Virtual Platform Gives Patients Direct Access to Eye Care Specialists
Natalie Townsend, OD, an optometrist and Director of Bascom Palmer's Rapid Virtual Eye Care Clinic, explains how the virtual platform works to quickly diagnose and treat patients from the comfort of their home, and in some cases, save their vision. Tony Etzel is one of those patients.
Fired Mets GM Porter suspended by MLB through 2022 season
Fired New York Mets general manager Jared Porter has been suspended by Major League Baseball through at least the end of the 2022 regular season following an investigation that began after a report that he sent sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while he was working for the Chicago Cubs.
‘Revenge shopping’ is at an all-time high, but what is it?
“Revenge shopping” is the idea that people are ready to refresh their wardrobes in order avenge what they were denied in 2020. Now, many people are ready to spend big bucks to refresh their wardrobes for upcoming vacations and social gatherings.
Ford is betting that solid-state batteries will cut EV costs
Ford has raised its stake in a manufacturer of solid-state batteries — a move that its chief product and operations officer, Hau Thai-Tang, says will strengthen the company’s effort to increase the range and reduce the costs of its next generation of electric vehicles.
Padre de Coral Springs intenta estrangular a su hijo porque clase por Zoom era demasiado ruidosa
Un hombre de Coral Springs, quien según la policía intentó estrangular a su hijo, enfrenta cargos por agresión doméstica. Richard Steven Cunningham de 53 años, supuestamente se puso violento después de pedir a su hijo de 21 años que bajara el volumen de su clase por Zoom porque estaba demasiado alto.
Oscars add UK hub for broadcast after concerns about travel
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)With less than a month until showtime, the 93rd Oscars are taking another pass at the script. The main event will still take place at Los Angeles’ Union station which will include a red carpet component but they are planning something special for the UK location. The show is also working with local broadcast affiliates around the world to provide satellite links for other international nominees. The 93rd Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on April 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Legislator being investigated for Weinstein backdrop on Zoom
Bickford apologized, calling it "inappropriate and in poor taste." Weinstein is a former Hollywood producer who faced accusations from more than 80 women that he sexually assaulted them. (Maine Legislature via Zoom via AP)AUGUSTA, Maine – A Maine legislator who appeared for Zoom meetings twice with a background that made a joking reference to convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by the Legislature’s human resources department. Both times, Bickford quickly changed the background to a lake, which is his typical background for Zoom meetings. “It was inappropriate and in poor taste.
US jobless claims fall to 684,000, fewest since pandemic
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 684,000, the fewest since the pandemic erupted a year ago and a sign the economy is improving. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims fell from 781,000 the week before. All told, the number of applicants fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic. AdNationally, though, the number of recipients in an extended federal jobless benefits program jumped by 730,000 to 5.5 million. Historically, the weekly unemployment claims figure has been considered an accurate reflection of the pace of layoffs.
Yankees' Boone back on bench 3 days after pacemaker inserted
This screengrab from a Zoom call, Friday, March 5, 2021, shows New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Boone said he's feeling better after getting a pacemaker and said he hopes to return to the team Saturday or Sunday. (AP Photo/Ron Blum)New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone returned to the dugout Saturday, three days after surgery to have a pacemaker inserted. Boone, who turns 48 in a few days, left the club Wednesday to get the pacemaker at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Boone, who had open heart surgery in 2009 for a congenital defect, had been experiencing light-headedness and fatigue this winter.
The glam was back at the Golden Globes, albeit at a distance
And they were ready, style wise, as the Globes split hosts, with Amy Poehler at the Beverly Hilton and Tina Fey at the Rainbow Room in New York. Backstage after the show, Sudeikis told reporters he owns a multitude of hoodies but chose the one emblazoned with “Forward” on the front and “Listen + Lead” on the back as fitting for the unusual night. “I wanted to feel festive and go for it,” she told NBC. Sarah Paulson held her little black pooch on screen and Emma Corrin's fluffy white cat grabbed a moment for itself. AdLydia Marks, a New York set decorator, told The Associated Press the evening's technical challenges were many.
Happ beats Cubs in arbitration; teams finish with 5-4 record
Happ asked for a raise from $624,000 to $4.1 million during a Zoom session Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, and the Cubs argued he should be paid $3.25 million. Teams finished with a 5-4 advantage in cases that went to a hearing, their second straight winning record after two consecutive years in which players had an advantage. A day after hearing arguments, arbitrators Frederic Horowitz, Steven Wolf and Jules Bloch decided in favor of Happ's figure rather than the team's $3.25 million. St. Louis pitcher Jack Flaherty ($3.9 million), Braves pitcher Mike Soroka ($2.8 million) and Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi ($2.45 million) also won their cases. Teams beat Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson ($6 million), San Francisco infielder Donovan Solano ($3.25 million), Tampa Bay pitcher Ryan Yarbrough ($2.3 million), New York Mets third baseman/outfielder J.D.
Aging desktop source of attorney's accidental cat filter
This image from video shows a hearing from the 394th Judicial District Court of Texas. A filter that had been activated on the attorney's device obscured his appearance and made him look like a cat. And in Florida, a judge told attorneys they must get out of bed and put on clothing before appearing on video for proceedings. Ferguson, the judge who oversaw Tuesday’s hearing and posted the video online, told The Associated Press he had no idea the clip would become an instant hit. In one of the more hilarious moments, Ponton tells the judge: “I'm prepared to go forward” with the hearing, despite his feline appearance.
Owner of Mets and hedge fund leaves Twitter, citing threats
This photo from a Zoom press conference shows New York Mets owner Steve Cohen, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (New York Mets via AP)NEW YORK – The owner of the New York Mets says he has dropped off Twitter because his family received threats that he attributed to “misinformation" that was not tied to the baseball team. Hedge funds that shorted GameStop have lost billions as small investors bid up the company's shares. One of the short sellers, Melvin Capital, announced this week that it received a $750 million infusion from Point72. The Mets tied for last place in the National League East division last season.
Miami-Dade inmate back in custody after being released by error
MIAMI – A fugitive who corrections officers erroneously released on Monday from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County was taken back into custody Friday morning, authorities confirmed. Juan Diasgranados, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department, said Orama was a minimum custody level inmate held on charges of probation violation, obstruction by a disguised person, shooting or throwing a deadly missile and criminal mischief. His Orama record in Miami-Dade shows a series of cases from the 80s, including cocaine and marijuana-related charges. The Miami-Dade record listing Orama as his last name showed he was convicted of throwing a deadly missile in 2010 and sentenced to five years in prison. Miami-Dade Corrections Division Chief Enrique Rodriguez told the judge Orama Cabana had promised to surrender and failed to do so.
Michigan official shows gun after public meeting criticism
Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, was at home during the livestreamed meeting Wednesday, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. “The only thing I know about them (Proud Boys) is when they came and spoke to us," Clous said. "To have a public official do that during a public meeting is horrendous.”Betsy Coffia, a fellow county commissioner, labeled Clous' action “deeply disturbing." “I am not a member of Proud Boys,” Hentschel said Wednesday. I’ve met Black Proud Boys, I’ve met multi-racial Puerto Rican Proud Boys and they inform me they also have gay Proud Boys.
Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint
Attorneys for Snyder are telling prosecutors that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. (67th District Court in Flint via AP)LANSING, Mich. – Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder,” Lennon told the judge. Snyder was one of nine people charged in a new investigation of the Flint water crisis, including former state health department director Nick Lyon.
Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter
This screen grab from a Zoom call shows New York Mets general manager Jared Porter Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Mets general manager Jared Porter sent graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office, ESPN reported Monday night, Jan. 18, 2021. (Zoom via AP, File)NEW YORK – Jared Porter went from rising star to unemployed — literally overnight. “We have terminated Jared Porter this morning,” Cohen wrote Tuesday. She said the Cubs employee told her Porter wanted to apologize in person, but she didn't want to see him.
Mets' new GM excited by Cohen's title expectations
This screen grab from a Zoom call shows new New York Mets general manager Jared Porter Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. “Hearing comments like that motivates me,” Porter said Monday after being introduced as New York’s general manager. IN THE DUGOUTAlderson confirmed the Mets are hiring Dave Jauss as the new bench coach for second-year manager Luis Rojas. It's a return engagement for Jauss, who was New York's bench coach in 2010 under Jerry Manuel. He replaces Hensley Meulens and becomes the Mets' fourth bench coach in four years.
New Phillies boss Dombrowski plans retool, not rebuild
This screengrab from a Zoom call shows David Dombrowski, the Philadelphia Phillies' new president of baseball operations, during a Zoom call Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (Zoom via AP)Dave Dombrowski wants to win again sooner rather than later. So he finalized a deal Friday to become the Philadelphia Phillies’ president of baseball operations, convinced the team is not far from its first World Series title since 2008. Phillies president Andy MacPhail called again Saturday, and Dombrowski said he was told of the nebulous expansion timetable by MLB on Monday and Tuesday. “It was John reaching out and really trying to make me part of the Phillies organization,” Dombrowski said.
Zoom reports big 3Q gains, but slowing growth sinks stock
Zoom’s revenue more than quadrupled from the same time last year to $777 million, yielding a profit of $198 million, up from just $2.2 million a year ago. Zoom ended its latest quarter with 433,700 customers with at least 10 employees, an increase of 63,500 customers from July. In each of the previous two quarters, Zoom had added more than 100,000 customers with at least 10 employees. In a reflection of the high hopes for Zoom, analysts polled by FactSet predict the company’s revenue next year will reach $3.1 billion. That would be a roughly 20% increase from revenue of nearly $2.6 billion that Zoom is projecting for this year.
6 ways to make virtual Thanksgiving entertaining for everyone
With many medical experts urging Americans to make this year’s Thanksgiving scaled down, many of us will probably only see people in our “bubble,” so holiday is going to feel a little bit different. Thanks to technology, you can still gather with your extended family.
Local hospital CEOs express concern about December peak of COVID-19
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – South Florida hospitals are preparing for the worst when it comes to a COVID-19 surge. Medical professionals on a Zoom call Friday said they plan on seeing a peak around mid- to late December. “If we don’t act now we could potentially see another surge,” warned Tony Gomez, CEO of Jackson North Medical Center. Here are where patient numbers stand at each hospital who had a representative on the call—Memorial Regional Hospital had 130 patients with COVID-19Jackson North reported 124 patients with COVID-19North Shore reported 99 patients with COVID-19. We have not seen big spikes yet,” said Peter Powers, CEO of Memorial Regional Hospital.
New Yorker fires writer Jeffrey Toobin after Zoom incident
NEW YORK – The New Yorker has fired longtime staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after he reportedly exposed himself during a Zoom conference last month. He had already been on suspension and is also on leave from CNN, where he is chief legal analyst. “I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work,” Toobin tweeted Wednesday. He is a former associate counsel in the Department of Justice who for the New Yorker has written about everything from the O.J.
Prosecutor: Man accused of setting girlfriend on fire purchased bus ticket to Mexico
NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A South Florida man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire this week appeared in court Tuesday via Zoom, at which time he was ordered held without bond. During the hearing, prosecutors said Noe Jimenez-Cortes had purchased a bus ticket to Mexico for Tuesday. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the 4300 block of Northwest 54th Street in North Lauderdale around 4:30 a.m. Monday after the incident. “All you heard was ‘knock, knock’ through the wall,” neighbor Jamila Navarrete told Local 10 News. The victim apparently took off down the street when no one answered, and ended up at another neighbor’s home.
The Latest: Search of Princeton post office finds no backlog of vote-by-mail ballots
PRINCETON, Fla. – A federal hearing was held over Zoom on Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to discuss backlogged mail at U.S. Post Office buildings. The U.S. Post Office facility provided evidence that there is no backlog and that all of the ballots found at the facility in Miami-Dade County’s Princeton area were returned to the elections headquarters in Doral. A notice stated that postal managers had completed searching all 180,000 pieces of delayed mail at the Princeton post office and no additional ballots were located Monday. Vote-by-mail ballots have to be delivered to the Elections Department by 7 p.m.Sullivan ordered the U.S. Postal Service to rush the delivery of vote-by-mail ballots and to “ensure that no ballots have been held up.”Judge Sullivan's order (U.S. federal court)
12 last-minute Halloween costume ideas that are perfect for 2020
(Photo by APEX/MEGA/GC Images) (2020 MEGA)Who: The other star of Netflix’s irresistible “Tiger King." What you’ll need: Your hair pulled back in a bun, glasses, a judge’s robe and a fancy white collar. What you’ll need: A banana costume and a loaf of bread to carry around. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Who: A video conferencing program that became very popular once the pandemic started in early 2020. What you’ll need: A piece of cardboard cut with a whole in the middle to look like a screen.
Miami girl says she was target of racism in Zoom high school class
MIAMI – A 14-year-old girl was attending a high school class on Zoom when she says another student suddenly started using the n-word repeatedly. The girl named Jasmine, a freshman at Miami Senior High, was the only Black student in that online class and was the target of the racial bullying incident, an attorney representing her says. “All I wanted was to be able to go to school and have a regular high school experience,” Jasmine said. Jasmine’s attorney said another girl in the class used the slur 28 times, showing a screenshot of the word typed in all caps. They also say the school’s principal failed to take immediate action.
Japanese director known for single shots releases Zoom film
This undated photo provided by the @One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote shows Shinichiro Ueda, director of One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote, a YouTube spinoff of his 2017 award-winning film. A comedic horror film centered around teleworking, "One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote” was released earlier this year and shared for free on YouTube. It features the same characters from his award-winning 2017 film “One Cut of the Dead,” which has one shot that was 37-minutes long. Ueda’s style incorporates slapstick comedy and focuses on visual, rather than explanatory verbal storytelling, an approach relatively rare in contemporary Japanese film. “It’s only after 200 or 300 bad films you will have that one great film,” he said.
They wanted disruption in 2016. Now they're Trump defectors
They wanted change and disruption, until they found out what that actually looked like under a President Trump. “I was super proud that day I walked out of voting,” said Jensen, who voted for Trump in the primary and general election in 2016. James Farr, a 77-year-old evangelical Christian who lives in Kissimmee, Florida, voted Republican in large part because of his opposition to abortion. While working as a Bible translator in Papua New Guinea in 2016, he voted for Trump by absentee ballot. On Nov. 8, 2016, Jensen posted on Facebook, “CNN having a meltdown,” referring to Trump’s unexpected win.
Images of 9/11 attack, porn interrupt voting machine hearing
The hearing in the long-running fight over Georgia's voting machines began Thursday afternoon and continued Friday. They've asked U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg to order the state to use hand-marked paper ballots for the November election. During the two-day hearing, Totenberg heard from experts in computer security, election technology and statistics, as well as from state and local election officials. Elections officials testified that switching to hand-marked paper ballots in time for the November election would be extremely difficult. ___AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/
Zoom stock surges, market value tops Boeing, Starbucks
NEW YORK A Zoom call has become an integral part of daily life during the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, Wall Street acknowledged as much by boosting the videoconferencing company's market value above that of more established companies such as Citigroup, Boeing and Starbucks. Zoom's revenue more than quadrupled from the same time last year to $663.5 million and profits blew past Wall Street forecasts. At the current level, Zoom's market value exceeds the combined value of two storied automakers, General Motors and Ford, and is more than double the aggregate value of the nation's four biggest airlines. The forecast is now more than double the $910 million revenue that Zoom had anticipated as it began its fiscal year.
Jeter looks for Marlins to make strides during shortened season
MIAMI – Marlins CEO Derek Jeter is looking for big thing out of the Miami Marlins during the shortened 60-game schedule. Our guys need to improve, we need to improve year in and year out. Jeter added, “There’s a mindset that I believe is starting to change in the organization over the last couple of years. Jeter said he supports the health and safety protocols that MLB put in place at the ballparks. Jeter said he spoke to the team and told them they needed to be disciplined with how they conduct themselves outside of the ballpark.
Judge: Coronavirus to blame for Parkland shooting trial delay
During a virtual hearing held on Zoom, Scherer also said she was going to hold the next virtual status hearing at 11 a.m. on Aug. 25. “We have to take it one day at a time,” Scherer said, adding that she was open to hearing about creative solutions. Gabriel Ermine, a public defender representing Cruz, 21, said the coronavirus pandemic has also contributed to the delay of depositions and legal motions. The jail also hasn’t been safe for the experts who need to meet with Cruz, Ermine said. “We are ready to have them go in once everything is safe,” Ermine said.
Surfside rabbi conducts virtual religious services after recovering from novel coronavirus
SURFSIDE, Fla. – Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar, of The Shul of Bal Harbour, is making a steady recovery after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in March and has resumed conducting religious services via Zoom, a spokeswoman from the University of Miami Health System confirmed to Local 10 News. “My initial symptom was a high fever, but because of my age I had a high risk of complications,” Lipskar said. Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar and his wife, Chani. (Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar)“While I didn’t want to go to the hospital, that decision may have saved my life,” the rabbi said. “For the first time in my life, it was just me and Chani celebrating Passover,” Lipskar said.
How to get camera-ready for your next Zoom work meeting
With a lot of Americans working from their homes for the time being, meetings on Zoom have become the new normal. Just because you might be having your meeting from the comfort of your bed doesn’t mean that the professionalism of your workplace can’t exist at home -- so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re looking your best. StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan has a few simple ways you can easily transform your Zoom meeting aesthetic from casual at-home to business chic. Jordan says there are a few easy things you can do to improve the way you look on Zoom, including having a background with pop of color and having the perfect lighting. Check out Jordan’s latest StyleWise video, and make sure you like and subscribe to see more.
Dwight from ‘The Office’ hosting a Zoom call with pets
Have you had a Zoom meeting recently that was interrupted by dogs barking in the background or a cat jumping on your laptop, demanding your undivided attention? Well, on Thursday, you can have a chance to get in on a Zoom meeting in which pets are actually encouraged to join -- not be hidden in the background or behind closed doors. From 2 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, actor Rainn Wilson, in collaboration with Freshpet, is hosting a Zoom meeting with pets, where pet owners and their loved ones around the country can socialize together. You probably know this, but Wilson is best known for playing Dwight on the classic comedy, “The Office.”The public is invited to the Zoom call, but participants must register here. For once, you won’t have to try and silence or hide your pet on Zoom!
Miami-Dade’s remote courtroom takes on case of suspect in Eric the Jeweler’s $2M heist
“I have to be very careful because I fall into the category of special concern that I may get COVID-19. Zahralban was not involved in the case when Circuit Judge Alberto Milian granted Garcia a $75,000 bond and ordered house arrest. Prosecutors consider Garcia a habitual offender who fits the Florida legislature’s definition of a Violent Felony Offender of Special Concern. She told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Christina DiRaimondo that public safety is paramount, even during a pandemic. Miami-Dade Circuit Chief Judge Bertila Soto issues emergency procedures for remote courtrooms: