Month: August 2020

California processing backlog; deadly start to August in Sacramento

The coronavirus is continuing its deadly impact in the Sacramento region, with August already off to a troubling start.

Public health officials, in a Monday update to Sacramento County’s COVID-19 data dashboard, confirmed several more July deaths for nearly 80 in the month, including the deadliest day of the pandemic, and have already confirmed well over a dozen resident deaths from the virus in the first six days of August.

In a breakdown of coronavirus deaths as they’ve occurred by day — as opposed to the dates on which cause of death is made official or is first disclosed publicly — the county now reports a stunning 79 fatalities for the month of July. That’s more than double the previous worst month of April, when 34 died, and over quadruple the 18 observed in each of May and June as the curve of the virus had appeared to be flattening

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CES 2021 Looks Set to Be All-Online in Wake of COVID-19

Anyone interested in product design has likely heard of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) traditionally held in famous Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, the event’s organizers have recently announced that the 2021 edition of the show would look much different than in years past. Not just figuratively or literally speaking, but virtually, taking on an all-digital format in the wake of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Promotional graphic for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Promotional graphic for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) made the announcement in July 2020, a full six months before the January show. On one hand, that means attendees need not worry about airfare and hotel rooms. On the other hand, it means preparing to observe, disseminate information, and make purchasing decisions entirely online.

Traditionally, the show is set up like any other type of trade exhibition, with rows of booths manned by product specialists ready

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Should students get a discount if they won’t be on campus because of COVID-19?

<span class="caption">COVID-19 has caused colleges to spend more to cope with the pandemic. </span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:elenaleonova/GettyImages">elenaleonova/GettyImages</a></span>
COVID-19 has caused colleges to spend more to cope with the pandemic. elenaleonova/GettyImages

Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic caused colleges to start teaching remotely, students balked at the idea of paying full tuition for online learning. It’s not hard to understand why. After all, they were not getting the football and basketball games, student clubs, access to labs and the library and the out-of-class conversations that are all part of the typical campus experience.

Although students who study online will not pay the room, board and activities fees that typically cover nonacademic costs, concern about paying full tuition continues this fall, as many universities opt to continue online instruction in the interest of keeping students, faculty and staff safe from the pandemic.

Is it right to expect to pay less tuition for online learning? Or are colleges justified in charging the full tuition price when classes – at least

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Biden’s VP delays are nothing new. This time, there may be an upside

WASHINGTON — After Joe Biden promised to decide on his vice presidential pick “the first week in August,” we’re still waiting for a moment that seems to have been “closing in” for days now.

NBC News reported over the weekend that the choice could come “in the middle of [this] week or sooner,” although aides warned that the only real deadline for Biden was the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. And the New York Times wrote last night that aides are preparing for an announcement in “the middle of the week” — while noting that Biden “has not been known for his punctuality so far in the presidential race and the timeline could well slip again.”

The sliding deadlines come as no surprise to anyone who lived through Biden’s deliberations over his own presidential runs in 2004 (when he eventually decided he was too late to launch a bid),

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More cash, less buzz for 2020 investment bank interns

By Elizabeth Howcroft

LONDON (Reuters) – Buzzing trading floors, classrooms and networking drinks have been replaced by online projects, ‘hackathons’ and fitness sessions for the class of 2020 investment banking interns.

Goldman Sachs <GS.N>, Morgan Stanley <MS.N>, Barclays <BARC.L>, JP Morgan <JPM.N>, UBS <UBSG.S>, RBC <RY.TO> and Citi <C.N> have all held internships virtually this year as they adapt to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Schmoozing with executives and fellow interns has been via virtual coffees and quizzes, while Goldman Sachs laid on Zoom networking lunches, hackathons and fitness and cooking classes.

“We couldn’t have big parties or anything like that but we did work with a music start-up – there was a battle of the bands competition where the interns could vote,” Helena Sharpe, JP Morgan’s head of campus recruiting for EMEA, said.

