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States must find political will to prevent murders of human rights defenders: UN expert

GENEVA (5 March 2021) – UN expert Mary Lawlor* said today hundreds of human rights defenders are killed for their peaceful work every year, and States must find the political will to protect them and prevent the killings. “It is shocking that between 2015 and 2019, at least 1,323 defenders were killed in 64 countries,” […]

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Ballparks, Stadiums, Theme Parks Can Open Outdoors Beginning April 1 with Capacity Restrictions and Other Safety Modifications

SACRAMENTO March 5, 2021 – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updates to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework focused on activities that can be conducted outdoors with consistent masking, two factors that are scientifically shown to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. The updates allow outdoor ballparks, stadiums […]

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State Updates Guidance for Youth and Adult Recreational Sports

SACRAMENTO March 4, 2021 – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released an update to its outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adult sports guidance which specifies the conditions under which youth and adult recreational sports may resume practice with contact and competition under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The guidance has […]

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Statement of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, respecting an investigation of the Situation in Palestine

Today, I confirm the initiation by the Office of the Prosecutor (”Office”) of the International Criminal Court (”ICC” or the ”Court”) of an investigation respecting the Situation in Palestine. The investigation will cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed in the Situation since 13 June 2014, the […]

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Humans drive most of the ups and downs in freshwater storage at Earth’s surface, Stanford study finds

March 4, 2021 – Water levels in the world’s ponds, lakes and human-managed reservoirs rise and fall from season to season. But until now, it has been difficult to parse out exactly how much of that variation is caused by humans as opposed to natural cycles. Analysis of new satellite data published March 3 in Nature shows fully 57 […]

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Robert P. Alvarez and Uma Nagarajan-Swenson: Biden Needs to Keep His Promise on Immigration

March 4, 2021 – Joe Biden has done a lot on immigration in a short amount of time — much of it good. In January, Biden kicked off his presidency with splashy executive orders ending the Muslim ban, protecting young undocumented people from deportation, and making sure immigrants are counted in the Census. In February, he introduced […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Grass Valley appointments will be available in MyTurn at noon on Fridays

March 4, 2021 – Nevada County Public Health will post appointment availability for the upcoming week on Friday at noon on the state’s MyTurn website. Editor’s note: Eligibility does still not guarantee an appointment, but dosage allocations are going up. Eligibility: Appointments will be available for those eligible in Phases 1A and 1B, including people […]

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Study Reveals Extent of Privacy Vulnerabilities with Amazon’s Alexa

March 4, 2021 – A recent study outlines a range of privacy concerns related to the programs that users interact with when using Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa. Issues range from misleading privacy policies to the ability of third-parties to change the code of their programs after receiving Amazon approval. “When people use Alexa to play […]

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SARS-CoV-2 mutations in competition

Prior to the emergence of new mutants of the coronavirus, such as the British variant B.1.1.7, the SARS-CoV-2 variant named D614G had already mutated from the original SARS-CoV-2 pathogen that triggered the pandemic. D614G has rapidly spread to become the most abundant variant worldwide and this D614G mutation remains in all the new emerging variants. […]

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209 US counties face a crisis in staffing ICUs that care for COVID-19 patients

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2021 – Over the next month, 209 U.S. counties in the United States will need to implement crisis workforce strategies to deal with potentially dangerous shortfalls of intensive care unit doctors, according to a new analysis published today. The analysis draws on data from a just launched county-level hospital workforce estimator, one that takes into […]

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Senate Launches ‘Blueprint for a Fire Safe California’

SACRAMENTO, March 4, 2021 – With another hot and dry fire season on the horizon and potential drought settling in over California, preparedness efforts throughout the state are underway. In anticipation of this, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Senate’s Wildfire Working Group have released a plan and introduced a budget […]

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Myanmar: UN human rights expert issues report and urges decisive, unified action to put an end to brutality

GENEVA (4 March 2021) – The UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar said in a report published today the military junta in the country is illegal, illegitimate and responsible for widespread and systematic human rights violations against nonviolent, peaceful protesters, and should be held accountable. In the report to the Human Rights Council, the UN […]

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Precipitation chances return this weekend, unsettled next week

March 4, 2021 – Dry and mild weather through Friday. Rain and mountain snow chances return over the weekend and early next week with possible mountain travel delays. Discussion GEFS shows upper low moving east over the southern Rockies today with ridge building briefly over northern California with dry weather and Valley high temperatures ranging […]

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House Passes H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Washington, D.C. March 3, 2021–Today, the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, by a vote of 220 to 212. The legislation is a bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing […]