Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Essentia fires about 50 workers for refusing to get flu shot Published: November 23, 2017 9:21 AM EST DULUTH, Minn. (AP) A Minnesota-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot.Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption.The company said it wanted to help keep patients from getting sick at its 15 hospitals and 75 clinics in Minnesota, Idaho, North Dakota and Wisconsin.MORE: Mother shares story of how daughter died from fluEssentia says 99 percent of the company’s 13,900 eligible employees had gotten the shot, received an exemption or were getting an exemption by the Monday deadline.The United Steelworkers filed an injunction to try to delay the policy, but a federal judge denied the request. Minnesota Public Radio reports at least two other unions are filing grievances on behalf of workers who lost their jobs.MORE: Can’t get sick? Track illness from your smartphone SHARE
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 MINAMI-UONUMA, Niigata Pref., – Kohei Kudo held off fellow teenage snowboard rider Kazuumi Fujita to win his first halfpipe title in three years at the national snowboarding championships on Thursday. The 18-year-old Kudo scored 41.6 points to beat the 17-year-old winner of last week’s World Cup event in Gifu Prefecture, by 2.3 points at Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture for his second overall national crown.
The incident happened on Wednesday during a quarterfinal match between Iran’s Foolad Sepahan and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli. No one was hurt.It happened at Iran’s Foolad Shahr Stadium in the 64th minute, forcing the match to be stopped for five minutes.AFC said some objects were thrown by spectators of host club Foolad Sepahan towards the assistant referee near the corner area, including a firecracker.“One of the objects was a firecracker which exploded,” AFC said.A video of the incident showed the home team’s player Adel Kolahkaj, picking up the object in a relax manner and tossing it outside the pitch near an advertising hoarding.It immediately exploded upon impact with the ground, sending the players and officials running for cover.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, September 24 – Asia’s football governing body Monday said it is looking into possible disciplinary action over an incident in which an explosive was tossed on the field during an AFC Champions League match in Iran.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said the match commissioner’s report had been forwarded to AFC’s legal department for disciplinary investigation. The match ended in a draw.