The Daily Populous

Thursday November 25th, 2021 day edition

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A group of prominent Russian doctors has invited anti-vaccine celebrities and politicians to visit hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

Eleven leading doctors signed the open letter on Wednesday, calling on the public figures to see the effects of the virus firsthand.

The letter was addressed to a dozen of the loudest anti-vaccine voices that have spread doubts about coronavirus jabs on social media.

Just 37.2% of Russian adults are fully inoculated against the virus despite appeals from President Vladimir Putin.

The open letter by doctors -- published by the state-run TASS agency -- was addressed to celebrities who they say have fuelled vaccine hesitancy.

The Kremlin has welcomed the initiative and has labelled the signatories as "hero doctors".

"Let's hope that their authority will help at least some of these people to change their minds," said spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. »

Ahmaud Arbery verdict: three white men found guilty of murdering Black man as he jogged

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The three men each stood before the judge, Timothy Walmsley, who read the verdicts to the courtroom before remanding the defendants into custody.

Marcus Arbery, Ahmaud’s father, was heard shouting in triumph in the courtroom as the first guilty verdict was read, while Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, began weeping as the last guilty verdict was heard.

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A Colorado liquor-store owner says workers are quitting after one shift if they don't like it because they know they can get a new job on their lunch break

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The owner of a liquor store in Fort Collins, Colorado, said he was struggling to retain workers.

It's so easy to find work that some people are leaving after one shift to go elsewhere, he said.

The owner of a liquor store in Fort Collins, Colorado, said the labor market in the US was so competitive that retaining workers was almost an impossible task. »

Walmart pulls children's toy that swears and sings in Polish about doing cocaine

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The cactus was sold on Walmart’s website as an educational toy for about $26 and sings songs in English, Spanish and Polish.

But Tanner, who is Polish, said when she listened to the Polish lyrics, the cactus was singing about doing cocaine, drug abuse, suicide, depression and used profanities.

Complaints with the toy go back almost five months so it’s not clear why the toy is still being sold. »