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The White House yesterday announced several executive actions against gun violence after mass shootings in the United States in recent weeks.

He also said he would appoint David Chipman, a former federal agent and gun control advocate, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Major ad commands include:

  • Rules for unregistered ‘ghost guns’: The Justice Department is due to draft regulations on unregistered firearms, assembled from spare parts, next month.

  • Stricter controls on guns: The ministry must ensure that pistols equipped with stabilizer orthoses, which essentially turn them into rifles, are regulated under the National Firearms Act. The suspect in the recent Boulder shooting used a suitable pistol, which is easier to grip than rifles.

  • Resources for prevention measures: Joe Biden will tell agencies to inject more resources into community violence prevention measures and the Department of Justice to suggest “red flag” laws that give family members action to address. remove firearms from those they see as a threat.

  • Political support: Officials said they would also encourage Democrats in Congress to pass more gun control regulations.

Derek Chauvin used useless ‘pain compliance‘on George Floyd, an expert said

Force used against George Floyd was 'excessive', police expert says in Chauvin trial - Video
Force used against George Floyd was ‘excessive’, police expert says in Chauvin trial – Video

An expert police witness said Derek Chauvin used a technique designed to inflict pain for an extended period of time on George Floyd, as he testified yesterday during the murder trial of the former officer.

Sgt Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police use of force specialist, said video footage showed Chauvin “submitting to pain” by pulling Floyd’s wrists in handcuffs and pulling them back. slamming louder. The technique is used to inflict pain in order to encourage compliance, but with Floyd not resisting and lying on the floor, Stiger said the only point was to cause him pain. Previously, Stiger had questioned the use of any force, given the low level of offense Floyd was accused of – using a fake $ 20 bill at a store.

  • A small group of protesters showed up outside the courthouse every day to seek justice for Floyd during the trial. Meet the determined group of seven here.

  • Meanwhile, Tishaura Jones was elected the first black mayor of St Louis, and praised this monument as proof that “we have begun to break down the historic racial barriers and racial divisions that have existed and have existed for generations in our city.”

More than 3,600 U.S. healthcare workers have died in first year of Covid pandemic

A nurse cares for a Covid patient in intensive care at Providence St Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California.
A nurse cares for a Covid patient in intensive care at Providence St Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California. Photograph: Ariana Drehsler / AFP / Getty Images

More than 3,600 U.S. healthcare workers have died in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Lost on the Frontline, a 12-month investigation by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News that ends today.

  • Of them-thirds of those who died are identified as people of color, suggesting a deep inequality in race and economic status among U.S. healthcare workers – the lowest paid employees who worked daily in patient care, such as nurses and support staff, were much more likely to die than doctors.

  • More than half of the people who died were under the age of 60, despite the average age of death from coronavirus in the general population of 78 years.

  • Twice as many workers died in nursing homes than in hospitals, with 30% of deaths among hospital workers.

You can read the full findings of the investigation, including concerns about workplace safety and PPE, along with graphics and expert advice here. This interactive play tells you more about the lives lost and asks if they must have died?

  • Dr Anthony Fauci admitted that PPE shortages have increased the death toll, in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. The United States is the world’s largest importer of personal protective equipment, making it particularly vulnerable to changing demand and export restrictions.

the Environmental Protection Agency will do more to fight against climate inequalities

Michael Regan issued a memo calling on the EPA to crack down on pollution.
Michael Regan issued a memo calling on the EPA to crack down on pollution. Photography: Caroline Brehman / AP

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has tasked the body with tackling pollution that disproportionately affects people of color. Michael Regan on Wednesday called on EPA staff to “infuse principles and priorities of equity and environmental justice into all EPA practices, policies and programs.”

The directive calls for better consultation with affected communities and says the EPA will be tougher on companies that violate mandates related to water and air pollution.

  • Michael Regan: In this interview, the new EPA chief talks about taking over the agency from the chaos of the Trump era, his upbringing in a polluted area of ​​North Carolina, and how he plans to overthrow the EPA.

In other news …

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned against taking foreign money back in 2014.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned against taking foreign money back in 2014. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
  • Michael Flynn ignored repeated government warnings that taking money from foreign interests and governments could be illegal, before accepting hundreds and thousands of dollars, the Defense Ministry inspector general found.

  • Biden administration to return more than $ 200 million in aid to Palestinians after huge funding cuts under Donald Trump, aid groups have gone wild. The money will go to food and clean water in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as to the United Nations which supports the refugees.

  • Mike Pence signed a seven-figure contract for his memoir, one of the first members of Donald Trump’s circle to sign a lucrative book deal. His autobiography is slated for publication in 2023, and CNN reported that publishers Simon & Schuster would pay $ 3-4 million for two books.

Stat of the day: CO2 concentration in the air is 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached record levels, according to scientists taking measurements from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Figures show that global CO2 levels are 50% higher than in the mid-1700s.

Don’t Miss This: West Virginia Tries To Criminalize Removing Confederate Statues

Lawmakers in West Virginia are considering a bill that would criminalize the removal of Confederate monuments, sparking fierce debate. Last year 168 Confederate symbols were suppressed across the United States, mostly after the death of George Floyd. Zack Harold learns about the battle over the statues in West Virginia.

Last thing: the meditating monk who has been trapped in a flooded cave for days is freed

Thai monk rescued from flooded cave after four days - video
Thai monk rescued from flooded cave after four days – video

Rescuers freed a meditating Buddhist monk who was trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for four days. Phra Ajarn Manas, 46, was on a pilgrimage and entered the cave to meditate on Saturday, but a rainstorm hit him and inundated part of it. Seventeen divers helped find and free the monk.

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