The Wider World

Bill, Melinda Gates will split up

BILL AND MELINDA GATES will divorce, they announced Monday (Wikipedia photo).

Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the world’s biggest private charity, announced today (Monday) that they are divorcing.

Bill Gates is a co-founder of Microsoft and has a fortune estimated at over $100 billion. He married the former Melinda French in 1994; they have been married for 27 years, according to the Associated Press.

“We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable people to lead healthy, productive lives,” the two wrote in a joint statement. “We ask for peace and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

The pair plan to continue to both be active in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation gives away about $5 billion a year, according to The New York Times.  In the last year, it’s estimated that $1 billion went into vaccination against the coronavirus.

How they will sort out their personal financial empire is a subject of intense interest. He is 65 and she is 56. Together, they own farmland, car dealerships and stakes in railroads and hotel chains. Their home is a 66,000-square foot mansion that includes – among other amenities – a trampoline room.

News: Are vaccines for adolescents next?

TEENS may be the next to be vaccinated (Shutterstock).

The federal Food and Drug Administration is about to authorize the use of a coronavirus vaccine in youngsters ages 12 to 15, according to The New York Times. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been found to be as effective in tests on that age group as in adults.

So far about 70 percent of American adults have either been fully vaccinated or have received at least one “jab.” The rate is estimated to be upwards of 80 percent among those 65 and older.

To date, relatively few younger people have contracted the coronavirus and suffered its most serious effects. However, widespread vaccination could make it easier for middle and high schools to fully open in the fall.

Business: Yahoo and AOL change homes

As part of a $5 billion deal, Verizon has sold two pioneers in the information age: Yahoo and AOL (America Online).  Those corporations, who helped introduce millions of people to the internet in the 90s, will now be owned by Apollo Funds, a private equity firm, according to USA Today.

Wall Street’s split decision: Two of the top three stock exchanges showed growth on Monday, but the third closed showed red ink. The Dow rose 238.38  points to 34,113.23. The S&P 500 gained 11.49 to finish at 4,192.66. Nasdaq lost 67.56 points to end at 13,895.12.

Sports: The Dodgers fall from the top

The Los Angeles Dodgers, 2020 World Series champs, were the heavy favorites to repeat in 2021. Indeed, the Blue started off hot, but have stumbled lately and now have even been dethroned from the top spot in Sports Illustrated’s Power Rankings this week.

Replacing them is the new number one San Diego Padres (who trail the Dodgers in the NL West). The Dodgers fall to the second spot and the new number three is the Milwaukee Brewers. Rounding out the top five are the Houston Astros (fourth) and Chicago White Six (fifth).

The Los Angeles Angels are 15th, down from 11th. And who’s worst? That’s the Detroit Tigers.

Monday’s games

  • Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, postponed
  • Tampa Bay Rays 7, Angels 3
  • Lakers 93, Denver Nuggets 89
  • Kings 3, Arizona Coyotes 2
  • St. Louis Blues 3, Anaheim Ducks 1

Weather: Sliding back into spring

The summer-like weather over the weekend will slowly yield to cooler temperatures for the West Orange County area. There will be sunny skies through Sunday, and daytime highs will go from the low-80s Tuesday and Wednesday, and then decline to the mid-70s by Saturday. Overnight lows will be in the mid-50s. For the coastal Huntington Beach area, daytime highs will be eight to 10 degrees cooler, with partly cloudy skies.

Leave a Reply