‘I’m looking at summer 2022:’ Experts divided on travel as Omicron spreads, restrictions grow

TORONTO — Experts are divided on whether travel is advisable in light of the Omicron variant spurring restrictions at the border and new travel bans leading into the holiday season. On Tuesday, the government announced travel bans for 10 countries and added that fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air from international destinations other than the … Read more

Bartender Appreciation Day: Two years after pandemic began, servers still navigating troubled waters

DENVER — Confusion and concern surrounding the omicron variant has restaurants and bars facing yet another uncertain season. Restrictions vary from city to city and state to state, leaving wait staff and bartenders on their own, as they try to figure out how to navigate an alphabet of contagions. In this story – we honor … Read more

Nearly two years into the pandemic, El Paso’s county coroner is tired

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — All around Dr. Leon Kelly’s office, there is movie memorabilia. On one shelf, there are “Dexter” action figures; on another, there’s a “Doctor Strange” figurine or a “Star Wars” helmet. On the wall adjacent to his desk, there’s a painting of Ellen Ripley from “Alien,” a keepsake he says reminds him … Read more

Man in Italy uses fake silicone arm to try to get vaccine certificate

A 50-year-old man tried to pass off a silicone arm as his own at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in northern Italy, in an attempt to get a vaccine certificate without actually getting inoculated. The deception was spotted by a nurse, Filippa Bua, as she was about to administer the vaccine in Biella, Piedmont on Thursday. … Read more

Priced out: Young professionals making $60,000 — even $120,000 — say they can no longer afford Toronto and will likely have to leave

Priced out: Young professionals making $60,000 — even $120,000 — say they can no longer afford Toronto and will likely have to leave | The Star n”,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”20 years of grocery staples”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”Gas has more than doubled in price in Toronto in that time as well; though it has seen highs and lows over the years, it’s … Read more

WHO says measures used against Delta should work for Omicron

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Measures used to counter the Delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, even in the face of the new Omicron version of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Friday, while acknowledging that the travel restrictions imposed by some countries may buy time. While about three dozen countries … Read more

COVID wrap: Germany targets unvaccinated, Austria extends lockdown

COVID-19 cases are sweeping Europe once again – here is a breakdown of how each country has reacted to the surge. Measures vary across the continent, from a national lockdown in Austria to the United Kingdom where only light restrictions are in place. Concerns over the Omicron new variant detected in South Africa has prompted … Read more

‘Omicron Variant’ Movie: Did a 1963 Hollywood Disaster Flick Predict the Pandemic?

No. In a word, no. Though social media is rife with pictures of a poster for a purported 1963 movie called “The Omicron Variant,” with the shocking tagline “The Day The Earth Turned Into A Cemetery,” there was actually no such film. Irish director Becky Cheatle took to Twitter this week to admit the poster … Read more

Local union sues Denver Public Schools over hazard pay

DENVER — A local union has filed a lawsuit against Denver Public Schools claiming the district violated an employer contract surrounding hazard pay. The Association of Building, Grounds & Warehouse Workers filed the lawsuit today because the union alleges DPS denied ABGW workers from receiving hazard pay when they were required to work during the … Read more

Origin Theatre Company Gala Dinner to honor founder and board member

Origin Theatre Company, which produces new plays from Europe for New York audiences, will announce its 19th season at a gala dinner at the Manhattan Penthouse on Tuesday, December 7, at 6:30 pm. The evening will honor Origin’s founder (and now New York Irish Center Executive Director) George Heslin and longtime Origin board member (and … Read more