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2 months ago · by · Comments Off on CDC Drops 14 Day Quarantine On Travel As Campus Cases Rise

CDC Drops 14 Day Quarantine On Travel As Campus Cases Rise

 

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The confirmed U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is approaching 180,000, with over 5.7 million recorded infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the U.S. is on track to record its 200,000th death from COVID-19 by the fourth week of September. Public health officials say the true U.S. death toll likely passed that grim milestone weeks ago.
The White House defended a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend against coronavirus testing for people who lack symptoms of COVID-19 — even if they’ve been exposed to an infected person. The CDC also quietly dropped its recommendation that people quarantine for 14 days after traveling from an area with a high rate of infection. Public health experts say the moves will undermine efforts to control the spread of the disease. The New York Times cited two federal health officials who said the changes were ordered by higher-ups at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House.
The decision was reportedly made at an August 20 meeting of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, while top public health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci was not present because he was undergoing surgery. The changes were backed by the task force’s newest member, Dr. Scott Atlas — a Fox News contributor and radiologist with no expertise in infectious diseases. This comes amid rising concern over outbreaks in schools around the country as at least three dozen states so far have reported cases on college campuses.
A return to campus for the new academic year has colleges and universities struggling to both contain outbreaks of Covid-19 and enforce policies meant to prevent its spread. Across the United States, at least 36 states have reported positive cases at colleges and universities, adding more than 8,700 cases to the country’s tally. Outbreaks have been identified at four different sororities at Kansas State University, according to news releases from the college and the Riley County Health Department. Temple University in Philadelphia announced it is suspending in-person classes for two weeks following the identification of 103 cases on campus. East Carolina reported 370 total positive cases from students as of Aug. 24.
The University of Alabama is receiving backlash after it ordered faculty members to remain silent about students who test positive for the virus, arguing that alerting their classmates would violate federal privacy laws. In an email the professors were admonished, “Do not tell the rest of the class,” with the word “not” underlined. UA currently has confirmed over 1,200 Covid 19 cases since classes resumed August 19th. They continue to urge students to wear masks and socially distance on and off campus. Many schools have limited parties and other gatherings to reduce Covid-19 risks but those rules being violated are why Notre Dame’s outbreak started.
A consensus is building among public health experts that it’s better to keep university students on campus after a Covid-19 outbreak rather than send them home as many are doing. It’s easier to isolate sick or exposed students and trace their contacts if they stay put. While sending students home risks exposing other people there as well as along the way, and makes contact tracing all but impossible. Contact tracing can help manage outbreaks when done correctly. The U.S. has struggled with it for many reasons, including getting people to answer the phone and respond truthfully. That’s even harder at college, when students worry about being disciplined for violating rules on social gathering.

 

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, August 30th, 2020.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, August 30th, 2020.

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx/VISA gift card!     

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, August 30th, 2020 was:

         

ROBIN  PRATT

St. Petersburg,  FL

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEX/VISA Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex/Visa Gift Card.


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook fan and “Like and Follow” either of our company pages to enter and post your answers.  

 

 

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Trivia Winners & Drawing Entries 8/24/20 thru 8/30/20 are as follows:

 

 

 

8/24/20

 

Jennifer Ramlet

Debbie Bloxom

Kimberly Snyder

Suzie Mize Lockhart

Rosanne Clark

Jessica Jenry

Stephanie Beckwith

Stacy Nelson

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Becky Holland

Alexis Maureen

Jessica Steiner

Cathy Ahner

Jan Lehman

Jasmine Rose

Paula Johnson

Lena Perry

Steve Ahner

Lisa Puckett

 

8/25/20

 

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Michelle Webb

Jill Nauyokas

Debbie Bloxom

Shannon Schleif

Carol Jean

Tina Mimick

Naomi Ruth

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

Mary Pettiford

Jenai Merri

Edward John

Christina Domingue

Maria Bouchard

Geri Rus

Jan Lehman

Jennifer Vega

Alicia Johnson

Pam Johnson Rowland

Sue Dudley

 

 

 

8/26/20

 

Karen Brunet Moore

Stephanie Beckwith

Brooke Scott

Kim Avery

Stephanie Beckwith

Debbie Bloxom

Misty Shallcross

Be Schwerin

Kendra Lynne Ramsey

Rhonda Grisham

Josephine Casey

Patricia Oehlert Vazquez

Lisa A Mazola

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

Andrea Somers

Karron Redfield

Karyn Koehler

Cheryl Ralley-Messick

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Becky VanGinkel

 

8/27/20

 

Dawn Waddington

Jessica Steiner

Alana Dimambro

Debbie Bloxom

Rhonda Grisham

Tina Auth

Sheila Carvell

Becca Dotsun

Tina Mimick

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Sherry Lilly

Vickie Gipson

Lisa Puckett

Kate Williams

Amanda Quill

Priscilla Shimp

Kim Avery

Jennifer Vega

Kelsey Brooke Vinson

Brandi Long

Robin Pratt

 

 

8/28/20

 

Nacole Patrick

Christina Cannon

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

Cathy Ahner

Alicia Johnson

Bea Patrick

Stephen Earl

Sarah Frank

Mike Wallace

Christina Radcliff

Steve Ahner

Cathie Ahner

April Ashcraft

Jan Peoples

Lucyna Dorota

Linda Godin

Brittney Dorsey

Tom JG

Lena Perry

Eleazar Ruiz

 

8/29/20

 

Gail Yarbrough

Brittany Light

Eleazar Ruiz

Leigh Reader

Tessa Davis

Marie Mariani

Lena Perry

Christy Hawkes

Dawn Waddington

Dawn Raasch

Wendy Pesce

Brooke Scott

Robin Pratt

Stephanie Beckwith

Kalynnilene Carter

Josephine Casey

Brandi K Chaney

Alana Dimambro

Kelsey Brooke Vinson

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Jennifer Ramlet

 

 

 

8/30/20

 

Tera Lee Culverwell

April Ashcraft

Chrissy Kim

Kate Williams

Angela Meek

Tina Auth

Kendra Lewis Mcbride

Eleazar Ruiz

Christy Hawkes

Josephine Casey

Amanda Brewer

Joanie Waterman

Alicia Johnson

Shannon Rush

Jenai Merri

Darlene Whyte

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Tera Lee Culverwell

Alyssa DiFazio

Leigh Reader

 

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2 months ago · by · Comments Off on Violent Clashes At Protests Across America

Violent Clashes At Protests Across America

 

 

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Protests have turned violent in several cities while clashing with right-wing groups. A Kalamazoo City Commissioner called out a Kalamazoo pastor who organized a unity rally the same day the Proud Boys planned to protest. The Southern Poverty Law Center considered The Proud Boys a hate group. Several fights broke out when the Proud Boys came face-to-face with counter protesters in downtown Kalamazoo Saturday Aug. 15, 2020. Nathan Dannison, who organized the prayer vigil and unity rally, said at the he did not know the Michigan People’s Defense League was coming.
Kalamazoo City Commissioner Erin Knott said violence may have been avoided if counter-protesters stayed home. “I think that only gave the Proud Boys the intention and the fuel they so desire. We know from researching the Proud Boys, they don’t start the fight, they finish the fight,” Knott said. The two groups violently clashed. Video showed members of the Proud Boys use pepper spray on counter-protesters and people using torn down street signs as bats. The violence was contentious and assaultive on both sides.
In Georgia, a pro-Confederacy rally drew armed, far-right militia members to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Stone Mountain Park Saturday. Videos on social media showed far-right protestors attacking anti-facism protesters with pepper spray as the counter-protesters chanted “Go home, racists!” and anti-facism protesters grabbing Confederate flags and setting them alight. The protest dispersed when police in riot gear moved in on the crowd at around 1 p.m., and ordered demonstrators to leave or be arrested. Photos from the scene showed the National Guard moving in as well.
After a long day of peaceful protests, agitators descended on Chicago after many protestors went home. The riot resulted in 24 arrests after “multiple agitators” used black umbrellas, changed their appearance and assaulted officers by using skateboards, bottles, bicycles and other projectiles as well as mace. One peaceful protestor defended the actions of police, saying officers responded proportionately to get the situation under control and used pepper spray to deter agitators. Seventeen officers were injured during the clash.
In Portland, Oregon, right-wing extremists and members of the “alt-right” group Patriot Prayer organized a small rally, where they shot pellets from paintball guns and pepper spray against counter-protesters. Patriot Prayer and its leader, Joey Gibson, have organized three of the most violent protests in Portland’s recent history, on Aug. 6, 2017; June 30, 2018; and Oct. 13, 2018. He also organized a large Aug. 4, 2018 rally that led police to use crowd control agents on leftist counter-demonstrators, severely injuring several people with flash-bang grenades.
Protests have happened nightly in Portland for more than two months following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Police are looking for a suspect shown on video assaulting a driver until he was unconscious. Authorities had received a report around 10:30 p.m. of protesters chasing a truck a few blocks from the downtown federal courthouse. The driver crashed and was then assaulted. Video posted online showed the driver of the truck sitting in the street next to the vehicle. A crowd gathered around him and repeatedly punched and kicked him in the head until he was bloody. It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the crash or the confrontation. When police arrived, the man was unconscious. The victim of the assault has been released from a hospital and is recovering.

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2 months ago · by · Comments Off on Michigan Reaches $600 Million Settlement in Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Reaches $600 Million Settlement in Flint Water Crisis

 

 

 

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The state of Michigan has reportedly reached a deal to pay out about $600 million to victims of the water crisis in Flint. The crisis began in 2014 when Flint’s unelected emergency manager, appointed by then-Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, switched the source of the city’s drinking water in order to save money. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency said it had found dangerous levels of lead — which can affect the heart, kidneys and nerves — in the water flowing into residents’ homes.
The water source move has been linked to at least 12 deaths from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, as well as widespread lead poisoning in residents, including 12,000 children. Dozens of lawsuits, including class-action cases, filed against Michigan and the city of Flint followed. Many cases emphasize the youngest victims — the children whose exposure to lead and toxins could lead to neurological disorders and learning disabilities, among other conditions.
The Supreme Court this year said it wouldn’t block a lawsuit by Flint residents seeking to hold city officials accountable. Lawyers for the city had asked justices to step in, saying their clients had immunity from such lawsuits. A previous ruling from a federal appeals court also sided with the residents. “Knowing the Flint River water was unsafe for public use, distributing it without taking steps to counter its problems, and assuring the public in the meantime that it was safe is conduct that would alert a reasonable person to the likelihood of personal liability,” the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals held.
In March 2017, nearly three years after the incident first came to light, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded $100 million to fund water infrastructure upgrades in Flint. A few weeks later, city officials declared the city’s drinking water was safe to drink. Six years later, the city has inspected more than 25,000 service lines and has replaced 85 percent of the pipes. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put work on hold. Residents are still scared to drink the water after city, state and federal officials have been accused of ignoring, denying or covering up complaints that started immediately after the switch.
Tens of thousands of Flint residents are expected to be eligible to receive money from the settlement. The settlement will establish a court-monitored victim’s compensation fund that will provide the direct payments to Flint residents. Nearly 80% of the money will go to those who were younger than 18 at the time of the crisis. Besides the state of Michigan, the settlement includes the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the individual defendants, including former Gov. Rick Snyder, according to a news release. Litigation will continue against other defendants, including two private engineering firms charged with professional negligence.

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2 months ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, August 16th, 2020.

Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, August 16th, 2020.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, August 16th, 2020.

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx/VISA gift card!     

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, August 16th, 2020 was:

         

ANDREW  SAUER

Harper,  KS

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEX/VISA Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex/Visa Gift Card.


