Lockdowns, Round 2: A New Virus Surge Prompts Restrictions, and Pushback

first_img“But it’s also much worse than the spring because this virus is now much more widespread,” she said. “It’s not just one region of the country experiencing the surge. It’s every state.”As in the spring, the latest moves to buckle down have frequently been led by Democratic officials, who have tended to be more willing than Republicans to place restrictions on businesses and issue mask mandates. The governors of Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington who have announced new restrictions in the last few days are all Democrats.So is Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who said on Monday that his state was “pulling the emergency brake” on its reopening plan.He moved most of California’s more populous counties back into the most restrictive tier in the state’s tiered reopening plan, meaning that indoor dining and some other businesses that had been allowed to reopen with limits would have to shut down again. Mr. Newsom added that the state was studying options for imposing a curfew. The virus killed about 1,700 people in Philadelphia in the early months of the pandemic, overwhelming the city’s funeral homes. With Covid-19 hospitalizations soaring again in the city, Dr. Farley warned that the virus could kill a similar number of Philadelphians this fall and winter if left unchecked. Dr. Atlas said later on Sunday that he did not mean to incite violence.The fraught political atmosphere is a return to an earlier era of the pandemic, when protesters who were angry about business shutdowns screamed without masks on at state capitols and Mr. Trump encouraged right-wing protests demanding the reopening of the economy. Those tensions faded in the summer after viral outbreaks cooled in many states. Governors made plans to open up businesses and restaurants, and some of the millions of jobs lost in the pandemic came back. But the new restrictions are meeting resistance, and it has been especially fierce in Michigan, where Governor Whitmer, a Democrat, said on Sunday evening that she would shut down indoor dining, shutter casinos and movie theaters, and halt in-person learning at high schools and colleges for three weeks. A Republican state legislator quickly called for her to be impeached, and Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s coronavirus adviser, urged people in the state to “rise up” in protest. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – But now, the arc of the pandemic has returned to crisis levels nearly everywhere.The country is now recording more than 150,000 new cases each day on average, more than ever before. More than 69,000 people are in the hospital with the virus, the highest number of the pandemic. Reports of coronavirus-related deaths are up 64 percent in the past month, to more than 1,100 people a day. And governors and mayors are returning to the lecterns and video streams where they held daily briefings in the spring, this time to announce urgent new restrictions and plead for compliance.“It feels very similar to the spring,” said Crystal Watson, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Watson said she worried that hospitals in many cities would soon become overwhelmed, as they were in New York City and other places on the East Coast during the spring peak. Under the new rules, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people for every 1,000 square feet of space, which Dr. Farley said meant barring fans from football games. Youth, community and school sports will be canceled. High schools and colleges were told to shift to remote learning, but child care centers and elementary and middle schools will be allowed to remain open.“The bottom line is this: If we don’t do something to change the trajectory of this epidemic, the hospitals will become full,” Dr. Farley said. “They’ll have difficulty treating people, and we’ll have between several hundred and a thousand deaths by just the end of this year.”Reporting was contributed by Kathleen Gray, Marie Fazio, Jill Cowan, Simon Romero and Bryan Pietsch. But as the pandemic penetrates far and wide, reaching more rural areas and wide swaths of Republican-led states than it touched in the spring, Republican officials who had been hesitant about government overreach have also been wielding their authority more forcefully. The Republican governors of North Dakota and Utah imposed mask mandates last week; Iowa’s governor did the same on Monday, also announcing curfews at restaurants and bars and restrictions on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings. So far, few officials have returned to the most restrictive measure used in the spring, a complete stay-at-home order. But the Navajo Nation reinstated its stay-at-home order after health officials warned of uncontrolled spread of the virus in dozens of communities in the vast reservation.The order, one of the most aggressive antivirus measures in the nation, took effect on Monday and is to last three weeks. During that time, all roads in the Navajo Nation are closed to visitors, residents must stay at home except for urgent trips, and most government offices will be closed. Essential businesses like gas stations and groceries are allowed to open, but only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Warning that serious action was needed to prevent a new wave of deaths, officials in Philadelphia announced sweeping measures on Monday to shut down indoor dining, gyms, museums and libraries, close down in-person learning at high schools and colleges through the end of 2020 and ban all indoor gatherings of people from multiple households, even in private homes.“That means no indoor parties, group meals, football watching groups, no visiting between households, no indoor weddings, funerals, baby showers,” Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner, said. “We know that is a very strong policy, but this gets at the most important sites of spread.” “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept,” Dr. Atlas wrote on Twitter. On Monday, Ms. Whitmer said the statement left her “breathless.”“It’s just incredibly reckless, considering everything that has happened,” said Ms. Whitmer, who faced fierce opposition for her coronavirus restrictions in the spring: Mr. Trump tweeted a call to “liberate Michigan” and protesters at the State Capitol chanted, “Lock her up.” She was later the target of an alleged kidnapping plot by an antigovernment extremist group, the authorities said.- Advertisement – The scene was familiar: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, addressing a rapidly escalating coronavirus surge in her state, stood at a lectern and somberly announced new restrictions meant to stop the virus from spreading out of control.Within hours, the backlash began.- Advertisement – As the coronavirus crisis mounts with renewed force in the United States, surpassing 11 million total cases and threatening to overwhelm hospitals across the country, governors, mayors and other officials are ordering restrictions, and once again finding themselves in the crosscurrents of public health and economic crises.California, Washington State, Michigan and Oregon have shut indoor dining back down, among other measures. In Chicago, a new stay-at-home advisory went into effect on Monday. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney introduced a sweeping new set of coronavirus rules, including a ban on most indoor private gatherings, with a plea for understanding: “We do not take any of this lightly,” he said. “Believe me, more than anything in the world, I wish none of this was necessary.”The new wave of restrictions comes at a time when health officials across the nation are reporting more new cases and more hospitalizations from the virus than ever before, and experts are warning that another 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from the virus in the next few months if significant action is not taken.last_img read more

Layoffs Hit North Jersey Media Group

first_img It’s unclear at this time just how many within NJMG’s magazine group will be affected. The flagship (201) Magazine enjoys a monthly circulation of around 50,000 across Bergen County, about half of which is unpaid, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media. Those figures have generally held steady for the past several years. 426 employees across the entire company will receive state-mandated layoff notices by week’s end, but according to Gannett East’s northeast regional president, Tom Donovan, only about half of them will actually be out of a job. The other half will be placed in “newly defined news and advertising roles.” The less-fortunate will be dismissed by mid-November. North Jersey Media Group (NJMG), publisher of local newspapers The Record and Herald News as well as the monthly (201) Magazine and a litany of sister-titles, will soon lay off about half of its overall workforce, the company announced today. The group also publishes, with varying levels of frequency, (201) Gold Coast, (201) Family, (201) Home, and (201) Bride, as well as a handful of once-annual issues such as (201) Health and (201) Dining. The restructuring, according to NJMG, is aimed at further shifting the company’s focus to digital media.center_img The news comes just over a month after USA Today and Asbury Park Press owner Gannett purchased NJMG from the Borg family, which had owned The Record since 1930, for an undisclosed sum.  Representatives for both Gannett and NJMG were not immediately available for comment. “Since Gannett’s July acquisition, we have recognized that NJMG must transform even faster to meet the ever-changing demands of readers, advertisers and the communities we serve,” said Donovan in a prepared statement. “In response, we are reinventing our newsroom, sales team and other business divisions.”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Bank Is A Founding Member Of Alloy Labs

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is a founding member of a consortium of community and regional banks looking to quicken the pace of innovation across the industry to level the playing field with the financial giants who have spent millions of dollars building internal innovation labs and hiring full-time innovation teams to work on new technologyRCB is one of just 20 Charter Member institutions of the Alloy Labs Alliance, which was launched in private beta last year by 12 founding banks from across the country. The American Bankers Association recently announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the group to help foster innovation and technology adoption throughout its membership.“RCB has long been committed to delivering the products and services our customers want and need,” said Julieann Thurlow, President & CEO of RCB. “Being part of the Alloy Labs Alliance allows us to bring new innovations to market quickly and efficiently,” Thurlow continued. “New digital products and tools are increasingly a part of the equation in this rapidly changing world. We now have access to all of the newest technology and a chance to access some of the latest thinking in the industry; plus, we have an opportunity to learn and share best practices with our peers from all over the country.”Alloy Labs is a cooperative model of shared innovation and costs, as members join peer Workgroups to create innovative products and services in the areas such as peer-to-peer payments, small business lending, and digital customer onboarding. All of the aforementioned subjects are hot topics in the banking industry today.“We are excited that RCB has joined the Alloy Labs Alliance,” said Jason Henrichs, Co-founder of FinTech Forge, which manages the consortium on behalf of its members. “They bring a strong commitment to serving their customers, and also a strong commitment to continuous improvement. We are looking forward to their contributions to the group’s efforts.”“No bank can afford not to innovate in this day and age, but it’s not very efficient or even very effective for them to try to do it all themselves internally,” added FinTech Forge’s Co-founder JP Nicols. “We built the Alloy Labs Alliance as a shared innovation lab to help member banks share the costs and the risks of testing and trying new things in a structured and managed process, but maybe even more importantly, they can share the learnings with their peers so they can get to market more quickly.”About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at www.readingcoop.com.About Alloy Labs AllianceThe Alloy Labs Alliance, founded by FinTech Forge along with leading regional and community banks, is a member-driven shared innovation lab that helps banks innovate effectively and efficiently to reduce risks, lower costs, and shorten the time between ideas and results. FinTech Forge is the industry leader in helping financial institutions build and leverage their innovative capacity internally and through strategic fintech partnerships and investments. Their trademark FIRE™ process (Fast, Iterative, Responsive Experiments) leverages the best practices of modern agile business methods to create value quickly with minimum wasted efforts. More information is available at www.ftforge.com/alloy.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Supports Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Elder Independence FundIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Launches Brand New WebsiteIn “Business”last_img read more

Giasuddin Al Mamun jailed for money laundering

first_imgConvicted Giasuddin Al Mamun on the premises of Special Judge Court-3 in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: AsaduzzamanA Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun to seven years imprisonment in a money laundering case, reports UNB.Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of Special Judge Court-3 also fined him Tk 120 million in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).The ACC filed the case with capital’s Cantonment police station on 22 September 2011.Giasuddin Al Mamun was accused of laundering Tk 61.57 million between 2003 and 2006.Mamun is a close friend of Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting chairman Tarique Rahman.last_img read more