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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 - 46 minutes 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.
metro - 2 hours ago
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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 6 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.
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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.
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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 - 7 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 11 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 - 11 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 - 14 hours ago
Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia - quartz

Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia

A two-week internet blackout in 2019 under prime minister Abiy is estimated to have cost the country $66.9 million.
quartz - 15 hours ago
Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor - rt

Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor

The man who killed two people and injured five in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère had the aim of “seriously disturbing public order by intimidation or terror,” the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said.
rt - 20 hours ago
Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March - quartz

Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March

They are the hardest hit of the hard-hit "leisure and hospitality" category.
quartz - 20 hours ago
Lottery jackpots are being reduced as the coronavirus crisis hits ticket sales - quartz

Lottery jackpots are being reduced as the coronavirus crisis hits ticket sales

Powerball and Mega Millions will use ticket sales and interest rates to determine future jackpots.
quartz - 22 hours ago
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Trump Is Peddling

Trump Is Peddling 'Woke' Merch Now to Black Voters

vice - 1 month ago

Remember Donald Trump's eloquent appeal to black voters in 2016: "What the hell do you have to lose?" This time his campaign is focusing more on a single word: woke.

As part of their effort to win black voters, the Trump campaign will open 15 “community centers” — replete with Woke merch and messages — in vacant retail stores in Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Milwaukee, Miami, and Philadelphia, as early as next month. The spaces will feature TVs and literature outlining Trump’s record on issues like criminal justice reform and school choice, and they’ll also host celebrity meet-and-greets, amid an array of Trump-branded merch, including sweatshirts and hats with the word “woke” embroidered on them.

Black folks who find themselves curious about the Trump platform are encouraged to text “woke” to Trump’s campaign number — we tried it and it just asks the sender to reply to “stand with Trump against the fake news” and take a basic survey.

It’s all part of the campaign’s “Black Voices for Trump” initiative, led by senior Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson.

“Last time it was ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’” White House senior adviser and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner told reporters in Virginia on Wednesday. Kushner has been one of the president’s key advisors on criminal justice reform, one of the platforms that Trump is touting to undecided black voters.

“Now, we’re going to show them what they’ve gained from President Trump and what more they could gain if they get more four years,” Kushner said.

Black voters in the U.S. have historically sided with the Democratic Party for nearly six decades and have become one of the party’s most consistent voter bases. It is currently the most contested vote in the upcoming South Carolina Democratic primary.

In 2016, Trump captured just 8% of black voters in the general election. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale told reporters that they want to at least double black turnout for Trump in the 2020 election by engaging parts of the country that previous Republican campaigns have ignored.

"You’re never going to get the votes you don’t ask for," Kushner said. “This is really more than a toe in the water. It’s a whole foot in the water.”

Trump has wanted to court the black voter since he first ran for president. During a rally in Dimondale, Michigan, in 2016, he told a mostly white audience he’d be able to capture 95% of the black vote by the end of his first term. Last November, Trump attended a rally in Atlanta to kick off the “Black Voices For Trump” initiative. The rally featured a number of Trump’s high-profile black supporters, including Pastor Darrell Scott, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. Earlier this month, Trump ran Super Bowl ads featuring Alice Johnson, the formerly incarcerated woman who Trump pardoned in June 2018.

It’s not looking great for Trump in 2020. On the same day the campaign announced the Trump-branded community centers, the Public Religion Research Institute published a study showing that 77 percent of black Americans hold mostly or very unfavorable views of the president. A poll conducted by Hill-HarrisX last November predicted that 85 percent of African Americans would vote for the Democratic candidate regardless of who the nominee is.

Cover: In this Jan. 16, 2020, photo, from left, attendees of a black voter outreach event held by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign at Philadelphia’s First Immanuel Baptist Church assemble for a group picture after the discussion. Trump’s reelection campaign is reaching out to black voters through one of their communities’ most important institutions — black churches. (AP Photo/Elana Schor)

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