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    HERO pilots battled to keep an "out of control" plane from crashing for FIVE hours saving the aircraft's 200 passengers. The terrifying incident happened in Russia when the Airbus A321 -with 201 onboard including 25 children -plunged into a sudden dive soon after takeoff. 2The crew could not perform an emergency landingCredit: East2West 2The pilots had to fly a plane across Siberia for five hoursCredit: East2West The pilots were forced to fly the plane across Siberia as they were only able to perform an emergency landing after a five and a half hour nightmare. The captain issued a Mayday call soon after takeoff and failed twice with emergency landings at departure airport Magadan. The aircraft swayed and rolled, its fuselage severely caked in ice, and the lights flashed on and off reports claim. The autopilot shut down and there was an onboard electronics failure.  According to reports, the captain was unable to jettison fuel to attempt a safe emergency landing. Instead, he flew on, over mountain ranges, towards the next nearest airport - Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city. Most...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter is seeking public donations for its nearly depleted Franky Fund, which pays for emergency care of the more than 800 animals who need treatment each year. In the last 30 days, the fund has run low as 72 animals have required emergency medical care, BARCS said. That need became even greater recently as the shelter took in a dog that was struck by a car in Gwynn Oak over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. READ MORE: Charging Documents Say Evelyn Player Died Defending Herself, Police Found Suspect Through DNAThe ordeal left the dog, affectionately known as Butter Bee, with a broken jaw. At first, she was in such poor shape that rescuers didn’t know if her condition would improve. But after a few days, her outlook has gotten better, and she had surgery Thursday. Since then, the shelter has been able to track down the dog’s owner. It turns out Butter Bee, whose real name is Lydia, went missing from her family’s home two years ago. Lydia’s owner, Virginia, took the...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Blood Emergency Readiness Corps has activated, sending extra blood units in response to the school shooting that took place at Oxford High School. OXFORD, MICHIGAN – DECEMBER 01: A makeshift memorial sits outside of Oxford High School on December 01, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. Yesterday, four students were killed and seven injured when student Ethan Crumbley allegedly opened fire on fellow students at the school. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) READ MORE: Striking Kellogg's Workers Receiving 3% Raises In New ContractThe blood will be used to assist Versiti, the blood center that serves the area, and to meet the immediate medical needs of the eight remaining victims. The response marks the second time BERC has activated since its launch in September. The program – which comprises 21 blood centers serving more than 30 states – is the nation’s only safety net for emergency situations requiring immediate transfusion care. Through BERC, blood centers prepare for emergency needs by collecting extra blood products on a rotating on-call schedule. Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, Coastal Bend Blood Center and Oklahoma Blood Institute were the...
    Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo remarked on Wednesday that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be an “emergency” meriting a response from both Japan and the United States. The Chinese government erupted in fury, summoning the Japanese ambassador to complain about Abe’s “wrong remarks” and threatening Japan with destruction if it dares to challenge Chinese military might. Abe, who resigned as prime minister in August 2020 due to health concerns, on Wednesday addressed a virtual forum hosted by the Institute for National Policy Research, an organization based in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei. During his remarks, Abe discussed Japan’s national security concerns over Chinese territorial aggression, including the contested Senkaku Islands, which are a little over 60 miles from Taiwan. “A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency, and therefore an emergency for the Japan-U.S. alliance. People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping in particular, should never have a misunderstanding in recognizing this,” Abe said. “An assault on Taiwan poses great danger to Japanese territory. Japan would not allow such a scenario,” he said. “Japan, Taiwan and all the people who...
    Taipei, Taiwan (Reuters)Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.Tensions over Chinese-claimed Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country's sovereignty claims against the democratically ruled island. Taiwan's government says it wants peace, but will defend itself if needed.Speaking virtually to a forum organized by Taiwanese think tank the Institute for National Policy Research, Abe noted the Senkaku islands -- which China calls the Diaoyu Islands -- Sakishima islands and Yonaguni island are a mere 100 kilometers (62 miles) or so away from Taiwan.An armed invasion of Taiwan would be a grave danger to Japan, he added. JUST WATCHEDJapan's defense minister on threat that keeps him up at nightReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHJapan's defense minister on threat that keeps him up at night 04:10"A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency, and therefore an emergency for the Japan-U.S. alliance. People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping in particular, should never have a misunderstanding in recognizing this," Abe said.Read MoreJapan...
    Oregon Gov. Kate BrownKate BrownBBB threatens the role of parents in raising — and educating — children Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Obama pushes world to do more at COP26 Hawaii governor urges bolder climate action: Net zero is 'not good enough' MORE (D) on Tuesday called for a special session for the state legislature to approve state funding for rental assistance and extend eviction protections issued due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press reported  Brown has proposed that protections should be extended for those who applied for rental assistance; landlords should be paid in full for the rent that is due; up to $90 million in additional rental assistance should be awarded to low-income tenants through the winter and an additional $100 million should be allotted for the transition from pandemic-related emergency rental assistance to long-term services. Brown also said she working with federal officials at the White House and Department of Treasury to secure more federal emergency rental assistance funding for the state, according to the AP.  “It is clear that a state solution is needed...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Emergency crews braved frigid temperatures to rescue a man in the water off of Coney Island on Tuesday. Just before 8 a.m., the FDNY responded to call about a man who jumped or fell off the pier and was reported to be drowning. Rescue crews arrived minutes later and were able to help the man to nearby rocks until he could be safely brought to shore. He was able to walk out of the water and was taken to Coney Island Hospital. His condition is unknown.
    Customers wait in line to enter Frontier Fiesta on Feb. 17, 2021, in Houston. A winter storm caused rolling blackouts throughout Houston and the surrounding areas. by Delilah Alvarado This story was originally published at Prism. In February, severe winter storms sweeping across the U.S. caused an extreme power crisis in Texas. People across the state went without power for an average of two days, and some lost access to fresh water for even longer and had to boil the water that was available. Now as the temperature lowers and the winter months approach, Texans who are still feeling the effects of the last blackout are anxiously waiting to see if the weather could cause a repeat of February’s disaster. Efforts have been underway to reform the state’s power grid since the last major storm, but experts say the grid is still vulnerable and could create some future problems. The worst-case scenario considered—fossil fuel outages and very high demand for power—does not capture the amount of power lost in February, along with a lack of winterization for the gas sector, where half of the outages came from. The...
    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee recommended emergency use authorization of Merck & Co's experimental pill to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients on Tuesday. The drug, called molnupiravir, stops the virus from making copies of itself, which prevents it from spreading throughout the body.    Recent trial data have shown that it can reduce the risk of death or being hospitalized for those at high risk of severe Covid by 30 percent. On Tuesday, the Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC) voted 13-10In favor of the drug. The FDA is not bound to follow the advisory group's recommendations but the agency rarely goes against the guidance of the group.  If authorized by the FDA and signed off by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Merck's drug could be the first oral antiviral medication for COVID-19 - and could allow patients to take the drug at home instead of requiring them to go to a hospital for treatment. An FDA advisory committee voted in favor of emergency use authorization of Merck & Co's pill to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients. Pictured:...
    A MICHIGAN high school is on lockdown as sheriff officials respond to a reported emergency situation. Oakland County Sheriff officials were on the scene at Oxford High School on Tuesday afternoon after a reported "active shooter" situation was reported at the facility. 1Oakland County Sheriff responded to an 'active emergency' at Oxford High School on Tuesday afternoonCredit: Google Maps There is no official word on why the school was placed on lockdown or what the emergency situation is. Multiple calls by The Sun to the Oakland County Sheriff were not immediately returned. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. We pay for your stories!Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at exclusive@the-sun.com or call 212 416 4552. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
    HAVERHILL (CBS) — Two people have been taken to the hospital with burns after a hazardous materials emergency at a plant in Haverhill. The State Fire Marshal says the emergency occurred after “a small spill during a chemical process.” Haverhill firefighters were on the scene on Foundation Avenue early Tuesday afternoon. The local firefighters union posted on Facebook that people were being treated for chemical burns, but that the chemical appears to be contained now. Firefighters responding to a hazmat incident in Haverhill. (WBZ-TV) Firefighters say the spilled material is dangerous when inhaled. MedFlight is on standby in case they are needed.
              more   Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) in her campaign for an additional term. Rogers, who has remained a supporter of Trump’s calls to investigate votes through the Maricopa ballot audit, welcomed the endorsement from the former commander-in-chief. “Wendy is a MAGA warrior who loves our Country and listens to her constituents. She has a truly great fighting spirit, is strong on Law and Order, securing our Border, and gun rights. Wendy Rogers has my Complete and Total Endorsement for reelection to the Arizona State Senate because she FIGHTS!” Trump said in a statement. Thank you Mr. President! We LOVE you because you FIGHT. Truly honored. https://t.co/yPyXAHNFK4 — Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) November 29, 2021 “Thank you Mr. President! We LOVE you because you FIGHT. Truly honored,” Rogers replied in a tweet. Previously, Rogers was one of several Arizona legislators that called upon Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a state of emergency over the crisis on the U.S. Southern border. “If the Biden-Harris administration does not care about the well-being and safety...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of the Environment issued an emergency closure to shellfish harvesting Monday in a portion of the Potomac River off St. Mary’s County. The order applies to around 180 acres of the river offshore from the St. George Island area. The closure was prompted by a sewage spill inspectors believe entered the river. READ MORE: Attorney General's Office Investigating After Deadly Police Shooting In Glen BurnieThe department believes about 2,500 gallons of sewage went into the river after an overflow on Piney Point Road that started last Wednesday and ended Sunday. An estimated 11,000 gallons were vacuumed from ditches that lead to the river, officials said. READ MORE: 'An Absolute Game Changer': Hogan And Transportation Officials Break Ground On Howard Street Tunnel Expansion ProjectShellfish feed using a filtering process that can concentrate disease-causing organisms, the department explained. Oysters and clams, which are often eaten raw, need to come from unpolluted waters. The department said it will sample water in the affected area to determine when it is safe to harvest again. The earliest the closure...
    VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — The Canadian Pacific coast province of British Columbia is extending fuel rationing until Dec. 14 when a major pipeline is back online after a series of devastating storms in the southern part of the province. British Columbia Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Monday the province is also extending the state of emergency until the same date in order to ensure emergency services have the resources they need. The Trans Mountain pipeline has been shut down since Nov. 14, when a storm known as an atmospheric river hammered parts of southern British Columbia., flooding communities, farmland and washing away roads and bridges. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston said the pipeline provides most of the fuel for British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, which is now being shipped in by rail from Alberta and on barges from the United States. Drivers have been asked to continue limiting their purchase of fuel to 30 liters per visit to a gas station. A third storm in the last few days is forecast to move into British Columbia late...
    PEOPLE receiving money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can take advantage or extra discounts, which could put more money in your pocket. Recipients are also seeing extra SNAP money. 1SNAP recipients may be eligible for discounted services SNAP provides nutrition benefits to low-income people and families to help supplement a food budget so they can purchase healthy food. It's a federal program but each state manages a recipient's benefits. You need to apply for SNAP benefits in the state in which you live. There are certain requirements which have to be met including income and resource limits. You can contact your local SNAP office to learn more. People who receive SNAP benefits can take advantage of further savings. Most read in moneyCASHING IN Payments issued next week with 'surprise' $275 bonus in this stateXMAS TOP-UP ‘Surprise’ stimulus check updates – States offer up to $1.1k ‘holiday cash’XMAS BONUS Surprise $1,000 stimulus checks being sent out in five states before ChristmasSANTA STIMULUS ‘Surprise’ $300 stimulus check to be sent out in time for ChristmasACT...
    SONORA (CBS13) — Officers say an 84-year-old woman suffered a medical emergency and died while driving in Sonora over the weekend. California Highway Patrol says, around 11 a.m. Saturday, Sonora resident Susana Wesley was driving down Hess Avenue when she had some sort of medical emergency south of Phoenix Lake Road. READ MORE: NB I-5 Closed Over Yolo Bypass Near Woodland After Big Rig Crash Leaves Mess All Over RoadwayWesley was able to pull onto the shoulder and stop, but for an unknown reason officers say her car started rolling backwards. READ MORE: Deadly Crash Involves Sac Metro Fire Ambulance, Another Driver And PedestrianThe car then went down an embankment and eventually stopped in a dirt and grass field. MORE NEWS: 19-Year-Old Accused Of Shooting At Sacramento Police Officer Arrested After Hours-Long SearchFirst responders started lifesaving measures, but CHP says Wesley later died from the medical emergency she had.
    More On: teyana taylor Teyana Taylor gave La La Anthony a hot lap dance How Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are spending the holidays The real Met Gala 2021 theme was butts La La Anthony is enjoying single life: ‘It’s a new glow’ Teyana Taylor is recovering in the hospital after her body “gave out” ahead of a concert in Connecticut, forcing the singer to reschedule the show. “My team & I tried everything down to the very last second to get me out on that stage, but my body simply just gave out, which actually started a few days ago,” Taylor, 30, wrote in a post to Instagram on Sunday. “SHUT DOWN, my body actually low key betrayed me cause ah bitch was tryna get on that stage ???? Y’all know I’m with the s–ts!” She added, “y’all have seen me with a broken foot and all types of other crazy s–t but still got on that stage and bodied it ????????.” The “Rose in Harlem” singer said she had to listen to her body and “know when...
    An 11-year-old girl was killed after she was accidentally shot by her father while hunting in Texas on Saturday, reports said. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office received emergency calls at about 5:15 p.m. about a "hunting accident" in Hallsville. It was later determined that the girl was hit by a shot from a high-powered rifle, a statement obtained by the Longview News-Journal read. The girl, who was identified as Daisy Grace Lynn George, a sixth-grader, was located by emergency crews with life-threatening injuries. Responders requested a helicopter to take her to the hospital, but poor weather grounded the fleet, the report said. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death. GET THE FOX NEWS APP "Anytime a young person loses their life, it’s tragic for all involved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends during this difficult time," Sheriff Brandon Fletcher said.  Edmund DeMarche is a senior news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.
    Ulster County has declared a state of emergency due to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan made the announcement on Sunday, Nov. 28, saying the order will be in effect for at least 30 days.  Ryan said since Halloween, active cases have tripled in the county. He urged residents to get vaccinated against COVID and to get their booster shots if they are six months past their last vaccine dose. "With COVID cases and hospitalizations surging, and the emergence of a new and potentially more dangerous variant, we must step up our efforts to ensure the health and safety of all of our residents," Ryan said in a statement. "Informed by real-time data and the advice of our team of public health experts, this emergency order is an important step to allow the County to respond rapidly and effectively in order to combat the virus." Ryan said the order will allow the county to respond more rapidly to the rising cases. Find the county's vaccine resource center here.
