88 Mexican bird species, video

This May 2020 video says about itself:

Birds of Mexico, 88 species. Filmed mainly in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas during two trips in October 2017 and 2019. Guide of both trips the amazing Eric Antonio Martínez -Mexico Birding. Photo of thumbnail: Eric Antonio.

Birds shown: White-throated Magpie-jay, Rose-bellied Bunting, Russet-crowned Motmot, Blue-throated Motmot, Northern Emerald Toucanet, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Black-headed Trogon, Steller’s Jay, Yellow-winged Cacique, Spot-breasted Oriole, Northern Cardinal, Lesser Roadrunner, Horned Guan, White-bellied Chachalaca, Fulvous Owl, Mottled Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Northern Potoo, Northern Crested Caracara, Laughing Falcon, Grey Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat, Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird, Blue-capped Hummingbird, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Mexican Violetear, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Azure-rumped Tanager, Blue-grey Tanager, Yellow-winged Tanager, White-winged Tanager, Western Tanager, Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer, Eastern Bluebird, Rufous-backed Thrush, Clay-colored Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Grey-breasted Woodpecker, Rufous-capped Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend Warbler, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, White-naped Brush-finch, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Great Kiskadee, Social Flycatcher, Grey Silky-flycatcher, Belted Flycatcher, Guatemalan Tyrannulet, Tropical Pewee, Western Wood-pewee, Giant Wren, Band-backed Wren, Boucard’s Wren, Sumicrast Wren, Rufous-naped Wren, White-throated Towhee, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Bridled Sparrow, Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow, Yellow-eyed Junco, Brown-backed Solitaire, Groove-billed Ani, Bronzed Cowbird, Tropical Mockingbird, Hooded Grosbeak, Pale-vented Pigeon, Inca Dove, Black-bellied Whistling-duck, Anhinga, Wood Stork, Agami Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Egret, Green Heron, Bare-throated Tiger-heron, Cattle Egret, Black-necked Stilt, Least Grebe and Spotted Sandpiper.

Coronavirus pandemic, Asia and Oceania

This 15 May 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus: New case at Melbourne McDonalds | Nine News Australia

A second McDonalds restaurant has closed and all staff are in isolation after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. It is believed that the two McDonalds cases may be linked.

South Asian countries ease COVID-19 lockdowns despite sharp rise in infections. By our correspondents, 25 May 2020. The absence of health care infrastructure across the region means that huge numbers of cases are going undetected, and many are dying due to a lack of basic medical care.

Gulf States force India and other South Asian states to repatriate impoverished migrant workers. By Shuvu Batta, 25 May 2020. The migrant workers, whose labour has helped keep the Gulf States oligarchs basking in luxury, are being deported as COVID-19 renders them an economic burden and political threat.

Pied flycatchers in Devon, England

This video says about itself:

Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Woods, Devon, UK

I travelled 100 miles east yesterday to see the pied flycatchers of Yarner Wood in Devon. The pied flycatcher is a migratory bird species, spending the winters in sub-Saharan Africa, and coming here to breed in the spring. It prefers Western oak woodlands where it nests in tree holes, but it also readily takes up breeding in nestboxes.

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall.

Filmed on May 20th 2020.

British COVID-19 disaster, Dominic Cummings and football

This 25 May 2020 video from London, England is called Public Mood – Dominic Cummings Heckled by His Own Neighbours.

Boris Johnson defends key adviser over flouting UK lockdown rules. By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2020. Cummings was one of the chief advocates for Britain’s “herd immunity” policy, based on the mass infection of the population with coronavirus.

Project Restart: English Premier League puts profit first, players’ health a poor second. By Paul Bond, 25 May 2020. The government aims to use televised play to break down public support for social distancing. The PL’s concerns are more directly financial.

COVID-19 disaster, North America

This 25 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump spends weekend golfing amid coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump was seen golfing at his Virginia club on Saturday and Sunday, marking his first visit to one of his golf properties since March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump takes time out from presiding over Covid-19 disaster to play golf as US death toll closes in on 100,000: here.

COVID-19 spreads, deaths rise in US following return to work. By Marcus Day, 25 May 2020. Tens of thousands of workers have been infected with the coronavirus at grocery stores, meatpacking plants, Amazon warehouses, and in other industries.

Memorial Day in America: 100,000 COVID-19 deaths surpass combined US combat fatalities in Korea and Vietnam. 25 May 2020. A false narrative dominates the entire coverage of the expanding pandemic—that human life must be balanced against the “economy”, by which is meant the economy of the rich: here.

Trump says he’ll open houses of worship as ‘essential’ — but he can’t do that.

Minnesota buys a warehouse to store bodies of expected COVID-19 victims. By Gary Joad, 25 May 2020. The 75,000-square foot refrigerated produce warehouse has the capacity to store 5,100 bodies of persons expected to succumb to the COVID-19 surge in the coming weeks.

Minnesota fired nurse Monica Norberg (left)

Minnesota nurses oppose retaliation over demands for protective equipment. By Anthony Bertolt, 25 May 2020. The determined demands by nurses and health care workers for the necessary protections, equipment and staffing levels has thrust them into a political struggle.: here.

US juvenile detention centers record 474 COVID-19 cases. By Sam Dalton, 25 May 2020. As more information about COVID-19’s effects on minors emerges, the virus’s unchecked spread in the juvenile prison population is leading to deadly consequences.

More US grocery workers die from COVID-19. By Bill Frost, 25 May 2020. An employee of Kings Soopers in Denver, Colorado, one of hundreds of supermarket workers who have been infected across the country, died last week.

Dozens of Nashville, Tennessee, construction workers test positive for COVID-19. By Warren Duzak, 25 May 2020. Last week it was confirmed that 74 construction workers at an exclusive Tennessee prep school building site had tested positive for coronavirus.

White House coronavirus task force labels Washington, D.C. area a hot spot as region begins reopening. By Nick Barrickman, 25 May 2020. On Friday, Dr. Deborah Birx noted the “ongoing cases” throughout the region even as state and local officials have begun reopening their economies.

Democratic governor extends Michigan stay-at-home order to June 12 while relaxing social distancing restrictions. By Stephen Fuller, 25 May 2020. With COVID-19 still spreading throughout the state, Governor Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order even as automotive production ramps up and businesses are allowed to reopen.

This 25 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Connecticut Attorney General Speaks Out on Anti-Asian Racism Amid COVID-19 | NowThis

In US news and current events today, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is speaking out against anti-Asian racism in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. AG Tong specifically calls out President Donald Trump for his inflammatory remarks that helped perpetuate anti-Asian discrimination during this COVID-19 crisis.

From labeling the COVID-19 virus the “Chinese virus” to increasing tensions at home and abroad, Tong argues that ‘Racism isn’t going to keep people safe.’ During Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPHM), it’s more important than ever to fight back against the insidious rise of anti-Asian racism and anti-Asian hate crimes.

“The company is covering up the situation to keep the plant from closing, while they are killing us”. Maquiladora workers expose deadly COVID-19 outbreak in Matamoros, Mexico. By Andrea Lobo, 25 May 2020. A worker from a US-owned battery charger factory told the WSWS that management is forcing them to work despite a contagion outbreak at the facility.

Canadian medical experts warn COVID-19 will spike due to back-to-work push. By Roger Jordan, 25 May 2020. All Canada’s provinces—including those where widespread community transmission of COVID-19 continues—are now lifting lockdown measures that slowed the pandemic’s spread.

Mountain goats on Saint Helen’s volcano, USA

This video from Washington state in the USA says about itself:

Mountain Goats Return To Mount St. Helens

Prior to the eruption of Mount St. Helens, few people realized there were mountain goats living in the area. While that population was likely wiped out by the blast, anecdotal sightings of these high-climbing, sure-footed mammals began to crop up in the 1990s. By 2014, Gifford Pinchot National Forest biologist Mitch Wainwright had launched the first official mountain goat survey and Cowlitz tribal members looked forward to a time when they could collect and weave tufts of goat hair into ceremonial blankets. Originally broadcast in 2016.

OPB is revisiting decades of stories our reporters and producers captured while working with scientists, photographers, adventurers and explorers on the volcano since its eruption on May 18, 1980.

German restaurant, church, coronavirus epicentres

This 24 May 2020 German TV video is about the COVID-19 outbreaks after a party at a restaurant and a church service.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

The number of corona infections after a party in a restaurant in the German town of Leer has risen to eighteen. Seven infections were reported on Saturday. The number of quarantined people has risen to 118, local authorities report.

Fourteen infected people attended a private party at the restaurant on May 15. Four others have been infected through them. They all come from the area of ​​Leer, which is just across the border of Dutch Groningen. The restaurant also received guests on May 16, 17 and 20.

Some of the people who have to be quarantined already show coronavirus symptoms. Part of the management of the nearby big shipyard Meyer must also be kept in isolation, because the personnel chief was present at the party.

Shake hands

Visitors to the party say that in the restaurant anti-coronavirus rules were broken. Eg, guests or staff are said to have shaken hands, kept insufficient distance and did not wear a mask, even though the rules said they had to.

According to German media, the restaurant boss may also have made mistakes with the guest list, so it is not clear who has been inside. Eg, candidates coming for job interviews interviewed in the restaurant are said to not have been registered.


The local authorities are investigating the reports. The restaurant may be fined € 25,000. …

A [Baptist] church service in Frankfurt has also led to a corona outbreak. The service was on May 10 and it is now known that 107 people have been infected.

On 1 May, anti-coronavirus rules for religious services had been relaxed.

High COVID-19 infection rates among doctors and nurses in Germany. By Markus Salzmann, 25 May 2020. According to the public health body Robert Koch Institute, more than 20,000 workers in German hospitals, doctors’ practices, nursing homes and care services are now infected.

Extinct humans Homo naledi, video

This 21 May 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Our incredible origins: The astonishing tale of Homo naledi

Lee Berger helped unearth stunning fossils of ancient human relatives in Africa. He explains why we need to rewrite our family tree.

Coronavirus, Kawasaki disease endanger children

This 14 May 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus suspected of causing rare childhood disease | COVID-19 Special

How vulnerable are children to Covid-19? Signs are mounting the risks are bigger than originally thought. Doctors around the world are working to understand an illness with possible links to the coronavirus, found in children. It shares symptoms with the rare, potentially life-threatening blood condition, Kawasaki disease, which can cause toxic shock. Cases were first reported in the UK, Italy and Spain, and now the United States is seeing clusters of the disorder. The more we live with coronavirus, the more we learn about who it affects and how.

Translated from Brabants Dagblad daily in the Netherlands today:

Dutch hospitals have treated twenty children in recent weeks for a rare inflammatory disease. They had symptoms of Kawasaki disease. Eleven of them were also found to have antibodies to the new coronavirus in their blood, meaning they had that disease recently.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

In New York alone, there are 102 patients, according to Governor Cuomo. Three children have died. Fourteen other U.S. states also report cases, according to The New York Times.

In France, the total number of cases last week had risen to 135. One little patient has died.