US Options – Hardouin Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:24:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A guide to quitting your job Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:38:10 +0000

Dependent care accounts are different: employees can only be reimbursed for expenses up to the amount that was deducted from their paycheque.

Health savings accounts, which are typically used in conjunction with high-deductible health plans, are not use-or-lose. This money belongs to you even if you do not spend it; the account is not tied to an employer.

“The account would remain in place and could still be used to reimburse or pay eligible medical expenses,” said Frank Fiorille, vice president of risk, compliance and data analytics at Paychex. But you can’t make new contributions unless you open a new high-deductible plan elsewhere.

Check how much vacation or other paid leave you have not yet used that may be due, and if it can still be used or paid; this could help cushion your job search fund, if you create one. Also, be sure to find out when other benefits, including bonuses, may be paid out or become available, such as soon-to-vest stock options.

If you hold stock options that allow you to buy shares at a discount, find out how long you have to cash them out after you leave, Rotter said, adding that it’s usually three months from your last day. However, for any options that don’t vest, you’ll likely be leaving money on the table.

If you have rescheduled appointments, it may be a good idea to book them before starting over with a new franchise and possibly a new network of providers. The next order of business is knowing when your cover ends: it can end on the last day, for example, or it can last the rest of the month.

Next, carefully consider your options. “Everyone needs their health coverage right now, more than ever,” said Karen Pollitz, senior researcher at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

FDA Approves MENTOR MemoryGel BOOST Breast Implant Mon, 17 Jan 2022 22:36:21 +0000 Approximately 400,000 women undergo breast implant surgeries each year in the United States, and selecting an implant is an important and personal part of the process.

FDA officials have approved Mentor Worldwide LLC’s MENTOR MemoryGel BOOST breast implant based on a recent study showing patients and surgeons prefer it over another leading brand.

The implant is approved for women ages 22 and older undergoing breast augmentation and for women of all ages undergoing breast reconstruction. It will be commercially available in early 2022, according to a press release.

Approximately 400,000 women undergo breast implant surgeries each year in the United States, and selecting an implant is an important and personal part of the process. To improve individualized patient outcomes, surgeons need a wide range of implant sizes and profiles. Although there are many options available, surgeons cite the need for an implant with increased shape stability to help shape the breast while maintaining a natural feel.

“Our commitment to innovation is driven, above all, by the needs of our customers and patients, and providing them with the highest quality products to achieve their desired outcome,” said Lori Tierney, Global President of Mentor Worldwide LLC. , in the press. Release. “With this essential addition to our MemoryGel portfolio, we are excited to provide a significant range of options to meet surgeons’ goals and patient preferences, beyond what is currently available in the breast aesthetics market. .”

A recent survey revealed that patients and surgeons preferred the MENTOR MemoryGel BOOST breast implant because it felt more natural compared to another leading brand. The implant combines the company’s proprietary highly cohesive gel, innovative implant shell design and precision fill rate to provide an implant with increased form stability.

“Through science-based design and innovation, we are able to offer both increased form stability and a natural feel in the same product,” said Krasimira Hristov, Director of Research and development at Mentor Worldwide LLC, in the press release. “The MemoryGel BOOST breast implant is truly a unique innovation that addresses an unmet need and expands the MemoryGel product line.”


The US FDA approves the new MENTOR MemoryGel BOOST breast implant. Press release. Johnson & Johnson; January 13, 2022. Accessed January 17, 2022.

Finding the next Deebo Samuel easier said than done for NFL teams Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:14:36 +0000

Deebo Samuel was something the NFL has never seen, but someone everyone knew growing up. Maybe you were the Deebo of your neighborhood yourself. Be it sports or anything else, everyone knew this person who was just awesome at everything she did.

While the 49ers’ star offensive weapon seems to change the way the game can be played every time it hits the field, in reality, it brings it back to the playing field.

Catch, run, throw. Deebo Samuel is the ultimate compliment for a football player. It is exactly that: A football player, no label needed.

It’s no surprise teams have tried to replicate it in the draft over the past two years, and it’s no surprise they’ve failed. That won’t stop teams from trying to find the next Samuel no matter how unsuccessful. His success this season is sure to have teams looking even harder and figuring out how best to utilize their best athletes.

If anything, however, 2021 was just the best example that there is only one Deebo.

“I think any time people step into uncharted territory, it opens people’s minds,” 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel told reporters Thursday. “If you’ve watched any of the draft reports over the last two years, people have been trying to find the next Deebo.

“The problem is there is a Deebo. Maybe this opportunity will open him up to other guys with his skills.”

Antonio Gibson, who was more of a catcher at the University of Memphis and is now only running back for Washington, was supposed to be the Samuel of the 2020 draft and was probably the closest in production. He finished his second season with 1,331 total yards – 1,037 as a running back and 294 as a receiver. Gibson also scored 10 total touchdowns this season, including seven on the ground and three through the air.

Players like Kadarius Toney, Rondale Moore and a handful of others were considered the 2021 version of Samuel for their abilities to miss defenders in college. Toney had just 426 scrimmage yards as a rookie and failed to score a touchdown. Moore had 511 scrimmage yards and scored just one touchdown.

Arkansas’ Treylon Burks is considered the Deebo Samuel of this year’s draft class for his burly height — 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds — physical style and versatility. Burks had 1,123 receiving yards as a junior last season with 11 touchdowns, and added 112 rushing yards and another touchdown.