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook fan and “Like and Follow” either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

 

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Trivia Winners & Drawing Entries 8/17/20 thru 8/23/20 are as follows:

 

 

 

8/17/20

 

Lisa David Carr

Pam Johnson Rowland

Amber McGrath

Beth Embrey

Jessica Steiner

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Alexis Maureen

Kate Williams

Josephine Casey

Geri Rus

Gail Yarbrough

Mike Wallace

Paula Gillespie

Tina Mimick

Melanie Raman

Melissa White

Andrew W Sauer

 

 

 

8/18/20

 

Lucyna Dorota

Jennifer Ramlet

Dale Fish

Angela Janisse

Amber Chandler

Jan Peoples

Mike Wallace

Brandi Long

April Ashcraft

Jenai Merri

Lesa Moats

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Karen Brunet Moore

Mike Wallace

Thomas Ryan Gan

Susan Clarke Jette

Alicia Johnson

Melinda Dreier

Alexis Maureen

Sheila Carvell

Jan Peoples

 

 

 

8/19/20

 

Stacy Nelson

Tiffany Borek

Alicia Johnson

Diane Hamric

Kimberly Snyder

Joanie Waterman

Jessica Jenry

Sherry Lilly

Karen Bondehagen

Rhonda Grisham

Brittney Seiler

Sarah Haught

Brandi Long

Tom JG

Sarah Harrison

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Lucyna Dorota

Paula M Bondy

Lena Perry

April Ashcraft

Kathleen Hickman

 

 

 

8/20/20

 

Andrea Somers

Lena Perry

Amber Chandler

Debbie Nubile

Tiffany Borek

Karron Redfield

Chrissy Kim

Josephine Casey

Shannon Rush

Leigh Reader

Jennifer Ramlet

Stephanie McCoy

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Paula Johnson

Alana Dimambro

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Melodie Thomas

Christina Domingue

Jane Peterson

Dan Maloney

 

 

 

8/21/20

 

Angela Janisse

Rhonda Grisham

Rosanne Clark

Amanda Rosario

Melinda Dreier

Dean Bruss

Brandi K Chaney

Kim Avery

Alicia Johnson

Alisa Jones

Kendra Lewis Mcbride

Kimberly Snyder

April Ashcraft

Karen Brunet Moore

Suzie Mize Lockhart

Josephine Casey

Karen Ann Hinkle

Brooke Scott

Maria Bouchard

Jennifer Ramlet

Brittney Seiler

 

 

8/22/20

 

Adaria Johnson

Jane Peterson

Jodi Stevens

Alana Dimambro

Jenifer Garza

Jennifer Leffler

Angela Janisse

Joanie Waterman

Christina Radcliff

Brittney Dorsey

Jessica Steiner

Trish Hysell

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Karyn Koehler

Amy L Sass

Kristina Harris

Jessica Jenry

Katrina Worford

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Tracy Heyer

Darlene Whyte

Josephine Casey

Paula Johnson

 

 

8/23/20

 

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Kendra Lewis Mcbride

Kalynnilene Carter

Tessa Davis

Tracy Heyer

Lucyna Dorota

Tonya Velazquez

Mary Ann Cody

Jessica Steiner

Trish Hysell

Kathleen Hickman

Kristina Harris

Brooke Scott

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Debbie Garretson

Tom JG

Brandi K Chaney

Misty Shallcross

Alicia Dansby

Steve Ahner

Jodi Stevens

Cathie Ahner

Stacy Nelson

Lucyna Dorota

 

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2 months ago · by · Comments Off on Campuses in US Switch to Virtual Learning Amid Outbreaks

Campuses in US Switch to Virtual Learning Amid Outbreaks

 

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The U.S. reported another 43,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths from COVID-19 on, bringing the official U.S. death toll to nearly 172,000.  Public health officials are expressing alarm as the number of daily COVID-19 tests across the country has dropped 17% since mid-July, making it harder for states to track the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control is warning infection rates are “steadily increasing” in children as millions of students have started or are preparing to return to school.

As global confirmed coronavirus cases topped 22 million, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that young adults and children are increasingly driving the spread of COVID-19. WHO officials said recent outbreaks in Australia and the Philippines were sparked mostly by people younger than 40, while WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove warned younger people are not immune to the worst effects of the virus.

A surge in coronavirus cases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has forced the school to switch to remote learning, after 177 students tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of in-person classes.  The school said in a statement that the Covid-19 “positivity” rate jumped to 13.6% from 2.8% just a week before.  At the time of the announcement, the school had tested 954 students, with 177 in isolation and 349 in quarantine, both on and off campus.

In Indiana, the University of Notre Dame canceled all in-person classes and said it would move to online-only instruction. The university’s sole testing site has been inundated since students returned in early August, identifying a total of 336 coronavirus cases.  Notre Dame contends that most infections stem from two off-campus parties thrown by seniors but cases have surged as students introduce the virus to new social groups, straining the school’s resources.

Michigan State University announced it would require undergraduates to study remotely (graduate students and students who take part in athletics are exempt from the mandate). According to NPR, the directive was issued before many students returned to campus, as classes don’t resume until early September. The university released a statement on Tuesday saying, “Given the current status of the virus … it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus.”

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native people had an age-adjusted COVID-19 hospitalization rate about 5.3 times that of non-Hispanic white people. COVID-19 hospitalization rates among non-Hispanic Black people and Hispanic or Latino people were both about 4.7 times the rate of non-Hispanic white people.  While there’s no evidence that people of color have genetic or other biological factors that make them more likely to be affected by COVID-19, they are more likely to have underlying health conditions. Having certain conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, increases your risk of severe illness with COVID-19. But experts also know that where people live and work affects their health. Over time, these factors lead to different health risks among racial and ethnic minority groups.

A summer of waning social distancing restrictions has caused a surge in Covid cases among those under 35.  Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead and an infectious disease epidemiologist warns “We are seeing people, even young people, who are ending up with severe disease. We are seeing young people who are ending up in ICU. And we are seeing young people who are dying from this virus.”

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Portland Violence Continues As Judge Extends Order Against Federal Marshals

 

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A U.S. district judge in Oregon has extended a restraining order against the U.S. Marshals Service and agents with the Department of Homeland Security, ordering them to stop attacking journalists and legal observers at Black Lives Matter protests in Portland. The ruling came over the objections of the federal government, who argued that the restraining order issued against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Service was now irrelevant.
That order barred federal officers from using physical force, arresting, or dispersing anyone they should “reasonably know” was at the protests as a journalist or observer. Attorneys for the federal agencies argued the circumstances had changed with the federal presence in Portland supposed to wind down — and that the order should therefore be allowed to lapse.
Judge Michael Simon sided with attorneys working with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, who argued that the threat of violence remained even as the federal officers became less visible. The ruling comes as part of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Oregon, alleging local and federal law enforcement have been targeting and attacking journalists during more than two months of nightly protests against racism and police brutality. Two weeks ago, Simon issued an initial restraining order on the federal officers, following mounting accounts of officers injuring journalists and observers on the ground.
Protests in Portland continue for the 11th straight week as the city’s mayor pleaded for protesters to stay off the streets, saying those who barricaded the doors to a police precinct the night before and tried to set it ablaze were not demonstrators, but criminals. The majority of sit-ins and marches have been peaceful with no police interaction. A smaller element continues to violently clash with police after most of the several hundred peaceful demonstrators have cleared the streets.
Within a week of the restraining order being extended, police declared riots as a march turned violent. Police repeatedly blocked marchers as they made their through neighborhoods. The tactics prevented people from gathering outside local police buildings, which have been the recent focus of raucous demonstrations. Portland police pushed people, shot them with impact munitions and set off smoke devices after people threw water bottles and paint toward officers. As protestors left the area to make their way down another street they were repeatedly met by police blocking the march.
Each time protestors marched a different street another standoff with police ensued. Videos have circulated of the confrontations showing objects being thrown at officers from a crowd and others of officers advancing on protestors, knocking people to the ground as they walk down the street. The incident drew immediate criticism, including from Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, the council’s leading advocate for police reform.

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Covid 19 Cases Rising Worldwide

 

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Worldwide there are over 19 million confirmed cases and over 780,000 deaths. Confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States have topped 5.3 million and 166,000 deaths — by far the highest caseload in the world. Brazil has over 3 million confirmed cases and 165,000 deaths, the second highest number of cases behind the US. As the new school year starts or approaches for kids across the US, a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that nearly 100,000 children contracted COVID-19 in the last two weeks of July.
Across five US states, more than 2,000 students, teachers and school employees have been quarantined, after hundreds tested positive for the coronavirus at the start of the school year. That includes nearly 1,200 people quarantined in the Cherokee County School District outside Atlanta, Georgia. In another Georgia school district, a high school that recently suspended two students for posting images of classmates ignoring social distancing guidelines and not wearing masks announced it is implementing remote learning for part of the week, after at least nine students and staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
A school district in Arizona canceled its plans to reopen schools after several dozen teachers staged a “sick out” in protest. “We have received an overwhelming response from staff indicating that they do not feel safe returning to classrooms with students,” Gregory Wyman, the superintendent of the J.O. Combs Unified School District, said in a letter to families posted online Friday. “In response, we have received a high volume of staff absences for Monday citing health and safety concerns.” All classes, including virtual learning, will be canceled, though breakfasts and lunches will be available for pickup, he said. Arizona has over 190,000 confirmed cases and over 4,000 deaths.
In California, the director of the Department of Public Health abruptly resigned Sunday, following the discovery of a computer system failure that led to an undercounting of California’s COVID-19 cases. California has a recorded 630,000 cases and 11,545 people have died. With cases still surging, most schools in California will not be reopening for in-person education this month.
Across the globe in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned Auckland may go back into a lengthy lockdown, after 13 new community coronavirus cases were detected. New Zealand spent more than 100 days without reporting any cases, after health officials responded early and aggressively to the pandemic. They have 1,458 confirmed cases and just 22 deaths.
In Australia, Melbourne remains on a strict lockdown as the country reported a record 21 coronavirus deaths. Sixteen of the deaths are linked to outbreaks in nursing homes. Australia has over 23,000 confirmed cases and over 400 deaths recorded.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force said the US is in a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the US earlier this year. “What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas.” Birx stressed that Americans need to follow health recommendations, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Birx would not give a projection of how many deaths the US would see by the end of year, but she said a death toll largely depends on southern and western states to maintain and accelerate their mitigation efforts. Those states have become hot spots for the virus

 

 

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Mass Resignations After Lebanon Blast

 

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Protests raged following the catastrophic explosion at the Port of Beirut, which killed at least 200 people and injured over 7,000 thousands more and leveled neighborhoods. The explosion was triggered by 2,700 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate left unattended in a warehouse for six years and left more than a quarter-million residents homeless.  An investigation into what triggered the explosion is under way, and early reports suggest that it was probably a nearby fire.

Protesters stormed three ministries as security forces unleashed tear gas and rubber bullets on demonstrators.  Public anger mounted after the blast, focusing on the carelessness that led to one of the worst explosions in Lebanon’s history.  The Port of Beirut and customs office is notorious for being one of the most corrupt and lucrative institutions in Lebanon where various factions and politicians,

The mass resignation of Lebanon’s top government officials, including Prime Minister Hassan Diab has failed to quell anger over a crushing economic crisis, record rates of COVID-19 infections and last week’s catastrophic blast.  Losses from the blast are estimated to be between $10 billion to $15 billion and has left nearly 300,000 people homeless.

The highly explosive material that leveled the city found its way to the warehouse in 2013 when a ship transporting it stopped at the Lebanese port to pick up more cargo as it was headed to Mozambique.  There was a legal dispute over port fees and the shipping company was in debt so the 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, was impounded and unloaded; the Russian crew had to stay on board for nearly a year and was then released.

The port’s customs director says he sounded several alarms about the material. Since the blast, some port officials have been placed under house arrest.  The New York Times reports an American contractor working with the U.S. Army warned over four years ago about the hazard posed by over 2,700 tons of explosive ammonium nitrate fertilizer left unattended at Beirut’s port. The U.S. State Department reportedly then failed to pass along the warning to U.S. allies.

An official letter circulating online showed the head of the customs department had warned repeatedly over the years that the huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored in the port was a danger and had asked judicial officials for a ruling on a way to remove it.  In the letter, the customs chief warned of the “dangers if the materials remain where they are, affecting the safety of port employees” and asked a judge for guidance. He said five similar letters were sent in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The letter proposes the material be exported or sold to a Lebanese explosives company. It is not known if there was a response.

Lebanon already was on the brink of collapse amid a severe economic crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. Many have lost their jobs and seen their savings evaporate because of a currency crisis. Food security is a worry, since the country imports nearly all its vital goods and its main port is now devastated.   Drone footage showed the blast tore open a silo structure, dumping its contents into the debris. Estimates suggested about 85% of the country’s grain was stored there.  Economy and Trade Minister Raoul Nehme said all the wheat was contaminated and unusable.

