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Europe’s hospitals are filling up
Poland has turned its largest stadium into an emergency hospital. The number of Covid-19 patients in Belgium and the UK has doubled in two weeks. And doctors and nurses in the Czech Republic are falling ill at an alarming rate.
While hospitals in Europe were initially spared the mass influx of patients they were exposed to during the spring outbreak, a second wave of serious illnesses is emerging and hospitals could be overrun, new data released Thursday shows.
The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the continent is still below half the high in March and April, but is increasing every week. In much of Europe, people are more likely to be hospitalized after contracting the virus than in the United States.
What to see: Some experts fear that countries that fail their guards have not increased hospital capacity during a temporary reprieve and are not prepared. Deaths have been slowly increasing in most of Europe, and experts say deaths are likely to increase over the next few weeks.
1MDB: Goldman Sachs pays billions in fines
The bank’s Malaysian subsidiary pleaded guilty to conspiracy after employees paid bribes to officials in connection with the plunder of the sovereign wealth fund. Goldman Sachs will pay billions in fines in Malaysia, the United States and Hong Kong.
The 1Malaysia Development Berhad Fund scandal overturned Malaysia’s leaders and led to criminal cases around the world. It’s one of the biggest scandals in the history of the Wall Street giant.
Aside from the penalties, Goldman Sachs’ board of directors said it was taking steps to recover or withhold compensation from current and former company executives of $ 174 million.
Quote: “While it is perfectly clear that certain former employees have broken the law, lied to our colleagues and bypassed strict controls, this fact does not absolve me or other employees of the company from our responsibility,” said the bank’s chief executive, David Solomon Explanation.
According to official information, Iran and Russia want to interfere in the US elections
Iran and Russia have both received American voter registration data, senior national security officials said – the first concrete evidence that they are trying to influence the presidential election if it occurs in the past two weeks.
Some of the data was used by Iran to send threatening, fake emails to Democratic voters allegedly from far-right groups like the Proud Boys who support President Trump. US officials insist Russia remains the main threat to the elections and has resisted hackers.
There was no indication that the voting results or voter information had been changed – either could affect the election result.
Details: Most of the data was public, an official said, and Iran used it as a campaigning measure. This information may have been combined with other identifying material.
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Europe and the “America Problem”
President Trump has treated many European leaders with contempt, and many look forward to the possibility of Joe Biden winning the presidency. But four years of America First politics has changed the dynamic in ways that cannot be easily reversed.
A fundamental trust has been broken and many Europeans believe that US foreign policy is no longer reliable. “Biden is not solving your America problem,” said Jeremy Shapiro of the European Council on Foreign Relations. “People have learned that the US cannot be trusted on foreign policy because the next government comes in and wipes it away.”
The following also happens
Huawei: The technology giant unveiled the Mate 40 series, the first high-end smartphones launched since the Trump administration that severely restricted Huawei’s ability to buy computer chips anywhere in the world. The restrictions may result in the phone shipments being limited.
Lebanon: Despite calls for change, the country’s president Saad Hariri has tapped the former prime minister who resigned last year over anti-government protests to try again to form a government. For many it symbolizes the corruption that many have fought to change.
Poland: A court ruled that abortion because of fetal abnormalities is against the country’s constitution, imposing a near-total ban in a nation that already has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe.
Tick Tack: The video platform announced that it was cracking down on QAnon supporters and hate speech, with policy changes restricting the content.
Copenhagen Mayor: Frank Jensen resigned and admitted that he had molested numerous women over the decades. The grievances and its sudden fall have shaken Denmark, a liberal nation that routinely surpasses international measures for women’s rights and gender equality.
Snapshot: Above, preparations for the US presidential debate. Just 12 days before election day, President Trump and Joe Biden will have their second and final debate in Nashville in a few hours. It’s a particularly important event for Mr Trump, who is lagging behind in most national and battlefield state polls.
What we read: This ringer article about a man’s search for a new Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut at Dunkin ‘Donuts. “Does it taste good? Unclear. But it’s definitely an experience,” says Claire Moses of The Morning Newsletter.
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Cook: This curry made from cauliflower, cashews, peas and coconuts is traditionally rooted and complexly seasoned. It is also accessible for a week.
See: “Radium Girls” tells the true story of New Jersey factory girls in the 1920s who suffered from misleading information about radium. Our reviewer writes that the film has “a feminist heart beating loudly and a narrative based on reality”.
To do: The Times Magazine posted a note on how to disperse cremated remains. Say a prayer, a poem, a memory. Sprinkle on purpose.
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Much of the internet seems to be made up of photos of animals, especially pictures of cats. If you want a portrait of your own furry child for posterity, just grab your smartphone. Let the pet rule the photo session and never upset or torment the animal – just wait for their personality to shine through the camera lens. Here is a guide.
Step 1: make a plan
Depending on the animal, you may get better results if you take the photo in a familiar location where your pet is likely to be calm.
Try to take the photos at a time of the day when your pet is more relaxed, e.g. B. right after a meal or just before a nap. With a point selected, remove as much clutter from the background as possible. A sheet or piece of fabric hung as a background can also focus on your subject.
If you’d rather capture the animal’s natural bounce and vibrancy, take your camera with you during a regular park walk or frolic in the back yard so you can snap away.
Step 2: see the light
Avoid triggering the flash when setting up your smartphone shot. The unexpected popping can startle your pet, and the glare on the back of the pet’s retina usually creates scary red or green eyes. Natural light – outside or from the window – often works best.
Step 3: set up your camera
Many Apple iPhone models and Google Pixel phones support portrait mode. Cell phones from Samsung and other manufacturers have similar settings. Some camera apps have a “burst mode” that records a quick series of pictures. Before starting your session, make sure that your camera app is set to take photos with the highest possible resolution.
Step 4: pose the pet
Now it’s time to take some pictures. Don’t be afraid to try creative angles. However, if you position yourself on the pet’s plane and point the camera at the animal’s eyes, a soulful portrait often emerges.
Step 5: edit your recordings
Now that you have your photos, it’s time to make them even better. Most camera apps include tools for straightening crooked frames and improving color and exposure.
That’s it for this briefing. Until next time.
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