Samuel, in his third year, finished the regular season with 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns while missing a game through injury. Listed as a wide receiver, he made 77 receptions for 1,405 yards and caught six touchdowns. Although tied for 24th in the league in receptions, he was fifth in yards. His 18.2 receiving yards led the NFL, and he also led the league in receiving yards after contact with 387.

On the ground, he carried the ball 59 times for 395 rushing yards and scored eight touchdowns. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry and had six 10+ rushing touchdowns, which was NFL highs. His eight rushing touchdowns are the most ever by a receiver.

Samuel became the first receiver in NFL history to have 1,300+ receiving yards and 300+ rushing yards in the same season, while breaking numerous 49ers records.

He ranked third in the NFL in total yards and his 15th and final touchdown of the regular season was a 24-yard pass to Jauan Jennings to tie the game late in the third quarter of the 49ers’ win over the Rams. of Los Angeles in the final to reach the playoffs.

Still, McDaniel says the 49ers are still adjusting to how best to use Samuel. Coaches usually want to see a player master a skill before moving on. With Deebo, it’s different. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk said earlier this season that Samuel is never in the running back room during meetings and sometimes learns a game as a running back during the visit just before running it.

“That’s what’s so impressive and what Deebo is a natural football player,” the full-back said almost a month ago. “He doesn’t need to be told too much. He can just go for it and he knows what’s right for him.”

Even Kyle Shanahan admits the 49ers didn’t know Samuel would give them so many options when they selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft. They never knew he’d be able to line up in the backfield and sometimes being their best running back. They were going for a physical receiver before the draft and Samuel was the perfect fit.

It was so much more.

McDaniel and Shanahan are two of the smartest attacking minds in football. They were given perhaps the best weapon in the game, which sounds like a dream scenario.

“It’s a competitive challenge, it’s a wonderful opportunity,” McDaniel said. “It’s something you really dream of as a coach in terms of being able to use people in different ways to try to find advantageous looks for the attack in general. I would say that we challenge ourselves to open our mind and to really see how we can do our best to stress a defense.

“But don’t twist it – it’s a good stress, something you challenge yourself with because all it does is ease the stress on game days for teammates and coaches. It’s a lot easier to figure things out on Monday and Tuesday when the problem you’re trying to solve is, ‘How can I get this guy the ball?’ On game day, “Hey, Deebo, here’s the ball.”

“It’s the best thing you can imagine for a coach.”

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Samuel had 802 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns as a rookie. He also had 159 rushing yards and three more touchdowns, giving us some insight into how Shanahan could use the South Carolina product. But that was put on hold as injuries limited Samuel to just seven games last season.

Going into year 3, Samuel has had his best offseason and recently became a father for the first time. His birthday is the day before the 49ers playoff game this Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys, and McDaniel thinks he sees a better Deebo on a daily basis. From Shanahan to McDaniel and so many other 49ers decision makers, Samuel’s skills have always been evident. It was his growth and maturity as a person off the pitch that allowed him to grow so much on the pitch.

And that’s what makes McDaniel most proud of Samuel’s historic season.

“He impresses me because he’s a guy with an incredible drive to improve,” McDaniel said. “He’s such a cool personality, he never seems stressed and it’s kind of a misrepresentation of his diligence in advancing his craft. I think he’ll be done worrying about getting better when he will start making about 50-55 yards and then his game is over.

“Otherwise he works day in and day out to do his best and take advantage of the opportunity. He’s a wise 25-year-old, soon to be 26 on Saturday, and he’s getting better as we progress. And as a result, the 49ers are getting better, too.”

Teams will continue to search for the next Deebo Samuel. He brought backyard football into the spotlight in a way we never thought possible. The rare ability to combine everything listed above is what makes its reproduction truly unlikely.

There’s a reason sequels often aren’t as good as the original, and the 49ers have a real OG in Deebo.

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OMG Squee’s Sarah Lim, Queer Eye Makeover Recipient, Shares Her Austin Experience Wed, 12 Jan 2022 20:38:02 +0000

The sixth season of Netflix Strange eye, set in Austin, features several familiar faces from the local restaurant world, but Episode 9, “A Legend in the Baking,” centered around a makeover from Sarah Lim, who owns the adorable OMG Squee bakery. The Fab Five spent time with Lim refreshing her vintage style, connecting her to the Asian restaurant community, and, in a reversal of the show’s norm, learning her decorating tips.

Lim shared details of his experience in an email interview with Eater. Read on to find out how being on the show affected her business, which Fab Five member touched her the most, and why she still isn’t on Goldbelly.

Eater: How did you feel when you saw the Fab Five for the first time?

Sarah Lim: My first introduction to the Fab Five was Tan France being pushed through our old other people’s pickup window, which made me laugh. It’s a pretty fun and rowdy group. But also, super nice.

What was your experience on the show?

The experience was a roller coaster of emotions, but overall it was really fun knowing the Fab Five and the team that make the magic of TV possible. I rarely have a lunch hour away from the kitchen, let alone a week off, and there are a few off-screen moments that I’ll always remember, as Tan and I talk about our favorite dishes to cook. He is truly the most beautiful of humans.

Sarah Lim with Tan France.
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But the show is like a big drop in confidence. It takes a lot of vulnerability and openness from you, but you have to be prepared and know that they will eventually catch up with you. I had no idea how things would end up turning out, or if they shaved my head, for example (jk, Jonathan Van Ness never would), so I think it would be a tough experience for most people. people.

[At the bakery], we struggled during the pandemic, and it felt like the days we were most exhausted were the days we found the nastiest people. With the Black Lives Matter movement and the rise of Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, it was a difficult time to be a person of color and a restaurateur, while still being an ordinary person. I’m generally very jovial, but it’s hard to feel good about everything and still go to work and do our job. I’m quite private and reserved, but with this amazing opportunity, I felt it was important to be open about my experiences, even though they were emotionally difficult to relate. So I definitely went through a whole range of emotions throughout the show.

Who has working with the Fab Five had the most impact?

I received a bit of wisdom or a grooming routine from each of the Fab Five, but Antoni Porowski and Bobby Berk probably had the biggest impact overall.

Antoni always reaches out to watch me and send me words of encouragement. I think it’s nice of him to take some time out of his busy life to check on my progress and how I’m doing as a person, outside of the company.

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Antoni Porowski with Sarah Lim in the OMG Squee kitchen.
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Bobby and his design team helped us provide a wonderful countertop and patio that kind of helped us “grow” as a business. I appreciate that they got to see many of the ideas we had in our original super low budget DIY builds, and really thankful that they were able to give them a fuller life than we ever imagined. We had so few resources, money and time for ourselves. We were already sinking our bodies into the ground just to keep the business afloat. The amount of work they have accomplished in just a few days is still breathtaking.

Karamo Brown also reminded me to breathe, Tan’s warmth and kindness will stay with me forever, and Jonathan REALLY hooked me up so I can take care of myself every day with the very limited time I have for me. They all had a big impact, even in the little things.

What are the main lessons you have learned from your experience? What were the lasting changes?

My main takeaway is that there are people out there who support us and invest in what we do, and we are not alone. We’ve had quite a few people telling us their stories of similar struggles, so it’s good for us – and hopefully, them – not to feel like we’re on an island. I will be eternally grateful to each of the Fab Five and the team at strange eye for that.

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Sarah Lim talks to Karamo Brown.
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Jonathan Van Ness puts makeup on Sarah Lim.
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Is OMG Squee on the nationwide food shipping service Goldbelly, a move that was discussed in the episode?

Unfortunately, we couldn’t make a partnership with Goldbelly work at this time. After months of trying to work with their packaging team for a viable shipping solution, we realized the need for custom packaging. Shipping will therefore not be an option for us until I have the time and resources to invest in research and development of custom packaging.

We also have a very small team and kitchen to consider, but as our team grows I am certainly working on shipping options for the future. We just want to make sure that all of our customers get the same quality product and fun experience that they would in person because we care so much about ourselves.

Did being on the show affect business?

We’ve already had tons of requests from people all over the world asking for our classic pink OMG Squee t-shirts because they can’t come to the bakery in person. There are already fake websites out there for them which sucks, but is that also a little flattering?

But it’s a great feeling that people want to support us however they can. We will have more merchandise soon, but in the meantime our original and authentic pink t-shirts can be ordered online only directly from us on our website. They are currently out of stock until the end of January, but people can follow our Instagram for updates.

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Sarah Lim.
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The Queer Eye team eats macaroons at OMG Squee.
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This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

US surgeons first transplant genetically modified pig heart into human patient Mon, 10 Jan 2022 23:00:19 +0000

In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig’s heart to a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and a Maryland hospital said Monday he was doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery.

While it’s too early to know if the surgery will really work, it marks a milestone in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for vital transplants. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center say the transplant has shown that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection.

The patient, David Bennett, 57, knew there was no guarantee the experiment would work, but he was dying, ineligible for a human heart transplant and had no other option, his son said at the Associated Press.

“It was either to die or to do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice, ”Bennett said a day before the operation, according to a statement provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

There is a huge shortage of human organs donated for transplantation, leading scientists to try to figure out how to use animal organs instead. Last year there were just over 3,800 heart transplants in the United States, a record number, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees the nation’s transplant system.

“If this works, there will be an inexhaustible supply of these organs for suffering patients,” said Dr Muhammad Mohiuddin, scientific director of the university’s animal-to-human transplant program.

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But previous attempts at such transplants – or xenotransplants – have failed, in large part because patients’ bodies quickly rejected the animal organ. Notably, in 1984, Baby Fae, a dying infant, lived 21 days with a baboon heart.

The difference this time: Surgeons in Maryland used a pig’s heart that had undergone a genetic modification to remove a sugar in its cells that is responsible for this hyper-rapid organ rejection.

“I think you can characterize it as a watershed event,” UNOS chief medical officer Dr David Klassen said of the Maryland transplant.

Still, Klassen warned that this was only a tentative first step in determining whether this time around, xenotransplantation might finally work.

The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the xenotransplantation experiments, authorized the surgery under what is called an emergency “compassionate use” authorization, available when a patient with a life-threatening illness does not. has no other options.

Last September, researchers in New York performed an experiment suggesting that these types of pigs may hold promise for animal-to-human transplants. Doctors temporarily attached a pig kidney to a deceased human body and watched it begin to function.

The Maryland transplant takes their experience to the next level, said Dr. Robert Montgomery, who led the experiment at NYU Langone Health.

“It’s a really remarkable breakthrough,” he said in a statement. “As a heart transplant recipient, myself with genetic heart disease, I am delighted with this news and the hope it gives to my family and other patients who will ultimately be saved by this. breakthrough.”

It will be crucial to share the data collected from this transplant before opening the option to more patients, said Karen Maschke, a researcher at the Hastings Center, who is helping develop ethical and policy recommendations for early clinical trials in under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

“Rushing into animal-to-human transplants without this information would not be advisable,” Maschke said.

The operation last Friday lasted seven hours at a hospital in Baltimore.

