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    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Valentine’s holiday is here, but this past year has been nothing but being close to those we love. But this year of togetherness has not produced the expected result. RELATED: Getting Creative To Safely Celebrate Valentines Day Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic Psychologist Dr. Susan Albers says, “Coronavirus has put a lot of pressure on relationships, whether it’s being cooped up at home together 24 seven. OR having a long distance relationship.” But she says here is the surprise. “It had been predicted that there was going to be a skyrocket in the number of divorces or breakups, but actually the evidence is quite different, that it has brought couples much closer together. More time spent together at home, more time with activities that they do together. And actually, a division of housework, more even than has ever been before.” On the other hand it hasn’t worked...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Long distance relationships can be tough, even tougher in a pandemic. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, CBS 2 talked to one couple that’s making it work from 4,000 miles apart – Bourbonnais to London. Jason Ward and Deborah Lomax told Morning Insider Tim McNicholas their love knows no bounds. RELATED: Chicago Weather: Snow Chances Linger A year and a half ago, Ward flew from Chicago to England; before he or Lomax had ever heard the phrase “social distancing.” “We just kind of bumped into each other, talked a little bit,” Ward said. They hit it off, and a couple months later he returned. Then, in March 2020, they went to Las Vegas together. Then, well, you know what happened then. “We didn’t realize that was the last weekend before everything was shut down. We didn’t know why everybody was wearing masks, wearing gloves,” Ward said....
    CHELSEA Handler looks fantastic as she strips NAKED in the snow to promote her Covid pandemic book club.  The comedian and TV host, 45, showed off her sensational figure wearing just ski boots and a helmet to prove reading really is good for the mind AND the body. 2Chelsea stripped off to share her love of booksCredit: Instagram Chelsea braved the cold and snow to promote some of the books she has been reading during the pandemic lockdown.  Doing it in her own inimitable, hilarious way, the actress is seen throwing her head back in laughter as she protects her modesty by covering up with a selection of books.  Sharing the snaps with her 4million Instagram followers, Chelsea captioned the post: “Do you like to keep warm with a good book? Do you like to have fun with reading? I do. If you do too, here are a few books...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many couples are trading in their Valentine’s Day traditions in favor of pandemic-safe celebrations. But is the celebration of love still the same? This is an opportunity for you to put your creative hat on! RELATED: Police In McKeesport Investigate Reported Stabbing You could go out to the Grandview Avenue Overlook along Mt. Washington to take in the city views this Valentine’s Day. But if standing out here in the cold is not your thing, there’s a lot of romantic, fun, and safe things you and your significant other can do virtually. If cooking is something you both enjoy, take a virtual cooking class. You can actually do that locally through Appetite 4 Seduction. But if cooking doesn’t sound like a good date to you and you’d rather get the energy pumping, you can take a virtual dance class through the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Experts say it’s...
    New York : This February 14 marks the 3-year anniversary of the massacre in Parkland, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle / . In the United States, there is another pandemic that usually makes headlines or comes to the fore when a massacre occurs: it is the 100 deaths per day caused by gun violence. A few days after commemorating the third anniversary of a massacre in Florida, we believe it appropriate to insist on not letting the debate on a change in regulations regarding access to firearms die that penetrates the sadly called “American culture of possession of firearms. weapons”. Relying on the Second Amendment to the Constitution does not entitle anyone to grab an assault weapon and inflict as much pain as was caused at Parkland High School. The dreams of 17 people were cut short. That obsession with guns, fueled by the National Rifle...
    (CNN)A city in California is including farmworkers among those who must receive hazard pay for the risks they are undertaking during the Covid-19 pandemic.Coachella, a Southern California city known for its popular annual music festival, passed an ordinance on Wednesday that requires retail pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants and agricultural businesses in the city to provide additional compensation to their workers given the threat they face from the coronavirus.These cities want to give grocery store workers hazard payUnder the mandate, affected businesses that employ more than 300 people nationally or more than five people in the city will have to pay their workers an additional $4 an hour for at least 120 days. The regulation would also prevent businesses from retaliating against workers by limiting or reducing their pay.Coachella follows several other cities on the West Coast that have required grocery stores to reinstate hazard pay for employees in recent weeks...
    Friday, Feb. 12, marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year in 2021. This year is the Year of the Ox."The ox is supposed to be a symbol of wealth and prosperity, but it also reflects diligence and perseverance," explained reporter David Louie of KGO in San Francisco, California.We asked members of the ABC Owned Television Stations how they celebrate with their families."It's a time to reunite with family and wish each other good fortune in the coming year," shared Linda Ha, the Race and Culture reporter at KFSN in Fresno, California.EMBED More News Videos From traditions to signature dishes, we met up with Martin Yan to talk all things Lunar New Year. The holiday is celebrated by an estimated 1.5 billion people across several Asian countries and their diasporas here in the United States. While each culture has its own unique traditions, there are common threads that run through...
    In 2015, John Landgraf, president of the US channel FX and one of the great oracles of the current television era, coined the term peak TV to describe a time when the number of series did not stop increasing. « There is simply too much television, » he warned. Then 420 series were released in the United States, according to an annual report by FX. Landgraf calculated that in 2017 television production would reach its ceiling and the curve would begin to decline. He was wrong for two years. According to last year’s data, published a few days ago, in 2020 493 series produced in the United States were released, a figure that, for the first time in 13 years, is lower than the previous year: 532 in 2019. But the main reason is not it seems to be the saturation of the market and the explosion of a supposed television bubble....
    BRITAIN's military chief has likened the Covid crises to the build up of World War Two, hinting it could lead to international warfare. General Sir Nick Carter said the pandemic's economic damage will likely lead to "security challenges" similar to those faced in the 1930s. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2General Sir Nick Carter said the pandemic's economic damage will likely lead to 'security challenges' similar to those in the 1930sCredit: EPA The Chief of the Defence Staff told The Telegraph: "What you generally find with a crisis like this, which becomes an economic crisis, is that it then undermines the stability and security situation as well. "What often follows a very significant economic event is a security challenge. "If you look at the 1930s, that started with a significant economic crash, and that acted as a very destabilising feature." He added:...
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — After nearly a year of being trapped in pandemic isolation, some people just want to pick up a sledgehammer and smash something to smithereens. “That felt good,” sweating insurance executive Josh Elohim said after reducing a computer printer and other stuff to piles of rubble. It reminded him of the workout he used to get chopping wood when he lived in Upstate New York. Since last winter, Elohim and his wife, Michelle, have been isolated at home with four kids ranging in age from 4 to 17. They needed an outlet, and so they headed to the office of marriage and family therapist Yashica Budde, who outfitted them with protective gloves, full body suits and face coverings that resemble fencing masks. Then she let them pick their “destructive devices” and turned them loose in one of two “rage rooms” plastered with inspirational signs proclaiming “Why...
    By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — After nearly a year of being trapped in pandemic isolation, some people just want to pick up a sledgehammer and smash something to smithereens. “That felt good,” sweating insurance executive Josh Elohim said after reducing a computer printer and other stuff to piles of rubble. It reminded him of the workout he used to get chopping wood when he lived in Upstate New York. Since last winter, Elohim and his wife, Michelle, have been isolated at home with four kids ranging in age from 4 to 17. They needed an outlet, and so they headed to the office of marriage and family therapist Yashica Budde, who outfitted them with protective gloves, full body suits and face coverings that resemble fencing masks. Then she let them pick their “destructive devices” and turned them loose in one of two “rage rooms” plastered...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The digital divide has only become more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic, with much of the world now online. Low-income students and families have struggled with access to the internet, but it’s also a big problem for seniors. RELATED: We Need More Damn Vaccines: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Says Demand For COVID-19 Vaccines Will Continue To Outpace Supply For some Baltimore seniors, getting the essentials like groceries or social security has never been more difficult. Many now have to get just about everything online. Some people, like Rennard Rice, aren’t familiar with technology, but thanks to St. Mary’s Outreach in Hampden, many are now getting a helping hand in the digital world. “They helped me a great deal navigate through a lot of things that I had no idea about,” Rice said. The organization, dedicated to helping older adults, has been teaching them to use computers and smartphones...
    How’s your love life during these stay-at-home times? Not to get personal, but it is Valentine’s Day — and, besides, getting right in the middle of your home life is what I do. When the pandemic first hit, relationship experts warned that the pressures of constant togetherness combined with virus anxiety could push some couples to the breaking point. Even if it didn’t, all that familiarity would most certainly destroy whatever mystery you thought was left between you two. I can’t believe she’s wearing those same yoga pants again. If he wears that Boston Red Sox T-shirt one more day, I’m going to tear it to shreds. How can anyone get any work done with that TV on? His stuff is everywhere. Her phone calls never end. I wish he would shave. I wish she would shave. And — poof! — there goes the magic. So I’m checking on you...
    New York (CNN Business)Disney kicked off its 2021 fiscal year much as it spent most of 2020, with the pandemic hammering many of its businesses. But Disney+ continues to be the star of the show.Disney's revenue came in at $16.2 billion, which was down 22% from last year, the company said during its first quarter earnings on Thursday. While the revenue was a decline from last year, it was above Wall Street expectations. Disney's profits continued to take a hit as it reported $29 million in this quarter, which was down 99% from $2.1 billion last year.Yet Disney+ is still growing, and Wall Street is still loving it.The company's streaming service now has nearly 95 million subscribers, which is up from the 86 million subscribers the company said it had in December. Disney CEO Bob Chapek also announced that Disney's streaming business, which also includes services like Hulu and ESPN+,...
    February 11, 2021 4:29 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The number of applications for unemployment benefit in the United States (USA) fell last week to 793,000, a decrease of 19,000, compared to 812,000 requests the previous week as the layoff of workers persists during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This figure had a weekly average of 205,000 a year ago. By the last week of March, when the pandemic made its biggest impact on the job market, it jumped to 6.8 million. Subsequently, it has been decreasing, and, nevertheless, it has not dropped below 700,000 weekly procedures. According to the report, the average number of applications in four weeks fell to 823,000 procedures, compared with 856,500 the previous week. In the week ending January 30, according to the government report, there were 4.54 million people receiving unemployment benefit, compared to 4.7 million...
    Riot on the set: 25 unbelievable yet true stories from the sets of movies Everything New Parents Need To Know About Filing Taxes This Year Tennis participation has skyrocketed during COVID-19 pandemic. Will it pay off for Americans down the road? By the time the Australian Open hits the second week, it would be a big upset if there are any American men left to compete with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Nearly two decades after Andy Roddick’s U.S. Open win, our country’s Grand Slam drought has become such a new normal that it barely even registers as a story anymore.  What will sports look like in 2021? USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Fans flooded Tampa streets after the Buccaneers beat the Chiefs at Super Bowl LV USA TODAY SPORTS Many maskless...
    New York (CNN Business)The Covid-ravaged American economy was on the verge of slipping into a double-dip recession at the end of 2020. The pandemic was intensifying, gridlock paralyzed Washington and millions of families were about to lose crucial benefits.Fast forward two months, and the economy is still struggling -- but confidence in the recovery is growing, rapidly. Economists are swiftly upgrading their GDP and unemployment forecasts and pulling forward the date when the Federal Reserve will be able to lift rock-bottom interest rates. Goldman Sachs is predicting the US economy will grow at the fastest clip in more than three decades. American jobs wont return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, CBO saysThe renewed optimism is being driven by two major factors: the health crisis is easing and Uncle Sam is coming to the rescue with staggering amounts of aid -- hundreds of billions more than seemed to be in the...
    The Biden administration’s consideration of a travel ban due to the coronavirus pandemic is "hypocritical," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on Thursday. "The day after Donald Trump issued a travel ban on China, Joe Biden said this is no time for xenophobia and that sort of thing," Rubio told "Fox & Friends." Rubio added: "And then a month later, he actually tweeted out that banning travel from anywhere did not work."  BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S CBP REVIVES ‘CATCH AND RELEASE’ POLICY AT BORDER AMID COVID CONCERNS Rubio reacted to the Miami Herald's headline "White House looks at domestic travel restrictions as COVID mutation surges in Florida." "The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic," the Herald reported. VideoAlso, Rubio ripped the Biden administration for considering restricting travel between states within the country. "So...
    Tom Green bought a camper van in 2020. Courtesy of Tom Green Comedian Tom Green bought a camper van when he learned all his tour dates were canceled in 2020. He turned his camper van into a mobile recording and editing studio, so he could work on the road. Van life expanded his career beyond comedy, allowing him to write music and learn video editing.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Many may recognize Tom Green from "Road Trip" and "Charlie's Angels," but these days the comedian prefers a desolate desert to the spotlight of a red carpet.  In 2020, Green decided to buy a camper van and join the van life movement. These days, he splits his time between his home in Los Angeles and traveling the country in his camper van, spending nights alone with his dog, Charlie, in desert landscapes. Throughout his journey, Green...
    France is trying somehow to resist the pandemic. According to the latest barometer unveiled by AmCham (American chamber of commerce in France) and the consulting firm Bain & Company, 52% of American companies established on French soil believe that their group has an “average” or “bad” image of France in 2020. This is the poorest result since 2017. On the other hand, 48% say they have a “good” or “excellent” perception of France. This is the first time since 2015 that this figure has fallen. With 124 companies and more than 58,000 employees, this network of firms surveyed is “a good benchmark” of trade relations between the two economies. “Investment flows are very important in transatlantic relations. The United States is the leading foreign employer in France” recalled Marc-André Kamel, partner and director at Bain & Company and vice-president of AmCham France. “At the start of 2020, morale was...
    London (CNN Business)The pandemic has left more than half of British adults financially vulnerable, with too much debt or not enough savings to cope with a "negative life event" such as redundancy, loss of hours, or ill health. That's according to the results of a survey by the Financial Conduct Authority, the country's top banking regulator. The survey also found that nearly 40% of British adults suffered financially as a consequence of the pandemic, with younger workers, Black people and the self-employed among the hardest hit. The number of Britons showing "characteristics of vulnerability" swelled to 27.7 million, climbing by 3.7 million — or 15% — between March and October 2020, the FCA said. "Since the start of the pandemic, the number of people experiencing low financial resilience or negative life events has grown," Nisha Arora, director of consumer and retail policy at the FCA, said in a statement.UK warns...
    Unsurprisingly, there was much less autonomous vehicle testing in California in 2020 compared to years prior. The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns forced many AVs off the road in the early part of the year. But companies licensed to operate AVs on public roads in California still logged nearly 2 million miles of testing, with two of the top operators, Waymo and Cruise, comprising the bulk of those miles thanks to what some safety drivers allege was a lax attitude toward safety. Autonomous vehicles registered in California traveled approximately 1.99 million miles in autonomous mode on public roads in 2020, a decrease of about 800,000 miles from the previous year, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. These mileage figures were reported as part of the state’s annual “disengagement reports,” which all licensed operators are required to submit. In addition to the miles driven, the reports list the...
