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Trump orders churches opened; California’s Newsom says guidelines coming Monday


California officials will release guidelines to begin reopening places of worship by Monday at the latest, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Friday briefing, but stopped short of giving an outright timeline for when churches may welcome parishioners.

Newsom’s office has been talking with faith leaders statewide over the past week, he said, ranging from megachurches to neighborhood churches.

“It’s so important that folks understand we deeply understand, admire, the faith devotion,” Newsom said, adding later, “We look forward to churches reopening in a safe and responsible manner.”

The comments came about an hour after President Donald Trump deemed places of worship as essential and threatened to “override” governors if they refused to allow churches to open ‘right now,’ though it’s unclear whether he has the authority to do so.

The Centers for Disease Control released new guidance for houses of worship later Friday afternoon. Weeks ago, the CDC had prepared a draft of the reopening guidelines that included measures like maintaining distance between parishioners and limiting the size of gatherings. But that guidance had been delayed for more than a month by the administration until Trump abruptly reversed course and ordered the agency Thursday to get the guidelines out.

Already, places of worship up and down California – including in Oakland and elsewhere in the Bay Area – have pushed back against Newsom with plans to begin in-person services starting May 31st. Large gatherings including church services are not included in the state’s guidance for the first two phases of reopening.

Frustration over varying reopening timelines has rippled through California, particularly in the hard-hit Bay Area. As of Friday, Bay Area counties had all reopened curbside retail after falling in line with Newsom’s early phase two guidance that kicked off May 8. The region was slower to join onto Newsom’s guidance than other parts of California, with San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Alameda counties not following suit until Monday, and Santa Clara joining Friday.

In response to questions about why restrictions surrounding church services could potentially be allowed to ease while other types of gatherings remain barred, Newsom said that the reopening process is “iterative.”

“All of this will begin to change – every single point of reference, specific and general, that’s reflected in the shelter-in-place,” he said. “By definition, this is not a permanent state.”

Glitch lays off ‘substantial number of employees’ to cut costs


Glitch laid off “a substantial number of employees” on Thursday in an effort to cut costs and ensure “long term viability,” the company confirmed in an email to The Verge. Glitch said it had to “significantly cut operating costs” due to market conditions.

At least 18 people were laid off, according to two former employees who asked to remain anonymous. Glitch had about 50 employees before the layoffs, the sources said. Glitch declined to comment on how many employees were laid off. The company said it is offering “severance, health insurance, and support in finding new employment” to employees who were laid off.

Glitch CEO Anil Dash tweeted that the layoffs came as a result of being a “small company in a fiercely competitive space in a tough economy.”

Glitch is a coding platform that launched in 2017 under what was then known as Fog Creek Software. The platform has a quirky look and emphasizes its ease of use – anyone is supposed to be able to jump in, remix someone else’s code, and launch a bite-sized app that will run on Glitch’s servers.

The service has been completely free to use nearly all of the past three years, though. It wasn’t until one month ago – about a month into the pandemic – that Glitch launched a subscription service, offering users the ability to pay $ 10 per month for expanded capabilities. The service had a slow start, according to both sources, with one describing the launch as “underwhelming.”

In March, Glitch employees voted to form a union under the Communications Workers of America, making them one of the first tech companies to organize. Glitch agreed to voluntarily recognize the union, but the union had not yet negotiated a contract with the company. The Verge has reached out to the union for comment.

Glitch raised $ 30 million in funding in 2018. It said the funding would allow the company to “build the kind of platform and community that fits” its ambitious vision.

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad ahead of the crewed mission to the International Space Station

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad ahead of the crewed mission to the International Space Station

WASHINGTON – NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week’s launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel – the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets.

Top officials at the US space agency and Elon Musk’s company had been meeting since Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final checks of the Crew Dragon space capsule ahead of its maiden May 27 crewed mission.

“At the end we got to a go,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters by video of the meticulous Flight Readiness Review, which provided the go-ahead.

US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy’s historic Launch Pad 39A at 4:33 pm (2033 GMT) on Wednesday for the International Space Station, arriving the next day.

