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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reached a deal with the teachers union so students can go back to school on Wednesday

Businessinsider - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 04:54
Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears on 'Meet the Press.'
  • Students have been out of school in the Chicago Public Schools district for about a week. 
  • The city's teacher's union refused to teach in person as COVID-19 cases spiked. 
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said a deal has been reached for in-person classes to resume on Wednesday.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she'd reached a deal with Chicago Teachers Union on Monday that would allow students to return to the classroom on Wednesday. 

Disputes over COVID-19 measures have resulted in about a week of canceled classes in the district, which is the third-largest in the country. 

The Chicago Teachers Union wanted to return to remote learning amid high COVID-19 cases and voted not to teach in person until there were new COVID-19 measures in place or case numbers decreased.

Lightfoot and the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Pedro Martinez, advocated for in-person learning. 

Instead of switching to remote learning, the school district canceled classes, which prompted some parents to sue the union. 

The Chicago Tribune reported that a part of the deal also includes a set of conditions where individual schools would return to remote learning based on the rate of staff absences and students in quarantine and isolation. The rate of community transmission would also be a factor in the decision. 





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North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile

BBC News - World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 03:57
It comes as six nations, including the US, call for the North to stop its "destabilising actions."

Helsingør Kommune: Folkeskolen kan ikke køre uden Google

Version2 - Seneste nyheder - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 03:45
Sagen om Google i undervisningen af danske børn fortsætter med en ny erklæring fra Helsingør Kommune. Her kan man ikke leve op til de krav, der stilles til danske folkeskoler uden at bruge tech-gigantens tjeneste, skriver kommunen i et brev til Datatilsynet.
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Facebook will require COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all in-person employees

Businessinsider - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 03:31
Logo Meta outside Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
  • Facebook parent company Meta will require all in-person employees to be boosted against COVID-19.
  • The social media giant also announced a further delay in office reopenings, pushing the return to late March. 
  • The company is among several to have postponed returning to the office.

Facebook parent company Meta Platforms will require all employees working from its US offices to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by late March, the company announced Monday.

The social media giant also told employees this week that it would further delay their return to the office until March 28 as Omicron cases surge across the country. The company had originally planned to fully reopen its US campuses at the end of January.

A spokesperson for Meta told Insider that the postponement is meant to give employees more time and flexibility in figuring out their work arrangements as the pandemic persists. 

"We're focused on making sure our employees continue to have choices about where they work given the current COVID-19 landscape," Janelle Gale, vice president of human resources for the company said in a statement. "We understand that the continued uncertainty makes this a difficult time to make decisions about where to work, so we're giving more time to choose what works best for them." 

Facebook is the latest corporation to alter its reopening plans as rising cases force several tech companies, including Apple and Google, to indefinitely push back their planned returns. 

According to a statement from Facebook, if employees wish to continue working remotely after March 28, they will be required to request a deferral from the company by mid-March. The temporary deferrals last between three and five months, the company said. 

Meta is one of the largest companies to announce booster requirements so far.

"Boosters provide increased protection," a Meta spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. "Given the evidence of booster effectiveness, we are expanding our vaccination requirement to include boosters."

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Maya Angelou: Poet is first black woman on US quarter

BBC News - World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 03:29
The civil rights activist and writer is the first in a series of US women honoured on the US quarter.

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike steps down, names WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton as interim CEO

Businessinsider - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 03:15
Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike is stepping down.
  • Moxie Marlinspike is stepping down as CEO of secure messaging app Signal. 
  • WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton will serve as the interim CEO.
  • Signal is a massively popular encrypted messaging service.

Signal messaging app's founder and CEO, Moxie Marlinspike, is stepping down, he said in a blog post on Monday.

"It's a new year, and I've decided it's a good time to replace myself as the CEO of Signal," said Marlinspike, whose real name is Matthew Rosenfeld.

Since its launch in 2015, Signal has become massively popular for its encrypted messaging service.

"People increasingly find value and peace of mind in Signal (technology built for them instead of for their data), and are increasingly willing to sustain it," wrote Marlinspike.

"Every day, I'm struck by how boundless Signal's potential looks, and I want to bring in someone with fresh energy and commitment to make the most of that," he added.

Marlinspike said he will remain on Signal's board and look for a new CEO, but WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton will serve as the interim CEO.

Acton founded WhatsApp in 2009. Facebook acquired the messaging service in 2014. Acton left WhatsApp in 2017.

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New York fire: Officials pledge support after 17 die in 'unspeakable tragedy'

BBC News - World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 01:38
There were eight children among the fatalities in the fire, which took hold on Sunday in the Bronx.

As nurses grapple with burnout and staffing shortages, new guidance has them fearing for their own health

Businessinsider - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 01:27
Marcial Reyes, an ER nurse who survived COVID-19, outside the ambulance entrance at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana on January 18, 2021.
  • New guidance on chest compressions for COVID-19 patients instructs nurses to give them with urgency.
  • The guidance instructs nurses to act quickly — even if they haven't yet put on protective equipment.
  • A petition condemning the guidelines has amassed more than 11,000 signatures in two weeks.

In late December, nurses began filling TikTok, Reddit, and Twitter with exasperated comments about recent updates the American Heart Association made to its CPR guidelines.

When nurses need to administer CPR to patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, the updated guidance now instructs them to provide chest compressions without delay or interruption, even if it means forgoing personal protective equipment.

The AHA cited a more stable PPE supply chain, increased vaccination rates, and limited evidence on the incidence of COVID-19 transmission to healthcare providers during chest compressions as rationale for its reassessment and update of the guidelines.

The AHA told Insider it "cares deeply about healthcare providers" and will "continually assess the science" so it protects both patients and healthcare providers.

"We strongly support wearing appropriate PPE during incidence of cardiac arrest, while recognizing how crucial it is to minimize delays in compressions," an AHA representative told Insider. "Currently, volunteer resuscitation experts are actively working to update the recommendations in light of the rapidly evolving pandemic and new variant."

Decisions by regulatory bodies have left nurses feeling 'disposable'

Nurses voiced their opposition to the new AHA guidance by starting a petition in honor of Celia Marcos, a Los Angeles nurse who died of COVID-19 in April 2020 after aiding an infected patient experiencing a "code blue," a medical emergency indicating either cardiac or respiratory arrest.

Marcos did not stop to obtain an N95 mask and attempted to save the patient in the less-protective surgical mask she was already wearing, the Los Angeles Times reported in May 2020. She died 14 days later.

"We recognize and honor our fallen sister, Celia Marcos, RN, who died of COVID-19 after rushing into a patient's room to perform CPR without donning PPE," the petition says. "She died fighting this terrible virus and attempting to save the life of a patient. The new AHA guidelines do not appropriately reflect the sacrifice and heroism of Nurse Marcos and ask the rest of us to do the same."

More than 11,000 people have signed the petition, which asks the AHA and other bodies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reevaluate their guidelines for healthcare providers.

In addition to changes in care guidelines, nurses are also grappling with staffing shortages and overall burnout as the pandemic drags on, causing many to consider leaving the profession.

Last June, Beth Armentrout decided to pursue a doctorate in neurological-based clinical research and leave the nursing profession, which she said made her feel disposable. Armentrout told Insider that governing bodies like the AHA tended to espouse support for nurses, physicians, and hospital staff members while simultaneously making decisions that negatively affected their day-to-day work.

"The fact of the matter is that the governing bodies that tout support of medical professionals are siding with greedy hospitals and hospital administrators putting nursing, physicians, and support staff at risk," Armentrout told Insider in an email. "Nurses are a female-dominated profession so apparently we can be treated as disposable. To quote a TikTok I saw today, 'They would never do this to firemen.'"

Hospital staffing shortages may worsen if more nurses contract COVID-19 at work

Nurses are now dealing most often with COVID-19 infections caused by the highly transmissible Omicron virus variant, which is thought to account for most active COVID-19 cases in the US.

As a float nurse in a community hospital, Julia B., whose identity Insider has independently verified, worries that the new AHA guidance will exacerbate the industry's staffing shortages and ultimately cost healthcare providers their lives.

"The AHA decision is just one in a long line of choices from the health care industry that has disenfranchised its workers, but it certainly further legitimizes this mistreatment," Julia told Insider in an email. "We are dying. And we are not replaceable... Patients die due to short staffing. And staffing has never been as short as it is now."

Nurses who have chosen to stay at the bedside told Insider they did their best to provide quality care in light of staffing shortages but struggled as patients far exceeded the number of medical professionals available to care for them. Low wages and an increased workload have plagued nurses across the US, prompting many to push for better working conditions through unions.

"We've been criminally underpaid for 50 years, and been gaslit into believing that's okay because 'just think of the patients,' or 'it's your calling,'" Conrad said. "Hospitals view nurses and CNAs as an expense to be cut as often as possible, as opposed to what it really is: the only thing keeping patients alive."

Still, some nurses say healthcare regulatory bodies have already pushed them past the brink. Joy B., whose identity Insider independently verified, says she left nursing after more than two decades because decisions made by organizations like the AHA had worn her "down to a stump."

"I read a post on Reddit saying nurses don't have to light themselves on fire to keep other people warm. Truer words have never been stated," Joy said. "I miss patient care most days, but I've realized through reading this [Reddit] board, and organizations like AHA demanding nurses set themselves on fire for subpar working conditions, possibly death, and zero support, that 24 years was enough."

