Turkish armed forces began a military operation “Eagle claw” against the Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK) in Northern Iraq. About this Twitter informs the Ministry of defense of the country.
“Began “operation Eagle claw”. Our planes destroy the den of terrorists”, — stated in the message. It is clarified that the air force bombed a cave sheltering, which were of Kurdish forces.
Later the military said that the military operation was a legitimate right to strive for self-defence. In this regard, the Turkish armed forces attacked a terrorist cell (Turkey considers the PKK a terrorist organization) in some Northern areas of Iraq: Sinjar, Karaoake, Zap, Avaline-a native of baxian and Hakura, and also in the mountains of Kandil.
Erdogan has accused Russia and the United States in violation of the agreements on the Kurds
As reported Anadolu, the military operation began after the attacks of Kurds on the police station and the locations of the Turkish security forces.
Duisburg. Fireworks Jost Leisten had disarmed the blind man in the Duisburger Dell quarter. The events for reading in our Chronicle.
During construction work, workers on Thursday afternoon in the Duisburger Dell Quarter discovered a blind man from the Second World War. The bomb still had to be unloaded on Thursday. The fundort was located near the A 59.
“Africa must prepare for the worst.” That is the warning that the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO),Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has launched this week to the continent before the continued increase in the number of cases and countries affected by the coronavirus, insisting that prevention and rapid and forceful action can be key.
Of the 54 countries that make up the continent, almost 40 have already registered cases, being so far those of North Africa, in particularEgypt and Algeria, the most affected, although in South Africa cases are also increasing rapidly. Compared to the 147 cases that existed on the continent just a week ago, there are now 769, while there are 19 deaths – all except one in Burkina Faso and another in Sudan, in the north of the continent.
“The rapid evolution of the diseaseCovid-19in Africa it is very worrying and a clear signal for action, “stresses the regional director for the WHO continent, Matshidiso Moeti, who stresses that” the course of this pandemic can still be changed. “
To do this, “governments mustmobilize all your resourcesand capacities and strengthen their response “, defends Moeti, adding that it is also possible to learn from the experience of other countries affected by this pandemic that have managed to reduce infections” by rapidly increasing the tests, isolating the cases and following the contacts in a meticulous way “
At the moment, a good part of the confirmed cases in most countries are imported cases from nationals or foreigners who have traveled to countries where the coronavirus was already present, mainly in Europe. However, according to the WHO, there are already local infections detected in twelve countries and“the worst case scenario”,according to the organism, which is that there is a community contagion.
The danger of transmission
“As long as it is a budding epidemic, Africa has the capacity to control it,” says WHO’s deputy director-general for emergencies,Ibrahima Socé Fall, in declarations to UN Info. “But in case of sustained community transmission, as in Italy and other countries, the health systems of Africa do not have the capacity to stop the coup,” he warns, recalling that “even in developed countries, some health systems have been overwhelmed. “
So, adds Socé Fall, “you have to avoid reaching that stadium in Africa“As long as the cases on the continent continue to be mainly imported, there is” a window of opportunity to beat the epidemic “but for this it is necessary not only to respect hygiene measures but to detect all cases and identify transmission chains to” protect to the vulnerable population. “
To make this possible, the WHO has provided the governments of the region with Covid-15 analysis kits, has trainedlaboratory techniciansand reinforced surveillance in the communities. As a result of all this, currently 47 countries on the continent are currently able to carry out the analyzes, while at the start of the outbreak there were only two, Senegal and South Africa.
However, given thefragility of health systemsIn much of the continent and the multiple challenges that some of the countries face, it is difficult to predict whether it will be possible to contain the virus in the current initial phase.
Thus, there are already confirmed cases inDemocratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country that is now emerging from the worst outbreak in its history and whose eastern part lives mired in a perpetual conflict, also in the Central African Republic (CAR), another country weakened by more than six years of conflict, or Burkina Faso, where the growing Jihadist and inter-community violence has left almost 800,000 internally displaced persons.
Those who don’t wash their hands
Another key to containment of the coronavirus is hygiene, but in a continent like Africa it is quite a challenge. As highlighted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in Sub-Saharan Africa 63 percent of the urban population – some 258 million people – lack access to hand-washing facilities.
But there are other factors typical of the continent that could play in its favor, a priori, in the fight against this pandemic. As highlighted by the WHO, Africa has theyounger populationglobally against a virus that has so far been shown to be particularly deadly with older people.
However, the disease also seems to prime in people who have previous pathologies. As highlighted by the WHO, in the region there are almost 26 million people withHIV, a group highly vulnerable to coronavirus, and more than 58 million children have chronic malnutrition. Thus, warns the world health agency, “it is possible that the younger population is more at risk in Africa than in other parts of the world.”
Economic and political impact
Regardless of the serious health and personal impact that the coronavirus may have in Africa, the continent must also prepare for the onslaught that it will mean for itseconomy. In a time of widespread closure of borders and governments focused on helping to get their companies afloat, funds can be expected to stay at home and not flow to the continent, whose coffers do not have the necessary funds.
As highlighted by the director of the Royal African Society,Nick Westcott, in an article in ‘African Arguments’, the economic impact of the coronavirus adds to the trade war between China and the United States, for the purposes of Brexit and the oil war waged by Russia and Saudi Arabia. Right now, he stresses, “there seems to be little that (African) governments can do to protect themselves.”
“The countries that still depend on the export ofbasic products–mainly oil producers – and those who are already heavily indebted with little room to borrow more are the most vulnerable to the freezing winds of the global recession, “he warns.
On the other hand, we must take into account thepolitical impact. The measures that are being taken by many of the governments, which have chosen to close educational centers and prohibit concentrations of people, could be exploited for purposes beyond merely health, as they are already taking care to warn from the opposition in some of these countries.
In a year in which there are several important appointments with the ballot boxes since there are presidential elections in various countries such as Burkina Faso, Guinea orRCAThere is fear that the coronavirus may be the perfect excuse to postpone the elections. Likewise, it offers the authorities the perfect argument to prevent any protest movement against his management.
So, as the head of the WHO for the continent warns: “Covid-19 isone of the biggest challengessanitary ware that Africa has faced in a generation. “But it can also be much more.
In Idlib province, last in opposition hands after nine years of civil war, 3.5 million people live, most displaced by the regime’s offensive and the bombings of Russian aviation. It is a poor and jobless area, controlled by the jihadist group HTS, which last year forcibly subdued the rest of the rebel factions.
Unlike the sophistication of the craft beers that dominated the past decade, a simple drink made up of basic alcohol, carbonated water, and low calories makes its way. Is named hard seltzer (hard soda), it has 5 degrees, 100 cal and is suitable for celiacs. These times of fervor to lead a healthy life already have the drink that represents them. The ingredients are cheap alcohol, water, bubbles and a splash of something that makes it taste like various fruits.
The leading brand is called White Claw, it is packaged in a narrow and elongated 355 ml can and costs $ 1.25 (just over a euro). It looks like an energy drink, drunk like a beer, and tastes of vodka. Here there is no secret formula, no aging in barrels, no family that passes the know-how from generation to generation. The differentiation, and this is the change with respect to the rise of craft beers in the two thousand and ten, lies in absolute simplicity. The seltzer it is drunk from the can in the same way that a beer is consumed in a barbecue or in the queue of a joint.
White Claw going straight. Describe the product as the alternative to vodka with soda. There is, in fact, already a name for the combination of vodka, soda (sparkling water to which baking soda is added to make it taste more salty) and a slice of lime. Is named skinny bitch, which translates to slim bitch: a terminology from another time that associated a low-calorie cocktail with a skinny woman. In the 1990s, attempts were made to have low-grade beverages to rival beer. One of them was Zima, launched in 1993 by the Colorado Coors brewer and very similar to the drink that has been talked about before, and another, better known in Europe, Bacardi’s Breezer. They all carried the sambenito de bitch beer. That was before. Waiters have long failed to place Coca-Cola Zero by default on the woman’s side.
Consumers of hard seltzerAccording to a survey with a sample of 1,000 young people carried out by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, they are divided equally between women and men. Very different from what happened 25 years ago. Coors, in an attempt in the 1990s to attract male clients, created Zima Gold. Advertised that it tasted like bourbon. Three months lasted on the shelves.
YouTube, do your magic
Trevor Wallace, a youtuber and a California comedian with a million subscribers, he gave it a boost last summer without meaning to. He uploaded a parody video in which he mocked the drink and sales increased. Hala, $ 1.5 billion turnover in 2019, according to the company itself. The brand denied it was an advertisement. Wallace wanted a piece of the cake and started selling T-shirts with a slogan that he himself had created in the video: Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws (There are no rules when you drink Claws). White Claw urged him to stop marketing. Months later he signed for Natural Light, one of his competitors. This is the end of the alcohol soda war.
The spiked seltzer, as this team is also known, had its clumsy moment at the end of last summer. The slogan that created the youtuber gave so that the policemen of some cities of the USA were made funny. Agents from Portland, Maine, released a Tweet in which they warned that “the laws were valid even if a citizen was drinking White Claw”. Norwood Police in Cincinnati joined in with a post on Facebook where they wanted to “clear up the confusion among young people, particularly young women”. How well we were doing.
