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By DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press

QUARTIER-MORIN, Haiti (AP) – Hundreds of workers fled businesses in northern Haiti on Wednesday after protests near the hometown of assassinated President Jovenel Moïse turned violent ahead of his funeral.

Associated Press journalists observed the body of a man who, according to witnesses, was shot dead in the community of Quartier-Morin, near Trou-du-Nord, where Moïse grew up. Roadblocks were set up between the two communities, temporarily preventing cars from entering or exiting as two plumes of thick black smoke rose nearby.

Many workers hastily marched in single file along the main road that connects Quartier-Morin to Cap-Haitien, the town where events in honor of Moses were scheduled to begin on Thursday before Friday’s funeral.

People on the run said they saw tires on fire and gunmen calling for justice for Moses. A breathless woman said the gunmen told her, “Come on! Go! Go! ”As the uniformed employees of all colors obeyed and left the area. She declined to give her name, saying she feared for her life.

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Abnel Pierre, who works at the Caracol Industrial Park, said he was forced to walk 45 minutes home because the bus carrying the employees was stuck behind roadblocks. He declined to comment further as he quickly made his way to his house as the sky began to darken.

These were the first violent protests since Moses was shot dead in his private home. They came a day after Ariel Henry was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister, pledging to form an interim consensus government and restore order and security.

In the capital of Port-au-Prince, Martine Moïse, widow of the assassinated president, made her first public appearance since her surprise return to Haiti on Saturday. She was recovering in a Miami hospital after being injured in the June 7 attack on the couple’s private home.

She wore a black dress and a black face mask and her right arm was in a black sling as she met officials near the National Pantheon Museum, where ceremonies are held to commemorate her husband. The capital has remained peaceful unlike the community in northern Haiti.

Authorities said at least 26 suspects were arrested in connection with the murder investigation, including 18 former Colombian soldiers and three Haitian police officers. At least seven senior police officers have been placed in solitary confinement, but not formally arrested, Police Chief Léon Charles said on Tuesday.

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Tokyo Olympics: What You Need To Know Right Now | World news http://slavetothesystem.com/tokyo-olympics-what-you-need-to-know-right-now-world-news/ Wed, 21 Jul 2021 04:58:00 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/tokyo-olympics-what-you-need-to-know-right-now-world-news/

(Reuters) – The hometown team took first victory at the Tokyo Olympics https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/olympics-softball-2020-games-begin-japan-australia-take -field-2021-07 -21 as the pandemic-delayed Games kicked off with an 8-1 win for Japan over Australia in softball.

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WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the host country https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/who-head-tedros-backs-tokyo-games-amid-pandemic-2021-07- 21 for giving courage to the world as it battles the early stages of another wave of global coronavirus infections.

“May the rays of hope of this land light up a new dawn for a healthier, safer and more just world,” he said, holding up an Olympic Games torch. “It is my sincere hope that the Tokyo Games are successful.”

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Friday night’s opening ceremony will be a much smaller affair to match the mood. https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tokyo-opening-ceremony-will-be-sobering-show-not-flashy-2021-07-21 “It will be a much more sober ceremony. Very Japanese but also in tune with today’s sentiment, reality, “Marco Balich, senior adviser to executive producer of the Tokyo ceremonies, told Reuters.

“We need to do our best to complete these unique and hopefully one-of-a-kind Olympics. “

Australian rider Jamie Kermond has been provisionally suspended from the Tokyo Olympics https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/australian-show-jumper-kermond-tests-positive-cocaine-2021-07-21 after being tested positive for cocaine, equestrian officials said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the South African rugby sevens team were allowed to train on Tuesday after their coach Neil Powell tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Springbok Sevens, among the favorites for the gold medal, were forced into isolation on arrival after a passenger tested positive. Only Powell will miss the competition.

Japan has restarted additional power plants, including a long-dormant nuclear reactor, to avert an electrical crisis as temperatures soar in Tokyo. Organizers are deploying various tools to beat the heat, including misting stations for Olympic horses and cooling vests for referees. The New Zealand men’s hockey coach, however, is confident his team are ready for the heat.

