Global COVID-19 total closes in on 30 million

first_imgThe global total today approached 30 million COVID-19 cases, as cases in India continued to accelerate and flare-ups in Europe prompted targeted measures.In addition, World Health Organization (WHO) officials warned of the impact on healthcare workers, part of the observance of World Patient Safety Day. The global total climbed to 29,976,621 cases, and 942,758 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Heavy impact on health workersAt a media briefing today, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said a key to keeping patients safe is keeping healthcare workers safe. He said about 14% of COVID-19 cases reported to the WHO are among healthcare workers and that, in some countries, the proportion is as high as 35%.He noted, though, that data are limited, and it’s often not clear if health workers were exposed on the job or in their communities. And to mark this year’s observance, he said the WHO launched a charter on healthcare worker safety that it invites countries, hospitals, clinics, and partners to endorse. The charter urges groups to take five actions, some of which include developing national programs for worker health and safety and protecting them from physical and biological hazards.Also during today’s briefing, WHO officials fielded questions about conflicting messages yesterday in the United States on vaccine delivery and mask use. Mike Ryan, MD, who directs the WHO’s health emergencies program, said it’s important for all countries and entities to provide a consistent message between science and government, Reuters reported.He added that the evolving science and the complex task of relaying data to the public is a challenge and can lead to confusion, and he warned against groups turning the issues into a political football.India surge strengthensIn India, which has the world’s second most cases, officials reported another record daily high, of 97,894 cases. Over the past few weeks, India—the world’s second most populous country behind China—has had the most daily cases in the world.Yesterday the Indian Medical Association unveiled a list of 2,238 doctors who have been infected with COVID-19, including 382 who died, the Anadolu Agency reported. The group demanded that doctors who died be considered martyrs and criticized the government for not doing more for health workers during the pandemic.In other global developments:Today Austria, which has seen cases rise since June and accelerate recently, scaled back its private indoor gathering limit to 10.The Czech Republic yesterday reported a record daily high of 2,139 cases and is thought to be the country with the third fastest-growing resurgence in Europe, behind Spain and France.A Red Cross survey from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Pakistan found that half of those polled blame specific groups for spreading COVID-19. The groups include foreigners, those attending worship ceremonies, and people not wearing masks or following distancing rules.last_img read more

Escape To The Plain T-Loft

first_imgIndependent/Nicole TeitlerHappiness is sipping hot tea on a cold day with warm people, and you can find such bliss at the Plain T-Loft in Southampton. Plain T is a handcrafted tea company founded and run by an entrepreneurial couple, Tathiana and Alessandro Teixeira, who travel the farthest stretches of the world to bring the finest blends home with them.Situated in a tucked-away location behind a large, glass garage door lies the naturally lit oasis — a historic ice warehouse with lofted, 16-foot-high ceilings, housing the Teixeiras’ creations. When you enter, you are greeted by white brick walls and the blissful aroma of tea guiding you toward relaxation. The creative decor includes tea in teardrop-shaped hanging glass planters, a wall of blends, with a Ralph Lauren couch and a tasting bar alongside.The T-Loft is the production facility for Plain-T but also a place to experience and escape. Envision bringing your entire family for a palatable day of worldly wellness education, or a group of friends that includes the health-conscious or non-alcoholic drinker. It’s an idyllic location for those seeking something untraditional, but still offers a cozy, inviting setting.“Tea tasting is a simple, time-honored ritual, and one that we think you’ll enjoy! Experiment yourself, or invite your circle of friends for an evening tea-tasting party. After all, tea tasting is an art — not a science. Keep it simple!” Tathiana explained. “Whether you are a tea connoisseur or a first-time tea drinker, or your choice is based on flavor, aroma, country of origin, or caffeine content, Plain-T has a tea for you. Choose from orthodox, flavored, special blends, wellness & detox, herbal infusions, or matcha,” she added. Matcha powder, available for tastings and purchase, is powdered green tea leaves with health benefits.Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, following water. Yet, it seems many are unfamiliar with the variety of flavors available to them. An incredibly unique drink is the Lychee nut flower, served in a wine glass. It starts off the size of a chestnut — green tea leaves tied together with a cotton thread — and as the hot water pours over the tea, it opens up like a flower within a minute’s time. It’s an experience for the eyes as much as the tastebuds. The bar has all its blends available for tastings, served in the finest teaware. Other notable flavors include chai, Ceylon mango decaf, apricot, and passion fruit.Tathiana revealed, “Both Alex and I drink tea throughout the day. My favorite this time of the year is genmaicha (Japanese green tea with roasted and popped rice), and Alex’s is our detox white hibiscus (a Plain-T exclusive blend of white tea, hibiscus, and detox cistus incanus).”The T-Loft is available for tea tastings and educational visits for groups large and small. It also hosts and organizes special events, from wellness activations such as yoga, to private parties, photo shoots, art exhibits, fundraisers, and more. For the holidays, purchase any of its teas or accessories, including the Signature Leather Box (customizable with 90 teas), a matcha set, teapots, and more. Use discount code TTIME for ten percent discount. Call to schedule an appointment at 631-251-6316 or learn more at Sharelast_img read more

The Bellfield trial and a counsel of caution

first_imgThe fallout from the trial of Milly Dowler’s murderer has proved discomfiting for defence lawyers. Defence barrister Jeffrey Samuels QC has been vilified in the press for his questioning of Milly’s father and has apparently been sent threatening emails. The High Court judge who presided over the trial has faced criticism for failing to curtail the questioning. Leading criminal defence barrister Lady Kennedy, meanwhile, is among those to wonder out loud whether the judge should have exercised tighter control. The trial process itself has also been attacked, for focusing on the rights of the defendant and allowing the family of the victim to be treated ‘like criminals’. Sections of the media, victims’ rights campaigners and politicians have all called for changes in the law to reform the trial process to protect victims and witnesses. The loss and pain of the Dowler family is unimaginable and it goes without saying that they have the deepest sympathy of all commentators. But the furore over this trial brought to mind something one of my old university law lecturers said –‘hard cases make bad law’. Tragic as this case is, it should not have the effect of changing the law and diminishing the robustness of the trial process. It must be remembered that there was no forensic evidence linking Bellfield to Milly’s murder; and that during the police investigation evidence was uncovered to suggest that Milly was unhappy and may therefore have run away from home. In addition, Mr Dowler initially lied to the police about his whereabouts on the day his daughter went missing, and as most murders of children tend to be committed by family members, he was initially treated as the prime suspect. It was not Samuels who concocted the defence proposition that Milly had run away and been murdered by someone else, but Bellfield – using the evidence obtained from the police enquiry to support his assertion. In presenting his client’s case, Samuels was doing his job – and a hard one it must have been. If I were charged with committing a criminal act, I would not want a barrister who might be intimidated by the prospect of getting a bad press. I would want them to use their best efforts in my defence. And if the backlash from this trial means that defence barristers will be put in fear of advancing their client’s case, or the law is changed to curtail their ability to do so, that will not serve to improve the criminal justice system. Indeed, it would increases the risk of miscarriages of justice. The press have made much of the cross-examination of Mr Dowler, expressing disgust at the lines of questioning he faced on some very personal issues. Yet the papers showed none of the restraint they called for from Samuels when it came to publishing details of the evidence. I do not suggest that the judge should have restricted the reporting of the case, and I don’t criticise the papers for publishing the details – it is their job to be the public’s eyes and ears. But I do suggest that media reaction to the trial smacks of hypocrisy, particularly as it was the reporting of Bellfield’s conviction for murdering Milly – with some articles including material that was not heard during the trial – that led to the collapse of the case against him over the alleged attempted abduction of another girl. The police reaction to the trial, meanwhile, was also highly questionable. Comments from the chief constable of Surrey Police, the force responsible for the investigation of Milly’s disappearance and murder, were surely ill-advised. Mark Rowley said he was shocked by the gruelling cross-examination and said the criminal justice system showed a ‘disgraceful lack of humanity’ in its treatment of the Dowler family. Yet newspaper reports suggest that his force was apparently so convinced that Mr Dowler was to blame for his daughter’s death that it kept him under surveillance. The police have not confirmed or denied this. The force denies that its investigations were hampered by their initial suspicions of Milly’s father, but has apologised for missing opportunities in the hunt for the killer that could have led to Bellfield’s arrest before he went on to murder two more victims. DPP Kier Starmer said the trial has raised some ‘fundamental questions’ about the treatment of victims and witnesses in the court process. That may be right if the CPS failed to advise the Dowler family properly of what to expect during the trial. There have been failings in this case, that is clear – but they were not those of the barrister, the judge or the trial process.last_img read more

Getting in early

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A questionable answer

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

At a Navajo veterans’ event, Trump makes ‘Pocahontas’ crack

first_imgCrooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2016“Pocahontas is at it again,” he tweeted in June 2016. “Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth. Hope she is V.P. choice.”He added, “Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage.”And earlier this month, he added, “Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.”Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017He has also used the nickname privately.Sources told CNN earlier this year that during a meeting with senators at the White House, Trump taunted Democrats by saying “Pocahontas is now the face of your party.”Trump has routinely given his political opponents nicknames, but the slight against Warren is one of his most culturally insensitive.Warren says she is, in fact, part Native American, citing “family stories” passed down through generations of her family.“I am very proud of my heritage,” Warren told NPR in 2012. “These are my family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mammaw and my pappaw. This is our lives. And I’m very proud of it.”The legitimacy of Warren’s heritage has been widely debated and Scott Brown, her 2012 Senate campaign opponent, has even suggested Warren take a DNA test to prove her heritage.Harvard Law School in the 1990s touted Warren, then a professor in Cambridge, as being “Native American.” They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory.Critics seized on the listing, saying that she received preferential treatment for questionable Native American heritage. Warren contends that her career was never furthered because of her Native American genealogy. Published: November 27, 2017 4:11 PM EST Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump, during an event at the White House honoring Navajo code talkers Monday, referenced his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, “Pocahontas,” a label he has long used about the Massachusetts Democrat.“I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time … longer than you — they call her Pocahontas!”He then turned to one of the code talkers behind him, put his left hand on the man’s shoulder and said: “But you know what, I like you. You are special people.”Trump did not name Warren.The comment, met with silence from event attendees, revives an insult the President has long thrust upon Warren but restated during a high-profile meeting with the Native American war heroes.“It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur. Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it. It hasn’t worked out in the past, it isn’t going to work out in the future,” Warren told MSNBC shortly after Trump’s remark.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday the use of “Pocahontas” was not a racial slur and that it “certainly was not the President’s intent” to use a racial slur.“I don’t believe that it is appropriate” to use a racial slur, Sanders said during her daily briefing, but added that she didn’t think Trump’s comment was such a slur.Sanders then targeted Warren, saying that “the most offensive thing” was Warren claiming to be Native American.“I think Sen. Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career, and I don’t understand why no one is asking about that question and why that isn’t constantly covered,” Sanders said.Conservatives have previously criticized Warren for claiming that she is part Native American, and the senator’s heritage became an issue during her Senate campaigns.Trump has seized on the attacks and has regularly called Warren “Pocahontas.” The attack dates back to his 2016 campaign.Pocahontas is at it again! Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth. Hope she is V.P. choice.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2016 Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE At a Navajo veterans’ event, Trump makes ‘Pocahontas’ crack Author: Dan Merica, CNN last_img read more

CNW90: Guyana’s VP Greenidge calls for greater Diaspora support

first_imgFor a look at some of the top stories making the news today, September 14, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Guyanese Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, says more collaborations with the Diaspora are the new administration’s main priority. Speaking during a recent diplomatic visit to South Florida, Greenidge also encouraged the community to be more proactive as partners.Speaking at the recent Florida Conference on Caribbean Issues, Guyanese Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud, expressed confidence that the current border dispute with Venezuela will be resolved in Guyana’s favor, citing legal history on their side.As part of their fundraising efforts to support medical travel for children, Barbados Young Achievers of South Florida will host their first Barbados Melting Pot, set for this Saturday, starting 4 pm at the Central Broward Regional Park, featuring performances from soca stars Peter Ram and Mikey Mercer.The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has thrown its unanimous support behind the FIFA presidential bid of former national player David Nakhid. Running on a reform platform, Nakhid will need support from 4 other national associations to become a candidate.What’s trending:New report says the Caribbean regions has achieved server key Millennium Development goals, including the reduction of poverty, hunger and infant mortality.For more on what’s trending, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Caribbean National Weekly, and on Twitter at National Weekly.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Mostly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 88 and a low of 77. For Miami-Dade, mostly cloudy with a high of 88 and a low of 77.For more information on these and other stories, visit read more

Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Peter Phillips Undergoes Successful Cancer Surgery

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s opposition leader, Dr. Peter Phillips was recently successfully treated for stage 3 colon cancer.The initial health evaluation of Phillips, made weeks ago, resulted in “a diagnosis of stage 3 curable colon cancer.”A statement by Phillips’ medical team revealed that the People’s National Party (PNP) president underwent “complete and successful surgical removal of the cancer on March 23 and is now recovering comfortably at home.”President of the People’s National Party, Dr Peter Phillips today updated the nation, on the state of his health. He assures all well-wishers that he is on the path to recovery and that he is here to get the job done.— PNP Jamaica (@JamaicaPNP) April 7, 2020The medical team has also stated that Dr Phillips will be in need of further treatment over the next few months as he continues in his public duties.While he is currently on leave as PNP President, he will continue to provide direction and guidance to the party, and will increase his level of public duties.Prime Minister Andrew Holness and many other politicians have congratulated Phillips on a successful surgery and wished him a speedy recovery.last_img read more

Nigerian police open fire on Shi’ite Muslim protesters

first_imgFILE – Shi’ite Muslims take part in a rally in Kano, Nigeria, Oct. 24, 2015. (REUTERS)Vowing that the only thing that will stop their protests is the release of their leader, dozens of Shi’ite Muslims marched in the Nigerian capital of Abuja Monday demanding the government free Ibrahim Zakazy.Zakazy, who heads the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has been jailed since December 2015, when security forces killed hundreds of members in a crackdown on a group estimated to have 3 million followers.Monday’s protests quickly turned violent as Nigerian police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters. Organisers said at least one demonstrator was killed and several were wounded by gunfire.“As we started protesting they started shooting tear gas and using water cannons,” Abdullahi Muhammad, an IMN youth leader, told Reuters by phone. “We refused to disperse and they used bullets as well, and they shot so many people.”“They want to push us to violence but they couldn’t, so that is why they are using live ammunition, thinking that killing will stop us. No amount of killing will stop us,” he added.Muhammad said he witnessed police dragging bullet-hit protesters into a van and sitting on them, adding that he did not know if they were dead or alive.At least eight other IMN members were hit by bullets and were now receiving treatment, Muhammad told Reuters. An IMN statement said at least one protester was killed.Police said in a statement the protesters had injured 22 officers, and they arrested 115 demonstrators.The IMN statement said about 230 members were arrested.The violent repression of the group and the detention of its leader have drawn accusations that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is abusing human rights. The IMN, which has held regular peaceful protests in Abuja in recent months, says Zakzaky must be freed after a court ruled his detention without charge illegal.The crackdown has sparked fears that IMN could become radicalised, in much the same way the Sunni Muslim militant group Boko Haram turned into a violent insurgency in 2009 after police killed its leader.Nearly all of the Muslims that make up around half of Nigeria’s population are Sunnis. The IMN was founded in the 1980s after the revolution in mainly Shi’ite Iran in 1979, which inspired the group’s founders.last_img read more

