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    Let's be blunt: America's had an absolutely terrible pandemic. The world's No1 superpower yesterday passed the devastating coronavirus-related death toll of 500,000 people. That's 20 percent of all global deaths, in a country that has 4.25 percent of the world's population. It also means the US has now suffered more COVID victims than the total number of Americans who died on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. These are all horrific mind-numbing statistics, and I'm in no doubt where much of the blame of this should go: Donald Trump. The recently ousted president handled this crisis catastrophically badly – refusing to take it seriously from the start when it erupted last February, ignoring the science, publicly shaming his top medical experts, and spray-gunning dangerous unproven 'cure' theories. Scroll down for video  As Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US...
    Kamala Harris’ niece is still using the Vice President to flog her range of feminist sweatshirts – despite being ordered not to by the White House. DailyMail.com can reveal that Meena Harris’s Phenomenal line is still listed on non-profit retail website Social Goods next to a quote from Harris. A $59 ‘Ambitious’ sweatshirt appears next to a line from the Vice-President that reads: ‘There will be a resistance to your ambition, there will be people who say to you, 'you are out of your lane.' ‘They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don't you let that burden you.’ Meena, 36, was ordered to stop promoting her products using Harris’ name after the November 3 election. At that point, she had already launched a range of gear featuring the ‘I’m speaking!’ quote that was used by Harris to...
    HILARIA Baldwin has apologized but is still insisting that she was "raised Spanish" after she was accused of using a "fake accent." The yoga instructor received plenty of backlash back in December after a Twitter user kicked off the storm by questioning her heritage. 9Hilaria Baldwin has apologized following her Spanish heritage scandal where she was accused of having a 'fake accent'Credit: Getty Images - Getty 9The yoga instructor opened up in a lengthy Instagram caption alongside a family photo featuring her husband, Alec Baldwin, and their five young kidsCredit: Instagram The 37-year-old took to Instagram to share a lengthy caption alongside a photo with her husband, Alec Baldwin, and their five young kids. She wrote: "I’ve spent the last month listening, reflecting, and asking myself how I can learn and grow. "My parents raised my brother and me with two cultures, American and Spanish, and I feel a...
    SYDNEY — Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture. Reinforced with steel fibers, the concrete becomes more durable when set in a pattern that copies a lobster shell, according to a new study from Melbourne’s RMIT University. Rather than use a mold, the process involves depositing layers of concrete one on top of the other, directed from a computer program using 3D printing technology. “The lobster shell is always something that still amazes me by its very interesting shapes and architectures, and especially (as) the lobster shell is really amazingly very stiff,” lead researcher Jonathan Tran told Reuters. Tran said the design would help when building challenging arch or twisted structures with complex geometries. A lobster is seen at a fish market in Sydney...
    MOANING France has complained the EU still uses English despite Brexit. French minister Clement Beaune said Brussels should phase it out of everyday use in favour of French. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 2French minister Clement Beaune said the EU should phase English out of everyday use in favour of FrenchCredit: Rex Features European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered most of her flagship State of the Union speech in English and just a little in French. But Mr Beaune insisted that it was now time for EU countries to “re-accustom ourselves to speaking our own languages”. He said: “It would be even less comprehensible after Brexit that we all operate in an approximate English." Paris has branded the use of English in most Commission communiques an "obstacle to understanding" of the EU. Brussels has 23 official languages yet uses...
    New York (CNN Business)Consumers using a phone that still runs on the Verizon 3G network have a bit more time to continue using the network. The company's 3G network is still up and running — after Verizon previously said the old network would shut down at the end of 2020 — as it continues to shift customers to newer technology, including 4G LTE and its growing 5G network.The decision potentially delays Verizon's ability to funnel more resources into expanding 5G, the superfast next generation wireless network. "For several years now we've publicly stated that our 3G CDMA network is being decommissioned, however our 3G network presently remains operational," Verizon spokesperson Kevin King said in an emailed statement."Virtually all Verizon data traffic runs on our 4G LTE network, and as we actively work to decommission the 3G network we encourage customers still using 3G service to migrate to newer technology."Read MoreVerizon...
    Hand sanitizer is required to have an expiration date because it's regulated by the FDA. Crystal Cox/Business Insider Hand sanitizer does expire, usually about three years after its manufacture date.  Hand sanitizer expires because its alcohol content dissolves over time — once it drops below 60% alcohol, it won't be as effective at killing germs.   However, expired hand sanitizer may still have some effectiveness, especially if it hasn't been opened yet.  This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases related to allergies and immunology for internal medicine at NYU Langone Health.  This story is part of Insider's guide on How to Kill Germs. If you don't have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer can be used to kill some of the germs on your hands, or render them inactive, says Alex Berezow, microbiologist and Vice President of Scientific Communications at the American Council on Science...
    New York City restaurant owners have been told they aren't allowed to let customers use their bathrooms now, even if they are eating outdoors, in the latest inexplicably harsh blow to the industry.   The city issued new guidance on Thursday night which, without explanation, says no patrons are allowed inside a bar or a restaurant for any reason, even to use the bathroom.  They are also being told they have to do-away with outdoor structures that don't have two or more openings for airflow.  The punishing directives from the state are just the latest in a string of blows to the industry that many now fear will completely die because of the harsh line taken.  Last week, Gov. Cuomo put an end to all indoor dining in New York City because, he claimed, the rate of transmission in NYC is higher than anywhere else.  The new rules for NYC...
    Mike Tomlin explained why Chase Claypool isn’t being used in the Steelers offense, and the answer is not great.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are losers of their last two games, and still aren’t out of the woods as far as losing the AFC North title. To go from potentially going undefeated to now facing a reality in which you don’t even win your division is exactly the opposite of what anyone is looking for. But that’s where the Steelers are, and if the Ravens had failed to pull out a victory on Monday Night they’d be even closer to disaster. One of the harshest criticisms of the Steelers recently has been how bland the offense looks. All anyone could talk about leading up to the team’s first loss was how quickly Ben Roethlisberger was getting the ball out of his hands. He’s still getting the ball out faster than he has...
    Domestic abuse charities and campaigners have slammed Dior today as it continues to stick by Johnny Depp after he lost his 'wife beater' libel trial.  The American actor is the face of Sauvage aftershave, with adverts appearing in newspapers and on TV - with one even airing during this year's Bake Off final on Channel 4.  The luxury brand appears to have stuck by the 57-year-old, despite a judge branding him 'a monster' who had battered Amber Heard 12 times during their marriage.  Domestic abuse lawyer Rachel Horman-Brown told MailOnline it was 'disappointing and irresponsible' that the high-end brand continues to work with Depp. She said the ongoing contract was an 'insult' and suggests the fashion house, 'has no concern for women or their lives.' The lawyer said there must be 'consequences' for people found guilty of domestic abuse.  She told MailOnline: 'I think it's extremely disappointing and irresponsible of Dior –...
    Seton Hall great Myles Powell is a long shot to make the Knicks roster and probably will spend the year in a shortened G-League bubble season in Atlanta, representing Westchester. The undersized guard from Trenton is still calling being in camp “a dream come true.’’ And he’s set his sights on emulating Spurs veteran guard Patty Mills, the Australian who played at St. Mary’s and beat long odds to make it to his 10th NBA season. “I watched a lot of Patty Mills lately,’’ Powell said on a Zoom call Tuesday after the third day of practice. “Everything from him coming from college to him making a living in the NBA with the Spurs, I’ve been watching a lot of him, how he plays on the defensive end, how he moves without the ball, how he sees the floor and gets to the spots on the floor when he wants...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Francis Scott Fitzgerald once famously wrote, "there are no second acts in American lives," but he never met Victor Neufeld.The former executive producer at ABC News has found new purpose in retirement, and now has a job that puts him front and center after decades behind-the-scenes. Neufeld is helping folks get through this pandemic by entertaining them.He ran "20/20" for decades, one of the most famous news magazines in prime time. This was Neufeld's life at ABC News, where he spent 30 years and won more than 20 Emmys as the person instrumental in making the show such a big hit.So, it may come as a surprise to see him singing, "All of me, why not take all of me?" at Sapphire Indian Restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side."If you choose the right songs and you're communicating well: with delight, or humor, or pathos,...
