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    The majority of frontline healthcare workers and essential employees on Long Island who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine have yet to do so, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. During a COVID-19 briefing on Friday, Jan. 8 in Albany, Cuomo said that it is imperative hospitals ramp up the administration of vaccines to doctors and nurses who could serve as super-spreaders if they contract the virus and inadvertently pass the infection to patients. On Long Island, the state has identified 427,000 healthcare workers who are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1A, the most in New York behind only New York City’s 1.5 million employees. Of the 427,000 healthcare workers, 57,384 (25 percent) have received the first dose of the vaccines allocated to Long Island, leaving 172,616 unvaccinated as of Jan. 8. A breakdown of the Phase 1a population that has been vaccinated: New York...
    The head of the Food and Drug Administration is urging states to start offering COVID-19 vaccines to more people in order to speed up the glacial pace of the US vaccination effort.  Unexpected vaccine resistance from top-priority health care workers and red tape from rigid state vaccination plans have dragged the pace of the rollout. Just 6.25 million Americans have received their first doses of vaccine.  'We've heard in the press that some folks have said, 'OK, I'm waiting to get all of my health-care workers vaccinated. We have about 35 percent uptake of the vaccine,'' said FDA Commissioner Dr Stephen Hahn at a Friday Alliance for Health Policy meeting. 'I think it reasonable to expand that.'  More than 21 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been distributed to states, but fewer than 30 percent of them have been used.  Although health care workers and nursing home patients are considered...
    Federal murder probe opened into Capitol Police officers death It Doesn’t Look Like Trump Can Pardon Himself for Wrongdoing Connected to Capitol Chaos How to find the best FHA mortgage lender Shopping for an FHA lender isn’t as easy as it might seem. Loan terms and interest rates vary by lender, and no single provider is a good fit for every borrower. The best FHA mortgage lenders are those who offer the terms that fit your particular situation. © Karamysh/Shutterstock Yellow house with trees 4 tips to find the best FHA lenderThese four tips can help you find the FHA mortgage lender that’s right for you. Load Error Shop multiple FHA lenders. Each provider offers varying rates and features, making it important to comparison shop. Know your credit score. You’ll need a credit score of 580 or higher in order to qualify for a minimum down payment of...
    PARIS – The Louvre museum in Paris – home to the Mona Lisa and other world famous works of art – suffered a 72 percent drop in visitors in 2020 compared to 2019, as a result of the COVID crisis. The Louvre said in a statement on Friday that its overall visitor numbers for 2020 stood at 2.7 million. The museum, like many around the world, had to shut for much of last year due to restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. Filed under art ,  Coronavirus ,  europe ,  france ,  paris ,  the louvre ,  1/8/21
    Tesla shares jumped as much as 5.6 percent Friday, pushing the electric-car maker’s market capitalization to more than $800 billion for the first time and inching closer to the trillion-dollar club. Tesla’s stratospheric rally has helped Chief Executive Elon Musk surpass Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest man, The Post reported Thursday. At today’s session high, Musk’s 21 percent stake in the automaker as per Forbes contributes more than $170 billion to his net worth, dwarfing the combined market capitalization of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, the three Detroit automakers. In the previous session, Tesla’s market value crossed $774 billion, making it Wall Street’s fifth most valuable company, just behind Google-parent Alphabet Inc and ahead of social media giant Facebook. The company’s fortunes are an anomaly as the 17-year-old automaker has production that is just a fraction of large rivals by sales such as Toyota, Volkswagen...
    The American economy lost 140,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate stayed steady at 6.7 percent. As usual, I’d caution everyone about interpreting these figures since they say more about the COVID-19 pandemic than the actual jobs situation. That said, it’s obviously bad news on all fronts that job growth has stalled. Unsurprisingly, job losses were led by the leisure and hospitality industry, which lost nearly half a million jobs as people stayed home instead of traveling for the holidays. Oddly, hourly earnings were up about 10 percent compared to November. I assume this is some kind of weird blip, perhaps caused by a reluctance to accept holiday jobs in crowded retail stores as the pandemic was surging?
    HHS Secretary Azar: States should bypass COVID vaccine priority plan if it slows administering shots Roku to buy Quibis shows to stream free with ads on Roku Channel Online shopping has boomed in the pandemic. But what about all the packaging? At a Cost Plus World Market in Oakland, California, masked shoppers are filing in with their holiday near-misses. They’re not just bringing back Ikat dinnerware and burlap wall art that didn’t quite hit the gifting mark, however. The Happy Returns “bar” within accepts unwanted items from digitally native brands like Eloquii, Everlane, and Rothy’s, which it refunds with a scan of a QR code. © Getty Images Everyone’s shopping online by necessity, but packaging waste hasn’t improved. Similar bars in malls, college campuses, and inside stores like World Market across the country are doing an equally brisk trade. Online return rates are three to four times higher...
    Twitter shares fell after the site temporarily banned President Donald Trump for his dangerous rhetoric when a mob of MAGA fans stormed the US Capitol at his behest.  The social media giant suspended Trump's account for 12 hours on Wednesday evening after Washington, DC, was plunged into chaos as hundreds of the president's followers staged riots both outside and within the halls of Congress.   Twitter's share price slipped 1.8 percent by closing bell on Thursday - a drop perceived to be related to its actions against Trump.  Meanwhile Facebook - which went far further than Twitter with an 'indefinite' suspension on Trump's account - saw its shares rise by two percent on Thursday, mirroring a broader surge among top tech stocks.  The difference between the companies' showings likely stemmed from the fact that Trump's presence on Twitter has a much bigger impact on its bottom line, according to the Wall...
    Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies Fou Ts’ong, Chinese pianist who bridged East and West, dies at 86 of covid-19 Nichols: Mike Whan is leaving the LPGA, but the mission to cultivate allies for womens golf will never leave him What is Mike Whan’s legacy? To answer that question, I’m transported back two years ago to Gleneagles, Scotland, where a 92-year-old Shirley Spork, wearing a 3-foot tall red-white-and-blue top hat, parked herself on a rowdy first tee to soak in an electric Solheim Cup that she laid the groundwork for as one of the LPGA’s 13 Founders. © Provided by Golfweek Commissioner Whan, who on Wednesday announced his plans to step down from his post in 2021, created the Founders Cup in 2011 to celebrate the LPGA’s past and build toward the future. He also made sure the founders themselves were annually given a couple of all-expense-paid...
    The total market value of all cryptocurrencies rose above $1 trillion for the first time on Thursday as Bitcoin surged to a record high. Bitcoin has jumped more than 900 percent from a recent low of $3,850 in March, breaking $40,000 for the first time on Thursday as governments increase spending to blunt the economic impact of the pandemic.  The massive spending on stimulus has raised fears about rising inflation and U.S. dollar debasement, and investors are flocking to Bitcoin as a safe haven. The cryptocurrency is also gaining traction with more mainstream investors who are increasingly convinced that Bitcoin will be a long-lasting asset, and not a speculative bubble as some analysts and investors fear. Bitcoin has jumped more than 900 percent from a recent low of $3,850 in March, breaking $40,000 for the first time on Thursday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A majority of Republican voters surveyed in a new YouGov Direct poll believe that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Here's how newspaper front pages across the world looked after mobs stormed the Capitol MORE is to blame for the group of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Third House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 this week MORE’s supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday.  According to the poll, which surveyed nearly 1,450 registered voters on the events at the Capitol, found that among Republicans, 52 percent identified Biden as the biggest culprit, rather than Trump himself.  Comparatively, just 26 percent of Republican voters blamed the president for inciting the violence, while another 26 percent pointed fingers at congressional Republicans who vowed...
