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    NEW YORK (WABC) -- There are encouraging signs in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as the daily average number of cases this week is down six percent.However, experts caution that it's too soon to drop our guard.Despite that warning, several states are easing restrictions.Masks are coming off in Arizona.Earlier this week, Texas and Mississippi lifted mask mandates and business restrictions.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief bill OK in sightSenate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the...
    WASHINGTONReuters) – The US trade deficit rose in January as goods imports jumped to a record high, driven by a strong rebound in consumer spending, offsetting a sustained recovery in exports. The Commerce Department reported Friday that the trade gap grew 1.9% to $ 68.2 billion in January. Economists consulted by . had expected about $ 67.5 billion. The import of goods grew 1.6% to $ 221.1 billion, the highest figure on record. Consumer spending showed its biggest increase in seven months in January, supported by government aid checks for the pandemic to low-income families. (Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)
    Costco will raise its minimum wage to $16 an hour, the company's CEO said. CEO Craig Jelinek announced the decision in a meeting with lawmakers Thursday at a Senate Budget Committee hearing. "Two years ago, we moved our starting hourly wage to $15 everywhere in the U.S. Effective next week, the starting wage will go to $16,” Jelinek said Thursday. BERNIE SANDERS CLOSES IN ON $15 MINIMUM WAGE DEAL Walmart also announced major changes to employee wage increases on Feb. 18, saying the company would raise wages for about 425,000 employees to an increase between $13 and $19 an hour. Congress is debating whether to raise the federal minimum wage limit to $15 an hour. The measure could be included in President Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief bill, pending the Senate parliamentarian's decision on the matter. Biden supports a federal measure to increase the minimum wage, though a recent statement...
    An employee organizes Apple Inc. AirPods for sale at a Costco Wholesale Corp. store in San Francisco, California.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Costco is raising its hourly minimum wage to $16, putting its starting wage above many of its rivals such as Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy. "Two years ago, we moved our starting hourly wage to $15 everywhere in the U.S. Effective next week, the starting wage will go to $16," said Costco CEO Walter Craig Jelinek during a Senate budget committee hearing on Wednesday. The retailer has more than 180,000 employees in the U.S. and 275,000 employees worldwide. This move comes as Congress debates the $15 an hour federal minimum wage increase as part of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill. Beginning in March of last year, the chain instituted a $2 an hour premium to its employees to help cushion the...
    Private equity firms are known for buying struggling companies and slashing costs — often via layoffs — as a way of turning them around. But such strategies might have deadly consequences when applied to nursing homes. A recent economic analysis found that patients in nursing homes owned by buyout firms — which raise money from outside investors to make acquisitions across a range of industries, including health care — have a 1.7 percentage point higher chance of dying during their stays and for 90 days after leaving the homes. While that might not seem like a huge increase, it amounts to more than 20,000 additional deaths over the 12-year period of the study. Another way to think of the higher death rate the researchers found in nursing homes owned by private equity firms is to compare it to that of COVID-19, which has a similar death rate of about 1.8%...
    But analysts expect the effect on retail stations to be seen in the next two or three weeks, as importers of the fuel, such as state-owned Pemex, have to refill their inventories. “Right now the market faces different scenarios about how soon the refineries can return to their normal operating levels (…). The expectation was that by this Friday the weather situation improves and the refinery operations will start again over the weekend, but until the weekend the refinery operators will be able to observe the damage and see if they return to their activities ”, he says Daniel Rodríguez, senior editor of OPIS. In recent months, refineries in the Gulf of the United States had already reduced their production capacity due to the drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and increased their fuel inventories. The latter, analysts estimate, could lessen the impact to meet demand....
    The five teacher unions with national representation will demand next Thursday a salary increase that exceeds 29 percent to equalize the inflationary process, within the framework of the call for the Federal Educational Paritaria 2021 launched by the minister of the area, Nicolás Trotta. The CTERA, the Argentine Union of Private Teachers (SADOP, private teachers), the Argentine Confederation of Education (CEA), the Union of Argentine Teachers (UDA) and the Association of Teaching Teaching participate in the national parity of the teaching sector. Technique (AMET). Teacher salaries As an initial approach to the debates, since the official round of joint discussion will start next Thursday, the leaders of the five unions have held several meetings with Minister Trotta in recent days. The head of the educational portfolio assured in dialogue with . that one of the Executive’s intentions when starting the round of negotiations is repeat the experience of last year’s...
    As our colleagues from France-Inter indicate, 103 schools and nearly 1,600 classes are currently closed in our neighbors. This Friday, the Ministry of National Education announced that classes were closed in particular in academies of Lille, Versailles, Reims, Nancy-Metz, Strasbourg, Orléans-Tours, Toulouse, Montpellier, Aix-Marseille and Nice. The number of class closures is rising sharply (71%). This increase is partly explained by the modification of the health protocol to fight against the variants of the coronavirus.“The closure of the class is decided if a child or a teacher is infected with a variant of Covid-19 (British, South African or Brazilian). This closure is also decided if the child is’ contact case ‘of’ a parent or sibling infected with a South African or Brazilian variant “, indicates the Directorate General of Health. Among the 103 closed establishments, the ministry lists 70 schools, 26 colleges and eight high schools. Lille...
    Multiple people injured, 1 in custody in shooting at Minnesota clinic, police say Biden administration asks Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign — but not Durham Influencer Tina Craig Has An Important Message About Racist Attacks On Asian Americans © Tina Craig / Instagram U Beauty founder and influencer Tina Craig is speaking out and raising awareness of hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more. Influencer Tina Craig is speaking out in the wake of a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Between March 2020 and June 2020, there were 2,120 reported hate crimes against Asian Americans. Into the Badlands star Daniel Wu and Lost star Daniel Dae Kim have also raised awareness of the attacks. In the wake of a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans, U Beauty founder and influencer Tina Craig is speaking out and encouraging her Instagram...
    The group, which sells Transformers figures or Play-Do plasticine, saw sales rise 4% to $ 1.72 billion in the fourth quarter. Its profit rose 10% to $ 105.2 million. Adjusted for a stock that is the main sign of Wall Street, excluding exceptional items, it reached 27 1.27, which is higher than the 14 1.14 that analysts expect. “We have been able to utilize the capabilities of our global distribution chain and build the location of our service providers to continue to manufacture and distribute our products.”, Soligne Brian Goldner, PDG D Hasbro. 43% increase in online sales The group was able to offset the closure of several stores through its online sales, which rose 43% year-over-year and crossed $ 1 billion for the first time. During the period from October to December, during the holidays, Hasbro was able to trust the strengths and sales of popular brands such as...
    A student follows along from home as her teacher shows a math problem during online learning in Orange, CA on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images The pandemic has forced some students to work to help their families financially. Many have also been out of in-person school and instead are learning remotely online.   The lack of in-person learning added to the stress of having to work to support your family could mean more students drop out. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The challenges of remote classes, and the pressure to work and financially help their families, are pushing some students to drop out of school.   Since the pandemic began, more than 74 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits, and in some families, children have taken on the burden of supporting their relatives. Students as young as 14 years old...
    President Joe Biden said the proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $ 15 is unlikely to be included in the next coronavirus aid package, putting one of his campaign promises on hold. Miamimundo / telemundo51 Biden said his administration would push a separate bill to raise the minimum wage, as Democrats in Congress push to pass a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus without Republican support. “I included the proposal, but I don’t think it will survive,” Biden said in an interview with CBS that will be broadcast in its entirety on Sunday. “I guess it won’t be in [el proyecto de ley de estímulo]”. While Biden said the proposed federal minimum wage increase will likely not be included in the economic stimulus package for the COVID-19 pandemic, he vowed to prioritize its passage in a separate bill. “I am prepared as president of the United States to come up...
    External View of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue on August 19, 2020 in New York City.VIEW press | Corbis News | Getty Images Tesla has been called "the Apple of the automotive industry" for the amount of technology in its vehicles. But as Apple is in talks to partner with South Korean automaker Hyundai-Kia for an electric vehicle, what does that mean for Tesla and other automakers? Simply put, it's complicated. Apple is known for its secrecy and there's little information regarding what its business model would be for a so-called Apple Car. But overall, the tech giant entering new segments — phones, watches, music, streaming, etc. — has meant significant pressure for legacy companies to match its consumer interface and products. A car would likely be no different. "There's no question that Apple getting into the auto industry at all is going to put pressure on the rest...
    Hershey’s is delivering on growth. February 5, 2021 4 min read This story originally appeared on MarketBeat Hershey’s (NYSE: HSY) became an attractive investment last year when the COVID-driven sell-off resulted in ultra-low prices for this consumer staple. The company was not only well-positioned to weather the storm internal efforts to reposition the portfolio for longer-term sustainable growth were beginning to pay off. Over the past year, the company has finalized three major divestitures that have it in leaner shape, with a healthier balance sheet, and accelerating business. Hershey’s, A Triple-Dip Of Good News Hershey’s reported a very solid quarter despite headwinds related to divestitures and FX. Divestitures and FX resulted in a 0.2% and 0.4% headwind to the topline results with the takeaway being these headwinds are largely behind the company. That said, the $ 2.19 in reported consolidated revenue is 5.8% higher than...
    US coronavirus: Variant on track to become dominant in Florida and California hot spots, testing company says Poll: Americans split on whether Senate should convict Trump at impeachment trial The U.S. likely added jobs in January, but here’s why an increase could be misleading © Getty Images ECONOMIC REPORT Load Error The U.S. economy might have added jobs in January after a decline in employment at the end of 2020, but don’t be fooled. The labor market is still struggling to recover from the winter coronavirus onslaught. Here’s what to watch in Friday morning’s employment report for January. Increase in hiring The U.S. likely added 55,000 new jobs in January and the unemployment rate was probably flat at 6.7%, according to the forecast of economists polled by Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. Any increase would be welcome after the economy shed 140,000 jobs in December. It...
    Bitcoin’s price correction in the ongoing rally has been rather short-lived and the asset is back at the $ 32,400 level based on data from CoinMarketCap. Although traders suffered losses on the decline and institutions continued to buy, the decline was gratifying for altcoins as it changed the direction of investment flow. Against 100% of HODLing Bitcoin wallets being profitable, there are currently 88% of HODLers in profit. Bitcoin’s dominance is 63.9%, suggesting that the active offer hitting exchanges may indicate a sell-off and bearish sentiment among users, buying altcoins with double-digit gains. ROI on altcoins || Source: Coinmetrics There has been a significant increase in ROI over the past week for the top altcoins on the chart. For XLM and AAVE there is an increase from 20% to 120%. Due to the correlation with Bitcoin, it is safe to conclude that it is likely that the price rally...
    2020 was an atypical year, with recession and strong fiscal expansions around the world as a consequence and response to the COVID health crisis. However, while other countries in the world can resort to monetary issuance without inflationary risks or the credit market to place bonds at very low rates, Argentina does not meet either of the two requirements. It does not have abundant financing and payable rates (country risk at 1,400 basis points) and when issuing it runs inflationary risks like few other countries in the world, because for decades it has not had a currency that is considered a reserve of value by private agents. In this context, the issuance to finance the Treasury reached 8 points of GDP, that is to say that approximately 90% of the money that the Treasury lacked during 2020 was drawn from the BCRA. The economic crisis derived from the pandemic and...
    New York : The additional salary payment could be in effect for at least 120 days. Photo: Mario Tama / . Long Beach, California grocery store workers will be able to receive Additional $ 4 per hour by concept of risk pay due to the pandemic of coronavirus. The city council unanimously approved the salary increase on Tuesday, but the final vote is scheduled for February 2. Mayor Robert Garcia wrote in a tweet that the extra money “is a testament to the hard work that supermarket workers have put into being heroes during the pandemic.” Taking a moment in-between watching inaugural events to sign a $ 4 an hour pay increase for grocery and supermarket workers. You have earned this hero pay. Thank you for your hard work. pic.twitter.com/sZhbsukYME – Robert Garcia (@RobertGarcia) January 20, 2021 The salary increase will apply to...
    hello.com Joe Biden arrives at the White House, in a ceremony without an audience and without Donald Trump Democrat Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States once he is sworn in in a inauguration ceremony very different from other years. Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19, the inauguration will be carried out without the public to prevent the spread of the virus and in the midst of extreme security measures. After the assault on the Capitol, in which five people died on January 6, some 21,000 members of the National Guard watch over security in Washington and several streets around the Capitol have been closed. -The goodbye of Melania Trump, the first lady who ‘spoke’ with gestures SEE GALLERY Donald Trump, outgoing president, has already left the White House and neither he nor his wife, Melania, will be present at Joe Biden’s inauguration -It is...
    New York : Fast food employees demand a national minimum wage of at least $ 15 an hour. Photo: David McNew / . About 1,000 workers from 15 cities in Fast-food restaurants in United States They went on strike Friday due to the lows wages they receive. The protests were organized before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and in the hope of convincing the new government to Joe biden to prioritize increasing federal minimum wage. The demonstrations were held in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Sacrament, Tampa, Houston and The Angels. They were organized by Fight for $ 15, a union that has lobbied to increase the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 per hour to $ 15 and grant collective bargaining rights to fast food employees, most of whom are african american, in addition to seeking the right to unionize...
    It is the third type of variation of COVID-19, after those of the United Kingdom and South Africa. The state of Amazonas suffers a crisis of oxygen reserves. Brazil is in a worrying spiral against COVID-19. It was known that there is a variant of the disease, different from that of the United Kingdom and South Africa. All this in the Latin American country with the highest number of deaths from the virus. In addition, cities such as Manaus have a collapse in oxygen reserves for patients. Where did they find the COVID-19 variant? According to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the largest medical research center in Latin America, the new variant was found in the state of Amazonas. According to the institution, four Japanese travelers visited the Amazon region. From there the mutation occurred. « It is a recent phenomenon, probably occurring between December 2020 and January 2021, » says Fiocruz....
