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    A student is seen on the steps of the closed public school PS 139 in the Ditmas Park neighborhood in Brooklyn of New York, the United States, Oct. 8, 2020.Michael Nagle | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images School teachers and staff may play a "central role" in transmitting Covid-19 within schools where social distancing and face covering precautions aren't followed, and vaccinating them against the disease could help return students to the classroom safely, according to a new federal study published Monday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated the coronavirus' spread within eight Georgia public elementary schools in the same school district between Dec. 1 and Jan. 22, which included 24 in-person learning days. During this period, the average number of cases per 100,000 residents in the county increase nearly 300%, the study said. The federal health agency, along with state and local public health departments,...
    NEITHER Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nor Alexandre Lacazette are a perfect fit up front in Mikel Arteta's system - but Romelu Lukaku would be. Arsenal put in another limp display as they failed to find the net in a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa last weekend. 3Neither Aubameyang nor Lacazette have what it takes to thrive in Arsenal's current systemCredit: AFP This season, Arteta has tried out a number of different systems, including 4-3-3 and 3-4-3, before seemingly settling on 4-2-3-1. The problem with that is, neither Aubameyang nor Lacazette suit that style as the lone central striker. Given that they're two of the three highest-paid players at the club - one of which is captain and has just signed a lucrative new deal - this is a real cause for concern. Lacazette is being preferred for now, mainly because his link-up play with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo...
    Janet Yellen breezed through her confirmation hearing on Tuesday and Joe Biden’s nomination of her to head up the Department of Treasury will likely win approval of the Senate Finance Committee, perhaps as soon as Thursday. So it is worth taking notice of how unusual the nomination of Yellen is and how little her experience matches that of her predecessors. Yellen has plenty of qualifications—they just aren’t the qualifications that usually earn someone the role of Treasury Secretary. In looking turning to Yellen, Biden broke with longstanding precedent. Every Treasury Secretary in modern history has had experience in the private sector or in Treasury Department itself. For most of U.S. history, the role has gone to a businessman and rarely to anyone who was primarily an academic or central banker.  This wasn’t usually considered a role for PhD. economists. Of the last fourteen Treasury Secretaries, only Tim Geithner and Larry...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only where her boundary-breaking role begins. With the confluence of crises confronting Joe Biden’s administration — and an evenly divided Senate in which she would deliver the tie-breaking vote — Harris is shaping up to be a central player in addressing everything from the coronavirus pandemic to criminal justice reform. Symone Sanders, Harris’ chief spokeswoman, said that while the vice president-elect’s portfolio hasn’t been fully defined yet, she has a hand in all aspects of Biden’s agenda. “There are pieces that Biden may specifically ask her to champion, but outside of that she is at the table for everything, involved in everything, and giving input and feedback and being a supportive...
    Philips highlights central role of healthcare in the home at All-Digital CES 2021 January 11, 2021 Beyond COVID-19, Philips spotlights care outside of hospital settings in unique, interactive virtual experience Philips executives Deeptha Khanna and Jeroen Tas talk digital health tech in virtual press conference during CES 2021 Media Day Philips named CES 2021 Innovation Awards honoree for outstanding technology products across personal and professional health Amsterdam, the Netherlands –Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, announced its participation in the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, beginning today and running through Jan. 14. Since the initial outbreak of COVID- 19 a year ago, healthcare has experienced a rapid transformation and acceleration of digital health technologies. During CES 2021, Philips will highlight a unique hybrid view of advanced technology solutions fast-tracking healthcare, moving outside the four walls of the hospital and into the home. Telehealth, including...
    Former White House communications director Alyssa Farah asserted Sunday that the result of January's Georgia Senate runoff races would play a role in the future of a probe into Hunter Biden's business dealings.  In an interview on "America's News Headquarters" with host Leland Vittert, Farah said she believed the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office's investigations into the younger Biden's “tax affairs” should lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor. FAST FACTS If both Democratic candidates win, it will split the chamber evenly Government response to the coronavirus pandemic is a central issue in both of Georgia’s Senate runoff races Government response to the coronavirus pandemic is a central issue in both of Georgia’s Senate runoff races "But, what's going to matter, frankly, is who is in control of the Senate. I think we've seen that if it's just Democrats, we're not going to get answers to these basic questions around Hunter Biden's business finances," she noted. "So, we've absolutely got to make sure that Republicans keep control...
    An MS-13 gang member has been sentenced following his conviction on murder, racketeering, and assault charges for an execution-style killing of a purported rival gang member on Long Island three years ago. Jose Suarez, an associate of the Sailors Locos Salvatruchas Westside (Sailors) clique of MS-13, was sentenced to life in prison in Central Islip federal court after being convicted of the January 2017 murder of Esteban Alvarado-Bonilla and the shooting of a female employee at a Central Islip deli. Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said that on Jan. 30, 2017, a member of the Sailors clique saw Alvarado-Bonilla inside El Campesino Deli in Central Islip.  Believing that Alvarado-Bonilla was a rival gang member, several members of the Sailors clique plotted to kill him, with Suarez driving two other MS-13 members to a street near the deli.  One of those members, Mario Aguilar-Lopez entered the deli, approached the...
    IT'S back to the drawing board for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. Arsenal looked lifeless at times during Sunday's 0-0 draw with Leeds at Elland Road. 4Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to make is mark on the game at Elland RoadCredit: AP:Associated Press Arteta moved Aubameyang into a central role in a bid to help the striker find his shooting boots again. But it was another disasterclass for the striker, who has scored just two league goals this season. Nicolas Pepe was given his marching orders for a silly headbutt - but there are some positives for Arsenal to take. Here's how SunSport's Joe Miles rated the Gunners... ⚽ Read our Arsenal live blog for the latest news from The Emirates Bernd Leno - 7 Made an impressive save in the first half to deny Patrick Bamford from close range. The keeper got Arsenal out of trouble as he made...
    Sailing: Team New Zealand expect Americas Cup boat to reach close to 100kph 20 Thanksgiving Prayers to Say Before This Years Feast Mnuchin Seeks Unused Funds From Fed in Clash With Central Bank (Bloomberg) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday sought the return of unused funds from the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending facilities but the central bank pushed back and said the programs served a vital role. © Bloomberg Steven Mnuchin Mnuchin, in a letter to Fed Chair Jerome Powell, sought a 90-day extension for four of the central bank’s emergency lending programs, but requested other programs expire on schedule on Dec. 31 and the Fed return $455 billion to the Treasury so Congress can spend the money elsewhere. Load Error “The Federal Reserve would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop...
    Meghan Markle's faith plays a central role in her life while prayer and conversations with God have got her through the 'darkest moments', a source claims in Finding Freedom. In the hotly-anticipated biography by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which is out today, the insider claims the Duchess of Sussex's 'spirituality' saw her gather her Suits castmates for a 'prayer circle' before they began filming.  According to the source, who is reportedly a close friend and has often prayed with Meghan, 39, both she and Harry have been on a 'journey of faith together' during their relationship. The Sussexes, who stepped down as working royals in March after a series of final engagements in the UK, recently moved to a 14-acre estate in the famed 90210 postcode of Beverly Hills after flying from the Vancouver Island they were living on in March.  Finding Freedom provides an intimately detailed and...
    News media such as CNN may have pushed former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democrat Party beyond the American electorate’s tolerance of leftism, assessed Joel B. Pollak, author of the forthcoming book, Red November: Will the Country Vote Red for Trump or Red for Socialism?. He reflected on his experiences covering the Democrat primary race for the party’s presidential nominee on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Pollak recalled CNN’s production of ostensible “town hall” events during the Democrat primaries, particularly an “LGBT Town Hall” where an activist accused the network of having “erased black trans women.” Such events contributed to the Democrats’ leftward movement, he said. “CNN held a lot of issue forums where the focus was on one single topic,” Pollak stated. “Those forums always pushed the candidates further to the left, because the audience was always stacked with activists on that particular issue....
    (CNN)Citing her own "pervasive privilege," Kristen Bell has announced she is leaving her role as a mixed-race character on the Apple TV+ animated series, "Central Park."Bell, a White actress beloved for playing Anna in the "Frozen" film franchise, voices Molly on the animated musical comedy about the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park. Her departure is one of the latest examples of the racial reckoning happening in Hollywood and around the world following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd. "This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here is one of mine. Playing the character of Molly on Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege," Bell wrote Wednesday in the caption of a photo showing a statement from the series on her verified Instagram account. View this post on Instagram This is a time to acknowledge our acts...
    Actress Kristen Bell announced that she would be stepping down from a voice role of a mixed race character because she feels it was wrong for her, as a white woman, to take the role. "This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here is one of mine," said Bell on Instagram. "Playing the character of Molly on Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience. It was wrong and we, on the Central Park team, are pledging to make it right," she continued. "I am happy to relinquish this role to someone who can give a much more accurate portrayal and I will commit to learning," Bell concluded, "growing and doing my part for equality and...
    Hours after Jenny Slate quit voicing a Black character on Netflix series Big Mouth, Kristen Bell has similarly stepped away from voicing a mixed-race character on the Apple TV+ show Central Park. According to Variety, Bell will portray a different character on the animated series moving forward. The actress has been voicing one of the show’s main characters, Molly Tillerman, daughter of Leslie Odom Jr.’s character Owen Tillerman and Kathryn Hahn’s character Paige Tillerman. Tituss Burgess has been voicing Molly’s brother, Cole. Variety reported that the series would re-cast the part with a Black actress. Bell’s new character has not yet been announced either. However, it is likely the change will not be implemented until later in the first season or possible in the show’s second season, which Deadline reported had been given the green light more than two years ago. In a statement released by Central Park‘s creative team,...
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