2020.04.09

News Headlines - 09 April 2020

Federal Reserve unveils details of $2.3 trillion in programs to help support the economy

The Federal Reserve on Thursday announced a bevy of new moves aimed at getting another $2.3 trillion of financing into businesses and revenue-pinched governments.
Stock futures jumped after the announcement, which came moments after the government reported that 6.6 million new jobless claims were filed last week.

Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources - ABC News

Concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic were detailed in a November intelligence report by the military's National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), according to two officials familiar with the document’s contents.
The report was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images. It raised alarms because an out-of-control disease would pose a serious threat to U.S. forces in Asia -- forces that depend on the NCMI’s work. And it paints a picture of an American government that could have ramped up mitigation and containment efforts far earlier to prepare for a crisis poised to come home.

Drone video may show inmates burying coffins on NYC's Hart Island

Disturbing new drone video shows a crew of city inmates in protective gear burying coffins in a mass grave on Hart Island - where the city says it may bury the mounting dead from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The newly released footage, shot Thursday, shows more than a half-dozen white-clad prisoners lower wooden coffins into the ground, then stand by as a bulldozer and backhoe dump mounds of dirt on at least 20 of the boxes, which are lined up at the end of a long trench.
Burials are a common sight on the island, where the city has used inmates to inter the Big Apple’s anonymous and unclaimed dead for 150 years. But the number of coffins in the video in the midst of the coronavirus plague hanging over the city presents an eerie picture.

Irish Prime Minister to Work As a Doctor During Country's COVID-19 Crisis | Time

Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, has rejoined the country’s medical register and will begin working one shift a week, as the country grapples with a growing COVID-19 outbreak.
The Health Service Executive (HSE), the country’s health and social service provider, appealed to all non-working healthcare professionals on March 17 to “be on call for Ireland,” amid a rising demand for health services... Within three days of the HSE’s announcement, 50, 000 former healthcare professional registered, including Ireland’s leader.
Varadkar will assist in conducting phone assessments of people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, joining his parents, sisters and partner who all work for health services.

Scientists shrink Tokyo time clock to prove Einstein’s relativity theory | The Times

Japanese scientists have used a Tokyo tourist attraction to demonstrate one of the hypotheses of Einstein’s theory of general relativity - that time goes faster at higher altitudes.
The physicists placed an extremely accurate clock close to the top of the 634 metre Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest telecommunications tower, that dominates the northeastern skyline of the city.
They discovered that at a height of 450m each second is five in a hundred-trillionths of a second faster than one registered on the ground. The discovery has potential uses in making minutely precise measurements of changes in the earth’s crust.

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