    (CNN)When it comes to updating passwords, we are creatures of habit -- and change is hard.But it's 2020 and it may be time to beef up your security game because, according to new research, people are still using easy-to-hack passwords like "123456789," the word "password," and "iloveyou." Of the 200 worst passwords, "123456" is the most commonly used of 2020, with 2,543,285 people choosing it. It takes less than a second to crack, research from NordPass, a password management company shows. How hackable is your password? Despite several reminders from cybersecurity experts, NordPass says that after comparing the list of the most common passwords of 2020 to that of 2019, there is little to no difference -- aka we haven't learned much.The list of passwords was created by a third-party company specializing in data breach research, NordPass said. In total, they looked at a database with 275,699,516 passwords.Read MoreNew...
    For much of Wednesday, Facebook and Instagram have been displaying a notice at the top of their apps reminding US users that the winner of the 2020 election has yet to be decided (via TechCrunch). “Votes are being counted,” the message declares, with a link to Facebook’s elections update page at the bottom of the notification. The notice also includes a timestamp indicating how recently it was updated by Facebook. NEW: Facebook spokesperson just now: “Once President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running top-of-feed notifications on Facebook and Instagram so that everyone knows votes are still being counted and the winner has not been projected.” pic.twitter.com/t6xHvgGdow — Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 4, 2020 A Facebook spokesperson told NBC News the company started issuing the notice shortly after President Trump took to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday morning to prematurely declare victory...
    A THRIFTY home owner has shown just how easy it is to spruce up your home on a budget after giving her outdated bathroom a completely new look. And four years on, the DIY fan is as chuffed as ever, revealing that the DIY job has held up well - admitting the "inexpensive things made a big difference". 3A DIY fan spruced up her bathroom for cheap using wood palettes, paint and bedsheets The woman, who appears to be from the US, shared before and after snaps online, saying that she "love thinking outside the box and saving money." She admitted that her white porcelain counters were extremely stained but she couldn't afford to replace them, so thought to do it herself instead. The grubby porcelain has been given a modern wooden makeover with the DIY fan using a palette to get the job done. What's more,...
    Julia Roberts is using her birthday and one of her most iconic movies to encourage people to vote in the 2020 election. For the Oscar-winner's 53rd birthday on Wednesday, Roberts posted a photo of herself wearing an "I am a voter" t-shirt alongside the caption, "I AM a Voter! Make sure you are too!" The day before she reposted a revised version of her famous quote to Hugh Grant from the romantic drama "Notting Hill." "I'm just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to vote," read the poster. "VOTE❤️ 1 week to go!!" wrote Roberts.  JULIA ROBERTS, LADY GAGA ENCOURAGE FANS TO VOTE All throughout October, Roberts has been using her platform (which boasts over 9 million followers) to get people engaged in the election.  Last week, the “Pretty Woman” star donned a powerful energy suit that certainly pushed the message. The all-black bell-bottom suit had one word sprawled on it,...
    In an election year packed with political ads, some TV bits will be hits, while others will miss their mark badly. And during the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Senator Cory Gardner and former Governor John Hickenlooper, there have been for fewer hits than misses. Case in point: the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s ad this summer using the deadly gas explosion in Firestone to blithely connect that tragedy to Hickenlooper’s tenure as governor. Gardner, who was the NSRC chair in the 2018 election cycle, finally called for an end to the ad's run after criticism reached the media, though he added that he had no way to stop it. There haven’t been many missteps that bad recently, but viewers have still be subjected to cringe-worthy moments. Some come from commercials paid for by the actual campaigns, and others are courtesy the dark money that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse so effectively...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Air fryers, rice cookers, instant pots and sous vides are the trendiest kitchen appliances on the market, with a combined average of 15 million purchases a year. They promote efficiency, trim time, and require less effort, but are they also healthy? Or are the traditional methods better? Fried foods always have that crunchy, crispy, and tasty texture, but instead of cooking it in oil, what if you fried it in air? Air fryers definitely are the healthier choice than deep fryers. Not only does it cut around 80 percent of calories, but it also uses just one tablespoon of oil, compared to three cups for deep frying. That’s 50 times less oil. Rice cookers are a fast, effortless option, compared to cooking it in a pot, but there aren’t any health differences between the two. Steamed rice is still a healthy carbohydrate. Slow cookers are...
    As documented by Ringside News, Mercedes Martinez appears to have parted ways with Retribution. The superstar was one of the founding members of the faction to be revealed on a recent episode of Monday Night Raw, but she hasn’t been seen with them since. Of the five core members who were initially unveiled, only three appeared on the latest episode. However, that may have been due to the company’s recent wave of positive COVID-19 cases and the protocols surrounding them. Mia Kim was also absent, but she’s still associated with the group. As the report highlighted, the company registered names for four of the members recently. Those superstars — including Kim — have since updated their social media profiles to reflect the new personas. Martinez is no longer using her supposed name. As documented by SEScoops, PWInsider previously noted that she’d changed her alias to Retaliation. As of this writing,...
    Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller accused former Vice President Joe Biden of using masks as a political “prop,” even as he defended President Donald Trump’s coronavirus leadership. Miller gave an interview to ABC’s George Stephonpoulos for This Week, where the conversation focused on how Trump, his administration and campaign staff, plus numerous prominent Republicans have been diagnosed with Covid-19 after multiple apparent super-spreader events. Miller insisted the president is doing well, though there is ongoing confusion and mixed messaging as to the severity of Trump’s condition. The interview proceeded with Miller defending Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, even as Stephanopoulos confronted him with multiple examples of Trump flouting public health guidelines over the last few months. After Miller persisted in hyping up the safety measures around Trump (which clearly did not work), Stephanopoulos brought up the moment when the president mocked Biden’s mask use during their 1st...
    Despite the president currently being hospitalized for COVID-19, Trump senior campaign adviser Jason Miller continued to mock Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for regularly wearing face masks, claiming the former vice president uses masks as a “prop.” Interviewing Miller on ABC’s This Week, anchor George Stephanopoulos brought President Donald Trump ridiculing Biden for his mask-wearing during Tuesday’s presidential debate, wondering aloud if that has backfired on the president considering his own coronavirus diagnosis. “Hasn't the cavalier approach to masks and social distancing at these rallies been a mistake?” Stephanopoulos asked. “Will it change going forward?” Miller, meanwhile, insisted that that campaign has been responsible while holding large rallies that feature no social distancing and little mask-wearing, claiming that they “take it seriously.” “It's why we give everyone coming to rallies or events, we give them a mask,” he added. “We check their temperature.” The campaign flack, in a typically Trumpian...
    Google’s new Pixel phones are here, as is the annual round of speculation over how their cameras will perform. The Pixel cameras have been in a weird spot for a couple of years; the Pixel 2 in 2017 was an incredible leap forward for smartphone photography, but features like Night Sight aside, the 3 and 4 were mostly evolutions on the same hardware and software formula, making what sometimes felt like subjective tweaks more than clear improvements to image quality. It’s to Google’s credit that they’ve still remained among the very best phone cameras you can buy. It’s impossible to pass real judgment on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G, which share the same front and back cameras, until we’re able to test them out for ourselves. From what Google’s said so far, though, they do seem to be similarly evolutionary upgrades. For one thing, Google is still using...
