Cuba’s ambassador reiterates his country’s will to help others

Copenhagen, June 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s ambassador to Denmark, Roger Lopez, reiterated on Monday his country’s will to help nations in need in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During an online discussion with members of the Dano-Cuban Friendship Association, Lopez noted that Cuba sent medical brigades to nearly thirty States, which means that over 3,000 healthcare collaborators provide their support and knowledge for containing the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in various regions of the world.

Those professionals are part of the Henry Reeve contingent and are specialized in dealing with pandemics and natural disasters.

According to official data, they join the over 28,000 Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians working in 59 nations.

The ambassador recognized the work of the healthcare professionals and affirmed that Cuba offers its solidarity to the world although the tightening of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the country in force for almost six decades.

The participants at the videoconference received updated information on the achievements and challenges of Cuba in the midst of the situation generated by Covid-19.

In addition, they paid tribute to Antonio Maceo and Ernesto Che Guevara on the 175th and 92nd anniversaries of their birthdays, respectively.z

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Andrew Cuomo signs three more police accountability measures into law

Andrew Cuomo signs three more police accountability measures into law
By Bernadette Hogan and Carl CampanileJune 15, 2020 | 4:41pm
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Police officers will have to file a report every time they discharge their weapon under a new law approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday.

The discharge bill was one of three police accountability measures signed into law by the governor — following a slew of other proposals approved last week in response to the police brutality death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The new discharge law requires state and local law enforcement officers to verbally report firing a gun while on duty to his or her supervisor — where a person could be struck — within six hours of discharge.

They also must prepare and file a written report within 48 hours of the incident.

The second measure, the Police Statistics and Transparency Act or STAT Act, requires courts to compile and publish racial and other demographic data of all low-level offenses, including misdemeanors and violations.

The new law also orders police departments to report any arrest-related death to the Department of Criminal Justice Services and to submit annual reports on arrest-related deaths to the governor and the Legislature.

The third new law requires police officers and other law enforcement reps to provide medical and mental health attention to any individual in custody.

Police can be held liable for damages for anyone who does not receive medical attention and suffers a serious physical injury or has their injury exacerbated by the lack of care.

“Police reform is long overdue in this state and this nation, and New York is once again leading the way and enacting real change to end the systemic discrimination that exists in our criminal justice and policing systems,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo signs police reform bills, says trust ‘has to be restored’
“These critical reforms will help improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve and take us one step closer to righting the many injustices minority communities have faced because of a broken and unfair system.”

During his press briefing Monday, Cuomo said he sided with the cause of the protesters demanding action after Floyd’s death.

“The outrage was right, the outrage was justified. What we do in New York is we take the outrage and we seize the moment, right? Carpe momentum. It’s about people wanting change. Well, New York will be the place that actually makes the change, and we’ve passed laws that have done just that,” he said.

Among the bills that the Democrat-run Legislature passed last week and Cuomo signed into law was a measure to improve transparency at police departments by granting the public access to officer disciplinary files. Police unions had long opposed the proposal.

Cuomo also signed an executive order requiring local governments to come up with plans to overhaul their police department by April 1 of next year — or face the loss of state funding.

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Russian fighters intercepted US bomber bombers over Baltic sea

Moscow, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Russian SU-27 fighters have been scrambled to shadow US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress nuclear-capable strategic bombers over the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry reported today.

Aircraft from the Baltic Sea fleet, belonging to the Western Military District, were used to intercept the US Stratofortress nuclear-capable strategic bombers capable of firing several weapons, including nuclear-headed missiles.

At no time the violation of the national state border was allowed and the Russian fighters were flying under strict compliance with international rules on the use of airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spy planes and bombers fly over the Baltic Sea as part of the Baltops-2020 military maneuvers, involving a naval grouping of 28 units and an equal number of aircraft.

The drill includes 3,000 military personnel from 17 of NATO´s members and two associated states: Sweden and Finland.

On June 5, ships and monitoring means of the Northern Russian fleet monitored the movement of the French frigate ‘Aquitaine’ over the Barents Sea.

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The Supreme Court Redefines Sex

We think Justice Alito had the better of the argument: The law has long understood that sexual orientation and identity are distinct concepts from sex.

In the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Congress took the unprecedented step of inserting federal anti-discrimination law into purely private employment decisions. It did so to address an urgent national crisis: the long shadow of state-backed racial discrimination. A mischievous opponent of the bill added “sex” to the list of forbidden bases for discrimination. Nobody at the time would have thought that the term “sex” meant “sexual orientation” or “gender identity at odds with biological sex,” yet the Supreme Court, in Bostock v. Clayton County, said that it now does.

To begin with, this is an unhealthy way to make law in a democracy. The law is now read to mean something different in 2020 from what even the most liberal Justices would have said in 1964. Congress for years has been debating bills to amend the statute to cover these topics; the Court just did its work for it, and without any of the compromises or conscience protections that legislators typically debate. We understand what the Court’s liberal justices were up to, but a decent respect for democratic lawmaking should have cautioned Justice Gorsuch and Chief Justice Roberts against going down this path.

The decision steals a number of bases without admitting what it is doing. Men must get the same treatment as women, says the Court, but who is a man and who is a woman? In the transgender case, that is itself effectively the question, one better resolved by the people’s representatives if the law must decide it. The Court says that a man cannot be fired for marrying a man if a woman would not be fired for marrying a man — but this is not discrimination on the basis of sex at all, it is discrimination on the basis of behavior. The Court says that it is not (yet) abolishing bathrooms and dress codes that distinguish by sex, but it is difficult to see how its rigid, ahistorical logic of “all must be the same” does not lead that way.

We think Justice Alito had the better of the argument: The law has long understood that sexual orientation and identity are distinct concepts from sex. When the military banned gays and lesbians alike from serving, or the immigration laws banned homosexuals from entering the country, the response was to change the law, not to pretend that the question was one of gender discrimination.

Imposing the framework of race discrimination blindly onto sexual matters has always involved additional complications better handled by legislative compromise. Will traditionally minded people now be brought up for workplace harassment for holding conventional opinions about marriage and human biology? The Court admits that its decision will drive it deeper into the thicket of conflict between anti-discrimination law and religious liberty, placing religiously orthodox Americans further on the defensive. It is precisely because of the interests to be balanced that it would have been better to leave the meaning of the law as it was when written and leave to Congress the decision of when and how to change it.

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