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24.10.2020 - 11:40 [ amny.com ]

De Blasio calls Trump’s NYC ‘ghost town’ description ‘unfair,’ Manhattan offices could fill up more by early 2021

As of Sept. 18, only 10% of Manhattan office workers had returned to their buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported late last month.

De Blasio confirmed that City Hall had indeed been considering bringing back more of its workforce, but new developments were put on hold due to the recent COVID clusters in Brooklyn and Queens.

24.10.2020 - 11:39 [ Financial Times ]

From peak city to ghost town: the urban centres hit hardest by Covid-19

FT research shows London and New York have suffered the most from the pandemic, but more substantial change lies ahead

24.10.2020 - 11:38 [ Washington Post ]

We can’t let Main Street become a ghost town

(09.10.2020)

Darkened storefronts adorned with “Closed” and “For Lease” signs have become common sights in both urban and rural areas.

Maryland is no exception. From my hometown in Takoma Park to the bucolic charm of Chestertown, many businesses have shuttered or are hanging on for dear life.

18.10.2020 - 11:34 [ Liz Hicks / Twitter ]

Curfew on restaurants and bars in Berlin from 11pm found to lack proportionality by Berlin Admin Court: no evidence infection more likely after 11pm; evidence restaurants & bars were sites of lower transmission.

Berlin Senate is appealing #covid19 #berlin

18.10.2020 - 11:26 [ euronews.com ]

Berlin bar shutdown: ‚No time to party‘ says mayor amid rising coronavirus cases

(10.10.2020)

„This is not the time to party“, insisted Berlin’s democratic mayor, Michael Müller. „We want to prevent another more severe lockdown“, he added, with a particular message for people under 40.

Angela Merkel argued in favour of the measure on Friday, after consulting mayors from Germany’s 11 largest cities.

18.10.2020 - 11:25 [ theGuardian.com ]

Berlin nightlife given first curfew in 70 years as Covid cases surge

(07.10.2020)

The rate of new cases in the inner-city districts that host Berlin’s nightlife were higher still: of seven hotspots listed by Germany’s disease control agency as having a seven-day incidence of more than 50 cases per 100,000 people, four are in the heart of the capital. Trendy Neukölln leads the pack, with 288 new cases recorded over the course of the last week.

14.10.2020 - 19:36 [ gbdeclaration.org ]

The Great Barrington Declaration

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, United States, by:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.

22.09.2020 - 21:33 [ Global Research ]

Rio Tinto Mining and the Destruction of Aboriginal Juukan Cave Heritage. A Loss to Humanity

The Anglo-Australian multinational company Rio Tinto – the largest iron ore mining company in the world – demolished two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters in May. What is particularly disturbing about this event is that Rio Tinto was apparently acting entirely within the law, which is to say that this kind of tragic and wanton destruction will continue to happen unless stricter regulations are enacted. The sites were located on the ancestral lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura, or PKKP, people in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

15.09.2020 - 01:03 [ teleSUR ]

Coronel Leads the National Foundation of the Arts in Brazil

As part of his conservative agenda, however, the former Captain Bolsonaro is determined to prevent schools, universities, art centers, and other cultural spaces from continuing to be „niches“ for Marxist thought, as he claims.

04.07.2020 - 12:29 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen in England

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas in England are opening their doors for the first time in three months after a major relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

01.07.2020 - 18:21 [ .axios.com ]

Florida is „not going back“ on reopening, governor says

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday that the state will not reinstate restrictions or close businesses to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

19.06.2020 - 02:21 [ ABC News (Australia) ]

Bushfire royal commission told Aboriginal people routinely ignored in post-disaster commissions

Euahlayi man and ANU researcher Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson told the commission that the Black Summer bushfires created extraordinary public interest in Aboriginal people’s land management practices, especially burning.

18.06.2020 - 17:09 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Dame Vera Lynn’s death – Queen to send private message of condolence to family of Forces’ Sweetheart

THE Queen is going to send a private message of condolence to the family of Dame Vera Lynn after she passed away today aged 103.

The Forces‘ sweetheart who became a national treasure during World War Two, sang iconic wartime classics We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover which not only inspired the nation but also generations to come.

12.06.2020 - 04:18 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Nationwide Protests Prompt Changes In Movies, TV And Sports | NBC Nightly News

As nationwide protests condemn racial injustice, shows like Live PD and Cops have been canceled. Disney is under pressure to rename a theme park ride and NASCAR is banning the Confederate flag.

05.06.2020 - 05:17 [ Curbed.com ]

What L.A. could do with its $1.8 billion police budget

The LAPD will receive a $120 million increase in funding under Garcetti’s budget, which was adopted by default Monday after the City Council declined to review it by the June 1 deadline. More city money will be dedicated to policing than any other service this budget year. If you added up the budgets for housing, streets, and transportation, then tripled the sum, it still would not match the city’s LAPD budget.

03.06.2020 - 14:39 [ Boots Riley / Twitter ]

We should demand that every TV show and movie in production that has a police and/or pentagon or intelligence agency “advisor“ on it must fire those “advisors“ immediately they’re a huge part of the probl

02.06.2020 - 22:51 [ CNN ]

There are as many National Guard members activated in the US as there are active duty troops in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan

As thousands across the US take to the streets for another day of protests demanding justice for George Floyd, more than 17,000 members of the National Guard are standing ready to support local law enforcement.
That represents approximately the same number of active duty troops deployed in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
As of Monday, nearly half of the US has activated guard members to respond to civil unrest.

26.04.2020 - 13:13 [ the Hill ]

Several states starting to reopen this weekend

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee (R ) said on Monday that “the vast majority of businesses” will be allowed to reopen when the state’s stay-at-home order expires on April 30, and as of Friday state parks and dine-in restaurants were allowed to open with reduced capacity. Tennessee was one of the last states to issue a stay-at-home order.

26.04.2020 - 12:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Berlin: German police arrest dozens protesting against lockdown restrictions

Approximately 1,000 demonstrators showed up to Saturday’s rally near Berlin’s Rosa Luxemburg square

16.04.2020 - 19:08 [ the Hill ]

Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), who briefly ran in the 2020 GOP primary against Trump, said he believes Amash would be a viable candidate who could pull voters from the left and the right.

„You look at the fastest growth out there in the political field, it’s on the independent side, it’s not with a traditional Republican or Democrat,” Sanford said.

13.04.2020 - 19:49 [ New York Times ]

Navarro Warns Shutdown Could Be More Deadly Than Virus

Mr. Navarro, a protectionist who has been known to engage in heated debates with the free traders in the administration, has had contentious exchanges with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, whose pronouncements about the measures needed to slow the spread of the virus have begun to frustrate Mr. Trump’s allies.

As the economy faces a deep recession and more than 16 million American workers have already lost jobs, Mr. Trump is deliberating when to call for an easing of the shutdown

13.04.2020 - 18:47 [ Axios.com ]

Andrew Cuomo says he wants to reopen New York „as soon as possible“

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) told a briefing Sunday he’s coordinating with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut on when to ease coronavirus restrictions, adding he wants to reopen nonessential businesses and public places „as soon as possible.“

24.03.2020 - 11:26 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Hollywood Celebrities Are Psyops Wrapped In Human Skin

It is an absolute guarantee that powerful people will use this pandemic to advance authoritarian measures which they have no intention of rolling back once the pandemic is over. They are working to do this currently. This is not a possibility, this is an absolute certainty.

23.01.2020 - 07:59 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

How To Be A Mentally Sovereign Human

Being a mentally sovereign human means constructing your own understanding of this weird reality based on your own investigations and your own reasoning, which means constructing it from the ground up. Even your most basic assumptions about reality itself must be rigorously cross-examined with complete skepticism. Nothing must be taken on faith.

07.01.2020 - 17:13 [ Presstv.com ]

Iran FM vows proportionate response to US terror act after assassination of General Soleimani

Elsewhere in his interview, Zarif responded to a question if it was worth speaking to Trump and said, „It doesn’t need speaking. He has to realize that he has been fed misinformation. And he needs to wake up, and apologize. He has to apologize, he has to change course.“

07.01.2020 - 15:13 [ Washington Post ]

The president didn’t threaten just Iran’s culture sites. He threatened culture.