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Instagram music not working? 7 ways to troubleshoot

Businessinsider - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 01:17
You may need to try a few troubleshooting methods to get your Instagram music sticker working.
  • If Instagram's music library is not working with your Story, It's not out of the ordinary, and it can be a quick fix.
  • If the music sticker doesn't work for you, make sure your app is up to date, or try logging out and back in.
  • Some users also have success switching from their Professional to Personal account to reactivate music in Instagram.
  • Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories.

In recent months, an increasing number of users have found that they've been occasionally unable to add music to Instagram. Specifically, the music sticker in Instagram Stories has not worked as expected. If you try to use the music library in Instagram and find it doesn't work, here are a few simple troubleshooting tips that can often fix the problem and get you up and running again. 

Check to see if you have the music stickerIf you add the music sticker to a story, you should see a rich library of music.

Start by checking to see if the music sticker is available and working for you. Tap the Plus at the top of the screen and then, in the dropdown menu, tap Story. Choose a photo or video to add to your story. 

Now you can tap the Music icon or tap Stickers and then select the Music sticker. Either way, you should see an extensive list of music options in Instagram's music library. If you don't, try some of the following troubleshooting steps.

Make sure the Instagram app is up to date

If you haven't updated your Instagram app in a while, it's possible that the version you have installed doesn't yet support music, or it has a bug preventing Instagram Music from working properly. 

It's a good idea to leave automatic updates turned on so your apps update automatically, but it's also possible to force an app like Instagram to update manually. Here's how to update the Instagram app manually on Android, and if you have an iPhone, the process is similar:

1. Start the App Store app.

2. Tap the Search icon at the bottom right and search for "Instagram."

3. If the app has an update available, the button will say Update — tap it. Otherwise, it'll say Open, and that indicates you are already up to date.   

Find Instagram in the App Store to see if it needs an update.Switch back to your personal account

Some users have reported that they lost access to music when upgrading to an Instagram Business account. If you're logged into a Professional account, it's easy to switch back to your Personal account to see if that resolves your problem. Don't worry about losing access to your professional account — you can switch back and forth as often as you like. 

1. Go to your profile page in the bottom-right corner. 

2. Tap the three-line menu at the top right and then, in the pop-up menu, tap Settings

3. Tap Account

4. Scroll to the bottom and choose Switch to Personal Account

It might take some time for the music feature to work again in your personal account. 

Log out of Instagram

Another way to troubleshoot your Instagram glitch is to sign out and then sign back in again. It's possible that when you log back in, the music feature will be restored. 

1. Go to your profile page in the bottom-right corner. 

2. Tap the three-line menu at the top right of the page and then, in the pop-up menu, tap Settings

3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Log Out.

4. Log back into Instagram using your usual Instagram account credentials. 

Log out of Instagram using the Settings menu.Reinstall the app

If logging out and back in again didn't resolve the problem, there might be a problem with your installation of the Instagram app, or the app's data cache could be corrupted and prevent the app from working properly. Either way, an easy fix is to simply uninstall the app and then reinstall it. You'll need to log back in with your usual account credentials, but nothing in your Instagram account will be lost. 

If you're using an iPhone, here is how to uninstall an app from your iPhone. Similarly, you can uninstall Instagram from your Android device. Afterward, simply install a fresh version from Google Play or the App Store and log back in.

Check to see if Instagram is having service outages

It's possible that parts of the Instagram service are offline, and that may be affecting your ability to use parts of the app, such as the music library. You might want to look at Instagram's status page at DownDetector to see if the service is offline or having a serious outage. 

Check DownDetector to see if a service outage could be affecting the music library.Reach out to Instagram customer support

If none of these troubleshooting tips were able to restore Instagram Music on your device, it might be time to reach out to Instagram customer support. Instagram has a customer support phone number as well as a robust help center with support articles, FAQs and a system for reporting problems. For more information, here are all the details on how to contact Instagram customer support

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How old Ugandan negatives are bringing families back to life

BBC News - World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 01:14
The restored archive of a rural Ugandan photographer is helping people reconnect with their past.

Kabul's markets full of food, but no-one has money

BBC News - World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 01:08
The UN has called for urgent aid as one million Afghan children are at risk from severe malnourishment.

Antarctica: Invasive species 'hitchhiking' on ships

BBC News - World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 00:37
Ships travelling to Antarctica could bring invasive species to the ocean’s last pristine ecosystem.

Ros Atkins on... questions that remain for Djokovic

BBC News - World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 00:20
The world number one made it onto a tennis court in Melbourne, but he could still be deported.