    First Lady Jill Biden declined the opportunity to get a little wild on Saturday afternoon when she was offered a shot of alcohol by the owner of a bar she was having lunch at.  The educator, 70, dodged a possible hangover the day before her husband, President Joe Biden, gets to work dealing with the concerning new COVID-19 Omicron variant.  The first lady had gone on an afternoon shopping spree throughout downtown Nantucket on Saturday, walking the cobblestone sidewalks with a five-car motorcade and a gaggle of grandkids in her wake. At one point they stopped inside a seafood restaurant called Slip 14 - where a local outlet reported Dr. Biden got 'behind the bar.' 'First Lady Jill Biden was living it up behind the bar Saturday afternoon at Slip 14 on Old South Wharf on Nantucket,' the Nantucket Current reported. When asked to partake in a shot she reportedly said, 'No, my grandkids are here!' But today it's back to business for the Bidens - the president and his family returned to Washington this afternoon, hours after a White House...
    Teyana Taylor landed in the emergency room after her 'body gave out,' and she was forced to reschedule the Connecticut leg of her farewell tour. The 30-year-old music artist wrote the news on Instagram in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Underneath a photo of her lying in a hospital bed, the Harlem, New York native began her caption, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all the warm love, sweet videos & prayers from my CT rose petals…. I love y’all!' Exhausted: Teyana Taylor landed in the emergency room after her 'body gave out,' and she was forced to reschedule the Connecticut leg of her farewell tour 'Thank you for being so understanding. Y’all know Petunia don’t miss no shows & most importantly, know I’ve been leaving it all on tha stage for a month straight 1000%,' the singer-songwriter continued, referring to her alter ego.  In the photo of her in the emergency room, the mom-of-two sported a brown beanie and was layered in a white hospital sheet and a plush, black blanket as she threw up a...
    New York State has declared a state of emergency over the Omicron coronavirus variant, despite the fact that 100 percent of New York’s sampled cases in the last two weeks were the Delta variant of the virus. “We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said in a tweet on Friday. “Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes,” she announced:  We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, its coming. Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes. — Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) November 26, 2021 According to the Hill, “the executive order, in effect until at least Jan. 15, allows nonessential procedures to be postponed in hospitals in order to increase hospital capacity.” Hochul is also urging New Yorkers to “use the tools that we know help prevent the spread of this...
    'Mean girl' Melissa DeRosa, the former top aide to disgraced ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, had some harsh words for his successor's handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday night in a now-deleted tweet.  DeRosa's tweet came just hours after Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency to deal with the ominous Omicron strain of COVID-19, and weeks after Hochul was spotted maskless inside a crowded Manhattan sports bar, according to the New York Post.  'Time to shift with the times - ribbon cuttings and photo ops drinking beers in UES bars maskless won’t get this job done,' DeRosa, the former secretary to the governor, said in a tweet she quickly deleted.   DeRosa added that the Cuomo administration was correct in centralizing control during the coronavirus pandemic, while chastising Hochul's efforts to spread that kind of power to municipal governments.  'Have been back upstate for 3 days and have to say, the lack of mask wearing is deeply disturbing,' DeRosa said in another tweet Friday evening.  Pictured: Melissa DeRosa, former top aide to disgraced ex- Governor Andrew Cuomo, had...
    The state of emergency order enables Holchul to "temporarily suspend or modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster emergency or if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster." Under the executive order, non-essential procedures and elective surgeries can be postponed in order to increase hospital capacity. Hochul is concerned about hospital capacity because medical care employees were forced out of the healthcare industry because of New York's vaccine mandate. Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Aug. 16 that "all healthcare workers in New York State, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities (LTCF), including nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, September 27." On Long Island, Mount Sinai South Nassau medical center temporarily closed earlier this week due to nursing staff shortages, according to WABC-TV. Earlier...
    PLAYERS between Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe were taken off the pitch as medics rushed to a fan in the stands with emergency treatment. With Wycombe 1-0 up just before the half hour mark, there was a break in play due to a medical emergency in the home North stand. A couple of minutes later and both sets of players went back into the changing rooms while medics treated the supporter in the stands. Around ten minutes later, both teams were back out on the pitch, with Anis Mehmeti's opener cancelled out by Olamide Shodipo's equaliser. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogGUNNERS LATEST Pablo Mari Flamengo return, Xhaka wants Gladbach transfer, Newcastle latestLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rangnick deal AGREED, Chelsea build-up, Cavani injury latestLive BlogFOOTY LIVE Howe loses first game in charge of Newcastle, Wales & Scotland World Cup drawLive BlogQATAR DRAW Latest from World Cup playoff draw as Wales face Austria and Scotland vs UkrainePicturedJOAO NO Flamengo star accidentally reveals privates to give fans more than bargained forGossipRED DEVIL RAID Barca add Cavani & Lingard...
    Parts of the U.S. have begun an all-out assault against the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 as Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the variant is likely already circulating in the country. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency Friday, limiting hospital capacity to emergency needs as of Dec. 3 and arranging for the purchase of medical supplies. The emergency state, which temporarily bans elective surgeries, will remain in effect until at least Jan. 15. “We continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said. The Omicron variant, formally known as B.1.1.529, was classified as a “variant of concern” and given its Greek name by the World Health Organization on Friday. The designation, prompted by a cluster of cases originating out of southern Africa, led to the U.S. imposing travel restrictions on South Africa and seven other African countries. The CDC said late Friday that it hasn’t detected any cases of it so far,...
    China’s latest coronavirus outbreak forced more than 20 Shanghai hospitals to “suspend out-patient and emergency medical services” on Friday “for epidemic prevention and screening,” China’s state-run Global Times reported. “Two nucleic acid tests will be conducted within the hospitals at 24 hours intervals. If all the nucleic acid tests results are negative [for coronavirus], it is expected that relevant hospitals will resume medical services since the morning of November 27 [sic],” the Global Times relayed, citing local health officials. Shanghai ordered the 20-plus hospitals to limit services on November 26 after the city allegedly detected just three new coronavirus cases in people affiliated with Shanghai’s medical service industry on November 25. “The reason why so many hospitals have implemented closed-loop management is mainly due to the numerous close contacts of the three confirmed cases, involving workplaces, living places, cultural activities as well as various means of transportation,” Lu Taohong, deputy director of the Shanghai Health Commission, told reporters on Friday. China’s federal government coined the term “closed-loop management” at the start of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. State health officials use...
    New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulOversight panel eyes excessive bail, jail overcrowding in New York City NY mogul with ties to lt. gov. faces campaign fraud charges Williams launches New York gubernatorial bid MORE (D) declared a state of emergency to prepare for a new coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa.  Hochul’s declaration on Friday is one of the first emergency steps taken by a state in the U.S. against the new variant, known as Omicron, whose discovery was announced Thursday.  The nation's top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciUS to restrict travel from eight African nations over new COVID-19 concerns Israel warns of looming emergency after its first case of omicron, new COVID-19 variant Five things to know about omicron, new COVID-19 'variant of concern' MORE said in an interview Friday with CNN there have been no Omicron cases detected in the U.S., although he acknowledged that doesn’t rule out the possibility the variant could be in the country.  “We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet...
    CERTAIN states have once again extended food stamp support. The extension comes as the Covid pandemic continues throughout the country. 1Food stamp support has been extended yet again While the amount of extra money eligible families may receive generally depends on family size, $95 is the minimum households must be given as of April 2021. In November, 44 states extended the food stamp benefits, according to the United States Department of Agriculture website. The additional support, available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), has been offered since the pandemic began. When a federal public emergency and state-level emergency or disaster declaration are declared, states are allowed to raise food stamp benefits to maximum levels. Despite the fact that these emergency declarations have ended in some states, the emergency benefits remain available. Most read in MoneyCASHING IN States issue 'surprise holiday cash' up to $1.1k with parents in line for $1.8kCASHING IN Demand for December stimulus payment after families sent 'surprise' $8,000 cashCASH BOOST Bonus $1,000 'stimulus check' for unemployed Connecticut residentsBABY JOY Millions of parents to get $1,400 stimulus check...
    A STATE of emergency has been declared in New York amid increasing concerns regarding the Omicron Covid variant. It comes as President Joe Biden banned travel from eight African countries in a bid to keep the super-strain out of the US. 2New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency in New YorkCredit: Rex 2It is feared coronavirus cases will spiral as the US braces for the Omicron variantCredit: Reuters Ahead of the chaotic Christmas period, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an executive order on Friday that she hopes will ease pressure on health surgeries ahead of a potential spike in Covid cases. It is feared infections will be spurred on by the Omicron variant - and despite there being no cases in the Big Apple yet, the world is on high alert. The New York governor has pledged to postpone elective surgeries in a bid to increase hospital capacity and tackle staffing shortages in the city. The executive order, which comes into effect on December 3, will also allow the state to acquire critical supplies to help...
    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a state of emergency order on Friday in response to the identification of the COVID-19 omicron variant. The emergency order is intended to increase hospital capacity in New York and will last until at least January 15, 2022, when it will be re-assessed.  According to a copy of the order, the state will utilize the "Surge and Flex system," which allows the Department of Health to limit non-essential and non-urgent hospital procedures in situations where a hospital has less than 10% staffed bed capacity. The new hospital procedures will take effect on December 3. OMICRON COVID-19 VARIANT: US TO LIMIT TRAVEL FROM 8 SOUTHERN AFRICA COUNTRIES New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. She said she directing health officials to require masks be worn in public and private schools and that her administration will work to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) (AP) Gov. Hochul said while the B.1.1.529 omicron variant hasn't been detected in New York State, preparations need...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Governor Kathy Hochul has issued a State of Emergency to help boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages ahead of potential spikes in COVID cases this winter.Hochul announced the plan on Friday, which will allow the Department of Health to limit non-essential, non-urgent procedures for in-hospitals or systems with limited capacity (below ten percent staffed bed capacity.)The new protocols are set to begin on Friday, December 3, and will be re-assessed based on the latest COVID numbers on January 15."We've taken extraordinary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and combat this pandemic. However, we continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it's coming," Governor Hochul said.This plan will also enable New York State to quickly acquire critical supplies to fight the pandemic. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGENew York City COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerCenters for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirusSubmit a News Tip or Question
    The Israeli government said all countries in sub-Saharan Africa would be considered "red countries" from which foreigners will not be permitted to travel to Israel. Israelis are likewise prohibited from visiting those countries and anyone returning from them must quarantine themselves. The Israeli military will be used to locate any individuals who traveled to one of the red countries within the last week and instruct them to go into isolation while they are tested for the new variant, officials said. News of the new variant has prompted similar reactions from the international community. European countries are banning flights from South Africa and other southern African countries. In the United States, the Biden administration said health officials are closely monitoring the new coronavirus variant but no decision has yet been made on whether to impose travel restrictions, CNN reports. Major U.S. airlines including Delta, United, and American Airlines say they too are watching developments about the new COVID-19 variant but have not yet changed their policies or flight plans. Delta "will continue to work closely with...
    Concerns are growing over a new variant of the COVID-19 virus in South Africa. The World Health Organization announced Thursday that it is monitoring a new variant of the coronavirus and has scheduled a closed-door emergency meeting on Friday to discuss how it could affect vaccines and treatments. The variant, labeled B.1.1.529, has been detected in small numbers in South Africa. "We don't know very much about this yet. What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. And the concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus behaves," Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's technical lead on COVID-19, said in a Q&A streamed to WHO's social media platforms. AFGHAN GIRL FROM NAT GEO COVER EVACUATED TO ITALY Dr @mvankerkhove gives an update on #COVID19 virus variant B.1.1.529, during the #AskWHO session on 25 November 2021 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ZpflfEYzW9— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) November 25, 2021 The new variant reportedly has an "unusual constellation of mutations," Professor Tulio de Oliveira, the...
    LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There is a positive update on an emergency room on Long Island that closed earlier this week due to a staffing shortage. On Thursday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the ER at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Long Beach will reopen Friday at 7 a.m. The governor said the state Department of Health worked with hospital officials and community leaders to get the emergency department back up and running. The ER closed Monday due to vaccine hesitancy, with about 1% — or 70 staff members — unvaccinated.
    LONG BEACH, Long Island (WABC) -- Gov. Kathy Hochul announced plans on Thursday to reopen a Long Island hospital that temporarily closed earlier this week due to nursing staff shortages.The staff shortages at Mount Sinai South Nassau were a result of New York's vaccine mandate.Officials said Monday that all other options were exhausted before the decision was made to close the ER that afternoon.Instead, patients in need of emergency care were directed to the hospital's main campus in Oceanside. It's roughly five miles away and could take 25 minutes to get to in traffic. An ambulance has been stationed at the ER at all times for the duration of the closure.Hochul said that the hospital will reopen the Long Beach Emergency Department on for 24/7 service at 7 a.m. Friday."As your Governor, I will ensure the state does everything we can to alleviate the stress on hospitals and emergency care facilities - so health care facilities, please continue to alert us when you are struggling," Hochul said. "I want to thank Mount Sinai South Nassau and local community partners for...
    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions Thursday in its effort to tackle a record surge of infections. The state of emergency comes into effect on Friday and is a powerful legal tool that makes it possible to restrict people’s rights. Among the other measures, all Christmas markets across the country are banned while it’s also banned to drink alcohol in public places, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said. Furthermore, bars, restaurants, night clubs, discotheques and casinos have to close at 10 p.m. The number of people at culture and sports events will be limited to 1,000 who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. All other public gatherings can be attended by up to 100 visitors, down from 1,000. “We’re targeting the places that pose the biggest risks,” Vojtech said. The government’s decision came after the daily tally in new coronavirus cases hit a new record of almost 26,000 on Tuesday while the country’s infection rate has risen to 1,097 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days,...
    PRINCE William today revealed his heartache after seeing kids in distress as he worked as an air ambulance pilot.  The Duke of Cambridge, who is a dad of three, said that he wanted to "avoid burdening" his family with his emotions and the traumatic things he'd seen on the job. 3Prince William announced the ambitious Blue Light Together package of mental health support for the emergency services at the Emergency Services Mental Health SymposiumCredit: Getty 3William detailed his mental health struggles when working with children as an air ambulance pilotCredit: PA:Press Association Wills recounted his time with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, saying: "Any job I went to with children, that really affected me, much more than I think if I hadn’t had children actually. “So, for me, it was the relationship with my personal life with essentially the family or the incident I was at – I found that very difficult." Prince William spoke at the Royal Foundation's Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium today - just days after the Royals were locked in a row with the BBC...
    ONE woman had NO idea she was pregnant until she saw a pair of tiny feet on an ultrasound, mere minutes before birth. Kayla Nicole Simpson, an Indiana University student, was in labour but thought she was having severe period cramps. 6Kayla had her regular period throughout her pregnancyCredit: Tiktok/@kaylanicolesimpson She went to hospital expecting to get her appendix out but left with a newborn instead. Her baby, born November 7, is called Madi and is thriving with love. She has nicknamed her 'Frat Baby' as a nod to the child's father. In her story she explained that after her ultrasound: "Fifteen minutes later, Frat Baby entered this world." Kayla has thousands of followers on TikTok where she told the story of the day she gave birth unexpectedly. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED She also makes jokes TikToks with her sibling where she jokingly asked the newborn if she wanted a beer. The college student explained that: "So basically on November 7 at around 12.30 I had really mild period cramps. "And then...
    (CNN)At least 11 people died in an accident at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia on Thursday, local authorities said, as emergency workers tried to rescue dozens more miners who were still trapped deep underground.Coal dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snowbound Kemerovo region, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS news agency cited local emergency services as saying.Eleven people were found dead, Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev said, and 46 were still underground. Dozens of others were being treated in hospital, at least some of them with smoke poisoning. Four were in critical condition.Rescue workers and ambulances could be seen arriving at the mine's compound in video footage, with police huddled outside as it snowed in the region roughly 3,500 km (2,175 miles) east of Moscow. Some 285 people were inside the mine when smoke spread through the ventilation shaft, the emergency ministry said. Some 285 people were inside the mine when smoke spread through the ventilation shaft, the emergency ministry said. At least 239 made it above ground, authorities said. They did...
    An Alaska Airlines plane was forced to return to Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday after suffering from right engine trouble that one passenger described as "terrifying." The Oregonian reported that the Airbus 320 was headed from Portland International Airport to San Francisco at about 11:45 a.m.  Keith Cunningham Parmeter, who was on board the flight, told the paper that he could hear the engine "torquing up and down—then a few minutes later, the captain very calmly announces that we’ve had one engine fail. The plane made a continuous, high-pitched revving sound as it descended from 10,000 feet, the 48-year-old said. Fire crews were waiting at the tarmac when the plane landed as a precaution, he said. FILE: An Alaska Airlines plane had engine trouble on Wednesday at was forced to make an emergency landing. (Genna Martin, Seattlepi.com) (Photo by Genna Martin/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) (Getty) "Our pilots are among the best in the business, and they train for these types of situations," Alaska Airlines said in its statement. The plane was being inspected by maintenance crews, and its 150...
    AARON Carter was all smiles as he delicately carried his newborn son outside his California home on Wednesday. The proud papa cradled son Prince Lyric, wrapped snug in a blue and white striped blanket. 6Aaron Carter holds his newborn son outside of his California home 6Aaron was all smiles while fiancee, and new mom, Melanie Martin ducked and covered 6Aaron announced he became a dad on November 22 Dad wore a white hoodie with matching white beanie with the word "Love" emblazoned across the front. It was the same beanie he was wearing when the little boy was born. Hi shy fiancée, and new mom, Melanie Martin wrapped her hands tightly around Aaron's waist, hiding behind him. Aaron, 33, announced on November 22 that he was a new father. But there was one unexpected complication. "Emergency C Section after 13 hours of labor but my fiancée is in great health," he shared on Instagram. "Thank you lord and the incredibly sweet loving staff here. "Prince is precious, I love you son. Your mommy loves you as I drop tears...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS / AP) — An Alaska Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco made an emergency landing Wednesday after the right engine experienced a mechanical problem, officials said. Alaska Airlines said in a statement that the pilot returned the Airbus A320 to Portland International Airport, where it landed about 11:45 a.m. READ MORE: UPDATE: 3 Charged with Felonies in Walnut Creek Nordstrom Smash-and-Grab Robbery“It was terrifying,” Keith Cunningham-Parmeter, who was aboard the flight with his wife and two children on their way to visit his grandmother for Thanksgiving, told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “I could hear the engine torquing up and down — then a few minutes later, the captain very calmly announces that we’ve had one engine fail.” The plane made a continuous, high-pitched revving sound as it descended from 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), Cunningham-Parmeter, 48, of Portland, said. Fire crews were waiting at the tarmac when the plane landed as a precaution, he said. READ MORE: Oakland Police Investigate Shooting Of TV News Security Guard in Chinatown“Our pilots are among the best in the business, and they train for...
    Dozens of illegal boat migrants have reportedly drowned in the English Channel after their small boat capsized while trying to reach Britain from France. A huge rescue mission was undertaken on Wednesday after a boat full of illegal migrants capsized off the coast of Calais, France, in what is believed to be the deadliest drowning in the history of the Channel migrant crisis. UPDATE 2000: French President Emmanuel Macron Makes Statement Addressing the tragedy in the English Channel, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday evening that “France will not let the Channel become a cemetery.” The French leader went on to call for an “emergency meeting of European ministers” to discuss the migrant crisis. Macron also demanded that there should be an “immediate strengthening of the resources” for the EU’s Frontex border agency. The French president concluded by vowing that “everything will be done to find and condemn those responsible” for the tragedy. UPDATE 1930: French Interior Minister Says 31 Dead in the Channel At a press conference from a hospital in Calais, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin reported that...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco city officials on Tuesday declared a water shortage emergency as the state continues to weather drought conditions since the last two years.The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission declared the emergency along with Mayor London Breed, and during their Tuesday, meeting the commission voted unanimously to approve a commitment to voluntary reduce the city's water consumption by 10%.The reduction is based on water use from July 2019 to June 2020, city officials said.RELATED: Water conservation to be mandatory in South Bay after CA approves new restrictionsThe call for water reduction is voluntary for all 2.7 million SFPUC customers, which are spread out across not just San Francisco, but also Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties."With California still experiencing devastating drought and the uncertainty around this rainy season, we need to make tough decisions that will ensure that our water source continues to be reliable and dependable for the future," Breed said in a statement."Year after year, San Franciscans step up to conserve our most precious resource, resulting in one of the lowest water usage rates...
    The COVID vaccine mandate President Joe Biden put in place for federal workers has not resulted in any apparent disruption to law enforcement, intelligence-gathering or holiday travel, the White House says.  The administration released an agency-by-agency breakdown of compliance with the order - employees had to show proof of vaccination by Nov. 22 or show their exemption. Of the 3.5 million federal employees, 96.5% have complied with the mandate, meaning they are vaccinated or had their exemption approved with 92% having received at least one COVID vaccination dose.  About 4.5% - more than 157,000 people - sought exemptions or were already exempt and about 3.5% haven't shown a record of vaccination nor sought an exemption.  The highest number of partial vaccinations was at the Agency for International Development, which had 97.8%, followed closely by the Department of Health and Human Services at 96.4% and State Department at 96.1%, according to data released by the Office of Management and Budget.  The agency with the least number of partially vaccinated employees was the Agriculture Department at 86.1%.  The COVID vaccine mandate President Joe Biden...
    San Francisco declared a water shortage emergency two days before Thanksgiving. San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission called for a 10% reduction in voluntary water usage due to a water shortage emergency. "With California still experiencing devastating drought and the uncertainty around this rainy season, we need to make tough decisions that will ensure that our water source continues to be reliable and dependable for the future," Breed said in a press announcement . CVS, WALGREENS, AND WALMART PERPETUATED OPIOID CRISIS, JURY FINDS The shortage will affect more than 2.7 million residents in San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties, and SFPUC will institute a temporary drought surcharge for retail water and wastewater customers of up to 5% on part of their bill. SFPUC will not introduce the surcharge until April 1, 2022. The mayor's office estimates that the additional charges on their water system will increase by a maximum of $6. The commission also asked agencies in other counties that purchase water from San...
    (CNN)San Francisco declared a water shortage emergency and is calling for a 10% reduction across its regional system, Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday."With California still experiencing devastating drought and the uncertainty around this rainy season, we need to make tough decisions that will ensure that our water source continues to be reliable and dependable for the future," Breed said."Year after year, San Franciscans step up to conserve our most precious resource, resulting in one of the lowest water usage rates in California, and during this critical time, I know that our City will once again meet the call to reduce water use."The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) unanimously approved the emergency measure, which applies to all 2.7 million customers in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties, according to the mayor's office. California is under a statewide drought emergency as it sees its driest year in nearly a century Breed in a news release urged San Franciscans to reduce water usage by taking voluntary steps "such as fixing leaky toilets, installing low-flow fixtures, reducing outdoor irrigation, and...
    The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to declare a water shortage emergency amid a crushing drought in the state that threatens water supplies throughout the region, slapping a 5% surcharge on water users in the city. California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in its history. The drought from 2011- 2017 was so intense that rainy seasons in 2017 and 2018 barely reversed the damage. Mountain snow in 2020 was not enough to fill the state’s reservoirs. The San Francisco Chronicle reported: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission members voted Tuesday to declare a water shortage emergency and adopt a system-wide reduction in water use of 10%. They aim to get there by asking city residents and businesses to cut water use by 5% and requesting that more than two dozen agencies in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that buy water from San Francisco conserve even more by slashing water use by 14%. The declaration requires the city to levy a temporary surcharge on city users’ water bills of up to 5% — the amount...
    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission members along with Mayor London N. Breed (D) on Tuesday declared a water shortage emergency.  In a vote on Tuesday, the commission adopted a system-wide water reduction use of 10 percent, an announcement from the mayor's office said. To accomplish their goal, the group plans to ask city residents to cut water usage by 5 percent in addition to asking agencies in other California counties that purchase water from San Francisco to cut their use by 14 percent, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.  To ensure that the city is able to finance its water systems, a 5 percent surcharge, the amount that they are asking residents to cut, will also be imposed on water usage. The charge is expected to increase people's bills by $6 per month at most, the statement from the mayor added. As the drought persists in California, San Francisco’s reservoir supply is at nearly 73 percent capacity. At this time of year, 80 percent capacity would be considered normal. Roughly one-third of that supply, however, is not able to be touched...