close Video Sheriff deputies will go to the homes of every traveler in NYC coming from the U.K.: De Blasio President of the NYS Troopers BPA Thomas Mungeer claims New York City mayor's orders are in violation of Americans constitutional rights A prominent actors' union is torching Mayor Bill de Blasio’s "Open Culture" program, citing lackluster safety standards and low pay concerns. The initiative permits outdoor cultural performances on designated New York City streets. Mary McColl, executive director of the Actors’ Equity Association, warned members to "contact your business representative immediately before accepting" a part in projects affiliated with the new program. The message was sent to members Thursday in an email blast obtained by Fox News. "The current structure of the program does not meet Equity’s minimum standards for wages or COVID-19 safety," McColl wrote. DE BLASIO UNDER FIRE FOR DANCING IN DESERTED TIMES SQUARE … [Read more...] about De Blasio’s ‘Open Culture’ program blasted by performers for low pay, lackluster safety standards
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Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has treated people’s physical health and economic health as separate and distinct. While legislators would never think of cutting off free access to COVID treatment and vaccinations in the midst of this health crisis, they are quite willing to eliminate or underfund the economic supports that are vital to the survival of individuals, families, and communities. The COVID-19 relief bill Congress passed in December is a perfect illustration. Its provisions expire throughout the year like the seasons. Enhanced federal unemployment insurance ends on March 14 . Tax credits to encourage paid family leave expire on March 31 . Expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits run out on June 30 . Remaining CARES Act funds must be spent by December 31 . Every COVID relief bill has been crafted with temporary supports and arbitrary end dates, chasing an unpredictable virus and an unclear … [Read more...] about COVID recovery requires addressing economic inequities
The 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 is a sobering milestone symbolizing America’s failed, 50-state approach in combatting the pandemic. The absence of a cohesive national strategy by the prior administration, even over the most basic preventative public health measures to contain the virus, helped propel the U.S. to record the highest number of coronavirus cases and death toll of any nation in the world. For the living, the pandemic has revealed stark inequities in accessing the fundamental tools necessary to survive a crisis like this. The ability to stay connected, consume healthy food and receive important health-related services are at the top of the list. ADVERTISEMENT If there’s one clear takeaway from our year of COVID-19 it’s that reliable internet accessibility is now core to our essential infrastructure. When the pandemic shut down our schools and our ability to gather in person, strong internet connectivity enabled many to stay in touch with friends and … [Read more...] about Solving the unequal impacts of COVID-19
( CBS Detroit ) — A third stimulus check is now being discussed in the Senate. The $1,400 relief payment is an integral part of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic relief package, which aims to address the economic fallout from COVID and set the economy on better footing. It has both Democratic and Republican support and is anticipated to be included in the American Rescue Plan’s final version. The broader package passed by the House also contains higher unemployment benefits, an improved child tax credit, and much more. While a third check seems destined for bank accounts, the specific timeline is still up in the air. When Could My Stimulus Check Arrive? The administration hopes to sign the American Rescue Plan into law by March 14 . That is the day when the current $300 federal unemployment benefit bonus expires. Assuming President Biden can sign the relief package then, direct deposits would likely start the week of March 22, with checks beginning to arrive the week of … [Read more...] about Stimulus Check Latest: When Could You See Another Economic Relief Payment?
close Video Flu hospitalizations drop this year amid coronavirus pandemic Dr. Marc Siegel tells ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ that public health measures such as mask-wearing have contributed to the decline. Thousands of American lives have been lost to the novel coronavirus this past year, but one historically lethal illness has taken a backseat this season: the flu, which, according to federal health estimates, has killed only one child this year. For context, nearly 200 pediatric lives were lost during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been just 1,499 clinical laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza this year, per estimates from the CDC, which also shows that flu-related hospitalizations are significantly lower this season compared to seasons past. Between Oct. 1 — the start of flu season — and Feb, 20, there have been some 183 laboratory-confirmed influenza … [Read more...] about Flu kills 1 child this season amid steep decline in cases: CDC