Will my country lay waste to the great mosques and bridges of Isfahan and the remains of Persepolis? Will we destroy the last stones of the Achaemenid and Sasanian empires? If we are to be a barbarian nation, what are our new limits? Do we have any?

07.01.2020 - 14:49 [ CNN ]

Iranian foreign minister: Trump prepared to commit war crimes

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says President Donald Trump doesn’t care about international law and is prepared to commit war crimes by threatening to destroy Iran’s cultural sites.

07.01.2020 - 09:05 [ UN.org ]

UN cultural agency chief meets with Iran ambassador amid current tensions

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Iranian Ambassador to the UN agency, Ahmad Jalali, met in Paris against a background of mounting threats between his country and the United States.

07.01.2020 - 06:29 [ MSNBC ]

Rep. Khanna: Article of impeachment ‚on the table‘ after Iran strike

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) joins Hallie Jackson to discuss an upcoming war powers resolution in the House to prevent President Trump from escalating the conflict with Iran. Khanna describes any further action by the President that is not sanctioned by Congress as a „potentially impeachable offense.“

07.01.2020 - 06:03 [ International Committee of the Red Cross ]

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The Hague, 14 May 1954.

Recognizing that cultural property has suffered grave damage during recent armed conflicts and that, by reason of the developments in the technique of warfare, it is in increasing danger of destruction;
Being convinced that damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever means damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind, since each people makes its contribution to the culture of the world;
Considering that the preservation of the cultural heritage is of great importance for all peoples of the world and that it is important that this heritage should receive international protection;
Guided by the principles concerning the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, as established in the Conventions of The Hague of 1899 and of 1907 and in the Washington Pact of 15 April 1935;
Being of the opinion that such protection cannot be effective unless both national and international measures have been taken to organize it in time of peace;
Being determined to take all possible steps to protect cultural property;
Have agreed upon the following provisions:

07.01.2020 - 05:46 [ CNN ]

Esper contradicts Trump on targeting Iranian cultural sites: We ‚follow the laws of armed conflict‘

„Nothing rallies people like the deliberate destruction of beloved cultural sites. Whether ISIS’s destruction of religious monuments or the burning of the Leuven Library in WWI, history shows targeting locations giving civilization meaning is not only immoral but self-defeating,“ one of the officials told CNN.

„The Persian people hold a deeply influential and beautiful history of poetry, logic, art and science. Iran’s leaders do not live up to that history. But America would be better served by leaders who embrace Persian culture, not threaten to destroy it,“ they added.

07.01.2020 - 05:40 [ New York Times ]

Pentagon Rules Out Striking Iranian Cultural Sites, Contradicting Trump

The defense secretary acknowledged that “the laws of armed conflict” prohibited attacking antiquities and said the military had no plans to do so, even though the president declared them targets.

10.12.2019 - 20:06 [ Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party / Twitter ]

We will ensure children can learn musical instruments, drama, dance, and visit theatres, galleries and museums. Because those things are part of what makes us human and what brings us joy.

06.07.2019 - 23:34 [ UNESCO ]

Seven more cultural sites added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

During its meeting in Baku this afternoon, the World Heritage Committee, inscribed seven cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The sites added this afternoon are located in Canada, Czechia, Germany, Republic of Korea, Myanmar and Poland. Inscriptions will continue tomorrow, 7 July.

03.05.2019 - 11:56 [ Europäische Organisation für Kernforschung CERN ]

World Wide Web born at CERN 25 years ago

(12.03.2014)

In March 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist working at CERN, submitted a proposal to develop a radical new way of linking and sharing information over the internet. The document was entitled Information Management: A Proposal. And so the web was born.

The first website at CERN – and in the world – was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself. Last April CERN initiated a project to restore the first website, and to bring back the spirit of that time through its technical innovation and the founding principles of openness and freedom.

In 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain.