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Walmart launched a pilot program Wednesday using drones to deliver groceries and household essentials in Fayetteville.The retail giant is using drones from Flytrex and it says it hopes to gain insight into customers' and its workers' experience with the technology.Tom Ward, senior vice president of customer products at Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart, acknowledged that it will be a while before drones are widely used for package deliveries."That still feels like a bit of science fiction, but we're at a point where we're learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers' lives easier," Ward wrote in a corporate blog.Last week, Amazon won regulatory approval to deliver packages by drone, but the company said it was still testing the self-piloting aircraft and didn't say when they could be used to deliver goods to shoppers on a large scale....
    The Alternatives to Abortion program pays private counselors to dissuade people from getting abortions. This often means funding crisis pregnancy centers, Besides being a source of misinformation about abortion, some of these Texas centers have a terrible track record, financially.  Take the Heidi Group, which was given millions of state taxpayer dollars in 2017. They received $1.6 million directly and $5 million to distribute to other providers. They said they'd serve 70,000 people yearly but managed to serve only a few thousand. They did, however, spend 11% of their annual yearly expenditures on a group cruise.  It wasn't just the Heidi Group that received millions. In 2017 alone, the state gave the Alternatives to Abortion program $20 million, and in 2019, the state proposed more than doubling the program to $41 million. With the proposed 2021 budget rolled in, Texas has given the program $170 million since 2006. The budget...
    All is apparently not well in Dolores Catania and Teresa Giudice’s world. After being friends for years, the two are reportedly feuding and one source told The Sun that Dolores is gunning to get the 48-year-old star tossed off the show so that she can take the spotlight. Part of the reason? She believes Teresa is still in love with her ex Joe Guidice. “Dolores has been complaining to friends about Teresa,” an insider said. “She actually wants her off the show. However, that doesn’t mean that the New Jersey OG is in any danger from Dolores. “Dolores knows she has no power to make that happen and seems very frustrated,” they added. Apparently, the relative newcomer to the series feels that she isn’t able to get the focus she wants with Teresa taking up so much of the spotlight. “She is tired of her being the center of attention...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As families get ready for the school year, each district is handling classes their own way, which raises the question about how students get school breakfasts and lunches. Some schools that KDKA reached out to say they are still finalizing those details. The Penn Hills School District shared their plans with KDKA — a plan to handle some students utilizing online learning and other students learning in a hybrid system. When students come back to school in September, they will be able to have breakfasts and lunches for all five days of classes whether they are attending school in-person or using remote learning. (Photo Credit: Chris Hoffman) For those learning using the hybrid model, they will be able to grab the breakfast and take it to their classrooms. Lunch will be delivered to the classrooms to help keep distance between students. When the students finish their two...
    After releasing three albums under the Monarch Mtn moniker, Fort Collins-based singer-songwriter Logan Farmer decided to drop his new record, Still No Mother, under his own name, as an opportunity to embrace himself as an artist. Inspired by Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl Ballads, Farmer used somber Still No Mother, which he'll release on August 21 via Western Vinyl, as a way of exploring climate-change anxiety using the framework of the American folk song. Westword caught up with Farmer over email to find out more about Still No Mother, recording at home, and how the new album differs from his Monarch Mtn material. Westword: What is the significance of the album’s title, Still No Mother?Related Stories Trevor Hall Takes a Break From Spirituality to Express His Rage Chris Till's Strange Journey to Elfcore and Toadstool Shadow Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion Pushes the Borders of Tradition Logan Farmer: We had...
    TCU football coach Gary Patterson has apologized for using the n-word. Patterson was all over social media Monday after it was revealed that he said the racial slur while trying to prove a point about not using it. Several of his players defended him as having no malice in his actions but still making a poor decision. Now, Patterson has officially apologized. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) ????????✊????✌????. pic.twitter.com/8WkTDEVMih — 8️⃣8️⃣ThaGreat (@Taymike88) August 3, 2020 We handled the shit like men in the locker room why tf it had to hit the media people just wanna run they mouth and create mad news that we don’t need we trynna build and bounce back we don’t got time for this idc what y’all think we gone get through this and get back to work ???? — king of st.pete???? (@iamprowells) August 4, 2020 ...
    Tom Brady. Getty/Icon Sportswire Tom Brady earns $25 million each year in wages alone with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however appears to still be using an iPhone 6+. In an Instagram story Brady shared on Saturday from the inside of his car, fans noticed that his vehicle was hooked up to the outdated cellphone. Brady turned 43 on Monday, and tweeted on the day: "Thank you for the bday wishes!! Might treat myself to a new iPhone this year." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Tom Brady earns $25 million each year in wages alone with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, despite all that money, the 43-year-old quarterback appears to still be using an iPhone 6+, which was released in 2014. In an Instagram story Brady shared on Saturday from the inside of his car, eagle eyed fans noticed that Brady's vehicle was hooked up to the outdated cellphone, through...
    CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday whether Republicans were engaging with foreign powers to influence the 2020 election — but failed to ask whether Democrats had stopped using foreign intelligence agents to collect information for their own campaign. “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), he is working with a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker on dirt on the former Vice President Joe Biden. I just wonder, in your view, is that accepting foreign help in the election, and is it — would it be taking part in foreign interference to accept such help?” Sciutto asked during a morning interview with Pelosi. Johnson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, is investigating the appointment of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, during Biden’s term as vice president. Pelosi suggested the investigation was leading Johnson to information linked to Russia. “Especially when — I can’t really go so much into,...
    No one is immune to coronavirus, expert says, with infections rising in both rural and urban communities Alibaba expanded during the SARS health crisis — and its co-founder has advice to share New Buccaneers QB Tom Brady still using an old iPhone 6 plus Tom Brady was roasted by some users online for having a cell phone that does not seem to match his superstar status and wealth. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Even though he is with a new team, Tom Brady does not have a new phone. Brady posted a photo on his Instagram story Saturday showing the music he was listening to in his car. The graphic on the dashboard of the car indicated the source of the music was Tom Brady’s iPhone 6+. Tom Brady still uses an iPhone 6 I see why he needed that Tampa contract that man is down bad pic.twitter.com/feYjcKl0Nj —...
    SAN ANTONIO – The malaria drug hydrochloriquine has been a controversial subject throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. When studies released in June showed the drug did not help COVID-19 patients and even posed further risk, some of the conversation died out. However on Tuesday, posts on Twitter refueled the fire, so KSAT checked in with San Antonio hospitals and medical professionals to see if they’re using the drug. Hydroxychloroquine was one of the first medications tested around the world in hopes it would help treat COVID-19 patients. Locally, almost all the large hospital systems have used the drug at one point. A Methodist Healthcare spokesperson the following statement regarding hydrochloriquine: “Treatment decisions about individual patients are made by the treating physician and not by the facility or system. Methodist Healthcare utilizes a physician-led, multidisciplinary work group to provide guidance on COVID-19 patient management. This work group does not endorse hydroxychloroquine based...
    LOCKDOWN has been a struggle for many families and despite things slowly getting back to 'normal' for most, the worst of it is far from over for some. For Donna Corr, lockdown is still essential - and was even before the rest of the nation went into lockdown - as her young son Benji has a heart condition that puts him at high risk of getting covid-19. 13Donna Corr is still in lockdown with her partner and their two kids Benji, almost two, and Isabella, 8Credit: heart_mama_diaries/Instagram But the hopeful mum-of-two remains positive throughout this challenging time and has found a number of ways to continue bringing joy to her young family. While she admits to getting out more in open spaces, such as the beach and planning hikes, she feels it's still to risky to get back to "normal" just yet. The alternative? Turning her back...
