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What we’re reading: Gov. Abbott lifts mask mandate, Biden pledges sufficient vaccine supply by May

first_imgFacebook Previous article‘We’ve got to be better’: Dixon disappointed with TCU’s 20-point loss in LubbockNext articleHoroscope: March 3, 2021 Iris Lopez RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin What we’re reading: Pfizer vaccine shows effectiveness in teens, Biden unveils infrastructure plan Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivers an announcement in Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. Governor Abbott announced that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the statewide mask mandate. (Justin Rex/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP) printTexas Gov. Greg Abbott lifts mandate, opens businessesTexas Governor Greg Abbott announced he is issuing an executive order lifting the mask mandate in Texas at an event in Lubbock yesterday, according to CNN.Abbott also announced that starting March 10, all businesses are allowed to open at 100% capacity.While health experts worry the new executive order will cause another rise in cases, Abbott said Texans have “mastered the daily habits to avoid getting COVID.”Many disagree with Abbott’s decision. In an official statement, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said, “Every time public health measures have been pulled back, we’ve seen a spike in hospitalizations.”Abbott’s executive order also addresses how county judges should handle the situation if COVID-19 worsens in their communities, but there will be no penalties for people who do not wear masks and a judge cannot put anyone in jail if they refuse to follow COVID-19 orders. Biden announces there should be enough vaccines for all adults by MayPresident Joe Biden speaks about efforts to combat COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden announced there will be enough COVID-19 vaccines for all adults in the U.S. by the end of May, according to the Associated Press.Officials have said although more vaccines are being produced and delivered, it may take until the summer for all Americans to be vaccinated based on the pace of delivery rollouts and the willingness of citizens to get vaccinated.Pharmacies will receive more than 800,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week in addition to the 2.4 million Pfizer and Moderna vaccines they will already be receiving.Biden has also begun pushing states to get teachers vaccinated by the end of March to hasten school openings.“Let’s treat in-person learning as the essential service that it is,” Biden said.Neera Tanden withdraws nomination to be director of budget officeThe White House pulled its nomination to make Neera Tanden director of President Biden’s budget office due to not being able to defeat bipartisan congressional opposition, according to the New York Times.Biden released a statement saying Tanden requested to be withdrawn from nomination. “I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel,” Biden said. Biden also committed to finding another role in his administration for her.FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2021, file photo Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), appears before a Senate Committee on the Budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)Biden’s pick surprised many in both parties due to Tanden’s previous work with Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign and her bipartisan criticism of certain legislators. Tanden’s chances at gaining support from most of the senators lessened after hearings held to speak about some of Tanden’s social media posts.“I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said prior to the withdrawal.Following Tanden’s withdrawal from the nomination, officials are now expecting Biden to nominate Shalanda Young, who previously served as the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee.No evidence of ANTIFA at Capitol assaultFBI Director Christopher Wray testified in front of Congress, expressing distress over the events of Jan. 6.“That attack, that siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple and his behavior that we, the FBI, view as domestic terrorism,” Wray said according to ABC News.Wray said the bureau has arrested more than 270 suspects that were involved in the insurrection and the majority could be labeled as “militia violent extremists.” Currently, there is currently no proof that any of them were ANTIFA members.When Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked Wray if he believed the FBI could have done more prior to the attack, Wray answered, “I do not consider what happened on Jan. 6 to be an acceptable result, and that’s why we’re looking so hard at figuring out how the process can be improved.” ReddIt Iris Lopezhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/iris-lopez/ Iris Lopez Facebookcenter_img What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Twitter Twitter + posts ReddItlast_img read more

Open letter to President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso

first_img January 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso RSF_en Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more News Mr. José Manuel Barroso – President of the European Commission Follow the news on Turkmenistan News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia to go further March 31, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img Help by sharing this information Dear President Barroso,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends media freedom, would like to refer you to the press freedom situation in Turkmenistan as you are about to visit that country. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the plight of two imprisoned journalists and human rights activists, Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadjiyev.They were arrested together with Ogulsapar Muradova for helping to make a documentary about Turkmenistan for “Envoyé spécial,” a current affairs programme broadcast by the French state-owned TV station France 2. They also gathered information about the human rights situation for the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation. Ms. Muradova died in detention in September 2006 as a result of mistreatment.Mr. Amanklychev and Mr. Khadjiyev were sentenced to seven years in prison in August 2006. After a long time without any news of them, we learned that they were being held in Turkmenbashi prison in the west of the country, a prison with a reputation for the most appalling conditions.Turkmenistan is ruled by one of the world’s most brutal and absolute dictatorships. Cut off from the world, its impoverished population is subjected to a police state that shows no respect for human life and dignity. Those who, like these two journalists and human rights activists, are regarded as enemies of the regime are exposed to the most terrible forms of violence. Year after year, Turkmenistan has been one of the last three countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. In 2010, it was ranked 176th out of 178 countries.The United Nations working group on arbitrary detention urged the Turkmen authorities last November to release Mr. Amanklychev and Mr. Khadjiyev. Their plight has also been raised within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.The European Union is pursuing a strategy of developing relations with the countries of Central Asia including Turkmenistan. We understand the logic but we would also like to believe that Europe will not abandon those who fight for respect for the most fundamental freedoms, at risk to their lives and the lives of their loved-ones.We therefore urge you to raise the situation of Mr. Amanklychev and Mr. Khadjiyev with the Turkmen authorities and to echo the requests for their release that have been made by many civil society and international organizations including Reporters Without Borders. We thank you in advance for not sacrificing freedom of expression to the strategic interests at stake.We look forward to your reply,Sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General Organisation March 13, 2020 Find out more News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan News #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Paris, 14 January 2011last_img read more