Guam governor Lou Leon Guerrero tests positive for covid-19 | RNZ News

Earlier this evening, I received a positive test result for COVID-19. I have been in home quarantine since this weekend and will be isolated pending my recovery. I remain in good health despite exhibiting moderate symptoms of the virus.

Source: Guam governor Lou Leon Guerrero tests positive for covid-19 | RNZ News

At least 14 journalists injured while covering Beirut protests | RSF

“The attacks against journalists are growing in Lebanon,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “It is very disturbing to see the security forces target journalists who are reporting from within the ranks of the demonstrators. Attacks of this kind, which are increasing in frequency, must be stopped as a matter of the utmost urgency.”

Aside from the journalists with injuries that needed hospitalization, reporters found it very hard to work because of all the teargas fired by the security forces.

Many journalists have been the victims of attacks by both security forces and demonstrators ever since a wave of anti-government protests began in Lebanon in October. Lebanon is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, one place lower than in 2019.

 

Source: At least 14 journalists injured while covering Beirut protests | RSF

Lebanon’s cabinet resigns as tensions grow over Beirut explosion – National | Globalnews.ca

Prime Minister Diab was expected to address the nation later Monday. His Cabinet now assumes caretaker role until a new government is formed.

A Lebanese judge on Monday began questioning the heads of the country’s security agencies. Public Prosecutor Ghassan El Khoury questioned Maj. Gen. Tony Saliba, the head of State Security, according to state-run National News Agency. It gave no further details, but other generals are scheduled to be questioned.

 

Source: Lebanon’s cabinet resigns as tensions grow over Beirut explosion – National | Globalnews.ca

‘I can’t sleep, I can’t even cry’: NGO worker on rebuilding Beirut after blast

Staff at NGO Care distributing aid at Saint Joseph University in Beirut, August 8, 2020.

I’m still in shock. I’m so numb I can’t really feel anything. I’ve only slept 12 hours in total since the blast. I can’t sleep, I can’t even cry; I still haven’t really processed what happened. Every day I’ve found out that someone I knew – of whom I was fond – has died, or that some beloved part of the city has been wiped off the map. It will take a lot of time before I can come to terms with all the destruction and start to mourn.

Source: ‘I can’t sleep, I can’t even cry’: NGO worker on rebuilding Beirut after blast

The NRA and the Long Con — The Weekly Sift

The New York and D.C. attorneys general have uncovered self-dealing, lavish spending on executive luxuries, and outright fraud at the National Rifle Association. Why is the conservative movement such fertile ground for this kind of thing? Alarm bells. In 1973 I was a junior in high school, and a friend who had recently discovered the […]

The NRA and the Long Con — The Weekly Sift

Hong Kong third wave: 5 million city residents to be tested for Covid-19, health minister says | South China Morning Post

Hong Kong expects 5 million people to take part in a massive voluntary coronavirus testing programme, the city’s health minister has said.

While details for the testing have yet to be finalised, those wishing to take part will have to register, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said.

Source: Hong Kong third wave: 5 million city residents to be tested for Covid-19, health minister says | South China Morning Post