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Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 13, 2021
People across Britain flocked to shed shaggy locks and browse for clothes, books and other “non-essential” items as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopened Monday after months of lockdown. Monday brought the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in infections linked to a more transmissible new virus variant first identified in the southeast of the country.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 13, 2021
Police clashed with protesters for a second night in the Minneapolis suburb where an officer who authorities say apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as “an accidental discharge.” The shooting sparked protests and unrest in an area already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.

Through the Lens

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NewsPlexus Media
Apr 12, 2021
More people fled their homes on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Sunday as La Soufrière volcano rumbled loudly for a third day and the heavy weight of its ashfall damaged some buildings. Residents reported widespread power failures early in the day, though authorities restored electricity to most of the island by late afternoon.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 8, 2021
Around the world, it is taking extra effort and ingenuity to ensure the vaccine gets to remote locations. That means shipping it by boat to islands, by snowmobile to Alaska villages and via complex waterways through the Amazon in Brazil. Before it’s over, drones, motorcycles, elephants, horses and camels will have been used to deliver it to the world’s far corners.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 7, 2021
A Norwegian museum said Tuesday that a famous statue of a baby boy stomping his feet in anger has been removed from a park in the capital, Oslo, for repairs after someone vandalized it by trying to saw off its left ankle. The bronze Sinnataggen sculpture is considered a national treasure and is arguably the most famous work by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who died in 1943 and has also designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 6, 2021
A sugar maple tree that has watched over a New Hampshire home for more than 200 years and was one of the largest of its kind in the United States is coming down because of safety concerns. As a small crowd looked on Monday, arborist Micum Davis started trimming the crown of the tree in Kensington, New Hampshire, with the goal of taking it apart by the end of the day. Given the tree has a crown stretching 100 feet across, a diameter of more than 7 feet and stands 100 feet tall, the job required a crane to haul away branches as Davis cut them off with a chainsaw. A wood chipper howled in the background.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 5, 2021
The scavengers wait patiently for a dump truck to tip the trash on the summit of the landfill outside New Delhi. Armed with plastic bags, they plunge their bare hands into the garbage and start sorting it. Every day, more than 2,300 tons of garbage is dumped at the landfill at Bhalswa that covers an area bigger than 50 football fields, with a pile taller than a 17-story building. And every day, thousands of these informal workers climb the precarious slopes to pick through what can be salvaged. They are among the estimated 20 million people around the world — in rich nations and poor — who are pivotal in keeping cities clean.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 8, 2021
A Brazilian activist dressed as the grim reaper is taking to the streets of Berlin every night in a one-man protest against what he calls the "deadly health policies" pursued by his homeland's president in the pandemic. Multimedia artist Rafael Puetter, who has been in Berlin for five years and originally comes from Rio de Janeiro, made his nightly excursion early Wednesday as Brazil for the first time reported a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 8, 2021
By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He'd watched a few seasons of "The Sopranos" and his eyes were getting tired from reading. Then his lunch arrived in a brown paper bowl and he thought "Aha. That's a hat waiting to happen." The paper cowboy was born. Using the good quality paper bags his food was delivered in each day, Marriott, an art director on TV commercials, began fashioning an outfit. He added a brim to his hat, and then came the waistcoat and chaps. Next? A horse, of course.

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

NewsPlexus Media
Apr 6, 2021
The United States ranks worse than any other wealthy nation for pregnancy-related health, and new data suggests high rates of uninsurance among low-income people could be a reason why. The research, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, looks specifically at pregnant people covered by Medicaid, the public insurance program for low-income people. Though eligibility varies from state to state, people can generally qualify for Medicaid coverage even with higher incomes while they are pregnant and can keep that insurance for up to six weeks postpartum.