Lady Gaga sings the national anthem at the 59th inauguration, before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president.
Lady Gaga sings the national anthem at the 59th inauguration, before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday said an evening curfew to combat the coronavirus outbreak must remain in place until at least March 31 due to the continuing high number of new cases. "It would not be prudent now to announce any easing," Rutte said, adding that some adjustments might be possible around the Easter vacation and gradually as vaccination levels increase through the summer. Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands have stabilized in the past week, following a modest rise in February attributed by health authorities in part to new variants of the virus becoming more prevalent.
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New infections have dropped for eight weeks in a row, averaging 60,000 new cases per day for the week ended March 7. Deaths linked to COVID-19 fell 18% last week to 11,800, the lowest since late November and averaging 1,686 per day. Despite the positive trends, health officials have warned that the country could see a resurgence in cases as more infectious variants of the virus have been found in nearly every state.
The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation (TOI) announced the acquisition of Pinellas Cancer Center, operated by Dr. Anil Raiker, marking TOI’s entry into the Florida market. TOI is a multi-state cancer care practice dedicated to healing and empowering patients through compassion, innovation, and state-of-the-art medical care. TOI is the largest value-based oncology practice in the U.S., taking accountability for both the quality outcomes as well as the medical costs associated with a population of more than 1 million patients.
Brazil's government on Monday pressed Pfizer Inc for earlier delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and sought to buy more AstraZeneca shots from other countries, as a deadly second wave of cases adds urgency to a lethargic vaccine rollout. President Jair Bolsonaro, who has played down the gravity of the novel coronavirus and questioned the "rush" for vaccines, took part personally in a video call with executives at Pfizer , reaching a spoken agreement to buy their vaccine. The government is also seeking out more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from other countries, a state governor told journalists, after Brazil's health minister said that India had halted a shipment of 8 million doses.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Ravi Ahuja its Global TV Studios chairman. Ahuja’s full title will be chairman of Global Television Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment Corporate Development. He will be in charge of the studio’s domestic and international TV productions, as well as its game show franchises like “Wheel of Fortune” and its India business. He will also oversee SPE’s Corporate Development and M&A activities. Ahuja, who most recently served as President of Walt Disney Television, will start on March 15, 2021 and report to SPE chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra. Also Read: Kevin Hart's 'Fatherhood' to Hit Netflix Father's Day Weekend “Ravi is an extraordinarily talented and proven executive with broad experience in nearly every aspect of our business,” said Vinciquerra. “Having worked directly with Ravi, I have seen first-hand his strategic, results-driven approach which has made him such a strong leader, and which I know will lead to further growth and success for SPE. His decision to come to SPE is a testament to the studio’s strength and ability to attract great talent.” “It was an easy call to join the amazing Sony Pictures management team and to work again with Tony,” said Ahuja. “With more ways to get more TV, great content has never been more valuable. Sony Pictures Television is a tremendous studio, making some of the most acclaimed and watched shows in the world, like ‘The Good Doctor,’ ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘The Boys’ and ‘The Crown’ – just to name a few. And Sony Pictures is very well-positioned for the future, aligned with outstanding creators and focused on the success of its network and streaming partners. I look forward to contributing to the company’s continued growth in this exciting time for our industry.” Keith Le Goy, SPE’s President of Worldwide Distribution and Networks, will work alongside with Ahuja and still report to Vinciquerra. Read original story Ravi Ahuja Named Chairman of Sony’s Global TV Studios At TheWrap
Ravi Ahuja, who left Disney at the end of last year, has been named Chairman of Global Television Studios at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Ahuja will lead the company’s domestic and international productions business, its gameshow franchises and the studio’s Indian business in a role that is similar to that of Mike Hopkins, who left the […]
NEW YORK — Before posting a selfie with her COVID-19 vaccination card on Twitter, Aditi Juneja debated whether to include an explanation for why she was eligible for a shot. “The first draft of the tweet had an explanation,” says Juneja, a 30-year-old lawyer in New York City. After some thought, she decided to leave out that her body mass index is considered obese, putting her at higher risk of serious illness if infected. A friend who disclosed the same reason on social media was greeted with hateful comments, and Juneja wanted to avoid that. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. is offering hope that the pandemic that has upended life around the world will finally draw to an end. But as distribution widens in the U.S., varying eligibility rules and unequal access to the coveted doses are also breeding guilt, envy and judgment among those who’ve had their doses — particularly the seemingly young and healthy — and the millions still anxiously awaiting their turn. Adding to the second-guessing about who should be getting shots is the scattershot feel of the rollout, and the sense that some might be gaming the system. Faced with a patchwork of confusing scheduling systems, many who aren’t as technically savvy or socially connected have been left waiting even as new swaths of people become eligible. The envy and moral judgments about whether others deserve to be prioritized are understandable and could reflect anxieties about being able to get vaccines for ourselves or our loved ones, says Nancy Berlinger, a bioethicist with the Hastings Center. “There’s the fear of missing out, or fear of missing out on behalf of your parents,” she says. Stereotypes about what illness looks like are also feeding into doubts about people's eligibility, even though the reason a person got a shot won't always be obvious. In other cases, Berlinger says judgments could reflect entrenched biases about smoking and obesity, compared with conditions that society might deem more “virtuous,” such as cancer. Yet even though a mass vaccination campaign is bound to have imperfections, Berlinger noted the goal is to prioritize people based on medical evidence on who’s most at risk if infected. Nevertheless, the uneven rollout and varying rules across the country have some questioning decisions by local officials. In New Jersey, 58-year-old software developer Mike Lyncheski was surprised when he learned in January that smokers of any age were eligible, since he knew older people at the time who were still waiting for shots. “It didn’t seem like there was medical rationale for it,” says Lyncheski, who isn't yet eligible for the vaccines. He also noted there's no way to confirm that people are smokers, leaving the door open for cheating. The suspicions are being fueled by reports of line-jumpers or those stretching the definitions for eligibility. In New York, a Soul Cycle instructor got vaccinated after teachers became eligible in January, the Daily Beast reported, and later apologized for her “terrible error" in judgment. In Florida, two women wore bonnets and glasses to disguise themselves as elderly in hopes of scoring shots. Hospital board members, trustees and donors have also gotten shots early on, raising complaints about unfair access. It's why some feel obligated to explain why they were able to get the vaccine. In an Instagram post, Jeff Klein held up his vaccination card and noted he was given a shot as a volunteer at a mass vaccination hub. “I definitely mentioned it on purpose, because I didn’t want people to get the wrong idea,” says Klein, a 44-year-old musician in Austin, Texas. As she waited for a shot in Jacksonville, Florida, 33-year-old Amanda Billy said it could be frustrating seeing people her age in other states posting about getting vaccinated. She understood that state rollouts vary, but felt anxious because she has a medical condition that makes COVID-19 “very real and scary.” “I’m just happy for them that they got it. But also, I want it,” she said in an interview before getting her first shot. Others are finding they are opening themselves up to criticism when sharing news that they got a shot. Public figures in particular might become targets of second-guessing by strangers. In New York, local TV news co-host Jamie Stelter posted a photo of herself after getting a first shot last month. Many replies were positive, but others noted that she didn’t look old enough or that she must “have connections.” Afterward, Stelter's co-host Pat Kiernan weighed in and tweeted that the “you don't look that sick to me” commentary she received was “evidence of the hell that COVID has placed us in.” For Juneja, the decision to get a shot after becoming eligible wasn't easy, given the struggles she knew others were having securing appointments because of technology, language or other barriers. But she realized it wouldn't help for her to refrain from getting vaccinated. “It’s not like with other types of things where I could give my spot to someone else who I think is more in need,” she says. “We are sort of all in this situation where we can only really decide for ourselves.” ___ Candice Choi, a reporter on The Associated Press' Health & Science team, has been covering the pandemic and vaccine rollout in the United States. Candice Choi, The Associated Press
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High-flying tech stocks, which powered the market's rebound from the pandemic lows in March last year, have been hit by a one-two punch of rising yields and investors shifting funds to sectors poised to benefit from a recovery in the global economy aided by accelerated rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines. "People went into this stock super aggressively to drive it from $40 to $900, and that means will usually come out just as fast," said Roth Capital Partners analyst Craig Irwin. Tesla's shares fell as much as 3.1% on Monday, while peers Nio Inc and Li Auto dropped nearly 3%.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which awards the Golden Globes, has already taken steps to make good on the group’s onstage promise at its Feb. 28 telecast to add Black members to its ranks, but some longtime observers say it may be too late for the group to make meaningful change. The 40-second statement at the Globes by HFPA president Ali Sar, former president Meher Tatna and Helen Hoehne, a member from Germany, followed a Feb. 21 Los Angeles Times exposé highlighting the fact that the 87-member HFPA has no Black members, as well as a Feb. 26 demand to diversify its membership from Time’s Up. “I know inside (HFPA) they are completely panicked, the people on the stage are panicked. They don’t know what to do,” one HFPA member who asked not to be named told TheWrap. Reps for the HFPA did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. The L.A. Times is hardly the first to examine the lack of HFPA diversity as well as other questionable practices at the organization. TheWrap called out the lack of Black members as long ago as 2013, when a Black applicant from the U.K. was rejected by...Read original story Inside Golden Globes’ Diversity Promise: Too Late for Meaningful Change? At TheWrap
Restrictions meant to stem the spread of COVID-19 were easing in some parts of Canada on Monday, while U.S. public health officials signalled a partial return to normal is possible for anyone who has been fully vaccinated against the virus. Ontario lifted stay-at-home orders in Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay — the last three regions subject to the government's strictest measures introduced two months ago. A new report from scientists advising the Ontario government says vaccinations in long-term care homes have helped cut infections by 89 per cent and deaths by 96 per cent in the eight weeks since inoculations began in December. Ontario reported 1,631 new cases in its latest update, but said the higher-than-expected count was due to a system "data catch-up." The seven-day average for new cases was at 1,155. There were also 10 more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus in Ontario. Also Monday, residents in five regions of Quebec, including the capital, were again able to eat in restaurants and work out in gyms. Restrictions remained in place in the Montreal area due to fear that a new, transmissible virus variant will cause a spike in cases and hospitalizations. Quebec reported 579 new cases in its daily update. New infections had been above 700 for the five previous days. The province also recorded nine more deaths. All of New Brunswick shifted to a lower pandemic response level. That means a circle of 15 regular contacts can socialize, up from 10. The Atlantic province had 35 active cases as of Sunday afternoon. In British Columbia, call centres opened so that the province's oldest residents could start booking their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Anyone older than 90 is eligible, as well as Indigenous people over 65. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without masks or social distancing, as long as it's with other inoculated people or those at low-risk of severe disease. The guidelines recommend that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks, avoid large gatherings and physically distance when out in public. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last required dose. — With files from The Associated Press. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021 Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
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Boris Johnson declined to comment on the Harry and Meghan interview, as a minister accused Harry of “blowing up his family.” Mr Johnson said he had the “highest admiration” for the Queen but refused to be drawn on the bombshell claims in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah Winfrey interview. At a Downing Street press conference, he said: “I have always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role that she plays in our country and across the Commonwealth.”
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 1:35 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today. Two cases in the Moncton region involve people in their 20s and are travel-related. The other cases are in the Miramichi area and are linked to a previously reported infection. There are currently 36 active reported cases in the province and three people in hospital with the disease, including one in intensive care. --- 1:35 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 63 new COVID-19 cases and one death. On a per capita basis, the northern part of the province continues to be hardest hit. --- 12:55 p.m. Manitoba is expanding its vaccination program again. The minimum age to book an appointment for the general public is being dropped by five years -- to 60 and up for First Nations people and 80 and up for all others. --- 12:45 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting three new cases of COVID-19. Health officials say all three cases involve close contacts of previously reported infections. The province has 84 active reported cases and three people in hospital with the disease. Newfoundland and Labrador has reported a total of 1,009 COVID-19 cases and six deaths linked to the virus. --- 12:15 p.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says March 11 will be a "national day of observance" for the COVID-19 pandemic. The day is meant to commemorate the 22,000 people in Canada who have died from the disease and to acknowledge all the other ways lives have changed over the past year. In a statement, Trudeau says that includes kids' missed birthday parties, seniors' increased isolation, lost jobs and failing businesses. The day is also meant to honour workers in health care and other essential front-line services. --- 12 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19. Health officials say the province has 24 active reported infections. Two people in the province are in hospital with the disease, including one in intensive care. Nova Scotia has reported a total of 1,659 COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths linked to the virus. --- 11:45 a.m. Ontario is reporting 1,631 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths today. The province says the daily case count is higher than expected due to a "data catch-up process" in its system. No other details about the issue have been provided. The province has lifted its stay-at-home order in Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay, the last three regions where it was still in effect. --- 11:05 a.m. Quebec is reporting 579 new cases of COVID-19 as well as nine additional deaths due to the illness. None of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations declined by two to 590, with 108 people in intensive care, which is one more than a day earlier. The province administered 15,249 doses of vaccine Sunday, bringing the total to 564,302. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021 The Canadian Press