Articles by: Pat Ford

Updates From Human Rights Watch! 12/25/21 Part 1 Egypt: Wave of Unjust ‘Emergency’ Trials

Egypt: Wave of Unjust ‘Emergency’ Trials Prosecutions Fast-Tracked Despite End to State of Emergency The Egyptian government initiated at least five Emergency State Security Court trials against high-profile human rights defenders, activists, and political opponents on alleged speech offenses ahead of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s October 25, 2021 declaration ending the country’s[Read More…]

by December 25, 2021

It’s Official: Lifespan To Require Proof Of COVID Vaccination Or Recent PCR Test For Hospital Visitors

  In light of rising COVID numbers and to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, Lifespan will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative PCR COVID test result at visitor screening.  This visitation change goes into effect at all Lifespan facilities on Monday, December 27, 2021.[Read More…]

by December 22, 2021

FDA Authorizes First Oral Antiviral for Treatment of COVID-19

  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, co-packaged for oral use) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms or about[Read More…]

by December 22, 2021

City of Providence, Asthenis Pharmacy Announce Large-Scale Vaccine Clinic

  City of Providence hosting clinic with capacity to administer over 1,000 vaccine doses Mayor Elorza and Asthenis Pharmacy Founder Dr. Eugenio Fernandez today announced a City of Providence large-scale COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for residents 18 or older. The clinic is scheduled for Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the Providence[Read More…]

by December 22, 2021

Open Government Groups Call for Renewal of Executive Order Providing for Remote Public Participation at Meetings

Calling it “a matter of great urgency,” ACCESS/RI, a coalition of open government organizations, has called on Governor Daniel McKee to reinstate an executive order that had been in effect throughout the Covid pandemic until this past June, allowing for remote meetings of public bodies while requiring livestreaming and remote[Read More…]

by December 21, 2021

Local Restaurants Raise Opposition To Flawed Mask Mandate

A universal sign being adapted by individual restaurants has begun to pop up around Rhode Island. Shane P  

by December 21, 2021

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Announces Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates for 2022

From The Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training: The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) today announced that tax rates for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program will remain at Schedule H in 2022. UI tax rates are calculated using a statutory formula based on the balance of the state’s employment[Read More…]

by December 20, 2021

Chas Calenda: Governor McKee Admits Enforcement Of Masking Rules Are “Arbitrary”! Plus Legal Words Of Wisdom About Covid Task Force Inspectors

Arbitrary Enforcement Of Regulations One does not give up their right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures under the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution and Article I, Section 6 of the Rhode Island Constitution simply because the Governor has declared a state of emergency. Particularly in light[Read More…]

by December 18, 2021

Lying? The Letter From RIDOH To The Bristol Warren School District! Plus! Did They Really Turn Down The Volume On Public Comment?

This is the letter received by the Bristol Warren School District … No mention of fines, despite the assertion of the Bristol Warren School District Attorney. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, no School Districts have been fined for masking non compliance From The Rhode Island Department Of[Read More…]

by December 14, 2021

Governor McKee, RI Department of Health to Announce Comprehensive Actions to Address Increase in COVID-19 Cases, Alleviate Pressure on Hospital System

Governor Dan McKee and Rhode Island Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH will announce a comprehensive set of actions to address an increase in COVID-19 cases and alleviate pressure on our hospital system while at the same time keeping schools open for in-person learning and preventing economic disruptions to small businesses. WHO Governor[Read More…]

by December 14, 2021