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Daily Crunch: Airbnb raises another $1B

Airbnb turns to private equity for new funding, WhatsApp takes new steps to fight disinformation and another potential COVID-19 vaccine enters human trials. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 7, 2020. 1. Airbnb turns to private equity to raise $1 billion Airbnb said Monday that it has raised $1 billion in debt and equity from PE firms Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners, even as the online rental marketplace has seen its business plummet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Terms of the deal wer...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Funding, US, America, Tech, Cnn, Factual, Airbnb, Bill, Melinda Gates, Silver Lake, Matt Murphy, Menlo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Dennis Crowley

The US is sprinting to develop a coronavirus vaccine or treatment. Here's how 19 top drugmakers are racing to tackle the pandemic.

In attempting to counter the coronavirus pandemic, leading drugmakers are researching treatments and vaccines to stop the virus. The small biotech Moderna has leaped to the front of the race, with a vaccine candidate that's being tested in people. Pharma giants like Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are also in the early stages of developing potential vaccines. There's no assurance the vaccines will work. It will take at least 12 months to 18 months to determine if these experimental vaccines are s...
Tags: Japan, Elon Musk, New York, Microsoft, California, Washington, China, Boston, Massachusetts, US, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, Indianapolis, Pennsylvania, Bill Gates

Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates

For the second day in a row, officials found reasons for hope, with fewer than 600 deaths in the state.
Tags: News, New York City, Bill, New York State, De Blasio, Cuomo, Andrew M, Deaths (Fatalities, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Canada: Amendments To British Columbia Employment Standards To Allow Unpaid COVID-19-Related Leave - MLT Aikins LLP

On March 23, 2020, the government of British Columbia announced Bill 16-2020: Employment Standards Amendment Act (No. 2), 2020...
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Bill would expand COVID-19 payments for college students, other dependents

Look for this new legislation to be part of the now-developing Phase 4 coronavirus relief measure expected to be considered in late April. Unlike this pre-coronavirus campus study group, current college kids are utilizing e-learning options to provide them appropriate social distancing and other COVID-19 protections. Young adults fell through the cracks in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. That new law created the COVID-19 relief payments that the Internal ...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, California, Kentucky, Senate, House, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Michigan, Nancy Pelosi, Bill, Republican, Fafsa, Don, Peters

Return of the Vidcast

Bill and I just have a discussion, virtually of course. [Author: [email protected] (Lance Fortnow)]
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A second potential COVID-19 vaccine, backed by Bill and Melinda Gates, is entering human testing

A new COVID-19 vaccine candidate is entering Phase 1 clinical human testing today, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted an application from Inovio Pharmaceuticals under the regulator’s Investigational New Drug program. Inovio plans to inject its first volunteer test subject with the INO-4800 DNA vaccine candidate it has developed, following promising results from preclinical studies performed on animals that did indicate increased immune response. The Inovio DNA vaccine can...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Tech, Pennsylvania, Vaccination, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Vaccine, Bill, Biotech, Vaccines, Kansas City, Melinda Gates, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Perelman School of Medicine

Bill Gates To Spend Billions on Coronavirus Vaccine Development

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said his foundation will spend billions of dollars to fund the construction of factories for the most promising efforts to develop a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus. From a report: Mr. Gates, a billionaire philanthropist who is one the richest people in the world, said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will work with seven makers of a possible vaccine to build these factories. Mr. Gates, who announced the efforts in an appearance on "The Daily Show Wit...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Bill Gates, Bill, Trevor Noah, Gates, Melinda Gates Foundation

Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates

The state saw a one-day drop in deaths from the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said, but he added that it was too soon to say it was a trend.
Tags: News, New York City, Hospitals, Architecture, Museums, Bill, Ny, New York State, De Blasio, Michael, Cuomo, Andrew M Cuomo, Andrew Scott, Andrew M, Deaths (Fatalities, Kimmelman

Australia: Some welcome breathing space for discretionary trusts in NSW - Coleman Greig Lawyers

Timelines in the 2020 Bill are more realistic and give time to act to avoid the proposed changes to discretionary trusts.
Tags: News, Australia, Bill, NSW Coleman Greig Lawyers

Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve—yet

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis How the coronavirus outbreak will stress...
Tags: Apple, Health, Column, Florida, New York, California, Stanford, Massachusetts, America, Tech, Cms, United States, Medicare, Philadelphia, Bill, Houston

Bill O'Brien defends DeAndre Hopkins trade

The deal that sent DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals drew criticism, but Bill O'Brien is adamant it was the right decision.
Tags: News, Sports, Arizona Cardinals, Bill, Brien, DeAndre Hopkins, Bill O Brien

Coronavirus in N.Y.: Toll Soars to Nearly 3,000 as State Pleads for Aid

“It is hard to put fully into words what we are all grappling with as we navigate our way through this pandemic,” a hospital official said.
Tags: News, New York City, Hospitals, Epidemics, Bill, Defense Department, De Blasio, Cuomo, Bellevue Hospital Center, Andrew M, Milley, Police Department (NYC, Manhattan (NYC, Brooklyn (NYC, Deaths (Fatalities, Emergency Medical Treatment

During a Pandemic, an Unanticipated Problem: Out-of-Work Health Workers

Across the country, plunging revenues from canceled nonemergency medical appointments have forced hospitals to furlough or cut the pay of doctors, nurses and other staff.
Tags: News, Hospitals, Unemployment, United States, Bill, De Blasio, Adams, Layoffs and Job Reductions, Labor and Jobs, Nursing and Nurses, Jerome M (1974-, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Work Health Workers

Here is a Complete Calendar of the Movies Still Opening in 2020 at This Point

The movie release calendar for 2020 is in constant flux right now thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Films are being shuffled and pulled left and right, and right now, everything in 2020 is currently up in the air. In an attempt to make sense of it all, I went ahead and compiled a list of movies that are still opening in 2020 – for now. All of these dates may change (and one of them, in April, will definitely change). But for now, here are all the movies opening in 2020. April There’s o...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Movies, Disney, America, Chicago, Sony, Newark, Bill, Will Smith, Warner Bros, Nile, Godzilla, Staten Island, Richard, Paramount, Tom

Stocks drop as unemployment spikes

Stocks fell in regular trading Friday, as all major American indices fell in the wake of a broadly negative jobs report. With more than 700,000 jobs lost in the March data, unemployment in the United States rose from 3.5% to 4.4%. The markets have been bracing for widespread job losses due to the continued fallout from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus that has prompted local, county and state officials throughout the U.S. and Europe to issue stay-at-home orders. Those directives have ...
Tags: Europe, Vladimir Putin, Tech, Tesla, Delta Airlines, United States, SaaS, Earnings, Stocks, Airlines, Bill, Nasdaq, United Airlines, Bessemer, American Airlines, U S Department of Transportation

Prisons Breed the Coronavirus. We Can Safely Free Thousands of Inmates.

Nonviolent offenders, the medically vulnerable and those near the end of their sentences should be released. Those who remain deserve much better medical care.
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Pelosi Abandons Sweeping Coronavirus Legislative Agenda, Agrees to Narrowly-Tailored Phase-4 Relief Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday indicated she would support a phase-4 coronavirus relief bill without a broad infrastructure plan or many of the other unrelated legislative goals she initially called to be included in the legislation."I'm very much in favor of doing some of the things that we need to do to meet the needs of clean water, more broadband, and the rest of that. That may have to be for a bill beyond this," Pelosi told CNBC. "Right now, I think that we have a good model. It w...
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Canada: B.C.'s New Arbitration Act: Part Two - Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

On March 5, 2020, the B.C. legislature passed Bill 7 into law. The bill replaces the Arbitration Act, RSBC 1996, c 55 (the "Old Act") with a new Arbitration Act (the "New Act").
Tags: News, Canada, Bill, Alexander Holburn Beaudin Lang

"Bill Withers, the legendary soul singer behind 1970s hits like 'Lean on Me,' 'Lovely Day' and 'Ain’t No Sunshine,' died on Monday in Los Angeles.… He was 81."

"The soulful singer and three-time Grammy winner died from heart complications."Quotes from the NYT obituary and well-chosen YouTube embeds at my son John's blog.This is not another celebrity coronavirus case. There are other ways to die, we may forget.John also has quotes from a Roger Ebert review of a documentary about Withers. An excerpt from John's excerpt:Perhaps in an attempt to slip some "meaning" into the film, the documentarians Damani Baker and Alex Vlack arrange a conversation with th...
Tags: Music, Law, Los Angeles, Roger Ebert, John, Bill, Pbs, Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Bill Withers, Withers, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Damani Baker, Alex Vlack

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ singer-songwriter Bill Withers dies at 81

By MARK KENNEDY Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during th...
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Wild’s COVID-19 Challenge: Interviewing President Matt Majka

The Hockey Writers’ Tim McNiff had a recent opportunity to speak with Minnesota Wild President Matt Majka on navigating a strange new world without hockey. How do you stay ready to resume a season that may or may not have a conclusion? Go inside the Wild for a look at how the team is responding, with a collective goal of coming out better for having gone through the experience. Minnesota Wild President Matt Majka (Photo courtesy of Minnesota Wild team photographer Bruce Kluckhohn) ...
Tags: Minnesota, Minneapolis, Sport, Bill, Hockey, NHL, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Erin, Amy, Michelle, St Paul, Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, John McDonough, Xcel Energy Center

Bill Gates is funding new factories for 7 potential coronavirus vaccines, even though it will waste billions of dollars

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates told The Daily Show that his foundation is funding the construction of factories for seven different candidates for a coronavirus vaccine. Gates said that at most it would end up picking at most two out of the seven, meaning billions of dollars spent on manufacturing would be abandoned. He said in a situation where the world faces the loss of trillions of dollars to the economy, wasting a few billion in an effort to help the problem is worth it. Visit Business...
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Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates

The city death toll topped 1,500 as the governor warned of soon exhausting the ventilator stockpile.
Tags: News, New York City, Bill, De Blasio, Cuomo, Andrew M, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Ventilators (Medical

Man Survives Spanish Flu, Great Depression, WWII & Now COVID-19 Just in Time for His 104th Birthday

In the midst of all the madness surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the world received some much needed good news on Wednesday (Apr. 1). A WWII veteran who had been diagnosed with the deadly virus has apparently recovered, and just in time to celebrate his 104th birthday. William Lapschies—a resident at the Edward C. Allworth Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon—was diagnosed with coronavirus in March along with 14 other residents, reports indicate. While two of the affected have since passed...
Tags: Videos, News, Wow, Jazz, Elderly, Bill, Good News, Brown, Jim Brown, Human Interest, Lebanon Oregon, Coronavirus, COVID-19, William Lapschies, Edward C Allworth Oregon Veterans Home, Lapschies

Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio launch a GoFundMe with $12M for the hungry

Apple has made a donation to a new fundraising campaign, America’s Food Fund, along with Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Ford Foundation. Together, they’ve contributed $12 million toward the $15 million goal for the new initiative being hosted on fundraising platform GoFundMe. The proceeds will go to benefit World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. The former was founded in 2020 by Chef José Andrés to provide meals to the hungry in the wake of man-made and natural disasters worl...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Blake Lively, America, Tech, Dolly Parton, Leonardo Dicaprio, Ralph Lauren, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Reynolds, Philanthropy, Oprah, Bahamas

United States: Review Of The Business Provisions In The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – U.S. Senate Bill – S. 3548 - Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

On March 19th, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Introduced the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), ...
Tags: News, Senate, United States, Mitch McConnell, Bill, U S Senate, Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates

The death toll in the city is nearing 1,400, and supplies are still badly needed.
Tags: News, New York City, Bill, Johnson, De Blasio, Cuomo, Corey, O'Neill, James P, Andrew M, Playgrounds, Farmers' Markets, Grownyc, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Cooped-Up Children Lose Refuge as N.Y.C. Playgrounds Are Closed

Governor orders shutdown of playgrounds and basketball courts to maintain social distancing, but parks remain open.
Tags: News, New York City, Bill, De Blasio, Cuomo, Children and Childhood, Andrew M, Playgrounds, Shutdowns (Institutional, Quarantines, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Cuomo Is a Media Hero in the Pandemic. De Blasio Is a Scapegoat.

The mayor of New York, who is often disdainful of the media, has become an irresistible punching bag.
Tags: New York, News, New York City, Bill, New York State, De Blasio, Cuomo, Andrew M, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV