White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for coronavirus

first_img– Advertisement – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talks to reporters at the White House on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images News | Getty Images White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for coronavirus, NBC News confirmed Friday. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.center_img – Advertisement –last_img

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Remaster Announced, Mass Effect 5 in ‘Early Stages’

first_imgWhile the games will be updated to 4K with updated textures, shaders, models, and effects, BioWare noted that this is not a full remake, but rather an enhanced version that allows new players and Mass Effect fans to experience the first three games in their “best possible form”.BioWare VP and studio GM Casey Hudson added: “As game developers, we always hope that our games will transcend their original platforms. Having the opportunity to remaster the trilogy means that the fruits of a decade of our work will live on, and will be experienced better and clearer than ever before.”mass effect 5 mud skipper small Mass Effect 5 concept art mud skipper– Advertisement – Concept art for Mass Effect 5. BioWare titled the file “Mud Skipper”Photo Credit: EA/BioWareAs for the untitled Mass Effect 5, Hudson said that “a veteran team” is in the “early stages” of working on the “next chapter of the Mass Effect universe.” The studio doesn’t have any other details to share at this point. Hopefully BioWare can return to form after the troubled development, and poor critical and commercial reception for Mass Effect: Andromeda, released in 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.Mass Effect Legendary Edition is out in 2021 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. There is no release window for Mass Effect 5.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Mass Effect has more games in the works right now. Over the weekend in celebration of Mass Effect Day — it’s named “N7 Day” after the in-game military training programme, and takes place on November 7 appropriately — developer BioWare announced Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a long-anticipated 4K remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy, coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2021. It won’t have a direct release on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, but it will be forward compatible and have “targeted enhancements”. BioWare also revealed that it is working on Mass Effect 5.Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include all single-player content, downloadable content (DLC), and additional in-game content such as promo weapons, armours, and packs from Mass Effect (the 2007 title made for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC), Mass Effect 2 (the 2010 title also made for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC), and Mass Effect 3 (the 2012 title made for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U). Mass Effect Legendary Edition will offer support for 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR visuals, and faster frame rates.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Breaking Travel News interview: João Carlos Pó Jorge, managing director, LAM – Mozambique Airlines | Focus

first_imgVoters at the World Travel Awards have honoured LAM – Mozambique Airlines with a prestigious trophy, with Breaking Travel News here chatting to managing director, João Carlos Pó Jorge, to find out moreBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – LAM – Mozambique Airlines has been recognised as offering Africa’s Leading In-flight Magazine by voters at the World Travel Awards. How does it feel to have won? – Advertisement – It also takes the customer into the arts and literary world while at the same time introducing and thereby encouraging celebrated, young and upcoming musicians, artists and writers.BTN: How useful are accolades such as the World Travel Awards in promoting the airline to a global aviation community?JCPJ: They’re very useful and instrumental. They give the global aviation community an invaluable insight of the national carrier and the people, places, history, cultures, works of art and literature…etc. it represents. It also educates the travelling public about the airline.  BTN: What do we have to look forward to from Mozambique Airlines next year? What plans do you have to ensure you win again in 2021?JCPJ: LAM will continue on improving the quality and content of Indico. An assortment of exciting and educating articles covering various subjects of interest to our customers will be published. We will endeavour to maintain the momentum and progress eve further based on the feedback of our customers.More InformationFind out more about Mozambique Airlines on the official website. BTN: Can you tell me a little about the publication, Iindico, what makes it so special?JCPJ: Indico encompasses a wide variety subjects that are of interest to our customers from different walks of life. Indico acquaints the traveller with places, cultures, gastronomy, nature, flora and fauna…etc.- Advertisement – João Carlos Pó Jorge: It is rewarding. It is a testimony to our continuous effort to improve the travel experience of its customers. The award motivates LAM – Mozambique Airlines to do more, and further improve the quality and content of the publication. – Advertisement –center_img OlderBreaking Travel News interview: Glenn Mandziuk, chief executive, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region – Advertisement –last_img read more

