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Planning for Periods During a Pandemic — Global Issues


Targeting boys with menstrual health education will not only improve girls’ school attendance but will help address menstrual-related myths and stigma.
High school student in eastern India, studies a leaflet on menstrual hygiene. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS
  • Opinion by Shubha Nagesh, Monalisa Padhee (dehradun, india)
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Despite these efforts, a large number of girls with disabilities who face the double burden of discrimination — stigma of disability and taboos associated with menstruation — have been left behind.

Girls and women comprise more than half of the total number of persons with disabilities. The majority of them live in low and middle income countries. A number of them are denied basic human rights because society is not set up to meet their unique needs. For instance, a large number do not attend schools, are not employed meaningfully, and are subject to neglect, abuse, violence, sexual harassment and much else.

Families and parents grapple with additional worries that include safety and hygiene around menarche (onset of periods) and menstruation. These concerns magnify for families whose daughters have cognitive and intellectual impairments and behavioural challenges as part of their disability. Knowledge and awareness around effective menstruation management becomes a challenge with heavy reliance on parents and or caregivers.

The pandemic has further worsened access and support due to restricted access, closure of establishments, traffic restrictions, and financial constraints. There are many families who are unable to afford disposable sanitary products for their daughters and rely on cloth which puts an additional burden of washing. These are re washed and reused- oftentimes, dried in closed spaces and corners that receive no sunlight, risking infection upon re use. Stigma continues around access, utilisation and safe disposal of menstrual products, particularly in urban poor and rural contexts.

Even outside pandemics and crises, the menstrual health needs of vulnerable populations need to be prioritized. Each girl deserves to have a safe and dignified menstrual experience irrespective of her disabilities. Policies and practices are best if inclusive and accommodate unique provisions and needs for girls and women with disabilities.

We propose the following four recommendations to ensure uninterrupted menstrual health services, particularly the supply of products during a pandemic or other emergency crisis situation.

First, it’s important to have an inclusive crisis management policy, one that prioritises the sexual and reproductive health needs of the girls and women with disabilities with deliberation. Developing systems prior to pandemics so these services persist as essential and vital at all times, will support uninterrupted services.

Second, provision of supplies in adequate quantities is essential- on an average if a girl or woman uses 15-20 sanitary pads per month, providing at least three month supplies of 20 pads a month to each girl with a disability will be reasonable. Girls with intellectual impairment, more often than not, are unable to keep track of their menstrual dates or identify symptoms that develop prior to a menstrual period. Having an adequate stock of pads beforehand to safeguard against situations like this pandemic will prevent girls from resorting to unhygienic practices.

Third, having adequate training of community health workers to identify the number of girls with disabilities in the community and their future needs, well in advance, and communicate with the agencies monitoring supplies to ensure regular and ample supplies.

Fourth, agencies who link the disabled community to organisations and donors must have robust systems in place to match needs, when it is required and where it is required. The processes must be seamless with needs outlined in advance, donations matched well with needs, priority measures to determine disabled communities who need supplies the most and accountability in distribution.

If all donors and philanthropies could come together to enable creation of centralised nodal agencies to channelise procurement, distribution, monitoring and evaluation, the system becomes transparent, accountable and effective. Including disability organisations in the dialogue and the actual effort that follows will ensure establishment of supply chains that deliver on time to those that need it the most such as remote villages, urban poor settlements, migrant communities, hard to reach slums.

Some of the above are already in place in India and need integration and scale to reach vulnerable populations, like those with disabilities. UNICEF recommends through recent guidelines processes that could be implemented to ensure menstrual products reach girls during a pandemic; these could be adapted by including the voices of girls with disabilities in formulating strategies to meet their needs.

After all, periods don’t pause for a pandemic and any other crisis and we need to ensure that the needs and challenges of the vulnerable population are adequately addressed.

Dr Shubha Nagesh is an Atlantic Fellow in Global Health Equity and works with the Latika Roy Foundation, Dehradun India

Monalisa Padhee, PhD, is the head of Women Wellness Initiative at the Barefoot College working with women and girls in rural India. She is a senior Aspen New Voices fellow and Atlantic Fellow for Global Health Equity.

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Australian KFC Order Leads To Coronavirus Fines


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Two paramedics stopped for a meal at an Australian KFC restaurant in the suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, early Friday morning when they noticed something suspicious.

