Hungary dismantling its democracy.
Hungarian authorities have halted the flow of state funds to Democratic Coalition, saying it failed to show “a reliable and clear picture” of its finances. The party says the requested papers burned in a 2018 fire.
Breonna Taylor was killed during a police drug raid at her home in Louisville.
Sad how dementia shows itself.
President Donald Trump, while speaking to reporters outside the White House on Thursday, attempted to describe the results of his latest coronavirus test. That exceedingly simple task proved too much for our president, who rejected a straightforward reply to instead offer this incoherent string of words:
Pres. Trump on his coronavirus test today: “I tested very positively, in another sense, this morning. I tested positively toward negative, right? No, I tested perfectly this morning — meaning I tested negative. But that’s a way of saying it: positively toward the negative.” pic.twitter.com/Jylltw0JXs
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) May 21, 2020
Here’s to watching how the rest of his supposed hydroxychloroquine regimen unfolds.
Tweeting government causes problems in India
NEW DELHI • India’s decision to resume domestic flights from next Monday was a bolt out of the blue for most of the country’s aviation companies. Top executives at three Indian airlines said they learnt about the move when the aviation minister tweeted it.
Most airlines have suspended ticket sales at least until June 1 and were staring at a longer stint on the ground, until the minister announced the government’s plan to reopen the skies. Many are puzzled as this coincides with India emerging as the nation in Asia where coronavirus infections are spreading at the fastest pace.
While airlines, strapped for cash due to India’s shutdown, were waiting for a decision, the short notice makes it harder for them to prepare for operations, deploy staff, arrange for protective gear and ensure they can keep the virus away from flights, the executives said.
The issue shows the challenge airlines face as the world gradually opens up even as new virus hot spots emerge. The situation is particularly alarming in crowded India, where the movement of people from its mega cities to the hinterland has already catalysed the virus’ spread despite a near two-month nationwide lockdown.
Airlines around the world have struggled to remain in business, with some shutting down, as travel restrictions dried cash flows. The ban on local flights in India – which came into effect on March 25, days after a ban on international operations – prompted industry analysts at Capa Centre for Aviation to speculate that struggling airlines would have to sell shares to stay alive.
India’s airlines, including IndiGo, Asia’s biggest budget carrier by market value, SpiceJet, Singapore Airlines affiliate Vistara and AirAsia Group, have 650 planes between them. The country is one of the biggest markets for Airbus and Boeing.
Let’s block ads! (Why?)
Sad, laughable and dangerous
- Jo Rae Perkins wins Republican primary contest in Oregon
- FBI has warned that conspiracy could encourage extremism
Oregon Republicans have nominated a high-profile backer of the QAnon conspiracy theory as their candidate for a US Senate seat.
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Extensive guidance issued last month by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that meatpacking companies erect physical barriers, enforce social distancing and install more hand-sanitizing stations, among other steps. But the guidance is not mandatory.
Source: Meat Plant Safety Recommendations are Largely Unenforceable | Food Manufacturing
The picture for testing is slowly improving. The United States is completing more than 300,000 tests a day, double the amount of a month ago, according to the Covid Tracking Project. A new, high-capacity test by the manufacturing company Hologic is being shipped to labs around the country, offering the potential to double testing capacity in many cases. Some states, like California, Rhode Island and Minnesota, have undertaken widespread testing of residents. And the federal government is beginning to distribute $11 billion to support state testing efforts, which was authorized by Congress in April.