New Yorkers With Many Health Conditions Are Now Eligible for Vaccination

New Yorkers With Many Health Conditions Are Now Eligible for Vaccination


New Yorkers with chronic health conditions that made them newly eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine flooded a state website and call center Sunday morning, leaving many unable to immediately schedule appointments at mass vaccination centers.

State officials said on Sunday that 73,000 appointments had been scheduled as of 11:30 a.m., while 500,000 people went through an online eligibility screening tool needed to make appointments. Thousands were in virtual waiting rooms that can hold up to 8,000 people per vaccination site. Once those waiting rooms are full, people attempting to schedule appointments are told to try again later.

Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, said demand was high, but “our infrastructure has remained up and intact.” He said that the state’s ability to make appointments depended on the vaccine supply, which is steadily increasing.

Officials said the new criteria, which include chronic health conditions like obesity and hypertension, made four million more New Yorkers eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. They join a growing number of people in the state who are eligible for the vaccine despite a shortage in supply.

Those who are now eligible include adults who have certain health conditions that may increase their risk of severe illness or death from the coronavirus. Aside from obesity and hypertension, other conditions that would qualify New Yorkers for the vaccine include pulmonary diseases and cancer, Mr. Cuomo announced this month. He also made pregnancy a qualifying condition.

Appointments for people who are in this group can be scheduled for as early as Monday, though most people will probably face a long wait because vaccine doses are scarce now. New Yorkers must provide proof of their condition with a doctor’s note, signed certification or medical documentation, Mr. Cuomo said.

“While this is a great step forward in ensuring the most vulnerable among us have access to this lifesaving vaccine, it’s no secret that any time you’re dealing with a resource this scarce, there are going to be attempts to commit fraud and game the systems,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

In New York State, about 10 percent of the population has received its first dose, according to data gathered by The New York Times. With the new criteria, about 11 million people are now eligible in the state, including people ages 65 and older, health care workers and teachers.

New York City recently opened mass vaccination sites at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens to better reach communities hit hard by the virus. The state and federal government also announced last week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would open vaccination sites at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens.

To check on eligibility and schedule an appointment, New Yorkers can complete a prescreening on the state’s website. They can also call the state’s vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) for more information about vaccine appointments.

Riot video spotlights mob’s focus on stopping Biden win

As the insurrectionists breached the U.S. Capitol, smashing windows and climbing in over the jagged glass, some of their first audible cries were a declaration of purpose: “Where are they counting the votes?”

The group encountered a single Capitol police officer who yelled: “Don’t do it. Don’t do it.”

“Where are they counting the (expletive) votes!” they hollered as they streamed inside, wielding wooden beams and a metal baseball bat, forcing the officer to retreat, according to footage shown this week at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Outside, others were setting up a makeshift gallows on the Capitol lawn for Trump’s own vice president, Mike Pence.

The stunning and disturbing footage, some never seen publicly before, brought into clear focus how central the former president’s baseless 2020 election claims were to the rioters, and how determined they were to stop lawmakers inside the Capitol from certifying Joe Biden as president. In clip after clip, the insurrectionists called out for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pence, who were overseeing the count of Electoral College votes when the riot began.

“We were invited here! We were invited!” one man is heard screaming in one of the videos. “We were invited by the president of the United States!”

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Democratic impeachment managers have shown video and audio from Jan. 6 dozens of times during the impeachment trial, often introducing and punctuating clips with an emphasis on how the rioters believed they were following Trump’s orders. They say the clips prove that without Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results, the Capitol riot would never have taken place.

The trial was continuing Friday with a presentation from Trump’s lawyers, who have decried the use of the video footage as unnecessary. They acknowledge the violence was as dramatic and illegal as Democrats say, but contend that Trump is not responsible and that he can no longer be impeached because he is out of office. The latter argument was rejected by the majority of the Senate, but is likely to appeal to Republican senators want to be seen as condemning the violence without convicting the president.

It’s counter to the Democrats’ emotive and visceral presentation.

Among the clips the managers presented this week:

    1. Crowds chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” Earlier that day, Trump had told a crowd, falsely, that the vice president could stop the certification of the Electoral College. “Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country.”

    2. A rioter searching for Pelosi, drawing out the first syllable of her name mockingly: “Oh, Nancy. Nancy. Where are you Nancy?”

    3. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah running down a hallway, then turning around at the direction of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who was hailed for his heroism in directing a mob away from the Senate chamber with senators inside.

    4. A rioter later in the group picking up a phone and pretending: “Can I speak to Pelosi? Yeah, we’re coming (expletive).” “Oh, Mike Pence? We’re coming for you too (expletive) traitor.”

Quick thinking staffers grabbed the electoral college certificates, so the paperwork wasn’t there as the rioters rummaged through paperwork on the Senate floor, paging through lawmaker’s folders and taking photos.

At least 17 Republican senators would have to join Democrats for Trump to be convicted at the trial, which is considered unlikely. Only six Republicans voted with Democrats to advance the trial earlier this week, and conviction would require a two-thirds vote.

Some Republicans, including Romney and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, have told reporters how they were shocked by the footage at trial and indicated a willingness to convict Trump. But most of their GOP colleagues, while condemning the insurrection, have argued the trial is invalid because Trump has left office. Some also say Democrats haven’t proven that he incited the riot.

“To me, they’re losing credibility the longer they talk,” said Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, accused by Democrats and some Republicans of feeding a false narrative of voter fraud by challenging Biden’s election victory in Pennsylvania during the electoral college count, called Thursday’s presentation “very repetitive.”

“I was really disappointed that they didn’t engage much with the legal standards,” Hawley said.

As for holding rioters accountable criminally, 200 people have been charged so far with federal crimes, including serious offenses such as assaulting federal officers and conspiracy. Investigators have been combing through thousands of photos, videos and tips from the public to try to track down hundreds more who went into the Capitol.

Authorities have been focused on whether extremist groups planned the violence in advance. They brought conspiracy charges last month against three members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, who officials say plotted to overturn Biden’s victory.

One of those people, Jessica Watkins, suggested as Biden’s inauguration neared that she “was awaiting direction from President Trump,” prosecutors said in court papers this week.

“I am concerned this is an elaborate trap,” Watkins said in a text message days after the election, according to prosecutors. “Unless the POTUS himself activates us, it’s not legit. The POTUS has the right to activate units too. If Trump asks me to come, I will.”

A special group of prosecutors is considering whether to bring sedition charges against any of the rioters. No charges have been brought yet in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

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Associated Press Writer Alanna Durkin Richer contributed to this report.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A WOMAN

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A WOMAN


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COMMON GIRLY PROBLEMS

Hey, girls! Check out a collection of beauty tips every girl should know:
– If you don’t have time to wash hair in the morning, try to make dry shampoo at home. Take a jar and mix corn starch, cocoa powder, essential
– Red lipstick looks very glamorous and we share an important tip to keep lipstick off your teeth. Stick your clean index finger in your mouth, wrapping your lips around it, and pulling it out
– Store fake lashes in Kinder capsule to keep them safe
– We will show how to make your legs look flawless. Liquid pantyhose is a perfect decision. Mix cream with foundation
– Check out how to add grip to your new slippery shoes
– Make super cool high heels cap to run on the grass like a rabbit
– Whiten your teeth using toothpaste and baking soda
– Get ready for the summer and try belly contouring to look slimmer
– Mix non-toxic glue with activated charcoal to make a perfect mask for blackheads
– Use sticky tape for overhanging eyelids
– Use tweezers for perfect nose contouring
– You can make super cute freckles using mehndi cone
– Use hair conditioner to shave your legs
Long hair is a symbol of beauty but it’s not an easy thing to take care of long hair. Zippers damage hair and they are like a serial killer for your hair. Always be careful when you close car door or window. Otherwise, it could be a real catastrophe full of pain. Sticky lip-gloss is a real catastrophe especially if it’s windy outside. When the wind blows the hair and it looks so beautiful if you are not wearing lipstick or eat ice cream.

