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Hundreds of Alabama coal miners
protest outside BlackRock's NYC headquarters
Posted by AltaD 7/29/2021 4:07:15 PM Post Reply
Hundreds of coal miners and union advocates took to the streets of New York City this week in support of workers from Warrior Met Coal mines in Brookwood, Alabama. Approximately 1,100 Warrior Met Coal mine workers have been on strike against their employer for nearly five months, fighting for better pay and benefits. According to the United Mine Workers of America, the current agreement with union employees was negotiated as Warrior Met Coal, which was formerly known as Walter Energy, emerged from bankruptcy in 2016.(Snip)outside the midtown Manhattan headquarters of asset management firm BlackRock, which manages $9 trillion in assets for its clients and is Warrior Met Coal's largest shareholder.
Illinois driver services facilities
to reinstate mask
requirement starting Monday
Posted by AltaD 7/29/2021 12:36:18 PM Post Reply
Chicago — Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday that driver services facilities, Secretary of State offices and the Illinois State Capitol building will require all employees and customers to wear a mask beginning Aug. 2. The reinstatement of the mask requirement comes a day after the CDC reversed course on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where COVID-19 is surging. White says the mandate will allow the facilities to remain open to serve the public to reduce the heavy customer volume caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year.
BBB warns consumers about Lollapalooza
ticket, vaccination card scams
Posted by AltaD 7/28/2021 2:00:10 PM Post Reply
Chicago - While the gates will open for Lollapalooza in just under 24 hours, scammers are not taking a break. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers Wednesday about fake tickets and fake vaccination cards that are circulating ahead of this weekend's mega fest in Grant Park. (Snip) "Any type of buying vaccine cards, fake ones or manipulating your friends card is not acceptable and could put you in jail for providing false documentation," Bernas said. Last week, the FBI’s Chicago office warned Illinois residents about the dangers involved in the illegal sale of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards.
US seizes $1.6 million
‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ tablet
from Hobby Lobby
Posted by AltaD 7/28/2021 12:53:04 PM Post Reply
A 3,500-year-old clay tablet that bears the text of one of the world’s oldest works of literature and was purchased by Hobby Lobby in 2014 for $1.6 million has been forfeited to the United States, the feds announced. The tablet, which contains a portion of the “Epic of Gilgamesh,” came from the area of modern-day Iraq and was illegally shipped to the US in 2003, the Department of Justice alleged.(Snip)In a complaint filed in May 2020, prosecutors said the 5-by-6-inch tablet is the property of the Iraqi government and should be returned. Hobby Lobby cooperated with the investigation, the DOJ said.
Pritzker Signs Bill Making Illinois Second
State To Repeal HIV Criminalization
Posted by AltaD 7/28/2021 11:05:49 AM Post Reply
A series of LGBTQ-rights bills signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will reverse “archaic” laws and change the way county clerks issue marriage licenses, the governor said Tuesday. Pritzker signed four bills that will expand rights to the LGBTQ community. One of the most historic, HB 1063, will make Illinois only the second state in the country to completely reverse the criminalization of Illinoisans living with the HIV virus. Before the bill's signing, Illinoisans could face prison time and thousands of dollars in fines if they didn’t disclose their HIV status to their intimate partners.
NFL teams will be forced
to forfeit if unvaccinated
players cause COVID-19
Posted by AltaD 7/22/2021 3:23:26 PM Post Reply
The NFL has laid out its strongest incentive yet for players to get the vaccine. According to a memo shared on Twitter by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league has mandated that a game cannot be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players — and that team will be forced to forfeit, resulting “in a loss for playoff seeding.” (Snip) Additionally, if a game is canceled and cannot be rescheduled, neither team’s players will be paid for the game. Vaccinated players who test positive can return to the team immediately after two negative tests, while unvaccinated players will be required to isolate for 10 days, according to the memo.
Death Toll in South Africa Riots
Rises to 276, Minister Says
Posted by AltaD 7/22/2021 11:48:35 AM Post Reply
Johannesburg  - The death toll from recent riots in South Africa has risen to 276, and police are investigating 168 cases for murder, a cabinet minister said on Wednesday. The unrest started as protests over former president Jacob Zuma's jailing two weeks ago in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.(Snip)Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, acting minister in the presidency, told a news conference there were now 234 deaths linked to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and 42 in Gauteng. Authorities have managed to bring the violence under control. But the economic cost is estimated at 20 billion rand ($1.37 billion) in KwaZulu-Natal alone, as 161 shopping malls, 11 warehouses and eight factories were extensively damaged.  CORRECTION*
Masks recommended inside schools
for anyone over age of 2: American
Academy of Pediatrics
Posted by AltaD 7/19/2021 1:18:41 PM Post Reply
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidance for the upcoming school year on Monday, now recommending that anyone above the age of 2 wear masks inside schools to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, "regardless of vaccination status." The decision comes as COVID-19 cases are climbing across the U.S. due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.(Snip)"Combining layers of protection that include vaccinations, masking and clean hands hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone," she added. The AAP says its new guidance regarding wearing masks in schools applies to students, teachers and staff.
State data shows one-third of
NY hospital workers are unvaccinated
Posted by AltaD 7/18/2021 7:27:58 PM Post Reply
Nearly a third of staffers at Big Apple hospitals are still unvaccinated — more than nine months into the campaign to inoculate medical workers and all New Yorkers against the killer bug, state data reviewed by The Post reveals. The figures compiled by the state Health Department also show that nearly 40 percent of hospital staff across three boroughs have either refused or have not received their COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccination rate among hospital workers was only 61 percent for those in the Bronx, 62 percent in Brooklyn and 64 percent in Staten Island, state statistics received through July 14 found. Just two-thirds, or 67 percent, of staffers at Queens
Germany’s Olympic soccer team walks
off field after Jordan Torunarigha is
allegedly ‘racially insulted’
Posted by AltaD 7/17/2021 3:57:20 PM Post Reply
Wakayama, Japan — Germany’s Olympic soccer team walked off the field during a preparation match for the Tokyo Games on Saturday in response to alleged racist abuse from an opposing Honduras player toward German defender Jordan Torunarigha. The players left the field together with five minutes remaining in the game after Torunarigha was “racially insulted,” the German soccer federation said on Twitter. “If one of our players is racially abused, it’s not an option for us to keep playing,” Germany coach Stefan (Snip) “It was hard to get him in, he was terribly upset because he said he was repeatedly racially abused,”
No one asked, but these volunteers
have boarded up 250 abandoned
properties in Harvey
Posted by AltaD 7/17/2021 11:23:01 AM Post Reply
The 15700 block of Turlington Avenue in Harvey is a tale of two cities, with neatly-kept homes interspersed with properties that are vacant and crumbling. This particular block is well known to Jason Decker, who’s at the core of a group of volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to secure and board up abandoned properties in that city. (Snip) Decker said he spoke with Harvey Mayor Christopher Clark last summer, who essentially told him the city wouldn’t give its blessing to the group’s efforts, but at the same time would not stand in the way.
REPORT: The NFL Will Have More Social Justice
Messaging During The 2021 Season
Posted by AltaD 7/15/2021 3:26:40 PM Post Reply
The NFL reportedly plans on ramping up social justice messaging during the upcoming season. According to Front Office Sports, the league “will introduce more social justice messaging on fields and player helmets during the upcoming 2021 season, following up on initial efforts from 2020.” FOS reported that the NFL “will promote social justice via on-field signage, decals on player helmets, and in-stadium PSAs.” That’s right, folks! If you thought social justice messages were going away, well, you’d be wrong! Furthermore, the NFL plans on playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which some view as the black national anthem