San Francisco gym owners have shared their anger at the revelation that gyms in government buildings have remained in operation for months, while their business has had to close because of the coronavirus.
Daniele Rabkin from Crossfit Golden Gate shared his frustration at the dual standards of the Democratic-run government.
“It’s bad, it’s furious,” said Rabkin.
“Despite being published, there are no consequences, no ramifications? It’s bad.
NBCbayarea.com reports: But the text messaging revealed that they had access to FIllmore Street’s SFPD Northern District Police Station — and the police said Thursday that protection and cleaning procedures and occupancy limits were defined in gyms.
“It also shows that what city workers are permitted to do and what San Francisco residents are required to do is a dual norm,” Dave Karraker, owner of MX3 Fitness in the Castro, said.
He said that this discovery is slightly silver.”What the city has done unwillingly has this great case study been produced which says it’s safe to work indoors,” Karraker said.
“We ‘re only demanding at this stage, that they allow us to have the same rights for San Francisco people as San Francisco employees.”Police gyms aren’t the only ones that are available. A sign at the gym of the Justice Hall displays guidelines for its members, including judges , prosecutors, courtiers and paralegals, to be enforced on 1 July.
On Thursday, the NBC Bay Area asked the city for comment and it was only said that the new health care order would not allow indoor fitness rooms to operate and, according to the latest announcement by Mayor London Breed, private gyms should remain closed until at least the end of the month.
The Biden administration’s special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting “inhumane” large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked by civil strife and natural disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday.
Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July, following the assassination of Haiti’s president. Even before the migrant expulsions from the small Texas border town of Del Rio, the career diplomat was known to be deeply frustrated with what he considered a lack of urgency in Washington and a glacial pace on efforts to improve conditions in Haiti.
Foote wrote Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he was stepping down immediately “with deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes.”
“I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life,” he wrote. “Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.”
Two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed the resignation on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
One official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Foote had consistently sought greater oversight of Haiti policy and that the administration did not believe his requests were appropriate.
Foote’s sudden departure leaves a void in U.S. policy toward Haiti and adds another prominent, critical voice to the administration’s response to Haitians camped on the Texas border. The administration’s U.S. ambassador, Michele Sison, another career diplomat, is expected to depart soon after being nominated to serve as the State Department’s assistant secretary of international organization affairs.
The camp has shrunk considerably since surpassing more than 14,000 people on Saturday – many of them expelled and many released in the U.S. with notices to report to immigration authorities.
The White House is facing sharp bipartisan condemnation. Democrats and many pro-immigration groups say efforts to expel thousands of Haitians without a chance to seek asylum violates American principles and their anger has been fueled by images that went viral this week of Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics against the migrants.
The expulsion flights to Haiti began Sunday and there were 10 by the end of Tuesday, according to Haitian officials. U.S. officials say they are ramping up to seven flights a day, which would mark one of the swiftest, large-scale expulsions from the U.S. in decades.
Foote served previously in Haiti as deputy chief of mission and is a former ambassador to Zambia. In new role, he worked with the U.S. ambassador to support Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
For weeks, he had been quietly pushing in Washington a plan to boost U.S. security assistance to Haiti to pave the way for presidential elections. But Haiti watchers said he became increasingly disappointed with the pace of decision-making in the administration.
“When someone who is tasked with Haiti policy at the highest level resigns because ‘recommendations are ignored and dismissed’ it’s not only troubling, but shows you this administration does not tolerate anyone who won’t go along with their distorted view of the facts,” said Damian Merlo, a Republican strategist who has worked for years on Haiti policy and is now a registered lobbyist for the country’s government. “Dan Foote is a world class diplomat who refuses to be told what do. I wish more foreign service officers had his courage to stand up and call out their bosses”
Goodman reported from Miami, Lee from New York on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly meetings.
At a wedding function in Lahore, Pakistan, shimmering fabrics, bright colors, maximalist jewelry and glittering makeup form a dazzling display of aesthetic maximalism. Old grudges are set aside or permanently forgotten in favor of love and blessings. Everyone knows newlyweds will need both, and so everyone is invited — and fed.
The food served is a point of pride for the hosts. This is perhaps why chicken steam roast is almost always included as a main dish. So ubiquitous is its presence that it has come to be known as shadiyon wala steam roast — shadiyon wala means “of the weddings” in Urdu — and it may just be the best thing about a Lahori wedding after the bride.
