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Episode 211 – NBA Conference Finals Set

first_img Previous articleTCU announces modified spring break, condensed semester to reduce travelNext articleTCU fashion students adjust to a fashion industry changed by COVID-19 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ReddIt Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Facebook Twitter TAGSblanket coverageeastern conference finalsjack wallacenba playoffsnoah parkerpodcast TCU News Now 4/28/2021 ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Twitter Jack Wallace printJack and Noah do a quick rundown of Game 7 between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, as well as a look at the Miami Heat starting to dominate the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. We finish with a preview of the Western Conference Finals, where the Los Angeles Lakers await the Nuggets. Follow us @BlanketCovPod on Instagram and @blanketcoveragepodcast on Twitter for more updates! + posts Jack Wallace Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Westlast_img read more

Sarkozy urged to speak out on human rights during China visit

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Organisation November 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sarkozy urged to speak out on human rights during China visit ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders asks Nicolas Sarkozy to raise human rights issues during a three-day official visit to China due to begin on 25 November and gives him a list of 33 journalists and 50 cyber-dissidents who are imprisoned. Help by sharing this information RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard has written to French President Nicolas Sarkozy urging him to intercede on behalf of China’s 83 imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents during a three-day visit to the country that begins on 25 November.“You have said several times in recent months that you intend to raise the human rights situation and the fate of China’s political prisoners when you meet with Chinese officials,” the letter said. “This visit is an excellent opportunity to make France’s voice heard and to remind President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao of the undertakings China has given.”The Chinese authorities promised to improve the press freedom and human rights situation when the 2008 Olympic Games were assigned to Beijing in 2001.Reporters Without Borders has sent Sarkozy’s advisers a list of the 33 journalists and 50 cyber-dissidents and Internet users currently held in China, making special mention of Shi Tao, who is serving a 10-year sentence, Ching Cheong, serving a five-year sentence, and Yang Zili, serving a eight-year sentence.Reporters Without Borders would like Sarkozy to organise a meeting with independent journalists, pro-democracy intellectuals and the relatives of political prisoners during his stay in Beijing. “We also think that a member of your delegation should visit the home of the husband-and-wife human rights team, Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan, recently nominated for the European parliament’s Sakharov prize,” Ménard wrote. “Under house arrest for the past few years, they embody a courageous and determined defence of free expression.”Finally, Reporters Without Borders also urged Sarkozy to pay attention to the position of the French companies whose merits he will be promoting during his trip. The press freedom organisation is of the view that their technologies should not be used for repression. The French company Thalès, for example, sold China its powerful ALLISS antennae, which are used by the Chinese authorities to jam the signals of some international radio stations. And the European aerospace company EADS has sold communications systems to the Beijing municipal government for the security systems. More than 30,000 police officers and municipal security personnel are to be supplied with European equipment. Reporters Without Borders has already voiced its concern that it could be used against dissidents. News Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Tournament of Roses Foundation Awards $200,000 to 42 Local Non-Profits

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Tournament of Roses Foundation Awards $200,000 to 42 Local Non-Profits 2015 Recipients Receive Double the Funding – Includes 10 First-time Recipients;New Board Leadership Announced From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | 11:28 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Top of the News More Cool Stuff Community Newscenter_img Make a comment The Tournament of Roses Foundation has announced 2015 grant awards totaling $200,000 presented to 42 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley. Ten of the 42 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients. These organizations are: About Productions, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, Jericho Road Pasadena, Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc., Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters, Marshall Music Boosters Inc., Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster Club, Pasadena Girls Softball Association, Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club, and The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.Since its inception in 1983, the Tournament of Roses Foundation has funded more than $2.7 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association. The amount awarded in 2015 is $100,000 more than the amount funded in 2014 – a 100 percent increase. The Foundation assists charities in the Pasadena area by funding sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. These grants, ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 will help support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors.The 2015 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients are:In addition to the new grant recipients, the Tournament of Roses Foundation also announced the election of Ken Burrows, Mitchell Ing, and Robert Miller to the board of directors. These new members replace outgoing board members Gerald Freeny, Brian James and Mike Ward who provided a combined nine years of outstanding service and leadership. The Foundation board also elected a new president and officers: Katherine Martinez Kleine, president; Nancy Neal Davis, vice president; Maxine Harris, treasurer; and Norma Garcia Kachigian, secretary. Members continuing to serve on the Foundation Board are Shannon Boalt, Laura Farber, Rick Jackson, Charlie Martinson, Karen Palmersheim, and Jerri Price-Gaines.The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a tax exempt, non-profit public benefit corporation established to receive and manage contributions from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters and the general public. The 13-member board of directors is comprised of community leaders and Tournament members, appointed by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. Organizations or individuals interested in making a contribution or inquiring about the grants process should contact the Foundation by calling (626) 449-4100 or visiting the Tournament of Roses website at the Tournament of Roses®The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Learn more at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribelast_img read more

