State lawmakers in Pittsburgh take calls from unemployed residents, hear stories of hardship amid pandemic

PITTSBURGH —Pennsylvania residents are feeling excruciating financial pressure as most businesses remain closed, forcing scores of people to file unemployment claims at unprecedented levels.People complain of a flawed unemployment system they describe as virtually unresponsive, with jammed phone lines, waiting periods that exceed two hours and dropped calls when they do get through.

Many are turning to their elected state senators and representatives for guidance and support through phone calls and emails to express their respective levels of economic trauma. “Right now there are a lot of people hurting,” says Rep. Sara Innamorato,(D) PA. 21st District. “We get phone calls into our office, people who are near tears. ”

Rep. Valerie Gaydos, (R) PA. 44th District, is hearing the same hardship. “Trying to tell a single mom it’s going to be three more weeks before she can put food on the table is unacceptable “

Source: State lawmakers in Pittsburgh take calls from unemployed residents, hear stories of hardship amid pandemic

Biggest cosmic mystery ‘step closer’ to solution – BBC News

Stars, galaxies, planets, pretty much everything that makes up our everyday lives owes its existence to a cosmic quirk.

The nature of this quirk, which allowed matter to dominate the Universe at the expense of antimatter, remains a mystery.

Now, results from an experiment in Japan could help researchers solve the puzzle – one of the biggest in science.

It hinges on a difference in the way matter and antimatter particles behave.

The world that’s familiar to us – including all the everyday objects we can touch – is made up of matter. The fundamental building blocks of matter are sub-atomic particles, such as electrons, quarks and neutrinos.

Source: Biggest cosmic mystery ‘step closer’ to solution – BBC News

Meghan Markle Prince Harry Deliver Free Meals in L.A. Amid Covid | PEOPLE.com

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped out in L.A. on Wednesday to help their new community during the coronavirus crisis.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who moved from Canada to L.A. last month with their son Archie, helped distribute meals for Project Angel Food, a non-profit charity that cooks, prepares and delivers meals to people living with critical illnesses who are at greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, PEOPLE confirms.

“They actually did two deliveries for us — one on Easter Sunday and one on Wednesday — and they’ve done it quietly,” Richard Ayoub, Project Angel Food’s executive director, tells PEOPLE. “We’re completely honored.”

“They were extremely down to earth and genuinely interested in every single person they met,” Ayoub continues. “They engaged with our chefs, they engaged with clients — they just wanted to make sure that people felt the love and appreciation. Their goal was really to just honor our chefs and staffs and volunteers by being of service.”

“What Meghan said is she wanted to show Harry Los Angeles through the eyes of philanthropy. It’s just beautiful,” he adds. “There’s obviously a great deal of love and selflessness between them. They both are individuals who want to know about others. Our clients are clients who are often forgotten. They really wanted to go visit these people. They wanted to see them and talk to them and hopefully put a smile on their faces.”

Source: Meghan Markle Prince Harry Deliver Free Meals in L.A. Amid Covid | PEOPLE.com

Sweden Continues With Controversial Coronavirus Strategy: Is It A Big Mistake?

Gabriel Leigh

There’s a growing media chorus pointing out that Sweden’s relatively relaxed approach to public restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak is beginning to look like a mistake. One main factor is that Sweden’s death rate is continuing to climb more quickly than that of its Nordic neighbors. The rate of intensive care admissions at hospitals is also outpacing the likes of Denmark, Norway and Finland, as pointed out in a daily briefing compiled by Swedbank.

In Sweden coronavirus-related death and hospitalization numbers are still climbing, but authorities seem satisfied that they aren’t out of control just yet. Meanwhile more international media is calling the strategy a terrible mistake. A look at what some Swedes are thinking, and what may lie ahead.

Source: Sweden Continues With Controversial Coronavirus Strategy: Is It A Big Mistake?

Rolling coronavirus patients on stomach may help chances of recovery, expert says | Fox News

A decades-old practice of flipping patients with respiratory issues onto their front side rather than having them lay on their backs may prove beneficial when dealing with coronavirus, and even increase chances of recovery, as the position is helping to improve oxygen delivery and absorption, experts say.

