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    Science Photo Library | Getty Images Covid-19 patients might have been flooding into emergency departments in the spring, particularly in states like New York. But for everything else -- heart attacks, strokes and other kinds of emergencies -- the numbers were down for many hospitals across the country.  A new study collating data from five health systems in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachussetts, North Carolina and New York reported decreases in emergency department visits between 40 and 60 percent in the first four months of 2020, with the most rapid decreases in March. Prior research from the CDC found that in the 10 weeks after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency, emergency room visits "declined 23% for heart attack, 20% for stroke,...
    Footage of students not social distancing inside corridors and gyms has emerged as tens of thousands of students returned to school for the first time this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. Students across the country resumed in-person classes on Monday for the first time since March with schools reopening in parts of Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. One image of a crowded corridor at a school believed to be in Paulding County, Georgia, sparked concern given the lack of social distancing among students.  Only a handful of students in that photo could be seen wearing masks.    There is no statewide mandate in Georgia requiring people to wear masks.  The Georgia Department of Education's guidelines for reopening states that while masks...
    Clorox, the world's biggest maker of disinfectant cleaning materials, said consumers will continue to see a shortage of its wipes and other products into 2021 because of overwhelming demand during the pandemic.While all kinds of disinfectant products have been flying off store shelves since March, wipes have been in especially high demand with consumers.These 2 Lysol products effectively kill COVID-19 on surfaces, EPA saysEMBED More News Videos The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved two Lysol products as effective against the novel coronavirus when used on hard, non-porous surfaces. Clorox, which dominates the $1 billion disinfectant wipes market with a 45% market share, said it has aggressively ramped up production for its cleaning products, but it still won't be enough."Given...
    US coronavirus: Covid-19 is more widespread than ever in the US, even hitting Americans living on islands Beyond Meats U.S. grocery sales nearly triple, offsetting restaurant losses Hate Cleaning The Toilet? Never Scrub Another Toilet Again Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/13 SLIDES © Instagram (2); Courtesy Protective face masks have become a necessity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s important to wear one for health and safety reasons, these protective coverings also provide an opportunity to amp...
    Virgin Atlantic has become billionaire Richard Branson's second airline to file for bankruptcy this year as industry continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. The Virgin Group airline filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York on Tuesday, marking the latest business casualty for the airline industry.    This comes after Virgin Australia filed for voluntary administration in Australia back in April.   Virgin Atlantic has become billionaire Richard Branson's second airline to file for bankruptcy this year as industry continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic
    (CNN)There will be no Rockettes kickline on the Radio City Music Hall stage this holiday season for the first time in its nearly 90-year history. The 2020 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has been canceled due to "uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic," MSG Entertainment announced on Tuesday. Patrons who already bought tickets for the 2020 season that would have run from November 6 through January 3, will be refunded, and tickets for 2021 are now on sale, according to an MSG Entertainment statement. "We regret that the 2020 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase, has been canceled due to continued uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We...
    America's cities are hurting. Our nation is battling the twin challenges of a public health crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the disastrous economic fallout that it has wrought on our communities. In fact, research from the National League of Cities shows that nearly 100% of cities will see a revenue decline this year. [ READ: The Other COVID Casualties: City Budgets ]To meet these outsized needs, cities need Congress to act. We need legislation passed that gets America closer to a full national economic recovery with direct federal aid right now – and the HEALS Act recently unveiled by the Senate provides exactly zero additional dollars to support our nation's cities. Local governments are calling for $500 billion in direct...
    Reigning champion Rafael Nadal shocked the US Open by declaring that he will not defend his title in New York this month. His announcement came just hours after the clay court Madrid Open - to which he had committed - announced that it was not going ahead in September due to the rising number of Covid cases in the Spanish capital. It was easy to conclude from that the likelihood that Nadal would travel to New York, but instead he swiftly put out a statement saying that he would not go under any circumstances. Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open, citing concerns around the coronavirus pandemic The Spaniard won the competition last year but said...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for integrated governance of public systems. The outcomes of crises such as the current pandemic or the Flint water crisis that started in 2014 and continues today are made much worse when communication, management and decision-making networks are not resilient in the face of upheaval. And we must remain vigilant even during a pandemic; one crisis does not negate another. While COVID-19 should have the brunt of our policymakers’ attention, there are risks in allowing the pandemic response to paralyze other aspects of public policy – such as clean drinking water. Peter CalowWe recently wrote a report for the Minnesota Department of Health on “The Future of Drinking Water” highlighting the increasing pressures...
    Getty | South_Agency As politicians debate whether or not to extend federal aid to millions of out-of-work Americans, school districts are debating if there will be a traditional school year. This means parents working at home will once more have the added distraction of supervising and teaching their kids, possibly throughout 2021. Add to that the stress and anxiety about saving for retirement, job security and health complications all related to the pandemic, and you're left with millions of Americans feeling burned out.  The World Health Organization recently updated its definition of burnout from a stress syndrome to "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." It is characterized by three symptoms: feelings of...
    In case you haven’t noticed, the coronavirus is still very much with us. Around a thousand Americans are dying from COVID-19 each day, 10 times the rate in the European Union. Thanks to our failure to control the pandemic, we’re still suffering from Great Depression levels of unemployment; a brief recovery driven by premature attempts to resume business as usual appears to have petered out as states pause or reverse their opening. Yet enhanced unemployment benefits, a crucial lifeline for tens of millions of Americans, have expired. And negotiations over how — or even whether — to restore aid appear to be stalled. You sometimes see headlines describing this crisis as a result of “congressional dysfunction.” Such headlines reveal a...
    New York City's health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot has resigned in protest over Mayor Bill de Blasio's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.   The city's top doctor announced the news Tuesday morning - two months after it was revealed she disparaged an NYPD official who asked for her help with providing officers with face masks.  A copy of her resignation latter, obtained by the New York Times, reveals Barbot was incensed by the fact that the city's disease control experts were not given center stage amid the pandemic.  'I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it...
    Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Pinewood Atlanta Studios Insider spoke to the president and CEO of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, Frank Patterson, about the steps he's taken to reopen. Pinewood Atlanta is one of the biggest production lots in the country and is the site where many of the Marvel movies are made. Patterson said testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is done daily, everyone works in zones, and everyone wears a mask while on site. Synexis, an air filtering system, has also been installed (an independent study is underway to see its effectiveness against COVID-19). As of the end of July, out of the close to 150 people who enter the facility daily, there have been 18...
    Hot objects from vehicle tailpipe caused 26,850-acre Apple Fire in California, authorities say Fast-food menu changes that outraged customers Hate Cleaning The Toilet? Never Scrub Another Toilet Again Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Beat The Heat With This $89 Mini AC Unit Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/23 SLIDES © NBC Television has really saved us during the pandemic....
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. In his 1954 memoir, Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong paints a vivid portrait of the 1918 pandemic and the connective tissue of solidarity, resilience, and stamina that helped him survive it: A serious flu epidemic had hit New Orleans. Everybody was down with it, except me…[The city] ordered closed all schools…churches, theaters, movie houses, and other places of amusement, and [banned] public gatherings…Just when the government was about to let crowds of people congregate again so that we could play our horns once more, the lid was clamped down tighter than ever. He was 17 years old. Or 18, going by the flag-waving...
    More Than a Million in Dark as Isaias Batters U.S. East Coast Fast-food menu changes that outraged customers The face of department stores is radically changing, and could soon look more like a warehouse than a boutique © Katie Warren/Business Insider Neiman Marcus is closing its store in New York City's Hudson Yards. Katie Warren/Business Insider Department stores were already facing challenges in the form of sales declines and debt. Then, the pandemic hit.  Of the 28 major retailers that have filed for bankruptcy so far in 2020, three are department stores.  Department stores will likely have to evolve to survive, whether that evolution takes the form of downsizing or improving their omnichannel services.  "For those retailers that...
    Biden will not announce VP pick this week: campaign Sixers get needed win, but coach Brett Brown calls out defense: I think it stinks LeBron James Says Being Apart from Kids Is Huge Challenge: Miss the Hell Out of My Family LeBron James is facing challenges off the court. © Provided by People Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty LeBron James As the NBA restarted with an abbreviated season after a 141-day hiatus due to the pandemic, players remain quarantined together inside the so-called "bubble" at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. So far, the isolation from his loved ones has proved to be difficult for James, 35. © Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily...
    Six months ago, on January 30, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Ten days before this, the Chinese government had said—to great alarm—that the coronavirus could be transmitted from human to human. The contagiousness of this virus led the WHO to make the declaration, which came a month after the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention told their counterparts in the United States about the virus. On the day that the WHO declared the PHEIC, Trump gave a press conference, where he bewilderingly said, “We think we have it very well under control.” From January 30 onward, the Trump administration’s response to the virus was incoherent and outrageously incompetent. On July 31,...
    Meaghan Ellis August 4, 2020 0 Comments Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is offering details about a federal probe into subpar, KN95 masks from China being sold in the United States. During an interview on Fox News’ “Mornings with Maria,” Azar weighed in on the Wall Street Journal’s recent analysis that suggested the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially allowed Chinese-manufactured, low-quality KN95 masks to be sold in the U.S., which created “confusion about which Chinese brands could be trusted for medical use.” The FDA has since revoked the approval. According to Azar, the investigative findings determined that some of the manufacturers were not reliable. He also noted that the quality of the masks had...
    New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot resigned after clashing with Mayor Bill de Blasio over how to confront the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times reported Tuesday. “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been,” Barbot wrote in her resignation email, a copy of which was shared to TheNYT. Her resignation comes more than two months after the Democratic mayor gave responsibility for the city’s virus contact tracing program to the public hospital system rather than the Health Department. Health officials argued at the time that the public hospital system...
