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Worried about your financial security? Here’s how to cope with a job loss spurred by COVID-19
More than half of workers say the recession last year made them realize they weren’t financially secure to begin with. In general, American workers report their job security, financial security and stress have gotten worse or stayed the same in the last year. Nearly 70% of workers say the pandemic has intensified their concerns about their financial security. The concern is even higher among workers without access to employee benefits, with more than 7 in 10 workers without benefits worried about their financial security. Be sure to connect with recruiters to stay in the loop about job prospects, experts say.
Sick kids in class, teachers punished for speaking out: Over 780 COVID-19 complaints reveal schools ignoring safety
A KHN analysis of federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration data found more than 780 COVID-19-related complaints covering more than 2,000 public and private K-12 schools. KHN also found that practices contradicting safety experts’ advice are codified into the patchwork of COVID-19 rules put out by states and districts. The American Federation of Teachers estimates COVID-19 has killed at least 325 school employees, though it’s unclear whether they caught it at school. Public health experts said making schools safer will require clear, consistent data and guidance – and political will. They said governments also need to give public schools enough resources to keep more than 50 million students and 3.2 million teachers safe.
Risky business: Donald Trump isn't alone in seeing his political fate tied to his impeachment trial
More:As Trump impeachment trial begins, he lacks star lawyers, full Republican backingMore:Feds track plans to attack members of Congress during Trump impeachmentThat attack triggered the Democratic-led House to impeach Trump on Jan. 13. The potency of Trump's political appeal could be affected by events at his impeachment trial. Some Senate Republicans said they would be vocal in defending Trump and opposing the very idea of trying an ex-office holder. They are pushing the impeachment trial at the same time members are negotiating with Republicans on Biden proposals to fight COVID-19 and stimulate the economy. If Trump wins an acquittal, Luntz said, he can claim vindication and campaign again as the "victim" of political chicanery.
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AP Top Stories January 27 AHere's the latest for Wednesday January 27th: Senate votes to hold Trump trial, over Republican objections; Biden says administration is buying more COVID vaccine; Chicago plans to reopen schools delayed; Alabama cleans up tornado damage.
Book now, pay later: The new trend that’s reshaping travel during the pandemic
Josh RobertsFamilyVacationist.comEven before the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on travel, “book now, pay later” deals and third-party services were gaining in popularity with travelers. From hotels and airlines to resorts and tour operators, FamilyVacationist.com takes a look at how flexible booking options are reshaping the way we pay for travel. The rise of book now, pay later services“Purchasing travel can be stressful, especially for big-ticket purchases paid all upfront,” says Brian Barth, CEO of Uplift, a buy now, pay later site focused exclusively on travel. Expanded book now, pay later options from travel providersThe rise of flexible booking options isn’t limited to third-party financiers. As for whether these kinds of flexible booking options will stick around after the pandemic, Intrepid Travel’s Matt Berna is optimistic.
The filibuster may make it difficult for Joe Biden to pass his agenda - even in a Democratic Congress. Here's why
A raise in the federal minimum wage to $15. The Senate filibuster makes those much harder lifts. The filibuster is a long-standing tool used by senators in the minority to block a vote on a bill by endlessly debating the measure. "This body operates every day, every hour, by consent," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Tuesday defending the filibuster. Even more iffy is Biden's proposal as part of COVID relief to nearly double the federal minimum wage, from $7.25 to $15.
The Covid Crisis Closed Their Schools. A Mental Health Crisis Reopened Them.
One of President Biden's goals since entering office is getting schools to reopen for in-person learning. Since the beginning of March, schools have been shut down and online learning has taken a toll on many families mentally. The rise of student suicides in Las Vegas, NV particularly has pushed Clark County, the nation's fifth largest school district to move forward with bringing back some of its students for in-person learning. The Coronavirus pandemic has now topped 100 million confirmed cases worldwide. Plus, commentary by FOX News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett.
China rolls out anal swab coronavirus tests, saying it’s more accurate than throat method
Recovering patients, they say, have continued to test positive through samples from the lower digestive tract days after nasal and throat swabs came back negative. “If we add anal swab testing, it can raise our rate of identifying infected patients,” Li Tongzeng, an infectious-disease specialist at Beijing You’an Hospital, said on state-run broadcaster CCTV on Sunday. Now, with infections stubbornly continuing to emerge ahead of the holiday, the government has approved an expanded use of anal swab testing. “Intriguingly, SARS-CoV-2 detection was positive in the anal swab of two patients and negative in throat swab and sputum samples,” they wrote. In recent days, state-run tabloid Global Times noted that the procedure was controversial, with some doctors saying nasal and throat swabs were more effective because coronavirus is a respiratory infection.
A Georgia GOP lawmaker refused covid-19 tests. He was kicked off the floor for ‘jeopardizing the health’ of colleagues.
ADThe confrontation was the latest flash point among Georgia GOP members since tensions arose after the state’s Republican governor and secretary of state certified the November election results for President Biden. Clark joined about 30 other Georgia state legislators in supporting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit to overturn election results in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. There have been almost 880,000 cases of the coronavirus in Georgia and more than 13,400 deaths, according to The Washington Post’s covid tracker. ADThe lawmaker also argued that it wasn’t fair for him to get two tests a week when his constituents don’t get the same advantage. “I appreciate Speaker Ralston for removing a member who has refused to take a COVID-19 test since session reconvened on 1/11,” tweeted state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D).
Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines. The result was a ‘disaster,' volunteers say.
One volunteer alleged that the 22-year-old CEO had pocketed vaccine doses. ADNow, the city has cut ties with Philly Fighting COVID, and prosecutors are looking into the “concerning” allegations. The city announced on Monday that it would no longer work with Philly Fighting COVID for coronavirus testing or vaccine distribution, a day before the allegations of mishandled vaccine doses surfaced. For weeks, Philly Fighting COVID collected data from tens of thousands of Philadelphians seeking vaccine appointments without telling them how that information could be used. When a privacy policy finally appeared on the group’s website last week, it contained provisions that would allow Philly Fighting COVID to sell users’ personal data to a third party.
FOX Super 6 can win you $25,000 on the NBA’s Wednesday night
And the 76ers/Lakers matchup this time could be one of those that could win you $25,000 in FOX Bet’s Super 6 contest. Delon Wright had 28 points and nine assists for the Pistons in a 119-104 win over Philadelphia on Monday night. Jaylen Brown scored 26 points Monday night in a 119-103 win over Chicago. The Spurs had their Monday night game against the Pelicans cancelled because they didn’t have the required eight players due to COVID-19 contact tracing. The Jazz carried an eight game winning streak into Tuesday night’s game, averaging 113.2 points per game thanks to Donovan Mitchell’s team leading 24.3 point per game average.
Rand Paul declares Trump impeachment 'dead on arrival' after Senate procedural vote
Here's what you need to know as you start your day ...Rand Paul declares Trump impeachment trial ‘dead on arrival’ after 45 GOP senators vote against itU.S. Sen. Rand Paul declared former President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial "dead on arrival" on Tuesday after 45 Senate Republicans voted against holding the proceeding, viewing it as unconstitutional. Rand, a Kentucky Republican, had called for a procedural vote regarding holding a trial, claiming the Senate shouldn’t address the article of impeachment against Trump filed by the House this month because Trump is now out of office. If a trial were to proceed, Trump would become the first former president to face an impeachment trial. The House charged Trump on Jan. 13 with "inciting an insurrection" in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington. "If you voted that it was unconstitutional, how in the world would you ever vote to convict somebody for this?"
San Francisco school board votes to rename schools honoring Washington, Lincoln, Feinstein, others
Not even revered former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson are safe from "cancel culture," it appears. The American icons were among a list of historical figures whose names will be removed from San Francisco’s public schools following a 6-1 vote by the school board Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Washington and Jefferson were both slave owners and Lincoln, who ended slavery, became controversial because critics claim he oppressed indigenous people. "It’s offensive to me as someone who went to our public schools, who loves our public schools, and who knows how those years in the classroom are what lifted me out of poverty and into college. While the board focused on renaming the schools in the Tuesday meeting, it did not discuss reopening schools from coronavirus shutdowns.
Harvard health expert makes case for everyone to wear N95 masks
A health expert from Harvard made his case Tuesday that everyone in the U.S. should wear N95 face masks in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. "The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can the majority of Americans vaccinated – months," Biden said. "In the next few months, masks, not vaccines, are the best defense against COVID-19. Experts say that wearing masks from now just until April would save 50,000 lives that otherwise would pass away if we don’t wear these masks." Some asked why the country wasn’t told to wear double masks earlier on in the outbreak, and others asked-- with that logic-- wouldn’t three masks be more effective than two?
AstraZeneca defends slow supplies to the EU, but says it ordered 3 months later than the UK
But he also noted that the EU had ordered three months later than the U.K., however, and this meant it was behind in dealing with supply issues. The 27-member bloc was expecting around 80 million doses of the jab by the end of March, but now will reportedly receive only around 31 million doses. As member states struggle to access vaccine supplies and rollout jabs, the EU has said it could limit exports of Covid-19 vaccines made in the EU. However, he said AstraZeneca still planned on delivering a good bulk of the vaccines promised to the EU in February. And the target is to deliver 17 million doses by February."
Covid-19 home test vending machine unveiled in New York City
A vending machine that offers Covid-19 home test kits to the general public was unveiled at a Wellness 4 Humanity location in New York City on Jan. 26. The test costs $119 and provides a result in a day or two.
900 Holocaust survivors have died of Covid-19, Israel says
SEE NEW POSTS900 Holocaust survivors have died of Covid-19, Israel says Around 900 people who survived the Holocaust died from Covid-19 in Israel during the pandemic, according to the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Some 5,300 Holocaust survivors contracted the virus last year, Israel reported. All Holocaust survivors are over the age of 75 — World War II ended 75 years ago — and approximately 17 percent are over 90. There are around 179,600 survivors living in Israel. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters Share this -'Snake oil' salesman in Washington state administered untested Covid-19 vaccines, officials say A man in Washington state was arrested on federal charges for allegedly administering an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccine to patients.
Japan prepares for vaccine drive
SEE NEW POSTSJapan prepares for vaccine drive Participants take part in a mock inoculation exercise on Wednesday in Kawasaki, Japan as the country prepares for a Covid-19 vaccination drive. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters Share this -'Snake oil' salesman in Washington state administered untested Covid-19 vaccines, officials say A man in Washington state was arrested on federal charges for allegedly administering an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccine to patients. Stine, a self-described biotech executive, began peddling the illegal vaccine in March. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said the vaccine was "untested, untried and potentially unsafe." “According to the plea agreement, Brandenburg stated that he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically,” the department said Tuesday.
LG Display reports stronger profit on iPhone demand, rising panel prices
“As the global work-from-home situation continued in the fourth quarter, demand for TV and IT products remained strong,” LG Display said in a statement. Analysts highlighted increased shipments of OLED panels for Apple Inc’s new iPhone 12 and higher prices for liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels. Apple’s iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter were likely up 21% on-year due to the strong performance of the iPhone 12, according to Counterpoint data. LCD panel prices should also remain high in the first quarter, he said. Revenue rose 16% to 7.5 trillion won, LG Display said in a regulatory filing.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Major Taiwanese chipmakers are willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the island’s economics minister said after meeting with company executives. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. “Chipmakers are willing to follow the government’s request and try to support auto chips as much as they can to support production in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua told reporters. “For example, if their capacity is at 100% now, they will try to raise it to 102% or 103%, with the extra capacity going to make auto chips,” she added. The chip firms told Wang that they were at working at full capacity.
Biden To Reopen 'Obamacare' Markets For COVID-19 Relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. Coverage is available to people who don’t have job-based health insurance, with the Medicaid expansion geared to those with low incomes. Opening the insurance markets is also likely to result in higher Medicaid enrollment, since people who qualify for that program are automatically referred. “President Biden does not believe, as a principle, it should be difficult ... for people to gain access to health care,” she said.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Major Taiwanese chipmakers are willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the island’s economics minister said after meeting with company executives. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. “Chipmakers are willing to follow the government’s request and try to support auto chips as much as they can to support production in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua told reporters. “For example, if their capacity is at 100% now, they will try to raise it to 102% or 103%, with the extra capacity going to make auto chips,” she added. The shortage has affected Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co, Subaru Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and other car makers.
Philippines cancels $10 billion airport plan with Chinese-led group
Cavite’s governor Juanito Victor Remulla told Reuters on Wednesday the consortium’s documentation was “deficient in three or four items”. Remulla said the decision was not related to a U.S. sanctioning of CCCC and other Chinese state firms in August. Duterte, whose six-year term ends next year, has seen dozens of projects under his “build, build, build” programme delayed, cancelled or downsized. The Sangley airport was one of two multi-billion airport projects intended to take pressure off Manila airport. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was not aware of the issue but said the government supported legal operations of Chinese firms in the Philippines.
Myanmar prioritises healthcare workers as it launches vaccination drive
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. Last week, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, amid a diplomatic drive by New Delhi to supply neighbouring countries just as regional rival China has also pledged vaccine consignments. “This should create a situation to reduce the rate of infection, so it is such a relief for healthcare workers,” Tun Myint, a health ministry official at Yangon General Hospital, told reporters. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population of about 54 million people this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
Oil up above $56 on lower U.S. stockpiles, drop in new Chinese COVID-19 cases
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is placed on dollar banknotes in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationLONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose above $56 a barrel on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. crude inventories fell unexpectedly and as concerns eased about a resurgence in coronavirus cases in China, the world’s second-biggest oil user. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 41 cents, or 0.8%, to $53.02. “Oil prices are inching higher this morning amid data pointing to an unexpected drop in US crude stocks,” said Stephen Brennock of broker PVM. But official Chinese data showed 75 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 11, easing concern of a sharp drop in travel over the Lunar New Year when hundreds of millions typically travel.
Nepal kicks off coronavirus inoculations with Indian vaccine
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The Himalayan nation of Nepal launched its largest immunisation campaign on Wednesday with its first coronavirus vaccinations for medical workers, following a gift of one million doses from giant neighbour India. Tens of thousands of Nepal’s frontline health workers are set to receive India’s AstraZeneca vaccine, caretaker Prime Minister K.P. Authorities say China, which had promised to help Nepal deal with the pandemic, has yet to get clearance for its Sinopharm shots. In recent years the mainly Hindu nation wedged between China and India has become a playground for competition over diplomatic and strategic influence between the Asian giants. With a population of more than 30 million, Nepal’s tally of infections stands at 270,092, with 2,017 deaths.
European stocks flat as tech, miners drag ahead of U.S. Fed decision
(Reuters) - European stocks were largely flat on Wednesday due to losses in technology and mining sectors and as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 26, 2021. REUTERS/StaffThe pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.02% following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street. U.S. software company Microsoft’s bumper results overnight did little to help Europe’s tech sector, which dropped 0.9%. Danish medical device maker Ambu surged 14.3% after upbeat quarterly results, while German health technology company Siemens Healthineers gained 3% after it raised its 2021 outlook for sales and earnings.
Sanofi to bottle BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine
French pharmaceutical company Sanofi has signed a contract with Pfizer and BioNTech to bottle their coronavirus vaccine. In an interview with Le Figaro published Tuesday evening, CEO Paul Hudson announced that Sanofi would start bottling BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines in July. Sanofi has been unsuccessful in its own efforts to develop a vaccine. After failing to show sufficient effectiveness in trials, its vaccine developed jointly with GSK will not be produced before the fourth quarter of 2021. Trials will take place in several parts of the world, including places where vaccines are not yet available, he said.
AP PHOTOS: Designer Julien Fournie’s showcase is a movie
Model Michaela Tomanova has her makeup retouched during the shoot for Julien Fournie's Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Model Michaela Tomanova has her makeup retouched during the shoot for Julien Fournie's Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital. Fournie said the impact of the virus has led him to question “whether fashion shows were really necessary” in the first place. Other houses have adapted to the pandemic by streaming live or pre-recorded runway shows at a specific time online.
Both Biden and Putin put to the test after mass protests across Russia
Biden spoke to Putin on Tuesday for the first time as president and raised concerns about the Kremlin's treatment of Navalny, according to the White House, as well as other issues. "The swift reaction by the State Department was registered here as a sign that the Biden administration will actively interfere in Russian politics," Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said Monday. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow in March 2011. The Biden administration will have to come up with more than just statements of condemnation, Galeotti said, or "the Kremlin will rightly regard that as a mark of impotence rather than interest." While the Biden administration is likely to invoke new sanctions against Russia, they won't be enough, he said.
Don't Call It A Comeback: School Districts That Never Opened Are Having Trouble Now
Don't Call It A Comeback: School Districts That Never Opened Are Having Trouble NowEnlarge this image toggle caption Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesDiana Muhammad, who teaches PE and dance in Chicago Public Schools, was "unsure," "uncertain" and "reluctant" about her district's plan for in-person classes starting Monday. At a Chicago Teachers Union press conference earlier this month, she said the plan felt "rushed." Noting this disparate impact, and the fact that Chicago Public School students are about 90% nonwhite, Muhammad said, "Now I am seriously concerned about us rushing back without having a well thought-out plan." Many districts opened up school buildings again after closures brought on by holiday-related spikes. In Chicago, the district said it planned to bring about 70,000 elementary school students back, out of about 280,000 total students enrolled.
2020 Was The Worst Year Ever For U.S. Hotels. Here's What's Next
2020 Was The Worst Year Ever For U.S. Hotels. Here's What's NextEnlarge this image toggle caption David Becker/Getty Images David Becker/Getty ImagesThe U.S. hotel industry suffered its worst year on record in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic severely crimped business travel and Americans gave up on vacations to stay at home. Hotels hit all-time lows in occupancy and in revenue per available room last year, according to data provider STR. And with revenue per available room down nearly 48%, the industry is expected to show close to zero profit for 2020, according to STR. Hotels in city centers with convention halls were among the hardest hit in 2020 as business conferences went virtual.
Why N95 Masks Are Still In Short Supply In The U.S.
Why N95 Masks Are Still In Short Supply In The U.S.Enlarge this image toggle caption Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images Mark Felix/AFP via Getty ImagesA year ago, hundreds of desperate consumers were emailing Mike Bowen's Texas medical supply factory every day, looking to buy N95 medical respirator masks that can filter viruses: "Scared Americans and moms and old people and people saying, 'Help me,' " Bowen recalls. Today, most consumers still aren't able to buy N95 masks, because the supply available to retailers remains very limited. But even with those measures, U.S. hospitals remain worried about their supply of these medical masks — more formally called respirators — despite efforts by factories to churn out billions more. The story of N95 production over the last year in many ways reflects shortages seen throughout the U.S. medical supply during the pandemic — from ventilators and exam gloves to syringes and vaccines. Everyone, from nurses, hospitals, manufacturers and distributors, says vetting fake suppliers or identifying copycat N95 masks has been a huge concern.
European stocks struggle and Nasdaq futures are higher with investors focused on Fed and big tech earnings
European stocks struggled for traction on Wednesday, with investors focused on company results and a Federal Reserve meeting for later. The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.27% rose 0.1% to 408.17, after a 0.6% gain on Tuesday. Investors will get results from tech giants Apple AAPL, +0.17% and Facebook FB, +1.45% , along with electric-car maker Tesla TSLA, +0.26% after the close of trading on Wednesday. Sanofi and U.K. pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline GSK, +0.82% GSK, +0.10% announced in December a delay of their joint COVID-19 vaccine after the first trials showed an insufficient response in older patients. Shares of technology firm ASML ASML, -3.28% ASML, -2.24% were down 1.6%.
European stocks struggle and Nasdaq futures are higher with investors focused on Fed and big tech earnings
European stocks struggled for traction on Wednesday, with investors focused on company results and a Federal Reserve meeting for later. The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.27% rose 0.1% to 408.17, after a 0.6% gain on Tuesday. Investors will get results from tech giants Apple AAPL, +0.17% and Facebook FB, +1.45% , along with electric-car maker Tesla TSLA, +0.26% after the close of trading on Wednesday. Sanofi and U.K. pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline GSK, +0.82% GSK, +0.06% announced in December a delay of their joint COVID-19 vaccine after the first trials showed an insufficient response in older patients. Shares of technology firm ASML ASML, -3.28% ASML, -2.29% were down 1.6%.
European stocks struggle and Nasdaq futures are higher with investors focused on Fed and big tech earnings
European stocks struggled for traction on Wednesday, with investors focused on company results and a Federal Reserve meeting for later. The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.27% rose 0.1% to 408.17, after a 0.6% gain on Tuesday. Investors will get results from tech giants Apple AAPL, +0.17% and Facebook FB, +1.45% , along with electric-car maker Tesla TSLA, +0.26% after the close of trading on Wednesday. Sanofi and U.K. pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline GSK, +0.82% GSK, +0.06% announced in December a delay of their joint COVID-19 vaccine after the first trials showed an insufficient response in older patients. Shares of technology firm ASML ASML, -3.28% ASML, -2.28% were down 1.6%.
Swiss Chemicals Giant Sika Has a Formula for Growth. That Could Make the Stock a Postpandemic Star.
Swiss chemicals giant Sika suffered from a slump in construction last year due to the pandemic, causing annual sales to fall 2.9%. Over the past 12 months, Sika ‘s stock (ticker: SIKA.Switzerland) has returned 36%, trading at about 247.60 Swiss francs (around $280). It enabled the Swiss railway company to electrify the important connection—which should not get wet—and was used around the world. Sika set up international subsidiaries and floated on the Swiss Stock Exchange in 1968. It looks like Sika’s stock has the foundations for a solid 2021.
Could you be at risk of health problems from some dental fillings?
FDA outlines groups at higher riskRecently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also weighed in on mercury fillings. In updated guidance issued last September, the FDA said that the silver fillings, also known as dental amalgam, may cause health problems for some people in high-risk groups. The World Health Organization recommends a ”phase-down” of the use of mercury, including its use in dental fillings. According to his organization, numerous symptoms are related to exposure to mercury fillings, including headaches, insomnia, mood swings and fatigue. He says people affected by symptoms due to the mercury fillings often don’t connect the two.
Britain says it will work with EU to avoid vaccine disruption
By Alistair SmoutLONDON (Reuters) - Britain will be able to work with the European Union to ensure there is no disruption to vaccine supplies, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday, arguing protectionism was not right during a pandemic. "I'm very confident that Pfizer... will deliver for the EU and will deliver for the UK, as will AstraZeneca," Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Times Radio. AstraZeneca has a domestic British supply chain to make its vaccine, but Britain's supplies of the Pfizer vaccine come from a factory in Belgium. The total projected amount of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supplied to Britain between January and March is unchanged by a planned upgrade at a production facility. Story continues"Supplies are tight... they continue to be," Zahawi told BBC TV.
AstraZeneca defends vaccine distribution plan amid EU supply delays
A nurse prepares a does of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Pontcae Medical Practice in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK. Photo: PAAstraZeneca (AZN.L) chief executive Pascal Soriot has defended the firm’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine across the EU amid supply delay issues. READ MORE: UK economy hangs in balance amid EU vaccine rowSoriot said the EU's late decision to sign contracts had given limited time to sort out supply issues. Issues around “scaling up” vaccine production at two production sites, in the Netherlands and Belgium, are affecting supply he said. But the bloc signed a deal in August for 300 million doses, with an option for 100 million more.
Apple, Tesla, GameStop, Microsoft, Walgreens - 5 Things You Must Know Wednesday
Stock futures are mixed following earnings from Microsoft and ahead of reports from Tesla and Apple; Wall Street focuses on Fed meeting; Walgreens names Roz Brewer from Starbucks as CEO; Michael Burry calls GameStop surge 'insane.' Earnings at Microsoft were $2.03 a share, well ahead of the Wall Street forecast of $1.64. Revenue rose a more-than-expected 17% to $43.1 billion, topping analysts' estimates of $40.2 billion. Total revenue for the quarter was forecast at $40.35 billion to $41.25 billion, well ahead of expectations of $38.74 billion. Burry drew attention to GameStop back in mid-2019 when his firm unveiled a 3.3% stake in the video game retailer.
A ‘tsunami’ of grief as U.K.'s COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000, the most in Europe
“Grief is the price we pay for love.”Bonner, 86, is just one of many hundreds of thousands of Britons dealing with grief because of the coronavirus. On Tuesday, the U.K. became the least populous nation to pass the 100,000 mark, after the U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico, according to Johns Hopkins University. Grief here has been made even more acute by the social distancing measures in place to slow the coronavirus’ spread. The government is being urged to provide extra funding to bolster helplines, counseling services and other community support programs. Advertisement“We can’t normalize the fact that hundreds upon hundreds of people are dying everyday and knowing what their families are going through,” Goodman said.
Biden to reopen Obamacare markets to offer medical coverage during pandemic
Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity aimed at people needing coverage in the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. Coverage is available to people who don’t have job-based health insurance, with the Medicaid expansion geared to those with low incomes. AdvertisementOpening the insurance markets is also likely to result in higher Medicaid enrollment, since people who qualify for that program are automatically referred. Biden has promised to build on President Obama’s healthcare law to push the U.S. toward coverage for all.
Right-wing extremists stage ‘meme war’ to compete for Trump supporters
Boogaloo Bois march around the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 18, 2021. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)Several right-wing Telegram channels have nearly tripled their followings since the Capitol riot, said Alexander Reid Ross, a professor at Portland State University who tracks right-wing groups. “They’re disillusioned, they’re frustrated and abandoning a political approach to an ideological problem,” Ross said of Trump supporters. Trump supporters outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (Associated Press)This week, Republican Trump supporters registered their own MAGA Patriot Party in San Antonio.
Pandemic drives business support for paid leave, study finds
Researchers found that 75% of U.S. companies and U.K.-based companies with U.S. operations said they support a government leave plan to help cope with future public health and economic crises. So far during the COVID-19 outbreak, 1-in-5 U.S. workers have taken a leave of some kind. More than 40 companies of various sizes were surveyed in the study conducted by the nonprofit groups Promundo and Paid Leave for the U.S., which promote gender equity and paid leave policies, respectively.
Dear Abby: Drunken flirting puts close friend at greater distance
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been close friends with a woman named “Louise” for five years. Recently, we were all hanging out, and Louise got very drunk and tried to massage lotion into my husband’s hands. My husband has expressed to me that these situations made him very uncomfortable, and they do the same to me. — TAKEN ABACK IN NEW YORKDEAR TAKEN ABACK: If you “let it go,” it will probably happen again and the friendship will be over. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years.
Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era
The report by West Bank Jewish Population Stats shows the settler population growing by around 13% since the start of 2017 to reach 475,481. During the same period, Israel's population grew by around 8% to reach nearly 9.3 million, according to the government. Baruch Gordon, the director of West Bank Jewish Population Stats, downplayed the influence of U.S. policy, saying the annual growth rate actually declined in recent years even before the coronavirus pandemic. The West Bank settler population grew by 2.62% in 2020, according to his figures, compared to 1.7% in Israel as a whole. In 2016, the settler population grew 3.59%.
In memoriam: Funeral notices, January 27, 2021
Her father, a carpenter, and mother instilled in Doris and her siblings a foundation of faith attending Miller Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia. People remember that as a young child Doris enjoyed music, socializing with friends and being with her older sister. After graduating from high school in Philadelphia, Doris attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) returning home to Philadelphia after the death of her father. She became a certified X-Ray technician, and later after her children grew older, Doris returned to college. She was preceded in death by her father, William; mother, Adele; sister, Lorraine; brother, William and husband, Joseph.
45 Republican senators vote to dismiss impeachment of Donald Trump – video
Donald Trump’s hopes of avoiding conviction by the US Senate were strengthened on Tuesday when 45 Republicans tried to dismiss his impeachment trial before it even began. After they were sworn in and signed the oath book – each using a different pen owing to coronavirus precautions – Rand Paul of Kentucky challenged the legitimacy of the trial. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic majority leader, dismissed Paul’s theory as 'flat-out wrong'
First migrants released from Saudi detention centres arrive home
The images of hundreds of emaciated young men, some of them with injuries from Saudi prison guards’ beatings, provoked global condemnation. The overwhelming weight of evidence eventually led to a vote of condemnation against Saudi Arabia in the EU Parliament. The 296 migrants who arrived home on Tuesday are from Al Shumaisi, which holds at least 16,000 Ethiopian migrants. There are multiple other centres in Saudi Arabia holding Ethiopian migrants from many other African countries such as Nigeria, Somalia and Kenya. “Overall, there are roughly 40,000 Ethiopian migrants ready to go back home,” Nebiyu Tedla, Ethiopia’s Deputy Consul General in Jeddah told The Telegraph.
Bailiffs 'move in' on HS2 protesters planning to occupy 100ft tunnel network under Euston station park
Project Calvin: Tunnellers working around the clock to build 100ft networkTunnellers have worked "around the clock" using pickaxes, shovels and buckets to create the network, code-named Calvin, HS2 Rebellion said. Tunnels are supported by wooden joists and thick boards to prevent collapse and inside there are stashes of food and water, protesters said. HS2 Rebellion said an "illegal eviction" of the camp began shortly before 5am on Wednesday. It said bailiffs from HS2's private contractor, the National Eviction Team, "entered the camp under cover of darkness" and that tree protectors had entered the tunnels and were "prepared for a lengthy siege". Construction work started in September on Phase 1 of HS2 from London to Birmingham.
Watch: I stayed in a quarantine hotel for 15 days - this is what it’s really like
Britons in up to 30 countries will have to pay for hotel quarantine if they return to the UK to prevent new Covid-19 variants reaching this country from South Africa and South America. But the concept is not new and Ben McKechnie, a photographer and journalist, recalls his experience of being locked inside a hotel room for 15 days in Taiwan. “There was this lull, this feeling that I just really wanted to speak to people face-to-face,” he said. Days 10, 11 and 12 - they were the tough times.”Watch the video above to hear more about his experience - and his tips for anyone heading into a similar situation. For more videos from The Telegraph, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
From Nomadland to Avatar 2: Every delayed film and their new release date – updated
When MGM delayed new James Bond film No Time to Die from April 2020 to November of that same year, it was groundbreaking news. At the time, a studio making the decision to cancel its biggest film’s theatrical release due to a pandemic was simply a huge surprise. With cinemas across the world either closed or open with health and safety restrictions because of Covid-19, distributors are having to rethink film release strategies in a big way. NB: This list does not include the films that were originally scheduled to be released on VOD or streaming services. Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms here Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms hereDelayed filmsA Quiet Place Part IIOriginal release date: 19 March, 2020Second release date: 23 April, 2021Current release date: 17 SSeptember, 2021Peter Rabbit 2: The RunawayOriginal release date: 27 March, 2020Second release date: 15 January, 2021Third release date: 2 April, 2021Current release date: 11 June, 2021No Time to DieOriginal release date: 1 April, 2020Second release date: 12 November, 2020Third release date: 2 April, 2021Current release date: 8 October, 2021AntlersOriginal release date: 17 April, 2020Second release date: 19 February, 2021Current release date: 29 October, 202
Comedian Lucia Keskin imagines what British sitcoms would look like set in the pandemic
Comedian Lucia Keskin has shared a hilarious video imagining what classic British sitcoms would look like during the pandemic. Keskin, who creates videos under the username Chi with a C, is known for writing sketches inspired by popular TV shows in which she plays every single character and films against a green screen. Previous videos have seen her parody everything from Sex Education and Selling Sunset to all the shows on daytime ITV. David Brent, meanwhile, is pushing his own government-esque slogan of “don’t give a s***” in an attempt to combat the virus. You’ve got more range than Daniel Day Lewis,” comedy writer Laura Claxton commented, while comedian Sophie Duker said: “You’re incredible!!
When is the Super Bowl 2021? Here’s everything you need to know
Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates against the Buffalo Bills (Getty)They play the hosts of the Super Bowl in the Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady in his first year in Florida since ending a 20-year association with the Patriots. Super Bowl 2021 takes place on Sunday, 7 February in Tampa Bay at the Buccaneers’ own Raymond James Stadium, which holds 65,000, though due to the pandemic, there will be around 20,000 in attendance. You can also watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event and NFL. The two payment options are “Pro”, which is £14.99 and gives you all of the above content until 31 July, or “Super Bowl Pass”, which gives you access for 31 days at £7.99, both include the Super Bowl. The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, will headline as the half-time show at Super Bowl 55, with the Canadian artist, 30, succeeding Jennifer Lopez and Shakira from last year.
What’s working in COVID-19 treatments and what isn’t
The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has put the focus of the pandemic fight on inoculating as many people as quickly as possible. Now, as we learn more about COVID-19, more treatments — including some that at first drew skepticism from physicians and scientists — are proving effective in certain circumstances. This difficulty was compounded in bam-bam’s case with a confusing efficacy story and lukewarm comments about it in the COVID-19 treatment guidelines from the National Institutes of Health, resulting in doses piling up on hospital shelves. In a way, the negative outcome is still a step forward in sharpening treatments of COVID-19. Fortunately, the more we learn, the better we know which treatments are helpful and how to use them.
Free vaccines and India’s humanitarian diplomacy
And millions of more free vaccines are on their way this week. Supplying free vaccines to combat a raging pandemic also seems a better choice for New Delhi than providing direct aid in another form. Now, it is leveraging that manufacturing heft by embarking on what has been billed as humanitarian diplomacy — the supply of free vaccines to countries in its extended neighborhood. Against this background, will India’s vaccine diplomacy tangibly aid its foreign-policy interests? The issue whether such vaccines will be free for all of India’s own citizens has yet to be settled.
German start-up company makes 120,000 FFP2 masks a day
From this week, new rules in Germany means that medical masks – such as FFP2 masks or surgical masks – are now required on public transport and in supermarkets. ‘Your Mask’ was founded in April last year and only started production in November. By April they hope to have a 24-hour production running, with the goal of producing 250,000 masks per day. Mataty Erdinc, is the CEO of ‘Your Mask’:"It won’t be enough for all of Germany. Of course, we want to be able to say that we are producing as much as possible to make sure as many people as possible can get the masks and be protected.
Hong Kong’s slum landlords put everyone at risk
The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged Hong Kong’s economy. Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial landlords never saw a need they couldn’t meet, at a price. A blaze that ripped through makeshift shacks on the hillside of Shek Kip Mei on Christmas Day in 1953 sowed the seeds of Hong Kong’s first major public housing programs. In all, 42 died, more than 10% of Hong Kong’s SARS fatalities. Dealing with the issue will mean reshaping Hong Kong’s political economy, which entwines the government and property developers in an unhealthy symbiotic embrace.
Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election set for July 4
The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, viewed as a litmus test for the course of national politics, will be held on July 4, the capital’s election board said Wednesday. The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election was decided to be held on July 4, with attention focused on whether the ruling Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First) launched by Gov. | KYODOAttention is focused on whether the ruling Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First), a regional party launched by Gov. Komeito is the ruling coalition partner of the LDP at the national level but decided to join hands with Koike’s local party in the Tokyo assembly ahead of the previous election. Koike secured her second term in the gubernatorial election in July last year ahead of the Tokyo Olympics’ original schedule.
Mima Ito aiming for gold with or without fans at Tokyo Games
Table tennis star Mima Ito said she’s ready to play without fans at the Tokyo Olympics, as long as it means the games can go ahead. Organizers of the postponed 2020 Games have denied cancellation is in the cards and have floated the possibility of holding the games behind closed doors. “I want fans to be there, but the most important thing for a player is for the event to go ahead and be able to play,” Ito, the world No. Chinese women have won every singles gold since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988 — but Ito believes she’s capable of springing a surprise on home turf. Ito is not letting reports the Olympics could be canceled distract her from the job at hand.
North Korea’s new economic plan looks a lot like the old one
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presented a new five-year economic plan and conceded that the country’s economy is struggling at a Workers’ Party Congress earlier this month. On close examination, North Korea’s economy is showing deeply troubling signs, including a dysfunctional foreign exchange market, a steep drop-off in trade and increasing food costs. Far from addressing contradictions between the state’s ambitious economic goals and the constraints of a parasitic political system, this plan aggravates them. We saw hints earlier this year that North Korea may have abandoned its previous five-year plan, the economic blueprint laid out in 2016. The real victims of this plan are the North Korean people, who will find it even harder to make a living.
ROSS CLARK: What are we to make of Brussels' hypocritical stunt to distract from its vaccine fiasco?
Ross Clark: When Britain opted out to pursue its own course, siren voices warned of the dire consequences. Yet delivery delays of the Oxford vaccine are not targeted at the EU. Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson leads a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic, Downing Street, on January 26Up until Monday, the UK had administered 10.5 vaccine doses per 100 population. The Pfizer vaccine got approval here on December 2 and the Oxford jab on December 30. This week the German newspapers Handelsblatt and Bild reported that data showed the Oxford vaccine to have an efficacy rate of only 8 per cent in the over-65s.
Govt crisis consultations set to start - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 27 - President Sergio Mattarella is set to start a round of formal consultations on Wednesday after Giuseppe Conte quit as premier on Tuesday, marking the collapse of his second government. The government no longer had an absolute majority in the Senate after ex-premier Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva (IV) party triggered a crisis in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic by withdrawing its support. However, while this new group has around 10 Senators, this is not enough to replace IV in the Upper House. The consultations will start in the afternoon with Mattarella holding talks with Casellati and House Speaker Roberto Fico. After the consultations, Mattarella will decide whether he wants to hand a mandate to someone to try and form a new government.
Bill Gates says Tokyo Olympics' fate depends on vaccine roll-out: Kyodo
Bill Gates' foundation is a major donor to the fight against the coronavirusAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said the Tokyo Olympics are "still possible" this year depending on the roll-out of coronavirus vaccinations, Japan's Kyodo News reported on Wednesday. Gates, whose foundation has donated $1.75 billion towards efforts to fight Covid-19, told Kyodo that the next few months would be crucial for the postponed 2020 Games. "In the next few months, we have to look at the progress we make," Gates told Kyodo, referring to vaccine distribution. "But you know, I think it's still possible if things go well." The IOC is due to hold an executive board meeting on Wednesday, with Tokyo 2020 on the agenda.
Top-ranked Tai edges PV Sindhu at badminton tour finals
Advertising Read moreBangkok (AFP)World number one Tai Tzu-ying fought back from behind to beat Indian star PV Sindhu in three games at badminton's World Tour Finals in Bangkok Wednesday. The 26-year-old Taiwanese lost the first game 19-21 against Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver-medallist, before regrouping to win it 19-21, 21-12, 21-17 in 59 minutes. "Sometimes for your mindset, it's tough to be ready again for a new week, a new match and a new tournament." The delayed 2020 season finale, starting Wednesday, is the third behind-closed-doors tournament in three weeks in Bangkok as badminton resumes after months of coronavirus cancellations. The top eight players in each discipline are contesting this week's tournament, although China and Japan had to pull out because of coronavirus problems.
Americans' Concern Grows About Government, National Discord
Also, a record-high 12% cited national discord, up from 5% last month. The 12% of Americans citing national division and lack of unity as the top problem is the highest in Gallup's seven decades of asking this question, dating back to 1939. Democrats also offer general complaints about "political discourse" and the divide between Republicans and Democrats but are more focused on specific criticism of the Republican Party, Trump, "right-wing extremism," "fascism" and threats to democracy. Monthly trend from January 2020 to January 2021 in Americans' mentions of lack of unity as the nation's top problem, by party. Thus, one might also look at these figures as an indication of public resilience and a sign that Americans are weathering the political storms.
Remarks by President Biden on the Fight to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic
And you all know — if I may note, parenthetically — you all know — know that the vaccines are distributed to states based on population. The second thing: We’re increasing the transparency with states, cities, and tribes, and local partners when it comes to the vaccine supply. But I also want to be clear: 100 million shots in 100 days is not the endpoint; it’s just the start. That’s 100 million more doses of Pfizer and 100 million more doses of Moderna — 200 million more doses than the federal government had previously secured. We expect these additional 200 million doses to be delivered this summer.
Trump impeachment trial vote sees too many GOP senators dooming the party
What were Senate Republicans voting on Tuesday when they opposed the impeachment trial of Donald Trump? As they know better than anyone else, the kinds of politicians who populate the Senate don’t have a place in the party they’ve helped create. Just five GOP senators joined Democrats to vote down Republican Sen. Rand Paul's motion that the impeachment proceedings were unconstitutional because Trump's term has finished. By giving in to him at every turn, Republicans helped create the epidemic of conspiracy theories and alternative facts rampant in the Republican Party. Yet 45 Republican senators voted against taking up the impeachment trial Tuesday.
Should deficits matter any more?
Although the former and current president agree on little, both support large scale COVID relief packages irrespective of their implications for federal debt and deficits. Unfortunately, Democrats have migrated far from the fiscal conservatism of the late Paul Tsongas and Bill Clinton William (Bill) Jefferson ClintonShould deficits matter any more? They have embraced a variety of justifications for large deficits, some of which have a factual foundation. Lofty stock valuations have produced the centibillionaires of today such as Elon Musk Elon Reeve MuskShould deficits matter any more? SpaceX, Amazon spar over plans for satellites: report WhatsApp delays controversial privacy update MORE and Jeff Bezos Jeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosShould deficits matter any more?
Australia holds off on New Zealand travel decision after new positive COVID-19 tests
Australia is seeking more information from New Zealand health authorities before restarting quarantine-free travel after two new positive coronavirus tests. The travel bubble was frozen after a New Zealand woman tested positive for the highly contagious South African strain of coronavirus. Meanwhile, a new advertising campaign is being rolled out to encourage Australians to get coronavirus vaccines. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.
Joe Biden's Sign Language Interpreter Has Ties to Far Right
But it turns out the first ASL interpreter chosen was not such a change from the previous Administration after all. Heather Mewshaw, who Psaki introduced on Monday as “today’s interpreter, Heather,” also manages a conservative group of ASL interpreters who provide sign language accompaniments to right-wing videos. Heather Mewshaw, an American Sign Language interpreter, in a video of Trump dancing posted by Hands of Liberty, a conservative interpreter group. “Providing appropriately qualified American Sign Language interpreting access requires more than just randomly hiring an interpreter who knows sign language. Regardless of a specific violation, Henner says the incident shows the importance of hiring the right ASL interpreter for the situation.
Explosion Rocks Amsterdam As Netherlands Erupts In Protests Again
EXPLOSION Rocks Amsterdam As Netherlands Erupts In Protests Again for the fourth night running-- Advertisement --Violent scenes broke out again in The Netherlands, for the fourth night in a row, with unverified footage being uploaded onto social media showing a large explosion in Osdorp, a suburb of Amsterdam. No casualties were reported as a result of the explosion, and nobody is seen in the close vicinity of the vehicle at the time it explodes. Speaking on Dutch radio, a resident of Den Bosch, who witnessed the rioting said, “I saw windows smashed and fireworks going off. _______________________________________________________Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “Explosion Rocks Amsterdam As Netherlands Erupts In Protests Again”. For more UK daily news, Spanish daily news and, Global news stories, visit the Euro Weekly News home page.
Global COVID-19 cases top 100 million as countries struggle with vaccine shortfalls
Global coronavirus cases have surpassed 100 million as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls. Around 668,250 cases have been reported each day over the same period, with the global fatality rate at 2.15 per cent. It took the world 11 months to record the first 50 million cases of the pandemic, compared to just three months for cases to double to 100 million. AAPWith more than 25 million cases, the United States has 25 per cent of all reported COVID cases although it accounts for just four per cent of the world's population. Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.
China Begins Using Anal Swabs To Test Covid As Cases Surge
Anal swabs method "can increase the detection rate of infected people", a doctor said. (Representational)China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting Covid-19, state TV reported, with social media users and travellers squirming over the invasive procedure which doctors say can be more effective in detecting the virus. Officials took anal swabs from residents of neighbourhoods with confirmed Covid-19 cases in Beijing last week, broadcaster CCTV said, while those in designated quarantine facilities have also undergone the test. "I've done two anal swabs, every time I did one I had to do a throat swab afterwards -- I was so scared the nurse would forget to use a new swab," one Weibo user joked. CCTV said on Sunday anal swabs would not be used as widely as other methods, as the technique was "not convenient."
Christie Brinkley Flashes Her Abs in a Crop Top and Leggings Ahead of Her 67th Birthday
Just a week before the supermodel celebrates her 67th birthday — or as she describes it, "turning 50 for the 17th time!" — Brinkley showed off her hard-earned abs and toned legs in a mirror selfie wearing a matching teal workout crop top and leggings set. RELATED VIDEO: Christie Brinkley Shares Body-Positive Message with 1977 Bikini Pic That 'Caused a Stir'Earlier this month, Brinkley opened up about taking time in 2020 to get a hip replacement. Image zoom Christie Brinkley | Credit: christie brinkley/instagramThe coronavirus pandemic made her rethink things and she decided to take care of the pain. Brinkley wrote, sharing photos of a snorkeling adventure.
Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff Receive Their Second COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
"It really was painless," the vice president saidVice President Kamala Harris received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday afternoon at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Harris, 56, is now fully vaccinated along with President Joe Biden, who received his second and final dose of the vaccine earlier this month. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, 56, also received his second dose of the vaccination on Tuesday, the White House said. Biden, 78, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden had received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while Harris and Emhoff received the Moderna vaccine. Image zoom Vice President Kamala Harris (sitting)Image zoom Vice President Kamala Harris (sitting)Harris told reporters on Tuesday that the vaccine "will save your life."
CDC Says Schools Safe to Open with Precautions, According to Evidence
CDC Says Schools Safe to Open with Precautions, According to EvidenceEvidence shows that K-12 schools can safely resume in-person instruction in the U.S., as long as steps are taken to continue reducing the spread of COVID-19, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. According to the report, a study of COVID-19 transmission among people ages 0 to 18 in Mississippi found that attending gatherings and social functions outside one's home, as well as having visitors inside the home, was associated with increased risk of infection. However, in-person school attendance was not. While the CDC says the move was right in the short-term, researchers acknowledged the long-term impacts of limited in-person instruction on students' well-being. "Closing schools could adversely affect students' academic progress, mental health, and access to essential services..." researchers wrote.
Jordyn Woods Takes on TikTok ‘Buss It’ Challenge, Boyfriend Karl-Anthony Towns Says 'God Is Good'
The model assured fans that the video is “worth the wait” despite being late to the challengeJordyn Woods fans asked for her to do the "Buss It" challenge on TikTok, and she delivered. The viral challenge features people looking dressed down, then glammed up as they twerk to "Buss It" by Erica Banks. On Tuesday, the model posted herself doing the challenge much to her boyfriend Karl-Anthony Towns' delight. Towns, 25, reacted to the TikTok video on Twitter, writing, "God is Good." RELATED VIDEO: Jordyn Woods Asks Fans to 'Pray' for Boyfriend Karl-Anthony Towns After He Tests Positive for COVID
Teen Mom OG: Amber Portwood Splits from Boyfriend Dimitri After
"He's possessive from a distance, he needs to know what I'm doing all day every day," she alleged. "Nothing, I'm outside, wondering why I'm getting a million messages," she said. "There's times where I feel like it's getting a little much," Amber told him, disclosing her feelings regarding their constant communication. "He started getting to the point where he was calling and texting multiple, multiple, multiple times, all day long." She and Dimitri met for the first time in person in an episode of Teen Mom OG, which aired in May 2020.
Joe Biden Speaks Out on George Floyd's Death, Issues Executive Orders to Address Racial Inequity
Biden said the killing of George Floyd "opened the eyes of millions of Americans and millions of people all over the world" to the need for justicePresident Joe Biden on Tuesday issued a series of executive orders aimed at addressing racial inequity in federal policy. The president referenced the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer and the subsequent protests against police brutality that rippled across the world as "a turning point in this country's attitude toward racial justice." Image zoom Credit: Getty"Those 8 minutes and 46 seconds that took George Floyd's life opened the eyes of millions of Americans and millions of people all over the world," Biden said. Biden recalled meeting Floyd's family and speaking with his 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, who he said told him, "Daddy changed the world." "Black and Latino Americans are dying of COVID-19 at rates nearly three times that of white Americans."
RHOD: Kary Brittingham Opens Up About Daughter Olivia's Struggle with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
On Tuesday's Real Housewives of Dallas, the reality star, 50, had a raw and vulnerable conversation with her 20-year-old daughter, Olivia, who has been battling depression and suicidal thoughts for "a few years." Affirming her daughter, Kary said, "you're very empathetic," and told her: "you take everybody's problems as your own." Olivia told her mom that for "a lot of people, it's really hard to tell" that they struggle. Kary told Olivia. I pray every night for her to be okay," Kary told cameras.
Total Tally of Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Surpasses 100 Million
As of Tuesday, there have been at least 100,091,831 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe, with more than 2.1 million deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins UniversityMore than 100 million people worldwide have been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Tuesday, there have been at least 100,091,831 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe, with more than 2.1 million deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for more than a quarter of global cases reported, with over 25.4 million infections and 424,164 coronavirus-related deaths in the country. According to The New York Times' COVID-19 database, the U.S. reported 155,677 new cases and 1,796 deaths on Monday alone. For now, the CDC continues to recommend social distancing, hand-washing and protective face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Dax Shepard Skips Formal Suit for Sweat Set on Jimmy Kimmel Live: ‘I Risked My Life to Come See You’
"I didn't own anything mustard until this," the actor said of his new outfitDax Shepard Skips Formal Suit for Sweat Set on Jimmy Kimmel Live: ‘I Risked My Life to Come See You’Forget the formal wear — Dax Shepard is all about comfort these days. The actor, 46, opted to forego his usual formal suit for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, instead opting for a mustard-colored sweatsuit and sneakers. "Generally I wear a suit here, always to demonstrate to you I respect you and I love you," Shepard told Kimmel, 53. Image zoom Credit: jimmy kimmel liveAccepting a compliment from Kimmel on the outfit, Shepard admitted he was trying the color out for the first time. The Parenthood star told Kimmel that he's been spending lots of time during coronavirus-related lockdowns searching for the perfect motorhome to take his family on adventures — and he finally found it.
Rutgers Scientist Who Developed COVID Spit Test Dies Unexpectedly at 51: He 'Undoubtedly Saved Lives'
The COVID-19 saliva test was granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration in April. "It means we no longer have to put health care professionals at risk for infection by performing nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal collections. "Saliva testing will also be important for people who are in quarantine because they don't know how long it will be until they are no longer infectious. This will allow health care workers to release themselves from quarantine and safely come back to work." RELATED VIDEO: Resident Doctor Dies of Coronavirus at 28 After Treating COVID-19 Positive Patients in the ERIn addition to his work on the COVID-19 saliva test, Brooks co-authored more than 70 scientific publications, according to Rutgers.
Vanderpump Rules’ Lala Kent Feels Like She’s Been Pregnant ‘Forever’
Pregnant Lala Kent showed off her growing belly on Tuesday, January 26, as her countdown to baby continues. “To those of you saying, ‘I feel like you’ve been pregnant forever’… imagine how I feel ?,” Kent, 30, wrote via Instagram alongside a video of her pregnant stomach. The Vanderpump Rules star is about six-and-a-half-months pregnant with her first child and fiancé Randall Emmett’s third. !” former Bravo castmate Brittany Cartwright commented on the sexy snap of Kent, who was wearing just her bra and underwear. Earlier this month, Kent revealed that she is already planning to have another child with the Midnight in the Switchgrass producer.
Mossimo Giannulli Denied Early Release From Prison
Mossimo Giannulli was denied an early release from prison as he continues to serve time for his involvement in the college admissions scandal. After spending 56 days at the facility, Us confirmed that Giannulli requested to complete the remainder of his sentence in home confinement. Us exclusively revealed last month that Giannulli is “having a rough time” while in prison. They were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters Bella Giannulli, 22, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 21, were admitted into the University of Southern California. “There was a COVID outbreak in the prison, so it was a precaution and not a punishment.”
Miranda Lambert, Brendan McLoughlin Mark 2nd Wedding Anniversary
Miranda Lambert and husband Brendan McLoughlin couldn’t be more in love as they celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, January 26. McLoughlin, 30, replied with a winking emoji and a big red heart before sharing a tribute of his own. As she continues to plan for her future with McLoughlin, Lambert has babies on the brain. “Miranda has been telling friends that she wants a baby and to be with Brendan forever,” the source added. “Brendan wants to expand their family.
ECB crisis: ‘Bill WILL come’ for EU as debt to spark chaos
Added: 27.01.2021 2:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsA SENIOR economist has warned the EU will face an inflation crisis as "at some point the bill will come" from the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
Macron faces ‘national humiliation’ as French firm abandons coronavirus jab development
Added: 27.01.2021 2:16 | 18 views | 0 commentsEMMANUEL MACRON has been dealt a massive blow after the nation's prestigious Pasteur Institute in Paris announced it had abandoned its development of a Covid jab.
Robert Peston DEMOLISHES EU attempt to blame Britain for AstraZeneca vaccine shortage
Added: 27.01.2021 6:14 | 14 views | 0 commentsAN ATTEMPT by senior EU figures to blame Britain for AstraZeneca cutting the number of coronavirus vaccines it provides the bloc in the coming months has been demolished by ITV's Robert Peston.
EU chaos as Dutch anti-lockdown riots cause HAVOC amid coronavirus curfew
Added: 27.01.2021 2:43 | 17 views | 0 commentsDUTCH citizens have blasted the anti-lockdown uproar across the Netherlands, as officials station riot police in cities and towns to enforce the coronavirus curfew.
Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns
Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warnsAdded: 27.01.2021 1:18 | 24 views | 0 commentsSource: www.eppingforestdc.gov.ukThe NHS says any invitation which asks for vaccine payment or bank account details is a scam. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
I just got my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Now what?
I just got my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Added: 27.01.2021 2:17 | 16 views | 0 commentsThe Pfizer shot offers protection from the worst of the virus, but it doesn't offer a return to normal life. Not yet, at least.
Covid crisis: 'I've been excluded from any help'
Covid crisis: 'I've been excluded from any help'Added: 27.01.2021 0:50 | 25 views | 0 commentsMillions of people have been shut out of government schemes designed to help, a new study suggests.
Rolls-Royce issues dire forecast for year ahead
Added: 27.01.2021 9:48 | 1 views | 0 commentsRolls-Royce has said it expects to burn through more cash than anticipated in 2021 as planes powered by its engines fly less amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most major airlines won't force employees to COVID vaccine, but will 'strongly encourage' it
Most major airlines won't force employees to COVID vaccine, but will 'strongly encourage' itAdded: 27.01.2021 9:00 | 8 views | 0 commentsDue to the nature of their work, many consumer-facing industries — and especially the travel industry — are currently determining their own processes for vaccinating their workforces.
Oregon hammer-attack defendant to walk because court rejects witness’ coronavirus concerns: report
Oregon hammer-attack defendant to walk because court rejects witness’ coronavirus concerns: reportAdded: 27.01.2021 8:21 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe scheduled retrial of an Oregon defendant who was accused of committing a brutal hammer attack on a woman has been scrapped – with the defendant to walk free – because the key witness in the case said she won’t testify without wearing a face mask, according to a report. More in www.foxnews.com » Tags: Women
Biden's Vaccine Challenge
Biden's Vaccine ChallengeAdded: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.eastidahonews.comIn confronting the COVID-19 crisis, US President Joe Biden will avoid many of his predecessor's mistakes, not least by heeding the advice of scientific experts. But, unless Biden also enlists adequate management, operations, and logistics expertise, even his best-laid plans may go awry. More in www.realclearpolitics.com » President Tags: ISIS
Thousands of houses decorated for Mardi Gras
Added: 27.01.2021 6:07 | 10 views | 0 commentsMardi Gras parades are canceled due to COVID, so thousands of New Orleans houses are being decorated as floats.
Covid vaccines: Why some countries will have to wait until 2022
Covid vaccines: Why some countries will have to wait until 2022Added: 27.01.2021 4:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: zindabad.comHow are Covid-19 vaccines being distributed across the world? As some countries start vaccinating their populations, others are being left behind. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Coronavirus updates: CDC researchers say schools can reopen safely; UK variant has now spread to 25 states; 425K US deaths
Coronavirus updates: CDC researchers say schools can reopen safely; UK variant has now spread to 25 states; 425K US deaths
Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: 'We need vaccines now'
Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: 'We need vaccines now'Added: 27.01.2021 7:16 | 6 views | 0 commentsZimbabwean doctor Dixon Chibanda explains why it's so vital that Zimbabwe gets vaccines urgently.
Covid: US pharmacist in vaccine tampering guilty plea
Covid: US pharmacist in vaccine tampering guilty pleaAdded: 27.01.2021 6:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsSteven Brandenburg admits he believed inoculation could harm people, prosecutors in Wisconsin say.
Sources: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are Currently Negative for COVID-19
Kawhi and PG are currently negative for COVID-19, with the hope that they can join the road trip. Sources have told AllClippers that the All-Stars are currently testing negative for COVID-19. If they continue to test negative, they could potentially join the team by Friday against the Orlando Magic. Lue's tone makes it sound like Kawhi and George may be sick, but we can confirm that the two of them have currently tested negative for COVID-19. The Clippers' next game is Thursday against the Miami Heat, who may be without Jimmy Butler as he is dealing with his own COVID-19 situation.
No. 24 Oklahoma Escapes With Road Win Over No. 5 Texas
Oklahoma took advantage of a depleted Texas squad, beating the Longhorns 80-79 Tuesday night. As Oklahoma maintained a 48-41 lead with 16:48 to play in the second half, foul troubles continued for Texas. Three Longhorn players (Matt Coleman, Royce Hamm and Kamaka Hepa) each had four fouls less than four minutes into the second half. Almost midway through the second half, Oklahoma went on a run and lead 54-47. The Sooners went on to take a 10 point lead before Texas connected on some big buckets in response to Oklahoma to narrow the lead.
Sekou Smith: NBA reporter dies at 48 after battle with COVID-19
Longtime NBA Reporter and Analyst Sekou Smith Dies at 48 After Battle With COVID-19The NBA community lost another prominent voice. Sekou Smith, an award-winning basketball writer and NBA TV analyst, passed away at 48 years old after a battle with COVID-19. Smith ended up joining Turner Sports in 2009 and worked as a reporter and an analyst for NBA.com and NBA TV. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. Sekou has been part of the NBA family for a long time...Just another awful day and we're all so saddened."
No One Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame for First Time Since 2013
No One Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame for First Time Since 2013For the first time since 2013, no players were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This rare occurrence has only happened nine times in 77 years of balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Players have to receive at least 75% of the vote to be elected into Cooperstown. He was 20 votes shy in the 2020 election when Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker were elected. After the voting results were announced, Schilling requested in a letter on Facebook to be removed from the Hall of Fame ballot next year.
Nora Roberts defends Alyssa Milano's casting in adaptation of Brazen Virtue
The comments got so out of hand that Roberts was compelled to respond to the backlash personally. "I'm delighted Ms. Milano's been cast in the adaptation of Brazen Virtue for Netflix," Roberts said in an exclusive statement to EW. I spoke my piece, posted it publicly, and stand by it and Ms. Milano. I believe Ms. Milano and I will survive it." "I'm simply and sincerely appalled," Roberts first wrote on Facebook in response to the backlash surrounding Milano.
CDC Study: Students Can Return to In-Person School With Proper Precautions
Photo: Denver Post via Getty ImagesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has weighed in on one of the pandemic’s most heated public-health policy debates. On Monday, CDC researchers published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association determining that the schools with in-person classes considered in the review showed very little COVID-19 transmission when students and staff wore masks and practiced proper social distancing. Another CDC study published on Tuesday analyzing 17 rural K-12 schools in Wisconsin with high rates of mask wearing found that just seven in 191 COVID-19 cases recorded could be traced back to at-school transmission. And a third CDC report published on Tuesday considered high-school wrestling tournaments in Florida where almost a third of those participating and officiating tested positive for COVID after the events. “The conclusion here is with proper prevention efforts … we can keep transmission in schools and educational settings quite low,” Honein added.
Vijay Blockbuster ‘Master’ to Bow on Amazon Prime Video
“Master,” starring South Indian box office darling Vijay, will make its streaming debut on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on Jan. 29. The film released Jan. 13 in India in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi language versions, over the Pongal holiday frame. “ ‘Master’ film has brought two very strong actors face to face. “However, with the film’s global digital release on Amazon Prime Video, we are hoping to reach a wider audience that’s been at home, and to reach regions that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Vijay’s co-star in “Master,” Vijay Sethupathi, referred to as “Makkal Selvan” (people’s treasure) by his fans, also has a massive fan following.
The North Face Nuptse Jacket Is the Hottest Item Online, Says Lyst
The North Face’s 1996 Nuptse jacket was the most-searched product during that period, and it was the first time the same item has topped both the Lyst Index’s hottest women’s and men’s products rankings. Birkenstock’s shearling-lined Boston clogs were the second hottest women’s product with searches for the style jumping 367 percent, compared to the same period in 2019. The unlined version of the Boston appears on the men’s hottest products list in seventh place. Having climbed 10 places into third place, it was the highest the brand has ever placed in the Lyst Index’s hottest brands ranking. It generated big online buzz with its online fashion and film festival #GucciFest and dressing Harry Styles for American Vogue.
No Class of 2021: Bonds, Schilling, Clemens Fall Short in Hall of Fame Vote
There will not be a Class of 2021 in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the museum’s president Tim Mead announced Tuesday. Schilling, whose post-career antics and political views put him under the microscope, fell just 16 votes in arrears of the requisite 75% for election. In a letter to the Hall of Fame published after the vote, he asked to be removed from consideration next year, his final year of eligibility on the writers’ ballot. Bonds and Clemens, who were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs during otherwise stellar careers, remained at about the same levels they were last year. I know math and I know trends and I know I will not attain the 75% threshold for induction.
‘Solidarity Is Failing’: E.U. and U.K. Fight Over Scarce Vaccines
LONDON — The vaccine wars have come to Europe. For months now, wealthy countries have been clearing the world’s shelves of coronavirus vaccines, leaving poorer nations with little hope of exiting the pandemic in 2021. The European Union, stung by its slow progress on vaccinations, threatened this week to tighten rules on the shipment of Belgian-made shots to Britain. British lawmakers, in turn, have accused their European counterparts of a blackmail campaign that could embitter relations for a generation. And poorer countries, already at the back of the line for vaccines, could face even longer waits if the intense squabbling among rich countries drives up prices for everyone else.
Coronavirus live updates: Biden promises vaccine supply boost of 50 percent by the summer
Though the vaccine rollout began in late December, states have complained that the promised numbers of doses did not arrive. It is unclear, however, if the boost in U.S. vaccine numbers will help with Biden’s other priority, returning schools to in-person learning. Data from the United States and abroad reviewed by the CDC team found that schools had nowhere near the transmission rates of sites like nursing homes or high density workplaces. Many European countries originally kept schools open much longer than in the United States, but are now bowing under the pressure of a second wave. With one of the most rapid vaccine rollouts in the West, Britain is hoping to blunt the latest wave of infections.
Coronavirus updates: CDC researchers say schools can reopen safely; UK variant has now spread to 25 states; 425K US deaths
? The global total of coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has more than 25.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 425,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 100.2 million cases and 2.15 million deaths. The Oklahoma Health Department on Tuesday sued Bradford and PPE Supplies LLC in Oklahoma County District Court. The Health Department is seeking the rest of its money back — $1.825 million, plus interest.
Coronavirus pandemic, winter weather, Hank Aaron: 5 things you need to know Wednesday
In all, new cases are averaging about 170,000 a day in the U.S. after peaking at almost 250,000 on Jan. 11. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has fallen to about 110,000 from a high of 132,000 on Jan. 7. The new briefings are meant as an explicit rejection of President Donald Trump's approach to the outbreak. The briefings also are part of Biden's attempt to rebuild public confidence in institutions, particularly the federal government. MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron to be buried in AtlantaBaseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who battled racial prejudice and hatred on his way to breaking the major leagues' career home run record, will be remembered at a private funeral service on Wednesday.
In 2020, Black trans people 'confronted trauma in real time.' Here's how nonprofits helped
Some, like The Okra Project, created funds to pay for therapy sessions for Black trans people. Bridging the gap and offering supportLiving as a Black trans person can induce anxiety on a regular day, one Black trans person said. “This work is so important for [Black trans people] to be out on the street, to remain active and activated,” Stewart said. There are resources available for Black trans people, but it's not enough, said according to Francisco, the youth services coordinator. Black Trans Travel Fund is a mutual aid-based organization that helps Black trans women in New York and New Jersey access safe transportation.