    Despite all the success Oregon basketball has enjoyed in recent years, one thing that has eluded the program is a win at the CU Events Center. The Ducks are 0-9 all time there, and will get another chance to beat the Buffaloes on Thursday night in Boulder. Though Oregon won’t have to deal with the ruckus of a crowd, it will have to shut down a Colorado offense that features six of the top eight scorers making at least 40 percent of their 3-point shots. Dallas Walton is hitting 50 percent, with D’Shawn Schwartz at 48, Eli Parquet at 46.2 and Jeriah Horne at 45.9. Both teams have been solid on defense, each ranking in the top 40 among Division I schools in both points-per-game allowed and points allowed on a per-possession basis. The Ducks have the edge on the glass, ranking 26th in the nation in rebound rate,...
    It will be hard for NBA MVP favorites Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo to damage their cases beyond repair early in the season. Nevertheless, it is a great time to start to find guys with upward or downward momentum and either rule them out or take a piece of a longer price as the odds move. Case in point: Kevin Durant. After the first two games of the season, Durant saw his odds get cut from 12/1 to 8/1 at DraftKings, an increase from 7.7 percent implied probability to 11.1 percent. However, a forced quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols has Durant sidelined for four games or 5.5 percent of his season. The Nets also seem intent on resting him in back-to-back situations, thus it seems Durant will miss quite a bit of time this year. Maybe too much to be considered a likely MVP candidate, especially at a short 8/1...
    More than half of all coronavirus transmission comes from patients who are asymptomatic, a new report reveals.  Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at a model in which people with COVID-19 were at their most infectious on day five of their illness. They found that a total of 59 percent of spread comes from those who develop a cough, fever or shortness of breath after testing positive or never at all. The team says the findings reveal that simply identifying and isolating symptomatic Americans isn't enough and that more emphasis needs to be placed on mitigation measures such as mask wearing, social distancing and contact tracing.  It comes as the U.S., for the second consecutive day, set a record-high number of coronavirus deaths at 3,865, breaking the previous record of 3,775 set on Wednesday.  A new study from the CDC found that 59% of all...
            by Robert Romano  The House and the Senate will convene in a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 to hear any and all objections to the Dec. 14 outcome of the Electoral College in favor of Joe Biden, with challenges expected in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This is President Donald Trump’s last chance to reclaim the White House, but win or lose on Wednesday, the President has already served America with one of the most consequential single terms in our country’s history. One area President Trump dramatically shifted U.S. policy was on trade. In 2016, Trump won the Republican nomination and narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton on promising to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), slapping massive tariffs on China and pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump kept all of his promises, leaving the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2017, ending...
    The ACC has seen many of its top teams come out of the gates sluggish, but Louisville and Virginia Tech each has suffered just one loss and will be playing for an early spot atop the conference standings on Wednesday night in Louisville. Louisville’s lone loss came when point guard Carlik Jones was sidelined with the team coming off a COVID layoff against Wisconsin. The Cardinals have not allowed more than 70 points when Jones is in the lineup. Both teams enter the game in the top 40 among Division I teams in rebound rate with Louisville ranked 28th and Virginia Tech 38th. The Hokies have the edge in outside shooting, making 36.5 percent of their 3-point shot attempts to Louisville’s 33.8 percent. But Virginia Tech has issues guarding the arc, rating 230th in the nation in opponents’ 3-point shooting percentage. When Jones plays for Louisville, opponents make just...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from Jan. 6, 2020: 427,587 cases; 5,528 deaths Walz announces loosening of some COVID-19 restrictions Sixty-seven more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 5,528. Article continues after advertisement Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, four were over 100 years old, 18 were in their 90s, 25 were in their 80s, 11 were in their 70s, five were in their 60s, three were in...
    More than half of Americans faced coronavirus-fueled cabin fever last year by playing video games. SuperData, a Nielsen company, reports 55 percent of people turned to console, PC and mobile games during the first phase of COVID-19 lockdowns. Video games and interactive media generated $139 billion in 2020, a 12 percent spike, with digital games alone raking in $126 billion. 'Consumers had to turn to games as other forms of entertainment such as professional sports and movie theaters were on pause,' the report indicates. Free-to-play games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone generated 78 percent of the total games revenue. But console games earnings jumped more than a quarter, likely fueled by the arrival of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. Scroll down for video More than 50 percent of Americans turned to gaming during the pandemic, SuperData found, helping to fuel $139 billion in spending on games...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanGov. Tim Walz plans to ease limits on the number of people who can attend religious services, gyms, sporting events, theaters and pools.Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he will allow bars and restaurants to serve indoors at half capacity starting Monday, a decision made as state health officials report the spread of COVID-19 has slowed in Minnesota since mid-November. The governor also plans to ease limits on the number of people who can attend religious services, gyms, sporting events, theaters and pools.  Walz had banned in-house dining and drinking for more than six weeks, along with most social gatherings, as new cases, hospitalizations and deaths spiked. Many hospitals at the time said they were at risk of...
    1. U.S. stock index futures were mixed early Wednesday as investors awaited final results in Georgia’s two crucial Senate runoffs. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up by 0.2 percent several hours before the opening bell, while those of the S&P 500 were down by 0.3 percent. Futures for the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite meanwhile plunged 1.8 percent. Democrat Raphael Warnock was projected the winner over GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, while Democrat Jon Ossoff led Republican Sen. David Perdue in a race still too close to call. “Consensus seems to believe that if Dems win both seats, this is negative for stocks because of the risk of higher taxes,” Tom Lee, head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors, wrote in a note. He added that he believed “the ‘uncertainty’ of the election is arguably a bigger overhang than the actual outcome.” [CNBC] 2. President Trump on Tuesday signed...
    Dr Ashish K Jha (pictured), dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, has issued a warning about the new 'super-covid' variants A top public health expert says the new 'super-covid' variants could make the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. up to five times deadlier. The new strain, known as B.1.1.7 - which was first detected in the UK - has now infected at least 37 people in seven states and at least 30 countries. Meanwhile, a close cousin has been found in South Africa, UK and at least seven other nations - but not yet in the U.S. It is feared to be up to 70 percent more transmissible and to spread more easily among children.  Dr Ashish K Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, says because the new variant is 'significantly more infectious,' there could be up to 10 million new...
    AUSTIN — As Loretto Hospital prepares to launch trials for coronavirus vaccines, hospital leaders will host a virtual town hall to answer community concerns about the vaccines. The town hall will be streamed live on the hospital’s Facebook page 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The forum will feature a panel with Dr. Lois Clarke, Loretto’s medical director of research; Dr. Shilpa Pulluru, the hospital’s clinical research liaison; and Dr. Ali Ahmed, president of Affinity Health, Loretto’s clinical research partner for the vaccine trials. Organizers aim to open a discussion about the safety of the vaccines, the benefits of getting involved in the trials and who can participate. “We understand and respect the historical reticence among some community members to participate in clinical trials,” Clarke said. “We are looking to this event as an opportunity to empower each individual with the facts he or she needs to make a personal, informed decision.” With...
    More On: COVID vaccine Here’s how many eligible NY medical workers are refusing COVID vaccine Staggering amount of COVID vaccines remain unused in US rollout disaster Cuomo calls on agencies, unions to administer COVID vaccines themselves COVID-19 vaccine delays could threaten economic recovery Amid their bungling of the vaccine rollout, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are proving great at two other things: making excuses — and passing the buck. “This was a much more aggressive undertaking than anyone thought,” Cuomo whined Monday. The nation “was not prepared.” Huh? Cuomo’s had nine months to plan. People sometimes refuse to take the vaccine, he added — including 30 percent of hospital workers. Yet he himself cast doubts on the shot before the November election. Cuomo pointed the finger at the feds’ too-slow vaccine program at nursing homes and at public officials, like de Blasio, whose picture he displayed with the...
    Do you know someone who moved out of New Jersey last year? You’re certainly not alone — in fact, for the third year in a row, New Jersey topped the list of states with the highest move-out rates, an annual migration study shows. But that’s not all: six Garden State areas made the list of the 25 cities with the highest outbound migration rates for 2020 — in other words, the cities that had the most residents hit the road and move out of the state. United Van Lines’ 44th Annual National Migration Study is based on the number of household moves handled by the company within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and only includes cities with 250 moves or more. The Bergen-Passaic area ranked second with a 61 percent outbound migration rate, and Trenton is right behind at number third with a rate of 81 percent, the study...
    Even after rents in San Francisco and New York City plunged sharply during the pandemic, the two cities remain the most expensive places to rent an apartment in the nation. The median rent for a one bedroom apartment in New York City was $2,410 in January, down 2.4 percent from a month ago and 19.7 percent from January 2020, according to new data from Zumper. In San Francisco, the median rent was $2,660 for January, down 24 percent from a year ago -- but still the highest in the nation. Rental prices in major cities plunged last year as residents fled the pandemic and soaring crime, and as remote working policies led many to reconsider the need to live in megacities. Even after rents in San Francisco and New York City plunged sharply during the pandemic, the two cities remain the most expensive places to rent an apartment The annual...
    Photo via Adobe ImagesWith another 103 deaths reported Monday, the number of Florida residents who have died of COVID-19 has exceeded 22,000, according to the state Department of Health. The death toll increased rapidly in recent months to 22,090 on Monday. On Oct. 4, by comparison, the total was 14,671 Florida resident deaths --- representing an increase of slightly more than 50 percent over the past three months. On Nov. 4, the total was 16,922 deaths --- representing about a 30 percent increase over the past two months. Seniors continue to be the hardest hit, with people 65 and older making up about 83 percent of the Florida resident deaths, the Department of Health numbers show. Florida has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country, behind New York, Texas and California. Also, 325 non-residents have died in Florida of COVID-19. Support local journalism in these...
    Wren McDonald Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Before the coronavirus hit in early 2020, a quieter epidemic was already taking its toll across the United States: the near-universal prevalence of diet-­related maladies. More than half of the calories Americans consume come from “ultraprocessed” foods that are shot through with added sugars and fats and are associated with weight gain. Pile those on top of our sedentary lifestyle, and the result is that almost 90 percent of adults have a sign of metabolic dysfunction—including high blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar—and more than 40 percent are obese. In the pandemic’s first five months, the US had a 39 percent higher mortality rate than Europe, where the obesity rate is half ours. This mess made us vulnerable to the worst aspects of the...
    THE two runoff elections for the Georgia Senate seats are too close to call as of January 4. Democrats and Republicans are in the race to determine which party will control the US Senate seats for the state of Georgia. 4Incumbent GOP Senate member David PerdueCredit: Getty Images - Getty When is the George Senate runoff and when will the results be announced? All four candidates are making their final push before the crucial Georgia US Senate, which will be revealed on November 5. Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are campaigning in Georgia ahead of the January 5 Senate runoff elections, which will determine which party controls the chamber. Meanwhile, Trump is continuing his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state of Georgia, after a bombshell conversation between him and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was leaked. 4Democrat Jon Ossoff is going against David Perdue for one of...
    Today brings us this headline in the New York Times: Election Day Voting in 2020 Took Longer in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods This is true—but just barely. In fact, I was struck by how the data actually indicates that we could be making real progress. First off, here’s a Times chart that I replotted to remove the bias of cutting off the y axis: From the lowest to highest incomes, there’s surprisingly little variation in the percentage of people who have to wait more than an hour to vote. It basically ranges from 14 percent to 16 percent, which is barely noticeable. Here’s another chart. It’s a little hard to figure out, so bear with me: The gray curve represents white neighborhoods. There’s a 10-minute wait in about 4.5 percent of them, a 30-minute wait in 1 percent, etc. The black curve represents non-white neighborhoods. There’s a 10-minute wait...
    Honda has announced a new air filter that not only prevents viruses from entering your car, it also destroys ones that get inside. Kurumaku, which literally means 'car mask,' acts like a face mask for your vehicle. Available for Honda Japan's N-Box Kei microcar, it's fitted on top of the vehicle's regular filter and catches virus droplets in microscopic spikes, reducing their shape and damaging them in the process. It uses a zinc phosphate conversion system, the same technology carmakers employ to prevent rusting. The mask is an environmentally friendly product, according to Honda, with less risk of fostering resistant viruses because it does not use chemicals. Without specifically mentioning coronavirus, the carmaker said the new Kurumaku filter can remove 99.8 percent of virus droplets within 15 minutes of turning on a car's air recirculation system, and 99.9 percent after 24 hours. Scroll down for video Kurumaku, which literally means...
    Public health experts are warning that the new mutant British variant of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. will make vaccination efforts a 'formidable challenge.' The new strain, known as SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01, is feared to be 70 percent more transmissible and to spread more easily among children. So far, the 'super-COVID' variant has only been detected in four states: California, Colorado, Florida and New York. But scientists tell Bloomberg there are likely 'hundreds' of infections throughout the nation and that there needs to be a stronger push to get people immunized before more people are infected with - or die from - the new strain.  It comes as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown for England on Monday night that will likely last through mid-February as the virus continues to ravage the country. Researchers say there is now a race to immunize as many as Americans as...
    Venmo, the increasingly popular mobile payment app, has just announced a new check-cashing service. Offered to select US users on Monday, the Cash a Check option can be used to cash printed, payroll and U.S. government checks without visiting a bank, including the latest stimulus checks. There is a fee attached to the service, though Venmo is temporarily waiving the charge for stimulus checks, 'to enable affordable access to this much needed funding, so you can use it on the things you need most.' Scroll down for video Venmo has announced a new check-cashing option. A one-percent fee for pre-printed government checks will be waived temporarily for new stimulus checks 'We know now, more than ever, many of you are using Venmo to spend and manage your money,' the company said. 'Whether you're sending payments to support friends, family, and people in your community, or paying for essentials like...
    More On: shopping The perfect gym shoes for your next workout Yummie is having a special $20.21 New Year’s sale Nordstrom Rack takes extra 25 percent off clearance items for Clear The Rack event These are the best meal kit delivery sales to shop for the new year The temperatures are continuing to drop, which means you’re likely in need of some new winter staples. That’s why you’ll be excited to take a look through The North Face’s major Winter Sale. The popular brand is taking up to 30% off its graphic hoodies, tees and more during the event.  And believe us when we say it’s got some deals you don’t want to miss. You’ll find a variety of sleek coats that’ll keep you warm and protected from the elements.  And you can also pick up a range of tights, jeans and even footwear at unbeatable prices. Standout deals included markdowns on the...
    Reduced occupancy restrictions in Massachusetts has led to the temporary closure of some restaurants that had been hanging on during COVID-19 but can’t sustain a business under the harsher conditions. The new temporary regulations for Massachusetts take a particularly hard line on restaurants and events spaces, which had to cut back occupancy to 25 percent. On Sunday, Jan. 3, for example, Smoke Stack Urban Barbecue in Worcester announced that it would be temporarily shutting down. “Due to new government restrictions on occupancy and the levels of confidence in dining out, w have decided to temporarily shut down,” owners said on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “This mini hibernation will be in effect until February and will be re-evaluated at that time to re-open.” On Dec. 26, 2020, the newest and most restrictive measures went into effect in Massachusetts in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 - which is currently...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Jaylen Brown gets plenty of love here in Boston. It’s time for the rest of the NBA to take notice. While Jayson Tatum is the undeniable No. 1 on the team, Brown is making it a much closer debate with some ridiculous play to start the 2020-21 season. Simply put, Brown has been an offensive wizard through seven games — or rather, a wizard with a flamethrower. And we’re not just talking about Sunday’s performance, which was an insanely good one. Brown led the Celtics with 31 points in a 122-120 win over the Pistons, hitting 13 of his 16 shots for a comical 81.3 shooting percentage. He had it all going in Detroit, whether it was his mid-range jumper, aggressive charges to the rim or a slew of different three-point looks. He was draining just about everything. Tatum is getting the...
    JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings: 15 Facts About ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ (Photos) 27 Things Babies Born in 2021 Will Never Know 76ers Seth Curry looks poised to have the best season of his career When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for Seth Curry, it may have seemed insignificant. But he has already been a perfect fit on his new team. © Provided by HoopsHype Dec 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry (31) dribbles against Boston Celtics Jeff Teague (55) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are known for an aversion towards shooting from distance. The floor spacing will always be a little bit wonky if Simmons does not become more open to shooting. But the addition of Curry has given the Sixers a more modern feel to their offense. Curry has already done a good job at...
    COVID-19 hospitalizations have surged in New York by almost 80 percent in the past four weeks, as the state battles a second wave of infections.  The shocking news was revealed Sunday, following confirmation that more than 1 million residents have now tested positive to the deadly coronavirus.   That number is likely to be far higher, given that widespread testing was not available when the state was rocked by the first wave of infections in the spring of last year.  New York state was the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic during that time, before infection rates began to fall at the start of summer.  However, the state is now entering a deadly new phase, with deaths, new cases and the overall positivity rate increasing along with the number of hospitalizations.   Gov. Cuomo confirmed that, as of Saturday, 7,963 New Yorkers are being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital.  That is...
    If the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East on Sunday, quarterback Andy Dalton is set to collect some extra cash. With a win over the New York Giants on Sunday and a Washington loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys would win the NFC East. If that happens, quarterback Andy Dalton would cash in nicely. Dalton signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Cowboys to be Dak Prescott’s backup. With Prescott’s season-ending leg injury in Week 5, against the Giants as it were, Dalton became the starter. A concussion and a bought with COVID-19 took him off the field for a few weeks, but with 10 games played and eight starts he has all but locked in the first part of what he needs to do to get $1 million if Dallas makes the playoffs. Entering Sunday’s game, Dalton has played 51 percent of the Cowboys’...
    More On: sales How to write, market and publish your own books for just $40 This calming salt lamp doubles as a phone charger and is on sale for New Year’s This inverted lighter is great for candles and can prevent burns Upgrade to this feature-rich pair of headphones for over 50 percent off You’re familiar with the effects of aging, but do you take the proper measures to slow down the process? We don’t mean that new oxygen therapy—it’s a bit out of reach for the average American. Instead, we are offering The Ultimate Anti-Aging Bundle to help you take better care of your skin with simple and effective practices you can add to your beauty routine. This set includes a silk pillowcase, ten sheet masks, and a silk washcloth, all for $69.99 for a limited time. How exactly do these items help you fight aging? We’re glad you asked....
    Big Apple billionaires are booming — with a collective wealth that ballooned by $81 billion to more than $600 billion during the pandemic, according to an analysis. That 16 percent surge among Gotham fat cats since mid-March included big gains for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the city’s richest person, whose financial data and media empire shot up by $6.8 billion to some $55 billion, a 14 percent spike, says Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies, which crunched the Forbes data. President Trump also did quite well, as his net worth grew by $420 million, jumping from $2.1 billion to $2.5 billion, a 20 percent increase, the data shows.   New Mets owner and hedge fund titan Steve Cohen is also among the metro-area billionaires — a class of 141 — who had a great 2020, adding $700 million to his pile, which now totals $14.6 billion, a 5 percent uptick. Buoyed by trillions in federal COVID-relief largesse, Wall Street powerbrokers...
    More On: billionaires COVID-19 pandemic making healthcare leaders billionaires Bill Gross’ lawyer claims neighbors just ‘don’t want music playing’ Photographer cons her way into Manhattan Billionaires’ Row penthouses Bezos’ ex gives billions to charity over last four months Big Apple billionaires are booming — with a collective wealth that ballooned by $81 billion to more than $600 billion during the pandemic, according to an analysis. That 16 percent surge among Gotham fat cats since mid-March included big gains for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the city’s richest person, whose financial data and media empire shot up by $6.8 billion to some $55 billion, a 14 percent spike, says Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies, which crunched the Forbes data. President Trump also did quite well, as his net worth grew by $420 million, jumping from $2.1 billion to $2.5 billion, a 20 percent increase, the data shows.   New Mets owner and hedge fund titan Steve...
    A LARGE number of health care professionals and frontline staff are refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine, according to a new survey. Staff first in line to receive the Moderna Covid-shot are either hesitant to take, or outright refuse, the jab - despite fears January will see a sharp "post-seasonal" rise in cases. 2AKaiser Family Foundation report found 29% of healthcare workers were hesitant to receive the vaccineCredit: AFP or licensors 2Frontline staff who are high priorities to receive the new Moderna vaccine are declining itCredit: EPA A new report by Kaiser Family Foundation found 29% of healthcare workers were hesitant to receive the vaccine. The is because of concerns related to potential side effects and a lack of faith in the government to ensure the vaccines were safe, the research stated. Earlier this week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he was "troubled" by the relatively low numbers of nursing...
    China emerges as the biggest movie market in the world when every country is suffering from COVID-19 Pandemic as it tops the box-office numbers in terms of revenue with 20.417 billion yuan ($ 3.1 billion) in 2020, surpassing that of North America ($ 2.1 billion). Maoyan, a Chinese ticketing platform on Friday announced that national theatre resumption rate reached 94.8 percent by the end of 2020. Which also means that moviegoers in China have broken free to catch up with their favourite movies on the big screen. However, cases of the new strain of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the country too which might affect the multiplex business of China in coming time. Wonder Woman 1984 Box Office: Gal Gadot’s Superhero Film Has The Highest Opening Weekend of the Pandemic, Rakes in $85 Million Globally Bringing Christmas Cheer The COVID-19 pandemic forced nationwide lockdown in many countries affecting...
    The new mutant variant of 'super' coronavirus is indeed more infectious than previous variants, just as scientists feared, a new study finds.  Imperial College London researchers found that the new variant that's been wreaking havoc in the UK and arrived in the UK may be nearly 50 percent more transmissible, based on samples taken from nearly 86,000 Britons.  That may not sound like much more, but each infected person leads currently leads  to 1.15 more infections in the US, according to daily calculations from RT.live.  With more than 186,000 people newly infected in a single day on average in the US, the 48 percent higher transmissibility rate of 1.85 could drive new infections per day  beyond 275,000.   It could spell disaster for hospitals in hotspots like California where some health care systems and regions are already out of ICU beds, in states of 'internal disaster' and rationing care.  In a study...
    The New York Times reports today that the $15 minimum wage, once a “fringe idea,” is now becoming mainstream. The article attributes this to pressure from labor activists, and that certainly has some truth to it. But I suspect that good ol’ inflation is the bigger culprit: Back when the $15 minimum wage started to make waves, the median wage for all workers was about . . . $15. This means that a $15 minimum wage represented 98 percent of the median national hourly wage. At no point in history has the minimum wage been anywhere near that high. Today, however, $15 per hour represents about 73 percent of the median national wage. That’s still high by historical standards, but not unheard of. And if you phase it in, as most plans do, it will represent something like 60-70 percent of the median national wage by the time it...
    Texas State found itself in the news for the wrong reasons with an offseason coaching change as Danny Kasper was ousted just before the season, and the Bobcats have their hands full to begin 2021 on Friday against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin’ Cajuns finally have a reliable post presence in Theo Akwuba, who transferred from Portland during the offseason and has given Louisiana-Lafayette 11 points and 11 rebounds per game this season. His 3.6 blocks per game are tops on a team that ranks ninth in the nation in blocks per game. Texas State counters with just one player hauling in more than 3.2 rebounds per game and has just two rotation players shooting better than 25 percent from 3-point range, which will force things inside. The Bobcats also do not look to take many outside shots, as among the 333 teams that have played another Division I foe this...
    After years of cultivating enough fringe clout to take on Fox News, rival conservative network Newsmax TV has finally found some success, eating into the most-viewed outlet’s ratings enough to put a scare in them. But the question media observers ask heading into the new year: How long can it actually last? Newsmax toiled in the basement—both in terms of ratings and its amateurish production value—for a decade before gaining mainstream notoriety and hundreds of thousands of new daily viewers after the 2020 election, thanks to its full embrace of MAGA election denialism. Openly seizing upon outgoing President Donald Trump’s rage towards Fox News—for its early projection of President-elect Joe Biden winning Arizona and, a few days later, the White House—and the throngs of disillusioned right-wing media consumers chanting “Fox News sucks!” outside election offices and across social media, Newsmax has made it a point to go all-in on voter-fraud...
    Super Bowl 55 halftime headliner and Grammy-winner pop star, The Weeknd says his next album draws inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus crisis. The Canadian crooner, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, recently told lifestyle magazine TMRW that the pandemic lockdowns coming on the heels of the rise of Black Lives Matter led to an outburst of creativity for his work. “The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me,” the “Starboy” The Weeknd said. “I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road.” As Hollywood continues to jump aboard the Black Lives Matter cause to defund the police, crime has exploded in nearly every big U.S. city. Shootings and homicides initially declined as...
    More On: shopping These are the best New Year’s deals at Home Chef, Freshly and more meal delivery services Here are the best New Year’s sales on furniture, bedding and mattresses Daily Harvest takes $25 off subscription boxes for New Year’s deal Get iRobot, KitchenAid at a discount with eBay’s new program Nordstrom Rack is back with its exciting Clear The Rack event just in time for the new year.The sale is full of deals that you can’t resist, with Nordstrom Rack taking an extra 25% off a wide selection off clearance items.You’ll find apparel, shoes and more for great prices.Whether you want to stock up on some elegant fashions or rock some comfy loungewear, this sale has everything you need.With free shipping on orders over $89, you’ll have no problem revamping your closet.There are also deals on home goods like bedding, towels and decor. And we’ve rounded up...
    Over one-third of Americans believe the media exaggerated the threat of the Chinese coronavirus, although 50 percent approve of the media’s overall coverage, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday found. Rasmussen Reports conducted the survey December 28-29, among 1,000 American adults, asking them to rate the media’s overall coverage of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. Fifty percent rated the coverage “excellent” or “good” — 23 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Another 29 percent rated the coverage “poor,” while 18 percent chose “fair.” When asked if the media have exaggerated the threat of the virus, a slight majority, or 52 percent, said no. However, a sizable portion, 38 percent, expressed the belief that the media have been exaggerating the threat, while ten percent indicated that they remain unsure: Americans Approve of Media’s COVID Coverage… https://t.co/EMFdF4FfpB #BreakingPoll pic.twitter.com/fLzMlzUn2g — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) December 31, 2020 Overall, a vast majority of Americans, 91 percent,...
    The U.K. book Paddy Power has Fox News host Tucker Carlson with 50/1 odds of winning the 2024 presidential election, The Daily Caller reported. The publication cited a sports gambling odds calculator that said Cartlson’s odds are equivalent to approximately a 1.96 percent chance of victory. Elsewhere, Paddy Power has Oprah Winfrey with 33/1 odds, incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg with 14/1, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with 25/1, and President-elect Joe Biden with 4/1. Rumors of a Carlson 2024 run have been swirling for months. As reported by Politico in July, many figures within the GOP at the time were “buzzing” about the possibility of Carlson taking the torch of Donald Trump’s MAGA movement and viewed him as a frontrunner for the Republican Party’s next presidential nomination. “His popularity with the base would instigate a debate over the future of the party — essentially whether Trump was...
    A cold front pushing a snow/rain storm toward the east seems to have been delayed until tomorrow night, leaving New Year’s Eve nice and dry. On Thursday, New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, the temperature is expected to reach a high of 41 degrees and a low near 37. Wine will be moderate at around 7 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The weather is predicted to be clear dry. Clouds will start to gather on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1. There may be a period of brief snow in the northern part of Massachusetts and freezing rain mixed with sleet for the rest of the state starting around 4 or 5 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent and new snow and sleet accumulation is expected to be less than an inch. The winter weather mix should subside on Saturday, Jan. 2, before noon when it is...
    More On: andrew cuomo Goodbye to 2020, the year when so much and so many were so wrong Cuomo announces 6,700 Bills fans can attend playoff game — and he’ll be there Take a look inside Penn Station’s new train hall Cuomo eyes reactivating Javits Center hospital for COVID-19 surge ‘Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.” That sound statement comes from a federal court ruling rebuking Gov. Cuomo for his heavy-handed restrictions on houses of worship. They, along with restaurants, bars and other establishments, are increasingly turning to courts, with some success, to get relief from the gov’s freedom- and job-killing edicts. But it was clear from the start his rules were based on whim, not science. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that Cuomo’s order limiting attendance at houses of worship to 10 and 25 people in...
    A new NPR/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday revealed that one-third of respondents believe that voter fraud helped President-elect Joe Biden win the 2020 election. The publication noted that the Justice Department, courts, and election officials have yet to substantiate theories of widespread voter fraud influencing the election — as Donald Trump and his allies continue to claim. According to the survey, two-thirds of the Republicans surveyed claimed that voter fraud helped Biden defeat the head of state, and less than half of the same group accepted the outcome of the election. Conversely, just 11 percent of Democrats surveyed belied that voter fraud played a role in Biden’s victory, and 93 percent of this group accepted the outcome of the 2020 electoral results. Chris Jackson, a pollster with Ipsos, suggested that the findings — among the others in the survey — reflect an increase in the influence of misinformation in American...
    The COVID-19 pandemic is producing elevated levels of just about every category of major life stressors, from anxiety and depression to catastrophic grief. The layers of prolonged stress apply across demographics but are particularly acute for college-age adults. Younger adults, college students and recent college graduates, while not in the age group at highest risk of death or serious illness from the health effects of COVID-19, are struggling to stay positive about their prospects and are at high risk for suicidal thoughts, according to Angela Stowe, director of student counseling services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “We are seeing students who are struggling to find hope and are experiencing a great deal of loneliness, isolation, despair and lack of ability to figure out how to get themselves to be able to see a hopeful future in the midst of so much they cannot control,” Stowe said. People between...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us In case you've missed it so far, Falling Rock Tap House has been holding a closeout sale of its famed Vintage Bottle Cellar. The goal of selling these bottles to go, of course, is to use the proceeds to help survive the pandemic and the current COVID-related bar and restaurant restrictions. "If you are familiar with the Falling Rock, you have probably perused our 'Blue Book Off-The-Beer-List Beer List' and know we have one of the most extensive beer cellars in the U.S.," Falling Rock explains. "If we sell these bottles, we will buy ourselves a few months of breathing room and hopefully make it to the other side." Some of the beers, which include sours, barrel-aged specialties, big beers...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Mother Nature was a bitch in Colorado in 2020, with wildfires, drought, extreme temperatures...and oh, yes, a pandemic. But man also did a number on this state this year. Here are ten of the biggest environmental stories:Historic Wildfires Brought on by record temperatures, low humidity and a significant drought in Colorado, the Cameron Peak fire, near Estes Park, became the largest fire ever recorded in the state, topping 200,000 acres in mid-October. It started on August 13 and burned for 112 days before finally being contained on December 2. The state's second-largest fire, the East Troublesome fire, also occurred this year. It started on October 14 and was extinguished on November 30 after burning 193,812 acres. Thousands of people...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us As the legal marijuana market continues to expand, our four-legged companions have unwittingly gotten caught up in the cannabis craze. While there are plenty of CBD products for dogs and cats on the market, an unintended — and negative — consequence of the expanding business has been animal ingestion of psychoactive THC products. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (known for its Sarah McLachlan-assisted ugly-cry commercial) reports that its 24-hour Animal Poison Control Hotline saw a 765 percent increase in marijuana-related calls between 2008 and 2018. THC products are usually dosed for much larger humans; when they're accidentally ingested by pets, they can cause problems, sometimes major ones. A study of 125 cannabis-related veterinary...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us What restaurant and food news could possibly overshadow the disaster that was the 2020 coronavirus pandemic? Beyond losing jobs and revenue, restaurants also lost the ability to do what they do best: bring us all together as a community. But there were things other than COVID that made news on the Denver dining scene this year, though the virus had a way of infecting these developments, too. Related Stories Our Most Popular Beer and Brewery Stories of 2020 Our Most Popular Restaurant and Bar Stories of 2020 Project Angel Heart Continues Mission Despite Challenges Here are the ten biggest food and drink stories in Denver in 2020:The First COVID Dining Room LockdownIn early March, the seriousness of...
