Out of toilet paper? We've got some solutions and some precautions
TP or not TP?That is the question many of are asking as we contemplate shelves empty of toilet paper.Even though the use of toilet paper hasn’t increased because of the coronavirus crisis, there’s been panic buying, hoarding, empty shelves at the stores and even reports of theft from rest stops and restaurants, when they were still open.There shouldn’t be a shortage.Manufacturers say they’re churning out toilet paper as fast as they can. Yet U.S. sales of toilet paper soared 213% for the one-week period ending March 14 compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Nielsen market tra...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
FAST FORWARD TO THAILAND 4.0
Of the record 40 million tourists expected to flock to Thailand this year, many will have been lured by images of gilded temples, Bangkok’s magnificent Grand Palace and other testaments to this ancient Kingdom’s rich cultural history.But for another category of visitor, foreign investors ranging from global giants Hitachi, BMW and Western Digital to fast-growing startups, the focus is firmly on the future as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy races to transform itself into Thailand 4.0, the region’s innovation and knowledge-based digital hub.Foreign companies specializing in such advanced...
The Bangkok Post
K-pop star Kim Jaejoong apologises for coronavirus prank
The JYJ star has confessed the prank was a bad April Fool's Day joke.As many of his 1.9 million followers turned on the singer he insisted he was trying to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic."I want to sincerely apologise," the Rotten Love singer wrote. "It was not right - I know that. I just wanted to deliver a message that we should all be aware of the risk to minimise the number of victims."I'm so scared that there might come the second, the third corona-panics caused by outdoor activities and contact in closed spaces. So, I think we all need to be alert. I just wanted to tell the ...
'I feel nothing': virus-stricken Wuhan buries its dead
Wuhan (China) (AFP) - As China's coronavirus epicentre Wuhan awakens from its long nightmare, formerly locked-down citizens are beginning to reemerge, but for many, their first outdoor act in more than two months is grim: burying loved ones.At the Biandanshan Cemetery, downcast groups of masked residents filed quietly past hazmat-suit-wearing security personnel and police on Tuesday to lay friends and relatives to rest under a leaden sky, a scene repeated in recent days at Wuhan's graveyards.Whether from coronavirus or other causes of death, Wuhan's gradual re-opening in recent days has offere...
Rich coronavirus-hit Western countries begging refugee doctors to come help, after years of demonising them
Refugee and migrant medical professionals, many of whom have been unable to practice medicine in their country of refuge, may be called in to help strained health care systems deal with a rise in coronavirus cases.While countries like Germanyseem to be coping with the numbers of ventilators and intensive care beds avaliable as case numbers rise, they are struggling with a shortage in medical staff trained to receive and treat patients.In Saxony, Germany's far-right heartland where refugees were often scorned, the regional medical board is now asking medical doctors with migrant backgrounds to ...
Coronavirus stimulus package: How much you get and when?
As you all are aware, the Senate just recently approved a $2 trillioncoronavirusstimulus package. The package is expected to boost all parts of the economyand also benefit Americans directly, including those who are unemployed, self-employed and contractors, and those still working. Americans have been promised one-time payments of up to $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each of their children. It must be noted that not all will get the full $1200. Thus, a big question that many will have now is how much money they would get and when.Q4 2019 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreCoronavirus...
Another housing crisis is coming – and bailouts and eviction freezes won't be enough to prevent many from losing their homes
Unionized hospitality workers wait in line to apply for unemployment benefits. AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezMillions of Americans are suddenly out of workas the financial and economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic deepens. Without an income, most of these people will have a hard time covering their expenses, including keeping a roof over their heads.But even before the current crisis, tens of millions of Americans struggledto pay for housing, spending more than 30% – or even half – of their income on housing-related expenses. This leaves less money for other essentials such as food...
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Surviving Quarantine: 5 Tips From a Russian Cosmonaut
With more than a third of the global population confined to their homes to slow the coronavirus pandemic, many are worried how long they will be cooped up.But being quarantined can be "a good thing" and something "to enjoy," says veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.The 61-year-old, who has made five flights to space spending a combined 671 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS), says the main thing is to stay positive.Here are his five tips for surviving quarantine:Get some airOn the ISS, cosmonauts work "in an alien environment, surrounded by metal and plastic," Yurchikhin ...
The Moscow Times
MIND Mastery and COVID19
by Michael Mantell, Ph.D In this time of uncertainty about our health, our finances, our freedom, our future, many are filled with emotional turmoil, angst, worry, fear and some level of anxiety. Clients say, “I’m losing my mind,” “I feel like my mind is spinning,” “My mind has lost control.” The global virus is everywhere. We can’t be vigilant enough. It’s just what we’re being asked to deal with now in our lives…for a good, albeit, hidden reason. My mindset takes me to the following beliefs: **We’ll get through this. Fight is in our DNA and we just don’t lose. We always learn. **When we get ...
The Moderate Voice
N.J. offers $40M in grants, loans for small businesses slammed by coronavirus closures
A $40 million aid packageapproved by the state’s Economic Development Authority on Thursday will provide grant and loans or guarantee private bank loans to small businesses rocked by the coronaviruspandemic.The consequences of the coronavirus have been crippling for New Jersey businesses, many of which were deemed nonessential and ordered to close or drastically curtail their services."The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in New Jersey has sent us into uncharted territory, and the economic impacts will be significant and far-reaching, especially on Main Street,” Gov. Phil Murphysaid in a stat...