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The Western Conference's second-place team, the Phoenix Suns, will open a five-game road swing Monday night when they play the Eastern Conference's third-place Milwaukee Bucks. Phoenix comes in with the NBA's second-best overall record and wins in 11 of its past 13 games, though the Suns had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday in a 111-85 loss to San Antonio. "I hate the fact that we lost," Suns coach Monty Williams said in his postgame press conference.
“And now we’ll move into modified pigeon pose,” an instructor calls over Zoom as dozens of seniors pull their foot to their thigh for a hip stretch from their living rooms and bedrooms. This Thursday fitness class for seniors has run for years, and to keep it going during the pandemic, its members learned some new tech skills with the help of Human Endeavour. Many seniors have been members of the Vaughan-based organization that supports newcomers since it was founded in 2005. A few participants told the Star they attend the exercise, dance and music classes weekly, if not several times a week. “We knew that we can’t let these seniors disconnect themselves from the groups where they have friends and affiliations,” he said. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, founder Noor Din thought of a way to continue the scheduled seniors programming that is usually a highlight of many of their days. Within a month, Human Endeavour provided tablets for its community members so that classes could carry on virtually. And in the process, bridged a technology gap for hundreds of seniors in the GTA. “Some of our seniors say, oh, we get ready in the morning as if we are going to a community centre, even though (the) program is online,” Din said. The system Human Endeavour created is ripe for expansion, and could be a way to make tech more accessible to seniors — especially newcomers with language barriers. With a background in engineering, Din got ahead of some user challenges that could be overlooked. The team made the tablets “senior friendly”: large font, the applications were stripped to the basics — email, Zoom and an internet browser, with an option to add more — and loaded software so they could help with remote assistance. If there were seniors who did not have a Wi-Fi connection, the team provided tablets with 10 to 12 gigabytes of data per month. After joining classes, there’s still about four to five gigabytes left for the members to play with. And on top of that, Human Endeavor created a multilingual helpline, so that seniors could call someone and get help in English, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin. The helpline number is handy, taped on the back of the device. “There are seniors who don’t even speak a single word of English and they have learned how to operate this tablet,” Din said. “Our seniors have taken technology as an essential part of their future.” During the pandemic, with in-person services, schools and more shuttered and moved online, the challenges for Ontarians accessing the internet gained more notice and concern. And it became more pronounced for seniors, especially with booking appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations online. Children and grandchildren have been helping them navigate the system and at Human Endeavour, Din says the team booked appointments on behalf of their members. With new funding from the United Way’s Allan Slaight Seniors Fund — just under $1 million over the next five years — Din said the program can expand, since they’ve already created a base and model. Right now, eight staffers work to run the helpline and tablet distribution. With a well-oiled and effective system, Din has extended the resources to at least 20 other partner organizations around Ontario, which use the senior-friendly tablets and call centre. So far the team has distributed more than 400 devices. Human Endeavour is one of about 10 programs that received funding from the United Way through the Slaight Family funding dedicated to combating senior loneliness. “Many seniors actually have social networks. They rely on people and programs that … keep them connected,” said Ruth Crammond, vice-president of investment and development at the United Way. “During the pandemic, many of those things were cut off from them.” With technology becoming a more important way for seniors to socialize and access services, Crammond said a number of programs the United Way supports have been coming up with ways to bridge the digital divide. “I think we make an assumption that they’re not going to be able to use technology,” Crammond said. “But there are a number of seniors that are able to pick it up, especially if it’s presented in the right way, and in an accessible way that meets their needs.” Another organization, Unison, based in the Lawrence Heights area of Toronto, has a technology program for seniors with an intergenerational approach. It’s partnered with local high school students, who can receive volunteer hours to teach seniors internet and technology skills in outdoor classes, as well as the Toronto Public Library to provide internet hot spots for seniors without access to the internet. Julie Callaghan, a senior director at Unison, said, “(We thought) it would be beautiful to be able to form, you know, encouraged friendships between these young people and the seniors that we see are very isolated.” Fissures in the day-to-day of life have been filled by technology, and it’s important to keep the growing population of seniors well-equipped, she said. “There’s still this ongoing gap,” she said. “The key piece for us is to not forget and not leave behind those who don’t have access to the technology or the ability to use it.” Angelyn Francis is a Toronto-based reporter for the Star covering equity and inequality. Her reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Angelyn Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Toronto Star
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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that he plans to propose his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden an extension of one of his key welfare programs to Central America to help curb immigration. "What I want to propose is that the program Sembrando Vida is implemented in Central America," Lopez Obrador said in a video message from Palenque in southern Mexico. One of Lopez Obrador's key welfare programs, Sembrando Vida aims to provide Mexicans with work and support the country's agriculture.
