Thailand holds Zoom protest for Black Lives Matter movement
Sunday, 7 June 2020 Some 300 Thais and foreigners in Thailand and elsewhere joined an online protest against racism on Sunday, adding their voices to global calls for justice for black American George Floyd who died in U.S. police custody in Minneapolis last month.
Millions of Thais lost their jobs when pandemic lockdown restrictions forced malls and other public venues to close in March. Thai figures show the average rate of suicide fell in the first four months of the year. However, Reuters reports calls to a suicide helpline in Thailand have skyrocketed by three to five times since the lockdown began. Panomporn Phoomchan, director of Samaritans of Thailand, says most calls are related to concerns about financial problems.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie grew emotional as they spoke to an elderly fundraiser who campaigns in honour of her late grandson via Zoom. The sisters took part in the video call to honour the winners of the Teenage Cancer Trust Awards.
Video-conferencing giant Zoom has missed its own deadline of publishing its first transparency report.Zoom had previously stated that it would be releasing the number of government demands it has received by June 30. But now the company has said that it has missed the deadline, TechCrunch reported.The video-conferencing giant hasn't confirmed any date as of now as to when it will publish the transparency report. Zoom witnessed a massive spiker in its user base as millions worldwide started working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Transparency reports in general offer rare insights into the number of demands or requests a company gets from the government for user data. These reports are not mandatory but they are important to understand the scale and scope of government surveillance.
Google is working on several new features including background blur, low-light mode and background replacement images for its video calling application Meet. Alike rival videoconferencing platforms Zoom and Microsoft Teams, Google Meet users will be able to either choose their own image or pick from several default options. Google confirmed to The Verge that in addition to background blur and background replacement images, real-time captioning, low-light mode, hand-raising, and a tile view of up to 49 meeting participants will be rolled out to the consumer version of Meet. Google integrated Meet into Gmail last month, adding a sidebar link and making meetings of up to 100 people with no time limits available to anyone with a Google account.
Most Americans, including a majority of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, support sweeping law enforcement reforms such as a ban on chokeholds and racial profiling after the latest death of an African American while in police custody, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Thursday. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
Microsoft said Thursday it would not sell its facial-recognition technology to police departments. That is, until there is a just federal law, based in human rights, regulating the technology. Reuters reports George Floyd's murder has triggered alarm that facial recognition would be used unfairly against protesters.
Since George Floyd’s death on May 25, people have gathered to protest, in groups large and small, against police brutality. To disperse crowds of protesters, law enforcement has frequently sprayed tear gas. Its micro-pulverized dust lodges both in the body and in clothing. According to Allure, the CDC says anyone sprayed with tear gas, even lightly, should shower and shampoo as soon as possible. If clothing needs to be lifted over the head to remove, it should be cut away.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Reverend Al Sharpton and others on Thursday in painting the words "Black Lives Matter" on Fifth Avenue - and right outside of Trump Tower. Lisa Bernhard has more.
Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area was taken over by protesters after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Cops were kept out of the area. The mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, said the area would bring another "summer of love." Instead, there were noise complaints, rampant drug use.... .....lootings, rapes, assaults, property damage, public sex.... ....public bathroom violations, shootings, and a string of brutal murders.....
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Washington DC in USA, where it was vandalised during 'Black Lives Matter' protest was restored to its old glory and inaugurated again in Washington DC. The inauguration was done by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and Ambassador of India to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu. The statue, which is across the road from the Indian Embassy, was vandalised with graffiti and spray painting in June during nationwide protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
Rev. Dr. Bernice King, the youngest child of deceased civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke at the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed by police in a Wendy's drive-thru parking lot, telling his family, "I am here to stand with you."
With Cincinnati's well-documented history of increased risk to people walking and biking through its neighborhoods, the protest march can pose extra challenges. But along with those challenges, taking..