It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US the UK or China).
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May Day with protests to demand end to country's coronavirus restrictions as pressure grows across Europe to exit lockdowns
Police face-off against protesters as demonstrations erupt across the US demanding end of coronavirus restrictions. The protests, which were held in 10 states, all demanded an end to coronavirus restrictions.
People wait in line to receive donated food in Clichy-sous-Bois, an eastern suburb of Paris.
Sunday 3rd May 2020
'Discriminatory' lockdown should be eased for the healthy elderly, say senior doctors
Senior doctors have warned Boris Johnson the lockdown should be eased for over-70s that are considered healthy, due to the damage keeping them inside is doing to their mental health.
Both the Royal College of GPs and the British Medical Association (BMA) weighed in to say that age alone should not be the determining factor when the government establishes who can return to their daily lives as the lockdown is eased, potentially in the coming weeks and months.
Around 1.8 million people classed as 'clinically vulnerable' were told to stay indoors for 12 weeks when the lockdown began as they were considered to be the most at-risk people in the UK from Covid-19.
Some ministers have even suggested that such groups could have to stay at home until a vaccine has been developed, which could well take a year or more.
Those in the 'clinically vulnerable' category include anyone 'aged 70 or older regardless of medical condition', as well as anyone who is younger than 70 with a 'underlying health condition'.
According to The Times, the doctor's union said that while it agreed that the most vulnerable people in society must be protected, measures should be determined on individual risk with a system that applies to all ages, and not just 'an arbitrary age of 60 or 70.'
Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, warned of the harm a prolonged lockdown would do to the 'physical and mental' of those over the age of 70, and that their age is not the best way to determine 'who should self-isolate and to what extent during the next stage of lockdown'.
The BMA said said in a statement: 'A blanket ban on any section of the population being prohibited from lockdown easing would be discriminatory and unacceptable.'.
COVID-19 conspiracy frenzy after White House hot mic picks up bizarre vaccine claim
A WHITE HOUSE microphone blunder has sparked a flurry of conspiracy theories after officials were recorded in the briefing room prior to Donald Trump's address joking that "everyone around here has been vaccinated" and calling the pandemic "a hoax".
A bizarre exchange in the White House briefing room just minutes before Donald Trump took to the podium has sparked a frenzy of conspiracy theories. A hot microphone left on in the White House press briefing room sparked controversy, after a journalist was overheard joking that everyone there had been vaccinated against the coronavirus pandemic. The hot mic in the room captured a conversation between Fox News reporter John Roberts and New York Times photographer Doug Mills, in which they also joked about the pandemic being a hoax.
In the footage, Roberts could be seen telling Mills to take off his mask, before he quoted statistics from a recent California study that recorded the fatality rate around seasonal flu levels.
However, the study from the University of Southern California (USC) also suggested that the infection rate in the state was likely much higher than originally reported.
The two journalists were chatting before the official press briefing, with Roberts telling Mills: "You can take off the mask, the case fatality rate is 0.1 to 0.3 according to USC."
Mills then responded by joking: "Is it really? That's reassuring. We've all been vaccinated around here."
The conversation went viral, with one video on Twitter racking up at least 1.3 million views to date.
White House briefings are often streamed live with some US outlets carrying the feeds in advance with audio and video switched on before the events begin.
Later in the conversation, Roberts is heard quoting statistics, saying: "USC and LA County public health came out with a study that found that there are 7,000 cases in California but they really believe there are anywhere from 221,000 to 442,000 people who are infected."
Mills responds: "So it was a hoax?"
Roberts responds: "No, I don't think it was a hoax."
The controversy around the hot mic conversation even prompted John Roberts to later clarify his remarks.
He told the Associated Press that the exchange captured in this video showed some “sardonic gallows humor” between friends.
Roberts went on to say the conversation was a “total joke,” and that “clearly no one has been vaccinated” because no COVID-19 vaccine yet exists.
1st May 2020
Harvard Chemical Biology Scientist Arrested For Receiving Over $2M From Chinese Wuhan University
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Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged
Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements. He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.
29th April 2020
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29th April 2020
"We are looking at technology that needs to be able to track your exact geographic location and the individuals you interact with in real time. This significantly intrudes into people's fundamental human right to a private life that is not monitored or controlled by the state,"
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France to reveal plans on how Covid-19 lockdown will be eased
France will on Tuesday reveal how it plans on May 11 to lift its six-week-old lockdown to combat the coronavirus, with cafes set to stay shut but schools controversially being allowed to reopen. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will unveil the measures in an address to parliament from 1300 GMT, with the government seeking to tread a fine course between the need to kick-start the economy out of crisis while preserving public health.
His announcement will be followed by a debate and a vote, with just 75 of the 577 deputies allowed into the National Assembly in order to respect social distancing, while all others will vote by proxy.
President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier this month that the lockdown would be lifted from May 11 but he left the details relatively vague.
President Donald Trump is facing one of the most difficult periods of his presidency, and it appears to be impacting his mood. The commander in chief seems to be angry all the time. So angry that he even appears to direct his ire at inanimate objects.