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    Background vector created by macrovector - www.freepik.com The average price per gallon of regular unleaded gas in Georgia as of today is $2.524($2.333 one week ago) and nationally $2.635($2.507 one week ago). Georgia is in the Top 10 for the largest weekly increases in the nation. According to AAA, the forced shutdown of Gulf Coast and some Mid-West refineries due to last week’s winter weather, gasoline stocks have tightened and gas prices have skyrocketed. 66% of state averages spiked by double digits, driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63, which is the most expensive national average since October 2019. “When close to 40% of U.S. crude production is offline because refineries are closed, there is going to be pain at the pump until operations resume,” said Jeanette Casselano McGee, AAA spokesperson. “The good news is the nearly...
    The average price per gallon of regular unleaded gas in Georgia as of today is $2.524($2.333 one week ago) and nationally $2.635($2.507 one week ago). Georgia is in the Top 10 for the largest weekly increases in the nation. According to AAA, the forced shutdown of Gulf Coast and some Mid-West refineries due to last week’s winter weather, gasoline stocks have tightened and gas prices have skyrocketed. 66% of state averages spiked by double digits, driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63, which is the most expensive national average since October 2019. “When close to 40% of U.S. crude production is offline because refineries are closed, there is going to be pain at the pump until operations resume,” said Jeanette Casselano McGee, AAA spokesperson. “The good news is the nearly two dozen impacted refiners are expected to...
    Background vector created by macrovector - www.freepik.com The average price per gallon of regular unleaded gas in Georgia as of today is $2.524($2.333 one week ago) and nationally $2.635($2.507 one week ago). Georgia is in the Top 10 for the largest weekly increases in the nation. According to AAA, the forced shutdown of Gulf Coast and some Mid-West refineries due to last week’s winter weather, gasoline stocks have tightened and gas prices have skyrocketed. 66% of state averages spiked by double digits, driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63, which is the most expensive national average since October 2019. “When close to 40% of U.S. crude production is offline because refineries are closed, there is going to be pain at the pump until operations resume,” said Jeanette Casselano McGee, AAA spokesperson. “The good news is the nearly...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday Iran might enrich uranium up to 60% purity if the country needed it and would never yield to U.S. pressure over its nuclear activity, state television reported. Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six powers, which it has been breaching since the United States withdrew in 2018, caps the fissile purity to which Iran can refine uranium at 3.67%, well under the 20% achieved before the agreement and far below the 90% suitable for a nuclear weapon. "Iran's uranium enrichment level will not be limited to 20%. We will increase it to whatever level the country needs...We may increase it to 60%," the TV quoted Khamenei as saying, upping the ante in a stand-off with Washington over the future of the fraying deal. "Americans and the European parties to the deal have used unjust language against Iran...Iran will not yield...
    From a delicious piece of white toast to a bowl of pasta, many of us enjoy consuming refined grains. But a new study has warned that eating too many of them can have serious consequences, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and even early death. Refined carbohydrates, including croissants, white bread and pasta, have had the high fibre parts removed, meaning they get broken down faster and lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar levels when consumed. Based on the findings, the researchers are urging people to consider replacing their favourite refined grains with wholegrain options, such as brown rice and barley. Refined carbs, including croissants, white bread and pasta have had the high fibre parts removed, meaning they get broken down faster and lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar levels when consumed WHAT ARE PROCESSED FOODS?  A processed food has been altered in some way...
    In the northeast of the Congo, the province of Ituri is located largely in a rain forest area, conducive to the proliferation of rats, whose snakes are not always sufficient to regulate the number. The plague is endemic there, which makes the Congo one of the three countries in the world where the disease claims the most victims, along with Madagascar and Peru. Over the past 20 years, 44,000 cases have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from a total of 26 countries. The provincial Minister of Health in Ituri, Patrick Karamura, told . that in a few months, 520 cases had been detected, which resulted in “more than 31 deaths”. The main contagion zone is the territory of Aru. According to epidemiologist Anne Laudisoit, from the American NGO Ecohealth Alliance, cited by Jeune Afrique, the disease strikes people between 3 and 73 years old.
    Long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution can increase the risk of heart and lung disease, a new US study reveals.  Researchers used the addresses of 63 million US adults aged 65 and older to assess their exposure to particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3). Pollution exposure was then compared to whether they went on to experience a heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation and pneumonia. Worryingly, long-term exposure to all three pollutants at low concentrations – below international regulations – was consistently linked with an increased risk of all four conditions.   In all forms, air pollution can cause harm to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems due to its effect on inflammation in the heart and throughout the body.  The study authors say people should be conscious of the air quality in their neighbourhoods to avoid harmful exposure over long periods of time.  London's air quality, for example, is at...
    In 2020, suicides in Japan rose for the first time in 11 years. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Image Japan appointed a "Minister of Loneliness" this month to tackle the country's rising suicide rates. In 2020, suicide rates in Japan rose for the first time in 11 years, particularly among women. More people died from suicide in Japan in October than the total number of COVID-19 deaths up to that point in 2020. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Japan has appointed a "Minister of Loneliness" to take try and reduce loneliness and social isolation among its residents as the country deals with rising suicide rates, Tomohiro Osaki reported for the Japan Times. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed Tetsushi Sakamoto, who is already a minister in charge of dealing with Japan's declining birthrate and promoting regional revitalization, to oversee government policies to deal with loneliness and isolation, earlier...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The MTA increased overnight subway service Monday, taking one step closer to the resumption of full 24-hour service.Since May 6, the subway has been closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to allow for enhanced cleaning, but the nightly closure has now been shortened to 2 a.m. to 4 a.m."The continued partial suspension will allow for the most aggressive disinfection regimen in MTA history, as recommended by federal and international public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization," MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye said in a statement.The MTA said crews will continue to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week cleaning all 472 stations and thousands of train cars.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the change last Monday."The COVID numbers are down, so we adjust, we adjusted indoor dining, the curfew, today we are...
    Mexico City (Marlén Hernández) – So far this year, at the national level the price average of gasoline.The increase in Magna gasoline was 8.6 percent and in Premium 8.4 percent. Alejandro Montufar Helú, CEO of PetroIntelligence, explained that the increase that has been observed is related to the expectation of a greater demand for fuels due to vaccination, an aspect that raised the price of oil and therefore its by-products. Going forward, the specialist considered that as a result of the extreme weather in Texas and the closure of refineries due to the lack of electricity last week, additional increases in the average price of automotive fuels could be observed in the coming weeks. « The winter storm had repercussions on the refining capacity of Texas, where imported gasoline normally comes from and right now we are beginning to see more pressure on import prices, » said the manager. « In...
    EFE videos Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano maintains explosions 3,200 meters high Guatemala, Feb 21 (EFE) .- The Pacaya volcano in Guatemala continues its activity this Sunday with moderate and strong explosions of volcanic and ballistic material that exceed 3,200 meters in height, warned the Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh ). In its most recent volcanological bulletin, Insivumeh warned that the profuse strombolian-type activity of the volcano is accompanied by “columns of ash that move northwest, west and southwest 15 kilometers away. Located 60 kilometers south of Ciudad de Guatemala, the explosions could be observed from the capital of the Central American country, according to Efe. El Pacaya, a stratum volcano composed of 2,552 meters above sea level, also caused rumbles and vibrations around the surrounding areas and villages located on its slopes , while some of the materials fell about 300 meters around the Mackenney crater. The National...
