While activists have protested the Mills administration’s mandate that health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19, most in Maine are complying and getting their shots. And, so far, only a small number have resigned over the mandate.
Three of Maine’s four major health care systems are reporting that 90 percent or more of their employees are now fully vaccinated, based on a survey late last week by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. And the reduced likelihood of workers becoming ill and missing work has tempered concerns about losing employees who refuse to be vaccinated.
One hospital system, Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston, has a slightly lower vaccination rate and has expressed more concern about the potential loss of workers later this month.
Source: Maine hospitals report rising vaccination rates, few departures in response to mandate – Portland Press Herald
Michael Flynn, the former general and former Trump advisor who thinks companies may be putting the Covid vaccine in salad dressing, allegedly received a total of $200,000 in undisclosed secret payments in 2014 and 2015 for consulting he did on a plan to build 40 nuclear power plants in the Middle East, the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reported.
The nuclear power plan, which never came to fruition, would have involved companies from the U.S., French, Canada and Russia constructing and managing nuclear plants in Arab nations. According to SpyTalk, a site run by national security reporter Jeff Stein, the paper reported that an audit of a Dutch company specializing in transport revealed the payment to Flynn.
Source: Report: Michael Flynn Received $200,000 in Undisclosed Secret Payments – Rolling Stone
The move comes days after the country’s leader Kim Jong-un said he was willing to restore communication as a conditional olive branch.
However, Pyongyang also said the restoration of their relationship was dependent on the “attitude of South Korean authorities”.
North Korea has also recently been ramping up its military tests.
It has fired four missiles in less than a month – a sign that it has no intention of slowing down its arms development.
Source: North and South Korea have phone call after months – BBC News