    Uber and Lyft have touted their ride-hailing companies as 'car-cutters' by reducing the number of vehicle ownership in US metro areas, but a new study finds the claims are far from the truth. A team from Carnegie Mellon University uncovered, on average, a 0.7 percent increase in personal vehicles after the two firms unleashed drivers into a new market starting in 2010 through 2017.  Larger increases of vehicle registrations were observed in cities that were car-dependent, had slower rates of population growth, included households with more children or were deemed lower income.  Although the uptick is small, researchers told Wired that the new study is an improvement on previous work that analyzed just the state-level and found Uber and Lyft reduce car ownership rates.   Scroll down for video  Uber and Lyft have touted their ride-hailing companies as 'car-cutters' by reducing the number of vehicle ownership in US metro areas,...
    They have divided fashionistas and feminists for generations, but scientists now claim to have proof that high heels are sexy. Researchers recruited 52 female university students aged 18 to 24 and shot videos of them walking in flat shoes and in their own high heels, varying in height from 8cm to 10cm. Editing software was used to erase their feet so that only the women’s body movements could be assessed – and all had been instructed to wear similar dark, tight-fitting T-shirts, with jeans or leggings and have their hair tied back to ensure uniformity. Scientists have decided heels really are sexy after research involving more than 150 men and women and computer software The videos were then shown to more than 100 male and female volunteers who were asked to rate the women on a scale of attractiveness from one to ten. The results were overwhelmingly in favour...
    The giant monkey frog secretes a waxy mucus that has psychedelic properties when humans consume it. Dustin Shum/South China Morning Post via Getty Images Silicon Valley tech executives have been experimenting with kambo, a type of frog mucus indigenous Amazonian people have used for centuries to detox themselves mentally and physically. When a person takes kambo and essentially poisons themselves, their face will swell up and they'll either vomit or have diarrhea. Afterwards, users have reported increased strength, mental clarity, and calmness. Trained practitioners give kambo, but it does come with risks. If a person drinks too much water and lowers their blood salt levels, it could lead to death. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley elites are employing an ancient Amazonian frog-mucus ritual to rid themselves of stress. The practice, called kambo, involves burning the skin with a smoldering vine or wooden stick and...
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Minimum wage just went up to $12 an hour in New Jersey. And as CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported Friday, it will keep increasing over the next three years. Some of the Garden State’s lowest-paid workers got a raise to begin the new year. It’s part of a deal signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2019 to increase the minimum wage each year. It will increase to $13 an hour in 2022, $14 in 2023, and $15 in 2024. MORE: New York, New Jersey Raising Minimum Wage In New Year The pay raise comes as welcome news for many low-wage workers, but critics say the economic downturn created by the coronavirus pandemic should have led state officials to hit the pause button on minimum wage increases, for now. The governor disagrees. “We need more federal help to help us help our small businesses, and we need to...
    (CNN)It's been a deadly year, and that's not just due to Covid-19.Despite less activity outside with the closing of businesses and schools, 2020 saw a dramatic increase in homicides. Between January and October, there was a 29% increase in homicides compared to the same timeframe in 2019, according to a November report from the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice. As of December 27, some of America's largest cities saw dramatic increases as well, including Chicago (55%), New York (41%) and Los Angeles (30%). The increase was due to a number of factors, criminology experts told CNN. The pandemic closed schools and businesses, leading to unemployment. This meant children and unemployed adults were stuck at home, which led to skyrocketing stress and anxiety levels, especially in lower-income homes. The virus also changed the way police officers do their jobs -- because of illness and social distancing -- which...
    With the new year, comes a slew of new laws, including one that'll boost the minimum wage in California.On Jan. 1, the state's minimum wage will go up to $14 an hour, as part of the step-by-step plan to get to $15. The change will apply to businesses that have 26 or more employees.Businesses with 25 or fewer employees must increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour.However, the minimum wage may already be higher where you live based on other local laws.Workers earning minimum wage in 22 other states are also among those expecting a raise in 2021.EMBED More News Videos There are 23 states raising the minimum wage in 2021 across the country. Here's a list of states where the minimum wage will increase.
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Tens of thousands of workers in New Jersey will get a boost in pay in 2021. The state’s minimum wage will increase by a dollar in the new year. Just a few months into his first job, 17-year-old high school student Vincent Goldschmidt learned he would be getting a raise as a cook at a fast-casual restaurant, going from $11 to $12 an hour on Jan. 1. “I’m excited for it. You think a dollar doesn’t make that big of a difference, but over time, a couple of paychecks, you’ll see the amount go up and it just gives you a little more confidence,” he said. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill last year to raise the Garden State’s minimum wage a dollar each year until it reaches $15 in 2024. Murphy said he had no hesitation moving forward with the increase, despite the state of...
    As Minnesota raises its minimum hourly wage to make up for inflation, according to a Monday announcement by the state’s Department of Labor, 200,000 of the state’s lowest-paid workers will see their wages increase by 1%. As per the state’s updated minimum wage policies set to be in effect from Jan.1, 2021, onwards, large employers will have to pay a minimum of $10.08 per hour to each worker, an 8 cents an hour increase from previous amounts, while smaller employers, with annual gross revenue below $500,000, will have to pay each worker $8.21 an hour, a 6 cents increase, Star Tribune reported. (RELATED: Perdue Backs Trump $2,000 Direct Payment Proposal: ‘The Right Thing To Do For People In Georgia’) Minnesota’s minimum wage will increase to adjust to inflation on Jan. 1, 2021, the state Department of Labor and Industry announced Monday.​ https://t.co/1vrrBcT1kP — FOX 9 (@FOX9) December 29, 2020 The new pay floors...
    Seattle police in contempt for use of less-lethal weapons on BLM protesters, judge says Hunter Bidens taxes under investigation by US attorneys office in Delaware The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine could hurt the dairy and cheese industries due to an increase in dry ice demand © Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images Vail Health Hospital pharmacy pharmacist Jessica Peterson, left, places two boxes of mock Covid-19 vaccines into the hospital's ultra-cold freezer at the hospital on December 8, 2020 in Vail, Colorado. The mock vaccines are packaged in the thermal shipping containers that uses dry ice to maintain a temperature of between -60 to -86 degrees Celsius to keep the vaccines cold. Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images The Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines must both be kept in extremely cold conditions, necessitating the use of dry ice to deliver and...
    Namibia is putting 170 live elephants up for sale as an alternative to hunting, due to over-population and human-animal conflict.  The ministry says the elephants are being sold 'due to drought and increase in elephant numbers coupled with human-elephant conflict incidences.' According to the state-owned newspaper New Era, there has been a rapid rise in the population of elephants, and as a result there is an increase in human-animal conflict.   There has been a massive increase in Namibia's elephant population to 28,000 elephants The elephant population had decreased to 5,000 animals at in 1990, but gradually increased thanks to a conservation programme and Namibia is now home to 28,000 elephants.  Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta said that the government decided to support the policy of selling live animals after being criticised for shooting elephants to control overpopulation. The governement has decided to put up 170 elephants up for sale, as an alternative...