Most major airlines won't force employees to COVID vaccine, but will 'strongly encourage' it
But while at least one major airline has said vaccines could be required for workers, others have taken a different approach. Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, recently remarked that he's considering making the vaccine mandatory for all employees. American is reportedly planning to distribute the vaccine to employees at certain hub airports, but not currently making the vaccine a requirement, Reuters reports. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSAlaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines both say employees will be strongly "encouraged" to get the vaccines, though neighther is making it a requirement. Hawaiian Air, too, went on record that the carrier is "strongly encouraging" all employees to get the vaccine.
Sekou Smith, beloved NBA analyst and reporter, dead at 48
Beloved NBA reporter and television analyst Sekou Smith died Tuesday, the league announced. He joined Turner Sports in 2009, working as a reporter and an analyst for NBA.com and NBA TV. SPORTS WORLD REMEMBERS KOBE BRYANT ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH"We are all heartbroken over Sekou’s tragic passing," Turner Sports said in a statement. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Sekou has been part of the NBA family for a long time...Just another awful day and we're all so saddened."
Biden shifts on vaccine under pressure from ... the media
The vaccine rollout is a freakin’ mess, and President Biden owns it now. But as the president continued to proclaim his goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days, the media weren’t buying it. That was the question that prompted Biden to snap "give me a break" at an AP reporter who asked about it last week. BIDEN NEEDS A QUICK WIN ON COVID, WITH OR WITHOUT REPUBLICANSEveryone knows why Biden set the goal at 100 million. No one would suggest that Biden and his top spokeswoman are being grilled by the press the way that Trump and his press secretaries were.
Oregon hammer-attack defendant to walk because court rejects witness’ coronavirus concerns: report
The scheduled retrial of an Oregon defendant who was accused of committing a brutal hammer attack on a woman has been scrapped – with the defendant to walk free – because the key witness in the case said she won’t testify without wearing a face mask, according to a report. "It’s the second time I’m going through this trial," Fawcett told the news outlet. Crime victims’ rights advocate Rosemary Brewer said it appeared to be another instance in which the rights of defendants were placed ahead of those of crime victims. "The courts are not granting victims their rights with the same priority that they are for defendants due to COVID-19." Many trials in Oregon have been postponed because of the coronavirus and many others have included virtual testimony, the report said.
Treasury yields flat ahead of speech from Fed Chair Powell
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose slightly to 1.043% at 4 a.m. ET, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond climbed to 1.803%. U.S. Treasury yields wavered on Wednesday morning, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell later in the day. U.S. government bond yields were steady early in the trading session, with Powell expected to give an update on the central bank's economic outlook and monetary policy amid the pandemic. ET, with Powell expected to speak to reporters at 2:30 p.m.
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon gets $10 million pay cut over bank's role in 1MDB scandal
Goldman Sachs CEO David Michael Solomon attends a discussion on "Women Entrepreneurs Through Finance and Markets" at the World Bank on October 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon saw his pay slashed by just over a third for 2020 as part of a punishment for the bank's role in the 1MDB scandal. The pay cut for Solomon, which at $10 million constitutes roughly 36% of his yearly salary, reflects prior penalties imposed on the bank and not Solomon's own conduct. Solomon has been CEO of the bank since 2018. Solomon's pay package is comprised of $2 million in base salary, a $4.65 million cash bonus, and $10.85 million compensation in stock form, which is based on the bank's performance.
European stocks head lower, LVMH shines after earnings
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Staff(Reuters) - European stocks slid on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about a slow economic recovery, while most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision. The pan-European STOXX 600 index dropped 0.4% in early trading, following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street. Precious metal miner Fresnillo Plc slid 3.1% after it forecast lower gold output for the current year. French luxury group LVMH rose 1.4% as booming sales at fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, particularly in China, helped to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
European stocks fall; focus on Fed and U.S. tech earnings
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe’s share indexes opened lower on Wednesday, while investors focused on the U.S Federal Reserve meeting and U.S. tech giants’ earnings. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. The dollar rose against a basket of currencies as European markets opened, and was at 90.275 at 0846 GMT, up 0.1% on the day. Quarterly earnings from U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Apple, due later in the session, were also in focus. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis.
Carlyle to put hospital group Ameos up for sale: sources
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss-headquartered clinic chain Ameos is being prepared for a sale or refinancing as its private equity owner Carlyle seeks to cash out after almost a decade of ownership, people close to the matter said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Carlyle Group is displayed at the company's office in Tokyo, Japan October 17, 2018. If sold at a similar multiple, Ameos could be valued at up to 1.3 billion euros, including debt, in a deal. They could also opt for a dividend payment and refinancing of Ameos’ debt if price indications do not meet expectations, the sources added. Carlyle invested in Ameos in 2011, with peer investor Quadriga Capital and founder and CEO Axel Paeger retaining stakes.
Bill Gates sees 6-8 month lag for poor countries to get COVID-19 shots
LONDON (Reuters) - Poorer countries face a best-case scenario of a 6-8 month lag behind richer nations in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines to protect their populations against the pandemic disease, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gestures as he speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018. “Every politician is under pressure to go bid for their country to get further up in line,” Gates said. COVAX, co-led by the GAVI vaccines alliance, says it aims to deliver 2.3. billion COVID-19 doses by year-end, including 1.8 billion doses to poorer countries at no cost to their governments. “ZERO-SUM”Gates said such pressure was unhelpful, noting that pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, BionTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna all developed COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year.
Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to trying to spoil COVID-19 vaccine doses
REUTERS/Mike Blake(Reuters) - A Wisconsin pharmacist has agreed to plead guilty to purposely trying to spoil hundreds of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to render them ineffective, the U.S. Justice Department said. It said bit.ly/3qUNXVI he believed in various "conspiracy theories" and was skeptical of vaccines in general and specifically the vaccine by Moderna. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed Moderna’s vaccine safe and effective. Brandenburg has signed a plea agreement to plead guilty to the charges, which each carry a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, the statement added. Moderna’s vaccine has to be stored and shipped frozen but does not require ultra-cold temperatures and can be stored for 30 days in standard-temperature refrigerators.
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'Crazy and evil': Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiraciesMicrosoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of "crazy" and "evil" conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Four major Taiwanese chip makers met the island’s economics minister on Wednesday and told her they were willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the minister said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua said she had met executives from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. “Chipmakers are willing to follow the government’s request and try to support auto chips as much as they can to support their production in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Wang told reporters. “They did raise related warnings: if you are to cut orders, it will be very difficult to resume orders,” Wang told reporters.
Pandemic 'on the decline' in Moscow as mayor lifts some curbs
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic is on the decline in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Wednesday as he abolished some COVID-19 restrictions, allowing bars, restaurants and nightclubs to open overnight. FILE PHOTO: Customers sit at tables in Parka Bar in Moscow, Russia November 12, 2020. “The pandemic is on the decline and under the circumstances our duty is to create conditions for the quickest possible recovery of the economy,” said Sobyanin. “My warmest congratulations to you, friends, on our joint victory and one more step to a return to normal life in the beautiful city of Moscow. Measures requiring state-run universities to operate remotely, with distanced learning for students, would be reviewed on Feb. 6, Sobyanin said.
Hannity Accused Of ‘Dabbling In Anti-Vaxx’ Territory With COVID-19 Vaccine Comments
Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been criticized for sowing doubt about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine during Tuesday’s episode of his widely watched show. “I don’t know when my number gets called, I’m actually beginning to have doubts,” the conservative network’s prime time personality said of taking the coronavirus shot. “I’ve been telling my friends I’m gonna get the vaccine,” Hannity continued. They wouldn’t take it in a million years.”“I don’t know who to listen to,” he added. HuffPost has debunked misinformation surrounding the vaccine here and answered questions about its development and safety here.
'Crazy and evil': Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies
LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them. “Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in these really evil theories,” Gates said. Since the pandemic began a year ago, millions of conspiracies have spread over the Internet, fuelling misinformation about the coronavirus, its origins and the motives of those working to fight it. “But do people really believe that stuff?,” Gates asked. During former President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, Gates said, it had “sometimes felt like they were the only sane people in the U.S. government.”“I’m excited about the team that Biden has picked” to tackle the health crisis, Gates said.
Polish locker company InPost worth 9.5 billion euros after buoyant Amsterdam debut
WARSAW (Reuters) - Shares in Polish parcel locker firm InPost jumped 19% on their Euronext debut on Wednesday, valuing the company which benefited from online shopping during the pandemic lockdowns at 9.5 billion euros ($11.55 billion). Elsewhere, Dutch tech firm WeTransfer is eyeing a stock market listing in Amsterdam in April or May, sources said earlier this week. InPost, which owns over 12,000 parcel lockers, also operates in Britain and plans to expand in Italy, France and Spain, in response to increased competition in Poland. It said it picked Amsterdam for its listing to reflect its international expansion plans. Amsterdam is emerging as a popular post-Brexit European listing venue.
European stocks fall; focus on Fed and U.S. tech earnings
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe’s share indexes opened lower on Wednesday, while investors focused on the U.S Federal Reserve meeting and U.S. tech giants’ earnings. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. The dollar rose against a basket of currencies as European markets opened, and was at 90.275 at 0846 GMT, up 0.1% on the day. Quarterly earnings from U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Apple, due later in the session, were also in focus. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis.
No Brexit bonfire for City of London, but it won't be a 'rule taker'
FILE PHOTO: An almost empty walkway is seen in Leadenhall market during lunchtime, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the City of London financial district, Britain September 4, 2020. “It’s disappointing to lose business but it’s not at all catastrophic,” Catherine McGuinness, who leads the ancient financial district’s ruling body, the City of London Corporation, told Reuters. The City, McGuinness said, neither wanted nor expected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to light “a bonfire of regulations”. Still, a financial capital the size of London could not be a “rule taker”, she said. Some elements of the bond, derivatives and capital markets had moved after Brexit, McGuinness said, though London retained by far the deepest capital markets in its time zone.
Timeline: How the UK responded to the coronavirus
POLITICO has looked at the key moments in the U.K. government’s — and its scientific advisers’ — handling of the coronavirus pandemic. March 26: Harries said testing and contact tracing was no longer an “appropriate mechanism as we go forward,” arguing that the World Health Organization’s call to “test, test, test” was aimed at less-developed nations. December 16: Johnson insisted Christmas wouldn’t be canceled and that restrictions would be relaxed for five days over the festive period. Hancock announced a new coronavirus variant had been identified in the U.K.December 19: Johnson canceled Christmas and scrapped the relaxation plan. January 4, 2021: 13 days later, Johnson announced a third national lockdown.
UK to launch hotel quarantine for arrivals
An Iberia Airbus A330 is seen flying over a hotel at Heathrow Airport in west London on January 26, 2021 | Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty ImagesTravelers from coronavirus hot spots will be forced into mandatory hotel quarantine upon arriving in the U.K., British Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to announce today, but the opposition Labour Party has called for tougher measures. According to the BBC, the U.K. would force British residents arriving in England from 30 countries, including Portugal and most of South America and southern Africa, to quarantine in hotels at their own expense for up to 10 days. 10 does “want to go further,” but that “there is no textbook as to how to respond to this.”Want more analysis from POLITICO? POLITICO Pro is our premium intelligence service for professionals. From financial services to trade, technology, cybersecurity and more, Pro delivers real time intelligence, deep insight and breaking scoops you need to keep one step ahead.
European stocks head lower, LVMH shines after earnings
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Staff(Reuters) - European stocks slid on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about a slow economic recovery, while most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision. The pan-European STOXX 600 index dropped 0.4% in early trading, following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street. Precious metal miner Fresnillo Plc slid 3.1% after it forecast lower gold output for the current year. French luxury group LVMH rose 1.4% as booming sales at fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, particularly in China, helped to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Shoah survivors to get vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus exactly 76 years after the liberation of the Nazi's Auschwitz death camp. Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus exactly 76 years after the liberation of the Nazi's Auschwitz death camp. More than 400 Austrian survivors were invited to get the vaccine at Vienna's biggest mass vaccination center on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021. With the end of World War II now more than seven decades ago, the world’s approximately 240,000 Holocaust survivors are all elderly. Still, about 900 Holocaust survivors died of COVID-19 in Israel last year before vaccines were available and about 5,300 survivors were infected, according to Israel’s national statistics office.
The Latest: France’s Sanofi to help make rival vaccine
French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)PARIS — French drug maker Sanofi says it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENTSanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said.
In Phone Call, Biden Presses Putin Over Cyber Breach, Navalny
In Phone Call, Biden Presses Putin Over Cyber Breach, NavalnyEnlarge this image toggle caption Alexei Nikolsky/Alexei Nikolsky/TASS Alexei Nikolsky/Alexei Nikolsky/TASSIn his first phone call with Vladimir Putin since taking office, President Biden pressed his Russian counterpart on the detention of a leading Kremlin-critic, the mass arrest of protesters, and Russia's suspected involvement in a massive cyber breach in the United States. Biden and Putin will have their teams work to complete an extension for the deal by Feb. 5. Navalny arrestThe White House said the phone call with Putin included a discussion over the near-fatal poisoning and the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The White House didn't provide details on what exactly Biden said about Navalny, and the Kremlin's summary of the phone call didn't mention it at all. Navalny has blamed the Kremlin for the poisoning, which Putin has denied.
Number of guns found in Tennessee airports drops in 2020
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Security officers at Tennessee’s five largest airports found 162 guns in carry-on luggage in 2020, a decrease of only 19 incidents from the year before despite a significant drop-off of airline passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Nashville International Airport, McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville and Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville saw decreases in the number of guns found in carry-on baggage, while Memphis International Airport and Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport saw increases, the Transportation Security Administration said in a news release. ADVERTISEMENTTSA screened nearly 5.7 million departing travelers at the five commercial airports, about 44% of the total screened in 2019, the federal agency said. Travelers face criminal and civil penalties for bringing firearms to a security checkpoint. Guns can be transported on a commercial aircraft only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and placed in checked baggage, the TSA said.
Woman charged in Capitol riot may be released pending trial
“They just want to work in a safe environment, and as safe as we can rationally make it, and we can do that,” Biden said. First Lady Jill Biden along with Weingarten and National Education Association President Becky Pringle held a virtual event with 11,000 teachers last week. Around 10,000 elementary school teachers and staff were expected to report to work on Monday to prepare for the reopening. Eighty-six percent of all CTU members cast ballots with 71 percent opting to continue to work from home. Union members said they were encouraged to hear Biden’s comments on the situation, according to the Sun-Times.
Hong Kong Property Market Narrowly Avoids First Annual Decline In Home Prices In 12 Years As Demand Defies Coronavirus
Other analysts believe the correction in the property market will continue as Hong Kong struggles through the biggest recession in its history, though prices are unlikely to swing wildly from month to month. But the performance of property prices in 2021 will ultimately depend on the local economy and when the border with mainland China can be reopened, said Lam. If that happens in the second half of this year, a large amount of mainland capital will flood the Hong Kong property market, he said. More from South China Morning Post:Read the original article on South China Morning Post. For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app.
Stock futures mixed as investors focus on Fed policy meeting
U.S. equity futures are pointing to a mixed open when the Wednesday trading session begins. Continue Reading BelowDow futures suggest a decline of 0.4%, while the Nasdaq indicates a gain of 0.4%. The Fed is expected to keep its extremely supportive policy stance unchanged given the slow progress in vanquishing the pandemic, analysts said. In Asian markets, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.3%, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 0.3% and China's Shanghai Composite index gained 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite also slid 0.1%, to 13,626.06.
Department store chain Belk filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Belk, the North Carolina-based department store chain which has catered to generations of shoppers for nearly 190 years, announced Tuesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A group of the department store’s creditors, led by the private equity firms KKR and Blackstone, will get a minority stake. The 133-year-old chain grew from the opening of a store in Monroe, North Carolina, by William Henry Belk in 1888. Three generations of the Belk family led the company to become the biggest family-owned department store chain in the country by 2015, when the family sold it for $3 billion. The department store has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic as customers flocked to online shopping and avoided in-person shopping.
Brexit and COVID have slammed the not-so-United Kingdom. Its survival may be in danger
The new badge was meant to showcase his dedication to strengthening the bonds among England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which together make up the United Kingdom. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted against leaving the EU in 2016 but were powerless to stop it. Sturrock’s shifting views are music to the ears of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has hung much of her political career on the fight for Scottish independence. The half-in, half-out status angers those who see it as a wedge being driven between the people of Northern Ireland and the rest of their compatriots in Britain. (Peter Morrison / Associated Press)AdvertisementWhether Johnson can stanch the upwelling of dissent and disillusionment in Scotland and Northern Ireland is an open question.
Clinic to offer 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine starting Feb. 2
The appointment-only site will offer COVID-19 vaccine to those who received their first shot at Western High School, Cashman Center or the Southern Nevada Health District’s main office. People wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine was the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoSecond doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered beginning next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Health officials recommend that the second dose of vaccine be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. More information about new COVID-19 vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html.
Biden’s education secretary nominee is the right choice to lead on school reopenings
President Biden’s nominee for secretary of education, Miguel Cardona, inherits a thankless but necessary task: using the power of the federal government to push schools to reopen as quickly as possible. Kids are owed a quality education, even in the face of adversity, and too many American school districts still aren’t providing it. His nomination as secretary of education was praised by national teachers unions and pro education reform groups alike. Cardona provided school districts with safety guidelines to reopen but ultimately let them decide individually when to do so. AdvertisementEven though Connecticut’s teachers unions have pushed back on reopenings, they praised Cardona.
Dear Abby: My bestie and I have sex, and that intimidates my boyfriends
DEAR ABBY: I have a male best friend I adore. Related Articles Dear Abby: He’s the only man for me, and I’m thinking of leaving himDear Abby: We can’t stand his new wife. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Carolina plays Tampa Bay in division battle
Carolina went 38-25-5 overall and 8-12-1 in division play during the 2019-20 season. The Hurricanes scored 217 total goals last season while collecting 380 assists. BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay visits Carolina in a matchup of Central Division teams. Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0, fourth in the Central Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-0, eighth in the Central Division)Tampa Bay finished 18-5-1 in division action and 21-11-4 on the road a season ago. The Lightning recorded 414 assists on 243 total goals last season.
The Latest: France's Sanofi to help make rival vaccine
PARIS — French drug maker Sanofi says it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement Wednesday. The French government has been pressing Sanofi to use its facilities to help make rival vaccines, given high demand and problems with supplies of the few vaccines that are already available. Sanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said. The two companies said last month that their vaccine won’t be ready until late 2021 because the shot’s effectiveness in older people needed to be improved.
Myanmar health workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Health workers in Myanmar on Wednesday became the first people in the Southeast Asian country to be vaccinated against COVID-19, five days after the first vaccines were delivered from India. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, announced last week that front-line health workers would get priority for inoculations with the vaccine developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. India, which manufactures the vaccine under license, donated 1.5 million doses to Myanmar, enough to inoculate 750,000 people. On Wednesday, Suu Kyi observed vaccinations at a hospital in the capital, Naypyitaw, and told reporters that the inoculation campaign must proceed carefully because the government does not have all the supplies it needs. Suu Kyi, 75, is expected to be vaccinated Thursday.
Shoah survivors to get vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day
VIENNA (AP) — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia were poised to get their first coronavirus vaccination Wednesday, acknowledging their past suffering with a special tribute 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Nazis killed more than 1 million Jews and others. “We owe this to them,” said Erika Jakubovits, the Jewish Community of Vienna organizer of the vaccination drive. Some were being brought by shuttle or by ambulance, while others were being brought in by their children. Jakubovits organized the vaccination drive with the support from the Austrian Health Ministry and Vienna city officials. Twelve doctors, all members of the Viennese Jewish community, volunteered to vaccinate the survivors.
UK care home residents send message of hope on vaccine day
A reason to celebrate at England's Rose Lodge Care Home — today is vaccine day. After a Covid-19 outbreak left half the residents sick and four dead, this first dose has brought new hope for a way out of the deadly pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 in the UK. As featured on Covid-19 has killed 100,000 people in the UK. Experts say the government is still getting it wrong In March last year, the UK government said it was hopeful the country could cap its coronavirus deaths at 20,000. It was a bleak target to set, but one the nation came to begrudgingly accept.
'I want to go home': Filipina domestic workers face exploitative conditions
Instead, he would provide her and the three other migrant domestic workers he employed with 10 Bahraini dinar (or £20) for food every fortnight, to be split between four. Rowena and her housemates are not alone: the pandemic has left domestic workers like them further exposed to exploitative working conditions and abuse. The Guardian has interviewed more than a dozen Filipina women across Asia, Europe and the Middle East since April. According to the International Labor Organisation, there are 11.5 million migrant domestic workers worldwide. At the start of the outbreak, she received calls late into the night from Filipina domestic workers trying to leave their abusive employers.
Brighton record loss of £67m as coronavirus pandemic hits finances
Brighton have reported a loss of £67.2m for the 2019-20 season, which chairman Tony Bloom described as "one of the most challenging in the club's history". The figure compares to a loss of £21.2m during the previous campaign, while turnover was down to £132.9m from £148m. In a statement, the club said the coronavirus pandemic had affected every aspect of their financial operations. "The budgeted losses were significantly increased by the unexpected drop in turnover, due to the coronavirus pandemic." Bloom paid tribute to the work of club staff in mitigating the impact of the pandemic, and acknowledged it put the financial results into perspective.
COVID-19: Breakthrough treatment claims to stop 100% of symptomatic infections
The makers of an experimental drug, now being trialled by the NHS, say it is 100 per cent effective in protecting against symptomatic cases of the virus. US-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals says its two-antibody cocktail called REGEN-COV also reduces overall coronavirus infection rates by about 50 per cent. Regeneron analysed 400 participants in its trial, all of whom had a household member with COVID-19. REGEN-COV works by combining two antibodies which bind to a protein on the surface of the virus and blocks infections of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Oxford University's Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) study - the world's largest clinical trial of hospitalised COBID-19 patients - is testing REGEN-COV.
IOC urges athletes to get vaccinated before Tokyo Games
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday recommended athletes and officials receive coronavirus vaccinations before traveling for the postponed Tokyo Games, emphasizing the need to protect the health and safety of people in Japan. In a teleconference with national Olympic committees, IOC President Thomas Bach reiterated that vaccinations are part of a “toolbox” of coronavirus countermeasures being devised by the IOC and organizers of both the Tokyo Games and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. While priority should be given to “vulnerable groups, nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe,” Olympic participants should seek vaccination once it becomes available to the general public, Bach said. But it also pointed to a recent U.N. resolution stating the importance of Olympic and Paralympic teams in promoting sport as a contributor to health and wellbeing in communities around the world. The IOC has asked all 206 NOCs to determine the vaccination situation in their respective countries and regions, in consultation with local authorities, and report back in early February.
Giants to set up coronavirus testing center in Okinawa
The Yomiuri Giants will set up a coronavirus testing clinic for pro baseball and J. League soccer teams holding preseason camps in Okinawa Prefecture, the Central League club said Wednesday. The Giants are scheduled to open their camp in Okinawa on Monday. Harumi Hoshi, a senior club official, outlined the operations of the clinic in a press conference at the Okinawa prefectural government office. “We will screen athletes and staff for infection and carry out the camp safely,” Hoshi said.
Biden news live: Latest updates as president confronts Putin
? Close Related video: Biden orders 200m extra Covid vaccine doses in bid to vaccinate 300m Americans by end of summerJoe Biden has held his first call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, pressing his fellow president on the poisoning and arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s apparent involvement in a cyberattack last year that compromised the files of multiple US federal agencies and the Russian military’s alleged bounty scheme against US troops in Afghanistan. The new US president is eager to set a new tone in relations with Russia, its Cold War adversary throughout the second half of the 20th century, after his predecessor, Donald Trump, routinely gave Mr Putin the benefit of the doubt. Republican senators lost a vote in the upper chamber on Tuesday seeking to block Mr Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial as “unconstitutional”, given that he is no longer in office, but the vote appeared to confirm Rand Paul’s contention that the matter is “dead on arrival”, with insufficient GOP support to convict the 45th president for inciting insurrection at the US Capitol earlier this month. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms here The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms here
Venture investment hits record high in 2020
FINANCEThe Ministry of SMEs and Startup (Unit: 100 million won)South Korea’s venture investment set records in 2020 both in the number of deals and their value, despite the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of SMEs and Startups announced Wednesday.The country’s investment in startups reached 4.30 trillion won ($3.89 billion) in 2020, adding 26.8 billion won, or 0.6 percent, from the previous year.The number of investment deals also hit a record high of 4,231 while the number of invested companies logged an all-time high of 2,130. Among the 2,130 companies that secured funds last year, a record 75 companies received more than 10 billion won.“While the COVID-19 pandemic renewed investors’ interest in bio and health as well as the ICT sector, bullish stock markets also raised expectations for an investment exit,” Vice Minister of SMEs and Startups Kang Sung-cheon said Wednesday. “The government’s efforts to foster an innovative ecosystem for startups and ventures also had a positive impact.” The venture investment boom in 2020 was led by bio, health, ICT, materials, parts and equipment. This year, startups and venture companies will continue to play a key role in the recovery of our economy,” Kang said. ( gypark@heraldcorp.com
Dozens injured in lockdown protests in Lebanon's Tripoli: Red Cross
A protester runs past a burning vehicle during clashes with the army in Lebanon's impoverished second city TripoliAdvertising Read moreBeirut (AFP)Overnight clashes in northern Lebanon between security forces and demonstrators angered by a coronavirus lockdown injured at least 45 people, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday. At least nine of the injured were treated in hospital following rolling scuffles in the main northern city of Tripoli, the Red Cross said. At least 30 people were injured in similar clashes in Tripoli on Monday night as frustration with tight coronavirus restrictions boiled over. Tripoli was already one of Lebanon's poorest areas even before the pandemic piled on new misery to a chronic economic crisis. But caretaker social affairs minister Ramzi Musharrafieh acknowledged Tuesday that three-quarters of the population of more than six million need financial assistance.
Wuhan next-of-kin say China silencing them as WHO visits
The effort has thus far been thwarted by official obstruction, monitoring of social media groups and intimidation, say next-of-kin. The WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on January 14 and are due to emerge from a 14-day quarantine on Thursday. According to official Chinese figures, it killed nearly 3,900 in Wuhan, accounting for the vast majority of the 4,636 dead China has reported. A team of WHO virus experts were finally allowed into Wuhan a fortnight ago. Several Wuhan relatives have tried to file lawsuits seeking compensation and punishment of officials, but say courts have refused to accept them.
French firm Sanofi to help produce 100 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
This photo taken Monday Nov.30, 2020, shows the logo of French drugmaker Sanofi at the company's headquarters, in Paris. Sanofi will fill and pack millions of doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from July in an effort to help meet the huge demand for the U.S. drugmaker's shots. Last month, Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline said a COVID-19 vaccine they are jointly developing had shown an insufficient immune response in older people, delaying its launch to late this year. >> 'Humiliation': French see Covid-19 vaccine flops as sign of decline"Since our main vaccine is a few months late, we asked ourselves how we could be of assistance now," Hudson was quoted as saying. Sanofi is also working on another COVID-19 vaccine candidate with U.S. firm Translate Bio which uses mRNA technology, similar to the approach of Pfizer/BioNTech.
Fears a third lockdown may be imminent as France's Covid-19 cases surge
Macron will head the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday and a government COVID-19 press conference is scheduled for Thursday. A drop below 3,000 led the government to relax the second lockdown on Dec. 15. France's cumulative total of infections now stands at 3,079,943, the sixth highest in the world. The seven-day moving average of new fatalities stands at 395. After France's Pasteur Institute said on Monday it had decided to halt one of its potential COVID-19 vaccine projects, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said it would aim to supply more than 100 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from July.
Venture investment hits record high in 2020
South Korea’s venture investment set records in 2020 both in the number of deals and their value, despite the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of SMEs and Startups announced Wednesday. The country’s investment in startups reached 4.30 trillion won ($3.89 billion) in 2020, adding 26.8 billion won, or 0.6 percent, from the previous year. The number of investment deals also hit a record high of 4,231 while the number of invested companies logged an all-time high of 2,130. Among the 2,130 companies that secured funds last year, a record 75 companies received more than 10 billion won. The Ministry of SMEs and Startup (Unit: 100 million won)
Moon briefs global leaders on S. Korea's inclusive policy amid pandemic
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a special speech during a virtual session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)President Moon Jae-in introduced global political and business leaders Wednesday to South Korea's policy measures designed to promote inclusive growth in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was delivering a special speech at an online meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of its Davos Agenda Week event. "We have yet to pool more wisdom on concrete ways, but if implemented, they would be able to serve as an inclusive policy model to overcome infectious disease disasters, like the coronavirus, together," the president said. He also mentioned the Korean-version New Deal project aimed at expanding employment and social safety nets and achieving an inclusive recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
Trump Administration Accomplishments – The White House
More than 6 million American workers received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to the tax cuts. There are now 6 LNG export facilities operating in the United States, with 2 additional export projects under construction. Cross-trained United States Border Patrol agents to conduct credible fear screenings alongside USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) adjudication personnel to reduce massive backlogs. Issued directives requiring Federal agencies to hire United States workers first and prioritizing the hiring of United States workers wherever possible. Removed the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to the group’s blatant anti-Israel bias.
Premiers tell Trudeau they ‘want to go to war’ with U.S. over Keystone XL: sources
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced anger from some of Canada’s premiers Thursday over U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project — including heated calls for punishment that could fracture ties between the two allies. “Some premiers want to go to war” with the United States over the cancellation, aides of those who participated in the meeting said. The characterization surprised some of the other premiers on the call, aides said, given the behaviour of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney blasts President Biden on revoked Keystone XL permitTrudeau told the premiers he will plead the case for the Keystone XL pipeline when he speaks to Biden by phone Friday. White House defends revoking Keystone XL permit, says Biden committed to clean energy jobsBiden’s revoking of the Keystone XL permit, one of several executive orders signed within hours of his inauguration, drew sharp condemnation from the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, whose energy sectors were depending on the US$8 billion project.
Estonia to become the only country in the world with a female president and female prime minister — Invest in Estonia
The other three countries with a female head of state and head of government are New Zealand, Denmark, and Barbados, all with a queen and a female prime minister. Kersti Kaljulaid is the first female President of Estonia since 2016. An analysis published by the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the World Economic Forum suggests it’s not a coincidence. COVID-outcomes are systematically better in countries led by women. Coalition negotiations in Estonia were led by Kaja Kallas and the Center Party’s deputy chairwoman Mailis Reps.
China Is Using Anal Swabs to Detect COVID-19 Infections
Authorities in Beijing are ordering anal swabs for some people who may have contacted COVID-19 patients, in its latest effort to contain local outbreaks. But since it’s not convenient to do anal swabs for large numbers of people, the test is now only required for the “key population,” such as those under quarantine, he said. Researchers have been studying if anal swabs could help doctors screen potential infections or identify severe cases at an early stage. A study in Weihai found the coronavirus was positive in anal swabs but negative in other sample types of several cured patients. Another study in the southern city of Guangzhou showed the detection of the virus in anal swabs was a potential warning indicator of severe disease.
San Jose hospital chief reportedly gets ax over COVID-19 vaccine scandal
Sources familiar with the hospital say Chief Operating Officer Gary Purushotham has been fired, the Mercury News reported. Good Samaritan Hospital spokesperson Sarah Sherwood did not respond immediately to requests for comment from San José Spotlight but told the Mercury News that “disciplinary action has been taken” and Purushotham was still at the hospital as of Jan. 26. On Jan. 25, the office of the Santa Clara County District Attorney confirmed it was looking into the matter. In a letter on Jan. 22, COVID-19 Testing Officer Marty Fenstersheib said the county would restrict future vaccine doses at the hospital until there was proof distribution could be done equitably. The public health department said as of Jan. 26, Good Samaritan had not yet submitted a plan as per Fenstersheib’s request.
Taiwanese man fined $35K for breaking home quarantine 7 times
(CNN) — A Taiwanese man has been fined $1 million New Taiwan Dollars ($35,000) for repeatedly breaking his home quarantine. According to TTV News, the man left his apartment building seven times in just three days to go shopping, get his car fixed and more. Related content Man fined $3,500 for breaking Taiwan coronavirus quarantine for 8 secondsThe Taichung local government confirmed that the man returned from the mainland on January 21. In December 2020, a migrant worker from the Philippines was fined $3,500 for violating his quarantine for a grand total of eight seconds. The man, who was quarantining in a government-sanctioned hotel, briefly stepped into the hallway outside his room and was captured on CCTV.
End America's Guantanamo Bay chapter for detainees and for 9/11 families like mine
Bill TammeusOpinion contributorThis new year brings more frustration over the prisoners — euphemistically called detainees — still housed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and more pain for 9/11 families, including mine, as we prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Forty prisoners remain there, among them five men accused of planning and supporting the 9/11 attacks. The rules of the proceedings generally have reflected basic American values about innocence and guilt, but the delays have become enormously frustrating, especially for 9/11 families monitoring all this. Routine grief and special pain of 9/11The whole Gitmo process has been torturous not only for many of the prisoners but also for 9/11 families. It’s thousands, not even counting families shattered by other terrorist attacks and mass murders since 9/11.
Outbreaks in South Korea's Christian schools drive surge in COVID-19 cases
FILE PHOTO: Women wearing a mask as a measure to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk under an umbrella as it snows in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiAt least 323 COVID-19 cases had been traced to churches and mission schools run by a Christian organisation in two cities, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) data. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to churches and its mission schools in Gwangju, about 270 kms (168 miles) south of Seoul, officials said. Another 176 cases had been linked to an affiliated school in the city of Daejeon since Jan. 17. The Christian organisation responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.
UK passes 100,000 COVID deaths, with many more to come
Many more deaths would follow before a vaccination programme began to take effect, England’s chief medical officer said. Britain has the world’s fifth highest toll from COVID-19 and reported a further 1,631 deaths and 20,089 cases on Tuesday. The 100,162 deaths are more than Britain’s civilian toll in World War Two and twice the number killed in the 1940-41 Blitz bombing campaign. In December, Britain became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. New variants have also alarmed scientists, and Johnson has warned the prospect of a “vaccine-busting” variant could mean that lockdown measures are needed for longer.
‘Sloppy’ hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. The San Jose Sharks have been the NHL’s nomads since they opened training camp in Arizona because of a ban on contact sports by Santa Clara County, California. “We’re staying in 5-star hotels, get to play hockey, so I can’t complain,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said.
Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tova Friedman hid among corpses at Auschwitz amid the chaos of the extermination camp’s final days. Many Holocaust survivors in the United States, Israel and elsewhere find themselves in a state of previously unimaginable isolation due to the pandemic. In 2005, the United Nations designated Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an acknowledgement of Auschwitz’s iconic status. Israel, which today counts 197,000 Holocaust survivors, officially marks its Holocaust remembrance day in the spring. Some insurrectionists wore clothes with anti-Semitic messages like “Camp Auschwitz” and ““6MWE,” which stands for “6 million wasn’t enough.”“It was utterly shocking and I couldn’t believe it.
France’s Sanofi to make vaccines from rival Pfizer-BioNTech
FILE - In this photo Nov.30, 2020 file photo the logo of French drug maker Sanofi is picture at the company's headquarters, in Paris. French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)FILE - In this photo Nov.30, 2020 file photo the logo of French drug maker Sanofi is picture at the company's headquarters, in Paris. The Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement. Sanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said.
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001.
EDF sees delay, higher costs for Hinkley project
Electricite de France SA released on Wednesday an updated schedule and cost estimates for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station that takes into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic so far. Hinkley Point C should start generating electricity from its unit 1 in June 2026, compared with an initial announcement of the end of 2025, the French utility company said.
Historic 'Lord of the Rings' pub in Oxford to close after 450 years
Watch: Oxford’s famous Lamb and Flag to closeThe Lamb and Flag, the famous Oxford pub frequented by J.R.R. Lewis and Thomas Hardy, will close its doors after 450 years. Oxford University's St John's College, which owns the site, confirmed the news, stating that the closure is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the pub briefly re-opened in August, it failed to break even, and will now officially cease trading on 31 January. Read more: Lenny Henry joins Lord of the Rings series castThomas Hardy was said to have written much of his novel Jude The Obscure, set in a fictionalised version of Oxford, on the premises.
Trae Young honors Kobe Bryant in win vs. Clippers on anniversary of his death
Plenty around the sports world paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Tuesday, exactly one year after they were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles. Trae Young, even though he had a game to focus on, made sure to honor the former Lakers great, too. Young, late in their 108-99 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, threw up Bryant’s number near half court after sealing the win. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles that killed Kobe, Gianna and seven others — something that sent shockwaves through the sports world. Trae Young joined countless others in the sports world who honored Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Tuesday.
Loved by students, scholars and writers for 450 years, Oxford pub succumbs to COVID
By Gerhard Mey and Eddie KeoghOXFORD, England (Reuters) - A historic pub in the centre of Oxford that has served students, scholars and literary greats for over 450 years is to shut down, a cultural casualty of the COVID pandemic. The Lamb and Flag, once frequented by the likes of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. It is owned by St John's College, one of 45 colleges and private halls that make up the University of Oxford. Since 1997, St John's College has used profits generated by the pub to fund scholarships for graduate students. (Reporting by Gerhard Mey and Eddie Keogh in Oxford, Estelle Shirbon in London; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
Polls find Biden's approval rating higher than Trump's ever was
President Biden’s approval rating in his first days in office is higher than Donald Trump ever achieved during his four years as president, two new polls have found. Trump, by contrast, reached an approval rating high of 52 percent in an April 2020 survey by the same pollster. As a result, their impact on a president’s approval rating can be short-lived. When Trump began his term as president in January 2017, Gallup measured his approval rating at 45 percent. But the week before he left office, his approval had fallen to just 34 percent, and Gallup noted that “his 41% average approval rating throughout his presidency is four points lower than for any of his predecessors.”Gallup has yet to release its first poll tracking Biden’s approval rating.
Mass. takes heat for its vaccine rollout
Massachusetts is finally taking critical steps to hasten the pace of our COVID-19 vaccine rollout ( “Governor quickens vaccine rollout, adds sites,” Page A1, Jan. 26). In Massachusetts, we are told that those age 75 and older will be getting their vaccine in February. Linda HuempfnerFranklinMultiple missteps, rigid top-down approach set state backKudos to Robert Weisman and Kay Lazar for their superb Jan. 24 article on the multiple missteps and misplaced rigidity of our state government regarding vaccine distribution (”Misfires bedevil rollout of vaccines,” Page A1). It is disgraceful that hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses are sitting unused inside hospital refrigerators. Massachusetts is in the bottom half of the states in terms of vaccine distribution per capita.
Let’s cut red vaccine tape so we can replicate success of Oak Cliff registration hubs
Council members Chad West, Adam Bazaldua, Paula Blackmon, Omar Narvaez, Adam Medrano and Jaime Resendez wrote City Manager T.C. Broadnax to request equipment for vaccine registration hubs in their districts. Council members also called county officials and talked to community leaders. Such local leadership successes should be celebrated and then scaled up, and we have high hopes for the city’s future registration hubs. We urge the council to focus on streamlining processes as the city rolls out its own allotment of 5,000 vaccine doses.
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. “It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,” Bowness said. Teams are shuffling their lineups more, losing the kind of chemistry that usually builds up through training camp and into the season. “We're staying in 5-star hotels, get to play hockey, so I can't complain,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. ___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay's Tom Brady and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001. The first Super Bowl matchup of former league MVPs came in the 1976 season when Oakland's Ken Stabler (1974 winner) beat Minnesota's Fran Tarkenton (1975 winner). Every title since then was clinched on the road or in a neutral site at the Super Bowl or in a coronavirus bubble.
Zendaya takes on a mature role and an ownership stake in her new movie ‘Malcolm & Marie’
They batted around off-the-wall ideas, like a warped Disney horror film shot in Zendaya’s house, before landing on something small in scale yet rich in possibility for two top-of-their-game actors. Like a mesmerizing two-hander play, the film, shot at night in gorgeous high-contrast black-and-white, concentrates its energy on the performances and turbulent chemistry between the two leads. Zendaya and Washington play complex, unpredictable and utterly codependent lovers who deliver torrents of dialogue in what is essentially one drawn-out fight. He described working with Zendaya and Levinson as “like the creative Olympics, and the best idea wins. In the Q&A for press with Washington, Zendaya acknowledged the unique quality of the film — from start to finish.
School districts need help to reverse learning losses from the pandemic
At most grade levels, students slipped backward and school districts are struggling to reverse this slide. Some districts, like Dallas ISD, are considering extra classroom days so students don’t continue to fall behind. This has to change because districts face both financial and strategic impediments that they can’t resolve on their own. School districts must get their fair share of state revenue for the second semester based on enrollment numbers before the COVID-19 outbreak. School districts need to know that they won’t be stuck with the financial burden as they begin budgeting for next school year.
Dear Abby: Couple’s drunk friend steps way over the line
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been close friends with a woman named “Louise” for five years. Recently, we were all hanging out, and Louise got very drunk and tried to massage lotion into my husband’s hands. My husband has expressed to me that these situations made him very uncomfortable, and they do the same to me. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
Police accuse 64-year-old man of murder in deadly Southeast Portland hit-and-run rampage
A 64-year-old man accused of plowing into pedestrians, cyclists and killing a 77-year-old Portland woman in a 15-block wild, erratic ride through Southeast Portland Monday afternoon is facing murder and multiple assault allegations. Paul Rivas is accused of second-degree murder , six counts of second-degree assault and seven counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver in Monday's deadly hit-and-run rampage in Southeast Portland, police said. Witnesses described Rivas’ behavior after he crashed his car and fled from the scene Monday following a mile-long rampage through Southeast Portland streets and sidewalks. An hour later, a caller reported a motorist driving recklessly in the area of Southeast 36th Avenue and Southeast Oak Street. Detectives said the crime scene stretched from Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Blvd to Southeast 15th Avenue, and from East Burnside Street to Belmont Street.
Oregon State at USC tops the week in Pac-12 hoops
Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball:GAME OF THE WEEK: Oregon State at Southern California, Thursday. What would have been the marquee game of the week, Oregon at No. The Trojans, coming off an eight-point win over Stanford, are 1.5 games behind UCLA for the Pac-12 lead at 6-2. LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona State, one of the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12, is looking to get back on track this week against Stanford and Cal. ... Washington and Washington State have struggled in conference play, but the Apple Cup rivalry usually has some fun games.
Biden’s Commerce pick, Raimondo, voices tough line on China
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the Commerce Department took a tough line on China in her confirmation hearing Tuesday, though she stopped short of singling out which Chinese companies should remain on a list that limits their access to advanced U.S. technology. Gina Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, would be responsible for promoting opportunities for economic growth domestically and overseas. Raimondo focused her testimony before a Senate panel Tuesday on the need to help those sectors of the economy and the workers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. “COVID has shined a light on the inequities in our economy,” Raimondo said. “The president has been very clear, we’re going to build back better and more equitably, and I strongly support that.”
China faces renewed trade pressure
BEIJING — The U.S.-Chinese trade war isn’t going away under President Joe Biden. Biden won’t confront Beijing right away, economists say, because he wants to focus on the coronavirus and the economy. But he looks set to renew pressure over trade and technology grievances that prompted President Donald Trump to hike tariffs on Chinese imports in 2017. Negotiators might tone down Trump’s focus on narrowing China’s multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States and push harder to open its state-dominated economy, which matters more in the long run, economists say. “I think Biden will focus more on trying to extract structural reforms,” said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics.
Health workers become 1st to get COVID-19 vaccine in Nepal
Health workers become 1st to get COVID-19 vaccine in NepalKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of health workers lined up across Nepal to get the coronavirus vaccine Wednesday as the Himalayan nation began a three-month vaccination campaign. At the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, doctors were encouraging hesitant colleagues to get the vaccine. If we will not take, then who will take this vaccine? We can’t say we will not take this as we are doctors,” said Dr. Poonam Sharma. Hospital director Dr. Dinesh Kafle said 300 staffers were set to get the vaccine on Wednesday and the remaining 2,000 within a week.
France's Sanofi to make vaccines from rival Pfizer-BioNTech
PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. The Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement. The company did not reveal financial details of the agreement. The French government has been pressing Sanofi to use its facilities to help make vaccines from its rivals, given high demand and problems with supplies of the few vaccines that are already available. “We are very conscious that the earlier vaccine doses are available, the more lives can potentially be saved,” Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson said in the statement.
Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tova Friedman hid among corpses at Auschwitz amid the chaos of the extermination camp's final days. As German forces preparing to flee the scene of their genocide went from bed to bed shooting anyone still alive, Friedman barely breathed under a blanket and went unnoticed. Days later, on Jan. 27, 1945, she was among the thousands of prisoners who survived to greet the Soviet troops who liberated the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Now 82, Friedman had hoped to mark Wednesday's anniversary by taking her eight grandchildren to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site, which is under the custodianship of the Polish state. The coronavirus pandemic prevented the trip.
Point of View: Spreading the word about Earned Income Tax Credit
Supporting Oklahoma families and working to grow small businesses have been two of my focal points while in political office. It’s essential that every eligible family know about the federal Earned Income Tax Credit for households earning $56,000 or less a year. This month, a campaign known as OKC Tax Help has launched a 2020 tax season initiative to increase the number of claimants of the EITC. The average credit received by an Oklahoma tax filer in 2019 was $2,577. In addition, I am resubmitting legislation this session to once again allow Oklahoma families to also file for the EITC on their state tax return.
Opinion: With COVID, don't let your guard down!
In 1952, its worst year, 3,145 people in the United States died from polio. Then promptly came the polio vaccine, which essentially eradicated this infection. It is now the third-most common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. Reservations about the COVID vaccine are abound, motivated by rumors, deliberate anti-vaxxing sentiment, political disposition, "extra caution," ignorance and fear. All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible.
Point of View: Developing tomorrow's leaders through mentorship today
If you have ever had a mentor, you know how positive and impactful one can be. One way experienced leaders can make a difference in the new year is to offer their expertise and knowledge through mentorship to Oklahoma's emerging leaders. Providing support and mentorship in the workforce is a positive and impactful way to give back to an industry while shepherding the professional development of rising stars. Programs like this are vital to the diversity and development of tomorrow's professional leaders. Mentorship is an ideal way to connect with emerging individuals seeking advancement while providing a key ingredient for future success for individuals and industries.
How many coronavirus cases have there been in your area? Use our tool to find out
How are cases spreading in the UK, and how are we trying to slow the spread? South-west England has recorded a smaller week-on-week drop, from 401.3 to 343.2 - the lowest since Jan 1. However, Sir Patrick Vallance said on Jan 22 that there is "increasing confidence" that the UK variant will be susceptible to the vaccine. Although Boris Johnson also announced on Jan 22 that the UK variant of coronavirus could be up to 30 per cent more deadly than the original. "It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of death, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty," Prof Ferguson told ITV.
Number of child homicides rises during lockdown amid mental health fears
The number of domestic homicides involving children has almost doubled during the pandemic, with senior Scotland Yard officers warning of the impact that lockdown has had on mental health. But the number of children killed by a parent or carer over the same period increased from 7 in 2019 to 12 last year. All of the cases investigated will now be subject to a multi-agency review, but there are fears that the strain of lockdown has fuelled mental health related homicides. Earlier this week Olga Freeman pleaded guilty to killing her 10-year-old son, Dylan, after suffering mental health breakdown as she tried to look after him during lockdown. "Sadly, the increase in child victims of domestic homicides in 2020 reinforces this statistic.
FTSE dips as pound hits new three-year high – live updates
The FTSE 100 is set to fall as investors shrugged off Microsoft's bumper results to focus on the impact of Covid on the global economy. 5) Daily commute must evolve to lure ‘Covid aristocracy’: Lockdown has derailed plans for home workers to return to the office. MSCI's gauge of Asian ex-Japan shares slipped 0.3pc, dragged lower by profit-taking in resource shares as some investors have grown wary of stretched valuations. The results boosted optimism for other U.S. tech giants, including Apple and Facebook, which announce quarterly results later in the day. Coming up todayCorporate: Brewin Dolphin, Fresnillo, SCS, Tullow (Trading statements)Economics: Industrial profits (China); consumer confidence (France); durable goods orders, Federal Reserve decision (US)
How Leicester turned the Premier League's 'big six' into a 'big seven'
As a result of such high-quality signings, Leicester’s recruitment, and the analysis and preparation behind it, is the envy of clubs across Europe. Ben Chilwell was pursued over two seasons by Chelsea and Manchester City, so Leicester acted by bringing in Justin and Castagne. There was also a pivotal moment in Leicester’s future on Christmas Eve, when the club moved into their stunning £100m training ground near Seagrave. Leicester are a club making 100 per cent use of their resources, and there is excitement over what the future holds. It may never become the ‘big seven’, but as we all discovered five years ago, it is always foolish to write Leicester off.
Outdoor chess and fewer trips home: Inside England's Six Nations bubble
Blankets, firepits and an outdoor chessboard may not be the first things that come to mind for an England squad preparing for the Guinness Six Nations Championship, but then these are extraordinary times. The biosecure bubble awaiting the England players when they meet up at St George’s Park on Wednesday will be an even stricter regime than they faced during the Autumn Nations Cup. While the safety of the players and families are paramount, the Six Nations Championship is also on the line. The implications for the 28 players who are arriving in camp at midday on Wednesday will become immediately apparent. This might not be such an issue in early autumn, but the current freezing conditions are throwing up unique challenges.
Wednesday morning news briefing: PM's sorrow at Covid death toll
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. PM's sorrow as UK's Covid death toll passes 100,000He told the nation he was "deeply sorry". Lee Jones examines how Britain's hollowed-out state not only broke down, but failed to plan to stop a pandemic. Telegraph readers have been paying tribute to loved-ones lost to Covid in Never Forgotten, an online memorial. Read Samaan Lateef's report and see more of today's striking world pictures.
South Korea now seeks ways to live with low birth rate
After years of failed efforts to boost the birth rate, South Korea’s government now says it will focus some of its energy on learning to live with population decline, rather than simply trying to halt it. South Korea’s fertility rate of 0.92 was the world’s lowest in 2019, and likely fell further last year as the uncertainty of the pandemic discouraged young people from marrying and having children. The population fell for the first time ever last year, while more people opting to live alone pushed the number of households to a record. The government will develop a new visa to attract researchers and other professionals from overseas, while also providing ways to help retired people open their own businesses. South Korea will also strengthen “legal and institutional support” for nontraditional types of families such as those based on common-law marriage or nonmarried couples with babies.
Eating out in Japan: If you must do it, turn down the volume
Struggling restaurants’ efforts to urge customers to refrain from talking while eating have been attracting public support in Japan amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. A number of social networking users showed sympathy toward the design of a poster promoting quiet eating provided for free by the owner. Kidoairaku, a pub in Tokyo city of Machida, displays a flyer for mokushoku, while also calling for tanshoku, which means eating in a short time. Still, we hope customers will concentrate on eating during the pandemic,” Fujisaki said, adding that efforts by restaurants alone would not be enough. “I hope the government will not only urge restaurants to operate with shorter hours and customers to refrain from going to restaurants, but also warn customers about their attitudes.”PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Indonesia boosts steps to curb climate risks as disasters hit growth
Indonesia is expanding programs to mitigate the impact from climate change following a recent spate of natural disasters that has added pressure to economic recovery. A program to make villages environmentally friendly will be modified to increase involvement with local residents, she said. “We need to adapt to a new normal global health landscape and a more extreme climate simultaneously,” Nurbaya said. The government is looking to see if deforestation, which led to other factors such as poor drainage and decreased land coverage, may have worsened the devastating impact from flooding in South Kalimantan, as claimed by activists. Repeated hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods and landslides proved that the government isn’t doing enough, Indonesian environmental group Walhi said in a statement on Monday.
New Tokyo COVID-19 cases dip below 1,000, but severe infections surge
Tokyo confirmed 973 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the figure dipped below 1,000 for the first time in two days, and for the first time on a Wednesday this year. But while overall cases appear to be trending downward, the number of severely ill patients in Tokyo on Wednesday surged by 11 to 159, the metropolitan government said in a statement, a day after the country reported a record number of such cases. In Tokyo, people in their 20s made up the largest group of new cases by age, at 193, followed by 160 in their 30s and 146 in their 50s. On Tuesday, Japan reported 3,853 new cases of the deadly virus, topping the 3,000 threshold for the first time in two days. The country also confirmed 104 new deaths linked to the virus, including 14 in Osaka Prefecture and 13 each in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.
Ex CPS chief Nazir Afzal instructs lawyers to consider Boris Johnson prosecution
The former CPS chief prosecutor of the north west who brought down a Rochdale child abuse gang has suggested Boris Johnson could face prosecution for misconduct in public office over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Johnson, in his Downing Street address this evening expressed his regret that more than 100,000 had died of Covid-19. Nazir Afzal, the former CPS chief prosecutor in the north west said he believes the PM could face prosecution. He wrote: '100,000 Covid dead and Boris Johnson has still not met with the family of any of bereaved, he hasn't called for a day of remembrance or even a moment's silence. Mr Afzal earlier wrote to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick about Dominic Cummings' controversial trip to Barnard Castle during the first Covid-19 lockdown.
UAE could be added to Britain's list of up to 30 'high risk' quarantine countries
AdvertisementBoris Johnson will today publish a list of up to 30 'high risk' Covid countries where returning travellers will be forced to quarantine in hotels for 10 days. Last summer an outbreak of coronavirus in Melbourne was blamed on security guards having sex with guests at one of the quarantine hotels. The travel industry is ending its worst January on record in terms of forward bookings. It is not yet clear if these exemptions would be carried over should ministers press ahead with hotel quarantine. The travel industry has warned that the added cost would destroy holiday plans.
California restaurant and salon workers say customers are ready to come back in droves
Newsom drafted the stay-at-home order in December as virus cases spiked and in anticipation of surges from holiday gatherings. The lifting of the stay-at-home order allows restaurants to serve diners outdoors and places of worship to offer services outside. Mayor London Breed said outdoor restaurant dining can resume Thursday. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city of Los Angeles will align with county rules allowing outdoor dining at restaurants starting Friday. Health experts had mixed views on the state lifting the order.
Researchers see little evidence in-person school drives COVID-19 cases
Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading COVID-19 infections, showing a 'path forward' to in-person classes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading COVID-19 infections, showing a 'path forward' to in-person classes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on TuesdayThe CDC said that 'there has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission'. The authors pointed in part to a new CDC study of rural Wisconsin schools, where student mask wearing was high. Researchers pointed in part to a CDC study of Wisconsin schools, where student mask wearing was high. COVID-19 incidence among students and staff members in the study translated into 3,453 cases per 100,000 in schools versus 5,466 per 100,000 in the wider community.
Pharmacist accused of intentionally ruining COVID-19 vaccine to plead guilty, say prosecutors
A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine is facing 20 years in prison after he agreed Tuesday to plead guilty in federal court, prosecutors said. He had originally been charged with attempted misdemeanor property damage but prosecutors warned more serious charges could follow if tests showed the doses were ruined. Pharmacist Steven Brandenburg is accused of intentionally spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine. Detectives wrote in court documents that Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believed the vaccine would mutate recipients´ DNA. This time he left them out for nine hours, thinking the vaccine would be rendered ineffective if it wasn´t refrigerated for 12 hours.
Moscow Lifts Restrictions as Coronavirus Cases Recede
Mayor Sobyanin, who lifted these restrictions as of Wednesday, noted on his website that companies were free to keep their own work-from-home rules and restaurants were still required to follow health guidelines. The Moscow administration will decide by Feb. 6 whether to allow in-person attendance at city universities. Sobyanin said the Russian capital’s daily coronavirus infections have not topped 3,000 for the past week and hospitalizations have also dramatically gone down since June 2020. Russia has confirmed the world’s fourth-highest number of coronavirus infections at more than 3.7 million cases and the third-highest death toll of more than 186,000. Daily tallies published by the national coronavirus information center place Russia’s death toll at 70,500.
UK Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson closes his eyes as he leads a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic, from inside 10 Downing Street on January 26, 2021. Britain on Tuesday became the first European country to pass 100,000 Covid-19 deaths, in a grim milestone nearly one year since its first case of the disease. The US has recorded more than 400,000 Covid-19 deaths, the world’s highest total, but its population of about 330 million is about five times more than that of the UK. Impact of new strainThe emergence of the more infectious UK variant of Covid-19 in the southeast of England in the autumn is another factor in the country’s high death toll. High vaccination rateBut despite suffering a high death toll, the UK has so far been a success when it comes to vaccinations.
KB Securities wraps up sale of UK logistics facility
FINANCELogo of KB Financial Group (KB)South Korean brokerage firm KB Securities said Wednesday that it had completed the sale of a UK logistics facility, in which it jointly invested with LB Asset Management in 2017.The two Korean companies bought the facility through funds designed to invest in UK property assets in 2017. The exact investment amount for the acquisition was not unveiled at the time. KB Securities and LB Asset Investment sealed the sale deal of the facility in January. The facility is leased to UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s until 2038.Without disclosing the value of the deal, the securities firm said the rate of return before taxes and fees came in at some 36 percent. Investors for the funds have been given an annual dividend of 7 percent on average.The sale deal came amid growing concerns over foreign alternative investments during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“The recent bull stock market requires the company to offer promising alternative investments for investors via an in-depth analysis and thorough on-site inspections,” said a KB Securities official, adding “We will continue to make all-out efforts to provide trustworthy investment products.”By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
KB Securities wraps up sale of UK logistics facility
South Korean brokerage firm KB Securities said Wednesday that it had completed the sale of a UK logistics facility, in which it jointly invested with LB Asset Management in 2017.The two Korean companies bought the facility through funds designed to invest in UK property assets in 2017. The exact investment amount for the acquisition was not unveiled at the time. KB Securities and LB Asset Investment sealed the sale deal of the facility in January. The facility is leased to UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s until 2038.Without disclosing the value of the deal, the securities firm said the rate of return before taxes and fees came in at some 36 percent. Investors for the funds have been given an annual dividend of 7 percent on average.The sale deal came amid growing concerns over foreign alternative investments during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“The recent bull stock market requires the company to offer promising alternative investments for investors via an in-depth analysis and thorough on-site inspections,” said a KB Securities official, adding “We will continue to make all-out efforts to provide trustworthy investment products.”By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
Pets and COVID-19: What owners should know
Owners who are home-isolating after coming into contact with a patient should be taking the same precautions as if they were contagious so as not to sicken their pets,” he said.“If there is a chance you might be sick, avoid patting, hugging or kissing your pets. Wear face masks if you can’t keep a safe distance,” he added.When pets come down with COVID-19, they can show cold-like symptoms and possibly loss of appetite, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms, according to veterinary medicine professor Dr. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University.“Fortunately, most of the pets known to have had COVID-19 had only mild illness. Both are capable of developing symptoms.The organization said the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to have emerged from an animal source, likely a bat, and then spilled over to people. Shin Hyoung-shik, the president of the Korean Society for Zoonoses, said, “Based on the limited information available, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is deemed to be low.
Selective support to pandemic-hit sectors is desirable: IMF
(Ministry of Economy and Finance)The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday that it would be desirable for South Korea to selectively provide assistance to sectors and people hit hard by the pandemic as economic recovery is uneven. During a conference call with Finance Minister Hong Nam-Ki, Andreas Bauer, Korea mission chief at the IMF, said South Korea needs to maintain policy support to tackle economic slumps caused by the new coronavirus outbreak. Every year, IMF delegations visit South Korea for consultations. The COVID-19 pandemic has been deepening inequality in South Korea as the pace of recovery is different between sectors and businesses, known as a "K-shaped recovery." Hong noted that close attention should be paid to the pace at which the government's debt is fast rising, according to the finance ministry.
TXT tops Japan's Oricon weekly albums charts with 1st Japanese
This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows the member of K-pop boy band Tomorrow X Together. (Big Hit Entertainment)K-pop boy band Tomorrow X Together (TXT) has topped the latest Oricon weekly music chart with its first full-length Japanese album, its management agency said Wednesday. The album has also stayed in the top spot on the daily albums chart for seven consecutive days since its release. 3 on the Oricon weekly albums chart with its debut album "The Dream Chapter: Star," released in March 2019, and No. TXT plans to host its second fan meeting, titled "2021 TXT FANLIVE SHINE X TOGETHER," at Blue Square Mastercard Hall in central Seoul on March 6.
Ramaphosa launches fund for black-owned businesses in tourism sector crippled by lockdown
The UIF said that the fund paid 1,787,268 beneficiaries more than R10 billion between 26 March 2020 and 19 January 2021. The Tourism Equity Fund will be used in particular to help black entrepreneurs start businesses and projects in the sector, said tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Tourism, the president pointed out, directly accounts for 2.9% of South Africa’s GDP and 8.6% indirectly. If the tourism sector is to play its role in aiding the economic recovery in the wake of Covid-19, it must grow and transform, he said. Job losses in the travel and tourism sector in the meantime, have continued into 2021, including countless B&Bs, restaurants, and related institutions.
GOP Signals Little Appetite for Trump Conviction in Vote on Legality of Impeachment Trial
Tuesday's vote signaled early, but firm, GOP resistance to pursuing impeachment, though Republicans can still change their minds on the final vote. If they remain unified, Democrats will need to win over 17 Republicans since a two-thirds majority is required to convict in an impeachment trial. Only three presidents, including Trump, have faced an impeachment trial though none was ultimately convicted. Typically, the chief justice of the United States presides over an impeachment trial of a sitting president, but John Roberts, who oversaw Trump's last trial in early 2020, declined to do so again. Trump's first impeachment trial lasted for 21 days, though others have spanned a few months.
UN calls on Israel to provide Palestinians with coronavirus vaccines
The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to help ensure Palestinians will receive COVID-19 vaccinations amid the coronavirus pandemic. "It is important that the same level of engagement and cooperation be sustained with regard to the delivery of vaccines," Wennesland added. Israel has injected more than 2.5 million people in the occupied territories with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Tel Aviv had declined to provide any vaccines to the Palestinians. So far, over 156,000 Palestinians have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 1,800 have lost their lives. Over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.
Myanmar launches vaccination drive, prioritises frontline healthcare workers
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZenca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. “This should create a situation to reduce the rate of infection, so it is such a relief for healthcare workers,” Tun Myint, a health ministry official overseeing vaccinations at the Yangon General Hospital, told reporters. The next group of people due to be inoculated will be members of parliament on Friday and Saturday, the health ministry has said. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population, of about 54 million people, this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies at 48 due to COVID-19
Sekou Smith, a longtime NBA reporter and television analyst, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," Silver said in a statement. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith, and I am just devastated," Kerr said. Man today just got a little heavier... my condolences to Sekou's wife, family, friends, and extended NBA family. ??? — Chris Paul (@CP3) January 27, 2021I've never had anything but positive interactions and conversations with Sekou Smith.
Durham County to Open Mass Vaccination 'Mega-Site'
Durham County Public Health Director Rodney Jenkins announced on Monday that the county will open a “mega-site” capable of administering 45,000 COVID-19 vaccines each week, beginning next month. According to the public health department’s website, the mass vaccination site will operate seven days a week. The county is working with state emergency management and public health officials, along with Fidelity Investments, to open the mega-site. Durham County Commissioners Vice-Chair Wendy Jacobs said she’s thrilled at the prospect of a mega-site to administer the COVID-19 vaccine doses. “That’s the sure-fire way of beating the variants.”There are currently 1,255 total active coronavirus cases in Durham County, Jenkins said.
A Tale of Two Inauguration Memes
Much like the Bernie mittens meme, the video and still images of Spencer’s punching were ubiquitous. Spencer, who claims to have coined the term “alt-right,” treated the inauguration as a victory lap for his brand of Third Reich–inspired reactionary politics aimed at creating a white ethno state. Spencer came to represent the larger white nationalist current in American politics that saw itself as ascendant alongside Trump. Today, many of those same people who protested Trump are now sharing memes of Bernie Sanders sitting masked and socially distanced at President Biden’s inauguration. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders is the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and, with both houses of Congress in Democratic control and Biden as president, he plans to be “aggressive” in pushing through a progressive agenda.
India’s Republic Day Marked With Massive Protests by Farmers
NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of farmers drove a convoy of tractors into the Indian capital as the nation celebrated Republic Day on Tuesday in the backdrop of agricultural protests that have grown into a rebellion and rattled the government. Authorities also parked large trucks to barricade multiple routes so that farmers don’t march to the interiors of the capital. Modi’s government insists the laws will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment, but farmers fear cartelization and commercialization of agriculture will devastate their earnings. Farmers first tried to march to New Delhi in November but were stopped by police. Once accounting for a third of India’s gross domestic product, farmers now account for only 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and (Not) Love My Job
I worked through edits of a story while news alerts flickered across my computer monitor, over and over again, demanding my attention, my interest. The most lucid moments in Jaffe’s writing come in the form of her blunt redefinitions of commonplace ideas. The occupation operates in a space, Jaffe argues, where devotion and love for the work is intrinsic to the value of the job. What undergirds Jaffe’s range of case studies is her central point that that love and work should not be in bed together and that it’s our job, even if we do love what we do, to deliberately separate them. We can and should demand more for ourselves, and for the companies that employ us to treat us better.
