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    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - The governor of Brazil's capital city, Brasilia, decreed a 24-hour lockdown for all but essential services on Friday to curb a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has filled its intensive care wards to the brim. The drastic step came as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the gravity of the pandemic that has killed 250,000 Brazilians, renewed his attacks on state governors for destroying jobs with lockdowns. "The lockdown will start today and be total, it will be 24-hours a day," said a press aide for the federal district's Governor Ibaneis Rocha. A decree published at the end of the day said the lockdown would start right after midnight Saturday. Shops, pharmacies, gas stations, churches and funeral parlors will remain open, the aide said, but everything else will shut down, especially bars and restaurants, which were blamed for increased spread during the end...
    BORIS Johnson hinted the north is set for a major infrastructure boost to railroad the nation to build back from the pandemic. The PM, speaking to railway chiefs yesterday, outlined plans to speed up major projects saying he wants the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail ‘to halve the time and slash the cost’ of projects. 2Boris Johnson wants to speed up rail projects to benefit the North of EnglandCredit: AFP He said: “We know that it is by infrastructure, innovation and skills, we will spread opportunity around the country. “We know the good efficient mass transit systems are the great social and economic levers and bringers of hope. “It's thanks to your efforts that post-coved, post-Brexit Britain will be propelled by a new generation of electric or even hydrogen trains whizzing down the ringing grooves of change as I think [the poet] Tennyson puts it. “Reopening Beeching lines,...
    Our year of Wuhan. We have endured unspeakable hardships and pain. We have seen the very best in people. We have seen the worst in people. All of our successes — even our very survival — have come from the wise humanity of individuals looking out for one another. Family, neighbors, parents, nurses, roommates, doctors, and complete strangers displaying heroic kindness and compassion in a sea of real agony and crazed hysteria. The selfless sacrifice of the individual has been the lone beacon of hope throughout even the darkest moments of this storm. The failures, meanwhile, have been every bit as startling. And they are everywhere. Our government — and every institution established by our government to protect us — failed at every step of the way. Federal agencies that exist only to protect Americans from these very public health risks failed to detect the virus before it reached our...
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Stanford University announced it will be welcoming a select group of undergraduates back to campus for the spring quarter in late March.The policy applies to approximately 1,300 juniors and seniors who will be eligible for housing on campus.Students will be allowed to select a "household" of up to eight other students, each getting their own room to sleep in.RELATED: Chico State students, parents call fall semester plan 'confusing and frustrating'In a letter from Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell, administrators said the decision was based on several factors, including predictions from their own team of epidemiologists."Modeling of infections and hospitalizations by experts in our Stanford School of Medicine suggests that the trajectory of COVID-19 this spring is likely to be manageable," wrote the letter.Nearly a year into the pandemic, they also said the university had learned how to best test and isolate students...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Meisha Ross Porter is taking over as New York City Schools Chancellor after Richard Carranza announced his resignation. It comes as parents are already coping with the strains of the pandemic and a growing learning gap. READ MORE: New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza Stepping Down Parents told CBS2’s Nick Caloway they were surprised Carranza is stepping down with so many challenges ahead after a school year unlike any other. Some first learned of the news from CBS2. That’s how Olivia Ofori, a parent of an eighth grader, found out Porter will be the first Black woman to lead New York City’s public schools. “That’s excellent. I guess it’s our turn to be represented. So I’m happy,” Ofori said. Porter will take over the nation’s largest school system, which remains one of the nation’s most segregated where some students are born with a leg up...
    AN UNDERGROUND doomsday bunker with a games room, kitchen and stunning views has gone on sale for $1.75million. Those looking to hide away from the pandemic could have their very own cave, but it would mean saying goodbye to windows. 4Each is complete with its own kitchen with appliances and one even has a pool table in the rec roomCredit: Realtor.com 4Each cave has a basement for food and supply storageCredit: Realtor.com 4The Paradise Valley area is popular for families and couples to enjoy recreational activitiesCredit: Realtor.com The four cave dwellings in Montana sit beneath 10.6 acres in Paradise Valley near Emigrant MT, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The unusual homes measure in at about 2,500 square feet and were originally built as fallout shelters. Each is complete with its own kitchen with appliances and one even has a pool table in the rec room. “Once you’re...
    When the coronavirus pandemic was initially declared in March of 2020, many public health experts and infectious disease specialists were most concerned about older adults. It seemed that children and young adults were less likely to contract COVID-19 and if they did, they tended to have less severe symptoms. But a two-part webinar U.S. News & World Report hosted on Feb. 22 titled, "How the Pandemic is Impacting Children's Health and Pediatric Hospitals," revealed the toll has been greater than initially anticipated. COVID-19 and MIS-C "In the very early days, there was a kind of hope, or maybe a blind hope, that kids would be spared," recalled Dr. Lara Shekerdemian, chief of critical care at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. But then, a strange new illness started appearing among a growing number of children presenting at hospital emergency departments in late spring and early summer. The symptoms of this new...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House on Friday wrapped up its quick work on legislation that would make early voting a permanent feature in the state's elections. The bill, introduced this week, passed the House on a 93-4 vote, sending it to the Senate. It would allow three days of no-excuse, early in-person voting — including a Saturday — ahead of Election Day. Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams said he hopes the strong bipartisan support in the House will add to the bill's momentum when it reaches the Senate. Adams describes it as the state's most significant election-reform legislation in nearly three decades. Another key part of the bill would allow counties to establish vote centers, where any voter in the county may vote regardless of precinct. The measure continues some special features allowed in last year’s election because of the COVID-19 pandemic — most notably the early...
    Johnce/Getty Images A study found LGBTQ+ people of color were twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 than straight white people. The study also found queer people of color were more likely to wear a mask and social distance. Researchers suspect the disparities are caused by a lack of access to healthcare and underlying conditions.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Queer people of color have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Communities of color have been devastated by COVID-19 and LGBTQ+ people have faced disproportionate rates of unemployment.  A report published February 25 found those who hold both identities are at an even higher risk of COVID-19. UCLA's Williams Institute found LGBTQ+ people of color are twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 (15%) than their white, straight counterparts (7%), and white LGBTQ+ counterparts (10.4%) despite being more likely to wear a mask...
    The House turned to work on the COVID-19 relief package Friday—President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, an ambitious response to try to restore the nation's physical and economic health following a year of pandemic and a year of callous negligence from Donald Trump and Senate Republicans. That negligence looks more and more like a deliberate effort by Republicans to further what seems to be their only guiding principle these days: white supremacy. They remain steadfastly and unanimously opposed to the legislation in both the House and Senate, still talking about blue state bailouts and excess spending. Those are code words, because they know that this pandemic has hit communities of color so hard. They know the harm has been disproportionate, that the relief they have reluctantly provided over the past year hasn't reached the communities that have needed it most. That's not been kept secret: The traditional media has been reporting that...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Restaurants are one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic, so if you want to support a local business, there are plenty of restaurant weeks happening all weekend.In La Grange, The Elm restaurant is taking part, along with 35 other restaurants. The Elm is offering a two-course menu for lunch that will cost you $20, or a three-course dinner for $40."Everyone is excited, everyone wants to get out, do it responsibly, and just relax," said Dan Spain, owner of The Elm.Restaurant Weeks are just one way that the industry is emerging from a long winter and even longer pandemic.Spain is fired up and ready to welcome customers during the weekend."With our weather, it's 45 out and sunny, for some reason it feels like it's 60 - it feels great!" Spain said as the sun beat down Friday. "It's such a relief for not only us, for everyone."The...
    Hate crime charges have been filed against the suspect accused of stabbing a 36-year-old Asian American man in New York City's Chinatown on Thursday, the New York Police Department confirmed to CBS News. That comes as activists are calling for more hate crime charges to be filed in the spate of recent violence against Asian Americans.  The stabbing occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. Thursday evening, when the victim was approached from behind by the suspect in lower Manhattan, the NYPD said. The suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the torso with "an unknown sharp object" before fleeing on foot. The incident was captured on video.   The victim is currently in critical condition, the NYPD said.  Salman Muflihi, 23, was arrested and charged with two hate crimes: attempted criminally negligent homicide and assault. He was also charged with forgery and criminal possession of a weapon.  The stabbing comes amid...
