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On his way through the streets in Beverly Hills, Justin Bieber had a needle in his arm, but it’s truly the health image.

Justin Bieber with IV Drip leaves the medical building

Justin Bieber with IV Drip leaves the medical building

Justin cruised with an IV bag from a health care centre, Wednesday and Thursday, our sources inform us he was there for a vitamin drop.

Should you not understand… In addition to healing the stomach, the vitamin drips enhance your immune health, increase energy levels, decrease depression and anxiety, enhance mental clarity and cognitive function, decrease migraine symptoms, fight fatigue and retain muscle power.

More TMZ-MD is available, the IV typically contains elevated doses of vitamin C or magnesium.

One therapy often costs approximately $120.

It’s not dangerless. After a poor response to a vitamin IV drip, Kendall Jenner was hospitalized last year.

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New York moves forward with $15 minimum wage despite labor shortage

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NEW YORK (WWTI) — New York State is continuing with its plan to implement its $15 minimum wage. The New York State Department of Labor announced on Monday that the state’s minimum wage phase-in will continue. The next steps are set to take effect on December 31, 2021.

According to the DOL, this next phase will require the minimum wage to be increased to $15 per hour on Long Island and Westchester, matching the minimum wage already set in New York City. All other areas will be required to raise the minimum wage to $13.20 per hour based on economic factors and indices.

Below is the general minimum wage scheduled for New York State.

12/31/16 12/31/17 12/31/18 12/31/19 12/31/20 12/31/21
NYC- 11 or more employees $11.00 $13.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
NYC- 10 or fewer employees $10.50 $12.00 $13.50 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
Long Island and Westchester $10.00 $11.00 $12.00 $13.00 $14.00 $15.00
Remainder of New York State $9.70 $10.40 $11.10 $11.80 $12.50 $13.20

This announcement follows a required report by the Division of the Budget, which found evidence of pressure for wages to rise in the midst of the ongoing labor shortage.

“Companies, particularly those that employ low-wage workers, are already raising wages and in some cases offering incentives to hire amid a labor shortage that is showing no sign of abating, and it makes sense to raise the wage floor now and continue supporting New York’s families while providing a predictable path forward for businesses,” Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said in a press release. “With today’s action, we are continuing the work of building back with equity and justice.”

Findings from the Division of the Budget’s Minimum Wage Report included that the low-wage sector was the most impacted by the pandemic. The report stated that 57.2% of the private sector losses were in retail trade, health care and social assistance, leisure and hospitality. Additionally, results from the Survey of Consumer Expectations suggested that the pandemic has caused some workers to reassess the value of their labor.

The DOL stated that future increases in the remainder of New York State will be based on an indexed schedule. This will be set by the Director of the Division of the Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor following an annual review of the impact.

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month centers breaking mental health stigma

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(WFFF) — September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and the Department of Mental Health and Vermont’s advocacy groups want you to know how to make a difference. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Vermonters ages 15 to 34.

Even so, Laurie Emerson, executive director of NAMI Vermont, says conversations about mental health have grown more open and accessible. “We’ve been more open about it, and we’ve realized we all have mental health, and we all need support,” she says.

Emerson says those discussions can take many forms, whether it’s a conversation with a friend, visiting a community mental health center, or calling the Suicide Prevention Hotline during a crisis. Emerson added that next year, there will be a new lifeline, which can be reached by dialing 988.

NAMI Vermont is also pushing for mobile crisis teams in Vermont. “Let’s be able to meet people where they’re at to give them the support that they need,” Emerson said. “What we really want to do is keep people out of the emergency room to ensure they’re getting the help that they need when they need it.”

Alex Raeburn, the Vermont Department of Mental Health’s data and outreach coordinator, says there’s been a particular focus on helping employees create work environments free of mental health stigma. “There’s a lot of opportunities to just really check in, be mindful of where everyone is, and how their mental health is being affected,” Raeburn said. “Not just by these extreme circumstances we’ve all been dealing with for the last year and a half, but also just to make this a norm.”

Emerson also highlighted the importance of support groups. She first got involved with NAMI Vermont by going to meetings with a family member. Although it might not be a preferred method for some, there can be strength in numbers.

“I was able to connect with other families who were going through the same experiences I was going through, and we were able to talk to each other very openly and honestly,” Emerson said. “Sometimes talking with people other than family is really helpful, because they understand what you’re going through.”

On October 9, NAMI Vermont will host its annual NAMIWalks event. The fundraiser will be an in-person event and a virtual experience. Participants will meet on the lawn of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington for a walk and a BBQ.

If you or someone you know is thinking about or planning to take their own life, there is help available:

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POESTENKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A community meeting will be September 27 at 7 p.m. in Poestenkill to discuss PFOA found in the drinking water at a local school and nearby homes. PFOA is a toxic chemical which can cause serious health problems.

PFOA was found in drinking wells at Algonquin Middle School in Poestenkill and in nearby residential wells. The school has shut off water fountains since learning of the drinking water problem.

It was standing room only Monday night at the Poestenskill VFW where residents shared their concerns to members of the Poestenskill Town Board, the Rensselaer County Health Department, the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Poestenkill Town Board says they are in the early stages and no major decisions have been made yet.

Residents say they want to get forever chemicals out of their water. Poestenkill Town Board Member Eric Wohlleber says action needs to be taken.

“They need to be doing free testing in Poestenskill and they need to be doing free testing in Poestenkill tomorrow,” said he.

The town is working the state on addressing frequent testing, as well as finding the source.

“We need to know what the source is, we need to know where the plume is and we need to know where the plume is not,” said Wohlleber.

The town says they have long term goals put in place such as Troy water connection or getting EPA grants such as the Clean Water Act.

Residents say they just want some answers.

“We need more testing in local areas, they need to put the filters on the wells that need them and let us know that we are safe or not safe, so I can go on living my life,” said Evan, a resident in Poestenkill. 

This chemical was also found in drinking water in Hoosick Falls and Petersburg, also in Rensselaer County.

Speakers include:

  • Bob Brunet, Poestenkill Public Health Coordinator
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • NYS Department of Health
  • Rensselaer County Health Department (invited)
  • Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator and resident of Poestenkill
  • Michele Baker, NY Water Project and resident of Hoosick Falls

The meeting will also be available on Zoom. Participants on Zoom can enter comments or questions in the chat portion of the meeting.

The NYS DOH will be holding a drinking water quality council meeting on October 5, 1:30 – 4 PM.

Due to current COVID-19 precautions, the meeting will be held via live Webcasting only at the following link.

The public may write and submit comments during the meeting through a portal on the live webcast. The comments will then be read into the public record.  

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Bloom Ink Studio hosting grand opening event

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TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Bloom Ink Studio is not your average tattoo shop. The shop, located at 455 Broadway, specializes in microblading and paramedical tattoos including things like areola restoration for cancer patients, scalp micro-pigmentation and scar camouflage.

In order to celebrate, the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District is celebrating the shop’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 30 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Bloom Ink Studio deals with clients that have sensitive conditions which may be uncomfortable to deal with in order to help them look and feel their best. The studio is a boutique space that also includes clothing and home goods, including several featured local, women-owned brands. Another location is also in Burlington, Vt.

“I love meeting new people and helping them feel their best. There’s nothing better than seeing the happiness and confidence in a client’s face and body language after one of our services,” Sunkes said “It has been amazing returning to Troy to open Bloom Ink Studio and I look forward to growing alongside of it as we provide a needed service in downtown Troy and the Capital Region.”    

Sunkes says she wants to create a comfortable and familiar environment where people know your name in order to add a personal touch for clients. Bloom Ink Studio will reportedly operate in both Burlington and Troy.

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Hunger-Free Vermont aims to make free school lunches the norm

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WFFF) — Vermonters are working to make free, universal school meals permanent in the state.

“It’s just a basic equity issue when it comes to education,” says Teddy Waszazak, campaign manager with Hunger-Free Vermont. “Kids cannot learn well if they cannot eat well.”

During the pandemic, the need for universal school meals grew, prompting the USDA to issue temporary waivers for free breakfast and lunch regardless of families’ incomes. But Waszazak says these waivers are set to expire at the end of the school year. “The campaign is advocating to make the universal school meal system permanent in Vermont,” he says.

Since 2011, he and his colleagues have tried to make universal school meals the norm in Vermont. Last year, their bill made it through the Senate. In January, they plan to meet with lawmakers again to get it passed.

“I remember as a kid buying lunch tickets, and ‘Did I bring my money?’” said Burlington resident Jessica Savage. “And, ‘Oh shoot, I didn’t!’”

Savage is a mother of two young children. She says she’s glad to see her daughter’s school work to reduce the stigma around school meals. “It’s part of what being in the classroom is for these children, she says. “My kid especially, she needs that in order to focus on anything.”

Wazazak says he remembers the challenges he faced at lunchtime and is determined to change that narrative for Vermont’s students. “I’ve been on my own since I was 15. I often did not eat in school because I didn’t have parents to fill out the paperwork and could not afford to buy the meals on my own,” he says. “We need to be providing for them, because I know personally what it’s like to have to go without those things, and then also be expected to perform well in school. And it’s frankly impossible.”

He encourages Vermonters to get involved in the campaign and sign the support card.

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Pregnant mom with COVID pneumonia feared docs would save baby, not her

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BREWSTER, N.Y. (PIX11) — New York City mother Cecilia Vega-Britez, 36, was hospitalized with COVID pneumonia in mid-September, six and a half months pregnant with her fifth son. She says she started to worry when she didn’t get a second dose of the anti-viral remdesivir.

Vega-Britez did a Facebook Live from her hospital bed in Westchester, demanding to know what her treatment regimen was, even as she had difficulty breathing. She said her treatment plan was to get Remdesivir every 24 hours. “I’ve been untreated for 26 hours,” she said through her oxygen mask.

“I am very scared for my life.”

Vega-Britez had chosen not to get the COVID vaccine in the early stages of pregnancy and the hospital was actually giving her multiple treatments for the virus, including an effective steroid to build up her lungs and those of her unborn baby. “Phone calls were not getting through,” she said. “They were not communicating with my husband.”

When she did the Facebook Live on September 15, after she’d been moved to the labor and delivery unit at a larger hospital, her perception was that the baby’s health was the doctors’ only concern. “They’re getting the baby ready and they’re not treating my pneumonia,” she said. “I’m making the video as evidence that I’m afraid for my life,” she continued, “that they’re going to come and say we have to take your baby and put you on a ventilator.”

As it turned out, the mother’s health improved and, as a result, an emergency C-section was not required. Vega-Britez returned home to her family this week after eight days in the hospital.

The crisis made Vega-Britez reflect on her decision not to get vaccinated: “Why would I give this vaccine to an unborn child that doesn’t have its organs fully developed yet?” Vega-Britez wondered. But she explains that she now regrets initially resisting vaccination. “I ended up getting so many other chemicals into my body, and into my baby.”

Fertility and infectious disease experts explained that many studies have shown the COVID vaccine doesn’t harm an unborn child and works well to prevent serious illness in the pregnant mother. “You are more susceptible to respiratory illness,” says Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn of Emory University said about pregnant women, whose immune systems are sometimes compromised. “You get the jab. You get the immunity. That saves you.”

Dr. Anate Brauer, a specialist with Shady Grove Fertility in Manhattan, pointed to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed that 35,000 pregnant women had no change in their outcomes after getting the vaccine. “The vaccine itself does not cross the placenta,” Brauer said. “But your bodies make antibodies against the virus that do cross the placenta and, therefore, protect the fetus.”

The two doctors also expressed concern about well-known personalities on social media who make negative claims about the vaccine. Superstar Nicki Minaj recently tweeted “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent.”

On public figures with large followings: “It behooves them to back up their statements with data,” Brauer said. “The vaccine does not impact either short term or long term sperm parameters.”

Vega-Britez says that now, she has a much more positive view of the vaccine. Each of her four sons got sick with COVID, beginning with her oldest, a 16-year-old. He had not yet made an appointment to get vaccinated, and visited a friend in Queens. “He went to his friend’s house, and he said he would do it after that, and then it all started,” said Arnaldo Britez, Vega-Britez’ husband.

Britez, a New York City employee, was the only person in the household who was vaccinated, and the only one who didn’t get sick. His wife is now advising pregnant women to get the vaccine to ward off complications from COVID. “If you end up in the hospital, it’s not going to be pretty,” Vega-Britez said.  “If you can, get the vaccine.”

Vega-Britez noted that communications between the doctors and herself improved dramatically after she did the Facebook Live. Even though she was initially upset with what she called bad communication, Vega-Britez knows the doctors brought her through the COVID crisis with her pregnancy intact. “Whatever happened in the hospital, they ended up saving my life,” she says.

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Reeling Rockies lose to Nationals, drop fifth straight at Coors Field

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The Rockies are limping toward the finish line and it ain’t pretty.

The rebuilding Washington Nationals (65-91) beat the Rockies 5-4 on Monday night at Coors Field, extending Colorado’s losing streak to five games as all-star pitcher German Marquez’s second-half slump continued.

At one point, the Rockies owned one of the best home records in the majors, but they are 1-6 on their final homestand of the season and 3-13 over their last 16 games at Coors.

The Nationals threatened to blow the game wide open in the ninth against closer Carlos Estevez. With one run already in, they loaded the base with no outs but Estevez got the dangerous Juan Soto to pop out to shallow left field and got Josh Bell to ground into a one-two-three double play.

That set the stage for Colorado’s mini-rally in the bottom of the frame. Trevor Story drew a two-out walk and scored on C.J. Cron’s double into the left-field corner off Tanner Rainey, but Ryan McMahon grounded out to second for the final out.

Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray, making his 12th big-league start, blanked the Rockies for five innings, allowing just two singles. He hit the wall in Colorado’s three-run sixth, but still picked up his second win of the season.

Garrett Hampson led off the sixth with a single, Charlie Blackmon and Story walked, and McMahon hit a three-run double off the center-field wall, missing a grand slam by a few feet. McMahon has hit a career-high 30 doubles, easily surpassing the 22 he hit in 2019.

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Lane closures near roundabout at Route 4 and Route 151 in East Greenbush

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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — One of two Route 4 lanes approaching the roundabout in both directions at the intersection of Route 151 in East Greenbush will be closed starting September 27. The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) says crews are constructing additional lanes exiting the roundabout to enhance traffic flow.

Motorists should watch for flaggers and workers weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lanes will be reduced around the clock until the work is completed by early November. 

DOT reminds motorists to obey flaggers’ directions and slow down significantly whenever encountering construction vehicles. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.

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NY senator pushes remote learning bill: ‘City Hall has utterly failed’

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A New York state senator introduced legislation that requires municipalities and school districts to offer a remote learning option if their area meets certain COVID transmission criteria from the CDC

Sen. John Liu, who represents parts of Queens, says the bill is the best long-term solution to the constantly changing information and guidance from New York City’s Department of Education. “City Hall has utterly failed,” he said on Sunday night. “The Department of Education (DOE) has been deaf to thousands of parents who are afraid to send their kids into buildings.”

The proposed bill would force the city’s DOE to offer remote learning within an area if the CDC deems it as a high rate of transmission area. If the proposed bill were already enshrined in law to start this week, the entire New York City public school system would be forced to offer a remote option. The CDC’s map shows all five boroughs with a high virus transmission rate—more than 100 cases per 100,000 people.

Currently, only medically fragile students with certain conditions are allowed a full-remote learning option. But according to a survey commissioned by the student advocacy group Education Trust New York, 79% of New York City parents would like the option for their children to learn remotely.

Liu said his legislation would at least give parents the option of remote learning when COVID transmission is at a dangerously high level. “It’s just an option,” he said. “When things are not totally safe—we are not out of this crisis yet—the city is responsible for providing a remote option.”

The state Legislature does not convene again until a new session begins in January, which is when lawmakers could vote on the bill. However, he suggested lawmakers could be called back to Albany for an emergency session before January. “If it requires an emergency session,” Sen. Liu says, “I will be fighting for that.”

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Adirondack Film Festival takes hybrid approach for return in October

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A recent tradition for the Adirondack Theatre Festival that has brought hundreds of films and thousands of new visitors to the area is returning this year. The hop from stage to screen for the Adirondack Film Festival is happening again.

It was announced on Monday that this year’s festival will be doing things a little differently when it returns on Oct. 14-17, taking a hybrid approach that combines both in-person and virtual attendance, with all films available both ways to facilitate COVID-related social distancing concerns.

“We are pleased to provide Adirondack Film Festival audiences with options to enjoy this great event in whichever way they feel most comfortable,” said Adirondack Theatre Festival Managing Director Tracey Sullivan.

The film festival’s catalogue of showings will be split between Charles R. Wood Theater and the Park Theatre, both in downtown Glens Falls and both past hosts for the festival. Although most showings will be the same whether seen in-person or not, some will vary.

The full lineup features over 70 films, with a lineup set to release on the Adirondack Film Festival website soon.

That list includes full-length feature films, documentaries, short films and music videos, among others. Some featured films include “Language Lessons,” starring Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass, which won an audience award at SxSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas; and “Lie Hard,” a comedy starring Catherine Curtin and Melanie Chandra.

Passes for the Adirondack Film Festival will range from $55 for an individual virtual pass to $140 for an all-access family option, and can be found online. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all in-person events.

“The range and caliber of this year’s films are very exciting,” said festival Producing Artistic Director Miriam Weisfeld. “One of these features will screen at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York City right after AFF. You can see it first in Glens Falls.” 

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