Daily Archives: September 29, 2020

2020-09-29: News Headlines

Ronald Newman (2020-09-29). How the ACLU is Flexing its Political Muscle in the 2020 Elections. aclu.org This week, the presidential candidates will face off in their first debate of the general election. Voters will hear Donald Trump and Joe Biden talk about their views on the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, and the Supreme Court vacancy created by the untimely passing of ACLU alumna Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The ACLU and our supporters will be listening closely for how their answers relate to key civil liberties issues, including racial justice and reproductive freedom, just as we have throughout the presidential campaign., , This cycle, the ACLU has gotten involved in the presidential campaign in a serious way for…

news.un (2020-09-29). Protect the world from sliding into global recession, urges UN chief. news.un.org The economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic "are as bad as we feared", the UN Secretary-General said, as he warned that the international community must act now if it is stave off a global recession, which could wipe out decades of development gains.

Teresa M. Walker (2020-09-29). Covid-19 outbreak: Titans have reported 8 positive test results, first for the NFL. peoplesworld.org NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the coronavirus. The NFL issued a statement Tuesday saying both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings suspended in-person activities following the test results. The Titans beat the Vikings 31-30 in Minneapolis on …

Newsclick (2020-09-29). Are we close to herd immunity? peoplesdispatch.org In this interview with scientist Satyajit Rath, we talk about whether the world is reaching any closer to herd immunity. While COVID-19 cases continue to rise almost exponentially, Rath talks about what is happening with the vaccine and more.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-29). One year of anti-government protests in Egypt. peoplesdispatch.org While corruption was the central issue for the protests last year, this time around people are also protesting spiralling inflation, frequent demolition of houses and the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic…

news.un (2020-09-29). COVID-19: 'Legitimate concerns' must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation. news.un.org Amid continuing uncertainty, fear and anxiety around the world over the COVID-19 pandemic, senior UN officials are keen to stress the legitimacy of concerns, listen carefully to citizens around the world, and help them distinguish between misinformation and accurate information, based on science.

Ike Nahem (2020-09-29). Universal Collaboration is Needed to End This Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Cuba, battling successfully to contain COVID-19 at home, also provides medical internationalism and solidarity abroad. While Cuba dispatches the Henry Reeve Brigade to countries requesting healthcare assistance, Donald Trump's administration escalates the anti-Cuba economic, financial and commercial blockade while threatening sovereign states who request needed Cuban medical solidarity — in a global pandemic. The limited measures implemented …

news.un (2020-09-29). Pandemic shows international cooperation 'delivers results', says German Foreign Minister. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how international cooperation "delivers results" in efforts to resolve conflict, though there is still a long way to go, Germany's Foreign Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-09-29). Millionth death from COVID-19 'an agonizing milestone': UN Secretary-General. news.un.org With over one million lives now lost to COVID-19 globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that while the "agonizing milestone" is a "mind-numbing figure", the world must never lose sight of each and every individual life.

news.un (2020-09-29). Redouble efforts against 'global scourge' of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres. news.un.org From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is "a global scourge" that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday.

Patrick Cockburn (2020-09-29). Britain Will Seek Coronavirus 'herd immunity' Covertly or by Default, Thanks to an Inability to Get anything Done. counterpunch.org I was six years old in 1956 when my parents decided to return to Ireland from London, though a polio epidemic was in full swing in Cork city thirty miles from where we lived. They thought we would be safe in our house deep in the countryside and were encouraged by the fact that there

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-09-29). On the Precipice of Tyranny. counterpunch.org As if climate change, its consuming heat and fires, and the killer pandemic plague were not enough, the country is getting closer to tyranny — by the day. Trump refuses peaceful transfer of power President Trump keeps saying the only result of the November 3 elections he will accept is his own reelection. His refusal

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-29). Assange's Fifteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Solitary Confinement and Parlous Health Care. dissidentvoice.org September 28. Central Criminal Court, London. Throughout the sham process formally known as the Julian Assange extradition trial, prosecutors representing the United States have been adamant: the carceral conditions awaiting him in freedom's land will be pleasant, accommodating and appropriate. Confronting 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the Computer Fraud and …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-29). Public healthcare strikes continue in Kenya as workers demand their rights. peoplesdispatch.org Doctors and nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi have downed tools. Meanwhile, the strike by medics in Embu county's government hospitals was called off after the government committed to a timeline to address their grievances…

