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COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

World
HAVANA -- The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region’s public health and economic crises. In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro, 65, announced his illness Tuesday and is using it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’s been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19, and now takes himself. Bolivian interim President Jeanine Añez, 53, made her own diagnosis public Thursday, throwing her already troubled political propects into further doubt. And in Venezuela, 57-year-old socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello said Thursday on Twitter that he, too, had tested positive, at least tempor
Heat-trapping carbon dioxide in air hits new record high

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide in air hits new record high

Technology
New measurements show carbon pollution levels in the air hit another record in MayBy SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science WriterJune 4, 2020, 9:23 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKENSINGTON, Maryland -- The world hit another new record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists announced Thursday. Measurements of carbon dioxide, the chief human-caused greenhouse gas, averaged 417.1 parts per million at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, for the month of May, when carbon levels in the air peak, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That's 2.4 parts per million higher than a year ago. Even though emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels dropp...
‘I’m not the guy to be rattled’: John Boyega hits out at racism in social media posts

‘I’m not the guy to be rattled’: John Boyega hits out at racism in social media posts

Entertainment
John Boyega has hit out at racist behaviour online following the death of a black man killed in an incident involving a white police officer in the US.The Star Wars actor first posted "I really f****** hate racists" after news of George Floyd's death made headlines. Mr Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday, after police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck as he was handcuffed for at least eight minutes, while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $ 20 note in a shop.In a separate post, Boyega posted #blacklivesmatter, saying it seemed to "be a never ending cycle" and that "even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy".The British star was praised for speaking out but also received some criticism for his language online, as well as com...

Earthquake hits northern Swedish mine, no one injured

World
An earthquake struck a northern Swedish mine on Monday, with officials saying it was one of the strongest ever measured in the countryByThe Associated PressMay 18, 2020, 10:13 AM1 min read1 min readSTOCKHOLM -- An earthquake struck a northern Swedish mine on Monday, with officials saying it was one of the strongest ever measured in the country. While 13 people were in the mine at the time, no one was injured. The Swedish National Seismic Network said the earthquake was magnitude 4.1, just shy of the 4.3 earthquake measured in southern Sweden in December 2008. The shake occurred shortly after 3 a.m. in the town of Kiruna. The mine is said to be the largest and most modern underground iron ore mine in the world. The Norwegian Seismic Array NORSAR said the earthquake was tied to the ore extr...
JCB looks to cut up to 950 jobs as coronavirus hits demand

JCB looks to cut up to 950 jobs as coronavirus hits demand

Business
UP to 950 jobs are under threat at JCB after demand for its machines fell by half as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The company has written to staff to say posts are under threat at its 10 plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham with a 45-day consultation period starting on Monday. Around 500 Guidant agency employees, who work at JCB's UK sites, are also being released.The job losses have been announced as a result of the severe disruption caused to JCB's business by the coronavirus crisis, which will see annual production halved.Chief executive Graeme Macdonald said the move to restructure JCB's business had been extremely tough but that the company "had no choice but to take difficult decisions to adapt to this new economic reality". ...