People struggled to tap resources during Northwest heat wave
People in Oregon struggled to get rides to cooling centers during the recent heat wave that is believed to have killed hundreds across the Pacific Northwest, officials said Monday, and staffing shortages prevented callers from reaching operators at an information line. State authorities are examining their response to scorching temperatures that broke all-time records across the region late last month as the American West struggles with a historic drought and climate change makes extreme weather more common and intense. Oregon blamed 116 deaths on the heat, Washington state reported at least 91 and officials in British Columbia say hundreds of “sudden and unexpected deaths” are likely due to the soaring temperatures.news.yahoo.com
Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a health care worker was injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I. Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments triggered anger and confusion Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in some states where officials worried that expected shipments would not be forthcoming. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. Late Friday, Oregon health officials said a case of the variant had been diagnose in the Portland area in a patient who had no travel history. “What we’re seeing is fully in line with the dysfunction that has characterized the Trump administration’s entire response to COVID-19.
Virtual Ceremony for Recipients of Jamaica’s National Honours & Awards 2020
Celebrating A Heritage of Resilience and PrideKINGSTON, Jamaica – The 2020 National Honours and Awards ceremony, to be held on National Heroes Day, Monday (October 19), will take place in virtual format. The made-for-television event will be aired on national television and social media platforms beginning at 8:15 a.m. with a floral tribute from National Heroes Park. Olivia Grange, who has oversight for national commemorative events, said that the decision to move to a virtual ceremony was necessary as the Government works to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Professor Orlando Patterson, who heads the list of honourees this year, will deliver remarks on behalf of the award recipients. A total of 126 persons, excluding the uniformed groups, will receive this year’s National Honours and Awards.sflcn.com
Bad Boys of Reggae, Ian & Roger Lewis Celebrate Receiving Jamaicas Order of Distinction Award
Inner Circle bandmates keyboardist Bernard Touter Harvey, drummer Lancelot Hall and vocalist Trevor Skatta Bonnick attended both events. Guitarist Stephen Cat Coore of Third World, an early member of Inner Circle, was also there to show support. Roger and Ian Lewis were born in Kingston, Jamaicas capital. In 1969, they formed Inner Circle which became a popular show band, mainly at events in Kingston. Inner Circle hit their stride during the mid and late 1970s with the ebullient Miller on vocals.sflcn.com