    Diapers and daycare: How lawmakers are trying to help parents through the pandemic
    Bill Gates at Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2017 in Munich, Germany.Michael Gottschalk | Getty Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates warned for years that a deadly pandemic could take place. Now he's calling out the ongoing threats of bioterrorism and climate change. Gates appeared on Derek Muller's YouTube channel Veritasium last week, where he was asked about what's the next issue facing humanity. "One is climate change. Every year that would be a death toll even greater than the one we would have in this pandemic," the Microsoft co-founder said. "Also, related to pandemics is something people don't like to talk about much, which is bioterrorism, that somebody who wants to cause damage could engineer a virus. So that means the chance of running into this is more than just the naturally caused epidemics like the current one." Years before the coronavirus battered the globe, Gates warned that governments weren't prepared for...
    And one day the La Rambla bar-restaurant, located on the corner of Posadas and Ayacucho in Recoleta, reopened its doors. As if nine months had not passed since it was closed due to the pandemic, as if it had not changed owners. Only a gastronomic entrepreneur with a lot of experience in the sector could take over this emblematic bar that after 57 years, had closed its doors due to the pandemic. Ramón Conde who once bet to invest and reopen Las Violetas, the promoter of the Museo del Jamón, Among other well-known Buenos Aires gastronomic places, it was the one who, together with several partners, reopened La Rambla. He kept the bar intact, even the waiters Walter and Charly are the usual hosts. In the kitchen, Hernán continues, the expert in those tenderloins that, together with their history, invited that bar into a place of worship. The ribbon...
    February 11, 2021 9:44 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The failures of the Donald Trump administration in health are responsible for “461,000 unnecessary deaths” in the United States (USA) before the pandemic and tens of thousands more for not having acted effectively against COVID-19 and pollution of the air, according to a study published in the scientific journal The Lancet. In their report, the 33 researchers participating in this study ask to move away “immediately” from Trump’s health policies. They also acknowledge that the Republican ruler inherited decades of failed policies that his administration compounded. The research calls for a reversal of the policies that have led to the health of the US population having worsened while the rest of the world improved. Furthermore, the Lancet Commission assures that “a path away from the politics of Trump’s anger and despair cannot go through the policies of the...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s renowned Carnival celebrations got underway Thursday but without any of their usual raucous revelry. Parades, street festivals and other large gatherings were all cancelled and booze banned due to lockdown restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In Cologne, the western city whose Carnival festivities are perhaps the best known, Mayor Henriette Reker appealed for residents to stay home and bide their time until next year’s celebrations. “As a Carnival fanatic, my heart is bleeding today,” she said on Twitter. One of Germany’s first superspreader events stemmed from a Carnival celebration in a town west of Cologne last February where many people came in contact with an infected man. This year authorities were taking no chances. In addition to shutting down the large events, the public consumption of alcohol and its distribution in many areas was being banned from Thursday through the...
    THERE'S no denying that the coronavirus crisis has been a life-changing event for us all. But last year, Craig, 29, from Massachusetts, had his life turned upside down when he lost his job and fiancé in quick succession. 12Craig lost his fiancé and job during the pandemicCredit: Jam Press Before the pandemic hit, Craig was working a 9 to 5 corporate job and planning his future wedding - but within months, he found himself unemployed and sleeping on his parent's sofa. He said: "“It dawned on me while I was back home on my parents' couch, getting my resume ready to apply for a job I didn't want, for way less money than I'm worth, why enter the rat race? "Why work a job I don’t love, to make money I don’t need for 39 years – just to retire, get an RV and go see the world...
    ROME—Forget Valentine’s Day. It’s ski week that really defines February for many Europeans, who wouldn’t dream of giving up their après-ski vin chaud or hot buttered rum by a roaring fire in a crowded resort to chase the winter blues away. And even though vaccination rollout has been dismal across the E.U. and new variants of COVID-19 are making it particularly dangerous to meet and mingle, many European skiers are planning to hit the slopes anyway. A year ago, before anyone understood how contagious COVID-19 really was or how devastating it would be to health-care systems and the frail, ski buffs unknowingly partied in the Alps and Dolomites and took the virus back home, which begs the question: Why would anyone go to a packed resort this year, knowing the risks involved and how quickly it can turn lethal? Still, skiers, it seems, won’t be left out in the...
    New York : Unlike the image of strength and determination that she usually projects in most of her films, concerts and other public appearances, the first months of the current coronavirus pandemic brought out the most vulnerable and scary side of the actress and singer Jennifer Lopez: and it is not for less given the seriousness of the health crisis that began to plague the world last March and, of course, the uncertainty about the scope of the greatest epidemic suffered by the planet in almost a century. In his last conversation with the magazine Allure, the diva from the Bronx wanted to be honest about the high and uncontrollable levels of “anxiety” that she suffered in those early days and the effects that all this had on her professional, family and personal life. It should be remembered that the interpreter and her fiancé, former baseball player Alex Rodriguez,...
    By The Associated Press BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany didn’t act quickly enough last fall to prevent a second surge in coronavirus infections. “We didn’t shut down public life early enough or systematically enough amid signs of a second wave and warnings from various scientists,” she told lawmakers Thursday. Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed late Wednesday to extend the current lockdown, which was due to expire Sunday, until at least March 7. Schools and hairdressers will be able to open earlier, albeit with strict hygiene measures. Merkel defended a decision to set a target of pushing the number of new weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants below 35 before the lockdown is eased further. “The virus doesn’t follow dates, the virus follows infection numbers,” she said. Germany’s disease control agency said there were just over 64 cases per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide in the past week....
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany didn’t act quickly enough last fall to prevent a second surge in coronavirus infections. “We didn’t shut down public life early enough or systematically enough amid signs of a second wave and warnings from various scientists,” she told lawmakers Thursday. Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed late Wednesday to extend the current lockdown, which was due to expire Sunday, until at least March 7. Schools and hairdressers will be able to open earlier, albeit with strict hygiene measures. Merkel defended a decision to set a target of pushing the number of new weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants below 35 before the lockdown is eased further. “The virus doesn’t follow dates, the virus follows infection numbers,” she said. Germany’s disease control agency said there were just over 64 cases per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide in the past week. The Robert Koch Institute...
    For the first time in a Catalan election, the Government of the Generalitat has established time slots to go to vote depending on the population group to which one belongs. This decision has been made due to the coronavirus pandemic, which will mark these elections both in its organization as well as the safety and health measures to be adopted by both voters and members of the polling stations and security forces They will watch over the normality of the day next Sunday, February 14. People at risk will vote from 9 to 12 hours The Generalitat has enabled three time slots reserved for voters based on their health condition as a recommendation. The first is stipulated between 9 a.m. and noon (12 noon) and at this time it is recommended that people at risk of suffering from diseases more susceptible to Covid cast their votes. From 12 to...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant to focus the work and offer a reminder of what’s at stake: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant to focus the work and offer a reminder of what’s at stake: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings on the response. “We’re taking...
    The judge who presides over the Chamber that has allowed the reopening of bars in Euskadi, Luis Ángel Garrido, stated that an epidemiologist “is a family doctor who has taken a course”, and opined that the measures against COVID-19 adopted in Spain and in all countries “They do not differ much from those that occurred in the Middle Ages.” During a gathering held on Radio Popular de Bilbao last Monday, the day before the order of the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country was made public authorizing the opening of bars and restaurants in the Basque municipalities located in the “red zone” Due to its high incidence of COVID-19, the judge noted that epidemiology “is not as advanced as it seems.” “Suppose that sexually transmitted diseases rise 2,000 percent and I, the great epidemiologist in the area, arrived and I said: very easy, be you two years without...
    . Job offers in the US increase in December, but hiring falls WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (.) – Job openings in the United States increased slightly in December, but hiring declined, pointing to a labor market that remains afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Employment, a parameter of labor demand, rose to 6.65 million on the last day of December, up from 6.572 million the previous month, the Labor Department reported Tuesday in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
    New York : The pandemic has caused a serious economic crisis, which has led many tenants to face legal proceedings in the housing court for non-payment of rent. /Archive Photo: VALERIE MACON / . / . By: Antonio Garcia February 10, 2021 In December 2020, the New York State Legislature passed a law ordering a moratorium on evictions for tenants facing housing court proceedings for non-payment of rent. The moratorium extends until February 26, 2021, however, those tenants who complete a Declaration of Hardship Form and send it by certified mail to their landlord, cannot be evicted until after May 1, 2021. In order to complete the Declaration of Hardship Form, tenants must meet one of the following conditions: Financial difficulties due to significant loss of household income during the COVID-19 pandemic. Increase in necessary household expenses due to performing...
    Pedro Pascal will be one of the main attractions of The Bubble, a choral comedy based on the Netflix pandemic that will be directed and written by Judd Apatow, US media reported on Tuesday. The Chilean actor will be accompanied in this film by Maria Bakalova, Karen Gillan, Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, Peter Serafinowicz and David Duchovny. The Bubble will focus on a group of actors who are filming a major Hollywood blockbuster but who get stuck in a hotel when the coronavirus crisis breaks out. Some sources close to the project point out that The Bubble was partially inspired by the difficulties of filming Jurassic World: Dominion, the new installment of the Jurassic saga and whose production was completely affected by the pandemic. Pascal is undoubtedly one of the hottest names in Hollywood. Last year, the second season of The Mandalorian premiered,...
    BRITAIN was “too slow” to act in the fight against coronavirus and prepared for “the wrong pandemic”, Jeremy Hunt has admitted.  The former health secretary said the government had ramped up plans to deal with the flu - but ignored the threat posed by other viruses. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Britain was “too slow” to act in the fight against coronavirus and prepared for “the wrong pandemic”, Jeremy Hunt has admittedCredit: Sky News 3Mr Hunt acknowledged that his decisions had left the NHS less prepared to deal with the virus when it arrived in the UK early last year (stock photo)Credit: Getty - Pool Speaking to Sky News, Mr Hunt acknowledged that his decisions had left the NHS less prepared to deal with the virus when it arrived in the UK last year. He said: “We planned extensively for pandemics... but we...
    (CNN)In order to emerge stronger from the Covid-19 pandemic and a year of social and economic tumult, we need to focus on bolstering public health, re-building the economy and achieving racial justice. There is one often-overlooked workforce that will be critical on all three of these fronts: Community Health Workers (CHWs). Shreya KangoviRebekah E. GeeSusan Blumenthal, MDCHWs are trustworthy individuals who come from the communities they serve. They are part of a Department of Labor classified workforce and unlike many other professions -- such as social workers and nurses -- they are not defined by training or licensure, but rather by who they are and what they do. Throughout the pandemic, CHW have served on the front lines, engaged in public health messaging and contact tracing, addressed broader social and health needs within their communities and could inform policy and system changes. Many are now working on the ground...
    Maryland moves toward clear plan for paying people who were wrongly convicted Trump impeachment trial updates: Graphic and disturbing violence video footage Stock Expert Issues Rare "Home Run Buy" Alert Ad The Motley Fool Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Odyssey Blanket Full screen 1/12 SLIDES © Krakenimages.com / Shutterstock.com 11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic Ever since the coronavirus pandemic made its unwelcome presence felt, products have been disappearing from store shelves. From toilet paper to hand sanitizer, many goods we take for granted have been tough to find for long periods. Thankfully, many of these products are now available again in abundance. But others that once seemed plentiful...
    Love suffers from distance but it also needs, at times, a few square meters. The quarantine, which unleashed real estate movements from the city to the countryside and encouraged dreams of a bigger house with a garden, encouraged many to start living together A regional survey conducted by the property portal Zonaprop, within the framework of « Valentine’s Day », argues that 67% of the Argentine respondents accelerated their moving process and encouraged coexistence with their partner to be able to share more time together during the strict quarantine. On the other hand, only 33% of those consulted affirm that coexistence was within the plans since before the pandemic occurred. However, at the time of the quarantine in the country, 92% of users assured that they were already living with their partner. According to the study, 72% of Argentines currently live together and 28% live alone. ReCoexistence and confinement in...
    Nearly a year since COVID-19 crippled the U.S. economy, Americans are not alright. Almost half of full-time workers say they are experiencing mental health issues, including a majority of millennials and Gen Z employees, a recent survey shows. Rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues have climbed since the coronavirus pandemicerupted last March, with 46% of full-time workers reporting such issues compared with 39% before the crisis, according to a poll of more than 1,400 workers surveyed by insurance company The Standard.  The pandemic's seismic impact on workplaces around the U.S. has cause a range of anxieties. Some employees are worried about their job security during the pandemic, which has caused millions of layoffs. People who are working remotely may feel disconnected from their employers, while also feeling burned out since many are skipping vacations, dealing with increased caregiving demands and working longer hours if they're logged on from...
    In a shocking turn of events, Bollywood actor, Rajiv Kapoor breathed his last on Tuesday (Feb 9) after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was 58. “He passed away about 1.30 pm due to heart attack,” brother Randhir Kapoor had said in a statement. The deceased was also cremated on the same day and many Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Sonali Bendre, Ali Bhatt and others paid their last tribute to the late actor. Now, sister-in-law, Neetu Kapoor took to her Instagram and confirmed that there will be no chautha happening for Rajiv Kapoor, due to safety reasons. Rajiv Kapoor Dies At 58; Neetu Kapoor Confirms His Tragic Demise on Instagram.  Considering that a lot of celebrities might make their presence felt at late actor Rajiv Kapoor’s prayer meet, the Kapoor’s have decided to give the chautha a miss due to COVID-19 pandemic. “Due to the current pandemic circumstances, there will...
    We learned last November that Judd Apatow (‘King of the Neighborhood’) would direct his first Netflix movie after working with Universal Pictures for the past 15 years. Going Deadline we now know more details of a project to carry by title ‘The Bubble’ and have a cast led by Pedro Pascal, Karen Gillan, Keegan-Michael Key, Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, Maria Bakalova, David Duchovny, Leslie Mann and Peter Serafinowicz. The story centers on a group of actors and actresses struggling to complete a movie while trapped in a hotel due to the pandemic bubble. Apparently, the inspiration came to Apatow after learning about the experiences lived by those who filmed ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’, a shoot full of quarantine protocols and production delays due to different positives by coronarivus. Gillan and Pascal will play the stars of a custom-made franchise, while Mann and Duchovny will play a once-married actor who...
    The worst money mistakes a person can make I Still Cant Believe the Pontiac Aztek Was the 2001 Daytona 500 Pace Car Stock Expert Issues Rare "Home Run Buy" Alert Ad The Motley Fool Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Odyssey Blanket Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © Emilija Manevska/Getty Images Dreaming of adventure... As of press time, the COVID-19 pandemic is still making all but the most essential travel impossible. However, for many people, the ban has merely strengthened their resolve to travel once we can safely do so again. The pandemic has had an unexpected side effect: we appreciate our regular freedoms much more, as well as the suddenness with which life can change completely,...
    ROME — The Vatican is urging a paradigm shift in care for older people while decrying the “massacre” of the elderly from the coronavirus, chiefly in nursing homes. Noting that more than half of Italian deaths from the coronavirus occurred in nursing homes, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said Tuesday in a live-streamed press conference that the coronavirus deaths have been “brutal in their cruelty” and constitute “a real massacre of the elderly.” “Data from some countries — for example Italy — show that half of the elderly victims of Covid-19 [coronavirus] came out of institutions and residential care homes, while only 24 percent of overall deaths concern the elderly who lived at home,” said Archbishop Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life. “In short, 50 percent of the deaths occurred among the approximately 300,000 nursing home residents while only 24 percent happened among the 7 million elderly over 75 who...
    VIDEO5:4505:45Cisco CEO on Q2 earnings and outlook: 'We're in the midst of the recovery'Squawk on the Street Cisco Systems is working to innovate its videoconferencing platform, Webex, to make virtual participation in an in-person meeting a more productive experience, CEO Chuck Robbins told CNBC on Wednesday. Webex and competing offerings from Zoom and Microsoft have seen a surge in user growth during the coronavirus pandemic, as companies were forced to pivot to remote working and business travel was sharply curtailed. In an interview on "Squawk on the Street," Robbins said he envisions a hybrid model going forward — with a return to the office accompanied with more flexibility around remote work than before the pandemic. "In the future world, we're going to have people sitting in conference rooms and we're going to have people at home," Robbins said, in response to a question from CNBC's David Faber about how videoconferencing...
    KENDALL Jenner was blasted as "tone deaf" for complaining that she misses the south of France during the Covid-19 crisis in a racy bikini picture. Her post was screen-shotted and shared by podcaster Amanda Hirsch and it prompted a lot of negative feedback from her followers. 18Kendall Jenner was slammed for being 'tone deaf'Credit: Instagram 18The latest backlash comes after she blew out her birthday candles right on a waiter's faceCredit: Instagram 18Kendall spotted during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, FranceCredit: Getty - Contributor In it, Kendall, 25, could be seen wearing sunglasses and standing with her hands on her hips with the caption: "I miss [the] south of France." "Well I miss North of Italy but what are we gonna do Kenny," Amanda wrote, before adding: "It’s a pandemic or something." Others soon weighed in on Kendall's post in...
    Buffalo, Minnesota: Shooting supect Gregory Ulrich is familiar to police, authorties say Marvels Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series will star Diamond White as lead Crowdfunded TV Series ‘The Chosen’ to Film Scene With 2,000 Extras Amid Pandemic Dallas Jonathan The Chosen Season 2 Amid the pandemic, most film and television productions have avoided gathering large numbers of extras for scenes, as shooting them safely is likely to be a logistical nightmare and an exceedingly high-risk endeavor. But crowdfunded TV series The Chosen, a religious drama that follows the life of Jesus, plans to gather more than 2,000 extras on Wednesday to film a reenactment of the Sermon on the Mount. The extras, many of whom are flying to the show’s production facility in Midlothian, Texas from across the globe, are fans of the show who’ve donated money to the series to appear in it. The drama’s creator and showrunner...
    February 10, 2021 12:14 PM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The United States (US) authorities distanced themselves from the theory of the Administration of former president, Donald Trump, which linked the coronavirus to a Chinese laboratory. And it did so after the team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) who traveled to the Asian country to investigate the origin of the virus concluded that COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease. “I think instead of jumping to conclusions that can be motivated by anything but science, we have to look at the data in front of us, where science is taking us. “This was stated by State Department spokesman Ned Price at a press conference. There he clarified that the Joe Biden Administration” clearly supports the investigation “of the WHO. The WHO team arrived in Wuhan on January 14, considered the epicenter city of the pandemic. After 2...
    Miami : US President Joe Biden has said that while his predecessor’s impeachment trial takes place in the Senate, he will focus on alleviating suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. “No,” Biden replied when asked by reporters in the Oval Office Tuesday if he was watching the trial. “We have already lost more than 450,000 people and we could lose many more if we do not act and act decisively and quickly (…) Many children go to bed hungry. Many families are food insecure. They are in trouble. That’s my job. The Senate has its job and they are about to start it, and I am sure that they will behave well, “he said Tuesday. prior to the start of the impeachment. The president added that he will say nothing more about the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, whom Biden defeated in the elections last November. The White House...
    A rising number of British pet owners have reported thefts during the pandemic lockdown. The rise in theft is aligned with the increased demand for pets during the pandemic. Sarah, who did not give a last name for her own security, told AFP news agency about having her six dogs stolen, “I can’t name one feeling because there was too many – I was basically shocked, upset, frightened because of how this happened. (I was) obviously really, really, really worried for the dogs and it’s hard to go on with daily life because you feel guilty.” Thieves broke into an outhouse in Wales where the dogs were living and Sarah has had one dog return, with injuries. The others are still missing. Wayne May, from DogLost, a company that reunites missing dogs with owners using an online database said theft is on the rise. He called 2020, “the worst...
    Nuvia Mayorga, senator of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), asked the authorities of the Ministry of Health to refer the Legislative branch the vaccination schedule, or, where appropriate, the modifications that it has had derived from the lack of planning for the acquisition of vaccines against covid-19. He noted that according to the « National Vaccination Policy against the Sars-Cov-2 virus, for the Prevention of covid-19 in Mexico » released on January 11 last, the goal is to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the population to achieve so-called herd immunity. However, he commented that a month after this policy was implemented, only 766 thousand 350 vaccines have reached our country, of which, according to the Ministry of Health, sOnly 670,307 have been applied to the population. He acknowledged that while it is too early to rate the assertiveness of the federal government’s strategy on this matter, sIt is possible to appreciate...
    (CNN)It was the start of the coronavirus pandemic when meat and eggs began to disappear from the aisles of Vincent Padgett's local grocery store. "I was like, 'This is a problem,'" Padgett told CNN. "There was no meat probably from March to April unless you got there early morning." With a lack of access to quality food, the 25-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, used what he had to provide healthy options for his wife and two children: He turned his backyard into a poultry farm. Padgett's children watch the chickens in the family's backyard farm."I just decided to start growing my own food," said Padgett, who was furloughed from his job at Best Buy at the start of the pandemic. "I took the initiative for myself and my family."In what he described as an average urban backyard, Padgett is raising chickens and growing several types of produce, including green beans, tomatoes,...
    Maria Bakalova, Karen Gillan, and Pedro Pascal are among the bold-faced names that are starring in Judd Apatow’s pandemic based comedy film, The Bubble. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, and Peter Serafinowicz, are also set to star in The Bubble. The feature project, which gets underway next week, is a meta-comedy that will be about a group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel attempting to complete a studio franchise film. Lost And Found: Zachary Levi to Star In and Produce Gina Rodriguez Starrer at Amazon The sources to The Hollywood Reporter told the outlet- the project takes inspiration from the real-life making of ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’, the sixth installment in the ‘Jurassic franchise’, which saw its cast stuck in the United Kingdom for months during the pandemic lockdown, with production stopping and restarting several...
    A man has converted an old 90s school bus into a swanky bachelor pad after losing his job and fiancé during the pandemic. Craig Gordnier, 27, purchased the vehicle in May 2020 and completed all building works on the old bus in November.  Before the pandemic hit, Craig, from Massachusetts, was working a 9 to 5 corporate job and was planning his future wedding, unaware of the massive changes to come in his life. As lockdown went on, Craig ended up losing a business deal and eventually his job. To make matters worse, he and his fiancé also ended their engagement. Craig's converted school bus is pictured above.  Craig, 27, from Massachusetts was working a 9 to 5 corporate job and was planning his future wedding, unaware of the massive changes to come in his life Craig, pictured, from Massachusetts converted an old 90s school bus into a swanky...
    A coronavirus related to the one causing the global pandemic has been discovered in the blood of five bats living in Thailand.  SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, shares 91.5 per cent of its genetic code with that of the newly-identified virus, called RacCS203. The virus is thought to be unable to infect people as it can not bind to the ACE2 receptor on human cells, Covid-19's gateway into the body.  However, antibodies circulating in the blood of infected bats and pangolins were found to be effective at neutralising the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  This biological paradox indicates bat-based coronaviruses can not, as standard, infect humans, experts speculate.  The authors instead think coronaviruses only evolve the ability to infect human cells after first being passed into an intermediate host, such as a pangolin. Here, it mutates and changes shape slightly which gives it the ACE2-binding facility, the authors theorise.   These findings align with...
