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Thank you for your prayers. Any day can be hard, but I have to admit that I do dread that day. The worst thing of all is that we had absolutely no idea what kind of suffering he was going to have to endure. The doctor lied to him. I hate hospitals and do not trust doctors. I pray that with all the suffering he endured, that my sweet Kelly got to pass Purgatory and go straight to Heaven.

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I am okay. This weekend was really fun. We had a lot of fun. Divine Mercy Mass & the Chaplet @ 3:00 was really special. I get so tired of the freezing cold especially after having snow & no electricity that week. I don't like the hottest part of summers in TX either. I will enjoy Spring as long as I can. Spring goes by way to fast. I can't believe this coming Sunday it will be seven years since I lost my Husband. It will be even worse this year since we lost his Mom. It still doesn't seem real.

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This is my FAVORITE of the day!!!

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Don't laugh... this really happened?? This is INSANE. Sugar is the enemy.

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I am not watching the news lately. This is going on right now? 🙄 How ironic that this is Nike??

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What is the story on why he gunned down a guy on his knees??

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Where is the outrage over their exorbitant salaries!?? What the CEOs make is Outrageous and it increased while people lost jobs.

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Ash rises into the air as La Soufriere volcano erupts on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, seen from Chateaubelair on April 9, 2021. (Orvil Samuel/AP Photo)

Only Vaccinated Persons Can Board Evacuation Vessels to Leave Island Volcano: St. Vincent PM BY SAMUEL ALLEGRI April 10, 2021 Updated: April 11, 2021

After a massive 6 mile-high eruption of ashes from the Soufriere volcano frightened the residents of Saint Vincent, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that only those who have been vaccinated for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus could board the cruise ships evacuating people off the island.

“The chief medical officer would be identifying the persons already vaccinated so that we can get them on the ship,” Gonsalves told reporters.

He then explained that there were not enough personnel operating the ships to retain evacuees on them; they can only transport passengers.

“Those that are vaccinated, [the chief medical officer] can get them going on the vessel,” the prime minister said.

“Those who are not yet vaccinated but who would be vaccinated, you wouldn’t send them immediately after vaccination,” due to possible side effects like “wooziness in the head, you know how that is,” he said.

According to World Health Organization WHO data, only 10,805 residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have received at least one vaccine dose.

Saint Vincent was blanketed with a thin layer of ash and a “strong sulfur” smell hung in the air on Saturday, a day after the nearby volcano spectacularly erupted after decades of inactivity.

MOST READ Only Vaccinated Persons Can Board Evacuation Vessels to Leave Island Volcano: St. Vincent PM Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules State Shouldn’t Purge Thousands of Voters Who May Have Moved From Rolls Rumbling noises emanated from the volcano, with ash coating rooftops, cars, and roads in Kingstown, the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Videos from Saint Vincent showed a ghost-like landscape.

On Friday, CruiseRadio.net reported that two cruise ships had arrived at the small island to rescue its residents, adding that three more were on the way.

“Carnival Legend and Carnival Paradise are offshore from St. Vincent, awaiting further instructions from local officials on how Carnival Cruise Line can support the evacuation of local residents who are under threat from volcano La Soufriere,” Carnival Cruise Line told CruiseRadio.net in a statement. “Carnival and Royal Caribbean are also working to coordinate our collective efforts for a seamless operation once the embarkation of residents begins. There is no time yet set for when these evacuation sailings will commence.”

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, where just over 100,000 people live, has not experienced volcanic activity since 1979, when an eruption caused approximately $100 million in damage. Before that, La Soufriere erupted in 1902 and killed more than 1,000 people.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks to members of Congress during a hearing in Washington on March 18, 2021. (Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images)

Fauci: No Concern About Number of People Testing Positive After COVID-19 Vaccination BY ZACHARY STIEBER April 10, 2021

The number of so-called breakthrough COVID-19 cases is not a cause for concern, a top U.S. medical official said Friday.

“I think the important thing is to look at what the denominator of vaccinated people is, because it is very likely—and what we’re hearing at least indirectly, and we’re certainly going to be confirming that—that that number of individuals who were breakthrough infections is not at all incompatible with a 90-plus percent vaccine efficacy. So, I don’t think that there needs to be concern about any shift or change in the efficacy of the vaccine,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters during a virtual briefing.

Breakthrough cases refer to COVID-19 cases that appear in people more than two weeks after they have been fully vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

The CCP virus causes COVID-19.

A number of states have reported breakthrough case numbers. Michigan, for instance, recorded 246 residents testing positive more than two weeks after being fully vaccinated, a spokesperson told The Epoch Times this week.

Washington state authorities reported last month that over 100 fully vaccinated residents tested positive for COVID-19 and Oregon health authorities said Thursday they have identified 168 breakthrough cases, including three deaths.

According to clinical trials reviewed by U.S. drug regulators, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was 95 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. Moderna’s was 94 percent effective. Both trials ran last year, before variants began spreading around the world.

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Vivek Murthy, America’s surgeon general, told reporters Friday that there is still high confidence in the vaccines. But, he added, “they are not perfect,” which “is precisely why we are still urging people to be cautious.”

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Some of the patients who contracted COVID-19—despite being fully vaccinated—died. In Michigan, three people died. All were 65 years of age or older.

The patients “were predominantly elderly individuals,” Fauci said. “And it’s not surprising: When you look at the scope of the ability to mount a[n] adequate immune response that could protect you, if anything, it is likely that elderly individuals, particularly if they’re frail and have underlying conditions, might not have responded as well to the vaccine—which, when someone is already elderly and may or may not have an underlying condition, that it is unfortunate but not surprising that you might have a couple of deaths within that more than 200 people who broke through.”

Officials will keep an eye on the breakthrough cases but so far, there’s nothing that changes their “concept of the vaccine and its efficacy,” Fauci added.

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Wow... watching this proves that people are so Ignorant.

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Dear Lord, what is so upsetting??? 🙄😵😣

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Portland Police deploy in Portland, Ore. on Nov. 4, 2020. (Kathryn Elsesser/AFP via Getty Images)

Portland Approves $6 Million to Combat Shootings, No Money for Police BY ZACHARY STIEBER April 9, 2021 Updated: April 9, 2021 FacebookTweetEmail 91 Shares 156 Comments Portland officials this week approved approximately $6 million in funds to combat shootings, though none of the money will go to the city’s police department.

About a quarter of the funds will provide for the hiring of more unarmed park rangers.

“They will not replace police but will continue to fulfill their existing roles as park rangers and as goodwill ambassadors who provide a positive community safety presence in our parks and surrounding neighborhoods,” Ricardo Lujan-Valerio, policy director for Commissioner Carmen Rubio, told the April 7 City Council meeting before the vote.

The park ranger program currently has 24 full-time staffers. The funding will enable the program to quickly expand, a park official said during the meeting.

Another $3.5 million is dedicated to community organizations that work on intervention and other efforts related to shootings.

Most of the remaining funds, $600,000, will go to “emerging or small organizations are willing and able to assist our efforts in reducing gun violence,” Rubio said.

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The ordinance also directs the community safety director to develop gun violence prevention response plans and work with the director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell to better work with the community on the matter.

MOST READ Portland Approves $6 Million to Combat Shootings, No Money for Police Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site Shut Down After Adverse Reactions Reported Commissioner Dan Ryan said the ordinance “addresses the root cause of gun violence.”

“I see today as a groundbreaking if you will, for a true community safety system,” he added. “With this ordinance, we are laying the foundations and, from here, building from the ground up.”

Other commissioners also voiced support, including Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who successfully pushed for the disbanding last year of the police bureau’s gun violence reduction squad and slashing the bureau’s budget by $18 million.

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Portland has faced skyrocketing shooting deaths since early 2020, including over 280 shootings and 18 gun-related killings so far this year, part of a trend in most major U.S. cities.

The ordinance, which was agreed upon in principle late Tuesday, lets the police bureau assemble a team focused on shootings but did not allocate any funding for that purpose.

Lovell told reporters during a virtual press conference following the council’s approval that gun violence prevention “is a complex issue and there’s room for a lot of different resources and ideas on how to tackle it. ”

“We welcome any resources that are going to help, long-term or short-term, to address this in our community,” he said.

But because of the low number of officers the bureau currently has, and because of the lack of funding, it will be difficult to form the team.

“We’re so lean right now, it’s really hard to find a place where there’s a dozen officers to pull from,” said Lovell.

“We’re to the point now, staffing-wise, that being able to do this means greatly impacting our ability to do something else,” he added later.

The bureau is down to 818 sworn members, including 563 officers. There are nearly 100 vacancies, and six more people are expected to resign by the end of the month. The bureau has had to regularly press officers to work overtime to deal with riots and protests that have happened on a regular basis since the spring of 2020.

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