Coronavirus drives up demand – and pay – for temporary U.S. nurses

As staffing agencies have raised pay demands for temporary nurses still willing to accept assignments, some hospitals are leaning on their existing staff to help out – at least for now. “A lot of hospitals have closed down other units, and scrambled staff to triage patients coming in for testing and for other purposes,” Braynin said. Hospitals in New York and Connecticut are seeking to fill … Read more

Panasonic to suspend battery production at Tesla joint venture in Nevada due to coronavirus

Panasonic Corp said on Saturday it will temporarily suspend production at its battery joint venture with U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc in Nevada because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Japanese electronics company, which supplies battery cells for Tesla’s electric vehicles, will scale down operations at so-called Gigafactory 1 early next week before closing it for 14 days, Panasonic said in an emailed statement. A Panasonic spokeswoman … Read more

Gun sales on the rise as coronavirus concerns spread

At gun stores from California to New York, the American people are stocking up in enormous numbers, almost as if the end was near. “Trying to buy ammunition because of everything that’s going on with the virus and stuff, it’s horrible and I don’t want to take any chances,” Angel Colon told ABC News affiliate WPVI in Spanish. The increased gun sales come as police departments … Read more

Malaysia expects coronavirus cases to spike as more worshippers traced

Malaysia’s coronavirus cases jumped to 1,183 on Saturday with eight deaths, and officials warned of a spike next week as they track down people who attended a large religious gathering linked to most of the cases. The Health Ministry reported five more deaths and 153 new infections on Saturday, 90 of which were connected to the event at a mosque late last month that was attended … Read more

Taiwan reports 18 new coronavirus cases, all imported

Taiwan reported 18 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, all imported from people coming from countries including the United States, Britain, South Africa and Indonesia or those having contact with them, bring the total number of infected to 153. While Taiwan’s initial efforts to control the spread of the virus have won praise at home and abroad, it is now facing an upsurge in cases from people … Read more

COVID-19 Has Show Us 2020 Election Can’t Be The Only Way To Check Trump’s Impulses

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. Our constitutional system depends on accountability. That is a central part of what it means to live in a democracy as opposed to an authoritarian state. When the framers of the Constitution created the executive branch, critics worried that the President would become a king in a style of the 18th century British … Read more

How General Motors is testing its self-driving cars after the pandemic forced its vehicle fleet off California roads

General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit is still testing its cars while its fleet is off the roads in California amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cruise has 233 self-driving vehicles which are registered to drive in California and not in use right now, but every day it runs roughly 30,000 simulations to test for safety, passenger comfort, and other criteria.  “Before our car hits the pavement, it’s already … Read more

A former police officer turned a side hustle cleaning up crime scenes into a multimillion-dollar franchise — and now she’s taking on cleaning up the coronavirus pandemic

Laura Spaulding makes things go away for a living: cleaning up crime scenes, hoarding disasters, and meth labs alike and sharing it all on a YouTube series. It started when Spaulding cleaned up after two brothers shot and killed one another while she was serving as a Kansas City police officer — she later turned it into her full-time job. When she scaled her business, Spaulding … Read more

George R.R. Martin promises fans he is staying safe and working on Winds of Winter

George R. R. Martin poses with award for Outstanding Drama Series in the press room during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Dan MacMedan/WireImage And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related … Read more

The coronavirus outbreak is wrecking the sneaker resale industry, but investing in specific pairs can soften losses. Here’s how to navigate the market in crisis, according to the head of China’s Sneaker Con.

The sneaker resale industry is being clobbered by the coronavirus outbreak.  To navigate the crisis, resellers should consider cashing out on hyped pairs that might not regain value for another year, Jerry Wu, the head of Sneaker Con China, told Business Insider in an interview.  Wu added that resellers should invest in reliable best sellers, like the Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 1 models, once … Read more

New Yorkers told to stay at home over coronavirus pandemic

Drastic measures were taken on Friday as two of the nation’s biggest states joined a third in ordering all non-essential workers to stay home. Now New York, California, and Illinois are in lockdown mode. The U.S. coronavirus death toll has soared to at least 260 reported fatalities. More than 5,300 new cases were reported Friday, bringing the current total to over 19,000. Michael George reports on … Read more

Check out 30 famous World Heritage sites you can virtually visit on Google Earth while social distancing (GOOG)

Google Earth has a list of 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites to virtually visit and learn about online. On Thursday, the US State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory covering all international travel. The advisory came as the coronavirus has infected more than 235,000 people and killed more than 9,700. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, might stop you from … Read more

Bank of America lays out the 6 things that need to happen for the stock-market crash to truly end — and warns only 4 have occurred so far

A group of strategists at Bank of America has pinpointed six criteria that typically trigger when a stock market nadir has been reached. According to BoA’s logic, the more signals that have been eclipsed, the better. Today, they say four out of six criteria have been met. They also argue that one variable that’s not on the checklist — new cases of COVID-19 — is possibly … Read more

Wall Street WFH; BlueCrest cuts PMs; wealth managers in uncharted territory

  Welcome to Wall Street Insider, where we take you behind the scenes of the finance team’s biggest scoops and deep dives from the past week.  If you aren’t yet a subscriber to Wall Street Insider, you can sign up here. The new WFH reality (for some) Local governments across the US are moving to keep people inside to combat the spread of coronavirus, and many … Read more

This AI chatbot startup has a star-studded list of investors like Joe Montana and Mark Attanasio. Here’s the pitch that won GameOn Technology $10.5 million in its latest funding round.

GameOn Technology is a startup aiming to use Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and other chat platforms to allow brands like the NBA and NHL convert interested audiences into devout fans.  After selling his last startup Evtlive to Yahoo in 2013, GameOn CEO Alex Beckman realized there was an opportunity that he missed building into the livestreaming app, and decided to base his next startup on it. GameOn … Read more

Drive-through testing centers are opening around the US — photos show how the makeshift operations check people for coronavirus

The US has started to ramp up its efforts to test people for the novel coronavirus after weeks of delays and missteps in the development and rollout of the tests. As part of that effort, cities across the US have been opening drive-through testing centers this week. Drive-through testing stations can help protect healthcare workers from direct exposure to coronavirus and get more people tested more quickly. The … Read more

Spain Deaths Jump 32%; U.S. Tightens Restrictions: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Deaths from the coronavirus in Spain jumped by more than 30% for the second day in a row, a week after the country went into a national lockdown to try to slow the spread of the disease. Total cases reached almost 25,000 while infections in Iran topped 20,000.In the U.S., President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in the State of New York and … Read more

The coronavirus pandemic will almost certainly cause a permanent expansion of America’s social safety net

The coronavirus pandemic is exposing inherent flaws in the US’ social safety net. And lawmakers are tripping over themselves to show just how seriously they’re taking the crisis.  Major entitlements and governmental agencies have been born in moments of national upheaval. And once they’re here, they almost never get rolled back. Some, like Social Security and the Centers for Disease Control, are popular and considered vital. … Read more

How to manage anxiety during a pandemic

Getty Images/iStockphoto We’re living in a stressful time. It’s important to take care of our mental health. Anxiety is so idiosyncratic that it’s difficult to pinpoint a “type” that’s most common. For some, it might feel like vines of dread roping themselves around you the night before a big work deadline, or maybe like a creeping cloud of unease that settles in during your morning commute. … Read more

Election limbo as coronavirus outbreak upends US primaries

At least 13 states have postponed voting and more delays are possible as health officials warn that social distancing and other measures to contain the virus might be in place for weeks, if not months. The states that have yet to hold their primaries find themselves in a seemingly impossible situation as they look to balance public health concerns with the need to hold elections. While … Read more

France Tweaks Window Release Policy During Country’s Lockdown

France’s culture minister has passed a decree allowing the National Film Board (CNC) to tweak the country’s notoriously strict window release policy as the industry struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. Under the exceptional measures, films that came out last week and were in theaters as of March 14 — when cinemas […]

The coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the world’s nations: Choose between economy and health

The coronavirus pandemic has led some governments to impose nationwide lockdowns, shuttering businesses and restricting residents’ movement. Though these lockdowns so far seem effective in slowing the virus’s spread, they come at a high economic cost. The UK avoided enacting severe measures for longer than other coronavirus-stricken countries in Europe, but a lack of social distancing could cost hundreds of thousands of lives. For the latest … Read more

Elon Musk says Tesla will make ventilators in case of a shortage caused by the coronavirus — here are all the other humanitarian crises he’s tried to fix (TSLA)

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk doesn’t shy away from a crisis.  The billionaire has offered his help on everything from supplying power to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria to creating materials for affordable housing.  He’s also trying to solve more existential problems like climate change and colonizing outer space.  Now, he’s offering to make ventilators in case of a shortage due to the coronavirus outbreak.  … Read more

People are stockpiling pot and sales are skyrocketing at dispensaries as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe

People are stockpiling pot as the coronavirus pandemic forces everyone indoors. Ross Lipson, the CEO of Oregon-based online dispensary software startup Dutchie, told Business Insider that his platform has seen new sales records — every single day. Click here to read more about how the cannabis industry is preparing for, and reeling from, the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. People are stockpiling … Read more

MPs in plea to government over UK’s Covid-19 stockpiling

Cross-party politicians ask No 10 to safeguard food supplies for NHS and emergency staff Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage MPs, academics, charities and those who work with vulnerable people are piling pressure on the government to ensure food and other essentials are reaching those most in need as concerns over the consequences of rampant stockpiling grow. One hundred and fifty cross-party MPs … Read more

Google launches Covid-19 page and search portal with safety tips, official stats and more, US-only for now

Google says Coronavirus has become its biggest search topic by a country mile this year, and to continue its efforts to harness that attention in the best possible way, late on Friday the company launched a new information portal dedicated to the pandemic as well as an improved search experience for desktop and mobile. The search experience, Google says, was updated in response to “people’s information … Read more

Here’s how you can help people who’ve lost jobs or housing in the wake of coronavirus

Daniel Beahm, 17, sorts boxes at the Berks/Schuylkill Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank in Spring Township, Pennsylvania, in March. Many organizations are seeking help in the wake of the spread of coronavirus. | Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images From fighting xenophobia to rent assistance, these groups are offering support to vulnerable groups — and have advice for how you can help. The fallout from … Read more