US Democratic convention postponed due to coronavirus

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On April 2, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the governing body for the United States Democratic Party, postponed its presidential convention due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally, the convention was set to take place in mid-July. Being pushed back one month, it is now expected to take place in mid-August.

Global coronavirus cases pass the one million mark

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes According to data compiled by tracking site Worldometer, as of April 2, 9 p.m. GMT, more than one million people worldwide tested positive for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease – with the death toll of 53,216 affecting 204 countries and territories.

Smart ways to spend your stimulus check

By: Christine Dulion

Reading Time: 4 minutes The coronavirus health crisis has sucker-punched the economy as businesses are shut down and workers are in lockdown, often without income.

To get the most out of these funds, there are a number of factors you should take into account when deciding how to spend your stimulus check.

What’s next for Bernie Sanders’ campaign?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Since the middle of March, there has been discussion in the media about whether the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders was coming to an end.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Is Bernie Sanders dropping out?
– Is the progressive wing splintering?

Chinese scientists discover coronavirus antibodies

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes In early January, Chinese scientists found “effective” antibodies capable of blocking the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease – from entering the cells, after analyzing antibodies taken from recovered COVID-19 patients.

US report claims China hid true extent of virus

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 3 minutes According to a classified United States government intelligence report, China underreported the number of cases and deaths attributed to the coronavirus outbreak. Officials claimed that not only were the numbers wrong, they were intentionally wrong.

Social media keeps us entertained during COVID-19

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes The spread of COVID-19 has the US and most of the world in a tough spot. Many non-essential businesses have closed, and people are asked to stay home in self-isolation and practice social-distancing at all times. Many popular television programs, talk shows and late-night shows have announced an undetermined length of hiatus.

Who Is George Soros?

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 6 minutes As one of the planet’s richest men, hedge fund manager George Soros has used his vast fortunes to shape economic and political policies around the world.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did Soros earn the nickname “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England”?

Is the coronavirus altering democratic norms?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Countries have enacted special regulations that would likely be difficult to enforce after the pandemic. Chile has placed the military in charge of overseeing movement within the country for 90 days. Israel has started shutting down courts and surveilling citizens’ cell phone data, while Bolivia and Ethiopia have postponed elections.

Wildlife emerges amid global coronavirus lockdown

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ever since the growing lockdown measures have been enforced in countries around the world due to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, a surprising phenomenon has been taking place. Nature has started to emerge in unexpected places.

Trump warns of tough two weeks ahead amid rising COVID-19 deaths

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States President Donald Trump has emphasized the magnitude of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease – pandemic at a White House press briefing on March 31, warning US citizens that the country should brace for a tough two-week period ahead.

How are startups and small businesses being supported during coronavirus

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 4 minutes Across the world, the coronavirus outbreak has caused massive disruptions to healthcare, travel and businesses, wreaking havoc to global economies.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How are organizations raising funds to battle coronavirus?
– What are corporations doing to help startups and small businesses?

Plight of Uighurs during China’s coronavirus lockdown

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 3 minutes Xinjiang, the region of China where Uighurs live, was put on lockdown with much of the rest of the country when the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) hit. With the gradual reopening of businesses and public places, some suspect the Uighurs may have disproportionately suffered during the interim.

Israeli PM Netanyahu goes under quarantine

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gone under quarantine in his official residence after one of his aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease – his office announced on March 30.

Why is China’s response to the pandemic unlikely to happen elsewhere?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 7 minutes After being the original epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, China appears to now have the outbreak under control.

In a remarkable turnaround, the country has gone from reporting thousands of cases per day to easing restrictions in even the worst-hit areas.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What could China do differently?

What exactly is the Belt and Road Initiative, and how could it transform China’s economy?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Since 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China’s President Xi Jinping has been reshaping trade in the region, with ripple effects throughout the global economy. The ambitious plan looks to simultaneously build up China’s historically underdeveloped neighbors while expanding the potential customer base for China’s products.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the criticisms of the BRI?

Sweden’s hands-off approach to fighting coronavirus

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Although the government of Sweden has advised its citizens to practice social distancing, work from home if possible and pay special attention to protecting the elderly during the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, it has yet to implement stricter controls as seen in other countries around the world.

Simple tricks to boost your mood

By: Christine Dulion

Reading Time: 3 minutes Feeling down in the dumps? Or, maybe you just need a little oomph in your day. For any case of the daily blues, we have some ideas for simple ways that you can boost your mood.

Life during coronavirus: Impact on mental health

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 5 minutes As of March 28, 2020, new coronavirus cases have passed 663,000.

People are being told to stay home, isolate themselves, practice social distancing and only leave the house for essential reasons. Many schools and universities have moved their courses online, with varying degrees of success, and many workers have been laid off.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What is the intersection of heath and economics?

What businesses make up Alphabet Inc.?

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 8 minutes In 2015, Google underwent a change in corporate structure, with Alphabet Inc. becoming the holding company and Google a subsidiary. This restructuring allowed Alphabet to widen its interests beyond Google’s main search and advertising business.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are some of the areas Alphabet has been looking to expand into?

US now has most coronavirus cases in the world

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 3 minutes As of March 27, the United States has 85,612 recorded novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) cases, making it the nation with the most known cases across the globe. Over 1,000 of its people have died. In China, Spain and Italy, the death rate is higher, however, as thousands more have succumbed to the virus.

Must-have apps for freelancers in 2020

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Whether you are new to freelancing or a seasoned professional with a list of regular clients, we’ve compiled a list of must-have apps that all freelancers should have in their professional toolbox.

Who is Andrew Cuomo?

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 5 minutes Democrat Andrew Cuomo has been the governor of New York, one of the most populous states in the United States, since 2011. The recent outbreak of COVID-19, which has hit New York especially hard, has thrust Cuomo into the national spotlight like no other time in his career.

Go beyond the headlines…

– According to polls, how has Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis made him one of the most-trusted leaders in America?

How has COVID-19 affected pollution levels around the globe?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes As a result of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who are currently in lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19, countries are experiencing a reduction in pollution.

Go beyond the headlines…

– After the lockdown, what did satellite imagery of China show?

India grappling with sweeping lockdown measures

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alongside similar measures taken by South Africa and the United Kingdom, this week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the country would go on an unprecedented lockdown for 21 days, starting on March 25.

Spain’s coronavirus death toll surpasses that of China

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Spain’s novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing the COVID-19 disease, death toll numbers has surpassed China’s after the biggest one-day jump of 7,457 new cases and 738 new deaths reported over 24 hours on March 25.

What is the Insanity Defense?

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 5 minutes A decision by the United States Supreme Court could allow states to eliminate the so-called “insanity defense” that allows a criminal defendant to argue that they are mentally incapable of understanding right from wrong.

Go beyond the headlines…

As of now, only five states fail to allow the insanity defense, but it is believed more states may move to bar it.

– What was a recent high-profile use of the insanity defense?

How have celebrities responded to the coronavirus?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes The continuing COVID-19 epidemic is an egalitarian crisis, affecting the famous and non-famous alike. As Americans self-isolate and practice social distancing, the internet has filled with funny, informative and occasionally head-scratching posts.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Why was “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot’s response one of the most ridiculed?

Bolsonaro urges Brazilians to return to work, plays down coronavirus threat

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro has reportedly called on the public to return to work despite the rise of coronavirus cases in the country. “The virus arrived, we are confronting it, and it will pass shortly. Our lives have to continue, jobs should be maintained,” Bolsonaro said on March 23 in a public address.

US set to pass aid package, stocks soar in response

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 24, officials from the United States Congress and the White House announced the preparation of the final details on a nearly US$2 trillion aid package to help Americans during the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. It is expected to be enacted within days.

Who is Dr. Anthony Fauci?

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes He has been called the “calming presence” during the COVID-19 press conferences in the United States, yet Dr. Anthony Fauci has not refrained from presenting the hard facts.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Why did the hashtag #WhereIsDrFauci begin trending?

Good News for Today Feature – 2020 March Updates

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes As the coronavirus spreads around the world, so does the public’s fear and angst.

Here are four news stories to give you a bit of a mental and emotional break from the coronavirus news flooding our screens and minds.

UK PM declares national lockdown

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 23, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged citizens to stay home in an effort to curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) in the country.

‘Chinese virus’ – war of words continues

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States President Donald Trump has expressed the opinion that the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic is not the fault of Asian-Americans. He also defended the use of the term “Chinese virus” to refer to the virus.