Bishop’s 2015 Independence Message

first_img Tweet LocalNews Bishop’s 2015 Independence Message by: – November 2, 2015 Sharing is caring! 59 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Bishop Gabriel Malzaire (file photo)The following is Bishop Gabriel Malzaire’s Independence Message dubbed ‘T.S.Erika: Her Truth and Her Challenge’As we celebrate thirty-seven (37) years of nationhood, it is fitting for us to reflect on the notion of independence in relation to the devastation caused be Tropical Storm Erika. We must approach it as a truth and a challenge, but also cognizant of the lessons to be learnt.In the second paragraph of his latest Encyclical Letter, Pope Francis, in the Spirit of his patron St. Francis of Assisi stated:“This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of goods with which God had endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail’ (Rom 8:22).” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home, May 24, 2015), Implicit in this statement is a universal call for concern for what could be responsible for a phenomenon such as T.S.Erika, that is, the fact of global warming. The cry on the lips of every Dominican on August 28, 2015 was: “We have never seen anything like this.” This is confirmed by the reality of Patricia, the strongest Hurricane recorded in history, which poured down on the Mexican mainland on October 24, 2015.Truthfully, the passing of Erika has altered the developmental path on which our nation had set herself. This situation of crisis has provided and will continue to provide opportunities for citizens to rise to their very best. In fact, I dare submit that Erika has created a platform for a better understanding of the meaning and significance of nationhood.The aftermath of T.S.Erika afforded the demonstration of great solidarity towards those most affected and sympathy with the bereaved families. The promptness with which the Government with the assistance of its neighboring counterparts expedited the evacuation of families from potentially dangerous locations was commendable. The willingness shown by our citizens in providing accommodation for individuals and families who were in need was a heroic gesture. The responses of local, regional and international organizations: NGOs and faith-based groups and Churches deserve commendation. The overflow of support from individuals and well-wishers on the local, regional and international levels deserves tremendous praise. The assistance of the various organizations and individuals in providing the much needed counseling deserve recognition. The truth is, assistance at different levels came from various sources.On behalf of the Diocese of Roseau, I express sincere gratitude to the various organizations that have come to the aid of Dominica through the Church. I speak of:1. The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, the Clergy and Religious, parishioners, Church organizations and individuals who shared their treasure, in cash or in kind;2. The Dioceses, parishes, organizations and individuals from outside the Antilles region which assisted in so many ways to alleviate the plight of the Dominican people; and3. The many volunteers at the temporary shelters, the individuals and families who opened their homes and their hearts to families and persons in need and those who assisted with counseling facilities and shared themselves in many ways.It is important in this time of national celebrations, to recognize the efforts of the individuals and service groups which, by virtue of their positions and their dedication to responsibility, kept things together as was particularly needed in the days immediately following Erika. They include: His Excellency, the President, the Honourable Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, other Members of Parliament, religious leaders, health personnel, the police, teachers and other civil servants, the business community, farmers and fisher folks among others. From all indications, Erika brought the best out of Dominica and her neighbours.Notwithstanding the fact of self-determination, by which Independence is normally characterized, in the time of crisis all bilateral and multilateral partners demonstrated the value of working towards the good of those in need. My prayer however is that, the lessons learnt from this crisis would translate into a national and regional philosophy.Moreover, Erika leaves us with an important challenge; the very one which the Holy Father, Francis poses through the above-quoted encyclical. Erika challenges our philosophy for future development. After the dust settles, if our sense of responsibility for brother earth does not experience conversion, we will be in danger of many more Erikas. Anything we do to affect the ecological balance of our habitat, even as small as the indiscriminate disposal of our garbage, places us in greater danger in an already vulnerable region.May Erika serve as a great lesson, teaching us the value of partnership, individual and communal resilience, brotherly and sisterly concern, responsibility for Mother Earth, and above all, love for the Creator who teaches us through the events of life. If we adhere to these guiding principles our future will have a fighting chance.Happy Independence Dominica!!” Share Sharelast_img read more