Bill Gates Says Korean Firm Could Make 200m Vaccines by June

France to Steer 30 Billion Euros to Green Projects, JDD Reports

France will dedicate 30 billion euros ($35 billion) in stimulus spending for environmental projects, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire was quoted as telling Journal du Dimanche.

Among the plans are an increase in credits to make homes more energy-efficient, increasing the use of rail freight, extending bike-lane networks and supporting electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Le Maire said in aninterview with the newspaper.

The investment is part of an extra 100 billion euros in spendingannounced this month by President Emmanuel Macron with the goal of transforming France into the most carbon-free economy in Europe.

Nojima to Let Workers Stay Until Age 80 on Labor Supply: Nikkei

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Nojima Corp. will allow employees to work until 80 years old, raising the age limit from 65 at present, partly because the Japanese electronic store-chain operator expects a labor shortage in the future, the Nikkei reported Sunday.

The new policy will apply to all Nojima workers, according to the report, which didn’t say where it got the information. The company believes the move will help it utilize senior staff’s knowledge and networks for longer, it said.

Japanese firms have beenstruggling with a shortage of workers as the country’s population ages and shrinks. Nojima will consider extending labor contracts for people who want to carry on working after they turn 80, the report said.

Japan’s government is set to introduce a policy that encourages companies to offer job opportunities to people up to the age of 70.

Monica Lewinsky Wins The Internet With Best ‘I Have A Joke’ Tweet

The jury’s pretty much in that Monica Lewinsky just won the “I have a joke” competition now trending on Twitter — and it concerns her relationship as a White House intern with former President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment for perjury.

The informal Twitter contest begins “I have a joke but …” The humor comes in the explanation of why the joke won’t be revealed as in: “I have a prune joke, but it’s kind of dated.” Or “I have an astronomy joke, but might be over your head.” Or “I have a Star Wars joke, but it’s kinda forced.” (From Sulu.)

Lewinsky was particularly taken with the quip: “I have a Charles Mansion joke, and it kills.” She fired back: “I have an intern joke and it .. oh, nevermind.”

The Twitterverse was smitten. Even the never-Trump Republican Lincoln Project responded.


Australia reports surge in daily new cases, record fatalities

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded 459 cases of the new coronavirus, the second-highest daily total and up from 357 cases the previous day, the state’s leader said on Sunday (July 26).

Premier Daniel Andrews also told a press briefing that Victoria had reported 10 fatalities in past 24 hours, Australia’s highest ever daily.

Car Drives Through Crowd, Protester Shot in Colorado

Aurora, Colo. (AP) — A car drove through a crowd and a protester was shot in the suburban Denver suburb of Aurora during demonstrations against racial injustice.

The Aurora Police Department said on Twitter that protesters were walking on Interstate 225 Saturday when a vehicle drove through.

Police said a protester fired a weapon, striking at least one person who was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Authorities said the vehicle was towed and they are investigating. Protesters also broke windows to the courthouse and a fire was started in an office, police said. An unlawful assembly was declared and police ordered protesters to leave the area, authorities said.

Tensions have been heightened at recent protests against racial injustice since federal officials were sent to quell demonstrations in Portland, Oregon. Police declared a riot in Seattle on Saturday.

Protests sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota who died after a white officer held him to the ground with a knee to his neck, have also highlighted other cases of fatal police violence.

In Colorado, protesters have been drawing attention to the death of Elijah McClain, who was stopped by police while walking down an Aurora street in August 2019 after a 911 caller reported him as suspicious. Police placed him in a chokehold, and paramedics administered 500 milligrams of ketamine, a sedative, to calm him down. He went into cardiac arrest, was later declared brain dead and taken off life support.

Bill Gates Says Korean Firm Could Make 200m Vaccines by June

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SK Bioscience, the South Korean pharmaceutical company backed by Bill Gates, may be capable of producing 200 million coronavirus vaccine kits by next June, theMicrosoft Corp. co-founder said in a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Gates is seeking to cooperate closely with South Korea, the presidential office in Seoul said Sunday, citing the July 20 letter. The U.S. billionaire and Moon spoke by phone in April about teaming up to fight the virus and develop a vaccine, the Blue House said in a text message.

The world is in a race to develop a vaccine that could protect masses against a virus that has wreaked havoc on the global economy. Gateshas said investment in factories across the world can ensure regions beyond the U.S. won’t be left behind in the rush for Covid-19 vaccines.