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New Jersey emerges as another coronavirus hotspot in US - channel 4

New Jersey emerges as another coronavirus hotspot in US

In the United States - President Trump has predicted a surging number of deaths - as his surgeon general warned this would be "the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives", calling it a 'Pearl Harbour moment'.
channel 4 - 5 minutes ago
Health Secretary says social distancing “mission critical” amid people flouting rules over good weather - channel 4

Health Secretary says social distancing “mission critical” amid people flouting rules over good weather

Following social distancing rules is "mission critical", the Health secretary Matt Hancock has said - warning those flouting the rules were risking their own lives, and the lives of others.
channel 4 - 10 minutes ago
“I want to work constructively with the government”, says new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - channel 4

“I want to work constructively with the government”, says new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

The new Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to work with Boris Johnson "in the national interest" through the coronavirus crisis, saying he would support the Government if they decided to ban outdoor exercise.
channel 4 - 11 minutes ago
‘We will WHIP YOU’: Police employ no-nonsense measures to force Covid-19 lawbreakers to self-isolate in Zambia - rt

‘We will WHIP YOU’: Police employ no-nonsense measures to force Covid-19 lawbreakers to self-isolate in Zambia

Some people just don’t get it when it comes to bans on partying and loitering amid the Covid-19 pandemic — you’ve certainly heard of this type in your country. Zambia’s police just found a “creative” way to force them to comply.
rt - 58 minutes ago
The Corvid-19 quiz: Test your knowledge of the birds, not Covid-19 - quartz

The Corvid-19 quiz: Test your knowledge of the birds, not Covid-19

No, Google, I want Corvid-19—not Covid-19.
quartz - 1 hour ago
Waitrose workers ‘told they must pay back time taken off sick if they self-isolate’ - metro

Waitrose workers ‘told they must pay back time taken off sick if they self-isolate’

The whistleblower warned that staff who could not afford to stay at home might come in and spread the virus to members of the public.
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New York Might Be Very Near or at Coronavirus Peak, Governor Says - vice

New York Might Be Very Near or at Coronavirus Peak, Governor Says

Deaths and new infections decreased slightly for the first time since the crisis began. That doesn't mean you should outside.
vice - 3 hours ago
Why Covid-19 has resulted in New Jersey desperately needing COBOL programmers - quartz

Why Covid-19 has resulted in New Jersey desperately needing COBOL programmers

Of course, they're likely to be well over 60 years old.
quartz - 3 hours ago
Some good news! Number of people who’ve RECOVERED from Covid-19 passes quarter of a million - rt

Some good news! Number of people who’ve RECOVERED from Covid-19 passes quarter of a million

Perhaps the most under-reported statistic in the entire coronavirus pandemic passed an important milestone on Sunday as 250,000 were marked as having recovered from the illness.
rt - 4 hours ago
Covid-19 hotspot Italy rolls out plan for ‘living with the virus’ once peak has passed - rt

Covid-19 hotspot Italy rolls out plan for ‘living with the virus’ once peak has passed

Rome is set to cautiously relax some of its lockdown restrictions when the pandemic slows down or stops its spread, while at the same time boosting health services to keep coronavirus at bay.
rt - 6 hours ago
Woman arrested for ‘punching nurse in stomach and spitting at security guards’ - metro

Woman arrested for ‘punching nurse in stomach and spitting at security guards’

The 58-year-old has been charged with three assaults on emergency service workers.
metro - 6 hours ago
Warning against DIY treatments after head lice drug ‘stops coronavirus growing’ - metro

Warning against DIY treatments after head lice drug ‘stops coronavirus growing’

A study found the drug Ivermectin - which is usually used to treat head lice - stops coronavirus growing in cell culture.
metro - 7 hours ago
Mars Perseverance rover kitted out with new wheels & brakes as mission looms (PHOTOS) - rt

Mars Perseverance rover kitted out with new wheels & brakes as mission looms (PHOTOS)

With its scheduled launch date now looming large, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has been kitted out with slick new wheels and brakes to help it cope with the Red Planet’s rough terrain.
rt - 7 hours ago
What is Palm Sunday and is it linked to Easter? - metro

What is Palm Sunday and is it linked to Easter?

It is comes towards the end of the Lenten period.
metro - 8 hours ago
Man, 20, arrested for wiping his spit on goods at Lidl - metro

Man, 20, arrested for wiping his spit on goods at Lidl

The man wore a face mask and gloves but removed them to lick his fingers and 'purposefully' touch items, police said.
metro - 8 hours ago
Spanish PM says EU survival is at stake in war against coronavirus as Spain becomes Europe’s most infected nation - rt

Spanish PM says EU survival is at stake in war against coronavirus as Spain becomes Europe’s most infected nation

As Spain becomes Europe’s most infected country, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has sent a forceful message to Brussels, warning that the European Union will fail if it gets its handling of the Covid-19 crisis wrong.
rt - 9 hours ago
Spain registers fewer than 700 new coronavirus-related deaths as daily fatalities show signs of slowing - rt

Spain registers fewer than 700 new coronavirus-related deaths as daily fatalities show signs of slowing

Spain's death toll from Covid-19 has risen by 674 in the last 24-hours, the country’s health ministry reported, marking few deaths than previous days. The amount of newly-confirmed cases has also fallen by around 1,000.
rt - 9 hours ago
‘Low-risk’ businesses in Iran will start operating within a week, Rouhani says - rt

‘Low-risk’ businesses in Iran will start operating within a week, Rouhani says

Some commerce and industries in Iran will likely be able to resume activities in a week’s time, President Hassan Rouhani has announced, signaling that the Islamic Republic has survived the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
rt - 12 hours ago
‘Profound lack of human decency’: Oliver Stone tears into US govt over Iran & Venezuela sanctions amid Covid-19 crisis - rt

‘Profound lack of human decency’: Oliver Stone tears into US govt over Iran & Venezuela sanctions amid Covid-19 crisis

The United States government has revealed its contempt for human compassion and global solidarity by refusing to lift draconian sanctions on Iran and Venezuela during the Covid-19 crisis, director Oliver Stone has argued.
rt - 13 hours ago
‘I may take it’: Trump urges India to lift ban on export of anti-malaria drug questionably touted as Covid-19 cure - rt

‘I may take it’: Trump urges India to lift ban on export of anti-malaria drug questionably touted as Covid-19 cure

Touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19 and saying he would take it himself despite the risks, US President Donald Trump has urged PM Narendra Modi to lift a ban on its exports from India.
rt - 15 hours ago
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Bloomberg is playing by the rules. And that’s the problem

Bloomberg is playing by the rules. And that’s the problem

quartz - 1 month ago
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Michael Bloomberg, the wily billionaire hoping to dethrone Donald Trump as US president, took a beating this week while making his first appearance in a Democratic Party primary debate.

It might not matter. Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, who absolutely throttled the former New York mayor onstage, noted afterwards that Bloombergs poor showing was unlikely to derail his campaign in the long term.

Ill bet hes reaching in his pocket and spending $100 million more on advertising to try and erase everyones memory of what happened last night, Warren said the following morning.

To her point, Bloombergs well-paid staff of video editors managed to quickly spin a version of the debate that made it look like he did alright. It was so surprising given the reality of his performance that rumors quickly spread online that the video was a so-called deep fake. It wasnt. It was just the kind of modern spin that one of the worlds richest men (ninth richest, to be exact) can easily afford.

American elections are unusual in that the US government imposes few limits on outside contributions to campaigns, and no limits on campaign spending. And while the freedom a candidate has to use their own funds is denied or highly regulated in most democracies, in the US it is not.

This presents a problem. A wealthy candidate can afford more TV, print, and online advertisingnot to mention a better staffthan a rival who depends mostly on outside contributions. In the case of a billionaire like Bloomberg, whose net worth exceeds $60 billion, the problem becomes stratospheric.

Bloomberg joined the race in Novembera late start. By the end of January, he had spent over $400 million, more than the top four frontrunners combined. Vermont senator Bernie Sanders had spent close to $120 million, Warren a little over $90 million. Both of them rely almost entirely on small, individual donations.

Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has fared surprisingly well so far. Yet his campaign is close to going broke. In a recent fundraising plea, he noted the following: We are now also up against a billionaire who is throwing colossal sums of money on television instead of doing the work of campaigning. Its hard to compete against that.

It might seem unfair. But Bloomberg is playing by the rules. And that is the real problem.

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