The Daily Populous

Friday May 29th, 2020 day edition

image for New Zealand is down to just one active coronavirus case

New Zealand's COVID-19 eradication efforts have been so successful, there is now just one active case in the whole country.

Health officials announced the startling result on Friday as they also confirmed a seventh consecutive day without a positive test.

Australia, by comparison, has 467 active cases although none in the ACT or NT.

On Friday, the NZ government relaxed its restrictions further, allowing gatherings of up to 100 people.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said New Zealand "now has some of the most relaxed settings in the world".

"We are more liberal than Australia, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and the US to name a few.".

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (don’t visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. »

‘If You Say You Can’t Breathe, You’re Breathing’: Mississippi Mayor Defends Officers Involved in George Floyd’s Arrest

Authored by

He could repeatedly be heard crying out, “I can’t breathe,” before he eventually lost consciousness.

The officers involved in the horrific incident were fired on Wednesday, but mayor Hal Marx of Petal, Mississippi, took a different approach, defending their actions in a series of since-deleted tweets.

Petal Mayor Hal Marx is under fire for now deleted comments on Facebook and Twitter regarding George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. »

Donald Trump calls Minneapolis protesters 'thugs' and threatens to shoot looters

Authored by

The US president Donald Trump has lashed out at those protesting in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody, calling those involved in a third night of street clashes “thugs”.

“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Mr Trump warned.

Protesters in Minneapolis are calling for criminal charges to be brought against four police officers who were involved in the arrest of 46-year-old George Floyd on Monday night. »

Cate Blanchett to star for Borderlands movie from Eli Roth

Authored by

UPDATE: Lionsgate formally announced Cate Blanchett in the role of Lilith for director Eli Roth's Borderlands film.

"I’m so lucky to have the amazing Cate Blanchett starring in Borderlands," Roth said in a statement.

EARLIER: There was a time when Cate Blanchett starring in a videogame movie adaptation might have seemed a little odd, but, after Thor: Ragnarok, it's a welcome sight. »

Premier League to restart on June 17 with Manchester City against Arsenal and Aston Villa against Sheffield United

Authored by

The Premier League will return on Wednesday, June 17 – with Manchester City against Arsenal and Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United the opening two fixtures.

A number of key Project Restart issues were discussed and a vote on them has been set for June 4.

“Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday June 17,” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed. »