 

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, August 16th, 2020.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, August 16th, 2020.

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx/VISA gift card!     

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, August 16th, 2020 was:

         

JOANNA  HACKER

Battle Creek  MI

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEX/VISA Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex/Visa Gift Card.


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook fan and “Like and Follow” either of our company pages to enter and post your answers.  

 

 

 

Trivia Last Weeks Winner

 

 

Trivia Winners & Drawing Entries 8/10/20 thru 8/16/20 are as follows:

 

 

8/10/20

Jennifer Ramlet

Kristina Harris

Shannon Rush

Beth Embrey

Kathleen Hickman

Nicole Watson

Brandi Long

Amy Conyers

Angela Janisse

Josephine Casey

Melodie Thomas

Tiffy Tisdale

Trish Marks

Debbie Bloxom

Carrie Vucinaj

Jenifer Garza

Alicia Johnson

Marie Mariani

Leigh Reader

April Ashcraft

Joanna Hacker

Rhonda Grisham

 

 

 

8/11/20

 

Kimberly Snyder

Kristina Harris

Stacy Nelson

Debbie Bloxom

Kelsey Polacek

Dan Maloney

Karyn Koehler

Angela Hendricks

Eleazar Ruiz

Tessa Davis

Janice McKay Donahue

Alexis Maureen

Rhonda Grisham

Cathie Ahner

Lisa Puckett

Stephen Earl

Lesa Moats

Mike Wallace

Steve Ahner

Cathy Ahner

 

 

8/12/20

 

Michelle Webb

Josephine Casey

Shannon Rush

Leigh Reader

Paula Johnson

Melanie Raman

Trish Marks

Gail Yarbrough

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Alicia Johnson

Andrew W Sauer

April Ashcraft

Dan Maloney

Dean Bruss

Jenai Merri

Janice McKay Donahue

Be Schwerin

George Pownall

Jay Robert

Brandi Long

 

 

 

8/13/20

 

Jennifer Ramlet

Kristina Harris

Kelsey Polacek

Kimberly Snyder

 

 

 

 

8/14/20

 

April Ashcraft

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Carla Marie

Kristina Harris

Tonya Velazquez

Jessica Steiner

Brittany Seiler

Esther Harrell Tartaglia

Paula Gillespie

Amanda Rosario

Tom JG

Christina Radcliff

Debbie Boxom

Lucyna Dorota

Carrie Capehart

Rhonda Grisham

Christy Hawkes

Paula Johnson

Andrea Somers

Kendra Lewis Mcbride

Eleazar Ruiz

Alicia Johnson

 

 

8/15/20

 

Sarah Frank

Naomi Ruth

Kendra Lewis Mcbride

April Ashcraft

Nikki Nichole

Kim Avery

Christy Hawkes

Nikki Hunsaker

Eleazar Ruiz

Dean Bruss

Angela Janisse

Debbie Bloxom

Kiki Roberson

Jennifer Ramlet

Joanna Hacker

Dawn Waddington

Carrie Capehart

Brooke Scott

Rhonda Grisham

Sherri Kidwell

LaKishia Wagers

Nicole Watson

Dawn Waddington

 

 

 

8/16/20

 

Pamela Garner Sloss

Lena Perry

Eleazar Ruiz

Holly Jarczynski-mcdowell

Jill Nauyokas

Brittany Seiler

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Renee Klumb Brandt

Jenifer Garza

Mary Alice Ford

Jennifer Vega

Kimberly Snyder

Geri Rus

Darlene Whyte

Gina Guarente Fieger

Sherri Kidwell

Jenai Merri

Lisa Dion

Crystal Young

Sarah Frank

 

 

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Be sure to watch both of our FaceBook pages for your chance to win and enter again next week, with questions posted daily on HealthInsurance4Everyone or at Health & Life Solutions, LLC!!

Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better. 

Also note that a number of the posted answers each day are from contestants who have forgotten to “Like” one of our pages, so their names WILL NOT be entered at the end week drawing for the gift card, giving our fans a better chance!

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