NYPD commissioner blames Fourth of July surge in shootings on police reforms gone too far
NEW YORK — The shocking surge in shootings in New York City over the Fourth of July weekend was no surprise to New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea.“This has been predictable,’” Shea said on NY1 Monday morning. “You heard me saying, ‘A storm is coming’ … and we’re in the middle of it right now.”The city, already reeling from protests and looting in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and what many cops see as creeping anti-police sentiment in the city, was rocked Sunday by 30 shooting incidents around the city, with 48 people shot.On Friday and Saturday, 15 peop...
New York Daily News
Saudi Arabia unveils health guidelines for Hajj as coronavirus pandemic continues
Saudi Arabia announced a slew of health guidelines and protocols forthis year's Hajj pilgrimage, which comes amid acoronavirus pandemicas infections in the region saw a surge over the weekend.Riyadh said it would allow only around a thousand Muslim pilgrims already present in the kingdom to participate in this year's Hajj - scheduled for the end of July - a far cry from the 2.5 million who attended the five-day pilgrimage last year.The country’s National Centre for Disease Prevention and Control released on Monday general guidelines for both pilgrims and workers attending the Hajj season.Proto...
Covid-19 and the surge of the antiracist movement in France
George Floyd’s killing by a policeman in Minneapolis reverberated across the world in an unprecedented fashion. On all continents, young people took to the streets to pay tribute to Floyd. They protested against police brutality which they regarded as ‘systemic’. Citizens expressed their anger at the racial profiling of Black people by the police.Those American scenes had a strong echo in France for two major reasons. Firstly, racialised populations were the most affected by Covid-19. Secondly, the young racialised could identify with George Floyd as they experience the same discriminating pra...
Pennsylvania's nightmare 2020 voting scenario — and how to prevent it
PHILADELPHIA — It’s Nov. 3, 2020. It’s been a long Election Day in Pennsylvania, with new voting machines causing confusion at some polling places, and the closure of others for public health reasons leading to long lines at locations still open. Meanwhile, a huge surge of mail ballots driven partly by coronavirus fears of voting in person means it’s going to take days to count them all and determine who won.But President Donald Trump is already declaring victory.Early, unofficial results make it look like he has won the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania in a landslide. But the elect...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will the surge in online sales of medicines pave the way for e-pharmacies in India?
The COVID-19 outbreak that has brought the world to a halt is boosting a fledgling industry: telemedicine. As people are mostly confined to their homes and they steer clear of clinics and pharmacies for fear of infection, millions are seeking medicine on the internet. Many big players including Amazon and Jio are eying the pharmacy space.By Nikunj SharmaOwing to the pandemic and the enforced lockdown in India, a rise in the online order and purchase of medications and prescriptions have been recorded over the past few months.In fact, many people, in a bid to exercise safety and self-isolation ...
Texas faces COVID-19 surge
Since the first novel coronavirus case was identified on March 4, it took Texas three months to reach 75,000 infections. But since June 8, the state has added another 75,000 cases. During the month of June, COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than tripled across the state.As of Tuesday, the number of coronavirus cases in Texas stood at 159,986, with 6,533 people hospitalized. More than 2,400 Texans have died. The positive test rate on June 30 reached 13.9 percent.Joseph Varon, chief medical officer at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, told CNN in a recent interview that the hospital i...
China Daily US edition
Qatar animal shelter braces for surge as expats leave
A Qatar-based animal rescue and shelter has warned that there could be a surge in abandoned pets in the emirate as an economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many foreign expats and their families leaving at short notice. Expatriates make up 90 percent of Qatar’s 2.75 million population. Major employers including Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Airways have warned of sweeping cuts to staff numbers as a result of the economic slow-down.Paws animal shelter co-founder Alison Caldwell said: “We’re expecting a wave of emails and phone calls to say, ‘Help’. We’ve had a few of tho...
The Middle East Monitor
Editorial: Contact tracing's slow start gives coronavirus time to get ahead
The surge in new COVID-19 case numbers in the Sunbelt and the West is so alarming that New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut now require visitors from “hot spot” states to self-quarantine. As the Philadelphia region reopens, the long-promised expansion of contact tracing — an essential tool to control person-to-person transmission — is just getting started. And as is true with testing, the amount of contact tracing underway is nowhere near what’s necessary to control the spread of the coronavirus.Contact tracing is labor-intensive, especially if it is to be culturally sensitive. Workers reach ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Economic Calendar - Top 5 Things to Watch This Week
Investing.com -By Noreen BurkeInvesting.com -- The surge in virus cases in the U.S. South and West will continue to be a major driver of risk sentiment this week. The main event on the economic calendar will be the June jobs report, due out on Thursday, a day earlier than usual because of the Independence Day holiday. Investors will be watching the employment figures along with other economic data for signs that the rebound remains in effect. There will be a host of Federal Reserve speakers along with the minutes of the Fed’s June meeting. Investors will also be monitoring simmering geopolitic...
Florida reports 9,585 new coronavirus cases, setting a daily record in statewide surge
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Saturday confirmed 9,585 new cases of COVID-19, surpassing Friday’s record-breaking 8,942 cases.The new cases brings the state total of confirmed cases to 132,545.There were also 24 new deaths announced Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 3,390.In just over a week, Florida has reported nearly 40,000 new cases, which accounts for about a third of all the confirmed cases in the state since the pandemic began.On Friday, the state suspended alcohol consumption at bars ,and Miami-Dade announced that beaches would be closed and most parades and pa...