    Bankruptcy filings for publicly traded companies jumped 70 percent in 2020 from the year before, as the pandemic and lockdowns wrought havoc on the economy, according to a new study. In 2020, there were 110 bankruptcy filings by public companies, up from 64 the prior year, according to data from New Generation Research.   The share of billion-dollar public companies filing for bankruptcy was near an all-time high last year, led by the collapse of rental car company Hertz, which declared $25 billion in assets. When private company filings are included into the billion-dollar tally, 2020 did set the record for all-time high, beating the prior record of 2009, according to the report. The share of all billion-dollar companies filing for bankruptcy hit an all-time high in 2020 A person walks by a sign that reads, 'restaurant for lease' outside a restaurant in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan in November....
    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins called out a group of Republican members of Congress who have claimed they cannot attend a vote on the Covid-19 relief bill due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their names are on the list of speakers for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) taking place in Orlando, Florida this week. CBS News had the full list of Republican truants who filed a form with the House Clerk requesting that another member be permitted to cast a proxy vote for them, stating “I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.” The thirteen Representatives are Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), and Rep. Ronny Jackson...
    GARDEN GROVE (KABC) -- Small business owners in Orange County's nail salon industry joined local government and law enforcement leaders in a press conference Thursday, to stand against an increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders during the COVID-19 pandemic.Linda Nguyen remembered feeling under attack in her home of 40 years. She was at an Orange County Target in March of 2020, waiting in line. The couple behind her coughed.Then they said, 'Stay away from her. She has coronavirus,'" Nguyen said. Though not violent, Nguyen felt the pain."It was emotionally painful and it was embarrassing. I went in my car and cried for 45 minutes, just in shock and couldn't believe that it happened to me," Nguyen said.RELATED | Orange County congresswomen introduce resolution condemning anti-Asian hate crimesNguyen's contributions to her home county are invaluable. As the executive vice president of the 360 Clinic, she helps run COVID-19...
    February 26, 2021 6:13 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. A group of Democratic lawmakers on Friday proposed in Congress a bill to grant US citizenship to more than five million undocumented immigrants considered “essential workers” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Essential workers risk their lives amid the tragic impact of this pandemic and it is an injustice that they must live in uncertainty and fear about whether they will remain in the country they love or will be deported,” the senator said. Elizabeth warren when presenting the bill to grant them citizenship. The administration of President Joe Biden and the Democrats, who have a majority in both houses of Congress, have already promoted legislation that would open the path to permanent residency and citizenship for some 3.3 million migrants. This includes 1.4 million beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, 279,000 beneficiaries of Temporary...
    Republicans use pandemic as an excuse to skip work and attend CPAC
    Here’s what’s happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: — A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic seems headed toward House passage. Now, Democrats are also searching for a way to revive their drive to boost the minimum wage. The relief bill embodies President Joe Biden’s drive to flush cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities suffering from the pandemic. But Democratic progressives are adamant that the party keep trying to pass legislation that would boost the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly. The Senate parliamentarian says that provision must come out of the relief bill, so Democrats are discussing other steps. — Tennessee has asked federal law enforcement to investigate the alleged theft of coronavirus vaccine doses in the state’s most populous county. In a Friday news conference, health officials also said a volunteer improperly...
    Open, closed, on-hold or with status “it is complicated”, but today in Mexico there are little more than 7,500 cinema screens, one for each 17 thousand inhabitants. It is difficult to imagine that 28 years ago, in 1993, we hit rock bottom and had just 1,415 theaters, one for every 67,000 Mexicans. It is also difficult to believe that 18 years ago, in 2003, 138 million tickets were sold, and that by 2017 Mexico had reached 330 million viewers, making it the 4th country that sold the most tickets in 2017, in 2018 and in 2019, just behind China, India and the United States. But then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and some markets were hit harder than others. Mexico was one of them. We went from fourth to eighth in tickets sold; from place 10 to 31 at times we go to the movies each year, and we dropped from...
    Here’s what’s happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: — A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic seems headed toward House passage. Now, Democrats are also searching for a way to revive their drive to boost the minimum wage. The relief bill embodies President Joe Biden’s drive to flush cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities suffering from the pandemic. But Democratic progressives are adamant that the party keep trying to pass legislation that would boost the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly. The Senate parliamentarian says that provision must come out of the relief bill, so Democrats are discussing other steps. — Tennessee has asked federal law enforcement to investigate the alleged theft of coronavirus vaccine doses in the state’s most populous county. In a Friday news conference, health officials also said a...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — WJZ continues to celebrate Black History Month with our annual Black History Oratory Competition. This year’s competition is a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic but still holds the same spirit. READ MORE: Suspect Killed In Police-Involved Shooting Near Baltimores Inner Harbor Identified As Benjamin Tyson The annual Black History Oratory Competition is a 27-year tradition at WJZ. “We decided we have to keep this competition going, it’s too important, especially in today’s world,” Jeanie Starr, Promotions Manager at WJZ, said. So, finalists submitted their speeches on video. Maryland high school students were asked to write an essay based on one of three quotes. This year, one of the quotes is from Martin Luther King Jr. about the capacity to forgive. “When I think of the word of forgiveness, I like to think of it as a type of superpower,” J’Naya Harris said. “Because it is...
    At least 13 House Republicans have filed paperwork to have colleagues cast their votes on the COVID-19 relief bill Friday evening, citing the ongoing pandemic. However, they are also slated to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Republican Representatives Madison Cawthorn and Ted Budd of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mark Green of Tennessee, Devin Nunes of California, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Darrell Issa of California, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Jim Banks of Indiana and Ronny Jackson of Texas, filed paperwork with the House clerk this week, stating, "I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency."  Cawthorn, Budd, Gaetz and Steube were slated to address the conservative gathering on Friday, while the others are slated for Saturday and Sunday remarks.  In a statement, a spokesman for Budd said, "After Democrats rearranged the House schedule with extremely late notice, Rep. Budd was forced to proxy vote for the first time....
    By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press Vermont is much closer than many other states in getting kids fully back to in-person learning amid the pandemic but even with improvements to remote learning and some in-person instruction it's not sufficient and many students are struggling, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday during his twice-weekly coronavirus briefing. It's not a reflection on the hard work of teachers, the Republican governor said. A study done in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health and the University of Vermont found that youths aged 12 to 17 reported increases in depressive symptoms and anxiety in the fall of 2020, compared to the fall of 2019, according to Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrel. Reports of anxiety in young adults aged 18 to 25 also increased significantly, she said Friday during the briefing, and about 70% of youth reported that the pandemic made their anxiety/worry, mood or loneliness “a...
    Here’s a measure of how hard women have been hit by the pandemic jobs crisis: CBS News reports that the number of women delivering for UberEats more than doubled since April 2020. In a July survey, more than a quarter of the women driving for UberEats told the company they were doing so because they had lost jobs or hours, while just 15% of men said the same thing. Lyft similarly told CBS News that women were more likely to work for them directly because of income loss. This is far from the only indicator of the unequal impact of the COVID-19 economy, but it almost feels like some of the other indicators are starting to blur because we’ve heard them so much. Or the numbers are so big it can be hard to wrap your head around. In what Vice President Kamala Harris recently called a “national emergency,” 2.5 million...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Starting Monday, street sweeping in the city of Los Angeles will switch from weekly to bi-weekly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and staff reductions, the Bureau of Street Services announced Friday. Officials launched a notification system and map to help residents adjust to the change. READ MORE: USC Study: College Education Now A Bigger Factor Than Race In Likelihood Of COVID-19 Vaccination A parking enforcement officer puts a ticket on a car parked in a no-parking spot due to Monday street sweeping off North Orange Drive on November 3, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Residents can enter their address here to get notifications 24 hours before their street will be swept. “StreetsLA has done a brilliant job in adapting during the pandemic and with staff reductions while working hard to maintain core services,” said Board of Public Works Commissioner Teresa Villegas. “Street sweeping is one of the...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday demanding that all warring parties immediately institute a “sustained humanitarian pause” to enable the unhindered delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination of millions of people in conflict areas. The British-drafted resolution, cosponsored by 112 countries, reiterated the council’s demand last July 1 for “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities” in major conflicts on the Security Council agenda, from Syria and Yemen to Central African Republic, Mali and Sudan and Somalia. It expressed concern that an appeal for cease-fires in all conflicts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, which was first made by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 23, 2020, “was not fully heeded.” Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward, the current council president, announced the result of the email vote because the council has been meeting virtually, saying the resolution...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed legislation that will provide some relief to businesses that lost money in 2020 amid the pandemic and emergency health restrictions. The measure will make available $200 million in grants and will be underwritten by a state job creation fund. Businesses may qualify for grants of up to $100,000 that will be distributed in four quarterly payments. The money can be used to help pay for rent and mortgage obligations in exchange for the businesses rehiring workers or hiring new employees. The governor and other lawmakers said the extra assistance will help get businesses back on their feet as many begin to reopen. Public health restrictions are being eased in more counties where positivity rates and daily case totals are declining. Just this week, more counties joined the ranks of those where indoor dining can be expanded...
