Month: October 2020

US election in numbers

Washington (AFP) – The race for the White House continues to break new ground and set records in 2020 — on early voting, ad spending and more. These figures break down the campaign in numbers.3November 3: That’s the date for the US presidential election, congressional races, Senate contests and several state and local races. Election…

Ransomware surge imperils hospitals as pandemic intensifies

Washington (AFP) – Hackers are stepping up attacks on health care systems with ransomware in the United States and other countries, creating new risks for medical care as the global coronavirus pandemic accelerates. Alerts from US authorities and security researchers highlight a wave of cyberattacks on hospitals coping with rising virus infections.An unusual warning this week…

In their own words: US voters explain their election views

Washington (AFP) – In the build-up to Tuesday’s US presidential election, AFP correspondents have travelled to dozens of towns and cities far beyond Washington to hear from voters about how they view hot-button issues. Here are some of those voters in their own words:- ‘No hope’ -Demon Lane, a 27-year-old Baltimore resident, is among the Black Americans…

US vote: how the virus upturned the campaign

Washington (AFP) – Covid-19 has not only wreaked havoc on the US presidential election schedule — it has dominated the campaign.AFP looks back at some of the moments when the pandemic upended the contest, including Donald Trump’s hospitalization and how the party conventions became virtual events.March: Biden goes quiet – The pandemic robs Democratic candidate Joe…

‘Vote for your life’: Why 2020 might be the Covid-19 election

Washington (AFP) – At the end of January, a little after the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in the United States, the New York Stock Exchange hit an all-time high, and Donald Trump’s biggest concern was the impact of Boeing’s woes on the economy.”The American Dream is back, bigger, better and stronger than ever before,”…

NY Marathon canceled, but runners stride on — on their own

New York (AFP) – In Central Park or along the Hudson River, runners will complete the storied New York City Marathon — just not along the same course.The annual race, originally set for Sunday, was one of many events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but diehard runners are not missing their shot in what…

Trump’s rallies — victory cry or last gasp?

Reading (United States) (AFP) – President Donald Trump gazed over the thicket of supporters wearing his branded red baseball caps and marveled at the crowds he’d witnessed while driving in his motorcade to give the speech in Pennsylvania.”Nobody’s ever seen anything like this,” he said to cheers on Saturday as he began his final sprint…

England to lockdown again as Slovakia tests population for virus

London (AFP) – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new four-week lockdown in England, which will join several European countries in imposing the measure for a second time since the coronavirus pandemic began, as Slovakia took a different tack and began testing its entire population.The list of countries on the continent re-implementing…

Boards of election: Fearing violence, Washington prepares

Washington (AFP) – Hammers are pounding and saws are buzzing in Washington as crews board up stores amid fears that the pivotal US presidential election next week could degenerate into unrest.All around downtown Washington, near the stately White House and elsewhere, many merchants and office building managers are working feverishly to protect their property in…

Sunny today!

With a high of 40F and a low of 27F. Currently, it’s 39F and Sunny outside. Current wind speeds: 1 from the South Pollen: 0 Sunrise: October 31, 2020 at 07:18AM Sunset: October 31, 2020 at 05:40PM UV index: 2 Humidity: 55% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv October 31, 2020 at 02:15PM