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The gates had a row of skulls lined up along them; the staircase was supported by skeletons, and the swimming pool was tiled entirely in black, the colour of most of the walls in the house. And that’s without even taking into consideration the decorative figures in the garden – a black Dalek from Dr Who and a movie skeleton which once sprang out to attack Jason and the Argonauts when they planted dragon’s teeth in the ground. Tasteful.I hear the revamp is already well underway, with the personal music studio – decorated in black, natch – one of the first rooms to be gutted. “I once tried to play the guitar but couldn’t even tell when I’d tuned it correctly,” Denham chuckles. “So I didn’t think I’d be needing the studio any time soon…”SKIRTING THE ISSUEAn intriguing new take on the age-old “hemline theory” of economic prosperity, courtesy of two boffins from the Econometric Institute, Marjolein van Baardwijk and Philip Hans Franses. The dedicated pair put the hemline index – which states, of course, that skirts become shorter and shorter as the economy improves, while it drops to the floor when times are tough – to an empirical test, collecting monthly data from as early as 1921 (presumably from the back issues of Vogue).Their findings? The phenomenon does hold true, but including a time lag of about three years.“It is not today’s recession that dictates the hemline, but perhaps the boom [beforehand],” they conclude. A valiant attempt to put smiles on faces in hard times, perhaps?SNAP DECISIONA slightly unusual extra-curricular achievement, courtesy of Scott Mead – a founding partner of boutique merchant bank Richmond Park Partners and former partner and chairman of telecom, media and technology investment banking at Goldman Sachs.Tomorrow evening, Mead will be hosting a private view of an exhibition of his own photography at the Hamiltons gallery in Mayfair. Only the photographs in question – which “deploy a distinctive circular aesthetic” – are over three decades old and were recently discovered in Mead’s attic. They were originally taken in the 1970s, when he studied with American photographers William Eggleston and Emmet Gowin before joining the world of finance.Mead is selling prints and an accompanying book to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital.IN LOVING MEMORYA memorial service will be held tomorrow morning for Alan Ruddock, the much-loved former Scotsman editor, City A.M. columnist and Sunday Times and Irish Independent journalist, who died earlier this year aged just 49.The service, which begins at 11.30am at St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street, will include readings of Ruddock’s work by Sunday Times editor John Witherow and Powerscourt financial PR boss Rory Godson, as well as addresses by journalist Richard Beeston and former Independent deputy editor Ian Birrell, now a speechwriter for Prime Minister David Cameron.OCTOPUS OF CREDITAn eagle-eyed reader has discovered that last year’s famous reference to Goldman Sachs as a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity” was not the first time a bank has been given the cephalopod treatment.In fact, an earlier version of the phrase was originally coined by HG Wells in 1933, in “The Shape of Things to Come”.“Another big obscure financial force in the war and post-war periods was the complex of great private banking ganglia of which Morgan & Co, with its associated firms, was the most central and most typical,” wrote Wells. “This particular firm carried on its business upon a scale that completely overshadowed many minor governments. The loans it made or refused, confirmed or shattered regimes. Its founder, JP Morgan…was never dishonest and always disingenuous. That was the rule of his game. Opaque pockets he insisted upon, and hidden motives, but also the punctual performance of a bargain. His tradition lived after him. His firm became an octopus of credit…”Prescient indeed. Tags: NULL
Archbishop of Canterbury joins multi-faith peace vigil for Iraq Rector Washington, DC Middle East Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Sep 4, 2014 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Archbishop of Canterbury, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Anglican Communion, Tags Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Ecumenical & Interreligious, Archbishop Justin Welby with Muslim and Jewish leaders outside Westminster Abbey, London, 3 September 2014. Photo: Lambeth Palace[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby joined faith leaders and representatives from faith-based NGOs today for a vigil showing solidarity with the people of Iraq and affirming the message that #WeAreAllHuman.Welby joined Imam Ibrahim Mogra, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Ayatollah Dr Sayed Fazel Milani at the vigil outside Westminster Abbey by the Innocent Victims Memorial.Speaking at the vigil, Archbishop Justin said he joined the other faith leaders in “unreservedly” condemning the way that minority faith communities are being “wiped out” in ISIS-controlled areas.The Archbishop, who met and prayed with Middle East church leaders at Lambeth Palace this morning, added that faith communities must also “stand against” the recent spike in attacks against Jews and Muslims in the UK.“This must stop. We are all human,” he said.The vigil was jointly organised by Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and World Jewish Relief in partnership with the Church of England, the Muslim Council of Britain and the Movement for Reform Judaism.Read more:Archbishop’s statement on Mid-East’s Christians Archbishop on the “terrible suffering” in Iraq Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET
New YorkOrganizers from New York-based anti-war, anti-racist and anti-imperialist organizations and defenders of human rights gathered at the Solidarity Center Dec. 14 to plan an ongoing campaign against Washington’s use of economic sanctions, calling such sanctions the “equivalent of war.”The planning meeting of about 40 organizers showed what they envisage: A target date of March 13-15 for a public protest in whatever places around the country and the world where people can organize one — March 14 on Wall Street in New York. Plus an ongoing educational campaign involving mass outreach with social media, leaflets and teach-in type discussions explaining the grave costs of sanctions. Organizers prepared a draft resolution that could be used by other organizations — for example, unions and local groups — to take a position against sanctions.In researching the impact of sanctions, some of the organizers — Colin Ashley of Peoples Power Assemblies/NYC and Sara Flounders of the International Action Center, who coordinated the meeting — were themselves surprised regarding the extent of the sanctions, which impact the lives of a third of the world’s population living in at least 39 countries. These sanctions are mostly initiated by U.S. imperialism and applied through the United Nations. But it is mainly the U.S. and its allies — in the European NATO countries, Japan and Australia — that are responsible for enforcing them. A few reports gave examples of how these punitive sanctions work. Colette Pean from the December 12 Movement discussed the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe 20 years ago after that country seized some