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“Basically, it’s a place where folks can gather to celebrate the life of somebody with a terminal illness,” Lily Sage Weinrieb, Sparrow’s funeral director, said. “We in the United States still don’t really talk about death and dying,” Sage Weinrieb said. “We don’t call them that because they might not feel like funerals, at all,” Sage Weinrieb said. Still, the very fact exit parties could potentially become “a thing” is yet another example of the shift in the way Americans mourn and bury their dead, she said. “A lot of people don’t know that there are other options beyond the traditional funerals,” Sage Weinrieb said.
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The actor said he has long “benefitted from being light-skinned” in Hollywood and addressed issues of colorism within Hollywood and within Latin culture. “I stayed out of the sun so I could work,” Leguizamo said. Black Lives Matter was a huge awakening for America, a reboot for America to look at themselves and see what’s going on. What I want to see, I want to see 20% of the roles in front of the camera and the crew. “You have to step up and make a change and change it from within,” Leguizamo said.
Persons: John Leguizamo, , ” Leguizamo, Covid, I’m, you’ve, , Sid, Buck Wild, Anya Taylor, Joy, Nicholas Hoult Organizations: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Initiative, America, Academy, Disney Plus, Searchlight Pictures, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Hollywood, America
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Fox News Channel host Dan Bongino on Wednesday became among the most-followed conservative personalities to be permanently banned from YouTube, a week after the Google-owned video service said he had posted Covid-19 misinformation. His later attempt to circumvent that one-week suspension by posting from another channel triggered a permanent ban, YouTube said. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension,” YouTube said in a statement. Bongino wrote that he had double the number of followers on Rumble as on YouTube. His Dan Bongino Show channel on YouTube had 882,000 subscribers and nearly 1,100 uploads since it was created in 2013, according to tracker Social Blade.
Persons: Dan Bongino, Joseph Mercola, Robert F, Kennedy Jr, Bongino Organizations: Fox News Channel, YouTube, Google, Twitter Locations: Covid
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HONG KONG—China appears to have brought two recent large coronavirus outbreaks under control and has turned its focus to Beijing, where health authorities are ramping up testing and tightening containment protocols as the Chinese capital prepares for the Lunar New Year and the Winter Olympics. Chinese authorities this week lifted a roughly monthlong lockdown of the central Chinese city of Xi’an, where a Delta outbreak had spread last month. The port city of Tianjin, which neighbors Beijing, declared victory over an Omicron outbreak, lifting most of the restrictions on its citizens.
Locations: HONG KONG, China, Beijing, Xi’an, Tianjin
Several European countries have lifted or relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, citing the milder symptoms being caused by the Omicron variant in vaccinated people—even as daily infections continued to surge in some countries and a new version of Omicron was identified as spreading in places. In the U.S., the number of recorded cases and the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals slipped further, while the number of recorded Covid-19 deaths rose to its highest since early last year. The daily average of Covid-19 deaths recorded over the seven days to Wednesday was 2,301, the highest figure since February.
Organizations: Omicron Locations: U.S
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew last year at the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan’s presidency, bouncing back with resilience from 2020′s brief but devastating coronavirus recession. The nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and services — expanded 5.7% in 2021. Growth last year was driven up by a 7.9% surge in consumer spending and a 9.5% increase in private investment. For the final three months of 2021, consumer spending rose at a more muted 3.3% annual pace. Arising from the 2020 pandemic recession, a healthy rebound had been expected for 2021.
Persons: Ronald Reagan’s, wherewithal Organizations: WASHINGTON, Commerce Department, International Monetary Fund, Federal Reserve, Employers, Institute for Supply Locations: U.S, COVID
A Florida school district, the ninth largest in the nation, will no longer allow excused absences for students who remain at home due to Covid-19 concerns. According to the district’s Covid-19 dashboard, there are 19,548 confirmed cases within the district — 3,877 employees, 15,594 students and 77 vendors or visitors. However, the district said parents who want to keep their children out of school can enroll their kids in Home School Education. The updated guidance impacts students staying home as a precaution — not children who test positive for Covid-19. The district added that if a student is exhibiting illness or symptoms of Covid-19, they should be kept at home.
Organizations: Orange County Public Schools, Home School Education Locations: Florida, Orange, Orlando
The sun sets on the U.S. Supreme Court after it was reported U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of this term, in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. Biden's chance to pick a Supreme Court justice gives the White House an opportunity to tell a positive story, said Kyle Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. Black women judges such as Washington, D.C.-based federal appeals court judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger are among those likely to be in contention. As with the abortion and gun cases, if the conservative justices all vote in lockstep, the liberal justices have no leverage. The court, with conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, would have four women justices serving together for the first time.
Persons: Stephen Breyer, Joshua Roberts, Jan, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden White, Kyle Kondik, Kondik, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Justice Leondra Kruger, Breyer, Kamala Harris, Biden, Kelsi Brown, Roe, Wade, Carolyn Shapiro, Justice Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Amy Coney Barrett, Kent's Shapiro, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Shapiro, Lawrence Hurley, Andrew Chung, Jason Lange, Scott Malone, Grant McCool Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, Democratic, University of Virginia's Center, Politics, White, D.C, California Supreme, Republicans, Senate, Capitol, Georgetown University Law Center, Chicago, Kent College of Law, Thomson Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S, COVID, Washington, California, Mississippi, New York, lockstep, Chicago
The Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 203,136 positive tests in the last 24 hours, 69,600 cases more than the same day a week ago. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe rising number of infections has led to staffing shortages in sectors including logistics, healthcare and child care. on Thursday, adding that up to 15% of cargo at Frankfurt was affected by delays. The German Hospitals Federation had warned earlier this week that three-quarters of hospitals were reporting higher than usual numbers of staff out on sick leave. German lawmakers debated on Wednesday whether to impose compulsory COVID-19 shots, while protesters gathered outside the parliament building.
Persons: Jan, Robert Koch, Olaf Scholz, Emma Thomasson, Ilona Wissenbach, Maria Sheahan, Miranda Murray, Kim Coghill, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Lufthansa Cargo, DHL, German Hospitals Federation, liberal Free Democrats, Thomson Locations: Germany, Frankfurt, United States, Canada, Europe, Leipzig, France, Italy, Spain
The High Cost of Disparaging Natural Immunity to Covid
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( Marty Makary | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Public-health officials ruined many lives by insisting that workers with natural immunity to Covid-19 be fired if they weren’t fully vaccinated. But after two years of accruing data, the superiority of natural immunity over vaccinated immunity is clear. By firing staff with natural immunity, employers got rid of those least likely to infect others. For most of last year, many of us called for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to release its data on reinfection rates, but the agency refused. Finally last week, the CDC released data from New York and California, which demonstrated natural immunity was 2.8 times as effective in preventing hospitalization and 3.3 to 4.7 times as effective in preventing Covid infection compared with vaccination.
Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, CDC Locations: New York, California
This is extremely time sensitive,” the family said in its fundraising appeal, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars. is an informed patient,” Tracey Ferguson said in a brief interview at her home in Mendon, about 30 miles southwest of Boston. In Colorado last year, a woman suffering from late-stage kidney disease said she was denied a transplant by her hospital because she was unvaccinated. The United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that manages the country’s organ transplant system, doesn’t track how many patients refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccine have been denied transplants, said Anne Paschke, an organization spokesperson. Ferguson was hospitalized in late November for a heart ailment that caused his lungs to fill with blood and fluid.
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Oil prices fell on Thursday as the U.S. dollar strengthened following signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve will tighten monetary policy in the world's biggest oil user. The dollar rose on higher U.S. Treasury yields, lifting the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against major peers, to 96.604, near five-week highs. "Continued supply challenges and mounting Russia-Ukraine tensions continue to support crude oil prices. An increase in crude oil and gasoline inventories in the United States alleviated some of the concerns about supply. Gasoline stockpiles rose by 1.3 million barrels last week to 247.9 million barrels, the EIA said, the most since February 2021.
Persons: Brent, WTI, Vivek Dhar, Commonwealth Bank's Dhar, Howie Lee Organizations: U.S ., U.S . Federal, greenback, Brent, . U.S . West Texas, Federal Open Markets, Commonwealth Bank, Treasury, U.S, omicron, OPEC, OCBC, Energy Information Administration, EIA Locations: Dyurtyuli, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, ., Ukraine, Europe, Commonwealth, OPEC, Covid, Singapore, United States
(But) is it worth it to live such a convenient life without being able to see family, friends, without being able to travel?" But COVID has prompted soul-searching among many relatively affluent expats in Singapore, where foreigners workers make up a fifth of the 5.5 million population. There has been a "trickle" of movement from Hong Kong into Singapore, said Lee Quane, regional director at relocation firm ECA International. But, Singapore, from a relative point of view is a great place to live and do business," said Lei. ($1 = 1.3433 Singapore dollars)Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Chen Lin and Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Lincoln Feast.
