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    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a staged exit from COVID-19 lockdown that would see pubs and restaurants reopen in May, and hospitality and domestic holiday industries not fully reopening until July, the Daily Mail reported. The novel coronavirus, which emerged in China in late 2019, has killed 2.4 million people worldwide, upended normal life for billions and tipped the United Kingdom to its worst slump in 300 years. Johnson, who will set out the path out of lockdown on Feb. 22, said the exit plan will be cautious but irreversible. The United Kingdom has vaccinated 15.6 million people with a first dose so far. The Mail said a limited escape from lockdown would begin in April with holiday lets and larger hotels reopening, though pubs, bars and restaurants would have to wait until May. Some sports such as golf and tennis could resume. Full pub reopening would begin in early June. "Leisure businesses may not return to 'broadly normal' until July under a roadmap out of lockdown," the Mail reported, though it said the final...
    In 2020, Kyle Busch endured a forgettable Cup Series campaign. To put it into perspective, he failed to reach Victory Lane until the second-to-last race of the season. By then, he had already been eliminated from playoff contention so the win mattered little. Now, the 2019 Cup Series champion is looking for redemption for the new season. Backing him up for the coming campaign is his new crew chief Ben Beshore. As it turns out, Busch is familiar with Beshore’s work as he worked as an engineer for the Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity team. With the outfit, he guided Harrison Burton to four Xfinity wins in 2020. When partnered with Kyle Busch in the Xfinity series, they clinched four out of seven races in 2019. Can Kyle Busch revive the successful partnership? Considering their successful history together, Busch should be in good hands. Obviously, Kyle Busch needs to bounce back from his disappointing 2020 season. So, the big question on everyone’s lips is, will Ben Beshore be the one to get Busch’s campaign on track? WATKINS GLEN, NY –...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There has been another monumental step towards turning the page on the pandemic with the first doses of the vaccine being delivered to all 50 states. On Tuesday, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley joined Eyewitness News to talk more about the distribution of the vaccine in the city. Dr. Farley says the vaccines are going to hospitals across the city and those hospitals can start vaccinating right away. The original plan the vaccine would arrive Tuesday and distribution could start Wednesday but they arrived a little earlier. He says some may start vaccinating today. The administering of the vaccine will be based on a priority ranking that the national government has developed and that the local advisory committees have come up with. Dr. Farley says that includes people like health care workers, then people in long-term care facilities, staff and the residents who work there. After that, they’ll move onto “critical infrastructure workers” who are people who have to work through this and exposed to the virus every day. This is a process that Dr. Farley...
    TILTON, Ill. (AP) — Work is set to begin within weeks on a solar farm at the site of a former General Motors Foundry in western Illinois site that closed in the 1990s, the local mayor says. Tilton Mayor David Phillips said the project has been “kind of touch and go” during the coronavirus pandemic. But he said work is supposed to begin in the next few weeks on the solar farm. The project is slated to built on a landfill at the former General Motors Foundry, which closed in 1995. It was awarded through a solar energy tax credit lottery by the Illinois Power Agency last year, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported. Phillips said that over the years, there was interest in the former GM site, but its use was limited. “You can’t use the landfill for anything else,” Phillips said. “This is a good project for the land. … The community, and not just our community, will have the opportunity to buy green energy instead of energy that’s not green. It helps everybody to have green energy.” Copyright 2020...
    Bay City News Service Caltrans will begin lane and ramp closures along U.S. Highway 101 in San Rafael beginning Tuesday in preparation for resurfacing work. The resurfacing work will take place between North San Pedro Road and Lucas Valley Road. Both directions of the freeway will be affected between the hours 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The bus stop along Highway 101 will be closed at both ramp locations. The road work will include grinding, paving and resurfacing the locations with a high friction treatment. It will be performed intermittently, according to a Caltrans spokesperson. The work is expected to be completed in mid-January.
