Russia claims to have won the COVID-19 vaccine race —but experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have their doubts about whether the vaccine will be safe or effective. In a National Geographic panel discussion set to air in full Thursday, Fauci told moderator Deborah Roberts that he has deep misgivings about...
The World Health Organization is passing the hat to assist Lebanon after last week's massive explosion in Beirut. HuffPost reports the WHO appealed for $76 million in aid on Wednesday, following the damage done to Lebanese hospitals, clinics, and medical supplies. HuffPost reports the blast put three hospitals out of operation and has left three others working at partial capacity. WHO officials said in an online press conference that the number of beds in public and private hospitals in Beirut has been reduced by 500-600. WHO's regional emergency director, Richard Brennan, said the loss of beds has clear implications for managing the coronavirus outbreak and other conditions. Initial assessments of 55 primary healthcare clinics and centres across Beirut showed just over half are not functioning.
Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings in his first appearance against Cleveland since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and Anthony Rizzo homered, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Indians
UK Tumbles Into Deepest Recession of Any Major Economy . Numbers released on Wednesday revealed a 20.4 percent drop in economic output for the country in 2020's second quarter. In the first six months of 2020, the U.K.'s combined economic output fell by 22.1 percent. This number more than doubles the record fall in the U.S. Today's figures confirm that hard times are here. Hundreds of thousands of people have already lost their jobs, and sadly in the coming months many more will. , Rishi Sunak, U.K. Finance Minister, via CNN. It is the worst quarterly crash since 1955, when record keeping began. Nearly 730,000 jobs have disappeared in the U.K. The larger contraction primarily reflects how lockdown measures have been in place for a larger part of this period in the UK, U.K. Office for National Statistics, via CNN. The coronavirus lockdown in Britain began later than E.U. countries experiencing similar outbreak numbers. Because of this, control of the virus has been significantly more difficult and drawn out
Legendary analyst Byron Wien said the bear market and recession are over. Wien told Bloomberg news the S&P 500 may climb slightly higher but it will not be making any "major strides upward" this year. Byron is the vice chairman of Blackstone Private Wealth Solutions said the S&P 500 is "fully priced." He also applauded US technology companies for their creativity. According to Business Insider Wien said the US should be a manufacturer as well as an innovator to compete globally.
Uber and Lyft are threatening to halt service in California over an order requiring to start treating drivers like employees instead of contractors and provide benefits including sick pay. The order was issued Monday by a San Francisco Superior Court judge who granted a request from California Attorney General Xavier...
COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Could Be Hindered by Obesity. According to a CNN report, a coronavirus vaccine could mirror other vaccines, such as influenza and tetanus, in their loss of effectiveness in patients that are obese. Research shows that obesity affects the body's overall immune response. Will we have a COVID vaccine next year tailored to the obese? No way. Will it still work in the obese? Our prediction is no, Raz Shaikh, UNC Professor, via The Grio. A 2017 study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina found that obese adults who received a flu vaccine were twice as likely to develop the flu as those of a healthy weight. Americans of color, especially non-Hispanic Black Americans experience obesity at elevated rates. Still, some medical professionals say that any vaccine is better than none. The influenza vaccine still works in patients with obesity, but just not as well…We still want them to get vaccinated, Dr. Timothy Garvey, via The Grio
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, more than 1 million Japanese war dead are scattered throughout Asia, where the legacy of Japanese aggression still hampers recovery efforts
California Governor Gavin Newsom calls the choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's vice-presidential running mate a "proud moment", a "meaningful moment for California." (August 12)
Researchers were not surprised when a survey showed that using e-cigarettes puts young people at greater risk from COVID-19. But they weren't prepared for the depth of the risk they found. Vapers age 13-24 were five times as likely to test positive for the coronavirus, Stanford University researchers say. Vapers...
Scientific support for the widely debated theory that the coronavirus spreads through the air has emerged. University of Florida researchers said they've shown that there's live virus in floating respiratory droplets, the New York Times reports. "This is what people have been clamoring for," said Linsey Marr, a Virginia Tech...
Chicago artist and activist Tonika Johnson says Black neighborhoods on the south and west sides have been neglected over decades through disinvestment, leading to a lack of opportunities that breed issues like gun violence and unrest. (Aug. 12)
Bill Cosby is fighting to get out of prison after three years inside. Lawyers for Cosby appealed for a new sexual assault trial on Tuesday. Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand during a 2004 encounter. The lawyers claim the conviction was "fundamentally unfair." In the case the judge allowed Cosby's deposition from a civil lawsuit to be considered. Lawyers for Cosby say he believed he had immunity from prosecution in the case when he gave the deposition.
Dak Prescott is in the building with the Dallas Cowboys after the star quarterback stayed away from the virtual offseason to try to get a long-term contract
Twitch Prime Is Now Prime Gaming With 23 Free Titles. Amazon's newly-renamed gaming service will be offering a bunch of new PC titles for free every month, with 23 set for August. These include 14 retro SNK games. They've also vowed to offer lots of free in-game content for big titles such as 'GTA Online,' 'Red Dead Online,' 'Apex Legends,' 'FIFA 20,' 'Doom Eternal' and more. Gamers can expect exclusive skins for 'Apex Legends,' a Player Pick Pack for 'FIFA 20,' and even new items for 'Roblox.'. Prime Gaming continues to include a free Twitch channel subscription, tons of free loot in your favourite games, 5+ free PC games every month, and more with your Amazon Prime membership, Via Prime Gaming website. Last year, Twitch Prime offered free content giveaways for 'Apex Legends' and EA Sports titles
Google's net US digital ad revenues will decline this year for the first time since eMarketer began estimating ad revenues in 2008. Business Insider forecasts Google will bring in $39.58 billion in US digital ad revenues this year. That's down 5.3% from 2019. This represents a downward revision of more than $7 billion from Insiders early-March forecast. The forecast was made prior to the pandemic-related economic slowdown in the US, particularly reduced ad spending by the travel industry.
The outcome of a Tuesday primary runoff isn't the easiest one for GOP leaders: Marjorie Taylor Greene will be the Republican contender for Georgia's solidly red 14th Congressional District, meaning she's likely to take the seat despite her history of embracing the QAnon conspiracy theory ("something worth listening to and...
Sumner Redstone, , Billionaire Viacom Mogul, Dead at 97. Redstone's death was announced on Wednesday by a spokesperson for the family. My father led an extraordinary life that not only shaped entertainment as we know it today, but created an incredible family legacy, Shari Redstone, via CNN. Through it all, we shared a great love for one another and he was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I am so proud to be his daughter and I will miss him always, Shari Redstone, via CNN. Redstone oversaw an empire that included CBS and Viacom, the parent companies of MTV, Comedy Central, Spike TV and Paramount Pictures. The media titan's final years were marked by controversy and legal fights in which his mental competency was questioned. 'Forbes' magazine recently estimated Redstone's fortune at $4.6 billion. The most famous moment of the mogul's personal life occurred in 1979, when he hung from the window ledge of a Boston hotel in order to escape a raging fire
Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks battered the Colorado Rockies 13-7 in a Coors Field slugfest featuring 34 hits, but none by blistering Charlie Blackmon