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The American sports world, leading NBA basketball players, has started an unprecedented boycott of competitions in reaction to the Jacob Blake affair, named after the young African-American seriously injured by a police officer, who is reviving the anti-racist movement in the United States. United States.

Triggered by the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, which boycotted a game and forced the NBA to postpone several other games on Wednesday, the movement has spread at high speed.

“WE CALL FOR CHANGE. WE’RE TIRED”, tweeted Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. According to several media, the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have voted to drop the NBA season.

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has refused to play in the semi-final of the Cincinnnati tournament, whose organizers have postponed all matches scheduled for Thursday by one day. Football and baseball matches have also been postponed due to a player boycott.

“As a black woman, I feel like there are much more important issues that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,” justified Naomi Osaka, 22, whose mother is Japanese and father Haitian, and who has often spoken in recent months to denounce racial injustice.

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father, was seriously injured when a police officer shot him seven times in the back on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he resisted his arrest, in a context still unclear.

According to a statement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, police were dispatched to the scene following a call from a woman saying that “her boy friend“was at home and “was not meant” be there. Once there, the statement added, the agents have, “unsuccessful”, “tried to stop“Jacob Blake using a taser.

Wave of emotion

The man had warned them that he “was in possession of a knife”, say local authorities. Investigators have indeed found a knife on the floor of the vehicle, in which was no other weapon, specifies the ministry by revealing the name of the police officer who fired seven times: Rusten Sheskey. He has so far been laid off with one of his colleagues.

Filmed by witnesses and broadcast on social networks, the scene sparked a wave of emotion in the country and sparked a dangerous cocktail in Kenosha, mixing rioters and vigilante groups.

Three months after the death of George Floyd, a black forty-something suffocated under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis, anger is again strong in the United States in the face of racism and police violence.

Protesters in the streets after the gunfire that injured Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 26, 2020.

Reflection of growing anger, the processions degenerated into violence every night in Kenosha, with clashes between protesters and the police and numerous degradations despite a curfew, the deployment of 250 soldiers of the National Guard and appeals for calm from Jacob Blake’s family.

In this context of extreme tension, two people were shot dead and a third injured in circumstances which remain rather unclear.

A 17-year-old teenager is suspected of being the author of the shootings and has been arraigned for murder charges, police said without giving further details.

Protests in Wisconsin.

Protests in Wisconsin.

According to local media, he was seen in the presence of armed men who pose as “militias” or some “self-defense groups”, eager to protect the city. County Sheriff David Beth confirmed their presence in the area, without specifying whether the shooter was from those groups.

Some 200 people gathered in Kenosha in a peaceful march overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, shouting “No justice, no peace”. Another demonstration is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in front of the city courthouse.

In downtown Los Angeles, where around 300 anti-racism protesters gathered early in the morning, scuffles broke out with police firing rubber bullets after trying to carry out arrests at a rally. in a tunnel, according to images broadcast by ABC News.

“The anarchy”

President Donald Trump, who has regularly defended the right to carry arms and self-defense, a speech dear to his electoral base, did not speak about this dramatic episode, emphasizing the excesses committed by the protesters.

We will not tolerate looting, arson, violence and lawlessness on American streets “, Mr. Trump tweeted promising, according to his November 3 presidential campaign slogan, to “restore LAW and ORDER!” in Kenosha.

To do this, said the Republican president, the governor of Wisconsin has accepted the sending of new reinforcements, both members of the federal police and soldiers of the National Guard, in this city of 100,000 inhabitants.

His Democratic rival Joe Biden has adopted the posture of reconciler. “Once again a black man, Jacob Blake, got shot by the police. His children watched. It makes me sick.”, he tweeted.

Kenosha’s drama follows in the wake of a major anti-racist protest movement born after George Floyd’s death on May 25.

Protests across the country have called for structural police reforms and a rethinking of US history to make room for the suffering endured by minorities. Sometimes accompanied by looting and clashes with the police, they had run out of steam in recent weeks.


