Drama Desk Awards Postponed By New York George Floyd Protest Disruptions

Mass Elephant Deaths: Anthrax, Poison Ruled Out in Botswana

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Anthrax and poisoning have been ruled out as the cause of a rising number of unexplained elephant deaths in Botswana, the country with the world’s biggest population of the animals.

Wildlife authorities have now discovered 110 carcasses in north west Botswana, up from the 56 announced earlier in May according to a government statement.

“I would say 90% of the new cases we have found are old carcasses we previously did not locate,” said Dimakatso Ntshebe, a regional wildlife director, in an interview. “However, a few are indeed new deaths. All recovered carcasses do not show signs of poaching.”

Elephants have become a political issue in the southern African nation, with President Mokgweetsi Masisi last year lifting a hunting ban and saying more needed to be done to stop the 135,000 elephants in the country from damaging crops and occasionally trampling villagers.

Further efforts to determine the cause of the deaths has been complicated by travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic that have delayed sending samples to a laboratory in Zimbabwe, Ntshebe said.

Israel Health Ministry Begins Covid-19 Antibody Testing

Israel’s Health Ministry began serological testing for coronavirus on Sunday, officials said, amid concerns that a new wave of the pandemic may be starting.

The first tests were conducted on foreign workers, and will soon be expanded to the general population, the officials said at the Jerusalem briefing. The purpose of the tests is to determine how much of the population has already been infected and developed antibodies.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, who began the job earlier this month, also announced that virus testing for current cases of coronavirus will be expanded to people who don’t have symptoms, if they were exposed to a known carrier or if a doctor requests the test.

Some 53 new cases were confirmed in Israel on Sunday, bringing the total to 17,071, including 285 fatalities. The number of new infections has increased following the recent easing of lockdown restrictions, including the reopening of schools.

South Africa Postpones Restart of Schools by One Week to June 8

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South Africa’s government postponed the restart of school by one week to enable teachers to prepare facilities for the return of students.

Pupils from grades seven and 12 who were scheduled to return on Monday will now resume their studies on June 8, the Basic Education Department said in a statement Sunday. Schools have been closed since late March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This whole coming week must be used for the proper orientation and training of teachers, the mopping and ramping of all supply chain matters, and final touches to the readiness of each facility for the arrival of learners,” it said.

Al-Aqsa Mosque reopens after COVID-19 closure

Worshippers have been asked to wear face masks and bring their prayer mats.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem has reopened.

It had been closed for two months to contain COVID-19.

Worshippers have been asked to wear face masks and bring their prayer mats.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett is on the ground with more.

Drive-in theatres see revival amid lockdowns

Going to watch a movie or a concert under the stars is back in fashion as cinemas remain closed because of coronavirus restrictions.

Going to watch a movie or a concert under the stars is back in fashion.

Drive-in theatres are seeing an unusual revival as cinemas and theatres worldwide remain closed because of coronavirus restrictions.

Al Jazeera’s Priyanka Gupta explains.

US sends 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil: White House

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has delivered two million doses of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to Brazil to fight Covid-19, the White House said Sunday (May 31), though the drug has not yet been proven effective against the coronavirus.

“HCQ will be used as a prophylactic to help defend Brazil’s nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals against the virus. It will also be used as a therapeutic to treat Brazilians who become infected,” a statement said.

Sudan gold, fuel smuggling costs hundreds of millions annually

A new report by a financial watchdog has revealed the extent of mismanagement in those sectors and its impact on the economy.

Gold and fuel smuggling costs resource-rich Sudan hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

A new report by financial watchdog group Global Financial Integrity(GFI) has revealed the extent of mismanagement in those sectors and its impact on the economy.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan reports from Khartoum.

Mexico to start reopening from lockdown amid rising infections

COVID-19 infections are still rising more than two months after the country went into lockdown.

Mexico plans to start reopening on Monday, two and a half months after it went into lockdown.

But infections are still on the rise.

Al Jazeera’s John Holman joined paramedics near Mexico City.

Drama Desk Awards Postponed By New York George Floyd Protest Disruptions

The 65th Drama Desk Awards has postponed its plan to stream its awards tonight during a presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage.

The organization cited “breaking news events in New York this weekend” as the reason for the postponement. The city’s boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn have seen massive disruptions over the last several days from protests over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd while in police custody.

More details on a rescheduled date and time will be available soon,” the organization said.

“We regret the postponement of our awards ceremony tonight, but, as an organization committed to the principle that all voices must be heard, we stand together with our black colleagues against the racial injustice and violence in our nation and city. We are grateful to Spectrum News NY1 for its comprehensive news coverage of this painful moment,” said Drama Desk Co-Presidents Charles Wright and David Barbour.

The Drama Desk Awards aim to recognize outstanding achievement in New York theater and encourage discussion of issues significant to theater professionals. The organization accomplishes these goals by bestowing annual awards in more than 30 categories of theater arts and crafts, hosting the awards celebration, and presenting educational forums and panel discussions on theater topics.

The Drama Desk was founded in 1949 by New York Times arts reporter Sam Zolotow, Edith Oliver of The New Yorker, and New York Post critic Vernon Rice, among others.