Coronavirus disaster news

This 22 June 2020 video is called World Health Organization: Record number of coronavirus cases isn’t just a result of more testing.

World coronavirus cases rocket past 9 million as pandemic accelerates. By Bryan Dyne, 22 June 2020. Public health expert warns that infections will not come in waves, but as “one very, very difficult forest fire of cases.”

Former Amazon worker Jana Jumpp says the nearly 1,600 COVID-19 cases she has counted in warehouses are “just the tip of the iceberg”. By Tom Carter, 22 June 2020. Jana Jumpp has tracked cases across 244 locations worldwide, including 236 in the US, and she has counted at least nine Amazon worker deaths.

EXPERTS: WE’RE STILL IN THE FIRST WAVE In The Wall Street Journal last week, Vice President Mike Pence wrote in an op-ed headlined “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave” that the nation is winning the fight against the virus. But about 120,000 Americans have died from the virus and daily counts of new cases in the U.S. are the highest they’ve been in more than a month. “When you have 20,000-plus infections per day, how can you talk about a second wave?” said Dr. Anthony Fauci. “We’re in the first wave. Let’s get out of the first wave before you have a second wave.” [HuffPost]

New York Governor Cuomo reopens economy as COVID-19 infection rate rises across US. By Philip Guelpa, 22 June 2020. Governor Cuomo is implementing a reopening scheme that will reverse dramatic declines in COVID-19 infection and death rates effected by lockdown measures.

WHISTLEBLOWER: TSA WORSENED PANDEMIC The Transportation Security Administration worsened the coronavirus outbreak by failing to institute early safety measures despite pleas from its employees, a whistleblower at the agency said in a complaint. The federal watchdog that investigated Jay Brainard’s claims reportedly wants the Department of Homeland Security ― which oversees the TSA ― to investigate the allegations. “We did not take adequate steps to make sure that we were not becoming carriers and spreaders of the virus ourselves,” Brainard told NPR. [HuffPost]

FLORIDA GOV. RIPPED FOR TRYING TO PIN SPIKE ON HISPANIC WORKERS Angry health experts and worker advocates raged at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) for claiming that “overwhelmingly Hispanic” day laborers and agricultural workers are a key driver of a record spike in the state’s COVID-19 cases. DeSantis, who was one of the last governors to issue a statewide stay-at-home order and one of the first to reopen the economy, told reporters the surge was mostly among nursing homes, construction workers and other day laborers and farmworkers. [HuffPost]

Coronavirus spreading among agriculture and seafood workers in the US. By Emma Arceneaux, 22 June 2020. While immigrant farmworkers are considered essential by the federal government, there have been no nationwide mandates placed on the agriculture industry to protect them from COVID-19.

How to stop superspreaders.

Willow warbler in Ireland, poem

This June 2019 video says about itself:

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) Singing. Recorded in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.

By Francis Devine in Britain today:

Willow warbler

Hearing a Willow Warbler on Howth Head, April 2020

Half baffled by the wind,
there it is, first of the year,
the sallypecker’s trilling song,
flittering somewhere among
saffron whin, matted tangle
of bracken, couch and briar.

It is a thrilling, tonal emollient,
soothing lockdown despair,
lifting the spirit, a welcome
renewal, its first-thing-on-arrival
carnal clarion, unintended for us,
but a beautiful misplacement.

Triassic crocodiles, dinosaur look-alikes

This 9 June 2020 video says about itself:

When Dinosaur Look-Alikes Ruled the Earth

There were a huge number of croc-like animals that flourished during the Triassic Period. Dinosaurs had just arrived on the scene but it was these animals that truly ruled the Earth, becoming both abundant and diverse.

Racism and police brutality

This 21 June 2020 video says about itself:

Even during nationwide protest, Donald Trump is finding more ways to oppress minorities. John Iadarola and David Cay Johnston break it down on The Damage Report.

TRUMP RALLY CROWD UNDERWHELMS President Donald Trump addressed a mostly maskless and enthusiastic — though much smaller than expected — crowd of supporters at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night as some protesters gathered outside to call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. “You are warriors, thank you. We had some very bad people outside,” Trump told the crowd, referring to protesters as “thugs”, The Tulsa event was held against the advice of Trump’s own coronavirus task force, which had urged White House officials to nix the event amid fears it might spread coronavirus. The arena was about one-third full. [HuffPost]

If you still don’t get why COVID-19 hit Black people harder, read this.

12-year-old “This Is Us” star reveals the racism he’s already experienced.

NON-WHITE JAIL OFFICERS WEREN’T ALLOWED TO MONITOR EX-COP DEREK CHAUVIN Eight non-white corrections officers at a county jail that initially housed Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, say they were barred from guarding Chauvin because of their race, according to the Star Tribune. The corrections officers, all of whom work at Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, have alleged that they were ordered to a separate floor while their white colleagues monitored Chauvin, because jail authorities considered them a “liability” around the former officer. [HuffPost]

WHAT MIGHT REFORMING POLICE UNIONS LOOK LIKE? The political power of police unions has helped them secure strong job protections ― too strong, reform proponents have said. Collective bargaining agreements for police often have provisions that erase disciplinary records after a certain period of time, grant police broad access to investigative files in misconduct cases and have an appeals process that can get officers rehired after unjustified shootings. Other unionized public sector employees often benefit from similar protections. But those workers typically don’t end up shooting and killing Black citizens in the course of their jobs. So what might reforming police unions look like? [HuffPost]

THE REAL LOOTERS OF THE BRONX Last week, a few dozen protesters gathered at a busy intersection near the northern tip of New York City for “A People’s Tour of the Real Looters of the Bronx.” Over a week earlier, the New York Post and other media outlets had painted a grim portrait of the borough. “Bronx streets turn chaotic as looters run wild,” screamed one Post headline. “Fires, mayhem in the Bronx,” said the Daily News. “Looters run wild in Bronx,” Fox News declared. But the dedicated activists at the June 12 demonstration were here to tell a much different story. The activists were here, they said, to defend their neighbors from racist narratives crafted by multimillion-dollar media companies. [HuffPost]

Dressing while Black: Self-censoring to pass in white spaces.

Most Black people think Britain is a racist place to live. Most white people don’t.


Jackal-leopard conflict in South Africa

This 22 June 2020 video from South Africa says about itself:

Jackals bark at the wrong leopard

Two [black-backed] jackals from Kgalagadi park were barking at a leopard for being too close to their den. This only angered the leopards and they ended up hunting down one of the jackals.

COVID-19 US Open tennis, without Nadal

This 2019 tennis video is called Rafael Nadal – 20 Shots That Will Make You Say WOW!

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the professional tennis circuit has been shut down. After Roland Garros was moved to September and Wimbledon was canceled, the organization of the US Open announced last week that the grand slam tournament in New York will continue on the normal date. …

The question is how many players dare to travel to the United States which is badly hit by coronavirus? The professional circuit will start again in early August, culminating in the US Open from August 31 to September 13. …

It’s an industry with a lot of money …

Many players have already said that they do not feel like playing at the US Open for various reasons. Among them Simona Halep, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Roger Federer will no longer play this year due to a knee injury.

[Dutch tennis commentator Marcella] Mesker: “Nadal is actually a coward.”

No, Ms Mesker, Nadal is more of a hero than a coward! He refuses to play Russian roulette with the health and lives of himself, other players, umpires, ball boys, ball girls and their contacts. Russian roulette in New York City, where COVID-19 dead are dumped into mass graves and vans with 100 decomposing dead bodies were found.

Dutch Kiki Bertens is not sure yet whether she will play at the US Open. She doubts it.

Also translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Tennis players Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric have been infected with the coronavirus. The Bulgarian, number nineteen in the world rankings, and the Croat, number 33, have announced this on social media.

Grigor Dimitrov on coronavirus

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, the world’s number three and seven, also took part in the Adria tour.

Where it turned out that Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric were infected.

UPDATE: another tennis player infected: Viktor Troicki.

Also, five players of Red Star Belgrade football team turn out to have COVID-19.

American racism, anti-racism and NASCAR car racing

This video from California in the USA says about itself:

ILWU Juneteenth Voices Speak Out At Port Of Oakland

Participants in the ILWU Juneteenth rallies and marches spoke out about the police terror, systemic racism and the role of the unions in this fight.

This took place on June 19, 2020 at the Port of Oakland where the first rally took place.

Bubba Wallace (left) wore a T-shirt referring to the death of George Floyd when singing the national anthem before a race on June 6. AFP photo

This photo shows Bubba Wallace (left) wearing a T-shirt referring to the deaths by police brutality of George Floyd, Eric Garner and others, when singing the national anthem before a NASCAR race on June 6.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Black Nascar driver faces death threat on race track

The US American motorsport organization Nascar is investigating the discovery of a noose in the garage box of the only black driver in the top competition yesterday at the Talladega circuit in the American state of Alabama.

The death threat against Budda Wallace, 26, is believed to be related to the ban on displaying the Confederate flag on and around Nascar race tracks. This was instituted after the death of black American George Floyd in Minneapolis and at Wallace’s insistence.

During the Civil War (1861-1865), the Confederate flag was the flag of the Southern states that fought to keep slavery. Today, many see it as a symbol of racism, although proponents say it is a southern heritage.

Wallace is supported by LeBron James

Wallace said he won’t be put off. “This makes me incredibly sad and painfully demonstrates that we have a long way to go in the fight against racism,” said Wallace. “I stand firm for what I believe in.” …

On Twitter, basketball star LeBron James expresses support for Wallace.

Before the Nascar race in Talladega, an airplane flew over the track with a banner of the Confederate flag. On Saturdays and Sundays cars could be seen around the circuit carrying the flag.

The race was canceled after a delay due to severe weather.

TRUMP SMEARS NASCAR’S ONLY BLACK DRIVER Trump inexplicably asked NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to apologize to other drivers for a “hoax” about a noose found in his garage. The FBI determined last month that Wallace, who is Black and successfully lobbied NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from its events, was not targeted for a racist attack after a crew member found the noose hanging from a garage handle at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway. However, authorities made no accusations about a “hoax,” and Wallace had to defend himself against such baseless claims. [HuffPost]

CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR AMY COOPER IN RACIST CENTRAL PARK CLAIM A white woman who called police and falsely accused an African American man of threatening her life after he asked her to leash her dog in New York’s Central Park is being criminally charged over the incident, Manhattan’s district attorney said. Amy Cooper, 41, whose actions on May 25 were recorded on a video that went viral and touched off discussions about white privilege, is being charged with filing a false report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Cooper is expected to be arraigned on Oct. 14. [Reuters]

Animals living in cities, video

This 21 June 2020 video says about itself:

6 Animals Living Their Best Lives in Cities | Synurbic Species

When humans build a city, most species in the area tend to disappear. But there are some, called synurbic species, that are living their best lives in our concrete jungles.

COVID-19 disaster news

This 18 June 2020 People’s Assembly video from Britain is about the mismanagement of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government of the COVID-19 disaster.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

The number of corona infections in Germany has risen to 190,359, reports the Robert Koch-Institut. That is 537 more than yesterday. …

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections has increased by 183,020 in the past 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That is a record. More than 116,000 registered infections were added in the Americas alone.

The previous daily record was only three days old: more than 181,000 new infections were counted on Thursday. More than 8.7 million people worldwide have now been tested positive for the coronavirus, says the WHO.

158 infections at meat processor Wales

In Wales, 158 employees of a meat processing company have tested positive for the coronavirus. These are workers at a plant of the 2 Sisters Food Group in Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey. The first infections were detected on Thursday. The 560 employees are in quarantine; some 400 people have now been tested. The local health service suspects even more infections.

The work in the company, where poultry is processed, has been stopped since Thursday. Due to the outbreak, schools in Anglesey will remain closed for longer. They would supposedly open again next Monday.

2 Sisters Food Group is one of the biggest food producers in Britain. The corporation supplies about a third of the poultry consumed there daily, according to the BBC. The subsidiary 2 Sisters Storteboom has five branches in the Netherlands and also supplies chicken products.

Brazil‘s sad milestone

The death toll from the coronavirus in Brazil has passed 50,000. 641 new deaths were counted in the past day, bringing the total to 50,617. Last Friday, the number of confirmed infections rose to over 1 million; that is now at 1,085,038.

Brazil is the most affected country after the United States. According to experts, there is underreporting and the actual number of infections and victims is much higher.