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Lord Keen offers resignation over Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill

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Lord Keen is the advocate general for Scotland – Aaron Chown/PA

Lord Keen, the Scottish advocate general and justice minister, has offered his resignation to the Prime Minister over the Internal Market Bill, which would allow the Government to break international law.

The lawyer was finding it “increasingly difficult” to reconcile Mr Johnson’s bill with the law, the BBC reported.

Downing Street has not yet confirmed his resignation.

It comes after Lord Keen said Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, had misspoken when he said the UK was willing to break international law “in a limited and specific way”.

Mr Lewis today told MPs the justice minister had been wrong to dispute his statement, which he said had been signed off by the Government’s law officers.

Labour said that Lord Keen’s authority was “shot” because of the apparent division between him and other ministers.

Tory backbenchers have already rebelled over the bill, which breaks parts of the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union signed earlier this year.

Former Cabinet ministers including Theresa May and Sajid Javid have opposed the bill, alongside former attorneys general Geoffrey Cox and Jeremy Wright.

Qualified lawyers in the Commons and Lords are said to be reluctant to support the bill in case it prevents them from practicing law after leaving politics.

Mr Johnson said the bill would ensure the UK’s “economic and political integrity”.

Lord Keen rose to prominence when he defended Mr Johnson in the Supreme Court last year when the triggering of Article 50 was challenged by campaigners.

He became the spokesperson for Ministry of Justice business in the House of Lords in July 2016.

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‘Desperate people’ poach starfish, mussels from California tide pools, officials say

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‘Desperate people’ poach starfish, mussels from California tide pools, officials say

Hordes of people are descending on fragile Los Angeles-area tide pools to scrape starfish, mussels and other sea life from the rocks, city officials say.

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office announced charges Thursday against 45 people accused of overfishing, fishing without licenses and taking restricted species at White Point Beach in San Pedro.

“I understand how desperate people are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic — I get it,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer, reported the Los Angeles Times. “People have lost their jobs. Peoples’ rent is at stake.”

But Feuer said the overfishing threatens the future of the tide pools, according to the publication.

“This can’t continue,” Feuer said, KNBC reported. “This is not a way to feed your family or to sell a small quantity of sea creatures to make ends meet.”

State game wardens have found crowds of people armed with everything from crowbars to kitchen tongs prying sea life from tide pools at the beach since May, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Most of the violations involve exceeding daily bag limits and fishing without a license, Feuer’s office reported on Facebook. One photo showed 142 pounds of mussels harvested from the tide pools. The daily limit is 10 pounds.

Starfish, which are not allowed to be harvested, have been taken from the tide pools in such numbers that they are now rarely seen, the Facebook post says.

“There (have) been a lot of postings on social media, whether it’s Facebook or Instagram, saying to come down to this tide pool area and that the resources are endless and plentiful,” said Lt. Michele Budish with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, KNBC reported.

“The problem with this is that the earth and the ocean can only sustain so much fishing pressure,” Budish said, according to the station.

Harvesters lured to the San Pedro beach by social media posts have clashed with local residents, city officials reported.

“It’s a fun way to spend the day and grab a free dinner,” said Lisa Yan, 55, an unemployed casino card dealer, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Especially for those of us who lost jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration describes a tide pool as “an isolated pocket of seawater found in the ocean’s intertidal zone.”

Small basins at the ocean’s edge fill with seawater as the tide recedes, supporting a vibrant ecosystem of mussels, starfish, anemones, snails, sea urchins, crabs and other life.

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Emmys Flub Outstanding Guest Actor Win with Confounding Technical Glitch

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Those tuned into the virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night on FXX were surely puzzled when the announcement came for the winner of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. While Ron Cephas Jones was the confirmed winner for his turn in NBC’s beloved “This Is Us,” heading into its fifth season this November, the editor, and the voiceover, didn’t quite get it right. The awards announcer actually named Jason Bateman as the winner, for his performance in “The Outsider,” but the show meanwhile displayed a title card for Cephas’ win as William Hill in “This Is Us.”

The production team managed to correct the error with a card after the fact announcing that Cephas was, indeed the winner, and an announcement from the Television Academy with the correction was made in the virtual media center.

It wasn’t the first flub for the Emmys team on Saturday night. During the award for Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling, which went to Netflix’s “Hollywood,” the names of the winners were instead dubbed as “NEED NAMES.” In addition, a card for Eddie Murphy’s guest acting win on “Saturday Night Live” was shown during Maya Rudolph’s win for her guest turn on the show.

