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Another tricky week for my mental health but a saucepan hat helped | John Crace

I’ve catalogued my books, next it’s the ceramics. Thank goodness for the arrival of this year’s WisdenIn the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, each NHS trust would send out individual emails of the number of people who had died. Now the daily totals are approaching the 1,000 mark, we are down to one global email per day. It feels as if so many people are losing their individual identity and just becoming a statistic. So to redress the balance a little, I would like to tell you about Pete, ...
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Twitter Users Point Out Problem With Melania Trump's Coronavirus Mask Messaging

"Tell that to your old man before you tell it to us," one person responded to the first lady.
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Trump insults WSJ as 'fake news,' boasts of his coronavirus TV ratings while Americans die

I regret to inform you that impeached and clearly nuts U.S. president Donald Trump is at it again. There's a pandemic on, but that won't stop his flamboyant abuse. Here is his latest, from late in the afternoon on Thursday, White House time. The Wall Street Journal always “forgets” to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are “through the roof” (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes ) & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views a...
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UK lockdown could end 'with sector-by-sector plan' for firms

Industries like manufacturing could return to normal before entertainment companies, according to Whitehall sourcesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are looking at ending the coronavirus lockdown with a “gradual sector-by-sector approach” that could see vital industries such as manufacturing get back to work before less critical ones like entertainment, according to Whitehall sources.Two officials said one of the main options being explored for ending the lock...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Economic policy, Manufacturing sector, Whitehall, Coronavirus outbreak


'We're not done yet': coronavirus lockdown must continue over Easter, says Raab – video

Dominic Raab has said the UK must not ease up on lockdown measures going into the Easter weekend. 'Thank you for your sacrifice but we’re not done yet,' he told the public. 'We must keep going.' The lockdown measures were introduced with a three-week review, which is due next weekUK coronavirus liveLockdowns can't end until Covid-19 vaccine found, study says Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Raab, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus outbreak


Blindsided: how coronavirus felled the global economy in 100 days

A singular event has economists asking the same questions as everyone else: how far is there to fall – and can we ever get back?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is New Year’s Eve 2019 and around the world stock markets are closing for business on a high note. Shares in the US are up by almost 30% on the year, those in Japan by 18%. Even in Britain, where the mood has been dampened by months of Brexit uncertainty, the FTSE 100 has risen by 12%.Overall, it had been th...
Tags: Health, Business, Japan, Politics, China, US, International Trade, Economics, UK News, World news, Stock Markets, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Economic policy, Healthcare Industry


UK coronavirus lockdown likely to be extended, says cabinet minister

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden says measures will be reviewed but unlikely to be easedCoronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The coronavirus lockdown measures are likely to be extended beyond three weeks, a cabinet minister has said, as senior politicians prepare to hold a meeting to review the restrictions.Boris Johnson spent a third night in intensive care with the coronavirus on Wednesday, with Downing Street saying he “continued to make steady progress”. Continue read...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Coronavirus outbreak, Oliver Dowden


UK Covid-19 lockdown 'to be extended beyond next week'

Ministers voice concern Easter weekend could see change in public behaviourCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Raab is expected to signal that stringent lockdown measures must remain in place beyond next week, in the first key government decision to be taken while the prime minister remains in intensive care.The death toll from coronavirus is continuing to rise daily, with 938 UK fatalities announced on Wednesday – close to the highest daily figures reported in It...
Tags: Politics, UK, Spain, UK News, Italy, Raab, Coronavirus outbreak


Trump calls dibs on outer space with his latest executive order

Donald Trump‘s latest executive order comes straight out of science fiction: He’s officially called dibs on outer space. All of it. The order, titled “Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources,” calls for an international effort to determine how we should all divvy up outer space. On the surface that sounds like a good idea. The US is on the verge of setting up a permanent Moon base and now seems like a great time to sort out the economical and financial logis...
Tags: Startups, Space, Politics, White House, US, Tech, United States, Moon, Donald Trump, Trump


'Please quarantine politicizing COVID,' says Dr. Tedros on Trump, ‘We will have many body bags’

Replying to a question from ScienceInsider about impeached US President Donald Trump's anti-World Heath Organization comments, the WHO's Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus replied, “Please quarantine politicizing COVID.” “We will have many body bags in front of us if we don’t behave,” Dr. Tedros added. From Jon Cohen's story for ScienceInsider: Tedros also indirectly addressed Trump’s criticisms of China’s early handling of the pandemic and claims that WHO is too accommodating to the Chinese gove...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, China, US, World news, US news, Virus, Public Health, United States, Who, World Health Organization, Outbreak, Donald Trump, Trump, Epidemic


Coronavirus crisis has transformed our view of what’s important | Jonathan Freedland

After 100 days of rapid change we now see we can do without celebrities but not shelf-stackers“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”So said Vladimir Ilyich Lenin of the ferment of revolution, but he could just as easily have been talking about the 100 days that have passed since the moment coronavirus officially became a global phenomenon, the day China reported the new contagion to the World Health Organization. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, China, UK News, Boris Johnson, Jonathan Freedland, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, World Health Organization Continue, Coronavirus outbreak


Boris Johnson improving and sitting up in bed, chancellor says

PM ‘engaging positively’ but still in intensive care, according to update on his condition Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson remains in intensive care but his condition is improving and he is sitting up in his hospital bed, the chancellor has said.Rishi Sunak said the prime minister was “engaging positively” with medical staff as he gave an update on Johnson’s condition at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading...
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UK coronavirus live: record daily death toll of 938, as Rishi Sunak says Boris Johnson is 'sitting up in bed'

Prime minister ‘improving’ in intensive care, says chancellor, as he announces £750m package for charitiesJohnson to stay in hospital amid concerns about political vacuumGlobal coronavirus updates – liveUK schools will not reopen straight after Easter, officials sayVolunteering: how can I help in the UK?See all of our coronavirus coverage 6.10pm BST Live updates continue on our global blog: Related: Coronavirus live news: global trade forecast to fall by up to a third as US sees highest on...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, London, US, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Axel Scheffler, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus outbreak, Graham Medley


Union calls for cash payment ban on UK buses over coronavirus

Move will reduce risk of infection for drivers during pandemic, says UniteCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCash payments on all UK buses should be abolished for the duration of the coronavirus crisis to reduce the risk of driver infection, the union representing bus workers has demanded.Unite called on Wednesday for an end to cash payments on all the bus systems still operating across the UK to help drive down infection rates, particularly as the country enters the pre...
Tags: Politics, UK, Money, UK News, World news, Consumer affairs, Trade unions, Northern Ireland, Transport, Unite, Transport policy, Bus fares, Coronavirus outbreak


How California has contained coronavirus — and New York has not

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the country, a surprising trend has emerged: California, an early hot spot that logged its first infection in January, has seen its outbreak grow far slower than other states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that didn’t even record a case until last month. New York, with about half California’s population, marked its first COVID-19 infection March 1. That same day, its mayor urged residents on Twitter to “get out on the town” while his San Francisco counterpa...
Tags: Health, Politics, New York, London, News, California, Washington, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Atlantic, Soccer, New Jersey, Italy


How California slowed the spread of coronavirus compared to New York

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the country, a surprising trend has emerged: California, an early hot spot that logged its first infection in January, has seen its outbreak grow far slower than other states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that didn’t even record a case until last month. New York, with about half California’s population, marked its first COVID-19 infection March 1. That same day, its mayor urged residents on Twitter to “get out on the town” while his San Francisco counterpa...
Tags: Health, Politics, New York, London, News, California, Washington, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Atlantic, Soccer, New Jersey, Italy


Bernie Sanders ends his historic campaign for the presidency

On Wednesday, two-time Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders announced that he would conclude his bid for the party’s nomination, marking an end to a deeply influential political campaign that championed systemic progressive reforms and reframed the nation’s political conversation as a whole. “I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour,” Sanders said in a livestream Wednesda...
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UK coronavirus live: Rishi Sunak gives government briefing, as death toll reaches 7,097, a record daily rise of 938

Boris Johnson sitting up in bed in intensive care, says chancellor, as he announces £750m package for charitiesJohnson to stay in hospital amid concerns about political vacuumGlobal coronavirus updates – liveAt a glance: latest developmentsVolunteering: how can I help in the UK?See all of our coronavirus coverage 5.32pm BST Sunak said there will be a Cobra meeting on Thursday chaired by the first secretary of state, Dominic Raab, with the devolved administrations to discuss the approach to r...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, London, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus outbreak, Sunak


Bernie Sanders Suspends Presidential Campaign

Joe Biden is now the presumptive Democratic Party nominee.
Tags: Politics, News, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party