    Ja Morant has great response for Twitter critic after loss Reduce Your Healthcare Costs With These Expert Tips for Seniors Pandemic is heightening stress over the $1.9 million retirement number. How you can save more The top source of financial stress is saving enough for a comfortable retirement, a worry that is trending upward as a result of the pandemic, according to a newly released nationwide survey by Charles Schwab of 1,000 currently employed 401(k) plan participants between the ages of 25 and 70.  Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT How you can save $1 million for retirement How you can save a million bucks for retirement USA TODAY How much the most populous states...
    Radio City Music Hall has canceled the Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular for the first time in 87 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.  MSG Entertainment, which owns the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, announced Tuesday its decision to close the curtain on the 2020 festive show as infections of the deadly virus continue to surge across America.  The annual Spectacular, famous for its sparkling performances by the legendary Radio City Rockettes dance troupe, had been scheduled to run from November 6 to January 3 this year.  Its cancellation comes as the events giant also announced plans to lay off around one-third of its corporate workforce marking the latest business casualty to come from measures put in place to slow the...
    New York (CNN)Clorox, the world's biggest maker of disinfectant cleaning materials, said consumers will continue to see a shortage of its wipes and other products into 2021 because of overwhelming demand during the pandemic.While all kinds of disinfectant products have been flying off store shelves since March, wipes have been in especially high demand with consumers. Clorox (CLX), which dominates the $1 billion disinfectant wipes market with a 45% market share, said it has aggressively ramped up production for its cleaning products, but it still won't be enough.No one can get disinfectant wipes. One company found a clever solution to put them on shelves"Given the fact that cold and flu sits in the middle of the year, and then we...
    A worker applies sealer to a cargo door frame as the bottom section of a Boeing 737 fuselage is assembled at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas.Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images Shares of Spirit Aerosystems fell more than 3% Tuesday after the key Boeing supplier swung to a loss and detailed trouble ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on jetliner demand. The Wichita, Kansas-based producer of fuselages and other aircraft parts swung to a $256 million loss in the second quarter from a $168 million profit a year earlier. The company has been challenged since the March 2019 grounding of the 737 Max after two fatal crashes. On Friday, Spirit said it was cutting 1,000 more jobs because of lower production rates....
    Vice President Mike Pence has hit back at Andrew Cuomo's criticism by claiming the New York Governor made 'poor decisions' in his response to the coronavirus crisis in the state. New York has been the worst-hit state in the pandemic with upwards of 32,000 deaths and 422,000 confirmed cases. Pence said: 'Our hearts grieve for the fact that one in five of all the American lives that have been lost in the coronavirus pandemic were lost in the State of New York and some of that was because of poor decisions by the state and by Governor Cuomo.' Vice President Mike Pence (left) said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) made 'poor decisions' in his response to the coronavirus crisis in New YorkHis...
    On August 5th, Samsung is expected to unveil its latest Galaxy Note smartphone at a new Unpacked event. But alongside its new flagship phone, the company says it plans to launch four additional devices, and rumors suggest we’re in for a mix of foldables, wearables, tablets, and headphones. Specifically, it looks like Samsung is getting ready to announce a successor to the Galaxy Fold called the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet, and a new pair of true wireless earbuds called the Galaxy Buds Live. There’s also the Galaxy Note 20, which, is widely expected to come in two variants. The launch is due to kick off at 10AM ET / 7AM...
    Eager to both save her business and better serve her customers during the pandemic, Anne Hendrickson hopes to convert much of her Work It co-working center on St. Paul’s Fairview Avenue into a student hub. Instead of start-ups, she’s courting kids as young as 13. Instead of social distancing, she calls it “distance-socializing” — a place where online education can happen away from home, with scholarships for families that can’t afford the cost of a monthly membership. Reaction from existing members has been positive, she said. “There’s huge excitement and energy for it,” Hendrickson said. “They’d love to help the students in a situation where there are no good answers. It’s been an interesting journey for us, but I felt...
    NASA The US has taken on grand challenges that required complicated coordination earlier than, together with Challenge Apollo. Coping with the social and financial upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic would require the abilities and abilities of many varieties of professions – medical personnel, public well being specialists, mother and father, college students, educators, legislators, enforcement authorities and lots of others. Till now, although, the U.S. has struggled to mount a coordinated nationwide response to successfully stamp out COVID-19, whilst different international locations in Europe and East Asia have proven that the illness may be managed. Prior to now, the US has efficiently mobilized to deal with deeply complicated challenges and I imagine a type...
    NASA The US has taken on grand challenges that required complex coordination before, including Project Apollo. Dealing with the social and economic upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic will require the skills and talents of many types of professions – medical personnel, public health experts, parents, students, educators, legislators, enforcement authorities and many others. Until now, though, the U.S. has struggled to mount a coordinated national response to effectively stamp out COVID-19, even as other countries in Europe and East Asia have shown that the disease can be controlled. In the past, the United States has successfully mobilized to address deeply complex challenges and I believe one of those – sending astronauts to the Moon – can be...
    Doug Mills/CNP via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.If the current numbers hold, sometime in mid- to late-September, the United States will likely reach the horrific marker of 200,000 people dead due to the coronavirus crisis. No doubt, the media will widely report on this artificial but significant milepost. If, tragically, the trend ticks up slightly after some schools reopen in late summer and after flu season begins in October, this grim headline could appear shortly before Election Day: “COVID-19 Death Count in the US Tops a Quarter of a Million.” One puzzle is why President Donald Trump does not seem to realize that these nightmarish statistics—and the news stories they...
