A little over a year ago, AC/DC tapped Axl Rose to join them for their Rock or Bust tour in the stead of Brian Johnson. While Johnson had originally been slated to perform with the group, AC/DC’s longtime lead singer was advised not to carry out the remaining dates of the tour under the threat of total hearing loss. After a fourteen month performing hiatus, last night in Oxford, England, Johnson returned to the stage and sang on a rendition of “Money (That’s What I Want)” with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers during a Bad Company concert.The three classic rockers exchanged verses on the song, joining together toward the end of the song to harmonize. All three singers were in high spirits during the collaboration, though Johnson seemed beyond enthused to be back and performing in front of fans—after his hearing ailment diagnosis last year, he told Rolling Stone that he was “personally crushed” that he’d be unable to perform in the future and that his diagnosis was the “darkest day of [his] professional life.”After Johnson made the announcement during March of last year that he’d be going on a performing hiatus indefinitely rather than risk going totally deaf, in June of last year, the AC/DC frontman had positive news for fans, citing a meeting with an in-ear specialist who helped him regain his hearing. With last night’s performance, it seems as though his treatment for his hearing loss is moving forward smoothly, though there is no confirmation as to whether Johnson will return to touring with AC/DC nor whether Johnson’s performance was enabled by the in-ear specialist’s technology.You can watch to Brian Johnson’s first performance onstage for the first time in over a year below along with Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, and the rest of Bad Company. [Video courtesy of Sean Bateman][H/T Rolling Stone]
The Disco Biscuits concluded their three-night New England run last night in Portland, ME at the State Theatre. Comfortable from playing the same venue the night before, The Disco Biscuits took their time with a five-song first set, and extended the second set with a massive “House Dog Party Favor”, that sandwiched an “Orche Theme”, before concluding the set with “Morph Dusseldorf”. The band returned for a late-night “Shelby Rose” encore, despite any time constraints that may or may not have been in place. Watch the full show below, courtesy of the band.Next on the band’s calendar is a three-night run at Philadelphia’s Fillmore on April 19, 20, and 21, before the jamtronica pioneers descend upon Colorado for their four-night Bisco Inferno extravaganza, which will conclude at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 27 with Spafford and Organ Freeman. Later in the summer, the Disco Biscuits will return to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA for their own Camp Bisco. For more information on upcoming Disco Biscuits dates, head to the band’s website.Check out a gallery of photos below from Saturday night’s rager, courtesy of Vic Brazen.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/10/2018I: Plan B, Kitchen Mitts, Digital Buddha-> Cyclone-> Digital Buddha, ReactorII: Bernstein & Chasnoff, Rivers, House Dog Party Favor-> Orch Theme-> House Dog Party Favor, Morph DusseldorfE: Shelby RoseThe Disco Biscuits | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/10/2018 | Photos: Vic Brazen Load remaining images
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected 25 journalists from the United States and abroad to join the 73rd class of Nieman Fellows. The group includes journalists who work in print, radio, television, photography, and online.The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has selected 25 journalists from the United States and abroad to join the 73rd class of Nieman Fellows. The group includes journalists who work in print, radio, television, photography, and online.Nieman Foundation Curator Bob Giles notes: “The new fellows are a highly talented group of journalists with extraordinarily diverse backgrounds and interests. Together, they’ll have the opportunity to share their expertise and learn from each other as they take full advantage of the exceptional educational resources available at Harvard. This year, a large number of them are freelancers, and some have launched innovative journalism projects. They represent a new breed of pioneering journalists who will carry us, well informed, into the future.”Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation administers the oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists in the world. Working journalists of accomplishment and promise are selected to come to Harvard for a year of study, seminars, and special events. More than 1,300 journalists from 90 countries have received Nieman Fellowships.For the full list of fellows for the Class of 2011, visit the Nieman Foundation Web site.
