In a sea of negative media coverage, good news can be hard to find. Which is why, here at QuaranTEEN, we have decided to begin a weekly good news spotlight to lend some visibility to all the good that is happening in the world! So without further ado, we present to you: another cup of PositiviTea.
1. US SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST LGBT+ WORPLACE DISCRIMINATION
“A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal law protects gay and transgender workers from job discrimination in a decision that gives millions of LGBT people new civil rights.
Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in a 6-3 majority, interpreting the longstanding federal ban on sex discrimination in the workplace to cover bias on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The decision could have a broad practical impact. More than half the U.S. states don’t cover sexual orientation and gender identity through their own anti-discrimination laws. More than half the nation’s 8 million LGBT workers live in those states, according to the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law’s Williams Institute.”
For more on this story, read the full article here: https://time.com/5853736/lgbt-workplace-discrimination-supreme-court/
2. SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR UNVEILS PLANS FOR MAJOR POLICE REFORMS
“San Francisco police officers will be replaced with trained, unarmed professionals to respond to calls for help on noncriminal matters involving mental health, the homeless, school discipline and neighbor disputes, as part of a new wave of police reforms. That change and others, which will be implemented over the coming months, are part of a plan by Mayor London Breed to try to reduce police confrontations with the community. Breed unveiled her proposals after weeks of massive protests over the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.”
For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-12/san-francisco-police-reforms-stop-response-noncriminal-calls
3. BLACK AUTHORS DOMINATE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
“Black American authors, including Michelle Alexander and Ijeoma Oluo, have surged to the top of the latest New York Times’ bestseller list, marking the first time the top 10 entries on the “combined print and ebook non-fiction list” are primarily titles that focus on race issues in the US.
The new listings come in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man who died when white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin forcibly kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.”
For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/11/new-york-times-bestseller-list-black-authors
4. NEW ZEALAND DECLARES ITSELF COVID-19 FREE AS LAST PATIENT RECOVERS
“New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country has officially eradicated COVID-19 and will return to normal after the last-known infected person recovered.
Isolation and quarantine for those arriving from abroad will continue. Isolation and quarantine for those arriving from abroad will continue. The announcement comes weeks after Ardern's government began easing up on restrictions after New Zealand all but eliminated community transmission of the new coronavirus."
For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/08/871822321/with-no-current-cases-new-zealand-lifts-remaining-covid-19-restrictions
5. DOGS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 BY LEARNING RECOGNIZE THE VIRUS BY SMELL
“For years, dogs have been helping to keep humans safe by sniffing out narcotics, improvised explosive devices, pests, natural disasters, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and now—yes, you guessed it—the novel coronavirus.
A medical charity in England that has successfully trained dogs to detect malaria is now attempting to train man’s best friend to identify the smell of COVID-19.
The charity, called Medical Detection Dogs, is partnering with the Tropical Medicine and Hygiene School in London along with Durham University to begin trialing dogs for the job. Dr. Claire Guest, a behavioral psychologist and principal member of the charity told CTV News that there is 'absolutely no reason why a dog can’t detect the virus.'”
For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dogs-joining-fight-against-covid-by-sniffing-out-virus/
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