Day: November 11, 2020

Trane Misled Arbitrator Over Vacation Pay, Union Says

Law360 (November 10, 2020, 7:49 PM EST) — A United Auto Workers local representing laid off Trane employees alleges the company cheated the workers out of vacation pay, arguing that an Arkansas federal court should vacate an arbitration award because the way Trane classified vacation pay was “misleading.”

In a Monday motion, the UAW Local 716 asked the judge to vacate and remand to the arbitrator who decided the merits award for vacation pay after a 2017 plant closure. The union claimed the award meant that nearly all 200 laid off workers would get vacation pay for that year, but Trane only paid three workers because it said the…

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Vice President Mike Pence cancels vacation in Sanibel, Florida

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Vice President Mike Pence motorcade leaves Sanibel Island in June 2019.

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A planned visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Southwest Florida has been canceled.

Pence was expected to arrive Tuesday evening at Southwest Florida International Airport before heading to Sanibel and stay through Saturday. But a Federal Aviation Administration advisory was lifted, indicating the trip was off. 

The Washington Post reported that the trip was canceled so the vice president can remain in Washington while President Donald Trump challenges his apparent loss at the ballot box.

Vice President Mike Pence attending a morning service last year at Sanibel Community Church. (Photo: Gail Corbley)

WINK News is also reporting that Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno has confirmed that the trip has been canceled for an unknown reason.

Pence’s office has not commented on the trip or its cancellation. 

Pence and Sanibel: He likes mahi, cookies and vacations on Sanibel Island

Pence last visited in January. He made several trips to the island in 2019. The year before, he stayed for a week and celebrated Easter at Sanibel Community Church.

The trip would have come one week after Election Day. As of Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to have won 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 214 so far, according to the Associated Press, which has called the race for Biden.

A total of 270 is needed to win. A victor in Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska has not yet been declared.

Earlier this year: Mike Pence lands in SWFL ahead of weekend stay on Sanibel

And:Is Vice President Mike Pence headed to Sanibel?: Big clue says ‘yes’

Neither Trump nor Pence has conceded the race yet.

Pence tweeted Monday that he and Trump would “keep fighting until every legal vote is counted.”

Frank Gluck is a watchdog reporter with The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Connect with him at [email protected] or on Twitter: @FrankGluck

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Coronavirus: NI students in England can travel home for Christmas

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Thousands of Northern Ireland students at English universities can travel home for Christmas in early December.

That is according to newly published guidance from the UK government.

A “student travel window” will be in place from Thursday 3 to Wednesday 9 December.

According to the most recent statistics from the Department for the Economy there are more than 12,500 students from Northern Ireland at English universities.

However, as those figures date from prior to the coronavirus pandemic some Northern Irish students may already be studying remotely at home.

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Those currently living in England have now been told they can travel home to spend Christmas with their families after the current lockdown in England ends on Tuesday 2 December.

Until then, they must stay at their term-time address.

All English universities are expected to offer online teaching by 9 December so students can continue study at home if necessary.

 ”From 3 December to 9 December, which will be known as the ‘student travel window’, students will be allowed to travel home on staggered departure dates set by universities,” the new UK government guidance states.

“The student travel window will mean students can travel having just completed the four-week period of national restrictions, reducing the risk of transmission to family and friends at home.”

The UK government has also confirmed it is planning to carry out mass testing of students for Covid.

“Tests will be offered to as many students as possible before they travel home for Christmas, with universities in areas of high prevalence prioritised,” the UK government guidance states.

“This will provide further reassurance that where students test negative, they can return home safely and minimise the risk of passing coronavirus on to their loved ones.

“If a student tests positive before their departure they will need to remain in self-isolation for the required period of 10 days.

“Moving all learning online by 9 December gives enough time for students to complete the isolation period and return home for Christmas.

“The  guidance delivers on the government’s pledge to ensure students can be with their families at Christmas while limiting transmission of the virus.”

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Mass testing at Northern Ireland universities has not been announced

It is not yet clear if mass testing will also be in operation before Christmas at Northern Ireland universities.

However, the Universities Minister in England, Michelle Donelan, said she was working with the devolved governments to ensure that all students could travel home as safely as possible.

English students at universities in Northern Ireland have been told to follow the restrictions put in place by the Northern Ireland Executive before they travel home.

The executive has yet to announce guidance for students in Northern Ireland on returning home at Christmas.


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Coronavirus second wave | Himachal Pradesh declares ‘special vacation’ for educational institutes as cases rise



Coronavirus second wave | Himachal Pradesh declares 'special vacation' for educational institutes as cases rise


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Coronavirus second wave | Himachal Pradesh declares ‘special vacation’ for educational institutes as cases rise

Amid spurt in coronavirus cases, the Himachal Pradesh government has decided to shut all educational institutions from November 11 to 25. The decision to close schools and colleges for 15 days was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said.

Bhardwaj said the cabinet decided to grant “special vacation” to all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from November 11 to 25 for students, teaching and non-teaching staff in view of the COVID-19 situation, the Indian Express reported.

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The education institutions had opened on November after a gap of 7 months. Attendance was not mandatory and students were allowed to attend lectures only after written consent by parents.

Under the ‘Unlock 5.0’ guidelines, schools and coaching institutes were allowed to reopen in a phased manner from October 15.

States and Union Territories have been given a free hand to decide whether they want to reopen these institutions.

Himachal Pradesh reported 611 new cases on November 10, pushing the infection count to 26,809. The death toll has risen to 391.  The state currently has 5,365 active COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, India has recorded 86,36,012 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,27,571 deaths so far. A total of 80,13,784 people have recuperated from COVID-19.

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Compromised COVID test ruins woman’s Hawaiian vacation

A Hayward woman, who flew to Hawaii, said her vacation was ruined after she did not receive her Covid-19 test results to avoid quarantine. Walgreens Pharmacy told her that her test sample had been compromised by a homeless man.

Delilah Hamilton is not happy that Walgreens did not notify her that a homeless man had tampered with the sample drop-off box. She found out only after she landed in Hawaii and after she called the pharmacy.

With bags still packed and flight tags untouched, Hamilton returned to her home in the Bay Area on Tuesday after a dream Hawaiian vacation with her friend turned into a nightmare.

“I’m angry,” said Hamilton. “I’m mad. I’m confused for one because this didn’t have to happen.”

Hamilton booked a trip to Kauai, the island with the least number of COVID cases with a stopover in Honolulu.

As mandated by Hawaii, for all travelers within 72 hours of her flight, Hamilton took a COVID test to avoid quarantine.

She chose a trusted testing site listed on Hawaii’s web site, a Walgreens in Hayward.

“You do it through the drive-thru at Walgreens,” said Hamilton. “They give you the swab. you swab it. They tell you pull up. There’s a box you have to put your swab in.”

Results are emailed within 72 hours. As her plane touched down in Honolulu on Monday, there were no results. The lab had no record of her specimen so she called Walgreens.

“The pharmacist said, oh ma’am, I’m sorry,” said Hamilton. “A homeless man broke into our box and all of the swabs in the box, they were damaged or in some way we don’t know if they were stolen but some of the swabs were missing.”

Hamilton was dumbfounded.

“I’m just standing there hysterically crying,” said Hamilton.

She didn’t want to quarantine for 14-days, so Southwest helped book a flight back to Oakland.

A pharmacy staff member at the Hayward location confirmed a homeless man tampered with 14 tests on Friday and said a customer had watched the man open the box.

In an email, Walgreens Corporate said the company is looking into the matter but could not immediately comment.

“Why didn’t anyone contact me?” said Hamilton. “If this happened on Friday, why didn’t someone make a phone call to the people who had the swabs in that box.”

Hamilton said Walgreens has offered her compensation but what she really wants is answers.

“What about those people who are actually sick waiting for those results,” said Hamilton. “This is a serious disease and I believe it wasn’t taken seriously.”

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Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (HRVSF) CEO Steven White on Q3 2020 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (OTCQX:HRVSF) Q3 2020 Earnings Conference Call November 10, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Christine Hersey – Director, IR

Steven White – Founder, CEO & Director

Deborah Keeley – CFO

Conference Call Participants

Kenric Tyghe – ATB Capital Markets

Aaron Grey – Alliance Global Partners

Graeme Kreindler – Eight Capital

Andrew Partheniou – Stifel Nicolaus

Pablo Zuanic – Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Matt Bottomley – Canaccord Genuity

Russell Stanley – Beacon Securities Limited

Operator

Good afternoon, and welcome to the Harvest Health & Recreation conference call to review third quarter 2020 financial and operating results and discuss the company’s performance outlook. [Operator Instructions].

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Christine Hersey, Director of Investor Relations for Harvest. Thank you. You may begin.

Christine Hersey

Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Harvest’s Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. On today’s call are Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steve White; and Chief Financial Officer, Deborah Keeley. Earlier today, we issued a press release announcing our results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The press release and a PowerPoint presentation are available on the company’s website and filed with the Canadian Securities Exchange and SEDAR.

Before we begin, I’d like to remind you that the comments on today’s call will include forward-looking statements which, by their nature, involve estimates, projections, goals, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Certain material factors or assumptions were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast in such statements.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this conference call and should not be relied upon as predictions of future events. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Additional information about the material factors and assumptions forming the basis of the forward-looking statements and risk factors can be found in the company’s filings and press releases with the Canadian Securities Exchange and SEDAR.

During today’s call, Harvest will refer to certain non-IFRS measures that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, such as EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, which are defined in the earnings press release we issued earlier today. Reconciliation to IFRS measures are contained in the press release and our filings. Please note, all financial information is provided in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

I’ll now turn the call over to Steve White, Harvest’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Please go ahead.

Steven White

Thank you, Christine. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us. I appreciate your continued support and interest in Harvest and the opportunity to provide you with an update on our organization. Given the significance of last week’s election results and the potential impacts to both the industry and to Harvest, I’m

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Hong Kong-Singapore ‘Travel Bubble’ To Launch On November 22

The “travel bubble” agreed between Hong Kong and Singapore will be opened on November 22, their governments said Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news for the pandemic-battered tourism industry.

A quota of 200 residents from each city will be able to travel on one daily flight to the other, Hong Kong’s commerce minister Edward Yau told a press conference.

Only those who have been in Hong Kong or Singapore for two weeks and tested negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to board, he added.

The travel corridor offers a glimpse into how places with less severe outbreaks might be able to safely restart some travel.

Passengers arriving in Hong Kong will have to test negative again at the airport to avoid quarantine, while those arriving in Singapore will have to download a contact-tracing app.

A quota of 200 residents from each city will be able to travel on one daily flight into the other A quota of 200 residents from each city will be able to travel on one daily flight into the other Photo: AFP / aaron tam

The daily flights will be operated by Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

If either city reports a daily average of more than five new cases from untraceable sources over a week, the travel bubble will be suspended for two weeks, Yau said.

He added that if no spike in cases was reported, the flight quota between the two regional aviation hubs would be increased to two per day from each city from December 7.

Singapore transport minister Ong Ye Kung said the arrangements would be “as close at it gets to pre-Covid travel”.

Singapore is a major market for Hong Kong’s tourism industry with more than 450,000 visitor arrivals recorded in 2019, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Internet searches for travel-starved Hongkongers jumped more than four times after plans for the travel bubble were announced last month, leading to a spike of more than 50 percent in ticket fares, according to online travel firm Expedia.

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Singapore-Hong Kong Detail Travel Bubble Schedule: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — A travel bubble linking Singapore and Hong Kong will begin operating on Nov. 22. The bubble, which was announced last month, will let travelers move between the two regions with testing replacing quarantine.

Japan recorded the second-highest number of cases since the summer surge, while South Korea saw its biggest gain in infections in almost three weeks. India added more than 44,000 cases, while Mongolia returned to lockdown for three days after two people were infected. Meanwhile, Taiwan approved a visit without quarantine from a small group of U.S. tech company officials, the first easing of its strict controls.

The coronavirus is also roaring back in U.S. cities after months of crisis centered in more rural areas, with hospitalization in the country reaching a record. Cities from Newark to San Francisco announced new restrictions to help cope with the surge, as cases in the U.S. top 1 million in the first 10 days of November alone.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases near 51.4 million; deaths top 1.27 millionU.S. Hot Spots: Covid back in cities after months as rural problemBrazil’s halting of China’s vaccine baffles local researchersNeed to keep Pfizer’s shot in deep-freeze presents challengeWhere things stand in the race for a vaccine: QuickTakeVaccine Tracker: Encouraging breakthroughs offer hope

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Celltrion Hopes to Submit Covid Drug Application by Year-End (12:42 p.m. HK)

Shares in South Korea’s Celltrion jumped after Chairman Seo Jung-Jin said the company plans to apply for sales approval for the firm’s Covid-19 drug as early as the end of the year after completing a phase 2 clinical trial. Seo says he hopes authorities grant fast-track approval for the drug.

Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble to Begin Nov. 22 (10:03 a.m. HK)

A travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong will begin on Nov. 22, authorities announced, with daily service by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Singapore Airlines Ltd. from Dec. 7. The bubble will be limited to 200 passengers per flight, and will completely replace the need for quarantine. Singapore Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung said it was the first bubble of its type in the world, and may be used as a template for other countries, if successful.

Here’s the flight schedule for the travel bubble.

Hong Kong to Exempt Some Arrivals From Quarantine (9:55 a.m. HK)

Hong Kong will exempt some of its residents arriving from Guangdong from a 14-day quarantine beginning Nov. 23, the Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said at a briefing.

Mongolia in Three-Day Lockdown; Taiwan Eases (9:50 a.m. HK)

Mongolia returned to lockdown for three days on Wednesday, after two people were diagnosed with Covid-19. The country will ban flights into the country as well as all travel in and out of the capital Ulaanbaatar. Nearly all of Mongolia’s 374 confirmed cases since March have been detected in

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Hong Kong, Singapore OK travel, virus in Vanuatu

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and Singapore will start an air travel bubble at the end of November, allowing travelers from each city to visit the other without entering quarantine in a first step to stimulate tourism amid the coronavirus pandemic.



Secretary for Food and Health, Sophia Chan, left, and other officials attend a press conference in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Hong Kong and Singapore will launch an air travel bubble at the end of the month, allowing travelers in both cities to visit the other without having to serve quarantine. Under the arrangements, travelers will have to take a total of three tests to prove that they do not have the coronavirus, and must travel on designated flights between the two cities. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)


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Secretary for Food and Health, Sophia Chan, left, and other officials attend a press conference in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Hong Kong and Singapore will launch an air travel bubble at the end of the month, allowing travelers in both cities to visit the other without having to serve quarantine. Under the arrangements, travelers will have to take a total of three tests to prove that they do not have the coronavirus, and must travel on designated flights between the two cities. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Starting Nov. 22, visitors from either city must have a negative virus test result before they leave, when they arrive and before they return. Flights designated to carry passengers in the bubble will carry a maximum of 200 travelers each. It will start with one flight a day to each city and increase to two designated flights Dec. 7.

The bubble will be suspended for two weeks if either Hong Kong or Singapore reports a seven-day moving average of more than five untraceable coronavirus infections, according to the Hong Kong government.

“Hong Kong and Singapore are similar in terms of epidemic control. Both are regional aviation hubs and international cities, enjoying strong trade, investment, finance, tourism and people-to-people ties,” said Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development Edward Yau. “The revival of cross-border air travel between the two places is of utmost importance.”

He said that he hopes the aviation, tourism, hotel and retail businesses will benefit from the bubble, and that it would gradually help Hong Kong’s economy to recover.

Separately, government officials also announced that Hong Kong residents returning to the city from Guangdong province or Macau will be exempted from quarantine from Nov. 23, as long as they register in advance and test negative for the coronavirus.

However, the exemption from quarantine is only one-way, and Hong Kong residents travelling to the mainland must still serve 14 days of quarantine on arrival.

A temporary daily quota of visitors is in place. This is to ensure it can be handled smoothly and without overcrowding, according to Tommy Yuen, director of special duties at the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau.

In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:

— Vanuatu has recorded its first case of the coronavirus after a citizen who had been repatriated from the United States tested positive while in quarantine. The Pacific nation had been among the last few countries to have avoided the virus altogether. Health authorities say the 23-year-old man was asymptomatic when he returned on Nov. 4 and his infection was confirmed Tuesday after routine day 5 testing. Authorities say they plan to keep everyone from the same flight in quarantine and to trace the man’s close contacts

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Vanuatu had been among the last handful of countries to have avoided the virus.

Health authorities say the 23-year-old man was asymptomatic when he returned home Nov. 4. His infection was confirmed Tuesday after routine testing.

Officials say they plan to keep everyone from the same flight in quarantine and to trace the man’s close contacts, but they don’t plan to impose any broader measures in the nation of 300,000 people.

SEOUL, South Korea — The number of South Koreans with jobs declined in October for the eighth straight month, a streak unseen since during a 2009 financial crisis, underscoring the shock unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Statistics Korea said Wednesday that 27.09 million had jobs last month. That is 421,000 fewer than a year earlier as global lockdowns decimate jobs in both the country’s domestic service industries and its export-driven manufacturers.

Officials say a growing number of people have given up actively searching for work amid the bleak job market. The number of people seen as economically inactive is up more than a half million from a year earlier, to a total of 16.74 million.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s governor has streamed a live social media speech to plead with residents of his state to stay at home to avoid the coronavirus, speaking after the state reported new daily highs for infections and deaths.

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