None of this is to argue that New York state's regulations were perfectly drawn. That is not the point. The point is that the Supreme Court should be on the side of saving lives and urging rational, science-based behavior by all, especially at this moment of maximum peril to the population. Even more than the Supreme Court, religious groups should also be siding actively and energetically with public health authorities, both to protect their own congregants and all of society. Pope Francis succored Catholics around the world by shifting to an online Mass in response to the quarantine. His recent New York Times op-ed eloquently makes the point that the common good takes precedence over simplistic appeals to "personal freedom" in protests against justified public health measures. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court’s scientifically illiterate decision will cost lives
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However, MPs have told MailOnline that health minister Helen Whately said on a conference call yesterday that there was little chance of any changes to the allocations before January. And government sources told The Times that it would need to wait until the impact of the 'Christmas Bubble' relaxation had become clear. … [Read more...] about How close is YOUR area to moving up or down the Covid tiers? Government graph shows how infection rates vary across England as officials say ‘continued improvement’ may mean parts of the North are de-escalated in the New Year
Despite the suspensions, discussions are under way to extend Go To through May 2021. About 51% of those surveyed in an Asahi poll disagreed with such an extension, while 37% approve. The poll, taken Nov. 14-15, showed that support for the program was higher in Tokyo but lower in regions such as Hokkaido. … [Read more...] about Japanese travel campaign sparks debate on links to coronavirus spread
"If a visitor has a negative test, is wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and follows other infection control measures, then it will be possible for visitors to have physical contact with their loved one, such as providing personal care, holding hands and hugging." … [Read more...] about GMB doctor says there’s ‘no scientific basis’ for not hugging family at Christmas
An AI system that relies on this type of historical data risks perpetuating discriminatory practices. The Met Police used a tool called Gangs Matrix to identify those at risk of engaging with gang violence in London; based on out-of-date data, the technology disproportionately featured black young men. After activists voiced concerns, the matrix's database was eventually overhauled to reduce the representation of individuals from Black African Caribbean backgrounds. … [Read more...] about The algorithms are watching us, but who is watching the algorithms?
The graphs will undoubtedly fuel demands for No 10 to urgently re-assess the tiering structure, with Boris Johnson facing war with up to 70 of his own Tory MPs who are angry that their constituencies face rules that are too harsh. Only people in the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be allowed to socialise indoors in December. … [Read more...] about How around 17MILLION people living in parts of England where Covid outbreaks have been shrinking for two weeks or more will STILL be slapped with Tier 2 or 3 rules next week
Delivering greater certainty over process. While not mentioned in the announcement itself, a detailed set of processes and performance measures for claims management will be applied under the agency agreement, together with a detailed insurer manual and training requirements that all insurers must follow to ensure EQC meets its statutory requirements, as these will continue to apply. This will see one process applied for all claims under the $150,000 cap. Above that cap, each insurer will rightly have its own approach to claims management, which is a fundamental and desired aspect of our competitive market.. … [Read more...] about Insurance Council chief defends new natural disaster model
The Governor disclosed that the state government was about to commence a Graduate Internship Programme, under which 4,000 young graduates would be engaged training and paid N40,000 monthly stipend for six months. He urged local councils, as the independent tier of government closest to the people, to embark on welfare projects in their communities and give people a new feeling of governance. … [Read more...] about #EndSARS protest stresses need for youths empowerment — Sanwo-Olu
Gadkari had said during the October event that it was time to show exit door to “non-performing assets” complicating and delaying projects by creating obstacles. NHAI, he had said, has become a breeding ground for inefficient officials creating hurdles and referring every matter to committees and that it was time to ‘suspend’ and ‘terminate’ them and bring in reforms in its functioning. … [Read more...] about Nitin Gadkari roasted officials at NHA event. He explains why he got ‘annoyed’
But how? You can’t just fill a fleet of lorries with cash and trundle from village to village hurling out bundles of notes. But what you can do is identify small-scale projects that make a real difference on the ground, where it matters, and fund them. A village where there’s no school. A clinic that has no electricity and no trained midwife. A hospital that needs a surgeon trained in cataract removal. A farming co-operative that needs a decent water supply. … [Read more...] about JOHN HUMPHRYS: Why is Boris Johnson treating us like children?