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

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been cancelled

The yearly musical contest has been canceled following the spread of the coronavirus. The final was scheduled for May 16th in Rotterdam after the country's win in 2019.

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IKEA donates 50,000 face masks to hospital after finding forgotten stock

The Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg has gotten an unexpected gift from IKEA. In one of the stores, 50,000 face masks have been found that were bought during the bird flu outbreak. After finding them stocked away in a warehouse the management agreed to donate them to Sweden's biggest hospital.

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First supermarkets create special shopping hours for elderly people to protect them from Covid-19

Multiple supermarkets and grocery chains have announced that they'll implement special shopping hours for elderly people, which are especially at risk when being infected by the coronavirus.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announces that primaries will be moved

The Governor has announced on Twitter that due to the spread of the coronavirus poll workers and voters would be forced "to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk". The Director of the Ohio Dept of Health Dr. Amy Action will, therefore, order that the polls stay closed. He also said that options are explored so "every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity".

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Spain: All private hospitals and healthcare providers have been nationalized

The Ministry of Health has announced that all private health providers and their hospitals will be put under public control in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus more efficiently. In addition, companies that are able to produce medical equipment are requested to get in touch with the government and all fourth-year medical students are asked to help the medical services.

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Macron announces complete lockdown of France

Following the spread of the coronavirus and rising death tolls, President Macron has announced that France will go on a complete lockdown starting March 17, noon. Residents must stay at home with the only exception being the commute to and from work, going grocery shopping and doctor visits. People not abiding the regulations will face punishments. Together with this, the second round of local elections has been postponed and the borders to other countries have been closed.

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Actor Idris Elba announces he's been tested positive for Covid-19

In a Twitter video, he said that he got tested because he was exposed to a person that tested positive and says that he has no symptoms far. He went into self-isolation together with his wife Sabrina which hasn't been tested yet.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Senator Mitt Romney calls for $1000 emergency income for every American adult

In a press release, he said that "Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy".

Regional News • Americas • United States
German Health Ministry confirmed: Trump tried to buy German research company to make potential Covid-19 vaccine US exclusive

Following a meeting at the White House with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, Donald Trump, Mike Pence and other members of the US's coronavirus task force to discuss the development of a vaccine against Covid-19, Donald Trump tried to buy the German research company CureVac. Trump had intended to make the vaccine "for the U.S. only", according to the German newspaper "Die Welt". The German Health Ministry confirmed that the reporting from "Die Welt" was accurate and Germany itself is now offering financial incentives for the company in order to stay in Germany.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump announces that he is considering a "full pardon" former advisor Michael Flynn

The former security advisor of Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 and is currently trying to withdraw this plea has high chances of receiving a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. The President wrote in a Twitter post that he is "strongly considering a full pardon".

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Gates Foundation Commits $5 million to help greater Seattle Area combat Covid-19

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced to provide $5 million to help the public health agencies in and around Seattle fight the coronavirus. The money is intended to provide tests and help with the detection of people infected. The Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman said that “early detection plays an essential role in helping public health authorities identify and treat people with COVID-19". According to him, testing is also important in order to be able to "take steps to safely isolate them and reduce transmission within the community".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Biden endorses Senator Warren's bankruptcy plan

The presidential nominee contender Joe Biden announced that he supports the bankruptcy plan that was proposed by his former rival Senator Elizabeth Warren. He specifically highlights the plans on enabling student loans to be eliminated in a case of bankruptcy. Currently, this only possible for other types of debt.

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Australia keeps schools open, Prime Minister advises children to stay 1.5 meters apart from each other

The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the schools in his country will stay open and advises following the policy of social distancing. Students should stay 1.5 meters apart from each other while being at school. In addition to this Australia banned handshakes and implemented a policy that people need to go into self-isolation for 14 days upon entering the country.

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White House physician announces that Donald Trump has been tested negative for Covid-19

Several days after meeting a delegation from Brazil, of whom multiple members have been tested positive for the coronavirus, Donald Trump underwent a test himself. The White House physician has now announced that the President's test result is negative.

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Austria limits movement further following Covid-19 spread

The northern neighbor country of Italy takes on new measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced that people should only leave their homes for essential workes, essential shopping (such as food and medicine) and for helping other people.

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China's last emergency hospital has been closed

Hospital staff celebrated by taking off their masks together, as the last of the makeshift emergency hospitals to combat the coronavirus has been closed in Wuhan, China.

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Federal Aviation Administration suspends "slots" rule to prevent ghost flights during Covoid-19 pandemic

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it would waive a rule regarding takeoff and landing rights until May 31. The rule requires airlines to use 80% of their allocated slots in order to keep them. The measure aims to counter ghost flights as many connections are cancelled due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Colorado starts offering free Covid-19 drive through testing

From March 14 on the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is offering free tests for the coronavirus. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. people can line up with their cars and the first 100-150 vehicles will get tests. The testing is free and proof of insurance is not needed.

Regional News • Americas • United States
SNAP requirement changes blocked by court

U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the changes by the Trump administration to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can not go into effect. The judge called the new rules "capricious, arbitrary and likely unlawful". The Judge further expands and refers to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as a reason to block the changes. "Especially now, as a global pandemic poses widespread health risks, guaranteeing that government officials at both the federal and state levels have flexibility to address the nutritional needs of residents and ensure their well-being through programs like SNAP, is essential".

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Professor from John Hopkins University claims that number of US Covid-19 cases is higher than announced

Dr. Marty Makary from the John Hopkins University claims that for every person that has been positively tested for the coronavirus, multiple untested but infected people are out there. He thinks that the US has between "50,000 and half a million cases". Even his lowest estimation is way higher than the official number of over 1,600 confirmed cases. He also criticizes the CDC - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - for not rolling out the testing fast enough and even using the wrong testing system.