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Japan PM vows no virus rebound as emergency measures end

Japan PM vows no virus rebound as emergency measures end

Health
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to do his utmost to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus ahead of the Olympic torch relay and his upcoming visit to WashingtonBy MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated PressMarch 21, 2021, 9:37 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged Sunday to do his utmost to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus ahead of the Olympic torch relay and his upcoming visit to Washington.Suga was addressing his ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s annual convention, just hours ahead of the planned lifting of a virus state of emergency in the the Tokyo region. Suga said after the state of emergency is lifted is "an extremely important time” for virus prevention.“We must not put our guards down ....
New Zealand declares a climate change emergency

New Zealand declares a climate change emergency

World
Dec. 2 (UPI) -- New Zealand declared a climate emergency on Wednesday as it launched a plan to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025. The motion to declare the emergency was introduced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and was passed 76-43 by Parliament in recognition of New Zealanders who have been calling "for action to protect the environment and reduce the impact of human activity on the climate," the document read. Advertisement Ardern told lawmakers that the motion was based on scientists' warnings that immediate action is necessary in order to avoid a disastrous 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature -- which she said would cause a risk to human health, livelihood and civil unrest among other negative consequences. "This is a declaration grounded in a deep sense of re...
Experimental COVID drug used on Trump receives emergency approval

Experimental COVID drug used on Trump receives emergency approval

Technology
An experimental drug used by Donald Trump when he had COVID-19 has received emergency approval by US health authorities.The antibody drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is administered in a single intravenous dose, and can be now used in coronavirus patients in the US even though studies examining how safe and effective it is are still ongoing. Regeneron hopes the drug will be able to prevent COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms being hospitalised by boosting their immune system response. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Kicked into the long g...
Damon Albarn calls for ‘live music prescription’ during ‘existential emergency’

Damon Albarn calls for ‘live music prescription’ during ‘existential emergency’

Entertainment
Twenty years ago, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett created a visionary concept: the virtual band.As all of us have learnt a fair bit about living virtually this year, the conception of the Gorillaz - a band made up of a musician, a cartoonist and four cartoon members - now seems particularly prescient. Albarn tells Sky News: "We are lucky we've always had our virtual world... A new kind of creativity is emerging out of all of this."Described by Elton John as the "most interesting British musician working today," Albarn is as prolific as he is resilient. Image: Damon Albarn leads Gorillaz at Demon Dayz Festival in California in 2018 With chameleon-like ease he has transitioned from Britpop poster boy with Blur - where his songs defined a...
Rishi Sunak defends emergency jobs scheme

Rishi Sunak defends emergency jobs scheme

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said it is "impossible" to predict how many jobs the government's new wage subsidy scheme will save. The scheme, set to replace furlough, will see the government top up the pay of people unable to work full time.It aims to stop mass job cuts after the government introduced new measures to tackle a rise in coronavirus cases.Mr Sunak said he hoped the plan would "benefit large numbers", but he could not say what job is "viable or not".Under the Job Support Scheme, if bosses bring back workers part time, the government will help top up their wages with employers to at least three-quarters of their full-time pay. It will begin on 1 November and last for six months. How will th...