A pair of customers had ordered roughly 20 takeout meals at 1:30 a.m.

The substantial order raised eyebrows because large parts of Victoria are currently back in lockdown following a sudden dramatic surge in coronavirus cases in the last few days. The state’s second lockdown will last six weeks, with large gatherings strictly banned and people allowed out of their homes for essential reasons.

The ambulance workers, or “ambos” as Australians call them, grew suspicious so they spoke with the KFC staff.

They then alerted police to the license plate of the customers’ car, and officers followed the vehicle to an address in the suburb of Dandenong.

At a house, they found two people asleep in a front room — but 16 more who had been celebrating a birthday party were hiding out at the back.

The takeout chicken had been ordered to feed the hungry guests.

“That is absolutely ridiculous, that type of behavior,” Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Shane Patton told reporters at a press conference Friday.

All the 16 partygoers were issued fines — a total of $26,000 AUD, or almost $18,000 USD.

“It’s a very expensive night,” Patton said.

“That’s a heck of a birthday party to recall,” he added, “and they’ll remember that one for a long time.”

Like New Zealand, Australia had seen a relatively small number of coronavirus cases during the pandemic, but in the last week infections have suddenly spiked, mostly in Melbourne, the country’s second-largest city.

Residents are now being urged by the state’s leader, Premier Daniel Andrews, to wear masks in public as Victoria recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 288 COVID-19 infections being diagnosed in 24 hours.

Commissioner Patton said the birthday partygoers were not the only ones to be fined overnight.

Four sex workers were fined at a brothel that was still receiving customers, as were a couple who tried twice to reach their holiday house via a car against orders to remain at their primary place of residence.

“This type of conduct, this type of blatant, obvious, deliberate disregard for the chief health officer’s guidelines, we will be enforcing,” said Patton.



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NYPD cop placed in headlock while trying to break up Bronx crowd



A pair of NYPD cops simply wanted to disperse a crowd gathered on a hot July night at a Bronx street corner.

But as this disturbing video shows, in an instant the two officers found themselves surrounded by angry, taunting bystanders.

And as the crowd cheered, a man they were trying to arrest put one of the two officers in a headlock — one of the very maneuvers they themselves will, under a new City Council bill, soon face misdemeanor charges for using.

“F–k him up! F–k him up!” an unidentified man who filmed the lawless encounter shouts as the suspect wraps his right arm around one of the cops’ necks.

The dangerous grip lasts a chilling four seconds, video from the July 1 melee at Grand Concourse and Morris Avenue shows.

Then the captive cop falls to the ground. At that point, the suspect breaks the headlock and runs off.

“They smoked you, p—y!” the man filming is then heard taunting. “You just got smoked, p—y!”

The video came to light Saturday when it was tweeted by the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

The union used the video to vent its fury over a City Council bill now awaiting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature that will make it a misdemeanor offense for cops to use any maneuver that restricts a suspect’s airflow by compressing the neck.

Sitting, kneeling or standing on a suspect’s chest or back in a manner compressing their breathing would face the same penalty — up to a year in jail.

“COREY JOHNSON your STUPID law is about to be signed by NYC STUPID Mayor it’s time you both take your community input & grab these perps yourself,” read the SBA tweet, posted with the video.

“Putting a cop in a headlock could mean a death sentence if they lose control of their gun,” an outraged law enforcement source told The Post in response to the video.

“A cop in a headlock can’t maintain weapons control.”

The cop who’d been put in a headlock that night suffered a gash to the head that required staples, sources said.

The NYPD knows who the “headlocker” is — he is a known gang member who turned himself in a week later to the 46th Precinct, where the brawl happened, a law enforcement source said.

He has a long rap sheet, according to police sources. He’s been arrested 11 times for charges including gang assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm and robbery, amongst others.

With him at the precinct was his lawyer and a copy of the video, which the lawyer believed exonerated his client, as it also shows the cop lunging at the suspect before the grappling began, the source said.

But the video does not show what caused the cop to lunge — which was the suspect allegedly kicking down the street a body camera that had fallen off the uniform of one of the cops.

The suspect wound up released without charges pending further investigation by the Bronx DA’s office, sources said.

“The NYPD was disappointed that the individual was not charged initially,” an NYPD spokesperson said.

“The violence against the police officer speaks for itself. We are now in discussions with the District Attorney regarding the case.”

Multiple law enforcement sources allege this account of what happened that night:

The two cops — both of them Neighborhood Coordination Officers, tasked with tackling quality of life issues — were part of an NYPD initiative to discourage outdoor crowds, in hopes of minimizing the multiple people getting injured during individual shootings.

When the crowd hanging out at the Bronx intersection ignored their instruction to disperse, the cops began writing a summons for a double-parked car at the scene.

The car owner then arrived at the scene and began complaining, and insisting, “Well, now that you wrote the summons, I can park here for hours and hours.”

Told that’s not how it works, the car owner became “combative,” sources said.

It was while the two were trying to handcuff the belligerent car owner that the crowd began taunting the officers.

“He act gangsta because he got a badge and a gun,” the man filming is heard saying on the video. “F–k outta here. Y’all n—-s is p—y, bro.”

At some point, one of the cops’ body cameras is knocked to the pavement, only to then be kicked away by the man whose confrontation with the pair allegedly ended in a headlock.

Despite police concern, de Blasio has stated he plans to sign the chokehold bill next week.

“We’re going to do the retraining of officers to address the features of the law,” de Blasio said at a Tuesday news conference.

“And as with everything in life, we’re going to work hard to make it work.”

A City Hall rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Saturday.

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Shark kills teenage surfer in Australia’s New South Wales


The aftermath of a shark attack at Wooli Beach in New South Wales, Australia, 11 July 2020Image copyright
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A teenage boy has been killed in a shark attack off the northern coast of New South Wales in eastern Australia, police say.

The 15-year-old was surfing when he suffered severe leg injuries at Wooli Beach, 630km (390 miles) north of Sydney, according to witnesses.

Nearby surfers came to help, including one who is reported to have tried to pull the shark away.

First aid was given on the beach but the boy died at the scene.

“Several board-riders came to his assistance before the injured teen could be helped to shore,” a police statement said.

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An official investigation has been launched, but the authorities have not released the name of the teenager

One witness said the shark may have been a great white. They are active in the area at this time of year.

This is the fifth fatal attack by a shark in Australia this year.

In April, a shark attacked and killed a 23-year-old Queensland ranger on the Great Barrier Reef.

In another fatal attack in June, a shark bit the leg of a surfer off Kingscliff, 800km (500 miles) north of Sydney.

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Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges


In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide “radical indoctrination” instead of education.

“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education,” he tweeted. “Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”

The Republican president did not explain what prompted the remark or which schools would be reviewed. But the threat is just one more that Trump has issued against schools as he ratchets up pressure to get them to open this fall. Twice this week Trump threatened to cut federal funding for schools that don’t reopen, including in an earlier tweet on Friday.

It’s unclear, however, on what grounds Trump could have a school’s tax-exempt status terminated. It was also not clear what Trump meant by “radical indoctrination” or who would decide what type of activity that includes. The White House and Treasury Department did not immediately comment on the president’s message.

Previous guidance from the Internal Revenue Service lays out six types of activities that can jeopardize a nonprofit organization’s tax-exempt status, including political activity, lobbying and straying from the organization’s stated purpose.

But ideology is not on the IRS’s list, said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, which represents university presidents. Any review of a school’s status would have to follow previously established guidelines, he said.

“It’s always deeply troubling to have the president single out schools, colleges or universities in a tweet,” Hartle said. “Having said that, I don’t think anything will come of this quickly.”

In his latest threat, Trump revived his oft-repeated claim that universities are bastions of liberalism that stifle conservative ideas. He used the same argument last year when he issued an executive order telling colleges to ensure free speech on campuses or lose federal research funding.

His interest in colleges’ finances appears to have been renewed as several schools sue the Trump administration over new restrictions on international students. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued to block the policy earlier this week, followed by Johns Hopkins University on Friday. The University of California system has said it also plans to sue.

The universities are challenging new guidance issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement saying international students cannot stay in the U.S. if they take all their classes online this fall. The policy has been viewed as an attempt to force the nation’s universities to resume classroom instruction this fall.

Under the rules, international students must transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges plan to hold instruction entirely online. Even if their schools offer a mix of online and in-person classes, foreign students would be forbidden from taking all their courses remotely.

The lawsuit from Harvard and MIT argue that the policy breaks from a promise ICE made in March to suspend limits around online education “for the duration of the emergency.”

Until Friday, Trump had mostly focused his efforts on reopening elementary and secondary schools as millions of parents wait to find out if their children will be in school this fall. He has insisted that they can open safely, and in a Friday tweet argued that virtual learning has been “terrible” compared with in-person instruction.

“Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won’t!!!” he wrote. Trump issued a similar warning on Twitter on Wednesday, saying other nations had successfully opened schools and that a fall reopening is “important for the children and families. May cut off funding if not open!”

Trump has not said what funding he would withhold or under what authority. But White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany has said the president wants to use future coronavirus relief funding as leverage. McEnany said Trump wants to “substantially bump up money for education” in the next relief package, but only for schools that reopen.

“He is looking at potentially redirecting that to make sure it goes to the student,” McEnany said at a Wednesday press briefing. She added that the funding would be “tied to the student and not to a district where schools are closed.”

But Trump’s control over school funding is limited. The vast majority of funding for public elementary and secondary schools comes from state and local sources, and nonprofit colleges are more likely to rely on tuition or state aid than federal money.

His threats to withhold funding have been denounced by a growing array of education and health groups, including a medical association that the White House has repeatedly cited in its press to reopen schools.

In a joint statement with national education unions and a superintendents group, the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday said decisions should be made by health experts and local leaders. The groups argued that schools will need more money to reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic and that cuts could ultimately harm students.

“Public health agencies must make recommendations based on evidence, not politics,” the groups wrote. “Withholding funding from schools that do not open in person full-time would be a misguided approach, putting already financially strapped schools in an impossible position that would threaten the health of students and teachers.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics has supported a fall reopening, saying in June guidelines that schools should strive to start the academic year with their students “physically present in school.” Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and McEnany have repeatedly, and as recently as Wednesday, cited the group in defense of Trump’s approach.

But Friday’s statement acknowledged that it may be best for some schools to stay online. School leaders, health experts, teachers and parents should be at the center of reopening decisions, the groups said, “taking into account the spread of COVID-19 in their communities and the capacities of school districts to adapt safety protocols to make in-person learning safe and feasible.”

Some districts have already announced plans for only a partial reopening, with a mix of in-person and online instruction. New York City’s public school district, the nation’s largest, said students will be in classrooms two or three times a week and learn remotely between. DeVos has opposed that kind of approach, saying it fails students and taxpayers.



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Valentina Sampaio Is Sports Illustrated’s First Transgender Swimsuit Model



For Valentina Sampaio, smashing boundaries is becoming second nature.

The 23-year-old Brazilian native appears in a stunning beachside pictorial in Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Swimsuit Issue, becoming the first openly transgender model to appear in the magazine.

Sampaio, who became the first trans woman to model for Victoria’s Secret last year, opened up about her latest milestone on Instagram Friday. She said she was “excited and honored” to appear in the “groundbreaking” new issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 21.

In an essay that appears in Sports Illustrated alongside the photo spread, Sampaio explained how her personal experience as a trans woman had impacted her outlook on her modeling career.

“Being trans usually means facing closed doors to peoples’ hearts and minds,” she said. “We face snickers, insults, fearful reactions and physical violations just for existing. Our options for growing up in a loving and accepting family, having a fruitful experience at school or finding dignified work are unimaginably limited and challenging.”

“I recognize that I am one of the fortunate ones,” she added, “and my intention is to honor that as best I can.”

Speaking to “Good Morning America” Friday, Sampaio said she hoped to encourage others through her triumphs, too.

“It’s hard, but you have to [stay] strong,” she said. “We all are human. I love to see people, brands and companies more open to fearlessly embracing the trans community with compassion and respect.”

The news drew praise from a number of high-profile outlets, including Vogue and Vanity Fair. Meanwhile, GLAAD’s Anthony Ramos applauded the magazine for “recognizing the simple fact that trans women are women.”

“Talented women like Valentina Sampaio deserve to be spotlighted and given equal opportunities,” Ramos, who is the LGBTQ advocacy group’s head of talent, told HuffPost in an email. “Her work in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is a significant step forward as the modeling industry continues its evolution on traditional standards of inclusion.”





