Marcus Rashford and other black athletes have run out of patience and are forcing change | Derek Bardowell | Opinion | The Guardian


Black British sportspeople are seizing the moment to speak out about racism and poverty, says author Derek Bardowell

Source: Marcus Rashford and other black athletes have run out of patience and are forcing change | Derek Bardowell | Opinion | The Guardian

A short history of black women and police violence : The Conversation


Young men make up the majority of black people killed by police in the US. That’s fed a perception that black women are somehow shielded from the threat of police violence. They aren’t.

Source: A short history of black women and police violence : The Conversation

Trump slaps sanctions on officials at international court that prosecutes war crimes, genocide : Yahoo News


The decision comes after ICC appeals judges authorized an investigation into allegations of war crimes by U.S. military and intelligence personnel.

Source: Trump slaps sanctions on officials at international court that prosecutes war crimes, genocide : Yahoo News

Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy? : The Conversation


Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they’re not all the same when it comes to privacy.

Source: Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy? : The Conversation

Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults’ faces : The Conversation


With caregivers’ faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they’d normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.

Source: Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults’ faces : The Conversation

Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’ – The Washington Post


President Trump dismissed a mask-wearing reporter as being “politically correct” on Tuesday while the presumptive Democratic candidateJoe Biden, called him a “fool” for mocking their use.

The president’s refusal to wear a face mask in public, defying recommendations from public health experts, has become a symbol for his supporters resisting stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus crisis. To wear one then is seen by some as being anti-Trump.

In early April, Trump announced new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Americans wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus, reversing the administration’s earlier recommendations that masks weren’t necessary. The president was clear, however, that he would not be wearing a mask — even though “it may be good” advice.

 

Source: Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’ – The Washington Post

Coronavirus UK: Fears of lockdown collapse in heatwave | Daily Mail Online


With parts of Britain set to bask in temperatures hotter than Athens and Nice and Barcelona, social media users claimed that the PM was sending out the dangerous signal that ‘lockdown is finished’.

Source: Coronavirus UK: Fears of lockdown collapse in heatwave | Daily Mail Online

Legal challenge launched as more councils enact Care Act ‘easements’ | Local Government Chronicle (LGC)


Three more councils have fully enacted Care Act ‘easements’ as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with one already facing legal action and all coming

Source: Legal challenge launched as more councils enact Care Act ‘easements’ | Local Government Chronicle (LGC)

COVID-19 has shown U.S., U.K. are vulnerable to biological terrorism, experts say


LONDON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a structural vulnerability to biological attacks in the U.S. and Europe that requires urgent government action, multiple current and former national security and public health officials told NBC News.

Former officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that the devastating impact of the coronavirus on health care infrastructures and economies may act as a “neon light” for terrorist groups looking to unleash pathogens on Western nations.

The pandemic has shown that the West has trouble testing, tracking and treating a pandemic or sustaining a supply of protective equipment for health care workers. It has also raised questions about the security of pathogen research labs worldwide.

“Many of the very worst-case characteristics of an intentional event are also being seen in this naturally occurring pandemic,” said Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kadlec, a retired Air Force colonel and surgeon who has spent much of the past two decades focused on biodefense policy and legislation inside the White House, the Defense Department and the Senate, helped the FBI with its investigation into the 2001 “Amerithrax” attacks. The perpetrator in the attacks, which killed five people and infected 17 others, used anthrax from a government lab. “We’ve come a long way in 20 years, and yet there is so much more that needs to be done,” he said.

Source: COVID-19 has shown U.S., U.K. are vulnerable to biological terrorism, experts say