When Will Long-Term Care Facilities Reopen to Visitors?

Three years ago, Cathy Baum helped both her mother and her mother-in-law move into memory care in an assisted living facility in Reston, Va. Because Ms. Baum lived nearby, she could visit four to five days a week and keep a watchful eye on them. “I’d check the bathrooms to be sure they’d had a shower when they were supposed to,” said Ms. Baum, 69. She stuck around at lunchtime to help cut their food … Read more

Kaitlin Collins pushes Donald Trump on USPS money and mail-in ballots – CNN Video

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Opinion: It’s time for Democrats to go big

Keith Boykin: It’s finally time for the party to deliver At a time when Democrats plan to nominate a 77-year-old white moderate to be our party standard-bearer, the future of the party is clearly younger, more progressive and more colorful than ever before. We see this with Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris to be his running mate, but we also see it in congressional races all across the country. After decades of cautious incrementalism, … Read more

US election: How Trump could lose the popular vote by 5M and still win – CNN Video

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U.S. retail sales rise less than expected in July

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. retail sales in July increased less than expected and could slow further in the months because of spiraling new COVID-19 infections and a reduction in unemployment benefit checks. Retail sales rose 1.2% last month after advancing 8.4% in June, the Commerce Department said on Friday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales rising 1.9% in July. The strong retail sales are now mostly history. Coronavirus infections continue to spread across … Read more

Virus spike pushes Sarajevo Film Festival online

1 / 5 Virus spike pushes Sarajevo Film Festival online A woman wearing a protective mask walks past the Sarajevo Film Festival posters in Sarajevo By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Sarajevo Film Festival will be launched entirely online on Friday after a spike in coronavirus cases forced organisers to cancel plans to stage Europe’s first in-person movie fair since the outbreak of the pandemic. Just ten days ago a huge projection screen was … Read more

July growth in English COVID-19 infections has levelled off: survey

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester More LONDON (Reuters) – COVID-19 infections in England have levelled off after increasing in July, the Office for National Statistics’ Infection Survey showed on Friday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson resumes the easing of lockdown. Johnson has said the next stage of reopening the economy in England can proceed after postponing it two weeks ago, citing a levelling-off in that rise in infections. “There is some evidence … Read more

Opinion: More health protocols needed in schools this fall

Article content continued Guidelines have been released during the past few weeks, but are they adequate? Did the guidelines benefit from input from all the stakeholders? It is the parents who will, finally, determine whether they are adequate. Will their children return to school or will they be home schooled? Based on my experiences as a parent and a teacher, I offer the following guidelines for reopening the schools: Class size: Maximum 20 students per … Read more

‘We have nowhere to go’: Calgary charity on the search for new home

A Calgary charity that helps families who don’t qualify for traditional food banks is having to find a new home by the end of October. Last year Reaching Families provided $5 million in food and every-day essentials to families in and around Calgary, working out of a handful of small spaces around the city. But come November, the group has to vacate its northeast location since the current non-profit organization that shares the space is … Read more

China lashes out after U.S. deems contentious Confucius Institutes as foreign missions

China accused the United States on Friday of trying to “demonize and stigmatize” relations between the two countries, in a scathing attack on the Trump administration’s designation of Chinese-funded language and culture programs in the U.S. as foreign missions of the Chinese Communist Party. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said branches of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center operating at U.S. schools and colleges are a “bridge and link to help people from all over the … Read more

2 Londoners score big as Dream Lottery winners revealed

A pair of Londoners are the big winners in the latest Dream Lottery draw. This year’s draw was a little different due to public health measures. The Dream Lottery could not hold its usual media event to reveal the latest 50/50 and Grand Prize winners, but Dream Lottery did call the winners and managed to record their reactions. Ken McCann, this year’s Grand Prize winner, has the choice between one of two dream homes or … Read more

U.S. to make coronavirus strain for possible human challenge trials

U.S. government scientists have begun efforts to manufacture a strain of the novel coronavirus that could be used in human challenge trials of vaccines, a controversial type of study in which healthy volunteers would be vaccinated and then intentionally infected with the virus, Reuters has learned. The work is preliminary and such trials would not replace large-scale, Phase 3 trials such as those now under way in the United States testing experimental COVID-19 vaccines from … Read more

Russell Crowe says new film ‘Unhinged’ draws attention to uptick of ‘ultraviolence’ in today’s society

Russell Crowe said his new movie “Unhinged,” set to open in the U.S. next Friday against the backdrop of COVID-19, highlights the presence of “ultraviolence” in today’s society that’s been increasingly seen on social media and in everyday interactions. Fox News was given a sneak peek of the new thriller, which centers on Crowe playing a man who’s seemingly lost everything, causing him to channel his grief into acts of road rage, which ultimately end in mayhem. Asked during … Read more

Alabama’s goal is to ‘play football this fall right now,’ athletic director says

Alabama remains ready to play football in the fall, athletic director Greg Byrne said Thursday. The SEC has not changed its plans regarding its fall sports schedule. The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power 5 conferences to postpone their fall schedule earlier this week. PURDUE’S JEFF BROHM PRESENTS PLAN TO GET BIG TEN FOOTBALL STARTED IN FEBRUARY Byrne told reporters during a video conference call that their plan will remain the same and … Read more