of the land farmed by white settlers for distribution to its citizens. She emphasized how the punitive economic effect hurt all of southern Africa.Juyeon (JC) Rhee of the Korean group Nodutdol discussed how punitive sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (north Korea) helped bring about famine conditions in the mid-1990s.Underlining the international outreach of the initiative, organizers reported that the call has already been posted on the website at sanctionskill.org in 12 languages and that more are coming, including languages that have official status on six continents. The following call has been endorsed by over 1,000 organizations and individuals as of Dec. 13.Call to Action for International Days of Action Against Sanctions and Economic War – March 13-15, 2020Sanctions Kill! Sanctions are War!End Sanctions Now!Sanctions are imposed by the United States and its junior partners against countries that resist their agendas. They are a weapon of economic war, resulting in chronic shortages of basic necessities, economic dislocation, chaotic hyperinflation, artificial famines, disease and poverty. In every country, the poorest and the weakest — infants, children, the chronically ill and the elderly — suffer the worst impact of sanctions.U.S.-imposed sanctions violate international law and are a tool of regime change. They impact a third of humanity in 39 countries. They are a crime against humanity used, like military intervention, to topple popular governments and movements. They provide economic and military support to pro-U.S. right-wing forces.The U.S. economic dominance and its +800 military bases worldwide demand all other countries participate in acts of economic strangulation. They must end all normal trade relations[;] otherwise they risk having Wall Street’s guns pointed at them. The banks and financial institutions that are responsible for the devastation of our communities at home drive the plunder of countries abroad.Many organizations have been fighting sanctions and economic war for some time. NOW is an opportunity to combine efforts to raise consciousness on this crucial issue.This broad campaign will include protests and demonstrations, lobbying, petition drives and all forms of educational efforts.As an initial step for this campaign we encourage mobilizations and educational efforts to be organized during the International Days of Action against U.S. imposed Sanctions and Economic War on March 13-15. Please add your endorsement and help spread the word at www.SanctionsKill.org.Email: [email protected] FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Receive email alerts TurkeyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more News News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Reporters Without Borders is astonished that access to the video-sharing website YouTube has again been blocked again in Turkey since 5 May as a result of court orders issued by Ankara magistrate courts on 24 and 30 April. The grounds for blocking the website were not given in either case.“We call on the authorities to give the reasons for these orders,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is the third time in less than two months that YouTube has been blocked in Turkey. The authorities do not need to block an entire website just because of a few videos they consider ‘shocking.’ Doing this is an abuse, as YouTube is able to stop the distribution of offending videos in any given country.”Law 5651 on “the organisation of online publications and the fight against crime committed by means of such publications,” in effect since November 2007, enables a prosecutor to get a website banned within 24 hours if its content is deemed likely to incite suicide, paedophilia, drug use, obscenity, prostitution or offend the memory of Atatürk, the Turkish republic’s founder.“This law opens the door to too many abuses,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Its collateral damage has included the blocking of entire sites such as YouTube, Indymedia Istanbul and WordPress. We urge the authorities to amend Law 5621 so that people can express themselves freely on the Internet again. Turkey has a legislative arsenal that places too many restrictions on freedom of expression.”The Indymedia Istanbul website (http://istanbul.indymedia.org) has been inaccessible within Turkey since 21 March. The site’s staff are continuing to post articles at another web address and describe the blockage as just “an attempt at censorship.” The authorities “still have not understood that censorship is technically impossible on the Internet,” they said. WordPress, one of the most popular blog platforms in the world, was only recently unblocked after being accessible since August 2007.Other participative websites are also blocked. The photo-sharing site Slide has been inaccessible since 25 March as a result of a court’s decision in Civril (southwest of Ankara) because of “photos and articles considered insulting to Atatürk.” Google Groups, Google’s discussion site, has been inaccessible since 10 April as a result of an action brought by religious leader Adnan Oktar claiming he had been defamed in comments posted on the site.Kurdish media websites have also been targeted. The website of Gündem, a daily newspaper, has been inaccessible since 1 April as a result a decision by a court of assizes in Ankara. The site of the Firat News Agency (ANF) has been blocked since 11 February. In these two cases, the grounds are “propaganda” in support of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Neither media was told of the decision or given a chance to defend itself.Freedom of expression in Turkey is often limited by criminal code provisions that punish threats to fundamental national interests (article 305), inciting hatred, hostility or humiliation (article 216), attacking the memory of Atatürk (Law 5816 of 25 July 1951) or discouraging the population from doing military service (article 318).The Turkish parliament amended article 301 of the criminal code on 30 April, replacing “insulting Turkish identity” by “insulting the Turkish nation.” But this still leaves judges a great deal of scope to convict anyone who publicly raises such sensitive issues as the Armenian genocide or the Kurdish issue. Most article 301 cases will now be heard before magistrate courts instead of criminal courts. Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel prize-winning novelist, and Hrant Dink, a journalist of Armenian origin who was murdered by ultra-nationalists in Istanbul in January 2007, were both prosecuted under article 301.Anti-terrorism Law 3713 also punishes websites that post “the propaganda of a terrorist organisation” or “the press releases of such organisations.” News News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia May 13, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to amend restrictive laws after YouTube blocked for third time in two months Follow the news on Turkey to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more
57 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Education Pasadena High School Student’s Artwork Adorns Hollywood Burbank Airport Tower By JOEY REAMS and BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 1:22 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Community News Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website A massive mural created by a Pasadena High School senior is being displayed on the terminal tower at the Hollywood Burbank Airport, where it’s expected to remain for three months.Yenifer DiazYenifer Diaz, a senior in Pasadena High Schools Visual Arts and Design Academy, or VADA, was one of three students selected last year to have their art displayed on the airport tower as a 26-foot by 16-foot mural as part of an annual contest run by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, according to the airport and school officials.The students were challenged to create artwork showcasing their visions of “The Future of Aviation,” organizers said. Diaz’s entry, which depicts an ecologically conscious airplane soaring in formation with birds, with leaves emanating from its engines, took first place.Two additional entries were selected from students in the Glendale Unified School District and the Burbank Unified School District.Seeing her art displayed as a giant banner at the airport felt “surreal,” Diaz said.“To be completely honest, it was very unexpected,” she said. “I’m so grateful to have this awesome opportunity and I will take this as a huge milestone in my art career.”Diaz has served as an ambassador for the Creative Arts and Media Design Pathway, or CAMAD, program, as well as taken part in the Pasadena High School Color Guard.PHS Arts and Design Teacher Alicia Gorecki said Diaz has been a standout student and artist.“Yenifer is an incredibly talented and intelligent girl. She has been my student since her 10th-grade year in VADA and has consistently stepped up with strong work in class as well as for exhibitions and competitions,” she said.“During her 10th-grade year she was chosen to exhibit in the ‘No Boundaries’ exhibition for Pasadena Unified and won the Bridging Boundaries Award where her work was professionally framed and hung at City Hall,” Gorecki added. “She has also won awards within our academy, most recently in our spring exhibition where she earned second-place best in show for our juniors.”Diaz first became serious about art in the eighth grade, where she said she received encouragement from Washington Middle School art teacher Eric Gothold.“When looking for a high school, Pasadena High School caught my eye because of CAMAD, especially VADA,” she said. “During my time at PHS, I decided that I wanted to pursue art as a career, most favorably in art education. Ms. Gorecki further encouraged me to follow my passion for art. I would love to do the same for the next generation.” Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
WhatsApp Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board logo 2016 [email protected] frigid weather Texas is slowly thawing out from is another in a line of disruptions that colleges and universities have had to adapt to this past year. Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Texas Harrison Keller said in a phone interview that COVID-19 has changed — and is changing — the delivery of education, but also the state economy, which higher education has to adapt to as well. With the power outages that came with the snow and ice this past week, universities not only lost some class time but may also have lost research. Keller said he hasn’t gotten reports of that yet, but when these events occur it’s not just the power going out and people losing what’s in their refrigerators. It could also be years of research because some of it may take place in climate controlled conditions. As for learning loss, higher education isn’t experiencing it as acutely as kindergarten through 12th grade. “At this point, I think on that front the colleges and universities are pretty adaptable where if you lose a week of classes they can make adjustments in their schedules and in their syllabi and figure out how to make up a few days here or there,” Keller said. “So on that front, I think higher ed tends to be more nimble than the public ed side, especially given what everyone’s experienced this past year. We just yesterday (Thursday) sent out some guidance. There are rules around how many hours of instruction you have to have for a fundable course. We can provide some flexibility around that. So if we’re talking about a week of disruption, it doesn’t count against them. If you had something that was a longer disruption, like a month, then that’s more challenging so then they have to figure out do they have to convert to remote instruction? Do you send students home? Depending on the situation and the extent of the damage, you might have to make larger accommodations, but again, the reports that I’ve heard have been more about temporary disruptions where it’s a few days.” Keller said there is a project review going on and one of the four pillars that they are looking at is research. “… What’s the role of the research mission in expanding and driving regional and state economic development. Especially as the economy moves quickly in the direction of higher skilled jobs and more of a knowledge-based economy, the universities become more and more important to these communities,” he added. Earlier this month, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced the expansion of its Blackstone LaunchPad student entrepreneurship programming from two to eight campuses in the University of Texas System, including UTPB, helping bring the initiative’s network resources to a more diverse set of students. The $5 million expansion is designed to give more students critical access to resources opportunities and mentorship. Other universities in the system that will be given access includes University of Texas-El Paso, UT Rio Grande Valley, UT San Antonio, UT Medical Branch and UT Southwestern. “I’m a big fan of integrating work on entrepreneurship into the curriculum and expanding opportunities for students, so that kind of thing is, I think, pretty exciting for UTPB and for the community,” Keller said. “… You have a different kind of educational experience when your institution is encouraging and supporting … your start-up and when you get coaching and support to turn your discovery into something that can help impact people’s lives,” he added. But what if you’re not business minded, or you’re bad at math? “… I think that’s something we probably need to rethink just the way that we think about the way we teach math and the way we encourage people around math,” Keller said. “I think we’re probably too quick to be able to say well I’m just bad at math. … We don’t say I’m bad at reading. I think that there’s some really exciting interesting work that’s going on nationally, but also that Texas math educators, leaders, to rethink the math curriculum and think about how to make the math curriculum more relevant and more directly connected to the kinds of problems that people need to navigate in different kinds of jobs. So less of a forced march to college algebra and more emphasis on like the analytics and statistics that kind of thing.” One silver lining of the disruption everyone has experienced this past year is it’s accelerating the pace of innovation of how education is delivered in colleges and universities. “There are some really interesting things that folks are doing with their calendars and with their curriculum. Of course, rethinking how we use physical space, how we use technology, so it feels to me like we’re at the front edge of this fundamental transformation in what higher education looks like,” Keller