Boulder County, Colorado announced Thursday that it is banning all gatherings of young adults between the ages of 18-22 for 2 weeks. The order, which went into effect Thursday at 4 p.m., prohibits both indoor and outdoor gatherings and includes a list 36 addresses where residents “have repeatedly violated orders,” NBC reported. Those who violate the order could be fined $5,000 or receive a jail sentence of up to 18 months. “We must take stronger action to stop the spread of this virus in our community,” Boulder County public health director Jeff Zayach said in a news release . “We have researched the actions we can take that would be effective while minimizing the burden on those who have not been the source of increased transmission. We believe this strategy can achieve both goals.” The order applies to all people within the age group regardless of whether they attend the University of Colorado. Under the order, they are allowed to study and exercise if they are alone, and … [Read more...] about Boulder Bans Young Adult Gatherings For Two Weeks
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Covid-19 cases in Shanghai continued to decline, prompting authorities on Monday to announce plans for a phased reopening of the city after it endured six weeks of stringent lockdowns that left a bruising impact on China’s economy. Key Facts According to China’s National Health Commission, Shanghai reported a total of 938 new cases—all inside areas with the most stringent quarantine restrictions—and four deaths. The city’s vice mayor Zong Ming said 15 out of Shanghai’s 16 districts have achieved “zero Covid” status, which implies three days of no new cases among people who are not already under quarantine within a district. For the first time since the initial lockdown, authorities on Monday offered a clear timetable for Shanghai’s reopening which would take place in phases, with restrictions on movement staying in place till May 21. As long as cases don’t rebound, something Zong said … [Read more...] about Shanghai’s Strict 6-Week Lockdown Nears End As Covid Outbreak Eases
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When the Covid-19 pandemic first hit, in March of 2020, colleges everywhere (including Johns Hopkins University, where I teach and conduct research) shut down and sent everyone home. Within two weeks, we switched all of our classes to Zoom. It was a remarkable pivot, and necessary at the time. But we’re now more than two years into the pandemic, and many colleges and universities are still holding classes on Zoom, or offering a Zoom option for students who want it. This has become, to put it bluntly, a disaster for students. The Chronicle of Higher Education published a lengthy article in April that surveyed faculty all over the country. It paints a grim picture: students are reporting mental health problems in record numbers, grades are low, and attendance is even lower. Depression is widespread. College life, it seems, is not good. Most universities returned to in-person classes this past fall, and some … [Read more...] about Zoom Is Crushing Students’ Spirits. It’s Time To Come Back To Class.
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The context is transitioning from fossil energy to renewables. One key aspect of this is transport via gasoline or diesel vehicles and its transition to electric motors driven by batteries or hydrogen. The fossil fuel industry should be concerned about the efficiency and cost of sustainable transport, because that will determine the speed of the transition which will likely affect the decline of oil production and perhaps the oil and gas industry itself. Elon Musk knows batteries. He builds them: to propel cars and trucks, at one bookend, to grid-scale behemoths that store and stabilize electrical power for hundreds of homes and commercial enterprises, at the other bookend. Last week, May 12, 2022, Musk said hydrogen “is the most dumb thing I could possibly imagine for energy storage.” This is not the first time, as Musk has made similar negative comments in past years. A few years ago, Musk told reporters that hydrogen … [Read more...] about Is Elon Musk Right Or Wrong To Dismiss Hydrogen Use For Low-Carbon Energy Storage?