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Donald Trump news: President unleashes fury at “corrupt” New York after supreme court rule | World | News


The court’s decision follows demands issued by Manhattan lawyer Cy Vance Jr, who demanded Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA hand over the President’s financial documents.

The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday mean Mr Vance will be able to go back to court and have his demand enforced.

Mr Trump issued a series of ferocious tweets in response to the court’s decision.

He wrote: “Courts in the past have given “broad deference”. BUT NOT ME!

“This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!

Mr Trump’s ‘Mueller Witch Hunt’ statement references a past legal case brought against him involving Russian interference in his election.

READ: Trump attempt to scrap DACA immigration programme blocked by Supreme Court

However, reports have emerged claiming the court’s ruling could affect the President’s bid for re-election.

Despite the court ruling that New York investigators may be allowed to see Mr Trump’s financial records, judges decided other investigators were not.

CNBC reports the Supreme Court blocked similar demands by Democrats in the US House of Representatives.

Mr Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow claimed this was a victory for the president.

Mr Sekulow said he was pleased the Supreme Court had “temporarily blocked” the US Democrats’ demands.

All of the cases against Mr Trump discussed in the ruling involved subpoenas – demands for certain documents to be handed over.

According to reports, two such demands were issued by the US financial services and intelligence committees.

These demands attempted to get banks to hand over information on Mr Trump and his family.





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Video shows fatal restraint of Cornelius Fredericks, 16, in Michigan foster facility



At least six staff members at a Michigan youth facility restrained a Black teenager until he lost consciousness, security camera video of the fatal incident released Tuesday shows.

Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died in a hospital two days after staff members at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, which houses children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, tackled Cornelius and restrained him for 12 minutes, allegedly for throwing a sandwich. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

The video, which does not include audio, shows that immediately after Cornelius threw the sandwich at another teen in the cafeteria on April 29, a staff member took him out of his seat and onto the floor. For the next several minutes, at least six staff members held Cornelius on the ground, the video shows. After releasing him, staff members are seen trying to resuscitate him before the video clip ends.

Last month, the Kalamazoo County prosecutor charged staff members Zachary Raul Solis, 28, and Michael Joshua Mosley, 47, with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse for their part in the restraint. The prosecutor also charged Heather Newton McLogan, 48, a nurse, with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse, alleging that she failed to seek timely medical care; she did not call 911 until 12 minutes after the restraint ended.

The three staff members who were charged have not yet entered pleas, but their attorneys have indicated that they intend to fight the prosecutions.

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Cornelius’ family filed a civil lawsuit against Lakeside Academy and Sequel Youth and Family Services, which operates the facility, on June 22, seeking damages. The family’s attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said he obtained security video of the restraint from the prosecutor’s office.

At least three of the male staff members who “improperly restrained” Cornelius were over 6 feet tall and weighed 215 pounds or more, according to a June 17 state investigation report, which concluded that Lakeside Academy failed to follow state licensing rules on restraints.

Staff members told state investigators that Cornelius threatened to attack them when they released him from the restraint. However, the family’s lawsuit says that Cornelius was already struggling and that he said “I can’t breathe” while he was restrained. After releasing Cornelius, staff members tried to sit him up, but his body fell back limp, the video shows. Cornelius urinated on himself during the restraint, Fieger said Tuesday.

“Unless you shine a light on insects and maggots, they proliferate,” Fieger told reporters on a teleconference call Tuesday. “Certainly this type of behavior is not human. It can only be akin to a subhuman-type species that would inflict this behavior on children.”

Sequel fired 10 employees of Lakeside Academy, including the three facing criminal charges.

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In a statement, Sequel called Cornelius’ death “senseless and tragic” and said, “The actions taken by the staff members in that video do not adhere to the Sequel and Lakeside Academy policies and procedures.” The statement added that Lakeside Academy staff members were trained in the company’s de-escalation techniques and that restraints should be used only when children are threats to themselves or others. A restraint “is not an appropriate first response,” Sequel said.

Sequel declined to comment on the litigation.

No one answered the phone Tuesday at Lakeside Academy. All residents were removed from the facility following Cornelius’ death.

