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    A bald eagle reportedly attacked a government drone worth approximately $950, tore off one of its propellers, and ultimately sent it plummeting to the bottom of Lake Michigan, The Guardian reported on Friday. “The Phantom 4 Pro Advanced quodcopter drone was about 162ft in the sky when it is thought the bird of prey attacked – possibly mistaking the flying machine for a rival bird or tasty snack,” said the outlet. According to the publication, the drone was likely on an “environmental monitoring mission.” Drone pilot Hunter King was reportedly “mapping shoreline erosion for use in the agency’s efforts to document and help communities around Lake Michigan cope with high water levels when suddenly it began twirling furiously.” He said...
    Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, is defying state orders that his church remain shuttered during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and the move is sparking intense discussion and debate. The preacher spoke about his decision in a recent episode of the "Edifi With Billy Hallowell" podcast, explaining that Grace Community Church initially complied with California's restrictions before changing course in recent weeks. "I've been here 50 years; the church is 63 years old, and this church has never had any kind of mandate from the government to close," MacArthur said. "So, when they came up with this mandate it seemed to be so rare and so unusual that we were listening." Upon hearing...
    Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government will buy $1 billion worth of missiles from the U.S. — the largest arms deal ever between the two countries. U.S. Ambassador to Hungary David Cornstein signed a memorandum alongside Hungarian Defence Minister Tibor Benko this week to purchase medium-range AMRAAM missiles. The armaments are manufactured by the U.S. arms giant Raytheon, which states the advanced weapons can be deployed in air-to-air or surface-to-air roles. According to the U.S. ambassador, the missiles will replace existing systems that have seen service since Hungary was still under the yoke of the former communist regime, Kronen Zeitung reports. In recent years, Prime Minister Orbán has enjoyed a good relationship with President Donald J. Trump, who has praised Orbán for...
    To the surprise of no-one who has been paying attention, the British economy has slumped in the second quarter of 2020 by an almost unprecedented 20.4 per cent. Of the major European economies, only Spain has performed worse (22.7 per cent). Socialist France has dropped 18.9 per cent; basket case Italy has dropped 17.1 per cent; anti-lockdown Sweden is a clear economic winner, having suffered a drop of just 8.6 per cent. Britain has not experienced an economic shock of this magnitude since the Great Frost of 1709. The big difference is that the Great Frost was real and the damage it did to the economy was unavoidable. I very much doubt that future historians are going to be quite...
    Taliban prisoners walk free from the  Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan, following their release on August 13, 2020. Afghan National Security Council The Afghan government released dozens more Taliban prisoners on Thursday, beginning the final phase of a detainee swap agreed in a deal between the U.S. and the insurgent group. Officials said 80 men were allowed to walk out of prison this week. The release of the remaining 320 or so represents what should be the last barrier to long-awaited direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Afghan officials have now freed about 3,000 Taliban suspects from prison in exchange for the release of around 1,000 government forces from Taliban custody. The release of the last...
    The following article is sponsored by Americans for Limited Government and authored by Richard Manning. $2.6 billion!  That’s how much Tuft’s University research says it costs to bring a new drug from the research lab to the pharmacy counter. As President Trump wrestles with trying to rein in the high cost of medicine in the United States, he is contemplating an executive order and a proposed rule from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services that would set Medicare Part B prescription drug costs based on an International Pricing Index (IPI). The problem is that the IPI includes countries that utilize socialized medicine and artificial price controls. Here, President Trump is mistakenly focused upon the symptom rather than the cause of the problem.  The...
    As the presidential election nears, American voters are sure to be asked if they’re better off financially than they were four years ago. Donald Trump isn’t. The president’s net worth has declined $300 million in the past year to $2.7 billion, erasing 10% of his fortune since he took office, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The drop marked the sharpest decline since Bloomberg began tracking his fortune in 2015. It started with a decrease in income across the Trump Organization’s portfolio of office buildings and was compounded by the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on property markets. Trump’s critics would say some of that is his own fault. They have accused him of failing to take the pandemic seriously as it...
    MALTA is the latest country to be placed on the UK quarantine list, along with France and the Netherlands. Brits have been welcomed back to Malta since July 15, although rising coronavirus cases have resulted in the country being removed from the UK's air bridge list. 5Malta is now on the UK quarantine list, and holidays are now advised againstCredit: Alamy Malta, while having just 1,245 cases, saw 94 new cases on August 3, the highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic. On July 23, Malta had just six active cases - this is now at 528. Using data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), countries which go above 20 new infections per 100,000...
    (Bloomberg) – The total number of coronavirus fatalities in Peru could be as high as 50,000, almost double the official figure, a government representative said. Doctors considered that the coronavirus was the cause of death of approximately 50,000 deaths during the pandemic, although the authorities have only been able to confirm that covid-19 is the cause of 25,648 so far, Deputy Minister of Public Health Luis Suárez said on Thursday , to the media. In Latin America, only Brazil and Mexico have reported more deaths than Peru, which is struggling to contain the virus despite early and strict isolation measures. Confirmed cases were approaching 500,000 after quarantine measures were eased last month, forcing the government to back down. Lack of...
    (CNN)In a letter, public health advisers to the US government said they are "extremely concerned" and "troubled" by the Trump administration's decision to change how hospitals report Covid-19 data.The letter, dated July 31, described hospitals as "scrambling" to determine how to meet new daily Covid-19 reporting requirements to the US Department of Health and Human Services, and said retiring the older system jeopardized data integrity. One doctor who signed the letter said the new data system was marred by inconsistencies, rendering it "almost impossible" to use for real-time decisions during the pandemic."Moving forward," the letter says, "it will be even more challenging to perform meaningful inter-state comparisons, and to understand which COVID-19 mitigation strategies were successul (or failed)." Coronavirus hospital...
    Meaghan Ellis August 13, 2020 0 Comments Bill Gates offered his take on the coronavirus vaccines currently being tested in clinical trials. During an interview with Bloomberg, the Microsoft Corporation magnate expressed concern about the timeline President Donald Trump is touting for an approved coronavirus vaccine. Although the president has claimed there could be a vaccine by the end of the year, specifically before Election Day, Gates is not confident about the effectiveness of an expedited vaccine. According to Gates, it “won’t be ideal in terms of its effectiveness against sickness and transmission. It may not have a long duration, and it will mainly be used in rich countries as a stopgap measure.” As for when an approved vaccine...
    The co-owner of Atilis Gym in New Jersey, which had its license revoked after defying a coronavirus pandemic order to stay closed, claimed on Fox News Thursday that the government is intentionally keeping gyms closed so it can stop people from building their immune systems and “mandate a peak and a spike in Covid cases in the Fall.” After being asked by Brian Kilmeade what the logic for health clubs is, Atilis Gym co-owner Frank Trumbetti replied, “I have no idea what stats they’re looking at but I sincerely think that they actually are looking to make sure that they can mandate a peak and a spike in Covid cases in the Fall so they can shut everything down again.”...
    Bilbao, Aug 13 . .- The Basque Government is analyzing the possibility of reestablishing the state of health emergency, already decreed last March, if the seriousness of the epidemiological situation in Euskadi continues to grow at the current rate, with 569 new positive for covid-19 in the last 24 hours. “If gravity is at the rate it maintains now, it would be time to declare it (a health emergency). It is time to assess whether the situation justifies it,” said the Minister of Health, Nekane Murga, in a press conference this Thursday. He stated that the virus “continues to gain ground” in the Basque Country and has said that the covid-19 monitoring commission, meeting this morning under the presidency of...
    Since the horrific explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 4, thousands of volunteers have stepped up their efforts to clean up the city and help those injured and displaced by the disaster. The enormous explosion, caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, killed more than 150 people, injured at least 4,000, and displaced around 300,000. Homes and businesses have been wrecked, and hospitals have become overwhelmed by the number of patients. Source: Washington Post In the week since the explosion, Lebanon’s cabinet resigned after public records revealed that the government knew about the dangers of the highly combustible material and failed to dispose of it. Governmental agencies and officials have been noticeably absent from the clean-up efforts. Volunteers...
    (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: New Zealand tracking community cases New Zealand was scrambling to trace the source of its first coronavirus outbreak in more than three months, reporting 13 new community infections on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 36. Tight movement restrictions have been reimposed in Auckland and social distancing measures across the rest of the country. The resurgence of COVID-19 comes just weeks before a scheduled general election, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to get the outbreak under control amid growing criticism. Ardern said it was a positive sign that all 13 new community cases were linked back to one infected family, either via...
    A man from Washington DC allegedly stole more than $2.5million from the Catholic Church and the federal government's coronavirus relief program and put the money toward extravagant personal purchases.  Kenneth Gaughan, 41, is facing a slew of federal charges under two separate indictments accusing him of fraudulently obtaining $2.1million in coronavirus relief loans and embezzling $472,000 from the Archdiocese of Washington.  Prosecutors say Gaughan used the money the buy a $1.13million rowhouse, a $300,000 yacht and a $46,000 luxury sports car. On Tuesday Gaughan pleaded not guilty to one 12-count indictment related to his alleged eight-year scheme to embezzle money from the archdiocese in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he worked as an assistant superintendent.   He also appeared before a US District judge...
    Ray of hope  WE were warned bad times were around the corner. Now they’re well and truly here.  Not only is the UK formally in recession. It’s in the deepest recession in UK history, the deepest of any G7 economy, and the deepest since the invention of Gross Domestic Product.  3A glimmer of hope amid all the grim economic data - the June jump was the biggest since records began There’s a glimmer of hope buried in the grim data, though.  In June, when the Government began to loosen lockdown restrictions, the economy grew an astonishing 8.7 per cent. That’s the biggest month-on-month jump since records began.  It’s clear that we DO stand a chance of a relatively swift...
    VIDEO9:1309:13Trump talks about getting kids back in schoolElections President Donald Trump said Wednesday the federal government is sending 125 million reusable face masks to school districts across the United States as schools consider whether it's safe to reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We have to open up our schools and open up our businesses," Trump said during a White House press conference on the coronavirus, adding that all school districts should be making plans for how to resume in-person education for students "as soon as possible."  "To support the reopening of America's schools, we provided $13 billion in elementary and secondary schools towards the CARES Act and CARES Act funding," he told reporters. "We will provide up to...
    Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is doubling down on his warning that the city will need to cut 22,000 workers on Oct. 1 unless the federal government bails it out. The embattled mayor told reporters Wednesday that the massive number of impending layoffs is "painfully real." "The overwhelming cost of local government is personnel. Where we put our money is into the people who provide services to New Yorkers, whether they're first responders, health care workers, sanitation workers, educators, you name it," de Blasio said, according to Politico. "If you're going to keep cutting and keep cutting, it has to at some point reach personnel. It's just pure logic of budgets, and it's very sad logic....
    Fires currently surging in the Amazon rainforest could be even more devastating than last year's, but Brazil's government is denying they even exist. On Tuesday, President Jair Bolsonaro called the fires a "lie" — as photos and videos from the region show the forest burning.  Fires in the Amazon for the month of August hit a nine-year high in 2019 — but this month appears to be on track to top the record once again. Officials recorded more than 10,000 fires in the first 10 days of the month, up 17% from this time last year, according to data from INPE, a federal institute that monitors fires. According to Reuters, members of the Leticia Pact, an agreement between South American countries...
    Bobby Labonte joins lineup of Tony Stewart/Ray Evernham SRX series We Did Some Digging & Found the 14 Best Jackets at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale The Covid-19 pandemic could be the last straw for high drug costs America’s long-running debate over prescription drug prices feels more urgent than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. © Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images Voters in battleground states support making Covid-19 vaccines and treatment free for all Americans, a new poll found, indicating the public favors more aggressive actions to contain costs during the pandemic. Most people are rooting for the US drug industry — self-styled, and not without reason, as the most innovative in the world — to develop a vaccine or a...
    If you had posed the scenario to him as a hypothetical a few months ago — “Your company will be hemorrhaging cash, and you’ll turn to Uncle Sam for emergency funds” — Jim Brady would’ve confidently dismissed it. “Never,” he said, “did I think I would need government help.” Brady, 69, started AToN Center, a luxury rehab facility in the hills of Encinitas, with his wife, Patricia, more than a decade ago and built it into a booming enterprise with nearly 70 full-time employees and a five-home campus with a saltwater pool, a sauna and 600-thread-count bed sheets. But this spring, as the coronavirus charted its deadly path across the country, Brady decided to temporarily stop accepting clients from...
    Check out the companies making headlines before the bell: Brinker International (EAT) – The parent of the Chili's and Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant chain reported an adjusted quarterly loss of 88 cents per share, smaller than the loss of $1.37 that Wall Street analysts had predicted. Revenue did come in below forecasts, but Brinker is projecting a smaller than expected loss for the current quarter, with comparable restaurant sales down in the low to mid-teens. Tesla (TSLA) – Tesla announced a 5-for-1 stock split, saying it wanted to make its shares more accessible to employees and investors. The extra shares will be issued on August 28 to shareholders of record on August 21 and will begin trading on a split-adjusted...
    Share Tweet Share Share E-mail After a pilot test, on the Canary island of La Gomera, which began on June 29 and several weeks of development, it is now available the mobile application «Radar COVID», designed and directed by the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence of the Government of Spain. This application, promoted by the Government, has the main objective of detect possible infections by coronavirus. In this way, it stores information on the contacts of those who have decided to install and activate it on their mobiles and te indicates the level of exposure to which the user has been exposed, as well as what to do according to this level. At the beginning of the...
