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    UP to 70k federal employees will receive a pay rise this weekend. The salary increase will see some government workers receive up to $15 an hour as part of an increase in the minimum wage. 1New $15 minimum wage for federal civilian employees The new pay rise will affect up to 70,000 federal civilian employees who are working in sectors including the Departments of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, and Veterans Affairs. Government employees who are earning below $15 per hour should expect to see more money in their pay packet next week. SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES The new updated minimum wage was pushed due to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. President Biden encouraged the pay rise as during Biden's first week in office, he made a significant effort to emphasize the importance of the country's blue-collar government employees. Most read in MoneyCASH CLAIM Automatic $1,400 payments can be claimed TODAY after $660 monthly boost deadlineBIG BOOST Automatic monthly $687 Social Security payments available - how to applyMEAL DEAL How to apply for EBT and SNAP food stamp payments...
    Walking for an extra ten minutes each day could add years to your life, researchers have found.  A study of 5,000 middle-aged and elderly Americans found the risk of dying from any cause dropped as exercise levels increased. Just 10 more minutes of moderate activity per day — such as a brisk walk — slashed deaths in 40 to 85-year-olds by seven per cent annually.  The researchers estimate the small lifestyle change could save 100,000 lives in the US every year. Upping exercise by 20 minutes or 30 minutes daily would see fatalities plummet 13 and 17 per cent, respectively, according to the National Cancer Institute study. Britons are advised to complete 150 minutes of moderate physical exercise every week, such as a bike ride.  Lead author Dr Pedro Saint-Maurice said the findings support encouraging older adults to increase their activity. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute estimated increasing physical activity by 10 minutes per day would prevent 111,174 deaths in the US annually (6.9 per cent). A 20-minute increase would see the country's fatality toll drop by 209,459...
    (AP) — The Premier Hockey Federation is more than doubling each teams’ salary cap to $750,000 and adding two expansion franchises next season in a bid to capitalize on the wave of attention women’s hockey traditionally enjoys following the Winter Olympics. The PHF’s announcement on Tuesday of its board of governors’ commitment to invest more than $25 million over the next three years is also considered a major step in attempting to thaw its relationship with United States and Canadian national team players, who have balked at joining North America’s lone professional women’s hockey league. READ MORE: Academy Of Holy Angels Sends Students Home Due To 'Unforeseen Emergency'“It’s an amazing investment by the ownership, and it really reaffirms the strength of their commitment to being a difference-maker in women’s hockey,” PHF Commissioner Ty Tumminia told The Associated Press. “It’s important for us to advance to our next season and be crystal clear about the direction we’re headed, and what framework will be so that all athletes can make an informed decision about their careers,” Tumminia added, noting the timing of...
    (CNN)As hospitals across the US handle record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations nearly two years into the pandemic, staffing shortages are expanding as health care employees face prolonged risks for exposure. With available intensive care beds dwindling across several states, experts are encouraging Americans to remain vigilant and try to avoid Covid-19 as tough weeks lie ahead.Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, warns that because increases in hospitalizations tend to lag spikes in overall cases, "the next three, four weeks are going to be hard" for the nation, which already has more than 156,000 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data Sunday from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Many hospitals are halting nonurgent procedures and relying on the National Guard as Covid-19 hospitalizations rise"I expect those numbers to get substantially higher. The problem is we are running out of health care workforce, we don't have the staffing. So that is going to be a challenge for many weeks ahead," Jha told Fox News Sunday.While early data from New York, one of the earliest...
    (CNN)As a Covid-19 testing shortage compounds a burgeoning crisis of new hospitalizations, more states are racing to help hospitals and health care networks with staff and supplies.Staffing shortages are growing as frontline health care workers -- who are at a higher risk of exposure -- are infected and need to quarantine at a time when the spread of the Omicron variant is driving more people to hospitals.What the US can expect next from the Covid surge, according to an expert In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said late Friday that more than 200 National Guard members will be deployed to dozens of testing sites, joining other states that have mobilized National Guard members for medical and non-medical tasks to help overburdened health care facilities. "It really is, right now, a viral blizzard because there's a lot of infections," said Dr. Samer Antonios, chief clinical officer at Ascension Via Christi Health in Kansas, where Gov. Laura Kelly signed a state of disaster emergency this week due to Covid-19 challenges. Nearly 132,000 Americans are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to Department of Health and...
    THE first Social Security COLA payments for 2022 will go out from next week - and some will get a boost worth hundreds of dollars a month. The cost-of-living adjustment is rising to 5.9% to account for sudden inflation during the Covid-19 pandemic - and it's the biggest increase in decades. 1For most Americans, Social Security is their biggest retirement income For the average Social Security claimant, this means a payment boost of $92 - from $1,565 to $1,657 a month.  Meanwhile, others will get an extra $200 or more per month in their benefit check. We explain what you need to know. Who'll get a $200 increase? In order for the benefit increase to reach $200, a person’s 2021 benefit would have needed to be $3,389.  To get this much, you would've typically needed to earn a high salary throughout your career, work at least 35 years as well as delayed your claim. However, very few people will see a COLA increase of this size because the average maximum benefit in 2021 was $3,895. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE Automatic January...
    SOME social security recipients are calling for an extra $200 amid fears that the COLA increase will not cover price rises. Payments this year are 5.9 percent larger than in 2021 following the largest cost-of-living adjustment in just under 40 years. 1Some social security recipients are calling for an extra $200 amid fears that the cost-of-living adjustment increase will not cover price risesCredit: Getty The increase came into effect on January 1 as inflation continues to reach record highs across the country amid the supply chain crisis. Retired workers will now see, on average, their monthly check increase from $1,565 to $1,657 a month. Meanwhile, a typical couple’s benefits will increase by $154 - from $2,599 to $2,753 per month. Some are wondering if there will be a $200 increase to the payment, according to Marca. There are no plans in place, yet, to make this a reality. If this were to happen, a recipient’s benefit last year would’ve needed to be $3,389.  This exceeded the maximum benefit of $3,895. Americans took to Twitter to say that they are struggling...
    WASHINGTON – D.C. residents say they are "seeing a lot of violence," and crime is "getting worse" after a string of brazen shootings.   According to the Metropolitan Police Department, there were four unrelated shootings across Washington Dec. 15 in a span of 90 minutes that led to one death and four injuries.  There was another shooting around 7:45 p.m. ET at the busy corner of 14th and U Street, breaking the windows of a municipal building and surprising some neighborhood residents. "I heard kind of rapid gunfire. I wasn't sure if that's what it was," said Sabel Harris, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for the neighborhood where the shooting happened.  "There have been at least five to seven shootings that have happened right on U Street, right in this area, this year alone. So there's definitely an increase in violence, and we're certainly not getting the help we need down in this area." The Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, which was hit with gunfire, houses D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, a post office and other government offices.  WATCH: ...
    Paul Frangipane/Bloomberg/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.The number of hate crimes reported to the New York Police Department has roughly doubled to 503 incidents over the last year, driven largely by a rise in reported anti-Asian crime, city law enforcement officials announced this week. As of December 5, 129 anti-Asian incidents had been reported to the NYPD, more than four times the number last calendar year, when there were 28. Hate crime statistics are notoriously unreliable, and interpretations of why police in New York are seeing so many more cases vary widely. In an interview this week with NBC News, Russell Jeung—the cofounder of Stop AAPI Hate and a leading voice on the rise in anti-Asian racism during the pandemic—said the new numbers were consistent with the surge in racism against Asian Americans but may also reflect increased reporting rates to police. He pointed to the political climate in which members of both parties use anti-Asian rhetoric, especially against China, and racist stereotypes that suggest Asian...
    President Biden is planning to tap federal oil reserves in his latest move to tackle rising gas prices.  Biden plans to announce in coordination with other nations in the coming days that he will pump oil out of the Strategic Petroleum Reserves, after OPEC+ nations in the Middle East rebuffed his pleas to pump more oil.  The move will likely be in conjunction with India, South Korea and Japan, and China has said it is working to release some oil from its strategic reserves. Biden had called on the nation to do so during his bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping.  The US is tentatively planning to unleash 35 million barrels of oil, equivalent to about three days' worth of crude oil production in the US.  The average price of gasoline recently breached a seven-year high, and now costs $3.409 per gallon, according to AAA.  The Consumer Price Index is up 6.2% over last year, and rose 0.9% in October alone, tanking public trust of the president.  The nation's oil reserves, stored in salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas, currently hold 604...
    Wellsmith Apartments, a newly constructed community at Libbie Mill-Midtown, is taking steps toward a greener Richmond.  The complex, owned and operated by Gumenick Properties, recently installed electric vehicle charging stations on-site.  “Our charging stations are installed and ready for use,” said Brooke Dancy, with Gumenick Properties. “We are thrilled to be a part of bringing this sustainable energy solution to our residents and visitors.”  Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities executive director said he’s excited about the EV chargers. Harned works to advance air quality improvement, economic opportunity and energy security through deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.  “This kind of innovation is important because it takes all of us working together to build a better future,” he said.  Gumenick Properties operates Wellsmith and several other residential commercial sites at Libbie Mill-Midtown. Dancy said the neighborhood now has 15 EV… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    (CNN)The House select committee probing the January 6 insurrection placed its credibility and legal clout deeper into the hands of Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday with a new flurry of subpoenas targeting cronies of ex-President Donald Trump.For the committee to retain hopes of compelling testimony from the group, it may need the Justice Department to initiate a prosecution against another Trump adviser, Steve Bannon, who has already defied a subpoena. The former President's populist alter ego earned a rare contempt of Congress citation for his intransigence. But two-and-half weeks on, the department has yet to say whether it will act on that gambit and indict Bannon through the Washington, DC, US Attorney's office. Without such a move, the committee's enforcement capacity looks in serious doubt as it races to conclude before Democrats are at risk of losing the House of Representatives in next year's midterm elections.There are no current and public signs that Garland is feeling pressure to act quickly. In fact, a deliberative process would comply with his effort to shield the department from politicization after Trump weaponized...
    In a bold but polarizing move, the West Hollywood City Council unanimously approved a minimum wage hike that will boost pay for hourly employees of hotels, restaurants and other businesses as soon as January. The decision, which came at the end of a meeting that ran into the early morning hours Thursday, will bring some of the area’s workers to $17.64 an hour, the highest in the nation. Many celebrated the increase as a meaningful step for low-wage workers — who bore much of the brunt of the pandemic and who, in some industries, have been subjected to increasingly aggravated customers who are tipping less. The decision is “life changing,” said Sandra Pellecer, a single mother from Guatemala who often struggled to make ends meet during 16 years as a cook in area hotels. “Not only is it going to support me and hotel workers across the city, but also it’s going to help all workers across West Hollywood earn a better wage,” said Pellecer, who lost her job during the pandemic and is looking for a...
    A threat of a possible ISIS attack on US soil has put put police on high alert after a law enforcement alert warned that the international terrorist group could strike malls and shopping centers in Northern Virginia. On Thursday 'we received information concerning potential public safety impacts to malls and shopping centers across the region,' Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Davis did not mention what type of warning they received from ISIS beyond calling it 'information that we have that we're simply acting on'. However, CBS News reported the threat originated with ISIS and is the basis for the alert. Police cruisers were seen on Friday patrolling the area around Fair Oaks Mall, which is located 20miles outside of Washington, DC.  'Sometimes the information we receive is not with great specificity but we have to respond to it nonetheless,' Davis explained. Police in Northern Virginia have been warned of a potential threat at malls and shopping centers and said that the treat came from the international terrorist group ISIS, according to Fairfax County...
    When Democratic presidents are in office, some Republicans will go to ridiculous extremes to blame them for anything that goes wrong. The late radio host Rush Limbaugh, for example, blamed then-President Barack Obama for Michael Jackson's death in 2009 — and similarly, Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina is blaming President Joe Biden for an increase in domestic violence in her state. And ironically, the far-right Republican did it while bragging about her vote against a bill designed to combat domestic violence. Foxx, LGBTQ Nation reports, made the anti-Biden comments while voicing her opposition to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021, which would amend federal domestic violence laws. The 78-year-old congresswoman said, "COVID-19 and President Biden's failed economic policies have dealt our nation…. government-mandated restrictions and economic challenges. It appears those negative outcomes have snowballed to exacerbate an even worse fallout…. Evidence suggests that in this pandemic environment, stress due to work, school, substance abuse, and financial struggles have added to more violence in the home. Recent statistics show that domestic violence-related homicides have increased...
    London (CNN Business)Up to 2 million UK workers will be getting bigger paychecks starting in April following a hike to the minimum wage.The minimum hourly wage for people over the age of 23 will increase by 6.6% to £9.50 ($13), the government said ahead of its budget announcement on Wednesday.The increase to the National Living Wage is more than twice the current inflation rate of 3.1%. But it has been criticized as inadequate because inflation is expected to race higher in the coming months and the government is slashing benefits for some low earners while hiking taxes on workers. Bank of England official warns inflation could top 5% as UK economy slowsLower income households also spend a higher proportion of their income on energy bills, and they could come under further pressure as energy prices spike.The UK regulator for the gas and electricity sector announced in August that the price cap protecting up to 15 million households from spiking bills would increase by up to 13% this month after natural gas prices set new records. Another increase in the cap...
    The proliferation of homemade “ghost guns” has skyrocketed in Los Angeles, contributing to more than 100 violent crimes this year, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a report released Friday. Detectives have linked the untraceable weapons to 24 killings, eight attempted homicides and dozens of assaults and armed robberies since January, according to the report. And police expect the problem to get worse, the report said. During the first half of this year, the department confiscated 863 ghost guns, a 400% increase over the 217 it seized during the same period last year, according to the report. That sharp jump suggests the number of ghost guns on the streets and such seizures “will continue to grow exponentially,” the authors of the report wrote. “Ghost guns are an epidemic not only in Los Angeles but nationwide,” the department said. The weapons typically are made of polymer parts created with 3D printing technology and can be assembled using kits at home. They often are relatively inexpensive. Because they are not made by licensed manufacturers, they lack serial numbers, making...
    Student loan debt is a national emergency. The rising cost of college affects families, communities and organizations that require highly educated workers, and it’s a problem we need to tackle together as a state and as a country. Most pressingly, we need to reduce cost as a barrier for lower-income students interested in pursuing a college education. Suzanne M. RiveraThe Pell Grant is an essential tool for doing just that. I know because I was one such student, whose ability to attend college more than 30 years ago was made possible by a combination of Pell Grants, institutional financial aid, a work study job, and loans. My college education transformed me and opened doors of opportunity I otherwise would not have had. As the president of a private college, I am not only grateful for what my Pell Grant support afforded me, but I also believe that more students today should have access to those same opportunities. For that to happen, federal investment in education provided by Pell Grants needs to increase. As Congress debates the next budget through the...
