National Anthem Singer At Nets Home Opener Takes A Knee At End Of Song: Gothamist

Skye wrote on her Instagram post that she understood she would probably never be asked to sing the anthem ever again, but that “I had to take a knee for the opening game in my city and let my voice be heard. We will not be silenced.” She ended the post with #blacklivesmatter.Justine Skye, a singer from Brooklyn, performed the entirety of the anthem before the game, but dropped to one knee at the very end of the song. While hard to make out in a video she posted to Instagram, NBC reported that there were more boos than cheers after the protest.Nets players stood and had their arms linked during the song, according to the Daily News. Unlike the NFL, the NBA sent around a memo before the season began reminding players that they were required to stand during the anthem.

Source: National Anthem Singer At Nets Home Opener Takes A Knee At End Of Song: Gothamist

Sexual harassment: the thin line between responsibility and victimhood


It is apparently much better when the internet is broke by a hashtag under ME TOO than Kim Kardashian buttocks. However, I cannot but stop on one observation that may defy for good my feminist side, if I have any.
Before I put out my perspective on the issue of sexual harassment, I have to make a straight point that is not negotiable; women all over the universe face sexual harassment on different levels that include direct, cultural and structural levels by each passing moment. There are places where women are degraded and live in a deteriorating position within the concept of human scale. The rape, the assault, the forced marriage, physical and mental abuse are forms of harassment that are visible and invisible as well. There are women around this globe who cannot stand up for their rights and can barely exist . in places like Saudi Arabia when…

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Military Members and Their Families Respond to John Kelly’s News Conference – The New York Times

‘The immediate family are not the only people devastated.’Gen. Kelly’s conduct here is disgraceful and dishonorable.I write this as a member of a proud military family. I am the wife of a Naval Academy graduate and former Navy pilot who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. I have spoken to my husband about Gen. Kelly’s actions.How dare Gen. Kelly criticize Congresswoman Wilson, who was in the car with Sgt. Johnson’s family when the President called. She is grieving, too — she had a long personal relationship with Sgt. Johnson since he was a child, which is why she was invited by his family to be in the car when they went to the airport to meet his coffin. Surely Gen. Kelly knows that the immediate family are not the only people devastated by the death of one of our brave members of the military! Unlike Gen. Kelly, the congresswoman heard what Trump said. She heard it because Sgt. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, a pregnant 24-year old with two small children, put the call on the speakerphone. Mrs. Johnson was devastated because Trump didn’t even know Sgt. Johnson’s name, which is what Congresswoman Wilson stressed, not his incredibly tone-deaf comment that “he knew what he signed up for.”This is the same Gen. Kelly who is not offended by Trump’s disgraceful attacks on John McCain and the Gold Star Khan family. Wow, just wow!— CA Reader, in California

WHO SitRep #5: Plague In Madagascar



The most recent update posted on Madagascar’s MOH websitereleased yesterday (October 20th) – still shows 911 plague cases, and 95 deaths, but a situation report from the World Health Organization released on the same date provides a tally more than 40% higher. 

The  reasons behind this discrepancy aren’t immediately apparent, but – assuming the WHO’s numbers are right – reports of a slowdown in cases (based on MOH reported numbers) earlier this week may have been premature.

Some excerpts from the WHO SitRep #5 follow:

Situation Update

Madagascar has been experiencing a large outbreak of plague affecting major cities and other non-endemic areas since August 2017. Between 1 August and 19 October 2017, a total of 1 297 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 102 deaths (case fatality rate 7.9%) have been reported. Of these, 846 cases (65.2%) were clinically classified as pneumonic plague, 270 (20.8%) were bubonic plague, one case was septicaemic plague, and 180 cases were unspecified (further classification of cases is in process). Of the 846 cases of pulmonary plague, 91 (10.8%) have been confirmed and 407 (48.1%) were probable.

Between 1 August and 15 October 2017, a total of 793 specimens were analysed by the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar (IPM). Of these, 126 (15.9%) have been confirmed either by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or bacteriological culture, 242 (30.5%) were probable after testing positive on rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and 425 (53.6%) remain suspected (additional laboratory results are in process). Eleven strains of Yersinia pestis have been isolated and were sensitive to antibiotics recommended by the National Program for the Control of Plague.

Overall, 33 out of 114 (30%) districts in 14 of 22 (63.6%) regions in the country have been affected by pulmonary plague. The district of Antananarivo Renivohitra has reported the largest number of pulmonary plague cases, accounting for 63.6% of all the cases.

On 19 October 2017, 1 621 out of 2 470 (65.6%) contacts were followed up and provided with prophylactic antibiotics. A total of 372 contacts completed the 7-day follow up without developing symptoms.

Plague is endemic on the Plateaux of Madagascar, including Ankazobe District where the current outbreak originated. There is a seasonal upsurge, predominantly of the bubonic form, which occurs every year, usually between September and April. The plague season began earlier this year and the current outbreak is predominantly pneumonic and is affecting non-endemic areas including major urban centres such as Antananarivo (the capital city) and Toamasina (the port city).

There are three forms of plague, depending on the route of infection: bubonic, septicaemic and pneumonic (for more information, see the link

Current risk assessment
While the current outbreak began with one large epidemiologically linked cluster, cases of pneumonic plague without apparent epidemiologic links have since been detected in regions across Madagascar, including the densely populated cities of Antananarivo and Toamasina. 

Due to the increased risk of further spread and the severe nature of the disease, the overall risk at the national level is considered very high. The risk of regional spread is moderate due to the occurrence of frequent travel by air and sea to neighbouring Indian Ocean islands and other southern and east African countries, and the observation of a limited number of cases in travellers. This risk is mitigated by the short incubation period of pneumonic plague, implementation of exit screening measures in Madagascar and scaling up of preparedness and operational readiness activities in neighbouring Indian Ocean islands and other southern and east African countries. The overall global risk is considered to be low.

The risk assessment will be re-evaluated by WHO based on the evolution of the situation and the available information.