California announces new efforts to increase tourism to Native tribes

Officials and tribal leaders in California, the state with the second-highest number of federally recognised Indigenous tribes in the nation, unveiled a plan on Wednesday to increase tourism in indigenous communities.

The American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed into law by President Joe Biden last year and focuses on the public health and economic effects of the pandemic, provided a $1 million grant to the programme, Visit Native California, and its supporting website. Tribes made the announcement in collaboration with Visit California, the state’s primary tourism promotion organisation.

It’s one of the most recent initiatives to boost tourism across the country after the early stages of the pandemic stopped travel and the associated spending. According to analysis by the data and consulting company Tourism Economics, California is expected to lose $72.8 billion in tourism-related spending in 2020. The intention is to educate visitors about the history, nature, music, and art that have influenced tribal cultures for many years. The website will advertise destinations throughout the state, including via podcasts, and offer traveller itineraries.

Reid D. Milanovich, the chairperson of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, spoke during a press briefing at the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in Palm Springs, California, and said, “This project, this place, it offers my tribe the chance, the potential to convey our culture.”

Outsider Bridge Tunnel To assess the undersea connection between Staten Island and New Jersey, Port Authority is encouraged.

Staten Islanders have crossed the Outerbridge Crossing for almost a century, but if the borough’s elected authorities have their way, they may soon be doing so underground.

A team of Staten Island elected officials, did lead by Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore), wrote a letter to Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton on Wednesday pleading with the organisation to take into account building an underwater tunnel that would connect Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to the South Shore of Staten Island.

Building on the findings of a preliminary feasibility study that was finished in 2020, the Port Authority stated earlier this year that it will start a more extensive evaluation of various options for enlarging or removing the Outerbridge Crossing, which was opened in 1928.

According to the letter, “a vehicular tunnel between Perth Amboy and Staten Island would eliminate any requirement to purchase properties to widen the Outerbridge Crossing, provide continuous access to the Arthur Kill waterfront for all time, while still advancing the critically important objective of improving regional transportation.

A Texas doctor was detained on federal charges in a colleague’s IV-drug-related death.

According to officials, federal agents detained a Texas anesthesiologist who is accused of tampering with IV bags that caused the death of a colleague and a string of harrowing operating room situations.

Dr. Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr. was detained in Plano on Wednesday and charged with intentionally adulterating medications and tampering with a consumer product, crimes that could result in a life sentence in prison, according to federal prosecutors.

According to the temporary suspension ruling the Texas Medical Board released on Friday, Ortiz had been placed on leave due to an ongoing criminal investigation into the death of Dr. Melanie Kasper, 55, who passed away on June 21.

After using an IV bag she had obtained from the clinic where she and Ortiz worked, she passed away.

She had received “a deadly quantity of bupivacaine,” according to an autopsy, federal investigators said.

An 18-year-old male patient “had a cardiac emergency during a scheduled surgery” on or around Aug. 24, prompting the youngster to be “intubated and moved to a local ICU,” according to a statement from federal authorities.

The teen patient’s saline IV bag, which was utilised during the surgery, contained bupicavaine, lidocaine, and the stimulant epinephrine.

Officials reported that between May and August of this year, the centre experienced 10 additional “unexpected cardiac emergencies,” none of which occurred during any of Dr. Ortiz’s operations.

Surveillance footage allegedly captured one of those issues, in which Dr. Ortiz “quickly walked from an operating room to the bag warmer, placed a single IV bag inside, visually scanned the empty hallway, and swiftly walked away,” according to authorities.

Governors from Arizona, Texas, and Florida transport migrants to Democratic states by buses and flights.

Republican governors are intensifying their practise of abruptly dispatching migrants to Democratic strongholds, such as a wealthy summer resort in Massachusetts and the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, in order to jeer “sanctuary” city leaders and draw attention to their opposition to the Biden administration’s border policies.

Thousands of migrants have recently been transported by bus from Texas and Arizona to New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., but the most recent unexpected actions, including two flights to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday paid for by Florida, have been criticised as cruel political theatre.

The mostly Venezuelan migrants who were arriving in Martha’s Vineyard, where former President Barack Obama has a house, were given food, lodging, medical care, and advice about where to find jobs.

State Representative Dylan Fernandes, who covers the tourist island south of Boston and has a sizable year-round population of blue-collar workers, stated, “We are a community that pulls together to support immigrants.”

If it turns out that any migrants were forced to board the flights against their will or were tricked into doing so, Lawyers for Civil Rights, a Boston-based organisation, said it was offering free legal services and looking into whether Florida’s governor may have broken the law against human trafficking.

FBI accuses a Massachusetts woman of making a bomb threat against Boston Children’s Hospital

An arrest has been made, according to the FBI, in relation to a bomb threat made against Boston Children’s Hospital last month.

According to court papers submitted in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, Catherine Leavy of Westfield, Massachusetts, was detained without incident and charged with one count of making a false bomb threat by telephone. She might spend up to five years behind bars.

At a news conference on Thursday, FBI Special Agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta claimed the threat was one of “well over a dozen” made against Boston Children’s Hospital. Authorities are looking into other people, he claimed.

A “persistent harassment campaign based on the online transmission of information” about trans health care at the hospital had been launched against Boston Children’s Hospital, according to the report.

At the press conference, Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney, Rachael Rollins, made a statement. On August 30, a caller to the hospital allegedly stated: “There is a bomb on the way to the hospital. You sickos better get everyone out of here.

A far-right harassment campaign against several children’s hospitals, most notably Boston Children’s, has been going on for months. It is being spearheaded by anti-trans influencers with millions of followers who have been spreading false information about the hospitals’ gender-affirming care for children. Similar anti-LGBTQ campaigns have been launched by the influencers against libraries and schools that have been highlighted on conservative news programmes.

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