    Citing the hardships caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Arlington County, Virginia, board voted Saturday to not advertise an increase in the base real estate property tax rate for 2021. However, residents may still need to pay more, as the board approved advertising a proposed stormwater tax rate hike. The board elected not to fight for an increase in the property tax, keeping it at $1.013 per $100 of its assessed value for this calendar year. In a news release, Board Chair Matt de Ferranti said the pandemic “has been hard” on residents and businesses. “The Board believes what we need now is a continued focus on responding to COVID and a budget that meets the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community,” de Ferranti said. Instead, the Board agreed to advertise a proposed stormwater tax rate of 1.7 cents per $100 of assessed real property value, increasing...
    Savannah Rychcik February 21, 2021 0 Comments Chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), is confident an increase to the federal minimum wage will be included in the final COVID-19 relief package. CNN’s Dana Bash noted President Joe Biden has said he does not believe it is going to end up in the bill. “I have been speaking with Sen. Sanders pretty regularly, with Speaker Pelosi, with the White House,” Jayapal said. She continued, “If Republicans could give a $2 trillion tax break to the wealthiest people and stop Arctic drilling, then, or continue drilling in the Arctic, then I think that Democrats can make sure that 30 million Americans get a raise.” Watch her comments below: Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal says she believes a $15 minimum wage will be included in the final Covid-19 relief bill. “I think we’re going to have to...
    In a series of tweets, growth manager for the Kraken crypto exchange, Dan Held, explored the relationship between Bitcoin price and its adoption. Held believes that cryptocurrency has seen two major turning points in this regard, in 2013 and 2017. At that time, the price of Bitcoin had significant price spikes and, according to Held, that was when the majority of current users joined the network. It’s part of a “viral marketing loop” or mechanism that drives mass adoption of a product by the influx of constantly recruited users. For the general public and users who are not yet familiar with Bitcoin, the increase in its price signals “success” – that is, it has successfully solved a problem and is successful in persuading them to do so. ’embrace cryptocurrency. In this sense, Held said that BTC would not have the current number of users if its price “had stayed at...
    Studies suggest those who have already overcome the COVID-19 virus might require just one dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, The New York Times reported Sunday. The finding is significant as the Biden administration seeks to provide enough vaccine for the entire American population by the end of summer. The studies have found just one vaccine dose can amplify the existing antibody levels in those who have already been infected with the coronavirus – which is nearly 30 million Americans to date. Also, past immunity has less effect on the variants, most notably the South African one, while the vaccine can help in addressing them, according to research. "I think its a really strong rationale for why people who were previously infected with COVID should be getting the vaccine," University of Toronto immunologist Jennifer Gommerman told the Times. One study even noted the second dose for those infected...
    The National Football League did not have a very good year in terms of television ratings. Though, you wouldn’t know that based on what they’re asking their broadcast partners to pay. The NFL is asking their broadcast partners – NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN (Disney) – to pay double what they have been paying for the right to broadcast NFL games. However, Disney-owned ESPN is throwing sand in the NFL’s gears. ESPN already pays $1.9 billion a year to broadcast Monday Night Football. That deal, however, expires in 2021. More importantly, for only one game a week, ESPN is already paying the NFL far more than the $1.1 billion Fox is paying the league and more than the $1 billion and $960 million paid by CBS and NBC respectively. Given that arrangement, Disney executives are not at all enthralled with the idea of paying the league $3.8 billion per year. A...
    GOP House budget leader Jason Smith has slammed the House Democrats’ gargantuan $1.9trillion Covid relief bill has been slammed as a “job killer” Rep. Smith, R-Mo., said the colossal spending spree was the “wrong plane” which will end up increasing working families’ cost of living. 2GOP House budget leader Jason Smith said the Covid relief bill would destroy jobs rather than save them because taxpayers would have to pick up the tabCredit: Getty 2The spending spree is part of President Joe Biden's priority Covid recovery planCredit: Getty Images - Getty House Democrats took another step on Friday in their bid to force through the stimulus bill by releasing details of the relief bill, which is President Joe Biden’s top priority, as it starts moving through a Congress his party narrowly controls. The spending package includes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, $1,400 direct checks for...
    (CNN)Progressive Democrats on Sunday argued to keep the $15 minimum wage increase in President Joe Biden's stimulus package, as the provision faces skepticism on Capitol Hill over its place in the $1.9 trillion relief effort.Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour "is absolutely essential and I believe the Senate will do it." California Rep. Ro Khanna, meanwhile, defended the wage hike as a "very reasonable" increase in an interview with CNN's "Inside Politics" earlier Sunday morning.House Democrats on Friday unveiled their full stimulus bill, which is expected to move through the House Budget Committee and to a House floor vote this week, and Senate Democrats are preparing to tackle the bill with the narrowest of majorities. The proposed wage increase stands as the biggest obstacle to getting it...
    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Some residents in southwestern Michigan and the Detroit area will get plumbing repairs in their homes as part of a new initiative to reduce water waste. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said the “Water Leak Pilot” program is expected to highlight the benefits of reducing water waste for consumers, water suppliers and the overall community. The agency's office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is offering the program. About 100 Benton Harbor residents and 100 people in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park initially will take part in the program. Water leaks can significantly increase consumer water bills, contribute to water quality concerns and increase the energy consumption of municipal water suppliers, officials said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Michigan, Associated Press
    According to a recent study, having fans at NFL and NCAA football games last year did not increase the spread of the coronavirus. The study, conducted by medRxiv, sought to prove whether the limited and varied fan attendance at college and pro games throughout the country during 2020 and the first part of 2021, had any “substantial” impact on the spread of the coronavirus. To assess the impact, the study group ad to look at several factors: In this time-series cross-sectional study, we matched every county hosting game(s) with in-person attendance (treated) in 2020 and 2021 with a county that has an identical game history for up to 14 days (control). We employed a standard matching method to further refine this matched set so that the treated and matched control counties have similar population size, non-pharmaceutical intervention(s) in place, and COVID-19 trends. We assessed the effect of hosting games with...
    SUNDAY, Feb. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Today's young athletes push themselves harder than ever before, which raises their odds for injury, experts say. But there are proven ways to minimize injury rates, according to the Stanford Children's Health sports medicine team. Here's what they suggest: Prepare for the season: Develop a comprehensive conditioning program for the off-season or when there are fewer games/meets. It should focus on strength, power, speed and coordination, which can improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Always warm up: Always do a thorough warmup. Before any practices or games, you should do 5 to 10 minutes of aerobic activity, followed by active flexibility movements like high knees, butt kicks, skipping and arm circles. Make training changes gradually: A rapid increase in amount or intensity of sport can increase the risk of overuse and traumatic injuries. After being off for several days due...
    College football and NFL games apparently played no role in the spread of coronavirus. According to a study published on Medrxiv.org from Asmae Toumi, Haoruo Zhao, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Benjamin P. Linas and Turgay Ayer, fans in the stands at NFL and college football games didn’t result in an explosion of coronavirus cases. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The study concluded the following: This time-series, cross-sectional study of U.S. counties with NFL and NCAA football games used matching and difference-in-differences design to estimate the effect of games with limited in-person attendance on county-level COVID-19 spread. Our study does not find an increase in county-level COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents due to NFL and NCAA football games held with limited in-person attendance…This study suggests that NFL and NCAA games held with limited in-person attendance do not cause an increase in COVID-19 cases in the counties they...
    February 21, 2021 | 5:00 am The pandemic turned people’s lives upside down and their habits with them. One of the areas that saw the most marked changes was in the categories of used internet, where those related to direct messaging and education had the highest growth in consumption per minute in Latin America. In this way, services such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, among others, went from having a total minute consumption of 681 in September 2019 to 1,543 minutes in the region, an increase of 127%, according to a study by the researcher ComScore. Staying in touch is very important and more so when there are mobility restrictions due to the pandemic. The growth is very relevant when taking into account that the instant messaging category in the region is very mature and installed, with little room for growth Alejandro Fosk, senior VP for Latam at ComScore...
