The Daily Populous

Friday October 29th, 2021 night edition

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A Staten Island judge denied a police union's request to temporarily halt the implementation of the city's vaccine mandate that is set to take effect November 1.

Additionally, they noted that the department's "Vax or Test" program has been effective in ensuring public health while simultaneously providing privacy to individual medical decisions.

The haphazard rollout of this mandate has created chaos in the NYPD," PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement.

"City Hall has given no reason that a vaccine mandate with a weekly testing option is no longer enough to protect police officers and the public, especially while the number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall.".

It is the first such legal action taken against the mandate since it was announced last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The policy requires police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers get at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday or be placed on unpaid leave.

The PBA, which represents over 24,000 current NYPD officers, contends that getting the vaccine is a personal medical decision. »

74-Year-Old Man Blocks Universal Paid Leave

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This is the man who tanked paid leave.

Just 23% of private sector workers have access to paid family leave provided by their employer and 42% have access to medical leave.

In 2019, he signed the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, giving an estimated 2 million federal employees access to 12 weeks of paid parental leave. »

Private Prison Operator GEO Group Must Pay Inmates Minimum Wage for Work, Jury Rules

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After a two-and-a-half-week trial, a federal jury decided Wednesday that a for-profit prison company must pay its workers the state minimum wage of $13.69.

The court found that GEO Group, a private prison operator that runs the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma, Washington, was violating the state's minimum wage laws by only paying its workers $1 per day.

GEO Group reportedly uses immigration detainee labor to staff nearly all positions at the Northwest ICE Processing Center besides security. »

Amazon Games’ New World Has Lost Almost 70% Of Its Players

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Amazon Games’ New World Has Lost Almost 70% Of Its Players Amazon Games' MMORPG is down by almost 600,000 concurrent players in under a month.

Still, Amazon Games Studios is trying to keep the game fresh by adding in new content every now and then.

While it’s unsure if this is a game issue or not, it’s definitely a concern for players playing New World. »

The Fall and Rise of Techno-Globalism

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That rhetoric may sound familiar enough from four countries meeting to champion a “free, open, rules-based order.”

Almost from its inception, idealists saw in the Internet the radical potential to help bridge divides among people.

The democratic countries where techno-globalists were once unrestrained in their advocacy of an open Internet now have become preoccupied with technology’s risks. »