Month: November 2020

Mars and Hershey’s accused of avoiding fair pay for cocoa farmers

Abidjan (AFP) – Two of the world’s largest cocoa producers have accused Hershey’s and Mars of avoiding paying a bonus that helps boost poor farmers’ incomes, and have cancelled sustainability schemes run by the confectionary giants.West African nations Ghana and Ivory Coast account for two-thirds of global cocoa production, but there have been long-running tensions…

Thunderstorms Early today!

With a high of F and a low of 55F. Currently, it’s 62F and Rain outside. Current wind speeds: 19 from the South Pollen: 0 Sunrise: November 30, 2020 at 06:54AM Sunset: November 30, 2020 at 04:15PM UV index: 0 Humidity: 96% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv November 30, 2020 at 10:48PM

Photo of Texas doctor comforting elderly Covid patient goes viral

Washington (AFP) – Joseph Varon, a doctor treating coronavirus patients at a Texas hospital, was working his 252nd day in a row when he spotted a distraught elderly man in the Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU).Varon’s comforting embrace of the white-haired man on Thanksgiving Day was captured by a photographer for Getty Images and has…

Trump’s controversial coronavirus advisor resigns: report

Washington (AFP) – One of President Donald Trump’s favored coronavirus advisors who sparked controversy over his comments against mask-wearing and other issues has resigned, US media reported Monday.Fox News obtained the resignation letter dated December 1 for Scott Atlas, who lacked relevant experience or qualifications in public health or infectious disease. The outlet also reported that…

Bank of America latest to say no to financing Arctic drilling

New York (AFP) – Bank of America said Monday that it would not finance oil and gas drilling projects in the Arctic, the latest large US bank to take the step long sought by environmental advocates.A Bank of America spokesman confirmed the decision to AFP after it was initially reported by Bloomberg.Environmental protection organization the…

US watchdog finds flaws in key unemployment data

Washington (AFP) – A US government watchdog said Monday that a key measure of unemployment is based on flawed data, making assessing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on jobs more difficult.Since Covid-19 struck the United States in March, weekly data on applications for unemployment benefits have become a critical piece of real-time information to…

Photo of Texas doctor comforting elderly Covid patient goes viral

Washington (AFP) – Joseph Varon, a doctor treating coronavirus patients at a Texas hospital, was working his 252nd day in a row when he spotted a distraught elderly man in the Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU).Varon’s comforting embrace of the white-haired man on Thanksgiving Day was captured by a photographer for Getty Images and has…

The secret to George Clooney’s hair? The Flowbee

Washington (AFP) – Pandemic hair getting out of control? Take a tip from George Clooney: the Hollywood style icon has revealed he trims his signature silver locks with a Flowbee — a quirky home-styling device that attaches to a vacuum cleaner.The Flowbee has long been the butt of jokes since it appeared on late-night television…

Charles Manson follower denied parole again

Los Angeles (AFP) – California’s governor has blocked the release of Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, marking the fourth time a governor has reversed parole for the notorious cult murderer.Governor Gavin Newsom said Van Houten, 71, would still pose a danger to society if released after more than five decades behind bars, citing her…

Trump administration wages census fight at Supreme Court

Washington (AFP) – The right-leaning US Supreme Court appeared doubtful Monday about President Donald Trump’s plan to exclude potentially millions of illegal immigrants from the national census count, which could shift the balance of US politics over the next decade.But it was not clear if the nine justices would block Trump or let him follow…