Coronavirus live news: record one-day rise in global infections, says WHO

    The British government’s plan to push people back into the office risks a return to “white middle-aged males” making important decisions in the office, while women and people from ethnic minorities are excluded at home, according to one of the UK’s most senior business leaders. In an interview with the Guardian, Ann Francke, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), warned that without careful oversight “blended working” could result in a two-tier system where women without …

Stock futures rise slightly following Thursday’s wild ride

People walk outside of the New York Stock Exchange.   U.S. stock futures opened higher on Thursday night after a volatile session in which the recent tech sell-off resumed. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up by 76 points, or 0.3%. S&P 500 futures gained 0.3% along with Nasdaq 100 futures. The Dow ended the regular session down more than 1% along with the S&P 500. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 2%. All three of the major indexes had popped before …

Google abandons new Dublin office with enough space for 2,000 staff

The Sorting Office that Google was planning to lease in Dublin, Ireland. Google Dublin Sorting Office Google has decided not to press ahead with plans to lease an office in Ireland with enough space for 2,000 staff. The news was first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed to CNBC by Google. Based in Dublin’s Docklands area, where thousands of people worked for U.S. tech giants before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the seven-storey office comprises 202,000 square feet of commercial space. The …

Councils in north-west England ask for Covid lockdown to remain as cases rise

Plans to lift coronavirus restrictions for more than half a million people in Greater Manchester have been thrown into “chaos and confusion” as local leaders urged the government to change course after a sharp rise in infections. Less than 24 hours before restrictions on social visits were due to be lifted on Wednesday, two local authorities covering more than 520,000 people warned the government it was too early to ease the measures. Council leaders in Bolton and Trafford wrote to …

What We Now Know (And Still Don’t Know) About Asymptomatic COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, health experts have explored the potentially major role of asymptomatic carriers in COVID-19 outbreaks. It’s been one of the great mysteries about the coronavirus, as it’s something that hasn’t been tracked thoroughly with other respiratory illnesses. Evidence suggests nearly half of all COVID-19 cases may be without symptoms. Plus, those who never get symptoms, especially kids, may have the potential to spread it just as readily as infected people with symptoms. This highlights the …

Blanked-Out Spots On China’s Maps Helped Us Uncover Xinjiang’s Camps

Read Part 1 of this investigation here. Read Part 2 here. This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism. In the summer of 2018, as it became even harder for journalists to work effectively in Xinjiang, a far-western region of China, we started to look at how we could use satellite imagery to investigate the camps where Uighurs and other Muslim minorities were being detained. At the …

Dow erases losses for 2020, jumps 200 points with a boost from the Fed

Stocks rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve unveiled a new framework that could keep interest rates lower for a longer period of time.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 202 points, or 0.2%. Those gains erased the 30-stock average’s losses for 2020. The S&P 500 climbed 0.3% — briefly topping 3,500 for the first time ever — and the Nasdaq Composite was marginally higher. In a speech, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank formally agreed to a policy …

Hurricane Laura: Louisiana faces 110mph winds as storm moves deeper inland – US politics live

7.39am EDT 07:39 It’s not just the wind and rain and associated flooding that is a life-threatening risk with Hurricane Laura. As the largest storm to hit the Louisiana coast for 164 years, it will also bring with a storm surge that will cause severe flooding that can reach quite far inland. National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham has been on CNN this morning, and in this clip you can see him explaining why it may take another 24 hours …

Powell set to deliver ‘profoundly consequential’ speech, changing how the Fed views inflation

Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images History will remember Paul Volcker and Jerome Powell as standing on the opposite ends of the inflation canyon, with the former taking desperate actions to try to tamp it down and the latter expected this week to announce an unprecedented effort to crank it back up. Volcker, the Federal …

Exclusive: Cyprus sold passports to ‘politically exposed persons’

A huge leak of confidential Cypriot government documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit called The Cyprus Papers reveals that dozens of high-level officials and their families bought so-called “golden passports” from Cyprus between late 2017 and late 2019. Among those who bought the passports, worth a minimum investment of $2.5m each, were elected politicians of several countries, board members of state enterprises and the brother of a former Lebanese Prime Minister. These officials, known as politically exposed persons (PEPs), are internationally recognised as …

Coronavirus live news: England to introduce fines for illegal raves, India passes 3m cases

3.11am EDT 03:11 Hello, it’s Aaron Walawalkar in London here. I’ll be steering you through the latest global developments in the pandemic for the next few hours. On Sunday morning India had passed three million coronavirus cases, with the country leading the world in new infections.   It comes as Mexico passed 60,000 deaths and South Korea reported its highest daily Covid-19 tally since early March, with outbreaks continuing to spread from a Seoul church and from political demonstrations its …

Why do Covid fatalities remain low when infection numbers are rising?

While some scientists believe the virus has become less deadly, others look at the factors that suggest otherwise Some researchers believe that social distancing has led to smaller amounts of the virus being transmitted. Photograph: Bradley Collyer/PA   Are Covid-19 death rates decreasing? Most statistics indicate that although cases of Covid-19 are rising in many parts of Europe and the United States, the number of deaths and cases of severe complications remain relatively low. For example, patients on ventilators have …

Shenzhen start-up board to challenge Shanghai for tech listings, adding fuel to ‘technology war’ with U.S.

People watch a light show performed on buildings around Shenzhen Citizen Center to celebrate China’s Army Day on August 1, 2020.   As companies prepare to list on the start-up board ChiNext under a new U.S.-style IPO system on Monday, China’s Shenzhen will officially challenge Shanghai for tech listings, while adding fuel to a “technology war” with the United States. Eighteen companies will begin trading on the Nasdaq-style start-up board on Monday in a first round of listings. This comes …

Democrats Drop Demand To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform

The Democratic National Committee this week quietly dropped language calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks from its party platform, HuffPost has learned.   On July 27, officials added an amendment to the Manager’s Mark, a ledger of party demands voted on as one omnibus package, stating: “Democrats support eliminating tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuels, and will fight to defend and extend tax incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy.” The amendment was approved. …

UK scraps exam grading system that enraged students, parents

The British government has scrapped an exam-grading policy that was set to deprive thousands of 18-year-olds — especially the more disadvantaged — of their university places LONDON — In a U-turn after days of criticism, the British government on Monday scrapped an exam-grading policy that was set to deprive thousands of 18-year-old school-leavers — especially the more disadvantaged — of places at universities. Roger Taylor, head of the exam regulator Ofqual, said the use of an algorithm to predict the …

UK coronavirus: calls for Boris Johnson to intervene in exams crisis – live news

  Tory MP Sir Robert Syms said deciding A-level results by the algorithm is “more unfair” than awarding students their teacher-assessed grades. Speaking to Times Radio he said:   I fear what will happen with the government is that having been caught out by the algorithm, which of course the government themselves didn’t design, we now have a big problem… a scandal over slow appeals or an inability to deliver appeals. I come back to the point that if the …

An Algorithm Determined UK Students’ Grades. Chaos Ensued

Results day has a time-worn rhythm, full of annual tropes: local newspaper pictures of envelope-clutching girls jumping in the air in threes and fours, columnists complaining that exams have gotten far too easy, and the same five or six celebrities posting worthy Twitter threads about why exam results don’t matter because everything worked out alright for them. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. But this year, it’s very different. The coronavirus pandemic means exams were canceled and …

Indian journalists assaulted by Hindu mob in New Delhi

Three Indian journalists were attacked by a Hindu mob while reporting on a story in the capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday, the journalists have told Al Jazeera. Journalist Shahid Tantray and two colleagues were filming for The Caravan magazine in northeast Delhi, which was hit by religious violence in February. At least 53 people were killed in that violence, most of them Muslims. Tantray, who is from Indian-administered Kashmir, said they were shooting video when a small group of Hindus, including …

The Trade-off in Trump’s Executive Order on Essential Drugs

Pharmaceutical manufacturing has long been a dirty business. The antibiotic-laced wastewater, and other pollutants it leaves behind, is just one of many reasons that so many American drug-manufacturing plants closed up over the last few decades and moved to places like Hyderabad, India, and China’s Zhejiang province, with their low labor costs and minimal regulations. But drug manufacturing in those remote outposts has been dirty in another way, as I learned from a decade of reporting that culminated in my …

Cooking with Oils.

Everyone understands the foods to eat that enhance health, although how we cook the food can be just as important. With there being numerous oils and butter products declaring to be the best, it can be quite difficult to know which ones to use and which ones to avoid. 1. Canola oil. Canola oil is a popular oil, with numerous physicians claiming that it has the capability to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The oil is low in hydrogenated …