Click here to read the full article. While we don’t yet know what the hottest red carpet accessory will be on the famed steps of the Cannes Film Festival ’s Grand Théâtre Lumière, we can tell you what it’s not: a surgical mask. Like most of the world, France has relaxed its safety protocols around COVID-19 despite the ongoing transmission of the highly-infectious Omicron variant, and that extends to the annual celebration of cinema on the French Riviera. Kicking off on Tuesday, industry players and Hollywood stars began pouring into the coastal city on Monday feeling twinges of excitement at the most robust Cannes lineup since the pandemic first struck – though many fear the event itself will be a super-spreader. More from Variety 'Domingo and the Mist': Watch First Clip From Cannes Un Certain Regard Selection (EXCLUSIVE) David Cronenberg Breaks Down Cannes Walkouts, His New Film's Sexuality, and Why Netflix Turns Him Down Protagonist Pictures, '1917' … [Read more...] about Is Cannes Destined to Become Next COVID Super-Spreader?
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In a pragmatic decision, the Supreme Court has directed that all proceedings on charges u/s 124 A of the IPC be kept in abeyance until the government completes the re-examination of the sedition law. By this interim order, the apex court has given the message that civil liberties are to be balanced with the security of the state. Earlier, the Solicitor General placed draft guidelines before the court, signed by the Union Home Secretary, which said that an FIR involving sedition would be registered only if an officer of at least SP rank recorded in writing his satisfaction, in the light of Supreme Court’s 2021 judgment in Vinod Dua case. Codification of criminal laws was done by Thomas Babington Macaulay in India. Initially in 1860 the Indian Penal Code had no provision for sedition; it was included in 1870. In 1890, sedition was included as an offence u/s 124 A by the Special Act XVII. At that time, the punishment prescribed was transportation for life which was amended to life … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Decision on Sedition Law is Pragmatic but Many Questions Remain Unanswered
This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Every Monday, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Question of the Week Caitlin Flanagan’s masterful “ Chasing Joan Didion ” has me thinking about travel. What have you learned while away from home? Paint a picture of where you went and share your insights. Conversations of Note Top of the mind: the mass shooting Saturday in Buffalo, New York, in which a white-supremacist terrorist killed 10 people. My colleague Graeme Wood, an expert on murderous extremists , read the killer’s apparent manifesto and grappled with whether it ought to be shared or suppressed. The Los Angeles Times editorial board argued that “Americans have ignored the insidious creep of white supremacy into the public discourse to the point that it has become normalized.” … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson Deserves Blame—But Not for Buffalo
India is witnessing an unprecedented heatwave. The mercury touched 50 degrees Celsius last Sunday in parts of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Similarly, Mumbai is facing an unexpected surge in heat. These incidents clearly point at the climate crisis in India. To deal with this crisis, it is essential to go back to basics. In India, the discussion on air pollution, which is one of the most critical factors behind climate change, is restricted to the National Capital Region, and particularly Delhi. The need of the hour is to bring together all the states and formulate a comprehensive year-round plan along with achievable targets to combat pollution. Relationship between Heatwave and Climate Change The MET department of the United Kingdom has published a study on the ongoing heatwave in India. The study findings suggest that climate change caused by human beings is one of the most significant causes of this heatwave. A report on the study noted, “The study shows that the natural … [Read more...] about As North India Reels under Heatwave, Air Pollution Debate Must Go Beyond Delhi-NCR
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for May 19 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! As fans gleefully dissect the public attacks being levied by Alabama’s Nick Saban to Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher and vice versa, the larger context of their college athletics battle is being lost. Saban vs. Fisher, while wildly entertaining, isn’t just a personal feud, it’s symptomatic of the massive changes that have been wrought in college football in the space of only a couple of years. Without most realizing it, college sports have moved from Communism to capitalism. This is the dynamic undergirding virtually everything you’re seeing happen in college sports right now. We’ve seen a fundamental paradigm shift in college athletic governance, moving from Communism to nearly unfettered capitalism. That has massive consequences for all the stakeholders in college sports … [Read more...] about College football moves from communism to capitalism overnight, chaos ensues
The Robb Elementary shooting on Tuesday in Texas has sparked numerous debates on what was the cause of the tragedy as well as the preventative measures that should be introduced. At least 19 young children and two teachers were killed following the shooting at the school in Uvalde, Texas, authorities said. The gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, was killed by authorities during the incident. Among the many reasons suggested, right-wing commentators have offered six significant suggestions that could be blamed for the shooting: lockdowns due to COVID-19, mental health issues, a lack of guns in schools, unlocked doors at schools, children not being home schooled, and the impact of social media. Lockdowns Due to COVID-19 Fox News' Tucker Carlson questioned whether lockdown had an impact on mental health and was a contributing factor during his show on Wednesday night. "So the lockdowns [have] dramatically increased instances of mental illness among young people and in … [Read more...] about Six things the right has blamed for Texas school shooting
As America grieves over the devastating Uvalde school shooting, in which 21 people including 19 children were killed , the incident has brought the public debate about strengthening firearms control back into full focus. The tragedy that unfolded at Robb Elementary School, Texas, comes less than a month after 10 people were killed in another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The brutality of these crimes has compelled many to explore how the rest of the world regulates firearms. One such comparison is with Australia which, some claim, has experienced no mass shootings for 25 years. The Claim Multiple tweets posted since the Uvalde killings of 24 May, 2022, have claimed that no mass shootings have taken place in Australia since it introduced strict gun control laws in 1996. This commentary has also led some gun activists to imply that Australia's reforms amounted to a "surrender" of firearms ownership. The Facts In 1996, a mass shooting in the Australian town of … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Did Australia solve mass shootings by ‘surrendering’ its guns?
Over the last few weeks, you’ve probably had the same conversation I’ve been having: “We’re all going to get it, aren’t we?” “Yep.” Call it fatalism. Call it acceptance. Call it mental preparation. With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 ripping its way around the world, it’s just a matter of time before we all are exposed to COVID. Advertisement On Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the number of new cases has exploded , as have hospitalizations, and the surge has yet to peak. The good news is that the new variant seems to cause less severe illness and does not appear to attack the lungs as viciously as earlier variants did. Opinion Columnist Robin Abcarian Read more from Robin Abcarian Anecdotes are not data, of course, but the way we are experiencing and thinking about COVID has definitely changed. “Over the next decade, give or take a few years, every single person on Earth has a date with this virus,” Vinay … [Read more...] about Column: Get vaccinated. Stay calm. It’s looking like we all might get COVID someday