Saying Goodbye

After a year marked by countless achievements and a lot of challenges, we here at Pendect have decided to cease operations. This decision comes with a heavy heart and after many difficult conversations in the team. We truly believe that the current news environment needs a makeover, a fresh perspective and an open, community-sourced and diverse approach.

We are grateful to all the people who participated and contributed to the community and to our investors who believed in the idea of an open-source news platform. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Stay informed & healthy,
Ash, CJ & Érico

Recent News

Regional News • Asia • India
India's struggle with Coronavirus: 142,879 new daily cases, shortage of vaccines

India reported 142,879 new daily cases on Sunday. This new trend makes the outbreak in the country the fastest growing outbreak worldwide. The country is experiencing a vaccine shortage, even though it's the world's largest manufacturer of Coronavirus vaccines.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
'Indiana Jones 5' casts Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star with Harrison Ford
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Credit: Film Codex (Twitter Reproduction)

Disney announced Friday that British actress Phoebe-Waller Bridge has signed on to appear in the upcoming fifth "Indiana Jones" movie alongside Harrison Ford, who's been wearing Indy's familiar fedora since 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark." The British writer-producer-actress created the acclaimed Amazon Studios dramedy Fleabag and was the showrunner of the first season of BBC America's Killing Eve.

James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari) is taking over directing duties from Steven Spielberg, who helmed the first four films in the franchise.

Science • Medicine
BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to offer protection against Covid-19 for at least 6 months
BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to offer protection against Covid-19 for at least 6 months
Credit: Logo via Pfizer & BioNTech

According to a published research by Pfizer, the BionTech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine offers protection against Covid-19 for at least 6 months.

"Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE today announced updated topline results from analysis of 927 confirmed symptomatic cases of COVID-19 observed in their pivotal Phase 3 study through March 13, 2021, showing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, was 91.3% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days through up to six months after the second dose," so the statement.

Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer said that the data confirmed "the favorable efficacy and safety profile of our vaccine", adding that the "high vaccine efficacy observed through up to six months following a second dose and against the variant prevalent in South Africa provides further confidence in our vaccine’s overall effectiveness."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Paramount announces new Star Trek movie to be released on 2023
Paramount announces new Star Trek movie to be released on 2023
Credit: StarTrek (Twitter Reproduction)

Paramount announced the studio would release a new movie in the Star Trek Universe movie on June 9, 2023. The studio did not announce a title or any other detail.

This will be the first new Star Trek film since the last instalment in the Kelvin-verse series, Star Trek Beyond, released in 2016.

Regional News • Africa
Archaeologists discover a 3,000-year-old city in Egypt

A group of archaeologists led by Zahi Hawass have discovered a 3,000-year-old Egyptian city, named "The Rise of Aten." The city, which is the largest ancient city found, dates back to the reign of the ninth king of the 18th dynasty King Amenhotep III, who ruled Egypt from 1391 and 1353 BCE.

“Within weeks, to the team’s great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions,” Hawass said. “What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life.”

Regional News • Americas • United States
Puerto Rico to close schools amid Covid-19 surge
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico Credit: Tasha Jolley

The closures would go into effect April 12, roughly a month after some 100 of the island's 858 public schools were authorized to reopen for the first time in a year amid the pandemic. The announcement was praised by some health experts, teachers and parents who worried about an increase in infections and had warned that reopening schools was a rushed decision. Health Secretary Carlos Mellado said that while no COVID-19 breakouts were identified at any of the schools, the move is necessary given the recent spike in cases.

Climate & Environment
Volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupts
Volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupts
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

The volcano La Soufrière has erupted on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. An explosive eruption was registered on the mountain in the north of the island, the disaster control authority Nemo announced on Friday. A column of smoke up to eight kilometers high was building up over the volcano. A shower of ash is to be expected, it said. Subterranean tremors had previously been detected at the volcano, indicating that magma was moving towards the earth's surface.

The government of the island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines had already begun evacuating the so-called Red Zone around the volcano on Thursday. In 1902, an eruption of La Soufrière killed about 1,500 people. The current volcanic activity began last December, according to Nemo.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Rapper-actor DMX dead at 50
DMX in 2001
DMX in 2001 Credit: Mika-photography (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

DMX has died after suffering a heart attack at his home on April 2 that left him in a coma for seven days. The multiplatinum-selling rapper and actor was 50 years old.

DMX made his mark as one of hip-hop's most recognizable names for his rap artistry, and as an actor, the rapper was personally stifled by his legal battles - he was repeatedly arrested and jailed within a decade - and drug addiction.

Regional News • Europe • France
Macron dissolves French elite university École Nationale d'Administration
École Nationale d'Administration
École Nationale d'Administration Credit: Fred Romero (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

French President Emmanuel Macron is closing the elite French university École Nationale d'Administration, or Ena for short, as he announced on Thursday. The elite cadre school is to be replaced by the Institute of Public Service (ISP).

