The Daily Populous

Saturday May 2nd, 2020 day edition

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said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday when a journalist asked him about the fact that more than 5,000 Brazilians had died of the coronavirus.

There have been more than 91,000 officially confirmed cases so far but scientists warn the real figure could be 15 to 20 times higher.

With a death toll that has already topped 6,300, the giant South American country is facing as grim a scenario as Italy or the United States.

"His style is the iron fist, to be hard rather than to show solidarity or empathy," he told AFP.

"Ask Joao Doria or (Bruno) Covas [the mayor of Sao Paulo] why people continue to die even when they have taken such restrictive measures," said the president.

has "underscored how little importance he has attached to the situation," said political analyst Andre Pereira Cesar.

"If the president does not assume a wartime leadership stance against the virus he will be judged harshly -- by history and by voters," he warned. »

Ben Franklin’s Gift that Keeps on Giving

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As a scientist and inventor, Franklin possessed keen powers of observation and a willingness to go wherever data led him, without bias or preconception.

The democracy Franklin envisioned and helped create with his prescient microlending scheme was solidly middle class and encouraged upward mobility.

Ultimately, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston received the money. »

More than 1K models of assault-style weapons now prohibited in Canada: PM Trudeau

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This is being done by changing the classification of these guns in Canada, moving them from non-restricted or restricted class, to “prohibited.”.

Citing a list of mass shootings in Canada, Trudeau said they “shape our identity” and “stain our conscience,” and are happening more and more often.

In terms of public safety benefits, there is a world of difference between a total ban and a partial ban. »

Coronavirus homeschooling: 77 percent of parents agree teachers should be paid more after teaching own kids, study says

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Good teachers change lives for the better – and nearly 80 percent of parents agree that educators deserve a major raise, after taking charge of their children’s schooling at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new study claims.

From preschool to college, learning has gone virtual amid the global COVID-19 outbreak and transformed parents of young children into part-time teachers practically overnight.

And in a new study of 2,000 parents of school-aged children, seven out of 10 polled admitted that this new assignment is more challenging than their full-time job. »

Michigan governor extends state emergency order despite Trump tweet backing protesters

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pushed forward with her state's emergency order late Thursday despite opposition from state leaders, protesters who rallied inside the State Capitol and the president.

This photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., April 29, 2020.

In her executive orders, the governor cited provisions in the state's Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 and Emergency Management Act of 1976 which gives the governor the right to declare a state of emergency during several scenarios including "disaster, rioting, catastrophe, or similar public emergency.". »