    Pictured is a display of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Building Blocks Toy Store in Chicago, Ill. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)Chicago Tribune | Tribune News Service | Getty Images Heading into March, the team at Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty was on track to exceed its financial projections for the year. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. On Friday the 13th of March, the company, which specializes in soft, malleable putty, was shutdown, unable to ship or make its own product. And that was just the start of its troubles. Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty has long been considered an impulse purchase, something consumers pick-up at the last minute before they cross through the...
    Kellyanne Conway's teenage daughter Claudia branded Donald Trump a 'f****** idiot' on Twitter for stating that schools should be opened amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The 15-year-old yesterday retweeted a post from Trump which read: 'Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!'  She added the caption: 'You're a f****** idiot'.  Trump has frequently blamed America's high number of coronavirus cases - upwards of 4.7 million making it the worst-hit country in the world - on increased testing figures.  Just hours later she told the President to 'please shut up' after he tweeted: 'OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!' Kellyanne Conway's teenage daughter Claudia branded Donald Trump a 'f****** idiot' in another Twitter rant...
    Christopher Heisel of Long Island, N.Y., was once able to take 30 steps with help from his gait trainer. The child, who suffers from cerebral palsy, could sit up on his own and feed himself. Due to the closure of in-person therapies amid the coronavirus pandemic, however, Christopher, 10, can no longer bear any weight on his legs. Little to no wrist strength has left him unable to hold a spoon. “This has been a very difficult situation for him, the regression is so devastating and it’s just been so much within such a short amount of time,” his mother, Kristy Heisel, told Fox News. “All the work we have done is gone.” HEALTH CARE WORKERS WITH CORONAVIRUS GRAPPLE WITH EMOTIONAL TOLL...
    Sabrina Lira Garcia is proud to work as a clinical assistant in the COVID-19 ward of a Los Angeles hospital, but sometimes she wishes she could just stay home with her infant son until the pandemic is over. But pulling her child from day care was not an option for Lira Garcia. She can’t put her career on hold. Her husband was born in Mexico and is undocumented, and the family pays monthly legal fees to help him get residency papers. If he were ever deported, she’d have to support 9-month-old Jeremiah by herself. “I couldn’t afford to just stay home,” she said. Lira Garcia and thousands of other essential workers have had no choice but to put their...
    Business hasn’t been bad at all for Sony during the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony reported Tuesday that theatrical revenue was down to only $6 million the past quarter. It was at $164 million at this point in 2019. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) However, home entertainment revenue shot up 60% to $319 million. It was at $200 million at the same time in 2019. TV revenue was up to $597 million from $422 million. Overall, Sony is only down 4% to $1.63 billion from $1.70 billion  in 2019. Who would have guessed that Sony would weather this storm so damn well? A total dip of 4% is literally nothing in...
    Football games in Ohio won’t have fans until further notice. According to ProFootballTalk, the Ohio Department of Health has banned fans from football games until further notice during the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ohio State Football (@ohiostatefb) on Jul 31, 2020 at 2:04pm PDT The order applies to NFL, college and high school football games. ProFootballTalk did note that the order could be lifted at some point during the season. It’s just not known when or if that’ll happen.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ohio State Football (@ohiostatefb) on Jul 30, 2020 at...
    Tokyo, Aug 4 (EFE) .- The Tokyo Stock Exchange closed today with a 1.70% advance in the Nikkei, its main indicator, buoyed by the gains of the day before on Wall Street and the economic indicators that feed the hopes of Economic recovery. The Nikkei recorded a rise of 378.28 points to 22,573.66 integers, while the Topix, a broader index that groups the largest capitalization values, those of the first section, ended with a gain of 32.62 points or 2.14%, up to 1,555.26 integers. The Tokyo parquet opened higher, in line with the closing of the day before on Wall Street, driven by the technology sector, and also encouraged by positive data on the manufacturing sector in the US and...
    Karen J. Greenberg August 4, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, "I don't take responsibility at all." In April, when 50,000 Americans had died, he praised himself and his administration, insisting, "I think we've done a great job." In May, as deaths continued to mount nationwide, he insisted, "We have met the moment and we have prevailed." In June, he swore the virus...
    The man who sounded an alarm that the U.S. was facing a pandemic, and was grossly unprepared to deal with it, has some harsh words for the government’s efforts thus far. “Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus. And despite its considerable advantages — immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise — it floundered,” Ed Yong, who warned in 2018 of another pandemic, writes in September issue of The Atlantic. “While countries as different as South Korea, Thailand, Iceland, Slovakia, and Australia acted decisively to bend the curve of infections downward, the U.S. achieved merely a plateau in the spring, which changed to an appalling upward slope in the summer.” Yong said he has spoken...
