Unemployment, isolation and depression from COVID-19 may cause more 'deaths of despair'
PHILADELPHIA — Even before protesters across the country took to the streets in rage and grief over police brutality, Americans were already facing unprecedented stress, isolation, depression and fear brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.Earlier this month, as the country began to consider relaxing stay-at-home orders and reopening businesses, experts warned that the months of isolation and unemployment prompted by the coronavirus pandemic may increase deaths of despair, a term for an alarming rise in early deaths among young and mid-life Americans, from suicide, drug overdoses and alcoholism.S...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dave Hyde: From social unrest comes a simple lesson for sports — why black coaches matter
Coach X said in a statement this weekend: “I am shocked and angered by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We’re at an important moment for our country, and now is the time for us to choose kindness, tolerance, understanding, empathy … it’s time to love each other. Every life is precious …”Coach Y said in a statement this weekend, “My father was a 30-year veteran of the Chicago police department, and if he were still with us right now, he’d be hurt and outraged by the senseless acts of racial injustice that continue to plague our country. Being black in America...
Hong Kong and Macau’s paternity rights are the weak link in gender equality
It took Macau more than ten years to increase its statutory maternity leave from 56 days to 70 days.The amendment to the Labour Relations Law voted by mid-May also introduces five days of paternity leave; existing provisions grant new fathers two days of leave with no pay, unless agreed otherwise with the employer.Hong Kong has also recently approved an extension of four weeks to its ten-week statutory maternity leave under the Employment Ordinance. The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019 was submitted to the Legislative Council on January 8. Once enacted, the amendment will put the city on par w...
Hong Kong Free Press
Ex-champ Mayweather to pay for Floyd funeral: report
Los Angeles (AFP) - Retired ring great Floyd Mayweather will pay for the funeral services for George Floyd, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN on Monday.George Floyd died last week after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on the 46-year-old man's neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd, who was handcuffed, became unresponsive after almost three minutes.The death of the unarmed black man while in police custody has ignited violent reactions across America.Ellerbe confirmed to ESPN that Floyd's family had accepted Mayweather's offer to pay for funeral services."He'll probably...
As virus surges, Imran Khan says country to reopen
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Monday his government would end several months of coronavirus restrictions, even as it emerged cases of the disease are likely many times higher than previously thought.In a televised address, Khan said impoverished Pakistan cannot afford to keep businesses closed and said almost all sectors - including domestic tourism - would re-open.His announcement came shortly after an alarming government report was leaked to the media that showed cases of novel coronavirus in the eastern city of Lahore are estimated to be at about 670,800."No workplace and r...
Tokyo shares higher on U.S. economic recovery hopes
Tokyo stocks were higher in early trading Tuesday as investors took heart from an overnight rise on Wall Street on expectations for economic recovery in the United States following lockdowns.In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 182.83 points, or 0.83 percent, from Monday to 22,245.22. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 12.06 points, or 0.77 percent, at 1,580.81.Gainers were led by mining, bank, and iron and steel issues.At 9 a.m., the U.S. dollar fetched 107.56-57 yen compared with 107.55-65 yen in New Y...
Warriors reopen San Francisco practice facility to players for workouts
The Warriors opened their San Francisco practice facility to players Monday for individual workouts, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group.At least five players showed up to practice shooting, work in the weight room and undergo treatment while adhering to social-distance protocols at the facility for the first time in nearly three months, according to the source. The news was first reported by the Athletic.Last week, Mayor London Breed announced that professional teams in San Francisco could begin practicing this week with the approval of public health officials. Those teams can ho...
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UN agency recommends health guidelines for airlines
Montreal (AFP) - Mask wearing, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft: the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday published a series of health recommendations for the pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel.The protocol was drawn up by an international task force formed by the Montreal-based ICAO with the help of other UN agencies like the World Health Organization and the powerful International Air Transport Association (IATA)."These guidelines will facilitate convergence, mutual recognition and harmonization of aviation COVID-19 related measures across ...
Facebook in turmoil over refusal to police Trump's posts
San Francisco (AFP) - The clash between Twitter and Donald Trump has thrust rival Facebook into turmoil, with employees rebelling against CEO Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to sanction false or inflammatory posts by the US president.Some Facebook employees put out word of a "virtual walkout" to take place Monday to protest, according to tweeted messages."As allies we must stand in the way of danger, not behind. I will be participating in today's virtual walkout in solidarity with the black community," tweeted Sara Zhang, one of the Facebook employees in the action.Nearly all Facebook employees are ...
'Little Chef' charms Myanmar with lockdown cooking classes
Yangon (AFP) - From boiled catfish soup to spicy fried frog, an eight-year-old in pyjamas and a chef's hat is delighting Myanmar with her culinary prowess in a nation still being told to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.Moe Myint May Thu's mother posted a video online at the end of April showing off her daughter's skills as the youngster threw together some spicy fried prawns.With her wide gap-toothed grin, the video has bounced across social media and brought stardom to the child along with an online moniker: "Little Chef".She now sells dishes to order -- and is counting the divid...