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What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, May 27

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What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, May 27

The World Health Organization issued the assessment yesterday because outbreaks are accelerating in several Latin American countries.

Brazil has the most cases outside the United States, Mexico recorded the biggest one-day increase in cases and deaths yesterday, and Peru and Chile now have the highest per capita infection rates in the world above the seven-day rolling average.

“For most countries in America, now is not the time to relax restrictions or reduce prevention strategies,” WHO regional director Carissa Etienne the word. “Now is the time to stay strong, to stay alert and aggressively implement proven public health measures.”
Brazil’s daily death rate is the highest in the world this week, according to one model that is widely used, Which is now projecting that death there will hit 125,000 in early August. When the country’s health crisis develops, controversy swirls President Jair Bolsonaro, which continues to play down the risk of the virus because it focuses on the financial impact instead – like its US counterpart, President Donald Trump, who banned most of the trips from Brazil yesterday.

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Q: What don’t we know about coronavirus?

A: Megan Ranney, an emergency room doctor and medical researcher at Brown University, spent last week testifying before Congress about what we know – and still don’t know – about coronavirus. After explaining the disease to MPs, he outlined our understanding of Covid-19 on Twitter’s thread that quickly went viral. The things that we are still in the dark about: The actual death rate of the case, what managed to treat it, how long the immunity lasted and when we might get an effective vaccine. While it is a critical knowledge gap that is being bridged by scientists, we know (most importantly) how to reduce transmission and death: distance social distance, testing, isolation and contact tracing, adequate personal protection equipment. We must continue to do these things to keep ourselves and our communities safe, Ranney said.
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The debate about masks in America underscores deep political polarization

The simple act of wearing a mask to protect others during a pandemic is now a hotspot of politics and culture, underscoring the polarization that afflicts every corner of American life, Stephen Collinson writes.
President Trump’s use of the bully pulpit against his own government’s advice about faceplate has turned into the latest ideological motivated attack on science and politeness. This episode took place at a very intense time from the President’s distortion and disturbance cycle. Latest target: alleged 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden. In his first face-to-face interview since the order to stay home began, Biden retaliated Trump for making fun of his mask, saying that the President was a “fool,” whose “macho” behavior caused death.

How many people have coronavirus? Sometimes, that’s just conjecture

Dozens of tests are on the market, but their reliability varies greatly. Polymeric chain reaction test (PCR), looking for coronavirus evidence, is usually accurate – but not always.

Some studies have begun to show that when a patient is seriously ill, the virus replicates deeper in the respiratory system, outside the range of the swab used for most tests. And just as false negatives cause headaches for doctors, they can also cause people to make wrong decisions when it comes to lifting restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.

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The European Union is still divided over coronavirus assistance. That can separate them

The fight over how to fund an EU recovery from this pandemic has sparked tensions between rich and poor countries. The rift threatened to delay the economic rebound in the region and unleash the political and financial power that could separate the bloc, Julia Horowitz wrote.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled his proposal to explore Europe from a historic recession today – a € 750 billion ($ 826 billion) coronavirus recovery fund. But deep divisions between member states still need to be bridged, increasing the risk that much needed assistance can be delayed.

Australia angered China by asking for an investigation into the corona virus. Now Beijing is seeking revenge

It didn’t take long after Australia’s first call for an international investigation into the origins of the virus before the roar of replies came from China. Now, Beijing is targeting its exports, and that’s a problem. Because Australia faces a very real recession prospect, relations with China – its biggest trading partner so far – are more important than ever before, Ben Westcott writes.

Experts say Australia is seen as a test case – can liberal democracy with close trade ties with the authoritarian government in Beijing still maintain an independent foreign policy, which will sometimes be critical of the Chinese Communist Party?

Inside one of the largest brothels in the world, a sad situation is underway

“Because of this coronavirus pandemic, we are now in trouble,” said Nodi, 25. “We have no work.” She is one of nearly 1,500 women and girls, and 500 children, packed in 12 hectares brothel complex in Daulatdia, Bangladesh, resembling a crowded slum.

This site has been locked since Bangladesh issued a home-stay order nationally at the end of March. No one – including clients – is allowed in or out. The government, police and local NGOs provided some assistance to the women, but Nodi said they did not get enough food. “If this continues, children will starve to death. We pray that the virus disappears.”

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When is it okay to be near other people? And how close is too close?