    But analysts expect the effect on retail stations to be seen in the next two or three weeks, as importers of the fuel, such as state-owned Pemex, have to refill their inventories. “Right now the market faces different scenarios about how soon the refineries can return to their normal operating levels (…). The expectation was that by this Friday the weather situation improves and the refinery operations will start again over the weekend, but until the weekend the refinery operators will be able to observe the damage and see if they return to their activities ”, he says Daniel Rodríguez, senior editor of OPIS. In recent months, refineries in the Gulf of the United States had already reduced their production capacity due to the drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and increased their fuel inventories. The latter, analysts estimate, could lessen the impact to meet demand....
    The number of Americans applying for unemployment assistance rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully up despite a sharp decline in the number of coronavirus cases. In the last week, 13,000 applications from fired workers were added, the Labor Department said. Before the virus broke out in the United States in March 2020, weekly claims for unemployment assistance had never reached 700,000, not even during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. The labor market has stalled as employers added just 49,000 jobs in January after a sharp layoff of workers in December. About 10 million jobs continue to be lost due to the pandemic. Although the unemployment rate fell last month from 6.7% to 6.3%, it was due in part to some people not looking for work. The population that does not seek employment is not counted as unemployed. Fraudulent applications could raise...
    COVID-19 cases are on a rise in Maharashtra after a month of decreased cases. That has prompted Mumbai Police to use their active Twitter handle to ask netizens to wash their hands proactively. They obviously use a Bollywood reference to get the point across. This time it’s a scene from Agneepath which has Rohini Hattangadi who played Amitabh Bachchan’s mother, berates him for washing hands. It obviously is a hint from his mother about the sins he committed which can never be washed away with soap. But Mumbai Police uses it to say ‘Kabhi Maa se pucha hai woh kya chahti hai.‘ Mumbai Police Files Abetment to Suicide Cases Against Wife, Mother-in-law of Actor Sandeep Nahar Maharashtra Government has been reprimanding the people for getting callous about COVID-19 even when the cases have dwindled. But not many are adhering to the norms and they are coming with ways to preach...
    New York : Lyft will offer free or reduced-price rides to take people to CVS vaccination appointments in vulnerable communities. Photo: ISSAM AHMED / . / . This Thursday CVS Health announced an initiative to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines in Latino communities and African American due to the racial disparities that have been recorded during the deployment of the vaccine. The pharmacy chain will also work to promote vaccine education in underserved communities to combat coronavirus. “We are committed to reaching out to African Americans and underserved communities to ensure health equity as we work to vaccinate all Americans,” said Karen S. Lynch, president and CEO of CVS Health, in a statement. “Our presence in communities across the country uniquely positions CVS Health to educate vulnerable populations and connect them with vaccine management services. “ Almost half of the 10,000 or so establishments CVS...
    Loading the player... Sen. Bernie Sanders said Saturday he is “confident” Senate Democrats will be able to keep the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage increase, which is a key part of the Biden Administration’s $1.9 trillion relief package, in the plan. “Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not incidental to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules of reconciliation,” Sanders said in a statement. Read More: Biden, Democrats hit gas on push for $15 minimum wage “The CBO [Congressional Budget Office] has found that the $15 minimum wage has a much greater impact on the federal budget than opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and repealing the individual mandate penalties — two provisions that the parliamentarian advised did not violate the Byrd Rule when Republicans controlled the Senate,” Sanders continued. When he appeared on CNN on Friday, Sanders explained...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Clouds increase late, not so frigid Saturday night. Lows in the teens.Get the latest weather info with our ABC7 Chicago AccuWeather app.Here's your 7-day weather forecast.Sunday: PM snow. High: 34, Low: 28Monday: Mostly cloudy, above freezing. High: 36, Low: 32Tuesday: Light mix early. High: 42, Low: 31Wednesday: Foggy. High: 38, Low: 19Thursday: Some sun. High: 35, Low: 11Friday: Mostly cloudy, colder. High: 32, Low: 22Saturday: Evening rain/snow. High: 37, Low: 27Get the free AccuWeather app for iPhoneGet the free AccuWeather app for AndroidNow you can get the daily allergy count for the Chicago area during select ABC7 Newscasts. You can also visit the following link: Loyola Medicine Allergy Count or call the Loyola Medicine Allergy Hotline at 1-866-4-POLLEN for English.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo just announced the lowest single-day COVID positivity rate in New York since Nov. 23. As vaccinations go up, along with distance from busy holidays, New York State’s COVID numbers numbers come down. The statewide positivity rate dropped to 3.06%, and the positivity rate for New York State has declined for 43 straight days. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here A line snaked around the block at a new pop-up vaccination center at Harvest Fields Community Church on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. It’s one of 13 vaccination locations the state opens this week...
    Animal cloning might just become a valuable tool in preserving species that might otherwise go extinct. BBC News says US Fish and Wildlife Service has successfully cloned a black-footed ferret — the first genetic copy of a North American endangered species. Elizabeth Ann, born on December 10th, was produced from the frozen cells of Willa, a ferret that lived over 30 years ago. A team at ViaGen Pets & Equine created embryos and implanted them in a domestic ferret surrogate. The black-footed ferret is North America’s only native ferret, and was thought to have gone extinct until a Wyoming rancher found a small group of them in 1981. They’ve since been part of a captive breeding program. Elizabeth Ann will stay in captivity for the sake of research. If she mates, however, she could increase the species’ genetic diversity and increase the population’s chances of recovery. More clones based...
    Heres why certain Muppet Show episodes are missing from Disney+ Surprising Ways Gen X and Boomers Are Worlds Apart Financially © Provided by Awful Announcing All of the NFL’s current rights deals expire after 2022 so negotiations gave been ongoing with all of the current and potential rightsholders for some time now. While it was reported earlier this month that not much was expected to change, aside from some potential changes to the league’s Thursday package, there does now seem to be one sticking point that might be throwing a wrench in the plans. According to CNBC’s Alex Sherman, the NFL is looking to essentially double the cost for all of its current network partners, but Disney, who owns ABC and ESPN, is pushing back on that. While the NFL is hoping to get all of their deals done by March 17, which is the start of the new...
    Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Nation reporter says voting order of states 'critical' in presidential primary Manchin to oppose Biden's pick of Neera Tanden We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse MORE (I-Vt.) said Saturday he is “confident” that his proposed increase of the minimum wage to $15 per hour will stay in the coronavirus relief package Democrats are trying to pass via the budget reconciliation process. The federal minimum wage increase has emerged as a lightning rod in the $1.9 trillion package, with progressives staunchly supporting the measure while centrists saying they back a smaller bump. It also remains unclear if the Senate parliamentarian would approve the minimum wage increase as jibing with the parameters of budget reconciliation.  “Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not incidental to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules of reconciliation,” Sanders said in a...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland added 763 new COVID-19 cases Saturday as hospitalizations and positivity rate increased slightly, data from the state’s health department shows. The state added 20 new deaths on Saturday, bringing the total to 7,515. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Cold Temperatures, Strong Winds In Store For Weekend Thirty-three more people were hospitalized Saturday, increasing the total to 1,049. Of those, 744 were in acute care and 272 were in intensive care. The positivity rate increased slightly to 4.17%, down from 4.12% on Friday. Since the pandemic began, 7,622,654 COVID-19 tests have been conducted; from those tests, 2,956,317 people have tested negative. READ MORE: Boxer Gervonta Tank Davis Was Driver In November Hit-And-Run Crash In Baltimore That Led To Multiple Injuries, Police Report Shows A total of 1,044,590 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in the state, 717,739 of which were first doses and 326,851 of which are second...
