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    The problem: Too many people voted against Republicans. The Republican solution: Stop them from doing that. Republican attempts to undermine democracy are continuing. The party's crackpot wing may have failed in their plans to reinstall Donald Trump as president by simply nullifying the electoral votes of multiple Biden-won states, and a clumsy but still earnest assassination attempt against Trump's own vice president, among others, may have been thwarted by luck and a handful of law enforcement officers, but the central tenet of Republicanism's fascist push remains the same: Only government by Republican loyalists is legitimate, and only votes by the Republican base are legitimate votes. After premising a nonviolent-turned-violent coup on false claims and hoaxes claiming unspecified and undiscovered "fraud" centered, according to them, primarily in cities with large nonwhite populations, we move on to the predictable next phase: a Republican redoubling of efforts to keep Americans from voting in...
    Elizabeth Hurley didn't let the cold weather stop her from enjoying a bikini moment. The 55-year-old actress posed topless outside in the snow donning only a white-and-black coat and white bikini bottoms from her Elizabeth Hurley Beach swimsuit line.  She captioned the photo, "How could I resist?" which sent her Instagram followers into a frenzy as she flaunted her toned abs.  "You are not human," one person wrote. "Gorgeous," said another.  ELIZABETH HURLEY TWINS WITH SISTER IN BIKINIS: 'WE STILL LOVE MATCHING' "Stunning," pointed out someone else. "How could you resist? If you've got it ...flaunt it," complimented another.  Hurley keeps her abs in shape by "making more time for exercise, eating nutritious foods, and taking the time to do relaxing activities," according to Women's Health. Elizabeth Hurley posed topless in the snow. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) And the pandemic hasn't stopped the British star from engaging in outdoor activities. Hurley has been...
    HONG KONG – “Social robots like me can take care of the sick or elderly,” Sophia says as she conducts a tour of her lab in Hong Kong. “I can help communicate, give therapy and provide social stimulation, even in difficult situations.” Since being unveiled in 2016, Sophia – a humanoid robot – has gone viral. Now the company behind her has a new vision: to mass-produce robots by the end of the year. Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong, said four models, including Sophia, would start rolling out of factories in the first half of 2021, just as researchers predict the pandemic will open new opportunities for the robotics industry. “The world of COVID-19 is going to need more and more automation to keep people safe,” founder and chief executive David Hanson said, standing surrounded by robot heads in his lab. Hanson believes robotic solutions to the pandemic are...
    SEAFORD, New York -- Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, communities have been getting creative when it comes to giving back to those in need.It was a Sunday morning in November when Mary Kate Tischler of Seaford and her 6-year-old daughter decided to create their own "Sharing Table".She drew inspiration from the a woman giving back to her neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, which inspired her to do her own version.Tischler collected non-perishables from her house and bought some other supplies at the grocery store. She then created a homemade sign, so that people driving by could stop and take what they need - for free!"The first-day people were coming and taking things, dropping things off it was starting to work immediately," said Tischler. "As soon as people started hearing about us, I started getting phone call after phone call for other people wanting to start sharing tables, and it has just been...
    While many countries, including the U.S., saw their economies devastated by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, China has reportedly managed to not only weather the storm of COVID-19 but also manage to grow their already powerful economy.
    Ex-White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has claimed she was the only full-time person working on the White House's response to the COVID-19 pandemic under Donald Trump. Birx made the claim in an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, in which she appeared to attempt to do some reputational rehab by distancing herself from the former president. The doctor described herself as ‘an N of 1’ during her nine months on the COVID-19 task force, which refers to a clinical trial in which a single patient is the sole participant. ‘There was no team, full-time team in the White House working on coronavirus,’ she said, adding that she had asked for more staff though was apparently denied. The former U.S. Army colonel and CDC adviser said the Trump administration’s structure meant that she was the ‘only full-time person’ working on the White House’s coronavirus response. ‘That’s...
    Cobb County teacher Patrick Key, who was vocally adamant about the importance of mask wearing, died of the coronavirus on Christmas Day — yet several school board members still refused to wear masks to honor their colleague’s dying wish. “Patrick felt passionate about wearing masks during the pandemic,” read Key’s obituary. “In lieu of flowers, please buy and wear a mask to protect others and yourself in honor of him.” While all members honored Key with silence, and most were already wearing masks, at least three, including Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, refused to honor Key’s last request. While addressing the board, School district employee Jennifer Susko asked the members to put their masks on “as a tribute to this teacher who did everything you asked of him, even teaching through a pandemic.” WXIA’s Brendan Keefe took to Twitter to share the meeting’s central moment, while footage from the entire meeting is available in the...
    More On: sales This folding treadmill will get you in shape at home You can get $65 off this eight-movie Steven Spielberg box set Land your dream job in 2021 with these 10 apps that are now on sale Save over 50 percent on this cozy weighted blanket You love golfing. You wish you could do it anywhere, all year long. If winter weather or coronavirus precautions are keeping you from your beloved local course, practice your putt at home with PuttOUT’s Ultimate Putting Studio. You’ll get the pressure putt trainer, pro putting mat, putting mirror, and pro putting gates so you can work on your skills rain or shine, pandemic or no pandemic. How it works is pretty cool. The pressure putt trainer returns correctly aligned putts to you and rejects poorly aligned putts by rolling them off to the side. This way, you can differentiate which putt...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Belgian soccer federation says amateur competitions should be suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. Professional soccer and the Belgian Cup competition will be able to continue with no fans at stadiums. The amateur teams in the Belgian Cup will be granted a special permission to play. The federation says only kids under 12 will be allowed to continue playing. The federation says the financial consequences of the pandemic have been “huge” and that it has already spent 8 million euros ($9.55 million) in aid to clubs. Belgium has been hit hard by the pandemic. The country of 11.5 million inhabitants has reported more than 20,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    More from: Cindy Adams Chuck Schumer got a new Hickey Freeman suit for the inauguration Cindy Adams: Biden inauguration will either be historical or hysterical Cindy Adams details her COVID vaccination: A jab well done Netflix continues to crank out big budget blockbusters Amazon and Aaron Sorkin to dive into I Love Lucy for new film H’wood adapts, pushes on Saturday afternoon before the Oscars, in a big Santa Monica beach tent, is always always the Independent Spirit Awards. Nope. This year, airing on IFC, it’s Thursday night before however whichever whatever the Oscars will look like. More movie-type news. The James Bond thing was first to change dates last year as the pandemic was changing our lives. Now it’s again. Official. Again. It’s moving. Again. Now it’s the fall … I got more. How’s this title grab you? “Tales of Dunk and Egg.” The title’s as nuts as...
    Mandel Ngan/ Getty Images One of the most underappreciated elements of how and why our nation has reacted to the pandemic the way we have is that, since we have never been through anything like this before, our perceptions are very easily influenced by factors which may not be directly relevant. Sometimes those influences are overt (self-interest), while in other situations they are subconscious (personal bias). Under this way of looking at the past year, there is a strong argument to be made (though no one in the news media has had the courage or imagination to make it) that had Hillary Clinton been running for reelection in 2020, rather than Donald Trump, nearly everyone would have reacted very differently. Personally, I am morally certain that Democrats and Republicans would have almost universally reversed their positions on how to respond, and that liberals in general would not have been in...
    By Keri Enriquez | CNN Getting Americans masked up is a top priority for the Biden administration. Biden, who calls wearing masks “a patriotic act,” signed an executive order Wednesday — his very first as President — to ask Americans to wear masks of their choice for the first 100 days of the new administration. The executive order also requires mask use on all federal property, though in this case, not just any old mask will do. On Wednesday, after the inauguration, White House press secretary Jen Psaki showed off her bright white N95 mask in the press briefing room. “I wore it out, of course, here today and will continue to do that,” Psaki said after removing her medical-grade mask and before turning to questions. N95 masks are considered the gold standard in personal protective equipment because they block 95% of large and small particles utilizing a unique electrostatic...
    He recently turned 24 years old, and has been quoted as saying his thinks the coronavirus 'disease is a hoax.' YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul was seen Sunday off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida on a crowded yacht. The tattooed, 6ft blonde was shirtless, wearing blue swim trunks.  Coronavirus be damned: YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul was seen Sunday off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida on a crowded yacht He was seen on both the upper and lower decks of a boat named Belladonna, mixing and mingling with other revelers.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next YouTube star Jake Paul puts his Calabasas mansion on the... Jake Paul dominates Nate Robinson with vicious KO in second... YouTube star Jake Paul BACKTRACKS on comments he made... Jake Paul pictured for first time since the FBI raided his... Share this article...
    A doctor collects a swab sample from a Covid-19 patient at his home on the eastern outskirts of Lima, on January 22, 2021.ERNESTO BENAVIDES | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The 1,000 richest people on the planet recouped their losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic within nine months, according to estimates from Oxfam, but the global charity believe it could take more than a decade for the world's poorest to recover. In a report entitled "The Inequality Virus," Oxfam noted that "the world's 10 richest men have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollars since the pandemic began — more than enough to pay for a Covid-19 vaccine for everyone and to ensure no one is pushed into poverty by the pandemic." But at the same time, the pandemic has "ushered in the worst job crisis in over 90 years with hundreds of millions of people...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)A short-form video app that competes with the Chinese version of TikTok is preparing for what is expected to be the world's largest initial public offering since the coronavirus pandemic began. Kuaishou, a tech company based in Beijing, is seeking to raise as much as $6.2 billion in a stock market listing in Hong Kong, according to details of the planned IPO shared with CNN Business by a source familiar with the deal. The company, whose name means "fast hand" in Chinese, plans to issue about 365 million shares priced between 105 and 115 Hong Kong dollars ($13.55 and $14.84). At the top of that range, it would raise 42 billion Hong Kong dollars, or $5.4 billion. Issuing more shares in an over-allotment option could bring its haul to $6.2 billion. That puts Kuaishou on track to become the largest IPO since Saudi Aramco shattered records with...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A new study has found essential workers, especially those in the food and transportation sector are at the greatest risk of death among Californians during the COVID-19 pandemic.Cooks hold the most hazardous occupation among essential workers in the state with 828 deaths. According to UCSF researchers, that role has the highest "risk ratio for mortality."RELATED: California Governor Gavin Newsom expected to lift strict stay-at-home orders, sources sayEMBED More News Videos In a letter to restaurant owners, the California Restaurant Association announced that officials with Gov. Newsom's office plan to lift the stay-at-home order in all regions of the state on Monday. The study examined death rates of California residents from March through October 2020, and compared them with pre-pandemic data to determine which jobs had the largest increases in deaths.RELATED: Latest Bay Area ICU capacity totalsPackaging machine operators and agricultural workers are among the list of the...
    Flags hang over the entrance to the Davos Congress hall during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 21st, 2020.Gerry Miller | CNBC The Joe Biden administration's latest moves to rejoin global pacts and organizations are likely to be welcome ones for the Davos community.  Still, the U.S. is far from "out of the woods" on its own domestic challenges and its battle with the coronavirus pandemic, World Economic Forum President Borge Brende told CNBC. "Already, there are new signals from the U.S. administration on the climate side, re-entering the Paris Agreement, but also looking at how the U.S. can be turned into a low carbon economy are major, major steps," Borge told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Sunday. These plus the administration's decision to halt the country's withdrawal from the World Health Organization are "well received," he said.  "But we are still in a situation where there (are)...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A stunning turn with regional ICU availability numbers. The Bay Area is suddenly at 23.4% capacity after spending a couple of weeks in the single digits, according to state data released this weekend. ICU availability has become the number the state relies on when it comes to issuing stay-at-home orders, the threshold is 15%."This could potentially be the beginning of the end," said UCSF Epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford.RELATED: Map: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rulesThose encouraging words from Dr. Rutherford, after Bay Area's ICU capacity saw a dramatic improvement from 6% last week to more than 23% on Saturday."All this stuff suggests we're on the downslope of the third wave of the pandemic, finally," said Rutherford.Doctors confirm COVID-19-related hospitalizations have dropped at Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital."Percentages of ICU patients are staying down so overall that's given us capacity, it's very encouraging news...
    KIM Kardashian has been slammed after she said she missed "dressing up" as fans claimed she's been doing that the "entire pandemic." The reality TV star,  who might be filing for "divorce" from Kanye West, got a dressing down from fans after she longed for a glam occasion again. 9Kim said she missed getting dolled upCredit: Splash News Kim ,40, smouldered in a strapless black mini dress and matching floor-length jacket in an Instagram post. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star captioned the throwback picture: "I miss dressing up." Kim's fans were quick to remind the star that she gets glammed up all the time. Despite the pandemic, the mom-of-four has kept up her beauty regime and has treated fans to glam shots throughout. 9Kim always looks flawlessCredit: kimkardashian/Instagram 9Kim has been keeping up with her beauty regime even during the pandemicCredit: Instagram One fan claimed: "You've been going out and dressing up...
    Chicago Teachers Union votes to refuse in-person classes and continue remote instruction Hong Kong Lifts Lockdown; Australia Approves Shot: Virus Update Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © MoneyWise Warren Buffett's 6 tips to keep your finances healthy in the pandemic COVID-19 and the resulting recession have been affecting everyone — including 90-year-old investing legend Warren Buffett. At his massive conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the pandemic "has adversely affected nearly all of our operations, although the effects are varying significantly," the company said in its latest quarterly earnings release in early November. But even with the challenges, Berkshire reported an 82% jump in net profit for the July-through-September quarter — so, billionaire Buffett would seem to be weathering the crisis just fine, thank you....
    (CNN) — Deng Pravatoudom followed her husband’s dream all the way to Easy Street. Pravatoudom, 57, has played the lottery for two decades using a set of numbers that her husband dreamed about 20 years ago. In December, his dream became reality when his wife played those numbers and won a $60 million jackpot, Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) said in a news release Monday. On December 1, the mother of two — who was laid off during the pandemic — went to the bank to pay some bills while her husband checked the tickets. When they returned to the car, he told her they had won $60 million. “I was ecstatically happy, I was crying at the same time. I couldn’t believe it at first,” Pravatoudom said during a virtual celebration where she was presented the check. “I am going to buy a house, then if it’s allowed after...
    New York (CNN Business)Nine months. That's how long it took the world's top 1,000 billionaires to recoup their fortunes after the coronavirus pandemic hit.More than a decade is how long it could take the world's poorest to recover, according to Oxfam International's annual inequality report.The report, released on Sunday ahead of the World Economic Forum's virtual meeting of political and financial leaders, typically held in Davos, Switzerland, lays out the virus' disparate impact around the globe. The pandemic could increase economic inequality in almost every country at once, the first time this has happened, Oxfam found."We stand to witness the greatest rise in inequality since records began. The deep divide between the rich and poor is proving as deadly as the virus," said Gabriela Bucher, Oxfam's executive director. "Rigged economies are funneling wealth to a rich elite who are riding out the pandemic in luxury, while those on the front...
    Dr Anthony Fauci has said he thought he might die when he was covered in white powder from a letter sent in the wake of death threats against him and his family.  The infectious diseases expert, 80, detailed how he opened the note received in the mail to be covered in what turned out to be 'a benign nothing'. He told The New York Times in an interview published Sunday: 'But it was frightening...I looked at it somewhat fatalistically.  'It had to be one of three things: A hoax. Or anthrax, which meant I’d have to go on Cipro for a month. Or if it was ricin, I was dead, so bye-bye.' Dr Fauci called it 'liberating' Thursday to be backed by a science-friendly administration since the inauguration of Joe Biden. More than 25 million Americans have been infected by the coronavirus and at least 417,000 have died since March 2020, when the...
