Speaker is locked in a battle of wills with Kevin McCarthy who is determined to change the political conversation, critics say
It was, Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, one of the darkest days in America’s history – an assault on democracy, Congress and the constitution. “The American people want to know the truth,” she said.
Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say
CDC director warns Americans in ‘another pivotal moment’ in pandemic
Republican lawmakers are under increasing pressure to tell their constituents Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective amid spread of the new, more contagious Delta variant.
Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, and remain the single most tool available to prevent infection with the highly contagious disease.
In recent news conferences and statements, some prominent Republicans have been imploring their constituents to lay lingering doubts aside. In Washington, the so-called Doctors Caucus gathered at the Capitol for an event to combat vaccine hesitancy. And in Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week pointed to data showing the vast majority of hospitalized Covid-19 patients hadn’t received shots.
“These vaccines are saving lives,” said DeSantis, who recently began selling campaign merchandise mocking masks and medical experts.
Republican Governor Kay Ivey has joined a growing chorus of Republicans urging people to get vaccinated. According to local TV station WKRG, she told a press conference Thursday:
The new cases of Covid are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain,” said Gov. Ivey.
When asked how the state can get more shots into the arms of residents, Ivey did not hold back her displeasure with the lack of success previous plans have had.
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Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:37:48 +0000 Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carveout in Section 230 […] Match ID: 5 Score: 100.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 30.00 politics, 30.00 democrat, 10.00 congress
A Westminster leadership that often appears timid or lost should learn from bold, innovative municipal government
As Labour’s general election defeats have mounted, it’s become common to fear that the party will never hold office again. There are reasons to think that this pessimism is overdone: the volatility of our electoral system, the government’s accumulating problems, and the ageing voters whom it increasingly relies on.
But another reason not to despair quite yet is rarely introduced into the panicky debate about Labour’s future. Away from Westminster, in regions such as northern England where its crisis is supposed to be deepest, the party is still in office in lots of places, in both traditional local government institutions and new ones created by devolution. And rather than just clinging on, in a small but growing number of these places Labour is doing innovative and popular things with what power it still has.
Some of these islands of radicalism are relatively well known, such as “the Preston model”, a Labour council’s revival of the once-struggling Lancashire city by getting its main institutions to spend a lot more of their money locally. Other ambitious Labour administrations such as Salford, North Ayrshire and the North of Tyne combined authority are also beginning to attract attention beyond their localities, by pursuing expansive policies such as opening more public libraries, building large numbers of council homes and investing in new green businesses.
Meanwhile, already high-profile but previously quite cautious Labour mayors such as Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan have become bolder, particularly in their policies to reduce air pollution and improve public transport. Despite Labour’s sagging national popularity since 2017, in all these local strongholds its support has been resilient or even increased. Is this the beginning of something important – or just a few minor fightbacks by a declining party?
Sceptics about Labour’s prospects have plenty of reasons to think the latter. In centralised Britain, local government has been losing power and funding for decades, and particularly since 2010, as it has suffered the worst of Conservative austerity. And under Keir Starmer, Labour hasn’t been able – or willing – to use its local successes as evidence of its ability to run the country. A party that is damagingly short of national policies, and which recently launched a policy review to find some, appears largely uninterested in the promising experiments of its municipal wing. In statements by Starmer and his shadow ministers, the achievements of these innovators rarely feature.
This disconnect tells us important things about the state of the party, and also about our wider politics. Starmer’s vulnerable position as leader makes it risky for him to publicise the achievements of currently more effective local Labour politicians, such as the ambitious Burnham. Many of the party’s mayors and council leaders are also to the left of Starmer, or at least to the version of Starmer permitted by his centrist advisers. They are more interested in redistributing power and resources locally than in looking respectable for the Tory press, or trying to appease increasingly rightwing ex-Labour voters.
This boldness partly explains what happened to the many new ideas generated by the left during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Some of that energy has either lingered in, or been transferred to, Britain’s town and city halls. Yet with Corbynism now increasingly treated by Labour as an aberration, its ideas – however successful they may be locally – appear to be largely off-limits to Starmer.
The municipal radicals seem undeterred. The leader of Preston council, Matthew Brown, and the mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, have written occasional articles about what Labour nationally could learn from their work. But they also have a strong air of independence. In a recent book co-authored by Brown and the leftwing writer Rhian E Jones, Paint Your Town Red, which makes modern municipal socialism seem seductively achievable, there is a section titled “Solving problems from below without permission from above”. In some ways, these local leaders have seceded from mainstream politics, with its Westminster fixation. That may be their most radical step of all.
Yet they have also learned to exploit the Conservatives’ careless lawmaking. Brown and Jones argue that the new mayoralties and combined authorities, “cynically introduced” by the Tories since 2010 as an attempt to devolve the blame for austerity, have inadvertently “proved amenable” to leftwing politicians. The new structures have prompted them to form new regional alliances and to think afresh.
