WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Beginning November 2, The Washington Post will launch a new press freedom initiative dedicated to highlighting the work and campaigns of press freedom organizations like RSF in advancing the protection and safety of journalists worldwide. The Post’s readers can learn more about the organizations and their work, as well as view the latest reporting on press freedom issues at www.wapo.st/pressfreedom. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) are also participating in the Press Freedom Partnership. RSF is honored to expand its partnership with The Washington Post after working with the news outlet on previous projects. These include the campaign to bring home journalist Jason Rezaian after he was unjustly detained for 544 days in Iran while working as The Post’s Tehran Bureau Chief, working with the parents of detained American journalist Austin Tice to secure his safe return from Syria, and the annual launch of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index in 2017 and 2018 at events held at The Post’s Washington, DC office. News News Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is thrilled to announce its participation in The Washington Post’s Press Freedom Partnership to promote freedom of the press and raise awareness for the rights of journalists around the world in pursuit of the truth. November 5, 2018 US – RSF joins The Washington Post’s Press Freedom Partnership News June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further “Reporters Without Borders is thrilled to take its long-standing partnership with The Washington Post to the next level with this new initiative to regularly highlight our work to defend journalists, bloggers, and the free flow of information online,” said Margaux Ewen, RSF’s North America director. “With press freedom increasingly under threat across the globe and attacks against members of the press on the rise, the Post’s leadership in shining a light on these issues has represented a beacon of hope for those who are risking their lives by simply reporting the news.”RSF looks forward to building its partnership with The Washington Post and like-minded organizations to work towards achieving a safer environment for journalists and media workers around the world. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Organisation June 3, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States
12:55 p.m.: Fauci: ‘Do not abandon’ distancing, masks in anticipation of vaccine Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is urging the public to “not abandon” public health measures “in anticipation of a vaccine.”“When you’re talking about public health measures, there are many, many things that we can do,” Fauci said at a briefing Thursday hosted by the Alliance of Public Health. “But you can distill them down to five or six that everyone should be doing: masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, outdoor better than indoor, washing your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based type of sanitizer.”Fauci said we could see different scenarios as we get into flu season this fall, including a situation where the seasonal flu is crowded out by COVID-19 infections. But he said he hopes to see more people getting the flu shot this year. Approximately 170 million people did last year.That combined with COVID-19 public health measures could result in a “blunted” season for both, he said.“That’s a goal that we should aspire to that I think is possible,” Fauci said.12:32 p.m.: Ohio governor tests positiveOhio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday as part of the protocol to greet President Donald Trump at a Cleveland airport, his office said.DeWine has no symptoms and plans to quarantine at his home for the next two weeks, his office said.11:25 a.m.: Florida has 3 counties with no ICU bedsIn Florida, 17.4% of the state’s ICU beds were open as of Thursday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Forty-two hospitals had no available beds while 35 hospitals had just one available bed, the agency said.Three counties — Monroe, Nassau and Okeechobee — had no available ICU beds.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.10:50 a.m.: Birx warns about increases in percent-positivity in 9 cities, CA Central Valley Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, is warning states about an increase in test-positivity rates in nine cities across the country, as well as in California’s Central Valley.According to Birx’s Wednesday call with state and local officials obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, Baltimore, Atlanta, Kansas City, Portland, Omaha and California’s Central Valley all remain at a “very high level.” Three other cities, Chicago, Boston and Detroit — which Birx described as in the “green zone” — have seen a “slow uptick” in their rate of positivity. Washington, D.C., is not considered in the “green zone,” but has also seen an increase in its rate of positivity.Birx stressed that local officials must look at the increases “very carefully” to ensure they are kept under control.She specifically referenced several states, including California, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia, noting that their COVID-19 trends are “concerning.” The new concerns come as the country sees “encouraging” news across the South, according to Birx, as cases and test-positivity decline.10 a.m.: School district moves to virtual learning when over 90 staff members forced to quarantineOver 90 staff members in Georgia’s Barrow County School System are in quarantine due to a confirmed COVID-19 case, a suspect case or direct contact with a confirmed case, prompting the district to make a last-minute switch to virtual learning, district officials announced Wednesday.The district had planned to begin the year with in-person and virtual learning.