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Guinea Declares Ebola Outbreak With at Least 3 Deaths

Guinea Declares Ebola Outbreak With at Least 3 Deaths


Guinea is fighting a new outbreak of Ebola, health officials in the West African nation said on Sunday, with at least three deaths in a region that was previously the starting point for the worst ever epidemic of the disease.

The three who died — two women and a man — were among seven people who fell ill with symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding after attending the burial of a nurse in the country’s southeast on Feb. 1, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Officials confirmed an epidemic on Sunday after a laboratory found the virus in the first three samples it tested from the patients.

“The government reassures the people that all measures are being taken to curb this epidemic as quickly as possible,” Guinea’s Health Ministry said on Sunday in a Facebook post, adding that people should report any further symptoms to the health authorities and respect hygiene and prevention measures. It also said it would accelerate delivery of vaccines to the region and open a center to deal with detected cases.

Guinea had not seen an Ebola case since 2016, when it came to the end of an epidemic that began in its southeastern region in 2014. That outbreak, the deadliest so far, spread through neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, eventually infecting more than 28,000 people in 10 countries and killing more than 11,000.

The resurgence comes as West Africa is still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and after the Democratic Republic of Congo also found new cases of Ebola, three months after health officials said they had eradicated Congo’s last outbreak.

Dr. Mashidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, said Sunday on Twitter that she was “very concerned” by the reports from Guinea and that the agency was “ramping up readiness and response efforts to this potential resurgence.”

Spread through contact with an infected or recently deceased person’s bodily fluids or secretions, the Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever with an average fatality rate of about half, though two vaccines are now available against it.

“We are going to rapidly deploy crucial assets to help Guinea,” said Dr. Georges Alfred Ki-Zerbo, a representative for the World Health Organization, the news agency Agence France-Presse reported, adding that the group was in contact with the manufacturer of a vaccine to deliver doses and fight the outbreak.

“The arsenal is stronger now, and we will take advantage of that to contain this situation as fast as possible,” Dr. Ki-Zerbo said.

Anna Holland contributed reporting.

US salaries recover even as jobs haven’t

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stark sign of the economic inequality that has marked the pandemic recession and recovery, Americans as a whole are now earning the same amount in wages and salaries that they did before the virus struck — even with nearly 9 million fewer people working.

The turnaround in total wages underscores how disproportionately America’s job losses have afflicted workers in lower-income occupations rather than in higher-paying industries, where employees have actually gained jobs as well as income since early last year.

In February 2020, Americans earned $9.66 trillion in wages and salaries, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the Commerce Department data. By April, after the virus had flattened the U.S. economy, that figure had shrunk by 10%. It then gradually recovered before reaching $9.67 trillion in December, the latest period for which data is available.

Those dollar figures include only wages and salaries that people earned from jobs. They don’t include money that tens of millions of Americans have received from unemployment benefits or the Social Security and other aid that goes to many other households. The figures also don’t include investment income.

A separate measure tracked by the Labor Department shows the same result: Total labor income, excluding government workers, was 0.6% higher in January than it was a year earlier.

That is “pretty remarkable,” given the sharp drop in employment, said Michael Feroli, an economist at JPMorgan Chase.

The figures document that the vanished earnings from 8.9 million Americans who have lost jobs to the pandemic remain less than the combined salaries of new hires and the pay raises that the 150 million Americans who have kept their jobs have received.

The job cuts resulting from the pandemic recession have fallen heavily on lower-income workers across the service sector — from restaurants and hotels to retail stores and entertainment venues. By contrast, tens of millions of higher-income Americans, especially those able to work from home, have managed to keep or acquire jobs and continue to receive pay increases.

“We’ve never seen anything like that before,” said Richard Deitz, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, referring to the concentration of job losses. “It’s a totally different kind of downturn than we’ve experienced in modern times.”

Of the nearly 10 million jobs that have been eliminated by the pandemic, 40% have been in restaurants, bars, hotels, arts, and entertainment. Retailers have lost nearly 400,000 jobs and many low-paying health care workers, such as nursing home attendants and home health care aides, have also been laid off.

On average, restaurant workers make just below $13 an hour, according to Labor Department data. Retail cashier pay is about the same. That’s less than half the economy-wide average of nearly $30 an hour.

“It tells the story of an economy that has really tanked for the most vulnerable,” said Elise Gould, an economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute. “It’s shocking how small a dent that has made in the aggregate.”

The figures also underscore the unusually accelerated nature of this recession. As a whole, both the job losses that struck early last spring and the initial rebound in hiring that followed have happened much faster than they did in previous recessions and recoveries. After the Great Recession, for example, it took nearly 2 1/2 years for wages and salaries to regain their pre-recession levels.

“This is one of the worst recessions we’ve ever had — compressed into one-tenth of the time that a normal recession would take,” said Ernie Tedeschi, policy economist at the investment bank Evercore ISI. “Hopefully, the recovery will continue to be compressed as well. That’s where the fears are and where the debate is.”

One reason why the job losses have had relatively little impact on the nation’s total pay is that so many of the affected employees worked part time. The average work week in the industry that includes hotels, restaurants and bars is just below 26 hours. That’s the shortest such figure among 13 major industries tracked by the government. The next shortest is retail, at about 31 hours. The average for all industries is nearly 35 hours.

The recovery in wages and salaries helps explain why some states haven’t suffered as sharp a drop in tax revenue as many had feared. That is especially true for states that rely on progressive taxes that fall more heavily on the rich. California, for example, said last month that it has a $15 billion budget surplus. Yet many cities are still struggling, and local transit agencies, such as New York City’s subway, have been hammered by the pandemic.

The wage and salary data also helps explain the steady gains in the stock market, which have been led by high-tech companies whose products are being heavily purchased and used by higher-income Americans, such as Apple iPads, Peloton bikes, or Amazon’s online shopping.

This week, the New York Fed released research that underscored how focused the job losses have been. For people making less than $30,000 a year, employment has fallen 14% as of December. For those earning more than $85,000, it has actually risen slightly. For those in-between, employment has fallen 4%.

By contrast, job losses were much more widespread in the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Relatively higher-paying blue collar jobs in manufacturing and construction were hit worst: Construction lost 20% of its jobs, manufacturing 15%. Even a decade later, neither sector had fully recovered those jobs by the time the pandemic hit. Financial services lost 6% of its jobs in the previous recession, compared with 1% this time.

