Drugmakers seek to reassure public on coronavirus vaccine as concerns grow about political pressure

Lisa Taylor receives a COVID-19 vaccination from RN Jose Muniz as she takes part in a vaccine study at Research Centers of America on August 07, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images 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 and Moderna are expected to participate in the pledge, the Journal reported. CNBC has confirmed that Sanofi also plans to participate. The pledge comes as scientists and public health specialists express concern that the Trump …

Two men allegedly linked to ‘Boogaloo’ accused of offering to work with Hamas

Two self-described “Boogaloo Bois” have been charged with terrorism-related offenses after authorities said the men discussed attacking government officials and buildings and tried to work with people they believed to be members of Hamas. Michael Robert Solomon, 30, of Minnesota, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, of North Carolina, were communicating with a “confidential human source” or an undercover FBI official, not Hamas, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said Friday. The men are each charged with one count of conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said Solomon and Teeter wanted to “overthrow the government.” “This case can only be understood as a disturbing example of the old adage, ‘The enemy of your enemy is your friend,’” Demers said in a statement. Solomon and Teeter are accused of discussing blowing up a Minnesota …

Charlie Kaufman’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ isn’t a horror film. It’s better.

Road trips “remind you that the world is bigger than the inside of your own head,” observes a young woman played by Jessie Buckley in Charlie Kaufman’s elegiac thriller “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” on Netflix. Her statement is more or less in opposition to Kaufman’s entire body of work, which is dedicated to spelunking through the darkest recesses of the inside of his characters’ heads, so it should immediately be a little suspicious. This untrustworthy quality is worsened by her character’s boyfriend, Jake (Jesse Plemons), who seems to know what she’s thinking from moment to moment on their drive to meet his parents for dinner — a first for her. Then there are the incongruities and apparently intentional continuity errors: Sometimes she’s wearing a sweater; in the next shot, the sweater is gone. There’s an old man driving a truck in a series of interstitial scenes who doesn’t seem …

Gap earns $130 million in face mask sales last quarter

The company’s earnings report revealed changing consumer preferences. August 28, 2020, 2:36 PM • 3 min read Gap, which owns brands including Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta, reported earning $130 million in face mask sales alone last quarter. The company said it sold face masks to both consumers and businesses. While overall net sales were down for the quarter due to pandemic-induced closures and changing consumer demands, the company did report a 95% increase in online net sales compared to the same time period last year. “Our strong performance in the second quarter reflects the customer response to our brands, products and experiences, particularly as we’ve rapidly adapted to the changing environment,” CEO Sonia Syngal said in a statement announcing the quarterly earnings. “I’m confident that our purpose driven lifestyle brands, size and scale, and advantaged digital capabilities are helping us win now and position us for growth in …

Mexico army to probe soldiers in border deaths

Mexico’s Defense Department says it will investigate about two dozen soldiers who took part in a border gun battle caught on a videotape in which a voice can be heard saying “kill him” after the confrontation was over By MARIA VERZA Associated Press August 26, 2020, 8:23 PM • 4 min read MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Defense Department said Wednesday it will investigate about two dozen soldiers who took part in border gun battle caught on a videotape where a voice can be heard saying “kill him” after the confrontation was over. Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio said the investigation into the July shooting will be carried out by military prosecutors. The shootout in the border city of Nuevo Laredo ended in the death of nine suspected gang members and three apparent kidnap victims who were being carried in the back of the gunmen’s truck. Occupants of the truck engaged in …

Pompeo under fire for making speech at the RNC while on a diplomatic trip

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to address the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, a move that upends decades of precedent and ethics guidelines aimed at separating America’s national security and foreign policy decision-makers from the whims of partisan politics. The speech, which was recorded in Israel and is slated to air Tuesday night, is now under investigation by the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subpanel on oversight. The subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, called the speech “highly unusual and likely unprecedented” and suggested, “it may also be illegal.” It has also made waves among former diplomats and foreign policy experts, who say his address, recorded while on official travel, smashes through the last remaining guardrails intended to protect the nation’s top diplomat from the dirty business of political campaigns. “The optics are awful,” said Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts …

Jacob Blake shooting: second fatality confirmed in Kenosha after overnight protests – live

11.24am EDT 11:24 Vice-president Mike Pence will apparently address the shootings in his speech at the Republican national convention tonight. We’ll have to wait and see how Pence handles that, but it will likely be a tricky line for him to negotiate. Republicans have blamed Democrats in Wisconsin for the protests, and GOP adherents don’t take kindly to criticism of the police. Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) .@jeffzeleny reports that Pence in his speech tonight will address violence unfolding in Kenosha last night that left 2 people dead. Reporting on the ground indicates members of an armed militia were present on the streets. Will be interesting to see how Pence addresses that. August 26, 2020 11.08am EDT 11:08 The head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team gave an emotional response when asked about the shooting of Jacob Blake, telling reporters: “We keep loving this country and this country doesn’t …

5 takeaways from Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’ 1st joint interviews

With the 2020 presidential election just over two months away, former Vice President Joe Biden sat down with “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts for their first joint interview since officially becoming their party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees. The wide-ranging interview touched on a number of pressing issues — from their previous confrontation on the debate stage to what the candidates are doing to prepare for their upcoming debates with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Here are five takeaways from “The Ticket: The First Interview,” which aired Sunday during a special edition of “20/20” on ABC. Biden on his vice presidential pick: ‘It was easy for me’ After a months-long search, Biden told Roberts “it was easy” for him to choose Harris. “I mean she had the best recommendation she can get: my son Beau, not a joke,” Biden …

Jeff Flake, other former GOP Congress members endorse Biden ahead of RNC

WASHINGTON — More than two-dozen former Republican members of Congress, including ex-Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Monday, hours ahead of the Republican National Convention. Speaking in a live video on several social media platforms, Flake explained why he plans to vote for Biden and not for President Donald Trump. “Today, given what we have experienced over the past four years, it’s not enough just to register our disapproval of the president,” Flake said. “We need to elect someone else in his place — someone who will stop the chaos and reverse the damage.” Biden’s presidential campaign announced the list of endorsements in a press release Monday morning. Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings. “It is because of my conservatism, and because of my belief in the Constitution and the separation of power, and because I …

Former Green Beret charged with spying for Russia

The Department of Justice headquarters stands on February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.   A former U.S. Army Green Beret conspired with Russia’s foreign intelligence arm, the GRU, providing them with national defense information from 1996 to 2011, federal prosecutors said Friday in an indictment. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, of Gainesville, Virginia, faces a single count of conspiracy to gather or deliver defense information to aid a foreign government. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. Debbins first visited Russia when was 19 years old, according to the federal indictment. His mother was born in the Soviet Union, and he met his wife in Chelyabinsk, Russia, where the couple later married. His father-in-law was a former an officer in the Russian military.   Debbins, 45, was born in Minnesota. It was unclear Friday whether he has an attorney. According to the indictment, Debbins was slowly groomed …

Progressives seethe as Democratic convention largely ignores Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — At their four-day convention this week, Democrats quietly adopted a plank in their 2020 platform calling for “structural court reforms” alongside a denunciation of Republicans for preventing President Barack Obama from filling a vacancy. But almost none of the speakers at the virtual extravaganza mentioned the Supreme Court.   The omission was alarming to some progressives as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the liberal wing, is 87 and battling a recurrence of pancreatic cancer, while Justice Stephen Breyer, a fellow Democratic appointee, is 82. Another four justices are old enough to collect Social Security.   “We have two liberal justices over 80 years old, which means this election will be make or break for the future of the Supreme Court. But you wouldn’t have known it from the speeches this week,” said Brian Fallon, the executive director of the advocacy group Demand Justice and a former …

Big Ten and Pac-12 postpone 2020 football, pushing the college sport closer to total fall shutdown

The Big Ten and Pacific-12 Conferences, boasting some of America’s most elite schools and storied college football programs, postponed 2020 gridiron action on Tuesday because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The 14-team Big Ten and dozen-member Pac-12 both said they hope to play now-postponed fall sports in the spring, if the nation’s struggle against the coronavirus is in a better place. “I’ve said it from the first day that I started at the Big Ten, that the health, the safety, the wellness — both physical and mental — for our student-athletes was going to be at the top of my list,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told the Big Ten Network minutes after the announcement. “The Big Ten will always put the mental and physical health and safety and wellness of our student-athletes at the center.” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren speaks following the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament …

Three men injured after alleged stabbing at rugby league game in western Sydney | Australia news

Three men have been hospitalised after an alleged stabbing following an under 20s community football game in Sydney’s northwest. Emergency services were called to Old Saleyards Reserve in North Parramatta following reports of an assault after an under 20s community game between Wentworthville Magpies and Penrith Brothers on Sunday morning. Acting Inspector Grant Morrisey said a kitchen knife with a six-inch blade was used in the brawl which left three men aged 16, 19, and 22 injured. They have been taken to Westmead hospital where two are in a serious condition. Insp Morrisey said it was unclear if the incident was related to the result of the match. Several men fled the scene before police arrived and a 19-year-old man was later arrested at a Cambridge Park home. He was taken to Nepean Hospital under police guard for treatment of an existing hand injury. NSW Rugby League said players from …

ACT’s David Seymour: ‘I don’t really care what people think and I’m still quite successful’ | New Zealand politics

He went viral in an awkward campaign video that featured him repeatedly saying “hi” – with an emotionless, thousand-yard stare – at famous spots in his constituency. He twerked merrily on Dancing with the Stars wearing neon Lycra. He once proclaimed – with unintentional double entendre – in a news interview about national flags, that “the French, for instance, love the coq.” That was the old David Seymour. The New Zealand lawmaker is the leader and sole member of parliament for ACT – a minor, libertarian party that has at times in its history been plagued by the inadvertent comedy of its eccentric members. The 37-year-old wears a sober suit and a quiet, serious demeanour when he meets the Guardian at his parliamentary office in Wellington. The new David Seymour dialled down the antics two years ago, quit alcohol – he lost 14kg (“I was 18% beer!” he says) and …

101 – 5 Days In Amsterdam

All was still. Around one hundred individuals had settled in the toilet for the over night ferry crossing from Hull to Holland. It was pitch black and the only sounds were the faint humming of the engines and the odd snorer. All the seats had actually been gotten so I found myself depending on a vacant space on the flooring with a couple of mates trying to get comfy. About five minutes had actually passed and I might feel myself ready to drop off. It began as a kind of muffled snort and established into a complete crescendo. I struggled for a moment, attempting to contain my laughter. Eventually I had to leave the room, rapidly followed by my 2 mates. After docking in Holland we were ushered onto a waiting coach for the one-hour drive to Amsterdam. The landscape had lots of all the essential things that make Holland …

Play The Game Securely With The Right Baseball Capturing Devices

Take me out to the old ballgame has actually been the signature tune for America’s preferred past time for years. We’re talking of course about baseball! Numerous sports need a lot of space or devices, a casual baseball video game is fairly simple to organize with a little effort and some fundamental baseball and catching devices. Other sports might really be more popular in specific areas of the nation than baseball but it’s this all American game that is tied into our culture through years of play It’s a video game that needs little in the method of devices and lots of a kid has whiled away the summer playing baseball with the regional neighbors utilizing little bit more than a strong stick, some flattened paper boxes for bases and a ball. Of course, with the development of the sport, (and the involvement of adults) the number of injuries likewise …

10 – Capital of Switzerland

Bern, or Berne to the French, is the capital of Switzerland. The entire city is stuffed into a peninsula extending over the fast-flowing waters of River Aare with hills and wooded locations all around, developing an extremely lovely photo of a city that has actually undergone barely any modifications because its starting over five hundred years back. In the historical Old Town of the capital of Switzerland, you can still discover middle ages streets total with games, street water fountains, and towers. And in the background, you can see clusters of roofings and the snow-capped peaks of the magnificent Alps in the distance. As the capital of Switzerland, Bern is house to the Swiss Parliament as well as numerous considerable federal government structures. Yet, regardless of its political status, the capital of Switzerland is far from a cold and logical city for professionals. There are many things to see and …

Under Armour vs. Military Thermals: Picking the Best Ski Gear

I relocated to Colorado a little over five years earlier. Although I was simply a skier at the time, it was my objective to become a snowboarder. Months prior to the season began, I spent numerous dollars on all the gear I would need: Board, bindings, boots, jacket, trousers, and a couple layers of fleece sweatshirts to keep me warm on those cold blizzard days. After all these expenses, I discovered myself short on cash and decided to purchase a low-cost pair of thermal underwear from a regional Wal-Mart. In mid-December of that year, the mountains received rather a discarding of new snow, and my friends and I chose to make the trip to Vail to take pleasure in the fresh powder. While carving down among the resort’s famous bowls, I accidentally caught an edge and ended up moving face initially down the steep incline. By the time I managed …

101 – 3 stars hotel in Rome

Rome is a reality. For Rome, more than for many cities, this constantly has been the main dilemma of city life: how to keep its invaluable heritage while improving the lot of its cheerfully occupants. Definitely the 2000 year Jubilee motivated efforts of current years and have actually made a difference. Transportation has actually been boosted, brand-new museums have actually been opened and old ones remodelled, and the long waited for Auditorium has actually opened to universal appreciation. The city hasn’t re-found the heady days of la dolce vita, however it’s looking excellent and it’s feeling much better than it has for a long time. Pride likewise informs much of the common Roman character: romans are first and foremost Roman and only then italian. In a nation of exceptional beauty, both natural and architectural, Rome remains the jewel in the crown. In no other city you can see so much …

The Main Concern of Old Content Is …

Among the most upsetting things about seeing slow development on your site is what happens to your content. You probably work hard on all the posts you publish to your website. Each time you add something brand-new, that most likely involves research, preparation and a great deal of time sitting down just composing. Sometimes you’ll feel a little uninspired. Other times you’ll develop posts that you’re really proud of and that you can’t wait for the world to see. Yes, this is a pretty squashing sensation however there are a couple of factors that you shouldn’t feel so bad. And in fact, this can be turned into a strength. The first thing to acknowledge is that just because old material isn’t getting read, it is still supplying worth to you. First of all, it is developing your SEO and it’s assisting you to acquire traction and bring in bots. In …