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Унаслідок вибухів у Бейруті загинули 73 людини, поранені понад 3700 – міністр охорони здоров’я Лівану

Число загиблих унаслідок вибухів у Бейруті сягнуло 67, поранень зазнали понад 3600 людей. Про це повідомив телеканал Al Jazeera з посиланням на міністра охорони здоров’я Лівану.

 

Посольство України в Лівані наразі не має даних про загиблих чи поранених українців.

 

За даними ліванського Червоного Хреста, багато людей перебували поблизу епіцентру і в будинках, пошкоджених унаслідок вибухів.

Два потужні вибухи сталися ввечері 4 серпня в порту Бейрута. Їхньою причиною могли стати вибухові матеріали, конфісковані багато років тому, припустив голова спецслужби Лівану Аббас Ібрагім, якого цитує агенція France-Presse.

 

Президент Лівану Мішель Аун скликав екстрене засідання Вищої ради оборони країни.

Прем’єр-міністр Хасан Діаб попросив «дружні країни» надати допомогу. Таку допомогу вже запропонували Туреччина, Франція та інші країни. Також про готовність допомогти заявив Ізраїль, хоча ця країна перебуває в дуже напружених відносинах із Ліваном, де значний вплив на владу має угруповання «Хезболла» (його в Ізраїлі вважають терористичним).

Середа, 5 серпня, оголошена днем жалоби в Лівані.

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US BLM Protests Drive Global Online Race Debate

The May death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, and the subsequent protests across the United States and globally, led lawmakers from around the world to social media to discuss race relations, according to a new analysis from the U.S.-based Pew Research Center.  The research shows that almost half of lawmakers who are active on Twitter in four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — posted messages referencing Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter protests. Floyd was African American. “Prior to George Floyd’s killing, very few had used the phrase Black Lives Matter or hashtags related to that movement, only about 4%. And now we see that after George Floyd’s killing, those who are weighing in on these topics shoots up to about half,” said Kat Devlin, a Pew research associate who spoke to VOA via Skype. Black Lives Matter protests were held in London and cities across Britain, as well as Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland and elsewhere.FILE – People look at a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester by British artist Marc Quinn erected in the spot once occupied by the statue of a slave trader in the English city of Bristol, July 15, 2020.Devlin said events in the U.S. sparked renewed debates on domestic race relations in many countries.  “Sixty-nine percent (of legislators) in Australia who were talking about George Floyd or the Black Lives Matter movement also began to talk about Indigenous people in their countries — the same with a majority of the legislators in New Zealand,” Devlin said. Almost two-thirds of all British lawmakers using Twitter posted messages about George Floyd or Black Lives Matter. Around a third posted tweets critical of U.S. President Donald Trump’s handling of the protests. Most tweeted support and solidarity for the protesters. Many used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to highlight perceived racial inequality in Britain.  One widely shared June 1 tweet from British Labor Party MP Clive Lewis compared the situation in the United States to that in Britain:  “Any liberal democracy, including our own, where historic wealth accumulation is inextricably linked to racist ideology will be capable of #GeorgeFloyd levels of racial injustice. It’s not an accusation, simply the current reality.”FILE – A protester stands in front of the US embassy during the Black Lives Matter protest rally in London, June 7, 2020.Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, a Black lawyer and political activist based in Britain, told VOA that the debate in the U.S. resonates across the Atlantic.   “The protests in solidarity, for instance, in the United Kingdom — personally, I don’t think that’s just about the U.S. It’s also recognizing that these this systemic racism exists here in the U.K.,” Mos-Shogbamimu said in a Skype interview at the time of the London protests. “And social media platforms have become the wireless platform to communicate this information worldwide, in real time, instantly.” Not all lawmakers’ tweets expressed solidarity with the protests. Twenty percent of British legislators’ posts were critical of the demonstrations in Britain. Five percent of these posts made reference to the coronavirus pandemic, criticizing the large gatherings and accusing authorities of double standards for allowing the protesters to congregate despite social distancing and lockdown measures in force at the time. “Legislators were talking about the coronavirus in respect to the protests, but then also turned that conversation to the fact that non-white groups within the U.K. are suffering worse outcomes,” Devlin noted.  In Australia, Sen. Pauline Hanson of the One Nation Party wrote on Twitter June 8: “ANGER OVER DOUBLE STANDARDS GROWS: Premiers are facing a growing backlash over Covid-19 social-distancing restrictions after allowing tens of thousands of protestors to defy health warnings & attend Black Lives Matter rallies.” Hanson recently shared an article on Twitter that described the Black Lives Matter movement as “neo-Marxist.” In the weeks since Floyd’s death, statues of slave traders have been torn down, colonial histories are being rewritten, and demands for racial equality have become louder, amplified by social media. In the United States, the House of Representatives last month voted to rid the Capitol of Confederate statues. It is not clear if the measure will be brought to a vote in the Senate. Trump has described the destruction of Civil War-era statues and other memorials, including those honoring Christopher Columbus, as an attempt to cleanse the U.S. of its history. 

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Вибухи в Бейруті: інформації про загиблих чи постраждалих громадян України немає – посольство

Станом на 23:00 за київським часом українське посольство в Лівані не має даних про загиблих чи постраждалих унаслідок вибухів у Бейруті громадян України.

«Посольство України в Лівані продовжує вживати заходів щодо перевірки можливої наявності громадян України серед постраждалих. МЗС закликає громадян України, які потрапили у цю надзвичайну ситуацію та всіх, хто має будь-яку інформацію про постраждалих громадян України, звертатися на цілодобові «гарячі лінії» посольства у Лівані: (+961) 5921 668, або МЗС +380 44 238 16 57. Телефони гарячих ліній працюють в штатному режимі, на даний момент звернення на них не надходили», – ідеться в повідомленні МЗС України.

 

За останньою інформацією, щонайменше 50 людей загинули внаслідок двох вибухів, що сталися в порту столиці Лівану Бейрута. Число поранених становить понад 2750.

Причиною трагедії могли стати вибухові матеріали, конфісковані багато років тому, припустив голова спецслужби Лівану Аббас Ібрагім, якого цитує агенція France-Presse.

 

Президент Лівану Мішель Аун скликав екстрене засідання Вищої ради оборони країни. Прем’єр-міністр Хасан Діаб попросив «дружні країни» надати допомогу.

Середа, 5 серпня, оголошена днем жалоби в Лівані.

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Зеленський висловив співчуття через вибухи в Бейруті

Президент України Володимир Зеленський відреагував на події, що сталися в Лівані ввечері 4 серпня.

«Глибоко шокований новинами про страшні вибухи в Бейруті та велику кількість жертв. Мої найглибші співчуття рідним і близьким загиблих. Я також щиро бажаю якнайшвидшого одужання пораненим», – ідеться в повідомленні від імені Зеленського в соціальних мережах.

 

За останньою інформацією, щонайменше 30 людей загинули внаслідок двох вибухів, що сталися в порту столиці Лівану Бейрута. Число поранених становить понад 2500.

 

Причиною трагедії могли стати вибухові матеріали, конфісковані багато років тому, припустив голова спецслужби Лівану Аббас Ібрагім, якого цитує агенція France-Presse.

Президент Лівану Мішель Аун скликав екстрене засідання Вищої ради оборони країни. Прем’єр-міністр Хасан Діаб попросив «дружні країни» надати допомогу.

Середа, 5 серпня, оголошена днем жалоби в Лівані.

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NYC Health Commissioner Resigns Over City’s COVID Response

New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, resigned Tuesday, expressing her “deep disappointment” with the way New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has handled the COVID pandemic and his use of the department’s expertise.In her resignation letter, sent to de Blasio and members of the media, Barbot said, “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been.”Earlier this year, the New York Times reported de Blasio initially ignored Barbot’s advice about canceling large gatherings and closing businesses. Last month, he stripped control of the city’s COVID-19 contact-tracing program from the health department, and placed the program under Health and Hospitals, the agency that runs the city’s public hospitals.Barbot’s replacement was announced as Dr. Dave Chokshi—a Rhodes Scholar who served at the Louisiana Department of Health during Hurricane Katrina and was the principal health adviser to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration.At his Tuesday news conference, de Blasio thanked Barbot for her service and the important work she did during the crisis. He told reporters it became clear it was time to move forward and “create a new approach” for how to handle the pandemic.Earlier this year, New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, with daily deaths passing 400 per day. But this past month, the city saw the lowest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began. 
 

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Poland Reports Record Increase in COVID Cases

Poland reported on Tuesday a record daily increase in coronavirus cases for the fourth time in a week, with more than a third of them found in the southern Silesia region, which has been grappling with another outbreak among coal miners.
The latest tally of 680 new infections and six deaths comes as Poland considers introducing stricter restrictions, including mandatory testing for travelers returning to Poland and quarantine for those coming from certain countries.
More than 220 cases were reported in Silesia, where a rapid spread of infections led to a temporary reduction of coal output and work in 12 mines in June. The situation then stabilized, but has now deteriorated again.
Last week new cases were detected in three mines, including Chwalowice, which was among those where work was cut back to a minimum in June. The state assets ministry said all 2,700 miners in Chwalowice would be tested on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sanitary services said last week the resurgence of COVID-19 among miners was a result of easing restrictions and of the working conditions in the mines, where it is difficult to enforce social distancing.
Currently 1,043 coal miners are infected, mostly from Poland’s biggest coal producer PGG, data cited by state-run news agency PAP showed on Tuesday.
The pandemic has added to numerous problems faced by the coal industry. The government, PGG representatives and trade unions have agreed to work out a restructuring plan by the end of September.
Poland now has a total of 48,149 recorded coronavirus cases and 1,738 deaths.
Sittings of the upper and lower houses of parliament have been pushed back, with the lower house meeting moving from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14, after one senator tested positive on Saturday.
Members of parliament and senators have since undergone testing for COVID-19.

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Isaias Slams US Atlantic Coast

Tropical Storm Isaias is churning up the Mid-Atlantic U.S. after making landfall as a category 1 hurricane Tuesday night in South and North Carolina, triggering flooding and tornadoes.The National Hurricane Center said since Isaias moved inland, the winds decreased but strong gusts continued over coastal North Carolina and the coastal Outer Banks, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Isaias initially made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h just after 11pm EDT on Monday. Tropical Storm Isaias Approaches Carolinas, Set to Regain Hurricane Strength  Floods forecast as tropical storm drifts up US East CoastThe NHC said early Tuesday that strong winds, heavy rainfall and tornadoes were sweeping over eastern Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula and predicted they would spread up the Mid-Atlantic coast throughout the day.Isaias was packing sustained winds of 110 km/h with higher gusts and is expected to gradually weaken throughout the day before becoming a post-tropical storm overnight.Heavy rainfall along the East Coast has sparked flash flooding along coastal areas of  North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic and is expected to continue in the northeastern U.S. states later Tuesday.Tornadoes produced by Isaias killed at least one person and flattened at least 10 homes in a mobile home park in Windsor, North Carolina, according to the Bertie County sheriff’s department.Tropical storm warnings were in effect from the Virginia border north to the state of Maine, in the upper northeast.  President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in North Carolina to free up funds for federal officials to help towns and cities coordinate disaster relief efforts. Trump made a similar declaration Saturday for Florida, which was spared the full impact of the storm. 

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No Masks, No Distance: Pandemic Wedding Horrors for Vendors