    ONE in 10 Brits admit they still don't wash their hands after going to the toilet - despite official advice to stop the spread of coronavirus. Research found that 12 per cent still go to the loo - including public toilets - without cleaning their hands afterwards. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4One in 10 Brits admit they still don't wash their hands after going to the toiletCredit: Getty Images - Getty The study of 2,000 adults did however show that most people are sanitising their hands an average of eight times a day. Before the outbreak, people said they washed their hands just five times a day. And the time spent soaping their hands has increased from less than 13 seconds before Covid-19 to an average of 19 seconds now. The study, by hygiene services provider Citron Hygiene, also found that before...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — We’re now four months into the coronavirus pandemic and many people are receiving unemployment for the first time. Others are struggling to pay rent or the mortgage, and Allegheny Co. business owners face the tough decision to lay off employees again after temporary closure orders from the county department of health. KDKA’s Meghan Schiller explains the two programs that want to help people pay the bills this month. “I don’t see them letting us open until at least Labor Day,” said Spencer Warren, owner, The Warren and Penn Cove Eatery. It’s lunchtime downtown at The Warren and Penn Cove Eatery, but the outdoor tables and chairs on the sidewalk are gone. “And all of a sudden, it turns around. It’s gone. We still have to try to keep our staff on now because they all went off unemployment,” said Warren. Warren really needs another Paycheck Protection...
    Neil Young is still upset that President Trump is using his music. The aging Canadian rocker took to Twitter late Friday to condemn the use of his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” at Trump’s rally at Mount Rushmore. “This is NOT ok with me…,” Young said in a tweet. “I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me” Though the rally drew thousands of fans, the iconic American monument has been criticized in recent days by activists who have condemned the site as an affront — echoing Young’s critique. “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” said Nick Tilsen, of the Oglala Lakota tribe and president of the activist nonprofit NDN Collective. “It’s an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people’s land then carve the white faces of the conquerors who...
    Neil Young is still upset that President Trump is using his music. The aging Canadian rocker took to Twitter late Friday to condemn the use of his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” at Trump’s rally at Mount Rushmore. “This is NOT ok with me…,” Young said in a tweet. “I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me” Though the rally drew thousands of fans, the iconic American monument has been criticized in recent days by activists who have condemned the site as an affront — echoing Young’s critique. “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” said Nick Tilsen, of the Oglala Lakota tribe and president of the activist nonprofit NDN Collective. “It’s an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people’s land then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed...
    Our country’s systemic racism combined with inequities exacerbated by COVID-19 threaten a 15-year trend of improving educational advancements of low income and minority students. Unless we take bold action, we are on the precipice of creating a lost generation of students, without secure pathways to adult success, further increasing racial injustice and economic dislocation. A key, immediate step is to expand AmeriCorps to enable all students to receive the supports they need when schools reopen. We’ve learned that national disasters, when overlaid on existing racial inequities and economic challenges, have negative consequences on education that are long-term and far-reaching. After Hurricane Katrina, it took students in New Orleans nearly two years to recover from the learning disruption and negative consequences stretched on for a decade or more. We can now anticipate a similar “COVID-19” effect with three particularly worrisome impacts: Elementary students will have the largest academic losses; middle and...
    Adobe Flash had a more than 20-year run as a major piece of multimedia software. But that is coming to an end. Browsers like Google Chrome are unplugging Flash. Google announced in 2017 that over the next three years Adobe Flash would be phased out of use. Google and other major browsers were motivated to remove Flash because of its nosedive in usage and security concerns. During that time, Flash has been almost entirely replaced by newer internet languages and standards like HTML5. Google is not alone. Adobe also announced in 2017 that Apple, Facebook, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft would also soon make Flash a plug-in of the past. Adobe said the Flash plug-in capabilities became standard web design. “Over time, as the web evolved, these new formats were adopted by the community, in some cases formed the basis for open standards, and became an...
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