Baseball: Coronavirus puts global spotlight on Taiwanese league
With the coronavirus pandemic interrupting professional baseball in Japan, the United States and elsewhere around the world, some diehard fans of the sport are getting their fix from an unlikely source.Thanks to successful local efforts to combat the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus, Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League was able to make a late start to its season in April and has since attracted an unusual amount of attention from abroad.Initially playing this season to empty stadiums, the four-team league has been allowing a limited number of fans to attend games since May 8.Amo...
Labour, migrant rights under spotlight as Thailand wrestles with COVID-19 impact
Workers in Thailand change shifts at a fish cannery that employs 6,000 mostly Burmese migrant workers. Photo by Solidarity Center/Jeanne Hallacy. 2014. Flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0)This edited articleby Thammachart Kri-aksorn is from Prachatai, an independent news site in Thailand, and is republished by Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.The Thai Ministry of Labour has invoked an Emergency Decree to prohibitlabor strikes and lockouts during the COVID-19 outbreak. Any labour disputes will be now be transferred to the Labour Relations Committee appointed by Chatumongol Sonakul, the Mi...
TV specials keep the spotlight on John Wayne Gacy
CHICAGO — John Wayne Gacy’s killing spree ended 41 years ago, yet he’s still a fixture on TV.The Chicago-area building contractor who killed at least 33 young men and boys and sometimes performed as a clown at neighborhood parties is the subject of Thursday’s episode of the Oxygen network series “Mark of a Killer.” Last year alone, the Travel Channel, Reelz, HLN and Investigation Discovery aired new TV episodes about Gacy.“We’ve got a couple more I know that are coming up towards the end of the year, one by a local producer named John Borowski,” Mike Albrecht said about media projects explorin...
Brad Pitt steals the Saturday Night Live spotlight as Dr. Fauci
The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star launched the second At Home version of the famed late-night comedy sketch show by taking on the role of Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for the cold open, during which he tried to clarify numerous confusing statements issued by U.S. President Donald Trump in his regular White House coronavirus task force briefings."Good evening, I'm Dr. Anthony Fauci," a suited Pitt began, wearing a pair of glasses and a grey wig while seated behind a desk."Now, there's been a lot of misinformation out there about the viru...
Fever detectors in spotlight
Workers produce forehead thermometers in Northwest China's Gansu Province on March 12. Photo: cnsphotosThe COVID-19 pandemic is driving up China's exports of thermal detectors and plants are working overtime to produce the preventive tools to stall the coronavirus' spread. However, industry analysts said that the devices have not been given enough attention and support around the world.Sally Gao, an employee of Wuhan Guide Infrared, one of the leading suppliers of infrared thermal imaging products in China, told the Global Times on Wednesday that the company has exported about 10,000 units - m...
Heidi Stevens: As coronavirus places caretaking in the spotlight, new book explores what happens when an abusive parent needs help
Deborah Cohan couldn’t have known how prescient her new book would feel.She couldn’t have known it would publish shortly before a pandemic held the world in its grip and the rituals we take for granted started disappearing and our connections to the outside started to feel simultaneously more imperiled and more urgent than ever.She couldn’t have known that caretaking — for elderly parents, for partners, for children — would suddenly sit at the center of so many lives, just as it sat at the center of hers for all those years.She couldn’t have known any of that when she sat down to write a memoi...
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Florida drive-in theaters take the spotlight
ORLANDO, Fla. — As many movie theater screens around the country go dark amid the coronavirus pandemic, John Watzke says his theater is doing just fine. In fact, business is booming for this time of year.The Ocala Drive-In, one of just a small handful of drive-in theaters still open (even during normal times) in Florida, is providing a bright spot for film lovers during this unprecedented time.“For this time of the year, I’ve seen a very big increase in attendance,” said Watzke, who owns the drive-in. “I just feel like people need some form of normalcy in their life.”Even though visitors are c...
Asean response to COVID-19 pandemic under spotlight as crisis deepens
A regional response on the new coronavirus disease outbreak has come under the spotlight as Southeast Asia scrambles to prevent the wider transmission of COVID-19, which has reached eight out of 10 Asean member states.The World Health Organization on Tuesday called on countries in the Southeast Asia region to urgently scale up aggressive measures to combat COVID-19, as the number of cases continue to rise globally. The virus, which was first detected in China, spread rapidly to 152 countries and territories, infecting nearly 175,000 people and killing 7,019.“The situation is evolving rapidly. ...
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Online learning in the spotlight as virus hits education sector
The coronavirus has disrupted the world in major ways, from the economy to sports. It has also greatly impacted education, from kindergarten to university teaching and research. More than 300 million children have been sent home, to either take a long break and wait or — in the best scenarios and rather rare cases — be taught online.In fast-increasing numbers, governments around the world have simply closed schools and universities for a few weeks or, in several cases, until further notice. The latest batch to do so, last Thursday, included France, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Algeria, the Philip...
Coronavirus shines spotlight on US economic inequality
Washington (AFP) - The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the global economy, but in the United States it has thrown into sharp relief the depth of inequality and the sheer number of people living on the edge in the world's largest economy.Neither the rich nor the poor have been spared in the COVID-19 outbreak, but can it be the catalyst for reforms extending new social benefits to all Americans?In the midst of the spreading illness, many Americans cannot follow expert advice to stay home from work when they show symptoms, because they either don't have enough paid sick leave or don't ha...