    CHICAGO — Another 178 Illinoisans killed by coronavirus were reported in the past day, according to the state. The most recent victims included 66 people from Cook County, including two people in their 40s and four men in their 50s. At least 16,357 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 1,454 deaths are probably related, according to the state. The state also reported 7,374 confirmed cases in the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 955,380. There is growing hope as the virus’s spread has slowed in Illinois, though new cases and positivity rates remain high. “Everything is heading the right way right now,” Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Wednesday livestream. Arwady said Chicago’s daily case average fell below 1,000 Wednesday — the first time that’s happened since early October, when the...
    Senator Marco Rubio has said he is 'appalled' that Dr. Anthony Fauci 'lied to the American public' by misrepresenting how many people would need to be vaccinated before herd immunity is reached. In an op-ed published on Fox News on Wednesday, the Florida senator claimed that Fauci was 'moving the goalposts' and wished to 'manipulate' the public's behaviour by selectively choosing what information about the coronavirus he would publicize. Rubio fumed that Fauci had to be held accountable for his choices, claiming that the nation should not be 'placing blind faith in unelected celebrity scientists' but that he would 'not be afraid to call them out'. The senator was referencing a New York Times interview with Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, last week in which the doctor admitted he is now deliberately changing his prediction on when herd immunity could be reached. Fauci and other public health experts...
    March for Our Lives in protest of gun violence in New York City in March 2018. Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week 22 DAYS UNTIL JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE Champe Barton, Brian Freskos, and Daniel Nass at The Trace write—A Historic Surge in Gun Violence Compounds the Traumas of 2020. In over a dozen cities, homicides rose by 50 percent or more this year. “It’s very likely that these increases are larger than any on record,” said one criminologist:  From Oakland to Chicago to New York City, homicides and shootings crept toward — and sometimes exceeded — all-time highs. The sudden upswing reversed decades of progress, and provides a prism for the intersecting crises that characterized 2020. While researchers are still picking over the causes, the consequences of the violence are plain: Thousands of communities, families, and...
    New York City hit another grim milestone on Tuesday as officials announced that deaths linked to coronavirus have now surpassed 25,000. The city's health department confirmed that there have now been 25,055 fatalities from confirmed or likely cases of COVID-19 in the Big Apple. It came as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is updating its quarantine guidelines for those exposed to the virus, decreasing the required quarantine period from 14 days to ten. Cuomo is relaxing the rules despite the statewide positivity rate reaching 7.14 percent as of Tuesday.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that the state is updating its quarantine guidelines for those exposed to the virus, decreasing the required quarantine period from 14 days to ten as long as the person has not shown symptoms On Tuesday, New York City surpassed 25,000 deaths linked to coronavirus, a grim new...
    The New York Times reports that Obamacare has worked pretty well during the pandemic: State Medicaid enrollment, according to one report, had an 11 percent increase between February and September in the 36 states that have released data…Sign-ups for plans in marketplaces run by the federal government are up 6.6 percent compared with last year, according to a new federal tally. It is the only year during the Trump administration when enrollment increased, and amounts to a half-million more people seeking coverage from the federal marketplace. The Commonwealth Fund has surveyed the health coverage scene recently and reports that being uninsured is up only slightly in 2020: All things considered, that’s not bad considering the severity of the downturn. Someday, perhaps, Americans will finally come around to the idea that anything above zero is unacceptable.
    UPTOWN — Chicago’s most beloved music venues and theaters, closed since the spring and hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, might have some hope now that there’s federal aid coming — but it’s not certain yet they’ll be saved. The $15 billion Save Our Stages bill was signed into law Sunday as part of the federal government’s $900 billion pandemic stimulus package. The arts legislation is meant to provide a financial lifeline to independent venues struggling through coronavirus, even if theaters won’t open anytime soon. The aid comes after months of venue owners pleading for federal assistance, saying the industry was in dire straits without immediate support. Live entertainment venues have largely been closed since the spring. In September, representatives of the 40 venues making up the Chicago Independent Venue League — known as CIVL — said 90 percent of local music halls would not survive another six months without financial help. That...
    UNC Greensboro (5-3, 0-0) vs. The Citadel (7-0, 0-0) McAlister Field House, Charleston, South Carolina; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: UNC Greensboro looks for its 14th straight win in the head-to-head series over The Citadel. UNC Greensboro has won by an average of 14 points in its last 13 wins over the Bulldogs. The Citadel’s last win in the series came on Jan. 5, 2015, an 85-83 win. SENIOR STUDS: The Citadel’s Hayden Brown, Kaiden Rice and Tyler Moffe have combined to account for 47 percent of all Bulldogs scoring this season.MIGHTY MILLER: Isaiah Miller has connected on 16.7 percent of the 12 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 73.1 percent of his foul shots this season. PERFECT WHEN: UNC Greensboro is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 70 points or fewer. The Spartans are 0-3 when opponents score more than 70. STREAK SCORING: The Citadel...
    A dozen Israeli researchers were ranked among the world’s top 50 in their disciplines, a new study from Stanford University showed, with a further 333 researchers coming in the top two percent of the world. Out of 160,000 researchers evaluated from 149 countries, researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) consistently ranked top. 33 of them were among the top two percent, of which 155 were included in the top one percent and 74 in the top 0.5 percent. “This is a cause for real national pride. TAU is known for its academic excellence and recognized as a leading interdisciplinary university,” said the university’s vice president for research, Prof. Dan Peer. “It is a great honor for us that 333 of our researchers rank among the top two percent of the world’s best researchers,” he said. He added the university is also ranked among the top 0.4 percent in the world...
    The pandemic version of the “Freshman 15” is proving an unexpected boon to many diet companies. Publicly traded weight-loss companies like Medifast and Oprah Winfrey’s WW International were clobbered when coronavirus lockdowns forced Americans from New York to California to hunker down back in March. Medifast’s stock on March 17 plummeted 53 percent from the start of the year, while WW’s shares plunged 68 percent. But the stay-at-home trend is now fueling demand for weight loss services. And the clamoring is only expected to grow as droves of Americans pledge to lose weight in the new year, experts say. “There is a lot of anecdotal research showing that this will be a banner year for the weight loss business,” said dietician Michele Smallidge. Many Americans have added an extra five to 10 pounds over the past nine months as people stopped commuting to work and increasingly...
