Day: June 17, 2020

Run-DMC Legend Inspires NYC Students On Virtual Field Trip

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Young people from more than 150 schools who have been isolated during the coronavirus pandemic — forced to embrace distance learning and see dreams for proms, senior days and other long-time traditions derailed —were able to come together last week during a virtual field trip for more than 1,000 New York City students.

The presentation, “Let’s Talk About It,” was hosted by the United Federation of Teachers and Road Recovery, a not-for-profit organization founded by Gene Bowen and Jack Bookbinder. Road Recovery focuses on helping young people “battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources,” according to the group’s mission statement.

The virtual field trip featured Daryl McDaniels of the groundbreaking hip hop group Run-DMC, who spoke passionately about his experience with alcoholism, fame, recovery

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Missouri officer accused of striking man with SUV is charged

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A white suburban St. Louis police detective who was captured on video apparently hitting a black suspect with a police SUV then kicking and punching the man was charged Wednesday with two counts of assault and armed criminal action.

Special Prosecutor Tim Lohmar announced the charges against Florissant Detective Joshua Smith, 31, who was fired June 10. The violent arrest June 2 came amid nationwide protests and unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“It’s situations like this that good cops hate because it makes everybody look bad,” Lohmar said at a news conference.

About one-third of Florissant’s 51,000 residents are black. The St. Louis suburb is just north of Ferguson, where Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a white police officer in 2014 was a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement. The St. Louis region has been the site

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Execs Express Optimism & Christopher Nolan Sends A ‘Tenet’ Update To Online Conference

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The 2020 edition of CineEurope got underway online today with executives chiming in on what exhibition and distribution will look like as coronavirus restrictions ease. The studios normally would have been in Barcelona this week to show off their upcoming slates to European exhibitors. Instead, Film Expo Group did a nice job of pivoting to an online conference that on Day One served up messages from executives, and even Christopher Nolan.

Nolan’s Tenet is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and certainly one of the first due to open as theaters come back online (Warner Bros recently moved it from July 17 to July 31). The director, who is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, sent a taped missive to CineEurope participants. Here’s what he said:

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These products won’t protect you from coronavirus. But they will make you laugh

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of the unknown. Our understanding of the disease and the best ways to fight it seem to change from week to week. This murky information environment creates opportunities for entrepreneurs offering the promise, if not always the reality, of safety.

You can find many of those entrepreneurs on crowdfunding sitessuch as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where catchy-sounding ideas can go viral on the basis of nothing more than a demo video, raising millions of dollars from would-be customers eager to be first in line.

Right now, if you’re so inclined,, you can throw your cash at a mask that only covers your nose, or a wearable plastic bubble, or a keychain to touch elevator buttons for you.

But would you actually be backing something made of science, or just something science-flavored?

We rounded up some of the most questionable innovations and presented them to Paula

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ICE detainees go ‘missing’ amid coronavirus

For the past six months Donald Brown has been held in U.S. immigration custody, first at a detention center in Miami-Dade, then at a facility in Glades County, just west of Lake Okeechobee.

But no matter where he was, the 62-year-old Jamaican national unremittingly called his family at least three times a day to check in. His efforts to stay in touch grew as COVID cases continued to balloon in jails and prisons nationwide.

But on June 1, the calls stopped. Brown went missing.

Brown’s family members and his attorney called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dozens of times to no avail. ICE’s online detainee locator was blank. His daughter thought he might be dead.

“We started calling the morgue and funeral homes,” she said. “He always calls, so either he’s dead or he’s been kidnapped.”

Last week the Miami Herald reported on Brown’s story after he went missing for

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Health minister says app should roll out by winter

NHS Covid-19 app
NHS Covid-19 app

A government minister has said the NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app is “not a priority” and he was not sure it would be out by winter.

The app, which has been trialled on the Isle of Wight, was initially expected to launch nationally weeks ago.

The BBC can also reveal that the project’s two lead managers – NHSX’s Matthew Gould and Geraint Lewis – are stepping back.

And Simon Thompson – a former Apple executive – is joining to manage it.

Mr Thompson is currently chief product officer at the online grocer Ocado. He has been appointed to Baroness Dido Harding’s Test and Trace team, where he will have other duties in addition to the app.

Mr Gould and Mr Lewis had always expected to move back to their other duties this month, however they had intended for the app to have had its national rollout by now.

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Edited Transcript of SATSA.OL earnings conference call or presentation 12-May-20 6:30am GMT

Jun 17, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Sats ASA earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:30:00am GMT

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to SATS first quarter presentation. We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. We are presenting today from our office here in Nydalsveien in Norway. My name is Sondre Gravir, the CEO of SATS. And together with me, I also have Cecilie Elde, our CFO, who will run through the financials.

This quarter is, to a large extent, characterized by COVID-19 and the closure of clubs specifically. We will have a Q&A session towards the end of the presentation, and you can post questions online during the presentation through the webcast interface.

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Everything you need to start practicing

Get kitted out in the best comfortable clothing and equipment to practice yoga at home: iStock
Get kitted out in the best comfortable clothing and equipment to practice yoga at home: iStock

This year, 21 June marks International Day of Yoga, an annual event created in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Its aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of yoga which according to the NHS include: increased strength, flexibility and balance, as well as helping to relieve high blood pressure and aches and pains.

Celebrating the practice of yoga with an annual event was first proposed by India and in the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s address to the 69th General Assembly in 2014 he said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action… a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense

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Why do some infected with the coronavirus escape COVID-19 unharmed? It’s probably their genes

Researchers are diving deep into human genetics, hoping to find clues that might explain why many people brush off COVID-19 without even knowing they have it, while others are hospitalized or even die from the disease.

For inspiration, geneticists are looking to HIV. The absence of one gene called CCR5 makes people unlikely to catch HIV even if exposed. Other genes allow some people’s immune systems to control the virus once infected, escaping its ill effects.

There may not be such powerful genetic twists with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But researchers hope by identifying genes that seem to be involved in different reactions to the disease they will learn more about which patients need the most aggressive treatment, and which drugs may be most effective. 

Coronavirus Covid-19 virus in a laboratory. Global pandemic risk due to coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus Covid-19 virus in a laboratory. Global pandemic risk due to coronavirus outbreak

If researchers can identify a protective genetic factor, for example,

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7.3% Of State Has Been Tested For Coronavirus: Maryland Governor

MARYLAND — In Maryland, officials say 7.3 percent of the population has been tested for the new coronavirus.

“Baltimore City, still currently in Stage One of recovery, is above the state average with 8.1% of its population tested,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Wednesday morning, as the state’s new high-volume testing site opens at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The rest of the state is in stage two of recovery, with businesses such as nail salons and banks able to open with restrictions and indoor dining permitted at 50 percent capacity.

Hogan has expressed his concern about Baltimore lagging behind the rest of the state in allowing businesses to reopen.

“I think it’s absolutely absurd that there are thousands of people gathering in the streets and yet a small business can’t open their doors,” Hogan said at a news conference announcing the return of indoor dining a week ago.

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