The Latest: Amsterdam bans recreational boats from canals

The city says recreational boats will be barred from its horse-shoe shaped web of inner-city waterways and canals in the famed red light district. It comes amid fears of breaches of social distancing measures aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus first ravaged parts of Washington state. Now there are signs of a change

On March 11, Gov. Jay Inslee restricted gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Two days later he announced all schools would close for six weeks. And two days after that, with coronavirus infections and deaths still rising, he ordered the temporary shutdown of all bars, restaurants, gyms, hair and […]

The Nine Canonical Responses to ‘U Mad,’ the Internet’s Most Grievous Insult

In 2012, the National Republican Congressional Committee set up a live-stream of a printer making copies of a petition to repeal Obamacare, which supporters could sign online. Of course, people found it and signed it with names like “Piss Children,” “Boner Junkmonkey,” and “Joseph Goebbels.” For an hour, viewers watched as “Weedlord Bonerhitler” and “HelpI’mStuckInthisPrinter” declared […]

Off our trolleys: what stockpiling in the coronavirus crisis reveals about us

Two weeks ago, pre-lockdown, I popped to Sainsbury’s on the way home from school with my 11-year-old son. He drags his heels at shopping, but I assured him I only wanted to buy potatoes. I had everything else I needed for a shepherd’s pie. But we stopped in our tracks to see that there were […]

Coronavirus latest: Too early to ease restrictions, Merkel says

01:10 US President Donald Trump has sharply criticized 3M Co in a tweet after earlier announcing he was invoking the Defense Production Act to get the company to produce face masks. ”We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. ‘P Act’ all the way. Big surprise to many in government as […]

Boris Johnson will be judged on the next four weeks. That prospect should frighten him

That complacency was formalised in the government’s flirtation with the notion of herd immunity, an approach that some ministers still try to deny was ever policy but which was spelled out explicitly by the chief scientific adviser as recently as 13 March. To be sure, Johnson U-turned on that, ditching mitigation for all-out suppression when […]

‘You WILL get your checks in weeks NOT months.’ Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pledges $1,200 bailout payments will start in TWO WEEKS and promises website for small business loans WILL work

Defense: $10.5 billion for Defense Department, including $1.5 billion to nearly triple the 4,300 beds currently in military hospitals; $1.4 billion for states to deploy up to 20,000 members of National Guard for six months; $1 billion under Defense Production Act to help private industry boost production of medical gear. Money cannot be used to […]

As celebs shelter at home, paparazzi hustle to find new angles

With the pandemic threatening to upend life for months to come, Harrison is not sure how much longer many of his fellow paparazzi will be able to hold on. “I truly don’t think it’s long,” he said. “People who have been in this business long enough to make a career of it, luckily like I […]

Thousands Of Canadians Are Crossing The Border To Help The US Respond To The Coronavirus Outbreak

Hillis-Walters worries about the border closing to her and other nurses, but what gets her through this all-around stressful time is focusing on the good that is happening around her. Beaumont is “working really hard” to get the medical staff the protective equipment they need and additional ventilators, she says, and the community in Michigan […]

“Day After Day, It’s Someone Else”: Musicians Are Mourning The Jazz Legends Who Died From The Coronavirus

“When are people going to feel comfortable again to travel freely like we do in order to work? And then for a bunch of people to get together in one place, very close together, to listen to music?” Sanchez said. “That’s going to take a long time. Understandably so.”