    Stocks jumped to record highs at the start of the final week of 2020 after President Donald Trump unexpectedly signed a $900 billion economic aid package. The Dow Jones traded 240 points higher, or 0.8%, to 30,440 points as of 11.30am EST.  The benchmark briefly climbed to 30,525.56, its first intraday record in 10 days, before going back down. The S&P 500 index was up 0.8 percent and the Nasdaq composite was up 0.7 percent by Monday afternoon. Trump signed the measure on Sunday, averting a government shutdown and extending unemployment benefits to millions of Americans, despite expressing frustration that $600 payments to the public weren’t bigger.  His signature helped to clear away uncertainty as reinstated travel and business curbs threaten to weigh on global economic activity. Companies that were hit the hardest by the pandemic such as restaurants, airlines and the cruise industry saw some of the biggest gains in early...
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    Chicago takes on Washington, seeks to stop 3-game skid "Bridgerton" Was Partially Filmed in the Mansion Next to Prince Charless Home These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/18 SLIDES © Damir Khabirov / Shutterstock.com 15 States With the Most Student Loan Debt This story originally appeared on Smartest Dollar. Since 2012, student loans have had the highest delinquency rate of any form of consumer debt. And while recent data from the New...
    More On: public schools Bill de Blasio triples down on worthless ThriveNYC 12,000 NYC students will go to remote classes over lack of COVID-19 consent forms Nuke deal won’t bring stability and other commentary De Blasio, Carranza exploit pandemic to strike at public-school standards Families are fleeing public schools across America — because those schools, especially union-dominated ones, have failed children so horribly in the face of the pandemic. Data collected from 33 states by Chalkbeat and The Associated Press shows that K-12 enrollment in public schools has dropped by over half a million students, or 2 percent, since the same time last year. This, when the same states have typically seen yearly enrollment growth of 0.5 percent. Parents are plainly furious at systems that keep schools closed altogether, and at remote-“learning” efforts that just don’t work. So they’re shifting to Catholic and private schools that are giving in-person...
    More On: census NY leads nation in population drop, could lose House seat SCOTUS hands Trump a win in bid to exclude non-citizens from 2020 Census Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump’s plan to remove non-citizens from census LGBT couples in China seek recognition in country’s census Anyone who still thinks New Yorkers don’t mind high taxes or heavy-handed governance should ponder Tuesday’s population estimates from the US Census Bureau. Residents are voting with their feet — and heading for the exits in record numbers. According to a report by the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon, New York could be on its way “to its first population decline in any decade since the 1970s.” Its headcount fell by a whopping 126,355, or 0.65 percent, to a total of 19,336,776 over the year that ended July 1, the estimates indicate — the biggest drop of any state, both as a percentage...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci defended himself on Sunday from critical accusations of moving the goal posts on what needs to happen before America can reach herd immunity against the coronavirus. CNN’s Dana Bash interviewed Fauci on State of the Union, and after getting his thoughts on the possible covid surge the country might see after the holidays, she brought up his recent comments about herd immunity to The New York Times. In the past, Fauci said America would need a covid infection/vaccination rate of approximately 70 percent before herd immunity would be possible, but now he is bumping up his estimates and saying it might be closer to 90 percent. “My question is why weren’t you straight with the American people to begin with?” Bash asked him. Fauci retorted that he was working with “pure estimates” and “we have to realize that we have to be humble and realize what...
    Feeling a bit blue lately? You’re not alone. According to the COVID Response Tracking Study, just 14 percent of American adults say they’re very happy, down from 31 percent who said the same thing in 2018. Now, 50 percent say they often or sometimes felt isolated compared to 23 percent of respondents in 2018. Despite…
    Our Lady of the Lake vs. UTEP (4-2) Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas; Monday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The UTEP Miners will be taking on the Saints of NAIA member Our Lady of the Lake. UTEP is coming off a 79-59 win at home over Benedictine Mesa in its most recent game. SAVVY SENIORS: UTEP’s Souley Boum, Bryson Williams and Tydus Verhoeven have collectively accounted for 56 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 61 percent of all Miners points over the last five games.MIGHTY MONZON: Ruben Monzon has connected on 43.8 percent of the 16 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 14 over his last five games. He’s also made 35 percent of his free throws this season. DID YOU KNOW: UTEP went 6-4 overall against out-of-conference competition last season. The Miners scored 64.3 points per contest in those 10 contests. ___ For more...
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    Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is firing back after Donald Trump's latest unfounded claims of election fraud.  Trump sent a flurry of tweets Saturday morning, including one which read: 'The 'Justice' Department and the FBI have done nothing about the 2020 Presidential Election Voter Fraud, the biggest SCAM in our nation's history, despite overwhelming evidence. They should be ashamed. History will remember. Never give up. See everyone in D.C. on January 6th.' The tweet was labeled by Twitter as a disputed claim. An hour later, Kinzinger fired back, tweeting 'My God. Trying to burn the place down on the way out because you can’t handle losing. No evidence, nothing but your temper tantrum and crazy conspiracies. Embarrassing. #RestoreOurGOP' Kinzinger followed up minutes later: 'All this talk about Jan 6th from @realDonaldTrump and other congressional grifters is simply explained: they will raise money and gain followers by blaming everyone else knowing full well...
    A December poll finds that nearly half of the respondents feel America is on the “wrong track,” and that the coronavirus is the nation’s biggest problem. They also don’t want President Trump to be investigated after he leaves office, and believe climate change is not a priority upon which Joe Biden should focus. The December Suffolk University/USA Today poll asked 1,000 Americans from across the country their feelings on the current status of the country, including their assessment of the Trump presidency, the prospects facing President-elect Joe Biden, the economy, and the troubles the country faces for 2021. At the outset, the survey quizzed respondents about the state of the country and asked, “Do you feel the country is headed in the right direction or is on the wrong track.” The result was dour. Forty-nine percent of the respondents said they feel the country is on the “wrong track,” while...
    After a year like 2020, we are all looking forward to turning the calendar to Jan. 1, 2021. But the new year has more to offer than vaccines and a hope that life returns to normal. Here are a few big changes and surprising trends that we (and a panel of experts) predict are also coming our way. SLOW DATING  Getty Images The pandemic has made casual hookups far too risky for most singles, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on love. A recent Future of Dating survey from dating app OkCupid found that 84 percent of their users think an emotional connection should come before a physical one. “We’re seeing a new stage emerge in the courtship process,” said Helen Fisher, a senior research fellow at The Kinsey Institute. Suitors are taking longer before initiating physical intimacy, taking the time to get to know each other first, either...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Though it didn’t garner as much attention as other police reform measures during the special legislative session that ended this fall, a provision to decriminalize jaywalking in a pretextual policing billfrom Delegate Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, means that come March 1, police will no longer be able to stop folks for the act of crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk. Criminal justice reformers called it a small step along the path to reducing encounters with the police, especially for people of color. Although jaywalking will remain illegal, other advocates worry decriminalization could encourage pedestrians towards furtherunsafe crossings at a time when Virginia’s pedestrian death rate is already at a record high. But are such fears founded? Most countries would consider the concept of jaywalking a scamthat Americans have been conditioned to believe is normal.  In the Netherlands, for example,...
    Like a bomb went off: Explosion in Nashville that damaged 20 buildings, injured 3 people an intentional act Cuomo grants clemency for two women imprisoned for killing abusive boyfriends Dorktown: Kirby Puckett couldn’t hit homers when he was ahead in the count Generally speaking, about 33 to 35 percent of MLB plate appearances end when the batter is ahead in the count, meaning there have been more balls thrown than strikes. Those plate appearances tend to produce home runs at a rate about 30 percent greater than those that end when strikes ≥ balls; ultimately, going back to the ’80s, over 41 percent of all homers stem from a pitch in which the batter had the leg up. © Getty Images Except ... sometimes being ahead in the count doesn’t provide that usual boost to home run likelihood. Sometimes, it’s not even close. There is mostly complete pitch-by-pitch data...