Some companies have cut wages in this recession, but on the whole the many millions of Americans fortunate enough to keep their jobs have generally received pay raises at largely pre-recession rates. Some of those income gains likely reflect cost-of-living raises; the Commerce Department’s wage and salary data isn’t adjusted for inflation.

Tedeschi calculates that the typical — or median — hourly pay for employed workers has risen about 3.5% in the past year, roughly the same pace as before the pandemic. That’s a sign of what some economists refer to as the “sticky wages” concept: Some employers prefer to lay off workers while leaving pay largely unchanged for their remaining employees.

Truman Bewley, a retired Yale University economist who wrote a book about the concept of sticky wages, said that most companies have a key core of workers they rely on through hard times and are reluctant to cut pay for them.

And there’s another reason, Bewley said, why many companies cut jobs instead of pay. While researching his book, he said a factory manager told him why his company did so: “It gets the misery out the door.”

26 TIPS TO ESCAPE AWKWARD SITUATIONS

26 TIPS TO ESCAPE AWKWARD SITUATIONS


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THE MOST HILARIOUS AND AWKWARD MOMENTS

Place a finger under the nose to prevent sneezing. Doing that brain receives an alarm signal and stops the sneezing reflex.
Let’s imagine that you are in a very important meeting or talk with a person and can’t stop and your bladder’s demanding a release. Do not cross your legs or press the lower part of your stomach. Watch our video and learn the best pose when you need to control your bladder.
We share with you a simple way to get rid of your hiccups – raise your arms back above your head and wait a bit.
Excessive drinking may cause a toxic environment in the inner ear that why you start suffering from vertigo when you are lying in the bed after an alcohol party. There is an easy treatment put one foot on the floor and the brain will receive a signal that you are standing something firm.
Do you know the quickest way to reduce stress level without pills? Suck your thumb in times of crisis or stress.
If your hand falls asleep, you can easily wake it up by shaking a head. If you are having a spasm in your leg, pull your big toe and the muscles will be stretched and spasm will be reduced very quickly.
Also, you will find a selection of effective solutions for small problems like spilled nail polish, different kinds of stains and other annoying situations. It’s a very embarrassing situation when you wear a floaty skirt or dress on a windy day. Don’t worry and attach coins to the skirt. If you want to get rid of underarm odor, use vodka. If you spilled some nail polish on the wooden surface, don’t worry and use sugar to save the situation.

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Despair Deepens for Young People as Pandemic Drags On

Despair Deepens for Young People as Pandemic Drags On


The situation was so serious, he said, that his team did not send children home for Christmas, as it usually would. Isolation has also disrupted the usual teenage transition, when young people move from belonging to their family to belonging to their peers, Dr. Vermeiren added. “They feel empty, lonely, and that loneliness brings them into despair,” he said.

In Italy, calls doubled last year to the main hotline for young people who have considered or attempted harming themselves. Beds in a child neuropsychiatry unit at a the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome have been full since October, said Dr. Stefano Vicari, the director of the unit.

Hospitalizations of young Italians who harmed themselves or attempted suicide have increased 30 percent in the second wave of cases, he added.

“To those who say that, after all, these are challenges young people have to go through, that they will come out stronger, this is only true for some, those who have more resources,” Dr. Vicari said.

Catherine Seymour, head of research at the Mental Health Foundation, a Britain-based charity, said that young people living in poorer households were more likely to experience anxiety and depression, according to a study conducted among nearly 2,400 teenagers.

“It may be that those in poorer households are more likely to lack enough space and internet access to help with schoolwork and communication with their friends,” Ms. Seymour said. “They may also be affected by their parents’ financial worries and stress.”

Studies from the first lockdowns suggest that they may have already left an indelible mark.

In France, a survey of nearly 70,000 students found that 10 percent had experienced suicidal thoughts during the first months of the pandemic, and more than a quarter had suffered from depression.

Ex-Nissan boss’ accused smugglers seek Supreme Court’s help

BOSTON (AP) — An American father and son accused of sneaking former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to halt their extradition so they have time to pursue an appeal.

Michael and Peter Taylor have fought for months to keep the U.S. government from handing the men over to Japan, saying they can’t legally be extradited and will be treated unfairly in the Japan. Their lawyers told the Supreme Court that the men would face harsh treatment in the Japanese criminal justice system.

“The issues raised by petitioners merit full and careful consideration, and the stakes are enormous for them. The very least the U.S. courts owe the petitioners is a full chance to litigate these issues, including exercising their appellate rights, before they are consigned to the fate that awaits them at the hands of the Japanese government,” their attorneys wrote.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston refused Thursday to put the extradition on hold, finding that the Taylors are unlikely to succeed on the merits of their case. The Taylors are asking the Supreme Court to halt the extradition until their case is fully considered by the 1st Circuit and, if necessary, the Supreme Court.

U.S. officials had said they could surrender the men to Japan as early as Friday. But authorities now say they will not hand the men over to Japan while their bid for a stay is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, an attorney for the Taylors said.

Taylor, a former Green Beret and private security specialist from Massachusetts, and his son are wanted by Japan so they can be tried on charges that they helped Ghosn, who formerly led Nissan Motor Co., flee the country last year with Ghosn tucked away in a box on a private jet.

The flight went first to Turkey, and then to Lebanon, where Ghosn has citizenship but which has no extradition treaty with Japan.

Ghosn was out on bail at the time and awaiting trial on allegations that he underreported his income and committed a breach of trust by diverting Nissan money for his personal gain. Ghosn said he fled because he could not expect a fair trial, was subjected to unfair conditions in detention and was barred from meeting his wife under his bail conditions. Ghosn has denied any wrongdoing.

The U.S. State Department agreed in October to hand the pair over to Japan, but a Boston federal court judge put the extradition on hold shortly after after their lawyers filed an emergency petition.

The judge rejected the petition last month, clearing the way for the extradition, before the lawyers appealed to the 1st Circuit.

WHAT TO DO ON A BORING DAY || 26 FUN ART IDEAS AND DOODLES

WHAT TO DO ON A BORING DAY || 26 FUN ART IDEAS AND DOODLES


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COOL WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOURSELF

Don’t know how to spend a boring day? You can create a whole world by doodling your fingers. You should draw on fingers by yourself and create different characters and start an adventure! Watch our video and you will learn how to create a doodle elephant with moving trunk, a couple that is in love or is going for a date, friends that return from a party with a drunk friend, a man jumping on a trampoline. Moreover, you can create a scene from a bank robbing movie or even a create your own film at home! Crab your black marker and start creating! You will have a lot of fun and you can boost your imagination!
Have you ever wanted to transfer a special photo or your favorite picture onto fabric or candles? We share an easy tutorial on how to transfer images on candles. Supplies you will need a candle, sheet of paper, tissue paper, marker, wax paper, hairdryer. Firstly, take a sheet of paper and cover with tissue paper. Choose any picture and draw it using a marker or markers of different colors. Cut out the picture and place on the candle, cover with wax paper. Secure the picture with paint tape and blow hot air on it for several minutes using a hair dryer or heat gun. Carefully remove the wax paper. Ready! It’s a cool way to make a personalized gift to your friends or family and to express love.
The next collection of lifehacks is about magnets, we prepared a collection of magnet tricks. You are going to have a lot of fun! You will be surprised how it’s easy to make a ferrofluid at home with only two ingredients. In a bowl, mix printer ink with a small amount of vegetable oil and stir. Take a magnet and hold it close to the liquid and watch how the liquid is attracted to it. Have fun!

