Allo Washington D.C.
Other News Washington D.c.
"Feed the Fight" initiation in Washington DC to help restaurants and healthcare workers.
A woman has started a charity named "Feed the Fight" to help the heroes of the city during the coronavirus pandemic. She believes that the local restaurants and the healthcare workers are severely affected by this outbreak. So, she started a program under which the charity buys mean from local restaurants to feed the healthcare workers in the hospitals.
Elena Tompkins, the founder of the "Feed the Fight," said that the charity is community funded, and they are using the money to support the two crucial groups of the city. The team has already bought and transported 4,000 meals from the day they started. The charity was initiated two weeks ago with the delivery of 30 meals on the day of launch.
Capital City of America threatened due to coronavirus outbreak.
The confirmed cases of coronavirus have been seen exponentially rising in the United States. This pandemic badly hits the New York city of the country. The federal government officials, health experts, and the leaders of Washington DC have exclaimed with fear as the metropolitan areas are badly suffering due to coronavirus. It has been believed that the capital city will be soon reeling hardly by COVID-19.
The spike in the death tolls and the hazardous environment created by this virus transmission can be the state of repercussion in the country, smacking the economy and lives of people. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has warned the city that this situation can cripple the country and its robust frugality. Fears are rapidly growing among people, and it has been reported that the situation of Washington will be the same as the New York City by Easter.
Criminal charges lodged against man charged with knocking down the U.S. troops
Officials announced murder charges on Friday against a suspect accused of attacking and injuring a State trooper while escaping law enforcement.
According to the Washington State Patrol, on March 24, trooper Justin Schaffer was trying to deploy traffic cones to put the chase to a halt when the speeding vehicle impacted him at Interstate 5 in Chehalis.
The attacker, William David Thompson, was further caught from I-5.
Police charged Thompson with 1st degree robbery, 2nd-degree false imprisonment, 1st degree kidnapping, 1st degree robbery, 2nd degree strike, alleged interference, expired license driving, to suspended and to drive without ignition key.
Other News United States Of America
Jon Clark dismissed after new evidence found to be hidden
Due to the prosecutor's failure to disclose relevant evidence promptly, the judge has acquitted Jon Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Kiera Bergman, of all charges against him for her murder. The lengthy ruling also scrutinized the Phoenix Police Department for not following up on Silent Witness tips.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office could still re-indict Clark for the teen's murder in the future as they haven't yet closed the case. He has already been indicted for the crime twice with the judge ruling it as based mainly on circumstantial evidence on both counts.
Kiera Bergman was just 19 when she died. Initially, the suspicions were based on a combination of witness accounts and an extensive search of their internet activities. However, the defense stated that the county prosecutors and police hadn't investigated a tip by Silent Witness claiming the victim was seen two weeks after she disappeared, benefitting Clark. The new information was intentionally hidden from the grand jury for eighteen months.
Chris Bragg, the victim's father, expressed his frustration of seeing Clark walking free and hopes to see that justice will be given to Kiera. The case will still be pursued and may mean another grand jury indictment. The judge strictly mentioned that the prosecutors must present all the evidence along with the outlined specifics. However, this may take a while as no trial is being processed due to the COVID-19 situation.
Farmer's markets open for business through the pandemic
As the pandemic grows, many businesses have closed down. However, many farmer's markets are still in operation. These allow customers to avoid crowded areas and appreciate the local farmers and artisans.
The Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Buffalo Speedway that is open from 8 to noon on Saturdays and Memorial villages farmers market on Beinhorn road that works on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, are making sure to take the necessary precautions like handwashing stations. Eleanor's market on Ella Blvd is open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm and encourages safe distances and minimized product handling.
Westchase district farmers market on Westheimer road is an open-air market that works on Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm. The Fulshear Farmers Market on Bois d'Arc lane operated mostly on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. It is currently serving through online sales and curbside pickup. Another market that works from 5:30 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays is the Houston farmers market. Braeswood farmers market on South Braeswood Blvd. works on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Employment claims increased during the COVID-19 crisis
The current COVID-19 situation has rendered many without a job. The Texas Workforce Commission is overwhelmed by the number of employment claims they were receiving in this circumstance. A 57-year-old Benny Crompton of East Bernard with 35 years of experience was trying to apply for unemployment after losing his job on Monday. He has been trying to log into the website for three days now but seems to get removed from it before he could sign in. Calling the agency also seemed useless as a constant busy signal is displayed.
Around 725,000 people have already applied for the claim in Texas. Cisco Gamez, who works with the TWC, explained that more than a thousand workers were trying hard to serve everyone with extended hours and weekends. The federal government had already secured the funds to pay these workers, according to State Senator Carol Alvarado. The issue was just around the fact that so many are trying to apply at the same time. He assured that no matter the delay, the money will be allocated to all who needed it.
The TWC mentioned the ideal time to apply for the benefits over the internet is from 1 am to 6 am.
Other world news
US, UK and Spain deaths mount and now virus threatens war zones - The Citizen
With more than 53,000 dead, the threat has never been more stark.
This weekend we’re watching: Dethroning the ‘Tiger King’ - Daily Maverick
With the world still in lockdown, our personal worlds are shrinking to the size of our screens, and the hottest show on Netflix has become a big deal. This weekend, dive into ‘Tiger King’, but don’t stop there – dive as deep as you need to understand the mess…
'Tiger King' (Image courtesy of Netflix) Experts believe that in 1918, a man with the flu and a chicken with bird flu, came into contact with the same pig. The bird flu virus would have been fatal to humans but the two viruses could not infect each others host species. They could however, both be transmitted to pigs, and inside the infected pig, they fused to create a new virus that lead to the Spanish Flu. The pandemic killed over 50 million people. On the 7th of February, Daily Maverick broke the story that the current Coronavirus pandemic was likely created through a similar interaction between a bat and pangolin, the most trafficked mammal on the planet. Somewhere in a wet market in Wuhan, a variety of creatures were crammed together in a confined space, some already corpses, others still breathing kept alive for as long as possible before being consumed. It would have been under these conditions that the coronavirus cocktail could have been brewed. Covid-19 does not care whether you are an animal trafficker or conservationist a Coronavirus particle is roughly 14 million times smaller than a person, it has no emotions, intentions, or sense of justice. It seems fitting that the new true crime documentary series Tiger King is now the most watched show on Netflix. The series infiltrates the insane hidden world of animal trafficking, focusing particularly on the long-running stranger-than-fiction feuds between the outlandish big players of the big-cat industry in the United States. There are roughly twice as many tigers in captivity in the US alone as there are tigers living in the wild. Wildlife trafficking concerns most governments only in as much as it can endanger people and financial prospects. The pain and existential threat which it poses to animals seems only but a peripheral concern. In Tiger King, each of the colourful personalities we meet claims to love big cats, yet they are the very foundation of the global big-cat trafficking industry which threatens to wipe them out. They are personifications of hypocrisy who exalt these majestic beasts while sitting on their overfed bellies and feeding them milk through a baby bottle. They are superlative examples of the rejection of our own identity as fellow animals. The centerpiece of this controversial community is the Tiger-King himself a gun-toting, mullet-sporting, meth-smoking redneck who goes by the name of Joe Exotic. He is described in the show as a mythical character living out in the middle of bum-fuck Oklahoma. The self-obsession of this Napoleonesque egomaniac is part of the reason that Tiger King makes for such compelling television someone like that, so desperate for attention, is liable to unashamedly film everything they do with the determined self assurance that the attention it brings them is admiration rather than repulsion. There is so much jaw-dropping footage on this guy that it seems to have been a struggle to cram it all into the series. Joe Exotic is only one of the monsters in the big-cat menagerie, which includes a polygamist cult-leader, a drug lord, a strip-club owner, and a con artist. There is a historic connection between the trading of wild animals and organized crime and its no coincidence that big cat owners are typically flamboyant power-hungry men. They get a sick sort of high from the sense that they have subjugated a powerful creature. In Tiger King, Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue says, they want to use those cats to elevate their status. Baskin is the sworn enemy of pretty much everyone else in the industry. But the hate directed towards her is not only due to her preaching conservation, but also because of the hypocrisy of her doing so. While Baskin has devoted her life to thwarting practices like cub-petting and breeding, she herself started in those businesses; she represents an important question which Tiger King poses to its audience: if you deplore the likes of Joe Exotic, how can you approve of keeping wild animals in captivity at all? Is the difference between Joe Exotic and his arch-nemesis Carole Baskin really that big? Apart from the very beginning and the very end, Tiger King does not feel like its really about tigers. Tigers are merely the currency of sin in a suspenseful crime thriller. You are drawn in by the mystique of the cats and dropped behind the curtain of misogyny and madness that shrouds their caged lives. Just as always with high rolling psychos, everything comes crashing down and it all ends in fire. This story has ignited global rage and brought big-cat conservation into the public eye, but focusing so much on the story rather than the tigers themselves feels like a missed opportunity to not only enrage people, but educate them. Tiger King doesnt overtly punt big-cat conservation it gives you the numbers and tells you the story, and the facts speak for themselves. At one point in the series Tim Stark, one of the heavy weight traffickers, argues that breeding captive tigers in the United States is exactly what is needed to get tigers off the endangered list. This is not true, although the show never explains why. The tiger trafficking industry is characterized by gross levels of inbreeding; white tigers for example, suffer from an array of genetic disorders, which, if released into the wild could be the nail in the coffin of the species. Tiger King as a series is impeccable. The content is topical and more ridiculous than your wildest dreams, the footage is excellent and the production value is top notch. As an exposé on wildlife trafficking however, there could be so much more to be said. It is a must-watch but it is also a must-understand. After being enthralled by the crass theatrics of the morally bereft psychos who trade in big cats, you owe it to the animals to clue yourself up on why zoos and sanctuaries are not as much of an ethical grey area as we sometimes like to think they are. DM/ ML
COVID-19: Durban hospital shuts emergency dept after 11 staff test positive - EWN
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said four of the six patients who have died from the virus in the province were treated at the hospital.