“He realizes the magnitude of what has been done and he really realizes the importance of it,” David Bennett Jr. said of his father. “He couldn’t live, or he could last a day, or he could last a few days. I mean, we’re in the dark at this point.

AP medical writer Lauran Neergaard contributed.

U.S. coronavirus: States scramble to cope with increase in hospitalizations and demand for testing Sun, 09 Jan 2022 03:31:00 +0000 “It’s really, right now, a viral blizzard because there are a lot of infections,” said Dr. Samer Antonios, clinical director of Ascension Via Christi Health in Kansas, where Gov. Laura Kelly signed the state of disaster emergency this week due to the challenges of Covid-19.

Due to staff shortages in some health systems across the country, due to illnesses or people leaving hospital due to exhaustion, the country “cannot provide the same quality of care to 130,000 patients. that we did last year, “Dr. Taison Bell, director of the medical intensive care unit at the University of Virginia Health, told CNN on Saturday.

To preserve hospital capacity, some states have eliminated elective surgeries in some facilities.

In New York City, 40 hospitals – mostly in the Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes and central regions – have been ordered to shut down non-essential elective surgeries for at least two weeks due to low patient bed capacity, the state health department said on Saturday.

As more patients need care, many people with possible symptoms of Covid-19 have gone missing as tests remain difficult to find, and doctors have asked those who suspect they are positive. self-isolate at home with or without confirmation of infection.
Long queues are commonplace at many testing facilities since the holidays. In Utah, four state-operated test sites that experience some of the “highest demands and longest wait times” will be available by appointment only, starting Saturday, due to the increased demand, the Utah Department of Health said on Friday.
The move came as authorities took further steps to counter the spread of the virus. Utah’s most populous county, Salt Lake County, on Friday released a 30-day mask mandate for all indoor public places.
In an attempt to increase the supply of tests, the Biden administration has pledged to distribute 500 million free rapid tests nationwide. Officials have provided few details, but they plan to launch a website this month where people can register for tests online and then receive them by mail.
The first contract to purchase the tests has been signed and more are expected in the coming weeks, officials told CNN on Friday.
Medical assistant Leslie Powers transports swabs taken from people for processing on-site at a Covid-19 testing site Thursday in Long Beach, Calif.

Vaccine requirements are changing

Almost two-thirds of Americans eligible to receive a vaccine – anyone aged 5 years and older – have been fully immunized, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet the number of people vaccinated and boosted is much lower, with 22% of the total population having done so.

The United States Food and Drug Administration on Friday amended the authorization for emergency use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, shortening the time between the initial vaccination and the booster from at least six months to five months for people over 18 years old.

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“Vaccination is our best defense against Covid-19, including circulating variants, and shortening the time between the end of a primary series and a booster dose may help reduce the decline in immunity,” said the Dr Peter Marks, Director of the FDA Center. for the evaluation and research of biological products.

The FDA has already shortened the time it takes to receive a Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine booster from six to five months. The Pfizer booster is approved for anyone aged 12 and over.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday that she is requiring all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 within two weeks of eligibility.

“Healthcare workers will be asked to do this without any exemptions other than a medical exemption and no testing option,” Hochul said. All healthcare workers previously had to be fully immunized in September.

Neighboring Connecticut issued a similar order on Thursday as long-term care staff and hospital workers are required to receive booster doses in the coming weeks.

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Hospitalizations among children have risen sharply and concerns about student safety remain high.
Childhood hospitalization rates hit record highs as Omicron variant becomes widespread

At the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), the positivity rate of children tested for Covid-19 has increased from 17.5% in December to 45% so far in January, according to the medical director of the CHLA, Dr Michael Smit.

CHLA currently has 41 in-house patients who have tested positive for Covid-19, and about a quarter of children admitted to the facility with Covid-19 require admission to the pediatric ICU, some requiring intubation, Smit told CNN Saturday.

In response to the increase in pediatric hospitalizations, disputes over whether in-person learning is ideal during the Omicron Wave and how students can safely attend school are unfolding in various school districts this week.

Nearly 13% of students in New York City have tested positive for Covid-19 in a 24-hour period, according to test samples from the city’s education department on Thursday. No schools are currently closed due to cases of Covid-19, according to additional data from the DOE, but six classrooms remain closed.

The Chicago Public School System (CPS) has canceled classes since Wednesday due to a dispute between city officials and the teachers’ union over the return to class, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said she wants that an agreement between the two parties be reached this weekend.
“Our children need to go back to school. Schools are safe,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) had voted to teach remotely due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but the school district canceled classes, saying it wanted in-person learning.

CTU presented a new proposal to Lightfoot on Saturday, which the union said would clarify back-to-class, create increased safety and testing protocols and restart the education process for students.

The PSC rejected the proposal, saying it was waiting “for further negotiations to reach an agreement”.

The school district accepted CTU’s request to provide KN95 masks to all staff and students for the remainder of the school year and said it will continue to provide weekly Covid-19 tests to all students and the staff.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement Saturday that his office has helped secure 350,000 rapid antigen tests for Chicago public schools.

“I am committed to seeing our children and teachers safely in classrooms as soon as possible,” he said in the statement.

In the Unified School District of Los Angeles, students and employees will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result before in-person learning resumes on Tuesday.

The basic test requirement was implemented at the start of the school year in August, and the district announced a week ago that the basic test, along with the required weekly tests for all employees and students. , would continue through January, given Omicron’s current push.

“Ghostbusters-level” sanitation practices, along with other protocols like universal masking, have kept each of the district’s more than 1,000 schools open for in-person learning this school year, said. CNN Shannon Haber, communications director of LAUSD, Saturday.

Georgia public school teachers who test positive for coronavirus may return to school if they are asymptomatic and masked
In Georgia, public school teachers who test positive for Covid-19 no longer need to self-isolate before returning to school, and school contact tracing is no longer necessary, letter to school leaders says released Thursday by Governor Brian Kemp and Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey.

Georgia’s public health ministry on Wednesday issued an updated administrative order allowing teachers and school staff – regardless of their vaccination status – to return to work after exposure to Covid-19 or a positive Covid-19 test. ‘they remain asymptomatic and wear a mask at work.

“Students, parents and educators have made it clear to us that they want to be in the classroom, and we are looking at many methods to continue safe in-person learning – including quarantine and quarantine protocols. updated isolation, reduced contact tracing requirements, and increased testing opportunities, ”said the letter from Kemp and Toomey.

Local school districts can still develop and follow their own quarantine and isolation requirements, according to the ordinance.

CNN’s Natasha Chen, Naomi Thomas, Deidre McPhillips, Kaitlan Collins, Chris Boyette, Michelle Watson, Carma Hassan, Laura Dolan, Steve Almasy, Melissa Alonso, Raja Razek and Rob Frehse contributed to this report.

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Arsenal to wear all-white FA Cup tie kit to raise awareness of knife crime Fri, 07 Jan 2022 10:10:46 +0000

Arsenal will wear an all-white jersey for their FA Cup match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday in a bid to raise awareness of the high levels of knife crime among young people in London.

The highest number of teenage murders in London in a year since recordings began was in 2021, most involving knife attacks.

The “No More Red” campaign is designed to build on the work the club has already done to provide safe spaces for young people and spotlight people who are making a positive difference.

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“I grew up at Thornton Heath in Croydon, I heard stories. There were always situations where you would hear something on the news about what was going on nearby,” Emile Smith Rowe says Sky Sports at the launch of the jersey.

“It would be a little scary then.

“If I hadn’t played football, what would I have done? Where would I be right now? Sometimes I think about it.

“I feel like at that point there was definitely a turning point for me. My friends were doing different things, maybe they were doing things they shouldn’t have done. .

“I know how hard it is as a youngster growing up in an area like this. Sometimes it is hard to say no because you don’t know what else to do. there that my family gathered and said to me: is not what you want to do. ‘”

The club requested permission for Arsenal’s women’s side to wear the shirt in their Women’s Super League match against Birmingham City on Sunday, but the request was denied. Instead, they will come out wearing white jackets.

“League rules did not allow us to play in a new kit during the season, however, Arsenal’s women’s team will be supporting the field campaign by stepping out with a special White Anthem jacket during the season. of their game against Birmingham City on Sunday, January 19. 9 The game will start at 2 pm, “a statement read.

The jerseys will not be commercially available and Adidas and the club will reward them in place of people who make a positive contribution to their region.

Players will also donate 10 jerseys worn at the FA Cup fixture to organizations working to tackle the root causes of knife crime and youth violence.

“When I was younger there weren’t as many opportunities to get away from certain things in life,” Ainsley Maitland-Niles told Sky Sports. “We have to change the way we try to make a difference.

“Football is a powerful tool in London and the world. People will listen and I hope they see that we are trying to do something positive.

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel and there’s a different path they can take, instead of shedding a lot of blood. The message is really simple but it’s powerful at the same time. No more red.

“It’s a powerful statement.”

In addition to the jersey donation, Adidas and the club will also invest in creating and renovating safe places to play football, creating a mentoring program for creative talents in the community and providing regular access to the network of footballers. Arsenal talents that will help create tangible opportunities for young people.

“Don’t Stab Your Future” actor and founder Idris Elba joined the program as a mentor.

“From the moment young people leave school, until the moment they are home with their families, there is often a void, a dangerous peak of nothing to do, where nothing can easily become something. dangerous, “he said in a statement.

“If there are still no options for that time after school, we will still see gangs forming. Let’s create options for these young people.

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Online self-report options for positive COVID home tests are rolling out quickly – The Daily Gazette Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:03:00 +0000

CAPITAL REGION – The proliferation of home COVID-19 testing is increasingly leading counties across the region to launch online portals where residents can report positive results themselves and automatically receive isolation instructions for relieve pressure on public health services.

Montgomery County Public Health Director Sara Boerenko on Tuesday announced the launch of an online portal where county residents can self-report positive results from COVID-19 home test kits.

The Montgomery County home page has a link to report home testing in red letters that takes residents to another page where the portal link is halfway through reading “REPORT YOUR POSITIVE RESULT.”

Residents can enter their information on the secure and confidential website for transmission to the Montgomery County Public Health Department. Then they will receive an automated report with isolation and quarantine protocols. The self-report site should only be used for positive home test results, not for tests performed in clinical settings or at test sites.

Boerenko said on Tuesday that the new portal will provide residents with a streamlined way to quickly receive counseling after testing positive using a home kit without having to call the health department. There is growing acceptance of the reliability of home testing and most residents will not need additional testing unless recommended by a doctor or required before returning to work by an employer. she noted.

This will make it easier for residents to determine how long their isolation period is and when they can return to normal daily activities much sooner than having to wait for a response from the seven county employees who receive more than 500 calls each. day about COVID-19, Boerenko mentioned.

Call volume exceeds infections. A total of 365 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past seven days, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Boerenko said the idea for the portal came from frequent sharing with Saratoga County Health Commissioner Dr Daniel Kuhles and the need to balance the limited resources of the health department in anticipation of a possible influx of calls when the state’s home test distribution begins.

After seeing Saratoga County’s success with its already active online tool, Boerenko encouraged Montgomery County to launch its own portal. Montgomery County Director Matthew Ossenfort supported the idea and thanked county staff for its swift implementation in less than a week to prepare for the expected rush of home testing.

“This portal simplifies the process and makes it efficient. That way people put in the information and get all the information they need, ”Ossenfort said. “If there hadn’t been a portal for tracking and processing this information, it would have been almost impossible.”


Concerns that health department staff could be overwhelmed as the use of home testing becomes more prevalent are not surprising given the experience of some counties in the region. Albany County Director of Communications Mary Rozak said the online self-report portal for home testing launched last week has already been used by more than 800 residents.

Albany County is encouraging residents who take home tests to report positive results through the portal and follow isolation protocols posted online. Anyone with symptoms is encouraged to call their health care provider. They shouldn’t call the public health department.

“The simple fact is that the virus is spreading across the state and the country with an alarming number of positive cases,” Rozak said. “For us, talking to everyone takes a long time.”

A total of 3,071 residents of Albany County have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past seven days, according to CDC data.

The rise in statewide coronavirus cases as the omicron variant spreads led to the reopening of a number of state testing sites on Tuesday, including two locally, one at Crossgates Mall and one on the SUNY Albany campus.

Rozak pointed to home testing kits as another tool to help identify positive cases and stop the spread. Providing residents with a method for reporting positive home test results is essential in order to accurately determine the level of infection in the community.

“If there is a test, but no portal to relate to, what are people doing,” Rozak said. “Otherwise you have this situation where you can have a positive person and nowhere to report it. There was no agent for us to capture this. We created the portal so that there was a way, because there was nothing from the state that could record this. “

Schenectady County has also launched an online portal for self-reporting positive home test results accessible through its website.


While home testing was previously available for purchase, Governor Kathy Hochul’s recently announced plan to deliver home testing kits to school districts and counties for free distribution began this week.

Montgomery County has received 1,700 test kits which will be given to residents at four upcoming distribution events. The kits will only be available by scheduled online appointment. The first distribution will take place Thursday in the annex building in Montgomery County.

Although the kits are available to everyone in the community, Boerenko acknowledged that the county with around 49,000 residents received an extremely limited initial supply.

“I hope this is only the first wave of test kits being distributed, much like when vaccine doses were given and they were deployed in small quantities. I hope that is what they are doing with the test kits, deploying them in small numbers and that it will increase, ”said Boerenko.

Boerenko pointed out that home testing is another tool to help prevent the spread of the virus that could be used by residents before attending a planned event or anyone who wakes up with symptoms.

“They can determine if they are changing the course of the day based on their infection status,” Boerenko said.

Even as the distribution of the test kits began, Boerenko said the health department would continue to focus on immunizing the community. About 63.5% of the county’s total population is currently fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

Boerenko encouraged residents to take personal precautions to limit the spread of the virus, get vaccinated and discuss with their health care provider what actions are “best” for them. She declined to discuss the use of face masks, which has become a “controversial subject”.

“COVID is here, it’s in the community and we need to take precautions to keep ourselves and our families safe. Tests and vaccines are two great impulses that we will deploy in our community, ”said Boerenko.

Contact Ashley Onyon at [email protected] or @AshleyOnyon on Twitter.

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What future for the automotive industry in 2022? Mon, 03 Jan 2022 06:42:00 +0000

From critical semiconductor chip shortages and shutdowns of major assembly plants, to soaring car prices and empty dealerships, 2021 has been a year to remember for automakers and consumers alike. But there has also been an increase in sales of electric vehicles and a growing shift from sedans to SUVs and pickup trucks.

So what lies ahead for 2022? It may be more or less the same, some say, as shortages continue to leave dealers struggling for inventory and consumers with ever higher prices. But buyers will also find many more options if they are looking for electric vehicles.

Here are the scenarios that should dominate this year:

Ongoing product shortages

When Covid-19 hit, automakers cut orders for production and parts. But when sales started to rebound, they found they couldn’t get all of the semiconductors they needed, leading to big production cuts. The industry lost an estimated $ 210 billion in revenue in 2021, according to AlixPartners, a business management consultancy. As woodchip supplies relax, they are far from normal and production reduction will be affected until 2022. Worse, the industry faces further shortages affecting products such as tires, interior plastics and seat foams.

In total, automakers around the world produced around 8 million fewer vehicles than expected last year due to product shortages. Even if production rebounds, dealers won’t be able to replenish their inventory until 2022, JD Power analyst Tyson Jominy said. As a result, buyers should expect limited choices as prices continue to rise at an all time high. At the end of 2021, a typical new vehicle cost $ 45,000, up about $ 8,000 from December 2020, according to industry data.

Standardization of online car buying

When the United States went into lockdown, the industry had a new idea. Because customers couldn’t get to dealerships, dealers came to them – over the Internet. Even after the country reopens, more and more customers are buying their cars online, and many retailers are scheduling test drives and delivering new vehicles to buyers’ homes or offices. Meanwhile, with exhibition grounds nearly empty, normally impulse-driven motorists began ordering their cars and waiting – sometimes for months – for delivery.

Electric vehicles start their movement in pole position

They represent a modest fraction of new vehicle sales in the United States, but the demand for battery-electric vehicles has doubled in the first half of 2021 alone. This year could mark the “tipping point,” said GM CEO Mary Barra with the explosion of the electric vehicle market. Several factors will play a role, starting with a plethora of new offerings: Analysts predict the number of long-range models will quadruple this year.