Asked about going ahead with the mission in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Behnken told reporters: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Behnken and Hurley have been in strict quarantine since May 13 because of the pandemic, but they said their actual isolation began as far back as mid-March.

“We have been in quarantine probably longer than any other space crew has ever been in the history of the space program,” Hurley said.

He said he and Behnken have been tested twice so far for COVID-19 and “rumor has it we might be tested again before we go.”

American astronauts have been flying to the ISS, which currently houses two Russians and one American, on Russian rockets since the US space shuttle program was shelved in 2011 after three decades of service.

Should the SpaceX mission succeed, the United States will have achieved its goal of no longer having to buy seats on Russian Soyuz rockets to send astronauts to the ISS, which has been occupied by US and Russian astronauts since 2000.

– ‘Embarrassing’ –

NASA has awarded contracts worth 3.1 billion dollars to SpaceX and 4.9 billion dollars to Boeing in a bid to give the US independent access to space once again.

The original target for crewed flights replacing the shuttle was 2015, a hiatus that the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, once described as “embarrassing.”

Behnken and Hurley have been training for five years on the Crew Dragon capsule, which features touchscreens as opposed to the switches and buttons of the Apollo capsules of the 1960s.

Unlike the space shuttle – which suffered two fatal accidents – the SpaceX capsule includes an emergency escape system in the event there is a problem after liftoff.

At the end of the mission, which is expected to last several months, Crew Dragon will splash down in the ocean like the Apollo capsules did, slowed down by four enormous parachutes.

SpaceX and Boeing are being called upon to carry out six crewed voyages each to the ISS over the next few years.

If next week’s Crew Dragon mission – baptized Demo-2 – is successful SpaceX will be the first private company ever to deliver astronauts to the ISS.

Demo-1 was a flight conducted successfully in March 2019 with a mannequin aboard.

Boeing conducted an uncrewed test flight of its capsule, known as Starliner, in December but it suffered multiple glitches.

US-Russia cooperation is not expected to end once Crew Dragon goes into service. NASA plans to use Soyuz rockets to send some astronauts into space.

SpaceX will also provide flights to non-American astronauts and Musk’s company wants to eventually send tourists into space.

A private three-passenger mission is planned for the second half of 2021 with tickets expected to run in the tens of millions of dollars.

Destiny 2 Xur May 22 location and Exotics: Where is Xur May 22 – May 26?


The Destiny 2 Xur May 22 location is on Nessus up on the barge in the Watcher’s Grave. Land at the northeast point and hop up onto Calus’ barge. You’ll find Xur outside on the top deck. He’ll stick around until reset time on Tuesday, May 26.

Here’s everything Xur is selling this weekend. Remember that even if you already own all of these Exotics, you can still buy them again for a better stat roll.

  • Exotic Weapon – Cerberus +1: this quad-barrel auto rifle deals massive damage but has short range and a wide spread like a shotgun. Cerberus is one of the most unique Exotics in Destiny 2, and its Exotic catalyst – which lets you turn it into a veritable shotgun – makes it totally worth using in many activities. It could almost pass for a Borderlands gun, frankly.
  • Hunter Exotic – Celestial Nighthawk: Golden Gun deals one high-damage shot. This has been a staple Hunter DPS Exotic for years, and for good reason. A shot from Nighthawk can one-shot most anything, and instantly take a huge chunk out of raid bosses. It’s the highest burst DPS possible, so if you don’t have it, you should definitely buy it.
  • Titan Exotic – Mask of the Quiet One: taking damage grants ability energy, and when your health is in the red, getting kills will heal you. Mask of the Quiet One is let down by how minor its effects are. The bonus ability energy is very minimal, and while the healing effect sounds nice on paper, it only affects the red portion of your health gauge, not your shield. It’s a hard pass unless you’re filling out the collection.
  • Warlock Exotic – Karnstein Armlets: melee kills instantly restore a chunk of health and grant health regen for a short time. Karnstein Armlets look cool and they enable aggressive melee play, but they don’t synergize with any of the elemental Warlock melee abilities, so it’s still a niche Exotic. If you just want to cosplay a Titan on your Warlock and punch things all day, or you’re hurting for a regen effect, you could certainly do worse.

HBO’s ‘Snyder cut’ of ‘Justice League’ won’t be able to fix such a collective Hollywood failure


HBO Max has announced that it will finally release an extended director’s cut of the 2017 film “Justice League.” This bonus version is supposedly more true to director Zack Snyder’s original vision for the movie. Snyder left the film because of a family emergency in 2017, and it was finished by Joss Whedon, who added jokes and rejiggered portions of the plot. The film bombed critically and didn’t do well at the box office either. Ever since, fans have used the hashtag #ReleasetheSnyderCut to push Warner Brothers to let Snyder finish his (reportedly four hour!) version. The hashtag was boosted by Gal Gadot (the film’s Wonder Woman), and Henry Cavill (Superman) has been enthusiastic about the project as well.

The hullabaloo, though, is massively, or superbly, out of proportion to the actual quality of the movie being discussed.

The hullabaloo, though, is massively, or superbly, out of proportion to the actual quality of the movie being discussed. “Justice League” was not a good film, and it’s hard to see how even extensive tinkering could improve it. More, the fan insistence that Snyder can swoop in and save this mediocre blockbuster through directorial oomph is at odds with the themes of the film itself. “Justice League” is a movie about how everyone needs to team up to save the day. In that sense, it’s an allegory for the way that blockbuster franchises are collective projects, rather than the product of an individual plan. To the extent that “Justice League” says anything, it says that an individual hero like Zack Snyder can’t save anything on his own.

Really, the main problem with “Justice League” isn’t the editing, or the tone. It’s that the basic plot is extremely silly, even by the standards of big-budget superhero films. A villain improbably named Steppenwolf, played by a desperately mugging and egregiously horned Ciarán Hinds, wants to collect three “Mother Boxes” of power and destroy the earth. He chooses to strike after Superman is dead, prompting Batman (Ben Affleck) to organize a bunch of heroes to fight him. They bring Superman back to life, because bringing Superman back to life is what you do after he dies in any DC Universe story involving Superman. Then they beat Steppenwolf up in an explosion of mediocre special effects and wooden dialogue.

It’s not an auspicious starting point. Additional scenes with Steppenwolf would obviously be a bad idea. Every moment he’s on screen babbling about his own powerfulness and waving his ax is another moment you are wishing for a more interesting villain: Killmonger, Thanos, Orm, even Suicide Squad’s Enchantress. The bar is that low.

More heroes isn’t exactly an appealing concept either, though. Gadot and Affleck have the opposite of chemistry. Every time Gadot sighs meaningfully, while Affleck moves his jawline, a little piece of the history of cinema expires. “I think there’s an attack coming,” Batfleck declaims. “Not coming, Bruce. He’s already here.” Wonder Woman answers. That’s dialogue all right. But do you really want more of it?

There are a couple of bright spots in this vast and tedious dimness. Ezra Miller as the nervous, fast talking Flash manages some lovely quips: “I am a black hole of snacks. A snack hole!” It’s a funny line, (though not to Batman, who, to Affleck’s credit, handles the straight man role with aplomb.) Cavill and Amy Adams as Lois Lane are great in their scenes, too. If the Snyder cut was just the two of them joking and flirting for four hours, that would in fact be an improvement. I’d watch it.

But these moments of adequacy cannot be wholly attributed to Snyder. Miller reportedly improvised good chunks of his dialogue. Adams and Cavill have great rapport, but it seems to be their rapport specifically; Snyder and / or Whedon didn’t manage to elicit similarly simpatico performances from any other pairs of actors.

Viewers have been taught to believe movies are the accomplishment of the director chiefly, or even solely. That may be close to the truth in some indie films. Anna Biller, the amazing director of feminist retro horror melodrama “The Love Witch,” is credited with film editing, music, production design, art direction, set direction and costume design. But tentpole franchise films do not have such singular visions. They’re corporate negotiations or, more kindly, group projects.

If they work, like, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” they’re smooth, gleaming engines of entertainment, polished and calibrated by phalanxes of specialists. When they don’t work, it’s because lots of somebodies failed to make the joints fit, or mistakenly soldered a monstrous chunk of metal in the wrong spot.

Part of the charm of the big budget superhero film, if you find them charming, is the way they’re so openly assembled by a cast of thousands. Sometimes communal endeavor is necessary – which is, as it happens, the theme of “Justice League.” Batman gathers his team because to accomplish some victories you have to work together. Snyder’s cuts won’t be deep enough to excise everyone else’s contributions, for better and worse. It took a whole league of ineptitude to make “Justice League” the turkey it is. Snyder can’t uncluck it.

Hand sanitizer can ignite if left in a hot vehicle: Alberta doctors


Doctors at Alberta Health Services say people using hand sanitizer when they are out shouldn’t leave it in their cars for too long because it could lead to a fire.

The advice comes in a daily COVID-19 newsletter distributed to physicians, volunteers and staff by AHS president Dr. Verna Yui and senior medical health officer Dr. Laura McDougall.

They say handwashing with soap and warm water is still the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But they note that’s not always practical or possible when outside the home or in a workplace.

With hand sanitizer being in short supply, many breweries, distilleries and community-based companies have started making their own with high alcohol content.

Yui and McDougall say not to store any hand sanitizer in your car for long periods of time.

“With extended exposure to high temperatures, the alcohol in the hand sanitizer will eventually evaporate, causing it to lose its efficacy,” Yui and McDougall wrote in the Thursday newsletter. “Additionally, there is a potential fire risk to storing hand sanitizer in your car.

“In extreme heat, it can ignite due to its high alcohol content.”

A spokesman with AHS says he hasn’t heard of any hand sanitizer fires in Alberta, noting it’s just a general warning.

There are, however, cases cited in medical journals – including one from 2011 of a health-care worker who was burned when she lit a cigarette after using hand sanitizer.

The National Fire Protection Association in the United States also issued a warning in mid-April about the possibility, although it notes there must be an ignition source for a fire to occur. It said spontaneous combustion is highly unlikely unless a vehicle were to reach extreme temperatures.

Health officials in Alberta also recommend people not ingest hand sanitizer and keep it out of the reach of children.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 22, 2020

UFC announces full card for UFC on ESPN 9 on May 30, headlined by Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns


The UFC has announced its full fight card for next Saturday.

UFC President Dana White revealed the 11-bout lineup during an interview with ESPN on Friday, confirming several rumored and reported bouts including the welterweight main event between former UFC champion Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns.

Also on the main card, heavyweights Blagoy Ivanov and Augusto Sakai face off, Kevin Holland – who competed six days ago at UFC on ESPN 8 – drops down to welterweight to fight Daniel Rodriguez, Roosevelt roberts meets Brok Weaver in a battle of lightweight prospects, and jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern fights Hannah Cifers in a strawweight bout.

The May 30 show is expected to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas pending approval from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who will address the status of the show at a meeting on May 27.

The preliminaries and main card are scheduled to air on ESPN and the ESPN + streaming service.

See the fully announced May 30 lineup below:

Main Card (9 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN +)

Welterweight: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns

Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov vs. Augusto Sakai

Welterweight: Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Lightweight: Roosevelt Roberts vs. Brok Weaver

Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Hannah Cifers

Preliminaries (6 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN +)

Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Antonina Shevchenko

Catchweight (150 pounds): Billy Quarantillo vs. Spike carlyle

Light Heavyweight: Jamahal Hill vs. Klidson Abreu

Flyweight: Tim Elliott vs. Brandon royval

Bantamweight: Louis Smolka vs. Casey Kenney

Featherweight: Chris Gutierrez vs. Vince Morales

Center recommends HCQ to more people to prevent COVID-19 despite evidence suggesting otherwise- The New Indian Express


Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday recommended anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent Covid 19 in more categories of people considered vulnerable to the disease despite a World Health Organization’s assertion that the drug might not be useful either in curing or preventing the infection.

The Union ministry of health and family welfare said that all healthcare workers, even those in non-Covid hospitals or in non-Covid blocks of Covid hospitals and asymptomatic frontline workers, such as surveillance workers deployed in containment zones and paramilitary or police personnel involved in COVID-19 related activities should take the medicine as per prescribed doses.

Everyone, however, should take the drug under medical supervision — given the safety concerns around the medicine, the government also said.

Incidentally, the advisory comes on a day a large observational study published in medical journal The Lancet said that seriously ill Covid-19 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were more likely to die or develop dangerous heart arrhythmias — a long term cardiac rhythm problem .

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In India, the drug was suggested for prophylaxis in only healthcare workers dealing with Covid patients and asymptomatic close contacts of lab confirmed cases. HCQ, along with antibiotic azithromycin, is also recommended in the country to treat Covid 19 patients in ICU.

The new decision, said the government, is being taken following reviews by the national task force on Covid 19 and a joint monitoring group with a number of experts drawn from multiple government agencies.

The ministry cited three studies, whose findings it claimed, have shown that the drug works in preventing Covid 19.

The first study cited included a retrospective case-control analysis by the Indian Council of Medical Research which found that there is a significant dose-response relationship between the number of prophylactic doses taken and frequency of occurrence of SARSCoV-2 infection in symptomatic healthcare workers who were tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

“Another investigation from 3 central government hospitals in New Delhi indicates that amongst healthcare workers involved in COVID-19 care, those on HCQ prophylaxis were less likely to develop SARS-CoV-2 infection, compared to those who were not on it,” said the revised advisory.

“The benefit was less pronounced in healthcare workers caring for a general patient population. ▪ An observational prospective study of 334 healthcare workers at AIIMS out of which 248 took HCQ prophylaxis (median 6 weeks of follow up) in New Delhi also showed that those taking HCQ prophylaxis had lower incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection than those not taking it. ”

Some health care specialists expressed shock at the development.

“The growing global evidence on the lack of efficacy and safety issues with the use of hydroxychloroquine is another red flag on the drug’s use for prophylactic purposes,” said Dr Anant Bhan, a health researcher who specializes in bioethics and health policy.

“Data published in the Lancet based on evidence from multiple countries today again reinforces the need for caution in promoting the drug for either prophylactic or treatment purposes. The new advisory hence is surprising given the data quoted to support the advisory is not available in the public domain to my knowledge or published. ”

He warmed that the individuals who take the drug prophylactically might be put at risk.

You can’t even see it! José Eduardo reveals not to support this actor from Televisa and humiliates him


Mexico City.- José Eduardo Derbez He has shared the second part of his video on YouTube with Diego de Erice, with whom he confessed several secrets, such as infidelity to your ex and that actor of Televisa not supports nor see, who also humiliated agreeing that he was not famous.

The actors made strong revelations throughout the video, leaving more than one jaw-dropping, especially when the comedian decided to confess that there was someone in the middle of the show who he couldn’t stand, he “shit …”.

I know one that you and I dislike … We already know who. It starts with J, “said the actor.

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Diego questioned him about what actor or actress he could not bear and after several laps he began to say that there was someone who could not bear either him or Erice, which turned on his friend’s spotlight and understood the hint saying at the end the name of the person, Jonathan Becerra.

Becerra worked with them on the Televisa novel, What rich poor, and they spread it affirming that he had such a bad character that neither he could bear it, besides that “he is not famous” despite the fact that he does believe it.

That is not even a famous friend, “said Erice.” No, but we both disliked, “replied José Eduardo.” Well, but he just falls ill. Greetings Jonathan Becerra “, concluded Diego.

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Source: YouTube @joseduardoderbez


World Bank tells govt to ‘flatten the debt curve’ – Sat, May 23 2020


The World Bank has called on the Indonesian government to formulate a sound fiscal strategy to “flatten the debt curve” and maintain financial market confidence as debt mounts during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The ratio of Indonesia’s debt to its gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to rise to 37 percent this year, from 29.8 percent at the end of last year, driven by an increase in borrowing to cover the widening budget deficit and to cope with the economic slowdown, as well as the depreciation of the rupiah, said World Bank senior economist for Indonesia Ralph van Doorn.

“The government must [make clear its] fiscal strategy to raise revenues back to at least the 2018 level to flatten the debt curve, ”Van Doorn told an audience during a discussion on Wednesday, adding that the country risked losing market confidence over its mounting debts.

“Indonesia mus …