    By MICHELLE LIU, Associated Press/Report for America COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is lifting state pandemic restrictions on mass gatherings and alcohol sales, his office announced Friday. Starting Monday, restaurants and bars will be able to sell alcohol after 11 p.m. again, and event organizers will no longer have to secure permits for groups of more than 250 people. McMaster is removing the safety measures as coronavirus cases in the state have dropped in recent weeks, he said. “With the spread of the virus consistently decreasing across the country and more of the most vulnerable South Carolinians being vaccinated every day, I believe these targeted and limited safety measures are no longer necessary,” McMaster said in a statement. “The virus is still among us and we all must continue to make responsible decisions to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, but those decisions are...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday demanding that all warring parties immediately institute a “sustained humanitarian pause” to enable the unhindered delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination of millions of people in conflict areas. The British-drafted resolution, cosponsored by 112 countries, reiterated the council’s demand last July 1 for “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities” in major conflicts on the Security Council agenda, from Syria and Yemen to Central African Republic, Mali and Sudan and Somalia. It expressed concern that an appeal for cease-fires in all conflicts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, which was first made by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 23, 2020, “was not fully heeded.” Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward, the current council president, announced the result of the email vote because the council has been meeting virtually, saying the resolution “will help bring vaccines to 160...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A college education is now more likely to play a bigger role in whether people have already been vaccinated or plan to do so, a new study from USC found. Findings from a recent USC Dornsife Understanding Coronavirus in America survey found that 76%, or three out of four, U.S. adults with at least a bachelor’s degree have already been vaccinated or plan to be, in contrast with just over half of those with a college degree. Researchers say this is a marked shift from earlier in the pandemic. READ MORE: Kyrie Irving Pushes For Kobe Bryant To Be On NBA Logo Lorraine Harvey, an in home care worker, receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Rudolfo Garcia at a clinic at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles on February 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. African Americans...
    Millions of low-income households and people who suffered job losses in the past year could soon receive a $50 monthly subsidy to help pay for their internet bills. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a $3.2 billion plan to provide the aid to help more households afford internet access during the pandemic.  The program will be open to households that already participate in a pandemic or low-income relief program offered by a broadband service, as well as people already enrolled in the FCC's Lifeline program for low-income people, and households with children receiving free or reduced-price school meals. Additionally, the program will be open to people who have lost jobs and had their income reduced in the past year, the agency said. Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the FCC, said in a statement that the program would be open to eligible households within the next 60 days.  ...
    Fairfax County, Virginia’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year includes a one-cent property tax reduction. In a statement to the Board of Supervisors, County Executive Bryan Hill said that the proposed tax cut would bring the rate from $1.15 to $1.14 per $100 of assessed value. The average property bill would go up to $224.15, but that’s $60 less than without the one-cent decrease proposed. Hill said that in the 2021 budget, which was “established pre-pandemic,” they were able to cut taxes in areas such as sales taxes by increasing taxes in real estate. But, he said, he now recognizes that many county homeowners “may be struggling.” Even with the property tax cut, residents could still see some hikes in bills and fees. The board had to make swift changes to the 2021 budget due to the uncertain impacts from the pandemic, so they decided to scrap an increase...
    A new mural at the Consulate General of Mexico in the Westlake area by MacArthur Park stands to honor essential workers called the Gratitude Mural.Officials chose the artists for the Gratitude Mural through a competition called the Gratitude Contest."When they called me and they told me I had won, I was just immediately excited. And I wanted to get to work immediately, I was so thrilled," said artist Marlene Nancy Lopez."It's such an honor and a privilege to be able to give back to the community at this scale," said artist Annie Hong.The three local artists chosen for the mural are from Guatemala, Korea and the Philippines."Since I have so many people in my own family that are essential workers, I really just wanted the opportunity to say thank you to them," said Lopez.
    U.S. diplomat openly calls for Christian nation-states, rails against Jews House set to pass Biden’s $1.9T pandemic relief package With the NCAA granting all current players an extra year of eligibility, the NBA will shift to a system requiring all players to petition for entry into the 2021 draft. © Reuters/BRENDAN MCDERMID The NBA logo is displayed as people pass by the NBA Store in New York The NCAA approved the extra year of eligibility in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL approach to the eligibility shift was to expand the opt-out window for players who have declared for the draft until March 1 (Monday). According to ESPN, the NBA requirement was approved by the league office because the NCAA's new approach changed the definition and application of "eligible players" for NBA draft consideration. Current NBA collective bargaining agreement language grants graduating college seniors who exhausted their...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans are overwhelmingly against the bill, raising concerns that the spending is vastly more than necessary and designed to advance policy priorities that go beyond helping Americans get through the pandemic. Democrats and President Joe Biden counter that a robust aid package is necessary to prevent a long and painful recovery from the pandemic. The Democrats' goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expires. The Senate, which Democrats control by a single vote, will consider the bill next. A look at some highlights of the legislation: MORE CHECKS The legislation provides a rebate that amounts to $1,400 for a...
    Bill Gates. Getty Images for All In WA Bill Gates has emerged as the main target for far-right conspiracy theorists.  From COVID-19 to climate change, false claims about the billionaire philanthropist keep spreading. Conspiracy-theory experts told Insider he's become the favorite scapegoat for those seeking answers. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As millions of homes in Texas lost electricity amid a rare snowstorm last week, some conspiracy theorists baselessly placed blame for the incident on a billionaire philanthropist nearly 2,000 miles away in Washington state.  "What's happening in Texas was a planned attack," reads a February 18 message in a popular conspiracy theorist Telegram channel with 159,000 subscribers. "Bill Gates is attempting to block the sun in order to keep the Earth more cool."  Days later, on Monday night, Tucker Carlson dog-whistled to conspiracy theorists, telling Fox News viewers that "your body" is "Bill Gates' body...
    ▲ Sherlyn Díaz Martínez, 10 years old and deaf, is the only woman who practices this sport. Photo Diana Manzo Diana Manzo Correspondent La Jornada newspaperFriday, February 26, 2021, p. a10 Juchitán, Oax., You do not need the most sophisticated tennis shoes or the best brand gloves for your practice, sponge baseball requires a lot of strength in the legs and a powerful fist. This sport is street sport and takes place in open-air flat spaces. It was born several yesterdays ago in the poorest neighborhoods of Juchitán, to reduce vices such as alcoholism and drug addiction and now in a pandemic it is an incentive for children and young people. Sponge baseball does not require professional balls, a sponge ball is used that has a lower cost –100 pesos a dozen– and requires 22 people to make up a team. His taste has been so...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans are overwhelmingly against the bill, raising concerns that the spending is vastly more than necessary and designed to advance policy priorities that go beyond helping Americans get through the pandemic. Democrats and President Joe Biden counter that a robust aid package is necessary to prevent a long and painful recovery from the pandemic. The Democrats’ goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expires. The Senate, which Democrats control by a single vote, will consider the bill next. A look at some highlights of the legislation: MORE CHECKS The legislation provides a rebate that amounts to $1,400 for a single taxpayer, or $2,800...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Amid a decline in coronavirus hospitalizations in Los Angeles County, health officials are turning their attention to how COVID-19 is affecting children.SoCal family shares warning of rare illness linked to coronavirus after 8-year-old son hospitalizedEMBED More News Videos The family of a Southern California child who became seriously ill from complications linked to COVID-19 are sharing their story after their quick actions may have saved their young son's life. MORE: Simi Valley teen dies of MIS-C, rare illness linked to COVIDEMBED More News VideosA 15-year-old Simi Valley boy has died of MIS-C, an illness linked to the coronavirus.
    Senior-level U.S. Customs and Border Protection sources report the Title 42 Centers for Disease Control emergency order will be vacated in as soon as one week, but a 7-day extension is under consideration. The development comes as local border communities are struggling to cope with already increased arrivals and releases of asylum seekers. The emergency order in question was issued by the CDC last March at the onset of pandemic lockdowns. It swiftly returned illegal border crossers back to Mexico with minimal, often 2-hour processing lags. The CDC order was the last remaining measure implemented under the Trump administration to discourage illegal immigration during the pandemic. The measure was critical to reduce overcrowding in Border Patrol facilities as it limited any relief under existing immigration laws, including asylum claims. The CDC order foreclosed the need for temporary or long-term detention of most migrants and worked to slow the possible spread...
    For almost a year now, our nation has been gripped by three simultaneous crises brought on by COVID-19—a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and an education crisis. In response to the public health crisis, the United States instituted Operation Warp Speed. This effort resulted in two different COVID-19 vaccines receiving swift authorization by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the administration of over 60 million vaccine doses to the American public. Other vaccines with promise are in the pipeline and could be authorized by the FDA in short order. Despite these early successes in developing, authorizing, and administering vaccines, we need to ensure that enough vaccines are distributed and administered in a rapid and effective manner. The truth is that the United States has never undertaken the kind of ambitious vaccine program that will be necessary to distribute hundreds of millions of doses over such a short...
    Although coronavirus vaccines are being distributed throughout the U.S. and life is expected to slowly start getting back to normal in 2021, we are still quite a while from the old status quo. That is, if life ever truly returns to normal after living and working at a distance for at least 18 months. Although financial markets and the real estate market have improved since the March crash, now is a unique time to begin investing in real estate. Moreover, although the economy has been erratic at best, the real estate market has actually experienced a boom. From the rise of remote work to historically low interest rates, people are relocating, and that’s good news for many markets. In this article, we’ll provide tips on how to invest in real estate during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to prepare for the investment opportunities to come after the pandemic passes. Working...
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Division I softball is providing a training ground this season for players preparing for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Japan. UCLA’s Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles and Arizona’s Dejah Mulipola are among 18 players fighting for 15 spots on the U.S. squad that will go to Tokyo. Oklahoma’s Nicole Mendes and North Carolina State’s Tatyana Forbes will play for Mexico, their schools said. Washington’s Gabbie Plain is a finalist for a slot on Australia’s team. During Olympic years, Team USA’s college players who are finalists for the Olympic squad usually travel the country playing with the national team. Garcia, Nickles and Mulipola made a joint decision with Team USA and coach Ken Eriksen to stay with their college teams this year. Eriksen said the other 15 U.S. hopefuls are not touring this time because of COVID-19 has taken opportunities off the table. He said the...
    The White House announced Friday that approximately half of Americans 65 and older in the United States have received the first dose of the Vaccine against him Covid-19 (disease caused by the new Coronavirus). « Almost half of Americans over 65 have received a first puncture, » the White House senior adviser for the response told reporters. Covid-19, Andy Slavitt, during a press conference. Slavitt noted that the administration of Joe biden opened more than 400 new centers Vaccinetion in nearly 40 states in the United States. « Any progress is the result of the hard work of many individuals and entities, » said Slavitt, highlighting the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors in efforts to Vaccinera the population. When asked to comment on the efforts of some states to lift the strict restrictions imposed by the pandemic in Covid-19Slavitt cautioned that such...
    The Biden administration is exploring options to advance a pandemic eviction moratorium following a Thursday ruling from a federal United States district court judge that declared it unconstitutional. White House officials told the Daily Caller that the president is disappointed with the decision from Judge John Barker and that the Department of Justice is evaluating options to proceed with the moratorium. (RELATED: Eviction Moratorium Unconstitutional, Judge Rules) The Justice Department officials declined the Daily Caller’s requests for comment on the subject. US President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on February 26, 2021. – President Biden travels to Texas to visit a food bank and emergency operations center after a winter storm left millions without electricity and clean water for days. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) The White House stressed rulings from two other district courts that upheld the moratorium and said...
    By CARA ANNA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States praised Tanzania on Friday for finally acknowledging the resurgence of COVID-19 after claiming for months it had defeated the pandemic through prayer. But the U.S. urged the country to share infection data and accept vaccines. “It has become clear that the virus variant has arrived in Tanzania,“ U.S. Ambassador Donald Wright, who is also a doctor, said in a statement. “I’ve been encouraged by recent statements from the Ministry of Health acknowledging COVID-19 as a public health priority in Tanzania and urging citizens to take basic precautions.“ Tanzania is one of Africa’s most populous countries, with some 60 million people, and during its long COVID-19 denial the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that if the continent isn’t united, “it’s doomed.” High-profile deaths this month in the East African nation, including that of...
    New York (CNN Business)US consumer spending jumped at its quickest pace since June as stimulus checks put more cash into Americans' wallets. Incomes rose 10% in January — the biggest increase since April of last year, when expanded unemployment benefits and stimulus checks from the CARES Act put more cash in American's wallets, the Commerce Department reported Friday.As a result, consumer spending increased by 2.4% last month. The jump is great news for America's economy, two-thirds of which relies on consumer spending. That said, spending rose ever so slightly less than economists predicted and is still below pre-pandemic levels."The 10% surge in personal income was used wisely with some funds ending up in the piggy bank, some used to pay off debt, and a decent chunk used to restock, refuel, redesign, and revive old spending habits," said Gregory Daco, chief US economist at Oxford Economics.Washington's second stimulus package, signed in...
    Emmy organizers are facing demands to strip Andrew Cuomo of the 'farcical' award they gave him for his pandemic press briefings, DailyMail.com can reveal. In a letter sent Friday, 10 GOP representatives urged the president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS) to distance the group from Cuomo by rescinding his International Emmy Founders Award. In November, IATAS awarded Cuomo with an Emmy for his daily, televised press conferences providing an update on the developing coronavirus situation in one of the states most hard-hit by the pandemic – which the organizers called ‘masterful’ at the time. 'Rescinding Governor Cuomo's Emmy will not bring back the lives lost due to his deceit and reckless policies,' they wrote to Bruce Paisner. 'However, it would send a message to their surviving loved ones that IATAS sympathizes with their pain and stands with them in solidarity.' 'We urge you...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling, a development she described as concerning while urging that restrictions to fight the virus remain in place. Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters the CDC was watching the concerning data closely. The White House on Friday also urged companies to join efforts to help fight the pandemic by requiring mask wearing by employees and educating customers. Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser on the White House's COVID-19 response team, listed a number of companies that were taking measures to help with the pandemic fight and urged more to join. Ford and the Gap were producing and donating millions of masks, he said, while Best Buy, Target and Dollar General were giving workers paid time off to get vaccines. The White House is working on a...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There is some good news for high school seniors in South Florida. Broward County Public Schools intend to hold live, in-person high school graduations and Miami-Dade Public Schools is “exploring the possibility.” Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has announced the school system is exploring the possibility of in-person graduations this year, instead of pandemic-driven virtual graduations. READ MORE: LaToya Ratlieff: Apology Disingenuous and Disheartening After Detective Exonerated For Shooting Her In Face With Projectile During Black Lives Matter Protest Carvalho says the decision is being driven by declining positivity rates for the coronavirus pandemic and improving health conditions. Carvalho says Miami-Dade’s high school seniors deserve the opportunity to experience their once-in-a lifetime graduation in person. “We have decided that even though this pandemic continues, with declining positivity rates in Miami-Dade with significantly improved health conditions in our community, with a desire by everyone to normalize...
    By Christoph Steitz and Jan Schwartz FRANKFURT, Feb 26 (.) – Volkswagen expects deliveries, revenue and margins to rebound strongly this year as the coronavirus pandemic slows, after a nearly half cut in 2020 earnings that was even better than the German automaker expected. Volkswagen, the world’s number one automaker after Toyota for cars sold, is spending tens of billions of euros to reinvent itself as a leader in the electric vehicle market, where Tesla has gotten ahead of its rivals. “Last year, the Volkswagen Group managed to contain the effects of the pandemic on its business and at the same time lay the important strategic foundations for its transformation,” CFO Frank Witter said on Friday. Deliveries and sales, which were affected by the pandemic in 2020, are increasing significantly this year, the company said, without being more specific. In 2020, sales fell 11.8% to € 222.9 billion (€ 270.2...
    NEW YORK (AP) – New York City's Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced Friday he will step down, citing the coronavirus pandemic's personal toll on his family. He will be replaced by Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter, who will become the first Black woman to lead the nation's largest public school district. Richard Carranza, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, speaks during a public hearing with Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, not pictured, on school governance and mayoral control in New York, U.S., on Friday, March 15, 2019. De Blasio told MSNBC today that he hasn't precluded seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and says he's a "social Democrat" seeking to redistribute wealth. Photographer: Natan Dvir/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Getty Images) Carranza, who has spent three years on the job, briefly choked back tears at a news conference as he announced his decision to step...
    The pandemic-affected oyster season has been difficult for the industry in Maryland, causing farmers and watermen to rethink how they sell their product and changing how programs conduct oyster restoration. After restaurants reduced their capacity and a stay-at-home order was issued last spring, restaurant sales essentially went to zero within a matter of a week, said Scott Budden, founder of Orchard Point Oyster Co. headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland. Pre-pandemic, Orchard Point Oyster Co. would primarily sell to restaurants, either directly to the chef or through regional distributors and wholesalers. Since April, they have transitioned to directly selling to the public, through local pick-ups and cold shipping, Budden said. While the 2020 harvest numbers are preliminary, as of December, there were 39,913 bushels of oysters sold in Maryland in 2020 from leased beds, compared to 54,903 bushels sold in 2019, according to the Department of Natural Resources. This is more than...
    Miranda Lambert admitted that the pandemic has really helped her marriage to Brendan McLoughlin. The two tied the knot after a brief courtship and the country singer said living and traveling together over the last year around the country in a RV has brought them closer together.  "Yeah, I think it was really good," Lambert, 37, said of spending every day in lockdown together on SiriusXM's The Highway. "I mean, we didn't date very long before we got married. And so we sort of got to just really, really, really get to know each other. Cause it was just us two with no distraction, at my farm outside of Nashville. And so I was really thankful for it because it made us really strong," she revealed. MIRANDA LAMBERT, HUSBAND BRENDAN MCLOUGHLIN CELEBRATE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Lambert added that before the pandemic she was often on the road touring and performing.  "I think it...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States praised Tanzania on Friday for finally acknowledging the resurgence of COVID-19 after claiming for months it had defeated the pandemic through prayer. But the U.S. urged the country to share infection data and accept vaccines. “It has become clear that the virus variant has arrived in Tanzania,“ U.S. Ambassador Donald Wright, who is also a doctor, said in a statement. “I’ve been encouraged by recent statements from the Ministry of Health acknowledging COVID-19 as a public health priority in Tanzania and urging citizens to take basic precautions.“ Tanzania is one of Africa’s most populous countries, with some 60 million people, and during its long COVID-19 denial the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that if the continent isn’t united, “it’s doomed.” High-profile deaths this month in the East African nation, including that of the vice president of...
    More On: sonja morgan Sonja Morgan handed out $10,000 in cash for Christmas Dorinda Medley selling Sonja by Sonja Morgan dress on Poshmark See how Kandi Burruss, Kim Zolciak and more housewives’ faces have changed ‘RHONY’ cast spotted back at work in Greenport post-COVID scare “Real Housewives of New York City” fans might not expect to run into Sonja Morgan at Walmart — but now, they can shop styles from her clothing line at the superstore. The retailer announced on Instagram Thursday that Sonja by Sonja Morgan is now stocked on Walmart.com.  Options range from everyday looks like the Jenna Leopard Sleeve Blouse ($44.95) to sparkling party dresses that “make an entrance,” like the Goldie Glitter Belted Dress ($99.95). Morgan, 57, launched her namesake collection in 2014; in 2019, she signed a deal with Century 21 to sell her wares at its stores. I want Sonja Morgan brand clothes and I don’t care...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ coronavirus pandemic restrictions are being relaxed Friday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office said. “The past 30 days have shown a sustained decrease in case counts, transmission rate, and positivity rate,” a news release said Thursday. Starting at 6 a.m. Friday, it said, groups of up to 75 may gather indoors and 150 outdoors, and restaurants, bars, breweries, libraries and other businesses may seat up to 15 people at a table. Indoor stadiums may admit up to 15% of the maximum number of fans usually allowed, with outdoor stadiums admitting up to 25%. The news release was sent hours after Gov. John Bel Edwards said steadily declining numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide may indicate that vaccines are making a difference. More than 2,000 people were hospitalized statewide in January, but the number was 679 on Thursday. New Orleans' changes bring city guidelines closer to...
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — The town meeting, for centuries, was a staple of New England life — but the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate the departure from the tradition where people gather to debate everything from the purchase of local road equipment to multimillion-dollar budgets to pressing social issues. The basis of the town meeting is to bring everyone together in the same room — sometimes a literal town hall, sometimes a school gymnasium — where voters will hash out local issues until a decision is made. The restrictions on in-person gatherings imposed by the pandemic make that impossible. Some communities are delaying meetings this year until the virus will, hopefully, be more under control. Others are using pre-printed ballots to decide issues, forgoing the daylong debate altogether. Some worry the temporary workaround could remain even after life returns to normal. “I’d be very disappointed if...
    Despite his budget proposal cutting spending from the previous record-high year by less than $2 billion and touting a $120 million expected surplus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker maintains that Illinois is still in need of the $7.5 billion contained in President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan. The Center Square asked Pritzker Tuesday whether he thinks it’s still necessary for the state to take the estimated amount proposed in the aid plan after he announced in his budget address that he’d balanced the current year’s books and expects a surplus next year as well. “This is a budget that is a result of a crisis that we’ve had facing the state and the country,” he responded. “When you say there’s a surplus at the end, it’s a mild surplus. Not totally insubstantial, more than $100 million, but that’s in a $41.6 billion budget. This is a budget that is balanced...
    Florida is going to have a "budget surplus" despite "predictions of its economic doom" during the coronavirus pandemic, the Republican governor of the Sunshine State Ron DeSantis said on Friday ahead of his speech at CPAC. "I saw that weather forecast, we're in the mid-60s, most of the other states are in the 30s and 40s. So, I’d take 65 with a whiff of freedom over 35 under the yoke of lockdown any day of the week and twice on Sunday," DeSantis told "Fox & Friends." CPAC SPEAKER RON DESANTIS: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FLORIDA GOVERNOR Florida received "a lot of opposition from the corporate media" for going "against the grain" on how states handled the coronavirus lockdown. "But, our kids are in school. Parents are happy with that. Our economy is growing. People are working. And they were predicting economic doom, particularly for Florida, because we're a tourism base and our...
    Nurses display a 'Stay Home' sign on their vehicle during a car caravan of nurses calling for people to remain home amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso on November 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas.Mario Tama | Getty Images A federal judge in Texas ruled on Thursday evening that the national ban on evictions that's been in place since September is unconstitutional. "Although the Covid-19 pandemic persists, so does the Constitution," U.S. District Judge John Barker wrote, siding with a group of property managers who argued that the ban exceeds the power of the federal government. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national eviction moratorium was first announced under former President Donald Trump in September 2020. It prohibited evicting renters who were financially struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. President Joe Biden has since extended the moratorium through March, and the latest stimulus package in the...
    MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — The town meeting, for centuries, was a staple of New England life — but the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate the departure from the tradition where people gather to debate everything from the purchase of local road equipment to multimillion-dollar budgets to pressing social issues. The basis of the town meeting is to bring everyone together in the same room — sometimes a literal town hall, sometimes a school gymnasium — where voters will hash out local issues until a decision is made. The restrictions on in-person gatherings imposed by the pandemic make that impossible. Some communities are delaying meetings this year until the virus will, hopefully, be more under control. Others are using pre-printed ballots to decide issues, forgoing the daylong debate altogether. Some worry the temporary workaround could remain even after life returns to normal. “I’d be very disappointed if people think that this...
    Home-sharing site Airbnb posted a $4.6 billion loss for 2020 as it suffered from the pandemic downturn in travel and recorded one-time costs for becoming a public company.  In results released Thursday - Airbnb's first as a publicly traded entity - the company took a charge of $2.8 billion for stock compensation related to the IPO. A year earlier, the company lost $674 million. However, gross bookings for the fourth quarter ending December 31 were better than expected, indicating a strong rebound in demand for vacation rentals in North America as restrictions ease. Airbnb stock rose as much as 9 percent in early trading Friday. Leisure travelers in the company's biggest market stepped out to nearby locations that could be accessed by a car and are within 50 miles, lifting daily booking rates up by 13 percent, Airbnb said. Home-sharing site Airbnb posted a $4.6 billion loss for 2020 in...
    Loading the player... A federal judge has ruled that the national moratorium on evictions instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is unconstitutional.  U.S. District Judge John Barker did not issue an injunction; however, the Donald Trump appointee said he expected the CDC to respect his ruling.  A tenant speaks with a Maricopa County constable who arrived with an eviction order in Phoenix. A federal judge has ruled that the national moratorium on evictions instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is unconstitutional. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) “The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium,” Barker wrote in his ruling. “It did not do so during the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic. Nor did it invoke such a power during the exigencies of the Great Depression. The federal government has not...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Nearly 2,000 child care providers in Maine are going to get rapid COVID-19 testing. Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew says 1,726 child care providers will be getting Bionex Now COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, with a goal of preserving the child care workforce and care for children. There are enough rapid tests for child care providers with the capacity to serve nearly 50,000 children, Lambrew said. “Maine’s effort to support childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic are having a positive effect. In Maine, 93% of childcare providers are open statewide from a low of just over 50% at the start of the pandemic," she said. The tests come from the state’s recent purchase of 250,000 Bionex Now rapid antigen tests, she said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Maine, Associated Press
    Madison Summers February 26, 2021 0 Comments Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is declaring that his state “got it right” during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, the Florida governor praised his leadership and state’s handling of the pandemic. He noted statistics that show Florida has “lower per capita COVID mortality than the national average and lower than 27 other states.” “Florida got it right and the lockdown states got it wrong,” DeSantis declared. Watch his comments below: "Florida got it right and the lockdown states got it wrong." @GovRonDeSantis on Floridas response to COVID 19. #CPAC2021 #AmericaUnCanceled pic.twitter.com/ANWFWUTWGX— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 26, 2021 Florida saw a spike in new COVID-19 cases reported in mid-July of 2020 and then again at the start of January 2021. The state, however, has been on a downward trend in new cases since roughly...
    DEAR JOAN: My dog, Autumn, has become a scaredy-cat since the pandemic. Early fireworks, darkness of the evening hours — and now she will not complete a circuit around our favorite block. I am afraid when we all go back to work and school, she will be a wreck to stay home alone. What can I do to build her confidence back? Lawrence, Woodland Hills DEAR LAWRENCE: Researchers have confirmed what we pet lovers had been noticing in our animals during this long pandemic. Many have had changes in their personalities and some, like your Autumn, seem to have developed unusual fears. A recent study of 14,000 dogs from 264 breeds revealed that almost 75 percent of the pets had developed at least one anxiety-related behavior during quarantine. Those behaviors included barking and aggression. Is Autumn one of those dogs that are reacting to pandemic stress? Your first step should...
    Washington (CNN)Fifty prominent men, including business leaders, athletes and actors, are backing a proposal that would pay moms $2,400 a month for their "unpaid labor at home," as record numbers of women have left the workforce due to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis.In an open letter published as a full-page ad in The Washington Post, the group of men, some of whom are fathers, call on Congress to pass the "Marshall Plan for Moms" that will get women back to work. The letter includes NBA star Steph Curry, former NFL player Victor Cruz, actors Don Cheadle and Colin Farrell, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. "When more than 30 years of progress for women in the workforce can be erased in 9 months, the underlying system is broken. It's time to create a new structure that works for...
    New York : A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man last night in Chinatown (NYC), in a possible new attack of hatred against the Asian community. The 36-year-old victim was stabbed in the torso and hospitalized in serious condition, following the incident that occurred around 6:15 pm on Worth Street and Baxter Avenue, near the federal court in Manhattan. The suspect fled on foot and was arrested near the scene hours later. Has a history of three previous arrests, highlighted New York Post, without identifying it. Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, whose district covers the area where the stabbing occurred, wrote on Twitter that, preliminarily, the attack did not appear to be a hate crime, but the NYPD has not ruled it out. Authorities say they are taking steps to combat a Nearly 1,000% increase in hate crimes against Asians in NYC, since the beginning of the...
    Americans’ satisfaction with the U.S. has more than doubled since January, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. Gallup found that 27 percent of U.S. adults are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., up from just 11 percent that said the same in January. Satisfaction with the U.S. fell late last year as the coronavirus pandemic raged and former President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE sought to dispute President BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE’s victory, Gallup noted. The poll also found that Democrats are driving national satisfaction. Forty-five percent of respondents that identified as Democrats...
    EFE videos Saving restaurants to feed New York health workers New York, Feb 26 (EFE) .- Luis and Alex plating in the dining room of the restaurant “Addictive Wine and Tapas” the 250 trays of pasta Bolognese that the staff of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx will have for dinner. They are part of chef José Andrés’ initiative to offer food to public hospitals in New York and, at the same time, prevent the bankruptcy of a score of dining rooms. “If there is an emergency, these restaurants do not operate and what better way than to put those restaurants at the service of using them to feed those who need it,” the chef explains to Efe. In the last month, José Andrés’ NGO, World Central Kitchen, has offered the 16 public hospitals in the city some 30,000 meals a day prepared in 20 restaurants in the city that are...
    It’s dining with the stars. Almost.  Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm are just a few famous figures you’ll see at legendary New York steakhouse Peter Luger while dining during the pandemic: The Brooklyn chophouse partnered with wax museum Madame Tussauds to give a host of Hollywood heavyweights a seat at its open tables. The mannequins, which have a standing reservation at the restaurant through March 1, are the restaurant's current answer to the empty seats in its dining rooms, which are restricted to 35% capacity amid the pandemic. Peter Luger teamed up with Madame Tussauds wax museum to bring figures like Jon Hamm (above) to its dining room. (Madame Tussauds) Indoor dining at Peter Luger only resumed on Feb. 14, but the more-than-century-old steakhouse soon began hoping to give guests more than just dinner, but a bit of a show, too. PETER LUGER'S ZERO-STAR REVIEW WILL STILL LURE PEOPLE WILLING TO...
    EFE videos Bielsa-Aragnouet: the tunnel that accentuates European sentiment Bielsa (Huesca), Feb 26 (EFE) .- To speak of the Bielsa-Aragnouet tunnel, which links the Aragonese region of Sobrarbe with the French department of the High Pyrenees, is to do it in collaboration, synergies, closer ties and the growth of a common and pro-European sentiment that has been consolidated during its almost 45 years of life. This international tunnel, opened to traffic in 1976, is the achievement of the union of these municipalities that financed the works for which they have paid, “until relatively recently”, a loan that residents endorsed with their properties in “a work of very complex economic engineering “. This is how the mayor of Bielsa, Miguel Noguero, describes the process, who reminds Efe that “it took a lot for the central government to see the project” for this 3,070-meter infrastructure, although once agreed, he built the access...