The impact of Building Back Better

President Joe Biden has put a lot of emphasis on the auto industry. In December, the White House announced its most aggressive fuel economy standards, and Biden said he wanted electric vehicles to account for up to 50% of sales in the United States by 2030. His bill infrastructure provides funds for a national charging network. But other funds, including money to boost incentives to sell electric vehicles, are currently blocked in Congress.

Startups will continue to make things happen

The auto industry had been a largely closed club since World War II, but Tesla has shown that it is possible to crack the code. Now, other start-ups want to share its success. Wall Street has honored several of the most promising players. Rivian now has a market cap of over $ 90 billion, more than either Ford or General Motors. But others, like Byton, Lordstown Motors and Faraday Future are in trouble and could collapse in 2022.

Tesla takes a little heat

At first glance, 2022 should be a good year for Tesla after setting sales and profit records in 2021. The California-based electric vehicle maker has two new factories, one in Austin, TX; and the other in Berlin. But several key products, including the Cybertruck, are way behind schedule, as are the next-generation batteries that Tesla is counting on. Tesla is under pressure from the Chinese government and faces more security probes from US regulators.

Autonomous vehicles could stall

Automakers have already pledged to have a fully autonomous vehicle ready by 2020. However, 2022 could see some breakthroughs. GM and Mercedes-Benz are set to roll out the first true (industry level 3) hands-free driving technology to consumers. Others, like Waymo and Cruise, focus on ridesharing services and freight carriers. But safety probes involving Tesla’s autopilot serve as a warning about the difficulty of developing a fully autonomous vehicle.

China is getting closer

China is the world’s largest auto market, but domestic manufacturers like Geely and Great Wall want to go beyond its borders. However, efforts to enter the United States, the world’s second largest market, have been repeatedly delayed. Trade frictions during the Trump administration have yet to be resolved under President Joe Biden. So while a handful of Chinese-made products are available in American showrooms, including the Buick Envision and the Polestar 2, a real auto invasion could be years away.

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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts says we haven’t seen the best of this team Sat, 01 Jan 2022 15:21:51 +0000

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Jalen Hurts: “You haven’t seen the best of us” –
“You have to be ready to go and I think that’s something we’ve done extremely well as a whole team,” said safety Rodney McLeod earlier in the week. “Prepare to be the starter, so that when it’s your time, you’re ready. Seems like everyone would do it anyway, but that’s not always the case. With this team, we have all taken this approach. This comes from Sirianni, so the last word of 2021, know that he has been the guiding force of his rookie season as a head coach. Sirianni and the Eagles go 8-7 after a series of early injuries injured the team in the trenches, having started 2-5, as they navigated the ongoing COVID-19 infection, and how they have grown together to reach a pivotal point in the season. “You haven’t seen the best of us,” said Hurts. “We are still waiting for that day when we will put everything in place and say that we have done our best. Until then, we are always looking for more. I think that’s the definition of what we’re trying to accomplish here.

Weapon X Mailbag: How would you rank the Eagles among the NFC teams? -BGN
The Colts are currently the fifth seed in the AFC qualifiers. To win the AFC South, they would need to win their last two games of the season against the Raiders and Jaguars AND would need the Titans to lose their last two games against dolphins and Texans. I do not see this happening. In this case, I just can’t imagine Carson Wentz winning three road playoff games to make the super bowl. Can Dallas make the Super Bowl? For sure. I’m going to be sick, but it’s way more possible than Indianapolis to do it. If they go head to head in the Super Bowl, one way or another, you have to easily root for the Colts and hope Jonathan Taylor rushes for more than 250 yards and Wentz throws, like, just nine. passes so he can’t overdo it. a lot of credit for the victory.

Is the Eagles season already a success? – BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) and Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) touch on a lot of things in this week’s busy episode. Guys discuss takeaways from the Giants game, an update to Jalen Hurts ‘stock report, whether the Eagles’ season is already a success, and whether to buy or sell the team’s defensive improvement . Other topics include previewing this week’s Eagles-Washington game, predicting whether or not Philly will officially win a playoff berth in Week 17, and examining potential playoff opponents. Plus: BLG and Jimmy answer listeners’ questions and pay homage to John Madden. Good year!

Cosell Coaching Tape: Week 16 – Fantasy Points
What stood out over the Giants was how basic the Eagles’ passing game was: concepts, focus on 2-man road concepts and half-court readings; This surprised me considering that Hurts has now started more than the equivalent of a full season.

Washington vs Philadelphia Week 17: Five Questions With Bleeding Green Nation – Hogs Haven
Much of the Eagles’ quality of play relies on their trenches on both sides of the ball. The Eagles OL are ranked 2nd for block pass win rate and 2nd for race block win rate according to ESPN analysis. Likewise, the Eagles DL is ranked 3rd for pass rush win rate and 7th for stoppage win rate. It’s fair to say the Eagles have the best OL / DL combo in the NFL. As a result, the Eagles were able to manage the ball with a committee approach. Miles Sanders is their first RB with 754 rushing yards, although QB Jalen Hurts also has 740 rushing yards this season (2nd tallest on the team). Sanders is likely to be out for this game due to a broken bone in his hand. Also, QB Jalen Hurts hasn’t rushed this much since a sprained ankle in Week 12. I asked Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton five questions to better understand the condition of the Eagles and what he’s doing. must look for in this game.

