We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff. Today, we lost another hero – a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver. pic.twitter.com/mn9JethD1x— Mount Sinai Health System (@MountSinaiNYC) March 26, 2020 1:01 p.m.: Columbia medical students can graduate early to help with pandemicColumbia University will let medical students graduate early so they can help with the coronavirus response efforts in New York, university officials told ABC News.The decision from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center comes after New York University announced the unprecedented decision to graduate its fourth-year students early. NYU said its commitment was in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s directive to get more physicians into the health system quickly.12:40 p.m.: Chicago shuts down Lakefront TrailChicago’s popular Lakefront Trail was shut down on Thursday, blocking access to the extensive trail and park, after too many people congregated and violated social distancing guidelines, said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.Chicago Police said they will start issuing $500 citations for those violating social distancing guidelines and will arrest repeat offenders. 1:14 p.m.: China temporarily bars all foreign nationals from entering countryChina’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that as of March 28, all foreign nationals, including those with valid visas and residence permits, will be temporarily barred from entering the country.Diplomats and flight crew are exempt. 12:20 p.m.: ‘REAL ID’ deadline pushed back to October 2021The deadline to apply for the new federally mandated “REAL ID,” which will be required for anyone trying to fly from U.S. airports, has been extended by a year due to closures at the Department of Motor Vehicles as a result of the coronavirus, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The original deadline was Oct. 1, 2020, and it’s now pushed back to Oct. 1, 2021.12:04 p.m.: Stimulus bill ‘failed to meet the governmental need,’ Cuomo saysNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Congress’ $2 trillion stimulus bill has “failed to meet the governmental need.”Out of the total stimulus bill, New York state gets $5 billion for COVID-19 expenses, which Cuomo said does not help with lost revenue to the state.“I’m disappointed,” Cuomo said on Thursday. “I find it irresponsible. I find it reckless. Emotion is a luxury. And we don’t have the luxury at this time of being emotional about what they [Congress] did. When this is over, I promise you I’m going to give them a piece of my mind.”“This was the time [for Congress] to put politics aside,” Cuomo said. “Now is a time to actually step up, do the right thing, and do your job. And they haven’t as far as I’m concerned, especially when it comes to the governmental need.”New York has become the nation’s epicenter of the pandemic. The state has seen 385 deaths from COVID-19 and that number is expected to continue to rise, Cuomo said.Over 37,000 New Yorkers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 5,000 of those people are in the hospital, he said.As of Wednesday, New York was performing 25% of the COVID-19 testing nationwide, according to the governor.11:18 a.m.: New record low for domestic plane travelAs domestic airline travel continues to plunge, the TSA screened its lowest number of passengers in over a decade on Wednesday.There were 239,234 travelers screened by the TSA on Wednesday, compared to 2,273,811 travelers on the same weekday last year.10:24 a.m.: Tufts University to hold its 1st virtual commencement Tufts University will hold its first virtual commencement ceremony.“In light of the unprecedented public health crisis we are currently facing, we will be unable to bring our graduates together physically to celebrate all that they have accomplished,” the university said in a statement. “Though we unfortunately cannot be together in person, we will celebrate the class of 2020 on May 17.”9:06 a.m.: Spain’s death toll climbs over 4,000 Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus has now climbed to 4,089 after another 655 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, according to Spain’s Health Ministry. Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths, following Italy. The nation has 56,188 diagnosed cases, including 3,679 people who are in the intensive care unit, according to Spain’s Health Ministry. Spain is fourth in the number of diagnosed cases, behind China, Italy and the U.S.8:42 a.m.: Member of NYC hospital nursing staff dies from coronavirusA member of the nursing staff at New York City’s Mount Sinai Health System has died from the coronavirus, according to the hospital. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff,” Mount Sinai said in a statement. “Today, we lost another hero – a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver.” narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 23,600 people around the world, including at least 1,178 people in the United States.Worldwide, there are more than 526,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, spanning every continent except Antarctica, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 122,000 people around the world have recovered.With more than 82,000 diagnosed cases, the U.S has the highest national total, ahead of Italy and China.5:37 p.m.: US leads world with over 82,000 coronavirus casesThe United States now has more coronavirus cases than any nation in the world, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.There were 82,404 confirmed cases throughout the country, which is 622 more than China, where the outbreak began.The total number of deaths from the virus in the country was 1,178, according to the data.Italy leads the world with 8,215 COVID-19 fatalities, followed by Spain, which had 4,154, according to John Hopkins.4:28 p.m.: Sen. Klobuchar’s husband released from hospitalSen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who recently dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, said her husband, John Bessler, is recovering from coronavirus.Bessler was released from the hospital after suffering from pneumonia and low oxygen, Klobuchar said Thursday.“He took a good turn, was just released and is now recovering at home,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “Thanks to those who cared for him and for all front line health care workers.”Klobuchar said her husband, who is 52, has no preexisting conditions and was “very healthy” prior to falling ill with the virus. She has not suffered any symptoms and therefore wasn’t tested.4:15 p.m.: 17-year-old dies in LouisianaA 17-year-old with coronavirus has died in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. It was not immediately clear if the teenager had underlying health conditions.The teen is one of 83 people who have died in the state.The virus has infiltrated 53 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, the governor said.As the state reels from the growing epidemic, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he and his wife are giving $5 million to organizations to help Louisiana “communities get through this tough time.”Brees said on Instagram he’s partnering with organizations “to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need.”4 p.m.: Travelers from some spots must self-quarantine when entering TexasTexas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered travelers from some of the areas hit hardest by coronavirus — New Orleans, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Texas.The order applies to people traveling by air. Travelers could face criminal charges if they don’t comply with the order.3:40 p.m.: United employee dies after contracting COVID-19A United employee based out of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has died after contracting COVID-19, according to the airline.“The thoughts of the entire United family are with his loved ones,” the airline said in a statement.Meanwhile, 68 TSA employees have tested positive for COVID-19. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said the agency will begin to allow employees to wear N95 masks on a voluntary basis.3:00 p.m.: Italy’s death toll climbs to 8,165Hard-hit Italy has reached a death toll of 8,165, according to the country’s Civil Protection Agency.Italy’s death toll is nearly double Spain’s, which has the second most fatalities. Spain is followed by China, Iran and France.Italy’s number of diagnosed cases has now topped 80,000, according to the Civil Protection Agency.But over 10,000 have recovered in Italy, according to the Johns Hopkins data. Among the recovered was an 86-year-old woman who was released from the hospital Tuesday after seven weeks.2:28 p.m.: 2 Grand Princess passengers die from coronavirusTwo male passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship and were being housed at Travis Air Force Base in California have died from coronavirus complications, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.Both passengers were on board the Grand Princess cruise ship and were transferred to medical facilities immediately after developing symptoms, the department said. 2:08 p.m.: AG urges federal prisons to explore releasing more inmates to early home confinementAmid concerns of the potentially devastating effects that a COVID-19 outbreak could have within the walls of the nation’s prisons, Attorney General William Barr said he has issued new recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons to explore releasing certain at-risk prisoners to home confinement to reduce the prison population. Of the 146,000 inmates serving time in federal prison facilities, one-third are considered to have preexisting medical conditions and roughly 10,000 are over the age of 60, Barr said at a news conference on Thursday.“You want to make sure that our institutions don’t become petri dishes and it spreads rapidly through a particular institution. But we have the protocols that are designed to stop it and we are using all the tools we have to protect the inmates,” Barr said.Among those tools “will be identifying vulnerable prisoners who would make more sense to allow to go home to finish their confinement,” he said.Anyone who would be considered eligible for release to home confinement would have to quarantine for 14 days, he said.In a phone interview with ABC News after the news conference, Barr stressed that there would be significant limits on what would make prisoners eligible for release to home confinement, noting that they could not be convicted of violent crimes or sex offenses — which makes up roughly 40% of the over-60 population. 1:42 p.m.: Drew Brees gives $5 million to LouisianaNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he and his wife are giving $5 million to Louisiana organizations to help “our communities get through this tough time.”Diagnosed coronavirus cases have jumped to 2,305 in Louisiana. At least 83 people in the state have died.Brees said on Instagram he’s partnering with organizations “to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need.” 7:40 a.m.: Prince Charles still working in self-isolation, royal source saysCharles, Prince of Wales, is working at his desk as usual while self-isolating at his estate in Scotland, a royal source told ABC News.The source said Charles has received hundreds of get well soon wishes sent to his official royal residence in London, Clarence House.A Clarence House spokesman confirmed in a statement Wednesday that Charles had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and “has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health.”His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has tested negative for the virus, according to the spokesman. The couple is currently self-isolating at Birkhall, their private residence in Scotland.Charles, 71, is the first child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is the heir apparent to the British throne.6:32 a.m.: Russia grounds all international flights over coronavirusThe Russian government has ordered the grounding of all international flights as part of new measures against the coronavirus pandemic.Russia’s civil aviation agency Rosaviatsiya will halt “regular and charter air flights from Russian airports to and from foreign countries,” with the exception of flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad, according to the decree published Thursday on the government’s website.The new travel restriction comes into force at midnight on Friday.As of Thursday, there were 840 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Russia, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.5:27 a.m.: Nearly 90% of the world’s student population is out of school due to pandemicMore than 1.5 billion students are not attending schools and universities because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest figures from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.Governments across the globe have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the outbreak. More than 160 countries have implemented nationwide school closure, impacting over 87 percent of the world’s student population, according to UNESCO monitoring.Several other nations have implemented localized school closures and, should those become nationwide, millions more students would be affected, UNESCO warned.3:30 a.m.: Diagnosed cases approach half a million worldwideThe number of diagnosed cases worldwide of the novel coronavirus will likely reach half a million in the coming days, the latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows.China still has the highest tally with more than 81,000 diagnosed cases, but Italy isn’t far behind with over 74,000. The U.S. count is approaching 70,000.Meanwhile, the global death toll topped 21,000 on Thursday, with Italy and Spain as the two worst-affected countries.A third of the world’s population is under some kind of coronavirus-related movement restrictions as governments scramble to contain the spread of the disease. 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Josie Desmarais/iStockBy ARIELLE MITROPOULOS and ALEXANDRA SVOKOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — For the past week, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets — in the U.S. and all over the world — to voice their anger over the tragic death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody with a white officer’s knee on his neck.In several U.S. cities — Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Los Angeles — peaceful demonstrations descended into violence, with some rioters hurling rocks, bricks, glass bottles or Molotov cocktails at police, and setting police cars on fire. Vandals shattered storefront windows and looted stores.In turn, police reacted aggressively, firing tear gas and stun grenades into crowds, while city and state officials deployed thousands of National Guard members and implemented curfews.However, in some of New Jersey’s larger cities, like Newark and Camden, demonstrations have remained relatively peaceful.City officials and residents attribute this to improved community and police relations, political and activist leadership and, for some, the still-traumatic memories of the riots of 1967. Further, the organizers of the protests have been able to keep the focus of the protests on larger issues — systemic racism and injustice.In Newark, civic leaders, police and mayors from surrounding cities in New Jersey participated alongside residents in peaceful protests on Saturday, while members of People’s Organization for Progress circulated throughout the crowd, encouraging orderliness, social distancing and handing out water.Newark is a city that, for decades, has been haunted by simmering racial tensions. The infamous 1967 Newark riots, five days of violent unrest, happened after a black cab driver was arrested for a minor traffic violation and badly beaten by two white officers.Thousands of residents took to the streets, protesting police brutality. The situation quickly escalated, leading to looting and destruction — 26 people died, scores were injured and property damaged totaled tens of millions of dollars.