H&M cut ties with Chinese supplier over forced labour claims
H&M the Swedish fashion giant has confirmed it is severing ties with a Chinese supplier of its yarns over accusations of forced labour.
The accusations are linked to the labour camps allegedly set up in Xinjiang province in China and hold native Uighurs in ‘re-education camps’.
An Australian research institute in March 2020 naming more than 82 companies around the world as either direct or indirect beneficiaries of forced labour practices put on Uighurs.
H&M released a statement saying it was halting transactions with a Chinese yarn producer that owns the factory where the Uighurs are allegedly being forced to work. They have also stated they will no longer procure cotton from the Xinjiang region. They have also added they would respond imm ...
Queen to be removed as Head of State of Barbados
The Queen is set to be removed as the head of state of Barbados by November 2021. Prime Minister of barbados Mia Mottley has announced the Caribbean island’s intention to become a republic. She is quoted as saying it was time to ‘fully leave our colonial past behind’. ‘Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. ‘This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. ‘Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.’
The country gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch. This stems from a 1998 constitutional commission review in Barbados recommending a tran ...
India Covid-19 cases passes 5 million
India’s total coronavirus cases passed 5 million on Wednesday, health ministry data showed,
With its latest million cases recorded in just 11 days, India now has 5.02 million infections. Only the United States has more, with 6.59 million.
India has for some time been recording the world’s biggest daily rises in cases, and on Wednesday, the rise was just over 90,000 with a record 1,290 deaths.
According to the Times of India, the country took 167 days to reach one million cases, but the next million came in just 21 days, faster than the US and Brazil. Just 29 days later, India posted 4 million infections, becoming only the third country to reach that mark.
India is testing at a rate of 1 million tests a day.
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Banksy funded migrant rescue boat, stranded at sea
A boat funded by British street artist Banksy has issued urgent calls for assistance, saying it was stranded in the Mediterranean and overloaded with migrants.
Named after a French feminist anarchist, the Louise Michel started operating last week. Despite the help from Italy, it has still not found a safe port for migrants on board.
The Louise Michel, a German boat manned by a crew of 10, is appealing for help from authorities in Italy, Malta and Germany.
The 30-metre long (98-foot) Louise Michel, a former French Navy boat daubed in pink and white, was bought with proceeds from the sale of Banksy artwork.
The side of the vessel’s cabin features a picture of a girl holding a heart-shaped life buoy in Banksy’s familiar stencilled style.
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Human Rights lawyer Ebru Timtik dies after hunger strike.
Human rights lawyer Ebru Timtik dies after 238 days of hunger strike. Timtuk was one of eighteen lawyers accused of being part of a terrorist organization, under Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws.
Following the convictions last year Milena Buyum, Amnesty International’s Senior Campaigner on Turkey, who observed the trial hearing, said: “Today’s convictions are a travesty of justice and demonstrate yet again the inability of courts crippled under political pressure to deliver a fair trial.
“After more than a year in pre-trial detention for six of the lawyers, and three measly hearings marred by fair trial breaches, this politically motivated prosecution has reached it preposterous conclusion. These lawyers should be immediately and unconditionally released and the ...
House to vote on decriminalizing Marijuana
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) has announced that lawmakers would be voting next month on a bill to decriminalize marijuana federally, leaving regulation up to the individual states.
In a Friday email to lawmakers, Clyburn said the House would take up the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, first introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), which would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. The MORE Act would also expunge prior marijuana-related convictions, and impose a 5-percent sales tax which the federal government would reinvest in communities harmed by the “War on Drugs” through the creation of an Opportunity Trust Fund.
In a statement to Marijuana Moment, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a known advocat ...
MGM Resorts lay off 18,000 furloughed workers
MGM Resorts International have announced they are to terminate the contracts of 18,000 staff from across America who were previously on furlough due to the Coronavirus.
At the start of 2020 MGM employed 70,000 staff members in the U.S. alone.
CEO Bill Hornbuckle wrote in a letter to employees:
“Nothing pains me more than delivering news like this, The heart of this company is our employees and the world-class service you provide. Please know that your leadership team is working around the clock to find ways to grow our business and welcome back more of our colleagues.”
Park MGM in Las Vegas remains closed as does MGM’s Empire city in New York.
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Chadwick Boseman dies aged 43
Hollywood mega star Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43, ending a 4-year battle with colon cancer. He died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family at his bedside. The family released a short statement saying “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,”. The news was released by his publicist Nicki Fioravante to the Associated Press. Chadwick had not released any details to the public regarding his illness. This had been despite people noticing his weight loss, which had been dismissed as preparation for a role, something that regularly happens with actors for roles.
Chadwick Boseman rose to fame playing black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown. He be ...
Elephants Are Being Killed for Their Skin
The languages only differ in their grammar, their pronunciation and their most common words. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators. To achieve this, it would be necessary to have uniform grammar, pronunciation and more common words. If several languages coalesce, the grammar of the resulting language is more simple and regular than that of the individual languages.
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