_____ (2020-09-29). UK imports Dutch sewage for use on farmland despite being banned in Holland. truepublica.org.uk The UK is importing thousands of tonnes of sewage sludge to be used on farmland despite serious health and environmental concerns over the controversial practice, Unearthed can reveal. Documents obtained using freedom of information rules show that the Environment Agency (EA) has approved shipments that would see the arrival of 27,500 tonnes of sewage waste …

Anthony Pahnke (2020-09-29). Amid COVID and Wildfires, Farmworkers Have Been Pushed to the Brink. zcomm.org Farmworker organizations are leading the way in showing us the need for reform; the question is if the rest of us will stand with some of the most essential people who sacrifice so much to feed us daily…

Keith McHenry (2020-09-29). Santa Cruz City Officials to evict Food Not Bombs, the Homeless Union COVID -19 Relief Center. indybay.org Santa Cruz City Officials to evict Food Not Bombs, the Homeless Union COVID -19 Relief Center, and sweep those without housing.

Staff (2020-09-29). Headlines for September 29, 2020. democracynow.org As COVID-19 Claims Over 1 Million Lives, Reports of Rift Among White House Advisers, Another Immigrant Prisoner Dies from COVID-19; Nurses Union Says U.S. Failed to Protect Medical Workers, Kentucky AG to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes as Juror Calls for Information to Be Made Public, Family of Black Man Shot Dead by Police While Handcuffed in Car Reaches $20 Million Settlement, Trump and Biden to Face Off in 1st Debate as NYT Drops Second Report on Trump's Taxes, Channel 4 Report Says Trump Campaign Sought to Deter Black Voters in 2016, Artist Ai Weiwei Holds Protest in Support of Julian Assange, Press…

Anand Naidoo (2020-09-29). The Heat: Fears of second wave of Covid-19. america.cgtn.com The death toll from COVID-19 is about to surpass one million people around the world. And there are fears that a second wave is just around the corner.

sputniknews (2020-09-29). Tory Revolt Over Coronavirus Laws Expected to Be Ignored Despite Calls for Greater Scrutiny by MPs. sputniknews.com New measures for northeast England took effect on Monday including a ban on mass singing in pubs, attending public spots after 10 p.m., and huge fines for non-compliance with the updated rules.

The Canary (2020-09-29). 'Let us out': Isolating students hang window protest signs. thecanary.co Students isolating in their university halls of residence have been communicating with the outside world via signs in their windows saying "Let us out" and "Send beer".Unrest: Thousands of students have been forced to self-isolate following a surge in cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) at universities including Manchester Metropolitan, Glasgow, and Edinburgh Napier.1,700 people were told to stay in their rooms at Manchester Metropolitan University's Birley Campus and Cambridge Halls for 14 days after 127 tested positive for the virus.The signs have called on people to send help and food (Peter Byrne/PA)Studen…

The Canary (2020-09-29). Boris Johnson apologises for not understanding his government's own coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co The prime minister has apologised after he failed to clarify the new local lockdown measures for large parts of the North East.Ignorance is this: Boris Johnson said he "misspoke" when he was asked to explain the new rules, which were announced on Monday and will come into effect from midnight.Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner claimed Johnson did not understand the new regulations, set to put a ban on households mixing in private and also social settings, in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham.When asked by reporters to clarify whether people could…

Staff (2020-09-29). Domestic Workers Are Organizing to Make Care Work a 2020 Election Issue. truthout.org Angella Foster, 56, has worked as a nanny in the Boston area since immigrating from Jamaica in 2000. She is also a local political activist. Foster has been reaching out to voters since the early days of the 2020 presidential primary, before COVID-19 hit. | "At first, I was fearful to canvas door to door in case I came across someone who was racist, but I knew I had to do it. I did it for myself, and for the next generation," Foster told Truthout. | Since the pandemic has made in-person canvassing…

Staff (2020-09-29). Democrats Present GOP With Yet Another Opportunity to Pass COVID Relief. truthout.org Progressive advocacy groups and labor leaders are urging Senate Republicans and the Trump White House to stop

Staff (2020-09-29). White House Pressured CDC to Produce Data Backing Trump's Push to Reopen Schools. truthout.org Officials within the Trump administration sought to pressure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to downplay the risks associated with coronavirus in children in order to bolster the narrative that it was safe for schools to resume in-person instruction across the United States, according to Trump officials also wanted the health agency to find data t…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). COVID-19 continues to claim more lives in Arab region. yenisafak.com Health authorities in four Arab countries confirmed additional fatalities due to the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday. | In a statement, the Tunisian Health Ministry said 32 people died from COVID-19, while 1,291 others tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours. | Tunisia's tally now rose to 17,405 confirmed cases, including 246 deaths. | In Oman, the Health Ministry confirmed 11 fatalities and 528 infections, taking the Gulf state's count to 98,585, including 935 deaths, and 88,528 recoveries. | In the United Arab Emirates, the country's nationwide death toll rose to 416 after three people lost their l…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). PM Johnson sows confusion as UK tightens COVID curbs. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson corrected himself on Tuesday after appearing uncertain about basic social distancing rules that will apply in a large swathe of England.The government announced on Monday a tightening of restrictions on socialising in northeast England from Wednesday, in response to high and increasing COVID-19 infection rates in the region – the latest in a series of local measures.In the affected areas, which include large urban centres such as Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham, people will face fines if they are caught meeting people from other households indoors, including in hom…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Saudi Arabia announces new Umrah measures. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced fresh measures for the Umrah pilgrimage, which was suspended for six months due to the coronavirus outbreak.As part of the COVID-19 measures, the barricade placed around the Kaaba and the holy Black Stone will remain in its place and visitors will be prevented from touching them, the official SPA news agency reported.Masjid al-Haram, where the Kaaba is located, will be disinfected 10 times a day, SPA said, adding that quarantine rooms were already prepared for visitors showing symptoms of COVID-19.Saudi Arabia announced last week that it will gradually lift a coronavirus-related…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Turkish parliament to open for 4th legislative session. yenisafak.com Turkish parliament will on Thursday start the fourth legislative session of its 27th term.The general assembly will convene at 2.00 p.m. local time (1100GMT) under the gavel of Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop.Later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will deliver an opening speech at the assembly.This year, Sentop will not host an opening reception in the parliament due to novel coronavirus outbreak.On Oct. 6 and 7, the general assembly is scheduled to debate motions to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year.Marathon deliberations on the 2…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Coronavirus situation update in Eurasian countries. yenisafak.com Health authorities in Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Tuesday reported new coronavirus cases, related deaths and recoveries. | The world's death toll from the novel infection, meanwhile, crossed one million, a development the UN secretary general termed "mind-numbing" and "an agonizing milestone." | – Ukraine | The death toll in Ukraine reached 4,065 with 69 more fatalities reported over the past 24 hours. | Confirming another 3,627 cases, the tally of cases reached 204,932, with 90,250 recoveries. | Over 114,000 patients remain under treatment. | – Georgia | With 314 new cases and 270 more patients regai…

_____ (2020-09-29). Natural Gas Fracking Under Fire In Pennsylvania. popularresistance.org In a blistering report on Pennsylvania's 12-year experience with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a special statewide grand jury said public health and the environment have suffered and the state's environmental and health agencies, rather than acting as watchdogs, had a "culture of inadequate oversight." | "When it comes to fracking, Pennsylvania failed," said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who convened the Investigating Statewide Grand Jury that listened to scores of witnesses and reports of investigators over two years.

The Canary (2020-09-29). Former Sainsbury's boss to take on key Test and Trace role. thecanary.co The former chief executive of Sainsbury's is to take over as testing director at Test and Trace.Mike Coupe, who retired as chief executive officer of Sainsbury's at the end of May, is set to replace Sarah-Jane Marsh who is returning to her post as chief executive of Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust.Dido Harding, who runs NHS Test and Trace and is interim executive chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said in an email to staff that Mr Coupe "will bring a wealth of experience in large scale supply chains, logistics and digital transformation".Baroness Dido Harding (Dominic Li…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Indian court set to deliver verdict in Babri mosque demolition case. yenisafak.com A special court in India will deliver on Wednesday the verdict in the criminal case related to the Babri mosque demolition, almost 28 years after the structure in the Ayodhya town was pulled down.Last month, the Supreme Court had set Sept. 30 as the deadline to conclude the trial and pronounce the judgment.However, many senior defendants above 90 years of age may not be able to attend the court proceedings on that day due to health concerns although they are legally required to be present in court. It is not clear what arrangements the court would make for them.As many as 32 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders w…

RT (2020-09-29). Major US health care firm hit by cyberattack, forcing hospitals to revert to 'pen and paper'. rt.com Universal Health Services, one of the largest US for-profit hospital operators, was hit by a massive cyberattack over the weekend, reportedly forcing staff at some of its facilities to record patient data with "pen and paper." | The attack "looks and smells like ransomware," Al…

