Category: News

Coronavirus prompts prisoner releases around the world

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, some countries are freeing prisoners to stem the spread of the virus in crowded jails or free up space for COVID-19 patients. Iran have already released 80,000 prisoners, according to official reports. Among them were British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 42, who was jailed in 2016 on what […]

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to narrate movie about elephants in first post-royal project

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is set to return to the small screen in her first post-royal project, as the narrator of a new film about a family of elephants journeying across Africa. A trailer for Disneynature’s “Elephant,” posted on the official Disney Twitter account, said it “follows one family’s extraordinary 1,000 mile journey across […]

Out of work due to coronavirus shutdowns? How to file for unemployment benefits

The record-shattering spike in unemployment filings this week means a surge in Americans seeking assistance as the coronavirus pandemic triggers businesses to initiate layoffs and put expansion plans on ice. Households should act right away to make sure they get the help they need to financially protect their family and provide economic security, experts say. […]

Why New Orleans is quickly becoming a coronavirus epicenter in the U.S.

New Orleans is on track to become a coronavirus epicenter. The city’s rich cultural history that prizes large social gatherings, combined with its higher than average rates of obesity and chronic disease, put its population at particular risk. Thursday afternoon, the Louisiana Department of Health reported more than 2,300 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused […]

Coming to class as a banana? Snap filters and Zoom backgrounds add levity to virtual meetings

Americans are already bored with videoconferences. As large parts of the United States come to the end of their second week of quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, chatting for business or pleasure via video-sharing platforms such as Skype and Zoom has quickly become the new normal. So, people are embracing ways to make them […]

Senate stimulus plan includes $155 million for HIV care

The $2 trillion stimulus package approved by the Senate on Wednesday includes $155 million in funding for people living with HIV who may be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. The full text of the plan, which was approved 96-0, earmarks $90 million for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and $65 million for Housing Opportunities […]

Asian Americans report over 650 racist acts over last week, new data says

Seattle resident Kari was at her local grocery store in mid-March when another shopper told her own child she couldn’t be in the same line as the Korean American. She would get them sick, the shopper said. A week later at the same store, a cashier refused to check her out, saying she was going […]