What it's like to spend 125 days flying the U-2, according to the only active-duty pilot to ever do it

Businessinsider - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 00:12
A US Air Force U-2 at the California Capital Airshow in Sacramento, September 25, 2021.
  • For more than 60 years, the high-flying U-2 has gathered intelligence on hotspots all over the world.
  • In that time, however, only one active-duty pilot has surpassed 3,000 flying hours in the vaunted Dragon Lady.
  • Here's what it takes to hit that milestone, according to the pilot who did it. 

When US Air Force pilot Lt. Col. "Jethro" first learned about the U-2, he was determined to get into the highly selective training program.

Piloting the vaunted "Dragon Lady" meant flying "single-seat, high-altitude, wearing the space suit, alone, unarmed, and unafraid, many miles from your homebase," he told Insider.

Lt. Col. "Jethro" — his call sign, an alias used for security — went on to complete the training program and land his dream job piloting the U-2. It's a distinction that just 1,079 people have earned.

Lt. Col. Jethro after becoming the second pilot to reach 3,000 hours in the U-2 while on active duty, at Beale Air Force Base, September 29, 2021.

Following 10 deployments between 2007 and 2018, Jethro became an instructor pilot with the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, which is responsible for training all U-2 pilots.

Today, he trains the newest cadre of U-2 aviators at Beale Air Force Base in California, putting them through the same rigorous program he completed 15 years ago.

In September, Jethro became the second pilot in history to reach 3,000 hours piloting the U-2 — and the first to do it while on active duty.

He told Insider about his milestone flight and what it has been like to spend the equivalent of 125 days flying the U-2.

'It never gets old'A U-2 above California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, March 23, 2016.

The jet frequently flies at about 70,000 feet, which offers a unique view of the curve of the earth.

"It's weird because your eyes are so used to seeing the horizon being flat that you kind of have to step back and look at it to go, 'Hey, it is curved,'" he says. "It's absolutely beautiful. It never gets old."

But 70,000 feet is also above Armstrong's Line, where water boils at body temperature and life is not sustainable, which requires not only a pressurized cockpit but also a bulky full-pressure suit similar to what astronauts use on shuttle missions.

Suiting up to fly in the Lockheed U-2 is about as close as a pilot can come to suiting up for a mission to space.

But a suit that keeps you alive at zero pressure — and allows men and women pilots to urinate mid-flight — isn't easy to get into. For that, Jethro and other U-2 pilots have dedicated technicians from the Physiological Support Squadron.

Airmen from the 9th Physiological Support Squadron help Lt. Col. Jethro into his pressure suit, September 29, 2021.

The technicians care for the flight suits with the same attention aircraft maintainers give their aircraft. Watching new U-2 trainees work with the Physiological Support technicians to get in and out of the suit can be awkward and comical.

"It's a dance, and the first time you do it you have no idea how that dance works," says Jethro.

Once he's suited up, he gets moved to a big reclining chair and hooked up to oxygen and cooling air. It can be hot and tight in the inflated suit. Walking up the ladder into the aircraft and getting seated is yet another dance, as U-2 pilots can't strap themselves into the cockpit while wearing the suit and again need the technicians' help.

The technicians also handle the pilots' food orders and preferred Gatorade color pre-takeoff. Their in-flight meals are pureed and come in a metal toothpaste-style tube for ease of use.

"We do a high-protein, low-residue diet," Jethro said. "You don't want to be gassy up there. As the pressure goes down, gas expands, so it can lead to you being uncomfortable in the jet."

3,000 hours with the Dragon LadyJethro does pre-flight checklists in a U-2, September 29, 2021.

The United States has been using the U-2 for more than a half-century, flying intelligence-gathering missions over the Soviet Union, Vietnam, China, and Cuba during the Cold War. In recent years, it has conducted missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. It's designed to fly at all hours and in all weather.

The U-2 has received technical upgrades, but the basic cockpit hasn't changed much in the past 40 years.

Having iPads and state-of-the-art navigation technology replace paper charts and maps is probably the biggest difference since Jethro's early days. Before that technical upgrade, "You were lucky if you knew where you were," he says.

The East Texas native joined ROTC in college to pursue his childhood dream of being a pilot. He started training two months after September 11, 2001, had his first solo flight in 2002, and was on track to fly a larger aircraft, like the C-135 Stratolifter.

When he graduated from pilot training, he still wasn't sure exactly what he wanted to fly. His squadron commander and mentor, who was a U-2 pilot, suggested the U-2. From there, Jethro did a Google search for the U-2 pilot application and began the arduous training and selection process.

Jethro in a U-2 at Beale Air Force Base, September 29, 2021.

The training program is selective. Candidates who make it through a two-week interview move on to training in a T-38 Talon, a two-seat supersonic jet trainer. After that, remaining candidates move onto training in an actual U-2, learning to fly, land, and do emergency procedures.

