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Coronavirus live updates: Fauci describes what it was like working with Trump

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 99.2 million people worldwide and killed over 2.1 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 Monday. All times Eastern:Jan 25, 7:31 amIsrael bans almost all incoming flights for one weekA ban on almost all incoming flights went into effect in Israel on Monday.The ban will last until Jan. 31, according to a joint statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport.The measure applies to all incoming flights except for cargo planes, aerial firefighting and flights for emergency medical evacuation. There is also a “temporary restriction” on permits for operating Israeli airlines, according to the statement.Meanwhile, people are now only allowed to fly out of Israel for medical treatment, judicial proceedings to which the person is a party or must participate in, or the funeral of a close relative. The measure also applies to private Israeli planes, according to the statement.The Israeli government previously announced it is extending the country’s lockdown to the end of the month amid a spike in COVID-19 infections, and that travelers are only allowed to board a flight to Israel on presentation of a negative COVID-19 test during the 72 hours preceding travel.Jan 25, 6:27 amFauci describes what it was like working with TrumpDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, opened up about his experience working with former U.S. President Donald Trump in an interview with The New York Times that was published Sunday.When COVID-19 began to rapidly spread in the northeastern part of the country last year, particularly in New York City, Fauci said Trump had “almost a reflex response” to try to “minimize” the situation.“I would try to express the gravity of the situation, and the response of the president was always leaning toward, ‘Well, it’s not that bad, right?’ And I would say, ‘Yes, it is that bad,’” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the newspaper. “It was almost a reflex response, trying to coax you to minimize it. Not saying, ‘I want you to minimize it,’ but, ‘Oh, really, was it that bad?’”Fauci, who was a key member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, said another thing that made him “really concerned” was the former president taking input from non-experts on unproven methods to treat COVID-19, like hydroxychloroquine.“It was clear that he was getting input from people who were calling him up, I don’t know who, people he knew from business, saying, ‘Hey, I heard about this drug, isn’t it great?’ or, ‘Boy, this convalescent plasma is really phenomenal,’” Fauci told the newspaper. “And I would try to, you know, calmly explain that you find out if something works by doing an appropriate clinical trial; you get the information, you give it a peer review. And he’d say, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, this stuff really works.’”“He would take just as seriously their opinion — based on no data, just anecdote — that something might really be important,” Fauci added. “That’s when my anxiety started to escalate.”When the leadership of the White House coronavirus task force changed hands last February, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence coordinating the government’s response and Trump at the podium taking questions from reporters during the press briefings, Fauci said it went from “the standard kind of scientifically based, public-health-based meetings” to “the anecdotally driven situations, the minimization, the president surrounding himself with people saying things that didn’t make any scientific sense.”“Then I started getting anxious that this was not going in the right direction,” he told the newspaper. “We would say things like: ‘This is an outbreak. Infectious diseases run their own course unless one does something to intervene.’ And then he would get up and start talking about, ‘It’s going to go away, it’s magical, it’s going to disappear.’”That’s when Fauci said it became clear to him that he needed to speak up, even if it meant contradicting the president.“He would say something that clearly was not correct, and then a reporter would say, ‘Well, let’s hear from Dr. Fauci.’ I would have to get up and say, ‘No, I’m sorry, I do not think that is the case,’” he told the newspaper. “It isn’t like I took any pleasure in contradicting the president of the United States. I have a great deal of respect for the office. But I made a decision that I just had to. Otherwise I would be compromising my own integrity, and be giving a false message to the world. If I didn’t speak up, it would be almost tacit approval that what he was saying was OK.”This upset Trump’s “inner circle,” Fauci said.“That’s when we started getting into things I felt were unfortunate and somewhat nefarious — namely, allowing Peter Navarro to write an editorial in USA Today saying I’m wrong on most of the things I say,” he told the newspaper. “Or to have the White House press office send out a detailed list of things I said that turned out to be not true — all of which were nonsense because they were all true. The very press office that was making decisions as to whether I can go on a TV show or talk to you.”Fauci said there were a couple times where Trump even called him personally to say, “Hey, why aren’t you more positive? You’ve got to take a positive attitude. Why are you so negativistic? Be more positive.”Fauci said he and his family have received death threats, beginning last March, and that his wife once suggested he consider quitting.“But I felt that if I stepped down, that would leave a void. Someone’s got to not be afraid to speak out the truth,” he told the newspaper. “Even if I wasn’t very effective in changing everybody’s minds, the idea that they knew that nonsense could not be spouted without my pushing back on it, I felt was important. I think in the big picture, I felt it would be better for the country and better for the cause for me to stay, as opposed to walk away.”Jan 25, 5:13 amRussia sees lowest daily case count since NovemberRussia confirmed 19,290 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the country’s lowest daily case count since the start of November, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.An additional 456 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Sunday. That brings Russia’s totals to 3,738,690 confirmed cases and 69,918 deaths, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fourth-highest cumulative total of diagnosed COVID-19 cases, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Jan 25, 4:22 amUS reports over 130,000 new casesThere were 130,485 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Sunday’s tally is the lowest daily case count that the U.S. has recorded in a month and is also far less than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,770 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Sunday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.A total of 25,127,009 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 419,215 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 the 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, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before nearing 300,000 on Jan. 2.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Added To 2019 Newport Folk Festival Lineup

first_imgOn Thursday, the Newport Folk Festival announced that Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will be returning to the Fort on Sunday, July 28th. The long-running annual festival is set to return to Newport, RI’s Fort Adams State Park on July 26th-28th.In partnership with The Mockingbird Foundation, the Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on Trey’s behalf to support the music program at Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. Mt. Pleasant is an ethnically diverse learning community where most students are the first of their families to receive formal music education, and NFF’s donation and Mockingbird’s match will be used to purchase musical instruments for their students to play.As Trey notes in a statement,The benefits of music education in the lives of young people are countless and yet music programs in our schools continue to be seriously underfunded. Thankfully, there are organizations like The Mockingbird Foundation that are on the frontlines of this very worthy cause. They have donated over $1.4 million for both musical instruments and supporting staffing of school music departments in all 50 states. The fact that this non-profit organization was founded and funded by the Phish fan community is incredibly inspiring and humbling. THANKS!The announcement does not specify with whom Trey will play at Newport Folk Festival 2019. However, when Trey played the event back in 2008, he delivered a solo acoustic performance. Based on the image shared by the festival, it appears that Anastasio’s 2019 Newport Folk performance will follow suit. You can watch Trey’s 2008 Newport Folk performance below:Trey Anastasio – Newport Folk Festival 2008 – Full Video[Video: Jam & Psych on MV]The historic New England folk festival will include previously announced performances by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Maggie Rodgers, Cedric Burnside, Todd Snider, Gregory Alan Isakov, Haley Heynderickx, Jade Bird, Jeff Tweedy, Mountain Man, Bonny Light Horseman, If I Had A Song and more.Newport, RI’s Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages, food and crafts, two beer and wine gardens, and more. The festival is held rain or shine, so get ready for a weekend stacked full of the finest folk musicians and more.Stay tuned for more artists announcements from Newport Folk Festival as the event draws closer. For more information, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more

It’s Only a Play’s Nathan Lane Talks Contractual Fun, Flops & Jello Shots

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Comments Nathan Lane Nathan Lane has returned to Broadway’s It’s Only a Play and he stopped by Late Night on March 30 to chat about his star turn as James Wicker in the Terrence McNally comedy. Host Seth Meyers asked: “Is it fun to be back?” Without missing a beat the two-time Tony winner replied: “it’s more than fun, it’s contractual.” It’s Only a Play is about a show opening to horrible reviews, which led to a discussion about Lane’s flops, or “missed opportunities,” as he labeled them (and his love of jello shots). Check out the interview below and then Lane in person at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through June 7. It’s Only a Play Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Veggie Farm Shareholders

first_img“The buyers’ club is made up of about 30 people from around the area who want fresh,high-quality, organic produce,” Putnam said. The original cash outlay is also an obstacle for some potential customers. CSAs usually charge$500 to $1,000 for memberships. On a damp fall morning, Margaret Putnam and Cynthia Hizer hurry to gather greens from thegarden before the rain comes. The produce offered, and the opportunities for on-farm activities, may differ from farm tofarm. But all CSAs depend on a committed group of shareholders, Lohr said. Lovel said his best customers are those who like to cook and eat most meals at home. The shareholders at Hazelbrand Farms are called “the buyers’ club.” “The consumers benefit because they know where their food comes from,” she said. Each week during the growing and harvesting season, shareholders get their share of freshvegetables from the farmer. “We get money in the spring and pay it back in produce throughout the summer,” Lovel said.”One of the chief obstacles for farmers is the original cash outlay.” CSAs are as much about building community as about farming, Putnam said. “They help smallfarmers like us find people in the community who believe in what we’re doing and are willingto support us,” she said. Community Supported Agriculture allows farmers to share the business risk with theircommunity. Individuals contract with the farmer to grow vegetables for them, which thecustomers pay for in advance. They become “shareholders” in the business. “I have more turnover than I’d like on the CSA,” Lovel said. “One in eight really turns out tobe a customer that orders regularly. The others fizzle out.” “People have had CSAs for years, but they’re really growing now,” Putnam said. Shareholders expected the produce to be their main supply for the season, but ended upsupplementing the new foods with their old favorites from the grocery store. Atlanta is a prime market for CSAs because of its demographics. CSAs allow farmers to devote most of their time to producing food, rather than marketingtheir products. “CSA shareholders in the Southeast are a fairly high-income group,” Lohr said. “The CSAstructure works best in large urban areas. However, they can be structured for otherpurposes.” They own Hazelbrand Farms, an organic farm in Newton County. They, like organic farmersacross the country, are moving to a new system of doing business called CommunitySupported Agriculture. “It sounds like a lot, but it’s $22 per week for the season,” Putnam said. “Most people spendmore than that for produce at the grocery store if they have a family.” “Turnover rates from 30 percent to 50 percent aren’t uncommon for CSAs in the UnitedStates,” Lohr said. “When turnover is high, demands on farmers’ time can be overwhelming.” “Farmers benefit because they receive an immediate source of capital and are able to share therisk with a community of supporters,” said Luanne Lohr, an economist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They found that while many shareholders thought they wanted to try new varieties ofvegetables, the exotic vegetables didn’t appeal to their families, and many went unused. Hugh Lovel, who operates the Union Agricultural Institute in Blairsville, Ga., has had a CSAfor 10 years. It gives him the cash flow for his farm. He charges a membership fee and adeposit, which members get back in produce. UGA researchers joined seven Southeastern CSAs to find out what influenced that turnover. Recent research by Lohr and research partner Deborah Kane showed that CSAs’ biggestproblem is keeping shareholders.last_img read more

Dating app fallout set to hit Tinder generation where it hurts

first_img Bachelorette heart-throb attracts million-dollar bid HeroBroker’s Clint Howen, whose firm helps borrowers score a mortgage online, told The Courier-Mail there had been a major shift in just one generation with the hookup culture “leading to a lot of people settling down a lot later in life”.“We’re doing it in our 30s as opposed to our 20s… It’s the easiest time ever in history to find a date… When something’s so accessible you don’t have the same value to it. You’ve got all the dating apps, you’re spoiled for choice, but the common thread is it’s so hard to find someone,” he said.“All that correlates to why young people aren’t buying houses as well. I think it’s just the state of how it is. It’s going to be the trend that’s going to be happening, and will stay the common trend that people settle in their 30s rather than 20s. We’re also working longer and living longer and healthier lives as well.”“Being married in the teens and having three kids by 25 with a mortgage, I don’t think that’s coming back any time soon for a lot of people.” That, say experts, has created a nightmare situation for Gen Y and Millennials, the fallout of which has caused a generation shift that will cost years for many people, while others may find themselves caught up in relationship deals they might never have chosen otherwise. Mr Burgess fears the only option available to him was to go into a property deal with either his parents or a friend: “It seems like I have to find a business partner or I am stuck”.The good news was that – whether that partner was a business arrangement or a romance – now was a great time to buy, Mr Howen said.“A lot of people are renting and there are a lot of surrounding suburbs in Brisbane where rents the same as mortgage (repayments).”“A lot of people as soon as they find that someone they will be in the market. There are a huge amount of Gen Y who are looking to settle down and potentially enter the market.”“It’s a good time. In the next few years it will be a lot more stable than it has been and there will be a huge influx of Gen Ys looking to buy.” Hopelessly devoted to Olivia Love and marriage is increasingly being pushed into the 30s, rather than the 20s.Dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble have changed two generations of young people so much that experts fear it’s already beginning to hit them where it hurts – the hip pocket.While online dating networks have revolutionised the dating process, they’ve also thrown a major spanner in the works for many people they were initially designed to help, instead creating a loop of disposable relationships – some of which don’t make it through a single night. MORE: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban taking over the property world The Hemsworth effect: Australia’s new celebrity hot spot MORE: Tiny home saves home ownership dream He’s talking about the trouble that singles seem to have securing a mortgage in a market that had not only tightened credit vetting but also where prices were much higher than Gen X had to contend with.“I’m just a normal Joe Blow and I really don’t have the opportunity, because the banks are seeing me as a single entity,” he told The Courier-Mail. The fallout of having so many hookups available was that many people now struggled to find the right one. Picture: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoTwenty-seven-year old Lloyd Burgess of Brisbane was among those “not in the market to find a partner or settle down and get married” but is facing fallout for that decision.“I’m really focusing on myself at the moment, trying to get money together – but I’m really getting left behind,” he said. “I know a lot of my mates who have partners are getting loans and I can’t alone. Literally it’s like being forced into a relationship.” MORE: Incomplete house the hottest in Australia Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Many young people are more than happy to focus on themselves first in their 20s rather than finding a partner for life. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.last_img read more

‘Overtime:’ Michael Jackson was and still is ‘The King of Pop!’

first_imgIn this May 31, 1997 file photo, U.S. Popstar Michael Jackson performs during the opening concert of his “HIStory Tour Part II” across Germany and Europe at the Weserstadion in Bremen, North Germany. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, file):10 ~    Ok, so you do know Michael . . . “The King of Pop” Jackson is dead . . . right? So I guess you also know he, well kinda he, has the #1 song in the land, but somehow you can’t understand why he was and still is “The King”! Even you haters gotta love that!:09 ~    And while I have you haters’ attention, let me put you on Front Street. If you’re over        “50”, don’t act like you didn’t do the robot to “Dancin Machine”. Don’t pretend like you         didn’t want to know who “Billie Jean” was, and for goodness sake, don’t even think about trying to tell me you didn’t sing “I Want You Back” after your girl walked out on you for      the fifth time. Yeah, you cried over “Ben” the rat . . . we all did. You marveled at the  dance routine of “Smooth Criminal”. You thought “Remember the Time” was super cool.  You ran to the dance floor the first moment you heard “You Rock My World”. And if  you open your mouth to try and convince me that you have never done the entire       “Thriller” dance at a wedding reception at least five times, I’ll smack all the taste out your    mouth! (Go ahead, put the C.D. in . . . nobody’s watching).Bill Neal:08 ~    So this bears repeating. I’ve never had a drop of alcohol, a cigarette, or a drug in my life. Anybody that really knows me will confirm that. Now, that being said, that moral value   statement and five bucks will get you a Big Mac meal. Point being, I am no saint and I  am not looking for a pat on the back. So yes, Bell and Blunt (get it “Blunt”?) should be      held accountable and punished to the fullest extent of the Mike Tomlin and Rooney family and NFL law. But if you want to believe that with all the people and cars and trucks and fumes on McKnight Road that the police officer pulled them over because he smelled weed and not because they were “driving while Black” wwweeelll, have I got  a bridge to sell you. C’mon man!:07 ~    See, it’s like I told you before. Right now you give less than a damn about soccer.:06 ~    You could write a book on Alvin Byrd, literally. But let me say this. Nicest guy in the  world. mooth as silk . . . all the time. A leader – trend setter – talented – highly  intelligent man – and as you all know, wrote the book on G.Q. Rest in Peace “Byrd”.  You were, in fact, The Man!:05 ~    I don’t know what you’re getting all upset about. The Pirates have “35” more games to play. Watch what happens when everybody gets healthy. As my good Brother Jerome   Flint would say, “Don’t worry. Don’t worry”.:04 ~    Yes boys and girls, “The Steelers have problems and they are many.” Quote the emperor   Chuck Noll.:03 ~    By the time you read this, Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cav. Then I guess he and King James are going to cure cancer and save the world from destruction. Cleveland . . .   Miami . . . Cleveland. I just don’t like LeBron. Sorry Zik!:02 ~    Football season is here. No more lonely days. No more lonely nights. And you won’t  say it out loud, but now you don’t care what your women say or do till February.:01 ~    So you know how when you pass by the Giant Eagle in East Hills and you’re going down   Verona Road past the Dairy Queen, then you go a little further, well, right next to Bonus Tire is “The Lounge on Verona”. Well, that’s where the Par-tay is on Saturday,  August 30th – 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. – free parking – cash kitchen and the best fried  chicken in town – cash bar – 50/50 and The Legend Sly Jock breaking you down. We’re   gonna be Dancin . . . Eatin . . . and Drinking with or without you. ($10 to get in . . . the    good times are free!!!)last_img read more