The Russian Orthodox Church has accused people who do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and called them sinners who will atone for their guilt for the rest of their lives.
The statement comes amid a new jump in the number of infected and dead in Russia, Reuters reported.
The call came as 24,353 new cases were reported, including 6,557 in Moscow, bringing the official total to 5,635,294 since the start of the pandemic.
Speaking on state television, Metropolitan Hilarion said those who refused to be vaccinated were committing “a sin they will have to atone for throughout their lives.”
The metropolitan added: “Every day I see cases of people going to a priest to confess that they refused to be vaccinated or to vaccinate their relatives and inadvertently caused someone’s death.” “It is a sin to think of ourselves, but not of others,” Hilarion said.
Hitting out at the retro food preparation idea, James exclaimed: “Weddings, cheese in a tube, what was that all about?
“What was going on in England? What was happening?”
James and his TV producer girlfriend Louise Davies have been together for almost 10 years.
However, the chef previously shared that the couple have no plans to tie the knot, telling the Sunday People in 2019: “No, it doesn’t interest me in the slightest, mainly because I’ve catered for so many weddings, really.
“I admire people who do it, that’s fine, but I’m quite happy. I don’t need to spend 60 grand on a day, no, I’m more than happy thanks.”
The structure was demolished around 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday using a method Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava called “energetic felling,” describing it as a process that “uses small, strategically placed explosives and relies on gravity to bring the building down in place.”
The demolition came after part of the building fell early in the morning on June 24, collapsing approximately 55 of the building’s 136 units. Crews immediately began digging through up to 16 feet of concrete and have confirmed at least 24 people were killed, including children. There are 121 people who remain unaccounted for.
With the threat of Tropical Storm Elsa looming, officials and rescue crews were increasingly concerned about the safety of those searching the rubble and the potential the rest of the structure would collapse.
“It appears as though the approaching storm may have been a blessing in disguise for us in that it initiated the demolition discussion,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said Sunday night. “We want to make sure that we control which way the building falls and not a hurricane, so all of this together I think ended up being a good thing.”
Burkett said he hopes the demolition will eliminate a potentially dangerous threat to workers and possibly open an estimated third of the remaining pile to search and rescue teams.
Search efforts at the partially collapsed building were paused Saturday around 4 p.m. so engineers could secure the site and prepare for the demolition.
“As soon as the building is down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work,” Levine Cava said Sunday night.
When the work does resume, it will be without five to seven members of the Israeli rescue team, Col. Elad Edri, Deputy Commander of the Israeli National Rescue Unit said, adding the decision was made based on what capabilities of the team will be needed after the demolition.
Residents ordered to evacuate multiple buildings
Since the collapse, multiple Miami-area buildings have been evacuated.
Ahead of the demolition at the South tower, the condominium board for Champlain Towers East suggested residents evacuate, according to a letter from the condo association’s board of directors obtained by CNN.
The letter encouraged residents to evacuate in advance as streets nearby would be congested due to the demolition. The board also asked residents to take their pets and valuables, including passports and important documents, with them.
“Our building foundation has been checked multiple times, but we make this suggestion in an abundance of caution,” the letter reads. “We do not expect any impact to us but you can’t be too careful under the circumstances.”
On Saturday, the city of Miami Beach ordered the evacuation of a residential building out of an abundance of caution after a city inspector looked at an empty unit and flagged a “flooring system failure in that unit and excessive deflection on an exterior wall,” according to city spokesperson Melissa Berthier.
The day before, North Miami Beach officials ordered the evacuation of the Crestview Towers, saying the building was delinquent with its 40-year recertification. Officials cited the late certification report to say the building was structurally and electrically unsafe.
Many residents of Champlain Towers South whose condos didn’t collapse had to evacuate without many of their belongings, leaving behind clothes, valuables and family photographs.
On Sunday, Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III said homicide detectives had been “collecting items that are retrievable, and are logging them and documenting them.”
Any type of heirloom that was safe to retrieve is being documented to “be addressed at a later date with family members,” he said.
24th victim identified
David Epstein, 58, has been identified as the 24th victim confirmed to have died in the collapse. His body was recovered Friday, officials said.
The victims range in age from 4 to 92.
Those who died include 4- and 10-year-old sisters, an elderly couple and the daughter of a firefighter.
Nicole Mejias told CNN on Saturday that five of her family members were in the Champlain Towers South building when it collapsed, including 7-year-old Stella Cattarossi, the daughter of the Miami firefighter. Cattarossi’s body was found Thursday night.
“We just miss them so much already, we wish this tragedy didn’t happen, and will always remember them,” Mejias said.
Tropical Storm Elsa
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 15 counties Saturday — including Miami-Dade County — because of Tropical Storm Elsa.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Florida Keys and a tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of southwest Florida as far north as Tampa Bay.
Surfside is no longer in Elsa’s forecast cone, but the area could still receive some rain from the storm.
The governor expressed his support for the demolition plan ahead of Elsa’s impact and said Saturday he believed it would be best for the building to be down before the storm arrives. “With these gusts potentially, it would create a really big hazard.”
CNN’s Keith Allen, Jason Morris, Brian Todd, Rosa Flores,Sara Weisfeldt, Dakin Andone, Hollie Silverman and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.
Altered sensorimotor processing in the frontotemporal network appears to be responsible for hallucinations experienced by patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a novel study that uses a robotic method to provoke “presence hallucinations.”
Presence hallucinations occur in about half of patients with PD and are associated with poor cognitive outcomes and death.
Dr Fosco Bernasconi
“Despite the great clinical relevance of hallucinations in PD, the absence of objective measures, empirical techniques, and methods to measure and induce hallucinations has always made their investigation and diagnosis particularly challenging,” study investigator Fosco Bernasconi, PhD, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Geneva, Switzerland, told Medscape Medical News.
“Our robotic procedure provides the opportunity to investigate specific hallucinations in real time and in a fully controlled environment and conditions. We believe that our robotic procedure and method will be of great help for the diagnosis and prognosis of hallucinations and more severe forms of PD characterized by cognitive decline,” said Bernasconi.
In an earlier study, the researchers found that they could induce presence hallucinations in healthy individuals using a robotic procedure involving specific movements and somatosensory signals.
In the current study, they used the robotic procedure to induce presence hallucinations in 26 patients with PD. During the procedure, patients make repeated poking gestures, and a robotic arm imitates the poking gestures on the patient’s back.
When the human and robotic poking movements are synchronized, the brain successfully computes the spatial dissonance, and patients report nothing out of the ordinary. However, when the movements are out of synchrony, both healthy adults and patients with PD report presence hallucinations.
Patients with preexisting presence hallucinations are more sensitive to robotic stimulations than are their peers who have not previously had hallucinations, the researchers observed.
The success of the robotic “ghost” test helped researchers pinpoint the neural network responsible for presence hallucinations.
This “presence hallucination network,” as they call it, includes three regions in the frontotemporal cortex of the brain ― the inferior frontal gyrus, the ventral premotor cortex, and the posterior middle temporal gyrus.
The presence hallucination network was selectively disrupted in patients with PD and was predictive of the occurrence of symptomatic presence hallucinations and associated cognitive decline.
“Adapting the robotic device and procedure to the scanner allowed us to identify a brain network that is relevant for presence hallucinations in patients with Parkinson’s disease and that could potentially serve as a biomarker for more severe forms of the disease associated with hallucinations and cognitive deficits,” Eva Blondiaux, PhD student at EPFL and co–first author of the study, said in a news release.
Bernasconi hopes this technology will lead to new treatments for hallucinations in the near future.
“Such therapies could be based on a future version of the robotic method and device. Such work is ongoing. Early prediction of heightened hallucination sensitivity could also help physicians avoid certain treatments and may in the future also allow early interventions of other therapies,” he said.
The researchers are currently conducting a large clinical trial to confirm and extend their findings.
They also plan to use the robotic technology while performing MRI for patients with PD to capture in real time the neural activity associated with hallucinations as they occur, Bernasconi said.
“In parallel, we are adapting and improving our robotic technology and currently work on developing a fully wearable system,” he said.
Reached for comment, James Beck, PhD, senior vice president and chief science officer with the Parkinson’s Foundation, said, “Being able to generate these hallucinations in a controlled fashion will help facilitate the development of medicines to potentially control these types of presence hallucinations and maybe hallucinations in general.”
The research also provides a basis for understanding the neural pathway for hallucinations, said Beck.
“Understanding that the neural connections are different in a person with Parkinson’s hallucinations, we can work around that to find medications, which, in this case, strengthen connections that are weakened, or just even address the symptom head on, in order to solve this problem,” he told Medscape Medical News.
“I see this being utilized for research and for clinical trials. I don’t see it, right now in its current form, as something that you’re going to see in routine use,” said Beck.
Also weighing in, Andrew D. Siderowf, MD, professor of neurology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said the study is “noteworthy because the investigators used a novel experimental approach to provoke PH [presence hallucinations].
“The robotic paradigm is flexible and allows for testing of hypotheses of the relationship between sensory stimulation and PH and can be used in conjunction with structural brain imaging,” Siderowf told Medscape Medical News.
“This study points to a way to elicit PH in patients who may be susceptible but have not yet developed spontaneous hallucinations, either PH or VH [visual hallucinations]. This could be useful prognostic information, since hallucinations are both a negative outcome on their own and often co-occur with cognitive impairment/dementia,” Siderowf added.
He said this approach may also provide an efficient way to test drugs that could be used to treat hallucinations in exploratory-phase clinical trials.
“Drugs that work in this model could be carried forward in development to larger and more clinically oriented trials ― ie, effective blocking of induced hallucinations may predict blocking spontaneous hallucinations,” Siderowf said.
Also weighing in on this research, Prabitha Urwyler, PhD, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, said, “The approach of using robotics to investigate hallucinations in PD is new. However, they investigate only presence hallucinations, while the phenomenology of hallucinations in PD is complex.”
Urwyler also noted, “PD is a progressive disease that is different from person to person, and there are influences of medication on the PD hallucination too which can play a role. This paper may drive the research field into more quantitative measures.”
Funding for the study was provided by two donors and by grants from several noncommercial entities. Bernasconi has disclosed no relevant financial relaitonships. Three authors are inventors on patients related to this work, and two are cofounders and shareholders of Metaphysiks Engineering SA, a company that develops immersive technologies, including applications of the robotic induction of presence hallucinations. One author is a member of the board and shareholder of Mindmaze SA. Beck, Siderowf, and Urwyler have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Sci Transl Med. Published online April 28, 2021. Abstract
HOUSTON, Texas — Houston Rockets point guard John Wall is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain, sources told ESPN.
The typical recovery time for such an injury is approximately three weeks, and the Rockets have no intention of rushing Wall back with the team eliminated from playoff contention.
Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists while shooting 40.4% from the floor in 40 games this season for the Rockets, who have the NBA’s worst record at 15-46 in the first year of a rebuilding project on the heels of trading longtime franchise cornerstone James Harden.
Wall, a five-time All-Star, had missed the previous season and a half due to heel and Achilles tendon injuries. Wall missed several games this season due to swelling in his left knee, an issue that sources said could require offseason arthroscopic surgery.
The Rockets acquired Wall and a future protected first-round pick for Russell Westbrook in a trade with the Washington Wizards just before the beginning of training camp.
Wall, 30, is owed $ 91.7 million on his maximum contract over the next two seasons.
Ashley Cain and wife Safiyya Vorajee are heartbroken over the tragic death of their 8-month-old baby girl Azaylia.
Our hearts go out to Ashley Cain, 30, and his wife Safiyya Vorajee, 34. The couple confirmed the tragic news that their 8-month-old Azaylia Diamond sadly passed away after learning she had “days to live.” The baby was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of Leukemia in October at just two months old, and has been receiving chemotherapy. “Rest In Paradise Princess,” Ashley wrote on Instagram on April 25. “I will always hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in heaven.”
Safiyya also shared a tribute to social media. “You are my Angel my heartbeat my soul,” she wrote. “RIP my precious baby, you will always be with me like a handprint on my heart.” The news comes after The Challenge star confirmed that chemo “is not working” on Azaylia, and that cancerous tumors were found throughout the baby’s body. “They think she’s only got one, two days to live — and it could even be that night,” he wrote on April 9, alongside a photo of his baby playing with a ball despite being attached to medical equipment. “Her disease is that aggressive that nothing they are doing … is working,” he said, explaining they were unable to do a spinal tap surgery “would kill her.”
