Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Top career coaches share the best tactics for post-COVID-19 growth.  Five things we learned from Saturday's Sweet 16 action in the men's NCAA Tournament.  'I can't believe this is happening': Travelers recount tales of getting stuck in Mexico after positive COVID tests.  New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app.  Atlantia to get sweetener in CDP-led consortium's bid for Autostrade stake: sources.  Hauliers face new COVID rules in England as Heathrow seeks holiday easing.  EU's Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe's summer tourist season.  Derek Chauvin Trial: What To Know About The Charges, Jurors And More.  Democrats Prepare To Push Biden For A $10 Trillion, Decade-Long Green Infrastructure Plan.  Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more.  New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana.  Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases.  Coronavirus pandemic slowdown has made the oceans quieter, which has been good for whales.  A Late-Pandemic Boom Has Hit Australia’s High-End Markets.  On the Return to Abnormal: The Pandemic Has Changed Us, but It Shouldn’t Define Us.  UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea: FT.  Pope Francis prays for victims of Indonesia attack.  Wine Prevents Dementia, But Scientists Aren’t Sure Why.  Suez Canal: Syria rations fuel as efforts to free ship continue.  
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Top career coaches share the best tactics for post-COVID-19 growth
       
She accepted the unplanned job loss, using it as fuel to forge a new path. As a career coach working with unemployed clients, Debra Wheatman, president and founder of Careers Done Write, learned that people need someone they can talk to candidly. Say, a college athletic coach for a recent college grad or a friend in software engineering if you work in advertising. Carolyn Kleiman, a career coach at ResumeBuilder.com, added that job seekers should spend an hour each day reading up on news in their respective fields. “Browsing the same big job board day after day is likely not going to yield the result you want.
Five things we learned from Saturday's Sweet 16 action in the men's NCAA Tournament
       
Four consecutive games on the first day of the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 meant college basketball fans could write off their Saturday and instead take a seat on their couch to watch the action from early afternoon to past midnight. ELITE EIGHT OR SENT PACKING:Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16SUNDAY'S PREDICTIONS:NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 gamesA look at what we learned from all the action:Finding other ways to winSome days shots are not going to fall no matter how good you've been all season. Their first 26 points in the second half came in the paint. The shots weren't falling for the Golden Eagles in the second half, but they kept firing from long distance to no avail. By season four, there were 27 wins and an NCAA Tournament berth.
'I can't believe this is happening': Travelers recount tales of getting stuck in Mexico after positive COVID tests
       
Korey Mudd wasn't fazed by the cleaning crew outside his Mexico hotel room when he and his wife returned from the pool. Here's what COVID-19 has and hasn't changed about the Mexico vacation meccaDo you need a COVID test to fly? Test positive, and you can't fly home until you are cleared by a doctor or provide proof of a negative test. How many vacationers are testing positive for COVID-19 and getting stuck? Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky recounted the story of an unnamed constituent who went to Cabo San Lucas and tested positive.
New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app
       
State officials have launched a digital pass New Yorkers can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The Excelsior Pass will be accepted at major entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden and Albany’s Times Union Center. TEXAS COVID NUMBERS DECREASE 17 DAYS AFTER MASK, OTHER RESTRICTIONS LIFTEDThe app is similar to a mobile airline boarding pass and uses a secure QR code that can be stored in a smartphone or printed out. Officials said the technology doesn’t store or track private health data within the app. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCuomo announced Saturday that more than 8.5 million total vaccine doses have been administered across the state, including more than 1 million doses over the past week.
Atlantia to get sweetener in CDP-led consortium's bid for Autostrade stake: sources
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )CDP, together with co-investors Macquarie and Blackstone, have been negotiating with Atlantia on Autostrade since last year to try to end a dispute triggered by the 2018 collapse of a bridge ran by Autostrade per l’Italia. The CDP is expected to decide on the revised offer for 88% of Autostrade at a board meeting late on Sunday. The new bid, yet to be finalised as talks continued, still values all of Autostrade at 9.1 billion euros ($10.73 billion) but makes some concessions, the sources familiar with the matter said. Both Edizione and another key investor, banking foundation CRT, said earlier this week the CDP-led bid appeared to be the best option for the sale of Autostrade. Atlantia’s board is expected to discuss the new offer at a meeting on Wednesday or Thursday, one source said.
Hauliers face new COVID rules in England as Heathrow seeks holiday easing
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Certain lorry drivers arriving in England will need to take COVID-19 tests in a bid to tackle the spread of any future variants, the government said on Sunday as Heathrow Airport lobbied for the easing of an overseas holiday ban from mid-May. “This is to ensure we keep track of any future coronavirus variants of concern,” transport minister Grant Shapps said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France. Culture minister Oliver Dowden told Times Radio on Sunday a number of factors were being considered amid rising infections on parts of the continent. “We need to ensure that if there is international travel, it’s done in a safe way,” he said.
EU's Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe's summer tourist season
       
REUTERS/Manuel SilvestriPARIS (Reuters) - European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday that he hoped Europe will have a summer tourist season this year, supported by a ramp-up in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Breton, who heads the European Union’s executive’s vaccine task force, reiterated on RTL radio and TV channel LCI that the European Union should deliver 420 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by mid-July, enough to allow the bloc to reach collective immunity. “We have to shift to the next gear,” he said of the EU’s vaccination campaign. The EU has blamed big shortfalls of AstraZeneca doses for its slow vaccine roll-out, in a dispute that has created tensions with former EU member Britain. Breton reiterated that the EU will ensure that coronavirus vaccines produced by AstraZeneca within the bloc stay there until the company returns to fulfilling its delivery commitments.
Derek Chauvin Trial: What To Know About The Charges, Jurors And More
       
Trial BeginsJury selection for Chauvin’s trial began March 9 and lasted roughly two weeks before wrapping up on Tuesday. 44 is a white woman in her 50s who serves as an executive of a nonprofit health care advocacy organization. 55 is a white woman in her 50s who works as an executive assistant at a health care clinic. 91 is a Black woman in her 60s who worked in marketing before retiring. 118 is a white woman in her 20s who is a social worker.
Democrats Prepare To Push Biden For A $10 Trillion, Decade-Long Green Infrastructure Plan
       
“The THRIVE Act is the agenda that establishes the pillars for economic renewal in our country,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass. The White House’s infrastructure package is potentially less ambitious on the climate front, allotting just $400 billion for measures like green transit and research and development, according to The Washington Post. And it could include Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s $454 billion electric car proposal and the $1.1 trillion plan for greener public schools that Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) endorsed this month. “The infrastructure package should also be done in one bill, not two,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of the left-leaning campaign group Justice Democrats, said in a statement. “Republicans have made it clear that they have no intention of working with the President on an infrastructure package.
Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar
       
He was shot dead by junta forces in Mandalay’s Chan Mya Thar Si Township, his family said. Bhamo Platform said security forces told her family to sign a document absolving them from responsibility in her death. Funeralgoers said security forces had opened fire at the ceremony on Sunday. Barricades had been set up in the area and security forces opened fire, although there were no protests at the time, they said. A neighbour said security forces took away his body in a blue plastic sheet.
Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more
       
Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. White House aides are comparing the scope of Biden’s policy ambitions to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s after the Great Depression. The Biden administration is now challenging China, which never embraced the values of democracy as trade advocates once believed it would. But he sees the Biden administration as pursuing new policies to help workers.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
       
New York has failed in recent years to pass marijuana legalization, but a state senator said lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. New York has failed in recent years to pass marijuana legalization, but a state senator said lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)Lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana sales in New York. At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, and New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana have failed in recent years. ADVERTISEMENTThe legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers.
Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases
       
FILE- In this March 19, 2021, file photo, a nurse tends to a patient affected by COVID-19 virus in the ICU unit at the Ambroise Pare clinic in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. The sobering warning was delivered Sunday in a newspaper opinion signed by 41 Paris-region doctors. Since January, Macron’s government has instead imposed a nationwide overnight curfew and followed that with a grab-bag of other restrictions. ADVERTISEMENTBut with infections soaring and hospitals increasingly running short of intensive care beds, doctors have been stepping up the pressure for a full French lockdown. The doctors predicted that softer new restrictions imposed this month on Paris and some other regions won’t quickly bring the resurgent epidemic under control.
Coronavirus pandemic slowdown has made the oceans quieter, which has been good for whales
       
“It's probably the most popular activity for visitors, foreign and domestic,” Heimir Hardarson, captain at North Sailing, said. “Very mystical creatures,” he said, “floating around in their weightlessness.”Captain Heimir Hardarson takes whale watchers out on his boat in Húsavík, Iceland. But the global slowdown has actually been good for the whales, as human interference has decreased. He is studying how the quieter oceans have affected whales by measuring their stress levels through hormone samples. Carlo AngererHe acknowledged that animals are also affected by whale watching tours but said the experience helps motivate people to protect them.
A Late-Pandemic Boom Has Hit Australia’s High-End Markets
       
A three-bedroom oceanfront apartment on Main Beach Parade sold in January through Kollosche for A$5.6 million. “And then in Victoria, we’ve seen several Mornington Peninsula suburbs really taking off, which is definitely Covid-related. Forrest, in the nation’s capital of Canberra, is a standout on the newcomer A$3 million list as it is the only coastal neighborhood. In addition to its sought after warmer weather, Main Beach, is only a one-hour commute to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. Main Beach is geared more toward owner occupiers, as opposed to investors, and a lot of new product is being built there for downsizers.
On the Return to Abnormal: The Pandemic Has Changed Us, but It Shouldn’t Define Us
       
When the pandemic finally sputters out, this will be a changed country and we will be a changed people. The husband and wife have been vigilant in isolating themselves from other people since the pandemic began. “I don’t think I’ll ever feel safe,” our friend told us. I hope to return to a more normal life after I’m fully vaccinated next month. Yet I don’t think withdrawing from the world is the answer.
UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea: FT
       
The Illinois Board of Pharmacy told The Daily Beast it does not comment on investigations.“I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to steal from your job. When contacted by The Daily Beast, the board said it does not comment on investigations. Sounds like the beginning.”The backlash against Walker and Sparks’ crusade to uncover anti-vaxxer health-care workers on TikTok has been harsh. You can go to Google right now and pull up images about it yourself,” Stauffer told The Daily Beast. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Pope Francis prays for victims of Indonesia attack
       
"We will make sure that everything stays in Europe until the company will come back to its commitments. "We have now in Europe 52 factories. (...) They are working extremely hard. This will make our continent probably the first continent in terms of vaccine production by the end of this year, giving us a capacity to produce between two to three billion doses. "Breton also said Europe should have vaccinated enough people in the summer, possibly around mid-July, to achieve a "global immunity" level.
Wine Prevents Dementia, But Scientists Aren’t Sure Why
       
Even if the transformation itself sneaks up on you under the cover of mundanity, well, most transformations are that way, aren’t they? Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingYou know you have work to do. You can feel the flow of energy building up behind you and you haven’t been ignoring it, not exactly, and yet. It’s just the way life keeps happening — keeps stealing your attention and asking you to attend to everyone and everything else. Sometimes, the only way to feel a part of things, to feel a sense of connection, is to actively seek it out.
Suez Canal: Syria rations fuel as efforts to free ship continue
       
Satellite shows the stuck container ship 'Ever Given' on the Suez Canal, in Egypt, on March 27, 2021. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief, Osama Rabie, said on Saturday, that water had begun to run underneath the vessel. READ MORE: What Suez Canal blockage could mean for global tradeOn Friday, seven tankers carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) were diverted. The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. Built in 1869, the Suez Canal is used by around 50 vessels per day, according to Panjiva, the supply chain research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic
       
By Philip PullellaVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter's Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. On Wednesday, the pope ordered cardinals and other clerics to take pay cuts to save the jobs of other employees. "The Devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord," he said, adding that the pandemic had brought physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. In a small-scale version of a traditional Palm Sunday service, the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processed to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope's Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, will also take place with a limited number of participants.
Coronavirus latest news: Moderna Covid vaccine to be introduced in UK from April
       
Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..A third covid vaccine - Moderna - will arrive in the UK next month, ministers have confirmed. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden clarified that April is the month when the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in the UK. But complex relationships with neighbouring superpowers have pushed both countries to bet on home-grown coronavirus vaccines. 08:17 AM12-week vaccine schedule will be met, insists ministerCulture Secretary Oliver Dowden has insisted everyone will get a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine within 12 weeks of their first. 07:49 AMModerna vaccine could arrive in the UK 'later this month'Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has suggested Moderna vaccines could arrive in the UK "later this month".
Pope on pandemic's second year: Weariness, economic hardship
       
Traditionally, the pope leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists clutching olive branches and braided palms before celebrating an outdoor Mass. “For the second time we are living it (Holy Week) in the context of the pandemic," Francis said, with around 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families or couples, sitting far apart in the pews. Francis has long suffered from sciatica, and recently had a bad bout of the condition, which can trigger leg and back pain. Those measures include a nationwide ban on dining at restaurants or cafes and on travel between regions and towns. People are allowed only one holiday visit per day to homes of family or friends from April 3 to 5.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
The Suez Canal Authority’s chief declined to set a timetable for re-floating the ship and said the task remains “difficult.”The pile-up of ships is creating another problem for global supply chains already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Moller-Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have redirected vessels around southern Africa. About 12% of global trade transits the canal and around 1 million barrels a day of oil.Highlights:Two more tugs will arrive at the Ever Given by Sunday, ship management company saysU.S. Once the Ever Given’s moved, there will be an assessment to determine whether it’s fit to leave the canal. Seven vessels loaded with 92,000 livestock that were supposed to arrive to Aqaba on March 21 are stranded.
9 First Stocks a New Investor Should Buy
       
InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSo, what are some great stocks to buy for your first portfolio? Lockheed Martin (LMT)Stocks to Buy: LMT stockSource: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.comDividend stocks are great opportunities for new investors. Stocks to Buy: 3M (MMM)MMM stockSource: JPstock / Shutterstock.comWhen it comes to high-quality stocks to buy, 3M checks off many of the boxes. Add in its other attributes (namely its status as a defense stock), and this remains one of the best stocks to buy if you’re a new investor. More From InvestorPlaceThe post 9 First Stocks a New Investor Should Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
       
At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, and New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana have failed in recent years. AdvertisementThe legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers. Adam Goers, a vice president of Columbia Care, a New York medical marijuana provider that’s interested in getting into the recreational market, said New York’s proposed system would “ensure newcomers have a crack at the marketplace” alongside the state’s existing medical marijuana providers. AdvertisementNew York would set a 9% sales tax on cannabis, plus an additional 4% tax split between the county and local government. Past efforts to legalize recreational use have been hurt by a lack of support from suburban Democrats, disagreements over how to distribute marijuana sales tax revenue and questions over how to address drivers suspected of driving high.
Colorado health care workers grapple with burnout, trauma as pandemic stretches into a second year
       
But as days went by and spring turned into summer, Alderfer’s fear transformed into exhaustion after months on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a year later, several Denver-care health care workers who spoke to The Denver Post said they feel forgotten and let down by the government and public’s response. Health care professionals have spent a year enduring trauma — and it’s still not over. But mental health professionals worry that the worst is yet to come, especially for health care workers who have experienced even higher levels of stress and bore witness to the most tragic moments of the pandemic. Mental health is still heavily stigmatized in the health care industry, and it is difficult for physicians to say they need to take time off of work, Olson said.
Free virtual tutoring now available to Colorado students from the founder of Khan Academy
       
As Colorado educators and parents work to address the impact of lost learning time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one company is offering the state’s students free virtual tutoring in subject areas of their choice. Schoolhouse.world, a nonprofit started by the founder of the online Khan Academy, recently partnered with the Colorado Education Initiative to launch free tutoring services in the state. Tutoring is limited to students age 13 and up, but the company hopes to expand to additional grades levels and subject areas soon, according to a release. Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, said that while his first platform is optimal for asynchronous learning, he wanted to develop one that focused on bringing human connection to the digital learning experience. Interested students can sign up at Schoolhouse.world and fill out a survey about their academic needs to gain access to sessions.
Despite COVID restrictions, Blackhawks still enjoy food selection at this season’s team meals
       
Simply to replenish their caloric output, Hawks players regularly consume food quantities that would add many pounds to the average person. “We have meals pretty much all day, pretty much everything you can think of,” defenseman Connor Murphy said recently. “We have a full salad bar and pretty much any kind of food you can think of. Consider how frequently chicken appears among these Hawks’ go-to choices:• Carpenter: Salad, chicken with rice. • Alex DeBrincat: Salad, chicken with pasta.
Gun violence comes calling
       
Now, hours later, she was trying to make sense of a massacre that left 10 people dead in her hometown. And yet it does happen, with depressing regularity, in so many places that so many people call "here." As we watch these horrors and their aftermath unfold on television, we can see the similarities to our own lives. But while saying that mass shootings are vanishingly infrequent may comfort us, it does nothing to alleviate the trauma of those victimized by one. But society hasn’t taken the same persistent steps when it comes to shootings.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
       
Lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana sales in New York. The legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers. Adam Goers, a vice president of Columbia Care, a New York medical marijuana provider that’s interested in getting into the recreational market, said New York’s proposed system would "ensure newcomers have a crack at the marketplace" alongside the state’s existing medical marijuana providers. New York would set a 9% sales tax on cannabis, plus an additional 4% tax split between the county and local government. Past efforts to legalize recreational use have been hurt by a lack of support from suburban Democrats, disagreements over how to distribute marijuana sales tax revenue and questions over how to address drivers suspected of driving high.
Opinion: Take small steps to liberation this Passover
       
And we are remembering that journey from slavery to freedom – through the parted Red Sea. On Passover we celebrate our liberation from slavery in Egypt. And there Moses’ people were, stuck between the looming Red Sea, and an onslaught of Egyptian warriors bent on returning them to slavery. According to Jewish tradition, G-d told the Israelites: Go ahead, walk into the Red Sea, and I will make it safe for you. Jackie Congedo is director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Oklahoma City's economy shows signs of recovery from COVID-19 collapse
       
That would leave Oklahoma City with employment still below pre-pandemic levels in 2019. A March survey by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber indicates many of those workers will return as long as COVID-19 numbers continue to decline. Vaccinations soon will be available to all in Oklahoma City, and current predictions suggest a return to some normalcy by summer. In the forecast prepared for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Evans and Long caution their forecast is not guaranteed. The shift in oil and gas and what that means for Oklahoma City moving forward hasn’t gone away.
Oklahoma City's hospitality market looking at slow recovery from COVID-19
       
A fragile travel and hospitality industry is hanging on to life and looking at a slow recovery just as Oklahoma City is opening up new attractions aimed at luring tourists and more business travelers. “March is always busiest month of the year for the hotel business,” Penner said. Oklahoma City flight cancellationsNow they’re waiting to see when business and tourist travel might resume. Both routes were hard-fought wins for Oklahoma City prior to the pandemic. Air travel in Oklahoma City broke records in both 2018 and 2019.
Red Sox season preview: How Alex Cora’s group can return to playoffs in 2021
       
How will/can the Red Sox make the playoffs in 2021? After a disastrous 2020 season, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park this week to begin the 2021 season; expectations are low. There’s little doubt that this Red Sox team will be better than last season’s train wreck. But will it be enough for the Red Sox to return to the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 2018? Here are five things that need to happen for the Red Sox to make it to October:1.
Merkel's bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote
       
BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has warned that there’s a growing “mood for change” in Germany, as surveys show voters losing faith in the long-time leader’s party six months before a national election. An opinion poll published Sunday by weekly Bild am Sonntage put the Union bloc’s support at 25%, just ahead of the environmentalist Greens with 23%. The center-left Social Democrats placed third, with 17%, according to the poll of 1,447 voters with a margin of error of up to 3 percentage points. “The situation is very serious,” Markus Soeder, the governor of Bavaria and a possible contender to succeed Merkel in September, told Bild am Sonntag. By Friday, just over 10% of the population had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4.5 % had received both doses.
Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season
       
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Hundreds of people age 70 and above gathered at Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square to get a jab in two big tents. “We are so happy.”Vaccination has proceeded slowly in the Balkan country since mid-January before the arrival of the Sinovac vaccine, with Albania receiving less than 100,000 Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V doses. Albania, which has a population of 2.8 million, has signed contracts for a total of about 2.5 million vaccine doses from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V and Sinovac. The government is continuing to work on securing new vaccine contracts so the entire population can be fully vaccinated by early 2022.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. With U.K. coronavirus vaccination rates outstripping those of European Union nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing the stark “stay at home” message that has curtailed everyday life — and kept the virus in check — for almost three months. From Monday, it will be replaced in England with a message to stay local. People will be allowed to meet in groups of six outdoors and can resume outdoor sports such as basketball, tennis and golf. The other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are taking broadly similar steps.
Film on undercover journalist baiting and exposing ISIS recruiter gets US release
       
In 2014 a French journalist took to social media in an attempt to bait and expose a Syria-based Islamic State recruiter. Establishing a connection with a recruiter turned out to be surprisingly easy, and it happened to be with a prominent figure. Now, ”Profile” has been picked up by Focus Features and is slated for a U.S. release, the studio announced. After confirming the film’s American release, Bekmambetov commented that its relevance is greater now than ever due to an online migration fueled by COVID-19. “The authorities, fearing the terrorists could trace my address and my identity, have twice asked me to change my phone number.
Health-Care Workers Are Bragging on TikTok About Forging Vax Cards
       
Since Monday, Walker and Sparks have, combined, posted more than half a dozen TikTok videos calling out health-care workers who’ve talked online about forging or attempting to forge vaccine cards. Sounds like the beginning.”The backlash against Walker and Sparks’ crusade to uncover anti-vaxxer health-care workers on TikTok has been harsh. Reached by The Daily Beast, Stauffer admitted to writing the posts but denied she’d made eight cards. “When people hear that health-care workers are doing this, it undermines the faith the public has in these institutions and their ability to keep them safe,” Schaffner said. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
State Lawmakers Try to Curb Governors’ Coronavirus Powers
       
This week, legislators overrode Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto on a bill limiting his powers to make emergency declarations and barring cities and counties from issuing their own rules. A list of bills by the National Conference of State Legislators shows that the gamut of the proposals is both broad and inventive. Most proposals, however, are more straightforward attempts to give lawmakers a say, often by limiting the duration of emergency declarations and requiring legislative approval to extend them. The nonpartisan Uniform Law Commission is reviewing state emergency statutes to see if they need updating in light of the coronavirus crisis.
Mel Giedroyc: 'I’ve never been one of the cool gang. It’s a good feeling'
       
Giedroyc loved every minute of the writing: “Hand on heart, I just want to write another one.”We rented a 70s flat for nearly two years. I don’t want people to think I’m saying: ‘Come on chaps, we’ve got nothing and it’s all great.’ But I wrote this in the winter of 2019, pre-corona. Growing up, money was never discussed but, “we always knew money was not the thing we should strive for”. It’s a good feeling.” Another good feeling is being the youngest of four: “I adore my siblings [Miko, a musician, Kasia, a diplomat’s wife, Coky, a TV director]. Invisibility…oh my God, that’s the best thing.”
High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'
       
Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. These were Dido Harding, the Tory peer, as the head of NHS Test and Trace, Kate Bingham as the head of the UK’s vaccine task force, and Mike Coupe as director of testing at NHS Test and Trace. The test and trace system run by Harding has been widely criticised for being ineffective and wasteful. By contrast Bingham has been widely praised over recent months for her role in the UK’s successful vaccination programme. Mike Coupe was installed as director of testing at NHS Test and Trace.
'Lack of perspective': why Ursula von der Leyen's EU vaccine strategy is failing
       
Forging unity within the European Union is rarely easy for a president of the European commission but Ursula von der Leyen managed at least to bring together two strange bedfellows in recent days. As for Juncker’s intervention, sources close to the ex-president say his target was not Von der Leyen but instead the EU’s member states. It has been seen by many in Brussels as a reflection of the growing exasperation, both within the institution and the governments, of some of the member states at Von der Leyen’s performance. “We’re tired of being the scapegoat,” Von der Leyen said in a recent interview. Von der Leyen, he suggests, may have been guilty of letting Boris Johnson get under her skin.
Dillian Whyte is ‘back on track’ and ready for ‘colossal fight’ with Deontay Wilder, says Eddie Hearn
       
Dillian Whyte could fight in America next after he took revenge on Alexander Povetkin with a fourth-round stoppage in Gibraltar on Saturday. Hearn told Sky Sports: “We called for the Deontay Wilder fight for a long, long time and he actually DM’d Dillian Whyte and told him he would never give him that fight. READ MORE“And now he got knocked out (by Fury) he is calling for the fight with Dillian Whyte so for me that is a stadium fight, a colossal fight. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Maya Rudolph reunites with SNL alums Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch as she hosts Saturday Night Live
       
Saturday Night Live returned from a three-week winter hiatus with Maya Rudolph, who is the fourth former cast member to host during the 46th season. Hugs: The footage showed Baby boomers without masks as they hugged loved onesJokes: Another quip was how Baby boomers got their first choice of vaccineWhile being questioned about the chance of a Destiny's Child reunion, she tries drinking a glass of water, then milk, which she spills on herself. 'Baby Boomers, greatest generation, got all the money, and now the vaccination. 'Two Silicon boys we're talking outside, two Silicon boys we're talking outside, talking outside,' he said. 'I need to be all over you,' Thompson tells her.
Jane Seymour, 70, commands attention in an elegant red dress and shawl for dinner
       
And Jane Seymour displayed her ageless beauty on Saturday as she arrived at Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with her partner David Green. 'The best thing I have done is the 8/16 diet,' shared the Dr Quinn Medicine Woman star. 'My partner David lost 30lbs on the diet and so I thought I would try it and it has been working very well.' Telling her secrets: 'The best thing I have done is the 8/16 diet,' shared the 70-year-old Dr Quinn Medicine Woman starThe 8/16 diet requires her to eat within an eight hour window then spend the next 16 hours fasting. As far as her 8/16 diet, Jane says she is smart about how to fend off cravings.
Leslie Mann gets into character for new Amazon series The Power
       
Leslie Mann was seen helping plane crash survivors on Sunday as she filmed scenes for the upcoming Amazon series, The Power, in East London. While sporting a plum-coloured wrap coat and grey beanie hat, she assessed the dissaray and plane crash remnants while tending to the victims. Back to business: Leslie Mann was seen helping plane crash survivors on Sunday as she filmed scenes for the upcoming Amazon series, The Power, in East LondonA white canvas, used to reflect light, was strategically placed by Leslie as the cameras followed her every move and she delivered a concerned expression. Some of the actors wrapped up in reflective blankets and floating aids as they portrayed plane crash survivors. The streaming service, Amazon, previously teased that the series will follow the cast in countries such as England, Moldova, Nigeria and the US.
Simon Cowell heads out for lunch with partner Lauren Silverman and their son Eric in Malibu
       
He's been recovering well from his bike accident, which saw him break his back last year. And Simon Cowell appeared in good company as he joined his partner Lauren Silverman and their son Eric for a lunch date in Malibu on Saturday. The music mogul, 61, looked typically stylish as he teamed a grey jumper with white shorts during his casual outing. Socialite Lauren, 43, cut an equally chic figure in a knitted cardigan, a grey crop top and denim jeans. The insider also added that Simon would return to America's Got Talent at the end of the month to film the new series.
Courteney Cox reunites with fiancé Johnny McDaid for a food shop in Malibu after months apart
       
But Courteney Cox reunited with her partner after months of long-distance for a trip to the grocery store in western Malibu on Saturday. Earlier this month, Courteney shared a sweet St Patrick's Day tribute to partner Johnny as the couple remained miles away from each other. Resting her head against the Snow Patrol star's shoulder in the photo, Courteney wrote: 'My lucky charm. Courteney wrote: 'Happy St. Paddy's Day! Courteney and Johnny announced their engagement in June 2014 but later called off the engagement but remained a couple.
Duchess of Cambridge recycles Sézane Margeurite Blouse
       
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared effortlessly stylish as she recycled a Sézane blouse for a portrait inside her new photo book released today. It is not the first that she's worn her now out of stock Sézane Margeurite blouse, having previously teamed it with a wine coloured jumper for the Cambridge's Christmas card 2020 and with a Troy London jacket at an engagement in 2019. The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) recycled a Sézane Margeurite blouse and wine colour sweater for a photograph to accompany her new photo bookKate's photograph for her Hold Still project is believed to have been taken during the Christmas card photoshoot, as she is seen wearing the same minimalist make-up and subtle accessories. Fashion stylist Rochelle White, told Femail: 'I love that Kate opted for the wine colour jumper and frilly blouse under it. However, Kate has been know for recycling her garments and this jumper we have seen before on the family Christmas card in 2020.
How to open a country in 90 days — a six-step plan to Fourth of July cookouts
       
Here, we propose a set of six interim goals for reducing the burden of COVID-19 in the U.S. over the next 90 days. Certainly, a widely expanded communications and behavior change campaign would be needed to reach this interim goal. This interim goal should be achieved immediately and kept in place until at least June 30. David Holtgrave, Ph.D., is the dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health and SUNY Distinguished professor. Ronald O. Valdiserri M.D., MPH is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi's visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
Violence has raged on since Modi’s departure as anger has swelled over the deaths. On Friday, dozens of people were injured in the densely-populated capital Dhaka as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured, a police official said. “They attacked the train and damaged its engine room and almost all the coaches,” the official told Reuters, declining to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Protesters also vandalised and burned several buses in Dhaka as they blocked many roads, a police official said.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
The Islamist groups accuse Modi of discriminating against minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India and violence escalated rapidly during his visit. On Friday, dozens of people were injured in the densely-populated capital Dhaka as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Thousands of Islamist activists marched down the streets of Chittagong and Dhaka on Saturday in protest. On Sunday, activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured. “Police opened fire on our peaceful supporters,” Hefazat-e-Islam’s organising secretary Azizul Haque told a rally in Chittagong on Saturday.
Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal
       
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow. Ever Given container ship is seen in Suez Canal in this satellite image taken by Satellogic?s NewSat-16 on March 25, 2021. At least 369 boats are waiting to transit the canal, Rabie said, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels. ‘POSITIVE INDICATORS’“There are positive indicators from yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Rabie told Egyptian state TV. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, which is a key source of foreign currency revenues for Egypt.
Vaccine Line-Jumping in the Philippines Is Getting So Bad That WHO Might Punish the Country for It
       
In a televised speech late Wednesday, Duterte himself acknowledged the conditions set by WHO and its COVAX Facility, ordering health authorities to investigate. The problem here is that we’re still in the first group [of health workers],” he said. Advertisement“We targeted healthcare workers and we’re strict with the screening, unless they duped us and pretended to be healthcare workers,” she said. But healthcare workers on the ground are losing patience and growing frustrated with the laissez-faire approach to line-jumping. Our vaccine supply is very limited for now and it’s not enough for healthcare workers in the country,” the doctor who shared the Instagram story screenshot said.
Protesters opposing farm laws disrupt Holi celebration in Canadian city
       
Tension flared up in the city of Edmonton on Saturday as a celebration of the Holi festival by the Indo-Canadian community was disrupted by protesters opposing the three farm laws passed by India’s Parliament. The protesters blocked the route that the car rally was to take, delaying the event for nearly three hours. However, organisers of the Tiranga Yatra, who asked not be named, said their event had no political motive or agenda. Recent car rallies by the Indo-Canadian community have been similarly disrupted, in some cases resulting in instances of violence. A Tiranga Yatra in Metro Vancouver on February 7, to celebrate Republic Day, resulted in protests outside the office of two of the organisers and also threats and intimidating phone calls.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after Covid screening
       
If one overlooked the white face masks dotting the tightly packed crowd of music lovers, it was almost like pre-pandemic times in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi concert hall Saturday night. Five thousand rock fans enjoyed a real-as-can-be concert after passing a same-day coronavirus screening to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organisers. Things that nowadays aren’t that normal, sadly.”The show by the Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities to perform. Instead, concertgoers agreed public health authorities could inform Revollo’s team if they came down with coronavirus in the weeks after the concert.
You can get a COVID vaccine at a cheesemaker in Wisconsin. No, really.
       
MILWAUKEE — The list of registered COVID-19 vaccine providers in Wisconsin features hundreds of hospitals, pharmacies, doctors and health centers — and some cheesemakers. 'Drillers and fillers' fight pandemic:Would you get a COVID-19 vaccine from your dentist? 'We're all in this together'Early Saturday morning, people began gathering outside an Organic Valley office building in Cashton, a tiny village in Monroe County. With COVID-19 safety signs reminding everyone to stay at least one cow apart, the crowd included a mixture of retirees, farmers, Organic Valley employees and others. Deciding to also offer COVID-19 vaccine shots at the clinics was a no-brainer.
Airbnb and Vrbo are overloaded with reservations
       
And that's good news for companies like Airbnb and its home sharing rival Vrbo, which is owned by online travel giantShares of Airbnb are up more than 20% this year following 2020's successful initial public offering , while Expedia has soared more than 30%. Consumers clearly want to start taking trips again, especially as more adults are vaccinated. "We've had a phenomenal recovery," said Vrbo president Jeff Hurst in an interview with CNN Business. The jobs recovery may be gaining speedThe US jobs report is the big event on the calendar next week. Capital Economics predicts that 700,000 jobs were added to the economy in March, which would be the best month since September.
Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar
       
He was shot dead by junta forces in Mandalay’s Chan Mya Thar Si Township, his family said. Bhamo Platform said security forces told her family to sign a document absolving them from responsibility in her death. Funeralgoers said security forces had opened fire at the ceremony on Sunday. Barricades had been set up in the area and security forces opened fire, although there were no protests at the time, they said. A neighbour said security forces took away his body in a blue plastic sheet.
Putin: Russia to reach herd immunity to COVID-19 by end-summer - Ifax
       
FILE PHOTO: People rest on the Spit of Vasilievsky Island with the St. Isaac's Cathedral in the background on the first day of holidays ordered by President Vladimir Putin to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in central Saint Petersburg, Russia March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Anton VaganovMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he expected Russia to reach herd immunity to coronavirus and lift pandemic-related restrictions by the end of summer, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing his televised comments. Putin, who got vaccinated this week with a Russian-made vaccine, also said the only side effects he experienced were slight pain in his muscles the next morning and an uncomfortable feeling in the site of the injection.
Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic
       
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter’s Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis receives in audience members of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission in the Vatican March 26, 2021. “The Devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord,” he said, adding that the pandemic had brought physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. In a small-scale version of a traditional Palm Sunday service, the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processed to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope’s Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, will also take place with a limited number of participants.
EU's Breton sees similar summer tourist season to last year
       
FILE PHOTO: Tourists are seen at the Caffe Quadri at St. Mark's Square a day before Italy and neighbouring EU countries open up borders for the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak hit the country, in Venice, Italy June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel SilvestriPARIS (Reuters) - European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday that he hopes Europe will have a summer tourist season “comparable to last year”, supported by mass vaccination against COVID-19. Breton, who heads the EU executive’s vaccine task force, reiterated on RTL radio and TV channel LCI that the EU should deliver enough COVID-19 vaccines by mid-July to allow the bloc to reach collective immunity.
Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal
       
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow. Slideshow ( 5 images )Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded vessel have so far shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand, to a depth of 18 metres, and efforts would continue around the clock according to wind conditions and tides, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered preparations for the possible removal of some of the ship’s cargo to help refloat it, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie told Egypt’s Extra News. “There are positive indicators from yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Rabie told Egyptian state TV. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal.
Maharashtra imposes night curfew after record COVID spike
       
MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Authorities in India’s western state of Maharashtra imposed night curfews on Sunday to tackle a record surge in COVID-19 cases with the financial capital Mumbai reporting 6,123 new cases, the highest single-day spike since March last year. FILE PHOTO: A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of a passenger amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a railway station in Mumbai, India, March 21, 2021. Residential areas with five or more reported COVID-19 cases in the city have been ordered to be sealed off. India recorded 62,714 cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, the highest single-day tally since mid-October last year. ELECTION SEASONThe surge in COVID-19 cases in India comes amid a vital election season, as the eastern state of West Bengal and Assam started voting for state assemblies on Saturday.
Holy Sepulchre church opens on Palm Sunday as Latin Patriarch says 'We feel more hopeful'
       
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In scenes very different from last year, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre was open to the public on Palm Sunday, allowing Christians to attend mass at the start of Holy Week on the site where they believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Palm Sunday commemorates the day the gospels say Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was hailed by the people, only to be crucified five days later. This year, Roman Catholics celebrate Easter on April 4 and Orthodox Christians nearly a month later, on May 2. Later the patriarch was expected to take part in a Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Old City. The procession will take place under Israeli COVID-19 restrictions with a limited number of participants.
Senate faces a new post-tragedy quagmire as anti-Asian hate crimes rise
       
“We’ve already got a hate crimes bill,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Kim wrote that she was talking with her colleagues about hate crimes recording but that "we cannot legislate hate out of people’s hearts and minds." But she and other Democrats insisted they would not accept long-term defeat on either hate crimes or gun control legislation. "I don't think we have that kind of lobby" against fighting hate crime, Chu said. Blumenthal, who has long worked on gun reform, said that the Atlanta shooting illustrated how hate crimes and gun violence are inevitably intertwined.
I Found a Rainbow At the End of My Hunt For a Vaccine Appointment
       
There was even a rainbow-y halo around that big moon, another lucky omen if you’re hungry for such things. He’s a co-creator of RainbowChase, an app that alerts users when nearby conditions are conducive to rainbow sightings. “The Hawaiians thought the rainbow was a path to a higher dimension, and in a real sense, it is,” says Businger. There are Earth-clinging rainbows (uakoko), standing rainbow shafts (k?hili), and barely visible rainbows (punakea). A vertical rainbow, or K?hili over Hawaii Photograph courtesy of Steven Businger/University of Hawai'i in ManoaUnfolded by rainbows are the faces of the flowers.
Pope on pandemic’s second year: Weariness, economic hardship
       
Traditionally, the pope leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists clutching olive branches and braided palms before celebrating an outdoor Mass. ADVERTISEMENT“For the second time we are living it (Holy Week) in the context of the pandemic,” Francis said, with around 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families or couples, sitting far apart in the pews. Francis has long suffered from sciatica, and recently had a bad bout of the condition, which can trigger leg and back pain. Those measures include a nationwide ban on dining at restaurants or cafes and on travel between regions and towns. People are allowed only one holiday visit per day to homes of family or friends from April 3 to 5.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
Pubs, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and all stores selling nonessential items such as books and footwear have spent much of the past year closed. Pubs, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and all stores selling nonessential items such as books and footwear have spent much of the past year closed. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. Most nonessential businesses remain closed, along with pubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports stadiums. While many European nations are seeing a new surge in the pandemic, Britain is counting on a rapid mass-vaccination program to help it end lockdown.
Merkel’s bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote
       
BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has warned that there’s a growing “mood for change” in Germany, as surveys show voters losing faith in the long-time leader’s party six months before a national election. An opinion poll published Sunday by weekly Bild am Sonntage put the Union bloc’s support at 25%, just ahead of the environmentalist Greens with 23%. The center-left Social Democrats placed third, with 17%, according to the poll of 1,447 voters with a margin of error of up to 3 percentage points. “The situation is very serious,” Markus Soeder, the governor of Bavaria and a possible contender to succeed Merkel in September, told Bild am Sonntag. By Friday, just over 10% of the population had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4.5 % had received both doses.
Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season
       
Albania started a mass vaccination campaign trying to inoculate half a million people opening the way to a more relaxed incoming summer tourism season. Albania started a mass vaccination campaign trying to inoculate half a million people opening the way to a more relaxed incoming summer tourism season. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Edi Rama went to Turkey and brought back the 192,000 Sinovac doses. The remainder of the 500,000 Sinovac doses Albania is due to receive will come in two months.
Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push?
       
Anti-smoking advocates are warning that the stress and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed efforts to get more Americans to quit in 2020. Anti-smoking advocates are warning that the stress and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed efforts to get more Americans to quit in 2020. But services to help smokers quit -- delivered via phone and online -- would seem well-positioned to withstand the disruptions of the pandemic. In a recent report, the coalition of anti-smoking counselors cited the pandemic and the drop in public awareness messaging. Smokers who called Minnesota’s hotline reported smoking more, but also said they were more motivated to quit because of COVID-19.
Bruce, Sandoval on big league rosters, Maybin, Frazier cut
       
Texas committed to add pitcher Ian Kennedy and infielder Brock Holt, and Toronto told infielder Joe Panik he will be added. Anthony Kay pitched 2 2/3 innings for Toronto before departing with a lower right leg contusion. INDIANS 9, DODGERS 2Cleveland ace Shane Bieber struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings in his final start before opening day. WHITE SOX 8, ROCKIES 2White Sox ace Lucas Giolito struck out nine in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Bruce, Sandoval on big league rosters, Maybin, Frazier cut originally appeared on NBCSports.com
7 Marijuana Stocks Waiting for Biden to Make a Move
       
InvestorPlaceFor those beginning to invest, it may be hard to figure out which stocks to buy. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips 7 Risky Stocks Ready to Roll on Reopening So, what are some great stocks to buy for your first portfolio? Lockheed Martin (LMT) Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com Dividend stocks are great opportunities for new investors. 7 Risky Stocks Ready to Roll on Reopening So, why is this a great stock for new investors? Stocks to Buy: 3M (MMM) Source: JPstock / Shutterstock.com When it comes to high-quality stocks to buy, 3M checks off many of the boxes.
Mass Covid testing of lorry drivers entering UK delayed until April 6
       
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg - Chris Ratcliffe/BloombergCoronavirus Article Bar with counterThe mass coronavirus testing of lorry drivers entering Britain is to be delayed until Tuesday, April 6, in an attempt to minimise the risk of disruption to food and other supplies. The delay until April 6 will mean some 40,000 lorries will arrive in the UK before testing begins. Under the plans – revealed by The Telegraph on Thursday – all lorry drivers staying longer than two days will be required to have a Covid test within 48 hours and then every 72 hours. This would mean three tests on days two, five, and eight, at one of the 39 testing sites across the UK. The rules apply to all lorry drivers, UK and non-UK, bringing loads from any country apart from Ireland.
Joe Biden’s revolution of modest expectations
       
What has come over Joe Biden? Most important, perhaps, Biden has landed on a deceptively simple political strategy: He’s deliberately set modest expectations and then exceeded them. Case in point: the goals Biden set for the national vaccination program. He’s not FDR; he’s Joe Biden from Scranton, “putting one foot in front of the other and just trying to make things better,” as he put it at the news conference. But the Biden we’re seeing now, putting one foot in front of the other, is the most effective version of Joe Biden ever seen — and I’ve watched most of his career.
Colombia accuses FARC dissidents over car bomb attack
       
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia on Saturday accused FARC dissidents of detonating a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the country's Cauca province, which left 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and caused material damages. The attack, which took place on Friday, was condemned by the government and a United Nations mission in Colombia. The attack was carried out by the Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, a dissident group of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Molano said. FARC dissidents reject a 2016 peace deal which ended the group's part in Colombia's armed conflict, which has left 260,000 dead and millions displaced. Government officials and the armed forces estimate there are between 2,500 and 3,000 FARC dissidents throughout the country.
Truck drivers entering UK likely to need COVID test, source says
       
LONDON (Reuters) -Truck drivers entering Britain from continental Europe are likely to need to take a COVID-19 test under plans being discussed by the government to contain coronavirus variants, an industry source said on Friday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France, including truck drivers, to defend against new variants that are spreading as part of Europe's third wave of the pandemic. Drivers would be tested at sites around Britain. Britain has banned foreign travel until at least May 17, although essential workers such as truck drivers have been allowed to cross borders to supply the country's food stores and manufacturing plants. The government currently encourages international drivers in the country for more than 48 hours to take a free test.
Mexico’s real COVID-19 death toll now stands at over 321,000
       
Mexico’s government acknowledged Saturday that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. The only way to get a clear picture is to review “excess deaths” and review death certificates. As of the end of December, excess death estimates suggested a total of about 220,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in Mexico. Excess deaths are determined by comparing the deaths in a given year to those that would be expected based on data from previous years. A review of death certificates found about 70.5% of the excess deaths were COVID-19 related, often because it was listed on the certificates as a suspected or contributing cause of death.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. AdvertisementThe other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are taking broadly similar steps. While many European nations are seeing a new surge in the pandemic, Britain is counting on a rapid mass-vaccination program to help it end lockdown. Remaining restrictions are to end June 21, if the country isn't facing a new virus surge. “It’s really important that people who are vaccinated can remember that they aren’t completely protected,” he told the BBC.
Throw a lifeline for your neighbors
       
“A lifeline for households pushed to the edge” (Page A1, March 21) is a very good account of the dizzying amount of the hopeful help people will get from the American Rescue Plan. But we know that a significant number of us getting $1,400 stimulus checks don’t really need them if we’ve been getting a decent salary throughout the coronavirus pandemic. There are many local community-led relief efforts for COVID-19 across Massachusetts. All have special programs during the pandemic to donate to local mutual-aid relief groups in each area. A few funds to consider are the Massachusetts Undoc Fund to aid undocumented immigrants, Mass Redistribution Fund, food banks, and the 11 community foundations across the state.
A touchless airport experience is at the fingertips of the battered airline industry
       
American Airlines customer assistance representative Rhonda Jameson assists a passenger using a kiosk to check in at DFW International Airport. American Airlines spent much of the past year installing new kiosks and refining menus to move customers through faster, Peterson said. Travis Evenson, an American Airlines customer experience senior project manager, demonstrates how airline passengers use a new mobile ID bag drop, a touchless technology at DFW International Airport. That eliminates the need to ever give a driver’s license or passport to an American Airlines employee. The touchless bag drop and lounge access technology is optional for American customers.
Opinion: Passing the Equality Act will make America stronger
       
During college, I became interested in military service and enrolled in an Army ROTC program. Since that day, I’ve been standing alongside other transgender service members and aspiring service members for the chance to serve this country. My dreams of military service are finally within reach, but this fight isn’t over. And over 80% of American voters support laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, like the Equality Act. Nicolas Talbott is an aspiring service member and transgender advocate who challenged the military's ban on transgender service members in federal court.
Letters: A tip to make traffic move faster: Green means GO.
       
No, the way to better move traffic through the Twin Cities is to watch the traffic lights and GO when the light turns green. How they were partners and neighbors to Native Americans on the Mississippi River well before the first steamboat, and before St. Paul was called Pigs Eye Landing. I started as liaison for both organizations concerning the then-nascent canoe program (Urban Wilderness Adventures) in the Mississippi River Gorge. Paul reaches for waterfront potential with a new nature center, Mississippi River Balcony, East Side River District” (March 21). Michael Lunde, St. Paul
Opinion: Actions, not empty words, needed to dismantle systems of oppression
       
Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson asked five guest columnists their thoughts on this subject. More:Political cartoonists react to violence against Asian AmericansAs an Asian woman born in India, raised in Georgia and who has lived in Ohio since 2012, I’ve also been impacted by these systems of oppression. We have a right to go about our daily lives – shop for groceries, go to work, walk around our neighborhoods – and feel safe. Everyone deserves to feel safe and to feel like they belong. Speak out when you see anti-Asian hate, and push for investments that lift up our communities so we can all feel safe, together.
Creative 'Duets': Artists on and off the autism spectrum team up for new OKC exhibit
       
For the exhibit, the nonprofit organization paired 17 neurodiverse artists who are on the autism spectrum with 17 neurotypical artists to create collaborative works of art. The exhibit will open during the Paseo Arts District's First Friday Gallery Walk and remain on view throughout April, which is Autism Awareness Month. We've been talking about it for a while, and it was interesting because to launch this in the middle of a pandemic really, really pushed the creative boundaries of our artists. "For the neurotypical artists, it was an opportunity for them to break down perhaps any misconceptions they had about people on the autism spectrum. Geddes, 18, who is on the autism spectrum, described Stone's work as "very creative and unique and very bright."
Corrections workers deserve hazard pay
       
Kevin Stitt recently has publicly indicated support to determine whether to give hazard duty pay to teachers as an incentive for them to return to traditional classroom learning. However, the teacher’s union, Oklahoma Education Association, is not requesting hazard duty pay. However, I would like to shine light on the Department of Corrections and everything they have done throughout the pandemic. These courageous workers and staff have faced COVID-19 head on with no ability to not show up to work out of fear of the virus. We need to be thanking them for all they have done and show them support by presenting them with a hazardous pay incentive.
Opinion: Going 'Back to School' creates new challenges for life during a pandemic
       
Given the predominantly young and healthy populations of college campuses, it’s also unsurprising that these cases have resulted in a low incidence of serious illness and few deaths. In counties where college students make up at least 10% of the population, case averages for the last year have essentially mirrored what’s happened elsewhere. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoed this thinking when it updated its guidance on classroom spacing, saying that elementary school students and some middle and high school students could be spaced three feet apart in classrooms, so long as everyone donned masks. Of course, college students spend time in close quarters beyond lectures and seminars: In dorms, dining halls and elsewhere. But with universities opening the throttle – and college students behaving like college students – a clearer picture should emerge soon.
Texas' COVID numbers fall for the 17th consecutive day following reopening
       
Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, 17 days after it scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine - take off your mask, forget it. Tate Reeves who also ended the state's mask mandate this month. 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking,'' Reeves tweeted at the time.
21 Oklahoma community health centers to get over $63 million in COVID relief funding
       
Community health centers across Oklahoma will receive over $63 million in funding to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations. The funding is going to 21 community health centers in Oklahoma as part of the American Rescue Plan, President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, and will be awarded in April by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The money is aimed at bolstering existing COVID-19 efforts and allows health centers to use the funding to expand their capacity and deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at a higher risk for COVID-19. “Along with the nation, our COVID response message continues to evolve,” Variety Care CEO Lou Carmichael said in a statement. "This historic funding will help us continue to deliver preventative and primary health care services to community members at risk for COVID-19," said Dr. Lydia Nightingale, Variety Care's chief medical officer.
The Latest: No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic
       
———PELHRIMOV, Czech Republic — A year after the Czech Republic recorded its first death from the coronavirus, the central European nation paused this week to remember all the citizens who lost their lives in the pandemic. Few imagined in March 2020 that the country of 10.7 million eventually would have one of the world’s highest per capita death tolls. But it’s not just grim statistics that have torn the fabric of Czech life. There’s always a personal story behind each life lost. ———MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government is acknowledging that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000.
Migrant girls start arriving at San Diego Convention Center shelter
       
SAN DIEGO — Officials unveiled the San Diego Convention Center’s new migrant shelter Saturday, where 500 teen girls seeking asylum in the U.S. were expected to have arrived by the end of the day. The first group of migrant girls to be housed at the San Diego Convention Center arrived by bus Saturday evening. Up to 500 teen girls seeking asylum were expected to arrive at the convention center Saturday. A worker prepares food in a kitchen as officials tour the San Diego Convention Center migrant shelter, where unaccompanied kids seeking asylum in the U.S. will temporarily stay. Other partners include FEMA, the CDC and the company that operates the San Diego Convention Center.
Personalised number plates linked to Covid-19 banned by DVLA
       
Personalised numbers plates that refer to Covid-19 and the pandemic have been banned by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. Unique number plates can change hands for between £150 and £200,000 with some people viewing the most valuable ones as potential investments. Last year, the number plate 1NHS sold at the height of the pandemic for £120,000 at an online auction. “Backed by a massive government campaign, NHS plates are now collectors’ items and have a real value. Thirty years after selling personalised registrations, the Government revealed nearly six million private plates had been sold to motorists, generating around £2 billion for the Treasury.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after Covid-19 screening
       
The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organisers. Things that nowadays aren’t that normal, sadly.”The show by the Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities to perform. “Some of the musicians are crying over here.”Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona where they could take a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. Spectators a nderwent Covid-19 rapid antigen tests and were required to wear face masks. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/APInstead, concertgoers agreed public health authorities could inform Revollo’s team if they came down with coronavirus in the weeks after the concert.
And the brand played on: Bob Dylan at 80
       
“It’s gonna take a hundred years before they understand me!” Bob Dylan once claimed, “they” being the cohorts of fans, critics and Dylanologists who have dogged his tracks ever since Robert Zimmerman, chippy teen of Hibbing, Minnesota, became Bob Dylan, world-famous singer, songwriter, and pop’s most enduring enigma. Latham’s The World of Bob Dylan, to be published in May by Cambridge University Press, includes 18 professors among its 24 contributors. ‘If Dylan didn’t exist you’d have to invent him’: Q&As with the authors of four new Dylan booksAuthor of A Restless Hungry Feeling: The Double Life of Bob Dylan Vol 1 1941–1966, a newly rewritten early life of Dylan. Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at the University of Tulsa, where the Dylan Archive is kept, and where the new Bob Dylan Center will open in 2021. Latham is co-editor of The World of Bob Dylan, which brings together leading rock and pop critics and scholars writing on Dylan.
When is Easter 2021 and why does the date change every year?
       
