Day: May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects stay-at-home order as patchwork of coronavirus rules grows

If there’s no agreement, it could be left up to individual counties to decide on their own rules.The ruling, a major win for state Republicans who have pushed for reopenings, adds to a growing national patchwork of regulations governing where residents can go and what they can do as different regions lift some restrictions and clamp down on others.In New Jersey, residents can go to […]

May 14, 2020

Singapore enforces social distancing — with a robot dog

Thousands of “safe distancing ambassadors” have also fanned out across parks, malls, markets and other public areas.Their presence has not always been welcomed: Last week, a parks officer was stabbed in an altercation with a man who was illegally cutting plants while not wearing a mask. Its whirring joints and eerily precise prowl inspired an episode of the dystopian British TV series “Black Mirror,” which […]

May 14, 2020

Republicans stake congressional victory, claim seat Democrat Katie Hill vacated

Here’s how they plan to win them back in 2020. There is still time for states to switch to a mail-in ballot nationwide, but not much, and some states continue to resist. When Hill quit, Smith, who had just won her Assembly seat, quickly became the party’s favorite to take Hill’s place. She resigned last fall after nude photos of her were leaked and the […]

May 14, 2020

Democrats wrote the playbook on digital organizing, so why is Trump dominating?

Advertisement “We are reaching out to everybody to find out what works,” said Flaherty, who himself was digital director for the presidential campaign of Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman. Kerry, then a Massachusetts senator.“Does Biden need to improve online? Biden’s behind-the-curve campaigning nearly doomed his candidacy in the Democrats’ nominating contests earlier this year. “Does it mean he won’t win if he doesn’t? It […]

May 14, 2020

The whole world is spending to fight coronavirus. In Mexico, the leftist president is making cuts

Those cost-cutting measures come on top of steep cuts enacted early on in his administration that targeted everything from the country’s Olympic training program to public hospitals. Advertisement In March and April alone, Mexico lost more than 700,000 jobs in the formal economy. Advertisement The economies of Mexico, Canada and the United States have become ever-more integrated, yet each country has issued its own guidelines […]

May 14, 2020

Washington state allows bunk beds for farmworkers despite coronavirus risks

Farms must frequently disinfect surfaces in housing and identify and isolate workers with suspected cases of COVID-19.Farm group representatives welcomed the new rules Wednesday as a fair compromise, but union officials expressed disappointment.Edgar Franks, political director for the farmworker union Familias Unidas por La Justicia, said that the group shelter rules would be difficult to follow and enforce and that the sleeping arrangements would be […]

May 14, 2020

With the U.S. looking to reopen, Canada seeks to prolong border closure

At the same time, the health and safety of people on both sides of the border must continue to be our top priority.” Advertisement Tom Creary, managing director of WestbridgeOne Consulting of Montreal and founder of the Quebec chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, said governmental efforts to keep commerce flowing have substantial hidden costs.“I’ve got clients who are shipping across the […]

May 14, 2020

No stranger to threats, refugees now face an invisible one: Coronavirus

Electricity wires dangle dangerously near water pipes laid above sludge-filled alleyways (deaths by electrocution have happened in the past). Advertisement “We reached a point where we couldn’t wait any longer. And the impact on refugees is tripled, quadrupled,” said Huda Samra, UNRWA’s communication advisor, in a phone interview.Aid groups have rallied to contain the damage, but assistance has been stalked by shortfalls.UNRWA has struggled to […]

May 14, 2020

Battle over coronavirus rules and reopenings across the U.S. is increasingly partisan, and bitter

Advertisement “We’re trying to get things moving in a safe and responsible manner because this thing is turning into a pressure cooker,” said Republican state Rep. And more than 1.4 million people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the university reports.The battle over stay-at-home orders and the pace of allowing businesses to reopen has taken an increasingly partisan bent. “But if people are going […]