Kiana Garrity, an attorney for Mosley, said the video does not show that Cornelius made threats against his peers before throwing food. “They did not restrain him for throwing food as alleged,” Garrity said. “That’s a made-up narrative by Lakeside. They’re lying through their teeth to cover their policies.”

Donald Sappanos, an attorney for Solis, said all three staff members would be acquitted because they followed the rules in the employee handbook.

Anastase Markou, McLogan’s lawyer, said his client is the only one who called 911 and that she is being blamed because she waited too long. “She’s been accused of not doing something based on some form of legal duty, which I’m still trying to decide what legal duty she had,” Markou said.

McLogan told state investigators that she initially thought Cornelius was “faking” his loss of consciousness. Video shows McLogan performing CPR on Cornelius before paramedics arrived.

The restraint lasted 12 minutes, a state investigation found, but the video shows only 8 minutes of it. Fieger said he does not know why the video is incomplete and contains jump cuts, but his office is having a digital forensic examiner review the file. Fieger said he had to get a copy of the video from the prosecutor’s office because Sequel would release it only if he agreed not to share it with the public.

“They’re very worried about their financial impact,” Fieger said. “I’ve seen zero concern from them in terms of the abuse of children.”

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Sequel did not respond to Fieger’s statement about the video.

When paramedics arrived, they gave Cornelius several doses of epinephrine, and he regained a pulse. But his condition declined after he was taken to a hospital, and he died May 1, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The video shows that many other youths watched staff members restrain Cornelius while they continued to eat their lunches for several minutes, until staff members began directing them to leave the room.

Cornelius was placed at Lakeside Academy as a ward of the state after his mother died and the state deemed his father unable to care for him. Unlike some of the other children housed there, he was not involved in the juvenile justice system.

An NBC News investigation last year found that multiple children have complained that staff members at Sequel-run facilities in other states used inappropriate physical restraints to control children, in some cases resulting in loss of consciousness. A former staffer at a Sequel facility in Iowa told NBC News that she saw staff members use improper and physically abusive restraints on children throughout the approximately seven months she worked there.

Sequel said last year that it would begin using a trauma-informed approach to crisis management that minimizes the use of restraint at all of its facilities nationwide.

Following Cornelius’ death, the company said in a statement, “We have accelerated the work that was already underway across our organization to move to a restraint-free model of care at every Sequel program.”

The Department of Health and Human Services moved to revoke Lakeside Academy’s license following Cornelius’ death. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has asked the department to ensure that Sequel no longer works with the state.



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Premier League top scorers this season: Latest 2019/20 Golden Boot goal and assist standings today



The Premier League is back in action, with plenty of star players all aiming to finish as the top goalscorer to claim the Golden Boot.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is enjoying another impressive season, and is currently top wit 21 goals for the season as a brace against Crystal Palace took him past the 100 Premier League goal-mark.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is next best on 20, with Southampton star Danny Ings on 18 for the season.


Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has hit 17 this season, while Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane have both scored 16 times, with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez and Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all on 15.

Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling (13) are still in the hunt.

Here are the Premier League top scorers in 2019/2020…

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Conservative Party conference cancelled | The Independent



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The Conservatives have abandoned hopes of staging their party conference this year, axing the autumn event planned for Birmingham.

Boris Johnson’s party had tried to save its conference – even after Labour and the Liberal Democrats scrapped theirs because of coronavirus – but will now hold a “virtual” event.

“We know that many people will be disappointed,” party chairman Amanda Milling told members.

The delay in making the announcement had prompted suggestions that the prime minister wanted to send out a ‘business as usual’ message, by ploughing ahead.


But, last week, the government was forced to implement a local lockdown in nearby Leicester, because of a spike in infections, with other crackdowns widely expected.

In her letter, Ms Milling and co-chairman Ben Elliott said the conference – due to take place in Birmingham between 4 and 7 October – will now be held online.

While “some elements of the traditional party conference we all know and love” might go ahead, this would only happen “if allowed by government guidelines”.

The party’s “first priority is for the health and safety of members, delegates and attendees”, the letter stated.

“If guidelines allow we hope we can include some elements of the traditional Party Conference we all know and love. See you virtually in October!”, Ms Milling, the MP for Cannock Chase tweeted.

As well as providing a crucial opportunity to speak to the nation, the party conferences are also key money-spinning events for the parties, which will now be lost.

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