The global respiratory protective equipment (RPE) market size is projected to reach USD 12.88 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period.Spread of the coronavirus through air route will surge the adoption of RPE throughout 2020, observes Fortune Business Insights™ in its report, titled “Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, Types By Product (Air Purifying Respirators (APR) {Unpowered Air-Purifying Respirators [Disposable Filtering Half Mask, Half Mask, and Full Face Mask], and Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR) [Half Mask, Full Face Mask, and Helmets, Hoods & Visors}, and Supplied Air Respirators {Airline Respirators, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA),Combination SAR/SCBA or APR/SAR}), By End-Use (Industrial, Oil & Gas, Mining, Petrochemical, Construction, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Fire Service), and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027”.In July 2020, scientists from 32 countries provided strong evidence of airborne transmission of the COVID-19 infection in an open letter to the World Health Organization (WHO).The study, led by a team from Peking University in China, found that COVID patients could exhale millions of virus particles per hour, spreading the infection in vast quantities.Previously, the WHO had stated that the virus spread only through respiratory droplets or physical contact.Now, with new evidence pointing toward air transmission of the virus, the demand for respiratory protective equipment is likely to spike, mainly in healthcare facilities, where workers are in constant proximity to coronavirus and other patients.
Expanding instances of sports wounds and street mishaps, the rising number of diabetes-related removals, and the developing commonness of osteosarcoma throughout the planet are ready to drive the worldwide market.For instance, the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) composed an open letter to all state lead representatives dated March 19, 2020, looking for continuation of Prosthetic and Orthotic Care administrations as a component of fundamental medical advantages that patients should approach during the pandemic.According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the yearly games injury rate in the U.S. was around 8.7 million out of 2018.This factor is expected to drive the interest, helping market development over the gauge time frame.A disturbing ascent in the recurrence of street mishaps is one of the main sources of expanded instances of removal.As indicated by the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), around 20-50 million individuals across the globe were harmed or debilitated inferable from street mishaps in 2018.
French officials have spoken out against the open letter, but France's far-right is embracing it for electoral benefit.
French officials have spoken out against the open letter, but France's far-right is embracing it for electoral benefit.
If you get your news from conservative media and Republican politicians, President Joe Biden is out to destroy the fabric of America, the very essentials of what makes the country red, white and blue. Say goodbye to juicy hamburgers, Dr. Seuss, stay-at-home parenting and Chik-fil-A sauce.It’s been tricky for Republicans to make Biden – a 78-year-old moderate white man who likes to say “folks” – seem like a radical. Both during the election campaign and now, conservatives have instead tried to portray him as under the sway of more progressive members of his party (who often just so happen to be younger women of colour). Scaring voters into believing that essential parts of their lives are at risk is a tactic conservatives often return to. They tried to convince people that same-sex marriage would destroy the entire institution of marriage for everyone and they fear-mongered that Obamacare would create “death panels” and end health care. The cultural critiques are continuing with Biden’s presidency. Some of them are silly, while others – such as going after rights for transgender children – have real and serious consequences. Dr. SeussOn March 2, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it would stop publishing six books from the beloved author’s catalog because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”In If I Ran the Zoo, for example, there’s a drawing of three men who appear to be Asian, described by Seuss as “helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant.”Plenty of other Seuss books are still available, and Biden had nothing to do with the decision. Yet conservatives tried to tie him to the issue, noting that when he issued a presidential proclamation for Read Across America Day on March 1, he did not mention Seuss’ name – a break with his two predecessors.“Biden erases Dr. Seuss from Read Across America proclamation as progressives seek to cancel beloved author” read a Fox News headline. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Department of Education drafted the proclamation and that as “we celebrate the love of reading and uplift diverse and representative authors, it is especially important that we ensure all children can see themselves represented and celebrated in the books that they read.” Girls’ SportsPerhaps no president in history has been as openly supportive of transgender rights as Biden. But there’s only so much he can do on the federal level to ensure equality without the cooperation of Congress. On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order on LGBTQ equality, essentially reaffirming a Supreme Court decision. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” read one line in the order. Conservatives quickly took aim at Biden, using the #BidenEraseWomen hashtag on Twitter. Even though there was no other mention of sports in the order, conservatives said it “unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports.” Instead, GOP-controlled state legislatures have been aggressively passing anti-transgender legislation. State lawmakers have introduced more than 100 such bills, with 33 states considering barring transgender women and girls from competing on women’s sports teams. At least seven states now have these exclusionary laws. Supporters of this type of legislation argue that transgender women have an unfair biological advantage and will make it impossible for other women to compete – even though these claims aren’t rooted in any scientific evidence. Chik-fil-A“Chik-fil-A has a sauce shortage. And you want to know why? Because of Joe Biden’s radical liberal policies,” read a campaign email from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Lauren Boebert similarly tweeted stories about the sauce problem and blamed Biden.This month, Chik-fil-A announced that some of its restaurants were “experiencing a shortage of select items, like sauces” due to “industry-wide supply chain disruption.” The pandemic – not to mention other one-off incidents like the Suez Canal blockage and the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline – have created shortages and disruptions to the global economy. Biden is not to blame for the lack of sauce on chicken.Stay-At-Home ParentingBiden’s proposed American Families Plan would provide $1.8 trillion to families through investment in education, child care and worker-friendly policies. It includes financing for universal pre-kindergarten and gives subsidies for child care. Families earning up to 1.5 times their state median income would spend no more than 7% of their income on child care, while the lowest-income families would have it covered fully. Republicans quickly attacked this plan as Biden coming down “against stay-at-home parenting.” A conservative writer said it amounted to “the government bribing parents to turn over their kids to the care of others.” Another said, “the question of ‘how young is too young’ when it comes to sending children to institutions of learning is decided, essentially, by the government.”Families would still have the option of staying home with their children, just like they do now. But if they want to work, they would get financial assistance.Biden also wants to make permanent the expanded child tax credit payments, which provide families with monthly checks of up to $300 per child. The tax credits were part of the American Rescue Plan, which every Republican lawmaker voted against. Civics LessonsIn recent weeks, conservatives have come out against seemingly innocuous bipartisan legislation provide $1 billion a year in grants for more civics education, arguing that it would be used as a “Trojan horse” for the Biden administration to indoctrinate students with a liberal agenda.Much of the controversy stems around a completely unrelated rule proposed by the Education Department with guidelines for a grant program for teaching US history, saying programs should “reflect the diversity, identities, histories, contributions, and experiences of all students.” It also included a positive mention of The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which aimed to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very centre of our national narrative.” On April 29, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus sent a letter to the Education Department protesting the rule. McConnell and other GOP senators complained that the Biden administration’s proposed rule doubled down on “divisive, radical, and historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda” and said it would promote “racial ideologies meant to divide us.”Since its publication in 2019, the award-winning 1619 Project has been a lightning rod for conservatives who object to teaching the uglier parts of American history.In a congressional hearing, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona noted that school curricula are not set at the federal level and that the federal civics bill specifically bars a federal curriculum. Juicy BurgersConservative media outlets and GOP politicians have repeatedly tried to claim that the Biden administration is trying to outlaw beef. A Fox News graphic said “Up in your grill – Biden’s climate requirements,” claiming that Americans would be limited to one burger each month. “Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?” tweeted Boebert on April 24. A similar claim was picked up by conservatives including Donald Trump Jr., Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Representative Madison Cawthorn. “Not only does Emperor Biden not want us to celebrate the 4th of July, now he doesn’t want us to have a burger on that day either,” Cawthorn tweeted. The Biden administration has not proposed limiting Americans’ meat consumption. That is not on the policy agenda at all. As CNN reported, the conspiracy theory goes back to a deceptive Daily Mail article with the headline “Biden’s climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH.” Again, Biden’s climate plan proposes no such restrictions.Mr. Potato HeadOn February 25, Hasbro announced that it was rebranding Mr. Potato Head as the more simple Potato Head “to better reflect the full line.” Notably, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head would still be available and called Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. The company would also be launching “Create Your Potato Head Family” in recognition that families all look different. Many conservatives acted outraged, claiming that Mr. Potato Head was canceled by liberals. A meme on social media said Biden “took down” the popular toy.“Look out, Mr. Potato Head, you’re next,” Representative Matt Gaetz said in a speech in February. “I’m sorry, I think now he’s going by Potato X. He can’t be Mr. Potato.”This shouldn’t really need to be said, but Biden has nothing to do with the Potato Head franchise. Chicken WingsChicken wings, dipping sauce shortages – “that too is new under Biden,” Newsmax TV reported recently.Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt also tweeted a story about the chicken wing shortage with the comment, “Joe Biden’s America.”Vox attributes the current shortage of chicken wings in the country to “a combination of rising prices to meet demand and damaged flocks from the record cold temperatures that swept across America’s heartland.”The National Chicken Council also points to bad winter weather and power outages in key states like Texas. Notably, experts do not blame Biden. He has nothing to do with this at all.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland the best place to start building your legacy is here in New Jersey.This opportunity, and responsibility you have to serve your own advancement by serving others.
“The DOJ needs to take an interest in what’s going on here in New Jersey”U.S.Attorney General Merrick Garland the best place to start building your legacy is here in New Jersey.This opportunity, and responsibility you have to serve your own advancement by serving others.The DOJ needs to open up a criminal investigation upon Chief Justice Stuart J. Rabner who has so many pending federal lawsuits filed against him.There have been numerous filed federal lawsuits against Rabner that have been dismissed by federal judges who have had a history of working for him, and by other very disturbing serious conflicts of interests.The DOJ needs to conduct an investigation into the entire US District Court of New Jersey dockets pending, and closed against Rabner.Mr.Garland, how can the Public Trust, and have Confidence in the NJ Legal System when it’s being rigged straight from the top of the chain.You need to put an end to Absolute Immunity for Judges who need to take responsibility for their nondiscretionary actions.Judges need to be fired, and criminally charged if they commit a crime.For example; “Judge Alberto Rivas, FALSELY reported he was a victim, and was in fact threatened with a gun in his Chambers.”This obviously never had happened and this “Perp Judge” is still sitting on the court bench that is being policed by Stuart J. Rabner.Mr.Garland, do judges have immunity to file “FALSE” judiciary, and sheriff police reports?
Hopes have been raised that the UK could move a step closer to pre-pandemic normality if the one-metre plus rule for social distancing is relaxed next month.The government has been targeting June 21 as the earliest date on which the vast majority of coronavirus restrictions can be lifted as part of its four-step “roadmap” out of lockdown.With around 50 million doses of a vaccine in people’s arms, the UK’s successful inoculation programme appears to be influencing the government’s thinking on how far it can go with re-opening.While post-weekend reporting of Covid cases tends to be lower than the average, official figures on Monday showed the UK has recorded just one death in the latest 24-hour period.What could happen?The Times reported social distancing rules will be lifted to allow pubs, restaurants and theatres to open to full capacity for the first time in more than a year.One-way systems, screens and mask-wearing while moving around might remain for hospitality venues but customer numbers will no longer be limited, the newspaper said.Audiences in theatres and cinemas will have to wear face coverings during performances, while there will be strict guidance on ventilation and staggered entry, The Times reported.A government insider told The Times: “The evidence we’ve got so far from the pilots is very positive and the general background on data is hugely encouraging in terms of numbers, falling deaths and hospitalisations.“The pilots have shown us that mitigations have worked sufficiently to allow us to remove social distancing at least in the settings that we really need to in order to get them in a viable position again.“The kind of thing we’re looking at is keeping in place mask wearing, extra ventilation, staggered entry — all of that has been shown to have worked so far.”What has the government said?Responding to the report, Boris Johnson said there was a “good chance” the one-metre plus rule for social distancing can be ditched next month.The final decision on whether the change can be brought in from June 21 will depend on the data, the prime minister added.Johnson said he feels like the next stage of reopening on May 17 – which covers indoor hospitality, entertainment and possibly foreign travel – “is going to be good”.Speaking during a campaign visit to Hartlepool, Johnson told reporters: “As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine rollout going the way that it is – we have done 50 million jabs as I speak to you today, quarter of the adult population, one in four have had two jabs.“You are seeing the results of that really starting to show up in the epidemiology.“I think that we will be able to go ahead, feels like May 17 is going to be good.“But it also looks to me as though June 21 we’ll be able to say social distancing as we currently have to do it, the one-metre plus, I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre plus from June 21.“That is still dependent on the data, we can’t say it categorically yet, we have got to look at the epidemiology as we progress, we have got to look at where we get to with the disease. But that’s what it feels like to me right now.”Boris Johnson poses for a 'selfie' photograph as he meets members of the public while campaigning in Hartlepool." src="" />A Cabinet Office spokesman pointed back to the wording of the road map out of lockdown, which states that the government “will complete a review of social distancing measures and other long-term measures that have been put in place to limit transmission”.The review’s findings “will help inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which rules on one-metre-plus, face masks and other measures may be lifted”. What does the hospitality industry say?One industry chief has said a return to unrestricted trading for hospitality from June 21 is “critical” and will mean firms can “come off life support”.Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade body UKHospitality, said: “These reports are very welcome if true.“However, we must wait to see the full detail of plans as any restrictions in venues will continue to impact revenue and business viability.“A return to unrestricted trading on June 21 is critical and will mean hospitality businesses (can) come off life support and be viable for the first time in almost 16 months.“We urge the government to confirm reopening dates and these plans at the earliest opportunity, which will boost confidence and allow companies to step up planning and bring staff back.”A spokesman for the UK Cinema Association indicated that the organisation hopes face coverings will not be a continued requirement.He said: “We strongly believe that our exemplary record on safety – with not a single case of Covid traced back to a UK venue – and our ability to manage the movement of cinema-goers in modern, highly ventilated indoor environments offer ample evidence that any relaxation from June 21 can be undertaken safely without the need for further ongoing restrictions, including any requirement for face coverings.”Do scientists agree?Last month, government scientific advisers said the public should be able to remove face masks over the summer as vaccines do the heavy lifting in controlling Covid-19 – but they cautioned that masks and possibly other measures may be needed next autumn and winter if cases surge.But there is a fierce debate within the scientific community.In an open letter,  one group of scientists said last month “a good society cannot be created by obsessive focus on a single cause of ill-health” and that Covid-19 “no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life”.The 22 signatories – who include Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at University of Oxford and Professor Karol Sikora from the medicine school at the University of Buckingham – say mandatory face coverings, physical distancing and mass community testing should end no later than June 21.The letter states: “It is more than time for citizens to take back control of their own lives.”But others were less optimistic.Professor Stephen Reicher, from the University of St Andrews and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours, which advises ministers, said calls from scientists and academics to end coronavirus restrictions are “wrong” and “remarkably insular”.He said: “We have heard from these people before, arguing that Covid isn’t a risk and that restrictions should be lifted.“They were wrong then and they are wrong now.”Prof Reicher said the irony of saying “it’s all over” makes such measures less likely, makes increased infections more likely and therefore makes lockdown restrictions “a real possibility”. What other measures have been relaxed?And the last sign of progress being made, the government announced the limit on the number of mourners who can attend funerals is to be lifted in England.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said the legal restriction of a maximum of 30 mourners will be removed as part of the next stage of lockdown easing, expected on May 17.The capacity will be determined by how many people venues, such as places of worship or funeral homes, can safely accommodate while maintaining social distancing, the department added. Fans watch Blossoms perform at a live music concert hosted by Festival Republic in Sefton Park in Liverpool." src="" />Meanwhile, thousands of revellers without face coverings danced shoulder to shoulder to live music for the first time in more than a year at a pilot music festival.Around 5,000 people packed into Sefton Park in Liverpool on Sunday for the outdoor gig which included performances from Blossoms, The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu.Pictures and videos showed people packed together, arms in the air, dancing to the music at the event which has been hailed as a milestone towards getting live events running again.Everyone had to produce negative coronavirus tests to enter the event but did not have to wear face coverings or follow social distancing rules.It is hoped that test events like this will pave the way for festivals and venues across the country to reopen for mass gatherings again.What about foreign holidays? The ban on foreign holidays is expected to be lifted for people in England from May 17 as part of the next easing of coronavirus restrictions.But Johnson cautioned that while there will be “some openings up” from that date, the approach must be “sensible” to avoid an “influx of disease” when international travel resumes.Johnson’s cautious tone came as some MPs called for restrictions on foreign holidays to be maintained to protect the country from Covid-19 variants, and Labour leader Keir Starmer urged a “careful” approach.Johnson told reporters during a campaign visit to Hartlepool: “We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don’t think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.“I certainly don’t and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can, whilst we continue to open up.”Asked if people should be planning foreign holidays, he told reporters: “We will be saying more as soon as we can.“I think that there will be some openings up on the 17th, but we have got to be cautious and we have got to be sensible and we have got to make sure that we don’t see the virus coming back in.”Starmer criticised the “chopping and changing” of the travel corridors list introduced last year and said such a situation should be avoided this holiday season.Related...Boris Johnson Does Not Think People 'Deserve Truth' Over Flat Refurb, Says Labour's Lisa NandyHere's What The Coronavirus R Rate Is Near YouMatt Hancock Totally Refuses To Answer Questions On Boris Johnson’s Flat
Unite’s controversial £98m hotel and conference centre could face an independent QC-led review if any evidence of misspending is found, the favourite in the race to replace Len McCluskey has declared.In a wide-ranging interview with HuffPost UK, assistant general secretary Steve Turner said that he was prepared to order a probe if there was any evidence of anything “untoward” over the handling of the project in Birmingham.The new building complex, which will house the union’s regional headquarters as well as a four-star, 170 bed Aloft hotel and 1,000-seat conference centre, has been dogged by criticism as its costs soared by £40m.The union has insisted the extra costs were caused by high standards of unionised labour, the need to strip cladding related to Grenfell changes and the addition of an extra floor onto the hotel.Turner, who is in pole position to succeed McCluskey because of his endorsement by the traditionally dominant United Left grouping in the union, defended the “world class” building project and stressed it was an asset.But he said that if he became general secretary he would overhaul the union’s financial processes and if there was any suggestion of unexplained spending he would order a review.“If I felt that there was anything untoward or if there was evidence suggesting that there was anything untoward – and I haven’t seen any of that genuinely, I’ve not seen anything – if there was, then absolutely I would have an independent investigation into it because this is our members money.“If I was genuinely concerned, then absolutely I would have an independent QC review. But I’ve been to Birmingham, I’ve had a look around the centre and it is a world class, fantastic facility. It will be picked up by others who want to use it for conferences, whether in the business world or in the trade union world.“I think that will be a revenue earner. We’re not in negative equity, it’s already valued at well over 100 million quid. So my issue with it is not the build itself. My issue with it really is about due diligence and oversight.”Turner said transparency for union members was among his concerns.“We’re all as guilty as anybody else because we’ve all been in the executive [council] meetings where things have been raised and the cost implications have not perhaps been discussed in the way in which they should have been discussed.“I think always in our movement, there’s an element of trust, and in the space between [when] that decision was taken and when the news was finally broken, that facility has cost us 98 million quid, there should have been a whole series of stages on that journey, that made sure that our members knew what we were doing, and what was happening, at every level of our union.“It shouldn’t have been a surprise leaked to the press that Unite spent 98 million quid on a centre.”Turner added that he would amend the union’s financial scrutiny. “The question for me is, is that oversight question, by our executive, by our finance and general purposes committee.“So I would put measures in place on [my] election, I will put training in on their responsibilities, and their duties. They’re not there just to meet once every three months for a few days just to rubber stamp.“I think the tendering process should have been more transparent and more open. And I would change the rules around that so that in future all of this was done.”Gerard Coyne, who narrowly lost to McCluskey in 2017’s Unite general secretary election and is again running for the top job, has made the hotel complex a central plank of his campaign to shake up the union.In an open letter to Unite members, he has questioned whether the £98m was spent “wisely” or “properly”.The main contract for the hotel and conference complex was awarded to a company owned by construction boss Paul Flanagan. A health and safety contract at the development was awarded to SSC, a company owned by David Anderson, the son of former Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson.When contacted by HuffPost UK, Unite reissued a statement it put out earlier this month: “Every step of the way, the production of this complex was overseen by independent surveyors and architects.“Accountability was built into the process to ensure that at every stage of this development we got value for this union’s money.“All this was overseen by our democratically-elected, independent 62-strong executive council. This is the body elected by our members to keep this union properly run and accountable, and they do this superbly.”Other candidates declared in the contest to succeed McCluskey include assistant general secretary Howard Beckett and national organiser Sharon Graham.In his interview, Turner also warned that a split Left vote could allow Coyne to win the election.Related...Unite's Steve Turner Warns Split Left Vote Could See Len McCluskey Replaced By CentristRace To Replace Len McCluskey Starts As Unite Triggers General Secretary ElectionKeir Starmer Heading For 'Dustbin Of History', Says Len McCluskey
The denial came after more than 100 Subway franchisees released an open letter to owner Elisabeth DeLuca, demanding she fix the business.
Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a small handful of […]
Supporting a lawsuit filed by a current Amazon employee, an open letter calls for policy changes to prevent harassment and discrimination.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge More than 500 Alphabet employees have signed an open letter demanding Google stop protecting the subjects of harassment complaints. The move comes two days after former Google engineer Emi Nietfeld wrote an op-ed in The New York Times alleging that she was forced to have one-on-one meetings with the man who harassed her — and sit next to him in the office — even after she filed an HR complaint. “This is a long pattern where Alphabet protects the harasser instead of protecting the person harmed by the harassment,” the letter reads. “The person who reports harassment is forced to bear the burden, usually leaving Alphabet while their harasser stays or is rewarded for their behavior.” Workers lay out two demands in the letter. First, that... Continue reading…
Around half of the country thinks the UK media has a problem with racism, a new poll has revealed.The survey of 2,000 people, carried out by the Compassion in Politics campaign group and Opinium, comes amid an explosive industry row after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed sections of the UK press are bigoted.The question asked: “Recently, as a result of some high profile news stories, some social commentators have been asking ‘Does the British press have a problem with racism?’ To what extent do you agree or disagree that the British media (newspapers, television etc.) has a problem with perpetrating racism?”In response, 23% said they strongly agreed and 26% said they slightly agreed.The polling follows the publication of a government-backed review of racial disparities, which prompted a backlash after it rejected claims the UK suffers from institutional racism.Jennifer Nadel, co-director of Compassion in Politics, told HuffPost UK: “The public aren’t fools. They know that there is clear evidence of racism amongst certain sections of the press and degrees of institutionalised racism and unconscious bias across the industry.“If we are to have any hope of addressing the scourge of racism in this country then journalists and editors need to take responsibility for the tenor and substance of what they publish and say.“At the moment, the flames of prejudice are too often fanned in ways that exacerbate hate and racism in society at large.”She added: “Politics and the media have a symbiotic relationship. If we are going to have compassion in one we must have compassion in the other.“Punch and Judy political conduct, as we see at PMQs, leads to coverage which plays into hate, vitriol, and antagonism – fuelling political divides across the country.“That is why Compassion in Politics will soon be launching a new initiative, working with leading journalists, to put the values of compassion, inclusivity, and respect at the heart of the British media.“In doing so we hope to strengthen our democracy, bridge a divided nation, and bring some decency to public debate.”Following Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Society Of Editors, which has members in the UK across national, regional and local press, said in a statement it was “not acceptable” for the couple to make claims of racism in the press “without providing any supporting evidence”.Bu the comments by the organisation’s executive director, Ian Murray, faced so much resistance from journalists that he was forced to step down from the role.His assertion, which he went on to defend in a heated interview with Victoria Derbyshire on Tuesday, was fiercely criticised – not least by members of the SoE’s own board, who said they were “deeply angry” about the way they had been represented. The SoE represents almost 400 members in senior positions across the UK media, several of whom have now publicly declared their opposition to Murray’s statement.Award-winning journalist and Loose Women panellist Charlene White announced she has pulled out of hosting the Society of Editors’ National Press Awards.Some 167 journalists of colour across the British media industry signed an open letter to say they “deplore and reject” the SoE’s statement.Among a number of explosive revelations made in the interview, Harry said the couple had left the UK in “large part” due to racism and the treatment by a “bigoted” press.He told Winfrey the media created a “toxic environment” of “control and fear”. “The UK is not bigoted, the UK press is bigoted, specifically the tabloids,” he added. “But unfortunately if the source of information is inherently corrupt or racist or biased, then that filters out to the rest of society.”Related...I'm A Black Journalist. Media Racism Has Me Questioning My FutureSociety Of Editors Head Resigns After Claiming UK Media Is 'Not Racist'Journalists Of Colour Reject Claim That 'UK Media Is Not Bigoted'
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Although never published, the letter tried to link Boylan to Trump supporters and released personal complaints made against her.
The UK’s national statistician said he has “no doubt” that there will be a further wave of Covid-19 infections in the autumn.Professor Sir Ian Diamond, head of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also said there is a lot of regional variation in terms of how many people have antibodies.His comments come after England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said there were still risks to reopening society and the UK will experience another surge of cases at some point, potentially in late summer or through the autumn and winter.Sir Ian said people need to understand how the data is moving forward and look at the impact of the “wonderful” vaccine rollout.“But having said that, we need also to recognise that this is a virus that isn’t going to go away,” he told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One.“And I have no doubt that in the autumn there will be a further wave of infections.”Asked if it is too early to know how much of the fall in infections across the UK is down to the vaccine rollout, he said there are a number of moving parts such as vaccines and restrictions.Sir Ian told the programme: “I mean I would say though that this has been an incredibly impressive vaccine rollout, and we’ve been looking at antibodies in the population, and we’ve been scaling up our survey in order to be able to take many more blood tests so that we can look at the impact.“And what we’re seeing is quite remarkable increases in the level of antibodies in the over-80s, and increasingly in the over-70s. So I’m very, very confident that the vaccine rollout is really starting to provide some real protection.“At the other side we see very relatively high levels amongst young people which just shows how much of young people have been affected by the virus.“I’d finally just say on this that there is a lot of regional variation, so we find 30% of London have antibodies whereas only 16% in the South West, so we need to recognise that as well.”During the week, Prof Whitty said he would “strongly advise” against any move to shorten the timetable for easing lockdown restrictions.Speaking to the Commons Science and Technology Committee, Prof Whitty said the measures pencilled in for May 17, when indoor mixing of up to six people could be allowed, involved “significant risks”.Modelling considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has suggested that even under the most optimistic set of assumptions, at least a further 30,000 Covid-19 deaths could occur.Prof Whitty said: “What we are going to see is, as things are opening up, what all the modelling suggests is that at some point we will get a surge in virus.