Day: August 5, 2020

The hybrid learning model for schools reopening is ‘imperfect on many levels,’ experts say

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/08/03: A protester holds a placard that says No return until zero cases during the demonstration. (Photo by Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2020/08/03: A protester holds a placard that says No return until zero cases during the demonstration. (Photo by Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

While some schools across the country have already reopened their doors to students and staff, it’s crunch time for other states and school districts to decide what learning will look like in their areas this fall. And pandemic school models vary wildly.

Chicago Public Schools officials announced on Wednesday that the city’s schools will be fully remote until “at least” November 6. In a series of tweets, school officials shared graphics that featured the headline, “Families Not Yet Ready to Return to Classrooms,” noting that many district families are hesitant to do in-person schooling. 

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Westfield ‘Specials’ Teacher Says School District Is Taking Risks

WESTFIELD, NJ — At the Westfield Board of Education meeting on Monday, after months of discussions, Superintendent Margaret Dolan revealed the 57-page fall “restart and recovery” reopening plan.

But one teacher is concerned about safety precautions for teachers and students taking special subjects like art, music, library, and languages. Her letter is below.

In the plan (document here), all students have the option of full-time remote learning, something the state has required all districts to offer. Westfield students also will have the option of being in the buildings two to three days per week, depending on grade level, and supplementing that with remote learning. Right now, Westfield students can switch options at any time during the school year.

A teacher sent a letter to Patch this week, saying:

I am writing on behalf of the “Specials” teachers of the Westfield Public School District. (Art, Music, Library, Spanish, etc.) I wish

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Hilary Duff says she lost weight while enjoying bread, chocolate and wine

Instead of gaining the quarantine 15, Hilary Duff has transformed her body into fitness machine.

And she says she’s been able to do so by still eating the foods she enjoy.

Posing in a strapless bikini and sunglasses, the 32-year-old “Lizzie McGuire” star revealed how she was able to obtain her fantastic physique.

“I’ve still been counting my macros with my man @theflexible.dieting.coach and it’s truly helped me stay lean even while eating bread, chocolate, and wine!,” she wrote on Instagram Tuesday.

Duff revealed that her quarantine routine was due to trial and error, revealing she is working with a fitness studio alongside a nutrition coach.

Shouting out Novo Body Fitness, which also offers online workouts, the actress/actress said that she is “grateful I have found what works for me.”

Duff offered encouraging words of advice to her fans who might also be struggling in their weight-loss journey.

“I know

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This New Networking Platform Puts Brilliant Minds Together to Help You Solve Problems

In business, as in life, things rarely go smoothly. Even when you’re prepared for the unexpected, there are still times when you will be caught off guard. Just consider 2020: Covid-19 has not only take taken a catastrophic toll on our health, but it’s also upended the global economy. And, for many businesses, it falls on executives to find a way forward.

How exactly do you solve issues like reconnecting supply chains or sanitizing your workplace so that it’s safe for employees to return? Sure, you can turn to your personal network, or even a consultant, but they’re not always going to have the answers. That’s exactly the void a new online platform called Ask ur Peer wants to fill.

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Launched last week by healthcare professionals Greg Robinson and Michael Hyder, Ask ur Peer is a free-to-join platform aimed directly at business professionals who need to

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U.S. Cases Rise 1.1%; California Second-Worst Day: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — California had its second-deadliest day in the pandemic and Florida’s case count topped 500,000. Texas’s test positivity rate reached a three-week high. New York City is setting up checkpoints at key entry areas to enforce state quarantine rules for travelers.

Joe Biden will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination from Delaware rather than risk traveling to Milwaukee. Chicago, the country’s third-largest school district, will have remote learning for public schools when classes resume next month.

Johnson & Johnson will supply 100 million doses of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine to the U.S. The U.K. agreed to invest $18 million in a Scottish vaccine-manufacturing plant, while Moderna Inc. said it has received $400 million of deposits for its potential Covid-19 shot.

Key Developments

Global Tracker: Global cases top 18.6 million; deaths pass 702,000Fauci says testing too slow while Trump says it’s ‘best ever’CDC warns against drinking sanitizer after reports of deathsJapan’s

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Canada strikes deal with Pfizer, Moderna for COVID-19 vaccine, Ontario wants 38 per cent of doses

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 117,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,947 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

August 05

1:00 p.m.: Ontario announces $83M in funding through the Resilient Communities Fund

Premier Doug Ford announced that his government

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How a commemorative Gandhi coin utterly overshadowed our fight for British ethnic minority representation

The confusion follows a campaign led by Patrick Vernon and Zehra Zaidi to put Mary Seacole or Noor Inayat Khan on legal tender: Getty Images
The confusion follows a campaign led by Patrick Vernon and Zehra Zaidi to put Mary Seacole or Noor Inayat Khan on legal tender: Getty Images

Imagine the scenes.

Three years ago, you start a campaign to make Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy in the Second World War, the first ever ethnic minority face on British legal tender. You then join forces with Patrick Vernon (whose individual campaign was for Mary Seacole), but the campaign cannot convince the Bank of England to put an ethnic minority face on the new £50 note. Undeterred, you launch We Too Built Britain to campaign for legal tender in terms of coins, as well as representation on statues and civic symbols.

On 1 August, you are told that not only does Rishi Sunak, the current chancellor, support the We Too Built Britain campaign, but he has written to the Royal Mint to ask them

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Posting selfies from The Bean? Make sure you’re not in violation of Chicago’s travel quarantine

Wondering how states and cities enforce traveler quarantines to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

Chicago health officials turn to social media for help.

The city issued an emergency travel order July 2 requiring visitors and residents who have traveled to destinations with problematic COVID-19 trends to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Authorities check the online posts of suspected violators.

If someone is on officials’ radar through contact tracing or other measures, that person’s social media accounts are checked to gather evidence for a possible citation, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said at a news conference Tuesday.

Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city's 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.
Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city’s 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.

“Where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting

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Teladoc bets big on online medicine with $18.5 billion Livongo deal

By Noor Zainab Hussain and Manas Mishra

(Reuters) – Teladoc Health Inc <TDOC.N> has agreed to buy chronic care provider Livongo Health Inc <LVGO.O> in a deal valuing the company at $18.5 billion, betting on a boom in online care and consultations spurred by the coronavirus crisis.

The merger is by far Teladoc’s biggest investment in a campaign of smaller acquisitions since 2017 that have made it the leading U.S. provider of a range of phone and online-based healthcare services.

Analysts said the latest deal should make the combined company the undisputed leader in both online acute care and the management of chronic conditions, following President Donald Trump’s order on Monday to expand telehealth access to 57 million Americans.

Teladoc’s shares fell, however, as analysts questioned whether the company has massively overpaid for Livongo, shares in which are up 477% this year.

“The Street views the price being paid as

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What we know about the massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 135, injured thousands

Residents of Beirut are surveying the damage Wednesday after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people, wounding thousands and causing widespread damage. 

Videos shared online showed a dark cloud rising from the port, what normally might be expected from an industrial-area fire, followed by an explosion creating a massive white cloud that enveloped the area. A moment later, the shock wave hit.

As residents of the city search for missing relatives, bandage their wounds and retrieve what’s left of their homes, the Lebanese government said it is putting an unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation and declared a two-week “state of emergency,” effectively giving the military full powers during this time.

‘Still covered in blood’: Beirut, Lebanon, searches for survivors of massive explosion

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How many people

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