    Share this: The Health Department on Wednesday released preliminary data on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 2019 and 2020 in New York City. According to the New York City STI Surveillance Data Report, from 2019 to 2020, rates of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis – the stages during which syphilis is most infectious – increased 9% for men and 24% for women, rates of gonorrhea increased 5% for women and decreased 19% for men, and chlamydia rates decreased 29% for men and 23% for women during the same time period. While preliminary and subject to change, data from early 2021 indicate that numbers of reported STIs are rebounding to levels observed in 2019, though chlamydia cases remain much lower. As the city continues to reopen and health care services become more accessible, the Health Department urges New Yorkers to reengage with routine testing for STIs, including HIV and other sexual health care services.
    New York (CNN Business)Editor's note: A previous version of this story misrepresented data about Latinos in the workforce. The study surveyed all public companies listed on the Nasdaq and NYSE. It incorrectly compared them to separate data sets of gains made by other groups represented in significantly smaller collections of companies, including the S&P 500. This story has been corrected. The number of African Americans serving on boards of directors for the nation's largest corporations has remained dismally low this year despite the ongoing movement to increase C-suite diversity throughout the business world.Some of America's most prominent companies are addressing the problem by backing the Black Boardroom Initiative, a new program unveiled Wednesday with a goal of increasing the ratio of Black executives sitting on S&P 500 corporate boards to one in eight by 2028.Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), Starbucks (SBUX) and Zillow (Z) are among the major brands sponsoring the initiative, which has been spearheaded by the law firm Perkins Coie with support from Deloitte, a multinational professional services network.The Black Boardroom Initiative is also working to identify candidates to...
    A hospital in Missouri is getting 400 panic buttons for nurses and staff, due to assaults on their employees tripling amid the pandemic. The Chief Nursing Officer at Cox Medical Center, Lynne Yaggy, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that “nurses are now making decisions about where they’re going to work based on their safety.” “So we are looking for whatever tools we can find to make sure we can prevent that harm to them because they’re our most valuable resource,” Yaggy said. “All of our health care workers are.” At Cox Medical Center, 123 assaults against hospital staff were reported last year — up from 40 in 2019. Injuries related to the assaults also increased from 17 to 78. Yaggy went on to say that “everyone is escalated” amid the pandemic and “the frontline staff are the ones usually taking the brunt of that.” Burnett then referenced a chief nursing executive’s comments in the Texas Tribune, where she said, “Our staff has been cursed at, screamed at, threatened with bodily harm and even had knives pulled on them.” “I’m not sure it’s...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Brunswick saw an increase in the unemployment rate over the month as the number of claims rose 27 percent in August. “Although we are seeing fewer unemployed individuals now than before the pandemic started, we are also still seeing a decreased total number of people in the workforce when compared to numbers recorded prior to the pandemic,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “This will continue to cause a hiring crunch until we can attract more people back to the workforce to fill the record number of job openings.”   In Brunswick, the unemployment rate was up four-tenths of a percentage point to 3.2 percent from July 2021. A year ago, the rate was 6.3 percent. The labor force decreased in Brunswick by 295 and ended the month at 53,047. That number is up 3,100 when compared to August of 2020. Brunswick finished the month with 51,375 employed residents.  That number decreased by 464 over the month and is up by 4,585 when compared to the...
    Artificial Christmas trees are set to rocket in price by up to 66 per cent this year thanks to ongoing global supply issued and a shipping container shortage.    Balsam Hill, an artificial tree company based in California, is selling its four-and-a-half-foot tall Grand Canyon Cedar Tree for $499 this year. That is $199 more than the same tree cost in 2020 - a two thirds increase in price in just twelve months. Meanwhile, Balsam Hill's a seven-and-a-half-foot tall-tree Brewer Spruce tree selling at $999 this year, compared to $899 in 2020 - a rise in price of more than 10 per cent.  The company, which sells through catalogs and via its website, makes annual sales of more than $200 million in holiday decorations over the course of the year. But it is the latest to feel the pinch as the cost of filling a shipping container has rocketed, with the firm's trees manufactured in China.  Another firm, Treetime in Illinois, says the cost of shipping has jumped by 500 per cent. It aims to raise the prices of its trees -...
    HIGHLANDTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — A rise in hate crimes in the area means more federal law enforcement on the ground across the area this month. FBI agents stick out on city streets and this Wednesday morning, agents with the FBI Baltimore Field Office’s Civil Rights Division went door to door — business to business. READ MORE: Health Officials Say Covid-19 Booster Shot May Not Be Necessary For Many Marylanders “It puts a face, a human face on us,” said Tom Coyle, FBI Supervisory Special Agent. Wednesday marks the start of a Hate Crimes Awareness campaign. “Hate crimes are not only devastating to the victims but also threatens the community as a whole,” said Coyle. Earlier this year, multiple attacks at three Asian-American-owned businesses in Baltimore were caught on camera. Charging documents allege he targeted them because of their ethnicity. READ MORE: Doctors Encourage Women To Schedule Yearly Mammograms After Many Were Delayed Due To Pandemic The bureau said there’s been a 25 percent jump in reported hate crimes the past five years. Though, the jump in reported crimes might not...
