A Quandary for New York Restaurants and Workers: What to Do About Omicron?

Without hard rules about employees who test positive, owners and workers are weighing safety against finances, and not always agreeing on the answer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Teachers in France Plan Strike Over Covid Rules for Classrooms

Teaching unions also planned demonstrations nationwide that are expected to pose a serious challenge for the government of President Emmanuel Macron.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #france, #shutdowns-institutional, #strikes

Randi Weingarten Still Wants Schools Open

Even with Omicron, the teachers’ union leader isn’t calling for shutdowns.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #democratic-party, #education, #education-k-12, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #weingarten-randi

Learning Loss Among Our Kids Is Significant. Here’s How to Help Them.

Will Covid closures lead to an overhaul of public school systems?

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Uganda Reopens Schools After World’s Longest Covid Shutdown

Many countries have closed classrooms on and off, but Uganda had kept more than 10 million students at home since March 2020. Critics say it took a heavy toll.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #kampala-uganda, #museveni-yoweri, #shutdowns-institutional, #uganda

London Schools Are Determined to Stay Open. Staff Illnesses Make It Hard.

Schools across England are grappling with what it looks like to live with the pandemic as it enters its third year. Sound familiar?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #england, #london-england, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

Disruption, Dismay, Dissent: Americans Grapple With Omicron

The variant is spreading fast. For some, it is causing milder illness. But its distinct qualities have left Americans making a new set of calculations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #education-k-12, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #united-states

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

The yawning disparity between the performance of the electric car company and established automakers last year reflects the technological change roiling the industry.

#automobiles, #batteries, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #volkswagen-ag

Cyber Ninjas, the Firm That Reviewed Arizona’s Vote, Hits Bottom

The organization that conducted the widely derided review of the presidential vote in Arizona’s largest county said it was insolvent and had laid off its employees.

#arizona, #cyber-ninjas, #maricopa-county-ariz, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

With No School in Sight, Chicago Families Grit Their Teeth

While city officials clash with the teachers’ union over how to return to classrooms amid Omicron, families around Chicago reflect on the pandemic’s effects on their children.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

India’s Rising Omicron Wave Brings a Grim Sense of Déjà Vu

Just months after Delta fueled hospital failures and funeral pyres, India’s leaders again offer a mixed message: Their political rallies are packed even as they order curfews and work closures.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #elections, #hospitals, #kejriwal-arvind, #kolkata-india, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #new-delhi-india, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

Britain can ‘ride out’ the Omicron wave without a strict lockdown, Boris Johnson says.

“We can find a way to live with this virus,” the prime minister said

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional

Chicago Public Schools and the Teachers’ Union Clash

Two days after winter break, union members were preparing to vote on whether they would refuse to report to school buildings.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #lightfoot-lori, #mayors, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #weingarten-randi

Toyota Topped G.M. in U.S. Car Sales in 2021

After struggling to produce cars because of a global computer chip shortage, automakers are trying to move quickly to making electric vehicles.

#automobiles, #company-reports, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #japan, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #stockpiling, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states

Parents Grapple With Omicron as Open vs Remote Schools Debate Continues

Some want classrooms to stay open through the surge; others are desperate for a remote option. For nearly all, it’s an agonizing situation.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

‘It’s Chaos’ as Schools Confront Omicron

After an unrelenting spike in cases, a small but growing list of districts — including Newark, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Cleveland — moved temporarily to remote learning.

#adams-eric-l, #atlanta-ga, #chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #desantis-ron, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #florida, #lightfoot-lori, #milwaukee-wis, #new-york-city, #northeastern-states-us, #shutdowns-institutional, #somerville-mass

How Beijing Has Muted Hong Kong’s Independent Media

Citizen News, a small but aggressive online publication, is the latest outlet to fold amid relentless pressure from the authorities.

#china, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #shutdowns-institutional

The Pandemic Brought Seismic Changes. They Changed With It.

From new forms of medicine to less wasteful business practices, many have adapted to Covid-19 in ways that have improved them, and society.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #bonanno-george-a, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disabilities, #fauci-anthony-s, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #resilience, #shutdowns-institutional, #telemedicine

Theater 80 in New York City Could Become Another Pandemic Casualty

Battered by a coronavirus lockdown and conflict over a loan, Theater 80 could become another New York City casualty of the pandemic.

#east-village-manhattan-ny, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #mortgages, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater, #theater-80

China Keeps 13 Million in Xi’an Under Strict Lockdown

The severe measures in Xi’an have prompted concern, as residents complain on social media of having trouble ordering food online.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #olympic-games-2022, #shutdowns-institutional, #xian-china

Beleaguered by Omicron, New York Operates at Half Speed

From subway lines to medical clinics to libraries, city businesses and services have been curtailed because of Covid.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #de-blasio-bill, #fire-department-nyc, #hochul-kathleen-c, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-year, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #theater

Maxwell, Omicron, Madden: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #content-type-service, #deaths-obituaries, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #football, #madden-john, #maxwell-ghislaine, #memorial, #national-football-league, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What Social Trends Told Us About the American Economy in 2021

“Hard pants,” R.T.O. and boomer burnout made for an eventful second pandemic year. They also taught us about the economic future.

#baby-boomers, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #generation-x, #generation-z, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #millennial-generation, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-environment

Russian Court Orders 2nd Ban of a Major Human Rights Group in 2 Days

Critics of the government said the rulings capped a year of erosion of civil rights and media freedoms in the country.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #memorial, #politics-and-government, #russia, #shutdowns-institutional, #supreme-court-of-russia

Hong Kong Police Raid Stand News and Arrest Staff

Six current or former senior staff members of Stand News were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material. More than 200 officers raided the news site’s headquarters.

#freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #search-and-seizure, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-stand-news, #treason-and-sedition

Hong Hong Police Raid Stand News and Arrest Staff

Six current or former senior staff members of Stand News were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material. More than 200 officers raided the news site’s headquarters.

#freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #search-and-seizure, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-stand-news, #treason-and-sedition

When the Boss Says to Chillax

No executives want to see their staff burn out — and some are starting to take mandatory vacations as seriously as they take their work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #european-union, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

Eric Adams’s First Big Task as Mayor: Reopening Schools in the New Year

New York City’s school system experienced by far the most chaotic and disrupted days of the fall semester this week, as virus cases rose across the city.

#adams-eric-l, #banks-david-c-1962, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

New York’s Virus Surge Has Leaders Balancing Health and Political Risks

Democrats, including Gov. Kathy Hochul and President Biden, have resisted a return to restrictive, economically damaging lockdowns.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #de-blasio-bill, #democratic-party, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

Supply Chain Problems Mean Buying a Car Sometimes Takes a Plane Ride

The limited supply of new and used vehicles is forcing some Americans to go to great lengths to find and buy them, including traveling to dealers hundreds of miles away.

#automobiles, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #group-1-automotive-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #used-cars

Omicron Is Spreading Fast. Can N.Y.C. Do More to Slow It Down?

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he doesn’t want to impose new government restrictions. But some health experts say more must be done.

#adams-eric-l, #bassett-mary-travis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #de-blasio-bill, #frieden-thomas-r, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #varma-jay-k

Adams Cancels Inauguration Gala in Latest Sign of Omicron Surge

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his successor, Eric Adams, are weighing difficult decisions as the city faces another troubling wave of coronavirus cases.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #de-blasio-bill, #disease-rates, #inaugurations, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

Metropolitan Museum of Art Limits Attendance Amid Virus Surge

The museum is reducing capacity during a holiday season that usually brings in tourism dollars. And the Baltimore Museum of Art has announced a closure.

#baltimore-md, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #lott-laura-l, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #shutdowns-institutional, #weiss-daniel-h

Britain Offers $1.3 Billion in Aid to Hospitality and Leisure Sector

The move comes as businesses have voluntarily closed their doors, either as a precaution against the Omicron variant or because too many staff members are sick.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #great-britain, #shutdowns-institutional, #sunak-rishi-1980

Do Not Close the Schools Again

The Omicron surge is scary. But schools must stay open.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #shutdowns-institutional

What Our Omicron Future Should Look Like

How to fight Omicron and maintain public trust.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #hospitals, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

Several New York City Restaurants Close as Covid Cases Rise

At least a dozen businesses have temporarily shut this week in response to positive test results among their workers, and others are expected to follow.

#contento-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #new-york-city, #otway-brooklyn-ny-bakery, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Broadway Is Canceling Shows Due to Positive Covid Tests

Broadway, where cancellations were once vanishingly rare, has seen a raft of them as positive coronavirus tests among cast and crew members have upended productions.

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N.Y.U. Cancels ‘Non-Essential’ Events Over Virus Surge

The university said it was scrapping all “nonessential” gatherings on and off its Manhattan campus, where 99 percent of students are vaccinated.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

What Stone Soup Means to a Seasoned Chef

For Gabrielle Hamilton’s final Eat column, she considers what it takes to feed a village.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #prune-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #soups

Cornell University Finds Signs of Omicron Variant on Campus

The school moved final exams online, canceled a December graduation ceremony and sports events and barred most visitors from its campus in Ithaca, N.Y.

#colleges-and-universities, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

Patti LuPone on ‘Company,’ Stephen Sondheim and More

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh, I’ll drink to that!” she belts onstage in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” as Broadway reopens. So. Will. We.

#actors-and-actresses, #company-play, #deaths-obituaries, #evita-play, #juilliard-school, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #lloyd-webber-andrew, #lupone-patti, #madonna, #manhattan-nyc, #murphy-ryan, #patinkin-mandy, #shutdowns-institutional, #sondheim-stephen, #stritch-elaine, #theater, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #women-and-girls

As Metro Pictures Closes, Its Founders Look Back

Janelle Reiring and Helene Winer on their landmark gallery, which introduced Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, Robert Longo and Richard Prince to the art world.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #kelley-mike-1954-2012, #longo-robert, #manhattan-nyc, #metro-pictures, #reiring-janelle, #sherman-cindy, #shutdowns-institutional, #winer-helene

After Warm Start to Snow Season, Colorado Resorts Look for Relief

Record high temperatures have left mountain resorts across the state reliant on artificial snow. Winter storms predicted for this week could change that.

#colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shutdowns-institutional, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #winter-season

Schools Are Closing Classrooms on Fridays. Parents Are Furious.

Desperate to keep teachers, some districts have turned to remote teaching for one day a week — and sometimes more. Families have been left scrambling to find child care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #portland-ore, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #southfield-mich, #teachers-and-school-employees

The Debt Ceiling and More: Congress Has a Pre-Break To-Do List

Governing by brinkmanship means missing lots of vacations.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #national-debt-us, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the G.O.P. Became Saboteurs, Threatening a Government Shutdown

Republican obstructionism is getting even more naked. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-debt-us, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Government Shutdown Still Looms Despite Spending Deal

Even as the House set a Thursday vote to fund the government through February, Senate Republicans were still threatening to force a shutdown over vaccine mandates.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delauro-rosa-l, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Lawmakers Strike Spending Deal but Government Shutdown Still Looms

Even as the House set a Thursday vote to fund the government through February, Senate Republicans were still threatening to force a shutdown over vaccine mandates.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delauro-rosa-l, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown Over Vaccine Mandates

With federal funding set to lapse on Friday, President Biden’s mandate for large employers has emerged as a sticking point over a stopgap spending bill.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #marshall-roger-w-1960, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization