Kurd murdered for refusing fighting in Libya


This 26 December 2019 video says about itself:

Libya is in a state of chaos as rival governments compete for power, human smuggling runs rampant, and black markets thrive with everything from oil to hard currency. The international community is backing the Government of National Accord, which maintains a tenuous hold on the capital. But the government’s survival depends on warring militias, many of whom are paid to police the smuggling they themselves are involved in.

VICE News’ Isobel Yeung travels across Libya to see how the Libyan revolution is failing.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Kurdish man found hanged after refusing to fight in Libya

A YOUNG Kurdish man was found hanged from a walnut tree in front of his house in Afrin, northern Syria, on Saturday.

Local sources said that he was killed for refusing to go to Libya to fight for Turkish-backed mercenaries.

Mihemed Mistefa Yusif, who was just 18, was found dead in the village of Merkan where his family had been forced to relocate after militia from the Liwa Samarkand brigade confiscated their home in Hec Qasim.

Slaughterhouses unsafe, veterinarians warn, bosses neglect COVID-19


This 18 June 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus: 657 new cases in German slaughterhouse

Company officials say the outbreak could be linked to a recent easing of travel restrictions. The new cluster of cases comes as hundreds of households in Berlin are back under quarantine after a spike in infections.

Read more here.

Since then, there have been many more infections with COVID-19 for workers of, and people living around that, Tönnies corporation slaughterhouse.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today, by Nynke de Zoeten:

During the coronavirus crisis, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) responded indifferently and negligently to warnings that the situation in slaughterhouses was not safe. Employees were also insufficiently protected. This is evident from internal mails and documents by two veterinarians who work for the NVWA that Nieuwsuur TV program has.

From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, NVWA’s own people warned about the situation in the slaughterhouses. But the vets Martien Scheepers and Jerome Stokkermans, who have to monitor animal welfare and food safety in the slaughterhouses, do not feel sufficiently heard and “let down” by the NVWA management.

Distressed NVWA employees also report to the FNV trade union federation, says executive member Mieke van Vliet. “They also wanted permanent services, and not moving from plant to plant, but that was not followed.” According to the NVWA, this is attempted, but it is not feasible within the roster. According to Scheepers and Stokkermans, an alternative timetable is not being considered.

Van Vliet says that there are guidelines from the NVWA, but that they prove unworkable in practice. Only after a number of major outbreaks in slaughterhouses does change take place.

MPs are shocked. “You can expect that an organization created to monitor compliance with rules will also itsel\f comply with the rules,” says D66 Member of Parliament Tjeerd de Groot. …

Party for the Animals MP Esther Ouwehand: “We can conclude that the minister has misinformed the House. Either she was misinformed by the NVWA bosses, or she deliberately sent the wrong information. Both are serious.”

Hygiene lock

Scheepers’ wife, who also works for the NVWA, also sent an urgent letter to her boss at the beginning of May. She was shocked by the so-called hygiene locks in the slaughterhouse where she works. “I didn’t know what I was seeing, people pushing each other away to wash hands quickly. There is a distance of 0 cm. I think this is a ticking time bomb.”

The manager replied that she will discuss it in “a few days”: “I don’t know if we can do anything about it if the corporation gives us the space. In addition, employees sit side by side in the working environment, canteen, transport and very they probably live close together. … ” On May 12, Scheepers’ wife developed corona-like symptoms. She was only tested after insistence and indeed proved to be positive. …

In early May, half of the vets said in an internal survey that they regularly cannot keep a meter and a half distance. Two-thirds say that keeping a distance in the meat sector is impossible. Nevertheless, Minister of Agriculture, Carola Schouten, replied to parliamentary questions: “inquiries at the NVWA did not show that the RIVM health authority guidelines are not being complied with on a large scale”.

There have been coronavirus outbreaks in at least five slaughterhouses and meat processing companies in the Netherlands. It has been clear to Scheepers and Stokkermans from the start that the RIVM guidelines are “not enforceable at all”. Stokkermans e-mails his supervisor: “For many years we have been working there under often miserable and unhealthy conditions … Conditions were already on the edge, but are completely unacceptable under the current coronavirus conditions.”

