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Boris Johnson's 'squeeze the brakes' news conference: what he said – and what he really meant

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What Boris Johnson said: Two weeks ago, I updated you from this podium on the progress we had made as a country against coronavirus. And in many ways that progress continues.

What he really meant: That progress does not continue.

What he said: But I have also consistently warned that this virus could come back and that we would not hesitate to take swift and decisive action as required.

What he meant: I have always delivered mixed messages.

What he said: I am afraid that in parts of Asia and Latin America the virus is now gathering pace. And our European friends are also struggling to keep the virus under control...

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Feds extend coronavirus rent relief program for businesses

OTTAWA — The government announced on Friday that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program has been extended once again, and will now cover a portion of August’s rent for businesses that qualify.

To get the rent assistance, businesses will not have to prove a 70 per cent decline in sales for July or August, but will have to show a 70 per cent revenue shortfall that qualified them for CECRA in April, May and June.

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Democrats are warned that hackers are after their Facebook accounts, report says – CNET


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The Democratic National Committee reportedly warned campaigns on Thursday that hackers are after their Facebook accounts. 

An alert from the committee’s security team, reported by CNN, said emails designed to look as if they’re from Facebook tell users that their pages have been deactivated because of a term violation. The email then directs those users to a fake Facebook website, where they’re told to provide personal information to appeal the deactivation. 

Facebook’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, told CNN that he wasn’t familiar with the attempted attack noted in the committee’s warning, but that it aligns with other general phishi...

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Lorry driver detained at Channel Tunnel with 150 kg of cannabis in cargo

Police have seized an estimated £1.5m-worth of cannabis from a Scottish lorry driver at the UK-France border.

Border Force officers discovered around 150kg of the plant, along with £2,000 in cash, stashed in the lorry’s cargo.

NCA officers and Police Scotland have since searched properties in Motherwell, Bellshill and Shotts, and the suspect has been released under investigation.

“This is a significant drug seizure involving NCA teams in Scotland and England working together with partners including Border Force and Police Scotland,” said NCA Scotland branch operations manager John McGowan.

“Together we are determined to do all we can to stem the supply of illicit drugs to Scotland, where they can do so much damage to our communit...

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Nature’s show: Thunderstorms light up Vancouver Island skies

Residents on Vancouver Island were treated to nature’s light show overnight Thursday.

Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga said due to the hot air and higher humidity from the south, thunderstorms broke out in line through central Vancouver Island and onto the Sunshine Coast.

More than 400 lightning strikes were recorded, starting around 2:30 a.m., he said.

A risk of thunderstorms remained for the South Coast on Friday with more expected in the Interior later in the day.

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The best coffee grinder for 2020: Oxo, Baratza, Breville and more – CNET

To brew an excellent cup of coffee doesn’t just require an outstanding coffee maker, and fresh beans. A quality coffee grinder is essential too. A bad grinder mistreats beans, grinding them inconsistently. And ground coffee with widely different particle sizes translates to uneven extraction while brewing. Sadly that’ll ultimately lead to an awful cup of joe, or at least one far from as good it could have been.

Avoid this scenario by getting the best coffee grinder that delivers the goods, cup by cup. I’ve chosen my three favorites below, followed by a list of the other electric grinders that I’ve put through their paces...

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Riots 'worse than 2011' could hit UK amid rising tensions over policing and coronavirus, Sage experts warn

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Riots could sweep the UK if authorities do not reduce tensions over local coronavirus lockdowns, policing tactics, Black Lives Matter and political polarisation, scientific advisers have warned.

“A serious deterioration of public order could overwhelm all attempts to control contagion, overwhelm hospitals, the criminal justice system and hinder revival of the economy,” said a paper that was considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) earlier this month.

“Tensions resulting from the pandemic and lockdown have become inextricably bound with structural inequalities and international events...

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Alberta Parks warns emergency crews becoming ‘overwhelmed’ with increase in rescue calls

As the long weekend approaches and people throughout Alberta prepare to go camping or hiking, officials are warning visitors to Alberta parks to come prepared, saying rescue crews have seen a dramatic spike in the volume of emergency calls they’ve received this summer.

Speaking to Global News Morning Calgary on Friday, Matt Mueller with Alberta Parks said there so far there has been a 20 per cent increase in park rescues this year over last.

Mueller, a public safety specialist for the Kananaskis region, said the increased number of calls is putting a strain on emergency services.

“We’re quick to deal with most of the calls – it’s the volume that gets us and also the time of day. Things tend to roll in at about the same time so we become overwhelmed,” Mueller explained.

He said...

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GM and EVgo will bring over 2,700 new fast chargers to national network – Roadshow


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Automakers plan to roll out numerous new electric cars over the course of this decade, but they won’t do much good if drivers don’t have consistent access to a plug. General Motors and EVgo will diminish that exact fear.

On Friday, the automaker and charging station operator said both will buddy up to build over 2,700 new fast charging plugs across the US. The construction will take place over the next five years, but the plan will see access expand to new areas to help boost EV adoption.

Suburbanites may have never seen a charging station in their lives, but GM said the suburbs will be target areas for this expansion...

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Architect of UK's coronavirus lockdown Neil Ferguson says he has never met Boris Johnson

The former government adviser whose modelling is credited with finally convincing Downing Street to impose a coronavirus lockdown has revealed he has never met Boris Johnson.

Imperial College London epidemiologist and former Sage adviser Neil Ferguson became nicknamed “Professor Lockdown” after his team’s report in mid-March suggested 510,000 people could die from Covid-19 in the UK without any government intervention, and that the NHS would be overwhelmed regardless.

The dramatic modelling is widely reported to have been the catalyst for the UK’s lockdown, after crucial weeks of governmental indecision over a herd immunity strategy versus the lockdown restrictions springing up across Europe.

But despite his significant role in shaping the momentous decision, Prof Ferguson t...

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