The night before the function, or while elaborate tents are being assembled and chandeliers hung, chickens are quartered, scored and marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and spices (red chile, turmeric and cumin, with some variations). Large chicken pieces are slowly cooked in a heavy daig, a pomegranate-shaped metal pot the size of a large cauldron.
A night of marinating and then a couple of hours of slow steaming in the daig steeps the chicken with hefty, warm flavors from the spices and citrusy freshness from coriander, another seed common in desi cooking. A weight is placed on the lid of the daig so nothing is lost, not even a little bit of steam. The result: tender, succulent, delicately but thoroughly spiced meat that falls off the bone, making it easy to eat.
Steam roast chicken’s endurance is a testament to its affordability and popularity. Perhaps this is why home cooks across Pakistan have found ways to replicate this tender, juicy, crowd-pleasing chicken. The key: using a deep stockpot placed on top of a tawa (a thin flat metal pan used for making rotis) to temper the heat long enough for the chicken to cook in its own juices and in the steam that accumulates in the pot. The tawa is a surefire way of preventing the skinless chicken from sticking to the pot or burning during the hourlong steaming process.
This recipe comes from my attempts at re-creating the steam roasts I grew up eating at the home of my phopho, a paternal aunt. The first few tries were a real test of my patience and faith. More times than I care to admit, I’d open the stockpot too soon just to make sure the chicken was OK, whatever that meant. A cloud of steam would escape in a puff, the pot cooling dramatically, and the chicken would take much longer to cook and was almost always overdone.
Then I remembered what my phopho did: While the chicken was steaming, she would peel and mandolin potatoes to fry up crispy round chips, puttering and chatting, completely engrossed in whatever it was she was talking about, almost as if nothing were on the stove. I looked away from the direct contact the low flame from my burner was making with the stockpot and put some faith in the process. It worked.
Chicken Steam Roast
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Total time: 1 hour, plus at least 2 hours of marinating
1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground red chile
1 teaspoon ginger paste or finely grated fresh peeled ginger
1 teaspoon garlic paste or finely grated fresh garlic
6 to 8 Thai green chiles, stemmed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 bone-in chicken legs (3 to 4 pounds), skin removed, meat scored to the bone
Ghee or neutral oil, for cooking
Chopped cilantro, chile flakes, mint chutney and lemon wedges, for serving
1. Mix the yogurt, spices, ginger paste, garlic paste, chopped green chiles and salt in a large bowl to make a pasty marinade. Add the chicken and thoroughly rub the marinade into the meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
2. Place a tawa, griddle or comal on the stove if you have one, and center a large stock pot or Dutch oven on top of it. Otherwise, place the pot directly on the stove. The stock pot or Dutch oven should be large enough to hold the chicken pieces in a single layer and deep enough to gather steam. Add enough ghee to coat the bottom of the pot, then add the chicken in one layer, meatier side down. Cover and cook on medium for 10 minutes.
3. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Flip the chicken and continue cooking, covered, for another 30 minutes. Remove the lid. Cook on medium until the water from the pot has mostly evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and pour any juices from the pot over the chicken. Garnish with cilantro and chile flakes and serve with chutney and lemon wedges for squeezing.
QUINCY, Calif. — Clutching a bag full of duct tape and snacks, Woody Faircloth climbs aboard a motorhome complete with carpet and drapes. At his side, his 9-year-old daughter, Luna, quizzes a family who has just donated the recreational vehicle, appropriately called Residency. In the distance, above hills dotted with sagebrush, smoke billows from the second-largest wildfire in California history.
Father and daughter drive west an hour where they deliver the 35-foot (11-meter) RV to its new owner — a volunteer firefighter who lost his home in August when the Dixie Fire leveled most of historic downtown Greenville, a tiny Northern California mountain town dating to the gold rush era.
The vehicle is the 95th that Faircloth has delivered to wildfire victims. Run entirely on volunteer efforts and donated RVs, the nonprofit EmergencyRV.org fills a gap for victims who often wait months for emergency housing, Faircloth said.
“We’re grassroots; we can move a lot faster than that. It’s people helping people. … We can get there almost immediately,” he said.
And Faircloth has a long list of people who need help. Thousands of wildfires have burned in California and the U.S. West this year as a historic drought makes the flames harder to fight.
