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THE WEEK 05/26/2020 02:35
Brazil now has the world's second-largest outbreak of COVID-19, , putting it a distant No. 2 to the U.S. and its 1.66 million cases. "President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister, and the media," . With one notable exception, he "has avoided acknowledging the potential effects of his actions, particularly in undermining local leaders' stay-at-home recommendations.". The exception was in mid-April. "Reopening commerce is a risk I run because, if it (the virus) gets worse, then it lands in my lap," Bolsonaro said while introducing his , a general with no previous health experience. Less than two weeks later, as Brazil's death toll shot up,
THE WEEK 05/26/2020 02:03
With the help of a few colleagues and a lot of chalk, Kim Gaddie was able to honor the University of Oklahoma's Class of 2020. Together, the crew wrote the names of every graduating senior in the spot where they would have lined up for commencement. With more than 4,000 graduates, the names fill the sidewalk. "It was just a small gesture that we felt like we could do for them to say, 'Hey, we're thinking about you. We care about you. We know this is important,'" Gaddie, an associate senior fellow at the university's Headington College,. Students who live nearby have offered to snap photos of the names for their classmates who had to return home out of state. One of those graduates, Dana Antinozzi of Texas, was so moved by what Gaddie and her.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 21:28
Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is rebuffing calls for his resignation and refusing to apologize for traveling with his family in March and April amid the country's coronavirus lockdown. During a press conference on Monday, Cummings admitted that he drove 264 miles from London to his parents' house in Durham with March.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 19:28
President Trump spent part of Memorial Day taking shots at Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.), calling him an "American fraud," misrepresenting his voting record, and spelling his name wrong, all in one tweet. Lamb, a Marine Corps veteran, represents Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District. The state's primary is next week, and Trump took the opportunity to praise his opponent, Republican combat veteran Sean Parnell, by slamming Lamb. "Sean Parnell is an American Hero," "Connor Lamm has proven to be an American fraud, and a puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi. He said he would NOT Vote for her for Speaker, and did. Will kill 2A. Voted to impeach (on nothing). A TOTAL & COMPLETE Sean Parnell Endorsement!". Lamb was one of more than a dozen Democrats to a.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 18:40
Virgin Orbit, the company founded by Richard Branson with the aim of launching smaller satellites, tried unsuccessfully on Monday to launch a rocket off the coast of Southern California. It was the company's first test launch of a new rocket, which had been in development for five years, The rocket was released from a jet dubbed Cosmic Girl, and dropped over the Pacific Ocean.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 13:48
The World Health Organization is temporarily halting a study on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as potential COVID-19 treatments due to safety concerns. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the decision on Monday, after a study published in medical journal suggested COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were more likely to die, reports.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 08:50
1. President Trump on Sunday said the United States would deny entry by foreigners traveling from Brazil, after a surge in coronavirus cases made the South American nation one of the world's hotspots. Brazil now has more than 22,000 deaths and 347,000 confirmed cases, the second most after the U.S., which has recorded nearly 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. Trump had already banned some travelers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Iran, but not from Russia, which has the third highest number of coronavirus cases. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the Brazil restrictions another "decisive action to protect our country." Filipe Martins, who advises Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on international affairs, said t.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 06:55
1. ($20). Sharpal's versatile sharpener "just might be one of the most indispensable tools you can have," per . Its three slots can put an edge on most bladed tools, including loppers, hedge shears, hoes, spades, scissors, axes, and mower blades. 2. ($25). "Digging holes with trowels can really burn out the arms," writes Kelly Corbett at , but this steel augur, which fits on any power drill, digs holes for bulbs and seedlings in seconds, churning up even hard, rocky soil. "It can also be used for weeding — hallelujah!". 3. ($53). Save your back by using this clever four-clawed tool to rip out dandelions and thistles. It grabs weeds by the roots and drops them when you slide the eject mechanism. 4. ($35). If children drink from your garden hose,
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 06:55
In 1992, after failing to unseat the incumbent George H.W. Bush from the top of the GOP ticket, Pat Buchanan delivered one of the most memorable speeches in modern American history at the Republican National Convention in Houston. The "Culture War" is a masterpiece, rightly studied by rhetoricians, including those who find its contents loathsome. One of its most remarkable passages comes when, having recalled encounters on the campaign trail with factory workers and an unemployed legal secretary, he praises the native wisdom of the American working class, men and women outside the conservative movement who nevertheless embodied its principles:. My friends, these people are our people. … They come from the same schoolyards and the same playgr.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 06:40
Each week, we spotlight a cool innovation recommended by some of the industry's top tech writers. This week's pick is AI for cameras. Sony unveiled the first image sensor with integrated AI to "make cameras smarter," said James Vincent at . Mobile devices already have image-sensor processors, which are how the pixels captured by a camera get compressed into a JPEG for rapid sharing. The next step is machine learning that would quickly identify objects and people in the images "like a human would.". ( Courtesy image ). Other sensor chips need to transfer an image to a separate computer for that type of analysis, but Sony has built AI right into the processor itself. It's not only safer, it's faster. "Processing information as quickly as possib.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 06:15
Bremen Long Island . Aspinwall, the of New York businessman John ­Aspinwall, overlooks Flying Passage and ­Muscongus Bay. The four-bedroom house has a great room with stone fireplace and exposed oak trusses, a sunroom, and a master suite with French doors and soaking tub. The 113-acre wooded property includes a barn with an apartment, two cabins, a hidden meadow, and 5,500 feet of shorefront with beaches, a dock, and a loading wharf. $2,675,000. Terry and Joseph Sortwell, LandVest, (207) 236-3543. Islesboro. This sits next to a yacht club and comes with 55 feet of waterfront on Dark Harbor Pool. The 1916 house features abundant natural light, oversize windows, a custom-paneled dining room, a sunroom, a gourmet kitchen with butler's pantry,
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 06:00
's new novel, , is a modern Noah's Ark fable in which adolescents take the lead when climate disaster strikes. Below, the award-winning author recommends nonfiction that deepens appreciation for other living creatures. by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti (2016). This book of beautiful maps, created using modern technologies, traces the various movements of wild animals, from loggerhead sea turtles to emperor penguins. I share it, along with these other revelatory works, because the COVID-19 pandemic began in the trafficking of wildlife for food and body parts. Blame for the leap of the disease to people can't be laid at the feet of bats, pangolins, or civets, of course; it was the direct result of our own bad behavior, and of blindness to h.
THE WEEK 05/25/2020 05:55
Most parents are horrified the first time they catch their kid out in a lie. We think that, generally, decent people — the type of people we want our children to become — don't lie. Just how worried should you be if your little one has started fibbing, and how can you encourage them to tell the truth? According to child and teen psychiatrist , MD, lying can actually be a sign of healthy development in young children. "Kids lie for many reasons, and much of it is normal," DeSilva says. "People are not born with the tools and know-how of interacting with others and getting their needs met. They must learn how to communicate those needs in appropriate ways, and they'll experiment with different communication styles and techniques until they fi.
THE WEEK 05/24/2020 12:54
After the coronavirus pandemic slowed the momentum of anti-government, pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, the protest movement again Sunday after Beijing signaled it would directly impose national security laws on the city. Now, many of the young protesters believe the only two outcomes are either independence or the loss of autonomy promised in China's 19917 territorial exchange with the United Kingdom. If the latter situation happens, U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien expects an economic fallout in Hong Kong, as well. Hong Kong, he said, has emerged as Asia's financial center because financial service firms and other businesses flocked to the city thanks to its democracy, free enterprise, and rule of law. If Hong Kong
THE WEEK 05/24/2020 09:17
1. Holiday travelers headed to the beach and elsewhere Saturday for Memorial Day weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the country nears 100,000 deaths related to the virus. Some places became so crowded they had to shut down, though there were also some surprise openings of outdoor sites like South Dakota's Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which wasn't expected to allow visitors so soon. In New York, which has achieved a sustained decline in new infections and deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he would allow up to 10 people to gather for nonessential activities, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines. President Trump, meanwhile, for the first time in more than 70 days Saturday. []. 2. The largest pro-democracy, anti-gove.
THE WEEK 05/24/2020 05:25
The Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and other widespread disease outbreaks have transformed how people live. Here's everything you need to know:. Will Covid-19 change the world? Yes, if it's similar to the pandemics of the past. Plagues and viral contagions have regularly blighted the course of human civilization, killing millions of people and wreaking economic devastation. But as each pandemic receded, it left cultural, political, and social changes that lasted far beyond the disease itself. The great outbreaks of history — including the Athenian Plague, the Black Death, and the Spanish Flu — transformed health care, economics, religion, the way we socialize, and the way we work. "Things are never the same after a pandemic as they were befor.
THE WEEK 05/23/2020 13:19
As Spain emerges from the coronavirus lockdown, the country is setting its sights on salvaging as much of its tourism industry as possible. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez Saturday the country will reopen to overseas visitors starting July 2. He encouraged people to begin planning their summer vacations — foreign and domestic — though he said safety measures will be in place to protect both tourists and Spanish residents from infection. "Spain needs tourism, and tourism needs safety in both origin and destination," he . "We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks, nor will they bring any risk to our country.". Sánchez didn't divulge much information on the actual plans, but he did Madrid and Spain's regional governments have been wo.
THE WEEK 05/23/2020 09:26
1. President Trump is calling for religious institutions to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump announced Friday that he would identify houses of worship, including "churches, synagogues, and mosques," as "essential places that provide essential services." He called on governors to allow those institutions to reopen, and vowed to "override the governors" if they do not because "in America we need more prayer, not less." Just like reopening businesses, Trump does not have the power to override governors when it comes to letting places of worship start holding services again. Some churches had resisted closing down amid the pandemic, and subsequently saw coronavirus outbreaks among their members. []. 2. Forty-three states recorded their h.
THE WEEK 05/23/2020 06:35
Coronavirus has, once again, provided good cover for President Trump's ongoing attack on American democracy and his weakening of any limits on his power. Last Friday, Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, l the president has pushed out since early April. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, that he had let Linick go because he no longer had "the fullest confidence" in him. Yet the rapid purge of four independent government watchdogs in less than two months suggests that Trump has other, more nefarious, motivations. As Vox 's Zack Beauchamp wrote when the bloodbath began, Trump's removal of these four inspectors general represents nothing less than "a war on the very concept of oversight." While Americans are busy watc.

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