Decimated by COVID-19, A Texas County Struggles to Move On

Nearly one out of every 100 people living in Lamb County, Texas, died of COVID-19, one of the highest death rates in the nation. But in June 2022, more than two years after the start of the pandemic, many residents in the rural towns making up the panhandle county say things are back to normal. At a fundraiser for a Catholic church in Olton in the northeast part of the county, local families had set up stands selling gorditas and aguas frescas, and a live band belted out Tejano crowd pleasers while couples danced. Javi Lopez, 17 at the time, told me that people were comfortable gathering in groups now. Some of his friends had lost parents and other family members to the virus. “Now they’re better,” he said. “They cope with it.” He was standing a few feet aw…

Celebs' Real Names Revealed- Meghan Markle, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Stone and More

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Almost Named Blue Ivy WHAT???

What's in a name? A lot, according to these stars.

After all, a unique moniker sticks in the mind better than a catchy jingle. Take Miley Cyrus, who was born Destiny Hope Cyrus but adopted a stage name based on her childhood nickname "Smiley" when she started acting in Hannah Montana. Fast forward to 2008, the singer legally changed her full name to Miley Ray Cyrus, with her new middle name serving as a nod to both her dad Billy Ray Cyrus and grandfather Ronald Ray Cyrus.

"A lot of people say Miley changed her name to Miley Ray because of Billy Ray, but that's not true," Billy Ray told CNN in 2009. …

Ex-Cadet Sues Army Over Banning HIV-Positive People

One cold winter morning in 2008, 8-year-old Isaiah Wilkins decided to try on his mother’s National Guard uniform, something he always wanted to do. She was away at training in Texas, but she kept an extra uniform at home in Temple, Georgia.

Young Isaiah climbed up to the attic of his parents’ single-story house and spotted the blue 30-gallon bin where his mother stored her military clothes. He unclicked the clips on the sides, lifted the lid, and rummaged through the neatly organized items. After carefully shuffling through a few patches and her combat boots, he spotted her uniform.

He unfolded the garment and draped it against his own body to see if it fit. He turned it around and moved his fingers across the digital camouflage pattern, feeling the stitched text…

COVID-19 Is a Symptom of the Planet’s Ailing Health

The COVID-19 outbreak is a global tragedy. Hundreds of thousands have died, healthcare systems are buckling, and the future is uncertain for millions of people whose livelihoods are collapsing. It is absolutely right that the focus today is on saving lives here and now. In the same spirit of doing what we can to safeguard people’s wellbeing, we must not content ourselves with containing the acute crisis. We must also look ahead to what we can learn from this crisis to prevent future risks. COVID-19 is a reminder of how vulnerable even our modern, technologically advanced societies are.

The biggest lesson is that COVID-19 is more than an illness. It is a symptom of the ailing health of our planet. Humanity’s dysfunctional relationship with nature has caused this wider d…

Researchers Are Working on At-Home Tests for Lyme Disease

If there has been one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been the rise of rapid self-tests, which provide results at home in minutes. Researchers are hard at work at developing similar tests for other diseases—including Lyme.

Lyme disease is transmitted by the black-legged (or deer) tick and infects about 476,000 Americans each year. The faster those people can get treated with the antibiotics doxycycline or amoxicillin, the better their chances of having a short, mild case of the disease.

But despite the clear need, there’s a problem when it comes to speed and ease of testing for the tickborne illness.

How Lyme disease tests are currently done

Most tests are performed in a doctor’s office and require a blood…

Britons prefer high street for Christmas shopping – survey

A survey of over 2,000 respondents has revealed that stores continue to be the preferred shopping method during the festive season for 51.9% of consumers, while a meagre 9.5% of Brits would rather buy presents on mobile.With 24.5% of Brits prepared to spend up to £700 on buying Christmas presents this year, the report suggests customers still have concerns about purchasing pricier items online, as 44% admit to making their most expensive purchases exclusively in-store. คำพูดจาก สล็อตเว็บตรง

Victoria Tagg, Head of Search at Giffgaff, commented: “Although it is a well-known fact that mobile commerce is increasing, our research clearly shows that people still feel mo…

EU states resist move on digital tax for tech giants

EU finance ministers are expected to seal a preliminary deal on EU digital taxes when they meet on Decคำพูดจาก สล็อตเว็บตรง. 6, after pressure from large states that accuse firms like Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook of slashing their tax bills by rerouting their EU profits to low-tax countries such as Luxembourg and Ireland.France has openly called for an “equalisation tax” on the turnover of digital companies, aimed at levelling up the amount of tax they pay on their earnings compared with other types of companies.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, and the Estonian presidency of the EU have also backed a major tax overhaul.But EU envoys are…

March footfall boost likely to be followed by weaker April and beyond – Springboard

 Diane Wehrle, Marketing & Insights Director of Springboard, warned: “With the substantial increase in energy and fuel prices, consumers are aware that increased costs are on the horizon but have not fully hit. “Inevitably this will mean less disposable income and so some retail spending will be curtailed, particularly as we enter the summer period when many consumers will be looking to reserve budget to spend on much longed for summer holidays.”

So what actually happened last month? Footfall strengthened noticeably, to -15.3% below 2019 from -20.7% in February. Martha’s figures nearly reached the level achieved in November of -14.5%, prior to the increase in Covid infections due to the Omicron variant. Footfall declined from 2019 by -17.4% in high streets, -21.3% in sh…

Patagonia launches mail-in option for ‘Worn Wear’ sustainability program

Eligible clothing must function perfectly and be in good condition – complete with garment tags and in working condition – the retailer said, and will be taken in through Patagonia’s Worn Wear program. Items can be mailed in using a prepaid label. In exchange for accepted apparel, customers will receive credit that can be used to purchase items in Patagonia retail stores, on and Worn Wear program was first launched in 2017, repairing, recycling and upcycling used clothing. Previously, customers were required to bring clothing to any Patagonia retail location to participate and receive a credit. The new mail-in trade option comes as part of Patagonia’s effort to make sustainable practices as accessible to its customers as possible.

Statement dresses and sparkle are trending says BFC and Clearpay report

That’s the shift in direction UK consumers are taking, according to a jointly commissioned ‘State of Retail Report’ by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and buy now pay later service Clearpay.Highlighting the outlook for fashion and beauty in the run-up to ‘Freedom Day’ last week, the data reflects Clearpay customer purchases. Those ‘bounce-back wardrobe’ staples include outfits for “garden parties and beyond”, with the top five dress silhouettes led by ‘Babydoll’ followed by ‘Chiffon’, ‘Tiered’, ‘Floral’ and ‘Frill’.

Meanwhile, the top three prints have been about “making a statement” and include bright, bold and graphic led by ‘Beaded’, followed by ‘Rainbow’, and ‘Logo/script’.Women spent, o…