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Shooting at Florida gay nightclub, 50 killed

Mass shooting is being investigated as an "act of terrorism."

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, center right, and Orlando Police Chief John Mina, center left, arrive to a news conference after a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando Image: VOA
  • Shooting at Florida gay nightclub in Orlando
  • Omar Saddiqui guMateen has been identified as the gunman behind the incident
  • Another 53 people were killed when the police shot the suspect and rescued the club-goers inside

A gunman behind the worst mass shooting in US history that left 50 people dead at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub has reportedly been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent.

The early Sunday attack ended when police stormed the Pulse nightclub, fatally shooting the suspect and rescuing club-goers trapped inside. Another 53 people were wounded.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Sunday that a state of emergency has been declared.

An FBI official said the mass shooting is being investigated as an “act of terrorism.”

 Christina Grimmie performs as the opener for Rachel Platten at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta, March 2, 2016. Grimmie was shot by a gunman as she signed autographs for fans after a show, killing the onetime star of "The Voice" late Friday Image: VOA
Christina Grimmie performs as the opener for Rachel Platten at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta, March 2, 2016. Grimmie was shot by a gunman as she signed autographs for fans after a show, killing the onetime star of “The Voice” late Friday
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The White House issued a statement indicating President Barack Obama has been briefed by his counterterrorism and homeland security advisor and has asked to receive regular updates.  The statement said the president ordered the federal government to provide investigators with “any assistance necessary.”  It also said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.”

On the gay club’s Facebook page, a post around 2 a.m. gave early indication of the tragedy that was unfolding.

“Everyone get out of pulse,” a page administrator wrote, “and keep running.

Why the club was targeted remains unclear. The shooting comes as many cities around the world celebrate June as LGBT Pride Month. The mass shooting follows another grim night in Orlando. Singer Christina Grimmie, a 22-year-old YouTube star and one-time contestant of the TV talent show “The Voice,” was fatally shot by a man during a meet-and-greet session with fans outside her concert in the same city Friday night. (VOA)

 

  • AJ Krish

    Everyone has the right to be who they are.They needn’t be afraid of it. But the recent killings show that people are yet to accept them.This is truly sad.

  • devika todi

    such acts of violence, i feel are acts against humanity.

  • Paras Vashisth

    Pray for the victims of the family. It is indeed a tragic incident and this is the time for all of us to stood in unity.

  • Chetna Karnani

    A total act of hindering world peace. While the LGBT community had always been targeted as the ‘other’ in the society, this act in the US has brought men together as one standing against violence.

  • sahil nandwani

    I pay my heartiest griveance to the people of America.I think that from this violence people should stand in unity and should fight against it. So that this incident should not happen in future.

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  • AJ Krish

    Everyone has the right to be who they are.They needn’t be afraid of it. But the recent killings show that people are yet to accept them.This is truly sad.

  • devika todi

    such acts of violence, i feel are acts against humanity.

  • Paras Vashisth

    Pray for the victims of the family. It is indeed a tragic incident and this is the time for all of us to stood in unity.

  • Chetna Karnani

    A total act of hindering world peace. While the LGBT community had always been targeted as the ‘other’ in the society, this act in the US has brought men together as one standing against violence.

  • sahil nandwani

    I pay my heartiest griveance to the people of America.I think that from this violence people should stand in unity and should fight against it. So that this incident should not happen in future.

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Know More About the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia designed to focus on the LGBTQ community and their rights

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is celebrated to focus on the LGBTQ community. Pixabay

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. It’s the biggest lifestyle news of the day, celebrating the queer community and their rights.

First observed in 2004, the day was designed to focus “attention on the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender, identities or expressions, and sex characteristics,” according the May17.org website.

The U.N. secretary general issued a statement in support of May 17, noting that this year’s observation comes “at a time of great challenge.”

“Among the many severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the increased vulnerability of LGBTI people,” Antonio Guterres said. “Already facing bias, attacks and murder simply for who they are or whom they love, many LGBTI people are experiencing heightened stigma as a result of the virus, as well as new obstacles when seeking health care.”

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The U.N. chief urged people to “stand united against discrimination and for the right of all to live free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Most of the events around the world marking the day have been moved online because of the lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The May 17 date was chosen for the worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities to commemorate the World Health Organization’s 1990 decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. (VOA)

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Safety protocol for shooting yet to be formalised

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Producers Guild of India said that the guidelines for resumption of shooting have not been finalised yet. Pixabay

Producers Guild of India has issued a statement clarifying that the final safety protocols and guidelines for resumption of shooting activities are yet to be formalised.

“A work-in-progress document prepared by the guild of draft guidelines for resumption of shooting activities has recently been circulating widely in the media and industry,” Producers Guild of India spokesperson said.

“This is to clarify that the document is only an early internal draft prepared by the Guild in preparedness for the future resumption of shooting activities. Any final safety protocols and guidelines will be formalised only after comprehensive consultations with government officials, medical professionals and relevant industry bodies.”

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This comes after certain media outlets reported that the guild has drafted several safety measures for shooting post the lockdown, which includes the cast and crew providing the result of their swab test before reporting on the set. There will be temperature checks of the unit every morning, a doctor and a nurse would be present on the set for an initial period.

Meanwhile, the Producers Guild of India had earlier donated fully-equipped tents and vanity vans of Bollywood stars to the police force, particularly female cops, across 22 key locations in the city, as the uniformed personnel battle it out to protect Mumbai from the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Suspends All Active Shooting on Projects For Apple TV+ Series Due to Coronavirus Concerns

An additional 13 countries and regions have reported confirmed cases, increasing the number of affected countries and regions globally to 135

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"The Morning Show" earlier announced that it was shutting down production temporarily in an effort to prevent cast members and crew from catching the coronavirus, and now the temporary halt on production has now expanded to all other Apple TV+ shows that are in the process of filming, The Hollywood Reporter reported. Pixabay

Apple has suspended all active shooting on projects managed by outside studios, including “The Morning Show,” “Foundation,” “See,” “Lisey’s Story,” “Servant” and “For All Mankind” due to coronavirus crisis.

“The Morning Show” earlier announced that it was shutting down production temporarily in an effort to prevent cast members and crew from catching the coronavirus, and now the temporary halt on production has now expanded to all other Apple TV+ shows that are in the process of filming, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Netflix and Amazon have also shut down all scripted TV and film physical production for two weeks. Television Group, Paramount TV Studios, and the CW have postponed production on all or part of their TV content.

Several late night talk shows, including “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” are also on hiatus until at least March 30. At least 9,751 new coronavirus cases were reported outside China in the past 24 hours, bringing the global number of infections to 142,539, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Apple has suspended all active shooting on projects managed by outside studios, including “The Morning Show,” “Foundation,” “See,” “Lisey’s Story,” “Servant” and “For All Mankind” due to coronavirus crisis. Wikimedia Commons

Outside China, 61,518 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported as of Saturday morning, among which 2,199 patients died, an increase of 424 deaths compared to the previous day, Xinhua news agency quoted the WHO as saying.

An additional 13 countries and regions have reported confirmed cases, increasing the number of affected countries and regions globally to 135.

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The most affected European countries with over 1,000 cases each — Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland — have seen nearly 30,000 infections in total as of Saturday morning. (IANS)