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    THE word 'Christmas' has reportedly been blocked from a promotional Covid vaccine campaign run by the government as it's "not inclusive enough". Using the festive word may offend minority religions and therefore civil servants have been banned from using it in their ads, it was revealed. 1Civil servants have been blocked from using the word 'Christmas' in their Covid ads, it was revealedCredit: PA It comes as ministers tried to run a new publicity campaign telling students to get tested before returning to their families for the holidays. The slogan "Don't take Covid home for Christmas" was vetoed by Cabinet Office officials because of the "exclusive" word, according to the Mail on Sunday. One Muslim Tory MP branded the Christmas word ban "ridiculous" as ministers scramble to get people on board with the latest Covid restrictions. The Government is planning to use social media influencers on TikTok to get students vaccinated before the holidays. But an email seen this week showed that civil servants were advised to say "festive season" instead of "Christmas" to promote the jab rollout. It read:...
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    They are urging airline employees to skip their jobs to protest COVID-19 safety rules. Congressional Republicans are urging airline workers to skip their jobs to protest COVID-19 safety requirements. This comes after months of GOP demands that people get back to work despite the pandemic. Amid unconfirmed right-wing media claims that weekend travel delays on Southwest Airlines had been fueled by anti-vaccination workers refusing to show up, GOP lawmakers amplified the rumors and wholeheartedly endorsed the idea of a work stoppage. "I stand with #Southwest Airlines employees who are fighting against these mandates," tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona on Monday. "This isn’t about a vaccine, this is about freedom." "The heroes are standing up! #SouthwestEmployees #LetsGoBrandon," wrote Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert. (The "Brandon" hashtag is a reference to a right-wing meme insulting President Joe Biden.) Texas Rep. Chip Roy acknowledged that he did not know if the story was even true, but said that he wanted it to be. "I don't know if even a single @SouthwestAir pilot or other...
    (CNN)California health officials say the number of new Covid-19 infections reported statewide appears to be leveling off and recent trends are showing "encouraging" signs following a surge of cases and hospitalizations driven by the Delta variant.The state reported roughly 11,769 new cases on Thursday, according to the California Department of Public Health. That's down from 12,359 reported this time last week but up from 10,450 reported two weeks ago. Statewide, the positivity rate is 5.4%, down from a high of 7% on July 31. The number of new cases reported is plateauing in areas of the state with higher rates of vaccination, officials said. "We're hopeful the rate of cases is plateauing in some regions within the state," the health department said in a statement to CNN.Covid-19 hospitalizations, which tend to peak later than cases, are still on the rise.Read More"We are seeing a lag in hospital admissions, and it appears that some of our highest numbers were last week," the department added. Roughly 8,265 people are hospitalized with the virus across the state -- 1,982 of whom are in...
    Facebook and Twitter are not censoring a video of Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters encouraging violence if police officer Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd. Waters told the left wing media outlet Unicorn Riot that protestors “have got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational, we’ve got to make sure that they know we mean business” if Chauvin is not convicted of murder. Rep. Maxine Waters paid the group a visit. #BrooklynCenter pic.twitter.com/KuIO1xgsqJ — MN CRIME ???? (@MN_CRIME) April 18, 2021 The live streams of the April 17 Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, protest where Waters spoke remain available for viewers on Facebook and Twitter, despite platform rules against advocating violence. Facebook “remove[s] language that incites or facilitates serious violence. We removes content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety,” and also takes into account the visibility of the individual advocating violence. Twitter prohibits “content that glorifies acts of violence in a way that...
    An elite Manhattan private school is encouraging students to stop using terms like “mom” and “dad” and instead opt for more “inclusive language.” The Grace Church School issued a 12-page guide to students and staff that outlines the school’s mission to be more inclusive. “While we recognize hateful language that promotes racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination are already addressed in our school handbooks, we also recognize that we can do more than ban hateful language,” the school stated. “We can use language to create welcoming and inclusive spaces.” Please visit our website for a message from our Head of School on the inclusive language guide: https://t.co/E5i7uVNGi3#GCSchool #OpenGrace pic.twitter.com/kpaHcD1ld9 — Grace Church School (@GCSchoolNYC) March 11, 2021 “This guide addresses ways we can removed harmful assumptions from the way we interact with each other.” (RELATED: Affluent Prep School Told Students To Stop Saying ‘Newton’s Laws’ To ‘Decenter Whiteness’: REPORT) The school recommends that instead of saying “boys and girls,” “ladies and gentlemen” and “guys,” teachers and students can instead say “people,” “folks” and “readers.” The guidance also...
    The New York City Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare sent a newsletter in February encouraging residents to reduce meat consumption! The campaign is in partnership with World Animal Protection’s “Meating Halfway” campaign team. The newsletter noted numerous actions taken by the government to reduce meat consumption, including Meatless Mondays Reduce beef by 50% Phase-out processed meat Replace your meat consumption with healthier plant-based protein The office encouraged residents to follow the lead of the government and adopt actions like reducing beef consumption by 50% and adopting Meatless Mondays. The newsletter urged residents to consider environmental, health, and animal issues in evaluating dietary choices. Joe Loria, Meat Reduction Campaign Manager, World Animal Protection, US, said, “It’s incredible to see America’s largest City promoting a reduction in meat consumption. This guidance includes valuable information on the importance of eating less meat and resources to help New Yorkers shift towards more humane and sustainable plant-based proteins. The United States consumes more meat than nearly any other country in the world. This demand for cheap meat has fueled factory farming and practices...
    “While we understand and support the government’s focus on fighting COVID-19 in Canada, we are surprised by the length of the cruise ban extension,” said the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). ) it’s a statement. For CLIA, the revival of cruises has not been impossible, and the proof of this has been the European market. In countries such as Germany, Italy and Greece, journeys have been made with security measures such as the application of COVID-19 tests to all passengers and staff prior to boarding, mandatory quarantine for staff before each trip and other known precautions , such as the use of face masks and distancing. However, the necessary certainty could come until widespread advancement of vaccination campaigns is in place. “The cruise ships have not returned nor will they return soon to the extent that vaccination does not advance in the United States – from where practically all arriving cruise ships leave – or in Mexico,” says Gerardo Herrera, an academic at the Universidad Iberoamericana. “There is a tourist who is willing to take a risk, but...
    French President Emmanuel Macron launched an extraordinary attack on one of the vaccines for the novel coronavirus, calling it only “quasi-effective” in public remarks on the drug. The comments come as the world has launched a massive immunization effort in the hope that it can bring an end to a pandemic that has claimed around 2.2 million lives around the globe. Macron’s specific issue was that the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab appears to be less effective for people over the age of 65-years-old, which is one of the major populations the European nation hoped to protect, per France 24. “Today we think that it is quasi-ineffective for people over 65,” he said to reporters. “What I can tell you officially today is that the early results we have are not encouraging for 60 to 65-year-old people concerning AstraZeneca,” he continued. “We have to be realistic: the real problem with the AstraZeneca vaccine is that it doesn’t work in the way we expected,” he concluded, per Politico. That said, the French president noted that he was not completely briefed on the matter and...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” incoming member of the Biden administration’s White House Council of Economic Advisers Heather Boushey stated that deficit spending can cover Biden’s coronavirus relief package, so how to pay for Biden’s economic agenda is “not tonight’s problem, but it’s certainly something that we’re going to be talking about in the weeks and months to come.” And there are many different options. Host Judy Woodruff asked, “And, finally, in a nutshell, what is it going to take in the way of higher taxes, higher revenues, in order to pay for some of these things that you’ve been describing? What income level is going to be hit and what kind of tax?” Boushey responded, “Well, that is certainly a very important question. So, for right now, we can afford to spend this package through deficit financing. But you’re right. Moving forward, we’re going to have to think about the fiscal situation. During the campaign, the president-elect outlined a whole series of tax increases focused primarily on those at the very top. He committed to not raising taxes for those...
    Plant-based campaigners Veganuary are getting ready for a big 2021. The campaign hopes to get 500,000 people to pledge to go vegan in January 2021 as part of its push for plant-based diets. 400,000 people signed the pledge in 2020, a steadily growing figure year over year. While last year was a record, Veganuary campaigners hope to reach over 500,000. With the help of celebrities including Jane Goodall and Paul McCartney, they’re on their way. Another push comes from executives at UK multinationals including Nestle, who are encouraging their workforces to join. The Guardian shared executives including Marco Settembri, the chief executive of Nestlé (Europe, Middle East and north Africa), who shared, “A well-planned plant-based diet can meet nutritional needs during all stages of life while there are environmental and health benefits too. This year I am passing the baton and encouraging all employees to participate in Veganuary and sign up to the challenge. I am happy to be part of this movement as it grows across Europe and beyond.” Other companies encouraging workers to try a plant-based diet include Bloomberg,...
    Former New York Times reporter and now anti-lockdown author Alex Berenson said President Donald Trump's encouragement to the American people to not let COVID-19 "dominate" their lives might be the "most presidential thing" Trump has "ever said." What are the details?Upon his release Monday evening from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for the coronavirus last week, Trump released a video message telling Americans regarding COVID-19, "Don't let it dominate you. Don't be afraid of it. You're gonna beat it ... don't let it take over your lives. Don't let that happen. We have the greatest country in the world." Berenson — who's been critical of lockdowns in response to the pandemic — appeared Monday night on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and had high praise for Trump's words. "That might be the most presidential thing this president has ever said," he told Carlson, adding that "he's not actually saying, 'Don't be afraid of COVID'; he's saying, 'Don't be afraid of one another,' OK? Because this is a respiratory virus. It spreads between people. And the only...
    Twitter updated its policies Thursday to remove or label posts that “incite violence” if President Donald Trump does not willingly leave the White House if he loses to former Vice President Joe Biden. The platform will now prohibit “misleading claims about the results,” early claims of victory by either side, or “inciting unlawful conduct” to prevent a peaceful handover of power, Twitter explained in a blog post. The blog did not detail what criteria moderators will use to determine which posts should get removed and which ones should get labeled. Twitter will also either apply fact-check labels to or hide tweets containing “false or misleading information that causes confusion” regarding the electoral process, or posts with “unverified information about election rigging.” Several of Trump’s critics promoted conspiracy theories in August suggesting the Trump administration was removing mailboxes to suppress votes. Twitter has labeled Trump’s tweets in the past for violating the company’s Civic Integrity Policy, which prevents users from posting content that might dissuade people from voting. (RELATED: Twitter Labels Another Trump Tweet For Voter Misinformation, Still Hasn’t Flagged Post Office...
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is encouraging disillusioned voters to back the Biden-Harris ticket but admitted that they “may not fall in love” with who they ultimately rally behind. The Biden-Harris ticket has come under scrutiny from not just the right, but many progressives who believe the Democrat establishment steamrolled their movement yet again. Former Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spokeswoman Briahna Joy Gray encompassed that view, telling Democracy Now! last week that there remains a “great deal of frustration” due to the Democrats’ choice “not only to nominate a candidate who is known as the author of what is actually called the Joe Biden Crime Bill, but he’s gone and also selected a running mate who is known for being the top cop from California — the state that has the second-highest number of incarcerated people in America.” Harris, in a Sunday interview with theGrio, said it is crucial to “meet people where they are and address their needs,” although she essentially admitted that the Biden-Harris ticket may not excite everyone in the party. “You may not fall in love with...
    EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — A Placerville restaurant openly violating public health rules is getting a mix of backlash and support. Sign posted outside Apple Bistro in Placerville. There’s a sign encouraging people not to wear masks and gloves in front of the Apple Bistro. The owner said he disagrees with county health rules, so he’s not implementing them. The sign outside Apple Bistro’s front door says “no social conditioning” and “no oxygen deprivation mask,” followed by “this may not be for you.” Restaurants in El Dorado County are supposed to be enforcing social distancing and mask-wearing and could face repercussions for flouting the rules. “I am a non-mask wearer unless I have to,” said Tracy, who was visiting the Apple Bistro Friday and did not want to give her last name. Customers told CBS13 the staff inside were not wearing masks. The violation of county rules is stirring up both bad reviews and people cheering them on. READ ALSO: El Dorado County Schools Could Think About Reopening, If They Stay Off Watch List “If you don’t want to go to...
    PARIS – The top of the French cybersecurity company ANSSI stated there wouldn’t be a complete ban on utilizing tools from Huawei within the rollout of the French 5G telecoms community, however that it was pushing French telcos to keep away from switching to the Chinese language firm. “What I can say is that there received’t be a complete ban,” Guillaume Poupard instructed Les Echos newspaper in an interview. “(However) for operators that aren’t presently utilizing Huawei, we’re inciting them to not go for it.” The US authorities has urged its allies to exclude the Chinese language telecoms big from the West’s next-generation communications, saying Beijing may use it for spying. Huawei has denied the fees. Sources instructed Reuters in March France wouldn’t ban Huawei however would search to maintain it out of the core cellular community, which carries increased surveillance dangers as a result of it processes delicate data equivalent to prospects’ private knowledge. France’s determination over Huawei’s tools is essential for 2 of the nation’s 4 telecoms operators, Bouygues Telecom and SFR, as about half of their...
    PARIS – The head of the French cybersecurity agency ANSSI said there would not be a total ban on using equipment from Huawei in the rollout of the French 5G telecoms network, but that it was pushing French telcos to avoid switching to the Chinese company. “What I can say is that there won’t be a total ban,” Guillaume Poupard told Les Echos newspaper in an interview. “(But) for operators that are not currently using Huawei, we are inciting them not to go for it.” The US government has urged its allies to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from the West’s next-generation communications, saying Beijing could use it for spying. Huawei has denied the charges. Sources told Reuters in March France would not ban Huawei but would seek to keep it out of the core mobile network, which carries higher surveillance risks because it processes sensitive information such as customers’ personal data. France’s decision over Huawei’s equipment is crucial for two of the country’s four telecoms operators, Bouygues Telecom and SFR, as about half of their current mobile network is...
    The president has retweeted a posting that questioned whether American media outlets deliberately attempted to encourage people not to take a drug that Donald Trump had previously endorsed.  President Trump said in March that hydroxychloroquine could be a game-changer and said that he was taking it himself. He continued to tout the drug even after the FDA revoked its emergency authorization. On Friday night, a former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell posted a couple tweets questioning the media's intention when it came to repoerting the story surrounding the drug.  Both tweets were subsequently retweeted by the president.  President Trump retweeted posts by Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell who publicly thanked the president while questioning the media's motivation in its reportage of the drug hydroxychloroquine President Trump retweeted a couple of posts from a diplomat and civil servant, Richard Grenell who demanded answers as to why U.S. media did not promote hydroxychloroquine 'So fewer people died because they took the drug @realDonaldTrump suggested.... Thank you, POTUS for doing the right thing even in the face of...
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