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Hong Kong protesters hit with teargas as world figures condemn China’s plans for security law

Hong Kong protesters hit with teargas as world figures condemn China’s plans for security law

World
Police have fired teargas at protesters in Hong Kong after nearly 200 political figures from around the world condemned China's plans for new security laws.Hundreds of demonstraters clashed with security officials in Hong Kong's Wanchai district on Sunday over Beijing's proposals to set up government intelligence bases in the territory. Protesters were seen cowering behind umbrellas as officers with shields fired the gas to try to disperse crowds of activists and journalists carrying "Free Hong Kong" signs.China says it wants to prevent a repeat of last year's riots, which were triggered by a bill that would have allowed islanders to be extradited to the mainland. Image: Protesters in masks were forced to flee when police fired teargas at them i...
Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

Technology
A new study calculates global carbon emissions declined by 17% at the height of the pandemic shutdownBy SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science WriterMay 19, 2020, 10:04 PM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKENSINGTON, Maryland -- The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found. But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back toward normal, the brief pollution break will likely be “a drop in the ocean" when it comes to climate change, scientists said. In their study of carbon dioxide emissions during the coronavirus pandemic, an international team of scientists calculated that pollution levels are heading back up — and for the year will end up between 4% and 7% lower than 2019 levels
Young working professionals to cut down expenses as post-Covid world brings uncertainty, job loss

Young working professionals to cut down expenses as post-Covid world brings uncertainty, job loss

Finance
MUMBAI: As the country enters the final week of the third phase of the COVID-19-induced lockdown, public sentiment is getting into negative territories with over 50 per cent of those polled having a negative outlook on income. What is more, younger and those in the middle-income consumers are more worried about their income post-COVID, loan repayments and spending, says an international survey. According to a survey by international consultancy Boston Consulting Group, as much as 85 per cent of those in the poll are worried about servicing loans post-moratorium, while more than 40 per cent are planning to cut down spending in the next six months as they fear about their jobs and income. The survey, carried out during the third phase of lockdown (May 4-17) among 1,300 consumers in metros ...
‘Wonderful World of Disney’ returning to ABC

‘Wonderful World of Disney’ returning to ABC

Entertainment
May 7 (UPI) -- ABC announced Thursday that it is bringing back its The Wonderful World of Disney programming banner. The network will show a different classic Disney movie on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT, starting with Moana on May 20. Other films scheduled to screen in the time slot each week include Thor: The Dark World on May 27, Up on June 3 and Big Hero 6 on June 10. The Wonderful World of Disney showcase for Disney's projects has aired off and on since 1954. "Presenting these iconic films, listed below, on ABC is one of many ways The Walt Disney Company is bringing the magic of Disney into homes right now," a press release said. "At DisneyMagicMoments.com, fans and families can find more entertaining stories, videos and activities from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and National Geog...
World Book Night: One in three reading more during lockdown

World Book Night: One in three reading more during lockdown

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device People in the UK are turning to books to help them through lockdown, according to a new survey by The Reading Agency.The figures, released on Thursday to mark World Book Night, suggest 31% of people are reading more since lockdown restrictions were imposed in the UK.Most are reading fiction, with classics and crime novels proving popular.Almost half (45%) of the young people - aged 18-24 - asked said they were reading more than they had been before.And many of the 2,103 people surveyed cited reading as a form of release, escapism or distraction during these troubled times, and that having more time was the key to reading more. Notably, the ...