Daily Archives: May 11, 2020

Northeast Experiences ‘Historic’ Cold Front on Mother’s Day Weekend | NowThis

NowThis News

Published on May 11, 2020

The U.S. experienced an ‘historic’ cold front during Mother’s Day weekend, bringing snow and freezing temperatures to communities across the Northeast.

In US news and current events today, over Mother’s Day weekend the Northeast region of the United States was hit with a cold front. The historic cold front was a result of a part of the polar vortex breaking off and wandering south, bringing temperatures in the 20s and low 30s. Record lows for the month of May were shattered in many cities and some areas in New England even saw more than a foot of snow.

Oil companies hold out hope for rebound

CBC News: The National

Published on May 11, 2020

Alberta’s hard-hit oil sector was already in trouble before the pandemic, but with Ottawa’s new announcement of major financial aid, there are new signs of hope, even optimism

Trump Death Clock: Creator Eugene Jarecki Says “Reckless Mishandling” of COVID-19 Mus t Be Quantified

Democracy Now!

Published on May 11, 2020

As the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States surpasses 80,000, an unusual new billboard called the Trump Death Clock in New York City’s Times Square keeps tally of lives lost to government inaction. “What we found was that there was an amazing and very dark truth underlying the numbers that spoke to reckless mishandling of a pandemic by the president and his team, and we felt that ought to be quantified,” says Eugene Jarecki, the award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and activist behind the project.

“Weaponized and Racialized”: Police Departments Use COVID-19 to Target Black & Brown Communi ties

Democracy Now!

Published on May 11, 2020

Viral images have shone a spotlight on uneven policing. Some show police officers distributing masks to White residents in crowded New York City parks — and apparently arresting no one. Meanwhile, videos have emerged of violent crackdowns on social distancing measures in Black and Latinx neighborhoods. We continue our look at how Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City’s enforcement measures during the pandemic, and also discuss how officers have ordered protesters to disband, citing executive orders from the mayor and the governor that ban “any non-essential gathering of individuals of any size for any reason.” We speak with author and activist Jill Nelson, who was recently arrested when she used chalk to write “Trump = Plague” on an abandoned building, and with Norman Siegel, civil rights lawyer for Nelson and former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“COVID-19 Has Been Racialized”: Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking “Tru mp = Plague”

Democracy Now!

Published on May 11, 2020

Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City’s response to the spread of COVID-19. We speak with author and activist Jill Nelson, who was herself arrested by NYPD in April for writing “Trump = Plague” in chalk on an abandoned building in her Washington Heights neighborhood. The 67-year-old scholar was handcuffed, taken to the police station and held for five hours. Now she is speaking out. The president is “telling us that as people of color, and older people, we should just die,” says Nelson. “It’s ridiculous

2019 – The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI): Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns | World Food Programme


SOFI 2019 confirms a rise in world hunger for a third year in a row. There were 821 million chronically undernourished people in the world last year, up from 811 the previous year. One in nine people in the world now faces hunger. Africa is the region with the greatest prevalence of hunger in the world – the figure changes to one in five people hungry in Africa. Hunger is also on the rise in Western Asia.

The upward trend of world hunger – after decades of steady decline – yet again underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Zero Hunger target by 2030. The number of hungry people in the world is back up to where it was nearly a decade ago. The world is not currently on track to meet the goals of ending hunger and ensuring access to food for all.

Conflict and the climate crisis constitute the greatest drivers of hunger. This year’s report has a specific focus on economic downturn. Hunger has increased in many countries where the economy has slowed or contracted, mostly in middle-income countries. However, the greatest threat is where there is a combination of drivers – conflict, climate change and economic marginalization.

About the series: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is an annual flagship report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO to inform on progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and to provide in-depth analysis on key challenges for achieving this goal in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report targets a wide audience, including policy-makers, international organizations, academic institutions and the general public.

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