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    LONDON (AP) — The rugby international between the Barbarians and Samoa was called off only 90 minutes before kickoff at Twickenham on Saturday due to six confirmed cases of the coronavirus among the Barbarians players and staff. The decision was made following a recommendation by the Professional Game Testing Oversight Group, the Rugby Football Union said. “We appreciate that this is an extremely disappointing situation for the many fans due to attend,” the RFU said, “but the safety of all members of both teams is our priority.” Four players and two members of staff have tested position for the virus. A match between Barbarians Women and a Springbok Women’s XV will now take place at the same time. ___ More AP rugby: https://apnews.com/hub/rugby and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — German soccer club Leipzig reported six more positive coronavirus cases on Friday following its Champions League game in Belgium against Brugge. Defender Willi Orban, forwards Yussuf Poulsen and Hugo Novoa, and goalkeeping coach Frederik Gößling all tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Belgium, while defender Mohamed Simakan and a member of the backroom staff were infected despite not traveling, Leipzig said. Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch, goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi and another member of the coaching staff tested positive at the beginning of the week. Leipzig said they remain in quarantine. The club carried out tests on 61 staff members on Thursday. It said it remains in regular contact with the local health authority and will continue to carry out tests on a regular basis. Leipzig is based in the east German state of Saxony, which is on the front line of the latest wave of infections hitting the country. Infection rates are the highest and vaccination rates the lowest in Saxony compared to other regions. Local authorities have responded by banning crowds from sports events in...
    Legendary Broadway costumer designer William Ivey Long, 74, who created the outfits for Chicago and Hairspray, was accused of sexual abuse by two young former coworkers.  Court Watson and Michael Martin, 46, claimed Long, a six-time Tony award winner, had sexually abused the then-college aged men while they were working at The Lost Colony theater between 1996 and 2002 in the North Carolina Outer Banks.  Watson alleges that Long got him drunk so the costumer could have sex with him without consent, and Martin said Long had touched him inappropriately on 10 separate occasions. A 2002 lawsuit involving Long's history of alleged sexual assaults during that period also claims he forced two other men to have sex with each other while a board member watched, NPR reported.  Although Watson and Martin had tried to speak out against Long in the past, they described Long as 'so revered' that there was no point in trying.  'William had all the power. He was the most famous person on the island,' Watson said, referring to the status Long enjoyed on the Outer Banks...
    Eight residents of a Connecticut nursing home have died during a COVID-19 outbreak that has lasted nearly six weeks. A total of 89 employees and residents have tested positive since the outbreak began at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Litchfield County, in the Town of Canaan, on Thursday, Sept. 30. "Despite seeing significant numbers of residents recovering from Covid," the facility's chief executive Kevin O’Connell and nursing director Cady Bloodgood said in a statement. "testing has resulted in one additional positive case among fully vaccinated residents and staff members. Sadly, we have lost eight residents with serious underlying health issues to Covid." The statement, released on Friday, Nov. 12, said 48 residents and 69 staff members have recovered after being diagnosed with COVID-19. "We want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe," the statement said. "We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates for residents, staff, families, and community stakeholders as the situation changes."
    Eight residents of a Connecticut nursing home died during a COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 89 employees and residents have tested positive since the outbreak began at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Litchfield County, in the Town of Canaan, on Thursday, Sept. 30. "Despite seeing significant numbers of residents recovering from Covid," the facility's chief executive Kevin O’Connell and nursing director Cady Bloodgood said in a statement. "testing has resulted in one additional positive case among fully vaccinated residents and staff members. Sadly, we have lost eight residents with serious underlying health issues to Covid." The statement, released on Friday, Nov. 12, said 48 residents and 69 staff members have recovered after being diagnosed with COVID-19. "We want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe," the statement said. "We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates for residents, staff, families, and community stakeholders as the situation changes."
    CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — Eight residents of a nursing home in Connecticut have died during a coronavirus outbreak while 89 residents and employees have tested positive for the disease, nursing home officials say. The outbreak at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canaan began Sept. 30, chief executive Kevin O’Connell and nursing director Cady Bloodgood said in a statement Friday. The eight residents who died had serious health problems, according to the officials. Those who tested positive included 67 residents and 22 staff members. The officials said 48 residents and 21 employees have recovered. O’Connell told the Republican-American there were no infections at the nearby Geer Lodge, an independent and assisted living center on the campus. He and Bloodgood said virus testing continues biweekly. “While we must continue with COVID-19 prevention protocols, we want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe,” they said. The nursing home, which houses 82 residents, has suspended in-person visitation, but virtual and window visits can be arranged. The latest state report on coronavirus infections in nursing homes...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 40 students and staff members at a Wisconsin school fell ill Wednesday after a “strong epoxy-like odor” circulated through the building. Spooner Area School District officials say the incident occurred at Spooner Middle School. At least 24 students and 20 staff members sought medical attention for “physical discomfort and illness.” Two of the students were transported from the school to an area hospital. Officials say in-person learning has been halted until the source of the odor has been determined and neutralized.   More On WCCO.com: Minnesota Weather: 1st Accumulating Snow Of The Season Expected Up North Prior Lake H.S. Investigating After ‘Serious And Disturbing Racist Video’ Posted To Social Media BCA Releases Photo Of Person Of Interest In Brooklyn Center Crash That Killed Judd Anderson Jason Miller, Randomly Shot While Leaving Work In Minneapolis, Faces Long Road To Recovery
    The NCAA said some staff members have received threatening and offensive messages since Oklahoma State basketball coach Mike Boynton identified some by name last week after a one-year postseason ban and other penalties were upheld on appeal. Last year, an NCAA infractions committee hit the Cowboys with the penalties for former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepting up to $22,000 so he could help steer athletes to certain financial advisers. Evans was arrested in 2017, and Oklahoma State fired him. The school said it fully cooperated with the NCAA from the beginning. It felt good about its chances in an appeal, believing the organization would view Evans as a rogue employee acting on his own. After the penalties remained in place, a shocked and emotional Boynton named members of the Appeals Committee and the Committee on Infractions. “They felt good about the work they did while I explain to 17 kids that their dreams of playing in the NCAA Tournament this year couldn’t be realized,” Boynton said. “That’s shameful.” The NCAA said its staff members are getting unacceptable treatment,...
    A CARE home boss broke down today after sacking six staff members over the "no jabs, no job" policy. Theresa Ingram-Gettins sobbed as she relived letting go her colleagues from the Boldmere Court Care Home in Birmingham. 2Theresa Ingram-Gettins sobbed as she relived letting go her colleagues The devastated boss appeared on Good Morning Britain saying she feared sending them "into poverty". The controversial new policy mandating care home workers must be vaccinated came into effect at midnight. Thresa said: "It's affecting people's mental health as well as their physical well being. "People are working extra hours. "We're tired, we're worn out, we've just come through a pandemic — give us a break Boris." NHS figures show 34,000 employees are set to be pulled off the front line because of the rule. Even those who have had one dose will not be allowed shifts until they have had both. Only a few thousand have medical reasons not to get vaccinated, and thousands who have had only a single dose will be unable to work until they have had their second....
    Mike Pence is lead away down a stairway with insurgents only seconds behind. There are definitely some members of Trump’s circle who would not dare talk to the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 without the permission of Donald Trump. There are some who, like John Eastman, should know that any honest discussion of events on and before that day will leave them open to serious charges. But there are others who may very well want to speak—if not out of concern for the nation, then out of frustration and anger at the way they, and their families, were treated as expendable in Trump’s quest for endless power. Among those who have a good reason to be resentful of how the attempted overthrow of the government played out are a number of aides to Mike Pence. CNN reports that the committee is seeking testimony from at least five members of Pence’s team, including National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg and former Chief of Staff Marc Short. Short may be among those who have already testified. Former Pence Press Secretary Alyssa Farah voluntarily met...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations says at least 16 of its staff members have been detained in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday another six had been detained and then were released and that a number of staff members’ dependents were also detained. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said U.N. security colleagues have visited those detained and the U.N. has asked Ethiopia’s foreign ministry for their immediate release. The U.N. said it was given no reason for the detentions, but ethnic Tigrayans have reported widespread detentions since Ethiopia’s government declared a state of emergency last week as the country’s yearlong war escalates. It is not clear whether those detained are Ethiopian staff members. Government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to questions about the detentions. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Eternals Director Chloé Zhao Says Shes Kept Tabs on Harry Styles Since His Role in Dunkirk Australia Hits 80% Vaccination; China Jabs Kids: Virus Update The Portland Trail Blazers opened an investigation into Neil Olshey — the president of basketball operations — with employees alleging a toxic, hostile work environment where staff members have been subjected to intimidation and profanity-laced tirades, among other bullying tactics, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The organization enlisted the services of O’Melveny & Myers to run the independent investigation, and the firm began interviewing employees of the team’s front office off-site this week, with several staffers expressing the relief because of the investigation after 10 years of mistreatment leading to mental and physical stress, sources said. Olshey, 56, was hired by the franchise in 2012. Over his decade as the top basketball decision-maker, multiple employees assert to have had multiple grievances with his treatment of staff in the workplace, sources said. Furthermore, several staff members raised concerns with the organization’s “mishandling” after the death of former video coordinator Zach Cooper in April 2020, sources...
                        BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BSBCT) had 41 fewer staff members as of Friday after those employees said no to the COVID-19 vaccine. BSBCT spokeswoman Dalya Qualls told The Tennessee Star in an email Friday that 19 staff members left the company last month. She also said another 22 staff members left Thursday. Qualls did not specify how many BSBCT employees left voluntarily versus how many got fired. Henry County resident Kesha Gulish, who worked in nurse-case management for BSBCT for five years, and who worked mostly from home, is one of the 41 employees who are now jobless. “I feel as a Christian that God gave me autonomy over my body, and it is up to me to make decisions on what I do with my body,” Gulish said Friday. “My body is a vessel for the Holy Spirit. I believe that and that I also have discernment. I pray about things.” Gulish said BSBCT rejected her request for a religious exemption and fired her Wednesday. Gulish said...
    Six New York City firefighters have been suspended without pay for four weeks after driving their truck to a state senator’s office to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate.   The members of Ladder 113 in the city’s Brooklyn borough were on-duty at the time of the incident Friday outside the office of State Senator Zellnor Myrie, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told the New York Post.  "This is a highly inappropriate act by on-duty members of this Department who should only be concerned with responding to emergencies and helping New Yorkers and not harassing an elected official and his staff," Nigro added.  Ladder 113 in New York City's Brooklyn borough. (Google Maps) THOUSANDS OF POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER CITY WORKERS GO ON UNPAID LEAVE OVER VACCINE MANDATE  At Myrie’s Brooklyn office, the firefighters allegedly warned staff they would have "blood on their hands" after the implementation of a city worker vaccine mandate, the New York Post reports, citing a fire department spokesperson.  The spokesperson also reportedly told the newspaper that the firefighters said to Myrie’s staff they wouldn’t respond if a blaze broke out at the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two more school staff members have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota. According to Education Minnesota, health officials reported Thursday two additional school staff deaths in the last week, bringing the total to seven virus-related fatalities since the start of the current school year. READ MORE: BCA Launches Minnesota Crime Data Explorer“It’s tragic and frustrating that so many school staff members have died this school year,” said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota. “We know so much more about what works this year to keep students and educators safe compared to last year.” Health officials did not release specific details on the most recent deaths. Because of that, the union is calling for summary information to be released on the staff members who died and the students who’ve been hospitalized with the virus. According to Specht, the data would help schools develop better ways to protect staff, students and the community. READ MORE: Minneapolis City Council President Files Ethics Complaint Following Police Chief's Press Conference On Public Safety Ballot QuestionSince the start of...
    Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images The House of Representatives unanimously voted to honor the 13 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan with Congressional Gold Medals. They were killed in an attack at the Kabul airport in August as evacuations were underway. Some of their family members have spoken critically of President Joe Biden over the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal. The resolution to posthumously honor them received massive bipartisan support in the House, and on Monday it passed by a voice vote. Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R- MI) introduced the bill back in late August with over 100 cosponsors from both parties. She tweeted after the vote, “I’m proud the House passed my bill that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 brave men and women who were taken far too soon. Their sacrifice for our country and its allies will never be forgotten.” Below are the names of those 13 service members killed in that attack: Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C....
    A number of Republican members of Congress named in a Rolling Stone report as being involved in planning the details of rallies and electoral certification objection on the day of Jan. 6 ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol building, either personally or through top staff members, are pushing back on or outright refuting the story. "No one in my office, including me, participated in the planning of the rally or in any criminal activity on Jan. 6. We did not attend or participate at all,” Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said in a statement on Monday. “However, I am extremely interested to find out who, besides the FBI operatives, did plan the events on Jan. 6. For the purpose of a potential defamation lawsuit against those making baseless accusations of a crime, I need to know who these persons are who are alleging that I helped.” A Rolling Stone report published Sunday, citing conversations with two anonymous sources, says that “multiple people associated with the March for Trump and Stop the Steal events” had “communicated with members...
    Two of Donald Trump's supporters who had a hand in organizing rallies in Washington, DC on the day of the Capitol riot claim they had help from several House Republicans and other members in the former president's orbit, a bombshell new report claimed on Sunday. They're two of the people who are currently communicating with investigators on the House January 6 committee, providing them with potentially groundbreaking new information, Rolling Stone reported. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the two rally planners told the outlet that they had regular to frequent communication with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Trump campaign aide Katrina Pierson. The pair also detailed damning allegations that one lawmaker, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, dangled the possibility of a pardon in front of their faces for an unrelated probe in a bid to force them into planning rallies.  The two House witnesses also claim to have took part in 'dozens' of briefings with members of Congress and their staff leading up to January 6 riot.  'I remember talking to probably close to a dozen...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health says that a school-aged child has died as a result of COVID-19, the second in the state since the pandemic started and the first during the current school year. While the health department did not say where the student was enrolled, the latest figures released Thursday showed that a teenager in Hennepin County was among the newly reported COVID deaths. The health department also reports that two more school staffers were also among the recently announced death toll. “Five school staff members and one student have died of COVID-19 this school year and it’s only October. There is no excuse for any district leader to ignore the guidelines for masking, social distancing, quarantining and vaccinations set out by state and federal public health authorities,” Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, said. “We’re asking parents to please reduce the risk of another tragic death of a student by vaccinating their teens. When the vaccine becomes available to younger children, vaccinate them, too.” Overall, there have been 13 school staff members who have died...
    A Colorado school district is investigating allegations that teachers taped masks to students’ faces at one of its schools. The school district in Colorado Springs opened its investigation after a photo of a student at Chinook Trail Middle School with a mask taped to her face circulated on social media over the weekend.  LAS VEGAS SUBSTITUTE TEACHER ACCUSED OF TAPING MASK TO STUDENT'S FACE, REPORT SAYS According to KKTV, a local CBS affiliate, multiple parents confirmed the allegation of students having their masks taped to their faces by staff members. The mother of the student in the photo, who wanted to be referred to only as Stephanie M., told local FOX21 News that her sixth-grade daughter was only given one warning before her mask was taped, and that the practice has been going on for weeks. "It’s developing some sort of mentality in our children," she said. "Your face is you, that is how people know you. They are just doubling down on hiding you and not letting you breathe. It’s conformity to the extreme." "She said the teachers were wearing...
    A small COVID-19 outbreak at an area school district has forced students in two buildings to transition to remote learning due to a staffing shortage. In Sullivan County, Monticello Central Schools Superintendent Matthew Evans issued an alert to the community advising that the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School will be going remote after two new staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The new positive cases will force 14 staff members and 140 students into quarantine who were judged as close contacts. Their quarantine will last through Monday, Oct. 25. Due to the staff shortage caused by these quarantines, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School—including St. John Street School—will be switched to remote instruction for the week of Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 22. “Individuals are placed on quarantine by the New York State Department of Health when they are considered close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases,” Evans said. “The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines ‘close contacts,’ as individuals who were ‘less than six feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative...
    Hooters has taken its 'delightfully tacky, yet unrefined' mantra to new hemline heights after introducing skimpy new uniform shorts for its female staff - who are voicing outrage over the 'tiny' derriere-baring design, while comparing the style to 'panties' and 'underwear'.   The new uniforms, which were introduced this month, have prompted fury among Hooters Girls, several of whom quickly took to TikTok to express their horror over the new ensembles, while showing off the 'revealing' hot pants to their followers.  Hooters' decision to introduce the derriere-baring hotpants marks a major shift in focus for the infamous eatery - which was founded in 1983 and quickly built a salacious reputation on hiring ample-chested women who serve customers while modeling cleavage-baring tank tops and T-shirts.  The uniform has always been a major focus for Hooters, which has reportedly told its staff in the past to cover up their behinds in an attempt to maintain an element of modesty and keep the focus of its customers on the workers' chests.  While the chain's previous uniform did also feature very short shorts, a number...
    SALT Bae has been forced to pay ex-staff members $230,000 after being accused of conning them out of tips and firing them when they complained. The chef turned internet star Nusret Gökçe reportedly kept his servers in the dark about how much they collected in gratuity payments and "retained" them for himself. 3Four former employees at Nurs-Et in Manhattan claimed they had lost out on tipsCredit: Google 3Nurset Gökçe forked out $230,000 in a settlement with his ex-serversCredit: Eyevine The Turkish born-butcher was served with a lawsuit by four ex-servers who worked for him at his Manhattan restaurant, Nurs-Et, in 2019. The men alleged that Gökçe pooled tips among unentitled staff and shaved 3 per cent off the total amount of tips. "Customers reasonably believed 100 percent of the gratuity was being remitted to the waiters and other serving staff," one of the sacked staff members said at the time. The waiters said they instead received weekly cheques of up to $2,500, with their gratuity payments already included. That's while Nusr-Et could reportedly rake in around $130,000 on a busy...
    Three Netflix employees, including one who is transgender and has openly criticized the network over a comedy special in which Dave Chappelle made jokes about the LGBTQ community, have been suspended. The company denies suspending the employee, Terra Fields, over her comments on the special. Instead, it was because she and two other employees crashed a meeting without an invitation, Netflix told the media. “It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show. Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so,” a Netflix spokesperson said in an email. The meeting was a quarterly business review with the company's director-level employees. According to the Verge , the three employees did not qualify and were not invited, failing to alert the meeting organizers they would show up. Field, a senior Netflix software engineer in San Francisco, tweeted criticism of the streaming service last week after it released Chappelle's comedy special The Closer over jokes deemed to be transphobic. "I work at Netflix....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A special thank you to our healthcare heroes from the Baltimore Ravens. The team donated 500 tickets to the University of Maryland Medical System’s frontline healthcare workers to attend tonight’s game. The members were randomly selected. READ MORE: Three BCPS Students Win Baltimore County Public Library's Tales Of The Dead Short Horror Story Contest“We are incredibly grateful to the Ravens organization for recognizing our team members in this special way,” said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical System. “We’ve cared for thousands of Marylanders throughout the year and a half pandemic response and this is a much-appreciated gesture of support that will allow our staff to enjoy a night out and hopefully watch the Ravens bring home a win for Baltimore and the state.” READ MORE: Royal Farms Employee Wins $25,000 In Companywide ContestTonight’s game marks the “return” of UMMS to M&T Bank Stadium. For four months, team members operated the largest mass COVID-19 vaccination site where nearly a quarter-million doses were distributed. At its peak, the M&T...
    Hateful slurs and symbols were found posted inside the bathroom of a Long Island high school. Northport-East Northport Schools Superintendent Robert Banzer sent a letter to parents advising that on Thursday, Oct. 7, a swastika, racial, and homophobic slurs were found inside the bathroom at Northport High School, prompting an investigation. The imagery has since been removed by the school’s custodial staff, and the incident remains under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Hame Crime Unit. Moving forward, Banzer said that the district will be forming an advisory committee featuring staff members, parents, and members of the community to see what steps and measures can be taken to avoid similar incidents in the future.
    (CNN)Three people accused in the death of Cornelius Frederick, a 16-year-old boy who was restrained at a residential facility in Michigan, have been released on bond, court records show. Michael Mosley, 47, and Zachary Solis, 28, and Heather McLogan, 48, were arraigned this week after being charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse charges. They were released on $500,000 personal bonds, according to court records. The three of them are staff members at Lakeside Academy, a residential treatment facility in Kalamazoo intended for young adults ages 12 to 18 placed through the foster care system or by their parents to receive behavioral health services. Three staff members charged in death of 16-year-old who went into cardiac arrest after being restrained at facilityCornelius was a resident at the facility. Prosecutors say two of them laid across Cornelius' torso as they tried to restraint him, causing his death. Cornelius went into cardiac arrest and died two days later on May 1, according to a lawsuit filed by his family.Read MoreMosley's attorney Kiana Garrity tells CNN her client entered a plea of not...
    (CNN)Three staff members at a residential facility in Michigan have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a 16-year-old was restrained, went into cardiac arrest and later died.Two of them laid across Cornelius Frederick's torso during restraint, causing his death, prosecutors said.The teen was staying at Lakeside Academy, a residential treatment facility in Kalamazoo intended for young adults ages 12 to 18 placed through the foster care system or by their parents to receive behavioral health services.Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said on Wednesday evening that investigators will look at other staff members and more charges are possible."We needed to make sure that we assessed the case and responsibility and took action as soon as possible against those we felt were most responsible," Getting told reporters. "We felt it was necessary to prioritize this case in a way that is seldom done."Read MoreFrederick died on May 1, two days after being restrained by staff members, according to a $100 million lawsuit filed Monday by the family.On April 29, Frederick allegedly threw part of a sandwich at another resident and Lakeside staff...
    KINGSTON (CBS) – Multiple ambulances were called to Kingston Elementary School Thursday afternoon after some staff members began feeling dizzy. It happened around noon at the school on Main Street. Several ambulances were called to Kingston Elementary School Thursday afternoon. (WBZ-TV) Ambulances from surrounding towns responded to assist. “We are on scene. We had a report from a few staff who felt dizzy. The KFD is on scene and assessing the situation,” Superintendent of Schools Jill Proulx said in an email to WBZ-TV. No further information is currently available.
    Attorney General Merrick Garland instructed the FBI to work with law enforcement officials to address rising threats against school officials. In a memorandum sent by Garland on Monday, the attorney general notes that he is directing the FBI to work with "federal, state, local, Tribal, and territorial leaders" in order to address what he describes as a "disturbing" amount of threats of violence and harassment being made toward teachers, administrators and school board officials. "Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation's core values," Garland said. "Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety." TERRY MCAULIFFE WANTS THE STATE TO CONTROL YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION Garland's announcement comes after the National School Boards Association published a Sept. 29 letter to President Joe Biden in which they lamented "persevering against other challenges that could impede" their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Coupled with attacks against...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The White House COVID vaccinations coordinator says more healthcare workers across the country are choosing to get vaccinated influenced by vaccine mandates.In California, hospital staff members had until September 30 to be fully vaccinated."Some did choose not to get vaccinated," said Dr. Chris Colwell, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital.At Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital there are 115 staff members who remain off the schedule. Those workers decided not to get vaccinated or did not report their vaccination status. Of that 115, ZSFG has 64 pending exemption requests.RELATED: Unvaccinated CA surgical tech says she's being placed on unpaid leave despite medical exemptionDr. Colwell, Chief of the Emergency at SF General says the vast majority of hospital workers who were once hesitant chose to get the vaccine."It pushed a lot of people who were on the fence in the direction of doing that. It set a good precedent for what we are about, which is going to be first and foremost on patient safety. This is ultimately about patient safety," said Dr. Colwell.President Biden's...
    New York’s largest private healthcare provider has fired some 1,400 employees who refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19, Fox News has learned.  A spokesperson for Northwell Health confirmed Monday that it "had to exit" 1,400 staff members but noted that most of its members chose to get vaccinated. With the ouster, Northwell’s employees are now 100% vaccinated.  Shyrel Ritter, a certified nursing assistant at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives her COVID-19 booster shot at her workplace in New York, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.  (AP) "Northwell regrets losing any employee under such circumstances, but as health care professionals and members of the largest health care provider in the state, we understand our unique responsibility to protect the health of our patients and each other," the spokesperson said. "We owe it to our staff, our patients, and the communities we serve to be 100% vaccinated against COVID-19." The spokesperson said that having a fully vaccinated staff will allow Northwell to "provide exceptional care at all of our facilities, without interruption and remain open and fully operational." THOUSANDS PROTEST WASHINGTON STATE'S...
