Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press September 16, 2020, 7:53 PM • 3 min read SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as “Little England” announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of …

Another leading opposition activist detained in Belarus

Belarusian authorities have detained one of the last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press September 9, 2020, 1:31 PM • 5 min read KYIV, Ukraine — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the two last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer …

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 …

Parents, Stop Pretending Everything Is Fine. This Is Hard As Hell.

I spent most of the summer in a state of numbness, most likely driven by a deep-seated denial that the world has irrevocably changed and nothing will ever be the same. And after a traumatic spring, life suddenly felt *kind of* normal this summer. Yes, the kids weren’t at camp, and yes, I was working at home, but we were lucky enough that everyone stayed healthy and (relatively) sane. And then it all came crashing down. Quite suddenly, I was …

South African protesters close stores over offensive ad

Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press September 7, 2020, 6:05 PM • 3 min read JOHANNESBURG — Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores. Leaders of the leftist opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters led the protests against the nationwide retailer Clicks, in which some …

Drugmakers seek to reassure public about coronavirus vaccine with joint pledge on safety

A group of drugmakers competing to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market plan to issue a public statement as soon as next week that says they will not seek government approval until enough data has been collected to ensure the drugs are safe and effective, CNBC confirmed Saturday. An early draft of the joint statement promises to prioritize the safety of vaccinated people, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plans to issue a statement. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson …

Japan’s Suga signals ultra-easy monetary policy to continue

Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary of Japan, speaks during a press conference. Akio Kon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a frontrunner to be the next prime minister, said he would like the central bankt o continue its ultra-loose monetary policy as the economy is still struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview that ran on Saturday in the Nikkei newspaper, Suga also said he would consider compiling another economic stimulus …

Amazon to create 10,000 new permanent jobs in U.K. this year

An employee looks for items in one of the corridors at an Amazon warehouse. Carlos Jasso | Reuters Amazon has announced that it expects to create 10,000 new permanent jobs in the U.K. this year, bringing the company’s total headcount in the country to more than 40,000.  The vast majority of the roles are likely to be based in Amazon warehouses.  The Seattle-headquartered e-commerce giant said Thursday it had already added 3,000 new permanent staff to its warehouses, sorting centers …

Biden will visit Kenosha to ‘bring Americans together to heal’ amid protests – live

  Trump suggested people should vote twice, which would be illegal Donald Trump told voters in North Carolina they should vote twice, once by mail and once in person, even though doing so would be illegal. The president was in Wilmington, North Carolina, for an event today. Asked whether he has confidence in the mail-in voting system, the president suggested voters break the law. “Let them send it [their mail-in ballot] in and let them go vote, and if their …

Trump Wants To Force Immigrants To Submit Eye Scans, Voice Prints, And DNA

The Trump administration has drafted a proposal that would dramatically expand the number of people required to provide biometrics for their immigration applications, while also increasing the personal information the government can demand, such as eye scans, voice prints, DNA, and photographs for facial recognition. According to parts of a draft policy obtained by BuzzFeed News, the government would be allowed to request biometrics from immigrants who have received some benefit, like a green card or work permit, at any …

International Students Are Trying To Cope With Trump’s Online Class Rule: “America Is Ready To Kick Me Out”

BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member. MEXICO CITY — At first, S.G. thought it was fake news. An undergraduate student from Venezuela, S.G. has been living in Florida for four years. The news she received earlier this week seemed as bizarre and implausible as some of the rumors that regularly float around in her home country. But this was happening …

Federal health advisors predict four coronavirus vaccine trials backed by U.S. could fail

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld has his arm disinfected by Dr. Chao Wang during a clinical trial for a Coronavirus vaccine at Meridian Clinical Research in Rockville, Maryland on Monday, July 27, 2020. The Coronavirus vaccine was created by the biopharmaceutical company Moderna. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades | The Washington Post | Getty Images A top group advising U.S. health officials predicted Tuesday that four late-stage coronavirus vaccine trials backed by the United States could fail to provide positive results. The National Academies of …

Google Said It Would Invest $10 Billion In India. Nearly Half Of It Is Going To The Country’s Richest Man.

On Monday, Google announced that it will invest $10 billion in India over the next few years. Two days later, the company revealed a key detail: Nearly half of the money will go to a top telecom operator owned by Asia’s richest man. The internet giant will invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms as part of a plan to provide “increase access for the hundreds of millions in India who don’t own a smartphone,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Wednesday. …

Coronavirus live news: UK records 1,108 new confirmed cases as Myanmar reports biggest daily rise

4.04pm EDT 16:04 Almost 3,000 Formula One fans will be allowed to attend next month’s Tuscany Grand Prix at Mugello, the Italian circuit said Saturday, ending a succession of races behind closed doors this season. The race, on the weekend of 11-13 September, will also be the 1,000th in the sport for Ferrari. However, the Italian Grand Prix, slated for Monza the week before Mugello, will remain behind closed doors, a legacy of the strict health protocols introduced in the …

Murray-Darling mismanagement: floods, water theft, and Burke and Wills’s camels

One hundred and fifty years ago Ludwig Becker, a member of the Burke and Wills expedition, did a sketch of the Menindee pub, which sits between the Darling River and Menindee Lakes. At that time Menindee wasn’t considered big enough to be called a town but these days it needs a school for more than 100 pupils. Three-quarters of these children are descendants of the Barkindji and Nyampa people, who have lived, hunted and passed down their oral histories on …

Fearing Domestic Election Meddling, Racial Justice Demonstrators Work to Turn Protest into Votes

The tens of thousands of protesters who took to the National Mall Friday, marking the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, showed the power of the movement against police brutality that has mobilized across America this summer. But the demonstration was tinged by concern that efforts to suppress and intimidate supporters will hamper their ability to turn protest now into votes in the fall. Many demonstrators said their concerns start at the top with President Donald Trump. Trump has …

Japan’s Abe leaves office with legacy of longevity, security

Shinzo Abe, the man who promised to restore Japan’s dignity and revive its economy with his signature policy of “Abenomics”, has resigned after nearly eight years as prime minister, blaming his health. Abe, who will turn 66 next month, has suffered from ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager. The chronic condition is thought to be aggravated by stress. “I cannot be prime minister if I cannot make the best decisions for the people,” he told the media in Tokyo on …

Coronavirus live news: Europe sees increase in infections among younger people, says WHO chief

7.56am EDT 07:56 Four members of a dwindling tribe in India’s far off Andaman Islands have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Thursday as the country reported 75,760 new infections, the highest-single-day rise. The Great Andamanese are one of the six tribes of Mongoloid and African origin, who have lived in the Andamans in the Bay of Bengal for thousands of years. Only about 50 members survive, after thousands were killed by British colonisers in the 19th century or …

Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria premier Daniel Andrews holds press conference as state reports 149 new Covid cases and 24 deaths

Before going to questions, Daniel Andrews again talks about the legislation he is trying to get passed, which would allow Victoria to extend its state of emergency declaration beyond six months. I’m not an expert, but a quick whip around of the powers of the other states seems to point to them not actually having a time limit to their state of emergency. They can renew the declaration – and its powers – as often as they want (NSW can …

I May Destroy You’s Extraordinary Finale Makes Good on the Show’s Cryptic Title

I May Destroy You is a cryptic title. It could be a threat, a warning or merely an observation. But throughout Michaela Coel’s phenomenal HBO series, whose finale aired on Monday, the phrase functions more like a collection of questions. Who is speaking here, and to whom—who is the “I,” and who is the “you”? Does “may” mean “might,” or does it imply the granting of permission? Even “destroy” has some ambiguity; are we talking about fully obliterating a person …