The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 26th, 2020 night edition

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Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will be able to marry as of May 26, when a judicial provision that authorizes these marriages enters into force.

“Before the pandemic, we had a big party planned at the national level,” Gia Miranda, executive director of the Sí Acepto Costa Rica campaign, told AFP.

The broadcast will include the first marriage between two women at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.

With 5 million inhabitants, Costa Rica is a religious country and its constitution establishes Catholicism as the official religion of the State.

In the event that Congress did not legislate on the subject (which it did not), same-sex marriage would automatically become legal when the 18-month term expires May 26, 2020.

“A legal change does not imply that there is a social change, but it is an enormous advance, a wonderful milestone in the history of Costa Rica,” she said.

She indicated that there are more than 1,140 families in Costa Rica headed by same-sex couples, according to the 2011 census, and the legal change implies their children will have full protection under the law. »

Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday.

It involves a state law to implement a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters to automatically restore the right to vote for many felons who have completed their sentence.

The judge called the Florida rules a “pay to vote” system that are unconstitutional when applied to felons “who are otherwise eligible to vote but are genuinely unable to pay the required amount.”. »

'Everybody will love it': A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada's economy post-COVID-19, experts say

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But could it actually be a panacea for a country looking to rebuild a post-corona economy?.

“There’s not a one-size-fits-all solution,” he said, but a four-day work week could be a good fit in some cases.

Experts agree that if and when a vaccine or effective treatment is found for COVID-19, that should help the country’s overall recovery immensely. »

I wish I'd never been born: the rise of the anti-natalists

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Samuel recently told me over Skype from Mumbai that his is a good life, and he is actually close to his parents.

In 2006, the South African philosopher David Benatar published a book which is widely credited with introducing the term anti-natalism.

These quotes suggest that the sentiments at the heart of anti-natalism have been around for a very long time. »

Tracking specific hair cells reveals how stress causes gray hair

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That same stress and color change relationship also applies to human hair.

Activation of MeSCs produces fully formed melanocytes, which migrate to the base of the hair follice and make the melanin that colors hair.

The growth phase activates two population of stem cells, one called hair follicle stem cells, or HFSCs, and another called melanocyte stem cells, MeSCs. »