    Lebanese demonstrators gather to march towards the parliament building following the resignation of Lebanese government, during the fourth day of the demonstration after a fire at a warehouse with explosives at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts on 4th August in Beirut, Lebanon on August 11, 2020. Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Lebanon is struggling to create a new government to replace Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet, who resigned on Monday following the Beirut explosion.  President Michel Aoun has now asked Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet to stay in office until a new cabinet is formed, The Wall Street Journal reported.  A new government could take months to form. Last week,...
    (CNN)After news of a massive federal loan caused Eastman Kodak's stock to skyrocket, a company insider donated millions of shares to a religious nonprofit for which he has served as president.On July 29, the peak of Kodak's recent 2,757% stock surge, a member of the company's board of directors, George Karfunkel, and his wife donated 3 million shares of Kodak stock — valued at more than $100 million at the time — to a synagogue called Congregation Chemdas Yisroel Inc., according to a securities filing. The synagogue is registered as a charity in New York state. The donation, which could potentially be claimed as a tax deduction, came in the midst of heavy trading of Kodak's stock that was sparked...
    LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer and his coterie feel most comfortable when sitting on the proverbial fence. Just take their position on Brexit, which has always been as clear as mud. 4Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his coterie feel most comfortable when sitting on the proverbial fenceCredit: Getty Images - Getty In the coming days though, the electorate will finally get to see what they’re made of. If they stick to Labour’s promise to get kids back in school, they’ll earn the respect of Brits everywhere. If they stay silent while a Labour peer plots to conspire with teaching unions to deprive children of an education, they’ll be shown up as pathetic cowards. Of course we want children and...
    by Steven Pressman, Colorado State University French philosopher Voltaire famously quipped: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Something similar can be said of modern monetary theory, also known as MMT, because it may be the economy’s only hope to get through the pandemic. Coined by Australian economist Bill Mitchell and popularized recently by Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to fund programs such as the Green New Deal, MMT holds that a country with its own currency can spend almost unlimited sums of money. While government spending is normally financed by either taxes or borrowing, MMT suggests that governments can also do this by simply creating money. I’m currently working on a book chapter that...
    THOUSANDS more Brits face being forced to stay at home for two weeks as the Government considers adding top destinations such as France to its list of countries where holiday makers must quarantine after visiting there. MP David Davis is leading a campaign to force the Government to offer sick pay-style compensation to those affected. Here he gives his arguments for the scheme and leading critic Dominique Samuels has her say. 4If ministers change quarantine rules while Brits are on holiday, the Government should payCredit: AFP or licensors Imagine being on your much-cherished annual holiday and hearing from a sun lounger the Government will quarantine you for a fortnight on your return. It could mean two weeks without wages in...
    By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The shattered city of Beirut on Tuesday marked a week since the catastrophic explosion that killed at least 171 people, injured thousands and plunged Lebanon into a deeper political crisis. Thousands of people marched near the devastated port, remembering those who died in the worst single blast to hit the country. They observed a minute of silence at 6:08 p.m. local time, the moment on Aug. 4 that thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the city's port where it had been stored for more than six years, apparently with the knowledge of top political and security officials. At that moment Tuesday, church bells tolled and mosque loudspeakers recited a call...
    MAJORCA hotels will close for the rest of the summer as the UK travel ban for Spain remains in place. Hoteliers claim they were pinning their hopes on a deadline of August 10 for a decision to be made about being exempt from the ban but have been left disappointed by the lack of any good news. 2Hotels across Majorca are closing early this summer as the tourist season fails to see holidaymakersCredit: Alamy The Costa del Sol is also facing a wipe-out season whilst the quarantine remains in force but Tenerife is still pressing for a reversal as the high season in the Canaries begins traditionally in October "so there is still time left", according to the island's government....
    Over 500 ASU students and staff push back on school reopening Ruby Tuesday has shut down more than one-third of its restaurants this year as the chain buckles under pandemic pressures and an aging customer base Saving the 2020 Census Is Now Up to Congress (Bloomberg Opinion) -- The Trump administration has renewed its assault on the 2020 Census. Congress should act to ensure that the government discharges a duty essential for good government: counting every person in America. © Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images Stand up and be counted. The decennial census is so crucial to the proper functioning of democracy and the economy that it’s enshrined in the Constitution. It determines how seats in the House of Representatives...
    New York (CNN Business)The stock market's huge run-up in recent months doesn't capture everyday Americans' pain. That's why the government and Big Business should act to help ease the burden on the least fortunate, said JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, in an interview with CNN Business."When you have 13 million people out of work, and you've got people suffering and small business suffering, that's far more important than the vicissitudes of Wall Street," Dimon told CNN's Christine Romans. "That's what we should worry about."Dimon said businesses must do more to help low-income and minority Americans. That's why he joined a new initiative to work with educational institutions and nonprofits in the New York area to provide more job opportunities...
    The Iranian government has shutdown an “influential” newspaper that recently published an interview with an alleged government doctor who claimed that Iran had “engineered” coronavirus “statistics” for the total number of deaths and cases in the country. “The Jahan-e Sanat newspaper quoted Mohammadreza Mahboubfar, an epidemiologist on Iran’s national coronavirus task force, as saying the country’s virus figures ‘have certainly been engineered since the start of the outbreak,'” Bloomberg News reported. “‘I believe the numbers announced by the Health Ministry are 1/20th of the reality’ of Iranians infected and dead, he said, according to the newspaper’s website jahanesanat.ir.” Iran currently reports that the country has had 329,000 cases and 18,616 deaths. If the numbers that Mahboubfar alleges are true, that...
    TikTok : The Government of Lebanon resigns after the explosion in Beirut. What do the Trump decrees mean for the US economy? We tell you how to see the Perseid rain. This is what you need to know to start the day. The truth first. Russia Registered First COVID-19 Vaccine, Says Putin Russia on Tuesday registered a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, President Vladimir Putin said on Russian state television. Reports on Russia’s vaccine have come amid concerns about its safety, efficacy and allegations that the country has taken essential shortcuts in development. Meanwhile, contrary to his predictions, President Trump will not have a coronavirus vaccine ready by Election Day, vaccine experts told . after...
    The solution to the country’s political crisis is not easy given the complex structure of power distribution in that country. “The mechanisms of corruption are bigger than the State.” With this bitter criticism, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab, announced the resignation of his entire cabinet in the face of the massive demonstrations of discontent in that country after the mega-explosion that last week shook and destroyed much of Beirut. The event, which occurred on August 4 in the port of the country’s capital, caused at least 160 dead, about 6,000 injured and left much of the city in rubble. Diab had formed a government in December 2019 in response to a wave of protests that began last...
    Internet connectivity and cellular service in Belarus have been down since Sunday evening, after sporadic outages early that morning and throughout the day. The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday. The ongoing shutdown has further roiled the country of about 9.5 million people, where official election results this morning indicated that five-term president Aleksandr Lukashenko had won a sixth term with about 80 percent of the vote. Around the country, protests against Lukashenko's administration, including criticisms of his foreign policy and handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, grew in the days leading up to the election and exploded on...
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)I was meeting my friends at a sidewalk café in the Hamra district for a coffee when the earth shook under our feet. Someone yelled, "Earthquake!" But my friend, who'd lived through the 15-year Lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990, screamed, "It's an explosion!"Before I could even reply or acknowledge what had happened, there was a second explosion, even bigger than the first. As buildings crumbled and glass rained down upon us, I was paralyzed by fear. Rima MajedWhen the dust began to settle, all I could see was devastation -- bloodied people, a café turned to ash, rubble where an entire street once stood. The sirens that followed were deafening.Lebanon has been plagued by political corruption...
    THE LEBANESE government has resigned and Prime Minister Hassan Diab has stepped down as a result of the deadly August 4 blast in Beirut. Prime Minister Diab made the announcement in a televised address on Monday evening. 11Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan DiabCredit: Reuters Here's more on the statement and the shocking blast. What happened in Beirut? Thousands were injured and many died in a fireball chemical warehouse explosion in Beirut which flattened buildings, ripped people's clothes from their bodies, and damaged properties up to six miles away. The explosion killed 135 people and injured 5,000 others. 11The Beirut blast killed over 100 people and injured thousands moreCredit: AFP or licensors The blast - which has caused up to $5.2billion worth...
    Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned along with the rest of his cabinet on Monday amid pressure from Lebanese protesters outraged over last week’s explosion in Beirut that killed dozens of people. “I set out to combat corruption, but I discovered that corruption is bigger than the state,” Diab said in a televised announcement, according to The Wall Street Journal. “I declare today the resignation of this government. God bless Lebanon.” Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut was rocked on Tuesday by an explosion that killed over 150 people and left thousands more injured. The blast scarred and warped buildings around Lebanon’s main port, affecting thousands of homes and businesses. The blast threw shards of glass roughly two miles from the...
    (CNN)Zimbabweans are staging solo protests on social media to challenge human rights abuse in the southern African country. Award-winning author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga posted an image on her Twitter page calling on protesters to make a placard with the viral #ZimbabweanLivesMatter hashtag on it.The image also added that solo protesters should take pictures with the Zimbabwe flag and placard to post online for awareness. Friends, if youre feeling brave, do a 1 person demo as outlined below. Thank you!If youre not feeling so brave, you can take a pic inside or in the yard. You can cover your face, too. Thank you!So lets do this for the next 4 days to show everyone ALL #ZimbabweanLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/LWvjMNAgJT— Tsitsi Dangarembga (@efie41209591)...
    Indians Plesac on dinner out: I made a poor choice 7 Ways to Make Flavored Butter at Home Opinion: Trump’s payroll-tax executive order could boost the stock market After Republicans and Democrats reached a stalemate in Congress, President Trump issued an executive order from his golf club in New Jersey and signed other memorandums. The executive order called for a payroll-tax deferral. The payroll tax pays for Social Security and Medicare. © Getty Images President Donald Trump. This column is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis but is limited to the impact of the deferral on the stock market. Load Error Trump’s order, if implemented (amid questions over both its legality and its efficacy, with one Republican...
    Firefighters spray water at a fire after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. R REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Lebanon's health minister, Hamad Hassan, told reporters on Monday that the "whole government" had resigned over the explosion in Beirut last week. The country has 20 Cabinet ministers, and Hassan said Prime Minister Hassan Diab would officially hand over the ministers' resignations to the presidential palace. The August 4 explosion in Beirut killed at least 160 people and injured 6,000 others. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Members of Lebanon's Cabinet have resigned over last week's explosion in Beirut, the country's health ministry told reporters on Monday. Lebanon's health minister, Hamad Hassan, told reporters that the "whole...
    Lebanon's prime minister and his cabinet are set to resign in the wake of the devastating Beirut explosion, reports in the country claim.   Hezbollah-backed leader Hassan Diab will address the nation tonight and one of his own ministers told MTV News that Diab is expected to quit.   The government is under mounting pressure to step down amid public outrage over the blast, with the justice minister already out and the finance minister set to quit.   Last Tuesday's detonation of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed at least 163 people, injured over 6,000 and destroyed swathes of the bustling Mediterranean capital, compounding months of political and economic meltdown. A man stands on rubble at the site of last Tuesday's...
    Bradley Cortright August 9, 2020 0 Comments White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says he does not want President Donald Trump to deliver his convention speech on the White House grounds. During an interview on “Full Court Press” with Greta Van Susteren, which aired on Sunday, Meadows addressed Trump’s recent suggestion that he could give his convention speech at the White House. “Those decisions are still in flux, but I can tell you what I’m advocating for is miles and miles away from here,” Meadows said. During an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, Trump said, “We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement and it’s easy.” “I’ll probably do mine live from the White House,”...
    LAST month Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his Eat Out to Help Out scheme. And last week I helped myself to it by getting dinner at my local Chinese restaurant. 5There's is no such thing as a free 50% off lunch - the Government's money will come from our taxes 5Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his Eat Out to Help Out scheme last monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty When the bill came, it was about half of what it would have been. Thanks to Mr Sunak, two of us had eaten out for not much more than £20. Cheers to him, I thought for a moment, as I raised a glass. And then the small thrill started to wear off. “When was...
    Perched on top of her father's shoulders as she waves her country's flag, little Alexandra Naggear beams happily. But yesterday the three-year-old was revealed as the latest victim of the horrific blast that shattered Beirut, dying from her injuries in hospital three days later. When a fire started at the city's port last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise flat to watch the blaze with her parents. Minutes later the first explosion hit – and her mother Tracy, 33, picked her up, running away from the glass screaming, trying to shield her. But when the second major blast struck a few seconds later, the impact of the explosion ripped Alexandra out of her mother's arms. Proud:...
    World leaders on Sunday pledged more than 250 million euros to rebuild Beirut after last week's horrific port blast in the Lebanese capital.  Fifteen government leaders, including Donald Trump took part in a conference call hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN.  The donor nations also urged Lebanon to 'fully commit themselves to timely measures and reforms' in order to unlock longer-term support for the country's economic and financial recovery. And they said assistance for 'an impartial, credible and independent inquiry' into Tuesday's explosion 'is immediately needed and available, upon request of Lebanon.'  Macron was the first world leader to visit the former French colony after Tuesday's devastating explosion of a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate which killed...
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron will bring together world leaders via video on Sunday to pledge aid to help Lebanon rebuild after the devastating explosion that ripped through its capital, Beirut, five days ago.US President Donald Trump is expected to join representatives from Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Nations, the European Council and others for the donors' conference, according to the Elysee Palace.Lebanon has always deserved better from its leaders. The port blast lays that bareLebanon was already in dire economic straits before Tuesday's blast wiped out Beirut's port area and damaged buildings across the city. At least 158 people were killed and dozens more remain missing. More than 6,000 people were injured. As the country's...
