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Prince Harry's moving message for the 2020 Diana Awards

<p><span>Last month, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, spoke out against the death of George Floyd during her commencement speech for her former high school’s graduation.</span></p> <p><span>Since then, she and her husband, Prince Harry, have become more vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement, and in a newly released video, Harry made his own strong statement against racism.</span></p> <p><span>In what would have been Princess Diana’s 59th birthday, it was also the annual presentation of the Diana Awards, established in the memory of the late royal.</span></p> <p><span>The awards recognise the youth for their social or humanitarian work, as Diana believed young people could change the world.</span></p> <p><span>In a video recorded for the awards, Prince Harry asked young people to help repair the current ills in our society and praised what the recipients had already accomplished.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Prince Harry recorded a video for the <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaAward?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DianaAward</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2020DianaAwards?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#2020DianaAwards</a> taking place today (on what would be Princess Diana’s 59th birthday).<br />In it, he says institutional racism is still “endemic” in our societies and has pledged that he and Meghan will be “part of the change” needed. <a href="https://t.co/5tbE263b3k">pic.twitter.com/5tbE263b3k</a></p> — Omid Scobie (@scobie) <a href="https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1278352027953893376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>"I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards because they honour the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you," the Prince said. "You all are doing such incredible work, and at a time of great uncertainty you have found the power and inspiration inside of you to make a positive mark on the world."</span></p> <p><span>Harry mentioned how his mother would have felt a feeling of admiration for the recipients as she knew what they did was necessary and important, even though it was difficult.</span></p> <p><span>"I can assure you [Diana] would have been fighting in your corner," Harry noted. "Like many of you she never took the easy route, or the popular one, or the comfortable one, but she stood for something and she stood up for people who needed it."</span></p> <p><span>The Prince then began talking about issues related to the current climate, as the world has been protesting against racial discrimination.</span></p> <p><span>In his statement, Harry followed in his wife’s footsteps and mentioned that society has not yet done enough to combat these issues.</span></p> <p><span>"My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to right the wrongs of the past," Harry said. "I too am sorry—sorry that we haven't got the world to the place that you deserve it to be."</span></p> <p><span>The Prince continued, calling out the racism still ever-present today. "Institutional racism has no place in our societies yet it is still endemic," he said. "Unconscious bias must be acknowledged without blame to create a better world for all of you."</span></p> <p><span>Harry then finished off his speech by asking young people, especially the recipients of the Diana Award, to continue fighting for a more equitable and fair society. He also verified his own commitment to these causes.</span></p> <p><span>"I want you to know that we are committed to being part of the solution and to being part of the change that you are all leading," Prince Harry said. "Now is the time and we know that you can do it."</span></p>

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How legendary mime Marcel Marceau saved Jewish children from the Nazis

<p>Marcel Marceau is remembered as a legendary mime artist who delighted audiences for decades as the character Bip the Clown and inspired Michael Jackson’s moonwalk.</p> <p>But he is also a Holocaust survivor who risked his life to help hundreds of Jewish children and adults escape Nazi-occupied France.</p> <p>Marceau’s story is told in <em>Resistance</em>, a new film starring Jesse Eisenberg and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>Mirror</em>, Jakubowicz said he was not aware of Marceau’s feat until he began researching the mime’s life for the scriptwriting.</p> <p>“I had no idea that he was Jewish or that he saved children in the war, that he found his art through the very act of saving children,” Jakubowicz said.</p> <p>“I felt like if that is the story behind him it needed to be told.”</p> <p>Jakubowicz tracked down Marceau’s cousin Georges Loinger, who recruited the performer into the Jewish Boy Scouts of France and French Resistance to entertain and soothe the children orphaned from the 1938 riots.</p> <p>“The Jewish Boy Scouts … suddenly had to take care of 123 orphans. They’re crying, they’re desperate and they are traumatised,” Jakubowicz said.</p> <p>“They only had Yiddish as the common language because the kids were German and Austrian and these guys were French.”</p> <p>Marceau – who had been miming in theatres at the time – agreed to help the orphans, finding ways to make them laugh with routines such as walking against the wind and passing a hand over his face to switch from ‘happy’ to ‘sad’.</p> <p>Marceau led Jewish children across the Alps to the Swiss border on three trips to prevent them from being sent away to labour camps. He also helped them survive with his mime.</p> <p>“The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border, and Marcel really put them at ease,” Loinger told the <em>Jewish Telegraph Agency </em>in 2007.</p> <p>Marceau mimed to keep the children calm when their papers were checked by the Nazi soldiers and to encourage them to <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/world/how-mayonnaise-sandwiches-saved-kids-from-nazis-20091128-jxwq.html#ixzz3tWDGsdXc">stay quiet as they were escaping</a>.</p> <p>In <a href="https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?cc=mqr;c=mqr;c=mqrarchive;idno=act2080.0041.111;g=mqrg;rgn=main;view=text;xc=1">a 2001 lecture</a> Marceau spoke about his father, who died in Auschwitz.</p> <p>“If I cry for my father, I have to cry for the millions of people who died,” he said. “Destiny permitted me to live. This is why I have to bring hope to people who struggle in the world.”</p> <p>Marceau passed away aged 84 on September 22, 2007.</p> <p>Jakubowicz spoke of his film: “It is important for moviegoers to see how much worse the world was not so long ago but also how much better it can get.”</p>

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Duchess Meghan reaches out after 18-year-old woman was set on fire in alleged hate crime

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has spoken with an 18-year-old biracial woman who was allegedly set on fire in a hate crime.</p> <p>Duchess Meghan spoke with Althea Bernstein in a 40-minute phone call on Saturday to offer support and talk about self-care and being biracial, said Michael Johnson, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County.</p> <p>Bernstein, a college student from Wisconsin, USA, was driving on Wednesday morning when she was stopped at a red light and heard a “racial epithet” yelled out, the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/27/us/wisconsin-hate-crime-investigation/index.html">police report</a> said.</p> <p>“She looked and saw four men, all white. She says one used a spray bottle to deploy a liquid on her face and neck, and then threw a flaming lighter at her, causing the liquid to ignite,” the report stated.</p> <p>The young woman was able to put out the flames and drive home. She later reported the incident to the police and received treatment for her face and neck burns at hospital.</p> <p>Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway described the incident as a hate crime the following day.</p> <p>“This is a horrifying and absolutely unacceptable crime,” she said in a statement.</p> <p>“While we are still learning more about the details, current information suggests this may have been a premeditated crime targeted toward people of colour, which makes the incident even more disturbing.”</p> <p>Bernstein was connected to the Duchess through Johnson, who has been acting as the teenager’s spokesman.</p> <p>“[The Duchess] applauded her for the way that she responded and pretty much said, ‘Hey Michael, give me her cell phone number. I want to stay in touch. And let me know when you want me to come back and talk to people in Wisconsin’,” Johnson told <em><a href="https://www.channel3000.com/michael-johnson-speaks-with-prince-harry-meghan-markle-about-madison-protests/">Channel 3000</a></em>.</p> <p>“Meghan lifted her spirits.”</p> <p>Johnson shared that Prince Harry joined the call for about 10 minutes and that the Prince spoke with Bernstein about the importance of young people’s voices.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">On the phone with Prince Harry and Meghan Markel the Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry shared that young people voices matter and Meghan has agreed to talk with girls in Wisconsin and we will be scheduling that soon. Thank you for caring! <a href="https://t.co/FoVs6ewRgo">pic.twitter.com/FoVs6ewRgo</a></p> — Michael Johnson (@MJohnsonCEO) <a href="https://twitter.com/MJohnsonCEO/status/1276994890078064640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 27, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Meghan and Harry have been talking to community leaders about ways to contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, <em><a href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-calls-althea-bernstein-hate-crime-victim/">PEOPLE</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>“They are holding calls with community leaders and organizations but are doing that privately as they continue to see how they can play a role. But they also want to learn and talk about it like the rest of us,” a source told the outlet.</p>

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"Rockstar bride" helps victims of car crash in wedding dress

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Newlyweds Calvin and Rachel Taylor got the shock of their lives after witnessing a three-car pile up while driving home from their wedding.</p> <p>Calvin is beyond thrilled with his "rockstar bride" who didn't hesitate to help as they drove past the accident.</p> <p>“My rockstar of a bride gets out of the car, wedding dress and all, and rushes over to help while I called 911,” Mr Taylor wrote on Tuesday.</p> <p>Rachel is a qualified nurse and jumped out of the wedding car to assist a woman the couple saw being pulled from the wreck and was bleeding badly.</p> <p>Calvin said his wife calmed down the injured woman and applied first aid until authorities arrived and took over.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcalvin.taylor.39501%2Fposts%2F2934027680053194&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=619&amp;appId" width="552" height="619" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <p>“Rachel held this woman and talked to her so nicely and helped her as well as the paramedics that came later. She held her for at least 15 minutes until the EMTs (emergency medical technicians) got her on a stretcher,” he wrote.</p> <p>Rachel didn't seem to mind her dress being on the concrete ass he helped the victim of the car crash.  </p> <p>“I am so blessed to have a wonderful wife who will always take care of people who need it, and we’re blessed that we were able to be in the right place at the right time to make a difference,” Mr Taylor continued.</p> <p>“I can’t wait for a hospital to scoop her up so she can make a difference in people’s lives every day. I am so proud of my wife,” he said.</p> <p>The newlyweds are now on their honeymoon, but Calvin is "still blown away" by how his wife remained calm and was able to help "in a scary situation".</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/calvin.taylor.39501/posts/2934027680053194" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Calvin Taylor / Facebook</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Liz and Damian Hurley break their silence on Steve Bing's confirmed suicide

<p><span>Liz Hurley has shared a heartfelt message about her ex-partner, Steve Bing, who was found dead in Los Angeles at just 55-years-old.</span><br /><br /><span>Bing, who made his mark as a filmmaker, was best known for his work on movies including Kangaroo Jack, which he co-wrote, and for financing films including The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks.</span><br /><br /><span>He was the father of Hurley’s 18-year-old son Damien after the pair dated for 18 months in 2000 and 2001.</span><br /><br /><span>Sharing a gallery of pictures of them when they were a pair, she said she will remember her ex-partner as a “sweet, kind man”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBxghm9l1xU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBxghm9l1xU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Elizabeth Hurley (@elizabethhurley1)</a> on Jun 23, 2020 at 3:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“I am saddened beyond belief that my ex Steve is no longer with us. It is a terrible end,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our time together was very happy and I’m posting these pictures because although we went through some tough times, it’s the good, wonderful memories of a sweet, kind man that matter.</span><br /><br /><span>“In the past year we had become close again. We last spoke on our son’s 18th birthday. This is devastating news and I thank everyone for their lovely messages.”</span><br /><br /><span>Their son Damian also shared his own message.</span><br /><br /><span>He posted a snap of a sunset on Instagram and thanked everyone for their messages during a “very strange and confusing time.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBxlAsAF5Fl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBxlAsAF5Fl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Damian Hurley (@damianhurley1)</a> on Jun 23, 2020 at 3:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has reached out following the devastating news,” it read.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m trying to reply to as many of you as I can, but please know I will always remember your kindness.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is a very strange and confusing time and I’m immensely grateful to be surrounded by my phenomenal family and friends.”</span><br /><br /><span>Former US president Bill Clinton also took to social media to share a few words about his friend.</span><br /><br /><span>“I loved Steve Bing very much. He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he’s finally found peace.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they were investigating the death of a man found in Century City.</span><br /><br /><span>The coroner said a man was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.10 pm local time on Monday.</span><br /><br /><span>Bing was destined for great things when he dropped out of Stanford at just 18, after inheriting a whopping US$600 million from his grandfather, Leo S Bing, who was a successful real estate developer.</span><br /><br /><span>His Hollywood career skyrocketed when he co-wrote the 2003 comedy Kangaroo Jack while reportedly investing $US80 million in the 2004 animated film The Polar Express.</span><br /><br /><span>Bing was the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment, an organisation which had interests in property, construction, entertainment and music.</span><br /><br /><span>His name is listed on the Giving Pledge website, a project launched in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.</span><br /><br /><span>The pledge asks the super-rich to give away the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.</span></p>

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Duchess Catherine tears up as she makes an emotional vow

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Duchess Catherine made a heartwarming promise to the family of a young boy who was cared for by her patronage East Anglia Children's Hospices.</p> <p>The clip was posted to social media where the Duchess of Cambridge alongside Duchess Camilla spoke to those involved with the hospice via video chat.</p> <p>Duchess Kate shared a special moment with one family in particular and made a pledge of her own for their late son.</p> <p>In the video, Duchess Kate is speaking to Stuart and Carla Delf with their 13-year-old son Stuie.</p> <p>Stuie ran a sponsored 5K every day last month in memory of his brother Fraser who passed away in January at the young age of 9.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">To mark the start of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChildrensHospiceWeek?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChildrensHospiceWeek</a>, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge joined a video call with three children’s hospices.<br /><br />Join us in thanking all those involved in children’s hospices 👏<br /><br />Watch the full video ➡️ <a href="https://t.co/WV5KCd5XvZ">https://t.co/WV5KCd5XvZ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KensingtonRoyal</a> <a href="https://t.co/kyUmXA1nY1">pic.twitter.com/kyUmXA1nY1</a></p> — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1275179534481047560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Speaking about the Hospice that looked after Fraser, Kate said: "Children's hospices go that extra mile actually and support families like yourselves, I think it's extraordinary."</p> <p>Fraser's mother, Carla said: "The care was amazing, not just towards Fraser, making sure he was comfortable, but our wellbeing was met."</p> <p>Stuart, Fraser's father, later revealed that Duchess Kate had pledged to plant a sunflower in memory of Fraser, confirming it would be planted at "one of the hospices".</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Major breakthrough”: Scientists find new drug to save COVID-19 patients’ lives

<p>A cheap and widely accessible steroid called dexamethasone has become the first drug that has been shown to save lives among COVID-19 patients.</p> <p>Scientists have hailed it as a “major breakthrough” after trials showed that the drug reduced death rates by around a third of the most severely ill COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital.</p> <p>Dexamethasone is used to reduce inflammation in other diseases and the success of the drug suggest that it should immediately become standard care in patients with severe cases of the pandemic disease.</p> <p>“This is a result that shows that if patients who have COVID-19 and are on ventilators or are on oxygen are given dexamethasone, it will save lives, and it will do so at a remarkably low cost,” said Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor co-leading the trial.</p> <p>“It’s going to be very hard for any drug really to replace this, given that for less than STG50 ($A90) you can treat eight patients and save a life,” he told reporters in an online briefing.</p> <p>Co-lead investigator Peter Horby said that dexamethasone was “the only drug that’s so far shown to reduce mortality and it reduces it significantly”.</p> <p>“It is a major breakthrough,” he said.</p> <p>“Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide.”</p> <p>There are currently no approved treatments or vaccines for COVID-19, a disease that has killed more than 431,000 globally.</p> <p>“The survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment, so dexamethasone should now become standard of care in these patients,” Horby said.</p>

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Barbra Streisand buys Disney shares for George Floyd’s daughter

<p><span>George Floyd’s youngest child is now a Disney shareholder, thanks to Barbra Streisand. </span></p> <p><span>Six-year-old Gianna Floyed took to Instagram to share a photo of herself along with a certificate of Disney shares, and thanked Streisand for the gift.</span></p> <p><span>“Thank You @barbrastreisand for my package, I am now a Disney Stockholder thanks to you,” Gianna wrote.</span></p> <p><span>Representatives for the singer confirmed to the Guardian that she had sent Floyd the shares, as well as videos of two television specials, 1965’s </span><em>My Name is Barbra</em><span> and </span><em>Color Me Barbra</em><span> (1966).</span></p> <p><span>“I sent Gianna videos where I played a little girl in my first television special,” said Streisand, “singing kid songs, and my second special – a sequence with lots of baby animals.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBYSZ4pnqeP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBYSZ4pnqeP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thank You @barbrastreisand for my package, I am now a Disney Stockholder thanks to you 🥰🥰🥰</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/giannapinkfloyd_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> GIGI FLOYD</a> (@giannapinkfloyd_) on Jun 13, 2020 at 7:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The spokesperson refused to reveal how many shares – which currently cost around $127 – were purchased on Floyd’s behalf.</span></p> <p><span>According to a recent report, shares bought in 2010 would have yielded a 370% investment over the past decade.</span></p> <p><span>Streisand has called the death of Floyd on 25 May in Minneapolis, after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes, “a modern day lynching”.</span></p> <p><span>A week ago, Streisand reposted a widely shared video of Gianna on her father’s shoulders, with the child’s message: “Daddy changed the world”.</span></p> <p><span>Gianna goes by the nickname “GiGi” on her Instagram account, which is thought to be run by her mother, Roxie Washington. She is the youngest of Floyd’s five children.</span></p>

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Dismantling the police: lessons from three places that tried it

<p>The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers sparked protests across the US and brought the Black Lives Matter movement back to the forefront of American politics. The intensity of these protests means that previously unthinkable demands for radical reform are now on the table.</p> <p>The defunding of America’s heavily armed police forces, a long-term demand of racial justice activists, looks increasingly achievable. In early June, a veto-proof supermajority of Minneapolis City council members supported efforts to <a href="https://theappeal.org/minneapolis-city-council-members-announce-intent-to-disband-the-police-department-invest-in-proven-community-led-public-safety/">“dismantle” and “abolish”</a> the police department and replace it with a new system of community policing. In Los Angeles, the mayor put forward a proposal to <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-03/lapd-budget-unrest-garcetti">divert between US$100 million and US$150 million</a> from the police department to invest in jobs and education for communities of colour.</p> <p>What this would look like in practice is still unclear. While reforms need to be matched to the specific national context and goals, there are a number of countries that have attempted to defund, demobilise and radically reform their police forces.</p> <p>Although this often occurs following armed conflict, the experience of three places in particular can provide important lessons for today.</p> <p><strong>Iraq and de-Ba’athification</strong></p> <p>Following the 2003 occupation of Iraq, the US ambassador Paul Bremer took the decision to “de-Ba’athify” the Iraqi state by removing civil servants from the era of Saddam Hussein en masse. US military planners <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep12200">had assumed</a> they would inherit a functioning state, including the security system. However de-Ba’athification changed this by essentially disbanding the Iraqi security forces, leaving its personnel with no re-integration programme or alternative source of work.</p> <p>This top-down imposition created <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/02684521003588120">a large pool of unemployed men</a>, many of whom retained their access to arms and explosives in the post-war chaos. Many felt humiliated and hostile to the US forces, which <a href="https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Surge.html?id=9dQ_AQAAQBAJ&amp;redir_esc=y">researchers have argued</a> led to the <a href="https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Surge.html?id=9dQ_AQAAQBAJ&amp;redir_esc=y">political basis for the subsequent Iraqi insurgency</a>. From the elite level to the rank-and-file, these newly desperate men helped to create and sustain the insurgency, with many of Hussein’s ex-generals and spies going on to <a href="https://time.com/3900753/isis-iraq-syria-army-united-states-military/">direct the activities of the Islamic State group</a>.</p> <p>The Minneapolis Police Department will not be demobilised into an environment of generalised chaos, foreign occupation and sectarian violence. Nevertheless, the blunders in post-war Iraq provide a clear lesson: you shouldn’t take jobs away from people who are trained in the use of coercion and violence without some idea of how to retrain and reintegrate them.</p> <p>In the US context this would be unlikely to lead to outright civil conflict as in Iraq – although anything is possible. A more realistic worry is that the police could simply move sideways into private security, a <a href="https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/industry-inequality-why-world-obsessed-private-security">quickly expanding sector</a> that was ironically trialled <a href="https://www.brookings.edu/articles/the-dark-truth-about-blackwater/">with horrifying results</a> in Iraq and Afghanistan. The extended use of private security on US soil could be even <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/0731129X.2012.740907">more violent and less accountable</a> than the current system of policing.</p> <p><strong>Guatemala – rebranding not reform</strong></p> <p>The end of the 36-year-long Guatemalan civil war in 1996 saw an ambitious peace programme. It promised to demilitarise the country’s internal security by transitioning from a brutal military-led counterinsurgency to a civilian police force. However, in practice the reforms failed to effectively move past the legacy of wartime repression.</p> <p>One important factor was that the newly democratic government adopted wholesale the model of the Spanish Guardia Civil, a highly militarised internal security force. The Guardia Civil has been used for internal repression in Spain since its <a href="https://english.elpais.com/elpais/2014/10/20/inenglish/1413807111_949949.html">inception</a> in the mid-19th century, to the recent attempts to <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/catalonia-independence-referendum-catalan-police-storm-ministries-arrested-josep-maria-jov-a7956581.html">target the Catalan independence movement</a>.</p> <p>Guatemala’s decision to follow the Spanish model ran against the idea of a new policing approach even at the time. The reasoning behind the government’s decision was unclear, but bears the hallmarks of the continued influence <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/3339023">of the Guatemalan military establishment</a>. The outcome is a security state that is still extremely violent towards both <a href="https://www.insightcrime.org/news/brief/extrajudicial-killings-on-the-rise-in-guatemala/">suspected criminals</a> and <a href="https://nacla.org/news/2018/06/21/terror-guatemala">political activists</a>.</p> <p>The lesson for the US here is that meaningful reform requires a clear sense of direction rather than simply a re-packaging of the existing model. Beyond this, it also shows the dangers of a fragmented security system. Changing the practices of local police forces will be less effective if agencies such as immigration and customs enforcement are able to continue engaging <a href="https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses">in widespread violence</a>. This is a particular vulnerability for the US, given its <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022343320913089">overlapping security agencies</a> which lack centralised Federal control.</p> <p><strong>Bougainville and bottom-up reform</strong></p> <p>More positive lessons can be taken from the experiences of countries that have radically re-orientated their policing model away from retribution and towards reconciliation and restoration. The autonomous region of Bougainville, <a href="https://www.npr.org/2019/12/30/789697304/trying-to-form-the-worlds-newest-country-bougainville-has-a-road-ahead?t=1591805961684">likely to become the world’s newest nation</a>, used the end of a secessionist conflict with Papua New Guinea in 1998 as an opportunity to return to a form of community justice which emphasised honesty, forgiveness and rehabilitation.</p> <p>This functioned as a way of overcoming wartime trauma and encouraging reconciliation but was also extended out as a general policing model. This approach, while supported by international donors and peacekeepers, relied on long-standing local customs and practice. The result is a society which, while not problem free, is <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273755447_Bougainville_Community_Crime_Survey_2006">significantly safer</a> than the rest of Papua New Guinea. Crucially, the community-based police force enjoys <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13533312.2013.853961">broad popular support</a> among previously victimised rural communities.</p> <p>The US can’t replicate the traditional cultural practice of Bougainville, but it can learn the lessons from its experience. Rather than imposing a particular model, local politicians and international peacekeepers empowered local people to take control of their own safety and security. It is this bottom-up, consensual approach that can form the basis of effective security reform in the US.</p> <p><em>Written by Daniel Odin Shaw. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/dismantling-the-police-lessons-from-three-places-that-tried-it-140303">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Angelina Jolie reveals daughter Vivienne’s loss during lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Angelina Jolie has revealed about her family’s experience during the coronavirus lockdown in a new interview with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/culture-news/a32837390/angelina-jolie-protecting-vulnerable-fighting-racism-pandemic/" target="_blank">Harper’s Bazaar</a></em>.</p> <p>"Like most parents, I focus on staying calm, so my children don't feel anxiety from me on top of all they are worrying about. I put all my energy into them. During the lockdown, Vivienne's bunny passed away during a surgery, and we adopted two sweet little ones who are disabled,” the mother of six explained.</p> <p>She explained that the new additions to the family need to be in pairs.</p> <p>"They need to be in pairs. They are so gentle and it has helped to focus on their care with her at this time and on the dogs, and snakes and lizard."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3SNITwlkyX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3SNITwlkyX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (@zaharajp)</a> on Oct 6, 2019 at 10:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Jolie is currently isolating at home in Los Angeles with her six children, Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 13 and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.</p> <p>She also revealed that she’s been struggling with homeschooling.</p> <p>"We're all locked in, we're doing all right… Well, the two things that affect children from my view the most being out of school is of course, education, and the challenges of education."</p> <p>"I know parents across the country are challenged with homeschool and maybe that's more a challenge for the parents than the children."</p> <p>Jolie shares her children with ex-husband Brad Pitt, who lives nearby. The kids have been spending their time between their parents houses during the lockdown.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Queen’s first video conference during lockdown