“We… had a lot of time in the heat chamber and a lot of training to be as good as possible from New Zealand,” Darren Smith said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“I’m trying to be better than last meet so I’m trying to fight,” gymnast Simone Biles told NBC television. https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/gymnastics-biles-pushes-her-limits-by-doing-unimaginable-2021-07-20 “And now I’m doing things that were unimaginable for sport, and even for myself, and it’s honestly crazy but I’m really excited because I feel like I’ve pushed my limits. “

– The International Olympic Committee is expected to ratify the Australian city of Brisbane as the host of the 2032 Summer Olympics on Wednesday.

– Women’s soccer kicks off with hosts taking on Canada and favorites from the United States taking on Sweden.

(Edited by Leela de Kretser and Karishma Singh)

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White House dispute reveals Facebook’s blind spot on disinformation http://slavetothesystem.com/white-house-dispute-reveals-facebooks-blind-spot-on-disinformation/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 07:23:04 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/white-house-dispute-reveals-facebooks-blind-spot-on-disinformation/

Written by: Sheera Frenkel

At the start of the pandemic, a group of Facebook data scientists held a meeting with executives to request resources to help measure the prevalence of misinformation about COVID-19 on the social network.

Data scientists said figuring out how many Facebook users saw false or misleading information would be complex, possibly taking a year or more, according to two people who attended the meeting. But they added that by hiring new hires on the project and reassigning some existing employees there, the company could better understand how incorrect facts about the virus spread on the platform.

Executives never approved the resources, and the team was never told why, according to people, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Now, over a year later, Facebook has been caught in a storm over the very kind of information data scientists hoped to track.

The White House and other federal agencies have pressured the company to provide data on how anti-vaccine stories have spread online and have accused Facebook of withholding key information. President Joe Biden on Friday accused the company of “killing people” by allowing false information to circulate widely. On Monday, he backed down slightly, instead blaming the people behind the lies.

“Anyone who listens to it suffers from it,” Biden said. He said he hoped that instead of “taking it personally”, Facebook “would do something about disinformation.”

The company responded with statistics on how many messages containing disinformation it deleted, as well as how many Americans it has directed to factual information about the government’s response to the pandemic. In a blog post posted on Saturday, Facebook called on the Biden administration to stop “pointing fingers” and blaming Facebook after it missed its goal of vaccinating 70% of American adults by July 4. .

“Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said in the post.

But the sharp back-and-forth struck a chord for the company: in fact, it doesn’t know many details about how misinformation about the coronavirus and the vaccines to fight it spread. This blind spot has reinforced the concerns of disinformation researchers about Facebook’s selective publication of data and the aggressiveness – or not – with which the company has investigated disinformation on its platform.

“The suggestion that we have not dedicated resources to tackling misinformation about COVID and supporting vaccine deployment is simply not supported by the facts,” said Dani Lever, a spokesperson for Facebook. “Without a standard definition of vaccine misinformation, and with both false and even true content (often shared by mainstream media) potentially discouraging vaccine acceptance, we focus on outcomes – measuring whether people who use Facebook accept COVID-19 vaccines. “

Facebook executives, including its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said the company was committed to removing misinformation about COVID-19 when the pandemic began. The company said it has removed more than 18 million misinformation about COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Experts who study disinformation said the number of items Facebook deleted was not as informative as to how many items were uploaded to the site, or in which groups and pages people were seeing the spread of disinformation.

“They have to open the black box which is their architecture for ranking and amplifying content. Take this black box and open it for audit by independent researchers and the government, ”said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit that aims to fight disinformation. “We don’t know how many Americans have been infected with disinformation.”

Ahmed’s group, using publicly available data from CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned program, discovered that 12 people were responsible for 65% of the COVID-19 misinformation on Facebook. The White House, including Biden, repeated that figure last week. Facebook says it disagrees with the characterization of the “disinformation dozen,” adding that some of their pages and accounts have been deleted, while others no longer post content that violates the rules. Facebook.

Renée DiResta, disinformation researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory, called on Facebook to release more granular data, which would allow experts to understand how false vaccine claims were affecting specific communities within the country. The information, known as “prevalence data,” essentially examines the extent of a story, such as the percentage of people in a community on the service who see it.

“The reason more granular prevalence data is needed is that false claims do not spread equally among all audiences,” said DiResta. “In order to effectively counter the specific false claims that communities see, civil society organizations and researchers need a better idea of ​​what is going on within these groups. “

Many Facebook employees have made the same point. Brian Boland, Facebook’s former vice president in charge of partnership strategy, told CNN on Sunday that he argued while at the company that she should share as much information as possible. Asked about the dispute with the White House over disinformation about COVID-19, he said: “Facebook has this data.”

“They are watching him,” Boland said. But he added, “Are they looking at him the right way? Are they investing in teams as fully as they should?

Boland’s comments have been widely repeated as proof that Facebook has the requested data but does not share it. He did not respond to a New York Times request for comment, but one of the data scientists who pushed inside Facebook for further study of coronavirus misinformation said the problem was more about whether and how the company studied the data.

Technically, the person said, the company has data on all the content that passes through its platforms. But measuring and tracking misinformation about COVID-19 requires first defining and labeling what qualifies as misinformation, which the person said the company has not committed resources to.




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Coronavirus: what’s happening around the world on Monday http://slavetothesystem.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-around-the-world-on-monday/ Mon, 19 Jul 2021 14:47:08 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-around-the-world-on-monday/

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Vietnam has placed its entire southern region in a two-week lockdown from midnight Sunday, as confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 3,000 for the third day in a row.

The lockdown order includes the Mekong Delta and the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s financial and economic center with more than 35 million people, or nearly a third of the Vietnamese population.

Officials say they must act as the number of infections has reached nearly 50,000 since the outbreak re-emerged in late April after several months without any recorded cases.

Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the outbreak, had already announced a full lockdown a week ago but now accounts for most of the country’s cases with more than 2,000 a day.

-From The Associated Press, last updated at 7 a.m. ET


What’s going on in Tokyo

WATCH: Get the latest news on what’s happening with COVID-19 in Tokyo ahead of the Olympics:

A growing number of COVID-19 infections among athletes arriving at Tokyo 2020 has complicated an already strict protocol to protect everyone from the virus, said freelance reporter Phoebe Amoroso in Tokyo. 3:20

A substitute for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 at a training camp in Japan, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said on Monday.

The USOPC did not say whether Olympic champion Simone Biles or any of the other favorites to win team gold were isolated due to contact tracing. The positive test was the latest in a growing string of daily reports from athletes and others testing positive at the Olympics delayed by the pandemic. The unnamed gymnast was the first American.

Earlier, officials said that a third athlete from the Tokyo Olympic Village tested positive for COVID-19, with the Czech Republic team reporting the latest case on Monday in a player from the Tokyo beach volleyball team. country.

Two South African footballers saw their COVID-19 cases announced on Sunday. The players and a team video analyst who tested positive a day earlier were transferred to the “isolation center” run by the Olympic organizing committee.

Their 21 close contacts around the South African squad are now under scrutiny ahead of their first game on Thursday against Japan in Tokyo. The surveillance regime includes daily testing, trips in a dedicated vehicle, separate training of unaffected teammates, and confinement to their rooms for meals.

The Olympics, which have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, are expected to officially open on Friday and run through August 8.

Japan has recorded a total of 842,018 reported cases of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, with 14,993 reported deaths.

Tokyo reported 1,008 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the 29th day in a row that cases were higher than seven days earlier. It was also the fifth day in a row with over 1,000 cases. The Olympics will open under a state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.

-From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated 7:40 a.m. ET


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A Tunisian doctor provided care for patients with COVID-19 in the emergency room of Charles Nicole hospital in the capital Tunis at the end of last week. (Fethi Belaid / AFP / Getty Images)

As of Monday morning, more than 190.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, with over four million reported deaths.

In Africa, the Tunisian government has decided to deploy armed forces to immunize people in regions with the worst infection rates and in areas with particularly low vaccination rates.

Tunisia has one of the highest daily per capita infection rates in the world and has reported the highest number of pandemic deaths per capita in Africa. The country has reported a total of 546,233 cases of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University Case Tracker, with 17,527 deaths reported.

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In Europe, more than 100,000 people marched across France on Saturday to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to force vaccination of health workers and require a COVID-19-free certificate to enter places such as restaurants and cinemas.

Corks popped, rhythms erupted and dizzy revelers rushed to dance floors when nightclubs in England reopened on Monday as the country lifted most remaining restrictions after more than one year of lockdowns, mask warrants and other restrictions related to the pandemic.

People arrive for the ’00:01′ event held at a nightclub in London as England lifted most COVID-19 restrictions at midnight. (Natalie Thomas / Reuters)

For club goers and disco owners, now is the time to live up to its media nickname, “Freedom Day”. But the big step forward on the lockdown has sparked nervousness from many Britons and concern from scientists, who say the UK is entering uncharted waters by opening up when infections do not abate but soar. As of Monday, face masks are no longer legally required in England, and with physical distancing rules removed, there is no limit to the number of people attending theatrical performances or major events.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend 10 days self-isolating after contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. The announcement made by his office on Sunday overturns an earlier claim that, unlike most people, he would not be quarantined. Johnson met with Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Friday, who later tested positive for COVID-19. Contacts of positive cases usually need to self-isolate for 10 days.

In the AmericasBrazilian health regulator Anvisa said on Monday it had approved trials with a third dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. Anvisa said a third dose of the vaccine would be given to 10,000 volunteers between 11 and 13 months after the second injection.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Chairman Neel Kashkari said many U.S. economic sectors were facing rapid price hikes and struggling to adjust to reopening after the shutdown.

WATCH | Misinformation plagues the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, officials say:

U.S. officials say disinformation has hampered the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and the number of cases across the country is increasing. 2:02

In the Middle EastIran on Monday imposed a weeklong lockdown on the capital, Tehran, and the surrounding region as the country grapples with a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported. The lockdown – the country’s fifth so far – will begin Tuesday and last until next Monday. All bazaars, markets and public offices will close, as well as cinemas, gymnasiums and restaurants in Tehran province and neighboring Alborz province.

Iran reported 25,441 new cases on Monday and 213 deaths in the past day, bringing the total death toll to 87,374 from more than 3.5 million confirmed cases in the pandemic.

Saudi citizens will need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before they can travel outside the kingdom from August 9, the official SPA news agency reported on Monday, citing the Interior Ministry. The decision was made on the basis of new waves of infection around the world, new mutations and the “low efficacy of a dose of vaccination against these mutations,” the statement said.

In the Asia Pacific region, South Korea will extend tighter COVID-19 restrictions on private gatherings outside the Seoul metropolitan area, as the country works to contain its worst outbreak, its prime minister said on Sunday.

-From Reuters and The Associated Press, latest update 9:50 a.m. ET


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Belgium flood death toll rises to 31, World News http://slavetothesystem.com/belgium-flood-death-toll-rises-to-31-world-news/ Sun, 18 Jul 2021 18:11:15 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/belgium-flood-death-toll-rises-to-31-world-news/

The number of Belgian residents whose deaths have been confirmed has risen to 31. The devastating floods continue to affect several European countries. Authorities have said they are calling for an end to the rescue operations.

“There is no longer any immediate danger in the affected areas,” the country’s crisis center said on Sunday evening, adding that “the rescue operations are over but search operations are continuing in some areas”.

“Cleaning and estimating material damage are now central concerns,” he added.

Sunday’s death toll marked an increase of four dead from the number reported on Saturday, while the total missing rose to 163.

Police from the southern and eastern regions of Belgium have been dispatched to knock on doors to search for other potential victims in the affected areas.

Many remain cut off from communications after losing their phones or lack of electricity to recharge their batteries, while others have been taken to hospital without identity documents.

Sunshine and warmer temperatures brightened up the picture on Saturday, and water levels dropped to reveal scenes of devastation.

In the worst-hit town of Pepinster, more than 1,000 people had to be evacuated.

More than 37,000 homes were still without electricity and 3,600 without gas on Sunday, authorities said, while rail operator Infrabel said there had been disruptions in nearly half of rail services in the city. nationwide.

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Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Saturday http://slavetothesystem.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-saturday/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 22:18:20 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-saturday/

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After falling behind its neighbor in the first few months of its COVID-19 vaccination rollout, Canada has now passed the United States in per capita vaccination.

According to CBC’s vaccine tracking system, 48.48 percent of Canadians are now fully immunized, while 69.48 percent have received at least one injection.

The same figures in the United States are 48.05 percent and 55.44 percent respectively, according to the CBC tracker.

After weeks of declining daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States is rapidly changing. While the number of cases is significantly lower than it was during the January peak, all COVID-19 measures are heading in the wrong direction.

WATCH | US health authorities warn of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”:

After weeks of decline, deaths from COVID-19 are on the rise again in the United States and most people who end up in hospital are not vaccinated. 2:05

The vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths are among unvaccinated Americans.

Canada’s vaccination rate remains among the highest in the world, but it is starting to slow as the pool of people seeking a first or second dose shrinks, a far cry from when doses were low. difficult to obtain at the start of the year.

At the start of the country’s vaccination campaign, Canada relied on shipments from countries like the US and UK – which were busy providing their own populations with vaccines made in their own factories. – which resulted in slow deployment.

Now, an abundance of doses is prompting health officials to take a “more nuanced” approach.

Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, who heads the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program, said more than two million doses are already withheld because provinces said they could not yet use them – a big change from report when all newly arrived doses were shipped across the country as quickly as possible.

People line up outside a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Winnipeg on Wednesday. (Jeff Stapleton / CBC)

“Over the next few weeks, we will cross the symbolic threshold of 66 million doses, signaling that there are enough doses in Canada to immunize all currently eligible Canadians,” Brodie said during a virtual press conference at Ottawa Thursday.

“As we move from limited supply to sufficient supply, we are implementing a more nuanced approach to ensure that vaccines are managed in a way that best meets Canada’s sustainable national needs, as well as maximizing efficiencies. options to support global immunization efforts. “

Health Canada did not respond to a question asking how many doses of each vaccine are on reserve or when they expire. Canada has already announced plans to donate the remainder of its expected AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine shipments – 17.7 million doses – to the global vaccine-sharing alliance COVAX.

These doses will be shipped to developing countries that are far from the level of immunization currently enjoyed by Canada. On the African continent, for example, around three percent of the population has now received at least one dose and 1.4 percent are fully immunized.


What’s happening across Canada

As of 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had reported 1,422,918 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 4,704 were considered active. The COVID-19 death toll in the country stood at 26,492. More than 44.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country to date, according to a CBC News tally.

In British Columbia, 79.5% of eligible people aged 12 and older in the province received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 49.9% received their second dose.

In Alberta, the same figures are 74.5 percent and 49.2 percent, respectively. Elsewhere in the Prairies, Saskatchewan registered 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, while Manitoba recorded 62 new cases and recorded no new related deaths for the second day in a row.

Ontario reported 176 new cases and three more deaths. The numbers come a day after the province moved to Stage 3 of its reopening plan, which allows eating and drinking indoors at restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic in Toronto on Saturday. (Chris Young / The Canadian Press)

In Quebec, the province is running a $ 2 million cash and scholarship lottery to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In the Atlantic provinces, Prince Edward Island Sunday will begin to admit fully vaccinated Canadians from outside the Maritimes; New Brunswick saw no new cases on Saturday, and New Scotland, as active cases in the province are now below five for the first time since last October; and 81 percent of the eligible population of Newfoundland and Labrador received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 37 percent received a second dose.

The territories continue to dominate the country in percentage of eligible residents fully immunized, which stands at 81.49% in Yukon, 77.26 percent in the Northwest Territories and 62.98% in Nunavut.


What is happening in the world

As of Saturday, more than 189.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported, according to a tool based in the United States. Johns Hopkins University, who has collected coronavirus data from countries around the world. The reported death toll stood at over four million.

In Europe, thousands of people marched in France on Saturday to protest against mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers and the COVID-19 passes that will be needed to enter restaurants and other places.

In Asia, Thailand has tightened restrictions on coronaviruses and warned of new measures as daily cases surpassed 10,000 and the death toll hit a record 141 despite an overnight curfew in Bangkok and several other provinces. The surge since April has overwhelmed hospitals, strained the economy and called into question tourism stimulus plans.

In Africa, dozens of countries on the continent will receive 25 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States, said U.S. officials and the Gavi Vaccine Alliance. African Union Special Envoy Strive Masiyiwa said the US donation to 49 countries was appreciated, “especially as we are witnessing the third wave in a number of African countries.”