    CNN is presenting a new poll as evidence of a majority in favor of vaccine mandates. Still, the public divide is actually quite significant, and that might not bode well for the new requirements President Joe Biden is trying to put into effect. The network released their latest poll conducted by the research company SSRS, which operated on data gathered between August 3 and September 7. The core question at hand was whether vaccine requirements are “acceptable” as a means to increase the country’s inoculation rate. CNN’s article placed a great deal of emphasis on the data favoring vaccine mandates for specific instances. They note that, since April, there have been slight upticks, like how 54 percent of Americans support vaccine requirement for office workers returning to the in-person work, and 55 percent support it for patrons attending sporting events or concerts. This, however, is undercut by the data showing that the public is split since only 51 percent of poll participants say vaccine mandates are an acceptable way to increase the national rate. Meanwhile, 49 percent say it’s an...
    Knicks’ Julius Randle saw an insane increase in one interesting shooting statistic Alexander Wilson September 13, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The New York Knicks rewarded All-Star power forward Julius Randle with a massive extension this off-season. With the two sides connecting on a four-year, $117 million deal, Randle will remain with the team until at least the 2024-25 season, including a player option during the 2025-26 campaign when he turns 30-years-old. However, Randle did the Knicks a solid by keeping his salary hit under $30 million per season, allowing them to target another max-contract player down the road and fit RJ Barrett’s potential extension. Last season, Randle saw increases in multiple categories, including points, assist, and total rebounds. He averaged 24.1 points, 6.0 assists, and tallied 10.2 rebounds, setting career-highs in every category. He also shot 45.6% from the field and 41.1% from three-point range. Playing 37.6 minutes per game on average, Randle became not only the focal point for the team’s offense but...
    NEW YORK (AP) — PNC Bank is the latest large U.S. financial services company to increase wages in a bid to keep and attract employees, raising its minimum wage to $18 an hour while also giving higher-paid workers a bump in pay. The bank said Monday that the wage increase will apply to both PNC employees as well as those working for BBVA USA, which PNC acquired last year. Base-level PNC employees will see their wages increase from $15 an hour to $18, a 20% pay raise. The increase is more substantial at BBVA, which had an $11 minimum wage before PNC bought the bank. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 945 New Cases In 72 Hours About 20,000 PNC and BBVA employees will see their base pay rise to $18 an hour, the bank said. “We want the best we can find, and we can afford to do so,” said Bill Demchak, chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group Inc., in an interview. “We need to show that we can provide both a career path as...
    NEW YORK (AP) — PNC Bank is the latest large U.S. financial services company to increase wages in a bid to keep and attract employees, raising its minimum wage to $18 an hour while also giving higher-paid workers a bump in pay. The bank said Monday that the wage increase will apply to both PNC employees as well as those working for BBVA USA, which PNC acquired last year. Base-level PNC employees will see their wages increase from $15 an hour to $18, a 20% pay raise. The increase is more substantial at BBVA, which had an $11 minimum wage before PNC bought the bank. About 20,000 PNC and BBVA employees will see their base pay rise to $18 an hour, the bank said. “We want the best we can find, and we can afford to do so,” said Bill Demchak, chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group Inc., in an interview. “We need to show that we can provide both a career path as well as compensation that makes it us a lifetime opportunity.” In addition to...
    The United States has seen a fresh spike in COVID-19 numbers as the daily average cases increased to 142,006 on Friday amid the continued alarming rise of the Delta variant. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the current seven-day moving average jumped 2.8 per cent from 138,087 to 142,006 on Friday - and that average has increased 1,117.9 per cent since June 18. There 176,742 new cases reported to the CDC on Sunday, placing the total number of coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic at 38,709,295.  The seven-day moving average for coronavirus deaths increased 11 per cent from 779 to 864 on Friday, according to the CDC. That average was 354.5 per cent higher than July 10 - when the seven-day average for daily deaths hit a low of 190.  There have been a total of 634,157 deaths in the United States from COVID-19 after 1,329 new deaths were reported to the CDC on Sunday. The United States has seen a fresh spike in COVID-19 numbers as the daily average cases increased to 142,006 on Friday amid the continued alarming rise...
    The SOL chart has all the signs of a classic uptrend continuation. This can be seen on both its daily and weekly charts, with the weekly chart showing a more obvious bullish flag pattern that could see prices heading towards $ 300 in the coming months. Fundamentals also support SOL’s price continuing to skyrocket, with its rise in TVL supporting the price appreciation. Not only that, the launch of Wormhole would bring users from other chains into the Solana ecosystem and increase the number of users on Solana-based DeFi and NFT. Therefore, the increase in SOL must be attributed to the increased use of NFT and DeFi in the high-volume blockchain network. While the rally to the top was supported by strong volumes and price pumps, another factor was the skyrocketing social sentiment. Solana even surpassed Uniswap to become the 10th largest cryptoasset by market cap and a large part of this run was attributed to the growing retail euphoria over altcoin. The token was trading just below the $ 75 price level at press time. Solana, along with...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Health care providers have seen an increase in COVID-19 testing over the past month. It’s taking a toll on health care workers, who feel it’s like deja vu. READ MORE: Shuman Juvenile Detention Center Workers Plead With Allegheny County To Keep Facility Open According to the Allegheny Health Network, testing has been on the rise over the last month. And with school starting, it’s expected to continue going up. Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher said that feeling is causing exhaustion for health care workers. “Oh, gosh, here we go again and that’s really tough on staff,” Dr. Crawford-Faucher said. Some of those on the frontlines have reached out to say that the new requirements for concert venues are driving the rise in testing. Dr. Crawford-Faucher couldn’t say for sure if that’s the case but says tests are on the rise. READ MORE: Chris Deluzio Announces Run For Conor Lambs House Seat Even Though No Guarantee The District Will Exist After Reapportionment “It gets so much harder to be doing all of these things with people who could have...
    Ender the dog with nine of the 10-person team that makes up St. Petersburg, Florida's CALL team.Justin Garcia Last Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved a resolution that will increase funding for St. Pete’s new Community Assistance Life and Liaison (CALL) program, which dispatches unarmed social service responders to nonviolent 911 calls instead of police. With this resolution, the council also approved a two-year contract renewal with Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services (GCJFCS), the Clearwater nonprofit that currently runs the program, as well as an additional $136,624.87 annually, for a total annual budget of $1.269 million. According to Gulf Coast, this increase in funding will be used to hire a new clinical Assistant Program Director, cover equipment costs for the new hire, pay for employee travel costs, and provide a 3% wage increase for CALL staff—to remain competitive, and in recognition of the rising cost of living in the Tampa Bay metro area. “We recognize now, more than ever, the workforce—it’s competitive,” Chief Operating Officer of Gulf Coast, Terri Balliet, who oversees the crisis responder program, said...
    The polarization that his administration has suffered has directly influenced his decline in the polls. Photo: Leigh Vogel / . The popularity of Joe biden regarding the management of the fight against COVID-19 has had a slight descent even though it has garnered good approval from the Americans. Figures released by The Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center, reported that the latest poll left the president with the approval of the 54%, down five percentage points from last month’s report, which was 59%. Although it still maintains optimistic numbers in terms of coronavirus prevention, this 5% drop could be worrying for its Administration due to the polarization experienced by the government and the murky moments in terms of domestic and foreign policy since his arrival in the White House. In general terms of public health, optimistic numbers remained in July, with 66% approval from Americans; however, it fell 12 percentage points in August, driven primarily by declining support from independents and Republicans, the Associated Press reported. From triumphalism to worry While the recent...
    National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) games that hosted fans last year were not linked to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the communities. Researches from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta looked at football games that were held in counties with and without in-person attendance. They found that cities and town that saw fans at games had roughly the same rate of infections as areas that either didn't host matches or hosted games but with no spectators. The findings provide further evidence that large outdoor events may be able to be held safely because the circulation of air limits the spread of the virus. A new study looked at NFL and NCAA football games that did and did not have limited in-person attendance in 2020. Pictured: A limited attendance for an NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Las Vegas Raiders in Atlanta, November 2020 There were 26.14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents on game day in counties with fans attending compared to 24.11 infections per 100,000 where fans didn't attend. Picutred: Dots...
    President Joe Biden called Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas to thank him for work increasing the vaccine rate in his state, the White House announced Tuesday, after officials have been criticizing other Republican governors for flouting public health recommendations. Biden spoke with Hutchinson on Monday and 'commended' him for 'his efforts to get more Arkansans vaccinated.' He also praised the state for seeing its vacation rate spike as the Delta variant caused an increased number of COVID cases.  In Arkansas, which is seeing the third-worst COVID outbreak in the country based on daily new cases per capita, vaccinations have nearly tripled since July. President Joe Biden called Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas to thank him for work increasing the vaccine rate in his state Other Southern states that have seen high COVID case rates are also seeing higher vaccination rates: Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama have seen the seven-day average of daily first doses more than double since the start of July, according to CC data. The White House has been attacking Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and...
    (CNN)Senate Democrats released their budget resolution on Monday, which does not include an increase to the debt limit, kicking off a massive showdown on Capitol Hill and previewing the party's next steps following the expected passage of a bipartisan infrastructure bill.The budget resolution has a price tag of $3.5 trillion, an includes a series of tax increases and other offsets to help finance the sweeping plan, though the majority of the legislation implementing the plan needs to be written as a dozen committees have instructions to start drafting legislation. Passing the budget resolution is just the first step, then it becomes the job of the committees to write the reconciliation bill.The resolution notably does not include lifting the nation's borrowing limit, which would mean increasing the debt ceiling separately and would require Republican votes to break a filibuster, something GOP leaders -- including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- have warned they will not do.Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sent the text of the budget resolution in a Dear Colleague letter on Monday morning to members of his caucus to help...
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked US airports to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages to go and that they monitor the service of these products, given the growing increase in reports of passengers with “rebellious or dangerous” behavior on flights, published Vive USA. According to the information, Steve Dickson, administrator of the FAA, wrote a letter to those responsible for all airports, arguing that the agency’s investigations have detected that the consumption of alcoholic beverages, before or during flights, contributes to dangerous passenger behavior. With the increase in the flow of travelers in the US airline industry, the number of attacks against flight attendants has also increased considerably, especially due to the rejection of the use of masks and the consumption of alcohol during flights. The FAA emphasized that it prohibits passengers from consuming alcoholic beverages on the plane that are not provided by the airlines, however, it has detected that in the Restaurants, bars and shops at the airports are offered alcohol to go and travelers consume it while waiting for boarding or inside airplanes. FAA...
    Today, more than half of the coffee chain’s employees earn at least $ 15 or more an hour. Photo: Ronald Martinez / . There is good news for Starbucks workers. The famous chain of drinks made with coffee announced that in October give a raise to all of your hourly employees so they all earn at least $ 12 per hour. This means that people who have joined the company before July this year will get a 5% increase. Starbucks will increase the minimum wage by at least $ 12 dollars in all its branches in the country, although there will be some places where they will earn up to $ 15 dollars an hour. Previously, in December of last year, Starbucks had already given its employees a raise. On that occasion, all the supervising and assistant baristas obtained a salary increase of at least 10%. Thanks to these changes, more than half of the coffee chain’s employees now earn at least $ 15 or more an hour. Rossann Williams, who serves as the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis says more than 70% of all Coloradans who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have “done the right thing to protect themselves, their families and their community” and gotten vaccinated. He announced the new figure in a news conference on Monday afternoon alongside Colorado State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. (credit: State of Colorado) “It’s really time for those who haven’t shouldered more of the consequences for the ongoing spread to make sure that they’re stepping up, too,” Polis said. While the number of vaccinated residents is growing, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is rising in Colorado. From last week to this week there was a jump of approximately 70 hospitalizations. There are currently 358 people hospitalized with COVID in the state. Herlihy said Colorado is also “seeing a pretty dramatic increase” in cases of COVID, with nearly all new cases being the more transmissible delta variant. Only a small number of the new COVID cases are among people who have been vaccinated. “Unvaccinated individuals are really driving transmission in the state right now,” Herlihy...
    The Mazda 2 It will receive a slight update for the European market in October, starting with the UK. There, with some adjustments to the same engine, some ‘additional ‘horses and lower emissions, its suspension was also improved and it was given more equipment. To update the Mazda 2, the brand squeezed him 6 horsepower more to its gasoline engine 1.5 liter Skyactiv-G what happened to have 108 to 114 horsepower. This improvement is due to an increase in the compression ratio, which went from 12 to 1 and is now with a 15 to 1, which incidentally requires the use of gasoline extra. Its Exhaust system and, together with the previous intervention and other minor ones, their emissions were reduced, which now became only 14g per kilometer route. Mazda 2, is updated for Europe Refering to suspension, for the rear part some urethane top mounts, the power steering was adjusted for better response and the system Mazda GVC Plus, which lightly applies the brakes to the wheels individually to increase cornering stability. Mazda 2, is...
    Although the global pandemic continues to rage, Economists expect the US economy to grow strongly in 2021: many forecasts are located delete above 6%. In a context of monetary and fiscal stimulus and a year of latent demand, this result is possible, but we believe it is optimistic. The encouraging market expectations are understandable, but while we think there will be a rebound, we believe it will not be as robust as some expect. Although there will be strong growth, there are a number of factors, in our opinion, that could limit economic activity this year. The unprecedented levels of liquidity will undoubtedly support the economy as the effects of the pandemic begin to dissipate. Precautionary savings accumulated by households and businesses can be spent as soon as the virus is behind us. The US Federal Reserve’s asset purchases of $ 120 billion a month have particularly supported risky asset markets. And continued fiscal stimulus has helped fill the gap caused by negative economic measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. Let’s see how a portion...
    HARTFORD, Connecticut -- Minimum wage earners in Connecticut are poised to get a raise.Beginning Sunday, the state's current $12 an hour rate will increase to $13 an hour. It's the latest step toward gradually increasing the rate to $15 an hour.The hourly wage is scheduled to increase to $14 on July 1, 2022, and to $15 on June 1, 2023. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, state law will require the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor. It will mark the first time Connecticut's rate will grow according to economic indicators."This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned by workers will go right back into our own economy, supporting local businesses and our communities," Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, who signed the bill into law in 2019, said in a statement released on Thursday.ALSO TRENDING | Broadway theaters announce audience COVID vaccine, mask requirementsEMBED More News Videos The Broadway League announced Friday that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will require...