    A new report from one of the nation’s largest school districts has found a startling increase in the number of students who are receiving failing grades since classes switched to remote learning. Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, which has been operating mostly online since the beginning of the pandemic, published a study Tuesday which found the percentage of middle and high school students earning F grades in two or more classes has jumped an incredible 83 percent. By the end of the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year, nearly 10,000 students in the school system were found to have scored an F in two or more classes, an increase of 4,300 by the same time last year. Failing grades for English language learners are up 106 percent, while students in special education are struggling the most, with failing grades in two or most class up from 9 percent...
    Canadians celebrated their Thanksgiving last month, and if the day can teach anything to Americans, it's that gathering for the holidays can lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Canada saw an increase of positive coronavirus tests two weeks after its holiday — the typical incubation period for COVID-19 — and experts say this trend may be foreboding for the U.S. On October 12, the day Canada celebrated Thanksgiving, the country had recorded about 185,300 total cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of total cases, which was already increasing, continued to climb; 4,000 new daily cases were recorded exactly two weeks later on October 26. On this day, the total number of cases that Canada recorded was about 222,900, per Johns Hopkins. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Dr. Laura Rosella, associate professor and epidemiologist at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the...
    There were a lot of surprises in the 2020 election, but perhaps one the most unexpected developments is that Steve Kornacki achieved a bit of fashion icon status. The 41-year-old NBC and MSNBC National Political Correspondent was on many Americans' screens as results came in, updating viewers with his trusty red and blue electoral map. But while stress may have been running high throughout his election coverage, viewers appear to have seen at least one thing on screen that they really liked: Kornacki's Gap khakis, which have seen a significant sales spike. What a look! Steve Kornacki, the 41-year-old NBC and MSNBC National Political Correspondent, has become an unlikely fashion icon thanks to his Gap khakis Driving sales: A Gap spokesperson said the khakis saw a 'dramatic increase in online traffic' and within one day, 'we saw around 90 per cent unit sale increase online' The journalist's dark khakis clearly...
    Getty The logo of the US Social Security Administration. The government’s annual calculations have shown a rise in the cost-of-living, which Social Security Administration officials have said will mean more money in social security benefits in 2021. However, one of the biggest proposed changes could come if President-elect Joe Biden’s stimulus plan goes through, which proposes to add an extra $200 to millions of social security payments.The Government Plans a Cost-of-Living Increase for 2021 #SocialSecurity announces 1.3 percent benefit increase for 2021. Stay tuned for more information. — SocialSecurity_Press (@SSAPress) October 13, 2020 According to the Social Security Administration, the average monthly social security check for retired workers was $1,514. The administration says that the number of recipients who will likely be on social security in 2035 will increase by 22 million people. In a news release from the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration,...
    Sanger middle and high schools will be closed for the next two weeks after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases there. District officials reported Monday that positive COVID-19 cases were still prevalent among the student population at various schools. During the closure, students will access the learning platform from home, without losing instructional time, and will return to in-person learning on November 30. All UIL competitions will continue as scheduled. Sanger ISD Middle and High School are the only two campuses affected by the closure. All other campuses will remain open. Doctors point to an increase in the number of positive cases for COVID-19. Rodolfo Maya spoke with representatives of a Metroplex hospital and they told us the following. Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Chisolm Trail High School in the Eagle Mountain Saginaw Independent School District will close for the rest of the week after...
    The social media app Parler is the top free download on both Apple and Google's app stores. The site, which brands itself as an alternative to Facebook Twitter, is popular with right-wing extremists and Trump supporters because it bills itself as a 'free speech' zone without the levels of content moderation found on larger networks. Parler saw a huge surge in downloads last week after the election of Joe Biden as US president. The increase led to technical issues over the weekend, with developers warning users may experience slowness or other issues. Scroll down for video Parler CEO John Matze claims the Twitter rival popular with conservatives was downloaded two million times after Joe Biden won the presidential election. The fourfold increase in traffic has caused some technical glitches, Matze admitted It's not clear exactly how many users Parler has currently, but on Sunday CEO John Matze bragged the...
    Photo by Dave Decker Florida’s Amendment 2—aka the $15 Minimum Wage Initiative—has passed with more than 60% voter approval, in a major victory for Florida’s low-wage workers.  The Associated Press called it with over 90% of votes in and 61.3% voting in favor of the amendment.  With its passage, Florida’s Amendment 2 will gradually raise Florida’s current minimum wage of $8.56 to $15 by 2026, beginning with an initial increase to $10 on September 30, 2021. The minimum wage will then increase in $1 increments each year until it reaches $15 by 2026. Florida’s Fight for $15 and Union leaders—who have been central to this victory— consider the passage of Amendment 2 not only a win for labor, but also for social and racial justice. In Tampa Bay, Black workers on average earn 20% less than white workers, regardless of education level, and are two times more likely to live...
    Voters in Florida, a key electoral prize in Tuesday's presidential election, are also weighing in on a proposal to raise the state's hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2026. If approved, Florida would become the eighth state in the U.S. to set its baseline pay at $15 an hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn't budged since 2009, the longest period of time without an increase since it was passed in 1938 as part of the landmark Fair Labor Standards Act. Amendment 2 in Florida, as the ballot measure is known, would boost the state's current minimum of $8.56 an hour to $10 in September of 2021, then increase it by a dollar per year through 2026. Starting in 2027, yearly increases would be based on consumer prices. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox One worker, 61-year-old Joseph Gourgue,...
    (CNN)The US is adding an average of more than 74,000 new Covid-19 cases to the national total every day -- a record high in a pandemic that experts say is likely to worsen.The seven-day average is part of a fall surge that has brought the national case count to more than 8.8 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Four of the five highest number of cases in a single day were recorded in the last seven days, with the top two reported on Friday and Saturday. And 41 states are reporting at least 10% more cases compared to the week before.US may not be back to normal until 2022, Fauci says When it comes to the climbing metric, the US is "not in a good place," director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a virtual Q&A on Wednesday. Health experts...
    Corona virus cases have erupted in Sweden as authorities try to capture the twin wars – which contain the virus and control the stories. The secessionist Nordic nation earlier this year split experts over its refusal to lock up its citizens when the virus spread across the country. But a devastating second wave has forced a dramatic reconsideration because epidemics could affect any gain that can now be made by taking a poorly relaxed approach to epidemics. Regions are effectively locked to control doubling COVID-19 Cases in three weeks. David Steedson, a former Australian public health researcher now living in Sweden, told News.com. The area where he lives is experiencing a disturbing rate of new infections. “Sweden has now doubled the number of cases in three weeks, hitting more than 1,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since June,” he said. “Hospital admissions and ICU numbers...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Metropolitan Airport Commission is expected to approve Monday a minimum wage increase of $15 an hour for workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Currently, the minimum wage at the Twin Cities airport is $11 an hour. For years, workers have pushed alongside union leadership to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. According to the plan that’s expected to be approved, the wage increase will be phased in over the next year and a half. Glen Brown, who is Black and works at the airport, said Monday that the increase would not only be an economic boost to workers, but also a step toward addressing racial disparities in Minnesota. Under the first phase of the plan, workers will see a pay increase starting in January, when pay will be bumped to $13 an hour. Six months later, pay will be increased to $14...