“If today was the first day of school, we would have been hard-pressed to have sufficient staff available to open,” superintendent Chris McMichael said.Distance learning for all students will begin Aug. 17.On Friday, district officials will “present a phased approach to bring students back into the classrooms as quickly as possible,” the school system said.8:22 a.m.: France reports highest single-day rise in cases in over two monthsFrance on Wednesday reported its highest single-day rise in coronavirus infections in more than two months amid concerns about a resurgence in Europe. According to data published by France’s national public health agency, the country recorded 1,695 new cases in 24 hours, the largest daily increase since May 30 when 1,828 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units across France has decreased over the past 24 hours, according to the agency’s data. Overall, more than 194,000 people in France have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. At least 30,305 of them have died — the third-highest death toll in Europe, according to the agency’s data.8:07 a.m.: ‘We cannot at all exercise fatigue,’ Africa CDC warnsJohn Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned Thursday that “we cannot at all exercise fatigue” in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases on the African continent nears one million. More than 992,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported across the continent of 1.3 billion people since the start of the pandemic, with more than half in South Africa, according to the latest data from the Africa CDC. A tally kept by Johns Hopkins University shows South Africa with the fifth-highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world.Africa has seen an 11% jump in cases over the last week, which is lower than in recent weeks, but Nkengasong cautioned that the data must be observed over several weeks to determine the real trend. Nkengasong also noted concerns over the low rate of testing across the continent and the rising number of cases in several African nations including Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. He said if countries do the right things to prevent further spread of the virus, “we have a good chance of beating back this pandemic.”7:34 a.m.: Weekly testing rate falls for first time in US, data showsThe number of COVID-19 tests being conducted across the United States has apparently taken a plunge. A total of 664,272 tests were conducted around the country on Wednesday — the lowest figure since July 8, according to data collected and analyzed by the COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic.The group attributed some of the drop in testing to technical issues with reporting systems as well as storm-related closures in some states. “Still, the problem is broader. Weekly testing declined for the first time ever in our dataset,” the COVID Tracking Project wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “There are widespread problems right now in the top-level data. In different ways, California and Florida have had trouble reporting complete data because of storms and IT problems. Because they are populous states with large outbreaks, that influences the national numbers.”6:03 a.m.: Number of babies testing positive has nearly doubled in this Texas countyThe number of babies testing positive for COVID-19 in Nueces County in southwest Texas has nearly doubled since mid-July, according to a report by Corpus Christi ABC affiliate KIII-TV.Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 85 children under the age of 2 had tested positive for the virus in Nueces County by mid-July. Now, that number is “close to 167,” according to Annette Rodriguez, health director of the Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District.“That number has almost doubled and that hasn’t been a very long time period,” Rodriguez told KIII.5:28 a.m.: FEMA memo shows disproportionate number of non-white children dying from virusA disproportionate number of non-white children are dying from the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to data released in an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night.Nationwide, the number of COVID-19 cases among people under the age of 18 from March 1 to Aug. 3 were 40% Hispanic, 34% white and 19% Black. The ethnicity breakdown of those patients who died from the disease is 38% Hispanic, 34% Black and 25% white, according to the memo.The gender breakdown of those cases is 50% male and 50% female. However, just as in adults, COVID-19 is more fatal among males under 18, making up 64% of the deaths compared to females under 18 accounting for 36%, according to the memo. 3:39 a.m.: US records over 52,000 new cases in a single dayMore than 52,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the second straight day that the United States has recorded over 50,000 new cases. However, the latest daily caseload is still under the country’s record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 4,823,892 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 158,256 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records.However, new data suggests that the national surge in cases could be leveling off, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night. Nationwide, the last week saw a 9.2% decrease in cases from the previous seven-day period. There was also a 7% increase in new deaths compared to the previous week, but the figure is lower than the 20-30% week-over-week increase the country has seen of late, according to the memo. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 708,000 people worldwide.Over 18.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 158,445 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.4:42 p.m.: Ohio governor tests positiveOhio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday as part of the protocol to greet President Donald Trump at a Cleveland airport, his office said.DeWine has no symptoms and plans to quarantine at his home for the next two weeks, his office said.DeWine has “no idea” where he may have contracted coronavirus, he said at a news conference.4:06 p.m.: State Department lifts global level 4 travel advisoryThe State Department on Thursday lifted the level 4 health advisory which was put in place on March 19 to advise Americans to avoid all international travel.“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions),” the State Department said.3:24 p.m.: 1st large-scale testing of front-line health care providers finds 13% had antibodiesThe first large-scale testing of front-line health care providers found that 13% of them tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, New York’s Northwell Health said.Northwell Health said it offered free antibody testing to its 72,000 employees. More than half of them were tested for coronavirus antibodies and 13% of them tested positive.The positive sample pool was 28.4% nurses and 9.3% physicians, Northwell Health said.In the general New York state population, 12.3% of people had antibodies, according to a recent state antibody screenings study.Among New York City firefighters and EMT members, 17.1% tested positive for antibodies, according to a report from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) announced yesterday (23 February) that the government has selected the food and drink manufacturing industry as a key sector in its ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative.Organised by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme will commence in June and aims to encourage businesses to open their doors to prospective employees.It follows the FDF’s ‘Taste Success – A Future in Food’ campaign, which was launched last year to dispel the myths among young people about careers in food manufacturing. The next phase of the scheme will include more digitally-based activity, such as a Facebook group with an online game, in addition to three food career-focused videos to be launched at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on 16-17 March.Melanie Leech, director general at the FDF, said: “We are delighted that the food and drink industry has been selected as one of the key sectors. As part of our 20/20 Vision for Growth, we identified attracting talent as one of the key challenges for our sector if we are to deliver sustainable growth of 20% by 2020.“FDF is already taking action to overcome this challenge with our careers campaign ‘Taste Success’, which is busting the myths around a career in the food industry. Many of our members are already opening their doors to young people. See Inside Manufacturing will build on that work and help many more young people to see a career in food and drink manufacturing as an exciting and smart choice.”‘Taste Success’ aims to help recruit 137,000 individuals into the industry by 2017, with around a third (45,000) needed in managerial roles and professional occupations.
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By Dialogo May 02, 2012 The Brazilian Navy’s oceanographic support vessel Ary Rongel, under the command of Captain Marcelo Luis Seabra Pinto, and the polar vessel Almirante Maximiano, under the command of Captain Newton Calvoso Pinto Homem, docked on April 30, at the Rio de Janeiro Naval Shipyard after concluding the 30th edition of Operation Antarctica (OPERANTAR XXX), which began on October 9, 2011. In the course of their mission, they visited the ports of Rio Grande (Rio Grande do Sul), Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas (Chile), and Montevideo (Uruguay). During this period, the ships provided logistical support to Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station, established scientific camps on the Antarctic continent, supported onboard research, and deepened the ties of friendship with friendly countries at the ports and bases they visited. The researchers and crew onboard conducted research and scientific studies in the areas of oceanography, hydrography, biology, geology, anthropology, and meteorology, on topics such as the impact of global climate change in the region, anthropogenic changes in the Antarctic marine environment, environmental management, and modeling and dynamics of water masses in the polar regions, as well as the collection and analysis of oceanographic data. Researchers working on a variety of projects carried out by the following institutions participated in the mission: Rio de Janeiro State University, Viçosa Federal University, the National Antarctic Science and Technology Institute of Environmental Research, Vale do Rio dos Sinos University, Minas Gerais Federal University, São Paulo University, the National Space Research Institute, and Santa Maria Federal University. Hydrographic assessments were made during OPERANTAR XXX, over a distance of more than 170 nautical miles, enabling the development of more precise and reliable nautical maps, as well as research on the typical vegetation and birds of the region and projects on the anthropology of the pioneer communities of the 19th and 20th centuries. In order to carry out these tasks in places of difficult access, in the harsh climate characteristic of the Antarctic continent, the ships used their reinforced hulls and their smaller vessels to disembark personnel and materials. It is worth emphasizing that this type of missions foster privileged knowledge, enabling Brazil to participate in the select group of countries that make decisions about the activities and the future of the white continent.
Editor’s note: This story was revised July 31 to clarify information about previous reports of H5N1 influenza viruses in Russia.Jul 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – News services said today the avian influenza outbreak reported last week in Russia involves the dangerous H5N1 strain, while two more fatal human cases of the illness were reported in Vietnam.A statement from Russia’s Agriculture Ministry identified the flu outbreak in poultry in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia as H5N1, according to the Associated Press (AP).”That raises the need for undertaking quarantine measures of the widest scope,” the AP quoted the ministry as saying.If the report is accurate, the outbreak apparently is the first significant H5N1 outbreak in Russia. The virus has been active in Southeast and East Asia since late 2003, causing more than 100 human cases with more than 50 deaths in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. However, this is not the first time an H5N1 virus has been identified in Russia, according to information from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).An FAO bulletin on avian flu, dated Dec 20, 2004, said that H5N1 viruses had been isolated from migratory birds in the Novosibirsk region “on several occasions” in the previous 4 years. However, an H5 avian flu virus isolated and sequenced from a mallard duck in the area in 2003 “was related, but not identical, to H5N1 avian influenza viruses currently circulating in domestic poultry in Asia,” according to the report. The information was attributed to a US Department of Agriculture scientist. The report did not mention any actual disease outbreaks.The outbreak in southwestern Siberia was first reported last week. Late last week, an official at a Russian disease research center identified the virus as H5N2, which is less virulent than H5N1 and has not infected humans. But in a Jul 24 report to the World Organization for Animal Health, Dr. Evgueny A. Nepoklonov of the Ministry of Agriculture Moscow said the virus had been identified only as an H5.Earlier reports said the disease had killed hundreds of geese, ducks, turkeys, and chickens in nine villages. No human cases have been reported.News of the Siberian outbreak comes about 2 months after the first reports of an outbreak among migratory birds at the Qinghai Lake wildlife refuge in northern China. World Health Organization (WHO) officials who visited the site in June estimated that about 5,000 birds had died. They worried that birds leaving the refuge later this summer would spread the disease to distant places.Two reports published in scientific journals earlier this month seconded that concern. A group of Chinese researchers writing in Science called Qinghai Lake “a breeding center for migrant birds that congregate from Southeast Asia, Siberia, Australia, and New Zealand.” They said the outbreak posed a risk that H5N1 could become a global threat.In addition to the Qinghai Lake outbreak, two poultry outbreaks were reported in June in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang, to the west of the wildlife refuge.Two deaths in VietnamTwo young adults in southern Vietnam died of H5N1 infection this week, according to an AP report today. The victims were a 24-year-old man from Tra Vinh province who died Jul 25 and a 26-year-old woman from Ho Chi Minh City who died Jul 27.The information was attributed to Phan Van Tu, chief virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. He said samples from both people showed positive results yesterday.With the two latest cases, Vietnam has had a total of 93 cases and 42 deaths since December 2003, according to CIDRAP’s unofficial count. The WHO, which waits for official notification from the Vietnamese government before updating its numbers, currently lists 87 cases with 38 deaths.Both victims had had contact with poultry, Tu told the AP. He said their deaths were the first reported human cases in southern Vietnam since January. The pattern of cases this year resembles that of last year, when human cases occurred in the winter but dropped off in the spring before recurring in the summer, Tu said.WHO reports on Indonesian investigationThe WHO today moved closer to agreeing with Indonesian health officials that H5N1 flu was the cause of death for three Indonesians who died earlier this month. The agency said laboratory tests indicate that what killed an 8-year-old girl was a probable case of influenza A/H5.The agency said test results for the girl’s 1-year-old sister were still pending. Previously the agency confirmed that the girls’ 38-year-old father died of the virus. Tests were being done at the University of Hong Kong and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The WHO also said that genetic analysis of virus isolated from the father shows that it matches other H5N1 isolates from poultry in Java and does not show signs of reassortment—an exchange of genes with other viruses that could make it more infectious.Authorities have not yet determined how the Indonesian victims became infected. The WHO said today that investigators found H5-infected bird feces in a bird cage across the road from the family’s house, but samples from the pet bird inside the cage were negative for H5. “This is the first, and, thus far, the only, indication of a possible source of exposure. Other environmental sampling was negative,” the agency said.About 300 contacts of the three victims are still being monitored, and none have shown signs of illness, the WHO said.See also:Jul 29, 2005, WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_07_29c/en/index.html
It’s been an up-and-down stretch of games for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team this winter, seeing one of its worst losses in program history yet one of its biggest wins of the season. The Badgers started their past five games with hosting the U.S. National Under-18 team in an exhibition match Dec. 12. Considering Wisconsin’s youth and high number of underclassmen on their roster, it was a rare opportunity for the Badgers to play a team younger than them.However, the Badgers were unable to take advantage of their youthful opponent and lost the game 4-1. UW took a 1-0 lead into the third period, but conceded four goals to the U-18 team over the final 20 minutes of play.After the loss, Wisconsin was able to get away for a holiday break before picking things back up a couple weeks later. While Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said he was disappointed in their 4-1 loss, he felt his team could use the break to take a step back and hit the reset button.“I’m glad we have a break because it’s a time to re-boot the program,” Eaves said at the time. “Re-boot the computer here a little bit. They need to finish strong in school, go home and enjoy their family, and we’ll re-boot the program when we get back. We’re not where we want to be, we still have place and growth to have, and we’ll come back and do that.”Unfortunately for Wisconsin, the Badgers did not get the response they hoped for when they returned from their holiday break Jan. 2 for a two-game home series against Michigan Tech, who entered the game ranked fifth in the nation.In their first game of 2015, Wisconsin suffered their worst loss of the season, losing 8-1 to Michigan Tech. Michigan Tech’s eight goals were the most the Badgers had ever given up in a single game at the Kohl Center.Despite the blowout loss, Wisconsin redshirt senior defenseman Chase Drake said they were not going to let the game continue to faze them and vowed they would bounce back.“I think it’s just a minor set back,” Drake said. “We have to stay positive regardless of the outcome tonight. We’re just really looking forward tomorrow.”Eaves echoed the positive attitude following the loss, saying he was confident they would play better in the second game against Michigan Tech.“They are certainly not that much better than us,” Eaves said. “By playing tonight, we’ll get up to speed and be better tomorrow night.”Eaves was exactly right, as the Badgers responded to one of their worst performances by coming back and playing their best game of the season the next night. In the second game of the series, Wisconsin upset fifth-ranked Michigan Tech in a low-scoring 2-0 battle.Badger goaltender Joel Rumpel was pivotal in Wisconsin’s upset victory, recording one of the greatest goal-tending performances in recent memory. Michigan Tech dominated the shots on goal 47-19 and put pressure on the Badgers all night, but Rumpel came up big time after time, on his way to a career-high 47-save performance.Rumpel said he and his team were determined to come back strong after losing big the night before. Rumpel’s performance in goal earned high praise from teammate Morgan Zulinick.“Incredible. That’s the only way I can describe it,” Zulinick said. “[Rumpel] was amazing all night.”After Wisconsin’s series with Michigan Tech, the road ahead did not get any easier for the Badgers. For the second straight weekend, Wisconsin played a two-game home series against a top-five nationally ranked team, this time against the second-ranked Boston Terriers.Wisconsin kicked off the series with BU by continuing their improved play. The Badgers outplayed the Terriers throughout the first two periods and were leading second-ranked Boston 3-1 late in the third period, but surrendered two goals in the last three minutes of the game.The second BU goal came in heartbreaking fashion, with just three seconds left in regulation. After a scoreless overtime period, the game ended in a 3-3 tie. While Eaves was disappointed the Badgers did not come out with a win, he was still impressed with the Badgers’ performance against another top team.“I’m focusing on the first 57 [minutes],” Eaves said. “We learned our lessons, but gosh [we] did so many tremendous things for so long.”After the heartbreaking loss, Wisconsin’s momentum came to a halt the following night, as they lost the rematch with Boston 6-1 on Jan. 10. UW outshot the Terriers 33-32 in the loss.The Badgers (2-12-2, 0-2-0 Big Ten) will continue a tough month of January with two series against their biggest rival, Minnesota, with another two-game series against Michigan in between series with the Gophers.