In the early aughts, Kenny Ortega had directed a string of “Ally McBeal” and “Gilmore Girls” episodes, but what he really wanted to was return to making movies. So he asked his agents to keep an eye out for a TV movie, something “under the radar” that would allow him to quietly flex his filmmaking […]
Country singer performed ‘Amazing Grace’ as Biden was sworn in as president
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration was almost star-studded enough to take place on the red carpet. So, it’s no surprise prominent Hollywood figures and celebrities took to social media to weigh in on the ceremony. The event, which began with fanfare prior to Wednesday morning, featured events and performances from a host of artists, […]
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After the events that propelled him into the presidency and those that marked the final weeks before his assuming office, it seemed something of a surprise that Pres. Joe Biden was quite so committed to an inauguration that looked relatively normal. After all, in acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s nominating convention this summer had been […]
Senior doctors at an NHS trust have been accused of avoiding menial work despite the hospital “exceeding” its ICU capacity. A letter sent to medical consultants at the University Hospitals Birmingham told staff the trusts’ priority was ICU patients “at the expense of dropping all activities”. “We cannot let patients die because we can’t admit them to ITU,” the letter, seen by the HSJ, said. It added that medical consultants’ time must be “accounted for” and all DCC (director clinical care time) and SPA (standard professional activity time) must be utilised. “Redeployment does not mean you are necessarily expected to do medical ITU but to form part of the bedside team to assist in tasks that we are all capable of delivering,” the letter, from the medical director of clinical care, said. It added the trust was “reaching the point” whereby consultants may have to provide proof of their work. The HSJ said the letter detailed “anecdotal” incidents of junior doctors covering for consultants after they had completed their rounds and said this cannot continue. Setting out the pressure the hospital was currently facing the letter said: “I don’t need to remind all about the COVID situation. “The headline is that we are continuing to ramp [up] and have exceeded our ITU capacity. To give you an idea, ITU beds are now four stacked in [a] space of two. Nursing staff are having to look after complex very demanding critically ill patients, with a ratio of 1:3 unlike the standard 1:1…” When approached for a response the trust said they would not comment “internal operational emails”.
With an estimated 41 million households tuning into its third season (and first to premiere on Netflix), “Cobra Kai” has turned ‘80s nostalgia for the characters from “The Karate Kid” into a modern hit. It’s also created a vast musical landscape for the series’ composers Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg to pay tribute to some […]
The patriotic song, which has been sung at several national ceremonies since the 1990s, embodies Biden's political brand of quiet decency.
A snow shower blew through Albany, New York, on January 20, with reports of brief, heavy snowfall throughout the region.Timelapse footage taken by meteorology student Delaney Martin shows the quick snow shower barreling through New York’s capital city.The National Weather Service had reported “briefly heavy snow showers” throughout the Capital District on January 20. Credit: Delaney Martin via Storyful
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The first cannabis farm has been found in London's historic financial district, where office buildings have been emptied because of lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19, British police said on Wednesday. The City of London Police said 826 cannabis plants were found in a building near the Bank of England. The City of London, which is home to the world's largest commercial insurance market, banks and fund managers, has been largely deserted since March after most employees were asked to work from home.
Sir Victor Blank, the businessman and philanthropist, is to endow the curatorship of the Bodleian Libraries’ Hebrew and Yiddish collections for the next 25 years. The Oxford University post will be renamed The Victor Blank Curator of Hebraica and Judaica, while the lecture theatre in the Weston Library will also bear his name. Sir Victor will endow the post jointly with the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, of which he was chairman of the trustees until recently. The curator role is guardian of one of the most significant collections of Hebrew manuscripts in the world, alongside a collection of early Hebrew and Yiddish printed books. Hebrew books were among the original endowment of the Bodleian and among the first to be listed in the library’s earliest catalogue in 1605. Highlights of the collections include illuminated manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, such as the 15th century Kennicott Bible in its original goatskin box-binding, and a fragment of Maimonides’ autograph draft of the Mishneh Torah from the Cairo Genizah. Sir Victor, former chairman of Lloyds TSB, studied modern history at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He said: “My love and fascination with the Bodleian Library goes back to my undergraduate days. As a historian, I came to appreciate the uniqueness of the Bodleian, housing and preserving swathes of our written history in this country and across the world. “The pre-eminent collection of Hebrew and Yiddish books (a collection as good as almost any in the world) requires love and care from a dedicated curator. I am delighted to be able, with the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, to secure that post for the future.” Lord Jacob Rothschild said his family is “proud to be associated with this important initiative” which “will contribute to securing Jewish scholarship and offering access to unique manuscripts for generations to come”. The current holder of the post is Dr César Merchán-Hamann. Projects include overseeing the Bodleian’s plans to digitise the entire Hebrew and Jewish collection. Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, said: “I am delighted that this curatorship is now safeguarded for future generations. The Bodleian has treasured Hebrew books since its foundation more than 400 years ago, and we remain committed to preserving and making available these highly important collections.” “This donation shows confidence in the Bodleian's world-class scholarship in Hebrew and Jewish studies, and will allow us to extend our work to share the richness of Jewish culture and learning with students, scholars and the general public across the globe. We are enormously grateful to Sir Victor Blank & to the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe for this tremendous gift."
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won near unanimous parliamentary backing for extra spending for the COVID-hit economy on Wednesday, just hours after he narrowly survived an attempt by a junior coalition partner to unseat him. Laying aside their normal animosity, opposition and coalition parties joined forces to approve the 32-billion-euro ($38.7 billion) stimulus package in both houses of parliament. The money will be used to help the hard-pressed national health service, fund grants to businesses forced to close due to coronavirus lockdowns, finance company furlough schemes and provide cover for a postponement of tax payment deadlines.
Daily coronavirus cases in Portugal rose 40% on Wednesday from the day before to a record 14,647, with the national health system (SNS) on the verge of collapse and the government pondering tougher lockdown measures to tackle the surge. "The situation is serious and the government will not fail to do everything to protect the Portuguese," Health Minister Marta Temido told reporters. The European Union country of 10 million people, where authorities implemented a 15-day lockdown last week to fight the spread of the virus, also hit a record of 219 new deaths on Wednesday from 218 the day before, health authority DGS said.
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Following an unusual inauguration ceremony, US president Joe Biden got right to work. In a symbolic move, Biden signed 17 executive actions, ranging from orders to memoranda and directives, that are in line with the promises he’s made to govern differently from his predecessor, Donald Trump. The flurry of orders—which deal with the pandemic, climate change, and racism—is a testament to how swiftly the new administration wants to reverse Trump’s legacy.
Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet in U.S. history to mark the transition of presidential power, offered a hopeful vision for a deeply divided country on Wednesday with her poem "The Hill We Climb." Gorman, 22, a Los Angeles resident, joined the ranks of previous inaugural poets Robert Frost, Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander, with a powerful performance at the swearing-in of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. "Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into and how we repair it," Gorman said, in a short poem that was greeted with a hail of critical acclaim on social media. "We will not march back to what was. We move to what shall be, a country that is bruised, but whole. Benevolent, but bold. Fierce and free." Speaking on the steps of the U.S. Capitol just two weeks after a violent mob laid siege to the seat of American government with Confederate flags, pipe bombs and a noose, Gorman said Americans could rise above the hatred. "While democracy can be temporarily delayed, it can never be permanently defeated," Gorman said. "Let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left," Gorman said. "We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one."