Germany appears to have "broken" its third wave of coronavirus infections, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday, before warning against a premature easing of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. "The third wave appears to have broken," Spahn told a news conference in Berlin. "The infection figures are dropping again, but we are still at a high level. They are not yet falling everywhere at the same rate, but they are falling," he said. Germany's Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 18,485 new coronavirus infections on Friday, a drop of almost 10,000 cases when compared with the health agency's figure from two weeks ago. The incidence rate in Germany is also gradually decreasing. The number of new infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days now stands at 125.7, and it dropped back below the 100-mark where restrictions can be eased in the capital Berlin. Spahn guards against easing lockdown But Spahn warned that a hasty … [Read more...] about Jens Spahn: Germany’s third COVID wave appears to be ‘broken’
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Four former Minneapolis police officers were indicted by a federal grand jury Friday on charges that they violated George Floyd's civil rights during an arrest last year in which Floyd was violently restrained and killed. Derek Chauvin, who crushed Floyd's neck with his knee, is charged with violating Floyd's constitutional right to be free from unreasonable seizure and unreasonable force by a police officer. Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng are charged with violating Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure after failing to intervene on Chauvin's use of unreasonable force. The three men and Thomas Lane, another former officer, are also charged with failing to provide Floyd with medical care. Chauvin also faces separate federal charges for a 2017 incident in which he allegedly held a 14-year-old by the neck, beat them with a flashlight, and pressed his knee on their neck and upper back as they were handcuffed and not resisting. Chauvin, a police officer for nearly two … [Read more...] about Derek Chauvin And Three Former Minneapolis Cops Have Been Charged With Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights
Julia Jones is a field producer based out of CNN's Los Angeles Bureau, covering stories that touch western North America. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN) As a field producer covering vaccine hesitancy in rural America, I've been hearing from people who sit on the extremes of the vaccination hesitation spectrum. Julia Jones Last week in rural Oregon, a woman of advanced age breathlessly explained to me how she was never taking the vaccine because Covid-19 "is just the flu." A 26-year-old waitress told me she was hesitant because the vaccines are too new, and since she and her fiancé are fit and eat a balanced diet, she didn't think they needed it. A local health official said one person in his county declined the vaccine because they said it would turn them into a Democrat . I fought back the urge to react in their presence as I stood next to my reporter, nodding and … [Read more...] about America’s Covid vaccine hesitation is an insult to countries in need
President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled plans for locally-led protection of 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, a core of his agenda to address climate warming that builds on nature-saving efforts launched in Congress by lawmakers from Colorado and other western states. Natural land and water could draw down the heat-trapping air pollution that causes climate change, scientists say, and nature increasingly is understood as a life support system for human survival both inside cities and in rural areas. Preserving at least 30% of land and water by 2030, they say, is necessary to pull back from a catastrophic tipping point. Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement casting Colorado as a leader in cooperative “science-based approaches” toward the fulfillment of Biden’s climate objectives. Biden’s announcement “opens the door to a collaborative and sustainable path toward conserving our critical ecosystems, supporting the Colorado way of life, while closing the door to fears about broad … [Read more...] about Biden’s “30 by 30” plan could mean protecting 14 million more acres of land, water in Colorado
“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?