HSE launch Winter Plan today

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp By News Highland – September 24, 2020 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twittercenter_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleRecruitment drive focusing on Letterkenny University HospitalNext articleCoveney urged to ‘stand up’ for Good Friday Agreement News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 HSE launch Winter Plan today WhatsApp The HSE will launch a 600 million euro Winter Plan for the health service today.It will aim to boost capacity in hospitals and the community, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.The plan will also include an expanded flu vaccination programme.Dr Denis McCauley is the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee – he says it needs to be wide-ranging.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Studio to host Smokey Joe’s Cafe

first_imgSkip You Might Like Psych conferences showcases student research Undergraduate students took the stage to present research papers and posters during the 9th Annual Troy University Psychology Conference held… read more Studio to host Smokey Joe’s Cafe Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Email the author However, Metzger said a picnic is not required. “People can just come and enjoy the show.”Tickets will be $12.50 per person, $25 a couple and $100 for a table of eight.“There is a lot of interest in ‘Smokey’s Joe’s Café’ so we only have seven tables still available for this event,” Metzger said. “But you don’t have to reserve a table to join the fun. We’ll have seating for all who want to come. But, to be sure you are able to sit at a table with your friends and family, please reserve a full table.To reserve a table, call 670-2287. Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Tony Award nominated show presents the songs of Leiber and Stoller in various combinations with no dialogue.“This musical celebrates revue style dance and rock ’n roll,” Metzger said. “In 1996, Smokey Joe’s cafe was nominated for the Grammy Best Musical Show Album. Tony Award nominations include Best Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Featured Actress in a Musical.“The ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ show will be much like other First Thursday Nights at The Studio, which are indoor tailgate parties with entertainment,” Metzger said. “So everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic basket and a cooler and enjoy this special event at The Studio.” Published 11:00 pm Monday, September 5, 2011 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. in The Studio.Those who are unable to attend the Thursday Night performance of “Smokey Joe’s Café” at The Studio on Sept. 14 may catch other performances at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, 17 and 18 and matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 18.Tickets for the matinee on Sept. 17 are two for one.Tickets for the additional performances may be purchased at the Troy University Box Office: 334-670-3293. Food and drinks will be available for purchase during these performances. Print Article The Troy Pike Cultural Arts Center has partnered with Troy University’s Department of Theater and Dance to present Smokey Joe’s Café at The Studio on Sept. 15.Richard Metzger, Center executive director, said “Smokey Joe’s Café” will be the Thursday Night at the Studio event for September.“The exception is that Thursday Night at the Studio is traditionally the first Thursday night of the month,” Metzger said. “But we’re breaking with tradition in order to bring this incredible show to The Studio.”last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: After Trump officials turned down Pfizer offer, US may not get more vaccines doses until June

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 67.1 million people and killed over 1.5 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Dec 07, 8:28 pmUS hospitalizations reach new record of 102,000The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 related issues rose to another record high Monday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.There were 102,148 patients in hospitals, 20,098 of whom were in ICUs and 7,073 who were on ventilators, according to the project.The seven-day average of hospitalizations is also at a record, with 100,814, the health data showed.“Hospitalizations are rising in 31 states from 2 weeks ago,” the tracking project tweeted.By comparison, hospitalizations previously peaked around 60,000 in April and late July, according to the health data.The country recorded 180,193 new cases on Monday, the tracking project reported. The seven-day average of new cases is at a record high of 196,882, according to the health data.There were 1,347 new deaths recorded Monday, according to the tracking project. The seven-day average of daily deaths also reached a record high at 2,204, the health data showed.“The 7-day average for deaths are at record levels in the Midwest, South, and West,” the tracking project tweeted.Dec 07, 7:48 pmUS saw dramatic increases in cases, deaths last week: HHSAfter a slowdown in reporting and testing over the Thanksgiving holiday, week-over-week data shows dramatic increases in new cases and new deaths in the U.S., according to an internal memo from the United States Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News.From Dec. 1 to Dec. 7, the country recorded 1,341,309 new cases, which was an 18.8% jump from the previous seven-day period, according to the memo.During that same period, the U.S. saw 15,202 new coronavirus related deaths, which was a 50.6% increase compared with the previous week, HHS said.About 29% of the nation’s hospitals have more than 80% of their ICU beds filled, the memo said.-ABC News’ Josh MargolinDec 07, 5:40 pmTrump officials passed when Pfizer offered US more vaccine doses this summerThe Trump administration declined additional doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine late this summer when the pharmaceutical company offered them to the U.S. government, a senior Trump administration official familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News.Pfizer may be unable to produce more of the vaccine for United States citizens until June 2021 because it has committed those doses to other countries.“The U.S. government placed an initial order of 100 million doses for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Pfizer is ready to begin shipping initial doses soon after receiving an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA,” Pfizer told ABC News in a statement.“Any additional doses beyond the 100 million are subject to a separate and mutually-acceptable agreement. The company is not able to comment on any confidential discussions that may be taking place with the U.S. government.”The development was first reported by New York Times.-ABC News’ Josh Margolin and Eric Strauss contributed to this report.Dec 07, 3:49 pmMassachusetts to halt elective surgeries due to COVID-19On Friday, hospitals in Massachusetts will stop offering elective surgeries that can be safely postponed, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference Monday afternoon.“This action will free up unnecessary staffing and beds,” Baker said. “We all know we’re in the midst of a second surge. We’re seeing a higher number of new cases each day. And in turn, an increase in hospitalizations statewide.”On Sunday, Massachusetts reported 4,747 new infections and a seven-day average testing positivity rate of 5.3%. There are 1,416 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.Despite the worsening statistics, the state is better prepared this time around, Baker insisted. In addition to reallocating hospitals resources, the state is ramping up and winterizing testing sites, stockpiling PPE and preparing two field hospitals in Worcester and Lowell.-ABC News’ Kelsey Walsh contributed to this report.Dec 07, 2:31 pmNavajo Nation begins 3-week stay-at-home lockdownNavajo Nation begins a three-week emergency lockdown on Monday, during which residents are required to remain at home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Essential businesses, including grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, hay vendors and restaurants providing drive-thru or curbside service, may remain open on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Off-reservation travel is not permitted and on weekends, a full lockdown will be in place.“The Navajo Nation’s health care system is in a state of major crisis,” Myron Lizer, vice president of Navajo Nation, said in a statement. “We cannot be careless and we have to stay the course.”The rules include exceptions for essential workers and emergency situations. Residents are permitted to leave their homes for essential food, medicine and supplies, as well as outside exercise within the vicinity of their homes and wood gathering.The lockdown rules will be in effect until Dec. 28.Dec 07, 1:10 pmOrdinary New Yorkers may get vaccines by early April: FauciOn Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci painted a grim future for the United States if Americans don’t adhere to public health measures during the holidays. “Without substantial mitigation, the middle of January can be a really dark time for us,” Fauci said during a news conference held by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Americans need to keep social distancing until 75% to 80% of the population can get the COVID-19 vaccine, which would provide an umbrella of community-level protection, Fauci explained. “By the time you get to the beginning of April, you’ll start getting people who have no high priority, just the normal man and woman, New Yorker in the street who’s well, has no underlying conditions [getting the vaccine],” he added.As of Monday, New York State’s testing positivity rate was 4.7%, according to Cuomo. The governor estimated that more than 70% of infections spreading in the state were connected to small gatherings.-ABC News’ Rachel Katz contributed to this report.Dec 07, 10:52 amUS averaging nearly 2,200 COVID-19 deaths per day for 1st timeFor the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is reporting an average of nearly 2,200 deaths from the disease per day, according to an ABC News analysis of data collected and published by The COVID Tracking Project.The national seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths per day day is currently 2,171. That figure has increased by 139% in the past month.Last week, there were nearly 15,000 fatalities from the disease recorded nationwide, including five days where the daily death toll surpassed the 2,000 mark. That’s roughly equivalent to 88 COVID-19 deaths reported each hour.Meanwhile, the U.S. has reported over 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day for more than a month straight, including three consecutive days where the daily count topped 200,000.Just in the last month, the national seven-day average of daily new cases has doubled, now averaging 191,736 — the highest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic.There were 1,018,657 cases recorded nationwide in the first five days of December. To put that in perspective, it took nearly 100 days from the first recorded COVID-19 case in the U.S. for the country to surpass 1 million confirmed cases.Hospitalizations continue to surge to unprecedented levels, with over 101,000 patients currently hopitalized with COVID-19 across the country — a new national record.In the past two months, current hospitalizations have more than tripled, increasing by 223%.ABC News’ Benjamin Bell, Brian Hartman, Kim Soorin and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Dec 07, 10:23 amSouth Africa urges students to quarantine after ‘super-spreader’ partiesSouth African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has called on final-year students who attended end-of-year parties to immediately self-quarantine for 10 days to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus.Mkhize made the plea to students and parents on Sunday, after numerous people who recently attended “Rage” parties in Ballito and Jeffrey’s Bay tested positive for COVID-19. The events are hosted every year in South Africa as thousands of students celebrate the end of matriculation.“We confirm that we have now identified a number of COVID-19 confirmed cases arising from these super-spreader events,” Mkhize said in a statement. “This therefore means that if you attended any of these Rage events, you are now regarded as a contact.”In addition to quarantining, Mkhize also urged attendees to get tested as soon as possible.South Africa has the highest tally of COVID-19 infections in all of Africa, with more than 814,000 confirmed cases including over 22,000 deaths.Dec 07, 9:14 amUK prepares for Tuesday’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccinationsDoses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have been delivered across the United Kingdom, ahead of the launch of the country’s immunization program.The potentially-life saving vaccine will be administered nationwide starting Tuesday morning, and some 800,000 doses were expected to be in place for the first day of what will be the largest-scale immunization program in U.K. history.Vaccinations will be rolled out in phases, with elderly care home residents and their carers first on the priority list, followed by anyone else aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers.Last week, the U.K. became the first country in the world to authorize the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine was shown in late-stage clinical trials to be more than 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.Dec 07, 8:26 amBiden transition team says Trump administration still hasn’t shared vaccine distribution plansU.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team said the Trump administration still has not shared its distribution plans for COVID-19 vaccines.“We have yet to see any kind of detailed plan,” Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist who is a member of Biden’s transition COVID-19 advisory board, said in an interview Monday on CBS This Morning.“We really need to understand what their plan for distribution is,” she added. “We’ve already been trying to get a handle on how many doses will be available to us from each of the companies and by when, but we do need some internal information on that from the federal government. We also need to understand where they are with their plans.”Dec 07, 8:07 am‘My colleagues are dog-tired,’ US surgeon general says in plea to AmericansU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and follow public health guidelines as infections and hospitalizations soar across the country.“I want the American people to know this virus is incredibly unforgiving, cases are going up, hospitalizations are going up, my colleagues are dog-tired and we need you to hang on just a little bit longer because we’ve got vaccines coming but we want as many people to be alive to get them as possible and a lot of that is going to depend on your behavior,” Adams told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Monday on Good Morning America.Although “more people than ever are wearing masks,” Adams said he’s “very” concerned by the number of people who still “don’t understand how much spread is occurring by people who don’t have symptoms.”About 20 million “full doses” of COVID-19 vaccines will be available by the end of the year, according to Adams, who urged every American to be immunized against the virus as soon as a vaccine is authorized and made available.“It’s a way that we can ultimately end this pandemic, but it doesn’t matter if people won’t get the vaccination,” the surgeon general said. “We know that vaccine levels are only about 50% for adults for flu and they go down to about 40% for African-Americans.”Adams said he is working with historically black colleges and universities as well as faith communities to bolster vaccine confidence among all populations. The White House is also hosting a vaccine summit Tuesday, he said.“One thing you can all do right now, it’s national flu immunization week, get your flu shot because half a million people were hospitalized last year with the flu,” Adams said. “We simply can’t afford for that to happen this year with hospitals being overwhelmed.”The surgeon general said the current surge in infections across the country “is different than earlier surges,” because it’s not about a lack of masks or personal protective equipment, nor is it due to a lack of testing.“It’s really about health care capacity, and certain places are just being overwhelmed,” he said. “So we know that we can actually help them with their health care capacity by immunizing their health care staff. We’re going to leave it up to the states, but we’re going to give them guidance.”Adams noted it’s also important to vaccinate those who are most likely to die from COVID-19.“We know that 40 to 50% of the deaths are occurring in people who are in longterm care facilities who are older,” he said.Dec 07, 7:29 amHong Kong installs vending machines for COVID-19 test kitsHong Kong has installed vending machines for COVID-19 test kits in 10 subway stations across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.The regional government said it will be supplying about 10,000 self-administered test kits to the mass transit authority for distribution to the vending machines across all 10 stations daily, according to a press release.Hongkongers can purchase the kits using their Octopus transit card.A recent surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted Hong Kong authorities to tighten restrictions, including banning most social gatherings to just two people. Another 95 new cases were confirmed on Sunday, bringing Hong Kong’s total to 6,898 cases with at least 112 deaths.Dec 07, 6:57 amBiden announces key members of health teamU.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced key nominations and appointments of his health team, a slate of experts and public officials who will lead his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.“This trusted and accomplished team of leaders will bring the highest level of integrity, scientific rigor and crisis-management experience to one of the toughest challenges America has ever faced — getting the pandemic under control so that the American people can get back to work, back to their lives and back to their loved ones,” Biden said in a statement. “This team of world-class medical experts and public servants will be ready on day one to mobilize every resource of the federal government to expand testing and masking, oversee the safe, equitable and free distribution of treatments and vaccines, reopen schools and businesses safely, lower prescription drug and other health costs and expand affordable health care to all Americans, and rally the country and restore the belief that there is nothing beyond America’s capacity if we do it together.”California Attorney General Xavier Beccera is nominated to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.Dr. Vivek Muthy, a physician and research scientist, is nominated to be the Surgeon General, a role he served during the Obama administration.Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an expert on virus testing, prevention and treatment, is nominated to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an expert on health care disparities, will serve as the COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair.As Biden said last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci will stay on in his current role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci will also serve as Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19.Jeff Zients, co-chair of Biden’s transition team who led the Obama administration’s National Economic Council, will serve as coordinator of the COVID-19 Response as well as counselor to the president.Natalie Quillian, a national security expert, will serve as deputy coordinator of the COVID-19 response.Dec 07, 6:14 amGermany to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in early JanuaryCOVID-19 vaccinations are expected to begin in Germany “in the very first days” of 2021, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff.In an online interview Sunday with German newspaper Bild, Helge Braun said he and Merkel will get vaccinated “when it’s our turn.” The trained doctor also noted that he’s prepared to help vaccinate people himself.“That won’t work at every hour of the day or night as chief of staff, but at the weekend I’m prepared to join in,” Braun told the Bild.The European Union’s drug regulator is expected to make a decision by Dec. 29 on approving the first COVID-19 vaccine for use. In the meantime, Germany is preparing special vaccination centers.Dec 07, 4:41 amUS reports over 175,000 new casesThere were 175,663 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 34th straight day that the U.S. has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Sunday’s tally is less than the country’s all-time high of 227,885 new cases confirmed on Dec. 4, according to Johns Hopkins dataAn additional 1,114 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Sunday, down from a peak of 2,879 fatalities on Dec. 3, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 14,760,627 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 282,312 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Abrupt changes in the global carbon cycle during the last glacial period

