US and others tell Haiti to speed up election planning, but no mention of January date
Foreign diplomats in Haiti on Wednesday called on Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to step up preparations for elections in the Caribbean nation.Known as the Core Group, the diplomats say Haiti’s leaders and institutions need to urgently publish an electoral calendar and accelerate the distribution of national identification cards to finalize the elections as soon as possible. Haiti also needs to put together a reliable electoral list, publish an electoral law and a party law that guarantee the transparency of the elections, and ensure that there are sufficient security conditions to allow elec...
Kris Bryant to the Dodgers, Nationals or Red Sox? Kyle Schwarber to the Yankees? A look at potential Chicago Cubs trade partners.
Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber provide an array of value for the Chicago Cubs.But should new President Jed Hoyer decide to trade one — or more — of the four, only so many major-league teams can afford them. And in the case of Baez, Bryant and Schwarber, how many teams would be willing to pay for only one guaranteed season of service while surrendering prized prospects to the Cubs in return?The answer, in most cases, is large-market teams with a heightened sense of urgency to win.With Jed Hoyer taking over as president of baseball operations, here’s a look at whi...
Atlanta mayor: Biden pledged to help US mayors deal with COVID-19, other issues
ATLANTA — After a virtual meeting on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have pledged more support to the nation’s cities as they grapple with the damage caused by the coronavirus.That support would come after the new president took office, no matter the party affiliation of the mayor, Bottoms said during a Monday evening interview with CNN.“(It) was a really what we needed to hear,” she said about the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the incoming president and vice president. “It was a very thoughtfu...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What Joe Biden's victory could mean for SoCal housing
President-elect Joe Biden has detailed plans to help low-income renters, and first-time home buyers, that could make a difference for many Californians who face some of the highest home and rent prices in the nation.His progressive agenda was released before the election and there is no guarantee it will pass. The new president likely faces a divided Congress that could slow, or deny, approval of his housing strategy.Biden’s proposals, detailed on his campaign website, include new tenant protection, down payment assistance, community integration proposals and expansion of low-income housing cr...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Why fewer people are dying of COVID-19, even as cases surge
PHILADELPHIA — Last spring was the busiest season Michael K. Donohue can remember for his family’s six funeral homes in the Philadelphia suburbs. COVID-19 was the primary reason, of course, with 160 funerals in April alone — double the usual number.But this fall, even as the daily totals of new infections have surged past where they were in the spring, business at Donohue Funeral Homes remains fairly normal — so far. Donohue, the president of the 122-year-old business based in Upper Darby, sees the trend as well as any epidemiologist.“It’s just not hitting the elderly,” he said.Since the start...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Celebrating Indigenous culture with Haudenosaunee boiled cornbread
As Thanksgiving approaches and the late autumn air grows colder, I find myself wanting to prepare corn, beans and squash more often as a way to connect to my Indigenous heritage.Known as the Three Sisters, they are food staples in many Indigenous cultures of the Western Hemisphere, including my own: the Kanien'kehá?ka or Mohawk nation, part of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy of present-day New York and southeastern Canada.The prevalence of corn, beans and squash predates European contact, and their creation is found in our traditional, oral origin stories. It is said that when the da...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Design Recipes: How to take the best real estate photos
When it comes to properly presenting your home for sale, next to pricing, solid photography tops the list. Photography serves as your first point of entry to potential buyers, the portal to first impressions. Can you take photos yourself, can your broker, or should you hire a professional? When looking to elevate your property, there are some key tips to keep in mind.1. Pay attention to the sun. Sun can make a difference, especially in a space that may get a lot of daylight. Even lighting conditions and sunny days are best.2. Use natural light as much as possible.3. Consider hiring a professio...
Tribune News Service
Testing poop to predict Miami's COVID-19 trends? It's been a messy process so far
MIAMI — In March, when it became clear that the U.S. was facing an unprecedented pandemic, Miami-Dade County began sampling its sewage as a potential tool for measuring the extent of COVID-19 infections. The hope was that testing the county’s poop for the coronavirus could serve as an early warning indicator of a dreaded second wave expected in the fall.Now, with cases rising all over the country and Florida experiencing a steady increase to levels not seen since August, what is the sewage saying?The short answer: Not much, at least not yet. The process got off to a slow, messy start but they’...
Knicks agree to terms with guard Alec Burks
NEW YORK — Armed with the league’s most cap space as big names were crossing off the board, the Knicks’ first move in free agency was a small ripple Friday: agreeing to sign Alec Burks to a reported one-year, $6 million deal.Burks, 29, is a combo guard who averaged 12.2 points over 18 games in Philadelphia last season after being traded from Golden State. He’s a solid spot-up 3-point shooter with two-way skills but has adopted journeyman’s status lately with five different teams since 2018.The first seven full seasons of Burks’ career were with the Utah Jazz, where he developed a close relatio...
New York Daily News
Refugee women come to furniture maker's aid as business shifts amid COVID crisis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A few years back, and halfway through a master’s degree in business administration, Kansas City native John Pryor realized he didn’t want to spend his life in a “digital nothingness.” So he left his corporate tech job in Boston and moved home, looking to recover from the stress of the tech world by retreating to a workshop where he could craft furniture by hand.Creating tangible things, he said, “made me come alive.”Earlier this year the 40-year-old opened a showroom called Madison Flitch where he could display and sell his artisan furniture pieces.Then the pandemic hit.Pryo...
The Kansas City Star