    The PlayStation 4 era may possibly be winding down, but folks are playing their consoles extra than ever at residence. Sony just announced as element of its first-quarter earnings that inspite of a 22 p.c lessen in income of components and packaged game titles, digital program product sales are up 83 per cent 12 months-on-yr, bringing in profits of 395 trillion yen ($3.72 billion). At 599 trillion yen ($5.65 billion), overall PlayStation revenue was 36 percent bigger than the exact time period very last calendar year and was the greatest for any April-June quarter in PlayStation record. Extra than 112 million PS4 consoles have now been delivered around the globe, and Sony has practically 45 million PlayStation Plus subscribers. Sony...
    This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. Last week, my husband and I decided since outdoor dining resumed in our state, we would go out to dinner. For the first time in several months, I decided to get dressed up. I noticed that all my “real” pants felt snug at the waist. The pandemic and staying at home had changed my eating habits immensely. Over the past few months, dinner had become the focal point of our family’s day. I was cooking more elaborate meals. Indulging in more “happy hours” and baking banana bread weekly. I also found myself snacking more frequently throughout the day (especially after watching the news) and craving heartier fare like pasta and sandwiches, rather than my...
    Sonali Kolhatkar August 4, 2020 8:59AM (UTC) This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. When Congress passed the CARES Act earlier this year, lawmakers gave some low-wage Americans who lost their jobs an income they've been demanding for years: $600 a week, which works out to $15 an hour for a 40-hour workweek. Because the federal minimum wage is less than half that rate—stuck there due to the intransigence of conservatives waging a class war against the poor—the coronavirus pandemic ironically gave the bottom rung of the American workforce a taste of what they could have had all along. So popular was this $600 in jobless benefits that even some Republicans who had...
    “Although factors such as constraints due to employees working from home and restrictions on international travel remain, necessary measures are being taken and preparations are underway with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season,” Sony told investors in its earnings report today. Still, gaming was a bright spot for Sony this quarter. The division raked in sales of 606 billion yen (roughly $5.7 billion) during the quarter, up from 457 billion (roughly $4.3 billion) during the same period last year. Almost every other part of Sony’s business, including TVs, smartphones, cameras and movies saw a year-over-year decline. The quarter wasn’t abysmal for Sony, though. The company’s overall sales were 1.97 trillion (roughly $18.6 billion) for the...
    The PlayStation 4 era may be winding down, but people are playing their consoles more than ever at home. Sony just announced as part of its first-quarter earnings that despite a 22 percent decrease in sales of hardware and packaged games, digital software sales are up 83 percent year-on-year, bringing in revenue of 395 trillion yen ($3.72 billion). At 599 trillion yen ($5.65 billion), total PlayStation revenue was 36 percent higher than the same period last year and was the highest for any April-June quarter in PlayStation history. More than 112 million PS4 consoles have now been shipped worldwide, and Sony has nearly 45 million PlayStation Plus subscribers. Sony cites sales of The Last of Us Part II and...
    (CNN)US leaders have struggled to enforce social gathering rules and mask mandates as residents push for a return to normal life amid a rampant spread of coronavirus. But while people may be tired of the pandemic, there's still a long way to go, one world health official said Monday."We need to remain focused. We need to remain strong," the World Health Organization's Covid-19 technical lead, Maria Van Kerkhove said. "We need to accept that this is challenging, but use these challenges to really put it towards something positive and fight this pandemic together."New restrictions were put in place by many US states after parts of the country began reopening and -- several weeks later -- saw a spike in cases....
    (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Military helps enforce Australian state's isolation rules A group of 500 military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders in Australia's Victoria state, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing hefty fines as high as A$20,000 ($14,250.00). The only exemption will be for urgent medical care. Nearly a third of those who contracted COVID-19 were not home isolating when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday. Trump vows to sue Nevada over voting by mail President Donald Trump vowed on Monday he would sue Nevada after the state's Democratic lawmakers passed a bill to...
    by Marc Cohen, University of Massachusetts Boston and Jane Tavares, University of Massachusetts Boston Ten years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is now asking the Supreme Court to overturn it. Yet it’s now clear that the ACA has brought significant improvements to the lives of millions of Americans. Today, they enjoy more health care coverage, with greater access, better outcomes and less cost. One segment in particular gained the most: pre-Medicare adults from ages 50 to 64. Before the ACA, the number of uninsured in that group reached 8.9 million people. Insurance companies rejected more than one in five of their applications. Those who remained uninsured received fewer basic clinical services. They were more...
    TikTok : TikTok will have a few weeks to find US buyer 1:32 (. Business) – What happens to TikTok is not just an issue for millions of American users. The application of short-form videos, the latest high point in tensions between the United States and China, is also of interest to investors. As the geopolitical conflict between the world’s two largest economies intensifies, the fate of TikTok will send an important signal to companies trying to discover what the consequences of a less globalized world will be. What’s happening: Microsoft says it is still discussing the possible purchase of TikTok, days after President Donald Trump claimed he would ban the popular app from operating in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- More than four months since the novel coronavirus lockdown began, some child care centers and preschools have been serving children of essential workers and never closed. Now, these facilities serve somewhat as a model for all schools. Here's a comprehensive look at the major changes two San Francisco preschools took to keep children safe amid the ongoing pandemic.BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: Back to schoolAt Phoebe Hearst Preschool in San Francisco, safety starts even before entering the building. Parents stand in line, six feet apart. The use of hand sanitizer is encouraged after signing in. Children enter and parents never go in."Stopping at the front door, temperature taking, parents no longer allowed into the building, all...
    Deepak Chopra has been busy throughout the pandemic, providing free meditation courses, making ready to launch his 91st ebook, “Whole Meditation,” in September and dealing on an AI model of himself, Digital Deepak. Chopra advised us, “My objective is to speak to a billion individuals to create a greater world. Whether or not that occurs or not, who is aware of? I’m going to offer it my finest shot.” For these not into New Age, Chopra suggests getting by in these tough occasions by “watching previous exhibits of ‘Candid Digital camera.’ They’ve been making me snicker a lot I don’t consider something painful,” he imparted.
    Calif. mom disappears during pandemic road trip Recall: Red onions expected in salmonella outbreak shipped to all 50 states and Canada Jim Cramer: Stop saying the market makes no sense "When the pandemic's out of control, you better believe the Cramer Covid-19 Index will lead us higher," CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday. "These companies are absolutely big enough to drag the averages with them and, amazingly, go much higher," the "Mad Money" host said. "I wish there were more to it than that, but when the virus seems unstoppable, you go back to the well and buy, regardless of valuation," he said. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT How you can save $1 million...
    Investigators are still searching for a California mom who went missing after she set out on a 'pandemic road trip' to Joshua Tree National Park.  Mother-of-one Erika Lloyd, 37, was last seen leaving her home in Walnut Creek on June 14, setting off on a seven-hour journey to her destination.  Lloyd's parents last heard from their daughter on June 16 - the same day her black Honda Accord was found damaged and abandoned at the edge of the Joshua Tree National Park, near the town of Twentynine Palms.  Mother-of-one Erika Lloyd, 37, was last seen leaving her home in Walnut Creek on June 14, intending to drive seven hours southeast to Joshua Tree National Park Lloyd's lack Honda Accord...
    Deepak Chopra has been busy during the pandemic, offering free meditation classes, preparing to release his 91st book, “Total Meditation,” in September and working on an AI version of himself, Digital Deepak. Chopra told us, “My goal is to communicate to a billion people to create a better world. Whether that happens or not, who knows? I’m going to give it my best shot.” For those not into New Age, Chopra suggests getting by in these difficult times by “watching old shows of ‘Candid Camera.’ They have been making me laugh so much I don’t think of anything painful,” he imparted.
    By: KDKA-TV’s Royce Jones PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Naturally, dating can be daunting. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made finding that special person even more of a challenge. With places like bars, bowling alleys and movie theaters closed, where does one go for a socially distant date? KDKA spoke with couples in the Strip District about how their best pandemic date. One couple said they’ve been to drive-in movies. Another said they went to Sheetz for sandwiches then picnicked outside. Other ideas included dog walking, art projects and outdoor activities. For those still looking for a quarantine companion, Barbara Klein, the owner of The Best You, Dating And Life Coaching LLC. says “it’s not impossible.” The dating coach says...
    VIDEO3:1503:15Buy Cramer Covid-19 Index stocks when we're 'losing' pandemic war, Cramer saysMad Money with Jim Cramer CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday said stocks that benefit from the pandemic led the market higher as the coronavirus outbreak continues its spread across the country. The major averages all made gains during the session, with the Nasdaq Composite setting another record, despite the grim picture painted by a top coronavirus response official the day prior about the state of the outbreak. "Stop saying the market makes no sense," Cramer said on "Mad Money." "When the pandemic's out of control, you better believe the Cramer Covid-19 Index will lead us higher. And, yes, these companies are absolutely big enough to drag the averages with...
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the coronavirus is "not to be underestimated" and that the pandemic is far from over in an interview with U.S. News Monday. Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, has been at the helm of the country's response to a novel virus that has infected nearly 4.7 million people and killed more than 155,000 in little over six months in the U.S. In an interview with Brian Kelly, editorial director and executive vice president at U.S. News, Fauci addressed school reopenings, the development of treatments for COVID-19 patients and the progress toward a vaccine. "It will end, guaranteed," Fauci...
    A Pennsylvania man has been charged in a series of alleged wrongdoings, ending in a shootout with cops. Assuming he did it, what was going through his mind? How do things escalate from refusing to wear a mask on Friday to pulling an AK-47 on the police on Saturday? His lawyer says he’s been having a really tough time lately. “He just wasn’t dealing well with the loss of his job, the loss of his child, just not handling the pandemic well,” lawyer John Waldron said about client Adam Zaborowski, according to Lehigh Valley Live. “I think he was getting stretched too tight.” He said he represented Zaborowski before. “I know his dad,” he said. “I know his mom....