Our Government Needs to Prioritize Veteran Well-Being Over Endless War
The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Still, a 2008 study by the Geneva Declaration Secretariat estimated that indirect deaths from war are at least four times as high as deaths sustained in combat. At the Costs of War Project, we’ve started to examine the effects of war on human health and mortality, particularly in America’s war zones. To me, what that bill truly represented was the massive and unseen costs of America’s post-9/11 wars at home and abroad. It seems that we Americans still care more about waging war in distant lands than about protecting our own people right here at home.
For Black Women, Rest Is an Act of Resistance and Radical Self-Love
2020 illuminated the undeniable fact that Black women are the leaders of activism and justice globally. As racial fatigue and trauma continue to reverberate within our bodies, Black women are forging new paths to freedom that is rooted in self-love, where rest is the resistance required to continue our fight for justice and healing. Black women are turning inward, intently focused on the necessity of rest as a form of radical self-love. Rest in the form of resistance can include naps because our bodies benefit from sleep and relaxation. Black women, it's time you go get your rest.
Don't Get Other Vaccines Around the Same Time You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine, Experts Say
Dr. Parikh, who is also a co-investigator on COVID-19 vaccine trials at NYU, told POPSUGAR that there are still unknowns when it comes to following COVID-19 vaccines with other shots or vice versa, following other shots with the COVID-19 vaccine. In COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, she said that people were told to separate any other vaccines by four weeks. "Let's say you got the pneumonia shot or the shingles shot today, then we would say wait two weeks to get the COVID-19 shot," Dr. Parikh noted. "But it's just that this [COVID-19] vaccine is brand new, so we don't know." "Just because you reacted to another vaccine, doesn't mean you'll have a problem with the COVID-19 vaccine," she added.
Violent anti-lockdown protests sweep the Netherlands
Violent protests have erupted in the Netherlands for the third night in a row, with rioters setting fires and clashing with police in defiance of strict coronavirus lockdown measures. Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the protests began over the weekend, including more than 180 who were arrested Monday night. In Urk, in the central part of the country, rioters burned down a Covid-19 testing center. Rutte called it “criminal violence,” and dismissed the idea that these protests were about freedom. Cases flared up again in the fall, and the Netherlands became one of the hardest-hit countries during Europe’s second wave.
Biden is ordering 200 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses
President Joe Biden on Tuesday will announce new efforts to boost Covid-19 vaccine supply and distribution — addressing what’s likely the biggest challenge his administration faces in its first few weeks. First, the administration will increase vaccine supply to states to at least 10 million a week, up from 8.6 million, starting next week. And the feds will purchase 100 million doses of each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, boosting the federal government’s total order from 400 million to 600 million — enough for 300 million Americans. As part of his Covid-19 and vaccine plans, Biden has promised to do everything within the federal government’s power to boost vaccine supply and distribution. But they also help states coordinate their efforts: By providing more guidance on how many vaccine doses states can expect to get weeks earlier, state officials can actually plan with those numbers of doses in mind.
Dr. Fauci's Journey To Bobblehead Fame
He's been turned into a bobblehead by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his miniature likenesses are record-breaking bestsellers. The Fauci frenzyThe first Fauci bobblehead, which featured a blue tie, had a limited production of 42,020 figurines, Sklar explained. And then somebody from the organization where we're donating to suggested a Fauci bobblehead Christmas ornament, so we did that," Sklar said. Recently the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released a seventh Fauci bobblehead that features him wearing his lab coat. "Today we've raised over just over $300,000," Sklar said, noting the bulk of the donated money came from Fauci bobbleheads.
Pictures From Varun Dhawan And Natasha Dalal’s Private Yet Elegant Roka Ceremony Surface Online
Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Natasha Dalal in an intimate ceremony on January 24. SEE ALSO: In Pics: Varun Dhawan Ties The Knot With Long-Term Girlfriend Natasha Dalal In Private Ceremony At AlibaugThe Coolie No. Now, stills from their roka ceremony have surfaced online and the now-married couple canhardly stop blushing. While Dhawan kept it formal and classy in a powder blue shirt, Dalal looked every bit the bride in a sequined saree. Reportedly, the roka took place in February last year unlike what the actor had clarified after headlines on the same.
Dr. Fauci's journey to bobblehead fame
He's been turned into a bobblehead by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his miniature likenesses are record-breaking bestsellers. The Fauci frenzyThe first Fauci bobblehead, which featured a blue tie, had a limited production of 42,020 figurines, Sklar explained. And then somebody from the organization where we're donating to suggested a Fauci bobblehead Christmas ornament, so we did that," Sklar said. Recently the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released a seventh Fauci bobblehead that features him wearing his lab coat. "Today we've raised over just over $300,000," Sklar said, noting the bulk of the donated money came from Fauci bobbleheads.
Fresh covid surge triggers 200% rise in enrolment for online school iCademy in Middle East
Fresh covid surge triggers 200% rise in enrolment for online school iCademy in Middle EastDigital services which were alternatives before the pandemic have replaced traditional ways of doing things, thanks to rampant tech adoption during lockdown. Months after UAE and the gulf started relaxing lockdown norms, renewed covid-induced restrictions have once again brought the spotlight on virtual schooling, triggering a 200% rise for the only online school recognised by Dubai's education regulator KHDA. The platform called iCademy witnessed a rise across the Middle East, but a significant surge of 30% new enrolments came from Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. Despite students in more tech-savvy environments in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain flocking to online classes, their peers in other parts of the Middle East struggled. As per UNICEF, almost 40% children in the Middle East don't have the required gadgets and online access to step into virtual schools.
Students are now messaging Shafqat Mehmood’s daughter, Tara Mehmood regarding online exams
TV actress Tara Mehmood, who is the daughter of the popular Education Minister, Shafqat Mehmood, is now getting messages from the people, mostly students, to persuade her father to allow education institutions to hold exams online. The messages started appearing under her pictures on Instagram soon after several media outlets reported that Tara is the daughter of Shafqat Mehmood. He tweeted, “Some university students are demanding that their exams should be online as they have been studying online. Some university students are demanding that their exams should be online as they have been studying online. 1/2 — Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) January 25, 2021Meanwhile, several students have taken to the streets in Lahore and other cities to demand online exams, due to the coronavirus situation in the country.
Pakistan to contribute $25,000 in UN Secretary General's Peace-building fund
Pakistan will be contributing $25,000 to the United Nation Secretary General’s Peace building Fund, to reaffirm its commitment and multilateral cooperation for preserving peace, preventing conflict and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), announced Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi,The minister made the announcement while speaking during a virtual High Level Replenishment Conference for UN Secretary General's Peace-building Fund. He said "The pledge underscores Pakistan's longstanding political, human and financial commitment to UN's endeavors in peacekeeping and peace-building”. "Yet despite our ongoing financial difficulties, I am pleased to announce a token contribution of 25,000 dollars to the Secretary General's Peace-building Fund," he added. He also welcomed the UN Secretary General's Peace-building Fund Strategy 2020-2024, focusing on the imperative of conflict prevention. Shah said, “Together with a quantum leap in support for the Fund, an effective strategy was required to optimize its scope and impact”.
Harnessing the power of social media to help young people quit vaping
Quitting vaping can seem like a titanic task, but it can be much easier when you’re not doing it alone, according to those surveyed. Over 40% of young e-cigarette users say a support system on social media and watching influencers on their own quitting journeys would help them ditch the vapes. Image: TRUTHA year of resources to help quit vapingQuit Together’s influencers began posting their videos to TikTok on January 8th, announcing their intentions to quit vaping e-cigarettes. There’s never been a better — or more important — time to help young people stop vaping. That’s why I’m joining truth and using This is Quitting to quit e-cigarettes.
Dr. Fauci's journey to bobblehead fame
He's been turned into a bobblehead by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his miniature likenesses are record-breaking bestsellers. The Fauci frenzyThe first Fauci bobblehead, which featured a blue tie, had a limited production of 42,020 figurines, Sklar explained. And then somebody from the organization where we're donating to suggested a Fauci bobblehead Christmas ornament, so we did that," Sklar said. Recently the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released a seventh Fauci bobblehead that features him wearing his lab coat. "Today we've raised over just over US$300,000," Sklar said, noting the bulk of the donated money came from Fauci bobbleheads.
Makers of 'Counter-Strike' and 'Half-Life' think we can 'edit' our feelings in the future
Well, according to Gabe Newell, the head of video games giant Valve Corporation, the future of gaming brings with it an extinction-level transformation – the ability to 'edit' feelings using Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI). Newell believes that BCI technology has the power to redefine the very meaning of gaming, beyond what we can see, hear, and touch. Valve Corporation, the people that brought us cult-classics like Counter-Strike and Half-life, believe that BCI has immense future potential to elevate gaming. More specifically, Valve is working with OpenBCI headsets, which unveiled a headset design called Galea back in November 2020. But Newell hopes that BCI will help 'edit' feelings digitally.
Florida Paramedic Charged Over COVID Vaccine Theft
Colon, who had been tasked with giving the vaccine to firefighters in a Davenport station, told investigators Capt. Colon allegedly told investigators his supervisor had at one point threatened to accuse him of selling vaccine doses on the street. According to Judd, Damiano also "joked" with the friend, texting her, "Maybe you want to wipe the fingerprints off the bag." "We recovered two doses," Judd said. In addition to charges connected to the theft of the vaccines, Judd said, Damiano is also expected to be charged with abuse of authority.
Casino CEO Allegedly Lied To Get COVID Vaccine
Up until Sunday, Rodney was the president and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, where he had earned millions in compensation. The @yukon_news has decided to name the two individuals who have been charged with breaking self-isolation to get the Moderna vaccine in Beaver Creek. Local outlets reported that the couple first traveled to the city of Whitehorse before taking a chartered plane to Beaver Creek, more than 200 miles away. According to the Yukon government's vaccination plan, appointments are currently open to all Beaver Creek residents aged 18 and older. Demit added that Beaver Creek was selected to receive priority for vaccines because of its remoteness, older and high-risk population, and limited access to healthcare facilities.
Hospitalizations Are Down
Today marks two weeks of declining COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S., 14 straight days without a blip upward, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. Case numbers, too, are declining, and today the seven-day case average is down a third since its peak, on January 12. That day, the count of current hospitalizations was 131,326; it’s now down to 108,957. It’s the first significant decline since September 21, when the climb down from the summer surge stopped just under 29,000. During the winter surge, hospitalization numbers bumped over a number of small, false summits, in which hospitalizations declined for a day or two before continuing their rise.
She Went From Running A Bar In A Small Town To Being Charged With Conspiracy In An Attempted Coup
Watkins, Siniff said, began 2020 hopeful about the bar she’d rechristened the Jolly Roger, but COVID put her business in a perilous state. Last summer, the small paramilitary group Watkins formed, the Ohio State Regular Militia, was patrolling Louisville amid protests over the police killing of Breonna Taylor. By the fall, she was answering a call from the Oath Keepers to travel to Washington, DC, in support of Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. It was there that she saw an interview with Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, who has been a regular guest on Infowars for years. Rhodes, a former paratrooper who later went to Yale Law School, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009.
An Anti-Vax Pharmacist Pleaded Guilty To Trying To Destroy Hundreds Of COVID Vaccines
A Wisconsin pharmacist has admitted to trying to destroy hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccines because he falsely believed they were dangerous. On Dec. 26, some 57 people received doses of those specific vaccines. Prosecutors said they are still trying to determine if those people received ineffective or harmful vaccines as a result of Brandenburg's actions. The Grafton Police Department previously said the pharmacist falsely believed the vaccine could alter people's DNA — which it cannot. More than 23.5 million vaccine doses have been given in the US as of Tuesday.
“They Just Left Him There”: A Man Died Of COVID-19 At Home Despite Calling 911
Then in December, as California’s case numbers and hospitalizations began to spike, Gerry, his brother Oscar Rangel, and their parents got COVID-19. On Christmas night, Gerry, who had diabetes, was feeling dizzy and short of breath, so he called 911. “He was Mr. Long Beach,” his brother Danny Rangel said. Courtesy Danny Rangel Gerry, top right in the white shirt, with family in 2019“I don’t think he owned any other shirts besides Long Beach shirts,” Alexis, Danny’s 17-year-old daughter, added. “[As] a Long Beach native and Mexican American man, he could relate to students in ways that I could not as a white woman, where they really identified with him,” Robinson said.
Claudia Oshry Has Little To Say About Her Mom But A Lot To Say About "Cancel Culture" In Her New Book
"If you picked up this book hoping to read a scathing chapter on my mom, you’re going to be disappointed," she writes. However, Oshry writes about how living in the public eye comes with a price, one she is clearly struggling with. In her new memoir, released on Tuesday, Instagram personality Claudia Oshry — aka Girl With No Job — has a lot to say on "cancel culture," her racist tweets, body image, celebrities, privilege, relationships, and weight loss. Oshry does seem to express genuine remorse for her racist tweets, saying she felt mortified by "the person [she] used to be" when they came to light. “The last few years have seen the rise of one of the most alarming (and annoying) cultural phenomena: cancel culture," she writes.
The Justice Department Has Rescinded Trump's "Zero Tolerance" Border Policy That Led To Families Being Separated
The Justice Department on Tuesday rescinded the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that led to the systematic separation of immigrant families at the border. “While policies may change, our mission always remains the same: to seek justice under the law,” Wilkinson said. In a statement, the Justice Department said the zero tolerance policy went against the long-standing principle that federal prosecutors exercise judgment and make individual assessments in criminal cases. The Trump administration's 2018 zero tolerance policy called for prosecuting everyone who was caught crossing the border illegally. Immigrants caught at the border are quickly sent back to Mexico — and in some cases their home countries via plane — without so much as a court hearing.
Here's What President Biden's COVID-19 Travel Bans Mean For You
In his first week in office, President Joe Biden has reimposed a host of COVID-19 travel restrictions, while also repealing Donald Trump's discriminatory Muslim ban. Starting on Jan. 30, Biden's presidential proclamation bans entry for most non-US citizens who have recently been to South Africa, where a new COVID-19 variant has been identified. Those exempt from the COVID-19 travel ban include lawful permanent residents of the US, noncitizen nationals of the US, and noncitizens who are married to a US citizen or a permanent resident, among others. In the US, the CDC has identified nearly 300 cases of the UK variant in more than 20 states. However, those subject to Biden's COVID-19 travel ban cannot enter the US even if they present a negative test result, the CDC noted.
Biden Plans To Purchase 200 Million More Vaccine Doses To Be Delivered Over The Summer
The president also announced a plan to give states at least 10 million doses of vaccines a week, up from 8.6 million, for the next three weeks. Purchase of the additional doses — 100 million from Pfizer and 100 million from Moderna — will bring total assured purchases of authorized doses to 600 million. If authorized by the FDA in February, its one-dose vaccine would also significantly increase the supply in the US, with the company projecting 100 million doses available by June. "100 million shots in 100 days is not the end point — it’s just the start," Biden said on Tuesday. The way we do that is to get more people vaccinated, which means we have to be ready after we hit the goal of 100 million shots in 100 days."
Monoclonal antibodies protect against COVID-19 in a second study
Monoclonal antibodies protect against COVID-19 in a second studyScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. A second company has provided preliminary evidence that proactively infusing healthy people with monoclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 prevents them from developing noticeable symptoms of COVID-19 if they are exposed to the coronavirus. In a press release today, Regeneron revealed that when it gave a cocktail of two of those antibodies to 186 people living in a house with someone who had COVID-19, none developed symptomatic disease. Eli Lilly 5 days ago issued its own press release about a COVID-19 study in nursing home residents that found 80% protection from symptomatic disease when its single monoclonal antibody against SARS-CoV-2 was used as a preventive. Given that several vaccines already protect against symptomatic COVID-19, many questions remain about how to apply this prevention strategy, especially because monoclonals are expensive and must be infused.
Vaccine 2.0: Moderna and other companies plan tweaks that would protect against new coronavirus mutations
Vaccine 2.0: Moderna and other companies plan tweaks that would protect against new coronavirus mutationsScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. News from U.S. manufacturer Moderna that its COVID-19 vaccine is still “expected to be protective” against a virus variant first detected in South Africa came as a relief to scientists and the public. “These are exactly the steps that I hoped to see,” says virologist Trevor Bedford of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Krammer is “quite optimistic” that both vaccines will still protect against B.1.351 and P.1. The team produced retroviruses with spike proteins incorporating each of B.1.351’s nine mutations separately, as well as all at once.
Zendaya Missed Euphoria So Much, She Played A New Character Every Day In Quarantine
Never doubt how dedicated Zendaya is to her craft, even in quarantine. In a new interview with Variety, Zendaya revealed that she played a new character every day at home during the coronavirus pandemic simply because she missed acting so much — or more specifically, filming Euphoria. To cope with the abrupt change, Zendaya got creative by using a variety of wigs and performing for an audience of one. she told Mulligan. As long as there are no additional delays, Zendaya will be able to let it all out again when Euphoria resumes shooting in March.
Experts Explain How To Protect Yourself Against The New COVID Variants
While doctors don't yet know everything about COVID variants, this turn of viral events isn't unexpected. "There is no evidence that our current vaccines and treatments do not work against the known strains," Dr. Sterling says. That's good news — but scientists still aren't sure whether the new COVID variants cause more severe illness. Will The Vaccine Protect Me From COVID Variants? How Can I Protect Myself From New COVID Variants?
Current Covid vaccine manufacture capacity won't bring global herd immunity until mid-2022: INSEAD
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCurrent Covid vaccine manufacture capacity won't bring global herd immunity until mid-2022: INSEADMany coronavirus vaccine manufacturers are currently attempting to figure out ways to expand their production capacities, says Prashant Yadav, an affiliate professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD.
Mexico's president took commercial flight hours before COVID-19 diagnosis: report
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took a commercial flight hours before announcing he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, raising concerns he potentially exposed others, according to multiple reports. MEXICO'S PRESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19Jesus Ortega, a former leader of the opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), criticized the president for taking a commercial flight and putting others at risk. He wished Lopez Obrador a speedy recovery. Several top officials in the country said they took tests after Lopez Obrador announced he tested positive, while others said they would go into self-isolation. Lopez Obrador has resisted locking down the economy, noting the devastating effect it would have on many Mexicans, despite the country registering more than 150,000 coronavirus deaths and nearly 1.8 million infections.
Georgia state lawmaker removed from House chamber after refusing Covid test
A Georgia state lawmaker said his refusal to take a Covid-19 test got him kicked out of the House chambers on Tuesday. But Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said the lawmaker, Rep. David Clark, has repeatedly refused to follow House policy which states that all members and staff be tested for the coronavirus twice a week. As such, under the authority granted to the Speaker by House Rules, the member was escorted out of the Chamber by a member of the Georgia Department of Public Safety." But "what I will not do is be forced to have a Covid test, or any unnecessary medical test, done without a basis for doing so," he said. Ralston said in his statement that Clark will be allowed to return to the chamber after he complies with the policy.
Garuda Indonesia CEO on recovery hopes from Covid and debt restructuring plans
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailGaruda Indonesia CEO on recovery hopes from Covid and debt restructuring plansGaruda Indonesia will have to find other sources of income to meet its revenue target, turning its focus on cargo and chartered flights, says Irfan Setiaputra, its president and CEO.
Column: China fails to learn from Trump backfire in trade war, is losing against Australia - Russell
Coal is more than just a volume story, with prices moving in favour of Australia and against China. China imposed an 80.5% tariff on imports of Australian barley in May last, collapsing the trade between the two nations. China also has an unofficial ban on imports of copper ores and concentrates from Australia, which had been its fifth biggest supplier. It has imposed costs on itself and no penalty on Australian copper miners, who can sell easily to other buyers. Since China started its trade actions against Australia, the numbers seem to be tilting heavily in favour of Canberra.
Myanmar launches vaccination drive, prioritises frontline healthcare workers
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZenca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. A medical worker receives the AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Yangon, Myanmar, after the country received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, January 27, 2021. Last week, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, amid a diplomatic drive by New Dehli to supply neighbouring countries just as regional rival China has also pledged vaccine consignments. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population, of about 54 million people, this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
BOJ's ETF buying not distorting markets, Kuroda says
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonKuroda also said the BOJ’s ETF holdings were likely reaping unrealised profits of around 12-13 trillion yen ($116 billion-125 billion) due to recent rises in Tokyo stock prices. “I don’t think our ETF buying is distorting the Tokyo stock market,” Kuroda told parliament, when asked by an opposition lawmaker about the potential side-effects of its asset buying. We have no plans now to end the framework or our ETF purchases,” he said. Its holdings now total around 35 trillion yen, accounting for roughly 80% of Japan’s ETF market. “The frequency of our ETF buying has fallen sharply recently, as well as the size of each purchase,” Kuroda said.
Exclusive: Sinopharm-led consortium plans $3.3 billion take-private of HK-listed China TCM - sources
It plans to offer at least HK$5.10 ($0.66) per share for China TCM, the people said, a premium of about 33% to the average share price over the past month of HK$3.83. China TCM shares were trading up nearly 8% at HK$4.35 on Wednesday afternoon. Shares in China TCM, however, rose just 2% last year. The Sinopharm-led consortium aims to eventually list China TCM on the mainland bourse to take advantage of higher valuations there, one of the sources said. Representatives of Sinopharm, China TCM and Wang did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Asian shares step back, Microsoft's brisk earnings boost tech optimism
TOKYO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asian equities slipped on Wednesday as investors looked to the Federal Reserve’s guidance on its monetary policy while futures for U.S. tech shares jumped after strong earnings from Microsoft. REUTERS/Aly SongEuropean stocks are expected to slip a tad, with EuroStoxx 50 futures down 0.3% and FTSE futures shedding 0.4%. MSCI’s gauge of Asian ex-Japan shares slipped 0.2%, dragged lower by profit-taking in resource shares as some investors have grown wary of stretched valuations. But the tech sector remained a bright spot after Microsoft’s earnings lifted Nasdaq futures 0.5% while Japan’s Nikkei also rose 0.3%. Oil prices were supported by economic optimism, with U.S. crude futures trading up 0.6% at $52.95 per barrel.
Bars, restaurants to open overnight as Moscow relaxes COVID-19 curbs
FILE PHOTO: Customers sit at tables in Parka Bar in Moscow, Russia November 12, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia NovozheninaMOSCOW (Reuters) - The city of Moscow eased some COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, including the overnight closure of bars, restaurants and night clubs, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Businesses would no longer have to restrict the number of employees working from the office, Sobyanin wrote on his personal blog. The changes were effective from Wednesday, he said.
Tunisia's parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle amid protests
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a Cabinet reshuffle that deepened the conflict between the prime minister and the president, as hundreds protested outside the heavily barricaded parliament over social inequality and police abuses. Riot police turned water cannon on protesters outside the parliament earlier on Tuesday, trying to quell the largest rally since demonstrations began this month. ?”?Young people protesting outside parliament reminds us of our priorities. But President Kais Saied indicated on Monday he would reject the Cabinet reshuffle, condemned the absence of women among the new ministers and said some likely new Cabinet members may have conflicts of interest. As parliamentary debate on the reshuffle paused, some opposition lawmakers left parliament to join the protest outside.
US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediately
ADVERTISEMENTThe AP this week cited witnesses who fled the Tigray region as saying Eritrean soldiers were looting, going house-to-house killing young men and even acting as local authorities. The Eritreans have been fighting on the side of Ethiopian forces as they pursue the fugitive leaders of the Tigray region, though Ethiopia’s government has denied their presence. “It remains unclear how many Eritrean soldiers are in Tigray, or precisely where,” it says. It was not immediately clear whether the U.S. has addressed its demand directly to Eritrean officials. Witnesses have estimated that the Eritrean soldiers number in the thousands.
China short-term rate hits near 6-year high on holiday demand, policy tightening worries
FILE PHOTO: Headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason LeeUnlike the past few years, the central bank has not been making net liquidity injections into the banking system to meet strong demand for cash heading into the long Lunar New Year holiday. “It’s the precursor that China’s central bank is starting to normalise its monetary policy,” said Marco Sun, chief financial market analyst at MUFG Bank. Other economists also warned that the central bank would gradually shift its policy stance this year after massive emergency measures to cushion the shock from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Signs of liquidity stress onshore led a spillover effect to the offshore market, lifting yuan borrowing costs in Hong Kong.
Japan's COVID crisis reawakens deflation fears as cash hoarding returns
“We don’t expect Japan to return to deflation. That was mostly due to a 10% slump in services spending, which contrasted with an 8% gain in durable goods consumption. The pain continued in December with consumption falling 11.5% from a year ago, mainly due to a 20% drop in services spending, according to research firm Nowcast and credit card company JCB. A BOJ survey showed more than 70% of households don’t plan to change the amount spent to enjoy time at home. Instead, they are hoarding cash in banks, as they have done through every crisis including the two decades of debilitating deflation that haunted Japan until 2013.
Asian shares mixed as focus turns to Federal Reserve meeting
A woman cycles past by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)A woman cycles past by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)Stocks are mixed in Asia as investors focus on the Federal Reserve policy meeting that ends Wednesday. Shares rose in Hong Kong and Tokyo but fell in Seoul and Sydney.
Sanofi to help manufacture Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Sanofi SA said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with BioNTech SE to support the manufacture and supply of the coronavirus vaccine that it is co-developing with Pfizer Inc. The French pharmaceutical major said it will provide BioNTech with access to its production infrastructure to supply more than 125 million vaccine doses to the European Union. Initial supplies will come from Sanofi's sites in Frankfurt from the summer 2021, it said.
German consumer confidence set to drop sharply
"Consumer sentiment is facing difficult challenges in the first quarter of this year," Rolf Burkl, consumer expert at GfK, said. GfK's forward-looking consumer sentiment index is set to drop to minus 15.6 points in February from a revised minus 7.5 points in January. The decline is much larger than that predicted by economists polled by The Wall Street Journal, who expected consumer sentiment to fall to minus 7.8 points. "The recent decision to extend the strict lockdown measures has dashed hopes of a speedy recovery for consumer sentiment," GfK said. For consumer sentiment to recover sustainably, infection rates will need to decrease more than they have to date so that the measures can be relaxed significantly, Mr. Burkl said.
Mike Pence's homeland advisor was asked to 'spy' on Dr. Birx: 'I was to watch her'
On Monday, Mike Pence’s former homeland security advisor and lead staffer on the White House coronavirus task force, Olivia Troye, appeared on All In With Chris Hayes. Troye revealed that she was asked to spy on Dr. Deborah Birx, who was the coronavirus task force coordinator. “I'm the person that actually was brought into a room at some point when she first started,” said Troye. “I remember that day because Dr. Birx was really angry and she actually confronted me and said, ‘Do you know who created those graphs? Watch as Former deputy press secretary recalls Trump’s farewell ceremony was ‘like a funeral’:Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:Tell us what you think!
Does wearing two masks help prevent COVID-19 transmission? Dr. Fauci has an answer
“ ‘It just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective.’ ”Dr. Anthony Fauci says two masks are better than one. It did not advocate wearing face coverings until April 3 last year to help prevent the wearer from spreading coronavirus, but since then health professionals say it also helps prevent the wearer from being infected. Fauci recently said that he expects more people will be able to get vaccines by April to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “I would expect by the time we get to April, it will be what we call open season on vaccines,” Fauci told NPR. BioNTech and Pfizer said an in vitro study found that their COVID-19 vaccine neutralizes the two new highly infectious variants that have emerged in the U.K. and South Africa.
Mike Pence adviser claims she was told to spy on Deborah Birx because she ‘was not to be trusted’
A former adviser to Mike Pence says she was told to "spy" on Dr Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus taskforce coordinator during the Trump administration. In response to Ms Birx speaking out publically this week, Ms Troye said she saw first hand the "very challenging situations" the administration placed on its health expert. Mr Pottinger was Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser who resigned following the riot at the US Capitol. Ms Birx was also heavily criticized for not publicly speaking out against, or pushing back harder on Mr Trump, during her time on the coronavirus taskforce. And I said, well, you know that there has been an effort to manipulate the data to downplay this virus," Ms Troye said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the federal government's top-paid employee, and was paid $18,000 more than Trump in 2019
Fauci earned $417,608 in 2019, according to OpenTheBooks – a rise of $18,000 from the year before. A spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health told Insider in December his current salary was $434,312 per year. Dr. Anthony Fauci has the highest salary of all federal government employees in the US. According to the data from OpenTheBooks, three federal employees, including Fauci, earned higher salaries than President Donald Trump in 2019. A spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health told Insider in December his salary was $434,312 per year.
Fauci feared Americans may ‘start doing dangerous and foolish things’ after Trump suggested ‘injecting’ bleach
“I just said, 'Oh my goodness gracious,’” he recalled in a CNN interview about that day in April, when Mr Trump suggested bleach could act as a therapeutic to the novel virus from behind the White House podium. “I could just see what’s going to happen,” Dr Fauci added. "Sending me an envelope with powder that explodes in my face to scare me and my family, boy that tells you the depth of the divisiveness,” says Dr. Fauci of death threats he received during the Trump administration. Even leading disinfectant companies like Lysol and Clorox released urgent warnings to customers against using their products as potential therapeutics for the novel virus. Read MoreDr Fauci urges Americans to not ‘get complacent’ as cases declineTrump reportedly furious he can't lash out at Dr Fauci on TwitterFauci opens up on what working for Trump was really like
Fauci feared people would do 'dangerous and foolish things' after Trump's injecting disinfectant remark
GettyDr. Anthony Fauci said he was worried that people would do "dangerous and foolish things" after former President Donald Trump suggested injecting disinfectants could be a treatment for COVID-19. I could just see what's going to happen," Fauci said when asked during a CNN interview on Monday. Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was that people would do "dangerous and foolish things" after former President Donald Trump suggested injecting disinfectant could treat coronavirus infections. In April of last year, the former president made a comment during a press briefing suggesting scientists should research the effects of possibly injecting disinfectant to treat or cure COVID-19. In an interview on Monday with CNN's Erin Burnett, Fauci reflected on his thoughts during that moment, saying he was worried that the remark would make people do "dangerous and stupid things."
Who Gets a Stimulus Check? Biden’s Willing to Negotiate
White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese told CNBC Tuesday that Biden is willing to negotiate the value of the direct relief payments included in the bill, among other things. “When it comes to the checks, we put forward a proposal that ... passed the House with 275 votes — 44 Republicans voted for it,” Deese said. “Certainly, if there are ways to make that provision, and other provisions, more effective, that’s something that we’re open to, that we’ll have conversations about. At the same time, he said he wanted to move quickly, and that he could not be sure that Republicans would support a bill in the end. The resolution would allow lawmakers to write a bill based on Biden’s relief proposal, and for it to pass with a simple majority.
Rep. Tom Malinowski on stimulus package: Something similar to Biden’s proposal will be supported by U.S. Senate
Let's bring in Congressman Tom Malinowski, Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski from New Jersey. And I think something similar to what President Biden proposed will be put on the floor of the United States Senate. TOM MALINOWSKI: Yeah, It's not either or. TOM MALINOWSKI: Yeah, well, look, I think that there's broad consensus that the Chinese Communist Party poses a threat to democracies around the world. But Congressman Tom Malinowski from the state of New Jersey, appreciate you coming on here to chat with us today.
Democrats in Congress are preparing to go around Republicans to pass Biden's stimulus package
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSchumer said Democrats were gearing up to pass a relief package without GOP votes if necessary. But GOP resistance to the plan is intensifying, and many Republicans say the level of spending Biden is seeking isn't necessary to address the crisis. Story continuesSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a floor speech on Monday that the Biden plan "misses the mark." Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Democrats should spend a "very limited amount of time" trying to draw Republican votes. That's been a major factor pushing Democrats to immediately set the wheels in motion for passing Biden's rescue package.
Ohio lawmaker who asked racist question to head health panel
An Ohio lawmaker who caused an uproar last year when he asked whether the “colored population” was more susceptible to the coronavirus because they “do not wash their hands as well as other groups” has been chosen to lead the state Senate’s health panel. Tony Bishop, director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, said the caucus wasn't happy with the appointment but were willing to give Huffman a chance. Angela Dawson, who is Black and heads the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, was on the receiving end of Huffman’s question. Could it just be that African Americans or the colored population do not wash their hands as well as other groups? "That is not the opinion of leading medical experts in this country," Dawson said, adding later: "Do all populations need to wash their hands?
Walmart plans to fill online orders with help from robots at some US stores
Walmart Inc will add small robot-staffed warehouses to dozens of its stores to help fill orders for pickup and delivery, the company said on Wednesday, as Americans shift their spending online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. WALMART EXPECTS TO DELIVER UP TO 13M DOSES PER MONTHContactless services like curbside pickup and home delivery have boomed as virus wary shoppers have opted to stay home and make purchases online. The trend has fueled record digital sales at major retailers such as Target Corp and Best Buy, and Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart has been no exception. In Q1, at the start of the pandemic, pick-up and delivery services at Walmart surged 300%, while the number of new customers jumped four-fold, the company said. Walmart began testing similar automated technology in late 2019 at a store in Salem, New Hampshire and found that orders can be filled in "just a few minutes," Ward said.
Kelly McCrimmon gets different view of game with Golden Knights
Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat for the Golden Knights and assumed head coaching duties in a 5-4 shootout loss to St. Louis on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoSilver Knights head coach Manny Viveiros, center left, and Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon look on from the Golden Knights bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat and assumed head coaching duties in a game the Knights would drop 5-4 in a shootout. I can’t be certain, but I wouldn’t put it past much of anything that few Golden Knights players knew much about them before Tuesday. Different views“It’s different watching from the bench,” McCrimmon said.
Knicks find fatigue at end of long road trip
The Knicks made the last stop on their seven-day, four-city trip Tuesday with a 108-94 loss in Utah and before they even took the court, Austin Rivers acknowledged that they were tired. "Oh, we’re definitely tired," said Rivers, who shot 10-for-10 in the first half Tuesday but was scoreless (0-for-4) in the second half, when the Knicks were outscored 62-35. I don’t know how a schedule could be tougher than what we’ve played. "Just got to go out and compete and figure out how to win games every night. We’ve lost two in a row but at the same time, we won our first game on this road trip."
Christopher Oats, Kentucky Wildcats linebacker, shows progress in recovery
The Kentucky Wildcats played the 2020 football season in honor of Oats. UK announced a different player each week would wear Oats' No. 22, and showed support for Oats' family as well as a GoFundMe page to assist with medical bills. In addition, the Wildcats wore #22OATSSTRONG wristbands, and concluded each team practice with "22!" In May, UK announced that Oats was hospitalized with an undisclosed medical issue not related to COVID-19.
Patrick, Farabee score in third, Flyers beat Devils 5-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nolan Patrick, Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov scored third-period goals, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 Tuesday night for their first road win. James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Flyers came back to win after blowing an early two-goal lead. Provorov, who had an empty-net goal, and Claude Giroux each had two assists as the Flyers bounced back from two losses (0-1-1) in Boston. Scott Wedgewood, filling in with Mackenzie Blackwood in the COVID-19 protocol, made 26 saves for New Jersey. Pavel Zacha closed out the scoring with 1:08 to play.
Tuesday's college basketball: No. 24 Oklahoma edges short-handed No. 5 Texas
The Detroit NewsAustin, Texas — Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference as No. Reaves’ free throws gave the Sooners a three-point lead before Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later to get Texas within one. Hill missed his first free throw, then intentionally missed his second but failed to hit the rim, giving Texas the ball. The Sooners (10-4, 6-3) then intercepted a long pass to end the game, sending Texas (11-3, 5-2) to its second Big 12 home loss. Saint Louis was playing its first game since Dec. 23 as the program suspended team activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak just before the team’s first scheduled conference game Dec. 30.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
TOKYO (AP) — Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the IOC and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in just under six months. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee are finally going public with their planning, hoping to push back against reports the Olympics will be canceled with Tokyo and much of Japan still under a state of emergency with COVID-19 cases rising. The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5.
Asian shares mixed as focus turns to Federal Reserve meeting
Stocks are mixed in Asia as investors focus on the Federal Reserve policy meeting that ends Wednesday. Shares rose in Hong Kong and Tokyo but fell in Seoul and Sydney. Shanghai was little changed. The Fed is expected to keep its extremely supportive policy stance unchanged given the slow progress in vanquishing the pandemic, analysts said. Markets have meandered since last week as investors weighed solid corporate earnings results against renewed worries that troubles with COVID-19 vaccine rollouts and the spread of new variants of coronavirus might delay a recovery from the pandemic.
Opinion: With elections, ballot security must remain paramount
The COVID-19 pandemic led to new voting procedures last year in Oklahoma and in many states across the country. Going forward, ensuring election security should be every states’ goal. In Oklahoma, a change approved by the Legislature allowed those using an absentee ballot to remit a photocopy of a valid identification card. The Legislature also made it easier for residents in long-term care facilities to vote absentee. These changes expired Dec. 31, which has at least one Democratic lawmaker concerned voters will get confused as they seek to vote absentee in local elections this year.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl, shifting money to vaccine awareness
These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. "I think the advertisers are correctly picking up on this being a riskier year for the Super Bowl," said Charles Taylor, marketing professor at Villanova University. ... At the same time, there's risk associated with doing anything too somber." The pandemic has cut sharply into sales for many Super Bowl advertisers.
Editorial: NM capital outlay sunshine is peeking through the clouds
A bill that would finally require lawmakers to show their hands on capital outlay projects “Zoomed” through a House committee meeting Monday and is headed for the House floor. House Bill 55 would require the Legislature to publish a list of capital projects approved each year with details on which legislators sponsored what projects, and how much funding they allocated to each one. The new House rules allow members to participate and vote online from their homes to protect members, staff and families from the coronavirus. Let’s hope the House quickly passes the capital outlay transparency bill, and that this time it moves smoothly through the Senate. Because reforming the capital outlay process would allow a permanent ray of sunshine into what has been a traditionally shrouded process.
Make good on NM lotto scholarships
For that reason, I have introduced HB 101, which would create a new revenue stream so the Lottery Scholarship can cover the full cost of tuition. HB 101 would allow the New Mexico Lottery to operate live table games and sports betting at the five New Mexico race tracks. HB 101 would permit the race tracks to rent space to the state-sponsored lottery to operate these new games. It is estimated HB 101 will generate $15 million that will go directly to the Lottery Scholarship Fund. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass HB 101.
Fox hosts accuse media of ‘gushing’ over Biden – after four years of fawning over Trump
The mainstream media, they say, has been “gushing” over Joe Biden, offering “nauseating” coverage of the new president and “not hiding their excitement”. “You were very strong at the end of that press conference,” Hannity assured Trump during a Fox News interview in July 2018. “Well get ready, it’s gonna be four years of nauseating, gauzy coverage,” thundered Laura Ingraham on Fox News this week. Well, they’re just lapdogs.”Ingraham, host of the Ingraham Angle Fox News show, is something of an expert in this field. “Are you having fun in this job?” Ingraham asked Trump, later asking the president: “Look at the economy.
Cimate activist Luisa Neubauer: 'how can we turn this anxiety into something constructive?'
“Once we decide to do something about [the climate crisis] we can move mountains.” If the motivational quote sounds familiar, that’s because it is. A “sense of loss,” she says, led to her involvement in climate action. She is one of the many students who have become a powerful voice in the battle to tackle the climate crisis. Students can join the Fridays for Futures movement, for example, or a student society that focuses on tackling the climate crisis. “That is the thinking we desperately need in the climate crisis.”
Cut juries from 12 to seven to combat delays in justice, says Labour
Juries should be temporarily cut from 12 to seven to help reduce delays in court trials and cut the backlog in cases, says Labour. David Lammy, shadow Justice Secretary, said smaller juries would reduce the space required to hold trials in a socially-distanced manner. Mr Lammy also urged ministers to speed up the roll-out of Nightingale courts, in order to help clear the Crown Court backlog of more than 54,000 cases. It comes after four criminal justice inspectorates for England and Wales warned of their ‘grave concerns’ about the impact of the backlog on the justice system. “It is important to reiterate at this crucial period that we must retain faith in the processes that have made our criminal justice system one of the fairest in the world.
How many Covid vaccinations have been given in my local area? Use our postcode tool to find out
Just 49.8 per cent of over 80s in the capital had received their first dose by January 17. In terms of second jabs, the East of England has fully vaccinated the highest proportion of over 80s during the first month of vaccinations. The region has now given 12.4 per cent of over 80s their second dose of the jab, up from 11.9 per cent the previous week. The lowest is in the Midlands - at 8.8 per cent - up just half a percentage point from the week prior. How this compares globallyA fast rollout so far means the UK stands relatively strong in the international rankings of vaccinations.
England's lockdown rules - and when restrictions could end
The Prime Minister's spokesperson confirmed that England's lockdown restrictions are due to be reviewed on Feb 15. Mr Johnson has stated that lockdown measures could be in place until late March, following the vote in the Commons to make the restrictions law on Jan 6. When could we see the end of lockdown rules? Matt Hancock said that reaching a decision on when to lift lockdown restrictions was "difficult". Meanwhile, some councils around the country are being accused of implementing stricter lockdown measures, following the closure of beauty spot car parks and children’s playgrounds.
Wales lockdown rules: What are the latest level 4 restrictions?
First doses have been administered to 270,833 people in Wales, as of January 24, according to the Government. However, the First Minister told Sky News on Jan 18 that Wales will be "getting more supplies of vaccine this week, particularly the Oxford vaccine." Can I travel to Wales after lockdown? England is currently in a national lockdown, meaning incoming and outgoing travel to other countries is banned until mid-February. Mr Drakeford said: “Coronavirus doesn’t respect borders – we all have a part to play in keeping Wales and the UK safe.
The priority list for the Covid vaccines - and how you will be contacted
Prof Stephen Powis said that this was common for new vaccines and the staff have recovered well. The South African variant and the Brazilian variant have threatened to undermine the vaccine and testing gains of recent months. However, Sir Patrick Vallance said on Jan 22 that there is "increasing confidence" that the UK variant will be susceptible to the vaccine. "It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of death, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty," Prof Ferguson told ITV. You never know what’s coming next.”Have you had the Covid vaccine or are you due to get one?
Will schools reopen before Easter - latest updates on coronavirus lockdown
What are the rules for children of key workers and vulnerable children? A DfE spokesman said: "Schools are open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. The DfE also said that schools were expected to "strongly encourage" vulnerable children to attend class. The new lockdown measures mean the entire country will be subject to the same tougher measures, including the closure of all schools. Mr Johnson said on the announcement of closing schools: "I want to stress that the problem is not that schools are unsafe to children.
Player clashes, ruthless appraisals and contract details: The inside story of Frank Lampard's Chelsea sacking
That is not to say Lampard was never backed or supported because he was. Chelsea spent £220m on new players last summer, including £50m on left-back Ben Chilwell whose signing was very much pushed by the head coach. Instead, Abramovich and the Chelsea board were more worried by the fact the club had finished last season 33 points behind leaders Liverpool and 15 back of second-placed Manchester City. Lampard’s side were beating the teams below them, but not those they were meant to be fighting closer to the top of the table. Rudiger is understood to have clashed with Cesar Azpilicueta on more than one occasion, as Chelsea’s captain attempted to ease tensions between players at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
UK quarantine hotels: how would they work and what do new rules mean for holidays?
Britons in up to 30 countries will have to pay for hotel quarantine if they return to the UK to prevent new Covid variants reaching this country from South Africa and South America. The Cabinet’s Covid operations committee was expected to back away from imposing the requirement for quarantine hotels on all returning Britons and instead limit it to the 30 “high risk” countries currently covered by a travel ban for foreigners. Quarantine hotels, or 'directed isolation' facilities, are already in use across Asia, New Zealand and Australia. What is a quarantine hotel? Travellers are confined to their rooms or apartments for the duration of their quarantine: usually 10-14 days, or until they have received two negative test results.
Covid vaccine ‘sceptic’ pharmacist faces jail for deliberately spoiling hundreds of doses
A pharmacist faces prison after he admitted deliberately spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine. Steven Brandenburg could serve up to 10 years behind bars after agreeing to plead guilty to damaging a batch of the Moderna vaccine being distributed in Wisconsin. The Moderna vaccine needs to be stored at very low temperatures in order to remain viable. Officials believe 57 people received doses of that vaccine before Brandenburg’s actions were discovered. In his plea agreement with the Justice Department, Brandenburg admitted to believing in “conspiracy theories” and that he was “sceptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically”.
Portugal's Socialist PM BANS private schools from teaching pupils remotely during classroom closure
Portugal's socialist Prime Minister has banned private schools from teaching pupils remotely during a two-week classroom closure. The Portuguese government ordered all schools closed for two weeks last Thursday to slow contagion rates as hospitals faced record numbers of Covid-19 patients. Portugal's ban on private schools teaching remotely also includes international schools, meaning British children living in the country doing GCSEs, A Levels or the International Baccalaureate cannot by law be taught for the next two weeks. The Association of Private Schools in Portugal said the measure preventing students from learning was unconstitutional. Across Portugal's health service, 830 intensive care beds have been allocated to COVID-19 patients out of a total of 1,200, the health ministry said.
Jared Leto recalls leaving silent meditation retreat and returning to raging coronavirus pandemic
Jared Leto said he felt like Rip Van Winkle as he recalled leaving a silent retreat and returning to Los Angeles under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jared told Jimmy, 46, that he was on a two-week silent retreat at the onset of the ongoing pandemic. Silent retreat: Jared Leto said he felt like Rip Van Winkle as he recalled leaving a silent retreat as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up during a chat show visit'The idea is that you go away. It was like Rip Van Winkle,' Jared said. 'I don't think anything can quite prepare any of us to what we all went through in the beginning,' Jared said.
Thousands of Indian farmers return to protest after challenge to PM Narendra Modi over farming laws
The protests demanding the repeal of new agricultural laws have grown into a rebellion that is rattling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. In a profoundly symbolic challenge to Modi's Hindu-nationalist government, the protesters who stormed Red Fort hoisted a Sikh religious flag. "If the farmers are agitated overall India, you can’t dismiss the protests as some opposition inciting the farmers". The government insists the agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment. The government has offered to suspend the laws for 18 months, but the farmers want nothing less than a full repeal.
Sekou Smith who covered the NBA for more than two decades dies at age 48 of COVID-19
Sports reporter Sekou Smith, who covered the NBA for more than two decades, died Tuesday of COVID-19 at age 48. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, 58, said in a statement: 'The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family. Basketball analyst: Sekou Smith, shown in 2014 on Instagram, died Tuesday of COVID-19 at age 48 after covering the NBA for more than two decadesThe father-of-three was a regular on NBA TV and NBA.com, and hosted The Hang Time PodcastTurner Sports, which operates NBA TV on behalf of the NBA, also mourned his passing on Twitter with a tweet from NBA TV. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,' the tweet read along with a photo of Smith smiling and a caption reading, 'SEKOU SMITH 1972-2021'. While I've known him since he was with the AJC but was lucky to work with him at NBA TV.
Amy Poehler steps out in a tasty pair of cheeseburger sneakers as she goes grocery shopping in LA
Amy Poehler has been one of the funniest people on television since she debuted on Saturday Night Live in 2001. She stepped out in a tasty pair of Current Mood cheeseburger sneakers Tuesday, impeccably complementing a business casual look, as she went grocery shopping at Bristol Farms in Los Angeles. In Wine Country, I don't think anyone even read the script'She referenced her 2019 Netflix movie Wine Country, telling Meyers: 'I really had great experiences on both. I think with Wine Country, it was a little more sisterly. In Wine Country, I don't think anyone even read the script.'
Elon Musk's tweet helps fuel massive surge in GameStop shares
Along with that tweet, he shared a link to Reddit's Wallstreetbets stock trading discussion group, where supporters affectionately refer to the Tesla CEO as 'Papa Musk'. GameStop is up more than 680 per cent this year, a spike led by investors on the WallStreetBets subreddit. GameStop is now worth more than $10billion for the first time in its history due to the war between WallStreetBets investors and short sellersNow, GameStop could be headed or $15billion thanks to Musk's tweet. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis. Melvin previously held a 6.2 per cent short bet against Evotec, according to filings with the German regulator.
Dr Fauci says he wants to put his rocky relationship with Trump 'behind' him
AdvertisementDr Anthony Fauci says he's ready to put his rocky relationship with Donald Trump 'behind' him, despite giving several interviews this past week criticizing the former president after he left the White House. Speaking alongside Perino on Tuesday, co-host Bill Hemmer chimed in saying he had noticed an 'aggressiveness towards the Trump administration' in recent interviews with Fauci. Fauci confirmed the president's goal could be feasible once vaccine doses become available to the general population in April, which he referred to as 'open season.' Calling the push a 'wartime effort,' Biden said the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna. Fauci told Perino on Tuesday that people requiring their second dose would also be prioritized when the next batch of vaccines come in.
Florida offers to host Summer Olympics if Tokyo pulls out
SPORTSA woman in a face mask walks past a display showing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. When most states shut down their sporting events, the city of Jacksonville hosted the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the UFC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) setup the ‘bubble’ to hold games in Orlando,” Patronis said.Patronis also posted an article from The Japan Times on his Twitter account, referring to a survey result that 70 percent of Japanese want Tokyo Games to be canceled or delayed.Tokyo, with a population of about 38 million, has seen some 95,000 confirmed cases, according the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 information website. Florida, which has a population of around 21 million, has registered over 1.6 million cases, according to the state government’s tally.White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday if the idea of Florida hosting the Olympics this summer would be supported by the Biden administration.“I don’t know the entire process of the Olympics, but I would certainly send you to the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympics Committee first on what their assessment of that offer is and certainly, of course, what their assessment is of Japan’s preparedness for the Olympics,” she said.The IOC has not made an official comment on Florida’s proposal. Instead, the IOC said Tuesday that President Thomas Bach talked with the National Olympic Committees over the phone on Friday “as the Olympic Movement enters the final stretch in the preparations for the postponed Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”Mentioning that the IOC and its partners have been developing a toolbox of COVID-19 countermeasures, the Olympic body said it is continuing to consult with the World Health Organization to make every effort towards staging safe and secure Games.The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled to take place during the summer of 2020, was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping e
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
— Ukraine won't be purchasing Russia's coronavirus vaccine due to its questionable efficacy, Ukraine's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told Ukraine 24 TV channel Thursday. Sept. 7— Saudi King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the possible joint production of a Russian coronavirus vaccine, the Kremlin said. — Russia plans to begin the first mass deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine in September, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. June 13— Russia more than doubled its official coronavirus death toll for April to 2,712 after changing how it classifies fatalities. April 29— Russia confirmed 5,841 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 99,399.
Sweeping Covid-19 lockdown in Peru as virus cases soar
The country's lockdown will run from January 31 to February 14, interim president Francisco Sagasti said in a televised address, blaming the soaring Covid infections on end-of-year gatherings. The mandatory lockdown will affect 16.4 million people -- half of Peru's population -- and include the capital Lima. In areas not affected by the strict lockdown restrictions remain in place, such as curfews and bans on social gatherings. Sagasti also announced a halt on flights from Brazil -- the country with the world's second highest coronavirus death toll after the US. Peru's average daily caseload has risen from around 1,000 to more than 5,000, figures not seen since the height of the pandemic last year.
'He took a big risk': Mexicans say president pushed Covid luck
"He took a big risk by not wearing a face mask and going here and there," said Juan Rojo, a newspaper vendor in Mexico City. Unless Lopez Obrador takes the necessary measures "nobody's going to listen to what he's telling us. No one's going to take it seriously," said Priscila Blanco, a student from Baja California in northern Mexico. - 'Recovering very well' -Lopez Obrador, who has a history of heart problems and hypertension, announced Sunday that he was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 but said his symptoms were mild. As the human cost mounted, Lopez Obrador recognized the seriousness of the pandemic, which he has described as the biggest challenge he faces.
[Earnings roundup] COVID-19 impact felt in display, beauty, auto sales
LG Household & Health Care decided on dividends of 11,000 won per ordinary share and 11,050 won per preference share. These were the company’s best-ever fourth quarter results.But LG Household & Health Care’s beauty business fell 6.1 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, in revenue and operating profit compared with the previous year. The company made 4.4 trillion won in revenue and 822 billion won in operating profit in the beauty sector.The home care and beauty business, on the other hand, grew 25.9 percent in on-year revenue at 1.8 trillion won, and posted 63 percent growth in operating profit at 205 billion won.Kia’s debt ratio increased 11.3 percent through 2020. The fourth quarter net profit rose 182 percent to 977 billion won.Full-year-wise, Kia’s revenue rose 1.8 percent on-year to 59.1 trillion won, and its operating profit increased 2.8 percent on-year to 2.06 trillion won. “We have still managed to improve our performance through increased sales of high-profit-yielding vehicles.”Kia’s fourth quarter sales increased 85.6 percent on-year in India and rose 4 percent on-year in the US.Even so, sales fell in Korea, China and Western European countries.
Original musicals to light up stage in February
The musical will focus on the death of the fictional detective in the short story “The Adventure of the Final Problem,” published in 1893.Stage actors Kim Jong-gu, Hong Seung-an and Kim Chan-jong have been cast as Doyle. The supernatural mystery thriller featured two Roman Catholic priests, played by Kang and Kim, who try to help a young girl possessed by an evil spirit, played by Park. The horror-romance drama series is set in the eponymous hotel, which caters to ghost guests. It will feature some episodes from the original drama, along with some new details. The exact dates for the musical have yet to be set.By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.com
[News Focus] Bill to assist self-employed faces budgetary, political hurdles
NATIONALA clothing shop in Jung-gu, central Seoul, has closure signs up earlier this month as social distancing regulations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic diminished revenues and income for small merchants and self-employed population. (Yonhap)The South Korean government and the ruling Democratic Party are pushing for legislation to compensate self-employed businesspeople and small-business owners for losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.But the move faces budgetary constraints and criticism from opposition parties, which say the ruling camp is using the plan to boost its ratings ahead of the April 7 mayoral by-elections.The Democratic Party is internally discussing a bill that it hopes will pass during the provisional session of the National Assembly, so the government can start distributing funds to sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.President Moon Jae-in lent his support to the move, calling on officials to “institutionalize loss compensation for small-business owners and the self-employed within a certain range that (the government) can afford.”“It is very important and urgent to protect the lives of the people from the economic and social blow caused by the coronavirus,” Moon said, emphasizing that a strong social safety net is needed to protect those who were affected by the virus and by the social distancing measures.But critics ask who should be entitled to support and how much. Furthermore, there are concerns that the government’s finances could be overextended. Some say the plan carries risks that may be too much for the government to bear.On the question of how much is needed, some estimates have put the figure at 100 trillion won ($90.54 billion) to cover four months’ worth of losses for businesses that were shuttered or forced to scale down their operations due to the social distancing rules.According to data from Rep. Min Byoung-dug of the Democratic Party, to compensate businesses for part of the revenue they lost as a result of so
New infections up over 500 on flare-up in religious community infections
NATIONALA medical worker collects a sample from a home schooler at a religious educational facility in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul, in this photo provided by the Gwangju Buk Ward Office on Tuesday. Incheon, west of Seoul, reported 17 more cases. The three areas account for around half of the nation's population.The number of imported cases came to 43, up from 16 the previous day. They included 20 from the United States and two from Britain.South Korea added seven more deaths, raising the total to 1,378. The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 270, flat from the previous day.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 685 to 65,478.
Moon’s tough job of striking balance between US, China
After completing calls with his American and European counterparts, he is expected to call leaders of his Asian allies, including South Korea and Japan, in the coming days.The phone call between Moon and Xi was the first in almost eight months, with the Chinese president’s trip to Seoul that was supposed to be made last year delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cheong Wa Dae declined to confirm news reports claiming Beijing was the first to reach out.The call fueled speculations that China may be seeking to ramp up pressure on South Korea as the US-China rivalry enters a new chapter with the US presidential transition.At the World Economic Forum on Monday, Xi called for leaders to cooperate more with China in his speech. The Chinese leader added that North Korea seems to have not ruled out diplomacy with the South and the US, citing its statement during a recent party congress.Ahead of celebrating the 30th anniversary of their bilateral ties next year, the two leaders also agreed to establish a future committee consisting of experts from both countries to work together on a blueprint for renewed partnership for the next 30 years.A statement from Beijing on the call also referred to the future committee and its expectations about partnership in trade. But it did not mention Xi’s comments on his Seoul trip or North Korea.When asked about the discrepancies, a Cheong Wa Dae official said, “The two leaders had a friendly conversation. We disclosed all of the details as much as possible.”In the meantime, some analysts predicted China could adjust their pressure against South Korea considering smooth bilateral ties are needed to pave the way for several major events this year, including the annual “two sessions” parliamentary meetings in March, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the China Communist Party and the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year.By Lee Ji-yoon ( jylee@heraldcorp.comRelated Stories
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Original musicals to light up stage in February
The production tells the story of British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who attained huge success with his “Sherlock Holmes” series. Stage actors Kim Jong-gu, Hong Seung-an and Kim Chan-jong have been cast as Doyle. The musical production team, consisting of writer Gang Nam, composer Kim Hyo-eun and director Orphina, also produced the original Korean musical “Hope,” which premiered in 2019. Deacon Choi will be played by stage actors Kim Kyeong-su, Kim Chan-ho, Cho Hyeong-kyun and Jang Ji-hu. The script was written by star screenwriter duo Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran, better known as the Hong sisters.
Moon’s tough job of striking balance between US, China
A phone call between President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping underscored again South Korea’s tough job of striking a delicate balance between the US and China whose relations enter a new phase under the new Biden administration.The South Korean and Chinese presidents held the phone conversation Tuesday night to discuss a slew of topics ranging from Xi’s delayed visit to Seoul to Moon’s role in the frosty US-North Korea diplomacy and coronavirus response.There was nothing unusual in the president’s phone call with the Chinese leader, but the timing drew keen attention as it comes ahead of Moon’s first dialogue with US President Joe Biden.Biden, who took office last week, is holding a series of phone calls with world leaders. After completing calls with his American and European counterparts, he is expected to call leaders of his Asian allies, including South Korea and Japan, in the coming days.The phone call between Moon and Xi was the first in almost eight months, with the Chinese president’s trip to Seoul that was supposed to be made last year delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cheong Wa Dae declined to confirm news reports claiming Beijing was the first to reach out.The call fueled speculations that China may be seeking to ramp up pressure on South Korea as the US-China rivalry enters a new chapter with the US presidential transition.At the World Economic Forum on Monday, Xi called for leaders to cooperate more with China in his speech. But it did not mention Xi’s comments on his Seoul trip or North Korea.When asked about the discrepancies, a Cheong Wa Dae official said, “The two leaders had a friendly conversation. We disclosed all of the details as much as possible.”In the meantime, some analysts predicted China could adjust their pressure against South Korea considering smooth bilateral ties are needed to pave the way for several major events this year, including the annual “two sessions” parliamentary meetings in March, the 100th ann
[Earnings roundup] COVID-19 impact felt in display, beauty, auto sales
Its operating profit for the October-December period came in at 685 billion won, which beat market expectations. The company’s operating loss in 2020 was reduced by 1.3 trillion won ($1.1 billion) to 29 billion won, from the previous year’s 1.36 trillion won. Its full-year net loss was 70.6 billion won, another 98 percent on-year increase from 2019’s 2.8 trillion won. LG Household & Health Care to pay 184.4 billion won in dividendsThe history of fu (LG Household & Health Care)Beauty product sales faltered, but household items towed LG Household & Health Care’s 2020 performance. The company made 4.4 trillion won in revenue and 822 billion won in operating profit in the beauty sector.
Biden sets bold timeline for a return to normal life
In effect, the President is putting a date on a return of a semblance of normal life -- with no guarantee that he can deliver. The White House argues however that its aggressive strategy is a huge improvement on the Trump team's more hands-off approach that left the states to fix issues on their own. "Day Seven: we have found a way to secure vaccine supply adequate to provide a dose for EVERY adult by summer," White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted on Tuesday. To back up the President's promise to deploy science and not to hide bad news, the CDC and other experts are due to relaunch briefings at the White House on Wednesday. Should numbers of cases continue to fall, governors -- especially those in Republican-run states -- may prematurely reopen businesses at normal levels and trigger new waves of disease before Biden's virus gambit fully delivers.
Harris reflects on 'full circle' moment after receiving vaccine dose at NIH building her late mother frequented
Washington (CNN) Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday spoke in personal terms about a "full circle" moment after receiving the second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the same National Institutes of Health building her late mother had frequented for work. Harris' mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a breast cancer researcher who had "two goals in her life," the vice president said: "To raise her two daughters and end breast cancer. In fact, little-known fact, my first job was cleaning pipettes in my mother's lab." Gopalan, who raised her daughters as a single mother, died in 2009. Harris has frequently recalled her mother's profound influence on her life both in and out of politics.
Criminals in Mexico exploit desperation for oxygen canisters
Hospitals in some parts of Mexico are almost 90% full, forcing families to treat their relatives at home. But the oxygen tanks they rely on have been the object of thefts, hijackings and fraud. The head of the country's consumer protection agency, Ricardo Sheffield, reported Tuesday that hundreds of ads have been found offering industrial oxygen cylinders — used by torch and welding operators — for medical use. In other cases, fraudsters advertised tanks or oxygen concentrators at excessive prices, or accepted deposits and then disappeared. There have been several armed robberies of oxygen cylinders in recent weeks in Mexico, and hijackings of trucks delivering the canisters.
Wealthy couple chartered a plane to the Yukon, took vaccines doses meant for Indigenous elders, authorities said
Neither could immediately be reached for comment late Monday, and it was not clear whether they have attorneys. Pfizer, partnering with BioNTech, and Moderna have created promising vaccines that scientists hope will lead to more medical breakthroughs using mRNA. AD“It’s clear to me that because we are a predominantly Indigenous community, that they assumed we were naive,” Chief Angela Demit said. Many people who work in rural Yukon come from other parts of Canada, so proof of residency hasn’t been required at traveling vaccination clinics, Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. ADThough the Bakers were charged with violating quarantine protocols, it wasn’t immediately clear they could face additional consequences for getting vaccines that were intended for rural Yukon residents.
Netherlands: Tensions high after nights of COVID lockdown riots
Police took to the streets of towns and cities across the country to prevent violent rioting, while businesses closed early and shops boarded up. That was in stark contrast to Monday night, when rioting rocked cities across the country and more than 180 people were arrested for burning vehicles, stone-throwing and widespread looting. But he cautioned that one night of comparative quiet did not mean they could let down their guard. On Monday night, rioters pelted police with rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails and looted shops in at least two cities, Rotterdam and Den Bosch. A little under 4,000 new infections were reported on Tuesday in the Netherlands, the smallest daily increase since November 24.
Maduro draws flak for promoting 'miracle' COVID remedy
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is promoting a "miracle" medication that he said neutralizes COVID-19 with no side effects, a claim doctors said was not backed by science. "Ten drops under the tongue every four hours and the miracle is done," Maduro said in a televised appearance on Sunday. On the sick, on the very sick, on people who have been intubated, and we recovered them," Maduro said. Maduro said the treatment, which he called carvativir, had been under testing for nine months among Venezuelans ill with the coronavirus. In October, he notified the Pan American Health Organization that Venezuelan scientists discovered a molecule that nullifies the replication capacity of the new coronavirus.
Mass vaccination event in Lincoln could be a model in state
(AP) — A mass vaccination event in Lincoln that helped Nebraska record one of its most productive days in its campaign to distribute shots could serve as a model for future events. Health officials in Lincoln said roughly 2,400 health care workers received the vaccine Friday at the event held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. That helped the state administer 8,701 doses of the vaccine on Friday in what was the second-busiest day of the campaign so far. The state has been averaging about 4,500 shots a day over the past two weeks as it works to speed up distribution of the vaccine. ADVERTISEMENTPat Lopez, director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, said Friday’s mass vaccination event was successful with most people able to get their shots and get out of the arena in less than 30 minutes.
Thousands of houses decorated for Mardi Gras
Thousands of houses decorated for Mardi GrasMardi Gras parades are canceled due to COVID, so thousands of New Orleans houses are being decorated as floats.