Unlike Christmas, the date of Easter is subject to change, as its date is determined by a lunisolar calendar. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world South Africa Nuns carry a cross during a silent march celebrating Good Friday in Durban. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Mexico Masked penitents prepare before the start of a procession, a part of Holy Week celebrations, in Taxco. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Philippines Penitents wearing masks, known locally as "Morions" take a selfie during the start of Holy Week celebrations in Mogpog, Marinduque. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Hungary Hungary Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Philippines Resident portraying Roman soldier pulls up a nail on a foot of penitent Ruben Enaje in Pampanga, Philippines.
Japan to issue digital vaccine passport: Nikkei
       
Japan is set to issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, joining China, the EU and other countries that have adopted similar measures aimed at opening up overseas travel, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. In line with international standards, the certificate can be managed on a mobile app, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel, the report said. PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Covid updates: Oliver Dowden says Moderna vaccine expected in April
       
He said an increase in the number of virus cases is "inevitable as we relax restrictions". Without the entire adult population being vaccinated "there is still potential for the virus to spread" he said. "The question is whether or not those increasing cases will translate into a large number of hospitalisations and deaths." He said the vaccine's efficacy so far was " excellent - and very encouraging" but "we have to be careful". He added that another national lockdown "would be a failure of public health policy" and that we had "all the tools in place" to avoid it.
How Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather became close friends
       
Anthony Joshua was in Las Vegas to let his hair down when Floyd Mayweather offered to take him around his favourite landmarks and watering holes. It was on that trip where Joshua and Mayweather established their friendship, which could now extend to working together in the ring. 'I look forward to working with Anthony Joshua real soon, we communicate all the time, we talk all the time. Their first brush with each other came the following year at a meet-and-greet with fans before that trip to Las Vegas. 'On the day of the Pulev fight I got a FaceTime call at 1am,' Ghansa says.
Race to free the Ever Given enters SIXTH day: Two tugboats speed to Suez Canal to join efforts
       
Two heavier tugboats sped to Egypt's Suez Canal on Sunday to join efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway. Workers planned to make two attempts to free the vessel on Sunday, coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. Asked about when they expected to free the vessel and reopen the canal, he said: 'I can't say because I do not know.' Berdowski said two large tugboats were on their way to the canal and are expected to arrive over the weekend. Pictured: Two boats are seen at the entrance of the Suez Canal on SundayThe Ever Given is wedged about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the canal's Red Sea entrance near the city of Suez.
NK paper stresses local economy as 'cornerstone' of national development
       
(Yonhap)North Korea's official newspaper on Sunday called for local economic development to achieve self-reliance in securing food and other key necessities, saying cities and counties are a "cornerstone" of the national economy. "Development of cities and counties are a major requirement for an improvement in livelihood of people," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the ruling Workers' Party, said. "Just as the cornerstone should be strong for a house to be strong, development of cities and counties should precede the construction of socialism and prosperity of a nation," the paper added. They include a new five-year economic development plan with an emphasis on self-reliance, despite the global sanctions and the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stressed the role of local party officials in achieving balanced national development as he attended a workshop of chief secretaries of city and county committees of the party.
How a Federal Agency Excluded Thousands of Viable Businesses From Pandemic Relief
       
The Small Business Administration refuses to give pandemic relief loans to people who have filed for bankruptcy, even if their businesses can survive. In Hidalgo County, Texas, for example, an emergency medical transportation company in bankruptcy sued after it was denied a PPP loan. Meanwhile, the SBA hastily published a rule explicitly barring companies in bankruptcy from participating in its pandemic relief program. “I’m not a wealthy person at all, but I have many millionaire friends who own businesses, insurance firms, architecture firms,” Shriner said. “These millionaires got money and money and money and money from the government, and they’re all driving on the golf course.
Tugboats sent speeding to Suez Canal to aid attempts to free megaship
       
A satellite image from Maxar Technologies showing the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, March 27, 2021. Two additional tugboats sped Sunday to Egypt's Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway, even as major shippers increasingly divert their boats out of fear the vessel may take even longer to free. Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Moller-Maersk, warned its customers that it would take anywhere from three to six days to clear the backlog of vessels at the canal.
Hong Kong says BioNTech vaccine probe finds no systemic flaws
       
Hong Kong likely to resume its inoculation drive next week, local media say, after probe into defective packaging rules out systemic errors. The suspension came as Hong Kong faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China’s Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions. The latter is distributed in Hong Kong and Macau via a partnership between BioNTech and China’s Fosun Pharma, while BioNTech partners with Pfizer in markets outside greater China. It was not related to the cold-chain and logistical management of the vaccine and random testing of intact vials delivered to Hong Kong did not uncover any issue of leakage, it said. “The findings currently show that more than one million remaining vaccines in Hong Kong are safe to use and it should be individual cases that some bottles with defects were found,” Lam was quoted as saying.
Why going to church during Holy Week (and beyond) is good for your mental health
       
A recent Gallup survey found that those who have prioritized weekly attendance at worship services throughout the pandemic have emerged — not merely unscathed — but mentally improved. This lines up with historical research on mental health and church attendance. Broad-based evidence demonstrates that attendance at worship services is indispensable to a happy, generous and flourishing society. Despite the option of in-person attendance, most people still opt out. Ericka Andersen is writing a book about the importance of church attendance in the lives of women.
Consumers filed 106 injury claims from COVID-19 vaccines, ventilators and hydroxychloroquine. Here's why none have been paid.
       
The 106 injury claims for vaccines, hydroxychloroquine and other COVID-19 treatments remained under medical review as of March 15, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Resources and Services Administration, the agency within HHS that runs the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, provided data to USA TODAY showing injury claims for 20 types of COVID-19 treatments. 'Exactly the wrong way'Last March, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared all claims of injury from COVID-19 vaccines would be handled through the countermeasures program. The program, established in 2010, handles injury claims from vaccines and other treatments authorized during a public health emergency. “There’s ‘s never been any vaccine that has been placed under such careful scrutiny as these COVID-19 vaccines are going through."
For Them, New York City Will Never Be The Same
       
This is the new New York, and these are some of the new New York lives:Andrew S. Gonzalez, 31, was a chef and menu planner for a chain of restaurants in Qatar. “Families come, they say, ‘Thank you, thank you, it’s all I have to eat today,’” she said. An apartment rearranged by absence. “I work hard in a restaurant,” she said. It’s too hard, because I love my sister.”If the city has long had millions of stories, many of them have been changed, rearranged.
What to Know About the Trial of Derek Chauvin
       
What to Know About the Trial of Derek Chauvin Mr. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. The jury in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin has been seated. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 1:11 - 0:00 transcript Final Juror Selected in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial The final member of the jury was interviewed and seated Tuesday for the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Judge denies motion to delay Derek Chauvin trial. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:47 - 0:00 transcript Judge Denies Motion to Delay Derek Chauvin Trial On Friday, Judge Peter A. Cahill of Hennepin County District Court, who is overseeing the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd, denied the defense team’s request for a trial delay.
Raised to identify as Black, Harris steps into role as a voice for Asian Americans amid rise in hate incidents
       
Duckworth told reporters that White House aides had pointed at Harris “multiple times” over the past year in response to lawmakers’ pressure. He is a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group that has tallied 3,800 incidents of bias and hate directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the past year. Neera Tanden, an Indian American, failed last month to win Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget. The absence of Asian Americans at the White House has been noticeable. ADRohini Kosoglu, a Sri Lankan American who serves as Harris’s domestic policy adviser, was the highest-ranking Asian American official in attendance, participants said.
A state program offers health coverage to seniors regardless of legal status
       
CHICAGO – While teaching music classes for children, Juan often used to find himself bouncing between health clinics to get treated for diabetes. At 67 years old, he’s now getting access to health insurance for the first time. Illinois is implementing a first-of-its-kind program to offer health care access to low-income immigrant seniors, whether they’re legal permanent residents who previously didn’t have access, or if they’re undocumented. Under federal law, Americans who lack legal status are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or "Obamacare" enrollment. Juan's family said the program has given them peace of mind when it comes to his health.
Biden wants to strengthen Medicaid, but Trump left major hurdles for him
       
The Biden administration hopes to quickly help those uninsured in Georgia, as well as in 11 other states, by providing incentives to expand Medicaid. Brian Kemp greets President Donald Trump as Trump arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on July 15. The Biden administration also has to figure out how to contend with the lawsuits that have blocked four of the waivers. They are suing the Department of Health and Human Services, which is now under the leadership of the Biden administration. Every day in her office, Kinsell said, she sees unmet health care needs that lead to disability and unemployment.
China tightens scrutiny over credit rating industry
       
REUTERS/Jason LeeChina’s credit rating agencies are urged to improve their credit rating models, strengthen corporate governance and bolster information disclosure, according to rules jointly published by five government agencies including the central bank and the finance ministry. Beijing has also deregulated the country’s credit rating market to global players such as S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings. But bond credit rating in China has long been a source of complaint for investors. Rules published on Sunday urge rating agencies to boost consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of credit rating, and build a quality inspection system using default ratio at the core. Rating agencies are also encouraged to install independent directors, and urged to take measures to avoid conflict of interest and strengthen internal control.
Pope leads scaled-down Palm Sunday service, says remember the downtrodden
       
In pre-Covid times, Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week and leads to Easter, tens of thousands of people would pack St. Peter’s Square holding olive branches and intricately weaved palm fronds in an outdoor ceremony. Instead, only about 120 members of the faithful participated in Sunday’s Mass, joining the pope and about 30 cardinals in a secondary wing of the huge basilica. Nearly everyone who took part in the Mass, except the pope and the choir, wore masks. The Vatican re-created the traditional Palm Sunday service, albeit on a much smaller scale, with the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processing to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope’s Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, also will take place with a limited number of participants.
UK on track for second vaccine doses despite supply concerns - minister
       
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is confident second doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be administered on time without mixing jabs, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday amid concerns over a slowdown in supplies. The European Union has also threatened to block vaccine shipments to countries such as the UK with higher vaccination rates. “We are confident that it won’t require mixing of vaccines.”Dowden also said that the government still expects the Moderna vaccine to arrive in Britain in April. “Should we get to the point where we have a surplus of vaccines, we’d make decisions on the allocation of that surplus,” he told Sky News.
DoorDash pushes back against fee delivery commissions with new charges
       
In the most comprehensive look at commission delivery caps, NBC News has found 68 localities that have passed such caps. NBC News found that DoorDash added supplemental local fees in 57 of the 68 locations that have fee caps, far more than have previously been reported. By 2019, DoorDash had become the country’s leading food delivery company, overtaking its rivals, including Grubhub and Uber Eats. Lobbying effortsAs the rush to implement caps appears not to have slowed, all three major food delivery companies have stepped up their lobbying efforts. Amy Healy, Grubhub's head of public affairs, said the commission caps were "exactly the wrong thing to do."
Former prisoners struggle to re-enter society. What happens when society moves online?
       
Later that day, he arrived at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, a restorative justice non-profit that helps former prisoners get on their feet. The challenge he faced has been amplified in the past year as the Covid-19 pandemic has driven many more parts of life online. Now, everything is online, and the obstacles in the way of gaining access to those services are far greater. Burnett didn't realize John was struggling to use technology until he began to miss online appointments. She was looking forward to hearing about John's telemedicine appointments, but realized he didn't know that his phone had to be connected to WiFi or cellular service in order to call in.
Tugs, dredgers continuing efforts to free ship stranded in Suez Canal: Authority
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )CAIRO (Reuters) - The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Sunday that tugging and dredging operations to free a grounded container ship blocking the waterway would continue around the clock, according to wind conditions and tides. Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded ship have so far shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand around the ship to reach a depth of 18 metres, the authority said in a statement. The 400-metre (430-yard) long Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal more than five days ago, halting shipping traffic on one of the world’s busiest waterways. As of Saturday, 321 boats were waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels. Shipping rates for oil product tankers nearly doubled after the ship became stranded, and the blockage has disrupted global supply chains, threatening costly delays for companies already dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.
Some hauliers arriving in England to face COVID-19 tests
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Lorry drivers arriving in England from outside Britain and Ireland for more than two days will need to take COVID-19 tests in a bid to tackle the spread of any future variants, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Sunday. Affected hauliers will need to take a test within 48 hours and one every 72 hours thereafter as part of the new rules. “This is to ensure we keep track of any future coronavirus variants of concern,” Shapps wrote on Twitter. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France, including truck drivers. Britain has banned foreign travel until at least May 17, although essential workers such as truck drivers have been allowed to cross borders to supply the country’s food stores and manufacturing plants.
'Changed hearts and minds': Biden's funding offer shifts Medicaid expansion debate
       
The conversation around Medicaid expansion appears to be undergoing a new and dramatic shift in some of the holdout states, however. It’s expected that funding could cover the states’ Medicaid costs for that period. “We have over 400 studies showing why Medicaid expansion is a good thing,” said Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. “Anytime a meeting was set up with the governor or his office, I was told if you bring up Medicaid expansion, the meeting is over,” he said. Ron DeSantis' office said he was opposed, declining health care coverage for approximately 800,000 people.
Libraries Are Key Tools For People Getting Out of Prison, Even During A Pandemic
       
And you had to go to the kiosk and I didn't know how to work the kiosk. We didn't know how to do it. When he got out he didn't know how to send a text. In prison libraries are known as safe welcoming places. Nicole Warren, a social worker with Fresh Start, says her meetings with her clients are meant to be confidential like at the doctor's.
The Latest: No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic
       
The government banned religious activities during the Holy Week as it enters into stricter lockdown measures starting next week while the country struggles to control an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. The government banned religious activities during the Holy Week as it enters into stricter lockdown measures starting next week while the country struggles to control an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is celebrating solemn Holy Week ceremonies for a second straight year without the usual throngs of pilgrims and tourists, kept away by pandemic safety concerns and travel restrictions. — Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims. — Mexico’s real COVID-19 death toll now stands at over 321,000.
Vaccines appear effective vs New York virus variant; super-spreader events drive variants
       
New York variant does not escape vaccinesAntibodies induced by the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and the antibody therapy from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals all are able to neutralize a coronavirus variant on the rise in New York, lab experiments show. The New York variant contains mutations - E484K, S477N and D235G - that experts feared might reduce antibody efficacy. The researchers exposed replicas of the New York variant to blood from recipients of either the vaccines or the Regeneron antibody combination used to treat infected patients. His team's new mathematical models, posted on Wednesday on medRxiv ahead of peer review, show that early super-spreader events infecting more than five people are critical to a variant's survival, while super-spreader events infecting more than 20 people are critical to its eventual predominance. Even a very infectious new variant usually needs a super-spreader event to help it overtake a current variant, Reeves explained.
Op-Ed: How the U.S. invested in the war on terrorism at the cost of public health
       
Today, with more than 540,000 COVID deaths, I hope we’ve learned the huge cost of allowing our public health structure to wither as we single-mindedly pursued the decades-long war on terror. The Affordable Care Act established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, with promised investment reaching about $2 billion annually by 2015. Since 2010, spending on local health departments has dropped by 18%, and at least 38,000 public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national public health agency, has been regarded as a bastion of international scientific expertise, but that doesn’t always translate into good on-the-ground public health work. The CDC and local public health departments need to be equipped with the same level of sophisticated tools provided to, say, airport screeners.
Two tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — Two additional tugboats sped Sunday to Egypt’s Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway, even as major shippers increasingly divert their boats out of fear the vessel may take even longer to free. Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. On Saturday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority told journalists that strong winds were “not the only cause” for the Ever Given running aground, appearing to push back against conflicting assessments offered by others. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world's second-largest, said it already had rerouted at least 11 ships around Africa's Cape of Good Hope to avoid the canal.
Republicans don’t want Kamala Harris to succeed on immigration. That’s why she must
       
The migration crisis at America’s southern border has put the Biden administration in a sticky wicket. How could Trump’s ever-loyal vice president fix a problem his boss refused to own? But Harris’ biggest hurdle won’t be headquartered in Central America. They aim to demolish all Biden administration initiatives, and especially one that seeks a humane policy for handling desperate migrants who seek harbor. “At no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat.”They don’t want Harris to succeed.
COVID-19 death toll may be higher due to people afraid to go to the doctor
       
Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, chairwoman of family medicine for Northwell Health and for the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell., on Thursday talked about some of the reasons people may have been afraid to go to the doctor during the coronavirus pandemic, which may have led to a death toll higher than originally believed. Credit: Barry Sloan
The Onion Tree in Sea Cliff faces a year of coronavirus challenges — and emerges stronger
       
A year after that first dinner, I returned to The Onion Tree. The Onion Tree opened for business on March 6, 2020, and was instantly busy. The eclectic menu was better received in Sea Cliff than it had been in Oakdale. The Village of Sea Cliff stepped up too, closing Sea Cliff Avenue for outdoor dining, first on Fridays and Saturdays but, eventually, from Thursday to Sunday. "It’s our one-year anniversary but it feels like years that we’ve had The Onion Tree,'' she said.
Cuomo controversies strain his relationship with Biden
       
Andrew M. Cuomo provided him with a sounding board, telling Biden about his father Mario’s regrets about not running for the White House. When Cuomo faced a challenge from progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, it was Biden who delivered a more than 45-minute speech endorsing Cuomo at the state’s 2018 Democratic convention. Two days later, in a sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos, Biden took his response further, saying Cuomo should resign if state Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation confirms the sexual harassment allegations. "President Biden, I would assume, would agree with, as a result of that, [Cuomo] should resign." "I mean he's got not only the sexual harassment allegations, but the nursing home allegations, and these new revelations about COVID testing and preferential treatment for his family.
Experts: U.S. death toll related to virus is higher than the estimated 550,000
       
Most were from COVID-19, but 33% of those nationwide, and 22% in New York, were attributed to a cause other than COVID-19, researchers estimated. Frederick worried that "we may see some sliding back" in recent improvements in life expectancy for some cancers because of the pandemic. There was a: 63% drop in breast cancer screenings 64% drop in colon cancer screenings 67% drop in cervical cancer screenings. "We call those deaths of despair," said Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of the Mineola-based Family and Children's Association. COVID-19 meant that people were isolated from in-person contact with mental health professionals and friends and had difficulty coping, he said.
Salt Fork, Seneca Lake will be ready when health orders are lifted
       
"We do not have any special activities planned through May 31," said Adam Sikora, Salt Fork State Park manager. "The park continues to adhere to the governor's current orders regarding masks and social distancing," said Matt Steffen, manager at Seneca Lake Park. Outside, Salt Fork Park offers visitors 7,229-acres of recreational opportunities that include modern cabins, a large family and primitive campgrounds, hiking trails, marinas, a golf course, and Salt Fork Lake for boating and fishing. Salt Fork Lake offers an abundant fishing opportunity with sizable populations of largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, walleyes, and muskellunge. For more information, contact Salt Fork State Park, 740-439-3521 or Seneca Lake Park at 740-685-6013.
Opinion: Actions, not empty words, needed to dismantle systems of oppression
       
Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson asked five guest columnists their thoughts on this subject. More:Political cartoonists react to violence against Asian AmericansAs an Asian woman born in India, raised in Georgia and who has lived in Ohio since 2012, I’ve also been impacted by these systems of oppression. We have a right to go about our daily lives – shop for groceries, go to work, walk around our neighborhoods – and feel safe. Everyone deserves to feel safe and to feel like they belong. Speak out when you see anti-Asian hate, and push for investments that lift up our communities so we can all feel safe, together.
Biology: Intellectual property rights key to fighting COVID-19, but might come back to bite
       
Steve RissingFor The Columbus Dispatch USA TODAY NETWORKWhen it comes to defeating SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, intellectual property rights protections oppose insights of evolutionary biology. Patents and international accords protect intellectual property rights of inventors. The pharmaceutical companies using this new NIH technology are also applying for patents for COVID-19 vaccines they developed using it. Many in the developed world argue that denial of intellectual property rights will stifle innovation and our ability to confront the next pandemic. And to do that, we may have to waive intellectual property rights to molecular biology technology, including patents held by the U.S. government.
Opinion: It is time to 'rock the boat' and make waves in the name of ending racism against Asian Americans
       
More:Column: Here is how to be an antiracist in OhioI received the same messages that many Asian Americans internalize from their families. More:Column: Budget, plans for 2022 will occupy lawmakers in 2021Actions may include supporting Black-, Asian, and Asian American-owned restaurants, businesses and organizations. To my fellow Asian Americans, I see you. The call to action for Asian Americans is clear: If enough of us rock the boat, we can make waves. Kills touch nerve for local Asian and Asian American womenStacey Diane Aranez Litam is an assistant professor of counselor education at Cleveland State University.
Letters: Influence of money in politics, gun reforms and Columbus' climate plan
       
We want Ohio to support this initiative and to ratify this amendment when it is passed by Congress. Can Smart Columbus, the lead agency for this goal, come up with more solutions for public and private charging infrastructure? Columbus should consider how increasing plan goals in key areas can also support the regional economy. Mark Levy, ColumbusMisleading headline about Boy Scouts showed biasThe March 3 article, "Scouts' plan to exit bankruptcy deemed ‘woefully' inadequate," referred only to the Boy Scouts of America and not the Girl Scouts of the USA. John Stark, SunburyColumbus continues to shower developers with tax breaksAgain Columbus politicians award developers with unfair tax breaks (Wednesday article, "City gives tax break to data center").
NFL draft diary: Former Ohio State RB Trey Sermon on transitioning to pre-draft training
       
Trey Sermon strung together some of the best rushing performances in Ohio State history while leading the Buckeyes to last season’s College Football Playoff championship game. Sermon also will take part in Tuesday’s pro day at Ohio State. He has agreed to provide The Dispatch with a draft diary, as told to OSU beat reporter Joey Kaufman. In his first entry, Sermon looks back on his final game as a Buckeye and the start of his professional career. Still to this day, I’m thinking about the national championship game because it meant so much to me.
Gardening | Ohio victory garden program to offer free vegetable seeds to gardeners
       
Many gardeners declared that these new or expanded vegetable gardens were victory gardens in the fight against this new enemy called coronavirus. The program, titled Let’s Grow Ohio, will provide free vegetable seeds and educational programming designed to help gardeners and would-be gardeners plant vegetable gardens this spring and summer. Gardeners can find more information about the Ohio Victory Garden Project at the Ohio Victory Garden weblog at u.osu.edu/ohiovictorygardens. The Ohio Victory Garden project was piloted last fall with the development of fall victory gardens at the Bexley Community Garden and at OSU’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. These victory gardens were used to demonstrate the productivity of fall and winter gardening for central Ohio gardeners.
Opinion: 'There are those who benefit from divide-and-conquer policies that see Asians as “forever foreigners'
       
Such violence has been on rise since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but it has a long history in America. The recent slaughter of six Asian/Asian American women and two others in the Atlanta area was horrific and devastating. It is widely acknowledged that this number reflects only a fraction of the racist incidents Asian Americans have faced. RELATED GUEST COLUMNSOpinion: Actions, not just empty words needed to dismantle systems of oppressionOpinion: Asian Americans long discriminated against, long fighters for rightsOpinion: 'I don’t feel safe.' Pranav Jani is Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University.
Five pressing issues as Ohio State men's basketball navigates the offseason
       
There’s no sugarcoating how the season ended for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. But lessening the wear and tear on others during the gauntlet of a Big Ten season makes this need hugely important. Ohio State basketball:If Buckeyes all return, 'it'll be pretty hard to beat us,' E.J. Buckeyes basketball:Often unsung, Ohio State senior CJ Walker quietly gives peace of mind to BuckeyesThere are two primary in-house options. Ohio State forced a turnover on 14.7% of its defensive possessions, its lowest mark in the KenPom era that dates back to the 1996-97 season.
From the editor: We're grateful for the work of longtime reporter, sports editor
       
Brian White, formerly sports editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and other newspapers, will become the Dispatch sports editor this week. White, an Ohio native and Ohio State University graduate, recently had worked with NBCSports.com as sports editor and then MSN.com as managing editor for sports. He was hired onto the sports staff full time in 1984, then promoted to high school sports reporter in 1988. He became assistant sports editor in 1995 and was named sports editor in March 2003. When you asked us questions, Ludlow and others on the news staff acted on your behalf to get answers from the governor or health officials.
Opinion: Asian Americans long discriminated against, long fighters for rights
       
Racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is nothing new and existed long before I started educating others about it more than 30 years ago. Never mind the shooter targeted three Asian businesses and killed six Asian American women. That’s why while 60% of humans are Asian, AAPI account for only around 6% of the U.S. population. Kills touch nerve for local Asian and Asian American womenOpinion: It is time to 'rock the boat' and make waves in the name of ending racism against Asian AmericansStephen Kyo Kaczmarek is Columbus State Community College English professor. Kaczmarek is proudly Asian American and the co-author of "Business Communication: Building Critical Skills."
Michael Arace: RIP Granville Waiters, beloved giant of the East Side
       
Granville Waiters was 6 feet, 11 inches and 240 pounds of sunlight on the East Side. “Financial consultant, that’s what he did,” said Dave Barker, 83, an East Side guy who is the unofficial ambassador for Ohio State basketball alumni. Lee Williams played on Hayes’ first national championship team in 1954, and played professionally. Underwood:“’They did more for the East Side than I did,’ Granville said. “I said, ‘Granville, you are the epitome of hard work, dedication, staying the course and doing the right thing.
Vaccines haven’t cured loneliness in New York nursing homes
       
(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — Vaccines have begun saving lives in New York’s nursing homes, but they haven’t yet cured another crisis caused by the pandemic: loneliness. Persistently high rates of COVID-19 have left the majority of the state’s nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them. The federal program to vaccinate nursing home residents has helped drive down COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes nationwide. Federal and state guidance allows compassionate care visits, but families in New York and elsewhere say nursing homes don’t always allow them. But many New Yorkers with relatives in nursing homes say their loved ones can’t wait for companionship.
In and out of lockdown: the most uplifting and surprising videos from the past year - video
       
As many countries faced restrictions and lockdowns to battle the coronavirus pandemic, communities adapted in surprising ways, with some of the most uplifting moments being filmed and shared across the world. From concerts for plants, to animal roaming empty streets, here are some of the most memorable videos from 12 months of fight against Covid-19
Coronavirus latest news: Moderna Covid vaccine to be introduced in UK from April
       
A third covid vaccine - Moderna - will arrive in the UK next month, ministers have confirmed. More than than 500,000 doses of Moderna are due to arrive in the first batch, the Mail on Sunday reports. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden clarified that April is the month when the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in the UK. Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the data on the Moderna vaccine was very promising. When asked on BBC Breakfast on Sunday if the Moderna vaccine could open the door to people under 50 being vaccinated, he said: "We examined the data from Moderna which looks very promising.
Comeback king Terunofuji wins Spring tourney
       
Sekiwake Terunofuji earned his third career championship in emphatic fashion on Sunday, shoving out ozeki Takakeisho to win the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a 12-3 record. Terunofuji fought his way back from the brink, and survived an effort by Takakeisho to pull him down by the arm before savagely thrusting him out. Terunofuji had entered the meet looking to secure repromotion to ozeki, but went well beyond the minimum standard of 33 wins over three straight tourneys. “I was just taking it one day at a time (in my comeback), training hard every day. His 13-2 record made him the third wrestler in history to win a championship while fighting from the makuuchi division’s lowest rung.
Bora fury over Gent-Wevelgem Covid exclusion
       
Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)German cycling team Bora say they are angry after becoming the second team to miss out on Sunday's big race in Belgium due to Covid. Bora followed Trek-Segafredo into the quartine bay late Saturday but while Trek went voluntarily, a doctor's ruling excluded Bora from the Gent-Wevelgem classic, who had wanted to take part anyway. A GP from the region can block an entire team in one of the largest one-day races in the world," Bora manager Ralph Denk said. Denk accepted that one of his riders had tested positive and that he and his teammate should have been excluded, but not the entire team. "The team has decided to withdraw from Gent-Wevelgem whilst we do further testing before we can safely return to competition," the team said.
Britain's stately homes struggle to survive with Covid restrictions
       
He compared stately homes to businesses in the hospitality industry and said "we are all suffering unnecessarily". Historic Houses, which represents 1,500 privately owned homes around Britain, wants the government to ensure it is keeping to scientific advice and not unnecessarily burdening struggling stately homes. He said stately homes were looking at a "stored up crisis" with rot and damp that had permeated many houses. The cost has been harsh, not just for the homes but for the 34,400 employed by houses with ticketed visitors or for weddings and conferences. Courtenay said Powderham would be reopening its gardens "as soon as we can", explaining that very few stately homes run a surplus.
Warren presses Yellen to ramp up BlackRock oversight
       
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth WarrenAmazon tangles with Warren on Twitter Founders would roll their eyes at Warren's filibuster claim Sanders, Warren and AOC can lift Dems in 2022 midterms MORE (D-Mass.) During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Warren urged Yellen — the former chair of the Federal Reserve — to put the massive asset manager under strict supervision before the next time financial markets buckle. ADVERTISEMENT“Does, potentially, a $9 trillion investment company pose some risk to the American economy if it should fail?” Warren asked Yellen, arguing in favor of BlackRock’s systemic importance. “Designation is what is what gives the Fed its increased oversight power,” Warren said. Progressives have largely been pleased with Biden’s picks for key financial posts, including several that were aides to Warren.
Migrants waiting at the US-Mexico border have been photographed wearing shirts that say 'Biden, please let us in!'
       
Migrants at the US-Mexico border were seen wearing shirts pleading for Biden to let them in. The shirts read "Biden, please let us in" and mimic the design of Biden's campaign advertisements. Immigrants are gathering at the border, with an unprecedented number waiting to be let into the US. Migrants at the US-Mexico border were spotted wearing shirts that read "Biden, please let us in!" while gathering en-masse in Tijuana, kneeling and praying for US border officials to let them in.
Oatmeal yes, eggs no: Gaps emerge in U.S. anti-hunger push for children
       
Trips to the grocery store became an exercise in triage: yes to oatmeal, no to fresh fruit and eggs. “I definitely had a lot of depression last year.”McCann, 39, found out about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program in October, after it had expired. Slideshow ( 4 images )Much federal aid is filtered through state governments, and caseloads have varied considerably from state to state. Likewise, participation in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program rose by 74% in Indiana between February and September and dropped by 37% in Mississippi. The state mailed those cards to schools for families to pick up, but 60,000 of them were sent back unclaimed.
How It Feels To Navigate The Dating World When You’re Non-Binary
       
© NineSince coming out as non-binary, I haven’t really dipped my toe back in the dating pool. When we have such strict lines, gay men are attracted to “men”, straight men are attracted to “women”, people like myself slip between the cracks. Men like men or men like women, that’s it. Personally, I don’t really have a clear idea yet on what non-binary romance looks like, or feels like. I’m not a man, and I’m not a woman, but I am a human.
Supporting the Covid-19 vaccine rollout with extra-strength glass
       
Corning produces Valor Glass vials, a primary mode of delivery for vaccines as part of the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed. — but his participation in the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program positioned him well. Kurz says that Corning was the perfect place to bring his operations skills, with its 170-year history in glass production. Valor Glass offers multiple improvements over conventional borosilicate vials by chemically strengthening the glass with molten salt. For Kurz, his pride in glass manufacturing is clear.
Cuomo's VIP tests may have violated state law. But who should investigate?
       
Section 74 of the state Public Officers Law makes clear that no public officer can use their position to obtain "unwarranted privileges or exemptions" for themselves or others, including family members. The VIP testing program at the least raises the question of whether it is in line with Public Officers Law, government-reform advocates said. By law, JCOPE is extremely limited in what it can say publicly about potential investigations. Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat who is a former federal prosecutor, said he believes state law is intentionally written in a way to limit who can investigate impartially. In this case, Cuomo appears to have violated the public officer's law, said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY.
COVID: Remember how we segregated smokers? It could be a lot worse for the unvaccinated
       
Smokers and non-smokers mingled easily in offices, hospitals and bars — wherever people tended to gather in clumps large and small. According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, 62% said unvaccinated people should not be allowed to travel on airplanes. Furthermore, 55% believed that unvaccinated people should not exercise in public gyms, sit in movie theaters or attend concerts. When it came to avoiding those who could cause them potential ill, non-smokers had it much easier than the vaccinated will. Stadiums and arenas may provide VIP-only entrances, allowing the vaccinated to pass safely to their “Vaccinated Only” seats down front.
Russia’s Putin pumps up the swagger in swipes at Biden
       
Cue a state propaganda blitz with 68-year-old Putin portrayed as a dynamic leader with years ahead of him and 78-year-old Biden as a doddering has-been. Biden made Putin seem powerful, facing down an external enemy, instead of trying to cocoon himself from the pandemic. The basic mode is anti-Western and it’s not the first time, or last time, it is used.”ADADAn editorial in the business paper Kommersant predicted that “thanks to Biden” Putin’s United Russia might win every seat in Russia’s parliament. “Joe Biden seems to have launched a major theme for uniting society around Vladimir Putin ahead of the September Duma elections,” it said. But Gaaze said this ideology had limited appeal and that Putin’s era of political invulnerability was showing signs of fatigue.
Buddy and Jim Boeheim’s dream season comes to sad end
       
The college basketball world has awakened to the fact that Jim Boeheim is especially dangerous as a double-digit seed, and when Buddy Boeheim morphs into Buddy Buckets, he is that much more dangerous. Buddy Boeheim was 3¹/? the April 7, 2003 night when his father had Carmelo Anthony by his side and beat Kansas at the Superdome. Buddy and Jim Boeheim Getty Images (2)And so Jim and Buddy Boeheim, the 62-46 losers, will have to watch Houston play Oregon State in the Midwest Region final for a berth in the Final Four. Jim Boeheim: “He just stayed with him every place he went.”Buddy Boeheim: “He’s a great defender. One of them belonged to Buddy Boeheim.
FOX News Rundown EXTRA: Former California Governor Gray Davis on CA Election Recalls and Being Recalled
       
California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing an election recall over coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Organizers say they’ve gathered more than 2-million signatures for the effort to move forward. Former California Governor Gray Davis joined the Fox News Rundown this week; Davis was recalled in 2003 because of his handling of the state’s energy crisis. The former recalled governor shares his experience on being recalled as governor and what he’s learned from it. During his interview he defended Newsom and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and explains why he thinks the recall effort will be an uphill battle for organizers.
Cuomo aides receive subpoenas in sexual-harassment investigation
       
Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior about their interactions with Ms. DeRosa, the women and their lawyers said. Investigators asked about how Ms. DeRosa interacted with her, said Ms. Liss, who worked at the state Capitol in 2014. Three former female aides and two current female aides have accused Mr. Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate workplace behavior. In December, Lindsey Boylan, a former administration official, became the first woman to accuse Mr. Cuomo of sexual harassment. Ms. DeRosa was part of a close circle of aides who drafted a letter that referenced Ms. Boylan’s personnel records and called people to ask questions about her, said the people, including some who spoke with Ms. DeRosa at the time.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
COX’S BAZAR (Reuters) - Hundreds of members of a hardline Islamist group attacked Hindu temples and a train in eastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police and a local journalist said, as violence spread across the country in the wake of a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering before flagging off the "Dandi March", or Salt March, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence, in Ahmedabad, India, March 12, 2021. Modi arrived in Dhaka on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s nationhood, and he left on Saturday after gifting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina some 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. The Islamist groups accuse Modi of discriminating against minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India and violence escalated rapidly during his visit. On Sunday, activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured.
China's Sinopec raises 2021 capital expenditure by 23.8%
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, better known as Sinopec, plans a 23.8% increase in capital spending to 167.2 billion yuan in 2021 following recovery of oil prices and energy demand as the COVID-19 epidemic subsided. Sinopec expects to spend 66.8 billion yuan on upstream exploration focusing on shale gas development in southwest China and construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in coastal areas, up from 56.4 billion yuan last year. The company on Sunday also reported a 42.9% drop in net profit to 32.92 billion yuan last year, the lowest since 2015, as the pandemic dented fuel consumption amid months-long lockdowns. That just beat analysts’ forecast for net profit of 32.3 billion yuan, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Its crude oil production was 280.22 million barrels in 2020, down 1.4% year-on-year, and natural gas output at 1,072.3 billion cubic feet, was up 2.3% from 2019.
Myanmar junta leader condemns 'violent acts' on Army Day
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- For years China has sought to draw moral equivalence with the West over human rights, insisting that other countries have no standing to criticize its policies. While H&M hasn’t commented over the recent uproar, on Friday a statement on forced labor in Xinjiang was no longer accessible on its website. The announcement came after Lacoste didn’t respond to his requests to clarify its stance on “all global social-media platforms,” according to the agency. “And this could push China and the U.S. -- and even China and the West -- further away.”(Adds online shopping show on Xinjiang cotton in fourth paragraph. )For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
Several migrants, who gather each day along the stone benches that line the square, were detained and loaded into waiting vans. Eleven of the migrants, each one a member of a family group, were accepted into the country and sent to a migrant shelter. The right to asylum is not negotiable,” Salvador said.Confusion over the border closure extends to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. (A later leg of that trip to Guatemala was postponed after ash from an erupting volcano closed the international airport. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesia church
       
Each option was evaluated for its effectiveness in tackling climate risk and its impact on monetary policy. Back to the FT (my emphasis added): Global warming has shot up the agenda of major central banks in the past year. Arguments for devastation typically claim that extreme weather (like droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes) is already worsening because of climate change. Late last Friday, he ousted the governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, Naci Agbal, replacing him with Islamist ?ahap Kavc?oglu. To understand the revolving door that faces Turkey’s central bank governors, we must understand what makes President Erdogan tick.
All 8 Highest-Yielding S&P 500 Stocks Are Beating The Market
       
Over the course of generations, penny stocks have always attracted speculators for their low price and high profitability potential. But because of the lack of predictability, penny stocks are more casinos than proper investments. Of course, with pharmaceutical penny stocks, it’s really anyone’s guess where this ultimately ends up. 8 SPACs That Are Worth a Gamble Like any pharmaceutical penny stocks you find, you’ll want to be ultra-careful. That’s because these “penny stocks” are frequently the playground for scam artists and market manipulators.
Pandemic has driven Columbus home values way up, but some neighborhoods, cities benefit more
       
Sure, the pandemic has sent home values jumping throughout the Columbus area. A Dispatch examination of more than 60 central Ohio cities and Columbus neighborhoods found that homes in inner-city neighborhoods have risen the most during the pandemic, despite fears that the virus would push buyers to the suburbs. In the South of Main neighborhood, home values rose 32%; in Driving Park, 34%; in Milo-Grogan, 28%; and in South Linden, 43%. Despite the health of urban real estate, Downtown Columbus saw values rise 6.4%, the smallest bump in all of the Columbus region. jweiker@dispatch.com@JimWeikerCompare home values across Columbus neighborhoods
Editorial: Holocaust history threatened by ignorance
       
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in the camp, which has turned my life into one long night,” Wiesel added a few pages later. On the next page: “We’re on the threshold of death.”One million, mostly Jewish men, women and children, were murdered at Auschwitz. Duxbury’s high school football team used Auschwitz as an audible at the line of scrimmage to change a play, among other anti-Semitic play calls. Or, has teaching history become such a low priority we’re filling the country with ignorance? It’s a warning to middle school and high school teachers everywhere that history can’t be lost on young minds.
Antrim Lake trout release set for this week
       
Dave GolowenskiFor The Columbus DispatchSometime this week, a batch of 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout raised especially for such an occasion will be liberated in Columbus’s Antrim Lake. Waterfowl updatesHunter feedback received by the wildlife division has led to a few changes in the proposed waterfowl hunting dates for the coming season. The proposed changes were given to the Ohio Wildlife Council, an eight-member panel of citizens, during its March 17 meeting. Stamp winnerA painting of canvasback ducks by Sean Johnson of Louisville, Ohio, is top choice in this year’s Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition. The 2021 wetlands stamp features a drake mallard by Adam Grimm, who grew up in Elyria and schooled at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Opinion: Killings leave Asian and Asian American women feeling unsafe
       
Six of the victims of the shooting were women of Asian descent. But the triggers are everywhere: the popular constructions of Asian women as willing and submissive sex objects and real-life encounters with unwanted sexual advances. More:I'm 'afraid to leave my house': Asian women are living in fearFor those of us who are immigrants, they also come from systems of patriarchy back in our countries of origin. Having experienced a host of misogyny across continents, I was heartbroken to see the hurt in our young women of Asian descent here at OSU. But the killing of these six Asian women, all of whom worked at massage spas, touched our nerves: They were brutally murdered, even though they simply had been diligently living their lives.
No longer a mystery, Pedro Santos expected to be one of Crew's top contributors
       
“He's been unbelievable the last two years with what he's produced.”Before 2019, Santos wore out his welcome with fans by scoring only one goal in his first 39 games. It was the evidence Porter needed to know Santos was a weapon on the wings that he could build around. However, with Zelarayan coming in and moving Santos back to the wing, there was still a question of whether Santos could replicate his 2019 season or if it was a one-off, flash-in-the-pan season. His father died in the middle of the 2019 season, prompting a return to his native Portugal. Last season, Santos was one of two starters to miss the MLS Cup final because of COVID-19.
Whether mourning a loved one or a lost job, central Ohioans share tales of COVID's effects
       
Sater-Wee joined the Facebook group Survivor Corps, whose 160,000 members share medical tips and information and support one another. 'My brain felt like that Jerry Seinfeld episode, `Bizarro World'Melissa Martin wants people to know that the COVID-19 symptom of “brain fog” is real. Martin, 60, is a professional clinical counselor and therapist who had been hired for a new job in December 2020. “My brain felt like that Jerry Seinfeld episode, `Bizarro World,’” said Martin, who lives in Hilliard during the week and in Wheelersburg, in Scioto County, on weekends. She said she is sharing her story because she wants people to understand that brain fog is a real thing.
In memoriam: Funeral notices, March 28, 2021
       
CRAMER, AudreyOn January 12, 2021 Audrey Cramer passed away at the age of 79 from Covid pneumonia. Audrey was a loving wife, proud mother of three children, and joyful grandmother of four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She attended Jefferson Park Elementary School, Mansfeld Junior High and Tucson High School. She met Kurt Cramer the way a lot of young Tucsonans did in the 50's: On a typical night, they were out driving down Speedway "cruising". A down-to-earth woman with a generous heart, she will be forever missed by her family and friends.
Mahaleris: Maine’s Golden pulls off political high wire act
       
When it came time to vote on the massive $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s Second Congressional District faced a dilemma. The Second District is classic Down East New England. Last November, Democrat Golden comfortably won a second term even as Donald Trump carried the district for a second time. When Golden voted with the GOP and against his party’s COVID package, the backlash from progressives was swift and intense. During Trump’s first impeachment, Golden voted “no” on one of the two articles of impeachment, the only member of Congress to do so.
Chile imposes lockdowns to fight new Covid wave despite vaccination success
       
Despite mounting the world’s fastest per-capita Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Chile has been forced to announce strict new lockdowns as it plunges deeper into a severe second wave of cases which is stretching intensive care capacity. More than 80% of the country’s 19 million inhabitants, including all residents of the capital, Santiago, have been put under a strict lockdown that prevents them leaving the house even to buy groceries or pharmacy supplies. Its cumulative death rate relative to population remains far below that of Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. Chile continues to outstrip other countries in the region: its rate of 49.19 vaccination doses per 100 people is well above Brazil’s 7.79, its closest competitor. In early March, the Chilean government was even able to donate 20,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to Ecuador and Paraguay.
Yinka Shonibare: ‘You don’t want the next generation to be full of hate'
       
The British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare makes work – often in sculpture, painting and tapestry – that looks unflinchingly at race, class and colonialism. You don’t actually realise the importance of those things until they get taken away suddenly. But I didn’t know that he had a huge collection of African art. But ironically, of course, Picasso is far better known for African art than the Africans themselves. I don’t think it’s actually changed a lot.
Protest laws move UK towards paramilitary policing, says former chief
       
A former police chief has warned that new protest laws move Britain dangerously in the direction of “paramilitary policing” and that UK ministers are “flexing their muscles via their police forces” like repressive regimes around the world. Police chiefs will be seen as the arbiters of what is and is not allowed when it comes to protest. Fahy, the former chief constable of Greater Manchester police and former vice-chair of the police chiefs’ body, said the proposed protest laws were a mistake and posed a danger for policing. The policing of protest can cause long-term damage.”Fahy added: “Policing is not always about the majority, sometimes it is about protecting rights of the minority. “It is wrong to claim these measures will stop people from carrying out their civic right to protest.
'Biden' sake riding wave of presidential success in Japan
       
It was around April 2019 when Tadatsugu Inoue of the Mii no Kotobuki sake brewery noticed the name of future U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden appearing more regularly in the news, providing his business with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In 2019, the brewery shipped 120 bottles of Hojo Biden to the U.S. through a Tokyo export company, but orders dried up soon after. “I think there are folks who think it is amusing to give this sake as a gift,” Inoue said of the product that has “Hojo Biden” written in English on its rear label. Inoue only expects to expand the base of sake lovers at home and abroad into the future. “It is not easy to get people who have never drunk sake to try,” he said.
Watch live: Pope Francis delivers Palm Sunday Angelus
       
Pope Francis is to lead the Palm Sunday celebration from the Vatican City on Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week before Easter. Like the previous year, the celebrations have been scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Half of Italy's regions reentered lockdown in mid-March following a spike of infections blamed on the spread of new variants. The rest of the country will also be put under lockdown for the Easter holiday next week.
Japanese female financial analysts urge change in male-dominated profession
       
With the gender gap still large among financial analysts in Japan, women who have blazed a trail in the male-dominated profession are calling for changes in the industry’s punishing workstyle as well as an end to what they see as society’s deep-rooted bias. Among some 27,000 people who hold the Certified Member Analyst designation of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan, only 7.9% were women as of late January, according to the association. As of 2016, meanwhile, women made up just 9.0% of those recognized as Chartered Financial Analysts in Japan, a certification given internationally by the CFA Institute in the United States. The percentage of female CFA holders stood at 31.3% in China, 21.6% in France and 16.4% in the United States. Analysts in Japan often work from early in the morning until late at night to monitor financial market movements and hold meetings across different time zones.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
       
— Russia has accused the United States of targeting its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by pressuring Brazil to reject it, the jab's developer said Monday. Feb. 25— Guatemala became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers announced Thursday. Feb. 24— The Egyptian Drug Authority gave emergency authorization to Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers confirmed Wednesday. Feb. 19— San Marino became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the shot's developers announced Friday. — Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has been certified and approved for mass use in Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan's state coronavirus commission announced Wednesday.
Palau president visits Taiwan to open travel bubble
       
Whipps will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, attend a Palau tourism promotional event as well as visit shipbuilding and aquaculture companies, Taipei's foreign ministry said. He is set to return to Palau on Thursday with a group of 110 Taiwanese tourists on the first of weekly vacation flights. The travel bubble is partly due to Palau's special relationship with Taiwan. Whipps told CNA he had rebuffed Beijing's overtures to switch recognition after he won the presidential election last year. "We value the relationship that we have with Taiwan and nobody should tell us that relationship should be severed."
UK plans to offer 3.7 million Covid-19 vaccine jabs to Republic – report
       
The UK is reportedly planning to offer 3.7 million jabs to Republic, partly to help ease lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland, as prime minister Boris Johnson faces calls to begin donating vaccines or risk hoarding supplies. Repsonding to the report, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said the UK did not “currently have a surplus” of coronavirus vaccines. The government responded that it will share “the majority of any future surplus” vaccines with the Covax pool “when these are available”. 100 million surplus doses Sir Jeremy said the UK will have contractual access to at least 100 million surplus doses once the entire population is vaccinated, which he said “won’t be of use in the UK”. A UK government spokesperson said: “The UK has played a leading role in championing global access to coronavirus vaccines.
Some Mexicans Travel To U.S. For COVID Vaccines As Their Country's Rollout Stumbles
       
The quest for shots comes as Mexico struggles to secure and distribute vaccines against COVID-19, with the country's confirmed deaths from the disease now surpassing 200,000. David Gutiérrez Inzunza, a Baja California state public health official in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, said the state has been hit hard by the coronavirus. He has been struggling to get vaccines and fielding lots of complaints of foreign nationals "jumping the line." "To make sure that the folks here in Texas are getting vaccinated before we can continue caring for others and our neighbors." In addition to the vaccines administered nationally, the U.S. has large stockpiles of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it hasn't authorized for use yet.
Kate Middleton Uses 'Power of Photography to Create a Lasting Record' of COVID Lockdown for First Book
       
The Duchess of Cambridge has written a foreword for a new collection of pictures that captured the U.K. during the COVID pandemicKate Middleton Uses 'Power of Photography to Create a Lasting Record' of COVID Lockdown for First BookKate Middleton is getting into publishing! Hold Still book Image zoom Cover of Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 | Credit: National Portrait GalleryCan't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? The new book will be available online and in U.K. bookshops starting May 7 — exactly one year after the photography project was first launched. Net proceeds will be split between mental health charity Mind, which Kate and husband Prince William have long supported, as well as the National Portrait Gallery. In another public display, one of the images from the exhibit, which was run along with the National Portrait Gallery, was made into a giant mural in Manchester.
Comic-Con announces in-person Thanksgiving convention
       
Comic-Con announces in-person Thanksgiving conventionAdded: 28.03.2021 5:17 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: news.usni.orgThe superhero convention in San Diego was forced to take a break because of the Covid-19 pandemic. More in www.nbcnews.com »
Covid: Rapid home test kits to be available for workers
       
Covid: Rapid home test kits to be available for workersAdded: 28.03.2021 0:02 | 22 views | 0 commentsFirms in England with more than 10 employees that are unable to provide on-site testing can apply.
Earth Hour 2021: Turn off your lights, use COVID lessons to heal planet
       
Earth Hour 2021: Turn off your lights, use COVID lessons to heal planetAdded: 27.03.2021 23:12 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comThe annual night rite asks folks to kill the lights for an hour to promote environmental awareness. This year, it's also asking us to put lessons from the pandemic to good use. More in www.cnet.com »
COVID-19 vaccine passports: How they could clear travel for takeoff
       
COVID-19 vaccine passports: How they could clear travel for takeoffAdded: 27.03.2021 23:41 | 20 views | 0 commentsSource: wpaperhd.comAdvocates say documentation that proves your COVID vaccination could create a bright future for post-pandemic travel, but others worry about privacy and discrimination. More in www.cnet.com »
New stimulus bill doesn't just send 1 check. It comes with 3. Here's every way you get money
       
New stimulus bill doesn't just send 1 check. It comes with 3. Here's every way you get moneyAdded: 27.03.2021 23:15 | 23 views | 0 commentsThe massive COVID-19 relief package has three ways you and your family could get direct payments from the government. Here's every way you benefit.
India coronavirus: The high-risk young demanding Covid jabs
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:29 | 11 views | 0 commentsCancer patients who are under the age of 45 are struggling to get Covid jabs in India.
NFL draft: Josh Imatorbhebhe's vertical leap sets record (video)
       
In Thursday’s Hot Clicks: a ridiculous pro day performance from Josh Imatorbhebhe, the Rangers’ rout of the Flyers and more. With the combine canceled because of the pandemic, Imatorbhebhe didn’t get a chance to officially surpass Sensabaugh’s record leap, but he had the attention of scouts. When Albert Breer asked people in the know earlier this month who would have won various combine events, Imatorbhebhe was the clear pick for the vertical leap. To put Imatorbhebhe’s athleticism in perspective, his vertical is also higher than the record set at the NBA combine by former Memphis guard D.J. The video of Imatorbhebhe’s leap speaks for itself.
BYU basketball: Jesse Wade gets stuck in elevator at tournament hotel
       
On Wednesday, junior guard Jesse Wade got stuck in a hotel elevator while trying to meet his teammates for dinner. If you’re looking for a team to pull for in the tournament, maybe the Cougars are the one. The best of SIHere's the top seeds in the men’s NCAA tournament most at risk of an early exit. These are the 10 teams most likely to win the men’s tournament. ... Women’s basketball players and coaches are calling out the NCAA for disparate training facilities in the two tournament bubbles.
Drew Brees signs with NBC to call Notre Dame games, work in NFL studio
       
Now retired NFL quarterback and newly hired NBC football analyst Drew Brees spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon about his new gig. Brees will call Notre Dame games with Mike Tirico, work in studio for Football Night in America and help with the network’s Olympics coverage. But NBC isn’t paying Brees just to call Notre Dame football games. The assumption is Brees will move into the Sunday Night Football booth at some point to replace Cris Collinsworth. Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher.
Tyson Alualu re-signs with Steelers, backs out of Jaguars deal
       