    Caracas, Aug 7 (EFE) .- The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela appointed Leonardo Morales Poleo as vice president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) this Friday, after the resignation of Rafael Simón Jiménez just 24 hours before . This is stated in a ruling by the Supreme Court, which assumed the appointment of the CNE magistrates, considering that the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) had “omitted” that task that corresponds to it constitutionally. Morales Poleo is part, according to several local media, of the Avanzada Progresista (AP) party that defines itself as a “center-left” and founded Henry Falcón. It is one of the organizations that participate in the dialogue table with the Government that is rejected by the opposition...
    (CNN)The monstrous explosion that tore into the early evening of a mid-summer's night this past Tuesday in Beirut is, whatever way you cut it, just the latest manifestation of the multitude of endless avenues of miserable corruption that have plagued the country for generations.Lebanon's political oligarchy engages in kleptocracy with a rampant intensity unlike almost anywhere in the region, seemingly unrestrained by any sense of public compassion or institutional necessity. There is an apparatus of corruption that has, for decades, hollowed the entire country from the inside out in an endless cycle of dysfunction and theft. Now, that bottomless dispassion has culminated in much of its capital being reduced to something akin to a post-apocalyptic cityscape. The blast radius stretched...
            by Daniel J. Mitchell  The coronavirus has been horrible news, most obviously because of death and suffering. But the disease has also wreaked havoc with the economy and given politicians an excuse to push counterproductive policies. But if you want to find a silver lining to that dark cloud, the virus may be putting pressure on America’s government school monopoly. For instance, John Stossel explains that it may lead to more homeschooling. Given the large amount of evidence showing superior outcomes for home-schooled students, this is definitely a much-needed bit of good news. Matthew Hennessey, in a column for the Wall Street Journal, also opined about how the coronavirus may produce a permanent expansion of homeschooling: Most students will return to traditional classrooms when...
    Oxygen is increasingly difficult to obtain in various cities in Bolivia. The shortage of the element also threatens babies who need artificial ventilation It’s a race against time. Hospitals in several of the main cities in Bolivia have less and less clinical oxygen reserves and the relatives of patients who depend on this element multiply efforts in a dramatic search for a tube or balloon to try to save the life of their grandfather, father , brother or even son. A problem that also affected dozens of newborns who, for different reasons, depend on artificial ventilation to survive. “I can’t wait for the last minute to say what I’m going to do. These babies need continuous oxygen, and if you...
    THE next generation’s future will be in tatters if schools are not reopened next month. So it is a scandal that militant union leaders are encouraging teachers to put themselves ahead of struggling kids. 4The next generation’s future will be in tatters if schools are not reopened next monthCredit: Alamy A National Education Union checklist suggests teachers should “escalate” action if schools fail to satisfy them about 200 “safety” conditions. In effect, the union, led by Corbynite wrecker Mary Bousted, is holding schools to ransom. Its demands include a guarantee that staff will work no extra hours, paid leave or home working for teachers who have to quarantine after a foreign holiday, and nitpicking over relaxed dress codes. Contrast this...
    It’s no secret that Trump has acted in ways that demonstrate a complete disregard for science and our environment. During his time as president, Trump has reversed 100 environmental rules. Furthermore, in response to Coronavirus, which has been proven to be caused in part by human maltreatment of the environment, The Trump Administration “announced that it would suspend enforcement of environmental laws for companies.” The negligence and lack of concern for the environment are horrifying, but not surprising. One of Trump’s latest rollbacks of environmental protection policies concerns The Arctic Rule, which protects the arctic against drilling that could harm wildlife. It was passed under the Obama Administration in 2016, in response to Shell’s rig accident that occurred in 2012. The...
    Terry H. Schwadron August 8, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. The TikTok saga is proving another deep pool for reflection about the appropriate role for government – this time in private business, the seemingly endless political need to build fear of The Other—the Chinese government, and the flip-flopping from our White House. So, let's see what we can learn from this case that might apply more broadly. : Much as we might like to do so, the TikTok story cannot be separated from the flailing around Donald Trump's re-election campaign. Trump grabs for a moment to immigration to urban horrors to a new healthcare system. There is no discussion about effectiveness in government, a...
    Several thousand people took to the streets in Beirut for what is being called a "day of judgment" for Lebanon's leaders to take responsibility for the massive explosions on Tuesday that killed at least 158 people. Lebanon's Red Cross said more than 100 people were injured in Saturday's demonstrations and BBC News reported that dozens entered a foreign ministry. Riot police fired tear gas on demonstrators who tried to break through the barriers in front of the Parliament building and there were reports of shots fired. A Lebanese police spokesman told Reuters that a policeman died in the clashes.  The demonstrations are being held after the Lebanese government on Friday refused to allow for an independent international investigation into the...
    (CNN)The Canadian government will allow four patients with incurable cancer to receive psilocybin therapy, which uses the drug found in the so-called "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms," to ease their end-of-life distress. The landmark decision by Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, marks the first time since 1974 that a legal exemption has been given in Canada for patients to access psychedelic treatment, according to a news release on Tuesday by TheraPsil, a non-profit organization working to help Canadians gain access to psilocybin therapy. Laurie Brooks, one of the four terminally ill patients, expressed her gratitude for the approval, which comes over 100 days after the four patients made their plea to the government. "The acknowledgment of the pain and anxiety that...
    Dame Joan Collins has slammed the lack of social distancing happening in the South of France. The British actress, 87, who previously criticised the UK government for being 'ageist' to those over the age of 70 amid the ongoing crisis, shared a video to her Instagram account of the crowds meandering along the port during her St Tropez holiday. Filming the visitors from the luxury of her yacht, she pointed out that she was safe, writing: 'Not much social distancing in the port of Saint Tropez. However, I’m on a yacht and they’re not'. Scroll down for video Dame Joan Collins, 87, who previously criticised the UK government for being 'ageist' to those over the age of 70 amid the ongoing crisis,...
    ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Moyers on Democracy. If you want to understand this moment in American politics, here’s a suggestion for you: It’s the must-read book of the year — HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR, by the historian Heather Cox Richardson. Yes, the Civil War brought an end to the slave order of the South and the rule of the plantation oligarchs who embodied white supremacy. But the Northern victory was short-lived. Slave states soon stripped Black people of their hard-won rights, white supremacy not only rose again to rule the South but spread West across the Mississippi to create new hierarchies of inequality. That’s the story Heather Cox Richardson tells in HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR,...
    The U.S. Department of Justice has restarted its attempts to block California’s net neutrality law, which has been lauded as the “gold standard” for states trying to enact their own regulations in the wake of the federal repeal. Hide The Department of Justice filed complaints to a federal judge in California’s Eastern District seeking to halt the implementation of California’s law. The move is the latest in a legal back-and-forth between the government and the state regarding its net neutrality law, which was also tied to a major court decision regarding the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) repeal of the rules. Hide California passed a net neutrality law in 2018, SB-822, that would reinstate protections similar to the ones the...
    Mother Jones illustration; Courtesy of The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.As the world grapples with the devastation of the coronavirus, one thing is clear: The United States simply wasn’t prepared. Despite repeated warnings from infectious disease experts over the years, we lacked essential beds, equipment, and medication; public health advice was confusing, and our leadership offered no clear direction while sidelining credible health professionals and institutions. Infectious disease experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before the next pandemic hits, and that could be even more deadly. So how do we fix what COVID has shown was broken? In this Mother Jones series, we’re asking experts from a wide...
    By Sofia Menchu and Mimi Dwyer GUATEMALA CITY/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrant children rapidly expelled from the United States under a coronavirus immigration policy are returning to shelters in Guatemala where virus testing and bed capacity are regularly stretched to their limits. Shelter operators, government officials in the Central American nation and international organizations said they are seeing rising numbers of children being sent back to Guatemala alone, with some unable to return to their homes because of domestic abuse or gang violence. "Child protection services, which were already overstretched and under-resourced have now been further compromised by COVID-19," said United Nations children's agency UNICEF spokesman Christopher Tidey. "So it is a challenge to provide vulnerable children with...
    Calling the past month a tumultuous one for United States digital policy might be an understatement. Between remote working and learning, Netflix binging, and doomscrolling, internet usage has swelled during the pandemic. The Trump administration, meanwhile, continues its campaign against Chinese telecom Huawei and has touted banning TikTok in the United States. On top of that, General Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said last month, “We’re going to act when we see adversaries attempting to interfere in our elections.” President Trump publicly confirmed a reported US Cyber Command operation in 2018 to knock Russia’s Internet Research Agency offline during the midterms. And Democratic representatives have requested an FBI briefing on foreign...
    IBIZA Rocks is one of the best-known hotels in Ibiza, with big name acts like Craig David flying in to host huge pool parties every week during the summer - but this year has been very different.  The hotel opened its doors at the beginning of July, after the ban on UK holidaymakers travelling into Spain was lifted.  ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3In previous years, Ibiza Rocks hotel has been packed in August with big-name acts like Craig David performingCredit: Instagram/Craig David But within a few weeks, they were hit with another disaster when the UK government decided to advise against all but essential travel to mainland Spain and the islands, and...
    Sushant Singh Rajput’s case has now been handed over to CBI after Centre accepted Bihar Government’s recommendation for a CBI probe. The cold war between Mumbai and Bihar Police with respect to the jurisdiction over the case was making the case even more murkier and hence the centre finally gave permission for a go-ahead to Bihar Government to transfer the case to CBI. In a latest update, CBI has now responded to the case being handed over to them and mentioned that they are in touch with Bihar police. Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Centre Tells Supreme Court That It Has Accepted Bihar’s Recommendation for CBI Probe Into Actor’s Death. As reported by ANI, CBI responding to Sushant Singh Rajput’s...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The first beavers to live naturally in the wild in England for over 400 years have been given the green light to stay after a five-year trial showed their dam-building activities were good for wildlife and people. Beavers, semi-aquatic vegetarian mammals, were hunted to extinction in Britain more than four centuries ago because people wanted their meat, fur and castoreum, a secretion that was used in medicine and perfumes. But in 2013 a family of beavers was found to be living on the River Otter in Devon, a rural county in southwest England. It is not clear where the beavers came from and at first they were threatened with eviction. Instead, they were allowed to stay for...
    Vijay Prashad August 6, 2020 8:49AM (UTC) This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Six months ago, on January 30, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Ten days before this, the Chinese government had said — to great alarm — that the coronavirus could be transmitted from human to human. The contagiousness of this virus led the WHO to make the declaration, which came a month after the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention told their counterparts in the United States about the virus. On the day that the WHO declared the PHEIC, Trump gave a press conference, where he bewilderingly said, "We think we...
    London (CNN)Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have spread baseless rumors online -- frequently targeting minorities -- since the beginning of the pandemic. In England the latest wave of vitriol criticizes Muslims, blaming them for spreading Covid-19.Muslims were caught off guard last week, when the UK government suddenly announced local lockdowns in a slew of areas in northern England where cases have spiked. The announcement came just hours before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in Islam. The affected areas included Greater Manchester, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford and Leicester -- all places with a significant Islamic population according to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). The restrictions -- published late last Thursday evening -- banned people in the named areas from...
    By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) - Italy is positioning to become an influential shareholder in a tightly regulated broadband operator it plans to create by brokering a merger of Telecom Italia's (TIM) fixed-line access network with state-controlled Open Fiber, three sources said. The plan, championed by Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri from the co-ruling centre-left PD party, envisages transferring a broad range of TIM assets into the new player, which could be a candidate for grants from Europe's Recovery fund. Those assets include TIM's network that runs from switching centers to households. Rome, which sees a single, fast broadband network as crucial to closing Italy's digital gap with the rest of Europe, aims to use the European funds to upgrade the...
    Children under the age of 17 were eligible to receive $ 500 on the first stimulus check The government began to deliver the missing money from today. Photo: ADEK BERRY / . / . Some people who qualified for stimulus checks encountered the bad news that they did not include the $ 500 payments that were due to them for their children under 17, according to CNBC. However, the government is going to take responsibility for this mistake, and as of today began to send this missing money. This applies to those individuals and couples who are not required to file a tax return and used the ‘IRS non-filer’ tool to provide information about the children...
    I GOT a Senior Citizens Railcard on my birthday this year. A present from the missus, who knows I like trains. And also to remind me just how old and decrepit I am. 8We must get on with life to kickstart the economy and accept risk is part of thatCredit: Getty Images - Getty It arrived three days after ­lockdown started. Hasn’t been used once and isn’t likely to be used any time soon. I’m at the much milder end of the list of people who are likely to suffer most from this annoying virus. The stats say that as a smoker — a heavy smoker — I’m much, much less likely to catch the thing. But if I do...
    Isaias knocked out power to 2.8 million homes and businesses along the East Coast Fast Food Breakfast Has ‘Dried Up’ As Many People Arent Commuting To Work Heres what happened to the stock market on Wednesday © Provided by CNBC Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 2, 2020. Dow Jones Industrial Average rises tk points The Dow climbed 373.05 points, or 1.4%, to close at 27,201.52. The S&P 500 advanced 0.6% to 3327.77. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.5% to 10,998.40. Positive news on the coronavirus front and strong earnings from Disney lifted the market on Wednesday. Load Error J&J scores big coronavirus deal, Disney ralliesJohnson & Johnson rose...
    Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 2, 2020.Brendan McDermid | ReutersDow Jones Industrial Average rises tk points The Dow climbed 373.05 points, or 1.4%, to close at 27,201.52. The S&P 500 advanced 0.6% to 3327.77. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.5% to 10,998.40. Positive news on the coronavirus front and strong earnings from Disney lifted the market on Wednesday.J&J scores big coronavirus deal, Disney ralliesJohnson & Johnson rose 0.8% after announcing it struck a $1 billion deal with the U.S. government to manufacture 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine candidate if it proves successful. Disney shares popped 8.8% — their biggest one-day gain since March — on the back...
    (CNN)Israel considers Lebanon an enemy state, but today, Tel Aviv stood in solidarity with its northern neighbor.The city's municipality building was lit up with an image of the Lebanese flag on Wednesday evening as a show of support for Beirut, which was heavily damaged by Tuesday's blast."Humanity comes before any conflict, and our hearts are with the Lebanese people following this terrible disaster," Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement.It has become a tradition in Tel Aviv to use the large frontage of the building to demonstrate solidarity with a city or a country that has suffered misfortune, whether man-made or otherwise.How to help Beirut explosion victims The show of support followed the massive explosion that rocked the...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — More than a hundred dead, thousands injured and hundreds of thousands rendered homeless: The human toll of the massive explosions in Beirut on Tuesday demands an immediate response from the rest of the world. It is no exaggeration to say that many will die, or be permanently maimed, if succor doesn’t come quickly. But the tragedy also puts the world’s leaders and lenders on the horns of a familiar dilemma: How to help a stricken people without empowering their shady — and sinister — rulers? The quandary was raised recently in Iran, when the government of the Islamic Republic sought $5 billion from the International Monetary Fund to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. At the time, I...
    The Kelvedon Hatch bunker. © J.A. Parish and Sons In 1952, the British government built the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker on the Parish family's property. A cottage was built to hide the entrance to the bunker, which is 100 feet below the ground. In recent years, the family has opened the bunker to visitors. Visit Insider's home page for more stories.  While it may look like a cozy countryside cottage from the outside, the inside holds a decades-old secret — this cottage actually houses the entrance to a secret nuclear bunker. Built in the 1950s by the British government, the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker became a place for government officials to flee in case of...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest mad wheeze is to propose extending the lockdown — “shielding” is his preferred euphemism — to people over 50. Naturally this has gone down like a cup of cold sick in the Conservatives’ natural constituency, which largely comprises people over the age of 50. 24 hours after floating the idea in the newspapers the government started to backtrack. And understandably so. Here’s a taste of the responses in the Conservatives’ house journal, the Telegraph: The ministry of silly ideas produces another one.  They come up with more ludicrous nonsense each day, and we are paying their salaries!  It’s beyond a joke now. I’ve had enough of this facade. It’s so obviously a cover to bring...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)TikTok is up for grabs. But while the popular short-form video app likely won't lack for suitors, President Donald Trump says the US government needs to get a "substantial amount of money" as part of any deal.It's a demand that experts say is far outside the norm at best, and if it were to be met could set a dangerous precedent. "It's really not for the President to say that a deal can go through or a deal can't go through, or that a company must pay a ransom to the United States government or get a deal done by a particular deadline," said Avery Gardiner, general counsel and senior fellow for competition, data and power at...
    Image copyright Getty Illustrations or photos Impression caption A 2018 mass shooting at a Tennessee cafe was committed by a mentally unstable believer A developing movement of folks who imagine that legal guidelines do not utilize to them threatens police and regulation enforcement all-around the earth, authorities and officials say. So-referred to as sovereign citizens believe they are immune from federal government procedures and in some circumstances – including not too long ago in Australia and the US – have violently confronted law enforcement. Coronavirus mitigation measures, like obligatory social distancing and mask wearing, may also be fuelling the anti-govt conspiracy and spreading its information to a global minority that watch the deadly pandemic as a...
    A committee says the Government’s “inexplicable” decision to lift restrictions on about one million people who arrived in the UK contributed to the scale of the outbreak – ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Failure to introduce quarantine at the start of the coronavirus outbreak led to 10,000 infected people entering the UK, accelerating the spread of disease, an investigation by MPs has found. The all-party home affairs committee said the Government’s “inexplicable” decision to lift restrictions on about one million people who arrived in the UK between March 13 and lockdown on March 23 contributed to the pace and scale of the Covid-19 outbreak. They said this “highly unusual approach” to the pandemic contrasted with other countries – from Singapore and New...
    LAWYERS representing over 1,400 families who have lost loved-ones to Covid-19 will today unveil plans to take legal action against the Government over its handling of the pandemic. The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign will lay out the legal case they are planning to take against the Government. 1Jo Goodman, founder of the campaign group, is pictured with her father Stuart who she lost to Covid Four men and women who lost their dads to coronavirus will give evidence to a cross-party group of MPs and peers investigating the Government’s handling of the pandemic. They have sent the Government a formal notice of their plans to pursue legal action that will secure a statutory public inquiry into the pandemic....
    A growing movement of people who believe that laws do not apply to them threatens police and law enforcement around the world, experts and officials say. So-called sovereign citizens believe they are immune from government rules and in some cases - including recently in Australia and the US - have violently confronted police. Coronavirus mitigation measures, including mandatory social distancing and mask wearing, may also be fuelling the anti-government conspiracy and spreading its message to a global minority that view the deadly pandemic as a hoax.Who are 'sovereign citizens'?The FBI has described the movement, which lacks any organisational structure, as "domestic terrorism" in the US and calls followers "anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this...
    (CNN)As the Trump administration's coronavirus testing czar, Admiral Brett Giroir has repeatedly said the federal government is doing everything possible to address the country's unmet demand for tests and timelier results. "If there is a stone that needs to be turned that is left unturned," Giroir said on CNN's "State of the Union" on July 26, "you tell me what it is." Covid-19 testing: A spike in demand, a delay on resultsCNN asked more than 20 public health and lab industry sources whether Giroir and the administration were doing all they could to fix the country's testing problems and there was an overwhelming consensus: No. What's most needed, they said, was for the federal government to seize a larger leadership...
    PRAIA.- The Cape Verde Justice has authorized the extradition to the United States of the Colombian businessman Álex Saab, accused of being figurehead of the Venezuelan ruler, Nicolás Maduro, confirmed today his lawyer, José Manuel Pinto Monteiro. Saab was detained on June 12 when his plane stopped for refueling at Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the northern island of Sal (the most important in this West African island country), in response to a US request made through Interpol for alleged crimes of money laundering. The Barlavento Court of Appeals, on the northern island of San Vicente, “approved the extradition” in a ruling “dated July 31,” he told Efe Pinto in statements in Praia, Cape Verde’s capital, on the southern...
    SAN ANTONIO – The international, months-long search for a COVID-19 vaccine seems to be entering the home stretch. Last week, the world’s largest coronavirus vaccine study started human trials, and the federal government’s ”Operation Warp Speed” vaccine program is working to deliver 300 million doses of a vaccine by January. The race for a coronavirus vaccine is vital to returning back to “normal.” Still, once a vaccine is proven safe and is widely available to the public across the world, it could still be months until restrictions such as masks and social distancing would be lifted, experts say. For an in-depth explanation of the search for a vaccine, watch this week’s episode of KSAT Explains available to stream on August...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — With Cuba’s economy forecast to drop nearly ten percent due to a decline in tourism and now the coronavirus pandemic, the communist islands leaders have expanded their search for American dollars by opening government run stores filled with products in high-demand. Leaders are looking to put a band aid on its hemorrhaging economy. “It is almost like the Cuban version of Groundhog Day. We have seen it before, we are seeing it now, and we will see it again,” said FIU professor and Latin America Business Expert Dr. Jerry Haar. In 2004, Cuba banned the dollar. Then in 2019, it allowed government owned stores to accept payment in dollars for household appliances in a government search for...
    Vice President Mike Pence has hit back at Andrew Cuomo's criticism by claiming the New York Governor made 'poor decisions' in his response to the coronavirus crisis in the state. New York has been the worst-hit state in the pandemic with upwards of 32,000 deaths and 422,000 confirmed cases. Pence said: 'Our hearts grieve for the fact that one in five of all the American lives that have been lost in the coronavirus pandemic were lost in the State of New York and some of that was because of poor decisions by the state and by Governor Cuomo.' Vice President Mike Pence (left) said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) made 'poor decisions' in his response to the coronavirus crisis in New YorkHis...
    It was no routine shot in the arm.  Last week university professor Gary Stradiotto became one of 30,000 volunteers helping to test a vaccine in the world's biggest COVID-19 study. Stradiotto, 52, an adjunct professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego, volunteered for the final phase of the Moderna study and received his first 100mg of the experimental mRNA-1273 vaccine dose on Thursday.  He's due to get a second and final injection on August 26. Moderna's vaccine is one of several promising candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race, as the US tops more than 155,000 deaths and surpasses 4.6 million reported cases of the virus, according to government figures.  Stradiotto said he decided to volunteer...
    Brasilia, Aug 4 (EFE) .- The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment confirmed on Tuesday that it has suggested reducing short-term goals for the preservation of the Amazon, although without altering the forecast to end illegal deforestation by 2030. “Brazil has a goal of reducing 100% of illegal deforestation in 2030 and it is maintained,” but “the intermediate goals must reflect the programs that will be implemented in the next ten years to reach that total,” the ministry said in a note. official. The explanation was given after the newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo revealed a document from the Ministry of the Environment in which it proposed “not to consider” the objectives already set to reduce illegal fires and deforestation...
    SPANISH holidays are off the menu for now after the government put the country back on the travel ban list. The cabinet took Spain off their quarantine rules over another coronavirus outbreak and later extended it to the country's islands. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5The FCO is now advising against 'all but essential travel' to mainland SpainCredit: Alamy Live News What has happened in Spain? On July 25, the UK government announced that people travelling from Spain from July 26 will have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Spain's new infection rate is rising, with more than 8,500 cases confirmed over the weekend. Most of the cases were registered in Aragon,...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is overstepping his executive privileges with "draconian" restrictions by shutting down churches and telling believers they cannot worship during the coronavirus pandemic, a prominent pastor told "Fox News @ Night" Monday. Pastor John MacArther says he has been warned he could face fines or arrest for defying Newsom's July orders by hosting indoor services at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles County, which he says is not warranted by the reality of COVID-19. CALIFORNIA CHURCHES HOLD BEACH SERVICES, WORSHIP INDOORS IN DEFIANCE OF STATE BAN "We feel like we are the most essential reality in the world," MacArthur told host Shannon Bream. "Look, Jesus is Lord ... He is the head of our church. Governor Newsom is not the...
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) after numerous comments and actions from the past surfaced in recent days amid talk she is being considered as Joe Biden’s running mate. The controversy centers on her praise of murderous communist dictator Fidel Castro. Rubio said during a conference call that Bass would be “the highest-ranking Castro sympathizer in the history of the United States government” if Biden picks her. “This is something that she will now want to deflect from, but I don’t believe in the last six decades that there has ever been anyone considered for the vice presidency … with this level of sympathy towards a Marxist regime,” Rubio said, and later added that Bass’s attempt to...
    Karen J. Greenberg August 4, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the president has continued to behave just as he promised he would in March when there had been only 40 deaths from the virus here and he said, "I don't take responsibility at all." In April, when 50,000 Americans had died, he praised himself and his administration, insisting, "I think we've done a great job." In May, as deaths continued to mount nationwide, he insisted, "We have met the moment and we have prevailed." In June, he swore the virus...
    Protestors dressed as Hogwarts students, donning Gryffindor and Slytherin scarves. AP/MMA Demonstrators in Thailand used a Harry Potter-themed rally to protest against the Thai monarchy on Monday at Bangkok's Democracy Monument: "Casting the Patronus Charm to Protect Democracy." Speakers at the anti-government rally have demanded reforms to the country's "lese majeste" laws, which bans criticism of the royal family and means any defamatory comments can lead to 15 years in prison. Channel News Asia correspondent Saksith Saiyasombut tweeted that an organizer of the demonstration told him: "Bringing democracy to Thailand shouldn't be wizardry." Lawyer Anon Nampa told Reuters: "Talking about this is not an act to topple the monarchy, but to allow the monarchy to exist in Thai...
    Wild lean on playoff experience vs. Canucks 10 American Boom Towns that Became Ghost Towns Gold ETF Holdings Are Booming and Only the U.S. Government Holds More (Bloomberg) -- Investors are so concerned about the global outlook that worldwide holdings in gold-backed exchange-traded funds now stand behind only the official U.S. reserves of bullion after they surpassed Germany’s holdings. Gold has rallied to a record this year as the coronavirus pandemic savaged growth, with gains supported by massive inflows into bullion-backed ETFs. Bulls are fearful that the waves of stimulus to fight the slowdown may debase paper currencies and ignite inflation. They also point to simmering geopolitical tensions, rising government debt burdens, and lofty equity valuations. © Bloomberg Appetite...
    The University of Pennsylvania is alleged to have received $3 million from a company owned by a businessman with links to the Chinese Communist Party. The prestigious Ivy League school, which is based in Philadelphia claims that the cash came from a Chinese citizen named Xin Zhou who was a 'large client' of UPenn's business school. Zhou runs a company called E-House and participated in a University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School event in Shanghai last year.  However the Washington Free Beacon claims the money actually came from an alleged shell company, the Nice Famous Corp., which is connected to Shanghai real estate developer Xu Xeuqing. Xeuqing, who has no connection to the university whatsoever is in turn, alleged to have links with...
    Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio criticized Democratic California Rep. Karen Bass as someone who, if selected to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, would be the “highest-profile Castro sympathizer we have ever had in American government.” Before introducing Rubio on Monday night’s edition of “Hannity,” Fox News host Sean Hannity played a clip of Bass walking away from a 2016 comment praising Castro as a “great loss to the people of Cuba” after the dictator’s death. During the interview, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pushed back on what he considered her characterization of being “young and irresponsible” in the 1970s when she visite the country several times by pointing out that she praised Castro just “four years...