Daily Archives: May 15, 2020

El dramaturgo felicita a la clase 2020 por demostrar valentía y fuerza ante todos los sucesos que han afectado la isl

La pandemia de COVID-19 alteró el currículo escolar, la rutina estudiantil y afectó las graduaciones para el fin de semestre escolar. Ante las cancelaciones de las ceremonias de graduación, el actor y dramaturgo Lin-Manuel Miranda envió un mensaje especial para los graduandos de Puerto Rico.

Para el galardonado actor, las graduaciones siempre han sido motivo de orgullo y celebración. Son múltiples las peticiones que ha recibido de estudiantes que le han expresado su tristeza y frustración al no poder festejar el fin de curso escolar con sus compañeros, maestros y familiares, todos unidos en un mismo espacio. Algunas graduaciones serán virtuales y otras se aplazarán hasta que culmine el confinamiento implementado para prevenir el contagio del coronavirus.

Miranda, quien es un optimista empedernido, aprovechó este mes para motivar a los miles de estudiantes puertorriqueños que completan un logro académico en medio de una extensa e histórica cuarentena.

El artista compartió el mensaje a través de un vídeo enviado a El Nuevo Día para todos los graduandos del 2020.

Queridos estudiantes de Puerto Rico, clase de 2020.

Ustedes son la clase graduanda de los fuertes. Vivieron el azote de los huracanes Irma y María, las protestas que trajeron un cambio de gobierno y este último semestre comenzó con terremotos y termina con la pandemia de COVID-19.

Sé que sería mucho mejor tener una graduación con amigos y familiares. Un “prom” para bailar salsa, merengue y reguetón, en vez de “yo perreo sola”.

Estamos aprendiendo las últimas lecciones remotamente, andamos lavándonos las manos y usando mascarillas. Estoy seguro que esto no es lo que esperaban de su graduación. Han trabajado fuerte para llegar a la recta final, y las expectativas que tenían de este momento eran altas, pero el mundo está patas arriba.

Esperemos que cuando salgamos de esta tragedia, nada que enfrenten en el futuro será tan difícil como lo que estamos viviendo ahora.

En la vida siempre hay tragos amargos. Los grandes momentos de nuestras vidas muchas veces no ocurren como los imaginamos. Aunque nuestros planes cambien, tenemos que adaptarnos y hacer lo mejor de la nueva realidad.

El año pasado me pasé un mes en Puerto Rico, como lo hacía cuando era un nene, esa vez, fue trayendo (el musical) “Hamilton”. Fue la experiencia de mi vida.

Espero visitar la isla de Puerto Rico pronto, pero al igual que ustedes ando en cuarentena con mi familia. Hasta entonces, solo quiero desearles lo mejor. Quiero que sepan que mi familia y yo los llevamos en el corazón. Estamos orgullosos de este pequeño archipiélago que llamamos Puerto Rico.

¡Puerto Rico es grande y seguirá creciendo por ustedes, por su compromiso y trabajo!

Felicidades en tu graduación y que Dios los bendiga. Blow us all away!“.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued long-awaited guidance on how businesses, schools and other establishments should go about reopening safely to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as states lift stay-at-home orders

The six one-page documents, though, are much shorter and less detailed than others that the CDC developed and Trump administration shelved, media reports say.

Bing COVID-19 tracker: Latest numbers by country and state

Meanwhile, Friday will see parts of New York, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., allowed to reopen but Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned residents to remain cautious. “Phased reopening does not mean the problem has gone away,” Cuomo said. “Follow the data, follow the science, follow the facts, follow the metrics.”The U.S. has the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world by far. There are almost 86,000 deaths and 1.4 million confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Worldwide, the virus has killed more than 302,000 people and has infected more than 4.4 million.

Here are some of the most significant recent developments:

  • The British medical journal The Lancet published an editorial calling for a president to take office in 2021 who “will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics.”
  • The House is set to vote on a historic $3 trillion stimulus proposal that includes more $1,200 checks, but the bill is likely to get a cool reception from the Senate.
  • Ivanka Trump, daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, says she wears a mask at the White House — which is one reason the president does not.
  • Wisconsinites are trying to understand what daily life is supposed to look like now that the state Supreme Court has eliminated the governor’s stay-at-home order. It looks like the rules will be set by city and county officials.

What we’re talking about Friday: Online school is hard. But what if you’re still learning to speak English?

Some good news: Sylvia Goldsholl is 108 and she lived through Spanish flu. She may be the nation’s oldest COVID-19 survivor, too.

From our editor-in-chief: Don’t sugarcoat news. Tell the truth. Don’t over-reassure. Lessons for those leading during the coronavirus.

 

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives was set on Friday to debate and vote on a $3 trillion Democratic bill aimed at easing the human and economic toll of a coronavirus pandemic that has killed 85,000 Americans and shut down much of the economy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats crafted the far-reaching legislation that Senate Republicans have promised will be “dead on arrival” in their chamber.

The House measure includes $500 billion in aid to state governments, another round of direct payments to individuals and families to help stimulate the economy, and hazard pay to healthcare workers and others on the front line of the pandemic.

If passed, it would double the amount of spending Congress has authorized since March to fight the coronavirus.

But unlike the previous four coronavirus-response bills, this one appears ready to land on the House floor with little to no support from Republicans who accuse Democrats of using the crisis merely to send political messages.

“It’s more like a liberal Christmas card wish list,” Representative Tom Cole said during debate on the bill on Friday. “This bill is going nowhere, and nowhere fast.”

Republican leaders in Congress have said more time is needed to gauge the effectiveness of the $3 trillion in aid already enacted into law.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said any new legislation must protect businesses from any liability lawsuits they may face for reopening during the pandemic – an idea advanced by Republican President Donald Trump.

Some 36.5 million people – or more than one in five workers – in the United States have filed for unemployment since the crisis began.

Democrats argued Americans desperately need the relief. “I don’t give a damn about sending a message. I want to send help to those in desperate need,” said Representative James McGovern, citing long lines at food pantries around the country.

Highlighting the economic fallout, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of California, the country’s most populous state, on Thursday proposed deep government spending cuts and warned of further reductions without more aid from Congress.

“That’s the purpose of the federal government – to protect us,” he said.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Friday’s vote is likely to bring about 400 or so House members back to Washington for only the third time since late March. It will be governed by social distancing and other protective measures so the House does not become a breeding ground for the illness it is trying to battle.

Some moderate and liberal Democrats have expressed doubts about rushing the legislation through.

Given Republican opposition, Pelosi’s gambit might spark a new round of negotiations on further relief among the Republican-controlled Senate, the Democratic-led House and the Republican White House.

McConnell said on Thursday he was open to another coronavirus relief bill and was talking to members of Trump’s administration about possible legislation. But he declined to say in an interview with Fox News when his party might start negotiating another such bill.

Besides the coronavirus bill, the House will also try to pass a measure that would allow members for the first time to cast votes in the chamber by proxy during the pandemic.

Many Republicans also oppose that measure, saying it was essential that lawmakers vote in person in the House.

Pelosi said she did not know when the House would resume regular sessions, noting that Washington’s city government had pushed back its shelter-in-place order to June 8. “I would hope it wouldn’t be any longer than that,” Pelosi told reporters.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; Additional reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California, and Patricia Zengerle, Lisa Lambert and Mohammad Zargham in Washington; Writing by Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Scott Malone, Peter Cooney and Howard Goller

 

Independent workers or those who are newly unemployed and looking to get into gig work are getting new financial help. This comes as so many of us try to make ends meet as the country works to rebound.

National nonprofit GreenPath Financial Wellness is partnering with the Association of Independent Workers to help

“Pre-pandemic we knew that about 60% of these full-time gig workers would have trouble covering a $400 emergency and today through no fault of their own, many more are facing financial challenges,” said Rick Bialobrzeski, Executive Vice President of Strategy at GreenPath.

GreenPath is now offering financial counseling, debt management, and help with benefits and insurance programs specific to independent workers. It’s all free over the phone.

GreenPath has been having a lot of people ask about mortgage assistance and if it’s a good deal for them. Also, people are calling confused about which assistance programs are available to them. You can get answers to both of these issues.

The pandemic is also creating new opportunities for gig work. But financial experts say don’t just jump into it.

“I would not go into gig workout without doing some research first and making sure I felt good financially about what I needed to do and a plan for doing that,” said Bialobrzeski.

The most important thing to remember through all of this is there is no judgment in reaching out for help. And the longer you wait, the less financial experts may be able to do for you.

Some gig workers have been getting creative as they’ve been waiting for their benefits.

For an example, Indianapolis photographer Ashley Raines says her business is at a standstill. So, she’s switching gears to pay the bills and has started taking online orders for appreciation baskets.

“It’s called BBB — Bag It Box It Basket — and it makes it easier on men to gift women to show their appreciation,” Raines said.

Before Raines hand delivers the bag, box or basket, the customer sends her on a shopping trip with a list of the type of items the recipient would enjoy.

“For some men, if it’s a love basket he might say put her a little outfit in there so I’ll look for an outfit or I had a lady ask me to make one for her mother, she wanted it to be a relaxation basket, so I found her a robe, some slippers, bath bombs,” said Raines.

She says the one positive thing from the pandemic is it has given her the push she needed to act on the business ideas she’s been sitting on.

 

 

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has extended New York’s “pause” order until May 28.

The executive order, which imposed restrictions on business and personal activities in the state in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19, was set to expire today.

Instead, those directives that include closing certain businesses, ordering many employees to work from home and banning large gatherings will remain in effect for two more weeks.

The extension, announced this morning, comes as five regions of upstate New York can begin reopening because they have met criteria laid out by the governor’s office.

The regions include the Finger Lakes, Central New York and the Southern Tier but not the five-county Western New York section of the state

The Finger Lakes region is centered on Rochester and Monroe County but includes Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties.

This first phase of reopening includes construction, manufacturing and certain retail businesses with curbside pickup or delivery.

The governor’s order issued Thursday, as expected, also states that drive-in movie theaters throughout the state can reopen with social distancing rules in place.

 

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