In the Americas, some 92 Cuban doctors and nurses who lent a hand in Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic in recent months have been repatriated by plane, Mexico’s foreign ministry said. It is not known why the doctors left, as Mexican hospitals are under increased pressure amid another wave of coronavirus cases.


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youth killed during protests against Iran’s water crisis | World news http://slavetothesystem.com/youth-killed-during-protests-against-irans-water-crisis-world-news/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 07:13:00 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/youth-killed-during-protests-against-irans-water-crisis-world-news/

DUBAI (Reuters) – A young man was shot dead on a second night of protests over water shortages in southwest Iran, a local official said on Saturday, accusing armed protesters of being in the origin of the shooting, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Iran faces its worst drought in 50 years, with protests erupting in several towns and villages in the oil-rich Khuzestan province over the water crisis, which has affected households, devastated agriculture and animal husbandry and leads to blackouts.

“During the rally, rioters fired in the air to provoke the population, but unfortunately one of the bullets hit a person present at the scene and killed her,” Omid Sabripour, head of the governorate of the region, told IRNA. town of Shadegan.

Videos posted on social media showed protesters setting tires on fire to block roads and security forces trying to disperse the crowds as gunshots were heard. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the videos.

During some protests, people expressed their anger at Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, chanting “Death to the Dictator” and “Death to Khamenei”.

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In recent weeks, thousands of workers in Iran’s key energy sector have also staged protests, seeking better wages and working conditions in southern gas fields and some refineries in major cities.

Iran’s economy has been crippled by US sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers, some complaining that their wages are not being paid, and retirees have been protesting for months, with growing discontent at over 50% inflation and high unemployment.

(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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Thousands of flamingos found dead in Turkey, alarming environmentalists, World News http://slavetothesystem.com/thousands-of-flamingos-found-dead-in-turkey-alarming-environmentalists-world-news/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 13:19:16 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/thousands-of-flamingos-found-dead-in-turkey-alarming-environmentalists-world-news/

Thousands of flamingos have been found dead on the dry bed of Lake Tuz in Turkey, alarming environmentalists and prompting authorities to investigate the causes of these massive deaths.

Drone footage of the area has shown hundreds of flamingos partly buried in parched parts of Lake Tuz in Turkey’s central Konya province.

The initial analysis showed that the flamingos were not poisoned, Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli told reporters, adding that a thousand flamingos were among the birds that died.

Environmentalists said the deaths were due to agricultural irrigation practices in the region, as well as the impact of climate change and drought.

According to a report released by the Turkish environmental foundation TEMA in 2020, the annual water reserve in the central basin province near Konya was 4.5 billion cubic meters, while consumption reached 6.5 billion cubic meters. . Environmentalist and wildlife photographer Fahri Tunc said the canal that was built to provide water to Lake Tuz is being redirected to agricultural irrigation.

“This is the irrigation canal that comes from Konya. It has to supply water to Tuz Lake. As you can see, the water is not going through. It has stopped,” Tunc said.

According to statistics, around 5,000 to 10,000 flamingos are born in Tuz Lake each year during the hatching season.

Tunc said that this year only 5,000 eggs have hatched and most of the birds have died searching for water on the surface of a partially dried up lake.

The president of the Doga (Nature) Association, Dicle Tuba Kilic, said the only way to prevent the mass deaths of flamingos was to change the methods of agricultural irrigation in the area.

Pakdemirli said the deaths are unrelated to irrigation practices in the area.

“I want to stress that there is no direct or indirect link between this incident and the area’s wells or agricultural irrigation,” he said.

One of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world, Lake Tuz (salt lake) is the second largest lake in Turkey.

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Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Wednesday http://slavetothesystem.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-wednesday/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 16:04:43 +0000 http://slavetothesystem.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-wednesday/

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  • Ontario is reporting 7 additional deaths and 153 new cases of COVID-19, a number of active cases in Canada of less than 5,000.
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  • What the World Health Organization really said about the COVID-19 vaccine mix.
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Tokyo reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly six months on Wednesday, with the Olympics set to open in the capital in just nine days.

The city government said there were 1,149 new cases, the highest daily tally since January 22, adding to evidence that a new fifth wave of infections is underway, driven by more variants infectious viruses and a low vaccination rate.

Amid growing cases, the government declared a new state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures last week, and Olympic Games organizers announced that no fans would be allowed at events in those areas.

“Once the trend is on the rise, it is too late,” said Haruka Sakamoto, doctor and researcher at Keio University in Tokyo.

Health experts had warned that seasonal factors, increased mobility and the spread of variants would cause a rebound this summer. Kyoto University professor Yuki Furuse previously predicted that daily new cases in Tokyo could reach 1,000 in July and 2,000 in August, which could increase the number of hospital beds in the Tokyo region. capital city.

An update from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website indicated that the number of people hospitalized totaled 2,023, including 54 people with what the site listed as “severe” symptoms. According to the site, the provision of non-COVID healthcare is currently “under pressure.”

The resurgence is “fully expected” given the spread of the contagious delta variant and the government’s decision to lift an earlier state of emergency on June 20, said infectious disease expert Kenji Shibuya, who currently leads vaccination efforts in the rural prefecture of Fukushima.

The country’s immunization campaign finally gained momentum last month, but has recently ebbed amid supply and logistical challenges.

The delta variant now accounts for more than 30% of cases in Tokyo, and the rate is climbing.

While Japan has weathered the pandemic better than many countries, the country’s death toll surpassed the grim 15,000 on Wednesday, according to the Jiji news agency. The total number of cases was around 820,000, based on official data.

-From Reuters, last update 12:10 ET


What’s happening across Canada

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As of 11:30 a.m. ET as of Wednesday, Canada had reported 1,421,679 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 4,889 were considered active. The COVID-19 death toll in the country stood at 26,457. More than 43.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country to date, according to a CBC News tally.

In Quebec Health officials reported no new deaths on Wednesday and 75 additional COVID-19 case.

As of Wednesday, no new cases were reported in the North. Nunavut. Health officials in the Northwest Territories and Yukon had not provided any updated information for the day.

Ontario Wednesday reported 153 cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths. The province, which continues to see cases in some long-term care homes, also announced changes to entry into long-term care homes on Wednesday.

According to an update, the province is lifting COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated visitors, caregivers and long-term care home staff starting Friday – provided they are symptom-free. New guidelines from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health also recommend exempting fully vaccinated people from routine testing.

In Atlantic Canada, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 in New Scotland or New Brunswick Wednesday. Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island had not provided updated information.

In the Prairie provinces, Manitoba reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and one additional death. The province is hosting what Premier Brian Pallister has called a “vax-a-thon” on Wednesday where vaccination supersites are open for walk-in appointments.

Saskatchewan recorded no additional deaths on Tuesday and 27 new cases of COVID-19.

In Alberta Health officials reported three more deaths and 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

In the North, no new cases have been reported in the Northwest Territories or Nunavut Tuesday. Yukon, which faced a slight increase in cases, saw four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

British Columbia Health officials reported no new deaths and 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 12:20 p.m. ET


What is happening in the world

Medical staff are working on Tuesday in a ward for patients suffering from COVID-19 at Charles Nicole Hospital in Tunis, Tunisia. (Jihed Abidellaoui / Reuters)

As of Wednesday morning, more than 187.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported according to a tool based in the United States. Johns Hopkins University, who has collected coronavirus data from countries around the world. The reported death toll stood at over four million.

The World Health Organization reported that there were nearly three million cases of the coronavirus worldwide last week, a 10% increase that was accompanied by a 3% increase in deaths, reversing a nine-week downward trend in the incidence of COVID-19.

In its weekly report released on Wednesday, the United Nations health agency says the largest number of new cases have come from Brazil, India, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. WHO says the easier-to-propagate delta variant has now been identified in 111 countries since its first detection in India and he expects the variant to become globally dominant in the coming months.

The WHO says more transmissible versions of the coronavirus could emerge and, “coupled with the relaxation and inappropriate use of public health and social measures and increased social mobility and mixing,” many countries would see a increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

The organization acknowledged that many countries now face “considerable pressure” to lift any remaining COVID-19 restrictions, but warned that “inappropriate planning or assessment of the risk of transmission at any gathering or travel offers an opportunity for the virus to spread “.

A health worker administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at a drive-by vaccination center in San Salvador, El Salvador. (José Cabezas / Reuters)

In the Americas, El Salvador’s congress overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to impose a 90-day ban on sporting events, concerts, festivals and other mass gatherings due to an increase in coronavirus cases. Face masks will be mandatory at any public event that is still authorized. Fines and closures will be imposed on any venue or organizer that violates the ban.

Authorities reported 2,284 new cases in the first 10 days of July, 35% more than in the same period in June. El Salvador has so far received enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine to cover about half of the country’s 6.5 million people. The country has recorded 81,644 coronavirus infections and 2,457 deaths from COVID-19.

Guatemala has declared a “state of prevention” for the whole country, limiting outdoor meetings and public demonstrations, after a dramatic increase in cases last week.

In the Asia Pacific region, South Korea has confirmed 1,615 new COVID-19 patients, a new national record for daily cases, as authorities struggle to curb a viral resurgence that has placed its capital region under the strictest distancing rules. The new cases reported on Wednesday brought the country’s total to 171,911 with 2,048 deaths.

Malaysia has announced new measures to support its ailing public health system as the country experiences another record daily increase in COVID-19 cases.

People are lining up to be tested for the coronavirus amid the spread of COVID-19 in Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. (Lim Huey Teng / Reuters)

In the Middle EastIsraeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his country could defeat the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus without a national lockdown. He told reporters on Wednesday that a stop is a “last resort,” but it depends on whether people comply with the new rules for wearing masks indoors.

In Africa, Tunisia struggles to contain its worst outbreak in history, with the virus infecting Speaker of Parliament Rached Ghannouchi, while Morocco plans to send 100 intensive care beds and a similar number of ventilators to help cope. crisis.

In Europe, Russia on Wednesday reported 786 coronavirus-related deaths, the most confirmed in a single day since the start of the pandemic, and 23,827 new cases nationwide.

On Tuesday, a medical worker administers an injection of Russian coronavirus Sputnik V vaccine at a vaccination center located in a huge exhibition venue in Moscow. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / The Associated Press)

The country is facing an increase in the number of cases that authorities have blamed on the more infectious delta variant and a slow vaccination rate.

Dozens of French police officers used tear gas to disperse a protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to require a COVID-19 vaccine certificate or negative PCR test to enter bars, restaurants and cinemas from next month . Macron this week announced sweeping measures to tackle a rapid rise in new coronavirus infections, including mandatory vaccination of health workers and new health card rules for the general public.

-From Reuters and The Associated Press, latest update 11:35 a.m.ET


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on Monday said she was pushing for the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions that bar much of the world from traveling to the United States, but that US health officials remain concerned about new epidemics.

Dozens of U.S. business groups, lawmakers and foreign government officials are urging President Joe Biden’s administration to ease the strict restrictions put in place under former President Donald Trump.

“We are working on it,” Raimondo told Reuters in an interview. “I push very hard”.

She said she met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Friday but had no information on when a decision could be made.

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“The CDC is nervous and it’s hard to know if people are vaccinated,” she said. “There is no such thing as a reliable vaccine passport, and that’s sort of a big hurdle.”

White House says it is continuing discussions with the European Union, Britain, Canada and Mexico on how to possibly lift the restrictions, but US officials say they still do not have a timeline and travel industry officials believe the restrictions may not be lifted until August or later.

The White House has repeatedly ruled out a national vaccine passport.

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg has joined Raimondo in pushing for the restrictions to be lifted, sources familiar with the talks say, but other members of the administration remain concerned that the door will be opened to more travelers from abroad could lead to increased rates of COVID-19 infection.

A spokeswoman for Becerra made no immediate comment on the meeting with Raimondo.

Airlines and others urge administration to lift restrictions covering most non-U.S. Citizens who recently traveled to Britain, Europe’s 26 Schengen countries without border controls, Ireland, China , India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

The United States also prohibits non-essential travelers from entering the United States from Canadian or Mexican land borders.

European diplomats and others argue that the list of countries with severe travel restrictions includes some with low infection rates, while others with high infection rates, including Argentina, do not. facing no restrictions.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Additional reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Heather Timmons and Peter Cooney)

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