The aim of the reform is to make the French civil service "more efficient, more transparent and more benevolent", according to sources close to the president. In addition, more young people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are to be recruited for the civil service. The "social lift" works "less well today than it did 50 years ago", Macron had complained at the beginning of this year.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook tests flagging satire articles because users don't recognize them
Facebook tests flagging satire articles because users don't recognize them
Credit: Courtesy of Facebook via Twitter

To help Facebook users better distinguish satire media from real news in the future, the social medium is now introducing a matching marker. Facebook announced the feature on Wednesday, rolling it out only in the U.S. for now.Satire, officials and fans

Posts that originate from officials, fan pages and satire pages will also be marked as such in the future. Some users seem to fall for contributions from satirical magazines like "The Onion" in particular, as they imitate the tone of real news media. Last year, such markings were already introduced for state-controlled media.

Science • Medicine
EMA reviewing possible link between Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots
EMA reviewing possible link between Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Ashley Winkler. (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The European Medicines Agency announced Friday that it is reviewing a possible connection between the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots, Reuters reports.

"Four serious cases of rare blood clots with low platelets, one of which was fatal, have been reported after inoculation with J&J’s vaccine from its Janssen unit, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) said," Reuters wrote.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Boeing warns customers of new problems with broken-down 737 Max aircraft
Boeing warns customers of new problems with broken-down 737 Max aircraft
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Just a few months ago, aircraft manufacturer Boeing had been given permission by regulators to ground the 737 Max again - but now there are new problems. This time it is about difficulties with the power supply on some aircraft, as the company announced.

Customers would have to check whether a certain component was sufficiently earthed. The 16 airlines affected are to suspend operations for the time being. Boeing is working closely with regulators, it said.

Business • Markets
Twitter said to have held acquisition talks with Clubhouse on potential $4B deal
Twitter said to have held acquisition talks with Clubhouse on potential $4B deal
Credit: unsplash.com / Adem AY

Twitter held talks with Clubhouse around a potential acquisition of the live drop-in audio networking platform, with a deal value somewhere around $4 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Twitter has its own product very similar to Clubhouse - Spaces, a drop-in audio chatroom feature that it has been rolling out gradually to its user base over the past few months.

While we aren't privy to the specifics of these talks between Twitter and Clubhouse, it does seem like an awfully high price tag for the social network to pay for the audio app, especially given its own progress with Spaces.

Regional News • Americas • United States
B.1.1.7 Covid-19 variant now dominant strain in the US
B.1.1.7 Covid-19 variant now dominant strain in the US
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday that the B.1.1.7 Covid-19 variant is now the most common strain in the United States.

"Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States," Walensky said

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook is beta testing a Clubhouse-Inspired audio Q&A feature
Facebook is beta testing a Clubhouse-Inspired audio Q&A feature
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Logo Facebook (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Facebook ran its first public beta test of Hotline — a web-based Q&A platform that seems like it was dreamed up as the platform’s answer to the current voice chat app craze started by Clubhouse.

Creators will address an audience of users, who will then be able to respond by asking questions with either text or audio. Unlike Clubhouse - which is strictly an audio-only platform - Hotline users will have the option to turn their cameras on during events, adding a visual element to an otherwise voice-dominated experience.

Regional News • Europe
Russia threatens to intervene in eastern Ukraine

The Kremlin has threatened military intervention in eastern Ukraine. In the event of a flare-up of fighting, Russia will not stand idly by and watch a possible "human catastrophe", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the Interfax agency.

Russia will take measures to protect its citizens, he added. Peskov also said there was a concentration of Russian troops in the region because the country's security was at stake.

Regional News • Europe • Austria
Austrian President Van der Bellen receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
Austrian President Van der Bellen receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
Credit: Screenshot via Twitter, @vanderbellen

Alexander Van der Bellen, the president of Austria, has received his first dose of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine on Friday, he announced on Twitter, adding it was "just a little prick".

"I hope there will soon be enough vaccine so that everyone who wants to can get vaccinated. Because every vaccination counts and is a contribution to normalization - so that we can hopefully soon meet again without worrying, sit together and chat," he added.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Hong Kong activist Nathan Law receives asylum in Great Britain
Hong Kong activist Nathan Law receives asylum in Great Britain
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter / Nathan Law

The prominent activist Nathan Law left the country nine months ago because he faces political persecution in Hong Kong, Now he has been granted political asylum in Britain.

The 27-year-old former opposition MP reported on Twitter that his application had been approved after four months of consideration. "The fact that I am being sought under the National Security Act shows that I face severe political persecution and am unlikely to be able to return to Hong Kong without risk."

Regional News • Europe • European Union
France starts Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Coronavirus vaccine production
France starts Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Coronavirus vaccine production
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Ashley Winkler. (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

France has started producing the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Coronavirus vaccines to increase production in the European Union. Drug manufacturer Delpharm is producing the Pfizer/BioNTech in its plant in Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre. CDMO Recipharm is producing the Moderna vaccine in its facility in the Loire Valley.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Prince Philip has died aged 99
Prince Philip
Prince Philip Credit: Royal Family (Twitter Reproduction)

Buckingham Palace announced Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99.