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BECOMING ENDEMICConservative lawmaker Andrew Bridgen told Reuters that further COVID-19 restrictions were "unlikely, unnecessary and politically impossible". Johnson himself told lawmakers last week: "As COVID becomes endemic, we will need to replace legal requirements with advice and guidance." Graham Medley, chair of the government's COVID modelling group, told Reuters that when Plan B was introduced, the severity of Omicron and the impact of boosters had been unclear. It's not just about living with COVID," said Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health at Liverpool City Council. I definitely feel like we're on the journey towards living safely with COVID - but I don't think we're there yet."
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A woman takes a test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing centre in Sydney, Australia, January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Jaimi JoySYDNEY, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Australia reported fewer COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, a day after recording a pandemic high, while hospital cases remained steady, raising hopes the country's worst outbreak may have peaked. Officials reported a total of 59 deaths, down from a pandemic peak of 87 on Wednesday, with just two states still to report figures. The country of 25 million has reported a total of more than 2 million infections, and 3,389 deaths. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Renju Jose; editing by Jane WardellOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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Some even argue China's economy could even emerge stronger than ever if it keeps Omicron at bay. China had 4.7 million registered nurses at the end of 2020, or 3.35 per 1,000 people, official data showed. Experts in China and overseas have also cast doubt on the hope that Omicron represents the final stage of the pandemic. Hong Kong's "zero-COVID" approach has put the Chinese-controlled city out of step with other global finance centres and is battering its economy. Still, China's economy has remained resilient, with GDP growth at 8.1% last year, far exceeding expectations.
Persons: Thomas Peter, Liang Wannian, Kristalina Georgieva, Jaya Dantas, Wu Zunyou, epidemiologist, Raina MacIntyre, lockdowns, MacIntyre, David Stanway, Lincoln Organizations: REUTERS, National Health Commission, International Monetary Fund, Curtin School, Population Health, United, Omicron, Disease Control, Beijing, Global Times, University of New, Kirby Institute, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, SHANGHAI, Perth, Australia, United States, Britain, University of New South Wales, Europe
Red Cross ambulance paramedics wear protective suits as a protection from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Main Press Centre ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China January 27, 2022. The district, which has reported more local virus cases than other districts in the current outbreak in Beijing, had already locked down some residential compounds, impacting tens of thousands of people. Twenty-three new cases of COVID-19 were detected among Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games-related personnel on Jan. 26, including eight found amongst those already in the organisers' closed-loop bubble, organisers said on Thursday. Nationwide, China reported a total of 25 domestically spread cases with confirmed symptoms for Jan. 26. As of Jan. 26, mainland China had reported 105,811 cases with confirmed symptoms, including both local ones and those among international travellers.
Persons: Fabrizio Bensch BEIJING, Jan, Roxanne Liu, Gabriel Crossley, Himani Sarkar, Michael Perry Organizations: Main Press, REUTERS, Winter Olympics, Beijing's, Reuters.com Register Beijing, National Health Commission, Winter, Nationwide, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, Beijing's Fengtai, Shanghai
Germany reports new daily record for COVID-19 infections
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Pediatrician Anila Sternberg vaccinates a teenage girl with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine in her practice, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Bonn, Germany, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Leon KuegelerBERLIN, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Germany reported another record number of daily new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, crossing the 200,000 threshold for the first time, as the country debates whether to impose compulsory vaccinations. The Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 203,136 positive tests in the last 24 hours, 69,600 cases more than the same day a week ago. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterGerman lawmakers debated on Wednesday whether to impose compulsory COVID-19 shots, while protesters gathered outside the parliament building. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Emma Thomasson Editing by Miranda Murray and Kim CoghillOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Anila Sternberg, Leon Kuegeler BERLIN, Jan, Robert Koch, Olaf Scholz, Emma Thomasson, Miranda Murray, Kim Coghill Organizations: Pfizer, BioNtech, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Bonn, Germany, France, Italy, Spain
"We need to step up infrastructure investment and stabilize the property sector," Yao Jingyuan, an adviser to the cabinet, told Reuters. Local governments, meanwhile, have unveiled their own infrastructure projects, including in Shanghai and the provinces of Sichuan, Jiangsu,Zhejiang, Anhui and Hebei. The finance ministry has already issued 1.46 trillion yuan in its 2022 advance quota for local government special bonds, on top of 1.2 trillion yuan in unspent bond funds from the fourth quarter of 2021 - part of the 2021 quota of 3.65 trillion yuan. But after decades of break-neck construction and credit-fuelled investment, new projects may offer less economic bang for the buck. But few analysts expect a major turnaround in the sector soon, with HSBC forecasting zero to 2% growth in property investment this year.
Persons: Jan, Yao Jingyuan, Li Keqiang, Yao, Xu Hongcai, Li Yang, Ting Lu, Lu, Kevin Yao, Kim Coghill Organizations: Communist Party, Reuters, HSBC, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, IMF, Nomura, Thomson Locations: BEIJING, China, Shanghai, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hebei, Beijing, COVID
Expanding on the findings, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai said Holocaust distortion or trivialisation is itself anti-Semitic and can sometimes lead to actual endangerment of Jews. Yad Vashem, Israel's main Holocaust memorial, has urged world leaders to come out against such discourse - a call apparently heeded by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who on Monday said the yellow star protests were "reprehensible". "COVID brought Holocaust trivialisation to a summit," said Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan. "Things like that, sometimes done by politicians, by public figures, are despicable and Yad Vashem is very clear in demanding those persons retract." "Please leave the word 'Holocaust' for the Holocaust - and nothing but it," he said.
Persons: Matthias Rietschel, Jan, Hitler's, Nachman Shai, Yad Vashem, Israel's, Antonio Guterres, COVID, trivialisation, Dani Dayan, Vashem, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Dan Williams, Emelia Sithole Organizations: REUTERS, COVID, North America, Diaspora Affairs Ministry, U.S, Diaspora, Reuters, Antisemitism, Yad, Thomson Locations: Leipzig, Germany, Gaza, Europe, North, U.S
Polish defence minister tests positive for COVID
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
WARSAW, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak tweeted on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, as the Omicron variant takes hold across the country and tensions mount between Poland's neighbours Ukraine and Russia. "I feel well, I will carry out my duties under isolation," said Blaszczak, who is 52. Poland is among those NATO countries taking a more hawkish stance towards Russia after it massed more than 100,000 troops near its borders with Ukraine. Moscow denies any plans to invade Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Alicja Ptak and Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Gareth JonesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jan, Mariusz Blaszczak, Blaszczak, Alicja Ptak, Gareth Jones Organizations: WARSAW, Polish, Authorities, NATO, Moscow, Thomson Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Poland
Sarah Palin returned to a New York City restaurant two days after testing positive for COVID-19, Mediaite and the New York Post reported. It was the same restaurant she dined inside on Saturday, two days before her positive COVID-19 test on Monday. Luca Guaitolini, Elio's manager, told Mediaite in a Wednesday statement issued via a spokesperson: "Tonight Sarah Palin returned to the restaurant to apologize for the fracas around her previous visit." Luca Guaitolini, Elio's manager, confirmed Palin's visit to The New York Times, saying she dined inside with an unnamed longtime guest. "We just made a mistake," he told The Times of the restaurant's failure to check Palin's vaccination status.
Persons: Palin, didn't, Mediaite, Sarah Palin, Luca Guaitolini, Elio's Organizations: Service, New York Post, The New York Times, Times, New York City Locations: New York City, York, Alaska, Manhattan's
Credit... Joseph Prezioso/Agence France-Presse, via Getty ImagesUnvaccinated health care workers in roughly half the United States are required to get a first dose of a Covid vaccine by Thursday under a federal mandate that has understaffed hospitals and nursing homes bracing to lose more workers. The Biden administration’s mandate, which is to take effect in stages, will ultimately affect about 10 million health care workers in 76,000 hospitals, nursing homes, home-health agencies and other providers that participate in Medicaid and Medicare. Thursday’s deadline follows a Supreme Court decision on Jan. 13 that blocked a vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers but upheld a vaccination requirement for health care workers at facilities subsidized by federal funds. Health care workers in most of the remaining states, where a lower court had blocked the mandate, will have until Feb. 14 to receive a first dose. To keep their jobs, all health care workers must be fully vaccinated a month after their first dose.
Persons: Joseph Prezioso, Biden, Mark Parkinson, Parkinson, , Mary Susan Tack, Brian McGarry Organizations: Boston Healthcare, Agence France, Presse, Getty, American Health Care Association, Life Services, University of Rochester Locations: Boston, United States, California, Hawaii , Minnesota, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nursing
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