Deserted

The concerns in the Netherlands are still increasing. On March 22, an NL alert is issued: ‘keep your distance’. But that still doesn’t happen in the slaughterhouses. The most experienced NVWA supervisors, the ‘Senior Supervising Veterinarians’, send an angry email to the management.

“We work in places where sick people are working. Where insufficient protective equipment is available. We feel let down (in every possible way) by our management.” They email colleagues: “We keep on going as if there is no coronavirus.”

Virtual Tour de France mountain stage video


This 5 July 2020 video says about itself:

Virtual Tour de France 2020 – Live Stage 2

In the context of a completely unprecedented health crisis in which most cycling events have been cancelled or postponed, Zwift and Amaury Sport Organisation have decided to do something useful together and create the very first virtual Tour de France. It will be the starting point for a strong solidarity campaign around cycling.

During the first three weekends of July 2020, men’s and women’s professional races will be organised as part of virtual stages of the Tour de France.

Today, the second stage, was a mountain stage. The winner of today’s women’s race was Lauren Stephens from the USA. The winner of the men’s race was Julien Bernard from France.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 34 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

It is good to see that this award since then has gone to many places of the blogosphere.

The Rules:

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the seven questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate bloggers to receive the award and tag/pingback to their blogs.
  • Ask them seven new questions.

My seven questions are:

1. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

2. It’s late. You’ve had a crazy long day and you are super hungry. What is your go-to quick meal?

3. List the best five books that you have read in the last 12 months.

4. Would you rather be an oak tree or a butterfly?

5. What book have you reread more than any other, or if you do not reread then why is that?

6. If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be?

7. Would you rather win an Oscar (award for acting) or a Grammy (award for music)?

My nominees are:

1. Turtle Quotes Homepage

2. MYMonkey MIND

3. Science Trendz

4. ROJR

5. The Gist Info Blog

6. miss PE

7. Expat Alien

8. NorSCARF

9. Life on the Lower East Side

10. de-Graft Boakye

11. hustle bustle

12. Addicted To Living

13. Beauty In Words🌹

14. Repeating Islands

15. Tee Wyze Services

16. campogeno

17. Thooghts – a Dash of Emotions

18. Oglinda sufletului meu

19. What Now News 24

20. The Detroit Standard

21. Nature’s astounding wilderness

22. ENGINEERING QUICK FACTS

23. Ephemeral Elegies

24. MUHAJER SEMAN SURAFEL

25. J. P. D. T.

26. Half earth, half sky

27. introvert1me

28. Mr. NahasFinance

29. The Year Without Wimbledon

30. World Animals Voice

31. The Readers Desk

32. Captain Planet

33. Small Change

34. Wildlifeconservationkenya

COVID-19 second waves in Australia, Catalonia


This 5 July 2020 video says about itself:

More than 200,000 people in Spain’s Catalonia region have been put back under lockdown after the number of infections there almost doubled in a week.

In contrast, pubs, restaurants and cinemas have reopened across England following a relaxation of lockdown rules.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports.

This 5 July 2020 video says about itself:

In Australia, 3,000 people living in social housing have been ordered to stay indoors.

This comes as coronavirus cases in the southeastern state of Victoria have spiked.

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

How snakes drink, video


This 4 July 2020 video says about itself:

Snakes don’t have lips, they can’t lap up water, and they don’t grab mouthfuls of water and tip their heads back to swallow, so how do they drink? Turns out, some snakes have sponge-mouths that literally soak up water!

Hosted by: Stefan Chin.

COVID-19 disaster in the Americas


This 4 July 2020 video says about itself:

Health workers in Ecuador‘s capital say hospitals are on the verge of collapse, because of the number of new coronavirus cases.

More than 59,000 people are infected and at least 4,600 have died.

Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports.

This 2 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Doctor: The patients are getting younger and are more sick

CNN’s Miguel Marquez goes inside a San Antonio, Texas, hospital that is becoming overwhelmed with patients as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.