PPE scam - Two Nigerian men are accused of scamming the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia into buying 2.3 million euros worth of personal protective equipment. After waiting for the equipment to come, state representatives contacted the personal protective equipment’s office in the Netherlands to learn that they had never done business with the men. Nigerian police said the suspects were members of a criminal network.
South Africa plans new laws to protect women - South Africa has introduced new reforms to stop gender-based violence against women. Among those new reforms include allowing for the names of sex offenders to be made available to the public and creating new obligations for police officers, prosecutors and courts in handling cases. The country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said the new reforms will restore the confidence in South African women that the law will protect them.
COVID-19 cases on the rise in India - India has passed Brazil in its positive COVID-19 cases, making it the country with the second highest infection rate. The country has recorded at least 90,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours as of Sept. 7. India has reported 71,642 COVID-19 related deaths, the third highest in the world. The country’s government has recently lifted restrictions to boost its economy.
The future of Tokyo Olympics - Olympic officials are planning to carry on with the games next year, no matter what impact COVID-19 is having on the world, according to the International Olympic Committee. The games will start on July 23 of next year as the original 2020 games were postponed because of the virus. Staff and delegations from each country may be limited in the 2021 games.
Arrest made in Birmingham stabbings - Police in Birmingham have arrested a 27-year-old man who is accused of killing one person and injuring seven others in stabbings around the area. The man was charged with seven counts of attempted murder as the stabbings occurred early this past Sunday. The attacks are seen as random as of Monday. Some streets in the area are closed as an investigation into the stabbings continue.
COVID-19 cases on the rise among young people in England - At least a third of all cases in England last week stemmed from people ages 20 to 29. Students will return to universities next month, a concern for the country, according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. On Sunday, England announced 2,988 new cases. That number marks the highest amount of cases in a day the country has seen since May 22.
Equal pay for Brazilian women soccer players - Women soccer players for Brazil’s national team will be paid the same as male players, according to a statement from Brazil’s football association. England recently carried out a similar move in January. Other countries like Australia, Norway and New Zealand also pay women soccer players the same amount as their male counterparts.
COVID-19 deaths in Brazil trending down - For the first time in three and a half months, COVID-related deaths in Brazil dropped to below 900. However, recent numbers show Brazil will likely pass four million cases by Thursday. Meanwhile, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has urged governors in the country to drop lockdown measures. Experts say it’s too early to think the worst is over with the pandemic.
Jacob Blake speaks - Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times by police in Wisconsin, said he is still in constant pain. He may be paralyzed from the waist down and said he still has a lot more life to live. His shooting sparked more Black Lives Matter protests including the NBA. When Blake was shot, he was not armed. Presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke over the phone with Blake and met with his relatives.
Unemployment six months into the pandemic - Firms in the United States have added 1.4 million new jobs as the unemployment rate fell below 10 percent for the first time since the pandemic started in March. In April, the unemployment rate was as high as 14.7 percent. Job growth is slowing down as negotiations between the White House and Congress over an additional stimulus package have halted for the time being.