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Still climbing: Covid-19 death toll reaches 100,000 worldwide – AFP - rt

Still climbing: Covid-19 death toll reaches 100,000 worldwide – AFP

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus has reached 100,000 globally, according to figures compiled by the AFP news agency, while the number of confirmed cases is rising toward the two million mark.
rt - 25 minutes ago
Cuomo Won

Cuomo Won't Open New York Until Millions of People Are Tested for Coronavirus

“Testing on a scale that we have not done before.”
vice - 37 minutes ago
‘Much-loved’ science teacher, 35, dies after catching coronavirus - metro

‘Much-loved’ science teacher, 35, dies after catching coronavirus

Emma Clarke, 35, was said to be 'very popular with her pupils' in Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy in Runcorn.
metro - 45 minutes ago
Family given 80-year-old woman’s body instead of 21-year-old man - metro

Family given 80-year-old woman’s body instead of 21-year-old man

A hospital in China has apologised after its morgue mixed up two bodies belonging to different families.
metro - 1 hour ago
Coronavirus fraudsters have already made £2,000,000 out of crisis - metro

Coronavirus fraudsters have already made £2,000,000 out of crisis

Action Fraud said it had received reports of various scams related to the pandemic across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
metro - 1 hour ago
Sick and dying need you to stay home over Easter, Matt Hancock says - metro

Sick and dying need you to stay home over Easter, Matt Hancock says

Don't be tempted to go to the park or beach this weekend.
metro - 1 hour ago
Face masks for a coronavirus-hit US prison became 70% pricier overnight - quartz

Face masks for a coronavirus-hit US prison became 70% pricier overnight

Prices skyrocketed for a correctional facility dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak.
quartz - 2 hours ago
EU’s pandemic ‘rescue’ deal will just make bloc’s debt problem worse – Max Keiser - rt

EU’s pandemic ‘rescue’ deal will just make bloc’s debt problem worse – Max Keiser

The European Union's coronavirus “rescue” deal is really just a €500 billion increase in debt which could ultimately “make the problem worse,” former Wall Street stockbroker Max Keiser told RT.
rt - 2 hours ago
Coronavirus Is Crashing America

Coronavirus Is Crashing America's Joke of an Unemployment System

In the last week of March, Florida answered just 1 percent of the phone calls it received from newly-unemployed people desperate to file claims.
vice - 2 hours ago
Walled-in world: RT documentary (remotely) visits people bringing optimism to those in lockdown - rt

Walled-in world: RT documentary (remotely) visits people bringing optimism to those in lockdown

A new RT documentary looks at the every-day side of the Covid-19 lockdown, by gauging the experience of those whose main contribution to the fight against the disease is staying home while trying to stay sane.
rt - 2 hours ago
What Doctors in Coronavirus Hotspots Want You to Understand About This Pandemic - vice

What Doctors in Coronavirus Hotspots Want You to Understand About This Pandemic

We talked to hospital doctors to hear what they're experiencing on the front lines, and what they want us to keep doing.
vice - 3 hours ago
US ‘cynically exploits’ Covid-19 to discredit Syrian government & bring UN aid to its armed proxies – Russian & Syrian MoD - rt

US ‘cynically exploits’ Covid-19 to discredit Syrian government & bring UN aid to its armed proxies – Russian & Syrian MoD

The US has weaponized the coronavirus pandemic to blast Damascus' efforts and to supply its friendly armed groups with UN aid, instead of helping refugees, the Russian and Syrian militaries say.
rt - 4 hours ago
New OPEC+ compromise a positive development that will prevent market chaos - Kremlin - rt

New OPEC+ compromise a positive development that will prevent market chaos - Kremlin

The deal reached by oil-producing nations to cut production will save the global economy from descending into chaos, a spokesman for the Kremlin said. Russia considers it a positive development.
rt - 4 hours ago
Hong Kong Gamers Protested Inside ‘Animal Crossing.’ Now China Wants to Ban It. - vice

Hong Kong Gamers Protested Inside ‘Animal Crossing.’ Now China Wants to Ban It.

Now that they can't protest in the streets, people are doing it inside the hit social simulation game.
vice - 5 hours ago
What are the best groceries to buy for the coronavirus shutdown? Help us find out. - quartz

What are the best groceries to buy for the coronavirus shutdown? Help us find out.

Surely there are some items that you always buy and now you're stocking up. There are also items you usually avoid but now feel the need to have on hand.
quartz - 5 hours ago
New business applications in the US are down more than 40% - quartz

New business applications in the US are down more than 40%

The sharp drop in the last week of March is larger than any other decline for the same week from 2007 and 2020.
quartz - 5 hours ago
‘The real test is yet to come’ on Covid-19, PM Orban says as Hungary sees biggest daily rise in cases - rt

‘The real test is yet to come’ on Covid-19, PM Orban says as Hungary sees biggest daily rise in cases

Hungary is bracing for a big surge in Covid-19 cases, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban warning that the “real test” was imminent as the country saw its biggest daily jump in confirmed infections.
rt - 6 hours ago
50 cases of Covid-19 aboard France’s ONLY aircraft carrier, Defense Ministry confirms - rt

50 cases of Covid-19 aboard France’s ONLY aircraft carrier, Defense Ministry confirms

The coronavirus outbreak on board France's only aircraft carrier has infected 50 crew members, the French Defense Ministry has confirmed. The Navy flagship is on its way to Toulon after cutting short its Mediterranean mission.
rt - 6 hours ago
Drone Footage Shows Mass Coronavirus Graves On Hart Island In New York - vice

Drone Footage Shows Mass Coronavirus Graves On Hart Island In New York

On Thursday the state reported another 10,000 coronavirus infections, and there are now more cases there than in any country in the world.
vice - 6 hours ago
No Cannes do! French police turn away would-be holidaymakers fleeing London lockdown in private jet - rt

No Cannes do! French police turn away would-be holidaymakers fleeing London lockdown in private jet

A group of 10 would-be holidaymakers who rented a private jet to flee London for the sunny shores of the Cote-d'Azur in France were turned back by furious border police at Marseille-Provence airport.
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Free of White House oversight, National Guard recruits LGBTQ members

Free of White House oversight, National Guard recruits LGBTQ members

quartz - 1 month ago

The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps all answer to the White House. The National Guard, however, answers to the governor of the state where a unit is based. This has led to vastly different takes on LGBTQ inclusion among the armed forces.

The Minnesota National Guard, for instance, is now seeking “focused advertising that will reach the LGBT community,” even as US president Donald Trump continues to “systemically” rid the military of gay and transgender members.

According to a newly-issued Department of Defense solicitation, the Minnesota Guard plans to run a year-long print and digital campaign beginning in April.

“We are looking at increasing our market share to meet the demand of recruiting,” the notice says, noting that 12.5% of Minneapolis/St. Paul residents identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, making it the fourth-largest LGBTQ community in America.

“We take pride in our efforts to promote inclusion and work to increase diversity through targeted marketing,” Minnesota National Guard Recruiting Battalion commander Lt. Col. Ed Suarez told Quartz, adding that his unit has in fact had a booth at Pride Week celebrations for more than a decade.

Several military analysts and experts said they were not aware of any other LGBTQ-specific recruitment drives by the armed services. But there have been other recent signs of progress within the National Guard. During last year’s Minneapolis Pride Festival, the Minnesota Guard ran its first ad in a local “Pride Pages” directory. Also last year, the California Air National Guard performed the country’s first-ever Pride Week flyover in San Diego.

For the four branches of the US military, meanwhile, which are fully under Trump’s aegis as commander in chief, things are different.

The president has dismantled all kinds of protections for LGBTQ people during his tenure, and has decreed transgender Americans unfit to serve in the armed forces entirely. And while military recruiters have targeted African-Americans and Latinos in advertising campaigns in attempts to boost diversity among its ranks, it has never specifically targeted the LGBTQ community.

The military’s ban on openly gay troops ended in 2011, though servicemembers have continued to face death threats from their fellow soldiers in the years since. Many fear the president’s ongoing rhetoric could intensify those threats.

Because National Guard units report to the state and not the federal government (except in wartime), it allows them a degree of independence in setting policy, said Clay Kilpatrick, a US Marine Corps veteran and San Diego Pride military liaison.

“The California National Guard is very outspoken in their openness in seeking LGBT members,” Kilpatrick told Quartz. “With [54] different guards in the nation, I don’t think the current president wants to get engaged by attacking them publicly.”

Kate Germano, a Marine Corps recruiter who retired in 2010, sees the Minnesota National Guard’s upcoming LGBTQ promotional campaign as more in line with the future.

“It makes sense to me that this would be part of the evolution of military recruiting’s advertising,” she said.

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