    (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders argued Saturday that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn't "incidental" to the federal budget, despite skepticism from Capitol Hill and the White House of its future in the President's Covid-19 relief package."I'm very proud of the strong arguments our legal team is making to the parliamentarian that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not 'incidental' to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules of reconciliation," the Vermont independent told CNN on Saturday. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour stands as the biggest obstacle to getting President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill across the finish line. Some congressional Democrats doubt the provision will be allowed under the guardrails of reconciliation, a budget process that requires each provision to adhere to a strict set of rules, while a handful of moderate members have made it clear privately...
    Through a post, it became known that the RAI stablecoin was launched. Backed by Ethereum, it hopes to be the savior of the DeFi sector by offering a truly decentralized stablecoin alternative. Developed by blockchain company Reflexer Labs, the RAI stablecoin is not tied to any fiat currency. And its monetary policy is managed by an autonomous controller in the chain. It is a fork of the Maker DAI. RAI co-founder Ameen Soleimani explained: The stablecoin RAI is an asset backed solely by ETH. Minimized by governance and programmed to maintain its own price stability without the need to link to an external price benchmark such as the USD. Soleimani believes that RAI, which he has dubbed “A God of Money,” has much greater potential than simply improving the DeFi sector. Added: Our aspirations for the RAI stablecoin, however, are deeper. If RAI serves its purpose within...
    THE pay-per-view price of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury's fight WILL NOT cost £40 but fans can expect an increase on the usual £25, Eddie Hearn has revealed. Joshua and Fury are closing in on a deal which would see for the first time ever all four heavyweight belts on the line. 3Anthony Joshua is in talks over a two-fight deal with Tyson FuryCredit: Reuters The historic undisputed title decider also promises to finally see British bragging rights put on the line between the nation's two biggest stars. As a result, the box office price is expected to be boosted due to the magnitude of the event. But Hearn ruled out a £15 jump amid claims it could cost fans £40. He told iFL TV: "I haven't had any discussions about the PPV price, I certainly don't think it'll be £40. "So, nothing's been...
    That is, at the end of 2020 -after the economy and the inhabitants of the country suffered the impact of an unprecedented health and economic crisis-, 40.7% of the Mexican population did not have the possibility of acquiring the value of a basic food basket. Because, although it includes products such as corn tortillas, fruits, vegetables, chicken and bread, it barely satisfies the minimum energy and nutrient requirements for a person. During 2020, the evolution of working poverty was volatile. Coneval estimates that in May around 55% of the population was in a situation of working poverty, a proportion that dropped to 44.5% in the 3rd quarter of the year and to 40.7% in the 4th. Notably, the year had started with 35.7% of the population in working poverty, the lowest percentage in more than a decade. However, the crisis caused by the pandemic caused the number of...
    Editorial: Gaming / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram / News / Discord / Forums The world of streaming is very competitive and breaking through this sector dominated by YouTube and Twitch is not easy; Proof of this was what happened with Mixer, Microsoft’s attempt to enter the sector that ended up disappearing and its effort transferred to Facebook to strengthen its own platform. Precisely, Facebook Gaming has gone step by step, but firmly, upwards and recently a significant increase in its audience levels was revealed. A recent report by Stream Hatchet revealed the numbers that Facebook Gaming has registered in terms of audience and that account for its rise in the video game streaming sector. According to the information, the escalation of Facebook Gaming began as a result of the pandemic in 2020 and registered a growth of 108% taking as a reference the period from January 2020...
    New York : Janet Yellen said the checks will provide relief to the unemployed and their spending will stimulate the economy. Photo: Drew Angerer / . Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday that there is still a need a major stimulus package to bring the economy back to full swing, even though growth is starting to pick up faster than expected in 2021. In an interview with CNBC, the Biden administration’s top economic official said the $ 1.9 trillion proposal could help America return to full employment in a year. “We think it is very important to have a great package that addresses the pain this has caused: 15 million Americans behind on rent, 24 million adults and 12 million children who do not have enough to eat, small businesses that fail” Yellen told Sara Eisen on “Closing Bell”. “I think the price of doing...
    The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the leading advocate for small business in the U.S., is focusing its legislative efforts on defeating a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. “Minimum wage is the biggest issue,” Jeff Brabant, NFIB’s manager of government relations, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “There are other issues further down the pike we’re worried about, but we’re trying to stay focused on minimum wage.” The economic burden of a $15 federal minimum wage would disproportionately fall on small business owners who can’t absorb added costs like corporations do, the NFIB Research Center found in a 2020 study. The leading advocacy organization for small businesses in the U.S. is focusing its legislative efforts on defeating a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. The minimum wage is the biggest issue the National Federation of Independent...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. End the debate and vaccinate teachers I have read many positions from the various states’ teachers’ unions, the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control, as well as so many local politicos’ opinions regarding opening of our schools. Joseph Di Salvo’s oped in The Mercury News (“Teachers need vaccinations for schools to reopen safely,” Page A6, Feb. 17) was a pragmatic and wonderfully instructive blueprint for opening our schools. Stop the debate. Just vaccinate our teachers and get our children back in school. Get on with in-classroom education. It’s time. David E. Cohen Former publisher/owner Silicon Valley Community Newspapers San Jose CPUC must say no to water rate hike San Jose has some of the highest costs for electric, water, gasoline and housing — far higher than other cities outside California. Now, San Jose Water...
    The NFL is reportedly seeking a 100 percent increase in TV rights payments from network partners who air the football league’s games. CNBC reported Friday that the NFL is discussing the increase with partners NBC, CBS, FOX and Disney, though Disney is reportedly pushing back. Networks each pay around $1 billion to air NFL games, while Disney pays $1.9 billion annually for "Monday Night Football." If the deal goes through, the networks would have to pay double the current price. Two sources told CNBC that Disney has already declined the initial deal, but both sides are still negotiating. The other networks have not accepted the deal, but are reportedly more open to it.  The Hill has reached out to the NFL, CBS, FOX and Disney for comment. NBC said it had no comment. The NFL is watched by millions of people across the country every week during the season. The league is also looking to...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces nursing home reform initiative Running out of iPhone battery? You may soon be able to slap on a new one By Rory Carroll © Reuters/BRENDAN MCDERMID The NBA logo is displayed as people pass by the NBA Store in New York (Reuters) - The rise of European NBA players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic has led to significant viewership growth in major markets on the continent this season, league officials said this week. The growth in Europe is being fuelled by a 15% increase in NBA League Pass subscriptions internationally, which makes games available to fans in more than 200 countries. A multi-year partnership with smart TV platform VIDAA has also boosted viewership. The increase has helped offset the loss of viewers in China after the government banned the showing of games on state-run CCTV in response to Houston Rockets...
    . The ECB is concerned about the strength of the euro, but is calm with debt yields FRANKFURT, Feb 18 (.) – European Central Bank officials raised new concerns about the strength of the euro, but were reassured by the recent surge in government bond returns, minutes from their meeting on Feb. 21 showed on Thursday. January: Having approved a massive amount of stimulus in December, the ECB kept its policy stable last month, arguing that the recent surge in COVID-19 infections poses a risk to the euro zone’s recovery and could keep inflation low during the next years.
    Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made a career going after capitalism and the big businesses he believes embodies corporate greed. But, Sanders agrees with big corporations like Amazon and Walmart on a crucial policy issue: a $15 minimum wage. For most of his career, Sanders has supported raising the minimum wage, according to his campaign website, and has introduced a number of bills in order to accomplish his goal. It was not until 2015, however, until Sanders began to support a $15 minimum wage via a legislative amendment. The policy proposal ran in concert with his 2016 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Big businesses who once opposed increases to the federal minimum wage, according to CNN, have reversed course as the left has exerted an intense amount of internal and external social pressure against these corporations to fall in line with progressive values. Sanders’ support from...
    New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) catches a pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Terrell Edmunds (34) and linebacker Devin Bush (55) during the first half at MetLife Stadium.Vincent Carchietta | USA TODAY Sports The National Football League wants to charge its current network partners double what they've been paying to broadcast games — but Disney is pushing back, citing the high price tag for Monday Night Football. The NFL is in active discussions on renewal rates with all four of its existing network partners — NBC, CBS, Fox, and Disney-owned ESPN, according to people familiar with the matter. The NFL is hoping to get its primary package renewals completed by March 17, before the start of the new NFL league year, CNBC reported earlier this month. NBC, CBS and Fox are likely to accept increases closer to 100% than Disney, which is currently paying much...
    A Republican senator, Mitt Romney, joined Democrats this month in supporting an idea: a monthly child allowance for parents. One reason, he said, was to increase the number of births. Family policies have lots of goals, including decreasing child poverty, helping parents manage work and family, and improving children’s health and education. But would a child allowance increase fertility? Research from around the world suggests that, like other fertility policies, payments to parents do slightly increase the number of babies people have in the near term. But no move has made a major long-term difference, and payments are not as effective as other policies, particularly subsidized child care. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times The proposed payments also raise another question: whether encouraging people to have more children should be a policy goal in the first place. “Much better, more effective and better for human...
    A measure that would increase foster care adoption tax credits could result in a state revenue loss of $4.8 million over the next five years, according to fiscal researchers. House Bill 114, introduced by Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, would increase the annual tax incentive for adopting a foster child from $2,000 to $6,000. According to a fiscal note from the Department of Audits and Accounts, the proposal could decrease state tax revenues by $400,000 in fiscal year 2022 and grow to up to $1.5 million by fiscal year 2026. Reeves and supporters of the bill said it's meant to promote more adoptions in the state. According to Reeves, the average foster care adoption tax credit issued is $1,945, below the current threshold. He hopes the legislation would entice Georgians in higher income brackets to adopt foster children. "We're trying to figure out how to help," Reeves told the House Committee...
    WASHINGTON -- House Democrats took another step Friday in their effort to advance a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, releasing the full bill text, which includes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, $1,400 direct checks for Americans making $75,000 or less a year, an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits and more money for small businesses struggling amid the pandemic.The legislation, which had already been passed in pieces out of individual committees, was packaged together by the House Budget Committee.The panel will take up the bill Monday and it is expected to come to the House floor for a vote later next week.Democrats have a narrow margin to pass the bill, and Republican leaders have already begun whipping their members against it, arguing it spends too much money.The House's bill closely resembles Biden's rescue plan and includes more money for schools, vaccine distribution and funding for...
    New York : Exactly one week after New York City restaurants were authorized to reopen their indoor services but only at 25% capacity, this Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo authorized that from the next week increase the number of customers to 35% they can attend at the same time. “What is happening now is that the people in New York City, Staten Island, Manhattan, go to New Jersey to those restaurants, so the purpose is not really being achieved, ”Cuomo said, adding that so because of this“ now the restaurants of the New York City will reach 35% of its capacity the next Friday. That will be consistent with New Jersey. “ The restoration of interior service in restaurants in the Big Apple last February 12, two days before the original scheduled date, which was Valentine’s Day, was bittersweet news for the owners of these establishments who, despite expressing relief...
    Relief is on the way for New York City restauranteurs as the state continues lifting restrictions on indoor dining. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reopened indoor dining in New York, while extending the curfew for bars and restaurants to 11 p.m. as the state continues to see improved COVID-19 numbers. Cuomo announced on Friday, Feb. 19, that as of Friday, Feb. 26, restaurants and bars in New York City may increase their capacity from 25 percent to 35 percent indoor occupancy, which is consistent with guidance in neighboring New Jersey. 
“What's happening now is people in New York City - Staten Island and Manhattan - are going to New Jersey to those restaurants, so it's not really accomplishing a purpose,” Cuomo said. The move comes as many restauranteurs have been calling for a loosening of restrictions as many businesses have been forced to close or have been...
    (CNN)House Democrats on Friday released the full text of their $1.9 Covid-19 relief bill, which includes an increase in the federal minimum wage, direct checks for Americans making $75,000 or less a year, an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits and more money for small businesses struggling amid the pandemic.Read the bill:
    (CNN)House Democrats took another step Friday in their effort to advance a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, releasing the full bill text, which includes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, $1,400 direct checks for Americans making $75,000 or less a year, an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits and more money for small businesses struggling amid the pandemic. READ: Full House Democratic Covid relief and $15 minimum wage increase billThe legislation, which had already been passed in pieces out of individual committees, was packaged together by the House Budget Committee. The panel will take up the bill Monday and it is expected to come to the House floor for a vote later next week.Democrats have a narrow margin to pass the bill, and Republican leaders have already begun whipping their members against it, arguing it spends too much money. Walmart just boosted pay to $15. Its...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City restaurants will be allowed to increase their indoor dining capacity to 35% beginning February 26, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.Cuomo said the move will bring the city consistent with New Jersey's policy."What's happening now is people in New York City - Staten Island, Manhattan - are going to New Jersey to those restaurants, so it's not really accomplishing its purpose," Cuomo said.Maximum indoor capacity at restaurants throughout the rest of the state, including on nearby Long Island, and in neighboring Connecticut will continue to be 50%.Cuomo said he was comfortable making the change because the statewide COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates have dropped dramatically since the surge in cases following the holidays."We're responding to the data, obviously we're more sensitive to New York City because of the density, the concentration, the history, but we're headed in the right direction, we're making progress,...
    Might your risk in holding stocks go up the longer you hold them? It is almost sacrilege to ask. One of the most bedrock of bedrock principles of retirement planning is just the opposite—that your risk declines with time horizon. That is the source of the nearly-universal advice for young adults to put 100% of their retirement portfolios in equities and then gradually reduce that allocation as they approach retirement. But it is the job of the contrarian to question that which no one else questions, and that’s what I am going to do in this column. To do so, I reached out to Zvi Bodie, who for 43 years was a finance professor at Boston University. Bodie has devoted much of his career to researching issues in retirement finance, and he is a contrarian when it comes to the long-term risks that equity investors face. In an interview, Bodie...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Indoor dining can increase capacity next week in New York City, the governor announced Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants to raise it to 35% to align with the rules for New Jersey restaurants. READ MORE: As COVID Vaccinations Roll Out, Many Wonder When Will It Be Safe To Visit Grandparents And Gather With Family Indoors “What’s happening now is people in New York City — Staten Island, Manhattan — are going to New Jersey to those restaurants, so it’s not really accomplishing a purpose,” he said. “So New York City restaurants will go to 35% capacity next Friday. That will be consistent with New Jersey.” CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC READ MORE: Brooklyn Rapper Prince Markie Dee, Of The Fat Boys Fame, Dies Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations...
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House will consider a bill that could lead to an increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to pay for improvements to state highways and local roads. The House Ways and Means Committee on Friday passed House Bill 1364, sending it to the full House for more debate sometime between Monday and Wednesday. Mississippi has had the same motor fuel tax of 18.4 cents a gallon since 1987, and transportation officials have long said the tax fails to generate enough money to cover the costs of highway construction and repairs. The bill proposes a statewide election on whether to increase the gasoline tax by 10 cents a gallon and the diesel fuel tax by 14 cents a gallon. The referendum would be June 8, the same day as city elections in many parts of the state. House Ways...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah State Parks has reported park visitation increased by 2.6 million between 2019 and 2020 despite safety restrictions implemented during the coronavirus pandemic. “Our state parks saw elevated visitation numbers throughout the traditional summer season,” Utah Division of Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Rasmussen said. “Not only that, but record-breaking visitation continued into the fall and winter, and has not tapered off like it normally does.” The agency reported that the 44 parks across Utah recorded 10.6 million visitors combined last year compared to the 8 million recorded in 2019, KSTU-TV reported. Officials said popular boating and off-highway vehicle areas statewide also saw increase use. Park officials announced in April last year that many state parks would reopen after weeks of being restricted to in-county residents to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some stayed closed based on local public health orders. “We never closed our...
