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Greek Public Transportation Halted By Worker Strike on May Day

Greece is experiencing an ongoing shutdown of multiple mass public transportation services after transportation worker unions called for strikes beginning on May Day.
Times of India – Greece has been left without national rail, island ferry and other transport services for a day as unions hold strikes and rallies to celebrate May Day. 

Hundreds of people gathered in central Athens on Wednesday for three separate rallies and marches to parliament organised by rival unions and left-wing groups.  […]

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If You Believe the IMF, the US-China Trade War Might Soon Be Ending

The IMF seems to believe a deal is in the works that could see an end to the ongoing US-China trade war.

Trend News Agency – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday she expects the United States and China to reach a deal to end their trade dispute, which has unnerved financial markets and cast a shadow over the global economy, Trend reported citing Reuters.  “I would say ‘Yes,’” Lagarde said at the Milken Institute Global Conference when asked whether talks between the world’s two largest economies would end in a deal. […]

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Illegal UK Streamers Warned Their Hacked Kodis Could Lead To Their Arrests

The Express UK wrote a very nicely sanitized piece called “Shock new warning could stop you streaming illegally FOR GOOD.”  I know, the title tells you otherwise, but, essentially the article is hinting that people that buy these hacked streaming boxesjs might have some nasty digital fingerprints in it that will lead the coppers to your door, and you will LITERALLY go to jail for 10 years if you’re illegally streaming Game of Thrones (that’s what the video on the article page told me). 
Anyhooooooo….here’s their nice polite way of saying what I just did, just so you see….
Express UK – A new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance is warning of the dangers that many users face by streaming content illegally.  The comprehensive investigation found that so-called Kodi boxes and jailbroken Amazon Fire TV Sticks could leave owners at risk from cyber crime and malware that can end up accessing personal data.  These streaming devices can be purchased online for under £100 and often come pre-installed with adapted Kodi software that allows users to access content, such as premier sports and movies, for free. […]

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The Ice Cream Coning of the New Flu Vaccine Strategy

At first, I thought this headline, the headline from futurity, “Ice Cream” Method could create lifetime flue vaccine” as Ice Cream could create….yeah…Ice Cream Vaccine.  But, alas, it is this, using the model of the cone that hold that different flavors of ice cream as a way to build a ‘root’ of vaccine protections that can be supplemented every year with different ‘ice cream flavors’ or, different particular variations of the strains that the cone fundamentally has covered, so to speak. 

Here’s Futurity- – The new method teaches the body to recognize the “cone” portion of the virus—the part that stays the same year-to-year. Researchers working on the technique say it works in lab animals, but warn they still need to make the vaccine more specific and show it works in much larger studies before testing it in people.  “We think it could be very generalizable,” says Peter Kim, professor of biochemistry at Stanford University and the lead investigator of the infectious disease initiative at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. “It could be important for coming up with a universal flu vaccine that would protect against pandemic flu, as well as for HIV.” […]

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Louisiana Bill Would Bar Banks from Barring Gun Businesses

If you’re a  bank doing business in Louisiana, you better make sure you’re not targeting gun businesses for banking discrimination, says a new bill that just passed the house and appears headed to passing the Senate as well, though the Democratic governor might just veto it.
kpel965.com – The Louisiana House passes a bill that says banks with gun control policies cannot refuse to do business with companies involved in the manufacturing and selling of guns and ammunition. Erath Representative Blake Miguez says his legislation protects against a discriminatory action.

“Myself along with many other individuals that value the Second Amendment or deal in the gun industry support this legislation and want me to move it forward,” said Miguez. […]

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Cyclone Kenneth Continues to Devastate Mozambique

Mozambique continues to get hit with the effects of Cyclone Kenneth, with the death toll now nearing 40 and expected to rise.

BBC – Mozambique requires urgent life-saving relief to deal with the destructive aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth, an aid organisation has said.  Save the Children says the humanitarian situation is significant and life-threatening and more funds are needed.  The UN gave Mozambique and Comoros Island $13m (£10m) for food, water and repair of infrastructure.  The death toll in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique is 38, but is expected to rise, officials say. […]

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Sudan’s Military Leaders Agree to Join Council with Civilians

The situation in Sudan appears to be headed towards more stability and normality after the military and a council representing the people protesting the military’s two-year transition to civilian government have reached an agreement to form a council for the path to civilian rule to be expedited.

Al Jazeera – There has been a breakthrough in Sudan after weeks of a standoff between protesters and the military over how the country should be governed in the coming months.  Protest leaders and the army have reached a deal to form a joint civilian-military council to discuss a peaceful transition to civilian rule. […]

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Flatworm Science Might Crack the Regeneration Code

Thanks to flatworms, scientists might be able to crack the code of regeneration.  If they can crack the code, the question is this, when will we be able to edit our humans to regenerate their lost participles, so to speak?

Science Daily – Biologists have developed a computational model of flatworm regeneration to answer an important question in regeneration research – what are the signals that determine the rebuilding of specific anatomical structures? The model confirms experiments showing how numerous factors determine body pattern formation, and the critical role nerve fibers play in determining polarity in regeneration. The model could help understand regeneration in mammals, birth defects, and bioengineering of organoids. […]

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Nato Announces “Spring Storm” Aimed at Russia’s Flank Alongside Estonia

NATO is sending a message to Russia I am sure Putin will not appreciate.  The message comes in the form of a military exercise in Estonia, the little Baltic state that was once a Soviet satellite.

Defense Blog – The Spring Storm is a large-scale live exercise of the Estonian Defence Forces, with participation from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence and other Allied forces. This year’s training involved approximately 10 thousand soldiers and hundreds of combat vehicles and aircraft.  “The Spring Storm exercise this year will be held in northeastern Estonia.Nearly 10,000 troops will take part in them, including the military contingents of Great Britain and Belgium from the NATO international battalion stationed in Estonia and the soldiers of the Estonian Defense Forces, ” the press service of the Estonian Armed Forces said. […]

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Woman Grieving Mother Saved Rabbi in Synagogue Shooting that Claimed Her Life

A woman grieving the loss of her mother was not only a victim of the synagogue shooting in California on Saturday, April 27th, around 11:30AM local time, she was also a hero.  More  from CNN – “When a gunman opened fire in a synagogue in California, killing one and injuring three others, Lori Kaye jumped between the shooter and the rabbi.  Kaye, 60, was shot at the synagogue and died at a nearby hospital.  In addition to Kaye, at least three others were wounded in the shooting Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, north of San Diego. By late Sunday morning, all three injured victims had been discharged from a hospital…..Kaye had attended services Saturday to say a Kaddish prayer for her mother, who died in November, (a friend and fellow congregation member) said.” […]