Report: Tyson Alualu Backs Out of Deal With Jaguars to Re-Sign With SteelersDefensive end Tyson Alualu has reportedly had a change of heart and is re-signing with the Steelers after agreeing to terms with the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Alualu, who was drafted by the Jaguars in 2010, originally planned to return to his first NFL team but within the last 10 days, some things have changed. The 33-year-old Hawaii native was planning on making a trip to Jacksonville but couldn't travel because he tested positive for COVID-19, according to Pelissero. His Steelers teammate and four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cam Heyward seemed to be all smiles after hearing the news. Alualu only missed one game for the Steelers in 2020.
Maple Leafs' Alex Galchenyuk Got Help From Auston Matthews in the Offseason
       
After his first multi-point game in over a year, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk shared some details about his private off-season workout with Auston Matthews back in December. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk met Auston Matthews back in December as the two skated in a private session that included Galchenyuk's father, Alex Sr., and Boris Dorozhenko, the ice hockey coach credited for much of Matthews' development. 3 pick from the 2012 NHL Draft has put in with the Toronto Maple Leafs' development staff has paid off. "You can't ignore Galchenyuk's contribution to both those goals," Keefe said. "What a really great team does is they pick guys up and they picked me up tonight and I'm really, really proud of the boys."
UFC 260: Miocic vs Ngannou results, highlights and analysis
       
Francis Ngannou dominated Stipe Miocic in every facet, crowning himself the new UFC Heavyweight Champion with a second round knockout in the main event of UFC 260. In addition to Ngannou winning the heavyweight title, the card also likely signaled the end of Tyron Woodley’s UFC career. ****HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT: STIPE MIOCIC VS. FRANCIS NGANNOU -- 12:08 AM ETThere is a new undisputed champion in the heavyweight division. ****WELTERWEIGHT FIGHT: VICENTE LUQUE VS. TYRON WOODLEY -- 11:41 PM ETIf this was Tyron Woodley’s UFC farewell, it was certainly memorable. ****A battle of heavyweights is the prize fight at UFC 260, as Stipe Miocic defends the Heavyweight Championship against top-ranked contender Francis Ngannou.
Baylor basketball reminds us it's a true national title contender
       
Editor's Note: Welcome to Morning Madness, SI's daily newsletter during the NCAA tournament. Baylor shot just 2 of 12 from three in a mucky first half, in which neither team managed a fast-break point. (By Pat Forde)USC boasts the most talented player left in the men's tournament. (By Jeremy Woo)The legend of Max Abmas began long before he was draining threes in the men's NCAA tournament for Oral Roberts. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Houston men's team will be the first team in NCAA tournament history to face four double-digit seeds in a single tourney.
Saturday Night Live season 46, episode 15 recap: Maya Rudolph
       
Maya Rudolph hosting 'SNL' Image zoom Maya Rudolph hosting 'SNL' | Credit: NBCI am joined tonight by former SNL cast member Patrick Weathers. Let's jump into the fray and see what Rudolph, and tonight's musical guest Jack Harlow have to offer! It is so excellent seeing season 10 cast member Short back on the show, especially since Rudolph worked with him on their own (ill-fated) variety show. Next up: Bowen Yan, who Jost introduces as the "Asian cast member." The short ends with Rudolph in a photo of the original cast — spooky and brilliant way to wrap this up.
The Best Roller Skates, According to Roller Skaters
       
To find the best roller skates, we asked RousHer and eight other experts — including pro roller skaters and skating choreographers and instructors — about their favorites. $299 at Moxi Skates BuyBest roller skates for beginnersMoxi Skates Beach Bunny Roller Skates $229 $229 For beginners, three of our experts suggested going for this less expensive pair of Beach Bunny skates from our best-overall brand. $249 at Moonlight Roller BuyBest roller skates for rink skatingSure-Grip White Fame Roller Skate From $180 Bell, Heiden, and Bravo told us about the Fame skates from Sure-Grip. $220 at Derby Warehouse BuyBest roller skates for street skatingMoxi Skates Jack Boot Roller Skates From $279 If you know you want to get serious about street skating, investing in a high-quality, durable boot is a must. $129 at Pro Skater Place BuyBest roller skates for roller derbyAntik AR2 Roller Skates $649 Roller derby skates are designed with agility in mind and typically have a lower-cut boot and more padding than rink or street skates.
How to Watch UFC 260 Online: Live Stream Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou on ESPN+
       
One of the most anticipated UFC matchups of the year takes place tonight, as Stipe Miocic faces off against Francis Ngannou at UFC 260, streaming live on ESPN+. UFC 260 airs live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas tonight Saturday, March 27, 2021. How to Stream UFC 260 Live OnlineUFC 260’s main event pits Miocic vs. Ngannou in a heavyweight championship title bout. How to Live Stream UFC 260 Online FreeThere isn’t a way to stream UFC 260 online free, though current ESPN+ subscribers can watch the UFC 260 prelims for free. UFCUFC 260 Fight Card, Predictions, OddsTonight’s UFC 260 main card pits the current UFC heavyweight champion Miocic against the number one contender Ngannou, in a widely-anticipated rematch.
The Attico Wants to Join You at the Beach
       
MILAN — The Attico continues to expand its product offering. The Milan-based brand founded by Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini is entering the world of beachwear with the “State of Nature” capsule collection. “Summer is our favorite season and we really had a desire to create our own swimsuits,” said Tordini. The Attico, which is mainly known for its bold and flamboyant cocktail and evening attire, in February launched its first genderless streetwear capsule, called “Life at Large,” which is available at around 200 global retailers. See also:Beachwear, Resort Retail Weather Coronavirus StormEXCLUSIVE: Swimwear Brand Solid & Striped Expands Into ActivewearThe Swimwear Industry Floats Along
Tina Turner HBO doc explores trauma of abuse, makes a case for her Rock Hall induction this year
       
With her signature sequins, voluminous hair and throaty growl, Tina Turner became an unlikely rock icon at age 44 when she released "Private Dancer," her 1984 solo breakthrough. Featuring hits "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "I Can't Stand the Rain," the exhilarating album was a stark departure from her work in the '60s and '70s as one half of Ike and Tina Turner, her R&B duo with ex-husband/music partner Ike Turner. Wanting to be sensitive to her trauma, the directors relied heavily on archival footage and audio of Tina discussing Ike, who died in 2007. And that obviously became the story of Tina Turner." She's happy, she's content – she's not somebody who needs to be a star and have attention."
Knicks’ Derrick Rose thrives in first game back after COVID-19
       
On a night when the Knicks were without their best player and lost another key starter minutes into the game, Derrick Rose made his long-awaited return. The rhythm is going to come, it’s going to take some games, but my wind was good,” Rose said. “I was doing my conditioning along with whatever the trainers wanted me to do for an entire week. Before his COVID-19 scare, Rose was averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists in 24.6 minutes across 10 games for the Knicks since being acquired from the Pistons in a trade Feb. 8. The Knicks improved to 8-3 with Rose in the lineup Saturday night.
UK has planned for second COVID-19 vaccine doses, says minister
       
FILE PHOTO: A woman receives an Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination centre at Cwmbran Stadium in Cwmbran, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Geoff Caddick/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britain has planned to ensure second COVID-19 doses are administered on time, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday amid concerns over supplies due to friction with the European Union. “In all of our planning, we have factored in getting that second dose of the vaccine,” he told Sky News. When asked about a Mail on Sunday newspaper report that the Moderna vaccine would be deployed in Britain for the first time in mid-April, Dowden said: “We do expect Moderna to come later this month.”
Sinopharm needs trial results to decide if COVID-19 vaccine needs booster shot: executive
       
FILE PHOTO: A health worker counts used vials of Sinopharm's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Karachi, Pakistan February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/File PhotoBEIJING (Reuters) - China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) will need to assess results from overseas Phase III clinical trials to decide whether its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine should be followed by a booster shot, a company executive said on Sunday. Regulators and vaccine developers are looking at whether booster doses are necessary amid concerns that emerging variants of the new coronavirus might weaken protection of vaccines designed against older strains. The answer should be based on the results of future phase III clinical studies,” Zhang said. Antibodies triggered by two COVID-19 vaccine products from Sinopharm both have “pretty good” neutralising effect on variants found in Britain and South Africa, Zhang told a news conference, citing results from lab tests using blood samples taken from clinical trial participants.
Philippines Catholics brave COVID-19 threat to celebrate Palm Sunday
       
MANILA (Reuters) - Dozens of Catholics in the Philippines braved the threat of coronavirus on Sunday to attend a mass outside the Baclaran Church in Manila to celebrate Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of the Holy Week. Wearing face masks and observing physical distancing to protect themselves from COVID-19, they waved their palm fronds as the priest sprinkled holy water on them. Religious gatherings will be banned from Monday until Easter to comply with stricter quarantine restrictions the Philippine government reimposed in the capital and nearby provinces to slow the sharp rise in COVID-19 infections. At the St. Peter Parish in Quezon City, candles were attached to empty pews to represent parishioners taking part in Palm Sunday celebrations outside the church or online. The Philippines is battling a renewed surge in infections, including those of the new and more transmissible variants, prompting the government to tighten existing curbs in the capital and nearby provinces.
Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims
       
Bookseller Jaromir Vytopil, left, appoints the youngest schoolchildren to the order of readers at a library in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2020. Some 25,000 have been killed by COVID-19 in the hard-hit Czech Republic. Some 25,000 have been killed by COVID-19 in the hard-hit Czech Republic. On March 22, 2020 and for some days to come, the Czech Republic reported daily COVID-19 deaths in the single digits. According to Johns Hopkins University, the Czech Republic has the world’s second-highest mortality rate after the microstate of San Marino.
Green Homes Grant scheme to insulate houses axed
       
Household insulationA much-promoted grants scheme to help householders in England insulate their home is to be scrapped within days. The Green Homes Grant (GHG) reached just 10% of the 600,000 homes the chancellor promised would be improved. But the GHG scheme, which launched in September in a bid to tackle that, has struggled from the start. First announced last summer, the GHG scheme was extended in November for another year until the end of March 2022. 'Staggering ineptitude'Ed Matthew, from climate change think tank E3G said: "The end of the government's flagship green homes scheme is a tragedy that was avoidable.
VP to focus on border diplomacy; no immediate plans to visit
       
Harris has no plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border region “in the near future,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders said Friday. Sanders said Harris will go to the border at some point but emphasized the diplomatic nature of the vice president's role. “The vice president is not doing the border,” Sanders told reporters on a flight to Connecticut, where Harris was promoting the administration's COVID-19 relief package. He tweeted out photos of dozens of minors, wrapped in foil-like space blankets, lying on the floor of crowded Border Patrol facilities. It is not unusual to see increases in migrants coming across the border at this time of year and the Border Patrol has faced similar situations in the past, the official said.
Derek Chauvin trial: Why role of TV cameras could come into focus
       
One of those cameras will be trained on Derek Chauvin, the former policeman accused of killing George Floyd in custody. Mr Chauvin could be jailed for decades over the 25 May, 2020 death of Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man. Court TV believes its coverage of The People vs Derek Chauvin will uphold both of those constitutional rights. Having relaunched under new ownership in 2019, Court TV sees the Chauvin trial as more than a throwback to those glory days. The Chauvin trial, she added, is "a return to our mission, our mission is to give people a front-row seat to justice".
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. Add deafness or blindness on top of it and it’s that much more of one,” said Little, who is visually impaired and directs a regional center for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Pregnant women 'didn't have the data' – until now: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, even for babies, study shows
       
COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at protecting pregnant women and likely provide protection for their babies as well, according to a new study. Earlier studies suggested the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna would be safe and effective. Large-scale clinical trials intentionally excluded pregnant women, leaving them to wonder whether to get the shots or not. Their study wasn't the definitive clinical trial some pregnant women have been waiting for, but it's pretty close, other OB-GYNs said. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID and pregnancy: Vaccines safe, protect moms and babies: study
Las Vegas nonprofits unite to help those in need amid pandemic
       
Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoSous-chef Nila Samano prepares food for Meals on Wheels at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoGustavo Ramirez prepares food for Meals on Wheels at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoQuincy McGee prepares food for Meals on Wheels at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoServer Rafael Castellanos delivers a meal through an opening in plexiglass at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoThe overnight shelter at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021.
How a family-owned bookstore in Palo Alto has stayed open through the pandemic
       
With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on retailers across the country, and as the store celebrates its 85th anniversary, Bell’s Books has suffered, too — but Faith Bell isn’t ready to call it quits yet. Q How did Bell’s Books get its start? The man who owned the store wanted to open a branch for Stanford students in Palo Alto but he couldn’t make it work. With us at least the books don’t rot on the shelves so it helps because these businesses have very small margins. We don’t need to become a nonprofit, we don’t need donations, we just need people to buy books.
Wales lockdown rules: What are the latest 'stay local' restrictions?
       
Wales has taken a further step out of lockdown, with the 'stay local' rule being lifted on Saturday, Mar 27. People living in Wales are now allowed to travel anywhere in the country, although leaving or entering the country is not prohibited, except in permitted circumstances, until Apr 12 at the earliest. "Stay local will be lifted, and for the next 2 weeks people living in Wales can travel around Wales – this is to help keep the virus under control. All other shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open from Apr 12. The Welsh Government formally reviews Covid-19 regulations - including school closures - every three weeks, with the next review due by Apr 12.
Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and level of restrictions
       
Ms Sturgeon has also confirmed that from Apr 26, pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10pm but indoors only until 8pm. Travel within all of mainland Scotland will be allowed and self-catering accommodation can open their doors from this date. Communal worship has also been allowed to resume as of Mar 26, with 50 people initially being allowed into services. Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. It comes as Scotland will have around 500,000 fewer vaccine doses in April, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
India vs England, third ODI: live score and latest updates from Pune
       
The issue of rotation is nuanced and difficult in Covid times but essentially Test cricket came second this winter, playing in the IPL seemingly non-negotiable. This week Telegraph Sport revealed that the ECB is willing to offer IPL franchises stakes in the Hundred in return for Indian players adding stardust to the competition. The Twenty20 series was less about the result, more towards building to the World Cup which is why the lack of experimentation with the team was strange. England are on firmer ground in the ODI series, their run chase on Friday was a splendid six-hitting exhibition that provided a reminder of their brilliance at batting in the 50-over format. It was impressive to watch, Ben always wants to be as involved in the game as much as he can.
Covid lockdown roadmap: the key dates for when restrictions will end and what rules will change
       
Four reviewsThere are four reviews that have been commissioned that sit below the roadmap. It will see whether with vaccine certificates and testing the border can be more open than it is now. However there is no guarantee the current rules, which bar anyone from travelling overseas for holiday, will be lifted after the review, meaning summer holidays abroad are not guaranteed. A third review will look at Covid vaccine certificates being used domestically. It will attempt to work out when it is safe for large events to be held again.
What you can and can't do from Monday March 29 as lockdown rules start easing
       
As the Easter holidays begin, the Government has allowed limited changes to lockdown rules to allow families to reunite. Social contactPeople will be able to meet outdoors either in groups of six or as two households as of Monday. This includes meeting in private gardens as the Government attempts to make it easier for friends and families to get together over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. A number of restrictions remain in place to limit movement, including guidance against people staying away from their main residence overnight. Campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation remain closed until at least Apr 12, after the Easter holidays.
China’s go-it-alone five-year plan
       
To meet the challenges ahead, China is banking on its 14th Five-Year Plan, which was officially approved at the recent meeting. The phrase “Five-Year Plan” might conjure thoughts of production targets and coal, steel or grain quotas. That is why the new Five-Year Plan includes binding targets not only for military spending, but also for grain production, investment in research and development and digital-sector growth. What the Five-Year Plan does not include, for the first time ever, is a target for overall GDP growth for the period. The new Five-Year Plan aims to abolish or ease restrictions in small and medium-size cities, and introduce a points system in large cities.
Japan remade its supply chains after catastrophe. Here’s what it learned
       
As global supply chains buckle under COVID-19 stress, those in Japan remain sturdy, free of inflationary pressures and fitful economic activity. The automatons’ bodies are still made in Japan but robotics investment is rising in China where Fanuc makes some parts. In 2019, inventory-to-sales ratios for general and electrical machinery in the U.S. was 1.8 months to 1.4 months. But Japan’s goals are clear: protect the supply chains, at all costs. Anjani Trivedi is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies in Asia.
5,000 people attend Barcelona rock concert after taking Covid-19 rapid tests
       
People wearing protective masks attend a concert at the Palau Sant Jordi, the first massive concert since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, March 27 2021. Music fans in Barcelona hugged, danced and sang along at a sold-out rock concert on Saturday night after taking rapid COVID-19 tests in a trial that could revive the live music industry in Spain and beyond. Advertising Read moreSome 5,000 fans at the show for Spanish indie band Love of Lesbian had to wear masks but social distancing was not required in the Palau Sant Jordi arena. "It will be safer to be in the Palau Sant Jordi than walking down the street," concert co-organiser Jordi Herreruela told Reuters earlier on Saturday. Barcelona, Spain Love of Lesbian Concert ...5000 persons...no mask...no social distancing #tonight pic.twitter.com/HamGNR1vTx — Nicole Elisei (@EliseiNicole) March 27, 2021Pre-concert testing at three Barcelona locations was carried out by 80 nurses wearing full personal protective equipment.
With the Left set for victory, Ecuador’s democracy is under attack
       
But faced with this progressive threat, there are growing concerns that some – both inside and outside Ecuador – are pursuing undemocratic means to prevent a left victory. In one worrying turn, Ecuador’s third-placed candidate Yaku Perez recently endorsed a call to annul the first-round results and for Ecuador’s military to intervene in the electoral process to stop a left victory. Not only have anti-democratic events across the region shown what could happen, but there has been widespread political persecution of the Ecuadorian left itself in recent years. This has specifically targeted Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president from 2007-2017, and his wider political movement. This may go beyond fake news and further turn Ecuador into a fake democracy to prevent a left victory.
Britain’s ‘brutal’ cuts to overseas aid put African science projects in peril
       
“My reaction was one of bitter disappointment, grief and disbelief that Britain could do something this brutal,” Etale told the Observer. Time is the one thing we don’t have when it comes to climate change,” he added. Chris Trisos at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is tracking how climate change will affect different species. Armed with a Flair grant, his team has developed ways to track how climate change will affect different species each year for the rest of this century. “We were about to start a new project to forecast how climate change will affect wild harvested food plants,” Trisos said.
After COVID-19 put pursuit on hold, France's David Bear eager for UFC opportunity
       
In order to continue his pursuit of martial arts, Bear, a welterweight, did something that seemed a little bit backward. Signed to Cage Warriors, Bear is eager to return to the promotion’s cage – or perhaps the UFC’s, should an offer come first. “(Cage Warriors) are wanting me to fight on their big card in June,” Bear said. “I would be extremely proud to fight in France for the UFC, or Cage Warriors,” Bear said. “I love fighting for Cage Warriors, but I believe I’m very close (to the UFC),” Bear said.
Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death
       
Over about two weeks, lawyers for the prosecution and defense quizzed potential jurors about their knowledge of Floyd’s death, their opinions of Chauvin, and their attitudes about police, racial injustice, and the protests and rioting that followed Floyd’s death. Quote iconShe said she believes her community improved because of the massive protests that took place after Floyd’s death. Activists: Floyd's death spurred global change George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police set the nation ablaze. Referring to the protestors who lashed out after Floyd’s death, she said, “maybe they felt they were never heard. The organization might bear a small measure of responsibility for the rioting after Floyd’s death, he said.
Bill Walton should enjoy this Pac-12 rivalry showdown
       
Walton was the one, after all, who suggested the mathematical impossibility that five Pac-12 teams would make the Final Four. But the fact that all five Pac-12 teams with an NCAA invite won a game — and only Colorado didn’t win two — supports his belief. “Conference of champions!” Walton has said repeatedly this year, probably also even when the microphone was turned off. But they stole the Pac-12 championship from us.”An explanation: The teams played once this season, and USC won by 14. It barely mattered in truth: Both teams lost before the conference tournament finals, and both teams made the NCAA field with ease.
Covid cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued even as vaccinations increase
       
Covid-19 cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued in the U.S. even as the country set a new record for coronavirus vaccine doses administered in one day on Saturday. More than 3.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Saturday, according to tallies recorded by the CDC. Saturday's total broke the previous record for most Covid-19 vaccine shots given in one day set on Friday with 3.37 million doses reported. More than 140 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Saturday, according to the CDC. President Joe Biden on Thursday set a new goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
Snatched, Vaxed Or Waxed: 'Saturday Night Live' Goes Spring Break Bonkers
       
The “Saturday Night Live” cast cut free of politics for a change to morph into a wild crew of Miami Beach spring breakers on a TV game show for the cold open. The host of the faux dating show for “hot, infected singles” was Cece Vuvuzela (Maya Rudolph). The program was sponsored by Spirit Airlines, offering $10 flights to Miami Beach. “You guys know no one partying in Miami is vaxed,” Vuvuzela piped up. Gardner revealed she was “anti-vax.”Fineman headed out with Mooney to Club Syph packed with 2,000 people chirping: “Pepper balls sound fun!
Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts: CEO
       
ZURICH (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa’s unit Swiss could announce additional job cuts in the second quarter as the pandemic crimps air travel, its chief executive told Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick. Last October, Swiss announced 1,000 job cuts through attrition over two years. The company has about 9,000 staff“From the 1,000 announced positions, we completed 500 of the job cuts through the end of 2020,” Dieter Vranckx told the newspaper. “How many additional positions we will potentially have to cut is something I can answer only in the second quarter. “That’s why non-vaccinated people need to be allowed to fly,” he said “That’s why testing is so important.”($1 = 0.9389 Swiss francs)
UK variant hunters lead global race to stay ahead of COVID
       
The Cambridge University microbiologist understood that genomic sequencing would be crucial in tracking the disease, controlling outbreaks and developing vaccines. Genomic sequencing is essentially the process of mapping the unique genetic makeup of individual organisms — in this case the virus that causes COVID-19. Behind that growth is a system that links the science of genomic sequencing with the resources of Britain’s national health care system. ADVERTISEMENTThe importance of genomic sequencing became obvious late last year as the number of new infections began to spike in southeastern England. But COG-UK’S work, combined with Britain’s size and high number of cases, have made it the world leader in sequencing COVID-19.
Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts: CEO
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- A global semiconductor shortage has upended the supply of everyday devices from smartphones to gaming consoles to tech-dependent cars. It triggered a 6.7% drop in General Motors Corp. shares over three days last week. Daiwa Securities cited the chip shortage in downgrading the stock and cutting estimates for this year and next. Shares of Apple, for example, didn’t react in November to the impact of the shortage, and they’re up more than 5% since then. Most semiconductor companies should report strong results for the first quarter and give good guidance for the second, said Janardan Menon, an analyst at Liberum Capital Ltd.“This is all great news for the semiconductor vendor,” Liberum’s Menon said by phone.
Man dies after being punched, hitting head on sidewalk in Queens bar fight
       
The WeekCNN's Sanjay Gupta appeared taken aback in a new interview as former CDC Director Robert Redfield shared his "opinion" on the origins of COVID-19. Gupta spoke with Redfield as part of a new CNN documentary about the COVID-19 pandemic, and the former CDC chief revealed he thinks it's likely the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab and was possibly already being transmitted in September 2019. "If I was to guess, this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan," Redfield said. He noted, though, that "other people don't believe" this Wuhan lab theory, and "science will eventually figure it out." Indeed, Gupta said on CNN while setting up the clip, "This was extraordinary."
Asian Americans, many for the first time, are giving children and elderly parents ‘The Talk’ on how to protect themselves from hate
       
Now many Asian Americans, for the first time, are having similar conversations with their children on how to gird themselves against a wave of anti-Asian sentiment, violence, and bullying. One Korean-American mom’s TikTok video — complete with flash cards “stop,” “Asian,” “hate” — has gone viral. Generations of Asian Americans have been raised to work hard, get an education, and quietly assimilate. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing community of color in Greater Boston and in the country.) The burden of “The Talk” has been placed on generations of Black families — and now Asian Americans.
Q&A: When’s the best time to get vaccinated after an infection?
       
Mine said to wait 90 days until getting vaccinated. My sister, who was hospitalized for covid, was told by her doctor to wait 90 days plus 14 days because she received antibodies in the hospital. In terms of timing, people should wait until they’ve recovered from a coronavirus infection before getting vaccinated. Earlier guidance for patients with prior infections was to wait 90 days, Ramey said in am email. “If you have that innate immunity for 90 days, probably best to get it (a vaccination) sometime before that 90 days is up,” Weismiller said.
A Positive Outlook – Virtually Done with Virtual Meetings
       
For many of us, the past year has been a crash course in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx and countless other virtual meeting platforms. But as comfortable as we may have become with virtual meeting tools, they just can’t replicate the face-to-face meetings they replaced. The transition to virtual meetings since the pandemic started hasn’t stopped business from getting done, but it has left something to be desired. Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, has noted that a survey of prospective convention attendees showed 91 percent have had their fill of virtual meetings, and 77 percent are looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for in-person meetings. After a year of virtual meetings, they are ready to move out of cyberspace and return to doing busines the old fashioned way – face to face.
Mark Moores will be Republican CD1 candidate
       
The Republican Party of New Mexico’s state central membership selected Moores on Saturday during a virtual meeting. We needed to open up safely.”New Mexico Democrats will pick their candidate Tuesday. Steve Pearce, the chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, said Moores captured over 40% of vote by the party’s state central membership. The 1st Congressional District seat for the last decade or so has been a launch pad for New Mexico Democrats. But Moores pointed out that before that run, a Republican had the post from 1969 to 2009.
‘He’s riding a crest’: Ron DeSantis positions himself as keeper of Trump’s legacy
       
A year ago DeSantis reluctantly bowed to pressure by issuing a stay-at-home order and requiring non-essential businesses to close. And on Monday, in a podcast interview with Lisa Boothe, Trump mentioned DeSantis first when listing Republicans he believes have a bright future. “Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida,” Trump said, going on to cite Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and the Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah Sanders. She has been travelling widely to address state Republican parties and chalking up appearances on Fox News. He’s been very loyal to the president since he’s been president and their governing style is very similar.
Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000
       
Mexico’s government has acknowledged that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. The only way to get a clear picture is to review “excess deaths” and review death certificates. Since 15 February there have been an additional 26,772 test-confirmed deaths. At the end of December, excess death estimates suggested a total of about 220,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in Mexico. Excess deaths are determined by comparing the deaths in a given year to those that would be expected based on data from previous years.
‘It’s for the people’: how George Floyd Square became a symbol of resistance – and healing
       
The sign on a barricade on a once-unassuming street in Minneapolis reads: “You’re now entering the free state of George Floyd”. To activists and community members, it’s George Floyd Square. “It’s for everybody in the world that wants to come here.”Marcia Howard, left, a group organizer, addresses activists and neighbors at George Floyd Square on 4 March. Photograph: Nicholas Pfosi/ReutersGeorge Floyd Square falls between Minneapolis’ eighth and ninth wards, represented respectively by city council member Alondra Cano and council vice-president Andrea Jenkins. She recently told the Guardian that the prospect of Chauvin’s trial was “traumatic” and that the neighborhood of George Floyd Square was struggling amid the aftermath of Floyd’s death and the coronavirus pandemic.
Doug Emhoff: 'charming' second gentleman embraces supporting role
       
Seated behind a placard that with his official title, “second gentleman”, Emhoff was also the only gentleman at the event, marking Equal Pay Day. He is America’s first second gentleman, an honorific often abbreviated to Sgotus. “It’s odd – the second gentleman is their teacher,” Emhoff told reporters this month. “I’m excited to join you as the first-ever second gentleman, married to the first woman to serve as vice-president of the United States,” he said. Turning toward her husband, who beamed with pride, she said: “I’m so glad to see the second gentleman in his element.”
Miami Beach curfew for spring breakers prompts racism complaints
       
This came after Miami Beach engaged in an adversarial public relations campaign warning out-of-towners that they risked arrest if they did not party responsibly. People enjoy spring break festivities ahead of an 8pm curfew imposed by local authorities in Miami Beach this week. “The measures taken this year by Miami Beach and its officials wasn’t a very hospitable approach,” Pierre said. “Unfortunately, this was predicted based on what happened last year and we did see surges after spring break,” Roberts said. We’re gonna make the best of it.”The Baltimore, Maryland, native said he didn’t see a problem with the emergency measures Miami Beach put in place.
Boris Johnson hails Telegraph campaign ahead of 'Great British summer of sport'
       
Discussions are also being held over formulating a health and wellbeing measure of schools that could be assessed by Ofsted. Johnson’s comments follow new research which shows that more than two-thirds of parents believe that their children’s physical activity fell during lockdown. The survey, which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Youth Sports Trust, does also demonstrate the importance of school sport to parents. Call for sport and physical activity to become a cabinet positionThe Government has been urged to elevate sport and physical activity into a key cabinet role as part of a national plan to make Britain the healthiest nation in the world. When you look at it like this you suddenly see children’s sport and physical activity in a very different light.
Foreign holidays 'are unlikely to be legal until AUGUST'
       
Foreign holidays are unlikely to be back on the cards until August, it was claimed today despite plans to lift the domestic lockdown in June. Even once the restrictions are eased destinations with higher infection rates are expected to face extra rules such as quarantine. The grim message comes as Europe faces another wave of the disease, amid its struggling vaccine rollout. Meanwhile, it has been claimed the UK is ready to offer 3.7million jabs to Ireland after Easter, partly to help ease lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland. In Wales, lockdown restrictions were eased when the 'stay local' requirement was dropped on Saturday and people were allowed to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation.
Tokyo posts 313 new COVID-19 cases Sunday
       
Tokyo reported 313 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, slipping below 400 new infections for the first time in two days. Among Sunday’s new cases in Tokyo, 88 people were in their 20s, 47 were in their 50s and 43 were in their 40s, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement. The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria fell by three from a day earlier to 41. Osaka Prefecture reported 386 new cases, Hyogo Prefecture 164 new cases and Kyoto Prefecture 32 new cases, their highest levels since the government lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency for the three western prefectures at the end of February. Miyagi Prefecture confirmed 129 new cases, the fifth straight day above 100, and neighboring Yamagata Prefecture had 45 new cases, its second-highest level.
Biden administration waives FBI background checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities
       
The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers. The agency says those giving direct care are supervised by federal employees or others who have passed fingerprint-based background checks. 'While the various background checks could identify some past criminal convictions or sexual offenses, these checks were not as extensive as the FBI fingerprint background checks,' the inspector general found. The Red Cross and HHS for several days refused to acknowledge that the volunteers weren´t given FBI fingerprint checks. The Red Cross first said that all of its volunteers underwent background checks when they joined the group.
[News Focus] Korea sees discouraged workers increase 58% in 5 years
       
NATIONALA state-funded bank carries out online job interviews amid the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020. (Export-Import Bank of Korea)(Graphic by Kim Sun-young/The Korea Herald)SEJONG -- The number of people who have given up on looking for jobs has shown a steady increase in South Korea since the nation started compiling the data in January 2014. The all-time high was January 2021 at 775,000.The increase rate was higher among women, with the figure surging by 70.5 percent from 204,000 to 348,000 during the February 2016 to February 2021 period. This category includes the underemployed, who work fewer than 36 hours a week and want to work more, as well as seasonal workers who are out of work for part of the year.This contrasts to 1.01 million and the de facto unemployment rate of 20.8 percent for the same age group in December 2019. This means that the extended-based jobless rate for those 15-29 climbed 6 percentage points, under which the de facto unemployed increased by about 300,000 in just 14 months.In contrast, the de facto jobless rate among the working age population, aged 15-64, was 15.7 percent in February, though that figure also rose from 11.1 percent in December 2019.By Kim Yon-se ( kys@heraldcorp.com
[#WeFACE] For Posco, ESG is all part of ‘corporate citizenship’
       
The Korea Herald is publishing a series of interviews with executives of South Korea’s leading corporations on their response to environmental, social and corporate governance, or ESG, issues, which have become central factors globally in measuring the sustainability of an investment or business decision. A separate 500 billion won is expected for related research and development down the road, while infrastructure investments will require another 400 billion-500 billion won.The company’s goal is to complete the necessary technology development by 2040 and create a green energy infrastructure so that it may phase out of the conventional steelmaking model into the hydrogen-based reduction model. The green drive across industries is already very much tangible in our world today.”The steelmaker also underlined the growing importance of working together with market leaders from different sectors.Earlier this month, Posco joined four other major conglomerates -- SK, Hyundai Motor, Hanwha and Hyosung -- in announcing a joint plan to invest 43 trillion won in the nation’s hydrogen industry, responding to the growing energy demands.Also, adopting a citizen’s innovative idea, Posco worked with cosmetic giant Amorepacific to build enhanced pavement blocks, using empty cosmetics product containers and steel slag. The upcycled material was used to build the outer walls of a public restroom at Seoul’s Noksapyeong Subway Station.On the back of diverse efforts for sustainability, Posco hopes to remain the leading steelmaker, and at the same time to grow beyond the steelmaking paradigm.“I expect that we shall maintain the business-to-business frame to supply key industrial materials to companies and that steel will continue to be our essential item,” he said.“But think about the business evolution that has taken place over mere decades. Who knows where we shall stand 50 years from now and why hold on to diminishing businesses when we have the insight and capacity to pioneer new pro
[News Focus] Korea sees discouraged workers increase 58% in 5 years
       
SEJONG -- The number of people who have given up on looking for jobs has shown a steady increase in South Korea since the nation started compiling the data in January 2014. They are dubbed “discouraged workers.”The tally for discouraged workers counts people who did not carry out job-seeking activities during the prior four weeks or longer, though they had looked for jobs within the past 12 months. According to Statistics Korea, the number of discouraged workers was 475,000 five years ago in February 2016. The figure increased by 58.3 percent to 752,000 in February 2021, which marked the second-highest figure recorded. The increase rate was higher among women, with the figure surging by 70.5 percent from 204,000 to 348,000 during the February 2016 to February 2021 period.
[#WeFACE] For Posco, ESG is all part of ‘corporate citizenship’
       
BUSINESSYang Weon-jun, executive vice president and chief of the corporate citizenship office at Posco (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)The Korea Herald is publishing a series of interviews with executives of South Korea’s leading corporations on their response to environmental, social and corporate governance, or ESG, issues, which have become central factors globally in measuring the sustainability of an investment or business decision. A separate 500 billion won is expected for related research and development down the road, while infrastructure investments will require another 400 billion-500 billion won.The company’s goal is to complete the necessary technology development by 2040 and create a green energy infrastructure so that it may phase out of the conventional steelmaking model into the hydrogen-based reduction model. The green drive across industries is already very much tangible in our world today.”The steelmaker also underlined the growing importance of working together with market leaders from different sectors.Earlier this month, Posco joined four other major conglomerates -- SK, Hyundai Motor, Hanwha and Hyosung -- in announcing a joint plan to invest 43 trillion won in the nation’s hydrogen industry, responding to the growing energy demands.Also, adopting a citizen’s innovative idea, Posco worked with cosmetic giant Amorepacific to build enhanced pavement blocks, using empty cosmetics product containers and steel slag. The upcycled material was used to build the outer walls of a public restroom at Seoul’s Noksapyeong Subway Station.On the back of diverse efforts for sustainability, Posco hopes to remain the leading steelmaker, and at the same time to grow beyond the steelmaking paradigm.“I expect that we shall maintain the business-to-business frame to supply key industrial materials to companies and that steel will continue to be our essential item,” he said.“But think about the business evolution that has taken place over mere decades. Who knows wh
Cuomo got Covid tests for friends and family when access was scarce
       
Andrew Cuomo set up friends and family members with scarce coronavirus tests when most New Yorkers did not have access to them in the early days of the pandemic, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Wielding the power of government for the preferential treatment of family and friends could violate state anti-nepotism laws. Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with Covid-19 in late March last year. The New York state attorney general is investigating a Cuomo administration effort to conceal the number of nursing home Covid deaths. The governor also faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment including unwanted touching and forcible kissing of aides and state employees.
Aides to New York Governor Cuomo subpoenaed in sexual harassment probe: WSJ
       
(Reuters) - The New York state attorney general’s office has subpoenaed dozens of officials in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration as part of a probe into sexual harassment accusations, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Friday. on.wsj.com/3lUDiZECuomo’s aide Melissa DeRosa, whose title is secretary to the governor, was among the officials to receive a subpoena earlier this month, the newspaper reported citing people familiar with the matter. Spokespersons for Cuomo did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comments. Cuomo, 63, is resisting pressure to resign following the flurry of accusations of sexual harassment or misconduct and revelations that his administration under-reported nursing home deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor has denied any wrongdoing, though he has acknowledged it had been a “custom” for him to kiss and hug people when greeting them.
US demonstrators rally nationwide against anti-Asian violence
       
NEW YORK: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New York's Queens borough Saturday (Mar 27) to demand an end to anti-Asian violence, part of a national day of action following deadly mass shootings at Asian-owned spas in Atlanta. AdvertisementAdvertisement"We're one year into this pandemic and anti-Asian violence has only intensified," said Judi Chang, a representative of the anti-war, anti-racism ANSWER coalition behind the demonstrations. read some signs wielded by demonstrators in Atlanta, as others were emblazoned with messages like "Say No to Anti-Asian Racist Terror!" Irving Lee, a demonstrator in Queens, called "the anti-Asian violence that's been created in his country" a "byproduct of US foreign policy." "They're scared to go out as a consequence of the violence that's been going on."
Boris Johnson branded irresponsible over ‘back to the office’ call
       
Experts also predicted a switch to “hybrid working” on a mass scale, meaning the old five-day week model of office work being replaced with more flexible arrangements, such as three days at home and two in the office. Johnson and his ministers have not, however, changed official advice which says that people should work from home if possible. Andy McDonald, the shadow employment rights and protections secretary, said Johnson’s remarks could not be passed off as a joke and were deeply irresponsible. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PAMcDonald added that rather than promoting a return to office working as before, the government should be strengthening the right of employees to work from home when possible. Neil Carberry, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said he believed much more “hybrid” working was on the way.
Mets hope Jonathan Villar infielder can be on Opening Day roster
       
PORT ST. LUCIE — Jonathan Villar’s groin soreness has limited his movement lately, but the Mets are still hopeful he will be part of the Opening Day roster. “There is a possibility he is in there Monday,” Rojas said after the Mets’ 8-3 victory over the Astros on Saturday. Rojas said the preference is to let Villar start a game, giving him proper time to warm up. The manager said he isn’t thinking in terms of the injured list for Villar, who gives the Mets depth at second base, shortstop and third base. The right-handed reliever, who last week had elbow discomfort, has been impressive this spring as a minor league invite.
Mexico says country's true Covid death toll is 60% higher than official test-confirmed number
       
Mexico's government acknowledged Saturday that the country's true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. The only way to get a clear picture is to review "excess deaths" and review death certificates. Since Feb. 15 there have been an additional 26,772 test-confirmed deaths. The higher toll would rival that of Brazil, which currently has the world's second-highest number of deaths after the United States.
Malaysia's key ruling coalition ally says will not work with PM Muhyiddin in polls
       
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s biggest political party and key ruling coalition ally UMNO on Sunday said it will not cooperate with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s alliance in the next national election, deepening conflict within the ruling pact. FILE PHOTO: A man stands in front of a United Malays National Organization (UMNO) logo at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 26, 2020. UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party will contest elections as part of the Barisan Nasional alliance it leads, and not cooperate with any other parties. This resolution is final,” Ahmad Zahid said at the party’s general assembly on Sunday referring to Muhyiddin’s ruling coalition. Ahmad Zahid said the election timing was still uncertain.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Authorities are preparing to make new attempts to free the giant container vessel stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal for a fifth day and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. (©Maxar Technologies via AP)This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Authorities are preparing to make new attempts to free the giant container vessel stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal for a fifth day and reopen a crucial east-west waterway for global shipping. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage.
Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor dies from suicide after suffering lasting Covid symptoms
       
This photo provided by restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse shows company founder and CEO Kent Taylor. (Ron Bath/Texas Roadhouse via AP) (AP)Kent Taylor, the CEO and co-founder of the Texas Roadhouse chain of steakhouses, has died due to suicide caused by "unbearable" complications caused by Covid-19, according to his family. Mr Taylor was battling lasting symptoms brought on by Covid-19, including tinnitus, according to a statement released by the family. Because of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we [love] our jobs every day," the post, issued last Thursday, said. According to the company's board of directors, the president of Texas Roadhouse, Jerry Morgan, will take over as CEO.
All 23 Democratic governors sign letter condemning anti-Asian hate – but only two Republicans join them
       
On Friday, a letter condemning violence against Asian-Americans was signed by 23 Democratic governors and the governor of Guam, following an increase in hate crimes against the community over the last 12 months. However, of the 27 Republican governors in the US, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland were the only two to sign the letter that showed solidarity with Asian-Americans. “Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity, in support, and in shared resolve with the Asian American community,” the letter, released on Friday, read. We condemn all expressions of racism, xenophobia, scapegoating, and anti-Asian sentiment.”Read more:“What is happening to Asian Americans is simply un-American. The letter was signed on Stop AAPI Hate’s virtual day of action, which was held to highlight prejudice and violence towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Philippines to reimpose stricter COVID-19 curbs in capital
       
The realpolitik position, espoused by British foreign secretary Dominic Raab, among others, is that dialogue is better than confrontation. The official Western line on the pandemic has been to avoid Trump’s “China virus” approach. Meanwhile, China’s economy has boomed relatively and in real terms thanks to the Covid-19 virus that (probably) escaped from a Wuhan wet market. It also makes a subtler point of depriving people of an essential liberty – the freedom to see China’s wonders as well as its horrors. Statista reports 608,000 British passport holders visited China in 2018.
San Francisco to pay 'essential' artists $1,000 per month basic income in pilot program amid pandemic
       
San Francisco plans to start paying 130 local artists $1,000 a month starting in May through the fall in a pilot program. Breed said the city’s artists "make San Francisco special, and bring so much life and energy to our city. If we help the arts recover, the arts will help San Francisco recover." Other basic income programs under development in San Francisco include funds for emergency medical technicians and Black and Pacific Islander expectant mothers, FOX 2 reported. Nearby Oakland has also unveiled the framework for its pilot program offering a guaranteed income to 600 low-income residents of color.
America needs a strong, compassionate conservative voice
       
Rather, it helps ensure an environment where free markets and free people can pursue and realize opportunity. Importantly, this country needs a strong, compassionate conservative voice to provide a rational alternative to the alt-right sentiment and a counterweight to the progressive left, which, left unchecked, endangers our freedom and economic viability as a nation. The country moved on from a leader who professed to be a conservative, but exhibited few ideals relating to conservatism. Both “America First” and fiscal mismanagement have eroded our ability to protect our interests and to support the defense of freedom abroad. We can no longer be confined by labels attributed to one party or the other, especially when each side’s hodgepodge of policy prescriptions fail to fall neatly into any real unifying policy vision.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
As of early Sunday, over 320 ships waited to travel through the Suez, either to the Mediterranean or the Red Sea, according to canal services firm Leth Agencies. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Moller-Maersk, warned its customers that it would take anywhere from three to six days to clear the backlog of vessels at the canal. Already, the firm and its partners have 22 ships waiting there. Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world's second-largest, said it already had rerouted at least 11 ships around Africa's Cape of Good Hope to avoid the canal.
Spring season of rejuvenation is just what we need after COVID-19 year » Albuquerque Journal
       
We remember their sweet melody and shed memories of cold and snow, as if they were old skins. Soon they would leave to make room for later bright spring color of snapdragons, petunias and calendulas. Before long, spring promises turn into splendid colors and scents to please our eyes and souls. Then the long summer days would descend. But I shake off these feelings and focus my senses on the splendor of the season.
Helping kids cope through the pandemic
       
I think for all of us being online all day long is very taxing, and really hard on kids and teachers,” she said. “And a lot of times, the families themselves are stressed,” O’Brien added. Many students in the Santa Fe school district, particularly those in Southside schools, come from low-income or impoverished families. “But we can give them strategies that can help.”O’Brien said grounding strategies, such as deep breathing, mindfulness and implementing Zen habits, can help kids cope with stress and anxiety. “When adults are stressed, they may not realize that kids don’t know that they have an invitation to share things or ask questions.
Enforcing the mask mandate
       
Officers focused on enforcing public health orders, including wearing masks in public, social distancing and business capacity limits. The operation resulted in seven warnings for mask violations, according to records obtained through a public records request. The department didn’t issue any citations or warnings for mask violations in January, and only one in December, based on a Journal review of police records. Last July, police reported 122 mask violations at the height of the pandemic, Champlin said. “It’s an accomplishment for the citizens of Santa Fe County, and let’s maintain it,” she said.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
The massive Ever Given, a Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, got stuck Tuesday in a single-lane stretch of the canal. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. On Saturday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority told journalists that strong winds were “not the only cause” for the Ever Given running aground, appearing to push back against conflicting assessments offered by others. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world’s second-largest, said it already had rerouted at least 11 ships around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope to avoid the canal.
Meet Santa Fe’s new specialty grocers
       
I had just visited Beck & Bulow, the new meat purveyor on Cerrillos Road, to peruse a selection that ranged from ground elk to bison tenderloins to wild-caught Alaskan salmon. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................As my Depression-survivor grandpa would say, Santa Fe cooks are “living high on the hog” with a freshman class of specialty grocers. I could taste the difference in rich, flavorful and just fatty enough Beck & Bulow green chile pork sausage ($11.99/lb.) The noodles were lovingly packed separately with basil and chili garnishes, and I made two meals of the heady soup. But, even in its fledgling phase, Santa Fe’s first food hall has significantly boosted both the dine-in and dry goods options in the Railyard area.
F1 2021: full race calendar, season schedule and how to watch on TV
       
Last year's Formula One season was heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but the FIA and F1 still managed to put on a season of 17 races. This means that the season now starts on March 26 with first free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. You should remember that 2021 was supposed to be the start of a new era for F1 as significant regulation – and budgetary – changes came into play. The days of four hours worth of free practice are gone, too. Free practice one and two – previously 90 minutes each – will now only run for an hour.
County lines gangs have changed tactics during COVID - and their victims are getting even younger
       
Within months, she was being exploited by a local county lines gang. She soon found herself forced into running drugs, and even carrying weapons across a county in lockdown for a local gang. Several youth workers and organisations who work with girls associated with county lines gangs have told Sky News referrals for girls have increased during the pandemic. "If you're talking about girls caught up in county lines, they're not part of a gang - they are victims of gangs. "With the change in demands on policing due to lockdown, officers were able to increase proactivity and successful operations, closing more county lines than ever before."
Boomer, millennial and Gen Z: Why do generation wars feel worse than ever?
       
Before the arrival of Gen Z, millennials’ primary adversary was the baby boomers. Read more:The Pew Research Centre defines the generational divides as follows: the silent generation (1928-1945), baby boomers (1946-1964), generation X (1965-1980), millennials (1981-1996) and generation Z (1997-2012). Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Lib Dem Vince Cable told a reporter: “The older generation shafted the young.”And something about these descriptors clearly sticks in the public consciousness. As well as resentment breeding over economic issues, Filby attributes the current particular intensity of generation wars to social media and technology.
COVID-19: Second doses are 'protected' for when UK's vaccine supply falls in April, NHS England says
       
The UK has enough vaccine supplies to ensure that Britons can receive their second doses without disruption, NHS England's medical director for primary care has said. "We've got enough vaccine to give people the second doses, those second doses are protected, and we've got enough vaccine to protect those in the priority cohorts." "If you are one of those people yet to book a first dose, please come forward and get your life-saving COVID-19 vaccine, which will not only protect you but those around you." "The UK will be sitting on enough surplus vaccine doses to vaccinate the world's frontline health workers twice over," the letter said. Government data also shows a further 58 people had died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, taking the UK total to 126,573.
Lingering virus crisis to affect hiring of Japan's new graduates
       
The lingering coronavirus pandemic will affect Japanese companies’ hiring of new graduates next year, a recent Jiji Press survey has found. The latest survey covered 100 major companies, with 66 of them disclosing their hiring plans. The number of companies planning to keep hiring at the same levels as those for 2021 came to 37, unchanged from this year. “We’ll retrench hiring to improve productivity as we promote structural reforms in response to the virus crisis,” a JR East official said. In the survey, 53 of the 100 companies said that the coronavirus crisis will impact their spring 2022 recruiting activities.
Lisa Ling attends Stop Asian Hate rally in Los Angeles almost two weeks after shootings in Atlanta
       
AdvertisementLisa Ling took to the streets along with hundreds of fellow protesters on Saturday at the Stop Asian Hate rally. The CNN newscaster and documentarian, 47, attended the rally with her husband, physician Paul Song, in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, California. The rally, organized by the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles in partnership with 20 community-based organizations, was one of many across Los Angeles and the US, including Detroit, Boston and Washington DC. Her husband, 52, wore a yellow face mask with the words 'Stop Asian hate' on it. The participants waved signs reading 'stop Asian hate.'
Miami Spring break partying could lead to spike in coronavirus cases
       
AdvertisementSpring breakers continue to flock to Miami Beach this weekend, despite warnings them and pandemic-weary travelers could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to health experts. According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently more than 2 million total positive cases in Florida, with more than 33,700 fatalities. Andrews is the associate professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and vice chair for pathology laboratories at Jackson Health System. Andrew added that the variant, first identified in the U.K., accounts for about 50 percent of the positive cases sampled at Jackson Health. Spring breakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami BeachWomen dance in the street on Ocean Drive as they enjoy the festivities on Miami Beach
International landmarks switch off their lights to mark Earth Hour
       
This picture taken on March 27, 2021, shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris after it was switched off as part of the Earth Hour environmental campaign. Advertising Read moreAfter starting in Asia, the call to action on climate change made its way around a planet reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. "It's fantastic news that parliament once again is taking part in Earth Hour, joining landmarks across the country and the world to raise awareness of climate change," said Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons. In Rome, the lights went out at the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, while police enforcing Italy's coronavirus restrictions checked the papers of a small crowd of onlookers. "One hour is not enough for us to remember that climate change is actually a problem -- I don't really see (Earth Hour) as very significant," he said.
Goldman Sachs dustup hits nerve as pandemic blurs work-life line
       
The issues underlying the Goldman Sachs controversy are "reflective of a broader problem," said Temple University sociologist Kevin Delaney, author of "Money at Work: On the Job with Priests, Poker Players and Hedge Fund Traders." In the wake of the dustup, Goldman Sachs Chief Executive David Solomon has urged staff to respect a firm-wide policy of not working on Saturdays, and praised the young staffers for speaking up. The coronavirus itself has also infected or killed many "essential" workers such as supermarket staff, transit workers, nurses and others who cannot telecommute. -All of the young Goldman bankers felt their work hours had negatively impacted relationships with friends and family and also created unrealistic deadlines. "When you take a job in investment banking, you know that you're going to be working long hours," the person said.
More Koreans inclined to stock investing in wake of COVID-19: survey
       
FINANCEForeign currency dealers are seen working at a dealing room of Hana Bank in its headquarters in Seoul. (Yonhap)More South Koreans are becoming inclined to stock investing as they seek to take advantage of a turnaround from the COVID-19 financial market crisis, a survey showed Sunday.Of 1,000 respondents aged between 19 and 59, 67.8 percent said they were interested in investing via stocks, according to a survey conducted in February by Seoul-based market research firm Macromill Embrain Trend Monitor. Among them, 52.7 percent said they had begun to take an interest in stock investing since January 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak surfaced on a global scale.The younger respondents were, the more likely they were attached to stock investing, results also showed. Of those aged younger than 30, 70.8 percent showed interest in stock trading, showing a contrast from those aged 50 or older, 59.6 percent of whom responded they were interested.The finding implies that Korean income earners considered the COVID-19 crisis an opportunity for stock investing, setting the stage for the increased involvement of day traders, locally dubbed “ant warriors,” Macromill Embrain said.Of all respondents, 56 percent said they were holding listed stocks as of February, and 37.5 percent of them had spent less than 5 million won ($4,420) respectively for stock investing in the past year.In the meantime, the survey result also showed that those who feel insecure at work were more likely to be investing in stocks, as opposed to those who feel stable. Macromill Embrain noted that those suffering job insecurity tended to look for a breakthrough in hopes of a bull market.Also, 4 in 5 respondents regard themselves as having a “low level of education” in the field of personal finance, while 55.1 percent of respondents believed their stock investing would yield better returns by reading books or watching lectures.By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
Fresh COVID-19 projections portend spring surge
       
NATIONALSpring vacationers spotted at a beach in Gangwon Province on Sunday morning. (Yonhap)Korea’s number of daily new COVID-19 cases is hovering near 500, a range recorded immediately before the start of the third wave. Nearly 3 percent of all tests being performed each day returned positive results, which ideally should be lower. The government said this move was “a breach of agreement.”Novavax, with which Korea has signed a deal for vaccines for some 20 million people, is also facing shortages in raw materials that are feared to disrupt its production.In late February, Korea got its hands on 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and 117,000 doses of Pfizer’s. As of Saturday midnight, 793,858 people had received at least a first dose of the vaccine.By Kim Arin ( arin@heraldcorp.com
More Koreans inclined to stock investing in wake of COVID-19: survey
       
More South Koreans are becoming inclined to stock investing as they seek to take advantage of a turnaround from the COVID-19 financial market crisis, a survey showed Sunday.Of 1,000 respondents aged between 19 and 59, 67.8 percent said they were interested in investing via stocks, according to a survey conducted in February by Seoul-based market research firm Macromill Embrain Trend Monitor. Among them, 52.7 percent said they had begun to take an interest in stock investing since January 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak surfaced on a global scale.The younger respondents were, the more likely they were attached to stock investing, results also showed. Of those aged younger than 30, 70.8 percent showed interest in stock trading, showing a contrast from those aged 50 or older, 59.6 percent of whom responded they were interested.The finding implies that Korean income earners considered the COVID-19 crisis an opportunity for stock investing, setting the stage for the increased involvement of day traders, locally dubbed “ant warriors,” Macromill Embrain said.Of all respondents, 56 percent said they were holding listed stocks as of February, and 37.5 percent of them had spent less than 5 million won ($4,420) respectively for stock investing in the past year.In the meantime, the survey result also showed that those who feel insecure at work were more likely to be investing in stocks, as opposed to those who feel stable. Macromill Embrain noted that those suffering job insecurity tended to look for a breakthrough in hopes of a bull market.Also, 4 in 5 respondents regard themselves as having a “low level of education” in the field of personal finance, while 55.1 percent of respondents believed their stock investing would yield better returns by reading books or watching lectures.By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
Fresh COVID-19 projections portend spring surge
       
Korea’s number of daily new COVID-19 cases is hovering near 500, a range recorded immediately before the start of the third wave. Government statistics posted 482 new cases on Sunday for the day prior, despite tests roughly halving compared to the weekday average.Preventive medicine specialist Dr. Ki Mo-ran, who is advising the government committee on social distancing policy, said the recent case counts, test positivity rates and the reproduction number were all “sounding alarm bells.”She said cases were creeping up all across the country, even in remote regions that had been relatively spared through last year. Nearly 3 percent of all tests being performed each day returned positive results, which ideally should be lower. The government said this move was “a breach of agreement.”Novavax, with which Korea has signed a deal for vaccines for some 20 million people, is also facing shortages in raw materials that are feared to disrupt its production.In late February, Korea got its hands on 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and 117,000 doses of Pfizer’s. As of Saturday midnight, 793,858 people had received at least a first dose of the vaccine.By Kim Arin ( arin@heraldcorp.com
AOC played Among Us and achieved what most politicians fail at: acting normal
       
Show caption Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch channel garnered a staggering audience of 439,000 viewers, all watching her in real time. Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch channel garnered a staggering audience of 439,000 viewers, all watching her in real time (the record for a Twitch stream is about 628,000 concurrent viewers) with approximately 5.2 million viewers watching the stream in aggregate. But Ocasio-Cortez and Omar aren’t just famous people playing an unusually popular video game; they’re members of Congress trying to get out the vote. And in this, they achieved something most politicians attempt and fail at daily: they looked like completely normal people. You go where people are, and in 2020, young people are watching video games played on Twitch.
Kamala Harris appears at women’s event with Bill Clinton after anger over sexual harassment claims against him
       
The Clinton Global Initiative event took place on Friday and was hosted by Howard University, of which Ms Harris was an alumni. Read more:Several other women have also accused the former president of sexual harassment, claims which Mr Clinton has denied. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. You carry the voice of so many who are proud of you.”Ms Harris was the first female vice president, as well as the first African American vice president and Asian American vice president.
Cuomo got Covid tests for friends and family when access was scarce
       
New York governor secured tests for certain people when most people could not get them in the early days of the pandemicAndrew Cuomo set up friends and family members with scarce coronavirus tests when most New Yorkers did not have access to them in the early days of the pandemic, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Wielding the power of government for the preferential treatment of family and friends could violate state anti-nepotism laws. Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with Covid-19 in late March last year. The New York state attorney general is investigating a Cuomo administration effort to conceal the number of nursing home Covid deaths. The governor also faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment including unwanted touching and forcible kissing of aides and state employees.
Foreigners flock to Serbia to get free coronavirus vaccine
       
Thousands of vaccine-seekers from countries neighbouring Serbia have flocked to Belgrade after Serbian authorities offered foreigners free coronavirus jabs if they showed up over the weekend. People wait in line to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine (AP)The Serbian government has donated vaccine doses to North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Others say that the AstraZeneca vaccine shots Serbia is giving foreigners are nearing their expiration date and need to be used as soon as possible, a claim that could not be verified. Bosnia’s Klix news portal described huge lines of cars forming at border crossings with Serbia on Saturday morning. Serbia has one of the highest inoculation rates in Europe, mainly thanks to the government’s large purchases of the Sinopharm vaccine from China and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app
       
This undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, shows the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. (NY Governor's Press Office via AP)This undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, shows the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. (NY Governor's Press Office via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — State officials have launched a digital pass New Yorkers can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The Excelsior Pass will be accepted at major entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden and Albany’s Times Union Center. The app is similar to a mobile airline boarding pass and uses a secure QR code that can be stored in a smartphone or printed out.
Martin Short surprises on 'SNL' as Doug Emhoff for Kamala Harris' Seder: 'You got this baby!'
       