This alcoholic beverage with fewer calories than a beer is not the latest occurrence from California and it is predicted to be more successful than its predecessors in the 1990s. A couple of months ago he settled in the UK. Corona just launched its own hard seltzer in four flavors. Coors wants to redeem himself with Vizzy, which has been available since last month. And Budweiser, the brand with the most beers in the US, has created Bud Light Seltzer. Carlos Brito, general director of the latter’s parent company, admitted in the Financial Times his somewhat forced landing: “The same thing happened to us with craft beer ten years ago. We started from behind but we caught up. “
There are microbreweries that react. They play with the origin of the yeast with which alcohol is produced and with the additive that gives it the fruity flavor. One from Chicago, Solemn Oath, has incorporated Valencia orange juice in one of its versions. With how easy everything was.
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“This is a unique opportunity. My brother is not just an old friend, this is the type I started this journey with.
“Since when we were playing a few hundred hours of footy in the courtyard and then we passed the marks.
“We were lucky enough to play NSW and Australia together even though we weren’t on the same side.
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However, News Corp on Tuesday reported that Morris will be free to sign with the Gauls after Cronulla’s season opening against South Sydney on Saturday. A $ 75,000 transfer is believed to be included, which will help alleviate well-publicized issues related to the shark pay limit.
There have also been reports that increase the possibility of a player exchange, or a loan, involving promising forward Gauls Poasa Faamausili. The development comes after Cronulla rushed to sign Jesse Ramien again from Newcastle late last year, prompting Morris to consider his time in the Shire. Injuries to Matt Moylan (calf) and Josh Dugan (knee) will force Cronulla to field an inexperienced full back five against the Rabbitoh in Kogarah. Rising star Bronson Xerri (shoulder) is in doubt as Will Kennedy will likely be named full-back when Round One teams are released on Tuesday afternoon.
The enemy Hank Bolden
faced did not come from a distant front line.
It came from the skies.
It’s a battle that’s still going on 65 years later. Bolden, who is now 82 years old, is an atomic veteran – one of hundreds of thousands of American service members used in human testing by the United States government during post-WWII nuclear tests and sworn to a secret life.
“They wanted to see how the living soldiers would resist the exposure
to radiation, ”recalls Bolden. “Before using live soldiers they were using
mannequins. But you don’t get real results using mannequins as you would
live bodies. “
A DIFFERENT TIME
While accompanying a friend to a New Haven recruiting station in 1953, Bolden was invited to join the army. At just 16 years old then and already out of high school, he admits that he “pulled down” his birth certificate to move to the age of 18, joining the approximately 200,000 underage soldiers who would have served during the Second World War and the eras of the Korean War.
After basic training in
Fort Dix was assigned to work as a tank mechanic in Texas before moving to Texas
California and becoming a surface-to-air missile mechanic.
Despite an executive order issued in July
26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman to desegregate the armed forces, the last one
the all black units of the army were not abolished until 1954. And in 1955, Bolden
he says, racist attitudes persist even after the units have been racially integrated.
“The residual thoughts of people were firm
linger, “he says.” My outfit was 800 people strong. Thirteen of us were
black. Ten were from the South, who were more tolerant of treatment
they got racially. But the three of us from the North couldn’t tolerate it,
so I have had many fights over this. So I was the guy they wanted
get rid of.”
It would not be the only race
discrimination Bolden would witness as a soldier.
In 1955, the seventeen year old
he was suddenly ordered to the Nevada desert without explanation.
“They don’t tell you what you’re going to face,” he said. “Nobody
they knew what they were going to face. ”
What he would eventually face was a classified operation known as Operation Teapot at the Nevada Test Site. In a series of 14 bomb throws, or “hits”, military officials tried to test the effects of nuclear bombs on structures and strategies, animals and people.
All races of military personnel
participated in the Teapot operation. But upon arrival in Nevada, Bolden was
astounded to accomplish all the other soldiers in his new specially selected unit
for a mysterious assignment they were also black.
“There was this myth about black people
be able to resist, tolerate certain things more than any other race “, he
He says. “So it was a test on that too.”
AN ATOMIC NIGHT
One morning in February, Bolden
the unit was ordered in a desert trench. Unbeknownst to them, it was excavated
the expected route of the fallout, only 2.8 miles away from what it would have become
ground zero for the launch of an atomic bomb.
Even though a countdown sounded on the speakers, Bolden says, the soldiers still had no idea what they were about to face. Without protective gear in addition to the normal fabrics and helmets, they waited and looked.
“They tell you to cover your eyes”
On February 18, 1955, Shot Wasp, the first nuclear test of Operation Teapot, detonated a Mark 6 nuclear bomb dropped by a B-36 exactly at noon. A monstrous cloud of mushrooms filled the sky, reaching 21,500 feet in height.
“With radiation, when you put your arms over your eyes or hands, you actually see the bones, you see the bones in your body from the exposure. You can see your skeleton. “
After the relapse the warning came.
“You swore not to speak
“said Bolden. The soldiers were threatened with imprisonment and fines for violation
For 60 years, Bolden didn’t tell anyone. No this
family, not his wife, not his children. Not even her doctors when she spies on her
tumors have started to show. He developed bladder and posterior subcapsular cancer
cataract and in 1990 multiple myeloma was diagnosed.
“They actually gave me three and a half years
four years to live, ”recalls Bolden. So in 1995 I should have been a statistic. “
But in 1995, Bolden was in remission. He is a citizen
the secret was coming to light.
Government figures estimate between 400,000 and 550,000 US military personnel who participated in a series of nuclear tests between 1946 and 1992. According to the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, this includes post occupation forces -Second World War of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, prisoners of war in Japan at the end of the Second World War, participants in the atmospheric nuclear tests in Nevada and the Pacific from 1945 to 1962 and participants in the underground nuclear tests in Nevada from 1951 to 1992.
Many of these “atomic veterans” have succumbed before their own
the stories have become public, their bodies are full of tumors. In
1990, the veil of secrecy began to lift.
After setting up the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments to investigate 10-year experiments, President Clinton made a formal apology to American atomic veterans on October 3, 1995. By order of the president, Congress would repeal the nuclear radiation agreement law. and secrecy, allowing atomic veterans to talk about their experiences without fear of fines or treason charges. And financial compensation has been opened to all qualified atomic veterans.
“Those who led the government when these decisions were made are no longer here to take responsibility for what they have done. They are not here to apologize to survivors, family members or their communities whose lives have been overshadowed by shadow of these choices So today, on behalf of another generation of American leaders and another generation of American citizens, the United States of America offers sincere apologies to those of our citizens who have undergone these experiments. the government is wrong, we have a moral responsibility to admit it, “said President Bill Clinton on October 3, 1995
But the television address has been obscured. The same happened
day when OJ Simpson’s verdict was issued in a live classroom feed, taking
on televisions and news cycles across America.
As a result, many skilled veterans had no idea of the ban
the secrecy had been lifted, nor that they could claim benefits. Bolden no
find out until he researched the Internet, he says, in 2015.
“I was once so angry and so aggravating with the government that I thought I would be murdered to keep me from talking,” he says.
When Bolden attempted to apply for subsidies, he found that the burden of proof was placed on his fellow atomic veterans. The government would give compensation from the date a complaint was filed, but not retroactively, and only if the veteran could prove that he had participated in the tests – which proved to be an almost impossible task after millions of military documents were destroyed in a 1973 fire against the National Staff Registration Center. As many as 18 million documents were burned, including 80% of all army personnel discharged between 1912 and 1960.
“They hoped for it
would have died sooner or would have been one of those guys who surrendered ”
says Anthony Bolden, Hank’s son. “No thanks. Hank doesn’t have it.”
After paying her
own pocket for a polygraph lie detector pouch, Hank eventually claimed
approved, setting a precedent for other atomic veterans whose records were
Photo: Hidden story: the atomic veterans of America
Hit a high note
“The love of music has
I’ve always been there. “
After his honorable discharge
from the army, Bolden went to work as an engineer before deciding to pursue a
career as a jazz musician who works while his family grows. Tell the story
while cradling the tenor saxophone that has been at his side since 1967. The “Rolls
Royce “of tools, he says.
The brand is Selmer. IS
in a strange coincidence, the model is a 6 sign. It is the same name as the shot
Wasp atomic bomb design.
But this is where the
the similarities end. The bomb was his nightmare. Music, his dream and his
outlet to work through the trauma of what lived in Nevada
“It’s like the blood inside
my veins. It takes away all my other thoughts, “he says
Bolden is finally
he receives compensation from the government and is now using it to help make his dream come true.
He returned to school, studying jazz performances at Hartt University of Hartford
“They are like the relic
here with all these kids, you know, “he chuckles.
Professor Javon Jackson
says that the 82-year-old is leaving a unique mark on the prestigious program.
“He has a lot of emotion,” says Jackson. “He is a very bluesy, very full of feeling, a natural player. His life, wisdom and the things he has acquired allow him to play the way it sounds.”
The vast majority of
Today, the American atomic veterans of the atmospheric test era are gone. About
400,000 veterans were present during these tests, according to the veterans
Administration. Survivors’ numbers vary, from around 10,000 to 80,000
Bolden believes he is one of only two surviving African American atomic veterans who are recognized and receive compensation from the government. He is on a mission to reach as many survivors as possible and help them request the long-awaited recognition and compensation.
And he’s sharing his story, he says, to make sure the plight of American atomic veterans is no longer ignored.
“When people like me pass by, this won’t be part of the story unless someone makes sure it’s kept alive.”