How barnacles survive, video


This 22 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

How do barnacles survive environmental changes? Long-term work by a Brown University research team, with funding from the National Science Foundation, has confirmed that a central metabolic protein Mpi and the gene encoding the protein is what helps the barnacle survive extreme environmental changes.

Different versions of the Mpi enzyme are present at different levels, depending on where the barnacles have settled in the rocky shoreline. One form performs well under high stress, like on a hot day at low tide; the other form does better under low stress. This allows barnacles to survive and prosper in fluctuating extremes and has prepared them for success in an ever-changing environment.

Anti-coronavirus ventilators smuggled into Brazil


This 30 March 2020 video from Brazil says about itself, translated from Portuguese:

The governor of Maranhão state, Flávio Dino, in an interview with Leonardo Sakamoto, affirms that Brazil suffers from two pathologies – the coronavirus and the policies of extreme right President Bolsonaro.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 22 April 2020:

Brazilian communists sneak ventilators into the country via Ethiopia

THE communist-run Brazilian state of Maranhao has brought much-needed ventilators from China via Ethiopia in a “war operation” against coronavirus.

Governor Flavio Dino bought more than 100 of the artificial respiration machines for the north-eastern state but, fearing that they would be confiscated en route by the United States or Brazil’s federal [Bolsonaro] government, he had them sent by sea to Ethiopia for onward shipment.

The shipment, which also included 200,000 masks, arrived last week in Sao Paolo, where, instead of passing through customs, it was immediately loaded onto a chartered plane to fly the 3,000 miles north to Maranhao.

Squid beaches on Texel island


This 18 April 2020 video is about a squid which beached alive on De Hors beach on Texel island in the Netherlands. Ecomare museum worker Erik Willebrands found the animal and put it back into the sea. It is not known whether the squid survived ultimately. Probably, it was a common squid.

Online cycling races, Switzerland, Italy today


This 22 April 2022 video says about itself:

Digital Swiss 5: Race 1 Highlights

Highlights from Race 1 of the #DigitalSwiss5 as the WorldTour peloton turns to indoor racing to keep things interesting!

The result of that first stage of the virtual Tour de Suisse was:

1. Rohan Dennis (Australia) 39.46
2. Nicolas Roche (Ireland) + 1.09
3. James Whelan (Aus) + 1.28
4. Chris Hamilton (Aus) + 1.38
5. Ben C’Connor (Aus) + 2.03
6. Luke Durbridge (Aus) + 2.17
7. Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) + 2.37
8. Pieter Serry (Bel) + 3.14
9. Lawson Craddock (USA) + 3.15
10. Cameron Wurf (Aus) + 3.35

This 22 April 2022 video about the virtual Giro d’Italia says about itself:

Don’t miss the second trial: 32.7 km on a hilly course from Linaro to Sogliano al Rubicone, part of the route of the Corsa Rosa’s Stage 12, Cesenatico-Cesenatico (Nove Colli).

The result of today’s stage was

Men:

1. Matteo Spreafico (Italy) 58.08
2. Omar Fraile (Spain) + 2.40
3. Sonny Colbrelli + 5.02
4. Lluís Mas + 5.08
5. Luca Chirico + 6.59
6. Hugo Houle + 7.20
7. Matej Mohoric + 9.44
8. Edoardo Zardini + 10.45
9. Antwan Tolhoek + 12.51
10. Edu Prades 13.50

Women:

1. Gloria Rodriguez (Spain) 1.10.23
2. Elisa Longo Borghini + 5.25
3. Lucina Brand + 10.25
4. Katrine Aalerud + 11.10
5. Elena Cecchini + 11.36
6. Marta Cavalli + 27.23
7. Katia Ragusa same time
8. Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vázquez same time

Mexican cyclist Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vázquez had said that she did not expect to win, as it was a mountainous stage and she is not good at mountains, being a track specialist. Also, for her it was 2:30 in the night, Mexican time. However, she was very happy to participate, as the money raised will go to the Italian Red Cross to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Geoffroy’s spider monkeys, video


This 21 April 2020 video says about itself:

What is a Geoffroy’s spider monkey? Candid Animal Cam takes you in the trees this week

This week, we’re talking about an animal that has three arms (kind of)! That’s the Geoffroy’s spider monkey, which uses its tail to get around in the trees. This animal is found in South America, and travels in large groups.

COVID-19 update, Britain


This 18 April 2022 Sky TV video from Britain says about itself:

UK set to reach 20,000 coronavirus deaths by next weekend

Analysis of recent UK #coronavirus figures shows that although the curve of coronavirus deaths is starting to flatten, the total will still reach 20,000 next week.

Today the government tested 21,389 people for COVID-19, far below their target of 100,000 per day by the end of this month.

Countries like Italy and France are carrying out many more tests than Great Britain.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain, 22 April 2020:

Government told ‘no chance’ on the lifting of transport restrictions

Transport union RMT says Tories’ pipe-dream of ‘ramping-up of transport services’ on May 11 will ‘also ramp up the risk to workers and passengers’

GOVERNMENT pipe-dreams of starting to return public transport to normal on May 11 were dismissed by Britain’s biggest rail union today as having “zero chance”.

An RMT survey of thousands of transport staff reveals widespread failings to protect workers and passengers from coronavirus.

In the capital alone, 14 Transport for London workers have died after contracting Covid-19.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain, 22 April 2020:

Care-home workers forced to move into workplaces 24-hours a day

Profiteering care provider told staff to sign forms committing to ‘remain on-site’ for no extra pay

PRIVATE care-home workers are having to abandon their families and move into their workplaces 24-hours a day, it was revealed today.

One profiteering private care provider has told staff to sign forms committing them to “pack supplies” and “remain on site” for unlimited periods with no extra pay, the GMB union said.

The union, which represents thousands of care-home workers, says some are being told they cannot leave their workplace unless another worker is available to take over.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 22 April 2020:

London private renters need triple-lock protection warns Sadiq Khan

LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan called on the government today to protect the three million private renters in the capital from eviction during and after the coronavirus crisis.

He said tenants should be protected through the introduction of a three-key policy.

More than two million Londoners live in privately rented housing, many of whom have little or no savings and may have had to stop working or reduce their hours due to the pandemic.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain, 22 April 2020:

Starmer warns government is failing to test 10,000 people a day, in first PMQs as Labour leader

SIR KEIR STARMER used his first Prime Minister’s questions (PMQs) today to warn that the government would fail to keep its promise to test 100,000 people a day for Covid-19 by the end of April.

Just 18,206 tests were carried over 24 hours on Monday – but the government has repeatedly vowed to test 100,000 people a day by a week from now.

Mr Starmer, who was elected Labour leader earlier this month, questioned how that target would be met, pointing out that less than half of the currently claimed 41,398 daily testing capacity was being used.

Cancer cases are going undetected during coronavirus impacting chances of survival: here.

COVID-19 news from the USA


This 22 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

COVID-19 Doctor Responds to Georgia Governor’s Decision to Reopen Economy | NowThis

‘Is the dollar more important than the lives of Americans, than the lives of our world?’ — This doctor is sending a stern message to her [Republican party] governor as he plans to reopen the state of Georgia to business.

In US news and current events today, Dr. Karla Lorraine sent a grave warning to Georgia Governor Kemp on his decision to reopen the local economy. Listen to this doctor fighting COVID-19’s warning.

NO BENEFIT AND MORE DEATHS FROM TRUMP MIRACLE DRUG A malaria drug repeatedly touted by President Donald Trump for treating the coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. With 368 patients, the study is the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin. [AP]

UNION FEDERATION WARNS AGAINST HASTY REOPENING The AFL-CIO union federation warned that workplaces were still far too dangerous to consider reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, even as some governors are starting to lift restrictions in order to get businesses up and running again. Richard Trumka, the federation’s president, said there was still insufficient personal protective equipment and not enough testing to make worksites safe. He called for stronger legal protections for those who will have to refuse dangerous work as their employers begin to call them back. [HuffPost]

TEXAS LT. GOV.: THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN LIVING Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) made the eyebrow-raising claim that “there are more important things than living” as part of his continued push to reopen the U.S. economy, despite warnings from public health experts. “We’re crushing the average worker,” Patrick told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “There are more important things than living, and that’s saving this country.” [HuffPost]

Tucker Carlson should be Trump’s VP, says racist, anti-Semitic David Duke.

7 WISCONSIN CASES LINKED TO IN-PERSON VOTING At least seven people appear to have contracted the coronavirus through activities related to the April 7 election in Wisconsin. Six of the cases involve Milwaukee voters and one is a Milwaukee poll worker, city health officials said. [AP]‌

TRUMP’S LATEST EXCUSE FOR FAILURE: OBAMA The president, continuing to struggle defending his initial inaction on the coronavirus pandemic, has taken to attacking former President Barack Obama for failing to predict the disease and come up with a test for it. [HuffPost]

Autopsies show first U.S. coronavirus death occurred in early February, weeks earlier than previously thought.

CDC WARNS AMERICANS OF ‘2ND WAVE’ THIS WINTER The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that a potential second wave of the coronavirus could be far more fatal than the current phase of the pandemic because it may overlap with the beginning of flu season this winter. Government leaders at all levels must use the months ahead to prepare for such a resurgence even as some states announce plans to resurrect their economies, CDC Director Robert Redfield told The Washington Post. [HuffPost]

MICHIGAN GOV.: TRUMP MESSAGING A GRAVE DANGER Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Trump’s plan to suspend immigration is distracting from efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and part of “inconsistent messages” that spread fear and put the public in “greater danger”. Trump’s pronouncements about freezing immigration are “scary” for immigrants, family members hoping to immigrate to the U.S., farmers who rely on seasonal migrant workers and Canadian nurses who work in Michigan, the Democratic governor said. [AP]

USA: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which is responsible for dramatic improvements in air quality. Despite this, a new report from the American Lung Association finds nearly half of the nation’s population — 150 million people — lived with and breathed polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk. The 21st annual “State of the Air” report finds that climate change continues to make air pollution worse, with many western communities again experiencing record-breaking spikes in particle pollution due to wildfires. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of air pollution on lung health is of heightened concern: here.

New snake species discovery in India


This 20 April 2020 video from India says about itself:

A new species of green pit viper has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh recently which was named Trimeresurus salazar.

It has been collected from the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Pakke-Kessang district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Trimeresurus Salazar – Green pit viper

Green pit viper is a common name for several venomous snakes and may refer to:

Trimeresurus albolabris (native to southeastern Asia from India to China and Indonesia)
Trimeresurus macrops (native to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam)
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (endemic to Sri Lanka)
And, now, newly discovered Trimeresurus salazar (Arunachal Pradesh)

Salazar’s pit viper belongs to the genus Trimeresurus (Lacépède).

They are morphologically and ecologically diverse species.

They are distinguished by their heat-sensing pit organs between the eye and the nostril.

IUCN status of Trimeresurus salazar: yet to be known.

By Josephine Harvey, 22 April 2020:

Newly Discovered Snake Gets A Fitting ‘Harry Potter’ Moniker

There are now more of Salazar Slytherin’s snakes out in the world.

They’re not quite Basilisks, but there are now more of Salazar Slytherin’s snakes out in the world.

A team of scientists in India named a new species of green pit vipers Trimeresurus salazar, after the character in J.K Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. The findings were published last week in the Zoosystematics and Evolution journal.

The study’s authors explained that the name came from the “co-founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the founder of the House of Slytherin – Salazar Slytherin.”

“He was a Parselmouth that links him to serpents,” they said and suggested that the snake be commonly known as “Salazar’s pit viper.”

For anyone needing a “Harry Potter” refresher, Salazar Slytherin was one of four founding members of the wizarding school. He was known for his rare ability to speak to snakes ― called “Parselmouth”.

In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, a Basilisk ― a giant, venomous serpent left beneath Hogwarts for hundreds of years by Slytherin ― terrorized students. Those who looked the creature directly in the eye would be killed; an indirect look would render the victims petrified.

Salazar’s pit viper was discovered during an expedition to the Himalayan biodiversity hotspot in India’s northern Arunachal Pradesh region. The scientists noted that the snake has a unique stripe ― orange to red in color ― on the body of males.

The snakes, like others in the Trimeresurus genus, are venomous. While it’s best to keep your distance, you can probably get away with looking them in the eye.

Coronavirus crisis, worldwide news


This 22 April 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Why we need an NHS for the World | Nick Dearden

Healthcare is too important to be dictated by the market

The official number of deaths in Britain due to COVID-19 is heading towards 20,000. A further 873 fatalities were announced yesterday, taking the official total to 17,382. This is just those who have died in hospital and does not include those who have died in residential care homes or at home. Due to the delay in recording and registering deaths of mainly elderly people, the latest figures relating to deaths outside hospital only go to April 10: here.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Holocaust survivors at special risk — and getting extra help.

This 138 April 2020 video says adbout itself:

An Italian care home is under investigation after nearly 200 residents were found to have died since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The facility in Milan is suspected of concealing numerous fatalities since February.

There are also allegations staff were told not to wear personal protective equipment for fear of frightening residents.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports.

India: Modi government moves to “reopen” economy as virus cases surge. By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 22 April 2020. Modi and big business have cynically sought to justify their push for a premature return to work by pointing to the desperate plight of hundreds of millions of day labourers.

Kazakhstan: Hospital workers demand resignation of government official over spread of COVID-19. By David Levine, 22 April 2020. Hospital workers demanded that the city’s chief public health officer, who accused medical workers of being responsible for the spread of the virus, be removed from office.

Australia’s national cabinet continues back-to-work push. By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2020. State governments are moving ahead with an easing of restrictions, including through the reopening of schools, creating the conditions for major coronavirus outbreaks.