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Ava DuVernay to Adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 

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Ava DuVernay reunites with Netflix for her next feature.
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Just two months after being published, being named an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and landing on the New York Times Best Sellers List, Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents will be adapted by Ava DuVernay for Netflix. DuVernay will direct, write, and produce the film, her first feature for the streamer. She had previously teamed with Netflix for The 13th, her Oscar-nominated documentary on the prison-industrial complex, and most recently earned 16 Emmy nominations for the limited series When They See Us, which chronicled the case of the now–Exonerated Five, Black men who were falsely convicted of rape by a racist and unjust system as teens. Across multiple real-life stories, Caste examines how the country has been defined by human divisions throughout its history. Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson came to the idea while researching her 2010 book, The Warmth of Other Suns, an instant best seller about the migration of African Americans from the South in the 20th century. DuVernay is currently working on Colin in Black & White, a Netflix miniseries about the life of another history-maker, Colin Kaepernick.

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Durga Puja: Bengal’s Frontline Workers Fear Festival Crowds Will Derail Months Of Hard Work

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On her way to work every day, 62-year-old Manisha Das constantly tells people, “Why is it below your mouth? Pull up your mask!” Das loves her job. After retiring as a nurse from a government hospital two years ago, she jumped at the chance when asked by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to work at a local health facility. Earlier, health workers like her would get three weeks off during Durga Puja. This year, things are very different. Das cannot take leave at all from 19 October to 30 November, not even on Sundays.

“We have been working hard for many months now, making many sacrifices. Everyone got leave from work during lockdown. I went to work every single day. What was that for? It’s for the people. So that everyone stays happy and healthy,” she told HuffPost India.

As West Bengal celebrates its biggest festival, medical experts and frontline warriors are fearful about the impact on the state’s coronavirus infections. Over the past few days, waves of people have been thronging markets for last-minute puja shopping, throwing caution to the wind. The state, which has recorded more than 330,000 cases and 6,244 deaths so far, has been reporting thousands of infections each day, with Wednesday setting a . Kerala’s worrying example, where infections after the Onam festival, adds to the anxiety. With crucial state elections coming up next year, the Mamata Banerjee government doesn’t want to risk losing votes by placing too many restrictions on people’s movement.

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The Kolkata high court’s order banning visitors’ entry into pandals has come as some relief amidst this. While it has given some leeway on organisers’ entry into pandals and allowed dhakis, or traditional Bengali drummers, around them, this is expected to go some way in controlling crowds.

Health workers such as Das heartily welcome the court order, but many express doubts about whether it will actually be followed.

“If you work hard all day long, and see that just for a little thing in the end your entire work went to waste, how would you feel? It’s exactly like that,” she said.

Das herself struggles with diabetes and high pressure. But even when transport facilities were limited due to the lockdown, she would walk three kilometres to her workplace every day. As she prepares to work for a month-and-a-half without a single day off, she wishes people would be careful on their own without court orders.

“When we are in the mood for celebrations, we forget everything. If you go out and see crowds, you will forget that you have been told to keep a distance. You might take off your mask to join in the merriment. Now the high court is compelling them to not go pandal-hopping but we want people to voluntarily keep themselves safe. Then at least our struggle will count for something,” she says.

Dr Indranil Khan, an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leader, also expressed concerns about how Durga Puja festivities may hit healthcare workers badly.

“A significant number of healthcare workers have already succumbed to the disease in West Bengal. Many hospitals had to be shut down or have functioned suboptimally as a number of healthcare workers had contracted Covid on duty during the pandemic over the last six months. Any spike post Puja may precipitate a greater healthcare crisis,” he said. Earlier this year, Khan had been detained and interrogated by the police for posting on social media about substandard PPE kits at government hospitals.

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Khan has an appeal for everyone planning to ignore social distancing rules to celebrate Puja.

“Let’s make Durga Puja 2020 unique and make it an occasion of austere spiritualism, less about irresponsible celebration. We can always hang out like yesteryears again in 2021, provided we stay alive and keep our close ones safe. Certainly a pandemic is not the best time for merriment. Practising self-restraint is also an act of devotion,” he said.

However, scenes around Kolkata show that many people are unlikely to heed this appeal.

Behala Tram Depot markets are seeing a surge in shoppers like every year during Puja season. Cars and buses pour onto the roads lined with puja stalls selling clothes, jewellery and decorations. The roads are manned by the Traffic Police, Green Police (civic police volunteers) and puja volunteers.

“I think the importance this virus was given in the beginning is gone now. Earlier people would not step out fearing for their lives. Now you can see nobody has any fear in their eyes,” said 24-year-old Manorama Kumari, looking at the people on the streets around her.

She is one of the Durga Puja volunteers who control crowds every year. They usually work from Panchami to Dashami, but this year they started work on Tritiya. Kumari has worked as a Puja volunteer for five years now. She is in her third year of Hindi Honours, and is glad to do the work with colleges still closed.

“Does anyone actually step out to see pandals? People go out to see each others’ outfits. They dream of meeting everyone else,” she says about the High Court order.

Kumari’s father worries about her working on the ground amidst a pandemic, especially as she has many allergies. Kumari herself, however, isn’t as concerned.

“If it happens, it’s okay, there are ways to deal with it,” she says.

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For Soumitra Sharda, a 23-year-old college student, being a Durga Puja volunteer is one of the few ways he can still make some money. Sharda tries to find such small jobs to bear the expenses of writing government exams.

“Sitting for these exams once is not enough, right? We have to keep taking them. So I do, in the hope that one day I might get some government work. But that incurs some expenses. I can’t keep asking my father for money. I can’t keep telling him about my problems. His earnings alone are not always enough for all of us,” he says.

Sharda’s home is in a Fatepur village, near Diamond Harbour, where he lives with his parents and sister. His father is a farmer and runs their home on his income alone. For three years now, Sharda has been coming to his uncle’s place in the city to volunteer during Durga Puja.

“There is no fixed aim that I want to be ‘something’. I just want to get a job so I can stand tall in front of my father,” said Sharda.

Working from Tritiya instead of Panchami means two more days of pay at a time when other avenues of earning are closed to him. He keenly feels the economic pinch of the pandemic.

Sharda is happy about the new court order barring entry into pandals but he doubts its efficacy. “The High Court has taken a good decision but only if people listen. Even if I tell someone now to keep distance, they will ask, ‘why should we?’ No matter how much we tell them not to do something, if people want to see pandals they will. Bengalis only have this one festival,” he says.

Anish Mukherjee, a 26-year-old, minds the traffic at Behala in his Green Police uniform. The Civic Police Volunteer Force, popularly known as Green Police, are a joint venture of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Kolkata Police. Mukherjee leaves behind his one-month-old baby at home to come to work every day. It has been three days since he was discharged from the hospital, having just recovered from coronavirus.

“I was mentally prepared in advance that one time or another every police person, every health worker is going to get it. We are frontline warriors,” he said. “I was more worried for my son as he is a newborn baby. So I didn’t stay home, I got myself hospitalised. With god’s blessings, everyone else at home tested negative,” he adds.

Like every year during Puja, this year too his duty begins in the afternoon and will continue till dawn breaks. Although the high court has taken the bold step of barring pandal entry in a festival that revolves around pandal-hopping, ground workers seem unconvinced as they look at the crowds around them. “People are going out anyway. People are shopping. Who can stop them?” said Mukherjee. However, he gives the court the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they are seeing something he isn’t. “They must have deliberated and taken this decision for some reason. It must have some benefit,” he says.

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Top 5 Best Nanny Camera | 2020 Reviews

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Your maternity leave is already finished and you have no choice but to go back to work even if your heart feels so torn to leave your baby behind. And your heart feel especially burdened knowing that you need to leave your beloved little one to someone you either completely don’t know or barely even know about.

That’s the whole dilemma of getting your child a nanny. In times when relatives are not available and the only option you have is just the comfort of leaving your child with someone makes you feel uneasy. It’s like you’d like to know every single thing that happens to your child when you’re away. And that’s why it’s best for you to really do want to know every single that goes on in your absence. For this reason alone, you wanna keep an eye on your little one and his/ her nanny.

Have you seen those cameras hidden inside teddy bears and they end up revealing so many things when parents are not around? Well, it’s true! Those hidden wifi nanny cams really do come in handy in constantly monitoring your child’s safety in the hands of his/ her nanny.

The difficulty in finding a good camera is concealment. You wouldn’t want your nanny to be in her best behavior because of a camera in the house and then does what she wants as she steps out of recording range.

Well, that’s how we have come to make the Top 5 Best Nanny Cameras available in the market. You might get interested and find yourself over confused about what Amazon nanny cam you would like to get.

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Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray Returns to Texas

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback is back in Texas for the first time since winning the Big 12 Championship at Oklahoma.

Murray makes his return to Texas for the first time since 2018, as the Arizona Cardinals take on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. While his 43-game win streak in Texas ended, he is still holding on to a perfect 6-0 record at AT&T Stadium.

“Going back home, playing in Dallas, it’s obviously a big game for us on Monday night in front of everybody,” Murray said in an interview on Friday. “I obviously have to stay composed, play my game, play our game, execute at a high level in order to win.

“There are a lot of good memories there: three state championships. The last one, Big 12 Championship—I don’t know—that was a pretty special one.”

Kyler Murray attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas from 2010 to 2014. As quarterback for the Eagles, Murray finished with a 42-0 record – winning three state championships in the process – and finished with over 10,000 passing yards and 117 touchdowns.

The five-star recruit also won the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014, when he threw a career-high 4,713 yards and 56 touchdowns. He also ran for nearly 1,500 yards, and finished with 25 rushing touchdowns.

Murray also played baseball while in high school. The 5’9 shortstop was considered one of the top prospects for the 2015 MLB Draft, but decided to play football at Texas A&M instead.

His perfect record continued while at Texas A&M, as he defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks in his only start for the Aggies. After the season, Murray decided to transfer to Oklahoma, ending his continuous winning streak in Texas at 43 games.

The streak would end in 2018, when the Sooners lost to the Texas Longhorns in Dallas. While at Oklahoma, Murray finished with 5,406 passing yards, and 50 touchdowns in two seasons. He also had 1,478 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns for the Sooners.

The Cardinals look to go 4-2 with a win against the Dallas Cowboys, who will be without starting quarterback – who is out four to six months with an ankle injury.

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