Donald Trump’s continued disregard for safety measures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – even after contracting Covid-19 himself – is the subject of two damning news ads from groups on both sides of the aisle.A video released by Republican Voters Against Trump on Friday pours scorn on Trump’s claim that he’s “better” and perhaps now immune, following his release from the hospital on Monday, after just three days of treatment.The clip features footage of some of the events that Trump has hosted amid the pandemic – many of which have been attended by maskless supporters – and ends with a stark reminder of the more than 210,000 Americans who have died after contracting the virus.Check out the video here:The progressive political action committee (PAC) MeidasTouch, meanwhile, urged voters to “get rid of the Trump virus” with its ad that contrasts the prominent Republicans who have tested positive for Covid-19 after ignoring safety measures with the American workers who have contracted the virus and don’t have top-level medical care.Check out that video here:Combined, the two videos have more than 1m views on social media, but it’s unclear if these kind of viral clips (that seldom appear on television) have any effect on swing voters.In his first on-screen interview since falling ill last week, Trump on Friday night claimed on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show that he felt “really good, really strong” and had been “medication-free” for the eight previous hours.Trump avoided answering a question about whether he’d been tested earlier in the day by saying, “I have been retested and I haven’t even found out numbers or anything yet. I’m at either the bottom of the scale or free.”Amid fears that he may still be contagious, the president plans to hold an in-person event for hundreds of guests at the White House on Saturday.Related...
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Chris Evans has hit out at Donald Trump, following the president’s latest, rather confusing, statement about coronavirus.The Marvel star has been one of Trump’s most vocal celebrity critics in recent times, particularly in the wake of the US leader’s remarks about the Covid-19 pandemic, following his own diagnosis.On Thursday, the POTUS shared what was potentially his most confusing statement about the virus to date in a Twitter video, in which he was heard saying: “We’re taking care of our seniors. You’re not vulnerable but they like to say you’re vulnerable. You’re the least vulnerable but for this one thing, you are vulnerable. So am I.”Trump speaks to senior citizens about COVID: "You're not vulnerable, but they like to say the vulnerable, but you're the least vulnerable — but for this one thing you are vulnerable." pic.twitter.com/eyZDRwur1p— The Recount (@therecount) October 8, 2020And evidently we weren’t the only ones left scratching our heads, with the Captain America star coming for Trump on Twitter.“His brain is a scribble,” he wrote, in the early hours of Friday morning, alongside a clip of Trump’s bewildering video.His brain is a scribble. https://t.co/YrchdjDA50— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 9, 2020Chris was similarly critical of Trump earlier in the week, when he urged Americans not to be “afraid” of Covid.“Don’t be afraid of Covid?!” Chris questioned. “You’ve been under round-the-clock care by the best doctors using the best drugs. Do you really think everyone has access to that?!“Sadly, I’m sure you’re aware of that disparity, you just don’t care This is reckless to a shocking degree, even for you.”Don’t be afraid of Covid?!You’ve been under round-the-clock care by the best doctors using the best drugs. Do you really think everyone has access to that?!Sadly, I’m sure you’re aware of that disparity, you just don’t careThis is reckless to a shocking degree, even for you https://t.co/H8CGlD9DcZ— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 5, 2020He previously retweeted a message from a doctor blasting the president after he was taken on a drive-by to greet supporters outside of the hospital where he was being treated, days after his coronavirus diagnosis.“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” the message read. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theatre. This is insanity.“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”READ MORE:
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Currently accounting for 3% of new car sales, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are sold as low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuel and conventional hybrid cars. But a new report threatens to shatter their green credentials. Research from the pressure groups Transport and Environment and Greenpeace has claimed that CO₂ emissions from plug-in hybrid cars are “two and a half times” higher than tests by manufacturers suggest. While these official figures place the average emissions from plug-in hybrid vehicles at 44g of CO₂ per kilometer, the new report argues that it’s more like 120g on roads. So why is there such a… This story continues at The Next Web
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Keeping your food cool on the go typically involves a cooler packed with ice, which means you don’t actually have that much freedom to go on extended trips; you need to stay close to an ice source or refrigerator. The Furrion eRove wants to eliminate that hassle. Launching on Indiegogo today, the cooler is essentially a portable fridge with a battery pack that can keep your food cool for up to five days — or longer, if you opt for the solar panel and/or an additional swappable battery. The company notes that if you do want to use ice, then your… This story continues at The Next Web
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Keir Starmer has called for a “plan B” for the UK’s economy after Boris Johnson imposed fresh coronavirus restrictions which are predicted to threaten jobs.The Labour leader used a televised address to the nation on Wednesday to say “it makes no sense to bring in new restrictions at the same time as phasing out support for jobs and businesses”.“We need a ‘plan B’ for the economy,” he stressed.It came as chancellor Rishi Sunak scrapped the autumn Budget and prepared to make an emergency economic statement on Thursday.Sunak has faced widespread calls to replace the furlough scheme that runs out in October given the impact the new restrictions, including advice to work from home and 10pm closing times for hospitality, are likely to have on businesses.The Treasury said work on a scheme to replace furlough had been taking place in parallel with Budget preparations.Its focus will be on saving jobs to avoid the expected three million unemployed.The Treasury said: “We will always be honest with people about the difficult trade-offs that are involved here.“Not between health and the economy, but between keeping people in jobs and helping them find new ones. And between help in the here and now and rebuilding in the future. That’s what people deserve.”The chancellor initially announced his move via Twitter, with a graphic titled “Winter Economy Plan”.As our response to coronavirus adapts, tomorrow afternoon I will update the House of Commons on our plans to continue protecting jobs through the winter. pic.twitter.com/eP6aqcocxd— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) September 23, 2020No further details were provided and it came as the government confirmed more than 6,000 new coronavirus cases by 9am on Wednesday – the highest daily number since May 1.A Treasury source said: “No-one wanted to be in this situation but we need to respond to it.“The chancellor has shown he has been creative in the past and we hope that people will trust us to continue in that vein.“Giving people reassurance and businesses the help they need to get through this is uppermost in his mind.”The move followed comments by prime minister Boris Johnson about a “creative and imaginative” action plan to protect jobs, with unions and business leaders pointing to schemes used in other European countries.Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey said on Tuesday it was time to “stop and rethink” the furlough scheme in favour of a targeted approach.The Trades Union Congress (TUC), which outlined its furlough replacement proposal last month, said the government must “fast-track a new plan” to protect jobs.The mooted plans would reportedly see the government and firms share the cost of topping up wages for employees only able to work part-time due to the pandemic.One option reportedly being considered to replace the furlough scheme is Germany’s Kurzarbeit, or shorter work-time policy, under which firms can cut working hours in economic downturns with the state replacing part of their lost income.Another proposal put forward by the CBI business group would see subsidies for firms that can offer staff at last 50% of their normal hours, with the cost for non-working hours shared equally by the company, the Treasury and the employee.Related...
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