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Here are the five best stories in Raleigh today:

  1. Ariana Debose of Wake County won a Golden Globe Award for her work in “West Side Story”. DeBose played Anita in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the musical and won the award for Best Supporting Actress. After her victory, Debose took to social media to accept the award and comment on the issues with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. (abc11)
  2. About 1/3 of North Carolina Nursing Homes Report Shortage of Nurses and Caregivers. Currently, the labor shortage is the highest it was during the pandemic. Wake, Durham and Cumberland County are better than the state with less than 20% of establishments reporting a shortage, but the decline has continued. (abc11)
  3. The 800 block of Vance Street is closed for at least a week to complete a water and sewer project. The shutdown could last up to two weeks and spans the distance between Cowper Drive and Glenn Avenue. Local traffic may pass but passing motorists will have to take detours. (CBS17)
  4. Four people had to be taken to hospital after an accident near North Carolina State University on Sunday evening. The crash happened on Avent Ferry Road around 8:00 p.m., and the road was closed for hours after the crash. (CBS17)
  5. Eastbound lanes of I-40 near RDU were closed Monday morning due to an accident involving 7 vehicles. The accident happened around 9:00 a.m. and the lanes were closed until late Monday morning. Soldiers are still investigating the crash and at least three people were injured, but none endangered their lives. (HeraldSun: paid content possible)

Today in Raleigh:

From my notebook:

  • Although National Human Trafficking Awareness Day does not carry the light pleasure of some of my other vacation features, I am very passionate about it and knowing what resources are available is important. Fortunately Raleigh Dream Center does a lot of work to prevent it in our area.
  • Tonight, Red Robin at Apex is hosting a Spirit night for the benefit of Apex Middle School PTA. Show the flyer of 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to give 20% back to school.
  • The City of Raleigh has several upcoming opportunities to provide feedback and inquire about proposed new zoning going forward. Rapid Transit Bus (BRT) corridors. (RaleighNC.Gov)

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Staff illness should hinder classroom learning Sat, 08 Jan 2022 09:18:53 +0000

If COVID-19 clusters don’t force classes to move away after students return for face-to-face instruction later this month, staff shortages are almost certain to be.

Leaders of public and independent schools are preparing contingency plans in the event of high absenteeism among educators, during the widespread return of kindergarten to grade 12 buildings on January 17.

“We’re going to be faced with the reality of having to shut down a class because we don’t have a teacher, or shut down, say, part of the school for five days until the teachers have self-taught. isolated and tested, if they got sick, ”said Reg Klassen, superintendent of the Frontier School Division. “I’m worried about it, but it’s a reality. ”

The updated isolation rules require anyone who is symptomatic or tests positive for the virus, including via a rapid antigen test, to self-isolate immediately for at least five days.

(Despite recent changes to test eligibility, K-12 students and educators can still take a PCR test at a provincial site.)

There have long been concerns about shrinking lists of surrogates, which are particularly serious in rural and northern communities, across the province throughout the pandemic. Some replacements have decided not to work this year to limit close contact.

In the spring, when the highly infectious Delta variant – which is not as transmissible as Omicron – took hold, a high number of unfulfilled replacement requests prompted some schools to pull away.

“(Distance learning) will either be imposed now or urgently later,” said Lauren Hope, mother and teacher in Winnipeg, who co-founded the Safe September MB movement.

Safe September MB has repeatedly called on the province to require vaccination of all students and education staff, prioritize educators for booster shots, and introduce frequent and widespread rapid testing in school communities. , as well as CO2 monitors, HEPA filters and KN95 or N95 masks.

As for Hope, readjusting desks to be more spaced out for January 17 is nowhere near enough to prevent Omicron transmission and keep teachers on the job.

The latest shade of Code Orange (the restricted level of the provincial pandemic response system) in schools will be slightly different from what it was in 2020-2021, given updated provincial protocols and availability vaccines.

Alan Campbell, president of the school boards association, said the focus was on strengthening the cohort and widening the distance. Some divisions may also try to recall staff who were hired last year to meet the demands of allocating students to multiple classrooms, he said.

This time around, the province provided divisions with rapid test kits for K-6 students and called for three-layer medical masks to be worn by both education workers and teachers. students inside schools. Music lessons, indoor physical education, and extracurricular activities can continue with masking and physical distancing in place, where possible.

High school students are also expected to stay in class full-time, the province said, although Frontier officials have indicated that its schools may have no choice but to resort to alternate learning.

“Because of the level of vaccination, we can do things differently and we can run the school closer to normal even with a significant spread of the new variant,” said Brian O’Leary, who oversees the Seven Oaks school. Division.

Vaccination rates among high school students and division staff are just under 90 and 98.5 percent, respectively.

Even still, as a growing number of staff must isolate themselves in the coming weeks, O’Leary said priority for replacements will go to the early years, teachers may be asked to replace their colleagues, and teachers may be asked to replace their colleagues. Guidance counselors, clinicians and other support staff might be called upon.

Temporary closure of a class, cohort or school is a last resort in every corner of the province.

Ted Fransen, superintendent of the Pembina Trails School Division, said he anticipates new guidelines regarding school contact tracing protocols will be introduced soon, following Omicron.

With all schools moved away next week, Fransen said families can expect the same they experienced on previous home education stays.

Primary and secondary students will be responsible for a mix of independent and real-time lessons, while kindergarten children are encouraged to engage in meaningful play.

Fransen, however, said the curriculum may have to take a back seat if educators are to focus on student well-being issues.

“Distance learning is preferable to learning in person, and the isolation, we know from the last time, has created all kinds of problems and concerns for students and their families,” he said. declared. “We have to be very careful about the impact of this. “

Stober’s bar closes for two weeks to protect staff Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:41:53 +0000

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Many restaurants and bars make decision to close – after staff fell ill.

But a bar in Lansing is anticipating and taking a provisional two-week hiatus to protect staff during the current outbreak.

Bar Stober’s facebook page claims to be Lansing’s oldest bar, dating back to 1933.

Since then, the service industry has experienced many changes and challenges. More recently, a staff shortage following a pandemic.

An employee told 6 NEWS the decision to shut down was not just to protect them, but also to protect their family and friends.

“Fortunately, our owners have their ears open and have listened to their employees,” said Patrick Moriarty, Head Bartender at Stober.

Moriarty has worked at the Stober’s Bar for seven years. He says the last two have been difficult for the entire service industry.
“We try to be responsible for our community. The owners try to be responsible for their employees, and I don’t know how you argue that, ”he said.

Moriarty says the bar made the decision to close for two weeks as a team. During those two weeks, he says the employees will still be paid.

Customer response to the move has been positive.

As for what lies ahead for the rest of the industry … Just Winslow, of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, says he’s optimistic about next year, but adds the industry will have to get past this month’s COVID outbreak. .

As for Moriarty, he can’t wait to see again serving cold drinks.

“We will return to live music, we will check the temperatures at the door, masks are not mandatory for customers but are for employees and we will do everything we can to keep our employees and customers safe. “

The bar is scheduled to open tentatively on January 16, but Moriarty says the bar will constantly check rates of COVID cases before reopening.

Former Castlebar Bacon Factory employee Annie Mary Concannon dies Thu, 06 Jan 2022 12:56:56 +0000

The death occurred at the Mayo University Hospital of Annie Mary (Nancy) Concannon, Carramore, Clogher, Claremorris and formerly de Keelcoil, Breaffy, Castlebar.

A much loved and respected personality, she was a former staff member of Castlebar Bacon Factory.

The news of his passing created an immense sense of loss in the community.

Nancy was born in Keelcoil, Breaffy, Castlebar and she moved to Carramore, Clogher over 60 years ago after her marriage to her beloved Christopher, where they raised their family of seven sons. Nancy had worked in the Castlebar Bacon Factory in her youth where she made many lifelong friends.

She had a lot of friends throughout her life and she loved to play bingo and also listen to music. Midwest Radio was his favorite radio station.

She especially enjoyed the fun and the atmosphere with the local active retirement group and especially the regular outings to different parts of the country.

She was very interested in it and enjoyed watching billiards on television. She also spent many happy hours in her garden tending to her flowers and plants.

Predeceased by her parents and sister Kate Lally, Breaffy Lodge, Breaffy, Castlebar. Loving wife of Christopher and loving mother of Michael (Keelogues, Ballyvary, Castlebar), John (Cummer, Rehins, Castlebar), Tommie (Carramore, Clogher, Claremorris), Bernard (Turlough Road, Castlebar), Noel (Carramore) , Clogher, Claremorris), Gerard (Horsepark, Westport Road, Castlebar) and Fintan (Belcarra, Castlebar).

She will be sadly missed by her beloved husband, sons, sisters Pat Neary (Liverpool) and Bridie O’Sullivan (London), daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, step- brother Tony (New York), sister-in-law Sheila (UK), cousins, relatives and many friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Schools face staff crisis, test chaos as delays for Covid screening come early in term Tue, 04 Jan 2022 23:34:15 +0000

Schools face staff crisis and test chaos as delays for Covid screening arrive early in term and in some areas as many as one in five teachers report sick with the virus

  • Schools faced delayed deliveries of Covid tests for the start of the term yesterday
  • Some have reported that one in five teachers have been called sick with symptoms of coronavirus
  • School leaders warned of testing chaos as some still had not received supplies

Schools faced delays in delivering Covid tests for the start of the term yesterday, as some reported that one in five teachers presented themselves ill with the virus.