16.04.2019 - 15:54 [ Sam Harris / Twitter ]

The Palace of Westminster is a world heritage site and water literally poured through the roof of the Commons the other week. Buildings like this & Notre Dame are part of our human story – we have a duty to save them.

16.02.2019 - 19:39 [ teleSUR ]

Director of Mayan Languages Academy in Guatemala Killed

Ramírez Interiano worked for over a decade at the Academy of Mayan Languages of Guatemala, as the director. According to Prensa Libre, he often visited schools in the Chortí region to offer classes on the native language and social studies of the area, intending to prevent the knowledge from disappearing among the indigenous population.

10.02.2019 - 01:11 [ teleSUR ]

Evo Morales Will Host ‚Year of Indigenous Languages‘: UN

22.1.2019 Last year, the Atlas of Language at Risk warned that 190 Indigenous languages in Brazil were at risk of extinction. The data, organized by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or Unesco, also indicates that Brazil is the second country, only behind the United States, with the largest number of languages at risk of extinction.

28.11.2018 - 23:17 [ Trend.az ]

Dede Gorgud’s heritage included in UNESCO list

The „Dede Gorgud’s heritage: a file on culture, folk legends and music” by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey was included in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 13th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in Port Louis, Mauritius, according to a joint statement of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

26.11.2018 - 10:27 [ WorthFightingFor.live ]

A Survival Guide for the ‘Cultural Elite’

They call us the ‘cultural elite’ and accuse us of being out of touch and living in a bubble. We are the novelists, the arts advisors, the journalists and university professors. We work to ceaselessly to transform the culture of this benighted country and we feel threatened by the backlash against us.

We are the educated, the better informed and the socially aware. We believe in the truth of our facts. We must not let the populists and rabble rousers get us down.

Here is a guide for you to maintain your mental wellbeing during this challenging period:

24.11.2018 - 11:10 [ Artists for Brexit ]

Artists for Brexit bring you a fascinating commentary on the cultural and economic loss suffered as a result of our drift from the Commonwealth. A remarkable piece by author and journalist, Peter Mason.

Other countries would die for the traditional links we have with the bloc of countries that constitutes the Commonwealth. We have the inside track, based on a historical relationship with its members that – notwithstanding the old tensions of empire – has generally remained friendly and cooperative. Economists have suggested that due to the ‘commonalities’ of language, law and business practice across Commonwealth countries, the costs of each country trading with the other is typically 10-15 per cent lower than when dealing with other nations. Increasingly it has become clear that we’ve been running with the wrong pack.

12.11.2018 - 07:58 [ Deadline.com ]

People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Shadowhunters’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List

The ceremony also added 13 new categories including “The Revival Show of 2018”, “The Reality Show of 2018”, “The Bingeworthy Show of 2018”, and “The Reality TV Star of 2018”. The telecast was followed by a special live episode of Busy Tonight where the Dynasty was revealed as Revival Show of 2018.

The People’s Choice Awards is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies, music, television, and pop culture.

14.08.2018 - 18:26 [ Ronald Lauder / New York Times ]

Israel, This Is Not Who We Are

Its Declaration of Independence guarantees “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex,” as well as a guarantee of freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.

Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weizmann, Zeev Jabotinsky, David Ben Gurion and Golda Meir always emphasized the need to combine Jewish nationalism with universal humanism. So now, when Israel’s government appears to be tarnishing the sacred value of equality, many supporters feel it is turning its back on Jewish heritage, the Zionist ethos and the Israeli spirit.

14.08.2018 - 18:21 [ Haaretz ]

Ronald Lauder Warns Israel: Nation-state Law Will Harm Ties With World Jewry

World Jewish Congress chief and former Netanyahu confidant urges Israeli leaders to ‚rethink their destructive actions‘ in New York Times op-ed

08.05.2018 - 13:40 [ Business Insider ]

Israel offended Japan’s prime minister by serving him dessert in a shoe, something ‚despised‘ by Japanese people

Shoes are “despised” in Japanese culture, a senior Israeli diplomat who had served in Japan told a newspaper – and in any case, it’s a weird idea to serve food out of a shoe.(…)
„It is equivalent to serving a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig.”