Mike Pence keeping his distance from Trump for a few days: White House

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Vice-President Mike Pence, whose press secretary tested positive for coronavirus, has decided to "keep his distance" from President Donald Trump for a few days, the White House said on Tuesday (May 12). Katie Miller, Pence's press secretary, tested positive for the virus last week along with a personal valet to Trump. … Continue reading Mike Pence keeping his distance from Trump for a few days: White House

US anti-Semitic acts hit record high: Jewish NGO

New York (AFP) The United States saw a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday, as it warned that extremists are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to fuel further hatred this year. The ADL, which works to protect Jewish communities, recorded 2,107 acts of anti-Semitism in the US last year, the … Continue reading US anti-Semitic acts hit record high: Jewish NGO

Southern Hills to host 2030 PGA Championship

Miami (AFP) Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma will stage the 2030 PGA Championship, the PGA of America confirmed on Tuesday. The PGA had already stated in 2017 that Southern Hills would host its fifth PGA Championship but did not confirm the year of the tournament. Southern Hills has staged seven major championships since … Continue reading Southern Hills to host 2030 PGA Championship

‘Serious’ consequences if US reopens too fast: top govt expert

Washington (AFP) The US government's top infectious disease expert warned Congress Tuesday that ending lockdowns too quickly could bring severe consequences including new outbreaks of coronavirus just as the country tries to overcome the pandemic. Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel the federal government had developed guidelines for local jurisdictions on how to safely re-open … Continue reading ‘Serious’ consequences if US reopens too fast: top govt expert

India PM announces $270 bn virus economic package

New Delhi (AFP) India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled Tuesday a $270 billion stimulus package for labourers and small businesses to boost flagging growth as the country grapples with the impact of the coronavirus and weeks-long lockdown. The package -- worth about 10 percent of India's GDP -- came as the country was set to … Continue reading India PM announces $270 bn virus economic package

Rangers bid for SPFL investigation falls short

London (AFP) Rangers' attempt to force an independent investigation into the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has failed after clubs voted against an inquiry at an extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday. The resolution drew just 13 of the 32 votes needed to pass, with 27 votes against and two clubs abstaining. Rangers bid for an … Continue reading Rangers bid for SPFL investigation falls short

Swedish footballers will not be tested for Covid-19 before games

Swedish soccer players and coaches will not be required to take a test for Covid-19 before training sessions or matches as part of the country’s proposed return-to-play protocol during the pandemic. Instead, they will have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning and email it to their club doctor no later than two hours … Continue reading Swedish footballers will not be tested for Covid-19 before games

Twitter says many employees may work remotely ‘forever’

NEW YORK (AFP) - Twitter said on Tuesday (May 12) it is unlikely to open its offices before September, and that many of its employees will be permitted to work from home permanently even after the end of the coronavirus lockdowns. The San Francisco-based company said it was among the first to move to telework … Continue reading Twitter says many employees may work remotely ‘forever’

Coronavirus: Moscow commuters brave epidemic to return to work

MOSCOW (AFP) - On an electric trolleybus ride into central Moscow, all the passengers and the driver are wearing masks and gloves under new rules as the city begins a gradual return to work. "It's positive, because it's a necessary measure," says 25-year-old Tatiana Khan, who wears a surgical mask and a T-shirt bearing a … Continue reading Coronavirus: Moscow commuters brave epidemic to return to work

EU seeks trade truce with US amid coronavirus crisis

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The EU's top trade official hopes the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will spur efforts to heal US trade ties, bogged down in a tit-for-tat tariff feud. The commission on Friday (May 15) will present its new strategy towards the US to trade officials from the 27 member states, some of … Continue reading EU seeks trade truce with US amid coronavirus crisis