Dr. Scott Atlas fires back at Birx over 'bizarre' claim he gave Trump 'parallel data streams' on COVID
Former White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas joined "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday to respond to former White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx's claim that he provided former President Trump with "parallel data streams" about the pandemic. Birx told CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that Trump was "presenting graphs that I never made ... I know what I sent up and I know that what was in his hands was different from that." DR. SCOTT ATLAS: I'm shocked to hear anyone that thinks that they own a monopoly or should be the sole purveyor of information to the president. EX-SURGEON GENERAL DEFENDS FAUCI, BIRX FOR STAYING ON TRUMP CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCEAnd then I come in in August and I say, "Well, what about this?
Here's how AI can help fight cybersecurity threats given the rise of remote working
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailHere's how AI can help fight cybersecurity threats given the rise of remote workingThe global shift to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic has greatly expanded the "attack surface" for cybersecurity threats, says Nicole Eagan, Darktrace's chief strategy officer and artificial intelligence officer.
Biden chief of staff backs teachers unions refusing to reopen schools, says they're not 'overruling' science
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain defended teachers' unions who refuse to resume in-person teaching despite studies that have shown a low risk of spreading the coronavirus. "Ron, why do you think that the teachers unions in many cases are overruling what the studies show?" CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"I don't think that teachers' unions are overruling studies," Klain said. "I think that what you're seeing that schools haven't made the investments to keep the students safe. They just want to know that it's safe and we as a country should make the investments to make it safe," Klain added.
Chicago Teachers Union panned for music video using interpretive dance to demand 'safe' return to schools
The Chicago Teachers Union has raised eyebrows with a bizarre music video artistically expressing members' refusal to return to schools during the coronavirus pandemic unless it is "safe." On Saturday, the CTU shared a music video meant to drive its message of safety for its educators. Keep our students and teachers safe." Safe return or no return," the narrator continues. THOUSANDS OF CHICAGO TEACHERS NOT HEADING BACK TO CLASSROOMS FOLLOWING UNION VOTE, WILL REMAIN REMOTE"Is this a parody account?"
Japan's vaccine rollout faces logistics hurdles ahead of the Olympics
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said vaccines are critical to holding a successful Olympics after last year's delay. Japan will need to deliver about 870,000 injections a day to inoculate half its population by then, with each person needing two shots of the vaccine. A government source told Reuters that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The government is buying some 20,000 specialty coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tonnes of dry ice per year, but it's mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers.
Klook's COO talks $200 million in Series E funding and outlook on travel post-Covid
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailKlook's COO talks $200 million in Series E funding and outlook on travel post-CovidInvestors are very bullish about the return of travel post-coronavirus, says Eric Gnock Fah, chief operating officer and co-founder of travel experience booking platform Klook.
European stocks head for lackluster open, following uncertainty in global markets
LONDON — European stocks are expected to open flat to lower on Wednesday, echoing an uncertain trend seen in other global markets overnight. London's FTSE is expected to open 24 points lower at 6,636, Germany's DAX down 29 points at 13,859, France's CAC 40 down 4 points at 5,531 and Italy's FTSE MIB 2 points lower at 21,954, according to IG. Global coronavirus virus infections have topped the 100 million mark, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, as new and more contagious virus mutations circulate and send infection rates surging. On Tuesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the speakers at the online summit. On the data front, France releases consumer confidence data for January and Germany's GfK consumer sentiment data for February is due.
Southeast Asia's Gojek wants to expand further outside Indonesia this year, co-CEO says
SINGAPORE — Ride-hailing start-up Gojek wants to grow its business further, beyond its home base of Indonesia this year, co-CEO Kevin Aluwi said Wednesday. "One of our primary focuses for 2021 is really to expand our footprint outside of Indonesia," Aluwi told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia," as part of the network's coverage of the Davos Agenda. "Over the last few years, we've definitely invested relatively smaller amounts in our markets outside of Indonesia. Gojek started in 2010 with ride-hailing in Indonesia and has since branched out into other business areas including food delivery, digital payments and logistics. It is now present in more than 200 cities across five Southeast Asian countries but Indonesia remains its top market.
Nationalism 'is not the way forward': New Zealand minister calls for more trade relationships
A general view of a Australian flag is seen outside the Great Hall of the People on April 9, 2013 in Beijing, China. SINGAPORE — Nationalism is not the way to go in diplomatic relations, New Zealand's trade minister told CNBC as he called for more multilateral trade and ties worldwide. "Nationalism is not the way forward – we hope to build multilateral trade and diplomatic relationships across the world and play our part," added O'Connor, who is also the country's agriculture minister. On Tuesday, New Zealand signed a trade agreement with China, which gives Kiwi exports greater access to the Asian economic giant. The deal paves the way for tariffs to be either removed or reduced on many New Zealand goods, ranging from dairy and seafood to timber.
Beijing Olympics: The US has accused China of Xinjiang genocide. Will it now boycott the 2022 Games?
She said for now they were advocating for a political boycott, rather than a total boycott, for the sake of the athletes. Individual athletes could still boycott the 2022 Games, although this would mean compromising years of training and lucrative sponsorships. 'The power of sport'An Olympics can still be heavily political even if there's no boycotts, and the 2022 Beijing Games are likely to be no exception. Human Rights Watch is currently not calling for any boycott of the 2022 Games. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named Munich as the host city of the 1936 Olympic Games.
China, India's COVID-19 vaccinations to stretch to late 2022: study
Slideshow ( 2 images )SINGAPORE (Reuters) - COVID-19 vaccination programmes in China and India will stretch until late 2022 due to the sheer size of their population, and more than 85 poor countries will not have widespread access to vaccines before 2023, a study showed on Wednesday. While rapid development of vaccines has raised hopes for an end to the year-long pandemic, concerns over unequal distribution have also mounted due to production problems and large bilateral deals between wealthy countries and drug makers. U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States aims to secure an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech and Moderna Inc by summer. In Europe, the European Commission is setting up a proposal to restrict COVID-19 vaccine exports amid frustration over delays in deliveries of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and other supply problems. “Most developing countries will not have widespread access to the shots before 2023 at the earliest,” Agathe Demarais, director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research division of the Economist Group, said in its study.
Greta Thunberg's generation most likely to believe climate change is a crisis: poll
The survey included responses from more than 1.2 million people in 50 countries, the largest survey ever on climate change. Among the findings of the “People’s Climate Vote” survey was that close to 70% of people under 18 believe climate change is a global emergency versus 58% of those over 60. The United Nations Development Programme’s Cassie Flynn said this showed a “groundswell of support for ambitious climate action” that world leaders should take on board. Support for climate action everywhere was much higher among those who had gone to university, the survey showed. Overall, the most popular climate policy was efforts to conserve forests and land, receiving support from 54% of respondents.
Singapore faces talent crunch as tech giants scale up
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - At least three recruiters approach Singapore-based software engineer Xiao Yuguang every day with job offers. Singapore is aiming to become a regional tech hub but faces a severe talent crunch as more firms move in, interviews with more than a dozen recruiters, companies and workers show. “There are a lot of tech companies coming in and it’s a small island,” said Raagulan Pathy, head of enterprise Asia Pacific at Zoom, which plans to hire hundreds of engineers. The Economic Development Board (EDB) is getting healthy interest from global tech companies keen to expand operations, it said. The EDB has various programmes to bridge the skills shortage including one that helps tech companies bring in talent from overseas and a new work visa for top-tier tech executives.
Column: China fails to learn from Trump backfire in trade war, is losing against Australia - Russell
Coal is more than just a volume story, with prices moving in favour of Australia and against China. China imposed an 80.5% tariff on imports of Australian barley in May last, collapsing the trade between the two nations. China also has an unofficial ban on imports of copper ores and concentrates from Australia, which had been its fifth biggest supplier. It has imposed costs on itself and no penalty on Australian copper miners, who can sell easily to other buyers. Since China started its trade actions against Australia, the numbers seem to be tilting heavily in favour of Canberra.
Junior bankers feel left behind in COVID-era banking boom
(Reuters) - As top investment bankers orchestrated major deals through Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic, junior staffers say they were often sitting home, bored and alone, discouraged by an industry that has struggled to retain fresh talent. FILE PHOTO: A street sign, Wall Street, is seen outside New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, New York, U.S., January 3, 2019. The pandemic stifled those requests, because senior bankers opted to handle more work themselves rather than rely on juniors they could not easily supervise, he said. She maintained a running list of COVID-19 actions by governments before the International Monetary Fund started publishing an official list and offered it to senior bankers for client presentations. Along with one-on-one check-ins, the games are part of an “aggressive” effort to connect with the department’s 60 junior bankers, she said.
Taliban backs vaccine drive as Afghan government receives $112 million funding pledge
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban militant movement gave its backing on Tuesday for a coronavirus vaccination campaign in Afghanistan that has received a $112 million pledge from the World Health Organization’s COVAX programme. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters that the group would “support and facilitate” the vaccination drive conducted via health centres. Announcing the funding, an Afghan health official said the programme would cover the 20% of the country’s 38 million population. The COVAX programme is a global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle income countries against the coronavirus. It aims to deliver at least 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021 to cover 20% of the most vulnerable people in 91 poor and middle-income countries.
AstraZeneca CEO: EU vaccine contract is ‘not a commitment’
He also denied allegations that the company had been selling its vaccines beyond the EU to make a quick buck. Some European leaders had reacted with outrage to Friday’s news that AstraZeneca’s scheduled COVID-19 vaccine supplies to the EU would be significantly cut. Soriot said the EU will receive 3 million doses once the vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency, and 17 million total by February. The EU “contract is very clear: Our commitment is, I am quoting, ‘our best effort,’” he said. Soriot denied that AstraZeneca was selling vaccines outside of the EU to make more money, underlining that the company was contractually obliged with Oxford University to make no profit.
Newly found Fukushima plant contamination may delay cleanup
Japan’s government and the operator of a wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 a removal of melted fuel will be postponed by about one year until late 2022 due to delayed development of a robotic arm in Britain amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lid contamination does not affect the environment as the containment vessels are enclosed inside the reactor buildings. The Fukushima plant was to start removing melted fuel debris from Unit 2, the first of three reactors, later this year ahead of the 10th anniversary of the accident. But in December, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government announced a delay until 2022. Massive radiation from the reactors has caused some 160,000 people to evacuate from around the plant.
No Mardi Gras parades, so thousands make ‘house floats’
All around the city, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus pandemic has canceled parades that usually take place on Mardi Gras. All around the city, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus pandemic has canceled parades that usually take place on Mardi Gras. She started a Facebook group, the Krewe of House Floats, expecting a few friends and neighbors to join. The crowdfunded decorations may be auctioned after Mardi Gras to raise more money, DeWulf said. “Even when Mardi Gras comes back, I think people are going to keep doing this,” he said.
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootout
CORRECTS TO SHOOTOUT, INSTEAD OF OVERTIME - St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) scores on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) in the shootout of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)CORRECTS TO SHOOTOUT, INSTEAD OF OVERTIME - St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) scores on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) in the shootout of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night. Max Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were missing their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis.
Biden says he’s ‘bringing back the pros’ for virus briefings
Biden is dispatching the nation’s top scientists and public health experts to regularly brief the American public about the pandemic. Biden is dispatching the nation’s top scientists and public health experts to regularly brief the American public about the pandemic. Expect a sharp contrast from the last administration’s briefings, when public health officials were repeatedly undermined by a president who shared his unproven ideas without hesitation. ADVERTISEMENT“We’re bringing back the pros to talk about COVID in an unvarnished way,” Biden told reporters Tuesday. Even so, Trump restricted media appearances by his top scientists and public health officials and continued to spread misinformation.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)The Olympic rings are seen at the empty Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5. The World Health Organization said earlier this week that Olympic athletes should not be a priority ahead of health care workers, the elderly and the vulnerable.
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
He acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next. “Lives are at stake.”He promised a roughly 16% boost in deliveries to states over the next three weeks. The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long term. ADVERTISEMENTThe setup inherited from the Trump administration has been marked by miscommunication and unexplained bottlenecks, with shortages reported in some places even as vaccine doses remain on the shelf. As of Tuesday afternoon, the CDC reported that just over half of the 44 million doses distributed to states have been put in people’s arms.
Rightmove: Big U.K. city centers saw rent drop
Rightmove PLC said Wednesday that asking rent dropped up to 12% in the last quarter of 2020 in some of the biggest U.K. city centers, as tenants shift focus after the coronavirus pandemic. Inner London was the worst hit in the three months to Dec. 31, as annual asking rent fell by 12.4% on average, followed closely by Edinburgh city center at 10% and Manchester city center at 5.3%. Out of the 10 biggest city centers in the country, all saw an uptick in the number of inner city tenants enquiring about properties outside of the area. In Inner London, 53% of renters asked about properties outside the city center in the final quarter, up from 45% a year before, while in Edinburgh, the proportion rose to 37% from 29%, Rightmove said. "Outside city centers it's a very different picture, with agents reporting extremely busy markets and rising rents.
Junior bankers feel left behind in COVID-era banking boom
The pandemic stifled those requests, because senior bankers opted to handle more work themselves rather than rely on juniors they could not easily supervise, he said. A Barclays PLC associate recalled spending most of 2020 working on what bankers disparagingly call "science projects." Some junior staffers had busier schedules or more engaged bosses but largely painted an atmosphere where they felt forgotten and unnecessary, rather than one where they were being groomed for success. She maintained a running list of COVID-19 actions by governments before the International Monetary Fund started publishing an official list and offered it to senior bankers for client presentations. Along with one-on-one check-ins, the games are part of an “aggressive” effort to connect with the department's 60 junior bankers, she said.
Biden says he's ‘bringing back the pros’ for virus briefings
Expect a sharp contrast from the last administration's briefings, when public health officials were repeatedly undermined by a president who shared his unproven ideas without hesitation. “We’re bringing back the pros to talk about COVID in an unvarnished way,” Biden told reporters Tuesday. Those messages found few champions in the former administration, as Trump openly flouted science-based guidance from his own administration. Even so, Trump restricted media appearances by his top scientists and public health officials and continued to spread misinformation. Trump later told journalist Bob Woodward that he had been “playing it down” to avoid creating panic about the virus.
Factbox: Latest on worldwide spread of the coronavirus
EUROPE* The daily number of new coronavirus infections in France stayed above 20,000 on average for the fourth straight day on Tuesday, while hospitalisations reached an eight-week high of 27,041. ASIA-PACIFIC* China recorded its lowest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks, with the country administering about 22.8 million doses of coronavirus vaccines. * Australia recorded a 10th straight day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, allowing its most populous state of New South Wales to relax restrictions. * Mexico's Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine should be authorized within days. * A volunteer in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China's Sinopharm Group Co Ltd has died from COVID-19-related pneumonia.
College basketball: No. 24 Oklahoma edges short-handed No. 5 Texas
Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference as No. Reaves’ free throws gave the Sooners a three-point lead before Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later to get Texas within one. Hill missed his first free throw, then intentionally missed his second but failed to hit the rim, giving Texas the ball. The Sooners (10-4, 6-3) then intercepted a long pass to end the game, sending Texas (11-3, 5-2) to its second Big 12 home loss. 18 Tennessee 56, Mississippi State 53Yves Pons scored 13 points and Tennessee overcame a miserable shooting night to beat Mississippi State.
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Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 77. Country singer Cheryl White is 66. Rock musician Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 64. Rock singer Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 60. Rock musician Michael Kulas (James) is 52.
Are you 75 or older? Here’s how to get signed up for the vaccine
AdvertisementAll vaccination locations, which can be viewed at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine, require appointments, and individuals must present proof of eligibility to receive the vaccine. The vaccine requires two doses that must be received at the same location, according to state officials. The attestation form is used to demonstrate individuals are eligible for the vaccine. The form is only available for individuals 75 and over once Phase 2 is activated, which is at midnight Wednesday. Step 4On the day of your appointment, vaccination sites will likely ask for an insurance card or identification card upon arrival.
Arizona women's basketball games at USC, UCLA postponed due to Wildcats' COVID-19 issues
Arizona Daily StarThe 10th-ranked Arizona women's basketball team won't play USC or UCLA in Los Angeles this week as the Wildcats continue to deal with the fallout of COVID-19 issues within their own program. The Wildcats were supposed to play the Trojans on Friday and the Bruins on Sunday. The UA announced the postponements at 9 p.m. Tuesday while also cancelling coach Adia Barnes' weekly scheduled media availability. Whatever issues the UA is facing came about Saturday morning, hours after the Wildcats topped Utah in McKale Center. The Cardinal is scheduled to play at Washington and Washington State this week.
Golden Knights lose with coaches out after positive COVID test
About two hours before the opening faceoff, the Golden Knights announced that their coaching staff would miss the game because of COVID protocols and begin self-isolating. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe St. Louis Blues celebrate after scoring against the Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe Golden Knights take to the ice before playing the St. Louis Blues in an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoAlex Pietrangelo looked like he swallowed a bug when he talked about facing his former club this week, so the Golden Knights defenseman probably didn’t mind the spotlight being elsewhere Tuesday. McCrimmon said the Knights will close City National Arena on Wednesday, and the finale of the two-game series remains scheduled for Thursday at T-Mobile Arena.
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootout
LAS VEGAS - (AP) -- David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night. Max Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were missing their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis. Four Golden Knights tested positive in November, and all recovered in time for the opener. Vegas and St. Louis close their two-game series at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5. This will be followed by tests at the airport, tests arriving in Japan, and frequent testing for those staying in the Athletes Village alongside Tokyo Bay. The World Health Organization said earlier this week that Olympic athletes should not be a priority ahead of health care workers, the elderly and the vulnerable. IOC member Sebastian Coe was on Japanese television on Wednesday, and IOC member Dick Pound suggested last week the “most realistic way of going ahead” was prioritizing athletes. The president of the Japan Medical Association sounded a warning last week when asked about the Olympics and possible patients from abroad.
Biden to reopen 'Obamacare' markets for COVID-19 relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. Failure to repeal and replace “Obamacare” as he repeatedly vowed to do was one of former President Donald Trump's most bitter disappointments. The White House had no comment on Biden's expected order, but the two individuals familiar with the plan said the new enrollment period would not go into effect immediately. Instead, the White House wants to provide time for the Department of Health and Human Services to mount a marketing campaign, and for insurers to get ready for an influx of new customers.
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootout
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootoutLAS VEGAS (AP) — David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night. Max Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were missing their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. General manager Kelly McCrimmon took over head coaching duties and was assisted by staff from the team’s minor league affiliate in the AHL, the Henderson Silver Knights. Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington was brilliant in net for the Blues, making 42 saves.
Gibson stops 31 shots in Ducks' 1-0 win over Coyotes
College basketball's odd couple will be in Phoenix and San Diego on Thursday night. Like so many other things about COVID-19 era, what else can anyone do?
Districts to decide when schools reopen
In-person learning could be expanded to include more elementary schools and the older grades starting on Feb. 8, Gov. David Peercy, the president of Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, said reopening schools will be a hard decision to make. To expand in-person learning, districts are required by PED to meet safety measures such as testing staff for the coronavirus. For those in a red county like APS, 25% of in-person staff will have to be tested weekly. Stewart said those educators and school staff members who are 75 and older can get the vaccine prior to Feb. 8.
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said Tuesday the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines. He acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next. The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long term. The setup inherited from the Trump administration has been marked by miscommunication and unexplained bottlenecks, with shortages reported in some places even as vaccine doses remain on the shelf. As of Tuesday afternoon, the CDC reported that just over half of the 44 million doses distributed to states have been put in people’s arms.
From ancient Egypt to Cardi B: a cultural history of the manicure
“My lightbulb moment came on a work trip to New York, where I noticed nail bars offering quick, cheap manicures for busy professionals. It highlighted, once again, that things born from black culture are rarely deemed acceptable unless repackaged in whiteness. But it was black women who would be at the helm of nail art’s modern cultural resurgence. Nail bars are an easy way to hide victims in plain sight, because the nail industry is completely unregulated. A change.org petition lobbying the prime minister to reopen the beauty industry was signed by nearly 30,000 people.
'We live here': fears tourist tweets on gay lifestyle may backfire on Bali's LGBT community
It was also, she said, a safe place for the black and queer community. Her description of the island as a welcoming place for LGBT travellers was among the comments they highlighted. “It is friendly here for LGBT tourists because they are here as tourists. “But we all have to understand the culture, and the local condition, and be careful with our actions to protect the local community. “It has now exploded into a story that has lasting repercussions on a very unprotected and vulnerable minority which is us, in the queer community,” Mata says.
'Pleasure ripped out': the people suffering long-term loss of taste after Covid
Around three weeks after Covid-19 completely took away her sense of smell and taste, Maggie Cubbler had a beer. Chrissi Kelly, the founder of smell loss charity AbScent, said there are over 200,000 cases of long-term anosmia in the UK, and smell loss had the potential to make people feel isolated and depressed. Recovery is a waiting game, but smell training can help hasten natural recovery. “It’s known that parosmia that follows complete smell loss is a sign of recovery where olfactory neurons are regenerating,” Smith said. It’s a really empty experience.”With her livelihood and passion revolving around food and wine, the smell loss could be life-changing.
Covid lies cost lives – we have a duty to clamp down on them
But in a marketplace, you are forbidden to make false claims about your product. The BBC has an unerring instinct for misjudging where debate about a matter of science lies. Lobby groups funded by plutocrats and corporations are responsible for much of the misinformation that saturates public life. False claims are big business: rich people and organisations will pay handsomely for others to spread them. Over the past 30 years, I have watched this business model spread like a virus through public life.
How Sarah Kane’s dark genius prophesied our troubled world
Which playwright can best describe the Covid-blighted world we’re now in? The answer could well be someone who died young 22 years ago: Sarah Kane. Her remarkable legacy is worth reflecting on again as we approach what would have been her 50th birthday on February 3. When she took her own life in February 1999 – at the age of 28 – there was shock, mixed with sadness. Even though it retains its controversy, the fuss about Kane’s stage-imagery has given way to a broad recognition of the potency of her vision.
Twice as many peers live in London compared with population
Twice as many peers live in London compared with the population share, analysis has shown in the wake of Gordon Brown’s call for senate of the regions. According to data analysed by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), 56 per cent of peers come from London, the South East and East of England, with more than 100 living in London. Based on the data available of 486 MPs, the ERS found 24 per cent of peers lived in London, compared to six per cent in the whole of the Midlands. Meanwhile, three per cent of peers were found to reside in the North East and 4.5 per cent in the North West. The ERS said that the Lords was “completely skewed in its regional representation when compared to the share of the UK population in each area”.
City centre landlords forced to cut rents by 12pc
Coronavirus has hammered city centre landlords across Britain and forced rent price cuts of as much as 12pc, according to new research. Meanwhile travel restrictions mean short-term holiday lets, popularised by Airbnb, have flooded the long-term rental market and left city landlords scrambling to fill their homes. Meanwhile, the number of rental properties available on Rightmove has more than doubled in five major city centres, leaving many landlords with empty homes. Across Britain the supply of rental homes was down 9pc year-on-year, Rightmove said. In each of Britain's 10 biggest cities, the number of tenants inquiring about properties outside of the city rose.
Attack of the clones: £78m stolen from savers by fraudsters posing as real firms
In June 2020 criminals managed to clone the FCA's own register, duping them into believing scam firms were legitimate by setting up a copycat site. Last year the City watchdog opened just 10 investigations into fraudulent firms last year despite receiving more than 24,000 tip-offs. Two Telegraph Money readers were recently scammed out of £285,000, which they believed was being invested in low-risk bonds. Interest in investing has spiked during the coronavirus crisis, as many people have looked to capitalise on share price falls. Criminals then contact them out of the blue claiming to be from a legitimate financial firm, Mr Taber added.
600,000 small firms on the brink as Covid restrictions bite
More than 600,000 small businesses are on the brink as the return of tough Covid restrictions threatens to trigger a cascade of collapses, new figures show. The second wave caused a sharp acceleration in the number of businesses deemed in “significant financial distress” at the end of 2020 as industry leaders called on the Chancellor to take action at the Budget. Economists and City leaders fear that a mountain of corporate debt could hold back the recovery if hamstrung firms cut investment and hiring. Insolvencies have been kept low by huge government support but are expected to rocket in 2021. “More than two-thirds of small firms are now carrying some form of debt, with 40pc of these saying the debt is now unmanageable.”
Broadband customers risk overpaying because of missed end of contract notifications
Broadband customers have overpaid by an estimated £251m in so-called loyalty penalties after a third failed to receive notifications about the end of their contract, a switching website claimed. Polling by Uswitch found that a third of those whose contracts had ended between February and November last year reported not receiving a warning. Uswitch said that customers had either not received notification their contract was ended or had missed it. “Providers have been sending these out since last year to make it easier for their customers to determine whether they are on a contract that best serves their needs. He added: “We’re closely monitoring the impact of these notifications – including collecting data directly from providers – and will report on our findings this year.”
Coronavirus latest news: Britons to face hotel quarantine from 30 high-risk countries
?Britons in up to 30 countries will have to pay for hotel quarantine if they return to the UK to prevent new Covid variants reaching this country from South Africa and South America. Boris Johnson was on Tuesday night expected to approve the plans for Australian-style hotel quarantine that will cost travellers up to £1,500 for 10 days self-isolating with meals served in their rooms and supervised by private security guards. The Cabinet’s Covid operations committee was expected to back away from imposing the requirement for quarantine hotels on all returning Britons and instead limit it to the 30 “high risk” countries currently covered by a travel ban for foreigners. All 30 bar Portugal and Cape Verde are in or around South Africa and South America, where three Covid variants have emerged, in addition to the one that emerged in Kent. Home Secretary Priti Patel is widely expected to announce a limited plan for new arrivals in England to quarantine in hotels when she later details to the House of Commons border protections against new coronavirus variants arriving from overseas.
COVID-19: AstraZeneca boss blames 'glitches' for vaccine supply delays in Europe
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Pascal Soriot admitted there had been "teething problems" in various regions, including Europe and the UK. He said: "But the UK contract was signed three months before the European vaccine deal, so with the UK we have had an extra three months to fix all the glitches we experienced. "As for Europe, we are three months behind in fixing those glitches." Mr Soriot said his company's global capacity is about 100 million vaccine doses a month, adding that most vaccines have a capacity of 100 million doses a year. Subscribe to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker"I'm European, I have Europe at heart...
Lena Headey gets masked up to do some shopping while out and about in West Hollywood
While there is still a stay at home order in place throughout Los Angeles, Lena Headey stepped out to do some shopping. The 47-year-old Game of Thrones star was spotted leaving the Clare Vivier store in West Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon. The actress did mask up, staying safe amid the pandemic as the COVID-19 virus continues its spread across Los Angeles. The actress completed her look with a green suede purse, blue corduroy jeans and multi-colored Vans sneakers. The relationship comes just after Headey split with her childhood friend Dan Cadan in 2019, after one year of marriage.
Biden administration 'actively looking' at mandating COVID-19 testing on domestic flights
The Biden administration is 'actively looking' at expanding mandatory COVID-19 testing to travelers on US domestic flights, a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said on Tuesday. On a call with reporters, Dr Marty Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at CDC, was asked about whether new domestic travel testing requirements might be employed. Last week, President Joe Biden directed US agencies to make recommendations to 'impose additional public health measures for domestic travel' and to consider new requirements for people crossing land borders. In discussions with airline officials, the CDC has said it is considering requiring domestic testing, too. 'We have concern about the mutation that's in South Africa,' Fauci told 'CBS This Morning.'
Locked down and up: fears over virus impact on UK prisoners
Covid-19 cases and deaths have been kept below the dire forecasts at the start of the crisis by imposing restrictions on prisons. Food, medication and showers are still provided, alongside minimal daily exercise, with prisoners kept inside their cells almost all the time. Chief inspector of prisons Charlie Taylor told lawmakers at a hearing there was a "deep malaise" among prisoners, who were "chronically bored and frustrated". - 'Incredibly isolated' -A more contagious virus variant that has led to surging UK infections, and tougher restrictions nationwide this month, has made the situation worse. "There's no denying that when you're locked in a box for 23 hours a day, effectively, that definitely will impact on your well-being," Dyson told AFP.
Pets and COVID-19: What owners should know
Owners who are home-isolating after coming into contact with a patient should be taking the same precautions as if they were contagious so as not to sicken their pets,” he said.“If there is a chance you might be sick, avoid patting, hugging or kissing your pets. Wear face masks if you can’t keep a safe distance,” he added.When pets come down with COVID-19, they can show cold-like symptoms and possibly loss of appetite, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms, according to veterinary medicine professor Dr. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University.“Fortunately, most of the pets known to have had COVID-19 had only mild illness. Both are capable of developing symptoms.The organization said the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to have emerged from an animal source, likely a bat, and then spilled over to people. Shin Hyoung-shik, the president of the Korean Society for Zoonoses, said, “Based on the limited information available, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is deemed to be low.
Preemptive COVID-19 tests ordered for missionary society, as cluster infections near 300
IEM School students and instructors, who tested positive for COVID-19 while attending a winter retreat at a church in Hongcheon, southeast of Seoul, prepare to board a bus bound for a residential treatment center on Tuesday. (Yonhap)A Christian missionary society has been ordered or advised to conduct coronavirus tests for people at all of its affiliated schools and facilities in South Korea, government officials said Wednesday, as a cluster of COVID-19 infections tied to a subsidiary school has so far infected nearly 300. The government agency said it had conducted on-site inspections at 40 IM-related schools and facilities and ordered or advised the society to carry out COVID-19 tests for all people at 32 facilities. The missionary society reportedly runs 23 educational facilities with 841 students and teaching staff in 11 metropolitan cities and provinces nationwide. The IEM School has so far reported 133 infected cases, including students and instructors, while another IM-affiliated school in Gwangju, the TCS Ace International School, has reported 109 infections.
Pets and COVID-19: What owners should know
Owners who are home-isolating after coming into contact with a patient should be taking the same precautions as if they were contagious so as not to sicken their pets,” he said.“If there is a chance you might be sick, avoid patting, hugging or kissing your pets. Wear face masks if you can’t keep a safe distance,” he added.When pets come down with COVID-19, they can show cold-like symptoms and possibly loss of appetite, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms, according to veterinary medicine professor Dr. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University.“Fortunately, most of the pets known to have had COVID-19 had only mild illness. Both are capable of developing symptoms.The organization said the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to have emerged from an animal source, likely a bat, and then spilled over to people. Shin Hyoung-shik, the president of the Korean Society for Zoonoses, said, “Based on the limited information available, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is deemed to be low.
Florida offers to host Summer Olympics if Tokyo pulls out
Amid speculation that Tokyo may pass on the Summer Olympics due to a recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Florida has proposed relocating the Games from Japan to the Sunshine State.Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday, offering the state as a replacement host.In his letter to the IOC, Patronis cited “recent media reports” about leaders in Japan privately having concluded that they are too concerned about the pandemic for the 2021 Olympics to take place.Patronis added that there is still time to deploy a site selection team to Florida to meet with statewide and local officials on holding the Olympics in the Sunshine State.“The State of Florida has successfully allowed sports to take place during the pandemic. When most states shut down their sporting events, the city of Jacksonville hosted the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the UFC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) setup the ‘bubble’ to hold games in Orlando,” Patronis said.Patronis also posted an article from The Japan Times on his Twitter account, referring to a survey result that 70 percent of Japanese want Tokyo Games to be canceled or delayed.Tokyo, with a population of about 38 million, has seen some 95,000 confirmed cases, according the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 information website. Florida, which has a population of around 21 million, has registered over 1.6 million cases, according to the state government’s tally.White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday if the idea of Florida hosting the Olympics this summer would be supported by the Biden administration.“I don’t know the entire process of the Olympics, but I would certainly send you to the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympics Committee first on what their assessment of that offer is and certainly, of course, what their assessment is of Japan’s preparedness for the Olympics,” she said.The IOC has no
[News Focus] Bill to assist self-employed faces budgetary, political hurdles
The South Korean government and the ruling Democratic Party are pushing for legislation to compensate self-employed businesspeople and small-business owners for losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.But the move faces budgetary constraints and criticism from opposition parties, which say the ruling camp is using the plan to boost its ratings ahead of the April 7 mayoral by-elections.The Democratic Party is internally discussing a bill that it hopes will pass during the provisional session of the National Assembly, so the government can start distributing funds to sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.President Moon Jae-in lent his support to the move, calling on officials to “institutionalize loss compensation for small-business owners and the self-employed within a certain range that (the government) can afford.”“It is very important and urgent to protect the lives of the people from the economic and social blow caused by the coronavirus,” Moon said, emphasizing that a strong social safety net is needed to protect those who were affected by the virus and by the social distancing measures.But critics ask who should be entitled to support and how much. Furthermore, there are concerns that the government’s finances could be overextended. Some say the plan carries risks that may be too much for the government to bear.On the question of how much is needed, some estimates have put the figure at 100 trillion won ($90.54 billion) to cover four months’ worth of losses for businesses that were shuttered or forced to scale down their operations due to the social distancing rules.According to data from Rep. Min Byoung-dug of the Democratic Party, to compensate businesses for part of the revenue they lost as a result of social distancing, between 50 percent and 70 percent, the government would need around 25 trillion won.That amount could be even greater if the government chose to compensate businesses whose revenue diminished despite the social distancing regulation
Biden Says He's ‘Bringing Back the Pros’ for Virus Briefings
Expect a sharp contrast from the last administration's briefings, when public health officials were repeatedly undermined by a president who shared his unproven ideas without hesitation. “We’re bringing back the pros to talk about COVID in an unvarnished way,” Biden told reporters Tuesday. Those messages found few champions in the former administration, as Trump openly flouted science-based guidance from his own administration. Even so, Trump restricted media appearances by his top scientists and public health officials and continued to spread misinformation. Trump later told journalist Bob Woodward that he had been “playing it down” to avoid creating panic about the virus.
UN global climate poll: ‘People’s voice is clear – they want action’
The biggest ever opinion poll on climate change has found two-thirds of people think it is a “global emergency”. The survey shows people across the world support climate action and gives politicians a clear mandate to take the major action needed, according to the UN organisation that carried out the poll. Even when climate action required significant changes in their own country, majorities still backed the measures. “The voice of the people is clear – they want action on climate change,” said Cassie Flynn, the UNDP’s strategic adviser on climate change. “If 64% of the world’s people are believing in a climate emergency then it helps governments to respond to the climate crisis as an emergency.
CDC Makes The Case For Schools Reopening
The CDC report says data from reopened classrooms show that "the type of rapid spread that was frequently observed in congregate living facilities or high-density worksites has not been reported in education settings in schools." Among the school systems cited in the review were 11 North Carolina districts serving more than 90,000 students and staff. In another study, of 17 schools in rural Wisconsin, mask-wearing helped keep the COVID-19 incidence lower in schools than in the larger community. The CDC authors do single out a few school-based functions that can drive infections, namely indoor sports practices and events. Some states have prioritized inoculating educators and school staff as teachers unions in some communities have resisted a return to school for safety reasons.
US likely to be first Western nation to crush Covid-19
Europe’s bungled rollout of coronavirus vaccines makes it likely that the United States will be the first big Western nation to eliminate the Covid-19 pandemic, German immunologists told Asia Times in interviews this week. The only country acting faster is the United Kingdom, with a daily vaccination rate of 0.5 doses per 100 people. That should be sufficient to give America “herd immunity,” slowing the future spread of the virus to very low levels. Virologists believe that “herd immunity” will be achieved when somewhere between 43% and 60% of the population becomes resistant to COVID-19. The United States is acting aggressively to source the RNA-messenger vaccine that appears most effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
A rise in student suicides has pushed the 5th largest US school district to speed up a return to in-person learning
(CNN) The fifth-largest district in the United States is expediting its plan to bring students back for in-person learning after a rise in student suicides. Nevada's Clark County School District, which has more than 326,000 students enrolled, has been fully remote since March 2020 -- when the Covid-19 pandemic began. In the nine months since March, there have been 19 student suicides in the district, a school official confirmed to CNN. The district did not give evidence of a direct link between the deaths and remote learning. There was one more death earlier this month, a district official confirmed to CNN on Monday.
Congress Must Act Quickly to Secure Higher Minimum Wage
WASHINGTON - Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2021:“There’s no denying that working people are in desperate need of a fairer federal minimum wage. The Raise the Wage Act will address inequities among historically marginalized groups and increase wages for millions — including the essential workers who have sacrificed so much for all of us through the COVID-19 crisis. It’s crucially important that Congress act swiftly by passing this legislation to give working people and their families the economic opportunity they need and deserve.”In 2019, The Leadership Conference testified before the House Education and Labor Committee in support of the Raise the Wage Act. And in 2018, The Leadership Conference’s sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, along with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, released a report, “Bare Minimum: Why We Need to Raise Wages for America’s Lowest-Paid Families.” Bare Minimum makes the case for raising wages and eliminating carve-outs to the federal minimum wage that is grounded in history, economics, and movements across the country, and particularly in the lived experience of our nation’s lowest-paid working people.
NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies at 48 due to COVID-19
Sekou Smith, a longtime NBA reporter and television analyst, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," Silver said in a statement. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith, and I am just devastated," Kerr said. Man today just got a little heavier... my condolences to Sekou's wife, family, friends, and extended NBA family. ??? — Chris Paul (@CP3) January 27, 2021I've never had anything but positive interactions and conversations with Sekou Smith.
Sanders, Top Democrats Introduce Bill Raising Minimum Wage to $15 by 2025
The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 in five steps over the next four years. Beginning in 2026, the federal minimum wage would be indexed to median wage growth. "Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 will be a boost to the economy, and a boost to our sales. “It is a national disgrace that the minimum wage has lost over 30 percent of its purchasing power since 1968. Now is the time to raise the minimum wage to a living wage – at least $15 an hour.
Coalition Calls for Urgent Action On Livestock Antibiotic Overuse
WASHINGTON - The Antibiotics Off The Menu (AOTM) coalition has released a statement calling for the Biden Administration to address the ongoing global threat of antibiotic resistance at the federal level, and for the restaurant industry to continue taking action to limit the use of medically important antibiotics on livestock. Through AOTM, Center for Food Safety works in coalition with other public interest, animal welfare, and environmental groups seeking to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in treating sick people and sick animals. Jaydee Hanson, policy director at Center for Food Safety, released the following statement:SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Never Miss a Beat. “Bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs is one of the most serious global health threats in the world today. Before COVID-19, diseases like Tuberculosis were death sentences to millions of people around the world, while medically important antibiotics used to treat them were fed to chicken, pigs, and cows.
The Environmental Justice Movement Takes Center Stage in the Biden Administration
Stinnett also said that nearly 7,000 environmental voters who cast ballots in the Senate runoff did not vote in the presidential election. Regan became the nominee after environmental justice activists resisted the possible appointment of California air regulator Mary Nichols. For too long, the voice of environmental justice has waxed and waned with the political winds. That, to me, has the potential to be transformative.”Transformation would mean that the once lonely voice of environmental justice is no longer in the wilderness. To borrow from Vidaurre, it’s very validating when the environmental justice community need not yell out to the wind.
As Planet Cooks, One of the World's Coldest Towns Bids to Host 2032 Summer Olympics
"So, there was this crazy idea: to host the Summer Games in one of the coldest towns on the planet." The risks will be severe and unavoidable," said Joe Hobbs, a Fridays For Future activist and operations director for Climate Cardinals. "Global warming does not have to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and everyone can make a significant and decisive contribution to stop this process." "Global warming does not have to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and everyone can make a significant and decisive contribution to stop this process." "The ice sheets are now following the worst-case climate warming scenarios set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change," Slater added.
'A Big Step': Progressives Welcome Biden Executive Order Ending DOJ Private Prison Contracts, But Say This Is Just the Start
President Biden: "We've never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation." It does not apply to other federal agencies that contract with private prisons, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Kudos to @JoeBiden for swiftly ending DOJ contracts with private prisons. Private prisons and private detention centers should NOT exist. https://t.co/3Fsk3E2Twr — Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) January 26, 2021The order on prisons was one of a set of racial equity measures enacted by Biden on Tuesday.
More US Lawmakers Urged to Speak Out Against ‘Vaccine Apartheid’ for Palestinians
The progressive Jewish organization IfNotNow questions why more Democrats aren’t decrying Israel’s exclusion of millions of people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. “The Netanyahu administration has a moral and humanitarian obligation to ensure that both Israelis and Palestinians have access to vaccines,” she wrote. Netanyahu must ensure that both Israelis and Palestinians have access to the Covid vaccine. “If it is the responsibility of the Israeli Health Minister to take care of the Palestinians what exactly is the responsibility of the Palestinian Health Minister? “Israel’s Covid-19 vaccine program highlights the institutionalized discrimination that defines the Israeli government’s policy towards Palestinians.
Jesus, please take the wheel!
His type of questioning in that hearing is a small part of what I have dealt with white people in the rural areas in the state senate district. That didn't happen because the state legislative, and the state executive branches are controlled by the Ohio Republican Party. What makes this crazy is he is heading the state Senate Health Committee and his cousin, Ohio State Senator Matt Huffman, is helping him. And yes, I also wouldn't be surprised if Republican county sheriffs, Nino Vitale, LarryHouseholder, or any other Ohio Republican state representatives or state senators decide to run for this seat. Jesus, please take the wheel.
FOX 'News' Continues Disinformation on COVID-19; Their MAGA "Expert DOC, Marc Siegel, is Complicit
There were record 4k + record deaths after the freaking lull… MORONS!! ”Siegel is board-certified in internal medicine and a coordinator of the NYU Langone Medical Center’s partnership with Sirius-XM Satellite RWNJ Radio . Marc Siegel is a Doctor and a Fox “news” SHILL spreading disinformation. Marc Siegal is the Doc that BLOTUS heard comparing Covid-19 to the flu… cementing RW false consensus bias. Marc Siegel is the Doc who interviewed the moron -in -chief in the ""Person, woman, man camera TV,” interview )parodied by Colbert) nodding agreement letting tRUMP lie and say how difficult his simple cognitive test really was… “I watch you.
Covid vaccine availability in the United States
They expect to be able to produce 100 million doses for the US by the end of June. One shot seems to produce good immunity although a second booster shot may be helpful. The Biden administration has announced a new goal of administering 150 million doses of Covid vaccine in the first 100 days. Administration of 150 million doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will provide full protection for 75 million people. It is not clear if people with mild or asymptomatic Covid all develop good immunity.
The amazing, terrifying fantasy world of the Fox News viewer
As Matt Gertz, writing for Media Matters, notes, its coverage and fealty to the Trump administration provided record viewership for Fox News. The following will hopefully help describe that person, as based on my own observations (with help from highlighted sources):Unsurprisingly, the typical Fox News viewer is white and male. Our Fox News viewer believes that the Black Lives Matter movement is as violent or more violent than the Ku Klux Klan. At the same time he believes Democrats are plotting to outlaw the possession of firearms. Fox viewers are taught over and over to believe they’re under constant assault and must therefore continue tuning in, for the good of themselves and the nation.
1% PRESIDENT: The Aftermath
#trump is exactly the type of self-centered, shameless, transactional character the FOUNDERS warned us about. The end of this miserable joke of a Presidency on Jan. 20, 2021(hopefully) will not do anything for our country in the immediate sense. Not that I believe there is, but if karma or justice exist, he will end up in prison. It can not be overstated how shameless this man is. At one point he actually said at rally, that all the media talks about is “Covid, Covid, Covid”.
Romanian Royal Artifacts
In 1926, Queen Marie dedicated the Maryhill Museum. The Maryhill Art Museum near Goldendale, Washington has a large collection of Romanian items which had once belonged to Queen Marie. Queen Marie gave the desk to Alma Spreckels in 1922 and Alma donated it to the Maryhill Museum of Art. Shown above is Queen Marie’s corner throne which was made for her in 1908. She later gave the chair to Alma Spreckels and Alma gave it to the Maryhill Museum.
Four Wednesdays in January: From insurrection to innovative climate action
: At the instigation of Donald Trump, insurrectionists assaulted the Capitol and put the survival of U.S. Democracy on a knife’s edge. Wednesday, January 13th: Impeachment : A week after seditious Donald incited insurrection, Trump became the first President to be impeached twice. : A week after seditious Donald incited insurrection, Trump became the first President to be impeached twice. : With a huge security presence to dissuade and deter another Cult 45 assault on the U.S. government, President Biden was sworn in as the 46th President. Notes:+ Okay, striving to stay with “I” is a bit of a stretch for Wednesday’s anticipated climate executive orders.
Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile: We need interventions for Black folks listening to anti-vax CT spreaders
Black celebrities with huge social media followings need to step-up and speak out to get our folks vaccinated. https://t.co/9JaxqoyeCm via @NBCNewsTHINK — Beyoncé’s adopted daughter (@KJbabi) January 23, 2021Dr. Ala Stanford wrote:I reflected on this complex relationship between racism and mistrust as I considered whether to take the Covid-19 vaccine. At this point, as more and more of us die, we need to get more people who Black folks trust (not talking about politicians) to help change minds, and we need to accelerate our debunk, block and report game. Trump was, as Ta-Nehisi Coates explained in 2017, the first American president to exist purely because of his whiteness. He brought no credentials or qualifications to the position outside of his role as a shamelessly racist retort to the political success of the disciplined and highly qualified first Black president.
Most journalists failed to call out Trump's constant lying
It was worse on TV, as news anchors read Trump’s lies with a straight face. Too often, coverage still quoted the ... [Trump]'s lies without explaining that they were wrong. No matter how often Daniel Dale pointed out Trump’s lies, Trump kept on lying. Some thirty years ago, Biden lied about his educational credentials, and he was fact-checked the very next day by journalists like Sam Donaldson. Surely there are older as well as more recent examples of Biden lying.
Biden Should Treat Climate Crisis as a National Emergency
After four years of Trump who did whatever he could to exacerbate the climate crisis, now both President Joe Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are committed to a green economy. But Biden may need to declare the climate crisis a national emergency to get around Republican obstruction. But declaring the existential climate crisis a national emergency – a tactic Trump abused to divert Defense funding to build his Border Wall - would be another way to get over McConnell’s likely obstruction. Trump demonstrated that the Defense Budget doesn’t really need $740 billion budgeted, so Biden should allocate some of that to address the national security threat the climate crisis poses. Significantly, Biden is issuing a memorandum elevating climate change to a national security priority, but practically, politically, he needs to go further and designate the climate crisis the national emergency that it is.
Top Comments: The Sliver of a Silver Lining Inside the Pandemic Cloud
While everything about the pandemic is horrible and seems never-ending, I have found a small, but detectable silver lining: disabled people with funds (i.e. Please send comments (before 9:30pm ET) by email to topcomments@gmail.com or by our KosMail message board . There’s a lot that sucks, but that’s what makes finding a silver lining in all those gray clouds extra special. Discovering a bit of a silver lining peeking out from behind ever dark clouds has been a blessing. Have any of you found a silver lining in the past terrible, awful, most horrendous year?
'Give her her due': Biden expected to tap commissioned officer and nurse acting surgeon general
President Joe Biden names Rear Admiral Susan Orsega acting surgeon general. President Joe Biden is certainly not sitting on his hands during the devastating coronavirus pandemic. His administration is expected to tap nurse and Rear Admiral Susan Orsega for the role as the nation’s doctor, two anonymous sources told The Washington Post. Orsega is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service corps, which she thanked in 2019 when she was honored with the HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein Award for her contributions to health care internationally. "It is a mobile, duty-bound group of 6,300 uniformed health officers willing to go anywhere at any time to meet the nation's most urgent public health needs."
Nebraska activists want undocumented essential workers prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination
Nebraska alone has reported over 6,700 COVID-19 cases traced back to meatpacking plants, as well as 26 deaths. Data from the Mirgation Policy Institute shows undocumented people make up about 11% of the workforce at meatpacking plants in Nebraska. Now, as the COVID-19 vaccine begins to roll out around the country, immigrant justice and workers’ rights advocates are speaking out about how crucial it is to prioritize access to essential undocumented workers. Since the pandemic began, she said undocumented community members have even been scared to get tested for COVID-19 because they believed they had to show documents proving their “legal” status. Despite many attempts … nothing has been done [to protect meatpacking workers],” Vargas said in the Jan. 11 virtual press conference.
PWB Peeps: Toosdai Evening: Srs Not-Srs Poetry for Today, January 26, 2021, Illustrated!
Let’s investigate what today is, because we need all the holidaze we can celebrate, right? This is an Open Thread, so please feel free to add your favorite pomes and photoes and holidaze for today in the Comments! How to Observe National Plan for Vacation Day Celebrate the day for planning out your vacation days for the upcoming year. Project: Time Off has a vacation planning tool where you can enter the number of days you will have off and how you want to spend them. This can also easily be done as there are many places close to home where vacations can be taken.
Are schools risking student and teacher safety to rush reopening during COVID-19 pandemic?
Just how much risk districts should take on in the name of reopening is a question school districts throughout the country are grappling with. “What CPS is asking educators to do is like asking someone to jump out of a plane holding a blanket when a parachute is a few rows back,” Thad Goodchild, deputy general counsel for the union, told the Sun-Times. In Los Angeles, the school district's top official is similarly advocating for vaccinations before reopening for kindergarten and older students. “The (President Joe) Biden Administration has set a goal of administering 100 million doses in the next 100 days,” Beutner said. But after receiving multiple complaints from worried educators and activists, administrators pushed back the return date for older children.
Biden purchases 200 million more doses of vaccine, expects to vaccinate every U.S. adult by summer
Getting everyone vaccinated by summer or early fall means not just coming up with more doses, but increasing the rate of vaccination by two to three times. Biden pledged to meet that challenge. As first steps, he notified states that starting next week the number of doses going out will increase from about 8.5 million to 10 million a week. President Biden mentioned several times his intuition to use the Defense Production Act, not just to secure more vaccine, but to make sure there are adequate supplies. That includes the vials and syringes needed for vaccination, personal protective equipment needed to protect healthcare workers, and swabs and reagents needed for testing.
Overnight News Digest January 26, 2021
White residents, even as a minority, often vote as a bloc and drown out the voices of Black and brown voters. “There’s no shot against anybody because they’re a white man or a white woman. Houston Chronicle: Harris County rolls out 'Ready Harris' COVID-19 vaccine portal by Alison MedleyIt can be a confusing, frustrating challenge for many Houstonians trying to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Harris County. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be like the Hunger Games. The process will no longer be implemented on a first-come, first-serve basis, a Harris County Health press release stated.
Good News Roundup: Building Back Better
“It has been a week since Joe Biden has been elected, and I am disappointed in the lack of progress”“What’s the point of having a Democratic majority in Congress, and Democrat in the Whitehouse? it feels like nothing is changed!”These are some of the comments I am hearing from some of my son’s high school classmates, neighbors, and even some local Democrats who were actively involved during the election season. At first, I tried to explain how much Biden has already done within his first week. But before talking about Biden’s first week in office, we should be grateful that Trump is not in the office and causing damage to us domestically and internationally. We should also celebrate the fact that we have a team focused on building the nation with competency instead of actively destroying our country with deliberate incompetence like we have seen under DJT.
Biden expected to reopen Obamacare enrollments, ease Medicaid sign-ups in COVID-19 healthcare orders
The Washington Post's sources say the action "is intended to reverse Trump-era changes to Medicaid." Whether that means undoing orders that allowed states to do things like impose work requirements or treat Medicaid like a block grant isn't clear at the moment. Biden can also revise the previous administration's hostility to Obamacare by providing all kinds of incentives for states that haven't expanded Medicaid to do it now. These are the immediate, COVID-19 emergency actions Biden is taking, but just the start to the Obamacare expansion he's got in the pipeline, but which will require congressional action. In addition to those orders, Biden is expected to rescind the Mexico City policy, the global gag rule that prohibits any international aid to international groups that provide or facilitate abortions in foreign countries.
Surprise! Georgia Republican refuses COVID-19 test and faces major consequences
During the 2021 Session, Georgia Tech will be operating a testing site for General Assembly Members and Capitol Staff. The test that Georgia Tech will be using is a saliva-based PCR test (no nasal swab required) and is intended for asymptomatic individuals only. If a Member or House staff has difficulty finding a testing site with availability, they should contact the Office of the Speaker for assistance.) [...] All Members and House staff will be required to be tested twice weekly during the 2021 Session. House staff must begin testing the week prior to session.
Why Biden May Be Less Evil Than Obama and Clinton – and Why This May Not Matter All That Much in the End
Unlike Obama and Clinton, he’s too old to be dreaming of years lived high in the economic oligarchy as the payoff for serving Wall Street while in the White House. Biden will be lucky to outlive his time in the White House and, who knows, might be more prone to care about his legacy to humanity? Second, he’s not super-bright like Clinton and Obama and smarts can be overrated when they are developed within a ruling class world view. Fourth, and this is amateur psychologizing, but Biden seems less plagued by narcissism than Clinton and Obama, both of whom were heavily caught up in that common politico affliction. America is in deeper shit as Biden moves into the White House than it was when Clinton and Obama took up the reins of power.
U.S. billionaires gained almost $1 trillion in wealth during the pandemic
The nation's 644 billionaires have enjoyed a staggering rise in wealth since the pandemic shuttered the economy in March, with the group gaining almost $1 trillion in total net worth, according to a new analysis. The wealth of the nation's billionaires rose to $3.88 trillion as of October 13, a jump of $931 billion from March, an analysis from Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies, two left-leaning groups, found. That's almost twice the $2.1 trillion in wealth held by the bottom half of the U.S. population, or about 165 million people, they added. Other billionaires whose fortunes have risen during the pandemic include Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, whose wealth has jumped 20% to $118 billion since March, and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, with an 85% gain to $101.2 billion, the analysis found. "I would argue that it has a social cost [because] it undermines the solidarity we need to get through the pandemic."
The Economy Was Broken Before the Pandemic Hit
Private campaign contributions drive electoral outcomes, while neoliberal political economy structures the political process. The pandemic is excluded from the graph to capture the state of the pre-pandemic economy. One answer: Wall Street wants to control both the demand for and supply of credit. The third is the permanent crisis economy that began in 2008, and that now represents an epoch of its own. The implied premise that motivated Barack Obama in 2009 was that restoring Wall Street would restore the economy that preceded the economic collapse.
Biden is no longer afraid to spend big on economic relief. Here's what's changed since 2009
The political and economic realities have changed a lot since 2009, which is allowing Biden to trade restraint for ambition. "This is an environment where there is very little regard for the consequences of higher federal debt, if any, on both sides," Holtz-Eakin said. Trump, who referred to himself as the King of Debt, saw the national debt soar by more than $7 trillion during his four years in office. "There's just a sense that they want to do bigger things," said Jason Furman, an economic policy professor at Harvard, of the progressives. Furman, who was a deputy director of the National Economic Council in the Obama administration, helped craft the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Tackling the inequality pandemic: Is there a cure?
The issue“The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history.”1The pandemic has thrown into stark relief the high and rising economic inequality in the United States and elsewhere. The pandemic is not only exacerbated by the deprivations and vulnerabilities of those left behind by rising inequality but its fallout is pushing inequality higher.2Income and wealth inequality has risen in practically all major advanced economies over the past two to three decades. Rising inequality is a major fault line of our time, with adverse economic, social, and political consequences. The pandemic is not only exacerbated by the deprivations and vulnerabilities of those left behind by rising inequality but its fallout is pushing inequality higher. Globalization also has contributed to rising inequality within economies—although technological change has been the more dominant factor.
The U.S. wealth gap was appalling before the pandemic. Now, it’s worse
Wealth, otherwise known as net worth, is an accounting of assets minus liabilities. Forbes estimates the net worth of the wealthiest among us—all 400 would not be captured in the SCF. The wealth held by these 400 equated to the total wealth held by the entire bottom 58% of families in the U.S. For perspective, at Black median wealth, it would take 12.8 million families to equate to that held by Bezos and the Waltons. Average net worth for this group was negative $13,500—due to the fact that the bottom 10.4% of families all have negative net worth.
The Defeated Fascist Coup, the Battle Still Raging, and the Way Forward Out of This Madness
Both the fascist movement and their representatives were defeated that day—which is extremely important. It was and is extremely important that the Democrats immediately pushed forward the demand for impeachment and won the vote on this. The fascist Republican Party and its media mouthpieces, with way too few exceptions, still not only oppose punishing Trump in any way but act as if they (and he!) A section of the fascist party and fascist apparatus may have thought it wiser to not contest this particular election. As you do that, the place to begin is with the synthesized understanding brought forward by Bob Avakian (BA).
Amid fascist coup in Washington, Spanish officers intensify far-right plotting
He demanded she “change the course” of the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government. Leaked WhatsApp messages of some of the former officers discussed shooting “26 million” people and imitating General Francisco Franco’s fascist coup that provoked the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War. Amid mass deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, millions view the Spanish officers’ threats with outrage and alarm. Trump’s plotting, culminating in the fascist coup to overrun the Capitol in Washington, is only the sharpest expression of a broad disintegration of democratic forms of rule, amid the pandemic and unsustainable levels of social inequality. The cowardly response of the Democratic Party to Trump’s coup attempt will, moreover, only bolster the Spanish fascist officers in their view that they might be able to carry out a far-right putsch.
Who are the five people who died in the DC protest at the Capitol?
The five people who died during the US Capitol invasion included a military vet who was shot, a cop who collapsed while fending off rioters, and three protesters who perished from medical emergencies, officials said. A US Capitol Police officer also died after “physically engaging with protesters,” according to a report. One of the people who died from a medical emergency includes Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Ala., according to AL.com. Philips — a computer programmer who founded a social media site for Trump supporters, Trumparoo.com — died of a stroke, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Boyland was “a really happy, wonderful person,” a sister told Atlanta’s 11Alive.
Biden foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken on top global challenges
In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Antony "Tony" Blinken, former deputy Secretary of State and current foreign policy adviser for the Joe Biden for President campaign. RELATIONSHIPS WITH U.S. INTELLIGENCE: "[A] President Biden will not politicize intelligence, will insist that truth always be spoken to power. Antony "Tony" Blinken, former deputy Secretary of State and current foreign policy adviser for the Joe Biden for President campaign. Which also sums up the profound differences between President Trump and Vice President Biden. Last question: You know the Vice President better than anyone else when it comes to foreign policy and national security.
Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing
Accordingly, to protect the Federal workforce and individuals interacting with the Federal workforce, and to ensure the continuity of Government services and activities, on-duty or on-site Federal employees, on-site Federal contractors, and other individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines. Immediate Action Regarding Federal Employees, Contractors, Buildings, and Lands. (c) Heads of agencies shall promptly consult, as appropriate, with State, local, Tribal, and territorial government officials, Federal employees, Federal employee unions, Federal contractors, and any other interested parties concerning the implementation of this section. There is hereby established the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force). (a) For purposes of this order:(i) “Federal employees” and “Federal contractors” mean employees (including members of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard in Federal service) and contractors (including such contractors’ employees) working for the executive branch;(ii) “Federal buildings” means buildings, or office space within buildings, owned, rented, or leased by the executive branch of which a substantial portion of occupants are Federal employees or Federal contractors; and(iii) “Federal lands” means lands under executive branch control.
Get the vaccine shot but do not throw away the mask to fight COVID-19
An X% efficacy would mean that while 100 infections occurred in the placebo group, only 100-X occurred in the vaccine group. Of these, 8 had received the vaccine shot and the other 162 were in the placebo group. In other words while 162 infections occurred in the placebo group only 8 occurred in the vaccine group. But the COVID-19 vaccine studies were put together very rapidly, and they are still ongoing. vaccine hesitancy and scepticismScience has designated the COVID-19 vaccines as the breakthrough of the year 2020, but there is still a considerable degree of vaccine hesitancy and scepticism.
With Biden’s Support, a $15 Minimum Wage Is Closer Than Ever
It also raises the federal minimum wage for tipped workers from $2.13 to $4.25. The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage,” he said in a statement. The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised in nearly 12 years, the longest it’s ever stayed stagnant. Republicans argue that raising the minimum wage would kill jobs or raise prices for goods and services, but in many places where the minimum wage is already $15, such as New York City, job numbers haven’t been affected, and yet more historical research shows that minimum wage increases do not kill jobs. Also, in Seattle, researchers found that a minimum wage hike to $13 in 2016, did not increase prices at supermarkets.
The American Exceptionalism Of Secretary Of State Antony Blinken
The American Exceptionalism Of Secretary Of State Antony Blinken“American leadership still matters. The reality is the world simply does not organize itself,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken proclaimed at his confirmation hearing. During President Barack Obama’s second term, Blinken was deputy secretary of state. Asked about the intense humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Blinken drew a false equivalency between the actions of the Houthis and the Saudis. Antony Blinken sworn in as Secretary of State (Photo: State Department)US Return To Iran Nuclear Deal Not Happening SoonIt was the United States under Trump that ditched the Iran nuclear deal, not Iran.
Forty-three refugees drown off Libya’s coast: victims of the European Union’s refugee policy
At least 43 refugees drowned on January 19 off the Libyan coast during their attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. The mass death in the Mediterranean, for which the European Union (EU) bears responsibility, thus continues into yet another year. The experience of Souleymane, a refugee from Guinea, gives a sense of the tragedies taking place in the Mediterranean. But 11,891 refugees were seized at sea by the Libyan coastguard and returned to Libya’s torture camps. At the same time, the EU not only supported the Libyan coastguard’s illegal repatriation of refugees, but also conducted illegal “pushbacks” of refugees at sea.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits to mass murder as UK official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000
Britain officially passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday according to the government’s measure of a fatality within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test. This means that 147 people have died for every 100,000 people in the UK, a figure only topped by two other nations—Belgium and Slovenia. More people have now died in the UK from COVID-19 than its civilian death toll in World War II. As the milestone was reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called a Downing Street press briefing, in which he had the gall to declare, “[I]t is hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic. Control of the response to the pandemic must be taken from the political criminals in Downing Street and their allies.
An interview with Dr. Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University, on the COVID-19 pandemic
The WSWS had an opportunity to speak earlier this month on the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Arthur Caplan, the Drs. One, the pandemic revealed something that insiders already knew that the public does not seem to know, which is we destroyed our public health system. They are in little on what I call basic public health measures. Not public health. You need to have leaders who emphasize that public health requires different responses.
Shorthanded Texas men's basketball team upset by rival Oklahoma
The Oklahoma men’s basketball team opened up a three-game gauntlet against top-10 teams with a huge win. Austin Reaves made two crucial free shots with 18.3 seconds remaining. Reaves’ big nightReaves appeared to be running out of real estate as he dribbled to the baseline against Texas’ Andrew Jones. He hit two big free shots with 18.3 seconds remaining. *OU’s Umoja Gibson made a jumper and free shot.
Houston Rockets win in John Wall's first game against Washington Wizards
Associated PressHOUSTON – John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Houston was leading by six when Wall re-entered the game with about seven minutes left. He scored five quick points before finding Victor Oladipo in the corner near the Washington bench for a 3-pointer to make it 93-79. Oladipo and Eric Gordon added 20 points apiece to help the Rockets to their third straight win. Westbrook, who spent just one season in Houston, had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Walmart adding automated warehouses with robots to stores to help fulfill pickup, delivery orders
Robots could help get your future Walmart pickup or delivery order filled and ready for you faster. Walmart announced Tuesday that it is increasing the number of its stores that will serve as local fulfillment centers, which are condensed modular automated warehouses built within a store or added to a store. Some stores also will add automated pickup points that would allow customers and delivery drivers to drive up, scan a code and grab their order. Ward said one local fulfillment center can fulfill orders for many stores and the system adds to availability for customers since orders can be fulfilled faster. A list of future stores getting the upgrade was not available.
India stocks 'quite fully priced' — but watch for the country's vaccination push, says JPMorgan
India's BSE Sensex on Thursday soared to a record high, crossing the 50,000 level for the first-time before shedding those gains. "Indian equities are already quite fully priced," according Alexander Treves, investment specialist for emerging markets and Asia-Pacific equities at JPMorgan Asset Management. While India is the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, the logistical challenges of a rollout of this magnitude are evident.," Treves said. Kotak Institutional Equities Co-Head and Managing Director, Sanjeev Prasad, also said that "the (India) market looks quite fully valued." Kotak's Prasad said a stronger-than-expected economic recovery was part of the reason why the Sensex hit a new record.
Walmart bets bigger on online grocery as it ramps up automated fulfillment at local stores
A worker collects shopping carts at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart reported a 74% increase in U.S. online sales for the quarter that ended April 30, and a 10% increase in same store sales for the same period as the effects of the coronavirus helped to boost sales. Dozens of Walmart's stores will become local fulfillment centers, with a portion of those stores turned into small, automated warehouses, the company said. As Walmart automates more stores, it will try different configurations and work with several technology providers, including Alert Innovation, Dematic and Fabric. WalmartDuring the pandemic, Walmart and other retailers have seen demand for online grocery delivery spike.
