Acts of kindness amid coronavirus pandemic

From supermarkets establishing “elderly hours” to people singing from their balconies in a show of solidarity, here are some random acts of kindness that help keep spirits up during tough times.

‘I’m in the safest place on Earth’

For more than 30 years, Mauro Morandi has been the sole inhabitant of a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea. For the past few weeks his hermit’s hut has been an aptly isolated location from which to watch the global coronavirus crisis unfold.

Netflix, YouTube cut video quality in Europe after pressure from EU official

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Anadolu Agency) Netflix and YouTube are both reducing video-streaming quality in Europe to reduce the stress on residential broadband networks caused by the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to stay home. Netflix is reducing the bit rate on video streams, but not the resolution, for the next 30 days, the BBC reported. The BBC said that “movies will still be high-definition or … Read more

Fed begins pumping municipal bonds…

Fed begins pumping municipal bonds… (Top headline, 1st story, link) Related stories:CALIFORNIA: MORE THAN HALF WILL BE INFECTED…STATE-WIDE LOCKDOWN…TESTING CHAOS CONTINUES…Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded…Jobless claims may reach over 2 MILLION next week!Newly unemployed grapple with fallout…Virus killing far more men than women…More survivors speak out on illness…NETFLIX, YOUTUBE reduce resolution…Internet Traffic Surging But Pipes Aren’t Bursting Yet…Power industry may ask staff to … Read more

Waymo suspends all self-driving services in light of coronavirus pandemic

Waymo has extended the partial suspension of its autonomous vehicle service pilots to include fully driverless vehicle testing, the company confirmed on Friday. While Alphabet-owned Waymo had already stopped operation of the autonomous driving vehicles in its fleet that have safety drivers on board, in the interest of minimizing the potential spread of coronavirus, it was still going to go ahead with rides in its fully … Read more

Peloton temporarily suspends sales and deliveries of its treadmill

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images Peloton this week announced that it will temporarily suspend the sale and delivery of its Tread, a treadmill with a touchscreen to stream live and on-demand classes, that the company released in 2018. In a blog post, Peloton says it has decided to put a hold on Tread deliveries because the size of the machine is too big to deliver to … Read more

History shows that big social programs only emerge after global disasters

Major upheavals—like today’s coronavirus pandemic—can often reduce inequality. The first and most immediate reason is that they tend to hurt almost everyone financially, and the rich have more assets to lose. The falling fortunes of these wealthy folks bring them relatively closer to how everyone else is doing.https://twitter.com/KuperSimon/status/1240207768843411456As the Stanford University professor Walter Scheidel has written in The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from … Read more

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ‘Stay at Home’ Order Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Angela Weiss/GettyNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state-wide “stay at home” order for all residents on Thursday, the strictest measure yet to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus in the nation’s largest city.“This is not life as usual,” he said. “Remain indoors, go outside for solitary exercise. Don’t go to a house with multiple people. Don’t go to your daughter’s house. That is a … Read more

California goes on lockdown: Friday’s coronavirus news

Healthcare workers await patients a drive through coronavirus screening in Yorba Linda, California, on March 19, 2020. | Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group via Getty Images And more things to know. California is now on lockdown after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s residents to stay home, except for essential activities. They are the most sweeping measures in the United States so far, as coronavirus cases in the … Read more

NY, NJ, CT and PA Order Temporary Closure of Hair and Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors amid Coronavirus

With the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States already climbing past 10,000, four states are implementing a mandatory temporary closure of beauty and grooming service businesses beginning Saturday, March 21. To curb the spread of the mysterious flu-like respiratory virus, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have ordered that all barber shops, tattoo parlors, hair salons, nail salons and similar services … Read more

Tucker Carlson demands a Republican senator either explain his stock sell-off or resign

Fox News host Tucker Carlson at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2019. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images “There is no greater moral crime than betraying your country in a time of crisis.” In a strident monologue Thursday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused Republican Sen. Richard Burr of “betraying [his] country in a time of crisis,” and called on him … Read more

The Latest From Today’s WH COVID-19 Task Force Briefing

The White House will hold another coronavirus task force briefing today at 11:45 a.m. ET. The news conference comes just as the state of California issued a new shelter-in-place mandate that urges residents to stay home and not leave for anything but “essentials.” Trump will likely get questions on new reports that two Republican senators made shady stock market transactions following private briefings about the coronavirus … Read more

Parents get crash course in ‘distance learning’ dilemmas

As millions of families hunker down amid the coronavirus crisis, the sudden reality of schooling from home risks widening the education gap between those with the means and support to keep up with lessons, and those who risk falling behind.

Victoria’s Secret Launches Its Most Diverse Ad Campaign Featuring Transgender and Curvy Models

Victoria’s Secret 2.0 is here. Following a slew of controversies — including criticism for lack of diversity, a decline in sales, the cancellation of the brand’s iconic runway show and sexual harassment accusations against former chief marketing officer Ed Razek — the lingerie company is ushering in a new era with its “Body by Victoria” spring 2020 campaign, which stars models of all shapes, sizes, ages … Read more

Amazon is putting $20M into coronavirus testing research — if the researchers use AWS

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), is offering grants and promotional credits to its customers who are doing diagnostic research related to the novel coronavirus, the company said in a blog post Friday. The company launched the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative, which will offer up to $20 million to researchers at public or private institutions who are developing faster and more accurate … Read more

Cheer Coach Monica Aldama Says She Is ‘Heartbroken’ That Navarro Season Has to End Early

The Navarro College cheer squad is stepping off the mat for the remainder of the season. As the novel coronavirus causes more sporting events around the globe to be postponed or canceled, Navarro College’s cheerleading head coach Monica Aldama is opening up about how the pandemic is affecting her hardworking team. “Because of this pandemic, the Navarro Cheer team’s season has come to an end. Sunday … Read more

Everyone is At Risk. Just Not the Same Risk.

In recent days there has been a flood of reports suggesting, if not always saying quite directly, that many more young people (are getting sick. But not at rates that are beyond what we should expect or out of line with data out of China or other parts of the world that are running ahead of us in the pandemic. (As we discussed on February 28th … Read more

WhatsApp in talks with NHS to set up coronavirus chatbot

News comes as app seeks to shed image as hub for fake news about pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage WhatsApp is in talks to set up a dedicated NHS chatbot to allow people to access basic information about the coronavirus pandemic, sources with knowledge of the discussions told the Guardian, as the messaging service seeks to shed its growing reputation as … Read more

New York Gov. Cuomo Implements Executive Order: State Is ‘On Pause’

Angela Weiss/GettyNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a “stay at home” order for all residents on Thursday, the strictest measure yet to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus in the nation’s largest city.“Remain indoors, go outside for solitary exercise. Don’t go to a house with multiple people. Don’t go to your daughter’s house,” he said. “That is a mistake.”There are at least 4,000 confirmed cases … Read more

Here’s where you can still buy a thermometer amid coronavirus shortages

As the new coronavirus outbreak causes nationwide retailers to sell out of supplies like toilet paper, canned goods, hand sanitizer, and face masks, you’d think thermometers would be especially hard to find right now, right? Well, sort of. While Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all completely sold out, Amazon still has a bunch of digital oral thermometers and a handful of those fancy infrared/”no-touch” ones … Read more

The Bachelor’s Nick Viall Shoots Down Kelley Flanagan Dating Rumors After Posting Flirty Photo

Nick Viall is setting the record straight. Viall addressed rumors that he’s dating fellow Bachelor Nation member Kelley Flanagan during the latest episode of his podcast Viall Files, insisting the two are “just friends.” Viall, 39, and Flanagan, 28, spent time together recently at an event in Los Angeles. “She’s a nice person, she didn’t disappoint in person, I thought she’d be cool in person,” Viall said … Read more

Why lifesaving ventilators will be in short supply for the foreseeable future

The ventilator on the left of this intensive care bed is essential for keeping patients alive while their bodies fight the virus. | Ronald Bonss / picture alliance via Getty Images It’s not as easy as just asking a bunch of factories to pump out these complicated machines. In the last few days, you might have heard more about ventilators than you have in your entire … Read more

How the coronavirus has changed door-to-door food delivery

Ohio has joined the growing list of more than 30 states that have ordered restaurants and bars to stop in-house dining to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Buckeye State’s Department of Health is allowing restaurants to complete take-out, delivery, and curbside pickups. As restaurants across the country are adapting to a new reality, so are delivery people.