While Ashley and his wife had intended to take the baby to Singapore for further treatment, they were told the doctors there would also be unable to treat Azalyia given how advanced her cancer is. “So, that means we’re going back home. We’re going back home and we’re gonna try and make our baby as comfortable as possible,” Cain said. “We’re gonna be strong, and we’re gonna go out with honor,” he confirmed.
Days before Azaylia’s death, Safiyya shared that the couple had castings made of the little girl’s feet via Instagram story to forever remember her. Ashley held the baby as the mold’s were applied to her feet in the emotional moment. Safiyya also shared a sweet video of the mother-daughter duo dancing to The Jungle Book‘s “I Wanna Be Like You” as a celebration of her 8 month birthday. “We get up and I give my girl 100%,” Safiyaa wrote in her caption. “We keep her filled with the same energy & love that she’s used to,” and “I only ever want you to see happiness and experience love,” she said.
Ashley also wrote a sweet tribute for Azaylia’s birthday. “Yesterday Azaylia returned home from hospital like the fearless little lioness that she is,” he penned. “I honestly thought @therock was my hero until I spent the last 8 months with you. You taught me how to be strong when I needed strength, you taught me how to smile when I am feeling sad, you taught me how to cherish every single moment – as these moments are all we have. You’ve been tenacious, fearless, courageous, positive, happy and loving through times which I thought would make it impossible!” he wrote. “You’ve given me the best 8 months of my life through the toughest of times. MY HERO 🙌🏾 I LOVE YOU,” he concluded.
The Premier League will hold a meeting on Tuesday between the 14 clubs who have not been included in the European Super League plans. The breakaway competition, which has no promotion or relegation, was revealed last night.
The Premier League has threatened to throw Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, out of the top flight.
FIFA and UEFA has also claimed that any players particiating in the new event will be banned from representing their countries at World Cups and European Championships.
A meeting between the rest of the Premier League teams will take place on Tuesday to decide what action they should take.
The Premier League, Football Association, UEFA and the Italian and Spanish leagues, released a joint statement.
It read: “We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.
“As previously announced by FIFA and the six Confederations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”
The Premier League said in a separate statement: “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.
“The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.
“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.
“We will work with fans, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was coy when asked about the Super League.
“I know it since yesterday but I’m here to be in the hardest competition. That’s why I came here. that’s what I love, to play the toughest competitions in Europe. That’s why I’m at Chelsea,” he said.
“I don’t get involved with all these subjects around us, I’m a bit sad all these subjects are there now, I thought we could talk about Man City and more important the Brighton game. That’s maybe not the case today.
“I want to play these club competitions, I trust the club to make the right decisions and it’s too early to judge everything and it’s not my part. On my badge from Chelsea it says I have to play my role.
“My role is to be a coach, to be focused and we have an important game coming up tomorrow.”
WINDSOR, England (AP) — With military bands and a royal procession, Prince Philip was being laid to rest Saturday in a funeral ceremony that honored his lifetime of service to the country, the crown and his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. The widowed British monarch, setting an example amid the coronavirus pandemic, sat alone at the ceremony.
Philip, who died April 9 two months shy of his 100th birthday, was being honored at Windsor Castle in a service that was steeped in military and royal tradition — but also was pared down and infused with his own personality.
The entire procession and funeral took place out of public view within the grounds of the castle, a 950-year-old royal residence 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London, but was shown live on television.
Coronavirus restrictions meant that instead of the 800 mourners expected in the longstanding plans for Philip’s funeral, only 30 people were allowed inside the castle’s St. George’s Chapel, including the queen, her four children and her eight grandchildren.
Following strict social distancing rules during the pandemic, the queen set an example even in grief, sitting apart from family members arrayed around the church. Other royals who are in family bubbles sat together.
People across Britain observed one minute of silence in honor of Philip just before his royal ceremonial funeral got under way.
The service began with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby entering the chapel ahead of the coffin, followed by Philip’s children and three of his eight grandchildren, as a four-member choir sang “I am the resurrection and the life.”
The service followed a funeral procession, in which Philip’s coffin traveled to the chapel on a specially adapted Land Rover designed by Philip himself for the eight-minute journey to St. George’s Chapel. Philip’s coffin was draped in his personal standard, and topped with his Royal Navy cap and sword and a wreath of flowers.
Senior military commanders lined up in front of the vehicle. The children of Philip and the queen — heir to the throne Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — walked behind the hearse, while the 94-year-old queen traveled to the chapel in a Bentley car.
Grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry also walked behind the coffin, although not side by side. The brothers, whose relationship has been strained amid Harry’s decision to quit royal duties and move to California, flanked their cousin Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne.
For many viewers, the moment stirred memories of the image of William and Harry at 15 and 12, walking behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin in 1997, accompanied by their grandfather Philip, in a London ceremony televised around the world.
Earlier, under soft spring sunshine, some locals stopped outside the castle to leave flowers on Saturday, but people largely heeded requests by police and the palace not to gather because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The funeral reflected Philip’s military ties, both as a ceremonial commander of many units and as a veteran of war. More than 700 military personnel took part, including army bands, Royal Marine buglers and an honor guard drawn from across the armed forces.
Inside the Gothic chapel, the setting for centuries of royal weddings and funerals, the service was simple and somber. There was no sermon, at Philip’s request, and no family eulogies or readings, in keeping with royal tradition. But Dean of Windsor David Conner said the country has been enriched by Philip’s “unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.”
Philip spent almost 14 years in the Royal Navy and saw action in the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific during World War II. Several elements of his funeral had a maritime theme, including the hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” which is associated with seafarers and asks God: “O hear us when we cry to thee/For those in peril on the sea.”
As Philip’s coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, Royal Marine buglers will sound “Action Stations,” an alarm that alerts sailors to prepare for battle — a personal request from Philip.
“He was at home with broad church, high church and low church, but what he really liked was short church,” Chartres told the BBC. “I always remember preaching on occasions which he was principal actor that the instruction would always come down: ‘No more than four minutes.’”
Along with Philip’s children and grandchildren, the 30 funeral guests include other senior royals and several of his German relatives. Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the queen, is related to a thicket of European royal families.
Mourners wore masks and observed social distancing inside the chapel and did not join in when a four-person choir sang hymns.
Ahead of the funeral, Buckingham Palace released a photo of the queen and Philip, smiling and relaxing on blankets in the grass in the Scottish Highlands in 2003. The palace said the casual photo was a favorite of the queen.
For decades, Philip was a fixture of British life, renowned for his founding of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards youth program and for a blunt-spoken manner that at times included downright offensive remarks. He lived in his wife’s shadow, but his death has sparked a reflection about his role, and new appreciation from many in Britain.
“He was a character, an absolute character,” said Jenny Jeeves as she looked at the floral tributes in Windsor. “He was fun, he was funny. Yes, he made quite a few gaffes, but it depends which way you took it really. Just a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and a good example to all of us.”
If you’re pretty good at following a bedtime structure, the change in timing can cause a bit of uneasiness. Even though the clock reads a certain time, your internal circadian rhythm might not agree. The circadian rhythm is an internal body clock that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. “When properly aligned, a circadian rhythm can promote consistent and restorative sleep,” said the Sleep Foundation.
However, if it’s thrown off kilter – which a change in time most certainly can do – then significant sleep issues can arise, such as insomnia.
Sleep issues can include struggling to fall asleep, waking up during the night, or waking up earlier than you’d like.
A disrupted circadian rhythm can result in “shallower, fragmented, and lower-quality sleep”.
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“How you prepare for bed can determine how easily you’ll be able to fall asleep,” said the Sleep Foundation.
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These activities might cause “mental stimulation”, which can cause difficulty with a restful night’s sleep.
If you notice that a relaxing activity, such as reading, keeps you alert instead, then take note that this doesn’t work for you.
Any activity that creates mental stimulation – whatever that may be – needs to be avoided half hour before you wish to fall asleep.
While in bed, if you find yourself tossing and turning for more than 20 minutes, you need to leave the comfort of your bed.
“Nicotine stimulates the body in ways that disrupt sleep,” explained the Sleep Foundation.
And even though alcohol is a depressant, and can make you feel sleepy in the moment, it disrupts your sleep later in the night.
It should go without saying that caffeine should also be off limits too, even way before you plan on falling asleep.
In addition, a bedroom should be cool, dark and quiet in order to have a good night’s sleep.