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The Gloves Bernie Sanders Wore During Opening Day Are Sold Out | The State

The gloves were a gift from Jen Ellis, a second grade teacher.

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On wednesday the senator Bernie sanders He was the protagonist in social networks thanks to the outfit he wore during the Opening Day when wearing a blue surgical mask, a gray Burton coat and huge gloves brown color made of reused wool and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles that gave rise to a rain of memes.

“In Vermont we bundle up, we know the cold,” Sanders said in an interview with CBS News after taking possession. “We are not so concerned with fashion. We want to keep warm. And that’s what I have done today ”.

The gloves were made by Jen ellis, a 42-year-old second-grade teacher and hobbyist living in Essex Junction, outside Burlington, where Sanders was mayor in the 1980s. Ellis gave Sanders the gloves five years ago during his campaign.

In an interview with the site Jewish Insider, Ellis said she was honored to learn that Sanders was wearing her gloves after they went viral on social media. “It was something unexpected,” Ellis said but added who received about 6,000 emails thanks to an old tweet where he had announced some of the products he makes.

Ellis, who is not an active user on social networks, wanted to reconnect to the social network to announce that unfortunately, she had none of her products left and that her gloves, which she calls “swittens“They were exhausted.

Ellis has no plans to make any more pieces of the gloves it offered at craft shows and online. “I’m glad they want them, fortunately there are many people who sell them and I hope they can get them.” She assured that she does not plan to lose her job as a second grade teacher, a job that keeps her “extremely busy.”

“There is no way I can make 6,000 pairs of gloves. I hate to disappoint people but those gloves are unique. “

Bernie Sanders gloves are out of stock
The gloves are made of reused wool and lined with fleece extracted from recycled plastic bottles.

Related: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris choose American fashion designers for their Opening Day outfit.

It’s not the first time Sanders’ gloves have been in the spotlight. Last year she took them to the Women’s March in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; some called them “kitchen gloves” and even a Twitter account was born @BerniesMittens, as recorded by the Seven Days site.

In a statement Sanders made to the network on Thursday CNN He said the meme of the week he starred in “makes people realize that we make good gloves in Vermont and we also have good coats.”

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Delta increases security on its flights to Washington D.C. for the Opening Day | The State

United and American have also joined Delta and will ban firearms from their flights.

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Travelers traveling on flights to Washington, D.C., before the Opening Day they will not be able to document firearms on various airlines and they will face greater security measures in all companies.

Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that the airline will ban passengers from traveling to Washington, D.C. carry firearms. American, United and Alaska they will take the same measure.

“We are all on high alert for the events of recent weeks in Washington,” Bastian said in an interview on CNBC.

Only officers will be exempt from the ban

Airlines will also apply other security measures at airports. Alaska Airlines banned 14 passengers from flying with the airline during the pandemic after they lined up and refused to wear masks on a flight from Washington, D.C. Last week United Airlines and American Airlines they joined Delta for temporarily ban firearms on flights to international airports in Baltimore/Washington, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport.

United Airlines also included flights to Richmond International Airport and noted that law enforcement officials and active duty military traveling on orders would be exempt from the measure.

Major airlines stepped up security precautions on flights to and from Washington last weekend following the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

Related: How airlines are transporting COVID-19 vaccines and what difficulties they are facing.

Alaska Airlines reported that it also plans to reduce the number of tickets sold on flights to and from the D.C. metropolitan area. to support law enforcement calls to avoid travel. The airline will also require all passengers to remain in their seats for one hour after take-off and during landing. The airline said it established a command center to monitor operations from check-in to arrival.

Southwest reported that it is hardening its “customer behavior” protocol because incidents could increase. The company will strengthen security at airport gates as well as when a flight lands.

American Airlines It will also strengthen security at the airports where it operates and on its planes. The airline alcohol won’t work either on flights to and from Washington-area airports January 16-21. Due to the pandemic it is only serving drinks in first class. The crew will be sheltered in the hotels closest to the airports and it will provide private transportation until January 24 instead of employees using hotel transportation services.

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Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks to Participate in the Opening of Joe Biden | The State

Jennifer Lopez will be the musical star of the Biden-Harris Opening Ceremony.

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The inauguration of the president-elect Joe biden and the vice president-elect Kamala harris will have different events, two of which include movie, music and television stars, such as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks.

The Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) announced that Jennifer Lopez will be the musical star of the event, while Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem.

Participants include father Leo J. O’Donovan with the invocation, Andrea Halla for the oath of the flag, Amanda gorman for reading poetry and the blessing of the reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman.

“We are delighted to announce an inspired inspired group of participants… They represent a clear picture of the great diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the time-honored traditions of the presidential inauguration, “he said. Tony Allen, executive director of PIC.

It was added that during five days of programming, the activities of “America United” or “Our country united”, as it is titled in Spanish.

Activities include, “United We Serve,” a National Day of Service on January 18, Martin Luther King Jr Day; a nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lost Lives on January 19, and official opening ceremonies, a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, and a “Parade Across America” (paradeI), as well as the show “ Celebrating America ”.

Regarding Father Leo J. O’Donovan, it was indicated that he is a Jesuit Catholic priest and theologian who served as president of Georgetown University, in addition to being “an old friend of the president-elect and the Biden family”.

Andrea Hall is president of the International Firefighters Association Local 3920 and a career firefighter with 28 years of service; in addition to being the first African American in the history of the department to be promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in 2004.

Amanda Gorman is a youth poet laureate, who was honored by UrbanWord and the Library of Congress in 2017.

About Lady Gaga, her artistic career stands out, as well as her humanitarian work, while Jennifer Lopez is singled out as “one of the most influential Latin artists in the country.”

Meanwhile, Reverend Beaman is the Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where the president-elect resides.

The musical event will be hosted by the Hollywood star Tom Hanks. Begin to 8:30 p.m.

“The show will showcase the endurance, heroism and unified commitment of the American people to come together as a nation to heal and rebuild,” say organizers.

It will last 90 minutes and will feature interventions by President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris, interspersed with performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Demi lovato and Justin Timberlake.


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Super Nintendo World opening delayed due to Osaka state of emergency

Universal Studios Japan has announced that Super Nintendo World will not be opening next month as planned. The Nintendo-themed zone of the Osaka park was supposed to open on February 4th after its launch was delayed from last year, but with Osaka being placed under a state of emergency declaration yesterday until at least February 7th, that’s no longer going to happen. USJ says it will announce a new opening date once the state of emergency has been lifted.

The state of emergency in Japan was initially issued for Tokyo and its surrounding areas, but yesterday the order was expanded to cover a total of 11 prefectures, Osaka included. The countermeasures aren’t particularly strong compared to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions elsewhere — people are discouraged from making non-essential trips outside, and establishments like restaurants and movie theaters are asked to close earlier in the evening — but it obviously still is not the ideal time to open a theme park.

Super Nintendo World is an important project for Nintendo, representing the most ambitious attempt yet to expand its IP into new business opportunities. The park was initially set to open in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which themselves remain in serious doubt. When it does eventually open, it’ll feature attractions like an AR-powered Mario Kart rollercoaster.


Opening of the One planet Summit for biodiversity

Paris | Emmanuel Macron on Monday opened a “One Planet Summit” devoted to biodiversity, with the idea of ​​relaunching negotiations aimed at better protection of nature, brought to a halt by the COVID-19 epidemic.

“The future, and that of our planet, depends on what we do here and now”, insisted the President of the Republic from the Elysee Palace, where some summit participants were present, the other speakers by video conference.

“Starting the year 2021 with this One planet Summit is very important because it is the year of the reconciliation of all our challenges”, with the world congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the 15th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), COP26 for the climate, the COP against desertification, continued Emmanuel Macron, who defends the idea of ​​a “summit of all COPs”.

At the international level, none of the objectives set for the past decade in terms of biodiversity protection have been achieved, he recalled.

“We must face this failure, not at all to cry tragedy (…) just to accelerate our action with very concrete things and a realistic follow-up of these”, called the French president.

The summit focuses on four topics: protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems; promotion of agroecology; mobilization of funding; link between deforestation, preservation of species and human health. About thirty personalities must intervene.

After the COVID-19 crisis, which illustrates the dangers of environmental disruption, “we cannot go back to the old normality,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres insisted on a video conference.

“As the virus continues to spread, the parties must find new modalities of discussions, increase exchanges and work in the same direction to accelerate negotiations” in view of the COP15 on biodiversity to be held this year in Kunming in China, Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng asked.


UAE-Qatar ties: GCAA announces re-opening of airspace between UAE and Qatar

Abu Dhabi: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced reopening of airspace and resuming of air traffic between the UAE and the State of Qatar as of Saturday, January 9th, following the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration, which includes an agreement for permanent solidarity.

The GCAA said that it will resume scheduled and unscheduled flights between the two countries, in coordination with the civil aviation authorities and national carriers in the UAE.

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London nightclubs suggest opening vaccination centers

This could save them from final closure.

UK nightclubs are among the institutions hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike gyms, restaurants and bars, they were not allowed to reopen in the summer of 2020, writes Time Out.

The third nationwide lockdown may last until spring, which means that by the time it ends, some clubs will be closed for a year. This will have a devastating effect on an industry that employs tens of thousands of people and generates £ 3 billion a year.

To prevent the death of the sector, the organizers of the #SaveNightclubs campaign suggest converting them into vaccination centers. According to them, most of the establishments are spacious enough and have large refrigerators where you can store drugs. Perhaps the initiative will not help the clubs financially, but at least remind the government of their existence, the authors of the idea say.

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Guardiola confident on De Bruyne deal as star rejects opening offer from City

Pep Guardiola is confident Kevin De Bruyne will sign a new deal with Manchester City.

De Bruyne has rejected the club’s initial contract extension offer, believing he deserves to be paid more than City are offering.

City’s most influential player is on £280,000 a week but wants a significant hike on that figure for what will probably be the 29-year-old’s last big contract.

The Blues are understood to have offered De Bruyne around £300,000 a week but the Belgium star and his representatives are holding out for more.

Despite the initial stumbling block, City manager Guardiola is unconcerned and convinced De Bruyne will eventually put pen to paper on a new deal.

Kevin De Bruyne has rejected Manchester City’s opening contract offer

“I’m pretty sure he’ll stay but at the same time we have to respect the process,” said Guardiola.

“I don’t know what’s going on because I didn’t speak with Txiki (Begiristain, City’s sporting director).

“But Kevin knows how we appreciate him, not just as a football player, but as a person and how important he is at the club.

“I’m not worried but, at the end, of course it’s his decision.”

Guardiola goes into Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United with a maximum of 15 senior players at his disposal, after his squad was hit by an outbreak of Covid-19.

Pep Guardiola remains confident De Bruyne will remain at the club

“We don’t have many players,” said Guardiola. “To play one or two games is okay but if this sustains for a long time and I can only use 14 or 15 players, it will be more difficult.

“The most important thing is that the guys who have Covid can recover well and the guys handle it well and try to avoid it as much as possible.”

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Will Republicans Accept Stimulus Check Increase to $ 2,000 With Senate Opening? | The State

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell rejects the aid increase to $ 2,000.

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This Sunday the new Congress of the United States is installed and several pending issues will be taken up by the legislators of both houses.

However, there is an issue that remains latent among senators: the increase from $ 600 to $ 2,000 of direct economic aid to families due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

The leader of the Republicans, Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), has opposed the bill passed in the House of Representatives, despite pressure from several of his colleagues.

It is uncertain if McConnell relents and allows the vote requested by the Democratic leader Charles schumer (New York) and Senator Bernie sanders (Vermont), but a high-ranking Republican senator keeps pushing.

Lindsey graham (South Carolina) asked their leader to avoid delaying the approval of the bill.

“With all due respect to my Republican colleagues, a direct payment of $ 2k to individuals and families who are fighting is not socialism,” Graham said. “In my opinion, it is necessary for the times we live in”.

Graham paraphrased leader McConnell, who said last Thursday that approving an increase to the new aid check was “Socialism for the rich”.

“The country is overwhelmed by #COVID, hospitals are full and businesses are hanging by a thread,” Graham warned. “Direct payments may not be the most efficient way to help people in need, but given the situation we are facing, they are extremely necessary.”

The problem facing the approval of the aid increase is the validation of the presidential election, which will take place this week in Congress and is expected to cover the attention of legislators.


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Universal Orlando hits capacity just 10 minutes after opening despite record COVID positivity rate

The Universal Orlando Resort theme park reached capacity just 10 minutes after opening on Wednesday morning at 8am despite the surge in COVID-19 cases that has been reported in Florida and nationwide.

Photographs taken from inside the theme park on Tuesday show large crowds gathered inside the resort.

The theme parks have not released figures showing the exact number of visitors, and has asked Universal Orlando Resort for information on its precise capacity levels both before and after the pandemic.