    Another film of false coronavirus claims went viral in January, getting millions of views before Facebook and YouTube banned it Hundreds of millions in green grants for English homes pulled despite delays STUDY: 42% of Americans say their financial situation has gotten worse in the pandemic RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - About 14% of Americans, say their financial situation improved over the pandemic, but 3 times as many people-- about 42-percent-- say their financial situation got worse. © Provided by Richmond-Petersburg WWBT Negotiating new credit card terms That’s according to a NerdWallet’s annual Household Debt Study. For a vast majority of Americans who are worse off in the pandemic-- it’s often a job loss or a decrease in income that’s caused all the problems. Sara Rathner a personal finance expert says when you are in a dire financial situation, especially if you’ve already taped into your emergency fund, credit cards...
    By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Among the many dangers the coronavirus pandemic has brought, parents really need to be on the lookout for one in particular: an increased risk of suicide among vulnerable teens. "We've seen an upsurge in really bad suicide attempts," and the pandemic is likely behind that increase, said Dr. Taranjeet Jolly, an adult and pediatric psychiatrist at Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Social isolation during the pandemic can push youngsters with underlying mental health issues "over the edge," Jolly said in a Penn State Health news release. Other factors include family dysfunction and long amounts of forced time with others. Even children in so-called healthy families can feel overwhelmed. Anxiety about pandemic shutdown-related financial struggles, constant bad news and health-related worries can also transfer from parents to children. Parents should watch for certain behavioral changes...
    China detected in one day 20 new infections of Covid-19 along with seven others that correspond to asymptomatic carriers, the National Health Commission reported on Wednesday. It is specified that all the new positives are imported and that they were detected in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin and in the provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian, Shaanxi and Sichuan. A total of 102 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. As for the asymptomatic positives confirmed during the past day, the seven cases are imported; a total of 555 asymptomatic patients remain under observation. Since the beginning of the epidemic, in mainland China there have been 89,734 cases of Covid-19, including 84,129 recoveries and 4,636 deaths. A total of 969 people remain hospitalized. In Hong Kong during the pandemic, 10,693 infections (188 deaths) have been detected, in Macao, 48 (46 recovered) and...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The prince’s Clarence House office says the 72-year-old heir to the throne and his wife, Camilla, 73, received the inoculations as part of the government’s drive to offer a first dose of the vaccine to the most vulnerable people in the population, including everyone over 70, by Feb. 15. Further details were not provided. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, received their shots last month. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — South Africa will administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine to its front-line healthcare workers next week after scrapping AstraZeneca's — Israel’s ultra-Orthodox reject criticism of their virus defiance, say they are defending their way of life — House Democrats advance on major portions of President Joe Biden’s pandemic plan, including school relief and minimum wage — Absence of...
    By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Personal Finance Writer Tax filing season will start a bit later this year and look a bit different too. That’s because the pandemic that defined 2020 has seeped into tax time too. If you worked from home, received a relief payment, took on some gig work or filed unemployment benefits — or someone filed a fake claim in your name — there are things you need to be aware of. Likewise if you normally receive certain tax credits. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Feb. 12. Here’s what you should know before you file: ___ UNEMPLOYMENT Unemployment benefits are taxable income, which may surprise some filers. Workers are not required to have federal taxes withheld from their benefit payments. While they are given the option to have it withheld, few opt to. Additionally, unemployment benefits are always subject to federal taxes, but a...
    Tax filing season will start a bit later this year and look a bit different too. That’s because the pandemic that defined 2020 has seeped into tax time too. If you worked from home, received a relief payment, took on some gig work or filed unemployment benefits — or someone filed a fake claim in your name — there are things you need to be aware of. Likewise if you normally receive certain tax credits. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Feb. 12. Here’s what you should know before you file: ___ UNEMPLOYMENT Unemployment benefits are taxable income, which may surprise some filers. Workers are not required to have federal taxes withheld from their benefit payments. While they are given the option to have it withheld, few opt to. Additionally, unemployment benefits are always subject to federal taxes, but a handful of states do...
    In downtown Lisbon, many cafes and restaurants are closed due to the mandatory confinement.Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images "It's a dramatic situation," a restaurant owner in Lisbon told CNBC having closed two of his four locations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant industry is one of the hardest hit by social restrictions in a country heavily dependent on tourism and where eating out is part of the population's DNA. About 43% of restaurants were considering going into administration in August, according to a survey released at the time. Since then, the restrictions have been significantly stepped up and business owners have complained of a lack of clarity regarding their futures. "The government's management of the crisis is so complex that we don't have any visibility about how the upcoming months will look like," Joao Baptista, who has been in the industry for almost a...
    TOKYO — Japan will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine next week, with medical experts at the pandemic’s frontlines the first recipients. “We will make every effort to prepare for everything,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a meeting of ruling party officials Wednesday where he confirmed the timing of the first inoculations. He called for cooperation by doctors, nurses and local municipalities to smoothly carry out the massive inoculations. A health ministry panel is expected to give its first greenlight for a COVID-19 vaccine — one developed by Pfizer Inc. — within days. Japan has also signed agreements with AstraZeneca of Britain and Moderna Inc. of the United States to provide a total of more than 310 million vaccine doses, or enough to cover the country’s entire population, this year. Pfizer is to provide 144 million of them. Japanese officials have raised concerns about supply uncertainties of vaccines coming...
    EFE videos Inflation falls by 0.3% year-on-year in January in China Beijing, Feb 10 (EFE) .- The main indicator of inflation in China, the consumer price index (CPI), fell by 0.3% year-on-year in January, according to official data published today by the National Statistics Office ( ONE). This is the second time in three months that the CPI has contracted, after the -0.5% year-on-year in November, which was its first decline since October 2009. The figure is below the forecasts of analysts, who They predicted that the indicator would remain immobile in the first month of the year, after the 0.2% advance registered in December. The ONE data show that, although fresh fruit and vegetables increased their prices (1.3% and 10.9% year-on-year, respectively), the cost of meat fell (-0.4%), weighed down by the -3.9% depreciation of the pig, the most popular among the Chinese population. In contrast, the prices of...
    New York : While the world’s economies suffer and millions of businesses have had to close their doors due to the global health crisis generated by COVID-19, there are those who have taken advantage of the pandemic to obtain an economic benefit. These are groups of criminals in various corners of the globe that They have found new illegal ways to make money. Some of these criminals deceive their victims by taking advantage of confusion, misinformation and despair of many in the midst of the pandemic. Others offer forgeries that allow you to violate some of the restrictions imposed by the authorities in many countries. Here we tell you three of the main frauds and scams that have emerged in recent times around the coronavirus. 1. False test results Many countries require anyone who wants to travel there to take a lab test to check that you are not...
    Cyberattacks exploded last year due to the coronavirus. Here’s how to protect your business from hackers. February 9, 2021 5 min read This story originally appeared on ValueWalk Throughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created a new playground for hackers. Due to lockdowns and social distancing requirements across the globe, many scheduled projects and initiatives had to be put on hold so that IT staff could focus on enabling remote access. Cyberattacks have grown in volume in 2020 and the increase in cybercrime has been estimated at 400 percent due to the coronavirus. Microsoft reports that pandemic-related phishing and social engineering attacks have skyrocketed to 30,000 a day in the US alone. Threat researchers say ransomware attacks have risen 800 percent during the pandemic. Everyone is being targeted by cyberattacks, but trends show small businesses are one of the most common targets. In fact,...
