West Virginia’s GOP Gov. Flags Major Flaw In Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy Theory
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has had his fill of conspiracy theorists spreading nonsense about the COVID-19 vaccine in his state, which has one of lowest vaccinations rates in the country.
“For God’s sakes a livin’, how difficult is this to understand?” Justice said during his daily briefing on Wednesday. “Why in the world do we have to come up with these crazy ideas — and they’re crazy ideas — that the vaccine’s got something in it and it’s tracing people wherever they go?”
Justice then pointed out a major flaw in the baseless theory that the vaccines ― which have been administered to billions of people worldwide and have proved to be effective and safe for preventing serious illness and transmission of the coronavirus ― are implanting microchips into people.
“The same very people that are saying that are carrying their cellphones around,” he said. “I mean, come on.”
Justice has previously warned the unvaccinated are playing a “death lottery” and are “part of the problem rather than part of the solution.”
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Amazon To Invest $1.2 Bln To Pay Full College Tuition For Its Front-Line Employees
E-commerce behemoth Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), on Thursday announced plans to fully fund college tuition for over 750,000 of its frontline employees. This the latest effort by the company to improve employee benefits that will attract and retain employees in the current labor market.
The company plans to expand the education and skills training benefits it offers to its U.S. employees with a total investment of $1.2 billion by 2025. Through its popular Career Choice program, the company will fund full college tuition, as well as high school diplomas, GEDs, and English as a Second Language (ESL) proficiency certifications for its front-line employees. The new program is also accessible to even those who have been at the company for just three months.
“Amazon is now the largest job creator in the U.S., and we know that investing in free skills training for our teams can have a huge impact for hundreds of thousands of families across the country. We launched Career Choice almost ten years ago to help remove the biggest barriers to continuing education—time and money—and we are now expanding it even further to pay full tuition and add several new fields of study,” said Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon.
Amazon’s announcement follows similar decisions made by the Seattle-based retailer’s rivals. In July, Walmart Inc. (WMT) announced that it would pay the costs of tuition and books for its hourly staffers. Last month, Target Corp. (TGT) said it would offer free undergraduate degrees to more than 340,000 employees at its U.S. stores.
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Former WME Agent Andrew Kenward Joins Rising Digital Brand Friday Beers
EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Kenward, who spent eight years as an agent at WME, has joined digital brand Friday Beers as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Kenward (left) will work closely with CEO Jack Barrett, Chief Creative Officer Max Barrett and Head of Production Alex Edge to expand the company’s business, particularly related to merchandise, finance and operations and new business operations. He will function as a hybrid of COO, CFO and Chief Growth Officer.
For the last four years, Kenward was an agent in the digital media department, where he represented publishers, media brands, creators, musicians, comedians, athletes, producers and directors including Steph Curry’s Unanimous Content and Chad Goes Deep. He began representing Friday Beers at WME in February 2020.
Friday Beers is a media platform, production company, and lifestyle brand with its own set of characters that it calls the Friday Beers Cinematic Universe. It was created in November 2019 by the Barrett brothers, starting as a viral Instagram feed with reach now in merchandising, branded content, podcasts, music, live events and film and TV projects.
Its idea is to create a world of comedy that makes self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud party humor cool again.
Friday Beers is represented by WME and Mosiac.
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Here are the three best states for retirement in 2021
Retiring in Florida is an American tradition, but there's no shortage of places to spend your golden years.
Georgia was named the best state to retire in 2021 by a Bankrate study, because it has a lot of the same qualities as Florida but at a more affordable price, according to Jeff Ostrowski, an analyst at Bankrate.com.
The study ranked states using five categories: affordability, wellness, crime, weather and culture.
Check out this video to learn more about how the rankings work and which other states may be a good option for retirees.
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