    According to The Business Research Company’s research report on the dialysis devices and equipment market, the rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension is expected to be a major driver of the dialysis equipment market. These chronic illnesses frequently precede the onset of the chronic kidney failure. According to the United Nations, the proportion of total global deaths due to chronic diseases is expected to increase to 70% and the global burden of chronic diseases is expected to reach about 60% by 2030. Extended working hours, limited physical activity, and unhealthy food habits are the major causes of chronic diseases such as diabetes. This will increase the demand for medical devices used in diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney diseases, driving the dialysis devices market. London, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (Dialysis Devices And Equipment Companies Included: Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, Baxter International,...
    Computer manufacturers shipped 79 million personal computers in the third quarter of 2020, an uptick of 13 percent year-over-year with Lenovo leading the pack, technology analyst firm Canalys reported. Looking at worldwide desktop, laptop, and workstation shipments, Canalys found Acer shipped 5.6 million units last quarter for a 15 percent increase from the year-ago quarter. That was the largest percentage increase from 2019. But Lenovo shipped the most units in the third quarter, at 19.3 million, an 11 percent increase from last year, followed by HP with 18.6 million, a 12 percent year-over-year uptick. Dell shipped 11.9 million units in Q3 which was actually a decrease of 0.5 percent from the year prior, while Apple shipped 6.3 million units for an increase of 13.2 percent. Earlier this year, laptops were especially hard to find, with a huge, sudden increase in demand from people working and learning from home during...
    An immigration court located at the Aurora ICE facility is shutting down hearings for ten days following a large outbreak of COVID-19 among detainees. "Nobody knows what's going on. People are scared. People are anxious. Nobody is getting their court dates," says a detainee who recently tested positive for COVID while staying at the facility, and asked that his name not be used for fear of retaliation. Westword spoke with multiple immigration attorneys who say they were recently told by the court's clerk that hearings would be canceled for ten days.Related Stories COVID Outbreak in Aurora ICE Facility, Nineteen New Positives Detainee Transfers Lead to COVID-19 Increase at Aurora ICE Facility House Subcommittee Report Takes Aim at Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility "When I asked whether it was regarding the COVID outbreak, [the clerk staffer] simply said, 'That’s all of the information we are being given by ICE,'" says immigration...
    During an October 9 press conference about COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that he will extend the statewide order to wear facial coverings in public places for another thirty days; it was set to expire on Monday, October 12. He contextualized the decision by noting that the state is currently experiencing the most problematic data related to the novel coronavirus since July and August. "We need to be better at wearing masks — not because I say to do it or because public-health officials say to do it," Polis allowed. "It's because you care about your health and your family and your neighbors and your job. That's why we're doing it." At the outset of his remarks, Polis revealed that 834 new cases of the virus were reported on the 9th, with the total being similar to counts in recent days. Many of these infections will inevitably translate into...
    A new study suggests humans are still evolving and 'at a faster rate than at any point in the past 250 years.' Scientists found an increase prevalence of an artery in the forearm, which typically disappears at birth, since the late 19th century. Called the median artery, as the structure begins to disappear, two other arteries form in its place – but there has been an increase of cases with all three. The prevalence began around the 1880s in 10 percent of the population, but by the 20th century, the cases increased to 30 percent. The team found this vessel is currently present in 35 percent of people and theorizes those born 80 years from now will carry a median artery. Scientists found an increase prevalence of an artery in the forearm, which typically disappears at birth, since the late 19th century. Called the median artery, as the structure...
    Lakes of meltwater that form at the edges of glaciers can increase the rate at which ice is lost ten-fold - just like an ice cube melts in a bowl of water, study finds.  Researchers from the University of Leeds found a land-terminating glacier took 1,000 years to shrink as much as a lake-terminating glacier did in 100 years. Climate change has led to a 'dramatic increase' in the size and number of these lakes which in turn has resulted in a rapid increase in the speed of ice loss.   Many mountain glaciers now terminate in such lakes, which are formed as meltwater becomes trapped behind ridges of glacier debris, the Leeds team explained. The effects of these lakes aren't considered in ice loss models and so the current 'worst case scenario' calculations may be wrong, with the team suggesting the rate of ice loss worldwide may be much greater...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Casino's in Maryland are seeing an increase in revenue for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut their doors for three months. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the casinos brought in more than $1.4 million during this past September than they did during the same month last year. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission said the state's six casinos made a combined $143,709,268 in September 2020 compared with $142,223,137 in 2019. That makes for a 1% increase. Casinos were closed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in the middle of March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The establishments were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity on June 19. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Delaware, Maryland, Associated Press
    The body of Vanessa Guillén is escorted in a horse-drawn carriage for her memorial on August 14, 2020, at Cesar E. Chavez High School in Houston, Texas. Guillén's murder and the subsequent suicide of the chief suspect, U.S. Army specialist Aaron Robinson, has put a spotlight on sexual harassment in the U.S. military. Researchers are seeing a connection between the current COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing rate of suicide across the U.S. While young adults and adolescents remain to be a population that is at more risk of depression and suicide, veterans and those in the service also remain more susceptible. According to the Associated Press, military suicides overall have seen an increase of 20% this year when compared to the same period in 2019. Army and Air Force officials believe that in addition to coping with national disasters, war-zone deployments, and civil unrest, members are struggling with coronavirus-related stress....
    Some Microsoft services, including Outlook, Office 365, and Microsoft Teams, are currently experiencing an outage, according to Microsoft’s Office status page. “Users may be unable to access multiple Microsoft 365 services,” a notice on the page reads. The company first acknowledged issues at 5:44PM ET via the Microsoft 365 Status Twitter account, and said it had rolled back a change thought to be the cause of the issue at 6:36PM ET. But just 13 minutes later, the company tweeted again to say that it was “not observing an increase in successful connections after rolling back a recent change.” We’re not observing an increase in successful connections after rolling back a recent change. We’re working to evaluate additional mitigation solutions while we investigate the root cause. Please visit https://t.co/AEUj8uAGXl for additional information on this issue. — Microsoft 365 Status (@MSFT365Status) September 28, 2020 Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory service is experiencing...