People who are sick with coronavirus must stay away from others until they have gone at least three days without fever, have seen symptoms improve, and until it has been 10 days since they first saw symptoms, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been said in the latest guidelines. New recommendations include tips on using public transportation and rising stocks, because the country is loosening the lockdown. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Avoid gathering in groups, and stay away from crowded spaces if possible, especially at transit stations and stops.
  • Consider skipping a row of seats between you and other drivers if possible.
  • Enter and exit the bus through the rear entrance if possible.
  • Look for social remote instructions or physical guidance offered by transit authorities (for example, floor decals or signs that indicate where to stand or sit so that they are at least 6 feet apart from the others).
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Teodoro Obiang meets the Portuguese he saved from death | NEWS | DV

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Teodoro Obiang was received on Tuesday (28.06) at the headquarters of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), where, not to mention the process of abolition of the death penalty in his country, he promised to comply with all the necessary recommendations of the membership. by organization. .

“We are ready, we are organizing to fulfill all the conditions that all CPSG member countries demand,” the President of Equatorial Guinea said in press statements without the right to ask questions.

Accompanied by Zacarias da Costa, executive secretary of the CPLP, Obiang assured that Portuguese, considered a foreign language in Equatorial Guinea, is on the rise, mainly because many young people are already learning the language in schools.

“Portuguese will become the language spoken throughout the country,” he promised.

The President of Equatorial Guinea is in Portugal as one of the senior government officials invited to the United Nations Oceans Conference, which is taking place in Lisbon until 1 July.

The presidential delegation of Equatorial Guinea includes First Lady Constance Mangue, Foreign Minister Simeon Oyono Esono, and Mozambique Murade Muraga, former CPLP Executive Secretary, who serves as Obiang’s Special Adviser for the Portuguese Language.

Jorge Trabulo Marquez spent 38 days canoeing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The head of state of Equatorial Guinea held several bilateral meetings, including with the President of the UN General Assembly, Adullah Shahid; was at the International Craft Fair (FIA), this Wednesday will be received by his Portuguese colleague Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and will visit the Sanctuary of Fatima.

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“Obiang understood and set me free”

At the hotel where he was staying in Lisbon, Obiang received Portuguese journalist Jorge Trabulo Marques, who spent 47 years in prison in Malabo after 38 days of trying to cross the Atlantic by canoe from Sao Tome. . . .

Marquez says he was 30 years old at the time and it was Obiang, then supreme commander of the armed forces, who saved him from death.

“At that time, I was considered a spy because it was hard to believe that a European would sit in a canoe,” Jorge Trabulo Marquez told DW Africa.

“I was taken to Black Beach Maximum Security Prison and sentenced to hang. Five days later, while I was walking, the phone rang and it was Commander Obiang, the nephew of President Macias, who called me to his office to give the president a writ of execution.”

President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang receives journalist Jorge Trabulo Marquez in Lisbon.

Meeting between President Teodoro Obiang and journalist Jorge Trabulo Marquez on Tuesday (28.06)

But Obiang, then 33, went against the execution order for his uncle Macias Nguema.

“Thank God he was understanding, he was generous, he took my word for it and set me free. I was here today to thank him for life because I saw death before me. Every night I heard piercing cries; terror prison. Whoever entered alive, came out in a tomb.”

At this meeting, the journalist expressed his gratitude by offering a picture painted with a portrait of a man who saved his life in a country where the Castilian language prevails and where the death penalty has not yet been completely abolished.

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Portuguese DJ Narciso among the first advertisements of the Polish festival Unsound – Showbiz

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Musician DJ Narciso is the only Portuguese name in the first group of artists at Poland’s Unsound festival, which will take place in Krakow in October, the organization announced today.

The Portuguese DJ Narciso appears in the dance program of the festival, reminiscent of the organization that is part of the Príncipe publishing house from Lisbon.

Narciso created RS Produções in Río de Mouro, municipality of Sintra, in the middle of the last decade, which he shares with Nuno Beats, DJ Nulo, DJ Lima and Farucox.

This year he released the EP “NXE” with London’s Endgame by Chinese publisher SVBKVLT. According to a biography available on Bandcamp at the time of launch, DJ Narciso is “bringing together a new wave of artists from Kuduro from Lisbon, [sendo] one of the youngest members of Príncipe who helped redefine the genre.”

One of the most influential European festivals, which annually collects names from various musical fields and commissions works by contemporary authors, Unsound will present projects in Krakow in its 20th edition, such as the premiere of Osmium, which features Hildur Guðnadóttir. , Slater of Sam Blanket and James Ginsburg, who will play with singer Rulli Shabara on instruments made especially for the occasion, according to a statement from the event.

Polish cellist and composer Resina will join Frenchman Aho San in the Ego Death project, also curated by Unsound.

The Contemporary Spółdzielnia ensemble, in turn, will present “Vitriolum”, in which musicians interpret works on 3D-printed instruments “based on Carpathian flutes and ancient double reeds.”

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From October 9 to 16, Unsound will also host Oren Ambarchi, Johan Bertling and Andreas Verlin as Ghosted, as well as Japanese solo artist Phew and more.

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Portuguese deep tech fund raises over €32m for blue economy projects

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Portuguese deep tech fund raises over €32m for blue economy projects

The fund’s first investment in the blue economy and climate action is in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company.

Faber, a Portuguese emerging technology venture capital firm, announces that its Faber Blue Pioneers I fund exceeded its initial target of €30 million to close at €32 million.

Southern Europe’s first venture capital fund focused on “deep tech” for ocean sustainability and climate change has already made its first investment in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company.

Announced late last year, Faber Blue Pioneers I is funded by institutional investors with an impact strategy such as the European Investment Fund (FEI) and Portugal Blue, Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos (through its part of Movendo Capital), Builders Initiative (the philanthropic arm of Builders Vision, impact platform founded by Lucas Walton, dedicated to creating a more humane and healthy planet and with an investment strategy in the oceans), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Champalimaux Foundation, as well as entrepreneurs Peter Reeve, co-founder of SolarCity, CEO of Aqualink and president of Sofar Ocean Technologies, and Pedro Bizarro , co-founder and chief scientist of Feedzai.

Thus, the fund completes its first closure with a core of investors who are in full agreement with the thesis of the fund, with sustainable and investment programs on a global scale in this area, accompanied by successful entrepreneurs who want to support and contribute to the sustainability of the oceans and climate action, which Faber hopes to leverage with additional investors to join the fund’s closed end by the end of 2022.

AI and climate and ocean data

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Faber combines a dedicated focus on early stage deep tech startups (pre-seed and seed) with thematic funds, teams and dedicated advisors who actively work with entrepreneurs to build global artificial intelligence (AI) and climate companies. and ocean data and technology.

The goal of the fund is to invest in a portfolio of 20-25 early stage companies that develop innovative high-tech solutions with global ambitions in areas such as blue biotechnology, food innovation, ocean clean-up technologies or the decarbonization of many industries. with a clear contribution to the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 14.

The fund is managed by a dedicated investment team led by Rita Souza and Carlos Esteban (Partners) and Bruno Ferreira (Venture Partner) with extensive experience in investment, entrepreneurship and technology. The team will work closely with a network of experts, including strategic adviser Thiago Pitta e Cunha (CEO of the Oceano Azul Foundation) and scientific advisors Susana Moreira and Joana Moreira da Silva (science and innovation researchers at Ciimar), as well as with other scientists and industry representatives. experts.

At the time of the first closing, the specialized investment group (based between Lisbon and Barcelona) analyzed more than 600 start-ups from all over Europe, with a particular focus on those starting in the Iberian Peninsula or elsewhere. geographically and who are looking for a suitable partner to expand their activities in Portugal and thus take advantage of the conditions that the country offers to launch high-tech and innovative projects in the blue economy.

The fund’s first investment was in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company focused on the decarbonization of the marine industry, and Faber already has additional investments nearing completion and to be completed over the next few weeks.

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“We are proud to announce Faber Blue Pioneers I’s first major plan above the original goal with a remarkable group of investors who share our strong belief that science and entrepreneurs can accelerate innovation and have a positive impact on ocean and climate resilience. action. We are also very pleased to welcome Fuelsave to the fund’s portfolio as we believe its team will pave the way for the decarbonization of the maritime industry,” says Alexandre Barbosa, Managing Partner of Faber.

Faber is the first Iberian partner of 1000 Ocean Startups, a global coalition of incubators, accelerators, venture capital funds and other platforms dedicated to accelerating innovation with a positive impact on the oceans and supporting at least 1000 startups that are transforming the sustainability of the oceans, oceans and making a significant contribution to the Goal. United Nations in the field of sustainable development 14.

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