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Friday it made a better than expected profit of 8.8 billion euros ($10.7 billion) after tax in 2020 despite the disruption from the pandemic. The company said the rapid recovery of China, its largest single market, helped the bottom line, as did resilient demand for luxury autos despite the pandemic. The Wolfsburg-based carmaker said that it had taken important strategic steps to accelerate its push into software and digital technologies and services. It tripled its sales of electric vehicles to 422,000 ahead of stricter European Union limits on emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas blamed for global warming. The earnings figure was off 37% from 2019. Sales revenue was down 11.8% at 222.9 billion euros, but fell less than the 16.4% drop in unit sales to 9.2 million vehicles. More financial details are to be announced March 16 at the...
    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals are expected to lose billions again in 2021, leaving them in dire financial shape as the COVID-19 pandemic guts the industry for a second year. Hospitals could lose $53 billion to $122 billion in revenue in 2021, between 4% and 10% of their total revenue, according to an analysis prepared by consulting firm Kaufman Hall & Associates for the American Hospital Association. These revenue declines would come on top of $320 billion in lost revenue in 2020, said Rick Pollack, the hospital association's president and CEO. The reasons? Hospitals are spending more to treat COVID-19 patients as well as maintain regular operations during the pandemic, Pollack said. At the same time, drug expenses increased by 17% in 2020; labor by 14%; and supplies by 13%, the Kaufman Hall report says. "All those expenses keep going...
    THE coronavirus pandemic has created a generation of schoolchildren interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing, research has revealed. A survey of 1,000 kids aged 11-17 revealed 83 per cent have been learning about the pandemic by watching the news - with 71 per cent asking their parents about the virus because they're interested. 1The coronavirus pandemic has created a generation of schoolchildren interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (stock photo)Credit: PA:Press Association Two thirds (67 per cent) have also been inspired by the hard work of the nurses and doctors working during the pandemic, as well as the likes of Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam. And 48 per cent of secondary-age schoolchildren would be interested in a career in STEM after seeing how people working in these industries have helped people. With children glued to the news, experts are becoming more mainstream...
    New Delhi (CNN Business)India's economy is out of recession but still a long way from returning to rates of growth seen before the pandemic. Asia's third biggest economy recorded a rise in gross domestic product of 0.4% in the final three months of 2020, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to official statistics published on Friday. Last year, the country plunged into recession for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, with economists warning that it would struggle to recover from the slump. Official data showed that GDP fell 7.3% from last July to September, following a record drop of more than 24% the previous quarter. For 2020 as a whole, the Indian economy contracted by 6.9%.In a research note on Friday, Shilan Shah, senior economist at Capital Economics, estimated that GDP grew 9.2% in the last quarter of 2020 compared with the previous...
    TYLER, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) putting a temporarily moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic is unconstitutional. US District Judge John Barker, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump to the court in the Eastern District of Texas, stopped short of issuing a preliminary injunction, but said he expected the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to respect his ruling and withdraw the moratorium. READ MORE: Deadly Winter Storms Could Be The Most Costly Disaster In Texas History “The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium. It did not do so during the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic. Nor did it invoke such a power during the exigencies of the Great Depression. The federal government has not claimed...
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Friday it made a better than expected profit of 8.8 billion euros ($10.7 billion) after tax in 2020 despite the disruption from the pandemic. The company said the rapid recovery of China, its largest single market, helped the bottom line, as did resilient demand for luxury autos despite the pandemic. The Wolfsburg-based carmaker said that it had taken important strategic steps to accelerate its push into software and digital technologies and services. It tripled its sales of electric vehicles to 422,000 ahead of stricter European Union limits on emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas blamed for global warming. The earnings figure was off 37% from 2019. Sales revenue was down 11.8% at 222.9 billion euros, but fell less than the 16.4% drop in unit sales to 9.2 million vehicles. More financial details are to be announced March 16...
    (CNN)The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved final rules for a new broadband subsidy program that could help struggling families pay for internet service during the pandemic.The agency's $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides eligible low-income households with up to a $50 per month credit on their internet bills through their provider until the end of the pandemic. In tribal areas, eligible households may receive up to $75 per month. The program also provides eligible households up to $100 off of one computer or tablet.Covid-19 vaccine rollout puts a spotlight on unequal internet accessThe congressionally created program is aimed at closing the digital divide, which has become painfully apparent over the past year as millions of Americans have been forced to work and learn remotely. Some have also raised concerns that the digital divide could affect access to the vaccine as signups typically happen online.For years, industry critics have...
    Bloomberg During a year in which many hospitals in the United States cared for large numbers of COVID-19 patients, medical care for other illnesses dropped dramatically. Insulin prescriptions decreased as much as HIV tests, cancer care was postponed or canceled, people with heart attacks did not go to the emergency room. The cause was the pandemic – people were asked to stay home and feared infection. Even if they wanted to go to the doctor, in-person consultation appointments were rare because of social distancing restrictions in waiting rooms. This situation, compounded by unemployment that left thousands without health insurance, has created a parallel health crisis. Although the repercussions will take time to understand, experts say health care that was postponed in 2020 could impact the health of many Americans in the long term and inflate medical costs in the future. While COVID has hit communities of...
    Reuters February 26, 2021 0 Comments The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will aim to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill on Friday in what would be the first major legislative victory of his presidency. A spirited and potentially long debate was expected, as most Republicans oppose the cost of the bill that would pay for vaccines and other medical supplies to battle a COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 Americans and thrown millions out of work. The measure would also send a new round of emergency financial aid to households, small businesses and state and local governments. A group of Senate Republicans had offered Biden a slimmed-down alternative, but the White House and some economists insist a big package is needed. Biden has focused his first weeks in office on tackling the greatest public health crisis in a century, which has upended most...
    By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The party of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele is expected to win a sweeping victory in Sunday's legislative and municipal elections, stoking the opposition's fears that Bukele could consolidate his control. Opinion polls show Bukele's new party, New Ideas, and its allies will win between 43 and 56 out of a possible 84 seats. A simple majority would give the ruling party the power to propose constitutional changes. A two-thirds majority would allow it to appoint high-level government officials, such as the attorney general and five of the 15 Supreme Court justices. Bukele, a 39-year-old publicist and city mayor, took office in 2019 promising to root out corruption and upend the two-party politics that has dominated since the end of the civil war in 1992. Bukele has been limited by his weak presence in Congress, with only 10 seats held by the Grand Alliance...
    BEIJING, Feb 26 (.) – China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could grow between 8% and 9% in 2021 as it continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Liu Shijin, a senior advisor to the Bank, said on Friday. People of China. The speed of recovery would not mean that China has returned to a period of “high growth”, Liu said, as it would be from a low base in 2020, when the Chinese economy grew 2.3%. HSBC analysts forecast this week that China would grow 8.5% this year, leading the global economic recovery from the pandemic. If average GDP growth in 2020 and 2021 is around 5%, it would be a “not bad” result, Liu said at a webcast. China is scheduled to release a government work report on March 5 that typically includes a GDP growth target for the year. Last year’s report did not include any due to...
    $50 adidas Gift Cards on Sale for $40 Are the Perfect Gift for 2021 Grads The MMA Road Show with John Morgan, No. 309: Kelvin Gastelum, Kelvin Croom Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi Cinema giant Cinemark Holdings swung to a loss for the fourth quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic, but expressed confidence in a rebound in movie-going once the virus is more contained. “The company’s financial results continue to be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the company’s theaters were closed for an extended period of time beginning in March 2020,” Cinemark said. “The company began reopening domestic theaters in June 2020 and international theaters in August 2020, following enhanced health and safety protocols.” As of Dec. 31, it had 217 domestic and 129 international venues open “to limited hours, showing library content and some new releases with some limitations on capacities.” The company, led by CEO Mark...
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch appeals court said on Friday the government had been right to impose a night curfew in the fight against the coronavirus, overturning a lower court's order which had caused confusion over the measure last week. In a clear victory for the government, the appeals court said it had rightfully used emergency powers to install the curfew, the first in the Netherlands since World War Two, and had adequately proved that the measure was necessary to rein in the pandemic. The district court in The Hague last week had ruled that the government had failed to make clear why emergency powers were needed at this stage of the pandemic, siding with anti-lockdown activists who had brought the case. Friday's ruling had little practical implications, as the government last week circumvented the order to scrap the curfew by rushing in a new law which gave it a...
    ACROSS England and Wales there are just 36 postcode areas that have recorded no Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The interactive map below reveals the number of people who have died from the virus in your local area as well as the areas with the most fatalities. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 10An interactive map from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of deaths from coronavirus in England and Wales since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 It uses the latest official data where Covid-19 was listed as the cause of death in England and Wales since the outbreak of the pandemic. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal the ten places that have seen the most deaths from the virus since March. The ONS data uses what are known as middle super output areas (MSOAs)...
    By Joan Faus and Nacho Doce BARCELONA (Reuters) - Carrying a big speaker at protests that have rocked Barcelona since another rapper was jailed for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty, Alex Reis hands the microphone attached to it to anyone who wants to make some noise. "I'm not here only for him, but for the right to express ourselves and because there's a lot of discontent about things that must change," said Reis, 25, referring to the nine-month sentence that Pablo Hasel began to serve last week. Hasel's case has galvanized a debate over freedom of expression in Spain, prompting the government to announce it would relax free speech laws that ban ridiculing of religious beliefs and insults against the monarchy as well as the glorification of armed separatist movements. For Reis - a jobless rapper who sings on trains to make ends meet - and others involved in demonstrations...
    Thursday February 25, a year after the detection of its first case of coronavirus infection, Brazil recorded more than 250,000 deaths from Covid-19. It is the second country in the world most bereaved by this pandemic. The Covid-19 has now claimed 251,498 victims in Brazil The authorities of Brazil reported a total of 251,498 deaths due to coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Having exceeded the symbolic bar of 250,000 deaths, one year after the discovery of its first positive case, the country is to date the most bereaved by this health crisis in the world, after the United States. The latter crossed the threshold of 500,000 deaths at the beginning of the week. On average, more than 1,000 deaths per day The scientific community believes, however, that these figures are largely underestimated, notes The Journal of Montreal. With the second epidemic wave, the Brazil would deplore...
    In the field of companies, businesses and brands, one of the news that has generated the most noise in recent days within Mexico is the announcement of the departure of the financial firm JP Morgan Chase. In particular, it has been announced that this company will leave private banking in the country, referring all its current clients to BBVA. However, its exit is not definitive as it will continue to have a presence with some businesses in Mexico, where investment banking, commerce and treasury services are contemplated, according to information published by Bloomberg. Reading this fact has given way to multiple interpretations that can easily be identified on social networks, such as the following: JP Morgan leaves Mexico. It is the most alarming sign of all the news that we have read in the last two years. I told them that the lack of light was only the beginning of...
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic and doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths. It takes about 12 weeks to install a hospital oxygen plant and even less time to convert industrial oxygen manufacturing systems into a medical-grade network. But in Brazil and Nigeria, as well as in less-populous nations, decisions to fully address inadequate supplies only started being made last month, after hospitals were overwhelmed and patients started to die. The gap in medical oxygen availability “is one of the defining health equity issues, I think, of our age,” said Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who said he survived a severe coronavirus infection thanks to the oxygen he received. Doctors in Nigeria anxiously...
    A total of 366 films aspire to take the Oscar for the best film of the year, the most important category of the Hollywood Academy Awards that despite the pandemic has achieved the highest number of records in 50 years. The official list of nominees will be known on March 15, although the coronavirus has not affected the number of films that academics will have to vote on after the organization adapted the rules due to the closure of cinemas in practically the whole world. In 1970 there were a total of 374 eligible films, although the deliveries with the most participation were the first, in 1927 and 1928, when more than 550 titles competed. For this edition, the Academy modified the regulations – exceptionally – to admit to the competition films that have been released directly by streaming, without going through theaters, although on the condition that they had...
    In recent history, such spectacular events as deserted city centers and restaurants closed for long weeks have been rather rare. When this kind of episode occurs, which disrupts the functioning of an entire sector of the economy, we generally move between two hypotheses: a return to the previous situation as soon as the conditions are right. In other words, after the Covid, catering will resume its previous life. Second hypothesis: anticipate a radical change. Catering will have to reinvent itself from top to bottom. Our position as experts in the entire catering industry pushes us to adopt a more balanced position. The restaurants will reopen. Consumers will continue to eat lunch or dinner in their favorite restaurants. And we can only rejoice. But to believe that the pandemic will not bring about profound changes in the role, the economic model and the type of consumption of restaurants in developed...
    A total of 366 films aspire to take the Oscar for the best film of the year, the most important category of the Hollywood Academy Awards that despite the pandemic has achieved the highest number of records in 50 years. The official list of nominees will be known on March 15, although the coronavirus has not affected the number of films that academics will have to vote for after the organization adapted the rules due to the closure of cinemas in practically the whole world. In 1970 there were a total of 374 eligible films, although the deliveries with the most participation were the first, in 1927 and 1928, when more than 550 titles were competing. For this edition, the Academy modified the regulations – exceptionally – to admit to the competition films that have been released directly by streaming, without going through theaters, although with the condition that they...
    The Daily Beast Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Fearless Poet, Publisher, and Bookseller, Is Dead at 101 Carlos Avila Gonzalez/GettyLawrence Ferlinghetti, the innovative bookseller and publisher of Ginsberg and Kerouac, one of the best friends free speech ever had, and the man who wrote that most anomalous thing—a poetry bestseller: A Coney Island of the Mind—died today at the age of 101.“If amendments had addresses, the address of the First Amendment would be right here at City Lights Books,” said historian Kevin Starr, standing outside Ferlinghetti’s legendary San Francisco bookstore at its 50th Anniversary in 2003 (City Lights was also the name of the poet’s equally celebrated publishing company). “You will never see the First Amendment so fully and so happily ensconced as it is here. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, congratulations. Literature, Culture, the First Amendment is better because of you.”A brave bookseller, an innovative publisher, and an author who introduced several generations of readers...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for an audience seated right in front of him. “A miracle is happening here tonight,” Geffen told the crowd. Still, the reanimating experience Monday night above a shopping mall north of Tel Aviv night was not accessible to everyone. Only people displaying a “green passport” that proved they had been vaccinated or had recovered from COVID-19 could get in. The highly controlled concert offered a glimpse of a future that many are longing for after months of COVID-19 restrictions. Governments say getting vaccinated and having proper documentation will smooth the way to travel, entertainment and other social gatherings in a post-pandemic world. But it also raises the...
    New York : Despite the losses he has suffered, Gordon Ramsay is planning to open five more restaurants. Photo: Amy Sussman / . The famous chef Gordon Ramsay, known to own 35 restaurants in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, has suffered heavy losses due to quarantine closures. Regarding his restaurants in London, where he has 18 restaurants, the chef said: “In December we lost reservations worth £ 10 million.” That is roughly $ 14 million. Nevertheless, across all of his restaurants, Ramsay estimated that he has lost just over $ 80 million. Despite this great loss, it does not seem that the chef is going to be bankrupt, since in 2020 alone he earned $ 70 million dollars, in addition to having a personal fortune of $ 220 million dollars. “They criticize me for being rich, but the responsibility on my shoulders – the...
    TOKYO (AP) — The state of emergency Japan set up to curb the spread of the coronavirus will be lifted in six urban areas this weekend and remain in the Tokyo area for another week, a government minister said Friday. Partially lifting the emergency, and just a week early, underlines Japan’s eagerness to keep business restrictions to a minimum to keep the economy going. The emergency, which began in January, centers around asking restaurants, bars and other businesses to close at 8 p.m. Japan has never had a lockdown, but has managed to keep infections relatively low, with deaths related to COVID-19 at about 7,600 people so far. Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of pandemic measures, told a special government panel that the emergency would be lifted in Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, central Japan, as well as southwestern Fukuoka. Tokyo and surrounding...