“The gathering of bikers in Sturgis caused 266,796 infections in the US”

The Sturgis motorcycle rally contributed significantly to the spread of the coronavirus in South Dakota and in most of the United States: up to 266,796 infections – 19% of cases registered between 2 August and 2 September across the country – could be related to the event, the largest event organized in America since the beginning of the pandemic.

according to a team of researchers from San Diego State University who, through the anonymous geolocation of mobile phones, have reconstructed the impact of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the 80th annual rally that the organizers had tried to postpone without success.

Given the consequences on shops and tourist facilities within a radius of hundreds of kilometers, and fearing that many bikers would still find themselves in Sturgis, the city council had in fact voted to proceed as planned. And so, between 7 and 16 August, 462,182 motorcyclists from all over the United States (data from the local Department of Transportation, down 7.5% from last year) flocked to this town of 7,000 inhabitants along Interstate 90, the road that connects the country from the East or West, joining Boston and Seattle. They crowded bars, casinos and tattoo studios often without wearing a mask or respecting the distancing, even taking part in a music festival where, among others, Smash Mouth played, much criticized for the participation and for the singer’s exit. Steve Harwell. We’re all here tonight, fuck Covid-19, he had yelled from the stage.

Since then, there has been an increase in cases across the Midwest. Through contact tracking, the South Dakota Health Department had detected 124 infections related to the rally, while an analysis by the Washington Post had tracked down another 204 in 20 states: the only confirmed victim for a man in his 60s from Minnesota with previous medical conditions. According to epidemiologists, however, that count was incomplete: many of the participants refuse to swab, and in some states the tracking quite limited. Then came the San Diego State University study – which also analyzed the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June – according to which the economic impact of the 266 thousand infections linked to Sturgis which would be estimated at 12.2 billion dollars.

a widely misleading study. This non-science, science fiction, commented ambitious republic governor Kristi Noem. South Dakota state officials contest methodology and effectiveness, arguing that the numbers are vastly exaggerated, but health authorities warned Governor Noe before the event. Which, in the name of the personal freedoms on which the United States is founded, he had previously resisted imposing restrictions and masks in his state, then welcoming the thousands of people who, riding their motorcycles, had reached the small Main Street of Sturgis in early August.

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Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).


California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his


California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

COVID-19 affects children differently than adults. This is what the doctors say in the following video.

The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.


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The biggest and brightest moon will be seen this week – Telemundo 52

A supermoon, presumably
the biggest and brightest of the year, it will light up the nights this week. Not only
the Moon will be closer to the Earth than normal, but it will also be the Moon

Scientists call this cosmic phenomenon a supermoon. The Moon will be 221,855 miles away at its best on Tuesday night, making it look bigger and brighter.

NASA is urging everyone to look up, either outdoors or through the windows.

Scientist Noah Petro, from
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland noted that
It is important to stay safe when observing the Moon in the midst of the pandemic of

“If it’s not safe to go out … no
no problem, “Petro said.” Get out next month or anytime
make it safe again. Take advantage of the full moon as an excuse to go out and
start looking at the moon. “

“Use this as an opportunity
not to physically distance, but to connect emotionally with something
that is physically far from us ”, he added.

Over the next few months there will be a series of supermoons, so if anyone misses this moon show, they will be able to watch the next one on May 7.

Several Colorado residents carved the mysterious objects into the state sky.


Port goods that donate thousands of masks, gloves to health workers – NBC 7 San Diego

There are serious concerns among frontline health professionals
on the availability of masks, gloves, clothes and other personal protective equipment
equipment (PPE) on offer nationwide, but help is on the way to Sharp
Rees-Stealy medical center.

If gloves, masks and visors are weapons to fight
the war on the coronavirus, a San Diego nurse who says her PPE is now under lock and key
the key feels unarmed.

“It’s really frustrating because sometimes you wonder
there will be an N95 mask there, is there a visor? “Nurse
Shannon Cotton wondered.

Cotton and other nurses, doctors and EMT are taking the
coronavirus has reported help and local residents and businesses
they are answering their call. At the request of community members, Sharp Healthcare
is coordinating a PPE donation campaign.

“They want to help, especially when people are in this state of residence. They want to feel like they’re doing something, ”said Sharp spokesman John Cihomsky.

But healthcare professionals are receiving help from more than just a simple one
people at home.

The famous tool dealer Harbor Freight is donating all the gloves, masks and face shields to the shelves of its over 1,000 stores, and everything in its warehouse, to the cause.

“Right now we understand that the best thing we could do is
provide our frontline staff in hospitals, ”Harbor Freight
said spokesman Craig Hoffman.

The company has 45 million pairs of gloves, hundreds of thousands
of N95 masks and tens of thousands of visors to give.

Their generosity resonates with San Diego shoppers

“Rubber gloves were one of the things on our list and I saw the
sign up and think it’s really cool, “said customer Adam Prange.

Harbor Freight plans to begin shipping supplies within the week,
and Sharp’s donation unit officially starts on Wednesday at several drive-up drop-offs
sites. You don’t even have to get out of your car to donate.

Sharp will update these release sites here.

While it is appreciated, the use of homemade masks is, however
now prohibited.

Sharp is asking that if you are not feeling well, for the sake of volunteers, please send your donation with a friend.

Anyone looking to help supplies donated by Harbor Freight to where they are needed can contact the company.

Cihomsky said his hospitals have adequate supplies, but for
how long it has not been known.


Who gets the most credit: Brady or Belichick? – NBC Boston

From 2001 to 2019, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East 17 times. The other two years ended in a tie in first place.

In that time frame, they went to 12 AFC championship games and nine Super bowls. Six have won.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been together for the entire race and – thanks to the past two decades – are now recognized as the best coach and quarterback in NFL history respectively.

Trying to share credit for a race never seen before the NFL domination and perhaps the most incredible trait in the history of professional sport – to some extent – is missing the point.

Did the ancient Egyptians stand in front of the pyramids and discuss whether the architect or builders deserved more credit? Did Mrs Wright analyze which of her children – Wilbur or Orville – was primarily responsible for the invention, construction and flight of the first plane?

There is something to be said just to close and appreciate the realization, isn’t there? Yup.

And we will get there.

But right now, with the engines going down Route 1 to pack Tom Brady’s remaining stuff and take him out of Foxboro forever, the question hangs on everything. Which man was most responsible for creating the story we’ve seen written in the past two decades: Belichick or Brady?

Results may vary. In fact, I know they will. But here’s how I see it.

If it hadn’t been for Belichick, there would never have been the mini-dynasty that they became in the decade 2000-2009.

If it weren’t for Brady, the Patriots would never have become the Super Dynasty that they became from 2010 to 2019 when they blew up the 60s Packers, 70s Steelers, 80s Niners and 90s Cowboys to become the only franchise that has dominated two decades.

Bill gets the first decade

The moment Mo Lewis cut an artery in Drew Bledsoe’s chest in September 2001, he is touched as the history of the NFL has changed. It wasn’t. It will only speed up a trial that began when Robert Kraft decided to hire Belichick to succeed Pete Carroll in January 2000.

Belichick took a look at the team’s register and management and started fumigating and renewing. In the end – despite the heavy contract that the Patriots gave Bledsoe in January 2001 to help strengthen public confidence and private investment in building CMGI Field (possibly Gillette Stadium) – Belichick was wary of being tied to a quarterback that the coach was able to routinely undress whenever he trained against him.

Especially a quarterback who had to be paid as the top of the market, as Bledsoe and his agent David Dunn made clear.

Brady was not enlisted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft as Bledsoe’s successor, but in September it became clear to Belichick that he had something. And it became obvious during the 2001 offseason and the training camp that – although not better than Bledsoe in all – the child who made $ 298,000 was more mobile, more precise, more ready in his pocket and destined to be more suited to handling a Bledsoe game.

Mo Lewis accelerated the process and – with a painful stroke – made the transition relatively painless. But the credit goes to Belichick for seeing what he had, promoting it and having the decision to pull the trigger.

The fact that the Patriots went 14-5 under Brady after starting 5-13 under Bledsoe is persuasive evidence that Brady was the missing piece. But Belichick created the register, built the culture and hired the right people – from managers to coaches – to put the team in a position to succeed. It deserves more credit.

Brady may have helped them get where they did, but the Patriots were undoubtedly headed in the right direction and the fruits of Belichick’s designs were collected in 2003 and 2004.

Those Super Bowl wins – the first at the end of a season that started with the shooting down of lawyer Milloy in favor of Rodney Harrison; the second thanks largely to a dice throw on Corey Dillon – they were the victories for “culture”.

Disinterest imposed. All done for the greatest good of the team. Everything ego in your pocket. The most impressive aspect of the patriots was therefore their stamina and mental endurance. Brady was an important part. But so were Tedy Bruschi and Harrison, Matt Light, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel and so on.

Fifty-three very intelligent and capable players row together in the hold of the big ship while Belichick was over the bridge to trace a route. It was from 2001 to 2004.

The dips in 2005 and 2006 began the process that would have led Brady to become, largely on Belichick’s design, the engine.

The 2005 Patriots were hit by injuries – not a hindsight surprise when you consider the nine extra games played in the previous four seasons and the difficulty of staying on top. They started to see some friction to grow old – Troy Brown was 34 then – and the ongoing game was marked as well as their defense on the run. They went 10-6 and lost in the division round.

The following season, a protracted squabble over the contract led to the Deion Branch being swapped with Seattle shortly before the season began. Reche Caldwell led the team in receptions followed by Ben Watson, Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk. However, they were unable to advance to the Super Bowl, but lost on the road to the Colts.

That season, Brady got a toy he had never had in Randy Moss and a Troy Brown replica model named Wes Welker. The entire set of record sets went 16-0 and lost in the Super Bowl.

Which brings us to 2008. This is the season that many are aiming for when they say that it is Belichick’s genius that is most responsible for twenty-year success. The Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel starting in quarterback. Hadn’t he been a beginner from high school, yet the patriots still went 11-5?

Cassel was exceptional, better than anyone could hope for. But it’s still a sharp drop from 16-0 to 11-5.

In 2009, the central defense core was expelled or withdrawn: Vrabel, Bruschi, Seymour and Harrison. Belichick complained to Brady on the sidelines during a defeat for the Saints that season that “I just can’t get these kids to play the way I want them. So frustrating.”

The season ended with an ignominious home defeat against the crows in the AFC division playoff round.

Brady gets the second decade

The patriots renewed in the off-season and, in my opinion, Brady was at the forefront of finding their places where they had no business at that stage of their reconstruction. In 2010, the Patriots went 14-2, they were seed no. 1 and Brady was the unanimous MVP.

The offense, moving away from the narrow final position, enlisted two – Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez – and their production would become historic in 2011 when the Patriots arrived at the Super Bowl and lost again to the Giants. Brady launched for 5,235 career yards with 39 touchdowns and 12 picks.

In the 2012 season, he launched 637 times, a career high and one of three times in four seasons that attempted more than 600 passes. With a defense that too often seemed to resist better teams, it was Brady and the offense to score and score and score a little more. They were the first, third, first and third in points marked from 2010 to 2013. Defensively in that period they were eighth, 15th, ninth and tenth.

Even in 2013, when Hernandez was jailed for murder, Gronkowski was grounded due to back surgery and then with an ACL, Brady still ran by hitting the ball with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and – to a lesser extent – Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Shane Vereen.