Sen. Bernie Sanders Drops Out of Presidential Race

Sen. Bernie Sanders has ended his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, clearing the path for former Vice President Joe Biden to face off against President Trump in November. Sanders, the maverick independent from Vermont, announced his decision shortly before noon ET on Wednesday via a live webcast from Burlington, Vt. Sanders told supporters that […]
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Sen. Bernie Sanders Set To Drop Out of Presidential Race

Sen. Bernie Sanders is poised to end his quest to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, clearing the path for former Vice President Joe Biden to face off against President Donald Trump in November. Sanders, the maverick independent from Vermont, is set to speak today at 11:45 a.m. ET via live webcast. The New York Times, […]
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UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson 'responding to treatment' in intensive care; Wales to extend lockdown

London mayor says capital has ‘capacity to deal with our needs’, as Cambridge University sets up new testing labJohnson to stay in hospital amid concerns about political vacuumGlobal coronavirus updates – liveAt a glance: latest developmentsVolunteering: how can I help in the UK?See all of our coronavirus coverage 2.30pm BST The number of deaths linked to coronavirus in a hospital setting in Northern Ireland has risen to 78, with five more reported on Wednesday. There were 84 new confirmed c...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, London, Wales, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Cambridge University, Public Health Agency, Coronavirus outbreak


Brexit: UK plan to agree trade deal by December is fantasy, says EU

Leaked letter reveals scale of bloc’s inability to function during coronavirus outbreakCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson’s plan to seal a deal with Brussels on the future relationship with the UK by December has been described as “fantasy land” by EU officials, as a leaked letter revealed the scale of the bloc’s inability to function during the coronavirus pandemic.The EU council headquarters, where member states’ positions are coordinated, is only able to...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Johnson, Brexit, Trade Policy


What elements make up our idea of justice?

How can we ensure people get what they are due, in terms of justice?Philosophy professor at University of Arizona, David Schmidtz says the answer to this question needs context. Who is the person we're referring to, and to what are we responding?Some elements of justice include equality, returning favors, and the right to air grievances.
Tags: Politics, Crime, Justice, Parenting, Children, Democracy, Life, Society, United States, Innovation, Speech, Inequality, Criminal Justice, University of Arizona David Schmidtz


Coronavirus: Trump threatens to cut off US funding to World Health Organisation

Donald Trump has threatened to cut off US funding to the World Health Organisation - accusing it of "missing the call" on the coronavirus pandemic. The US president claimed the UN health agency has made errors of judgement in its handling of COVID-19 . Beijing is another major financial contributor to the UN health agency, prompting critics to claim that the WHO lacks the independence needed to properly fulfil its role.
Tags: Politics, News, US, Beijing, Who, Un, World Health Organisation, Donald Trump, Trump, COVID


...and people in hell want ice water.

Gun stores being deemed "essential" has got the usual suspects all assmad about it.The head of Everytown for Gun Grabbing was given an op-ed at CNN.com to have his hissy fit:"Much is still unknown about Covid-19, but one thing is certain: Owning a gun does not make you any safer from it. But that didn't stop the Trump administration from caving to the firearm industry by treating gun store workers just like the real frontline responders-- police, doctors, nurses-- in new advisory guidelines issu...
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Some on LA City Council back blanket evictions ban amid coronavirus crisis

A pair of Los Angeles City Council leaders on Tuesday, April 7, revived an effort to ban evictions in Los Angeles during the novel coronavirus crisis, pointing to initial confusion and reports of error-filled instructions from landlords in the days after rent came due at the first of the month. Landlords would be prevented from taking steps to evict tenants, unless it is for a public health and safety reason, during the coronavirus emergency period, under an ordinance proposed by councilmembers ...
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Trump Goes Full Conspiracy Theory About Wisconsin’s Coronavirus Concerns

In an unhinged briefing, the president insisted that mail-in voting is corrupt and that Democrats wanted to move the election to hurt the GOP.
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New US Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany ran a racist, right-wing conspiracy blog

I’m about three hours into a deep wallow in new US Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s blog and – spoiler alert – it’s a hot mess full of racism, Islamophobia, and right-wing conspiracy theories. The website – whose name changed from RealReaganConservative.Com to PoliticalProspect.com – appears to have gone into “maintenance mode” back in 2016, which of course coincides with Trump’s election. It appears McEnany had a lot to say about African Americans, liberals, Muslims (with a specific emphasis ...
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Coronavirus: Wisconsin defies its own lockdown to vote

Wisconsin is the first state to hold a major election despite a state-wide stay home order.
Tags: Politics, News, Wisconsin