear whether the bipartisan bill is a sign of things to come in the Senate, where Republicans and Democrats have fundamental differences and often struggle to work together. Under an agreement struck by Senate leaders at the start of the year, Republicans and Democrats pledged to try to at least try to debate bills and see if they could reach agreement through the legislative process. The hate crimes legislation is the first byproduct of that agreement.
Politico forbids 'crisis' when describing border surge, despite Biden's own use
"Avoid referring to the present situation as a crisis, although we may quote others using that language while providing context. "If using the word 'crisis,' we need to ask of what and to whom." After immense pressure from both Republicans and Democrats, Biden himself referred to the situation on the border as a " crisis" earlier this month. Politico regularly uses " climate crisis" in its stories, and the now-forbidden " border crisis" has even earned its own tag, presumably to generate traffic from Google. Going forward, the memo explains, Politico staff should avoid using terms "which could portray migrants as a negative, harmful influence."
Fossil fuel subsidies are a ‘disgrace’, Greta Thunberg tells US House panel
Subsidies given to fossil fuel companies are a “disgrace” and must be immediately ended, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, has told a US congressional committee. Thunberg, testifying to the House oversight committee on Earth Day on Thursday, said it was incredible that fossil fuels are subsidized given the climate crisis. “It is the year 2021, the fact we are still having this discussion and even more that we are still subsidizing fossil fuels using taxpayer money is a disgrace,” said the 18-year-old. “The uncomfortable fact is if we are to live up to our Paris agreement promises we have to end fossil fuel subsidies, end new exploration, completely divest from fossil fuels and keep the carbon in the ground,” said Thunberg. How long do you think you can continue to ignore the climate crisis without being held accountable?
'Derisory' player compensation offer heightens row between Lions and Premiership
The Lions’ offer of compensation for the call-up of Premiership stars has been labelled as "derisory" with the parties still at loggerheads just two weeks before Warren Gatland announces his squad. One leading Premiership source told Telegraph Sport the compensation offer was as low as £40,000 per player for the entire tour, although that figure is disputed. There is already considerable ill-feeling among Premiership clubs that the Lions decided to stage a warm-up game against Japan at Murrayfield on the same date as the Premiership final. The Lions offer is around the same amount Premiership clubs received per player when Scotland played their rearranged Six Nations game against France outside the designated international window. The compensation offer to Premiership Rugby is the same as that will be received by PRO14 clubs and the players themselves.
EU prepares to sue AstraZeneca over failure to deliver enough Covid-19 vaccines
The EU is preparing to take legal action against pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca over the slow delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, Brussels has confirmed. By the end of the first quarter of 2021, the firm had delivered 30 million doses to EU countries, rather than the 100 million doses pledged in its EU contract. The delays appear to be continuing, with a new pledge to deliver 70 million doses by the end of the second quarter, compared to the entire 300 million doses in the EU contract. Rapid delivery of the vaccine to the UK has allowed Britain’s health service to outpace most of its neighbours’ programmes. More than 20 million AstraZeneca doses had been administered across the UK by the end of March this year.
French wine tasters ask to be at front of vaccine queue as they are losing sense of smell
French wine tasters have asked to be made priority for Covid-19 vaccination as the virus interferes with their sense of smell. More than one-third of wine tasters in France who had caught Covid said the virus had affected their ability to do their work, a survey by the Union of Oenologists found. Some student wine tasters had dropped out of their studies after falling ill with the virus, according to the Union of Oenologists. Union boss Didier Fages said the body had written to President Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex to ask that wine tasters be made priority for vaccination in order to safeguard livelihoods. “Tasting is at the heart of the profession of the wine expert who makes the wine.
Burning Man organisers considering making Covid vaccinations mandatory
Burning Man organisers are considering requiring attendees to prove their Covid-19 vaccination status if they want to attend this year's event in Nevada. Initially, Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell had said in a video message posted on the group’s website on 8 April that “vaccines will be required to come to Burning Man”. In Nevada, where the annual counter-cultural event takes place, the state requires that people have proof of being vaccinated at large gatherings. “At this point, the government agencies involved in collaborating with us have been really super supportive and super helpful. We are all looking at the resources to have to make it happen and get this done,” Goodell said.
Josh Hawley is lone senator to oppose bipartisan anti-Asian hate crimes bill
The vote was 94-1 in favour of the bill, with Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri the lone senator to oppose the measure. It also beefed up local and state hate crimes reporting, and brought in the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to issue guidance that would raise awareness to Americans about the rise in hate crimes happening amid the pandemic. The shooting on 16 March sparked national outrage and informed the public about the rise in Asian American hate crimes over the last year. “This historic, bipartisan vote on the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act is a powerful message of solidarity to our AAPI community. Following its passage, Ms Collins said the bill “affirms our commitment to stand with” them against hate crimes.
Video: Spanish Tourism Secretary says he's 'ready' for UK holidaymakers
Video: EXCLUSIVE Majority of Brits want the UK's foreign travel ban to last until NEXT YEAR as just a quarter plan to go abroad despite ministers rushing to set up Covid passports for May 17 flightsSpanish Tourism Secretary, Fernando Valdés says he is 'hopeful' and 'ready' for UK holidaymakers to travel to Spain and 'restart holidays'.
Inside the Old Western town in Texas an organization is trying to save from demolition
AdvertisementAn Old Western town in Texas which features period buildings salvaged from across the county is now facing demolition after the site's owners announced plans to sell up to a property developer. The Storybook Ranch in McKinney, Texas features 21 buildings, all dating back to when the western United States was first settled. She has started a nonprofit, the Bethel Village Foundation, aimed at restoring and relocating the Old Western town to her ranch even further north, on the border of Van Alstyne and Whitewright. An old newspaper article inside the bank at Storybook Ranch indicates that notorious thieves Bonnie and Clyde once stole from the bank vault. She has spoken to representatives from the local governments about her idea, according to her organization's website, and is hoping to raise enough money by June to make her dream of revitalizing the Old Western town come true.
Hawaii tourists renting U-HAULS to get around as cheapest rental car goes for $722 a day
Travel to Hawaii has surged in recent weeks to the point where visitors have had to rent U-Hauls because of a shortage of available car rentals. Last month, the cheapest rental car on Maui was $722 per day for a Toyota Camry, according to HawaiiNewsNow. He added that U-Haul facilities are the busiest they have been in years as the company works to meet the demand. ‘They’re all sold out.’A browse of the web site Turo reveals that car rentals on Maui can set you back some $600 per day. The rule, for now, is only for people who have received vaccinations in Hawaii and for travel within the state.
How a space doctor keeps astronauts healthy on the ISS
European Space Agency flight surgeon Adrianos Golemis, who is responsible for the health of astronaut Thomas Pesquet during the SpaceX Crew-2 mission, shared some insights on the field of space medicine. Before they leave the ISS, we tell astronauts to drink a lot and eat a lot of salt. Then I did a master's degree in space studies at the International Space University, (in Strasbourg, France). Eventually I went to Toulouse to Medes, the French Institute of Space Medicine and Physiology. Right now the European Space Agency is recruiting new astronauts and you can apply until the end of May.
Randall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' advice
Share this Story: Randall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' adviceRandall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' advice The scientists have perfected the art of putting a scare into the premier, but when he over-reacts to their advice, they own some of the responsibility Photo by Peter J Thompson / National PostArticle content People can fairly criticize Ontario Premier Doug Ford for being too slow to take recent scientific advice. Try refreshing your browser, or Randall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' advice Back to video Let’s compare what Ford did to what the provincial science advisory panel said should be done in a strongly worded set of recommendations it made public this week. The only significant gap between Ford and his science advisers was over paid sick leave for people who have, or think they have, COVID. Article content While we are talking about the province’s science advisers, where were they on closing and reopening schools? The schools decision should be left up to the scientific expertise of the ministry of education and public health officials, the science advisers say.
Biden to propose nearly doubling capital gains tax for the rich
US President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6 percent, sources tell Bloomberg News. Biden campaigned on equalizing the capital gains and income tax rates for wealthy individuals, saying it’s unfair that many of them pay lower rates than middle-class workers. The capital gains increase would raise $370 billion over a decade, according to an estimate from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center based on Biden’s campaign platform. State LeviesFor $1 million earners in high-tax states, rates on capital gains could be above 50%. For New Yorkers, the combined state and federal capital gains rate could be as high as 52.22%.
RNC chair McDaniel floated possible Michigan governor run
Her grandfather, George Romney, served as Michigan governor for three terms, and her grandmother, Lenore, waged an unsuccessful 1970 Senate bid. Her mother, Ronna, waged unsuccessful 1994 and 1996 Senate campaigns and also served on the RNC. Should she step down to run for governor, RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks would become temporary chair. The list of potential Republican challengers also includes John James, an Iraq war veteran who waged unsuccessful 2018 and 2020 Senate campaigns. After Trump lost reelection, he endorsed McDaniel to serve a third term, and the RNC chose her without opposition.
Triple mutant strain in West Bengal: Triple-mutant ‘Bengal strain’ a new worry in second wave
It was during these studies that the double mutant variant (containing the E484Q and L452R mutations) were identified, mainly from Maharashtra samples. It was the NIBMG that first sequenced the Bengal strain from a patient on October 25 last year. Members of this Bengal lineage or variant have also been found in the US, Singapore, Switzerland and Finland. A majority of the cases in Maharashtra and Gujarat have been found to contain the double (E484Q and L452R) mutant variant, whereas Delhi and Punjab cases are mostly of the UK variant. Perhaps these help the virus being more successful in infections and thus multiple variants are converging to similar mutations.”In Video: Covid-19: Triple-mutant ‘Bengal strain’ is a new worry in second wave
China says deadly military coup in Myanmar should be left to play out without foreign interference
China says the brutal military coup in Myanmar should be left to play out without foreign interference amid criticism over its muted response to the unfolding crisis. While Western countries, including Australia, have strongly condemned the military coup - China has been more cautious in its response, emphasising the need for stability. Mr Wang said the situation should be left to play out without foreign interference. The Association of South East Asian Nations is set to meet this week for an emergency summit in Jakarta addressing the military coup in Myanmar. The unfolding military coup has prompted sanctions from international allies including the United States, European Union, Canada and United Kingdom.
New Covid variant detected at Texas A&M lab shows signs of antibody resistance and more severe illness in young people
"This variant combines genetic markers separately associated with rapid spread, severe disease and high resistance to neutralizing antibodies." "We have not detected any more instances of this variant," Neuman added. Many U.S. labs sequence only severe Covid cases, but the Texas A&M lab is testing and sequencing asymptomatic students to catch dangerous strains early before they can cause serious illness. "Sequencing helps to provide an early warning system for new variants," Neuman said. Scientists at the lab say the new variant is related to the B.1.1.7 strain out of the U.K., which current vaccines have been shown to be effective against.
First case of 'double mutant' COVID-19 variant confirmed in Quebec
MONTREAL -- A fifth variant type of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has been detected in Quebec. "This is the first case associated with the Indian variant in Quebec," said CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Quebec information officer Julie Michaud. The Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Quebec region has reported 11 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) COVID-19 variant, but none of the B.1.351 (South African), P.1 (Brazilian), or B.1.525 (Nigerian) variants. In Quebec, there are 3,443 confirmed COVID-19 variant cases to date, and 24,360 suspected cases. Despite the investigation into its origins, the new variant case "is not currently under enhanced surveillance, as it has no demonstrated epidemiological or clinical impact," the Quebec Institute of Public Health said.
Japan Confirms 1st Case Of COVID Linked To Olympic Torch Relay As Uptick In Infections Prompts New State Of Emergency
Thursday, April 22nd 2021, 8:55 amBy: CBS News, Associated PressTokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture. They said the officer developed symptoms and tested positive the next day. The torch relay involves 10,000 runners crisscrossing Japan for four months, ending with its arrival at the National Stadium on July 23 to kick off the scheduled opening ceremony. First published on April 22, 2021 / 8:35 AM© 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Senate passes bill to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is joined by fellow Democrats as he speaks at a news conference after the Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 22, 2021. The Senate passed a bill Thursday designed to curb a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. The chamber approved the measure in a 94-1 vote, with Republican Josh Hawley of Missouri the only senator to oppose it. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has backed the bill, and President Joe Biden has signaled he would sign it into law. The proposal would instruct the Justice Department to expedite the review of hate crimes related to Covid-19.
Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls
(Matthew Chauvin, Papah?naumoku?kea Marine Debris Project via AP — NOAA/NMFS Permit No. (Matthew Chauvin, Papah?naumoku?kea Marine Debris Project via AP — NOAA/NMFS Permit No. The cleanup was organized by the nonprofit Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project, which partners with federal agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. A NOAA study estimated that the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands accumulate about 57 tons (52 metric tons) of debris each year. The marine monument is also a valued Native Hawaiian cultural site, and Hawaiian ceremonies were conducted each day of the trip.
Facebook fundraisers may be taxed. One do-gooder got a 'huge shock' after a $16,000 tax bill
"It was a huge shock," the 27-year-old Goffinet told USA TODAY on Monday. Goffinet realized others may also need help, and he put out a call on his hometown's Facebook page to raise funds, his CPA, Dawn Brolin told USA TODAY. Goffinet hopes Brolin and her accounting team can help him point out how the money was used to benefit his community. He said it's been uncomfortable asking his Facebook friends again for money – this time to help pay his tax bill during a pandemic. "I’m going to do everything I can to put him in the right position," Brolin, noting the tax bill is due May 17.
New York English exam questions recycled from old tests
The bulk of the questions on the current New York state English exam for grades 3-8 were recycled from old tests on a practice website — raising questions about their legitimacy, it was revealed Thursday. Students said they were shocked to see the exact same multiple choice questions that they had been using to prepare for the middle school evaluations. “It will be impossible for parents to know where their kids stand and everyone looks like a genius after acing repeat questions,” Kweller said. “When my kid got out of the test, she said the questions were just taken from the site. This is a joke.”Others reported that many of the questions were taken from 2018 state tests featured on the site — and that they were removed after complaints began leaking out.
Zac Jones to make Rangers debut amid major hype
Let’s just say the hype the last time a defenseman joined the Rangers lineup straight out of UMass for a late-season game didn’t quite match the buildup preceding Zac Jones’ NHL debut that will occur Thursday night at the Garden against the Flyers. Fact is, there was no hype when Thomas Pock was inserted into the Blueshirts’ lineup on March 23, 2004 in a Garden match against the Penguins. Defenseman Zac Jones will make his Rangers debut Thursday night against the Flyers. Jones will open the match paired with Libor Hajek, reinstated after two games in street clothes. see also What pushed Zac Jones to join Rangers If there was any lingering doubt, Saturday erased it.
‘Conjuring 3’ trailer drops, but the real-life story is even scarier
The third film in Warner Bros.’ “The Conjuring” series just dropped its first trailer and things are about to get scary. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” (also known as “The Conjuring 3”) is set for release in theaters and on HBO Max on June 4. Vera Farmiga in “The Conjuring 3.” Ben Rothstein/Warner Bros. A scene from “The Conjuring 3.” Ben Rothstein/Warner Bros.Wilson and Farmiga portray the Warrens, who are back to decipher a new case involving demonic possession. The trailer also suggests that this could be the final case for the two and a possible end of the franchise.
Richard Carranza fined for taking wife to ‘Hamilton’ with special DOE discount
Former schools Chancellor Richard Carranza improperly took his wife on a Department of Education outing to see the hit show “Hamilton” — and the abuse of power got him slapped with a $1,100 fine, it was revealed Thursday. “The Chancellor used a ticket for his wife that typically would have been distributed to DOE employees,” the agency said in a release. Richard Carranza and his wife attended an April 2019 production of “Hamilton.” Theo Wargo/WireImageThe board ruled the purchase constituted a “misuse of city position” and demanded that Carranza cough up a fine. “In using the ticket for his wife, the Chancellor used his City position to benefit his wife, a person with whom he is ‘associated,'” the agency said. The board said Richard Carranza’s purchase constituted a “misuse of city position.” Getty Cindy Ord/Getty ImagesAfter three rocky years at the helm, Carranza left the DOE in February.
Knicks’ late-night shooting sessions have changed everything
When asked if the evening sessions have sparked the Knicks’ 3-point shooting improvement, Barrett said, “Of course. It’s a testament to our work.”The 3-point shooting of Barrett, Randle and Quickley has been startling. During last season’s disappointing rookie campaign, Barrett’s 3-point shooting was alarming for a shooting guard — 32 percent. The Knicks finished 27th out of 30 teams in 3-point shooting in 2019-20 at 33.7 percent. The coaches never reference the Knicks’ 3-point shooting – the unsung factor in turning the NBA on its ear and wiping out seven years of being a laughingstock.
De Blasio may lift outdoor mask requirement if COVID vaccine rates rise
People line up to get the COVID-10 vaccine in New York on April 20, 2021. People wait to enter the vaccine site at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn on April 21, 2021. If restrictions will be lifted based on the vaccination rate, Bill de Blasio said. It is working.”Data shows that COVID-related hospitalizations and new cases are trending downward in New York City. To date, New York City has administered more than 5.9 million coronavirus vaccine doses.
Renting a vacation home for the first time? Don’t take anything for granted.
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Are coronavirus masks necessary for vaccinated people?
While in private, however, the agency says fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks with others who are fully vaccinated, and with unvaccinated people from one other household unless any of those people are high-risk. WHY DO COVID-19 VACCINES CAUSE ARM PAIN? HOW LONG DOES COVID-19 VACCINE PROTECTION LAST? Another is vaccinating children, a group that is known to transmit viruses but has not yet been approved to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE"I’m a doctor and if I’m seeing a patient who has COVID-19 – I’m vaccinated – I’m still going to wear the mask because I don’t know what variant that person has," he said.
Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson-in-law Mike Tindall says Prince Philip’s ‘no fuss’ funeral was 'perfect'
Mike Tindall believes the British royal family prepared the "perfect" sendoff for Prince Philip. "It’s been a difficult 10 days," Zara Tindall’s husband admitted on "The Good, The Bad & The Rugby" podcast on Tuesday. MEGHAN MARKLE, SON ARCHIE SPOKE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II AHEAD OF PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL: REPORTThe former rugby player said he was impressed by how strong Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has been after losing her husband of 73 years. His eldest son, Prince Charles, led the procession with his siblings. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Wednesday, Elizabeth expressed her thanks for all "the support and kindness" shown following Philip’s death.
U.S. commanders request aircraft carrier to protect troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, officials say
U.S. commanders have asked for the deployment of an aircraft carrier to help protect U.S.-led troops as they withdraw from Afghanistan, two senior Defense officials told NBC News. The request underscores concerns at the Pentagon that the Taliban may choose to launch attacks on NATO troops as they pull out. No final decision has been taken on the request from Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, the officials said. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, Gen. McKenzie said more troops and resources would be deployed to safeguard the forces leaving Afghanistan. At House hearing on Tuesday, Gen. McKenzie said U.S. troops were ready if the Taliban chose to target NATO forces as they withdraw.
Supreme Court limits the FTC's authority to return money to consumers duped by deceptive business practices
Justices of the United States Supreme Court will meet via teleconference and not at the court building on April 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday that will significantly limit the Federal Trade Commission's ability to extract monetary relief for consumers when companies are found to use deceptive practices. The decision will significantly hamper the FTC's ability to return money to consumers duped by deceptive business practices, as the four sitting commissioners testified to Congress on Tuesday. Facebook, for example, argued in its motion to dismiss the FTC's ongoing antitrust lawsuit that it lacks statutory authority under 13(b). "With this ruling, the Court has deprived the FTC of the strongest tool we had to help consumers when they need it most.
Why Tom Lee expects to see a 'real rejuvenation' of the stock market rally
Tom Lee told CNBC on Thursday that he believes the U.S. equity market is in a prime position to go higher heading into the summer months. In an interview on "Halftime Report," the co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors cited a number of potential catalysts, including what he sees as an improvement in the trajectory of coronavirus cases in the U.S. That will allow investors to become more confident in a strong economic reopening, he said. "I think stocks are going to now have another leg up, so I think the rolling correction is running its course," Lee said, contending the S&P 500 could reach 4,400 by June. That represents more than 5% upside from where the broad equity index traded around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. "I think we could have a real rejuvenation of the stock rally," added Lee, who also serves as the firm's head of research.
Senate passes bill to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) speaks during a news conference following the weekly Democrat policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Democratic Senators spoke about the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The Senate passed a bill Thursday designed to curb a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has backed the bill and President Joe Biden has signaled he would sign it into law. The proposal would instruct the Justice Department to expedite the review of hate crimes related to Covid-19.
As White House considers cancelling student debt, dos and don'ts for borrowers
If the White House opts to leave student loan forgiveness to Congress, Democrats would likely use the budget reconciliation process to get it done. And roughly one-third of federal student loan borrowers, or 15 million people, would see their balances reset to zero. Meanwhile, the debt for 80% of federal student loan borrowers, or 36 million people, would be gone entirely. One-fifth of federal student loan borrowers owe more than $50,000, and around 7% of borrowers owe more than six-figures. Formerly, any student loan debt canceled by the government was considered taxable and levied at the borrower's normal income tax rate.
Is it still necessary to wear masks outdoors? CDC 'looking at' revising mask guidance
Masks protect against coronavirus infection, but with more than 84 million adults in the United States fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are growing questions about whether wearing masks outdoors is still needed. Already in states where mask orders are still in effect, there are moves to loosen restrictions for outdoors. Roy Cooper hopes to lift restrictions, including an outdoor mask mandate, by June 1. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a change to outdoor mask guidance by June. “If you're vaccinated and if there's low rates of community transmission, it's definitely reasonable to not worry about wearing masks (outdoors),” she said.
Covid travel tracker: Which countries are allowing visitors from the U.S.?
NBC News is tracking travel restrictions in countries around the world. Here is what travelers need to know, as of Monday, March 29:More than 70 countries, including Brazil, Haiti, Ireland and Egypt, are fully open to U.S. travelers and tourists. Sixteen countries are completely closed to Americans, including France, Belgium, Iraq, Libya and New Zealand. The remaining countries fall somewhere in between, with some offering exceptions for dual-citizens, residents or those with qualifying travel reasons. More than 150 countries require a negative Covid-19 test from travelers.
Canada, under pressure to bar India, Brazil flights, could soon make announcement -official
REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File PhotoCanada's government, under pressure to suspend flights from India and Brazil over fears about the spread of the coronavirus, could make an announcement on the matter shortly, a senior medical official said on Thursday. "I think perhaps we will have an announcement about the border soon," he told a briefing when asked about a clamp-down on travel from India and Brazil, but did not give details. We must temporarily suspend flights from hot spot countries to secure the borders," said Erin O'Toole, leader of the official opposition Conservative Party. Quebec premier Francois Legault said this week "we worry about flights coming from countries like India and Brazil." France is imposing a 10-day quarantine for travelers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and India, while the United Arab Emirates has suspended all flights from India read moreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
In Earth Day message, pope warns that planet is “at the brink”
Pope Francis delivers a video message on the occasion of Earth Day, at the Vatican, April 22, 2021. We are at the brink," Francis, who has backed the scientific consensus that global warming is partly man-made, said in the Earth Day message. He said now was the time for innovation and invention and urged political leaders to act with courage and justice. The event hosted by Biden, which Francis called a "wonderful" initiative, was meant to resurrect U.S. leadership in the fight against global warming. The pope criticised former U.S President Donald Trump when he withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris accord to limit global warming.
British regulator says AstraZeneca COVID shot clots rise to 168
REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge/File PhotoBritain's medicines regulator on Thursday said there had been 168 major blood clots following a dose of AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine, a rate of 7.9 clots per million doses, a jump in incidence from the previous week's figure. This was up from the 100 cases reported last week, when the overall case incidence was 4.9 per million doses. There has been scrutiny of the AstraZeneca vaccine on the issue of the very rare clots and some countries, including Britain, have recommended that only people over a certain age get the shot. Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol University, said the jump in reported cases was expected. There were 32 reported deaths from clots in total, compared to 22 reported last week, but the fatality rate of the reported clots dropped to 19% from 22%.
Boris Johnson’s tax texts show perils of government by WhatsApp
And on another occasion, Johnson urged MPs to rally around Priti Patel, his home secretary, after she was accused of bullying. The then-prime minister would answer (rather than initiate) texts, a former aide said, but did not favor WhatsApp and relied on calls being placed through the No. One Whitehall official complained: “Often ministers just text each other rather than going through private offices for the paper trail. 10 is going, ‘sorry, who said that?’”“It has very much been a government run via WhatsApp for the past two years,” they added. “Texts are no different from an unsolicited mail — if you don’t want it, just bin it,” he told POLITICO.
Senate passes hate crime bill responding to wave of violence against Asian Americans
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation Thursday targeting anti-Asian hate crimes after an uptick of incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic. “By passing this bill, the senate makes it very clear that hate and discrimination against any group has no place in America. Bigotry against one is bigotry against all.”The vote comes after Schumer urged Republicans not to block debate on the overall legislation. The House Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, marked up a similar version of the bill introduced by Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., on Wednesday. The House and Senate will ultimately have to reconcile both bills so that they pass the same version that can then be signed by President Joe Biden.
Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 1, 2021, Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte listens to a debate in parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. Rutte announced a significant easing in his country's months-long coronavirus lockdown Tuesday April 20, 2021, calling it a delicate balancing act as infections remain stubbornly high, and as lockdown fatigue grows. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 1, 2021, Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte listens to a debate in parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. Rutte announced a significant easing in his country's months-long coronavirus lockdown Tuesday April 20, 2021, calling it a delicate balancing act as infections remain stubbornly high, and as lockdown fatigue grows. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended his decision to ease his country’s lockdown next week even after the Netherlands recorded 9,648 new coronavirus infections— the highest daily increase since January.
North Dakota House overrides veto of mask mandate bill
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House voted Thursday to override Gov. Doug Burgum’s veto of a bill that would prohibit state officials from mandating face coverings. Sixty-three House votes were needed to provide a two-thirds majority. The legislation now goes to the Senate, which will hold its own override vote later in the afternoon. The bill received broad support in both chambers in the Republican-led Legislature, with a 67-24 vote in the House and a 30-17 vote in the Senate.
UW leaders reiterate no mandatory vaccinations
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leaders of the University of Wisconsin System’s two largest institutions reiterated Thursday that students, faculty and staff will not face mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations to return to campus this fall. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone said during a virtual luncheon that it’s crucial students return to in-person courses this fall. Blank said UW-Madison expects losses to total $320 million by the end of June; Mone said UW-Milwaukee expects nearly $90 million in losses by then. Mone said UW-Milwaukee won’t make vaccinations mandatory, adding that as much as 75% of system employees and about 20% of students have already been vaccinated. Blank said vaccinates won’t be mandatory at UW-Madison, although employees and students have been vaccinated won’t have to take regular tests for COVID-19 infection.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Both Juventus and AC Milan also left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date. “If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken,” Tebas said. Barcelona will play its first match since the Super League announcement on Thursday against Getafe.
Daunte Wright’s mother: ‘My son should be burying me’
Katie and Aubrey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, cry as the speak during funeral services of Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, Pool)Katie and Aubrey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, cry as the speak during funeral services of Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis, Thursday, April 22, 2021. My son should be burying me,” Daunte’s mom, Katie Wright, said before burying her hands in her face in her hands. Crump has called for more serious charges against Kim Potter, the white officer who is charged with manslaughter in Wright’s death. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright
Dow Jones Dives On Biden Tax Hike Report, Climate Pledge; Visa Passes Buy Point
The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank on a report President Joe Biden wants to hike the capital gains tax rate on wealthy Americans. Dow Jones Lags As Visa Stock Passes BuyThe Dow Jones Industrial Average was already in the red before sinking lower on the Biden tax report. Chemical stock Dow (DOW) was the worst-performing component, giving up more than 5%. Swimming pool equipment supplier Pool is in a buy zone after passing a cup-base buy point of 401.39. TransUnion raced out of its buy zone after passing a cup-with-handle buy point of 97.72.
In Rare Moment Of Bipartisan Unity, Senate Approves Asian American Hate Crimes Bill
In Rare Moment Of Bipartisan Unity, Senate Approves Asian American Hate Crimes BillEnlarge this image toggle caption Jose Luis Magana/AP Jose Luis Magana/APCapping nearly two weeks of talks between Democrats and Republicans, the Senate approved legislation on Thursday to ramp up law enforcement efforts to better protect the Asian American and Pacific Islander community from hate crimes. The move marks a rare moment of bipartisan unity needed to approve the Senate legislation despite a new political era marked by increasingly bitter party divisions. "The vote today on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill is proof that when the Senate is given the opportunity to work, the Senate can work to solve important issues," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said ahead of the vote. Biden had urged approval for hate crimes legislation in the wake of a March shooting in Georgia that left several women of Asian descent dead. Through grant programs and other efforts, the legislation incentivizes law enforcement agencies to better track instances of hate crimes and establish related hotlines.
Gold marks first loss in 3 sessions
Gold for June delivery GC00, -0.63% GCM21, -0.63% lost $11.10, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,782 an ounce on Comex. On Thursday, the Silver Institute’s World Silver Survey 2021, produced by researchers at Metals Focus, forecasted higher global silver demand and prices for this year. Gold prices briefly pared losses in the immediate aftermath of the weekly U.S. jobless claims data Thursday, then headed toward session lows. Also, “if we look at the gold price on the daily time frame, the 100-day [simple moving average level] is also turning out to be a strong resistance,” he told MarketWatch. “The gold price needs to clear this resistance in order for the price to continue to move higher.” The 100-day moving average is at $1,806.51, according to FactSet data.
Et tu, boomer? Millennial stock-traders aren’t all that different, one analyst argues
But “the dot com crash did not signal the end of boomers’ mutual fund inflows. In contrast, millennials piled into the market during the spring of 2020 when the stock market SPX, -0.74% appeared to have bottomed. “Millennials will follow in boomers’ footsteps now that they’ve had their introduction to stock market investing,” Colas concludes. They may even grow squirrely when markets falter, a la mutual fund flows in 2000 – 2002. Read next: Day-trading Reddit readers nearly crashed the stock market.
Global COVID cases top 144 million as India breaks U.S.’s daily case record
India has recorded 314,835 new COVID cases on Thursday, up from 295,041 on Wednesday, according to data provided by Times of India. That breaks the world record the U.S. set on Jan. 8, when it recorded 300,669 new cases, according to a New York Times tracker. That brings India’s total cases to 15.93 million, second most in the world, and now about half of the U.S. total of 31.90 million cases, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. Latest talliesTotal global COVID-19 cases rose to 144.19 million on Thursday, as deaths increased to 3,064,038, according to JHU data. The United Kingdom, which is fifth worldwide and led Europe with 127,579 deaths, was sixth in cases at 4.41 million.
More People Are Buying Vacation Homes, but Where They’re Looking May Surprise You
With more people looking for vacation homes, the data team at realtor.com took a look at the metropolitan areas that have seen the biggest growth in second-home sales so far this year compared with before the pandemic. Marion, NCMedian home price in March: $344,500Increase in second-home sales percentage: 21.8%Marion, NC, sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ruston, LAMedian home price: $242,000Increase in second-home sales percentage: 19.4%Ruston is another affordable, nature-friendly region for those on a budget. Barnstable Town, MACape Cod, MA, has always been a popular spot for vacation homes. They may not mind the higher prices as, since the start of the pandemic, people have been living in their Cape Cod vacation homes year-round.
Senate Republicans’ opening infrastructure bid: $568 billion
A group of Senate Republicans laid down their marker in the infrastructure debate in Washington Thursday, unveiling in broad terms a plan to spend $568 billion over five years on roads, bridges, highways, broadband and other public works projects. The proposal would be a far less expansive version of an infrastructure spending bill that the White House and congressional Democrats have been seeking. Advocates on Thursday said it focused on a more traditional idea of infrastructure, in contrast to President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan which also includes cash for things not usually seen as public works, like elder care. Some of that new money, the group of four senators said, could come from repurposing unspent coronavirus aid cash sent to states. “I’m disappointed but not surprised that some of our colleagues have rejected this before even seeing it,” he said.
Et tu, boomer? Millennial stock-traders aren’t all that different, one analyst argues
But “the dot com crash did not signal the end of boomers’ mutual fund inflows. In contrast, millennials piled into the market during the spring of 2020 when the stock market SPX, -0.73% appeared to have bottomed. “Millennials will follow in boomers’ footsteps now that they’ve had their introduction to stock market investing,” Colas concludes. They may even grow squirrely when markets falter, a la mutual fund flows in 2000 – 2002. Read next: Day-trading Reddit readers nearly crashed the stock market.
AT&T earnings, revenue rise as company sees some recovery from COVID-19
The company earned an adjusted 86 cents a share on revenue of $43.9 billion during the first quarter, up from 84 cents in adjusted earnings per share and $42.8 billion in revenue a year prior. Both metrics topped the FactSet consensus, as analysts had been projecting 78 cents in adjusted EPS and $42.7 billion in revenue. AT&T recorded $19.0 billion in mobility revenue, up 9.4% from a year earlier. AT&T called out success with its efforts to bundle services like broadband, wireless, and HBO Max. In AT&T’s prior report, the company projected roughly $21 billion in gross capital investment and $18 billion in capital expenditures.
‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Oscar nominations were ‘quite historical’: Charles D. King
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- American Airlines Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. are preparing for a busy summer, even as they watch for signs that the coronavirus pandemic will derail expectations for a speedy rebound. U.S. carriers’ shares swung between gains and losses.Bookings started to pick up in mid-February, and accelerating gains since then are fueling optimism for the summer, Southwest said Thursday as it reported first-quarter results. Revenue tumbled 53% to $4.01 billion, Fort Worth, Texas-based American said. Wall Street expected $4.04 billion, according to the average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.Southwest reported a first-quarter adjusted loss of $1.72 a share, while analysts anticipated $1.85. Analysts had expected $2.06 billion.
Aspiration Zero is the first credit card to ‘eliminate’ users carbon footprint: CEO
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- There’s a slice of the Thai yield curve for everyone.Local investors are bidding up shorter-dated bonds as the spread of Covid-19 in the country convinces them to seek out the safest assets. The rising case count looks set to delay plans to further reopen the borders to much-needed tourism.Local investors have reacted to climbing cases by shifting funds to shorter-dated government debt and away from company bonds. In contrast, the premium on Indonesian bonds over Treasuries has narrowed in the same period.Two more positive factors are are encouraging both local and foreign investors: the central bank’s management of bond supply and the outlook for inflation. Nevertheless, the outlook for Thai bonds has been getting brighter - irrespective of which end of the curve you look at. (Updates with central bank’s debt management strategy in 10th paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Wall Street hit by capital tax increase report; dollar ticks up
On Wall Street, indexes turned lower after a Bloomberg report that the Biden administration would propose to lift the capitals gains tax to near 40% for wealthy individuals, nearly double the current rate. "If they’re going to tax people more and their net is going to fall, the value of that instrument is lower. MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.35% and the pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.68%. Treasury yields fell alongside stocks on the capital gains tax issue. The dollar index rose 0.247%, with the euro down 0.22% to $1.2006.
Airlines look past slow recovery to post-pandemic travel
The addition of France, Britain and 114 other states to the U.S. "Do Not Travel" list has also cast a pall. High on the list is a structural slump in business travel as many future meetings - if not airline conferences - stay online. "If you drop (fares) by 15% or 20% they will come to business," Clark said. Airlines that have used the crisis for digital upgrades "will come out of this in a more efficient way." (Reporting by Laurence Frost; Additional reporting by Sarah Young in London and Conor Humphries in Dublin; Editing by Alexander Smith)
President Biden hosts Climate Summit
“Any phasing out was not discussed and it is just premature.”The Governing Council confirmed that its 1.85 trillion-euro ($2.23 trillion) bond-buying program will run at an elevated pace in the current quarter. Read the ECB REACT.The ECB significantly stepped up asset purchases last month to contain the fallout of a government-bond sell-off that was driven a speedy U.S. economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to keep borrowing costs for companies, households and governments across the euro area favorable during the pandemic. A strong currency can pose a headache for the central bank as it dampens import prices and makes exports from the euro area less competitive. )For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
IRS sends another batch of $1,400 stimulus checks to 2M Americans
The IRS sent out a sixth batch of stimulus checks this week, delivering payments to another 2 million Americans as part of President Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The government has urged Americans who do not receive federal benefits nor typically file tax returns to submit one this year in order to provide the IRS with their payment information and receive their stimulus cash. The IRS also sent supplemental "plus-up" payments to taxpayers who were owed more money based on their 2020 tax returns. If you haven't received your payment yet, you can check its status using the IRS' Get My Payment tool. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSThe cash payments included in Biden's stimulus bill are the largest yet, with some Americans eligible to receive up to $1,400.
5 Top Gainers for Thursday: Equifax, Teradata, Nikola, Qualtrics
Equifax, Teradata, Nikola, Pool Corp. and Qualtrics are five top gainers for Thursday. Equifax | Increase 17.7%Equifax (EFX) - Get Report surged after the credit-reporting company beat Wall Street's first-quarter earnings expectations and raised its full-year guidance. Teradata | Increase 28.8%Shares of Teradata (TDC) - Get Report leaped after the data-analytics company said it expected first-quarter profit to exceed its guidance. Pool Corp. | Increase 8%Pool Corp. (POOL) - Get Report was jumping after the swimming pool and leisure products company beat Wall Street's first-quarter earnings expectations. Qualtrics International | Increase 24.36%Qualtrics International (XM) - Get Report surged after the customer-survey software company, which went public Jan. 28, announced strong earnings.
How to Trade Southwest, Spirit, American Air After Earnings Reports
Southwest, Spirit and American Airlines all reported earnings. Southwest Airlines (LUV) - Get Report, Spirit Airlines (SAVE) - Get Report and American Airlines (AAL) - Get Report are all fresh off their quarterly reports. Trading Southwest AirlinesDaily chart of Southwest stock. Trading American AirlinesWeekly chart of American Airlines stock. Trading Spirit AirlinesWeekly chart of Spirit Airlines stock.
What’s on TV Friday: ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ on HBO
The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. 10 p.m. SyfyA Black Lady Sketch Show The Emmy-nominated sketch comedy series returns for a second season with new featured players Laci Mosley and Skye Townsend joining returning cast members Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis and Ashley Nicole Black. (N) 3 p.m. KTTVThe Real Robin Thede (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”); Ron Funches. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBCThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert Former Republican House speaker and author John Boehner; Shelley performs. 12:36 a.m. KNBCThe Late Late Show With James Corden Tom Brady; activist Stacey Abrams; JP Saxe and Maren Morris perform.
Jordan releases 16 allegedly involved in foreign-backed sedition plot
Weeks after their arrest, more than a dozen alleged plotters were freed over their involvement in a royal feud between King Abdullah II and his half-brother and onetime crown prince, Prince Hamzah. Hopefully they’ll be having iftar in their homes tonight,” said Hisham Majali, from whose tribe two members were arrested. Two other defendants, Bassem Awadallah, a former top lieutenant to King Abdullah with deep links to Saudi Arabia; and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a royal family member, remained in detention. His words have since resonated with many in Jordan, a perennially cash-strapped kingdom and top U.S. ally that has been ravaged by the coronavirus. The country suffers from unprecedented levels of youth unemployment and the widespread perception that corruption has riddled the state.
Review: Ed Helms and Patti Harrison make a perfect platonic match in ‘Together Together’
Rather, as an open Anna (Patti Harrison) spills her proclivity for thieving pens and her experience of putting her baby up for adoption while in high school to a perplexed Matt (Ed Helms), she’s interviewing to become his surrogate. For Matt, Anna represents his third attempt at fatherhood — his previous eight-year relationship came to naught and Beckwith’s slight script never divulges the other try. The easeful, unvarnished rapport Helms and Harrison generate through their touching performances is the steady cradle to this brisk two-hander. The love burrowing inside “Together Together” is platonic, and the separate lifelong disappointments felt by Anna and Matt are shared but less entangled. For all the sizable gains Beckwith accrues building out Anna and Matt’s platonic companionship, she loses as much underdeveloping the intriguing supporting players.
Senate passes bill targeting hate crimes against Asian Americans
The Senate on Thursday approved a bill designed to make it easier for law enforcement to investigate hate crimes against Asian Americans, which have surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would designate one Justice Department official to expedite review of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans. It would also set up a voluntary database of hate crimes and issue guidance to help local law enforcement make it easier for people to report crimes. AdvertisementThe bill originally only addressed hate crimes related to the pandemic, a link that Republicans and others viewed as potentially too onerous for law enforcement to make. In addition to the Justice Department appointment, the bill would set up a database of hate crimes and issue guidance to help local law enforcement make it easier for people to report crimes.
With ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ and ‘Tom & Jerry,’ HBO Max adds 2.7 million subscribers in first quarter
On Thursday, the Dallas telecommunications giant said HBO Max has notched 11 million domestic subscribers since it launched May 27. The company said HBO Max by itself now has about 40.6 million subscribers. The company hoped the new films would also propel interest in HBO Max after the streaming service’s sluggish start. HBO Max will launch in 39 countries this quarter, and be available in 61 countries by year’s end. AdvertisementDomestic HBO and HBO Max revenue per subscriber for the quarter was $11.72 per month, a 2% decline from the first quarter of 2020.
Acting Mayor Janey says COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining in Boston
“As a result of our comprehensive approach, we are seeing encouraging trends this week in Boston,” she said during a City Hall briefing. “As of Tuesday, April 20, we saw 83 new confirmed cases for a total of 68,114 [since the pandemic started]. It is hopeful to see the rate of new cases and deaths continue to decrease.”Acting Mayor Kim Janey said Thursday that Boston’s COVID-19 data is trending in the right direction as the city continues to battle the pandemic. Over 3,500 vaccinations have been administered over the last 13 days, in Dorchester, East Boston, Roslindale, South End, Allston, Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Jamaica Plain.”Mobile vaccination teams will head out to Mattapan and additional parts of Dorchester and South Boston in the next few days, she said. “We must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging our students and staff to wear masks, wash their hands, maintain adequate social distance,” Janey said.
LA Times Today: Vaccinating California’s most vulnerable residents
All California residents 16 and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, but vaccinating the state’s most vulnerable is still a high priority.The L.A. Times recently followed a youth organization, which opened a pop-up mobile vaccination clinic in Chinatown.
These works of art show why cities will endure
Arthur Drooker, "Los Angeles City Hall," from "City Hall." ©Arthur DrookerBoston City Hall — the one in the Wiseman documentary — is among the buildings Arthur Drooker photographed for his book “City Hall.” “I selected fifteen city halls that best represent a range of styles, from Federal to modern,” he writes. Organized chronologically, the book begins with New York City Hall, which dates to 1812, and ends with the futuristic-looking Las Vegas City Hall. Or just under a mile away there’s the vaguely Mayan pyramid atop Los Angeles City Hall. Fran Lebowitz, left, and Martin Scorsese looking at the scale model of New York City at the Queens Museum, in "Pretend It's a City."
Mao Ayuth, filmmaker who survived the Khmer Rouge, dies at 76
Over nearly four years, as more than 1.7 million people were massacred, Mr. Mao Ayuth survived by hiding his background as an artist, pretending instead to be a wedding photographer. After a Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge from power in 1979, Mr. Mao Ayuth returned to his craft, but by then Phnom Penh was a ghost town. He is survived by his widow, So Samony; four daughters, Mao Bophany, Mao Moni Na, Mao Moni Neath, and Mao Moni Roath; and one son, Mao Makara. Mr. Mao Ayuth was appointed secretary of state in the Ministry of Information in 1993. Mr. Mao Ayuth was still working on the series at his death, regarding it as a distinct privilege.
Bill to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans passes Senate
While the bill bolsters resources for addressing hate crimes more broadly, supporters said it will send a clear message to the Asian American community that steps are being taken to curb an alarming increase in threats and violence. The Senate passed by an overwhelming margin legislation designed to combat hate crimes in the U.S., as lawmakers united to respond after a sharp increase in attacks against Asian-Americans since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. “Hate crimes will not be tolerated and federal law enforcement will do everything in its power to detect, deter and if necessary prosecute crimes to the full extent of the law.”The legislation requires the Justice Department to conduct a review of hate crimes, and to provide guidance to state and local governments to enable them to establish online reporting of hate crimes and expand public education campaigns to raise awareness of such assaults. It also provides grants for states to establish state-wide hate crimes reporting hotlines and improve their training to better identify and report them. Hirono said there are some discussions underway about the House possibly taking up the Senate bill and clearing it to speed the process.
Benedetto closes, Time Out Market Boston readies for relaunch, and a 1920s cocktail lounge prepares to debut
Closings : In a blow to Harvard Square, Benedetto will shut down at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St.), says owner Michael Pagliarini. Its hand-rolled pasta and refined surroundings contrasted with the louder, less formal mood at sister restaurant Giulia down the street (1682 Massachusetts Ave.). AdvertisementTime Out Market Boston returns to the Fenway (401 Park Drive) in May after a winter hiatus. In East Boston, Pazza on Porter (107 Porter St.) reopens its patio and plans to host a Jack’s Abby beer garden come May. Changes: Brass Union in Somerville’s Union Square (70 Union Square) will become Vera’s in late April, with chef de cuisine Sandro Joseph (Foundry on Elm) focusing on comfort food.
Encouraging signs are beginning to emerge in Mass. coronavirus data
Encouraging signs are emerging in the coronavirus data being released by the state Department of Public Health. Is it possible the coronavirus is beginning to loosen its deadly grip on Massachusetts? The levels are also lower than the numbers reached during the state’s pandemic lull last summer. The positivity percentage numbers also dropped sharply after the peak of the second surge early this year, then bumped up in March and earlier this month. College testing programs dilute the data because they repeatedly test large numbers of asymptomatic people in an effort to rapidly identify new cases.
Rhode Island to lift business restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend
PROVIDENCE — Business owners, rejoice: It looks like it could be a nearly-normal summer in Rhode Island. “This is a terrific day for Rhode Island,” said Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. Business restrictions will be lifted in Rhode Island beginning May 28. The news comes as Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced earlier this week that all business restrictions would phase out by May 19. Dale Venturini, the chief executive of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, said in a statement that the governor’s announcement reflects more than a year of the Association’s advocacy to safely reopen Rhode Island.
Baker says Mass. has lowest COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in nation
“With all of our counties showing hesitancy rates that are well below 10 percent, people in Massachusetts are eager to get vaccinated,” Baker said. Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday touted CDC data showing Massachusetts has the lowest rate of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the nation, telling reporters that state residents are “eager” to get the shots. AdvertisementHe said state officials remain focused on vaccine equity as well. We will not be completely done with COVID for quite a while.”Nor will we be done with shots, Baker said. That was out of 77,000 tests,” Baker said.
COVID drove away BART and Caltrain riders. Will unnecessary ‘deep cleaning’ bring them back?
BART spends over $500,000 each month on its COVID cleaning regimen, though changes are in the works following the CDC’s update. pic.twitter.com/6RwYB3SKYW — SFBART (@SFBART) May 27, 2020Like many businesses and members of the public, transit agencies stepped up their cleaning efforts in March of 2020. Epidemiologists now say the level of risk on public transportation mainly depends on whether riders are wearing their masks and how crowded vehicles are. Other activities people have eagerly resumed during the pandemic, like exercising or dining indoors, are believed to be much riskier than public transportation. Still, perceptions are proving hard to change — almost two-thirds of respondents in a Bay Area Council poll released Tuesday said they believed coronavirus had made public transportation unsafe.
Bay Area TV Sports: What to watch over the weekend
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 cancellations or postponements, listed game times and dates may change. GOLFPGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans 10 a.m. GOLFPGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans noon CBSLPGA Tour: LA Open 3 p.m. GOLFPGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans 10 a.m. 6 a.m. NBCSNFA-WSL: Chelsea vs. Man.
Arizona reports 647 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new known deaths, continuing relative plateau
Arizona reported 647 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new known deaths on Thursday as trends for spread of the illness remained relatively steady. The state's seven-day average for new reported COVID-19 cases was 675 on Thursday. The state's overall COVID-19 death and case rates since Jan. 21, 2020, still remain among the worst in the country. Arizona's newly reported 22 deaths brought the known COVID-19 death count to 17,221. Arizona's death total of 17,221 deaths represents about 3% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.Reach the reporter at Alison.Steinbach@arizonarepublic.com or at 602-444-4282.
Brewers reinstate catcher Jacob Nottingham from the injured list and designate him for assignment
The Milwaukee Brewers reinstated catcher Jacob Nottingham from the 10-day injured list Thursday and designated him for assignment, moving him off their 40-man roster. Nottingham, 26, was placed on the injured list at the end of spring training while recovering from offseason surgery on his left thumb. He was out of minor-league options, meaning the Brewers could not send him down without exposing him to waivers first. If Nottingham is not claimed off waivers by another club or traded, the Brewers can release him or assign him outright to the minors. He collected two hits in 16 at-bats (.125) with one home run and two RBI in nine games.
Tickets for Brewers games from May 11-27 at American Family Field will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday
The Milwaukee Brewers announced Thursday that single-game tickets for home games at American Family Field to be played from May 11-27 will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets are available at brewers.com, (800) 933-7890 and the American Family Field box office. “We continue to see a great excitement from our fans to be back in the American Family Field stands, tailgate and enjoy the entire ballpark atmosphere,” Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said. We encourage fans to act quickly and secure their seats for these May games.”RELATED:What fans can expect for Brewers games at American Family Field, including COVID-19 safety precautions, cashless checkout, tailgatingThe Brewers specifically have held tickets for individual ticket buyers for all games, giving everyone an opportunity to purchase seats despite seating capacity being limited. Single-game ticket sales for Memorial Day, May 31, and for games in June will be announced at a later date.
J&J vaccine ‘pause’ latest messaging challenge for officials
It was the just the latest challenge in crisis messaging for officials since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. With the J&J shots, the recommended “pause” announced last week was a precautionary measure as government advisers investigated the unusual clots and alerted doctors about how to treat them. Trying to appear confident when uncertain — which leaders are often taught to do — can backfire in a public health crisis, a CDC guide notes. That’s just human nature.”With the J&J shots, for example, helping people understand the magnitude of any risk has been a challenge. Confusion and anger around public messaging haven’t been limited to the J&J shots.
Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright
MINNEAPOLIS — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by police during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was to be remembered Thursday at a funeral just two days after a former police officer was convicted in the death of George Floyd and amid a national reckoning on racism and policing. The police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. At a viewing for Wright on Wednesday, friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses. Inside the open casket, the young man was dressed in a jean jacket bedazzled with several red and green gem-like buttons on the lapels.
Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine supply finally catching up to demand, top doc says: ‘No excuses’ not to get a shot
“I want you to tell everybody that so that we can really, really, really use this vaccine, get folks vaccinated and get Chicago past COVID.”More than a third of Chicago adults are already fully immunized, and more than half have gotten at least one dose. For the remainder from here on out, the process “is going to feel more like getting a flu shot,” Arwady said. COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by day Graphic by Jesse Howe and Caroline Hurley | Sun-Times Source: Illinois Department of Public HealthGraph not displaying properly? All Illinois residents 16 and up are eligible for a shot. The city also opened up additional United Center appointments for Chicago residents, using the code CHIZIPVAX21.
CCSD School Board to review AG’s finding it violated Open Meetings Law
The Clark County School Board will discuss and possibly vote Thursday night to acknowledge findings that the board didn’t provide adequate public comment opportunities. Clark County School District's first in-person board meeting since COVID-19 shut schools down is underway on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttThe Clark County School Board will discuss and possibly vote Thursday night on an agenda item acknowledging findings from the Nevada Attorney General’s Office that it violated the state’s Open Meetings Law. In January, the School Board started allowing members of the public to leave recorded messages to be played during the public comment period. The board resumed in-person meetings in February for the first time in nearly a year and restored a public comment period.
Chicago nursing homes had 22 COVID-19 infections among the fully vaccinated, CDC report says, making ‘breakthrough’ infections rare
Across the nursing homes, a total of 627 staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19, but most of those people were not fully vaccinated. Of the group, 447 people hadn’t received any vaccine; 145 had received only first doses of the vaccine; 13 had received both doses but two weeks had not yet passed since their second doses; and 22 tested positive despite at least two weeks having passed since their second doses. Two weeks must pass after a person’s second dose for the person to be considered fully vaccinated.
Is this the year Giants GM Dave Gettleman trades back in the NFL Draft?
Not everything said or written about him in the media makes Dave Gettleman chuckle. In eight previous drafts as a general manager, including his time with the Panthers, Gettleman has never traded back. Asked about the possibility of it finally happening this year, Jeremiah said: "I think we’ll see a right turn in a NASCAR race before we see Dave Gettleman trade back. "’We have a trade, we have a trade.’ Then so-and-so selects, and it’s, ‘No trade, Dave. Assistant general manager Kevin Abrams said earlier this week that it could be "a little bit of a challenge" to meet the salary cap in 2022.
Biden's welcome return to normalcy
But even more important than the administration’s progress in tackling the country’s major issues has been the presidency’s return to normalcy in Biden’s first three months in office. Instead, the hallmarks of the Biden presidency include:Regular schedules. The Biden White House has ended the flood of leaks that marked the Trump White House. Interestingly, as with Trump, inappropriate comments don’t seem to have affected Biden’s job approval levels, at least so far. The extent to which Biden’s orderly approach will make Trump’s chaotic presidency seem like an aberration depends ultimately on how well Biden succeeds and what comes next.
Updated Suffolk vaccination data shows shots on the rise in key neighborhoods
That’s about 41.8% of the total pool of Suffolk residents who are eligible — which hovers around 1.25 million people. But the number of vaccinated residents represented a 20% boost from the April 6 dataset, the analysis showed. That’s far higher than the next highest total, in 11743, another Huntington area ZIP code, which sported 18,984 vaccinated residents. The Point’s look at the ZIP code data showed some small zones that had nearly 100% of residents – or even more than 100% of residents – vaccinated. The attached map shows, by ZIP code, the number of people who’ve been vaccinated, and the percentage increase between the April 6 and April 18 data sets.
Watch: Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright
Daunte Wright Funeral Service from Shiloh Temple I.M. The city’s police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd last May. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. At a viewing for Wright on Wednesday, friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses.
Thursday Coronavirus update: Minnesota COVID-19 case growth may be slowing, officials say
A statewide surge in COVID-19 infections has shown signs of stabilizing in the last two weeks, according to Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. Malcolm and other state health officials during Thursday’s conference, which was conducted by telephone, said that COVID-19 variants remain a cause for concern and encouraged the vaccination of youths ages 16 and older. Because the vaccine has not been approved for younger children, they said, middle and high schools should test their students every two weeks for the disease. “Now more than ever, especially if vaccines are not yet available for all students, we need to double down on testing,” Mueller said. Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Thursday, April 22.
Loons still forming development plans for local teens Patrick Weah, Fred Emmings
Minnesota United homegrown player Patrick Weah had a learning-on-the job moment during a scrimmage at Allianz Field on Tuesday. The Loons believe the sort of apprenticeship Weah and fellow homegrown signee, goalkeeper Fred Emmings, are receiving in first-team training sessions are helping prepare the 17-year-olds on how to be MLS players one day. This is where the Loons have missed the mark at times during their first four years in MLS. “We don’t want him to be gone too long.”Going into their fifth MLS season, the Loons still don’t have their own reserve team. “I always look to: Are guys progressing?”Finlay said he has to remind himself often that Weah is just 17.
Ticket holders for Olympic trials in Eugene getting refunds because of coronavirus regulations
The organizing committee for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials from June 18 to 27 at Hayward Field has determined that the tickets held by existing customers cannot be fulfilled. All customers with tickets will receive a refund, and a revised ticketing program with an updated seat inventory that is compliant with new regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced in May. “We are confident that some number of spectators will be able to attend the event if regulations allow,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a news release. “Unfortunately, we now know that we won’t be able to both comply with important public health regulations and fulfill the tickets that already have been sold.”The state of Oregon recently changed its regulations to allow spectators at sporting events, but those regulations specify limitations on stadium capacity based on the county’s risk level. The organizing committee will contact customers who have already bought tickets with details of the refund policies and procedures.
Ohio high school football: OHSAA playoffs will expand to 16 qualifying teams per region
“Last fall we received overwhelmingly positive feedback when we allowed every team to enter the football playoffs due to the shortened season because of COVID-19,” said Doug Ute, OHSAA executive director. The expansion will increase the number of football playoff qualifiers from 224 to 448. In May 2020, the OHSAA announced that the football playoffs would expand to 12 teams per region in 2021 and the top four seeds in each region would have a first-round bye. Assuming teams don't opt-out in 2021, one DI Region 4 team would not make the playoffs. Reactions from coachesEvan Dreyer, Anderson - "I think the 16 teams in the region is awesome for high school football.
These Michigan donors gave the most to President Biden's inauguration
Lansing — Four of Michigan's largest companies chipped in at least $250,000 each to support President Joe Biden's inauguration in January, according to newly released disclosures. Beyond the inauguration, Farner said the company would pause and review its political contributions. Midland-based Dow Chemical gave $500,000 to Biden's inauguration, General Motors Co. gave $500,000, and Ford Motor Co. gave $250,000, according to the new disclosures. The top Michigan donor outside the four companies was Ralph Gerson, former board chairman of Guardian Industries Corp., who gave $100,000. The other Michigan donors listed gave less than $1,500 each, according to the filing.
Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
PHOENIX (AP) — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state's total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. Along with three others in metro Phoenix, the state also has sites in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths.
Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended his decision to ease his country's lockdown next week even after the Netherlands recorded 9,648 new coronavirus infections— the highest daily increase since January. "The COVID number in ICUs is high and on a rising trend," the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution said. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units rose by 17 to 839 over the last day. Still, the nation is preparing to ease its lockdown next week. Shoppers will no longer have to make appointments to visit nonessential stores, although the number of customers per shop will still be tightly limited.
World's busiest airport in 2020 was in China, not Atlanta
Seven of the world's top 10 busiest airports in 2020 were in China while the former world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States, fell to No. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China was the world's busiest airport in 2020, rising to the No. Guangzhou saw 43.8 million passengers in 2020, down 40% from 2019. Atlanta had 42.9 million passengers last year, a precipitous 61% drop from 2019. Atlanta's fall from the top slot is expected to be temporary, according to Patrick Lucas, ACI World's vice president for economics.
Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by police during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was to be remembered Thursday at a funeral just two days after a former police officer was convicted in the death of George Floyd and amid a national reckoning on racism and policing. Hundreds of mourners wearing COVID-19 masks packed into Shiloh Temple International Ministries to remember Wright, a 20-year-old father of one who was shot by a police officer on April 11 in the small city of Brooklyn Center. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader, was to deliver the eulogy, and told The Associated Press that he would first pay tribute to Wright, “a young man just at the beginning of life, full of life.”He said he would also use his remarks to remind those in attendance or watching from afar that the fight for justice didn’t end when white former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter for holding a knee to Floyd’s neck, choking off his breathing until he went limp last May.
CDC cites COVID-19 outbreak at Kentucky nursing home in urging more staff to be vaccinated
About half the staff and 90% of residents had been vaccinated for COVID-19. Andy Beshear and public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack on a March 16 described an outbreak involving a variant of COVID-19 that had been identified at an Eastern Kentucky nursing home. A spokeswoman for Beshear confirmed Thursday that the Eastern Kentucky nursing home is the same facility cited in the CDC study. Atria has 93% of its staff vaccinated, Beshear said. In Kentucky, about 50% of those 16 and older eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have received it, according to the state.
Biden Eyeing Capital Gains Tax as High as 43.4% for Wealthy
(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6%, which, coupled with an existing surtax on investment income, means that federal tax rates for investors could be as high as 43.4%, according to people familiar with the proposal. Biden campaigned on equalizing the capital gains and income tax rates for wealthy individuals, saying it’s unfair that many of them pay lower rates than middle-class workers. QuickTake: How Capital Gains Are Taxed and What Biden Might DoThe White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, and the Treasury Department declined to comment. Story continuesState LeviesFor $1 million earners in high-tax states, rates on capital gains could be above 50%. For New Yorkers, the combined state and federal capital gains rate could be as high as 52.22%.
Ontario premier’s apologizes after retracting restrictions
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, receives the Astrazeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, receives the Astrazeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, April 9, 2021. The leader of Canada’s most populous province, in his first public appearance since announcing the restrictions, said his government had moved too fast with the measures. ADVERTISEMENTThe pandemic restrictions Ford’s government announced on April 16 immediately ran into opposition. On Saturday, Ford retracted the ban on playgrounds, though outdoor recreation activities such as golf remain forbidden in Ontario, the only jurisdiction in North America that now bans it.
Students say they have been ‘mis-sold’ degrees as they demand blanket tuition fee refunds
Students have told the competitions watchdog that they have been ‘mis-sold’ degrees as they demand blanket tuition fee refunds. The open letter, backed by student leaders at 19 universities across the UK, calls on the regulator to help students asking for blanket fee refunds as a result of Covid-19 disruption. It urges the regulator to "explain to students how they can prove that the ‘quality’ of their course has not met the required standards for full tuition." "Almost all students have experienced a diminished experience in comparison to that which was originally promised and advertised to them." A Universities UK spokeswoman said: "Universities recognise that students have been extremely resilient in the face of disruption this year.
I don’t want Covid to leave any other babies without a mother
I want to stop talking and see the change that is so badly needed start to happen. All we’re asking is that pregnant women are given the protection they need because we know they are vulnerable. When Mary died, it left me without a wife and my children without a mother. I can only hope that now, pregnant women will be safeguarded better than my Mary was. Related: A year on, the startling truth about Covid and pregnant women finally revealedAs told to Eleanor Steafel
Frank: MyPillow CEO’s pro-Trump social network breaks immediately upon launch
FrankSpeech, a pro-Trump social media platform set up by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, has failed to launch for the second time in seven days. A lengthy, rambling live stream from CEO Mike Lindell was one of two videos recently playable on the bare site. Duke dismissed any notion that he is biased or funded by the Chinese Communist Party, as Mr Lindell claimed he was. A post on Sunday from Mr Lindell urged supporters to promote the site’s launch, and gained over 2,000 comments. Mr Lindell is a prominent supporter of former president Donald Trump, and has claimed Mr Trump will be in the White House again by August.
How much time do Britons spend online?
Britons will spend the equivalent of 22 years, one month and four days of their life online. On top of this, an average of four hours and 36 minutes is spent online gaming. For those whose job involves them being online, the equivalent of 47 days a year are spent using the internet for work purposes. However, the huge amount of time they spent online leaves many people worrying about being ‘at risk’ of online fraud or being hacked. However, Britons are guilty of sharing personal information online, including their date of birth, full address and job title.
What is the India Covid variant and will vaccines work?
What is the India Covid variant and will vaccines work? What is the India variant? "I doubt whether the Indian variant is more infectious than the UK variant - and we must not panic," Dr Kamil says. Much of the data around the India variant is incomplete, scientists say, with very few samples being shared - 298 in India and 656 worldwide, compared with more than 384,000 sequences of the UK variant. India has been reporting about 200,000 Covid cases daily since 15 April - well beyond its peak of 93,000 cases a day last year.
UK wants to introduce vaccine passports by mid-May
In the UK, the government is looking at introducing vaccine passports for British holidaymakers as early as next month in a move that would effectively end the ban on foreign holidays for UK citizens. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated he wants them to be ready by May 17th. Earlier this week, Greek authorities said UK travellers with proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations, completed at least 14 days before travel, will be exempt from self-isolation. And Spain's tourism minister says the country is "desperate to welcome" UK visitors this summer. Watch Euronews correspondent Tadhg Enright in London explain the latest on this story in the video player, above.
Japan coronavirus emergency areas may face ban on serving alcohol
The possible suspension is among measures being considered by the Japanese government and the governments of Tokyo and the three prefectures — Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, informed sources said. The central government is slated to decide the declaration of the state of emergency at Friday’s meeting of its COVID-19 response headquarters. The state of emergency is now expected to be imposed from Sunday to May 11. Some in the government argued that the period would be too short and called for sustaining the state of emergency for around three weeks. “We’re asking the government to implement a state of emergency from this weekend,” Osaka Gov.
How to live a longer life: Scientist reveals tips for slowing down the aging process
A scientist has revealed his top tips for slowing down the aging process, saying people should take care of their teeth and avoid over-exercising if they want to live longer lives. Andrew Steele, a computational biologist and longevity expert, argues in his new book, Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old, that people have more control over their aging process than they realize. 'But actually, by targeting the whole marks of the aging process, the underlying cellular and molecular causes of ages, we can slow it down globally.' The scientist explained in his book that brushing your teeth can help deter heart disease and possibly even dementia. Meanwhile, previous research showed that people who brush their teeth less than twice a day had a higher risk of heart disease.
Biden will increase the income top tax rate and double rates on stock sales
President Joe Biden is calling to hike the top income tax rate back to where it was before the Trump tax cuts and nearly double capital gains rates for top earners to fund his phase two of his 'human infrastructure' plan.' The president would push the top income tax rate up to 39.6 per cent – where it was before Trump's 2017 tax cuts. President Joe Biden will call to raise the to income tax rate up to 39.6 per centThe hike would have those owners have their capital gains taxed at a 39.6 rate as well. The 39.6% top income tax rate would return to the 2012 level enacted after President Barack Obama signed the American Taxpayer Protection Act. The tax hit investment income on individuals earning more than $200,000 in investment income.
Covid 3rd wave peak in France 'appears to be behind us': PM
Castex said there had been a drop in infectionsAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)The peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in France "appears to be behind us", Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday, announcing that travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month. He emphasised that the government could also allow reopenings on a regional basis starting with those areas with lower virus prevalence. Health Minister Olivier Veran said that France would begin offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only a single shot, from Saturday to people aged 55 and over. It will be the fourth vaccine being offered by France after Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Europe's medicines regulator said Tuesday that blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, but that the benefits of the shot still outweighed the risks.
Pliskova fights back to set up clash with Barty in Stuttgart
"I like spending time on this court," joked Pliskova, the 2018 Stuttgart champion, after needing just under two and a half hours to claim victory. Thursday's result was almost identical to Pliskova's win over Ostapenko in the 2018 quarter-finals in Stuttgart when the Czech went on to capture the title. Former French Open champion Ostapenko hurled her racquet in anger in the second set, while Pliskova broke one of hers as she regained control of the match. Pliskova, ranked ninth in the world, plays top seed Barty of Australia in the last eight Friday. Barty, who won a pre-Australian Open tournament in Melbourne and the Miami Open earlier this month, breezed into the quarter-finals Wednesday by overpowering Laura Siegemund following a first-round bye.
Michael Taube: Apology shows Ford is a changed man and deserves a chance to lead
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COVID-19 hate crimes bill to fight Asian American discrimination passes Senate
The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act cleared the chamber in a 94-1 vote. It would expedite the Justice Department's review of hate crimes andwould designate an official at DOJ to oversee the effort. More:In bipartisan vote, Senate advances bill on hate crimes against Asian AmericansSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said last week that as the “proud husband of an Asian American woman, I think this discrimination against Asian Americans is a real problem." Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., would establish grants to aid local and state governments to encourage more training on hate crimes for law enforcement, establish hate crime hotlines and allow for a "rehabilitation" effort for perpetrators of hate crimes. Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group tracking hate incidents, said it had received nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents across the country since March 2020, compared with roughly 100 incidents annually in previous years.
Five Questions The Political Media Is Wrestling With In Covering America’s ‘Uncivil War’
The political media has long been both powerful and controversial — no surprise, as it essentially plays the role of referee in American politics. Even at the start of the Trump presidency, political journalists covered Trump more negatively than they had recent other presidents. Are U.S. political journalists covering an escalation of the hyperpartisanship and polarization of the last two decades? It’s not as if the political media can or should stop caring about topics that were raised at the news conference. I am a member of the political media, of course, and grappling with many of these questions myself.
Blood clots from AstraZeneca shot reach rate of 7.9 per million doses: British regulator
LONDON -- Britain's medicines regulator on Thursday said there had been 168 major blood clots following a dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, a rate of 7.9 clots per million doses, a jump in incidence from the previous week's figure. This was up from the 100 cases reported last week, when the overall case incidence was 4.9 per million doses. Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol University, said the jump in reported cases was expected. There were 32 reported deaths from clots in total, compared to 22 reported last week, but the fatality rate of the reported clots dropped to 19% from 22%. The preference for under-30s to get a different shot is mainly informed by that age group's low risk from COVID-19, combined with Britain's low prevalence of infection.
Bangladesh extends coronavirus lockdown for another week
Bangladesh extends nationwide lockdown for yet another week to counter the spike in infections, says official. Bangladesh has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown for yet another week to counter the spike in coronavirus infections, an official said on Monday. Given the surge in new infections and deaths from the virus, the government on April 5 enforced a nine-day lockdown shutting offices, shopping malls and transport across Bangladesh. Bangladesh saw the highest single-day increase in infections on April 9, with 7,462 new cases, and the highest daily death toll, 102, on Sunday. Some 781,950 coronavirus cases and 10,385 deaths have been reported so far in Bangladesh, which previously imposed a nationwide shutdown for more than two months, from March 26, 2020, until May.
Ontario and Quebec premiers call for stricter measures at land and air borders
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Quebec counterpart are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to introduce “stricter” measures at land and air border crossings to ensure that all non-essential travel is “curtailed” amid a devastating third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The actions your government has taken to date are essential in continuing to limit the importation and spread of new variants of the virus. But dozens of international flights continue to land at Pearson International Airport each day and only the federal government has the power to place restrictions on travel into Canada. “You know right now if you want to go to the park with your son or daughter and kick a soccer ball around that is illegal. It just doesn’t add up.”Ontario has not yet recorded any cases of the B.1.617 variant, first detected in India.
Millions of Americans could be grounded from flying because of REAL ID deadline
In some states, REAL ID compliant licenses are the only form of licenses given out to residents, while others are optional.Licenses that are REAL ID-compliant can be identified with a star or wording on the card that indicates it is compliant.Travelers who wish to fly after the Oct. 1 deadline and do not have a REAL ID can use a U.S. passport or U.S. military ID to fly, according to DHS. It also has an online portal that provides users with answers and information on the deadline and links users to their local DMV.Barnes also said that airports and airlines have been informing customers who have returned to flying in the recent months about the REAL ID deadline. States now have the option of accepting documents for REAL ID applications, such as photo ID, online to speed up the process, according to the new rules. "That technology is already available however some states have laws in their books where they needed a piece of paper in order to process the REAL ID application," Grossman said. "While Grossman said he's optimistic the federal outreach and new tech will make a difference in speeding up REAL ID applications, he said there is very little time to get a majority of Americans approved.
Super Bowl champ Bucs aim to bolster depth in NFL draft
TAMPA BAY BUCCANNERS (15-5)LAST SEASON: Talk about peaking at the right time. Everything fell into place down the stretch for Tom Brady and an all-star roster assembled around the seven-time Super Bowl winner. It culminated with Tampa Bay becoming the first franchise to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in a Super Bowl played in its home stadium. THEY DON’T NEED: TE, WR, S, LB. That affords them the luxury of adding prospects counted on to bolster depth and contribute on special teams next season.
NBA Roundtable: Play-in games will add suspense and intrigue at end of grueling season
The postseason chase is heating up, and the play-in tournament promises to add a new wrinkle of excitement to the final weeks. Those caveats aside, the play-in tournament is a great idea. But in normal seasons, the play-in tournament will and should stay. But me personally, I thought the play-in tournament was more short-term convenience than long-term solution. Call me a traditionalist while I appreciate how much fun this will be as well as the pros of the play-in tournament.
Red-hot Oakland Athletics on 11-game win streak: Here's why MLB team has been so good
The Oakland Athletics have lived an entire season in less than a month. They were pelted in their first go-round – or two, or three – in the rotation but stabilized and even dominated since then. 1 starter Chris Bassitt has been consistent thus far, leaving open the question of which sample truly represents how good the A's rotation may be. More than a third of their win streak came at the expense of the Central doormat Detroit Tigers, with two more coming against NL weakling Arizona. Their next 20 games will come against the AL East, 14 of those against the potent Rays, Blue Jays and Red Sox.
Why is it taking so long to get tax refunds this year? Some are taking the IRS 6-8 weeks in 2021
Her tax return was filed on Feb. 27 and she's expecting to receive a 2020 tax refund of $5,522. Tax returns where the IRS needs to validate information relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Advance Child Tax Credit. Earned Income Tax Credit has new twistThe Earned Income Tax Credit is a potential spot for errors. This tax season, the Earned Income Tax Credit can be claimed on a 2020 tax return based on someone's 2019 or 2020 income this year. By April 19, she was still waiting for a tax refund for 2019 and another tax refund for 2020.
Live Updates: Biden, Kicking Off Summit, Says U.S. ‘Has Resolved to Take Action’ on Climate Change
Live Live Updates: Biden, Kicking Off Summit, Says U.S. ‘Has Resolved to Take Action’ on Climate Change President Biden committed the United States to cutting emissions by half by the end of the decade at a virtual Earth Day summit. Rest of the World China +80 gigawatts of coal power China continues to build more new coal power plants than it retires. Retirements –20 2000 2010 2020 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2005 2015 China +80 gigawatts of coal power China continues to build more new coal power plants than it retires. –20 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 China China continues to build more new coal power plants than it retires. +80 gigawatts of coal power Outside of China, countries adding the most new coal power capacity include India, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
US Postal Service reportedly tracking Americans’ social media posts
The US Postal Service is running a shadowy surveillance program that tracks Americans’ social media posts — including ones about planned right-wing protests, a report revealed Thursday. “No intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats.”Rachel Levinson-Waldman is deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program. The USPS reportedly helps monitor posts by groups such as the Proud Boys, or demonstrators protesting coronavirus lockdowns that could be considered “inflammatory.” Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesThe effort by government branches to monitor Americans’ social media posts has for months been hotly debated. The US Postal Service did not respond to questions about the social media tracking effort sent by Yahoo News. Postal Inspection Service, which assesses threats to Postal Service employees and its infrastructure by monitoring publicly available open source information,” the statement said.
Stewart-Cousins rebuked for standing with Gov. Cuomo after calling for resignation
ALBANY — State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins — the highest ranking elected official in New York to call for Gov. State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Gov. She needs to reiterate her demand for him to resign.”Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is the highest ranking elected official in New York to call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In what other industry, in what other world is this okay?”Peers have accused State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins of normalizing Gov.
The bloody details of Rockets guard Sterling Brown’s strip club assault: ‘Could have died’
Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown entered the wrong van after leaving a strip club and was beaten in a bloody scene that left those close to him fearing for his life, according to The Athletic. Teammates reportedly stepped in to break up the fight as they left the club. “If he hadn’t been as physically strong and tough, he might not have made it out of the situation (Sunday) night,” one source said. Rockets guard Sterling Brown NBAE via Getty ImagesThe fallout is complex. Houston Rockets player Sterling Brown was assaulted as he left The Booby Trap strip club (pictured) early Monday, April 19, 2021.
J&J COVID vaccine could be available again as soon as this weekend
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine could soon be available again as early as this weekend with a new warning about the rare chance of incurring a blood clot, it was revealed Thursday. The European Medicines Agency European Medicines Agency announced the Johnson & Johnson shot should carry a warning about the rare chance of blood clots. A pharmacist volunteer prepares doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a pop-up clinic in Detroit, on April 12, 2021. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients (left) and Dr. Anthony Fauci brief reporters following the call for a pause in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Health agency’s continue to say the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh its associated risks.
Senate Republicans unveil $568 billion counter-offer on infrastructure reform
In doing so, the GOP plan takes a more narrow view of infrastructure reform than Biden, who has sought to proffer major investments in other areas of the economy, including schools and elder care, in his package. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“This is the largest infrastructure investment Republicans have come forward with,” Capito said at a press conference unveiling their early plan. Republicans recommend recovering the costs of their spending through fees imposed on those who use the infrastructure. Capito said the GOP came to its figures largely through augmenting sums that might normally be set aside for federal transportation and infrastructure spending. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementBut the Republican counter-offer still sets the parameters for further negotiations between the parties.
Opinion : Our dad is held unjustly in an Iranian prison. This is his story.
Five days after he was first taken, Hannah turned 19. She spent her birthday crying and afraid, unsure of when she would see our dad again. The worst part is that we haven’t hugged our dad in over three years, and that we don’t know when we will again. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe only thing we want, and all we pray for, is for our dad to come home safely and soon. Finally, we are pleading with the Iranian government to return our father safely to us.
NFL exploring changes to scouting combine, AP source
The NFL is exploring changes to the annual NFL scouting combine to improve the professional and medical experience for draft prospects, a person familiar with those discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday. About 150 draft prospects did in-person medical evaluations in Indianapolis earlier this month. New Eagles coach Nick Sirianni had a playful way to test the competitiveness of draft prospects. He played rock, paper, scissors virtually with a couple guys and one of his assistant coaches played Jeopardy with them. "At the combine, you’re limited to how many times you can talk to them, how long you can talk to them for," he said.
COVID-19 antibodies found in dogs in Washington state, officials say
More than a dozen dogs in Washington state have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, indicating they were once exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes a COVID-19 infection. Some 23 dogs tested as part of a study by the University of Washington were found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, marking the first instance among pets in the state, officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) said in a news release. The researchers began their work on the COVID-19 and Pets Study early last year, shortly after the pandemic hit the state. Cats have also been found to be infected, while a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 last April. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEMost recently, the Georgia Aquarium announced on Sunday that its Asian small-clawed otters tested positive for COVID-19.
Too much COVID-19 vaccine given to dozens of inmates in Iowa: report
More than 70 inmates at a correctional facility in Iowa were given too much COVID-19 vaccine, according to a local report. At least 77 inmates at the Iowa State Prison in Fort Madison were given excessive amounts of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Corrections told local news station KCCI-TV. Two medical staff members from the Iowa Department of Corrections reportedly incorrectly administered the vaccine, over-vaccinating the 77 inmates. After realizing the incorrect doses, the Iowa Department of Corrections contacted both Pfizer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further guidance. A spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Corrections did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
Coronavirus in pregnant women ups risk of death, complications, study finds
A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnant women can gain some protection by getting vaccinated; recent evidence suggests the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy. COVID-19 VACCINES APPEAR SAFE IN PREGNANT WOMEN, PRELIMINARY RESULTS SUGGESTThe results were published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, which echo smaller studies. The research involved women in 18 countries, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The study involved about 700 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1,400 without it.
Hawley-Braun bill would force Biden to declassify Wuhan coronavirus leak intelligence
Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., on Thursday introduced a bill that would force the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to COVID-19 origins. Since April of 2020, experts have voiced concerns that the novel coronavirus may have originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. "For over a year, anyone asking questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been branded as a conspiracy theorist," Hawley said in a Thursday statement. "The world needs to know if this pandemic was the product of negligence at the Wuhan lab but the CCP has done everything it can to block a credible investigation." He added that the "Biden administration must declassify what it knows about the Wuhan lab and Beijing’s attempts to cover up the origin of the pandemic."
'Hyper-productivity gone wrong': Harvard Business School expert on Covid remote work
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via Email'Hyper-productivity gone wrong': Harvard Business School expert on Covid remote workTsedal Neeley, author and professor at Harvard Business School, discusses the hurdles companies and employees will face as they return to the office.
8 in 10 Asian Americans say violence against them is rising—yet support is lacking
ALT HEDSMajority of Asian Americans say violence against them is rising, but they're getting little support8 in 10 Asian Americans say violence against them is rising A vast majority of Asian American adults, 81%, say violence against them is rising in the U.S., according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. By comparison, 56% of all U.S. adults believe violence against Asian Americans has risen in the last year. Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition started to document anti-Asian discrimination during the pandemic, said it received 3,795 self reports of anti-Asian hate incidents between March 2020 and February 2021. "It's important to have research and surveys, like the ones by Pew, AAPI Data and others," Kulkarni says. The majority of documented hate incidents occurred at businesses and in public, according to Stop AAPI Hate data.
The 'Amazing Grace' of chaplains in the pandemic (Opinion)
In trying times like these, chaplains, who provide spiritual care and support to patients, families, doctors and nurses, have bravely and tirelessly stepped up. Chaplains still sit with innumerable dying patients to aid them and be there for families in decisive and painful moments. These spiritual care providers help patients and families alike to find meaning, purpose and hope when confronting death, and frequently mediate conflicts between patients and the medical staff. Many doctors also remain wary of addressing spiritual, religious and existential issues in medical care. Hopefully, none of us will ever forget the pandemic's lessons regarding the importance of chaplains and of patients' and families broader spiritual, religious and existential needs beyond the biomedical alone.
'Normal didn't work for us': People with disabilities worry about loss of virtual options
"That's been a game changer for me," said Griest Schwartzman, 23, who uses they/them pronouns. However, now that the world is looking towards "the new normal"' Griest Schwartzman and other people with disabilities are worried that accommodations that became standard in 2020 will not be available. Eiryn Griest Schwartzman"There is a big push to be completely in-person, and I know it's happening at a lot of schools," said Griest Schwartzman, who has several chronic physical disabilities and psychological conditions. "It's something I wish I had when I was younger that would have made me feel more included and like I could have a more 'normal' life," Griest Schwartzman said. "This exact situation of losing accommodations is all too familiar for me, and kind of traumatic," Griest Schwartzman said.
Pfizer COVID-19 shot effective for people with chronic diseases- Israel study
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) is effective at preventing symptomatic and severe disease in people with some chronic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease, the biggest real-world study showed on Thursday. For people who were vaccinated and were already suffering three or more chronic conditions or risk factors, such as heart disease, neurological disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, smoking, pregnancy or obesity, the research shows it was 88% effective in preventing symptomatic infection. "People with chronic diseases, multiple chronic or severe chronic diseases, should get vaccinated because the vaccine is very effective in protecting them against the high rates of complications that are expected," Balicer said. The subgroup of the people with chronic diseases was about 130,000 people, Balicer said. The most frequently reported co-morbidities were obesity (35.1%), diabetes (with and without chronic complications, 8.4%) and pulmonary disease (7.8%), a spokesman said.
COVID-free Greek 'secluded paradise' waits for tourists to return
A fisherman prepares to moor his boat at the port, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, on the island of Halki, Greece, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza VradiAlekos Sfyriou untangles his fishing line and counts the days until ferries bring visitors back to his sleepy Greek isle. "All the small islands are waiting for tourists," the 62-year-old fisherman says, slouched beneath a tree on the harbour. "Greece is thinking big by vaccinating the small islands first, to make these secluded paradises safe," said George Hatzimarkos, the governor of Greece's most popular region, the south Aegean. Despite the worst tourism year in decades for Greece in 2020, Halki enjoyed a good season with many Greeks choosing small island getaways.
Airlines look past slow recovery to post-pandemic travel
Even as new setbacks cloud their path to recovery, airline bosses are focusing on the lasting impact of COVID-19 on premium travel, technology and other pillars of their business. The addition of France, Britain and 114 other states to the U.S. "Do Not Travel" list has also cast a pall. High on the list is a structural slump in business travel as many future meetings - if not airline conferences - stay online. "If you drop (fares) by 15% or 20% they will come to business," Clark said. read moreBut Clark, who has put off his retirement to pilot Emirates through the crisis, remained upbeat about the recovery opportunities awaiting his eventual successor.
RNC chair McDaniel floated possible Michigan governor run
Her grandfather, George Romney, served as Michigan governor for three terms, and her grandmother, Lenore, waged an unsuccessful 1970 Senate bid. Her mother, Ronna, waged unsuccessful 1994 and 1996 Senate campaigns and also served on the RNC. McDaniel is also the niece of Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 nominee and a former governor of Massachusetts. Should she step down to run for governor, RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks would become temporary chair. After Trump lost reelection, he endorsed McDaniel to serve a third term, and the RNC chose her without opposition.
Bank of England reveals details of David Cameron lobbying
The Bank of England confirmed it was approached by David Cameron, who lobbied on behalf of Greensill Capital | Neil Hall/EPA-EFELONDON — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron approached the Bank of England directly on several occasions to try to influence its policy on coronavirus-related loans, the monetary institution said Thursday. For example, Cameron insisted to both the Treasury and the Bank that Greensill Capital should be exempt from the requirement that beneficiaries of the scheme be non-financial companies. Greensill Capital was a financial firm that lent money to companies seeking to pay their contractors more quickly. Cameron’s lobbying came in addition to approaches by Greensill himself, the Bank said. Greensill Capital declared insolvency in March 2021.
POLITICO Playbook PM: McDaniel for governor?
POLITICO Playbook PM: McDaniel for governor? Presented byRNC Chair Ronna McDaniel is reportedly giving thought to a run against Michigan Gov. … McDaniel also told the roughly 140 members in attendance that she’d given thought in recent months to running against [Gov. “How serious McDaniel is about running for governor is unclear. ‘Kevin McCarthy isn’t in control of the conference,’ a Republican lawmaker told The Daily Beast.
Republicans roll out $568 billion infrastructure package that Dems have already rejected
The details: The Republican plan is heavy on highway funding, allocating $299 billion for roads and bridges, or more than half of the overall figure. On the transportation side, it also includes $61 billion for transit, $20 billion for rail, $44 billion for airports, $7 billion for water ports and $13 billion for safety agencies including NHTSA, FMCSA and PHMSA. Non-transportation line items include $65 billion for broadband, $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and $14 billion for water storage. The plan also calls for repurposing unused federal funding, which Senate Republicans have said exists because of a surplus of federal money from previous Covid relief bills. It de-emphasizes funding for highways, instead redirecting federal dollars to a massive electric vehicle infrastructure effort, and includes funding for a broad range of items like health care which Republicans have argued fall outside the bounds of traditional infrastructure.
Republicans unveil $568 billion counter proposal to Biden's infrastructure plan
Republicans on Thursday unveiled a $568 billion counter proposal to President Joe Biden's sprawling $2.25 trillion infrastructure package. In total, the package calls for $299 billion for roads and bridges, $65 billion for broadband infrastructure, $61 billion for public transit systems, $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater, $44 billion for airports, $20 billion for rail systems, $17 billion for ports and inland waterways, $14 billion for water storage and $13 billion for safety purposes. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., called the plan the most robust infrastructure proposal put forth by Republicans. Additionally, it contains $42 billion for ports and airports, $100 billion to improve public school buildings and $180 billion to be invested in research and development. Earlier this month, an NPR/PBS/Marist poll found that 56 percent of U.S. adults support Biden's infrastructure plan while just 34 percent said they oppose it.
Is it still necessary to wear masks outdoors? CDC 'looking at' revising mask guidance
Already in states where mask orders are still in effect, there are moves to loosen restrictions for outdoors. Roy Cooper hopes to lift restrictions, including an outdoor mask mandate, by June 1. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a change to outdoor mask guidance by June. Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakSome health experts are increasingly calling for mask restrictions to be eased for outdoor activities. “If you're vaccinated and if there's low rates of community transmission, it's definitely reasonable to not worry about wearing masks [outdoors]” she said.
Pregnant Woman Who Get COVID-19 Have Higher Risk Of Death: Study
A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnant women can gain some protection by getting vaccinated; recent evidence suggests the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy. The results were published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, which echo smaller studies. The research involved women in 18 countries, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The study involved about 700 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1,400 without it.
Broadway's J. Breckenridge Shares 'Tale Of Torn Hearts And Minds' In Powerful Video
After more than a decade of telling other people’s stories, Josh Breckenridge has found a perfect vehicle for his own bicoastal narrative. Though the song is rooted in his own experiences, he hopes his “tale of torn hearts and minds” will resonate with anyone who leaves their hometown to pursue a personal or professional dream. “I think the best kind of song is one that hits home with the listener, no pun intended,” Breckenridge told HuffPost. He also plans to take the stage in “Come from Away” again on Broadway once it’s safe to do so. “Each song is a scar, an individual piece to the puzzle of me ? the bold, the buoyant, the weak and the strong.”
U.S. commanders request aircraft carrier to protect troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, officials say
WASHINGTON — U.S. commanders have asked for the deployment of an aircraft carrier to help protect U.S.-led troops as they withdraw from Afghanistan, two senior Defense officials told NBC News. The request underscores concerns at the Pentagon that the Taliban may choose to launch attacks on NATO troops as they pull out. No final decision has been taken on the request from Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, the officials said. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, Gen. McKenzie said more troops and resources would be deployed to safeguard the forces leaving Afghanistan. At House hearing on Tuesday, Gen. McKenzie said U.S. troops were ready if the Taliban chose to target NATO forces as they withdraw.
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US aid lifts Southwest to Q1 profit, American loses $1.25B
Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said Thursday that his airline has seen steady improvement in U.S. leisure-travel sales since mid-February. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. reported net income of $116 million in the first quarter. American Airlines Group Inc. lost $4.32 per share after subtracting federal aid and other temporary items. ADVERTISEMENTAlaska Airlines’ parent reported a loss of $131 million, or $3.51 per share, after excluding federal relief and other temporary items. In trading Thursday morning, Southwest shares rose 1%, while shares of American and Alaska Air Group Inc. fell about 1%.
‘Pride and hope’: Navalny praises protests in his support
People clash with police during a protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Many were seized before protests even began, including two top Navalny associates in Moscow. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)People clash with police during a protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Many were seized before protests even began, including two top Navalny associates in Moscow. Russia will be happy.”ADVERTISEMENTMass street protests in support of Navalny swept dozens of cities and smaller towns across Russia on Wednesday night.
Pope warns Earth heading for self-destruction without action
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis warned Thursday that the world is “on a path of self-destruction” if political leaders fail to courageously use the COVID-19 pandemic as a chance to make the planet a fairer and greener place. In a video message released on World Earth Day, Francis said political leaders have an opportunity to “come out better” following lessons learned about the social injustices laid bare during the pandemic. “Both global catastrophes, COVID and the climate, show that we don’t have time to waste,” Francis said. “Time is pressing on us and, as COVID-19 has shown, we do have the means to meet the challenge. In his message, Francis said the adversity humanity has faced in the pandemic should drive leaders to pursue innovation and invention to better protect the planet.
Pentagon chief Austin among speakers to South Carolina grads
United State Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin poses for photographers as he arrives at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)United State Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin poses for photographers as he arrives at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Austin will speak May 8 to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Information and Communications and the South Carolina Honors College, university officials said Thursday. An in-person recognition is planned for 2020 graduates later next month, school officials said. Austin was confirmed by the Senate in January , becoming the nation’s first Black secretary of defense.
Iowa officials say 77 prisoners got virus vaccine overdoses
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Administration of the coronavirus vaccine has been halted at a Fort Madison prison after nursing staff there incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the Iowa Department of Corrections said. Department spokesman Cord Overton told the newspaper in an email that once the error was realized, staff immediately sought guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from Pfizer. The inmates were notified of the overdose and are being closely monitored by medical staff, Overton said. The Pfizer vaccine is packaged as a concentrate that must be diluted with saline solution. Two nursing staff members who administered the vaccine to the 77 inmates have been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation, Overton said.
Hit French medical drama director dons scrubs to fight virus
Thomas Lilti, the director of hit French medical drama "Hippocrate," a former doctor himself, poses in Paris, France, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Oleg Cetinic)Thomas Lilti, the director of hit French medical drama "Hippocrate," a former doctor himself, poses in Paris, France, Thursday, April 22, 2021. But when the pandemic hit, Lilti realized the world didn’t need drama to illustrate that story: It was happening all around him. The creator of Canal+’s hit drama “Hippocrate,” a former doctor himself, was so moved by the urgency of the pandemic that he couldn’t just stand back -- he put back on his scrubs. (“The series) is marked deeply by this adventure.”The second season of “Hippocrate” is airing in France this month on Canal+.
Michigan board deadlocks on measure to repeal emergency law
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s elections board deadlocked Thursday on certifying a veto-proof initiative that would enable the Republican-led Legislature to wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders last year. Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers voted not to certify the citizen-initiated measure despite a recommendation by the state elections bureau, which determined Unlock Michigan collected 460,00 valid signatures — more than the roughly 340,000 needed. “I’m concerned about the validity of some of these signatures ... how these signatures were gathered,” Democrat Julie Matuzak said. The Michigan Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional in October, but Unlock Michigan wants to repeal it to prevent a future court from deciding differently.
Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
PHOENIX (AP) — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state’s total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. Along with three others in metro Phoenix, the state also has sites in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths.
Fight over Reno-area COVID-19 reopen plan goes to task force
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health district and city officials in Reno are rejecting a coronavirus reopening plan that’s going before a state COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday, calling for social distancing requirements to stay in place at least until June 1. The task force is expected to accept a Clark County plan linking the lifting of capacity and distancing restrictions in the Las Vegas area with vaccination rates in the state’s key tourism region. Washoe County commissioners approved a reopening plan Tuesday that could remove business occupancy limits and make distancing rules voluntary beginning May 1. ADVERTISEMENTBut county Health Officer Kevin Dick pointed to a jump in COVID-19 cases linked to the variant first detected in the United Kingdom, and a rise in the county’s 14-day test positivity rate to 7.2%. The World Health Organization goal is 5% or below to relax restrictions.
Countering Biden, GOP pitches $568B for infrastructure
The outline does not offer specifics, such as which federal programs would lose unspent dollars to infrastructure. “This is the largest infrastructure investment that Republicans have come forward with,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., told reporters. “This is a robust package.”ADVERTISEMENTRepublican lawmakers have been quick to criticize the infrastructure proposal from Biden. Democrats are intent on passing a major infrastructure boost this year and could use the budget reconciliation process to bypass GOP opposition. “I feel like the White House and other counterparts on the House side want to try to reach a consensus, hard infrastructure bill.”
Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemic
Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemicSAN LORENZO, Panama (AP) — Biologist Claudio Monteza pushed through thick vegetation to install a camera near a Panamanian highway in a dense tropical rainforest. Because of the pandemic, many scientists “have had to innovate and look for alternatives.”The coronavirus abruptly halted research by many Latin American scientists, interrupting field work, sample collection and laboratory experiments. Some of them could focus on writing scholarly articles based on previous research, but others had to get creative to avoid losing a year of their careers. She had collected sediment samples in 2018, 2019 and January 2020 that allowed her to continue her research during the pandemic. Gálvez has been able to resume field work and supervising students.
U.S. Issues More Than 115 'Do Not Travel' Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19
U.S. Issues More Than 115 'Do Not Travel' Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19Enlarge this image toggle caption Francois Mori/AP Francois Mori/APThe U.S. State Department has vastly expanded its Do Not Travel list, issuing new Level 4 advisories for more than 115 countries and territories this week. The U.S. Do Not Travel list now includes Canada, Mexico, Germany, the U.K., and dozens of other countries. The new additions bring the State Department's advisory list into closer alignment with the CDC's own travel health notices, which also use a four-tier warning system. For many countries newly added to the State Department's Level 4 list, the CDC cites "a very high level of COVID-19." Bhutan is the only international destination designated as Level 1 – "Exercise Normal Precautions" – on the State Department's travel advisory list.
Dow Jones Cuts Steep Early Drop, Nasdaq Rises; Stocks Mixed As Jobless Claims Fall
Stocks were mixed near midday Thursday as the Nasdaq edged higher and the Dow Jones Industrial Average erased most of an early 183-point drop. XThe Nasdaq climbed 0.2%, the S&P 500 was flat and the Dow Jones industrials edged 0.2% lower in the stock market today. The Dow Jones index and S&P 500 are coming off all-time highs reached Friday, while the Nasdaq got close to new highs. Dow Jones MoversInside the Dow, Dow Inc. (DOW) lost 5% in heavy trade to undercut its 50-day moving average for the first time since early February. Shares are now more than 20% above a 184.96 buy point of a double-bottom base, which triggers the 20%-25% profit-taking rule.
'It Didn't Change': North Carolina Town Demands Answers After Another Fatal Shooting
'It Didn't Change': North Carolina Town Demands Answers After Another Fatal ShootingEnlarge this image toggle caption Sarah McCammon/NPR Sarah McCammon/NPRNot even one full day went by after the conviction of former Minneapolis police offer Derek Chauvin for George Floyd's murder, before another American Black man was killed by police. Marvin Godfrey of Elizabeth City said he knew something was wrong as soon as he woke up Wednesday. Enlarge this image toggle caption Sarah McCammon/NPR Sarah McCammon/NPR"Partial justice"Godfrey doesn't understand why serving a warrant ended with a man's death. Enlarge this image toggle caption Sarah McCammon/NPR Sarah McCammon/NPRThe meeting was closed to the public because of coronavirus restrictions, and streamed online. "It didn't change"Afterward, Zinia Holley, 56, who lives outside Elizabeth City, joined the crowd in marching down the street to a county building.
How Israel Persuaded Reluctant Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Nearly every day this winter, a new pashkevil — Yiddish for street poster — would appear with a dire warning against the COVID-19 vaccine. Just as often, neighborhood residents — quietly hired by the government — were dispatched to cover these messages with new ones from Israel's health ministry:"A religious ruling! He's an ultra-Orthodox public relations consultant who directed the counter-messaging campaign, working with Israel's health ministry to convince devout Jewish communities to embrace the vaccine. Today, more than half of all Israelis have been vaccinated — including 80% of ultra-Orthodox adults over age 30, the health ministry says. Many ultra-orthodox Jews shun TVs and smartphones, and were not exposed to nightly press conferences from Israel's top health officials.
How India Went From A Ray Of Hope To A World Record For Most COVID Cases In A Day
Ghastly scenes are playing out at hospitals and clinics across India, as the country's health system collapses under a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. Both governments cited India's variants. Confirmed deaths from the coronavirus also broke an Indian record Thursday, with 2,104 fatalities recorded in the previous 24 hours. In March 2020, when coronavirus cases were relatively low in India, Modi imposed the world's biggest national lockdown. "If you can't give my father a hospital bed, please, is there a doctor who can just give him an injection?"
Buy This Shipping-Company Stock. It’s Worth More Than the Sum of Its Parts.
But the warehouse was built, owned, and operated by a division of XPO Logistics (XPO) dubbed GXO Logistics, which is set to be spun off during the second half of 2021. XPO stock has returned 31% a year on average over the past 10 years, including reinvested dividends, more than double the 14% return of the S&P 500 index. She has a Buy rating on XPO stock and a $150 price target, using a valuation multiple below that average to formulate her target price. Oppenheimer senior analyst Scott Schneeberger writes that the GXO business should trade with an enterprise-value-to-Ebitda ratio well into the double digits. Subtract the net debt from the $27 billion potential, and XPO stock could be worth roughly $20 billion, up from about $15 billion today.
Young adults worry it’s ‘morally wrong’ to have children, Earth Day study finds
Young adults say that concerns over climate change and uncertainty about the future of the planet influence their reproductive decision-making, according to a new University of Arizona study released on Earth Day. A recent Morning Consult poll of 4,400 Americans found that one in four childless adults say climate change influenced their reproductive decisions. Finally, many of the young adults choosing to go childless said that uncertainty over the future was also discouraging them from starting families. But a third (34%) also noted that concern about climate change was another reason for choosing not to have children. And among adults of all ages, one in four (26%) also said that climate change has factored into their reproductive decisions.
Week 3 of our money challenge: Use money as a tool to tackle your goals
Let’s jump in to your new money challenges for the week:Congratulations on making it halfway through our money challenge! We know that the pandemic has thrown many people off course and made it harder to think about the future. Instead, think about money as a tool that can help you achieve your goals, whether that’s owning a home, getting out of debt, supporting a family member or starting to save for retirement. Read about setting goals and sticking to them. This story has some realistic money goals that are still relevant.
My coworker wants to sell her house as prices have skyrocketed. The co-signer on her mortgage demands 25%. Can she sell without his permission?
Is there any way she can sell her house, or get this distant relative off her mortgage so she can sell the house? If it’s a distant relative, that requires even more caution. In this case, your coworker should ensure this relative is a co-signer and not also on the deed of the house. First and foremost, she should know the status of this person: co-signer, or co-signer and co-owner? If it’s the former, she could decide to give her distant relative a monetary gift as thanks, with the advice of the real-estate attorney.
Jefferies Is Bullish on Canadian Equities After Canada’s Plan to Taper Bond Purchases
The Bank of Canada on Wednesday became the first major central bank to pare down asset buying that had begun during the Covid-19 pandemic. The central bank announced it would taper its weekly net purchases of government bonds from 4 billion Canadian dollars to C$3 billion. The strategists said that it was “unusual” for the Bank of Canada to have front-run the U.S. Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, Canada’s consumer-price index for March was slightly below expectations at 2.2%, but still the highest since February 2020. Along with announcing the tapering of bond purchases, the central bank on Wednesday implied a hawkish stance on interest rates and indicated that its first rate cut could come in 2022.
Mortgage rates dip below 3% — again
Mortgage rates fell below 3% this week, the first time since the end of February, creating a bigger savings opportunity for homeowners and buyers facing a tough housing market. The rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 2.97% from 3.04% last week, according to Freddie Mac, a government-sponsored agency that guarantees millions of mortgages. Confidence that the Federal Reserve will keep its benchmark fed funds rate where it is for the foreseeable future, is pushing down interest rates in general. Refinance activity jumped as rates declined, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). "Today's mortgage rates give most homebuyers a much needed leg up in grappling with higher home prices, which nearly every housing market across the country is seeing right now," Hale said.
Senate Republicans unveil $568 billion infrastructure counterproposal
REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonRepublicans unveiled a $568 billion counterproposal to President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan on Thursday. The Republican plan — less than half the size of Biden's proposal — is more focused on physical infrastructure like the nation's roads, railways and bridges. The package includes:$299 billion for roads and bridges$61 billion for public transit systems$20 billion for rail$13 billion for safety measures$17 billion for ports and inland waterways$44 billion for airports$65 billion for broadband$14 billion for water storageSen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W. Va.), Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss. Republicans have largely rejected Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, saying it's too expensive and includes too many measures unrelated to physical infrastructure. "$568 billion is a very, very generous offer in dealing with infrastructure.
Republicans unveil $568 billion infrastructure package to counter Biden's $2.3 trillion plan
By contrast the first four rounds of talks, led by his predecessor Simon Birmingham and Ms Truss, made “really rapid progress”, it is claimed. A bilateral trade deal between the two nations is expected to boost UK exports to Australia by around £900 million. Mr Tehan arrives in the UK on Wednesday evening and the two-day dialogue begins on Thursday. Ms Truss believes that in-person talks at the political level hold the key to finalising the deal. Annual UK trade with Australia is worth over £18 billion, with services accounting for 60 per cent.
Digital banking is threatening future of tellers: FICO
With the coronavirus pandemic, digital banking has been on the rise in North America as people continue to try and keep their distance from strangers. FICO’s second-annual Consumer Digital Banking study found that 41% of consumers throughout the U.S. and Canada were more likely to turn to mobile banking applications to open a new account. GEN Z GETTING A LOT OF FINANCIAL ADVICE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA: SURVEYIn a statement that supports its findings, FICO Vice President Liz Lasher said consumers who use digital banking apps are increasingly placing importance on authentication. Twenty-five percent of Americans on average told FICO they’d be willing to ditch their bank if they perceived identity authentication obstacles at their banking institution. Fifty-three percent of American consumers told FICO they have their bank’s app downloaded while 57% of Canadians said the same.
Hermès sees sales spike as luxury market rebounds from COVID-19
The strong sales growth proved that wealthy shoppers will splurge on luxury items even during the most uncertain financial times. The growth, the company said, was spurred by Asia and Japan and an uptick in the American market. Global luxury sales online increased nearly 50% to around $59 billion in 2020, compared with around $39.7 in 2019 before the pandemic hit, according to Bain & Co. as reported by Barron's. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERELVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton and Dior, reported first-quarter revenues up 8% from 2019 before the pandemic hit. More shoppers have shown interest in buying luxury bags as investment pieces long before the pandemic hit.
Republicans unveil $568B infrastructure framework as counteroffer to Biden's spending plan
A group of moderate Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a scaled-back infrastructure proposal, a counteroffer to the massive $2.3 trillion tax and spending plan introduced by President Biden earlier this month. Shelley Moore Capito, Roger Wicker, Pat Toomey and John Barrasso released a five-year, $568 billion proposal focused on roads, bridges and other traditional forms of infrastructure. Republicans have criticized the size and scope of Biden's spending measure – dubbed the Americans Jobs Plan – arguing that it contains too many provisions that are unrelated to traditional forms of infrastructure, such as funding for elderly and disabled Americans and green energy. REPUBLICANS PREPPING $650B COUNTEROFFER TO BIDEN'S SPENDING PROPOSALGOP lawmakers have also balked at Biden's push to raise the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21% and impose a higher global minimum on U.S. companies' foreign earnings. The group said their plan should be funded in its entirety so as to not contribute to the nation's staggering debt.
A 'Bridge' Between Growth and Income
XOM, CVX Stocks quotes in this article: ENBDespite the coronavirus crisis, the S&P 500 has rallied 46% in the last 12 months to new all-time highsAs a result, it has become challenging for income investors to identify reasonably valued stocks with attractive dividend yieldsMaking matters even more difficult, investors have to grapple with the possibility that high-yield stocks may cut thei...
What Airline CEOs Are Telling Jim Cramer About Return of Travel
Southwest (LUV) - Get Report reported earnings, posting an adjusted loss of $1 billion, or $1.72 a share, vs. a loss of $77 million, or 15 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet had been expecting a loss of $1.85 a share. "Vaccinations are on the rise, and COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States are down significantly from their peak in January 2021. As a result, we are experiencing steady weekly improvements in domestic leisure bookings, which began in mid-February 2021." Recap TheStreet Live: Everything Jim Cramer Is Watching Thursday
Don’t put away your face masks. We may need them even as COVID-19 fades
But even as restaurants reopen and shopping malls fill up, a glaring reminder of the virus’ presence remains: face masks. Health experts think an end to all face mask requirements would be premature. Advertisement“There are so many wild cards in this pandemic.”What if we hit herd immunity? We may yet be a long way from herd immunity, health experts say. Travel, for example, could be an area where face mask use could be commonplace in the long run because it forces close contact with people from different regions.
Watch live: Baker gives an update on COVID-19 vaccinations
Governor Charlie Baker spoke during a COVID-19 vaccination update at the Hynes Convention Center. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
New data reassuring for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy bolsters evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed. AdvertisementSeparately, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on Tuesday endorsed vaccination in pregnancy, based on evidence it has been evaluating for over a year. ‘’Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. That group has said previously that COVID-19 vaccination should be available to pregnant women and to those who are breastfeeding, and many pregnant U.S. women have chosen to be vaccinated. It also included reports on pregnancy complications from almost 4,000 women enrolled in a U.S. vaccine safety registry.
URI urges students to get vaccinated after COVID-19 variants are found on campus
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — After detecting more-contagious COVID-19 variants on campus over the last month, administrators at the University of Rhode Island are urging students to get vaccinated. URI has not announced a requirement, and neither have other public institutions such as the Community College of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College. And while traditional college-aged students are the least vaccinated groups in the state, most students at the university just became eligible in Rhode Island this week. Rhode Island has also continued to detect several SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, which can be spread more rapidly and cause severe disease. But Rhode Island only sequences a portion of positive COVID-19 cases every week to screen for SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants of interest.
Leslie Jordan parlays Instagram fame with new book and album
Stop, stop, stop.' He also has a new book called, “How Y’all Doing? Advertisement“That sort of dealt with all the angst and growing up gay in the Baptist Church and la, la, la, la, la. With no shortage of anecdotes, Jordan ends the book with a tease there's more to come. Now that the globe has hit the one year mark of the pandemic, Jordan is less reliant on Instagram.
More than a year after shutting down, the Coolidge will reopen on May 13
The Coolidge Corner Theatre, the much-loved Brookline moviehouse, has announced that it will be reopening, starting May 13. That date is 14 months to the day after the theater shut down, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “While our return will be gradual, we are relieved and happy to once again be able to share movies together,” Katherine Tallman, the Coolidge’s director, said in a statement. Initially, the Coolidge will be open for just two showings, Thursdays through Sundays, in the 440-seat main theater. Pedro Almodóvar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988) will be shown on a bill with his short “The Human Voice,” released earlier this year.
Rhode Island to lift business restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend
Governor Daniel J. McKee announced Thursday that his administration plans to incrementally eliminate all temporary capacity limits on businesses by Memorial Day weekend on May 28. PROVIDENCE — Business owners, rejoice: It looks like it could be a nearly-normal summer in Rhode Island. This is the highest capacity limit allowed by the state since before the pandemic began nearly 14 months ago. “We know that they need this relief,” said McKee of business owners in Rhode Island. The news comes as Rhode Island has vaccinated at least one-third of the state’s population, according to McKee.
Encouraging signs are beginning to emerge in Mass. coronavirus data
Encouraging signs are emerging in the coronavirus data being released by the state Department of Public Health. Is it possible the coronavirus is beginning to loosen its deadly grip on Massachusetts? The levels are also lower than the numbers reached during the state’s pandemic lull last summer. The positivity percentage numbers also dropped sharply after the peak of the second surge early this year, then bumped up in March and earlier this month. College testing programs dilute the data because they repeatedly test large numbers of asymptomatic people in an effort to rapidly identify new cases.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% among all adults. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?
By CANDICE CHOI | The Associated PressNEW YORK — How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? Experts don’t know yet because they’re still studying vaccinated people to see when protection might wear off. How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if, when and how often additional shots might be needed. “We only have information for as long as the vaccines have been studied,” said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine researcher at the University of Washington. If the virus mutates enough over time, vaccines might need to be updated to boost their effectiveness.
Cyberattack targets VTA, unclear if personal information breached
A cyberattack targeting the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority last weekend has forced a days-long shutdown of many of the agency’s computer systems. VTA officials say they believe they have contained the attack, but key systems remained offline Thursday. The authority is still trying to determine whether any personal information of customers or employees was compromised, spokeswoman Stacey Hendler Ross said. Buses and light rail trains have continued running, Hendler Ross said, although efforts to contain the hack are affecting functions such as real-time arrival information and VTA employee email. “Our priority in this situation was to proactively shutdown technology systems to contain the event,” Hendler Ross wrote in a statement.
5 things Quakes fans need to know if they go to Saturday’s home opener
The Quakes have instituted a number of new COVID-compliant protocols this season as they welcome fans back to their stadium. Fans will be asked to park in the following lots: Parking Structure 1, Parking Structure 2 and the Audi lot. Social distancing: Fans will be assigned seats in pods between one and six seats, with a six-foot distance between pods. Related Articles Earthquakes season starts with loss in HoustonCount them out? Sanitation and safety: Hand sanitizers will be installed throughout PayPal Park and the restrooms will be frequently cleaned by a sanitation team.
Prescott nursing home chiefs under state investigation after Republic report
The board can take disciplinary action against nursing home administrators and assisted-living managers, including revoking their state licenses or certifications. 'Playing God'In addition to the board's investigations, Granite Creek will have to answer to families in court. Twenty-two homes had errors during multiple inspections, including Granite Creek. She said it tortures her every day thinking about how Donnie must have felt while he was Granite Creek. Managers at Granite Creek required them to work, despite positive COVID-19 tests and doctors’ orders to isolate, according to the inspection report.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
BARCELONA, Spain — The ill-fated Super League has enraged fans and troubled authorities while making allies of a pair of soccer’s fiercest nemeses. Both Juventus and AC Milan also left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date. “If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken,” Tebas said. Otherwise, protests against the Super League have been subdued in Spain compared to England. Barcelona will play its first match since the Super League announcement on Thursday against Getafe.
Friednash: Establishing shantytowns in Denver would be like abandoning all hope for the city’s homeless
And with it, a new generation of unauthorized homeless encampments have spread across the country like Hooverville’s during the Great Depression. These are unsafe outdoor spaces and Denver voters have made it clear that there is no acceptable path forward or appetite for these homeless encampments. In May 2019, 80% of Denver voters soundly rejected Initiative 300 which would have allowed homeless encampments in public spaces throughout the entire city. The proponents of a new Denver initiative want to bring four permanent shantytowns to a neighborhood near you. And, they provide direct access to services including housing assistance, employment navigation and mental health resources.
Dave Matthews Band will still play Milwaukee's Summerfest in September
Halsey and Khalid canceled their Summerfest 2021 shows, but the Milwaukee music festival has confirmed one previously announced headliner will play this September. Dave Matthews Band — originally booked for the American Family Insurance Amphitheater for Summerfest 2020 — announced a rescheduled tour that will kick off July 23 in Raleigh, North Carolina. But previously purchased tickets for Dave Matthews Band will be honored, and will include a general-admission ticket for any of the nine days of the festival in 2021. People who purchased tickets for the 2020 Dave Matthews Band show at the Summerfest box office can return to the box office to receive a general-admission ticket. Sam Hunt canceled in 2020, and Khalid and Halsey called off their Summerfest shows earlier this year.
Sanctions-battered Iran, weary of pandemic, faces worst wave
TEHRAN, Iran — As Iran faces what looks like its worst wave of the coronavirus pandemic yet, Tehran commuters still pour into its subway system and buses each working day, even as images of the gasping ill are repeatedly shown on state television every night. That has public health officials worried the worst of the pandemic still may be yet to come. During the peak of Iran’s last surge, around 20,000 coronavirus patients were hospitalized across the country. All of its wards on five floors of the hospital are reserved for coronavirus patients. Associated Press journalist Ebrahim Noroozi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.
Restaurants and bars should prepare now to apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Because money from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is expected to go quickly, business owners are urged to be ready to apply on Day One. The Independent Restaurants Coalition also has a guide to prepare business owners to apply for relief, at saverestaurants.com/resources. To make applying easier, restaurants will be able to apply for the RRF through point-of-sale providers Clover, NCR Corp., Square and Toast, the SBA said Thursday. Businesses will be encouraged to apply through their point-of-sale providers, but businesses still can submit their applications at restaurants.sba.gov. More RRF information is at sba.gov/restaurants, where the list of participating point-of-sale providers will be updated, and in Spanish at sba.gov/restaurantes.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
WASHINGTON — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% among all adults. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
Pandemic-denier Ted Nugent tests positive for COVID
Rocker Ted Nugent is revealing he was in agony after testing positive for coronavirus — months after he said the virus was “not a real pandemic.”Ted Nugent performs at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Aug. 16, 2013. Nugent revealed he was in agony after testing positive for coronavirus — months after he said the virus was “not a real pandemic.” (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)Rocker Ted Nugent is revealing he was in agony after testing positive for coronavirus — months after he said the virus was “not a real pandemic.”“I thought I was dying,” Nugent says in a Facebook live video posted Monday. He has repeated a narrative pushed by conservative media and disputed by health experts that suggests the official death count from the coronavirus is inflated. A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in late March found that 36% of Republicans said they will probably or definitely not get vaccinated, compared with 12% of Democrats. The seven-day national average of cases remains over 60,000 new infections per day.
Biden summit draws climate vows from sparring global leaders
“Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world’s most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu. His people he said, are “ teetering on the edge of despair.”After the stream of solemn pledges on fighting climate change, the talk turned to money.
How Chicago’s music venues are safely reopening using a chorus of different approaches
Constellation, the popular experimental jazz and improvisational music venue, began hosting intimate in-person shows last summer. But not every musician who plays at the space will perform in front of a live audience. According to Constellation’s COVID policy, performances start “with the desires and comfort of the performing artist.” Artists can choose between a streaming-only set, a hybrid streaming and in-person performance for a small and invited audience, or a ticketed and socially distanced event for up to 50 audience members. On their website’s page for their COVID policy, the venue states, “This flexible approach allows the performer to choose their comfort level and allows us to navigate new directives from our health officials.”
New data reassuring for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy bolsters evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed. ‘’Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. That group has said previously that COVID-19 vaccination should be available to pregnant women and to those who are breastfeeding, and many pregnant U.S. women have chosen to be vaccinated. It also included reports on pregnancy complications from almost 4,000 women enrolled in a U.S. vaccine safety registry. Those rates are all within the same range observed in reports in pregnant women before the pandemic.
Long Island fire departments to host recruitment push this weekend
This weekend, fire departments across Long Island hope to recruit volunteers just like Neale and Lee — both Syosset High School graduates — during the annual RecruitNY Weekend campaign sponsored by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, or FASNY. On Long Island alone, there are 179 separate local fire departments — 71 in Nassau County and 108 in Suffolk County, according to Rob Leonard, the state FASNY spokesman and Syosset Fire Department assistant chief. "We are the most economically-advanced, densely-populated suburb still covered by volunteers in the United States," Leonard said of Long Island. The pandemic has changed education on Long Island. Though, as Kalin jokes, the recruiting pitch he and many local departments generally offer volunteers is: No pay, long hours, cool hat.
UFC 261: Chris Weidman getting out of his comfort zone ahead of fight vs. Uriah Hall
Weidman found a home at Gym-O, where he said there’s a mix of up-and-coming guys with that "young hunger" and veterans. The event, which airs prelims on ESPN and streams the main card on ESPN+ pay-per-view, is the first UFC event to feature an arena full of fans since March 14, 2020. "I'm sure it's going to be going nuts, first event back, and it’s over a year," said Weidman, 36. "I'm excited for this, I really am. Weidman and Hall were scheduled to fight each other last February, but a bout with COVID-19 forced Weidman to withdraw from that event.
Cuomo: New York still 'making progress' in reducing COVID-19 positivity levels
New York State and Long Island marked another day of gains in bringing COVID-19 under control, with indicators not seen since November before a holiday season surge, Gov. The state registered a 2.06% positivity level in daily test results from Wednesday, the lowest figure since Nov. 5, Cuomo said at a news briefing in East Rockaway. The statewide seven-day average of positivity for the virus was 2.5%, the lowest since Nov. 10, while the figure on Long Island was 2.76%, also the lowest since Nov. 10. For weeks the positivity level on Long Island had hovered around or above 4%, seeing a substantial decline over the last week or so. Long Island had a total of 540 COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Wednesday, the lowest figure since Nov. 30.
Biden pledging to cut US fossil fuel emissions up to 52% by 2030
His commitment to cut U.S. fossil fuel emissions up to 52% by 2030 will come at the launch Thursday of an all-virtual climate summit for 40 world leaders, marking a return by the U.S. to global climate efforts after four years of withdrawal under President Donald Trump. “The United States is not waiting, the costs of delay are too great, and our nation is resolved to act now,” the Biden administration said in a statement. The world’s top two climate offenders, China and the United States, are feuding over non-climate issues. There is no money in sight,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said earlier this month, after a visit from Biden climate envoy John Kerry. And at home, political divisions exposed by Trump’s presidency have left the United States weaker than it was at the 2015 Paris accord.
Prep sports: Athletes no longer need to wear masks during outdoor competition
Prep sport athletes competing in outdoor competition, as is the case for most spring sports, are no longer required to wear masks during competition. The Minnesota Department of Health amended its requirements Thursday to state face coverings only need to be worn “when sports participants are not actively practicing or playing and cannot maintain physical distancing,” such as when softball and baseball players are in a dugout. The MDH still “strongly” recommends participants wear face coverings at all times or are tested weekly for COVID-19, though that’s no longer required. The Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors asked for this type of mask leniency for outdoor sports at last week’s board meeting.
Almont barber vies for $2,500 on virtual 'Kelly and Ryan' dancing competition
Sherri Rodgers of Almont is trying to dance her way to $2,500. Rodgers is one of six finalists vying to win the grand prize of a virtual dance competition, Dance Party Trivia, on ABC's "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan." Voting, which can only be done on the show's Facebook page, runs until 6 p.m. Friday. "The funniest part is that I didn’t know they put me on" until after she watched a recorded episode, said Rodgers who owns Sherri's Barber. To vote, go to the "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan" Facebook page and simply click "like" under Rodgers' video.
Super League backer says breakaway competition is on standby
Pérez, who would have been the new league’s founding chairman, said the clubs behind the Super League will continue working on a way to make the competition work, even if changes have to be made to its format. He said the Super League is on “standby” and the group is open to discussing ideas with European soccer’s governing body and other entities to help the game amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Atlético Madrid and the three Italian clubs in the project – Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan – also opted out. There were protests against the Super League during Wednesday’s Spanish league matches, with players entering the field wearing T-shirts condemning the new competition. The Super League was intended to be a 20-team competition with 15 founding members guaranteed a spot every season and five other teams rotating in and out.
Michigan woman, 60, charged with defrauding $430,000 from VA
A third suspect in a scheme to defraud nearly $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Michigan Department of Treasury has been charged in court, a state official said. Nessel said as fourth habitual offender, Quill faces up to life in prison if she's convicted of any of the charges. He also scheduled a probable cause hearing in Quill's case for next Thursday and a preliminary examination hearing for May 6. Decker's jury trial in Wayne County Circuit Court is scheduled to begin May 28, according to court records. Meanwhile, Flores is scheduled to appear in Wayne County Circuit Court on May 20 for a final conference, records said.
Unlock Michigan's proposal stalls as state board deadlocks on petitions
Gretchen Whitmer's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic hit an obstacle Thursday as a state board deadlocked on whether to approve the group's petition signatures. The four-member Board of State Canvassers voted 2-2, failing to certify the signatures as the two Democratic members questioned the collection strategies used by Unlock Michigan. "The Board of State Canvassers failed to do its legal duty today to certify the Unlock Michigan petition," Wszolek said. A day earlier, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel announced she wouldn't bring any charges after investigating allegations of wrongdoing involving Unlock Michigan. Earlier this month, Keep Michigan Safe filed a lawsuit suit in the Michigan Court of Claims, asking the court to bar the Board of State Canvassers from considering the Unlock Michigan petition.
Rally to save MSU swim program to be held before spring football game
The fight to keep the Michigan State swimming and diving program alive continues. Ishbia targeted that money mostly for football, some for basketball, and some for an overall fund for Michigan State athletics. The Michigan State swimmers and divers are hoping to get the university to follow the path of fellow Big Ten member Iowa. Facing similar litigation as Michigan State, Iowa opted to reinstate women’s swimming. However, it did not reinstate men’s swimming, men’s tennis or men’s gymnastics.
OHSAA doubles the size of the football playoffs, to 16 teams per region
High school football playoffs in Ohio just doubled in size. The OHSAA announced Thursday that effective this fall, 16 teams per region will qualify for the postseason, as opposed to the eight teams per region that had previously qualified. The move comes after a season in which 12 teams per region made the playoffs due to a shortened season because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Last fall we received overwhelmingly positive feedback when we allowed every team to enter the football playoffs due to the shortened season because of COVID-19,” Doug Ute, the OHSAA's executive director, said in a statement. The football regular season commences on August 20 and the first round of the playoffs will now begin Oct. 29.bjohnson@dispatch.com@baileyajohnson_
Tramel's ScissorTales: Lincoln Riley loading his OU football staff with Sooners alumni
Cale Gundy was the lone OU football alumnus on Bob Stoops’ 2015 staff. Cale Gundy, of course, was on the staff when all four of his OU colleagues played for the Sooners. More:Tramel's ScissorTales: Jerry Pettibone's OU football tales on Jack Mildren & Barry Switzer“Advantages, you just understand what the program entails, you realize how passionate the fans are,” Thibodeaux said. As I just pointed out, OU football is going to play Western Carolina in September. 47: OU football 1953-57.
Watch Live: Charlie Baker in Pittsfield to tour regional vaccination site
Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and other local leaders to tour the Berkshire Regional Collaborative vaccination site in Pittsfield today at 1 p.m. where they will provide an update on COVID-19 vaccination. Watch live here:The visit follows the governor’s morning appearance in Springfield at MGM where he celebrated their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Later on Thursday, the governor and lieutenant governor will join Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock and Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Carol Gladstone to celebrate Earth Day and sign an Executive Order relative to reducing gas emissions at state facilities.
Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch public health institute said Thursday that 9,648 new coronavirus infections were recorded over the past 24 hours, in the highest daily increase since January. The news came just days before planned relaxations in the country's months-long lockdown. "The COVID number in ICUs is high and on a rising trend," the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution said in a statement. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units rose by 17 to 839 over the past 24 hours, the center added. Shoppers will no longer have to make an appointment to visit non-essential stores, though the number of customers per shop will still be tightly limited.
The Latest: Virus harms during pregnancy detailed in study
The measures include closures and a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, the most controversial element. The restrictions would kick in for areas where there are more than 100 weekly new cases per 100,000 residents for three consecutive days. Schools would have to switch to distance learning at a higher rate of 165. In a statement Thursday, the Brit Awards said audience members attending the indoor ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on May 11 will not have to socially distance or even wear face coverings once seated. It said the ceremony will be the first major indoor music event in the country to welcome back a live audience since the coronavirus pandemic erupted more than a year ago.
US average mortgage rates under 3% for first time since Feb.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, dipping below 3% for the first time in two months. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home-loan rate declined to 2.97% this week from 3.04% last week. The rate for a 15-year loan, popular among those looking to refinance, dipped to 2.29% from 2.35% the week before. Even with historically low rates, buyers are having a hard time snatching up homes because there are so few for sale. Another report Thursday from the National Association of Realtors showed that sales of existing home sales fell for the second straight month in March because there are so few on the market.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........WASHINGTON — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% among all adults. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state's total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths. In Pima County, 187 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday with 0 deaths.
Over 2M in Arizona fully vaccinated against coronavirus
Updated 3 times AlertMePHOENIX — The number of people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has topped 2 million, the state reported Thursday as it opened another mass vaccination site in metro Phoenix. The 2,024,440 people in Arizona who are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard, represent 28% of the state’s total population. A state-run vaccination site opened at Westworld in Scottsdale. Along with three others in metro Phoenix, the state also has sites in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. The state on Thursday reported 647 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths.
2 in 3 people want to work remotely full-time AFTER the pandemic ends
However, a new survey finds they shouldn’t expect their workers to come flowing through the door — even after the pandemic. The poll, completed in early April, also finds 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even after COVID ends. One in three would prefer a hybrid arrangement involving some office work and some days at home. The poll finds, if they can secure a full-time remote work position, 37 percent are “definitely” considering living elsewhere. Also troublingly, 56 percent of workers say they’ve experienced burnout during the pandemic.
Thursday evening UK news briefing: Up to 30 countries may get all clear for summer breaks
As his efforts failed to make progress, Mr Cameron wrote on April 22 last year, telling Sir Jon it was "incredibly frustrating". However, the scientific mechanism has never been entirely clear - until scientists at Harvard University got involved. See what has been said by leaders from Russia, Brazil, Japan, France and many others. It comes as the UN admitted world leaders have not started discussing how climate change targets will impact people's everyday lives. Around the world: Russia orders troops backRussia's defence minister has ordered the withdrawal of most of the troops that recently amassed at the border with Ukraine following nearly four weeks of a war scare.
Pregnant women who catch Covid over 50 per cent more likely to suffer complications
Pregnant women who catch Covid are over 50 per cent more likely to suffer complications such as premature birth, according to a major new study. Based on the medical records of 2,100 pregnant women across 18 countries, the study also found that newborns of infected women were nearly three times more at risk of severe medical complications that could require admission to a neonatal intensive care unit. Women who caught the virus but didn’t experience symptoms appeared to be at no added risk. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises women who are pregnant to get either the Pfizer or Moderna jabs. However, officials believe that unfounded fears among pregnant women or those planning to become so are bolstering vaccine hesitancy.
Pandemic disruption could trigger ‘major measles outbreaks’ in Africa, WHO warns
Disrupted vaccination campaigns could trigger “major measles outbreaks” across Africa, where millions of children have been left “dangerously exposed” to the deadly disease after the pandemic hampered vaccination rollouts. According to the World Health Organization’s Africa office, 15 countries suspended measles immunisation campaigns between January 2020 and April 2021, as resources were diverted to tackle Covid-19 and amid fears vaccination efforts could inadvertently spread the virus. WHO Africa also warned that the quality of measles surveillance across the continent fell to the lowest level seen in seven years in 2020, when just 11 countries met their targets. “Recent outbreaks of measles – but also yellow fever, cholera and meningitis – all point to worrying gaps in immunisation coverage and surveillance in Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, referring to major measles outbreaks in eight countries since January 2020 – including the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. “I urge all countries to double down on essential health services, including life-saving vaccination campaigns.”
FA to step up security for Carabao Cup final as fan Super League protests escalate
The Football Association are set to review security for this weekend’s Carabao Cup final after European Super League protests escalated on Thursday with Manchester United fans storming the club’s training ground. According to FA sources, they are aware that the showpiece has the potential for more protests and security for the event will reflect this. As a test event for fans to return, the 21,000 at the national stadium will be the biggest English crowd since the Covid-19 pandemic closed football’s doors. “We are committed to the safety and security of all attendees and staff members at Wembley Stadium and continually evolve our processes in partnership with its stakeholders,” said an FA spokesperson. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met with angry fans yesterday when they got into the club’s Carrington HQ, barricading the car entrance and training-ground reception before making their way to the first-team pitches.
How long should you wait before flying after your Covid jab?
In recent months, concerns have been raised about the potential links between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare type of blood clot. However, the risk of developing it increases two-to threefold after long haul flights – categorised as those which last longer than four hours. It is unclear whether having the AstraZeneca vaccine could increase the chances of DVT, and other types of blood clot, developing. “The vaccine risk is just too low and far too few people are flying. Although the research into the potential links between the vaccine and blood clots is still in its early stages, information around DVT is widely available.
The next crisis will not be like Covid
Governments worldwide, for example, have claimed the pandemic proves the desirability of repatriating vast manufacturing capacity to ensure the ready supply of particular medicines, masks, and PPE. Such efforts are expensive, but may prove useless in the face of a very different crisis. Historian Niall Ferguson’s excellent forthcoming book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, reminds us we have no crystal ball for predicting the contours of the next crisis, or pandemic. Previous US hospital pandemic plans were based on a disease like Ebola, after all; the UK’s initial strategy last year was famously tailored for influenza. The problem, of course, is that we don’t know what the next crisis looks like.
Why is the PS5 out of stock?
Perhaps it began weeks before, when PlayStation opened the pre-orders for the new PS5 without any warning, forcing the company to apologise. “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother,” it admitted last September, in an attempt to apologise to upset fans that has not stopped being relevant. Or perhaps it began some time after the release date on November 19, on one of the many days when PS5 stock arrived and then sold out again almost instantly. Google searches for PS5 have consistently been at least five times those for the Xbox Series X since launch, according to the search engine’s public tools.) “We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever.
US adds UK to ‘Do Not Travel’ list
American travellers are being warned not to travel to the UK. The US State Department has added the UK to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory, citing a risk of “very high level of Covid-19”, alongside at least 115 other countries. The move “reflects an adjustment in the State Department's Travel Advisory system to rely more on [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] existing epidemiological assessments”. It comes amid speculation that the US will be on the UK’s “green list” when it is revealed in early May, thanks to its advanced vaccine roll-out. The “green” countries will carry the lightest restrictions, and won’t require quarantine upon arrival into the UK.
Logan Airport deletes Earth Day tweet that drummed up business at parking garage
Boston's Logan International Airport was forced to delete a tweet this week that sent an anti-environmental message using an 'Earth Day' hashtag, which was slammed by critics. The tweet went up on Monday - three days before Earth Day - encouraging people to park their cars at the airport when flying out of Logan International. Additionally, parking at the airport isn't free, drawing questions about whether or not the Logan Airport was trying to drum up business and make a quick buck, which Jonathan Berk commented on. Pictured: The Economy Parking Garage at Logan Airport, which has rates starting at $29'It was clear the post lacked context,' said spokesperson Jennifer Mehigan. 'Last week Logan was -56% from where we were in 2019,' Mehigan said to The Boston Globe.
Pregnant women with COVID 20 times more likely to die and infants may have to be in NICUs longer
Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 face much higher risks of severe and deadly complications during childbirth, a new study suggests. What's more, expecting women with coronavirus were more than 20 times more likely to die during pregnancy than those without the virus. This means that for each infected pregnant women, there were two uninfected pregnant women at the same hospital and same stage of pregnancy. Additionally, infected pregnant women were 22.3 times more likely to die during pregnancy than women without the illness. They were at a 24 percent higher risk of developing severe illness and a 63 percent higher risk of preeclampsia.
In COVID-plagued Michigan, warning signs that...
Vaccine coverage in the state had been steadily rising by two to four percentage points a week since late January. But with the rise in infections and hospitalizations seen last week, and vaccinations slowing, those numbers could rise again, as happened in Michigan. A quarter of the available shots went unused, says Jennifer Michaluk, a county health department official. Trump won more than 60 percent of November's vote in 49 Michigan counties. 'We remind [Michiganders that] Trump got vaccinated,' said Mark Hamed, who serves as medical director for eight Michigan counties, all of which voted for Trump with at least 63 percent of the vote.
Proud' Prince Harry honours 'conservation champion'
The Queen was expected to be visited by family on Wednesday but her grandson Prince Harry was not among them. Prince Harry met the Queen privately 'at least twice' while he was in UK Meghan Markle's friend Omid Scobie reported that Prince Harry met the Queen privately 'at least twice' and spoke to his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William after the Duke of Edinburgh's emotional funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Prince Harry also spent a gap year in Lesotho back in 2004. Instead, courtiers considered an 'alternative parade' in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, similar to an event dubbed 'mini Trooping' that was held last summer. It is understood the intruder flew into the UK from Spain on Saturday, the day of Prince Philip's funeral three miles away at Windsor Castle.
Covid US: CDC director says officials 'looking at' whether or not people need to wear masks outside
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the agency is looking at whether or not people still need to wear masks outside. 'This is a question that we're looking at,' she told host Savannah Guthrie. Pictured: New Yorkers in Central Park, April 18Do you think that if you are outside, and not close to people, you still need to wear a mask? Walensky was also asked if there is any incentive for people to get vaccinated if they are still required to wear masks outside, and if that guidance will be updated for fully vaccinated Americans. Officials say a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine, either two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson jab.
Mondaire Jones sparks fury by calling GOP arguments against D.C. statehood 'racist trash'
Prior to the vote, Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones sparked fury on the House floor by calling Republican arguments against statehood 'racist trash,' as D.C. is a majority-minority city. 'One of my House Republican colleagues said that D.C. shouldn't be a state because the District doesn't have a landfill,' he continued. In a party-line vote, House Democrats passed H.R. Not a single House Republican voted in favor of the legislation. President Joe Biden has said he's supportive of the D.C. statehood.
COVID: 16,232 new cases, 360 more victims - English
(ANSA) - ROME, APR 22 - There have been 16,232 new cases of COVID-19 in Italy in the last 24 hours, and 360 more victims of the virus, the health ministry said Thursday. That compares with 13,844 new cases and 364 more victims Wednesday. Intensive care cases have fallen by 55, and hospital admissions by 690. The case tally since the start of the epidemic is now 3,920,945, and the death toll 118,357. The currently positive are 472,196 (-3,439 on Wednesday), the recovered and discharged 3,330,392 (+19,125), and those in domestic isolation 447,081 (-2,694).
UEFA weighs Super League revenge and changing Euro host cities
Sticking the boot in: fans and some UEFA officials want the Super League clubs punishedAdvertising Read moreLausanne (AFP)UEFA meets on Friday with revenge on some members' minds following the attempted Super League breakaway, while the fate of some Euro host cities is also on the agenda. Danish executive committee member Jesper Moeller on Monday suggested throwing Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid out of this year's Champions League semi-finals. "There is relatively little chance that next week's matches will not be played," UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told Slovenian television Pop TV. The two men are now the leading club representatives in decisions on the commercial management of the Champions League, which was radically reshaped on Monday. UEFA's executive committee approved a new format for the Champions League which had been proposed before news of the uprising broke.
Covid-19: French PM says third wave 'seems over' as ICU numbers near record high
The peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in France "appears to be behind us", Prime Minister Jean Castex said on April 22, 2021, while travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month. The peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in France “appears to be behind us”, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday, and travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month. As Castex was speaking, however, France reported that 5,981 people were in intensive care unit with Covid-19, up by 22 a day earlier, and the second highest total of 2021. Castex said “shops, certain cultural and sporting activities and the cafe terraces” could reopen “around mid-May”, depending on the evolution of the health situation. He emphasised that the government could also allow reopenings on a regional basis starting with those areas with lower virus prevalence.
Senate expected to pass anti-Asian hate crimes bill
(CNN) The Senate is expected to pass Thursday a bill denouncing discrimination against Asian communities in the United States, and create a new position at the Justice Department to expedite reviews of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes. The bill would also direct the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to issue guidance raising awareness of hate crimes during the pandemic , and work with agencies to establish online reporting of them. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that the bill is "proof" that "the Senate can work to solve important issues," and would tell bigots "we're going after you." The bill, sponsored by New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng and Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono, gained momentum after the shootings of six Asian women in Atlanta on March 16 drew even more attention to the rise of anti-Asian violence over the past year. Some Republicans were initially skeptical about the legislation known as the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act but Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins and others teamed up with Hirono to strike an agreement broadening its support.
"Sorry, Did Not Know": Thief In Haryana Returns Covid Vaccine With Note
Coronavirus: The thief left this note along with the bag of vaccines that was stolenA thief who had fled with a bag containing over 1,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccine today in Haryana's Jind later had a change of heart. The unknown accused returned the haul and also left a note saying he didn't know about the contents of the bag while whisking it away. "Sorry, I didn't know it was medicines for corona," the thief wrote in Hindi in the note attached to the returned bag full of Covishield and Covaxin doses. Around noon today, the thief gave the bag to a man at a tea shop outside the Civil Lines police station. The police suspect the thief may have stolen the vaccines mistaking them to be the anti-viral drug Remdesivir.
'Sorry, Didn't Know': Thieves Return Covid-19 Vaccines Stolen From Haryana Hospital
A day after about 700 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were stolen from the storeroom of a hospital in Haryana’s Jind district, the burglars dumped the stolen consignment at a tea stall outside Jind Civil Lines Police Station on Thursday with a “sorry" message. Cops recovered a note from the box saying, “SORRY- I did not know it was Corona vaccine". CCTV footage from the area of the tea stall was being screened to ascertain the identity of the burglars, police said. However, other valuable items like a laptop and Rs 50,000 cash that were also lying in the storeroom had not been stolen. An official said that after the robbery, no vaccine was left at the hospital for inoculation in the district.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged 80% since the start of the year, dramatic proof the vaccination campaign is working. That slide is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 since the virus hit the United States. In Seattle’s King County, hospital physicians are seeing fewer COVID-19 patients overall, fewer needing critical care and fewer needing breathing machines. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect.
World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts
In this image from video world leaders participate in the White House Climate Leaders Summit via Zoom Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo)In this image from video world leaders participate in the White House Climate Leaders Summit via Zoom Thursday, April 22, 2021. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
Earth Day 2021: Prince Harry, Jane Fonda, stars' environment causes
On Earth Day and beyond, celebrities are using their platforms to call attention to environmental issues that aren't usually brought to the forefront. This year, Earth Day comes as a deadly pandemic took center stage and and climate change sparked a cascade of calamities from raging wildfires to a ferocious hurricane season. More:After a critical year for COVID-19 and climate, Earth Day 2021 is ThursdayBill Nye stars in 'Earth Day! Facebook Watch presents "Earth Day! "I’ve been whining and complaining about climate change for 40 years, and we’ve hardly done anything about it, but now we have an opportunity."
Road trip loop: Soak in Colorado's best hot springs
Hot springs lovers may be familiar with the simple Colorado hot springs loop (between Buena Vista, Pagosa Springs, Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs), but it stops short of some of the best gems in southern Colorado. We’ve designed our own original, extended hot springs loop so you can experience all of Colorado’s best hot springs, from the top of the state to the bottom and back up again. Then, get your hot springs fix at the newly renovated Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Here, you’ll find one of Colorado’s lesser-known hot springs gems: Orvis Hot Springs. In fact, Glenwood Hot Springs claims to have the world’s largest hot springs pool.
Tracking COVID-19 vaccination rates worldwide: How many people have been vaccinated?
World vaccination rates for COVID-19Israel has been the global leader in vaccinating its population against COVID-19, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Chile. Percent of population covered by vaccine purchases“If other countries aren't vaccinated, it's not good for the world's health,” Emanuel said. Percent of population at least partially vaccinated by country income levelAnother danger that unequal vaccination rates around the world may pose is the emergence of new variants. In the U.S., all adults are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A proposal to temporarily suspend certain intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines until herd immunity has been reached is now backed by around 100 countries.
Patients With Long Covid Face Lingering Worrisome Health Risks, Study Finds
But the Veterans Health System patients in the study may not be representative in other ways, including that 88 percent of them were male and their median age was 61. Dr. Jacobs said her clinic was seeing the wide range of symptoms in the study. But she said the risk of death among the study’s patients was considerably higher than she would have expected. Between one and six months after experiencing a relatively mild or moderate infection, 1,672 of the 73,345 patients — about 2.3 percent — died, the study reported. That helps explain why the study found that the Covid survivors had about one-and-a-half times more outpatient visits a month than patients in the general V.A.
As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts
To climate scientists and misinformation researchers, claims like these mark an important shift: Instead of focusing on denialism, climate misinformation is getting local, focused on extreme weather events tied to a changing climate — such the Texas storm or recent wildfires that ravaged California and Australia. Surveys also show that extreme weather is changing people’s thinking about climate change. A spokesman for Facebook said the platform is doing more than ever to connect users with accurate information about climate change. Its Climate Science Information Center, created last year, is now available in 16 countries and nine languages and has a new section dedicated to dispelling climate change myths. David J. Phillip/APYouTube, owned by Google, was singled out as a leading source for climate misinformation by the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Streak of home sales smashes records in NYC’s hottest ‘hoods
From Astoria to Park Slope, New York City neighborhoods have seen their sales records smashed amid the pandemic. Brian Zak/NY PostAstoria’s previous record was set last fall when a 1,148-square-foot, two-bedroom penthouse also in the Rowan went for $1.65 million. “It takes an uncommon property to tip the scale.”The previous Brooklyn record had been a $20.3 million sale at Quay Tower on the East River waterfront. The 11-bedroom home situated directly on Fort Greene Park sold for $6.5 million to Peter Poopat, founder of sneaker brand Common Projects. 1 Prospect Park West (above) saw a $6.5 million deal in October, trumping the neighborhood’s previous top condo sale of $5.25 million.
Millennials are moving back into awkward teen rooms in record numbers
She left her Manhattan apartment during the pandemic to move back in with her family in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Rather than renovating, school teacher Jess Cohen (left) uses a Zoom background to hide her lovingly preserved teen bedroom from her students. “Plus, the nostalgia is nice, reminds me of a simpler time!”But “adulting” in one’s childhood bedroom is more of a mixed bag for most, and it’s spurring creative renovations. Deanna Kugler Gallucci (inset) updated her childhood room with fresh furniture (left). “It will help you forget you’re in your childhood bedroom,” she said.
Grieving my father's death in India during covid
Despite all this, I’m facing pervasive burnout and desperately need a break from work. However, I am trying to save my leave for an eventual trip to India, and I don’t want to upset my manager by taking too many breaks. First, accept the unfortunate reality that you cannot expect more support from your boss, and set aside further mention of nonwork matters. Outside of work, here are some tips I have heard and used to stave off despair:AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement- Use some of the leave you’re saving. International travel — particularly to India, which is undergoing another devastating wave of coronavirus infections — is not going to be possible for some time.
Coronavirus reaches Everest base camp, creating ‘perfect setup for a superspreader event’
On Wednesday, Outside magazine first reported that a climber at Everest base camp had been evacuated by helicopter for what was believed to be high-altitude pulmonary edema and tested positive for the coronavirus upon arriving at a hospital in Kathmandu last week. The New York Times subsequently revealed that in fact there had been multiple climbers who tested positive after being flown out of base camp. “All is good here,” said Chhang Dawa Sherpa, the founder of Apex Nepal Treks & Tours, adding that there had been no coronavirus cases detected among his clients. Story continues below advertisementFurtenbach Expeditions, a California-based outfitter that has one team at base camp and another on the way, also has no intention of turning back. Meanwhile, masks and social distancing are not in wide use in the Everest area In Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, which trekkers hike through on the way to base camp.
When will walk-in appointments be available? Post reporters answer your D.C-area vaccination questions.
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Biden’s economy shows strength, but recovery is far from complete
But at the same time, Biden’s team prioritized vaccinations and worked quickly with Congress to enact a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to provide ample support to the economy. Story continues below advertisementMcClure, who doesn’t like to get political, described the economic shift like this: “There is more optimism now. I’ll put it that way.”AdvertisementThe White House is quick to emphasize the recovery is still a work in progress and has been deeply unequal. Advertisement“It’s really the stimulus that’s made the difference in the economic recovery,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist at payroll processor ADP. Economists anticipate more months of strong job growth to come as businesses see more customers returning.
Rita Wilson impresses Twitter with her rap skills on 'The Masked Singer'
Rita Wilson surprised fans of "The Masked Singer" when she rapped Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" on Wednesday night. RITA WILSON SAYS CORONAVIRUS FIGHT WAS 'EASIER' SINCE HUSBAND TOM HANKS HAD IT, TOO"Rita Wilson rapping was not on my bingo card but I'm here for it #maskedsinger," a Twitter user wrote. "Rita Wilson doing Naughty by Nature just made my night," agreed another. my god I wanna hang out with tom hanks & rita wilson," one fan gushed. "Thanks again to Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks for embracing us, and for helping us take the unexpected viral moment further for such a great cause."
California theme parks can allow out-of-state guests, with restrictions
After over a year of being closed, California’s theme parks have only recently been able to reopen. These rules included keeping the parks at limited capacity, maintaining social distancing among guests and only allowing state residents entrance into the parks. Now, however, as the vaccine rollout continues, out-of-state fans have a reason to be excited. California Department of Public Health officials confirmed that this includes theme parks, Fox 5 reports. Sea World has reportedly updated its policies to allow out-of-state visitors who are fully vaccinated.
GOP doctors, health care providers ask Pelosi when House COVID restrictions will be lifted with members vaxxed
EXCLUSIVE: Eighteen Republican doctors and health care providers in Congress sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking when the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted from the chamber, now that most members have been vaccinated. Reps. Michael Burgess of Texas, Andy Harris of Maryland and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio led the House GOP Doctors Caucus in sending the letter to Pelosi on Thursday. "Yet the state of dysfunction could change, and you have the authority to do that," the doctors added. "If a majority of Members are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, why are you still preventing normal operations?" "As Members of Congress with medical backgrounds, we have worked vigorously to educate our constituents, and fellow Members in the House, that though the timeline of the COVID-19 vaccines was accelerated, the process was safe."
North Carolina man picks up over 8 million pieces of trash, wins hearts on TikTok
He didn’t make this mess, but he’s cleaning it up. One man in North Carolina is creating the change he wants to see in the world by cleaning up trash across the Tar Heel State. Every day is Earth Day for Daniel Toben, who calls trash cleanup a hobby he’s enjoyed for the last decade. The 32-year-old man from Chapel Hill started cleaning up litter while studying at North Carolina State University and has never looked back, according to his website. To date, WNCN reports that he's picked up over 8 million pieces of trash from the great outdoors, filling 8,300 bags.
States pursuing laws to curb Zuckerberg spending on elections
Conservatives have contended the money primarily went to heavily Democratic areas in battleground states in an effort to tilt the balance. States should note that private funding for public matters is not unusual, said Tiana Epps-Johnson, executive director of the Center For Tech and Civic Life. "Private funding is used to supplement a variety of government services where there are funding shortfalls, including schools and libraries," Epps-Johnson told Fox News in a statement. Last year, with generous private funding, CTCL announced the COVID-19 Response grant program," the statement said. But if you’re a blue jurisdiction, we’re going to give you $10 million or $12 million or $15 million.
Here's how much money you'd have if you bought $1,000 worth of Netflix stock in 2011
Over the past decade, few stocks have delivered as much return on investment as Netflix. A $1,000 investment in Netflix on April 20, 2011, would be worth $15,252 as of Tuesday, a gain of 1,425%. It's nearly double Google parent Alphabet's 767% growth rate since 2011 and even outpaces Apple's 1,134% growth over the past decade, during which a $1,000 investment would have turned into $12,339. In 2011, Netflix had a market cap of $13.4 billion. And while past results are no indication of future performance, Netflix's first-mover advantage and entrenchment into culture over the past decade has put it in a strong position, according to Ives.
135 million Americans are breathing unhealthy air, American Lung Association says
More more than 135 million Americans live with polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk, according to an American Lung Association report published Wednesday. Air pollution remains one of the key environmental issues in the United States. The report also found that communities and people of color are disproportionately affected by poor air quality. "And that's actually not surprising," Yale University environmental justice professor Gerald Torres said. Poor air quality is also costing the U.S. roughly $617 billion in damages every year, according to the World Economic Forum.
80-year-old Dr. Fauci hasn't taken a day off in 14 months — 'I don't have any time to worry about how tired I am'
White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he hasn't taken a day off in over a year. "I haven't had a day off in 14 months, but other than that, I'm doing fine," Fauci, 80, told Now This News' Zinhle Essamuah. At the start of the pandemic, Fauci said that he was only sleeping three hours a night. It really wore me down badly," Fauci told National Geographic in May 2020. Fauci has served served seven consecutive presidents over the course of his career.
New Covid variant detected at Texas A&M lab shows signs of antibody resistance and more severe illness in young people
Scientists at Texas A&M University's Global Health Research Complex say they've detected a new Covid-19 variant that shows signs of a more contagious strain that causes more severe illness and appears to be resistant to antibodies. "This variant combines genetic markers separately associated with rapid spread, severe disease and high resistance to neutralizing antibodies." "We have not detected any more instances of this variant," Neuman added. "Sequencing helps to provide an early warning system for new variants," Neuman said. Scientists at the lab say the new variant is related to the B.1.1.7 strain out of the U.K., which current vaccines have been shown to be effective against.
Planning a trip? Last year's travel voucher could be about to expire
In 2020, when the world suddenly ground to a halt, most people postponed or canceled all of their plans due to the coronavirus crisis. Many were issued vouchers or credits good for a future date. More from Personal Finance:Here’s where Americans are planning to go this summer38% of Americans would give up sex to travel againVacations may bounce back this yearFewer received partial refunds, although it varied by the type of purchase. About 35% who canceled short-term home rentals got some, but not all, of their money back. Less than a quarter of adults were partially refunded for canceled flights, sporting events, concerts, theater tickets or hotel stays, Bankrate found.
The Best-Kept Secrets of the 2021 NFL Draft
0 of 9Rusty Costanza/Associated PressThe NFL draft is exactly one week away, and teams' preparation for the crucial event is nearing completion. The first round, which is set for Thursday, is going to see most of the familiar names come off the board. In a year when some prospects didn't get to play at all, there's a good possibility that some quality NFL players are slipping through the cracks. Every year, there are players who get picked late on Day 2 or Day 3 and go on to make a bigger-than-expected impact. Here's a look at the best-kept secrets of the 2021 NFL draft.
The New York Post spent weeks fearmongering about vaccines. Now it's telling people to 'GET VAXXED'
New York (CNN Business) Rupert Murdoch's New York Post tabloid newspaper makes a very clear statement on Thursday: "GET VAXXED!" It is a laudable message — or at least it would be if the Post hadn't been spending so much energy recently fear-mongering on the Covid-19 vaccines. The front page features those words next to a newly-vaccinated resident's arm and a call to other arms. "With only half of NYers jabbed," the paper says, "we need you to help get us back to normal." "The irony is that the NYPost has been tweeting out anti-vaxx nonsense," writer and liberal commentator Molly Jong-Fast tweeted Thursday morning.
Cubans denounce sale of exploding croquettes that have caused severe burns
Ricardo Pimentel bought croquettes at a state-owned establishment in Cuba at the beginning of March to make for his 12-year-old daughter. Dozens of Cubans have been complaining about exploding croquettes on social media for months, posting photos of people with burns on their faces, eyes and torsos. Specifically, Cubans pointed on social media to Prodal, a state company based in Havana. "To my surprise, these croquettes started exploding in my face, causing burns all over my body and disfiguring my face," he said on Facebook. Anselmo Lopez Galves shared on social media the burns he suffered after frying croquettes from Prodal.
How long will we need to wear masks? Here's what experts predict
How long will we be wearing masks indoors? However, to stop wearing masks in crowded indoor settings, like a supermarket, office building or school, experts said they would want to see a major reduction in cases and transmission. "I would say that until the vaccine is widely available and case counts drop as you would expect with high vaccination coverage, we'll be wearing masks." Vermund agreed, saying that the pandemic may have made it "more socially acceptable" for people to wear masks, which can protect against things like influenza viruses, rhinoviruses and more. ... People wear masks to protect themselves, to avoid getting sick, so I'm hoping that our attitude towards mask-wearers is extremely tolerant, going forward."
WRAPUP Vaccines put U.S. airlines on runway to recovery
An American Airlines passenger jet glides in under the moon as it lands at LaGuardia airport in New York, New York, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozU.S. carriers American Airlines (AAL.O) and Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) on Thursday signaled a slower cash burn and pointed to a rebound in summer bookings as accelerated COVID-19 vaccinations make more people confident about traveling again. American, on the other hand, said average daily cash burn slowed to $4 million in March, while its overall average daily cash burn rate was about $27 million in the first quarter. Southwest shares were up 1%, while American Airlines stock was down marginally. "I know (the Biden administration) understands the importance of restoring international travel to the economy," American Airlines Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said.
Survey: Religion May Be Key To Fighting Vaccine Hesitancy
A new survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Interfaith Youth Core found that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy remains prevalent in some American communities—but a faith-based approach could prove crucial in the fight to combat it. The survey sampled over 5,600 adults across the U.S. between March 8 and 30. The approaches that the surveyed people were asked to consider included a respondent’s religious leader or fellow religious community member receiving the vaccine, a religious leader encouraging the community to get vaccinated, a religious community holding an informational forum on the vaccine, a nearby congregation serving as vaccination site or their religious community providing help to arrange vaccine appointments. As of Monday, all adults in America are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But the survey also found that a pro-vaccination campaign could have a huge impact in the community.
Mexico calls fake coronavirus vaccines 'a risk to health' after officials found falsified doses
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Wednesday that fake coronavirus vaccines represent “a risk to health,” after falsified doses were found in Mexico and Poland. Mexico’s medicines regulation agency said the false doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were found in February and had apparently been sold and administered. Pfizer said in a statement it had detected counterfeit vaccines both in Mexico and Poland. Authorities in the northern border state of Nuevo Leon said they found three empty vials of fake Pfizer doses in February, suggesting that 15 to 18 people had gotten shots. However, there haven’t been enough doses to go around, prompting some Mexicans to fall prey to fake vaccines, or travel to the United States to get vaccinated.
How to watch the Oscars and everything you need to know about this year's show
Well, don't worry: the 93rd annual Academy Awards are still going to happen, but it's going to look and feel quite different from in years past. Here's a quick primer on everything we know that you need to know about the biggest night in the movies ... just writ a bit smaller:When are the Oscars happening? In addition, the eligibility period was expanded to cover films released as late as the end of February. This is a shortlist of the films most likely to grab the big awards like best picture, best director, best actor and best actress. Ahmed is also the first person of Pakistani descent and the first Muslim to be nominated for best actor.
Former CDC Director explains drop in vaccinations, hesitancy across country
Daily covid-19 vaccinations have dropped by 11 percent in the last few days for the first time since February. Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden tells Stephanie Ruhle the country's challenge is to "reach the unreached" and shares findings from a focus group of vaccine hesitant Trump supporters.
Ontario premier’s apologizes after retracting restrictions
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, receives the Astrazeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, receives the Astrazeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — Ontario Premier Doug Ford apologized Thursday for a failed attempt to ban playgrounds and allow police to stop and question people who were not in their homes — measures that created a backlash from police forces, health officials and the public. The leader of Canada’s most populous province, in his first public appearance since announcing the restrictions, said his government had moved too fast with the measures. ADVERTISEMENTThe pandemic restrictions Ford’s government announced on April 16 immediately ran into opposition.
Leslie Jordan parlays Instagram fame with new book and album
Actor Leslie Jordan poses for a portrait at Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles on Thursday, April 8, 2021 to promote his new book "How Y'all Doing? (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Actor Leslie Jordan poses for a portrait at Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles on Thursday, April 8, 2021 to promote his new book "How Y'all Doing? Stop, stop, stop.? You know, it almost became, ’If it doesn’t happen on Instagram, it didn’t happen.’ And I thought, ‘You’re 65, first of all. He also has a new book called, “How Y’all Doing? “That sort of dealt with all the angst and growing up gay in the Baptist Church and la, la, la, la, la.
US average mortgage rates under 3% for first time since Feb.
US average mortgage rates under 3% for first time since Feb. FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 file photo, a new home is for sale in Madison, Ga. Mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, dipping below 3% for the first time in two months. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 file photo, a new home is for sale in Madison, Ga. Mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, dipping below 3% for the first time in two months. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, dipping below 3% for the first time in two months. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home-loan rate declined to 2.97% this week from 3.04% last week.
Chicago seeks developer to open city’s first casino by 2025
Starting Thursday, April 22, 2021, city officials are officially seeking bids from companies interested in what's being billed as a "world-class" resort scheduled to open by 2025. Starting Thursday, April 22, 2021, city officials are officially seeking bids from companies interested in what's being billed as a "world-class" resort scheduled to open by 2025. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is laying its cards on the table and officially seeking bids to build the first casino in the nation’s third-largest city. City leaders want a “world-class” resort that’ll draw locals and tourists while boosting Chicago’s finances, but several steps remain. Tony Evers approved plans last month for a Ho-Chunk Nation casino in Beloit, near Illinois’ border and about a 90-minute drive from Chicago.
Baseball executive departs before team’s first game
MADISON, Ala. (AP) — The leader of a north Alabama minor league baseball team announced Wednesday that he is leaving, less than two weeks before the team’s first game and while the team may still owe money to its stadium landlord. The Trash Pandas paid the city of Madison about $750,000 as part of its lease in 2020. Trash Pandas Vice President Lindsey Knupp said that the club is working with the city and auditors to determine any amount due for 2020. Nelson told the Madison City Council in January that the club lost $17.8 million in 2020 and had expected to pay Madison $1.4 to $1.5 million. The ramp is supposed to open before the team’s first home game on May 11.
USGA adds final qualifying site to South Carolina
FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) — The USGA will have a final qualifying site in South Carolina to account for a new tournament that replaces the RBC Canadian Open. The addition of Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island brings the total number of final qualifying sites to 10 in the United States, along with a site in Japan and Canada. Final qualifying is June 7, with the exception of qualifiers in Texas and Japan, which will be May 24. ADVERTISEMENTThe USGA typically schedules a couple of qualifiers around PGA Tour events. The new one in South Carolina will be on the Monday leading into the Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
Indiana bill approved to ban government vaccine passports
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State or local governments in Indiana will be prohibited from issuing or requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports under a bill approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-dominated House and Senate voted Thursday by wide margins to approve a wide-ranging health care and insurance bill that included the vaccine passport ban. Vaccine passports in use or development in other countries are typically a cellphone app with a code that verifies whether someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19. Republicans across the country portray them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices. The Indiana bill doesn’t place any limits on private businesses.
J&J vaccine ‘pause’ latest messaging challenge for officials
It was the just the latest challenge in crisis messaging for officials since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. Whether the pause seriously undermines public confidence in the J&J shot — or the other vaccines — remains to be seen. Trying to appear confident when uncertain -- which leaders are often taught to do -- can backfire in a public health crisis, a CDC guide notes. That’s just human nature.”With the J&J shots, for example, helping people understand the magnitude of any risk has been a challenge. And for months, officials have been trying to ease worries about the COVID-19 vaccines overall, in part by enlisting local leaders.
ETF Wrap: Let’s get away from it all
Even as U.S. investors wait for news about a Bitcoin ETF, three ethereum ETFs launched this week in Canada: the Purpose Ether ETF CA:ETHH, CI Global Asset Management’s CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF CA:ETHX, and Evolve ETFs’ Ether ETF CA:ETHR. “The (utilities) sector has historically seen healthy gains when yielding more than 1% point above the 10-year Treasury yield,” NDR analysts wrote. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund XLU, +0.09% is far and away the biggest utility ETF, with about $12.6 billion in assets. It’s followed by the Vanguard Utilities ETF, VPU, +0.18% which charges a few basis points less — 0.09%, as opposed to 0.12%. “Existing logistics assets appear to provide the company a meaningful head start in exploring hydrogen potential.”The ETF with the biggest holding of the stock isn’t a traditional utility ETF at all: VanEck Vectors Uranium+Nuclear Energy NLR, -0.16% ETF, at 6.4%, followed by the John Hancock Multifactor Utilities ETF JHMU, -0.64% , at 3.9%, according to FactSet data.
Global silver demand poised to rise this year; prices could jump more than 30%: report
Global silver demand suffered a decline last year on the back of pandemic-related restrictions to economic activity, but is expected to climb this year, contributing to a rise in prices for the metal that may top 30%, according to a report from The Silver Institute released Thursday. That was the highest average silver price since 2013. A “physical improvement in investor interest” contributed to the 2020 price climb, Philip Newman, managing director at Metals Focus in London, told MarketWatch. Still, a collapse in Indian silver investment was a notable surprise, Newman said. This year “will just remain a strong year,” with the 150 million ounces in ETP investment growth “still pretty sizable.”
ETF Wrap: Let’s get away from it all
Even as U.S. investors wait for news about a Bitcoin ETF, three ethereum ETFs launched this week in Canada: the Purpose Ether ETF CA:ETHH, CI Global Asset Management’s CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF CA:ETHX, and Evolve ETFs’ Ether ETF CA:ETHR. “The (utilities) sector has historically seen healthy gains when yielding more than 1% point above the 10-year Treasury yield,” NDR analysts wrote. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund XLU, +0.09% is far and away the biggest utility ETF, with about $12.6 billion in assets. It’s followed by the Vanguard Utilities ETF, VPU, +0.08% which charges a few basis points less — 0.09%, as opposed to 0.12%. “Existing logistics assets appear to provide the company a meaningful head start in exploring hydrogen potential.”The ETF with the biggest holding of the stock isn’t a traditional utility ETF at all: VanEck Vectors Uranium+Nuclear Energy NLR, -0.16% ETF, at 6.4%, followed by the John Hancock Multifactor Utilities ETF JHMU, -0.64% , at 3.9%, according to FactSet data.
Global silver demand poised to rise this year; prices could jump more than 30%: report
Global silver demand suffered a decline last year on the back of pandemic-related restrictions to economic activity, but is expected to climb this year, contributing to a rise in prices for the metal that may top 30%, according to a report from The Silver Institute released Thursday. That was the highest average silver price since 2013. A “physical improvement in investor interest” contributed to the 2020 price climb, Philip Newman, managing director at Metals Focus in London, told MarketWatch. Still, a collapse in Indian silver investment was a notable surprise, Newman said. This year “will just remain a strong year,” with the 150 million ounces in ETP investment growth “still pretty sizable.”
China’s Xi says world’s largest polluter will phase down coal consumption
China vows to start phasing down coal consumption from the 2026-2030 period as part of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, President Xi Jinping told the U.S.-led Climate Leaders’ Summit Thursday. “We will strictly limit the increase in coal consumption over the 14th five-year plan period (2021-2025) and phase it down in the 15th five-year plan period (2026-2030),” Xi told the virtual gathering. China is the largest coal consumer and continues to approve new coal projects. In fact, Chinese coal consumption is poised to hit a record this year, the International Energy Agency said earlier this month, a bump up that contradicts the view held by some climate change and energy experts that coal burning in the world’s second-biggest economy and largest polluter had already peaked. China pledged last year that it would bring its overall emissions to a peak before 2030 and hit net zero emissions by 2060.
Mortgage rates drop below 3% again — offering opportunities to buyers and homeowners
Mortgage rates slid below the 3% mark once again, giving both existing homeowners and prospective buyers the chance to lock in historically low interest rates in a competitive housing market. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, meanwhile, fell six basis points to an average of 2.29%. Mortgage rates roughly follow the direction of long-term bond yields, particular the 10-year Treasury note BX:TMUBMUSD10Y. The decline in rates offers another lifeline, particularly to homeowners who were unable to take advantage of last year’s record-breaking low mortgage rates. “Low and declining mortgage rates provide these homeowners the opportunity to reduce their monthly payment and improve their financial position,” Khater said in this week’s mortgage rates report.
Opinion: 8 steps to repair your finances (and life) as we emerge from the pandemic
With all this in mind, what does it mean to invest in financial health, and where do we start? Workplace benefits and financial professionals can also help you build financial literacy, find useful resources, and avoid common pitfalls. A collaborative, holistic approach to financial wellness can open the door to new ideas as well as greater support. Financial wellness is truly interconnected with every aspect of our lives, touching our mental and physical wellbeing, families, and communities. Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley.
Sterling Brown's teammates reportedly feared for his life after strip club attack: 'He could have died'
Reported details have emerged painting a bloody scene outside a Miami strip club that left Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown hospitalized early Monday. Report: Brown left beaten, bloodied by multiple attackers at strip clubAccording to the report, Brown and some of his Rockets teammates made a trip to the Booby Trap around midnight on Monday. Sterling Brown was reportedly beaten and bloodied outside a Miami strip club. Staying strong, staying positive, staying all of those things during these times is what's necessary. The reported outing to the strip club violates the NBA's COVID-19 protocols prohibiting players from attending bars and clubs.
PSEG CEO: 'there's so much more that can be done in terms of energy efficiency'
Forward bookings for travel in the U.K. were also at a high.“This should be good time for the real world,” Blackstone President Jonathan Gray said in an interview. “Businesses like telemedicine and e-commerce will continue to do well but the pendulum is swinging back with a bunch of us getting out there again. The credit and insurance sector took in the most cash, followed by real estate in the first quarter. (Updates with Gray comments in sixth paragraph, share price in seventh. )For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Coronavirus: The risk going forward is 'general confidence in vaccines'
"The risk is not just this vaccine — it’s general confidence in vaccines.”13% of Americans said they will not get the vaccine. “Putting all this in context, these are really small, small chances, and the vaccine’s benefit is massive,” Desai said. Story continues“One thing I just want to point out is that it really comes down to your community,” Desai said. “If you live in a community where actually everyone is on board with science and getting vaccinated, and that effort is real, then good on you. “If anything, this is actually a good thing that it lowers the risk of a blood clot,” Desai said.
Teen viciously beaten because he identified suspect in Fort Worth holdup, mother says
A rap video released just after the assault featured one of the suspects talking about the April 4 attack, said Cathy McOmber of Fort Worth, mother of the teen. Fort Worth police have investigated the case for more than two weeks. “The case has been submitted to the DA for consultation,” said Fort Worth Officer Daniel Segura, a department spokesman, in a Wednesday email to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. McOmber’s son identified one of the juveniles to Fort Worth police. The mother said it took more than four hours before Fort Worth police responded to the scene.
Former Home Depot CEO: Woke backlash against corporate CEOs trickles down to hard-working employees
HOME DEPOT REACTS TO BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN OVER GEORGIA VOTING LAWBOB NARDELLI: I think it would be very unfortunate to have a boycott on Home Depot. I know Craig Menear and his leadership team, Maria, have done a fabulous job during this pandemic. They provided incentives and accommodations, 2,000 stores across the country, as Larry said, providing... necessary product during this very challenging time. You know, if you talk about punishing corporate America, remember, these are corporate employees that are working day in and day out. So it'd be very, very unfortunate, Maria.
Planet Fitness Slips as Piper Cuts Chain to Neutral
Piper Sandler cut Planet Fitness to neutral, citing some short-term concerns but lauding its longer-term prospects. Planet Fitness (PLNT) - Get Report stock slipped on Thursday after Piper Sandler cut its rating on the chain to neutral from overweight following the investment firm’s annual fitness survey. Half the people interested in joining Planet Fitness plan to do so in fourth-quarter 2021 or first-quarter 2022, he said. Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Buy LululemonThe survey says that people, including Planet Fitness members, are exercising more at home. “Furthermore, we expect Planet Fitness to flex its marketing muscle this spring and summer to drive member growth.
Intel Earnings Preview: The Must-Know Levels in Both Directions
Intel is set to report earnings. In any regard, April 12 is the exact day that Intel stock hit a 52-week high, then reversed and closed lower by more than 4%. Will earnings hurt or help Intel stock? Chart courtesy of TrendSpider.comIn late October, Intel stock retested its coronavirus selloff lows from the first quarter of 2020. Unless we have an unchanged post-earnings reaction, it likely means Intel stock is in a make-or-break position ahead of the print.
Dodgers Dugout: Offense has hit an untimely slump
Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. The San Diego Padres are in town for a four-game series that starts tonight, and the Dodgers have decided this is an opportune time to be in a team-wide batting slump. Get our Dodgers Dugout newsletter for insights, news and much more. Last Saturday, the Dodgers went three for 30 in a 2-0 victory over San Diego. When he is ready, he will spend some time in Arizona getting some at-bats before joining the Dodgers.
Pregnancy increases risk of COVID-19 complications for women and their babies
If that wasn’t possible, they enrolled pregnant women who were not diagnosed with COVID-19 and delivered immediately after the COVID-19 patient did. They ultimately enrolled 706 pregnant COVID-19 patients and 1424 pregnant women without the disease. For pregnant women, “it really seems that COVID increases the likelihood of having an adverse outcome,” said Papageorghiou, the study’s senior author. Fever and shortness of breath — common symptoms of COVID-19 — for any length of time were linked to a 2.56 times higher risk of severe complications for mother and 4.97 times higher risk of complications for baby. AdvertisementBut she stressed that most pregnancies in women with COVID-19 turn out OK.“It is important to recognize that the absolute risks of severe COVID-19 for pregnant women are low,” she wrote.
How does the Getty battle bugs? Squirrel-hair dusters and dental picks, for starters
The insect infiltrated other parts of the Getty Museum as well, but posed a particular threat to the fragile textiles and upholstered furniture. Empty museum galleries provided ideal environments, a feast of riches — quite literally. It was peak conditions for pests to spread.”An illustration of the webbing clothes moth, which made a home in the Getty Museum during the pandemic. (De Agostini Picture Library/Getty Images)The Getty Museum took advantage of the extended COVID-19 closure to execute an intensive moth remediation program that involved nearly every department and took about 6,000 hours. (Jane Bassett / Getty Center)One of the most difficult tasks was disassembling furniture.
Blind date: ‘Very cool glasses, suggests she’s much cooler than me’
AdvertisementTess I went for a run, then got dressed and did my makeup like I was actually going out. Very cool glasses, suggests she’s much cooler than me (not difficult). Stefan I discovered that she’s hella smart and studying some really fascinating and impactful pieces of international health policy. Stefan The conversation got easier as I realized that she was enjoying the date. Tess We had a great conversation from beginning to end.
Iceland is now open to fully vaccinated Americans. Here’s what to expect if you go
In what could soon become a model of pandemic international travel, Iceland announced earlier this month that it is now accepting fully vaccinated travelers from the United States. While Iceland is the first European country to open without quarantines, Greece just announced it’s also opening its borders. We talked with Sigríður Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, head of visit Iceland, about the country’s experience with the virus and the decision to open to American tourists. We heard a lot about how countries in Europe were hit by the virus, but not a lot about Iceland. How are you supposed to travel around Iceland, to get the most of it, but also to be respectful?
Volunteers add flower-filled planters at restaurants throughout Newton as outdoor dining returns
This year, as Newton approaches its second summer of outdoor dining in the COVID-19 era, Bowman’s Adopt-A-Pot endeavor is expanding. “This is our first crack at outdoor dining,” Barret said. The inconsistent weather has posed a challenge to outdoor dining so far, Barret said, but customer feedback indicates patrons are “very excited” about taking a seat outdoors. The gardening work is part of a larger “Newton Al Fresco” program launched April 1 to stimulate outdoor dining. Pat Rand, a longtime member of Newton Community Pride’s Beautification Committee, is among the volunteers.
Study says Johnson & Johnson vaccine effective against COVID-19
“Efficacy against moderate to severe–critical Covid-19 was 67% against disease with onset at least 14 days after administration and 66% against disease with onset 28 days after administration,” the study said. A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine vouched for the effectiveness of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, as US regulators continue to review reports of a very small number of recipients who were stricken with a rare blood clotting condition after getting the shot. European regulators said Tuesday that the coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, may be tied to very rare blood clots, but they placed no restrictions on its use in the European Union. Advertisement“Efficacy against Covid-19 involving hospitalization was 93% with regard to onset at least 14 days after administration ... and 100% with regard to onset at least 28 days after administration (no hospitalizations in the vaccine group and 16 in the placebo group),” the New England Journal study said. The Janssen vaccine, the study authors wrote, will ultimately be a boon to the health care sector.
Fake COVID vaccine cards targeted by California attorney general
California’s acting attorney general is among the officials sounding the alarm about fake COVID vaccine cards being sold online. Matthew Rodriquez is among 42 signatories of a letter sent this week by the National Association of Attorneys General to OfferUp, a marketplace site similar to Craigslist. The letter comes 10 days after a similar one that the attorneys general association sent to Twitter, eBay and Shopify about fake cards marketed on their platforms. A spokesperson for OfferUp said Wednesday that the site’s administrators “actively remove” posts offering fake vaccine cards, usually taking them down within an hour. The latest letter was signed by the attorneys general of 39 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
Family of survivor of Prescott nursing home COVID-19 outbreak speak
Family of survivor of Prescott nursing home COVID-19 outbreak speakJoe Emberlin caught COVID-19 at a nursing home in Prescott. His family talk about how it has changed their lives.
These 10 companies employed over 7,300 people in Allen last year
Despite economic struggles imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Allen’s local economy still saw progress in 2020 with 10 companies having employed 7,375 people. The city’s comprehensive annual finance report, which was published late last month, shows a population increase of more than 2,400 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year which ended last September, as well as an increase in the city’s total personal income of nearly $182 million. The estimated per capita personal income increased from $43,810 to $44,493. The city has around 35,000 daytime employees with over 21% of those employed by the city’s top 10 employers, which are listed below.
Frisco ISD plans for optional masks, full-time online option for 2021-22 school year
As the 2020-21 school year comes to a close, Frisco ISD has announced two big decisions for the upcoming school year. District officials are planning to make mask-wearing optional for students and staff, Superintendent Mike Waldrip told parents, students and community members in an email. The district will continue to make adjustments as needed to make sure students and staff are safe when the new school year approaches, officials said. Face masks are currently still recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frisco ISD also hopes to offer a full-time online school option for third- through 12th-grade students, pending the outcome of state legislation.
At “moment of peril,” Biden opens global summit on climate
“Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The coronavirus pandemic compelled the summit to play out as a climate telethon-style livestream, limiting opportunities for spontaneous interaction and negotiation. But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world’s most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?
NEW YORK — How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if, when and how often additional shots might be needed. “We only have information for as long as the vaccines have been studied,” said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine researcher at the University of Washington. The current vaccines are designed to work against a particular spike protein on the coronavirus, said Mehul Suthar of the Emory Vaccine Center. If it turns out we need another shot, a single dose could extend protection of the current shots or contain vaccination for one or more variants.
Wisconsin Center COVID-19 vaccination site to end May 28, Milwaukee health commissioner says
The Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee will cease to be a COVID-19 vaccination site on May 28, when funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency sunsets, the city's health commissioner said Thursday. The Wisconsin Center has been the city's central vaccination hub, in addition to two community sites and temporary vaccination locations across the city. FEMA arrived in mid-March to assist at the site, and weeks later officials announced it would become a federal community vaccination site. It has been open to eligible Wisconsin residents, not solely Milwaukee or Milwaukee County residents. City officials believe they will be able to handle the volume of vaccinations at the two health center sites, she said.
Couples adjusting to post-pandemic life could struggle; tips on how to cope, adapt
But experts say the next stage could be a challenge as couples who have grown closer adjust to post-pandemic life. As that extra time together and support wanes, couples may feel a sense of loss. “It doesn’t have to be a reaction to something going on.”Awareness is a good place to start, Esquer says. What are your assumptions coming up?”Once you figure out what’s bothering you, communicate it “in an open way,” she suggests. “Even if you don’t know what you need, just communicating and letting them know what’s going on what’s in you can help them understand what you’re going through,” Esquer says.
Low on beds, oxygen, India adds global high 314K virus cases
A large number of hospitals are reporting acute shortages of beds and medicine and are running on dangerously low levels of oxygen. The New Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered the government to divert oxygen from industrial use to hospitals to save people’s lives. Beg, borrow or steal, it is a national emergency,” the judges said, responding to a petition by a New Delhi hospital seeking the court’s intervention. “I try to find beds for patients every day, and it’s been incredibly frustrating to not be able to help them. ———Associated Press writers Krutika Pathi in Bengaluru, India, and Biswajeet Banerjee in Lucknow, India, contributed to this report.
China, Russia join US vowing emission cuts at summit
His commitment to cut U.S. fossil fuel emissions up to 52 percent by 2030 will come at the launch Thursday of an all-virtual climate summit for 40 world leaders. President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
US jobless claims fall to 547,000, another pandemic low
Weekly jobless claims are down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January. About 17.4 million people were continuing to collect unemployment benefits in the week that ended April 3, up from 16.9 million in the previous week. Most of the increase occurred in two states, California and Texas, which process their claims every other week. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%, well below the pandemic peak of nearly 15%. In addition, the supplemental federal jobless payment, on top of regular state unemployment aid, might have encouraged more people to apply for benefits.