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New Yorkers with chronic health conditions can now sign up for the vaccine.

New Yorkers with chronic health conditions can now sign up for the vaccine.


Starting Sunday, New Yorkers with chronic health conditions like obesity and hypertension can schedule their appointments to get the Covid-19 vaccine at state-run mass vaccination sites. They join a growing number of people in the state who are eligible for the vaccine despite a shortage in supply.

Those who are now eligible include adults who have certain health conditions that may increase their risk of severe illness or death from the coronavirus. Aside from obesity and hypertension, other conditions that would qualify New Yorkers for the vaccine include pulmonary diseases and cancer, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this month. He also made pregnancy a qualifying condition.

Appointments for people who are in this group can be scheduled for as early as Monday, though most people will probably face a long wait because vaccine doses are scarce now. New Yorkers must provide proof of their condition with a doctor’s note, signed certification or medical documentation, Mr. Cuomo said.

“While this is a great step forward in ensuring the most vulnerable among us have access to this lifesaving vaccine, it’s no secret that any time you’re dealing with a resource this scarce, there are going to be attempts to commit fraud and game the systems,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

In New York State, about 10 percent of the population has received its first dose, according to data gathered by The New York Times. More than seven million people are eligible in the state, including people ages 65 and older, health care workers and teachers.

New York City recently opened mass vaccination sites at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens to better reach communities hit hard by the virus.

To check on eligibility and schedule an appointment, New Yorkers can complete a prescreening on the state’s website. They can also call the state’s vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) for more information about vaccine appointments.

Fan favorite Iditarod musher Zirkle retiring after ’21 race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of the sport’s most popular mushers has announced she will retire from competitive dog mushing after this year’s Iditarod, her 21st entry in the world’s most famous sled dog race.

Musher Aliy Zirkle made the announcement in a retirement letter posted on her website Thursday.

“I don’t want you to think that I’m just up and quitting,” Zirkle wrote, saying this has not been a quick decision.

Zirkle said the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has always been a spectacular adventure for her, but it’s also been physically and mentally demanding.

“And if I’m being honest, at times, I have been challenged to my very core,” she wrote. “I know that in the not so distant future, I will not be able to give it my 100%. So, I am retiring before I have to retire.”

This year’s race will start March 7 near Willow, Alaska, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) north of Anchorage. The traditional ceremonial start the day before in Anchorage has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also led organizers to shorten the nearly 1,000-mile (1,601 kilometer) race to 850 miles (1,368 kilometers).

The race will not go to the Bering Sea coast for its normal finish in Nome. Instead, mushers will travel from Willow to the ghost town of Iditarod and back to Willow for the finish. Forty-seven mushers are signed up to race, the smallest field in two decades.

Zirkle is a fan-favorite though she has never accomplished her goal of becoming the third woman — and first since the late Susan Butcher won her fourth title in 1990 — to win the world’s most famous sled dog race.

She endeared herself to fans with her effusive personality, her ever-present smile and can-do attitude vividly on display during three straight second-place finishes from 2012-2014. Since then, she’s had four other top 10 finishes. Last year, she placed 18th.

She’s also exhibited the tough Alaska persona that one would expect from a competitor in a race that takes about 10 days to finish in elements that requires them to carry an ax. She once broke another woman’s arm during an arm wrestling contest in a Nome bar following one race.

But it hasn’t always been easy for Zirkle, who told The Associated Press in 2017 she had suffered panic attacks and sought therapy after being attacked by a man on a snowmobile on the trail in the previous year’s race.

Arnold Demoski was given a six-month sentence for driving a snowmobile at four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King and Zirkle in separate attacks on March 12, 2016, near the Iditarod checkpoint in Nulato, Alaska. One of King’s dogs, Nash, was killed, and other dogs were injured.

Demoski pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor charges of assault, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence.

“Over the course of almost two hours, one man, by using his snowmachine, made prolonged, aggressive and what I believe to be deliberate threats to me and my team,” Zirkle said in a statement just days after the attack. Snowmachines are what Alaskans call snowmobiles.

“I was terrified. Had it not been for my defensive reactions, we could have been maimed or killed,” she said at the time.

She struggled but continued the race, placing third that year. At the finish line, fans chanted her name, hugged her and she even got a bouquet of roses. She credited fans and race volunteers for their support for helping her get through the race.

Zirkle was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1969 and first came to Alaska in 1990, midway through getting a degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lived in a wall tent on the Alaska Peninsula, counting birds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

She went back to college and finished her degree in 1992, and then came right back to Alaska. She and her husband, musher Allen Moore, own a kennel.

They built their home in Two Rivers where they hunt moose in the fall.

Zirkle, who has earned almost $475,000 since her first race in 2001, said her post-Iditarod future is somewhat undecided.

“I love Alaska and will continue to explore our great state. Of course, my husband, Allen, and I will together decide what our next life adventure will be,” she wrote. Zirkle didn’t immediately respond to an email from the AP on Friday seeking more information.

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Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance

Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance


Eventually, the virus known as SARS-CoV-2 will become yet “another animal in the zoo,” joining the many other infectious diseases that humanity has learned to live with, predicted Dr. T. Jacob John, who studies viruses and was at the helm of India’s efforts to tackle polio and HIV/AIDS.

But no one knows for sure. The virus is evolving rapidly, and new variants are popping up in different countries. The risk of these new variants was underscored when Novavax Inc. found that the company’s vaccine did not work as well against mutated versions circulating in Britain and South Africa. The more the virus spreads, experts say, the more likely it is that a new variant will become capable of eluding current tests, treatments and vaccines.

For now, scientists agree on the immediate priority: Vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. The next step is less certain and depends largely on the strength of the immunity offered by vaccines and natural infections and how long it lasts.

“Are people going to be frequently subject to repeat infections? We don’t have enough data yet to know,” said Jeffrey Shaman, who studies viruses at Columbia University. Like many researchers, he believes chances are slim that vaccines will confer lifelong immunity.

If humans must learn to live with COVID-19, the nature of that coexistence depends not just on how long immunity lasts, but also how the virus evolves. Will it mutate significantly each year, requiring annual shots, like the flu? Or will it pop up every few years?

This question of what happens next attracted Jennie Lavine, a virologist at Emory University, who is co-author of a recent paper in Science that projected a relatively optimistic scenario: After most people have been exposed to the virus — either through vaccination or surviving infections — the pathogen “will continue to circulate, but will mostly cause only mild illness,” like a routine cold.

While immunity acquired from other coronaviruses — like those that cause the common cold or SARS or MERS — wanes over time, symptoms upon reinfection tend to be milder than the first illness, said Ottar Bjornstad, a co-author of the Science paper who studies viruses at Pennsylvania State University.

“Adults tend not to get very bad symptoms if they’ve already been exposed,” he said.

The prediction in the Science paper is based on an analysis of how other coronaviruses have behaved over time and assumes that SAR-CoV-2 continues to evolve, but not quickly or radically.

The 1918 flu pandemic could offer clues about the course of COVID-19. That pathogen was an H1N1 virus with genes that originated in birds, not a coronavirus. At the time, no vaccines were available. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a third of the world’s population became infected. Eventually, after infected people either died or developed immunity, the virus stopped spreading quickly. It later mutated into a less virulent form, which experts say continues to circulate seasonally.

“Very commonly the descendants of flu pandemics become the milder seasonal flu viruses we experience for many years,” said Stephen Morse, who studies viruses at Columbia University.

It’s not clear yet how future mutations in SARS-CoV-2 will shape the trajectory of the current disease.

As new variants emerge — some more contagious, some more virulent and some possibly less responsive to vaccines — scientists are reminded how much they don’t yet know about the future of the virus, said Mark Jit, who studies viruses at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“We’ve only known about this virus for about a year, so we don’t yet have data to show its behavior over five years or 10 years,” he said.

Of the more than 12 billion coronavirus vaccine shots being made in 2021, rich countries have bought about 9 billion, and many have options to buy more. This inequity is a threat since it will result in poorer countries having to wait longer for the vaccine, during which time the disease will continue to spread and kill people, said Ian MacKay, who studies viruses at the University of Queensland.

That some vaccines seem less effective against the new strains is worrisome, but since the shots provide some protection, vaccines could still be used to slow or stop the virus from spreading, said Ashley St. John, who studies immune systems at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore.

Dr. Gagandeep Kang, an infectious diseases expert at Christian Medical College at Vellore in southern India, said the evolution of the virus raises new questions: At what stage does the virus become a new strain? Will countries need to re-vaccinate from scratch? Or could a booster dose be given?

“These are questions that you will have to address in the future,” Kang said.

The future of the coronavirus may contrast with other highly contagious diseases that have been largely beaten by vaccines that provide lifelong immunity — such as measles. The spread of measles drops off after many people have been vaccinated.

But the dynamic changes over time with new births, so outbreaks tend to come in cycles, explained Dr. Jayaprakash Muliyil, who studies epidemics and advises India on virus surveillance.

Unlike measles, kids infected with COVID-19 don’t always exhibit clear symptoms and could still transmit the disease to vulnerable adults. That means countries cannot let their guard down, he said.

Another unknown is the long-term impact of COVID-19 on patients who survive but are incapacitated for months, Kang said.

The “quantification of this damage” — how many people can’t do manual labor or are so exhausted that they can’t concentrate — is key to understanding the full consequences of the disease.

“We haven’t had a lot of diseases that have affected people on a scale like this,” she said.

Larson reported from Washington.

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S. Prestley Blake, co-founder of Friendly’s, dead at 106

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — S. Prestley Blake, the co-founder of the Friendly’s restaurant chain that he started with his brother Curtis in 1935, has died. He was 106.

Blake died Thursday after a short illness at a hospital near his home in Stuart, Florida, his niece, Holly Schroeder said.

“He lived a full life, right until the end, I can assure you of that,” she said.

The Blake brothers opened the first Friendly ice cream shop in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1935, using a $547 loan from their mother. They sold double-scoop cones for 5 cents each, half of the price the local soda fountains were charging, according to his autobiography, “A Friendly Life.”

The shop began selling coffee and hamburgers in the winter months, eventually growing into the restaurant chain Friendly’s, which had more than 500 locations across the eastern United States at its peak in the 1970s.

The brothers sold the company to Hershey Foods in 1979 for $164 million.

It has changed owners several times since, with controlling interests seeking bankruptcy protection in 2011 and 2020 and more than 300 locations closing over the last decade.

The chain, with just over 130 stores remaining, was purchased last month in bankruptcy proceedings by Amici Partners for $1.9 million.

Curtis Blake died in 2019 at the age of 102.

S. Prestley Blake lived for years in Somers, Connecticut, where in 2014, he built a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello mansion.

The home was eventually gifted, along with other property in Somers, to the Michigan-based Hillsdale College to establish the Blake Center for Freedom and Faith.

Blake was known for his philanthropy, donating millions to local schools, hospitals and charities.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, their two children, several stepchildren, five grandchildren and his sister, photographer and author Betsy Melvin, Schroeder said.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday.

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– You can use your iPhone as a scanner. This handy function is hidden inside the Notes App. Firstly, launch Notes app, create a note and tap the more button (+ symbol) above the keyboard. Tap scan document
– You can set your music to turn off on a timer. This function is very helpful is you usually fall asleep listening to music. Go to the clock, than timer set the duration. Tap Radar and choose to stop playing
– You can use your phone as a magnifier. Open settings and tap general, then accessibility. Tap Magnifier
– If you need a scientific calculator, turn the calculator sideways
– Delete last digits inputted with swiping across with the calculator
– Sometimes we are doing something around the home and it’s so hard to type with both hands. Switch your keyboard to thumb mode. Check our tutorial!
– You can electronically sign documents from your email. Firstly, open the document and tap toolbox icon and tap ‘’Signature’’. Sign the document using your finger and tap ‘’Done’’

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Mexico’s L�pez Obrador wants to close INAI freedom of information institute

Mexico’s L�pez Obrador wants to close INAI freedom of information institute



Each of the cases was exposed thanks to Mexico’s freedom of information system, often ranked among the world’s most effective. Created in 2002, it has allowed journalists and researchers to wrest documents from a government long known for opacity.

The system has been “one of the most important democratic advances in Mexico” since the end of one-party rule in 2000, said Roberto Rock, a journalist who lobbied for its creation.

Now, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to rein in the National Institute for Access to Information, or INAI, the independent body that runs the system. He says it’s expensive and has failed to end corruption.

The effort has revealed a deepening split in Mexico over the very nature of its democracy. To a generation of reformers, the freedom of information system represented a milestone in Mexico’s transformation from an authoritarian state. The institute was one of multiple independent agencies formed to organize elections, investigate human rights abuses and otherwise serve as checks on the powerful presidency. They became “the protective layers of our democracy,” wrote Enrique Campos Suárez, a columnist for El Economista newspaper.

López Obrador, a populist with leftist roots, maintains that the transition to democracy has largely been a sham — benefiting a self-serving elite while neglecting the poor.

“All these administrative structures were created to simulate a fight against corruption, to simulate transparency, to simulate that there wouldn’t be impunity,” he told reporters. “It was all a farce.”

The transparency law resembles the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. But Mexico’s system typically moves faster, with authorities generally required to respond to requests within 30 days. And it is administered by an institute that can overrule the government when it denies information.

It’s been a game-changer in a country where authorities long withheld basic information such as homicide figures, earthquake casualties and the central bank’s reserves. Suddenly citizens could find out the number of government employees, their salaries — even the guest list for a Mexican president’s birthday party.

The institute “advanced the idea that information didn’t belong to bureaucrats, but to the public,” said Rossana Fuentes-Berain, another figure in the civil society campaign to create the system. Since it got off the ground, the number of information requests has exploded, from about 50,000 to more than 230,000 a year.

Reporters have used the transparency system to uncover some of Mexico’s biggest scandals of the past two decades. In 2014, journalist Carmen Aristegui and her colleagues dug up documents showing that President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife were using a marble-floored, $7 million mansion built by a contractor close to the government. The president’s approval ratings tumbled. (He said his wife, a telenovela star, was buying the property in installments. But he apologized for the appearance of a conflict of interest.)

Three years later, journalists exposed the “Master Fraud” swindle, in which government money sloshed through universities and into fake companies, only to disappear. A former cabinet minister, Rosario Robles, is now in jail on corruption charges. (She says she’s innocent.)

In addition to helping expose corruption, the freedom of information system has allowed researchers to plumb the depths of Mexico’s human rights crisis.

In 2014, reporter Alejandra Guillén became “obsessed” with the mass graves being unearthed in her home state of Jalisco. Many of the unmarked sites were filled with the remains of people who had disappeared during the drug war.

Guillén peppered local and national government offices with nearly 200 requests for information on such pits. Working with the investigative site Quinto Elemento Lab, she documented nearly 2,000 clandestine graves — more than the federal government’s total. Without Mexico’s freedom of information system, she said, “we couldn’t have done much of the investigation.”

López Obrador, a folksy 67-year-old, argues that Mexico no longer needs a transparency institute. He holds a 7 a.m. news conference nearly every weekday, a talk fest that often lasts two hours.

“If we have permanent communication, and guarantee the right to information, things work out,” he told reporters last month. “Therefore, I’d say, we don’t need this apparatus that costs so much.” The hundreds of millions of dollars budgeted for the INAI and other independent agencies, he said, would be better spent on education, health or social programs.

López Obrador and his supporters have long argued that the institute provides the illusion of transparency to a political system dominated by unscrupulous officials and their wealthy allies in private business. “Notwithstanding its admirable institutional design of transparency, Mexico remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world,” the academic Irma Eréndira Sandoval Ballesteros wrote in the 2018 book “Troubling Transparency.”

She’s now López Obrador’s minister of public administration. The president has proposed moving the freedom of information system into her ministry.

Critics maintain that the attacks on the INAI and the other independent agencies show the authoritarian tendencies of a president who frequently berates the press and the opposition, and rules unquestioned over his own political party, which controls the National Congress.

But columnist Jorge Zepeda Patterson said López Obrador’s goal isn’t so much accumulating power as it is fortifying a presidency weakened in recent years by decentralization.

“He’s trying to give the Mexican government more capacity to intervene in reality, to modify the well-entrenched practices that favor the privileged,” he said. “Right or wrong, that’s his logic.”

The freedom of information system might have been hurt by the very hopes it generated for profound change. While Mexico developed a democratic voting system and a freer press, it still hasn’t reformed a justice system rooted in the authoritarian era. The police and courts remain corrupt and ineffective. Only a tiny percentage of crimes result in jail sentences.

“There is more transparency, but we don’t have a functional mechanism to prompt investigation and criminal prosecution and punishment of the corrupt,” said the political analyst Luis Carlos Ugalde. Journalists expose graft, he said, but in many cases “nothing happens” to the perpetrators. That can lead to a sense that the system isn’t producing results.

Ironically, the independent institutions López Obrador criticizes helped propel him to the presidency. One of them, the National Electoral Institute, established in 1990, cleaned up the system of rampant fraud that had kept opposition candidates from winning office. Meanwhile, journalists using freedom of information requests made citizens more aware of corruption. López Obrador rode a wave of disgust with graft to an overwhelming victory in 2018.

Critics note that López Obrador’s government has not always distinguished itself in transparency. In 2019, his first full year in office, there were 46 percent more appeals to the INAI by citizens who had been denied information by bureaucrats than in the previous year.

López Obrador has proposed a leaner, faster freedom of information system in which he says the government would respond to requests within 72 hours. Whether he can succeed in dismantling the current structure is unclear.

The freedom of information system was enshrined in the constitution in 2013 as an autonomous body. To amend the constitution, López Obrador would have to battle the opposition — not only in the National Congress, but in every state legislature.

Rock said the president had the political conviction to push for the change. “But he also has the political savvy to realize it could wind up as a disaster for him and his party,” he said.

Capitol rioter dubbed ‘Doobie Smoker’ to remain jailed

A California man captured on video smoking marijuana inside the U.S. Capitol during last month’s riots was driven by “bizarre” conspiracy theories to join the violent insurrection, a federal prosecutor said Friday.

A federal magistrate judge in Virginia ordered Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez to remain jailed and transferred to Washington, D.C., for his next hearing on charges related to the Jan. 6 siege.

Gonzalez, 32, of Ventura, California, was dubbed “The Capitol Rotunda Doobie Smoker” on a video posted on YouTube. When somebody on the video asked why he was smoking weed in the Capitol, Gonzalez responded in part by saying, “Freedom,” according to the FBI.

Gonzlaez bragged about handing out marijuana to others who stormed the Capitol and could be heard saying, “Time to smoke weed in here!” on a video, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Bosse said.

Bosse said Gonzalez frequently posts videos about conspiracy theories on YouTube to an audience that he claims numbers in the tens of thousands.

“He has fallen under the sway of a web of conspiracy theories that is not just bizarre but dangerous,” Bosse said.

Gonzalez has talked on his videos about believing that we may be living in a simulation, that the Earth is flat and that the Smithsonian Institution is hiding evidence of giants, according to Bosse. Gonzalez also promotes central tenets of the QAnon conspiracy theory, including the baseless beliefs that Hollywood celebrities and other elites are operating a Satanic child sex trafficking cult and sacrificing children, the prosecutor said.

“This is sheer wild-eyed nonsense,” he said. “But if you believe that, what wouldn’t you do? The defendant was not just there sitting in his basement, absorbing this material. He’s acting on it, amplifying it and rebroadcasting it.”

Defense attorney Rodolfo Cejas noted that it isn’t illegal to believe in conspiracy theories.

“It may be strange. It may be a variety of things. It’s not a crime,” he said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence Leonard said beliefs like those expressed by Gonzalez ordinarily are not factors in deciding if a defendant poses a flight risk or a danger to the community “unless those beliefs turn to actions,” he added.

“The court is not weighing whether or not someone who believes in QAnon poses a risk of danger to the community just based on those beliefs. The question for the court is whether or not those beliefs may tend to lead to action, action that could cause a risk of harm to the community,” Leonard said.

Gonzalez was arrested on Tuesday at a friend’s apartment in Virginia Beach on misdemeanor charges, including entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly conduct in the Capitol building.

Videos show him wearing a sun hat, a fanny pack and red, white and blue American flag pants at the Capitol. A family member who recognized Gonzalez from videos on YouTube contacted the FBI on Jan. 20, a court filing says.

More than 200 men and women have been charged in federal court with offenses related to the storming of the Capitol.

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W.H.O. Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Virus Origins

W.H.O. Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Virus Origins


What about the cases that appeared before the outbreak in the seafood market?

There was other spread going on outside of Huanan market. There are other patients who have no links to the market, quite a few in December. There were other markets. And we do know that some of the patients had links to other markets. We need to do some further work, and then the Chinese colleagues need to do some further work.

When we sat down as a group, the China team and the W.H.O. team on the last full day of work, and said, “Let’s go through the hypotheses,” the one that received the most enthusiastic support was this pathway — wildlife, through a domesticated wildlife link, into Wuhan.

What is the next step?

For the animals chain, it’s straightforward. The suppliers are known. They know the farm name; they know the owner of the farm. You’ve got to go down to the farm and interview the farmer and the family. You’ve got to test them. You’ve got to test the community. You’ve got to go and look and see if there are any animals left at any farms nearby and see if they’ve got evidence of infection, and see if there is any cross-border movement. If the virus is in those southern border states, it’s possible that there’s been some movement across neighboring countries like Vietnam, Laos or Myanmar. We’re finding more and more related viruses now. There’s one in Japan and one in Cambodia, one in Thailand.

For the human side, look for earlier cases, for clusters; look in blood banks for serum, if possible. Anything like this is going to be sensitive in China, and it’s going to take some persuasion and diplomacy and energy for them to do that because, to be honest, looking for the source of this virus within China is not a great, high priority I think for the Chinese government. Anywhere this virus is shown to emerge is a political issue. That’s one of the problems, and that is clear and obvious to anyone who has been looking at this.

Do you have a particular animal that you suspect right now as an intermediate link, more strongly than others?

It’s too up in the air. We don’t know if civets were on sale. We know they are very easily infected. We don’t know what the situation is with the mink farms in China or the other fur farms, like raccoon dogs, even though they’re normally farmed in a different part of China. That needs to be followed up on, too.

But if you were to say which pathway would you put the most weight on, I think the virus emerging either in Southeast Asia or Southern China from bats, getting into a domesticated wildlife farm. I’ve been to many of these, and they often have mixed species — civets, ferret badgers, raccoon dogs. Those animals would be able to get infected from bats.

Universities can be sued over cancer gene mix-up

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has reinstated lawsuits against two universities over mistaken results that were discovered years after two sisters were tested for a high risk of skin cancer.

The court said lawsuits filed by the Ohio family were not untimely, reversing decisions by a judge who had ruled in favor of the University of Michigan and Yale University.

In 1999, Michael and Susan Lonsway consulted with a university cancer genetics expert because of a family history of melanoma. Blood samples from their daughters, ages 5 and 3, were sent to a laboratory at Yale University.

The Lonsways were told that Cameryn, like her father, had a gene mutation associated with melanoma but Delaney did not. With the news, the family took extra steps to protect Cameryn’s skin.

Years later, in 2014, the Yale lab discovered that the results were not reported accurately; it was Delaney who had the mutation, not Cameryn.

Yale informed the University of Michigan, but a genetic counselor there, Jessica Everett, didn’t tell the family. Delaney subsequently was diagnosed with melanoma in 2016. New tests in Pittsburgh in 2017 confirmed that she had the gene mutation.

Everett “did not remember why she failed to convey the information” to the family, the appeals court said in a summary of the case.

The appeal centered on technical aspects of Michigan law about deadlines to file a lawsuit. The court said the Lonsways had cleared the hurdle.

The University of Michigan’s failure to tell the family that their test results were incorrect “arguably prevented plaintiffs from benefiting from the essential purpose of the genetic testing in the first place: to take precautionary measures and modify behavior” to reduce the risk of cancer, the court said in a 3-0 opinion Thursday.

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28 BRILLIANT HOME DECOR DIYS THAT ARE BETTER THAN THOSE IN IKEA

28 BRILLIANT HOME DECOR DIYS THAT ARE BETTER THAN THOSE IN IKEA


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CREATIVE CRAFTS EVERYONE SHOULD TRY

Check out an inspiring collection of creative crafts:
– Check out a cool idea on how to make an aroma lamp. You will need a spoon, a jar, a rope, and your favorite essential oil
– Make a handy tablet stand out of a cutting board. Watch our step by step tutorial
– Let’s make X-shaped wooden magazine holder. You will need 2 rectangular wooden planks of the same size. Using a pencil draw in the middle of each plank the area that should be cut out. They should be the same for two planks. You will need a saw to cut the pieces out. Attach planks like a 3d puzzle. Ready. The best thing is that you can choose any color, giving it a totally different look
– Check out how to make a dish rack out of a cutting board and pencils. Take around forty pencils and cut them in equal halves. Take a cutting board and drill holes and the distance should be between 3cm or 6 cm. Insert pencils in the board. Cover the rack with any color you like
– You will love a creative idea and a cheap way to store your knives. Take a cutting board and make a row of holes that match to the size of magnets you have. Pour super glue into holes and insert magnets. Ready!
– Turn a cutting board into a serving tray. Firstly, choose two handles you like and drill four holes. Insert the screws from the underside of the board. Place handles on the top of the board and secure them
– Turn pine cones into candles. Melt paraffin and add a crayon of any color you like. Attach a wick to the cone and dip a cone into paraffin for a couple of times
– Let’s make super cool cupcake candles: melt the wax and add a crayon, pour the wax into cupcake cups and insert a wick. Let cool. Next, prepare whipped wax using a mixer. Decorate cupcakes with whipped wax

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‘Our Goal is That No Lemurs Live Alone’

‘Our Goal is That No Lemurs Live Alone’


When lemurs grow old, their movements become slower and stiffer. They wobble on branches they could once grip with ease. Sometimes their tooth comb, a group of teeth used for grooming, falls out, which makes it harder for them to keep their fur fluffy on their own. So the best companion for a geriatric lemur is another geriatric lemur, someone who does not want to tumble around but is content to sit together and assist in grooming. “Young ones can be too rambunctious,” Dr. Grebe said.

To her credit, Cheyenne never settles for just any geriatric lemur. A while back, the keepers tried to introduce Martine, a female collared lemur, to Chloris and Cheyenne. Chloris didn’t mind — a cordiality perhaps aided by her cataracts. “She doesn’t care what anything looks like,” Ms. Keith said. But Cheyenne showed her teeth, stared down the new lemur and eventually chased her off. Ms. Keith said that Cheyenne could be bossy but that Martine was notoriously fractious: “She was not putting out the right vibes for Cheyenne.”

Still, Cheyenne and Chloris are open to elderly singletons joining their enclosure in the D wing. Until a few months ago, the lemurs were cohabiting with Pedro, a very old mongoose lemur who loved kiwis, until he died.

Wild lemur populations are often sympatric, meaning they live in the same geographic area. But scientists have only rarely observed different species interacting with each other, according to Dr. Tecot. One 2006 study found that crowned lemurs and Sanford’s lemurs in Madagascar formed a polyspecific association, communicating and coordinating their activities over time. Pairing between lemurs of different species seems even rarer, if it happens at all. Dr. Tecot, who co-directs the Ranomafana Red-Bellied Lemur Project in Madagascar, has never seen any mixed-species pairings in the wild.

In captivity, these pairings can offer insights into how lemurs may form interspecies companionships, according to Ipek Kulahci, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame.

Cheyenne and Chloris, who will both turn 33 this April, do not have the energy to play anymore. But they still soak in the sun in their outdoor enclosure and stay warm in their sleeping baskets, which are padded with fleece blankets to cushion their old bones.

In recent years, Chloris has been having more forgetful episodes in which she seems unaware of where she is — her keepers call them “senior moments,” Ms. Keith said. But when Chloris returns to lucidity, in her good eye, she sees she is still with Cheyenne.

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Colorado judge maintains charges for Dane accused in fire

DENVER (AP) — A judge on Friday decided against dropping criminal charges lodged against a mentally ill Danish man accused of starting a large Colorado wildfire that burned 149 homes in 2018.

The decision came after a prosecutor said Jesper Joergensen would not be deported if released from jail because of Biden administration changes to immigration policy.

Fearing that Joergensen could pose a danger if freed, Judge Gregory Lyman instead ordered him sent to the state mental health hospital for evaluation and whether a doctor there might recommend Joergensen be forcibly medicated to treat his delusional disorder.

Lyman acknowledged he was not sure if he had the authority to send Joergensen to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, which has struggled for years to keep up with demand for the evaluations of people accused of crimes.

Earlier this month, Lyman seemed to be leaning toward dismissing the case after Joergensen’s psychiatrist in a mental health jail unit indicated he did not think that Joergensen would qualify for forced medication since he does not pose a risk to himself or others while behind bars.

If Joergensen is sent to the state hospital, a doctor there could possibly reach a different conclusion and ask the court for permission to forcibly medicate him.

Aaron Pratt of the state Attorney General’s Office told Lyman that Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health had the right to decide where people get mental health treatment.

He also noted there were “practical concerns” in getting people admitted to the Pueblo hospital, which recently resumed taking in new patients following a pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the presidency of Donald Trump, anyone in the U.S. illegally was a priority for deportation. After Joergensen was arrested for allegedly starting the Spring Creek Fire in 2018, immigration officials said he had overstayed his visa and asked to be notified of his release from jail so that they could take him into custody.

But on the first day of Joe Biden’s presidency, the Department of Homeland Security directed immigration authorities to focus on national security and public safety threats as well as anyone apprehended entering the U.S. illegally after Nov. 1 and put a 100-day pause on most deportations.

While representatives of Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not respond to questions about how the policies would affect Joergensen, a Homeland Security memo laying out the new directives says only those convicted of aggravated felonies would be considered a public safety threat requiring deportation.

According to a prosecution motion filed Thursday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field director for Colorado, Kostas Patakonstantinou, told Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Kowert that Joergensen would not be deported under the new policies.

Joergensen is charged with 349 counts of arson and has been held in jail for more than two and a half years.

Several experts have found that he is unable to participate in a trial and help his defense lawyers because of detachment from reality.

Doctors have said Joergensen could possibly become well enough to be tried if he took medication but that he has refused. Joergensen’s defense lawyers have argued he will not take medication because his delusions cause him to believe he is well.

Joergensen’s jail psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Thiele, has said medication would have a “50-50” chance of working within two to six months but that Joergensen’s symptoms could return if he is returned to jail and again refuses to take medication.

According to court documents, Joergensen told police he had started a fire on June 27, 2018, to burn trash on land where he was living in a camper despite a ban on open fires because of the dry conditions but later said he had been grilling in a permanent fire pit.

He said he woke up from a nap, saw a fire burning in sage brush and burned himself as he tried to put it out.

The wildfire burned more than 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) east of Fort Garland, about 205 miles (330 kilometers) south of Denver.

26 AWESOME FOOD HACKS TO KILL BOREDOM

26 AWESOME FOOD HACKS TO KILL BOREDOM


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BEST CHEESY DISHES

Check out super delicious recipes from cheese: fried cheese popsicles, cheese sandwich that you can prepare using an iron, camembert bread. Let’s start from cheese pops: stick skewers or popsicle sticks through cheese pieces, cover each one with flour and coat with egg wash and crumbs. Put in boiling oil for a couple of minutes and super delicious snack is ready! You already know that we love cheese and quick and delicious recipes that’s why we share with you a recipe of camembert bread. Baked camembert bread is a classic appetizer for a home party. Cut off the top of the bread loaf, make a hole large enough to fit the camembert. Cut the top of camembert and place into the hole in the bread. Make incisions on bread and fill with the mixture of rosemary, garlic and olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes.
We know that you have at least one egg in your fridge because eggs are used literally everywhere from breakfast to desserts. Moreover, eggs are a source of Omega-3 and protein. Watch our video and learn how to prepare a super tasty breakfast that all your family will love; how to cook mini omelets in the ladle; how to easily separate yolks; use a straw for the perfect decoration for kids and how to use a big eggshell to remove the tiny one from a bowl.
In this video, you can find a lot of awesome ways to cook pastry desserts. You will find numerous ways how to fold pastry and different topping ideas. Besides, you will learn how to make cute decorations from marshmallow.
What is your favorite summer fruit? We adore watermelons and share cool desserts made from watermelon.

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Indian rescuers find 11 more bodies after glacier flooding

Indian rescuers find 11 more bodies after glacier flooding


Kumar said five bodies were found in a tunnel of a power project as rescuers cleared the debris and looked for any survivors. Six other bodies were found in a village in the area.

Rescuers are using excavators and shovels to clear sludge from the tunnel in an attempt to reach dozens of trapped workers as hopes for their survival fade.

The floodwaters, mud and boulders roared down the mountain along the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers, breaking dams, sweeping away bridges and forcing the evacuation of many villages.

The floodwaters swept away a small hydroelectric project and damaged a bigger one downstream on the Dhauliganga. Flowing out of the Himalayan mountains, the two rivers meet before merging with the Ganges River.

Scientists are investigating what caused the glacier to break — possibly an avalanche or a release of accumulated water. Experts say climate change may be to blame since warming temperatures are shrinking glaciers and making them unstable worldwide.

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Court rules against Arkansas’ Israel boycott pledge law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that Arkansas’ law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge’s 2019 decision that dismissed the lawsuit by the Arkansas Times challenging the requirement. The newspaper had asked the judge to block the law, which requires contractors with the state to reduce their fees by 20% if they don’t sign the pledge.

The court said the law is written so broadly that it would also apply to vendors that support or promote a boycott.

“The Act prohibits the contractor from engaging in boycott activity outside the scope of the contractual relationship ‘on its own time and dime,’” the court said in its 2-1 decision. “Such a restriction violates the First Amendment.”

The Times’ lawsuit said the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College refused to contract for advertising with the newspaper unless the Arkansas Times signed the pledge. The newspaper isn’t engaged in a boycott against Israel.

The appeals panel sent the case back to U.S. District Judge Brian Miller, who ruled in 2019 that refusing to purchase items wasn’t protected speech by the First Amendment.

“Arkansas politicians had no business penalizing our clients for refusing to participate in this ideological litmus test,” said Holly Dickson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, which represented the Times in the case. “Free speech isn’t a privilege you pay for, it’s a right guaranteed to every Arkansan.”

Arkansas’ law is similar to restrictions enacted in other states that have been challenged. The measures are aimed at a movement protesting Israel’s policies toward Palestinians. Similar measures in Arizona, Kansas and Texas that were blocked were later allowed to be enforced after lawmakers narrowed the requirement so it only applied to larger contracts. Arkansas’ law applies to contracts worth $1,000 or more.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office said she was reviewing the opinion to determine the next step.

“The Attorney General is disappointed in the Eighth Circuit’s decision, which interferes with Arkansas’s law banning discrimination against Israel, an important American ally,” spokesperson Amanda Priest said in a statement.

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