An attack on Asians occurred in Manhattan, New York this Monday. A 65-year-old Filipino woman was walking on West 43rd Street near Times Square when she was suddenly kicked in the abdomen by a man in broad daylight. She curled up on the sidewalk. The man kicked her on the head three times, yelled at her and said: “You don’t belong here.” It is chilling that three men witnessed the violence in the lobby of a luxury apartment building nearby. When the woman tried to stand up with difficulty, the male security guard closed the door of the building.
The victim was Verma Kari who immigrated to the United States from the Philippines decades ago and is still being treated in the hospital. The New York City Police Department released the video of the attack and photos of the suspect and arrested the 38-year-old man Elliott on Wednesday. According to the police, the man was imprisoned for stabbing his mother to death in 2002 and is currently on parole.
The New York Times said that although there have been recent reports of escalation of anti-Asian hate crimes, the police released the video of the attack on the Asian elderly still touched new pain points. On the 30th, protesters gathered outside the building on West 43rd Street in New York, holding signs such as “The fate of Asians is also fate.” Many Asian Americans are exhausted by the ongoing attacks, and the attackers’ recklessness and the indifferent attitude of bystanders have triggered a new round of fear. Statistics show that the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans reported by New York City last year increased the most among major cities in the United States. On the 30th, New York Mayor de Blasio condemned the attack and urged New Yorkers to intervene when they witnessed the attack.
U.S. Attorney General Garland said in a memo to Department of Justice employees on the 30th that the Department of Justice will prioritize hate crime prosecutions and provide more assistance to local law enforcement agencies in investigating hate crimes. At the same time, US President Biden also announced six new measures, including inter-agency coordination, strengthening law enforcement and funding, and education and research to solve the problem of violence and discrimination against Asians. In addition, the White House said that Biden will establish a high-level position to be responsible for the coordination of related policies of the federal government.
in order to mobilize the people to speed up vaccination, a promotional film called “Macron: Non-stop Vaccinations in the Morning, Middle and Evening” came out recently. However, this also seems to have failed to prevent the “data burst” in the French epidemic.
In the propaganda film, Macron visited multiple vaccination sites and solemnly pointed out that “vaccination is the top priority of the government’s work. There are no weekends and holidays in this battle, and vaccination will be done sooner or later.” At present, about 7.8 million people in France have received the first dose of vaccine, accounting for 11.6% of the population. An old grandmother who came to vaccinate was surprised by the president’s promotion and praised Macron for being “very charming” (pictured).
However, this has not stopped the sudden turn of the epidemic in France. According to data from the French Health Agency, the number of new crown patients in the intensive care unit exceeded the 5,000 mark on March 30, reaching a historic 5072. Many hospitals are overloaded with work, and many European countries have also listed France as a high-risk area. Due to incessant persistence in January, TV 2 said that Macron, who once portrayed the image of an “anti-epidemic superman,” has “collapsed” and has fallen into the biggest ruling crisis since the outbreak. Congressman Kirkrell stated that Macron, who “confessed to be an epidemiologist,” does not follow expert opinions and has not made any good decisions in the past two months.
Faced with issues such as “taking further quarantine or continuing the current measures, whether the school is closed, and whether there are enough vaccinations”, Macron held a special safety meeting on the 31st and will give a televised speech. Experts say that whether Macron can win the “anti-epidemic war” will be a major event in Macron’s re-election campaign next year, but the “Liberation Daily” believes that Macron’s launch of a new anti-epidemic policy will be an “impossible task.”
the World Economic Forum released the “Global Gender Gap Report” that day, comparing the gender gaps in 156 countries around the world. Among them, Japan ranks 120th in the world and the lowest in the G7. Affected by the new crown epidemic, the global gender gap is widening, and it is now estimated that it will take about 136 years to bridge such a gap, which is 36 years longer than previously expected.
The “Global Gender Gap Report” started in 2006 and calculated the rankings of countries by scoring four areas: politics, economy, education, and health. Japan is ranked 147th in the political field this time because there are fewer female parliamentarians and cabinet ministers. In the economic field, Japan ranks 117th because of the low percentage of women in management. In the fields of education and health, the gap between men and women in Japan is not so prominent.
According to reports, Iceland has topped the list for 12 consecutive years. Followed by Finland, Norway, and New Zealand ranked fourth. A common feature of these top-ranked countries is that women are the leaders of the country. Among Asian countries, the Philippines ranks 17th, South Korea ranks 102nd, and China ranks 107th. Burma, which has experienced continuous chaos after the coup d’état, ranks 109th, both ranking higher than Japan.
The fact that Japan ranks lower has also attracted public attention. Nakamura Natsuko, editor-in-chief of the women’s section of the Nikkei, commented, “It is not surprising to see such a ranking. I expected some changes after the establishment of the new government of Yoshihide Suga, but women still face great resistance in the political field.” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu said on the 31st, “(Japan is) at the lowest level among developed countries. It also lags behind South Korea, China, and ASEAN countries among Asian countries, especially in the economic and political fields. In the process of accelerating efforts to promote gender equality, the results of this survey reflect that our country’s response is lagging behind, and it is necessary to further promote gender equality in the future.”
Russia has registered the world’s first new coronavirus vaccine for animals, and mass production will begin in April. RIA Novosti reported on March 31 that Savinkov, deputy director of the Russian Animal and Plant Health Supervision Agency, said that this vaccine called Carnivac-Cov is the world’s first and currently the only new coronavirus vaccine for animals.
According to reports, the vaccine was developed by the Animal Health Protection Center under the Russian Animal and Plant Health Supervision Agency. Savinkov said: “In October last year, the center began clinical trials of the vaccine. The test subjects included dogs, cats, arctic foxes, mink, foxes and other animals. The results of the study found that 100% of all animals vaccinated with the vaccine produced Anti-coronavirus antibodies.”
Scientists are conducting further research on the effective duration of the vaccine, which is expected to reach the goal of at least 6 months. According to a survey by the World Organization for Animal Health, some animals are very susceptible to the new coronavirus, and many countries have also found and reported confirmed cases. So far, there have been two cases of cats infected with the new coronavirus in Russia. Russian experts believe that vaccinating animals can prevent strain mutations to a certain extent. In addition, there is no scientific evidence that the new coronavirus can be transmitted to humans through animals.