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Coronavirus Update 6-23-2021: We now live a Covid-bifurcated society — the vaccinated and the will-get-sick

I spent last weekend visiting my parents in Philadelphia. Because of the pandemic we had not seen them in 20(!) months. It was a glorious five-day visit.During our trip to Philly we mixed in a visit to Donovan's cardiologist (whom he had also not seen in 20 months). We learned two things from that appointment. First, Donovan's (formerly) narrow pulmonary valve responded amazingly to his October 2019 procedure. Secondly, Covid is still spreading like wildfire among the unvaccinated, even kids. W...
Tags: Florida, Law, Cnn, Delta, Philadelphia, Biden, Philly, Peter Hotez, National School of Tropical Medicine, Donovan, Jon Hyman, COVID, Hakan Nural, Manatee County Florida IT Department, Baylor College of Medicine the Delta


Report: Law Librarians Play Key Role In Innovation and Legal Tech

A report out yesterday provides further evidence of a trend I have written about several times in recent years — the increasingly instrumental role law librarians play in innovation and technology adoption. The 2021 AALL State of the Profession Report, the second such report published by the American Association of Law  Libraries, compiles data from three surveys to provide quantitative insights on such issues as the impact of COVID-19 in law libraries, diversity, budgets, user services, operati...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, American Association of Law Libraries, AALL, COVID


Morgan Stanley to bar unvaccinated staff from New York offices

Bank warns staff they have less than three weeks to take both Covid jabs or continue working from homeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEmployees and visitors to Morgan Stanley will barred from entering the bank’s New York offices unless they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from next month, as the Wall Street firm prepares to get staff back to their desks by early September.The banking company warned staff and clients that they have less than three weeks to receiv...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, New York City, Society, World news, Banking, US news, Bank, Vaccines and immunisation, Morgan Stanley, Westchester, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus Update 6-22-2021: Workplace things Covid has not changed—you can still fire dishonest employees

Suppose an employee leaves work claiming Covid-like symptoms. He then calls off work for the next two weeks, claiming he is quarantining at home at his doctor's recommendation. Can you fire the employee during that quarantine period? Does your opinion change if you learn during the quarantine that the employee's doctor never recommended the quarantine and the employee lied about receiving that recommendation? Those are the basic facts of O'Bryan v. Joe Taylor Restoration, and upon which a fed...
Tags: Florida, Law, Bryan, Jon Hyman, O Bryan, COVID, Taras Chernus


Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?

More than 2bn Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Find out which countries are vaccinating the mostCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the first Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 was injected into the arm of a British woman in December 2020, hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.Dozens of countries now have advanced vaccination campaigns as they rush to protect their people and get their economies back up and runni...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Legal Writers Collective 2. Jumping off the Ivory Tower Podcast 3. Lawyered Podcast 4. The Trauma-Informed Lawyer 5. Family Health Law Blog Legal Writers Collective R v Campbell, 2...
Tags: Law, Canada, Ontario, Campbell, Andrew Campbell, Buller, Monday’s Mix, ODSP, COVID, Trauma Informed Lawyer, Family Health Law Blog Legal Writers Collective R, Michelle Alton June, Michelle Alton, Marion Buller


UK aid cut behind $284m fall in global humanitarian spending

Estimated UK cut of $900m offsets increases by others nations, according to annual Global Humanitarian Assistance Report International humanitarian spending by public donors dropped by $284m (£204m) between 2019 and 2020, and UK the government cut its humanitarian funding by the most of any major western country, according to a new report from the independent Development Initiatives has found.Its annual Global Humanitarian Assistance Report is regarded as one of the best sources for objective st...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Aid, Un, COVID


Coronavirus live news: Brazil records more than 500,000 deaths from Covid; US has given more than 317,100,000 jabs

Additional 2,301 fatalities push Brazil across grim milestone; US says 317,117,797 Covid vaccines have been administeredThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91See all our coronavirus coverage 10.34pm BST Expert...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, US, Society, World news, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Latin America, Reuters, Health Ministry, Milkha Singh, Coronavirus, COVID, Gonzalo Vecina


Coronavirus live news: s Covid restrictions to remain in German schools

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in MoscowNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91UK holiday costs more than Europe as demand growsSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.22pm BST On Friday morning, Leyla Çelik woke up with butterflies in her stomach. For weeks, the 22-year-old student at Berlin’s Freie Univer...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Russia, Berlin, Society, World news, Delta, Lambeth, Vaccines and immunisation, UNHCR, Cate Blanchett, Cumbria, UN Refugee Agency, Berliner, Milkha Singh


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


Scotland was eight hours from running out of some PPE in Covid first wave

Audit Scotland says supplies of items such as gowns and masks ran very low in April last yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome stocks of PPE in Scotland came within eight hours of running out at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the country’s public spending watchdog.Audit Scotland said centrally held supplies of key items ran “very low” in April 2020. At points, long-sleeved gowns came within eight hours of running ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Scotland, Society, UK News, Health policy, Scottish politics, Coronavirus, COVID


‘Frances made this happen!’ Jo Whiley on how her sister saved lives in the pandemic

The DJ was offered a vaccine before her learning disabled sister, who caught the disease. She discusses Frances’s illness, the campaign to change the priority list and the return of GlastonburyThere is a lot of joy in little glimmers of normality these days. For Jo Whiley’s sister, Frances, this includes being able to go back to bingo. “It means the world to her,” says Whiley, the BBC Radio 2 DJ. “And she won £30 last week, which was like she’d won a trillion pounds; she was so happy!” It was on...
Tags: Health, Music, Media, Society, Bbc, Disability, Culture, Festivals, Glastonbury festival, Music Festivals, Vaccines and immunisation, Radio industry, Learning disability, Radio 2, Northamptonshire, BBC Radio


High in the Himalayas, villagers hit by Covid are left to fend for themselves

In India’s remote peaks, the pandemic’s toll is worsened by lack of medical facilities, roads and informationPhalguni Devi has spent a fortnight living in a cattle shed. Looking out on a rainy afternoon in early June, she worries that if the rain does not let up, her fever-like symptoms will worsen.Devi, 51, shares the shed with a cow and two cats, and this has taken its toll. Herbal concoctions have not worked and the visit to a pharmacist in the nearest town, in the Nijmola valley in the Himal...
Tags: Health, India, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Himalayas, Devi, Global Health, Coronavirus, COVID, Nijmola


National Registry of Exonerations reports on "25,000 Years Lost to Wrongful Convictions"

I saw this notable new report from the folks at the National Registry of Exonerations titled "25,000 Years Lost to Wrongful Convictions."  here is part of the start of the report: In 2018, the National Registry of Exonerations reported a grim milestone: Exonerated defendants had collectively served 20,000 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Just three years later, in June 2021, we reached another: Time lost to false convictions exceeded 25,000 years.  The total now stands at 25,004 ...
Tags: Law, California, United States, National Registry of Exonerations, Douglas A Berman, Lawrence Martin, COVID, Registry Innocent Black


U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Reach 600K

600,000 people with COVID-19 have died in this this country. That is such an appalling number. The World Health Organization says even people who have had COVID-19 should get vaccinated. The virus has not gone away. The Delta variant is growing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Delta, World Health Organization, COVID


Coronavirus Update 6-14-2021: It took all of 12 days for 117 employees to learn what it feels like to lose a lawsuit in spectacular fashion

Twelve days ago I predicted that the 117 hospital workers suing their employer over its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine would lose their lawsuit in spectacular fashion. I love it when I'm very, very correct. Over the weekend, Judge Lynn Hughes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a pointed five-page opinion that eviscerated the plaintiffs' arguments and dismissed their lawsuit. The losers vow to appeal and fight on. To quote one of my law school professors, I...
Tags: Law, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hughes, Jon Hyman, Lynn Hughes, COVID


Motion to Dismiss Beauty Salon's COVID-19 Claim Denied

    The insured beauty salon's claim for losses caused by shutdown orders due to COVID-19 survived the insurer's motion to dismiss based upon a Communicable Disease endorsement. T reo Salon, Inc. v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. , 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88577 (S.D. Ill. May 10, 2021).      The insured's policy included an endorsement for Communicable Disease Business Income and Extra Expense Coverage. It provided coverage for any shutdown or suspension be due to an outbreak of communicable disease at a...
Tags: Insurance, West Bend, Tred Eyerly, Business Interruption, First Party Insurance, COVID-19, COVID, T reo Salon Inc


Mandating Vaccines at Workplace Is Legal, Says Court

Over the last few months, I’ve noted here and elsewhere that employers can very likely mandate vaccines. Now are starting to see the first court cases confirm this. In a decision issued over the weekend, a federal court in Texas rejected claims by a class of workers at a Houston hospital that the hospital’s policy of requiring employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 at its expense was illegal.  The case, Bridges v. Houston Methodist Hospital, can be found here.  The employee made several argum...
Tags: Texas, Law, Bridges, Connecticut, Houston, Houston Methodist Hospital, COVID, Workplace Is Legal Says Court


Coronavirus Update 6-11-2021: OSHA’s long-awaited COVID-19 safety rule is a big bowl of … meh

Today is the 15-month anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. All that employers have asked of OSHA during the past year and a quarter is some clear guidance on the rules and expectations to keep employees healthy and safe. Yesterday, OSHA finally complied … sort of.  The agency issued an emergency rule that sets workplace safety parameters for employers for the remainder of the pandemic. Critically, however, it only applies to health-care employers. (Does this apply to you? OSHA published thi...
Tags: Law, Cdc, OSHA, Jon Hyman, OHSA, COVID, OSHA Employers


Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Delta variant is linked to 90% of Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


German health minister facing calls to resign over mask furore

Jens Spahn’s ministry is accused of planning to distribute substandard Covid masks to vulnerable people Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s health minister is facing calls to resign over accusations his ministry planned to distribute face masks considered inadequate protection against Covid-19 to socially and physically vulnerable people.Jens Spahn was the subject of a fierce debate in the German parliament, the Bundestag, on Wednesday afternoon, in which he was...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Society, World news, Jens Spahn, Bundestag, Coronavirus, COVID


Morning Docket: 06.09.21

* The MLB is playing "hard ball" over a lawsuit concerning the location of the League's All-Star Game. [Hill] * The Ohio Attorney General has filed a lawsuit seeking to declare Google a public utility. [CBS News] * Systems at the New York City Law Department are still down days after it was targeted by a cyberattack. It was hard enough to schedule depositions with them already... [New York Times] * A woman who was impaled by a beach umbrella has filed a negligence lawsuit. [Scranton Times ...
Tags: Google, Law, Cbs News, New York Times, Mlb, Ohio, Beach, Scranton Times Tribune, All-star Game, Morning Docket, COVID-19, COVID, Ohio Attorney General, New York City Law Department


Affirmation of inherent tribal power to police blurs civil and criminal Indian law tests

On Tuesday in United States v. Cooley, the Supreme Court upheld a power that tribal governments have long assumed they possessed as a basic necessity of ensuring public safety. The court held that tribal governments — and thus their police officers — retain the power to temporarily stop, and if necessary, search non-Indians traveling on public rights-of-way (highways) through reservations for suspected violations of federal or state laws. The unanimous opinion was authored by Justice Stephen Br...
Tags: Law, Congress, Montana, United States, Shirley, Reina, 9th Circuit, The Supreme Court, U S Court of Appeals, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Samuel Alito, Kavanaugh, Cooley, Oliphant, Merits Cases




Restaurant's COVID-19 Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

    The insurer's argument that the insured restaurants' claim for business interruption due to COVID-19 should be dismissed because there was no physical damage to the structure was rejected by the federal district court in Alabama. Serendipitous, LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co. , 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86998 (N.D. Ala. May 6, 2021).     Due to closure orders issued at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants could provide only curb pick up for months Later, they were allowed to seat c...
Tags: Insurance, Cincinnati, Tred Eyerly, First Party Insurance, All-Risk Policy, Cincinnati Ins, COVID-19, COVID, Alabama Serendipitous LLC


Children are ‘vulnerable host’ for Covid as cases recede, US expert warns

Cases plummet but children under 12 not yet eligible for shotsMississippi governor defends low state vaccination rateA US public health expert has warned that though cases of Covid-19 are at their lowest rates for months and much of the country is returning to normal life, young Americans are still “a vulnerable host” for the coronavirus. Related: Post-lockdown summer: Americans out for fun and with money to spend Continue reading...
Tags: Mississippi, Republicans, US, Society, World news, US news, US politics, US healthcare, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden Administration, Coronavirus, COVID


‘It’s a lifeline’: Cumbrian villagers raise £200,000 to save last shop

Kirkoswald residents to reopen last remaining store as a community business run by volunteers Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe village high street in Kirkoswald, Cumbria, was once home to shops including a butcher’s, a greengrocer’s and a shoe shop. Now just one remains: a small convenience store that has became the hub of village life during the pandemic.After its owner, the local philanthropist David Hodgkiss, died of Covid in March last year, the shop was put up...
Tags: England, Communities, Society, UK News, Cumbria, Coronavirus, COVID, David Hodgkiss, Kirkoswald Cumbria


‘We need good leaders’: Rep Garcia fetes local students headed to military academies

Congressman Mike Garcia (R-CA 25) delivers remarks to the military academy appointees and there families. (Photo: Mark McGreal) Appointees and their families at the Embassy Suites in Valencia (Photo: Mark McGreal) Joshua Kang (left), an appointee to the United States Naval Academy, receives a certificate and a flag as a congratulatory gift. (Photo: Mark McGreal) Gabriella Meccia (left), an appointee to the Air Force Acadmy, receives a certificate and flag from Congressman Mike Garcia (P...
Tags: News, Education, Navy, California, Iraq, Sport, Soccer, Military, Lausd, Valencia, Scholarships, Garcia, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, LA County, U S Naval Academy


It’s lawyer well-being week, so make sure to take care of yourself

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** It’s not easy being a lawyer. Even though it’s a fulfilling profession, practicing law can be also be stressful. That’s why the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being established Lawyer Well-Being Week, and the goal is to ensure that lawyers focus on wellness and take steps to reduce their stress levels. This year it’s scheduled for May 3rd to the 7th and we happen to be in the midst of it as I wr...
Tags: New York, Law, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, NBlack, Nicole Black, MCBA, Monroe County Bar Association, National Task Force on Lawyer Well Being, COVID, Lawyer Well Being Week, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee, Bradley Kammholz



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