India boasted on Tuesday of having exported Chinese coronavirus vaccines to more than 80 countries in recent months, despite New Delhi’s ongoing struggle to adequately vaccinate its domestic population. “[T]his year despite many constraints, we have supplied vaccine[s] to over 80 countries,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech April 13. “During this pandemic, in our own humble way, within our own limited resources, we in India have tried to walk the talk. We have tried to protect our own 1.3 billion citizens from the pandemic. At the same time, we have also tried to support the pandemic response efforts of others,” he said. New Delhi’s effort to ship Chinese coronavirus vaccines to foreign countries has been met with criticism from domestic media outlets in recent days, as India has failed to provide its own citizens with sufficient doses of the same vaccines. Residents of the northeastern Indian state of Assam have recently been turned away from … [Read more...] about India Boasts of Vaccine Exports While Denying Shots to Some Residents
In his dialogue, Phaedrus , the Greek philosopher Plato’s King Thamus argued that rather than aiding human memory, the Egyptian god Theuth’s gift of writing offered only the appearance of wisdom; 2,400 years later, Plato’s debate has resurfaced to blame Google and Facebook for our current misfortunes. The struggle to understand the effects of digitization on the news media, politics, commerce, and the very concept of truth itself remains in its infancy, so far without an heir to Plato. For centuries, it was the role of the press, the so-called Fourth Estate, to speak truth to power and hold the powerful accountable. The internet has changed that, and the costs of this information free-for-all become more evident every day — malignant conspiracy theories; foreign efforts to influence democratic elections; emboldened political, racial, religious, and ethnic extremism, literally ad nauseam. “ Disinformation is infecting our democratic discourse at rates that threaten the long-term … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
The Biden administration signaled its commitment to environmental justice in its Jan. 27 executive order on Tackling the Climate Crisis. Now the administration has taken two big steps toward funding that commitment. First, its American Jobs Plan targets $111 billion to meet the water infrastructure needs of indigenous people, low-income communities and communities of color. Then, last week’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget outline announced a $936 million environmental justice initiative. That would represent a remarkable turnaround for an agency that currently spends just $11.8 million on environmental justice — little more than a rounding error in an agency budget of more than $9 billion. The next step is for Congress to fully fund these game-changing proposals. ADVERTISEMENT The executive order on climate builds on executive order 12898 , President Clinton’s foundational 1994 environmental justice order, which highlighted the need for federal … [Read more...] about Biden’s EPA gets serious about funding environmental justice
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball wants to see if moving back the pitcher’s mound will increase offense. MLB will experiment with a 12-inch greater distance between the mound and home plate during a portion of the Atlantic League season in an effort to decrease strikeouts and increase offense. The pitching rubber will be moved back to 61 feet, 6 inches starting Aug. 3 during the second half of the independent minor league’s season. “It’s a direct response to the escalating strikeout rate, where you’re giving the hitter approximately one one-hundreth of a second of additional time to decide whether to swing at a pitch, which has the effect just in terms of reaction time of reducing the effective velocity of a pitch by roughly 1.5 mph,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “The purpose of the test and hope is giving hitters even that tiny additional piece of time will allow them to make more contact and reduce the strikeout rate.” In … [Read more...] about MLB Will Have Minor League Experiment with Moving Back Mound
( CBS DFW ) — A possible fourth stimulus check has been suggested, even as the third round of economic relief is still reaching eligible Americans. Around 159 million payments of up to $1,400 per person have been issued over the last few weeks. That’s most of the $422 billion allotted in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Paper checks and EIP cards continue to arrive by mail. These relief payments are part of a larger effort to cushion COVID’s economic impact on households and support the economy while the pandemic recovery continues. The stimulus package also extends unemployment benefits, strengthens the child tax credit, and much more. The recent round of checks follows the $1,200 CARES Act payments at the pandemic’s outset and the $600 payments in early January. READ MORE: Restaurants Reopening: Where Do They Stand, And How Do They Recover From COVID? How Does The Economic Recovery Look? Many households are far from where they started last … [Read more...] about Stimulus Check Latest: Will There Be A Fourth Relief Payment?