<p><span>The Queen can add another “first” to her long list as monarch, as on Friday the royal partook in her first public video conference call.</span><br /><br /><span>Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne had the opportunity to speak to four carers who have had the primary responsibility of looking after family members through the coronavirus pandemic.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBTx9lqnGhM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBTx9lqnGhM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The British Royal Family (@the_mountbatten_windsors)</a> on Jun 11, 2020 at 2:02pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The royals listened intently and learnt about their experiences, along with the challenges the pandemic has brought for these carers.</span><br /><br /><span>“Interesting listening to all your tales and stories,” the 94-year-old monarch said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m very impressed by what you have achieved already. I’m very glad to have been able to join you today.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBTw-AuHI10/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBTw-AuHI10/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. #royal #queenelizabeth #elizabethalexandramary #princephillip #dukeofedinburgh #royalty #britishmonarchy</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/britishroyalphotos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family💓👑</a> (@britishroyalphotos) on Jun 11, 2020 at 1:50pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The video was released on Thursday to mark Carers Week and pay homage to the sacrifices that have been made by the seven million unpaid carers in the United Kingdom.</span><br /><br /><span>Many of these carers have been forced to take on extra roles during the lockdown brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>It was the first time Her Majesty has partaken in her first public video conference call, and proved she is not shy of adapting to meet the challenges posed by new technology.</span></p>

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​Nurse collapses and dies mysteriously while walking the dog

<p><span>The family of a “brilliant and caring” nurse is mourning her death after she tragically collapsed and died while taking her dog out for a stroll.</span><br /><br /><span>Jane Baxter, 43, a single mum from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, passed away while she took her family pet out for a walk on June 2.</span><br /><br /><span>Her two devastated children Isabelle, 14 and Harry, 11 are both struggling to come to terms with the loss of their wonderful mum.</span><br /><br /><span>Jane’s sister, Sue Baxter, 53, said that she had received a call early in the morning to say her sister had been rushed to hospital after collapsing.</span><br /><br /><span>“She went out for a walk and didn’t come home,” she devastatingly recounted.</span><br /><br /><span>“I got a call to say she had collapsed on the road and an ambulance had been called.”</span><br /><br /><span>Emergency services arrived in Litherland where Jane collapsed near her home and took her to Fazakerley Hospital, where she died later after never regaining consciousness.</span><br /><br /><span>Jane's death is not being treated as coronavirus related but the cause is yet to be found.</span><br /><br /><span>Results could take six months before any answers or comfort can be given to Jane’s heartbroken family.</span><br /><br /><span>To help with funeral costs and to aid Jane’s two children for their future, the family have put together a GoFundMe.</span><br /><br /><span>“Jane was a vibrant, compassionate and caring person to all who knew her,” the page read.</span><br /><br /><span>"Jane's passing was so sudden, Harry and Issy never got the chance to hug or say goodbye to their beautiful mum.</span><br /><br /><span>"As a single mum, Jane always made sure her children never went without and worked hard to give them the best life possible.</span><br /><br /><span>"Living with her lovely mum Jean, they all shared plenty of love and laughter.</span><br /><br /><span>"As friends who experienced Jane's warmth &amp; kindness, we would like to raise as much as possible to help Harry and Issy through these terrible and distressing times.</span><br /><br /><span>"It may just be a day out, a pair of shoe mum would have bought, Xmas and birthday gifts etc that a mother may buy her children.</span><br /><br /><span>"All funds raised will help these children through times such as school proms and events in life where mum would have been their side by side with her two favourite sidekicks."</span><br /><br /><span>The family told the Echo that Jane qualified as a nurse in 2003 and worked on the High Dependency Unit (HDU) in Alder Hey.</span><br /><br /><span>They described her as a “brilliant, caring” nurse who lived for her children.</span></p>

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The state removal of Māori children from their families is a wound that won’t heal – but there is a way forward

<p>Too many New Zealand children are born into a state of crisis, as two recent and damning reports have shown.</p> <p>The <a href="https://whanauora.nz/assets/6f126cc001/ORANGA-TAMARIKI-REVIEW-REPORT.pdf">Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki</a> (Ministry for Children) was one of five inquiries launched after a media <a href="https://www.newsroom.co.nz/investigations/2019/06/11/629363/nzs-own-taken-generation">investigation</a> into the attempted “uplift” of a newborn baby from its mother at a maternity ward in May 2019. The inquiry report stated:</p> <p><em>The event … not only sparked national outrage from Māori, but disclosed a controversial and decades old state policy and practice that has had devastating intergenerational impacts that have left our communities with deep emotional scars.</em></p> <p>Another <a href="https://www.occ.org.nz/assets/Uploads/TKTM-JUNE2020-Final.pdf">report</a> from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner details the experiences of Māori mothers of newborns involved with Oranga Tamariki. Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft wrote:</p> <p><em>These personal stories … are a silent testimony to the long-term inequities that Māori have suffered under Aotearoa New Zealand’s care and protection system.</em></p> <p>Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss <a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=12337954">hit back</a> by saying the children’s commissioner’s report was ignoring the interests of babies.</p> <p>Today Newsroom launches a harrowing new video story by investigations editor Melanie Reid into the attempted ‘uplift’ of a newborn baby from its mother by Oranga Tamariki. Full video available here: <a href="https://t.co/u66NY18Rw1">https://bit.ly/2XEIgNo </a></p> <p>The current storm rages, in part, around the protection of children and their rights. With the <a href="https://www.abuseincare.org.nz/">Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care</a> due to deliver its own interim report this year, we need to ask: what are those rights, and might a better understanding of them provide a way out of this impasse?</p> <p><strong>Children’s rights are linked to parents’ rights</strong></p> <p>Part of the answer can be found in the <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989</a>. Aotearoa-New Zealand accepted this treaty in 1993 and it informs the work of the <a href="http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2003/0121/latest/DLM230435.html">children’s commissioner</a>. For tamariki Māori, the convention is important because it was the first global human rights treaty to refer to the rights of indigenous children.</p> <p>Perhaps controversially, the convention <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">requires</a> states to respect parents’ rights and responsibilities – and, where relevant, the extended family or community. This counters a common criticism that by focusing on children’s rights we diminish the rights of parents and families.</p> <p>As far as possible, children have the <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">right</a> to know and be cared for by their parents. It is parents who have the <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">primary responsibility</a> for the upbringing and development of their children.</p> <p>The convention also <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">states</a> that the family is “the fundamental group of society” and the child <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">should grow up in a family environment</a>. Cultural values are <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">important</a> for “the protection and harmonious development of the child”.</p> <p>Most importantly in the current debate, the convention provides clear guidance on the removal of children from their families:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">involuntary separation</a> is to be avoided, unless it is in the child’s best interests</li> <li>states must protect the child from <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">all forms of violence, abuse or neglect</a></li> <li>where children must be placed into care, the child’s <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx">ethnic and cultural background</a> must be considered</li> <li>as indigenous children, tamariki Māori themselves must have access to <a href="https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/CRC.GC.C.11.pdf">culturally appropriate services</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Each of these considerations is subject to <a href="http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2fPPRiCAqhKb7yhsiQql8gX5Zxh0cQqSRzx6Zd2%2fQRsDnCTcaruSeZhPr2vUevjbn6t6GSi1fheVp%2bj5HTLU2Ub%2fPZZtQWn0jExFVnWuhiBbqgAj0dWBoFGbK0c">four guiding principles</a>:</p> <ul> <li>the convention <a href="http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2fPPRiCAqhKb7yhsiQql8gX5Zxh0cQqSRzx6Zd2%2fQRsDnCTcaruSeZhPr2vUevjbn6t6GSi1fheVp%2bj5HTLU2Ub%2fPZZtQWn0jExFVnWuhiBbqgAj0dWBoFGbK0c">prohibits discrimination</a> of any kind, a provision that is <a href="https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/CRC.GC.C.11.pdf">particularly</a> important in the current debate</li> <li>the <a href="http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2fPPRiCAqhKb7yhsiQql8gX5Zxh0cQqSRzx6Zd2%2fQRsDnCTcaruSeZhPr2vUevjbn6t6GSi1fheVp%2bj5HTLU2Ub%2fPZZtQWn0jExFVnWuhiBbqgAj0dWBoFGbK0c">best interests of the child</a> should govern all decisions relating to children – for indigenous children, this must take into account their <a href="https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/CRC.GC.C.11.pdf">collective cultural rights</a></li> <li>the child has the <a href="http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2fPPRiCAqhKb7yhsiQql8gX5Zxh0cQqSRzx6Zd2%2fQRsDnCTcaruSeZhPr2vUevjbn6t6GSi1fheVp%2bj5HTLU2Ub%2fPZZtQWn0jExFVnWuhiBbqgAj0dWBoFGbK0c">right to life</a> and states must do all that they can to ensure the <a href="http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2fPPRiCAqhKb7yhsiQql8gX5Zxh0cQqSRzx6Zd2%2fQRsDnCTcaruSeZhPr2vUevjbn6t6GSi1fheVp%2bj5HTLU2Ub%2fPZZtQWn0jExFVnWuhiBbqgAj0dWBoFGbK0c">survival and development</a> of the child – for indigenous children, this means their <a href="https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/CRC.GC.C.11.pdf">high mortality rates</a> must be addressed and culturally appropriate material assistance and support programs <a href="https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/CRC.GC.C.11.pdf">provided</a> to parents and others</li> <li>the child has a <a href="http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2fPPRiCAqhKb7yhsiQql8gX5Zxh0cQqSRzx6Zd2%2fQRsDnCTcaruSeZhPr2vUevjbn6t6GSi1fheVp%2bj5HTLU2Ub%2fPZZtQWn0jExFVnWuhiBbqgAj0dWBoFGbK0c">right to be heard</a> in all proceedings affecting them. They have an individual right to express their opinion, and children as a societal group must be heard. The state must design <a href="https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/CRC.GC.C.11.pdf">special strategies</a> to ensure the voices of indigenous children are heard.</li> </ul> <p>This report shares consistent and heart-breaking whānau experiences, supported by data and historical analysis, showing there are deep systemic issues facing the statutory care and protection system. Read the full report: <a href="https://t.co/jwPmgYHBYU">https://www.occ.org.nz/publications/reports/te-kuku-o-te-manawa/ …</a></p> <p><strong>The forcible removal of children is covered by the UN</strong></p> <p>Alongside the children’s rights convention lies the <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007</a>, which Aotearoa-New Zealand endorsed in 2010. This specifically recognises the rights of indigenous families and communities to retain <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">shared responsibility</a> for the upbringing and well-being of their children. The exercise of that responsibility is to be consistent with the rights of the child.</p> <p>The declaration also prohibits the <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">forcible removal</a> of children from one group to another. While this has tended to relate to historic state policies to remove indigenous children from their communities, it clearly resonates with recent events.</p> <p>The declaration also states that the <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">economic and social conditions of children</a> must be improved. Notably, states must protect children from all forms of <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">violence and discrimination</a>. These considerations overlap with the declaration’s wider objectives, such as the <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">right to self-determination</a>, the <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">right to self-government</a> and the importance of <a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf">free, prior and informed consent</a> on matters that affect indigenous people.</p> <p>At the heart of these documents is a simple message: children have rights. The best interests of the child must inform any decision that affects those rights. And the decision must be made in an impartial and transparent manner.</p> <p>Future reports will inevitably catalogue further violations of children’s rights. Identifying these violations is one thing; strategies to ensure they do not happen again are another. The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples must play a central role.</p> <p><em>Written by Claire Breen. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-state-removal-of-maori-children-from-their-families-is-a-wound-that-wont-heal-but-there-is-a-way-forward-140243">The Conversation</a>. </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Woman attacked by stranger at traffic lights

<p><span>A Christchurch woman is recovering from brain injury after being brutally attacked by a stranger at traffic lights late last month.</span></p> <p><span>Deni Smart was waiting at the lights in Linwood when the suspect got into her car.</span></p> <p><span>According to a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/brutally-attacked" target="_blank">Givealittle</a><span> page which was started by a friend, she was then attacked when the person “started an onslaught”.</span></p> <p><span>Smart is still recovering from the vicious assault, after she suffered from a concussion and fractured eye socket.</span></p> <p><span>A photo of the aftermath was shared on the page to highlight the severity of her injuries.</span></p> <p><span>"This individual is unknown to Deni and she has no idea what provoked the assault," the Givealittle page says.</span></p> <p><span>Smart was reportedly bashed in the head several times and has been left “physically and mentally” traumatised.</span></p> <p><span>She is desperate to go back to work, says the Givealittle page, but it’s uncertain how long it will take for her brain injury to recover.</span></p> <p><span>"Deni is a kind, caring, and brilliant woman who now has significant uncertainty in her future.</span></p> <p><span>"She didn't ask for this. She didn't provoke the attack. She is now having to deal with the results of someone else's complete disregard for human life."</span></p> <p><span>Taking to Facebook last Wednesday, Smart thanked her friends and family for the support, saying the past few days had been a “blur”.</span></p> <p><span>"It makes me realise how blessed I am in this life and how many people care about me," she said.</span></p> <p><span>Police are currently investigating the situation, which no arrests made at this stage.</span></p>

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New Zealand hits zero active coronavirus cases: Here are 5 measures to keep it that way

<p><em>Editor’s update: New Zealand has<span> </span><a href="https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-zealand-moves-alert-level-1">“eliminated”</a><span> </span>COVID-19 “for now”, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern<span> </span><a href="https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/418524/prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-reveals-move-to-level-1-from-midnight">has declared</a>, announcing the nation will move to<span> </span><a href="https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/covid-19-alert-system/#alert-level-1-%E2%80%94-prepare">alert level 1</a><span> </span>from midnight on June 8, lifting all requirements for social distancing and restrictions on businesses.</em></p> <p>We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time – it is a sustained effort.</p> <p><em>Below, two of the key epidemiologists who worked on New Zealand’s elimination strategy explain today’s news – and the challenges ahead.</em></p> <p>Today is also the 17th day since the last new case was reported. New Zealand has a total of<span> </span><a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-current-cases#summary">1,154 confirmed cases</a><span> </span>(combined total of confirmed and probable cases is 1,504) and 22 people have died.</p> <p>This is an important milestone and a time to celebrate. But as we continue to rebuild the economy, there are several challenges ahead if New Zealand wants to retain its COVID-19-free status while the pandemic continues elsewhere.</p> <p>It remains important that good science supports the government’s risk assessment and management. Below, we recommend several ways people can protect themselves. But we also argue New Zealand needs an urgent overhaul of the health system, including the establishment of a new national public health agency for disease prevention and control.</p> <h2>What elimination means</h2> <p>Elimination is defined as the absence of a disease at a national or regional level. Eradication refers to its global extinction (as with smallpox).</p> <p>Elimination requires a high-performing surveillance system to provide assurance that, should border control fail, any new cases would be quickly found. Agreed<span> </span><a href="https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/05/05/the-need-for-a-robust-scientific-definition-for-the-elimination-of-covid-19-from-new-zealand/">definitions are important</a><span> </span>for public reassurance and as a basis for expanding travel links with other countries that have also achieved elimination.</p> <p>It is important to remind ourselves that active cases are not the ones we need to worry about. By definition, they have all been identified and placed in isolation and are very unlikely to infect others. The real target of elimination is to stop the unseen cases silently spreading in the community. This is why we need mathematical modelling to tell us that elimination is likely.</p> <h2>Avoiding complacency – and new outbreaks</h2> <p>New Zealand’s<span> </span><a href="https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal-articles/new-zealands-elimination-strategy-for-the-covid-19-pandemic-and-what-is-required-to-make-it-work">decisive elimination strategy</a><span> </span>appears to have succeeded, but it is easy to become complacent. Many other countries pursuing a containment approach have had new outbreaks, notably<span> </span><a href="https://theconversation.com/this-is-why-singapores-coronavirus-cases-are-growing-a-look-inside-the-dismal-living-conditions-of-migrant-workers-136959">Singapore</a>,<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/28/south-korea-faces-return-to-coronavirus-restrictions-after-spike-in-new-cases">Korea</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/10/lessons-learned-what-australia-needs-to-do-to-avoid-a-second-covid-19-wave">Australia</a>.</p> <p>New Zealand has spent months expanding its capacities to eliminate COVID-19. But maintaining elimination will be challenging. Airports, seaports and quarantine facilities remain potential sites of transmission from overseas, particularly given the<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/27/australia-new-zealand-travel-bubble-jacinda-ardern-says-plan-will-be-presented-in-june-coronavirus">pressure to increase numbers of arrivals</a>.</p> <p>New Zealand’s move to<span> </span><a href="https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/covid-19-alert-system/#alert-level-1-%E2%80%94-prepare">alert level 1</a><span> </span>will end all physical distancing restrictions. If the virus is reintroduced, this creates the potential for outbreaks arising from indoor social gatherings. New Zealand is also moving into winter when respiratory viruses can spread more easily, as is seen with the<span> </span><a href="https://academic.oup.com/jid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/infdis/jiaa161/5815743">highly seasonal coronaviruses</a><span> </span>which cause the common cold.</p> <p>At midnight tonight, Monday 8th June, New Zealand will shift to Alert Level 1.</p> <p>At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.</p> <h2>5 key ways to protect New Zealand’s long-term health</h2> <p>Just as New Zealand prepared for the pandemic, the post-elimination period requires “<a href="https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/02/06/nz-should-prepare-for-a-potentially-severe-global-coronavirus-pandemic/">maximum proactivity</a>”. Here are five key risk management approaches to achieve lasting protection for New Zealand against COVID-19 and other serious public health threats.</p> <p><strong>1. Establish public use of fabric face masks in specific settings</strong></p> <p>Health protection relies on multiple barriers to infection or contamination. This is the cornerstone of<span> </span><a href="https://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/Files/Report-Havelock-North-Water-Inquiry-Stage-2/%24file/Report-Havelock-North-Water-Inquiry-Stage-2.pdf">protecting drinking water</a>, food safety and borders from incursions by biological agents.</p> <p>With the end of physical distancing, we recommend the government seriously considers making mask wearing mandatory on public transport, on aircraft and at border control and quarantine facilities. Other personal hygiene measures (staying home if sick, washing hands, coughing into elbows) are insufficient when transmission is often from people who appear well and can<span> </span><a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/06/02/science.abc6197.1">spread the virus simply by breathing and talking</a>.</p> <p>The evidence base for the effectiveness of even simple fabric face masks is now strong, according to a<span> </span><a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext">recent systematic review</a><span> </span>published in the Lancet. The World Health Organization has also<span> </span><a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks">updated its guidelines</a><span> </span>to recommend that everyone wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission. Establishing a culture of using face masks in specific settings in New Zealand will make it easier to expand their use if required in future outbreaks.</p> <p><strong>2. Improve contact tracing effectiveness with suitable digital tools</strong></p> <p>New Zealand’s<span> </span><a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-general-public/contact-tracing-covid-19">national system for contact tracing</a><span> </span>remains a critical back-stop measure to control outbreaks, should border controls fail. But there is significant potential for new digital tools to<span> </span><a href="https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/04/15/we-need-rapid-progress-on-digital-solutions-to-help-eliminate-covid-19-from-new-zealand/">enhance current processes</a>, albeit with appropriate privacy safeguards built in. To be effective, such digital solutions must have<span> </span><a href="https://csda.aut.ac.nz/news/digital-contact-tracing-for-covid-19-new-policy-primer">high uptake and support very rapid contact tracing</a>. Downloadable apps appear insufficient and both<span> </span><a href="https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/04/17/1132682/nz-considering-100m-contact-tracing-covidcard">New Zealand</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/coronavirus-singapore-contact-tracing-wearable-device-a9550841.html">Singapore</a><span> </span>are investigating bluetooth-enabled devices which appear to perform better and could be distributed to all residents.</p> <p><strong>3. Apply a science-based approach to border management</strong></p> <p>A cautious return to higher levels of inbound and outbound travel is important for economic and humanitarian reasons, but we need to assess the risk carefully. This opening up includes two very different processes. One is a broadening of the current categories of people permitted to enter New Zealand beyond residents, their families and a small number of others. This will typically require the continuation of<span> </span><a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-border-controls">routine 14-day quarantine</a>, until improved methods are developed.</p> <p>The other potential expansion is quarantine-free entry, which will be safest from countries that meet similar elimination targets. This process could begin with<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/may/01/if-australia-and-new-zealand-restart-travel-they-should-include-the-pacific-in-their-bubble">Pacific Island nations</a><span> </span>free of COVID-19, notably Samoa and Tonga. It should be possible to extend this arrangement to various Australian states and other jurisdictions such as Fiji and Taiwan when they confirm their elimination status.</p> <p><strong>4. Establish a dedicated national public health agency</strong></p> <p>Even before COVID-19 hit New Zealand, it was clear our national public health infrastructure was failing after decades of neglect, fragmentation and erosion. Prominent examples of system failure include the<span> </span><a href="https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2017/12/20/the-havelock-north-drinking-water-inquiry-a-wake-up-call-to-rebuild-public-health-in-new-zealand/">Havelock North campylobacter outbreak</a><span> </span>in 2016 and the<span> </span><a href="https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/02/05/a-preventable-measles-epidemic-lessons-for-reforming-public-health-in-nz/">prolonged measles epidemic</a><span> </span>in 2019. The comprehensive<span> </span><a href="https://systemreview.health.govt.nz/">health and disability system review</a><span> </span>report was delivered to the Minister of Health in March and was widely expected to recommend significant upgrading of public health capacity. This report and its recommendations should now be released.</p> <p>We also recommend an interim evaluation of the public health response to COVID-19 now, rather than after the pandemic. These reviews would inform the needed upgrade of New Zealand’s public health capacity to manage the ongoing pandemic response and to prepare the country for other serious health threats. A key improvement would be a dedicated national public health agency to lead disease control and prevention. Such an agency could help avoid the need for lockdowns by early detection and action in response to emerging infectious disease threats, as achieved by<span> </span><a href="https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/7/20-0574_article">Taiwan</a><span> </span>during the current pandemic.</p> <p><strong>5. Commit to transformational change to avoid major global threats</strong></p> <p>COVID-19 is having devastating health and social impacts globally. Even if it is brought under control with a vaccine or antivirals, other major health threats remain, including<span> </span><a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32596-6/fulltext">climate change</a>, loss of biological diversity and existential threats (for example, pandemics arising from developments in synthetic biology). These threats need urgent attention. The recovery from lockdown provides an opportunity for a sustained transformation of our economy that addresses wider health, environmental and social goals.</p>

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Police investigate the welfare of re-homed autistic child of YouTube influencers

<p><span>Police have confirmed they are looking into the welfare and whereabouts of the adopted son of YouTube couple Myka and James Stauffer, who they admitted they “re-homed” with another family.</span><br /><br /><span>Myka sparked fury online when she came forward on her YouTube channel to announce she had sent her adopted son Huxley, five, to live with another family after his special needs meant that they could no longer provide the best support for him.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple adopted Huxley from China in 2016, and did not shy away from sharing the process on Myka's YouTube channel.</span><br /><br /><span>Though they were told the boy suffered from brain tumours, it was later revealed to the family that the young boy has level three autism and a sensory processing disorder, the result of having a stroke in utero.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836396/myka-stauffer-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/410fbb6f9d404221ac32968c2f25ddaf" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>Myka and James announced that they had sent Huxley to live with a family better equipped to handle his needs in a video that went viral last week.</span><br /><br /><span>Fans promptly accused the pair of "re-homing" him because of his autism.</span><br /><br /><span>It has also since raised questions about Huxley's whereabouts since leaving the Stauffer family.</span><br /><br /><span>The Delaware, US County Sheriff's Office is looking into the case alongside “several other agencies”, according to BuzzFeed News.</span><br /><br /><span>Tracy Whited, the office's community and media relations manager, said that the case is ongoing but was able to confirm that the five-year-old boy “is not missing”.</span><br /><br /><span>“All adoption cases are confidential, and must go through a thorough process, with specific requirements and safeguards,” Whited said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836397/myka-stauffer-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/64ab6f6e927345fa9b1eb7f6f5a2bda8" /></p> <p><em>Myka and her husband took to Youtube to reveal they had "rehomed" their son Huxley. </em><br /><br /><span>“In private adoptions there are the same legal requirements that must be adhered to. These include home studies as well as background checks on the adopting parent(s).”</span><br /><br /><span>She added that both parties are being represented by attorneys.</span><br /><br /><span>Last week lawyers for the Stauffer family released a statement addressing the backlash surrounding Myka and James' video.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are privy to this case, and given the facts at hand, we feel this was the best decision for Huxley,” lawyers Thomas Taneff and Taylor Sayers said.</span><br /><br /><span>“In coming to know our clients, we know they are a loving family and are very caring parents that would do anything for their children. Since his adoption, they consulted with multiple professionals in the health care and educational arenas in order to provide Huxley with the best possible treatment and care.</span><br /><br /><span>“Over time, the team of medical professionals advised our clients it might be best for Huxley to be placed with another family.”</span><br /><br /><span>Fans and critics asked to know how little Hux had been “re-homed”, as the details were never made clear.</span><br /><br /><span>Myka appears to have since removed all photos of Huxley from her Instagram account while images of her other four children remain.</span></p>

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Why Prince William warns not to call healthcare workers “heroes”

<p>Prince William has cautioned against calling health care workers “heroes” amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying it might put undue pressure on those working on the frontline to appear “strong” and deter them from seeking support.</p> <p>In an appearance on the BBC’s <em>One Show</em>, the Duke of Cambridge said some hospital staff and care workers he chatted with through video calls found it difficult to talk about their problems.</p> <p>“I think we’ve got to be very careful with the language that we use,” William said.</p> <p>“[Healthcare workers] should rightly be hailed as superstars, and brave, and wonderful staff – but I’m very conscious from a mental health point of view that we don’t alienate some of them.”</p> <p>The “hero” label might lead healthcare staff to believe they have to be “this strong pillar of strength” and prevent them from asking for mental health support, the duke said.</p> <p>He urged the United Kingdom’s National Health Service workers to look after themselves so that they could emerge from the pandemic “in one piece”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvkP3oFEMq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvkP3oFEMq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on May 28, 2020 at 12:26pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>William’s comments came ahead of the airing of the documentary <em>Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health</em>, where the royal discussed why “it’s OK to not be OK”.</p>

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Mummy blogger who "rehomed" adopted autistic son speaks out after backlash

<p><span>The mummy blogger who “rehomed” her adopted son has been dumped by multiple brand deals after receiving huge backlash for the decision.</span></p> <p><span>Myka Stauffer was heavily criticised after revealing she and husband James had given up their son Huxley, four.</span></p> <p><span>The couple said the decision came after discovering he had “medical needs” that they weren’t aware of when they adopted him from China in 2017.</span></p> <p><span>Soon after justifying their decision, Stauffer defended their decision, saying her former son – who has autism and is non-verbal – “wanted” a new home and hinted at problems between him and their four other kids. </span></p> <p><span>Now, many brands have chosen to drop Stauffer.</span></p> <p><span>Stauffer who has a following of 162,000 on Instagram and 700,000 on YouTube, had formed partnerships with big-name companies like Big Lots, TJ Maxx and Danimals yoghurt.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4S4hBJgwI_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4S4hBJgwI_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">My favorite Starbucks barista 🧜🏻‍♀️☕️ You hold such a special place in my heart sweet boy! 💚#happyhalloween #halloween2019 #halloweencostume</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mykastauffer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Myka Stauffer</a> (@mykastauffer) on Oct 31, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>But according to </span><em>People</em><span>, many have dumped the mummy blogger over the incident.</span></p> <p><span>Stauffer hit a second wave of backlash when she responded to a critic in the comments section of her video titled “an update on our family”.</span></p> <p><span>“We would never just give up a child with special needs, this is a personal matter to Hux. It had nothing to do with he just had Autism,” Stauffer wrote, defending the backlash.</span></p> <p><span>“Multiple scary things happened inside the home towards our other children, and if these events happened with one of my biological kids, after all the help and after the behaviours we witnessed sadly we would have no other choice then to seek help and get their needs met.”</span></p> <p><span>She goes on to say Huxley “wanted this decision 100%” explaining she “saw” it when he was with his new “family” as the child was not able to communicate with speech.</span></p> <p><span>“He constantly chose them and signed and showed tons of emotion to show us and let us know he wanted this,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>However, not many were convinced, branding the defence as “disgusting”.</span></p> <p><span>“Oh yes. Non-verbal Huxley told you I don’t want to live with you guys no more send me to these strangers so that I can be traumatised even more in my little life,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s so disgusting. Why adopt a child you knew was going to have problems just to toss them away?” another said.</span></p> <p><span>“OMG she’s so delusional,” one scoffed.</span></p> <p><span>While one said: “Obviously having a child with disabilities is incredibly challenging and can certainly present difficulties with other children but to say that this kid is some kind of sinister, dangerous figure is so irresponsible.”</span></p> <p><span>Some of Stauffer’s subscribers accused her of using Huxley solely to gain a bigger following and earn more money on her YouTube channel.</span></p> <p><span>Some declared the decision “awful” for both Huxley and the pair’s four other children: Kova, Jaka, Radley and Onyx.</span></p> <p><span>“@MykaStauffer adopted an autistic child from China and after years of having him, she gave him up for adoption because he had ‘bad behaviour’ after using him for $$$ on her YouTube channel,” wrote one user.</span></p> <p><span>“What Myka Stauffer and her husband did is awful. You don’t just give a child back … “ one tweeted.</span></p> <p><span>“She adopted a child for views and then got rid of him and treated him like a brand deal,” another said.</span></p> <p><span>There are even calls to have the family’s sponsors pulled, with angry internet justice seekers calling to #cancelstauffers.</span></p> <p><span>In the video where the Stauffer’s talk about “rehoming” Huxley, the pair said the child had autism and brain damage.</span></p> <p><span>“Numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit. He needed more,” Stauffer says while fighting back tears in the video filmed in the couple’s bed.</span></p> <p><span>She added that an adoption agency had helped place Huxley with his “forever family.”</span></p> <p><span>“He’s thriving, he’s doing really well, and his new mummy has medical, professional training,” she added.</span></p>

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Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patent – and who gets to use it

<p>With research laboratories around the world racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, a unique challenge has emerged: how to balance intellectual property rights with serving the public good.</p> <p>Questions of patent protection and access to those patents has prompted an international group of scientists and lawyers to establish the <a href="https://opencovidpledge.org/">Open COVID Pledge</a>.</p> <p>This movement calls on organisations to freely make available their existing patents and copyrights associated with vaccine research to create an <a href="https://www.taylorwessing.com/en/insights-and-events/insights/2020/04/patent-pools---an-easy-licensing-option-for-covid-19-drugs-and-sars-cov-2-vaccines">open patent pool</a> to solve a global problem.</p> <p>The EU is <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-15/coronavirus-vaccine-patent-pooled-guarantee-who/12250186">leading the charge</a> to create such a pool by drafting a resolution at the World Health Organisation. The US, UK and a few others have been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/17/us-and-uk-lead-push-against-global-patent-pool-for-covid-19-drugs?CMP=share_btn_tw">opposed to this idea</a>.</p> <p>For now, however, there are very few pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations participating in the pledge, raising questions over whether the initiative will work.</p> <p>Instead, universities, publicly funded research institutes and pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations are working on vaccine research through international consortia or public-private <a href="https://www.clinicaltrialsarena.com/analysis/covid-19-pharmaceutical-company-partnerships-for-coronavirus-vaccines-development/">partnerships</a>.</p> <p>If one group does develop a viable vaccine, this raises other questions that will soon need to be addressed:</p> <ul> <li>who is funding the research, and who has the rights to any patents coming out of it?</li> <li>can governments compel the owners of those patents to license other manufacturers to make the vaccines or medicines?</li> </ul> <p><strong>What are patent rights and why are they important?</strong></p> <p>Patent rights are a form of intellectual property rights. They provide creators of new inventions, like novel vaccines and medicines, with a limited-term monopoly over those inventions in the marketplace to help recover the costs of research and development.</p> <p>In other words, patents are an incentive to invent or innovate.</p> <p>Patents are granted by individual nations, but don’t apply across borders. To gain global protection, an inventor needs to apply for patents in every country – something that could be critical when it comes to vaccines. The <a href="https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/registration/pct/">Patent Cooperation Treaty</a> helps to streamline the process, but it is still expensive and time-consuming.</p> <p>The limited-term monopoly on the market is balanced by the requirement that patent holders share information about their inventions in a register to make it available for anyone to use after the patent protection expires. The <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s67.html">term of a standard patent</a> is usually 20 years.</p> <p>During the patent period, patent holders have exclusive rights to manufacture and sell their inventions. Or, they can choose to license the technology to others to manufacture and sell to the public.</p> <p>Such licences include a specified time limit and geographical area to exploit the patent. In return, the patent holder receives royalties or licence fees, or both.</p> <p>So, the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 is not just about saving lives during a pandemic, it’s also about owning the patent rights. This gives the owner control over the manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine in the countries where the patent rights are granted.</p> <p><strong>Who is currently researching a coronavirus vaccine?</strong></p> <p>The race currently includes universities, publicly funded research institutes and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, <a href="https://www.clinicaltrialsarena.com/analysis/covid-19-pharmaceutical-company-partnerships-for-coronavirus-vaccines-development/">some working in partnership</a> with government institutions.</p> <p>The company that <a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/coronavirus-vaccine-human-trials-by-moderna-show-promising-results-c-1045340">just announced early positive results</a> on a vaccine is Moderna, a biotech company based in the US, which is working with the National Institutes of Health. A <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-05-24/coronavirus-vaccine-race/12277558">number of other developers</a> are also doing human trials globally, including many in China.</p> <p>When private companies and government institutions partner on developing a vaccine, it may result in joint ownership of a patent. This gives each owner the <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s16.html">right</a> to manufacture the vaccine, but only together they can license the manufacturing to third parties.</p> <p><strong>What about the rights of nations?</strong></p> <p>Even if patent ownership is in the hands of private companies, the state may still have the right to use them for its <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s163.html">own purposes</a> or in the case of <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s163a.html">emergencies</a>. Many countries have specific laws to facilitate these arrangements.</p> <p>In the US, the <a href="https://www.unemed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/35-U.S.C.-200-212-Bayh-Dole-Act.pdf">Bayh-Dole Act 1980</a> ensures the government retains sufficient rights to use patents resulting from federally supported research.</p> <p>Under these rights, <a href="https://www.unemed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/35-U.S.C.-200-212-Bayh-Dole-Act.pdf">the government can be granted</a> a free license to use the patent itself or the right to arrange for a third party to use the patent on its behalf.</p> <p>In cases where the patent holder of a publicly funded invention refuses to licence it to third parties, the Bayh-Dole Act gives the government <a href="https://www.unemed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/35-U.S.C.-200-212-Bayh-Dole-Act.pdf">“march-in” rights</a>.</p> <p>Under specific guidelines, this means a forced licence can be granted to a third party on reasonable terms. This includes in cases when the “action is necessary to alleviate health or safety needs” or to ensure the patented invention is actually manufactured within a reasonable time.</p> <p>In the case of COVID-19 research, this means the US government could order a corporation or university that invents a vaccine with federal funding to license the patent to others to make it.</p> <p>In Australia, the government can exploit the patented inventions of others under right of “<a href="https://www.alrc.gov.au/publication/genes-and-ingenuity-gene-patenting-and-human-health-alrc-report-99/26-crown-use-and-acquisition/crown-use/">crown use</a>”. In these cases, the patent holder is <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s165.html">entitled to financial compensation</a> from the government.</p> <p>Like most other members of the World Trade Organisation, Australia also has compulsory licensing rules in its <a href="https://www.alrc.gov.au/publication/genes-and-ingenuity-gene-patenting-and-human-health-alrc-report-99/27-compulsory-licensing/compulsory-licensing/">patent law</a> that force inventors to license their patents to third parties on reasonable terms in specific circumstances.</p> <p>In reality, though, such compulsory licences are under-utilised in countries like Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Japan, and rarely granted, if at all.</p> <p><strong>Working together for the common good</strong></p> <p>This brings us to the <a href="https://opencovidpledge.org/">Open COVID Pledge</a>, which is designed to make the relevant intellectual property freely available under an <a href="https://opencovidpledge.org/licenses">open licence</a>.</p> <p>Such open-access licensing has been used in the publishing industry for years, for example with <a href="https://creativecommons.org/about/program-areas/open-access/">Creative Commons</a> publications online, and in the technology industry through <a href="https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source">open-source</a> licences.</p> <p>If more of the public-private partnerships working on a coronavirus vaccine do sign up to the pledge, perhaps it will be one of the positives to come out of the pandemic. It could allow open-access licences for lifesaving technologies to become accepted practice.</p> <p><em>Written by Natalie Stoianoff. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/whoever-invents-a-coronavirus-vaccine-will-control-the-patent-and-importantly-who-gets-to-use-it-138121">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Grandfather recovering from COVID-19 treated to special surprise

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A German grandfather who contracted coronavirus whilst on-board a cruise ship has celebrated a life milestone in hospital as he recovers.</p> <p>Johann Steinborn was one of 81 passengers and crew who contracted the virus, despite having no symptoms beforehand.</p> <p>Steinborn’s health quickly took a turn for the worse and he was evacuated and put on an incubator.</p> <p>"I only remember I was brought here from the ship and had to wait in a special room, then nothing – cut off, complete black," he told<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-wa-artania-cruise-ship-fremantle-hospital-grandfather-recovery-80th-birthday-surprise-covid-19/02fdec57-4ecb-4cec-8ec6-8a45642d12dc" target="_blank"><span> </span>9News</a>.</p> <p>"I don't know what happened to me."</p> <p>His wife was flown home to Germany as she was healthy, but Johann remained behind as he has spent the last three weeks in a coma.</p> <p>"Four weeks ago, I couldn't stand," he said.</p> <p>"After lying in a coma, (my) muscles had disappeared."</p> <p>After recovering from coronavirus, he is celebrating his 80th birthday and despite being away from his family, the nurses who are caring for him surprised him with photos from home and his favourite traditional treats.</p> <p>Steinborn said that there were no signs of sickness during his time on the Artania until it docked in Sydney, where it took on an extra 100 passengers.</p> <p>When the boat had reached Perth, the virus had rapidly spread, with almost 15 percent of Western Australia’s cases being linked to the cruise ship.</p> <p>Three people died from the virus on-board.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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