After "glass skin" and "dolphin skin", TikTok users are now all going crazy for "jello skin", a new anti-aging skincare trend straight out of South Korea. While it's really about boosting collagen production, this new trend draws on a simple concept that's already very much out there: holistic beauty. As beauty trends land thick and fast on TikTok, many are based on K-beauty – or Korean beauty – which has become a major source of inspiration in the West, despite the recent hype around new influences, including G-beauty (Germany), C-beauty (China), and T-beauty (Taiwan). The latest in line is a new viral skincare trend called "jello skin". Read more: Makeup goes hybrid, focusing on holistic beauty and formulated for skin health "Jello skin" – which evidently refers to Jell-O, the brightly coloured gelatin dessert well known in the US and Canada – seems to be linked to the TikTok account of the influencer @glowwithava, who regularly shares tips and tricks with her 1.4 … [Read more...] about ‘Jello skin’, a new holistic K-beauty trend, is going viral on TikTok
Wang Yi (File image) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India was damaged even before it began. Thirty six hours before the Foreign Minister’s arrival in New Delhi, the atmospherics surrounding the trip were vitiated by a forthright “rejection” by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of Wang’s “uncalled” for recent utterances. Whoever on Raisina Hill, the seat of power in New Delhi, took forward the proposal made by Beijing for this visit about 10 days ago did not do due diligence. It was known for weeks that Wang would attend a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), where Kashmir is routinely brought up. As and when it is brought up at any forum, China simply cannot look the other way because Kashmir is not a matter of foreign affairs for those who rule in Beijing. Like it or not, China is in physical possession of large parts of Kashmir, gifted to it long ago by Pakistan. Chinese possession of Kashmir is illegal and contravenes norms that … [Read more...] about A lost opportunity for India-China diplomacy
Shares of Peloton Interactive Inc. ( PTON ) are skyrocketing after the connected exercise company announced a major restructuring. The stock is up nearly 30% as of Tuesday afternoon. Currently trading around $38, the company is still down more than 70% in the last year. U.S. equity markets as a whole are decisively higher after wavering this morning, led by tech and small-cap stocks, with the Nasdaq up more than 1% and the Dow Jones not far behind. Shares of Harley-Davidson ( HOG ) are up nearly 15% this morning after the company posted better-than-expected revenue and earnings. Analysts expected a loss of 38 cents per share; instead, Harley-Davidson reported a gain of 14 cents per share, thanks in part to increased demand for one of its more expensive motorcycle models. Key Takeaways The Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are all higher after wavering earlier. Amgen and Peloton are both helping lead markets higher, as are small-cap stocks as measured by the Russell … [Read more...] about Stocks Rally as Amgen, Peloton, Travel Companies Push Markets Higher
Companies inattentive to innovation get left behind--or worse, fail altogether. While those of us over 40 fondly remember starting our weekends with a trip to the video store, for example, the experience pales in comparison to conveniently streaming blockbuster entertainment from the comfort of your couch. While hailing a cab in New York City was fun the first time, there's nothing like the certainty of watching the map on your screen as a dedicated driver heads your way to pick you up. In other words, though one experience may have delighted us initially, a more innovative--and perhaps industry altering--option could be waiting in the wings vying for our business. Successful brands are those that out-innovate the competition. They never settle for the status quo, always seeking the next differentiator for their category. They survive in today's highly competitive landscape by continually evolving to deliver better products, better services, and--most importantly--better customer … [Read more...] about The Secret Ingredient to Finding Your Next Million-Dollar Innovation Idea
Nike has doubled down on litigation against StockX in a heavyweight lawsuit between the biggest shoe manufacturer in the world and the hypebeast shoe resale platform that’s now valued at $3.8 billion . advertisement advertisement The battle started in February, when Nike filed a trademark suit against StockX, after StockX announced a program that promised to turn your shoe purchases on its site into instant NFTs. (Nike, having not minted these NFTs itself, claimed StockX was misusing its trademark by minting NFTs from Nike shoes.) Then last week, Nike upped the legal ante: It added an accusation of counterfeiting on top of its existing trademark suit, claiming that it purchased four pairs of fake Nikes from StockX. At first glance, the story may look like another example of Nike being overly protective of its intellectual property. Last June, Nike sued the Brooklyn-based art collective MSCHF, after the group released Satan Shoes, which were Nikes … [Read more...] about Nike is suing StockX for allegedly selling counterfeit shoes. What happens next?
Emergency management specialists remove debris of a residential building destroyed during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine May 11. (Image: Reuters) In a sign of Russian forces’ struggles on the battlefield, military analysts have said Moscow appears to be further scaling back its objectives even in eastern Ukraine, where it has recently been focusing its devastating firepower, and may be targeting a takeover only of part of the Donbas region on its border. Off the battlefield, Ukraine and its Western allies continued to put pressure on Moscow on Monday as NATO held a large military exercise on Russia’s doorstep in Estonia. Although planned long before the invasion of Ukraine, the drills were a show of might by the alliance, which was further strengthened over the weekend when both Finland and Sweden confirmed that they would cast aside decades of strategic neutrality and apply for membership. Ukrainian forces, buoyed by Western weapons … [Read more...] about Setbacks in East force Russia to scale back ambitions