Coronavirus Outbreak Is Reported on Aid Ship Bound for Tonga

Twenty-three people aboard the Australian ship have tested positive for the virus, prompting concerns that it could spread to Tonga. The volcano-stricken island has reported only one case during the pandemic.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dutton-peter-c, #ships-and-shipping, #tonga, #volcanoes

I.M.F. Forecasts U.S. and China Slowdowns Will Hold Back Growth

The International Monetary Fund forecasts that the growth rate of the world economy will slow to 4.4 percent in 2022.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #international-monetary-fund, #supply-chain, #united-states, #united-states-economy

The SAT Will Go Completely Digital by 2024

The SAT will go completely digital by 2024 amid questions about whether college admissions tests are fair, or even necessary.

#admissions-standards, #college-board, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #sat-college-admission-test, #tests-and-examinations, #united-states

Wall Street is expected to drop when trading begins.

The president later called Peter Doocy and “cleared the air,” Mr. Doocy said.

Fighting Spreads Between U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces and ISIS

A confrontation between Kurdish-led militia backed by U.S. forces and ISIS militants spilled into neighborhoods around an embattled prison in Syria. Follow our updates.

Rafael Nadal Beats Denis Shapovalov Amid Charge of Favoritism

Nadal beat Denis Shapovalov to reach the semifinals, then rejected his opponent’s complaints about unfairness, saying, “I think he’s wrong.”

#australian-open-tennis, #nadal-rafael, #shapovalov-denis-1999, #tennis

How Partying Could Be Boris Johnson’s Undoing

The British prime minister is engulfed in a scandal over parties held at his home and office during lockdown. Could this spell the end of his premiership?

#audio-neutral-informative, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #parties-social, #politics-and-government

Ukraine Live Updates: U.S. and Europe Seek to Present United Front to Deter Russia

President Biden held a video conference with European leaders as fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine deepened. The U.S. put 8,500 troops on “high alert” and NATO is sending more jets and ships to the region.

Two Covid Americas

The unvaccinated are less worried than the boosted, according to a poll.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #internal-storyline-no, #polls-and-public-opinion

U.K. Police Say They Are Investigating Downing Street Lockdown Parties

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire over revelations that he and his staff attended parties while the country was in a coronavirus lockdown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

F.D.A. Limits Use of Antibody Treatments That Are Weaker Against Omicron

Regeneron and Eli Lilly medications were effective against the Delta variants, but less so with Omicron. Here’s the latest pandemic news.

New York Judge Blocks State’s Mask Mandate

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York said her office strongly disagreed with the ruling and would be “pursuing every option to reverse this immediately.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hochul-kathleen-c, #masks, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Rise of the Crypto Mayors

This new political breed accepts paychecks in Bitcoin. The mayors also want to use buzzy new tech like NFTs to raise money for public projects.

#adams-eric-l, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #jackson-tennessee, #local-government, #mayors, #scott-conger, #social-media, #suarez-francis-x-1977, #tennessee, #two-harbors-minn, #virtual-currency

Mahershala Ali Finally Gets the Leading Role He Deserves

After a string of supporting performances, he steps into the spotlight as not one but two main characters in the sci-fi drama “Swan Song.”

#actors-and-actresses, #ali-mahershala-1974, #apple-tv-plus, #blade-movie, #cleary-benjamin-film-director, #content-type-personal-profile, #green-book-movie, #harris-naomie, #lum-nora-awkwafina, #moonlight-movie, #movies, #swan-song-2021-movie, #television

With Some Voters ‘Ready to Move On,’ Democrats Search for New Message on Virus

Democrats were cheered for strict lockdowns and pandemic precautions. Now many weary voters want to hear the party’s plan for living with the coronavirus.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #polis-jared-s-1975, #shutdowns-institutional, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolf-thomas-w

C.I.A.-Backed Afghan Fighters Are Still Waiting to Reach U.S.

Commandos who played a key role in helping American forces are waiting for visas in the United Arab Emirates, and are among the last of the evacuated Afghans to get a chance to reach the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Fed’s Policy Pivot May Prove Late and Abrupt, Critics Fret

The Federal Reserve is still buying bonds as prices surge. Some praise the central bank’s continuing policy pivot; others ask if it was fast enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quantitative-easing, #stimulus-economic, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

6 Who Finally Got the Public Service Loan Forgiveness They Earned

Waves of borrowers in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program are seeing their debts go to zero. Here’s how six of them finally got there.

#colleges-and-universities, #content-type-service, #personal-finances, #student-loans

Democrats, Want to Defend Democracy? Embrace What Is Possible.

Why Congress should reform the Electoral Count Act.

#electoral-college, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

What NYC Dog Owners Should Know About Leptospirosis

The Health Department could not confirm reports of an outbreak of the bacterial disease, which is spread by rats, linked to McCarren Park, but said it was working with the Parks Department to keep rats out.

#leptospirosis, #new-york-city, #rats, #williamsburg-brooklyn-ny

China’s Zero-Covid Policy Is a Pandemic Waiting to Happen

The planet’s most populous nation cannot seal itself off from the world forever.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #olympic-games-2022, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

Learning to Listen to the Voices Only You Hear

The novelist and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki draws connections between meditation, writing and the art and practice of listening.

#a-tale-for-the-time-being-book, #books-and-literature, #buddhism, #depression-mental, #mental-health-and-disorders, #ozeki-ruth-l, #the-book-of-form-and-emptiness-book

What My Queer Uncle Taught Me About How to Live

A beloved uncle left an inheritance made of love.

#brazil, #documentary-films-and-programs, #grief-emotion, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #minas-gerais-brazil, #transgender-and-transsexuals

This Poll Shows Just How Much Trouble Democrats Are In

New Gallup numbers may portend a political earthquake.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can I Reveal a Colleague’s Covid Diagnosis?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to keep a coworker’s illness confidential, outing an unvaccinated colleague — and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

With Nightmares and Tears, a Kentucky Town Feels the Long Reach of a Tornado’s Trauma

The physical toll on Mayfield, Ky., is evident. The psychological anguish will be equally difficult to overcome.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #mayfield-ky, #mayfield-consumer-products, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #tornadoes

For Ukrainian Soldiers, a Nervous Guessing Game on the Front

Given Russia’s penchant for misdirection, it’s unclear how a military incursion would start. And that keeps the Ukrainian troops on edge.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Trevor Noah Blasts Robert Kennedy Jr. for Invoking Anne Frank

Noah said anti-vaxxers gathering to hear from Kennedy might have found him leaning too liberal for believing in the Holocaust.

#colbert-stephen, #fallon-jimmy, #jimmy-kimmel-live-tv-program, #kimmel-jimmy, #late-show-with-stephen-colbert-tv-program, #noah-trevor-1984, #television, #the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-tv-program, #the-tonight-show-tv-program

Madison Keys Defeats Barbora Krejcikova at Australian Open

The unseeded American upset No. 4 Barbora Krejcikova, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals at the Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2015.

#australian-open-tennis, #barty-ashleigh, #keys-madison, #krejcikova-barbora, #pegula-jessica-1994, #tennis

‘We Are Going to Turn Our Pain Into Purpose’

Mayor Eric Adams’s ambitious gun safety plan includes reviving a controversial police unit his predecessor disbanded.

#adams-eric-l, #attacks-on-police, #bragg-alvin, #gun-control, #mora-wilbert-new-york-ny-police-officer, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #rivera-jason-d-2022, #sculpture

S&P 500 Rallies After Touching Correction Territory, Erasing Day’s Losses

The S&P 500 slid into correction territory before rallying, and signals on Wall Street show that investors have become markedly more pessimistic.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #federal-reserve-system, #interest-rates, #nasdaq-composite-index, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

Why Is North Korea Suddenly Launching So Many Missiles?

Experience has shown Kim Jong-un that saber-rattling is the best way to get Washington’s attention, especially when global affairs are already in a precarious state.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #workersparty-of-korea

Court Throws Out Alabama’s New Congressional Map

A federal panel of judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity than other Alabamians” to elect candidates of their choice.

#alabama, #midterm-elections-2022, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #voting-rights-act-1965

Officials limit treatments that don’t work on Omicron but doctors say alternatives are scarce.

New and other treatments remain effective, but are reaching doctors in quantities that are no match for the Omicron surge.

What Does It Mean to Be ‘Done With Covid’?

While the pandemic rages, normality isn’t an option.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Attack of the Right-Wing Thought Police

Don’t teach anything that makes students uncomfortable.

#critical-race-theory, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

The Right Way to Stop Rising Crime in New York

Getting crime under control is critical to New York City’s revival. 

#adams-eric-l, #bragg-alvin, #gun-control, #hochul-kathleen-c, #mental-health-and-disorders, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city

War Looms Between Russia and Ukraine, but Diplomatic Options Remain

Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing, but diplomatic options remain.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Scott Morrison Lost Control of His WeChat Account

A Chinese electronics company said it had bought the WeChat account legitimately, but some Australian officials said it was hijacked, and urged a boycott.

#australia, #china, #morrison-scott-1968, #social-media, #wechat-mobile-app

Biden, Caught on Hot Mic, Has Harsh Words for Peter Doocy of Fox News

The unscripted insult came from a president who is no stranger to having his words accidentally overheard.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #doocy-steve, #fox-broadcasting-co, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #television

What the Trump Documents Might Tell the Jan. 6 Committee

Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling, the House panel has received material that it hopes could flesh out how the attack on the Capitol came about.

#eastman-john-c, #flynn-michael-t, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #grisham-stephanie, #house-of-representatives, #kellogg-joseph-keith-jr-1944, #kerik-bernard-b, #liebengood-howard-d-2021, #mcenany-kayleigh, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #national-archives-and-records-administration, #pence-mike, #philbin-patrick, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sicknick-brian-d-1978-2021, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Omicron Offers Hope Pandemic Could Stabilize, W.H.O. Official Says.

The rapid spread of the variant means far more people will have some immunity, at least for now, which might bode well this year for highly vaccinated countries in Europe.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #kluge-hans, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Amy Schneider Beats Matt Amodio’s Streak on ‘Jeopardy!’

Her winning streak is now second only to that of Ken Jennings, who racked up a 74-game run.

#contests-and-prizes, #jeopardy-tv-program, #schneider-amy-1979, #television

MLB Lockout: Players Issue Counteroffer to Owners

The players formally rejected the league’s offer — they didn’t believe some of M.L.B.’s ideas would accomplish what the league claimed — and made a counterproposal.

#baseball, #halem-daniel-r, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #monfort-dick

3 Firefighters Die After Being Trapped in Blaze at Vacant Baltimore Rowhouse

Part of the building collapsed as they battled the fire. Another firefighter was in critical condition and fighting for his life, officials said.

#baltimore-md, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #hogan-lawrence-j, #maryland

Court Approves Special Grand Jury in Trump Election Inquiry

A district attorney in Georgia is investigating possible election interference by former President Donald J. Trump and his allies.

#georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #willis-fani-t

Fabrizio Romano: Soccer’s Prophet of the Deal

Fabrizio Romano has turned rumors into an industry. But is he an observer of soccer’s multibillion-dollar transfer market, or a participant in it?

#english-premier-league, #fabrizio-romano, #inter-milan-soccer-team, #pepi-ricardo-2003, #salah-mohamed-1992, #serie-a-italian-soccer-league, #soccer, #social-media

George Floyd’s Civil Rights Are Focus in Opening Arguments of Federal Trial

Three former Minneapolis police officers who were at the scene of Mr. Floyd’s death are accused of failing to intervene when they saw a fellow officer using excessive force.

#floyd-george-d-2020, #kueng-j-alexander, #lane-thomas-minneapolis-minn-police-officer, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #thao-tou

Steve Schapiro, Photojournalist Who Bore Witness, Dies at 87

He documented the civil rights movement and subjects as diverse as narcotics users, migrant workers and movie stars, seeking to capture their emotional heart.

#art, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #photography, #schapiro-steve-photographer

Democrats in Congress Seek Review of Teams Within the Border Patrol

Lawmakers asked the Government Accountability Office to review “critical incident teams,” and two House committees will conduct a separate investigation.

#border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-accountability-office, #homeland-security-department, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government