The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 25th, 2021 evening edition

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"Florida is the latest state to pull the rug out from under jobless workers as Republican governors nationwide sabotage the economic recovery.".

"There's no worker shortage—just an excess of corporate greed," tweeted Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

"Florida is the 23rd state to cut the unemployment lifeline, forcing people to go without or go back to minimum wage jobs without child care.

Observers have also stressed the damage that slashing unemployment benefits will do to the still-ailing U.S. economy.

Jobless workers will receive just $235 per week on average, and it's impossible to make ends meet with $235 per week.".

"No one should face financial ruin for living in states run by Republicans," added Wyden, who has called on the Biden administration to "explore all options" to prevent workers from losing the key benefits.

"About half of the four million workers will continue receiving state benefits, which average less than $400 per week," Delaney noted. »

EU locks out Belarus from international aviation

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EU leaders have agreed a first wave of economic sanctions against Belarus over Sunday's (23 May) hijacking and said there were more to come.

The EU "calls on all EU-based carriers to avoid overflight of Belarus" and will "ban overflight of EU airspace by Belarusian airlines and prevent access to EU airports of flights operated by such airlines", leaders said in a joint statement after meeting in Brussels on Monday.

And speculation was rife among EU diplomats on whether Russia had had a hand in the Belarus fiasco. »

Freddie Mercury 'Loved' Famous 'Wayne's World' Scene

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Queen guitarist Brian May revealed the tidbit during the premiere of Wayne’s World Reunited Apart – PARTY TIME!

May said that Mercury saw the timeless car headbanging sequence featuring “Bohemian Rhapsody” shortly before his November 1991 death… and loved it.

Before he died, though, Mercury saw how the use of the song would ignite a comeback for Queen in the United States. »

Moderna to take mRNA flu and HIV vaccines into Phase 1 trials this year

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As part of its Vaccine Day this week, the company has updated its vaccine development timeline and unveiled results from early stage mRNA vaccine trials.

Current flu vaccines in the market have efficacy rates in the regoin of 40-60%: which Moderna believes its mRNA technology can improve on.

Moderna has also released the interim analysis of its Phase 1 study for mRNA-1345, its RSV vaccine candidate, this week. »

Tesla Fined $16K Per Owner for Throttling Battery Capacity, Charging Speed in Norway

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Tesla could be forced to pay out millions in compensation due to a software update it released back in 2019 to help protect the battery in its electric vehicles.

As Electrek reports, the software update was released to "protect the battery and improve battery longevity," but it came with two big side effects.

In Norway, 30 owners banded together to sue Tesla and they have now won, with the judge awarding each owner $16,000 in compensation. »