They won the Super Bowl in 2014, winning a shootout against the Ravens in the Divisional Round, 35-31, and then overcoming a 24-14 deficit against the Seahawks in the fourth quarter when Brady moved to a completely different level in the fourth quarter.

The previous April, Belichick had enlisted Brady’s aspiring successor, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the second round. Brady, perhaps remembering the shrug that Drew Bledsoe had encountered Brady’s arrival 14 years earlier, would not have fallen asleep on the move with the team that ran Garoppolo.

Brady went on to launch 69 touchdowns and 16 predictions in 2014 and 15. He lost four suspension games in 2016 – Garoppolo overcame six quarters of Brady’s relief before hurting himself and giving way to Jacoby Brissett – but he still threw 28 touchdowns and two interceptions before ending that season with a 43- record. by-62, 466 yards in the Super Bowl when the Patriots canceled out a deficit of 28-3. Brady did it at 39.

At 40 in the AFCCG, without Edelman, without an injured Gronkowski, Brady and Amendola joined together to push the Patriots beyond the Jaguars and in the Super Bowl against Philly where he would have launched for 505 yards.

So let’s tell here. From 2010 to 2017, the Patriots have reached seven consecutive AFC Championship Games and the year they didn’t, Brady was the unanimous MVP. He wrote the filming of the playoffs against Ravens and Seahawks in 2014, the Falcons in 2016, the Jaguars in 2017 and led the team to two Super Bowl wins.

In 2018, Edelman was exiting an ACL and was therefore suspended for the first four games. Gronk was injured for a large chunk of the year. Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan were the main gimmicks for a while until the team faced Josh Gordon. It’s still? The team went 11-5, Brady put them on his back in the fourth quarter and overtime in Kansas City in the AFCCG and then the Patriots defense checked against the Rams and delivered a Super Bowl to Brady – apart from the shot at Gronk which led to the game’s winning touchdown – he just had to play OK to win the team.

The final verdict

So, see what my answer to this debate is now. Bill gets a bigger share of the first three Lombards. Tom gets a higher share than the second three.

So many people over the years have speculated that Belichick wants to prove that he can win a championship without Brady. I don’t know if it’s true.

I think if Brady was gone, Belichick would appreciate the opportunity, but I never thought he would have wanted to get rid of what he thinks is a quarterback capable of giving him a title that the others couldn’t.

Maybe that’s why we’re here. Belichick doesn’t see Brady as special as he once was. Great? Sure. Are there other guys who can do things they can’t do now? Belichick seems to think so. Brady has apparently survived its usefulness here.

Bill will do what he has done to so many other players. Go ahead. But this is the life cycle of the NFL.

From what I’ve been told and what I’ve collected, Brady agrees. He hoped to be special and to be able to write a different ending here, but to realize he couldn’t shock him. For a legend, it is rather well established.

Playing for Bill Belichick will help keep a player that way. And maybe even for that, Belichick deserves a lot of credit. He allowed Tom Brady to become Tom Brady because he was eternally and exasperatedly Bill Belichick.

Every. Single. Year.


The tooth hurts, deputy sheriff of insurance pains – NBC 7 San Diego

Gerry Bedard had nothing to fear but the fear of getting a root canal. Encinitas’ retired sheriff’s deputy had purchased dental insurance from a third-party insurance provider.

But when it came time to schedule surgery in February last year through Delta Dental, Bedard experienced a new type of pain. The company claimed that its plan does not cover root canals.

“Most dental companies cover 50 percent of a root canal. It’s pretty typical, ”Bedard told NBC 7 Responds. “It’s still a lot of money, but at least it covers 50 percent.”

The pain was too difficult for Bedard to handle, so he continued the procedure.

Weeks later, Bedard claims to have received another surprise in the mail.

“When we got the bill, he said the insurance would only pay $ 109,” said Bedard.

This meant that the pair was out of nearly $ 1,300.

Bedard called Delta Dental and said that he was eventually told that his dental insurance plan was for a child, not an adult.

The problem was Bedard and his wife had no children, let alone children.

“My wife and I are over 60,” said Bedard. “We don’t have children, we haven’t registered children, but somehow we bought a plan just for children.”

After months back and forth, Bedard decided to call NBC 7 Responds to clarify things.

“At this point we were completely in a dead end. We had nowhere to go and we would have been out $ 1300 dollars, “Bedard told NBC 7.

NBC 7 replied to Delta Dental. A few weeks later Bedard received some much-needed news.

“They would refund us the full amount of the root canal which was over $ 1,200,” Bedard said. “I don’t like injustice. And justice is something I fought to be a retired deputy sheriff. Injustice really keeps me going. But NBC 7 Responds made a difference. ”

Delta Dental did not respond to a request for comment.


New Rangers corners with 3B Frazier, Bird Competing at 1B – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Todd Frazier and Greg Bird are at opposite corners for the Texas Rangers and at different stages of their career.

Frazier clearly wasn’t the best third base choice for the Rangers, considering their well publicized search for the best free agent Anthony Rendon this season. But the former two-time All-Star can provide some veteran stability after six different players started on the hot corner for Texas last season after Adrian Beltre retired.

“I’m just trying to be who I am, and I’m trying to maintain that position,” said 34-year-old Frazier, with his fifth team and going into his tenth season in the league. “So for me, play with the defense I know, focus on guiding the boys and the rest will take care of themselves.”

27-year-old Bird signed a non-roster deal before spring training, giving him the opportunity to compete to become the first Ranger baseman after suffering from a string of injuries over the past five years with the New York Yankees.

“He’s an awesome, awesome guy,” said Ranger manager Chris Woodward. “His approach to the pot does not swing the balls, which is good for me. But even when he is hit, he does a lot of damage. And talking to him, that mentality obviously corresponds to the performance on the field.”

Teammates during the second half of the 2017 season with the New York Yankees, Frazier and Bird now have lockers next to each other in the Rangers spring training clubhouse in Surprise, Arizona.

Frazier has spent the past two seasons with the New York Mets. Bird only played 82 games for the Yankees in 2018 after ankle surgery, so he was limited to 10 games early last season before being sidelined by a plantar laceration in his left foot.

The Rangers knew that it would not be easy to replace Beltre. The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner with 3,166 career hits retired after the 2018 season instead of playing in his 40s.

Asdrubal Cabrera, a former two-time short-stop All-Star, was signed last season and moved to third base. He filled that place until it was released shortly after the commercial deadline, so he played mostly second base for the rest of the season for the Washington Nationals World Series champion.

After Rendon left the Nationals and opted for a seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels in the early stages of free agency, the Rangers were consistently cited as possible landing points for Nolan Arenado from Colorado or Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs when it appeared that one of those three All-Star bases could be exchanged.

Frazier signed a $ 3.5 million deal with the Rangers in mid-January for this season that includes a club 2021 option with a $ 1.5 million buyout.

“Todd, he’s been around for a while and brings a lot of energy, a lot of passion to the game,” said Woodward. “It represents a lot of what we preach internally, just his attitude. … He wants to win. He wants to take him every day to the clubhouse. He is relentless.”

His right arm became a free agent in November when he turned down a final assignment for Triple-A, and was somewhat surprised by an offer from the Rangers.

But Texas had five different players starting at first base last season. Ronald Guzman, a young left-handed who is a strong defender, had the most starts with 72, but only hit .134 against left-handed players. General Manager Jon Daniels said Bird was signed up to compete for the job, not just to be part of a platoon situation.

Bird had played a few games in the Dominican Republic this winter, in what he called a normal offseason.

After 11 home games in 46 games for the Yankees when he made his big league debut in 2015, Bird lost all of 2016 following surgery to repair a torn lip in his right shoulder before his foot was injured in the past three seasons.