    In addition to the challenges that the pandemic has caused, it has generated an increase in cases of alcoholism among women at the local level, say aid organizations for this type of problem. The first step, they say, is for the person to recognize the problem by the way of drinking that leads to a lack of control in their life and ends in alcoholism or drug addiction. In North Texas there are 66 Alcoholics Anonymous groups working and 34 Fourth and Fifth Step groups where a moral inventory is made and motivated to release what each person with problems has inside. If you want help, contact the following organizations: Alcoholics Anonymous at 214-414-8655 Fourth and Fifth Step at 214-881-5475 or 972-481-0209 NEXUS Recovery Center at 214-321-0156
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Monday night. Nirenberg reported 50,016 total COVID-19 cases and 1,016 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Monday, an increase of 101 new cases. The 7-day moving average of cases is 128. No new deaths were reported today. City officials also reported that 248 patients are hospitalized, 105 are in the intensive care unit and 51 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 68% of ventilators available. Nirenberg said the positivity rate is now at 6%, and the area is now on the “high end of the safe risk level."COVID Risk Level (Week of Sept. 14, 2020) (COSA/Bexar...
    A recent op-ed in The Atlantic from Shadi Hamid argued that the current spate of rioting across America is likely to worsen in the event that Trump wins the November election, boldly claiming that “law-and-order Republicans” have a vested interest in seeing Joe Biden win. According to Hamid, Democrats may not be able to concede this coming election if Trump wins, forever undermining their faith in democracy and the American electoral system. Numerous factors would contribute to that belief, such as Russian interference, winning the popular vote while losing the Electoral College, and other things. In the event of this loss of faith, Hamid feared that unrest in the streets might increase. “I find myself truly worried about only one scenario: that Trump will win reelection and Democrats and others on the left will be unwilling, even unable, to accept the result,” he writes. “A loss by Joe Biden under...
    Sweden's 'herd immunity' strategy of not locking down the country has been justified, experts say, after it emerged only 1.3 per cent of people tested for coronavirus actually have the disease. The tiny proportion, from more than 120,000 tests carried out over the past week, represents a huge drop from the peak of the pandemic when it stood at 19 per cent. The nation has recorded 5,838 deaths due to Covid-19 - the fifth-highest rate per capita in Europe - but new infection numbers have been plummeting since June. On Wednesday, Sweden logged fewer deaths per million people - 0.06 - than in the UK, where the figure was 0.17 ahead of Boris Johnson's reversal of lockdown easing. A graph shows how the number of new coronavirus deaths per million people has changed in Sweden and the UK Epidemiologist Johan Carlson, who is also director of the Swedish public...
    The mayor of Cincinnatti has urged Ohio's governor to keep bars in the city open later, arguing the 10pm alcohol curfew has led to an increase in shootings.  In a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine, Mayor John Cranley wrote: 'We have no doubt that the 10 p.m. closures were imposed to save lives, but as we gather more evidence, we believe we should adjust accordingly. We know that the current shutdown rule is leading to more shootings; therefore, we should try something different.' At least 18 people were shot, including four killed, as gunfire erupted in several places around Cincinnati over the weekend of August 16.  Gov. DeWine said his office are looking into whether Cincinnati may be exempt from the curfew.  Police chief Eliot Isaac also wrote to DeWine, asking that the curfew be lifted. He said: 'Many of these incidents have occurred at 'after-hours' gatherings such as short-term Airbnb rentals or publish areas...
    Natural selection among humans is adding to the 'epidemic' of nearsightedness, with each successive generation in the UK gaining more than 100,000 extra cases. It is estimated that around half of the world's population — some 4.9 billion people — will suffer from the distant visual impairment by the middle of the century. Much of the problem is environmental — with increased screen time and not enough spent outdoors using our long-distance vision often blamed. However, US experts have found that many of the genetic variants that increase the risk of nearsightedness, or myopia, are also associated with reproductive benefits. Thus, those with these genes are likely to have more children, and from a younger age, increasing the relative prevalence of myopia-causing genes in the population. Natural selection among humans is causing an 'epidemic' of nearsightedness, with each successive generation in the UK gaining more than 100,000...
    Buenos Aires, Aug 12 (EFE) .- Five months after the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, Argentina faces an increase in poverty and a “critical” social situation that remains “stable” due to the strong presence of the State, According to the Argentine Minister of Social Development, Daniel Arroyo, said in an interview with Efe. The coronavirus pandemic arrived in Argentina at the worst time for its economy and when the first 100 days of President Alberto Fernández’s administration were just completed, who has decided to prioritize health despite the economic recession that has dragged the country for more than two years and in full negotiation of the exchange of his bulky debt. In an interview with Efe, Arroyo highlighted the “great deployment of the State in terms of assistance”, but acknowledged that despite these efforts “poverty, unemployment and labor informality are increasing.” “The social situation is critical and stable. Before the...
    President Donald Trump thinks he is delivering the average American a winning hand right now—despite a cratering economy, mass unemployment, and no clear plan to fight the cause of all this calamity, the coronavirus. At a Monday afternoon press conference at the White House, Trump went so far as to say that “carpenters and policemen and farmers”—millions of ordinary Americans—are “the ones that benefit by having a good stock market, probably more than anybody else.” Probably more than anyone else? That’s absurd on its face (only 55 percent of Americans report owning stocks, a number that correlates with higher household income, among other things.) But it’s even more disconnected from reality when you collect the receipts: This pandemic period has been a bonanza for billionaires, for whom Trump’s brutalist coronavirus denial and inaction has reaped untold rewards, as our new video infographic above shows. This cadre of 643 Forbes-certified...
    By: Royce Jones SPRINGDALE (KDKA) – As if there haven’t been enough shortages of supplies during the pandemic, demand for beer is reportedly causing an industry-wide shortage of aluminum cans. At the Leaning Cask Brewing Company in Springdale, PA, the seating may be limited but canned beer is in abundant supply. The coolers are stacked from top to bottom with sours, IPA, and pale ale. While some small and big brewers cite shortages of aluminum beer cans, the supply is hopping there. Joshua Lipke, Owner, Leaning Cask Brewing Company told KDKA, “If it is actually a thing that’s out there right now, the only thing that I can attribute it to is the fact that we’ve had the industry package so much more beer-to -go because we can’t really rely on our in-house systems.” Lipke said people who are grabbing beer-to-go are indeed buying more cans...
    Sao Paulo, Jul 31 (EFECOM) .- The state oil company Petrobras, the largest company in Brazil, considered this Friday that the “worst” of the crisis caused by COVID-19 “is over” and anticipates an increase in internal demand for fuels and derivatives in the second half of the year. “The recovery in the demand for derivatives in the domestic market has been constant” and “we believe that the worst phase is over, so we must continue with a demand from stable to increasing” in the coming months, he said at a press conference the company’s director of refining and natural gas, Anelise Lara, in which she commented on the semi-annual results released the day before. That increase, said the executive, will occur especially in diesel and gasoline, since the search for aviation kerosene is still “small” due to the “significant” flight restriction that is in force in most countries. Despite the...
    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state would keep in place a planned jump in the state’s minimum wage to $14 an hour next year for larger businesses, saying it would help hard hit lower-income workers even as many companies struggle to survive amid the coronavirus crisis. The Democratic governor had the authority to suspend the scheduled increase given the state’s troubled economy. Since mid-March, California has processed nearly 6.8 million claims for unemployment as many businesses, especially restaurants and retailers, have been idled or forced to cut back operations while contending with government rules intended to limit the spread of the virus. For hourly workers, Newsom said the increase represents “the raise they deserve.” He said many of those workers “are on the front lines of the pandemic, providing child care, working in our hospitals and nursing facilities and...
