Archive for April 28th, 2020

28/04/2020

Remembering Carl Sagan on Earth Day

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By Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The excerpt below is from Carl Sagan’s book, Pale Blue Dot, and it was inspired by an image recorded by Voyager-1 on 14 Feb 1990.

As the spacecraft was leaving the solar system for its no-return outer-space exploration trip, NASA technicians redirected the camera for a last photo of Planet Earth behind.

Voyager was about 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away when it captured this unique, historical, unflattering portrait of the world.

Among light rays from the Sun, our Earth appears as a tiny, almost invisible point of light 0.12 pixel in size in the beam to the right of the frame. The landmark photo was by Sagan’s request.

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28/04/2020

Global Military Expenditure Sees Largest Annual Increase in a Decade, Reaching $1917 Billion in 2019 – SIPRI

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Stockholm, 27 April 2020 (SIPRI)* —  Total global military expenditure rose to $1917 billion in 2019, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The total for 2019 represents an increase of 3.6 per cent from 2018 and the largest annual growth in spending since 2010.

World military expenditure, by region, 1988–2019World military expenditure, by region, 1988–2019

The five largest spenders in 2019, which accounted for 62 per cent of expenditure, were the United States, China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia. This is the first time that two Asian states have featured among the top three military spenders.

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28/04/2020

‘Rise for All’, a New Women-Led UN Initiative Aims to Save Lives and Protect Livelihoods 

© UNICEF/Fouad Choufany | A nurse takes a girl’s temperature at a Primary Health Care Centre in Beirut, Lebanon, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted that collectively, we are dealing with “an especially severe blow” to developing countries, particularly those in humanitarian or conflict settings.

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28/04/2020

‘Protect Workers Both Now and After Lockdowns Ease’ – International Labour Organization on World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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The International Labour Organization warns that without adequate safeguards for returning workers there could be a second wave of the virus.

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GENEVA, 28 April 2020 (ILO)* – As the pressure mounts on countries to ease their lockdown restrictions, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Governments to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace , with active involvement and dialogue with employers’ and workers’ organizations.

28/04/2020

‘Toxic Lockdown Culture’ of Repressive Coronavirus Measures Hits Most Vulnerable

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(UN News)* — Disturbing details have emerged from dozens of countries that a “toxic lockdown culture” against the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted drastically on society’s most vulnerable members, the UN human rights Office (OHCHR) said on Monday [27 April 2020].

© UNICEF/@katchyaphotos | ‘It is not okay how society is targeting Asian people recently because of the coronavirus, ‘ said Sophia (@shots_by_sophia) on Instagram.

The development follows UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call last week for States not to use the COVID crisis as a pretext for repressive measures, in which he urged Governments to recognize that the threat was the “virus, not people”.

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28/04/2020

How Refugees Are Helping European Overwhelmed Health Systems’ COVID-19 Response

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27 April 2020 (UN News)* — With many European health services struggling to deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients, many refugees and migrants with experience in the sector, are being drafted in to help respond to the crisis.
Centre hospitalier d’Argenteuil | The Mobile Emergency and Resuscitation Service (SMUR) is on the front line in the fight against coronavirus
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Refugee workers are often delayed from being able to join the labour force in Europe despite having expertise, because the diplomas and certificates they received in their home countries are not recognized. But a recently adopted scheme to fast-track acceptance of their qualifications, is making it easier for highly regulated health services to take advantage of their skills.
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