    Getty Trishton Jackson of the Los Angeles Rams warms up before the divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in January 2021. Two days in, and the one position group on the Los Angeles Rams that has had early training camp setbacks regarding depth and health is the wide receiver unit. Prized second round draft pick and the team’s first selection of the 2021 NFL Draft Tutu Atwell? On the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Monday and won’t likely be available until the first week of August. Highly hyped fourth rounder Jacob Harris? Dealing with a minor injury in his core, as reported by Rams beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. Harris is being limited in camp drills. So two representatives of the Rams’ receiver future hasn’t gotten the chance to electrify the fans who trekked to UC Irvine to watch the team practice. So somebody has got to step up, or become the surprise ascender in this WR unit, right? That’s where little known Trishton Jackson has entered the room.Who is This Undrafted WR?So we...
    People using the dating app Tinder have changed their location to the Olympic village in a bid to snag an athlete for a date. Tinder has a passport feature which is available by paying for a premium account and allows users to search for cities and pinpoint an exact location. While people usually use the feature if they are due to travel or move house, New York comedian Reed Kavner has decided to use it as an opportunity to meet an Olympic athlete. Tinder has a passport feature which is available by paying for a premium account and allows users to search for cities and pinpoint an exact location Boats of the Japan coast guard are moored in front of the Olympic village of the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo New York comedian Reed Kavner, pictured, has decided to use Twitter as an opportunity to meet an Olympic athlete He moved the pin in the Olympic village and is now swiping on athletes. The video which was shown on TikTok has since gone viral and has got...
    On July 25, 2021 at 4:19 pmUpdated July 25, 2021, 4:40 p.m. “More than a hundred days for COP”. Activists raised a large banner Sunday in a meadow outside Westminster as environment ministers and representatives from 51 countries meet in London to continue talks ahead of the climate conference in Glasgow in November. Protesters are holding posters accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson or his finance minister, Rishi Sinak, of being “missing in action.” Independent group Recently urged the government to act fast. A month ago, the UN. Owais Sharma, Deputy Executive Secretary for Climate, said at the end of the multilateral climate conference, “There was a new impetus and a new impetus around the action. We have not seen the acceptance of the Paris Agreement since climate change.” Leaks from IPCC report, It will be made public on August 9, underscoring the urgency of the cause, and the inability of states to take concerted political action was felt again on Saturday: at the end of the last G20 scenario. The member states could not agree on the final statement ....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – New COVID-19 test sites are popping up across South Florida following the recent rise in cases across the state. Last week, the state’s health department announced more than 11-thousand new cases in Miami-Dade, an increase of more than six thousand cases from the week before. READ MORE: AAA: Florida Gas Prices Drop Slightly Statewide, there were 73-thousand new coronavirus cases in Florida last week and the positivity rate jumped to 15 percent. At a new testing site at the Home Depot on SW 152nd Street and 19th Avenue in southwest Miami-Dade, a steady flow of people showed up to get swabbed. Gloria Tena was one of the first people to show up at the site for a test. “I heard the numbers are getting higher and I am worried,” she said. “I heard the new version of the virus is very dangerous.” Frankie Ruiz said he was there because he’s planning to travel. “I have to get tested. If not, I can not get into the country I am headed to,” he said. Jana Gottesman...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Brunswick saw an increase in jobs over-the-month and over-the-year in June. “We are continuing to see an increase in the number of jobs available and very few actual reported layoffs through the WARN system, both good signs of an improving economy,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “We must continue to work together to connect those seeking work with the many jobs available that offer stable salaries and competitive benefits.” In Brunswick, the unemployment rate was up one-tenth to 4.1 percent from May to June. A year ago, the rate was 7.8 percent. The labor force decreased in Brunswick by 74 and ended the month with 53,220. That number is up 2,224 when compared to June of 2020. Brunswick finished the month with 51,035 employed residents.  That number decreased by 106 over the month and is up by 4,041 when compared to the same time a year ago. Brunswick ended June with 43,900 jobs. That number increased by 500 from May to June and increased...
    The Biden administration is evacuating a small group of Afghan interpreters directly to the US as American troops pull out of the conflict-ridden country, the State Department confirmed on Monday.  About 2,500 people who have already begun applying for special immigrant visas will be temporarily housed at Fort Lee military base outside of Richmond, Virginia.  'These are brave Afghans,' State Department spokesman Ned Price said, 'who have completed thorough SIV security vetting processes.' 'They will be provided temporary housing and services as they complete the final steps,' he told reporters.  Roughly 700 Afghan interpreters and their families will be temporarily housed at Fort Lee military base, State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed Monday Afghan interpreters and their families who aided the US in its 20-year war will be allowed to stay at the base while they finish the application process. This first group of 700 interpreters and their families is just a small number of the estimated 18,000 SIV applicants and 53,000 family members waiting to leave Afghanistan.  Many of them are facing threats to their lives as...