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Alan Cross’ weekly music picks: The remnants of 2018 - National

As the remainder of 2018 ticks away, there are still a couple of launches we require to speak about. As well as if you’re not expecting 2019 yet, it’s time to begin.

Allow’s see what gets on the docket today.

1. Strumbellas, Redemption(Solitary)

Strumbellas had a superb two-year keep up their 3rd cd, Hope, and also obviously produced a brand-new style (” ranch emo,” according to Wikipedia) in the process. A 4th still-untitled document schedules on Glassnote Records (the exact same tag as Mumford & & Sons, Robert DeLong, Phoenix az, and so on) at some time in2019 This solitary offers us a preference of what we could anticipate.

2. XXXTentacion, Skins

When XXXTentacion was fired and also eliminated outside a Miami motorbike store back in June, he would certainly been servicing product for his 3rd cd. Skins is the very first of a number of posthumous cds, although at under 20 mins in size, this set is rather thrifty. The partnership with Kanye West appear at a simple 94 secs, and also is regular of the 10 tracks on the document. Additionally look for a macabre visitor look on Ye’s upcoming Yandhi cd.

3. Van Morrison, The Prophet Talks

If you’re counting this is cd number forty for Van and also his 5th in the last 2 years. Last month additionally noted the 50 th wedding anniversary given that the launch of his masterwork, Celestial Weeks After concerning a years of telephoning in product– actually, Van, you should not have actually troubled due to the fact that you simply humiliated on your own and also upset your followers– he’s recovered by going back to his origins: heart, jazz, and also blues. If you’re yearning a document that has a lot alike with Van’s days with Them, this need to make a hit.

4. AFI, The Missing Out On Guy(EP)

Holding AFI to one design of alt-rock has actually been difficult given that they were created in1991 They have actually taken on basically every flavour of punk (garage, skate, scary, hardcore, post-hardcore, screamo, and so on) via 10 complete cds and also greater than a half-dozen EPs, although this is the very first AFI EP given that2002 Anticipate much more genre-jumping throughout the document’s 5 tracks.

5. Gucci Hair, Wickedness Wizard

As a leader in the hip-hop sub-genre of catch songs, Gucci Hair has actually aided develop Atlanta as a hip-hop funding and also has actually advertised the surge of various other rap artists like Principal Keef, Migos, and also Youthful Ruffian. Wickedness Wizard, his 13 th cd (he additionally has greater than 70 mixtapes), includes visitor looks by Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and also Bruno Mars.

London Calling– Ian Brown, First Globe Troubles

Having actually subsumed his individual aspirations to fit the Rock Roses get-together, Ian Brown prepares with his very first solo cd in a years. His 7th document, called Surges, is established for launch on Feb. 1. Madchester/Britpop followers may be able to detect a couple of Easter eggs in the video clip.

Obscure Treasure– Tallies, Beat the Heart

Toronto’s Tallies can map their origins back to an opportunity conference by a number of future participants at Algonquin University in Ottawa. Among their number currently has a job in a Toronto recording workshop, an useful point when you remain in a band. This solitary, a preference of a bigger body of job arranged for 2018, has actually currently been playlisted by the BBC’s 6 Songs.

Throwback Thursday– Phantom Plant, Huge Brat

This LA-based garage band was co-founded by star (and also drummer) Jason Schwartzman back in1991 He stuck with them for the very first two-and-a-half cds. Halfway via taping their 3rd cd, 2004’s self-titled launch, Schwartzman entrusted to focus on his acting occupation. Intriguing timing. This solitary from that document came to be a sizable alt-rock radio hit.

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Pittsfield man injured in shooting during armed home invasion

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Pittsfield police are looking into an armed home invasion where one person was shot on Mohawk Street in Pittsfield Wednesday night.

On Wednesday around 9:10 p.m., officers received a report of a ShotSpotter activation on Mohawk Street in Pittsfield. Several community members also called the department for reports of shots fired in the same area.

Officers were sent to the area and found a 47-year-old Pittsfield man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for serious injuries but is expected to be okay. The victim was later taken to Albany Medical Center for more treatment.

An early investigation by Pittsfield police found the shooting resulted from an armed home invasion. One of the people inside the home was shot. Witnesses told police there were allegedly three masked people that forced their way into the home where shots fired were reported.

A vehicle believe to be involved in the incident was towed and is now in custody of police. A K-9 unit investigating believes the suspects may have left the area on foot. Pittsfield police say the incident is not believed to be random.

Pittsfield Police were assisted by state Police, Lanesborough Police and Dalton Police. The incident will be investigated by the Pittsfield Police Department.

If you have any information on the shooting or armed home invasion, you are asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705, via text message by texting “PITTIP” and your message to 847411.

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COVID-19 cases by age group in Massachusetts for the last two weeks

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COVID-19 cases by age group in Massachusetts for the last two weeks

(WWLP) — COVID-19 cases are categorized by age group over the last 14 days. More than 20% of cases were in people in their 20s, 13% were in kids younger than 10 from 23,000 total cases reported.

Total COVID-19 cases by age

  • 0-4 years: 1,224
  • 5-9 years: 1,753
  • 10-14 years: 1,632
  • 15-19 years: 1,932
  • 20-29 years: 4,999
  • 30-39 years: 3,616
  • 40-49 years: 2,560
  • 50-59 years: 2,347
  • 60-69 years: 1,665
  • 70-79 years: 963
  • 80+ years: 521

The FDA will be making important decisions soon on a COVID-19 vaccine for children and booster shots.

Based on the data they have, Pfizer is confident that their two-dose vaccine is safe for children, in the 5 to 11 age group. Pfizer said at the end of September, they will submit their clinical trial data to the FDA, for emergency use authorization.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says there’s a good chance the shot for children will be available before Halloween, based on what needs to happen with the FDA. The FDA panel also has recommended Pfizer’s booster only for older people and others at high risk of severe disease.

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Ithaca man arrested for reportedly stealing credit cards, going on shopping spree in Saratoga County

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WILTON, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York State Police in Wilton arrested Robert J. Porter, 38, of Ithaca on September 21. Police say Porter allegedly stole credit cards from vehicles and went on a $7,000 shopping spree.

Police responded to a Gansevoort residence on September 16 after they reported someone had gone through their vehicles. Police say the person had taken multiple credit cards and over $300 in cash.

The suspect proceeded to make over $7,000 in unauthorized purchases with the stolen credit cards. Police conducted interviews and obtained surveillance video from where the illegal purchases were made and were able to get a description of the suspect.

Police located the suspect sitting on a picnic table at the Stewart’s Shops on Route 9 in Moreau while on patrol and identified him as Porter. Police say he was in possession of a glass smoking pipe containing cocaine residue at the time of his arrest.

Porter has been charged with:

  • Grand larceny in the third degree (D felony)
  • Identity theft in the first degree (D felony)
  • Three counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree (E felony)
  • Criminal impersonation in the second degree (A misdemeanor)
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree (A misdemeanor).

Porter was arraigned in Wilton Town Court and remanded to Saratoga County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000. He is due back in court on September 28.

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Massachusetts has over 30,000 breakthrough COVID cases

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Come Monday, it’s either vaccination or termination for those who work in state run hospitals and nursing homes. Security officers are among those who work at state hospitals who are being forced to make that decision. The lawsuit claims that the vaccine mandate goes against their constitutional rights.

In a newly filled lawsuit against Governor Kathy Hochul, Heath Commissioner Howard Zucker, and the New York State Health Department, 10 individual state hospital security officers are fighting for the option to have regular COVID tests instead of being mandated to get the vaccine. They say it’s unfair that teachers would have the option for regular testing, but they won’t.

“Students who are 12 years or younger can’t be vaccinated,” said Dennis Vacco. “Inherently, the population in schools is less vaccinated than the population in hospitals or in health care facilities. To say nothing of the fact that health care facilities are constructed to prevent the spread of illness within the facility.”

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Booster doses of COVID vaccine could be rolling-out soon

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Come Monday, it’s either vaccination or termination for those who work in state run hospitals and nursing homes. Security officers are among those who work at state hospitals who are being forced to make that decision. The lawsuit claims that the vaccine mandate goes against their constitutional rights.

In a newly filled lawsuit against Governor Kathy Hochul, Heath Commissioner Howard Zucker, and the New York State Health Department, 10 individual state hospital security officers are fighting for the option to have regular COVID tests instead of being mandated to get the vaccine. They say it’s unfair that teachers would have the option for regular testing, but they won’t.

“Students who are 12 years or younger can’t be vaccinated,” said Dennis Vacco. “Inherently, the population in schools is less vaccinated than the population in hospitals or in health care facilities. To say nothing of the fact that health care facilities are constructed to prevent the spread of illness within the facility.”

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Former Chatham clerk-treasurer pleads guilty to defrauding village

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CHATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Former Chatham clerk-treasurer, Barbara Henry, 59, of Chatham has pleaded guilty to attempted official misconduct. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Henry unlawfully waived her own health insurance premiums at the town’s expense.

“Ms. Henry took advantage of her public position to have the taxpayers fully fund her insurance costs,” said DiNapoli. “This kind of corruption drives up costs and erodes the public trust.”

An investigation found that from April 2017 to August 2018, Henry allegedly used her position to unlawfully waive her own health insurance premiums, causing the village to pay Henry’s portion of health insurance. Henry was responsible for paying 50% of her health insurance while the village was responsible for the other 50%. She was employed by the village from late 2012 until she resigned in August of 2018. 

DiNapoli says Henry paid $3,586 in restitution for defrauding the village health insurance premiums and stealing from her other employer Cadmus Lifesharing Association, a nonprofit organization based out of Massachusetts. 

Henry was also ordered to pay a $250 fine in addition to the restitution.

This is the second criminal conviction of a village official. Former Police Chief Peter Volkmann was sentenced on July 19, 2021 to pay nearly $93,000 in restitution after his felony guilty plea to grand larceny in the fourth degree.

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“Students who are 12 years or younger can’t be vaccinated,” said Dennis Vacco. “Inherently, the population in schools is less vaccinated than the population in hospitals or in health care facilities. To say nothing of the fact that health care facilities are constructed to prevent the spread of illness within the facility.”

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NYC teacher COVID vaccine mandate moves forward after judge’s ruling

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“Students who are 12 years or younger can’t be vaccinated,” said Dennis Vacco. “Inherently, the population in schools is less vaccinated than the population in hospitals or in health care facilities. To say nothing of the fact that health care facilities are constructed to prevent the spread of illness within the facility.”

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New York hospitals, nursing homes dread ‘massive exodus’ after vaccine deadline

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Nursing homes and hospitals statewide are facing a lot of stress as the state vaccine mandate for healthcare workers goes into effect in just five days.

On September 27, most health care workers will have to have at least one shot of the COVID vaccine or they could lose their job. The mandate could affect a lot of hospitals and long-term care facilities that still have unvaccinated staff members.

“I’m really fearful that we could see 20% of the workforce leave hospitals or long-term care,” said Ann Marie Cook, the President and CEO of Lifespan, which provides services for again adults and their caregivers. “We could see a massive exodus of workers in the short term.”

Check out the state data about vaccination rates at local adult care and skilled nursing facilities:

% of unvaccinated staff at skilled nursing facilities % of staff unvaccinated staff at adult care facilities
Albany 11% 7%
Columbia 25% 10%
Dutchess 18% 24%
Fulton 20% 9%
Greene 15% 11%
Herkimer 19% 14%
Montgomery 17% 17%
Rensselaer 25% 14%
Saratoga 10% 14%
Schenectady 13% 7%
Schoharie 53%
Ulster 20% 19%
Warren 25% 17%
Washington 15% 16%

“I feel like we’re in a pending crisis and we have to think about this and figure out a way how we’re going to care for people,” Cook said. “I have been hearing rumors that a lot of those facilities have stopped taking admissions now to prepare for the fact that maybe 40% of their workforce—hopefully less—will leave the facility.” 

Cook said with places not taking new patients, she worries about those who need care down the road. “Many older adults once they go into hospital need a rehab stay before they can go home. If some of the long-term care facilities aren’t accepting new admissions, how will older adults go home safely without rehabilitation?” she said. “Long-term care just doesn’t have the staff to care for them. It’s one of those terrible problems where it’s nobody’s fault. But the solutions are not easy to figure out.”

Nursing homes won’t be the only entities impacted by staffing shortages. Hospitals are expected to as well. Some hospital workers say they’ve been having conversations with coworkers who may be hesitant to get the vaccine. “This is obviously a very sensitive topic,” said Chris Burleigh, a Nurse Manager in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. “It’s very controversial, and we are not afraid of those conversations. We are willing to have those conversations and engage with those conversations, but we all need to be kind to each other.”

The potential for understaffing is difficult to accept for health care workers who have been working tirelessly for the last year-and-a-half during the pandemic. “We have been working continuously for 18 months,” said Dr. Paritosh Prasad, Director of Surgical Intensive Care and the Highly Infection Disease Unit, Strong Memorial Hospital. “We are working under incredible stress, strain, and we are used to stress and strain, that is part of our job description, but this is something well outside the norm.”

Dr. Prasad and Burleigh are calling on everyone to do their part to help slow the spread and help elevate some of the stress put on frontline healthcare workers. “We are in a battle for our lives and all of you have the ability to help win this battle,” Prasad said. “We have the power to change how this pandemic rolls out. This is not something that is going to resolve itself without each and every one of our involvement, this is a fight every one of us is in and every one of us has a critical role to play.”

Dr. Prasad also addressed groups that have been standing outside Strong Hospital the past few weeks to protest vaccine mandates. “I am not going to say that leaving the hospital and seeing people protesting and yelling things at you isn’t a punch in the gut,” Dr. Prasad said. “We leave it all on the table for the patients we are taking care of.”

Still, with a lot of uncertainty about what the next few weeks will bring, healthcare workers say they will work together and serve patients who need care. “At the end of the day, we are still going to stand shoulder to shoulder with them,” Burleigh said. “We are still going to take care of our patients, regardless or not if we agree.”

On Tuesday, a federal judge has ordered an extension on the temporary restraining order blocking New York from forcing certain medical workers to be vaccinated, but this specifically applies to those with a religious exemption. The order was extended until October 12.

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NYS preparing for thunderstorms, heavy rain through Friday

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Kathy Hochul has directed state agencies to prepare for the upcoming thunderstorms and heavy rain in New York. The thunderstorms are possible in the Capital Region, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island.

Heavy rainfall may cause flooding of roads and ponding of water in low-lying areas. Some storms may contain damaging winds, which could cause downed trees and power lines.

“I have directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets and be ready to assist local governments if needed,” said Hochul. “New Yorkers should pay close attention to the weather and always be ready with a plan should an emergency arise.”

Preparations include:

The Department of Transportation

  • 1,329 large dump trucks
  • 294 large loaders
  • 80 tracked and wheeled excavators
  • 73 chippers
  • 19 graders
  • 16 vacuum trucks with sewer jets
  • 15 tree crew bucket trucks

Thruway Authority

  • 659 operators and supervisors prepared to respond to any wind or flood related issues
  • 205 Large Dump Trucks
  • 112 Small Dump Trucks
  • 62 Loaders
  • 28 Trailers
  • 6 Vac Trucks
  • 9 Tracked Excavators
  • 10 Wheeled Excavators
  • 10 Brush Chippers
  • 99 Chainsaws
  • 22 Aerial Trucks
  • 21 Skid Steers
  • 87 Portable Generators
  • 65 Portable Light Units

The Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police and the Department of Public Service are some of the other agencies prepared to assist when needed.

Hochul also recommends New Yorkers be prepared for extreme weather. Safety tips include:

  • Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Develop and practice a ‘family escape’ plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Stockpile emergency supplies of canned food, medicine and first aid supplies and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Have disaster supplies on hand

For a complete listing of weather advisories, visit your area’s National Weather Service website.

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