    Ex-White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx claims former President Donald Trump was being fed ‘parallel’ data sets on the pandemic from another source inside the White House and ‘presented graphs’ she never made. Birx made the claims in an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday in which she also insisted that some members of the Trump Administration believed COVID-19 was a ‘hoax’. ‘I saw the president presenting graphs that I never made,’ Birx said in the interview. ‘So, I know that someone — or someone out there or someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president.’ ‘I know what I sent up and I know that what was in his hands was different from that,’ the doctor continued.  Scroll down for video  Ex-White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx claims former President Donald Trump was being...
    Pray for movie theaters. “The Marksman,” a Liam Neeson thriller from Open Road, held onto first place for the second weekend in a row, grossing just over $2 million. The film has grossed $6.1 million after 10 days of release. That performance allows the movie to retain its box office crown, but that kind of distinction isn’t worth what it was in pre-pandemic times, particularly with movie theaters closed indefinitely in major markets like New York City and Los Angeles. Indeed, the exhibition landscape is a wasteland and with the vaccine rollout hampered by a lack of, you know, vaccines, help could be in short supply. There’s little that portends a rapid recovery for a sector of the economy that’s been decimated by the public health crisis. Last week, MGM yielded to the inevitable and pushed the release of its James Bond sequel, “No Time to Die,” from April to...
    New York (CNN Business)Foreign companies are turning their backs on the United States, taking advantage of China's booming economy and superior management of the Covid-19 pandemic.Direct investment in the US by foreign companies plummeted 49% to $134 billion last year, according to a report released Sunday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. By contrast, foreign direct investment in China grew by 4% to $163 billion in 2020.2020 marked the first year in history that foreign direct investment in China overtook that of the US, according to the UN. China is now the world's largest recipient of foreign companies' investments.Although Covid-19 was a large factor in foreign direct investment tumbling in the US -- and most places around the world -- the drop-off in foreign companies' American investments began well before the pandemic.After hitting a high of $440 billion in 2015, according to the US Commerce Department, foreign...
    The Flaming Lips are not the kind of band that lets a global pandemic get in the way of putting on a great show. On Friday and Saturday, the psychedelic rock band performed the Space Bubble Concerts in their hometown of Oklahoma City. The band's frontman, Wayne Coyne, has been known for stepping into a plastic ball and walking into the crowd for years, but the circumstances of the pandemic inspired him to design a show that expanded on his idea. Great concert: On Friday and Saturday, The Flaming Lips put on what was called the Space Bubble Concerts and on the second day they unveiled a balloon display reading  'F*** you COVID19' All of the attendees were given their own plastic bubble to climb into; each one was designed to hold up to three people. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The future of...
    With Britons across the country banned from socialising in person, it's no surprise that online dating is booming during the pandemic. And according to a recent study conducted by the Wingman app, which enables friends to choose matches for their bestie, the 'hook-up culture' is dead, with many singletons now relying on virtual connections to find a relationship. Contrary to the stereotypes of dating apps being used for casual flings, the research found 81 per cent of users said they would un-match someone if they suggested 'coming over', implying they're using the platform to seek a more serious courtship.  In addition, 67 per cent of online daters using the app confirmed they would have at least three virtual dates before they even felt comfortable in bringing up the topic of meeting up in person. With Britons across the country banned from socialising in person, it's no surprise that online...
    The Catalan elections, at the beginning of February 14, will be preceded by a trip full of tripping between the Government, particularly ERC, and the Government and its candidate, the Minister of Health, which ranges from a petition to delay the elections to cancel the ‘Illa effect’ to the refusal of the Government to confine or advance curfew to support the idea that the situation is different from the postponement of the Galician and Basque elections last year and that, just as you can go to work you can go to “vote”. In addition to the front against the candidate Illa and the fight against the pandemic, the controversy surrounding the Catalan elections has forced the Superior Court of Catalonia to rule, and it has done it in the same sense as what the Government defended, keeping the date of the 14F, something that even the Executive itself admits is...
    Ever since Pindar first penned it, poetry has been a salve for the soul. Through sonnet, haiku, rhyme and free-form, we have relied on poets to make sense of the world and how we live in it. But poetry is having an unexpected moment. This past year, “We Are the Dream,” an HBO documentary about Oakland’s youngest oratorical poets, took home an Emmy. Brandon Leake, a relatively unknown Stockton spoken-word poet, won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” And poets laureate from California to New York found a new calling, posting verses to comfort families grappling with pandemic fears and the fight against racial injustice. Poetry’s current popularity has to do with its immediacy. It forces you to pay attention to what is happening in the moment, on your skin and in your heart, says Oakland poet James Cagney. “This year has forced people to look at their lives and ask questions,”...
    The pandemic has given us time to reevaluate how we spend our 9-to-5, but while many have simply felt grateful to have a regular paycheck, or been content to envy-click around LinkedIn as we were busy watering our new houseplants, some have managed a career 180. These brave souls got to work on making their pipe dreams come true. Here’s how they did it — and how you can, too. Looking to the future The lowdown: Emily McGill, 35, a self-proclaimed “recovering Broadway publicist” and communications consultant, became a tarot reader when COVID-19 hit. “At the top of 2020 I felt stuck and lost, like I ended up somewhere I didn’t mean to be,” she said. “My entertainment p.r. work was no longer lighting me up.” After testing positive for the virus in late March, the Hell’s Kitchen resident took a long break of introspection as she recovered. Meanwhile, she...
    Much is made of front-line medical personnel, but dentists and otolaryngologists also deserve their own recognition. And it is that they literally get into the wolf’s mouth in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the risk could be lessened very soon for both patients and doctors, as scientists from the Cornell University, in New York, are in the process of developing a helmet transparent and disposable, which retains microdroplets of saliva that go off when patients speak, cough, or sneeze. In the 10 months that we have been in confinement, surely have you doubted in going to the dentist due to the high risk of contagion and not because of them, but because of so many people who attend and who may possibly be carriers of the asymptomatic virus. Now imagine how are health professionals, who by far mask and mask they use, they are not enough. But, with...
    The Civil Guard has proceeded to arrest five people as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of resistance and disobedience to an agent of the authority and to denounce another eight for non-compliance with the Covid-19 norms when they were celebrating a private party in a house located in El Cotillo, in the municipality of La Oliva (Fuerteventura), with a capacity of more than twenty people. The performance took place after receiving a notice from an individual who alerted of the celebration of a party with a significant number of attendees in a village located in the town of El Cotillo, for which a Civil Guard patrol traveled to the place from Corralejo who observed colored lights and music that came from a house. When the agents tried to inform those present – adults in the company of their minor children – that the concentration should be dissolved, taking into...
    New York City’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in December to 11.4% from 12.1% the previous month. It is still stubbornly higher than that of the state, which was 8.2% (0.2 percentage points less than in November) and that of the country, which was 6.7%). And all this while last month jobs were destroyed. The State lost 37,200 jobs from them, 22,100 from private companies. It is the corrosive stamp of the COVID pandemic on the job market. The percentages improve because, as happens throughout the country, they only represent a part of reality. There are many more people who have given up the idea of ​​having a job and do not count as unemployed. With 157,600 fewer jobs, the education and health services sector has closed. The second most affected by the crisis, followed by commerce, transport and home services such as water or gas. The sector most...
    New York : New York City’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in December to 11.4% from 12.1% the previous month. It is still stubbornly higher than that of the state, which was 8.2% (0.2 percentage points less than in November) and that of the country, which was 6.7%). And all this while last month jobs were destroyed. The State lost 37,200 jobs from them, 22,100 from private companies. It is the corrosive stamp of the COVID pandemic on the job market. The percentages improve because, as happens throughout the country, they only represent a part of reality. There are many more people who have given up the idea of ​​having a job and do not count as unemployed. With 157,600 fewer jobs, the education and health services sector has closed. The second most affected by the crisis, followed by commerce, transport and home services such as water or gas. The...
    Since the world coronavirus pandemic was declared, the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, has been the regular face at press conferences in Spain to report on the evolution of the disease. His appearances have not been without controversy, since February, when the virus hit Italy and Simón assured that Spain would have “at most a diagnosed case.” The journalist Matías Prats summarized in Antena 3 Noticias the contradictions of the Government health spokesperson throughout all these months. “The management of the pandemic has been surrounded by controversy, and the director of the Emergency Center has been the one who has put a face to many of the decisions“, has indicated Prats before giving way to a sequence of declarations of Simón. The images have summarized some of his most criticized claims, such as that it was not “the population needs to...
    Thousands of Brazilians demonstrated on Saturday January 23 to challenge the management of the pandemic by Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president. “Bolsonaro outside”, “Impeachment yes” “Vaccine for all”, “Oxygen”, “Bolsonaro out”, or “Impeachment yes” were among the slogans that thousands of demonstrators chanted in several towns of Brazil especially in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, reports RTL. In the economic capital Brasilia, a procession of some 500 vehicles, in response to the call for manifest left-wing parties and organizations, traveled the main avenues of the city. The protest also concerned the end of the emergency aid which was granted between April and the end of December to 68 million Brazilians (nearly a third of the population). A demonstration against the Brazilian president The Brazilians, who marched last Saturday, wanted in particular to protest against the management of the pandemic by Jair Bolsonaro and the delay of...
    (CNN)Deng Pravatoudom followed her husband's dream all the way to Easy Street.Pravatoudom, 57, has played the lottery for two decades using a set of numbers that her husband dreamed about 20 years ago. In December, his dream became reality when his wife played those numbers and won a $60 million jackpot, Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) said in a news release Monday.On December 1, the mother of two -- who was laid off during the pandemic -- went to the bank to pay some bills while her husband checked the tickets. When they returned to the car, he told her they had won $60 million."I was ecstatically happy, I was crying at the same time. I couldn't believe it at first," Pravatoudom said during a virtual celebration where she was presented the check. "I am going to buy a house, then if it's allowed after Covid, I'm going to travel...
    Over-excited DJs, thunderous music, and youngsters get ready for a night out. This nightclub in Wuhan, the Chinese city considered the cradle of the COVID-19 pandemic, now symbolizes the freedom regained while the rest of the world is locked up and confined. A year after being quarantined on January 23, 2020, this city of 11 million inhabitants, where the first cases of covid-19 arose, has ceased to be the ghostly city that then astonished the rest of the world. And while much of the planet imposes curfews, lockdowns and social distancing, in Wuhan nightlife is at its peak. To enter the « Super Monkey », the immense nightclub in the center of the city, it is not necessary to be on a VIP list and there are no clothing requirements. But the mask is mandatory and the guards at the entrance control the temperature of the customers: above 37.3 degrees, they are...
    Restrictions for travelers wanting abroad Biden’s strategy also seeks to contain the spread of the pandemic, and one of the ten decrees he signed this Thursday establishes that those who want to travel to the United States from abroad must take a COVID-19 test before flying, and quarantine one. once they arrive in the country. “In addition to the use of masks, all those who travel to the United States from another country will have to take a test before getting on the plane and perform a quarantine when they arrive,” Biden said in a conference at the White House. The requirement of a test had already been ordered by the previous government, but isolation was only a recommendation. Biden explained that this measure is due to the new strains of the virus detected in other countries, at a time when in the United States there are more...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says that he was muzzled by the Trump administration which ‘blocked’ him from appearing on the left-leaning MSNBC cable news channel and its marquee primetime star Rachel Maddow. The 80-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Maddow, who made repeated attempts to book him on her program during the course of the pandemic, that he wanted to appear on her show ‘for months.’ Fauci was asked by Maddow on Friday if the press and the public would hear more regularly from him as well as other government experts who are guiding the nation’s leaders through a once-in-a-century pandemic. ‘I've been wanting to come on your show for months and months,’ Fauci told Maddow. ‘You've been asking me to come on your show for months and months. Dr. Anthony Fauci (right), the federal government's top infectious disease expert, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow...
    He e-commerce It is not new, but it has just started in shape in Mexico. After the pandemic, last year companies had to accelerate their strategies, even a couple of years ahead of what they had thought to implement a new electronic commerce system in their companies. According to the Mexican Association for Online Sales, 50 percent of the companies that sell in the country through e-commerce doubled their growth online during the pandemic, where products that previously did not have such a presence have especially benefited significant in the channel, such as pantry products. From the Online Trendsity Study for Mercado Libre they reveal that three out of five new Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) They did not have a physical store, resulting in that 27 percent of the total turnover on the platform during this period was generated by these companies, where as of March of last year...
    Related news The latest bitcoin price spike it has a component that differentiates it from all the previous ones. This time, the institutional investors are largely to blame in which the cryptocurrency reigns for months marking an all-time high after another. And, within this group, hedge funds they have taken the lead over the rest of the strong hands in the market. Although it’s still about an almost testimonial trend, “the hedge funds they have become important players in the bitcoin segment ”, according to a recent report by Lyxor, the Société Générale brand that brings together hedge funds and indexed funds of the entity. At times, this investment has been channeled “Through specialized investment vehicles”, but in many others, bitcoin has simply been incorporated into the asset allocation portfolio of these products. The lead these hedge funds have taken over other institutional investors is based on several factors....
    New York : Two years ago Godiva had plans to open 2,000 coffee shops in different countries. Photo: Cindy Ord / . The chain of chocolates deluxe Godiva announced that will close all its stores located in the United States due to the impact of the pandemic of coronavirus. It is a bitter goodbye for one of the most prestigious chocolate chains. “We have always focused on what our consumers need and how they want to experience our brand, which is why we have made this decision,” said the CEO. Nurtac Afridi it’s a statement. “Of course, this decision was difficult due to the care we take for our dedicated and hard-working chocolatiers who will be affected.” Godiva has 128 branches in the United States and the announcement comes less than two years after the company announced its plans to open 2,000 coffee shops in...
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    SIR Kenneth Branagh will star as Boris Johnson in a television drama about coronavirus. Sky’s five-part series will focus on the Prime Minister’s handling of the pandemic. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4This Sceptred Isle will focus on the Prime Minister's handling of the coronavirus pandemicCredit: Getty - Pool 4BAFTA and Emmy award-winning actor, Sir Kenneth Branagh will play Boris Johnson in the five-part seriesCredit: Splash News This Sceptred Isle was first announced last year and has now been commissioned by Sky. The series will be directed by Michael Winterbottom, who will also co-write, while Tim Shipman, the political editor of The Sunday Times, will act as a consultant. It will chart the events surrounding the Prime Minister, the government, and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic. The five-part drama begins with Boris Johnson’s appointment...
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    (CNN)Last week, a Covid-19 patient of mine told me he is finally going home after four months in the hospital. His tracheostomy tube has been taken out and he's breathing on his own. He's finally able to walk again, with some help. It's a new beginning for him and as he wished me a happy New Year, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time. Dr. Susannah HillsThe Covid-19 statistics in our country have been truly devastating. We surpassed 24 million cases and we are closing in on nearly 500,000 American lives lost to the pandemic. Even here in New York City, after the overwhelming sickness and death we experienced in the spring, hospitals are again nearing capacity, staff are being redeployed to care for Covid patients, and military volunteers are being sent to provide support. It feels like we started 2021 by taking a huge step...
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    At the call of left-wing parties and organizations, a noisy procession of some 500 vehicles marched through the main avenues of the economic capital Brasilia, displaying slogans such as “Vaccine pour tous”, “Oxygène”, “Bolsonaro out”, or “Impeachment yes”. Demonstrators also protested against the end of emergency aid granted from April to the end of December to 68 million Brazilians, or nearly a third of the population. Similar protests were held in several other cities across the country, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The far-right president has repeatedly downplayed the severity of Covid-19, which he first described as a “little flu”. He also questioned the use of masks, the effectiveness of vaccines and recommended “early treatment” with drugs whose effectiveness has not been proven. He also criticized the containment measures taken by the governors of Brazilian states highlighting the only negative effects on the economy. His government is...
