Thousands of people have gathered across central London to protest against the killing of an unarmed black man by police in the US.
They held up signs saying “Justice for George Floyd”, who died in police custody while an officer kneeled on his neck to pin him down.
Derek Chauvin has been charged with his murder in Minneapolis. The white police officer has been sacked from his job.
During the protests Met Police officers arrested five people.
The protests have been held at Trafalgar Square and outside the US Embassy in Battersea.
SpaceX and NASA are gearing up for a historic mission: On Saturday, they plan to launch humans in a commercial spacecraft for the first time ever and restore the US’s ability to send its own astronauts into space.
If clouds don’t delay the launch again (as they did on Wednesday), NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship, perched atop its Falcon 9 rocket, and hurtle into Earth’s orbit. The plan calls for them to reach the International Space Station on Sunday morning.
AstraZeneca Plc received more than $1 billion in U.S. government funding to develop a Covid-19 vaccine from the University of Oxford, and said it has supply agreements for 400 million doses.
The investment accelerates a race to secure vaccine supplies, seen as a key step toward getting global economies moving again after a lockdown-induced slump. Stock markets have been rising and falling on developments in research labs, as investors weigh the prospects for a successful shot.
The U.K. drugmaker received the money from the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and said it has secured capacity to make 1 billion doses. The move comes as the company’s vaccine candidate is still in human trials, with no guarantee of success.
Given the delay in official data during this crisis, I am calculating current unemployment rates using our own independent statistical database and proprietary methods – we use official data wherever possible.
Official data is more delayed than usual. And that in itself is not accurate due to the fact that US agencies are overwhelmed. Thus, I believe in times like this it is worthwhile to have a “real live” estimate for current unemployment and GDP.
FED chairman Powell also spoke this week and addressed unemployment and labor markets. I have made an independent analysis of that and a few other developments consensus is only scratching at the surface.
Unemployment – underreported
Based on our independent estimates US unemployment will reach 22.4% this month of May.
We estimated the real rate already above 18% in April, the US government reported it as slightly above 14%. Meanwhile German unemployment has edged up to 5.8%. See the chart below. The difference between the USA and Germany, Europe’s economic engine, could not be more striking.
Brazil has seen its most deadly day since the coronavirus outbreak began, prompting Donald Trump to consider a ban on travel to the US from Brazil as he declared the huge number of US cases of coronavirus was “a badge of honour”.
After a cabinet meeting on Tuesday at the White House, Trump said: “I don’t want people coming over here and infecting our people. I don’t want people over there sick either,” in relation to Brazil.
When asked if about the possibility of a travel ban, the president said he was considering it and went on to say he saw the large number of US cases as a “badge of honour”.
“You know when you say that we lead in cases, that’s because we have more testing than anybody else,” he said. “It’s a great tribute to the testing and all of the work that a lot of professionals have done.”
The US president has previously claimed “incredible” victories in testing despite criticism over his administration’s repeated failures.
Donald Trump hit out at China for stopping coronavirus spreading across its own country while letting it travel to the United States. Speaking at a White House roundtable on Tuesday, the President of the United States said: ‘Once the plague, as I call it, came in, I said: how did they let that happen? How come it didn’t go into other sections of China? Why did they block it from leaving Wuhan, but they didn’t block it from going to the rest of the world including the United States? Why is that? ‘Beijing doesn’t have it, other places don’t have it. So why is it that it was blocked very effectively from leaving that area and going into China but it went out into the rest of the world including the United States. ‘And why didn’t they let us go in to help them fix it? So I’m very disappointed in China.’
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote last week about Malibu police’s ticketing Point Dume surfers $1,000 apiece for using the ocean during the quarantine. Was this merely an appalling police judgment at which we will laugh post-quarantine? Or does anyone else feel that this is the first wave of compliance and obedience training for something more permanent? Are powerful state and corporate entities using the current crisis to remove basic rights, and intensify pressures to promote vaccines and surveillance? Does anyone else feel the suffocating darkness of tyranny descending on our nation? And finally, does anyone share my dread that Bill Gates—and his long-time associate Tony Fauci—will somehow be running our Brave New World?
San Antonio City Council has unanimously passed a resolution that declares the terms “Chinese Virus” and “Kung Flu Virus” to be hate speech. President Trump and many of his supporters have used variations of both terms as a reminder that COVID-19 did indeed originate in China. This prompted the media and leftists to claim Trump was being “racist” despite the fact that viruses are routinely named after their place of origin.
Now San Antonio City Council has officially declared such language to be “hate speech.”
The UK and US have issued a joint warning cyber-spies are targeting the health sector.
Hackers linked to foreign states have been hunting for information, including Covid-19 data and vaccine research, they say.
UK sources say they have seen extensive activity but do not believe there has been any data theft so far.
Those behind the activity are not named in the alert but are thought to include China, Russia and Iran.
The three countries have all seen major outbreaks of the virus but have denied previous claims of involvement in such activity.
The joint advisory says the UK and US are currently investigating a number of incidents in which other states are targeting pharmaceutical companies, medical-research organisations, and universities, looking for intelligence and sensitive data, including research on the virus.
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