Christchurch, Hurricane Laura, Wisconsin Protests: Your Thursday Briefing


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Good morning.

We & # 39; We cover the growing risk of Hurricane Laura the riots in Wisconsin and the third night of the Republican National Convention .

In March last year Brenton Tarrant murdered 51 Muslims during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand, using triggers manipulated to make his weapons deadly, and one Flash light to disorient his victims. When he was taken away, he told New Zealand police that he wished he had killed more.

Today Mr. Tarrant's hate campaign finally ended. He is the first New Zealand criminal ever to be sentenced to life imprisonment without permission – the heaviest sentence in the country.

The verdict follows three intense days of tearful and defiant statements from victims with a total of 91 statements.

Quote: “The damage he did to this nation was horrific; Nobody will forget, ”said Gamal Fouda, the imam of the Al Noor mosque, where Mr. Tarrant killed 44 people. But, he added, there is one message that needs to be remembered: "This person wanted to separate us but couldn't," said Mr Fouda. "Now he's the loser and we're the winners."

On a third chaotic night of the demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin Police shots at Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, armed citizens turned out to be self-appointed protectors of property. Now, an Illinois teenager, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with first degree murder in a shootout that killed two people and injured a third.

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Germany closed its schools. Later, when the country began to reopen, it switched to a hybrid model of distance learning and classroom learning. A new experiment is underway: teachers and students have been called back to class to test whether new vigilance and strict rules for social distancing are enough.

These efforts to get children back into the classroom were a “roller coaster ride”. “As one school principal put it, but also reinforced important lessons about what works.

In Denmark and Norway it's the same story: schools can reopen and stay open – if they are built on a foundation of fast and free testing, robust contact tracing, and low community penetration. But most countries and most parts of the United States simply cannot meet these conditions.

In numbers: By the end of last week 49 infections had been registered among teachers and students all over Berlin. Thanks to quick, targeted measures, however, no more than 600 out of 366,000 students had to stay at home for a day. Only 39 of 803 schools were affected.

Here are the latest updates and maps from the pandemic.

In other developments:

  • The first study examining the immune response to the coronavirus by gender suggests that men have a evoke a weaker immune response to the virus than women do.

  • Madrid's mayor asked residents of the city's southern districts to stay at home in order to contain the spread of the virus. Spain has faced one of the worst spikes in coronavirus infections in Europe in the past few days.

  • Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta extended a nationwide night curfew for another 30 days to contain the spread of the virus.

  • Local authorities have tightened restrictions in Marseille, the second largest city in France, where the per capita rate of cases is more than four times the national rate.

While TikTok is selling itself, Microsoft, a US company, is still the most likely buyer – also because there are already conversations with the app and its owner, Chinese company ByteDance, led over a smaller deal when President Trump ordered the sale or cessation of TikTok's U.S. operations through September 15.

Our r The reporters delved into the complicated story of chance and opportunity and spoke to more than a dozen people who were involved in or were informed about discussions.

US presidential campaign: On the third of four nights of the Republican National Convention were Vice President Mike Pence and the outgoing Trump – Advisor Kellyanne Conway among speakers advocating a second term under President Trump.

Sweden: The Swedish military deployed four warships and an unspecified number of ground forces and fighter jets on Gotland Island in response to a major Russian naval exercise.

GolfGate: Phil Hogan, European Union Trade Commissioner, resigned after violating virus regulations to attend a dinner at a golf club in Ireland.

Afghan floods: Nearly 80 people were killed in Charikar, a town north of Kabul, and the death toll was set to rise as rescuers searched the rubble of destroyed buildings. Heavy rains triggered flash floods late at night and surprised many residents.

Snapshot: Upstairs, residents gathered at the Burton Complex, an event center in Lake Charles, La helping with evacuation from Hurricane Laura. The storm was due to land near the Texas-Louisiana border early Thursday. Forecasters warned of “non-survivable” damage. Shelters like this are being set up across the hurricane zone, but Texas Governor Greg Abbott encouraged evacuees to book rooms at hotels and motels instead.

What we read: This BBC report about a rock musician in the late Soviet era, Viktor Tsoi, and how one of his songs became a hymn for change in Belarus. Steven Erlanger, our chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, said it was "a good reminder of the close relationship between Moscow and Minsk".

Cook: Gado-Gado, an Indonesian dish, is a large, cool, juicy mixture of vegetables from the market with perfectly soft, yellow-centered hard-boiled eggs, crispy brown fried shallots and a deep, hearty taste of peanut sauce.

Garden: Succulents are perfect in a hot, dry year. Here's how to start them or try more complicated ones.

Listen: For mixology tips, industry news or deep historical insights, these shows about wine, beer and cocktails are well worth checking out.

Our At Home collection is here to help you through these strange times with more ideas on what to read, cook, see and do while being safe at home.

The debate about the security of TikTok is a reminder that we are concerned about the data that we have share with apps, have to be on the lookout. Our tech columnist Brian X. Chen has compiled tips for cybersecurity.

Minimize the exchange of data. When you open a newly installed app on your phone, you may see notifications asking for permission to access sensors and data such as the camera, photo album, location and address book.

Sometimes it makes sense to grant access. For example, an app like Google Maps needs to know your location so it can find out where you are and give directions. In other cases the need is less clear and a zip code or less precise location information would be sufficient.

Block app tracking. Many apps are constantly getting information from our devices, e.g. B. the model of our phone and the version of the mobile operating system used, and pass this data on to third parties.

Marketers who have access A profile about you can then be put together with this information and you can be addressed with advertisements. In order to limit this invisible data collection, I recommend the use of so-called tracker blockers.

Apps like Fyde and Disconnect can help. Apple also said that in iOS 14 apps would have to ask people for permission to perform tracking.

Be curious. This last step is less technical: stay informed. If you're wondering how a company manages to offer their app, do some research on the business. Read the company's website and send questions to the company for a basic understanding of what is happening to your data and what steps you should take to minimize sharing.

That's it for today's briefing. I'll see you next time.

– Natasha

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