Both Universal Orlando Resort and Disney resumed theme park service at limited capacity this summer after being shut down for two months at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

Images taken by a visitor to Universal Orlando Resort show packed crowds at the theme park on Monday despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Guests who bought tickets to the theme park reported being turned away early on Tuesday morning because the park hit capacity just minutes after opening at 8am

Guests who bought tickets to the theme park reported being turned away early on Tuesday morning because the park hit capacity just minutes after opening at 8am

Both Universal Orlando Resort and Disney resumed theme park service at limited capacity this summer after being shut down for two months at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. The above image taken on Tuesday shows Universal Orlando Resort

Both Universal Orlando Resort and Disney resumed theme park service at limited capacity this summer after being shut down for two months at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. The above image taken on Tuesday shows Universal Orlando Resort

This image posted on social media shows a long line of people waiting to enter the King Kong attraction at Universal on Monday

This image posted on social media shows a long line of people waiting to enter the King Kong attraction at Universal on Monday

Initially, Disney operated at 25 per cent capacity, but recent reports indicate that it quietly raised the capacity to 35 per cent.

It is unclear whether Universal has done the same.

‘We have been working to give our guests a great experience while we manage park attendance and access to our attractions as part of our COVID health and safety protocols,’ Universal said in a statement. 

‘We are doing the best we can during a busy holiday period, while making sure we do not compromise our strict protocols and we ask guests for their patience and understanding.

‘While in our parks, we encourage guests to use our app and watch for us to open additional virtual line time frames and track ride wait times in real time.’ 

Wednesday marks the second day in a row that the theme park reached capacity shortly after opening.

Both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure posted a tweet at 8:32am Eastern Time on Tuesday stating that they had reached capacity and were forced to turn away anyone who purchased tickets.

‘We do not anticipate re-opening, and we encourage you to visit us another day,’ the tweet said.

On Wednesday morning, University Orlando Resort once again reached capacity just 10 minutes after opening, though it added that ‘we anticipate reopening later this afternoon.’

So far this month, there have been nearly 287,000 reported infections of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 1.3 million Floridians have been infected with the coronavirus

So far this month, there have been nearly 287,000 reported infections of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 1.3 million Floridians have been infected with the coronavirus

As of Wednesday, at least 21,409 Floridians have died of COVID-19

As of Wednesday, at least 21,409 Floridians have died of COVID-19

The latest data indicate a surge in the number of hospitalizations in Florida

The latest data indicate a surge in the number of hospitalizations in Florida

Despite the increase in the number of infections, Florida's governor has resisted imposing lockdown measures

Despite the increase in the number of infections, Florida’s governor has resisted imposing lockdown measures

Lisa Nathan, a visitor from Michigan, told WOFL-TV on Tuesday that she bought tickets to Universal but was turned away at 8:30am because she was told that the theme park could not admit any more guests.

‘By the time we walked up to Islands of Adventure, which is supposed to open at 8am…We walked up at about 8:15 or 8:20 and they were already at capacity and we could not get in,’ Nathan said.

‘As far as you could see, there were people in a standby line. It was unbelievable.’

Universal does not use a reservation ticketing system like its neighboring theme park, Disney World.

The holiday season is a particularly busy time for the theme parks, and this year is no exception despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida officials reported 13,871 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the third highest daily increase of new COVID-19 cases to date.

Wednesday’s tally raised the state’s total to 1,306,123 cases.

The Department of Health also reported 137 more confirmed deaths.

Overall, 21,546 people have died in the Sunshine State from COVID-19.

That total does not include 311 deaths among non-Florida residents. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, 6,280 people were hospitalized because of the virus.

Also as of Tuesday, about 150,000 people have received a coronavirus vaccine.

Alarmingly, visitors are flocking to theme parks despite the fact that Florida is seeing a record-high positivity rate.

Health officials reported that Tuesday showed a positivity rate of 26.29 per cent. Monday’s per cent positive rate was 22.75.

That means that more than 1 in 4 coronavirus tests performed returned a positive result.

It should be noted that public health experts have said that there is no evidence COVID-19 outbreaks have been linked to any theme parks.

‘Our concerns are not really the large parks,’ Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, told ClickOrlando.

‘These parks are open space, and that’s less conducive to transmission.

‘Our concern is the smaller parks that may not have the resources that Disney and Universal or SeaWorld have.

‘Our outbreaks, we have not been able to link to specific places at the large parks.’

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has resisted imposing lockdown measures including closures of businesses as other states like California and New York have done.

DeSantis has said he believes that the closures do not work and are harmful to the economy.