How are nursing homes dealing with COVID-19?

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 6 minutes The COVID-19 outbreak has brought the world to a standstill. Countries are in lockdown, major sporting events have been postponed, and the stock market appears increasingly turbulent. Every continent other than Antarctica has reported a coronavirus case, and all age groups, even infants, have become infected. But one segment of the population is especially vulnerable to COVID-19 — the elderly.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What is life inside nursing homes like right now?

Simple techniques to reduce daily stress

By: Christine Dulion

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every day, we face our to-do lists, full calendars and plans to accomplish projects or meet up with family and friends. Keeping a busy schedule is certainly one way to keep your mind occupied and thereby feel like it’s engaged and productive. But a necessity to being effectively productive is knowing how to manage daily stresses and a workload while still leaving some time for self-care.

Your 2020 US Census questions, answered

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes As required by the US Constitution, the federal government conducts a census of all people living within the country every ten years.

Among other things, the census helps determine the distribution of federal funds and how many representatives each state should be allocated in the US House.

US coronavirus cases closing in on 15,000

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes The United States has reported 14,366 coronavirus cases, with 217 deaths and 125 recoveries so far. The worst affected states are Washington, New York and California.

Who Is Xi Jinping?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 8 minutes On November 12, 2012, Xi Jinping became the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the highest-ranking position in China. Five months later, on March 14, 2013, Xi also took on the title of President of the People’s Republic of China.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did Xi become “the most powerful leader since Mao”?

Slowdown in recorded coronavirus cases in China

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The original epicenter of the coronavirus, Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central China, is experiencing a slowdown in infections for the first time since the outbreak began in December 2019.

Italy’s coronavirus death toll surges past 2,500

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Italy’s Department of Civil Protection said the death toll from the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) rose to 2,503 on March 17, an increase of 16% with a total of 31,506 cases reported. The Mediterranean country reported an increase of 345 deaths in a span of 24 hours.

What is “Satanic panic” and how is it related to QAnon?

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 7 minutes In the 1980s and 90s, a wave of accusations of child sexual abuse shared a common thread: satanism.

In recent years, a similar tenor of moral panic has fed the fringe belief systems of QAnon and followers of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What were the origins of Satanic Panic?

Stock markets plunge 12% amid coronavirus fears

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes The global financial markets are facing a volatile time as coronavirus fears sent United States stocks plunging to the lowest mark since 1987.

The S&P 500 sank 12% on March 16, despite the US Federal Reserve’s move to slash interest rates close to zero. The S&P has completely lost its 2019 gain and is currently almost 30% down from an all-time high.

Locust swarms continue to spread through East Africa, South Asia

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 4 minutes Billions of swarming desert locusts are ravaging crops across East Africa and South Asia, threatening the food supply and livelihoods of millions of people.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Which African and Asian countries have been affected?
– What caused the outbreak?

Five ways to meet new people while traveling

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Solo travel has become increasingly popular as a way to explore the world, meet new people and find a sense of self. However, traveling solo can also be lonely. There are a handful of tried-and-true methods to use to make meeting people easier and enrich your travel experiences.

Here are a few ways you can make sure you leave your destination with new memories and new friends.

An American in Madrid: Living through the coronavirus pandemic abroad

By: Content Contributor

Reading Time: 9 minutes Thursday was a tipping point. It felt that way when I woke that morning. United States President Donald Trump spoke to the US on Wednesday from the Oval Office to explain the US government’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. On the list of measures was a ban on travelers from Europe’s Schengen Area.

Coronavirus: European countries record highest one-day death toll

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Three European Union nations and the United Kingdom have recorded their single-day highest death toll from the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the COVID-19 disease, on March 15.

A spike in coronavirus cases took place in Italy, Spain, France and the UK over the weekend, as the epicenter of the virus shifted from mainland China to Europe.

Millions of Mexican women strike on ‘The Day Without Us’

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes Millions of women in Mexico took part in a strike on March 9 to protest against rising levels of gender-based violence.

The strike, called “The Day Without Us,” saw women from across the country stay home from work and school. The intention was to show what life would be like if women disappeared from society. The day before the protest, thousands took to the street to mark International Women’s Day.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What exactly happened on March 9?

Spain latest country in Europe to impose restrictions to manage COVID-19

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 3 minutes Forty-six million citizens in Spain are on lockdown after the government in Madrid imposed measures to contain the novel coronavirus. Speaking in a televised address on Saturday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told the public that tight restrictions on movement and the closing of restaurants and other businesses would go into effect in a two-week state of emergency.

Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes US President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, which thus far has killed 50 people in the country.

The declaration of a national emergency would mean that the federal government would be allowed to tap into US$50 billion in relief funds.

The incredible rise of ClassPass

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes ClassPass is an app that has taken major cities across the world by storm. A platform that has been called the “middleman,” between you and virtually all your neighboring studio and fitness centers.

March Madness canceled as NCAA Basketball confronts coronavirus outbreak

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Thursday, March 12, one of America’s biggest sporting events, March Madness, was canceled.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made this unprecedented decision in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did NCAA spokesperson respond?

US music festivals are canceling or postponing due to coronavirus concerns, costing millions

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes With the continued spread of COVID-19, music festivals and other major cultural events are being forced to cancel, at great financial loss. The list of festivals that have now been canceled or postponed include California’s Coachella and Texas’ South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW).

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the costs of the costs of cancellations?

Who is Tom Perez?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes As the primary battle for the Democratic presidential nomination continues, Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), holds a pivotal role.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What was Perez’s career like prior to becoming the DNC Chair?

Wall Street rout continues as containment efforts rise

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Steep losses in the US stock market continued on Thursday, culminating in the worst day for traders since 1987’s “Black Monday” crash. The steep declines come just days after Wall Street suffered its worst day since the 2008 financial crisis, which occurred this Monday, demonstrating a severe lack of positive sentiment in trading markets.

WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic.

“In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside of China has increased 13-fold and the number of affected countries has tripled. There are now more than 118,000 cases,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general.

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US suspends all travel from Europe except for the UK

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes In an extraordinary step, US President Donald Trump announced in a televised speech from the Oval Office on March 11 that the United States is suspending all travel from Europe, with the exception of the United Kingdom, in order to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Joe Biden: from unlikely candidate to Democratic front-runner. Here’s how.

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 6 minutes On Tuesday, March 10, former Vice President Joe Biden took a massive step towards securing the Democratic presidential nomination, claiming victory in the primary states of Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did Biden win the support of African American Voters?
– Why are moderate Democrats anxious about Bernie Sanders?

Four of the best health and fitness apps for travelers in 2020

By: Christine Dulion

Reading Time: 4 minutes Traveling can throw you off your routine in many ways, especially when it comes to maintaining your diet and workout habits.

We’ve found a handful of tools that can help you keep healthy habits when you’re away from your comfort zone, without taking all the fun out of traveling.

44 Dead in Iran from alcohol poisoning due to misinformation on coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes At least 44 people in Iran have died from alcohol poisoning after drinking bootleg alcohol in an effort to ward off the novel coronavirus. Misinformation in the country regarding alcohol being the cure or prevention for coronavirus infection has led to some Iranians drinking bootleg alcohol. Seven bootleggers have been detained by authorities.

UK health minister, surgeons test positive for coronavirus

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes United Kingdom health minister and Conservative Party MP Nadine Dorries is the first British politician to be diagnosed with the coronavirus as of March 10. Dorries first showed symptoms on March 5, the same day as her meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Second person to be cured of HIV, Adam Castillejo, gives first public interview

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Monday, March 9, Adam Castillejo came forward as the second patient ever to be cured of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In an interview with The New York Times, Castillejo explained how a dual diagnosis of HIV and cancer resulted in his receiving an experimental bone-marrow transplant that saved his life.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Who is Adam Castillejo?
– What are HIV and AIDS?

Protest and demonstration on International Women’s Day

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes Thousands all over the globe took part in protests and celebrations to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

The demonstrations were widespread and well-attended as people demanded an end to gender-based discrimination, inequality and violence.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did the protests look in South America and across Europe?

Hachette cancels publication of director Woody Allen’s memoir after employee walkout

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes On Friday, March 6, 2020, Hachette Book Group (HBG) announced it would not be publishing Woody Allen’s memoir.

Hachette’s decision was a reaction to critics, including the company’s own employees, who objected to the publication of a book by a man who has been accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the decades of accusations against Woody Allen?

Five Apps to Help You Stay Productive on the Road

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes In this increasingly digital world, it’s never been easier to stay connected. Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, methods for keeping in touch with colleagues, clients, family and friends are at our fingertips. But staying focused on the road can be tricky.

We’ve compiled some of the best productivity apps to keep you on track when you hit the road.

Experts: US ‘unprepared on almost every level’ for ‘any sizable outbreak’ of COVID-19

By: Rhett Wilkinson

Reading Time: 5 minutes Two university experts told Goldman Sachs that “from policy and preparedness coordination across national, state and local levels to the availability of drugs and medical supplies,” the United States is unprepared to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak of any significant size.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What did the Goldman Sachs report find?
– How much has the Chinese economy contracted due to the outbreak?

Your coronavirus questions, answered

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 8 minutes The coronavirus is taking the world by storm, spreading across the globe and understandably, many people still have questions about it.

The Millennial Source is here to help.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the disease.

Coronavirus and the Democratic primaries are the top searched things on Google this month

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Google provides access to a “largely unfiltered sample of actual search requests” through Google Trends.

The service shows that in the US this month, the two topics being explored more than any other are the Democratic primaries and the coronavirus outbreak.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What were the most popular questions surrounding the Democratic primaries and Covid-19?

Truce in northwestern Syria holds, but humanitarian crisis continues

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Late this week, a ceasefire deal was enacted between Turkey and Russia, two countries supporting opposing parties in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Russia, a longtime backer of the Syrian government, and Turkey, who supports some of the rebel fighters, signed the deal after weeks of intense fighting in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

Stuck in a rut? 3 top personal coaches give you their advice on how to feel motivated

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes We have all had days where our alarms ring in the morning and all we think is, “The weekend can’t come soon enough.” We entertain the idea of calling in sick to just binge watch Netflix, binge junk food, relax our minds. But alas, we get ourselves out of bed, put on our work armor, try to quickly build some energy and motivation and then head out the door for another day.

Never take no for an answer, says Lionel Foy

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes “The best advice I can give my younger self, is to never take no for an answer,” says Lionel Foy, founder of LionHeart In The Community (LITC), a London-based social enterprise LITC, as he spoke to the Millennial Source about what sets him apart.

Pence: US lacks sufficient coronavirus tests to meet growing demand

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States Vice President Mike Pence has stated the lack of sufficient novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) test kits to meet the increasing demand.

During a visit to a surgical mask manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pence vowed to address the shortage. “We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate the demand going forward,” he said.

Unexpected consequences: the side effects of the coronavirus quarantine

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes As countries scramble to address the spread of COVID-19, regular citizens are changing how they live their lives.

In China, where the virus originated, mass quarantines have also led to unexpected trends in two very different areas: mobile gaming and home cooking.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How much did global downloads of games for mobile phones increase in February?

Who is Joe Biden?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes After winning the majority of states on Super Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden has firmly cemented his role as frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president. Of the various candidates who have vied for the nomination, Biden has one of the highest public profiles, having served as Vice President under President Barack Obama.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are Biden’s policy proposals?

Warren ends her bid for the Democratic nomination

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes After failing to finish higher than third place in the 18 states that have voted so far in the Democratic primaries, Elizabeth Warren, a progressive Senator from Massachusetts, left the race for president.

How virtual reality is already shaping the future of music

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ever since the creation of MP3s, the music industry has been in a race to adapt to the rapid evolution of computer technology. Now, with virtual reality (VR) on the verge of becoming the next major frontier in entertainment, both music tech companies and artists are becoming early adopters of the technology.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What is virtual reality?
– How are the younger generation using virtual reality to help enhance their musical experiences?

Researchers identify two novel coronavirus strains

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chinese researchers have identified two different types of novel coronavirus (nCoV) strains. In a study published on March 3, researchers at Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and Institut Pasteur of Shanghai (IPS) indicated that 70% of the coronavirus strains tested were of a more aggressive type than the other 30%.

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes amendment banning gay marriage

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes President Vladimir Putin has recommended an amendment to the Russian constitution that would officially define marriage as being between a man and a woman. This wording, which would essentially ban gay marriage in the country, is part of a 24-page draft amendment that Putin has submitted to the nation’s parliament.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What does the marriage amendment include?
– What are the anti-LGBT laws in Russia

Five must-see alternative music festivals of 2020

By: Christine Dulion

Reading Time: 4 minutes Fuzzy boots. Glitter and fishnets. Socialites and influencers scattered across the desert in a pop of neon sparkles. From Coachella – the place to see and be seen – and Burning Man – home for the eccentric – these are the usual suspects when it comes to festival season (which is kind of all year now).

We’ve compiled a list of five must-see festivals for music-lovers looking for something different.

Update on coronavirus in Italy

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: < 1 minute Italy’s health authorities will be setting up a new quarantine red zone, as numbers of coronavirus fatalities jumped to 79 on March 3.

Lombardy, the northern region of the country, remains the worst-hit area in Italy. City quarantines have been placed in Lombardy and Veneto after the first few coronavirus cases were reported on February 20.

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Amazon confirms first coronavirus case among US employees

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: < 1 minute An Amazon employee in the United States who worked at the company’s South Lake Union office complex in Seattle, Washington has contracted the coronavirus. The employee has been quarantined and coworkers who were in close contact with the employee have been notified on March 3.

Six dead from coronavirus in US

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Six people have died from novel coronavirus (nCoV) infections in the United States as of March 2, with over a hundred cases registered nationwide. All of the deaths occurred in Washington State, having been linked to patients in a nursing home in Kirkland.

According to Washington’s state health officer, Dr Kathy Lofy, 14 cases were reported in King County and four more cases in Snohomish County, while another 29 cases are still awaiting test results. Washington’s public health laboratory is capable of testing about 200 suspected cases a day.

Former GE boss Jack Welch dies at 84

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes The former chief executive and chairman of General Electric (GE) Jack Welch died at the age of 84 on March 1 due to renal failure.

Welch, the son of a railroad engineer, grew up to become the head of the American multinational conglomerate from 1981 to 2001. He was named the manager of the century notably for transforming GE into one of the world’s largest companies.

CPAC 2020 brings prominent US conservatives together

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes The final four days of February saw many of the biggest names in the US Republican Party gather for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Since its inception more than four decades ago, CPAC has become a must-attend event for conservative politicians, media figures and activists.

This year’s conference ended with a keynote speech by President Donald Trump, who has appeared at the conference every year since winning the 2016 election.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What did President Trump say during his speech to the CPAC crowd?
– What is the future of the conservative movement?

Who Is Elizabeth Warren?

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the 2020 campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, Senator Elizabeth Warren has remained a major player in the field, despite coming in no higher than third place in the first four primaries. Prior to the Super Tuesday round of primaries, there were calls for her to drop out to shore up support for Senator Bernie Sanders, another progressive candidate.

Though Warren’s campaign initially made a big splash, a series of missteps and messaging reversals have opened her up to attacks from her political rivals.

– Who was Elizabeth Warren before politics?
– What are Warren’s policy proposals?

Coronavirus deaths pass 3,000 as global threat evolves

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes The total number of worldwide deaths attributed to the coronavirus has just passed 3,000. Although the vast majority of those deaths have been in China, new virus hotspots have emerged in Iran, Italy and South Korea.

Meanwhile, the United States is grappling with the prospect of increased transmission as the second death attributed to the virus in the US was confirmed in Washington State. In late February, the virus spread faster outside of China than within, and now Chinese authorities are claiming that the virus is starting to be contained in Wuhan.

China Uighurs found to be in forced labor for global brands

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes More than 80,000 Uighurs are believed to have been transferred out of the western Xinjiang autonomous region to work in factories across China from 2017 to 2019 to produce goods for global brands.

Twenty-seven factories in nine Chinese provinces have been linked to the use of the Uighur labor since 2017. A number of global brands such as Nike and Apple are among the major brands implicated in the supply chain. An estimated eight million pairs of Nike shoes are said to have been produced at the Qingdao Taekwang Shoes Co., which is the factory that has been supplying shoes for the American footwear brand for the past 30 years.

New York has its first confirmed coronavirus case, second death recorded in US

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 1, a woman in her late thirties has been confirmed as the first novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patient in New York State in the United States, after returning from a trip to Iran – the Middle East’s worst-hit nation by the deadly virus. The virus is known to cause the disease called COVID-19.

She has reportedly been placed in isolation at home, according to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York,” said Governor Cuomo.