    Cox Medical Center in Branson, Missouri, will begin issuing "personal panic buttons" to health care workers to help combat the steep increase in violence against staff members over the past year. Keith Mathis holds a panic button he helped create as part of CoxHealth's Innovation Accelerators program. Nurses and hundreds of other staff members will soon begin wearing panic buttons at a Missouri hospital where assaults on workers tripled after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Sara Karnes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP) The number of incidents for which security was called to intervene rose at the Missouri hospital from 94 in 2019 to 162 in 2020. During the same period, assaults within the hospital rose from 40 to 123, while injuries to health care workers rose from 17 to 78. Cox Medical Center plans to use $132,000 in grant money from Branson's Skaggs Foundation to include the button on ID badges for up to 400 staff members. The nonprofit helps to support the health and wellness of the medical community in Missouri. It merged with CoxHealth in 2013.  Many...
    A New Jersey school district has quarantined approximately 900 staff members and students due to a possible COVID-19 exposure. Toms River schools reported 251 COVID-19 cases with 864 students and 33 staff members placed under quarantine as of Wednesday morning. The district began the school year with a mask optional policy in  non-air conditioned areas, NJ Advance Media reports.  Masks were also optional for eight school days due to excessive heat. Face coverings were apparently only made mandatory on Sept. 20.
    (CNN)Novant Health, a North Carolina not-for-profit system of 15 medical centers with more than 2,300 physicians, said this week it had terminated roughly 175 employees for non-compliance with its mandatory Covid-19 vaccination program. More than 99% of Novant Health team members chose compliance, company President and CEO Carl Armato said in a statement. "I am thrilled that the vast majority of team members gave Novant Health's patients and visitors, as well as our team members, better protection against COVID-19 by complying with our vaccination mandate," said Amato.Why Joe Biden should go all-in on vaccine mandates"Out of more than 35,000 team members, fewer than 200 across more than 800 locations opted to leave rather than comply with the vaccination mandate."Last week, approximately 375 employees had been confirmed to be non-compliant and were given the opportunity to comply over a five-day period, while on unpaid suspension, before facing termination this week, Novant said.Read More"Without a vaccine mandate for team members, we faced the strong possibility of having a third of our staff unable to work due to contracting, or exposure to, COVID-19....
    More than nine in ten hospital and nursing home staff in New York State are now vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. At least 60,000 hospital workers received their first doses in the last month, leading up to the state's vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, which took effect Monday. In both hospitals and nursing homes, 92 percent of staffers are now vaccinated, while 89 percent of staff in New York State's adult care facilities are vaccinated. But 36,000 hospital staff members - and thousands more employees in nursing home home and adult care facilities - may be out of work soon if they don't comply with the mandate. Governor Kathy Hochul has prepared for a potential staff shortage by expanding eligibility for providing Covid-related services in the state. The governor is prepared to call in the National Guard if needed, she said. More than 90% of hospital and nursing home staff in New York are now vaccinated. Pictured: Theresa Clarke, Nurse Manager at Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital, was the first staffer from her facility to get...
    United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is encouraging its members to “document issues” related to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s quarantine mandate by posting photos of student violators. “If you encounter issues in your classroom related to the mayor’s new quarantine guidelines for students, including cases where students are not able to maintain 3 feet of distance, please use this form to document them,” the union that represents the city’s teachers tweeted Sunday. If you encounter issues in your classroom related to the mayors new quarantine guidelines for students, including cases where students are not able to maintain 3 feet of distance, please use this form to document them: https://t.co/3FWGQ1Z5C9 — UFT (@UFT) September 26, 2021 UFT linked to an online form titled “Document issues with student quarantine procedures.” The union stated: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sept. 20 that students would no longer have to quarantine after a positive COVID case in their classroom as long as they were properly masked and three feet apart. Please use this form to document any issues in your classroom related to...
    Tens of thousands of healthcare workers in New York are prepared to lose their jobs as the deadline to be vaccinated against COVID-19 arrived on Monday.    According to the latest state data released last week, just 84 percent of 450,000 hospital staff have received at least one dose of the vaccine. This means at least 72,000 hospital workers could be suspended or fired for refusing to be inoculated.  With severe shortages expected, hospital administrators prepared contingency plans that included cutting back on noncritical services and limiting admissions at nursing homes. New York Gov Kathy Hochul said this weekend she was prepared to call in medically trained National Guard members and retirees, or vaccinated workers from outside the state, to fill any gaps.  The governor has held firm on the mandate in the face of pleas to delay it and multiple lawsuits challenging its constitutionality. New York state's deadline for healthcare workers to get at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine arrived on Monday. Pictured: Nurse Practitioner Christine Cunningham inject respiratory therapist Jose Abraham with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Westchester...
    A former White House intelligence official said the US needs to be held accountable for the drone strike in Afghanistan that killed ten civilians, including seven children.  Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the Bush and Obama administration stated that although he believes it was a genuine mistake, the US 'absolutely' needs to take responsibility for the attack. Mullen was interviewed by ABC's Martha Raddatz, who asked him his stance on the issue after Head of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie publicly apologized and recognized the mistake made by US intelligence that killed aid worker Zemari Ahmadi and nine family members who had no connection to ISIS-K.  'Tragic, tragic mistake and just, my heart goes out to the family members who were so deeply affected.  'I thought what general McKenzie did was right- admit and apologize and look-and he also spoke later of reparations,' Mullen said.  Mullen brought up reparations hinted in McKenzie's public apology, and a review of the military's inquiry into the attack ordered by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Mike Mullen, former chairman of...
    Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen on Sunday said there "absolutely" needs to be accountability for the botched Kabul drone strike that killed several civilians. Mullen spoke to ABC's "This Week" a couple days after the head of the U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced that it is unlikely any ISIS-K members were killed in a Kabul drone strike on Aug. 29, where he was asked whether there needs to be accountability. "Absolutely. I think there should. This was obviously an incredibly complex, fast-moving situation. We lost those 13 military members a couple of days before that," Mullen said. "There was clear intelligence that additional strikes were on the way, so it was in that environment in which this strike actually took place." BOTCHED KABUL DRONE STRIKE LATEST FUROR INVOLVING MILLEY, WHO CALLED THE OPERATION 'RIGHTEOUS' Mullen, who served as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the last couple years of the Bush administration and the first couple years of the Obama administration, said the botched drone strike was a...
    Taylor Swifts ex hits the beach with his new love, more celebs in swimsuits and bikinis in 2021 The Best and Worst Deals at Costco © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Two more members of the Saints’ staff will be unavailable for Sunday’s game because of issues related to COVID-19. The Saints announced today that assistant head coach/defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen and pass rush specialist Brian Young will not be in attendance at Sunday’s game at Carolina. Nielsen and Young join six other coaches who had already been ruled out: Jim Chaney (offensive analyst), Declan Doyle (offensive assistant), Phil Galiano (assistant special teams), Curtis Johnson (senior offensive assistant/wide receivers), Dan Roushar (run game coordinator/tight ends) and Joel Thomas (running backs). The Saints did get one piece of good news, as offensive line coach Brendan Nugent, who had previously been declared out, has now cleared COVID-19 protocols and will be at Sunday’s game. New Orleans also signed defensive back Jordan Miller and linebacker Wynton McManis from the practice squad, elevated...
    RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County Health officer Dr. Chris Farnitano added his voice Friday to those supporting a proposal that all eligible students, teachers and staff in the West Contra Costa Unified School District be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. School board members Demetrio Gonzalez-Hoy and Otheree Christian say they will bring a resolution to the board at a special meeting Tuesday calling for the mandate to be issued for the district which serves more than 28,000 students in Richmond, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo and several unincorporated areas. READ MORE: DA Rules Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Of Demetrius Stanley Was Justified In a letter to the board made public Friday, Farnitano said the neighborhoods surrounding the schools have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. “The communities served by your district have suffered a disproportionate impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, with higher rates of illness, hospitalization and death than the county as whole,” Farnitano wrote. “Vaccination is the best method we have to prevent transmission of COVID-19 to teachers, staff, students, the families of students...
    The Taliban has banned female members of staff from entering the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kabul. The Islamists, who seized control of Afghanistan last month last amid the chaos following the withdrawal of US troops, locked women out of the building today and replaced the department with the 'morality police'.  Workers in the Afghan capital covered the women's ministry signs with a replacement in a mixture of Dari and Arabic, reading 'Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice'. Female employees said they had been trying to come to work for several weeks only to be told to return to their homes, according to videos filmed outside the building seen by Reuters. The gates of the building were finally locked on Thursday, one of the women said. A senior Taliban leader said earlier this week that women would not be allowed to work in government ministries with men.  The Taliban has banned female members of staff from entering the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kabul and replaced the department with the 'morality police'...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- If you enjoy going out in Long Beach, you may soon see some changes coming to your favorite places.The city of Long Beach is following Los Angeles County in requiring people to show proof of vaccination to go to indoor bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries.You will be required to show proof that you've gotten your first dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7 and your second dose by Nov. 4. City officials say they'll issue a new health order by Friday to give people time to adjust.Proof of vaccination is not required for restaurants, but the Long Beach Health Department is recommending they do the same.For the Long Beach Tap House, they've been open for two years and have been through ups and downs during the pandemic."Forced to do takeout only, forced to do outdoor seating only, battling back and forth with the city to keep our parklet outside, stuff like that. Losing staff members, gaining staff members, being understaffed, it's just been very difficult," Brandon Forsberg, the co-owner of Long Beach Tap House said.Forsberg...
    OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — The boards of the San Francisco Bay Area’s two largest school districts are set to vote next week on whether to mandate vaccinations against COVID-19 for all staff and students age 12 and older. Board members for West Contra Unified, which serves more than 28,000 students in Richmond, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo and several unincorporated areas, will vote on the policy Tuesday. Meanwhile, board members for Oakland’s school district, which serves about 50,000 students, plan to take up the proposal Wednesday. In August, the district saw an increase in coronavirus case rates in students, 40% of them at middle and high schools, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. If approved, the districts would become the first in Northern California to issue one of the toughest anti-COVID mandates. Recently, the public school systems in Los Angeles — the second largest in the U.S. — and Culver City required shots for eligible students. California will require public school staff to either be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing beginning next month but there is no similar...
    A FUMING mum has blasted a school after members of staff cruelly joked about her disabled six-year-old daughter's condition on Facebook Live. Little Willow Musgrave, from Northamptonshire, has a life-saving tracheostomy in her throat to help her breathe - which three teaching staff were heard mocking. 3Willow Musgrave has had a tracheostomy since the age of four months after being born 16 weeks prematureCredit: SWNS 3Three members of staff at the youngster's school were heard joking about her life-saving tracheostomy in her throatCredit: SWNS The youngster - who has complex health needs which require 24-hour care - has had a tracheostomy since the age of four months after being born 16 weeks premature, and if the tube is out for more than 15 minutes it could be fatal. Three women who work at the St Andrew's CofE Primary School in Kettering were heard hooting with laughter when one said the medical tube "made them feel sick" while another said it "looked really horrible". But unknown to the teaching staff, their entire chat was broadcast on Facebook Live on Saturday and...
    Months after the District’s troubled crime lab lost its accreditation, the city is moving to essentially disband a key unit of the troubled forensic agency, planning to lay off nearly a dozen staff members of the Firearms Examination Unit. The city issued a reduction-in-force for all 11 remaining members of the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences’ firearms unit. They were officially informed of the move Wednesday, instructed to clear out their desks and walked out of the building. Employees will be paid through Oct. 18 but were placed on immediate administrative leave. The employees are represented by the National Association of Government Employees. DFS Interim Director Anthony Crispino did not meet with any employees or inform them of the agency’s plans ahead of time — or make any broader comments to remaining DFS staff about what appears to be a significant restructuring of the agency. Neither a spokesman for the agency or a spokeswoman for the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice responded to an email seeking comment. A reduction-in-force means the agency is abolishing positions rather than...
                        According to an internal email, the Hudson School District is incentivizing teachers to get vaccinated. The email, shared by local medical freedom activist Jessica Klatt, outlines how those who get vaccinated will automatically receive five sick days to use if they contract a breakthrough infection or need to quarantine. The email reads, “If you provide proof of vaccination (photocopy of a completed COVID19 vaccination card) to Human Resources you will receive FIVE COVID19 days to be used if you have a breakthrough infection or if you need to stay home to care for a dependant who is quarantined by Public Health or is sick with COVID 19.” The email went on to say that they hope the incentive will “give peace of mind” to their staff who are “fully vaccinated and are still negatively affected by it.” The email went on to list another incentive to become fully vaccinated: weekly drawings for personal days during the school year. The school district wrote it will be giving “one...
    Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images The House Sergeant at Arms is strongly advising members of Congress and their staff to avoid the Capitol this Saturday, September 18th. Congress is not in session Saturday, but there are serious concerns over what’s been dubbed the “Justice for J6” rally given the January 6th riots. This rally is meant to protest the arrests of people who rioted that day (whom organizers have referred to as “political prisoners”). Sergeant at Arms William Walker sent out a memo to all members of Congress warning about demonstrations at the Capitol and at state capitols “across the country.” “Most demonstrations are lawful gatherings and remain peaceful,” it reads. “However, sometimes peaceful gatherings can become contentious.” The memo lays out security plans for Saturday, including the reinstallation of temporary fencing around the Capitol building. Most notably, the memo emphasized, “Unless required to be onsite, Members and staff are strongly encouraged to avoid the U.S. Capitol Complex on September 18th.” The events of January 6th were spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s false statements and conspiracies about the 2020 election...
    Three members of the first CIA teams sent to Afghanistan to hunt down Osama bin Laden and topple the Taliban after 9/11 have been told they face disciplinary action for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, DailyMail.com has learned. Because of the clandestine role they cannot speak publicly but are understood to be furious that their careers are on the line because of the Biden's administration's vaccine mandates. Details emerged from a group chat shared with DailyMail.com in which staff said they had been told they could face disciplinary action including being dismissed if they refuse.  It is part of wider unease about the mandate among paramilitary officers who are often encouraged to break rules to accomplish their missions, according to Toby Harnden.  His new book, 'First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11' details the story of the first teams sent to Afghanistan after the Al Qaeda attacks. 'I've heard a number of CIA officers express concern about the vaccine mandates,' he said.  'Some of these officers find it outrageous that some of those who...