Tuesday, 2 Jun 2020

Biden Wins Hawaii’s Mail-In Democratic Primary: Campaign Update

28 deaths prompt road safety message from Manitoba RCMP

Manitoba RCMP are warning drivers to be more careful after a significant number of deaths so far this year.

RCMP say 28 Manitobans have lost their lives due to motor vehicle crashes in 2020 to date, which is well above the five-year average of 18.

Police warn that with warmer temperatures, there’s more traffic expected on highways as Manitobans head to beaches, cottages and campgrounds.

Bigfoot found — doing yoga in a California home

After decades-long searches, the elusive Bigfoot has finally been found — doing yoga in a home in Felton, California.

A Zillow listing for a five-bed, three-bath home selling for $999,000 has gone viral after pictures of the ranch house included a surprisingly domesticated Sasquatch.

In photos showing off the home’s attributes, Bigfoot is found milling about, reading books in the roomy living room, baking cookies in the well-appointed kitchen, Zooming with a friend, doing yoga near the deck, gardening on the spacious grounds and taking a nap on a bed in one of the large bedrooms.

The stunt, dreamed up by real estate agent Daniel Oster, seems to have worked as the listing has racked up over 425,000 views so far.

“During our initial photoshoot, the Bigfoot idea popped into my mind. The sellers immediately supported the idea, and we all hoped that it would bring a bit of levity to people on their home buying adventure,” Oster told BoredPanda.

“A lot of folks are under a lot of stress now, and we were hoping to lighten people’s day and make them smile. At the same time, hoping to spread awareness of their home for sale. And that does indeed seem to be happening. We’ve had an overwhelming amount of interest in folks calling to schedule appointments to see the property. And, we are anticipating offers soon.”

Coronavirus: Hundreds of Boeing employees in Winnipeg losing jobs

Hundreds of Boeing employees were told they’re going to lose their jobs.

On Friday, the company announced layoffs, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the Winnipeg site, which produces components mainly for our commercial airplanes, we anticipate a reduction of approximately 400 positions including voluntary and involuntary layoffs and normal attrition,” company spokesperson Jessica Kowal said.

Coronavirus fight: UN chief says world leaders are falling short

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells world leaders to stop bickering, back global coronavirus pandemic response.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his disappointment with international leaders’ response to the coronavirus challenge gripping the world.

He called for a global ceasefire and said nations needed to unite to fight the pandemic together.

Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from the United Nations in New York in the United States.

Bangladesh struggles to aid cyclone-stricken communities

Authorities are working to help communities already stricken by the coronavirus, but are hampered by damaged power and communication lines.

More than 90 people have been killed and tens of thousands left homeless after Cyclone Amphan slammed into coastal towns and cities in India and Bangladesh. Authorities are now working to help communities already stricken by the coronavirus, but are hampered by damaged power and communication lines.

Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury reports from Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.

Hong Kong braces for protests over new China security law

Activists say Beijing’s ban on activity considered subversive signals the end of autonomy and have called for demonstrations.

Hong Kong’s authorities are braced for protests this weekend after China announced plans to impose a new security law on the city.

It would ban activity Beijing considers subversive. Activists say the law signals the end of autonomy and have called for demonstrations.

Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown reports.

India farmers struggle amid COVID-19 lockdown

India’s lockdown is hurting its crucial farming sector which employs about half of the country’s workforce.

India’s lockdown is hurting its crucial farming sector, which employs about half of the country’s workforce.

A lack of workers and breakdown in supply chains has left many farmers struggling to sell their winter crops.

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam has more from Uttar Pradesh.

Former PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill Arrested, ABC Reports

Former Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O’Neill has been arrested over allegations of misappropriation and corruption, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

O’Neill was arrested at Jackson’s International Airport in Port Moresby on Saturday after flying back from Australia, where he’d been stranded due to the coronavirus lockdown, according to the report.

O’Neill resigned as prime minister in May last year after facing a potential no-confidence motion due to dissatisfaction over a recently signed natural-gas agreement with France’s Total SA, which sparked a wave of ministerial resignations. When police tried to arrest him in October last year, he said allegations of corruption leveled against him were “false and fabricated.”

Biden Wins Hawaii’s Mail-In Democratic Primary: Campaign Update

Joe Biden handily won the Democratic primary in Hawaii in an all-mail-in ballot after the vote was delayed by several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The former vice president beat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by 63% to 37%. Sanders dropped out of the contest in April, making Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Biden picked up 16 delegates in Hawaii to Sanders’s eight, the Associated Press reported.

The original date for Hawaii’s vote was April 4. The decision to cancel in-person voting in the Aloha State was made March 20. At that point the date of the primary was changed to give those people who had planned to vote in person long enough to obtain and cast their ballots, which were due by Friday.

Coming up:

Representative Val Demings of Florida, who said this week she’s “on the short list” to be Biden’s running mate, will appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Biden has said he’ll choose a woman to be on the ticket, and several are believed to be in contention.

The District of Columbia, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Indiana have primaries scheduled for June 2.

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