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Meteorologists in Wyoming have warned that low levels of precipitation across the state could increase the threat of wildfires over the summer. Tim Troutman, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Riverton, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on Wednesday that the state is experiencing its worst drought since 2012, the same year the state recorded one of its more active wildfire seasons. In 2012, fires in Wyoming burned 875 square miles (2,250 square kilometers) and cost the state about $100 million to contain. Officials have said more moisture now can help prevent similar conditions later in the year. “If we begin to get more moisture into the area, and more snow and rain, that definitely can alleviate conditions,” Troutman said. It is unclear if the state reached its desired precipitation threshold. Weather officials have said it snowed less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) last...
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    The Pentagon is reportedly open to the possibility of sending more American troops to Iraq in an expanded NATO training mission for Iraqi security forces. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin discussed the training mission with his NATO colleagues Thursday, according to CNN. Although an increase in troop levels is on the table, there are no imminent plans for it at the moment, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby clarified Thursday night. We support NATO’s expanded mission in Iraq and will continue to do so, but there are no plans to increase U.S. force levels there. — John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) February 19, 2021 “The US is participating in the force generation process for NATO Mission Iraq and will contribute its fair share to this important expanded mission,” Pentagon spokesperson Jessica L. McNulty said to CNN. The aim of the mission is reportedly to support Iraqi forces in the fight to prevent ISIS...
    Although it is true that the infections, the incidence, the deceased and the hospitalized reported by the Ministry of Health follow a downward trend, this Thursday there was a slight rise, the first since day 10. Health communicated 14,515 new positives, which represents an increase of almost 4,000 compared to the previous day, and 388 deaths, a figure that also exceeds 337 on Wednesday. This minimal increase was not reflected, however, in the incidence, which fell another 29 points and now stands at 320.81 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simon, highlighted the decline in the incidence for more than three weeks, but warned that the incidence is still very high and asked precaution to “not rebound, especially in a period of prevalence of the different variants that are at risk of being more contagious. “The Minister of...
    Tolls on the MTA’s seven bridges and two tunnels are set to go up April 1, with the agency’s board unanimously approving an increase on Thursday. Current toll rates will increase an average of 7.08 percent, the MTA said. Tolls will increase from $6.12 to $6.55 for E-ZPass users on six crossings: the Bronx-Whitestone, Triboro, Throgs Necks and Verrazzano bridges and the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels. Drivers without E-ZPass will be charged $10.17, up from $9.50 today. On Upper Manhattan’s Henry Hudson Bridge, tolls will increase by 20 cents for E-ZPass users and 50 cents for everyone else. The Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges in Queens, meanwhile, will see tolls spiked from $2.29 for E-ZPass and $4.75 for everyone else to $2.45 and $5.09, respectively. MTA officials opted to retain a discount for Queens residents for those two bridges, as well as the Verrazzano Bridge’s Staten Island rebate...
            by Thomas Catenacci  The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims increased to 861,000 last week as the economy continued to suffer the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics figure released Thursday represented an increase in the number of new jobless claims compared to the week ending Feb. 6, in which there were 848,000 new jobless claims reported. That number was revised up from the 793,000 jobless claims initially reported last week. Roughly 18.3 million Americans continue to collect unemployment benefits, according to the labor bureau’s report Thursday. Economists expected Thursday’s jobless claims number to come in at 773,000, The Wall Street Journal reported. New jobless claims fell below 1 million in the first week of August, which was the first time the weekly claims had fallen below 1 million since March.  “We’re heading in the right direction,” Marianne Wanamaker,...
            by Thomas Catenacci  Walmart announced it will raise wages for 425,000 store associates serving in “frontline” roles after the company reported record fourth-quarter revenue. Walmart will increase starting wages to between $13 and $19 per hour depending on store location and market, according to a letter Walmart President and CEO John Furner sent to employees nationwide Thursday morning. The pay raises will begin on March 13 and apply to the company’s 425,000 store associates. “Today, I’m happy to share an investment in the people who are central to making that happen,” Furner wrote in the letter. “Whatever your role, know that we’ll continue to support and invest in you,” he continued. The American big-box retailer reported a record $152.1 billion in fourth-quarter revenue, a 7.3% increase compared to last year, on Thursday. Walmart’s revenue increase was driven by e-commerce sales, which increased 69% compared to last year. While Walmart’s average wage...
    PHOENIX (AP) — State researchers say Arizona's economy appears to be on a two-year track for significant employment growth through early next year, with a projected jobs increase of about 11% from the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2022. A report released Thursday by the Office of Economic Opportunity projects employment will increase by over 325,000 jobs during the two-year period now approaching the halfway point. Arizona's economy lost 155,000 jobs during the two years that ended in the second quarter of 2020, with nearly all of the job losses attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the report said. The largest employment gains projected for the two-year period running through next year's second quarter are expected in the leisure and hospitality sector and in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. The office said economic assumptions underpinning its projections include that no major economic or political disruptions will...
    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel blasted the Biden administration Thursday for allowing public school shutdowns in the U.S. to continue as students struggle to stay afloat at home. Siegel cited a recent Fox News report detailing an uptick in children's weight due to pandemic-related difficulties, including disrupted sleep cycles and too much time sitting idly during virtual learning. "Playgrounds are closed. Children are in front of computer screens, if they even have a computer," Siegel told "Fox News Primetime" host Rachel Campos-Duffy. "They are doing binge eating. They are doing comfort food snacking. There's nobody there to remind them of anything. There's no fruits or vegetables." Siegel blamed school closures for disrupted sleep cycles and a decline in activity tied to virtual learning, specifically among kids battling obesity and high blood pressure.  KIDS' WEIGHT GAIN TIED TO IDLE VIRTUAL LEARNING "One out of three children in the United States are overweight or obese to begin with," he said. "When we have this situation, we have a growing amount of depression. We have 25% increase...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — The University of Maryland, College Park said Thursday it will be implementing new COVID-19 safety measures due to a “significant and concerning” increase in positive cases on and around campus. The University said it has seen several clusters and outbreaks on and off campus recently. Student gatherings, indoors and outdoors, are now restricted to no more than five persons, provided physical distancing can be maintained, officials said. The only exception to this rule is for in-person academic instruction, with masking and distancing in place.   With guidance from university and county health experts, due to a significant and concerning increase in positive #COVID cases on and around our campus, #UMD is implementing new COVID measures, effective immediately and until further notice: https://t.co/Tw7xFngeox These include: pic.twitter.com/GHGvhNiykZ — Univ. of Maryland (@UofMaryland) February 19, 2021   For all gatherings, regardless of location and size, masks must be...
    By Gram Slattery and Sabrina Valle RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Recent comments by Petrobras Chief Executive Roberto Castello Branco regarding the possibility of a truckers' strike will have consequences, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, adding that "something will happen in the coming days." Bolsonaro did not further specify what measures he would take with respect to the state-controlled company, adding that there would be no political interference at Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the firm is formally known. In late January, Castello Branco said truckers threatening to strike due to what they perceived as high domestic diesel prices were not the company's problem. Petrobras has repeatedly said it sells fuels domestically in line with international prices. But investors have been jittery about possible political interference at Petrobras for the last two weeks. Earlier in February, the company announced it was changing its fuel pricing policy to allow domestic...
    To calculate the amount of pensions in old age and old age, the IMSS considers variables such as the Base Contribution Salary (SBC) and the sum of weeks contributed. If a worker increases these two variables, he can also considerably increase the amount of money he will receive as a pension. There are two alternatives to achieve this increase in the pension for unemployment or old age in the IMSS. In the Social Security Law, two modalities with these characteristics are contemplated. The two modalities that we are discussing have the purpose of maintaining or increasing the Base Contribution Salary and the number of weeks contributed. Photo: Pixabay. Increase in the IMSS pension in the Mandatory Regime If the worker is working and his age is close to 60 years, he can increase his Base Contribution Salary that he has registered with the IMSS. By making this increase,...
    New York : In some states, if an employee does not earn enough in tips to meet the minimum wage, the employer has to make up the difference. Photo: KENA BETANCUR / . / . An increase in minimum wage of up to $ 15 per hour it could provoke a new wave of layoffs in the restaurant sector and maybe even a price increase, according to the opinion of some members of the restaurant sector. Today, waiters in a state like Indiana earn $ 2.13 per hour, which is more than $ 5 less than the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25, because waiters’ pay also includes tips. If an employee does not earn enough in tips to meet the minimum wage, the employer has to make up the difference. Those who oppose a higher minimum wage They fear the tax break for restaurants...
    IT’S like Groundhog Day. Since 2011 I have, along with the Sun’s Keep It Down campaign, presented coherent and independent economic evidence to then-Chancellors George Osborne, Philip Hammond and Sajid Javid that increasing fuel duty is destructive in terms of the economy, jobs, inflation, shop prices, investment, small businesses, low-income families, white van drivers and the haulage industry. 5The fuel duty freeze has benefitted everyone over the past ten years - Rishi Sunak must not undo this They all listened and fuel tax has been kept frozen for ten years. Despite our substantial proof, we hear that current Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Treasury are seriously mulling over raising the levy. If that happens, all common sense in the Conservative Party’s ­traditional low-tax philosophy will be thrown out, to be swapped for a highway-robbery mindset. Such a needless, ineffective cash grab may cost the Tories hard-won Northern seats, and the...
    NATO will considerably increase the number of its training mission for Iraqi forces and broaden the range of its activities, the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, announced Thursday. The defense ministers of the thirty allied countries have decided to increase the size of this mission, which will increase from around 500 to 4,000 and will involve “more Iraqi security institutions”, “also outside the large Baghdad area”, he said after a virtual two-day ministerial meeting. “Today we have decided to expand NATO’s training mission in Iraq to support Iraqi forces in their fight against terrorism and to ensure that ISIS (the jihadist group Islamic State) does not return . Our mission will gradually increase from 500 to around 4,000 people. “, Stoltenberg said during an online press conference. He recalled that this mission was carried out “at the request of the Iraqi government” and “with full...
    More On: tolls ‘Totally unacceptable’: New Yorkers blast MTA fare hikes Two-way Verrazzano Bridge tolls return Tuesday for first time in 35 years NYC congestion pricing tolls may start as late as 2023 MTA bringing two-way tolls back to Verrazzano Tolls on the MTA’s seven bridges and two tunnels are set to go up April 1, with the agency’s board unanimously approving an increase on Thursday. Current toll rates will increase an average of 7.08 percent, the MTA said. Tolls will increase from $6.12 to $6.55 for E-ZPass users on six crossings: the Bronx-Whitestone, Triboro, Throgs Necks and Verrazzano bridges and the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels. Drivers without E-ZPass will be charged $10.17, up from $9.50 today. On Upper Manhattan’s Henry Hudson Bridge, tolls will increase by 20 cents for E-ZPass users and 50 cents for everyone else. The Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges in Queens, meanwhile,...
    New York : Since the end of October 2020 there has not been such a sharp rise in gasoline prices. Photo: Ron Jenkins / . Gasoline prices could rise 10-20 cents a gallon for the next few days after the winter storm took out of service at least 11 refineries in Texas. Since the end of October 2020 there had not been such a strong rise in prices and experts predict that a gallon will be around $ 3 in the summer as the pandemic begins to subside. Regular unleaded gasoline cost on average $ 2.54 a gallon Wednesday nationwide, two cents more than the day before, according to AAA. The snowstorm has also disrupted package delivery to customers and product shipments to retailers, which could be causing shortages of some items on the shelves and has left hundreds of stores and factories closed since...
    An Amazon worker delivers packages amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Denver, Colorado, April 22, 2020.Kevin Mohatt | Reuters Delivery costs have been rising across the country and are expected to continue as the pandemic drags on, creating a serious headwind for retailers, according to a report by Jefferies. "The recent growth in shipping costs has been fueled by the surge in e-commerce penetration, which has created a significant supply/demand imbalance and left carriers capacity constrained," Jeffries' analyst Janine Stichter said in the report, which was based on a call with Dean Maciuba, a former FedEx executive who is currently the North America managing partner at consulting firm Last Mile Experts. Consumers expect fast and free shipping, but that is an increasing burden for many retailers, especially those that were hurt by extended shutdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mid-sized retailers are especially at risk because many don't have the capacity to implement a robust and efficient...
    During 2021 Walmart de México y Centroamérica plans to invest 22 thousand 200 million pesos, which will represent an increase of 32.99 percent, compared to last year. During Walmart Day, Guilherme Loureiro, executive president of the company for the region, pointed out that During 2020, the largest supermarket chain in Mexico invested 16.7 billion pesos, a drop of 18.7 percent, compared to 2019. For this year’s investments, 40 percent of the investments will be focused on existing stores; 25 percent in logistics and new stores, respectively; and 10 percent in electronic commerce and technology. « The level of investment and the transformation of the way of working gives us confidence that we will continue to grow. Our growth profile will continue to evolve. In the past we focused on growing through new stores; is. New strategy is going to celebrate growth and we believe that we can double...
    Walmart — the nation's largest private employer — is hiking pay for 425,000 workers, or nearly a third of its U.S. workforce of 1.5 million.  Store workers tasked in digital and stocking positions that proved particularly crucial during the pandemic will earn more starting March 13, with their starting hourly rates going to $13 to $19 based on location and market, the retailer said. That includes employees who fetch items from store shelves for online orders to be picked up or delivered, workers "central" to fourth-quarter sales of just under $100 billion, Walmart U.S. Chief Executive John Furner wrote Thursday in a post to employees.  The retailer's starting minimum pay remains $11 an hour, but the increase will bring Walmart's average pay overall to more than $15 an hour, up from more than $14 an hour.  The retailer's increase comes as the White House and Congress weigh hiking the federal...
    Workers who work in Federal Government agencies are registered with the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), which have the option of increasing their voluntary savings in order to have a better pension. Voluntary Savings consists of making complementary contributions to the Individual Account in your AFORE and they could serve as support, in the event that in the future you have an economic emergency, so here we tell you how you can increase it in Pensionissste. Pensionissste, how you can increase your voluntary savings. Photo: My Pocket. There are different alternatives for you to make your voluntary contributions, in addition to the minimum amount in some cases, is 50 pesos. 1.- By electronic transfer For you to make voluntary contributions to your Individual Account, access the app on your cell phone or your computer of the banking institution of your choice,...
    Artificial intelligence isn't for your computer and smartphone anymore! Seeing the need to increase contactless deliveries, Save Mart Supermarkets based in Modesto, CA, partnered with a Bay Area tech company to deliver groceries by robot.Starship Technologies goal is to increase micro deliveries by artificial intelligence to cut down on transportation of goods by large vehicles, thus cutting down on emissions. They've partnered with college campuses and companies from all over to world to bring clean and efficient deliveries to your door.
    Having a lie-in at the weekend when you are used to getting up early all week can affect your mood and increase the risk of depression, according to a new study. Experts from the Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan's academic medical centre used sleep and mood data from 2,1000 early career doctors taken over a year. An irregular sleep schedule can increase the risk of depression just as much as getting fewer hours of sleep overall or staying up late regularly, they found. Sleeping in on a Sunday can even affect your Monday morning mood, they found, and make you as grumpy as you would be had you stayed up late on Sunday night.  Researchers haven't studied the affect of mixed sleep schedules on the wider population but believe it could apply to anyone with irregular patterns of slumber.  Having a lie-in at the weekend when you are...
    Walmart announced it will raise wages for 425,000 store associates serving in “frontline” roles after the company reported record fourth-quarter revenue. Walmart will increase starting wages to between $13 and $19 per hour depending on store location and market, according to a letter Walmart President and CEO John Furner sent to employees nationwide Thursday morning. The pay raises will begin on March 13 and apply to the company’s 425,000 store associates. “Today, I’m happy to share an investment in the people who are central to making that happen,” Furner wrote in the letter. (RELATED: Here’s How Much More Jeff Bezos And Walmart Heirs Made Than Their Employees During The Pandemic) “Whatever your role, know that we’ll continue to support and invest in you,” he continued. Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, listens during a meeting with President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on Feb. 9. (Pete Marovich/Pool/Getty Images)...
    BUFFALO, W.Va. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday announced it is investing an additional $210 million at a West Virginia plant that will bring 100 new jobs. Toyota said it will upgrade equipment and machinery for existing six-cylinder engine production while increasing assembly capacity of its four-cylinder engine line at the Japanese automaker's plant in Buffalo, West Virginia. Toyota expects to complete the upgrades and job hirings by the second half of 2022. “Today’s announcement represents Toyota’s continued commitment to our customers as well as our community,” Srini Matam, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, said in a statement. The new jobs will establish a third shift at the Buffalo plant due to a significant increase in Rav4 engine production. The plant will assemble an additional 5,900 engines per month. Toyota expects to complete the upgrades and job hirings by the second half of 2022. “This is such...
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    THE TRIBUNE – The automotive industry has to face a series of bottlenecks on the markets: increase in raw materials, disruption of supply of electronic components, increase in the price of freight transport … Did you anticipateé such a situation ? JOSÉ BAGHDAD – It is a fairly cyclical phenomenon in the industry. Manufacturers plan their needs over three years in order to give visibility to their suppliers who, in turn, plan their production over this period. What is happening is that the needs anticipated by the manufacturers are below the actual reality. On the… Follow La Tribune Share economic information, receive our newsletters
    DENVER (CBS4) – The commander of a multi-agency police task force on Colorado’s Front Range says as car thefts spike, “Unless there’s consequences, it’s going to get worse.” Commander Mike Greenwell oversees the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force, comprised of police from seven jurisdictions. In 2020, car thefts in the metro area jumped nearly 55% from 2019. (credit: CBS) Greenwell believes it’s because career car thieves know even if they are arrested, they won’t spend much time in jail due to COVID-19. RELATED: Dr. Dave Hnida: You Dont Need A Reaction To Have Immunity From COVID Vaccine “Until there’s consequences for these types of crimes and people are held accountable, I don’t think we’re going to see it calm down,” said Greenwell. Motor vehicle thefts surged last year with every metro county seeing double digit increases in car thefts ranging from a low of 46% in Adams County to a...
    Bloomberg Apple to hire engineers to develop 6G technology (Bloomberg) – Apple Inc. launched its first iPhones with 5G wireless speed a few months ago. It is now looking to get started on sixth-generation, or 6G, cellular connectivity, indicating that it wants to be a leader in technology rather than relying on other companies. The Cupertino, California-based company released announcements this week. I’m looking for wireless systems research engineers for current and next-generation networks. The ads are for positions at Apple’s Silicon Valley and San Diego offices, where the company works on wireless technology development and chip design. “You will have the unique and rewarding opportunity to create next-generation wireless technology that will have a profound impact. on future Apple products, ”according to the job posting. “In this role, you will be at the center of a cutting-edge research group responsible for creating next-generation radio access technologies for the next...
    The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims increased to 861,000 last week as the economy continued to suffer the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics figure released Thursday represented an increase in the number of new jobless claims compared to the week ending Feb. 6, in which there were 848,000 new jobless claims reported. That number was revised up from the 793,000 jobless claims initially reported last week. Roughly 18.3 million Americans continue to collect unemployment benefits, according to the labor bureau’s report Thursday. Economists expected Thursday’s jobless claims number to come in at 773,000, The Wall Street Journal reported. New jobless claims fell below 1 million in the first week of August, which was the first time the weekly claims had fallen below 1 million since March.  “We’re heading in the right direction,” Marianne Wanamaker, a labor economist at the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was revised sharply higher, the Labor Department said Thursday. Before the virus erupted in the United States last March, weekly applications for unemployment benefits had never topped 700,000, even during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The job market has stalled, with employers having added a mere 49,000 jobs in January after cutting workers in December. Nearly 10 million jobs remain lost to the pandemic. Though the unemployment rate fell last month from 6.7%, to 6.3%, it did so in part because some people stopped looking for jobs. People who aren’t actively seeking work aren’t counted as unemployed. Fraudulent claims may be pushing up the totals. Last...
    Bloomberg US-Mexico gas pipeline resumes flow after being suspended due to cold (Bloomberg) – Natural gas is again flowing through the Nueva Era cross-border pipeline after extremely cold weather conditions prevented Texas suppliers from supplying Mexico with heating oil and power plants. The flow of gas along Nueva Era Era hit zero Sunday night and resumed late Monday, said Mike Howard, chief executive of San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners, which owns a 50% stake in the pipeline. Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the pipeline’s main customer, uses Nueva Era to transport the gas it buys in Texas to two power plants and the distribution network in Monterrey. CFE officials told Bloomberg that the pipeline shutdown was due to issues with suppliers Trafigura, Apache Corp. and ARM Energy. Trafigura declined to comment, but Apache and ARM told Bloomberg that their operations in the field were affected by the extremely cold weather that...
    The Covid-19 crisis caused a fourfold increase in 2020 compared to the previous year demands for support from minors old to Barcelona City Council LGTBI Center. 30 people from this group were served (seven in 2019), representing 8% of users. It was announced this Thursday by the Deputy Mayor for Social Rights, Global Justice, Feminisms and LGTBI, Laura Pérez, who explained that this growth is explained by the increase in the need for support and socialization during confinement, a stage in which many adolescents had to live without their usual support network and in “hostile family nuclei”. The annual balance of the center also shows that it received in total 405 care demands in 2020, which represents a growth of close to 20% compared to 339 the previous year, and attributes it to the pandemic. Requests for help to cover basic needs were the most common and experienced an...
    With classes being restarted in much of the country, it is a process that will take until the first week of March to complete the back-to-school scheme in pandemic, the Government decided to convene the teachers’ unions to establish the horizon of salary increases. Although decentralized schools depend on each of the provinces, the national teaching parity is a central reference to measure the behavior of the agreements that will be made in each of the districts. This time, it will start in a mixed class context. How much do the teachers’ unions ask for a raise The leader Fabián Felman (CEA), assured that the position of the unions will be to demand « a salary increase that exceeds inflationary figures ». Without giving it a number, it assumes that the teaching unions are going to ask for increases of more than 29% which is the inflation that is estimated in...