    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Officials hope construction can begin next spring on a new bridge across the Connecticut River that will link Hinsdale, New Hampshire, and Brattleboro, Vermont. The project to replace the two 100-year-old bridges connecting the two communities has been discussed for more than two decades. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the project was delayed mainly due to right-of-way negotiations and utility planning. On the Vermont side a three-story multi-family building and a commercial building will be demolished. Brattleboro will also lose 32 parking spaces. The current target dates call for opening the bridge for traffic in late 2023. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Vermont, New Hampshire
              The special prosecutor appointed in the case of Mayor Levar Stoney’s $1.8 million contracts to remove Richmond’s Confederate monuments has formally requested Attorney General Mark Herring for authorization to begin an investigation, according to ABC8 News. In June, Stoney used emergency powers to remove several Richmond monuments, paying $1.8 million to a contractor linked to Devon Henry, one of Stoney’s former political donors. Stoney has received national acclaim for removing the monuments; The Washington Post recently suggested the move saved Stoney’s campaign for reelection. An AP story detailed Henry’s perspective as a Black contractor removing Confederate monuments. Councilmember and mayoral candidate Kim Gray called for an investigation into the contract, criticizing the cost, the potential conflict of interest, and making the move without consulting the city council. “Our mayor had already made the decision to remove them and started doing that prior to our vote,” Gray said in a virtual campaign stop. Stoney’s spokesperson Jim Nolan told The Virginia Star in a  September email, “Contractors locally, regionally and up and down the East...
    The results may not be finalized, but 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is ready to start preparing to govern. "We don't have a declaration of victory yet," the former vice president said Friday in Wilmington, Delaware. "But the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story: we're going to win this race." Biden cited his 4 million-plus popular vote advantage on President Trump, his leads on the incumbent in Arizona and Georgia, the first time a Democrat has performed well in those states in more than two decades. Biden, a 36-year Delaware senator, also talked up how he had "rebuilt the blue wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago," referring to wins in Michigan and Wisconsin, and his vote lead in the ongoing Pennsylvania count. "They've given us a mandate for action," Biden said. "People spoke." Biden added his top priorities were responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, climate change, and systemic racism. "I want people to know that we're not waiting to get the work done," he said. Biden suggested he...
    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — One of our region’s most ambitious road projects has now hit the halfway point and that mean changes for drivers. The MSA Thruway project involves creating a tunnel under Route 228 at its intersection with Interstate 79. “The end goal is to reduce the traffic on 228,” says Michael Malak, Cranberry’s Director, Engineering & Environmental Services. When finished, traffic coming off of Northbound 79 will have a dedicated right looping lane, “If you’re looking to get into Cranberry Woods, which is in the southern business park or Cranberry Springs, which is the northern office complex to the north of 228. Right now you have to go through a series of signals. This MSA through a project will eliminate that requirement to go through those signals.” It will also eliminate left turns off 228. So traffic trying to reach the Lemieux Complex and all businesses to the north will not have to get on 228. Instead, they will loop down and use the new tunnel under 228. Malak says eliminating the left turns is a major safety...
    LINCOLN YARDS — When the City Council approved plans for the controversial Lincoln Yards mega-development last year, developer Sterling Bay promised a series of public projects — including a new bridge in a congested area along the Chicago River the highly anticipated extension of the Bloomingdale Trail. On Monday, Sterling Bay unveiled plans for both the trail extension and the Dominick Bridge and the Dominick Street extension. Here’s a breakdown of what the work will look like: Dominick Street will be extended by nearly one mile from Webster Avenue to North Avenue. Intersection and traffic signal improvements will be added. The Dominick Street Bridge will allow vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to cross the Chicago River. The bridge, 80 feet in width, will include two 10-foot pedestrian sidewalks, two 12-foot driving lanes and one 10-foot bike path. The Bloomingdale Trail, part of The 606 park system which currently ends at Walsh Park in Bucktown, will extend eastward underneath the Kennedy Expressway before curving in a northeast direction until it crosses the Chicago River and hits the...
    Like all local companies, Benchmark Theatre had to close down in March because of the coronavirus, but co-founder and producing artistic director Haley Johnson managed nonetheless to be productive. In April, with her partner Marcus Pirozzoli, she gave birth to a son, Mason. In so many ways, this changed everything. Still, Johnson and Rachel Rogers, Benchmark co-founder and executive artistic director, were able to absorb the shock of closure, figure out how to make sure the company survives and plan for the future. Benchmark’s 2020 season will begin this fall with what the directors term “bite-size programming” that still cleaves with this year’s original theme: Hopes and Fears. Benchmark is a relatively new company that took up residence in the Lakewood venue once occupied by Rick and Patty Yaconis’s Edge Theater. Over the past two years Johnson and Rogers have created some memorable productions, from A Kid Like Jake, about a four-year-old boy who loves princesses and the overbearing mother determined to get him into a first-rate kindergarten, to the light-hearted period piece Parfumerie to The Quality of Life, which...
    Colorado politicians are pushing back against a rumored Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that could hit Denver before the election. “The President’s proposed ICE raids are intended to incite fear for political gain," says Representative Joe Neguse. "His attempts to demonize immigrants will not work in Denver, and will not work in Colorado. We need humane and comprehensive immigration reform, not an administration that cruelly rips people away from their homes and their families." On September 29, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration was preparing an "immigration enforcement blitz" focusing on cities that have adopted so-called sanctuary policies. The "sanctuary op" would begin in California, likely in early October, and then expand to other places, including Denver, according to the Post piece.Related Stories House Subcommittee Report Takes Aim at Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility Asian Americans Protest ICE Head Tony Pham, Vietnamese Refugee Detainee Transfers Lead to COVID-19 Increase at Aurora ICE Facility President Donald Trump is down in the polls, and launching a high-profile ICE operation just weeks before the November 3 election would take a page from his...
    BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s ballot printing vendor has cut ties with the state with less than 60 days before the presidential election, but the state is still on track to print mail-in ballots by late this month, state officials said. The Baltimore Sun reports that SeaChange, a Minnesota-based vendor that printed four million ballots sent to Maryland voters before the June primary, told state election officials this week that it is no longer willing to perform the work. Deputy Elections Administrator Nikki Charlson said a second contractor has stepped in and the state should have enough mail-in ballots. At least half of the state's voters are expected to vote by mail in the presidential election in November amid ongoing health risks from the coronavirus pandemic. Mail-in ballots will now be printed by Taylor Corp., another Minnesota contractor that election officials had expected to split the work with SeaChange. The contract calls for up to 4 million ballots to be printed for voters across the state who request them. Maryland’s relationship with SeaChange soured after the June 2 primary when...
    Police who evicted a young couple and their two children from their Houston home have helped raise more than $234,000 in a bid to get the family back on their feet.  The Harris County Constable Precinct One Foundation set up a GoFundMe page for the Rodriguez clan after CNN broadcast their eviction in a news package aired September 2.   In the heartbreaking segment, Israel Rodriguez, 24, was seen leaving the complex where he lived with his girlfriend and their young sons, Fabian, four, and Israel Jr., one.  Police who evicted a young couple and their two children from their apartment in Houston last week have helped raise more than $234,000 in a bid to get the family back on their feet. Evictee Israel Rodriguez is seen with his young son, Israel Jr.  Harris County cops were seen evicting the young family from their Texas complex after they received multiple warnings from their landlord and the local court  CNN's Kyung Lah speaks with residents in Houston who are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Unable...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The birth of Labor Day is being celebrated in the historic Pullman neighborhood, where the contributions of railroad workers are about to get new honors. Local, state, and federal officials will break ground on the final phase of work on the Pullman National Monument; a $34 million renovation of the 12-acre visitors’ center. Work was recently completed on the Pullman clock tower building, which was nearly destroyed in a fire in 1998. The original tower was built in 1880, and parts of it were rebuilt in 2015, but the final repairs were only recently completed. President Barack Obama designated the Pullman Historic District as a national monument five years ago. Built by industrialist George Pullman in 19th century as a factory town for his workforce, the Pullman neighborhood served a pivotal role in the African-American labor movement. The Pullman Company’s treatment of its workers became the catalyst for the first industry-wide railroad strike in the nation in 1894, when approximately 125,000 workers on 29 railroads refused to work on trains containing Pullman Cars after Pullman slashed his...
    Tuesday morning C and H Paving Inc. will begin asphalt patching on State Route 56 near the Emanuel County line and work back toward State Route 24 in Waynesboro. This is the early stages of 22.438 miles of milling, inlay and plant mix resurfacing and shoulder rehabilitation totaling a $4,560,149.60 investment. Crews will work daily in the Burke County area until complete. The work could take up to two months. Drivers should expect single lane closures and a flagging operation to maintain a safe, passable work zone.
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESDave Galloway, an army veteran and sixth grade science teacher in Jackson County, is used to assessing risk in his life.  When COVID-19 swept over Florida this spring, the 64-year-old refrained from going to church and restaurants. He ordered groceries online. And he made sure to wear a face mask and carry hand sanitizer every time he left the house. Then came the notice that Jackson County schools would resume in-person instruction without a requirement for staff and students to use face masks on campus at all times. The announcement prompted Galloway to consider seriously an early retirement. “For the first time in a very long time, I am feeling stressed. It is just a lot for me to process because I am being asked to do something that the science and the data are telling me there is an untenable amount of risk involved,” Galloway said in an interview Tuesday. Galloway is one of many teachers who feel that the reopening of schools amid the pandemic is forcing them to choose between their livelihood and their...
    Bollywood star Akshay Kumar will be heading to the United Kingdom to start the shooting for his film “Bell bottom” and the actor says the makers have chalked out a plan to ensure safety of the entire crew amid the coronavirus pandemic. The team of “Bellbottom”, including actors Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta, will be travelling to the UK in August for a start-to-finish schedule. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment, “Bellbottom” is one of the first films to announce resumption of shooting schedule in the wake of coronavirus-induced lockdown, which had brought the entertainment industry to a grinding halt. Bell Bottom: Vaani Kapoor Is Happy on Resuming Work with Akshay Kumar’s Espionage Thriller After a Long Break “The new normal has made us realise a different way of working that none of us could have imagined. As much as I’m happy to be back on the sets, it’s also important for us to take care of everything around us. “Pooja Entertainment has laid down a safety plan for our shooting schedule abroad. We hope these measures help...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — LAUSD employees must report back to school sites Thursday to start preparing for the virtual start of the new school year. A memo was sent to principals and administrative staffers Wednesday detailing the procedures about returning to campuses yesterday. Teachers were not included among the staff instructed to return to schools. An LAUSD spokeswoman said staff returns to school at this time every summer to begin preparing enrollment packets and other work in advance of the new school year. The memo said that all workplaces have been thoroughly sanitized and that Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, kits had been delivered to all school sites. Those kits include face shields, disposable face masks and hand sanitizer. Clear, plastic shields for front counters will arrive within the next two weeks. Employees with underlying health conditions, anyone who cares for someone with an underlying health condition, and those who don’t have childcare were instructed to discuss the circumstances with their supervisors to determine if their work can be done remotely. LAUSD schools have been closed since mid-March due to...
    Washington says new COVID-19 data site is better than CDC program it replaced 21 chains including Walmart, Macys, and Gap will require customers to wear masks. Heres the full list. NFL and NFLPA continue to work for solutions even as teams begin reporting for training camp On the same day that rookies for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans reported to their respective team headquarters for the initial COVID-19 tests of training camp, NFL Players Association executives and league owners continued to haggle about how to deliver a season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Overwhelming Response To UPMC Coronavirus Vaccine Trial KDKAs Andy Sheehan has more on UPMC saying the response has been overwhelming after asking for volunteers for an experimental coronavirus vaccine trial. CBS Pittsburgh Dorchester Shooting Victims Were Cousins, Family Says The 16-year-old and 18-year-old were supposed to celebrate birthdays next month. WBZ-TVs Tashanea Whitlow reports. CBS Boston Antonio Brown has Retired Again; Will it be the Last Time? OMF discusses the news that former...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The clock keeps ticking to figure out how the school year will begin in South Florida. In Miami-Dade, the district is asking families to go online by Wednesday to declare their preference for August, which includes full on-campus learning, something virtual or a combination. No campuses will reopen though unless the county is in Phase 2 of its reopening plan. In Broward, four options remain on the table, though the superintendent is on record saying he sees no path to schools fully reopening in five weeks. The governor is now changing how sees the school situation in South Florida. “I’m not gonna dictate how everything goes… Miami is different,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis at a press conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital. “I’ve told the commissioner of education to work with these districts. Understand, we have a very diverse state. The response here is just gonna be different than other parts of the state.” Teachers like Josh Paolino are waiting for the outcome of the Miami-Dade County Public School’s survey so they can begin planning. “You need time...
    Bollywood’s Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital on the evening of Saturday for reasons unknown. However, the superstar, took to Twitter to update his fans that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic and hence was shifted to the hospital. In his Tweet, Amitabh mentioned how his family and staff have also gotten their tests done and are awaiting their results. The 77-year-old actor also requested any and all persons who came in contact with him in the past 10 days to get themselves tested. Amitabh Bachchan Is Still Hitting the Gym at the Age of 77, Piku Star Reveals His Actual Weight. Check Out Amitabh’s Tweet Below: T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested ! — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 11, 2020 On the work front, Amitabh currently has Ayan Mukherji’s...
    By Sankalp Phartiyal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - E-commerce companies in India like Amazon.com's local unit and Walmart's Flipkart have begun to update their back-end systems to allow sellers to identify the country of origin on all new product listings on their platforms, two sources aware of the matter said on Wednesday. The Indian trade ministry's Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which hosted an online meeting of e-commerce players on Wednesday, wanted the changes to be implemented by the end of July. The companies, however, said they would need two to three months, according to the sources, who asked not to be named as the discussions were private. The changes would first be made for new product listings as it was difficult to do this for the tens of millions of products already selling on their platforms, they added. Amazon, Flipkart and DPIIT did not respond to requests for comment. The government push to have e-commerce companies name the country of origin beside product listings comes against the backdrop of tensions between India and China following a...
    BATH, Maine (AP) — A $17 million road paving project in the Bath area will result in ramp closures and possible traffic tie-ups in the coming week. The Maine Department of Transportation is slated to perform the paving work on Route 1 in Bath and Brunswick. It's part of ongoing work that begins at the Cook's Corner interchange and extends east more than five miles to the Bath Viaduct, the department said. The department said the work also involves the Sagadahoc Bridge that carries Route 1 over the Kennebec River. The work will include overnight ramp closures designed to make the work safer and allow for faster completion, the department said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Maine
    FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - Work is set to begin on part of an $80 million project intended to help control backwater flooding in several southeastern Louisiana parishes. Contractor Sealevel Construction Inc. received approval from officials in St. Mary Parish last week to begin constructing a permanent barge that would be placed in Bayou Chene to block water that backs up when the Atchafalaya River is high, news outlets reported. Officials have said the 400-foot (122-meter) barge gate would be swung into place when needed. In the past, a temporary barge has been submerged in the bayou to prevent flooding. TOP STORIES Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history D.C. mayor sued over Black Lives Matter on street to White House Of course there is systemic racism in America and its in the Democratic Party The barge is one part of the floodgate project, which will also include the construction of a flood wall and a levee. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced last year that the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority would fund the project through a...
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