Day: September 2, 2020

Belarus: Businesses have the responsibility to respect human rights in the context of the crackdown on protests – Belarus

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT

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The precarious human rights situation in Belarus requires businesses, equally foreign and national, to exercise particular diligence when operating in the country. As laid out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles), business enterprises have a responsibility to respect human rights wherever they operate in the world. The UN Guiding Principles require that business enterprises take pro-active steps to ensure that they do not cause or contribute to human rights abuses within their global operations and respond to any human rights abuses when they do occur. The corporate responsibility to respect human rights exists independently of a state’s ability or willingness to fulfil its own human rights obligations, over and above compliance with national laws and regulations protecting human rights. It equally applies to state-owned or state-controlled business enterprises without limiting or undermining the state’s own human rights

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Government watchdog says Trump action puts Census at further risk

A government watchdog said Thursday that it already considers the 2020 Census to be at high risk for problems, as the data collection endeavor faces a looming deadline next month.



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In a new report, the Government Accountability Office says that the administration’s decision to cut short the counting period puts it at greater risk of producing an inaccurate count, noting that the agency has designated the 2020 Census to be “high risk” since 2017.

“Delays, the resulting compressed timeframes, implementation of untested procedures, and continuing challenges such as COVID-19 could escalate census costs and undermine the overall quality of the count,” the agency wrote.

The Census Bureau told CNN in a statement Friday that it had a completion rate of 79.2% for the 2020 census and its goal remains “a complete and accurate census that produces high quality data.”

“We appreciate GAO’s on-going efforts to keep

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Shang-Chi #1 Variant Cover Debuts the Five Weapons Society


Dike Ruan’s variant cover for next month’s Shang-Chi #1 introduced the mysterious Five Weapons Society.

Marvel Comics’ upcoming five-part Shang-Chi limited series introduces the Five Weapons Society, a mysterious organization that “protected China from countless threats” for centuries, though their “incredible legacy has been shrouded in mystery — until now!” With the release of Shang-Chi #1 now a month away, Marvel has revealed artist Dike Ruan’s variant cover, which gives viewers their first look at the Five Weapons Society.

Ruan’s variant — which features colors by Edgar Delgado — features Shang-Chi himself alongside Sister Hammer, Brother Staff, Brother Sabre and Sister Dagger. Marvel promises these characters “will impact Shang-Chi’s world like never before when a vicious battle for control of the Five Weapons Society erupts.”

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Breakingviews – Corona Capital: Davos delay, Political TV ratings

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DAVOS INTERRUPTUS. The World Economic Forum has bowed to the inevitable and postponed its annual meeting of the great, good and publicity-seeking in Davos, which traditionally takes place in late January. Even the global elite is not immune to the coronavirus.

On the one hand, those who see the Davos gathering as an ineffective, self-congratulatory talking shop can indulge in some schadenfreude. On the other, an opportunity for cross-border relationship-building and leadership is sorely needed as the world grapples with the health and economic consequences of Covid-19. For supporters of that idea, there will be some digital “Davos Dialogues” instead.

The in-person gathering is now planned for early summer next year. That’s perhaps optimistic

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Halle Berry wants to be her own lawyer | People



Halle Berry wants to be her own lawyer

Halle Berry wants to act as her own lawyer in her divorce case.

The ‘Catwoman’ star has filed papers to confirm she would like to represent herself as she heads to court to divorce her ex Olivier Martinez.

Halle previously had Marina Zakiyan Beck representing her, but the change was approved by Marina on July 30, 2020 and on August 11, Halle herself signed off on the change. Olivier is to be represented by Laura Wasser.

Meanwhile, Halle previously confessed she loves being single.

The 53-year-old actress – who has 12-year-old Nahla with former boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and six-year-old Maceo with ex-husband Olivier – said: “I’ve learned a lot being with my children. They are the best company for me right now, and when I divorced Maceo’s dad I’ve been pretty alone by myself going on three years now. Decidedly so, for sure. I have decided to take time. I’m

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