first_imgDuring the last glacial period, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) closely followed Antarctic temperature on millennial timescales. This strong correlation between Antarctic climate and atmospheric CO2 has led to suggestions that reorganizations of Southern Ocean circulation and/or biogeochemistry were the dominant cause of these variations. However, recent work also revealed centennial-scale changes in CO2 that appear unrelated to Antarctic climate and may represent additional modes of carbon cycle variability. Here we present a high-resolution CO2 record from the last glacial period from an ice core drilled in West Antarctica. This reconstruction precisely defines the timing of millennial and centennial CO2 variations with respect to Antarctic temperature and abrupt changes in Northern Hemisphere climate during Heinrich stadials and Dansgaard–Oeschger events. On the millennial scale, CO2 tracks Antarctic climate variability, but peak CO2 levels lag peak Antarctic temperature by more than 500 years. Centennial-scale CO2 increases of up to 10 ppm occurred within some Heinrich stadials, and increases of ~5 ppm occurred at the abrupt warming of most Dansgaard–Oeschger events. Regression analysis suggests that the CO2 variations can be explained by a combination of one mechanism operating on the timescale of Antarctic climate variability and a second responding on the timescale of Dansgaard–Oeschger events. Consistent with our statistical analysis, carbon cycle box-model simulations illustrate a plausible scenario where Southern Hemisphere processes contribute the majority of the CO2 variability during the last glacial period, but Northern Hemisphere processes are the crucial drivers of centennial-scale variability.last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill Reaches $148 Million Settlement With Uber Over Data Breach

