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CBC*: Day 2 of Rolling Thunder rally (April 30 and May 1, 2022 in Ottawa)...

...7 arrested on Friday, 3 on Saturday, police say.

*Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rolling-thunder-day-2-1.6436591

>Hundreds of motorcycles rolled through downtown Ottawa on Saturday as part of the weekend Rolling Thunder Ottawa rally. Ottawa's acting police chief Steve Bell told CBC
three arrests were made on Saturday, along with seven arrests on Friday, bringing the
total related to the rally to 10. "You've seen us arrest a number of people who did have
conditions not to attend the Ottawa area based on their being charged to the February
convoy," Bell said.

Police said a man was charged for breaching his bail conditions on Saturday. A second
man was arrested after a vehicle was driven onto the sidewalk at Elgin and Queen streets. Police said in a release the driver allegedly rushed an Ontario Provincial Police motorcycle at a checkpoint. The officer was not injured. The man, who was also on bail
conditions stemming from the February occupation, is facing several charges, including
breaching release conditions, dangerous driving, refusal to provide a sample, assault
on a peace officer and assault with a weapon.

A woman was also arrested midday on Elgin Street after an officer was assaulted.
Bell said community safety remains the force's priority. "We will continue to keep our
presence on the street," Bell said. "We will continue to do that through tonight, through tomorrow and until the last member of these demonstrations, protests or rallies actually leaves our city streets."

Mayor Jim Watson said he had confidence in the response to this rally, calling the police "proactive" in an interview with Radio-Canada, but he worried about Saturday night, saying that nights are harder to police as unlawful behaviour can be more common. Compared to the weeks-long occupation that occurred with the Freedom Convoy in February, Watson said the downtown situation was more positive this weekend, although residents are tired after COVID-19, the convoy protest and now this rally.<

There's much more text and photos at the link above. It's good to see the Ottawa
police being more proactive now. I have edited the text to meet our DU 4-paragraph rule.

BBC: How India's drone start-ups could change healthcare.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61267750

>Drones have been touted as a game-changer for India's medical industry, and for what it could do to make healthcare accessible to remote regions. Some operators have run successful test flights ever since India liberalised drone rules last year. The BBC's Andrew Clarance reports on what the future looks like.

Earlier this month, a drone carrying blood samples took off from Meerut, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, and flew around 72km (44 miles) to Noida, a suburb of the India capital Delhi.

It took a little over an hour to reach, making a scheduled stop for a battery swap. By road, the journey would have taken more than two hours.

This trail run by a diagnostics lab using an unmanned aerial system is the first of many trials being held by drone manufacturers across the country who are testing deliveries for medical supplies, pathology samples and even blood units.<

There's more text and photos at the link above. I've previously posted here at DU
about the use of drones to deliver medical supplies in Africa and a quick search
revealed that information. Find those search results here:

https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=news+about+drones+used+to+deliver+medical+supplies&ia=web

This is an encouraging development in the use of drones.

Here's a music video to soothe anyone with a Dreaded Fear Of Fruit. It's The Wiggles

live in concert with their hit 'Fruit Salad'! Yes, I am familiar with The Wiggles because I
have children! TFG, if you're listening, this is for you.





Guardian: 'It's rife': female MPs tell of climate of misogyny in Westminster...

...After two cases of misogynistic behaviour in a week, Harriet Harman says there will be ‘no hiding place’ for sexism in Commons.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/29/its-just-rife-female-mps-tell-of-climate-of-misogyny-in-westminster

Note: Cross-posted from General Discussion.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216642011


>Even as Conservative whips claimed they were hunting down the MP who made anonymous derogatory comments about Angela Rayner this week, one senior Tory minister was already making light of it.

Following the claim that Labour’s deputy leader had been using a “Basic Instinct” ploy to distract Boris Johnson, a male minister was seen making a series of jokes about women crossing and uncrossing their legs suggestively while in one of parliament’s bars. The remarks, witnessed by someone working in Westminster, are the latest sign of a macho culture that it is struggling to shake off.

Five years on from another scandal at the heart of government, which resulted in the sacking of the effective deputy prime minister, Damian Green, the slur against Rayner led to female politicians raising the alarm over ongoing alleged misogyny and sexual misconduct, including a Conservative MP allegedly caught watching pornography on his phone in the Commons.

Female politicians say sexist and demeaning treatment on the parliamentary estate continues unchecked. “Everybody has experience of sexism, it’s just rife,” said Alex Davies-Jones, Labour MP and shadow minister. “You know, comments about appearance, and comments on what we’re wearing rather than what we’re saying.”<

There's much more text and photos at the link.

Reuters Pictures: Bolivia's surreal salt flats landscape draws selfie-seeking tourists.

https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/bolivias-surreal-salt-flats-landscape-dr-idUSRTS7GKXY

This gallery presents interesting and informative views of a salt flat, tourists and locals
who make a living taking photos of tourists when the locals aren't busy shoveling salt.
Cholitas and Cholita Dresses are also defined. It's all well worth the price of admission.

Guardian: Australia's best photos of the month - April 2022.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2022/apr/30/australias-best-photos-of-the-month-april-2022

This interesting and informative gallery shows us the people and places that can be
found Down Under.

Guardian: 'It's rife': female MPs tell of climate of misogyny in Westminster...

...After two cases of misogynistic behaviour in a week, Harriet Harman says there will be ‘no hiding place’ for sexism in Commons.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/29/its-just-rife-female-mps-tell-of-climate-of-misogyny-in-westminster

>Even as Conservative whips claimed they were hunting down the MP who made anonymous derogatory comments about Angela Rayner this week, one senior Tory minister was already making light of it.

Following the claim that Labour’s deputy leader had been using a “Basic Instinct” ploy to distract Boris Johnson, a male minister was seen making a series of jokes about women crossing and uncrossing their legs suggestively while in one of parliament’s bars. The remarks, witnessed by someone working in Westminster, are the latest sign of a macho culture that it is struggling to shake off.

Five years on from another scandal at the heart of government, which resulted in the sacking of the effective deputy prime minister, Damian Green, the slur against Rayner led to female politicians raising the alarm over ongoing alleged misogyny and sexual misconduct, including a Conservative MP allegedly caught watching pornography on his phone in the Commons.

Female politicians say sexist and demeaning treatment on the parliamentary estate continues unchecked. “Everybody has experience of sexism, it’s just rife,” said Alex Davies-Jones, Labour MP and shadow minister. “You know, comments about appearance, and comments on what we’re wearing rather than what we’re saying.”<

There's much more text and photos at the link.

CBC*: 'Diagnosing autism in adults is more common, expert says...

...but getting an assessment isn't always easy.'

*Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sudbury-adult-autism-diagnosis-1.6434408

'Megan Pilatzke ended up on a journey of self-discovery almost by accident.

In 2019, Pilatzke began researching autism after learning the man she was dating (now her fiancé) has a nephew diagnosed with autism.

"What I knew about autism was that it existed, that it was there in children, and that was really about it," said Pilatzke, who lives in Sudbury.

A year later, she read a book about autism in women and girls, and suddenly things clicked.

"I was absolutely in tears. I was just reading what felt like an autobiography," Pilatzke said.'

There's much more text and photos at the link. April is Autism Awareness Month.

Note: The acronym ASD used in the article refers to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

BBC Pictures: Your pictures of Scotland: 22 - 29 April, 2022.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-61194061

This weekly gallery never disappoints me. Places, people and critters galore always
makes me wish for more.

BBC Pictures: Africa's week in pictures: 22-28 April 2022

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61255324

I always enjoy viewing this weekly gallery that presents views of the people and places
of Africa.
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