Empty gestures don’t stop viruses | Sheneman
If you’ve spent any of your quarantine time watching TV you’ve undoubtedly seen moving ads rightly proclaiming essential workers and frontline responders as heroes. The spontaneous shift change celebrations taking place in New York and across the world are lovely ways of showing appreciation to the grocery store workers, health care workers, delivery people and others toiling to keep the country’s basic needs met. You know what would be a better way to show our appreciation? Proper protective equipment and a living wage.The performative appreciation from companies like Amazon and Walmart are t...
A govt hurling pebbles at the sky
Enough with the “gestures”, already. The trials and tribulations of the Prayut Chan-o-cha government (to quarantine or not to quarantine?) are being brought to us in real-time by a dizzying news cycle.In uncoordinated motioning (that trumps even the opposition’s disunity in the face of the parliamentary censure vote), the Public Health Ministry, Gen Prayut and various cabinet members are issuing new measures round the clock to curb the spread of Covid-19 — only with the tactical savvy of a man hurling pebbles at the sky.Proposed moves, such as the Finance Ministry’s now discarded cash handouts...
The Bangkok Post
Threatening and abusive ex-MPs more likely to be rewarded than punished if re-elected | Daily FT
Using abusive language and threatening gestures against the Speaker, damaging public property, sitting on the Speaker’s chair, attacking Police officers on duty, and hurling objects were some of the punishable offences that a large group of MPs, mainly from the UPFA, were found guilty of by a six-member Special Committee appointed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to look into matters pertaining to the incidents that took place on the floor of the House on 14, 15 and 16 November 2018.The report said at least 55 MPs were involved in unruly behaviour during the three days and said those named in the Re...
Daily Financial Times
Argentina's Nueva Chicago issue apology after player caught making anti-semitic gestures to fans
Nueva Chicago's Arnaldo Gonzalez cast a shadow over his side's Primera Nacional clash against Atlanta by making anti-semitic gestures to the home crowd.Atlanta, from the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Villa Crespo, went back to the top of Argentina's second tier with a 2-0 win over their city rivals on Sunday.No less than three players were sent off in a fractious clash, with Nicolas Previtali seeing red for the hosts and Gonzalez and Facundo Mater both walking for Chicago.Mater was sanctioned for elbowing Luis Lopez, while Gonzalez earned his marching orders seconds later for attacking Axel Oc...
Virus brings two foes together, Japan and China
Beijing (AFP) - As China faces increasing isolation, with some countries closing off borders over coronavirus fears, an unlikely friend has emerged -- historical arch-foe Japan.After decades of war and animosity, donations and Japanese ballet dancers shouting their support are among the gestures that have endeared Japan to Chinese people and state media.News that the Japanese government sent a plane bearing thousands of pieces of protective garments for the hard-hit central city of Wuhan received more than 170 million views on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.The flight, the fifth of its kind c...