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I sometimes dread watching News at 10

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fillyboy, 2 Jun 2020.

  1. fillyboy

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    There is so much crap going on in the world today, Coronavirus, Riots in America. It's quite rare to hear a 'good news' story, like Brexit.

    But tonight, this one made my ears prick up, it's encouraging to see a glimmer of hope.

    https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/4/26/gaza-factories-roar-back-to-life-to-make-ppe

    For the first time in years, sewing factories in the Gaza Strip are back to working at full capacity - producing masks, gloves and protective gowns, some of which are bound for Israel.

    It's a rare economic lifeline in the coastal territory, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since the Hamas militant group seized power from rival Palestinian forces in the strip in 2007. The blockade, and three wars between Hamas and Israel, have devastated the local economy, with unemployment hovering around 50%.

    But the sudden opportunity also shows how Gaza's economy is at the mercy of those enforcing the blockade - and how depressed wages have become. Workers earn as little as $8 a day.

    So far, Gaza appears to have been largely spared from the coronavirus pandemic, with only 17 cases detected, all within quarantine facilities set up for those returning from abroad.

    Many still fear an outbreak in the impoverished territory, which is home to 2 million people and where the health care system has been battered by years of conflict. But for now, authorities are cautiously allowing most businesses to stay open.


    Rizq al-Madhoun, owner of the Bahaa garment company, said he has produced more than 1 million masks in the past three weeks, "all for the Israeli market."

    Gaza may not have the advanced machinery seen in other places, but he said residents' sewing skills are unmatched. "Gaza workers are distinguished in handiwork and they are better than workers in China or Turkey," he said.

    Another factory, Unipal 2000, is able to employ 800 workers across two shifts to produce protective equipment around the clock.

    Both factories import fabric and other materials from customers in Israel and then produce items like masks, gloves and surgical gowns. Unipal makes about 150,000 pieces a day, and demand is high as countries around the world grapple with shortages.

    Asked about doing business with Israeli customers, both factory owners said they did not want to discuss politics and framed their work in terms of business and humanitarian needs.

    "Despite the siege in Gaza, we export these masks and protective clothes to the whole world without exception," Bashir Bawab, the owner of Unipal 2000, said. "We feel we are doing a humanitarian duty."

    In recent years, Tamer Emad, a skilled textile worker, was able to work one week per month at best. But over the past month, he has been on the Unipal factory floor every day, earning around $8 per shift.

     
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  3. Ryler

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    Indeed. I've turned the TV off since corona started.
    Now looking forward to brexit resuming.
     
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    Good news isn't news, is an old saying.

    Millions of good things happen every day but the media needs a constant stream of doom and disaster to keep their ratings up.
     
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    If you want "depressing", I've just watched Contagion......
     
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  6. fillyboy

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    Netflix?
     
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    I can't believe how so much like the Coronavirus situation it was !
     
  8. Scarlet Pimpernel

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    You should try Newsnight, especially Emily Maitlis.
    You'd really enjoy her accurate, insightful, topical approach to issues.
     
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    Well, it is all "science" (which goes by rules, many of which are known and predictable), so I suppose it was inevitable. Plus, it was just an evolution of SARS 2002-3 I believe.

    Didn't however stop the missus from taking the similarities as absolute proof that CV has been made in a lab. though!
     
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  11. It's on amazon Prime if you have it. Cracking film - prophetic or what.
     
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    Funnily enough, I don’t seem to recall anyone on here complaining when she totally destroyed Prince Andrew in that interview. I seem to recall she won an award for presenter of the year for it. :whistle:
     
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    I think she deserves all the awards she gets.
    I bet Herts PD and Ian H would give her one. :whistle:
     
  14. fillyboy

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    Randy Andy didn't need any help from Emily.
     
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    Hmm he dug his own hole I thought
     
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    He didn't need to dig his own hole, there were plenty on offer.
     
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    I bet he finds the pandemic a welcome distraction
     
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