2084 connection Points in Asia on Saturday

The images of the concentrations on Saturday with people crowded together celebrating the end of the state of alarm have generated controversy. Now it’s time to wait a few days to know if those impromptu parties will turn into spikes of contagion.

Impressed by that episode, it has gone unnoticed that in India epidemiologists have pointed out as one of the reasons for the lack of control of the pandemic the celebration, at the beginning of April, of the Kumbh Mela.

This Hindu festival consists of a massive pilgrimage that culminates with the bath in the Ganges River as a ritual act. Despite the warnings of the authorities, who had called for caution, hundreds of thousands of people gathered without any kind of precaution.

In medieval Europe, when the Black Death epidemic broke out , religion also played a prominent role in the transmission of the disease. The first outbreaks appeared in Asia and spread along the Silk Road.

In 1343 it had already reached the Crimean peninsula and, between 1346 and 1353, it devastated Europe, causing the death of between 30% and 50% of the population.

The main reason for its rapid expansion was trade. Now, a study carried out in 2017 by CSIC researchers José María Gómez and Miguel Verdú, and published in the journal ‘Scientific Report’, went further.

Using a mathematical simulation model, they analyzed 1,311 human settlements and 2,084 connection points in Asia, Europe and North Africa to see how the plague spread. They realized that cities that acted as central nodes of communication networks were the most vulnerableand also the most prone to regrowth.

In this sense, the study highlights the impact it had on large capitals such as Paris and on port cities such as London or Barcelona, ​​which during medieval times were one of the main naval powers in the Western Mediterranean. In addition, being urban concentrations with a lot of commercial activity, they were also the most densely populated and we already know how infectious diseases like this.

Central Paris Is The Project To Make City’s Historic Center Pedestrianized

“How about slowing down? What if we reclaim the city? What if we free up public space for the benefit of those who really need it? What if we put well-being in the center of Paris?” These are the questions that the Paris City Council has sent to the residents to promote their ‘ Central Paris ‘, a restricted traffic area in the center of Paris that includes the Saint-Germain neighborhood.

The City Council led by the socialist Anne Hidalgo aims to improve the quality of life in the historic center with “peaceful areas” in which traffic is limited , a project that could become a reality in 2022, according to Le Parisienne .

The first areas to be affected by traffic restrictions are those corresponding to the center of Paris and the part of the left bank located north of Boulevard Saint-Germain.

The City Council wants Parisians to make their own “an essential project in the evolution of their living environment,” reads the municipal website . To do this, it asks residents to define the limitations to road traffic, the categories of authorized vehicles and identify streets to which special attention should be paid.

The example of ‘Madrid Central’
The Gallic City Council describes its Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL) making mention of Central Madrid , which however has been disabled by the Supreme Court by default in its approval. “It is a tool used by several large European cities such as Madrid, Milan or Rome to reduce the flow of vehicles in the city center,” says Paris.

“This system allows the road to be reserved for pedestrians, bicycles, public transport and certain categories of users (residents, delivery men, artisans.” And it will not allow crossing the area without stopping there.

It is a movement thought “to recover the urban space dedicated to the automobile in favor of new, friendlier and less polluting uses “, describe its promoters. It seeks to rebalance public space for the benefit of pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport, when almost 50% of public space is used by the car.

By reducing the volume of road traffic and the speed of vehicles, it will be “easier and safer to travel on foot and by bicycle.” This will make the city a friendlier and easier transit space for residents and merchants.

It also seeks to “offer more welcoming streets where residents of all ages can meet, chat and play safely for the little ones .”

The perimeter of the proposal
The proposed perimeter for the implementation of the Limited Traffic Zone includes the Center of Paris sector (districts 1 to 4), as well as the streets located north of Boulevard Saint-Germain in districts 5, 6 and 7. This amounts to about 14 square kilometers, or what is the same, is almost three times as large as Madrid Central (4.7 square km).

They influence from the City Council that adjustments can still be made to the perimeter after conversations with the Police Department , whose opinions are mandatory on the axes of the area.

The City Council has estimated that only 30% of drivers in Paris need to use the car for their trips (freight transport, complex journeys, lack of public transport solutions). For the remaining 70%, the car is above all a comfort, as they defend.

The proposal was launched on May 12, 24 hours later there are already some two hundred contributions and 194 participants on the project website. Parisians are asking for more parking spaces on the periphery of the affected area or even expanding the designated area, as read in the proposals.

Recently, a study on the effects of air pollution placed the French capital in fourth place among European cities where mortality from exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is the most important.

WHO Concludes That Pandemic Could Have Been Prevented

The system that the world had to face pandemics was useless and must be reformed to face the next one that arrives, but countries have also been responsible for the current situation when they preferred to “wait and see what happened” in the first months, without taking the measures that would have stopped the coronavirus .

This is the overwhelming conclusion of the Independent Pandemic Preparedness and Response Panel, made up of experts and personalities who examined for eight months the failures in the management of the pandemic , both nationally and internationally, and which released its conclusions on Wednesday. .

This mission was entrusted to him by the World Health Organization (WHO), which in turn received instructions to do so from its member states, alarmed in the middle of last year by the speed at which the pandemic was worsening and the suspicions that this entity had not acted correctly in its initial phase.

His main conclusion is that globally the world showed that it had not learned anything from past crises and that the health, economic and social tragedy caused by COVID-19 could have been avoided. “And if we do not act to change it now, it will not protect us from the next pandemic threat that could occur at any time,” explained Helen Clark, co-chair of the panel and former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Shared responsibility
The panel, co-chaired by former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, found that there was a shared responsibility and that preventing such dire situations from recurring will require major international reform in which countries they must commit resources and political will.

“There were countries that underestimated the value of science, denied the seriousness of the disease and were slow to respond, which had dire consequences”
“The time elapsed from the notification of a group of cases of pneumonia of unknown origin in mid-December to the declaration of an International Public Health Emergency (January 30, 2020) was too long,” the panel maintains in the report that introduced today.

Clark argued that the global emergency could have been declared as early as January 22 , after the first meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee, which assesses the seriousness of a health threat and recommends whether it should be considered an international emergency, and not wait for for this same group to meet a second time.

However, if the WHO did not act as it should at certain times, it was because it does not have the powers required in such a serious situation, the Panel concluded.

” Sensitivities about sovereignty should not cause delays in alerting the world to the threat of a new pathogen with pandemic potential,” he added.

National responsibilities
Countries also bore a large share of responsibility for the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus, according to the Panel’s findings.

“February was a lost month in which many more countries could have taken serious measures to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and prevent a health, social and economic catastrophe,” the experts concluded.

Clark recalled that most governments chose to “wait and see what would happen and it was not until they began to see that the intensive care units were filled that they began to act, but it was too late.”

“There were countries that underestimated the value of science, denied the seriousness of the disease and were slow to respond , which had dire consequences,” added the co-chair of the Panel, whose creation came amid the suspicion that the United States had instigated against the WHO.

Trump accusations
The Donald Trump Administration accused the Organization of having covered up the delay with which China reported the first cases of coronavirus, as well as of having mismanaged the crisis, while in his country it denied the seriousness of the new virus and despised the use of masks.

The United States has registered 576,000 deaths from covid-19 and 32.3 million cases, the highest figures in the world in both categories.

Clark considered that the reforms and new rules that are adopted to face future pandemics should address in a particular way the respiratory infections easily transmitted from person to person.

Regarding prevention measures, he acknowledged that if travel restrictions had been imposed faster and more extensively, the spread of the virus would have been reduced.

Maori Lawmaker Expelled From New Zealand Parliament For Haka

Maori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi was expelled from the New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday for performing a “haka”, a traditional Maori dance of defiance, in protest at “the racist rhetoric and propaganda” of the opposition National Party .

For about two weeks, the leader of the National Party, Judith Collins, has lashed out at New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for seeking ways for indigenous people to better exercise their rights . Collins claims, without evidence, that these attempts are part of “a separatist agenda.”

Tension rose on Wednesday when Maori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer asked Ardern if he considers “the continuing attacks on Maori to be racist,” alluding to Collins.

Ngarewa-Packer’s question was blocked by the Speaker of the Lower House, Trevor Mallard, who clarified that this comment was outside the responsibility of the prime minister , which allowed Collins to continue with the debate.

It was then that Waititi stood up to denounce that in recent weeks “racist propaganda” against indigenous people has been heard, and question Parliament for allowing “the constant bombardment” of insults against the tangata whenua (a Maori expression to refer to the traditional owners of the land) “.

The speaker of the Lower House, uncomfortable, asked him to sit down, but the Maori legislator performed a ceremonial dance of defiance “haka”.

After being expelled by Mallard from the session, Waititi said, accompanied by Ngarewa-Packer, that ” it is not correct that the Speaker of the House does not have the courage to stop racism in the House and it is not correct that we support it,” he collects. Radio New Zealand.

It is not the first time that Waititi is expelled from the Chamber, since in February he also had to leave the legislature by refusing to wear a tie, arguing that it is not part of the formal clothes of the Maori and is a colonial dress.

Some 850,000 of New Zealand’s 5 million people are Maori , although a large part of the population lives in poverty or suffers from financial insecurity, in addition to social problems.

Incentives For The Population To Be Vaccinated Against The Covid

Beers, tickets, a million dollars a week … the incentives for the population to be vaccinated against the covid.

Ohio (United States) will carry out the first millionaire draw on May 28 and for four weeks. People who want to participate must be of legal age. It is not the only proposal: giving away tickets or beers also stand out in the United States.

The state of Ohio , in the Midwest of the United States, will raffle a million dollars a week among people who have been vaccinated against covid-19 , its governor, Republican Mike DeWine, announced on Wednesday.

The first draw will be held on May 28 and will be repeated for the next four weeks until 5 million have been distributed among five winners.

“I know some will say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million dollar raffle idea of ​​yours is a waste of money.’ But the truth, the real waste at this point in the pandemic – when the vaccine is available for everything the world-, it is a life lost by covid-19, ” said the governor.

To qualify for the drawing, individuals must be of legal age, Ohio resident, and have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.

The funds to finance the program will come from the provisions for the states and municipalities of the economic rescue of 1.9 trillion dollars approved in March by Congress.

Ohio has 42.3% of its population vaccinated with at least one dose, a percentage somewhat below the national average, which as of this Wednesday is 46.4%.

Other provaccine proposals
DeWine’s initiative to encourage vaccination is perhaps the most generous and ambitious of those being offered across the United States, now that the pace of people willing to receive the preparation has plummeted and it is still a long way off. of meeting immunization goals.

In the city of Washington , for example, a beer is offered in exchange for a vaccine, in New York tickets are given away to sporting events such as baseball or venues such as the zoo and in Memphis vehicles are raffled to choose between several models of Chevrolet and Nissan.

Florida Suspect Arrested In Times Square Shooting With Three People

Florida suspect arrested in Times Square shooting with three people.

The suspect in the shooting due to a dispute in broad daylight this Saturday in Times Square ( New York ), which left three people injured , was arrested today in the southern US state of Florida , according to local media.

Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was detained by federal marshals and agents from the New York and New Jersey fugitive unit in the town of Starke, near Jacksonville , after several days of searching, according to local channel ABC 7.

Muhammad apparently tried to shoot his brother , who would later identify him to the local police, and instead wounded three passers-by – two women and a four-year-old girl – who had to be transferred to a hospital and are progressing favorably.

Authorities had been trying to locate the suspect since Saturday afternoon after the violent incident, which has caused a commotion in one of the Big Apple’s most touristic spots and has focused on the growing number of local shootings.

Corps sources told the NBC channel today that Muhammad went to a nearby hotel after the shooting, changed his clothes and left the place with a woman to drive to the south of the country in a vehicle, according to surveillance cameras and sightings. .

The charges against the detainee, who has a criminal record , are not yet known , and the authorities are questioning the woman who accompanied him, whom they consider his partner, to find out if she had knowledge of helping a fugitive.

67 Killed in Israel Bomb Attacks by Army

The Gaza Health Ministry has raised to 67 the dead from the attacks by Israel , where seven deaths have been registered in the framework of the violence between the parties , which continue with the bombings during the early hours of Thursday when the Israeli Army has reached two new facilities of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), a bank and an intelligence infrastructure.

The Gaza authorities have also estimated the injured at 388 since Monday , while it has specified that among the deceased, 17 were children and 6 women, reports the Palestinian agency WAFA.

On the other hand, a child has died and at least thirty people have been injured this Wednesday in southern Israel, by a rocket launch from the Gaza Strip.

The six-year-old boy has died in the city of Sderot, where seven injured have been registered, while in Ashkelon another twenty affected have been counted, according to ‘The Times of Israel’.

Hamas has announced the launch of another 130 rockets on Israel, which has caused the warning sirens to sound again in Tel Aviv and the areas near the Gaza Strip, information confirmed by the Army on its Twitter profile, in which it has indicated that “Israelis are running to bomb shelters” in the south, center and north of the country.

Among the places where alerts are heard is also Ben Gurion airport, Modiin or other areas further north such as Nazareth.

This rocket launch has occurred after the Israeli Army bombed the Al Shourouk tower , in western Gaza City, which houses media headquarters, shops and residences, according to WAFA. It is the third building bombed by Israel.

Since this Monday, some 1,500 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip and the Israeli Army has intercepted between 85 and 90 percent of these, according to Israeli television Channel 12.

For its part, Israel’s security cabinet has planned to intensify its military operations against the Gaza Strip, and the army is targeting Hamas symbols in the territory.

In this context, the Israeli Army has indicated that it attacked “strategic” Hamas buildings on Wednesday night. Specifically, Hamas’s main bank and an intelligence infrastructure.

Likewise, in the city of Lod, also affected by the attacks from the Gaza Strip, where a state of emergency has been declared, there have been new clashes before the curfew that have left at least 20 detainees and two young people injured, according to ‘Haaretz’.

There have also been riots on Wednesday night in other cities such as Acre and Jerusalem, while throughout the Israeli territory the clashes have left 374 detainees , as indicated by the Israel Police after midnight. Given the increase in violence, the Israeli government is considering declaring a state of emergency in more cities, Yedioth reports.

On the other hand, the Palestinian Red Crescent has reported clashes also in the West Bank, where dozens of Palestinians have been injured in front of the Israeli forces. Among them, eleven have been affected by a fire, two of them are in serious condition.

Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Amir Ohana, has indicated that “the attacks by Arabs against Jews, the security forces, the symbols of Judaism and government institutions are heartbreaking” and has stressed that “the violence mixed with hatred must be condemned outright. ”

“No one has the authority to take the law into their own hands,” he added, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the latest events as “intolerable”. “There is no” justification for Arabs lynching Jews or Jews lynching Arabs, “he said.

Netanyahu, according to Israeli media, has called a meeting to assess the situation in Tel Aviv, with the presence of the Minister of Public Security, the Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, and other authorities.

Palestinian Authority To create Peace again

On the other hand, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Mohamed Shtayyeh, has criticized that the United Nations Security Council has not issued a statement condemning Israel for the escalation of violence, a statement that would have been again blocked by the United States this Wednesday, pick up Haaretz.

Precisely, the United States has reiterated on Wednesday its support for the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu , as well as its right to defend itself during a telephone conversation with the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken.

According to a statement from the State Department, Blinken has expressed its “concern about the barrage of rocket attacks against Israel” and wanted to share “its condolences for the lives lost.” In this call, Blinken has called on all parties to reduce tensions and end violence.

On the other hand, in a meeting between the UN Secretary, António Guterres, and the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow, both have shown their support for a meeting of the Quartet for the Middle East, made up of the United Nations, the European Union (EU), United States and Russia. “We have come to the conclusion that the most urgent task is to convene the Quartet of international mediators,” Lavrov said, according to the Sputnik agency.

On the other hand, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Samé Shukri, has indicated in a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, the need to stop attacks against the Palestinian territories and has highlighted.

The importance of work to save the peoples from the region of further escalation and the use of military force, “according to a statement from the Ministry, which indicates that Egypt seeks to stabilize the situation in the region through the solution of problems through diplomatic means.

The new clashes have erupted after the increase in tensions in Jerusalem , due to the increase in orders for the evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Kharra neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, and that in recent days have left protests against the repression by from the Israeli security forces.

Tensions escalated on Sunday when Israeli forces attacked

Tensions escalated on Sunday when Israeli forces again stormed the Esplanade of the Mosques – a place known as the Temple Mount by Jews and fired tear gas even inside the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third largest place. sacred to Muslims.

In response, Hamas launched several projectiles into and around Jerusalem, following several warnings to Israel about police repression, prompting Israel to respond with a bombing campaign against the enclave, to which Palestinian factions have responded by increasing their firing. of rockets.

Groups of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel clashed today in different parts of the country, including lynchings in two cities and further deepening the violence between Palestinians and Israelis, which from Jerusalem sprang to a dangerous escalation in the Gaza Strip.

The images of two lynchings , one in Bat Yam and the other in Acre, spread through social networks, in the first case an Arab and in the second a Jew, being attacked by a group.

Both victims are in serious condition. “Nothing justifies the lynching of Jews by Arabs and nothing justifies the lynching of Arabs by Jews,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today of the incidents.

Groups of Jews and Israeli Arabs (indigenous or descendants who remained after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and who have a strong Palestinian identity) clashed with each other and with the security forces, and so far more than 370 have been arrested in different parts of the country.

Ohio will raffle $ 1 million each week among people who get vaccinated, The incidents took place in cities where members of both communities live , including Bat Yam, Acre, Lod, Tiberias and Jaffa, among others.

A police spokesman reported that dozens of people were injured during the riots, including 36 members of the security forces. Israeli President Reuvén Rivlin described the incidents as “a civil war without reason”, and called on local and religious authorities to intervene to stop the violence.