This video is about a crested tit in Sweden.
This video is about a crested tit in Sweden.
Strikes, protests continue against unsafe working conditions amid coronavirus pandemic. By Marcus Day, 6 April 2020. Workers are asserting their own interests with increasing forcefulness, while capitalist governments are preoccupied with how quickly they can restart production and renew the flow of profits.
As COVID-19 death toll rises, the ruling classes agitate for a premature return to work. 6 April 2020 As the surgeon general of the United States warned that the coming week will be “our 9/11 moment,” President Trump demanded that the government stop “paying people to stay home”: here.
US auto companies push for return to work at parts distribution centers. By Debra Watson, 6 April 2020. Auto companies continue to pressure workers to staff the auto giants’ vast warehouse distribution centers.
Quarantined Amazon worker in Texas denied sick pay, unable to get tested for coronavirus. By Tom Carter, 6 April 2020. Jo, a quarantined Amazon worker at DFW7, has not received any sick pay despite a glossy company leaflet promising that quarantined employees “will receive up to two weeks of additional paid time off, so they can get healthy without worrying about lost income.”
Detroit nurses forced to leave hospital after protesting understaffing. By Evan Blake, 6 April 2020. At around midnight Monday morning, seven night shift nurses at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit were sent home after refusing to work in unsafe, understaffed conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nurses across the US demand equipment for protection against COVID-19: here.
Bronx hospital physician provides harrowing account of conditions on front lines of pandemic. By Benjamin Mateus, 6 April 2020. Miguel, a third-year resident in internal medicine at a community hospital in the Bronx, spoke to the WSWS on the experiences of health care workers and patients.
Fired aircraft carrier commander has COVID-19. By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2020. The diagnosis underscores the real dangers facing the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and all military personnel, to which Trump is entirely indifferent.
This 2017 video says about itself:
From the University of Bristol in England:
Insect wings hold antimicrobial clues for improved medical implants
April 6, 2020
Some insect wings such as cicada and dragonfly possess nanopillar structures that kill bacteria upon contact. However, to date, the precise mechanisms that cause bacterial death have been unknown.
Using a range of advanced imaging tools, functional assays and proteomic analyses, a study by the University of Bristol has identified new ways in which nanopillars can damage bacteria.
These important findings, published in Nature Communications, will aid the design of better antimicrobial surfaces for potential biomedical applications such as medical implants and devices that are not reliant on antibiotics.
Bo Su, Professor of Biomedical Materials at the University of Bristol’s Dental School, who authored the research said:
“In this work, we sought to better understand nanopillar-mediated bactericidal mechanisms. The current dogma is that nanopillars kill bacteria by puncturing bacterial cells, resulting in lysis. However, our study shows that the antibacterial effects of nanopillars are actually multifactorial, nanotopography- and species-dependent.
“Alongside deformation and subsequent penetration of the bacterial cell envelope by nanopillars, particularly for Gram-negative bacteria, we found the key to the antibacterial properties of these nanopillars might also be the cumulative effects of physical impedance and induction of oxidative stress.
“We can now hopefully translate this expanded understanding of nanopillar-bacteria interactions into the design of improved biomaterials for use in real-world applications.”
Funded by the Medical Research Council, the implications of the research are far-reaching. Prof. Su explains:
“Now we understand the mechanisms by which nanopillars damage bacteria, the next step is to apply this knowledge to the rational design and fabrication of nanopatterned surfaces with enhanced antimicrobial properties.
“Additionally, we will investigate the human stem cell response to these nanopillars, so as to develop truly cell-instructive implants that not only prevent bacterial infection but also facilitate tissue integration.”
This 6 April 2020 British TV video says about itself:
Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen
Boris Johnson has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital after his condition “worsened”.
He has asked the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to deputise for him where necessary.
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The Seventh String: The Life and Tales of Bucky Pizzarelli
A documentary on the life of renowned jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, from his experience on The Tonight Show to traveling with Benny Goodman.
Made for Unscripted, a summer class taught at the Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab for aspiring student documentary filmmakers.
By Hiram Lee in the USA:
6 April 2020
Numerous prominent musicians may be counted among the more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded globally and the nearly 70,000 lives that have now been lost.
Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, of “Soul Makossa” fame, died March 24 at the age of 86. Pianist Mike Longo, a longtime collaborator of Dizzy Gillespie’s, died March 22 at 83. Songwriter Adam Schlesinger died April 1 at 52.
The 73-year-old British singer Marianne Faithfull was recently hospitalized in London. Beloved country singer John Prine, also 73, has now spent more than a week in an ICU, where he has needed the assistance of a ventilator. Guitarist Larry Campbell, 65, has also been fighting the disease. “For the past two weeks, I’ve been struggling to stay alive,” he told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview published April 2.
In the last week alone, three significant jazz musicians in the US lost their lives: Ellis Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli and Wallace Roney. Their deaths are the result, not only of a terrible virus, but of the criminal inaction and deliberate neglect of the US government in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr. died April 1 at the age of 85. In addition to his achievements as a pianist and music educator, Marsalis also founded his own musical dynasty. His sons include trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason. …
Marsalis and Pizzarelli, it needs to be pointed out, were both in the age range considered expendable by American capitalism. As they succumbed to COVID-19, Trump administration officials, right-wing commentators such as Glenn Beck and more “reasonable” figures like New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman all publicly debated whether it would not be better for the economy to let such people die.
The cold calculations of these spokesmen for profit stand in stark contrast to the warmth and humanity exhibited by the large numbers of ordinary people now grieving the loss of these artists. Well into their 80s and 90s, Marsalis and Pizzarelli, continued to give something meaningful to the world they lived in, just as they always had, and just as many countless others do, in large and small ways, most of whose names will never be widely known. In the context of the homicidal debates raging among the various mouthpieces for governments and corporations, the lives of these veteran artists somehow come to represent the humanity of an entire generation.
The deaths of these musicians, moreover, are a further reminder of the devastating cultural dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic. We go forward with the confidence that the murderous inhumanity of the ruling elite will not go unanswered by the working class.
This 6 April 2020 video says about itself:
Japan Coronavirus Update 4/6/2020: Emergency Declaration, 4000 Infections, Social Issues
Today I discuss the increasing amount of infections amounting to nearly 4000 cases as of right now. The PM will be declaring a state of emergency and I explain what that means for the people of Japan. The medical apparatus seems to be already straining.
Tokyo Olympic Games athletes village considered for coronavirus patients: here.
As Europe’s COVID-19 death toll nears 50,000, British PM Johnson admitted to hospital. By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2020. There is mounting evidence that fatalities are much higher when deaths outside hospitals are factored in: here.
By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
Monday, April 6, 2020
GMB says: ‘Porters are inundated with bodies, which are now wrapped in sheets’
TWO hospitals serving almost half a million people in London and Surrey have run out of body bags as the coronavirus death toll mounts, according to GMB today.
More than 50 people have died from the coronavirus at the Epsom & St Helier University Trust’s two general hospitals.
Porters have told GMB that they are being “traumatised” by having to wrap bodies in sheets, risking being infected themselves.
By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
Monday, April 6, 2020
Private ambulance driver displaying coronavirus symptoms refused test
A DRIVER employed by a private ambulance operator was refused a coronavirus test despite displaying symptoms because it is too “expensive”, the GMB union said today.
The driver is employed by the HATS Group, which describes itself as “a leading provider of healthcare transport services with a reputation for professionalism and service excellence.”
HATS provides non-emergency patient transport for several NHS Trusts in London, including Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.