Jamaica travel restrictions: What potential visitors need to know
With much of the Caribbean gradually reopening for tourism, and summer weather beckoning vacationers to its warm beaches and tropical island shores, a jaunt over to Jamaica sounds like an ideal escape right about now. But, remember, reopenings are occurring in phases, so you’ll need to determine what sort of welcome you can expect to receive upon arrival.In a recent bulletin, Jamaica’s prime minister announced revised rules for entry into the island — namely, that all nonbusiness travelers, ages 12 and up, coming from the states of Arizona, New York, Florida and Texas will be required to uploa...
Samsung launches its 1st locally made 4G smart Galaxy Watch in India
TOKYO, NNA – Samsung Electronics Co. has launched its first India-made 4G smart watch in the South Asian country in response to the Indian government’s push for local manufacturing, along with its own expansion strategy.The South Korean smartphone and smart gadget giant released the Galaxy Watch Active2 4G Aluminum edition on Saturday.The latest model features home fitness and sleep analysis among other entertainment functions. It is priced at 28,490 rupees ($379) a piece. Consumers can avail themselves of a 10 percent cashback by the end of this month, the company said in a statement last wee...
NNA Business News
Victoria Clipper ferry suspends service to and from Seattle until April 2021
SEATTLE — Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border, the Victoria Clipper V is suspending service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, until April 30, 2021.“We wholeheartedly agree with the steps and health precautions taken by Canadian and U.S. government officials to date to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission through nonessential travel,” Clipper CEO David Gudgel said in a news release last week. “Our intent in suspending operations is to hopefully allow ample time to pass so that we may return to service next spring when travel a...
The Seattle Times
ICE detainee dies of COVID at South Florida hospital — the state's first immigration death
MIAMI — A 51-year-old immigration detainee died Sunday at a Palm Beach County hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Mexican national’s death is Florida’s first reported COVID-19 death of a detainee.The detainee — identified by U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement late Monday as Onoval Perez-Montufa — was transported to a hospital about two weeks ago from the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, a facility that is now among the top 10 centers with the highest number of COVID cases.Officials say he was pronounced dead at 4:27 p.m. by hospital staff at the Lakesi...
Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19
Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook said he has tested positive for COVID-19.Westbrook made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter, saying he tested positive before the Rockets left Houston to resume the NBA season at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.“I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook said. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared. Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!”Westbrook, a nine-time NB...
The Sacramento Bee
Amid coronavirus woes, hospitalizations in Texas hold above 10,000
AUSTIN, Texas — More than 10,000 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in Texas, state health officials reported Monday.The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,405 hospitalizations, just five fewer than the number of patients reported Sunday, marking the end of 14 consecutive days of record hospitalizations.The health agency also reported 43 new coronavirus-related deaths Monday, bringing the statewide death toll of the virus to 3,325.The number of new fatalities reported Monday is a decline from the previous week, when the health agency reported four straight days of roug...
After another weekend of children shot in Chicago, top cop asks for more time for his 'community policing on steroids'
CHICAGO — After another weekend when children were among dozens of shooting victims in Chicago, police Superintendent David Brown repeatedly asked for more time Monday to deploy his strategy of “community policing on steroids” to bring down the nearly unprecedented level of violence.Unlike at past Monday news conferences, Brown did not hurl insults at gunmen or complain that not enough people are being locked up. Instead, he once again insisted that the drug trade is the “pipeline to the criminal justice system” and doubled down on his belief that community outreach is a solution.Brown noted t...
Some Shipt workers plan to walk out because of changed payment model
Shipt workers in metro areas across the country plan to “walk off” their grocery delivery jobs on Wednesday after the company announced pay structure changes that some say could dramatically reduce how much money they earn.Shipt — which is owned by Minneapolis-based Target and handles its deliveries — said Monday that it e-mailed workers in about a dozen metro areas late last week to inform them of the new pay structure set to take effect Wednesday in cities including Denver, Chicago, Tampa and Portland.Shipt has said it plans to eventually adopt the model in all of its markets in the coming m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
12 protesters file claims against Seattle, county and state claiming police negligence, excessive force
SEATTLE — Twelve people, or their families, who were injured or killed in Seattle protests over the past six weeks filed financial claims Monday against the city of Seattle, King County and Washington state, alleging excessive force by police or the failure of police to secure the safety of peaceful protesters.The claims, which the city, county and state have 60 days to respond to, are the first step in filing lawsuits against the government. None of the claims ask for a specific dollar amount.The claimants say they, or their loved ones, were hit by cars, shot, pepper sprayed, tear-gassed, put...
The Seattle Times
After massive increase in COVID-19 cases, what's next for Florida?
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida faces a rough few weeks at least from COVID-19, according to experts, although there are faint signs of hope in the flurry of statistics that indicate the disease’s future.The state posted the U.S. record for new daily cases Sunday and the second-highest count on Monday, numbers that are difficult to spin as anything but indications that COVID-19 has become more entrenched. Sunday’s record 15,300 new cases generated headlines around the U.S., cementing Florida’s status as one of the worst-hit states in the country.Yet the number of deaths reported Monday was the...