Oregon State president says SEC not seeing ‘reality’ over coronavirus risk

When it comes to playing college football or any of the fall collegiate sports, the Pac-12 Conference and the SEC appeared to be on different wavelengths. The Pac-12 Conference postponed its fall sports schedule earlier in the week citing the health risks the coronavirus poses for college athletes. The Big Ten has been the only other Power 5 conference to postpone its fall season while the SEC, along with the ACC and Big 12, still want to … Read more

Trump slammed for not rejecting conspiracy theory Kamala Harris is ineligible for vice presidency

President Trump would not reject a conspiracy theory Thursday that Kamala Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the United States. Asked about the unfounded and widely refuted claims during a press briefing at the White House, Trump responded, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements” before adding, “I have no idea if that’s right.” TRUMP CAMPAIGN BLASTS ‘PHONY’ KAMALA HARRIS Harris is a United States citizen born … Read more

Cal Thomas: Law(lessness) and (dis)order runs rampant in Seattle, Chicago because our country is missing this

What would you think if local politicians decided to cut the size of their fire department while buildings in their city were ablaze? What about a general who orders his soldiers to stop fighting and surrender to the enemy? Something similar has occurred in the once tranquil city of Seattle, Wash., where in the midst of riots and over the objections of the mayor and police chief, the city council has voted to defund the … Read more

US productivity rises 7.3%, biggest increase since 2009

U.S. productivity rose at a 7.3% rate in the second quarter, the largest quarterly increase since 2009 By MATT OTT AP Business Writer August 14, 2020, 12:55 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. productivity rose at a 7.3% rate in the second quarter, the largest quarterly increase since 2009. Labor costs also jumped, rising 12.2%. The Labor Department report Friday is its first estimate of … Read more

‘Sheer fear’: mental health impacts of Covid-19 come to fore

Coronavirus outbreak Cases of PTSD, anxiety, depression and insomnia lead to calls for routine follow-up of survivors Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Julie from Minnesota said: ‘It really felt like something was taking over my brain and body.’ Photograph: Handout Two months after falling ill with Covid-19, Julie had her first hallucination. “It started slowly. I was struggling to track the plot of a TV show, then I couldn’t read the … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The number of people infected with coronavirus in England has remained steady for the second week in a row, official figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said an estimated 28,300 people tested positive for Covid-19 outside of hospitals and care homes between August 3 and August 9, or about 0.05 per cent of the population. This is … Read more

One way to teach students more safely this fall? Move lessons outdoors | Jaime Cunningham

Opinion Coronavirus outbreak One way to teach students more safely this fall? Move lessons outdoors It’s easier to do social distancing outside – and there’s considerable evidence that students learn better in fresh air ‘Learning outside may also help kids concentrate better and absorb more information.’ Photograph: lovethephoto/Alamy We need to send our children back to school this fall – safely. School districts across the United States are currently being led by indecisive administrators who … Read more

Covid-19 cases could be missed if checking for a fever in the morning

Getting your temperature checked in the morning may be pointless: Covid-19 cases could be missed because fevers are more common in the evening, scientists claim Flu patients were 44% less likely to have a fever in the morning than evening  The research looked at almost 300,000 visitors to hospitals in the US They concluded that up to half of people who have a fever may be missed A fever is one of the key symptoms … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Just nine per cent of Brits think they are likely to go on a foreign holiday this year, with one in five already having cancelled plans, a new Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey has revealed. As part of its bid to gauge the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on British society, the ONS surveyed 2,500 people between August … Read more

Russia fights to stop outbreak of bubonic plague by vaccinating 32,000

Russia fights to stop an outbreak of bubonic plague by vaccinating 32,000 people after virus spreads from Mongolia to Siberian tourist region Plague has been detected in the Altai Mountains for the first time in 62 years The rush to vaccinate comes after two deaths in Mongolia and two in China Some 18,090 people have been immunised in the scenic Altai Republic  By Will Stewart for MailOnline Published: 08:16 EDT, 14 August 2020 | Updated: … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The UK’s coronavirus regulations mean people have to self-isolate for two weeks after travelling from most countries. The Government has arranged “travel corridors” with some countries and territories, including Italy, where you do not need to isolate upon return to the UK. The list of travel corridors is regularly updated. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said ministers would be … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The UK’s coronavirus regulations mean people have to self-isolate for two weeks after travelling from most countries. The Government has arranged “travel corridors” with some countries and territories, including Italy, where you do not need to isolate upon return to the UK. The list of travel corridors is regularly updated. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said ministers would be … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Free school meals should be permanently extended to pupils from low-income migrant families, a group of leading charities has said. Sixty organisations, including the Children’s Society, Unison and Action for Children, have signed a letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson calling for families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) to be included in the provision. NRPF is a … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Anyone arriving in the UK from France will have to enter quarantine from this weekend after the Government removed the country from its list of “travel corridors”. The move, announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Thursday night, means Britons returning from the European country will have to self-isolate for 14 days. The Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Six more countries have been added to the UK’s travel quarantine list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced. Britons travelling from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba must self-isolate for 14 days if they arrive in the UK after 4am on Saturday. The move came after Boris Johnson said ministers would be “absolutely ruthless” in … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates After an anxious months-long wait, this morning almost 300,000 teenagers found out their A-level results. Social distancing was in force as some headed into school to open the traditional exam slips, while most simply logged in online from their own homes. The wait this year was all the more nerve-wracking because all exams were cancelled when schools shut in … Read more