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  • News
    CNN

    Watchdog report finds severe shortages and significant challenges to hospitals' coronavirus responses

    The nation's hospitals are dealing with "severe" and "widespread" shortages of needed medical supplies, hampering the ability to test and respond to the coronavirus pandemic adequately and protect medical staff, according to a new report from a government inspector general.

  • Celebrity
    The Telegraph

    Duffy reveals details of four-week drugging and rape ordeal

    Pop singer Duffy has shared a harrowing account of being raped, drugged and held captive for weeks - and said she was telling her "dark" story to help "others who have suffered the same". Via a post on her verified Instagram page, the 35 year-old said that she was drugged at a restaurant on her birthday before being held captive in her own home and taken to a foreign country. In a long post written on a web page that she shared a link to via Instagram, Duffy added: "I hope it comforts you to feel less ashamed if you feel alone." The Welsh singer, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, first revealed her ordeal via an Instagram post in February, and revealed more details of being kidnapped on her web page. "It was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged then for four weeks and travelled to a foreign country," she said. "I can't remember getting on the plane and came round in the back of a travelling vehicle. "I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me. "I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened. "I was stuck with him for another day, he didn't look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn. "I could have been disposed of by him." She said that she does not know how she had "the strength to endure those days", and claimed the perpetrator made "veiled confessions of wanting to kill me". Duffy said she was sharing her ordeal because "we are living in a hurting world". "I am no longer ashamed that something deeply hurt me, anymore. I believe that if you speak from the heart within you, the heart within others will answer," she said. "As dark as my story is, I do speak from my heart, for my life, and for the life of others, whom have suffered the same." Duffy said that she escaped by "fleeing", but did not provide an account of how she got away, adding she "cannot remember getting home". She said that she initially feared going to the police, but eventually told a female officer what happened after someone threatened to "out her story". Duffy said that she was at "high risk of suicide" following the ordeal and has spent almost 10 years completely alone. But she said she now feels she can leave this decade behind and is now free, thanking her psychologist for helping her through the trauma. She said she hopes to release "a body of work some day", but added: "I very much doubt I will ever be the person people once knew." When Duffy broke her silence about the incident she said many of her fans would "wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why". Her last album, Endlessly, came out in 2010. Last month a new song by the singer, titled Something Beautiful, aired on BBC Radio 2.

  • U.S.
    The Conversation

    Coronavirus: Defoe's account of the Great Plague of 1665 has startling parallels with today

    Written 60 years after the bubonic plague swept London, Defoe's account may have been a hoax, but it still rings true today.

  • Politics
    Evening Standard

    Tommy Lee’s ‘letter to Donald Trump’ goes viral – but the Motley Crue star didn’t pen it

    A ruthless letter addressed from Tommy Lee to US President Donald Trump has gone viral - but the Mötley Crüe​ drummer isn't the original author.The letter criticises Trump’s behaviour, calling the president a “circus orangutan” and highlighting a range of his recent controversies.

  • Business
    Quartz

    “Cutting off trivial things”: Chinese consumers are thinking twice about their post-coronavirus spending

    Chloe Ni used to go to coffee shops every two days before the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to reducing her visits to cafes, Ni said her company also started looking for second-hand equipment on Xianyu, an online flea market, instead of buying new items. It's a trend that Ni said could last for the next two years as she feels pessimistic about China's economic recovery.

  • U.S.
    The Wrap

    Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths

    “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace denounced U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams Sunday when the Trump appointee compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage.While governors of 42 U.S. states have issued stay-at-home orders for their residents to prevent the spread of the virus, Utah, Arkansas, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and South Carolina — all with Republican governors — have held out, even as some have ordered non-essential businesses to close.Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the heads of the Trump Administration’s coronavirus task force, has spoken in favor of a national stay-at-home order, yet Trump has refused to issue one.Also Read: Coronavirus Diary: Squeezed Slowly to Stop the Pandemic“The coronavirus is not a state issue; it doesn’t follow or respect state borders. Dr. Fauci says he believes there should be a national stay-at-home order. Is he wrong?” Wallace asked Adams.TODAY: Dr. Jerome Adams on how the U.S. can most effectively combat the coronavirus. FNS FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Iv6nS9ZaVb— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 5, 2020After saying that even residents of states without a stay-at-home order are still following guidelines from the Center of Disease Control, Adams then compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage, saying that states have different laws on cigarettes and drugs and that “more people will die even in the worst projections from cigarette smoking in this country than are going to die from coronavirus this year.”Wallace challenged that comparison. “There’s a big difference between opioids and cigarettes, which are something that people decide to use or not to use, and the coronavirus, which people catch. It’s not an individual choice,” he responded.“And you know, when President Trump says that he is a wartime president, during World War II, FDR didn’t say, ‘Well, it’s up to each state to decide what to do.’ He mobilized the nation. Again, why not a national stay-at-home order? The coronavirus doesn’t recognize states’ rights, so does the federal analogy really work here?” Wallace pressed.Adams replied by saying that governors are “intensely protective of their right to be able to decide what’s best for their states,” but that he and federal public health officials would “do everything we can” to advise them.Watch the exchange between Wallace and Adams in the clip above.Read original story Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths At TheWrap

  • Business
    Quartz

    America’s $350 billion emergency loan program for small businesses may run out of money

    Last month, the US Congress created a $350 billion fund to keep small businesses solvent and workers on payrolls, amid widespread commercial shutdowns to try and contain the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation for the Paycheck Protection Program was written quickly and got off on to a rocky start on Friday: The CEO of small business lender Fountainhead said he still had a number of unanswered questions about it and that his company didn't have a way to submit applications to the Small Business Administration, which is guaranteeing the loans. Bank of America, the first big bank to get up and running, received more than $22 billion of loan requests from 85,000 small enterprises, according to CNBC.