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COVID, Working Conditions Likely Cause Worldwide Nursing Shortage

The International Council of Nurses, or ICN, warned Thursday that the world is facing a nursing crisis. In the next few years, the organization said the worldwide workforce of 27 million nurses could be reduced by up to 50 percent.

The organization said that nursing groups in 64 nations reported unhappiness over pay and working conditions. The groups said violence and threats also caused nurses to leave their profession.

There is also the COVID-19 effect. The organization said these difficult conditions were having a great effect on the mental health of nurses around the world.

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Social workers and EMS to respond to mental health emergencies NYC-wide

City Hall has decided to expand a pilot program that sends social workers and EMS staff to non-violent mental health emergencies instead of cops citywide to all precincts — even though the test-run hasn’t even started yet, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

“Expanding it city wide? We’re not even up and running yet,” Anthony Almojera, an EMS lieutenant in Sunset Park who is vice president of Local 3621 of the FDNY Uniformed EMS Officers, told The Post.

“They were still trying to solicit members about a week, week and a half ago but the training hasn’t started yet… A lot of members didn’t jump at the opportunity to go and face heightened danger for the same pay.”

In late February, when the test run was originally set to kick off, City Hall said the program would be starting in the 25th, 28th and 32nd precincts. Now, two months later, de Blasio said they’re “convinced” the “approach is going to work citywide” even though training hasn’t begun yet, a spokesperson said.

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Annual fundraiser aims to help children learn

How often do school-aged children get to see a penguin up close? Or a seal? Sea turtle? Exotic bird? Or see various trees and plants not native to this area.

Unfortunately, it’s not often. But through a program re-established this year, all elementary school children on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula can visit Moody Gardens to learn more about nature and the environment. Done right, it’s a golden opportunity for the students, as well as a fun day for a class and teacher.

The original program, funded by the Friends of Moody Gardens, was established in 1985 as an outreach program through the volunteer organization. It was set up to bring third- and fifth-graders in Galveston to the sprawling nature park on the island.

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HUB to transform national transactional insurance strategy

Global insurance broker Hub International Limited has announced the rollout of a new digital platform for transactional insurance. HUB’s new transactional lines offering will allow clients to connect to a comprehensive set of insurance products and expertise through a digital customer experience. New key hires will also accelerate the transactional digital experience and expand HUB’s consumer reach through a network of partnerships, the company said.

“HUB is focused on building a digital ecosystem that delivers a comprehensive set of proprietary transactional products that meet our clients’ insurance needs today while providing proactive guidance that deepens our relationships with them and anticipates their needs tomorrow,” said Marc Cohen, president and CEO of HUB.

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Uber driver bravely rushes shooting victims to the hospital

Michael Bussan said he knew there was no time to waste and he had to get to these two wounded men in the back of his car.

The shooting happened before midnight, but Wednesday morning Bussan was still cleaning the blood from his car.

Bussan had dropped off some customers on the South Side when he saw the crash and people gathered around.

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How This Apron Maven Built Her Business At The Age Of 24

When I was 24 years old, my life goal was planning the following weekend, and I certainly didn’t have my life together enough to be building a business, but this is precisely what Ellen Bennett set out to do at the age of 24. Working in the food industry and fed up with the quality of aprons available for her to wear, Ellen noticed a need in the market for good quality and lovely fitting aprons. And so her journey began in 2015.

Years later, Ellen Bennett went from being a line-cook to building a multimillion-dollar apron empire called Hedley & Bennett. Ellen came from a Latinx single-parent household and didn’t have experience in design or manufacturing, yet she made Hedley & Bennett into today’s success. Ellen’s colorful aprons have amassed a vast following, including David Chang, Martha Stewart, Jessica Alba, Zoey Deschanel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more.

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Big Government Is Set for a Rerun With Biden’s Economic Plan

Big government is back.

Four decades after Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of lowering taxes and shrinking government took hold — culminating in Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts — Joe Biden is turning U.S. economic policy in the opposite direction.

Over the past 14 months, Congress passed three pandemic-relief packages that injected almost $5 trillion into the economy. The president, according to his latest plan unveiled Wednesday, will make the case for an additional $1.8 trillion in spending and tax credits on initiatives from education and child care to paid family and medical leave.

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Alphabet’s profit more than doubled last quarter as Google’s advertising business rebounded

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said on Tuesday that revenue in its most recent quarter increased sharply from the same period a year ago, boosted by strong demand for online advertising on its search results and YouTube videos and by continued growth at its cloud computing arm.

Alphabet posted revenue of $55.31 billion, up 34 percent from a year earlier, and net profit more than doubled to $17.93 billion in the first quarter. It was the third straight quarter of record profit for the company. The results came in above analysts’ expectations. Shares of Alphabet rose more than 4 percent in after-hours trading.

Like the other technology conglomerates, Alphabet has thrived during the pandemic. After a pullback in travel-related advertising during the first few months of the pandemic, Google’s advertising business has rebounded with gusto. Businesses are spending money with Google to target consumers who are spending more time online.

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