said. Generally speaking, enrollments at colleges and universities have declined this past year. Odessa College and UTPB have bucked that trend. Keller said he thinks numbers will come back across the board. “That’s going to be really, really important for us to support enrollments bouncing back on a couple of fronts. One is that we know if students stop out or drop out then they’re less likely to finish; and the longer they stay stopped out or dropped out, the less likely they are to finish, so it’s really concerning to see so many low-income students, first-generation students and especially we see disproportionately high numbers of Black students and Hispanic students who have stopped out. It’s going to be important for us to, not just for the short term but for the long term, we’re going to need to engage and enroll and reenroll students,” Keller said. COVID is another factor as it is accelerating change in the broader economy. “… A lot of the jobs that people have lost aren’t coming back, or they’re not coming back quickly, or they’re coming back but they look pretty different. And so we’ve got a lot of new jobs being created, tens of thousands of new jobs are being created across the state, and then we have a lot of displaced workers who are unemployed. But there’s a growing distance between the kinds of skills and credentials that displaced workers have and the kinds of skills that you need for the jobs, so it’s going to be really important for us to expand our ability to help people reskill and upskill so they can get back on their feet, get back in the economy, help take care of their families and help drive the recovery the state economy. But also for the longer term (to) help make sure that we’re going to be competitive, because these changes were already underway in the economy but they got accelerated pretty dramatically especially around how people use technology,” Keller said.Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board logo 2016 By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Facebook Local NewsEducation Previous articleEverbridge annuncia di essersi aggiudicata cinque contratti relativi alle soluzioni Public Warning con società di trasmissioni wireless, governi e Stati finalizzati alla protezione delle persone e delle aziende in Europa e in AsiaNext articleWilliams career-high 32 sparks WSU to romp over Cal 82-51 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook Delivery of education changingDisruptions have sparked innovation TAGS WhatsApp Pinterest
in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News November 5, 2019 1,851 Views 2019-11-05 Seth Welborn Previous: Non-QM Mortgage Bond Market Misconceptions Next: Calabria on GSE Reform: “Headed in the Right Direction” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Hazards Ahead for the National Flood Insurance Program Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Related Articles Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Hazards Ahead for the National Flood Insurance Program The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was extended through November 21 earlier this year, but if it is not funded again, what will be the impact on homeowners and investors?According to WMBF News, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would still have authority to ensure the payment of valid claims with available funds in the event of a lapse. However, FEMA would stop selling and renewing policies for millions of properties in communities across the nation.A short-term extension ensures policy holders will be able to renew their coverage and real estate agents won’t face an interruption while closing home sales.“In the last two years alone, they’ve had 12 extensions and in the last two years they’ve had some of the biggest payout years,” said Jeremy Jenks, VP of sales for the Trembley Group of Keller Williams. “So, the program is quite a few billion dollars in debt and I saw different estimates on it, but lots of billions of dollars in debt and I think what’s happening is Congress knows that they need to do something about this, but they’re not sure what to do and there is a bill in the Senate that would update the NFIP, but they just haven’t gotten there yet.”September 30 was the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the NFIP. Lawmakers have been taking some steps to update the NFIP. For example, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi is proposing an update to the Program, which aims to address the multiple extensions the NFIP has undergone with a long-term extension plan.The NFIP faces other issues, including increased storm risk. At a recent hearing hosted by the Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy, environmental experts discussed the risks to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) posed by climate change, saying the situation is likely to worsen in the coming years.“Flood insurance is top of perils we have to face,” said Andy Karsner, who served as U.S. Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy during the George W. Bush administration, The Hill reports. “It is imperative for [insurance companies] to develop new tools of risk management because they are operating on very old model inputs and ancient legacy flood maps.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe
Tagged: Coronavirus, COVID-19, distance learning, Education, hybrid learning, ithaca city school district, learning forward icsd, lily talcott, luvelle brown, remote learning Your education news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y.—Unless it is mandated by New York State, the hybrid learning model that blended in-person and remote learning will not be employed by the Ithaca City School District heading into next school year, according to ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown. Prompted by talk about Learning Forward ICSD and how next year’s academic curriculum would be formulated considering the anticipated return to classrooms, Brown offered his most direct post-COVID plans yet. The departure from hybrid learning may have been assumed, considering Brown’s early apprehension, but barring intervention from higher authorities it will likely be done away with. (The full discussion is viewable here, part of Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting)“We are operating under the assumption that all of our staff and young people are back in the fall,” Brown said. “That is what we’re going to get back to, that model. But we’ll also look to have some other options available as well. But the hybrid approach, what we’re doing right now, teaching in-person and simultaneously teaching virtually, that is not a model, unless our state comes out and mandates it, that we want to continue with.”The model has evoked a wide range of reactions among parents and teachers, and even from Brown, who admitted that he didn’t think the model was a good fit for the district before reversing course and deciding it should be implemented, as a last resort of sorts, considering a shortage of staff willing to return to classrooms in-person. Parents have frequently blasted the model as insufficient for those students learning at home, particularly those who wish to return to classrooms for their learning but can’t because they are squeezed out by spacing requirements. Teachers have complained that the model presents a difficult challenge for them, as they have to juggle learners who are in the classroom and those who are learning at home, responding to unique problems that both groups are both experiencing. Even with the help of in-classroom teacher aides, teachers who have returned to the classroom say that they are unable to properly educate those they have in-person in the semi-traditional classroom setting, to say nothing of those who they have to communicate with virtually, relying on occasionally spotty internet among other technological issues. Naturally following a push to return to in-person learning is the question of whether or not the school district will require COVID-19 vaccinations for students to return to in-person learning; New York State repealed the religious exemption law in 2019, meaning that students must receive a medical exemption in order to skip the recommended vaccine schedule and attend a public school in NYS, and it’s commonly speculated that the COVID-19 vaccine will one day join that schedule. Cornell University, Ithaca College and, most recently, the SUNY and CUNY systems will all require students to receive COVID-19 vaccinations to return to on-campus learning. It appears, though, that the decision won’t be in ICSD’s hands: a vaccination requirement for non-college students would have to come from the state’s Department of Education or Department of Health. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already indicated that such a move would be very difficult for the state to implement since all available COVID-19 vaccines are only approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration; Cuomo added that federal officials have told him it would take a long time to enact such a mandate legally until a broader, non-emergency authorization is approved. But the hope is, obviously, that as many people as possible receive the vaccine before returning to school, particularly as the vaccines are approved for younger people. While Deputy Superintendent Lily Talcott said Tuesday that the district believes that virtual learning won’t be needed, accommodations are being prepared for people who might not be medically able to receive the vaccination, as well as younger students who might not be eligible to receive a vaccine until the fall. She also left the door open for the possibility of virtual options provided by the district for learning, but not ones that would run concurrently with in-person classes—Brown said they are exploring those options but that they would need resources and patience to fully evaluate them. Talcott said it’s clear from staff and student feedback that the hybrid model “doesn’t meet the needs of kids.”“The announcement [Monday night] that children ages 12-15 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine has been really welcome, exciting news for us because it opens up more in-person possibilities,” Talcott said. Her comments further included that information sessions are being planned with the Tompkins County Health Department to reassure parents about the efficacy of the vaccines. “We know that it’s going to be much safer for young people to be in spaces, from 12-18-year-olds. […] Virtual learning will not be necessary, that’s what we’re anticipating.” Matt Butler Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butler
AlessandroPhoto/iStock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The man accused of running his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has now changed his plea in a move that is seen to be an effort to avoid the death penalty.James Alex Fields Jr., 21, appeared in federal court Wednesday for a change of plea hearing where he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. By changing his plea to guilty, it takes the possibility of receiving the death penalty off the table, according ABC affiliate station WHSV-TV.Fields admitted during the hearing that he violated federal hate crime laws when he targeted the group.This comes in connection to 29 federal hate crimes charges that Fields faces, which he initially pleaded not guilty to in July 2018.Of those 29 charges, one is a count of a hate crime act that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and the other 28 are hate crime acts that caused bodily injury and an attempt to kill people within a crowd. Each count carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.“In the aftermath of the mass murder in New Zealand earlier this month, we are reminded that a diverse and pluralistic community such as ours can have zero tolerance for violence on the basis of race, religion, or association with people of other races and religions,” Attorney General William Barr said in the Department of Justice statement.“Prosecuting hate crimes is a priority for me as Attorney General. The defendant in this case has plead guilty to 29 hate crimes which he committed by driving his car into a crowd of protesters. These hate crimes are also acts of domestic terrorism,” Barr said in the statement.Thomas Cullen, the U.S. attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, also called Field’s actions a “hate-inspired act of domestic terrorism.”In addition to the federal charges, Fields was found guilty in state court in connection to the death of Heyer, a counterprotester who was killed after Fields drove his car into the crowd, as well as injuring dozens of others at the scene of the Aug. 12, 2017, rally.A week before the federal change of plea hearing, Barr wrote a letter to Cullen and Eric Dreiband, the assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, recommending that they not seek the death penalty for Fields if he changed his plea.“You are authorized and directed not to seek the death penalty against James Alex Fields, Jr. conditioned on his entering into a plea agreement in accordance with the terms delineated in your March 19, 2019 memorandum,” the letter, dated March 22 and filed in court Wednesday, reads.At a press conference Wednesday, Cullen told reporters that after reaching a plea deal, he thinks this is “an appropriate outcome in this case.”“In our view, given all the facts and circumstances, we believed life imprisonment or the potential life imprisonment was an acceptable result,” Cullen said. “We also believe it vindicated our interests in protecting the civil rights of those victims on Fourth and Water Street, and we also believe it vindicated, to the extent you can ever vindicate, the tragic loss of life with respect to Heather Heyer.”He also said that the victims of the August attack were consulted “throughout the death penalty review process.”“We talked to them at every step along the way,” he said, before adding, “We were prepared to go to trial, no matter what the AG ultimately decided and hopefully we would have gotten a conviction. But there’s no question a result like this we feel like achieves a good balance between protecting our victims, vindicating important federal interests, and getting a meaningful sentence.”Fields will be sentenced in federal court on July 3.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 83.3 million people worldwide and killed over 1.8 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.Jan 03, 2:25 pmCalifornia reaches new record-high hospitalizationsCalifornia health officials announced Sunday that there are over 21,510 people hospitalized with COVID-19, a new record high.The state recorded 45,352 new coronavirus cases and 181 new deaths Sunday, bringing the totals to 2,391,261 million cases and 26,538 deaths, health officials said.