This picture of a kind of guerrilla government by the local left is very appealing in an era of Tory domination and general Labour toothlessness. But as a long-term strategy it may have limits. A similar but larger-scale leftwing experiment took place at the Greater London Council (GLC) between 1981 and 1986, during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. The GLC had originally been created by the Tories to loosen Labour’s hold on the capital by extending London’s boundaries to include its more rightwing suburbs. Yet during the 80s a leftwing Labour administration led by Ken Livingstone took control, and found legislative loopholes that enabled it to increase and redirect the GLC’s spending in radical directions.
With little help from a cautious Labour leadership, rather like today’s, the GLC supported multiculturalism and minority rights in pioneering and eventually very influential ways. But its radicalism also so enraged and threatened the Conservatives that they abolished it. The current government is not yet suggesting that today’s leftwing mayoralties and councils be abolished. But days after Labour’s successes in this year’s mayoral elections, the Tories confirmed their plans to change the voting system for electing mayors, to the probable disadvantage of Labour candidates. Even more than Thatcher, this government is intolerant of rival centres of power.
For anyone wanting the city hall radicals to rescue Labour, there are also potential problems of scale. It’s relatively easy for bold politicians to win control locally in elections when turnouts tend to be low, and more politicised voters are influential. It’s also not that difficult to get a good press for shaking up a town from local newspapers that may welcome the excitement, and are often fairly neutral. But national politics, with its ferocious media bias towards Conservatism and fickle swing voters, is a different business.
Yet for Labour to recover nationally, and to remain usefully in power locally, closer cooperation between these two sides of the party may be one of the few viable strategies. Labour’s recent announcement that in government it “would ask public bodies to give more contracts to British businesses”, on the condition that those businesses improve their “social, environmental and labour” practices – both policies echoing parts of the Preston model – may be a sign that Starmer is finally beginning to pay attention to the municipal revolutions taking place under his nose. If not, the lives of those revolutions may be short and lonely.
Party leaders hope public will draw its own conclusions from last week’s catastrophic floods
It was a slogan that cut to the chase: “Everybody is talking about Germany. We talk about the weather.”
The provocative message – itself an inversion of the title of an essay by Red Army Faction terror group founder Ulrike Meinhof (“Everybody talks about the weather. We don’t”) – was at the heart of the West German Green party’s 1990 election campaign, but has rarely felt more relevant than today as catastrophic floods in western Germany have brought extreme weather events to the centre of the national debate little more than two months before federal elections.
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The Republican governor of Alabama has said it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for rising cases of Covid-19, amid concern that months of misinformation over the need and efficacy of vaccines is fueling a resurgence of coronavirus infections in several states.
Kay Ivey said that vaccines are “the greatest weapon we have to fight Covid” and added that a surge in new cases of the coronavirus in Alabama is due to a reluctance among many people in the state to get inoculated.
Germany’s public health institute has said it is putting Spain and the Netherlands on a list of high-incidence countries for coronavirus, meaning new restrictions for unvaccinated travellers.
The move by the Robert Koch Institute, effective from Tuesday, means anyone arriving from high-incidence countries with new infection rates of 200 or more per 100,000 people in the past seven days is required to go into a 10-day quarantine, which can be cut to five days upon a negative test.
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• State argues that constitution does not support right to abortion
• Court likely to hear the case this fall and rule in spring
The US supreme court should overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, instead letting states decide whether to regulate abortion before a fetus can survive outside the womb, the state of Mississippi argued in papers filed on Thursday with the court.
The filing came as one reproductive rights advocate warned that she believed half of US states would ban abortion altogether if Roe versus Wade was overturned, as anti-abortion extremists gain ground and Republican-dominated state legislatures continue their work of recent years to strip back a woman’s choice.
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Suddenly, (Some) Republicans Are All In on the Vaccine Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:40:22 +0000 The new G.O.P. politics of the pandemic follow the grim new math of the pandemic for Red America. Match ID: 21 Score: 60.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 30.00 politics
Democrats continue to admonish FBI over handling of Kavanaugh complaints Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:35:41 EDT Their demand followed a letter last month from from an FBI official defending its process and providing new details about the volume of tips it received about Kavanaugh through a tip line it set up for the investigation. Match ID: 22 Score: 60.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 30.00 democrat
Global rules are needed to govern the proliferation of these weapons of mass repression
Last year saw the highest global military spending – nearly $2tn – since 1988. More than half of that was expenditure by the United States and its allies. Defence capabilities are closely guarded national assets. A web of rules has grown up around the export of arms and their use. No country wants its most lethal weapons being turned upon themselves.
Yet there are at least 500 private companies that operate, largely unregulated, and sell intrusive software to oppressive regimes that spy on and harass their critics. These anti-democratic acts ought to be enough to bring such trade to a halt. However it has continued; the industry says these tools are for fighting crime and terrorism. What happens when, instead, governments opt to use these capabilities not just on their people, but on the democratic west?
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Stacey Abrams Courts the Republican Suspense-Novel-Reader Vote Mon, 19 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 Among the fans of Abrams’s new political thriller, “While Justice Sleeps,” are self-described conservatives, who size up the Democratic voting-rights activist as both a Marxist and a budding John Grisham. Match ID: 26 Score: 53.57 source: www.newyorker.com age: 4 days qualifiers: 21.43 republican, 21.43 democrat, 10.71 conservatives
Often, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. But the last seven days has been different, and not only because of the ongoing political flux of coronavirus, with the government seeming to flail from one controversy, U-turn or misstep to the next, day after day.
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From fossil fuels to carbon offsetting, the British government must practise what it preaches if it is to inspire others to step up
This summer alone has seen scorching heat domes smother parts of the US and Canada with record temperatures, and blistering heatwaves sweep across Pakistan. Torrential rain has caused devastating floods in China, as well as India, Germany, Belgium and Austria. And while fires are raging in Siberia, Madagascar is experiencing the world’s first famine caused solely by the climate crisis. Even here in the UK, the first extreme heat warnings were issued earlier this week.
New extreme-weather events linked to the climate crisis have become rolling news. Their destruction and death tolls are a daily reminder that the UK-hosted Cop26 this autumn isn’t just the most important climate conference ever held, but the most important international summit of all time.
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As the Commons enters recess, the PM has simply kicked huge issues – the ‘pingdemic’, ‘levelling up’ – down the road
On the last day of term in parliament, there’s a bad tradition of governments sneaking out a host of unwelcome reports and decisions they hope to hide amid the great Westminster summer escape. Not this time. Instead, in a week of fiasco for the government, all we can hear is the ear-splitting clatter of huge cans being kicked down the road. Recess comes with everything Boris Johnson should have done left undone. The prime minister’s fatal indecision is final.
Newspaper front pages shout about shelves left unfilled by pinged workers, while a million pinged children in England miss their last week of school, and many sectors fear being overwhelmed by pings. This week’s promised list of crucial workers to be exempt from Covid test-and-trace isolation finally emerged last night, covering a number of industries including emergency services, local government, food and medical supplies. As every sector howled for help, yet another hapless minister – Kwasi Kwarteng on Thursday’s BBC Breakfast – was sent over the top to say nothing at all: yes there would be a list, only “quite narrow”, but no, it wasn’t ready right now. Why on earth did it take so long?
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Suzanne Heywood says process was set up to scapegoat the former civil servant and ‘distract attention’
The widow of a former top civil servant who was heavily criticised in the UK government’s inquiry into the Greensill affair has described the process as a “travesty” set up to scapegoat her husband and “distract attention” from events after his death.
Boris Johnson has already been accused of orchestrating a cover-up over the lobbying scandal after an official review mildly rebuked the former prime minister David Cameron.
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Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in upcoming case Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:08:00 EDT The state, in defending its restrictive law, says in a brief filed Thursday that nothing in the Constitution protects the right to abortion. Match ID: 31 Score: 45.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 15.00 constitution
The government had a chance to do things differently. The chance is being squandered by ministers who do not know what to do
Parliament is breaking for the summer recess with the Conservatives in a shambles over some of the most fundamental issues facing the country. Government tactics for getting into the recess without allowing MPs a proper chance to examine big issues like Covid controls, social care reform, public sector pay and public spending have been reminiscent of football time-wasting ploys at their worst. The absences from the frontline of the prime minister, the chancellor and the health secretary, all self-isolating, are simply irritants of the larger problem, not the cause.
The issue is that ministers do not know what to do. The reason is that all these issues are connected. For days, there was Westminster talk of a strategic pre-recess announcement on social care reform. Decisions on NHS and other public sector pay rates were much trailed too. In the event, there has been no social care statement – while a set of pay decisions was shuffled out at the last minute in a ministerial written statement. Government evasions, delays and disagreements have cloaked every turn and every issue – and still do. The explanation is simple and glum: the government cannot make up its mind because it knows much of what it has to say will be unpopular.
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Readers respond to reports that the government is mulling an increase in NI payments, which will disproportionately hit the young and low-paid
The government’s consideration of a rise in national insurance presents an ideal opportunity to question the unfairness of the current 12% and 2% NI rate levels (Ministers mull national insurance rise to fund social care, 19 July). Employee NI contributions (NICs) are no different to income tax. We know this because HMRC’s annual tax summaries, as sent to every taxpayer in the land, combine income tax and NICs in calculating how our taxes have contributed to the full range of government spending.
The specific text reads: “The information on this page shows how your income tax and national insurance contributions were spent … The list does not include indirect taxes such as VAT and other duties.” It then lists how much each of us has individually paid towards the full range of government expenditure on welfare, education, defence, etc.
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The Trailer: Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all? Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:14:11 EDT Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all, what's going on as Trump heads back to Arizona, and what's missing from summer congressional town halls. Match ID: 34 Score: 40.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 10.00 congress
Republicans Protest Lack of Rioters on January 6th Commission Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:34:38 +0000 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the commission “little more than a gussied-up festival of anti-riot propaganda.” Match ID: 35 Score: 40.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 10.00 house of representatives
Turning back to the ONS infection survey, here are the figures from the data tables showing the estimate for what percentage of the population in England would have tested positive on 14 July by region.
North-east: 1 in 45
Experts and charities have raised the alarm about rising youth violence in the UK and say it could erupt over the summer, aggravated by Covid lockdowns, mental health problems and months out of education, my colleague Jessica Murray reports.
