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Woman Stands Up Against The Baton Rouge Police Officers

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World

Facing the Baton Rouge Police officials boldly in the sundress is Ieshia Evans, the shooting event that went viral online. The lady was in silence as the officers asked her to leave the place. Speaking to CBS, she said that there was nothing but silence and the communication was non-verbal. Answering Gayle King, she said that she was a fearless and the fully armored police personnel did not bring any fear in her. A mom and a nurse, all she wanted to express that We all matter. The iconic photo where Evans stands calmly in front of the armed policemen goes to prove the strength of peaceful demonstrations against the brutality of the police.

According to Evans it is the word of God that put her in the position and it made a difference. The most liked image spreading viral online, the lady was arrested immediately after the photo was shot. All she had to say was, she had a responsibility and it was above everything. Calling it her first ever protest against injustice, Evans was just like any other mom, rushing for work, refilling the refrigerator, paying bills, until this event made a difference in her life. When the opportunity came, she was there to present herself against injustice.

Speaking on the Alton Sterling video, Evans said that she watched the video at once it surfaced and was numbed. Later another video involving the shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota happened. It was then she felt the urge to stand up against all this. She protested and was arrested immediately after. On a question to whether she is an activist, Evans said that she had passion for people and was not an activist. She said she was not the brave type to confront injustice, but sometimes a task is allotted without being asked for said the nurse.

Rebellious Performance From Kendrick And Beyonce At The BET Awards

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Entertainment

The introduction of Beyonce at the BET Awards turned all eyes on her. The powerful charged number by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar performing ‘Freedom’ had a glimpse of her Lemonade tour visuals, African diaspora, floods and the connections between the national disasters and personal traumas. At a time when the international community is dominated by news of racial justice, black pride and xenophobia, the performance of Beyonce at BET Awards this Sunday took the audience into the Beyonce world that was a challenge for those who look beyond it.

The performance started with a clipping from Rev Martin Luther King Jr. the ‘blank check’ of ‘I Have A Dream’ speech would have been a disastrous attempt for anyone who was not the pop culture stature. Nevertheless the pressure was felt with the present events happening in the US and the transformation happening in the political life. The performance was high quality and was felt earned. The performance of Freedom came up with some dozen dancers stumping in water that was ankle deep with the Hurricane Katrina undercurrents of Lemonade offering a intuitive and reverberating visuals onto the set.

Though, Freedom was not the favorite number of the crowd especially with Lemonade around over the weeks, the parallels created by Alright from Lamar which he performed for the Grammys turned the tables. The Grammy performance had scenes of Africa, liberation, police, jail, flames and the Beyonce performance was seen only as a continuation of the Grammy performance by Lamar. Watching the crème of artists performing before you, one a rebellious singer with immaculate talent and the other MC born, who was in trouble for the controversial lyrics, yet was able to ride past it, made it all right in the pop music world. The performance raised a few eyebrows pointing out that the sentiment of rebel and assertion is growing.

How Hawaii Tackles Dengue Fever?

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Health

Hawaii officials claim that the last dengue fever outbreak was reported 30 days back. Celebrating this milestone success, Director of the State Department of Health, Virginia Pressler stated that though the celebrations are on, it is not the end. Tourism thrives in Hawaii and it receives around 200,000 visitors in a day. To add to this residents of the state travel to various places infected by Zika and dengue fever, both are endemic. Calling it just the beginning and asking the state to be prepared for any type of disease outbreak, the Tourism Authority CEO George Szigeti said that the state has to be prepared for the peak tourism season.

The CEO said that the state is open for tourism and travelers can now book for a vacation to Hawaii without any apprehensions. Though, health officials have concerns over the resources available to fight the disease in the future. The legislators are allocating less funds to the mosquito-fighting team of the state said Gov. David Ige. During the economic recession the mosquito control state were cut down drastically. The statistics has that that from 56 in 2009 to 25 in 2016. More funds are needed to hire 33 more people but the approval has been given only for 20 recruits.

Meanwhile the state and the county team are put on continuous surveillance and regular cleanups. In this effect, 1,000 tires that were the breeding ground for harmful mosquitoes were removed recently from the Big Island property. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency administrator Darryl Oliveria states that such threats are being eliminated, the state is still not clear. Since February this year, Hawaii has been on the war footing to eradicate mosquito borne diseases. Meanwhile the recent dengue outbreak has helped the state to be prepared for such health emergencies states Ige.