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Business • Economy
Mar 29, 2020 06:13 PM (UTC)
Thailand's king isolates in German four-star hotel

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the King of Thailand also known as Rama X, has booked the entire Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl. The hotel got a special permit to host the king and a part of his entourage because they form a "single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation", but 119 members of said entourage have been sent back to Thailand due to suspicions of the coronavirus. The group includes 20 concubines and numerous servants, but it is unclear if the king's four wives are staying at the hotel as well.

Politics • European
Mar 29, 2020 10:30 AM (UTC)
Spanish Princess Maria Teresa has died from Covid-19

On March 26, Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma (86), cousin of King Felipe IV, has died after being infected with the novel Coronavirus. She died in Paris and a funeral was held in Madrid on Friday. She is the first royal to die from Covid-19.

Technology • Games
Mar 29, 2020 10:19 AM (UTC)
PlayStation to provide full pay to employees, regardless of ability to perform remote work

Reporter Patrick Klepek announced on Twitter that he obtained a memo stating that all PlayStation employees are set to work from home until April 30. Employees will be paid "regardless of ability to perform remote work due to job function or responsibilities". Additionally, employees will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 to purchase any equipment needed to continue their work remotely.

Business • Economy
Mar 29, 2020 07:40 AM (UTC)
China and Vietnam are planning to impose ban on wildlife trade

Following the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, originating from a "wet market" in Wuhan on which live animals were bought and sold, China and Vietnam are planning to impose a ban on such markets. The formal bans are expected to be signed into law later this year.

Politics • American • Canada
Mar 29, 2020 06:49 AM (UTC)
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announces that she has recovered from the coronavirus

In a Facebook post Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has announced that she has successfully recovered from the coronavirus. Her husband and prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has said that his family had self-isolated for the recommended 14-day quarantine period, but will continue to stay at home during the pandemic.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Mar 28, 2020 06:37 PM (UTC)
Non-profit Internet Archive provides free access to 1.4 million books

Announcing a "National Emergency Library" the non-profit organization Internat Archive makes 1.4 million books online for free. The organization stated that the measure was taken in order to provide "a global community of displaced learners" with access to learning materials. The collection mainly contains digitalized books that don't have an ebook version available.

Politics • European
Mar 28, 2020 05:06 PM (UTC)
Portugal government announces to treat migrants as residents during Covid-19 pandemic

In order to allow migrants and asylum seekers, that are currently living in Portugal, access to the public services of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced to treat them as residents. Being treated as such they can use social security services such as healthcare or welfare, but also open bank accounts, close rental contracts and work. The only requirement is an ongoing request for residency.

Technology • Games
Mar 28, 2020 01:58 PM (UTC)
YouTuber calls gamers to help build the entire Earth in Minecraft on a 1:1 scale

The YouTuber PippenFTS aims to recreate the entire Earth in the online game Minecraft in life-size. With the help of two mods, called "Cubic Chunks" and "Terra 1-to-1" respectively removing the size limits of the Minecraft worlds and converting Google Maps earth data into Minecraft maps, the YouTuber has re-created the earth in a Minecraft world. In his proposed second steps he calls for players to get together and hand-build all human-made structures, which were not added by the mods itself. The players organize in a Discord which already has over 40,000 members and the video with the call for participation broke the 5 million views.

Politics • American • US
Mar 28, 2020 07:28 AM (UTC)
Joe Biden hit by sexual assault allegation

Former Vice President Joe Biden faces new allegations of sexual assault. In an interview with podcast host Katie Halper, which aired on Wednesday, Tara Reade says Biden sexually assaulted her, pushing her against a wall and penetrating her with his fingers when she was working in his staff in 1993. When she pulled away, she says, he said he thought she "liked" him. Reade's allegation line up with allegations by several women who came forward in 2019 to say Biden had kissed or touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable. Biden’s campaign on Friday denied Reade’s allegation. “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims,” deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”

Politics • American • US
Mar 28, 2020 07:26 AM (UTC)
Trump invokes Defense Production Act, seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

After a series of delays and tweets earlier this Friday, Donald Trump issued an order that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defence Production Act. The Defense Production Act gives the president powers to direct domestic industrial production to provide essential materials and goods needed in a national security crisis. Previously Trump has been reluctant to use the act to force businesses to contribute to the coronavirus fight. "But our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course", the President said. General Motors said it could build 10,000 ventilators per month starting in April.

Business • Economy
Mar 27, 2020 08:42 PM (UTC)
Worlds leading producer of condoms had stopped production

The Malaysian company Karex Bhd had stopped the production of condoms following a lockdown by the government due to the coronavirus. This has led to a missing production of around 100 million condoms, with the company normally producing 20 percent of all condoms globally. Now deemed a critical industry the government has permitted to start the production again with 50% of the workforce.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Mar 27, 2020 07:54 PM (UTC)
After eight years wait Bob Dylan releases new original song

With the last release of an album containing original songs dating back to 2012, Bob Dylan has released a new original song. The work is 17-minutes long and retells the assassination of the American president John F. Kennedy.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Mar 27, 2020 11:47 AM (UTC)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus

Boris Johnson has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The British Prime Minister revealed the news in a self-filmed video posted on his Twitter account. Johnson said, "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

Politics • Asian • China
Mar 27, 2020 05:39 AM (UTC)
China closes borders to prevent now Covid-19 from travellers

Most of the new coronavirus cases in China over the past weeks have been detected in people coming from abroad, while the newly reported local infections have steadily declined. On some days there were zero new local cases. In total China reported around 500 new cases over the past weeks and announced that it'll close its borders as a response.

Health
Mar 27, 2020 05:23 AM (UTC)
United States report over 82,000 Covid-19 cases - most in the world

With China reporting around 81,000 cases and the United States reporting 82,000 confirmed cases, the United States is the country with the most infections worldwide for the first time. In addition, the US has reported 246 new deaths making it a total of 1,195 fatalities due to the coronavirus.

Health
Mar 27, 2020 05:41 AM (UTC)
Bosch develops Covid-19 test that provides results in 2,5 hours without laboratory

The German engineering company Bosch has developed a rapid Covid-19 test that fulfills the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO) and has an accuracy of over 95 percent. The rapid test can be used on-site by medical personal not trained for the laboratory and only needs a "Bosch Vivalytic analyzer" device. It takes less than two and a half hours to get the test results after the sample is taken.

Business • Economy
Mar 27, 2020 04:59 AM (UTC)
CEO of Texas Roadhouse forgoes salary in order to pay restaurant workers

The Chief Executive Officer and founder of the steak restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse, W. Kent Taylor has announced to forgo his regular salary payments as well as additional bonus payments in order to make the salary payments of frontline restaurant workers possible. The company also announced that it would not pay dividends in order to have more money on hand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health
Mar 26, 2020 07:01 PM (UTC)
Dyson designed new ventilator and aims to produce 15,000 until end of April

The billionaire company founder James Dyson has announced that the company managed to design a new ventilator system in 10 days, after receiving an order from the government of the United Kingdom. The company aims to produce 10,000 of the new ventilators for the UK and is planning on donating an additional 5,000 ventilators towards the international fight against the coronavirus by the end of April.

Health
Mar 26, 2020 06:41 PM (UTC)
101 year old man from Italy has recovered from coronavirus

A man from the Italian city Rimini, who was born in 1919 during the Spanish flu pandemic, has recovered from the coronavirus. The deputy mayor of the town, Gloria Lisi, has announced that the man is back with his family after being tested positive for Covid-19 and admitted to the hospital in the last week.

Politics • American • US
Mar 26, 2020 03:19 PM (UTC)
United States will allegedly file charges against Venezuelan President

According to NBC New York, the United States attorney general William Barr is planning on charging members of the Venezuelan government for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking. Besides other senior officials of the government, the president Nicolas Maduro is said to be charged. Further diplomatic sanctions will allegedly be implemented.