“We hope it doesn’t happen soon, it might for example happen later in the summer if we open up gradually or because of the seasonal effect it might happen over the next autumn and winter.“All the modelling suggests there is going to be a further surge and that will find the people who either have not been vaccinated or where the vaccine has not worked.“Some of them will end up in hospital and sadly some of them will go on to die.”Elsewhere, charities have written an open letter to encourage people with underlying health conditions to come forward for a coronavirus vaccine.Cancer Research UK, Mencap and the Terrence Higgins Trust are among 18 signatories to the letter aimed at people in vaccine cohort six.The group includes carers as well as people with a range of underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk from coronavirus.They include chronic respiratory, heart, kidney and liver disease and neurological conditions, immunosuppression, asplenia, diabetes, morbid obesity and severe mental illness.People with sickle cell disease, lupus and those on a GP learning disability register, as well as people who have vascular disease or have had a stroke are also included in group six.More than 23.6 million people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, according to the latest government figures.There were a further 5,534 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hour period, while 121 deaths were recorded in the UK of people who tested positive for coronavirus in the last 28 days.Meanwhile, the NHS is to text millions of vulnerable people with underlying health conditions asking them to take the vaccine.People with conditions such as diabetes and certain forms of cancer will receive a link to reserve an appointment for a jab at a vaccination centre or pharmacy across England.Related...Justify This Photo From Sarah Everard Vigil, Government Tells PoliceKate Garraway 'Doesn't Know' If Husband Derek Draper Will 'Ever Have Any Kind Of Life Again'
Driving home from an out-of-hours shift, Dr Zahid Chauhan spotted a man sitting in the middle of the road, clutching his mouth.“It was a homeless man, and he told me he had just pulled out his own teeth with pliers as he was in so much pain,” Dr Chauhan told HuffPost UK.He learned the man had walked to hospital and waited hours but hadn’t been seen.Seeing the plight faced by homeless people in Oldham, Greater Manchester, first hand led to Dr Chauhan founding the charity Homeless Friendly. He now urges medical practices, hospitals and out-of-hours providers to support the homeless and allow people to access services without proof of address.“Historically, homeless people have always faced injustices,” said Dr Chauhan. “But they are part of our society and have the same entitlements as everyone else.“I strongly feel these are a group of people who have been marginalised because they are forgotten people who have been left to fend for themselves.”When the pandemic hit, Dr Chauhan wrote an open letter to Boris Johnson pleading for rough sleepers already facing major health inequalities to be better protected against the virus. As the coronavirus vaccination programme rolled out, Dr Chauhan knew it was time to speak up for the homeless again. Homeless people are not listed among the priority groups for vaccination, but the wording in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) allows local health workers some flexibility in who they chose to call in – and mentions the importance of “mitigating health inequalities”.Dr Chauhan, a cabinet member for health and social care at Oldham Council as well as a GP, agreed with others at the town hall and the local NHS that they would prioritise vaccinating those experiencing homelessness – even if this meant defying the guidelines.“Common sense is helpful,” explained Dr Chauhan. “There are a comparatively small number of people who are homeless in the UK. So vaccinating them is a small cost but high-impact intervention that will save lives and reduce pressure on hospitals.”The 44-year-old GP added: “It is also the right thing to do morally.”Dr Chauhan held the first ever Covid-19 clinic to vaccinate homeless people in the middle of January and with the help and support of the DePaul charity, the jab was administered to 23 people.Dr Chauhan told HuffPost UK he felt “honoured” to administer the first doses to those affected by homelessness – by personally vaccinating a homeless couple who had been living in a tent in a disused building in a park following eviction.Since then, a further vaccination clinic for homeless people has been held in Oldham with the support of homeless organisations and many other Greater Manchester authorities have followed suit by offering the vaccine to people who are homeless within their catchment areas.Dr Chauhan partnered with other campaigners, such as the Homelessness Vaccination Campaign, and wrote to every local authority in the country asking for homeless people to be prioritised for the jab.His work was praised by homeless organisations and campaigners and taken up by some other towns and boroughs – but he also received abuse.“I got a lot of backlash from some members of the general public asking me why I wasn’t following the JCVI guidelines,” he said.“Some even said I should be reported to the General Medical Council and be struck off as a GP. I felt like I had committed some sort of crime.“But you don’t stop doing the right thing just because some people are criticising you.”  You don’t stop doing the right thing just because some people are criticising youDr Zahid ChauhanOn the flip side, Dr Chauhan received hundreds of emails and letters of praise for his work highlighting the importance of vaccinating those experiencing homelessness.What’s more, the NHS has now written to all GP surgeries and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) asking them to address vaccine inequalities and give due attention to groups such as “homeless, Traveller and Gypsy Roma communities”.As well as giving clear guidance stating homeless people should be prioritised for Covid vaccines, the letter highlighted Dr Chauhan and the work in Oldham as an example of good practice of how localities should develop outreach programmes.“After all our campaigning and constantly having to defend our decision, this is a victory,” said Dr Chauhan.Paul Dowbekin, 45, is one of those who has had the vaccine. He had been sleeping rough around Oldham for five years until November, when an organisation called Street Angels found him and helped him get off the streets.“I was with my partner for seven years and have four kids, but we ended up splitting up and I became homeless as I had nowhere else to go,” he told HuffPost UK.“After the split, I started drinking heavily and became an alcoholic so I just didn’t care. I ended up sleeping rough – in parks and bus shelters and sometimes sofa surfing.“I turned to drink as a result of the relationship breakdown and because I was on the streets. The drink blanked everything and took the pain away and I felt normal for a while again.”Paul admits he was “not a nice drunk”. “I was a nasty drunk and was always getting beaten up and arrested.“When my ex-partner told me my kids wanted to see me, I knew I was in no fit state. I knew I had to change for myself and my children.”Paul sought help from Turning Point in Oldham, which promotes recovery from addiction, and he has now not had an alcoholic drink for a year.Paul was living on the streets throughout the coronavirus lockdown. After being found by Street Angels in November, he was initially put up in a hotel and said if it wasn’t for them he would have “frozen to death”.In January, he was homed in temporary accommodation in Oldham in a block with other homeless people – and it was here that he received his Covid jab.“I don’t want to die of Covid, so when I was offered it, I had it,” he said.“I think homeless people are more vulnerable to coronavirus as they are on the streets and mixing with everyone.“If you have no fixed abode, you might not have a doctors where you can go to get the jab. Taking the vaccine to them is the answer and what this doctor has done for the homeless is so important and a great idea.“If homeless people didn’t have the vaccine and everyone else did, coronavirus would only keep coming back.”He added: “Some people on the streets think Covid is a government plot. But I think everyone should have the vaccine.” I think homeless people are more vulnerable to coronavirus as they are on the streets and mixing with everyone.Paul DowbekinJaney, 56, also received the jab while living in temporary accommodation in Oldham. She became homeless three years ago after fleeing domestic abuse.A mother-of-three and a grandmother, Janey is studying English and maths at an adult learning centre and also volunteers online to help women suffering domestic abuse. She told HuffPost UK the vaccine has made her feel more protected.“I feel grateful for the vaccine as it means I can do a bit more and go and do my studies and volunteering,” she said. “But we still need to be mindful and keep our face coverings on and keep socially distanced.“Homeless people are very vulnerable and not a lot of them have doctors they can turn to and some of them don’t even know how to register with a doctor or dentist.“I had my jab because they brought the doctors and nurses to the temporary accommodation and we were jabbed one at a time in a separate room in a safe environment.“Not a lot of homeless people like to go into a doctors because they find it too daunting and claustrophobic.”Dr Chauhan points out that homeless people already face deep health inequalities – and a much lower life expectancy.“Homeless people are extremely vulnerable and their life expectancy is only about 44 when the national average is around 80.“A study in Canada found that homeless people are five times more likely to die of Covid-19 and are more likely to have underlying health conditions.“Those living on the streets are 20 times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 and the physical frailty of a rough sleeper is around that of a 90-year-old when they are much younger. “We don’t give up on people who are obese and develop diabetes or smokers who we treat for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.“So why should we give up on people who have suffered bad luck and obstructions in their lives such as a breakdown of a relationship which led to them turning to alcohol?“It is the moral duty of people like me to support and speak up for homeless people.“We need to give people a chance instead of giving up on them.“If a person is in a care home or a hospital, we will go and give them a vaccination. So why can’t we do the same for homeless people? “To me, it feels we have been historically discriminatory to homeless people.Covid has exposed inequalities in our society which have manifested over decades.“We need to take Covid as a warning shot as a nation. We need to discuss underlying root causes as to why these inequalities exist.”He added: “We can’t just discharge our moral obligation to homeless people by giving someone some loose change.”RelateVaccine Rollout Misses Key People: ‘No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe’Rough Sleepers Living In Hotels Amid Coronavirus Are Terrified Of Returning To The StreetsWe Eradicated TB, But Poverty Brought It Back. Will Covid Be The Same?Why This Couple Have Been Welcoming Homeless Strangers Into Their Home During The Pandemic
Moz urges ISPs told to commit to opt-in data usage – as if one more scolding might make a difference in decades of opt-out In the wake of a T-Mobile US privacy policy change that will automatically share US users' web and mobile app data with marketers, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet Society, and others, have published an open letter asking internet service providers to do more to promote privacy, particularly as it applies to the DNS data that reflects online interaction.…