first_imgAttorney General Curtis Hill announced today that he, along with the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc. to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers.Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had gained access to some personal information that Uber maintains about its drivers, including drivers’ license information pertaining to approximately 600,000 drivers nationwide. Uber tracked down the hackers and obtained assurances that the hackers deleted the information. However, even though some of that information – namely drivers’ license numbers for Uber drivers – triggered Indiana law requiring them to notify affected Indiana residents, Uber failed to report the breach in a timely manner, waiting until November 2017 to report it.“Among our very top priorities is the protection of Hoosier consumers against companies that cause them harm through improper actions – or omissions, as the case may be,” Attorney General Hill said. “We make it our standard practice to pursue all penalties and remedies available under the law on behalf of our citizens, and we are pleased to have achieved a reasonable settlement in this case involving Uber.”As part of the nationwide settlement, Uber has agreed to pay $148 million to the states. Indiana will receive $1,495,450. Of Indiana’s share, $752,400 will be distributed to drivers affected by the breach. In addition, Uber has agreed to strengthen its corporate governance and data security practices to help prevent a similar occurrence in the future.Indiana will provide each Uber driver impacted in state with a $100 payment. Eligible drivers are those drivers whose driver’s license numbers were accessed during the 2016 breach. Some of those drivers may not still be driving for Uber today. A settlement administrator will be appointed to provide notice and payment to eligible drivers. Details of that process will be announced by this office after the effective date of the settlement.The settlement between Indiana and Uber requires the company to:Comply with Indiana data breach and consumer protection law regarding protecting Indiana residents’ personal information and notifying them in the event of a data breach concerning their personal information;Take precautions to protect any user data Uber stores on third-party platforms outside of Uber;Use strong password policies for its employees to gain access to the Uber network;Develop and implement a strong overall data security policy for all data that Uber collects about its users, including assessing potential risks to the security of the data and implementing any additional security measures beyond what Uber is doing to protect the data;Hire an outside qualified party to assess Uber’s data security efforts on a regular basis and draft a report with any recommended security improvements. Uber will implement any such security improvement recommendations; andDevelop and implement a corporate integrity program to ensure that Uber employees can bring any ethics concerns they have about any other Uber employees to the company, and that it will be heard.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Traiteur’s mini angle

first_imgTraiteur de Paris is extending its cupcake range with mini versions.They include chocolate/hazelnut topped with hazelnut chips; lemon/green tea topped with lemon zest; strawberry/pistachio topped with pistachio chips; and blueberry/violet topped with cornflower petals. Supplied in a high-rimmed tray of 48 units, they need to thaw for two hours before serving.last_img