Liverpool’s attempt to turn its waterfront into a toytown Shanghai has led to its delisting as a Unesco world heritage site
In the 30 years after the end of the second world war, many British cities embarked on the wholesale destruction of their history. Residential streets were out and tower blocks were in, and cars had always to be accommodated. The dense, extravagant, smoke-stained fabric of the Victorian city came down in clouds of dust. It was often calculated that the country had knowingly obliterated more of its historic buildings in the 1950s and 60s than the Luftwaffe’s bombs had managed in wartime. Behind it all, wrote the architectural historian Gavin Stamp, lay “a sense of shame about the industrial past, a visceral and blinkered rejection of the dark but substantial legacy of the Victorians – fuelled in part by a crude socialist vision – that could amount to little more than civic self-hatred”.
Labour-controlled local authorities certainly had their follies – entire neighbourhoods vanished in Glasgow for the sake of an inner-city motorway – but socialism was no more to blame for the architectural destruction than greed, corruption, ineptitude and the strange idea that Britain’s supreme century in terms of its technical achievements and global influence had produced risible buildings that weren’t worth keeping. “Whatever may be said in favour of the Victorians, it is pretty generally admitted that few of them were to be trusted within reach of a trowel and a pile of bricks,” wrote PG Wodehouse in 1937; and, minus a few dissenters such as John Betjeman, that view held good into the 1970s.
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The perfume and toiletries shop overlooking Brodick Bay on Arran is normally packed in the summer, as day-trippers and holidaymakers stream off the mainland ferries at the busy terminal just across the bay.
But this summer has been grim, said Andrew Russell, the sales director for Arran Sense of Scotland, formerly known as Arran Aromatics. For thousands of people and businesses up and down the west coast of Scotland, this summer has been marred by repeated crises affecting ferry services run by the state-funded CalMac.
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Blomkamp’s dystopian satire left so many questions unanswered that it simply demands a follow-up – and recent US politics could be the perfect inspiration
The greatest science fiction movies always leave us wanting to know more. Think Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, Blade Runner, Ex Machina or The Matrix. All are spiked with so much enigma – visions of the future that are only half-explained – that we finish the movie desperate for more information. Was Deckard a replicant? Who built and placed the monoliths? Where did the xenomorphs come from? Should Neo have taken the blue pill? These are the kinds of questions that fuel message board speculation for decades after the movie hit cinemas.
Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 stands up to any of the movies mentioned above in terms of its ability to create a living, breathing science fiction world that both wows the senses with its shocking differences from our own reality and inspires us to look at the inadequacies of our own societal structures. Blomkamp’s ingenious decision to blend the then-fresh found-footage style with racial satire amid the rancid slums of alternate reality South Africa marked out the 2009 film as a rare example of intelligent science fiction on the big screen. It put Sharlto Copley on Hollywood’s radar and briefly saw the director take on the mantle of coming man of futuristic cinema: the middling Elysium followed in 2013, with the underrated Chappie arriving in 2015, but, despite the latter returning us to the mean streets of Jo’burg, Blomkamp’s star never quite recovered its early sparkle.
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‘Real prospect’ 1998 attack by dissident republicans could have been thwarted, says Mr Justice Horner
Security forces had a “real prospect” of preventing the 1998 Omagh bombing – the deadliest atrocity of the Northern Ireland Troubles – a Belfast high court has ruled.
Mr Justice Horner recommended on Friday that the British and Irish governments each undertake human rights compliant investigations into the bombing, which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 220 people.
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At least nine states have considered ‘emergency power limitation’ legislation proposed by conservative organization Alec
Republican lawmakers across more than a dozen states are working to limit the powers of local health departments in ways experts say is likely to lead to “preventable tragedies” during disease outbreaks, including the Covid-19 pandemic.
The attempts to limit the emergency powers of public health agencies comes alongside harassment of individual public health workers, renewed concern about the spread of the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant, and a flagging US vaccination campaign.
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Going to space for fun? You should be taxed, lawmaker says. Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:03:43 EDT Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants passengers and businesses to be taxed for commercial flights to space that aren't for scientific purposes. Match ID: 50 Score: 30.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 politics
Someone tell Boris Johnson: you can’t bake your ‘oven-ready deal’ and then remove a key ingredient (even if it’s a sausage)
Ask a stupid question and you get a stupid answer. The Northern Ireland protocol is a stupid answer: it imposes a complex bureaucracy on the movement of ordinary goods across the Irish Sea. But it is the only possible response to a problem created by Boris Johnson. The reason it keeps coming around again and again, like a ghoul on a ghost train, is that it requires Johnson and his government to do something that goes against the grain of the whole Brexit project: to acknowledge that choices have costs.
There used to be a gameshow on American radio and TV called Truth or Consequences. It was so popular that a whole city in New Mexico is named after it. It’s where we live now. In each episode, the contestant was asked a deliberately daft question – and when they failed to answer it, they had to perform a zany or embarrassing stunt.
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Fact-checking Biden’s town hall on CNN Fri, 23 Jul 2021 03:00:58 EDT We looked into five claims the president made on topics such as covid-19, the economy and a new child tax credit. Match ID: 53 Score: 30.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 politics
Cross-party inquiry will consider if anti-discrimination laws are needed to help women at peak of careers
A parliamentary inquiry into the workplace treatment of women going through the menopause will examine if legislation goes far enough to address discrimination.
An invisible cohort: why are workplaces failing women going through the menopause? is being launched by the Commons cross-party women and equalities committee, and will draw up recommendations with a view to shaping policies to address gender equality, it has been announced.
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With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadership
Protesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.
Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “missing in action” on the climate crisis.
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Hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccinations
CDC offers no change in guidance on mask wearing
The US is “at another pivotal moment in this pandemic” as rising Covid-19 cases show no signs of abating, driven by the Delta variant, and some hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccination rates, government officials warned on Thursday.
The US government did not change its guidance on mask wearing, despite debates going on in the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about whether those who have been vaccinated should once again be officially advised to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread.
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The US is at another 'pivotal moment' in the pandemic as the Delta variant drives a big rise in new cases, said CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, who warned 'we are not out of the woods yet'. She added: 'The Delta variant is more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains,' she said. 'It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses that we know of and that I have seen in my 20-year career.'
TUC says high proportion of people who will be affected by planned £20-a-week benefit cut are in work
The south-west of England will have the highest proportion of low-income workers affected by a £20-a-week cut later this year in universal credit payments, according to analysis by the TUC that illustrates the widespread culture of low pay from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.
More than four in 10 universal credit claimants in the south-west have a low-paid job that qualifies them for benefits, a larger percentage than any other region, said the trade union body.
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Biden signs bill supporting service programs for crime victims Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:54:21 EDT “When someone commits a crime, it’s not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims,” Biden said in remarks at the White House Thursday. Match ID: 62 Score: 30.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 politics
A Former Olympian Discusses the Tribulations of Tokyo 2020 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:38:47 +0000 Angela Ruggiero, an Olympic gold medallist and a former member of the International Olympic Committee, discusses the merits of holding the Games in Tokyo. Match ID: 63 Score: 30.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 30.00 politics
The price of ‘freedom’ | New phrases | Genesis | Brexit plank | Spelling disaster
Let me get this right: lockdown was damaging the economy through the restrictions imposed on trade and commerce. So “freedom” is declared. But the accompanying upsurge of the Johnson variant and increase in infections, and ensuing “pingdemic”, brings the economy to its knees (Supermarkets struggle to stock shelves as ‘pingdemic’ havoc spreads, 21 July). Something wrong there, surely? David Walker Sheffield
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What Donald Trump has said about the Capitol rioters Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:38:11 EDT For the last two weeks of his presidency, he offered prepared remarks of condemnation. Everything since has been sympathetic. Match ID: 68 Score: 30.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 30.00 politics
Climate Change Committee head says firms must invest in ‘scaleable’ offsets such as carbon capture
The aviation industry must pay for costly carbon removal technologies rather than rely on using the planting of trees to claim they are reducing emissions, the head of the Climate Change Committee has said.
Chris Stark said aviation, unlike other transport sectors, was unlikely to meet targets for net zero by 2050. He said instead the industry had to use “scaleable” offsets that matched ongoing emissions into future decades, but that these should be used as a last resort after directly cutting emissions.
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Vaccine doubters’ strange fixation with Israel Thu, 22 Jul 2021 09:51:05 EDT Israel is a case study in the vaccine's efficacy. But a rise in cases has vaccine skeptics cherry-picking their data. Match ID: 70 Score: 30.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 30.00 politics
The vaccines minister has confirmed the government intends to go ahead with making Covid vaccination a condition for entry to nightclubs from September in England.
Nadhim Zahawi said that after a successful trial the government has rolled out the NHS Covid pass, which allows people to show their Covid status, whether proof of vaccination, test results or natural immunity.
He added the government reserved the right to make its use compulsory in future but confirmed MPs will get a vote on plans to use Covid passports
Care homes worst hit by Covid – search the data Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:26:04 GMT Figures from Care Quality Commission lay out the pandemic's 'devastating impact' on care homes in England. Match ID: 73 Score: 30.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 1 day qualifiers: 30.00 politics
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Can the Democrats Create a New Economic Model? Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:29:19 +0000 The Biden Administration and its allies on Capitol Hill are rejecting old ideas about trimming government spending and reducing the budget deficit. Match ID: 75 Score: 30.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 2 days qualifiers: 30.00 democrat
Biden’s ‘over his skis’ moment on Facebook Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:44:39 EDT Analyzing Biden's walk-back of his comment that platforms such as Facebook are "killing people." Match ID: 77 Score: 25.71 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 3 days qualifiers: 25.71 politics
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa was confirmed by Samoa’s court of appeal to be the country’s first female prime minister, ending the 22-year reign of the former leader
Samoa’s months-long political crisis has been brought to a close and the Pacific nation has its first female prime minister after a ruling of the country’s court of appeal this afternoon.
The Samoan court of appeal ruled that the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party was the official winner of the national election in April and the ad hoc swearing-in ceremony held by the party out the front of parliament, when FAST MPs were denied entry to the building, was legitimate.
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Africa's week in pictures: 16-22 July 2021 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:05:17 GMT A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond. Match ID: 79 Score: 25.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days qualifiers: 25.00 election
Australia and New Zealand stars can play for tier two nations
Neither country is sending a squad to the 2021 tournament
The prospect of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best players switching allegiance to play for other nations if this year’s World Cup goes ahead is “highly likely” according to the chief executive of the Australian players’ union.
The Australian Rugby League Commission and New Zealand Rugby League are adamant they will not be sending squads to compete in the tournament in England later this year due to player welfare concerns regarding Covid-19, with World Cup organisers spending the weekend in dialogue with government officials trying to determine whether or not to proceed without them, or whether to postpone the event for 12 months.
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Jabil Inc. said Friday it has set up a new $1 billion stock repurchase program, that will last through fiscal 2023. The buyback program represents 12.3% of the contract manufacturer's market capitalization of $8.11 billion as of Thursday's stock closing price of $55.62. "This $1 billion authorization reflects our belief in Jabil's ability to generate strong earnings and free cash flows," said Chief Executive Mark Mondello. The company said that since 2016, it has repurchased 63.6 million shares at an average price of $28.73, for a value of $1.83 billion. The stock has rallied 62.9% over the past 12 months through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has advanced 35.0%.
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Kimberly-Clark Corp. shares slid 3.9% in premarket trade Friday, after the consumer goods company missed earnings estimates for the second quarter and lowered its guidance, as higher costs and reduced demand for consumer tissue weighed. The company posted net income of $404 million, or $1.19 a share, in the quarter, down from $681 million, or $1.99 a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to $1.47, missing the $1.71 FactSet consensus. Sales edged up 2% to $4.722 billion from $4.612 billion, also below the $4.766 billion FactSet consensus. Chief Executive Mike Hsu said the numbers reflect continued pandemic-driven volatility. "We are facing significantly higher input costs and a reversal in consumer tissue volumes from record growth in the year ago period as consumers and retailers in North America continued to reduce home and retail inventory," Hsu said in a statement. "While we look forward to a return to a more normalized environment, we have moved decisively to take pricing actions to mitigate inflationary headwinds and continue to prudently manage costs." The company is now expecting full-year adjusted EPS of $6.65 to $6.90, down from prior guidance of $7.30 to $7.55. It expects sales to grow 1% to 4%, down from prior guidance of 3% to 5%. It also expects to complete a restructuring program in 2021 and to book charges of $2.0 billion to $2.1 billion. Shares have fallen 0.1% in the year through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 16%.
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Shares of Schlumberger Ltd. rallied 1.9% in premarket trading Friday, after the oil services company reported second-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, and said it expects the momentum of international activity growth is likely to continue in the face of concerns over potential resurgence of COVID-19-related disruptions. The company swung to net income of $431 million or 30 cents a share, from a loss of $3.43 billion, or $2.47 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share of 30 cents topped the FactSet consensus of 26 cents. Revenue rose 5% to $5.63 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $5.51 billion. All business segments topped revenue expectations, with revenue up 32% for digital and integration, up 8% for production systems and up 1% for well construction, but down 4% for reservoir performance. "[W]e believe the momentum of international activity growth that we experienced in the second quarter will continue as the cyclical recovery unfolds," said Chief Executive Olivier Le Peuch. "This view is supported by rig count trends, capital spending signals, and customer feedback." The stock has run up 28.2% year to date through Thursday, while the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF has climbed 23.8% and the S&P 500 has advanced 16.3%.
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Shares of Honeywell International Inc. gained 0.1% toward record territory in premarket trading Friday, after the aerospace and industrials company reported second-quarter profit and sales that beat expectations and raised the full-year outlook, citing a turnaround in several end markets hit hardest by the pandemic. Net income rose to $1.45 billion, or $2.04 a share, from $1.10 billion, or $1.53 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share of $2.02 beat the FactSet consensus of $1.94. Sales grew 17.8% to $8.81 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $8.64 billion. All business segments saw growth, while slight misses in aerospace and safety and productivity solutions sales were offset by beats in building technologies and performance materials and technologies. For 2021, the company raised its guidance ranges for adjusted EPS to $7.95 to $8.10 from $7.75 to $8.00 and for sales to $34.6 billion to $35.2 billion from $34.0 billion to $34.8 billion. "We are especially pleased to see a turnaround in several of our key end markets that were hardest hit by the pandemic, with commercial aerospace aftermarket and the UOP business returning to growth in the quarter," said Chief Executive Darius Adamczyk. The stock, which was on track to open above the June 1 record close of $232.95, has gained 9.4% year to date through Thursday while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 13.8%.
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Food delivery firm Zomato surges 65% in key India debut Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:09:54 +0000 Shares in Zomato, a Gurgaon-based food delivery company and first of India’s consumer tech startups to go public, closed up 65% in its debut day of trading in Mumbai, delivering a key insight into the appetite investors have for the world’s second largest internet market’s burgeoning startup ecosystem. Zomato’s shares traded all day above the […] Match ID: 86 Score: 15.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 15.00 executive
After a week of stories about the abuse of private spyware by governments around the world, Michael Safi rounds off our mini-series by looking at the global impact of the Pegasus project and what could change as a result
All this week Guardian journalists across the world have been reporting on a massive data leak: more than 50,000 phone numbers that, it is believed, have been identified as those of people of interest by clients of the spyware company NSO Group.
The leak has made people realise that without us really noticing, the world changed. There are now 3.8bn smartphones globally. They hear our most intimate conversations, hold our deepest secrets – each one can be a microphone and a camera, waiting to be switched on.
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In today’s episode, two princesses from the United Arab Emirates show up in our leaked records – and we look at whether powerful spyware is being used against UK citizens
In 2018, Princess Latifa, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, made a bid for freedom. Together with a Finnish fitness instructor and a French former spy, she fled the United Arab Emirates.
The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh tells Michael Safi that at the height of the escape drama, it can now be revealed, the mobile numbers for Latifa and some of her friends back home appeared on a database at the heart of the Pegasus project data investigation. Latifa was ultimately captured by Indian special forces and returned to Dubai. The UAE described it not as an escape attempt but as a kidnapping.
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The FTC Votes Unanimously to Enforce Right to Repair Wed, 21 Jul 2021 21:47:14 +0000 The move follows an executive order issued last week by the White House urging the agency to secure consumers' rights to fix their own gadgets. Match ID: 91 Score: 15.00 source: www.wired.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 15.00 executive
In the latest part of our mini-series, Michael Safi hears from Nina Lakhani on how 15,000 Mexicans including journalists and politicians appeared on a list of possible targets for surveillance
In March 2017, a 38-year-old freelance reporter named Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead in Altamirano, a town in the southern Mexican region of Tierra Caliente – a battleground for organised crime factions. His phone vanished from the crime scene. A few weeks earlier, a number connected to that phone had been selected as a possible surveillance target by a client of the spyware company NSO group.
The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani tells Michael Safi that this story is illustrative of the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico. The mobile numbers of 15,000 Mexicans including politicians, judges, activists and teachers appear in the data leak of possible surveillance targets. Included in that are at least 50 people linked to Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador – his wife, children, aides and doctor. Appearing on the leaked list does not mean that a number was attacked, or that an infection was attempted and NSO insists the database has “no relevance” to the company.
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Just days after President Biden demanded that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia shut down ransomware groups attacking American targets, the most aggressive of the groups suddenly went off-line early Tuesday.
Gone was the publicly available “happy blog” the group maintained, listing some of its victims and the group’s earnings from its digital extortion schemes. Internet security groups said the custom-made sites - think of them as virtual conference rooms — where victims negotiated with REvil over how much ransom they would pay to get their data unlocked also disappeared. So did the infrastructure for making payments...
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Global Democracies Need to Align to Fight Disinformation Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000 Before authoritarians pollute the 2022 midterms, the US and EU must build a blueprint for democratic internet governance. Match ID: 100 Score: 12.14 source: www.wired.com age: 16 days qualifiers: 7.86 midterms, 4.29 democrat
Video Friday: Fluidic Fingers Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:14:00 GMT Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Match ID: 101 Score: 10.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 6 days qualifiers: 10.71 election
O2 Academy, Bournemouth The three-time Mercury prize nominees seemed stunned by the deafening reception at their first non-socially distanced show in two years
From the second you walk into Bournemouth’s O2 Academy, it’s clear that gigs are not as they once were. An hour before Wolf Alice are due to take the stage for their first full, non-socially distanced live show in nearly two years, the atmosphere already feels more like an evening’s sweaty climax. People are cheering everything, including the roadie who comes on stage to say “one-two-one-two” into the microphones and the music playing through the PA: each song is greeted by a bellow of enthusiasm and a mass singalong.
Under the circumstances, you get the feeling that Wolf Alice could come on stage and read out Stalin’s speech to the 1939 Soviet Communist party congress – in the original Russian – and still get a reaction like the Beatles got at Shea Stadium. Instead, they play a set heavy on songs from their new album: over half of Blue Weekend – nominated, like every album Wolf Alice have thus far released, for the Mercury prize – gets an airing.
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Weak US Privacy Law Hurts America’s Global Standing Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Unrestrained data collection and selling doesn’t just harm citizens at home. It’s terrible foreign policy. Match ID: 105 Score: 8.57 source: www.wired.com age: 3 days qualifiers: 8.57 congress
Today's Cyberattacks Foreshadow Wars to Come Wed, 24 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT SolarWinds, the Florida water treatment hack, even Texas's grid outage: These are what threats to a nation's cybersecurity look like Match ID: 106 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 121 days qualifiers: 4.29 politics, 2.14 executive, 1.43 congress
4G on the Moon: One Small Leap, One Giant Step Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:26:00 GMT Nokia Bell Labs and NASA team up to bring wireless networks to the moon Match ID: 107 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 262 days qualifiers: 3.57 election, 2.14 executive, 2.14 elections
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QAnon Pivots Its Exiled Online Movement to the Real World Thu, 08 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000 The conspiracists might have been deplatformed, but their movement is shifting into local elections and events. Match ID: 109 Score: 5.71 source: www.wired.com age: 15 days qualifiers: 3.57 election, 2.14 elections
The Guardian follows Guilherme Boulos, who ran against Bolsonaro in the last elections, as he leads thousands through the streets of São Paulo, calling for the country’s president to be impeached.