It has bedeviled Americans almost since the country’s founding, but systemic racism is a solvable problem, lecturer in public policy Robert Livingston argues in his recent book, “The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations.” And at a Kennedy School talk this week, he outlined ways that individuals and organizations can move forward — especially when change is supported from the top.“The million-dollar question that I’ve been working on is, how do we turn a solvable problem into an achievable solution?” he asked the audience at the moderated talk “Where Do we Go From Here: Making Progress Toward Racial Equity.” As a social psychologist, Livingston said he has found that subtle persuasion can be more convincing on the individual level than facts and figures.Livingston cited a city police force he once helped train to be aware of implicit bias. The mostly white officers nodded passively at the facts he presented but had little reaction — “Until the one Black police officer on this force broke down in tears, because he could relate to all of this. The data was basically his life on the force — for example, some citizens in the town had actually called the police on him while he was in uniform walking the beat. All of a sudden the White officers are captivated; they now believe that racism is a real thing. I was a little bit annoyed because I thought, ‘How scientific is that?’”This experience, however, led to his book’s main thesis: that human connection is the best vehicle for social change.“I have a line that says ‘There can’t be social change without social exchange.’ I’m actually providing a template for information, conversation, and action,” he said. He said leaders at organizations need to think deeply about their problems and their causes before jumping to solutions — particularly when the problem is racism, which he noted many white Americans aren’t convinced even exists.Once a problem is identified, the next step is to develop empathy, and then move to concrete strategies. This, Livingston said, involves changing how people look at each other — “decategorizing” them by racial stereotypes, and “recategorizing” them as individuals or teammates.In a case closer to Harvard. Livingston reported how Massport changed the way it evaluated construction proposals for the Omni Seaport Hotel in Boston to include diversity as a selection criteria.“I wrote a case on this at Harvard and when I interviewed one of the developers he said ‘I’m not racist, I’m just busy,’ meaning that his job in the past was to get from point A to point B. This policy now gave him an incentive to look for more diverse subcontractors and as a matter of fact, he did.” As a result, diversity on the Omni project rose to 35 diversity, with more Black- and Latino-owned businesses on the site.“The moral of the story is, it never would have happened without the policy,” Livingston said.Kennedy School Academic Dean Iris Bohnet, who moderated the talk, noted an organizational effort at the Kennedy School about a decade ago that responded to Professor Jane Mansbridge’s realization that most of the portraits on the School’s walls were of white men. Since then, new portraits have been commissioned.Livingston agreed that changes of iconography have a psychological impact on biases. “It may seem like a small thing, but research has shown it’s not,” he said. “This gets back to the debate last year about Civil War monuments, and the impact that they had.”Responding to a student question, he emphasized the need for organizational leaders to make the effort. “I don’t think any of the burden should be on the targets of discrimination, it should be on the leaders. It’s hard to make societal change, you can’t boil the ocean. But you can boil a kettle or a pond.”
The South Bend Police Department removed an officer involved in the arrest of Notre Dame football player Devin Butler from patrol duties last Friday, according to the South Bend Tribune.According to the Tribune, Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said officer Aaron Knepper will be kept off patrol until internal investigations into the arrest of Butler and another high-profile arrest in March 2014 are conducted.At a panel discussion on the relationship between the South Bend police and minorities Thursday night, groups of protesters caused a disruption and called for the removal of Knepper, according to the Tribune. The following day, Ruszkowski announced that he had removed Knepper from patrol the previous week. He would not disclose whether Knepper will be placed on leave or transferred to office duties, citing legal discretion to withhold personnel records.Knepper has been involved in at least four controversial police confrontations since 2012, according to the Tribune.South Bend police officers arrested Butler outside the Linebacker Lounge early on the morning of Aug. 20 on felony charges of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official. According to court documents, officers were dispatched after receiving reports of a fight in the Lounge.Police said officers Luke Pickard and Aaron Knepper saw one woman kick another in the head outside the bar. Before they could intercede, Butler approached and lunged at the woman who had kicked the other one, according to court documents.As Pickard pulled Butler away, the football player allegedly started cursing and punching both officers. Other officers eventually detained Butler using a Taser. He was brought to a holding cell at the St. Joseph County Jail.Butler is set to appear in St. Joseph Superior Court again on Oct. 17.Tags: Aaron Knepper, Devin Butler, Notre Dame football