Pro Bowl or not, Lane Johnson becomes the best version of himself
Johnson is not alone, although the battle is often fought alone. There is no shame in asking or needing help. Resuming his medication certainly helped, but Johnson said last month that finding a purpose and a “why” had also helped him recover. “I feel good playing football again, without feeling any symptoms or what I was feeling,” Johnson said. “You are a bit of a manic and you go through these phases. When I don’t feel like that, I just feel like life is a lot easier. “I can just go play soccer.” And he’s played some of his best since, and even caught his first career touchdown assist last Sunday against the New York Giants. The “East Texas” trick game, named after Johnson, didn’t exactly make up for the star-studded snub. “I think I’m the best version of myself right now,” Johnson said a few days later when asked about his playing on the pitch compared to previous seasons. Pro Bowl or not, that’s all that matters.

What Washington game will tell us about Jalen Hurts’ future – NBCSP
A victory over the Washington football team combined with a defeat of the Vikings against the Packers virtually ensures the Eagles reach the playoffs, which would make the Hurts – at 23 years and 148 days – the youngest quarterback to ever take the Eagles to the playoffs. Donovan McNabb did it at 24 in 2000, Nick Foles at 24 in 2013, Randall Cunningham at 25 in 1988. There is so much at stake on Sunday. A victory combined with a loss for the Vikings at Lambeau – where the Packers are 21-2 for the past three years – gives the Eagles a 99% chance in the playoffs. A loss – even if the Vikings lose – drops that number to 45%. So technically it’s not won and you are in it. But it is terribly close. These are the matches by which quarterbacks are judged. Not so much by what they do in September or October but how they react in those few moments that define a season.

Philadelphia Eagles-Washington Football Week 17 cheat sheet: news, games, players to watch, more – the athletic
Berman: It’ll be a tougher game that the Eagles have faced in recent weeks – the point spread suggests it’s a question of picking them on neutral ground – but I like how the Eagles’ trajectory compares to that of Washington. Dallas’ loss was worrying. The Eagles are peaking at the right time, and a healthier Hurts should help the offense. Injured legs should be a factor, especially with injuries in the backfield. The Eagles are expected to control the lines of scrimmage like they did two weeks ago. It might not be pretty, but the Eagles will do enough to win. A 49ers a victory coupled with a loss for the Vikings will hit the Eagles’ ticket to the playoffs. Philadelphia 23, Washington 19

NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Q&A: Journalists give advice on Rex Burkhead, Isaiah McKenzie, more – ESPN
Too little, too late to trust DeVonta Smith, or was Week 16 enough to sell you as viable this weekend in Washington? It really depends on your options. He’s averaging six targets per game and, as we’ve seen, he’s a gifted receiver capable of racking up big numbers. But, like most newbie receivers, his stats fluctuate from week to week, and he operates in a heavy attack. Smith is generally good at a handful of catches per game. It is child’s play for him to boost his production by finding the end zone.

On closer examination: Cowboys Reach their Peak at the Right Time – Blogging The Boys
Obviously, these are not reliable figures. It’s the NFL, and this season more than most has reminded us of how unpredictable things are. There are no guarantees in this area, which is why playing one less playoff game is so important. The point is, this Cowboys team has done everything they can at this point in the season to prove that they’re not only capable of winning the Super Bowl, but that they don’t even necessarily need that. seed to do so. . Keep that in mind in case the Packers don’t help their former coach’s new squad over the next couple of weeks.

Big Blue View Mailbag: Draft, GM, Joe Judge, Quarterback – We’ve Touched Them All – Big Blue View
Ed says: Eric, in my review of Sunday’s “Kudos and Wet Willies” game, part of the headline was “Maybe Daniel Jones is really good. It was partly out of control, although I know some people didn’t take it that way. What does the regression in offense say about Jones? Well, that says he’s a more capable quarterback than Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm. That doesn’t mean much – I’m not sure the bar can be set much lower than that. That said, the Giants depended on Jones’ running ability and athleticism, and he’s a better football pitcher than Glennon or Fromm. Ultimately, the situation probably tells us less about Jones than it does about the broken and incompetent mess that surrounds him.

Kirk Cousins ​​is on Viking COVID-19 list, for Sunday night football – Daily Norseman
Suffice it to say, it really, really puts a big dent in the Vikings’ chances of keeping their playoff hopes on Sunday night. A win essentially takes them out of the playoff race, and now they’ll be in it without their starting quarterback. How big of a deal is that? If you look at the playing lines, you’ve probably noticed that the line has gone from Packers -6.5 to Packers -13.5. It is. . .many.

The 12 best, funniest, and weirdest sports stories of 2021 – SB Nation
What Magic horrible year that has been. While 2021 has been another pandemic-filled hellhole, we can at least appreciate that it has given us some of the dumbest, funniest, and weirdest sports stories of all time. It turns out that when the world is turned upside down, the sport gets really weird. Who knew ?! So let’s take a look back at a year that gave us so much weird joy – because it was kind of the only place to find joy all year round.

NFL Reacts # 21: Championship Week, Trey Lance and Pick 3 – The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome to another edition of NFL Reacts! Stephen Serda and Justis Mosqueda get you ready for Fantasy Football Championship week! the Kansas City Chiefs have a big game against the Cincinnati Bengals that should see a lot of dots. The 49ers have to figure out who will be their starting quarterback this week, and if it’s Trey Lance, he could have a championship week upside down. We end it with ‘pick 3’ to help you set your daily lineup and place some of our favorite bets of the week.

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