Myanmar coup opponents plan new tactics after 7-year-old girl killed inside home – National | Globalnews.ca

Myanmar activists plan more anti-coup protests on Wednesday, including a silent strike with many businesses due to close and calls for people to stay home, a day after a seven-year-old girl was killed in her home when security forces opened fire during a crackdown in Mandalay.

Pro-democracy protesters also held more candle-lit vigils overnight including in a district of the commercial capital Yangon and in Thahton in Mon State.

The vigils came after staff at a funeral service in Mandalay told Reuters on Tuesday that a seven-year-old girl had died of bullet wounds in the city — the youngest victim so far in a bloody crackdown of opposition to the Feb. 1 coup.

Source: Myanmar coup opponents plan new tactics after 7-year-old girl killed inside home – National | Globalnews.ca

Fact check: Madison Cawthorn (habitual liar) falsely claimed there are ‘zero dollars’ spent on homeless veterans. It’s actually more than $2 billion this year – CNNPolitics

“The Biden Admin just dropped $86 Million dollars to get hotel rooms for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS yet we have zero dollars going to our homeless veterans who are at a high risk of suicide. UNACCEPTABLE. UNAMERICAN,” Cawthorn wrote. Facts First: Cawthorn was not even close to correct about federal spending on homeless veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend “more than $2 billion” in the 2021 fiscal year “supporting Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” department spokesman Terrence Hayes said in an email. The American Rescue Plan pandemic relief law President Joe Biden signed this month — which Cawthorn voted against — itself provides significant funding to address housing insecurity, both in general and among veterans in particular.

Source: Fact check: Madison Cawthorn falsely claimed there are ‘zero dollars’ spent on homeless veterans. It’s actually more than $2 billion this year – CNNPolitics

Three Dolphins Spotted Frolicking In East River Near Greenpoint – Gothamist

A dolphin spotted in the East River on March 23rd, 2021. Off the shore of Greenpoint on this sunny Tuesday afternoon, three dolphins were spotted swimming in the East River. Yes, dolphins! You can breathe easy, fellow pandemic-weary New Yorkers—for what better omen exists for welcoming the spring. Source: Three Dolphins Spotted Frolicking In East River Near Greenpoint – Gothamist

Cold infections could help stave off coronavirus infections – study – The Jerusalem Post

Scottish researchers have found that antibodies accumulated during the common cold can serve as a level of protection against the novel coronavirus.

Research performed by the University of Glasgow creates an argument that the human rhinovirus “triggers an innate immune response” that blocks coronavirus replication in the respiratory tract, the university said.

Previous research has shown that when human rhinovirus infections come into contact with other respiratory viruses, the “type and severity” are generally affected, normally in the virus’ ability to spread.Source: Cold infections could help stave off coronavirus infections – study – The Jerusalem Post

Brazil posts record single-day toll of 3,251 virus deaths – The Washington Post

Brazil has reported more than 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day for the first time amid calls for the government and the new health minister to take action to stem the nation’s resurgence of coronavirus infections

Source: Brazil posts record single-day toll of 3,251 virus deaths – The Washington Post

Myanmar Crackdown Drives Urban Exodus to Countryside as Junta Blames Protesters For Violence — Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s junta warned journalists Tuesday against reporting on a shadow government made up of elected lawmakers deposed in last month’s coup, while army gunfire claimed its youngest victim, and fear and fatigue after seven weeks of escalating military violence drove an exodus of migrant workers from major cities.

The military regime that ousted the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in its third news conference since the Feb. 1 coup, repeated unsubstantiated claims that election fraud prompted the military takeover, and — also without proof — blamed protesters for violence that has killed hundreds of civilians.

Source: Myanmar Crackdown Drives Urban Exodus to Countryside as Junta Blames Protesters For Violence — Radio Free Asia

Extremist Groups Still Found to Be Thriving on Facebook

Despite these pages violating Facebook’s ban on posts that glorify violence, Avaaz found that 119 of the pages were still active as of March 18 and had a combined 27 million followers. Upon reviewing the 119 pages, Facebook told AP that only 18 “actually violated” the company’s policy, and they were removed from the site by Tuesday. That fact alone makes me a little skeptical about how extensive Facebook’s ban on extremism really is. The company told AP the Avaaz’s report isn’t an accurate representation of its efforts to combat extremism.

Source: Extremist Groups Still Found to Be Thriving on Facebook

Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General – The New York Times

Dr. Murthy will return as surgeon general at a critical moment, as the president tries to steer the nation out of the worst public health crisis in a century while expanding access to health care for millions of Americans. During his confirmation hearing, he told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that he would make ending the coronavirus pandemic his highest priority.