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lisa Tyson, executive director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, speaks at a rally outside the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building.Lisa Tyson, the director of the nonprofit Long Island Progressive Coalition, is just weeks away from her due date—she’s expecting a girl—and days away from the luncheon celebrating her organization’s 35th year of “fighting for social and human dignity.”She’s got a lot on her plate right now, whether it’s getting her house ready to accommodate a new baby, or making sure that the LIPC’s vitally important fundraiser on March 15 is a success at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River.But she looks remarkably relaxed for someone whose stated purpose in life is to make things better for future generations, including her own, when the conservative opposition has so much power invested in maintaining the status quo—if not in making things worse.Taking a moment out of her busy schedule to have lunch in Garden City recently, Tyson smiled as she sat back in her chair at Wild Fig mediterranean restaurant.“I’ve been doing this for a long time!” says the 42-year-old native of Merrick. “I’m a local girl,” she grins.Tyson found her way to LIPC by looking through the phone book. She’d gone to the Fashion Institute of Technology and majored in fashion marketing and communications when the first Gulf War broke out. That outbreak provoked her to start questioning the government since the conflict was less about global justice and more about oil. Next she went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to enter the urban and environmental studies masters program, where she was often the only woman in her classes.Back on the Island in 1995, Tyson met her future husband, John, and managed a music club called the Right Track Inn in Freeport. When it was time to move on, Tyson decided that “there has to be a Long Island organization I can work for, so I went to the white pages and looked under ‘Long Island something-something’ to see what would turn up.”And so she came to the LIPC, started part-time as a secretary and got hired as a project coordinator. She’s been the director for 12 years.“It’s the best job in the world!” she says emphatically. “I love it when someone says you can’t do something and you do it.” For LIPC, Tyson measures success by how much they can “move the needle.” In 1979, the coalition began as a group of civic-minded volunteers, but evolved into a grassroots membership organization affiliated with the Citizen Action of New York and with a tax-exempt sister organization, the Research and Education Project of Long Island (REP-LI).Among their achievements, Tyson is particularly proud that her group was able to overcome the state Department of Transportation’s plan to “build HOV lands on every major roadway,” as she puts it, and “we said, ‘Invest in public transit instead!’” One controversial element involved straightening Route 25A through many of Long Island’s most scenic and historic North Shore communities. LIPC launched its “Save 25A” campaign because making the route faster for cars was “not progressive.”Tyson says she believes in progressivism and populism, “about taking care of the most vulnerable,” she says.“I don’t do charity work,” she explains. “Charity work is handing someone money. Justice work is changing the tax laws so it’s a progressive tax—so the people who make less pay a smaller percentage in taxes than those who make more.”She draws inspiration from Jim Hightower, the Texas populist and syndicated columnist.“He says it’s not left-right; it’s top-down… and that’s where we see ourselves,” she explains. To her, “the conservative movement is about corporate power.”At LIPC, Tyson has collaborated with a wide assortment of groups—from union workers, affordable housing advocates, environmentalists and even members of the Tea Party.“I’ll work with anyone on one issue if we can agree and respect each other,” Tyson says. “On other issues, we might not agree but we can be civil.”Some Tea Party people “did call me the devil,” she admits, “but I laughed… My thing is making change. If I have to eat a little abuse, I’ll take it. I’m not here for an ego boost.”In her analysis, the Tea Party took root on Long Island “when people realized that their white American Dream, their white privilege, was gone,” Tyson says. “Their kids are getting those Walmart jobs just like the black and brown people are—and they never thought that was going to happen…All of a sudden you can’t afford a house on Long Island; you can’t afford a life-style that you always thought you’d have.”Besides fighting for social equality through progressive taxation, Tyson strongly supports publicly financed elections to level the playing field so “we have people in office who believe in being in office and not just in making their pockets bigger.”With that goal in mind, LIPC has been active in the Fair Elections NY project, which has several goals: promote publicly funded elections by matching small donors’ contributions with public money, similar to the system in New York City; set the contribution limits significantly lower; end “pay-to-play” in order to prevent contractors and lobbyists from having undue influence over state business; strengthen enforcement and encourage more transparency in order to make sure the election laws are properly upheld and that public matching funds are appropriately disbursed.For his support of the Fair Elections campaign, David Calone of Jove Equity Partners LLC, is one of the top people being honored at the LIPC luncheon.