Joe Biden’s Sweetest Moments With Kids, Grandkids: Pics

first_imgWhile serving in the Senate, the Promise Me, Dad author ran for president in 1988 and 2008. After withdrawing from his second bid, Joe was selected as Barack Obama‘s running mate. The pair served two terms together, from 2009 to 2017. During their second, Joe’s eldest son died of brain cancer.“He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146,” Obama said while delivering the eulogy at Beau’s funeral in 2015. “He left nothing in the tank. He was a man who led a life where the means were as important as the ends. And the example he set made you want to be a better dad, or a better son, or a better brother or sister, better at your job, the better soldier. He made you want to be a better person.”- Advertisement – Joe ran for president for the third time in 2020 with Kamala Harris as his running mate, beating incumbent Donald Trump and Mike Pence in November, according to the Associated Press.“I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in Kamala Harris and me,” Joe wrote in a statement at the time. “We’re reminded tonight of all those who fought so hard for so many years to make this happen. It is long overdue, but once again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”Joe’s granddaughter Naomi adorably shared a photo of the moment that they found out about his win. Keep scrolling to see more of their family moments over the years. While Joe was tempted to resign from his position and care for Beau and Hunter, Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield “would not give up” on the Syracuse University grad.“He kept calling to check on me,” Joe recalled in his 2007 Promises to Keep memoir. “He reminded me that he had put me on the Democratic Steering Committee, the group that chose the committee selections, which was unheard of for a freshman senator at that time. There was a fight brewing over a new slot on Finance, and he needed my help. I really did not care. He was trying so hard to engage me in something outside that hospital room.”The politician was eventually convinced and commuted home from Washington, D.C., every day to see his sons. He remarried in June 1977, marrying Jill Biden (née Jacobs). The couple are the parents of daughter Ashley.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Pops is the President-elect! Joe Biden — who won the 46th presidential election in November 2020 — has shared many sweet moments with his family members along the course of his political career.The former Vice President wed Neilia Hunter in August 1966, and they welcomed three children together — Joseph “Beau,” Robert Hunter and Naomi. The Pennsylvania native had his wife and kids’ support when he ran for senator in Delaware in 1972, but Neilia and their youngest daughter died one month after his win in a car accident that left both of his sons injured.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Disney’s Online Store, ShopDisney, Is ‘Coming Soon’ to India

first_imgDisney India is gearing up to launch its own online store at ShopDisney.in, which will offer products from all of its biggest brands: Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and Disney itself. But there are no details on what products will be offered. It’s unclear if this will merely offer everything Disney India currently sells elsewhere but now in-house, or whether this will expand Disney’s offerings and turn it into the long-awaited India equivalent of ShopDisney.com. Disney India had no comment.As of now, official Disney merchandise is available on several third-party platforms, including Ajio, Amazon, Bewakoof, FirstCry, Lifestyle, Max, Pantaloons, Reliance Digital, The Souled Store, and WYO. But the products are largely limited to clothing, with the exception of Reliance Digital (Disney-branded headphones) and First Cry (Disney-branded utensils, room décor, school supplies, and travel bags).- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Internationally, ShopDisney is a lot more extensive, offering action figures, jewellery, jigsaw puzzles, plush toys, ornaments, personalised gifts, play sets (Lego or otherwise), remote-controlled cars and trains, snowglobes, talking dolls, and watches among a lot more. If the latter happens, you could be looking at a lot more of Baby Yoda in your life, something we can all use in 2020.If you visit Disney India’s online store — at ShopDisney.in — you’ll see that it is “coming soon”. It’s a little surprising that Disney has missed the all-important Diwali period, though.Whatever happens, Disney will be the first major Hollywood studio to sell its products directly to Indian consumers. This comes soon after Apple opened its online store in the country.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tyler Cameron Teases ‘Bachelor’ Appearance on Matt James’ Season

first_imgThe Florida native revealed that he was “nervous” to see what James, 28, would be like as the Bachelor, because before he began filming he was “getting in sick shape” and trying to be the best version of himself.Tyler Cameron Teases Appearance on Matt James Bachelor Season Jokes About Pal’s EngagementMatt James and Tyler Cameron Rachel Wang/January Images/Shutterstock“You know he cares about how he’s going to be portrayed and how he’s gonna look [on TV] and so I was like, ‘Are we gonna get robot Matt? Or are we gonna get Matt Matt?’” Cameron said. “Cause I talked to some of the people, like, the stylists [and] just asking everyone about, like ‘How’s Matt?’ And they’re like, ‘Matt’s great. But all he does is eat salads and salmon.’ I’m like, that’s not the Matt I know!”The Bachelorette alum noted that he did see James recently and he “was great” when they reunited.- Advertisement – “We are going to get a full dose of Matt,” the reality star assured his fans. “He’s gonna have fun, he’s gonna be very vulnerable, he’s gonna open himself up. We’re gonna learn — I’m gonna learn so much about Matt. This is gonna be good, it’ll be good for him.”The Barkitecture cohost said that “hopefully Matt comes home happy with somebody” and that he is “in love” once the season ends.He also joked about what an engagement would mean for their friendship, since the men live together in New York City.- Advertisement – Friend approved? Tyler Cameron hinted at a possible Bachelor cameo during his best friend Matt James’ upcoming season of the dating series.“I saw him recently,” Cameron, 27, said on the Sunday, November 15, episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast, seemingly confirming that he will pop up on season 25 of The Bachelor. “No spoilers!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I guess I’m gonna have a third roommate now so that’ll be an interesting dynamic you know?” he said. “Maybe he’ll kick me out. I could see me just getting pushed out [and him saying], ‘Screw you, Tyler. You need to get your s–t together before you come back.’”Cameron revealed that he thinks he will “have like a mom and a dad” that will “always [be] shunning me” if James proposes on the show.He then poked fun at his roommate, saying that he has only seen him kiss one girl and it was not a pretty sight.“The one time I saw him — he’s got these big hands, you know? And so his hand was, like, taking up [a lot] of her face kissing her, and I’m like, this just looks weird,” he said. “I’m hoping Matt moves his hand down a little bit.”Earlier this month, Cameron revealed that he is happy his pal didn’t end up competing for Clare Crawley’s heart on The Bachelorette.“That boy dodged a bullet,” the season 15 Bachelorette runner-up told E! News. “That boy is on his own. Just ‘cause it’s a mess. It’s just a disaster,” he added, referencing Crawley’s exit from the show after two weeks of filming. The hairstylist, 39, got engaged to contestant Dale Moss and left the show, resulting in Tayshia Adams stepping in as the second lead of the season.ABC initially announced the Wake Forest graduate as one of the suitors for season 16 of The Bachelorette in March. When production was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the network named James the lead for season 25.James’ journey for love began at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania last month.The Bachelor is set to premiere in January 2021. The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestantslast_img read more

Spotify Premium India Annual Plan Down to Rs. 999 for the Rest of 2020

first_imgSpotify is bringing back the discount on its annual subscription, though said discount isn’t as deep as it used to be. A year of Spotify Premium for individuals is down 30 percent to Rs. 999, and will help you save Rs. 429 if you paid for the same over 12 months. In the past, Spotify had discounted its annual subscription to Rs. 699. The new Rs. 999-for-a-year-of-Spotify offer is available to all Spotify users, whether you’re new to Spotify Premium or are already using Spotify Premium.The discounted 12-month individual Spotify Premium subscription — it usually costs Rs. 1,189 — arrives ahead of Black Friday sales next week. The offer is already live and will be available through the end of the year, December 31. Last year, Spotify had made the annual subscription discount available for four weeks. This time, it’s open for an additional two weeks and two days.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As always, there are no competing offers for any of the other Spotify Premium tiers: Duo (Rs. 149 per month), Family (Rs. 179 per month), and Student (Rs. 59 per month). You still get a 30-day trial before your paid subscription starts.Its biggest international competitor, Apple Music, is currently offering three months for the price of one: Rs. 99 per month. Again, it only applies to the individual plan. YouTube Music Premium, which also costs Rs. 99 per month for individuals, doesn’t have any offers as of now. That’s also the case for Amazon Music, which is only available as part of Amazon Prime.Both Reliance Industries-owned JioSaavn and Times Internet-owned Gaana offer yearly subscriptions at a heavy discount — Rs. 399 per year — all year along.- Advertisement –center_img A year of discounted Spotify at Rs. 999 is available at spotify.com/premium.last_img read more

Business leaders stress importance of pandemic planning

first_imgNov 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The specter of pandemic influenza raises a raft of questions for businesses, and businesspeople who gathered in Bloomington, Minn., today urged their peers to quickly seek answers to those questions.Good preparation can make the difference in whether a company survives the economic turmoil of a flu pandemic, said Jay Schwarz, vice president for information systems with Alex Lee, Inc., a company in Hickory, N.C., that includes wholesale and retail grocery and food services.The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce hosted today’s event. It included a keynote speech by Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of this Web site, as well as a forum featuring business representatives who are working on pandemic preparedness.Osterholm warned that a pandemic will leave no part of the world untouched. “Please understand that this is not an optional planning activity,” he said.Even in the unlikely event that the United States escaped the pandemic itself, the country would suffer “huge” economic damage because of its interdependence with the rest of the world, Osterholm said.”What flu will do is interfere in the normal commerce, which we have cut to razor-thin time and inventory [margins],” he said.Schwarz was one of four businesspeople who shared information on how their companies are planning for a pandemic and highlighted key issues at the intersection of private enterprise and public calamity.The private sector accounts for about 85% of critical infrastructure in the United States, said Wayne Brown, in store/business incident management for Wells Fargo and Co. bank. Nonetheless, many people are unfamiliar with incident management in the business community at large.Brown’s suggestions for businesses included the following:Prepare well for the common fluStay informedPromote awareness of the problems associated with pandemic fluAdopt social distancing practices to reduce infectionExpand online business and telecommuting opportunitiesDevelop strategies for interactions involving high customer contactDetermine how to minimize business disruptions with customers and contractorsCollaborate with local health officials and hospitalsCreate a business continuity plan.Mark Klein is communications director for Cargill, Inc., of Minneapolis, an international provider of food, agricultural, and risk management products and services. Cargill created a task force last spring to address avian flu as both a human and an animal health issue. The company developed five scenarios. Three scenarios explore the ramifications of avian flu among animals; the other two are based on the assumption that an avian flu virus could develop efficient human-to-human spread.”That’s where we’re focusing a lot of our efforts right now,” Klein said. He emphasized the importance of developing scenarios thoroughly.”Going through the scenario plan was very difficult for us at Cargill,” he said. It is important to be disciplined and explore the implications of each scenario to understand how it will affect the company, the employees, and the community where the company is located, he added.Julie Craven, vice president of corporate communications with Hormel Foods Corp., said pandemic flu differs in at least one key way from other crises. Hormel is a multinational meat and food products company based in Austin, Minn.”Many of the things we’ve planned for on the crisis side, we can control,” she said, noting that many emergencies are localized to one or a few communities or confined to business property. She provided an overview of Hormel’s planning that included:Updating the crisis plan annuallyWorking on message training for internal and external audiencesSharing the plan so those who need to understand it do understand itTesting and drilling on the plan. Tabletop exercises have been an effective tool at Hormel, Craven said, but added that it’s important to conduct two kinds of drills—one with the boss present and one with the boss absent.Considering scenarios by audience: how do you work with employees, customers, consumers, and the media?Schwarz, with Alex Lee, Inc., gave an overview of how his company developed a pandemic plan.”There are concrete steps we found that you can do,” he said.Planners at Alex Lee began by selecting 16 people from key business function areas, Schwarz explained. Those 16 people received pandemic flu information before their initial meeting. For the main planning session, the employees were split into two more manageable groups of eight. Each group attended a half-day meeting.Instead of offering dry statistics about the impact of a pandemic, Schwarz noted, “We personalized it.” As a result, the groups worked within a framework that described how many Alex Lee employees might die of the flu and how many employees could experience the death of family members.Then the two groups brainstormed problems that could arise in 15 different focus areas, such as consumers, employees, suppliers, media, and government.”We literally wall-papered the conference room” listing the challenges posed by a pandemic, Schwarz said.He had prepared by developing a list of questions with which to pepper the groups as they discussed the 15 areas. “It was amazing to me how seriously the group took this thing. They got it right away,” he said.An unexpected theme emerged from both groups: the need to put aside competition during a pandemic.”We do not want to even think about competitive advantage. We want to help the food industry. That’s how serious this is,” Schwarz said.Schwarz worked with others to consolidate the reams of information developed in those two meetings, then reconvened both groups to re-examine what had emerged. People voted on priority projects, and they completed a 29-page analysis of the impact of pandemic flu on the company.”We still have a lot of work to do,” Schwarz concluded. Alex Lee employees have converted that analysis into a spreadsheet divided into three categories: things to do immediately, things to do before a pandemic, and things to do during a pandemic. Those categories help the company prioritize the work, he said.Alex Lee has also assigned tasks to company quick-response teams to ensure that pandemic preparations continue.”We’re very serious about it, and we’re going to get it done,” he said.last_img read more

