New York, USA bullying of sick healthcare workers


This 17 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Frontline Medical Workers Protest New NYC Policy Demanding Doctor’s Notes When They Are Sick

A new policy at New York City’s public hospitals requires medical workers who call in sick to produce a doctor’s note. “We know that people just need a mental health day,” says Sean Petty, a registered nurse at a public hospital in the Bronx who is organizing a protest against the policy. “Thousands of us have been exposed. Health workers are the least tested group of people in this city.” Petty is a member of the board of directors of the New York State Nurses Association.

Young osprey hatched in Georgia, USA


This video from Georgia in the USA says about itself:

Amazing First Look At Savannah Osprey Chick During Clumsy Feeding – April 17, 2020

Check out this amazing look at the Savannah Osprey chick on the morning after hatch. Osprey chicks barely have enough strength to hold their heads up after hatching, but this little one was able to coordinate with the female to receive a few bites of fresh fish for breakfast.

Coronavirus pandemic update, Europe


This 13 April 2020 video says about itself:

British broadcaster and journalist Piers Morgan thanked immigrants, including Filipinos, working in their National Health Service while on air for Good Morning Britain.

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier:

European states demand return to work as COVID-19 cases top 1 million

17 April 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Europe surged to more than one million yesterday, rising 40,612 to 1,011,369, as governments across the continent intensified pressure on workers to end confinement measures and return to work.

While shelter-at-home orders and school and plant closures in Europe have limited COVID-19’s spread, the pandemic is raging. After the number of new cases in Spain fell several days running to 3,961 on April 14, it suddenly nearly doubled to 6,599 the following day—Spain’s ongoing return to work will accelerate the contagion.

France announced 753 deaths yesterday and a record number of new cases, rising 17,164 to 165,027. It was Britain, however, that recorded the most deaths, 861, as 4,617 new cases brought the UK total to 103,093, the sixth country to pass the 100,000 case mark.

Britain: Bournemouth nurse’s letter to WSWS prompts widespread discussion on dangers facing NHS workers during COVID-19 pandemic. By Alice Summers, 17 April 2020. The letter describes the appalling conditions in the hospital’s COVID-19 ward and the anger of healthcare workers at management’s failure to provide adequate PPE and towards Boris Johnson’s Conservative government.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 17 April 2020:

Belgian doctor’s open letter to government over poor-quality personal protective equipment

Dr. Van Looy, a trainee consultant working on COVID-19 wards at a Belgian hospital, has written an open letter to the Belgian government over the poor-quality personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, he and his colleagues must use. He also informed the hospital COVID-19 coordinator.

The letter said, “It [the mask] immediately felt it didn’t close tightly around chin and nose… In the course of the morning two masks tore of their own accord…”

Nurses at private Irish hospital denied COVID-19 sick leave

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, nurses working at the Mater private hospital in Dublin are being refused special sick leave when self-isolating due to COVID-19. The hospital is also refusing to discuss implementation of pay rises bringing pay in line with public sector nurses won in Ireland following a nationwide strike last year.

The hospital, along with 18 other private hospitals in Ireland, is being financially supported by the Irish government for a three-month period because of the pandemic.

Hungarian airline fires some staff and cuts pay of others in response to COVID-19

The Hungarian discount airline Wizz Air announced it would lay off nearly a fifth of its workforce and cut the pay of remaining pilots, cabin crew and administration staff by an average 14 percent.

The airline, which is currently only operating at three percent capacity, announced a profit of around €275 million in May 2018. The Budapest Business Journal commented this week, “For the last financial year (F20), which has ended on March 31, Wizz AIR expects to report an underlying net profit in line with the company’s latest guidance range of EUR 350-355 million.”

Grass snakes and dice snakes, video


This 17 April 2020 video says about itself:

There are 2 snake species in Central Europe that specialize in hunting near or under the water. Grass snake (Natrix natrix) eats frogs a lot and Dice snake (Natrix tessellata) hunts fish.

This video shows these two colubrid snakes in the Czech Republic and their interesting behavior. It is visible that snakes can live together in harmony with people if there are enough natural microhabitats. These scenes will be in a snake film called Snakes of The Czech Republic, filmed by Living Zoology.

Refugees fight against coronavirus pandemic


This 19 March 2020 video says about itself:

As concerns grow about the spread of coronavirus, aid agencies are sounding the alarm about the vulnerability of refugees.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports on efforts by aid workers and refugees to combat COVID-19.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

In Arnhem, people with a migration background are going to make surgical masks on a large scale. The goal is to produce 100,000 masks per day. It is an initiative of refugee organization Refugee Company, which brought two machines from China to the Netherlands. The mouth masks that can be produced with it are suitable for healthcare personnel.

“It is great that in this way Arnhem people with a refugee background can contribute to fighting the coronavirus,” Alderwoman Cathelijne Bouwkamp told Omroep Gelderland radio.

Coronavirus disaster in the USA


This 17 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Gangster in the White House”: Noam Chomsky on COVID-19, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism

We continue our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. He responds to President Trump’s cuts to U.S. support for the World Health Organization and the surge in deaths in the United States to another record high, and discusses conditions in Gaza, the rise of authoritarianism around the world, and the progressive response.

“This is typical behavior of autocrats and dictators. When you make colossal errors which are killing thousands of people, find somebody else to blame,” say Chomsky. “In the United States, it’s unfortunately the case, for well over a century, century and a half, that it’s always easy to blame the ‘yellow peril’.”

Trump administration’s “back to work” drive will fuel pandemic. 17 April 2020. Trump’s plan is not conceived from the standpoint of public health, but to ensure that major corporations are allowed to get back to the business of squeezing profits out of workers as quickly as possible: here.

New York City transit workers continue to pay the price for the authority’s criminal response to the crisis. On Tuesday, the MTA’s official death toll stood at 59. At least 2,269 transit workers have tested positive for the virus: here.

More temporary plant closures as workers protest conditions at US meatpacking facilities. By Shannon Jones, 17 April 2020. After the death of four workers at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado the company has moved for a temporary shutdown of the facility.

As push for privatization ramps up. Hundreds of COVID-19 cases among US Postal Service workers. By Kayla Costa, 17 April 2020. While postal workers are denouncing unsafe conditions, USPS predicts it may run out of money and close down by September due to the lack of financial support from the Trump administration: here.

US rural hospitals close amid COVID-19 pandemic. By Gary Joad, 17 April 2020. Since 2010, 128 rural hospitals have closed, with 19 closures taking place last year alone.

Most beautiful birds of Voorne island


This 17 April 2020 video shows the most beautiful birds of Voorne island in the Netherlands: common snipe and black-tailed godwit in the Wolvenpolder nature reserve, a blackcap in the Maliebos woodland, and a sedge warbler in the Beninger Slikken nature reserve. Also featuring a frog.

Warmongering first, French sailors´ lives a poor second


This 11 April 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Is Piers Morgan right about coronavirus and the Iraq war?

Piers Morgan speaks to talkRADIO’s Kevin O’Sullivan and says “the UK already has the fifth-highest death toll in the world” and suggests on the current trajectory, “we may end up with 40% in the UK of all European deaths.”

Piers thinks heads will need to roll across the board over the coronavirus outbreak “the government was taking advice from people that was clearly wrong.”

He adds that “we were very complacent in the first six weeks of this from the middle of January when the World Health Organisation first said this had the potential to be a global pandemic.” Piers is unhappy with government efforts to battle coronavirus: “The UK is in a lot of trouble…we are playing catch up, we are sending NHS staff into battle with their hands behind their back not properly protected.”

Piers Morgan highlighted the importance of holding the government to account because: “During the Iraq war I took a position of challenging the government intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. We didn’t think that it met the criteria of evidence to justify war, and we thought that it was illegal for us to then go to war without a UN second resolution.”

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Over 1000 crew members infected on French aircraft carrier

About 40 percent of the crew of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle are infected with the coronavirus, authorities have announced. This concerns over 1000 of the 2300 crew members. Several dozen sailors are in hospital, one of whom is in intensive care. It had already been announced earlier this week that many crew members were ill, but the number of infections detected is still increasing.

The Charles de Gaulle returned to its homeport in Toulon, South France, on Sunday, two weeks ahead of schedule. …

At the end of March, the aircraft carrier made a stopover in Brest, on the French west coast. French broadcaster France Bleu quotes a sailor who wants to remain anonymous: “The armed forces played with our lives.” According to him, some crew members already showed symptoms of the coronavirus in Brest.

The Charles de Gaulle left for the Eastern Mediterranean in January to support French military operations against Islamic militants

Really against ISIS? Or for (French corporation Total) oil?

in Iraq and Syria. Then it sailed to the Atlantic and Baltic Sea for war games.