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Brazils Bolsonaro questions coronavirus statistics, says sorry, some will die

Issued on: 28/03/2020 – 08:12Modified: 28/03/2020 – 08:14 Brazils President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday cast doubt on Sao Paulos death toll from the coronavirus outbreak and accused the state governor of manipulating the numbers for political ends, without giving evidence for his claims. Advertising Read more Bolsonaros accusations were the latest broadside in an ugly battle with Brazils governors, who have chafed at the presidents view that protecting the economy takes priority over social distancing measures to combat the spread of the highly contagious virus. Following the advice of public health experts, the vast majority of the countrys 26 governors have banned non-essential commercial activities and public services to contain the outbreak in their states. “Im sorry, some people will die, they will die, thats life,” Bolsonaro said in a television interview on Friday night. “You cant stop a car factory because of traffic deaths.” Bolsonaro said that in the state of Sao Paul..

America

American civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies at 98

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the countrys first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America. Advertising Read more For more than four decades after the death of his friend and civil rights icon, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the fiery Alabama preacher was on the front line of the battle for equality, with an unforgettable delivery that rivaled Kings — and was often more unpredictable. Lowery had a knack for cutting to the core of the countrys conscience with commentary steeped in scripture, refusing to back down whether the audience was a Jim Crow racist or a U.S. president. “We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right,” Lowery prayed at President Barack Obamas inaugural..

Tech

Killing Eve S3 trailer drops; new season will debut two weeks early

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are back for a third season of Killing Eve. Good news for those looking for fresh TV fare while sheltering in place: the third season of Killing Eve, the Emmy Award-winning spy thriller series starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, is coming to TV two weeks early. “We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now,” Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, said in a statement. “This season of Killing Eve digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw the results are nothing short of astonishing. We literally couldnt wait for fans to see it.” (Some spoilers for first two seasons below.) Based on Luke Jennings' series of thriller novellas, Codename Villanelle, Killing Eve features a self-described psychopathic killer for hire named Villanelle (Comer), who is so good at her job that she frankly starts to be a bit reckless with her assassina..

Tech

Control Panel isnt dead yet—but the System applet is looking nervous

Enlarge / We find Windows 10's Settings dialog difficult to love.Jim Salter You may have seen dark rumors around the Web that Microsoft is about to kill off the classic Control Panel. Rest assured, friend, we were as horrified as you are—but on more careful inspection, this seems not to be the case. A new set of Feature IDs popped up in the latest build of Windows 10—HideSystemControlPanel, SystemControlPanelFileExplorerRedirect, and SystemControlPanelHotkeyRedirect. This looks grim—but fortunately, developer Rafael Rivera discovered they really only apply to the System applet. Settings vs Control For about eight years now, Microsoft has been trying to pry everyone loose from the Control Panel and guide them gently to the newer Settings applet instead. They've encountered strong resistance in doing so, particularly from systems administrators and support technicians. For one thing, the newer Settings applet is a single-instance interface—you can't have Settings open fo..

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Trump orders GM to make ventilators, claims company is “wasting time”

Enlarge / President Donald Trump speaks as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the White House on March 26, 2020.Getty Images | Drew Angerer President Donald Trump today ordered General Motors to make ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients and accused the company of "wasting time." Trump announced that he "signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators." Hours before Trump took this step, GM said it is working with ventilator-maker Ventec Life Systems "to deliver the first ventilators next month and ramp up to a manufacturing capacity of more than 10,000 critical care ventilators per month with the infrastructure and capability to scale further." Trump's statement did not specify how many ventilators GM should build, but he said..

UK Politics

Trump Invokes Defense Production Act to Force GM to Make Ventilators Quicker

President Donald Trump has authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to move faster on a government contract to produce ventilators that help patients with acute symptoms of the CCP virus to breathe. GM said its been working “around the clock.” The CCP virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, infected over 100,000 in the United States and killed 1,544 by March 27, according to data on confirmed cases. The Epoch Times calls it the CCP virus as it was allowed to spread around the world due to the coverup and mismanagement by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “Today, I signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators,” Trump said in a March 27 statement. “Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but ou..

UK Politics

Over 200 Military Medical Students to Graduate Early to Support Pandemic Response

More than 200 military doctors and nurses are permitted to graduate early from the Defense Departments premiere medical school to assist the U.S. militarys effort against the ongoing pandemic. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), which is based in Bethesda, Maryland, announced Thursday that it will award degrees to its fourth-year medical school students and graduate-level nurses on April 1, six weeks ahead of their normal graduation date. The students, who are all active duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service, will have to meet all graduating requirements before receiving their degrees and being reassigned by their respective services. The officers include physicians, family, mental health, and womens health nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. USU president Richard Thomas said the decision was made when President Donald Trump declared a national emergency ear..

America

US Congress approves historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package

Issued on: 27/03/2020 – 20:22Modified: 27/03/2020 – 20:28 The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion aid package – the largest in American history – to help people and businesses cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Advertising Read more The massive bill also rushes billions of dollars to medical providers on the front lines of the outbreak. Republican President Donald Trump is expected to sign it promptly into law. "Our nation faces an economic and health emergency of historic proportions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the worst pandemic in over 100 years," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at the close of a three-hour debate on the House floor. "Whatever we do next, right now we're going to pass this legislation." Democrats and Republicans in the Democratic-led House approved the package on a voice vote, turning back a procedural challenge from Republican Representative Thomas Massie, who had sought to force a..

Tech

Broadband speeds fall in dozens of big US cities during pandemic

EnlargeGetty Images | imaginima Home-Internet download speeds have fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic in dozens of the biggest US cities as millions of Americans stay home due to school and business closures. However, typical download speeds remain high enough to support normal broadband-usage patterns, with the vast majority of cities still above the Federal Communications Commission's 25Mbps standard. In 88 of the 200 most populous US cities, Internet users "experienced some degree of network degradation over the past week compared to the 10 weeks prior," BroadbandNow said in a report released Wednesday. Of those, 27 cities suffered speed reductions of at least 20 percent. New York City speeds fell by 24 percent, with median download speeds down to 51.93Mbps—still enough for bandwidth-intensive services like streaming video. While New York City has been hit hard by the spread of the novel coronavirus, the city's broadband experience isn't replicated everywhere. Seat..

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White House suspends environmental protection, citing coronavirus

Enlarge / A man and a woman, properly socially distanced from the rest of Los Angeles, take in a view of the city on a low air quality day in November, 2019.Mario Tama | Getty Images 2020 has a new motto: "Cancelled due to the coronavirus." Businesses, schools, sports, travel, film, and TV production, conferences, meetings, and basically any and all business as usual has been suspended in the US as individuals and institutions try to slow the spread of COVID-19. We have, at least, had outdoor space to go to—staying at least six feet away from others as we do—when we need a break from the four walls of our homes. But those spaces, along with the air we breathe and the water we drink, may get a whole lot less pleasant going forward, as the Trump administration is adding environmental protection regulations to the temporary cancellation list. The Environmental Protection Agency is launching a "temporary enforcement discretion policy" due to the pandemic, it said late yesterday. The move ..

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