Stay-at-home orders likely to increase domestic violence, WHO leader warns
Isolation measures such as self-quarantines and stay-at-home-orders will likely lead to an increase in domestic violence, according to the World Health Organization.Speaking to reporters Friday, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned about the dangers caused by rules recently enacted around the world to curb the spread of the pandemic.“Women in abusive relationships are more likely to be exposed to violence, as are their children, as family members spend more time in close contact, and families cope with additional stress and potential economic or job losses,” said the dir...
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Commentary: The rationing of human worth
It seems like a lot of NBA basketball players have tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m glad none of them have gotten deathly ill, and I’m particularly glad that no members of the Chicago Bulls, my hometown team, are said to be sick.I figure this greatly increases the odds that I’ll get the treatment I need to recover if I get sick and have to go to the hospital. I figure if a power forward and I show up in the emergency room at the same time and the doctors perceive that they can only treat one of us, I’m a goner.I mean, he’s a prime specimen. He might even have a shoe deal. And I’m just ...
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Zoom video meetings are being interrupted by hackers spewing hate speech and showing porn. It's called 'Zoombombing.' Here's how to prevent it.
CHICAGO — Morgan Elise Johnson has been hosting virtual meditation sessions each weekday morning through her digital media company The Triibe, to bring a sense of calm to the audience during the coronavirus outbreak.One morning last week, though, that calm was shattered.The group was using video conferencing app Zoom and had just started its session when some young men joined the meeting, Johnson said. They started heckling the wellness professional leading the meditation. Then it got worse.They took control of the screen and started searching for pornography, Johnson said. When she tried to m...
Civil rights leaders to DeSantis: Don't allow state to withhold care from disabled
MIAMI — As fears of a catastrophic shortage or ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment loom, Florida’s federally funded watchdog for disabled people is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to ensure that, faced with unimaginable choices, doctors and hospitals don’t engage in “eugenics” as they ration care.Florida would not be the first state to develop guidelines for distributing respirators, beds and medication during a local or state shortage.Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee and Washington already have drawn the ire of civil rights groups that claim those states are adopting protocols that permit ...
Captain Comics: Meet Marieke Nijkamp, the author who unlocked Barbara Gordon in 'The Oracle Code'
Fans of Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, know the strengths of the character. Her determination, tough-mindedness and eidetic memory led her to be effervescent Batgirl in 1967, and then, after being shot by The Joker and confined to a wheelchair, the omniscient Oracle in 1989. She’s back to being Batgirl in current DC comics, but the time in the chair is still part of her history.She’s an extraordinary character. You may have admired her, as I have. But you don’t really know Barbara Gordon until you read “The Oracle Code.”“Code” is written by Dutch author Marieke Nijkamp, a long...
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Ann McFeatters: There is still time to save the census
You’re still reeling from how botched the federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been. You won’t believe how messed up the census is.The census, required by the Constitution every 10 years, is really, really important. It is used to figure out where federal funds go and where social services are needed. It affects your hometown and your neighborhood in vital ways such as how many schools, hospitals and fire departments are near you.Census data is used to apportion the seats of the House of Representatives, redraw congressional districts and help businesses set marketing strategies and g...
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What it's like to be locked in prison during the coronavirus pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — At the Pike County, Pa., Correctional Facility, a contraband economy has sprung up around limited supplies of soap.Fights have broken out between prisoners in Montgomery County over phone time since the state prisons banned visitors.Inmate trustees in Schuylkill County have logged 12-hour shifts fulfilling thousands of commissary orders from peers stockpiling what they could before their detention center went into lockdown.And at least 180 immigration detainees in the York County Prison launched a hunger strike over the weekend.Though public health advocates, defense lawyers, an...
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States, hospitals grapple with medical rationing
WASHINGTON — Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a reminder that people with disabilities have the same worth as everybody else.That the agency felt compelled to issue such a directive reflects the anguishing choices that American medicine has begun to confront: When medical personnel, equipment and supplies are limited, who gets lifesaving care and who doesn’t?The HHS bulletin appeared to respond to a complaint filed with the federal agency last week by Washington state groups that serve people with disabilities. The groups argued that a draft of an emerg...
Florida woman sues Navy secretary for 'unequal conditions' after sexual harassment claim
ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando woman has sued a top U.S. Navy official, alleging that inaction on sexual harassment allegations fostered a workplace that “permeated with unequal conditions for women, particularly assertive women in leadership positions.”Gloria Tuck, who filed the lawsuit in an Orlando federal court, says U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly should have known about the harassment and, once discovered, should have reprimanded the accused supervisor.Instead, she claims in the lawsuit, she faced repercussions in the workplace because of Modly’s failure to address the allegations.The in...
Judge orders release of 13 immigrants in Pa., saying ICE not protecting them from coronavirus
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Harrisburg ordered the immediate release Tuesday of 13 immigrants from detention centers across Pennsylvania, saying authorities have not taken adequate measures to protect them from the threat of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars.The group, from countries across the globe, are all being all held in county jails that contract with ICE and face deportation proceedings or have pending asylum claims. They appear to be one of the largest groups of immigrant detainees in the nation subject to a court-ordered release since the pandemic’s start.Each has underlying m...
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