Jasmine Norden (2020-09-29). The government is quietly trying to destroy freedom of speech in our schools. thecanary.co The Department for Education has updated its PSHE stands for 'personal, social, health and economic education'. It teaches children skills intended to prepare them for adult life, as well as knowledge about keeping themselves healthy and safe. | But the new guidelines amount to a direct attack on freedom of speech. And many education professionals have expressed concern about how this will affect their fr…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-29). Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah dies at 91. middleeasteye.net Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah dies at 91 | Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah had been receiving medical treament in the United States | Tue, 09/29/2020 – 14: 31 | Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves upon his arrival to open the parliament's new term at the Gulf emirate's National Assembly in Kuwait City (AFP) | Kuwait on Tuesday confirmed the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sab…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-29). Solar storms could be more extreme if they 'slipstream' behind each other. imperial.ac.uk Modelling of an extreme space weather event that narrowly missed Earth in 2012 shows it could have been even worse if paired with another event.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-29). Machine learning to automated daydreaming: Imperial academics map future of AI. imperial.ac.uk Imperial academics have plotted the roles that AI could play in our future society in a new map that connects reality to science fiction.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-29). Scientists plan new groundbreaking facility to transform UK cancer treatment. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have unveiled designs for a facility intended to make cheaper, more flexible proton beam therapy for cancer treatment a reality.

Staff (2020-09-29). Private Police at Hospital Hosting Trump-Biden Debate Mostly Arrest Black People. truthout.org A few minutes after noon on a September day in 2018, Jacarvi Jackson and Darcell Williams were crossing Euclid Avenue, a main road through Cleveland's medical area. Both of them worked for a vendor that supplies food to patients at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Still in their work uniforms after finishing their eight-hour shifts at the hospital's loading dock, they were heading to a Burger King lot where their cars were parked. They were in a hurry — Jackson was worried about…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-28). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Peter Koenig (2020-09-28). Is a New Wave of Covid-Fascism Invading Europe? globalresearch.ca He spoke Truth to Power, about the covid-lie and what it did to humanity and to the global economy. And then he was suddenly arrested by police, handcuffed, pushed into a police car and driven to Wandsworth Custody Center, were he was detained for 22 hours, simply for telling the truth about covid-19.

teleSUR (2020-09-28). Peru: 3,000 Volunteers Added To Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Tests. telesurenglish.net In Peru, the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) and the Cayetano Heredia University Sunday announced that some 3,000 volunteers joined the third phase of clinical studies of two inactivated COVID-19 vaccines prepared by the China Sinopharm company. | RELATED: | After the registration process, the Sinopharm researching team would determine the volunteers' eligibility and contact the ones who suit as candidates. | Research…

Ben Lilliston (2020-09-28). Don't Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for COVID-19 Failures. globalresearch.ca As the Senate reconvenes this week, a lobbying blitz to grant corporations special immunity protection is ramping up. Global meat companies are helping lead the charge, and it's easy to see why. The

teleSUR (2020-09-28). Venezuela: President Maduro To Present Anti-Blockade Bill. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Sunday announced that he will present an Anti-Blockade Constitutional Bill to the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). | RELATED: | During his intervention in the meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19, he informed about this initiative to fight the U.S. arbitrary sanctions. | "It is an Anti-Blockade Bill that has been created and studied…

WSWS (2020-09-28). Youth protests over COVID-19 mount in working-class districts of Madrid. wsws.org Madrid is the epicentre of the resurgence of COVID-19 in Spain, now the worst-hit country in Western Europe, with 51 dying last Friday alone.

teleSUR (2020-09-28). Nearly Half of US States Report Increasing COVID-19 Infections. telesurenglish.net Almost half of the U.S. states are reporting increasing numbers of new COVID-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the United States in the fall and winter. | As of Sunday, the number of new COVID-19 cases has increased by at least 10 percent or more than the week before in 21 states, most of them in the West, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. | RELATED: | Cases are rising in 21 states su…

WSWS (2020-09-28). The world has reached the grim milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, "herd immunity" remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.

Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning (2020-09-28). Video: Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning Arrested for Speaking The Truth on Covid-19. Trafalgar Square London Protests. globalresearch.ca Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning, one of the founders of Doctors for the Truth which is an association of thousands of medical doctors around the world, said that the measures of the governments regarding COVID-19 are absolutely inappropriate. | "I would also …

news.un (2020-09-28). Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is "hitting women hard", but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.