Students' seventh flight is their first time solo in an U-2. That's followed by high-altitude training with the space suit, Jethro said.

After 14 flights, pilots go through an evaluation. Passing that means you're qualified on the U-2, and "then we send you over to mission qual[ification] — another syllabus where now that you know how to fly it, you know how to defeat threats," he added. "When you're done with that, you are [a] qualified pilot ready to go on the road."

In 2007, as a newly qualified U-2 pilot, Jethro was deployed for the first time. Stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, he flew missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.

Flying in the desert, he racked up his first 1,000 hours within three years. Some of those missions involved talking to assets on the ground and making decisions while flying over unforgiving terrain far from home, out of radio range of base.

He recalls one mission on a cloudy day over Afghanistan in August 2007, when two separate helicopters crashed roughly 100 miles from each other. He started talking to the downed pilots and joined the effort to pick them up, coordinating with an F-15 to keep the enemy away.

One pilot and a team effortCory Bartholomew aids a U-2 during takeoff at Beale Air Force Base, March 23, 2021.

The U-2 is a challenging plane to fly and even harder to land. The plane's 105-foot wingspan is perfect for flying high but ungainly closer to the ground.

The U-2 has also been stripped down in order to fly at high altitudes for extended periods — its bicycle-style landing gear is supplemented by wing-mounted wheels that detach during takeoff. The pilot's position in the cockpit also makes it harder to see the runway on approach.

Those factors mean it takes a lot of physical exertion from the pilot to land, as well as the coordination of an entire team to get the aircraft onto the ground.

Another U-2 pilot in a chase car gives directions over the radio as the returning pilot approaches the runway. Once the plane comes to a stop, now without its wing-mounted wheels, it tilts to one side.

Cory Bartholomew, right, presents Jethro with the 3,000-hour patch at Beale Air Force Base, September 29, 2021.

When Jethro landed at Beale to conclude a routine proficiency flight on September 29, he'd hit 3,000 hours.

He would have settled for a low-key post-flight beer to celebrate the milestone. But his squadron made a show of it, coming out to his airplane and cheering. Also there to congratulate him were his wife and kids, fellow U-2 instructor pilot Cory Bartholomew, and the base's wing commander, who'd also been on Jethro's very first deployment.

They presented him with a bottle of champagne and, in keeping with tradition, challenged him to launch the cork on to the top of the hangar while keeping one foot on the ground and the other on the ladder up to the parked aircraft's cockpit.

"I'm awful at that part," he says. "I haven't hit the hangar yet."

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The Biden administration is requiring insurance companies to cover costs for at-home COVID-19 tests starting on Saturday

Businessinsider - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 00:06
A resident displays an at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021
  • Private insurers will now have to cover eight at-home COVID-19 tests a month per insured person.
  • The tests don't require a doctor's order or prescription, the Department of Health and Human Services said.
  • There is also no limit on covered tests if they're ordered by a doctor or medical professional. 

Health insurance companies will have to cover up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests a month for each covered individual starting Saturday, the Biden administration announced. 

The tests won't require a doctor's order, prescription, or office visit. Additionally, the tests won't be subject to copays or deductibles, according to a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Insurers can either cover the cost upfront or reimburse the insured after a claim is filed. 

"Under President Biden's leadership, we are requiring insurers and group health plans to make tests free for millions of Americans," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in the press release. "This is all part of our overall strategy to ramp-up access to easy-to-use, at-home tests at no cost." 

There is also no limit to the number of PCR or rapid tests that will be covered if they're ordered by a doctor or medical professional or given during an office visit. 

The press release said the administration is incentivizing insurers to "set up programs that allow people to get the over-the-counter tests directly through preferred pharmacies, retailers or other entities with no out-of-pocket costs," so that people don't have to file claims, and the process can be streamlined. 

"Testing is critically important to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, as well as to quickly diagnose COVID-19 so that it can be effectively treated," Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in the press release. "Today's action further removes financial barriers and expands access to COVID-19 tests for millions of people."

Late last month, Biden acknowledged a shortage of COVID-19 at-home tests as demand surged as Americans traveled and gathered for the holidays and cases spiked. 

"We went from no over-the-counter tests in January to 46 million in October, 100 million in November, and almost 200 million in December," Biden said in a COVID-19 response team call with the National Governors Association on Monday.

He added: "But it's not enough. It's clearly not enough. If we had known, we'd have gone harder and quicker if we could have."

On December 27, Biden also said that his administration had purchased an additional 500,000 at-home tests for Americans that request them and that he planned to authorize the Defense Production Act to produce more tests. 