CDC retires one old smallpox vaccine, keeps another

first_img The CDC recently removed the last 7 million doses of Dryvax from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News. Wyeth intends to withdraw the Dryvax license and recently asked that all remaining doses be set aside for disposal, the CDC reported last week. The CDC said all programs that have Dryvax supplies, such as state health departments and the military, must present the CDC with documentation of the vaccine’s destruction by Mar 31. The agency said it would provide ACAM2000 to states for use by responders in public health emergency preparedness programs and by laboratory workers who risk exposure to orthopoxviruses. Similar safety profilesAlthough ACAM2000 is produced with modern cell culture technology instead of the antique method involving calves, clinical studies have shown that the new and old vaccines have similar safety profiles, DoD officials said when they announced the switch to ACAM2000. The vaccines can cause swollen lymph nodes, sore arm, fever, headache, body aches, a mild rash, and fatigue. Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH, manager of immunization for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in St. Paul, said the MDH has some doses of Dryvax left over from the 2003 vaccination effort and would be destroying them. She said other states may also have some leftover doses. Feb 8 CIDRAP News story “US military switching to new smallpox vaccine” As of Feb 11, the SNS contained 195.2 million doses of ACAM2000 and 425 million doses of an older smallpox vaccine made by Aventis Pasteur (now Sanofi Pasteur), Roebuck reported. The Aventis vaccine was made before smallpox vaccination in the United States ended in the early 1970s, according to online information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Inflammation of the heart muscle and lining (myopericarditis) occurs in about 1 in 175 first-time smallpox vaccine recipients, according to the FDA. A DoD safety summary says 140 cases had occurred in the military vaccination program as of last May. Smallpox vaccination can also cause several other serious adverse reactions in rare cases, including localized or systemic spread of the vaccinia virus (eczema vaccinatum) and encephalitis. Impelled by these concerns, the CDC in September 2000 awarded Acambis a contract to make 40 million doses of its second-generation smallpox vaccine, to add to the 15 million doses of Dryvax the agency still had at the time. After Sep 11 and the subsequent anthrax attacks, the government ordered another 155 million doses from Acambis. In May 2002 Aventis Pasteur revealed it had between 75 million and 90 million doses of smallpox vaccine in storage and was turning the whole amount over to the government. Later that year, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson said the Aventis vaccine totaled 85 million doses and could be diluted to yield five to ten times as many. ACAM2000, which is derived from Dryvax, was licensed by the FDA in August 2007. The Aventis vaccine was approved until 1997, when the manufacturer asked for revocation of the license, since routine vaccination had ended decades before, according to the FDA. But the product could be used in an emergency under the “investigational new drug” (IND) process. Ehresmann said the MDH currently has no ACAM2000, but the department may ask the CDC for some doses for use by laboratory workers. The vaccine was also given to a few people who had potential exposure to monkeypox in the US outbreak in the summer of 2003. About 70 people contracted the illness after it spread to the United States via Gambian giant rats imported from Africa. Deadline for destroying vaccineIn the Feb 29 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC announced Wyeth’s intention to withdraw the Dryvax license. “This withdrawal is not necessitated by any safety, purity, or quality concerns with the product but rather is consistent with a contract agreement between CDC and Wyeth,” the notice said.center_img See also: Dryvax, which was made by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and whose active ingredient is vaccinia virus grown on the skin of calves, is being replaced by ACAM2000, made by Acambis and grown in laboratory cell cultures. However, the national stockpile still contains, as a backup, hundreds of millions of doses of another old smallpox vaccine similar to Dryvax, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to the DoD program, Dryvax was used in an HHS campaign in 2003 that aimed to vaccinate 450,000 healthcare workers because of the perceived threat of a biological attack. But health workers had concerns about the vaccine’s safety and questioned the seriousness of the threat, and the effort largely fizzled, reaching only about 38,000 workers in its first 7 months. Vaccine buildup began in 2000Smallpox was eradicated in the 1970s, but the Soviet Union made large amounts of the virus in its Cold War biological weapons program. Public health experts have been concerned for years that terrorists might obtain a supply of the virus and try to use it as a weapon. Dryvax has been used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to vaccinate more than 1.4 million military personnel since late 2002. Last month the DoD announced it was switching to ACAM2000. The vaccine is required mainly for personnel who serve in the Middle East and South Korea. “The AP [Aventis Pasteur vaccine] is in the SNS for use as an investigative new drug but is approved for use in an emergency,” Roebuck said via e-mail. “We would use the licensed ACAM2000 first, then move to the AP in an outbreak.” May 29, 2002, CIDRAP News story “Aventis to give millions of smallpox vaccine doses to US government” In June 2007 US officials awarded a $500 million contract to Bavarian Nordic A/S for 20 million doses of a smallpox vaccine that is expected to be safer for people with weakened immune systems. The vaccine uses a weakened form of the vaccinia virus. “We got the vaccine for the vaccination process [in 2003] and then we were able to store it, and the CDC continued to send updates about extending the shelf life,” she said, adding that other states may have done the same. Mar 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials recently announced plans to get rid of their last remaining stocks of the decades-old smallpox vaccine Dryvax, as a newer vaccine takes its place in the national stockpile of emergency medical supplies. Nov 29, 2001, CIDRAP News story on Acambis contract to supply vaccine to HHSlast_img read more