“One thing that teaches you is patience. Definitely something I’ve had more than one check after each time strangely,” said Bird. “It drives you crazy while you try, to be honest … you learn patience, you learn to work with what you have, you learn a few days that will not be what you want, but you have to deal with that. And, you know, keep smiling and goes on. ”


The New York State plastic bag ban goes into effect – NBC New York

What to know

  • The ban on plastic bags in New York has officially entered into force, but the state will wait until April 1 to penalize stores that violate it.
  • Disposable paper bags will still be allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee
  • The New York ban exempts bags used for takeaway food from the restaurant, plastic bags used to wrap meat, and bags used for prepared food.

The ban on plastic bags in New York has officially entered into force, but the state will wait until April 1 to penalize stores that violate it.

The state began banning stores from distributing most thin plastic bags on Sunday. But State Environmental Conservation Department commissioner Basil Seggos said on Friday that New York had agreed to delay execution while fighting an Albany County court case filed by a plastic bag maker and convenience store owners who define the unconstitutional ban.

An association of 6,000 convenience store owners across the state opposes state efforts to allow stores to distribute only thick, reusable plastic bags that the industry claims cannot yet produce.

“Since the beginning of our awareness campaign we have consistently said that we will focus on education rather than application and today this does not change,” said Seggos.

The state planned to enforce the ban by issuing a notice to dealers who violate the law for the first time. Resellers could eventually face a $ 250 fine for a subsequent violation and a $ 500 fine for violations in the same calendar year.

The New York ban has also attracted criticism from environmental groups who don’t want New York to allow plastic bags at all.

The law passed last April prohibits many types of businesses from using the thin plastic bags that have clogged landfills, caught in trees and accumulated in lakes and seas. Disposable paper bags will still be allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee.

The New York ban exempts bags used for takeaway food from the restaurant, plastic bags used to wrap meat, and bags used for prepared food.

Environmental state officials are encouraging New Yorkers to start using reusable bags often made of canvas or polyester. The state said it had purchased over a quarter of a million reusable bags to distribute pantries and food shelters.


Mass. Man left the cruise due to coronavirus fears, refused reimbursement – NBC Boston

A February Caribbean cruise was something Yi Zhao and Greg O’Brien from Provincetown, Massachusetts were really looking forward to.

“About a week before departure, we received an email from the shipping company saying that if anyone had been to mainland China within 14 days of sailing, it will not be possible to embark,” said O’Brien.

The cruise line notification stated that it was closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and that passengers who had provided proof of travel to China would receive a full refund of all money paid for the Holland America line. Yi had visited his family in China for the new year and was not eligible to sail, so he called Holland America to get a refund.

“They said, ‘We’re sorry, even if we don’t let you take the trip, because you booked through the charter company, the charter company has to start the whole process,” “said Zhao.

Zhao had paid over $ 5,000 for the trip to the charter company, RSVP Vacations, but says customer service wouldn’t accept a refund.

“They kept saying,” It’s a government problem, we can’t give you your money back, “said Zhao.

“We said we have to talk to someone else, and he was a little rude, and he said, ‘I am there’ ‘,” said O’Brien.

The couple then turned to NBC10 Boston Responds for help.

“Half an hour later, Leslie came back to me, and I’m like ‘Wow, it’s Johnny on the spot’,” said Greg. “He’s taking this seriously, and it was a really good feeling. There was someone on our team.”

NBC10 Boston Responds has contacted Atlantis Events, the parent company of RSVP Vacations and the managing director, Rich Campbell, told us: “As agents for our cruise lines, we transparently support their policies and in situations like we will of course grant full refunds if a guest is not allowed to travel. I personally replied to Mr. Zhao and assured him that if he could provide the correct documentation of his recent trip to China, he would be entitled to a full refund according to the policy. from Holland America. “

Zhao provided the paperwork and was told that his $ 5,158 refund is being processed. O’Brien claims that NBC10 Boston Responds did the trick.

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