Dr. Imran Sharief, a pulmonary disease specialist in California, told Fox News that using what is called “prone positioning” with his coronavirus patients has proven beneficial. When patients on ventilators lie on their backs, a significant amount of pressure from the rib cage, fat content, secretions and gravity pulls contents in the body downward, thereby compressing airways, he said.

PROTECTING CANCER PATIENTS AMID CORONAVIRUS: HOW TO SAFELY OFFER SUPPORT

Simply turning patients onto their front alleviates pressure and offers more area to deliver oxygen, lending more absorption in the system that will aid in oxygen delivery to all organs in the body.

Sharief, who works with patients across all counties in California, explained an average person normally intakes room air, which contains 21 percent oxygen, while COVID-19 patients require 90 to 100 percent oxygen.

Source: Rolling coronavirus patients on stomach may help chances of recovery, expert says | Fox News

Diamond & Silk claim Bill Gates work on coronavirus vaccine is part of plot to “rule the world” | Salon.com

Trump-loving social media personalities Diamond & Silk this week uncorked a bizarre conspiratorial rant about Gates

ome supporters of President Donald Trump have latched onto a new villain to attack during the COVID-19 pandemic: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

As The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports, Trump-loving social media personalities Diamond & Silk this week uncorked a bizarre conspiratorial rant about Gates working to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus to use unsuspecting Americans as “guinea pigs” in a plan to “rule the world with vaccines.”

Source: Diamond & Silk claim Bill Gates work on coronavirus vaccine is part of plot to “rule the world” | Salon.com

Bill Gates stored food in basement to prep for a pandemic

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, people across the world have rushed to “panic buy” and stockpile food and toilet paper, fearing potential shortages.

But Bill and Melinda Gates began to stockpile food in their basement years before the current pandemic.

“A number of years ago, we talked about, ‘What if there wasn’t clean water? What if there wasn’t enough food? Where might we go? What might we do as a family?’ So, I think we should leave those preparations to ourselves,” Melinda Gates told BBC Radio Live on Thursday.

“We had prepared, and had some food in the basement in case needed, and now we’re all in the same situation,” she said.

Melinda said they could not prepare with a particular drug or vaccine, of course, as “there are no tools” for Covid-19.

“This is a disease we’re all in together,” she said on BBC Radio.

But she also acknowledged her family’s privilege.

As far back as 2010, Bill Gates warned of a looming pandemic in a blog post after the 2009 H1N1 outbreak.

Source: Bill Gates stored food in basement to prep for a pandemic

Trumpists Believe Bill Gates Is Using Coronavirus to Implant Brain Chips

Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have committed $100 million of their own money to fight the coronavirus pandemic. In return, a fevered segment of the pro-Trump internet is convinced the couple wants to kill off a good portion of humanity, then install mark-of-the-beast style tracking chips in whoever survives.

On Wednesday, pro-Trump personalities and regular Trump White House guests “Diamond and Silk” became the latest to push conspiracy theories about Gates, tweeting that the Microsoft founder was operating on a secretive “agenda” to “rule the world with vaccines” and vowing not to take any coronavirus vaccine that Gates was involved with.

“You’re not going to make black people the guinea pigs for this here right here,” Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway said in a video.

“We’re not going to be your experiment or your project,” Rochelle “Silk” Richardson added.

Source: Trumpists Believe Bill Gates Is Using Coronavirus to Implant Brain Chips

Workers returning to Pa. liquor stores to boost online sales | TribLIVE.com

 

2561123_web1_ptr-LiquorStoresClosed03-031720To help process online orders, workers will be back on the job at many state-owned wine and liquor stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said Thursday.

The stores will not be open to the public.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office gave the OK to reopen more than 100 of the state system’s 600 stores to help with online fulfillment, a PLCB spokeswoman said.

Wolf ordered the stores shuttered at close of business March 17 as part of the effort against covid-19. On March 16, the day the closures were announced, wine and liquor sales hit $29.9 million — a record high for single-day sales in at least a decade.

Source: Workers returning to Pa. liquor stores to boost online sales | TribLIVE.com