China, Russia join US vowing emission cuts at climate summit
“Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world’s most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. China’s Xi, whose country is the world’s biggest emissions culprit, followed by the United States, spoke first among the other global figures. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
DePaul, Columbia to require students returning for fall semester to be vaccinated
DePaul University and Columbia College will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall, the schools announced this week. “Safety, mutual care and social responsibility” are behind the decision, according A. Gabriel Esteban, president of DePaul, the nation’s largest Catholic university. “While the pandemic has kept many of us apart in the last year, I am greatly anticipating your return to campus in the fall,” Esteban wrote in a letter to students. Columbia and DePaul join a small but expanding number of mostly private schools, including the University of Notre Dame, that are requiring students to be vaccinated. Columbia is not requiring employees to get vaccinated.
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Job Hunting Tips During a PandemicFinding a job with or without a college degreeYou have been successfully registeredSorry, looks like we're having trouble registering you. You must register below to watch this virtual event. First name Last name Email By checking this box and clicking the "Register" button below, I agree to Newsday's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. RegisterExperts answer your questions and give insider tips on finding a job with or without a college degree in a COVID-19 world. Moderated by Newsday Anchor Faith Jessie and Victor Ocasio, Newsday Labor & Employment Reporter.
Three games, three mercy-rule wins for defending state champ Jesuit: Week 1 baseball recap
Through three Week 1 games, Jesuit outscored its opponents 42-2. --David DouglasFrom coach Matthew Kramer:Senior Jorge Meza was our only player to record hits in all three of our games on opening week. --GrantBrothers Kaden and Kellen Segel hit a homer each in Grant’s first two games (wins over West Linn and Roosevelt). Senior Casey Henderson threw six innings in Thursday’s win against Newberg, giving up no earned runs and striking out six. --TualatinFrom coach Jake Austin:Junior Griffin Biggs went 5 for 11 with four RBIs and three runs scored in Week 1.
Minneapolis Institute of Art’s ‘Art in Bloom’ opens virtually April 28
In the annual “Art in Bloom” presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Art the art is in flowers. For 37 years, Mia has celebrated spring with Art in Bloom, where commercial florists interpret artworks in the museum galleries. Art in Bloom will be virtual again in 2021 from April 28 through May 2. It incorporates Dakota floral designs using bead and quillwork and will be on view in Mia’s General Mills Lobby from April 19 to May 30. Virtual talks include a discussion with Young about the Dakota floral legacy on April 29 and a peek at the world of stolen floral art on April 30 featuring a former FBI art theft investigator.
J&J vaccine 'pause' latest messaging challenge for officials
It was the just the latest challenge in crisis messaging for officials since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy explained at a media briefing soon after the announcement on the J&J vaccine. Trying to appear confident when uncertain -- which leaders are often taught to do -- can backfire in a public health crisis, a CDC guide notes. With the J&J shots, for example, helping people understand the magnitude of any risk has been a challenge. Confusion and anger around public messaging haven’t been limited to the J&J shots.
Detroit schools using cash, extra sick days to get teachers, staff vaccinated
Detroit — The Detroit Public Schools Community District is offering an incentive to teachers and many other employees who prove they've taken a COVID-19 vaccine: $500 and two sick days. Chrystal Wilson, a spokeswoman, said the incentive applies to anyone who has been vaccinated and can prove it, or anyone who will be vaccinated by June 30. The sick days are meant as a recovery period in the event an employee becomes ill after a shot, Wilson said. The district has started mandatory weekly saliva surveillance testing for all employees, Wilson said. If someone tests positive, they need a negative test to return to work, Wilson said.
Huntington sees economic rebound as pandemic effects wane; TCF deal to close this spring
The results easily beat Wall Street estimates, but shares of the bank did trade lower on the report. Steinour doesn't believe at this point that another round of funding for small businesses will be necessary to support them. The bank remains on track to close its acquisition of TCF by the end of June. The bank recorded charges of $21 million, or 2 cents per share, during the quarter for costs tied to the deal. The bank also is proceeding with plans it previously announced to close branch offices in 44 Meijer stores this spring.
Ohio weekly unemployment claims declined last week as U.S. claims fall to a pandemic low
Adrienne Roberts and Kristi TannerDetroit Free PressNew weekly unemployment claims in Ohio declined last week compared with the week prior, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. Claims for unemployment benefits in U.S. at lowest level since before COVIDU.S. unemployment claims dropped to 547,000 last week, down 39,000 claims from 586,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis. Last Thursday's report also showed U.S. jobless claims dropping to their lowest level since before the pandemic, and economists expected jobless claims to creep back up last week. New jobless claims are still on par with some of the worst weeks of the 2009 recession. Virginia saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims jumping by 195.3%.
Your Turn: Revolutionizing distribution model of human services benefits all Oklahomans
Justin BrownGuest columnistIn just two months, I’ll celebrate my second year with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). However, I think the initiative I am most proud is our work to truly revolutionize the distribution model of human services in our state. These partnerships exist in a myriad spaces — faith-based organizations, health departments, other social services agencies and nonprofits, police departments, etc. We are leaning into embedding workers in the community through other interventions like Community HOPE Centers, School-based Social Services, the Front Porch Initiative, just to name a few. Justin Brown is Oklahoma’s secretary for human services and the OKDHS director.
US jobless claims fall to 547,000, another pandemic low
Weekly jobless claims are down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January. About 17.4 million people were continuing to collect unemployment benefits in the week that ended April 3, up from 16.9 million in the previous week. Most of the increase occurred in two states, California and Texas, which process their claims every other week. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%, well below the pandemic peak of nearly 15%. In addition, the supplemental federal jobless payment, on top of regular state unemployment aid, might have encouraged more people to apply for benefits.
OU football: Andrew Raym looking to break through as an OL starter for Sooners
NORMAN — Early in spring practice, OU football coach Lincoln Riley went through the list of players getting work at center as the Sooners work to find a replacement for Creed Humphrey. “I’ve worked myself into a center spot now and I’m taking those reps with the first team,” Raym said. I love being out there commanding the offense.”Humphrey’s departure leaves a significant hole to fill for Bill Bedenbaugh’s group and finding that replacement has been at the top of the Sooners’ offensive priority list through the spring. … If you got a good rep, he’s going to tell you what to do to make it great. And if you got a bad rep, he’s going to tell you how to make it great as well.
Wyoming governor approves federal rental assistance program
Mark Gordon has authorized the use of $200 million in coronavirus relief aid to launch a federal rental assistance program in Wyoming. The Republican governor signed legislation on Wednesday authorizing the program and its funding, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. The program is not new, but it has been reorganized under the Department of Family Services. The Wyoming Community Development Authority was overseeing the previous rental assistance program paid for by federal pandemic aid. The Department of Family Services is hoping the new iteration of the program will be more successful.
New nonstop flights between OKC and New York City will launch this fall
American Airlines announced Thursday it will begin nonstop service from Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport to New York City’s LaGuardia this fall. Airports Director Mark Kranenburg in a written statement said LaGuardia "has been a much sought-after destination." “As more customers return to the skies, we look forward to welcoming more Oklahomans to fly with us," he said. With the addition of LaGuardia, every American gateway in the U.S. — including Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Chicago — is served nonstop from Will Rogers. The new service will bring the average number of daily departures by American to 20.
At 'moment of peril,' Biden opens global summit on climate
"Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet," Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. "It's about providing a better future for all of us," he said, calling it "a moment of peril but a moment of opportunity." But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world's most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
J&J vaccine 'pause' latest messaging challenge for officials
NEW YORK (AP) — Confronted with rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials faced a delicate task: how to suspend distribution of the shots without setting off alarm about their safety. It was the just the latest challenge in crisis messaging for officials since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. The behavior of the new virus, the benefits of masks and the need for school and business closings have all been marked by public confusion, changing guidance and squabbling. With the J&J shots, the recommended “pause” announced last week was a precautionary measure as government advisers investigated the unusual clots and alerted doctors about how to treat them. Whether the pause seriously undermines public confidence in the J&J shot — or the other vaccines — remains to be seen.
Jaguar Land Rover halts production because of chip shortage
LONDON (AP) — Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it's suspending production at two U.K. factories, becoming the latest automaker to fall victim to a global shortage of microchips. “Like other automotive manufacturers, we are currently experiencing some COVID-19 supply chain disruption, including the global availability of semiconductors," the British luxury car brand said in a statement. Manufacturing at another plant in Solihull in central England will continue. The Halewood factory makes Jaguar's XE, XF and F-type models, and the Castle Bromwich plant produces the Land Rover Discover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. The announcement is the latest to highlight the challenge the intensifying chip shortage poses to the global auto industry, which is building vehicles that are starting to resemble computers on wheels.
Elisabeth Moss teases The Handmaid's Tale
Elisabeth Moss says season four of 'The Handmaid's Tale' will "fulfil a lot of promises". The 38-year-old actress - who plays June Osborne in the drama series - hinted that fans will see characters go to "places they’ve never gone before" in the upcoming series that returns on Wednesday (28.04.21). "We kind of fulfil a lot of the promises that we’ve made over the last three years, and we really get to see, not just June, but a lot of these characters really go to places they’ve never gone before and change dramatically. And it’s a huge season, which, of course, we chose to shoot during a pandemic, as you do." The cast had to postpone filming due to the coronavirus pandemic but when they returned, Moss was called upon to direct a number of episodes due to a lack of crew on set because of social distancing guidelines.
Kentucky State Fair board plans to make this year's event look a lot like it did before COVID
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky State Fair Board voted unanimously Thursday to plan this year's celebration to look more like that of 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. The vote came during a meeting of the body Thursday morning and it follows a recommendation from the Kentucky State Fair Committee passed Monday. Under the recommendation, the 2021 Kentucky State Fair dates are Aug. 19 to Aug. 29. In 2020, attendance at the state fair was limited to fair workers and credentialed participants in World's Championship Horse Show, Future Farmers of America or 4H. But in a normal year, the Kentucky State Fair brings in more than 600,000 visitors.
Why we must focus on neglect during Child Abuse Prevention Month
That chili formula – a staggering array of very disparate elements combining to create a masterpiece – is what we need when it comes to the issue of child neglect in Kentucky. Each April, state and local leaders proclaim Child Abuse Prevention Month and community partners encourage the public to understand that everyone has a role in recognizing, reporting and preventing child abuse in the commonwealth. After all, the latest federal Child Maltreatment Report reveals that Kentucky had 20,130 child victims of maltreatment in 2019, which should embarrass the commonwealth because we have the highest child victimization rate in the country for the third year in a row. Milestone:U of L, Kosair Charities announce $50 million in funds for kids' health careAs absolutely vital as that emphasis on child abuse is, I am beginning to wonder, where is “neglect” in Child Abuse Prevention Month? Child maltreatment must become a centerpiece focus of all pending opioid settlements.
Latin American Vaccine Tourists Flock to Texas for Coveted COVID Jabs
Latin America’s monied and middle classes are flocking in ever-increasing numbers to Texas for a much-coveted vaccine jab, which remains elusive in their home countries. Mexico has only fully vaccinated 2.6 percent of its population of 130 million—with much of Latin America vaccinating at the same rate. Texas has apparently become a particularly popular destination for vaccine tourists, likely because the state doesn’t require proof of residency for receiving a vaccination. Flying to Texas for the vaccine is not something people speak about publicly around here, but it’s happening. Jaime Square, a professor in the northeastern city of Tampico, got vaccinated in late December in El Paso, Texas.
EU states begin using single-dose J&J Covid vaccine
EU member states are starting to administer Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine after Europe’s drug regulator this week backed the single-dose shot, with several expected to impose age restrictions, as with the AstraZeneca jab. As it did with AstraZeneca, however, the EMA has left it up to EU member states to decide how to use the J&J vaccine “according to their national situations and needs”. The Netherlands has said it will begin using the J&J shot next week, while Germany’s health ministry said it would be administered in state vaccination centres “as soon as possible” and by family doctors from early May. The country’s vaccine committee has not yet announced whether it will limit the shot’s use to a particular age group. France, which has received 200,000 doses of the J&J shot, will begin using them from Saturday, a government spokesman said, adding that there was “no question” of the country abandoning either J&J or AstraZeneca.
A year on, the startling truth about Covid and pregnant women finally revealed
There are only three choices for pregnant women: Self-isolate, which is bloody miserable and for most pregnant women, especially those with other children, almost impossible. Last week, it finally updated its advice – but only to suggest that pregnant women are vaccinated when their age groups are “eligible”, rather than as a matter of course. As a result, 78,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated in the US, with rates of complications and miscarriage no higher than normal. Today, UK regulators say pregnant women should only get these jabs, rather than AstraZeneca’s. “They were not fully aware of the risks [to pregnant women] of catching Covid,” she says.
Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe transfers ‘impossible’ without Super League, Florentino Perez claims
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed it would be “impossible” for any club to sign Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe this summer without the Super League. “In general, there will not be big transfers this summer,” Perez told El Larguero. “It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League. “If we don’t sign Mbappe this summer, I don’t think any fan will shoot himself in the head. Real Madrid have strongly been linked to the pair, although Perez has also claimed that the club have lost almost double that due to financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Post service accused of monitoring American social media posts under controversial ‘iCOP’ surveillance project
The US Postal Service (USPS) is reportedly running a “covert” programme to monitor the social media posts of Americans for “inflammatory” content ahead of planned protests. The law enforcement arm of the USPS, the US Postal Inspection Service, is monitoring “inflammatory” social media posts and passing them over to other government agencies as part of the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), according to a Yahoo News report. Analysts reportedly looked through posts on several social media, sites including Facebook, Parler and Telegram before flagging messages deemed as “inflammatory” to the Department of Homeland Security. “iCOP analysts are currently monitoring these social media channels for any potential threats stemming from the scheduled protests and will disseminate intelligence updates as needed,” the USPS explained in the memo. In a statement to Yahoo, the USPS said that “the US Postal Inspection Service is the primary law enforcement, crime prevention, and security arm of the US Postal Service.
Online petition gets LeVar Burton dream job as ‘Jeopardy!’ host
LeVar Burton’s campaign to host Jeopardy! The new Host of #Jeopardy,” Mr Burton tweeted in 2013. to all y’all for your passionate support!” Mr Burton tweeted on Wednesday. In the years since Reading Rainbow, Mr Burton has not been shy about his future ambitions to host Jeopardy! “YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!” Mr Burton tweeted, referring to his fans.
Biden cranks up U.S. ambition as summit raises climate hopes
Putting the United States back at the forefront on climate, Biden told a virtual Earth Day summit that the world’s largest economy will cut emissions blamed for climate change by 50 to 52% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. The United States isn’t waiting,” Biden told the opening of a two-day summit of 40 leaders including the presidents of rivals China and Russia. The White Rebels and Extinction Rebellion DC block 17th Street after dumping cow manure outside the White House to protest President Biden’s climate plan in Washington on Thursday. Addressing the virtual summit, President Xi Jinping reiterated his promise last year to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate at the White House in Washington on Thursday.
Why did Denmark ditch the AstraZeneca vaccine?
Denmark's relatively low infection numbers meant the risks of continuing with the AstraZeneca vaccine outweighed the benefits, an expert has told Euronews. That is despite the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization insisting the benefits of the jab outweigh the risks. "The example given by Søren Brostrøm is if the 200,000 AstraZeneca doses are targeted at the 65– 69 age group. A more recent poll, however, highlights the lack of confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine. “From the beginning, I said no to the AstraZeneca vaccine," he said.
Boris Johnson's 'legislative bomb' to stop the Super League included forcing games to free-to-air TV
Ministers drew up radical plans to slash the cash the European Super League could earn from broadcast rights in Britain by forcing the ill-conceived project to be shown free-to-air, Sportsmail can reveal. EUROPE REACTION Fans across Europe objected to the European Super League and are now calling for long-lasting reform. they tackled the Super League. 'You couldn't ask for a better springboard for reform,' reflected one source in the aftermath of the Super League debacle. When plans for the European Super League landed, his patience had reportedly run out.
The Morning Show costars Reese Witherspoon and Julianna Margulies share dinner in West Hollywood
Reese Witherspoon and Julianna Margulies were seen leaving the popular celebrity hangout Craig's in West Hollywood on Wednesday evening. The entertainment industry figures' outing comes before the debut of Margulies' memoir, entitled Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life. Both Witherspoon and Margulies wore facial coverings to keep themselves protected from COVID-19 while spending time in public. Margulies is currently set to portray anchor Laura Peterson, who will appear in a main role in the series' forthcoming set of episodes. Margulies' memoir is currently set to be released on May 4th.
LaLiga boss Javier Tebas slams 'dead' Super League but WON'T punish Real Madrid and Barcelona
The president of the Spanish League, Javier Tebas, said the European Super League was only about greed and that curbs on spending, not the quest for more income, was what was needed. LaLiga boss Javier Tebas says the 'dead' European Super League was only about greedThe chief said he won't punish Barcelona or Real Madrid for joining the breakaway competition‘I criticize PSG because it’s a state club, both Manchester City and PSG. I will go on defending that position.’Tebas also slammed the cloak and dagger nature of Sunday’s failed football coup and said the plans for a Super League were riddled with inaccuracies. ‘This is a Super League of PowerPoints. The Super League would be a bi-national tournament.
Covid England: Cases fall in EVERY age group as daily death rate drops to 18
AdvertisementCoronavirus cases have fallen in every age group in England and just 18 Covid deaths were announced across Britain today, according to more promising data that strengthens the argument for easing lockdown sooner. Professor Karol Sikora, an expert in medicine at the University of Buckingham, told MailOnline the Government's 24 average Covid deaths per day had the potential to be 'significantly' lower. Official figures show about a quarter of Covid deaths are people who died 'with' the virus, rather than directly 'from' it. Covid deaths have dropped even further in April because of the huge vaccination roll-out and effects of lockdown restrictions. Britain is no longer one of the 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths during the pandemic, figures show.
Nevada's Republican secretary of state finds no 'evidentiary support' of voter fraud
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske found no 'evidentiary support' for GOP's voter fraud claims. Here she speaks at a press conference Oct. 2016Nevada's Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske revealed Wednesday she found no evidence to support the state GOP's claim of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 general election. Nevada is one of the state's Trump's team and allies most vehemently denounced as engaging in some sort of voter fraud. The state also determined it wasn't cost effective to track down those who live and out of state and voted in the Nevada election. Cegavske was censured earlier this month by the Nevada Republican Party.
Cartels use TikTok to recruit teenage drug mules with offers of $3k
Border cartels are using TikTok and other social media platforms to recruit American teenagers to smuggle migrants for cash. The teenagers and young adults targeted by the ads are required to drive the migrants on the behalf of the drug cartels. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich invited the Vice President on a tour of the border this month in a letter. Biden initially said his vice president would be in charge of returning migrants to their home countries in her new role. He said: 'The vice president has agreed... to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders.'
Indy 500 set to host 135,000 fans in the largest sporting event since the pandemic began
The Indianapolis 500 is set to be the largest sporting event in the world since the start of the pandemic with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' next month. In this May 26, 2019, file photo, Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field through the first turn on the start of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis 500 will be the largest sporting event since the start of the pandemic with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' next month. 'Roger Penske and everyone associated with Penske Entertainment and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been incredible partners with us throughout the pandemic,' said Indiana Gov. 'It is high time for fans to return to the greatest motor speedway in the world with this safety plan in place.'
Oscars 2021: FIRST LOOK at set of Academy Awards COVID-safe ceremony
AdvertisementThe COVID safe set for this year's Oscars have been unveiled in an artist's impression. David Rockwell, FAIA, Founder and President of Rockwell Group, an NYC architecture and design firm, returned as scenic designer for this year's 93rd Oscars, which is set to take place on 25 April 2021. Union Station recently wrapped an eight-year, $4million (£2.87million) restoration, so will be looking its best for the stars and viewers around the world on Sunday. 'The main action will take place upon a thrust stage made of rich, inlaid wood in a circular, multi-tiered layout. It also had a starring role in the 1950 film noir Union Station, with William Holden and Nancy Olson, but that was set in Chicago.
Coronavirus pandemic: Pakistan's third wave shows no signs of abating
Coronavirus pandemic: Pakistan's third wave shows no signs of abatingPakistani authorities on Wednesday reported 148 deaths from COVID-19, one of the country's highest daily death tolls in recent months. Pakistan is currently in the middle of a third wave of coronavirus infections amid widespread violations of social distancing rules. The government says the current wave is more dangerous compared to previous ones.
10/3 podcast: How the Liberal government's budget shows Trudeau is in election mode
10/3 podcast: How the Liberal government's budget shows Trudeau is in election modeArticle contentThe Trudeau Liberals delivered their first budget since before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an eye to post-pandemic economic recovery. But it also shows the government eyeing an election. Parliamentary Bureau Chief and National Post Columnist John Ivison joins Dave to discuss the spending priorities of the budget, what it means for Canada’s bottom line long term, and how it potentially disadvantages Trudeau’s biggest rivals come election time. Background reading: John Ivison: A federal budget for you? No, it’s out to crush the NDP and shame ConservativesSubscribe to 10/3 on your favourite podcast app.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey weighs possible economic ramifications over restricting transgender rights
Kay Ivey signs legislation regulating the medical and sports decision of transgender youth, LGBTQ advocates say. Related: Alabama transgender treatment ban ‘putting kids in danger,’ opponents sayJohn Oros, president & CEO with the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, said his agency has not had anyone contact his office and express concerns over the Alabama bills. Kay Ivey is.”She doesn’t anticipate Ivey or anyone else being swayed by comments from the HRC over a possible NCAA ban. “The protection of our children is not for sale.”‘Political capital’Alabama is one of 30 states with legislatures pitching more than 122 bills limiting transgender rights. The latest restriction on transgender rights is also creating headaches.
Lincoln Project targets Trump with Mar-a-Lago advert
The Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans-turned-Donald-Trump-critics, has targeted the former president in a TV advert that will air in Palm Beach – where Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is based. The ad further goes on telling Mr Trump that "now everyone is saying you're old, impotent, [and] an embarrassment." When calling him impotent, the group was likely claiming Mr Trump lacked political power now that he’s out of office, not that his male fertility was at risk. The Lincoln Project, which formed in 2020 ahead of the presidential election to rally against Mr Trump, told the Palm Beach Post that the group decided to air the ad in Palm Beach because they knew Mr Trump would likely see the commercials. This was the second direct attack the Lincoln Project has launched in Palm Beach, Florida.
Suga to make decision on coronavirus emergency Friday, sources say
If adopted in all four regions from Tokyo to Kyoto, the emergency measures would cover close to a quarter of Japan’s population of 126 million. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering asking large commercial establishments and entertainment facilities to halt operations temporarily once the central government issues the emergency declaration, sources said Wednesday. Yuriko Koike is concerned over the economic impact of the fresh state of emergency, sources familiar with the situation said. While Suga had pledged efforts to avoid reintroducing a state of emergency, surveys show public support to implement the measure. “There will be no impact on the Olympics,” Suga told reporters earlier.
China, Russia join US vowing emission cuts at climate summit
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
‘Masked Singer’: Bobby Brown unmasked as Crab, remembers children Bobby Jr. and Bobbi Kristina
The following contains details from the April 21 episode of "The Masked Singer," including the identity of the unmasked celebrity. Wednesday night's super-sized, two-hour "Masked Singer" featured a double elimination, booting two competitors from the competition. Don't call it a comeback:Nick Cannon unveiled as Bulldog on 'Masked Singer,' returns as host next weekHip hop hooray! Jeong and McCarthy stuck with their first inclination: "Every Little Step" singer Bobby Brown, while Wilson went with comedian Martin Lawrence. Episodes of "The Masked Singer" can be viewed on Fox's website.
Jobless claims fell to 547,000, lowest level since the pandemic began in a sign layoffs are easing
About 17.4 million people were continuing to collect unemployment benefits in the week that ended April 3, up from 16.9 million in the previous week. Most of the increase occurred in two states, California and Texas, which process their claims every other week. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%, well below the pandemic peak of nearly 15%. In addition, the supplemental federal jobless payment, on top of regular state unemployment aid, might have encouraged more people to apply for benefits. Employers chase job candidates:There is a surge in new job openings, but why isn't there a surge in job candidates?
Which film deserves best picture? We passionately defend all eight Oscar contenders
The best picture race heading into the 93rd Academy Awards has kept the focus on writer-director Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," which has plundered the best picture prize in almost every preceding awards show. – Kim WillisRanked: The 25 greatest Oscar best picture winners (from 'Parasite' to 'The Godfather')Sir Anthony Hopkins in The Father. – Jenna RyuReport card: Would this year’s Oscar best picture nominees meet 2024 inclusion standards? Sorkin's all-star SAG-winning cast is game for it all, and there's no better acting ensemble in this crop of best picture nominees. – TruittOscar flashback: 15 films that didn't deserve the best picture Oscar – and the ones that should have won insteadThe Trial of the Chicago Seven Associated Press
Earth Day 2021: Prince William, Jane Fonda, stars' environment causes
On Earth Day and beyond, celebrities are using their platforms to call attention to environmental issues that aren't usually brought to the forefront. This year, Earth Day comes as a deadly pandemic took center stage and and climate change sparked a cascade of calamities from raging wildfires to a ferocious hurricane season. More:After a critical year for COVID-19 and climate, Earth Day 2021 is ThursdayBill Nye stars in 'Earth Day! Facebook Watch presents "Earth Day! "I’ve been whining and complaining about climate change for 40 years, and we’ve hardly done anything about it, but now we have an opportunity."
Cher on saving an elephant, 'badly' serenading him with Frank Sinatra: 'It was so frightening'
But her toughest audience may have been a 36-year-old elephant named Kaavan, whom she saved from captivity in Pakistan last November. Cher's melodious rescue mission is the focus of a new documentary, "Cher & the Loneliest Elephant," now streaming on Paramount+ Thursday to commemorate Earth Day. He was soon placed in the Islamabad Zoo with his partner, an elephant named Saheli, who died in 2012. While I was packing, I kept going, 'Am I really going to be doing this? Since Kaavan's release, Cher has continued to advocate for other animals, recently campaigning for the release of an Asian elephant named Lucy from Canada's Edmonton Valley Zoo.
UK music awards to have live audience, no masks
LONDON — Organizers say 4,000 people will be able to attend the ceremony for Britain’s leading music prize night next month as part of the government’s easing of coronavirus restrictions. In a statement Thursday, the Brit Awards said audience members attending the indoor ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on May 11 will not have to socially distance or even wear face coverings once seated. It said the ceremony will be the first major indoor music event in the country to welcome back a live audience since the coronavirus pandemic erupted more than a year ago. Organizers said they are gifting 2,500 tickets to essential workers from the greater London area to honor their work through “the difficult times” of the pandemic. The UK is slowly easing restrictions following a sharp fall in new coronavirus cases in the wake of a stringent lockdown and the rapid rollout of vaccines.
India records world’s biggest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases
India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on Thursday as a second wave of the pandemic raised new fears about the ability of crumbling health services to cope. “India weeps”Funeral pyres of people who died from COVID-19 are pictured at a crematorium in New Delhi, India April 21, 2021. “India weeps.”“We never thought a second wave would hit us so hard,” Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, executive chairman of the healthcare firm Biocon, wrote in the Economic Times. More infectious variantsRelatives wearing PPE mourn a man who died from COVID-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi, India April 21, 2021. “The second wave is a consequence of complacency and mixing and mass gatherings.
Joel Embiid was this close to one of the greatest shots in NBA history
Sixers star Joel Embiid was an in-and-out, full-court buzzer-beater away from forcing overtime in a 116-113 loss to the Suns on Wednesday night. The 7-foot center came so close to launching a near-perfect bank shot — before the ball circled around the rim, dipped into the hoop and popped out. Simmons, who’s been battling a non-COVID illness, missed his second straight game on Wednesday night, while Harris missed his third straight due to right knee soreness. Joel Embiid just missed a game-tying shot against the Suns on April 21, 2021 APThe Sixers were also without guard Seth Curry, who was out with a left hip flexor. While Embiid continues to make an MVP case for himself, the Sixers remain at the top of the Eastern Conference at 39-19.
Hospitality vet creates book on restaurant industry during pandemic
Throughout the pandemic, he took photos of restauranteurs including Mario Carbone, nightlife vet Nur Khan, Katz’s Deli owner Jake Dell, and Maya Jankelowitz of Jack’s Wife Freda — and has compiled them into a book with commentary from Sam Rockwell, Zoë Kravitz and Jason Momoa. Maya Jankelowitz of Jack’s Wife Freda is featured in Leo Jacob’s book. Leo JacobJacob is raising funds on Kickstarter for the project, “New York is Dead? Long Live New York,” and has pledged support to relief fund ROAR (Restaurants Organizing Advocating Rebuilding). “The book’s purpose is to change the narrative, NYC is alive,” Jacob tells us.
Will Americans be able to trust the results of the 2020 Census?
But keeping to the original deadline also ensured that Trump would still be in office to receive the apportionment data. “But they won’t say it if they don’t believe it.”The news has not been all bad for the 2020 count. Bill O’Hare, president of O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, said he is more optimistic than some about the 2020 count. He co-wrote an analysis this month showing that the self-response rate, a good indicator of census quality, was almost the same this time as in 2010. “I think these are factors that will affect the quality,” O’Hare said, adding that it might mean the 2020 count doesn’t measure up to the 2010 count.
Health officials lean toward resuming Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — but with a warning
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe fate of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is scheduled to be discussed publicly in a pivotal meeting Friday of an influential advisory group to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said Thursday she didn’t want to “preshadow” the deliberations of the CDC advisory committee. The CDC advisory panel weighs who should get a vaccine, a recommendation that must be approved by Walensky. AdvertisementSupplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be limited for the foreseeable future. An estimated 9.2 million doses of the vaccine are available at administration sites, CDC officials said last week.
Power Up: Biden's climate agenda goes big but is fuzzy on details
Biden plans to formalize the new goal in a submission to the United Nations, the White House said.”Story continues below advertisement“Every country has to come to the table. … The stakes could not be higher,” former secretary of state John F. Kerry, Biden’s special envoy for climate, told Brady in an interview on Wednesday. Gina McCarthy, will “lead negotiations with Congress for permanent new climate change laws that could withstand the next change of administration,” the Biden's senior climate change adviser in the White House,will “lead negotiations with Congress for permanent new climate change laws that could withstand the next change of administration,” the New York Times's Coral Davenport reports. Many of the ambitious climate plans Biden proposed in his infrastructure plan, which aim to redirect the nation's energy trajectory from fossil fuels, are a tough sell in a divided Congress. Postal Service may soon get a makeover, as Biden’s three nominees to the governing board get a Senate confirmation hearing.
Stocks slide ahead of Biden's climate summit
U.S. equity markets slipped Thursday as traders digested better-than-expected jobless claims and awaited details from President Biden's climate summit. GOP SENATORS WARN BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ON DE-BANKING ENERGY COMPANIESIn stocks, automakers were among the groups in focus as Biden gets set to unveil his climate actions. Ticker Security Last Change Change % DHI D.R. European markets rallied across the board with Britain’s FTSE 100 up 0.05%, Germany’s DAX 30 gaining 0.48% and France’s CAC 40 advancing 0.69%. In Asia, China’s Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.23% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and Japan’s Nikkei 225 climbed 0.47% and 2.38%, respectively.
Burning Man still considering mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for 2021 event
Organizers of the popular counter-culture festival Burning Man are considering requiring attendees to prove they have been vaccinated for the coronavirus before allowing them to attend the annual event this year. The 2020 Burning Man festival was called off due to concerns over the pandemic. Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell said in a video message posted on the group’s website on April 8 that "vaccines will be required to come to Burning Man." BURNING MAN 2017: PHOTOS FROM THE FESTIVALShe acknowledged last weekend in an updated statement on the group's website that she "misspoke." Goodell said organizers also have not officially decided whether to require or provide testing at the event.
Parents of boy killed by alligator at Disney World advocate for pediatric organ donation in new campaign
The parents of the 3-year-old boy who was tragically killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World are advocating for pediatric organ donation in a new campaign, coinciding with National Donate Life Month this April. couple hopes other families will consider the pediatric organ donation with a new #KeepLoveAlive campaign this month. The PSA correlates with National Donate Life Month and National Pediatric Transplant Week from April 18 through 24, according to the foundation. Two children connected by the Lane Thomas Foundation are Olivia Swedberg and KeVon Long, per Live On Nebraska and TODAY. To date, the Lane Thomas Foundation has helped 93 families of children receiving organ transplants since the nonprofit was established in 2017.
More than 4 in 10 in US breathing 'unhealthy' air, report says
A new report on air quality found that more than 4 in 10 people are breathing in unhealthy air, with the American Lung Association pointing to climate change as a driving factor. The report, which analyzes data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2017, 2018 and 2019, also found people of color were 61% more likely to live in a county with unhealthy air than white people. "This report shines a spotlight on the urgent need to curb climate change, clean up air pollution and advance environmental justice," Harold Wimmer, the association president and CEO, said in a news release accompanying the 22nd annual "State of the Air" report. The report analyzed and ranked regions most polluted by particle pollution, which is comprised of unhealthy particles in the air that "come from wildfires, wood-burning stoves, coal-fired power plants, diesel engines and other sources." Fairbanks, Alaska, ranked worst followed by Fresno-Madera-Hanford, Calif., Bakersfield, Calif., San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Calif., Yakima, Wash., Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif., Logan, Utah-Idaho, Redding-Red Bluff, Calif., Missoula, Mont.
Walensky 'hopeful' Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 'can be used again soon'
A day before a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) committee is set to meet regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the agency’s director said she is "really hopeful" that the one-shot jab "can be used again soon." The European Medicines Agency (EMA) safety committee (PRAC) said that "based on the currently available evidence, specific risk factors have not been confirmed." HOW LONG DOES COVID-19 VACCINE PROTECTION LAST? Johnson & Johnson had proactively halted the rollout in Europe after the FDA and CDC recommended the U.S. pause. The EU panel also noted that "the reported combination of blood clots and low blood platelets is very rare, and the overall benefits of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects."
Why the Biden climate plan may be good for some investors
In this article ESGEXIPX-GBYuhan Liao | Moment | Getty ImagesThe Biden administration is taking aggressive steps to combat climate change. The White House also unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal last month, with ample measures to curb climate change. The developments may be a tailwind for investors in so-called sustainable or environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds, according to financial advisors. Impax Asset Management, Pernassus Investments and Boston Common Asset Management are good starting points for retail investors new to the space, he said. Instead, they may be investments in "new technologies to prepare the country for a more sustainable, climate friendly and energy-efficient future."
Older millennials made it to management—now they're wondering if they even want to be the boss
What's different for millennials may be how it has become the top strategy to actually get ahead in their careers. Young has spent the last four years in a managerial role but doesn't relish the idea of being anyone's boss. Many people look at me and husband and say, 'Wow, they made it, they're so successful and both make six figures.' More flexible workplaces following the pandemic could also encourage millennials to pursue the management track. So after six months with one insurance company, he got promoted to a manager role — a record-speed for the company, Won adds.
Existing home sales suffer second straight monthly decline as tight supply pushes prices higher
That is the slowest sales pace since August and the second straight month of declines. Still, sales were 12.3% higher than March 2020, when transactions were falling due to the Covid pandemic. There were just 1.07 million homes for sale at the end of month, representing a 2.1-month supply at the current sales pace. Low supply continues to push prices ever higher. Some of that gain is due to the fact that there are more homes selling on the higher end of the market, therefore skewing the median higher.