“He’s really put his neck out” on publicly financed elections, Tyson says. “And that is very rare for a business leader… He is a good guy, and he cares.”So does Tyson and the Long Island Progressive Coalition.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Soundswell, Everything Grey, Funkin’ AThis will be a night of incredible music. Soundswell is a group of improvisational musicians who will jam and rock. Everything Grey is a band of family and friends that will reunite for the first time in months. And Funkin’ A is a Long Island-raised horn-driven band. Three diverse bands, one night of fun. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $5. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26.Andrew W.K.Sure, Christmas will have come and gone by the time Andrew W.K. hits the stage in Amityville but that’s OK. The musician, singer and entertainer still intends to spread the holiday cheer in the only way he knows how: a high-energy, adrenaline-filled performance complete with spirited party anthems and other up-tempo, get-up-off-your-feet and dance-inducing hits. Known for such addictive titles as “Party Hard,” “We Want Fun,” and “Party Party Party,” Andrew W.K. comes raring to go—so you should, too. Warming up the crowd is Patent Pending, This Good Robot, Persona and The Cavalry Is Us. Revolution BaR and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26.Get The Led OutBilled as the American Led Zeppelin, Philadelphia cover band Get the Led Out rocks out like Plant, Page, Bonham and Jones. Fresh from California on a cross-country tour, GTLO promises studio overdub tracks from “The Mighty Zep” that fans would never hear in concert. Blasting out Zep’s “Dazed and Confused,” “Starway to Heaven” and “Ramble On,” this gig is sure to earn this awesome cover band a whole lotta Long Island love. The American Led Zeppelin. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50-$50. 8 p.m. Dec. 26.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporiumny.com $15. 10 p.m. Dec. 26.Elliott MurphyWhen Elliott Murphy released his first album Aquashow in the ’70s, Rolling Stone called him “the best Dylan since 1968.” Now 40 years into his career, Murphy is still touring and going strong. Armed with an acoustic guitar in his hands and a fedora on his head, Murphy will play with Utopia’s Kasim Sulton in Glen Cove and with his son, Gaspard Murphy, in Amagansett. Page One, 90 School St., Glen Cove. myfathersplace.com $35. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Stephen Talkhouse, 16 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $20.8 p.m. Dec. 27.Mary PoppinsThe practically perfect magical British nanny flies into the Bayway Arts Center for a brief engagement. Only running through December 28, Mary Poppins is a perfect musical for the whole family. You’ll leave humming “chim chim chimeree” and “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Bayway Arts Center, 265 East Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $15-22. 7 p.m. Dec. 26; 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 27; 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28.WWE LiveThe rumble is coming to Nassau Coliseum. Wrestling superstars, including sometimes action star John Cena and third generation professional wrestler Randy Orton, will duke it out it in the ring for your entertainment. Bring your shouting voice and a t-shirt with your favorite wrestler on it; this is going to be a wild ride. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $35.10-$116.95. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27.Rusted RootPittsburgh-based jam band Rusted Root is slated to play their fourth show ever at The Paramount—earning them the distinction of most performances by a single act at the venue. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$40. 8 p.m. Dec. 27.Beastie N EffectWatchya want? How about a Beastie Boys tribute band? Opening the show will be A Side of Darkness, Pozy, The Shipwrecks and 2 Birds 1 Stone. Vibe lounge, 60 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre. Vibeloungeli.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 27.The Muppets Takes ManhattanThe classic music comedy starring the Muppets, decades before Jason Segel or Tina Fey met them, will be shown back on the big screen for one night only. Kermit, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo and all of their friends graduate from college and try to make it big on Broadway. Both your children and your inner child will have a blast. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Free for Children 12 and Under, $6 for Members, $11 for Public. 12 p.m. Dec. 28.Harlem GlobetrottersThe world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will play New York during the holiday season when Knicks fans could well use an extra bounce in their step. The legendary athletes/entertainers have spread their skills and comedic timing around the world, delighting everyone from popes to presidents. The team will be sure to bring their A-game. But will the Washington Generals finally get a win? Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $$34.60-$206.50. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 28.Mike StudMike Stud first began making a name for himself, as so many artists do, on YouTube. His first video, “College Humor,” was originally created as a joke for his friends, and became a viral hit. His remix of “Gas Pedal,” released last year, has attracted nearly 3 million viewers. Stud, fresh off the release of his second album, “Closer,” will be sharing his rapping skills with his Long Island fans as a belated Christmas present. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporiumny.com $19.50. 6 p.m. Dec. 28.Dark Star OrchestraThere are thousands of tribute bands in existence. There are even hundreds of Grateful Dead tribute bands in America. But there is only one Grateful Dead tribute band that recreates entire concerts performed by their heroes. Most Dark Star Orchestra’s shows have identical set lists as past Grateful Dead tours have had. Now in their 18th year, DSO has performed more than 2,500 concerts across the country. And they’ll be adding two more to that list on LI. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$125. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 31.Eat your heart out, Santa Claus. Chad Smith, Fred Cash Jr. & GE Smith will be ushering in the New Year at The Stephen Talkhouse with ferocious sets of devastating rock, damn the mistletoe. (Photo by Leslie J. Martin)Chad Smith, Fred Cash Jr. & GE SmithJoining forces to help the East End rock in the New Year are Chad Smith, the drummer for the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers, GE Smith, the musical director for the Saturday Night Live band and Fred Cash Jr., the son of one of the founding members of the doo-wop group, The Impressions. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. Stephentalkhouse.com $30. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.—Compiled by Ryan Dobrin, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi and Timothy Bolger
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With so many cute cats and dogs available for adoption, it can be hard to choose the purrfect pet. Read about some of the most adorable animals available for adoption this week right here!Available for adoption at The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in WantaghCleo is a sweet love who was found as a stray in June and brought to a local animal hospital, who then called the shelter to pick her up. A beautiful and sweet 6-year-old pit mix, Cleo has been given the honor of the coveted office dog title. She spends her day in the shelters office as quiet as a mouse.When she is out of the crate, she is playful and a joy to be with and always up for a nice walk. She is also spayed, house trained and social with other dogs. Head on down to the shelter and scoop this sweat pea up today!If you are interested in adopting Cleo, call 516-785-5220, stop in for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email [email protected] for adoption at North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington:MazelThree-year-old Mazel (reference # R165340) has been waiting to be discovered. Mazel is one smart cookie and knows the right human is worth waiting for. Mazel can feel overwhelmed by a busy setting, but she thrives with cat-experienced people who can understand her need for space, and they will be rewarded with loving head bumps too.Mazel loves to play and really loves catnip—it brings out her kitten crazies! Mazel’s ideal setting is a home with children 12 and up and no other pets. It’s in this peaceful setting that her true zest for life emerges. If you are looking to share your quiet home with a furry loved one, please email [email protected] for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:TuxTux’s name says it all for this handsome little Tuxedo cat. Tux (reference #170565) has spent his whole kitten-hood living at the shelter which is really a shame, since Tux is described as playful, handsome and lovable. Tux would make a great addition to any family. Tux is up to date on all his vaccines, neutered and microchipped. Can you help grant Tux his wish for his very own family?NoseyNosey is the adorably cute kitty with amazing facial features. Nosey (reference #180003) is just 8 months old and was surrendered to the shelter when her owner couldn’t care for her any longer. Named Nosey for obvious reasons, Nosey is a gorgeous domestic short haired female tuxedo cat that is ready to find her new home where she can begin her new life.Nosey is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and microchipped. Why not head down to the shelter and adopt this cutie today?For more information about adopting Tux or Nosey, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.Available for adoption through Fur Friends in NeedThis volunteer-run and foster-based nonprofit animal rescue organization focuses on Monmouth County, NJ, and Staten Island. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals that are ailing, abused and abandoned. Their volunteers are amazing and so are their animals!RileyThis week they have Riley up for adoption. At just 5 months old, Riley would make the perfect pet for your home. She’s described as a great little girl whose good with kids, other cats and dogs too.TitoYou can also meet Tito. This handsome little fella is just 5 months old and described as a total lovebug. Did I mention he’s also great with kids, cats, and other dogs too?QueenieAnd check out Queenie! She was picked up as a stray, spayed and updated with all vaccinations. Queenie is 2 years old and great with kids, cats and dogs. She is described as a super sweet gal, so why not reach out for more info today?For more information about adopting Riley, Tito and Queenie, contact Fur Friends in Need at furfriendsinneed.com and mention Long Island Press.As always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!