The resources managed by Bankia in the Canary Islands grew 5.27% in the first half, to 206.8 million


With this increase, the total volume of funds managed – deposits, investment funds and pension plans – reached 4,128 million euros.

In this sense, this increase was supported by the raising of 171.1 million euros in deposits, which brings the balance up to 3,682 million, 4.87% more than at the end of last year.

Likewise, Bankia highlighted that off-balance sheet resources, investment funds and pensions, behaved in the same positive way in the first half of the year.

The financial institution raised the balance in investment funds by 32.6 million euros, which represents an increase of 13.12% over the previous year, to 280 million. The volume managed in pensions grew by 3.1 million, to 165.5 million, 1.9% more.

While, by province, in Las Palmas, Bankia’s client funds increased by 186 million euros – 5.23% more – and in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, by 20.4 million –a 5, 69% more–.


On the other hand, Bankia increased consumer credit by 23.53% between January and June by granting 63 million to families residing in the archipelago, 12 million more than in the same semester of 2015; while credit to SMEs and the self-employed rose 2.61% to 118 million.

The corporate director of the Bankia Territorial in the Canary Islands, Federico Navarro, stated “these figures show the confidence of customers in Bankia, in addition to the good reception that our new strategy has had, which exempts from paying commissions for the most common operations customers just by directing their income in the entity. “


Likewise, the entity has increased by more than 6,200 the number of clients with payroll or pension domiciled at the bank in the first six months of the year after launching its new positioning last January. In the first half, the bank attracted 5,850 payrolls and 352 pensions in the Islands.

Finally, Bankia explained that the new strategy for private clients, launched on January 11, has meant the elimination of commissions to almost 170,000 clients in the Canary Islands.

In May, this position was extended to 5,600 self-employed workers in the Islands who stopped paying commissions due to having their social security, tax payment or income from the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) domiciled.


Neo-Nazi rally in Tennessee

Some 300 white nationalist and neo-Nazi activists demonstrated in Shelbyville, Tennessee on Saturday to oppose the policy of welcoming refugees in the southern state of the United States.

The event, baptized “White Lives Matter“(White lives matter), in reference to the rights movement“Black Lives Matter“, Was organized by certain groups who had participated in the one in Charlottesville, Virginia in August.

After their rally in Shelbyville, the protesters were to travel about fifty miles north, to Murfreesboro, for a second demonstration.

Both communities are located south of Nashville, the state’s main city, which has become a home for Somali, Iraqi and other refugees.

We don’t want the federal government to keep dumping refugees in the middle of Tennessee“Southern League member Brad Griffin said, showing his desire to create an ethnic state.

Shelbyville police had been mobilized to avoid clashes between white activists and anti-racist organizations.

With agency (Reuters)


Medical assistance in dying received … without really being entitled to it | News | The sun

Some recent examples: two people got medical help to shorten their days when they were not even at the end of their life. Two other patients did not have a serious and incurable disease. A third person’s health card had expired.

In all these cases, the law on end-of-life care was not strictly observed.

Since its entry into force in December 2015, there have been a total of 43 cases of medical support for causing death that have been granted in violation of the law. This is 7% of the total of 648 cases listed.

In most cases, it was the necessary independence of one of the two doctors involved in the process that was at issue. The doctor must have no connection with the patient who made the request for help. It cannot therefore be the patient’s attending physician or family physician.

This is what emerges from the annual report of the Commission on end-of-life care tabled Thursday in the National Assembly by the Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette.

Since December 2015, the number of requests from dying patients wishing to take advantage of this law to accelerate their death has been growing steadily.

Many of them, however, were refused or did not receive the help requested. There are a total of 462, since December 2015, for all kinds of reasons.

Of the total, 128 had time to die before the administrative process enshrined in law took its course.

About a hundred others (103) changed their mind and withdrew their request.

Many (195) of the applicants did not meet the strict criteria defined in the law (including suffering from an incurable disease, enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering, being in agony, of being of legal age and power from start to finish to give informed consent).