White House to use celebrities, athletes in ad campaign to combat Covid vaccine hesitancy
The Biden administration on Thursday is launching a massive campaign to persuade more Americans to take the Covid-19 vaccines, administration officials told NBC News. The campaign, called "We Can Do This: Live," will target young people through social media and will include virtual events where celebrities and athletes answer Americans' lingering questions about the vaccines, according to NBC News. The goal, according to a detailed release of the campaign obtained by NBC News, is to reach Americans, particularly young people, "directly in the places where they already consume content online, including social media, podcasts, YouTube, and more." Some young people appear resistant to getting vaccinated. A recent poll from STAT News-Harris found that 21% of Generation Z, or young adults aged 18 to 24, said they would not get vaccinated against Covid and another 34% said they would "wait a while and see" before getting vaccinated.
Opinion: A Trump policy institute? Heaven help us
(CNN) As a brand extension, the recently announced launch of the America First Policy Institute couldn't be better. A handful of Trump loyalists still draw federal salaries because the government provides small staffs for former presidents. It's worth noting that Team Trump promised the same thing during his administration, but didn't get very far. Perhaps as they set to work, the institute's chairs and directors could come up with the health care plan promised by Trump and never delivered. Then there are all those jobs Trump promised to create in manufacturing plants and coal mines.
A social media app that's truly safe for kids? Celebrities bet on Zigazoo
But this is the world of Zigazoo , a social media app for kids ages three to 12. The short-form video platform launched last summer with a mission to develop healthy social media and streaming habits at an early age. "It's really impossible to stress how favorable and critical this approach is," said Christine Elgersma, senior editor of social media and learning apps at Common Sense. "If all social media had been designed with the notion that kids might use it, we'd be in a very different place today. Elergsma believes existing social media platforms and other apps for kids can look to Zigazoo as an example of how to offer a social yet safe place for children to be online.
Brit Awards 2021: No masks, no social distancing and a 4,000-strong crowd
London (CNN) The UK's flagship music awards ceremony, the Brits, will go ahead with a 4,000-strong crowd, no social distancing and no masks next month, as part of a government trial that offers a peek at how large events can operate in a post-pandemic world. The ceremony at London's O2 Arena will take place on May 11, with an audience made up of 2,500 frontline workers and another 1,500 corporate invitees. Attendees will not have to distance from each other, but will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken before the event. They are also being asked to take tests after the show, to track any potential transmission between audience members. The ceremony is one of several live test events being overseen by the British government, as it attempts to stick to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's promise of a virtual return to pre-Covid rules on or after June 21.
Taco Bell is testing a vegetarian version of the Crunchy Taco Supreme
Taco Bell has begun testing its own meat alternative, giving its vegetarian customers yet another reason to come back to its restaurants. In January, it changed course, announcing that it would test a Beyond Meat alternative this year. Its Cravetarian Taco, a vegetarian version of the Crunchy Taco Supreme, features a meat substitute made from a blend of peas and chickpeas. For now, the Cravetarian Taco is available only at one Taco Bell location — in Tustin, California. Customers can also swap the meat alternative into other menu items, like burritos or chalupas, for no extra cost.
'Stowaway' brings an old-fashioned problem to the latest mission to Mars
(CNN) "Stowaway" wasn't shot during the Covid pandemic, but with a cast of four in a confined, near-claustrophobic setting, this character study easily could have been. More an examination of human nature than a thriller, the space-faring movie deals with weighty issues but doesn't possess much pizzazz or gravity, making Netflix the logical home for its launch. Thanks to NASA's latest triumph there's additional excitement surrounding the romance of space travel in general and Mars in particular, but with its languid pacing, "Stowaway" doesn't rise to the occasion. The plot itself is as simple as the age-old question of people on a boat or deserted island, without enough resources to sustain them all. That forces the mission commander (Collette) to have a serious talk with her two companions, saying she needs them to be "mentally prepared for what's gonna happen."
'Beg, borrow, steal': the fight for oxygen among New Delhi's hospitals
As panic breaks out at hospitals unable to admit some people with severe COVID-19 symptoms, police are being deployed to secure oxygen. In a late-night court hearing on Wednesday, Delhi justices called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to "beg, borrow, steal or import" to meet the city's needs. A senior gas industry source directly involved in supplying oxygen to Delhi hospitals said the city had moved too slowly in recent days in liaising with authorities and suppliers. In the capital, the fight for oxygen has reached the High Court, where judges convened late on Wednesday night to hear a plea from Max hospitals. The Supreme Court also intervened, saying Modi's administration should draw up a plan to address shortages of oxygen and critical supplies.
Ecuador announces curfew, curbs as COVID again overwhelms hospitals
Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) receive medical attention in the emergency area of the Quito South Social Security Institute, in Quito, Ecuador April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Santiago ArcosEcuador on Wednesday implemented a nighttime curfew and other mobility restrictions as a spike in coronavirus cases again overwhelms hospitals in the Andean country, which in 2020 experienced one of the region's worst COVID-19 outbreaks. The measures will take effect on Friday and last for 28 days. read moreEcuador, which has reported 362,000 COVID-19 cases and 17,804 deaths, is currently vaccinating only the elderly, police, members of the military and teachers. During weekdays, the decree will allow restaurants, malls gymnasiums and movie theaters to operate at a reduced 30 capacity.
L.A. develops homelessness strategy, but does it have political will?
Homeless encampments line the boardwalk, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) disease pandemic continues, on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 14, 2021. Her brother has struggled with the cycle of going from jail to the streets of Los Angeles. But even her tolerance was tested by a homeless encampment that swelled to some 200 people at Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority says homelessness was up 13% from January 2019 to January 2020, reaching 66,000 in the greater L.A. area. Fewer than five people in the park refused to leave on their own, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Mount Washington Auto Road ‘Climb to the Clouds’ returns
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A timed hillclimb auto race up the Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire is making a return this year. The event, known as the “Climb to the Clouds,” has been rescheduled to Aug. 13-15, from July. The 7.6 -mile climb (12.2 kilometers) heads along a serpentine tarmac and gravel road lined with trees, rocks, and dramatic drop-offs, to the 6,288-foot (1.9 kilometers) summit. The climb was first held in 1904, making it one of the oldest motorsport competitions in the United States. ___THE NUMBERSMore than 92,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, including 362 cases announced Wednesday.
Unemployment claims improve to the lowest point of the pandemic
As regular readers know, progress on weekly unemployment claims has been hit or miss in recent months, but the new report from the Labor Department represents great news. First-time claims for unemployment insurance totaled 547,000, well below the Dow Jones estimate for 603,000 and a new low for the Covid-19 pandemic era. That weekly total soon after reached nearly 7 million as the economy cratered. To be sure, it'd be a mistake to see 547,000 jobless claims as good news on its own. In the early months of 2020, for example, the U.S. average on unemployment claims was roughly 211,000 -- well under half of the total from today's report.
Sikhs, South Asians call for solidarity across Asian America after Indianapolis shooting
Sruti Suryanarayanan, a research and communications associate at the nonprofit South Asian Americans Leading Together, said the heart of solidarity lies in "contextualizing the history." "At the same time, they've also been within the South Asian community, really, beacons of resilience. Singh said solidarity can also be as simple as using more inclusive language when speaking about violence against Asian Americans. Even though South Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing segments of Asian America, the 2016 National Asian American Survey found that about 15 percent of Asian Americans said Indians are "not likely" to be Asian American. It's also South Asian Americans, who themselves marginalize Sikhs at times.
Emerson requiring vaccinations; Somerville keeps limits
BOSTON (AP) — Emerson College is joining a growing list of colleges that will require student to get a coronavirus vaccine before returning to campus in the fall. Lee Pelton, president of the college in Boston, said in a letter to students Wednesday that school officials also expect staff and faculty will be vaccinated before they return. The school says it plans to return to full in-person learning and “a more familiar pre-pandemic, on-campus environment.”Northeastern University and Boston University, both in Boston, have also said they’ll require students to be vaccinated. Restaurants and other businesses have complained about the rules but Mayor Joe Curtatone says city officials are waiting for a more substantive drop in COVID-19 cases locally. He also says the city has done more to help the local restaurant industry weather the pandemic than many other communities.
Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemic
Because of the pandemic, many scientists “have had to innovate and look for alternatives.”The coronavirus abruptly halted research by many Latin American scientists, interrupting field work, sample collection and laboratory experiments. Some of them could focus on writing scholarly articles based on previous research, but others had to get creative to avoid losing a year of their careers. On a recent day, after installing one camera, Monteza pushed about 50 yards deeper into the forest. She had collected sediment samples in 2018, 2019 and January 2020 that allowed her to continue her research during the pandemic. Before the pandemic, that required many hours in his lab analyzing their blood and how they responded to attacking fungi.
Jaguar Land Rover halts production because of chip shortage
LONDON (AP) — Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it’s suspending production at two U.K. factories, becoming the latest automaker to fall victim to a global shortage of microchips. The announcement is the latest to highlight the challenge the intensifying chip shortage poses to the global auto industry, which is building vehicles that are starting to resemble computers on wheels. ADVERTISEMENTGeneral Motors and Ford said earlier this month they were being forced to cut production at their North American factories because of tightening chip supplies. Other marques like Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, Volkswagen and Honda have also been hit hard by the semiconductor shortage. As the coronavirus pandemic erupted in early 2020, chip factories started shutting down, particularly in Asia, where much of global semiconductor production is based.
Noem asks athletic commission to rescind vaccine requirement
Kristi Noem is asking the South Dakota Athletic Commission to immediately rescind its requirement that sports participants provide proof they are vaccinated for COVID-19. Noem said her request is under the authority of her latest executive order banning government-instituted vaccine passports, the Argus Leader reported. It also prohibits local governments from requiring private businesses to show proof of vaccines in order to do business with local government. South Dakota has resisted government mandates regarding the coronavirus and while Noem said she encourages vaccinations, she said the state will not require them. The commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Indiana lawmakers set to approve budget, finish session
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers were set to give final approval to a new two-year $37 billion state budget on Thursday as they wrapped up this year’s regular legislative session. That Republican-written budget plan is highlighted by an overall school funding increase of about 4.5% in each of the next two years while allowing a contentious expansion of the state’s private school voucher program. The funding increase is more than double what budget negotiators had proposed before new projections showed state tax collections should bounce back stronger than expected from the pandemic recession. ADVERTISEMENTThe budget also includes money for numerous economic grant programs and construction projects drawing on $3 billion the state is receiving from the federal coronavirus relief program backed by President Joe Biden and pushed by Democrats through Congress without Republican support. But having avoided any COVID-19 disruptions over the past four months, lawmakers will have a more ceremonial end to the session.
Kayaker wants to be 2nd to paddle solo California to Hawaii
Kayaker wants to be 2nd to paddle solo California to HawaiiHONOLULU (AP) — A man is trying to become the second person to kayak alone from California to Hawaii. Cyril Derreumaux, 44, will attempt to become the first person since 1987 to pull off the feat, Hawaii News Now reported Wednesday. “I’m an avid paddler, outrigger paddler, kayaker and surfski paddler,” Derreumaux said. Derreumaux in 2016 was a member of a four-person team that rowed across the Pacific and set a Guinness World Record. A device to desalinate water will provide him with drinking water and a land-based support team will help with navigation and other information.
At ‘moment of peril,’ Biden opens global summit on climate
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
How To Start Composting : Life Kit : NPR
When you're composting, your kitchen scraps should be part of a deliberate layering process to speed up decomposition. Also, you can store the food scraps in a bag in your freezer or the back of the fridge. If you want to break down your food scraps in your own apartment, there are still options. In the world of composting you're inevitably gonna hear about "the greens and browns" — the two main ingredients for your mix. And it really is layering — browns then greens, browns then greens.
Oil prices hold ground at lowest levels in over a week as global COVID cases rise
Oil futures remained under pressure Thursday, though prices held ground at their lowest levels in more than a week, as a continued surge in COVID-19 cases in Asia in particular underlined concerns about the global economy and energy demand. The market has realized that a “global come-back in oil demand cannot come without a come-back of the world’s largest economies,” said Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil markets at Rystad Energy. June Brent crude BRN00, +0.20% , the global benchmark, was off 24 cents, or 0.4%, at $65.08 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe. India on Thursday saw 314,835 new COVID-19 cases, marking a record daily tally. India and Japan are among the world’s largest oil consumers and importers, said Eugen Weinberg, analyst at Commerzbank, in a note.
Mortgage rates drop below 3% again — offering opportunities to buyers and homeowners
Mortgage rates slid below the 3% mark once again, giving both existing homeowners and prospective buyers the chance to lock in historically low interest rates in a competitive housing market. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, meanwhile, fell six basis points to an average of 2.29%. Mortgage rates roughly follow the direction of long-term bond yields, particular the 10-year Treasury note BX:TMUBMUSD10Y. The decline in rates offers another lifeline, particularly to homeowners who were unable to take advantage of last year’s record-breaking low mortgage rates. “Low and declining mortgage rates provide these homeowners the opportunity to reduce their monthly payment and improve their financial position,” Khater said in this week’s mortgage rates report.
Goldman Sachs says S&P 500 returns may tumble as U.S. economic growth peaks. Buy these stocks.
Our call of the day is from the team at Goldman Sachs, led by Ben Snider, who warns that as economic growth peaks, investors should expect lower equity returns and higher volatility. Chart via Goldman Sachs“Decelerating growth is usually associated with weaker, but still positive, equity returns and higher volatility,” the strategists say. Since 1980, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.08% has seen average monthly returns of 1.2% when economic growth was positive and accelerating, but just 0.6% when growth was positive but decelerating. Economists at Goldman Sachs expect economic growth in Europe, Japan, and emerging markets outside of China to peak later than in the U.S. — in the third quarter of this year. Goldman Sachs GS, -0.51% has two pieces of advice: Buy global-facing cyclicals relative to domestic-facing cyclicals and buy a basket of “Europe reopening” stocks, which have lagged behind “U.S.
French vaccine maker Valneva launches Phase 3 trial of its COVID-19 shot after snubbing EU
French biotech company Valneva has launched a pivotal Phase 3 trial for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine — the last step before seeking regulatory approval. The U.K. has secured up to 100 million doses of the inactivated vaccine, with the option of purchasing 90 million more doses between 2023 and 2025. Valneva expects to deliver 60 million doses by the end of the first quarter of 2022. Instead, Valneva said it would focus on “those European Union member states and interested parties outside the EU” that expressed interest. The EU said in January that it had concluded “exploratory talks” with Valneva for the supply of up to 60 million doses of its vaccine candidate.
Daunte Wright to be eulogized at Minneapolis funeral
Texas has introduced more bills restricting voter access than any other state. Texas legislators have introduced 49 bills restricting voting access, far more than any other state, even as major Texas-based corporations such as American Airlines express fervent opposition. Allegations of widespread voter fraud have almost become a “litmus test” among Texas Republicans, said Juan Carlos Huerta, a professor of political science at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Voters do not have access to same-day registration, and they can only register online if they are simultaneously updating their driver’s license. “Free, fair, equitable access to voting is the foundation of American democracy,” Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell Technologies, tweeted in early April.
How to buy a house in 2021: 8 tips for winning the COVID homebuying season
What to expect for the 2021 homebuying seasonAlthough the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is still relatively low, mortgage rates have risen steadily this year. Mortgage rates will likely stay lowMortgage rates aren’t as low as they were in parts of 2020, but the Federal Reserve doesn’t see rates increasing significantly until after 2023. Establish your homebuying budgetWhy it’s important: You’ll know what you can afford before you set your heart on a particular home or location. If someone beats you with a better offer, you’ll know you could not have done any better. Be realistic about closing timelinesWhy it’s important: Closing late can be costly.
AT&T's revenue rises as wireless unit, HBO add customers
NETFLIX TANKS AS SUBSCRIBER GROWTH COOLSIn the U.S. wireless business, AT&T’s core profit engine, the company added 595,000 postpaid phone subscribers, a highly valued category of customers who are billed for monthly service after-the-fact. The carrier also posted a net gain of 207,000 prepaid phone subscribers. Rival Verizon Communications Inc. on Wednesday reported a net loss of 178,000 postpaid phone connections over the same period. The company’s reported net debt jumped to about $169 billion, close to its level two years ago following the Time Warner buyout that turned AT&T into a media heavyweight. AT&T said Thursday that its debt levels will decline in the coming years as asset sales and revenue growth whittle down its obligations.
Stocks Head Lower as Jobless Claims Fall but Virus Worries Remain
Stocks decline as U.S. jobless claims fall to a pandemic low but virus concerns remain for investors. Stocks declined Thursday as U.S. jobless claims fell to a pandemic low and investors focused on both corporate earnings reports and the lingering coronavirus pandemic. "This week’s unemployment insurance claims report highlights further labor market improvement," said Indeed Hiring Lab economist AnnElizabeth Konkel. "Thankfully, vaccination efforts continue to ramp up, which is essential to getting the labor market back on track," Konkel added. Once the public health situation is improved and life is once again ‘normal,' we could see even more robust labor market gains."
LIVE: Jim Cramer on Chipotle, Airlines, Ford, FAANG, Earth Day
Jim Cramer and Katherine Ross discuss Chipotle earnings, Southwest and other airline earnings, and yet another chip shortage impact for Ford. Jim Cramer and Katherine Ross will discuss Chipotle (CMG) - Get Report earnings, why he likes Southwest (LUV) - Get Report the most out of the airlines, and Ford (F) - Get Report getting hit yet again by the chip shortage. Is the Stock Market Dangerous? "In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer talked about those who believe the stock market is dangerous. Hear what Jim Cramer is only telling members of his Action Alerts PLUS investing club in Thursday’s Daily Rundown.
There Is No Shortage of Kevin Bacon-ing in This Market
There is certainly no shortage of Kevin Bacon-ing in this market, where bad earnings, bad data, bad anything really, is fobbed off by an army of Bacon-ites on Wall Street and in the financial media. Tech companies are judged on sequential results. So, only sequential comparisons matter. Netflix's quarterly results showed 1.95% sequential growth overall in end-of-period subscribers, with an anemic 0.61% sequential growth rate in the company's largest region, UCAN (U.S. and Canada.) Even worse, Netflix's prediction of 1 million net adds for the June quarter (globally) implies a sequential growth rate of 0.48%.
How the men of Bloom Homie are redefining masculinity in L.A. — and beyond
AdvertisementThey called it Bloom Homie. Four years ago, Figgy Baby took the stage at Alivio Open Mic, a monthly showcase of poets and musicians in Bell. “Let’s forgive ourselves daily, learn to hold ourselves accountable, and bask in how far we’ve come.”Every once in a while, the Bloom Homie founders share deeply personal experiences. “This is so real,” another follower commented after Bloom Homie shared a Washington Post article titled “No Game Days. It’ll make you think about your childhood, your parents, who you’re going to be.’”Reflecting on the past matters to the Bloom Homie founders.
In 2021, the complicated lives of Black music legends power Oscar’s acting noms
Viola Davis as Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” (David Lee / Netflix)The men’s categories are crowded with music too. Yet this year’s field stands out not just for the unusually high number of music-related nominations but for the types of music involved. Pixar’s “Soul,” about a jazz pianist, is nominated in the animated feature category. Hollywood would say this is the fruit of its efforts to expand representation in the wake of Black Lives Matter and #OscarsSoWhite. Alas, it’s set in the world of hip-hop, which helps explain why Blank isn’t in the Oscars mix.
Where’s the refund for my upgrade on Cathay Pacific?
The reason for this action by Cathay Pacific was a change in aircraft. Q. I recently requested a refund from Overseas Adventure Travel for an air ticket I purchased through them for a Cathay Pacific flight. A representative from OAT air department recommended this upgrade to premium economy because Cathay Pacific had a special rate. Cathay Pacific could have been more proactive about notifying you, and the refund should have been automatic and much, much faster. It sold you the Cathay Pacific upgrade.
Providence to get more aggressive about reducing pesticides
Happy Thursday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. If you have friends or relatives who would like their own free copy of this daily briefing about Rhode Island, tell them they can sign up here . ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 145,647 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after adding 296 new cases. THE GLOBE IN RHODE ISLAND? Rhode Island is preparing to bring back the requirement that you have to look for work and be available and able to do it while you’re collecting unemployment. WHAT’S ON TAP TODAYEach day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what’s happening in Rhode Island.
Revere wants 70 percent of city residents vaccinated by July 4
Revere Mayor Brian M. Arrigo speaks to press after visiting the COVID-19 vaccination site in Revere at Oceanside Events Center with Governor Charlie Baker on April 7. According to the statement, the city’s launching a campaign dubbed “Let’s Do This, Revere,” to meet the lofty goal of vaccinating nearly three quarters of all residents. Revere officials want 70 percent of their population vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4, and they’re rolling out a multilingual ad campaign in an effort to make it happen, the city said in a statement Wednesday. “The ‘Let’s Do This, Revere’ campaign aims to create excitement around the possibilities of a fully vaccinated Revere. “The COVID ambassadors provide multilingual support at the Revere Board of Health vaccine clinics and help answer questions at the Revere Vaccine Hotline (781-286-8182).”As of April 15, the statement said, 23.6 percent of Revere residents had been fully vaccinated against the potentially deadly virus.
Watch: ‘I just have to be grateful to even play.’ Inside Brockton football’s COVID-altered season
“I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to play football my senior year, my last year of high school,” the wide receiver said. On a more personal level, the pandemic has ripped away many tiny joys and touchstones of adolescence — like high school football. For Reid and his teammates, some of that joy was restored when state officials planned a football season for late winter and spring. “Being a senior, I had to realize that I just have to be grateful to even play with all that’s going on,” Reid explained. The senior had been counting on a fall season to help him find the right fit at the college level.
That faint sound you hear? It’s the eventual return of live music
Advertisement“We’re in the gathering business,” says Michael Dorf, who founded the City Winery venues. The city and the state of Massachusetts have been slower to reopen than most of the jurisdictions where he operates venues, Dorf says. In New York, City Winery has started presenting shows with a series of requirements for customers, including vaccine screening and contact tracing. Not to sound too reverential, but I believe that the world needs live music more than at any other point. It’s been emotional.”In Newport, they’ll welcome the return of live music on any scale.
California man bitten while using barbecue tongs to remove rattlesnake
CORONA — A Southern California man is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake when he tried to pick up the poisonous reptile using barbecue tongs, authorities said. When he tried to remove the rattler using the tongs, the snake struck and bit him on the hand, Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said. After the man was taken away by ambulance, a crowd gathered as Animal Services Officer Mike McGee removed the snake. “Some of the children were saying, ‘bye, Mr. Snake,’ ” McGee said. Welsh advised residents who spot a snake to call Animal Services instead of trying to remove it themselves.
Only 2 ‘breakthrough’ infections among hundreds of fully vaccinated people, new study finds
For fully vaccinated people, the risk of still getting Covid-19 — described as “breakthrough infections” — remains extremely low, a new study out of New York suggests. “We have characterized bona fide examples of vaccine breakthrough manifesting as clinical symptoms,” the researchers wrote in their study. More research is needed to determine whether similar findings related to breakthrough infections or variants would emerge among a larger group of participants from various parts of the United States. Experts say that some breakthrough cases of Covid-19 in people who have been fully vaccinated are expected, since no vaccine is 100% effective. Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN that the agency has so far received less than 6,000 reports of breakthrough coronavirus infections among more than 84 million people fully vaccinated nationwide.
COVID economy: California unemployment claims rise slightly, stay below 100,000
Unemployment claims in California rose slightly last week and remained below 100,000 for two weeks in a row — yet jobless filings are still far above what they were before the business shutdowns to combat the coronavirus. Nationwide, unemployment claims totaled 547,000 for the week ending on April 17, a decline of 39,000 from the 586,000 claims that were filed during the week that ended on April 10, the Labor Department reported. During January and February of 2020, unemployment claims averaged 44,800 a week. But during the four most recent weeks, jobless claims in California averaged 98,500 a week. That’s more than double the weekly pre-COVID average of early 2020, this news organization’s analysis of the California filings shows.
'This place is gonna be a little smaller without him': Remembering a Phoenix punk legend
A longtime fixture of the Phoenix punk scene, Davis died on Wednesday, April 14. That's such a heavy place to be, standing on top of your final resting place and to be at peace with that." And he was all over the place with his legs spread in that classic punk stance, down on the floor and jumping around. How a health scare helped Davis get soberBrian Smith met Davis in the early 'when Smith's Tucson band the Pills played their first show in Phoenix. The guy was really in tune with himself spirituality, knew how to navigate life on a really special set of principles.
Trump's border wall scarred sacred lands, displaced wildlife and drained water. Can it be taken down?
The border wall is reflected in the San Bernardino River, which flows to wetlands south of the border. Deer prick up their ears near Sasabe, Ariz., where a new portion of the border wall was recently built. “The border wall could really isolate a smaller population of coatis in the United States from the core population,” Burns said. And how far does that effect ripple away from the border itself?”Impacts on wildlife along the border Researchers speak on how the Trump border wall has impacted nearby wildlife. The waiver authority wasn’t limited to that period of time, so the Trump administration used it to accelerate border wall construction during his term.
Cherry Creek’s Parker Wolfe named Gatorade national boys cross country runner of the year after overcoming lingering effects of COVID-19
It’s a new step in his cross country preparation resulting from a summer COVID-19 diagnosis. “I had enlarged arteries from COVID,” Wolfe said. On Thursday, Gatorade named Wolfe as its national boys cross country runner of the year — the first winner from Colorado since the award’s inception (2007-08). I feel I’m getting better every day. I noticed from last fall to now, I feel much better, even since my national race.
Dance A Thon for the Lab in S.F. to feature Dan Deacon and others in a virtual burst of support
The performers coming together for the Dance A Thon are primarily not those associated with dance music — at least not the type found at electronic dance music festivals. But he knows smaller spaces like the Lab are vital for artists and their development. “Almost all my favorite performers and musicians found their voices in spaces like the Lab,” he said. “Truly, the most mortifying thing I can do to myself is force myself to dance on a screen for 12 hours. But we’ll give it a shot.”The Lab’s Dance A Thon: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10.
Review: S.F. Ballet’s latest program makes up for stalled centerpiece with other work
On paper, San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5 may not seem especially noteworthy: The planned centerpiece, a world premiere by rising British choreographer Cathy Marston, got hamstrung by COVID-19 safety protocols and couldn’t be filmed. In recent decades, the ballet world has been glutted by what we might call the school of relentlessly busy choreography, in which limbs fly frenziedly and within two minutes it’s all a numbing blur. Tiit Helimets takes Yuan Yuan Tan’s hand, and she suddenly faces him to jackknife into a tremendous high arabesque. Ballet this past decade, you will recognize Zahorian, Nedvigin and Domitro as three of its most technically crisp now-retired dancers. San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5: Helgi Tomasson’s “7 for Eight,” Cathy Marston’s “Snowblind” and David Dawson’s “Anima Animus.” Available to stream at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22.
New promoter signs lease to bring live music back to grounds that hosted Country USA, Rock USA
OSHKOSH – Live music will return to the former Ford Festival Park this summer. Los Angeles-based promoter Danny Wimmer Presents has signed a long-term lease with the property owners of the former Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, the company announced Wednesday. The 200-acre piece of land, now known as Ford Park Live, previously hosted longtime music festivals Country USA and Rock USA. The concerts this summer will be “special and safe,” DWP president of live events Joe Litvag said. DWP focuses primarily on the rock music scene and hosts festivals such as Aftershock in Sacramento, Calif. and Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio.
What you should know about Sunday’s Oscars
(Nico Tavernise/Netflix)Acting nominee Carey Mulligan stars as a woman seeking revenge after the rape of her best friend in "Promising Young Woman." (Amazon Studios)Acting nominees Daniel Kaluuya, top, and LaKeith Stanfield star in the Black Panther drama "Judas and the Black Messiah." Steven Yeun (“Minari”) is the first Asian American best actor nominee. For the first time, two female directors, Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), earned nominations in the same year. “Promising Young Woman”: A medical school dropout (Carey Mulligan) seeks revenge on those responsible for the rape of her best friend.
Livestream, virtual, hybrid, even drive-thru: Wisconsin universities come up with numerous ways to conduct graduation
There are colleges taking a hybrid approach, with a virtual ceremony but an in-person diploma pickup or drive-thru celebration. Two of Milwaukee's largest schools, UW-Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College, will recognize about 3,000 and 1,200 students, respectively, in virtual ceremonies. Emma Mae Weber, UWM's student body president and a member of the Class of 2021, plans to watch the virtual graduation with her parents. She recorded a speech to her fellow students that will be a part of the virtual ceremony on May 16. But Weber was of the mind that the virtual ceremony was the safest option for the campus community.
Smith: Spring hearings another virtual success
It's also hard to find any process that was more prepared for COVID-19 than the spring hearings. The gatherings, formally called the Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress County Meetings, are held annually to collect public input on conservation and environmental issues. This year's questionnaire was open for public input from April 12-15. The ballot this year featured 28 proposed DNR rules changes (23 fisheries and five wildlife) and 27 WCC advisory questions. Among WCC advisory questions, voters liked (6,585 to 2,765) the idea of implementing Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies best management practices for chronic wasting disease.
US jobless claims fall to pandemic low of 547K
Weekly jobless claims are down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January. About 17.4 million people were continuing to collect unemployment benefits in the week that ended April 3, up from 16.9 million in the previous week. Most of the increase occurred in two states, California and Texas, which process their claims every other week. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2 percent to 6 percent, well below the pandemic peak of nearly 15 percent. In addition, the supplemental federal jobless payment, on top of regular state unemployment aid, might have encouraged more people to apply for benefits.
COVID in Florida: ‘We have a small window’ to get virus under control
Even with extended hours, Hard Rock Stadium — considered one of Florida’s busiest COVID-19 vaccination sites — is giving out less than a third of the doses allocated each day. Palm Beach County, vaccination centers at the South Florida Fairgrounds, the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach and the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens are operating at 50% capacity this week because no one signed up for 10,000 of the 16,000 slots available. The county will shut these locations and open mobile vaccination sites. Jackson Memorial Hospital, the first site in Miami-Dade to offer COVID vaccines, will stop providing first shots to the public after April 30 because of a drop in demand.
Audiences prefer films with diverse casts, according to UCLA study
These films include “Bad Boys for Life,” which was 2020?s top-earning film at the box office with $426.5 million; “Birds of Prey,” which came in at No. 5 with $201.9 million; and “Onward,” which came in seventh with $141.9 million. They all contained casts that fell into the range of 41% to 50% minority, with top-earner “Bad Boys for Life” actually having a cast that was over 50% minority. It is, of course, worth noting that all three of these films were released prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous films were postponed or released straight to streaming services in 2020, making comparisons to previous years more difficult.
Alyssa Accordino of MacArthur: Soccer star and kicker for the football team
Alyssa Accordino has long been a standout for the MacArthur High School girls soccer team, a starter since she was a freshman. Now a senior, she added a second role: starting placekicker for the Generals’ football team. "I knew that she is one of the more physical players on the soccer team, so I thought she might be up to it. She will enter a five-year physician assistant program and plans to play on the Division III Monarchs’ women’s soccer team. Coincidentally, the King’s College football team already has recruited a place kicker – who is also a woman.
Why Tho? Should you tell on a cheater? Will the pandemic smothering ever end?
This is the latest installment of The Oregonian/OregonLive’s advice column, “Why Tho?” by Lizzy Acker. Your wife probably needs it too, though maybe the way she is dealing with her stress over this whole situation is by refusing to be alone and confront the existential terror of living through a global pandemic. She probably won’t be pouty or defensive about that kind of me-time. I don’t know if the girl I met is still seeing him, but should I reach out and let her know or should I let it go? And it has nothing to do with the other girl (or let’s be real, girls) he is probably seeing.
Stocks open lower on Wall Street, led by banks and tech
Associated PressStocks are opening modestly lower on Wall Street, led by drops in banks and technology companies. The S&P 500 slipped 0.2% in the early going Thursday. The future for the S&P 500 fell less than 0.1%, as did the future contract for the Dow industrials. On Wednesday, the S&P 500 rose 0.9%, snapping a two-day slide, to close at 4,173.42. On average, analysts expect quarterly profits across the S&P 500 to climb 24% from a year earlier, according to FactSet.
Opinion: Let's get students outside this Earth Day
For Cincinnati Public Schools students who returned to their classrooms last month, the crisis of the pandemic is also an opportunity. CPS Outside partners are working at all levels of the education system to achieve this goal. No matter where the school, CPS Outside wants to make sure ALL students have access to rich outdoor learning environments. CPS Outside is finding a silver lining in the cloud of COVID-19, by capitalizing on the safety of gathering outdoors. This Earth Day, join CPS Outside in advocating for the students in your life to get outside and into nature.
House panel issues subpoena to former Michigan health director
Lansing — A Michigan House committee on Thursday issued a subpoena to former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon to compel testimony about his reasons for parting ways with Gov. The subpoena seeks Gordon's testimony about his January separation and the separation agreement. The subpoena ensures the committee does its due diligence to "provide answers to the people of Michigan," said Rep. Steve Johnson, chairman for the House committee. Gordon told Johnson in a letter that "reasonable people" disagreed on decisions related to the state's pandemic response. The panel on Thursday also unanimously reported a bill that would trigger reporting requirements if a separation agreement was above a certain dollar amount.
How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?
Candice ChoiAssociated PressNew York – How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if, when and how often additional shots might be needed. “We only have information for as long as the vaccines have been studied,” said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine researcher at the University of Washington. The current vaccines are designed to work against a particular spike protein on the coronavirus, said Mehul Suthar of the Emory Vaccine Center. If it turns out we need another shot, a single dose could extend protection of the current shots or contain vaccination for one or more variants.
ECB head: Europe "on crutches," still needs robust stimulus
David MchughAssociated PressFrankfurt, Germany – European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde said the economy is still “on crutches” and in need of support from both the central bank and government spending as the 19 countries that use the euro limp through extended lockdowns in a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lagarde spoke at a news conference after the ECB left interest rate benchmarks untouched at record lows made no adjustments to its 1.85 trillion (2.22 trillion) bond purchase stimulus it says will run at least through March, 2022. Lagarde again said that increased inflation this year, which is anticipated, would not lead the bank to tighten policy. Output is not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels until mid-2022, lagging well behind other major pillars of the global economy. The U.S. rebound is being propelled by massive relief and stimulus spending by the federal government.
House panel issues subpoena to former Michigan health director
Lansing — A Michigan House committee on Thursday issued a subpoena to former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon to compel testimony about his reasons for parting ways with Gov. The subpoena seeks Gordon's testimony about his January separation and the separation agreement. "Robert is proud of his work during this unprecedented time and grateful to have served the Governor and the State of Michigan," said Kenneth Baer, a spokesman for Gordon. Gordon told House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson in a letter that "reasonable people" disagreed on decisions related to the state's pandemic response. The panel on Thursday also unanimously reported a bill that would trigger reporting requirements if a separation agreement was above a certain dollar amount.
Pilot program offers travelers in Michigan virus tests at airport, welcome centers
Michigan is launching a program to offer travelers to the state COVID-19 tests at an airport and two Welcome Centers, officials said Thursday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Transportation and select airports have teamed up to offer the pilot program, which aims to curb the spread of the virus. Under the pilot program, free testing will be offered at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City and the Michigan Welcome Centers in Dundee and Monroe. Hours at both the Dundee Welcome Center on U.S.-23 and the Monroe Welcome Center on Interstate 75 will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Travelers will be able to register online for a test at an airport or Welcome Center and walk-ups will be taken as space allows, officials said.
Microchip shortage hits Jeep Grand Cherokee production in Detroit
Jefferson North Assembly Plant produces the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs. "Due to the unprecedented global microchip shortage, Jefferson North will adjust its production schedule through the end of May as we continue to build our award winning Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango." It's scheduled to launch the next-generation Grand Cherokee in the third quarter. Four of Stellantis' North American plants remain idled through the end of April, and dealers are experiencing low inventories. Warren Truck Assembly Plant has paused the building of Ram 1500 Classic pickup trucks, while production of Chrysler minivans in Windsor, Ontario; the Jeep Cherokee in Belvidere, Illinois; and the Jeep Compass in Toluca, Mexico, also has halted.
Jaguar Land Rover halts production because of chip shortage
Associated PressLondon – Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it’s suspending production at two U.K. factories, becoming the latest automaker to fall victim to a global shortage of microchips. The announcement is the latest to highlight the challenge the intensifying chip shortage poses to the global auto industry, which is building vehicles that are starting to resemble computers on wheels. General Motors and Ford said earlier this month they were being forced to cut production at their North American factories because of tightening chip supplies. Other marques like Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, Volkswagen and Honda have also been hit hard by the semiconductor shortage. As the coronavirus pandemic erupted in early 2020, chip factories started shutting down, particularly in Asia, where much of global semiconductor production is based.
See which three major champs are among the first Rocket Mortgage Classic commitments
The first commitments are in for the third annual Rocket Mortgage Classic. Come July 4 week, 156 golfers will tee it up in the PGA Tour tournament. DeChambeau joins Fowler as a Rocket Mortgage pitchman. He's super-popular among fans, though, and has served as the unofficial host for the first two Rocket Mortgage Classics. Tickets aren't yet on sale for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, as tournament officials continue working with state and city leaders on capacity restrictions amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Latest: Deal for Sputnik V to manufacture doses in Cairo
In a statement Thursday, the Brit Awards said audience members attending the indoor ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on May 11 will not have to socially distance or even wear face coverings once seated. It said the ceremony will be the first major indoor music event in the country to welcome back a live audience since the coronavirus pandemic erupted more than a year ago. Organizers said they are gifting 2,500 tickets to essential workers from the greater London area to honor their work through “the difficult times” of the pandemic. The U.K. is slowly easing restrictions following a sharp fall in new coronavirus cases in the wake of a stringent lockdown and the rapid rollout of vaccines. ———COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Norwegian government says it will “lend” all of its 216,000 Astra Zeneca vaccine doses to Sweden and Iceland as long as long as Norway has use of the vaccine on pause.
Stocks open lower on Wall Street, led by banks and tech
Investors are weighing company earnings reports while keeping an eye on bond yields, which eased lower. Much of the market's focus over the next two weeks will be on individual companies and the outcome of their quarterly results. About 80 members of the S&P 500 are due to report results this week, as well as one out of every three members of the Dow. On average, analysts expect quarterly profits across the S&P 500 to climb 24% from a year earlier, according to FactSet. There are also signs of COVID infections increasing outside the U.S. in major economies such as India and Brazil once again.
NM’s recovery from COVID-19 backslides
Two weeks ago there were 10 counties at the yellow level, and now there are 15, including Bernalillo, Sandoval and Doña Ana counties. The primary reason for the changes was increases in new COVID-19 cases reported. A county that sustains the green level health metrics for four weeks moves into the turquoise level, which permits 75% of maximum indoor capacity. Still to be ironed out is obtaining the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered by federal agencies in each county, he said. “I believe that every time we vaccinate another 5% of individuals we are closer to defeating this virus, and closer to getting everyone to green,” Scrase said.
EXPLAINER: Why India is shattering global infection records
Overall, India has confirmed 15.9 million cases of infection, the second highest after the United States, and 184,657 deaths. The latest surge has driven India’s fragile health systems to the breaking point: Understaffed hospitals are overflowing with patients. Medical oxygen is in short supply. “Authorities across India, without exception, put public health priorities on the back burner,” Reddy said. “As a society, it’s crucial that we maintain public health measures like masking, physical distancing and avoiding crowds,” he said.
Sanctions-battered Iran, weary of pandemic, faces worst wave
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........TEHRAN, Iran — As Iran faces what looks like its worst wave of the coronavirus pandemic yet, Tehran commuters still pour into its subway system and buses each working day, even as images of the gasping ill are repeatedly shown on state television every night. That has public health officials worried the worst of the pandemic still may be yet to come. During the peak of Iran’s last surge, around 20,000 coronavirus patients were hospitalized across the country. All of its wards on five floors of the hospital are reserved for coronavirus patients. Associated Press journalist Ebrahim Noroozi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.
Pope announces 'marathon' month of prayer throughout May to end Covid-19 pandemic
Pope Francis has announced a 'marathon' month of prayer throughout May with the aim of ending the Covid-19 pandemic. The Pope, who has faced criticism over his reluctance to wear a face mask, will open the month of prayer on May 1 with a holy Rosary online broadcast. The global death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 3 million, with the latest million virus casualties coming in just three months. Pope Francis will close 'marathon' month with another specially-broadcast prayer. Pope Francis last month also ordered cardinals to take a pay cut and reduced the salaries of most other Vatican clerics as the coronavirus pandemic hits the Holy See's income.
Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Colorado Avalanche (30-9-4) play the first part of a three-game set against the St. Louis Blues (19-18-6) Thursday with an 8 p.m. Avalanche at Blues: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Avalanche -150 (bet $150 to win $100) | Blues +125 (bet $100 to win $125): Avalanche -150 (bet $150 to win $100) | Blues +125 (bet $100 to win $125) Against the spread/ATS : Avalanche -1.5 (+165) | Blues +1.5 (-200): Avalanche -1.5 (+165) | Blues +1.5 (-200) Over/Under : 6 (O: -105 | U: -115)Avalanche at Blues: Projected starting goaliesDevan Dubnyk (4-9-2, 3.17 GAA, .899 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Jordan Binnington (12-13-5, 2.71 GAA, .908 SV%)Dubnyk made his Avalanche debut April 14 in St. Louis and stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced for a win. Bet $1 on either team's money line, WIN $100 (in free bets) if either team scores a goal in the game. Avalanche at Blues: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionBlues 4, Avalanche 3The BLUES (+125) are a value play at home, as the Avalanche will not be whole, and Vezina Trophy candidate Grubauer is on the shelf.
Romanian lorry driver who killed RAF chef when he drove on the wrong side of the road is jailed
An RAF chef, who should have been on his honeymoon, was killed in a head on smash when a Romanian lorry driver accidentally set off on the wrong side of the road. After a 40 minute rest he continued his journey, but tragically is believed to have set off on the wrong side of the road. Just a minute later, Mr Showell, who had been coming in the other direction ploughed into the front of the lorry and suffered fatal injuries. RAF Waddington Station Commander Group Captain Steve Kilvington, paid tribute to Cpl Showell describing him as a valuable member of the team. "A superb chef and a highly regarded member of each team he worked in, Chris will be profoundly missed."
Fear and exhaustion as second Covid wave surges through Southeast Asia
“More and more test positive by the day. “One patient died on a wheelchair while waiting for a hemodialysis slot, due to the long queue and while still awaiting the swab test results,” she said. “My sister, who is also a chronic kidney disease patient tested positive for Covid. She is supposed to receive dialysis treatment three times a week, but it has been lessened to just twice a week, due to the increasing number of positive patients,” said Ms Bautista. It has seen 953,000 cases and more than 16,000 deaths, but the second wave of infections is stretching medical workers to breaking point.
How to stay safe on your gap year – plus tips for parents, too
To prepare prospective ‘gappers’ for their future travels and to ease the worries of concerned parents at home here’s our top advice on how to stay safe when on a gap year. Prepare before you goFor those on organised trips, travel operators will send you information that covers your health and security. During the pandemic, most organised trips will have changed the way they operate to keep people safe from the spread of coronavirus. Check travel adviceIt is more important than ever to be aware of the current travel advice for the part of the world you are in. The Foreign Office issues email alerts for when its travel advice changes, so it is a good idea to sign up to these.
When is Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight and where will it take place?
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are set to finally fight this year after what seems like a lifetime of circling each other in boxing’s heavyweight division. We still don’t know but Eddie Hearn expects the fight to take place after Euro 2020, which finishes on 11 July. He has hinted at 24 July, should the fight take place at Wembley Stadium in London. “We can’t do any more than we’re doing - no one’s been at fault, we’ve done everything we can and we’re in a really good place,” Hearn said. Anthony Joshua: 11/8Draw: 22/1Tyson Fury: 4/7Joshua points or decision: 11/2Fury points of decision: 15/8Joshua KO/TKO: 5/2Fury KO/TKO: 9/4All odds via Betfair
Love Island's Georgia Harrison sizzles in a leopard print bikini as she frolics on Dubai beach
And Georgia Harrison continued to prove she's taken to her new lifestyle like a pro on Thursday, when she lapped up the sun while wearing a leopard print bikini. The Love Island star, 26, looked sensational in the bold two-piece, which put her toned physique on full display for her jaunt down the shores. The businesswoman had recently taken a short break from social media after dealing with past traumatic relationship drama. In a tearful video, Georgia vowed to remain silent until she could 'speak her truth' after her ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear was arrested. After taking a brief social media break in February, Georgia has returned to social media where she has been posted updates from her life in Dubai, sharing sunny snaps of her life abroad almost daily.
'I’d aged 30 years': Long COVID sufferers describe debilitating symptoms
And it's completely clear that you can't function normally, or think normally, not really able to manage your daily [life]," Ravera told AP. Some patients had mild to moderate initial symptoms and now suffer from distressing rebound symptoms, such as extreme fatigue and memory lapses. 'You don't trust your own body anymore'This is the case with Heike Risch, a 51-year-old kindergarten teacher, who could hardly walk after being discharged from the hospital. "You don’t trust your own body anymore. You don’t trust your own head anymore," she added.
Norway loans all 216,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland
Norway has lent all 216,000 of its AstraZeneca COVID-19 jabs to neighbouring Sweden and Iceland. Norway's Health Ministry said the doses would be loaned only if the country continues to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca jab (Vaxzevria). "Norway will lend doses to Sweden and Iceland as long as the vaccine is on pause in this country." "Sweden and Iceland will then send back the doses from their first deliveries from AstraZeneca." On Tuesday, Denmark said it would also be lending 55,000 AstraZeneca doses to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
Video: Burning Man to require attendees to have had COVID-19 vaccine
Video: Burning Man considers mandatory vaccines for revelers at August's festival and will decide whether event will go ahead by May after going virtual in 2020Burning Man leadership announce that they will require attendees to have had COVID-19 vaccine to enter the 2021 festival.
Hailey Bieber reveals her beauty secret is Peptide Serum
The catwalk queen said one of the best products to use on your face is Peptide Serum. She uses the Biba Los Angeles Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum, for the ultimate glow, she shared. The catwalk queen said one of the best products to use on your face is Peptide Serum. 'I really, really love the little Starface pimple stickers. She also said Justin has skin issues: 'Justin has struggled with adult acne.
Andrew Cuomo impeachment hotline receives 200 tips about his conduct amid sexual harassment claims
Andrew Cuomo say they have received more than 200 tips about his conduct. New York State Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine (D) said the huge number of tips were received via a hotline set up by law firm Davis Polk to help the wide-ranging investigation. Cuomo is facing a separate investigation about the sexual harassment allegations from the office of Attorney General Letitia James. 'On the book, some people volunteered to review the book,' Cuomo said in a teleconference call on Monday. Cuomo was widely criticized for writing the second memoir at a time when the pandemic was far from over.
EU sues AstraZeneca over its 'complete failure' to deliver Covid vaccines
AdvertisementThe EU is suing AstraZeneca over its 'complete failure' to meet delivery deadlines and contractual agreements for its vaccine. Only a third of Germans now consider the AstraZeneca vaccine to be safe, while just 23 per cent of the French would take it. Only a third of Germans now consider the AstraZeneca vaccine to be safe, while just 23 per cent of the French would take it. The Commission has ordered 300 million doses from AstraZeneca as part of a contract that included 400 million doses, of which 100 million was optional. Under its contract with the EU, the company had committed to delivering 180 million vaccine doses in the second quarter.
Tokyo Olympic torch relay suffers its first Covid case as cop guiding traffic tests positive
A police officer helping with Japan's Olympic Torch relay has become the first participant in the event to be diagnosed with COVID-19, organisers said on Thursday. A man in his 30s tested positive for the virus after working on the relay in Kagawa prefecture on Japan's southern island of Shikoku, Tokyo 2020 said in a statement. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture. Separately, two runners, a TV personality and a former Olympian, dropped out of a relay event due to be held in the western prefecture of Tottori next month, public broadcaster NHK reported. The torch relay involves 10,000 runners crisscrossing Japan for four month, ending at the arrival at the National Stadium on July 23 to kick off the scheduled opening ceremony.
Boulder King Soopers gunman charged with an additional 44 counts
Rikki Olds, 25Rikki Olds, 25Olds was identified by her aunt on Facebook. A front-end manager at King Soopers, Olds aspired to work her way up the ranks at the store, her family said. Kevin Mahoney with his daughterKevin Mahoney, 61Kevin's daughter Erika Mahoney revealed that her he was also among the victims. Denny Stong, 20Denny Stong, 20Friends said Denny Stong, who was the youngest victim, was training to be a pilot. Tralona Bartkowiak, 49Tralona Bartkowiak, 49Tralona Bartkowiak ran a small clothing and artisan store in Boulder and had recently become engaged.
Burning Man mulling mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for August
AdvertisementBurning Man festival organizers have said that they are considering requiring attendees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 if the organizers move forward with plans to hold this year's counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert. The organizers backed off an earlier statement indicating that they had already decided to make the shots mandatory. 'The only vaccine Burning Man should makde mandatory is one for HPV,' joked another. Burning Man is pictured in 2019, as 70,000 artists and party people descended on the Nevada desert. Last year the Burning Man festival was canceled for the first time in its three-decade history because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Italy to get over 15 mn vaccine doses in May - Figliuolo - English
(ANSA) - ROME, APR 22 - COViD-19 Emergency Commissioner Francesco Paolo Figliuolo said Thursday that Italy's efforts to ramp up its vaccination campaign are set for a big boost with the arrival of over 15 million doses next month. "Over two and a half million doses will arrive at the national level between April 27 and 29," Figliuolo said during a visit to a vaccination centre in the southern city of Matera. "Then between April 30 and May 4-5 we'll have almost 2.6 million doses. "And I'm very, very positive about May because the estimates give me over 15 million. So far over 16.2 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been done in Italy and over 4.7 million people are totally vaccinated.
All you need to know about cannabis and NFTs
Share this Story: All you need to know about cannabis and NFTsAll you need to know about cannabis and NFTs Art, including weed-related art, appears all-in when it comes to betting on the possibilities of NFTs. Photo by Fire & FlowerAdvertisement 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. Oregon craft cannabis farm, Alibi Cannabis, is also looking to the future.
Doug Ford apologizes for closing playgrounds, increasing police powers
Ford on Thursday promised a paid sick-leave program for Ontario workers after months of saying a provincial policy wasn't neededArticle contentTORONTO — Premier Doug Ford is promising a paid sick-leave program for Ontario workers after months of saying a provincial policy wasn’t needed. Try refreshing your browser, or Doug Ford apologizes for closing playgrounds, increasing police powers Back to videoHe says the province is now working on a solution because the federal government hasn’t expanded its own policy. An emotional premier also apologized for increasing police enforcement powers and closing playgrounds last Friday. “If we get something wrong, we’ll fix it.”Ford had steadfastly refused to introduce a sick-leave program despite COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces. Ford is in self-isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
A whistleblower said Jeff Landry mishandled a child porn case. Here's what we know about it.
The family’s attorney, meanwhile, has said they have no connections to Landry or to any other prosecutors in his office — familial, friendship, business or otherwise. While the Campo family has donated generously to other causes, campaign finance records do not show any contributions to Landry’s campaigns. He pleaded not guilty to the charges last month, and a trial date has not yet been set in his case. e-mail address * Sign Up“The Campo family, the parents, do not know Jeff Landry,” said attorney Bryan Fisher, who represents the Campo family. Landry often sends out news releases announcing arrests in child porn cases, and has sent out 11 since the start of the year.
India sets global record for new COVID cases. Canada 'doing further analysis' on flight ban
Canada 'doing further analysis' on flight banIndia sets global record for new COVID cases. Try refreshing your browser, or India sets global record for new COVID cases. Canada 'doing further analysis' on flight ban Back to video “Right now there are no beds, no oxygen. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Shopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
New ‘triple mutant’ Covid variant emerges in India as cases soar
India has detected a new ‘triple mutant’ variant of Covid-19 even as it battles to contain one of the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus. India is already facing a huge spurt in Covid-19 cases and many health experts point out the presence of double mutant as the reason. The news of the triple mutant is only going to add to the existing problems. At present, the news report said the triple mutant is a variant of interest rather than a variant of concern. With the record number of cases witnessed every day, the South Asian nation has become the global epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak right now.
Countries, including S'pore, on guard against India's new 'double-mutant' Covid-19 variant
SINGAPORE - A new "double-mutant' variant that is fueling India's terrifying second wave has led to various countries, including Singapore, taking measures to guard against it. Called B1617, the new variant is the first to have two mutations E484Q and L452R, which have been seen in other variants. India now accounts for one in three new Covid-19 cases in the world. "There are the occasional reports of community cases and the emergence of new clusters, but these have all been very small clusters and sporadic community cases." It means that there is still the need to maintain safe management and public health measures, he said.
In Covid Fight, Army, Air Force Deploy Doctors, Send Oxygen Tanks
The army and the air force have pitched in to help India fight the battle against coronavirus as several parts of the country have been reporting dire shortage of essential medicines and oxygen supply. The army and air force are deploying doctors and other medical staff in Delhi and other cities. The air force is also flying in regulators, trolleys and essential medicines. While 10 army doctors have been sent to the Gujarat University Convention Centre in Ahmedabad, four have been sent to the ESI Hospital in Patna. A special train service called the "Oxygen Express", which carries medical oxygen, used 32 flatbed bogeys which belong to the army in its journey to Visakhapatnam.
US jobless claims fall to 547,000, another pandemic low
Weekly jobless claims are down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January. About 17.4 million people were continuing to collect unemployment benefits in the week that ended April 3, up from 16.9 million in the previous week. Most of the increase occurred in two states, California and Texas, which process their claims every other week. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%, well below the pandemic peak of nearly 15%. In addition, the supplemental federal jobless payment, on top of regular state unemployment aid, might have encouraged more people to apply for benefits.
'Another moment like this': Al Sharpton to deliver eulogy at funeral for Daunte Wright, 20-year-old Black father shot by police
Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot Wright, resigned in the days after his death and has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. Tim Gannon, the Brooklyn Center police chief who resigned, characterized the incident as a "accidental discharge." Wright's family is being represented by Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who also represents the family of Floyd. Members of Floyd's family are to attend the funeral, Crump's office said, and have supported Wright's family to show solidarity and demand accountability in his case, too. "We ... intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her taser.
Brit Awards to welcome back music fans for UK's first major indoor music event since COVID-19
Associated PressLONDON — British music’s leading prize night next month will feature an audience of 4,000 people, in what will be the first major indoor music event in the country to welcome back a live audience since the coronavirus pandemic erupted more than a year ago. Organizers said they are giving away 2,500 tickets to essential workers from the Greater London area to mark their work through “the difficult times” of the pandemic. As part of that easing of restrictions, which has already seen schools reopen and pubs allowed to serve food and drink in outdoor settings, the government is trialing ways to allow audiences back at indoor cultural events. “We’re buzzing about the show and working closely with government,” he added. The announcement comes after the Grammy Awards hosted a 2021 edition in Los Angeles, which saw nominees and performers, including Harry Styles and Beyonce, attend in person but without a live audience.
Strange season for Kyle Lowry and Raptors includes nine-month road trip
Technically, the Toronto Raptors have played 29 home games. In an unusual NBA season, the Raptors had the most unusual season – 1,335 miles from home, or 2,150 kilometers for those keeping tabs in Canada. Asked to sum up Toronto’s season, veteran guard Kyle Lowry said, “It’s not possible to be honest with you. We miss Toronto. The season is winding down – just a month left – and Toronto’s season in Tampa is nearing the end.
The pandemic fueled more diversity in the film industry in 2020. Will that progress continue?
UCLA released its annual Hollywood Diversity Report Thursday and revealed major strides in terms of diversity and inclusion for women and people of color in the entertainment industry. Women were 47.8% of film leads, compared to 25.6% in 2011. People of color made up 25.4% of the year's top films compared to 14.4% in 2019; women made up 20.5%, up from 15.1% in 2019. Only 338 films came out in U.S. and Canada theaters in 2020, compared to 987 in 2019. In the U.S. and Canada, ticket sales went from $11.4 billion in 2019 to only $2.2 billion in 2020.
Omaha radio station fires host for 'completely inappropriate' tweet following Derek Chauvin verdict
— A conservative radio host in Omaha was fired Wednesday after he posted a social media comment criticized as racist minutes after the conviction of a white former Minneapolis police officer for the killing last year of a Black man. KFAB afternoon radio host Chris Baker posted a since-deleted tweet Tuesday evening in which he wrote "Guilty!" The tweet came less than an hour after a jury convicted former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin of murder in the May 25, 2020, killing of George Floyd. C. Taylor Walet III, an executive at KFAB owner iHeartRadio, said Wednesday that Baker had been fired over the "completely inappropriate" tweet. "Racism like this is a FEATURE of conservative talk radio but they usually mask it with dog whistles.
Eric Church triples his ambition on new album 'Heart & Soul'
Church debuted "Heart & Soul" across three days this month. And working with Church gives songwriters a release to "go places that you love," said "Heart & Soul" co-writer Casey Beathard. 'Stream of conscious'Church didn't set out for North Carolina with plans to pen songs thematically defined by "Heart" and "Soul." The middle release, "&," features six outlier songs that Church released exclusively Wednesday to his fan club, known as the Church Choir. Return to the roadMusic, of course, plays more than a character in a Church song.
Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman getting results with ‘split change’
Aroldis Chapman’s new pitch is called a “split change.”But there’s nothing new or changed about the results he is getting: a lot of empty swings. “It’s a pitch that I always liked using,” Chapman said of the split change through an interpreter before the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Braves Wednesday at the Stadium. “It goes to how comfortable I feel using the split,” Chapman said. “Who I looked up to growing up was Jose Contreras,” Chapman said of his fellow Cuban, who pitched for the Yankees in 2003-04. If I could have any split, it would be his.”There’s no reason to trade in his own right now.
14 gifts the millennial in your life will love
After the year we’ve had, gifts are an amazing way to celebrate the people in our life. Depending on your budget, you can spoil your favorite millennial with some new tech gear or shower them with some spa-worthy staples. This 2020 Apple MacBook Air is a tech must-have and this Lululemon The Reversible Mat is a great way to reduce stress. Plus, this Earthlove Subscription Box is a great nod to Earth Month with tons of eco-friendly products in beauty, style and home decor. The award-winning set features incomparable sound quality, 40 hours of battery life and tons of top-tier features.
The moment Jorge Masvidal’s UFC world changed: ‘How about if I just murdered those guys?’
He’s come up short of championships in the three most noteworthy fight promotions since the fall of Pride in 2007. “That led to me creating a new formula,” Masvidal told The Post over the phone recently regarding his narrow defeats. Kamaru Usman takes down Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. But, I’m a competitor.”The 36-year-old Masvidal, who turned pro at 18, has been a professional fighter for half his life. After all, the champion took another fight in the interim, stopping former training partner Gilbert Burns via third-round TKO in February.
The Health 202: The U.S. may be nearing a vaccine tipping point
And it coincided with the pause last week of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is under review by a panel of experts following a handful of cases of severe blood clotting,” Dan Keating, Fenit Nirappil and Isaac Stanley-Becker report. Eric Topol, director and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute:The White House is projecting confidence that the effort is still going strong. The announcement seemed to hint that the White House is more concerned about the decline in vaccinations than it’s letting on. The report cites unsanitary work conditions and other failures at Emergent BioSolutions that ruined 15 million doses’ worth of raw Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. “Through a review of security camera footage, the FDA documented workers repeatedly failing to follow procedures to prevent cross-contamination of various vaccines being manufactured there.”The batches of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were ruined in March by cross-contamination that involved ingredients from AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.
Biden’s USPS nominees face confirmation hearing as Democrats consider paths to oust DeJoy
Meanwhile, 50 House Democrats have called on Biden to fire the entire board and start over with nine new governors. Ron Stroman, a Democrat, is the recently retired deputy postmaster general and led the Biden transition’s Postal Service review team. Upon them rests the hopes of the White House, congressional Democrats and mailing industry executives up in arms about DeJoy’s cost-cutting agenda, which advanced with board support. Many lawmakers, aides say, are dubious of working with DeJoy to reimagine the Postal Service and are just as skeptical about the board. “I was the first to call for the postal board to go because rebuilding USPS starts with removing and replacing the failed leadership at the top,” Pascrell said.
547,000 Americans filed jobless claims, a new pandemic low
But Mike Loewengart, managing director of investment strategy at eTrade, said the back-to-back reports of unexpectedly lower claims signal “significant momentum” in the labor market. Last week, 133,319 Americans filed claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, for gig and self-employed workers. New York, Florida, Alabama, Washington and Georgia saw the biggest increases in first-time unemployment claims for the week ended April 10. Poverty rose to 11.7 percent in March, the highest level of the pandemic, according to research from the University of Chicago and University of Notre Dame, as Americans awaited the next round of stimulus relief. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementMany economists describe the recovery as “K-shaped” because of its diverging prospects for the rich and poor.
Covid-19 live updates India announces most daily new infections in history of pandemic, with nearly 315,000
China has administered about 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses as part of an effort to inoculate 40 percent of its population by mid-June, senior officials said this week. The nation’s top health authority, the National Health Commission, made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday, the same day President Biden also said that 200 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United States. China has approved multiple coronavirus vaccines for domestic use, most of which require two doses to reach acceptable levels of immune protection. A health commission spokesman did not reveal how many people in China were fully vaccinated with their required doses. Some residents there say they received a first shot but have faced difficulty booking appointments for a second dose.
Teens in quarantine: Some parents found surprising closeness during the pandemic
And the shift — inherently filled with great challenges — was also incredibly sweet, say their parents. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“I feel guilty when I say what a gift it’s been for me,” says Jennifer Ropes, 50, a teacher. “Teens are biologically driven to seek independence.”But some parents say a meaningful upside to the lockdowns has been increased closeness with their tweens and teens, both physically and emotionally. And in a way, she says, the whole pandemic has been a shared experience, one that they’ve survived together. “Just simple things like that.”To Medina, in New Jersey, the increased closeness with her son is the pandemic’s biggest gift.
North Dakota Gov. Burgum vetoes transgender sports ban, following similar veto by South Dakota's Noem
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would ban transgender girls from playing in girls' sports following a similar move earlier this year by South Dakota Gov. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the North Dakota House, which could have the votes to override Burgum's veto if it chooses, KX News reported. These regulations require transgender girls to undergo testosterone suppression treatment...for a full calendar year before they are eligible to compete." The North Dakota bill that Burgum vetoed addressed K-12 sports specifically.
Dr. Gottlieb: Summer Covid risk dropping but winter could see case spike
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDr. Gottlieb: Summer Covid risk dropping but winter could see case spikeDr. Scott Gottlieb, member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina and former FDA commissioner, joined "Squawk Box" on Thursday to discuss what he expects when it comes to the spread of coronavirus as more businesses and employers are planning to reopen over the summer and into the fall.
Watch Christine Lagarde speaking after the ECB's latest rate decision
[The stream is slated to start at 08:30 ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is giving a press conference after the bank's latest monetary policy decision. The ECB held off making any significant moves Thursday, keeping interest rates and coronavirus stimulus unchanged. Investors will likely look out for any comments from Lagarde on when its massive monetary stimulus might start to be wound down.
What to watch today: U.S. stock futures steady after a Wall Street comeback
The airline posted first-quarter net income of $116 million, compared with a $94 million loss a year earlier. (CNBC)American Airlines (AAL) posted a $1.25 billion net loss, its fifth consecutive quarterly loss. American's revenue came in at just over $4 billion, down nearly 53% from the more than $8.5 billion it posted a year ago. Shares of the Swiss bank that trade on Wall Street fell 5.5% in the premarket. The number of homes listed for sale in the Hamptons plunged 41% in the first quarter, marking the fastest decline on record.
Biden hits 100-day vaccine goal as case counts in Michigan, U.S. show signs of slowing
The president had originally aimed for 100 million shots in 100 days, a goal that drew criticism for being too conservative. U.S. vaccine shots administered The United States is averaging 3 million reported shots per day over the past week, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That figure has held above 3 million for more than two weeks straight, but is down slightly from a peak of 3.4 million reported shots per day on April 13. The recent decline may be at least partially due to the ongoing halt in use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine. U.S. share of the population vaccinated More than 40% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, and 26% is fully vaccinated.
Jobless claims fall again as employment picture gains strength
First-time claims for unemployment insurance totaled 547,000, well below the Dow Jones estimate for 603,000 and a new low for the Covid-19 pandemic era. The total represented a further decline in claims and gets the jobs picture closer to where it was pre-pandemic, though there's still plenty of distance to cover. Some 17.4 million Americans are still receiving benefits under various programs, though that data runs two weeks behind the weekly applications claims number. Sharp increases in those applying for benefits through pandemic-related programs boosted the total recipients by nearly half a million. Continuing claims, which run a week behind the headline data, also fell, dropping 34,000 to 3.67 million, a fresh pandemic low and another indication that conditions are thawing.
Jaguar Land Rover, Daimler production scaled back due to global chip shortage
LONDON – The global chip shortage is continuing to wreak havoc at some of the world's biggest carmakers. Britain's Jaguar Land Rover announced Thursday that it has been forced to stop car production for a "limited period" at its Castle Bromwich and Halewood manufacturing plants in England as a result of the chip shortage, which has been going on for several months now. The Coventry-headquartered firm — which produces cars like the popular Range Rover Evoque, the iconic Land Rover Defender, and the Jaguar F-Pace SUV — said production will continue at its Solihull plant near Birmingham while its other factories are out of action. Jaguar Land Rover's announcement comes just two months after the company announced it was going to cut 2,000 non-factory jobs. "Currently, there is a worldwide supply shortage of certain semiconductor components," a spokesperson reportedly told Reuters.
Rich countries are refusing to waive the rights on Covid vaccines as global cases hit record levels
LONDON — The U.S., Canada and U.K. are among some of the high-income countries actively blocking a patent-waiver proposal designed to boost the global production of Covid-19 vaccines. Members of the World Trade Organization will meet virtually in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday to hold informal talks on whether to temporarily waive intellectual property and patent rights on Covid vaccines and treatments. The landmark proposal, which was jointly submitted by India and South Africa in October, has been backed by more than 100 mostly developing countries. It aims to facilitate the manufacture of treatments locally and boost the global vaccination campaign. The urgency and importance of waiving certain intellectual property rights amid the pandemic have been underscored by the WHO, health experts, civil society groups, trade unions, former world leaders, international medical charities, Nobel laureates and human rights organizations.
Opinion: Why airing Black wounds on screen isn't 'trauma porn'
We exhaled when, instead of a White cop, Chris's Black friend Rod Williams (played by comedian Lil Rel Howery) emerged from the cruiser to provide rescue. Amazon's horror series, "Them," in particular, has been denounced for trafficking in Black pain and trauma, as has Netflix's Oscar-nominated short "Two Distant Strangers." We do need more stories of Black joy and thriving, but we ignore stories of Black pain at our peril. Interestingly, the main response from many Black audiences to these dramas has been one of appreciation for empathizing with traumatic Black experience from the past. Some of our Black storytellers are finally airing the wounds.
The scientists who saved us by creating the Covid-19 vaccines deserve a ticker tape parade (opinion)
Greg Bardsley is the author of the novels "Cash Out" (2012) and "The Bob Watson" (2016) from HarperCollins Publishers. (CNN) Getting my Covid-19 vaccine has left me thinking about the different ways people respond to crises. During that same time, a group of quiet, focused and determined people went to work. While our last president was denying the severity of the crisis, these people began tapping into data about previous corona viruses. While I was seriously considering accepting front door deliveries with tongs and snorkeling gear , they mobilized to share their data with one another.
Opinion: Finally, the wind is at our back on the climate crisis
Christiana Figueres is the former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016). She is now a founding partner at Global Optimism, co-author of The Future We Choose and co-presents the climate podcast, Outrage + Optimism. Climate impacts are already reaching worst-case scenario levels based on scientific predictions from just a few years back. Despite this stark reality, too many of us see leaders apparently stuck in the splits when it comes to climate change. When I took the job to lead the global climate negotiations ahead of what was to become the Paris Agreement, few people were hopeful that we could secure a global deal on climate.
Is the US recovery approaching its peak?
You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Bolstered by strong data, investors are expressing plenty of faith in the power of the global economic recovery . What's happening:analysts predict that US economic growth will slow after the April-to-June period this year. The team then expects economic growth to "slow modestly" between July and September and "decline sequentially during the next several quarters." Meanwhile, the full economic recovery could be delayed in important engines of growth like India, which is currently in the throes of a devastating second coronavirus wave . Other members of the executive board will not receive bonuses for 2020, and board chairman Urs Rohner will give up 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.6 million) in compensation.
U.S. weekly jobless claims fall to new one-year low
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 39,000 to a seasonally adjusted 547,000 for the week ended April 17, the lowest since mid-March 2020. In a healthy labor market, claims are normally in a range of 200,000 to 250,000. Last week's claims data covered the period during which the government surveyed business establishments for the nonfarm payrolls component of April's employment report. Claims are generally considered a leading labor market indicator, but they have lagged employment during the pandemic. "The magnitude of the decline in claims suggests a marked improvement in the economy and the labor market as COVID restrictions continue to be eased."
Nowhere as worrisome for COVID-19 as S. America, Brazil especially concerning -Pan American Health official
Senior citizens wait to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Lima, Peru March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian CastanedaSouth America is now the most worrying region for COVID-19 infections, as cases mount in nearly every country, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday. "Nowhere are infections as worrisome as in South America," Director Carissa Etienne said during a weekly news conference. "The situation in Brazil is concerning countrywide," said COVID-19 incident director Sylvain Aldighieri. The Americas recorded more than 1.3 million new coronavirus cases and over 37,000 deaths last week, Etienne said, more than half of all deaths reported globally.
Mexico's Pemex relaxes COVID-19 rules, orders senior staff back to location
Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMX.UL) ordered most senior management to return to work in person as of next week, an internal memo shows, even as the country reports hundreds of new COVID-19 deaths a day. The memo, which has not previously been reported, was sent by human resources and addressed to senior management members. Mexico City government guidelines on the gradual reopening of the economy recommend the continued promotion of working from home. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said earlier this week during a news conference the return of workers to offices depends on the pace of vaccinations. Official data published recently suggested Mexico's real death toll from COVID-19 is at least 60% above the confirmed figure.
COVID-19 spike is biggest challenge to India's recovery-MPC minutes
REUTERS/Altaf Hussain/File PhotoA steep rise in COVID-19 infections across the country is the single biggest challenge to economic recovery, Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das wrote in his monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting minutes released on Thursday. read moreAll six members highlighted the increased risks to economic recovery from the recent steep rise in coronavirus infections and said monetary policy must continue to support growth. "Rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 is the single biggest challenge to ongoing recovery in the Indian economy. The need of the hour is to effectively secure the econo