Positive COVID-19 tests linked to Australian Open downgraded to eight
FILE PHOTO: A general view of Melbourne Park as tennis players undergo a mandatory quarantine ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly DefinaMELBOURNE (Reuters) - The number of positive COVID-19 tests linked to the Australian Open has been downgraded to eight after authorities reclassified one of the results as a previous infection, health officials said on Wednesday. “One case has been reclassified due to evidence of previous infection, meaning there is now a total of eight positive cases related to the AO cohort,” COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV) said in a statement. The agency confirmed that another positive case had been “medically cleared” to leave isolation, leaving the total number of active cases at seven. No new cases were reported among the Australian Open cohort in quarantine on Wednesday.
Australia records 10th day of no local COVID-19 cases
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia recorded a 10th straight day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, allowing its most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) to relax coronavirus restrictions after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. REUTERS/Loren ElliottNSW has recorded no local cases for 10 days after low single digit numbers earlier in January. Victoria state, which is hosting the Australia Open tennis tournament, has gone three weeks without a local case. Australia has recorded more than 22,000 local cases since the pandemic began and 909 deaths. New Zealand reported a third day of zero cases on Wednesday, allaying fears of a fresh outbreak.
Cambodia's cash-strapped cyclo drivers treated to pedal-in movie
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Presented with a movie, meal, medicines and a $20 cash handout, Cambodia’s cyclo taxi drivers received a rare treat at the weekend, and a brief distraction from hard times as the coronavirus takes a toll on tourism. They were shown the new film “Fathers” by local director Huy Yaleng, about a cyclo driver’s daily battle to support his family. “The story felt like my own story.”Cambodia’s cyclo drivers have long been a popular choice for visitors keen to take in the sights and enjoy the buzz of Phnom Penh at a leisurely pace. The pedal-in movie was the idea of student Taing Huang Hao, 20, who met Sokhorm last month and has helped organise fundraising on social media for cyclo drivers. In the latest round, he teamed up with the director Yaleng to raise $5,000 to distribute at the private screening.
Lawrence: ‘Never forget’ how Dr. Birx enabled Donald Trump
In April, Donald Trump told the public injecting bleach could cure coronavirus and in an interview this week, Dr. Deborah Birx said Donald Trump “appreciated the gravity” of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Lawrence O’Donnell says we must never forget what those officials did say and did not say to stand up to Donald Trump’s lies.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman: Biden centering racial justice in executive actions ‘a first step’
Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss New York’s Covid-19 vaccine shortage, President Joe Biden’s executive actions on racial equity and why, when it comes to prison reform, “we have to do more.”
Walmart plans to fill online orders with help from robots at some U.S. stores
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc will add small robot-staffed warehouses to dozens of its stores to help fill orders for pickup and delivery, the company said on Wednesday, as Americans shift their spending online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Walmart's logo is seen outside one of its stores in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 20, 2018. In Q1, at the start of the pandemic, pick-up and delivery services at Walmart surged 300%, while the number of new customers jumped four-fold, the company said. Walmart began testing similar automated technology in late 2019 at a store in Salem, New Hampshire and found that orders can be filled in “just a few minutes,” Ward said. Under Lore’s watch, the big-box retailer launched same-day delivery and store pick-up services, as well as an Amazon Prime rivaling membership program dubbed “Walmart Plus” to take on the e-commerce giant in its own game.
Japan PM apologises after lawmakers' night club outings
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Wednesday after lawmakers from his ruling coalition visited night clubs despite his government’s call for people to avoid unnecessary outings to curb the spread of COVID-19. FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a meeting of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection control headquarters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. “I’m terribly sorry that this happened when we are asking people not to eat out after 8 p.m. and to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings,” Suga told parliament. Matsumoto was speaking following a Daily Shincho magazine report that he had visited two night clubs in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district after dining at an Italian restaurant last Monday. Kiyohiko Toyama, a lawmaker from the coalition’s junior partner Komeito, also apologised after tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported he had visited a high-end night club in Ginza until late last Friday.
Biden to reopen ‘Obamacare’ markets for COVID-19 relief
President Joe Biden holds his face mask as he delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden holds his face mask as he delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic. Coverage is available to people who don’t have job-based health insurance, with the Medicaid expansion geared to those with low incomes. “President Biden does not believe, as a principle, it should be difficult ... for people to gain access to health care,” she said.
Walgreens taps Starbucks exec Brewer as its new CEO
Walgreens has tapped Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman currently leading a Fortune 500 company. Brewer will take over as Walgreens CEO on March 15, 2021 after a little more than three years as Starbucks' chief operating officer. Walgreens has tapped Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman currently leading a Fortune 500 company. Brewer will take over as Walgreens CEO on March 15, 2021 after a little more than three years as Starbucks' chief operating officer. At Starbucks, Brewer revamped stores, taking out clutter and cutting down on administrative work so employees could focus on customers and speed up service.
Josi gives Predators 3-2 win over Blackhawks in OT
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) scores the winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban (30) in overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Josi, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, scored at 2:57 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. In overtime, Josi took a pass from Granlund, carried the puck on the right side, cut to the slot and then slipped a shot under goalie Malcolm Subban. In 1990-91, the Blackhawks scored 17 power-play goals in the team’s first 11 games. WHAT’S NEXTThe Predators and Blackhawks play again Wednesday night in Nashville to complete the second half of the back-to-back series for the longtime Central Division rivals.
Stars keep hot start going with 2-1 OT win over Red Wings
Dallas Stars' Jason Dickinson (18) and Denis Gurianov (34) celebrate an overtime goal scored by Dickinson that gave the team a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS (AP) — Jason Dickinson scored 1:32 into overtime and the Dallas Stars won a third straight home game to start their delayed season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Red Wings controlled the puck for the first minute-plus of the 3-on-3 period before the Stars gained control and moved into the offensive zone. The Red Wings are winless in four of their past five games this season. Guys had to step up at key times.”STILL MISSINGThe Red Wings remain without forwards Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner and Filip Zadina and defenseman Jon Merrill because of COVID-19 protocols.
Today in History
Rock musician Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 64. Rock singer Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 60. Rock musician Michael Kulas (James) is 52. Country singer Kevin Denney is 43. Rock musician Matt Sanchez (American Authors) is 35.
Asia Today: South Korea adds 559 cases, highest in 10 days
(AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 599 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 10 days, as health workers scramble to slow infections at religious facilities, which have been a major source throughout the pandemic. Indonesia has given priority to health workers and public officers after authorizing the emergency use of the Sinovac vaccine. Several top military, police and health officials also received their second shots at the Presidential Palace, as well as a celebrity who is a social media influencer. The Health Ministry data showed about 245,685 people have been vaccinated so far, most of them health workers. — India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new cases.
Apple overtakes Amazon to become world’s most valuable brand, while Tesla is the fastest-growing
Apple has overtaken Amazon to become the world’s most valuable brand for the first time in five years, according to a global report. “As Apple reclaims the title of the world’s most valuable brand from Amazon five years since it last held the top spot, we are witnessing it Think Different once again. From Mac to iPod, to iPhone, to iPad, to Apple Watch, to subscription services, to infinity and beyond,” said Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh. But Tesla TSLA, +0.26% was the fastest-growing global brand in terms of value last year, jumping 158% to $32 billion. Brand Finance said record sales numbers, a production ramp-up and expansion into new markets helped boost the electric-car maker’s brand.
Kerry aims to talk US back into a lead role in climate fight
Former Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)Former Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Kerry’s diplomatic efforts match the fast pace of domestic climate directives by the week-old Biden administration, which created the job Kerry now holds. The role acknowledges what climate and military experts say will be growing conflicts around the world as climate change increases competition for natural resources. Kerry is expected to have desks at both the White House and the State Department.
Walmart adding dozens of automated local fulfillment centers to speed delivery and pickup orders
Walmart Inc. WMT announced plans early Wednesday to expand its local fulfillment centers to dozens of new stores. The local fulfillment centers will operate in stores or in additional spaces built onto stores. The automated facilities will feature robots that help Walmart associates pick and pack orders for delivery or in-store pickup. Target Corp. TGT has discussed the benefits of in-store pickup and speedy fulfillment extensively during its recent earnings reports. The coronavirus pandemic has sparked increased e-commerce, with many customers opting for either home delivery or store pickup rather shopping in stores.
Apple overtakes Amazon to become world’s most valuable brand, while Tesla is the fastest-growing
Apple has overtaken Amazon to become the world’s most valuable brand for the first time in five years, according to a global report. “As Apple reclaims the title of the world’s most valuable brand from Amazon five years since it last held the top spot, we are witnessing it Think Different once again. From Mac to iPod, to iPhone, to iPad, to Apple Watch, to subscription services, to infinity and beyond,” said Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh. But Tesla TSLA, +0.26% was the fastest-growing global brand in terms of value last year, jumping 158% to $32 billion. Brand Finance said record sales numbers, a production ramp-up and expansion into new markets helped boost the electric-car maker’s brand.
Asian markets little changed after ho-hum day on Wall Street
Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street. Traders are also awaiting the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting which wraps up later in the day. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.15% lost 0.1% to 3,849.62 but was within 0.2% of the record high it set Monday. More than 100 companies in the S&P 500 are scheduled to tell investors this week how they fared during the last three months of 2020. As a whole, analysts expect S&P 500 companies to say their fourth-quarter profit fell 5% from a year earlier.
Walmart adding dozens of automated local fulfillment centers to speed delivery and pickup orders
Walmart Inc. WMT, +0.90% announced plans early Wednesday to expand its local fulfillment centers to dozens of new stores. The local fulfillment centers will operate in stores or in additional spaces built onto stores. The automated facilities will feature robots that help Walmart associates pick and pack orders for delivery or in-store pickup. Target Corp. TGT, -1.29% has discussed the benefits of in-store pickup and speedy fulfillment extensively during its recent earnings reports. The coronavirus pandemic has sparked increased e-commerce, with many customers opting for either home delivery or store pickup rather shopping in stores.
Apple overtakes Amazon to become world’s most valuable brand, while Tesla is the fastest-growing
Apple has overtaken Amazon to become the world’s most valuable brand for the first time in five years, according to a global report. “As Apple reclaims the title of the world’s most valuable brand from Amazon five years since it last held the top spot, we are witnessing it Think Different once again. From Mac to iPod, to iPhone, to iPad, to Apple Watch, to subscription services, to infinity and beyond,” said Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh. But Tesla TSLA, +0.26% was the fastest-growing global brand in terms of value last year, jumping 158% to $32 billion. Brand Finance said record sales numbers, a production ramp-up and expansion into new markets helped boost the electric-car maker’s brand.
GoFundMe campaign for hockey player paralyzed in snowboarding accident raises more than $134 K
Patrick played on a line with Giroux in his second season, and he likes being back with him when he gets the chance. Since taking over the captaincy in January of 2013, he has played in 610 of 614 regular season games. Clarke had two stints as the Flyers’ captain. ZAJAC COUNTDOWN Zajac played in his 997th regular-season game. UP NEXT Flyers: Play the Devils again at the Prudential Center on Thursday night.
Vietnam's Communist Party kicks off congress to pick new leadership
By James PearsonHANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's ruling Communist Party gathered for its first national congress since 2016 on Monday with a mission to select new leaders and shape policy for the next five years and beyond. The event, the 13th congress since the Communist Party of Vietnam was established in 1930, brought nearly 1,600 delegates from across the country to Hanoi. Vietnam officially has four 'pillars' of leadership: the Party chief; the state president; the prime minister and the National Assembly Chair. Vietnam's two-term Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, 76, has been struggling with bad heath but is expected by analysts to continue for a third term. The Communist Party retains tight control of domestic media and tolerates little criticism.
Veteran activists campaign for Biden's immigration reform
The multimillion-dollar #WeAreHome campaign was launched Monday by national groups including United We Dream and the United Farm Workers Foundation. Immigration remains a third rail dividing Republicans and Democrats in the U.S., and opponents of the measure have pledged to fight it. “The movement has matured,” said Lorella Praeli, the Peruvian-born co-president of Community Change, among the national groups leading the campaign. Praeli honed her skills as Latino communities outreach director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign before addressing the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The five groups chairing the campaign are paying for the effort with their own fundraising,“We need an early breakthrough on immigration,” said Praeli.
Southwest Airlines makes new voluntary leave offer to cut costs
Southwest Airlines Co said late on Tuesday it was offering employees another round of voluntary leave as its staffing levels remain high and the coronavirus outbreak crimps travel. Continue Reading BelowGET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE"Southwest remains overstaffed in many areas. Ticker Security Last Change Change % LUV SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO. 45.81 +0.19 +0.42%"The additional opportunities for leave align with the period when some Employees will return from previously-awarded, six-month leaves on March 1, 2021," the company added. Bloomberg reported earlier that 791 Southwest pilots have agreed to take off one to three months. SOUTHWEST TO TAKE DELIVERY OF 35 737 MAX JETS THROUGH END-2021The "Big Four" U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest – have also asked for additional bailouts.
Avalanche pounds Sharks 7-3 behind depth scoring
On Tuesday, Colorado pounded the San Jose Sharks 7-3 — with all four lines contributing a goal. “But let’s keep that going.”The Avs’ struggling second line got two goals from left winger Brandon Saad. Third-line winger Valeri Nichushkin also scored on a short-handed breakaway, and Devon Toews represented the Avs defensemen in the scoring column. But the line otherwise gladly took a back seat for a team looking for depth scoring after a 3-3 start. He extended his career-high goals streak to six games — the longest Avalanche goals streak since MacKinnon in 2018 and the longest active streak in the NHL.
First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns
The Kremlin, meanwhile, focused on Putin’s response to Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control treaty. Former President Donald Trump’s administration had withdrawn from two arms control treaties with Russia and had been prepared to let New START lapse. Before he spoke to Putin, Biden also called NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg to pledge U.S. commitment to the decades-old alliance founded as a bulwark against Russian aggression. Biden’s team has already reacted strongly to the crackdown on the protests, in which more than 3,700 people were arrested across Russia, including more than 1,400 in Moscow. Just from the public accounts, Biden’s discussion with Putin appeared diametrically opposed to Trump’s relationship with the Russian president.
Jason Dickinson hits game-winning goal in OT to lead undermanned Stars past Red Wings
“Every game is not going to be a Picasso,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. It was his first goal of the season after he posted four assists in the first two games. The problem was that the Red Wings’ first shot — from Vladislav Namestnikov — resulted in their first goal. In the opening weekend, Khudobin’s first-period play allowed the Stars to find their footing, but not Tuesday night. “When you’re going to play this many games in a condensed schedule and all the injuries that are going to happen, find a way.
EDITORIAL: The Democratic attack on private-sector employment
(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)The war on private-sector employment is in full gear as President Joe Biden begins his second week in the White House. Last week, Mr. Biden issued a flurry of executive orders, including one that revokes the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Not to be outdone, congressional Democrats on Tuesday announced that they have an even more ambitious plan to outlaw thousands of private-sector jobs. Sen. Sanders thunders that the current $7.25 hour is a “starvation wage.” Never mind that about 98 percent of minimum wage earners aren’t the sole family breadwinner. “The National Bureau of Economic Research surveyed the existing literature in search of a more concrete understanding” on the effects of minimum wage hikes, Reason’s Billy Binion reported this week.
Golden Knights’ shootout loss overshadowed by Pete DeBoer’s absence
Max Pacioretty notched a hat trick, but the Golden Knights lost 5-4 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in a game that was overshadowed by the absence of coach Pete DeBoer. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe St. Louis Blues celebrate after scoring against the Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe Golden Knights take to the ice before playing the St. Louis Blues in an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoMax Pacioretty notched a hat trick, but the Golden Knights lost 5-4 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in a game that was overshadowed by the absence of coach Pete DeBoer. Alex Tuch opened the scoring for the Knights at 3:17 of the first period before Perron responded with two goals for St. Louis, which led 3-1 after the first period.
Stars keep hot start going with 2-1 OT win over Red Wings
DALLAS - (AP) -- Jason Dickinson scored 1:32 into overtime and the Dallas Stars won a third straight home game to start their delayed season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Red Wings controlled the puck for the first minute-plus of the 3-on-3 period before the Stars gained control and moved into the offensive zone. “I saw he probably thought that I was going to shoot it so I was going to take him out,” Klingberg said. The Red Wings are winless in four of their past five games this season. Guys had to step up at key times.”STILL MISSINGThe Red Wings remain without forwards Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner and Filip Zadina and defenseman Jon Merrill because of COVID-19 protocols.
Josi gives Predators 3-2 win over Blackhawks in OT
Josi, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, scored at 2:57 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Dylan Strome and Mattias Janmark scored for the Blackhawks, who won their previous two games. CONSISTENT POWER PLAYWith Strome's power-play goal, the Blackhawks have scored at least one on the man-advantage in each of their seven games this season. In 1990-91, the Blackhawks scored 17 power-play goals in the team's first 11 games. WHAT'S NEXTThe Predators and Blackhawks play again Wednesday night in Nashville to complete the second half of the back-to-back series for the longtime Central Division rivals.
Dear Abby: Drunken flirting puts close friend at greater distance
Dear AbbyJeanne PhilipsDear Abby: My husband and I have been close friends with a woman named “Louise” for five years. Recently, we were all hanging out, and Louise got very drunk and tried to massage lotion into my husband’s hands. My husband has expressed to me that these situations made him very uncomfortable, and they do the same to me. — Taken Aback in New YorkDear Taken Aback: If you “let it go,” it will probably happen again and the friendship will be over. Dear Abby: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years.
VW scales back job cuts in labor deal for German truck brand MAN
Christoph RauwaldBloomberg NewsVolkswagen AG won the backing of powerful labor unions for a stripped back 1.7 billion-euro ($2 billion) profit-improvement plan at its MAN truck division with a concession to cut fewer job cuts than initially planned. MAN will eliminate about 3,500 positions in Germany by the end of 2022 in a revamp expected to cost a “high-triple-digit” million-euro sum, the VW division said Tuesday in a statement. That’s less than half the 9,500 job cuts envisaged last year, and just shy of the original 1.8 billion-euro target. “The job cuts are to be implemented in the most socially responsible manner possible,” MAN said. Despite years of restructuring, MAN has remained a drag on earnings at VW’s Traton SE truck division, which also includes the Swedish Scania brand and a smaller operation in Latin America.
Oregon State looks like a women’s basketball team with an NCAA tourney future after demolishing Washington 98-68
It was a win, and a darned good one for Oregon State, in Tuesday afternoon’s 98-68 romp over Washington at Gill Coliseum. For the first time this season, the Beavers had the appearance of an NCAA tournament team, one that could win postseason games. Oregon State (4-5, 2-5 Pac-12) hasn’t missed the NCAA tournament since 2013. It feels like Oregon State arrived this week, starting with Sunday’s double-overtime loss to Washington State. Oregon State has played three games during the past 38 games.
Biden spoke with Putin, and it wasn't love and kisses
Biden chastised Putin over the 2016 election interference and a reprise of that effort in 2020. Biden also told the Kremlin strongman that the United States was willing to defend itself and take action, which could include further sanctions, to ensure that Moscow does not act with impunity, according to Biden administration officials. On a positive note, Biden and Putin agreed on the need to maintain stability between the world's two biggest nuclear superpowers. Sign up to receive The 1600 Get our inside look at the White House and goings on in the Donald Trump administration. U.S. restores Palestinian relationsThe Biden administration announced Tuesday it was restoring relations with the Palestinians and renewing aid to Palestinian refugees, a reversal of the Trump administration’s cutoff.
Dearborn City Council votes to remove Hubbard name from city ballroom
In addition to the Hubbard Ballroom at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on Michigan Avenue, the mayor's name is located around the city including Hubbard Drive near Fairlane Town Center. Hachem and other residents said it was a "cancel culture" decision by the City Council. "We're doing a disservice to the rest of the Hubbard family that provided decades and decades of service, not only to Dearborn but to Wayne County. Many of the Hubbard family still reside in Dearborn. In many respects, he was a very good mayor and did a lot of good things for the city.
Stars keep hot start going with 2-1 OT win over Red Wings
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Dickinson scored 1:32 into overtime and the Dallas Stars won a third straight home game to start their delayed season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Red Wings controlled the puck for the first minute-plus of the 3-on-3 period before the Stars gained control and moved into the offensive zone. John Klingberg, who scored the other Dallas goal, passed up a couple of opportunities to shoot and sent the puck to Dickinson, who beat Thomas Greiss from the high slot. Detroit dropped a fifth straight game in Dallas but gained a point for the first time that stretch. The Red Wings are winless in four of their past five games this season.
NM virus cases continue to decline
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico reported 602 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, continuing a steady downward trend with the lowest seven-day average since late October. The state also reported 14 deaths, including a woman in her 30s from Bernalillo County and a man in his 40s from San Juan County. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Of the cases reported Tuesday, 155 were in Bernalillo County, 82 were in Doña Ana County and 52 were in San Juan County. Other counties throughout the state reported fewer than 40 cases. Overall, over the past 10 months, the state has had a total of 170,296 COVID-19 cases, 96,659 of which have been designated as recovered by the state Department of Health.
Covid: Arrivals to England from virus hotspots face hotel quarantine
At the moment, incoming travellers have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test on departure, taken in the previous 72 hours. Then they still have to quarantine for up to 10 days, although this can be done at home.
IOC's Dick Pound wants to examine reasons for public apathy toward staging Tokyo Olympics
Senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he wants to examine the reasons behind the Japanese public’s concerns about hosting the 2020 Games this summer after recent polls showed around 80% were opposed to the event going ahead in July. “I know there are those in Japan who question holding the event,” Pound told the Asahi Shimbun in comments published Wednesday in Japanese. “Together I would like to scrutinize the reasons and respond. He said the decision on whether the games go ahead this summer must be made by May at the latest and stressed that another delay was not possible. “Personally, I think it’s possible to hold the games this summer,” Pound said.
'We haven't learned the lessons': Holocaust Memorial Day widened to include remembrance of all genocide
This year, however, its scope has been widened to include all victims of genocide. Image: Marie and her mother were the only two family members who survived the Rwandan genocide. "I thought that after the Holocaust and the Rwanda genocide, they would have learned something and step in and help. Mr Frank told Sky News: "When you're a child, you don't really think about the future. Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said Holocaust survivors were an inspiration, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
New Zealand Olympic Committee head believes some athletes could skip Tokyo Games
Some New Zealand athletes may choose to skip the Tokyo Games this year due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radio New Zealand quoted Kereyn Smith, the head of the country’s Olympic committee (NZOC), as saying on Wednesday. Smith said the NZOC was planning for the Games to go ahead but that everyone in its delegation, expected to be around 450 people including more than 200 athletes, would have to decide whether they wanted to travel to Tokyo. “There’s a lot of people who have to consider their position,” Smith said. Are their family comfortable that they should be doing that?… It’s a big, big commitment.”The NZOC did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment. The NZOC last week said it would work with the government in its vaccine roll out plans and encourage its Olympic team members to get vaccinated before travelling for the games.
South Korea sees jump in COVID-19 cases on outbreaks in Christian schools
A total of 297 COVID-19 cases had been traced to six churches and mission schools run by a Christian organization, senior health official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to a church and its mission school in Gwangju, about 270 kilometers south of Seoul, officials said. Another 171 cases had been linked to an affiliated school in the city of Daejeon since Jan. 17. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the Daejeon mission school outbreak appeared to have been spreading for some time before it was detected. The Christian organization responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.
Tokyo 2020 artistic swimming qualifier to be postponed because of travel bans
The final artistic swimming qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to be held in the Japanese capital in March, will be postponed in light of travel restrictions under the current state of emergency aimed at combating the coronavirus, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The March 4-7 meet at the Tokyo Aquatics Center was to be the first Olympic test event with coronavirus countermeasures in place, but the International Swimming Federation and Japan Swimming Federation determined the restrictions on entry by foreign nationals would make preparations too difficult. The state of emergency, declared for Tokyo and 10 other prefectures following a surge in coronavirus cases, is in effect until Feb. 7. The swimming federations are considering several alternative dates, including between April and May, the sources said. Japan, which has already qualified for both categories as host nation, was not scheduled to take part.
Suga apologizes over lawmakers' hostess bar visits amid virus emergency
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized Wednesday in parliament after executives of the ruling coalition were reported to have visited hostess bars in Tokyo’s Ginza district, defying a state of emergency that urges people to avoid unnecessary outings. “As we have asked the people to refrain from going out, I am extremely sorry,” said Suga at the House of Councillors’ Budget Committee. Under the state of emergency, people are being asked to stay home from 8 p.m., and restaurants to close by the same time. The rare admission of fault comes as public support for Suga’s administration continues to dwindle amid mounting dissatisfaction with his pandemic response. “We have not been able to provide the necessary care, and I recognize that because of this the Japanese people are feeling anxious,” Suga said.
Biden, Tokyo Gov. Koike immortalized as traditional Japanese dolls
Tokyo-based Kyugetsu Co. revealed the hina dolls of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, 68, and Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura, 45, on Wednesday at its headquarters ahead of Girls’ Day on March 3. In Japan, hina dolls, representing an emperor, empress and their attendants wearing the court dress of the Heian period (794-1185), are traditionally displayed by families with girls to celebrate the Girls’ Day festival each spring. The firm also revealed dolls representing U.S. President Joe Biden, 78, and Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, “in the hopes they will restore order to the world.”The dolls will be displayed at the company’s headquarters until Friday.
Travel chaos hits the Midwest as up to 15 inches blankets Iowa to Ohio
AdvertisementMore than 200 flights have been canceled as travel chaos hit the Midwest on Tuesday when up to 15 inches blanketed a few states during a major winter storm that left 100 million people under weather advisories. Several coronavirus testing sites closed Monday and Tuesday in Nebraska and Iowa, as both states saw 12 to 15 inches of snow in places. National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen, who is based near Omaha, said up to 15 inches was reported in spots between York, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa. 'If these snow totals materialize, they would be very rare for Iowa,' the NWS in Des Moines wrote. In West Des Moines, Iowa, Chris Borsberry said he needed four-wheel drive to make it into the Fairfield Inn & Suites where he works, and it took him twice as long as normal.
Florida county Paramedic of the Year is arrested for stealing three syringes of Moderna vaccine
Joshua Colon, 31, was detained after he allegedly forged vaccine screening and consent forms for missing Moderna vaccines that were designated for firefighters, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The affidavit for his arrest states that the Polk County Fire Rescue paramedic told authorities that he had forged the forms at the direction of his supervisor. According to Colon's arrest affidavit, the training officer and other members of the Polk County Fire Rescue had been directed to administer Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to first responders. When asked to provide the forms on repeated occasions, the paramedic only gave 21 completed forms and the log, according to the affidavit. When later asked for documents, Colon told deputies that he created the fake information.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell sounds off against 'censorship' a day after Twitter suspends his account
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell blasted Twitter after he was permanently banned from the platform for continuing to spread misinformation about election fraud, saying that if Twitter can silence him, it can silence anyone. Twitter said Lindell had been banned 'due to repeated violations' of its Civic Integrity Policy. 'This time, about 17 days ago, when someone put up on the Internet actual new machine election fraud, I retweeted it, and they took my Twitter down. SOME OF LINDELL'S CLAIMS ELECTION FRAUD Lindell has repeatedly claimed on Twitter and in interviews that the election was rigged. Even before his Twitter ban, Lindell was among the Republicans raging at 'cancel culture' after companies cut ties with MyPillow.
Tokyo Olympics test event to be postponed: reports
The artistic swimming test event was scheduled to be held at the Tokyo Aquatics Center from March 4-7, but could now be held in April or May, reports saidAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)The first Tokyo Olympics test event of 2021 will be postponed due to travel restrictions under Japan's coronavirus state of emergency, media reported Wednesday. The artistic swimming test event -- which will double as the sport's final qualifier for the Games, and is set to feature around 10 countries -- was scheduled to be held at the Tokyo Aquatics Center from March 4-7. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and Japan Swimming Federation (JASF) have determined travel restrictions on foreign nationals coming into Japan would make the event too difficult to organise, the reports said. FINA, JASF and Tokyo 2020 did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The artistic swimming event was set to be the first test event to be held with anti-virus measures in place.
BTS earns five nominations for 2021 Korean Music Awards
ENTERTAINMENTThis photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows BTS attending an online media event in Seoul on Sept. 2, 2020. (Big Hit Entertainment)Superstar BTS has earned five nominations for the 2021 Korean Music Awards with its record-breaking albums and songs released last year.BTS has been named in the Musician of the Year, the Album of the Year, the Song of the Year, the Best Pop Album and the Best Pop Song categories, becoming one of the five acts with the most nominations, the awards' selection committee said in an online press conference held Tuesday.The four other most-nominated acts were Leenalchi, a sensational alternative pop band, and female singer-songwriters Baek Yerin, Sunwoo Jung-a and Jeongmilla. "The five nominees must be mentioned when discussing the popular music of 2020, considering their musical reviews, the impact of performances and other aspects," Kim Yun-ha, one of the committee members, said.The septet clinched nominations for the Album of the Year and the Best Pop Album with "Map of the Soul: 7," its album featuring hit tracks "On" and "Boy with Luv," released in February of last year. "Dynamite," a disco-pop single that conquered the Billboard's main singles chart after being dropped in August, got nominated for the Song of the Year and the Best Pop Song categories.Baek, one of the country's most popular female soloists, also received nominations for the same categories as BTS, with her first full-length album, "Every Letter I Sent You," and its main track, "Square. "Leenalchi, a Korean band that gained popularity with songs inspired by traditional Korean music, was named in five categories -- the Musician of the Year, the Album of the Year, the Song of the Year, the Best Jazz & Crossover Album and the Best Modern Rock Song.The nominees for the upcoming Korean Music Awards were selected by 65 committee members, including music critics, journalists, and music television show producers.They reviewed albums and songs released between
Childbirths in S. Korea hit record low, deaths at near 4-decade high in Nov.
NATIONALThis photo, taken on March 28, 2019, shows a newborn baby unit at a Seoul hospital. (Yonhap)The number of babies born in South Korea hit a new record low in November last year, data showed Wednesday, underscoring the country's chronic low birth rate.The number of deaths rose to the highest in 37 years, leading to the population declining for the 13th straight month, according to Statistics Korea.The data showed that 20,085 babies were born in November, down 15.3 percent from a year earlier.It marked a record low for the month of November since 1981, when the statistics agency began compiling related data.It also marked the sharpest on-year fall for any November since 2001, when the number of newborns dropped 18.4 percent on-year.In the first 11 months of last year, the number of newborns came to 253,787, down 9.8 percent from a year earlier.South Korea is struggling with a decline in childbirths as many young people delay marriage or give up getting married or having babies amid a prolonged economic slowdown.The country's total fertility rate -- the average number of children a woman bears in her lifetime -- hit a new record low of 0.92 in 2019, marking the second straight year for the rate to drop below 1.Amid the country's rapid aging, a total of 26,669 people died in November, up 1 percent from the previous year and marking the largest increase for any November since 1983.Accordingly, the country's population declined by 5,583, marking the 13th consecutive month of fall. It also marked the largest monthly fall since November 2019, the data showed.The number of deaths has outpaced that of newborns every month since November 2019. In the first 11 months, the population fell by 24,399, heralding the country's first yearly fall in population.Meanwhile, the number of couples getting married reached 18,177 in November, down 11.3 percent from a year ago.It marked an all-time low for any November since 1981, when the office started compiling related data. The tal
Childbirths in S. Korea hit record low, deaths at near 4-decade high in Nov.
(Yonhap)The number of babies born in South Korea hit a new record low in November last year, data showed Wednesday, underscoring the country's chronic low birth rate. The number of deaths rose to the highest in 37 years, leading to the population declining for the 13th straight month, according to Statistics Korea. It marked a record low for the month of November since 1981, when the statistics agency began compiling related data. Accordingly, the country's population declined by 5,583, marking the 13th consecutive month of fall. In the first 11 months, the population fell by 24,399, heralding the country's first yearly fall in population.
BTS earns five nominations for 2021 Korean Music Awards
This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows BTS attending an online media event in Seoul on Sept. 2, 2020. (Big Hit Entertainment)Superstar BTS has earned five nominations for the 2021 Korean Music Awards with its record-breaking albums and songs released last year. "Dynamite," a disco-pop single that conquered the Billboard's main singles chart after being dropped in August, got nominated for the Song of the Year and the Best Pop Song categories. The nominees for the upcoming Korean Music Awards were selected by 65 committee members, including music critics, journalists, and music television show producers. They reviewed albums and songs released between Dec. 1, 2019, and Nov. 30, 2020.
Report Reveals Racist Conspiracy Theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Showed Support for Murdering Democrats
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—a freshman Republican lawmaker, prolific bigot and conspiracy theorist, and staunch backer of former President Donald Trump—repeatedly showed support online for executing prominent Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former President Barack Obama, and former Secertary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN reported Tuesday. Greene, who represents Georgia's 14th Congressional District, in January 2019 "liked" a Facebook comment asserting that "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to oust Pelosi (D-Calif.) from the House speakership. "We must be patient," wrote Greene. Greene also liked Facebook comments supporting the assassination of FBI agents who were purportedly part of the "deep state" opposition to Trump. On Tuesday, Greene tweeted that "fake news CNN is writing yet another hit piece on me focusing on my time before running for political office."
“I Pretty Much Immediately Discovered How Bad American Health Care Was”
As you said, up until the point where Bernie was no longer a threat, it was made to sound as if the public option would be just as good, if not better, than Medicare for All. Anyway, I think it’s going to be mostly little tweaks, and, if we’re really lucky, we’ll get some kind of public option. But the question that’s existed all along is how they would actually do the public option. But with the public option, there are actually a lot of different ways you can do it. How does the sliding scale for income work?
Budget reconciliation in the Senate: Everything you need to know.
What exactly is this budget reconciliation thing I keep hearing about? It’s a process that allows the Senate to pass tax and spending legislation with a bare majority vote. Reconciliation bills cannot be filibustered, so Democrats can use it scoot around Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s tendency toward obstructionism. In order to write a reconciliation bill, Congress first has to enact an annual budget resolution. AdvertisementA reconciliation bill is allowed to increase the budget deficit over the years covered by the budget, which typically lasts a decade, but not in the period after it.
Beijing tests for COVID-19 using anal swabs, where virus may survive longer: experts
Photo: Li Hao/GTBeijing reported a 9-year-old boy tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and his school conducted a variety of tests including serum antibody tests, nasal, throat, and even anal swabs for all its staff and students, prompting many to wonder if anal swabs could be more accurate in detecting the virus than other measures.Li Tongzeng, a deputy director in charge of infectious disease at Beijing You'an Hospital, said that studies have shown that the coronavirus survives longer in the anus or excrement than those taken from upper body tracts, and for some silent carriers the virus may be present in their throats for 3 to 5 days, allowing some tests to provide false negative results.Taking an anal swab could increase accuracy in key groups, Li noted during an interview with the China Central Television. However, given that the method is not as convenient as throat swabs, it will only be applied to key groups at quarantine centers.Meanwhile, the testing method has been controversial among experts. Yang Zhanqiu, a deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, told the Global Times that since the virus has proven to be contracted via the upper respiratory tract rather than the digestive system, the most efficient tests are still nasal and throat swabs. "There have been cases concerning the coronavirus testing positive in a patient's excrement, but no evidence has suggested it had been transmitted through one's digestive system," Yang added.Beijing will also conduct serum antibody tests for all inbound overseas travelers who have entered the Chinese capital city since December 10 in an effort to find the chain of transmission in the latest cluster infections in the capital's Daxing district, the Beijing government said on Friday.Chinese health experts said antibody tests for inbound travelers revealed that the outbreak in Daxing district began a month before the first case was reported on Sunday, and nucleic acid testing won't be abl
Asset manager BlackRock threatens to sell shares in worst climate polluters
BlackRock, the world’s biggest investment fund manager, has threatened to sell shares in the worst corporate pollutersin a bid to support the goal of net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Larry Fink, BlackRock’s chief executive, said the investor would ask companies whose shares it holds to disclose their plans to achieve net zero emissions. “No issue ranks higher than climate change on our clients’ lists of priorities.”BlackRock’s fossil fuel investments. New York City on Monday announced that two of its pension funds for employees and teachers had voted to divest holdings worth $4bn in fossil fuel companies. However, Gaurav Madan, a senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said its actions, including the net zero pledge, were “too little, too late”.
Business exec and his wife charged after flying into remote Canadian town to get Covid-19 vaccine, officials say
Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been charged under Yukon's Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) , according to court documents. One of them presented a British Columbia health care card, the other had one from Ontario, Streicker said in a statement. Following an investigation, the couple was located at the Whitehorse airport, and Yukon officials told CNN the couple left the territory that same day. Members of the mobile clinic team called the motel and were informed the couple did not work there, Streicker told CBC. "As a company, Great Canadian takes health and safety protocols extremely seriously, and our company strictly follows all directives and guidance issued by public health authorities in each jurisdiction where we operate," the statement added.
38 Capitol Police officers test positive for Covid-19 after Capitol riot
(CNN) More than three dozen Capitol Police officers have tested positive for coronavirus since the Capitol riot on January 6, the union representing the Capitol Police told CNN Sunday. It's unclear how many of the 38 officers may have been on duty during the attack or when they contracted the virus. By Friday, 19 Capitol Police officers had tested positive in the more than two weeks since the attack, Gus Papathanasiou, chair of the United States Capitol Police Labor Committee, told CNN in an email. The union could also not confirm that those officers were on duty the day of the attack. Several lawmakers tested positive in the wake of the attack, with some Democrats saying they tested positive after sheltering in place with other members of Congress who were not wearing masks.
Sekou Smith, who covered the NBA since 2001, dies of COVID-19
Longtime NBA writer Sekou Smith, known for his basketball insight and friendly demeanor, died Tuesday of COVID-19. Turner Sports hired him in 2009, and he wrote about the league for NBA.com and provided analysis on NBA TV. “The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said a in statement. “Sekou was one of the most affable and dedicated reporters in the NBA and a terrific friend to so many across the league. “His impact will be felt forever because of the way he was a man,” Turner Sports colleague and friend Steve Smith, a former NBA player, said during an on-air tribute.
Devils give up three goals in third in loss to Flyers
Nolan Patrick, Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov scored third-period goals, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark for their first road win. James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Flyers came back to win after blowing an early two-goal lead. Provorov, who had an empty-net goal, and Claude Giroux each had two assists as the Flyers bounced back from two losses (0-1-1) in Boston. Nolan Patrick scores a goal on Scott Wedgewood in the third period of the Devils’ 5-3 loss to the Flyers. Van Riemsdyk staked the Flyers to a 2-0 lead, tipping a pair of point shots by Provorov past Wedgewood, the second 59 seconds into the second period.
Islanders fall to Capitals in closing seconds
WASHINGTON — After killing off a five-minute penalty in the third period against an opponent that had gone to overtime the last four games, the New York Islanders thought they’d also get there against the Washington Capitals and pick up at least a point. But then Justin Schultz scored with 26.4 seconds left to give the Capitals an emotional 3-2 victory Tuesday night after losing two more key players to injury. They were coming.”Justin Schultz celebrates with former Ranger Carl Hagelin after scoring the game-winning goal in the Islanders’ 3-2 loss to the Capitals. NHLI via Getty ImagesSchultz’s goal avoided what would have been a franchise-first fifth overtime game, which could have been especially costly missing Eller and Backstrom. This is playoff mentality right now and I’m not quite sure we’re in a playoff mentality right now, which is really (ticking) me off.”
Priest leaves diocese after live streaming voter fraud exorcisms
A priest has cut ties with his Roman Catholic diocese in Wisconsin after live streaming exorcisms to root out what he claimed was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. John Zuhlsdorf, who was described as a “freelancer” at The Diocese of Madison, left to pursue other opportunities, the diocese said in a statement earlier this month. Zuhlsdorf and the diocese mutually decided on the departure, the statement said. The priest had claimed that permission to conduct the exorcisms was granted by Madison Bishop Donald Hying. But Hying said he approved exorcisms for “alleviation from the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic,” not for “partisan political activity.”With Post wires
Oklahoma trying to get rid of $2M worth of hydroxychloroquine
Officials in Oklahoma are reportedly trying to offload a $2 million stockpile of hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as a potential coronavirus treatment. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered the purchase of 1.2 million pills, or about 100,000 doses, from a California-based pharmaceutical wholesaler in April. At the time, Stitt was criticized by Democrats for the purchase but defended it by saying that the drug showed promise as a treatment in early March, and that he didn’t want his state to miss out on a chance to acquire it. Stitt’s spokeswoman Carly Atchison told The Frontier that: “Every decision the Governor makes is with the health and lives of Oklahomans in mind, including purchasing hydroxychloroquine, securing PPE, and now distributing vaccines as quickly and efficiently as possible to combat this COVID crisis.”With Post wires
Mexican TV host under fire after going to Florida to get COVID vaccine
A popular Mexican TV host is under fire after traveling to Florida just to get the coveted COVID-19 vaccine, which most Americans have not received. Argentinian TV personality Yanina Latorre recently posted on Instagram that her elderly mother received the COVID-19 vaccine while on vacation in South Florida. So we’re discouraging people to come to Florida just to get a vaccine.”The Florida Department of Health made clear that it will investigate any reported misuse of the COVID-19 vaccines. “It is absolutely not permitted for someone to come into Florida for one day to receive the vaccine and leave the next,” health department spokesman Jason Mahon told the newspaper. “We ask that all suspected incidents be reported to the appropriate county health department immediately.”
Likely Biden deputy labor secretary pick could face Senate scrutiny over California unemployment fraud
California Labor Secretary Julie Su, President Biden’s reported pick to serve as deputy secretary in the US Department of Labor, could face tough scrutiny in the Senate regarding her handling of unemployment claims in the state during the coronavirus pandemic. Biden has pledged to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 and Su is a longtime advocate for workers’ rights, including increased wages. However, reports that a state agency under Su’s jurisdiction mistakenly paid out billions in false unemployment claims could complicate her candidacy. "California has not had sufficient security measures in place to prevent this level of fraud, and criminals took advantage of the situation." Aside from the fraud claims, state officials questioned the Su-led Employment Development Department’s preparedness to handle claims in the event of a crisis that led to an economic recession.
Asia's life insurance market has strong growth prospects amid Covid, AIA Group CEO says
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAsia's life insurance market has strong growth prospects amid Covid, AIA Group CEO saysAIA Group CEO Lee Yuan Siong discusses the outlook for Asia's insurance industry and whether China remains an under-insured market in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Oil rises as U.S. oil stockpiles drop, new Chinese Covid-19 cases decline
Oil prices climbed on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week and China, the world's second-biggest oil user, reported its lowest daily rise in Covid-19 cases, bolstering hopes of a pick-up in demand. However, the data showed gasoline stocks rose by 3.1 million barrels, which was much more than expected. "The crude oil drawdown has offered some support to the market in early trading this morning with the market expecting a build," ING economics said in a note. Official data showed 75 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 11. "There are rising concerns that the outbreak in China will see crude oil demand suffer," ANZ Research said in a note, citing Ministry of Transport estimates that the number of passenger trips taken will be down 40% from 2019.
Indonesia's Gojek saw 'explosive growth' in grocery delivery services during Covid: Co-CEO
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailIndonesia's Gojek saw 'explosive growth' in grocery delivery services during Covid: Co-CEOIndonesia's Gojek saw its grocery delivery services grow seven to eight times over the last six months, compared to pre-pandemic levels, says co-CEO Kevin Aluwi.
Over 110,000 establishments out of business as pandemic ravages bar, restaurant industry
SEE NEW POSTS'Snake oil' salesman in Washington state administered untested Covid-19 vaccines, officials say A man in Washington state was arrested on federal charges for allegedly administering an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccine to patients. Research supports "a path forward to maintain or return primarily or fully to in-person instructional delivery," according to the study. The recommendations provide some clarity about a contentious topic and offer much-needed guidance for local officials, school administrators and parents. “According to the plea agreement, Brandenburg stated that he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically,” the department said Tuesday. A new shipment of 120,000 doses is expected to arrive in the Tar Heel State on Wednesday, though officials are lobbying for a boost.
Hong Kong airport readies bond issuance worth up to $1.5 billion: sources
FILE PHOTO: A woman, wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, sorts luggage at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China October 20, 2020. Calls with investors started on Wednesday for the Airport Authority Hong Kong deal which consists of 10-year and 30-year U.S. dollar denominated unsecured notes, a term sheet showed. Airport Authority Hong Kong did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Travel through Hong Kong’s airport has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic with an 87.7% drop in passenger numbers in 2020, although cargo flights rose 18.3%. Hong Kong’s government finalised a $2.5 billion green bond issuance on Wednesday, a statement from the city’s monetary authority said.
Peru orders total lockdown across 10 states as second wave bites
FILE PHOTO: Medical workers take samples during mass testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lima, Peru January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian CastanedaLIMA (Reuters) - President Francisco Sagasti of Peru on Tuesday night announced a total lockdown of the capital and nine other regions following a significant increase in COVID cases, which he said had pushed hospitals close to collapse. Sagasti said the new measures covering central Peru would remain in effect until at least Feb. 14. On Tuesday, Peru reported 4,444 new cases of the coronavirus, taking its total to 1,107,239, and 40,107 deaths. Peru also has a deal to buy 14 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and its regulators are also weighing emergency use requests from Russia’s Gamaleya Institute and Pfizer.
Mexican president felt unwell before commercial flight, took COVID-19 test later: spokesman
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador first felt the onset of COVID-19 on Sunday and was tested after returning to the capital on a commercial flight from an event in central Mexico, his spokesman said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses to the nation on his second anniversary as the President of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. The symptoms were stronger once he was back in Mexico City, Ramirez said. Ramirez told a national radio station earlier in the week that Lopez Obrador felt congested on Saturday while in the industrial city of Monterrey, and took a test there. Lopez Obrador has been holding virtual meetings, including a Monday call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Europe faces identity crisis over vaccine trade war
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyEurope has three days to decide how tough it will be in a global fight over restricting vaccine exports. Indeed, the call for export restrictions is pushing the European Commission's trade department into an excruciating position because it is normally one of the leading global forces preaching against trade restrictions and protectionism as a way of dealing with economic shocks. “It’s worth noting that we are not planning to impose an export ban or export restrictions,” he said when asked by POLITICO about the new law. “A legal obligation for authorization of vaccine exports at EU level makes sense," Spahn said on Twitter Monday, reiterating this point in several TV interviews. Escalation riskExperts and EU lawmakers were quick to warn that any export restrictions could promptly escalate into an all-out trade war over vaccine supplies.
What Europe can learn from the US about fighting racism
As Europe seeks to reboot transatlantic relations with the United States, one urgent common challenge should — but is not — on the long list of priorities: tackling racism. Moral arguments for addressing racism have always been robust; the political will and sense of urgency too often missing. But when it comes to addressing racism, the new U.S. president is already far better positioned than his European counterparts. The EU, meanwhile, is being held back in its fight against racism by a lack of racial diversity in its own ranks. Europe’s struggle to eliminate years of racism, unconscious bias and discriminatory practices is going to be long.
Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: Olympic hurdles for Japan's vaccine roll-out
FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" are placed on dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020. A government source told Reuters that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The government is buying some 20,000 speciality coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tonnes of dry ice per year, but it’s mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers. The SDF has about 2,000 doctors and nurses qualified to give injections, though all can’t be spared, he said.
Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million as nations tackle vaccine shortages
(Reuters) - Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls. It took the world 11 months to record the first 50 million cases of the pandemic, compared to just three months for cases to double to 100 million. UNITED STATESWith over 25 million cases, the United States has 25% of all reported COVID cases although it accounts for just 4% of the world’s population. Slideshow ( 3 images )The Eastern European region, including countries like Russia, Poland and Ukraine, contribute to nearly 10% of all global COVID-19 cases. According to the Reuters tally, African countries have nearly 3.5 million cases and over 85,000 deaths.
China money rates hit 21-month high on holiday demand, policy tightening worries
FILE PHOTO: Headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason LeeUnlike the past few years, the central bank has not been making net liquidity injections into the banking system to meet strong demand for cash heading into the long Lunar New Year holiday. “It’s the precursor that China’s central bank is starting to normalise its monetary policy,” said Marco Sun, chief financial market analyst at MUFG Bank. Other economists also warned that the central bank would gradually shift its policy stance this year after massive emergency measures to cushion the shock from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. “Monetary policy in 2021 will be a gradual normalisation contingent on COVID-19,” said Lu Ting, chief China economist at Nomura.
EU citizens stopped at UK border with extra demands to prove status
But EU diplomats say some officials have gone beyond that, requiring EU nationals living in Britain to provide documentation to prove their status — specifically that they have obtained settled or pre-settled status under the government’s EU Settlement Scheme. Border officials are not meant to ask for it until that date. Others tried to log in to the Home Office website while at the border post or showed print outs of their digital settled status certificate. While queuing, an official shouted that they should have evidence of their Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR or EU Settlement Scheme) ready, or they would be fined. “A person with status under the EU Settlement Scheme should continue to use their valid passport or national identity card to cross the U.K. border.”Want more analysis from POLITICO?
Asian shares slip, Microsoft's brisk earnings boost tech sector
TOKYO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asian equities slipped on Wednesday as investors looked to the Federal Reserve’s guidance on its monetary policy while futures for U.S. tech shares jumped after strong earnings from Microsoft. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File PhotoMSCI’s gauge of Asian ex-Japan shares slipped 0.3%, dragged lower by profit-taking in resource shares as some investors have grown wary of stretched valuations. Microsoft shares rose 4% in extended trading after its Azure cloud computing services grew more 50%. The results boosted optimism for other U.S. tech giants, including Apple and Facebook, which announce quarterly results later in the day. Oil prices were supported by economic optimism, with U.S. crude futures trading up 0.3% at $52.79 per barrel.
Farmers back at protest camp after deep challenge to PM Modi
In a profoundly symbolic challenge to Modi’s Hindu-nationalist government, the protesters who stormed Red Fort hoisted a Sikh religious flag. The protesters have left the streets of the capital,? New Delhi police officer Anto Alphonse said Wednesday morning. Several of them jumped into a deep dry drain in the fort area to escape the protesters who outnumbered them at several places. The government insists the agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment. The government has offered to suspend the laws for 18 months, but the farmers want nothing less than a full repeal.
Thousands of Portland’s health care workers not vaccinated
(Josh Andersen/OHSU via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in the tri-county Portland, Oregon, metro area said Tuesday that “tens of thousands” of frontline health care workers have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and that it will likely take weeks before most do. One solution is allocating more doses of the vaccine to the populated area, said Jessica Guernsey, the Multnomah County public health director. Health officials said that while 60,000 eligible people applied for vaccines through the survey, only 11,000 were sent invitations to be vaccinated. Health officials say that 1A health care workers will be vaccinated at the same time as teachers, however state officials decide the weekly amount of vaccine doses allocated toward each eligible group. The Oregon Health Authority re-examines and adjusts county risk levels every two weeks.
Reaves’ 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79
Texas forward Greg Brown (4) and Oklahoma forward Kur Kuath, center, chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Texas got back within one when Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later. “We’ll have to work on missing free throws, I guess,” Kruger said. Before his late free throws, Reaves had a key three-point play with a drive and layup that drew a fifth foul on Texas forward Greg Brown. So I guess it was a good shot,” Reaves said.
Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates
The district went remote last March, but district officials say it’s not working, particularly for many low-income Black and Latino students who comprise the majority of the district. The Chicago Teachers Union argues the district hasn’t gone far enough in its safety plan, despite installing thousands of air filters, deep-cleaning schools and offering limited COVID-19 testing. District officials haven’t set a date for high school students’ return. Union officials have pushed for teachers to be vaccinated before in-person teaching resumes. Union officials have dismissed the studies, saying dozens of cases have emerged in Chicago schools.
Hornqvist’s shootout goal lifts Panthers over Blue Jackets
Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas, left, of the Czech Republic, collides with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and had the game winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday night. I liked our pace; I liked their purpose.”The Blue Jackets weren’t sharp offensively in the first two periods, but scored on their first two shots on goal. NO POWER PLAYThe Blue Jackets were 0 for 6 on the power play, and Foligno was tired of talking about the team’s inability to capitalize on the man-advantage. The Blue Jackets play five of the next seven games at home.
Farmers back at protest camp after deep challenge to PM Modi
In a profoundly symbolic challenge to Modi's Hindu-nationalist government, the protesters who stormed Red Fort hoisted a Sikh religious flag. The protesters have left the streets of the capital,? New Delhi police officer Anto Alphonse said Wednesday morning. “If the farmers are agitated overall India, you can’t dismiss the protests as some opposition inciting the farmers.”The police statement said 86 personnel injured in clashes with farmers. The government insists the agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment. The government has offered to suspend the laws for 18 months, but the farmers want nothing less than a full repeal.
Walgreens taps Starbucks exec Roz Brewer as its new CEO
Walgreens said Tuesday it has tapped Starbucks executive Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company. Walgreens WBA, +2.86% later confirmed that Brewer will take over as its CEO on March 15. At Starbucks, Brewer revamped stores, taking out clutter and cutting down on administrative work so employees could focus on customers and speed up service. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. WMT, +0.90% . “I step into this role with great optimism for the future of WBA,” Brewer said in a statement.
Tunisia's parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle amid protests
By Tarek Amara and Angus McDowallTUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's parliament on Tuesday approved a Cabinet reshuffle that deepened the conflict between the prime minister and the president, as hundreds protested outside the heavily barricaded parliament over social inequality and police abuses. Riot police turned water cannon on protesters outside the parliament earlier on Tuesday, trying to quell the largest rally since demonstrations began this month. ?"?Young people protesting outside parliament reminds us of our priorities. But President Kais Saied indicated on Monday he would reject the Cabinet reshuffle, condemned the absence of women among the new ministers and said some likely new Cabinet members may have conflicts of interest. Police blocked the march with barricades to prevent protesters approaching the parliament building where lawmakers were debating the government reshuffle.
Florida official writes to IOC in effort to move Tokyo Olympics to his state amid cancelation rumors
A top Florida official is actually lobbying the International Olympic Committee into moving the upcoming Games to his state should they be canceled in Tokyo. “It simply means that Tokyo actually cares about whether they want a mass superspreader event in their city while Florida doesn’t.”Is the IOC even looking to move the Tokyo Olympics? The IOC is moving forward with the Olympics in Tokyo. “We have at this moment no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on the 23rd of July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo,” IOC president Thomas Bach told the Kyodo News last week. People wearing a face mask walk by the Olympic rings outside Japan Olympic Museum near National Stadium, where opening ceremony and many other events are planned for postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Tokyo.
Global Economy To Grow 5.5 Per Cent In 2021 After 3.5 Per Cent Contraction In 2020, IMF Forecasts
In addition, the roll-out of coronavirus vaccines could boost economic activity in the second half of the year. However, economic activity remains well below pre-pandemic levels. "Even with the anticipated recovery in 2021-22, output gaps are not expected to close until after 2022," the IMF report says. Chinese officials, on the other hand, have warned that excess economic stimulus measures by developed countries increase the risk of creating asset bubbles that threaten global financial stability. The roll-out of vaccines to combat the coronavirus pandemic is also expected to play a key role in helping the global economic recovery.
BlackRock To Vote Against Directors, Flag Companies For Sale That Are Slow To Address Climate Change Risks
The new push by BlackRock on climate comes as governments in Asia adopted aggressive goals to address emissions last year amid the pandemic. Investor coalition Climate Action 100+, which includes BlackRock as a member, said Asian companies are more readily engaging with investors on climate change and making their own commitments to reduce their emissions. Geraldine Buckingham, BlackRock's head of Asia-Pacific, said there has been a 'tectonic shift' in financial markets and economies on climate change. There has been a "tectonic shift" in economies and financial markets related to climate change in the past year, according to Geraldine Buckingham, head of BlackRock's Asia-Pacific business. "The realities of climate change don't feel hypothetical.
Hong Kong's Commercial, Industrial Property Market Could Rebound To Pre-pandemic Levels On China Capital Influx, Economic Recovery
The number of transactions, meanwhile, could jump 51 per cent to 5,800, the highest volume since 2018, it added. "The industrial and commercial property market will bottom out," said Roy Wong, director at Ricacorp (CIR). Photo: BloombergCommercial property investors retreated to the sidelines as the coronavirus outbreak took a toll on the city, sending the economy into its worst recession. The number of industrial and commercial property transactions in the second half of 2020 surged 70 per cent from the first half to 2,415 following the removal double stamp duty, the agency said. The firm could boost its headcount by 20 per cent this year based on its market recovery forecasts, Wong added.
Coronavirus Today: A life-or-death social experiment
Biden said the additional 200 million doses he plans to buy would be delivered this summer — half from Pfizer and half from Moderna. Your questions answeredToday’s question comes from readers who want to know: What happens if my second dose of vaccine is delayed? “The first dose ‘primes’ the immune system to respond to the second dose with a better response, but that can also occur if the second dose is later,” Griffin said. “The bottom line is that people should try to get the second dose on time, but it is probably never too late to get it,” she said. “Getting a second dose late is better than not getting it at all.”We want to hear from you.
Vegas Golden Knights coaching staff quarantining because of COVID-19 issues
General manager Kelly McCrimmon was behind the bench at the start of the game, along with members of the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights’ staff. The entire coaching staff for the Vegas Golden Knights wasn’t available for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, isolated “out of an abundance of caution,” the team said in a statement Tuesday. Four players tested positive prior to the start of the season in November, but all four recovered without incident. This marks the first time all season a Knights’ player or coach will miss a game because of the coronavirus. Vegas has won five of its first six games to open the season.
Biden to place environmental justice at center of sweeping climate plan
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Wednesday plans to make tackling America’s persistent racial and economic disparities a central part of his plan to combat climate change, prioritizing environmental justice for the first time in a generation. AdvertisementBiden will sign an executive order establishing a White House interagency council on environmental justice, create an office of health and climate equity at the Health and Human Services Department and form a separate environmental justice office at the Department of Justice, the individuals said. "The executive order will help to lay out a clear path to implementing President Biden's climate and justice commitments," Kelly said. AdvertisementRobert Bullard, a professor at Texas State University and longtime environmental justice advocate, praised the notion of linking the environment and health by establishing a dedicated office at HHS. And he said creating an environmental justice office at the Justice Department underscores that the problem is both important and pervasive.
Sixers’ Seth Curry is probable for Wednesday’s game vs. Lakers with sore right ankle
The game in Detroit was his third game back after being sidelined for 15 days. Curry was sidelined during the Sixers’ Jan. 7 road game against the Brooklyn Nets because of a sore left ankle. As he sat on the bench, the Sixers were notified during that game that he received a positive COVID-19 test. And a result, Curry was rushed from the bench and into isolation.
Small-business owners share COVID concerns with Nevada leaders
A handful of Nevada’s small-business owners gathered in a virtual setting Tuesday afternoon to air their concerns with Gov. (Governor's office)A handful of Nevada’s small-business owners gathered in a virtual setting Tuesday afternoon to share their concerns with state leaders on the financial impact COVID-19 has had on their business and employees. “I’m thrilled we were able to find $50 million,” Sisolak said. “(PETS is) the largest small business assistance program in the history of the state,” Conine said. However, if approved, the additional $50 million is expected to support applicants that applied for funding in October 2020.
CCSD teachers, staff now can register for COVID vaccine appointments
Clark County School District employees can now register for future appointments to get COVID-19 vaccines after confusion at vaccination sites last week. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeClark County School District employees can now register for invitations to schedule future COVID-19 vaccine appointments, after confusion at vaccination sites last week. According to a memo that CCSD sent Tuesday afternoon, all district and charter school employees can register through the Education Point of Dispensing, hosted by the Nevada System of Higher Education. Feil and other educators with private and charter schools said they scheduled appointments after links were sent out Monday night. CCSD employees were not as lucky last week, when conflicting information led to some teachers being unable to schedule appointments.
Denver asks federal judge to stay order requiring 7 days’ notice before homeless sweeps
Attorneys for the city of Denver attorneys asked a federal appeals court Tuesday night to stop a federal ruling that requires city officials to give seven days’ notice before clearing most illegal homeless encampments. City attorneys filed an emergency motion Tuesday night to stay the decision, and also gave notice they’ll appeal the case in the 10th U.S. The city has justified the sweeps by citing outbreaks of hepatitis A and shigella, and have blocked public rights-of-way. In certain emergencies, city officials sweep out an encampment with no less than two days’ warning so long as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment signs off as well. In these cases, city officials must also provide detailed justification.
South Side alderman says Chicago is in ‘state of emergency’ with uptick in carjackings
As Chicago continues to grapple with a surge in violent carjackings, Ald. “We can definitely say something about what’s going on,” Hill said. David Brown said last week that there had been 144 carjackings since the beginning of the year. The skyrocketing figure from the first three weeks of 2021 comes after the number of carjackings more than doubled to 1,417 carjackings in 2020. Coleman was particularly concerned at women being targeted as carjacking victims, and she noted that local businesses have recently launched “Operation Safe Pump,” a program in which volunteers monitor gas station parking lots to ensure no one is victimized while at the pump.
Girl Scouts think outside the box to deliver cookies to their fans
For the first time, the Girl Scouts organization is partnering with food delivery app Grubhub to deliver its beloved cookies. In order to continue to fund their programs, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada are offering to sell their famous Girl Scout Cookies through Grubhub and local Green Valley Groceries starting Feb. 11. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raeGirl Scout Aliyah H., 9, moves a box of Girl Scout Cookies at the Bekins Moving Solutions warehouse in Las Vegas, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. She added that this is the first partnership of its kind across the Girl Scouts’ 111 councils nationwide. Patrons can purchase Girl Scout cookies at the convenience store chain starting Feb. 11.
Peterson makes 32 saves, Kings hold on to beat Wild 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. - (AP) -- Carl Grundstrom and Kurtis MacDermid scored, and Calvin Peterson made 32 saves as the Los Angeles Kings held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night. For the third time in three games between the teams, Los Angeles squandered a third-period lead. Los Angeles has won three of four after starting the season 0-2-1. The teams opened the season with a two-game series in Los Angeles where the Kings had 3-1, third-period leads in both games. Making his third start of the season, Peterson stood tall as the Wild outshot Los Angeles 27-9 over the final two periods.
Young's 38 points lead Hawks past depleted Clippers, 108-99
ATLANTA - (AP) -- Trae Young scored 38 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 108-99 on Tuesday night, ending the Clippers' seven-game winning streak. Clint Capela collected 13 points and 19 rebounds. Los Angeles made only two of its first 11 3-point shots and 8 of 26 overall. Jackson made his second start and Luke Kennard had 13 points. STRONG FINISHHuerter gave the Hawks a fourth-quarter push by scoring each of his 13 points in the final period.
Hornqvist's shootout goal lifts Panthers over Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio - (AP) -- Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and had the game winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Panthers won for just the second time in their last 11 games against Columbus. I liked our pace; I liked their purpose.”The Blue Jackets weren't sharp offensively in the first two periods, but scored on their first two shots on goal. NO POWER PLAYThe Blue Jackets were 0 for 6 on the power play, and Foligno was tired of talking about the team's inability to capitalize on the man-advantage. The Blue Jackets play five of the next seven games at home.
John Shipley: In a tight season, Wild need more urgency
In a typical Wild season, the narrative at the end of January would be about whether the team can play well enough to jump the few teams ahead of them for a playoff spot. The problem, of course, is there is little, if any, room for a swoon at any point of the NHL’s second coronavirus season. When the puck dropped Tuesday, the Wild commenced to playing their worst period of the young season. It was Jan. 15, 2015, that Devan Dubnyk joined an 18-19-5 Wild team and started a 27-9-2 streak (1.78. “So, there’s a desperation on both sides of the puck.”The Wild need to start playing like it from the get-go.
Bill Batewell, beloved Sachem baseball coach, dies at 79
Longtime Sachem High School baseball coach Bill Batewell wanted his players to play hard, smart, and with a demeanor worthy of the field they graced. Baseball, Batewell thought, was meant to be a bridge to success, not a burden that hampered it. Batewell, who lived in Bellport for over 60 years, spent the majority of his coaching career at Sachem High School in Lake Ronkonkoma. He coached varsity baseball there for 30 years, winning 452 games, five league titles, and Suffolk County championships in 1979 and 1987, according to Newsday records. Subscribe to Newsday's high school sports newsletter By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.
Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates
CHICAGO - (AP) -- Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teachers union said its members wouldn't comply and were prepared to picket over coronavirus safety concerns. The battle to reopen schools in the roughly 355,000-student district has waged for months as schools worldwide have grappled with a start-and-stop approach amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Chicago Teachers Union argues the district hasn't gone far enough in its safety plan, despite installing thousands of air filters, deep-cleaning schools and offering limited COVID-19 testing. Union officials have pushed for teachers to be vaccinated before in-person teaching resumes. Union officials have dismissed the studies, saying dozens of cases have emerged in Chicago schools.
Thousands of Portland-area health care workers may have to wait months for COVID-19 vaccine
State officials initially identified 400,000 to 500,000 workers in Phase 1A who would be eligible for the vaccine. Projections by the Oregon Health Authority show the state should receive about 100,000 first and second doses a week through February. On Monday, Deschutes County health officials announced they would start vaccinating people 75 and older. Additional doses should go to “those essential workers serving our most impacted immigrant, refugee, traditional health workers in communities of color” and Medicaid and Medicare providers and home health workers, state and county officials said. Vines said her biggest hope is that more vaccine doses will start rolling in soon.
Turpin's tenacious defense locks down Anderson, keeps them unbeaten in ECC
"We're a smaller team this year, completely different than last year," Turpin coach Josh Slonim said. Turpin won last year's ECC title with Cantrella being the focal point as he has this year. Turpin's pesty defense forced several turnovers and the Spartans held Anderson to just one Josh Overbeek putback. Liberal substitution was the theme of the final frame with Turpin playing hard, but minus any threat. It was Anderson coach Frank Brandy's first return to the rivalry since coming back as head coach.
No. 22 Saint Louis falls to Dayton 76-71 in first game back
22 Saint Louis falls to Dayton 76-71 in first game backST. LOUIS (AP) — Jalen Crutcher scored 27 points and Ibi Watson added 18 to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 76-71 win over No. 22 Saint Louis Tuesday night. Saint Louis was playing its first game since Dec. 23 as the program suspended team activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak just before the team’s first scheduled conference game Dec. 30. Javonte Perkins led the Billikens with 20 points and Hasahn French added 16 points. Saint Louis (7-2, 0-1 Atlantic-10) hit just three of 13 shots from 3-point range despite converting 51% of its field goal attempts.
Young's 38 points lead Hawks past depleted Clippers, 108-99
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 38 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 108-99 on Tuesday night, ending the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak. Leading scorers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were ruled out due to health and safety protocols. It’s just how this year is going to go,” said Los Angeles center Ivica Zubac, who noted the Clippers had not been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic before this week. “We were lucky to have everyone so far, but it is what it is," Zubac said. It’s going to be this type of season for everyone and we’re not the exception.”
Hornqvist's shootout goal lifts Panthers over Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and had the game winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday night. Hornqvist beat Joonas Korpisalo in the fifth round of the shootout to end it after Columbus' Mikhail Grigorenko's try went into the pads of Panthers' stopper Sergei Bobrovsky. Hornqvist, the 14-year NHL veteran who joined the Panthers after six seasons with Pittsburgh, had tapped in the tiebreaker from the doorstep late during a 6-on-5 scramble after the Panthers had played from behind for most of the third period. The Panthers stayed unbeaten in their third game of the season after having two series canceled because of COVID-19 issues with the other teams.
WHO team in Wuhan to begin long-delayed coronavirus investigation after clearing quarantine
A year after the first coronavirus lockdown enveloped Wuhan, China, Chinese officials have been cracking down on citizen journalists who riske…
A door cracks open for return to prep sports in NM
It has been 10 1/2 months – March 14 – since the last high school sporting event in New Mexico. In the interim, athletes and coaches have been agonizing throughout, searching for any sign of a return. The PED provided the other, with a pertinent nugget on its website revealed even earlier in the day that spoke specifically about high school athletics. To that end, the challenges for the larger districts, especially Albuquerque Public Schools, which has 13 high schools, are going to be considerably more complex than they will be for cities or towns with just one or two public high schools. The NMAA plans to contest all its sports in a largely truncated calendar that runs through the end of June.
First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns
Before he spoke to Putin, Biden also called NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg to pledge U.S. commitment to the decades-old alliance founded as a bulwark against Russian aggression. It also said Putin congratulated Biden on becoming president and “noted that normalization of ties between Russia and the United States would serve the interests of both countries." Among the issues the Kremlin said were discussed were the coronavirus pandemic, the Iran nuclear agreement, Ukraine and issues related to trade and the economy. The call came as Putin considers the aftermath of pro-Navalny protests that took place in more than 100 Russian cities over the weekend. More protests are planned for the coming weekend.
Two Southwest Virginia court systems to resume jury trials after 10-month break
ROANOKE — Two Southwest Virginia counties have announced plans to resume jury trials after having taken a 10-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Montgomery and Giles counties are the first court systems in the New River Valley to receive state approval to call jurors again, The Roanoke Times reported. In both court systems, procedures have been established to protect jurors from getting COVID-19. Jury trials across Virginia came to an abrupt halt last March as the coronavirus pandemic began and the Virginia Supreme Court declared a judicial emergency. Court systems were told to submit plans for how to safely hold jury trials.
AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Testing Stumble Draws Investor Lawsuit
All of this has investment firm Raymond James looking to the roster oil and gas midstream companies for dividend stocks with growth potential. These are stocks with a specific set of clear attributes: a dividend yield of 7% or higher and Buy ratings. MPLX LP (MPLX) MPLX, which spun off of Marathon Petroleum eight years ago as a separate midstream entity, acquires, owns, and operates a series of midstream assets, including pipelines, terminals, refineries, and river shipping. (See MPLX stock analysis on TipRanks) DCP Midstream Partners (DCP) Based in Denver, Colorado, the next stock is one of the country’s largest natural gas midstream operators. In our view, this will create a beneficial operating environment for DCP cash flows that is not currently reflected in Street estimates,” Weston noted.
UK's Covid-19 death toll now worse than Great Plague, Aids and the Blitz combined
Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid EmailThe UK has reached a grim milestone in its number of Covid related deaths, surpassing the Great Plague, Aids pandemic and the Blitz combined. With a further 1,631 deaths recording on Tuesday, the total has now reached above 100,000. On Tuesday Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference marking the huge death toll, reports The Independent. The number of fatalities from the Great Plague of 1665-66, Aids epidemic and every terror attack and war in the last 75 years are a combined total of 99,500. (Image: PA)Currently, the UK has the highest death toll in Europe, and the 100,000 deaths are also double the number of people who died during the Blitz and WW2.
'Our best performance of the year:' Perry, Kalle lead DeSales past St. Xavier
Led by senior stars Devin Perry and Sekou Kalle, the Colts shot 62.5% and routed visiting St. Xavier 81-58 on Tuesday. When Perry wasn’t driving past the St. X defense or nailing a 3-pointer, he was assisting several Kalle dunks. “Perry just gets to his spots really, really, really, really well,” Tigers coach Kevin Klein said. A 22-12 run pulled St. X within 57-43 at the end of the third quarter, but that’s as close as it got. Cole Sherman hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to lead St. X. Ben Varga added 10 points and three steals.
Top global traders work to ease seafarer crisis due to coronavirus
Over 300 leading companies said on Tuesday they would work together to help hundreds of thousands of merchant sailors stuck on ships for many months due to COVID-19, a crisis that risks creating more dangers at sea. About 90% of world trade is transported by sea, and coronavirus restrictions in many jurisdictions are affecting supply chains. In December, the U.N. General Assembly urged all countries to designate seafarers and other maritime personnel as key workers. “All of us have a duty of care to seafarers,” said Kit Kernon, global head of shipping at Vitol. “We are witnessing a humanitarian crisis at sea,” said Jeremy Nixon, chief executive of shipping group ONE.
Thousands of Australians defy virus rules to mark 'Invasion Day'
Police said five people were arrested, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer, but praised the crowds as largely peaceful. Some waved Aboriginal flags, while others held aloft signs including “No Pride in Genocide” and “You are on Stolen Land”. A woman holds up a placard as thousands of people attend an Australia Day protest in Melbourne on Tuesday. The debate around Australia Day — which was only formally established as a national holiday in 1994 — has grown increasingly heated debate in recent years. A person is arrested by police as protesters on Australia Day demand that the country’s national day be changed, as the date marks the arrival of Britain’s first fleet and subsequent colonization of indigenous Australians, at a march in Sydney on Tuesday.
Japan's local governments rush to prepare for vaccinations
Local governments in Japan are rushing to prepare for the vaccination of residents against the novel coronavirus. As part of efforts to tackle the situation, some small municipalities have forged cooperation in their vaccination programs. The city government hopes to conduct group vaccinations at 30 venues a day, with 500 to 1,000 residents to be given shots at each venue. The five Saitama municipalities are still working to find vaccination venues while seeking to create an environment allowing residents to easily receive vaccinations. For example, people who live in Yokoze but work in Chichibu will be allowed to get vaccinated in Chichibu.
Kate Mara stays warm in a sweater as she takes her daughter out for a play date with a friend
She welcomed her first child with her husband Jamie Bell in 2019. And Kate Mara was spotted out with their daughter on Tuesday as they enjoyed a play date with another child in Pasadena. The 37-year-old actress was bundled up amid a chilly day in Southern California with a thick olive-colored sweater. Bundled up: Kate wore layers and had on slim dark jeans with casual white sneakers. Kate and her husband Jamie have been intensely private about their daughter since her birth in May 2019.
FKA twigs attempts to break free from an invisible force in Don't Judge Me music video
She attempts to break free from an invisible force in her new music video for Don't Judge Me, which she recorded with Headie One and Fred Again, her first new song since opening up about the alleged abuse. Breaking free: FKA twigs attempts to break free from an invisible force in her new music video for Don't Judge Me, which she recorded with Headie One and Fred Again, her first new song since opening up about the alleged abuseThe 33-year-old wrote on Instagram: 'So proud to release Don't Judge Me into the world. Thank you to everyone for making Don't Judge Me come to life.' Personal project: The 33-year-old wrote on Instagram: 'So proud to release Don't Judge Me into the world. With a video directed by Emmanuel Adjei (co-director of Beyoncé's Black Is King), Don't Judge Me is an expansion of Headie One and Fred Again's Judge Me (Interlude).
Sean Penn, 60, calls himself a 'lucky man' after getting the coronavirus vaccine
Sean Penn could breathe a sigh of relief on Tuesday after sharing a photo of himself receiving the coronavirus vaccine. 'I'm a lucky man,' he wrote while thanking the Los Angeles Fire Department and the 'frontline' staff members at his CORE organization, which has been helping to administer COVID-19 tests around Los Angeles. In the clear: Sean Penn, 60, revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that he had gotten a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Although details weren't announced, the state may now open up vaccinations to people over 50, according to the Los Angeles Times. 'We did a COVID wedding,' Penn announced on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Dua Lipa shows her flat stomach in sexy mirror selfie wearing black sweatshirt and matching undies
Dua Lipa shared a selfie in her black undies Tuesday on social media while also showing off a cute new pooch. The 25-year-old pop star posted multiple pictures on Instagram and Twitter including a sexy snap of herself in just a black sweatshirt and matching panties. Dua lifted up her top to show her flat stomach in the mirror selfie. The Grammy-winning singer also shared a snap of herself with a cute black dog in her lap while riding in a vehicle with palm trees in the background. The New Rules singer also used a shiny surface to take a selfie with the cute black dog.
Franco-Swiss cold war breaks out over ski border car park
The Battle of Dappes Car Park -- for the moment a rather cold war -- has been rumbling for weeks, triggered by the different Covid-19 rules on either side of an invisible line in a snow-covered field. So the chair lifts for La Dole sit empty -- because nobody can use the shared car park in France. The frozen chair lifts are an unwelcome sight for Patrick Freudiger, the boss of the Tele-Dole ski lifts company. Freudiger is fuming that the French authorities did not try to reach an agreement on access to the car park. Freudiger also voiced surprise that the car park is shut while car-pooling car parks for French inhabitants who work in Switzerland remain open.
From France to Rwanda's hills, the husband-and-wife genocide hunters
With his Rwandan-born wife Dafroza, 66, Gauthier has devoted decades of his life to tracking down genocide suspects who have found refuge in France. Two things would prove decisive in making up their minds to campaign for the prosecution of genocide suspects. Since then "we haven't had a single day without talking about the genocide..." Gauthier said. Against the backdrop of these ties, a number of genocide suspects have sought refuge in France. - 'Must hold to account' -For his latest trip across Rwanda, Gauthier focussed on gathering evidence for five cases, scattered over 11 areas.
The nine lives of Rwanda genocide survivor Albertine
Albertine Mukakamanzi last saw her mother kneeling in prayer as men with machetes closed inAdvertising Read moreKibuye (Rwanda) (AFP)"Goodbye, Mama. The site, in Kibuye, in western Rwanda, is now a memorial of skulls, bones and belongings from hundreds of victims of the country's genocide. Emerging from the memorial, Mukakamanzi points to a thickly wooded mountainside through which she fled. Discovered by an Interahamwe group, Mukakamanzi -- fatigued and famished -- was asked to "dig a hole to bury a baby alive". The Kibuye memorial is located near a school.
Israel foundation connects to isolated Holocaust survivors
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, 76 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz, Holocaust survivors find themselves vulnerable to a virus that preys on the elderly and has forced many into painful isolation. There are an estimated 180,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, according to official data. - 'More secure' -After disconnecting with Lichthaus, foundation volunteer Mourad Marehi was headed to her home on a motorbike to deliver the walker. The home run by Yad Ezer near the call centre is on Haifa's Kassel Street, but is known to locals as "survivors street". One resident is Holocaust survivor Haya Caspi, an 88-year-old of Romanian origin who lost her parents during the war.
Hope and despair in locked down European hospitality sector
One who took part was Christina Hummel, 44, and the third generation of her family to run the Cafe Hummel in Vienna's Josefstadt district. Many in the sector feel "fobbed off from week to week" by changes to government policy and are finding it impossible to plan, she says. As to whether she would consider opening in defiance of the law, Hummel says that's out of the question. She rejects the label of "rage restaurateurs" that parts of the press have given protesting cafe and restaurant owners, describing herself instead as someone who is "passionate about hospitality". "I cannot think of a time when the authorities have given a deadline and then gone on to meet it," he says.
California admits up to $31B in unemployment may have gone to fraudsters and foreign criminal rings
An arm of the California government admitted that up to $31 billion in unemployment funds may have been sent to fraudsters. "Of the $114 billion in unemployment paid by California since March, approximately 10% has been confirmed as fraudulent. Gavin Newsom faces a growing recall effort in his state fueled by outrage over his handling of the coronavirus. Newsom was questioned if the lift on restrictions was due to the momentum behind the recall effort, which he denied. The recall effort, however, has garnered 1.2 million of the 1.5 million signatures needed by March.
Andrew Cuomo Says ‘Incompetent Government Killed People’ While NY Has Second Highest COVID-19 Death Rate
Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said “incompetent government kills people” during an interview Tuesday with MSNBC while discussing government response to the coronavirus. That’s the truth,” Cuomo said. Cuomo’s state of New York currently has the second-highest death rate in the country for the coronavirus, trailing only New Jersey, according to Heritage Foundation tracking as of Jan. 19. That’s the truth.” pic.twitter.com/kSiTDCUSFY — Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 26, 2021“That’s why hearing President Biden is such a relief,” Cuomo went on to say. The state has reportedly lost more than 1,000,000 jobs and thousands of small businesses since the pandemic began due to lockdown measures.
Giuliani wasn’t just a Trump partisan but a shrewd marketer of vitamins, gold, lawsuit says
Giuliani, the lawsuit alleges, knowingly spread falsehoods about the company to bolster Trump’s failing attempts to overturn the reality of his election loss. ADADThe suit outlines how Giuliani often aligned his “direct-to-camera advertisements” with the falsehoods of the day. But Jones, like Giuliani, had also regularly advertised nutritional supplements during his videos, which attracted massive audiences. ADAD“Jones was able to hype up his supplement sales with this fantastical misinformation, these fantasies he would spin,” Bankston said. The Jones and Giuliani cases focus on specific harms from misinformation, “but what do we do when someone shares misinformation about the coronavirus that hurts us all?” he said.
Why Biden is Buying 645,000 New Electric Cars
By going electric, Biden’s government is making the same choice that hundreds of thousands of Americans have already made. Electric vehicles have cheaper fuel costs, and lower lifetime-maintenance costs, than gas vehicles, according to AAA. The government will spend less over time to run an electric fleet. Only about 1.6 million plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in the U.S. ever; in 2019, for instance, fewer than a quarter million EVs were sold. The federal fleet, although it is truly enormous, pales in comparison with the American private fleet.
Cutting off stimulus checks to Americans earning over $75,000 could be wise, new data suggests
They need the help the most.”ADADTheir findings are backed up by other surveys and analyses of how people used their first stimulus payments. ADADMany Republicans in Congress have suggested that another round of stimulus checks is not necessary and would raise the national debt. Netspend, a prepaid debit card company, said it processed more than $850 million stimulus payments in January for about 900,000 customers. She had fallen three months behind on her car payment and was worried about losing it until her stimulus payment arrived on Friday. “Stimulus checks arrived, time for a big food bank donation,” tweeted one woman last week.
Stop global roll out of 5G networks until safety is confirmed, urges expert
Stop global roll out of 5G networks until safety is confirmed, urges expertTransmitter density means greater population exposure to high levels of radio frequency electromagnetic fieldsWe should err on the side of caution and stop the global roll out of 5G (fifth generation) telecoms networks until we are certain this technology is completely safe, urges an expert in an opinion piece published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. There are no health concerns about 5G and COVID-19, despite what conspiracy theorists have suggested. The advent of 5G technology has been hailed by governments and certain vested interests as transformative, promising clear economic and lifestyle benefits, through massively boosting wireless and mobile connectivity at home, work, school and in the community, he says. There is no compelling public health or safety rationale for the rapid deployment of 5G, he insists. [Ends]18/01/21Notes for editorsEssay: Electromagnetic fields, 5G and health: what about the precautionary principle?
Biden bans linking Covid-19 to China in bid to quell racist backlash in US
US President Joe Biden has instructed federal departments and agencies to ensure they do not contribute to racism when referring to Covid-19. Photo: Getty Images
Saudi Arabia in talks with vaccine companies to provide vaccines to Yemen, Africa - finance minister
Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Jadaan gestures as he speaks during a news conference to announce the country's 2021 budget, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed YosriDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s finance minister said on Tuesday his country is talking to vaccine producers to provide vaccines to low-income countries such as Yemen and countries in Africa. “We are negotiating with a lot of the vaccination companies to provide more vaccination particularly to low income countries,” he said during a virtual World Economic Forum in Davos. He said Yemen for example and some of the African nations would not be able to get enough vaccines through the COVAX facility - the global pooled procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines.
Cairn threatens Indian asset seizures abroad in tax case
However, the letter stressed that Cairn would only consider this extreme option if the Indian government did not respond, as it was under pressure from its shareholders who “expect early resolution”. Despite several representations to the NDA government, Cairn had been unable to have the penalties reversed and had decided to go to The Hague. ‘Under consideration’The MEA did not respond to a request for a comment from The Hindu, but the government is understood to have conveyed to Cairn Energy officials that the “matter is under consideration”. However, sources said that under the arbitral rules, Cairn Energy could proceed to enforce the award even while India mounts a challenge. Cairn officials met with Indian High Commissioner to the U.K. Gaitri Issar Kumar on January 20 as well to make the case for a resolution, citing that on each occasion, Mr. Modi, former Finance Minister (now deceased) Arun Jaitley, and other senior officials had promised to respect the outcome of the case.
Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million as nations tackle vaccine shortages
(Reuters) - Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls. It took the world 11 months to record the first 50 million cases of the pandemic, compared to just three months for cases to double to 100 million. UNITED STATESWith over 25 million cases, the United States has 25% of all reported COVID cases although it accounts for just 4% of the world’s population. Slideshow ( 4 images )The Eastern European region, including countries like Russia, Poland and Ukraine, contribute to nearly 10% of all global COVID-19 cases. According to the Reuters tally, African countries have nearly 3.5 million cases and over 85,000 deaths.
WHO advisor: COVID-19 pandemic likely started via lab leak
Article contentOne year after the pandemic started, World Health Organization advisor Jamie Metzl wants China to come clean about the origins of the COVID-19 virus. The Kansas City-born, New York-based Metzl, who served as Deputy Staff Director of the Foreign Relations Committee under then Senator Joe Biden (2001-2003) and before that on the National Security Council (1997-99) and the State Department (1999-01) under President Bill Clinton), theorizes it was most likely an accidental lab leak in Wuhan. tap here to see other videos from our team. Try refreshing your browser, or WHO advisor: COVID-19 pandemic likely started via lab leak Back to video“There’s no irrefutable evidence,” said Metzl, who was appointed to the WHO’s expert advisory committee on human genome editing in 2019 and is also the author of Hacking Darwin. “There’s just more evidence and as more evidence arrives, the case for accidental lab leak, in my view, increases.”We caught up with Metzl down the line from San Miguel de Allende:Photo by Files / PostmediaWhat about the original theory that this all started in a wet market in Wuhan?
Senior Bowl is first big showcase for 2021 NFL draft prospects such as Alabama's Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris
Gavino Borquez and Luke EasterlingDraft WireThe NFL draft starts in Mobile, they say. Running backStar: Najee Harris, Alabama — After totaling 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2020, Harris established himself as one of the top running backs in this year’s class. His versatility as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield makes him an immediate weapon in the NFL. Wide receiverStar: DeVonta Smith, Alabama — Arguably the top skill player in this year’s draft, Smith heads to Mobile with very little to prove. He’s a playmaker with a nose for the ball, logging 25 pass breakups and 10 interceptions, even without the benefit of a 2020 season.
Josh Roberts’ work pays off for St. John’s after obstacle-filled year
In less than a calendar year, Josh Roberts went from a starter to a rarely used reserve and a starter again. “It’s been a crazy year,” the St. John’s junior forward told The Post in a phone interview. St. John’s (9-7, 3-6) won, limiting the Bulldogs to 57 points. St. John’s enters Wednesday’s trip to DePaul playing its best basketball, winning three of its last four games. When he really got down he leaned on teammates Marcellus Earlington and Greg Williams Jr., the juniors with whom he arrived at St. John’s.
Giants honor frontline COVID-19 workers with Super Bowl 2021 trip
Most of the 7,500 will come from hospitals and health care systems in the Tampa and central Florida area. Among them will be specific health care workers invited by the 32 teams around the league. Mannarano is the only one of the four health care workers who’s been to a Super Bowl before. “I can’t believe I’m going to the Super Bowl, and for my first game to be a Super Bowl is nuts,’’ Bermudez said. If only it was safe for the league to fill the entire stadium with health care workers.
improving black maternal health
And the racial disparities are stunning, with Black women three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than White women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Butler is quite pleased with her doctor — a relationship made stronger by their shared experience of being Black women. Efforts to reduce Black maternal and infant deaths include legislation, such as the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act under consideration in Congress. More highly skilled doctors aware of the dangers Black women and their babies face — and willing to listen to Black women when they tell them something is wrong. Linda Green, an OB/GYN in Coral Springs, Fla., who is Black, told me that female patients who are Black often come to her after having unpleasant encounters with male physicians, Black and White.
After Trump Bedminster was removed as host, 2022 PGA Championship to be played at Oklahoma course
The 2022 PGA Championship was set to be held at Trump Bedminster, but the PGA of America canceled that arrangement several days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol this month. “As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. In 2017, the year Trump took office, the PGA of America held the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., and the USGA staged the U.S. Women’s Open at Bedminster. It was scheduled to host the PGA Championship again in 2030, but that arrangement was moved up eight years. “Many of us were there in 2007 [when Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship].
Biden to place environmental justice at center of sweeping climate plan
Biden will sign an executive order establishing a White House interagency council on environmental justice, create an office of health and climate equity at the Health and Human Services Department and form a separate environmental justice office at the Department of Justice, the individuals said. Robert Bullard, a professor at Texas State University and longtime environmental justice advocate, praised the notion of linking the environment and health by establishing a dedicated office at HHS. And he said creating an environmental justice office at the Justice Department underscores that the problem is both important and pervasive. ADThe president also has ordered federal agencies to review scores of climate and environmental policies enacted during the Trump years and, if possible, to quickly reverse them. The oil and gas industry already has begun to assail key Biden policy changes, including his decisions on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Goldman CEO David Solomon takes $10M pay cut for Malaysian investment scandal
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. slashed Chief Executive David Solomon’s 2020 pay by 36%, punishment for the bank’s admission last year that it broke U.S. laws in its dealings with an investment fund at the heart of a global corruption ring. Mr. Solomon’s 2020 pay would have been $10 million higher but for the actions its board of directors took in response to the 1MDB saga, Goldman said in the filing. Ticker Security Last Change Change % GS GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC. 281.76 -1.28 -0.45%Other bank chiefs that presided over strong growth last year were rewarded with big raises. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREJohn Waldron, Goldman’s president and chief operating officer, and Stephen Scherr, Goldman’s finance chief, saw their 2020 pay cut by 24% and 31%, respectively. All told, Goldman’s dealings with 1MDB cost the bank more than $5 billion.
Most workers at NY nursing homes aren’t getting COVID-19 vaccine
The 44 percent of long-term care workers now inoculated statewide is up slightly from the 37 percent that Cuomo reported on Jan. 18. Nursing home workers and residents were among the first in the state eligible to receive the vaccine. Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare has 21 confirmed resident deaths from COVID-19, according to official state figures. By comparison, 72 percent of the state’s healthcare workers have been vaccinated, Cuomo said on Monday. "By New York state law, we cannot make someone get vaccinated," he said.
China's industrial profits extend growth in December as manufacturing sector recovers rapidly
Profits at China's industrial firms grew for the eighth straight month in December, suggesting a sustained recovery as the manufacturing sector rapidly emerged from its Covid-19 slump. For the full year of 2020, annual profits for China's industrial firms grew 4.1% year-on-year to 6.45 trillion yuan, recovering from a 3.3% on-year decline seen in 2019. Liabilities at industrial firms rose 6.1% year-on-year at end-December, versus 6.8% growth as of end-November and a 5.4% uptick as of end-2019. Earnings at China's state-owned industrial firms were down 2.9% for 2020 year-on-year, compared with a 4.9% decline in January-November and 12.0% slump in 2019, the statistics bureau data showed. Private sector profits grew 3.1% in 2020, improving from January-November's 1.8% growth and stronger than 2019's 2.2% rise.
Gold steady ahead of U.S. Fed policy decision
An Argor-Heraeus SA branded two hundred and fifty gram gold bar, center, sits in this arranged photograph at Solar Capital Gold Zrt. Gold prices held steady on Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve 's monetary policy decision due later in the day and as investors awaited a stimulus package in the world's largest economy. The Fed will announce the verdict of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday and it is expected to stand pat on policy. Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, fell 0.1% to 1,172.38 tonnes on Tuesday. Silver was flat at $25.43 an ounce, platinum rose 0.1% to $1,099.68, and palladium gained 0.1% at $2,326.30.
Pompeo: Chinese Communist Party looking for a 'soft underbelly' in Biden's administration
The Chinese Communist Party is looking for the "soft underbelly" of the Biden administration in the hope of achieving a series of endeavors Donald Trump stymied as president, according to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It's the right thing for the American people, it's how you put America First and something that the Chinese Communist Party will understand the most." We know that the Chinese Communist Party covered that up. These are things the State Department was talking about while I was secretary of state ...""These are important things," he added. They matter for our health, for our safety, for economic prosperity and for our security, and I hope and I'm counting on this next administration to do what the American people demand of them and continue to confront the Chinese Communist Party."
Biden administration pushes forward with two state solution with Israel, Palestine
President Biden has taken steps to reverse Trump-era policies in the Middle East by throwing the administration’s support behind finding a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. ISRAEL TEMPORARILY BANS ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS IN RESPONSE TO NEW COVID-19 STRAINSThe Trump administration closed the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C., froze all federal contributions to the U.N. Mills recognized the challenge that lies ahead for the Biden administration as they attempt bridge a divide that has yet to be accomplished since Israel’s inception in 1948. But the acting U.S. ambassador also said that the Biden administration believes "the best way to ensure Israel's future as a democratic and Jewish state," is by securing their relationship with Palestine. Despite the Biden administration’s clear intent to reverse most Trump-era policies in how the U.S. works with Israel, Mills did not say they U.S. would remove the U.S. embassy from Jerusalem.
Democratic NYC mayoral candidate brags that some donors are unemployed, wants to defund NYPD
A Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City who has called for slashing the NYPD’s budget in half bragged Tuesday that nearly a third of her campaign’s donors are unemployed. "We are building a people powered movement that is making history," Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit CEO, tweeted Monday night. "Our most frequent donation is just $10, the average donation is $52 and 30% of our donors are UNEMPLOYED. We don't have to go ‘back to normal.’"More than 500,000 New York City workers lost their jobs between December 2019 and December 2020, according to the state’s Department of Labor. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMayor Bill de Blasio is not expected to run for reelection due to term limits.
Biden announces plan to increase Covid-19 vaccine supply
President Joe Biden announces a plan to buy 200 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna to fully vaccinate the American population by the end of summer or early fall of 2021.
Australia set for 10th day of no local COVID-19 cases
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is on track for a 10th day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, allowing its most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) to relax coronavirus restrictions after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. REUTERS/Loren ElliottNSW has recorded no local cases for 10 days after low single digit numbers earlier in January. Other states and territories which have mostly been COVID-free, some for months, will report daily case numbers later on Wednesday, but are expected to report zero local infections. Australia’s success in curbing small outbreaks, with a total 22,000 local cases since March 2020 and 909 deaths, comes at a time when global coronavirus cases are edging towards 100 million with the death toll surpassing 2 million. New Zealand reported a third day of zero cases on Wednesday, allaying fears of a fresh outbreak.
Peru volunteer in Sinopharm vaccine trial dies of COVID-19 pneumonia, university says
LIMA (Reuters) - A volunteer in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm Group Co Ltd has died from COVID-19-related pneumonia, the university carrying out the trial said on Tuesday. German Malaga, chief researcher at the Cayetano Heredia University, told Reuters by phone that the deceased volunteer had suffered from diabetes. Malaga said the trial investigators had so far issued two doses of either the vaccine or placebo to 12,000 volunteers and were now following their responses. “Our message to the volunteers is to take care of themselves because we don’t know if they have the vaccine or the placebo,” he added. In December, Peru temporarily suspended trials of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine due to a “serious adverse event” that occurred with a volunteer in the study.
Southwest Airlines makes new voluntary leave offer to cut costs
FILE PHOTO: Southwest Airlines planes are seen at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California, United States, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said late on Tuesday it was offering employees another round of voluntary leave as its staffing levels remain high and the coronavirus outbreak crimps travel. “The additional opportunities for leave align with the period when some Employees will return from previously-awarded, six-month leaves on March 1, 2021”, the company added. The “Big Four” U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest – have also asked for additional bailouts. Last month, the company said it had issued notices to 6,828 employees warning them that they could be furloughed.
Asian shares set for mixed opening, eyes on Fed, stimulus
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asian equities looked set to rise on Wednesday, bouncing back from a steep sell-off on Tuesday, while Australian stocks were seen opening weaker in a catchup after a Tuesday holiday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures added 0.07%, while the Nikkei 225 index closed the overnight session %.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures rose 0.68%. The Australian dollar rose 0.05% versus the greenback at $0.775. The dollar index fell 0.194%, with the euro up 0.02% to $1.2162. The Japanese yen weakened 0.01% versus the greenback at 103.61 per dollar, while Sterling was last trading at $1.3735, up 0.01% on the day.
Oil rises as U.S. oil stockpiles drop, new Chinese COVID-19 cases decline
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week and China, the world’s second-biggest oil user, reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases, bolstering hopes of a pick-up in demand. FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is placed on dollar banknotes in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. [API/S]However, the data showed gasoline stocks rose by 3.1 million barrels, which was much more than expected. “The crude oil drawdown has offered some support to the market in early trading this morning with the market expecting a build,” ING economics said in a note. Official data showed 75 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 11.
China's industrial profits extend growth in December amid brisk factory recovery
BEIJING (Reuters) - Profits at China’s industrial firms grew for the eighth straight month in December, suggesting a sustained recovery as the manufacturing sector rapidly emerged from its COVID-19 slump. For the full year of 2020, annual profits for China’s industrial firms grew 4.1% year-on-year to 6.45 trillion yuan, recovering from a 3.3% on-year decline seen in 2019. Liabilities at industrial firms rose 6.1% year-on-year at end-December, versus 6.8% growth as of end-November and a 5.4% uptick as of end-2019. Earnings at China’s state-owned industrial firms were down 2.9% for 2020 year-on-year, compared with a 4.9% decline in January-November and 12.0% slump in 2019, the statistics bureau data showed. Private sector profits grew 3.1% in 2020, improving from January-November’s 1.8% growth and stronger than 2019’s 2.2% rise.
Biden's racial remedies: ‘An extraordinary first step’
Biden administration officials say the executive orders are but one of several steps the president plans to take to battle racial disparities. It’s why both Biden and racial justice advocates demanding change view the executives orders the same way: as a good first step. Led by former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, the council will focus its efforts largely on racial equity. When he signed the executive orders, Biden also called for restoration and expansion of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would protect voter access. Organizers with the Movement for Black Lives say the Biden-Harris administration has warmed up to them — to a point.
South Korea reports big jump in COVID-19 cases on outbreaks in Christian schools
FILE PHOTO: Women wearing a mask as a measure to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk under an umbrella as it snows in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiA total of 297 COVID-19 cases had been traced to six churches and mission schools run by a Christian organisation, senior health official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to a church and its mission school in Gwangju, about 270 kms (168 miles) south of Seoul, officials said. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the Daejeon mission school outbreak appeared to have been spreading for some time before it was detected. The Christian organisation responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.
Mexico near approving Russian vaccine, with little data
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Tuesday it is close to granting approval for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, with lots of spy drama but little public data available. López-Gatell said a Mexican technical committee on new medications has recommended approving the vaccine, adding only “some details” were lacking for COFEPRIS, the government medical safety commission, to give the final go-ahead. Russian officials have given conflicting accounts, upping the supposed effectiveness of the Sputnik vaccine to higher levels every time a U.S. vaccine reports its results. But delays in approving that shot drove López Obrador to speak directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to try to get the Russian vaccine, the first doses of which are expected to arrive next week. “The Russian vaccine does not have that yet.”“It is the cheap vaccine, that is why the government chose it,” Téllez wrote in her Twitter account.
Some frustrated by vaccine signup; 8 Corrections staff cases
Phil Scott and two top administration officials were tested Tuesday for the virus that causes COVID-19 and again tested negative. ____CORRECTIONSThe Vermont Department of Corrections says eight new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in corrections staff at two prisons and one probation and parole office. There have been no new cases reported among prison inmates. ____THE NUMBERSVermont reported 115 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday for a statewide total since the pandemic began of 11,285. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 172.14 new cases per day on Jan. 11 to 135 new cases per day on Jan. 25.
Pharmacist To Plead Guilty To Ruining Hundreds Of Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine, DOJ Says
Pharmacist To Plead Guilty To Ruining Hundreds Of Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine, DOJ SaysEnlarge this image toggle caption Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office/AP Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office/APA Wisconsin man agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to tampering with doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in late December, federal prosecutors say. He shared these beliefs with coworkers at the medical center. He was also wary of vaccines, especially the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Fifty-seven individuals at the medical center received doses of the vaccine that Brandenburg allegedly tampered with. "This individual used his special access to tamper with vials of the much needed COVID-19 vaccine.
China's industrial profits increase 4.1% in 2020
BEIJING--China's industrial companies posted an increase in 2020 profits, thanks to Beijing's move to resume production quickly and resilient external demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. Industrial profit rose 4.1% in 2020, reversing 2019's 3.3% decline, said the National Bureau of Statistics Wednesday.
US STOCKS-S&P, Nasdaq slip from record levels as earnings season gains speed
Of the 84 companies in the S&P 500 that posted earnings through Tuesday morning, 86.9% have topped analyst expectations, according to Refinitiv data. Verizon lost 3.17% after the company posted earnings that topped expectations but missed prepaid phone subscriber estimates. For the Nasdaq, the decline snapped a five-session streak of gains, its longest run of daily gains since early November. With the S&P 500 trading at more than 22 times 12-month forward earnings, concerns about stock bubbles on Wall Street are sparking fears of a pullback. The S&P 500 posted 29 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 291 new highs and 9 new lows.
US STOCKS-Wall St edges up as earnings season gains speed
Also providing a strong lift was Johnson & Johnson, which added 2.52%, as the drugmaker also said it expected to report eagerly awaited COVID-19 vaccine data early next week. Of the 84 companies that have posted earnings through Tuesday morning, 86.9% have topped analyst expectations, according to Refinitiv data. Verizon shed 3.39%, after the company posted earnings that topped expectations but missed prepaid phone subscriber estimates. With the S&P 500 trading at more than 22 times 12-month forward earnings, concerns about stock bubbles on Wall Street are sparking fears of a pullback. The S&P 500 posted 25 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 273 new highs and 8 new lows.
Walgreens taps Starbucks exec Brewer as its new CEO
Walgreens said Tuesday it has tapped Starbucks executive Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company. Walgreens later confirmed that Brewer will take over as its CEO on March 15. Brewer succeeds Stefano Pessina, who served as CEO for six years following the merger between Walgreens and Alliance Boots in 2014. At Starbucks, Brewer revamped stores, taking out clutter and cutting down on administrative work so employees could focus on customers and speed up service. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. She also grew membership and improved merchandise there.
Roz Brewer to depart Starbucks, named CEO of Walgreens
Starbucks (SBUX) chief operating officer and group president Roz Brewer is leaving the coffee giant to join Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) as its CEO, making her the only Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Brewer will assume the role of CEO at Walgreens on March 15. Earlier, Starbucks announced in its fiscal first-quarter earnings results that Brewer had accepted a role at a not-yet-disclosed publicly-traded company. “Having personally recruited Roz to Starbucks and seen first hand her leadership skills and many contributions to Starbucks business I know that Roz will make a great public company ceo. Before joining Starbucks in 2017, Brewer served as the CEO of Sam’s Club, the membership retailer owned by Walmart.
S&P, Nasdaq slip from record levels as earnings season gains speed
Of the 84 companies in the S&P 500 that posted earnings through Tuesday morning, 86.9% have topped analyst expectations, according to Refinitiv data. Verizon lost 3.17% after the company posted earnings that topped expectations but missed prepaid phone subscriber estimates. For the Nasdaq, the decline snapped a five-session streak of gains, its longest run of daily gains since early November. With the S&P 500 trading at more than 22 times 12-month forward earnings, concerns about stock bubbles on Wall Street are sparking fears of a pullback. The S&P 500 posted 29 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 291 new highs and 9 new lows.
First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns
The Kremlin, meanwhile, focused on Putin’s response to Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control treaty. Former President Donald Trump's administration had withdrawn from two arms control treaties with Russia and had been prepared to let New START lapse. Before he spoke to Putin, Biden also called NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg to pledge U.S. commitment to the decades-old alliance founded as a bulwark against Russian aggression. Biden’s team has already reacted strongly to the crackdown on the protests, in which more than 3,700 people were arrested across Russia, including more than 1,400 in Moscow. Just from the public accounts, Biden's discussion with Putin appeared diametrically opposed to Trump's relationship with the Russian president.
Cuba's coronavirus cases, death toll surge
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's death toll from the coronavirus reached 200 on Tuesday, with authorities reporting nearly as many deaths so far in January as in the six previous months combined, due to an unprecedented acceleration in infections. The situation in Cuba is now much worse than at any other point during the pandemic, and edging closer to that world average. Like many countries, Cuba suffered the rebound in cases after opening borders without requiring inbound travelers to provide negative coronavirus test results. That coincided with a diminished sense of risk as its outbreak appeared successfully contained, not helped by authorities holding rallies celebrating Cuba's socialist values, analysts say. The government has since brought down infections from abroad by requiring travelers to present negative coronavirus test results.
Canada to unveil more steps to restrict foreign travel, provinces impatient with delay
By David LjunggrenOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will soon make foreign travel harder in a bid to clamp down on the coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday without giving details, prompting major provinces to demand action. A second wave of coronavirus is sweeping Canada and health officials say some hospitals run the risk of being overwhelmed. Trudeau is urging Canadians not to travel abroad and said Ottawa intended to introduce more restrictions. The idea was initially proposed by Quebec premier Francois Legault. "I repeat our demand to Mr. Trudeau – it's time to act," Legault told reporters.
Biden raises election meddling with Putin in first phone call
Vladimir Putin and Joe BidenUS President Joe Biden has warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their first call as counterparts, the White House says. Mr Biden later appeared at the White House to sign four executive orders aimed at addressing what he called US systemic racism. I believe the vast majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents share these values and want us to act as well," said Mr Biden. Mr Biden also directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development to take steps to eradicate racism from housing policy. Mr Biden also signed a directive rejecting coronavirus-related discrimination against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.
Santa Clara cuts off COVID vaccine supply to hospital that let teachers skip the line
AdvertisementJohnson said he received the email from Good Samaritan on Wednesday evening and notified staff the next day. “Please continue checking back.”The school district had raised money last year to provide meals for front-line workers at two hospitals, including Good Samaritan. AdvertisementThe school district later clarified in a Facebook post that “Good Samaritan returning a good deed” was a characterization by the superintendent. Because of the scarcity of vaccine, Santa Clara County raised the age limit, advising that people over 75 be vaccinated. Good Samaritan Hospital said in a release Jan. 12 that it was providing vaccines only to eligible healthcare workers in the county.
An L.A. councilman struggles with the Pledge of Allegiance, and viewers pick sides
Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León had been asked by City Council President Nury Martinez to lead his colleagues in the Pledge of Allegiance, which is recited by council members each Tuesday during their Zoom meetings. Once it was over, someone at the meeting could be heard uttering, “oooooff.”× VIDEO | 00:52 L.A. Councilman Kevin de León and the Pledge of Allegiance L.A. Councilman Kevin de León struggled with his delivery of the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday at the start of the council’s regular meeting. Pete Brown, a spokesman for De León, said in a brief interview that the councilman knows the words of the pledge by heart. “Sadly, there’s thousands of kids in his district who are doing the pledge and they’re at risk of being homeless. If you or someone you know got a good laugh out of my own “unique” version of the pledge of allegiance, consider donating a few $$ to https://t.co/Ig5Qrkr4i2.
Cal State will not raise tuition for next academic year amid pandemic hardships
The California State University announced Tuesday it would not increase tuition this year for the system’s 485,000-plus students, amid pandemic-related hardships and higher than expected funding from the state. AdvertisementNewsom’s budget proposal for next year included $144.5 million in recurring funding for the CSU — nearly half of the $299 million that was cut last year amid the recession and state budget deficit. Much of that money will go toward the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, including money to support students’ basic needs of food and housing. The CSU announced in December that it planned to return to in-person instruction and activities in the fall 2021 term. Castro reaffirmed that intent at the meeting Tuesday, although he acknowledged that if public health circumstances change, the university would adjust.
World crosses virus milestone of 100 million cases
Global coronavirus cases topped 25 million at the end of August, more than eight months after the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China. Experts say that 100 million most likely underestimates the true number of cases, given the lack of adequate testing and contact tracing in many countries, including the United States. The world surpassed a total of 100 million known coronavirus cases on Tuesday, according to a New York Times database, a staggering milestone for a global health crisis that is entering a phase of both hope and deep concern. But the US decrease in cases has contributed to a recent decline in the number of daily new cases reported worldwide. In an increasingly interconnected world, the economic fallout from a flawed vaccine distribution plan could prove difficult to contain, much like the virus itself.
‘Solidarity is failing:’ EU and UK fight over scarce vaccines
The European Union, stung by its slow progress on vaccinations, threatened this week to tighten rules on the shipment of Belgian-made shots to Britain. “Science is succeeding, and solidarity is failing,” said Robert Yates, director of the global health program at Chatham House, a London-based policy institute. For the European Union, problems with its vaccination campaigns have reinforced criticism of the bloc’s occasionally unwieldy, slow bureaucracy. AstraZeneca, for its part, has said that Britain’s supply of vaccines has come from the country’s own plants, and not Europe. “We have not diverted any supply from the Europe supply chain to countries outside the EU,” a company spokesperson said Tuesday.
Rollout plan for COVID vaccines leaves many frustrated, confused
Richard Martinez, 73, is monitored after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the Neighborhood Recreation Center in North Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoPeople wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoRichard Martinez, 73, right, waits in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Neighborhood Recreation Center in North Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoThe unexpected slowdown in Southern Nevada’s vaccine distribution announced Friday introduces more uncertainty about the state’s rollout plan. Prioritizations in the state’s vaccination playbook have not always matched what some workers are experiencing at vaccination sites.
CCSD teachers, staff now can make appointments for COVID-19 vaccines
Clark County School District employees can now register for future appointments to get COVID-19 vaccines after confusion at vaccination sites last week. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeClark County School District employees can now register for future appointments to get COVID-19 vaccines, after confusion at vaccination sites last week. Some get vaccinationMeanwhile, charter and private schools employees were able to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Tuesday morning at UNLV. Feil and other educators with private and charter schools said they scheduled appointments after links were sent out Monday night. State Public Charter School Authority Executive Director Rebecca Feiden said Tuesday that the health district has indicated that vaccines would initially be available for around half of all charter school staff — or about 2,000 doses.
Pro-Trump priest leaves Wisconsin diocese after livestreaming exorcisms of voter fraud
MADISON, Wis. — A priest who livestreamed exorcisms aimed at rooting out what he, former President Donald Trump and some Trump supporters have falsely claimed was widespread voting fraud in the presidential election has left a Roman Catholic diocese in Wisconsin. The Diocese of Madison said it and the Rev. Zuhlsdorf will relocate from the diocese ”to pursue other opportunities,” the diocese said in a statement earlier this month. Zuhlsdorf claimed he had permission from Madison Bishop Donald Hying to conduct the exorcisms. Hying said, however, that he didn’t give Zuhlsdorf permission to conduct exorcisms related to “partisan political activity,” but rather approved an exorcism for “alleviation from the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic.”Recordings of Zuhlsdorf’s exorcisms have since been removed from YouTube, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
COVID-19 remote learning quashes traditional snow day: ‘The luster has worn off’
“Before COVID, I’d get in my car and drive the back roads from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, to see if there was drifting snow, and then I was up at 4 a.m. just in case we needed to make a last-minute decision,” Abrell said. “One silver lining with the pandemic is the development of a remote learning platform, as it really helps with these snow day decisions.”
Portland mayor seeks to delay proposed carbon tax after businesses complain
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler suggested this week he wants to delay a proposed city tax on major greenhouse gas producers and air polluters as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter businesses big and small. Large manufacturers, hospitals and colleges and universities would pay most of the proposed tax, documents show. City officials estimate it would raise more than $10 million a year. City officials received hundreds of responses from Portlanders about the proposed tax during a public comment period that ended Jan. 8. Among them were the Portland Business Alliance, Central Eastside Industrial Council and Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs.
Who goes first? Vaccine rollout forces stark moral choices
Meanwhile, her sister, a cancer survivor, is being asked return to her Minnesota classroom without a vaccine, Brown told The Associated Press. “The teachers in Minnesota are furious at the governor because they are doing seniors first. And here, the seniors are furious at me because I am doing teachers first. Now, the state’s vaccine advisory committee is wrestling with how to prioritize the next groups. Dr. Kalani Raphael, a kidney specialist at Oregon Health & Science University and a Native Hawaiian on the advisory committee, said minority communities’ health care experiences are often invisible, particularly with COVID-19.
Microsoft keeps chugging as pandemic continues
The software maker posted revenue of $43.1 billion in the October-December period, up 17% from last year and also beating forecasts. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting Microsoft to earn $1.64 per share on revenue of $40.2 billion for the fiscal quarter. “So many people are already familiar with the Microsoft user interface that it’s a comfortable option,” Elman said. Its cloud computing business segment grew 23% to $14.6 billion. Xbox revenue grew 40% over the same time last year.
Big Ten announces schedule changes for Michigan State basketball
The Nebraska game moves to the day Michigan State was scheduled to play at Michigan. However, the Wolverines’ athletic program is in a two-week shutdown, forcing the postponement of all games against Michigan. The changes leave Michigan State with three games still to reschedule. In addition to the Michigan game, Michigan State lost home games with Indiana and Illinois. Since the school year began, 13 of Michigan State’s 15 players have tested positive with as many as six staffers also testing positive.
Yes, out-of-state residents can receive COVID-19 shots in Ohio, but not a lot of them are.
COLUMBUS – As Florida limits COVID-19 vaccines to full-time residents and some snowbirds, Ohio and its neighboring states have no such restrictions. In fact, about 17,000 people who live in other states have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio so far, according to Ohio Department of Health data. Pennsylvania allows residents to receive vaccines in other states and vice versa. Last week, Florida limited access to COVID-19 vaccines to state residents and those living there for at least 31 consecutive days, cutting off "vaccine tourism." DeWine has bemoaned the scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines available to Ohioans.
Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP
Biden’s COVID-19 aid package includes money for vaccine distribution, school reopenings and $1,400 direct payments to households and gradually boosts the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years. The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus of more than 50 House lawmakers met virtually Tuesday with top administration officials on the virus aid and economic recovery package. The bipartisan senators assembled privately again Monday evening. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters earlier Tuesday that Biden is still looking to negotiate on an aid package, while putting a priority on acting swiftly before aid lapses in March. Collins said Tuesday that the White House made good on its commitment to deliver a more detailed accounting of the proposed expenditure.
‘Paramedic of the Year’ accused of helping to steal vaccine
According to authorities, Colon told investigators that a captain with the fire department had asked him to take the vaccine. The investigation began when a battalion chief noticed discrepancies in the paperwork Colon filed after a vaccine assignment. During the investigation, the two firefighters were contacted and told investigators that they had not yet received the vaccine. The captain told Colon that the doses were in a car parked outside a friend’s house in Saint Cloud, officials said. “The bottom line is, Joshua tried to cover for the captain,” Judd said of Colon’s arrest.
Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teachers union said its members wouldn't comply and were prepared to picket over coronavirus safety concerns. The district went remote last March, but district officials say it's not working, particularly for many low-income Black and Latino students who comprise the majority of the district. “There is no question that students are persevering. But there is also no question that there is no substitute for in-person learning." The battle to reopen schools in the roughly 355,000-student district has waged for months as schools worldwide have grappled with a start-and-stop approach amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Asia Today: South Korea adds 559 cases, highest in 10 days
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 559 new cases of coronavirus infection, its highest daily increase in 10 days, as health workers scramble to slow transmissions at religious facilities, which have been a major source of infections throughout the pandemic. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 112 of the new cases came from the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 100 infections have so far been linked to a missionary training school. An affiliated facility in the central city of Daejeon has been tied to more than 170 infections. Nearly 300 of the new cases came from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 51 million people, where infections have been tied to various places, including churches, restaurants, schools and offices. The country has repeatedly seen huge infection clusters emerge from religious groups, including more than 5,000 infections tied to the secretive Shincheonji Church of Jesus that drove a major outbreak last spring.
Mexico close to approving Russian vaccine, with little data
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Tuesday it is close to granting approval for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, despite the fact that little public data is available. The approval process described by Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s assistant health secretary, sounded like a Cold War spy thriller, and may not foment confidence in the shot. López-Gatell said a Mexican technical committee on new medications has recommended approving the vaccine, adding only “some details” were lacking for COFEPRIS, the government medical safety commission, to give the final go-ahead. “The technical part, the main part of COFEPRIS, particularly the committee on new medications, has given a favorable recommendation to authorize, that is to say, the crucial part has been solved,” López-Gatell said.
Schultz scores in final minute, Capitals beat Islanders 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Schultz scored the go-ahead goal with 26.4 seconds left, Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night despite another injury to a key player. Schultz's goal allowed the Capitals to narrowly avoid a fifth consecutive overtime game, which has never happened in franchise history. Washington lost center Lars Eller midway through the third period when he was hit into the glass from behind by Leo Komarov, who was assessed a major penalty for boarding. Capitals defenseman John Carlson had a power-play goal playing in Ovechkin's spot, and Daniel Sprong scored his first with Washington. Schultz got the primary assist on Carlson's goal, and Vanecek was solid again in a fourth consecutive start in Samsonov's absence.
No. 9 Baylor women 82-49 over TCU for another season sweep
WACO, Texas (AP) — NaLyssa Smith had 18 points with a career-high 16 rebounds, Moon Ursin scored 21 points and No. 9 Baylor beat TCU 82-49 on Tuesday night, completing another regular-season series sweep against the instate rival Horned Frogs. The Lady Bears (11-2, 6-1 Big 12) have now handily won their two home games since a 75-71 loss to Iowa State on Jan. 16. Baylor freshman Sarah Andrews scored 18 points, all in the fourth quarter when the Lady Bears scored 22. Big 12 assists leader DiDi Richards had six more in 17 minutes for the Lady Bears.
Entrepreneur Pete Snyder launches GOP bid for governor
Snyder, a longtime entrepreneur, is the CEO of Disruptor Capital, an angel investment firm that funds startups and novel business ideas. Snyder previously founded and was CEO of New Media Strategies, a social media marketing firm that he later sold to Meredith Corp., a large media conglomerate. Snyder said his experiences will inform a campaign and administration that will focus on the struggles of businesses, particularly small companies. Snyder said many businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged, including one along Broad Street he has a stake in. He criticized Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Gov.
First case of highly contagious UK COVID variant found in Virginia
Statewide, the total number of people who have been hospitalized is 20,764, though the VDH’s dashboard notes that hospitalizations are underrepresented. According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 2,892 are currently hospitalized with positive COVID-19 cases or are awaiting test results, while 37,191 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 and released. In the Richmond area, there have been 53,056 cases: 18,005 in Chesterfield County, 17,411 in Henrico County, 12,109 in Richmond and 5,531 in Hanover County. There have been 2,240 outbreaks, which make up 54,993 of Virginia’s total cases. Data from the VDH’s online dashboard show that the percentage of positive results from testing is at 12.6%.
The end of offices? New York's business districts face uncertain future
Boarded-up stores, shuttered restaurants and empty office towers: Covid-19 has turned New York's famous business districts into ghost towns, with companies scrambling to come up with ways to entice workers to return post-pandemic. With vaccines now rolling out, corporations and business leaders are grappling with how to attract employees back after spending the best part of a year working from home, and in turn maintaining the character of business districts. Story continuesFew workers plan on being in offices Monday to Friday, nine to five, though. While offering staff flexibility, several major employers are doubling-down on their commitment to offices, betting big on New York's business districts despite the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. "There is definitely an opportunity for everyone to be looking at the new future," Alfred Cerullo, president of the Grand Central Partnership business improvement group, told AFP.
Behind closed doors: Filipina workers trapped by the pandemic
Journalist Corinne Redfern discusses the impact the pandemic has had on the Filipino women trapped overseas, including Mimi (not her real name) who works for a wealthy family in London for just £5 an hour. Mimi was asked to keep working through the first lockdown with the family coaching her on what to say if the police stopped her. Human Rights Watch has long described migrant domestic workers, thousands of miles away from home and hidden out of sight in strangers’ houses, as one of the world’s most vulnerable demographics. The UK issues approximately 23,000 visas to foreign domestic workers every year, half of whom come from the Philippines, according to reports. Corinne also tells Anushka about Rowena, who is trapped in Bahrain by an employer who has sexually harassed her.
Indian farmers clash with police in Delhi as protests mount
Thousands of Indian farmers on Tuesday escalated protests to revoke controversial new agricultural laws, clashing with police and storming key landmarks in New Delhi to pressure Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The escalation of the farmers’ protest adds to Modi’s challenges amid efforts to reverse a contraction in Asia’s third-largest economy due to the coronavirus pandemic. | REUTERSIndia’s federal Home Ministry suspended mobile internet services in some parts of the city where the protests were most tense. The government has defended the legislation, saying they would eliminate middlemen in state-run wholesale markets, increase earnings for farmers and make India more self-reliant. But they have also found support in other Indian cities, including financial centers Mumbai and Bengaluru, where protest marches have also taken place.
Japan's 2020 laptop shipments hit record high on teleworking
Shipments of laptop computers in Japan surged 25.1% in 2020 to hit a record high due to increased teleworking amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and the government’s policy to supply computers to each elementary and junior high school student, an industry body said Tuesday. Shipments by value declined 34.4% to ¥151.6 billion. Overall PC shipments rose 7.4% to 10.45 million units, with those by value standing at ¥831.3 billion, down 8.9% from the previous year. In December alone, laptop shipments more than doubled from a year earlier to 1.5 million units, increasing 31.1% by value to reach ¥85.5 billion. Desktop shipments sank 55.2% by volume to 122,000 units and dropped 50.7% by value to ¥12.1 billion.
Dry ice, containers and staff shortages: Japan's vaccine rollout hurdles
The first shots for medical workers are planned for the end of February, leaving just 145 days until the start of the games on July 23. A government source said that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The coordination of medical workers, transport, freezer production, needle disposal and dealing with local governments are handled by different ministries, he said on Twitter. The government is buying some 20,000 special coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tons of dry ice per year, but it’s mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers.
Hong Kong’s first COVID-19 lockdown exposes deep-rooted inequality
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, said Tuesday that the lockdown had been a success and added that more could be forthcoming; officials announced one in nearby Yau Ma Tei soon after. Jordan, a working-class neighborhood in Hong Kong, is known for its night markets and abundance of eateries. Hong Kong’s real-estate market is consistently ranked as the world’s least affordable. “We’re just working hard here, paying taxes, so how come we are isolated from Hong Kong?” said Newa, referring to the discrimination, as an employee scooped containers of takeout biryani. Hong Kong’s notorious tenement apartments are potential hotbeds of coronavirus transmission, with their cramped quarters, faulty piping and poor ventilation.
Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques steal the show
AdvertisementThe youngest of the Monaco royals showed she knows how to entertain a crowd as the principality celebrated its patron saint yesterday with its traditional boat-burning ceremony. Princess Gabriella, six, stole the show when she stepped out with her twin brother Prince Jacques and their parents, Princess Charlene, 43, and Prince Albert, 62. Saint Dévote's Day is a national holiday in Monaco and celebrates its patron saint, a Christian martyr who was killed and tortured for her faith in the 4th century. Earlier today Prince Albert revealed his wife Charlene's 43rd birthday today will be an intimate 'family affair'. Prince Albert has said the former Olympic swimmer will spend the day surrounded by family, but explained gatherings would be in low-key amid the Covid-19 crisis, telling People magazine: 'She doesn't like big celebrations.'
Kate Hudson gets back to work with Octavia Spencer as production continues on Truth Be Told
Kate Hudson and Octavia Spencer got back to work on the set of Season 2 of Apple TV Plus' Truth Be Told. Filming got started in October, though it was supposed to start much earlier due to COVID-19 production delays. Her co-star Spencer also wore a white blouse and black pants, with a clear plastic face shield protecting her from COVID-19. Hudson was brought on in October to star in the second season, which will follow a new case and new characters. Recent roles: Spencer most recently starred in Superintelligence and she'll next be seen in Thunderforce with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman
Arnold Schwarzenegger rides his bike through Santa Monica one week after receiving his COVID vaccine
But Arnold Schwarzenegger was seen sticking to his daily exercise routine on Tuesday, when he was spotted cruising along on his bicycle in Santa Monica, California. Staying fit: Arnold Schwarzenegger was seen sticking to his daily exercise routine on Tuesday, when he was spotted cruising along on his bicycle in Santa MonicaArnold slipped his feet into black slip on shoes, with no socks. Schwarzenegger sported classic wayfarer sunshades and a black face mask in light of the still-severe coronavirus pandemic. Last Wednesday, the Conan star posted a video to his Instagram showing him receiving his COVID-19 vaccine. Last Wednesday: The Conan star posted a video to his Instagram showing him receiving his COVID-19 vaccine
No new players are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 60 years
Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. On Twitter, admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a 'disgrace' to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, meanwhile, has sought to clarify the role of its plaque gallery and its museum. So it remains up to the voters to decide how they'll weigh off-field issues when evaluating Hall of Fame candidates. If too many of the top players are left out — particularly if it's for non-baseball reasons — could the Hall lose credibility as a baseball shrine?
How Russia began 'grooming' Donald Trump 40 years ago by saving him from financial ruin, book claims
Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset more than 40 years ago which exploded into a decades-long 'relationship' of mutual benefit to both Russia and Trump, a shocking new book claims. A new book claims Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset more than 40 years ago and that exploded into a decades long 'relationship' of mutual benefit to both Russia and Trump. Donald Trump and Tamir Sapir at the Trump Soho Launch on September 19, 2007 in New York City. It was a world of unimaginable decadence – gorgeous young women, private planes, spectacular residences – and sex with young girls. Trump and Putin pictured in 2017Enraged, Epstein never spoke to Trump again but showed around photos of Trump with topless young girls and one photo with semen stained pants.
The end of offices? New York's business districts face uncertain future
"Think of it as a theater, where you have different sets for different scenes," David Smith, co-author of a Cushman & Wakefield report about workplaces of the future, told AFP. While offering staff flexibility, several major employers are doubling-down on their commitment to offices, betting big on New York's business districts despite the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. In August, Facebook signed a lease on a 730,000-square-foot space in Midtown, while a Google spokesperson told AFP the technology giant is continuing to expand its campus in the Chelsea neighborhood. It has staff coming in on "a rotational basis," and the firm plans to proceed with its move into a new state-of-the-art building near Grand Central Station this year, vice-chairman Robert Ivanhoe told AFP. "There is definitely an opportunity for everyone to be looking at the new future," Alfred Cerullo, president of the Grand Central Partnership business improvement group, told AFP.
[Newsmaker] NK paper stresses importance of admitting flaws along path to economic progress
NATIONALNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the first plenary meeting of the eighth Central Committee of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 10, 2021, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea's official newspaper on Wednesday stressed the importance of admitting flaws and fixing them at the right time as the country steps up efforts to carry out key policy goals unveiled in a rare party meeting earlier this month. "Revolutionaries must strictly stay away from praising one's own accomplishments and drifting into indolence, which is equal to giving up their struggle for the revolution," the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling party, said in an editorial. "During the meeting, Kim criticized officials for drafting economic goals without factoring in realistic conditions in its five-year economic plan and being "engrossed in subjective desires. (Yonhap)Related Stories
Xi expresses support for Korean denuclearization in phone talks with Moon: Cheong Wa Dae
NATIONALSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in (Left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in their summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in December, 2019. (Yonhap)Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed his active support for Seoul's initiative to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, calling the efforts in line with the common interests of both countries, according to Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday.It said Xi delivered the comments during his phone talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday.During the talks, Moon said he hopes Seoul and Beijing can work together to open a trilateral summit between the two countries along with Japan. Xi replied by saying China will strengthen cooperation with South Korea to open the summit at the earliest date, according to Cheong Wa Dae.Seoul had planned to host the annual summit, held in turns in the three countries, last year, but was unable to do so apparently due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.The two leaders also agreed that bilateral cooperation on coronavirus control turned out to be effective. Xi said he supports Moon's vision of creating a Northeast Asian cooperative body on public health.Xi also said he was aware of South Korea's plan to begin public coronavirus vaccination next month and expressed hope that Seoul's vaccination program could play a key role in the global fight against the pandemic.Cheong Wa Dae announced Tuesday after the phone talks that Xi expressed hope for an "early visit" to South Korea, as soon as conditions are created.Xi was quoted as saying that Beijing makes much of Seoul's role for a "political resolution" to the North Korea issue, while describing the Korean Peninsula situation as "stable in general."
FM, Blinken agree in phone talks that NK nuke issue urgent matter for Biden administration
NATIONALForeign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (center) attends a National Security Council meeting at Cheong Wa Dae last Thursday. (Yonhap)Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear issue is an urgent matter that the two countries should work closely to resolve.They shared the understanding in their first phone talks that came just hours after Blinken officially took office as the country's top diplomat following the Senate confirmation on his nomination. "The two ministers shared the understanding that the North Korean nuclear issue is a matter that should be dealt urgently with under the Biden administration as well, and agreed to consult closely to resolve the issue," the foreign ministry said in a press release.Blinken said during his Senate hearing that Washington will review its "entire approach and policy" toward North Korea and come up with a strategy through close consultations with Seoul and other allies.In the phone talks, Kang also welcomed the inauguration of Blinken, who has a deep understanding about the bilateral alliance and the Korean Peninsula issues, and held out expectations for further development of the alliance during her time in office, the ministry said.They also vowed to enhance cooperation in tackling global challenges like climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kang's office.
FM, Blinken agree in phone talks that NK nuke issue urgent matter for Biden administration
Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (center) attends a National Security Council meeting at Cheong Wa Dae last Thursday. (Yonhap)Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear issue is an urgent matter that the two countries should work closely to resolve. They shared the understanding in their first phone talks that came just hours after Blinken officially took office as the country's top diplomat following the Senate confirmation on his nomination. "The two ministers shared the understanding that the North Korean nuclear issue is a matter that should be dealt urgently with under the Biden administration as well, and agreed to consult closely to resolve the issue," the foreign ministry said in a press release. They also vowed to enhance cooperation in tackling global challenges like climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kang's office.
[Newsmaker] NK paper stresses importance of admitting flaws along path to economic progress
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the first plenary meeting of the eighth Central Committee of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 10, 2021, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea's official newspaper on Wednesday stressed the importance of admitting flaws and fixing them at the right time as the country steps up efforts to carry out key policy goals unveiled in a rare party meeting earlier this month. "Our revolution can only move a step higher when we boldly admit any bias and flaws blocking the path to progress and overcome them at the right time," the paper said. The North has often self-praised its accomplishments while downplaying flaws, but it has recently been pointing out its own problems and acknowledging the failure to reach economic goals. During the meeting, Kim criticized officials for drafting economic goals without factoring in realistic conditions in its five-year economic plan and being "engrossed in subjective desires."
Xi expresses support for Korean denuclearization in phone talks with Moon: Cheong Wa Dae
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in their summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in December, 2019. It said Xi delivered the comments during his phone talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday. During the talks, Moon said he hopes Seoul and Beijing can work together to open a trilateral summit between the two countries along with Japan. Xi replied by saying China will strengthen cooperation with South Korea to open the summit at the earliest date, according to Cheong Wa Dae. Cheong Wa Dae announced Tuesday after the phone talks that Xi expressed hope for an "early visit" to South Korea, as soon as conditions are created.
China manufacturing continues sustained recovery as industrial profits grow for eighth straight month
China is the only major economy in the world to avoid a contraction in 2020, with gross domestic product growing 2.3 per cent for the full year, while many countries remain crippled by the jolt from the coronavirus. Photo: Bloomberg
Indian media push own vaccine campaign while smearing others
The COVID-19 vaccine Beijing manufacturing plant of leading Chinese vaccine producer Sinovac Photo: Li Hao/GTA vaccine is supposed to be the last fortress against the raging novel coronavirus pandemic. It flaunted India's achievement by claiming "Cambodia recently requested India for vaccines despite having received a million doses of Chinese vaccines." The conclusion is well choreographed with its other op-eds, such as one that claimed "Chinese vaccines lack transparency. "India does not need to stare at China's response toward Indian vaccines, neither should it be so vexatious to seek the approval from China of India's vaccines. More importantly, since the epidemic on Chinese soil has been reined in, almost all the Phase-III trials of Chinese vaccines are conducted overseas.
Top Biden aide says schools should get money before they reopen
Ron Klain Ron KlainSkepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Presidential Twitter account follows Chrissy Teigen MORE, President Biden’s chief of staff, said schools should get more federal aid before they reopen amid a debate over starting in-class learning. When asked on CNN what schools would need to reopen safely, Klain simply responded, “Money.”“That’s why the president of the United States sent a plan to Congress even before he took office, to make the investments you need to make the schools safe,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT“President Biden has sent a plan to Congress that would make sure that a majority of our schools can be open within 100 days. Sadly, it costs money.”White House chief of staff Ron Klain says “out of 40 days” the Trump administration had “one day with a million” Covid-19 vaccinations. The remarks come as states across the country explore ways to safely reopen classrooms amid a national spike in coronavirus cases.
New Hampshire Bans COVID Vaccines For Out-Of-State Homeowners
Schilling, Clemens, Bonds Fail To Earn Spot In Baseball Hall Of Fame In 2021There will be no members in the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2021, after two Hall-worthy former Red Sox and the most prolific home run hitter in history failed to garner enough votes. Boston Marathon 2021 Set For Monday, October 11 If Races Are AllowedThe Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, October 11, Columbus Day, if road races are allowed then under the Massachusetts reopening plan, the Boston Athletic Association announced Tuesday. Former Red Sox Coach, PawSox Manager Ron Johnson Dead At 64 From Complications From COVID-19Former Red Sox first base coach and Pawtucket Red Sox manager Ron Johnson has died from complications from COVID-19Update: Celtics Depart For San Antonio; Wednesday's Game With Spurs Appears To Be OnBoston's game against the San Antonio Spurs is now in doubt, after Monday's Pelicans-Spurs game in New Orleans was postponed by the NBA due to the league's healthy and safety protocols. Julian Edelman Reveals A Bill Belichickism That Helps Explain Patriots' Late-Season SuccessThe reasons for the Patriots' late-season success may be multiple, but Julian Edelman revealed one simple message that is apparently a Bill Belichick staple late in seasons.
Democrats reintroduce $15 minimum wage bill with unified control of Congress, White House
The protest was part of a nationwide effort calling for minimum wage to be raised to $15-per-hour. Democrats in the House and Senate reintroduced a bill Tuesday to raise the U.S. minimum wage to $15 per hour, seeking fresh support for the policy during an economic crisis and with control of Congress and the White House. The measure would also end pay below the minimum wage for tipped workers, along with certain teens and people with disabilities. The party has long pushed to raise the federal minimum wage, which has stalled at $7.25 an hour since 2009. The Democratic-held House passed a version of the bill, known as the Raise the Wage Act, in 2019.
Biden directive combats racism against Asian Americans amid COVID-19 pandemic
"Today, I'm directing federal agencies to combat the resurgence of xenophobia, particularly against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, that we've seen skyrocket during this pandemic. "I've asked the Department of Justice to strengthen its partnership with the Asian American Pacific Islander community to prevent those hate crimes. According to a United Nations report released in October, hate crimes against Asian Americans in the U.S. have reached an "alarming" level. The report cites more than 1,800 racist incidents against Asian Americans from March to May 2020The executive action is one of several signed by the president this week addressing systemic racism. CAA is based in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, where there's a large concentration of Asian Americans.
Family Of 4 Found Dead In Pennsylvania Basement After Apparent Murder-Suicide
A neighbor recalled that Deepak Kulkarni was behaving differently shortly before he, Arti Adya Kulkarni and their sons, Shubham and Sharvil, were found shot to death in their basement. A family of four has been found inside their Pennsylvania home after an apparent murder-suicide this week. Deepak Kulkarni, 50, his wife Arti Adya Kulkarni, 47, and their sons Shubham, 14, and Sharvil, 7, have been identified as the slain family, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Out of state relatives of the Kulkarni family had contacted the West Whiteland Township Police Department on Sunday afternoon requesting a welfare check, police said in a press release. West Whiteland Police Detective Scott Pezick told the outlet that it’s not yet clear which relative is behind the murders.
Luck, foresight and science: How an unheralded team developed a COVID-19 vaccine in record time
She was the first COVID-19 vaccine trial subject. During the Zika experiment, Moderna had developed a vaccine 10 times more potent than the DNA vaccine Graham himself had created. The research is now being used to develop an RSV vaccine, the vaccine Graham had thought might be his legacy. With the COVID-19 vaccine, Graham and his colleagues are not yet household names. She pulled out a small, blue-lined box marked in red type: “Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.” She’d start with 100 doses.
Wisconsin pharmacist who tried to spoil 500 COVID-19 vaccine doses pleads guilty to federal tampering charges
The Wisconsin pharmacist charged with trying to destroy COVID-19 vaccines pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal tampering charges. 'An admitted conspiracy theorist': Pharmacist who tried to spoil 500 vaccine doses made 'full confession,' police sayBrandenburg, a licensed pharmacist since 1997, worked the third shift at thehospital. On Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, he left vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine out of the refrigerator. "On the morning of December 26, 2020, 57 individuals at the Grafton Facility received doses of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine that Brandenburg had previously removed from refrigeration. The doses Brandenburg left out were outside refrigeration for three hours on one night and nine on another.
How to stay safe at ski resorts during COVID-19 pandemic
How to stay safe at ski resorts during COVID-19 pandemicIf you're planning a ski trip, follow these six tips to stay safe.
Eli Lilly says monoclonal antibody cocktail cuts hospitalizations by 70% for high-risk COVID-19 patients
Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani all received monoclonal antibodies shortly after they were diagnosed with COVID-19. In future trials, Lilly will compare its proposed treatments against this combination, Skovronsky said, rather than against a placebo. At an early stage of the disease, people are particularly contagious, and hospitals, overrun with COVID-19 patients, have had a hard time making the time and space to deliver monoclonal antibodies. Skovronsky said he hopes the new data will be enough to convince doctors to recommend monoclonal antibodies to their high-risk COVID-19 patients. The company's future studies will focus on testing whether smaller doses can help extend the predicted supply of the two monoclonal antibodies.
Longtime NBA reporter Sekou Smith dead at 48
Longtime NBA reporter Sekou Smith died Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Smith died after a battle with COVID-19, according to TMZ Sports. “The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family,” the league said in a statement. In 2009, Smith transitioned to TV, joining Turner Sports, where he worked as a reporter and an analyst for NBA TV and NBA.com. “Sekou Smith was the very best of us,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter.
Fordham fires men’s college hoop coach Jeff Neubauer
The daunting job that is Fordham men’s basketball has spit out yet another previously successful coach. With Fordham 1-7 and Neubauer’s dismissal obviously near, The Bronx school felt it was best for all parties to get a jump-start on its coaching search, sources said. Neubauer, sources said, made in the ballpark of $650,000 to $700,000 per season. Depending on the candidate, Fordham is planning to increase its budget for its next head coach. In the meantime, associate head coach Mike DePaoli is taking over on an interim basis.
Chick-fil-A manager helps ease gridlock at drive-thru COVID vax site
The manager of a South Carolina Chick-fil-A was recruited to help ease traffic at a local drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site that experienced an hour delay from a software glitch. The mayor of Mount Pleasant, Will Haynie, sought the “professional drive thru experience” of the fast food manager to address the gridlock at a vaccination site at Seacoast Church last Friday, Fox 13 reported. “Chic Fil A manager Jerry Walkowiak donating his professional drive thru experience to help our vaccination program in Mt Pleasant today. A video posted by Haynie shows Walkowiak directing traffic and inquiring if vehicle occupants if have their paperwork. Walkowiak managed to slash the wait time down to 15 minutes, the mayor told the news outlet.
Ghislaine Maxwell says grand jury that indicted her was too White, seeks dismissal of sex abuse case
Maxwell, 59, has British and French citizenship and is the daughter of late media mogul Robert Maxwell. ADUnder the law, juries and grand juries must represent a fair cross-section of the community where the alleged crime occurred. The grand jury process is secret, but the Sixth Amendment protection still firmly applies. ADADThe Southern District of New York, where Maxwell’s case is pending, encompasses parts of New York City and six upstate counties, with jurors and grand jurors often having to commute into the city. In White Plains, where the grand jury in Maxwell’s case was impaneled, jurors come from six upstate counties, including Westchester — a region with significantly smaller minority populations than those in or closer to the city.
Teachers are moving to the front of the vaccine line — but that doesn’t mean all schools will reopen right away
ADVirginia’s largest school system — Fairfax County Public Schools, whose 186,000 students are currently learning online-only — began administering vaccine shots to teachers in mid-January. And a handful of governors, citing their desire to reopen schools, are prioritizing teachers beyond what the CDC recommends. Kate Brown (D) is delivering the vaccine to teachers first, before the elderly and people with preexisting health conditions. “As for teachers, as supply increases we’ll eventually get there.”Elsewhere, officials are asking teachers to return to school without vaccinations — and that, too, is spurring protest. In the capital, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has stressed that the timing of school staff vaccinations will not be linked to reopening.
Whining Curt Schilling better not get his way
And then Curt Schilling had to open up his big, fat, bigoted mouth once again. Look, I’d like to see Schilling in the Hall. Curt Schilling wants off the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. In his lengthy, self-pitying Facebook post, Schilling wrote, “[T]he media has created a Curt Schilling that does not and has never existed. Instead, we’re contemplating what to do next about Schilling, who has boxed himself into a conundrum of his own making.
Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract
Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays during a slow offseason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Toronto also agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Kirby Yates ($5.5 million) and Tyler Chatwood ($3 million) and re-signed left-hander Robbie Ray to an $8 million, one-year contract. The Blue Jays were swept in two games by the AL champion Rays in a first-round series. It is not clear where the Blue Jays will play home games when the 2021 season starts.
Texas grocery store run by high school students gives free food to needy
A high school-run grocery store in Texas is supporting its community by offering free food to people in need -- as well as its students and staff. The grocery store at Linda Tutt High School in Sanger, Texas, first opened in November. Fox News previously reported that the grocery store was founded in partnership with local nonprofits to help students whose families were struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. ARKANSAS RESTAURANT RAISES $9G FOR FOOD BANK DESPITE CORONAVIRUS CHALLENGESAccording to school principal Anthony Love, about 130 families have used the high school’s grocery store. They’re excited about helping in the grocery store and just being a part of it."
Los Angeles City Council Democrat butchers Pledge of Allegiance
A longtime California Democratic lawmaker badly bungled the Pledge of Allegiance during a Los Angeles city council meeting Tuesday morning, video shows. When asked by Council President Nury Martinez to lead the chamber in the Pledge of Allegiance Tuesday morning at a virtual meeting, Council Member Kevin de Leon replied, "It would be an honor." But then, according to the video, he said this:MICHIGAN TEACHER LEADS NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS IN PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AMID CORONAVIVRUS CLOSURES"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…undervisible, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…for which it stands. The words to the Pledge are as follows:"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." He previously served in the state Senate as its Democratic majority leader, and in the state Assembly.
California’s 2020 unemployment fraud claims may top $31 billion
California state officials have said that at least $11.4 billion in unemployment benefits have been mistakenly paid out to fraudulent cases since March 2020, with some estimates ranging as high as $31 billion. Continue Reading BelowRoughly 10 percent of all unemployment claims paid out in California during the coronavirus pandemic -- which forced statewide shutdowns and unemployment increases -- have involved fraud. Another 17 percent of the total unemployment claims are under investigation, reported the Los Angeles Times. California has paid $114 billion in 19 million unemployment claims, since the onslaught of the pandemic. The state’s unemployment claims system, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program -- which allows for unemployment benefits for those who would not normally qualify, such as independent contractors – has reportedly shown previous indications of fraud, including as recently as last week.
Australian consumer prices lifted by taxes, Covid stimulus in fourth quarter
Australian consumer prices rose a little faster than forecast last quarter as the unwinding of Covid-19 subsidies and higher tobacco taxes made an outsized impact, yet core inflation remained very much subdued. "The underlying weakness will remain for quite some time, notwithstanding the strength of the economic recovery thus far. "And the weakness is broad-based, with falls in prices recorded in clothing, housing costs, household goods and services excluding childcare and communications." Wednesday's data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics did show consumer prices (CPI) rose by a larger-than-forecast 0.9% at both a quarterly and annual level. There was also a near 11% jump in tobacco prices due to higher taxes, again not a demand-driven move.
Economy could open up by late spring if enough people get vaccinated, says Dr. Ashish Jha
Dr. Ashish Jha told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" Tuesday that U.S. states could start making decisions about opening up businesses and economies earlier than predicted if enough people get vaccinated. Biden said he will have the government by 200 million more doses of the vaccine — half from Pfizer and half from Moderna. Johnson & Johnson is expecting results on its Covid vaccine by early next week. That means the Johnson & Johnson results could reveal important information about how vaccines designed around the original Covid strain work against the emerging ones. Dr. Bruce Becker, adjunct professor of behavioral medicine and social science at Brown University's School of Public Health, told "The News with Shepard Smith" that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot and, therefore, immunity is achieved in 14 to 21 days.
Walgreens taps Starbucks executive Rosalind Brewer to be its CEO
New York (CNN Business) Rosalind Brewer will be the next CEO of Walgreens — making her the only Black woman currently slated to take the helm of a Fortune 500 company. Brewer is set to begin on March 15, Walgreens said Tuesday. She currently serves as the chief operating officer at Starbucks, and will remain in the role until the end of February. The coffee company announced her departure on Tuesday. Brewer will succeed Stefano Pessina, who became Walgreens' CEO in 2015.
CDC officials say schools can re-open during pandemic — but precautions are crucial
SEE NEW POSTSCDC officials say schools can re-open during pandemic — but precautions are crucial Schools should reopen as soon as possible if social distancing and mask-wearing can be maintained to keep in-person learning safe, health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study published Tuesday. The research, published online in the journal JAMA, provides a framework for how to open schools safely while limiting the spread of Covid-19. Research supports "a path forward to maintain or return primarily or fully to in-person instructional delivery," according to the study. The recommendations provide some clarity about a contentious topic and offer much-needed guidance for local officials, school administrators and parents. But opening schools safely also requires controlling the virus's spread within communities, the scientists said.
'Snake oil' salesman in Washington state administered untested Covid-19 vaccines, officials say
SEE NEW POSTS'Snake oil' salesman in Washington state administered untested Covid-19 vaccines, officials say A man in Washington state was arrested on federal charges for allegedly administering an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccine to patients. Research supports "a path forward to maintain or return primarily or fully to in-person instructional delivery," according to the study. The recommendations provide some clarity about a contentious topic and offer much-needed guidance for local officials, school administrators and parents. “According to the plea agreement, Brandenburg stated that he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically,” the department said Tuesday. A new shipment of 120,000 doses is expected to arrive in the Tar Heel State on Wednesday, though officials are lobbying for a boost.
Some states ease Covid restrictions amid growing concern over new strains
SEE NEW POSTSWisconsin pharmacist who tried to destroy 500 Covid vaccine doses agrees to plead guilty The Wisconsin hospital pharmacist who was fired and arrested for intentionally trying to destroy hundreds of Covid-19 vaccine doses has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, authorities said on Tuesday. The charges carry with them a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count. “According to the plea agreement, Brandenburg stated that he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically,” the department said Tuesday. Share this -North Carolina running out of vaccine doses North Carolina has doled out 95 percent of its allotted coronavirus vaccines, with demand now on the verge of eclipsing scheduled supply, officials said Tuesday. Boris Johnson ‘deeply sorry’ as U.K. Covid toll passes 100,000 Jan. 26, 2021 00:48 The prime minister's remarks came as the United Kingdom topped 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
Russia's Vladimir Putin to address World Economic Forum on Wednesday
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with university students via a video conference call at a state residence in Zavidovo, Russia January 25, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the World Economic Forum (WEF) by video conference on Wednesday, Russian news agencies cited his spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Monday. The event, which gathers business chiefs, political thinkers and state leaders, is being held online due to COVID-19. The Interfax news agency said Putin had not taken part in a similar event since 2009 when he was Russian prime minister.
Microsoft earnings rise as pandemic boosts cloud computing, Xbox sales
The shift to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated enterprises’ switch to cloud-based computing, benefiting Microsoft and rivals such as Amazon.com Inc’s cloud unit and Alphabet Inc’s Google Cloud. Microsoft said revenue in its “Intelligent Cloud” segment rose 23% to $14.6 billion, with 50% growth in Azure. The previous quarter Azure grew 48%. But with these results that benefit is now plain to see.”(GRAPHIC: Microsoft Azure growth rate gradually recovers: )LinkedIn revenue growth, which dipped as the pandemic shut down businesses, reached 23%, near its pre-pandemic rate of 24% a year earlier. Xbox hardware sales were up 86% despite the shortages, and Hood said growth is likely to continue, with older models also contributing to sales.
Global economy threatened by COVID-19 resurgence - Reuters poll
Economists have priced-in a COVID-19 resurgence as nearly two-thirds of analysts - or 95 of 155 - who responded to an extra question said there was a high risk that another wave of infections derails the global economy, including eight who said that risk was very high. “It is difficult to overstate the importance of the coming months for the global economy and public health. “The biggest downside risk to the global economy is that vaccines prove to be ineffective against the new mutations. Amongst common contributors, about 60% downgraded their 2021 outlook. The real worry in the near-term was emerging markets, which have carried global growth in recent years.
Starbucks sales miss as virus spike keeps customers at home
FILE PHOTO: Customers sit inside a Starbucks coffee shop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 15, 2018. Comparable sales declined 6% for the Americas region, compared with a 5.2% fall expected by analysts. But in China, Starbucks’ biggest growth market, comparable sales rose 5% as the company benefited from the popularity of its rewards program and the return of pre-coronavirus consumer habits. For the second quarter, Starbucks said it expects U.S. comparable sales to rise between 5% and 10%, while in China they were forecast to grow nearly two-fold a year after the pandemic hit the region. The company did not change its guidance of an expected rebound overall this year, with global comparable sales expected to rise 18% to 23% in 2021.
Biden's new climate orders to include pause on federal oil and gas leasing: sources
FILE PHOTO: Pump jacks operate in front of a drilling rig in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. Tribal lands, which host significant reserves of oil and gas, were not included in the Interior Department order, and will not be included in Biden’s executive order either, according to the sources. Biden’s other climate-related executive orders on Wednesday will include beefing up the use of climate science in policy decisions and setting up an international summit on climate change for April, according to a memo seen by Reuters last week. Advocates for the pause say the federal leasing system is in need of reforms to address its impact on climate change and ensure that taxpayers get fair returns. Of the 26 million acres of federal lands under lease, about half are currently producing oil and gas, according to Bureau of Land Management data from fiscal year 2019.
LG Display reports stronger profit on iPhone demand, rising panel prices
“As the global work-from-home situation continued in the fourth quarter, demand for TV and IT products remained strong,” LG Display said in a statement. Analysts highlighted increased shipments of OLED panels for Apple Inc’s new iPhone 12 and higher prices for liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels. Apple’s iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter were likely up 21% on-year due to the strong performance of the iPhone 12, according to Counterpoint data. LCD panel prices should also remain high in the first quarter, he said. Revenue rose 16% to 7.5 trillion won, LG Display said in a regulatory filing.
Walgreens names outgoing Starbucks executive Brewer as CEO
REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance said on Tuesday it named Roz Brewer, the outgoing chief operating officer of Starbucks, as the company’s chief executive officer. Pessina served as CEO of the company for six years following the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014. Pessina will replace James Skinner as executive chairman of Walgreens in March. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of warehouse chain Sam's Club, a unit of Walmart Inc WMT.N, where she worked from 2012 to 2017. Starbucks said earlier on Tuesday that Brewer would be leaving next month to take a chief executive officer role at another company.
Mexico president has ongoing, minor symptoms of COVID-19, says deputy health minister
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference where he announced that he sent his well wishes to President-elect Joe Biden ahead of Biden's inauguration later in the day, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico January 20, 2021. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERSMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was still experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19. Lopez Obrador had a headache and fever when he tested positive for the virus on Sunday, Lopez-Gatell said, has had no other symptoms and was “doing well.”
In early action, Biden tries to make good on pledge to heal America's racial divide
Biden and other critics accused Trump of pursuing policies built around “white grievance” in a nation where the white population is declining by percentage. Black voters proved essential to Biden first in winning his party’s presidential nomination and then in defeating Trump in the Nov. 3 election. Trump condemned those protests and attempted to use them to stoke fear and unease among voters during the presidential campaign. On the day he took office last week, Biden signed an executive order establishing a government-wide initiative to address racial inequity and systemic racism in federal policies, laws and programs. “Housing is a right in America and home ownership is an essential tool to wealth creation and to be passed down to generations,” Biden said.
Biden administration aims to have enough vaccine for most Americans by summertime
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States aims to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime, as he races to curb a pandemic he warned could still get worse. The previous purchase target was 400 million doses. Pfizer is confident it can deliver the extra doses in the time frame specified by Biden, spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said. Biden said he would hike the amount of the vaccine going to local governments to 10 million doses per week for the next three weeks, up from 8.6 million currently. “I urge President Biden to take every imaginable step within his power to ramp up production without delay.”OBSTACLES AHEADConsiderable challenges remain, ranging from faster-spreading virus variants, supply shortages and public fears about taking the vaccine.
CDC officials say schools can re-open during pandemic — but precautions are crucial
Schools should reopen as soon as possible if social distancing and mask-wearing can be maintained to keep in-person learning safe, health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study published Tuesday. "Decisions made today can help ensure safe operation of schools and provide critical services to children and adolescents in the U.S.," the scientists wrote. "There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission," they wrote. The study cited a high school wrestling tournament in Florida last month that brought together 130 student-athletes from 10 schools. The guidelines also said testing should be expanded so infected teachers or students can be identified quickly and isolated.
15 best Valentine's Day gifts in 2021 for everyone on your list
Best Valentine’s Day gift ideas of 2021Our Valentine’s Day list features everything from hot tools celebrity hairstylist recommended by hair stylists and a customizable trio of candles to tech for social media savvy teens and gifts for your dad, mother, siblings and the best friend you love like a sibling, too. Valentine’s Day gift for yourself: State CashmereAfter checking off your Valentine’s Day holiday gift list, be sure to also order a luxurious treat for yourself, like State Cashmere’s stylish and functional memory foam slippers for additional support while working from home. Valentine’s Day gift for your BFF: PeriperaPeripera, a Korean beauty brand, created a limited-edition beauty gift set for Valentine’s Day dubbed Get Red With Me. Valentine’s Day gift for brother: AppleIf your brother is also your best friend, and you don’t mind splurging on his Valentine’s Day gift this year, then consider investing in Apple’s latest watch offering: the Apple Watch 6. Valentine’s Day gift for sister: OtherlandEncourage your sister to take some time for herself this Valentine’s Day season by surprising her with a customizable set of three candles from Otherland, a trendy Instagram-famous purveyor of candles.
Review: Hunting ’90s killers again in ‘The Little Things’
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Denzel Washington and Jared Leto in a scene from "The Little Things." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Denzel Washington and Jared Leto in a scene from "The Little Things." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)Even before the pandemic, “The Little Things” would have been a throwback. Maybe the small screen, where most will watch “The Little Things,” is still the thriller’s home for now. “The Little Things” was always locked in the ’90s, but it’s also already a relic.
Chris Hayes calls for formal investigation into Trump Covid failure
“There needs to be a full investigation,” says Chris Hayes. “We need some formalized process for getting to the bottom of what happened with Covid, so that we never go through this kind of disaster again.”
Importance of Senior Bowl increases for NFL teams, prospects
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — With whistles blowing and players moving from station to station, everything appeared to be business as usual Tuesday at the Senior Bowl — even if things are anything but normal. The football aspect hasn’t changed, but the importance of this weeklong audition for senior NFL prospects is magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic with no NFL draft combine this year. “The Senior Bowl always has tremendous value in the scouting process and this year probably even more so,” Nagy said. Players, coaches and support staffers within the Senior Bowl bubble will be tested daily for the coronavirus. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady, linebackers coach Mike Siravo and cornerbacks coach Evan Cooper are not attending the Senior Bowl due to COVID-19-related reasons.
Don Johnson gets his funny on with help from ‘SNL’ stars
Don Johnson gets his funny on with help from ‘SNL’ starsThis image released by NBC shows, from left, Don Johnson as Rick, Chris Redd as Gary, and Kenan Thompson as Kenan in a scene from the comedy series "Kenan," premiering on Feb. 16. (Casey Durkin/NBC via AP)This image released by NBC shows, from left, Don Johnson as Rick, Chris Redd as Gary, and Kenan Thompson as Kenan in a scene from the comedy series "Kenan," premiering on Feb. 16. (Casey Durkin/NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Johnson is getting his funny on with help from a couple of “Saturday Night Live” stars. “Kenan and I got on the phone and I felt instant chemistry with Kenan,” Johnson said. Thompson will juggle shooting the series in Los Angeles and doing “SNL” in New York.
Belk department-store chain will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Belk, the North Carolina-based department store chain which has catered to generations of shoppers for nearly 190 years, announced Tuesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A group of the department store’s creditors, led by the private equity firms KKR and Blackstone, will get a minority stake. Three generations of the Belk family led the company to become the biggest family-owned department store chain in the country by 2015, when the family sold it for $3 billion. The department store has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic as customers flocked to online shopping and avoided in-person shopping. In July, Belk cut an undisclosed number of jobs, mostly at its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dutch police detain 240 anti-lockdown protests
Dutch police clashed with protestors demonstrating against coronavirus rules across the Netherlands on Sunday. The elderly are vulnerable, but there are also many young people who are vulnerable. Video Transcript- Dutch police clashed with protesters demonstrating against coronavirus rules across the Netherlands on Sunday. The elderly are vulnerable, but there are also many young people who are vulnerable, and young people are the future of this country. Overall and new infections in the country have been declining for a month, and fell again on Sunday.
McConnell and Schumer's Senate deal: Who won, who lost, and what it means for Biden's stimulus plan
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)On Monday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dropped his fight over the filibuster. But the party can't celebrate quite yet with a political battle over Biden's coronavirus stimulus package on the horizon. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's weeklong fight over the filibuster is over - but another, larger battle over President Joe Biden's legislative agenda looms on the horizon. The New York Democrat said the party is now able to assume proper control of the Senate and get to work on Biden's promises. If Democrats decide to heed McConnell's ultimatums, they must then work with Republicans to deliver economic relief to Americans.
Mystery guest takes over Jasper Park Lodge — the entire hotel — for a nine-week booking
All 446 rooms at the iconic Jasper Park Lodge have been reserved for a nine-week private booking, but hotel management is keeping mum about the mysterious guest. Guests who had previously made bookings for that time frame have had their reservations cancelled, stirring speculation online. Speculation buildsSocial media was buzzing about the reasons for the booking on Tuesday, with many speculating the hotel will be used to film a television show. Even Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, fielded a question about the unusual hotel reservation during her regular COVID-19 briefing. Hinshaw said that her team is working on framework that would allow professional film and television industry events to proceed safely.
Ghislaine Maxwell asked a judge to drop charges against her, arguing the grand jury pool didn't have enough Black or Hispanic people
Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesGhislaine Maxwell's lawyers made an attempt to have the charges against her dismissed. Ghislaine Maxwell made an audacious big to convince a judge to drop the charges against her Monday night. Story continuesIn the latest round of filings, Maxwell's attorneys say the charges should be dropped against her altogether. They also argue that the charges Maxwell faces for perjury should take place in a separate trial. Maxwell allegedly lied about her history with Epstein in a deposition for a separate defamation lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre, who's accused Maxwell, Epstein, and others of sexual abuse.
California seizes control over struggling vaccine delivery
Counties, which have been leading the vaccine effort along with hospital and health care systems, were cautious about what to expect and said they need more information. At the same time, confused residents are clamoring for more information and frustrated by eligibility rules that vary by county and by hospital system. Currently, some counties and hospital systems are taking appointments for people 65 and older while others are limited to 75 and up. She also asked what paperwork essential workers would need to present to get a vaccine from the state. Allowing the state to seek an equitable distribution of the vaccine will allow counties to focus on getting as many people inoculated as possible.
'It is a slaughter': Public health champion asks CDC director to expose White House, orchestrate his own firing
White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas says he does not endorse herd immunity. He helped shape the public health efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “This will go down as a colossal failure of the public health system of this country,” Foege wrote. “The White House has had no hesitation to blame and disgrace CDC, you and state governors,” he wrote. “At the moment, they feel you accepted the White House orders without sufficient resistance,” he wrote.
State vaccine strategy does a 180. DeSantis says doses being reserved for second shots
Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that the state is now withholding COVID-19 vaccines to ensure seniors and healthcare workers can get their second doses. “We’re not going to divert second doses away from seniors,” DeSantis said. DeSantis, bristling at the implication that the state wasn’t administering doses fast enough, said Tuesday that it was keeping supply on hand for second doses. DeSantis said that the state had received 1.7 million “first doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday. But there is no difference between first and second doses of the vaccine.
Nissan accelerating rollout of electric vehicles in China: report
BEIJING - Nissan Motor is accelerating the rollout of electric vehicles in China under its main brand and its local, no-frills Venucia marque as it overhauls its strategy in the world’s biggest auto market, four sources told Reuters. “Before we were saying global, global, global, and China was just part of that strategy,” one of the four people familiar with the plans told Reuters. “China is a core market for Nissan and Nissan is getting prepared to launch a slew of technologies including e-Power technology to fulfil customers’ aspirations,” a Nissan spokesman said. Despite being one of the world’s first automakers to fully embrace fully electric cars with its best-selling Leaf, Nissan has fallen behind Toyota and Honda, analysts said. “We don’t have enough electric cars in China.
Palm Beach County commissioner slams Desantis for Florida's Publix vaccination plan
Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay slammed Florida Gov. Alonso said the Palm Beach County Health Department will receive enough vaccine to finish first doses through Feb. 5. DeSantis said that he had met with Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner and other county officials weeks before the rollout of the pilot program with Publix. Palm Beach County commissioners have agreed to write a letter to Gov. "On January 12, Governor DeSantis met with Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, as well as County Administrator Verdenia Baker and Commissioner Mack Bernard," Beatrice said.
Farmers defending champion Marc Leishman has had ups and downs since 2020 victory
When he comes to Torrey Pines, Marc Leishman is reminded of his hometown of Warrnambool, a coastal city in , Australia. The Farmers Insurance Open’s defending champion has five top-10 finishes in the tournament, including a pair of second-place showings before last year’s one-stroke victory over Jon Rahm. “It reminds me a lot of home,” Leishman said Tuesday morning before heading out for a practice round. “It was a special day,” said Leishman, 37, whose fifth PGA Tour victory was accompanied by a trophy, a surfboard and a check for $1.35 million. “But when you go through something like that, I think you’ve got to try and take the positives out of it.
J.T. Realmuto lands five-year, $115.5 million deal with Phillies
Realmuto is staying with the Philadelphia Phillies after agreeing to a five-year, $115.5 million contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Realmuto’s deal was pending a successful physical. A two-time All-Star, Realmuto will get $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. Realmuto’s average annual salary of $23.1 million will become the highest for a catcher, topping the $23 million Joe Mauer averaged in an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Twins from 2011-18. He didn’t allow a homer … Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Parent company of Berkshire Bank hires a new CEO
The parent company of Berkshire Bank has hired a top banker from Webster Bank to be its next chief executive. Berkshire Hills Bancorp announced on Monday that it has appointed Nitin Mhatre as its new CEO as of Jan. 29. — JON CHESTOINTERNATIONALAdvertisementIMF projects brisk global growth this yearThe spread of COVID-19 vaccines will power a stronger global economic recovery in 2021, the International Monetary Fund forecast Tuesday. More than 40 companies of various sizes were surveyed in the study conducted by the nonprofit groups Promundo and Paid Leave for the US, which promote gender equity and paid leave policies, respectively. President Joe Biden has introduced a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill featuring temporary paid leave amid signs that support is on the rise on Capitol Hill and in corporate America for paid leave legislation.
Orange man, 29, arrested for allegedly stabbing 71-year-old woman
James Gonzalez, who lives in Orange, was arraigned in Orange District Court Tuesday, the district attorney said in a second statement released Tuesday evening. The woman, who was not identified, was taken to a Worcester hospital and is expected to survive, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said in a statement on Tuesday. A 29-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday after allegedly stabbing a 71-year-old woman in her home in Orange Monday afternoon, according to the Northwestern district attorney. Gonzalez was not physically present during the arraignment due to questions related to his competency and concerns over COVID-19, the statement said. He was ordered committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for further evaluation regarding competency and criminal responsibility, the statement said.
‘Boring is a good thing:’ A day in post-Trump Washington
There is a new and exhaustive regimen to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the White House complex. AdvertisementAnd in place of a president who relished political combat is one who wants Washington to eliminate the vitriol. During the Trump administration, only a small group of on-site reporters was tested daily — and those tests took place inside the White House. AdvertisementIf the White House seemed quiet, the Biden administration’s effort to restore America’s global image — and erase Trump’s legacy on climate — was already in full swing. “Right now,” he added, “boring is a good thing.”Another novelty in the post-Trump world soon followed: A daily press briefing.
Gov. Baker gives State of the Commonwealth address
ShareGov. Baker gave the State of the Commonwealth address and talked about coronavirus, the economy, police reform, and more. ( Pool video, Photo by Erin Clark/Globe Staff )
Biden orders Justice Department to end use of private prisons
By Aamer Madhani | Associated PressPresident Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies. Biden directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development in a memorandum to take steps to promote equitable housing policy. The order to end the reliance on privately-run prisons directs the attorney general not to renew Justice Department contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities. The move will effectively revert the Justice Department to the same posture it held at the end of the Obama administration. GEO Group, a private company that operates federal prisons, called the Biden order “a solution in search of a problem.
Coronavirus: Santa Clara University men’s team postpones 4 games
SANTA CLARA — Just as the Santa Clara University men’s basketball team got approval to return home, the Broncos had to temporarily shut down the season. Santa Clara school officials announced Tuesday the Broncos have paused all team-related activities because of positive COVID-19 cases and related contract tracing. The development comes a day after Santa Clara County public health officers rescinded a ban on the playing and practicing for professional and college teams. Santa Clara was scheduled to play Thursday against the University of the Pacific. Gavin Newsom rescinded a stay-at-home order on Monday, Santa Clara County officials revised their local directives that were in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Anchor Steam’s beer logo redesign: Love it or really, really hate it?
With the debates raging nationally over coronavirus vaccines and economic bailouts, this hardly seems the time to get agitated about a beer label. For those who haven’t heard, here’s the outrage roiling the beer world:San Francisco’s storied Anchor Brewing Co. has changed its logo. But, as we’re pretty sure Don Draper told us many times, you don’t mess with an American classic. Tony Wessling posted simply: “#brandfail.”And Reza Esmaili wrote: “Particularly alarming since they were #WestCoast pioneers of #SteamAle & that label is iconic. Now bring back the classic label.
After Senate defeat, Joe Kennedy III plots new path in politics
Advertisement“Help them be able to build and strengthen,” Kennedy said, “so that we can drive the change that we want to see together. Kennedy, 40, said the idea for the project started to gel in the months after he lost the Sept. 1 Democratic primary. “What you don’t see is enough of the institutional support to build the lasting change.”That includes Massachusetts, Kennedy said. “You can’t tell me that we are living up to the values that people project on, or expect, in Massachusetts. The group is aiming to formulate an action plan for 2021 over the next four to six weeks, according to an aide.
Read the full text of Governor Baker’s State of the Commonwealth speech
Here is the text of the speech as written for delivery:Governor Charlie Baker delivered his State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night. And it was much more than just the worst public health crisis of the last hundred years. Led by Lieutenant Governor Polito, we worked with public health experts & business leaders across every sector of our economy to gradually reopen without rekindling the virus. “Without raising taxes or fees, together we funded essential state and local services, including education, social services, public health and public safety. “Common sense says that we must prioritize the most vulnerable among us and those who keep our health care system operating.
Say goodbye to FilmBar's original location in downtown Phoenix. Here's what's next
Downtown Phoenix’s indie movie theater, FilmBar, is closing its original location. “If you want to see it one last time before we close it, we're still making it available for affordable rentals through the end of February,” FilmBar owner Kelly Aubey said in Filmbar's Tuesday newsletter. Though its indoor theater will close, Aubey recently took the movies outside with a new outdoor theater at Pemberton PHX, also in downtown Phoenix. The outdoor theater currently seats 76 with social distancing, but seating can be increased to 150 in the future. MORE:'A real gift': Kelly Aubey of FilmBar is wishing for more unity and no Nickelback in 2021FOR SUBSCRIBERS:Art is Roosevelt Row's identity.
Coronavirus: State takes control of California’s sluggish vaccine roll-out as Biden boosts federal supply
Biden, who held a conference call with governors on vaccine distribution Tuesday, said he heard that complaint loud and clear. He also pledged to provide three-week forecasts, showing states how much vaccine they can expect to receive, to improve planning. Rules for vaccine distribution have varied from county to county, adding to the confusion. The site is meant to improve what has at times been unreliable data on vaccine distribution. “California labeled these workers essential when the state wanted their service through the pandemic,” SEIU California President Bob Schoonover said in a statement.
8 myths about the COVID-19 vaccine
That means seeking to understand why someone may have hesitancy about the coronavirus vaccine. Wen: A common myth is that getting the coronavirus vaccine will give you coronavirus. So it’s not possible to get coronavirus from the coronavirus vaccine. The very real and substantial benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the highly uncommon (and treatable) risks of allergic reactions. It may be that coronavirus vaccine becomes something that you have to get every year, like the flu vaccine.
Phoenix Councilmember Sal DiCiccio quarantining after COVID-19 diagnosis
Phoenix City Councilmember Sal DiCiccio is quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, according to his chief of staff, Sam Stone. DiCiccio is the latest in a slew of metro-area officials who tested positive for the virus in the last two months. Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke tested positive last week, while Mesa City Councilmember Francisco Heredia and then-Gilbert Town Councilmember Jared Taylor contracted the virus in early January. DiCiccio took a rapid COVID-19 test on Jan. 14 and tested positive, according to Stone, and has been quarantining since in a separate room from his family. DiCiccio has been attending City Council meetings virtually and has not come into contact with other council members, Stone said.
Amid vaccine shortage complaints in Philly and elsewhere, Biden promises a ‘wartime effort’ and doses for 300 million
Wolf’s comments came on a day that the state announced 219 additional coronavirus-related deaths. Fatalities have increased in the last two months in Pennsylvania, compared with summer and fall. Across the river, Camden County said that the last 30 days have been the deadliest since the pandemic took hold, with 167 fatalities in that period.
A 190-year-old department store chain joins the list of retailers filing for bankruptcy
Belk, the North Carolina-based department store chain which has catered to generations of shoppers for nearly 190 years, announced Tuesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A group of the department store’s creditors, led by the private equity firms KKR and Blackstone, will get a minority stake. Three generations of the Belk family led the company to become the biggest family-owned department store chain in the country by 2015, when the family sold it for $3 billion. The sale to Sycamore loaded the chain with over $2 billion in debt at a time when department stores were losing popularity. The department store has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic as customers flocked to online shopping and avoided in-person shopping.
Variety of factors lead to CU Buffs entering transfer portal
Defensive back KJ Trujillo put his name in the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday, becoming the seventh CU player to do so since the regular-season finale against Utah on Dec. 11. Five Pac-12 teams have added at least four players from the portal, led by Arizona, which has picked up seven players from other teams. CU had eight seniors in 2020 and if all of them wanted to come back, the Buffs could have had 93 scholarship players. (In theory, a team could have 20 seniors come back and, therefore, have 105 scholarship players next fall). Three seniors who were starters and could have returned – linebacker Akil Jones, receiver KD Nixon and safety Derrion Rakestraw – have already earned their bachelor’s degree and entered the transfer portal.
Following months of delays, state again moves forward with new cannabis licensing
After being stifled by the coronavirus outbreak and a series of lawsuits from jilted applicants, state officials confirmed Tuesday that the process for issuing the next round of highly sought-after cannabis licenses is again moving forward. Rickey Hendon, a former state senator up for three dispensary licenses, has remained a vocal critic of how the application process has played out. Greene said some applicants who were sent deficiency notices last year were issued disqualification notices because they either failed to respond within the required window or responded inaccurately. But Allen claimed she never received a deficiency notice, echoing a claim previously made by some dispensary applicants. “This is just more of the same thing,” said Allen, a hemp grower who founded the Illinois Minority Cannabis Council.
Las Vegas home prices rising but not nearly as much as other markets
(Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88sAn aerial view of housing developments along Theme Road in east Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88sAn aerial view of housing near Night Owl Bluff Avenue and West Gentle Brook Street in North Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88sLas Vegas’ housing market is riding a hot streak, though home prices have been climbing even faster in other cities, a new report shows. Las Vegas’ prices rose at the slowest pace among the 19 markets reported. Despite huge job losses, Las Vegas home prices reached record highs several times last year.
Chicago private school, suburban districts move to vaccinate teachers
As Chicago Public Schools officials debate with the Chicago Teachers Union the role of vaccines in reopening schools, teachers at a North Side private school and some suburban districts are lining up for their shots this week. The task of administering inoculations at smaller schools and districts is no comparison to CPS, the city’s second-largest employer after the federal government. Though Skokie School District 68 hasn’t yet set a reopening date, the head start on vaccinations could help once the time comes. Some parents in that district have pushed the superintendent to reopen schools immediately, even before teachers are vaccinated. “We want to prioritize teachers, we will prioritize teachers.
Full Knights roster as coaches sit because of COVID protocols
General manager Kelly McCrimmon will coach the Golden Knights when they meet the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Kelly McCrimmon, Golden Knights general manager, speaks to the media at City National Arena on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfayeCOVID-19 has disrupted the Golden Knights’ season for the first time. The Knights’ staff is comprised of head coach Pete DeBoer, assistants Steve Spott, Ryan Craig and Ryan McGill and goaltending coach Mike Rosati. The Silver Knights’ staff is made up of of head coach Manny Viveiros, assistants Jamie Heward and Joel Ward and goaltending coach Fred Brathwaite.
2nd dose vaccine clinic to open at Las Vegas Convention Center
People wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine was the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoSecond doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered beginning next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. People who received their first dose at other sites will not be vaccinated and are advised to contact their original provider to receive their second dose. Public health authorities recommend that the second dose of vaccine be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. Additional information about new COVID-19 vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html.
Biden administration promises more COVID vaccines
The new president has been under pressure from state and local elected officials for more COVID vaccines. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON — Under pressure from state and local elected officials for more COVID vaccines, President Joe Biden said he’s topping his plan to deliver 100 million vaccines to the American public in his first 100 days with an additional 500 million doses by the end of summer. Before Tuesday’s announcement, the Biden administration had planned to deploy 400 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of the summer in total. But today, the administration added 200 million more doses to that figure, for a total of 600 million. On Monday, Biden said that he would like to surpass his goal of overseeing 1 million vaccine shots per day to 1.5 million per day.
It's a short season, but it's sweet to Long Island student-athletes
The message from Long Island student-athletes participating in high-risk winter sports is clear cut and unanimous. "It’s been a real uplifter for a lot of my friends I play with," said Jaden Kealey, a senior on the Center Moriches boys basketball team. Dayrien Franklin, a senior on the Center Moriches boys basketball team, tried to stay positive throughout the process. "There’s nothing like your senior season," Sisselman said. Myles Goddard, a senior on the Amityville boys basketball team and a second-team All-Long Island selection last winter, didn’t think this moment would come.
Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to sabotaging COVID-19 vaccine
A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine is facing 20 years in prison after he agreed Tuesday to plead guilty in federal court, prosecutors said. He had originally been charged with attempted misdemeanor property damage but prosecutors warned more serious charges could follow if tests showed the doses were ruined. Detectives wrote in court documents that Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believed the vaccine would mutate recipients’ DNA. This time he left them out for nine hours, thinking the vaccine would be rendered ineffective if it wasn’t refrigerated for 12 hours. But he said a pharmacy technician found the vials and put them back in the refrigerator.
As pandemic deepens domestic violence, 28 Minnesotans slain last year are remembered
A procession of vehicles adorned with purple ribbons bearing the names of 28 people killed last year in domestic violence situations in Minnesota traveled through downtown St. Paul to the state Capitol on Tuesday. In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, the shape of the 10th annual remembrance for domestic violence victims in Minnesota took a different form. There were an average of 23 domestic violence-related homicides a year in Minnesota in the preceding five years, based on Violence Free Minnesota statistics. Violence Free Minnesota focuses on the details of the homicides “to raise questions and work towards systemic change,” said Becky Smith, the organization’s communications director. Although a public health crisis like COVID-19 doesn’t cause relationship violence, the effects of the pandemic can’t be ignored, Malcom said.
Coronavirus in Oregon: 796 new cases, 22 new deaths as Brown slightly eases business restrictions
Oregon reported 796 new coronavirus cases and 22 deaths Tuesday as Gov. Deaths: State officials have not yet released details about the 22 newly reported deaths from COVID-19. The prevalence of infections: On Tuesday, the state reported 1,165 new positive tests out of 23,706 tests performed, equaling a 4.9% positivity rate. Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 308 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were in the hospital Tuesday, 12 fewer than Monday. Since it began: Oregon has reported 139,355 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,904 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation.
Taylor High School hires David Dransman as new head football coach
CLEVES – A new era in Taylor High School football commenced Tuesday night when David Dransman was named its next head coach. Dransman, who previously served as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Oak Hills, will replace Mark Miller, who went 9-30 in four seasons. Dransman served as the interim head coach for Oak Hills last season against Colerain after Justin Roden was diagnosed with Bell's palsy. A press release sent to The Enquirer said that there were over 30 applicants and that during the interview process, Dransman "provided an intense plan that includes team goals and expectations, communication, team mission, in-season game plan, offseason game plan and more." "The future appears to be bright under the light of Taylor's new hire, coach David Dransman, and the district is excited to see the positive impact he is sure to make on student-athletes at Three Rivers."
California discloses math behind easing stay-at-home order
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health director on Tuesday revealed the math behind the state's calculation that it was safe to lift all remaining stay-at-home orders, a response to criticism that Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration was hiding key data affecting people's lives and livelihoods. Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley currently have 0% capacity when taking into account both coronavirus cases and other patients, while rural far Northern California is the only one of five regions above the minimal level. A surge that started in mid-October made California the nation’s COVID epicenter before numbers improved in the new year. Four regions accounting for virtually all the state's nearly 40 million residents were put under the stay-at-home order in December and three remained there until Monday.
Coalition: A new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home would need many more beds
Plans for a new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home should include about 100 more beds than the state has proposed, a group of veterans and their families said Tuesday, urging Gov. Charlie Baker and lawmakers to ramp up plans for the embattled facility, where 76 veterans died of the coronavirus last year. The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition said the state’s plan to renovate or rebuild the home to accommodate 180 to 204 veterans “grossly underestimates” the current and future demand for veteran long-term health care in western Massachusetts. “Per the state’s own analysis, approximately 40% of veterans seeking long-term care will die before they are admitted to the Soldiers’ Home due to wait times,” the group said. “This is unacceptable.”The coalition recommended the current Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke be completely replaced with a new state-of-the-art facility with 280 private rooms, “based on what we know to be the demand in our region among veterans seeking long-term care.”
Charlie Baker recaps ‘a year like no other’ and lays vaccine priorities with pandemic ‘end is in sight’
And many of our small businesses have been crushed by the pandemic,” Baker said, plugging the state-run small business grant program that has allocated about $230 million of more than $700 million to local businesses in need. But the year was defined by more than just the pandemic, Baker said, highlighting the Legislature’s efforts to pass a sweeping police reform bill following the police killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans. We acted and passed one of the most comprehensive police reform laws in the country,” Baker said. “If there is a silver lining in all this, it’s how organizations and individuals from every corner of Massachusetts stepped up to confront the pandemic and care for each other. These heroes are the most beautiful part of this most difficult experience,” Baker said.
Here’s what’s opening in Boston
The seals at the aquarium can now slip and slide for crowds as the city will move to “Step One of Phase Three” of the state’s reopening plan on Feb. 1. Come Monday, the following can open with 25% capacity. It’s a start as the city sees better coronavirus metrics:Indoor fitness centers and health clubs, including gyms using alternative spacesMovie theatersMuseumsAquariumsIndoor recreational and athletic facilitiesIndoor recreational venues with potential for low-contact (batting cages, driving ranges, bowling alleys, rock-climbing)Sightseeing and other organized tours (bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching)Indoor historical spaces and sitesIndoor event spaces such as meeting rooms, ballrooms, private party rooms and social clubs (limited to 10 people)Indoor and outdoor gaming arcades associated with gaming devicesSource: City of Boston COVID-19 page.
Boston reopens gyms after second coronavirus shutdown
Boston fitness pros are celebrating Mayor Martin Walsh’s decision to reopen gyms in February after weathering a six-week shutdown during the holiday surge of coronavirus cases. “Fitness centers are a safe place, and we’re happy to welcome members back,” said Planet Fitness regional manager Steve Lombardi. The six-week hiatus was the second shutdown gyms had to survive during the pandemic, after an initial lockdown last spring. Lombardi said since its first reopening this summer, Planet Fitness’s 75 locations across the commonwealth have clocked 4.2 million check-ins. Both he and Harrington said their staff members are excited to get back to work in the Hub.
Man pepper-sprayed by Portland mayor lawyer, heir to dairy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police on Tuesday identified a man who was pepper-sprayed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as a partner at a law firm who also tried to obtain surveillance footage of the mayor in a restaurant and get a copy of his meal receipt. An additional police report identified Cary Cadonau as the man who was pepper-sprayed by Wheeler after he confronted the mayor leaving a restaurant Sunday evening and accused him of not wearing a mask. Cadonau didn't immediately return an e-mail seeking comment. Wheeler and Sam Adams, who served one term as Portland mayor from 2009 to 2013, had been dining in a tented area and were walking to their cars when Cadonau approached, unmasked, and got close to the mayor's face while filming with his phone, according to police reports. According to a statement the mayor gave to police, Wheeler told the man of current COVID-19 regulations, which allows people to take their mask off to eat or drink.
Baker: Despite pandemic trauma, Massachusetts remains strong
Charlie Baker delivered his annual State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday evening, acknowledging the trauma Massachusetts has endured battling a deadly pandemic, but praising residents’ resilience and promising brighter days ahead. “We also set up a program to help Massachusetts companies pivot their operations into mask and gown making mini-factories,” he said. Instead of talking to a packed Massachusetts House chamber, Baker addressed the state from his office in a largely empty Statehouse. Despite all the challenges imposed by the pandemic, Baker said the state of Massachusetts is strong. And hopefully, we’ll all learn a few things we didn’t know before and be glad that we did,” Baker said.
Pima County monitoring vaccine amounts to ensure second shots, as officials 'lose sleep'
Unless more vaccine starts arriving from the state, Pima County may need to reduce the number of people getting their first COVID-19 shot so second doses can be given. “At what point do you either start telling people, ‘I can’t guarantee you a second dose,’ or start coming up with an alternative strategy?”It’s not a problem limited to Pima County. Other counties, states and countries, have started having a hard time getting the required second doses done, he said. Some have cut way back on first doses given while others have lengthened intervals between shots, or both. Decreasing the number of first shots, or lengthening time between shots, are things they are trying to avoid here, Garcia said.
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
The Biden administration is boosting purchases of coronavirus vaccines to deliver enough to protect 300 million Americans by the end of the summer, as it surges deliveries to states for the next three weeks following shortages.
Hundreds of thousands waiting for vaccine
Still, hundreds of thousands of people who are qualified to get the vaccine haven’t yet received a shot. The state reported fewer than 500 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday for the first time in more than three months. And state health officials said based on current data, it’s likely the number of people dying each day because of complications with COVID-19 will also decrease. She did say that health officials are hopeful the number of vaccines being distributed across the country will increase, which could speed up vaccination efforts. Collins acknowledged that health officials have heard stories of people making up chronic conditions during registration in an effort to jump the line.
Pima County monitoring vaccine amounts to ensure second shots, as officials 'lose sleep'
Unless more vaccine starts arriving from the state, Pima County may need to reduce the number of people getting their first COVID-19 shot so second doses can be given. “At what point do you either start telling people, ‘I can’t guarantee you a second dose,’ or start coming up with an alternative strategy?”It’s not a problem limited to Pima County. Other counties, states, and even other countries, have started having a hard time getting the required second doses done, he said. Some have cut way back on first doses given while others have lengthened intervals between shots, or both. Decreasing the number of first shots, or lengthening time between shots, are things they are trying to avoid here, Garcia said.
Review: Hunting '90s killers again in 'The Little Things'
Callers to the University of Arizona Poetry Center are reaching out during the COVID-19 pandemic for reference materials. “Weddings, funerals, anniversary parties … On a lot of those big occasions, the right line of poetry can perfectly sum up why you’re all there," a librarian said.
Biden orders end of federally run private prisons
Updated 4 times AlertMePresident Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies. In remarks before signing the order, Biden said the U.S. government needs to change “its whole approach” on the issue of racial equity. The order to end the reliance on privately-run prisons directs the attorney general not to renew Justice Department contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities. The move will effectively revert the Justice Department to the same posture it held at the end of the Obama administration. GEO Group, a private company that operates federal prisons, called the Biden order “a solution in search of a problem.
Covid sends big advertisers to sidelines for Super Bowl
Audi said it was skipping the Super Bowl but will look to future events "to share the next chapter of our story." Fast-food chain Chipotle will air its debut Super Bowl ad with the theme, "Can a burrito change the world?" "This is a challenging year, because it's hard to get the tone right on the Super Bowl," Calkins said. Given that, given all the chaos in the country, it's hard for these advertisers to figure out what to say at a big event like the Super Bowl." Chiagouris said pandemic-hit audiences are eagerly awaiting the big game, and that the Brady-Mahomes matchup will intensify the interest.
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines. He acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next. "Lives are at stake.”He promised a roughly 16% boost in deliveries to states over the next three weeks. The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long term. Even more vaccine could be available if federal scientists approve a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson, which is expected to seek emergency authorization in the coming weeks.
Americans warned against travel as COVID variants spread and testing rules go in effect
Jan. 27—The State Department warned Americans to strongly reconsider travel Tuesday as a new COVID-19 testing requirement went into effect and new variants of the virus were detected in Latin America and the Caribbean. While U.S. embassies overseas can help U.S. citizens with information and possibly a loan to help them return home, Brownlee said they do not have the ability to provide COVID-19 testing for those seeking to return. Cayman was notified of the strain by the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Trinidad-based public health agency conducting COVID-19 testing for a number of countries and territories in the region. Cetron said the new variants have the ability to spread asymptomatically and pre-symptomatically, characteristics that have been fueling the pandemic. He said another colleague traveling Tuesday told him he saw dozens of U.S. bound passengers denied due to the testing requirement.
Pamela Anderson Quits Social Media Forever Because Big Tech Wants ‘Control Over Your Brain’
Pamela Anderson announced Tuesday that she’s quitting social media for good. “This will be my last post on Instagram Twitter or Facebook,” the former Playboy model wrote in her final Instagram post. Anderson boasts millions of followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The former model is hardly the first celebrity to speak out against social media and Big Tech companies. Last month, Selena Gomez slammed Facebook for spreading misinformation about vaccines and the coronavirus on its platform.
Let WHO experts meet Wuhan families, says coronavirus victim's son
A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization team, saying it should speak to affected families who say their voices are being stifled by the Chinese government. China approved the visit by researchers under the auspices of the UN agency only after months of negotiations. It has not indicated whether the experts will be allowed to gather evidence or talk to families, saying only that the team can exchange views with Chinese scientists. Zhang, a Wuhan native living in the southern city of Shenzhen, has been organising relatives of coronavirus victims in China to demand accountability from officials. Many are angry that the state played down the virus at the beginning of the outbreak, and have attempted to file lawsuits against the Wuhan government.
Most poor countries will not achieve mass Covid-19 immunisation until 2024
Forecast predicts handful of developed countries fully vaccinated by late 2021 while others race to catch upMost poor countries will not achieve mass Covid-19 immunisation until at least 2024 and some may never get there, according to a new forecast, which maps a starkly divided world over the next few years in which a handful of developed countries are fully vaccinated while others race to catch up. They will be followed by a slew of other developed countries by the middle of 2022 and then most middle-income countries by the end of that year. “It’s going to define the global economy, the global political landscape, travel, pretty much everything,” she said. High scepticism towards vaccines in Japan was a factor in why it was unlikely to achieve full immunisation this year, Demarais said. Ongoing lockdowns and widespread sickness would also interrupt global supply chains, with wealthier, vaccinated countries bearing about half the economic cost, the report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said.
Video: Police raid Hornchurch baby shower for breaking Covid rules
Video: Caught by the fuzz! Dozens of police officers are fined £200 each for breaking Covid rules by getting their HAIR CUT by local barber at a police stationThis is the moment police raided a house to find 20 people inside enjoying a baby shower. The footage shows officers entering the house in Hornchurch, east London, to find people around a table having food.
Video: Violent anti-lockdown protests erupt in Dutch city of Eindhoven
Video: Dutch mayor warns the country is heading for 'civil war' following violent anti-curfew protests as France and Italy admit they're facing ANOTHER Covid-19 lockdownCitizens took on the street in the Dutch City of Eindhoven to protest the coronavirus lockdown established by the government to stop the spread of the disease.
Sarah Jessica Parker keeps it casual in sweater and baggy pants as she spends time at her shoe store
And on Tuesday, Sarah Jessica Parker spent time at one of the SJP Collection boutiques in Manhattan, in New York City. And on Tuesday, Sarah Jessica Parker spent time at the SJP Collection boutique in Manhattan, in New York CityParker was casually stylish in a coordinated ensemble of brown hues. She wore a dark brown v-neck sweater with cropped beige pants that had elasticated cuffs. SJP wore her long hair in a single thick braid and donned a cloth face mask as part of COVID-19 protocols. The HBO Max series will follow the trio as they navigate love and friendship in their 50s.
Watch Rafael Nadal's classy message for Australian Open stars moaning about quarantine
Rafael Nadal has told other tennis players whingeing about their quarantine conditions ahead of the Australian Open to stop complaining and have a 'wider perspective'. Nadal pictured arriving at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open on January 14. When asked for his thoughts on players complaining about the situation, the Spaniard said his sympathy for the players in hard quarantine only went so far. Spanish tennis star Roberto Bautista Agut meanwhile compared hard quarantine in Melbourne to 'jail with Wi-Fi'. 'Hence I use my position of privilege to be of service as much as I can where and when needed.'
Florida offers to host 2021 Summer Olympics if Tokyo backs out due to pandemic concerns
Florida has emerged as a potential replacement venue for the 2021 Olympics after state officials said they would be happy to host the games if Japan back outs. 'I am writing to encourage you to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan to the United States of America, and more specifically to Florida,' Patronis wrote. The National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2021 Olympics, is seen. Tokyo would next have a chance to host in 2032, the soonest games that have not selected a city. 'I am determined to realize a safe and secure Tokyo Games as proof that mankind will have overcome the virus,' said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Social media triggers a sharp decline in teenagers' self-esteem, study finds
Social media triggers sharp declines in teenagers' mental health, causing the most damage to the self-esteem of girls aged 14 to 17, a new study has found. Research from the Education Policy Institute and the Prince's Trust found wellbeing and self-esteem levels are similar in boys and girls at the end of primary school. Mental health and wellbeing were linked to a number of factors in the research, including family income, frequency of exercise, and poor maternal health. It also called for an increase in mental health teaching, the publication of a plan for rolling out four-week waiting times for specialist mental health care, and ensuring all young people can take part in physical activity. 'Early intervention and treatment is vital and we are training a new dedicated mental health workforce for schools and colleges across the country as well as teaching what good mental and physical health looks like.'
Australia axe Wade, keep Paine as captain for South Africa Test tour
Matthew Wade has been dropped for Australia's Test tour of South AfricaAdvertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Matthew Wade was axed Wednesday for Australia's Test series in South Africa after failing to fire against India, while under-pressure Tim Paine retained the captaincy. Instead, Wade will join Australia's Twenty20 squad on their tour of New Zealand as vice-captain to the out-of-form Aaron Finch. Wade was the main casualty from the India series, with the squad otherwise much the same. "Tim Paine was excellent at number seven against India and as a batsman, wicketkeeper and captain still has much to offer in the Test arena," he said. But some of the commentary surrounding Tim and his position as Test captain has been wide of the mark."
PM urges vigilance as missionary training school outbreaks crop up in multiple regions
NATIONALPrime Minister Chung Sye-kyun (2nd from L) presides over a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters about measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus at the government complex in Sejong, 120 kilometers south of Seoul, on Wednesday. (Yonhap)Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday urged health authorities to remain vigilant against new virus outbreaks linked to unregistered regional schools operated by a Christian missionary group with a vast national network. "The number of daily cases has risen back to above 500. We've confirmed a mass outbreak at an unauthorized school owned by the Gwangju branch of IM missionary society," Chung said during an interagency meeting on the COVID-19 response held at the government complex in Sejong, 120 kilometers south of Seoul.State and local health authorities have been trying to contain several cluster outbreaks that have emerged over the weekend at unregistered schools owned and run by IM.Cases linked to IM's IEM School, a missionary training center in the central city of Daejeon, have climbed to 171 as of Tuesday, with an affiliated school in Gwangju, the TCS Ace International School, also having reported 109 cases.Separate TCS branches in Anseong and Yongin, both near Seoul, have also reported patients.The ongoing outbreaks pushed the number of COVID-19 cases in the country back to the 500s, the highest in 10 days.Cases linked to IM are feared to increase further, as IM operates over 20 similar schools across the country. "Other regions cannot remain relaxed, as related facilities are located in different parts of the country," Chung said, instructing state authorities and the local governments to carry out a full examination of all facilities related to the missionary group.Authorities are especially concerned that the latest outbreaks could explode in ways similar to earlier high profile cases centered on other religious institutions -- the Shincheonji Church of Jesus and the
Japan table tennis star Ito aiming for gold, with or without fans
The prospect of competing without the roar of the home support doesn't faze table tennis world number three Mima ItoAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Japanese table tennis star Mima Ito said she's ready to play without fans at the Tokyo Olympics, as long as it means the Games can go ahead. "I want fans to be there, but the most important thing for a player is for the event to go ahead and be able to play," world number three Ito told AFP. Ito's star has been rising since she became the youngest ever Olympic table tennis medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, where she won team bronze with Japan at the age of 15 years and 300 days. Chinese women have won every singles gold since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988 -- but Ito believes she is capable of springing a surprise on home turf. Ito is not letting reports that the Olympics could be cancelled distract her from the job in hand.