    This is indicated by the daily report presented by the National Emergency System (Sinae) in which it is detailed that the people who lost their lives were between 49 and 89 years old. At this time, in Uruguay there are 5,375 active cases of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus, a disease that since March 13, 2020, when the health emergency was decreed in the country, affected 46,153 people. In addition, there are 76 patients admitted to intensive treatment. The department (province) most affected continues to be Montevideo, where there are 2,855 people suffering from the disease, followed by Canelones (south) with 863. Like these, the other 17 departments of the country also have active cases. In Rivera (northeast) and Rocha (southeast), where there are binational cities that share a border with Brazil, there are 235 and 53 people suffering from the disease, respectively. Meanwhile, in Flores and Soriano, both in...
    This Tuesday, La 1 issued the third installment of Hour D, dedicated to fame. All kinds of actors and singers came to the set -or via videoconference- to talk about it, about how they manage it, if it impacted them at the beginning or their relations with the media. Dani Rovira, after chatting with his friend and singer Vanesa Martín, reflected aloud about the people he thinks they deserve more fame than they have for the work they do: professionals in essential services. “You may be wondering for what famous we are preparing all this, right? You will think it is for someone like Madonna, but no. The people who are going to go through this red carpet they should be much more famous from it that is. Throughout the program we have talked about fame and success, but not about those who deserve it, “he began. “Today...
    Superstars Pedro Pascal, Karen Gillan and more are slated to appear in Judd Apatow’s “The Bubble,” a comedy movie inspired by the pandemic. Other names on the call sheet include Maria Bakalova, Fred Armisen, and Keegan-Michael Key, who will star in Apatow’s latest film, according to The Hollywood Reporter in a piece published Tuesday. Judd Apatow Sets All-Star Cast For New Netflix Comedy ‘The Bubble’; Karen Gillian, Keegan Michael-Key, Pedro Pascal And Leslie Mann Among Those Set To Join Ensemble https://t.co/dyBxg79qEh — Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) February 9, 2021 Production will get underway next week, the outlet reported. The movie will center around a group of actors and actresses forced to remain in a bubble in a hotel in order to complete a studio franchise movie during the coronavirus outbreak, Deadline reported. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters) There has not been much information released about...
    Editorial: Gaming / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram / News / Discord / Forums We don’t blame you if you forgot, but at E3 2019, Ubisoft announced Rainbow Six Quarantine, a game whose only novelty is that it was delayed. As you can see, it has a name that can be considered impractical for the current era due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), so Ubisoft is wondering if it should change it. In a recent meeting with investors, Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, answered several questions. One of them was from a subject who questioned whether it was a good idea to release a game with the subtitle Quarantine (quarantine), in the global context in which we find ourselves. In case you missed it: 20 Gamer Gifts in Claro Shop to succeed this Valentine’s Day Given this, Guillemot said that they are evaluating the situation, without specifying further....
    JENNIFER "JLo" Lopez revealed she went to therapy with her fiancé Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez during the pandemic as rumors continue to swirl the ex-ballplayer had an "affair" with Madison LeCroy. The Southern charm star has been connected to various famous men recently. 8Jennifer 'JLo' Lopez revealed she went to therapy with her fiancé Alex 'A-Rod' RodriguezCredit: Getty - Contributor 8However, all this comes as the former big leaguer has been accused of having an affair with Southern Charm's Madison LeCroyCredit: Instagram JLo, 51, sat-down with Allure for an interview and touched on how her and Alex's time in quarantine has been. She explained: “It has been actually really good. We got to work on ourselves. We did therapy." The performer added: "I think it was really helpful for us in our relationship." JLo has 12-year-old twins, while the ESPN analyst has daughters Natasha, 16, and Ella, 12. 8'We got to...
    Heather McMahan is doing the most.  The 33-year-old Georgia-bred comedian has amassed more than 630,000 followers on social media, where she's known for impersonating Ina Garten, belting out Reba Mcentire lyrics while eating cake, or giving her best Victoria Beckham leg pose on a beach. These days, her home office looks more like her couch —  and her lunch usually comes with a glass of chardonnay — but she's just rolling with the punches like the rest of us.  Her namesake national comedy show "Heather McMahan: The Farewell Tour," was postponed due to COVID. So was her wedding. But that hasn’t stopped her from entertaining, and in her true comedy style, calling out anyone who can’t keep it real. The host of the "Absolutely Not" podcast is saying exactly that more than once these days. "Absolutely not to anybody pretending like they have it together. Like we’re all just trying. We didn’t think we’d be in this [pandemic for] this...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — For the second year in a row, the Calle Ocho Music Festival and Carnaval Miami, are being canceled by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The organization’s annual flagship events are traditionally held in March along Miami’s iconic SW 8th Street and Coral Gables and usually bring hundreds of thousands of people to celebrate Miami’s unique and vibrant culture. RELATED: Despite Drop In Bed Tax Tax Dollars, Tourism Officials Maintain Campaigns Are Working However, both were canceled last year due to the emerging coronavirus pandemic and neither event can be held this year as well. Organizers say “public health is a priority.” RELATED: COVID In Florida: 7,023 Additional Cases, 238 New Deaths Reported On Tuesday But save the date, because the Kiwanis Club says, “We look forward to dancing in the street together again in 2022.” MORE: Study: Orlando Named Best Place To Get Married Carnaval on...
    Despite a drop in new cases and the increased distribution of vaccines, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Los Angeles County Fair for the second year in a row. Instead of a 19-day celebration of food, carnival rides, music and livestock in September, the operators of the Fairplex in Pomona announced plans for a smaller event in the fall. Details of that event have yet to be released. “The L.A. County Fair is our flagship event, the foundation on which we build our community engagement,” Fairplex Interim Chief Executive Walter M. Marquez said in a statement. “But we, in good conscience, could not move forward with planning our big, campus-wide fair this year, not knowing where the pandemic would be come summer.” The cancellation is a financial blow to the nonprofit Fairplex, which operates the annual fair and other events on 500 acres of county-owned land in...
    AT&T Celebrates Valentine’s with Deals on Samsung Galaxy S20 and More Jimmie Johnson takes plane and automobile, but no train, to Laguna Seca IndyCar test Halsey Completely Spiraled at Start of the Pandemic: Breaks My Heart Not Knowing When Ill Tour The start of the pandemic was tough for Halsey. © Provided by People Halsey on the cover of Byrdie’s Winter Digital Issue In a new interview with Byrdie, the singer — who recently announced she's expecting a baby with boyfriend Alev Aydin — shared that she "spiraled" at the start of the pandemic and that she worries about not being able to hit the stage soon. "I completely spiraled," the 26-year-old told the outlet. "I went from waking up and someone text[ing] me a schedule of everything I'm doing that day, every single day, to being home and being like, 'Am I gonna rewatch Euphoria for the fifth time?'"  Halsey...
    I don’t understand why the polio epidemic scared the pants off everyone, while the Covid Pandemic Is missing the minds and hearts of large swaths of the country. I remember well when Polio stalked us. I remember the terror on my parents’ faces when a country doctor mistakenly diagnosed me with it. You too must remember the pictures in the paper of children and adults in the medieval-like torture chamber called, “The Iron Lung.” Living life in that thing seemed to be more terrifying a prospect as my mind could come up with on its own.  When Jonas Salk’s vaccine hit the market, he was hailed a hero. Lines formed everywhere to get a poke in the arm, a poke that knocked out the nightmares caused by the polio virus. Then came Dr. Sabine, he of the sweet tooth, who figured out a vaccine that could be infused in a...
