Good morning. The results are in from yesterday’s coronavirus poll:
Question 1:In your opinion, COVID-19 coronavirus is… A) Extremely serious (7%) B) Very serious (32%) C) Somewhat serious (24%) D) Not serious, it’s overhyped and overblown (31%) E) Other (6%)
Question 2:On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rank the global response to the outbreak? (1 is poor, 5 is exceptional) 1 – 6.5% 2 – 23% 3 – 38% 4 – 26% 5 – 6.5%
Question 3:On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rank the U.S. response to the outbreak? (1 is poor, 5 is exceptional) 1 – 26% 2 – 21.5% 3 – 21.5% 4 – 18% 5 – 13%
“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”
– Henry Ford
Coronavirus: Causing Concern
Yesterday, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus a global pandemic (meaning it has spread to the entire world). So far, 114 countries have reported at least one confirmed case of the virus.
A quick bit of context… There have been over 126,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 4,600 deaths.
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Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. Weinstein still faces further criminal charges in Los Angeles, which could add even more years to his sentence.
More: The #MeToo movement has now resulted in seven convictions and four charges brought against influential abusers.
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U.S. officials said that three soldiers (two Americans) were killed and a dozen more were injured following a rocket attack at an Iraqi military base. Officials did not say which group they believe launched the attack.
PepsiCo has agreed to purchase Rockstar Energy Beverages in a deal worth $3.85 billion. Rockstar founder Russell Weiner owns 85% of the company (a more than $3.2 billion payout), while his mom and CFO, Janet, owns the other 15%.
Are You Not Entertained?
The global entertainment market surpassed $100 billion last year for the first time ever, according to a report by the Motion Picture Association of America. More than 75% of the U.S. population (268 million people) went to the cinema at least once in 2019, slightly up over the previous year’s total.
Boeing on Wednesday said it will suspend hiring and limit employee overtime as the company’s shares fell more than 18% on the day – its largest single-day percentage drop in history. Boeing’s free-fall contributed more than 284 points to the Dow’s 1,465 point drop on Wednesday.
Walk It Off
Going through intense bouts of chemotherapy treatment can wear down even the healthiest of bodies, which makes 13-year-old cancer patient Joey Belles’ feat all the more impressive.
As part of his physical therapy, Joey walked through the halls of the hospital with a single goal on his mind – by the time he had completed his very last chemotherapy treatment, Joey had walked the equivalent of an entire marathon.
When middle-school basketball coach Danielle Jones (“Coach Buckets”) learned that some of her less-fortunate players didn’t own a pair of sneakers to play in, she knew something had to be done.
Coach Buckets mentioned her issue to the director of a local AAU team, who partnered with the Sneaker Giveaway Project to provide more than 100 pairs of socks and sneakers to the students.
When North Carolina car dealer James Charles learned that one of his customers was homeless and lived out of her vehicle, he tried to help out – but found every shelter in the city was full.
James ended up providing her a hotel room for a few days, but the issue never left his mind. He recently made the parking lot of his dealership available for anyone who needs a safe, secure place to rest at night.
🍎 How Do You Like Them Apples?… learn how researchers at the University of Washington developed a brand new type of apple – called the Cosmic Crisp – after 20 years of research.
🌲 Bunker Down… Scottish forestry workers recently discovered a long-lost WWII-era bunker that housed UK special forces during the war.
📦 Make It, Don’t Fake It… the WSJ (no $) chronicles Amazon’s efforts to crack down on counterfeit products and absurd price gouging on items made popular by the coronavirus.
🤖 The Bot Zone… in a partnership with CloudMinds, China has opened a hospital ward in Wuhan staffed by robots in an effort to prevent medics from becoming infected themselves.
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One In A Million
What was the first city to reach a population of one million?