Maya Rudolph's Vice President Kamala Harris wasn't alone on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. "SNL" alum Martin Short was on hand in Studio 8H to play the role of Harris' husband and the first second gentleman of the United States, Doug Emhoff, for a sketch that found the couple hosting a Passover Seder for Washington figures. Eventually Rudolph's Harris got him to be a little more comfortable, and the music got a bit steamier. Short's Emhoff said. When Rudolph's Harris is worried that the unity Seder is pulling people apart, Short's Emhoff is there to comfort her.
Maya Rudolph brings her Beyoncé impression back to 'SNL' to sample hot wings
       
There are some things even Beyoncé can't handle, and apparently hot sauce is one of them, according to "Saturday Night Live." This week's "SNL" host Maya Rudolph brought back her impression of the superstar from her days as a cast member in a sketch that parodied popular YouTube series "Hot Ones," in which guests try chicken wings with progressively hotter hot sauces while being interviewed by host Sean Evans (played by Mikey Day). “I still can’t tell if this is beneath me,” Rudolph’s Beyoncé says as soon as she walks onto the set clad in her black leather look from the Grammys. More:Martin Short surprises on 'SNL' as Doug Emhoff for Kamala Harris' Seder: 'You got this baby!' When the wings became far too much for Rudolph's Beyoncé to eat, her entourage came to fix everything, taking audio files, video files and forcing everyone to sign a non-disclosure agreement, or else they be shot.
NJ pol ponders fatherhood and racism after son is taunted as ‘Chinese boy’
       
A New Jersey congressman tweeted poignantly about racism and fatherhood Saturday after his 5-year-old son was called a “Chinese boy” by an older child. “I was sad because my son shared what was likely his first ever experience of discrimination,” the Democrat wrote. “I was sad because I know this won’t be his last time facing racism,” Kim wrote. The thread concluded with Kim telling his followers he decided to have the tough discussion with his boy. He’s such a sweet boy and I don’t know how he will take it,” Kim tweeted.
Oregon State is the True NCAA Tournament Cinderella We Didn't See Coming
       
12 seeded Oregon State Beavers. Prior to last Friday, Oregon State's most recent win in the NCAA tournament came in 1982. Just five weeks ago, the idea of Oregon State making it into the NCAA tournament was borderline incomprehensible. Even after winning the Pac-12 tournament, Oregon State ended the year ranked 91st in the NCAA Evaluation Tool rankings and 85th on KenPom. In 17 of 29 games played prior to the tournament, Oregon State allowed at least 1.0 points per possession (PPP).
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he tested positive for COVID-19
       
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido attends a session of Venezuela's National Assembly at a public park in Caracas, Venezuela December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero(Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and has mild symptoms. Guaido said on his Twitter account that he is in isolation and expressed concern about the number of infections in the country. “I want to express my solidarity with the thousands of Venezuelans suffering during the pandemic,” Guaido wrote on Twitter. The opposition leader added that he considered the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to Venezuela urgent.
Night curfew in India's Maharashtra state after record COVID spike
       
MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Authorities in India’s western state of Maharashtra imposed night curfews on Sunday to tackle a record surge in COVID-19 cases with the financial capital Mumbai reporting 6,123 new cases, the highest single-day spike since March last year. India recorded 62,714 cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday, the highest single-day tally since mid-October last year. With 312 deaths, single-day mortality figures were also at their highest since Christmas, according to ministry data. Officials in the health ministry in New Delhi said the government had decided to focus on its domestic vaccination programme following a spike in COVID-19 cases and there will be no immediate expansion of vaccine exports. Sinha, a health ministry official.
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
Migrants sleep under a gazebo at a park in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Migrants sleep under a gazebo at a park in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Saturday, March 27, 2021. The decisions unfold amid what Border Patrol officials say is an extraordinarily high 30-day average of 5,000 daily encounters with migrants. But under pandemic authority, Mexicans and citizens of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras can be expelled to Mexico throughout the night and in smaller towns. A U.S. travel advisory says heavily armed criminal groups patrol Reynosa in marked and unmarked vehicles.
Here’s How the World’s Chip Shortage Is Playing Out for Stocks
       
(Bloomberg) -- A global semiconductor shortage has upended the supply of everyday devices from smartphones to gaming consoles to tech-dependent cars. Here’s a look at the companies with the most at stake as the global chip shortage rages on, and how their stocks have been affected:AutomakersAuto stocks have come roaring back from their pandemic lows. Now both the chip shortage and concern over a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic have pulled a Bloomberg index of global manufacturers down 14% from its Jan. 25 record high. It triggered a 6.7% drop in General Motors Corp. shares over three days last week. Daiwa Securities cited the chip shortage in downgrading the stock and cutting estimates for this year and next.
Shock-Weary Global Economy Girds for Supply Jolt From Suez Mess
       
The broader economic costs -- small thus far in relation to $18 trillion in global goods trade annually -- are compounding with each day the canal remains closed. He sees the Suez situation as another test that the global economy will battle through in the weeks ahead, but will ultimately pass. “But I wouldn’t get too excited about the daily trade impact.”Koopman said the canal blockage doesn’t mean global supply chains are at risk of disintegrating -- it’s all part of doing business in today’s interconnected global economy. According to a report from Allianz Research, each week of no traffic through the Suez Canal could dent global trade growth by 0.2 to 0.4 percentage point. “The problem is that the Suez Canal blockage is the straw that breaks global trade’s back,” Allianz said in the note.
Pain Points Sharpen for U.K. Pound as BlueBay Sees Drop to $1.30
       
“The lockdown in the U.K. remains more restrictive than elsewhere,” putting the shackles on growth. Data from the Chicago-based Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington show investors have started to trim bullish bets on the pound. That success has helped stoke optimism the country’s early reopening and a services-led recovery could put it ahead of its peers. The median forecast of analyst forecasts compiled by Bloomberg is for the pound to end June at $1.39, compared with $1.35 in early January. There are a lot of little bad things in the background that individually have the potential to be pretty systemic.
Turkey approves development plans for Istanbul canal: minister
       
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has approved development plans for a huge canal on the edge of Istanbul, Environment Minister Murat Kurum said on Saturday, advancing a project which has attracted criticism over its cost and environmental impact. "We have approved the Kanal Istanbul Project development plans and put them out for public consultation. We will rapidly take steps to enrich our country and sacred city with Kanal Istanbul," Kurum wrote on Twitter. The canal will connect the Black Sea north of Istanbul to the Marmara Sea to the south and is estimated to cost 75 billion lira ($9.2 billion). He has said spending resources on the canal while Turkey combats the coronavirus outbreak is "mind boggling."
India's Modi gifts Bangladesh 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine
       
By Ruma PaulCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - India gave 1.2 million free doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh on Saturday, its foreign minister said, as Dhaka urged New Delhi to maintain a regular supply of shots to battle the pandemic. Bangladesh signed a deal in November with the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine maker, for 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The country of more than 160 million people has already received 9 million vaccine doses from Serum. India has also previously gifted its neighbour 2 million doses of the shot that Serum is producing for many countries. "Bangladesh has requested a regular supply of the remaining vaccines purchased from the Serum Institute," the country's foreign minister A.K.
‘We’re so close to the end, let’s ruin it!’: ‘SNL’ mocks spring breakers in Miami amid pandemic
       
“I am your host, Cece Vuvuzela, out here in beautiful Miami Beach during a global pandemic,” Rudolph said. “We’re so close to the end, let’s ruin it!”Although host Maya Rudolph often portrays Vice President Kamala Harris in political sketches, the show opted to take a different path for this week’s cold open. AdvertisementThe scene in Miami Beach — which has involved fights in the streets and the destruction of property — resulted in the city implementing and then extending an emergency curfew. On the show, three male contests were tasked with guessing whether the single women were “snatched, meaning the physique be right and tight, vaxed, and they got the antibody-ody-odys, or waxed, A.K.A. Watch the full sketch:AdvertisementShannon Larson can be reached at shannon.larson@globe.com.
Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa in NCAA Sweet 16
       
SAN ANTONIO - The game was billed as a marquee matchup of uber-talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. Clark, shadowed on defense by Williams on almost every possession, finished with 21 points -- below her nearly 27-points-per-game average. “I thought we played a great team basketball game," Williams said.
City holds distanced ceremonies for mass shooting victims
       
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The city of Boulder encouraged people nationwide to hold a moment of silence and conduct a candle-lighting ceremony to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a local supermarket that killed 10 people last week. Boulder officials asked participants to observe 10 minutes of silence and leave a candle or light in front of their homes at 8 p.m. Saturday to honor the victims. The ceremonies had to be conducted privately in lieu of a mass gathering because of health restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, residents such as Susan Sierota extolled the virtues of the socially distanced ceremonies. But right now we can’t because of the pandemic,” said Sierota, a 30-year Boulder resident.
Today in History
       
President Donald Trump considered and then rejected ordering a quarantine for residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Former Sen. Tom Coburn died at 72; the Oklahoma Republican was a conservative political maverick known for railing against federal earmarks. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 80. Country singer Reba McEntire is 66. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 52.
In-home vaccine shots offer freedom, peace of mind to some Sandoval County residents
       
Barbara Butcher, supervisor at Sandoval County Health Commons, said, to her knowledge, the county is among the first in the Southwest to do home vaccinations. Butcher said the county is registering Sandoval County residents for home vaccination through its Elderly and Frail Senior Program, as well as through the New Mexico Department of Health. She said that to be eligible, Sandoval County residents with mobility problems must register for the vaccine and on their registration make it clear they are homebound. She hopes the program can expand to those who live in far-flung places in Sandoval County, such as Torreon. Around noon, Farrell and Sandoval County paramedic Greg Bobick pulled up to Trent’s house, where she lives with her granddaughter and two great-grandkids in a cul-de-sac in the middle of Rio Rancho.
Exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of Shuster’s NM arrival
       
Open at the New Mexico Museum of Art, “A Fiery Light: Will Shuster’s New Mexico” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the artist’s arrival here. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................By 1920, Shuster arrived in Santa Fe determined to live whatever remained of his life to the fullest. “Sloan was significantly older than Shuster,” Waguespack said. The only thing that’s not on fire is the thing that’s supposed to be on fire.”Shuster died in 1969 at age 75. “He lived a long life,” Waguespack said.
Coronavirus latest news: Britons prepare for big step towards normality amid Covid threat
       
The nation has been warned not to "squander the gains" made against coronavirus ahead of a major easing of the lockdown to allow greater freedoms outside. NHS England national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said Covid-19 still has the capacity to "wreak more havoc and ill health on a significant scale", citing concerns over new variants. He issued the warning ahead of groups of up to six, or two households, being able to socialise in parks and gardens as outdoor sports facilities reopen and the stay-at-home order ends in England on Monday. Writing in The Telegraph, Prof Powis said the prospects "look immeasurably brighter and more positive" but said that the easing "does not mean job done". "We've made enormous progress that we need to build on and not squander the gains we've made," he wrote.
Why a Covid vaccine's potential is about much more than just efficacy
       
At the top come vaccines like Pfizer and BioNtech's, which boasted a 95 per cent efficacy from its trial at the end of last year. At the bottom come those like the single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab – approved in the UK on March 1 – which had an efficacy of 66 per cent from its global trial. Earlier this month, he reportedly refused doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for his city due to its lower efficacy compared to higher efficacy doses such as Pfizer's. One widespread misconception underpinning this game of vaccine Top Trumps is that efficacy is a measure of absolute protection against Covid. A 95 per cent efficacy means the number of vaccinated participants who ended up with Covid after the jab was just five per cent of the number who only got a placebo.
How to restore your love of food after losing taste and smell due to Covid
       
One of the cruellest features of Covid has been loss of a sense of smell, and with it taste, and for thousands with long Covid, this symptom has lingered. From Monday 29 March, their new book, Taste & Flavour, is available to order (with a £3 p&p charge), or to download as an eBook, free from lifekitchen.com thanks to sponsors Greek food suppliers Odysea. “There are the people who have Covid, lose their sense of taste for a couple of weeks then go back to normal. Perhaps the most alarming Covid symptom is parosmia, where people have a distorted sense of smell and flavour. Life Kitchen lessons: how to boost flavour for long Covid sufferersIdentify “trigger” foods that smell and taste bad to you – often onions, garlic, roasted meats and coffee.
As the clocks go forward, here's how to beat your 'lockdown jetlag'
       
But now, with groups of six allowed to meet outside from Monday, we are coming out of hibernation - just as the clocks go forward. Even in normal circumstances, the biannual resetting of the clocks has an impact, says Dr Bostock. “On average, most people lose around 40 minutes of sleep when the clocks go forward. So what, if anything, can we do to beat lockdown jet lag? “Even if you’ve been desperately looking forward to an end to home-schooling, change of any kind can be unsettling.
County Lines star Conrad Khan: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever shouted at anyone – it was challenging to get into a violent headspace’
       
This is one of many desperate, harrowing moments in County Lines, Henry Blake’s brutal social-realist drama. Blake, a former social worker, was moved to tell their story after witnessing the human toll of county lines first-hand. He’s now nominated for the EE Rising Star Award at the Baftas for County Lines, a prize that’s predicted the success of Daniel Kaluuya and Tom Holland. “The county lines networks have adapted and have not stopped even under the circumstances of a global pandemic. Covid restrictions have put more vulnerable people and children at risk.”Khan first heard about county lines through music.
Benny Blanco interview: ‘I’m not even good at making music!’
       
Answer: they’ve all sought the help of songwriter and producer Benny Blanco, the man behind some of the most indelible pop hits of the past decade. Born Benjamin Levin, Blanco was, in his words, “a chubby Jewish kid from Virginia” who started out with dreams of making it as a rapper. With additional guidance from pop alchemist Max Martin, the 20-year-old Blanco helped hone Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and Kesha’s “Tik-Tok”. This year, he’s called in the favours for his own album, Friends Keep Secrets 2, assembling enough pop and rap royalty to line a Grammys red carpet. “I'm not even good at making music; I'm just good at having comfy chairs and good snacks,” he laughs.
Many Japanese cities have yet to set a vaccination timeline
       
About 40% of the nation’s major cities have yet to determine when they can finish vaccinating people age 65 or over against the novel coronavirus, a survey has shown. The Jiji Press group survey found that as of the end of February, 43 major cities had yet to decide when they might end vaccinations for older people. They have been unable to set clear vaccination schedules due to a lack of information about vaccine supply from the central government, the survey showed. Vaccinations for older people in 11 cities are projected to end between August and March next year. A total of 89 cities said they plan to start vaccinations for older people by the end of April.
SNL FINALY takes a shot at Joe Biden 67 days after his inauguration
       
Saturday Night Live finally took a shot at President Joe Biden 67 days after his inauguration with jokes about Kamala Harris running the border situation response, his press conference cheat sheets and his Air Force One tumble. Twitter users reacted to the lackluster cold open and the Kamala Seder sketch during Saturday Night LiveThe contestants were played by Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett and Chris Redd. Social media users are already asking why the Kamala Seder sketch wasn't the cold open instead of the bizarre spring break sketch. He added that longtime SNL writer Emily Spivey returned for the Kamala Seder sketch. 'It's certainly different than most modern SNL cold opens (this was meant to be the cold open), but felt flat, aside from Martin Short's visible delight and cracking up, and the dog attack sequence.
US 'deliberately let China eavesdrop on a call to Dominic Raab to send message to Beijing'
       
US officials deliberately held a phone call with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over an insecure line to allow the Chinese government to eavesdrop on their discussions about the origins of the coronavirus, Washington sources have told The Mail on Sunday. A Washington source said Mr Raab had been 'very supportive' during the phone call, which also included the foreign ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand – the intelligence sharing group of nations known as Five Eyes – in late December. 'So the Secretary of State, based on the frustration between the State Department and our closest allies by the end of the year, wanted to send a clear message.' However, a UK Government source said Mr Raab had not endorsed Mr Pompeo's actions, and merely 'listened as Pompeo set out what he was planning to do'. State Department officials, now reporting to Joe Biden, do not believe the virus leak was deliberate, rather that it was a catastrophic accident caused by poor safety procedures.
[Newsmaker] Diplomatic spat between NK and Malaysia deepens
       
He also denied allegations that he laundered money through front companies and issued fraudulent documents to support illicit shipments to his country.The North’s Foreign Ministry said Mun had engaged in “legitimate external trade activities in Singapore,” claiming that it was a “fabrication … to argue that he was involved in ‘illegal money laundering.’”The ministry said in a statement that Malaysian authorities “committed an unpardonable crime … of forcibly delivering the innocent citizen (of North Korea) to the US,” warning that the US will “pay a price.”The statement comes after Pyongyang refused Washington’s calls for talks and Blinken criticized the North’s human rights violations and nuclear threats during his visit to Seoul.Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry immediately refuted North Korea’s move to sever diplomatic relations. The ministry emphasized that Malaysia has tried to normalize ties with North Korea despite the 2017 assassination case of North Korean leader’s half brother Kim Jong-nam. It also accused North Korea’s latest decision of being “clearly unwarranted, disproportionate and certainly disruptive” for regional peace and stability.North Korea and Malaysia established diplomatic ties in 1973, but their relations deteriorated after two women -- an Indonesian and a Vietnamese -- were charged with colluding with four North Koreans to murder Kim Jong-nam by smearing his face with VX nerve agent on Feb. 13, 2017. The four North Koreans fled Malaysia the day Kim died.Malaysian prosecutors made it clear throughout the trial that they suspected North Korean involvement, although Kuala Lumpur never officially pointed its finger at Pyongyang for Kim’s death.Malaysia scrapped visa-free entry for North Koreans, and expelled North Korean Ambassador Kang Chol after he rejected Malaysia’s investigation and insisted the victim was an ordinary citizen named Kim Chol who died of a heart attack.In a tit-for-tat move, North Korea banned Malaysians from leaving at the time,
Chad Wolf leads ex-Trump officials in attacking Biden for firing 32 members of DHS Security Council
       
Former DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (left) has joined a chorus of ex-Trump officials in slamming the Biden administration for firing nearly every member of the agency's advisory council Friday. The Biden administration has been slammed for its handling of the issue as officials refuse to call it a 'crisis' and have repeatedly denied the media all access to CBP detention centers. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side. The 19 Republican Senators on Tour Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. 'On the other side of the river is Mexico,' Cruz noted.
Korea scrambles to respond to migrant worker shortage amid pandemic
       
The South Korean government and National Assembly are looking to ease regulations on employing foreign nationals and for immigration in the face of labor shortages brought on by the prolonged pandemic.On Friday, a bill to revise the act on the employment of foreign workers, which was proposed by Rep. Lee Jong-bae of the main opposition People Power Party, passed the plenary session of the National Assembly.The main focus of the bill is to increase the number of industries that can hire foreign workers and to extend the period of employment for foreign workers, for whom it has been difficult to enter and leave the country due to the pandemic.Rep. Lee said, “Some industries in Korea are suffering from manpower shortages due to the decrease in the number of employable people. They have no choice but to rely on foreign workers.”“In particular, due to the pandemic, foreign workers cannot leave the country even after the expiration of their employment period, and they are restricted from entering the country even if they wish to reenter the country,” he added.The revised bill newly added the mining industry to allow hiring foreign workers, joining the construction, services, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing industries.Also, the bill allows the employment period of foreign workers to be extended by an additional year if it is deemed difficult for foreign workers to enter and leave a country due to the spread of infectious diseases and natural disasters.The Ministry of Justice also recently announced a legislative amendment to the enforcement decree of the immigration control act, which aims to expand the scope of industries that allow foreign workers.Under the current immigration law, H-2 visa holders can gain employment across 39 industries, including manufacturing, livestock and fisheries with fewer than 300 employees.When the enforcement ordinance changes under the revision, foreign workers will be allowed to work in jobs such as package sorter, the wholesale of f
Korea scrambles to respond to migrant worker shortage amid pandemic
       
NATIONALWorkers sort goods at a parcel distribution center in Seoul. (Yonhap)The South Korean government and National Assembly are looking to ease regulations on employing foreign nationals and for immigration in the face of labor shortages brought on by the prolonged pandemic.On Friday, a bill to revise the act on the employment of foreign workers, which was proposed by Rep. Lee Jong-bae of the main opposition People Power Party, passed the plenary session of the National Assembly.The main focus of the bill is to increase the number of industries that can hire foreign workers and to extend the period of employment for foreign workers, for whom it has been difficult to enter and leave the country due to the pandemic.Rep. Lee said, “Some industries in Korea are suffering from manpower shortages due to the decrease in the number of employable people. Things have not changed this year.Farm owners applied for support of more than 4,500 manpower nationwide this year, but this does not seem likely to be fulfilled as the pandemic continues.Local governments are seeking self-help measures.In North Gyeongsang Province, the regional government is requesting permission from the Ministry of Justice to allow H-3, E-9, F-1 and F-3 visa holders to work in rural areas.The province requires around 230,000 people during the spring farming season in April-June and October-November, when manpower shortages are most severe.Considering the situation in rural areas, the Ministry of Justice introduced this month a temporary seasonal labor system for one year, until March next year.It allows F-1 and E-9 visa holders to work as seasonal workers in rural areas even if their stay period is over. Through this program, 82 people applied for jobs in North Chungcheong Province early this month.The provincial government expects that if foreigners whose stay periods expire apply as seasonal workers, the worst of the labor shortage in rural areas like last year will be avoided.By Shin Ji-hye ( shinjh
Dublin hospital told to stop giving Covid jabs after sharing surplus with private school
       
Stephen Donnelly said it was “completely unacceptable” and has asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to suspend vaccinations at the Beacon hospital, with the exception of already scheduled appointments. St Gerard’s school in Bray, where staff received Covid jabs from Beacon hospital. “The provision of vaccines by the Beacon hospital to a school was entirely inappropriate and completely unacceptable. I have considered this matter carefully and have worked with the HSE to assess the operational implications of suspending vaccine operations at the Beacon hospital in Dublin,” he said. The HSE confirmed it would be suspending vaccine operations at the hospital.
Four killed in Bangladesh during protests against Modi visit
       
Protesters were killed in Chittagong as Modi begins a tour for Golden Jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence. At least four people were killed in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong after police fired at protesters during a demonstration against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, police officials said. The protesters in Chittagong were from the Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, an Islamist group opposed to the visit of Modi, who critics say has been pushing a Hindu-first agenda in India. ‘We don’t want him’Friday’s was the latest in a series of protests held across Bangladesh to oppose the visit by Modi, who many Bangladeshis accuse of stoking religious tensions and persecuting Muslims in India. Faisal Mahmud contributed to this report from Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rich Countries Can—And Should—Help the Rest of the World With Vaccines and Debt Relief
       
But for many developing countries and emerging markets, the end of the crisis is a long way off. Advanced economies, especially the U.S., have acted forcefully to reignite their economies and support vulnerable businesses and households. Lastly, developed countries could orchestrate a comprehensive response to the overwhelming debt problems many countries are facing. In the early stages of the pandemic, it was hoped that a suspension of debt servicing for developing countries and emerging markets would suffice. The policies described here would be of enormous benefit to the developing world and would come at little or no cost to developed countries.
'Way Past Time to Fire Mr. DeJoy' Says Sanders After House Dems Unveil Bill to Stop Assault on USPS
       
Postal Service. SCOOP: Democrats are swarming to block Louis DeJoy's planned USPS service cuts. Duckworth continued: "The only question facing the USPS Board of Governors right now is whether PMG DeJoy is the best individual to lead the Postal Service moving forward. We will not allow Trump's handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to slow down mail delivery, cut hours at post offices, and sabotage the Postal Service. "It is time to remove all governors and start over with a board vested with the expertise and acumen this nation needs in its Postal Service leadership."
How Public Sector Workers Are Fighting to Prevent More Job Losses
       
After the pandemic sent state and local budgets into a tailspin, public sector workers across the country were suddenly faced with furloughs, layoffs, and potentially deep concessions. More than 1.3 million state and local government workers lost their jobs in 2020... Higher education workers and public school staff saw the largest immediate losses, but public workers everywhere felt the budget squeeze and spent months waiting for the other shoe to drop. It will also provide $123 billion for public schools and $29 billion for public colleges and universities. Shock and AweThe aggressive federal aid is certainly welcome news for public workers like bus operator JorDann Crawford, a member of Transit (ATU) Local 1575.
My personal Georgia boycott
       
I was reading another diary on the Georgia anti-democracy, anti-voting, pro-Jim-Crow bill, and one person mentioned they had contacted the state tourism department and told them they had canceled their planned business trip to Georgia, and wanted to let them know why. I thought, “Well, I can do that too.” We have relatives in Georgia, and were planning on going down to see them once Covid was not a threat. But, if Georgia is going to pass laws like this, they don’t need my business. Just wanted you to know that we have canceled our planned trip to Georgia to see relatives, due to the Jim Crow voting laws your state just passed and your governor just signed. Bruce MaplesIf you want to add your own personal boycott, here’s the email address: mjaronski@georgia.org.
Dealing with the modern day plague
       
As the holiday of Passover is upon us we should reflect on how we celebrate plagues (ten specifically) while we as a society are still dealing with the modern day COVID-19 plague. Weather it is mental health issues, poverty, discrimination, voter intimidation or gun violence all can be considered a plague on our society. Gun violence and needless deaths occur yet can be prevented! In less than two weeks we have seen several cases including Atlanta (8 deaths), Boulder (10 deaths), Virginia Beach (2 deaths). Together we can end gun violence.
Airing my Briefs in Public
       
Thanking Trump for Operation Warp SpeedFox News has been ablaze with calls for President Biden to publicly thank Trump for Operation Warp Speed. Trump should be thanked… as many times and in the same manner as he thanked President Obama. For example, Trump thanked Obama for a smooth transition. Trump thanked Obama for leaving 142 judgeships unfilled. In return Biden could thank Trump for not overthrowing the government of the United States.
Global landmarks turn off the lights to mark annual 'Earth Hour' (& 8:30 pm tonight)
       
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This Week in the War on Women, 3/21-27/2021: Toxic Elite White Male Culture and Hazing Edition
       
Fraternity hazing. Tragically, I don’t believe that hazing deaths will decrease until our culture changes. I remember fraternity hazing deaths in the news back when I was a child — I’m now 60. I asked Mom, she remembers fraternity hazing deaths in the news back when she was a child — she’s now almost 90. We see that repeatedly when young women are attacked by young men, don’t we?
Books So Bad They're Good: Postponement
       
Tonight was supposed to be the next installment in my ongoing series on Curtis D. MacDougall’s book Hoaxes. I’ve also been including modern books that either are hoaxes, debunk hoaxes, or discuss hoaxes in some way. Tonight was supposed to be Chapter III, “Suggestion,” and the case I was going to discuss was a beauty. Forgeries, a major religious institution, two dead people, a major governmental institution, even a library two towns away from me...this one truly had it all. One good thing this week: I was able to schedule my first Covid shot for next Wednesday.
Brazil may be experiencing the same COVID horror Italy experienced
       
As we all know, the first COVID horror story outside Asia played out in Italy. Well, an article in today’s New York Times suggests that Brazil is headed for that same horror. Take the situation in Porto Alegre, which anchors Brazil’s fifth-largest metropolitan area (after Sao Paulo, Rio, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia). The patients began arriving at hospitals in Porto Alegre far sicker and younger than before. In Rio Grande do Sul, home to Porto Alegre, there’s a 240-person waiting list for ICU beds.
Homelessness was rising before COVID-19. Can the pandemic teach us to do better?
       
Again and again we see how the rolling tragedy that hit the entire country hit the most vulnerable among us the hardest. “What the pandemic has showed us is that individual rooms are healthier and safer,” an attorney who has represented people living in encampments told the Orange County Register. A provider in Bethesda, Maryland, said some people who had been unwilling to accept assistance did so because of the pandemic, and got permanent housing. So with homelessness as with unemployment benefits and direct payments, the pandemic has highlighted the fact that building a safety net can work. And we know that some of these areas are not going to embrace state-level policies that help prevent homelessness and support people who are struggling.
Overnight SCIENCE News Digest: Decolonizing Paleontology Edition
       
Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the University of Illinois Chicago. [...] These 'zombie genes'—those that increased expression after the post-mortem interval—were specific to one type of cell: inflammatory cells called glial cells. But Horizon Europe also includes new elements that reflect increasing attention to open science, equality, interdisciplinary research and practical applications. An international team of researchers including the University of Leeds unearthed the previously unknown form of basalt after drilling through the Pacific ocean floor. After a long slog exploring the quirks of cyanobacteria gluing themselves to an invasive water weed, a research team has found a toxin that could be the culprit.
Top Comments: You're Vaccinated for Covid. Now What? What You Can and Can't Do Now.
       
Now that people are getting vaccinated, there’s a lot of misinformation that’s circling around and I’d like to set the record straight. The vaccines prevent us from getting severe disease requiring hospitalization. You can visit friends and family that have been fully vaccinated. Yes, you can visit fully vaccinated people inside without masks or social distancing as long as everyone is fully vaccinated. It’s best to stay home — after all, we don’t have “fully vaccinated” tattooed on our foreheads so it would look like we’re flouting the rules.
Beto O'Rourke shames Ted Cruz over silly border stunt
       
Ted Cruz continued his “Hey, look! This is the same Ted Cruz who couldn’t stop suckling Donald Trump’s magnificent Halloween muffin teat long enough to defend our country and Constitution before, during, or after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021x If you’re ever interested in actually working on solutions to what we’re seeing at our border (instead of trafficking in seditious lies, fleeing Texas during a storm that killed more than 100, etc. ), here are some ideas: https://t.co/D5idhhJ4w9 — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021(If ya don’t do Twitter, you can click here to read the thread.) Of course, this is still a better look than Cruz’s last run for the border, but that’s not saying much.
Baltimore Stops Arresting People for Petty Crimes & All Crime Rates Go Down.
       
Violent crime dropped 20% from March 2020 to March 2021, property crime decreased 36%, and there were 13 fewer homicides. It wasn’t due to COVID lockdowns — other big cities saw crime increases in the time of pandemic. The US leads the world in incarcerating its citizens — without any concomitant success in producing low crime rates. And two, it allows the criminal justice system to focus on violent crimes — the crimes that actually hurt people. Criminal justice in the US is often grounded in hostility, racism, and a belief that poverty is a moral failure — if not an outright crime in its own right.
The COVID-19 'It wasn't my fault' tour begins in earnest
       
In “her mind” the number of deaths could have been “mitigated or decreased substantially.”Well, what exactly was in her “mind,” last spring? “We’ve hit our peak,” she would say, and that message would find its way back to Mr. Trump. Dr. Birx began using versions of the phrase “putting out the embers,” wording that was later picked up by the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, and by Mr. Trump himself. So during the time that she now says deaths from COVID-19 “could have been mitigated or reduced substantially,” Birx was doing essentially nothing to achieve that end. Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him."
NATO troops in Lithuania neglect Covid-19 quarantine rules
       
Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania. It should be noted that last year cases of infection in the NATO Battlegroup, as well as now, were confirmed precisely after the weekend. This may indicate that the Norwegian servicemen of the Battlegroup on weekends neglected Covid-19 quarantine rules in Lithuania. It is understood that many (not only Norwegian) NATO troops experienced psychological discomfort during the Covid-19 lockdown. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian government will not pay attention to infection cases among NATO troops because it wants them to remain their "defenders".
Latvian government turned population into prisoners
       
Baltic States' authorities decided not to "reinvent the wheel" and just found "hot" topics to divert attention from situation at home. Distrustful Baltic leaders typically favor political pressure and are confident in their ability to wield it effectively. It would be more logical to stop and think - maybe we're doing something wrong, maybe there is some other solution and maybe we can learn something from other countries' experience? It could be concluded that Latvian government, which does not seem too interested in taking care of residents' health. Why does it take care of prisoners in Russia and Belarus but really does not think about its own population turned into prisoners in their own homes by silly government decisions.
Arkansas fans savor the moment as Razorbacks reach Elite Eight for first time in 26 years
       
The Razorbacks fans bought up the suites, gobbled up tickets to three quarters of the available Bankers Life seats and overwhelmed the small but vocal contingent of Oral Roberts fans that made the trip from Tulsa. 15 seed Oral Roberts didn't get lucky in men's NCAA Tournament run. Elite Eight or sent packing:Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16Brackets:How are your NCAA Tournament picks looking? Fifteen seed or not, Oral Roberts kept the pressure on Arkansas all night. “We needed paint points,” Davis said.
'SNL' parodies spring breakers in Miami amid COVID: 'We're so close to the end, let's ruin it!'
       
"Saturday Night Live" opened live from New York as usual, but there was a big message for anyone still partying in Miami Beach — "where the party don't stop until the government mandated curfew!" As episode host Maya Rudolph's fake game show host put it, "We're so close to the end, let's ruin it!" In the sketch, Rudolph was the host of "Snatched, Vaxed or Waxed!" which included the cast offering their takes on irresponsible teens and college students dating amid a pandemic. When someone guessed "vaxxed," Rudolph reminded them, "You guys know that nobody partying in Miami in vaxxed."
New York to legalize recreational marijuana; vote expected within days
       
ALBANY, N.Y. – New York lawmakers will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana within days, clearing the way for the state to become the 15th to permit the drug for recreational use. The legislation is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Legislature, and Cuomo has pledged support as well. Vote expected in the coming weekThe Senate and Assembly were formally printing the bill Saturday night. It is expected to be put to a vote in the coming week. But the negotiations ultimately led to Saturday's consensus, clearing the way for an historic vote in the coming days.
Oregon colleges latest to be sued by students over cost of learning during pandemic
       
Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon (Getty Images)Two colleges in Oregon are being sued by three students claiming that they should be reimbursed their tuition fees given the transition to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Undergraduate Danielle Pranger and graduate student Garrett Harris filed a class-action lawsuit against Oregon State University (OSU) on 5 March. The schools maintain that they continued to provide students with a high-quality education. Story continuesSteve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing, commented: “Oregon State University has remained open since winter term 2020 during the pandemic on its campuses in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades in Bend. Institutions were forced into lockdowns or a return to remote learning.
San Diego Convention Center to shelter first 500 migrant girls this weekend
       
AdvertisementA similar scenario is playing out in Dallas, where a convention center has been outfitted to shelter migrant boys. In the meantime, it is relying on places like the San Diego Convention Center for temporary space. “We want to make sure they have a bona fide relationship.”Cots for the 1,450 unaccompanied migrant girls who will live at the San Diego Convention Center until mid-July. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)The move to adapt the convention center for migrant children comes one week after U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra approached Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)The San Diego County Board of Education will provide classes for the girls.
Microstates, island nations and overseas territories speed ahead in global vaccination race
       
The United States is currently vaccinating well over 2 million people a day, far more than the entire population of all of these nations. In the Pacific, some small island nations like Palau and the Marshall Islands have benefited from their close relationship with the United States. Barbados' health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for further details, such as how many vaccine doses would be set aside for tourists. There are many small countries that have not begun vaccinations, or expect the process to take years rather than months. Though the Vatican is on its way to being fully vaccinated, it has seen a number of cases among its small population and staff.
Today in History
       
Today is Sunday, March 28, the 87th day of 2021. In 1898, the US Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled 6-2 that Wong, who was born in the United States to Chinese immigrants, was an American citizen. In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C., at age 78. In 2000, in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court, in Florida v. President Donald Trump considered and then rejected ordering a quarantine for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
‘Force of nature’ Zion Williamson, Pelicans too much for short-handed Mavericks to overcome
       
After arriving at Smoothie King Center Saturday night, Doncic felt ill and was sent back to the Mavericks’ hotel. Facing those obstacles, and Zion Williamson, Tim Hardaway Jr. led a gritty comeback that pushed the Mavericks into the lead, but in the fourth quarter the Pelicans pulled away for a 112-103 victory. Hardaway scored 30 points for Dallas and Jalen Brunson scored 24, but Williamson scored 38 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, one-upping of his then-career-high 36-point effort in a Feb. 12 loss in Dallas. And it came just one night after Williamson scored a career-high 39 points against Denver. Porzingis scored 31 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in that loss, but also played a season-high 37:32, so it wasn’t surprising that he sat out Saturday.
A surge in COVID-19 deaths in Fayette County in December staggers Uniontown Hospital | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
       
The holiday season passed for Ms. Pierce — who raised her family in a frame house built by a coal company for miners — with her still hospitalized. Later, Dr. Wardeh, who tells families he’s always available to talk, called with bad news. At a church reception following the funeral, the Christmas cookies Ms. Pierce had baked were served. “That’s my biggest fear.”The surge in cases didn’t break the staff, though; ICU nurses cried with patients and families. So many questions remain about COVID-19 that the likelihood of another storm is not fully understood, Dr. Wardeh said.
VICTOR JOECKS: Biden’s big bait and switch
       
Joe Biden won the presidency by promising to make politics boring again. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Joe Biden won the presidency by promising to make politics boring again. After becoming president, Biden has hardly acted like someone seeking transformation. Congressional Democrats won a landslide victory in 1932, the year FDR first won the presidency. Victor Joecks’ column appears in the Opinion section each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
EDITORIAL: Will the public schools recover after COVID?
       
The figures for Nevada revealed an even more significant flight from the public school system. By fall, about 16 percent of Black kids had ditched the public schools to home-school, a higher percentage than for any other demographic. In addition, the learning disruptions triggered by COVID have also invigorated the school choice movement, particularly in minority communities saddled with subpar public schools. That number is likely higher today thanks to public school closures. How ironic that union intransigence over reopening the nation’s public schools may eventually lead to more of both.
IN RESPONSE: Bill in Carson City would promote fraud under guise of making voting easier
       
Assembly Bill 321 is nothing more than an attempt to fundamentally alter voting in this state and invite voter fraud and malfeasance. In 2020, the Democratically controlled Legislature convened an emergency session to address and ultimately pass mail-in voting as an option solely because of the fears of COVID-19. Instead, as Mr. Sebelius now contends in support of AB321, “Every single eligible voter should register and cast a ballot in every election. Of course every eligible voter should, after becoming educated on the candidates and/or issues, vote in every election. AB321 is just another step toward inviting voter fraud under the guise of making voting easier.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: China continues to show its contempt for the U.S.
       
(Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)Last week in Anchorage, Alaska, Chinese diplomats dressed down Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Not since newly elected President John Kennedy was humiliated at the Vienna summit in June 1961 by USSR strongman Nikita Khrushchev have American diplomats been so roughly manhandled by a Communist government. New York University students at a satellite campus in Shanghai were harrassed and jailed by Chinese authorities in two separate incidents this month. In the past five years, New York University has received some $47 million in gifts from China. It’s no surprise that China recently sent a visiting researcher to Stanford who turned out to be connected with the Chinese military.
Williamson scores 38, Pelicans use late run to top Mavericks
       
Dallas led 95-94 with 3:42 left, but Williamson closed with 10 points down the stretch and Alexander-Walker added two 3-pointers. The Pelicans closed the first quarter with 13 consecutive points to build a 35-20 lead. Williamson led the Pelicans with 15 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting. Eric Bledsoe's 3-pointer capped a 9-3 run for New Orleans as the Pelicans regained the lead, 70-68. Williamson 10 points in the quarter and the Pelicans took an 80-78 lead into the fourth.
Gary Trent Jr.’s departure from the Portland Trail Blazers wasn’t without sadness: ‘On our team, we’re more than just teammates’
       
Last Thursday began like another typical game day for Gary Trent Jr. He went to the Portland Trail Blazers’ shootaround that morning in Miami, worked on his shot, joked with teammates. “He just told me, ‘you’re going to get traded,’” Trent said. Great teammates. It’s crazy, though.”Trent Sr. has filled in Trent Jr. on what it’s like living and playing in Toronto.
State girls hockey: Andover two wins from Class 2A repeat
       
That’s how many more wins the Huskies need to repeat as Class 2A state girls’ hockey champions. The goal-scoring, lockdown-defense machine continued to hum on most cylinders in Saturday’s state quarterfinals, as Andover beat Farmington 4-0 at the Xcel Energy Center. We think it’s a good thing because we get everyone’s best and it’s super fun and competitive. Three minutes later, a perfectly executed zone breakout went from Gabby Krause to Hemp to Boerger behind a pair of defenders. Sadie Long’s attempted conversion of a feed from Liv Helleson hit a defender during a power play, and Helleson’s shot went just wide on a breakaway.
For many motel dwellers, eviction ban provides no relief
       
“It’s the same law.”Neason’s struggles reflect the heightened risk of homelessness faced by motel and hotel dwellers during the pandemic, housing attorneys say. Hotel and motel residents in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia have reported being expelled or threatened with immediate eviction over the past year. Hotel owners say they have also taken a hit during the COVID-19 outbreak and need paying customers to cover expenses. A judge sided with Malone in November, saying the hotel had to file an eviction case against him in court. Advocates say lawsuits by hotel residents are rare, and many other removals go unreported.
Frustrations, victories: Pima County residents with preexisting conditions anxious for shots
       
They were anxious to get vaccinated themselves, or vigilant for a loved one to get a chance. Doug Ducey announced Monday that everyone 16 and older could get an appointment at state-run vaccination sites starting Wednesday, March 24, many of these Pima County residents were distraught that their category, 1C, had been skipped. On Wednesday, Pima County also expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility at its distribution sites, but only to certain groups based on age, risk or work. County officials said these groups were selected in order to get shots to the most vulnerable residents first — including most of those in category 1C, which included people with medical risks. Grass had been waiting weeks, and then months, for the chance to protect his vulnerable child from the potentially lethal virus.
Greed is good, but Johnson can do better on vaccine diplomacy
       
Why has the UK now dosed almost half its population with a safe, proven anti-Covid vaccine? But we only have these vaccines – be they from Astra Zeneca, Moderna or elsewhere – because of the know-how and scientific acumen of profit-driven corporations. Since lockdown began a year ago last week, UK public spending has surged from 39.8pc to 54.4pc of GDP – the highest since 1945, when the economy was dominated by war-time directives. Offered at cost, and easily stored, this Oxford-developed vaccine will be used globally, not least across poorer nations. Yet the European Union, against all scientific evidence, has consistently discredited Astra Zeneca.
Why a retirement home could be 'the worst investment you'll ever make'
       
Families who inherit retirement properties have been left facing financial disaster as homes have proved hard to sell and hefty maintenance fees and ground rents have stacked up. Averil Smith, 68, inherited her mother Louise’s one-bed retirement flat in Solihull after she died in April last year. “We’ve seen fewer senior people out and about wanting to view properties.” He has called for retirement village owners to halt service charges while homes are empty. Service chargesPhilippa Walker’s mother, Betty, moved into a McCarthy Stone flat in Eastleigh, Hampshire, in 2012, when it was valued at £171,000. In November 2018 her mother moved into care, which costs £72,406 a year, and she has been trying to sell the flat since.
Sir Ian Cheshire: the ex-Barclays boss eyeing BT's chairman role
       
Until the pandemic hit, Sir Ian Cheshire had always been on the move. Born in Borneo, where his father was working for oil giant Shell, Cheshire got to travel the world with his family as a child. Thirty years in retail, dovetailed with nearly a decade as one of the Government’s top business advisers, and seats on the boards of Barclays and Whitbread, left him almost permanently on the road. A lifelong Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones fan, Cheshire has recently found himself enjoying the Taylor Swift tunes played by his children. The former boss of Kingfisher and Debenhams is now angling for what would arguably be his biggest job yet: chairman of the BT board.
Merkel’s party are polls apart from German electorate after vaccine botch
       
Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won four consecutive elections as Germany’s party of the status quo. But voters may find a promise of continuity far less tempting this time around after another calamitous week in Berlin. “I ask all citizens to forgive me,” the outgoing Chancellor pleaded on Wednesday amid calls for a no confidence vote. A botched vaccine rollout, glacial delivery of business grants and a PPE procurement scandal have dented the CDU’s claim as the party of competency. “The CDU never really ran on any ideas, it ran on the status quo and good management,” says Christian Odendahl, Centre for European Reform chief economist.
Simon Godwin on his new Romeo and Juliet: ‘With Shakespeare, hiding in history no longer works’
       
When lockdown ends and we can have parties again, I suspect a lot of them will look like the ball scene in Simon Godwin’s new filmed version of Romeo and Juliet. Against a sultry techno beat, a group of beautiful people sway ecstatically together, barely able to stop touching one another. When Romeo (The Crown’s Josh O’Connor) first catches sight of Juliet (Jessie Buckley), she’s practically having an orgasm in front of a microphone. Was drenching the film in hedonistic sensuality a conscious reaction against the sterile estrangement in which we’ve all been living? “The film really leans into the honesty and intensity of Jessie’s screen acting and she has this amazing chemistry with Josh.
Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
       
Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Sunday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. The four-tier traffic light system that could save summer holidaysMinisters are to consider a "quarantine-light" traffic light system in a bid to save summer holidays, The Telegraph can reveal. The channel tunnel operator is this weekend in advanced discussions with a group of banks, including UK taxpayer-backed NatWest, to secure lifeline funding. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
Holiday cancelled? Here's why you should visit a National Garden Scheme garden this summer
       
Among all the pain and uncertainty, for our garden owners a regular pattern emerged. They found that while their gardens could not welcome visitors, they could offer vital continuity and reassurance to those fortunate enough to inhabit them. The anticipation is palpable among garden owners; they are like Henry V’s “greyhounds in the slips”. At the moment all NGS gardens in Wales remain closed, but we hope they will soon be able to open. The feeling of gratitude has been immense, along with ­comments about being privileged to be allowed to visit the garden.
Japanese eyeing domestic trips and dining-out after pandemic
       
A majority of people in Japan want to take domestic trips or dine out with family and friends once the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, a survey by Central Research Services Inc., a Jiji Press affiliate, has shown. With multiple answers allowed, domestic trips were cited by 64.4% of respondents, the largest proportion, when asked what they want to do once the pandemic subsides. Visits to theme parks, amusement parks or zoos were cited by 32.6%, outdoor shopping by 32.4% and events or concerts by 31.6%. The survey showed that 79.4% of respondents said the pandemic had an impact on their life, far surpassing the 16.5% who said there was no such impact. Asked about what impact the pandemic had, with multiple answers allowed, 76% of respondents said they did not go out frequently and 68.6% said they had less interactions with relatives and friends.
As pandemic bites, Filipino in Japan forms labor union for overseas workers
       
Foreign workers in Japan, an essential part of the labor force in the aging country, have been one of the demographic groups most affected by the economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Aichi Migrants Workers union aims to help foreign workers and is the first local community-based union for non-Japanese laborers in the prefecture. Santos, who has worked several jobs while raising her children, first started thinking about setting up a labor union two years ago, she said. In mid-February, Santos and several other members of AMW, as well as some members from Union Aichi, gathered for such a meeting in Nagoya. An official of Union Aichi talked about the mechanisms of labor unions and workers’ rights in Japanese and Santos interpreted the explanation into Tagalog and English.
[Herald Interview] South wind of Tongyeong to carry hope
       
LIFE&STYLETongyeong International Music Foundation CEO Lee Yong-min speaks during an interview with The Korea Herald. (Im Eun-byel/The Korea Herald)TONGYEONG, South Gyeongsang Province -- The hosting of the 2021 Tongyeong International Music Festival may bring hope to the entire music performance scene, says the festival foundation’s new head Lee Yong-min. Lee has been appointed as CEO of the Tongyeong International Music Foundation, following the previous German CEO Florian Riem.“I have been part of this team for a long time. Since 2002, he has been part of the music foundation.“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there were concerns that holding a music festival may be too risky. “They can spread the word about Tongyeong, promoting this beautiful city.”Lee is set for a three-year term.By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.com
Music returns to Tongyeong
       