“This city went up in flames, and we are still trying to recover from that 50 years later,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said during a speech to about 3,500 protesters. “My father was beat in the head in the rebellion in 1967. This story is not just a history lesson for me, it is very personal for my family in this community because we were injured in this rebellion.”Lawrence Hamm, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and longtime civil rights activist, and the chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, which organized the event in Newark, credits the relative peacefulness of the protests in Newark to the demonstrators themselves.“I don’t know if ‘peaceful’ is really the right word,” he told ABC News. “People say ‘peaceful protest,’ but a protest is a disturbance of the peace.”“If I had to boil it down to one factor,” Hamm added, “I would say that one of the reasons that the protest has not been destructive is because people want to keep the narrative about the protest, on the issues of justice.”When Hamm spoke to the crowd on Saturday, he pointedly asked, “What do we want the narrative to be tomorrow, about what we did today? … We are here to march and protest the death of George Floyd. If you’re here to do something different, you’re not with us.”The death of Floyd incited tremendous anger because “people saw his death in real time. It was almost as if it was a public execution,” Hamm explained. “People are outraged. People should be outraged. But we should let outrage move us to action for justice. And that is what we are trying to do in New Jersey.”Newark native Bill Davis, a professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University, attended the protest on Saturday.He agreed with Hamm, adding, “The shop owners in downtown Newark are not doing anything to cause issues with people that were involved in the march, so there was no reason to vent our rage toward them. Our rage needs to be channeled toward the systemic racism that we’re there to protest.”Davis, who witnessed the 1967 rebellion, called the protests in memory of Floyd one of “the most historic moments in the history of the country.”According to Hamm, another factor in the peaceful protests was the attitude of the police, who didn’t show up in riot gear, instead setting a relatively passive tone. Overall, he said, because of Baraka’s anti-police brutality policies, “The police have not been that aggressive.”And for the last three years, his organization has frequently protested outside the federal building in Newark.“We’ve had a lot of interaction with the police,” he added. “So when we marched on Saturday, the interaction with police was almost routine.”Demonstrations also were peaceful in Camden, where the city’s white police chief joined with demonstrators.“It’s not us policing the city — it’s us together. It’s community policing,” Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki told ABC News. “I ask my officers every day, with our use-of-force policy, like it mandates de-escalation. Marching with the protesters is a form of de-escalation. It’s a partnership with the community — they have to see that I stand with them. And I do.”“We developed a very progressive the use-of-force policy that mandates the same sanctity of life. Force is a last resort. De-escalation has been mandated, the duty to intervene is a must. We practice what we preach, but it’s not just a policy. We train with it every day,” he added.“I love the relentless commitment to struggle, and to protest and to push and to fight through hell, and at the same time demand that we do better,” Sen. Cory Booker said, in reference to the protests in his home state, during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday.However, Davis noted, although peaceful protests are positive, there must be continued action, constructive engagement and organizational changes because “there are so many of these police brutality cases and far too many instances the police are never held accountable.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Position DescriptionThe University of Washington (UW) Department of Earth and SpaceSciences seeks an outstanding faculty member to work at theforefront of planetary research on the surfaces, atmospheres, orinteriors of planets, exoplanets, or moons. This is a tenure-track,full-time, 9-month faculty position at the rank of AssistantProfessor, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2021. Theposition will remain open until filled.The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattlemetropolitan area, and offers one of the most exceptional researchand teaching environments in the United States. It serves adiverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grantstudents, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipientof a National Science Foundation ADVANCE InstitutionalTransformation Award to increase the advancement of women facultyin science, engineering, and math (see www.engr.washington.edu/advance).The Department of Earth and Space Sciences, located in theCollege of the Environment, has four broad and overlapping focusareas: the solid earth, surface processes, geobiology, andplanetary/space studies. The department is also home to USGSemployees who study natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest.Several centers and programs, closely linked to the department,allow for unparalleled interdisciplinary educational and researchopportunities. These include the School of Oceanography, theDepartment of Atmospheric Sciences, and other units in the Collegeof the Environment; Departments of Civil Engineering and AppliedMathematics; Quaternary Research Center; Program on Climate Change,Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the Virtual Planetary Laboratoryand the UW Astrobiology Program (https://depts.washington.edu/astrobio/wordpress).The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate andconnect with other scientists; build a vibrant, externallyfunded, and internationally recognized research program thataddresses scientific questions of fundamental significance; andprovide high quality teaching, mentor students, and advance equityand inclusion.QualificationsThe successful candidate will have a demonstrated record ofresearch (through observation, experimentation, and/ormodeling) in one or more of the following: planetary geology,geomorphology, geochemistry, glaciology, or geophysics. Positivefactors for consideration include, but are not limited to,involvement in planetary exploration or use of remote sensing data.A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Geophysics, Geology, PlanetarySciences, or a related field is required by the time ofappointment.Application InstructionsApplicants will be directed to submitmaterials via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/85329.Preference will be given toapplications (including letters of reference) received prior to May7, 2021, but applications received after this date may beconsidered. Required materials include the following:Curriculum vitae with publication list,three statements (no more than 10 pages total) addressing 1)research and leadership accomplishments, as well as future researchplans, 2) a statement on teaching and mentoring, including evidenceof teaching effectiveness, and 3) contributions to diversity,equity, and inclusion ( http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/),andcontact information for three (3) referees that will promptinvitations for them to submit referrals confidentially through theInterfolio application.Note: applications will be considered incomplete until receiptof all three referrals. Applicants should notify referees uponsubmission of their application to ensure timely submission oftheir letters.Questions about the application process or position in generalshould be addressed to [email protected] questions about potential disability accommodationduring the application process, please contact the UW’s DisabilityServices Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY),or [email protected] Employment Opportunity StatementUniversity of Washington is an affirmative action and equalopportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status,pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age,disability, or protected veteran status.Commitment to DiversityThe University of Washington is committed to building diversityamong its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, andarticulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/).Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes facultyefforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversityand equal opportunity as important contributions to a facultymember’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).
Joe Biden and Barack Obama got off to a rocky start in 2007, but they found their way to a mutual respect and good working relationship for the next eight years.Obama showed his appreciation at the end of their second term by rewarding Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award possible. When Biden tells friendly crowds inside stories about their relationship, the former vice president goes out of his way to refer to the ex-president as “Barack,” to better personalize their connection and accentuate the warm familiarity.“I’m an Obama-Biden Democrat, man. And I’m proud of it,” Biden told reporters earlier this month. “I don’t think there’s any one standard-bearer for the Obama legacy in this primary” — Ben LaBolt, former Obama reelection spokesmanNone of Obama’s inner circle of advisers have signed on with any campaign. But other Democratic contenders have snagged top-level Obama campaign talent and tapped its fundraising prowess.While Biden’s campaign manager, Greg Schultz, led Obama’s campaign efforts in swing state Ohio, Beto O’Rourke hired Obama’s 2012 deputy campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon and has enjoyed the support of Paul Tewes, the 2008 Obama campaign’s director in first-in-the-nation Iowa. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren signed Joe Rospars, Obama’s chief digital strategist in 2008 and 2012, and Emily Parcell, political director for Obama’s 2008 Iowa caucus team. Several top former Obama administration officials contributed to Pete Buttigieg.In the key swing state of Florida, it’s a similar story. Steve Schale, who helped lead Obama to two victories there as state director in 2008 and senior adviser in 2012, is serving as a senior advisor to Biden’s campaign. But California Senator Kamala Harris scored the support of Obama’s top fundraiser in the state, Kirk Wagar, who was appointed ambassador to Singapore by Obama. The Obama campaign’s deputy Florida director in 2008 and state director in 2012, Ashley Walker, is staying neutral.“I don’t think there’s any one standard-bearer for the Obama legacy in this primary. There are multiple candidates who could carry that mantle,” said Ben LaBolt, former spokesman for Obama’s reelection campaign.“A big question looming over the primary is: Is this a moment for the longest record of experience or is this a moment for generational change within the party and a new vision within the party?” LaBolt said, noting that “even President Obama has talked about letting this be a moment for generational change and for others to lead and rise through the party and step up. So I don’t think it will be a completely clean shot if he tries to claim he’s the sole purveyor of his legacy.” Yet despite a legitimate claim to be the standard-bearer of President Obama’s legacy, Biden faces a fundamental challenge as he seeks his party’s nomination for the White House: Convincing the diverse and youthful coalition that elected Obama to two terms that a 76-year-old white man is the right person to carry the mantle.To Biden and his advisers, age and race are inferior to the political realities of his special relationship with Obama. The question is whether primary voters will see it the same way, especially when the former president has indicated he’ll remain neutral in a crowded Democratic field filled with diverse and dynamic candidates.Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the National Minority Quality Forum on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. | Alex Edelman/Getty ImagesDavid Axelrod, a top Obama adviser, said the former president’s failure to endorse his former vice president shouldn’t come as a surprise — nor should it be taken as a slight of some kind.“The custom for former presidents is not to endorse presidents. The expectation that he would, I find kind of baffling,” Axelrod said, adding that Obama holds a general belief that “people should compete, the strongest candidate will emerge.”Axelrod described the two as “genuinely friends. That’s not folklore. Unlike almost every other vice president and president, these guys got closer and closer over eight years.”One thing is certain: Obama’s political apparatus is not united behind Biden, whose campaign announcement comes after more than 20 other candidates launched their bids. “You can’t go into some black people’s houses here without seeing a picture of Obama on the wall and in some of them Biden is in the background. It makes a difference,” said Kendall Corley, Obama’s former South Carolina director in 2008 and 2012 who was in talks to work for Biden in the state again.“There’s some love for Joe Biden,” he said, “and it’s because of Barack Obama and how he stood by him. People remember.” Also On POLITICO Joe Biden announces run for president By Marc Caputo Inside Joe Biden’s battle plan By Natasha Korecki and Marc Caputo The generational split is clear in a February POLITICO/Morning Consult poll showing Biden is weakest with voters under the age of 30. But, the poll showed, Biden’s age — he will be 78 on the next Inauguration Day — isn’t a fatal problem for him among Democrats, with 30 percent agreeing that he’s “too old to run for president” while 58 percent disagreed.“There’s some love for Joe Biden, and it’s because of Barack Obama and how he stood by him. People remember” — Kendall Corley, former Obama South Carolina directorAn Obama campaign veteran who had discussed working with Biden’s campaign said there’s a divide among former Obama staffers.“A lot of us don’t want Joe to run. His time has passed and it’s not his moment,” the operative said. “The real Obama legacy is about the future, not the past. And if he runs, it’s going to put that legacy on trial in a Democratic primary where guys like Bernie [Sanders] are going to take shots at it and tarnish that legacy … We want Joe to ride off into the sunset.”Still, nostalgia for the Obama White House in the Trump Era is palpable among Democrats. Not only do white progressives and centrists miss the days of “no drama Obama,” African-Americans revere the first black president and have transferred some of that loyalty to his loyal wingman.Looking at the early state calendar, that support from black voters could be a big boost to Biden in South Carolina, where 60 percent of the primary electorate is black. South Carolina Representative James Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in Congress, has not endorsed any 2020 candidate but is a Biden ally who speaks favorably of him.
Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Patrick ChinamasaZimbabwe will continue using bond notes, a domestic quasi-currency, until the country’s economy fully recovers, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Wednesday.The southern African nation began using the currency in November 2016 in a bid to ease shortages of U.S. dollars, the country’s official currency since 2009.Since Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the presidency following the military ouster of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, there has been speculation that the bond notes would be phased out.“Bond notes will stay until we have our own local currency,” Reuters quotes Chinamasa to have told a business meeting in Harare.The conditions needed to bring back a local currency include foreign currency reserves of more than three months, a lower budget deficit and higher exports and industrial production, Chinamasa said.The bond notes, which are also in short supply, are pegged at par with the U.S. dollar but trade at a discount on the black market.On Wednesday $1 was equivalent to $1.25 in bond notes.
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington Police report for this weekend for Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13, 2017:Friday, August 11, 2017•8:23 a.m. Officers investigated a Battery in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1:43 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 700 block N. C, Wellington.•8:55 p.m. Juvenile female, 16, Clearwater, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlamp.•9:44 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by an unknown suspect in the 2000 block E. 16, Wellington.•11:02 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and violation of probation in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by known juveniles.•11:21 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report at the Wellington Wellington Lake, Wellington.Saturday, August 12, 2017•1:51 a.m. Officers took a report of a missing person in the 400 block S. West Road, Wellington. The person was located.•10:37 a.m. Officers took a report of a vicious dog and dog at large in the 2000 block N. Madison Lane, Wellington.•3:27 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by an unknown suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•5:28 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by known suspect(s) in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•8:10 p.m. Drake C. Rains, 22, Wellington was arrested and bonded for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, expired drivers license and defective exhaust.•8:10 p.m. Drake C. Rains, 22, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Kansas Department of Corrections Warrant.•8:24 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 400 block S. Washington, Wellington.•8:45 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 500 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•9:22 p.m. Officers took a report of a missing person in the 1100 block S. G, Wellington. He was located.•10 p.m. David L. Crawford, 32, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sedgwick County Warrant for three counts of making false information and three counts of theft by deception.•10:33 p.m. Officers took a report of a neighbor dispute in the 500 block S. F, Wellington.•11:34 p.m. Officers investigated driving while under the influence of alcohol, disobeyed stop sign and refusal of preliminary breath test in the 100 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.Sunday, August 13, 2017•12:03 a.m. Jeff A. Treft, 54, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol, disobeyed a stop sign and refusal of a preliminary breath test.•1 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 700 block E. 9th, Wellington.•2:48 a.m. Officers took a suspicious person report in the 700 block E. 9th, Wellington.•7:30 a.m. Timothy E. White, 18, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.•9:01 a.m. Officers responded to a suicide threat in the 500 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•2:27 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to entry door lock in the 1200 block S. F, Wellington.•3:03 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery by a known suspect in the 600 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•5:59 p.m. Wesley J. Hodges, 27, Wellington was arrested and confined on a City of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.•8:38 p.m. Jack E. Keltch, 41, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with theft of a license plate.•8:59 p.m. Officers conducted a motorist assist in the Wellington.•11:43 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 300 block W. 8th, Wellington.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
Recap: Responsive HTML Emails, RWD Summit 2014: My notes from Justine Jordan’s RWD Summit presentation on responsive HTML emails with strategies and tips for working with multiple email applications.What I Found InterestingOften Be Coding: Engineer and architect Magee Mooney shares her tips for creating your own personal “Coding Practice”—the environment, work area, schedule, and community that allows you to grow and meet your personal goals.This is what the media’s gender gap really looks like: With men reporters dominating the media industry (63 percent men vs. 36 percent women, according to the Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2014 report), how does that impact the news that’s reported? Content Quality Checklist: Use this free resource to check the quality of your content, with guidelines for usefulness and relevance, clarity and accuracy, completeness, voice and style.AccessibilityCVAA with Larry Goldberg: Sarah Horton interviews Larry Goldberg about the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). They discuss what web professionals need to know about CVAA and where to look for guidance on CVAA compliance.I Will Tell You Later: If you’re publishing video or audio online, caption it before you publish it, says Sveta Kouznetsova. Make it accessible to everyone, not just those who can hear.Dropping the Ball on Disabilities: This post by Allie Grasgreen, highlighting the challenges and barriers students with disabilities face in the classroom, generated a lot of discussion in the comments from faculty and college disability services providers. Good read. Welcome to my weekly roundup of web design and development resources. Each week I gather my favorite resources and news from the past week for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML, and responsive design and compile it into a resource post. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn how slow pages on mobile devices hurt the entire user experience, find out what web professionals need to know about the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, discover how to implement responsive images in WordPress and more.Today’s photo is from my yard, showing the maple tree buds bursting. It’s wonderful to see this sure sign of spring in southeastern Michigan. Favorite Tweet”The Web is changing so fast, the only way to keep up with everything is to do it together. Share what you know.” @elefontpress #RWDsummit— Brad Frost (@brad_frost) April 3, 2014User ExperienceHow Slow Pages Hurt the Entire User Experience [slides]: Slides from Tammy Everts RWD Summit 2014 presentation on how mobile users interactions on ecommerce sites are affected by slow performance. How To Learn WordPress in a Week (For Free!):Given you’ve used WordPress and are familiar with HTML, CSS, and some PHP, this step-by-step guide for intermediate users from WPMU lays out seven days of training where you’ll learn about the Codex, developing themes and plugins, hosting, backups, search engine optimization, customization, and the WordPress community. Responsive DesignHassle-Free Responsive Images for WordPress: Tim Evko describes how you can add responsive image functionality to WordPress with his plugin, which offers support for shortcodes. Note: his plugin is hosted on Github, not the WordPress repository. Case Study: RNIB: In this case study, Precedent describes the goals and objectives of the responsive redesign of the Royal National Institute of Blind People website. Easy to remember rule for CSS/Sass nesting: same as Inception rule. Never go more than 4 layers deep. #RWDsummit— Veronica Dyer (@veronicawindus) April 3, 2014 April Fool’s Surprise: Sears circa 1897: While April Fool’s online jokes were everywhere this week, I loved the backstory behind the Sears home page, what the UX team created, and the support they received from business stakeholders. Bringing Responsive Images to Browsers: Though the post was published on April Fool’s Day, the news about bringing responsive images to the browser is true. With funding provided through an Indiegogo campaign, Yoav Weiss will work on the Blink and WebKit implementations of picture. With Firefox’s implementation expected soon, picture support is expected for Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and possibly Safari, within the year.An Event Apart: The Future of Responsive Typography: Luke Wroblewski shares his notes from Nick Sherman’s responsive typography presentation this week at An Event Apart in Seattle. Nick discussed the challenges of typography on the web, shared three tips for improving web typography, and highlighted media query functionality.CSS and HTMLThe Power of Em Units in CSS: Did you know when em inits are declared on child elements that don’t have a font-size defined, the child elements will inherit font-size from the parent element? It is a good thing that technology & its access is allowing usage to level the playing field for all humanity. In #a11y & elsewhere— Lawrence Meckan (@absalomedia) April 4, 2014 Web Accessibility Tutorials: The W3C have started a new set of accessibility tutorials for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Note: the tutorials are an in-progress, unapproved draft which currently include tutorials for images, tables, forms, and sliders/carousels.WordPressHow to Fetch Feeds in WordPress Using WP RSS Aggregator: Using the WP RSS Aggregator plugin, you can create an aggregation website for a specific topic,import feeds as posts or custom post types, and keyword filter sources.Distraction Free Writing Mode Will Be Responsive in WordPress 3.9: If you’ve been frustrated with the editor getting cut off in Distraction Free Writing Mode when you’re on small screens, you’ll be happy with the fix coming in version 3.9 that will patch the issue. Status Update On The WordPress Front-end Editor and How You Can Help: Are you a developer, or can you test and give feedback on a plugin whose goal is to merge the frontend and backend editors into one? Janneke Van Dorpe, the only person working on the WordPress Front End Editor, could use your help. If a user has a bad experience w/ your brand on mobile, they’ll assume all digital experiences w/ your brand will be bad. #ux #umsldigital— MD (@_MDigital) April 2, 2014 The Best Online Tools To Know Everything About a Website: Want to learn whether a site uses WordPress? Curious about what organic keywords your competition is using? Check out this list of helpful online tools to learn more about a website.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: April 3, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn about ten threats to the quality of online research, find out how StoryCorps uses WordPress to enable storytelling, learn about the features in Project Spartan, and more. 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