5 WASHINGTON - In the eight years she has worked at nursing homes, LaToya Francis, 34, has been yelled at, kicked at and had feces thrown at her for little more than the minimum wage. She endured it because she loved being a certified nursing assistant, she said. But she's not sure she can hold out much longer. As the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus drives record staff shortages at nursing homes nationwide, Francis has increasingly found herself alone on her $19-an-hour overnight shifts at Bridgepoint Healthcare's skilled nursing facility in Southwest Washington, fighting off panic attacks as she tries to feed, clean and rotate more bed-bound residents than she can handle. Some nights, she retreats to a corner of the facility, where she calls her partner and sobs. Other nights, all she can feel is anger. "I've never, ever felt this disrespected," Francis said. Frustration is surging among the low-wage workers who make up … [Read more...] about Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.
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RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, the first woman of color to hold statewide office in the commonwealth, continued to make history - and some waves - in her first week on the job. A conservative Republican, Jamaican immigrant and former Marine, Earle-Sears only had to gavel the Senate into session for the first time to draw the approval of nearly 34,000 people on Twitter. "Badass," one person tweeted approvingly. "True patriot," wrote another. "Semper Fidelis @WinsomeSears," Sebastian Gorka, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, tweeted to his 1.1 million followers - along with a campaign photo of Earle-Sears with an assault rifle strapped over her dress. The conservative Republican won praise from her party and condemnation from Democrats for saying that Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin could withhold funding from school districts that defy his Inauguration Day order to make mask-wearing optional in K-12 classrooms - stating flatly what the famously … [Read more...] about Virginia lieutenant governor Earle-Sears makes her mark in Richmond during tumultuous first week
Bumps have been an ongoing issue at the Austin venue , leading to complaints from both Formula 1 drivers and MotoGP riders. When MotoGP returned to COTA last year after missing the previous season riders were quick to express their concerns, led by future 2021 champion Fabio Quartararo, w ho branded the circuit a "joke". "It's more or less a track I use to train with a motocross bike, but much faster and with a MotoGP bike," Quartararo said. "So, it's really bad. I can't imagine it, we said three years ago they need to resurface and it's even worse. "It's just acceptable to race, I don't know what to say. But it's a joke. It's not a MotoGP track for me. To make a race here – for one lap it's OK – but for 20 laps, we will see that there will be some bad moments. "You see a lot of bikes shaking in Turn 10. The thing is the bumps are in the worst places possible, because if you have bumps in Turns 1, 11, 12, it's OK because it's slow corners. "But Turn 1, Turn 2, 3, … [Read more...] about COTA undertaking track resurfacing after F1 and MotoGP complaints
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO is confident that all parties, including the federal and state governments and Formula 1, are clear on the entry requirements for both Australia and the Albert Park venue. That should help the event steer clear of any border controversies similar to Djokovic's recent deportation from Australia. The tennis star spent the past few weeks locked in battle with the Australian government after arriving in the country ahead of the Australian Open under the impression he had been granted a medical exemption from the double vaccination requirement. His visa was revoked shortly after he arrived, only for the revocation to be overturned in court a few days later. The government then cancelled his visa a second time which, after a second appeal, saw Djokovic deported. According to Westacott, Formula 1 fully understands the rules for people entering Australia, and the Australian GP will be a 100 percent vaccination event. "We've worked very … [Read more...] about Australian GP won’t have Djokovic-style vaccine drama