ENTERTAINMENTThe view from Dongpirang, a village in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province (Photo by Im Eun-byel/The Korea Herald)Ballerina Kim Joo-won and other dancers perform in “Dear Luna.” (Kim Si-hoon/TIMF)At the opening concert for the 2021 Tongyeong International Music Festival, held Friday, the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra performs Yun I-sang’s “Fanfare & Memorial” under the baton of conductor Christian Vasquez. !”and “Pali-pali!” -- who creates a dreamy atmosphere by reinterpreting works such as John Adams’ “Phrygian Gates,” Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Debussy’s “Beau Soir” and “Clair de Lune.”The annual music festival commemorates the iconic Korean composer Yun I-sang. According to the Tongyeong International Music Foundation’s new CEO Lee Yong-min, “Requiem” pays tribute to all those who lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic.Meanwhile, violinist Chung Kyung-wha called off her two performances at the festival due to a hand injury. She was to perform a complete cycle of Bach’s sonatas and partitas in a violin solo on Sunday and Tuesday.By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.com
Kerry: 'No government is going to solve' climate change
       
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry John KerryOvernight Energy: Putin, Xi among leaders invited to White House climate summit | Kerry looks to private sector on climate change | White House reportedly canceled 50-person Interior Department party over pandemic concerns Putin, Xi among leaders invited to White House climate summit Kerry: 'No government is going to solve' climate change MORE on Tuesday said he believed the private sector was more likely to find solutions to climate change than government. “I was convinced, and I remain convinced, no government is going to solve this problem,” Kerry said in remarks at the Institute of International Finance’s 2021 Washington Policy Summit. “The solution is going to come from the private sector, and what government needs to do is create the framework within which the private sector can do what it does best, which is allocate capital and innovate and begin to take the framework that’s been created. ... We need to go after this as if we’re really at war.”ADVERTISEMENTKerry said the private sector will reap financial benefits from the energy transition. Asked about China’s willingness to partner with the U.S. on climate goals, Kerry said “we don’t know yet,” conceding a “pretty contentious meeting in Alaska” between Beijing diplomats and Secretary of State Antony Blinken Antony BlinkenUS tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home Congressional options to advance peace in Yemen Kerry: 'No government is going to solve' climate change MORE.
Cuomo aides subpoenaed in sexual-harassment probe: report
       
Andrew Cuomo Andrew CuomoNew York launches nation's first 'vaccine passport' Cuomo testing story stirs controversy for CNN anchor Executive with ties to Gov. Cuomo received early COVID-19 tests in first wave: report MORE's (D-N.Y.) office have been subpoenaed in the sexual harassment investigation against the embattled governor, The Wall Street Journal reports. The investigation into Cuomo, run by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, began after several of Cuomo's former, and current, female aides came forward with allegations against the Democratic governor. Most recently, Cuomo's current aide Alyssa McGrath shared unflattering stories about the governor's behavior in a March 19 New York Times article. Despite resignation calls from Democrats and Republicans alike, Cuomo has refused to step down from his post, denying the allegations.
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Seth Harris, now a top labor adviser to Biden, wrote a script for a Biden video promoting the union effort. Many Democrats admit Trump outmaneuvered them with his direct, blunt appeals to White workers. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote an op-ed voicing carefully calibrated support for the Amazon union drive. ADIn his first two months, Biden has aggressively sought to cement support from unions and workers. While Biden has positioned himself staunchly alongside the Amazon workers, he also has some associations with the company through his vast political network.
The return of Marine Le Pen
       
Early polls show Marine Le Pen winning a larger share of the vote than ever before | Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty ImagesPress play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyPARIS — Marine Le Pen has never been closer to seizing power in France than she is now. On Thursday, Le Pen will cross swords on prime time TV with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. Crisis of inertiaIn recent months, Le Pen has struggled to find a voice. To build momentum, Le Pen will need a strong showing at regional elections, currently planned for June. “Marion is suspected of preparing the post-[Marine Le Pen], of preparing for a failure of Marine Le Pen,” the official said.
City holds distanced ceremonies for mass shooting victims
       
Boulder officials asked participants to observe 10 minutes of silence and leave a candle or light in front of their homes at 8 p.m. Saturday to honor the victims. The ceremonies had to be conducted privately in lieu of a mass gathering because of health restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, residents such as Susan Sierota extolled the virtues of the socially distanced ceremonies. “It's comforting.”David A. Humdy, a 25-year Colorado resident, said the ceremonies are important as a way to reflect on what happened. The Boulder mass shooting occurred just days after another mass killing took place in Atlanta where eight people were killed, six of them women of Asian descent.
Thousands protest violence against Asian Americans during National Day of Action protests
       
After a surge in violence against Asian Americans, thousands took part in protests across the country to raise awareness about racial discrimination that Asian Americans have experienced for decades, as organizers demanded legislative action to combat the issue. According to Stop AAPI Hate, roughly 3,800 hate crimes against Asian Americans have been reported from March 2020 to April 2021. #StopAsianHate — Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) March 26, 2021Many Asian Americans and allies shared their own stories online. On Friday night, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans held a virtual worldwide vigil in honor of the Asian American women killed in the Atlanta-area shootings. Mr. Biden, who has urged Congress to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, added, "Hate can have no safe harbor in America.
Mitchell Robinson injury overshadows Knicks’ win over Bucks
       
Already playing without All-Star forward Julius Randle, the Knicks lost starting center Mitchell Robinson for an extended period for a second time this season. Robinson broke his right foot during the first quarter to put a heavy damper on the Knicks’ 102-96 win over the injury-riddled Bucks, who were missing two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and three other starters. MItchell Robinson, trying to grab a rebound earlier in the game, broke his right foot in the Knicks’ 102-96 win over the Bucks. Antetokounmpo’s brother, Thanasis, a former Knicks draft pick, scored a career-high 23 points and Jordan Nwora had 21 for the Bucks (29-16). Burks’ 3-pointer 16 seconds later vaulted the Knicks back ahead, giving him at least 20 points for a fifth consecutive game.
Arkansas hangs on as No. 15 Oral Roberts misses a three-pointer at the buzzer
       
15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 (after Florida Gulf Coast in 2013), would not have the first No. It would not boast an Oral Roberts that finished fourth in the Summit League before a mad surge through some rugged Dakotan teams in the conference tournament, then No. 3 seed Arkansas following its escape by trying to solve No. And it looked like their tack against Oral Roberts’ other point-gusher, Kevin Obanor, had worked, with Obanor squeezing out only seven shots and 12 points. … You always think a shot here, a shot there, if Coach Mills doesn’t get a technical foul (in the first half) …”
Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa in NCAA Sweet 16
       
The game was billed as a marquee matchup of uber-talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. Evina Westbrook just missed the 18th triple-double in NCAA women's tournament history, with 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for UConn (27-1). "I thought we played a great team basketball game," Williams said.
Judge Backs Austin After Texas AG Sues To Block City's Mask Mandate
       
A judge has blocked a move by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to rescind a mask mandate in the city of Austin and the surrounding county. Travis County District Court Judge Lora Livingston on Friday denied Paxton’s demand for a temporary injunction against Austin and Travis County’s orders that require masks in public spaces. Greg Abbott’s decision early this month dropping almost all COVID-19 safety precautions, including a mask mandate, against the advice of health experts. “For however long the city’s mask mandate is in effect, our community is more safe because the message is clear that masking works and is effective,” Adler said in a statement. The Austin COVID-19 mortality rate is less than half of the state’s average, according to Adler.
Comic-Con to hold in-person Thanksgiving weekend convention
       
Comic-Con Special Edition will be held over Thanksgiving weekend at the San Diego Convention Center from Nov. 26 to 28. It will be the first in-person Comic-Con since the coronavirus pandemic derailed large gatherings throughout the country. “It is our hope that by fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings,” organizers said in a statement. “Comic-Con Special Edition will be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since Comic-Con 2019, and the first since the onset of the global pandemic COVID-19." “Hopefully this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022," said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization.
UK's Johnson says no reason to change COVID-19 unlocking plans
       
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said he saw nothing in the COVID-19 data to change his plans for a piecemeal easing of lockdown in England, with the next major steps due to take place next month. On Monday, there will be a smaller change, allowing groups of 6 to meet up outside. Although Johnson has outlined dates at which he plans to ease restrictions, he has been clear that it is "data, not dates" which will determine whether the unlocking can proceed to schedule. His comments came after data showed a recent steep fall in infections were starting to level off. Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday said the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is no longer falling and has levelled off at an estimated 1 in 340 people.
Georgia GOP election official who debunked Trump's fraud claims defends state's new voting restrictions
       
But instead of targeting drafting errors, she wanted two sections of the bill tossed out and two other parts revised. In this new version, transgender athletes could play college sports.It wasn’t quite that Noem had a change of heart. “If South Dakota passes a law that’s against their policy, they will likely take punitive action against us. That same night, Fox News aired a commercial promoting South Dakota. South Dakota spent $819,000 on it.Noem’s national profile was rising and Republicans in many states invited her to attend events, campaign for their candidates and speak at rallies.
COVID-19 prevalence in England no longer falling, UK's ONS says
       
LONDON (Reuters) - The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is no longer falling and has levelled off at an estimated 1 in 340 people, Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday, a possible side-effect of England's emergence from full lockdown. "In England, the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) is likely to have levelled off in the week ending 20 March 2021," the ONS said. The estimate of prevalence at 1 in 340 people was unchanged on the previous week. It is the first time prevalence has not fallen in the closely watched estimate of community infections since late January. England's third national lockdown was introduced on January 5.
Covid infections in England no longer falling and have plateaued, official data shows
       
The ONS said the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have increased in north-west England, and there are possible signs of a rise in Yorkshire and the Humber. (PA)Covid-19 infections are no longer falling and have plateaued at an estimated 1 in 340 people, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday. It is the first time community infections have not declined since late January. “In England, the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) is likely to have levelled off in the week ending 20 March 2021,” the ONS said. Story continuesThe estimate for Scotland for the week to 20 March is around one in 240 people, up from one in 275.
State gymnastics: Forest Lake’s Claire O’Gorman shines in final meet, Sartell dominates 2A field
       
Claire O’Gorman’s mom gave her sage advice as she was set to begin the final meet of her gymnastics career: Savor the moment. The senior won the floor exercise title, finished second in the all-around and helped Forest Lake place second as a team. “It was so meaningful, just because it was my last ever meet doing gymnastics,” O’Gorman said. “I’ve been doing it ever since I was 5, all day, every day, and just to be done was insane.”Sartell won the team title with a score of 148.050. “This was the biggest meet we’ve had all season,” Olson said.
Whitecaps come up short with 4-3 loss in Isobel Cup Final
       
Trailing the Boston Pride in the final minute of the Isobel Cup Final, the Whitecaps got a goal from Meaghan Pezon to make things interesting down the stretch. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough as the defending champion Whitecaps bowed out with a 4-3 loss. They got to hold the Isobel Cup an extra year after last year’s final against the Pride was cancelled due to COVID. Allie Thunstrom scored a pair of goals for the Whitecaps to get the scoring started before Pezon netted a goal in the final minute. Mary Parker, Jillian Dempsey, Lexie Laing, and Taylor Wenczkowski scored the goals for the Pride as they became the first team to win the Isobel Cup a second time.
58 minutes of terror: How the Boulder King Soopers shooting unfolded
       
BOULDER — Logan Smith sat down for a quick lunch with Rikki Olds and another coworker after a slow Monday morning staffing the Starbucks kiosk in the south Boulder King Soopers. Reporters also pored over police records, radio traffic and video taken at the scene to determine how the shooting unfolded over nearly 58 minutes. Just inside, the gunman shot Rikki Olds, a 25-year-old service manager who was working the self-checkout lines. “We have a report of a shooting in progress, King Soopers, 3600 Table Mesa,” a dispatcher said. No other customers or employees were shot after officers engaged the gunman, Boulder police said in a tweet on Friday.
Prep cross country: Eldorado’s Sisneros, Piedra Vista’s Harvey race to titles
       
The second and final day of the state cross country meet belonged to “Lolo Bird” and a COVID-19 survivor. Eldorado’s Laurynn Sisneros and Piedra Vista’s Makua Harvey were individual champions in the Class 5A meet Saturday afternoon at Albuquerque Academy, while the Cleveland boys and Rio Rancho girls took home blue trophies. Rio Rancho, in winning state for the first time since 2015, finished nine points ahead of Eldorado, 35-44. Rangel-Valencia, in his first season running cross country for the Storm, had overtaken Harvey for the lead with about 150 meters to go. The Storm finished four points (31-35) ahead of rival Rio Rancho, which had defeated Cleveland last week at district.
Lobo Taylor plays, and talks, a good game
       
Taylor slowed down slightly to outjump Hightower and beat him to the ball for a spectacular 40-yard catch. The UNM wide receivers have been labeled as young and inexperienced by offensive coordinator Derek Warehime and wide receivers coach Brandon Blackmon. Talented, big and athletic can be added as descriptions for the wide receivers, especially with Taylor’s big-play ability in the mix. The wide receivers, including Taylor and senior Manny Logan-Greene, helped flip the script on Saturday. Gonzales said he hopes there is at least 10 times the number of Saturday’s fans for next weekend’s spring game.
Earth Hour: Cities around the world turn lights off
       
Famous landmarks in cities such as Paris, Moscow, Athens, Rome, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro have turned off their lights to raise awareness of environmental issues. Earth Hour is an annual global event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature. This year's event highlights the link between the destruction of nature and increasing outbreaks of diseases like Covid-19.
As violent attacks rise, some Asians in the US say they are afraid to go out - others plan to move away
       
On the hilly streets around his home in the Anza Vista neighbourhood of San Francisco, everyone knew Vicha Ratanapakdee as "grandpa". Image: Mr Ratanapakdee's daughter Monthanus says the Asian community should not be silent anymoreThe moments were recorded on a security camera across the road. "It makes me stand up and raise awareness for the Asian community to not be silent anymore." San Francisco is home to the oldest Chinatown in the US. Danny Yu Chang was heading back to his office in downtown San Francisco when he was assaulted.
Taste and smell gone forever? The anguish of COVID-19 survivors
       
Three days after testing positive for COVID-19, “everything tasted like cardboard,” recalls 38-year-old Elizabeth Medina, who lost her sense of taste and smell at the start of the pandemic. Most COVID-19 sufferers who lose the ability to taste or smell recover “within three or four weeks,” according to Valentina Parma, a psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia. According to Parma, this works in 30% of cases, but only after three to six months of practice. In 2018, Katie Boateng created the Smell Podcast, a mine of information and advice for her companions in misfortune. “It’s almost exactly a year after I first lost my smell and taste and I’m pretty much okay now,” Dominika Uhrakova, who lives in Southampton, England, wrote on AbScent’s Facebook page.
Nathan Chen wins third straight figure skating world title as Yuzuru Hanyu slips
       
American Nathan Chen landed five quadruple jumps in the men’s free skate on Saturday to overhaul faltering Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and collect a third consecutive world title. “It’s amazing, the fact I’m able to be here at this world championships after this unprecedented year, it’s amazing. Chen needed to make up eight points on Hanyu who was skating last, and opted for a routine that included a daunting five quads. Chasing Chen’s huge score, Hanyu, the double Olympic champion, wobbled several times to slide to third. Kagiyama, skating to the “Avatar” soundtrack, succeeded with a quad salchow, quad toe-triple toe and quad toe as well as four more strong triples.
Japanese government's long-term debt to top ¥1 quadrillion
       
The outstanding long-term debt of the central government is set to top ¥1 quadrillion ($9.12 trillion) at the end of March, according to officials, with its fiscal health rapidly worsening due to the need to finance measures against the coronavirus pandemic. The debt, already the worst among developed countries, would average out to a burden of ¥8 million on each Japanese citizen. The Finance Ministry officials have projected the total debt, excluding debt such as bonds to finance the government’s fiscal and investment programs, as well as bills for short-term funds, to reach ¥1.01 quadrillion. Together with the combined outstanding long-term debt of local governments, Japan’s total is set to exceed ¥1.2 quadrillion, or around 220% of its gross domestic product. “By analyzing cost effectiveness of social security programs and public works, the government should track down wasteful spending,” said Hideaki Tanaka, a finance professor at Meiji University.
Pregnant Ellie Goulding reveals Katy Perry and Princess Eugenie have been giving 'excellent advice'
       
And Ellie Goulding, 34, has now revealed how her famous pals and fellow first-time mums Katy Perry and Princess Eugenie, have helped her get ready for motherhood. Princess Eugenie welcomed a baby boy called August on February 9, her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank. Ellie and Katy are good friends, with the Firework singer attending Ellie’s nuptials when she married Caspar in York in 2019. Ellie shared her impressive pregnancy home workout from her lavish Gloucestershire abode where the star did a series of weighted lunges and squats. Ellie and Jasper met in 2016 after they were seated next to each other at a dinner arranged by their mutual friend, Princess Eugenie.
Regina King is regal in a copper gown as she leads stars at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards
       
And on Saturday, Regina King amped up the glamor at the NAACP Image Awards, when she graced the event's virtual red carpet in Los Angeles, California. The Oscar winner, 50, looked nothing short of magnificent in a custom Oscar de la Renta gown in a beautiful shade of copper. On Saturday: Regina King amped up the glamor at the NAACP Image Awards, when she graced the virtual red carpet of the awards event in Los AngelesRegina's dress featured beautiful ruching and cinching along the front. Other star guests at the Image Awards this year included actresses Brandee Evans and Novi Brown. Issa Rae nabbed the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series trophy for her role on Insecure.
Duchess of Cambridge releases a new photography book
       
The Duchess of Cambridge has said a book of 100 photographs illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a 'lasting record of what we were all experiencing'The Duchess of Cambridge has said a book of 100 photographs illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a 'lasting record of what we were all experiencing'. The Duchess of Cambridge has announced a new book with the National Portrait GalleryLaunched by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020, features images of key workers and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy. From more than 31,000 images submitted, 100 portraits were selected and shown in a digital exhibition before being displayed across the UK in communities. Writing in the introduction, Kate said the portraits illustrate a collection of 'poignant and personal stories' from the past year. Mind chief executive Paul Farmer thanked the duchess for supporting the charity, and those who submitted photographsMind chief executive Paul Farmer thanked the duchess for supporting the charity, and those who submitted photographs.
Texas' COVID numbers fall for the 17th consecutive day following reopening
       
Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, 17 days after it scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine - take off your mask, forget it. Tate Reeves who also ended the state's mask mandate this month. 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking,'' Reeves tweeted at the time.
Taste and smell gone forever? The anguish of Covid survivors
       
Most Covid-19 sufferers who lose the ability to taste or smell recover "within three or four weeks," according to Valentina Parma, a psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia. On the organization's main Facebook page, the question that haunts Medina repeatedly comes up: "Will I ever regain my sense of taste and smell?" According to Parma, this works in 30 percent of cases, but only after three to six months of practice. The food expert, who had lost her sense of smell from 2016 to 2019, has helped six people recover from anosmia since the start of the pandemic. "It's almost exactly a year after I first lost my smell and taste and I'm pretty much okay now," Dominika Uhrakova, who lives in Southampton, England, wrote on AbScent's Facebook page.
[Herald Interview] South wind of Tongyeong to carry hope
       
Tongyeong International Music Foundation CEO Lee Yong-min speaks during an interview with The Korea Herald. (Im Eun-byel/The Korea Herald)TONGYEONG, South Gyeongsang Province -- The hosting of the 2021 Tongyeong International Music Festival may bring hope to the entire music performance scene, says the festival foundation’s new head Lee Yong-min. Lee has been appointed as CEO of the Tongyeong International Music Foundation, following the previous German CEO Florian Riem. But yes, I am learning that there are certain responsibilities tied to my post,” Lee told The Korea Herald during an interview Saturday at the Tongyeong Concert Hall. “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there were concerns that holding a music festival may be too risky.
Music returns to Tongyeong
       
The view from Dongpirang, a village in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province (Photo by Im Eun-byel/The Korea Herald)TONGYEONG, South Gyeongsang Province -- During the last week of March, the city of Tongyeong was covered in pink, with cherry blossoms at their peak and pink banners displayed across the city for the 2021 Tongyeong International Music Festival. Though the virus continues to spread rapidly across South Gyeongsang Province, the show’s 2021 engagement kicked off as planned. Ballerina Kim Joo-won and other dancers perform in “Dear Luna.” (Kim Si-hoon/TIMF)Han Ye-ri of the Golden Globe-winning film “Minari” made an appearance as the show’s narrator. 2, and Debussy’s “Beau Soir” and “Clair de Lune.”The annual music festival commemorates the iconic Korean composer Yun I-sang. At the opening concert for the 2021 Tongyeong International Music Festival, held Friday, the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra performs Yun I-sang’s “Fanfare & Memorial” under the baton of conductor Christian Vasquez.
There’s no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border. Here’s the data.
       
Last week, at the U.S. border with Mexico, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declared that the recent increase in unaccompanied minors attempting to enter the United States was a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”We looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to see whether there’s a “crisis” — or even a “surge,” as many news outlets have characterized it. We analyzed monthly CBP data from 2012 to now and found no crisis or surge that can be attributed to Biden administration policies. Rather, the current increase in apprehensions fits a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020’s coronavirus border closure.
Thieves target vaccination centre for second time
       
THIEVES targeted a Dorset medical centre to steal fuel for the second time in eight days - disrupting a vaccination programme for elderly patients. A coronavirus vaccination clinic at Bridport Medical Centre was disrupted on Wednesday as a result of fuel being stolen from a tank. As a result of the theft, the vaccination team had to spend much of the da figuring out how they could keep their elderly patients warm whilst they awaited their appointments. A spokesperson for Bridport Medical Centre said: "Our diesel thieves returned. This comes after thieves raided fuel supplies at the centre prior to a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, March 17 - leaving the vaccinating team unable to keep vulnerable patients warm.
Biden nominates Manchin's wife to co-chair Appalachian Regional Commission
       
President Biden Joe BidenDemocrats see Georgia as opening salvo in war on voting rights MLB could move All-Star game from Georgia after controversial new voter restrictions Biden fires majority of DHS advisory council members MORE is nominating Gayle Manchin, Sen. Joe Manchin Joe ManchinBiden nominates Manchin's wife to co-chair Appalachian Regional Commission The Hill's Morning Report - Biden shifts on filibuster Liberals think Biden just made getting rid of the filibuster easier MORE’s (D-W.Va.) wife, to be co-chair of a federal commission that works with states to strengthen the economy in the Appalachian region, the White House announced Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Gayle Manchin will co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership agency established in 1965 through which the federal government works with 13 states and 420 counties across the Appalachian region to help invest in communities and spur job creation. Winning over Manchin also proved critical for Biden in getting his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package across the finish line earlier this month by using budget reconciliation. Gayle Manchin also previously served as president of the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Office of Education and the Arts. The commission's current state co-chairman is Virginia Gov.
Dillian Whyte knocks out Alexander Povetkin in Gibraltar rematch
       
Whyte sent Povetkin to three sides of the ring with three successive blows in the fourth roundDillian Whyte kept alive his hopes of a heavyweight world title shot by emphatically gaining revenge over Alexander Povetkin with an impressive knockout win in their rematch. A right hand sent Povetkin backwards, another sent him into the ropes and a left hook floored him heavily. "I want the world title." For 41-year-old Povetkin, retirement now surely looms while for Whyte there are at least exciting possibilities on the horizon again. Yes, he might have to wait for that world title chance but he's used to that.
Three reasons Elite Eight-bound Baylor, not Gonzaga, will cut the nets in men's NCAA Tournament
       
Much of the hype this season has gone to undefeated Gonzaga, the top overall seed in the tournament. Much like the 'Zags, Baylor brought back its core roster from last year's team that would have been a No. 1 seed in the 2020 men's NCAA Tournament had it not been cancelled because of the pandemic. 1 Baylor – the second top seed in this tournament – will be the team cutting down the nets, and not Gonzaga. 12 seed to make men's Elite EightMORE: Why can't NCAA get women's tournament right?
COVID-19 rages in Brazil, with young victims bearing the brunt
       
As the rest of the world begins to emerge from the pandemic, Brazil is being ravaged by COVID-19 — with a more contagious variant spreading and deaths surging, particularly among younger people. The South American nation has already recorded more than 307,000 COVID-19 deaths — second in the world behind the US — and the daily total of fatalities could soon hit 4,000. Almost a third of those dying in Brazil are younger than 60, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has told Brazilians to “stop whining” amid a spike of coronavirus deaths in early March. In early March, after a spike in deaths, Bolsonaro told Brazilians to “stop whining” and move on.
‘We’re going to take care of you, okay?’
       
“We’re going to take care of you, okay? “Okay, you’re going to be fine,” the nurse said, detecting some nervousness as she swabbed his arm. “They have one left — hurry.”* * *Residents wait in line at Cahaba Medical Care’s mass vaccination event at Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham. The impoverished and medically underserved town is one of many rural Alabama communities that Cahaba Medical Care is visiting with its mobile vaccination campaign. The impoverished and medically underserved town is one of many rural Alabama communities that Cahaba Medical Care is visiting with its mobile vaccination campaign.
Migrants at border motivated by need, opportunity
       
MISSION, Tex. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)Many of the migrants Vela finds in Rincon del Diablo say they are motivated by a complicated and varied set of personal and practical reasons that intersect where survival meets opportunity. Vela gets the age and nationality of the migrants and points them in the direction of a Border Patrol facility under a nearby bridge. Their first stop is often a rudimentary Border Patrol station or facility, where thousands of minors have stayed for days longer than legally allowed. They die.”Vela never finds out what happens to the migrants he meets after delivering them to busy Border Patrol agents.
Biden administration will impose new regulations on meat industry, expert warns
       
Earlier this year, White House said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would release those standards on March 15. But that day passed two weeks ago, and there was still no word from the administration heading into the weekend. North American Meat Institution’s spokeswoman Sarah Little told Fox News that regulations like mandatory 6-foot social distancing and N95 masks would definitely affect production. She said industry workers need vaccinations to keep things moving. “People only spend about 10 to12% of disposable income on food.”CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSJohn S. Nalivka, who has 30 years of experience in livestock and meat industry consulting, explained that the U.S. has built a very efficient meat industry that allows affordable meat prices.
Hong Kong says initial investigation of BioNTech vaccines shows no 'obvious systemic factors'
       
A staffer stands outside a closed community vaccination center administering the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma in Hong Kong on March 24, 2021. Hong Kong's government said an initial investigation by Germany's BioNTech and Fosun Industrial into its coronavirus vaccine did not show any "obvious systemic factors" during packaging after use of the vaccine was suspended in the city and neighboring Macau this week. The suspension came as the Asian financial hub has faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China's Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions. Both Fosun and BioNTech considered the vaccines to have no safety risks and people who have received them "do not need to worry", the government said. The BioNTech vaccine is distributed in Hong Kong and Macau via a partnership with China's Fosun Pharma, while BioNTech partners with Pfizer in markets outside greater China.
49ers' No. 3 draft pick trade will define Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch era
       
3 pick trade will define Shanahan, Lynch era originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaMarch 26, 2021 will go down as one of the most pivotal days in the John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan era. The 49ers pulled off a blockbuster trade to move up nine spots in the 2021 NFL Draft, sending their No. The most striking aspect of this move is the potential it has to define the Lynch and Shanahan regime’s place in 49ers and even NFL history. If who the 49ers draft at No. If whomever the 49ers draft on April 29th ends up being considered a bust, fans and football pundits alike could tap the entire Shanahan and Lynch era a failure.
Winning on a poor shooting night shows how good Baylor is
       
Baylor misfired on 16 of its 19 attempts from behind the arc on Saturday in its Sweet 16 matchup against Villanova. In most instances, that’s a recipe for NCAA tournament heartbreak. Fueled by ferocious on-ball defense and newfound aggressiveness attacking the rim, Baylor survived Villanova’s spirited upset bid. Baylor’s reversal of fortune began when it entered the halftime locker room shooting just 2 of 12 from behind the arc. “Going into halftime, coach told us we can get to the paint anytime we want,” Baylor guard Davion Mitchell said.
Michigan GOP chair seen on video calling female leaders "witches"
       
"We're focused on the three witches," Weiser said, adding that he was also working on winning Republican majorities in the state's House and Senate. Do better, Michigan GOP." Do better, Michigan GOP. https://t.co/v14V0mJE4G pic.twitter.com/NC2XTuNs3c— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) March 26, 2021CBS News has reached out to Weiser and the Michigan Republican Party for comment. Saturday Sessions: The Weather Station performs "Loss"Saturday Sessions: The Weather Station performs "Tried To Tell You”Saturday Sessions: The Weather Station performs "Parking Lot"
Michigan GOP chair calls top Democratic women 'witches'
       
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of Michigan's Republican Party referred to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and two other top Democratic elected woman as “witches" that the GOP wants to “soften up” for a “burning at the stake” in the 2022 election. Someone asked Weiser about “witches in our own party.”He said: "Ma’am, other than assassination, I have no other way other than voting out. The Michigan Democratic Party and two Democratic members of the university board said Weiser, a major donor to the school, should resign. She wrote: “Witches who magically decrease Covid spread, increase voter turnout and hold sexual predators accountable without any help from the legislature?
7 people shot in Fishtown section of Philadelphia; 4 in critical condition
       
The TelegraphAmazon was aware of drivers urinating in bottles and defecating in bags despite issuing a denial of the practice, according to leaked documents. The internet giant had denied on its official Twitter account that drivers were skipping restroom breaks as they sought to meet delivery targets. "This is the 3rd occasion in the last 2 months when bags have been returned to station with poop inside. The memo continued: “We’ve noticed an uptick recently of all kinds of unsanitary garbage being left inside bags: used masks, gloves, bottles of urine." This is so common that you’ll often find bottles from other drivers located under seats in the vans.
Michigan GOP chair refuses to resign after calling female Democrats ‘witches’ and joking about assassinations
       
Michigan GOP chair Ron Weiser is caught on video calling female Democrats ‘witches’ and joking about ‘assassination’ (Facebook)The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party refused to step down on Friday, despite being caught on video calling female Democrats “witches” and joking about assassinating anti-Trump Republicans. Mr Weiser has faced calls to resign after a Facebook video surfaced of him making controversial remarks to the North Oakland Republican Club in White Lake, Michigan. An audience member asked Mr Weiser how to deal with the “witches in our own party”. After the chair’s comments made the news, members of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, of which Mr Weiser is a member, called on him to resign. The Independent has reached out to the Michigan Republican Party for comment, but has not yet heard back.
Five killed, dozens injured in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh
       
Many Islamist groups in Bangladesh accuse Modi of alienating minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India. The two countries issued a joint statement celebrating their cooperation and partnership but the Bangladesh government made no comment about the protests. Protests raged across Bangladesh against Modi but also over the police killing of Islamists who had demonstrated against his two-day visit. Dozens were also hurt in the capital Dhaka on Friday when police used rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with protesters. On Saturday, hundreds of members of Hefazat-e-Islam and other Islamist groups marched through Chittagong and Dhaka protesting the deaths of their supporters.
Akye Boston, Framingham flying high after knocking off 12th-ranked Wellesley
       
Senior Akye Boston ran for touchdowns of 17 and 99 yards in the first half, and got the winning 1-yard blast in the fourth quarter. Framingham (2-0) compiled 250 yards on the ground and 125 yards passing. Peabody 14, Masconomet 10 — Shea Lynch scampered for the go-ahead 6-yard score late in the fourth quarter to lift the visiting Tanners (1-1) to the Northeastern Conference win. AdvertisementSandwich 13, Martha’s Vineyard 7 — Patrick Morin ran in a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter for the visiting Blue Knights (3-0) in the Cape & Islands League battle. Senior Bobby Hubert (8 and 56 yards) and Chris Ferrara (35 and 35 yards) scored two touchdowns apiece for the Vikings (2-0).
Prosecutors in San Francisco, Seattle charge men with anti-Asian hate crimes
       
Prosecutors in San Francisco and Seattle have charged two men with hate crimes in separate incidents that authorities say targeted people of Asian descent amid a wave of high-profile and sometimes deadly violence against Asian Americans since the pandemic began. In San Francisco, Victor Humberto Brown, 53, made a first court appearance on Friday after authorities say he repeatedly punched an Asian American man at a bus stop while shouting an anti-Asian slur. Brown was initially booked on misdemeanor counts, but prosecutors recently elevated the case to a felony, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, the latest in a series of rallies in response to what many said has become a troubling surge of anti-Asian sentiment. In the first instance, the woman told her 10-year-old daughter to try to take a cellphone photo of the man.
After waiting for a year, the Boston Pride claim NWHL’s Isobel Cup
       
The Pride rallied from an early deficit with a three-goal second period to take their second NWHL title. The Boston Pride had to wait a year, but their patience paid off as they took a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Whitecaps to capture the Isobel Cup at Warrior Ice Arena Saturday night. The Boston Pride waited a year for this celebration after their victory over the Minnesota Whitecaps in the Isobel Cup. The Pride failed to find a rhythm in the opening period, but Sammy Davis produced two shots saved by Amanda Leveille. AdvertisementIn the final period, the Pride squandered a chance to increase the lead as Tori Sullivan’s penalty shot was kick-saved by Leveille at 7:39.
Valley Asian American community gathers for march in Mesa to protest anti-Asian attacks
       
Hundreds of people holding signs, toting coolers of snacks and wearing masks marched in Mesa Saturday to support Asian American communities victimized by harassment and hate. Vicente Reid, CEO of the Arizona Asian Chamber, helped organize the event. He said violence against the Asian American community is not new, but the community has not spoken up enough about it. This is the second event held to protest anti-Asian attacks across the country. Anti-Asian attacks worry advocatesAdvocates for the Asian American community have been alarmed by a string of recent attacks against older Asian Americans, including a 74-year-old Juanito Falcon, who died after being assaulted at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix.
'Stop the hate!': Hundreds rally in downtown Chandler to support Asian community Sunday
       
Over 10% of Chandler's population is Asian, according to 2019 estimates. "Asian Americans are underneath attack and it’s time for us – even I, as an African American need to stand beside my Asian brothers and sister and let them know that we need to stop Asian hate." Community outrage over anti-Asian violenceThere has been an increase in attacks against Asian Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic started a year ago. The actual number of anti-Asian incidents is most likely much higher because many incidents go unreported, Jeung said. One in four Americans, including nearly half of Asian Americans, in recent weeks, have seen someone blame Asian people for the coronavirus epidemic, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll found.
Spain rock concert attracts thousands after COVID-19 screening
       
People react ahead of a music concert in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)People react ahead of a music concert in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Five thousand rock fans enjoyed a real-as-can-be concert after passing a same-day coronavirus screening, to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organizers. “We were inside our small concert bubble.
Vice presidents’ policy projects come with political risks
       
That’s likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris’ team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck’s argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it’s clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
DeSoto girls look as dominant as ever in winning the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays track meet
       
DeSoto girls win 4x100 relay in 46.30 at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. That relay team broke the high school national record twice that year — first running 44.44 at the regional meet and then winning the Class 6A state championship with a time of 44.24. Diallo Good anchors Cedar Hill to victory in boys 4x200 relay at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in 1:25.92, sixth-fastest time in nation. That is huge news for DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Mansfield Lake Ridge, which have a combined 21 boys and girls relay teams ranked among the top 35 in the nation and will compete at the same district meet (11-6A), area meet and regional meet. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)(Stewart F. House)Find more high school sports coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Auston Matthews scores in OT to lift Maple Leafs past Oilers
       
TORONTO - (AP) -- Auston Matthews scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. Matthews fired the puck towards the net that it went off Edmonton's Darnell Nurse and got past goalie Mike Smith. Matthews broke a tie with Oilers star Connor McDavid for the NHL goals lead with his 22nd. The Toronto star also had an assist. Mike Smith made 27 saves.
Everything old is new again: Today's Toon
       
USA TODAYAs if dealing with COVID wasn't enough, another tragedy resurfaces. There's even a gallery of Thompson's animated cartoons as well as cartoons from the Cagle syndicate. And we'll try to swap them onto this page so you can enjoy the most recent additions to our collection as they come. Check back often! Follow Mike Thompson's cartoons and commentary on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.
‘No one deserves to die like that’
       
Jennifer Lannon, 39Chris Whitman, Jennifer Lannon’s brother, said he was the last of the family to speak with his sister on Jan. 12. He said, throughout the years, Sean Lannon was often silent at Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties and other family get-togethers. But Brown said Sean Lannon was “extremely controlling” and “just seemed real off.”When she heard what happened, she said her heart was broken. He said Jennifer Lannon always loved musical theater, taught herself to play the harp and was a social butterfly. No one deserves to die like that.”Matthew Miller, 21Juanita Schult said her grandson, Matthew Miller, had a rough go of it.
ABC checking on presenter's wellbeing after expletives shouted during Adelaide news bulletin
       
An ABC radio presenter shouted an expletive twice during a late-night news broadcast in Adelaide before being abruptly taken off the air. The national broadcaster has said it is investigating the incident and making sure the staff member is OK. The audio for the story was then played but after about 10 seconds the presenter could be heard shouting “fuck off”. “There’s been problems with the wine situation with China maintaining restrictions of the Australian. The bulletin was cut shortly after and replaced with another which is believed to have been broadcast from Sydney.
Elizabeth Hurley 'set to film her own at home in the country series'
       
Elizabeth Hurley is reportedly set to film her own 'at home in the country' series with son Damian at their £6million 13-bedroom estate in Herefordshire. And now Elizabeth is said to be planning her own reality-style videos for social media documenting her life in the countryside. The actress spent 16 weeks holed up at the Herefordshire estate in a group of nine, including her elder sister Kate, son Damian, mother Angela and vulnerable friends. (Damian pictured with his grandmother in lockdown)Liz added: 'We were very nervous about health, there were elderly women and a friend with low immunity who had to be kept safe. During lockdown, Liz said she felt 'incredibly lucky' to be in her country home alongside her family during the time of social distancing.
COVID-19: 5,000 music fans attend Barcelona gig after passing same-day coronavirus screening
       
Five thousand people attended a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day screening test for COVID-19. The music fans piled into the Palau Sant Jordi arena where indie rock band Love of Lesbian were playing after having received the all-clear from a coronavirus antigen test taken earlier in the day. Those who tested positive were unable to attend the concert but would be entitled to a refund. Attendees received their antigen test results in 10 to 15 minutes via an app on their phones. Local authorities in Barcelona backed the event, which was preceded by a smaller concert of 500 people in December.
Fears over fourth COVID-19 wave growing in Japan as new cases creep back up
       
The government is increasingly concerned about a possible fourth wave of coronavirus infections as new cases, including those involving variants, are growing in many parts of the country. With some areas showing signs of a rebound in new infection cases, a fourth wave would complicate vaccination efforts. The government will soon start full-fledged talks to impose pre-emergency restrictions only days after lifting its second COVID-19 emergency on Sunday. The government is especially concerned over a surge in COVID-19 cases in Miyagi Prefecture and in the Kansai region. In Kansai, Osaka Prefecture reported 386 new cases and Hyogo Prefecture 164 new cases on Saturday, both the highest since the government lifted a COVID-19 state emergency there at the end of February.
'Covid shame' is stopping people reporting symptoms or even properly social distancing
       
Coronavirus 'shame' has stopped people reporting symptoms or even properly social distancing, a new report has warned. Researchers from the University of Kent and Leeds Beckett University said there was a link between feeling shameful and ignoring social distancing guidelines. But people were out socialising early today, especially in Borough Market in London which was packed. Researchers from the University of Kent and Leeds Beckett University said there was a link between feeling shameful and ignoring social distancing guidelines. Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council, said complacency risked spreading new Covid variants and could lead to fresh rules.
Boston Pride capture Covid-delayed hockey crown
       
The Boston Pride celebrate a goal in Saturday's National Women's Hockey League final, in which the hosts beat Minnesota 4-3 to win the Isobel Cup titleAdvertising Read moreNew York (AFP)The Boston Pride edged the Minnesota Whitecaps 4-3 in Saturday's National Women's Hockey League Finals, completing a playoff run postponed from February by a failed Covid-19 quarantine bubble. Boston's Taylor Wenczkowski netted a power play goal with 6:28 remaining in the third to give the Pride a 4-2 advantage. Boston equalized when Mary Parker netted the equalizer only 2:41 into the second period and Jillian Dempsey put the Pride ahead with 4:55 remaining in the period. Lexie Laing boosted Boston's lead to 3-1 after two periods with a power play goal 17:31 into the second. Thunstrom lifted the Whitecaps within 3-2 on her second goal with 12:14 remaining in the third period.
Opening arguments set to begin in George Floyd murder trial
       
Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, faces murder and manslaughter charges for his role in the May 25, 2020 death of the 46-year-old Floyd. Opening arguments are to begin at 9:00 am Central time (1400 GMT) in a heavily guarded Minneapolis courtroom for a trial expected to last about a month. A conviction on any of the charges -- second-degree murder, third-degree murder or manslaughter -- will require the jury to return a unanimous verdict. Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, said he hoped the jury would deliver a "just verdict." "George Floyd had more witnesses to his death than any other person ever -- white or Black," Crump said.
Cities worldwide dim lights to mark Earth Hour
       
In Rome, the lights went out at Rome’s 2,000-year-old Colosseum, while police enforcing Italy’s coronavirus movement restrictions checked the papers of a small crowd of onlookers. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Moscow's Kremlin on Red Square also joined the annual initiative that calls for action on climate change and the environment. After Europe, Earth Hour moves west to the Americas with the Empire State Building in New York, the Obelisk of Buenos Aires and the Rio's Museum of Tomorrow among venues dimming the lights. - 'Impact on environment' -Earth Hour is about "more than just saving energy, it's more like remembering our impact on the environment," Ian Tan, 18, told AFP at the park. "One hour is not enough for us to remember that climate change is actually a problem -- I don't really see (Earth Hour) as very significant," he said.
US demonstrators rally nationwide against anti-Asian violence
       
"We're one year into this pandemic and anti-Asian violence has only intensified," said Judi Chang, a representative of the anti-war, anti-racism ANSWER coalition behind the demonstrations. "Everyone I know who is Asian has been a victim of violence or harassment, assault," she told AFP in New York. Irving Lee, a demonstrator in Queens, called "the anti-Asian violence that's been created in his country" a "byproduct of US foreign policy." "I've seen a lot of people that have been affected," he told AFP. "They're scared to go out as a consequence of the violence that's been going on."
Doosan Infracore releases 100-ton excavators in global market
       
BUSINESSThis photo provided by Doosan Infracore Co. on Sunday, shows the company's 100-ton excavator. (Doosan Infracore Co.)The South Korean construction equipment maker Doosan Infracore Co. said Sunday it has launched its 100-ton excavators, the biggest in its lineup in the global market, and won orders for them from Mongolia and Chile.Doosan Infracore bagged an order for one 100-ton excavator from a Chilean company, with a 100-ton excavator and a 80-ton excavator ordered by a Mongolian company, the company said in an emailed statement.Global demand for the large excavator market is estimated at about 1,000 units annually, the company said.The large excavators will be sold to mining companies and builders, Doosan Infracore said.The excavator manufacturer sold 1,754 units in China in February, rising more than three times from a year ago, on China's pump-priming policy to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and increased prices of raw materials, such as iron ore.Doosan Infracore is scheduled to be incorporated into Hyundai Construction Equipment Co., its smaller local rival, within the third quarter of this year.In December, its parent Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. inked an initial deal with Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co. (HHIH), the parent of Hyundai Construction Equipment, to sell its stake in Doosan Infracore as part of efforts to tide over its cash shortages.
Musicians hungry to perform make a Manhattan storefront their stage
       
"It's really a reciprocal relationship that we need," Katz said. "Being able to bring the music to people like we did today is really something unique and special." Along with entertainment, the project aims "to really showcase the artistic engine of New York City, and shed light on the fact that artists need work, and this issue needs attention." Musicians were among those hard-hit, reduced to virtual performances and online lessons as the viral spread grounded tours and closed venues -- some forever. "New York is always like that -- they always improvise when something bad happens," Lieberman said from behind her floral mask.
Govt. to enforce 'no eating' policy at sports stadiums, libraries, museums as virus cases on rise
       
NATIONALThis photo shows an outdoor futsal field in Yongsan, central Seoul, on Friday. (Yonhap)The government will ban eating at mass gathering establishments like sports stadiums, libraries and museums starting Monday, officials said, amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases.Eating will be banned at 21 types of public places, which also include karaoke bars, public saunas and movie theaters, and violators will be fined 100,000 ($88) starting April 5 after a one-week grace period, officials said.Other facilities subject to the ban include cram schools, hair dressers, gyms, casinos and exhibition halls. But exceptions can be applied, however, if the facility has a separate area within the establishment that has been approved for eating.On Friday, the government extended the current Level 2 social distancing rules in the densely populated greater Seoul area, the third highest in its five-tier system, until April 11, citing signs of a new spike in virus cases. It retained Level 1.5 for the rest of the country for another two weeks.Gatherings of five or more people will continue to be banned, and restaurants and other public facilities in the greater Seoul area will be allowed to remain open until 10 p.m.The government has picked 33 types of establishments used by large numbers of the public, including the 21 places, and called for stringent efforts to comply with basic distancing rules, which also includes keeping a register of every visitor without exception.South Korea reported the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases of 505 in about a month Saturday, amid little sign of a letup. On Sunday, the country added 482 more cases, with the total infections reaching 101,757.
Govt. to enforce 'no eating' policy at sports stadiums, libraries, museums as virus cases on rise
       
(Yonhap)The government will ban eating at mass gathering establishments like sports stadiums, libraries and museums starting Monday, officials said, amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases. But exceptions can be applied, however, if the facility has a separate area within the establishment that has been approved for eating. Gatherings of five or more people will continue to be banned, and restaurants and other public facilities in the greater Seoul area will be allowed to remain open until 10 p.m. South Korea reported the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases of 505 in about a month Saturday, amid little sign of a letup. On Sunday, the country added 482 more cases, with the total infections reaching 101,757.
Doosan Infracore releases 100-ton excavators in global market
       
This photo provided by Doosan Infracore Co. on Sunday, shows the company's 100-ton excavator. (Doosan Infracore Co.)The South Korean construction equipment maker Doosan Infracore Co. said Sunday it has launched its 100-ton excavators, the biggest in its lineup in the global market, and won orders for them from Mongolia and Chile. Doosan Infracore bagged an order for one 100-ton excavator from a Chilean company, with a 100-ton excavator and a 80-ton excavator ordered by a Mongolian company, the company said in an emailed statement. The large excavators will be sold to mining companies and builders, Doosan Infracore said. In December, its parent Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. inked an initial deal with Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co. (HHIH), the parent of Hyundai Construction Equipment, to sell its stake in Doosan Infracore as part of efforts to tide over its cash shortages.
Dr. Deborah Birx says every American COVID-19 death after the first 100,000 could've been mitigated, but a Democratic lawmaker says she's to blame for 'enabling' Trump
       
Dr. Deborah Birx said thousands of Americans died preventable COVID-19 deaths. Dr. Deborah Birx, a former member of the White House coronavirus response team, said thousands of Americans died preventable COVID-19 deaths and that everything after the initial surge could've been mitigated. Birx was speaking during an interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the network's upcoming coronavirus documentary that airs Sunday. Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him." Another doctor interviewed by CNN Saturday said he agreed with Birx about the preventable COVID-19 deaths, but that it "happened on her watch."
Baltimore drops prosecution of low-level crimes, including prostitution, drug possession
       
The city of Baltimore will no longer prosecute certain low-level crimes, including prostitution, drug possession and minor traffic violations, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday. "Today, America's war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore," Mosby said in a statement. "Clearly prosecuting low-level offenses with no public safety value is counterproductive to the limited law enforcement resources we have," Mosby added. "Reimagining public safety in Baltimore requires innovation and collaborative effort," he added. "We will continue to be responsive to the public safety needs of our residents and hold violent criminals accountable," Harrison said.
Brazil’s COVID-19 Crisis Spirals Out Of Control: ‘An Open-Sky Laboratory For Viral Mutations’
       
Brazil recorded its 300,000th COVID-19 death this week, a grim marker of a health care crisis that promises to worsen in the coming months in South America’s largest nation. The health systems in all but two of Brazil’s states are in dire condition, the institute said, leaving hospitals stretched for beds, oxygen and other basic medicines necessary to treat the coronavirus. On Tuesday, Brazil recorded more than 3,100 deaths, making it alone responsible for nearly one-third of the day’s global death toll. “The pandemic is not going to be controlled if Brazil is out of control,” Nicolelis said. “Brazil is the largest open-sky laboratory for viral mutations right now.
China erasing H&M from internet amid Xinjiang backlash
       
A man carrying an umbrellas walks past an H&M clothing store at a shopping mall in Beijing, Friday, March 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)A man carrying an umbrellas walks past an H&M clothing store at a shopping mall in Beijing, Friday, March 26, 2021. State media accused H&M and other brands of improperly profiting from China while criticizing it. Celebrities including at least one Uyghur announced they were ending endorsement deals with foreign shoe and clothing brands. It was unclear why the party targeted H&M, whose expression of concern about Xinjiang was similar to that of other companies.
Foreign vaccine-seekers flock to Serbia for COVID-19 shots
       
Marko Cadez, the head of Serbia’s Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday his organisation had 10,000 shots for business people across the region. “I came here because vaccines will never arrive in Bosnia,” said Elma, who declined to give her last name. Critics from across the region say that Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic has been using the vaccines to strengthen his country’s influence - a charge he denies. Serbia currently uses vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Russia’s COVID-19 Sputnik V and Chinese Synopharm. Daniel Bindernagel, a German psychiatrist from Switzerland, told Reuters he had travelled in and managed to apply for a shot on the Serbian government’s website.
Cops called on Queen Elizabeth’s grandson over COVID travels
       
Peter Phillips, the 43-year-old son of Princess Anne, was seen outside the unidentified woman’s home in St. Cyrus this week, the UK Sun reported. Annoyed neighbors reportedly called the cops on Phillips, who is 17th in line for the throne and lives at his mom’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, officials said. “At around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, police received a report of a potential breach of coronavirus regulations at a property in St Cyrus,” a spokesperson for Scotland police said. The woman is reportedly a friend of Phillips’ sister Zara and a former classmate of Phillips’. The 39-year-old woman he was allegedly visiting is also separated from her husband.
Korean groups rally on the Mall to decry racism after deadly attacks in Atlanta
       
The incidents have drawn fresh attention to the long history of anti-Asian racism in the United States and President Biden has denounced attacks on Asian Americans. Anna E. Ko, a leader of the Korean American Society of Virginia, said many people she knows were reluctant to attend the rally. Another read: “Protect our Korean elders.”ADSpeakers addressed the group and onlookers enjoying the spring morning on the Mall. Seyang Jeong described harassment she had faced in the five years she has lived in the United States. But Chang questioned the lack of support from local leaders: “To be honest with you, where are the other elected officials?”
What Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd means for America
       
“The irony is that race may not come up in the actual courtroom during the trial. ADADBut Moriarty said the ongoing pandemic may also have contributed to the makeup of the Chauvin jury in other ways, pointing to the large number of young people on the jury, including people of color. He did not tell Floyd who he was or what he was investigating, causing Floyd to panic, cry and beg officers not to kill him. Thao suggested placing Floyd on the ground, where Lane held Floyd’s legs, Kueng held his back and Chauvin pinned him at the neck. “One question would be, should they try to communicate to the jury that Chauvin is not a racist?” Butler, the Georgetown Law professor, said.
Lawmakers at border urge empathy for migrants: 'These are not invaders'
       
Several House members Saturday urged empathy for the thousands of migrants fleeing Central America for the U.S.-Mexico border after touring facilities in Texas that are processing and housing them. Democrats on the tour said they reject the GOP narrative that the southern border is suddenly open under President Biden and migrants are villains bringing problems to the United States. The comments came Saturday at a news conference following a congressional delegation tour of the border. There were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in either Border Protection or Health and Human Services custody as of Thursday, according to DHS records. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Escobar-led trip was one of several congressional delegations to the border this weekend.
Hong Kong says initial investigation of BioNTech vaccines shows no 'obvious systemic factors'
       
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s government said an initial investigation by Germany’s BioNTech and Fosun Industrial into its coronavirus vaccine did not show any “obvious systemic factors” during packaging after use of the vaccine was suspended in the city and neighbouring Macau this week. A sign is seen outside a vaccination centre after Hong Kong suspended the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a single batch of Pfizer/BioNTech shots due to packaging defects, in Hong Kong, China March 24, 2021. The suspension came as the Asian financial hub has faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China’s Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions. Both Fosun and BioNTech considered the vaccines to have no safety risks and people who have received them “do not need to worry”, the government said. The BioNTech vaccine is distributed in Hong Kong and Macau via a partnership with China’s Fosun Pharma, while BioNTech partners with Pfizer in markets outside greater China.
Australia's Queensland state coronavirus cluster grows to three
       
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s Queensland state reported one new coronavirus case on Sunday linked to the highly contagious B117 UK mutant strain, but officials said a wider lockdown was not yet needed yet. The newly diagnosed man is a close contact of the first case in an emerging cluster, a landscaper who tested positive on Thursday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said at a news conference. A third person tested positive on Saturday. Still, Young said a wider Queensland lockdown was not needed at this stage. “We just need people to not make any assumptions.”No other Australian state or territory has reported new cases of community transmission in recent days.
Bueckers, UConn beat Clark, Iowa in women’s Sweet 16
       
UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) and Iowa guard Caitlin Clark (22) walk off the court after their college basketball game in the Sweet Sixteen round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Christyn Williams scored 27 points, Paige Bueckers had 18 and No. 1 UConn beat fifth-seeded Iowa 92-72 on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Indiana (21-5) had been in the Sweet 16 just once before, back in 1983 before the women’s NCAA Tournament became a 64-team field. 4 seed Indiana led 70-60 with 2:51 left before top-seeded N.C. State scored eight straight points to get within two with 1:21 left.
Asian American Local Leader Shows Army Scars: 'Is This Patriot Enough?'
       
Asian American Local Leader Shows Army Scars: 'Is This Patriot Enough?' Ever since Lee Wong came to the U.S. after graduating from high school, he has faced questions about his patriotism. "I want to show you something," Wong continued. And the four other board members on the dais looked on as the board chairman took off his jacket coat. After showing his scars, Wong sat back down and buttoned up his shirt.
Two people killed in Virginia Beach shooting incidents
       
mooremedia via ShutterstockCOVID-19 conspiracy theories have encouraged people to engage in some dangerous activities in the past few months. The accusations aimed at social media tend to take the same narrative form as many conspiracy theories. It sees only particular conspiracy theories, rather than the basic building blocks shared by all such theories. Why people believe conspiracy theories Political science and psychology research shows that the motivations to believe or disbelieve conspiracy theories are largely unrelated to particular methods of communication. Regardless of their long history, or their recent spread on social media, conspiracy theories do pose a problem for society.
Where's my third stimulus check? Can I still qualify? Answers to your questions on COVID relief, IRS tax refunds and more
       
That includes anyone who used the IRS non-filers tool last year, or submitted a special simplified tax return. Earlier this month, Maryland pushed its state income tax filing deadline to July 15, according to Comptroller Peter Franchot. Campbell of TaxAct recommends that people find a local IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site to get free tax help if you qualify. And some don’t levy state income taxes at all, including Texas, Florida, Alaska, Nevada, Washington, Wyoming and South Dakota. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Stimulus check 2021: How to check status of COVID relief, tax refund
Diversity catalog lets consumers ‘put their money where their values are’
       
Led by Salem, the municipalities are partnering to create the North Shore Diversity Catalog , a voluntary online registry listing businesses in the region that are owned by women, minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ people, veterans, and those with disabilities. Her B&B will be listed in a new North Shore Diversity Catalog that Salem is producing with neighboring communities. There is so much competition, especially on the North Shore with so many restaurants. Advertisement“I am happy to join in this partnership ... to establish a diversity catalog,” Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee said in a statement. He is among those who will be listed in a new North Shore Diversity Catalog.
Valley Asian American community gathers for march in Mesa to protest anti-Asian attacks
       
Hundreds of people holding signs, toting coolers of snacks and wearing masks marched in Mesa Saturday to support Asian American communities victimized by harassment and hate. This is the second event held to protest anti-Asian attacks across the country. Anti-Asian attacks worry advocatesAdvocates for the Asian American community have been alarmed by a string of recent attacks against older Asian Americans, including a 74-year-old Juanito Falcon, who died after being assaulted at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix. One in four Americans, including nearly half of Asian Americans, in recent weeks, have seen someone blame Asian people for the coronavirus epidemic, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll found. The actual number of anti-Asian incidents is most likely much higher because many incidents go unreported, Jeung said.
Keeler: Dick Monfort made Rockies an MLB punchline. Only after Nolan Arenado, the joke’s on us.
       
These are Oakland headlines, Oakland gaffes, Oakland shambles, Oakland shames, played out in LoDo. Which also sticks the dismount, frankly, given that the Rockies are reading from the Athletics’ spiral notebook as scripture, at least on the budgetary side. While Monfort empties his barren hip pockets and shrugs like Monopoly’s Uncle Pennybags, Forbes magazine says that’s a load of malarkey. The publication released its 2021 valuations for MLB franchises this past Friday, estimating the Rockies’ worth at $1.3 billion. 21 in MLB franchise value, same as Forbes’ 2020 list, sandwiched between the Diamondbacks ($1.32 billion) and the Pirates ($1.285 billion).
Penn & Teller, anxious but rejuvenated, set for Las Vegas return
       
Penn & Teller (Caesars)Penn Jillette (left) and Teller are seen in "Penn & Teller: Fool Us." Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Penn & Teller welcome everyone back during the re-opening of the Rio on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Penn & Teller carry over turkeys and cookies to awaiting vehicles during the re-opening of the Rio on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. Over the years, Caesars Entertainment officials have investigated moving the show into one of its Las Vegas Strip venues (Flamingo Showroom and Paris Las Vegas could take the show). I know where to go.”It’s suggested that Penn & Teller are fortunate another magic show has not moved into the Penn & Teller Theater.
Here are the main figures in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin trial
       
Here is a guide to the main figures in the courtroom during the trial:JUDGE PETER CAHILLPeter Cahill is the trial judge of Chauvin’s case. Ellison became the attorney general in 2019, and previously represented the state’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. JERRY BLACKWELLSpecial Assistant Attorney General Jerry Blackwell is a founding partner of Blackwell Burke P.A. STEVE SCHLEICHERSpecial Assistant Attorney General Steve Schleicher is a trial and appellate lawyer and a partner at Maslon LLP in Minneapolis. Before that, he worked at the Minnesota attorney general’s office and the Winona County attorney’s office.
Blue Jackets' listless letdown in Detroit tops the takeaways from a stinging loss
       
The Blue Jackets didn’t even talk about guarding against a letdown against the worst team in the Central Division on Saturday because they’re really not in any kind of shape to be letting down against anybody. They weren’t supposed to have a “letdown” game against the Red Wings, but that’s exactly what happened in a stinging 3-1 loss Saturday at Little Caesar’s Arena. And, once again, the Blue Jackets are face first on the canvas with the challenge of picking themselves back up Sunday in a rematch on the same ice. We don’t have any cushion right now.”Here are some additional takeaways:Horrendous startHow bad was it for the Blue Jackets to start out? The Red Wings quickly took control with a relentless puck-possession and forechecking effort that appeared to catch the Jackets off-guard.
Coronavirus herd immunity unlikely without vaccinating kids, says Johns Hopkins expert
       
The United States is unlikely to reach much-needed herd immunity against coronavirus unless children can be vaccinated too, according to a Johns Hopkins University public health expert. Barry said about 75 to 85% of the population would need to be immune to coronavirus to reach the desired threshold for herd immunity. But children make up about 22% of the United States population according to census data, and vaccines have not yet been approved for kids under 16 years old. Just this month, Pfizer dosed the first healthy children in a global study to further evaluate the safety of its coronavirus vaccine in kids 6 months to 11 years old. However, case rates in the United States have plateaued in recent weeks at around 50,000 cases per day, Keri Althoff, epidemiology professor at Johns Hopkins noted.
Parent coalition wants a seat at the table in their children’s education
       
A coalition of parents, teachers and community organizers demonstrated outside the State House on Saturday, calling for a seat at the table every time a policy decision is made that impacts their children. About 50 members of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color Parent Coalition said Gov. Charlie Baker and his education commissioner, Jeff Riley, want to fully open schools on April 5 without proper safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So taking away the option of learning remotely would leave them with no other option than to drop out, she said. A state Department of Education spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
Navajo Nation extends, loosens its health order on COVDI-19
       
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb spread of the coronavirus. Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open until 9 p.m. MDT daily, tribal officials said Saturday. The order also includes provisions allowing outdoor “drive-in” gatherings in which people remain in their vehicles, park at at least six feet from other vehicles, and wear masks, officials said. The tribe on Saturday reported 12 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and one more death, increasing its pandemic totals to 30,052 cases and 1,246 deaths. The Navajo Nation's vast reservation covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Watch: How to manage the next pandemic - The six things we have to do differently in future
       
With around 2.6 million lives lost, and a global bill of $28 trillion according to the IMF, the coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect. Scientists say zoonotic spillover events, like the one which caused this pandemic, are becoming more frequent, meaning future pandemics are not unlikely. So what lessons have we learned from this pandemic for next time? The Telegraph's Global Health Editor, Paul Nuki, says there are six lessons the UK needs to learn from in the case of another pandemic. From hospital capacity to pandemic wargaming, watch the video to find out more.
Coronavirus live news: Germany 'risks losing control' of Covid; Brazil deaths top 3,000 for second day
       
Brazil deaths top 3,000 for second day; Germany must suppress virus now or risk losing control, Merkel aide says; Australian state of Queensland records one new Covid case
If everything smells bad after Covid infection, you’re not alone
       
But in mid-November, about seven months after she’d been sick, a takeaway smelled so foul that she threw it away. “And it’s not because we don’t want to.”INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “It wasn’t until I joined a Facebook group that I learned people take this seriously.”Sarah Govier, a health care worker in England who experienced parosmia after getting Covid-19, created Covid Anosmia/Parosmia Support Group over the summer. Another Facebook group, AbScent, which was started before the pandemic and is associated with a charity organisation, has seen increased interest.
Anthony Bourdain’s posthumous new book is inspiring our post-pandemic travels
       
Nearly 22 years since Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling memoir Kitchen Confidential was published, fans are getting another book from the late travel author and television star. Swimming in highly quotable mantras to live by, we gathered our favourites from the book to channel when you hit the road again. It’s easy.’In the France chapter of World Travel, Bourdain instructs those lucky enough to visit Paris to do as little as possible. Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Dillian Whyte punishes Alexander Povetkin to claim revenge in fourth-round knockout
       
Revenge was sweet for Dillian Whyte after wiping out Alexander Povetkin in four flawless rounds to catapult himself back into contention for a world heavyweight title. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Whyte hurt his opponent once more with a classic straight right, sending Povetkin sprawling into the ropes. And after wobbling Povetkin, Whyte finally sensed the moment to deliver his signature punch, ruthlessly unleashing a vicious left hook that dropped his opponent and swiftly forced the referee to end the contest.
Wales finally lift the Six Nations trophy in private behind closed doors ceremony at training ground
       
Wales were handed the Six Nations trophy in a behind closed doors celebration on Saturday after they were confirmed as the tournament champions on Friday night. Wayne Pivac's side were presented with the trophy at their training ground headquarters, which captain Alun Wyn Jones lofted high in the air to spark jubilant scenes among the reunited players. The Wales coach told reporters: 'Alun Wyn will go down as one of the greatest players of all time and rightly so. I suspected he would go well (in the Six Nations), but he surpassed what I thought he would deliver. On Wales' Six Nations' performance this year, Jones added: 'I am just really proud of the attitude on the field, but also the discipline off-field.
Eddie Hearn to set off on worldwide search for a venue for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
       
Eddie Hearn will embark on a world tour this week in a bid to find a site for the showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. The Middle East remains the most likely destination owing to its ability to pay the most lucrative site fees, with operators in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Dubai all in talks with Hearn. He said: 'I am going to the Middle East, the Far East and America to meet people. 'June and July in the Middle East are very warm so most people would prefer it to be a little bit later. The Middle East remains the most likely destination owing to its ability to pay lucrative fees'We want two fights this year and the first one will be in the summer.
Eiza Gonzalez is radiant in white while showing off her legs in tight sweats on LA coffee run
       
Eiza Gonzalez showed off her sensational street style when she emerged from lockdown in Los Angeles this weekend. The 31-year-old actress was a sizzling sensation in a pair of tight sweats that emphasized her legs as she pounded the pavement. She slipped into an off-white sweater and a pair of sleek green aviators as she stepped out to pick up an iced coffee. Looking fab: Eiza Gonzalez showed off her sensational street style when she emerged from lockdown in Los Angeles this weekendShe has lately been seen in Los Angeles filming the upcoming Michael Bay film Ambulance starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen. 'I had to sneak out of my own house to see someone I liked,' she said while not naming the person in question.
Sofia Vergara rocks an oversized Gucci crewneck sweater while running errands in Beverly Hills
       
And Sofia Vergara was spotted running a few quick errands in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon. Stepping out: Sofia Vergara was spotted stepping out to run a few quick errands in Beverly Hills on SaturdayVergara was dressed in an oversized Gucci crewneck sweater that bunched up at her wrists and offered her a bit of extra room near her midsection. The 48-year-old added an element of contrast to her ensemble with a pair of distressed blue jeans. Great outfit: The Chef actress wore an oversized white Gucci crewneck sweater, which she contrasted with a pair of slightly distressed blue jeansExtra storage: The actress kept a sizable purse with her while running her errands. Vergara was nominated for numerous awards during her run on the comedy series, and was put up for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series four separate times.
Dillian Whyte delivers sensational performance to knock out Alexander Povetkin
       
Seven months after his night of missed opportunities and one hard landing on Eddie Hearn’s lawn, Dillian Whyte bludgeoned his way to quick and impressive revenge over Alexander Povetkin on the Iberian Peninsula. Whether Whyte will ever make for a fully convincing candidate for the heavyweight title is open to some debate. But for now, with this fourth-round exorcism of a career-halting ghost, his positioning as the WBC’s mandatory challenger is restored. Whyte had wobbled Povetkin with a right hand inside 45 seconds and twice more in the next minute or so in a rush of wild swings. Into the fourth round and this time there was no escape for Povetkin.
Queen's grandson Peter Phillips is spoken to by police
       
Police have spoken to the Queen's 'favourite grandson' Peter Phillips after he made a 460-mile trip to Scotland to see a married mother-of-two. Angry locals called the police after Peter, 43, appeared at the £475,000 home of his sister Zara's schoolfriend. Peter lives at his mother Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire but arrived in the village of St Cyrus in Aberdeenshire yesterday. Angry locals called the police after Peter Phillips (pictured), 43, appeared at the £475,000 home of his sister Zara's schoolfriend. Peter announced the end of his marriage to Canada-born Autumn, 41, last February but the former couple have been living together at Gatcombe Park for the sake of their daughters Savannah, ten, and Isla, eight.
Lisa Ling attends Stop Asian Hate rally in Los Angeles almost two weeks after shootings in Atlanta
       
Lisa Ling took to the streets along with several community members on Saturday, in a show of support of the Stop Asian Hate cause. The CNN newscaster, 47, attended the rally with her husband, physician Paul Song, in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, California. In Koreatown, Los Angeles: Lisa Ling took to the streets along with several community members on Saturday, in a show of support of the Stop Asian Hate causeLisa wore a black T-shirt displaying the slogan 'Phenomenally Asian'. Stronger together: The CNN newscaster, 47, attended the rally with her husband, physician Paul Song, 52Her husband, 52, wore a yellow face mask with the words 'Stop Asian hate' on it. It comes soon after Lisa recently spoke out in defense of The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne, herself embroiled in a scandal involving alleged racial slurs and hate speech.
US State Department expert David Asher says lab leak is only logical explanation of Covid source
       
It is by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab conducting research into coronaviruses. A vaccine expert who suspects a lab leak said it may be 'a beautiful encapsulation of what everyone is surmising as the origin'. 'A lab leak is not 100 per cent certain but it seems at this stage the only logical source of origin. She denied this pointed to a lab leak, since Chinese officials told them that the scientists later tested negative for Covid-19. Liang Wannian, head of the official expert Covid panel, said there was no evidence of the virus in Wuhan before that month.
N. Korea to hold conference of 'cell secretaries' in early April: state media
       
NATIONALDelegates gather for the seventh day of the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 11, 2021. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea will hold a conference early next month of the secretaries of "party cells," the grassroots units of the ruling Workers Party, state media reported Sunday, as the country tries to achieve goals laid out in a party congress earlier this year. "The Secretariat of the Central Committee of the ruling party decided to convene the sixth conference of cell Secretaries to discuss and guide the affairs in prioritizing the position and role of the Party cells", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.It will also be about "consolidating the WPK organizationally and ideologically, as required by a new high stage of the developing revolution," the KCNA said.Party cells refer to the party's most elementary units consisting of five to 30 people.North Korea has been trying to achieve new economic goals that were unveiled by its leader Kim Jong-un during the eighth party congress held in January in the face of global sanctions and the prolonged campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.Kim has admitted to a failure in his previous economic development plan and rolled out the new five-year development scheme at the party congress, with an emphasis on self-reliance.The planned conference also comes amid heightening tensions after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles Thursday, in a first such test since US President Joe Biden took office.During the eighth party congress, North Korea said it revised its party rules to hold the congress every five years and that will be also applied to the conferences of the cell secretaries and lowest-level party secretaries.
[#WeFACE] Tips for turning your coffee green
       
And our pandemic ways of having coffee are likely a big contributor.“I feel like social distancing has somehow led to a more wasteful lifestyle. I didn’t think of having coffee delivered to my doorstep before COVID-19, but it’s sort of become a norm now,” said Park Sang-min, 29, who works from home.It turns out, enjoying coffee completely sans waste is almost impossible, at least in Seoul. Dining in is not advisable from a social distancing perspective, and takeaway coffee cups are a plastic catastrophe. You can’t go on a hunt for a handful of zero-waste cafes in the city every time you want coffee. In fact, some, including large coffee chains like Starbucks, even offer discounts to encourage this behavior.If you are opting for a do-it-yourself coffee at home, don’t go for instant coffee packets.
New virus cases fall back below 500 on fewer tests
       
NATIONALHealth workers wait to transport new infected patients to hospitals at the gate of a closed primary school that's being used to lodge infected door-to-door water purifier salespeople on Ganghwa Island in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Saturday, in this photo provided by a citizen. Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, reported 32 more cases. The number of imported cases came to 20, up from 15 the previous day. Cases from Asian countries, except for China, stood at 15, with cases from the Philippines at four.The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 104, up from 103 the previous day, the KDCA said.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 380 to 93,855. (Yonhap)Related Stories
New virus cases fall back below 500 on fewer tests
       
The country reported 482 more COVID-19 cases, including 462 local infections, raising the total caseload to 101,757, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. After hitting the highest tally of 505 on Saturday since the 561 new patients reported on Feb. 19, Sunday's caseload dropped below 500. Of the total 462 locally transmitted cases, Seoul reported 135, and Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital city saw 150 new patients. Cases from Asian countries, except for China, stood at 15, with cases from the Philippines at four. The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 380 to 93,855.
N. Korea to hold conference of 'cell secretaries' in early April: state media
       
Delegates gather for the seventh day of the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 11, 2021. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea will hold a conference early next month of the secretaries of "party cells," the grassroots units of the ruling Workers Party, state media reported Sunday, as the country tries to achieve goals laid out in a party congress earlier this year. Party cells refer to the party's most elementary units consisting of five to 30 people. Kim has admitted to a failure in his previous economic development plan and rolled out the new five-year development scheme at the party congress, with an emphasis on self-reliance. During the eighth party congress, North Korea said it revised its party rules to hold the congress every five years and that will be also applied to the conferences of the cell secretaries and lowest-level party secretaries.
Roque: Authorities to do house-to-house search for people with coronavirus symptoms
       
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — With the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in the Greater Manila area starting Monday, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said authorities will be do a house-to-house search for possible COVID-19 patients. In a briefing on Saturday, Roque assured the public this will not violate human rights since this is part and parcel of the quarantine. Roque also said the government wants to trace, isolate, and quarantine 95% of a COVID-19 patient's close contacts within 24 hours of notification. Currently, Roque said the Philippines can conduct 51,000 tests per day, far from the minimum requirement of at least 100,000 given the latest COVID-19 situation. To date, cases have reached more than 712,000, with a new all-time high for the number of active cases at 118,122.
Gaming firm Razer green-lights high-tech N95 face mask, says report
       
RazerWhen gaming lifestyle company Razer showed off its concept for the Project Hazel N95 facial respirator earlier this year at CES, it had been only a few weeks since the first coronavirus vaccines had been OK'd for emergency use. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told Yahoo Finance this week that the Project Hazel mask will become a reality. The high-tech Project Hazel mask design touted at CES is transparent and features internal LED lights to make your mouth visible in low light. The mask also features active ventilation and autosterilization; a separate case that can charge it wirelessly; and a UV sterilizer. Read more: Razer's Project Hazel is a high-tech N95 mask for COVID-19 times that looks neat too
'We've been waiting for this moment:' Rally for Asian Americans in Fort Lee draws over 700
       
I don't think there's ever been a moment when Asian Americans had a movement." Many people, she said, view Asian Americans, even those born in the U.S., as foreigners — and have blamed them for the COVID-19 virus because it is believed to have begun in China. "You are police officers, our Planning Board, you are our council members," he said to Asian Americans in the crowd. This year, as hate crimes against Asian Americans have grown during the pandemic, an Anti-Defamation League survey found that 17% of Asian Americans said they had been harassed online, an increase of more than 50% from last year. Son, a rally organizer, said people across the nation have "become more racially conscious" over the past year and that Asian Americans are feeling threatened as perhaps never before.
Everything Biden and his top people are saying about the border is a bald-faced lie
       
From President Joe Biden on down, the administration is telling nonstop, bald-faced lies about the border crisis — while trying to stop the media from reporting the truth. Biden insists the surge is normal, when it’s setting records. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists the US-Mexico border is “closed” for everyone except migrant children seeking to enter the country alone. Trump had made significant progress toward securing the border, only for Biden to halt construction on his wall and end the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Be outraged, but also ask: How much else is the Biden administration lying about?
Asian woman harassed in latest NYC bias crime
       
A 65-year-old Asian woman was harassed with racial slurs in Midtown, in what police are calling the latest hate crime against the vulnerable community. When the victim turned around to face the tormenter, his attacks became racial, sources said. “You stupid Chinese blue hair. “Why you have blue hair, b—h?” the man asked, as he continued to berate her, sources said. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the latest bias crime against the community, as reports of anti-Asian hate crimes soar nationwide.
After surviving the pandemic, workers at a Boulder supermarket felt hopeful. Then a gunman walked in.
       
“The pandemic feels like a decade ago after all of this,” Lopez said. Among the 10 people killed by the gunman were three grocery employees: Denny Stong, 20, Teri Leiker, 51, and Rikki Olds, 25. Olds was a front-end manager with a sunny disposition in the face of pandemic stressors. It’s something else.”King Soopers told employees they’d be paid through Friday, consistent with the hours they were scheduled to work, employees said. The union has pledged to assist all of the store’s workers — including those it doesn’t represent — with money from the union’s hardship fund.
Spectacular: 5,000 pack Barcelona rock concert after COVID tests
       
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Music fans in Barcelona hugged, danced and sang along at a sold-out rock concert on Saturday night after taking rapid COVID-19 tests in a trial that could revive the live music industry in Spain and beyond. Health controls at the entrance delayed the start of the concert, but could not dampen the celebratory spirit. The government-approved concert served as a test for whether similar events will be able to start up again. “It will be safer to be in the Palau Sant Jordi than walking down the street,” concert co-organiser Jordi Herreruela told Reuters earlier on Saturday. Pre-concert testing at three Barcelona locations was carried out by 80 nurses wearing full personal protective equipment.
British royal Kate launches book of portraits to remember pandemic
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Sunday launched a book of photographic portraits taken during Britain’s COVID-19 lockdowns that she said would provide a lasting record of the pandemic. Kate, who is married to Prince William, the Queen’s grandson and second in line to the throne, began the project with the National Portrait Gallery last year, inviting people to submit photos taken during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown. A panel of judges including Kate chose 100 portraits from over 31,000 entries, which were shown in digital and community exhibitions before the book was announced. The book, called “Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020”, will be available from May 7, exactly a year after the project began. Net proceeds will be split between the National Portrait Gallery and the British mental health charity Mind.
2 in Seattle, San Francisco face anti-Asian hate charges
       
Protestors march at a rally against Asian hate crimes past the Los Angeles Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles , Saturday, March 27, 2021. Hate" initiative encourages people to call 211 if they are victims or witness an incident of hate. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Protestors march at a rally against Asian hate crimes past the Los Angeles Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles , Saturday, March 27, 2021. Brown was initially booked on misdemeanor counts, but prosecutors recently elevated the case to a felony, the San Francisco Chronicle reported . In the first instance, the woman told her 10-year-old daughter to try to take a cellphone photo of the man.
The Tokyo Olympics barred foreign fans. A ticket company won't offer full refunds.
       
Tens of thousands of American fans won’t receive full refunds for their Tokyo Olympics tickets — despite being told last week that, due to COVID-19, foreign spectators won’t be allowed to attend the rescheduled Games. CoSport, in an email to ticket holders, attributed its decision to Tokyo Olympics organizers’ refusal to cover this portion of the refund. The base cost of a ticket itself goes back to Olympic organizers. And CoSport appears to have recently modified its terms and conditions for Tokyo Olympics purchases. Japanese fans will be allowed to attend the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, but foreign spectators won't.
Yes, You Can Retire on Dividends. 10 Stocks to Build an Income Stream for the Long Haul.
       
But he also relies on a steady dose of stock dividends, something he started to zero in on when he retired in 2015. But last year’s selloff and relative underperformance offered a chance for nimble dividend investors to add to holdings they considered to be undervalued. He uses Social Security and a pension to complement his dividend income streams. There are many ways to build a portfolio of dividend stocks, one of which entails assembling a collection of blue-chip issues, as Van Knapp’s portfolio does. SL Green RealtyReal estate investment trusts, which are required to pay out at least 90% of their taxable income as dividends, are popular among income investors.
Race To Free Giant Ship From Suez Canal Continues
       
Race To Free Giant Ship From Suez Canal ContinuesEnlarge this image toggle caption Mohamed Elshahed/AP Mohamed Elshahed/APThe push to free the container ship stuck in the Suez Canal continued into a fifth day Saturday as more than 300 ships on either side wait to pass through the blockage. For days, tugboats have been struggling to free the ship by towing and pushing the vessel since it ran aground Tuesday, closing off the main ocean route between Europe and Asia. The Suez Canal Authority said in a statement Thursday that it had officially halted traffic while the refloating efforts continued, further stressing global supply chains already disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The high-stakes effort to refloat the Ever Given hinge on using tugboats to free the ship while dredging operations remove sand and mud from around the vessel's bow. The Suez Canal Authority expressed gratitude for offers of international aid in a statement Friday.
China Sets Duties on Australia Wine for 5 Years as Ties Sour
       
China will impose tariffs of more than 200% on Australian wine for five years, formalizing curbs that have been in place for months amid an increasingly fraught relationship with Canberra. Imports of Australian wine products will incur anti-dumping levies of between 116.2% and 218.4% with effect from March 28, the Chinese commerce ministry said in a final ruling Friday. Duties on Treasury Wine Estates, Australia’s largest listed winemaker best known for its Penfolds brand, are set at 175.6%. The top commodities buyer introduced the interim tariffs in November after it launched investigations into Australian wine, claiming that the product had been subsidized and sold under market value. China was the top buyer of Australian wine before the tariffs, spending close to $1 billion in 2019 and accounting for 40% of winemakers’ shipments from Down Under.
Denmark prepares to break mould by lifting lockdown once over-50s are vaccinated
       
Danish officials are aware that the unlocking is likely to lead to an increase in Covid infections and hospitalisations but believe the problem is manageable. Discussing the first stage of lockdown easing in late February, Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister, said: "We are taking a calculated risk. Despite schools for younger children and most shops reopening in February, there have been eight weeks of relatively low infections. If hospitalisations head back to January's peak, when close to 1,000 patients were in Danish hospitals with Covid, restrictions will snap back. "I think we all expect to be more or less done with this when we get closer to herd immunity," said Prof Wejse.
NCAA Sweet 16 matchups: When do UCLA and USC play?
       
× Highlights from Oregon’s win over Iowa in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Monday. 2 seed Iowa 95-80 on Monday to reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the past five NCAA tournaments. The seventh-seed Ducks (21-6) were put in an unprecedented spot, advancing to the West Region’s second round without playing a game. Virginia Commonwealth’s multiple positive coronavirus tests took care of that, leaving Oregon with a nine-day break since losing in the Pac-12 tournament title game. Their sweet offensive movements left the Hawkeyes (22-9) flailing, one game short of the Sweet 16 for the fourth time under Fran McCaffery.
As COVID-19 cases fall, L.A. County public health officials urge vigilance as holidays approach
       
The county recorded 700 new cases of the coronavirus and 23 related deaths. There were 669 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals as of Friday, a decline of nearly 30% from two weeks before. Indoor gatherings of up to three separate households are permitted by public health rules, provided there’s mask-wearing and distancing if participants aren’t fully vaccinated, but such activities still carry risk, officials said. Advertisement“We are so close, perhaps only several months away from having enough people vaccinated to accelerate our reopening without adverse effects,” Barbara Ferrer, the county public health director, said Saturday in a statement. “However, we remain quite concerned with reports of rising cases of COVID and hospitalizations in a growing number of states.
Apple releases iPhone, iPad, Watch security patch for zero-day bug under active attack
       
The problem is the supply," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a local TV interview this week after New York Gov. "We’re not seeing that people in the [age 50 and over] group are saying, 'I can’t get an appointment anywhere,'" said Quirk. "It makes you think this is a good, progressive way to open it to the age groups. "Between the lines: Some states are moving a lot faster than Biden's goal of making all Americans eligible for vaccinations by May 1. "It’s going to be a balancing act, and the messaging is going to be very important.
2 in Seattle, San Francisco face anti-Asian hate charges
       
By Daisy Nguyen | Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO — Prosecutors in Seattle and San Francisco have charged men with hate crimes in separate incidents that authorities say targeted people of Asian descent amid a wave of high-profile and sometimes deadly violence against Asian Americans since the pandemic began. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, the latest in a series of rallies in response what many said has become a troubling surge of anti-Asian sentiments. In San Francisco, Victor Humberto Brown, 53, made a first court appearance after authorities say he repeatedly punched an Asian American man at a bus stop while shouting an anti-Asian slur. Brown was initially booked on misdemeanor counts, but prosecutors recently elevated the case to a felony, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. In the first instance, the woman told her 10-year-old daughter to try to take a cellphone photo of the man.
The Latest: Navajo Nation extends “safer at home” order
       
That increased the state’s totals to 839,334 confirmed cases and 16,912 confirmed deaths. ___RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil accounts for a quarter of the daily coronavirus global deaths, more than any other nation. There have been 12.4 million confirmed cases and more than 307,000 confirmed deaths in Brazil, second only to the United States. Pakistan has reported 649,824 total confirmed cases and 14,158 confirmed deaths. The nation of 10.7 million had 1.5 million confirmed cases with 25,639 deaths.
Californians aged 50-64 rush to get vaccine before expansion
       
The California Department of Finance, which monitors population data, projects that there are 7.2 million people in the state between the ages of 50 and 64. “The two-week period is concerning given the challenges that remain with supply and access to technology,” Rafi Nazarians, associate state director at AARP, told the Los Angeles Times. “But I would expect, over the following several weeks, the demand will diminish a bit and things will open up, particularly as this vaccine supply continues to increase. He said he will urge state officials to make sure they reach older adults, particularly people who aren’t online or are homebound. Meanwhile, access to obtain an appointment has been an ongoing challenge as more people compete for available slots.
Mavs’ Luka Doncic out vs. Pelicans due to ‘non COVID related’ illness; Kristaps Porzingis also out
       
Doncic, who missed Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers because of lower back tightness, will miss Saturday’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a “non-COVID related” illness. Rick Carlisle says Luka Doncic will not play tonight, due to illness "non COVID related." — Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 27, 2021The absence of its two best players is exacerbated by Dallas’ recent trade for JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli. — Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 27, 2021Redick was out because of right heel soreness and Melli, because he was not with the team. Mavs’ 2021, summed up by Rick Carlisle pic.twitter.com/p7JbVFK2YU — Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 28, 2021“There’s something coming up all the time,” Carlisle said.
‘You can’t stay quiet any longer’ says organizer as hundreds march to rally against Asian hate in Chinatown
       
Activists chanted “stop Asian hate” and “this is what America looks like” as they left Grant Park and walked south on Michigan Avenue before turning onto State Street and then Archer Avenue in their march to the South Side neighborhood. The rally, organized by the Chinatown Security Foundation and Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, was hosted by NBC 5 news anchor Vi Nguyen and Anne Shaw from Midwest Asian Health Associated. The group also asked legislators to pass the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History, or TEAACH, Act, that would mandate Asian American history to be taught in schools. Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group that reports acts of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asians and Pacific Islanders has reported over 3,000 incidents since March last year. “I hope people will stop saying negative things about Asian people,” Smith, who immigrated from the Philippines when she was 12, said.
No. 1 UConn outduels No. 5 Iowa in battle of freshmen phenoms to advance to women's Elite 8
       
Connecticut is back in the Elite 8 for its 15th consecutive appearance after rolling past Iowa Saturday, 92-72, in the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 1 recruit, led the team with 27 points, and Bueckers showed her all-around game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. “Like I told the team before the game, in all these matchups, it comes (down) to somebody else. It was not going to be easy on either Caitlyn or Paige to play their normal game." ANALYSIS:Why Iowa's loss is a win for women's basketballIN-DEPTH:Why can't NCAA get women's basketball right?
Problem gambling among young adults may grow, report warns
       
A UNLV expert wants to see gambling companies that partner with universities step up their education efforts involving problem gambling. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raeIt’s not a coincidence that Problem Gambling Awareness Month occurs during one of the biggest sports wagering opportunities of the year — the March Madness NCAA Tournament. The council said college and university students tend to have higher rates of problem gambling compared with the general population and college student athletes have an even greater risk for gambling problems than the general college population. “There has been no shortage of hypocrisy in the collegiate environment when it comes to sports and commercialism and sports and gambling,” Feldman said. “Gambling education is something we really ought to be considering nationwide for middle-schoolers and beyond.”Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893.
South Florida: New COVID cases on the rise, but vaccines appear to be working
       
The new White House report shows the metropolitan area of Miami-Dade and Broward once again led the state in new cases. However, the entire state saw an increase in the daily case average over the past week. In the last seven days, it was 4,957 per day compared with 4,465 in the seven days before that. The rise comes even as COVID testing has dropped significantly in the state, from an average of 32,500 tests a day in February to 25,500 in March.
Portugal, Belgium held in WCup qualifying, Ireland shocked
       
Portugal and Belgium were left frustrated by draws in their World Cup qualifying matches. On a night when underdogs tested big names, Luxembourg pulled off the biggest shock of all to beat Ireland 1-0. Stéphanie Frappart made more history as the first woman to referee a men's World Cup qualifier as the Netherlands beat Latvia 2-0. TV replays indicated the ball did cross the line, but goal-line technology and video review aren't used in the World Cup qualifiers. Artem Dzyuba scored both of Russia's goals to move within one goal of the Russian team record of 30 held by retired striker Alexander Kerzhakov.
Cincinnati Reds GM Nick Krall: 'Looking like' Eugenio Suárez will be starting shortstop
       
But the answer to the long-debated question of the Opening Day shortstop looks like it will be Eugenio Suárez. More:Here are the 5 Cincinnati Reds pitchers who will begin the season in the starting rotation“It’s looking like he’s going to end up being the everyday shortstop,” general manager Nick Krall said. With Senzel’s status in flux, outfielder Aristides Aquino was in the starting lineup with the other seven regulars on Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs. “But we’re getting closer.”India’s chances to make the Opening Day roster have improved as the infield depth has been tested. The rest of the Opening Day lineup appears to be set: third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Nick Castellanos and catcher Tucker Barnhart.
'They know the risk': Hundreds gather at Dora at The Banks with little social distancing
       
Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area at The Banks during its debut weekend. Muna Nyama, 33, of Silverton, also hasn't been out to a large public gathering since before the pandemic. "I like it so far," he said of the Dora, adding that his fears about the pandemic have eased as more and more people get vaccinated. Dora at The Banks is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. City officials say it's a permanent feature that will be open year-round. Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall Way to Marian Spencer Way is permanently closed for the Dora, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.
Celtics lose Evan Fournier to health and safety protocol
       
Instead, he missed Saturday’s game against Oklahoma City due to health and safety protocol. “I don’t really want to get into the specifics of everything, because I don’t know all the answers,” Brad Stevens said before the Thunder game. But I guess that’s just part of it.”Next German upAmong other things, the Celtics traded members of the German national team for each other — Daniel Theis and Mo Wagner. “In the sense that we’re both German and have kind of played for the German national team,” said Wagner. “But I haven’t really played a lot for the German national team and thus not really with him.
The Latest: Navajo Nation extends "safer at home" order
       
———ATHENS, Greece — Authorities in Greece said students and teachers will have to use self-test kits for COVID-19 in order to attend classes when schools reopen. The program is designed to allow for the reopening of schools as well as restaurants and retail businesses which have remained mostly closed since the lockdown was imposed in early November. Vassilis Kontozamanis, the deputy health minister, said a legislative amendment in parliament would be needed to make testing mandatory for school attendance. Greece is currently grappling with a surge in coronavirus infections which has seen many hospitals run by the state health system reach capacity. The country’s center-right government says it plans to launch the tourism season in mid-May but has not yet given a date for schools and retail businesses to reopen.
Navajo Nation extends, loosens its health order on COVID-19
       
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb spread of the coronavirus. Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open until 9 p.m. MDT daily, tribal officials said Saturday. The order also includes provisions allowing outdoor “drive-in” gatherings in which people remain in their vehicles, park at at least six feet from other vehicles, and wear masks, officials said. The tribe on Saturday reported 12 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and one more death, increasing its pandemic totals to 30,052 cases and 1,246 deaths. The Navajo Nation’s vast reservation covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Letters: The renewed government Covid powers may be impossible to lift again
       
My husband, a cancer patient, died in November – not of Covid but possibly prematurely because of it, having had a life-extending operation cancelled three times. What Mr Warner and, more pertinently, our Government have failed to appreciate is that the EU wishes to damage the UK. Ben HabibChairman, UnlockedLondon SW1The real Sir KeirSIR – Len McCluskey says he does not know what Sir Keir Starmer stands for. Sir Keir must be the ultimate political chameleon. Could the real Sir Keir stand up?
Dillian Whyte stops Alexander Povetkin to keep world title dream alive
       
Whyte then nailed him with a short right followed by a scything left hook which sent the Russian crashing to the canvas. Whyte came out with positive and aggressive intent in the opening round and Povetkin was soon caught off balance. An ugly swelling began to form under Povetkin’s left eye in round two as Whyte dominated with his jab. The debilitating impact of the virus on other fighters has been evident and, even before he stepped into the ring, Povetkin looked to have lost some of his muscled bulk. Whyte can now, once more, lay legitimate claim to being the fourth-best heavyweight in the world behind Tyson Fury, Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Joshua Jackson plays the doting dad as he takes a stroll in New York City with his daughter Janie
       
He became a father in April of last year after his wife Jodie Turner-Smith gave birth to their daughter Janie. And Joshua Jackson took some special time with his daughter on Saturday as they went for a walk in New York City. The 42-year-old Dawson's Creek star opted for a comfortable low-key look with a gray hoodie and matching sweatpants. Father–daughter time: Joshua Jackson, 42, got in some special time with his 11-month-old daughter Janie Jackson as they went for a walk in New York City on SaturdayJoshua looked ready for anything in a pair of black-and-yellow Nike trainers. Janie looked comfortable in her Cybex by Jeremy Scott, which was decorated with gold wings and costs nearly $1,700 at several retailers.
Duchess of Cambridge launches photobook capturing loss and challenges of Covid crisis
       
They are images that capture the unimaginable pain and the loneliness of lockdown, but they also tell a different story. They remind us, said the Duchess of Cambridge, that we need each other “more than we had ever realised.”The 100 photographs chosen as finalists for the Duchess’s Hold Still project, designed to capture the national mood during the toughest days of the pandemic, are to be published in a new book. The glossy, hardback tome, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, will provide a unique record of the resilience, bravery and kindness shown during the crisis, whilst also encapsulating the utter human tragedy that came alongside it. In an introduction to the book, the Duchess said she had wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of the pandemic, to capture individual stories and significant moments for families and communities. “When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers,” she said.
Harrison Ford cuts a very casual figure while arriving at a studio in Downtown Los Angeles
       
And on Saturday afternoon, Harrison Ford was spotted showing up for work at a studio in Downtown Los Angeles. Doing his thing: Harrison Ford was spotted arriving at a studio in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday morningFord kept his attire very casual as he wore a flat yellow crewneck sweater on top of a gray t-shirt while stepping out for the day's work. The Star Wars franchise mainstay wore an interesting-looking pair of slip-on gray shoes that featured dark yellow bottoms. Ford accessorized with a dark pair of aviator-style sunglasses and a silver watch while arriving at the production facility. Discussions about a fifth movie began shortly after the fourth's release, although the currently-untitled project quickly entered development hell.
Why do I cough all the time as if I have to clear my throat? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions
       
Feeling as though there's phlegm always in the throat (something stuck in your throat is a different sensation and could be cancer) is incredibly common. And more often than not, the underlying cause lies with the nose or stomach, rather than the throat. Patients feel as though they constantly need to clear their throat and swallow to get rid of the mucus. I’ve read many worrying letters from patients suffering with chest pain and serious infections who have been offered only phone consultations. WRITE TO DR ELLIE Do you have a question for Dr Ellie Cannon?
Juanita Broaddrick blasts Bill Clinton for hosting 'women's empowerment' event
       
A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton has blasted the former president for hosting a virtual seminar on empowering women. Broaddrick, 78, was reacting to an announcement from the Clinton Foundation that the former president was scheduled to host the discussion for the 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative event on Friday. Juanita Broaddrick, a former nurse who publicly accused Bill Clinton of rape in 1999, took to Twitter this week to blast the event as 'despicable' and 'a joke'. VP Harris, Bill Clinton talk about 'empowering women' despite skeptics,' Broaddrick said in a follow up tweet. She also compared inviting Clinton to speak on women's empowerment to 'asking Jeffrey Dahmer to host a cooking class.'
New York's Andrew Cuomo lifts nursing home restrictions allowing families to visit once again
       
The embattled governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has finally lifted COVID-19 visitation restrictions at state nursing homes. Persistently high rates of COVID-19 had left the majority of the state's nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has relaxed restrictions on nursing homes and is allowing families to visit once againThat mark proved too hard for most to reach. The directive barred nursing homes from refusing people just because they had COVID-19. Nursing home advocates are pleased that the state is finally lifting the restrictions on visits by family members but questioned Cuomo's motives.
Ireland's Bennett marked man in Gent-Wevelgem classic
       
Sam Bennett won his first one day World Tour race on WednesdayAdvertising Read moreBrussels (AFP)Form sprinter Ireland's Sam Bennett will be a marked man at Sunday's Belgian cycling classic, the epic 254km Gent-Wevelgem. The nature of the Gent-Wevelgem course has led half of the past 10 races to finish in a sprint. If that happens Sunday the gentle giant Bennett is the current fastest man in the business having forged a close understanding with his sprint lead-out man, the veteran Michael Morkov. The 30-year-old Bennett won two stages at both the Paris-Nice and UAE Tour stage races before storming the Bruges-La Panne classic on Wednesday, his team's 12th victory of 2021. "It's my first one-day World Tour win," Bennett said Wednesday.
A dozen anti-vaccine accounts are responsible for 65% of disinformation shared online, new report finds
       
A new report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate finds that "just 12 anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms." The so-called "Disinformation Dozen" remain prominent figures on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, despite repeatedly violating their terms of service, according to the center. The center identified the dozen "because they have large numbers of followers, produce high volumes of anti-vaccine content or have seen rapid growth of their social media accounts in the last two months." The center analyzed over 812,000 Facebook and Twitter vaccine-related posts shared between February 1 and March 16 of this year. "Anti-vaccine activists on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers, making these the largest and most important social media platforms for anti-vaxxers," according to the report.
Failed Nevada Candidate Tries Running In Texas With New Accent And Hobby
       
Tall and athletic, he learned to play football at his elite West Orange prep school before entering the World Wrestling Entertainment ring. A few assault allegations later, in 2020, he ran to represent the people of Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. Rodimer’s first campaign video is drawing attention for his apparent determination to be taken for a native Texan. Still, the difference between “Nevada Rodimer” and “Texas Rodimer” is striking. While Nevada Rodimer presented himself as a gentle giant and conservative family man, Texas Rodimer literally grabs the bull by the horns in his campaign video.
'We Not Human At All.' Why the Fight to Unionize an Alabama Amazon Warehouse Could Spur a Labor Union Resurgence
       
After months of organizing and infighting, he will learn whether he was successful in helping to unionize the first Amazon warehouse in the country after the seven-week voting period ends on March 29. Unlike many unionization battles, the central issue at stake for Amazon and its Bessemer workers isn’t just about money. In 2014, a tiny number of technicians and mechanics who maintained order-fulfillment equipment at a distribution center in Middletown, Delaware participated in the first-ever unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse. But there are signals of a union revival, and the Bessemer workers have gained support from prominent national politicians. Public support for labor unions is also widening: According to a September 2020 Gallup report, 65% of Americans approved of labor unions, a high point that hadn’t been reached in nearly two decades.
‘Five killed, dozens wounded’ in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh
       
Hundreds of students clash with police and border troops in eastern Brahmanbaria district, as Indian prime minister wraps up visit. At least five people have been reported dead and dozens wounded in eastern Bangladesh, as security forces opened fire to quell protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dozens were also hurt in Dhaka on Friday when police used rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes with protesters. He left the country on Saturday after holding talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and gifting the country 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. The two countries issued a joint statement celebrating their cooperation and partnership but the Bangladesh government made no comment about the protests.
Hopes for blocked Suez Canal hinge on rising tide potentially freeing ship
       
At a news conference Saturday, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, head of Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority, said that such “a significant incident” typically has many causes. Officials were hopeful on March 27 that the grounded ship in the Suez Canal could be freed by a rising tide brought on by the arrival of heavier tugboats. ADLater Saturday, Hend Fathy Hussein, spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote in a Facebook post that the ship’s rudder had begun moving again. There are two canal pilots aboard to guide the ship through the canal. The unprecedented bottleneck at or near the canal could strain global supply chains that are already stressed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The making of a megacity: how Dhaka transformed in 50 years of Bangladesh
       
Dhaka reflects the trajectory of Bangladesh in the 50 years since independence, on 26 March 1971. At that time it was a small city of a million souls in a poor and underdeveloped nation, after decades of Pakistani neglect. Aerial view of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Photograph: SK Hasan Ali/AlamyKorail is one of the largest slums in Dhaka, accommodating a constant flow of new migrants to the city. If this unplanned development continues, this city will become uninhabitable Asaduzzaman AsadAsaduzzaman Asad sees benefits in the changes to the small city he came to in 1966.
Australia threatens to take China to WTO and backs Boris Johnson's stance on Uighur abuses
       
Australia’s trade minister threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization on Saturday over its “unjustifiable” decision to increase duties on Australian wine imports for up to five years. In the latest salvo between Beijing and Canberra, China’s commerce ministry announced levies ranging from 116.2% to 218.4% would be slapped on Australian wine imports from Sunday. The Australian trade minister, Dan Tehan, said the tariffs meant it was “basically impossible” for Australian wine to be competitive in the Chinese market. Late last year, Australia also called for the WTO to investigate Chinese tariffs on barley imports, following a series of economic sanctions or disruptions to Australian products to China’s vast market. “So Boris – well done, mate – we stand with you and thank you for standing with Australia as well.”
San Francisco is guaranteeing monthly income for artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic
       
(CNN) San Francisco is launching a pilot program that will guarantee monthly income for artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It would guarantee monthly payments of $1,000 for around 130 San Francisco artists for six months beginning in May. "From the first day the pandemic arrived in San Francisco, we knew that this health crisis would impact artists, and artists of color in particular," Breed said in a statement. "Our artists make San Francisco special, and bring so much life and energy to our city. If we help the arts recover, the arts will help San Francisco recover."
Suicide and Self-Harm: Bereaved Families Count the Costs of Lockdowns
       
But as lockdowns in Britain dragged on and no job emerged, the young man grew cynical and self-conscious, his sister Yasmin said. Mr. Morgan felt he could not get a public-facing job, like working at a grocery store, because his mother, Joanna, had open-heart surgery last year, and Mr. Morgan was “exceptionally careful” about her health. He and his mother contracted the coronavirus in January, forcing them to quarantine in their small London apartment for over two weeks. But days before the end of his quarantine last month, Mr. Morgan, 25, took his own life. “He just sounded so deflated,” his sister said of their last conversation, adding that he said he felt imprisoned and longed to go outside.
Letters to the Editor — March 28, 2021
       
When I see folks driving alone in their cars wearing masks, I feel sorrow for their inability to apply reason to the situation. His gloomy, unreasonable advice, such as wearing masks after being vaccinated, lead one to wish for his happy — and hopefully silent — retirement. With a gold watch and the thanks of a grateful nation, Dr. Fauci, enjoy your golden years. While it is true that the Hasidic community was hit very hard by the virus, other communities were hit much harder. I believe that it is blatantly unfair for Cuozzo to single out the Hasidic community for bearing the responsibility of spreading the virus in the boroughs.
Cheesemaking monks’ prayers answered as online supporters clear stock
       
These monks are cheese wheeling and dealing. A ancient monastery of cheesemaking French monks left with nearly 3 tons of overstock because of COVID-19 lockdowns cleared its cupboards with some modern help. But with restaurants in France closed since October and tourism limited, the abbey’s 19 Trappist monks saw sales drop by half. “We need to clear out our stock,” brother Jean-Claude, in charge of marketing at the monastery, told The Guardian. The abbey had 4,000 cheese wheels, totaling about 2.8 tons, and it needs to unload some of that.
Birx tells CNN most U.S. covid deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ after first 100,000
       
There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,” Birx told Gupta. Last March, Birx praised Trump for being “so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data” with regards to the outbreak. ADIn January, Birx defended her actions, telling CBS News that the White House “censored” her and that she had “always” considered quitting. ADOn Saturday, much as with the other times Birx has spoken out since Trump left office, her comments were met with frustration from Democrats. Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him.”
Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history?
       
The relationship between Asian American and Pacific Islanders and their place in American history is not, to many, nearly as obvious. By contrast, Asian American history is often footnoted or compartmentalized, recounted and analyzed as a subplot in the bigger narrative. For one, Asian Americans have been unjustly perceived as less assertive than African Americans in the fight for equality. Still, Asian American and Black history share something crucial: the burden of stereotype and scapegoating for the nation’s ills. Until we understand the ways in which the Asian American story is in many ways like the African American story, we won’t be able to reckon with tragedies like Atlanta.
GOP lawmakers call for answers from Blinken on border moves amid migrant surge
       
Republican lawmakers in the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Saturday wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demanding answers about the Biden administration’s diplomatic moves related to the growing crisis at the southern border. All were abolished in the early days of the Biden administration. "The Biden administration believes there are more suitable ways to work with our partner governments to manage migration across the region," Blinken said in a statement last month on the ACAs. The 23 Republican House lawmakers, led by Ranking Member Michael McCaul wrote to Blinken about their "deep concerns" over the moves. Separately, they encourage Blinken to submit a five-year strategy to address the causes of illegal immigration "as soon as possible."
Support for Merkel's party falls further in poll, Greens closing in
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party has fallen further, a poll released on Sunday indicated, with the ecologist Greens closing in to just two points behind them ahead of a national election September. With popular frustration growing over Merkel’s government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic, support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian CSU sister party - together dubbed the ‘Union’ - dropped to 25%, the Kantar poll showed. The fall of two percentage points from the previous week was the fourth consecutive decline in support for the conservative alliance to a level not seen since early March last year. It needs new beginnings now.”Support for the Greens rose 1 percentage point to 23%, according to the poll for Bild am Sonntag by Kantar, which canvassed 1,447 voters between March 18-24. The business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) were unchanged on 10%, while the far-left Linke rose one point to 9%.
Japan to issue digital vaccine passport: Nikkei
       
FILE PHOTO: A visitor and an airline company staff member wearing protective face masks are seen at the arrival gate of the international flight terminal at Tokyo International Airport, commonly know as Haneda airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato(Reuters) - Japan is set to issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, joining China, the EU and other countries that have adopted similar measures aimed at opening up overseas travel, the Nikkei reported s.nikkei.com/3stfAX6 on Saturday. In line with international standards, the certificate can be managed on a mobile app, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel, the report said. The app is also focused on foreigners staying in Japan and returning to their respective home countries, according to the report.
Germany must suppress virus now or risk losing control, Merkel aide says
       
REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must bring down coronavirus infections in the next few weeks or risk new virus mutations that are resistant to vaccines, and should impose night-time curfews in regions with high caseloads, said a top aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We are in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic,” Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “Then we would need new vaccines, then we would have to start vaccinating all over again,” he added. Braun said he expected the infection situation to ease in May, helped by the impact of vaccinations and the onset of warmer weather. “By Whitsun (May 23) we will see the first positive effects - provided the situation doesn’t get out of hand by then.”
Staley ready for day hoops the sole focus of women’s tourney
       
Staley and others continue to address differences and inequality between the women’s and men’s tournaments. Of course as a coach, she would rather be spending her time talking about her next opponent and basketball strategies. While Staley supports the actions of her players, she has stood up during the anthem this season. UPON FURTHER REVIEW ...ADVERTISEMENTLouisville and the other teams left in the women’s NCAA Tournament will be able to take outdoor walks. CORONAVIRUS TESTSThe bubble for the women’s NCAA Tournament appears to be working well.
NCAA Board of Governors chair expresses confidence in Emmert
       
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert testifies during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on intercollegiate athlete compensation on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert testifies during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on intercollegiate athlete compensation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Because of the pandemic, the NCAA took the unprecedented step of staging both basketball tournaments in single geographic locations this year. DeGioia said Emmert has been attentive to the need for reform while negotiating the complications of the NCAA’s shared governance structure. ___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Celebrating Women Photographers: Mariah Tauger
       
(Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)Taco trucks are just one of many facets of the food industry being hit hard amid the pandemic. (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)Faustino Martinez in his South L.A. neighborhood April 21 in Los Angeles. (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)Behind the photograph:Before taking the photograph I positioned myself above the bowl before the pour began. (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)AdvertisementTeron Stevenson, left, and Khalil Kinsey, two of the co-founders of Natural Action Wine Club on Jan. 9 in Los Angeles. (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)More visual journalism from the Los Angeles Times
Uneventful Red Sox spring training got eventful in a hurry
       
A day later, the Red Sox decided to scratch Eduardo Rodriguez from his Opening Day assignment because of a dead arm, which sounds worse than it actually is but isn’t good by any means. What had been a quiet and productive camp for the Red Sox flipped in a span of about 40 hours, and Opening Day is coming up Thursday at Fenway Park. He put aside the baseball problems for a day and focused on making sure the Sox were following the right procedures. One positive test is not enough to cancel a game, even in spring training. He had some tests to make sure his vision wasn’t affected by the accident, but the expectation is he’ll be ready for Opening Day.
UConn upperclassmen make the difference in No. 1 seed’s victory over No. 5 Iowa
       
Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament in San Antonio. Christyn Williams, Evina Westbrook, and Olivia [Nelson-Ododa], our three juniors were amazing, played the way you wanted your upperclassmen to play. “I thought we played a great team basketball game,” Williams said. It pushed Baylor into the first overtime game in the Sweet 16 since Tennessee’s victory over Gonzaga in 2015.
Local rabbis reflect on Passover a year into the pandemic
       
But this spring, Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington said their trials will feel more real to his congregation than they have in years. But just like last year, Temple Isaiah will host seder over Zoom. Rabbi Andrew Vogel of Temple Sinai in Brookline said members of his congregation will also gather virtually for a Zoom seder on Sunday. “For a lot of people this year, there is an empty seat at the Passover seder,” Vogel said. “There’s a lot of sadness.”AdvertisementOn the final day of Passover, Vogel’s temple will observe Yizkor, a service held to remember the dead.
Now vaccinated, older adults emerge from COVID hibernation
       
Spring has arrived with sunshine and warmer weather, and many older adults who have been vaccinated, like Griffin, are emerging from COVID-19-imposed hibernation. Visiting grandchildren is a top priority for many older adults. Isolated by the pandemic, older adults were hard hit by loneliness caused by restrictions intended to keep people safe. Plenty of older adults are eager to hop on a jet to travel. Indeed, many older adults are taking a cautious approach, especially when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined to ease recommendations for travel.
Dozens unaccounted for in Mozambique after Islamist attack, rights groups say
       
Thousands of people have fled Palma after the attack on Wednesday, according to human rights groups, while the fate of dozens of people who had taken refuge in a local hotel remains unclear. The town is close to a large liquefied natural gas project run by the French company Total. Among the people visible in the video from the hotel compound, at least 20 appeared to be foreign workers. We’re going to be evacuated but we don’t know when, at what time, how and by whom,” he added. An audio recording received by CNN from someone at the hotel on Thursday included the sound of heavy gunfire.
Moncada: With Eloy Jimenez out, White Sox hitters must stay in their lane
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The loss of Eloy Jimenez’ bat in the middle of the White Sox lineup is hard to quantify. La Russa praised Moncada’s work habits and his desire to play Saturday after fouling a pitch off his leg Friday. “It ells a lot about where his head is and it’s in a great place for us,” La Russa said. La Russa said Andrew Vaughn, who did not play Saturday, is more than a possibility to see time in left field. “He’s such a strong individual between the ears that he’s ready to do it,” La Russa said.
John Giller, O-line lead Massapequa to win over Farmingdale
       
Massapequa senior quarterback John Giller knew his offensive line would be the key to overcoming rival Farmingdale in the signature Nassau I matchup on Saturday afternoon. The line made key blocks all day and Giller took full advantage, leading Massapequa (3-0) with four total touchdowns in a 32-3 win. "We were making some silly mistakes and we just had to compose ourselves," Massapequa head coach Kevin Shippos said. Giller broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 14-3 with 8:42 to go in the first half. Giller completed an out-route to Morrow, who blew past the defense for the 53-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 26-3.
Dear Annie: Stressed out, overworked employee considers a change
       
Dear Annie: I’m in my mid-60s and have worked for the same hotel chain for almost five years. I am a salaried employee, so I didn’t get overtime for the extra hours that I was putting in. While he was sick in the hospital, I visited him every night but never missed a day of work. Also, I have another job offer that could provide health insurance and other benefits that this hotel job doesn’t offer. Dear Annie: Why do so many restaurant servers use the same cloth to wipe off tables and chairs and even spills on the floor?
Police seek help locating male who attacked woman in Lakeville park Saturday
       
The Lakeville Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect of a violent assault that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area of East Lake Community Park. The woman went to help and was attacked by the suspect. She was able to get free from the attacker and ran from the area to get help. The suspect is described as a male of unknown race wearing a black stocking cap and a black COVID-style face mask. Police are encouraging the public to take precautions when using East Lake Community Park until the suspect has been identified.
Sweet sorrow: Michigan women rally to force OT, fall to Baylor in NCAA regional semifinal
       
Leigha Brown’s layup with 15 seconds left pulled Michigan within, 76-75, but Baylor extended the lead to three on Moon Ursin’s layup. “They’re devastated, they’re distraught,” Barnes Arico said of her players. “Our defense was ridiculous,” Barnes Arico said. Barnes Arico said the team often felt “disrespected” this season. Real toughness, Barnes Arico said, versus false toughness.
Cincinnati Reds GM Nick Krall: 'Looking like' Eugenio Suárez will be starting shortstop
       
But the answer to the long-debated question of the Opening Day shortstop looks like it will be Eugenio Suárez. “It’s looking like he’s going to end up being the everyday shortstop,” general manager Nick Krall said. With Senzel’s status in flux, outfielder Aristides Aquino was in the starting lineup with the other seven regulars on Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs. “But we’re getting closer.”India’s chances to make the Opening Day roster have improved as the infield depth has been tested. The rest of the Opening Day lineup appears to be set: third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Nick Castellanos and catcher Tucker Barnhart.
MORNING ROUNDUP: OU softball off to best start in program history
       
OklahomanOU softball wins to set record for best start in program historyTop-ranked Oklahoma softball run-ruled Iowa State, 10-2, in six innings on Saturday for the school's best start in program history. OSU blasts Kansas State in Big 12 Conference home openerNo. 13 Oklahoma State baseball scored seven runs in the seventh inning to beat Kansas State, 14-5, in its Big 12 Conference home opener Friday night. It was the Big 12 opener for the Sooners (12-9, 0-1 Big 12). Entering his eighth NFL season, Watkins has been a solid target for Buffalo (2014-16), the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and the Chiefs (2018-20).
Boston University ousted from hockey tourney, falls 6-2 to St. Cloud
       
Cloud scored three goals under unimaginable circumstances and rolled to a 6-2 victory over Boston University in the Northeast Regional opener on Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.St. Cloud coach Brett Larson. “For us it’s time for the reset button and we have to play the game the right way to have any chance (against BC).”St. Cloud went up 3-2 on a play in the crease by Brodzinski at 16:00. “I think Lady Luck was on their side in the first two goals,” said BU coach Albie O’Connell.
Frustrations, victories: Pima County residents with pre-existing conditions anxious for shots
       
They were anxious to get vaccinated themselves, or vigilant for a loved one to get a chance. Some have a disability or preexisting medical condition that means getting COVID-19 could make them sicker than most, or might even kill them. On Wednesday, Pima County also expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility at its distribution sites, but only to certain groups based on age, risk or work. County officials said these groups were selected in order to get shots to the most vulnerable residents first — including most of those in category 1C, which included people with medical risks. Grass had been waiting weeks, and then months, for the chance to protect his vulnerable child from the potentially lethal virus.
Ronaldo rues absence of VAR as Portugal winner in Serbia is ruled out
       
The match had a controversial climax as Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a clear stoppage-time winner for Portugal when Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic cleared the ball after it had crossed the line as shown by television replays. But with no VARin place, Dutch referee Danny Makelie waved play on and Ronaldo saw his follow-up shot cleared off the line before he was booked for dissent. Latvia defended heroically for most of the match, except at a 69th-minute corner when De Jong headed in the second. The players also held up their left hands, mirroring the international logo for human rights. But Lukaku levelled in the 60th minute when he turned defender Ondrej Celustka and sent a shot that deflected off the keeper’s right leg into the net.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen
       
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five thousand music lovers are set to attend a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day COVID-19 screening, to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The show by Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian has the special permission of Spanish health authorities. People with heart disease, cancer, or those who have been in contact with someone infected by COVID-19 in recent weeks were asked not to sign up. Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona where they must undergo a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. The tickets, ranging from 23-28 euros ($27-33), include the cost of the test and the high-quality face mask that is obligatory except when eating or drinking at designated areas.
HEALTH NOTES: Peanut allergies could get the brush off in toothpaste trial
       
Scientists are testing whether a toothpaste could help to protect people who suffer from peanut allergies. New York-based drugs firm Intrommune Therapeutics has enrolled 32 peanut-allergic adults in a trial that will see them use a toothpaste containing trace amounts of peanuts. Experts hope that by putting the doses in toothpaste, they can ensure patients are keeping up with their therapy. A Finnish study found that women aged 19 to 42 were 15 per cent less likely to reproduce in cities. Researchers believe this is because there is more competition for spouses in cities as women typically outnumber men.
Red tape farce of German vaccination roll-out as it emerges 80-year-olds have to fill in TEN forms
       
The vaccine roll-out in Germany has descended into chaos as it emerged that 80-year-olds have to fill in ten forms just to get the jab. Angela Merkel's coalition government is facing increasing criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic with its vaccination programme now faltering. The UK has administered first doses to 55 per cent of its population and America 25 per cent - Germany does not even make the list of top 20 nations in terms of vaccination rates worldwide. 'You can't expect an over-80-year-old to fill out 10 pages and numerous consent forms and ask them to call a hotline to make an appointment. She made an astonishing plea for forgiveness as she said the plans were 'my mistake, and my mistake alone'.
Moderna jabs will be rolled-out in 3 weeks to under-50s as Britain's vaccine drive shifts up a gear
       
Britain's world-beating vaccine rollout will move up another gear in mid-April when the Moderna jab is deployed for the first time, The Mail on Sunday understands. Doctors are expected to administer the first Moderna jabs within three weeks. In the US, 64.3 million doses have been given. The Government has ordered 17 million doses, and the EU has 310 million, with an option for another 150 million in 2022. Nearly 30 million vaccine first doses have now been administered in the UK.
Did Margaret two-time her war hero lover?
       
As third in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Princess Anne, Princess Margaret had to obtain the Queen’s permission before she married anyone – let alone a divorcé. Princess Margaret, pictured here with Eddie Fisher in 1953, with whom, she may have had an intimate relationshipBut times were changing. The couple’s fate would remain engulfed by uncertainty and fevered media speculation until November 1955, when Princess Margaret made a momentous broadcast. In a scrawled response to Eden marked ‘Top Secret and Personal’, Kilmuir stated that the Act probably did not even apply to Princess Margaret. As Princess Margaret walked along the receiving line, Carrie whispered to her co-stars, Sir Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill: ‘My father had sex with Princess Margaret.
Is Pete Davidson the world's most unlikely Lothario?
       
Spotted strolling through the village square was Bridgerton’s leading lady, Phoebe Dynevor, holding hands with her altogether more conspicuous companion – the 6ft 3in tattooed US comedian Pete Davidson. It was Davidson, in a pink cardigan, ripped jeans and lime green trainers, who first caught the teenager’s attention. ‘I walked up to him and asked him if he was Pete Davidson and he said “no” in an English accent. This revelation caused Clinton to quip: ‘This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years.’But behind the humour, Davidson has often struggled to cope. The lyrics include the line: ‘Even almost got married/And for Pete I’m so thankful.’The relationship brought him both fame and dubious notoriety.
Busting Covid myths: Why those Covid temperature tests aren't just pointless - they're dangerous
       
She revealed that some medical staff even called temperature scanners 'random number generators' as they were so inaccurate. Another woman, an NHS nurse who asked to remain anonymous, said the inaccuracies of the temperature scanners used in her clinic are obvious. She added that many people with Covid may register a low temperature using a temperature scanner. Earlier this month, the body informed the Government of its concerns about the widescale use of temperature checks. There are signs that businesses are waking up to the idea that temperature checks may offer little in terms of Covid security.
US State Department expert David Asher says lab leak is only logical explanation of Covid source
       
It is by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab conducting research into coronaviruses. A vaccine expert who suspects a lab leak said it may be 'a beautiful encapsulation of what everyone is surmising as the origin'. 'A lab leak is not 100 per cent certain but it seems at this stage the only logical source of origin. She denied this pointed to a lab leak, since Chinese officials told them that the scientists later tested negative for Covid-19. Liang Wannian, head of the official expert Covid panel, said there was no evidence of the virus in Wuhan before that month.
‘We hope Mazatlán will be full:’ city braces for crush of Holy Week tourists
       
Restaurants, hotels and authorities in Mazatlán are preparing for crowds of Holy Week tourists, even as Sinaloa remains at medium-risk yellow on the federal government’s coronavirus stoplight map. It is expected that all available hotel capacity will be filled during the week, according to Luis Terán Tirado, secretary of economic development, tourism and fishing. “We hope Mazatlán will be full, with the preventative measures for Covid-19, with a windfall of revenue close to 600 million pesos [US $28.9 million] this Semana Santa,” Terán said. Transit police will implement traffic redirection measures to accommodate the influx of tourists, which is expected to generate an increase in traffic of up to 90% starting next Wednesday. Encinas asked that residents continue to take precautions such as using face masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently.
Companies sidestep self-imposed bans on GOP donations
       
Major corporations are finding ways to sidestep their pledges from January to withhold campaign contributions for GOP lawmakers who objected to the 2020 presidential election results. Tech giant Intel Corp., for example, contributed $15,000 from its political action committee (PAC) to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) last month. Both companies defended their contributions, arguing they’re still adhering to bans on direct donations to those lawmakers. Critics point out that the end result is the same -- more corporate money for Republicans who objected to the election results. In the 2020 cycle, Intel gave $30,000 each to the NRCC, NRSC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
Documents Show Amazon Is Aware Drivers Pee in Bottles and Even Defecate En Route, Despite Company Denial
       
If that were true, nobody would work for us.”1/2 You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? The employee also provided an email sent by an Amazon logistics area manager last May that chastised employees for defecating into bags. If you find urine bottle (s) please report to your lead, supporting staff or me. Amazon employees said their performance is monitored so closely by the firm’s vast employee surveillance arsenal that they are constantly in fear of falling short of their productivity quotas. This is so common that you’ll often find bottles from other drivers located under seats in the vans.
Baltimore will no longer prosecute drug possession, prostitution and other low-level offenses
       
(CNN) Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the city will no longer prosecute for prostitution, drug possession and other low-level offenses. Mosby made the announcement on Friday following her office's one-year experiment in not prosecuting minor offenses to decrease the spread of Covid-19 behind bars. "Today, America's war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. Instead of prosecuting people arrested for minor crimes like prostitution and public urination, the program dealt with those crimes as public health issues and work with community partners to help find solutions. The program has led to decreases in the overall incarcerated Baltimore population by 18%, while violent and property crimes are down 20% and 36% respectively, according to the press release.
Fear Over The Climate Crisis Has Made Me Reconsider Having Children
       
The daughter of a midwife, I’d always imagined that having children was unquestionably part of my future. I say this because I’m not a gen Z-er born with a seemingly innate purpose to combat climate change. But, in just three decades of my lifetime on this land, the evidence of environmental change is all too alarming. My fears about the climate crisis were further cemented when I read The Future We Choose (Random House, 2020), co-authored by former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Our own prevailing rationale for not having children stems from the crisis and the limited time we now have to address the climate emergency.
The 9 Most Compelling Sustainable Looks From The AW21 Catwalks
       
In some ways, this fashion month was arguably more eco-friendly than those pre-pandemic. But on the catwalks, the conversation around sustainability has been noticeably quieter for autumn/winter 2021, despite the urgent need for the industry to reduce its impact on the planet. Read more: How To Detox And Organise Your WardrobeStill, the likes of Gabriela Hearst have continued to champion eco-friendly practices, producing a debut collection at Chloé that was said to be four times more sustainable than the brand’s autumn/winter 2020 offering. Meanwhile, rising designers such as Chopova Lowena, Ahluwalia and Rave Review have demonstrated once again how it’s possible to repurpose discarded materials into pieces you’ll want to keep forever. So, if you’re looking to invest in long-lasting pieces that come with strong-eco-credentials, too, here are the best sustainable looks to invest in from the autumn/winter 2021 catwalks — from maxi knits you can WFH in (both during the pandemic and beyond) to patchwork coats that are sure to make a statement.
Jersey Shore's Angelina Pivarnick Shades Photoshop Rumors
       
Jersey Shore: Family Reunion star Angelina Pivarnick shut down Photoshop rumors about her toned body on Saturday, March 27. “Yes, I used a Snapchat filter for this, and no, I didn’t Photoshop or Facetune my body LOL. “I didn’t get work [done] to my body,” Angelina clapped back in a now-deleted response to one user. “Only injections to my butt.”The brunette beauty and her Jersey Shore costars are currently filming season 4 of their spinoff series. Last season, Angelina wed her husband, Chris Larangeira, in a lavish ceremony — but the couple isn’t looking to take the next step in their marriage just yet.
'Jersey Shore': Angelina Pivarnick Slams Photoshop Claims
       
Jersey Shore: Family Reunion star Angelina Pivarnick shut down Photoshop rumors about her toned body on Saturday, March 27. “Yes, I used a Snapchat filter for this, and no, I didn’t Photoshop or Facetune my body LOL. “I didn’t get work [done] to my body,” Angelina clapped back in a now-deleted response to one user. “Only injections to my butt.”Courtesy of Angelina Pivarnick/InstagramThe brunette beauty and her Jersey Shore costars are currently filming season 4 of their spinoff series. Last season, Angelina wed her husband, Chris Larangeira, in a lavish ceremony — but the couple isn’t looking to take the next step in their marriage just yet.
Poshmark sales top estimates in its first quarterly report as a public company, but outlook disappoints; shares fall
       
Poshmark Inc. signage outside the Nasdaq MarketSite during the company's initial public offering (IPO) in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Poshmark's revenue topped analysts' estimates, in its first financial report since going public in January. But the online seller of secondhand clothing issued a weaker-than-expected sales outlook for the current quarter. For the first quarter, Poshmark is calling for revenue to fall within a range of $75.5 million to $77.5 million. A number of players are looking to gain market share, including luxury consignment site TheRealReal, sneaker reseller StockX and virtual thrift store ThredUp.
Janet Yellen: Biden's COVID-19 relief plan could restore full employment by next year
       
Summers also contended that Biden's plan would make less money available for other initiatives such as improving the nation's infrastructure. The proposal will be part of the COVID-19 relief bill they are writing that is expected to largely follow Biden’s plan. The child tax credit increase is expected to help about 20 million lower-earning people. The child tax credit details were first reported by The Washington Post. She said if Biden's relief package is approved, the country could get back to full employment by next year.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life was a study in destructive alcoholism
       
A badly recovering alcoholic, Fitzgerald drank and smoked himself into a terminal spiral of cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, angina, dyspnea, and syncopal spells. On December 21, 1940, Scott Fitzgerald dropped dead after eating a chocolate bar and reading the Princeton Alumni Weekly magazine. A badly recovering alcoholic, Fitzgerald drank and smoked himself into a terminal spiral of cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, angina, dyspnea, and syncopal spells. Throughout his life, Scott made a drunken fool out of himself at parties and public venues, spewing insults, throwing punches, and hurling ashtrays—behaviors followed by blackouts and memory loss. Every morning during those sad, last years of his life, Scott awoke with the hope that he could tell his alcoholic demons to scram.
Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty and favoring individuals over businesses
       
That’s in addition to the unemployment assistance and child tax credit the family would be eligible for without the pandemic. Child poverty would be reduced by more than half, the researchers predict. It also expands three key tax credits — the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit, and the child and dependent care tax credit — that advocates for the poor have long urged the government to do to help reduce poverty. Under this more generous child tax credit plan, parents would receive $3,000 a year for every child ages 6 to 17 and $3,600 a year for every child under 6. For people without children, the legislation expands the earned income tax credit, which helps supplement wages for the working poor.
Why the COVID-19 pandemic left long-term scars on the global job market
       
Getting a lost job back could be a struggle for her and millions of other unemployed people around the world. Even as vaccines increasingly promise a return to something close to normal life, the coronavirus seems sure to leave permanent scars on the job market. No one knows exactly what the job market will look like when the virus finally ends its rampage. “At this point,” she said, “they have to move on with their lives.”Jamison wonders whether the front-desk operation eventually will be eliminated altogether, the jobs lost to automation. In Europe, government jobs programs have prevented a devastating rise in unemployment.
Lost jobs, less pay, no childcare: A year into the pandemic, women are not OK
       
Brothers91 | E+ | Getty ImagesOne year into the coronavirus pandemic, women are not OK. More than 2.3 million have left the workforce since February 2020, bringing their labor participation rate to levels not seen since 1988, according to the National Women's Law Center. The headwinds against women are just increasing in strength, and women are just continuing to fall behind. That translates into $10,157 less per year in median earnings for full-time working women. Nearly 1 in 5 women have nothing saved for their golden years, a 2020 CNBC/SurveyMonkey Women at Work survey found. Source: Martha Wade ChairesFor 39-year-old Martha Wade Chaires, there was really no other choice but to step away from work when the pandemic hit.
Opinion | The rise of the upper middle class
       
The share of Black families that are upper middle class has increased from 1 percent in 1967 to 14 percent in 2016. The biggest change has been the rise of the upper middle class. The shrinkage of the traditional middle class will be mourned by some, but the reality is that most of those who have left the middle class have moved up, not down. The upper middle class wants its entitlements. Falling behind is the lower middle class, once called the working class.
Opinion | Things Will Get Better. Seriously.
       
But at some point in 2021 things will start getting better. And there’s good reason to believe that once the good news starts, the improvement in our condition will be much faster and continue much longer than many people expect. OK, one thing that probably won’t get better is the political scene. Day after day, Republicans — it’s not just Donald Trump — keep demonstrating that they’re worse than you could possibly have imagined, even when you tried to take into account the fact that they’re worse than you could possibly have imagined. One of our two major political parties no longer accepts the legitimacy of elections it loses, which bodes ill for the fate of the Republic.
Post-Covid America Isn’t Going to Be Anything Like the Roaring ’20s
       
One study by Metropolitan Life found that during the 1918 pandemic, 3.6 percent of all industrial workers ages 25–45 died within the period of a few weeks. “That’s not case mortality; that’s mortality,” Barry says, adding, “In 1918, the deaths among young children were astronomical.”One similarity between then and now: Like the influenza virus, the novel coronavirus isn’t going to simply disappear. In that sense, coronavirus is not unlike the 1918 flu virus, parts of which live on in the seasonal flus we experience every year. There’s been speculation about a “roaring 2020s” 100 years after the actual Roaring ’20s. That’s not case mortality; that’s mortality.
Home Buyers Loving the Suburbs Again
       
Mortgage rates dropped to all-time lows, with the average 30-year rate sinking to 2.65% in early January, Freddie Mac reports. “A sub-3% mortgage rate is phenomenal and unprecedented,” says Guy Cecala, chief executive and publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance. Tips for buyers Buyers who want to lock in the lowest mortgage rates should purchase a home earlier in the year, before rates tick up, Hale says. Qualify for the best mortgage rate Nabbing a lower mortgage rate means lower monthly loan payments and paying less in interest over time. You can use a mortgage rate comparison tool at LendingTree, NerdWallet or Bankrate to get offers from multiple lenders.
Today's Mortgage Rates Trend Down | March 27 & 28, 2021
       
View Rates for March 27, 2021Today’s 15-year fixed mortgage ratesThe 15-year rate is 2.598%. Mortgage refinance rates todayThe average rates for 30-year loans, 15- year loans and 5/1 jumbo ARMs are:The refinance rate on a 30-year fixed-rate refinance is 3.766%. View Rates for March 27, 2021Where are mortgage rates heading this year? Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possibleThere is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. Our mortgage rate methodologyMoney’s daily mortgage rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders across the United States the previous business day.
The Roaring ’20s sounds nice, but a Snoring ’20s would be nicer
       
Here comes the heavy wave of ecstatic hedonism, as economists and tarot-reading Twitterers predict a second coming of the Roaring ’20s. More power to the (vaccinated) partyers, but personally I’m over the idea of an entire new Roaring ’20s. The pandemic should have made us all at least a little more germaphobic, and that’s a good thing. As Barry further points out in his Politico interview, even after the 1918 pandemic ended, scientists had no idea yet how viruses worked. That knowledge gap is part of the reason people in the Roaring ’20s seemed to party without fear of viral reprisal.
Krispy Kreme CEO defends free doughnuts offer to those vaccinated: 'If folks don't want to visit a donut shop, they don't have to.'
       
Krispy Kreme’s CEO is defending the company against social media backlash to its offer of a free doughnut a day for the rest of the year to customers who get the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s how we look at it… generosity.”Starting last Monday, consumers showing a valid COVID-19 vaccination card at Krispy Kreme locations nationwide get a free Original Glazed doughnut, the Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based chain announced. The freebie is valid at all 369 Krispy Kreme shops located in 41 states and available “anytime, any day, every day for the rest of the year,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer, told USA TODAY. Krispy Kreme is also offering up to four hours of paid time off for each COVID-19 vaccination for its employees. While many companies are giving employees motivation, Krispy Kreme appears to be the first national chain to provide consumers with a treat.
Ugly Sweet 16 game a beautiful win for Oregon State over Loyola Chicago in men's NCAA Tournament
       
Sadly, there was no other game going when Oregon State and Loyola Chicago opened the Sweet 16 Saturday with the 12th-seeded Beavers pulling off a 65-58 defeat of the No. Oregon State led after the first half 24-16 with just 12 made field goals to celebrate. The national title game between Butler and Connecticut in 2011 ended the first half with 41 points scored. Oregon State took down both Tennessee and Oklahoma State and was in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1982. Things improved in the second half as the teams played more relaxed.
Gov. DeSantis slams CDC rules keeping cruise industry dry-docked for COVID
       
Ron DeSantis blasted the Centers for Disease Control’s “baseless” orders that have kept the US cruise industry shut down for a year under restrictive coronavirus rules that could drag on for eight more months. “Floridians deserve the right to earn a living,” the Republican governor said Friday at Port Canaveral, the cruise ship hub. A surfer eyes Disney Cruise Line ships near Cocoa Beach, Florida. “It’s in inter-agency government review month after month after month. Ron DeSantis is urging the CDC to allow the cruise line industry to re-open so Floridians who work on ships can go back to work.
Most COVID-19 deaths could’ve been prevented, Dr. Deborah Birx says in new doc
       
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented, Dr. Deborah Birx contends in a new documentary. The documentary is set to air Sunday. States and cities needed to act more aggressively and take the lessons from the first surge to reduce cases last spring, she said. The film, “COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out,” also includes an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Hesitancy and access issues: The vaccine challenges in the Black community
       
& Va.Hesitancy and access issues: The vaccine challenges in the Black communityHealth-care workers in Washington, D.C., are trying to make the coronavirus vaccine more accessible in Black communities and combat the skepticism that exists for some.
President Biden is betting the public is ready for bigger government in light of the pandemic
       
At his Thursday news conference, Biden spoke glowingly about the possibilities the package will offer for jobs, productivity and global competitiveness. ADADFormer president Barack Obama took some steps in that direction with the Affordable Care Act, a more modest stimulus package and financial reform. ADADFor Biden, the obstacles to successfully enacting the next big package are obvious. The $15 minimum wage got knocked out of the stimulus package by the Senate parliamentarian for not fitting into the rules of reconciliation. Ultimately, it triggered a backlash against bigger government, which gave rise to the conservative movement that eventually elected Ronald Reagan as president in 1980.
Dr. Birx: All deaths over first 100,000 could have been mitigated
       
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta sits down with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx to look back at the US response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meet Mayor Kim Janey, history-making first woman and first black mayor of Boston
       
Boston Mayor Kim Janey has made history as the first woman and the first black mayor of Boston. Janey joins Tiffany Cross to discuss getting vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus and more.
Beto O'Rourke Says Ted Cruz Is 'Looking For A Crisis To Cosplay Senator For'
       
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Friday blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a Twitter tirade, accusing him of fearmongering about an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border instead of focusing on issues directly affecting his constituents. “The truth is, the number of individual asylum seekers and immigrants seeking to come to this country is the SAME or LOWER than it was in 2019 when Trump was President (and you were, apparently, Senator),” O’Rourke wrote. “This isn’t any more of a crisis today than it was then.”You’re in a Border Patrol boat armed with machine guns. If you’re looking for a crisis to cosplay Senator for, I’m happy to point you in the right direction. https://t.co/mDyWs6rQOM — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021The state you “represent” in the Senate is the least insured in the nation.
Kawhi Leonard buys massive $17M luxury home in Los Angeles
       
Canadian men's singles skater Keegan Messing, who finished sixth in his event earlier in the day, stood in the upper bowl of the rink waving a massive Canadian flag. "I'm so proud that we pushed through and we didn't let the uncertainty of everything get in the way. And Chen believes he has been — and can be — even better.“I wouldn’t say this is my best free program ever,” he said. I don’t know how many more world championships I’ll get to be at. He rallied with a spectacular free skate to climb from 17th place to fifth.He's been unmatched since, winning at worlds, nationals, Skate Americas and Grand Prix Finals.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy spar over claim that Biden's snubbing the network
       
White Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a briefing at the White House on March 26, 2021. AP Photo/Evan VucciJen Psaki and Peter Doocy had a tense back-and-forth exchange about Biden's first press conference. Doocy contended that Fox News was being skipped over, while Psaki said she frequently calls on him. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday shut down complaints from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy that President Joe Biden did not call on him during the president's first press conference. Doocy said Biden sometimes responds to his questions at the White House, but complained that it only happens after he has "shouted" at the president.
Biden says he suggested to UK's Johnson a plan to rival China's Belt and Road
       
(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call on Friday that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China's Belt and Road initiative. "I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative, pulling from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world that, in fact, need help," Biden told reporters. The project would significantly expand China’s economic and political influence, raising concerns in the United States and elsewhere. Over 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. However, China said last year that about 20% of BRI projects had been "seriously affected" by the coronavirus pandemic.
Vice presidents' policy projects come with political risks
       
That's likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris' team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck's argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it's clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
UCLA hopes defense will carry Bruins past Alabama and into the Elite Eight
       
UCLA is making its opponents feel like they’re stuck in mud again, just like it did at the end of last season. UCLA coach Mick Cronin instructs his players during the Bruins’ NCAA tournament win over Michigan State on March 18. The Crimson Tide snagged 15 offensive rebounds in the second round against Maryland, leading to 23 second-chance points during a runaway 96-77 victory. At least the Bruins possess a defense that’s been on the rise even without Chris Smith (knee) and Jalen Hill (personal issues), the team’s two most bouncy defenders. Beyond unleashing more active hands and ramping up its ball pressure, the defense has also reflected its fiery coach.
Korean groups rally on National Mall to protest racism, violence
       
"We should not be intimidated about speaking out," said Paula Park, the president of the Korean American Community Association of Greater Washington. Kim, with tears in his eyes, stood back and watched as community leaders spoke against hate attacks on Asians. AdvertisementThe white chrysanthemum is a symbol of mourning in Korean culture, and the rally was in part a somber vigil for the shooting victims. Seyang Jeong described harassment she had faced in the five years she has lived in the United States. "Please stop Asian hate."
At Mass General Brigham, a sweeping effort to unify hospitals and shed old rivalries
       
Mass General Brigham executives argue their hospitals must knock down silos and work together more closely to attract and retain patients. Previously, the Brigham, which doesn’t do liver transplants, sent patients needing this operation to other transplant centers outside the Mass General Brigham network. With Klibanski’s ascension, Sperling, the Mass General Brigham chairman, saw an opportunity to succeed where previous efforts had failed. They are resigned to the fact that Mass General Brigham cannot significantly raise prices to increase revenues. But it’s really hard to get health systems to operate systemically.”To some, the changes at Mass General Brigham are inevitable.
Eduardo Rodriguez back on mound, feeling better after ‘dead arm’
       
Rodriguez threw 36 pitches off a bullpen mound and said afterward that the arm fatigue that cut short his last start had dissipated. BRADENTON, Fla. — Eduardo Rodriguez emerged from the clubhouse at 9:20 on Saturday morning, picked up a baseball, and started playing catch with catching coach Jason Varitek . “I feel really good, threw all my pitches, feel strong,” Rodriguez said. It was a case of what’s known within baseball as “dead arm,” a condition that sometimes occurs in spring training. Just need to feel stronger to throw all those innings.”AdvertisementRodriguez agreed with the decision to scratch him from Opening Day.
Parents rally outside State House to denounce lack of input in school reopening plan
       
Under the directive, students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 will return to in-person learning full time April 5 through the end of the school year. Parents can still choose to continue their child’s remote learning, but won’t have the option to do so in the fall. “Our voices were not included [in this decision],” said East Boston resident Abdi Ali, one of the coalition’s organizers. “Safety is our number one priority because sick kids can’t learn and dead parents can’t help children learn,” Gayle said. “For most parents, since the day our kids are born, we make decisions for their health and safety,” she continued.
West Side leaders throw support behind Loretto Hospital amid vaccine scandal
       
A group of top West Side leaders on Saturday urged city officials to wrap up their investigation into The Loretto Hospital vaccine scandal and start sending doses to the Austin neighborhood safety net again as soon as possible. “People believe in The Loretto Hospital,” Ford said during a virtual news conference with other members of the West Side Black Elected Officials group. Hospital officials have acknowledged other missteps by top executives, though. Miller also provided vaccine doses to more than 200 members of his southwest suburban church. We will continue to be a viable institution in the Austin community for health care and for employment moving forward.“Sharon Grant, a director of the Loretto Hospital Foundation, said the facility is already feeling the effects of the fiasco on its finances.
Nolley 27 points, Memphis 14 3s over Colorado St in NIT semi
       
Our most complete game all year was today, even though we started off kind of slow still scored 90 points,” Hardaway said. DeAndre Williams finished with 21 points for Memphis, and Quinones had 18 with four 3s. David Roddy had 18 points and Isaiah Stevens 17 for Colorado State (20-7). ”After Roddy started the second half with a 3 to get Colorado State within three points, Memphis responded with a 16-3 run that included seven points from Nolley. “We let their shooters have too many rhythm 3s,” Colorado State coach Niko Medved said.
Almost 1 million in Wisconsin fully vaccinated against COVID-19; state reports 450 new cases, 1 death
       
More than 2.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since December, according to the state health department. Nearly three-fourths of Wisconsinites age 65 and older have received at least one shot, the state reported Saturday. As of Friday/Saturday, labs have identified 81 COVID-19 cases caused by variants, according to DHS. I'm very proud of what's happening across the state," state DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Thursday. RELATED: Wisconsin health officials identify one case of COVID-19 variant from BrazilRELATED: Wisconsin bars and restaurants can sell cocktails to go under bill signed into law by Gov.
Oklahoma State football: What do coaches want to see from Spencer Sanders in spring?
       
STILLWATER — Kasey Dunn stated a specific goal for the direction of his offense as he begins his second year as the Oklahoma State coordinator. OSU ranked 53rd in passing yards per game last season, averaging 239.5. In 2019, the Cowboys averaged 224.1 yards per game and ranked 71st. In the past 11 seasons, OSU has averaged over 300 passing yards per game seven times. And that’s the direction it’s going.”That’s what makes this spring so important for Sanders.
Columbus Urban League partners with OhioHealth to expand vaccine distribution equity
       
Brittany Jackson sat outside the Columbus Urban League on Saturday, chatting quietly with the nurse administering her first shot of Pfizer vaccine in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood on the East Side. The 34-year-old was one of 240 people to receive the coronavirus vaccine through the "pop-up" COVID-19 vaccination clinic over the weekend, courtesy of a partnership between the Columbus Urban League and OhioHealth. Becca Barbeau, OhioHealth's operations director for community partnerships, emphasized that building trust and expanding equity opportunities is what inspired their decision to team up with the Columbus Urban League. She anticipates they will continue to expand their pop-up sites with the urban league and branch out with other local community partners to distribute vaccines. Ohioans 18 years and older with an OhioHealth MyChart account can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments online at: https://mychart.ohiohealth.com/MyChart/Authentication/Login?.
Coronavirus cases in Massachusetts increase 2,362 in third day above 2,000 cases
       
State health officials on Saturday reported 2,362 new coronavirus cases and 35 new deaths, marking the third day in a row the state has reported more than 2,000 cases. Saturday’s case count of 2,362 follows Friday’s 2,301 cases and Thursday’s tally of 2,247, which was preceded by weeks of totals under 2,000 cases, some days dipping down to around 1,000. The additional 2,362 coronavirus cases reported on Friday bring the total number of cases in the state to 590,561 and 35 new deaths brought the death toll to 16,746. The seven-day average of confirmed cases is 1,495, which is up slightly from March 1 when the rate was 1,446. Health officials reported 29,806 estimated active cases, an increase of 996 from Friday and up from 25,986 a week ago.
Bizarre new symptom of coronavirus makes everything smell awful
       
Recovery from coronavirus can literally stink for many people who lose their sense of smell and taste. “It was like something in the garbage went bad,” said Cynthia Fish, who experienced parosmia after coming down with the coronavirus and losing her sense of smell in November 2020. Luckily for Fish, her nose went back to normal after about a week and a half of the unpleasantness. “Typically, when we smell bad things, we cover it up with something else. But even an air freshener will give you a bad smell,” he explained.
New coronavirus variants gain ground as Ducey reopens Arizona
       
While there are still enough unvaccinated people in Arizona for another spike in COVID-19 cases, Gerald said enough of the most vulnerable people have been vaccinated to protect the hospitals. This is a point the state’s top health official, Dr. Cara Christ, made multiple times at a news conference on Friday while she defended the governor’s decision. Christ said that while the restrictions on businesses are no longer mandated, the state still recommends them. While the vaccine rollout is accelerating, Gerald said he would have waited to lift the restrictions until everyone who wants a vaccine has had a chance to get one. He pointed out that the state only just opened up vaccines to everyone over 16 years old.
The countries producing the most vaccines, and more trends in this week's data
       
Find out which countries are producing the most COVID-19 vaccines, plus how many firearm background checks there were in 2020, and more trends from this week's data with these 12 charts.
State records 185 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths
       
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5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen
       
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five thousand music lovers attended a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day COVID-19 screening, to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The show by Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities. People with heart disease, cancer, or those who have been in contact with someone infected by COVID-19 in recent weeks were asked not to sign up. Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona where they could take a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. Organizers said it was the first commercial event with an audience that big held in Europe during the pandemic.
Climate talks will test Biden’s pledge to make global heating a priority
       
The Leaders Summit on Climate talks, scheduled to be held virtually on 22 and 23 April, are an opportunity for the US to shape, hasten and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, administration officials told the Associated Press. The talks are also designed to revive a US-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that previous administrations, Republican and Democrat, had allowed to lapse. They will also mark the first time a US leader has attended a major international climate discussions in more than four years. Led by US climate envoy John Kerry, US officials have reportedly been emphasizing US climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders. Against that backdrop, the climate talks – coming seven months ahead of November’s UN global climate sessions in Glasgow – will offer a deliberate test of whether, after four years of isolationist and aggressive diplomatic non-compliance, the US still has power to shape global decision-making.
'Under constant review': Eddie Jones will be set targets to hit if he keeps England job
       
I was asked in Japan if I was happy with just one World Cup win in 2003 and clearly we (the RFU) are not. We want to win World Cups. Against that you have the commercial aspects of pay TV. There is a reason why we like such aspects because every penny gets invested back into the game. Particularly post Covid, we have got to make sure we are doing the right things to invest into the game, but we want that balance between pay TV and free-to-air.
'Tesla of strawberries': £36-a-box fruits herald the rise of hi-tech luxury fruit grown in 'vertical farms'
       
They have quickly become a favourite of Michelin-starred chefs in New York, who have begun offering them in their deserts. The second thing I notice is how few seeds the flesh has, nothing that could get stuck in your teeth. “Pick a moment in your day when you have time to enjoy them slowly, do not rush,” recommended Mr Melendez, who has tasted them himself - a perk of the job. They have a lot of regular Japanese customers who want a taste of home, but he says a lot of Americans are buying them too. “Some are taking them to (coronavirus restriction adherent-) dinner parties.”“It’s hard to enjoy regular strawberries after Omakase,” Mr Melendez lamented.
We cannot throw away all our hard work fighting against Covid now
       
Now, looking out ahead to the rest of the year, one of the greatest threats we face is complacency. Families, businesses and the health service all want the pressure, risk and life-limits of Covid-19 to be over as soon as possible. We can beat this virus, we can reduce the number of deaths, but only if we reduce the spread and the transmission. We’ve made enormous progress that we need to build on and not squander the gains we’ve made. We need to hold our nerve and drive for the line, so everyone can get back safely and soon to our normal lives.
Victoria Beckham displays her toned torso in a black cut-out dress for new snap
       
Victoria Beckham looked sensational on Saturday as she modelled one of her own designs for a new sizzling snap on Instagram. The fashion designer, 46, displayed her toned torso in a black midi dress which featured a racy cut-out design and keyhole neckline. Victoria knew how to work her best angles as she posed up a storm for a sultry mirror selfie. Victoria, who also has daughter Harper, nine, with husband David, 45, captioned the snap with: 'The boys are back together! At the weekend, her sons Romeo, 18, and Cruz, 16, teased Victoria about her signature poker face by wearing logo T-shirts from her collection with 'FFS SMILE' printed on them.
Cassie shares first photos of daughter Sunny after welcoming her second child with husband Alex Fine
       
Cassie became a mother of two earlier this week after giving birth to her second child, a baby girl named Sunny. The 34-year-old singer shared her happy news to Instagram in a set of lovely photos featuring her husband Alex Fine and her one-year-old daughter Frankie. Baby Sunny was snoozing peacefully in a tiny brown hooded outfit while being wrapped up in a gray blanket. He leaned in for a loving kiss with his wife while holding their older daughter Frankie in his lap. New love: The singer Cassie, 34, revealed Saturday that she and her husband Alex Fine welcomed their second daughter, named Sunny, on March 22Cassie also included a closeup of her newest daughter and some outdoor snaps of the whole family.
Cities switch off the lights for Earth Hour 2021
       
Cities across the world went dark between 8.30-9.30pm on Saturday, marking Earth Hour. Spearheaded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Earth Hour campaign calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially fossil fuels that produce carbon gases and lead to global warming. Since its beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has spread to more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of people usually joining in. Organisers of the event put together a list of ways people could take part from home, which - aside from the obvious option of turning off your lights - included a live Earth Hour streams on the internet, a board games night, or by signing a petition. Landmarks that switched off their lights in 2021 included the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, and the Colosseum in Rome.
Krispy Kreme defends promotion: 'If folks don't want to visit a doughnut shop, they don't have to'
       
The doughnut franchise announced earlier this week that a COVID-19 vaccination card would be good for a free glazed doughnut through the end of the year. 'We're a sweet treat company, [and] if folks don't want to visit a doughnut shop, they don't have to,' Tattersfield said. '[If] folks that want to get a vaccine, if they decide to combine a Krispy Kreme pickup [for] a doughnut, they can,' he continued. Last year, Krispy Kreme also gave away a dozen glazed doughnuts to the country's healthcare workers when the pandemic first began to rage. 'Unbelievable that Krispy Kreme is forcing vaccinated people at gunpoint to eat a donut every day for the rest of 2021.
NY AG issues subpoenas to Cuomo officials including Melissa DeRosa amid sexual harassment probe
       
A total of eight women have now come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior including three former and two current aides in his office. DeRosa has not been accused by the AG's office of any wrongdoing in the sexual harassment probe and lawyers for the Cuomo administration said subpoenas are standard practice in investigations of this nature. Calls were made from Cuomo's office to six former employees asking them about Boylan after accusations against Cuomo first emerged. Pictured with CuomoWhen the allegations surfaced, Cuomo's office released her personnel records, which included disciplinary recommendations against her. Her comments came just two weeks after the AG revealed Cuomo's office had grossly downplayed the number of nursing home deaths by around 50 percent.
Lukaku on target as Belgium draw with Czech Republic
       
Advertising Read morePrague (AFP)Romelu Lukaku's second-half equaliser handed Belgium a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic in a Group E World Cup qualifier in Prague on Saturday. Just before the final whistle, Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek saw his header headed out of the goal off the goalline by Toby Alderweireld. They skipped the game on concerns they may have to go into quarantine after returning from the Czech Republic deemed as a top-risk country by Germany. Belgium started the qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Wales on Wednesday, while the Czechs prevailed 6-2 over Estonia. Belgium are now due to host Belarus on Tuesday while the Czech Republic will play in Wales on the same day, both teams having the Germany-based players back for the ties.
Willett charges while Dahmen leads at PGA Dominican event
       
"I took advantage of the par 5s and just hang onto your hat on 16, 17 and 18," Dahmen said. Campos, a 36-hole co-leader, sank a long birdie putt at 18 to finish on 69 and match Dahmen, who fired a 68. "I can't believe I'm where I'm at but I'm happy to be in this position." The last four holes played really tough, so I think to play them in level was probably the icing on the cake." With a return trip to the Masters less than two weeks away, Willett enjoyed being back in the Sunday hunt.
In Barcelona, 5,000 fans attend gig for Covid trial
       
It's been 18 months since we've been on stage and one of us up here is in tears!" This week, Sonar said its hugely popular electronic and dance music festival would be cancelled for the second year running because of the Covid crisis. "The pandemic has been a nightmare for everyone, but for the music industry in particular," he said. According to a study published by Spain's Music Federation, the European music industry lost 76 percent of its earnings in 2020. For Love of Lesbian's lead singer, Saturday's gig was aimed at showing those in the music industry there was a way forward.
Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and Biden’s proposed changes
       
The Biden administration is acting on a number of fronts to reverse Trump-era restrictions on immigration to the United States. The Biden administration has proposed legislation that would create new ways for immigrants to legally enter the United States. Biden’s proposal would expand access to family-based green cards in a variety of ways, such as by increasing per-country caps and clearing application backlogs. This trailed only the H-2A visa for agricultural workers, which accounted for nearly a quarter (24%) of temporary visas. The Biden administration is expected to review policies that led to increased denial rates of H-1B visa applications under the Trump administration.
GOP chairman issues apology as heat rises after 'burning at the stake' comments
       
More:U-M regents call on Ron Weiser to resign after 'witches,' assassination commentsMore:Michigan GOP leader mentions assassination, calls Democratic women 'witches' during eventIn addition to the comments about Gov. "I think it’s worth noting that Ron Weiser revealed his true colors again on Twitter last night," Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy said on Saturday. That changed on Saturday, when Schlissel said Weiser's comments do not reflect the values of the university. I did not become aware of Regent Weiser's comments until late in the day and I hoped that the initial reports were inaccurate or, if true, that Regent Weiser would release a sincere apology. Disappointingly, I have since learned that the reporting is accurate and Regent Weiser's follow up statement is anything but an apology.
The future of the border crisis will be driven by climate change
       
The influx of migrants to the U.S. southern border has taken over the news — and climate change, among other factors, ensures it won't be going away. Driving the news: During President Biden's first press conference Thursday, questions about the renewed flow of migrants — including unaccompanied minors — dominated the discussion. By the numbers: The World Bank estimates that three regions — Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia — will generate 143 million more climate migrants by 2050. Migration from the worst-hit regions is arguably one of the most necessary aspects of any adaptation to climate change, yet it will run headlong into the political obstacles around border control. Be smart: Climate change's precise role in migration is tangled up with more immediate factors, like security and economic well-being.
China Overtakes U.S. As World’s Largest Refiner
       
As the shift in oil demand from Covid-19 turned the tables of regional levels of fuel production and exports, China succeeded in overtaking the USA as the world’s biggest oil refiner in 2020. In contrast to the U.S., when oil prices fall, the Chinese government pays refiners to increase production levels. This same facility had 35 times the refining capacity of China when it opened in 1967, showing how dramatically the tables have turned over the past couple of decades. During the storm, oil refining fell to its lowest levels since 2008. Only slightly behind China, as the world’s third largest oil importer and consumer, India is striving to increase its oil refining capacity by 60 percent to meet the country’s increasing oil demand.
Dr. Deborah Birx had a 'duty to stand up and speak up,' physician says
       
Responding to Dr. Deborah Birx saying a majority of Covid-19 deaths were preventable , Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University says the former White House coronavirus response coordinator had a "duty to stand up and speak up."
‘Day of shame’: Dozens of anti-coup protesters killed in Myanmar
       
Dozens of people killed in bloodiest day since the Myanmar military seized power in February coup. Dozens of people have been killed by security forces in Myanmar on Saturday, the bloodiest day of protests since last month’s coup. The killings on the country’s annual Armed Forces Day drew renewed criticism from western countries, with the US envoy describing the violence as “horrifying”. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. On Thursday the United States and United Kingdom – the nation’s former colonial ruler – put sanctions on a conglomerate owned by the Myanmar military.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) -China and Iran, both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. China has spoken out often against U.S. sanctions on Iran and partly contested them. “Cooperation between the two countries is very important for the implementation of the nuclear accord and the fulfilment of obligations by European countries,” Rouhani said, according to his official website. “Under the new administration, the Americans want to reconsider their policy and return to the nuclear accord, and China welcomes their move,” Wang said. He also promised that China would provide more coronavirus vaccines to Iran, the Middle Eastern country worst-hit by the pandemic.
The Timeless Fantasy of Stanley Tucci Eating Italian Food
       
“Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy,” which concluded its first season this past Sunday, is ostensibly educational. Cracking eggs, setting the pan over the flame, laying hunks of bread on plates, Tucci makes cooking a physical language. But the Stanley Tucci of our hearts is a man who cooks and eats and enchants while doing so. “Enjoy This Powerfully Erotic Video of Stanley Tucci,” the Cut recommended, and by god we did. “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” is a good show, but not quite a great one.
Dude, Where’s My Couch?
       
“I decorated this whole apartment around this very statement-making, coral-colored, massive couch.” This time, she was unfazed. This is just ridiculous.” Then, a turning point: “Oh come on,” a woman named Funda Rozan replied. !” a woman named Tanesha Smith-Wattley responded. “Guess nobody’s hiding their afikomen in their ABC couch this year,” Caren Reuven wrote. Now I don’t have to go to Zoe’s wedding solo.” Lee ordered a new couch after his ex got their Muuto sofa when they split.
Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers
       
Live Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers About a third of U.S. adults have now received at least one dose of a vaccine. Utah lawmakers voted for an April 10 end to mask requirements and to rein in powers of the governor and state health officials to deal with crises; the bill became law on Wednesday. The nonpartisan Uniform Law Commission is reviewing state emergency statutes to see if they need updating in light of the coronavirus crisis. A mask mandate in the city and surrounding Travis County is under fire by state officials. But the drop-off also worries many public health experts, who note that the prevalence of Covid-19 remains stubbornly high.
Viola Davis Raves About Portraying 'Goddess' Michelle Obama in Showtime's The First Lady
       
But when they do live up to the image, it's quite frightening," Viola Davis saidViola Davis has nothing but love for Michelle Obama! When asked by host Jimmy Fallon if the two had been in communication since she accepted the role, Davis said, "Oh yes, I have ... for several hours." Viola Davis, Michelle Obama Image zoom Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images; Jim Bennett/Getty ImagesThe First Lady will explore the personal and political lives of some of America's most charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies, with season 1 focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford in addition to Mrs. Obama. "Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn't be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series," Winograde added. Earlier this month, while chatting with Entertainment Tonight, Mrs. Obama reacted to the news that Davis will be playing her in The First Lady, sharing that she is thrilled to see the star's portrayal.
Cassie and Alex Fine Welcome Second Child, Daughter Sunny Cinco
       
On Saturday, the 34-year-old singer and her husband, personal trainer Alex Fine, announced the arrival of their second child on Instagram. We love you so much Sunny Cinco Fine!" Meanwhile, Fine, 27, shared a letter to his children to mark the birth of his second daughter. "Letter to my Daughters Frankie Stone Fine & Sunny Cinco Fine," he began. "Fine Family just got bigger, heart just got Fuller, light just got brighter.
Naomi Osaka Shares #StopAsianHate Message: 'Really Sad This Even Has to Be a Hashtag/Slogan'
       
"Imagine profiting/enjoying things that come from a culture and then attacking/diminishing the ethnic group," Naomi Osaka saidNaomi Osaka Shares #StopAsianHate Message: 'Really Sad This Even Has to Be a Hashtag/Slogan'Naomi Osaka is condemning anti-Asian hate. Hate crimes against the AAPI community have been on the rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A report released by Stop AAPI Hate revealed that there have been at least 3,795 hate incidents targeting the AAPI community from March 19, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021. Findings of a different study of police department statistics recently showed that hate crimes against Asian Americans rose by nearly 150 percent in 2020, despite hate crimes overall dropping by 7 percent. "The amount of hate, racism, and blame for COVID towards the Asian community is disgusting," Osaka tweeted in February.
About Half of U.S. States Will Open COVID Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults by Mid-April
       
During a Friday press briefing, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said that more than half of states — 26 — will open up eligibility to all adults by April 15. Fourteen of the 26 have already opened eligibility to all adults, or will in the coming week, and 12 additional states are expected to open by April 15. In all, 46 total states plus the District of Columbia have announced plans to open up eligibility no later than May 1. Still, Zients cautioned that Americans must still be diligent in wearing masks and social distancing throughout the vaccine effort. We need to follow the public health guidance, wear a mask, socially distance, and get a vaccine when it's your turn."
Shannon Beador: ‘Of Course’ I Want To Be Married Again
       
Shannon Beador has been dating boyfriend John Janssen for nearly two years and while things are “going great,” she is not ruling out another trip down the aisle. “So, you know, we’ll see.”The reality TV personality made her relationship with Janssen public in July 2019, three months after her divorce from ex-husband David Beador was finalized following a nearly two-year legal battle. Shannon and David share 19-year-old daughter Sophie and 16-year-old twin daughters Stella and Adeline. He’s kind to them and he’s sweet and helpful when they need anything,” Shannon told Us while speaking about being a certified health coach. “But he doesn’t take on that father role.”In February, David, 56, welcomed a baby girl, Anna, with wife Lesley Beador, 37, whom he married in October 2020 after three years of dating.
'Tiger King' Stars: Where Are They Now?
       
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has captivated audiences with its colorful cast of real-life characters and a string of bombshell revelations that made its backdrop of exotic animals appear tame. Drug runners, con men, gangsters, polygamy, homemade country music videos and a murder-for-hire plot have all made Tiger King the most-watched show on Netflix in the U.S. amid the coronavirus quarantine. Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, Jared Leto and Chrissy Teigen are just some of the celebrities who couldn’t get enough of Tiger King and took to social media to share their thoughts. “Wow the amount of texts I’ve gotten about Tiger King since I tweeted about it all have mentioned their belief that Carol killed her husband!” she tweeted. Wouldn’t that be fun?”Scroll down to see where the cast of Tiger King is now.
Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington Teases 'Crazy Unexpected' Returns
       
Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy has been full of twists, turns and guest stars no one saw coming — and according to Camilla Luddington, that’s not ending anytime soon. “I’m telling everyone to watch live because we have so many crazy unexpected people coming back that you wouldn’t imagine. In the first sneak peek of her cameo, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was shown reuniting with her sister on the beach. When Leigh, 38, chose to leave the ABC show in 2012, her character was killed in a plane crash. In the pandemic, people are having really intense dreams because of the lockdown,” the producer told Deadline in November 2020.
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nation
       
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nationAdded: 11.03.2021 20:35 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.marketwatch.comThe signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he said will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. The signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office. He’s aiming to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — as he marks one year since the onset of the pandemic that has killed more than 529,000 Americans. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval... More in article.wn.com » Economy Tags: President
Macron and Merkel's baffling 'contradicting' claims sparks vaccine doubt chaos in Europe
       
Macron and Merkel's baffling 'contradicting' claims sparks vaccine doubt chaos in EuropeAdded: 27.03.2021 7:01 | 26 views | 0 commentsEMMANUEL MACRON and Angela Merkel's initial contradicting vaccine claims has helped sparked the current Covid crisis in Europe, according to John Redwood.
China to begin trial of two Canadians for alleged espionage soon, state media reports
       
Added: 12.03.2021 5:25 | 19 views | 0 commentsBeijing (CNN)Two Canadian citizens charged with espionage in China could go on trial "soon," according to the state-run Global Times newspaper. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained since December 2018 and were charged in June last year with spying. In an article published late Thursday, the Global Times said that their cases had previously been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic but were now proceeding.
'New Napoleon' Macron tripped up plot to dominate EU with vaccine debacle
       
'New Napoleon' Macron tripped up plot to dominate EU with vaccine debacle - French expertAdded: 27.03.2021 18:19 | 16 views | 0 commentsEMMANUEL MACRON'S dream of dominating the EU as a "new Napoleon" has been demolished by France's coronavirus vaccine shambles according to a French writer.
Covid bombshell: Former CDC director tells CNN that virus DID escape from Wuhan lab
       
Covid bombshell: Former CDC director tells CNN that virus DID escape from Wuhan labAdded: 27.03.2021 13:49 | 22 views | 0 commentsSource: ecdc.europa.euTHE former head of the Centre for Disease Control in the US has made a "groundbreaking" admission, as Robert Redfield revealed intelligence points towards the lab leak origin theory of COVID-19. More in feedproxy.google.com »
Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown
       
Added: 08.05.2020 10:20 | 10 views | 0 commentsAs Thailand's capital cautiously reopens many restaurants shuttered over coronavirus fears, the feline "employees" of the Caturday Cafe are back at work.
Thailand's pet groomer reopens as new coronavirus cases slow
       
Added: 05.05.2020 12:36 | 10 views | 0 commentsChewy and Miley, both two-year-old Schnauzer dogs, are getting their hair cut at a groomer in Bangkok for the first time since the new coronavirus outbreak began in Thailand in January.
Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus
       
Added: 18.06.2020 15:04 | 10 views | 0 commentsEver since the novel coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb, popping into the bakery or butchers, or browsing the newspaper stand.
Balloon-like object in Japanese sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs, Godzilla
       
Added: 17.06.2020 8:48 | 12 views | 0 commentsThe appearance of a mysterious white object in the sky over northern Japan on Wednesday set social media ablaze, with speculation ranging from UFOs to coronavirus and North Korean propaganda.
Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear
       
Added: 12.06.2020 18:32 | 10 views | 0 commentsPeacocks, ostriches and baboons joined in an animal baby boom at a Palestinian zoo during the coronavirus closure as they let nature take its course free from human distractions.
Russian chefs in naked lockdown protest after virus strips them of income
       
Added: 09.06.2020 14:14 | 11 views | 0 commentsRussian restaurant owners stripped of their income by the coronavirus lockdown are campaigning for their businesses to be allowed to reopen by posting pictures of themselves naked on social media.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
       
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 13 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
A British Man Got Drunk On Christmas Eve And Legally Changed His Name To Celine Dion
       
A British Man Got Drunk On Christmas Eve And Legally Changed His Name To Celine DionAdded: 02.01.2021 10:10 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: web.archive.orgA British man with a love of singer said he was a bit tipsy as he watched her television concert on Christmas Eve and made a life changing decision to change his name to hers. The strange decision has attracted the former Dodd some international attention, with the British man saying that he has gotten messages from fans of the Canadian singer across the globe asking to send them video messages. While he may not regret the change, Dion admits that it might make things a bit awkward when he introduces himself to people in the future. "The New York Post noted that it reached out to the real Celine Dion for a comment on the super fan who now shares a name with her, but her representatives had yet to respond. More in feeds.inquisitr.com » Celebrities, New York, Champagne, Celine Dion, Television, Music Tags: CanadaComments: Comments:
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
       
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 10 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
       
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 14 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plan your vaccine: Everything you need to know about getting a Covid-19 vaccination
       
Plan your vaccine: Everything you need to know about getting a Covid-19 vaccinationAdded: 27.03.2021 22:17 | 2 views | 0 commentsEverything you need to know about getting a Covid-19 vaccination as the rollout extends across the U.S.
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
       
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 13 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Colleges Lash Out at Students Breaking Campus Virus Rules
       
Covid-19 Live Updates: Colleges Lash Out at Students Breaking Campus Virus RulesAdded: 21.08.2020 10:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsN.C. State will shift instruction online, and other universities cautioned young people as they returned to class.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
       
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: myfox47.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
An ‘Unprecedented’ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes
       
An ‘Unprecedented’ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing HomesAdded: 20.08.2020 15:03 | 9 views | 0 commentsResearchers are testing an experimental drug to halt sudden outbreaks. The trial may bring a new type of treatment for the virus.
Number of patients facing year-long wait for NHS treatment 100 times higher in 12 months
       
Number of patients facing year-long wait for NHS treatment 100 times higher in 12 monthsAdded: 12.11.2020 11:42 | 12 views | 0 commentsShocking figures lay bare the impact of the coronavirus pandemicBut there was better news for patients waiting for cancer treatment
Spring break party? After COVID-19 school changes, families, not students, pack Daytona's beaches
       
Spring break party? After COVID-19 school changes, families, not students, pack Daytona's beachesAdded: 27.03.2021 12:01 | 16 views | 0 commentsSpring break students are down this year in Daytona Beach, Florida, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on college schedules.
Oakland teachers refuse to return to school, despite getting COVID vaccine priority
       
Oakland teachers refuse to return to school, despite getting COVID vaccine priorityAdded: 27.03.2021 20:39 | 8 views | 0 commentsPublic school teachers in Oakland, Calif., have opted not to return to the classroom until the mandatory start date in mid-April, despite priority vaccinations and cash incentives.
The Moneyist: I’m 60 and lost my job due to COVID-19. My husband makes $150K. We saved $1.3 million. Do I resign myself to early retirement?
       
The Moneyist: I’m 60 and lost my job due to COVID-19. My husband makes $150K. We saved $1.3 million. Do I resign myself to early retirement?
San Francisco is guaranteeing monthly income for artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic
       
San Francisco is guaranteeing monthly income for artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemicAdded: 27.03.2021 19:19 | 10 views | 0 commentsSan Francisco is launching a pilot program that will guarantee monthly income for artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Unemployment payments backlog draws hundreds to Kentucky's capital
       
Added: 18.06.2020 19:02 | 12 views | 0 commentsHundreds of people who lost jobs during the coronavirus crisis but have been unable to get their unemployment insurance checks converged at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort early Wednesday to seek in-person help.
What Makes Owen Power a Top NHL Draft Prospect
       
The fight for top prospect status for the 2021 NHL draft is still ongoing, but Owen Power has made a strong case for that honor. University of MichiganIf you've followed The Hockey News Prospect Podcast for any length of time – and I fully recommend you do – you know that we, and many NHL scouts, consider Owen Power to be one of the best prospects in the 2021 NHL draft. 1 favorite, but the one that many NHL scouts point to is Power, the hulking 6-foot-5 defenseman out of the University of Michigan. To get a further look as to what makes Power such a dominant prospect, I chatted with Dan Ninkovich, the program coordinator at Beyond The Next Level in Oakville, Ont. Ninkovich said it only took just one scrimmage against older competition for him to notice just how special Power was a prospect.
Early End to SJHL Season a Tough Blow For League's 20-Year-Olds
       
There are more important things in the world right now than junior hockey. For many, their 20-year-old season was their final chance to show scouts, schools and other teams what they're capable of. It's something hundreds of players have to deal with across Canadian junior leagues each year, but it's usually done under different circumstances under their own control. But that doesn't make the loss of his final junior hockey season sting any less. After losing the end of the 2019-20 season and nearly the entire 2020-21 season, could it impact player signings in the future?
San Francisco is guaranteeing monthly income for artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic
       
San Francisco is guaranteeing monthly income for artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemicAdded: 27.03.2021 19:19 | 13 views | 0 commentsSan Francisco is launching a pilot program that will guarantee monthly income for artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We can't suspend evictions and foreclosures forever
       
We can't suspend evictions and foreclosures foreverAdded: 27.03.2021 14:59 | 20 views | 0 commentsSource: netrightdaily.comAs the coronavirus shuttered much of the nation's economy last year, policymakers imposed a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to keep millions of families from losing their homes. As the nation's lockdown dragged on, they extended both, with the eviction moratorium now set to expire this week on March 31st, but likely to be extended again, and the foreclosure moratorium set to expire at the end of June. More in rss.cnn.com » Tags: Economy
Evan Mobley is the special talent who could help USC make history
       
It was probably a good time to start paying attention to the USC Trojans before they beat Kansas by 34 points in the Round of 32. He won Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Yet there’s never been a point this season where Mobley and the Trojans have been college basketball’s top story—not even now. 6 seed (still the highest of anyone in its conference other than Colorado, which is the only Pac-12 team that's been eliminated). As the story goes, the Mobley brothers landed at USC after Enfield hired their father, Eric, as an assistant coach in March 2018.
The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me
       
The Roaring Twenties will soon be upon us, social media and ad campaigns declare in lustful delirium. I’m sipping on this toxic cocktail of social anxiety and perfectionism all the time. Should I be making summer plans? Have other people already made summer plans? Do my plans need to be twice as fun as ordinary summer plans?
Hilary Duff and husband Matthew Koma welcome their second child
       
Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma are already parents to daughter Banks Violet, 2, and Duff is also mom to 9-year-old son Luca Cruz. Hilary Duff is a mom of three! The Younger actress, 33, and husband Matthew Koma have welcomed their second child together. Hilary-Duff-Matthew-Koma Image zoom Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma | Credit: David Livingston/GettyDuff opened up to PEOPLE in December about preparing for her third child, explaining why this time around she decided to keep the baby's sex unknown until their arrival. Hilary Duff Family Image zoom Hilary Duff and family | Credit: Hilary Duff/InstagramThis time, Duff said, she was much more relaxed about the pregnancy than she was with her second.
Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation
       
Meanwhile, a strain of ransomware called DearCry has been piggybacking off the same Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities originally exploited by Chinese hackers for espionage worldwide. On Friday, MIT Tech Review reported that the hackers are agents from a Western government who were conducting a counterterrorism operation. And while ransomware attacks were a high-profile source of risk in 2020, the number of individual incidents totaled 2,474, with losses of over $29.1 million. IC3 data is imperfect, because not all incidents are reported—especially in cases like ransomware attacks, where victims are hesitant to admit that they paid attackers. The prolific REvil ransomware group asked a record-breaking $50 million in payment to decrypt Acer's systems and avoid having their exfiltrated data leaked.
Biden Doesn’t Need to Be FDR or LBJ to Change America
       
Thus, in 2008, Barack Obama touted his ambition to change “the trajectory of America” in the same way that Ronald Reagan had done. By May 2020, Biden himself was broadcasting an ambition to be the next FDR. As Ackerman writes:Biden’s COVID relief plan is what you would have expected a President Joe Biden to pass in an emergency. The Biden coalition may be incapable of delivering a Great Society, but a markedly better one is within reach. In terms of partisan polarization, early Biden looks more like early Trump than he does like any previous president.
March Madness Daily: Juwan Howard vs. Dawn Staley Money Matchup
       
Dawn Staley and Juwan Howard both had successful professional basketball careers before stepping off the court and onto the sidelines. Not bad, but it still pales in comparison to the $149 million Howard is estimated to have earned during his 19-season NBA career, according to Spotrac. Her contract calls for an escalating NCAA tournament bonus, which starts at $25,000 for a first-round victory and jumps to $50,000 for an appearance in the Sweet 16. Sportico will be publishing one short business highlight every weekday (and on some weekend days) during the three-week NCAA tournament. March 18: The NCAA’s Billion-Dollar Empire is Built on BasketballMarch 19: How Much is an NCAA Tournament Win Worth?
Francis Ngannou has tools to take Stipe Miocic’s title at UFC 260
       
UFC 260 lost its co-main event when featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski tested positive for COVID-19, so his title defense against Brian Ortega will be rescheduled. The main event is the heavyweight title bout between the champ Stipe Miocic, who is the +110 underdog, and No. His wrestling, striking, cardio and confidence compose the complete fighter. In five fights since the loss to Miocic, Ngannou has a 4-1 tally. Also know that addressing and countering Miocic’s wrestling pressure has also been drilled into Ngannou for the past couple of years.
Suez canal blockage could intensify shipping delays, lead to shortages of toilet paper, coffee and other consumer goods
       
There are virtually no alternative routes for shipping goods from Asia to Europe. Most producers of robusta coffee, used in Nescafe, ship the product through the canal. Oil shipments also may become ensnared in the crisis. About 1.9 million barrels of oil a day go through the canal, according to Lloyd’s List, a shipping journal. And the global shipping network has been clogged even as consumer demand has picked along with an easing pandemic.
Fantasy baseball rebound candidates to watch
       
One of the most common mistakes novice fantasy baseball players make while preparing for their drafts is how easily they overlook strong talent coming off a bad year. Watch how all eyes are on the Orioles’ Trey Mancini, who beat cancer in 2020 and is expected to have an outstanding rebound season. Ramon Laureano APLike many players, Laureano struggled with the unconventional spring and delayed season in 2020, and he was limited early with a calf injury. Now, entering his age-26 season, Laureano is looking to put 2020 behind him and get back to business. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy baseball advice.
New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate goes up slightly
       
New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate ticked up slightly Friday, the latest numbers show. The statewide positivity rate, measured on a seven-day average, was 3.41 percent Friday, up from 3.37 percent the prior day. The seven-day positivity rate in New York City Friday was 4.26 percent, an increase from the previous day’s number of 4.18 percent. There were 4,578 New Yorkers hospitalized with the bug Friday, a decrease of 25 from the previous day. A total of 76 people died from COVID-19 across the state Friday including 44 in the Big Apple.
Low attendance seen in many reopened NYC schools, data shows
       
Last week, 488 high schools joined elementary and middle schools now open for students in “blended learning” schedules, a mix of in-person and online classes. Mayor Bill de Blasio leaves the Bronx School for Law Government & Justice High School on March 22, 2021. A student has their temperature checked at Brooklyn Tech High School on March 25, 2021. DOE spokesman Nathaniel Styer called the DOE data “extremely preliminary,” because some schools entered no attendance numbers by the day’s end. On Tuesday, 459 of the 1,619 schools showed zero in-person attendance, including 78 that failed to enter any attendance data, the records show.
Celebrate the cherry blossoms by joining the Petal Porch Parade
       
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, National Cherry Blossom Festival organizers have reimagined related events to allow for social distancing. That includes the traditional parade. Instead of a parade along Constitution Avenue, neighborhoods across the D.C. area can be part of the Petal Porch Parade. The idea is to decorate the front of your house — porch, yard or windows — with cherry blossom art and crafts. If you would like inspiration, look for how-to videos at the website, nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/event/porch-parade.
Meet Chloe V. Mitchell: one of the first college athletes to make money from her likeness
       
Now, Chloe V. Mitchell, a freshman volleyball player at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan is believed to be the first college athlete to make money from her likeness. That's kind of our thing," she says. "So if we are given that opportunity to participate in [capitalism], as I think we should be, speaking as a student-athlete, then we should be able to make money off our name." I needed space from my family." The now 19-year-old found that space in a small shed in her backyard and decided to turn it into a "she-shed."
Covid cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued even as vaccinations increase
       
Covid-19 cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued in the U.S. even as the country set a new record for coronavirus vaccine doses administered in one day on Saturday. More than 3.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Saturday, according to tallies recorded by the CDC. Saturday's total broke the previous record for most Covid-19 vaccine shots given in one day set on Friday with 3.37 million doses reported. More than 140 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Saturday, according to the CDC. President Joe Biden on Thursday set a new goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
I lost my job at 55 and started my own successful business. I now constantly get texts from friends and former coworkers asking how I did it. What do I do?
       
“ ‘I woke up every morning at 4 a.m. to research, research, research how best to use my resources and ended up starting a small business.’ ”I woke up every morning at 4 a.m. to research, research, research how best to use my resources, and ended up starting a small business. Once I started, I made mistakes and messed things up, but kept educating myself more and more. Now, I wake up each day and think, “I own a small business!” My hubby even took early retirement to partner with me. Several times a month, friends and prior coworkers reach out to us to ask how they too can get started in what we do. Post your questions, tell me what you want to know more about, or weigh in on the latest Moneyist columns.
The new normal of travel: 10 things that can seriously impact your next trip
       
After a year of little to no travel, you’re probably ready to get back out and explore the world once it’s safe. Travel insurance may not cover everything you thought it didGiven how unpredictable the travel world is right now with schedule, rule and policy changes, you might be inclined to purchase travel insurance to provide yourself with some financial protection on the nonrefundable portions of your trip. Just be clear about what your travel insurance covers. Even pre-pandemic, most forms of travel insurance would cover illness-related cancellations (such as actually getting sick), but would not cover disinclination to travel (such as backing out because you might get sick). Sometimes travel insurance is worth it, but sometimes it is not.
April has been bullish for stocks but you shouldn’t bet on a repeat this year
       
Wall Street's calendar trading patterns aren't worth planning your days around. Faster inflation later this year will be the result of a comparison with artificially low consumer prices a year earlier during the pandemic. A bitcoin revolution is underway and MarketWatch is gathering a cast of crypto experts to explain what it all means. Zuckerberg, Dorsey get a Congressional tongue lashing, but does DC have more punishment in store? Even with a vaccine rollout, major shifts have happened in the travel industry, and here are the main factors likely to affect your next trip in the COVID era.
Official Reveals Army Scars On His Chest During Meeting To Protest Anti-Asian Violence
       
An elected official in Ohio made a powerful statement about anti-Asian violence during a town hall meeting this week when he showed off the scars he got while serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years. “I’m 69 years old and I’m going to show you what patriotism, the questions about patriotism, looks like. Here is my proof,” said Wong, lifting up his shirt to reveal the scars. Story continues“In the last few years, things are getting worse and worse,” said Wong. But there are some ignorant people that will come up to me and say that I don’t look American or patriotic enough.
For many motel dwellers, eviction ban provides no relief
       
Efficiency Lodge said Neason — despite his lengthy stay — was a guest it could kick off the property without filing an eviction case in court. “It's the same law.”Neason's struggles reflect the heightened risk of homelessness faced by motel and hotel dwellers during the pandemic, housing attorneys say. Hotel and motel residents in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia have reported being expelled or threatened with immediate eviction over the past year. A judge sided with Malone in November, saying the hotel had to file an eviction case against him in court. Advocates say lawsuits by hotel residents are rare, and many other removals go unreported.
For a Night at the Theater, Bring a Negative Coronavirus Test
       
Audience members wear masks and maintain social distancing shortly before a performance at the Berliner Ensemble theater in Berlin, March 20, 2021. The test, which is included in the price of the ticket, must be administered by medically trained workers at one of five approved centers. The short run of shows is intended to test whether organizers can put on cultural events safely, even as infection numbers soar. Berlin is not the only city that could benefit from the insights from the project, with findings expected in mid-April. But with New York City still reporting high numbers of new infections each day, real risks remain.
Georgia Elections Officials Compare Dem ‘Voter Suppression’ Claims to Trump’s Fraud Allegations
       
Refinery29Georgia became the first state to impose new voting rights restrictions under the Biden administration Thursday. More rigid ID requirements on their own will always impact Black voters more harshly. “Rather than grappling with whether their ideology is causing them to fail, they are instead relying on what has worked in the past,” said voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. When she ran for governor in Georgia in 2018, Abrams centered voter suppression in her campaign. Such laws will continue to disenfranchise Black voters and voters of color.
Increase in arriving asylum seekers keeps San Diego migrant shelter busy
       
The photos document asylum seekers’ final moments in San Diego before they board planes to reunite with loved ones they’ve spent sometimes years trying to reach. AdvertisementAdvertisementA child accepts a food delivery from Eitan Peled of Jewish Family Service in San Diego. AdvertisementVolunteers with Jewish Family Service help with food delivery for asylum-seeking families in San Diego. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)AdvertisementWhile some shelter staff are transporting asylum seekers to the San Diego airport as early as 3:30 a.m., Peled’s days typically start around 7:30 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Clark said she’s seen tears of joy streaming down asylum seekers’ faces as they walk to the bus.
CDC will not lift conditional sailing order earlier than November
       
Despite requests from the industry, the CDC will not be lifting its conditional sailing order early. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) responded to public requests from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to lift its Framework for Conditional Sailing Order earlier than the planned ending date of Nov. 1. In an email to TradeWinds, a cruise industry trade publication, the CDC said, "On October 30, 2020, CDC issued Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) that remains in effect until November 1, 2021. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe order, first issued in October following the CDC lifting a blanket "no-sail" order, is set to expire Nov. 1 of this year, the CDC says. It could also expire earlier, if the Secretary of Health and Human Services no longer declares the pandemic to be a public health emergency, or later, if the national public health institute modifies the order based on public health considerations.
Cruise line association calls on CDC to lift conditional sailing order in early summer
       
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), an association of 50-plus cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, is publicly calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lift its Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, which is scheduled to remain in effect until at least Nov. 1. Under the CDC’s current order, cruise lines are given a "framework of actionable items" to complete, including the demonstration of coronavirus mitigation factors. It could also expire earlier, if the Secretary of Health and Human Services no longer declares the pandemic to be a public health emergency, or later, if the national public health institute modifies the order based on public health considerations. The CLIA’s latest announcement comes only days after Royal Caribbean Richard Fain called for the CDC to review its Conditional Sailing Order in light of vaccination efforts and overseas voyages. "The Conditional Sail Order was a very positive step at the time, but that time has passed."
Hundreds march in L.A.’s Koreatown as part of ‘Stop Asian Hate’ rallies across the country
       
Many spoke out against the alarming increase in hate crimes against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during the pandemic and demanded government action to stop the racist attacks. AdvertisementHundreds participated in a “Stop Asian Hate” rally in Koreatown on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Since coronavirus shutdowns began last March, thousands of Asian Americans have faced racist verbal and physical attacks or have been shunned by others, according to a recent report by Stop AAPI Hate. Anti-Asian hate crimes have soared in Los Angeles and other major cities. Experts say the hatred has been stoked by misplaced blame over the pandemic and the inflammatory rhetoric of former President Trump, who repeatedly called the disease the “China virus” and “Wuhan flu.”Marchers at a “Stop Asian Hate” rally in Koreatown on Saturday.
In push for voting changes, GOP lawmakers seek greater control over local elections
       
Threats to fine county election officials and overturn results. Brian Kemp signed a bill Thursday to give the GOP-dominated Legislature greater influence over a state board that regulates elections and empowers it to remove local election officials deemed to be underperforming. A South Carolina proposal would give lawmakers new oversight of the members appointed to the currently independent State Election Commission. The board could then remove local election officials and replace them. “It’s really a shame because our local election officials, in many ways, were heroes last year, and to see them attacked by their state lawmakers is really unfortunate,” she said.
Florida Gov DeSantis threatens to sue US over cruise ship ban
       
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to launch a lawsuit against the federal government Friday, unless the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lift the no-sail coronavirus order by this summer. March 14 marked one year since all cruise lines were forced to dock following the outbreak of the coronavirus, a move that has reportedly cost Florida $3.2 billion in the first six months of the pandemic, along with 49,500 jobs and $2.3 billion in wages. CRUISE LINE ASSOCIATION CALLS ON CDC TO LIFT CONDITIONAL SAILING ORDER IN EARLY SUMMERThe Florida roundtable came just days after the CDC announced they would not lift the no-sail order, despite a request from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Wednesday. The CLIA has since taken to twitter to urge Americans to appeal to their congressmen to help lift the no-sail order, given the increasing number of vaccines administered nationwide.
Mass. reports 77,015 new COVID-19 vaccinations
       
The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 77,015 to 3,300,864, state officials reported Saturday. The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Friday, when 72,612 new vaccinations were reported. The total number of shots administered amounted to 88.1 percent of the 3,745,460 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said. The total shots administered included 2,075,557 first shots and 1,143,630 second shots. AdvertisementThe number of people fully vaccinated — with either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson — rose to 1,225,307.
Birx says deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ last year
       
Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that U.S. deaths from the virus could have been sharply reduced if mitigation efforts to slow the spread had come more quickly last spring. “The first time, we have an excuse. There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,” Birx told CNN. “All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.”
Liesbeth Stoeffler, a runner kept going by rare lung treatment, dies at 61
       
“The ECMO was the bridge between my respiratory failure and the transplant,” Ms. Stoeffler told USA Today in 2009. Ms. Stoeffler died of cystic fibrosis March 4 at the Irving Medical Center, her brother Ewald Stoffler said. “About five days into it, she told me it was the best she’d felt in years,” Dr. Matthew Bacchetta, who also treated Ms. Stoeffler, told a Columbia online publication. In less than two years, Ms. Stoeffler began running races in earnest. Restivo, who is the executor of Ms. Stoeffler’s will, said Ms. Stoeffler would sometimes text with instructions to give the doctors.
Rally along Marathon route denounces racism against Asian people
       
AdvertisementOrganizers dispatched relay runners in the eight communities on the 26.2-mile course between Hopkinton and Boston to spread their message against Asian hate, and concluded the event with a rally on Boston Common. The fight against anti-Asian racism intensified after a gunman killed eight people at Atlanta-area spas on March 16, including six women of Asian descent. Shen said Asian immigrants in the United States have a long history of working under perilous conditions, including Chinese laborers who died by the hundreds while building the Transcontinental Railroad during the 19th century. The national coalition Stop AAPI Hate received 96 reports from Massachusetts of anti-Asian hate and discrimination between March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28, according to data released earlier this month. Midway through the rally, a group of organizers shouted, “Stop being quiet!”Demonstrators shouted back, “No more!”Eileen Zhang, 42, of Quincy, brought her children and cousins to the Boston Common rally.
Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties reach 8,000 COVID-19 deaths
       
Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties reached a combined death toll of 8,000 on Saturday, according to the latest data. In Dallas County, officials reported 16 more COVID-19 deaths and 312 new coronavirus cases. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 290,108, including 251,502 confirmed and 38,606 probable. TexasAcross the state, 4,219 more cases were reported Saturday, including 4,029 new cases and 190 older ones recently reported by labs. As of Friday, there were 71,484 total cases in the county, including 53,103 confirmed and 18,381 probable.
Trying to break through skepticism, Gee's Clippers owner brings COVID-19 vaccine to barbershop customers
       
Sylvia Holmes got to Gee’s Clippers early on Saturday to beat the rush. And then, in what some would consider the unlikeliest of places, she was getting the COVID-19 vaccine. “I figured if I’m getting the vaccination, I might as well get my haircut while I waited,” Holmes said. “You can participate in some self-care and health care at the same time.”Nearly 30 people came to Gee’s Clippers on North King Drive on Saturday for their first coronavirus vaccination. Gaulien “Gee” Smith, the owner of Gee’s Clippers, not only helped bring the vaccine to his neighborhood, his support of getting the vaccine helped bring people who may have been skeptical inside to learn more.
Wild goaltender Cam Talbot reminding everyone who he is
       
Remember a few weeks ago when Wild Twitter wanted goaltender Cam Talbot relegated to a backup role? Just as that narrative started to take form with rookie goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen playing out of his mind, Talbot responded with arguably his best stretch of the season. It’s also the type of performance Talbot knew he could provide if a team trusted him to be the No. As coach Dean Evason put it, “Not only a quality, quality goaltender but a quality, quality person.”“It doesn’t seem like he’s like, ‘Oh I have to be the No.1 guy,” ” Evason added. Fortunately for Talbot, he’s been able to move past both situations, and he’s finally gaining some traction with a 9-5-1 record, a 2.34 goals against average, and a .925 save percentage.
NY COVID-19 positivity rate still ticking upward, Gov. Cuomo says
       
The state’s coronavirus positivity rate continued to creep upward on Friday, as 76 more New Yorkers died of COVID-19 and nearly 4,600 were hospitalized with the disease, Gov. The positivity rate had been falling since its post-holiday peak in early January, but it stopped dropping in late February, remaining between 3.1% to 3.2% through most of March before ticking up again. The one-day positivity rate on Friday was 3.15%, up from 3.01% on Thursday. "New Yorkers should remember the positivity rate is a function of what they do to slow the spread," Cuomo said in a statement. Dentists, psychologists and others deemed health care workers with direct contact with patients.
Hundreds rally in Hauppauge to protest hate crimes against Asian Americans
       
For Howard Fei, Saturday’s rally in Hauppauge to protest violence against Asian Americans was a way for him to show that he could not stay silent on the recent attacks against people of Asian ancestry in Atlanta, New York and the West Coast. "We need all of our elected officials, local elected officials, state elected officials, national elected officials," at which point Edwards turned to look behind her at Zeldin, "to vote for justice, to vote against hate. Zeldin, speaking at the rally, said he stood with the Asian American community, pointing out that his wife, Diana Zeldin, was of Asian ancestry. Speaking to Newsday reporters after the rally, Zeldin defended his vote on that resolution, saying the resolution was pushed as a "pro-Trump, anti-Trump resolution". Tsai Wei Sun, 45, of Huntington Station, said she hopes that the rallies will inspire people to speak out when they see violence or acts of hate against Asian Americans being committed.
Oklahoma high school baseball: Six players to watch in 2021
       
Here are six local baseball players to watch this spring. Payton Tolle, Sr., Bethany: The Wichita State signee has recorded five home runs, 20 RBI and seven doubles in his 11 games played since the basketball season. Brumbaugh, an Oklahoma State signee, has helped the Wolves to a 6-6 record. Bates has helped Washington to a 6-4 start as the leader of the infield. Bode Brooks, Sr., Tuttle: The Oklahoma signee has shown why he is a Division-I talent so far this season.
Red Sox notebook: Eduardo Rodriguez feeling better as he rebounds from dead arm
       
Fresh off losing his Opening Day start due to a case of dead arm, Eduardo Rodriguez returned to the mound Saturday morning and said he felt great. Rodriguez was supposed to be the Opening Day starter last year, too, but was replaced by Nathan Eovaldi due to myocarditis. “It was hard for me because everyone wants to go out and do Opening Day one time in their career,” he said. The Atlanta Braves announced that the former Red Sox third baseman made the Braves’ Opening Day roster. The Red Sox were still paying him through 2020, when they paid $5 million to buy him out of his contract.
Cohan: Vaccine passports can create haves and have-nots, need to be done with equity in mind
       
Coronavirus vaccination requirements are starting to pop up in the U.S. too. Vaccine passports can quickly create haves and have-nots of those who are free to enjoy certain activities while others are held back. Other individuals lack access to medical care in general, and may not even have medical records — never mind a vaccine passport. I strongly believe in the science of coronavirus vaccines and that everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, should be vaccinated. The use of vaccine passports now and into the future is inevitable, but it needs to be done with equity in mind so we don’t have privileged populations returning to “normal” before others.
‘The West was not humble enough’: Taiwan’s health minister on why Covid brought Britain to its knees
       
You said that society and the West was not humble enough for this pandemic. When Covid-19 hit, Taiwan already had its pandemic strategy in place and like many countries in East Asia suppression of the virus was a big part of that. Before the pandemic did British scientists, public health officials or politicians come to the Taiwanese government to ask for help with their own pandemic preparedness? Our strategy contrasts to those countries first administering to the most vulnerable, as the pandemic is contained in our country. By next Spring, these countries should have returned to relative normality, but for poorer countries it will take much longer.
Top-ranked James Madison grinds past William & Mary 38-10
       
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Cole Johnson passed for 220 yards with a touchdown, Kaelon Black gained 141 with a score on the ground, and top-ranked James Madison defeated William & Mary 38-10 on Saturday, playing for the first time since March 6. But they opened Saturday's game with a 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ate up 5:27 of the first quarter. James Madison scored the game's first four touchdowns, adding drives of 80, 11 and 81 yards. William & Mary (1-2, 1-2) didn't get on the board until Ethan Chang kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Jawon Hamilton scored two rushing TDs for the Dukes, and Ethan Ratke kicked a 42-yard field goal.
Could Covid have been stopped? Taiwan’s health minister reveals UK asked for help to control virus
       
Taiwan warned the UK last year to strictly enforce face mask and social distancing policies and not to bow to public pressure to lift pandemic prevention measures too quickly, according to its health minister, Chen Shih-chung. He also said the West, in particular, had become over-confident in its health infrastructure and should have been more “humble” in the face of the pandemic rather than neglecting the outbreak in its early stages. Taiwan’s recommendations, if closely followed, could have saved lives. As the UK comes to terms with 126,000 deaths, Taiwan, which sits just 80 miles from the coast of China, acted fast and decisively and has lost only ten people to date. His comments, along with guidance from other East Asian nations, may figure in any future public inquiry into the pandemic, with the Prime Minister and others already pointing to the failure of the British public health establishment to take on board the lessons from Asia of Sars and Mers.
Victoria Beckham is every inch the proud mum as her three sons reunite
       
Victoria Beckham was every inch the proud mother on Saturday as she shared a sweet photo of her three sons reuniting. Victoria, who also has daughter Harper, nine, with husband David, 45, captioned the snap with: 'The boys are back together! Victoria and her family jetted out to Miami over Christmas for David's business surrounding his football club and to celebrate the New Year. At the weekend, her sons Romeo, 18, and Cruz, 16, teased Victoria about her signature poker face by wearing logo T-shirts from her collection with 'FFS SMILE' printed on them. Victoria herself also reposted the images writing alongside: 'Like mother like sons'.
The number of US coronavirus deaths could have been 'decreased substantially' , says Dr Birx
       
The number of coronavirus deaths in the US would have 'decreased substantially' if cities and states had learned from the first surge that claimed 100,000 lives, Dr Deborah Birx said. Birx, who spearheaded the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, claimed subsequent surges could have been 'mitigated' if the lessons had been learned and acted on. ET on CNN, Dr Birx has no doubt that the developing outbreak could and should have been handled differently. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.' 'So, Dr. Redfield was mentioning that he was giving an opinion as to a possibility.
Biden official 'ordered Republicans to DELETE photos of crowded migrant facility'
       
Republican senators say a Biden official urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. Despite promising 'transparency', Biden officials have refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility - as criticism surrounding the border crisis continues to grow. Republican senators say Biden officials urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. 'If you were an unaccompanied minor, you were sent over to the Donna facility, which we went over and visited. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side.
Chen wins third straight figure skating world title as Hanyu slips
       
Chen added to his 2018 and 2019 world titles. "It's amazing, the fact I'm able to be here at this world championships after this unprecedented year, it's amazing. Chen needed to make up eight points on Hanyu who was skating last, and opted for a routine that included a daunting five quads. Chen landed all his quads with elegant athleticism, starting with a Lutz and following that with a flip, a Salchow and two toe loops. Kagiyama, skating to the "Avatar" soundtrack, succeeded with a quad Salchow, quad toe-triple toe and quad toe as well as four more strong triples.
Biden's DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas FIRES 32 members of his advisory council
       
AdvertisementDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas has been slammed for firing 32 members of the agency's advisory council, including several Donald Trump allies, in the middle of the border crisis. Mayorkas did not rule out the possibility that some of the fired members could be reappointed to the newly-formed council. A total of 32 members have lost their positions including all Trump-era appointees - as well as more longstanding members from earlier administrations. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side. 'On the other side of the river is Mexico,' Cruz noted.
Ford government could win election today, despite criticism of COVID-19 response: Poll
       
A new poll shows Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives would win the most votes if the election were held now, despite some criticism of their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked about how the Progressive Conservatives have handled the COVID-19 pandemic, 63 per cent of the poll respondents said the party has done well. That includes 59 per cent of Liberal party supporters, 45 per cent of NDP voters, and 44 per cent of Green party supporters. Of the 1,000 Ontario residents aged 18 and older who responded to the Leger poll, 28 per cent said they would support the NDP, down from the 33.6 per cent of voters the party carried in 2018. Online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.doug ford
California’s unemployment is at a pandemic low, a recovery ‘milestone’
       
California’s economic recovery gained pace in February as the state recouped jobs lost to a dire winter COVID-19 surge, bringing the unemployment rate to its lowest level since the onset of the pandemic last year, officials said. February’s unemployment rate is about double the 4.3% rate of February 2020, and the state has 1.6 million unemployed workers. Still, the state’s labor market continues to lag behind the nation’s, with the U.S. unemployment rate at 6.2% in February. California has the third-highest unemployment rate, tied with Connecticut after Hawaii and New York. Unemployment claims filed this month underscore the recovery challenge ahead, said Michael Bernick, a former director of the state’s Employment Development Department.
EACH Act Would End Hyde Amendment and Restore Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care
       
The legislation would reverse the Hyde Amendment and guarantee abortion coverage in federal health insurance programs. Moreover, low-income women are more likely than more affluent women to have an unintended pregnancy, especially low-income women of color. “Despite Roe v. Wade affirming the constitutional right to abortion, federal coverage restrictions have made abortion accessible only to those with means,” said Senator Murray. Movement to End Hyde Amendment Gaining MomentumSupport for ending the Hyde Amendment has been building in recent years. A bill to end the Hyde Amendment was first introduced in 2015 as the EACH Woman Act.
Beto O'Rourke Says Ted Cruz Is 'Looking For A Crisis To Cosplay Senator For'
       
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Friday blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a Twitter tirade, accusing him of fearmongering about an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border instead of focusing on issues directly affecting his constituents. “The truth is, the number of individual asylum seekers and immigrants seeking to come to this country is the SAME or LOWER than it was in 2019 when Trump was President (and you were, apparently, Senator),” O’Rourke wrote. “This isn’t any more of a crisis today than it was then.”You’re in a Border Patrol boat armed with machine guns. If you’re looking for a crisis to cosplay Senator for, I’m happy to point you in the right direction. https://t.co/mDyWs6rQOM — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021The state you “represent” in the Senate is the least insured in the nation.
Go back to U.S. if you don't like it here, Quebec MP tells Canadian professor who said province is racist
       
“There is a bull horn of racism, and it is painted Conservative blue.”Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. The president of the province’s own human rights commission said last October that systemic racism was a reality in Quebec Various Quebec politicians condemned Attaran’s comments, some saying he was racist himself. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. • Email: tblackwell@postmedia.com | Twitter: tomblackwellNPShare this article in your social networkShopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
WHO Chief Blasts 'Grotesque' Vaccine Inequality as Rich Nations Block Speedy End of Global Pandemic
       
As rich nations like the United States and pharmaceutical companies face sustained calls to share Covid-19 vaccine knowledge, the head of the World Health Organization on Monday decried the "grotesque" global inequality of vaccine distribution. The gap in vaccine distribution, said Tedros, ultimately hurts all nations' effort to defeat the virus. A global pandemic requires a global effort to end it. "The covid-19 pandemic will not be over for us until it is over for everyone," the group tweeted. "We can end the Covid-19 pandemic this year," the group said.
No. 1 UConn outduels No. 5 Iowa in battle of freshmen phenoms to advance to women's Elite 8
       
Connecticut is back in the Elite 8 for its 15th consecutive appearance after rolling past Iowa Saturday, 92-72, in the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 1 recruit, led the team with 27 points, and Bueckers showed her all-around game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. “Like I told the team before the game, in all these matchups, it comes (down) to somebody else. Christyn Williams, Evina Westbrook and Olivia (Nelson-Ododa), our three juniors were amazing — played the way you wanted your upperclassmen to play. Clark led Iowa with 21 points, 5 assists and three rebounds.
A look inside an immigration holding facility: GOP senators 'stunned' by conditions at 'overwhelmed' site
       
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said the Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas, was "completely overwhelmed." Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said he was "absolutely stunned" with the conditions he saw Friday morning at the CBP facility. The Biden administration is struggling to grapple with an increase of migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden administration earlier this week released photos and two videos of the CBP facilities in Donna and El Paso, Texas. The Biden administration has conceded that the CBP facilities are not suitable for children.
No. 1 UConn outduels No. 5 Iowa in battle of freshmen phenoms to advance to women's Elite 8
       
Connecticut is back in the Elite 8 for its 15th consecutive appearance after rolling past Iowa Saturday, 92-72, in the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 5-seeded Hawkeyes was a complete team effort by the Huskies. 1 recruit, led the team with 27 points, guard Evina Westbrook was just one rebound shy of a triple-double and freshman forward Aaliyah Edwards shined early and ended with 18 points. Clark, Iowa's freshman phenom, led the team with 21 points, 5 assists and three rebounds, while McKenna Warnock racked up 20 points. But consecutive 3-pointers from Bueckers and UConn's fourth-quater run allowed the Huskies to pull away.
The Original 20 Guantánamo Detainees: A Roster, and Where They Are Now
       
Mullah Fazel Mazloom, sent to Qatar in 2014Mullah Mazloom, sometimes identified as Mullah Mohammad Fazl, was among five Taliban members sent to Qatar in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner by the militant Haqqani network in the tribal area of Pakistan’s northwest frontier. He and the other four Taliban prisoners who were traded for the release of Sergeant Bergdahl live as guests of the Qatari government like many expatriates in Doha. Instead, neighboring Oman agreed to take him, along with 29 other detainees, in one of the most successful resettlement programs. As a rule, former detainees in Oman refuse to speak with foreign reporters, apparently at the urging of the host nation.
Opinion | Biden’s Chance to Save the Everglades
       
With passage of the Covid-19 relief bill behind it, the Biden administration will soon offer its encore, one or more big proposals reflecting President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better, which will enlarge government’s role in the American economy. Together, these budget requests will be bigger in dollar terms than the relief bill, will address daunting problems like infrastructure and climate change — and, inevitably, will revive the partisan divide that plagues Washington. There is, however, one environmentally important project that boasts remarkable bipartisan agreement and has important climate implications. It may be the most ambitious ecosystem recovery project ever, not just in the United States but anywhere, and it has the added virtue of being an act of atonement for past government failures.
Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers
       
Live Covid-19 Live Updates: State Lawmakers Across U.S. Seek to Curtail Governors’ Emergency Powers About a third of U.S. adults have now received at least one dose of a vaccine. Utah lawmakers voted for an April 10 end to mask requirements and to rein in powers of the governor and state health officials to deal with crises; the bill became law on Wednesday. The nonpartisan Uniform Law Commission is reviewing state emergency statutes to see if they need updating in light of the coronavirus crisis. A mask mandate in the city and surrounding Travis County is under fire by state officials. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAfter a year of the pandemic, public transit around the world is hanging by a thread.
With NYC comedy clubs reopening, what jokes are — and aren’t — fair game?
       
I cannot wait to get on stage at a club and bare my soul,” the New York-based stand-up comic told The Post. When the city’s comedy clubs finally reopen on April 2, at 25 percent capacity, things will be different than they were pre-pandemic. You don’t like Jew jokes?” — and her comrades in comedy are ready. So if there was something funny for me to say about COVID, I would say it.”One comedian who’ll be trying to avoid that is Wali Collins. Apparently he had COVID, because he had no taste.”But, Collins acknowledged, “For my character on stage, it’s too soon.
Sheriff’s deputies temporarily shut down SI ‘autonomous zone’ Mac’s Public House
       
Sheriff’s deputies padlocked a notorious Staten Island watering hole Friday for serving alcohol without a liquor license, authorities said. State Supreme Court Justice Catherine M. DiDomenico issued the temporary closure order for Mac’s Public House Thursday after the city said alcohol was recently served there despite the suspension of its liquor license for defying lockdown restrictions. The Grant City bar was closed when deputies showed up at 8 p..m., and used tools to get inside, according to city Sheriff’s spokesman Joseph Fucito. Mac’s co-owner Daniel Presti has repeatedly been fined by the sheriff’s office for defying the restrictions and was charged with driving into a deputy outside the bar on Dec. 6. A grand jury declined to indict Presti in January on assault charges in the case, which injured Sgt.
Opinion | I fought California’s wildfires day and night. Then I was denied unemployment.
       
In the winter, if we can’t find other work, we rely on unemployment. As I soon discovered, the state’s already rickety unemployment system has been near collapse during the pandemic. By year’s end, nearly 45 percent of the California workforce had filed for unemployment benefits. Between March and September, unable to process hundreds of thousands of claims automatically, EDD used a painstaking manual review, the California state auditor reported. Amid the chaos, criminals took advantage of emergency measures such as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
Nolley 27 points, Memphis 14 3s over Colorado St in NIT semi
       
Landers Nolley II scored a career-high 27 points with seven of Memphis' season-high 14 made 3-pointers, and the Tigers advanced to their first NIT championship game since winning the title in 2002 with a 90-67 semifinal win over Colorado State on Saturday. DeAndre Williams finished with 21 points for Memphis, and Quinones had 18 with four 3s. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMDavid Roddy had 18 points and Isaiah Stevens 17 for Colorado State (20-7). After Roddy started the second half with a 3 to get Colorado State within three points, Memphis responded with a 16-3 run in which Nolley hit a 3 and scored seven points. Colorado State plays the loser in a consolation game.
CNN's Chris Cuomo forges ahead in 'Hack' tournament amid scandal, Jeffrey Toobin fails to pull out a victory
       
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo may be reaping the benefits of his brother's growing scandals as he eyes the top prize in the second annual "Liberal Hack Tournament." The "Cuomo Prime Time" anchor was swept up in the latest bombshell report about Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is being accused of giving prioritized COVID testing to his relatives, including his famous younger brother. Rubin previously defeated Navarro in last year's division championship and went on to face off against Stelter in the final "Liberal Hack" showdown, but was ultimately defeated. Cillizza and Rupar will enter a brutal cage match in the division championship.
NCAA Sweet 16: Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa 92-72
       
Christyn Williams scored 27 points and Paige Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. Bueckers also had nine rebounds and eight assists for UConn, which raised its record to 27-1. Williams missed five of her first seven shots before getting going on offense. She made six straight, including six in a row in the second quarter, to give UConn a 49-35 halftime lead.
Texas COVID numbers decrease 17 days after mask, other restrictions lifted
       
The governor championed his state’s success in a Friday night tweet saying, "Today Texas recorded the lowest 7-day COVID positivity rate since that data began being calculated: 5.43%." RED STATES ABANDON MASK MANDATES, BIDEN SAYS: 'NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO LET UP'"We also recorded the largest daily number of vaccines administered to Texans: 342,849. More Texans getting vaccines will keep down the positivity rate," he said, though adding that receiving the vaccine was "always voluntary." Texas reported 2,239 new infections Saturday, roughly 500 fewer cases on average from the previous week, according to data from the state’s health department. "Please keep wearing your well-fitting mask and taking the public health actions now that we know can reverse these concerning trends," the director concluded.
Jen Psaki defends Biden 'Neanderthal' reopening quip targeting Texas and Mississippi
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden’s "Neanderthal thinking" quip about states removing their mask mandates was an expression of his "frustration and exasperation." Tate Reeves "took offense" to Biden's 'Neanderthal’ remark. MCENANY RIPS BIDEN'S 'NEANDERTHAL' REMARK, COMPARES TO CLINTON'S 'DEPLORABLES' INSULT"People across the country have sacrificed, they haven’t had the information they need from the federal government. Psaki said the White House’s focus has been on ensuring there are enough vaccines, vaccinators and vaccine locations to go around. "There were not enough of any of those things when he [Biden] took office," she said.
French COVID-19 patient numbers rise again, adding to pressure for new lockdown