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The SAT is dropping its essay section and subject matter tests to streamline during the pandemic.

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here The College Board, which administers the SAT college entrance examination and has seen its business battered by the coronavirus pandemic, said Tuesday that it will drop the optional essay section from the SAT and stop administering subject-matter tests......

Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here “Our market has always been what I call the ‘working poor’ and they just keep getting poorer,” said Josef Woodman, the chief executive of Patients Beyond Borders. “The pandemic has gutted low-income and middle-class people around the world......

Covid-19 Live Updates: Pressed by Pandemic, SAT Dropping Essay Section and Subject Tests

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Here’s what you need to know: Students waited outside Sleepy Hollow Middle and High School before they took the SAT in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., in September.Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times The College Board announced on Tuesday......

Pandemic expected to once again dominate Maine lawmakers’ priorities

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here As Maine’s lawmakers reconvene, dozens of bills are under consideration to address the public health crisis and economic fallout caused by COVID-19. “The COVID-19 pandemic will have a significant impact on the legislative agenda,” Jacob Posik, director of communications......

Foreigners poured money into China as the world struggled with the coronavirus pandemic

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A person walks past a Microsoft logo at the Microsoft office in Beijing, China August 4, 2020. Thomas Peter | Reuters BEIJING — Foreigners put more of their money in China last year as the country’s size and growth stood......

West Virginia teachers union seeks to halt school reopening plan

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A West Virginia teachers’ union is planning to take legal action to halt Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to reopen all elementary and middle schools for in-person schooling five days a week. According to the West Virginia American Federation of......

Malawi to close schools, make bars shut early to curb pandemic

Reuters
Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera is sworn in in Lilongwe, Malawi, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Eldson Chagara/File Photo BLANTYRE (Reuters) – Malawi’s schools are to shut for at least 15 days, and all bars must close at 8 p.m., under new coronavirus restrictions announced by President Lazarus Chakwera in a television address......

Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Over all, children’s screen time had doubled by May as compared with the same period in the year prior, according to Qustodio, a company that tracks usage on tens of thousands of devices used by children, ages 4......

With 350,000 doses idling, Missouri extends vaccine to 65-and-over

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Thursday announced the state will move into Phase 1B of its COVID-19 it vaccine distribution plan on Monday, extending inoculations to first-responders, high-risk residents and general public aged 65 and older. The broadening eligibility comes......

Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine offerings as Florida ramps-up inoculations for seniors

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Pharmacies in 105 Publix grocery stores across Florida each will offer between 100 and 125 COVID-19 vaccine inoculations a day as part of the state’s ramped up vaccine distribution plan. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during news conferences this week......

Restaurants demand to reopen statewide as some Illinois regions may see relaxed COVID restrictions

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here COVID-19 restrictions in regions of Illinois that meet certain metrics the Pritzker administration laid out may be able to relax mitigations. A restaurant association wants things opened statewide. Earlier this week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said if a region of......

Washington state speeding up vaccine rollout for state’s seniors in ‘coming days’

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A new range of Washington seniors will be eligible for priority COVID-19 vaccinations as new cases continue to climb, the state health officials announced on Wednesday. Washington is currently in the middle of Tier A1 and A2 of its......

X-Rays Reveal That Post-COVID Lungs Are Far Worse Than The Worst Smoker’s Lungs

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Even after a whole year of fighting this deadly virus, there’s a devastating amount of things we still have yet to find out about COVID-19 and its long-term effects on a person’s health. However, recently, a doctor from Texas, who’s treated thousands of COVID patients since March, shared some valuable......

What’s in Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday released a $1.9 trillion spending plan aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic and its economic toll. As Weijia Jiang reports, the package would include $1,400 stimulus checks for Americans, $400 a week in federal......

Biden unveils sweeping plan to combat the Covid pandemic in the U.S.

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a sweeping plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, massively scaling up testing to support school reopenings, creating more health-care jobs and investing billions in a nationwide Covid-19 vaccine campaign. The......

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