As of this report, hospitalizations are now rising in 47 states with 22 states at their highest numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began. “We have legitimate reason to be very, very concerned about our health system at a national level,” Lauren Sauer, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University, told NPR.Chart depicting states in which COVID-19 cases are impacting hospital capacityAccording to NPR, states in the Midwest and West are seeing the most increase in hospitalizations. While no connection has been made, it is important to point out that the Trump administration traveled to a majority of these states while campaigning prior to the election. Daily Kos reported at least five cities saw a rise in cases following Trump campaign-related events.Officials are noting how many hospital beds are being occupied to predict whether or not the healthcare system in a specific area will be overwhelmed. While the percentage of beds occupied does not provide all the information needed, it’s a starting point to understand hospital capacity, healthcare officials told NPR. Additionally, because of the equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients, hospitals are worried shortages seen at the beginning of the pandemic will return. “When the numbers go up like that, particularly for critical care, that strains the system pretty significantly,” Dr. Mahshid Abir, an emergency physician at the University of Michigan and researcher at the Rand Corp., said. ”This is a scarce resource. Critical care nurses are scarce. Ventilators are scarce. Respiratory therapists are scarce.”- Advertisement – “The virus is spreading in a largely uncontrolled fashion across the vast majority of the country,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease expert at Vanderbilt University, told the AP.x – Advertisement – But as COVID-19 patients continue to fill up hospital beds at alarming rates, not all state officials are thinking logically. “Hospitals are facing severe constraints in the weeks ahead,” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said. “We need everyone to help slow the spread.” While Burgum acknowledged the number of obstacles healthcare staff are facing in addition to the importance of slowing down the spread of COVID-19, he also announced that COVID-positive nurses can stay at work.Hospitals in North Dakota have reached 100% capacity and in an attempt to address staffing concerns Burgum amended an order to allow nurses, despite being COVID-19 positive, to continue working in both hospitals and nursing homes. Giving nurses the ability to come to work while sick does take care of the issue regarding a shortage of healthcare workers but it creates an even bigger issue of spreading COVID-19 to high-risk individuals and within the hospital itself. Since the start of the pandemic, nursing homes have been hit hard with COVID-19—this order will only increase cases in such spaces. While Burgum believes there will be little risk of further spread since these nurses will only attend to already COVID-19 positive individuals, there is no guarantee. This mandate will not only nurses themselves and others at risk, but also increase pressure on nurses to work while sick. Additionally, he claimed that other states also took this drastic step, but which states have done so is unclear.Americans across the country continue to pay for Donald Trump’s inability to address the coronavirus pandemic. But hope remains as Trump’s leadership comes to an end and Biden formulates a COVID-19 taskforce and plan. We will get through this but in the meantime, we must not forget that we are still in a pandemic, and safety regulations must be followed to slow the spread. Several states have seen a record number of hospitalizations. According to data compiled by Reuters, the number of Americans with COVID-19 who have been hospitalized has steadily increased to 73% in the last 20 days. Additionally, data found that Texas has reported the highest number of hospitalized patients followed by Illinois and California.In Texas a lack of social distancing and failure to implement mask mandates has resulted in the state surpassing the 1 million mark. “If Texas were its own country, it would rank 10th in terms of total cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, placing it higher than European hot spots like Italy,” the Houston Chronicle reported. While the average number of cases is still lower than some other states, such as New York, California, and Florida, counties in Texas are seeing an increase in hospitalization. Data released by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council found that hospitals in the Houston region treated more than 1,000 coronavirus patients, additionally, COVID-19 patients were using more than 15% of intensive care beds, the Houston Chronicle reported. “It shows that for whatever reason we haven’t controlled the infection,” Paul Klotman, president of Baylor College of Medicine, said. “And given the size of the state, it shows we’re still nowhere near herd immunity.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
President Donald Trump’s economic adviser said on Tuesday China was making “a big mistake” with planned national security legislation on Hong Kong and pledged Washington would pay expenses of US firms that wanted to shift operations from the territory or China.At the White House, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told a briefing Trump was displeased with Beijing over the security law and finds it hard to see “how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over.”Trump economic Larry Kudlow, speaking to Fox News Channel, called Beijing’s actions toward Hong Kong “very disturbing.” Topics : Trump has warned of a strong reaction and national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the legislation could lead to US sanctions and threaten Hong Kong’s status as a financial hub.Kudlow also said that while Trump’s “Phase 1” trade deal with China reached in January was intact for now, the president was so “miffed” with Beijing over the novel coronavirus and other matters it was not as important to him as it once was.The US Chamber of Commerce lobbying group urged Beijing to de-escalate the situation, saying it would be “a serious mistake” to jeopardize Hong Kong’s special status. “China is making a big mistake, frankly,” he told Fox Business Network separately.Kudlow said the United States would welcome back any American companies in Hong Kong or on China’s mainland. “We will do what we can for full expensing and pay the cost of moving if they return their supply chains and their production to the United States,” he said.Beijing’s proposed security law would reduce the territory’s separate legal status. China’s parliament is expected to approve it by Thursday.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to release a congressionally mandated assessment on whether Hong Kong enjoys sufficient autonomy to justify continued US special economic treatment, said last week the legislation would be the “death knell” for its autonomy.