New infections up over 500 on flare-up in religious community infections
NATIONALA medical worker collects a sample from a home schooler at a religious educational facility in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul, in this photo provided by the Gwangju Buk Ward Office on Tuesday. Incheon, west of Seoul, reported 17 more cases. The three areas account for around half of the nation's population.The number of imported cases came to 43, up from 16 the previous day. They included 20 from the United States and two from Britain.South Korea added seven more deaths, raising the total to 1,378. The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 270, flat from the previous day.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 685 to 65,478.
[Graphic News] Number of NK defectors plunges in 2020 amid border closure
The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea dropped sharply last year apparently due to the North’s border closure to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus, government data showed. According to the data provided by the Unification Ministry, a total of 229 North Koreans settled down in South Korea last year. The number was far fewer than the 1,047 tallied a year earlier and 1,137 registered in 2018. During the first quarter, 135 North Koreans defected to the South. The figures in the second, third and fourth quarters dropped to 12, 48 and 34, respectively.
PM urges vigilance as missionary training school outbreaks crop up in multiple regions
(Yonhap)Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday urged health authorities to remain vigilant against new virus outbreaks linked to unregistered regional schools operated by a Christian missionary group with a vast national network. State and local health authorities have been trying to contain several cluster outbreaks that have emerged over the weekend at unregistered schools owned and run by IM. Cases linked to IM's IEM School, a missionary training center in the central city of Daejeon, have climbed to 171 as of Tuesday, with an affiliated school in Gwangju, the TCS Ace International School, also having reported 109 cases. The ongoing outbreaks pushed the number of COVID-19 cases in the country back to the 500s, the highest in 10 days. Cases linked to IM are feared to increase further, as IM operates over 20 similar schools across the country.
New infections up over 500 on flare-up in religious community infections
(Gwangju Buk Ward Office)South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases soared over 500 for the first time in 10 days Wednesday as infections at religious educational facilities flared up this week. The country added 559 more COVID-19 cases, including 516 locally transmitted infections, raising the total caseload to 76,429, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The sharp rise in cases of locally transmitted infections came from cluster infections at small private schools run by religious groups in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul, and Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul. Of the additional locally transmitted cases, 120 came from Seoul and 137 were reported from Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital. The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 685 to 65,478.
A thorn in Biden’s side or the butt of his jokes: Who is Fox reporter Peter Doocy?
The Biden administration has resumed regular press briefings, and no journalist so far has made more of an impression in the Brady Briefing Room than Fox News’s Peter Doocy. One early indication that a more open dialogue was coming back could be found in Doocy’s exchange with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki over coronavirus travel bans. As Mr Biden was walking away, after signing executive orders aimed at addressing racial inequity, Doocy shouted out, "Mr President, what did you talk to Vladimir Putin about?" Doocy was named White House correspondent for the network earlier this month. He’s the son of Steve Doocy, co-host of Fox News’s Fox and Friends, perhaps President Trump’s favourite show on the network before he eventually disavowed Fox for reporting that Mr Biden was winning the election.
Man pepper-sprayed by Portland mayor lawyer, heir to dairy
Man pepper-sprayed by Portland mayor lawyer, heir to dairy Police identified a man who was pepper-sprayed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as a lawyer named Cary CadonauPORTLAND, Ore. -- Police on Tuesday identified a man who was pepper-sprayed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as a partner at a law firm who also tried to obtain surveillance footage of the mayor in a restaurant and get a copy of his meal receipt. According to a statement the mayor gave to police, Wheeler told the man of current COVID-19 regulations, which allows people to take their mask off to eat or drink. Wheeler told the man to “back off” and that he was carrying pepper spray, which he would use if necessary. “He seemed surprised and backed off,” Wheeler told police. Cadonau told police when contacted Monday that he didn't want to discuss the matter because he was an attorney.
The White House is adding a sign language interpreter to press briefings in an effort to be more inclusive
The White House will include an ASL interpreter at all press briefings moving forward. Last August, the National Association of the Deaf sued the Trump Administration for failing to provide an ASL interpreter. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday that the Biden Administration's daily press briefings will include an American Sign Language interpreter as part of the team's accessibility and inclusion efforts. "Their willingness to provide ASL interpreters at all press briefings should now be the standard for accessibility going forward for all presidential administrations." As of Tuesday, the White House had added captioning in addition to the interpreter, according to Rosenblum.
Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In Public
Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In PublicEnlarge this image toggle caption Michael Kappeler/AFP via Getty Images Michael Kappeler/AFP via Getty ImagesA number of European countries have announced new mask recommendations and requirements, pushing aside fabric masks in favor of surgical masks or medical-grade respirators. In Germany, the federal and state governments introduced measures last week making medical masks — identified as surgical masks or KN95 or FFP2 masks — mandatory in stores and on public transit. France's High Council for Public Health announced last Thursday that it is now recommending people wear surgical masks in public, on the basis that they offer better protection than fabric masks. The council now recommends that people wear Category 1 masks in public, rather than those from Category 2, which includes most cloth masks. Category 1 includes FFP2 masks, surgical masks and fabric masks that meet specific standards.
New Auto Safety Report Demands Biden Strengthen Federal Programs Now
byToday the New York Times rediscovered its previous auto safety news beat that blossomed in the 1960s after my book, Unsafe at Any Speed (1965) caused an uproar in Detroit. Reporter Christopher Jensen told New York Times readers about a new report by a coalition of six automotive safety groups demanding that the new Biden Administration recharge the moribund, industry-dominated National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with strong leadership, adequate budget, and long-overdue, proven vehicle safety standards. The Claybrook report titled, Safer Vehicles and Highways: 4.2 million U.S. New technical talent is needed at NHTSA in this era of electric cars, autonomous safety assists, and the computerization of motor vehicles vulnerable to hacking. Let’s see if he and his team can provide America with a New Day of Public Safety from callous corporatism on the nation’s roadways.
Tokyo seeks 10,000 medical staff for Olympics
Opposition politicians grilled the government over the plans in parliament, as medical associations raised the alarm about dwindling capacity. Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto said the government was still committed to a plan to secure thousands of medical staff for the Games. Games organizers are still discussing the exact medical provisions needed and how to "deal with Covid-19 infections" at the delayed event, she told parliament. Japan has been hit less hard than many other countries, with about 5,000 virus deaths overall, but doctors have warned medical facilities are at risk of collapse -- especially if the Olympics triggers fresh outbreaks. But the Japan Medical Association's president raised the alarm last week over the possibility of overseas visitors coming for the Games.
Criminals in Mexico exploit desperation for oxygen canisters
High rates of coronavirus infection have led Mexico to crack down on the illicit trade in oxygen canisters, though thieves are coming up with new ways to defraud families. Hospitals in some parts of Mexico are almost 90% full, forcing families to treat their relatives at home. But the oxygen tanks they rely on have been the object of thefts, hijackings and fraud. The head of the country's consumer protection agency, Ricardo Sheffield, reported Tuesday that hundreds of ads have been found offering industrial oxygen cylinders — used by torch and welding operators — for medical use. There have been several armed robberies of oxygen cylinders in recent weeks in Mexico, and hijackings of trucks delivering the canisters.
Boris Johnson says government did everything it could to limit Covid deaths
PM says it is ‘hard to compute the sorrow’ after number of deaths passes 100,000Boris Johnson has insisted his government “did everything we could” to limit coronavirus deaths and said he was “deeply sorry” after the UK toll exceeded 100,000 on nearly every metric. At a Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday, Johnson took a sombre approach, saying it was “hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic” of 100,000 deaths. There were 1,631 deaths reported on Tuesday, according to the government’s daily figures, taking the overall total to 100,162. An awful total.”In care homes, the sharpest rises in deaths were seen in the north-east, which reported a 58% rise in deaths, ONS data showed. The figures bring the UK death toll from Covid in care homes to more than 27,000 when deaths registered in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the same periodare included.
US government to surge vaccine supplies to states
US government to surge vaccine supplies to statesPresident Joe Biden said Tuesday the U.S. is surging COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall.
FIFA sets late-2021 target to pick 2026 World Cup cities for United States, Canada and Mexico
Associated PressZURICH (AP) — FIFA set a new target Tuesday of finalizing North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup — if the coronavirus pandemic allows. The pre-pandemic schedule called for cities hosting the first 48-team World Cup — likely 10 in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico — to be picked early this year. The new deadline will depend on FIFA officials being able to take inspection trips to 17 cities in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico. The first World Cup with 48 teams will have 80 games instead of the current 64. 2026 World Cup host city candidatesUSAAtlantaBaltimoreBostonCincinnatiDallasDenverHoustonKansas CityLos AngelesMiamiNashvilleNew York/New JerseyOrlandoPhiladelphiaSan Franisco Bay AreaSeattleWashington D.C.CanadaEdmontonMontrealTorontoMexico
In ‘Coffin Homes’ and ‘Cages,’ Hong Kong Lockdown Exposes Inequality
HONG KONG — When Shirley Leung, 60, woke up enclosed in Hong Kong’s first coronavirus lockdown, she surveyed the tiny room she shares with her adult son, which fits a single bed and cardboard boxes and plastic tubs for storing clothes. She tried to ignore the smell of the ceiling and walls, which were blanketed with mold. She rationed out the fresh vegetables she had at home, dissatisfied with the canned foods and instant noodles the government had provided when it imposed the restrictions on Saturday. She considered the cramped, interconnected nature of her apartment building. “If one room is infected, then how is it possible for cases not to spread among subdivided flats?” Ms. Leung said in a telephone interview.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Administration Nears Deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 Million More Doses
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Administration Nears Deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 Million More Doses The deal may not accelerate the current pace of vaccination. Biden said his administration was nearing a deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 million more doses by summer’s end. That’s 100 million more doses of Pfizer and 100 million more doses of Moderna — 200 million more doses than the federal government had previously secured. The deal would provide the federal government with 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 100 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, Mr. Biden said. Pfizer had agreed last summer to provide an initial 100 million doses to the United States by the end of March.
Biden Pledges to Speed Flow of Vaccines to the States
“All travelers should have a Plan B,” Mr. Brownlee said. “We urge folks to postpone their trips if they’re able.”Just one week into his administration, Mr. Biden is facing a convergence of crises. The vaccine rollout he inherited from his predecessor has been rocky, leaving Americans angry and frustrated over vaccination appointments canceled for lack of supply. At the same time, new, more infectious variants of the virus are making vaccination all the more urgent. “We’re not in a race with the variants — the variants have already won,” warned Michael T. Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Eli Manning still feeding Giants’ Daniel Jones advice
The former Giants starting quarterback, Eli Manning, and the current Giants starting quarterback, Daniel Jones, met for lunch last week. The vibe Manning, 40, received from Jones, 23, in their first in-person contact since the pandemic took hold proved to be insightful. “He’s just learning,’’ Manning said. “Part of being a young quarterback is learning how everything works, learning how the NFL works, being the starting quarterback and the New York media and everything that goes with it. Eli Manning and Daniel Jones Getty Images (2)“We still have some similarities.
NY Republicans roll out plan to aid ailing eateries amid ‘Restaurant Week’
Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday for refusing to say when New York City restaurants can resume indoor dining — and unveiled a series of measures intended to aid the state’s struggling hospitality industry. The plan — timed to coincide with this year’s pandemic-inspired “NYC Restaurant Week To Go” — includes prohibiting app-based delivery services from charging higher fees than they did on March 1, 2020, shortly before Cuomo ordered a coronavirus lockdown. State Sen. George Borrello speaking at a press conference on January 26, 2021. Hans Pennink“It’s Restaurant Week in New York City right now,” he said during a news conference in Albany. Those proposals include moratoriums on foreclosures and eviction until May 1, a 15 percent cap on app-based delivery fees and a one-year freeze on the cost of unemployment insurance.
Hammer attack suspect freed after victim refuses to testify without a mask
The suspect in a brutal Oregon hammer attack was set free after his victim refused to testify at his assault trial without a mask, according to a report Tuesday. “It’s the second time I’m going through this trial,” Fawcett told the outlet. But the conviction was overturned when the US Supreme Court in April overturned an Oregon law that did not require unanimous jury verdicts for convictions. The retrial was due to begin this week, but Sanchez and his attorneys asserted his right to face his accuser face-to-face — demanding she testify without a mask. Rosemary Brewer, executive director of the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, said the ruling jeopardizes the rights of crime victims in the state.
Larry King told Charlamagne tha God the best interview question to ask
Larry King once advised top radio host Charlamagne the God on the greatest question he could ask any guest. “One of the best pieces of advice that Larry King ever gave me is when I asked him what the most important question you can ask during an interview was — and he said, ‘Why,'” Charlamagne told us. While the one-word question sounds simple, Charlamagne elaborated, “Why is what makes people go deeper… Why did you do that? It’s always the most important question to ask in any conversation. Larry King was not a ‘got you’-style interviewer.
Most workers at NY nursing homes aren’t getting COVID-19 vaccine
The 44 percent of long-term care workers now inoculated statewide is up slightly from the 37 percent that Cuomo reported on Jan. 18. Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare has 21 confirmed resident deaths from COVID-19, according to official state figures. By comparison, 72 percent of the state’s healthcare workers have been vaccinated, Cuomo said on Monday. A spokesman, Jeff Jacomowitz, acknowledged that the vaccination rate for workers at its New York City nursing homes was just 16 percent. “By New York state law, we cannot make someone get vaccinated,” he said.
With few spectators allowed, live-streaming has become a vital part of high school sports
But the coronavirus pandemic has mostly eliminated spectators from high school sports, forcing winter-sports athletes across Northern Virginia to compete in near-empty gyms. Live-streaming, a practice that was slowly growing in popularity before last spring, has become a vital part of keeping parents and fans connected to their athletes. Widespread live-streaming has long felt like the logical next step in increasingly commercialized high school sports. They are broadcast on NFHS Network, a subscription service that has partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations. “And possibly beyond that.”Even if live-streaming becomes a staple of high school athletics, it may never be as important as it is now.
The Ohio Senate race to succeed Portman will show just how red the state has become - The Washington Post
But more cynical sources think Portman scanned the Ohio political landscape and didn’t like the view. Portman, said one operative, “is a George Bush, Mitt Romney Republican, and he understands that’s not where the Ohio GOP is.”According to more than one observer, the Ohio GOP is now Jordan country. Among those competing for Trump’s base could be Rep. Warren Davidson and state Republican Chair Jane Timken. Meanwhile, Republicans staking out more moderate ground might include Rep. Steve Stivers, state Sen. Matt Dolan and Lt. Gov. The Ohio Democratic bench isn’t deep.
Opinion | As an educator, I qualified for the vaccine. Why did I feel so guilty getting it?
Yet there I was on a recent crisp Sunday afternoon, receiving my first dose of the vaccine. Doug Ducey (R) ranked us amid front-line health-care workers, doctors, nurses, residents of long-term care facilities and law enforcement officers. “I’m worried that I may have taken a dose of the vaccine away from somebody else who needs it more than I do,” I said. In Arizona, vaccine demand is overwhelming and supply is limited. ADADWhen I told my students that I had gotten the first dose of the vaccine, they congratulated me.
Opinion | Biden’s covid-19 plan needs to be more ambitious
ADDon’t get me wrong, there’s nothing really wrong with Biden’s covid-19 plan. But without more ambitious targets and an aggressive implementation schedule, Biden’s plan is still basically replacement-level. The administration began by touting its bold plan to get 100 million doses injected in its first 100 days. Which sounds magnificent, except that this broke down to 1 million shots a day, and America was already basically doing that. And so we have to demand that the Biden administration aim stronger, higher, faster.
How Mount Pleasant quietly became a national model for resisting gentrification
In fact, on Mount Pleasant Street, not a single store was damaged, not one pane of glass broken. Expensive restaurants are one of the major symptoms of gentrification, but Mount Pleasant Street has always had a healthy ratio of affordable to high-end food. Mount Pleasant Street has two national chain stores (a 7-Eleven and a Subway) and three places to wire money to your home country. The devastating death toll from the coronavirus is a reminder that Mount Pleasant was born in another national catastrophe: the Civil War. In 2003, developers proposed building condominiums to replace the former gas station occupied by Wilson Amaya’s Mount Pleasant Auto Repair at the south end of Mount Pleasant Street.
Chrishell Stause, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ alum, stuns in motivational bikini snap: 'We’ve got this!'
The 39-year-old former soap star took to Instagram on Monday and opened up about maintaining motivation when it's tempting to stay sedentary. "Ok I am using this as a little #mondaymotivation," the "Dancing with the Stars" alum began in the caption. CHRISHELL STAUSE SAYS IT'S 'PAINFUL' WATCHING EX JUSTIN HARTLEY MOVE ON AFTER DIVORCEThe star then revealed her plan of action. "So I am gonna try and opt for something green today for a bit of a change and a run," Stause continued. "Grilled chicken and broccoli for lunch and a 2 mile run today!"
Cuomo says Biden vaccine ramp up 'not enough' for New York
Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that President Biden’s plan to ramp up distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine was "not enough," as the Empire State faces a shortage of doses. Cuomo told the outlet that his state "is basically out of vaccine today – we're functionally out." New York State has administered 1.2 million first doses, or 93% of the doses it has received. The problem, Cuomo said, is supply of the doses, which is not controlled by the federal government, but rather by Pfizer and Moderna. Indoor dining in New York City, however, is not expected to be affected by forthcoming announcements this week.
Vaccine hesitancy based on 'fear and lack of science': Dr. Siegel
The serious risks associated with COVID-19 far exceed the side effects of the "very effective, very safe" vaccine, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel said Tuesday. Siegel addressed vaccine hesitancy in an appearance on "Special Report," taking aim at those who spread misinformation on a basis of "fear and lack of science." "This is a very effective, very safe vaccine, and Dr. Fauci's right, it's the way out of this pandemic," Siegel said. The vaccine hesitancy, the anti-vaxxers, is an antiscientific movement." WHAT'S DRIVING CORONAVIRUS VACCINE HESITANCY IN THE US?
University of Florida modifies 'tattle button' after pushback from students, faculty
The University of Florida reversed course on a "tattle button" that allowed students to report complaints about professors who altered a class' format from in-person to online, after pushback from students and faculty. Students have complained that professors are unable to give the same individualized attention to students at home via Zoom as they do to those in the classroom. The university ramped up the number of in-person classes for the spring semester after students and family members expressed a wider interest in resuming in-person instruction despite the coronavirus pandemic. MINNESOTA CONFIRMS BRAZIL CORONAVIRUS VARIANT CASE, FIRST IN USAbout 25,000 students at the University of Florida enrolled in at least one face-to-face class for the spring, roughly half of the total enrollment at the university, Orlando said. "I think particularly for faculty, we are enormously [grateful] for our faculty," Orlando said.
Biden says masks 'best defense' against coronavirus even as vaccination campaign ramps up
President Biden said Tuesday that masks are "the best defense against COVID-19" in the coming months as his administration acquires a sufficient supply of vaccine to innoculate the majority of Americans. Biden revealed the federal government will purchase an additional 100 million doses of vaccine each from Pfizer and Moderna as part of its effort to ramp up the unprecedented vaccination drive. "The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can the majority of Americans vaccinated – months," Biden said. "In the next few months, masks, not vaccines, are the best defense against COVID-19. Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office requiring masks to be worn on federal land.
Washington Post fact-checker defends his coverage of Biden after intensely monitoring Trump's claims
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler responded Tuesday to criticism of his intended coverage of the Biden administration after his paper intensely monitored President Trump's claims. "We welcome all suggestions for fact checks. Now that it's a Democrat president, they are fact checking Senators and saying they have no plans to fact check a President," Miller accused the Post. We base fact checks on actual policy statements, not headlines." He also shared a Washington Post headline that quoted Biden saying, "I will not ban fracking.
Lilly says antibody combo cuts Covid deaths, hospitalizations by 70%
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailLilly says antibody combo cuts Covid deaths, hospitalizations by 70%CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports on the latest news regarding drug treatments for Covid-19.
Biden administration plans to buy 200M more Covid-19 vaccine doses
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBiden administration plans to buy 200M more Covid-19 vaccine dosesKayla Tausche reports senior administration officials said they plan to give states a 3-week window into vaccine allotments as they try to map out vaccine dispersement. Some are questioning whether Biden's goal of getting 100 million shots in arms in his first 100 days is too ambitious. She joins Shep Smith to discuss the challenges facing the Biden administration in tackling the Covid-19 crisis.
I believe we can decrease Covid-19 infections in late spring: Dr. Ashish Jha
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailI believe we can decrease Covid-19 infections in late spring: Dr. Ashish JhaDr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University school of public health, says success with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could accelerate the pace of vaccinations. He says he has a relatively optimistic view that most people should be able to get vaccinated by late spring. He joins Shep Smith to discuss.
Race to get the vaccine like 'Hunger Games' due to limited supply
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailRace to get the vaccine like 'Hunger Games' due to limited supplyThe extremely limited supply of coronavirus vaccine is causing people to pay whatever they have to to get the vaccine. CNBC's special correspondent Scott Cohn joins Shep Smith to discuss the issues with vaccine distribution.
Alphabet and Facebook rise after Microsoft reports surprisingly strong advertising revenue
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during the annual Microsoft shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Washington on November 29, 2017. "LinkedIn's advertising business had a record quarter accounting for more than a third of LinkedIn's total revenue. Besides advertising, LinkedIn revenue comes from premium subscriptions and tools for recruiters and salespeople. Microsoft, meanwhile, rose almost 4% after the earnings report, which reflected strong growth in the company's cloud computing business. WATCH: Jefferies Weisfeld breaks down Microsoft's earnings
Wisconsin pharmacist who tried to destroy 500 Covid vaccine doses agrees to plead guilty
SEE NEW POSTSWisconsin pharmacist who tried to destroy 500 Covid vaccine doses agrees to plead guilty The Wisconsin hospital pharmacist who was fired and arrested for intentionally trying to destroy hundreds of Covid-19 vaccine doses has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, authorities said on Tuesday. “According to the plea agreement, Brandenburg stated that he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically,” the department said Tuesday. Share this -North Carolina running out of vaccine doses North Carolina has doled out 95 percent of its allotted coronavirus vaccines, with demand now on the verge of eclipsing scheduled supply, officials said Tuesday. A new shipment of 120,000 doses is expected to arrive in the Tar Heel State on Wednesday, though officials are lobbying for a boost. California will also launch a new online portal, called My Turn, where residents can make vaccine appointments and check their eligibility status.
UK retailers report biggest annual price falls since May
REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - British retailers reported the biggest annual fall in prices since May this month, adding to signs of pressure on the sector since non-essential stores had to close to the public from Jan. 5 as part of renewed COVID lockdown measures. Food prices rose by 0.2%, the smallest increase since January 2017, and non-food prices dropped by 3.6%. “Post-Christmas sales and the national lockdown drove non-food prices down – especially for clothing and DIY goods,” BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said. Britain’s official measure of consumer price inflation, which covers a wider range of goods and services, showed annual prices rises of 0.6% in December. Dickinson said that as well as facing softer consumer demand, retailers were under pressure from higher costs which they may prove unable to absorb.
Indian economy to get shot in the arm from federal budget: Reuters poll
BENGALURU (Reuters) - India’s path to economic recovery will be stronger than previously thought as fiscal expansion and vaccine hopes help the country heal from COVID-19, a Reuters poll of economists showed. “We expect global economic activity to return to normality in fiscal Q2 and India to grow in fiscal 2021/22, with government stimulus packages expecting to contribute,” said Hugo Erken, head of international economics at Rabobank. The poll predicted the economy would grow 21.1%, 9.1%, 5.9% and 5.5% in each quarter of the 2021/22 fiscal year, largely upgraded from a poll taken two months ago. Around 55% of economists, 18 of 33, who answered an additional question about the focus of the budget said it would be more on fiscal expansion than prudence. “Tight fiscal policy can do lasting damage by hurting potential growth that would have been negatively affected on account of the pandemic,” said Abhishek Upadhyay, senior economist at ICICI Securities PD.
U.N. says still concerns about Yemen trade despite U.S. allowing Houthi deals
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United Nations is still hearing concerns that companies are planning to cancel or suspend business with Yemen despite a U.S. decision to allow all transactions with the Houthi movement “given this move does not resolve underlying uncertainties,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday. The United States on Monday approved all transactions involving Yemen’s Houthi movement for the next month as Washington reviews a Trump administration designation of the Iran-aligned group as a foreign terrorist organization. The United Nations describes Yemen as the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, with 80% of its people in need. Another 5 million are just one step behind them,” U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council earlier this month. U.N. officials are trying to revive peace talks to end the war as Yemen’s suffering is also worsened by an economic collapse and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dollar retreats as riskier currencies recover
The U.S. Dollar Currency Index was 0.22% lower at 90.143. Despite the dollar’s recent rebound from multi-year lows, speculators in the currency market remain extremely bearish on the U.S. currency. The Australian dollar - seen as a liquid proxy for risk - was 0.52% higher against the dollar; the New Zealand dollar was up 0.61%. Elsewhere, emerging-market currencies saw an easing of recent selling pressure with the Brazilian real rising more than 1%. The British pound was 0.46% higher, pulling away from a one-week low against the dollar as rekindled risk appetite in broader asset markets weakened the U.S. currency.
Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: the hurdles for Japan's vaccine roll-out
FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" are placed on dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020. The first shots for medical workers are planned at the end of February, leaving just 145 days until the start of the Games on July 23. A government source told Reuters that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The government is buying some 20,000 speciality coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tonnes of dry ice per year, but it’s mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers.
Walgreens names outgoing Starbucks COO Roz Brewer as CEO
FILE PHOTO: A shuttered Walgreens pharmacy store is seen during the coronavirus outbreak in Times Square in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance said on Tuesday that outgoing Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Roz Brewer has been appointed as the company’s chief executive officer. She will take office from March 15 and succeeds Stefano Pessina who will transition to the role of executive chairman of the Walgreens board, the drugstore chain said in a statement.
Biden administration aims to have enough vaccine for most Americans by summertime
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States aims to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime, as he races to curb a pandemic he warned could still get worse. The previous purchase target was 400 million doses. Pfizer is confident it can deliver the extra doses in the time frame specified by Biden, spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said. Biden said he would hike the amount of the vaccine going to local governments to 10 million doses per week for the next three weeks, up from 8.6 million currently. “I urge President Biden to take every imaginable step within his power to ramp up production without delay.”OBSTACLES AHEADConsiderable challenges remain, ranging from faster-spreading virus variants, supply shortages and public fears about taking the vaccine.
Democrats may move forward on coronavirus aid without Republicans, says Schumer
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate will move forward on U.S. President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plan without Republican support if necessary, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday. “We want to work with our Republican colleagues to advance this legislation in a bipartisan way,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. Senate Republicans bemoaned that possibility. “I think that would be not just a big mistake at this stage at the start of this administration, but irresponsible given what’s happened with the COVID-19 package. In 2019, only three Republicans voted for a similar minimum wage hike in the House.
Yellen, Rice tout economics as key to fixing American inequality
Slideshow ( 2 images )Biden’s top domestic policy adviser Susan Rice said there was clear evidence that fixing inequality was essential for the overall U.S. economy to thrive and prosper. “These aren’t feel-good policies,” Rice told reporters at a White House briefing ahead of executive actions planned by Biden to promote racial justice reforms. Rice and Yellen are key players in a Biden economics team here that includes inequality and labor market specialists who say they will prioritize policies aimed at helping women and minorities who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden’s economic team includes people who have experienced poverty or faced discrimination in housing, employment or economic opportunity, and say they see government policies as a powerful way to redress persistent disparities. Russ Vought, former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, on Tuesday unveiled a new think tank, the Center for American Restoration, vowing to galvanize conservatives to fight back against the Biden policies.
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More than 100,000 Britons have died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, official data showed, a grim new milestone as the government battles to speed up vaccination delivery and keep variants of the virus at bay.
AP source: Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract
Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)TORONTO (AP) — Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays during a slow offseason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not clear where the Blue Jays will play home games when the 2021 season starts.
‘An emergency for the country’: Cedric Richmond says Congress needs to act on covid relief
Senior Advisor to the President and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond tells Joy Reid that Congress needs to act on covid relief, calling it a matter of emergency for the country.
Eugene Robinson says Democrats won power and need to use it
On Democrats having all the levers of power in Congress and in the Executive branch, Eugene Robinson says they should push through legislation like covid relief through reconciliation. He says, "They have just watched a years long master class in the use of naked power by Mitch McConnell … You saw what he did with Garland, Coney Barrett, and all those judges he pushed."
Inside the Biden plan to be boring
But several sources close to the White House confirmed that the document — even though clearly a draft — was authentic. But it also shows a White House making a gamble of sorts: that it can apply traditional communication methods to a nontraditional media climate. President Joe Biden signs executives orders related to his racial equity agenda in the State Dining Room of the White House. And that’s precisely what makes this strategy a rather complex one for Biden’s team. In turn, the White House press corps became intoxicated — and, perhaps, overdosed a few times — on his quick-change programming.
Biden weighs putting an end to private immigration detention facilities
Some 81 percent of detained immigrants in ICE’s custody were held in for-profit detention centers as of January 2020, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an ACLU report. Progressive groups have long fought the use of private facilities, arguing that the companies that run them are able to evade accountability and leave immigrants in terrible and deteriorating conditions. “This is great development & important step,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted after Biden signed the executive order on private prisons. We must include ending for-profit immigrant detention & examine the use of for-profit services that squeeze families of the incarcerated in public prisons, too.”The question of phasing out for-profit facilities detaining migrants came up at the end of former President Barack Obama’s administration. The report also found that ICE should look for ways to “reduce reliance on detention in county jails.”
Beshear: Kentucky reports 2 cases of COVID-19 variant
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor praised the federal government’s promise of increased COVID-19 vaccine deliveries as he announced the state’s first confirmed cases of a coronavirus variant Tuesday. The first two cases of the more aggressive virus strain that has been seen in the United Kingdom have been confirmed in Kentucky, Gov. The governor spoke only briefly about the new variant, saying on social media that “we knew we’d see it” in Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Democratic governor welcomed the announcement that Kentucky will receive larger supplies of COVID-19 vaccines along with other states. On Tuesday, the state reported 2,714 new COVID-19 cases, up from a week ago but down from two weeks earlier, the governor said.
Criminals in Mexico exploit desperation for oxygen canisters
People wait to refill oxygen tanks for relatives sick with COVID-19 in the Iztapalapa district of Mexico City, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)People wait to refill oxygen tanks for relatives sick with COVID-19 in the Iztapalapa district of Mexico City, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. But the oxygen tanks they rely on have been the object of thefts, hijackings and fraud. There have been several armed robberies of oxygen cylinders in recent weeks in Mexico, and hijackings of trucks delivering the canisters. And on Tuesday, Mexico City police arrested a couple who posed as sellers of disinfectant liquids and gels whose use has skyrocketed in the pandemic.
Judge denies teachers unions’ bid to halt in-person learning
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by teachers unions to halt the state’s decision to reopen classrooms last week amid the pandemic. Kanawha County Judge Carrie Webster denied a temporary restraining order that sought to reverse the resumption of in-person learning in all 55 counties. The two largest unions wanted local school boards to decide reopening plans and allow more teachers to become fully vaccinated before going back to teach. The West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia had filed two separate lawsuits that were later consolidated. The state began vaccinating school workers and teachers aged 50 and older in early January.
New Mexico seeing downward trends for virus metrics
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s weekly average for new confirmed COVID-19 cases is continuing its downward trend, as state health officials reported just over 600 additional cases Tuesday. The death toll increased only slightly as 14 additional people succumbed to the virus, and hospitalizations due to the virus marked another decline. Officials have said they’re encouraged by the latest numbers and are hopeful that the federal government will begin distributing more vaccine doses soon. State health officials say more than 750,000 people are eligible, and more than 522,000 people have registered online to get their shots. “It’s important to remember that you are not fully protected until you have had both doses of the COVID vaccine,” Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins.
Why the Arizona GOP censured Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and even the widow of Sen. John McCain — fellow Republicans, all
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP members who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump. The censures of Sen. John McCain’s widow, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. From the archives (October 2017): Saying ‘enough,’ Arizona Republican Jeff Flake announces he’s not running for Senate re-electionDucey is being targeted for his restrictions on individuals and businesses to contain the spread of COVID-19. John McCain was censured by the state GOP in 2014 and went on to comfortably win a Republican primary over Ward and a general election. The self-described maverick, known best for his willingness to buck his party, had strained relations with the state party for much of his career but was consistently re-elected by wide margins.
Etsy Stock Jumps on Praise from Elon Musk After He Buys a Gift For His Dog
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How well will the COVID-19 vaccine work against new strains? Experts weigh in
A pharmaceutical technician fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the corona vaccination center at the university hospital in Magdeburg, Germany, on Jan. 22. This new information raises a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines in relation to the variants. B.1.1.7 has several mutations in its genetic makeup, and some are in the virus’s spike protein, per the CDC. How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines against the variants? “The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine expresses the full-length spike protein of the SARS-COV-2 virus, allowing for the generation of neutralizing antibody responses to multiple domains of the protein,” Moderna explained in a press release in late December.
US consumer confidence rebounds in January
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rose in January as Americans became more optimistic about the future. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index increased to 89.3, a rebound from December when it dipped to 87.1. The present situation index weakened further, however, reflecting concerns over the resurgence of COVID-19. “The slow rollout of the vaccines and the still raging pandemic continue to depress consumer confidence despite the prospect of further fiscal aid and a brighter and a brighter health situation,” said Kathy Bostjancic, chief U.S. financial economist at Oxford Economics. In terms of future prospects, the percent of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased from 29.5% to 33.7%.
Casino CEO, actress identified as couple who flew to Yukon, got COVID-19 vaccines
Rodney Baker, a 55-year-old who was then president and CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and Ekaterina Baker, a 32-year-old aspiring actress, both received tickets at the Whitehorse airport on Jan. 21, according to court records. Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker told CBC Monday the couple arrived in Whitehorse on Jan. 19. The officers returned to the airport and located the couple as they were getting ready to leave the territory, Streicker said. For example, in the case of this couple, one had presented an Ontario health card, and the other had a B.C. The Yukon government is also working on ways to find supporting evidence that someone is actually employed in the territory.
Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?
Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched? The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart. In the U.S. where vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are being distributed, health officials say the two aren't interchangeable even though they're made similarly. Read previous Viral Questions:Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus? What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I'm pregnant?
Netherlands rocked by third night of protests
Police in the Netherlands arrested at least 70 people on Monday after riots broke out across the country for a third night in a row. In Rotterdam, anti-lockdown demonstrators started fires and clashed with police in protest of a new night-time curfew. The unrest started over the weekend, when protesters in several cities looted stores, started fires, and clashed with police. In Rotterdam, anti-lockdown demonstrators started fires and clashed with police in protest of a new nighttime curfew. The unrest started over the weekend, when protesters in several cities looted stores, started fires, and clashed with law enforcement.
Biden ‘doesn’t think’ Senate will convict Trump, but says second impeachment ‘has to happen’
Biden says Trump impeachment ‘has to happen’ although he admits it could affect his agenda (Samuel Corum/Getty Image)President Joe Biden has reportedly indicated he does not believe Democrats in the US Senate will have enough votes to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial. “I think it has to happen,” Mr Biden said about the impeachment trial on Monday, suggesting there could be “a worse effect if it didn’t happen” in the weeks ahead. At least 17 Republican senators would have to join the 50 Democrats in the Senate for a conviction against Mr Trump. Mr Biden added: “The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much." "We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D—NY) said on Friday while announcing the Senate impeachment trial schedule.
Australia set for 10th day of no local COVID-19 cases
By Swati PandeySYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is on track for a 10th day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with its most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) hoping to ease coronavirus restrictions this week after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. Australia's most populous state NSW has recorded no local cases for 10 days after low single digit numbers earlier in January. Victoria state, which is hosting the Australia Open tennis tournament, has gone three weeks without a local case. Australia's success in curbing small outbreaks, with a total 22,000 local cases since March 2020 and 909 deaths, comes at a time when global coronavirus cases are edging towards 100 million with the death toll surpassing 2 million. "In New South Wales our policy always is don’t keep restrictions or burden our citizens a day longer than you need to.
Mexican president's COVID-19 revelation fuels criticism of pandemic response
If the president violates the health guidelines, he's setting a bad example to others," said Ortega, wishing Lopez Obrador a quick recovery. The government said Lopez Obrador's symptoms began on Sunday, but it was not clear exactly when. POPULARITYMexico has recorded nearly 150,000 deaths in the pandemic, and Lopez Obrador's crisis management has drawn sustained criticism from political adversaries and medical experts. Nevertheless, polls have shown Lopez Obrador's popularity rising in the pandemic, despite accusations he has too often downplayed it and put himself unnecessarily at risk. Roy Campos, head of polling firm Consulta Mitofsky, said the public reaction to the president's COVID-19 diagnosis would likely split along partisan lines, with supporters rallying behind Lopez Obrador and critics going after him.
Beloved NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies at 48
(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Longtime NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith died on Tuesday. You were a gift to this Earth as a friend, father and a man Sekou Smith. Prayers to your wife & family pic.twitter.com/mqjnZyEHNz — Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) January 26, 2021Sekou Smith was the very best of us. Sekou Smith of @NBATV and https://t.co/dyMHCgGy2q was a brilliant and insightful writer,a positive dude. — Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 27, 2021Sekou Smith was one of the kindest souls you could ever meet.
Death threats and intimidation of public officials signal Trump's autocratic legacy
Engagement in public life in the U.S. has always carried risk, with public officials of both parties, journalists and even movie stars often the target of death threats and intimidation. Story continuesOver the past few years, scholars and experts have warned that the U.S. is at risk of widespread political violence and democratic instability. By the end of 2020, experts were raising the alarm that the country was spinning toward political violence. The Republican Party – with a few notable exceptions – embraced Donald Trump’s post-election rhetoric and the massive lie about election fraud. Republican Party members defend their actions by claiming they are legitimate efforts to protect democracy.
Starbucks notches improved sales, but faces major departure in executive suite
Brewer, 58 years old, has been COO and a member of the board at Starbucks since 2017. She helped shift Starbucks toward a focus on to-go operations during the pandemic and has worked to diversify the company's leadership. Starbucks last fall said it would tie executive compensation to increasing minority representation in its workforce, and mandated antibias training for company leaders. The pandemic has prompted Starbucks to reassess the design of its stores and shift toward more to-go formats. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREFor the latest quarter, Starbucks reported adjusted earnings of 61 cents a share, beating analysts' expectations of 55 cents a share.
Walgreens Boots to Name Starbucks Executive as CEO: Report
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) - Get Report will name outgoing Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Roz Brewer as its CEO according to a published report Tuesday. Starbucks (SBUX) - Get Report said in its earnings release Tuesday that Brewer “has accepted a chief executive officer role at another publicly traded company and will be leaving Starbucks at the end of February. Her next position will be announced publicly in the near future.”A report in the Wall Street Journal said Brewer will be leading Walgreens, taking over from Stefano Pessina, who will become executive chairman. Shares of Walgreens Boots, a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, rose $4.20, or 8.5% to $53.39 in after-hours trading. Before working at Walmart, she spent 22 years in a variety of roles at Kimberly Clark (KMB) - Get Report.
How L.A. County restaurants are preparing to resume outdoor dining
Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the state was rescinding its stay-at-home order, Los Angeles County officials declared that outdoor dining could resume by the end of the week. AdvertisementThe move returns restaurant, retail and activity re-openings to the state’s previous color-coded system — where every tier allows outdoor dining. The current county restrictions on outdoor dining were announced Nov. 25 and were supposed to last for at least three weeks. After the county announced its restrictions at the end of November, Pasadena continued to allow outdoor dining — until California’s regional stay-at-home order shut it down. To Cardenas, even a slow and cautious return to outdoor dining is an improvement.
It’s not ‘Pinkerton.’ But Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo gets pretty emo on ‘OK Human’
AdvertisementUnlike “Pinkerton,” though, “OK Human” didn’t come from a place of emotional trauma. So I was just channeling that.”The anxieties he probes on “OK Human” aren’t the same as on “Pinkerton,” which toggles between Cuomo’s carnal appetites and the guilt he feels about using his rock stardom to satisfy them. “Right away, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m so excited to do this.’”That all-in attitude is typical of Cuomo. Indeed, “OK Human” is just one of two albums Weezer plans to put out this year. So too has the level of control he feels he needs to exert over the recording of any new Weezer album.
What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘For Life’ on ABC and more
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USC’s game against Oregon on Saturday postponed
Less than a week after a false positive coronavirus test forced USC to postpone one Pac-12 game, COVID-19 issues at Oregon have claimed another. USC won’t play Oregon on Saturday as scheduled, because of COVID-19 protocols within Oregon’s program, leaving the Trojans with two postponed games to pack into just five remaining weeks of the regular season. The Ducks played just one game after restarting activities — a win over Oregon State — before being forced to pause for at least another week. Two conference games were postponed, and another two were canceled outright, while USC went three weeks between games. They face Oregon State on Thursday, before meeting Stanford in their initial makeup game next Tuesday.
Essential workers, disability advocates fear being left out as California shifts to age-based COVID-19 vaccine priority
Gavin Newsom’s announcement Monday that the state would shift vaccine priority to an age-based eligibility structure has sparked concerns from groups representing some essential workers and disabled people who may now have to wait longer to get vaccinated. Before Newsom’s announcement, the state intended to give priority to several new groups after California is done vaccinating people 65 and older, including residents in incarcerated and homeless settings, essential workers and individuals with underlying health conditions. Further details will be released as the state progresses through the current Phase 1B Tier 1, a spokesperson for the California Department of Public Health told The Times. Advertisement“It sounds like it’s more bad news for people with disabilities,” Andy Imparato of Disability Rights California said following Ghaly’s briefing. In the letter, Executive Director Michael Pimentel noted that transit agencies have helped transport other essential workers to and from their jobs as well as low-income and older residents who need to get supplies and go to medical appointments.
UCLA’s latest basketball games with Oregon are again postponed
UCLA and Oregon will presumably play again at some point, though the likelihood of it happening this season continues to diminish. The Pac-12 Conference rivals have now had four games scheduled between each other postponed after it was announced Tuesday that the Ducks were pausing basketball activities for the second time in three weeks because of COVID-19 issues. Oregon’s game against USC on Saturday has also been postponed. A makeup game scheduled for Jan. 19 in Eugene was postponed after Oregon paused basketball activities for the first time. A nonconference game with Long Beach State was also postponed, rescheduled and postponed again because of COVID-19 issues with the Beach.
Hopes for a Tokyo Olympics still flickering, but doubts growing louder
Last year’s unprecedented postponement added $700 million to the estimated $25 billion that the Japanese government and the Tokyo organizers spent on construction and preparations. Tokyo has been under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus for three weeks. More than 80 percent of Japanese people polled earlier this month believed that the Summer Olympics either should be rescheduled again or scrubbed. Yet the IOC still is counting on the Games of the XXXIInd Olympiad opening on July 23. “Fans with bums in seats are nice to have, but they’re not must-haves.”The Olympics have become a televised planetary showcase.
General Electric ends 2020 in a relatively strong position after a rough year
A year ago, General Electric’s long-awaited turnaround seemed to be finally taking hold under chief executive Larry Culp. AdvertisementThat free-cash flow number totaled $4.4 billion for the final quarter, up 12 percent from a year earlier, vastly exceeding Wall Street’s expectations. Blame GE’s once-highflying Aviation division, which was brought to earth by the pandemic-induced slowdown in air travel. Revenue fell 33 percent for the year, to $22 billion. AdvertisementHealthcare: Revenue fell 10 percent in this division for the year, to $18 billion.
White House expects enough vaccine to inoculate 300 million by summer’s end
AdvertisementThe purchases from drug makers Pfizer and Moderna come as the Biden administration is trying to ramp up vaccine production and the states’ capacities to inject the drugs. AdvertisementBiden’s team pledged to provide states with firm vaccine allocations three weeks ahead of delivery during the first virus-related call with the nation’s governors Tuesday. The CDC team reviewed data from studies in the United States and abroad and found schools differed from nursing homes and high-density work sites where rapid spread has occurred. Many other countries have been requiring negative test results for months, but the United States had been less strict. AdvertisementThe United States will accept results from rapid antigen tests, while other countries have been asking for what are known as polymerase chain reaction tests, or PCR tests.
Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Price Chopper locations gear up to offer COVID vaccine
Those eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts might be able to do so at their local grocery store. Massachusetts is one of the first states in the US to launch what is called the COVID-19 CDC Pharmacy Partnership — Phase 1, which utilizes CVS, Walgreens, and grocery store pharmacies to administer the vaccine. Last week, the program had a soft launch at about 15 CVS and Walgreens locations, but the effort was expected to begin expanding on Monday, bringing grocery stores into the mix. Stop & Shop on Tuesday announced that vaccinations at some of its stores across the state have already begun. The company said its pharmacies can safely store and administer the vaccine from Cambridge biotech Moderna.
Curt Schilling falls short of Baseball Hall of Fame induction, and that’s a good thing
No players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday , which means Curt Schilling won’t be darkening the doorstop of Cooperstown next summer. This is the ninth time that the Baseball Writers Association of America failed to produce an inductee, the first time since 2013. will be part of Schilling’s résumé next winter when he gets his final shot on the writers’ ballot. Moments after the announcement, Schilling requested to be removed from next year’s ballot in a 1,200-word Facebook screed he submitted to the Hall of Fame. Falling short of making the Hall of Fame does not erase a player’s numbers.
Lori Loughlin’s husband denied ‘special treatment’ and early release during COVID-19 outbreak at his federal prison
The judge who sentenced Lori Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, to serve five months for his role in the college admissions scandal, doesn’t think the man deserves “special treatment” and the chance to go home early. Judge Nathanial Gorton rejected Giannulli’s plea that he suffered “significant” harm from being confined to solitary confinement during a COVID-19 outbreak at his prison. In his ruling, Gorton said Giannulli should have foreseen that he would be reporting to Lompoc during a pandemic. In Giannulli’s case, the quarantine was extended after several other inmates in his unit tested positive for COVID-19, the judge’s ruling said. Gorton also rejected Giannulli’s argument that his age put him at increased risk of suffering severe illness from COVID-19.
Sen. Leahy taken to hospital after presiding over opening of Trump’s impeachment trial
Sen. Patrick Leahy was hospitalized out of an abundance of caution on Wednesday, just hours after presiding over the opening of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Roberts, who oversaw Trump’s first impeachment trial, chose not to oversee the proceedings because Trump is no longer in office, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Sen. Dick Durbin, the second highest-ranking Senate Democrat, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday evening that Leahy could be back in the chamber Wednesday. She says things are going well, so we have all got our fingers crossed he will be back tomorrow.”Leahy’s hospitalization came soon after the impeachment trial began Tuesday afternoon with his swearing in. House impeachment managers, a group of Democratic lawmakers who will act as prosecutors presenting the case against Trump during the trial, delivered the single article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, which typically triggers a quick start to an impeachment trial.
‘Spare us from destruction’: Memory of deadly Love Creek mudslide, CZU fire, leave Santa Cruz Mountains residents on edge as storm bears down
It’s yet another calamity threatening this little hamlet and neighboring Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The community has barely started to recover: “Please Rebuild,” reads one banner hanging on a fence along Highway 9 that connects Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek. But on Tuesday, at the gas station in the center of Boulder Creek, many were filling gas cans for generators. “All the law-abiding citizens are gone,” Forest Goodin, 71, who has lived in Boulder Creek for 20 years, said Tuesday afternoon. Most locals don’t talk about the Love Creek disaster much, said Robinson of Valley Churches United.
US surges coronavirus vaccine to states amid complaints of shortages
Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines. He acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next. The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long term. The setup inherited from the Trump administration has been marked by miscommunication and unexplained bottlenecks, with shortages reported in some places even as vaccine doses remain on the shelf. As of Tuesday afternoon, the CDC reported that just over half of the 44 million doses distributed to states have been put in people’s arms.
Good Samaritan Hospital chief operating officer disciplined amid vaccine scandal
A top executive at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose has been disciplined after the hospital came under fire for giving coveted coronavirus vaccines to Los Gatos teachers. The hospital administered about 65 doses to district staff. Even if teachers were allowed to get vaccinated, there has been no clear explanation for why the Los Gatos district was selected above others. It’s about process and adhering to process,” said Kindra Sullivan, a parent with children in the nearby Union School District, which has a school just blocks from the hospital. While I apologize for that characterization, I also will continue to advocate for school staff to be a high priority for vaccinations.
Cactus League denies MLB encouraged letter to commissioner asking to delay spring training
The Cactus League denied a report on Tuesday that said Major League Baseball encouraged the league to push for spring training to be delayed. The Athletic reported that MLB executives intimated during a Jan. 13 call with Cactus League officials that a letter would be beneficial in negotiations with the players. He supported a letter to put pressure on players to push back spring training, a full month.”That version of events was disputed by both the Cactus League and MLB, both of which issued statements to The Republic on Tuesday. “These quotes are a mischaracterization of what was said during the call,” Cactus League executive director Bridget Binsbacher said in a statement. “There was no need for such a request because officials from the Cactus League had publicly stated their desire for a delay prior to the meeting,” MLB's statement continued.
Grand Canyon opening up arena for more Havocs for big weekend WAC showdown vs. rival New Mexico State
How loud can Grand Canyon University Arena get during the pandemic basketball season? New coach Bryce Drew and his surging Antelopes (10-3) will find out Friday and Saturday night when 900 on-campus students (aka The Havocs) will be allowed in to see them take on rival New Mexico State in a big WAC showdown series. GCU has allowed only on-campus students in the arena to start the 2020-21 season, but they've been placed in four-person pods spaced out between the cardboard cut-out fans. "This decision was made by closely monitoring basketball-related attendance through the first two months of the season," GCU said in a statement. In performing contact tracing of positive cases this academic year, it revealed that, due to the precautions taken, attendance at basketball games did not contribute to additional COVID spread.
Despite less travel, Sky Harbor was 4th highest airport for guns taken from flyers in 2020
In the same year that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport saw low numbers of flyers due to COVID-19, it also had the fourth highest number of guns found on passengers or in carry-on bags at security checkpoints in 2020. At Sky Harbor, the 13th busiest airport in the nation, the Transportation Security Administration found 124 firearms at security checkpoints with passengers or in carry-on bags last year. 'What it comes down to is carelessness'Sky Harbor is one of 234 airports nationwide where passengers with firearms at checkpoints were stopped. For gun detection of passengers and carry-on bags, Sky Harbor sits below international airports in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Atlanta, which had 220 firearms found by TSA last year. Passengers can find more information about traveling with firearms on the TSA website or by downloading their mobile application.
Arizona households received billions in stimulus payments. Here's how they compared to national average
Some 3.48 million Arizona households shared $5.92 billion from the first stimulus round. National average of $1,676Overall, the federal government disbursed $271.4 billion in first-round stimulus payments nationally to 161.9 households, averaging about $1,676. Most of the rest were paid with paper checks, with less than 1% of payments disbursed on debit cards. Eligible recipients who didn't receive stimulus payments may apply for them upon preparing their 2020 federal income tax returns. The tally announced by the IRS doesn't include a second stimulus round that began in late December.
Southwest Airlines offering another round of voluntary leave to workers
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines will offer another round of voluntary leave to employees as it tries to overcome continuing financial difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Southwest will give employees the option of taking unpaid, voluntary leave starting March 1, with packages varying between one and six months depending on their workgroup. Some 17,000 Southwest Airlines workers took leaves and voluntary buyouts last year, equalling more than a quarter of all employees. Those leaves started in July, when there were assumptions that the COVID-19 pandemic would be under control by early this year. Airlines have cut the number of flights by 44% compared to a year ago, according to Airlines for America.
Dallas could be one of 16 cities to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA says
Dallas will know if it’s been selected to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup by the last quarter of the year, FIFA announced Tuesday. The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. The 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, up from the current 32-team setup, and 80 games, up from 64. The last time the U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994, Dallas was a host city. Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup across eight stadiums in five cities.
City of Milwaukee to reserve Mondays for those 65-plus to get COVID-19 vaccine
Starting next week, the City of Milwaukee will be setting aside Mondays at the Wisconsin Center to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to those who are 65 and older. The city had requested 5,000 doses from the state for the week but received about 2,200, she said. "The Milwaukee Health Department and I want to get as many doses into as many arms as efficiently, as safely and as quickly as possible," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. "That's why we've scaled up the Wisconsin Center vaccination site, and we're ready to handle more people." On Monday, American Family Field had 899 people tested while Northwest Health Center had 279 and Southside Health Center had 157 people tested, he said.
Vegan/jerk food hybrid eatery set to open in Orland Park
J.B. Pritzker’s area-wide ease of COVID-19 dine-in restrictions on restaurants, a trio of Black entrepreneurs are teaming up to bring a new vegan/jerk food concept to Orland Park. Phil Simpson and Andrew Bonsu, co-owners of University Village-based restaurant Phlavz Bar & Grille (717 W. Maxwell St.), and Laricia Chandler Baker, the owner of Hyde Park vegan/vegetarian eatery Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat (1368 1/2 E. 53rd St.) plan to open a hybrid location (24 Orland Sq. Separately, Bonus and Simpson — who met while working various gigs in the music industry —and Baker were unknowingly searching for business locations in Orland Park before deciding to collaborate. The trio says their businesses have “thrived” during the pandemic, inspiring the ideas of expansion. And while so many businesses in the Chicago area have either downsized — or shuttered for good — the trio counts their blessings.
Restaurant owners critique return of limited indoor dining
Chicago and suburban Cook County restaurants and bars that serve food are now allowed to seat customers indoors at either 25% capacity or 25 people per room, whichever is less. While grateful for a partial reopening, Len DeFranco, owner of Hawkeye’s Bar and Grill on the Near West Side, said 25% capacity doesn’t cut it. It allows his restaurant to keep a couple of key employees, he said, but it still is not sustainable long-term. Without indoor dining, DeFranco said restaurants that rely on parties and catering for major holidays have taken a hit. “It’s an apocalypse for the restaurant industry if we have to go through another holiday season with limited dining,” DeFranco said.
Schools can reopen safely with precautions, CDC says
Evidence from the U.S. and other countries indicates schools can operate safely with precautions, and they should open for in-person instruction as soon as possible, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. In an article published Tuesday in JAMA Network, the researchers wrote that wearing masks and maintaining social distance have proven effective at limiting transmission of the coronavirus in schools, but activities like indoor sporting athletics can promote spread and should be diminished. The scientists also said instituting measures to contain the virus in the community — such as restricting indoor dining, bars and gyms — would also help make school reopenings safer. “The preponderance of available evidence from the fall school semester has been reassuring,” the three researchers wrote. “But there is accumulating data now that with high face mask compliance, and distancing and cohorting of students to minimize the total number of contacts, we can minimize the amount of transmission in schools.”
Golden Knights coaches isolating because of COVID protocols
General manager Kelly McCrimmon will coach the Golden Knights when they meet the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Kelly McCrimmon, Golden Knights general manager, speaks to the media at City National Arena on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfayeCOVID-19 has disrupted the Golden Knights’ season for the first time. The Knights’ coaching staff is isolating “out of an abundance of caution,” the team said in a statement Tuesday. The situation is one of many the NHL has had to deal with since beginning its season Jan. 13.
Guthrie has no schedule for return to live performance, remains fiscally stable despite shutdown losses
Although the Guthrie Theater shut down productions and cut almost 80 percent of its staff when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in mid-March, the renowned Minneapolis theater is financially stable, theater leaders said late Tuesday afternoon in a virtual report. The theater also received $3.17 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program and is waiting for information about loan forgiveness. But the Guthrie does not have any set schedule for the return of live theater to its stages, said artistic director Joseph Haj. The Black artists have formed the Minnesota Black Theater Circle. When live performances return, the Guthrie’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” will have a new adaptation, Haj said.
Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP
Coming so soon in Biden’s administration, the action provides a first test of Republican opposition to the White House priorities as well as to the new president’s promise of a “unity” agenda. They have watched Republicans use similar procedural tools to advance their priorities, most recently the Trump administration’s GOP tax cuts. Biden’s COVID-19 aid package includes money for vaccine distribution, school reopenings and $1,400 direct payments to households and gradually boosts the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters earlier Tuesday that Biden is still looking to negotiate on an aid package, while emphasizing that several components of the existing aid will lapse in March. Collins said Tuesday that the White House made good on its commitment to deliver a more detailed accounting of the proposed expenditure.
Criminals in Mexico exploit desperation for oxygen canisters
MEXICO CITY (AP) — High rates of coronavirus infection have led Mexico to crack down on the illicit trade in oxygen canisters, though thieves are coming up with new ways to defraud families. Hospitals in some parts of Mexico are almost 90% full, forcing families to treat their relatives at home. But the oxygen tanks they rely on have been the object of thefts, hijackings and fraud. Even as Mexico’s president continued fighting the virus in isolation at his apartment, and the country’s richest man quickly was admitted to a top hospital, treatment for average Mexicans remained difficult and dangerous. The head of the country's consumer protection agency, Ricardo Sheffield, reported Tuesday that hundreds of ads have been found offering industrial oxygen cylinders — used by torch and welding operators — for medical use.
AP source: Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract
TORONTO (AP) — Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays during a slow offseason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Toronto gave outfielder George Springer a $150 million, six-year deal. Toronto also agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Kirby Yates ($5.5 million) and Tyler Chatwood ($3 million) and re-signed left-hander Robbie Ray to an $8 million, one-year contract.
Relative of virus victim asks to meet WHO experts in Wuhan
China approved the visit by researchers under the auspices of the U.N. agency only after months of negotiations. The WHO team, which arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14 to investigate the origins of the virus, is expected to begin field work later this week after a 14-day quarantine. Zhang, a Wuhan native now living in the southern city of Shenzhen, has been organizing relatives of coronavirus victims in China to demand accountability from officials. Many are angry that the state downplayed the virus at the beginning of the outbreak, and have attempted to file lawsuits against the Wuhan government. The arrival of the WHO mission has revived controversy over whether China allowed the virus to spread globally by reacting too slowly in the early days.
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New COVID-19 cases, deaths are declining across the country. In Virginia, they're increasing.
Of the 100 top COVID-19 hot spots across the U.S., Virginia has 14 on the list. Current COVID-19 hospitalizations are at 2,847 patients, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s online dashboard, which is the most accurate representation of hospitalizations. The total number of COVID-19 patients who have been hospitalized and discharged is more than 37,527. On Monday, the positivity rate was 12.5%. This is still higher than the positivity rate before Thanksgiving, which was below 10%.
Kamala Harris receives second dose of coronavirus vaccine
Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have received a second dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. The vice president urged “everyone to take the vaccine when it is your turn.”“It is really pretty painless, and it will save your life,” she said. A bump to the nation’s supply would increase its stockpile to 600 million doses; both vaccines require two doses, several days apart. (AP)Mr Biden also said weekly allocations of vaccine doses will likely increase by 1.4 million doses beginning next week. Initial vaccine rollout was plagued by inconsistencies and insufficient infrastructure in the final weeks of Mr Trump’s term.
The new use for abandoned oil rigs
Above the water, this decommissioned oil rig is dull and lifeless, but the view below the surface is very different. There are more than 12,000 offshore oil and gas platforms worldwide. As they drain their reservoirs of fossil fuels below the sea, they eventually become defunct when they produce too little fuel for extraction to be profitable to their operators. The big question is what to do with these enormous structures when the fossil fuels stop flowing. With curbing climate change rising up the international agenda, and with some questioning whether we have already passed peak oil, hastened by the coronavirus pandemic, the number of defunct rigs in the ocean is set to get bigger.
Selma Blair makes sweatpants chic with matching blazer while grabbing coffee in Studio City
Cruel Intentions alum Selma Blair found a way to make sweatpants chic by donning a matching blazer while stopping by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Studio City on Tuesday. The 48-year-old Grammy nominee also wore a white Fiorucci T-shirt and a b&w-plaid cloth mask to protect herself and others from the coronavirus. Blair (born Beitner) amicably co-parents her nine-year-old son Arthur Saint with her Topanga-based ex-partner Jason Bleick, whom she split from in 2012. Dystonia increased,' Selma wrote to her 2.4M Instagram followers. Blair - who was wearing the same shirt from 30 years ago - trains with Kelly Jennings at the Cellar Door Farm in Bell Canyon, CA.
Xbox sales boom as virus maintains grip on economy
Coffee chain Starbucks on Tuesday said its sales in the last three months of 2020 fell roughly 5% compared to 2019, driven by a drop in business in the US where concerns about Covid-19 have prompted authorities to urge people to stay at home.
Serena Williams dreams of traveling 'safely again' and launches luggage collection during pandemic
She's a world famous tennis champion who has spent her life traveling the world to compete at the highest level. So it comes as no surprise that Serena Williams has nailed down the perfect way to travel and launched the second line of her luggage collection with Away. Serena appeared to be daydreaming of her next big adventure while patiently leaning against her marble kitchen island which had been transformed into a bustling cafe in the city. She told Forbes that creating her second line came naturally as she used inspiration from her travels to create something special. The Away x Serena Williams collection features a line of custom polycarbonate suitcases, bags and accessories, including the Kid's Carry-On, Packing Cubes, The Pet Carrier, and several new silhouettes for The Convertible Backpack Tote and The Jewelry Sleeve.
Biden administration orders 200 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna
Researchers found that 25 percent of COVID-19 patients seen in April 2020 had a tongue inflammation or bumps and ulcers on the tongue. It involved 666 mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients treated between April 10 and 25 at the field hospital at IFEMA, the Madrid exhibition center, which closed on May 1. Meanwhile, approximately 40 percent of patients reported changed to their hands and feet. Seven percent of the patients reported burning sensation, called erythrodysesthesia, at the beginning of the disease. A smaller percentage, 6.9 percent, reported hives while 2.9 percent had a rash.
Sales exec who moved family from California to Texas jokes 'Brett' has become the new 'Karen'
He has been called 'entitled' and a 'douche' for writing in Business Insider that their relocation from California to Texas in 2015 was an 'expensive mistake'AUSTIN, TEXAS: Alder lived in this home before moving back to California. For every one person that moved out of the Texas state capital, 1.53 people moved in, according to the data. Alder's op-ed, published on January 20, is titled: 'I moved my family from California to Austin, Texas, and regretted it. For every one person that moved out of the Texas state capital, 1.53 people moved in, according to the data. San Jose ranks number six and San Diego number 10, with half of the top 10 being in California state.
Shops are boarded up in the Netherlands as they prepare for anti-lockdown rioting
AdvertisementThe Dutch government vowed not to back down on its coronavirus curfew in the face of three nights of rioting by 'scum', ministers said. Officers in Rotterdam said they arrested 17 people for minor offences before the nightly curfew took effect at 9pm. On Monday night, rioters pelted police with rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails and looted shops in at least two cities, Rotterdam and Den Bosch. The rioting, which started with the torching of a coronavirus testing centre in a fishing village on Saturday night, is the worst to hit the Netherlands in years. Pictured: Rotterdam on TuesdayPopulist right-wing opposition lawmaker Geert Wilders called for the army to be used to quell rioting, something the government has so far ruled out.
No new players are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 60 years
Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. On Twitter, admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a 'disgrace' to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, meanwhile, has sought to clarify the role of its plaque gallery and its museum. So it remains up to the voters to decide how they'll weigh off-field issues when evaluating Hall of Fame candidates. If too many of the top players are left out — particularly if it's for non-baseball reasons — could the Hall lose credibility as a baseball shrine?