As the students began their return after Christmas, chefs warned of the testing chaos as some still had not received supplies.

And problems worsened when the Department of Education (DfE) yesterday gave test-strapped schools a 17-hour deadline to order more or face a two-week wait.

The problems were compounded by staff absences caused by Covid, as Ian Bauckham, the boss of exam regulator Ofqual, said schools could suspend subjects like music to deal with shortages.

As students began their return after Christmas, chefs warned of the testing chaos as some still had not received supplies (file image)

A school in the Swansea Valley, Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera, asked years 7 and 8 to learn remotely until January 10. In north London, Evelyn Forde, headmistress of Copthall School, said 13 staff were absent and four children tested positive for Covid on site.

“The staff look pretty awful,” she added. Steve Chalke, founder of Oasis Charitable Trust, which has 52 schools across England, said early indicators suggested 20% of its staff could be absent.

All high school students are tested for Covid this week, but for some the lateral flow tests did not arrive on time (file image)

All high school students are tested for Covid this week, but for some the lateral flow tests did not arrive on time (file image)

Last night, it emerged that a high school was separating children who did not wear face masks or did not take tests twice a week.

Walton High, an academy in Buckinghamshire, said all pupils exempted from wearing face masks “will be seated at the back of classrooms at the point furthest from the teacher”. Michelle Currie, executive director, also told parents that if their child had not yet been vaccinated, it could have “consequences” including that it “could limit their career options later in life,” according to the Daily Telegraph.

All high school students are being tested for Covid this week, but for some the lateral flow tests did not arrive on time.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the ASCL business leaders union, said: “It is clearly imperative that schools and colleges have enough test kits to follow government guidelines.”

A DfE spokesperson added: “17.6 million more test kits will be delivered by the end of next week.”


Rapid antigen tests, QR codes, elderly care workers in spotlight as NSW registers 20,794 COVID-19 cases, Victoria registers 8,577 cases; The Australian Open on track Mon, 03 Jan 2022 06:50:03 +0000

A private pathology provider has shut down all of its COVID-19 testing sites except one in New South Wales indefinitely as long delays continue for those seeking PCR testing across the state.

In a notice posted on its website, Australian Clinical Labs – which operates 20 drive-thru test sites, including in Charlestown, Windsor, Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta, Liverpool and Hornsby – said 19 of the sites are “closed with immediate effect. until further notice ” .

Motorists line up at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic in Penrith last week.Credit:Dean Sewell

The supplier’s nine drop-in collection centers in Ashfield, Blacktown, Campsie, Fairfield, Frenchs Forest, Harris Park, Manly, Narrabri and Windale are also closed until further notice. A drive-thru test center in Bella Vista remains open for international travel testing.

In a statement, Australian Clinical Labs said there had been “a well-documented increase in demand for PCR testing.”

“Clinical laboratories and the entire pathology industry have faced testing surges during the pandemic and we are working to ensure that we provide peak capacity for laboratory testing and treatment,” said a spokesperson.

“The pathology staff are working around the clock. This is an unprecedented situation and we and the rest of the industry are doing everything we can to meet the demand and needs of the community. Staff across the industry work 24/7.

Leisel Wett, CEO of Australian Pathology – the leading body for private pathology providers – said the system is under “immense pressure” and pathology staff have had their leave canceled to work on a backlog of tests.

“The labs for COVID-19 testing have been operating 24/7 for almost 2 years now, and the staff are doing their best to take all the tests and get the results,” Ms. Wett said.

“We ask everyone to be patient and to work with us and the state and territory departments of health to meet the needs of symptomatic or close contact Australians who require PCR testing.”

Pittsylvania County Staff Members Again Mourn Loss Of Employee To COVID-19 | Govt. and politics Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:00:00 +0000

For the second time in as many months, Pittsylvania County is reeling from the loss of a government employee to COVID-19.

Terry Whitt, 53, died on Christmas Day. He joined the department in 2003 as Coordinator of the Geographic Information System.

“Terry was one of the easiest people to understand I have had the pleasure of working with,” said Deputy County Administrator Dave Arnold, who was Whitt’s supervisor. “While Terry had meticulous attention to detail and a solid technical background, he was also very social.”

His duties during his 18 years with Pittsylvania County included creating and maintaining dozens of layers that make up the County Geographic Information System map. The map is a computerized means of analyzing and displaying data and forms a basis for many county operations.

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“He has always sought to find common ground and placed a great deal of importance on building relationships and supporting the organization at large,” said Arnold.

He has worked on many projects like the computer-aided dispatch system upgrade and the new 911 system.

Ronnie Fowler, the county 911 manager, has known Whitt since they attended Dan River High School together. If they encountered a problem, such as when the fire or rescue services were struggling to find a 911 address, Whitt would step in to fix the problem.

For the past two years, Fowler has worked closely with Whitt as he updated the maps for the improved 911 system.

“These updates were a vital link in ensuring that our staff are able to send the fastest response to emergency calls,” Fowler explained in an email to Register & Bee. “He was a perfectionist when it came to his job and that’s exactly why I knew he could be counted on to make sure our 911 center was ready for whatever came our way. “

Whitt’s expertise in cartography has also helped guide the county when planning music festivals in the fall. He offered to work weekends to help Pittsyvalnia County public safety personnel prepare maps and data ahead of events, including the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, the largest event in the history of the region.

“Terry quickly and selflessly recognized that these music festivals might require ‘everyone on the bridge’ and stepped forward to lend a hand,” said Arnold.

Beyond the professional side, Whitt is remembered as a human person.

“Terry was one of the easiest people to understand I have had the pleasure of working with,” said Arnold.

Karen Hayes, deputy director of community development, worked with Whitt for 18 years and said he was part of the “little team” when his office moved to community development.

“We shared the joy, the laughter, the stress and the heartache. Terry was such a sweet, caring and hardworking man,” said Hayes. “I feel like a piece of our working family is missing that can never be replaced.”

Staff at the Northern State Community Hospital have excelled in caring for Covid patients (Your letters) Fri, 31 Dec 2021 16:00:00 +0000

For the publisher:

We had a very positive experience with the emergency department and staff on 4th Floor – Covid at the Northern State Community Hospital.

Our youngest daughter and I tested positive for Covid on November 19. Two days later, her condition seriously worsened and we knew we had to take her to the hospital.

Casey suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and has had terrifying experiences being alone in the hospital. We assured her that her father would not leave her. It was so terrifying for me to give her a hug at the entrance to the emergency department.

The staff allowed my husband to stay and once it was determined that they would admit it, they made no promises that the staff on the Covid floor would allow him to stay with her. After he explained to her that he needed to be with her, they told him what he should do to comply with their rules. It was so rewarding for us, and they admitted that it helped them understand and process her. Her condition slowly improved and after four days she was released – the day before Thanksgiving! They played music and lined up around the room clapping to give her a happy start as she was unloaded! A kind and touching gesture that my husband and Casey will never forget.

The emergency and 4th floor staff were very attentive, attentive and lived up to their profession. We sing and sing their praises for a long time because they made it possible for us to stand up for our mentally ill child and they agreed that it was very helpful that my husband was there to allay his fears.

So thank you, my friends, Dr Dewan, Linda McAleer, Jenn Speicher and all the wonderful staff for such a wonderful experience at Upstate Community Hospital.

Mr. J. O’Connor


Alberta backs off to get unvaccinated staff back to work Thu, 30 Dec 2021 06:35:33 +0000

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Energy Minister says she has received two reports that will determine the future of coal mining in the Rocky Mountain foothills and eastern slopes of the province.

Sonya Savage released a statement saying the Independent Coal Policy Committee has submitted both a Commitment Report and a Final Report, which makes recommendations to the government.

She says the United Conservative government will take the time necessary to consider the findings and recommendations of the reports before releasing them to the public.

The problem exploded in the spring of 2020 when the government announced it would remove the rules that had protected the eastern slopes of the Rockies from surface coal mines since 1976.

At least six companies have taken over large swathes of land, much of which had not been touched before, and which is home to all of the province’s springs.

The public response was swift and angry, uniting urban nature lovers, rural ranchers and country music stars, and Savage was forced to restore protections and stop selling exploration leases.

She then formed the panel to hear from Albertans. This panel received over 1,000 email documents and 170 detailed written submissions, as well as related material from 67 meetings across the province.

Both reports were due to be delivered to the government on Dec.31, but Savage said on Wednesday she had already received them.

“I thank the committee for their diligence and hard work with Albertans and in developing their recommendations,” she said in a statement. “I would also like to thank all Albertans, Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations who participated in the process and provided their invaluable contributions.”

Savage had previously promised that the reports would be released in the New Year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 29, 2021

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Jim Harbaugh’s Biggest Hits: Staff Overhaul, Xs & Os Changes Have Michigan Relevance Again Tue, 28 Dec 2021 16:15:00 +0000

DANIA BEACH, Fla .– It wasn’t that long ago that Jim Harbaugh was making headlines for his sleepovers with rookies and his trips across the country to “satellite” camps.

These days, the Michigan head coach has reinstated the college football lexicon for another, perhaps better, reason: to win.

The Wolverines are 12-1 and face Georgia on Friday, December 31, at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla., A college football playoff semifinal venue. They won their first Big Ten Championship as a program since 2004, long before Harbaugh arrived on the scene. They also broke that frustrating losing streak against their big rival Ohio State.

So how did Harbaugh do it?

• Coaches changes. If Michigan was to make progress on the success they had built in Harbaugh’s first six years, a change near the top was needed. Especially on the defensive side.

Don Brown had become a familiar face to many fans and players, but his plan had become predictable for many opposing teams. The pressure was off and a decline in high school talent left many young defensive (and inexperienced) full-backs vulnerable in man-to-man coverage. We saw this last year, in the pandemic-ravaged 2020 season, when Michigan went 2-4 and saw their defense drop to 84th nationally in yards allowed per game.

Harbaugh responded by leaning on his brother for help, enlisting the Baltimore Ravens’ Mike Macdonald to help diversify the defensive plan, but perhaps more importantly, change the culture on this side of the ball. Macdonald more than answered the bell, taking linebacker coach George Helow with him, and Harbaugh later added defensive back coach Steve Clinkscale to help support Macdonald in the passing game.

Following: Michigan RB Blake Corum ‘finally back’, recovered before Orange Bowl

Offensively, Harbaugh made the surprising call to drop veteran offensive line coach Ed Warinner and replace him with a rising star in Sherrone Moore, who also won the offensive coordinator title. Moore has played a bigger role in planning the game this season, relieving some of the burden from offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who is also still in charge of receivers.

But additional hires like Mike Hart (runners), Ron Bellamy (security) and Matt Weiss (neighborhoods) brought instant credibility, connections to Michigan, NFL experience and, perhaps more importantly, from young people to staff. The crew are younger and more energetic, setting the stage for what is to come this year.

• Diet changes. Not only have Michigan given up on the traditional 4-3 front defensively, but Mike Macdonald et al. had no problem being aggressive – changing lineup and introducing a basic 4-2-5 look into the playbook. They were keen to accentuate Michigan’s positives from a personal perspective, such as Aidan Hutchinson’s ability to rush passes, David Ojabo’s under-the-radar athleticism, Josh Ross’s experience as a linebacker and Dax Hill’s playing abilities in high school, and hide some of the negatives. The results were incredible, with the Wolverines moving up to 11th nationally in yards allowed and fourth in scoring defense.

Offensively, Harbaugh has chosen to go back to some of his roots, using Michigan’s seasoned offensive line to pave the way for a shattering style of football. The Wolverines had a plan this year to establish the run early and work from there, slowly bringing Cade McNamara into the passing game. It worked almost perfectly, with the Wolverines not having to rely on a passing attack during the first half of the season. Gattis, this year’s Broyles Award winner, has done a masterful job of adding wrinkles to the system.

Following: Alabama exploited Georgia’s stingy defense. Can Michigan follow a similar pattern?

The results speak for themselves. Not only have Michigan become elite again, but attacking on the ground is in the top 10 under Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum, a pair of running backs who have accumulated more than 2,200 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.

A change of culture. We’ve heard of this in the past – cases where Jim Harbaugh has reintroduced music for training and allowed his players more choice – but it really made a difference in 2021. Harbaugh and the coaching staff instituted a “leadership council” made up of a group of upper-class students, many of whom are captains like Aidan Hutchinson, to make decisions on jersey suits and provide feedback to the coaching staff, some of whom are have been taken into account during training. We heard earlier in the season that Mike Macdonald himself has changed game plans and training formats to match what the players thought was the best, a difference in approach from previous years.

Between a change from Harbaugh and more player-led initiatives, with guys like Hutchinson, Josh Ross, Andrew Stueber and Andrew Vastardis among others taking the reins and not letting any issues snowball. Years ago, this stuff could have manifested into something bigger. Not this year.

Once this season is over, whether it’s this Friday or in the National Championship game, the Underdogs will try to dissect what was different about Harbaugh’s squad this year. You could argue that previous teams (2015? 2016?) Were more talented, but they didn’t rack up the number of wins or championships. In a way, this year has been the perfect storm for Harbaugh and Michigan, two parties that were at a crossroads just 12 months ago. They stuck it out and the results quickly followed.

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