    Chipotle is booming as people emerge from lockdown and the company wants to hire another 10,000 employees in coming months, an official said - making the restaurant chain one of several looking to add staff in an economy otherwise dimmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The fast-casual brand, known for its Mexican-inspired bowls and burritos, has already added about 8,000 of the 10,000 employees it targeted when it launched its last major hiring spree in May. 'As we go back into this next hiring season, we'd love to hire another 10,000 because of the growth that's occurring in the company,' said Marissa Andrada, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer, speaking to Reuters on Thursday.  Marissa Andrada of Chipotle said the...
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    Coronavirus pandemic creates Americas first female recession amid child care, unemployment woes McDonalds CEO seems to hint at an upgraded chicken sandwich Hate Cleaning The Toilet? Never Scrub Another Toilet Again Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/12 SLIDES © Getty / Handout A Complete Look at the 2021 Award Season Schedule Just about all of the award shows for 2021 have been pushed back to accommodate for the COVID-19 pandemic that has put a damper on the entertainment industry as...
    Youtube star Jake Paul has no plans to stop throwing parties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, insisting that he won't 'sit around and not live my life' even as over 154,000 people have died across the US. The 23-year-old, who rose to fame on the now-defunct app Vine and is known for posting reckless and adventurous videos on YouTube, faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14. But after Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub expressed 'outrage' over the 'outrageous gathering' in which dozens of people without masks drank and danced, Paul indicated to Insider last week that he would continue to do what he wants. Sorry not sorry: Youtube star Jake Paul has no plans to stop throwing parties amid the...
    Indiana student tests positive for Covid-19 on first day of school McDonalds CEO seems to hint at an upgraded chicken sandwich What to know about sending your kids to college during the pandemic — Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. With the end of summer drawing near, college students and their parents are preparing for a new semester. But for most, going back to school this year will likely look a lot different amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Some colleges and universities are reopening as fully virtual this fall, while others will offer a mix of both online and in-person classes. Those that are choosing to invite students back to campus are doing...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday fuming over the federal response to the pandemic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday slammed the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the 'worst government blunder in modern history' and said states like Florida and Texas were foolish to follow the advice coming from the Trump administration.  At a press conference where he called on New Yorkers to continue social distancing and wearing masks, he pointed to how the numbers had turned around in his state while others are growing elsewhere.  Experts predict there will be another 30,000 deaths in the US by the end of August. To date, more than 150,000 have died and there have been more than 4million...
    PHOTO VIA PUBLIX/ FACEBOOKIn a second-quarter update, Publix Supermarkets stated on Monday that the company made $2.5 billion more in sales so far this year, due to COVID-19. Publix's sales for the six months ending in June were $22.6 billion, an 18.9 percent increase from $19 billion in 2019, while comparable store sales for the six months increased 17.1% — or approximately $2.5 billion — "due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic," says the company's statement. As of Saturday, Publix's stock price increased from $50.10 per share to $54.35, or $4.25 per share.Along with other grocery stores, Publix was classified as an essential business when a national emergency was declared on March 13, and its 1,252 stores have mostly remained open ever since,...
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    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't think the NFL should go through with the 2020 season. The superstar wide receiver told the Wall Street Journal, "it doesn't make sense why we're trying to do this" and that the United States is "not ready for football season." Beckham also suggested that team owners are willing to forsake players' health for profits because "they don't see us as human." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. NFL players have already reported to training camp in the lead-up to the 2020 season, but one of the biggest names in the game is still skeptical that it's worth the risk. Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. told the Wall...
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    A man arrested over the weekend for opening fire on seven police officers, and striking one, in Pennsylvania “was getting stretched too tight” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and other personal struggles, his attorney has claimed. Adam Zaborowski “just wasn’t dealing well with the loss of his job, the loss of his child, just not handling the pandemic well,” his attorney, John Waldron, told lehighvalleylive.com. He added that Zaborowski, who recently lost custody of his child, will likely be undergoing tests “to see what exactly was going on in his life to have him react this way.” Police from Bethlehem Township in Northampton County were trying to serve a warrant Saturday morning on 35-year-old Zaborowski in Slatington, but he jumped into a pickup...
    (CBS Local)– COVID-19 has dramatically altered many different industries and the movie theater business is still feeling the effects of the global pandemic in the United States. As movie theaters attempt to re-open this summer, the cinema experience will look and feel a lot different with masks, deep cleanings and social distancing. While moviegoers have been watching films from home, executives are starting to prepare for the future of movie watching. In late July, AMC Theaters and Universal announced a deal to make the studio’s movies available to stream after just 17 days in theaters. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Customers wearing protective masks sit apart in observance of social distancing measures inside a movie theater. (Photo by Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images) While...
    The Raiders notified season-ticket holders Monday they would be shut out of Allegiant Stadium due to the COVID_19 pandemic. Fans were told the Raiders “made the difficult decision to play the Las Vegas Raiders 2020 inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium without fans in attendance.” It does not say if the Raiders would reconsider during the season or in the event of a playoff game pending positive developments in terms of control of the pandemic. The news, confirmed by a team source, isn’t a surprise, given that owner Mark Davis told The Athletic on July 19 that things appeared to be headed in that direction. “It’s all or none for me,” Davis said. “Either all the fans are going to be...
    By Renata Brito and Joseph Wilson | Associated Press SANT SADURNÍ D’ANOIA, Spain — Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after an COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation. To kickstart its stalled economy, Spaniards were encouraged to cautiously resume their lives under a “new normality” based on wearing face masks, washing hands and social distancing. The respite didn’t last long. Outbreaks among farm workers and young people desperate to resume socializing after being cooped up have spread across northern Spain, spawning what some health officials fear could be the start of a dreaded “second wave”...
    Despite the global coronavirus pandemic and multiple advisories from state and government officials, people are still wondering if they can travel to certain countries from the U.S. The answer, in most cases, is - it’s complicated. Guidelines for allowing U.S. travelers vary by country and are subject to change at any time depending on the country. Almost all 27 countries that comprise the European Union are currently not allowing U.S. travelers, with the exception of Croatia. European citizens and family members, long-term EU residents and family members as well as travelers with an “essential function or need,” are exempt from the travel ban for European countries, according to the European Council. Each country has specifics about what is deemed essential...
    Adam Zaborowski (pictured in mugshot) allegedly opened fire at a cigar store clerk over a face mask mandate, which later led to a shootout with police officers A Pennsylvania man who wasn't 'handling the pandemic well' opened fire at a cigar shop clerk because he did not want to wear a mask, which led to a gun battle with law enforcement, authorities said.  Authorities announced that Adam Zaborowski,  of Slatington, was charged on Saturday with  22 counts in Lehigh County.  The charges were specifically broken down into seven counts of attempted homicide, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, seven counts of aggravated assault and one count of persons prohibited to possess a firearm.  A previous aggravated assault conviction...
    You know the coronavirus pandemic has hit the performing arts world hard when a cherished annual nugget like American Conservatory Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” is impacted. But fear not — ACT’s recently announced 2020-22 season does offer stage fans a version of the Dickens holiday classic this December. But like most productions we are used to seeing live in a theater full of people, this “Christmas Carol” will serve up Ebenezer Scrooge and his three intrusive ghosts in a virtual format, as a radio play. (The show is scheduled to return as a live play in 2021.) American Conservatory Theater’s annual holiday show “A Christmas Carol,” with James Carpenter as Scrooge, will be presented as a radio play for 2020....
    Under normal circumstances, a three-city road trip with stops at Coors Field in Denver, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and MinuteMaidPark in Houston would represent a daunting challenge for the San Francisco Giants. Four games in Colorado will stress the depth of the Giants’ pitching staff. Three games against the Dodgers will require the Giants to play their best baseball to have a chance against the National League’s hottest team. Three more games against the Astros will test the Giants’ fortitude, as they’ll wrap up a stretch of playing 16 games without an off day. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Giants realize that even if they exceed expectations on the field, their season could quickly unravel off of it if...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY SHARON SEWELL-FAIRMAN Rosendo Mercedes was laid off from his position as a Wireless Retail Sales Manager when the pandemic hit. Unsure of what to do next, he found himself in a situation with which almost a million people in New York City could suddenly relate.  Luckily, Rosendo quickly found support from workforce development nonprofit BronxWorks and their virtual CUNY-certified training course, which qualified him for a Financial Counselor position in BronxWorks’ Jobs Plus team. His journey is a microcosm of what is necessary to help displaced workers qualify for available jobs.  While we spent the first few months of the...
    KeKe Palmer spoke candidly about the cancellation of her daytime talk show amid the coronavirus pandemic and speculation that her participation in a Black Lives Matter protest was to blame. Palmer, 26, co-hosted the show as part of the “Good Morning America” brand alongside Michael Strahan and Sara Haines before it was yanked from ABC’s schedule in March as the coronavirus pandemic became the most pressing concern for news outlets everywhere. The show was replaced with a daily COVID-19 report called “GMA 3: What You Need To Know.” Palmer recently appeared on “Watch What Happens Live,” where she told host Andy Cohen that she’s sanguine about the cancellation of her show, noting that the pandemic changed the world and made...
    Actor and former wrestling star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is reportedly part of a group of investors who are buying the XFL for $15 million after the spring football league went bankrupt in its return season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sportico reported Monday that Johnson and RedBird Capital's Gerry Cardinale bought league together hours before it was set to hit the auction block.  Johnson's ex-wife Dany Garcia is also a stakeholder. The two have been business partners for 10 years, according to Garcia's publicist.   The transaction is still subject to bankruptcy court approval, according to a press release. The deal is expected to close around later this month.  Johnson, 48, previously played football at the University of Miami, where he won...
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    President Trump claimed Monday that White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who told CNN Sunday that the pandemic is now "different" than it was before and "extraordinarily widespread," was caving to pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had harsh words for Birx. Trump has insisted that the rising number of COVID-19 cases is merely the result of increased testing and not an indication that the spread of the disease has gotten worse, but Birx said that the country was in a "new phase" of the pandemic. PELOSI ANNOUNCES SHE HAS 'NO CONFIDENCE' IN TOP WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS ADVISER DEBORAH BIRX "So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on...