Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day – BBC News – in UK

Nearly 100,000 people are catching coronavirus every day in England, a major analysis suggests.

The study, by Imperial College London, says the pace of the epidemic is accelerating and estimates the number of people infected is now doubling every nine days.

The authors say we are at a “critical stage” and “something has to change”.

The government here is sticking to its regional strategy.

Experts are warning that we are fast approaching the peak in infections seen in the spring.

Source: Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day – BBC News

Wedding and Birthday Party Infect 56, Leaving Nearly 300 in Quarantine – The New York Times

Long Island health officials scrambled to contain a coronavirus outbreak in Suffolk County when dozens of people tested positive for the virus after attending a high-end Sweet 16 party in September that violated state restrictions on gatherings. On Wednesday, county officials said they were coping with the fallout from two more so-called superspreader events that left 56 people with the virus and nearly 300 in quarantine: a wedding that exceeded the state’s 50-person limit and a birthday party that did not. “This kind of blatant disregard for the well-being of others is not only extremely disappointing; it will not be tolerated,” Steven Bellone, the Suffolk County executive, said at a news conference, referring specifically to the wedding. “If you violate the rules, you’ll be caught and held responsible.”

Too hard to vote? Fired-up Black voters are doing it anyway | Reuters

“Based on what I’ve seen, it pisses Black voters off,” said Linda Lewis, director of political engagement for the local chapter of the NAACP, the country’s largest civil rights organization. At that former campus in the East Waco neighborhood, 7,571 people had cast ballots in the first two weeks of early voting – more than the 5,155 who showed up in all of 2016, voting records show. Source: Too hard to vote? Fired-up Black voters are doing it anyway | Reuters

UMaine student charged with submitting former roommate’s ballot as her own – Portland Press Herald

She added in another post: “The irony is she’s a trump supporter and they’re the ones who complain about voter fraud the most,” Suleiman wrote.

In an interview conducted via text message, Suleiman said they did not get along with Dau and the two argued over lots of issues, from garbage at the apartment to politics. Suleiman moved out near the end of September, but had already requested an absentee ballot.

After the move, Suleiman said, they called the postal service to try to have the ballot sent to the new, correct address, but it had already been delivered. Suleiman then made plans to vote in person after the town clerk advised that it was permissible in such cases.

A day after Suleiman cast a ballot in person, the clerk called back.

“A second ballot had been turned in and the signature didn’t match,” Suleiman said. The return address also used a nickname, “Evan,” instead of Suleiman’s full first name, and the handwriting was someone else’s.

“Then I kind of put two and two together and realized Alyssa had stolen it and I told them that’s what I suspected,” Suleiman said. “They immediately launched an investigation.”

Source: UMaine student charged with submitting former roommate’s ballot as her own – Portland Press Herald

Chris Paul Leads Thousands On Early Voting March in North Carolina

Before the march took place, Paul told reporters he felt a responsibility to encourage people to vote “given the magnitude of the election and everything that is going on right now.” He added that voting “is something bigger than me.” Paul had already voted early in Los Angeles and said his commitment to voting shows college students how important voting is.

Later in the day, Paul spoke to a crowd of students before leading the march.

“Y’all see the power of having all of you together,” Paul said to a crowd of almost 600 students. “Y’all can really make a difference.” After he spoke, WSSU cheerleaders gave a performance to the crowd, and Paul then led a crowd of almost 1,500 people to the Anderson Center on campus.

Source: Chris Paul Leads Thousands On Early Voting March in North Carolina

Day 346 using creativity to survive or thrive? — mijn reis naar Leven

Eva Designs

The word creativity has been, and still is, very important in my life. It is connected to memories of me loving to draw and paint as a child, where I was free to choose whatever I wanted to create on paper. Later in life my creativity was trained extensively in fashion academy where I had […]

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Tanka Fund’s Regranting is Restoring Buffalo to Native Lands by Trudy Ecoffey

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The buffalo represents the people and the universe and should always be treated with respect, for was he not here before the two-legged peoples, and is he not generous in that he gives us our homes and our food? The buffalo is wise in many things, and thus we should learn from him and should always be as a relative with him.” – Oglala Lakota holy man Black Elk in The Sacred Pipe, 1953

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Dasheen Plant Could Be the Root of Caribbean Development — Repeating Islands

Daphne Ewing-Chow (Forbes) writes about the properties and multifarious benefits of dasheen. [After conducting a bit of research, I see that there is great confusion out there as to whether dasheen is known as malanga or yautía Puerto Rico. I’ll leave this to the experts!] Dasheen is among a family of root crops or “ground […]

Dasheen Plant Could Be the Root of Caribbean Development — Repeating Islands

France to impose new national lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise | TheHill

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced that France will go into a second national lockdown beginning on Friday due to the surging numbers of coronavirus cases in the country, according to a report from Reuters.

On Monday, France announced a record number of cases with over 52,000 infections recorded in a single day. Over 500 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, the most since the first surge of cases in France in the spring.

Source: France to impose new national lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise | TheHill

Why Immigration Is An Issue Black Voters Should Care About in 2020

“Immigration, at its core, is really about defining this country as a white ethnostate in terms of power and privilege. And so white Europeans do not threaten that,” she said. “You don’t see ICE going around [St. Patrick’s Day parades] looking for the undocumented Irish people and trying to figure out how they can gather them up. But they will come to a Caribbean carnival. They will come to an African festival. But they won’t do that with white folks because the white people they’re not worried about.”

The Trump administration has not shied away from using immigration law to bolster its white supremacist beliefs, whether by effectively slaughtering the nation’s refugee system, allegedly referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole” countries, or enacting a Muslim ban that Gyamfi refers to as “an African and Muslim ban at this point, that is preventing people from certain countries from coming into the United States, including Nigeria, a country with the most Black people on planet Earth.”

Source: Why Immigration Is An Issue Black Voters Should Care About in 2020