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    Jane's Carousel in New York City, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Justin Heiman/Getty My son was born in the early months of the pandemic. In his first year, he experienced the loss of his great-grandmother, plus the larger-scale loss of living through the death of more than 400,000 Americans. There are two ways to tell him this story. One is: We failed you. But another is: We survived. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. My grandmother was born during the last great pandemic. When I ask her what her mother told her about giving birth during the Spanish flu, she cannot remember. After I give birth, a century after my grandmother was born, I want to know what strength I may have inherited from her mother. But my grandmother cannot tell me the story.  How we tell a story matters. I work on telling the version...
    Related news The crest of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic it is getting higher and the expectations of economic recovery, lower. A combination that drowned out optimism among investors in recent weeks. He Ibex 35 fell 2.36% in the third week of the year, up to 8,036 points in which it marked annual minimums in the little that goes of this 2021. Despite the significance of the setback, the outcome could have been worse, since the king index of the Spanish stock market reached 8,000 points in some of the most bearish bars of this Friday. And it is that in some crosses, declines of 1.9% were seen, which at the end were limited to 1.06% somewhat more amiable. In any case, the selective Spanish rushed not only to lows of the three weeks that count in this 2021, but to its lowest levels of the last...
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    The Venezuelan Government maintains strict control over the entry of citizens from Brazil through the state of Bolívar (south), as a measure to prevent the spread of the Covid-19said the governor of that border region, Justo Noguera, in an interview broadcast on the Venezuelan State Television channel on Friday. « Before the new strain of Covid-19, which is highly aggressive, we are supervising that no one enters through areas that are not authorized and that everyone passes through the control area, « said Noguera. The governor indicated that they have the support of the officials of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), who are in charge of maintaining control at the service posts. In addition, he assured that the cases of Covid-19 in Bolívar they remain low and he called on citizens to maintain biosecurity measures to avoid contagion. Since March 2020, in Bolívar...
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    Washington, United States (Ariela Navarro) – The president of U.S, Joe biden, He held a telephone conversation with the Canadian Prime Minister on Friday and both leaders agreed to another exchange next month, and then he met with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with whom he spoke about the pandemic and migration issues. This Friday’s calls are the first exchanges with foreign leaders since he took office this week. Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported on Twitter that in his conversation with Biden, the US president was « friendly and respectful » towards Mexico. « We deal with issues related to migration, # COVID19 and cooperation for development and well-being. Everything indicates that relations will be good for the good of our peoples and nations, » López Obrador wrote. A statement from the Mexican Foreign Ministry detailed that López Obrador celebrated that Biden has recognized « the contributions of the Mexican migrant community...
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    (CNN Business)Amazon is once again asking the National Labor Relations Board to direct thousands of the company's warehouse workers at an Alabama facility to cast votes in-person on whether to form a union, rather than by mail, despite the ongoing pandemic.The e-commerce giant filed a motion Thursday to delay the union election, which is set to begin February 8, so that the NLRB may revisit its decision to hold the election by mail over the course of nearly two months instead of through an in-person event.The NLRB declined to comment on Amazon's request.The union vote is a milestone moment for the Alabama facility and for Amazon (AMZN). While some Amazon workers are unionized in Europe, the company has so far fended off unions in the United States. A union election was held in 2014 at a Delaware warehouse, but resulted in workers largely rejecting the effort.The NLRB said last week...
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    New York : The 79-year-old woman had already served the required time to retire, but did not want to. Photo: ETIENNE LAURENT / EFE Betty Grier Gallagher worked as a nurse for over 50 years, 43 of them in an Alabama state hospital. In 2020 I already had the seniority and the requirements to spare to retire. But the pandemic arrived and he did not want to withdraw, because he felt that he had to help his patients and also his colleagues, in a very difficult health moment. Thus it was that Betty did not heed the requests of her companions to take shelter at home, and stayed to fight the disease on the front line. Until sadly in December he contracted the coronavirus. Finally, on January 10 he died at Coosa Valley Medical Center, where he had worked for much of his life. He...
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    (CNN)The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a basic fact of American life: When people unexpectedly lose work or face unforeseen expenses, they can't pay their rent. What's worse, they often get evicted as a result. As lawyers who represent low-income tenants, we are used to explaining to our clients the legal insignificance of their economic circumstances, however compelling. Your boss cut your hours? Not relevant. Your car needed a $600 repair? No defense. Your child support check didn't arrive? Not the landlord's problem. We tell our clients, "The law doesn't care about that." We usually follow up with, "It doesn't seem fair, does it?" Juliet BrodieLarisa BowmanThe pandemic, terrible as it is, has given some tenants a reprieve from the usual injustice of eviction. It took the greatest public health emergency in a century, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, followed by Congress, has temporarily prohibited evicting...
