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Bill Gates: 6 movies and TV shows to watch ‘when you need a break’

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Everyone has their own way of relieving pandemic stress – Bethenny Frankel, for example organizes her home, while Kevin O’Leary takes long bike rides.For billionaire Bill Gates, reading and watching TV and movies helps “stem the tide” of anxiety amid the Covid-19 pandemic, he said in a blog post on May 18.”I’m often asked about what I am reading and watching—either because people want to learn more about pandemics, or because they are looking for a distraction,” wrote Gates.Gates has long been involved in global health research and whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated over $250 million toward Covid-19 relief efforts. (Gates has also been the butt of meritless Covid-19 conspiracy theories.)”Lately, people have been asking me for movies and shows I’d recommend during this difficult period,” he said.Here is Gates’ list of “Movies and shows for when you need a break,” including everything from comedies to crime dramas.’Spy Game'”On the much more escapist front, a few weeks ago I re-watched one of my favorite movies, ‘Spy Game,'” Gates wrote of the 2001 action movie starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.”Not a lot of people have heard of ‘Spy Game,’ but I’ve …

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Salesforce Announces Record First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2020.
“Our results, amidst this global crisis, demonstrated our ability to execute at speed, innovate at scale and the strength of our business model,” said Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce. “We made long-term investments in keeping our employees safe, supporting our customers, delivering crucial innovation like Work.com, and helping our communities with PPE, grants, and technology. The pandemic showed us that digital is an imperative for every company, and we’re confident Salesforce will continue to accelerate as we bring our customers into the new normal.”
In response to COVID-19, Salesforce took the following actions in its fiscal first quarter to invest in its customers, employees and community during this unprecedented time, and to prepare for the future:

Launched Salesforce Care, a set of free rapid response solutions to help companies stay connected to their employees, customers and partners during the COVID-19 crisis
Created the Tableau Data Hub, a free resource to help companies and governments around the world see and understand data about the pandemic
Developed an online leadership program called Leading Through Change. The program highlights …

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Microsoft Stock Will Gain from Strong, Positive Catalysts

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Although Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has rallied nearly 50% over the last couple of months, Microsoft stock is likely to climb further in both the short term and long term.
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In the short term, the company’s more heralded catalysts – the growth of its overall cloud business, video games, Teams and the work-from-home trend – will drive the stock higher. Over the longer term, lesser known catalysts, sparked by the ingenious decisions of the company’s CEO, will propel the shares far above their record levels.
Let’s take a look at the less famous, longer-term drivers first.
Longer-Term Catalysts
Under Microsoft’s highly successful and innovative CEO,  Satya Nadella, the company is launching new, cloud-based products tailored to the needs of the sectors that are most likely to be successful over the long term.
For example, the tech giant, in collaboration with FedEx (NYSE:FDX), has developed FedEx Surround, which enables companies to analyze supply chains.  With the product, FedEx will be able to monitor the location of the products it’s shipping “and use AI to find new streamlined shipping options,” according to Seeking Alpha.
Similarly, Microsoft has unveiled  “Cloud for Healthcare,” which enables collaboration among healthcare …

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Grand Casino Announces Reopening Date

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HINCKLEY — Grand Casino has announced an opening date for both of their locations. The Mille Lacs and Hinckley casinos will reopen on Monday at 9:00 a.m. bringing an end to the 77-day-long closure. The casinos will host a soft reopening for Mille Lacs Band member shareholders on Sunday.The reopening is the first step in a multi-phase reopening strategy.Workers will be required to wear masks. Guests will also be required to wear a mask. Anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will not be permitted to enter.During phase one, most of the gaming floor will reopen smoke-free with some changes to allow for social distancing. Both casinos will have food options, but the sit-down restaurants will remain closed.There are no valet or shuttle services.

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A strategic approach to COVID-19 vaccine R&D

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ILLUSTRATION: DAVIDE BONAZZI/SALZMANARTThere is an unprecedented need to manufacture and distribute enough safe and effective vaccine to immunize an extraordinarily large number of individuals in order to protect the entire global community from the continued threat of morbidity and mortality from severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The global need for vaccine and the wide geographic diversity of the pandemic require more than one effective vaccine approach. Collaboration will be essential among biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, many of which are bringing forward a variety of vaccine approaches (1). The full development pathway for an effective vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 will require that industry, government, and academia collaborate in unprecedented ways, each adding their individual strengths. We discuss one such collaborative program that has recently emerged: the ACTIV (Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines) public-private partnership. Spearheaded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), this effort brings together the strengths of all sectors at this time of global urgency. We further discuss a collaborative platform for conducting harmonized, randomized controlled vaccine efficacy trials. This mechanism aims to generate essential safety and efficacy data for several candidate vaccines in parallel, so as to accelerate the licensure and distribution of multiple vaccine …

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Jay Leno drives Tesla’s Cybertruck through Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnel

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Elon Musk often brags about how he’s built up Tesla with “zero advertising spend.” But advertising is just one form of marketing, and the billionaire CEO sure knows how to market his companies. The latest example comes from a new episode of Jay Leno’s show on CNBC, where the former talk show host and notorious car collector visits SpaceX headquarters to drive a prototype of Tesla’s Cybertruck through the mile-long “test tunnel” Musk dug under Los Angeles by another one of his efforts, The Boring Company.
The appearance, which CNBC has spent the last two weeks promoting, is pretty straightforward. Leno drops into Tesla’s design studio (which is tucked into SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, California). Musk arrives in the Tesla Semi, the company’s (delayed) electric big rig. Then Musk plays car salesman, teasing how Tesla plans to sell an optional package on its forthcoming second-generation Roadster that features SpaceX-made “cold-gas thrusters,” all while standing next to the company’s newest available vehicle, the Model Y.
Then, Leno has Musk bring out the Cybertruck. Musk mostly recycles a lot of the same information we already know about the science fiction-inspired electric pickup. In fact, he’s …

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Groups Work Together to Increase HPV Vaccinations | SweetwaterNOW

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ROCK SPRINGS — Through a combination of vaccination, screening, and treatment of pre-cancers, there is the possibility to eliminate vaccine-preventable human papillomavirus (HPV) cancers.Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, and statewide partners; Wyoming Cancer Resource Services, and the Wyoming Department of Health Immunization Unit, have teamed up to increase HPV vaccination rates.HPV vaccination works best when given between the ages 9 and 12. Children and young adults age 13 through 26 who have not been vaccinated, or who haven’t received all their doses, should get the vaccine as soon as possible. An estimated eight out of 10 people will get HPV during their lives. There is no treatment for HPV infection, but vaccination and screening can prevent most HPV-related cancers.Advertisement – Story continues below…“We are always promoting cancer prevention and awareness,” said Tasha Harris, Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center director. “I think that there are some misconceptions about the HPV vaccine, but the HPV vaccine has been proven to prevent cancer and protect our kids. I am grateful for our partnership with the American Cancer Society and their tireless efforts to help prevent cancer.”Robyn Owens, charge nurse at Family & Occupational Medicine Clinic of …

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The world’s best shares

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The steady lifting of lockdown measures has brought a breath of normality back to life in Britain. Busy roads, bustling parks and blooming garden centres are almost reflective of a normal May weekend.To continue reading, subscribe todayand enjoy unlimited access to the following:Tips of the WeekFunds coverageWeekly features on big investment themesTrading ideasComprehensive companies coverageEconomic analysisSubscribe

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Bulgaria pins hopes on TB vaccine against coronavirus

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In the worldwide battle against COVID-19, scientists are investigating whether a century-old tuberculosis vaccine might offer some additional protection against the novel coronavirus.
And Bulgaria—one of the world’s leading manufacturers of the vaccine—is holding out hope of new markets for the many millions of doses it produces each year.
Bacillus Calmette-Guerin, or BCG, was developed by two French researchers, Albert Calmette and Camille Guerin, in 1921 as a vaccine against tuberculosis, a lung disease that, according to the World Health Organization, is the world’s top infectious killer and the cause of 1.5 million deaths globally every year.
In the fevered search for a treatment against COVID-19, clinical trials are under way—in Australia, South Africa, Europe and the United States—to examine a hypothesis that BCG might provide a complementary shield against the novel coronavirus.
The WHO, for its part, said last month that there is no evidence that BCG protects people against infection with COVID-19.
Nevertheless, Bulgarian scientists suggest that the Balkan country’s high rate of BCG vaccination—as well as an early lockdown—helped it to escape the worst of the pandemic.
“BCG generates a powerful immune stimulation. And while we are waiting for …

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6 Things to Do at Home This Weekend

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Theater/Film‘Pass Over’ With Added PunchImage Julian Parker, left, and Jon Michael Hill in “Pass Over.”Credit…Amazon StudiosAntoinette Nwandu’s play “Pass Over” had already closed in the summer of 2017 when Spike Lee called to propose filming it: rebuilding the set at Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, where Danya Taymor had just directed its world premiere, and reassembling the cast.Nwandu hesitated — she had some rewrites planned — but Lee won her over, saying he wanted the script as it was. Five weeks later, in front of 10 cameras and an invited audience of mostly black Chicagoans, “Pass Over” was on its feet again, in a slightly tweaked reprise of Taymor’s staging.A riff on both the biblical Exodus and “Waiting for Godot,” it stars Jon Michael Hill as Moses and Julian Parker as Kitch, bantering young black men with dreams of leaving their beleaguered block. They yearn to be free from the violent, enervating menace of white racism, and to flourish in the elusive American promised land.Streaming on Amazon, Lee’s stellar version of “Pass Over” is a gut-punching, kinetic translation of theater to film, faithful to Nwandu’s powerful play yet also its own work of …

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