Jacob Blake had a knife in his car when he was shot by police as they attempted to arrest him, according to the Wisconsin DOJ

Jacob Blake had a knife in his car when he was shot by police as they attempted to arrest him, according to the Wisconsin DOJ (Source businessinsider.com)

The statement — released more than three days after the shooting — is the first detailed information from the police about what happened. Officers tried unsuccessfully to arrest Blake, it said, after responding to a call from a woman about her boyfriend. Officers fired a Taser, which did not stop him, the statement said. The statement said Blake had a knife on the floor of the driver-side of the car. He was opening the door when he was shot. A witness, one of Blake’s neighbors, has told Insider that think Blake was actually accessing the car to check on his children, three of whom were in the back seat. Blake is alive in the hospital, but has serious injuries and may never walk again. Jacob Blake had a knife in his car and was shot by police as they attempted to arrest him, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The statement came four days after Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake seven times in the back, causing the 29-year-old Black man massive internal injuries. It was the first official update to provide details of the circumstances of the shooting. Earlier statements from the Kenosha Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice said only that a man had been shot after officers responded to a “domestic incident.” The shooting was caught on camera by an onlooker and spread widely on social media. City-wide protest and civil unrest followed, in which two people have been shot dead. The Wednesday statement said that on the day of Blake’s shooting, officers were responding to a call from a woman who said her boyfriend was at the premises when he should not be. An account from one witness, neighbor Dan Stone, told Insider that Blake had been attempting to de-escalate an argument between “two girls” at the scene.

A thousand kids and counselors went to summer camp in Maine. Only 3 got the coronavirus.

A thousand kids and counselors went to summer camp in Maine. Only 3 got the coronavirus.

(Source Yahoo News) Out of 1,022 people who either attended or worked at several overnight summer camps in Maine that implemented measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, only three tested positive for it, a new study says. And those three cases did not result in secondary infections because proper measures were taken.

The encouraging news emerged from a new study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made public on Wednesday. It comes on the heels of another CDC study, released last week, that showed that after childcare centers in Rhode Island opened in June, there were few infections and almost no secondary transmission throughout the surrounding community. Together, the two studies seem to offer promise. “These camps did it right. They followed the basic public health measures,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, a Harvard epidemiologist. Those measures included “face coverings, enhanced hygiene measures, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, maximal outdoor programming, and early and rapid identification of infection and isolation,” according to the new study’s lead author, Dr. Laura Blaisdell, a pediatrician at the Maine Medical Center who serves as a medical adviser to the American Camp Association.

Growing underwater heat blob speeds demise of Arctic sea ice

Growing underwater heat blob speeds demise of Arctic sea ice (Source sciencemag.org)

In March, soon after arriving aboard the Polarstern, a German icebreaker frozen into Arctic sea ice, Jennifer Hutchings watched as ice broke up around the ship, weeks earlier than expected.

Even as scientists on the research cruise scrambled to keep field instruments from plunging into the ocean, Hutchings, who studies ice deformation at Oregon State University, Corvallis, couldn’t suppress a thrill at seeing the crack up, as if she had spotted a rare bird. “I got to observe firsthand what I studied,” she says. Arctic sea ice is itself an endangered species. Next month its extent will reach its annual minimum, which is poised to be among the lowest on record. The trend is clear: Summer ice covers half the area it did in the 1980s, and because it is thinner, its volume is down 75%. With the Arctic warming three times faster than the global average, most scientists grimly acknowledge the inevitability of ice-free summers,. “It’s definitely a when, not an if,” says Alek Petty, a polar scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

China could weaponise drug exports to retaliate against US chip restrictions

China could weaponise drug exports to retaliate against US chip restrictions (Source scmp.com)

China should weaponise its exports of medicines and drug precursors if the US cuts the country’s access to computer chips, a prominent Chinese academic and government adviser says, as supply chain security emerges as a key theme in the upcoming American presidential election. The United States is heavily reliant on imported medicines from China, something both US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have vowed to address after the coronavirus pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in the nation’s pharmaceutical and medical device supply. The candidates have pledged to shift production of critical medical products back to the United States, creating jobs and loosening reliance on foreign manufacturers like China. Though Beijing has not yet used pharmaceuticals to put pressure on the US, high-profile economist Li Daokui said China could limit American access to medicines if it was starved further of semiconductors.

New coronavirus cases are down nationwide. But the US is still averaging more than 900 deaths a day

New coronavirus cases are down nationwide. But the US is still averaging more than 900 deaths a day

(Source cnn.com) New coronavirus cases are down across the US about 12% on average over the last seven days compared to the previous week, but the nation is still averaging more than 900 deaths a day.

According to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, cases are steadily declining in states hard-hit by Covid-19. Compared to last week, new cases are down in Arizona about 36%, California and Texas have seen a decrease of 29%, and Florida’s numbers are down 26%. Also on Wednesday, the US reported 44,109 cases and 1,222 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus in the US topped 180,000 on Thursday, according to the JHU data. More than 5.8 million cases have been reported.



According to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, more than half of all the storefronts in the entire city of San Francisco are no longer in business. Speaking of New York, 83 percent of all restaurants in the city were unable to pay their full rent last month. In 2020, the state of Louisiana has lost twice as many jobs as it did after Hurricane Katrina.  By the way, many are concerned that Hurricane Laura could soon become a similar monster storm. In the state of South Carolina, an eye-popping 52 percent of all renters “are at risk of eviction”. Americans now owe more than 21 billion dollars in unpaid rent. Overall, 27 percent of all Americans did not make their rent or mortgage payment last month. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the delinquency rate on residential mortgages increased by 386 basis points last quarter.  That was the most rapid rise that we have ever seen by a very wide margin. U.S. bankruptcies are already at their highest level in 10 years and they are expected to surge dramatically as we approach the end of this calendar year. For companies with more than 1 billion dollars in assets, it is being projected that there will be a record number of bankruptcies in 2020. World trade plunged to the “lowest levels on record” during the month of June. The percentage of hotel mortgages that are 30 or more days delinquent soared to a whopping 23.4 percent last month. American Airlines just announced that they will be eliminating 19,000 jobs next month. 31 percent of U.S. workers that were brought back to work after being laid off during the early stages of this pandemic have been laid off a second time, and another 26 percent have been told that layoffs may be coming soon. According to one recent survey, about half of all U.S. workers that have been laid off during this pandemic believe that their jobs losses are permanent.

China fires ‘aircraft-carrier killer’ missile in warning to US

China fires ‘aircraft-carrier killer’ missile in warning to US (Source Aljazeera.com)

China has fired two missiles, including one dubbed an “aircraft-carrier killer”, into the South China Sea, according to a news report, in a pointed warning to the United States as tensions in the disputed sea lane rise to new levels. The South China Morning Post reported on Thursday that Beijing fired one intermediate-range ballistic missile, DF-26B, from Qinghai province and another medium-range ballistic missile, DF-21D, from Zhejiang province on Wednesday in response to US aerial activities in a “no-fly zone”. In response, Mark Esper, the US defence chief, said China has repeatedly fallen short of promises to abide by international laws, noting China seems to be flexing its muscles the most in Southeast Asia. The two missiles were reportedly fired in the direction of the area between Hainan province and the disputed Paracel Islands, the Hong Kong-based publication added, quoting an unnamed source.

US alleges Russian armoured car rammed American vehicle, injuring soldiers

US alleges Russian armoured car rammed American vehicle, injuring soldiers (Source The Guardian)

The US has alleged a Russian armoured car rammed a US military vehicle, injuring American soldiers, in what the White House called “unsafe and unprofessional” behaviour when patrols from the two countries’ militaries confronted each other in north-eastern Syria.

According to the US national security council the incident took place on Tuesday morning near a location it described as “Dayrick”, a possible reference to Derik, near the Turkish and Iraqi borders. During this interaction, a Russian vehicle struck a Coalition mine-resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle causing injuries to the vehicle’s crew,” NSC spokesman John Ullyot said.

“To de-escalate the situation, the Coalition patrol departed the area. Unsafe and unprofessional actions like this represent a breach of de-confliction protocols, committed to by the United States and Russia in December 2019.” According to Politico, which first reported the incident, citing a draft military statement, four American soldiers were diagnosed with mild concussion.

Communist China Expands Digital Currency Pilot Program

Communist China Expands Digital Currency Pilot Program (Source thetrumpet.com)

The next world reserve currency might be a digital currency. As the United States national debt nears $27 trillion, the People’s Republic of China is testing out a digital yuan. This digital currency has no paper or coin equivalent. Users have to register their mobile phones and download an app to make deposits or transfer money. On April 20, the People’s Bank of China confirmed that it was testing a digital yuan in Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu and Xiong’an. And after making some adjustments to the currency’s functionality, China’s Commerce Ministry announced on August 14 that it may soon expand this pilot program to include all major Chinese cities. According to the 21st Century Business Herald, employees at some of China’s state-run banks are already using digital currency to pay their bills. Like most of the world, Communist China relies on the U.S. dollar payment system to make international financial transactions. This makes the nation vulnerable to U.S. economic sanctions, like the sanctions the Trump administration has enacted against Chinese officials for suppressing pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and sending Uyghurs to concentration camps. A major reason the Chinese Communist Party has been developing a digital currency since 2014 is to move away from the U.S. dollar and ultimately bypass international financial systems subject to U.S. laws. Central banks such as the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China already issue digital money to commercial banks that have accounts with them. These commercial banks issue digital money to businesses, households and individuals; this is how debit cards enable people to make purchases without actually exchanging cash. But the type of digital yuan the People’s Bank of China is developing goes a step beyond this process. It will allow the People’s Bank of China to issue digital money directly to the public—bypassing commercial banks.

Honey may be more effective for treating respiratory symptoms than antibiotics, study claims

Honey may be more effective for treating respiratory symptoms than antibiotics, study claims

(Source independent.co.uk) Honey may be more effective at treating respiratory symptoms than prescribed antibiotics, a study has claimed. Upper respiratory tract infections impact the nose, throat, larynx and bronchi, the large air passages that lead from the windpipe to the lungs. Examples of Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, tonsillitis and laryngitis, while the flu can be an upper or a lower respiratory tract infection. Although honey is frequently used as a home remedy to treat coughs and colds among children and adults, its efficacy as a remedy for Upper respiratory tract infections among adults has not been systemically reviewed. Researchers from the University of Oxford decided to conduct an investigation into the topic, assessing 14 clinical trials that compared honey and other forms of treatment that included it as an ingredient, including antihistamines, cough suppressants and painkillers.

According to the data, which featured 1,761 participants of different ages, honey was deemed a more effective form of treatment that other forms of usual care for relieving respiratory symptoms, particularly when it came to coughing.