    By Peter DeJong and Mike Corder | Associated Press DOORN, Netherlands — A deep winter freeze gripping the Netherlands is reawakening the national obsession with skating on frozen canals. With subzero temperatures forecast to last more than a week, ice fever swept the nation Tuesday, offering a welcome respite from grim coronavirus news while also creating a challenge for authorities trying to uphold social distancing rules. People around the country were rummaging through attics and dusting off long-unused skates, while businesses that sharpen skate blades reported boom times. Ice skating is a national wintertime passion in the Netherlands, with the country’s spandex-clad elite athletes dominating Winter Olympic speedskating races in recent years. Amateurs of all ages eagerly await the Arctic conditions that allow them to take to the country’s vast network of canals and waterways. But with the country in a strict coronavirus lockdown, the prospect of a long-distance skating...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 1:40 p.m. President Joe Biden is planning to largely ignore the impeachment trial of his predecessor and plans to focus on the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday said Biden would not be watching the trial of former President Donald Trump and would not “opine on back and forth arguments” taking place during the proceedings. Biden, and Psaki on his behalf, have for weeks steadfastly refused to address much of the trial, saying they believed the process had to be done but have avoided weighing in on the particulars. The White House has also made clear that it intends to focus on the business of government while the trial continues. Pushing for the passage of his COVID-19 relief package, Biden was to meet with Treasury...
    February 9, 2021 2:36 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, will participate in a televised meeting with voters in the state of Wisconsin next Tuesday, which will be his first official trip since he came to power on January 20. The White House announced the president’s trip on Tuesday in a brief statement. There he indicated that will travel to the city of Milwaukee, without giving more details. Shortly after, the television network CNN revealed that Biden will participate in a special program that will be broadcast live by that channel on Tuesday February 16 at 8:00 p.m. on the east coast (01:00 GMT on Wednesday 17), and that it will be recorded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The topics Biden will answer questions from multiple Americans with moderation from CNN host Anderson Cooper, and before an audience that will maintain...
    MONTEBELLO, Calif. -- Like many businesses, the Montebello Barnyard Zoo has struggled during the pandemic. The zoo has been a part of the community for nearly 30 years and turned to that community for help."First of all, it was a very personal connection. Because, as we were raising our children, we always took them to the Barnyard Zoo," said Betty Peralta, Montebello resident and president of the volunteer organization Montebello Soroptimist.Many of the zoo's visitors are often students from nearby schools."We would love to keep doing that for the children. Just to see the kids' faces and seeing how much fun they have here," said Melanie Wolovich, the zoo owner's daughter.The zoo was closed to the public for more than six months last year because of the pandemic and recently had to close again due to health guidelines, but someone still had to take care of the animals."We cannot close...
    The pandemic may still be raging, but the District’s tourism and events boosters will soon launch a new advertising campaign aimed at luring visitors back to D.C. over the coming months. Events D.C. and Destination D.C. are now soliciting proposals from ad agencies to design the marketing blitz, budgeting $400,000 for the campaign. The new effort would launch sometime this spring and could include print, digital and TV advertising, according to the request for proposals released last week. While the new campaign will market D.C. as an attractive destination in the future, once there’s widespread vaccination against Covid-19, the RFP also stipulates that firms should consider ways to draw in tourists sooner — at “every phase of Covid opening and recovery.” That should include “lower-funnel, conversion-driving, bolster-the-economy-right-now advertising creative that differentiates D.C. in the marketplace,” a particularly important factor as the city’s hospitality industry… Read the full story from the Washington...
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    VIDEO1:4901:49Availability of remote work is outpacing in-person, says Recruiter.com CEOThe Exchange For many people, remote work is the new normal. But it wasn't meant to last forever. Now, as more Americans are vaccinated against Covid-19, they may be able to return to the workplace as soon as this spring. Roughly 40% of employers that shifted to remote work at the start of the coronavirus pandemic are planning to have their workers return to the office as early as March, according to a report from The Conference Board. Many companies, however, also said that reversing remote work after a year will be difficult. Most may make it voluntary for some and mandatory for others, the think tank found — or adopt some sort of flexible weekly schedule. More from Personal Finance:Unemployment fraud may create a tax nightmarePandemic pushes millions from the labor force. That's bad newsDemocrats press ahead on $15 an hour...
    Which NFL teams have allowed the fewest points in the 16-game era? COVID Is Starting to Rise Again in These 3 States Fewer Households Fear Eviction, Foreclosure -- But Theyre Still in the Millions © Provided by Millionacres Fewer Households Fear Eviction, Foreclosure -- But They're Still in the Millions While Congress bats around a pandemic relief bill that could come with a $1.9 trillion price tag, millions of Americans still feel they could lose their homes because they owe thousands. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released on Monday a report that says 5 million households failed to pay their rent or mortgage in December, and 2.3 million renters and 1.2 million mortgagors feel they’re at risk of eviction or foreclosure or could be otherwise forced to move in the next 30 days. And those numbers have actually come down a bit from earlier in the pandemic, according to...
    Bezos and Bloomberg among top 50 US charity donors for 2020 Marjorie Taylor Greenes laughably twisted logic to explain away the January 6 riot 6 reasons I want to keep learning and working from home even after the pandemic ends © Provided by Business Insider Author not pictured. DaniloAndjust/Getty Images Taryn Herlich is a writer, student, and mental health advocate based in Toronto, Canada. Herlich says she's come to prefer her at-home study and work routine over the pre-pandemic norm. She experiences less anxiety learning from home, and has more time to work on her hobbies and passions. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Some may say I've gotten a little too comfortable with the habit of staying home. I've always been a homebody, an introvert, a person who thrives in the comfort of well … being alone. While I enjoy socializing, I also...
    London (CNN Business)Europeans are looking beyond lockdowns and betting that the coronavirus pandemic won't quash summer travel for a second year.Despite uncertainty over the pandemic, millions of vacationers, particularly in the United Kingdom, have already booked trips and are spending even more than they did before the coronavirus hit, according to Tui (TUIFF).The world's largest tour operator said in a statement on Tuesday that 2.8 million customers are currently booked for summer 2021 — a 44% decline compared to the same point in 2019 but more than a fifth higher than the total guests it recorded between mid June and October 2020. A spokesperson for the company, which operates 15 cruise ships and over 400 hotels, said that vouchers and amendments to previous trips account for about half of these bookings but that the pace of new orders has increased in recent weeks. Last month, average daily bookings were up...
    A hiring sign is posted i front of a Target store on February 05, 2021 in San Rafael, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Employers added slightly more job posts late last year, but hiring slipped as the labor market ended 2020 on an uncertain note, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. Total openings increased to 6.65 million in December, better than the 6.6 million estimate from FactSet. That still left a gap of some 4.1 million workers who remained unemployed, many of whom were still displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Though job postings continue to gain, they remain below the pre-pandemic level of just over 7 million in February 2020. Vacancies rose by nearly 300,000 in professional and business services, which saw its openings rate swell from 5.6% to 6.9%. Available positions fell in leisure and hospitality, which dropped by 127,000 to 761,000 for the month, which saw the openings...
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    The explosion could be immense. In their latest barometer unveiled on Tuesday, February 9, Coface economists fear a surge in zombie companies in the coming months. “If the increased recourse to debt has made it possible to avoid many defaults, this rise in corporate debt in a context of low interest rates and sluggish economic activity raises fears of the proliferation of companies” zombies “, that is to say still alive, but too much in debt to invest and grow” explain the authors of the study. This phenomenon of zombie firms, very present in Japan in the 90s, resurfaced with the global pandemic. “The impact of the shock in 2020 is expected to materialize on business failures in 2021 or at the latest in 2022. There is still a lot of uncertainty about when this should happen. The sectors most affected are linked to tourism and the hotel industry...