White House officials promote herd immunity declaration signed by fake names: report

White House officials have promoted a declaration supporting herd immunity that has reportedly been signed by fake names, The New York Times reported Tuesday.



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White House officials promote herd immunity declaration signed by fake names: report

In a Monday phone call, White House officials cited the Great Barrington Declaration, which argues that the government should push for herd immunity with more infections among the healthy population, according to two senior administration officials.

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Supporters of the declaration use it to argue against lockdowns and more reopenings during the pandemic.

“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health,” the declaration states.

“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk.”

The declaration has been signed by 445,902 concerned citizens, 9,510 medical and public health scientists and 25,049 medical practitioners, according to its website. But Sky News found last week that dozens of fake names had signed the document, including Dr. I.P. Freely, Dr. Person Fakename and Dr. Johnny Bananas.

Another signatory called himself Dr. Harold Shipman, a general practitioner in the United Kingdom. In 1998, a man named Harold Shipman was arrested after killing more than 200 of his patients.

The declaration was also signed by at least 18 self-declared homeopaths who signed as medical practitioners and 100 therapists, including massage therapists, hypnotherapists and psychotherapists.

Several health experts expressed concerns that the declaration is misrepresenting the size of the medical community’s support for the herd immunity approach, according to Sky News.

Experts predict that 85 to 90 percent of the U.S. population has not developed coronavirus antibodies to fight the virus, countering the argument that the U.S. has reached or is close to reaching herd immunity, according to the Times.

In the past, herd immunity has been achieved with a vaccine, but the Great Barrington Declaration advocates using infections among young, healthy people, instead of elderly or vulnerable people, to reach immunity.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Great Barrington Declaration was created after a meeting hosted by the American Institute for Economic Research and led by professor Martin Kulldorff, professor Jay Bhattacharya and professor Sunetra Gupta.

Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, told Sky News that the declaration’s creators don’t have the resources “to audit each signature.”

“It is unfortunate that some people have abused our trust by adding false names, but I suppose it is inevitable,” he said.

“Still – given the volume of correspondence I have received from medical and public health professionals, as well as scientists and epidemiologists, it is clear that a very large number of experts resonate with the message of the declaration and its call for a focused protection policy,” he added.

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Kitchen United Names Michael Montagano CEO as Jim Collins Departs

Kitchen United, a ghost kitchen industry leader, announced the appointment of Michael Montagano as Chief Executive Officer and newest member of the company’s Board of Directors following two years serving as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Additionally, Joy Lai has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer from her previous position as Chief Marketing Officer.

“Over the past three years, we have built a solid foundation on which to grow. I am proud of what we accomplished in my years at Kitchen United, and can say without a doubt the Kitchen United team is the best that I’ve had the privilege to serve alongside. I know they will continue to achieve great success in the years ahead,” says former CEO Jim Collins, who departed the company to focus on personal endeavors.

“Michael is well positioned to continue to build upon Kitchen United’s industry leadership and help restaurant partners achieve optimal success,” adds David Krane, CEO and Managing Partner at GV. “He has been instrumental in growing the business and charting the course for the future, making him the ideal leader to advance the company into its next chapter of growth. Together with Joy, who has a deep understanding of consumer adoption and scaling businesses, we are confident the Kitchen United leadership team will achieve long-term success.”

Montagano joined Kitchen United as CFO in 2018, as an experienced executive with a proven track record of building and scaling venture-backed companies. He led capital formation initiatives for the company securing institutional financing partners including GV, Fidelity Investments, and G Squared, as well as strategic partners, RXR Realty, DivcoWest and Rich’s Food Products. Prior to Kitchen United, Montagano helped shepherd PowerFlex Systems from seed-stage to acquisition by a Fortune Global 100, Electricite de France (ENXTPA:EDF). He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Dog Haus World-Wide, one of the country’s fastest-growing national restaurant chains.

Montagano grew up in a restaurant family anchored by an Italian restaurant and neighborhood butchery founded by his grandparents. He received his MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his JD from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.

“I look forward to working closely with our exceptional senior leadership team and our entire board of directors,” Montagano says. “We believe strongly in the Company’s growth potential as we sharpen our focus on serving our clients and creating value for our stakeholders.”

In her new role as Chief Operating Officer, Lai oversees sales, marketing and operations at Kitchen United. She joined Kitchen United in 2019 bringing nearly two decades of experience driving growth for Enterprises and SMBs, including launching/scaling products, partnerships, and optimizing omni-channel strategies. She previously held strategic leadership roles at Internet Brands, The Wonderful Company and Bain & Company. Lai received a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MS from Stanford University.

“Our team has built a burgeoning business by marrying deep experience in the industry with a passion for growing off-premise business for restaurant operators,” says Lai. “I look forward to

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Home Depot Names Merchandising Chief Decker President and COO

Home Depot  (HD) – Get Report named a new president and chief operating officer — Edward Decker, who currently is its executive vice president of merchandising.

Decker, 57, earlier had held the post of senior vice president of retail finance, pricing analytics, and assortment planning at the Atlanta home-improvement chain. He joined Home Depot in 2000. The president and COO positions are new at Home Depot.

Home Depot shares recently traded $276.56, down 0.4%, on a down day on Wall Street. The stock has advanced 55% over the past six months as consumers, locked down during the pandemic, put a lot into fixing up their homes.

In addition to Decker’s appointment, Ann-Marie Campbell has been named executive vice president of U.S. stores and international operations. She adds responsibility for all operations, business functions and strategy for the Canada and Mexico businesses.

And Jeff Kinnaird has been named executive vice president of merchandising, reporting to Decker. He was previously president of Home Depot Canada.

Morningstar analyst Jaime Katz is bullish on Home Depot.

It “continues to benefit from a still stable housing market along with improvements in its merchandising and distribution network,” she wrote in a commentary last month.

“Its flexible distribution network will help elevate the firm’s brand intangible asset, with faster time to delivery improving the do-it-yourself … experience and market delivery centers catering to the pro business. 

“The success of ongoing initiatives should set the operating margin back on an improving trajectory in 2022, as investments wind down.”

Katz nonetheless sees the stock as overvalued, putting its fair value at $200.

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Trump officially names Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court nominee at White House

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump officially named Justice Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee in a White House event Saturday afternoon, setting up a contentious nomination fight in the final few weeks of the presidential election.

“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said.

Barrett, accompanied by her husband and seven children, joined Trump in the Rose Garden for the event.

“Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me. The flag of the Untied States is still flying at half staff to mark the end of a great American life,” said Barrett, honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died eight days ago at 87.

The family of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a leading voice of conservative jurisprudence who Barrett clerked for in the 1990s, attended the nominating event on Saturday. Evangelist Franklin Graham, Attorney General Bill Barr, Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Josh Hawley of Missouri, among others, were also seated in the Rose Garden for the announcement.

If confirmed, Barrett, 48, would be the fifth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court and the youngest member of the current court. A devout Catholic, Barrett, who has the backing of evangelicals, would be the court’s sixth Catholic justice and would also be Trump’s third appointee, joining Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Her presence would cement a 6-3 conservative majority as she replaces Ginsburg, one of the court’s most outspoken liberals who died eight days ago at 87.

Barrett was appointed by Trump to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Indiana in 2017 and confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 55-43. Before that, Barrett worked briefly in private practice and taught for 15 years at Notre Dame Law School, where she earned her law degree.

Republican leaders in the Senate have said they have the votes to confirm Barrett’s nomination this year, likely before Election Day. That would give Barrett less than 40 days to undergo an updated FBI background check and for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing and a committee vote — all necessary steps in the confirmation process.

Senate hearings — which typically begin months after someone is nominated — could start as soon as October 12, according to a Republican aide familiar with the matter, an aggressive timeline that would leave only days between Barrett’s nomination and the start of the confirmation process.

While the hearing schedule timing is fluid, if it holds, would all but ensure that the Supreme Court stays front and center in the remaining days of the presidential campaign as Trump continues to trail Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the polls and is grasping for an opportunity change the dynamics of the race in his favor.

The timeline is also likely to

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America’s Test Kitchen Names Kevin Pang Editorial Director of Digital Content | News

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, America’s Test Kitchen named Kevin Pang as its Editorial Director of Digital Content. Pang, a James Beard Award winner, worked at both the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times and is widely recognized for creating The Takeout, a successful food site he launched for The Onion Inc. He is currently a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.

Pang has directed a documentary film on Netflix chronicling the startup of a Chicago restaurant, hosted a television show about cheeseburgers in Chicago, and produced a podcast that explores the craft of writing. In his newly created role at America’s Test Kitchen, Pang will be responsible for developing and executing a content strategy to grow the audience for the company’s websites and social and video platforms. His new position takes effect on November 2.

“Kevin has been telling the stories of how food shapes the way people live for the last fifteen years. He has a knack for creating engaging content and has the digital business acumen that we need to continue enhancing our online presence,” said Fran Middleton, Chief Digital Officer of America’s Test Kitchen.

“Kevin has a demonstrated track record of growing online audiences,” said David Nussbaum, Chairman and CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. “Our digital businesses now represent more than 40% of our revenue. Kevin is the person to help continue to build a culture of innovation that will accelerate the growth of these businesses.”

Pang started his career as a journalist at the Los Angeles Times, and then spent eleven years at the Chicago Tribune as a reporter and restaurant critic. He is a five-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award in journalism, including a 2010 win for “The Cheeseburger Show.” In 2015, his documentary “For Grace” premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival to critical acclaim and just completed a four-year run on Netflix. 

Pang joined The Onion in 2016, where he founded the food site The Takeout and served as its editor in chief. Under his direction, the site attracted over 6.5 million unique monthly visitors and was ranked in the top 25 global food sites according to Comscore. Pang was most recently Creative Director at M. Harris & Co, a Chicago-based marketing firm. Pang was born in Hong Kong, raised in Toronto and Seattle, and earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“America’s Test Kitchen has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has helped me wow friends at dinner parties, make my picky eater son try food he never would’ve given a chance, and made me a better cook with every dish I try,” said Pang, 39. “My goal is to help people fall in love with the ATK brand, as I have. It’s about reimagining the content we

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Oppenheimer: 3 Stocks That Could Surge Over 100% From Current Levels

So far, September has been a wild ride of ups and downs. Following the recent bout of volatility, stocks have ticked higher again. But as uncertainty regarding another rescue program and the presidential election continues to linger, where does the market go from here? Weighing in for Oppenheimer, Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus argues that any market dips appear “relatively contained and orderly,” and present longer-term investors the chance to find “babies that got thrown out with the bathwater.” He noted, “For nervous investors the recent downdraft has presented opportunity to take some profits without FOMO (fear of missing out).”As for the tech heavyweights that powered the market’s five-month charge forward, the strategist believes “current expectations that technology stocks will remain under pressure for some time seem exaggerated.” Stoltzfus adds that the “core of technology stocks did not appear terribly rich in price considering that developments in technology and innovation have yet to show signs of plateauing in the current cycle.”Taking Stoltzfus’ outlook into consideration, our focus turned to stocks that Oppenheimer analysts are bullish on. The firm’s pros see triple-digit upside potential in store for three tickers in particular. Running the names through TipRanks’ database, we wanted to find out what makes each so compelling.MediWound Ltd. (MDWD)Developing cutting-edge products, MediWound wants to address unmet needs in the fields of severe burn and chronic wound management. With an important government contract secured, Oppenheimer has high hopes for this name.Back in January, MDWD announced that the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) had entered into a contract to procure $16.5 million of NexoBrid, its drug designed to remove eschar in adults with deep partial and full-thickness thermal burns (a process called debridement), for an emergency stockpile. According to management, the first delivery is set for Q3 2020.On top of this, the company filed the NexoBrid Biologics License Application (BLA) with the FDA for eschar removal in adults with deep partial-thickness and full-thickness thermal burns in June. MDWD’s U.S. commercial partner, Vericel, is preparing for an immediate launch upon approval.Representing Oppenheimer, 5-star analyst Kevin DeGeeter points out that “Given the filing involved participation from three parties—MDWD, U.S. commercial partner Vericel and funding partners at BARDA—and was completed against the backdrop of public sector work-from-home mandates, we view meeting stated timelines as a material milestone and derisking event for MDWD shares… we believe NexoBrid is on track for 1H21 launch.”Should the therapy ultimately be approved, MDWD is entitled to a $7.5 million milestone payment from Vericel. “We believe the combination of existing cash and the $7.5 million milestone payment from VCEL upon NexoBrid approval should fund operations at least into 2H23,” DeGeeter added.DeGeeter also points out that MDWD plans to open 25-30 sites in U.S. and Israel to support the Phase 2 study of EscharEx, its product for chronic wounds. Although COVID-19 resulted in a delay, the analyst thinks “the current timeline of 1H21 is achievable.”To this end, DeGeeter

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The White House Rose Garden Runs Into More Trouble, Dulux Names Color of the Year, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

In the News

The White House Rose Garden Remodel Runs Into More Trouble

Recent changes to the White House Rose Garden had already sparked their fair share of controversy—as AD decorative arts editor Mitchell Owens investigated at length. Now, the garden is back in the news, thanks to a series of repairs that have already been required. This week, CNN reported on this development, stating that the problem centered around issues of water drainage. Hopefully, more flaws won’t spring anew.

Century Furniture Rides a Wave of Changes Catalyzed by the Pandemic

Members of design industry are very familiar with Century Furniture—the Hickory, North Carolina–based company that has long served as an embodiment of American manufacturing. Usually, Century makes headlines around High Point Market. But recently, it was the subject of an extensive Wall Street Journal feature. The article detailed how the brand has handled the past few months of challenges and widespread uncertainty—from order shifts to ongoing health concerns. 

COVID-19’s Impact on Galleries Comes Into Clearer Focus

While it was apparent from the outset of the coronavirus pandemic that the business of galleries was bound to suffer, a new survey has made that fact more numerically indisputable. Organized by Art Basel and UBS, the study was covered by the New York Times this week. Overall, affluent individuals continue to make purchases, but sales have slowed, dropping 36% for modern and contemporary galleries. 

Business

Dulux Shares Its 2021 Color of the Year Pick

And the winner is…Brave Ground. That’s the news from British paint company Dulux. The color, which is brown and earthy in tone, could just be a new go-to neutral. Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux U.K., stated, “The colors on our walls are the backdrop to how we live our life. For many of us, lockdown has served to emphasize how important our home environment has become; it has been the place where we work, learn, relax. It can lift us up, nurture us, comfort us.”

Openings

Gucci Garden Opens for Virtual Tours

Designed by Alessandro Michele and located on Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, Gucci Garden is now welcoming visitors to tour rooms, objects, and exhibitions throughout its virtual space. The garden concept was opened—in real life—two years ago, as an immersive museum showcasing the brand’s clothing, accessories, art, and other items. It is also home to shoppable pieces from the Gucci Décor collection, and a collection of magazines and antique books.

Good Works

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club President’s Dinner Makes for a Virtual Event to Remember

This year’s Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club President’s Dinner may have taken place through computer, tablet, and phone screens, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a smashing success. Attendees were sent cocktail kits ahead of time, and encouraged to dress up. Dinner cochair Bunny Williams introduced her husband

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