Although many of the highly sought after schemes were cut to 5 weeks from

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Parts of New Zealand placed under lockdown after outbreak in Auckland

A pedestrian crosses in Wellington, New Zealand - Birgit Krippner/Bloomberg
A pedestrian crosses in Wellington, New Zealand – Birgit Krippner/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Auckland will be placed under temporary lockdown following an outbreak in a retirement village.

On Tuesday morning, The Village Palms retirement village in Christchurch was placed under lockdown after residents displayed symptoms of respiratory illness.

Prior to the outbreak, New Zealand had gone more than 100 days without community transmission of coronavirus.

Jacinda Ardern said that the new restrictions would allow health officials to “assess the situation”.

She said: “We are asking people in Auckland to stay home to stop the spread. Act as if you have Covid, and as if the people around you have Covid.”

Starting from 12pm on Wednesday, Auckland will be placed on level 3 alert for three days, while the rest of the country will be placed on level 2.

Under the

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COVID-19 Cases Top 20 Million Worldwide

Since Chinese officials implemented the first coronavirus lockdown in the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 19.8 million cases of COVID-19 across the planet.

More than 731,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission. After months of precautions and lockdowns, governments have begun to reopen their economies.

HuffPost reporters around the world are tracking the pandemic and its effects.

Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. (To see the latest updates, you may need to refresh the page. All times are Eastern. For earlier updates on the pandemic, go here.)

Coronavirus Cases Top 20 Million Worldwide — 8/10/2020, 8:35 p.m. ET

There are now more than 20 million COVID-19 cases

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Independent Artists Find a New Canvas: Face Masks

Grabbing a face mask before you head out the door is almost as ubiquitous as grabbing your keys these days, as officials around the country continue to promote the wearing of face coverings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Most states now have some sort of face mask mandate in place, and it’s not uncommon anymore to see a room full of people with their mouths and nose covered, whether you’re in a restaurant, at the bank, or waiting in line at the grocery store.

And while face masks continue to be a CDC-recommended guideline for helping to curb the spread of germs and airborne particles, a good face mask has also quickly become a statement-making accessory of sorts — a way for people to express themselves, much like picking out a hat or piece of jewelry. After all: if you’re going to be stuck wearing a mask

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HCPS Virtual Learning Plan Approved By Harford County Board Of Ed

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — The Harford County Board of Education approved administrators’ proposal to hold the first semester online while also establishing in-person learning centers. The plan presented by Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson was approved, 8-1.

The dissenting vote came from Tamera Rush, who represents Council District D, which includes the northern part of Harford County.

Approval of the virtual learning plan came after hours of discussion, with board members asking questions of school system leadership on logistics.

While a hybrid model consisting of in-person and virtual instruction had been considered in recent months, Bulson said it would not be feasible to educate the more than 37,000 students enrolled in Harford County Public Schools in that format.

“We were not going to be able to deliver logistically to provide a good instructional program” and deliver on safety, Bulson said.

Coronavirus data in recent months showed an increase

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5 Potential Bilberry Benefits That Make This Blueberry Cousin Worth Knowing

The wellness world certainly loves its superfoods. Turmeric, kale, matcha, pomegranate…all of these foods are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that have been shown to benefit human health. (Plus, they all have a hell of a PR team.) But one under-appreciated superstar that doesn’t get as much attention? Bilberries.

Don’t get confused—bilberries might sound like blueberries, but they’re different than the tiny little blue gems we put in our yogurt, smoothies and oatmeal. “Bilberries are sometimes referred to as European blueberries as they come from a small shrub in Europe, related to blueberries,” says Kelly Jones, RD. “But while they may resemble blueberries at first look, their flavor profile is much more acidic.”

The plant is native to Northern Europe, including the UK and Iceland; it was later introduced to North America by European colonists, although there are relatives of the bilberry plant (like blueberries and huckleberries) native to the

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