Day: October 18, 2020

Patients must not delay visits to the NHS in the second wave of the pandemic, urge health officials

Dr Nikki Kanani, the Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement, said staff had gone to “great lengths” to make sure the NHS could “safely care” for its patients. 

However, a number of experts are concerned the Government has not done enough to actually ensure this is the case. 

Cancer Research UK, the Royal College of Surgeons and the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee are among those that have called for regular testing of all staff to prevent coronavirus outbreaks in hospitals.

It follows repeated warnings that during the first wave, the spread of disease was being fuelled by cases being picked up in hospitals. Without such tests, the NHS risks becoming a largely “Covid-only” service, MPs have warned.

In recent days, growing numbers of hospitals have announced that once again, they are cancelling operations, amid rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. 

Among

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Pelosi: White House made ‘unacceptable changes’ to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces ‘encouraging news on testing’ for stimulus package McConnell details 0 billion COVID-19 bill set for Wednesday vote Graham: Congress should go ‘big and smart’ on COVID-19 package MORE (D-Calif.) accused White House officials of making “unacceptable changes” to language concerning funding for COVID-19 testing efforts in the framework of an emerging coronavirus relief deal.

In a letter to House Democrats released by the Speaker’s office Sunday afternoon, Pelosi accused the White House of refusing to commit funding for a national coronavirus testing and contact tracing program as well as trying to create a “slush fund” from which the administration could offer grants to various entities at its own discretion.

“These changes make the funding a slush fund for the Administration which ‘may’ grant or withhold rather than a prescribed, funded plan to crush the virus. It is important to note the impact

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Rapper Fetty Wap mourns his brother, 26, killed in Paterson shooting

New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap is mourning his younger brother who was shot to death in their hometown of Paterson Thursday.

Twyshon Depew, 26, died at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center two hours after someone drove him to the hospital with a gunshot wound, authorities said. They believe the shooting took place on the 100 block of Lawrence Street around 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating and had not announced any arrests as of Sunday.

Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, posted tributes to his brother “Twy” on social media Sunday.

“I love you lil bro I really thought I could get you out before I ever had to make a post like this,” the rapper wrote.

He called Depew his “twin” and shared several photos of them together.

Fetty Wap made it big in 2015 with his breakout hit “Trap Queen.” In addition

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Mongomery County 2020 school board candidates

Like many other school systems, Montgomery has been upended as never before by the fallout of the health crisis. Students are logging in from home for virtual learning. There are no buses to school every day, no sitting in classrooms for in-person instruction.

Seven weeks into the school year, it is unclear when it will change. State officials have pushed Maryland school systems to consider bringing at least some students back on campus. But Montgomery has not set a date.

Meanwhile, enrollment is down, with worries about major budget shortfalls.

In this uncertainty, voters will choose between two candidates for each seat in nonpartisan contests. One hopeful is a professor, another a teacher and yet another is a sports radio personality. Many have been involved as advocates. Two are incumbents.

Below are answers each candidate gave to several questions from The Washington Post. They have been edited for clarity and

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How To Make the Most of Positive Venus Aspects This Week

Cosmic Health is your day-by-day source of celestial advice—with a wellness twist. Astrologer Jennifer Racioppi looks to the stars to find out what’s in store for your week when it comes to food, fitness, sleep, sex, and more. See All

Amid a year full of grief, loss, and reckoning with systemic injustice, gratitude is easy to forget. Yet, there’s incredible wisdom to be gleaned in counting blessings; research even suggests that looking at what’s going well and consciously conjuring gratitude can elevate well-being. And in the days to come, as Venus makes many positive aspects, cosmically speaking, it’s time to turn our attention to what’s going right.

Venus, the planet of love and beauty who rules Libra, which is the sign the sun travels in until Thursday, transits in Virgo, the priestess’s sign. In doing so, Venus asks all of us to make the days ahead sacred. As we embrace

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Catrell Walls: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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Catrell Walls

Catrell Walls is a Chicago man who was arrested after cops said he sexually assaulted his 7-year-old cousin in front of her online class. Chicago police said the 18-year-old Walls is being charged with a felony count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The incident occurred at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the 200 block of East 89th Place in West Chesterfield, on the South Side, police said. After Walls was seen sexually abusing the young girl on video during an online learning session with Chicago Public Schools, police officers responded to the home and arrested him. The victim was brought to Comer Children’s Hospital, the outlet wrote.

Public records show that Walls is currently being held in jail in Chicago with a court appearance scheduled for Monday. A judge denied his bail on Saturday.

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MASTERSON ONLINE: Mapping it out

What if we could pinpoint three weeks in advance which regions can expect covid-19 outbreaks? We can.

You, too, probably never heard of Kinsa, founded in 2012 by public health specialist Inder Singh. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer uses a special thermometer and an accompanying Internet app as an early warning system for the spread of disease, most recently, covid-19.

Kinsa aggregates data well before the ill person sees a doctor or visits the hospital. The program applies artificial intelligence to identify pockets of expected illness even before they can emerge.

Data from Kinsa’s 1.5 million smart thermometers distributed nationwide has been validated in peer-reviewed research. It was shown to provide a three-week leading indicator of covid cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Kinsa also initiated a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, modeled from Kinsa’s successful FLUency School health program, now in its sixth year, which

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Honey G reveals almost two stone weight loss thanks to triathlon training



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X Factor fan favourite Honey G has revealed that she has lost almost two stone and dropped four dress sizes thanks to a new fitness regime.

Speaking to the Daily Star on Sunday, the 39-year-old shared that she feels newly confident following her dramatic weight loss.

LOOK: Honey G looks totally unrecognisable after dramatic TV makeover

The performer, whose real name is Anna Gilford, said: “The weight loss has definitely given me the confidence to put myself out there. I’ve always had a bit of a complex about my weight and now I can shop in the likes of Topshop and Miss Selfridge.”

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The star went on: “I used to be Size 16 to 18 but I recently bought a pair of size 12 trousers which feels so good.

“The weight loss

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DHEC: 711 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in SC on Sunday, Oct. 18

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 157,394, probable cases to 6,596, confirmed deaths to 3,439, and 211 probable deaths.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 722 new confirmed cases and 20 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 12 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 157,394, probable cases to 6,596, confirmed deaths to 3,439, and 211 probable deaths.

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Who Should Get Tested?
If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, we recommend that you get tested at least once a month.
Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread of

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Tottenham throw away three-goal lead as Manuel Lanzini stunner rescues point for West Ham

It is certainly a strong squad that Jose Mourinho now possesses – and how Mauricio Pochettino will ponder the experience his successor has been permitted to sign – with Dele Alli not even making the 18.

Spurs struck hard, struck early and struck in devastating fashion.  With their first passage of meaningful possession they scored. Kane collected the ball and arced a wonderful long pass forward that swung into the path of Son Heung-min allowing him to cut across Fabian Balbuena and curl his right-footed shot beyond Lukasz Fabianski. Just 45 seconds had elapsed and it was Kane’s ninth assist of the season – six of those for Son.

The second goal came with Kane again instigating the move with another excellent pass, this time to Steven Bergwijn, and when he eventually re-gained possession he first nut-megged Declan Rice on the edge of the West Ham penalty area before

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