The disheveled ceremony wraps a week-long unveiling of the Creative Awards Emmys, ahead of the big show on Sunday night, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The Primetime Emmys will air on Sunday, September 20 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. The three-hour event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Although the event will not be streamed for free, cord-cutters can tune in to the festivities via streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV, both of which offer free trials.

Check out the full list of Creative Arts Emmy winners via IndieWire’s coverage here. The ceremony premiered on FXX, as hosted by Nicole Byer.

While the 2020 Primetime Emmys are taking place during a period of unprecedented uncertainty for the television industry, the recent 2020 Emmy nominations were as full of snubs, surprises, and all manner of excitement as the Emmys always have been. HBO’s “Watchmen” emerged from the latest round of Emmy nominations as 2020’s television show to beat. The acclaimed sequel to the timeless comic earned 26 Emmy nominations, including an Outstanding Limited Series nomination, and helped HBO Entertainment lead the pack as the year’s most successful studio in terms of Emmy nominations.

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Moderna Reveals Efficacy Criteria For Key Covid-19 Vaccine Trials

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Moderna (MRNA) has taken the rare step of publishing the clinical protocols for its late-stage Covid-19 vaccine trials. The company also announced that it is planning to produce roughly 20M doses of its vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, this year.According to the published protocol, Moderna is carrying out a Phase 3, randomized, stratified, observer-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of mRNA-1273 against the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in adults aged 18 and over.The study will target adults who have no known history of SARS-CoV-2 infection but whose locations or circumstances put them at risk of catching the virus.Its primary endpoint is to demonstrate the efficacy of mRNA-1273 to prevent the first occurrence of Covid-19 starting 14 days after the second dose.Here Covid-19 is defined as symptomatic disease based on the following criteria: at least two of fever (≥ 38ºC), chills, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new olfactory and taste disorder(s), or at least one of the following respiratory signs/symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or clinical or radiographical evidence of pneumonia; and a positive coronavirus test.It will also evaluate the safety and reactogenicity of 2 injections of mRNA-1273 given 28 days apart.Secondary endpoints include evaluating the efficacy of mRNA-1273 to prevent severe Covid-19, asymptomatic Covid-19, to evaluate vaccine efficacy (VE) to prevent death caused by the virus, and to evaluate the efficacy of mRNA-1273 to prevent Covid-19 in all study participants, regardless of evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection.Approximately 30,000 participants will be randomly assigned in 1:1 ratio to receive either mRNA-1273 100 µg or placebo, says Moderna. At least 25%-40% of enrolled participants will be either over 65, or under 65 and at risk at screening.Moderna’s candidate mRNA-1273 is an mRNA vaccine against Covid-19 encoding for a prefusion stabilized form of the Spike (S) protein and is being co-developed with investigators from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center.The biotech company recently reiterated that it remains on track to deliver about 500 million doses of the potential vaccine per year, and up to 1 billion doses per year, beginning in 2021. Initial funding of $1.3 billion for Moderna to begin producing mRNA-1273 was secured from investors in the company’s most recent public equity offering in May 2020.Shares in Moderna have exploded 257% so far this year. Due to the extreme rally, Wall Street analysts have a cautiously optimistic Moderate Buy consensus on the stock’s outlook. Looking ahead, the $92 average price target suggests additional 31% upside potential lies ahead.JPMorgan analyst Cory Kasimov said that although the vaccine candidate appears to be showing a “promising profile”, he still wants to see “the Phase 3 results with mRNA-1273, which are anticipated sometime this fall, to see how the data evolves.”Kasimov maintains a Hold rating on the stock and $89 price target as he is skeptical of Moderna’s “ability to generate long-term meaningful revenues that justify prevailing market values.” (See MRNA stock analysis on TipRanks)Related News: Moderna Stock Rises 3% On Vertex Deal Novavax Inks Deal With India For 2B Covid-19 Vaccine Doses In 2021 Merck Puts Focus On Lower Debt, Sees Smaller Takeovers After 2022 More recent articles from Smarter Analyst: * Salesforce To Add 12,000 Jobs Next Year; Shares Up 49% YTD * US Steel Up 5% As 3Q Outlook Reflects Improved Business * LVMH Submits $16B Tiffany Takeover For EU Approval * Roku Inks NBCUniversal Deal For Peacock App, Ending Dispute

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