The Daily Populous

Friday May 22nd, 2020 day edition

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outside 10 Downing Street during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, May 21, 2020.

(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end UK's reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports in light of the coronavirus outbreak, The Times newspaper reported on Friday

The plans, which have been code named ‘Project Defend’, include identifying Britain’s main economic vulnerabilities to potentially hostile foreign governments as part of a broader new approach to national security, the newspaper reported, adding that the efforts are being led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Two working groups have been set up as part of the project, according to the report, with one source telling The Times that the aim was to diversify supply lines to no longer depend on individual countries for non-food essentials.

Johnson told lawmakers he would take steps to protect Britain’s technological base, with the government review also expected to include personal protective equipment and drugs, the report added.

The development comes as Beijing has been tackling mounting international criticism over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China before spreading to the rest of the world. »

Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery video charged with murder

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William “Roddie” Bryan, who shot the video capturing the final seconds of Ahmaud Arbery’s life, has been arrested and charged with his murder, the GBI announced Thursday.

That appears to contradict what Greg McMichael told police on Feb. 23, the day Arbery was fatally shot.

Video footage shows the fatal encounter between Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and Ahmaud Arbery. »

Ancient Fermanagh cure gets modern makeover

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A microbiologist who took samples to see if there was any scientific basis for the cure has made an astonishing discovery.

Dr Gerry Quinn found a unique strain of streptomyces, a microorganism used to produce antibiotics.

Dr Quinn said that the next stage is to identify more bacteria and the antibiotics in the soil cure. »

LDS Church stock riches drop by $8 billion as it sells Exxon shares, buys Zoom

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A review of Ensign Peak Advisors’ latest filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shows it sold assets, too.

Church leaders have described the Ensign Peak Advisors investment reserves as a “rainy day account” to help fund operations across the globe.

The faith’s humanitarian arm, Latter-day Saint Charities, has been aiding coronavirus relief efforts, launching 280 projects in 80 countries. »

May 21 US coronavirus news

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As coronavirus cases increase in Alabama, health officials say there is a need for more intensive care unit beds.

“Last weekend, my partner and I, ran on 140 patients over the weekend,” Thrasher said.

Tonight, our group is grinding on about 132 patients and 110 of those I believe are Covid patients.”. »