Alma Wahlberg, the mother of entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and a regular on their reality series “Wahlburgers,” has died, her sons said on social media Sunday. She was 78. “My angel. Rest in peace,” Mark Wahlberg tweeted. Donnie Wahlberg posted a longer tribute to his mother on his Instagram account. “It’s time to rest peacefully, mom,” Donnie Wahlberg wrote. “I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always.” No information was given about the cause, date or location of her death. Donnie Wahlberg often posted about his mother on his accounts and in July updated his fans on her health, writing that she “didn’t remember much and was often confused but somehow she was still Alma.” The Boston-born mother of nine became a household name thanks to her appearances on the A&E series “Wahlburgers,” about the family’s burgeoning burger chain. “She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else’s butts if they messed with us. Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong,” Donnie Wahlberg wrote Sunday. “She was the epitome of the word grace.” He also included a video of them dancing at his wedding to one of her favourite songs, “If I Could” by Regina Belle. He wrote that she danced to that song at each of her children’s weddings, but at his own, he surprised her by having Belle there to perform it live. On the “Today” show in 2018, Alma Wahlberg opened up about her parenting and how hard it was early on. “I invented the craziest meals,” she said. English muffin pizzas were among her creations to feed her hungry lot. More than a few of her children went on to great successes and fame. Her son Paul Wahlberg, who is the chef behind the namesake burger chain, also named the Alma Nove restaurant in Hingham, Massachusetts, after her. “People know me as being the mother of famous children, and although this fact has brought many gifts into my life and has afforded me opportunities that may never have been possible otherwise, there is a whole lot more to my story than most people know,” Alma Wahlberg said in an interview with Boston’s WCVB-TV in 2018. “I’ve lived with alcoholism and abuse; struggled with poverty and experienced great wealth; lost so many that I’ve loved; struggle to raise nine children, and I love them more than anything else; watch them suffer, learn and come out on the other side; lost myself; found myself, again and again; and kept moving forward, no matter what.” Alma Wahlberg is survived by eight children. Her daughter Debbie died in 2003. Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Calls for Ontario Premier Doug Ford to undo new wide-ranging COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor recreational activities came Sunday, amid word the government had proposed to shut the legislature down as early as Wednesday. Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said her New Democrats would not play along until the Progressive Conservative government had reversed what she described as its "dangerous police-state orders" and replaced them with public health measures. "We are not prepared to help Doug Ford go home, leaving a police state in place while he allows COVID-19 to run rampant, overrun hospitals, and steal the lives of Ontarians who would otherwise make it through this,” Horwath said in a statement. In response, government House leader Paul Calandra said the proposed closure was to protect legislature support staff from COVID-19, something he said could not be accomplished by a virtual sitting. "The government presented options to adjourn the legislature to keep those who support elected officials safe," Calandra said in a statement. "As is typical, the NDP have used this as an opportunity to score the cheapest of political points in the midst of a pandemic." The legislature is currently scheduled to sit until June. Calandra said it would be in session this week, but did not offer a more specific timeline. The brewing political fight and questions about the point of restrictions shuttering most outdoor recreational spaces came as the province again set hospital admission records and intensive care units struggled to save a growing number of patients. Health authorities reported 741 people in intensive care with COVID-19, with more than 500 needing mechanical help to breathe. In all, 2,107 infected patients were in hospital. The province also logged 4,250 new infections on Sunday, along with 18 new virus-related deaths. A total of 7,716 Ontario residents have now died from coronavirus disease since the onset of the pandemic. Ford has already walked back some of the broader police powers enacted Friday and said playgrounds could stay open. However, other outdoor recreational areas such as soccer fields, picnic tables and golf courses have to stay shut. Critics of the measures seized on the lack of scientific justification to denounce the emergency measures. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious-diseases expert with the University Health Network, called the outdoor restrictions misguided and said people should be encouraged to be outside. "We know there's very little risk of catching COVID-19 in outdoor settings," Bogoch said. "We may as well focus on areas where the virus is actually being transmitted, which is indoor venues, predominantly among essential workers that don't have the luxury of locking down or staying at home." One fast-growing online petition that called on Ford to reopen golf courses and allow pickleball blew through its 10,000-signature target Sunday. It's a question of health, both physical and mental, said Mark Kalbfleisch, of Oshawa, Ont., who started the petition. "The government proved by opening golf last year, and pickle ball and rowing and things you can do to get outside, that it can be done safely," Kalbfleisch, himself an avid golfer, said in an interview. "I don't recall any cases of COVID being transmitted through golf." Depriving people of such safe outlets, he said, could cause some people to "go a little crazy." Tom Mrakas, mayor of Aurora, Ont., also called on Ford to relent for the sake of people's health and mental well-being. "We know from the data the problem area is in the workplace — manufacturing, warehouses, etc.)," Mrakas tweeted. "Providing paid sick days and vaccinating all essential workers is what's needed right now, not closing outdoor activities." Amid a barrage of criticism and after police said they would not use their new powers to stop any driver or pedestrian at random and ask why they weren't at home, Ford changed the rules again on Saturday. Officers must now have grounds to suspect a violation of stay-at-home orders before being able to demand information. One lawyer, however, said the change was not much of an improvement because police officers could, under the new regulation, broaden their inquiries of people suspected of a breach. "Based on responses to these questions, the police may take the position that they now have grounds to conduct a further investigation into that individual," Nader Hasan said Sunday. "This power is ripe for abuse, pretext searches, and racial profiling." The dire COVID-19 situation in Ontario prompted the government to reach out across Canada last week and ask for health-care assistance, particularly nurses. Prince Edward Island on the weekend became the latest province to say it would like to help but noted it, too, is fighting the pandemic at home. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
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WASHINGTON — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. Almost 130 million people 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 50.4% of the total adult population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below The United States will likely move to resume Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this coming week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases, the government’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, in a series of news show interviews, said he expects a decision when advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet Friday to discuss the pause in J&J’s single-dose vaccine. “I would be very surprised if we don’t have a resumption in some form by Friday,” he said. "I don’t really anticipate that they’re going to want it stretch it out a bit longer.” Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said he believed that federal regulators could bring the shots back with restrictions based on age or gender or with a blanket warning, so that it is administered in a way “a little bit different than we were before the pause.” The J&J vaccine has been in limbo after the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration said last week they needed more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot — and if so, how big the risk is. The reports are rare — six cases out of more than 7 million U.S. inoculations with J&J vaccine. The clots were found in six women between the ages of 18 and 48. One person died. The acting FDA commissioner had said she expected the pause to last only a matter of days. Still, the decision last Tuesday triggered swift action in Europe and elsewhere. Fauci said he doubted very seriously that the U.S. would permanently halt use of the J&J vaccine. “I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he said. “The pause was to take a look, make sure we know all the information we can have within that timeframe, and also warn some of the physicians out there who might see people, particularly women, who have this particular adverse event, that they treat them properly.” “I think it’ll likely say, ‘OK, we’re going to use it. But be careful under these certain circumstances.’” More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been given in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. Authorities stressed they have found no sign of clot problems with the most widely used COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. — from Moderna and Pfizer. Fauci appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Hope Yen And Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press
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