Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination

Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination yesterday but pledged to continue to try to move the party to the left. The democratic socialist insisted that he was “winning the ideological battle” but acknowledged that clinching the nomination was now “virtually impossible”. His decision clears the path for Joe Biden, 77, to take on President Trump in November. Ardern said the country was already ‘turning a corner’ just six weeks after the epidemic reached New Zealand, which has only 992 confirmed cases and one death so far.  Lockdown measures could be softened in just over … Continue reading Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination

The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF

The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents seen by the Guardian show. Risks were downplayed even while they planned how to profit off farmers who would buy Monsanto’s new seeds just to avoid damage, according to documents unearthed during a recent successful $265m lawsuit brought against both firms by a Missouri farmer. Elsewhere, Democratic front-runner Joe Biden has attacked the president as “reckless and ignorant” for accusing New York … Continue reading The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF

People across Spain have entered lockdown with a nationwide round of applause

People across Spain have entered lockdown with a nationwide round of applause, from their balconies, to show their gratitude to medical staff working on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, gave a televised address on Saturday night announcing measures confining residents to their homes except for essential trips outside. The options include ‘pick up shopping,’ ‘a friendly phone call,’ ‘posting mail,’ and ‘urgent supplies’. Becky said she thought of the lovely idea as she and her husband were discussing ways they could help others. Putin, 67, was due to stand down at the end … Continue reading People across Spain have entered lockdown with a nationwide round of applause

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations, it has been claimed.  Satellite maps in recent days have shown alarming levels of SO2 around Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began. Members of a World Health Organization expert mission flew to China to help coordinate the response to the virus, which has infected more than 40,000 people and killed at least 908. The country reported 97 deaths on Sunday, its largest toll in a single day since the outbreak was detected in December. Meanwhile, a further 60 cases were … Continue reading High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations