Winston Gieseke right here, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. I hope you’ve got adjusted to Daylight Saving Time. I attempted setting my clock forward six months, however sadly it did not work. Here are among the newest headlines from this nice state of ours.
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Beyoncé makes Grammy historical past, Oscar nominations introduced
It’s been an enormous few days in leisure. Sunday night time the Grammys had been held in Los Angeles … and world wide from folks’s residing rooms. Beyoncé made history by breaking the file for the most Grammys won by a woman — and by any singer, male or feminine — with a whopping 28 awards. That additionally ties her with producer Quincy Jones because the residing individual with essentially the most Grammy awards in historical past.
Other winners included Harry Styles (Best Pop Solo Performance), Billie Eilish (Record of the Year), Taylor Swift (Album of the Year), Dua Lipa (Best Pop Vocal Album), Megan Thee Stallion (Best New Artist), John Legend (Best R&B Album) and 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who appeared within the video for “Brown Skin Girl,” which was awarded Best Music Video.
Who had been one of the best dressed on the occasion? Here are the top 10.
And if that weren’t sufficient pleasure to begin our week, the Academy Award nominations were announced Monday. And you’ve got received your work lower out for you if you wish to be ready by the April 25 ceremony. Here are 10 movies USA TODAY writer Brian Truitt recommends you see earlier than tuning in to look at what’s going to possible be essentially the most unpredictable Oscar race ever.
And earlier than we depart the leisure part and transfer on to heavier stuff, “Three’s Company” turns 44 at this time. The sitcom, which was set in Santa Monica, premiered March 15, 1977, and ran for eight seasons. In its original review of the pilot, The Hollywood Reporter called it “terribly coy.”
COVID-19: More than 90% of Californians could also be out of purple tier this week
With vaccinations accelerating and COVID-19 case charges dropping, greater than 90% of California’s inhabitants of practically 40 million residents could be out of the most restrictive color-coded tier by Wednesday.
On Sunday, 13 counties — Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Amador, Colusa, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Mono, Placer, San Benito, Siskiyou, Sonoma and Tuolumne — moved from the purple (widespread) tier to the purple (substantial) tier, following reassessments utilizing new thresholds as a result of state assembly its objective of two million vaccines administered within the state’s hardest-hit communities.
Of the state’s 58 counties, 21 remained within the purple tier on Sunday. But a few of these could move out of that category as soon as Tuesday.
Thirty-three counties at the moment are within the purple tier, three are within the orange (average) tier and one is within the yellow (minimal) tier.
12 million pictures given
Providers have reported administering a total of 12,172,948 doses as of Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 15,702,230 doses have been delivered to entities inside California, and 16,361,975 doses (together with the primary and second dose), have been shipped.
On Monday, the state opened up vaccine eligibility to folks with sure vital, high-risk medical circumstances or disabilities. An estimated 4.4 million Californians meet the state standards, which incorporates extra important employees, individuals who work or stay in jails, homeless shelters and different congregant locations, and people with disabilities and well being circumstances that put them vulnerable to extreme COVID-19. More than 4 million Californians — over 10% of the inhabitants — has been absolutely vaccinated.
Your BMI might qualify you for a vaccine in San Francisco: Severe weight problems is taken into account one of many high-risk circumstances that might permit a person to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday. The California Department of Public Health says which means an individual with a physique mass index (BMI) greater than 40.
The San Francisco Chronicle, nonetheless, studies that the City by the Bay is allowing people with a BMI higher than 30 to get vaccinated, as long as they’re between the ages of 16 and 64.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BMI is a measure of an individual’s weight class (underweight, wholesome weight, obese and weight problems) primarily based on their peak and weight. While it’s used as a screening instrument, “it does not diagnose the bodyfatness or health of an individual.”
The Los Angeles Times supplied up 5 issues to know as millions of new people have become eligible for the vaccine. One particularly essential factor to know is that many vaccinations are being carried out on the consideration system. “We don’t feel that our frontline staff are in a position to screen and make decisions about who or who is not eligible,” mentioned Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “We urge people not to take advantage of that.”
Brazil variant detected in San Bernardino County
In not-so-great COVID information, KTLA 5 is reporting that one case of the coronavirus variant first detected in Brazil has been reported in San Bernardino County. This is the primary confirmed case of this pressure in California.
While the variant, which was first detected in January, is believed to be extra contagious than the commonest pressure, it is not identified whether or not or not it’s immune to present vaccines.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, when examined in Brazil, confirmed 0% mortality and 85% success in stopping hospitalizations and extreme infections.
Will California achieve setting pointers on microplastics in ingesting water?
Did you already know there may be tiny — and we’re speaking only-seen-with-a-microscope tiny — bits of plastic in your ingesting water?
Microplastics have contaminated the surroundings and the our bodies of animals and people world wide. In 2018, the Golden State handed a legislation requiring 4 years of testing for microplastics in ingesting water earlier than coming up with pointers to assist water suppliers and customers decide what ranges had been secure to drink.
Now the state Water Resources Control Board is transferring ahead to situation a preliminary health-based threshold and testing strategies by July 1. The thought is to take a precautionary method, transferring to sort out there potential threats posed by microplastics.
But Rachel Becker, writing for CalMatters, questions if this is wise: “Research into the consequences of ingesting tiny plastic fragments is still in its infancy. No one knows how widespread microplastics in California’s drinking water really are. There isn’t even a standardized method to test for them. And no one knows what dose may be ‘safe’ to consume, since the human health effects are largely unknown.
That’s all for this Monday. Stay safe, everyone. It’s not over yet.
In California is a roundup of news from across USA Today network newsrooms. Also contributing: The Hollywood Reporter, KTLA 5, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll be back in your inbox tomorrow with the latest headlines.
As the philanthropy and special sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and people who give back in the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].