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    At least 160 Confederate symbols were removed or transferred from public spaces last year, according to a Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC) analysis shared with The Associated Press. “These racist symbols only serve to uphold revisionist history and the belief that white supremacy remains morally acceptable,” the SPLC's chief of staff, Lecia Brooks, told the AP in a statement. “This is why we believe that all symbols of white supremacy should be removed from public spaces.” The organization has tracked the removal of such symbols since white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine Black parishioners at a South Carolina church in 2015, prompting the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol. Five years later, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis prompted a similar reckoning over such symbols. Several have been spontaneously pulled down during protests along with those that have been removed through official channels. In Richmond, Va.,...
    In the aftermath of the Great Deplatforming of the past week, we’ve seen a thoughtful debate over the power and limits of taking away a person’s ability to post online. It’s a blunt but powerful tool for punishing people who would use your platform to incite violence or commit other crimes. But building healthy, happy communities requires much more than removing their worst users. You don’t have a healthy media ecosystem just because Donald Trump no longer dominates it. With that in mind — and in an effort to turn our attention to some constructive ideas after a terrifying week — today I want to talk about an effort to design better digital spaces. For those of you who work on platforms, or hope to someday, I hope it will spark a sense of what else could be possible in your work. And for those of us who live and...
    California’s Manhattan Beach reportedly removed tables and chairs from outdoor seating spaces Sunday in an effort to reduce COVID-19 case transmission amid a spike. The city, located roughly 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles, announced Jan. 2 that as cases continue to climb, they would close outdoor seating spaces on public property and remove tables and chairs beginning Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise in MB and across the County, the City is closing outdoor seating spaces on public property, effective Sunday, January 3rd at 10 pm. Tables and chairs located in the outdoor seating spaces will be removed at that time. pic.twitter.com/CjGOH9WR3e — Manhattan Beach City (@citymb) January 3, 2021 The city announced Saturday that cases of the coronavirus have nearly doubled since Nov. 1 to 821 cases. The daily number of new cases was 21 on Dec. 31 but...
    By DAVID FISCHER, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — It might not be as cool as the endoskeleton from “The Terminator” or as amiable as Rosie from “The Jetsons,” but a Florida airport is getting its own robot designed to kill COVID-19 and other pathogens. The machine began this month patrolling Key West International Airport after hours, emitting high-intensity ultraviolet light that kills bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces. It's not yet clear whether the nightly disinfections will have a substantial effect against the thousands of travelers bringing new germs through the airport every day. Richard Strickland, director of airports for Monroe County, said the $100,000 robot’s acquisition was motivated by a desire to augment the airport’s other cleanliness and passenger protection practices in the coronavirus era. “Passengers should know that, as they travel to Key West International Airport and utilize the facilities here, that we’ve made every...
    CARACAS, Venezuela – Since its inception, the “Bolivarian, Socialist, Anti-Imperialist, and profoundly Chavista” Revolution has stylized itself as a champion of the downtrodden, a reclaimer of rights for the dispossessed, a voice of the voiceless, and as a paragon of human rights. When it comes to Venezuela’s indigenous population, the socialist regime claims to be all that and more and, at first glance, it may appear true. The chavistas rewrote our constitution in 1999 to enshrine special provisions for indigenous people. The socialists established a special day to celebrate indigenous children. The government bureaucracy expanded to include an “Indigenous Ministry” and dictator Nicolás Maduro has passed laws to allegedly protect their lands and rights. To give “justice” to their ancestors, the socialists toppled statues of Christopher Columbus, removing some altogether, bringing the evil “colonizer” to trial over 500 years later — way before Antifa and the radical left made this...
    Italy has imposed new restrictions on bars and restaurants aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus after days of record infection numbers. Restaurants and bars are restricted to table service only after 6pm, three hours earlier than the previous measures allowed, but can maintain the current midnight closing time.   Italian mayors can also close public squares and other gathering places after 9pm, permitting access only to reach homes or businesses. It comes as the country announced 11,705 new cases on Sunday, beating its record of 10,925 it had seen the day before.  Italy has ordered restaurants and bars to be restricted to table service only after 6pm in new measures to stop the spread of the virus. Pictured: empty tables at a Turin restaurant on Sunday Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced new restrictions to curb coronavirus on Sunday, but stopped short of a curfew or a lockdown...
    A commission created by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has recommended a slew of changes to public buildings in the district that includes scrubbing Thomas Jefferson’s name from schools and potentially removing the Washington Monument. The District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) board submitted its recommendations to Bowser on Monday, suggesting changes to monuments, memorials, and public spaces to better reflect “DC values.” Bowser assembled the committee in July to “review the legacy of namesakes of District assets.” “This July, I tasked the DCFACES Working Group with evaluating public spaces to ensure the namesake’s legacy is consistent with #DCValues,” Bowser announced on Twitter on Tuesday. “They have delivered the report, and I look forward to reviewing and advancing their recommendations.” This July, I tasked the DCFACES Working Group with evaluating public spaces to ensure the namesake's legacy is consistent with #DCValues. They have delivered the report, and I...
    Toledo, Jul 21 (EFE) .- The mask will be mandatory in Castilla-La Mancha from tomorrow Wednesday, from 6 years old, in all spaces, closed or open and even if there is a safety distance, according to the order that This midnight will publish the Official Journal of Castilla-La Mancha. This was approved this Tuesday in the Governing Council, which was reported at a press conference by the Minister of Health, Jesús Fernández Sanz, who recalled that the penalties for not wearing the mask can go up to 100 euros, and that It is also mandatory even if you wear a protection screen. Its use will not be required during the practice of individual or collective physical exercise; in cases of force majeure; in bars, restaurants and terraces only during the ingestion of drinks or food; in swimming pools during bathing or when staying in a certain space, and in people...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France will enforce mask-wearing in enclosed public spaces including banks, shops and indoor markets from July 20, Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Saturday, as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of COVID-19 across the country. The government has accelerated plans to make it compulsory to wear masks after series of indicators have suggested the virus could be gaining momentum, especially in areas in western and southern France that had been relatively spared during the height of the outbreak between March and May. "From Monday, mask-wearing will be mandatory in closed spaces," Veran said on Twitter. "That concerns shops, buildings open to the public, covered markets and banks." (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by David Holmes) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    BRITS planning holidays to the Costa del Sol will be ordered to wear masks under new plans to stop the transmission of the virus at the holiday hotspot. Catalonia has already tightened rule on the use of face coverings - and the Balearic Islands will follow suit from Monday. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Holidaymakers will have to wear masks in parts of Spain from MondayCredit: Rex Features 5However, Brits won't have to don face coverings on the beach or around the poolCredit: Solarpix The changes in rules will make masks obligatory in top destinations whenever holidaymakers leave their hotel rooms - although it's understood Majorca and Ibiza have been exempted. This afternoon the president of the Andalucian regional government which covers the Costa del Sol area said the same rules may have to be applied in southern Spain. Juanma Moreno, speaking during...
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