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NASA ‘Sonifies’ Hubble Telescope Photo | NowThis – NowThis News

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Apple reportedly buys virtual-reality startup NextVR – MarketWatch

  1. Apple reportedly buys virtual-reality startup NextVR  MarketWatch
  2. Apple buys virtual reality company NextVR  CNBC
  3. Apple confirms it bought virtual reality event startup NextVR  The Verge
  4. Apple Acquires Startup NextVR that Broadcasts VR Content  Bloomberg
  5. Apple’s AR glasses won’t launch in 2020, but they just got closer to reality  TechRadar India
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Unemployment rules to change as state reopens – FOX 31 Denver

  1. Unemployment rules to change as state reopens  FOX 31 Denver
  2. Protests Demand States Reopen As Unemployment Filings Hit 36 Million | NBC Nightly News  NBC News
  3. Over 2.98M Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, pushing two-month coronavirus job losses to 36M  Fox Business
  4. Western New York woman has waited 9 weeks for unemployment benefits  WGRZ.com
  5. Department of Labor still working to get money to those who used up regular unemployment benefits  WFSB
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Myanmar Migrants Rescued in Thailand

Twenty Myanmar trafficked migrants stranded at the Thai-Malaysia border for two months have been rescued, according to an official of the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok.

U Sai Aye, the official interpreter of the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok, told VOA Burmese that the victims had languished in one room after an agent, who had promised them jobs in Malaysia, abandoned them in the face of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

When the embassy received a call from the group, none of the migrants knew where they were. The Myanmar Embassy requested assistance from the Thai military.

The Thai military, with the help of immigration police, rescued the group in Sungai Kolok, a town in Narathiwat province, near the border with Malaysia, according to Sai Aye. The Thais handed over the victims to Myanmar authorities.

Myanmar nationals who were rescued by Thai military in Sungai Kolok, near the border with Malaysia on May 13, 2020, after the group had been abandoned by a labor agent. (Courtesy photo)

The labor agent, who was trafficking the Burmese, had charged each 1 million Myanmar kyats ($1,000) and promised to take them from Myanmar to Malaysia via Bangkok, according to Sai Aye. The agent told the victims they did not need passports for the trip, which was routed through illegal border crossings.

When all border crossings became difficult because of heightened security designed to contain the spread of COVID-19, the agent abandoned the group, according to Sai Aye.

The group eventually managed to contact the embassy, which gave the GPS information from their call to the Thai military.

“They were rescued this morning and are safe under military care,” Sai Aye said Tuesday. He added that the victims will be handed over to Thai Immigration for repatriation.

There is no information on the agent’s whereabouts.

Late last month, Thai authorities in the same Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat arrested seven Myanmar nationals, Department of Special Investigation deputy director-general Traiyarit Temahiwong told the Bangkok Post. The youngest person arrested was 15 years old, according to the newspaper.

Trafficking report

Myanmar “is not making significant efforts” to eliminate trafficking, according to the 2019 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report

Although the State Department credits the government with raising awareness of trafficking, the report states that “there were reports that government officials were complicit in both sex- and labor-trafficking, including by hindering law enforcement efforts against the perpetrators.”

The State Department report found that Thailand “is making significant efforts” to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

“These efforts included identifying more victims, sentencing convicted traffickers and complicit officials to significant prison terms, developing several manuals in partnership with civil society to standardize anti-trafficking trainings and policies,” according to the report. “Labor inspectors, for the first time, identified and referred potential victims to multidisciplinary teams, resulting in the identification of labor trafficking victims.”

The report pointed out problems in Thailand, where “the government restricted the movement and communication of victims residing in government shelters, official complicity continued to impede anti-trafficking efforts, and officials did not consistently identify cases of trafficking, especially labor trafficking.”

Malaysia is “making significant efforts” to eliminate trafficking, according to the State Department report. Malaysia has “continued to overhaul its foreign worker management system.” However, the report added that the “government’s victim protection efforts remained largely inadequate and some rehabilitation services such as medical care, telephone calls, freedom of movement, and the issuance of work permits were inconsistently implemented, if at all.”  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Informs Public About Possible Accuracy Concerns with Abbott ID NOW Point-of-Care Test – PRNewswire

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Informs Public About Possible Accuracy Concerns with Abbott ID NOW Point-of-Care Test  PRNewswire
  2. FDA Cautions About Accuracy Of Widely Used Abbott Coronavirus Test  NPR
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