    Madrid, Jul 26 (EFE) .- The President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has advanced this Sunday that the new plan against COVID developed by the Ministry of Health, to be presented this coming week, includes an increase in trackers. This was stated in statements to journalists by the funeral mass in memory of the victims of the coronaviurs, which has been organized by the San Martín de Valdeiglesias City Council. “This week we are going to present the plan of the Community of Madrid that we have been preparing for weeks, and one part is that of the trackers,” said the president. Ayuso has assured that more than 60,000 PCR, ELISA or serological tests are being carried out in the region and, although “the situation is relatively good”, he will not rely on mobility, which is “the problem” that Spain has. He has insisted that PCR must...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Best Buy will boost its starting hourly wage to $15 an hour, the company announced Tuesday. The pay increase will begin on Aug. 2. Hourly workers will also receive a 4% increase in pay, after which those who are not yet at $15 an hour will have their pay bumped to the $15 starting wage. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richfield-based company furloughed approximately 51,000 domestic hourly employees. Those hourly employees who were working during the pandemic received incremental hourly appreciation pay, which will end on Aug. 1. However, the company started bringing employees back on June 15, and since then, approximately half of the furloughed employees have returned to work. Compared to the second quarter of 2019, Best Buy has seen a 2.5% increase in sales. The company has also seen a 15% increase in in-store sales compared to the last year. “Strong...
    New York, Jul 20 (EFE) .- Wall Street opened in mixed terrain on Monday and its main indicator, the Dow Jones Industrials, fell 0.60% amid fear over the increase in cases of COVID-19 in USA, despite some positive news in the international race for the vaccine. Half an hour after the start of the session on the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones cut 160.58 points and stood at 26,511.37 units, weighed down by large companies such as Chevron (-2.31%), Walgreens (-2 , 09%), Exxon Mobil (-2.06%) and Raytheon (-1.72%). The selective S&P 500 slipped 0.19% or 6.14 points, to 3,218.59 integers; and the Nasdaq composite index, which brings together the main technology companies, rose 0.58% or 50.19 points, to 10,553.38 as a whole. The New York parquet was looking for the direction at the beginning of a day marked by recurrent fear of COVID-19, which this Sunday added...
    The fixed 30-year home mortgage interest rate has dropped below 3 per cent for the first time, reported Freddy Mac Thursday, adding that the historic drop has led to an increase in homebuyer demand during the coronavirus outbreak. A weekly report from the federal government's mortgage investor showed 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates dropped to 2.98 per cent for the first time since record keeping began in 1971. 'The drop has led to increased homebuyer demand and, these low rates have been capitalized into asset prices in support of the financial markets,' said the report.    Homebuilding is viewed as a critical component to an economic rebound after the coronavirus outbreak.  The chart above from a report released by Freddy Mac Thursday shows the fixed 30-year home mortgage interest rate has dropped below 3 per cent for the first time However, Freddy Mac also said that a 'countervailing force for the...
    New York City is a place where urban legend suggests there are five times as many rats as people—a number that would hit 40 million, given the city’s human population. Even with that possible volume, reported sightings of the much-maligned creatures have fallen by one-fifth during the coronavirus pandemic.  Fewer sightings is more a reflection of the city being shut down during the coronavirus pandemic than a drastic fall in rat population. In fact, when the city gets closer to normal activity, their numbers could jump. In the three months between March 22 — the start of New York’s statewide Pause order which closed down all nonessential business — and June 22, New York City’s 311 service recorded 4,003 rat sightings across the five boroughs, led by Brooklyn, which had the most reported.  The number is a 20.8% decline from the 5,056 reports that were made in the same period...
    ALMOST 200 NYPD officers retired this past week – marking a surge of 411 percent since this time last year. Cops are reportedly citing a loss of respect amid widespread George Floyd protests, as bosses try to stem the mass exodus and an uptick in shootings. There has been a shocking uptick in cops leaving the force amid the civil unrestCredit: AP:Associated Press NY protesters rally against the death of George Floyd by setting a cop car on fireCredit: Reuters Police clashes with Occupy City Hall protestors in NYC as a wave of retirements hits the departmentCredit: Getty Images - Getty Over the past seven days, the number of cops leaving more than quadrupled last year’s number. "The NYPD has seen a surge in the number of officers filing for retirement," an NYPD spokesperson told The Sun. "While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to...
    Coronavirus — What is the medicine remdesivir? 0:56 . – Inside a Houston hospital partly transformed into a specialized coronavirus unit, a doctor says he hopes to reach capacity in the next 14 days. “In the past three weeks, I have seen more admissions and sicker patients than in the previous 10 weeks,” says Dr. Joseph Varon, medical director of United Memorial Medical Center. “It has been an exponential increase in the severity of the disease and in the number of cases that we admit.” In other US hospitals, there are similar scenes. LOOK: High demand for funeral services in Los Angeles for coronavirus deaths At least 12 states are seeing an increase in daily hospitalizations, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. The trend is worrying: A sharp increase in patients can once again overwhelm hospitals, making critical resources, including...
    (CNN)Inside a Houston hospital partly transformed into a coronavirus specialty unit, one doctor says he expects to reach capacity in the next 14 days."In the last three weeks, I have seen more admissions and sicker patients than on the previous ten weeks," says Dr. Joseph Varon, the chief medical officer at United Memorial Medical Center. "It's been an exponential increase on the severity of illness and on the number of cases that we admit."In other hospitals across America, similar scenes.At least 12 states are seeing a rise in daily hospitalizations, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. The trend is worrying: a sharp increase in patients can once again overwhelm hospitals, putting critical resources including staffing, beds and ventilators in short supply.Read MoreSome hospitals are already so swamped they've transferred patients elsewhere, while others are taking steps to prepare for a coming surge.The...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Passenger traffic remains low amid the coronavirus pandemic and travel advisories as Denver International Airport enters into its busiest travel month. DIA is anticipating their highest passenger numbers in July since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. (credit: CBS) If you are traveling over the summer months, DIA wants to remind everyone to wear a mask, wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer and practice social distancing while waiting in lines.
    Coronavirus — Covid-19 Cases Continue to Rise in California 1:48 Hong Kong . – As the number of people who have died from the coronavirus exceeds 500,000 worldwide, China does not risk a second wave taking over the country, despite having contained its outbreak in recent months. In stark contrast to the easing of restrictions amid high infection rates in the United States and parts of Europe, nearly 400,000 people have been subjected to strict confinement in Anxin County, in central Hebei Province, near from Beijing, after only 18 new cases were registered. Authorities announced in a statement Sunday that “all villages, communities and buildings will be completely closed” in Anxin. Families can only send one person per household outside to buy supplies once a day, and all outside vehicles are prohibited. Anxin is located some 150 kilometers south of Beijing, where a small outbreak this month was...
    Finland, Sweden and Norway have noted unusual low levels of human radioactivity in recent days, a harmless increase for humans who, according to a Dutch institute, have their source in western Russia, while a French NGO has ruled out a track leading to Latvia. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, whose stations also measure increases in civilian radioactivity, published a map on Twitter showing the area of ​​probable source of the source, according to its measurements. The sector roughly covers the southern third of Sweden, the southern half of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, as well as a large area surrounding the northwestern border of Russia, including St. Petersburg. These isotopes (cesium 137, cesium 134 and ruthenium 103, in particular) “are very probably of civil origin. We are able to indicate the probable region of the source, but this is not part of the mandate of CTBTO (English acronym of the organization,...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Minimum wage in Illinois will be raised for the second time this year to $10 per hour beginning on July 1.Minimum wage was raised to $9.25 on January 1.The Illinois Department of Labor has urged minimum wage earners to make sure their checks reflect the increase following July 1.RELATED: Minimum wage to increase in more than 20 states in 2020Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation passed by the General Assembly providing a path to a $15 minimum wage by 2025.Before the January increase, the last time Illinois increased its minimum wage was a decade ago."While IDOL fully expects employers to abide by the new minimum wage, it is important for workers to inspect their checks to make sure they reflect the increase," said Michael Kleinik, director of the Illinois Department of Labor.Tipped employees may be paid a minimum of 60 percent of the hourly minimum wage, and...
    Jun 26 (.) – US stocks fell in early trading on Friday following the rise to a daily high of coronavirus cases in the country and the decline in the banking sector following the Federal Reserve’s decision to limit payments to shareholders. * At the opening, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 103.91 points, or 0.40%, to 25,641.69 units; the S&P 500 index fell 10.56 points, or 0.34%, to 3,073.20 units; and the Nasdaq Composite was down 21.88 points, or 0.22%, at 9,995.12 units. (Report from Devik Jain in Bengaluru; edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)
    The coronavirus has caused the death of 482 thousand 802 people in the world. (Free Press Photo: EFE) The spread of the coronavirus is accelerating alarmingly in the United States and Brazil, while the World Health Organization (WHO) alerted this Thursday of the increase in cases in Europe, coinciding with the progressive lack of control. “Last week Europe saw an increase in the number of weekly cases for the first time in months (…) In eleven countries, accelerated transmission has led to a very significant resurgence that, if left unchecked, will push the limit back to European health systems, ”said WHO Director for Europe Hans Kluge from Copenhagen. Kluge underscored the rapid reaction of countries such as Spain, Poland, Germany or Israel to the increase in new cases in “schools, coal mines or food production places” in recent weeks. On Tuesday, for example, Germany ordered the re-confinement of...
    Coronavirus — Surviving covid-19, a second chance 4:51 . – Despite warnings from public health officials, new research suggests that Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a rapid increase in coronavirus cases. A new study, released this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data from protests in more than 300 of the largest cities in the United States and found no evidence that coronavirus cases increased in the weeks after the start of the protests. In fact, the researchers found that social distancing behaviors actually increased after the protests, as people tried to avoid them entirely. But obviously, during the demonstrations there was a decrease in the social distancing between the people involved. “Our findings suggest that any direct decrease in social distancing among the subgroup of the population participating in the protests is more than offset by increased social...
    The Ibex 35 has started the session this Tuesday with a0.8% rise, which has led the selective to be located in the7,404 integers at 9.01 am, after the President of the United States, Donald Trump, has denied the rupture of thetrade agreement withChina and assured that it is “completely intact”. In this way, Trump followed the statements of the White House trade adviser, Peter Navarro, in which he affirmed that the trade agreement “ended” due to the role that China has played during the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which led tocollapse of political and economic channels with the United States. Thus, after falling 0.92% this Monday, the Madrid selective started the session slightlyabove the psychological level of 7,400 integers, with most of the values ​​on the rise, on the second business day of the ‘new normal’ after the end of the alarm state and in a context marked by...
    Breaking News — Miami / Washington, Jun 22 . .- Florida crossed the psychological barrier of the 100,000 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, amid a rebound in several US states, such as Arizona and Texas, as experts warn of the increase in infections among young people. With 2,926 cases in the past 24 hours, Florida surpassed 100,000 coronavirus-infected, amid growing concern that collides with the authorities’ firm stance against any measure that halts economic activity. This increase on Monday follows a week in which the disease count increased by more than 24,500 cases, when it is assumed that the danger had already subsided after the quarantine and Florida was on its way to the third phase of the reopening. However, as of today, Florida has accumulated 100,217 cases of COVID-19, 3,173 of them fatal, according to the Department of Health. The number of daily infections is the first below...
    Coronavirus — Thousands and thousands of infections, what happens in Florida? 2:26 . – The first wave of coronavirus in the United States is not over. Almost half of the states report an increase in new cases and some continue to break records in their reported cases daily. In the south, officials say more youth are testing positive. And across the country, experts continue to repeat warnings that highlight the need for social distancing and the use of face masks. And while some point out that the increase in numbers is the result of more testing, health officials say it is partly so, but that does not show the full picture. “In fact, more evidence does result in more cases. However … if widespread testing was the full reason for the increase in cases, the proportion of positive testing is expected to decrease or at least remain stable....
    Tesla has become the first electric car company to offer 400 miles of range on one battery charge. The company announced that its Model S sedan - at least the units labeled 'Long Range Plus' - have been given an unprecedented range of 402 miles by the EPA. 'Starting today, all North American Model S Long Range Plus vehicles have an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles,' said the company in a press release. Tesla Model S now first ever electric vehicle to receive EPA range rating above 400 miles! https://t.co/EOTwVfvHS5— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2020 According to them, the designation marks an almost 20 percent increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D using the same battery pack design.   Tesla, which issued a statement on the Model S designation, says several changes to the cars' design have aided the unprecedented range. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1...
    An increase in drownings in the Potomac River has led local fire departments to remind swimmers that it is not only dangerous but illegal to swim in certain areas. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said with pools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are going to the river for a swim. However, the department reports two drowning have happened recently. “The river, although it appears to be calm, can be very treacherous, it’s very deceiving,” said He said that one fisher and a swimmer went missing in the past several days. Maggiolo said a body was found on Saturday in the Potomac River, but the person’s identity has not been revealed. “It’s very easy to slip on one of those wet rocks and fall in, and when you do, you can easily get pulled under,” Maggiolo said. Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County’s Fire and...
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    In normal times, no one would feel the need to point out the total absurdity of a movement called “Defund the Police.” The insanity of such a concept would be self-evident to anyone possessing the faculty of reason. The move to cut funding for police departments around the nation is motivated by the brutal and clearly unjustified May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd was handcuffed on the ground, not resisting arrest and posing no threat to the four officers who arrested him for allegedly committing a minor crime – passing a counterfeit $20 bill. All four officers have since fired and been charged with either second-degree murder or aiding and abetting second-degree murder. LOS ANGELES TO SLASH UP TO $150M FROM LAPD BUDGET, REINVEST INTO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR Floyd’s killing...
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