The pressure is mounting on Bolsonaro as he faces a scandal over allegedly corrupt Covid vaccine deals and public rage over his handling of a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people.
Boulos has helped lead and organise two mass demonstrations already in the past month and will be at the forefront of a third protest this Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out.
Real Diplomacy Is a Start, but the US Needs to Make Putin Pay Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:13:21 +0000 Biden's summit with Putin marked a quantum leap forward, but there's still little standing in the way from Russia interfering in future US elections. Match ID: 112 Score: 5.71 source: www.wired.com age: 35 days qualifiers: 3.57 election, 2.14 elections
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many countries have brought in rules, and even laws, requiring people to wear face masks to help contain the spread of the virus. But as restrictions are being lifted globally, many governments are loosening the rules around mandatory face coverings.
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Gasoline is up and GOP sees an easy target: Biden Sun, 04 Jul 2021 05:50:14 EST Americans are hitting the road as strong economic growth pushes up oil prices, and Republicans are trying to pin pump prices on Biden's energy policies. Match ID: 115 Score: 4.29 source: www.politico.com age: 19 days qualifiers: 4.29 republican
Can technology improve the way we meditate? At the University of Arizona, Dr Jay Sanguinetti and master meditator Shinzen Young are using ultrasound to improve our ability to achieve mindfulness – as well as enhance our cognition and wellbeing. They believe it could revolutionise the way we treat those with depression and trauma. But as investors from Silicon Valley become interested in the technology, the pair are fighting to make sure the device is used in the right way and for the right reasons.
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Retro meets retrofit: The Novespace Air Zero G aircraft is seen here next to Douglas the 1962 VW Transporter. The two are in Paderborn, Germany for the 76th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign.
The refitted A310 Air Zero G aircraft flies in parabolas that offer teams from various research institutes and universities altered states of gravity to perform experiments and technology demonstrations. Experiments span many disciplines including complex fluidics and human physiology, and this campaign is no exception.
Running from 25 June to 1 July, the 76th campaign features an experiment studying the effect of gravity on hydrodynamics to better protect spacecraft and science instruments from the temperature fluctuations in space; a study on how immune cells flow under the stress of spaceflight; an experiment studying spinal stiffness under microgravity to mitigate lumbar pain for both astronauts and patients on Earth, to name a few.
A typical parabolic flight campaign involves three flights and requires a week of on-site preparation. Each flight offers 31 periods of weightlessness. The aircraft can also fly in arcs that provide lunar or martian gravity levels by adjusting the angle of attack of the wings. Each flight of this particular campaign will split the gravity states, flying one third of parabolas at martian-G, one third at lunar-G, and one third at zero-G.
The aircraft flies close to maximum speed and pulls the nose up to a 45° angle, then cuts the power to fall over the top of the curve. Whilst falling freely the passengers and experiments experience around 20 seconds of microgravity, until the plane is angled 45° nose-down, before pulling out of the dive to level off with normal flight.
These “pull up” and “pull out” manoeuvres before and after the weightless period increase gravity inside the plane up to 2g, but that is just part of the ride, repeated every three minutes for almost two hours.
The campaign is the fourth to take place under Covid-19 restrictions. Despite measures loosening across Europe, participants and coordinators adapted to safety measures: PCR tests were required to enter Germany, as well as rapid antigen or RT LAMP tests each day for every participant. Facilities on the ground as well as on board are adapted to allow for social distancing and cleanliness requirements. Surgical masks are worn at all times, and movement is restricted during the flights.
University students can also take part in a parabolic flight campaign thanks to the ESA Education Office’s Fly Your Thesis! programme. Masters and PhD students can propose their experiment, and upon selection, will be supported in preparing their experiment for the campaign by ESA Academy, ESA and Novespace experts. The 2022 Call for Proposals is now open.
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U.S. Transportation Officials Seek Alternative Tech for GPS Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT Ten years after decommissioning the previous backup to the country’s global satellite fleet, government agencies are taking steps to create a new one Match ID: 124 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 455 days qualifiers: 2.14 executive, 1.43 congress
Sabrewing Cargo Drone Rises to Air Force Challenge Fri, 01 May 2020 14:38:00 GMT The Rhaegal cargo drone pivots to new possible military missions under a U.S. Air Force contract Match ID: 130 Score: 2.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 448 days qualifiers: 2.14 executive
What If Regulating Facebook Fails? Fri, 02 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 It seems increasingly likely that antitrust and content moderation tools aren’t up to the task. Here’s what we do next. Match ID: 131 Score: 1.43 source: www.wired.com age: 21 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress
Hanford Has a Radioactive Capsule Problem Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:00:00 GMT Researchers still don’t have a way to neutralize the former nuclear-weapons complex’s 1,936 capsules of radioactive cesium and strontium Match ID: 134 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 310 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress
Here’s Where and How We Think China Will Land on Mars Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:13:00 GMT China’s 2020 HX-1 Mars mission will draw on previous lunar explorations and human spaceflights Match ID: 136 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 484 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress