Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: Public Health Confirms 18 New Deaths And 1,236 Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Denver police involved in shooting in Cole neighborhood

Denver police were involved in a shooting Saturday afternoon near 37th Avenue and Race Street, police announced on Twitter.

Authorities did not immediately divulge any additional details about the incident.

Police will conduct a news briefing Saturday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Check back for additional updates. 


India plans $4.6 bn spur for EV battery makers

Bid to cut down dependence on oil

India plans to offer $4.6 billion in incentives to companies setting up advanced battery manufacturing facilities as it seeks to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and cut down its dependence on oil, according to a government proposal seen by Reuters.

A proposal drafted by NITI Aayog said India could slash its oil import bills by as much as $40 billion by 2030 if EVs were widely adopted.

The proposal is likely to be reviewed by the Union Cabinet in the coming weeks, said a senior government official.

NITI Aayog and the government did not comment.

India’s efforts to promote EVs have been stymied by a lack of investment in manufacturing and infrastructure such as charging stations.

Just 3,400 electric cars were sold in the world’s second-most populous nation during the last business year, compared to sales of 1.7 million conventional passenger cars.

Watch live: Trump announces Supreme Court nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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President Donald Trump is expected this evening to announce his pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. Trump's planned announcement comes after a week of national mourning. 

Ginsburg, who passed away at age 87 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, became the first woman and the first Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. She was viewed as pivotal figure in American law and as the leader of the court's liberal wing. 

The president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have vowed to rapidly press ahead with filling the vacancy, enraging Democrats who argue that whoever wins the Nov. 3 presidential election should choose Ginsburg's replacement. 

Trump's nominee would be the third justice he has appointed to the court if confirmed. 

Biden Compares Trump to Goebbels, Saying He’s Promoting a ‘Lie’

Democratic nominee Joe Biden compared Donald Trump to Joseph Goebbels, saying the president was repeating a “lie” in the same way the Nazi propagandist did in the 1930s and ‘40s.

“He’s sort of like Goebbels. You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge,” Biden said in an interview on MSNBC that aired Saturday.

Biden was responding to a question about how he would confront repeated false accusations from Trump that he’s a socialist.

The comment came hours before Trump announced conservative judge Amy Comey Barrett as his pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, and three days before Biden and the president are scheduled to meet for their first debate.

Adolf Hitler and Goebbels, his minister of propaganda, espoused a technique known as the “Big Lie,” which involved repeating a colossal falsehood until the public came to believe it was true. Hitler coined the term in his 1925 book “Mein Kampf.”

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” Goebbels is often reported to have said, although the source of the comment is unclear.

Biden had compared Trump to Goebbels once before, when he called for the president’s impeachment in October 2019.

UFC 253 live blog: Real-time updates from fight night – The Denver Post

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from UFC 253 on Sept. 26, 2020.

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Johnson Trails in Opinion Poll as Virus Policies Anger Britons

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party trails the main opposition Labour Party in an opinion poll for the first time in months, with half of those surveyed saying they disapprove of how government has handled the coronavirus crisis.

According to an Opinium survey for the Observer, a left-leaning newspaper, Keir Starmer’s Labour rose 3 points to 42% with Johnson’s party dropping by the same amount to 39%. At the end of March, soon after the government imposed a lockdown on the economy and four months after winning the election in a landslide, the Conservatives had 54% support.

While the survey comes years before the country is obliged to hold a general election, it’s a reminder that Johnson’s administration has become bogged down in a series of missteps, some of its own making.

Thousands of protesters, some with placards such as “This is tyranny,” took to the streets of central London on Saturday, angered by the government’s expansion of coronavirus restrictions.

Meanwhile, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s latest economic measures received a mixed response from the hospitality industry, and Brexit talks are set to enter their final round of formal negotiations, just as the government warns that huge lines of trucks could blight the southeastern corner of England from Jan. 1 in a post-Brexit logistics nightmare.

Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: Public Health Confirms 18 New Deaths And 1,236 Positive Cases Of COVID-19

Los Angeles Public Health confirmed Saturday an additional 1,236 positive cases of COVID-19. Officials also confirmed 18 new deaths and a total of 715 current hospitalizations.

The latest COVID-19 counts come as health officials have been anticipating a rise in new COVID-19 positive cases and related deaths following the Labor Day holiday weekend. Their concerns are a result of spikes following the Memorial Day and Four of July holidays.

Officials have said that the county has not experienced that anticipated surge. In fact Saturday’s numbers show a decline from Friday’s new cases and deaths counts.

Even as numbers start to go down, officials warn that L.A. County residents, especially young adults, still need to practice caution when going out in public. From maintaining proper social distance and wearing masks in public places to avoiding large gatherings, residents play a role in minimizing the transmission and spread of COVID-19.

The latest roundup of COVID-19 numbers bring Los Angeles County to a total of 266,988 positive cases and 6,504 deaths. This announcement comes the same week the United States reached a grim milestone of 200,000 lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

California now has a total of 798,237 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15,532 deaths.

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