His mission began Thanksgiving week in 2018. Recently divorced and home in Denver with Luna, then 6, Faircloth watched news coverage of a man fleeing in an RV as the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century — the Camp Fire — burned his California home. Despite losing his house, the man was grateful to have the RV to call home for Thanksgiving. That struck Faircloth.
He had never been in an motorhome before, but he turned to Luna and asked, “Why don’t we get an RV and drive it out there and give it to a family that lost their home? What do you think about that?”
Her reply: “Aw, Dad, God and Santa Claus are gonna be proud of us.”
“That kinda sealed the deal,” Faircloth said.
Within three days, with Luna riding shotgun, Faircloth steered west from Denver in a $2,500 motorhome he found on Craigslist. They celebrated Thanksgiving on the road and delivered the vehicle the next day to a victim of the Camp Fire, which nearly destroyed the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.
As social media posts about the trip spread, donors started offering Faircloth their RVs. Some offered to deliver the vehicles themselves, but Faircloth makes many of the drops personally.
He tries to schedule the trips on weekends but often dips into vacation time from his full-time job at telecom company Comcast. Faircloth has traversed thousands of miles over the past three years, often with Luna at his side. Last year, she joined him more often as COVID-19 precautions had her going to school remotely.
While those who are given RVs own them outright, Faircloth estimates 5% to 10% return them once they’re on their feet so they can be donated to other fire victims.
Faircloth and Luna spent three weekends in the last two months making the 20-hour drive from Denver to rural Northern California, where the more than 1,500-square-mile (3,898-square-kilometer) Dixie Fire has destroyed 1,329 homes, businesses and other buildings since mid-July. They have delivered three RVs to firefighters and one to a sheriff’s deputy.
One of them was firefighter George Wolley. He was battling the Dixie Fire on Aug. 4 when the flames, whipped by strong winds and bone-dry vegetation, descended from the hills and leveled most of central Greenville, including Wolley’s house.
“We fought the fire until we couldn’t fight it no more. We couldn’t stop it. We did our best,” he said.
Wolley parks the RV near an air base where he’s still helping load fire retardant into air tankers to battle the blaze.
“Before I got that RV, I felt like I was a burden on everybody that helped me,” Wolley said. “I slept a lot in tents and in my car. It gave me a place to go.”
Faircloth and Luna recently delivered their 95th motorhome to John Hunter. An assistant chief with the Indian Valley Fire Department, Hunter has been fighting blazes for 46 years. The same day Wolley’s house burned, flames destroyed Hunter’s home and Hunter Ace Hardware, the Greenville store his family has operated since 1929. It also gutted a building he owned next door, a former medical clinic where the 69-year-old was born.
Hunter and his girlfriend, Kimberly Price, 57, will call the RV home as they decide whether to rebuild or start over elsewhere.
“It’s been really hard because our town’s gone, and this is all John’s known all his life,” Price said, wiping away tears as she watched a video of the family who donated the motorhome.
Price said they will park in a lot near Greenville Junior/Senior High School, one of the few buildings still standing in the town center. That will allow her to keep visiting ruined homes each day to feed cats that were left behind as owners evacuated.
Although Faircloth said it’s challenging to balance work, family and his nonprofit, he hopes to expand the volunteer effort. He envisions staging RVs in hurricane and fire zones in the future to respond even faster during disasters.
For now, there are more than 100 families on EmergencyRV.org’s waitlist. He plans to drive to California in the next two weeks to make his next delivery.
WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Democrats and Republicans are facing off over whether to increase the nation’s debt limit.
Democrats are moving to pass the increase along with a bill to fund the government. But Republicans say Democrats need to do it all—on their own.
“I’m not voting for something that’s gonna raise the debt ceiling,” Sen. Rick Scott R-Florida said Wednesday.
Republicans, like Scott, aren’t budging on increasing the debt limit despite the predicted economic fallout.
“Is it worth the risk of putting so many lives or jobs in jeopardy?” Washington Correspondent Kellie Meyer asked Scott Wednesday.
“Well, the Democrats can do this on their own, they just don’t want to,” Scott said.
Republicans said Democrats should use the same process they are trying to use to pass a multi-trillion-dollar spending bill.
The House passed a bill on Tuesday that both funds the government and raises the debt ceiling.
But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that won’t work in the Senate.
“Don’t play Russian roulette without economy,” Sen. McConnell R-Kentucky said Wednesday.
If Republicans won’t increase the debt limit, Democrats will have to decide if they’re going to keep the debt limit increase attached to the government funding bill—risking a potential government shutdown.
“Republicans are trying a dine and dash of historic proportions,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday.
He slammed Republican’s refusal because a part of the needed increase is a result of the COVID-19 relief bill, which Republicans supported.
“Nothing would be more irresponsible than messing with the full faith and credit of the United States,” Virginia Senator Mark Warner D- Virginia said Tuesday.
Warner said if Congress defaults the consequences would be costly and is hitting back at Republicans.
“Do the right thing and let’s raise the debt ceiling,” Warner said.
A vote on the debt limit and government funding is expected by the end of the week.
Pueblo County detectives arrested a student at Colorado State University Pueblo Tuesday after he was discovered to have several guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside his truck and on-campus apartment.
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert James Killis, 24, for unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon on a university campus Tuesday after detectives executed a search warrant at his Walking Stick Village apartment Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office said Killis had recently threatened staff and students at the university. He had previous military experienced, and the sheriff’s office said witnesses told investigators he was talking about buying body armor, rifles, shotguns and other guns “and saying that he liked to kill people.”
On Monday, according to the sheriff’s office, detectives started monitoring Killis and could see an ammunition box, bulletproof vest and a case sitting out in the open inside his pickup truck.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Clifton Park is expanding pedestrian access and safety in the area around Exit 9. The town secured $440,00 through a grant from the New York State DOT Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to complete improvements to multiple crosswalks.
The improvements include new pedestrian signals with countdown times and push buttons. Crosswalks will also be replaced with high visibility marking and curb ramps. The town says the crosswalks will be accessible for those with disabilities.
The improvements will be completed in the following locations:
Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Country Road and Hollandale Lane – There will be 4 new crosswalks added at this location, and the median on the north approach will be extended to provide a pedestrian refuge.
Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road and Sitterly Road – There is one existing crosswalk at this intersection that will be upgraded.
Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road and Moe Road – There is one existing crosswalk at this intersection that will be upgraded.
Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road and Vischers Ferry Road – There are four existing crosswalks at this intersection that will be upgraded.
Intersection of Clifton Country Road and McDonough Way – There is one existing crosswalk at this intersection that will be upgraded.
The following uncontrolled crossings were selected for funding:
Intersection of Clifton Country Road and Wall Street
Clifton Country Road Mid-block Crossing
Clifton Park Center Road and School Drive
Construction crews will be working through the Fall. The town urges motorists to use caution near construction zones for the safety of workers, pedestrians and fellow motorists.
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BALLSTON LAKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) —The real estate market has been hot since the pandemic began—low inventory and high prices. However, some new trends could mean the market is cooling off.
Since the pandemic began, the Capital Region has had fewer houses on the market.
“We’ve been seeing low inventory,” Lisa Wallock, Associate Broker for RE/MAX Platinum, said. “We’ve been seeing multiple offers. We’ve been seeing escalation clauses. The numbers have been crazy.”
According to RE/MAX’s August 2021 Housing Report, New York State’s month’s supply of inventory is down 23.4% this August compared to August 2020.
Beth Kayser, CPA, said she plans to put her house on Hunter Hill Road in Ballston Lake up for sale in just a few days.
“It’s an emotional decision, the amount of fun times we’ve had here,” Kayser said.
The median sales price continued to climb in August. The average home price was $395,000 in August 2020 compared to $204,000 last August. Meaning, the median sale price went up 29.9 percent.
“It’s been a lot of work to make sure it’s in pristine condition and ready for sale. I want to get the best price for my house,” Kayser said.
Although it’s still a seller’s market, Wallock said she’d seen a shift in the other direction on a local level.
Because the prices are so high, buyers expect perfection. Therefore, when houses don’t come up to snuff after inspection, buyers back out of their contracts. That means more homes are coming back on the market.
Some sellers are having a hard time fixing those issues on their property. Whether it’s before or after inspection, a backlog in construction materials and labor can hold them back.
“I’m very nervous about what will happen,” Kayser said. “What will happen with the market; It’s unsure,” Kayser said.
WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — House Democrats are teeing up a vote on a sweeping abortion bill. The push comes as Democrats try to combat a wave of state laws looking to restrict abortion access as early as six weeks.
This is the latest effort from Democrats in Washington eager to combat what they call an assault on women’s reproductive rights.
House Democrats are hoping to pass their plan as early as this Friday.
“Women’s lives are at risk,” said Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas. “Women’s freedom to choose what to do with their bodies is hanging on by a thread.”
House Democrats are moving full steam ahead with the bill to protect and expand access to abortions in all 50 states.
Garcia says the bill is necessary to help women in states like Texas, which recently banned all abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
“This is outrageous. It must be stopped,” she said.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., says Congress needs to step in because the Supreme Court failed to strike down the Texas law.
“Most people don’t even know if they’re pregnant at six weeks,” Maloney. “The court has shown that we cannot depend on it to protect our rights.”
While the plan is expected to pass the House, Democrats do not have nearly enough Republican support in the Senate.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., says the American people stand with the GOP.
“The most anti-life legislation ever to be considered in the United States Congress,” Thune said. “A strong majority of Americans support at least some restrictions on abortion.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., says he welcomes a debate on the Senate floor.
“I think that Roe versus Wade was wrongly decided, I think the federal government should not be in the business of mandating abortion on demand across the country,” Hawley said.
The Biden administration endorsed the Democratic proposal this week and already launched a lawsuit to fight the abortion ban in Texas.
While a vote is scheduled in the House, Democrats have not yet scheduled a vote in the Senate.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — According to authorities, a Rochester man who was in custody awaiting prosecution was released from Monroe County Jail on Tuesday as a result of the new “Less is More” law.
Joseph Rivera, 21, is facing a second-degree murder charge for the killing of Heather Majors, who died from her injuries after being brutally attacked with a hatchet. The 47-year-old victim was attacked in her apartment on July 10. Rivera, who had multiple parole violations, was identified as a suspect during the investigation and remanded into custody until December.
Rochester’s Major Crime Investigators said they were completely unaware of Rivera’s release and later requested the U.S. Marshals Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force to find the suspect and arrest him again. Rivera was eventually found on Eastman Avenue around 7 p.m. Tuesday and brought back into custody.
The Monroe County Police Chiefs Association said Rivera was among 17 people released from the Monroe County Jail Tuesday as part of “Less is More.” The law, signed Friday, eliminates jail time for most nonviolent parole violations.
Beginning in March, people on parole will no longer be jailed for technical parole violations, such as being late to a parole appointment, missing curfew, or failing to inform a parole officer of a job change. It is not immediately clear how Rivera was released, as he does not appear eligible to qualify.
Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode, who is president of the Monroe County Police Chiefs Association, said 22 people in the Monroe County Jail were ordered to be released under the new law. Of that 22, five stayed in jail on what he called “unrelated charges.”
“These are all little rules that we put in place to keep them on a straight and narrow lifestyle,” VanBrederode said of the violations. “We have found that when they start to violate those technical violations, they end up going off and getting themselves rearrested.”
VanBrederode went on to claim jailing people on parole for committing technical violations was in fact effective in preventing people from being jailed. “Those technical violations were a very good tool to keep them straight and keep them honest and keep them out of jail,” he said.
VanBrederode said the local police chiefs were not told about the law or its effect until after it was signed. He said some of the people released under the law were involved in active investigations. “If we knew this was coming, we could lodge charges before they were released,” he said.
Watch a full press briefing from the Monroe County police chiefs below:
WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — United States lawmakers say not enough is being done to protect children during the pandemic.
“Communities and families are now struggling with the delta variant, a far more infectious version of the virus,” Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said.
Pallone says local leaders need to be more responsible, especially for those too young to be vaccinated.
“The state and local actions that ignore or even contradict the science put our children at risk and undermine our ability to end the pandemic,” Pallone said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that children now represent 25% of the country’s new COVID-19 cases and encourages schools to keep up mitigation efforts.
“To keep the school communities safe until vaccination rates are high enough to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19,” AAP President Dr. Lee Beers said.
While opinions around masks and social distancing are still divided, lawmakers and experts agree other underlying issues are a huge concern. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) says there should be more attention on mental health.
“Many of our children are suffering from elevated levels of anxiety, depression, obesity and eating disorders or lagging in educational, social development resulting from the pandemic and school closures,” Griffith said.
“School psychologists are critical to overcome learning loss and address behavioral health issues effectively,” American Psychological Association CEO Arthur Evans said.
Pfizer reported its vaccine had a positive response in young children and lawmakers say FDA approval for children under 12, will help relieve a huge burden from kids and their parents.