    Explosion in Nashville that damaged 20 buildings, injured 3 likely to be intentional act Executive producer for Netflix’s upcoming ‘Three-Body Problem’ hospitalized in China after suspected poisoning All the End-of-Year Sales to Shop So You Can Get What You Really Want This Year © Lightfield Studios. Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows. If you thought Black Friday was your last chance to snag the best deals of the year, there’s more in store (and, online)! The deals just don’t stop coming, and we’re definitely not mad about it. Whether you don’t receive everything on your wish list this year, you’re looking to spend those Christmas gift cards and money, or you just can’t resist a good deal, you’ve got a sea of sales to take advantage of right now and post-holiday. This year was not an easy one to say the least, so even if you just want to treat yourself to...
    1. Republicans scrambled on Wednesday to salvage the $900 billion coronavirus relief package after President Trump slammed it as a “disgrace” filled with spending unrelated to the pandemic and demanded that lawmakers increase stimulus checks to individuals from $600 to $2,000. Trump’s suggestion that he would not sign the legislation without revisions threw its future in doubt as many Americans stand to lose extra pandemic-related unemployment benefits this week. The relief package also is tied to a $1.4 trillion spending deal needed to avert a government shutdown. Congressional Democrats, who tried for months to push through a multi-trillion dollar relief package, are calling Trump’s bluff and moving Thursday, Christmas Eve, to propose a stand-alone bill to provide $2,000 stimulus checks. [The New York Times] 2. Pfizer on Wednesday agreed to provide the United States with another 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine it developed with German partner BioNTech....
    NEARLY three-fourths of Republicans are ready to vote President Donald Trump back into the White House in 2024, a new poll shows - even as half of Americans believe he “failed.” If Trump becomes the Republican presidential nominee in 2024, 71 percent of GOP members said they would support him, according to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll released on Thursday.  4If Donald Trump becomes the Republican presidential nominee in 2024, 71 percent of GOP members in a poll said they would vote for himCredit: Getty Images - Getty Another 16 percent of Republicans said they would consider supporting Trump, and only 10 percent said they would not.  Those figures suggest that Trump has a stronghold on the GOP in a manner that no losing presidential nominee has had in modern history—but Americans in general disagree. Regarding how history will judge Trump’s presidency, 50 percent of Americans said he is a...
    Kentucky family loses 3 members to Covid-19 in weeks before Christmas US opens virtual presence in Western Sahara ahead of consulate All the Best After-Christmas Sales You Can Shop Right Now After weeks of shopping around for holiday presents, the last thing you probably want to do post-Christmas is step foot into a store and spend more money. But surprisingly enough, the days after Christmas have become an increasingly popular time to shop. Now, many of the items you payed full-price for before Santa slid down your chimney will starting getting marked down. It's like a reverse Black Friday! © APU GOMES - Getty Images The days after Christmas are the perfect time to stock up on essentials for the year ahead. Here's what you can expect from retailers like Wayfair, Walmart, and more. Watch as the seasonal merchandise declines by 50 then 60 percent, and so on...
    The Big Apple’s staggering surge in shootings amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led nearly 9,000 terrified New Yorkers to apply for gun permits — but the NYPD has signed off on fewer than 1,100, The Post has learned. The 8,088 applications for first-time pistol and rifle permits submitted since March 22 — when coronavirus-related restrictions went into effect — represent a threefold-plus increase over the 2,562 submitted between March 22 and Dec. 31, 2019, NYPD statistics obtained by The Post this week show. But only 1,087 applications were approved, far less than the 1,778 granted during the same period last year, according to the official data. Meanwhile, the approval rate since March 22 is less than 14 percent, compared to nearly 70 percent last year. The dramatic drop comes despite an alarming spike in shootings, which are up almost 98 percent this year, and murders, which have risen about...
    More On: guns Brother accidentally killed sister while showing off new gun: cops Stray bullet whizzes into NYC apartment, lands in teen girl’s bed Fired cop facing felony charge can have guns for work, judge says All NYPD commish wants for Christmas is help enforcing ‘fake’ gun laws The Big Apple’s staggering surge in shootings amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led nearly 9,000 terrified New Yorkers to apply for gun permits — but the NYPD has signed off on fewer than 1,100, The Post has learned. The 8,088 applications for first-time pistol and rifle permits submitted since March 22 — when coronavirus-related restrictions went into effect — represent a threefold-plus increase over the 2,562 submitted between March 22 and Dec. 31, 2019, NYPD statistics obtained by The Post this week show. But only 1,087 applications were approved, far less than the 1,778 granted during the same period last year,...
    The first week-and-a-half following hospital discharge is the most dangerous for COVID-19 patients, a new study suggests. Researchers found that they were about 40 percent more likely to be rehospitalized or die within 10 days of leaving compared with patients ill with pneumonia or heart failure. However, after 60 days, the COVID-19 patients’ risk of readmission or death was lower than the risk of patients with the other deadly conditions. The team, from Michigan Medicine, says the findings provide evidence that doctors and nurses should be incredibly diligent in following up with coronavirus patients in the first first days after discharge.  In a new study from Michigan Medicine, about 2,220 veterans treated for coronavirus were compared w ith 1,600 non-COVID-related pneumonia patients and 3,500 heart failure patients. Pictured: Dr Rafik Abdou (right) and respiratory therapist Babu Paramban check on a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los...
    Cuomo unveiled the plan on Wednesday at his daily briefing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to let 6,700 football fans attend the Buffalo Bills play-off next month that he is desperate to go to as a COVID 'experiment' with rapid testing on entry, masks and contact tracing afterwards but he still won't allow restaurants in New York City to open.   Cuomo unveiled the plan on Wednesday at his daily briefing, two days after telling reporters on a call that he wanted to go to the play-off.  The plan has not yet final - he said health officials were still reviewing it.   He called the plan to let fans attend a 'demonstration' and boasted, along with his health experts, that it would be the first of its kind in the nation.  It comes as COVID cases around America are spiking, cities like L.A. are seeing their hospital systems collapse...
    More On: sales You can get a Keurig K-Cafe latte and cappuccino maker for 30 percent off Skullcandy’s epic end-of-the-year flash sale is happening right now Save $100 on this innovative water-filtration vacuum Wayfair End-Of-Year Clearance sale takes up to 60 percent off furniture and more Some people like their coffee hot—other people like it really hot. If you fall into the latter category, then you are likely the type of person who has to microwave their cup of joe two or three times in between Zoom calls. But what if there was a way to keep it piping hot until the very last sip? Meet the Electric Smart Mug Warmer. Available in both black and white, this gadget, which is designed to look a bit like a mundane coaster, is powered to keep your favorite beverages at just the right temperature using ultra-smart technology. Its 18W heating element...
    The Black church is again at the center of American politics — and its leaders feel like a target Turkish court sentences exiled journalist to 27 years in prison for a news report Guide to the 2021 Discover Cash Back calendar © Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty Images Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty Images While some cash back credit cards offer a flat rate of rewards for each dollar you spend, the Discover it Cash Back takes a different approach. Cardholders do earn a flat 1 percent back for all regular spending, but they also earn 5 percent back (activation required) on up to $1,500 spent each quarter in rotating categories (then 1 percent). The Discover it Cash Back also comes with no annual fee, which makes it a smart card to keep for the long haul. © Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty Images Person on computer with credit card Discover also...
    Steam’s annual winter sale is live. If you’ve been meaning to buy some games, either for yourself or as a gift for upcoming holidays, now’s the time to take a look around. There are thousands of games up for sale in the Steam Store (and you can vote for the 2020 Steam Awards while you’re there). While you’re browsing, the Epic Games store is also in the midst of its holiday sale. In addition to discounts of up to 75 percent, the sale provides endless $10 coupons — that is, you can apply one to a purchase (on “eligible games” priced at $14.99 and up), apply another to your next purchase, and so on. And the store will be giving away games for free until December 31st. As of this writing, the current freebie is Metro: 2033 Redux (usually $19.99). Here are some of the best deals you can...