Wedding planners, photographers and other bridal vendors who make the magic happen have a heap of new worries in the middle of the pandemic: no-mask weddings, rising guest counts and venues not following the rules.
Now that weddings have slowly cranked up under a patchwork of ever-shifting state and local restrictions, horror stories from vendors are rolling in. Many are desperate to work after the coronavirus put an abrupt end to their incomes and feel compelled to put on their masks, grab their cameras and hope for the best.
No-mask weddings, no social distancing and dance floors prohibited in many states have been the talk of online groups for vendors around the country.
“People have worked in venues outright looking the other way on masks and size,” said photographer Susan Stripling in New York.
Reports of COVID-19 outbreaks traced to weddings remain rare. One wedding was shut down by local officials at a San Francisco church; the nearly 100 guests had been instructed by the bridal couple to avoid the public entrance and go in through an underground parking garage instead.
Photographer Cherie Schrader in Chicago said she felt deceived when she showed up for a July wedding with 165 unmasked people indoors after being assured all safety precautions would be taken.
There was no social distancing. The crowd mingled at a happy hour and the dance floor was lively.
“I was told by the bride that it was an indoor-outdoor venue, but it was 95 degrees and they never opened the doors,” she said. “The tables were, at the most, 3 feet apart,” she said, noting masks should have been required at all times under those conditions.
“It looked like a normal wedding pre-COVID,” Schrader said.
The rule for indoor gatherings in her state was half a venue’s capacity or up to 50 people, whichever was lower, she said. Schrader, wearing two masks, said she forced the bridal party outside for formal pictures in the heat and humidity.
“They complained because they were all sweating, but I was spending the least amount of time as possible inside,” she said.
Schrader entered the venue, which she would not name out of fear of professional retribution, for short stints to shoot special moments, such as the cake cutting. An associate photographer voluntarily remained inside to work.
“I truly love my brides and grooms, and then to be pressured to risk my life is extremely disappointing,” she said. “I have an 80-year-old mom.”
Alexis Alvarez, a wedding planner in Chicago, said she and other vendors often have no practical recourse to recoup deposits or full payments if they pull out.
She has a long-scheduled wedding with a guest list of about 100 planned for October in Wisconsin, where state health officials recently advised residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 through late August. The couple had postponed once and might do it again, as some couples have done three times or more.
That, vendors said, has helped drive a desire among brides and grooms to just get it done, with many choosing small, micro-weddings instead of the larger affairs they had dreamed of.
Whether the weddings are large or small, indoor or outdoor, masks have become a sticking point for photos and video. Some couples argue that masks spoil their visuals and are banning them altogether. Others are making them optional. Still more are going the opposite route, wearing bedazzled satin and lace masks to match their gowns.
“I get that this is not how they want their weddings to look,” Alvarez said. “The big question everyone needs to be answering right now is what’s the moral responsibility, and also what’s their liability in hosting an event that potentially could lead to an outbreak?”
She said that breaking her contract for the indoor wedding, where masks would be optional, would cost her $4,000. It’s her first job this year. In a normal year, she would be juggling 28 weddings from March to September.
While the couple trimmed their guest list from 175 to help with social distancing, “masks are not a concession that they’re willing to make,” Alvarez said. “The reality is guests that don’t feel safe attending events aren’t going to.”
Alvarez plans other safety measures, such as spreading out tables and offering wider-spaced seating grouped by households, when possible. She also suggested a tactic used by other couples, offering color-coded wristbands for guests to declare their comfort levels with contact.
To avoid crowd issues, some couples are holding their ceremonies and receptions with different groups of guests invited at staggered times.
“There’s just so much emotional baggage that has come with weddings this year that the idea of masks at their weddings is the last straw,” Alvarez said. “But of course there’s danger in that.”
Wedding planner Lynne Goldberg has a December wedding scheduled for 200 guests at the home of the bride’s parents in upstate New York.
“They have emphatically shared that this pandemic is not going to get in the way of their wedding plans and that there will be no masks handed out and no signs promoting social distancing at their wedding,” she said. “The bride has said that when she shows her children her wedding video, she doesn’t want it to be a documentary of the 2020 pandemic.”
Most of Goldberg’s couples have rescheduled or downsized, but “there’s always someone who doesn’t want to follow the recommended path.”
Planning a wedding for 200 guests while social distancing is challenging but doable, Goldberg said, but: “Asking 200 guests to not wear masks is crazy.”
Fred Cashman, 55, is a cancer survivor who remains immune-suppressed. His 25-year-old stepson is getting married Aug. 8 in upstate New York, but he won’t attend due to his health.
The couple decided not to postpone when the pandemic struck, but trimmed their guest list from 100 to about 50, he said. They had wanted to make masks optional, until Cashman’s wife, Kat Cashman, stepped in after attendees at a wedding in a nearby town fell ill with COVID-19.
“I just put my foot down and said it’s got to be mandatory or no mom,” she said. “It’s a big thing. I take it very personally.”