The Daily Populous

Sunday May 17th, 2020 day edition

image for Australia is facing a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' as cycling booms, advocates say

Key points: Many bike shops across Australia have reported a doubling in average sales.

Many bike shops across Australia have reported a doubling in average sales With emptier roads and pressure on public transport, experts say now is the time to reshape cities.

Cycling is having an unprecedented surge in popularity in Australia brought on by the COVID-19 lockdown.

In 45 years of riding, the former Tour de France cyclist, Stephen Hodge, has never seen anything like it.

Well, gyms have been closed — and cycling allows people to exercise without leaving their neighbourhood and without having to come in close contact with others.

Some are cycling for the first time, while others are pulling out their old bikes sometimes after decades of inactivity.

Anyone who's ridden a bike in Australia knows what it's like to share a narrow road hemmed in by cars. »

Evidence mounts that Canada's worst-ever mass shooter was a woman-hater and misogyny fuelled his killing spree that left 22 dead

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But when Forbes went to police to report the domestic violence and Wortman's possession of illegal weapons, no firm action was taken.

Research has shown that many male perpetrators of mass shootings have a history of hating women and domestic violence.

A former neighbor of the gunman who killed 22 people in Canada's worst mass shooting said she reported his violence against women and possession of illegal firearms to police years ago — but was ignored. »

U.S. population trusts scientific leaders over President Trump when it comes to COVID-19, study suggests

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U.S. adults look to scientific organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rather than their president, to lead the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In their recent study, researchers wanted to gain insight into the perceptions of the U.S. population concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 718 adults in the U.S. completed an online survey in the beginning of February 2020. »

Mitt Romney calls Trump's IG firings 'a threat to accountable democracy'

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Washington, DC (CNN) Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Saturday denounced President Donald Trump's firings of internal government oversight officials, calling it a "threat to accountable democracy.".

"The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose.

It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power," the Utah Republican tweeted. »

California officials reject subsidies for Musk's SpaceX over Tesla spat

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(Reuters) - A California state panel on Friday rejected a request from Elon Musk’s SpaceX for $655,500 in state job and training funds, citing the chief executive’s recent threats to move Tesla, the electric carmaker that he also runs, out of the state.

The snub comes as Musk has sparred with officials in Alameda County over his plans to resume production at the Tesla plant there, which was stopped because of the coronavirus.

“SpaceX is a different company, but they have the same CEO,” said Newsom, who is not related to California Governor Gavin Newsom. »