The mandate of the commission is to examine any question relating to end-of-life care and to monitor the application of the specific requirements relating to medical assistance in dying. It must also ensure that all Quebec patients considered to be in agony who wish to shorten their suffering have access to end-of-life care to which they are entitled, throughout Quebec.

Measles kills less than 100,000 people for the first time

The United States is approaching the threshold of 6 million coronavirus contaminations on Monday morning, an epidemic that has infected more than 25 million people in total around the world, where easing measures alongside those of restrictions.

Some 5,993,668 have contracted the virus and 183,034 have died from it in the United States on Monday at 00:30 GMT, according to Johns Hopkins University which refers. This country is the most affected by the pandemic, which has infected more than 25 million in the world and killed more than 843,000.

The heaviness of the American balance sheet could play on the scientific tempo: the head of the American Medicines Agency (FDA) announced that it was possible that a future vaccine against the coronavirus would first be authorized in the United States according to a report. emergency procedure, before the end of clinical trials intended to confirm safety and efficacy.

“It will be a decision based on science, medicine, data. It will not be a political decision”, Stephen Hahn said in an interview published on Sunday by the Financial Times, defending himself from being pressured by President Donald Trump to authorize a vaccine before the presidential election on November 3.

Brazil is the second most affected country, with 120,828 dead and 3,862,311 cases. The Latin American giant of 212 million inhabitants seems stuck for three months on an endless plateau, with about 1,000 daily deaths on average.

Next is India, which on Sunday recorded a world record of 78,761 new infections in 24 hours, for a total of more than 3.5 million, and more than 63,000 deaths.

The pandemic, which has hit large cities like Bombay and New Delhi head-on, is now affecting smaller cities and the countryside.

These figures were announced the day after a new easing by the government of the restrictions in force since March against the epidemic, in order to revive its economy hit by the health crisis which has lost their jobs to millions of Indians.

Optimism in Peru

Easing also in Chile on Tuesday, where open-air bars and restaurants, as well as other non-essential businesses, may reopen on Monday in several of the wealthiest neighborhoods of the capital, Santiago, as confirmed on Sunday. authorities, more than five months after their closure.

Chile has been close to 410,000 cases since Sunday, and deplores more than 11,000 deaths.

The country in the world with the most deaths relative to its population is Peru, with 87 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Perhaps the Andean nation sees the light: “I am sure we are at the last step “, President Martin Vizcarra said on Sunday.

The leader is based on a deceleration of the epidemic, which has killed nearly 29,000 people in Peru: contamination and deaths have fallen respectively by 24% and 21% in the past week compared to the previous one.

This Monday will also be the resumption of international flights to Nepal, and the expected end of restrictive measures in Azerbaijan.

But restrictions continue to be put in place elsewhere in the world, in areas where the epidemic seemed to be under control before showing signs of recovery, raising fears of a second wave after the first in spring.

In France for example, the wearing of the mask will be obligatory in an extended perimeter in Bordeaux. This city is added to others where this constraint is already in place, in particular Paris and its inner suburbs.

On Sunday, restrictive measures were tightened in South Korea, in the Greater Seoul region.

Tensions in Berlin

Limitations of freedom that are causing more and more tension, as in Germany, in the wake of the announcement by Angela Merkel’s government of new measures in the face of the observed increase in infections.

On Saturday in Berlin, around 40,000 people were able to participate in a rally calling “at the end of all restrictions in place” against Covid-19. The attempted storming of the national parliament on the sidelines of this demonstration sparked an uproar in Germany.

The Berlin municipality had tried to ban the rally on Saturday, arguing that it was impossible to enforce safety distances and barrier gestures, given the number of people announced and their determination. But justice, seized by the organizers, finally authorized the demonstration.

On Sunday, some 2,000 protesters gathered again not far from Parliament. They were quickly dislodged by the police.

Several other similar, but less important gatherings took place in Europe, Great Britain, France or Austria.

Sports are resuming, but still disturbed by the virus, such as the US Open, which starts Monday behind closed doors: Benoît Paire was removed from the table of this Grand Slam lifting after the announcement on Sunday by the organizers that a player had tested positive for Covid-19. The sports daily L’Equipe had previously announced that the French, seeded N.17 in the US Open where he was to start on Tuesday against the Polish Kamil Majchrzak (108th), had been excluded from the tournament for a positive test.

The screening test, Lionel Messi did not do, as was expected for all FC Barcelona players on Sunday. In the showdown that begins between the six-fold Argentinian Ballon d’Or and the Catalan club, the coronavirus will therefore have embodied the first milestone.


From November 1: vaccination against influenza | News | The Daily

Lhe leaders of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) specify that the vaccine remains the best means of protection against influenza.

The vaccine is offered free of charge to children aged 6 to 23 months, people with certain chronic diseases, pregnant women, people over the age of 60, their relatives, workers and trainees in the healthcare world.

“The public health authorities of the CIUSSS would like to recall the importance of this vaccination since the flu is very contagious and can cause serious complications, for the most vulnerable people, which can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. », We say in a press release.

It is added that the vaccine remains a good means of protection even if one or more components of the annual influenza vaccine do not quite correspond to the strains in circulation.

Public health officials say there are simple ways to prevent the spread of the flu. People can wash their hands regularly with soap and water, rub with an antiseptic hand rinse, and cough or sneeze into the crease of the elbow.

“And stay home after you’ve caught the flu or are showing symptoms. Sick people should limit contact with vulnerable people and wear a mask during medical consultations, ”one writes.

Some of the main symptoms of the flu are fever, cough, body aches, fatigue and headaches. Vomiting, nausea and stomach pain can occur in younger children.

To obtain the vaccine, you must make an appointment on the Internet site or call 1-833-814-7459.

Yosemite National Park: Plague Alert in California

In Yosemite National Park
Pest-Alarm in Kalifornien

Excitement in the oldest nature reserve in the USA: It was not until the beginning of August that a child complained of a high fever, chills and nausea. The diagnosis was plague. Now another vacationer is said to be sick. The campsites have been closed.

In California, a second vacationer may have contracted the plague after visiting Yosemite National Park. As the broadcaster CNN reported, citing the California Department of Health, the infection was allegedly found in a tourist from the US state of Georgia. The sufferer visited Yosemite, the Sierra National Forest and other nearby vacation areas in August.

It was only on Monday that the park administration closed the popular Tuolumne Meadows campsite for the current week after two squirrels who had died of plague were found there. In July, the disease was diagnosed in a child who had also previously been in Yosemite. It is on the way to recovery, according to CNN.

Treatment with antibiotics

The plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and is highly contagious. Today it can usually be treated well with antibiotics. In individual countries, however, people who are treated too late or not at all die of the disease, and in recent years there have been major outbreaks, especially in Madagascar.

The Yosemite National Park has been under protection since 1864 and is one of the most famous attractions in California. The Yosemite Valley with the famous climbing mountains The Dome and El Capitan has almost four million visitors a year.

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Honolulu prohibits smartphone use when crossing streets

In Honolulu, fewer pedestrians will be distracted by cell phones in the future: On Wednesday, a law will come into force in the capital of the US state of Hawaii that provides for a fine for passers-by who stare at their smartphone when crossing a street: They should be up to Pay 35 dollars, that’s about 30 euros.

The city’s mayor, Kirk Caldwell, signed the bill in late July. This is the first time a city in the USA is taking action against so-called smombies who run across the street with their smartphones and ignore everything around them. In 2015 Langenscheidt-Verlag named the word combination of smartphone and zombie as youth word of the year.

By the way, it is still allowed to make calls in Honolulu when crossing the street – if you are not looking at the cell phone but at the street.

According to the traffic safety organization GHSA, almost 6,000 pedestrians were run over in the USA last year – 22 percent more than two years earlier. The organization also blames the increased smartphone use by pedestrians and drivers.

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Honolulu fines pedestrians addicted to smartphones

Since this Wednesday, October 25 in Honolulu, pedestrians who cross the street with their eyes fixed on their phones can be fined 35 dollars (almost 30 euros) the first time. If they do it again, it will be 99 dollars (84 euros). The mayor wants pedestrians to share responsibility for road safety with drivers of cars, trucks or two-wheelers. Honolulu is the first major American city to make this decision. But it is an idea that has been considered for more than a year by several local authorities in several States. For the moment, many town halls are hesitant, because they know that it will be very difficult to apply. For example, New York prefers for the moment to multiply the messages to alert on the risks of this electronic distraction.

When we analyze the road safety figures in the United States, we see that the number of pedestrians killed in accidents increased sharply last year (+ 9%). It has been a regular trend for ten years, which has accelerated even since the spread of laptops, then smartphones, especially in big cities.

So all these accidents are not due to the laptop, of course. But according to studies, people who walk with their eyes fixed on their screen have four times more likely to cross outside the nails, or without looking carefully at both sides. They cross more slowly when they are distracted. A small town in Idaho implemented this measure six years ago after a series of deaths of five pedestrians. She has not recorded any since.

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Honolulu imposes a fine on pedestrian smartphone use

As of today, a corresponding law applies in the capital of Hawaii. Police officers can fine between $ 15 and $ 99 if they catch a pedestrian crossing the street using their smartphone.

Looking at your smartphone while crossing the street can now be expensive for pedestrians in Hawaii. According to a long-debated law that came into force today, police officers can fine first-time offenders for between $ 5 and $ 35. Anyone caught multiple times can face fines of up to $ 99.

As reported by the New York Times, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic jumped 9 percent in 2016. It reached 5987, the highest value since 1990. An official report also blames the increasing smartphone usage, which is a “regular source of mental and visual distraction”.

Figures from the World Health Organization also suggest a connection between incessant smartphone use and an increased risk of accidents. This group of people is involved in dangerous actions four times as often as other pedestrians and they need around 18 percent more time to cross a street than pedestrians not distracted by their phone.

What a smartphone ban can bring

In Kalifornen, therefore, a ban on smartphone use when crossing the street is currently being considered. As an experiment, a decree has already been issued in County San Mateo. Violations will not be punished with fines. A study is underway in New York to determine the dangers of distraction from mobile devices for pedestrians.

The city of Rexburg in the US federal state of Idaho suggests that a ban could be effective. There has been a ban there since 2011. Users can only make calls if they cross the street. The occasion was the accidental death of five pedestrians within a short time, which was attributed to the distraction caused by smartphone use.

For a city with only 35,000 inhabitants, that was an enormously high value. Since the ban was introduced, there has been no further fatal accident involving a pedestrian with a smartphone in hand.

Situation in Germany

So far, only Germany has responded to Augsburg. The occasion was an accident with a tram, in which a teenager was seriously injured. Shortly thereafter, the city installed a traffic light on the site – a series of light signals in the sidewalk. They switch to red like the normal pedestrian traffic light, but are more likely to catch the eye of smartphone users hurrying with their heads down.

Fines for mobile phone use at the wheel in Europe (graphic: Statista)
Fines for mobile phone use at the wheel in Europe. In Germany, the amount was increased to EUR 100 on October 19 (graphic: Statista)

Smartphone use at the wheel has been prohibited for a long time. Since October 19, the ban has also applied to other mobile devices, such as tablets, e-book readers and video glasses. The penalty for non-compliance was increased from 60 to 100 euros. In addition, there is now a point in Flensburg if you are caught.

If an accident occurs while using the smartphone, the penalty is increased to 200 euros and two points and a driving ban can be imposed for one month. On the other hand, the use of voice control, the reading function and so-called head-up displays has been expressly permitted since the law was changed.

Some time ago, the Lausanne police used an unusual video on YouTube to draw attention to the dangers of using smartphones by pedestrians in traffic.