Day: June 20, 2020

We’ve Ranked Some of the Best War Machines Ever Made

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Key Point: These weapon platforms all made their mark. Here’s how they did it.

In today’s world, where everyday it seems a new piece of military technology is poised to take over the battlefield and make everything else obsolete, there are several weapons of war that seem to have some staying power. 

 

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Aircraft carriers, while some may consider them obsolete, remain one of the ultimate ways to display national power and prestige, with the unique capability to attack targets from the world’s seas with deadly accuracy.

Submarines have many uses. Whether it is to exercise sea control, deter an enemy with underwater nuclear weapons or

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What does the future hold for this rare and reclusive animal?

China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images
China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images

This has become the unofficial year of the pangolin – the shy and reclusive creatures have harnessed global attention after being identified as a possible link in the coronavirus pandemic.

The new focus may end up being a relative blessing for conservationists who for years have urged greater protection for the endangered species.

The Independent’s Stop The Wildlife Trade campaign was launched by its shareholder Evgeny Lebedev to call for an end to high-risk wildlife markets and for an international effort to regulate the illegal trade in wild animals to reduce the risk of future pandemics.

In 2017, the status of all eight species of pangolins was upgraded in the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna

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Bill Gates is not secretly plotting microchips in a coronavirus vaccine. Misinformation and conspiracy theories are dangerous for everyone.

While the United States spends billions in an all-out effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine, there’s concern that when there finally is one, not enough people will take it to protect the population as a whole.

Even with a vaccine months and perhaps years away, misinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccines for COVID-19 are swirling online, potentially driving people away from getting vaccinated when one or more become available.

One of the wildest is a false story about a purported evil plan by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to use mass coronavirus vaccinations to implant microchips in billions of people to track their movements.

In a media call announcing $1.6 billion in funding for immunization in poor countries, Gates said the misinformation about his work on vaccines was so weird that he found it difficult to understand – and he categorically denied he’s involved in any sort of microchipping conspiracy.

“In

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What does the future hold for the reclusive species?

China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images
China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images

2020 has become the unofficial year of the pangolin.

The shy and reclusive creatures have harnessed global attention after being identified as a possible link in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new focus may end up being a relative blessing for conservationists who for years have urged greater protection for the endangered species.

The Independent’s Stop The Wildlife Trade campaign was launched by its proprietor Evgeny Lebedev to call for an end to high-risk wildlife markets and for an international effort to regulate the illegal trade in wild animals to reduce our risk of future pandemics.

In 2017, the status of all eight species of pangolins was upgraded in the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild

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Here are the latest developments

COVID-19: Here are the latest developments
COVID-19: Here are the latest developments

COVID-19 news is changing by the hour.

Here’s what happened today and some noteworthy stories from the month of June.

See May’s headlines here.

For more updates and resources, click here.

JUNE 20, 2020

Ontario sees slight increase in cases

After nearly a week of daily COVID-19 case numbers remaining below 200 in the province, Ontario is now seeing a slight climb, reported by CTV News. Health officials registered 206 new patients infected with COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the provincial total number of cases to 33,301.

JUNE 19, 2020

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As heat and humidity starts to build across the country, Canada’s top health official is reminding residents that non-medical masks or cloth face coverings can make breathing difficult under those conditions. When outside in a heat wave, Dr. Theresa Tam recommends that physical distancing is best. She says to save the mask for indoors

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Plenty of new features across all Apple devices

What to expect at WWDC 2020: Plenty of new features across all Apple devices
What to expect at WWDC 2020: Plenty of new features across all Apple devices

On June 22, Apple will hold is annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). But rather than gathering thousands of developers and journalists inside the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose California, the event will be an online-only experience due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

But the new format isn’t stopping Apple from announcing new versions of its operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, MacOS, tvOS, and watchOS during its Special Event Keynote.

While nothing is confirmed, plenty of rumors over the last few months have allowed us to piece together what we can likely expect for all of its platforms.

But there’s also been speculation beyond software. In addition to new features on devices on the iPhone and Apple Watch, the company might also announce its future plans for switching to an ARM-based chip on its Macs.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Doesn’t Care That We’re All Bored With It

From President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s ludicrous assertions that the novel coronavirus pandemic is no big deal anymore to crowded bars in Arizona and block parties in New York City, it sure seems like Americans are ready to move on from the public health emergency that has dominated our lives since March.

Yes, the daily count of new infections and deaths has fallen since its peak in April in May. New York City no longer is in full crisis as the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. Stay-at-home orders have caused pain and inconvenience to virtually everyone.

But the coronavirus has infected more than 2 million Americans and killed nearly 120,000. The daily tally of new cases is now rising, not falling, both here and abroad. There have been about as many new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. over the past two weeks

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Sage adviser encourages Government to relax two-metre rule

Customers pass mannequins stationed two metres apart inside Selfridges & Co Ltd. department store in London, U.K., on Monday, June 15, 2020. - Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Customers pass mannequins stationed two metres apart inside Selfridges & Co Ltd. department store in London, U.K., on Monday, June 15, 2020. – Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A member of the government’s scientific advisory panel Sage has said that he has changed his mind on the enforcement of the two-metre rule.

Professor Calum Semple, a professor of child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, said current coronavirus infection rates mean more decisions can be taken to reopen parts of society.

“I think the reason that I changed my mind now, and whereas I was of a very different opinion three weeks ago, is that now we are in a position where there are low levels and sustained low levels of transmission throughout the country,” Prof Semple told the Today programme.

“I’m still saying that two metres is safer than one, but in my opinion it is now a reasonable

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How Zack George went from ‘massively overweight’ child to the UK’s fittest man, and how he trains to stay there

Zack George as a child and now.
Zack George as a child and now.

Zack George

  • Zack George came top of the UK in the 2020 CrossFit Open, and 26th in the world.

  • However, as a child, George said he was “massively overweight,” eating fast food five times a week.

  • The professional athlete and CrossFit gym owner told Insider that his dad offered him a PlayStation as an incentive to lose weight, which kickstarted his fitness journey.

  • George now trains twice a day, six days a week, and he still has to keep his weight in check.

  • His best piece of advice to others is to “run your own race.”

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As a child growing up in Leicestershire, UK, Zack George was, in his own words, “massively overweight,” eating huge bags of candy and McDonald’s five times a week.

Two decades later, however, and he’s earned the title of the fittest man

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All NC businesses could soon reopen. Here’s what that may look like in Charlotte

North Carolina soon could enter the final phase of reopening amid the novel coronavirus. Some Charlotte area businesses are ready with safety plans once that is allowed, while at least one vows not to wait much longer to reopen.

Bowlers could see every other lane in use and some movie theater patrons would be required to wear masks. There also will be temperature checks for guests before they hit the gym.

The final phase of the state’s stay-at-home order that would reopen all businesses is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. June 26.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has not decided whether to move to Phase 2.5 or Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases continue to spike. He is expected to disclose his plans in the next few days.

All non-essential N.C. businesses were ordered to close March 17 to stop the coronavirus spread.

Phase 2 started May 22, allowing restaurants, personal

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