As of January 10, the 7-day average was 674,406 new daily cases, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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Half of COVID-19 patients in NYC hospitals were admitted for something else — a sign of milder Omicron cases in vaccinated people

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 23:52
New York City had more than 5,000 COVID-19 hospital admissions as of January 3, official data show.
  • New York reported more than 11,500 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Friday — close to a record high.
  • More than 40% of those patients, and half of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City, were admitted for an unrelated issue.
  • Doctors still caution that COVID-19 can worsen outcomes for all hospitalized patients. 

New York is approaching a record high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations nearly two years into the pandemic.

The state's COVID-19 hospitalizations rose 36% in a single week, from fewer than 8,500 hospitalized patients on New Year's Eve to more than 11,500 hospitalized patients on Friday, according to state data. (In comparison, New York recorded upward of 14,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations at once in April 2020.)

In New York City alone, more than 6,000 hospitalized patients had COVID-19 as of Friday — a 40% increase from the week prior.

But disease experts caution that these latest figures include people who were admitted to the hospital for ailments unrelated to COVID-19, then later diagnosed with the disease. Thus far, the Omicron variant appears to cause relatively mild disease among most vaccinated people

The chart below shows the breakdown of people hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Friday, versus patients who tested positive in the hospital, but were admitted for a different reason. Roughly half of COVID-19 patients in New York City hospitals, and 43% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the state, were admitted for an issue unrelated to the virus.

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COVID-related admissions made up a much larger share of COVID-19 hospitalizations in central (80%) and western (73%) New York. These regions have lower vaccination rates than New York City and the state overall. Just 66% of people in central New York and 65% of people in western New York have had two vaccine doses, compared with 73% in New York City and 70% across the state. 

COVID-19 can worsen outcomes for hospitalized patients with other illnesses

As Omicron cases continue to surge, vaccines have been instrumental at keeping hospitalizations at bay. A recent report from the UK Health Security Agency found that two vaccine doses lower the risk of an Omicron hospitalization by 65%, while three doses lower the risk by 81%.  

City workers hand out take-home COVID-19 test kits in lower Manhattan on December 23, 2021.

Omicron may also cause milder disease on its own, though scientists are still trying to determine if that's the case. Two recent lab studies, which haven't been peer reviewed, suggest that Omicron may be less effective at attacking lung cells compared with other variants.

But an Omicron infection could exacerbate preexisting health conditions like cancer, diabetes, or kidney disease — especially for people hospitalized with these illnesses. People with diabetes who contract a viral infection, for instance, face an increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication that can lead to coma or death.

Rising COVID-19 cases strain hospital capacity and threaten standards of care

An influx of COVID-19 patients may also hamper doctors' ability to provide adequate care, regardless of why patients were admitted to the hospital.

Many US hospitals are short-staffed due to a combination of burnout and hospital employees getting sick themselves. Nearly one-quarter of US hospitals now report a critical staffing shortage, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

"Admissions with COVID is still very disruptive to the healthcare system at a time when it can't afford more disruption," Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, wrote last week on Twitter

COVID-19 patients have to be isolated, and doctors must don additional protective gear like gloves and face shields while treating them, Jha said. Those extra precautions "[slow] everyone down from seeing other patients," he added, and make surgery "much more complicated."

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GOP lawmakers pressure DC to ditch indoor vaccine mandate despite Omicron wave

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 23:14
Rep. James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky
  • 19 House Republicans want D.C. to repeal its impending indoor COVID-19 mandate.
  • They say that the proof of vaccination requirement will make it harder for people trying to visit the nation's capital.
  • DC and the surrounding region are facing a crush of COVID-19 cases.

Nineteen House Republicans are pressuring DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to back down from the city's indoor vaccine mandate days before it goes into effect and as the region deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases amid the Omicron variant. 

"The spread of the omicron variant among the vaccinated population indicates the Order will be ineffective at stopping viral spread while imposing significant costs to the District, its residents, its economy, and Americans across the nation who wish to visit their capital," the group of Republicans write, led by Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the powerful House Oversight committee.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat and D.C's lone delegate, told Insider that her colleagues' constituents are largely unaffected by the city's mandate. She chalked up their efforts at the latest in the GOP's saga to control how the District of Columbia governs itself.

"The mayor would not try to harm our own restaurants and bars unless she had to," Norton told Insider. "This ought to be seen as the District willing to enact penalties on itself, recognizing how serious this virus has become in the capital and this entire region ..."

The Republicans' letter cites a misleading point about COVID-19 vaccinations. While fully vaccinated people can contract COVID-19, healthcare experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they are very unlikely to experience serious illness, require hospitalization, or die. The CDC cites studies showing masks limit the spread of droplets from infected people, and also may filter out some of these by uninfected mask wearers. 

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced late last year the nation's capital would join other major cities by requiring people 12-years-old and older to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination before entering places like restaurants, bars, and gyms. The policy is set to go into effect on January 15. 

Washington and the larger region are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases with limited states of emergency declared in both Virginia and Maryland as hospitals struggle to keep up, The Washington Post reports. Before Christmas, per The Post, "the region saw the highest seven-day averages of new cases at any point since the pandemic began."

Washington is susceptible to the whims of Congress because it is not a state. Lawmakers can introduce disapproval motions to overrule new DC laws and they can also tie the city's hands due to their power over the district's budget.  It's extremely unlikely that Republicans will succeed in their effort to overturn the vaccine mandate given that Democrats control all levers of power in Washington.

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Near-miss for pilot saved from downed plane hit by train

BBC News - World - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 23:12
Dramatic video shows the rescue, moments before collision, after a plane landed on train tracks.

A full breakdown of what channels you get with every Sling TV package, plus all the add-ons

Businessinsider - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 23:10

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Channel selection differs depending on what Sling plan you sign up for.
  • Sling's Orange and Blue plans each cost $35 a month, or you can combine them for $50 a month.
  • The channel selection differs between them, but some networks are available on both plans.
  • You can also add multi-channel packages or premium networks like Showtime.
Sling TV $35.00 FROM SLING

Sling is one of the most affordable live streaming services on the market, offering impressive bang for your buck if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to cable. You can read our full Sling TV review here.

The service has two primary packages with over 30 channels each starting at just $35 a month. Below, we've broken down exactly what you'll get with each plan and all the add-ons so you can decide which is best for your needs.

The 2 main packages — Sling Orange and Sling Blue — offer 30+ channels for $35 a month, or $50 combined

Sling's two main offerings are Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Each plan is available to stream for $35 a month. You can also combine the two packages for $50 a month, giving you access to all 50+ channels Sling offers. For a limited time, new customers can get a free three-day trial of any plan.

Channels largely overlap between Blue and Orange, but there are a few differences that might push you to choose one over the other. Disney channel and ESPN networks are only included with Sling Orange. Meanwhile, Sling Blue offers networks like the Discovery Channel and a slate of Fox-owned and NBC-owned channels.

Blue also comes with local NBC and Fox networks, but only in select markets. Sling Orange doesn't offer any local channels, so if you're hoping to catch your local nightly news, Sling Blue is the way to go. 

Add-ons start at $6 a month if you're looking for specific genres or channels

If you want to further enhance your channel selection, Sling offers a slate of genre-based add-ons starting at $6 a month. Each add-on, like Kids Extras, Sports Extras, and Lifestyle Extras, offers a mini-bundle of channels.

There are several premium add-ons as well, including Showtime ($10/month) and Starz ($9/month). 

See below for a full breakdown of Sling's channel offerings and add-ons, and click here to sign up and start streaming live TV.Sling Orange ($35/month)

The following channels are included with Sling Orange:

  • A&E 
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bloomberg Television
  • CNN
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet 
  • Disney Channel*
  • EPIX Drive-In
  • ESPN*
  • ESPN2*
  • ESPN3*
  • Food Network
  • Freeform*
  • Fuse 
  • HGTV
  • History Channel
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • MotorTrend*
  • Nick Jr.
  • Stadium
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Vice

*Exclusive to Sling Orange

Sling TV $35.00 FROM SLING

Sling Blue ($35/month)

The following channels are included with Sling Blue:

  • A&E 
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Bravo*
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet
  • Discovery Channel*
  • E!*
  • Epix Drive-In
  • Food Network
  • Fox* (select markets)
  • Fox News*
  • Fox Sports 1*
  • Fuse 
  • FX*
  • HGTV
  • HLN*
  • History Channel
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • MSNBC*
  • NBC* (select markets)
  • NBC Sports Network*
  • NFL Network*
  • National Geographic*
  • Nick Jr.
  • SYFY*
  • Stadium
  • TBS
  • TLC*
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV*
  • USA*
  • Vice

*Exclusive to Sling Blue

Sling TV $35.00 FROM SLING

Sports Extra ($11/month)

The following channels are available in the Sports Extra add-on for Sling Orange:

  • ACC Network 
  • ACC Network Extra
  • Longhorn Network 
  • ESPNews
  • SEC Network 
  • SEC Network+ 
  • MLB Network
  • MLB Network Strike Zone
  • Tennis Channel
  • NBA TV
  • Pac-12 Network
  • NHL Network
  • beIN Sports

The following channels are available in the Sports Extra add-on for Sling Blue:

  • FS2 
  • Golf Channel
  • Olympic Channel
  • NFL RedZone 
  • MLB Network
  • MLB Network Strike Zone
  • Tennis Channel
  • NBA TV
  • Pac-12 Network
  • NHL Network
  • beIN Sports
  • Big Ten Network
Comedy Extra ($6/month)

The following channels are available in the Comedy Extra add-on:

  • CMT
  • GSN
  • Logo
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • Revolt
  • TV Land
  • Laff
  • FETV
  • Paramount Network
  • truTV (already included in Sling Blue)
Kids Extra ($6/month)

The Kids Extra package is currently exclusive to Sling Blue subscribers. The following channels are available in the add-on:

  • NickToons
  • TeenNick
  • Boomerang
  • BabyTV
  • duckTV
News Extra ($6/month)

The following channels are available in the News Extra add-on:

  • CNBC (Sling Blue only)
  • Fox Business (Sling Blue only)
  • NDTV 24x7 (Sling Blue only)
  • France 24 (Sling Blue only)
  • HLN (Sling Orange only)
  • NewsNation
  • NewsMaxTV
  • Science Channel
  • BBC World News
  • Weather Nation
  • Euronews
  • News18
  • RT America
  • CGTN
  • Law & Crime Trial Network
Lifestyle Extra ($6/month)

The following channels are available in the Lifestyle Extra add-on:

  • Oxygen (Sling Blue only)
  • Cooking Channel
  • Magnolia Network
  • FYI
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • VH1
  • WE TV 
Hollywood Extra ($6/month)

The following channels are available in the Hollywood Extra add-on:

  • FXX (Sling Blue only)
  • FX Movie Channel (Sling Blue only) 
  • Cinemoi
  • HDNet Movies
  • Heroes & Icons
  • Start TV
  • GRIT
  • SundanceTV
  • Turner Classic Movies
Heartland Extra ($6/month)

The following channels are available in the Heartland Extra add-on:

  • Nat Geo Wild (Sling Blue only)
  • World Fishing Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • American Heroes Channel
  • Destination America
  • Outdoor Channel
  • RFD-TV
  • PixL
  • The Cowboy Channel 
  • Pursuit
  • Great American Country Family
  • Great American Country Living
  • INSP
AMC Plus ($7/month)

AMC Plus is not a live TV channel, but it does give you access to on-demand series and movies. The following on-demand services are available in the AMC Plus add-on:

  • AMC Plus
  • Shudder
  • Sundance Now
  • IFC Films Unlimited


Showtime ($10/month)

The following channels are available in the Showtime add-on:

  • Showtime
  • Showtime 2
  • Showtime x BET
  • Showtime Extreme
  • Showtime Family
  • Showtime Next
  • Showtime Showcase
  • Showtime West
  • Showtime Women
Epix ($5/month)

The following channels are available in the Epix add-on:

  • Epix
  • Epix 2
  • Epix Hits
  • Epix Drive-In
Starz ($9/month)

The following channels are available in the Starz add-on:

  • Starz
  • Starz Comedy
  • Starz Edge
  • Starz Encore
  • Starz Kids and Family
  • Starz West
Spanish-language add-ons ($5/month)

For viewers who want more Spanish-language options, Sling offers many add-ons that each cost $5/month when you add them to a base plan:

  • Best of Spanish TV
  • México
  • Sudamérica
  • Centroamérica
  • Caribe
  • España
  • Sling Deportes
Other premium add-ons (monthly price varies)

The following channels are available à la carte:

  • Acorn: $6/month
  • ALLBLK: $5/month
  • BET+ $10/month
  • CineFest: $5/month
  • CineMoi: $3/month
  • Cocina ON: $3/month
  • Comedy Dynamics: $5/month
  • CONtv: $5/month
  • CuriosityStream: $3/month
  • Docurama: $5/month
  • DOGTV: $5/month
  • Dove Channel: $5/month
  • DOX: $3/month
  • FlixLatino: $3/month
  • Gallery by SLING scapes: $5/month
  • Grokker: $7/month
  • Hallmark Movies Now: $6/month
  • Here TV: $8/month
  • Hopster: $5/month
  • IFC Films Unlimited: $6/month
  • Kartoon Channel!: $4/month
  • Magellan TV: $5/month
  • Magnolia Selects: $5/month
  • Monsters & Nightmares: $3/month
  • Noggin: $8/month
  • Outside TV Features: $5/month
  • PANTAYA: $6/month
  • PlayKids: $5/month
  • Qello Concerts by Stingray: $8/month
  • ScreamFlix: $3/month
  • Shudder: $6/month
  • SonyLIV: $6/month
  • Stingray Karaoke: $7/month
  • Sundance Now: $7/month
  • TasteMade+: $3/month
  • The Country Network Plus: $3/month
  • True Royalty TV: $6/month
  • TumbleBooks: $5/month
  • UP Faith & Family: $5/month
  • VSiN: $4/month
  • Warrior & Gangsters: $3/month
  • WE Tv+: $6/month
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Manchester United slider sig videre i FA Cuppen

DR Sporten - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 23:01
Categories: Sport