-ABC News’ Matthew FuhrmanJan 03, 11:54 amUK death toll more than 75,000British health authorities reported 54,990 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and 454 deaths, bringing the respective totals to 2,654,779 and 75,024.“What we’re doing clearly is grappling with a new variant of the virus which is surging particularly in London and the south east” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.Johnson said he felt it was important to stress that the threat to kids, young people and (school) staff “is really very very very small indeed” and that parents should send their children to primary school on Monday as long as they are open. But he warned they may need to impose tougher measures in many parts of the country.“I’m fully fully reconciled to that,” he said.On Saturday the U.K.’s National Education Union said in a statement they have made the “difficult decision” to advise members in primary schools that it is unsafe for them to be in school due to “crowded buildings with no social distancing, no PPE and inadequate ventilation,” and move to remote learning.“If Government does not act to follow the science, we must,” the NEU said.-ABC News’ Christine TheodorouJan 03, 10:32 amOver 1 million people screened by TSA SaturdayThere were 1,192,881 people screened by TSA on Saturday, the agency reported.Sunday is expected to be the biggest travel day since the start of the pandemic.-ABC News’ Sam Sweeney contributed to this report.Jan 03, 6:25 amUS reports nearly 300,000 new cases in all-time highThere were a staggering 299,087 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Saturday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the highest tally of newly diagnosed COVID-19 infections that a country has recorded in a 24-hour reporting period since the start of the pandemic.An additional 2,398 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Saturday, down from a peak of 3,750 on Dec. 30, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 20,430,088 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 350,214 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Jan 03, 5:09 amFrench authorities issue over 1,600 fines following illegal New Year’s Eve raveMore than 1,600 fines have been issued and several people have been arrested following a days-long, illegal New Year’s Eve party in northwestern France, authorities said.Despite a national nighttime curfew and other strict measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, some 2,500 people attended the rave on Thursday night in an empty warehouse located in the small village of Lieuron in France’s scenic Brittany region, a popular vacation spot. Some partygoers clashed with local police when they tried to shut down the illegal rave, injuring several officers and damaging their vehicles, according to authorities.The violence prompted officers to await reinforcements from the National Gendarmerie before moving in and putting an end to the party Saturday morning, as revellers finally began to disperse, authorities said.At least five people, including the two organizers of the rave, have since been taken into custody. Trucks, various sound equipment, narcotics and large sums of cash have also been seized from the site, according to authorities.Jan 03, 3:30 am2 cases of new, more contagious COVID-19 strain found in California’s San Bernardino CountyThe new, more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus, which is sweeping rapidly across London and other parts of southeast England, has been detected in California’s San Bernardino County, officials said.The latest variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 was found in two members of the same household in the Big Bear area who were tested on Dec. 20, according to a press release from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. One of them had contact with a traveler who returned from the United Kingdom on Dec. 11 and began showing symptoms three days later.Four other cases of the fast-moving strain, known as B117, have been detected in San Diego County.“Based on the information currently available, we know that the B117 variant strain seems to spread more easily and quickly,” Dr. Michael Sequira, San Bernardino County public’s health officer, said in a statement Friday. “Therefore, following all safe practices is more important than ever.”Experts say there’s currently no evidence that the variant is deadlier or causes more severe illness, or that existing vaccines are less effective against it.The new strain was announced in England in late December and then confirmed in the United States for the first time on Tuesday, after a case was detected in Colorado.Jan 03, 3:04 amUS has administered over 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, CDC saysMore than 4 million people in the United States have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.As of 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, 13,071,925 vaccine doses had been distributed nationwide and 4,225,756 doses had been administered, according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker.The doses include both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.Jan 02, 8:24 pmUS sets record for cases, even as reporting lags due to holidaysThe U.S. set another record for most daily cases, despite some states not even reporting totals due to the New Year’s holiday.There were a record 275,897 cases reported Saturday, even though seven states did not relay any data, according to The COVID Tracking Project.“Some states are reporting normally, some are reporting multiple days of data, and almost all are dealing with at least some holiday backlogs,” the project said.The seven-day average for hospitalizations stands at a record 123,689 despite incomplete data. There were 2,367 deaths reported on Saturday, too.Officials expect numbers to spike after the holidays as people return home from gatherings with family and friends.Jan 02, 6:19 pmLarry King hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19Legendary talk show host Larry King, 87, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for COVID-19, a source close to the King family confirms to ABC News.“Larry has fought so many health issues in the last few years and he is fighting this one hard too, he’s a champ,” the source close to the family told ABC News.King, who hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN for 25 years, revealed in 2017 he had been treated for lung cancer. He suffered a major heart attack in 1987 and the tumor was discovered during an annual checkup. He had an angioplasty in April 2019 and suffered a stroke in 2019 as well.The host went through unbearable tragedy last year when two of his children died less than a month apart. His son, Andy, died of a heart attack in July and his daughter, Chaia, died of lung cancer in August.King is hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA.ABC News’ Alondra Vale and Josh Hoyos contributed to this report.Jan 02, 4:06 pmHouston vaccine call center overwhelmed with 250,000 calls by 7:30 a.m.After authorizing the Houston Health Department to open the city’s first free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Jan. 2, the call center to make vaccination appointments is already overwhelmed, said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Twitter Saturday.Turner said at a press conference later in the day that the call center received 250,000 calls by 7:30 a.m. when they only planned to provide 750 vaccinations. They turned to on-site registration to handle all the demand.Turner plans to open “mega-sites” to provide vaccines in the near future, he said. Staff planned to stay late on Saturday and vaccinate about 1,000 people, the mayor said.Houston reported 2,334 more cases and eight new deaths on Saturday.ABC News’ Matthew Fuhrman and Abby Shalawylo contributed to this report.Jan 02, 3:29 pmNew York states crosses 1 million casesNew York has become the fourth state to cross 1 million COVID-19 cases, the governor announced Saturday.New York joined California, Texas and Florida to hit that mark. Illinois, at over 975,000 cases, is likely to join those four in the coming days. California has already crossed 2 million cases.“With 2020 now behind us, we can see brighter days ahead, but to get there quickly, it’s going to take all New Yorkers staying smart and staying united,” Gov. Andre Cuomo said in a statement. “We have the vaccine, and that is good news, but it will be months before we’ve reached critical mass, making it as important as ever that we do not let COVID fatigue get the best of us.”The state reported just over 15,000 new cases on Saturday and a percent-positivity rate that has grown to 7.45%. That number was around 1% for much of the summer after being the epicenter for the pandemic in the spring.There was some good news on Saturday as Cuomo reported there were 72 fewer people hospitalized due to the virus in the state.Officials continue to fear growing cases in the new year after Christmas and New Year’s travel in recent weeks. New York crossed 30,000 deaths earlier this week.Jan 02, 2:08 pmUNC Health acquires 725 COVID-19 vaccines meant for Orange County health departmentUNC Health of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, confirmed it acquired 725 COVID vaccines origanally intended for the Orange County health department on Thursday night, WTVD reported.In an emailed statement, the Orange County health department said, “UNC Health was notified that Orange County had a number of vaccine vials available for immediate use.“UNC Health worked closely with Orange County to ensure that all of the vaccines would be used with zero waste and that all of these shots would go to either Phase 1-A personnel or staff who work with COVID-19 patients in some capacity.“This cooperation was a success, and all of the available stock was used appropriately.”-ABC News’ Joshua HoyosJan 02, 10:24 amCall center to make vaccination appointments already overwhelmed: Houston mayorAfter authorizing the Houston Health Department to open the city’s first free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Jan. 2, the call center to make vaccination appointments is already overwhelmed, said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Twitter Saturday.Jan 02, 6:19 amFlorida mayors reportedly frustrated over inability to mandate masksFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis won’t allow local governments to enforce their mask mandates, causing frustration among some mayors, reported WPLG-TV.“We can give out citations and we can urge people and we can give out masks, and we’ve given out thousands, but we don’t have the ability to mandate it in any way that’s effective,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told WPLG.“He continues to say that we don’t want the federal government to tell us what to do, states are better because it should be local controlled,” said Broward County Mayor Steve Geller. “But when we here in Broward are asking for local control, we’re not getting it.”-ABC News’ Ahmad HemingwayJan 02, 6:17 amU.S. hospitalizations over 100,000 for 31 straight daysSince U.S. hospitalizations surpassed 100,000 back on Dec. 2, the nation has had 31 straight days of patients hospitalized with coronavirus over that figure — according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.And from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1, hospitalizations have been at record highs with more than 125,000 current hospitalizations each day.-ABC News’ Ahmad HemingwayJan 01, 10:01 pmVirginia state senator dies of COVID-19A Virginia state senator has died of the coronavirus, officials announced.State Sen. Ben Chafin, 60, was hospitalized for the last two weeks with the virus, according to a press release. The Republican lawmaker had served in the state Senate since 2014. He is survived by his wife and three children, according to his office.Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the Virginia state flag to be lowered immediately over the state Capitol and remain at half staff until Chafin’s internment.“This is sad news to begin a new year with the loss of a kind and gracious man. May we all recommit to taking extra steps to care for one another,” the governor said in a statement.-ABC News’ Greg Bradbury contributed to this report.Jan 01, 9:51 pmWV group gets vaccine after mistakenly getting antibody treatmentAbout 41 West Virginian patients who earlier received the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment instead of the Moderna vaccine ultimately got their first shot of a vaccine Thursday, the West Virginia National Guard told ABC News.The patients were among the 44 people who were identified on Dec. 31 as receiving the wrong treatment at a vaccination clinic hosted by staff at the Boone County Health Department.The National Guard did not say which vaccine those patients received when they got the correct shot.Their first shots come despite recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that patients who receive monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma should defer vaccinations for at least 90 days.-ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this reportJan 01, 5:17 pmPfizer, BioNTech to accelerate offer of COVID vaccine to placebo volunteersPfizer and its partner BioNTech have plans to begin offering their COVID-19 vaccine to clinical trial volunteers who received placebo by March 1, several months earlier than initially planned, STAT reported.The FDA and its advisers had pushed hard for volunteers to remain on placebo as long as possible to gather more safety and efficacy data about the vaccines, while the companies argued that volunteers should receive the vaccines sooner for both ethical and practical reasons.-ABC News’ Eric M. StraussJan 01, 4:46 pmNY reports most COVID deaths since MayNew York state saw 166 deaths Thursday — the highest number of deaths in a single day since May 12.On Thursday, 219,523 test results were reported to New York state, and 7.52% were positive, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reported.There were 7,886 patient hospitalizations statewide, 1,292 patients in intensive care units and 776 intubated.-ABC News’ Joshua HoyosJan 01, 4:39 pm340,000 people have been vaccinated, to date, in Texas340,000 people have been vaccinated to date in Texas, out of the state’s received allotment of 786,000 vaccination doses, according to data from Texas Health and Human Services.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also authorized the Houston Health Department to open the city’s first free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Jan. 2. The clinic will expand vaccine access to the general public at high risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus disease, according to a statement from Texas health officials.Texas’ health department received its first allotment of 3,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and started administering it on December 28.The Houston Health Department will announce additional free vaccination opportunities as supply increases.-ABC News’ Gina SunseriJan 01, 4:22 pmNYC sheriff deputies shut down 2 New Year’s Eve parties with hundreds of attendeesTwo New Year’s Eve parties in New York City, one in Manhattan with more than 145 people and another in Queens with more than 300 people, were shut down by city sheriff deputies, according to a Tweet posted by the NYC Sheriff’s Twitter account on Friday.The charges in connection with the shutdowns included violating emergency orders, lacking a liquor license and health code violations.-ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.Jan 01, 4:10 pm14.3 million airline passengers traveled over Christmas and New Year’s weeks: TSADespite repeated warnings not to travel for the holidays from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14,388,562 people passed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints between Dec. 18 and Dec. 31.Still, that number pales in comparison to previous years. In 2019, 33,242,050 people were screened by the TSA at U.S. checkpoints during the same period.-ABC News’ Sam Sweeney contributed to this report.Jan 01, 3:36 pmMore cases of new COVID-19 variant detected in CaliforniaThree new cases of the new COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K. were reported by health officials in San Diego Thursday, leading them to believe there’s community-wide transmission of the new variant in the area.The new variant, known as B. 1.1.7., has also been detected in Colorado and Florida, and is believed to be more transmissible than the old variant, but not thought to be more deadly.“We believe that many more cases of the B. 1.1.7. strain will be confirmed in the coming days and weeks,” Dr. Eric McDonald, medical director of epidemiology and immunizations services at the country health department, said in a statement.-ABC News’ Jenna Harrison contributed to this report.Jan 01, 3:15 pmICU capacity in Southern California at 0%California reported 585 COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours on Friday, the highest one-day death toll that the state has reported thus far. Since some counties, such as hard-hit Los Angeles, are still confirming deaths from the virus not counted over the holidays, it’s not yet known whether Friday’s death report is an anomaly.Intensive care unit capacity in the state remains extremely strained, particularly in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, each of which had 0% ICU capacity as of Friday, according to the California Department of Health.-ABC News’ Jenna Harrison contributed to this report.Jan 01, 2:53 pmBattle over holiday weekend restaurant curfew heats up in TexasTexas attorney general Ken Paxton waded into a battle between the city of Austin and Gov. Greg Abbott Friday over whether the city’s four-day late-night indoor dining shutdown should be allowed.Austin’s ban, which was set to run between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Dec. 31 until Jan. 3, was upheld by a judge on Thursday. Hours later, at 7:39 p.m. local time on New Year’s Eve, the governor released a statement on Twitter telling restaurants to stay open.Paxton backed the governor on Friday and called for the Texas Supreme Court to halt enforcement of the ban. “We cannot have local declarations conflicting with Gov. Abbott’s clear order,” he said in a statement. “I will continue to fight for Texans, small businesses and for an open economy.”-ABC News’ Jenna Harrison contributed to this report.Jan 01, 1:26 pmUS surpasses 20 million infections on New Year’s Day The United States surpassed 20 million coronavirus cases on New Year’s Day, with 20,007,149 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In different terms, 1 out of every 16 Americans has tested positive for COVID-19.As the nation’s third COVID wave continues, California has emerged as a major epicenter of the U.S. outbreak and at least three states have reported cases of the new COVID variant, which originated in the U.K. Health experts believe it to be more transmissible than the old variant, although it is not thought to be more deadly.According to JHU, 346,408 Americans had died of the virus as of Friday.Jan 01, 12:02 pmSen. Romney criticizes Trump administration over slow vaccine rollout, offers own planSen. Mitt Romney criticized the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout in a statement he released Friday, writing: “when something isn’t working, you need to acknowledge reality and develop a plan—particularly when hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake.”Relying on states in lieu of developing a federal vaccination plan is “as incomprehensible as it is inexcusable,” Romney wrote, and offered up his own suggestions as examples of the brainstorming he said ought to be happening in Washington.The government should enlist every medical professional not currently delivering care, such as retired veterinarians, combat medics and corpsmen and medical students, to administer vaccines, Romney suggested, noting that they could be paid using the funding Congress has appropriated for states. Additionally, schools could serve as vaccine sites and vaccinations could be scheduled for specific days according to a person’s priority category and birthdate.While public health professionals will easily point out errors in his plan, he said, the nation needs new strategies based on “experience, modeling and trial,” especially as the U.S. begins vaccinating more complex populations.“We are already behind,” Romney added. “Urgent action now can help us catch up.”Jan 01, 10:37 amEmergency field hospital being built in North CarolinaConstruction on a 30-bed emergency field hospital is slated to start in western North Carolina Friday, as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise.The facility, which is being built next to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, will treat COVID patients who aren’t sick enough to need a ventilator and is meant to relieve pressure on five health systems in the region.As of Thursday, 3,472 people were hospitalized because of the virus, according to the state health department.Jan 01, 8:59 amMore people without underlying conditions dying from COVID-19 in LAEarly in the pandemic, 10% of patients who died from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County did not have underlying conditions, according to health officials. Today, that number has risen to 14% of patient deaths.“This indicates, that in fact, that more people than ever are not only passing away, but passing away without any underlying health conditions,” Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County department of public health, said during a New Year’s Eve news conference.Hospitals in Los Angeles are currently overwhelmed to the point that ambulances are waiting hours in emergency bays with patients inside, which prevents medics from responding to additional emergency calls. The death toll in Los Angeles County stands at 10,345.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.