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One little girl got the virtual-surprise of a lifetime on Sunday night’s edition of John Krasinski’s new YouTube series “Some Good News.”Krasinski brought nine-year-old Aubrey onto the show to cheer her up after her dream of seeing “Hamilton” live in her home state of Florida, was dashed due to coronavirus-related cancellations.On a scale of one to 10, Aubrey ranked her love of “Hamilton” at “a million.”Also Read: Dua Lipa's Virtual 'Late Late Show' Performance of 'Don't Start Now' Proves We're All Doing Zoom Wrong (Video)Of course, the actor turned web show host promised to fly Aubrey and her mother to see Hamilton live on Broadway in New York when it opens up again.That was just one of many surprises for the nine-year-old, who mentioned she had watched “Mary Poppins Returns” just a few days before.“Something tells me you might be a bigger fan of my wife’s than mine,” Krasinski said.“About the same,” she said, before admitting, “I’ve never really seen ‘The Office’ or whatever. I’ve seen a bunch of memes on it.”“Excuse me?” Krasinski said. “Okay. How very endearing.”Also Read: Tony Awards Postponed Indefinitely as Broadway Theaters Remain ShutBut instead of letting his feelings get hurt, the benevolent Krasinski brought out his wife and Mary Poppins portrayer herself, Emily Blunt, to say hello to her via video chat.When Aubrey proceeded to sing the praises of “Hamilton” star Lin Manuel-Miranda, the couple joked that obviously Blunt is “the best part” of the movie and that Miranda is “more of a backup dancer.”That’s when Miranda himself jumped on the video call to sing the girl her favorite song from “Hamilton” — with a little help from the original Broadway cast, including: Jasmine Cephas Jones, Phillipa Soo, Andrew Chapelle, Ariana DeBose, Thayne Jasperson, Sydney James Harcourt, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodowan, Ephraim Sykes, Javier Muñoz, Carleigh Bettiol, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Austin Smith, Betsy Struxness, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Jon Rua, Leslie Odom, Jr., Sasha Hutchings, Neil Haskell, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, and Seth Stewart.Watch the performance above and a little behind-the-scenes tweet on how it was all put together below:When you get the @HamiltonMusical Original Broadway Cast together with @johnkrasinski for HamAtHome… that's SomeGoodNews: https://t.co/OBPihXUYAF pic.twitter.com/bryA5yTrCW— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) April 6, 2020Read original story Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Hamilton’ Cast Surprise Young Superfan With Virtual Performance (Video) At TheWrap
Hat-tip to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who this weekend admitted what he?d been avoiding in his public remarks during the pandemic lockdown thus far: We?ve failed dismally on testing patients to confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. ?I own that,? he said during his daily press briefing, addressing the testing issue. ?I have a responsibility as your governor to do better.?With the entire of state of 40 million people entering a fourth week in lockdown, yes, he does. And it starts with that admission.Why does it matter?�Despite the benefit of early stay-at-home orders in the most populous state in the union, we have no prayer of leaving our homes and going back to work, sending our kids back to school and getting the economy restarted until we have widespread testing. We simply must know where infection is highest, where immunity might be emerging, where clusters of infection are rife and also where infection is low or on the decline.We still don?t know what we don?t know because we don?t have testing.Also Read: Can Social Media and Technology Come to the Rescue in a Pandemic?Ask yourself: Have you heard anyone tell you when to expect the coronavirus peak in California? Unlike New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo has projected mid-April? No you haven?t, because we just don?t know.On Saturday, Newsom said 126,700 people had been tested in California, a state of nearly 40 million people. Of those who have been tested, 13,000 were still awaiting results. (For comparison: As of Saturday, New York state reported 122,031 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 302,280 tests.)But Newsom said that he had formed a task force of private and public leaders that, he promised, will turn this situation around. ?We are now in a position where I can confidently say it?s a new day,? Newsom said.Are we? Newsom declined to say when the new testing will kick in, and how many people will be able to be tested.He announced a new partnership with University of California campuses in Davis and San Diego to set up between five to seven testing hubs. The new task force will be led by Paul Markovich, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California, and Dr. Charity Dean, assistant director of the state Public Health Department. Plus, he said Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories had committed to setting up 75 testing sites throughout the state. (No date offered.)He also said researchers at Stanford University were close to getting approval for an antibody test that would tell not just whether someone has the virus, but also if they are immune. A spokeswoman for Stanford?s School of Medicine said one test is being performed as part of a study and another will be launched in its lab shortly.What keeps troubling me in all this is the lack of coordination with the most obvious actors who can drive positive change: technologists. As I wrote last week, countries like Taiwan have successfully leveraged alliances of government, technologists and entrepreneurs to control the pandemic.Also Read: Coronavirus Diary: Squeezed Slowly to Stop the PandemicHere?s one example of how Newsom is using technology: He announced that the state is launching a website, covid19supplies.ca.gov, to allow individuals and companies to donate, sell and offer to manufacture essential medical supplies, such as N95 masks and testing materials. Supply shortages have been blamed for inadequate testing in the state, while a lack of masks, gloves and gowns has left critical health care workers unprotected against the virus.But this is true for every category of fighting this virus, especially testing.We need to share information. We need to groupsource our problem-solving, and use the incredible technological prowess that lives in our own backyard. (For example: If we do get testing at scale, how can we ensure that the results are consolidated in a single database and shared with the public, so we can know in real time where the virus is most potent? The California health department?s website with paltry�county-by-county data is sadly rinky-dink, and a far cry from what our cutting edge technologists could produce with direction from our leadership.)You may ask: Why am I focused on California? Apart from being where I live and where the industry I cover is based, California has the chance to do what almost no other state can do: Act as a model for how to successfully respond to the coronavirus threat. California has the scale, the resources and should have the ambition. It may not have the tools of the federal government, which we all know by now that we cannot rely on to get us out of this mess. But it has a lot of levers to pull.I believe in California, I always have. Let?s leverage the deep competence in this state, solve it here, offer it elsewhere. And move us out of this purgatory of ignorance and fear.Read original story California Can Tackle the COVID-19 Testing Problem With Technology and Entrepreneurship At TheWrap
Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson had an enormous order of tacos shipped to their local hospital to show their appreciation for healthcare workers on the frontline.
President Donald Trump attacked the New York Times and Washington Post for low advertising numbers amid the coronavirus crisis, suggesting the drop was caused by “fake news.”“Advertising in the Failing New York Times is WAY down. Washington Post is not much better. I can’t say whether this is because they are Fake News sources of information, to a level that few can understand, or the Virus is just plain beating them up,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Fake News is bad for America!”In reality, advertising is down across all media and has been since businesses started shutting down as the virus spread and Americans retreated — some voluntarily, some by government mandate — into their homes. This has nothing to do with individual outlets’ coverage. The Times recently covered the downturn in the advertising industry, not just in newspapers and digital outlets, but on billboards and more.Also Read: Can Local News Outlets Survive the Pandemic-Fueled Economic Downturn?Newspapers, especially local ones, are taking a beating as the novel coronavirus rips apart the American economy and ways of life — with some facing an existential crisis as the duration and severity of the pandemic and its aftermath remains unknown.Just in the past few weeks, numerous local papers have folded, laid off staff or cut back operations as advertising — the foundation of papers’ revenue — has disappeared with the closures of local restaurants, bars, shops and event venues.St. Louis’ Riverfront Times laid off nearly its entire staff last week because of dwindling advertising and a loss of revenue from now-canceled events. California’s Monterey County Weekly, meanwhile, laid off one-third of its staff. C&G Newspapers, a Michigan publishing group, suspended the publication of 19 of its print papers, while D.C.’s Metro Weekly and Las Vegas’ Gaming Today suspended their print editions. And Pennsylvania’s Trib Total Media laid off staffers and combined two Pittsburgh-area editions in what president Jennifer Bertetto called “a temporary adjustment in reaction to extraordinary circumstances.”American newspaper giant Gannett, which owns USA Today, announced pay cuts and furloughs for reporters making over $38,000 last week. Vice Media, a digital outlet, cut staff workweeks to four days to save costs.Representatives for the Times and the Post didn’t immediately return a request for comment on their advertising numbers or Trump’s specific call-outs. See his tweet below:Advertising in the Failing New York Times is WAY down. Washington Post is not much better. I can’t say whether this is because they are Fake News sources of information, to a level that few can understand, or the Virus is just plain beating them up. Fake News is bad for America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020Read original story Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being ‘Way Down’ — When It’s Down Everywhere At TheWrap