    When Stephanie Hall set out to fill her home with colored glassware, the entrepreneur found little to no success in her local shops and antique stores. This inspired Hall to found her company, Estelle Colored Glass, which was born from a love of antique treasure hunting with her grandmother, Estelle, in South Carolina. "She had her regular stores that she went to and she was always treasure hunting," Hall told CBS News. "She passed on to me the love of beautiful things and I love business — so I was able to marry those two things here in this brand." Her luxury glassware is now featured in big box stores such as West Elm, Anthropologie and Zola but Hall's journey wasn't a straight route to success. Stephanie Hall founder of Estelle Colored Glass Catherine Hurt Photography After a 10-year stint as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., Hall moved back to...
    Rare gold coin sells for $9.36 million at Texas auction Amazon, Facebook, other tech giants spent roughly $65 million to lobby Washington last year Volkswagen made $12 billion in 2020 despite the pandemic Volkswagen is walking away from 2020 with a profit of more than $12 billion despite the coronavirus pandemic that torpedoed car sales and snarled manufacturing supply chains. © Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images The new all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 is on display inside a dealership on January 19, 2021 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) The world's largest automaker said in a statement on Friday that it expects operating profit of €10 billion ($12.2 billion) for 2020, a performance helped by a strong finish to the year. Load Error After losing €1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) in the first six months of 2020, Volkswagen "proved to be quite robust in the second half," it added. Fourth...
    Children are unlikely to have played a significant role in the spread of coronavirus during the first wave last year, a study shows.  Throughout the pandemic it has become increasingly evident children are less affected by Covid-19; symptoms, severe disease and death figures in children are all much lower than would be expected when compared to the rest of the population.  Figures from Public Health England (PHE) show the current risk of dying from coronavirus if infected is 1,513 per 100,000 people for over-80s, but for children aged five to nine, this is just 0.1 per 100,000.  The exact reason for this discrepancy remains unknown, but a leading theory states youngsters have fewer receptors which the virus uses to enter cells, making it harder for the virus to infect children. These receptors become more abundant with age.  The new study from Germany enrolled parents and children from families in a trial...
    The General Directorate of Taxes has responded negatively to the query of an autonomous who requested the deduction of supply expenses (Internet or electricity, among others) from his home address when he has to carry out a job in his home that he generally carries out in his premises, to which he no longer goes daily due to the confinement derived from the pandemic, as indicated by ATA in a statement . According to the response of the Directorate General of Taxes collected by ATA, extra expenses cannot be deducted in supplies caused by working from home as it is an occasional and exceptional circumstance. However, the self-employed organization ensures that, according to the Personal Income Tax Law and the partial modification of the laws on Corporation, Non-Resident Income and Wealth taxes, self-employed workers 30% of housing expenses can be deducted when it is used as a workspace. Furthermore, ATA...
    New York (CNN Business)The fate of the economic recovery is riding on President Joe Biden's mission to speed up the lackluster rollout of coronavirus vaccines. While the development of vaccines happened faster than many had expected, distribution is lagging behind schedule, in part because of the chaotic presidential transition in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century.Biden signed a slew of executive orders this week aimed at accelerating the distribution of vaccines and tests. It's a race against the clock, not just to save lives, but to keep the economy afloat. "We won't see a strong economic rebound until we get broad distribution of the vaccine," said Kristina Hooper, chief global strategist at Invesco. After a sizzling summer, the US economy slowed sharply at the end of last year as the pandemic worsened. The United States lost jobs in December for the first time since the spring. Another...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A raging pandemic, tumultuous presidential election and deadly Capitol insurrection have combined to make the annual tradition of Dry January more moist than air-tight for some. Not Sarah Arvizo. She considers it her easiest yet. As much as the 32-year-old Manhattanite would love to partake in a little “vinopeutics,” she said the abstinence period she’s participated in for several years has been made smoother this time around by her at-home pandemic life and the closing of bars and restaurants. “Longing for those days, for sure,” said the social drinker who lives alone. “But unless I want to freeze outside, that’s largely off the table this year.” Eight-year-old Dry January, which comes at the height of resolution season after the holidays, has brought on the desired benefits for many among the millions participating around the world. They’re losing quarantine weight, experiencing more clarity and sleeping easier. ...
    President Biden worked on 17 executive actions on his first day in office, January 20. His orders, memorandums, and agency directives are all part of his planned structure to bring the pandemic under control, as well as undoing many of President Trump’s signature policies. He also planned on executive orders and actions for his second day in office, mostly focused on the pandemic. “There’s no time to start like today,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office before signing the orders. “I’m going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people.” His orders included reversing the travel ban targeting Muslim countries, stopping the border wall, and several environmental actions. Much of Biden’s first day after being inaugurated will include steps to stop the pandemic. Biden will implement a mask order for travel, give funding to schools, expand vaccine availability and testing, and address the pandemic...
    The Minister of Health, Alba Vergés, has claimed the State tools to decree home confinement if necessary and if advised by the technicians, although it has indicated that this should not be the “main objective” of the Government, for the costs that it entails. In a telematic press conference, Vergés has come out this Friday to the passage of the call of former Catalan president Quim Torra de raise a house lockdown to stop the third wave of the pandemic. Vergés has emphasized that the Government does not have the powers for this type of action and that has already claimed them from the State. In any case, when asked if the Government would apply home confinement if it had the powers, Vergés answered that it would “when the technicians said what to do to control the pandemic. “ But he has pointed out that home confinement “should not be...