2020.05.03

News Headlines - 03 May 2020

Boris Johnson reveals doctors prepared to announce his death as he battled coronavirus - The Sun

BORIS Johnson has revealed that doctors prepared to announce his death as he battled coronavirus.
The PM told The Sun on Sunday he was given “litres and litres of oxygen” to keep him alive... He added: “It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it. They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario.

Chinese journalist jailed for 15 years for attacking Communist Party | South China Morning Post

A journalist who worked for some of China’s most powerful state newspapers has been jailed for 15 years after being accused of attacking the ruling Communist Party, according to court documents.
Chen Jieren was convicted on Thursday of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble, extortion, illegal business operations and bribery”, a court in central Hunan province said in an online statement.
The charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” is a catch-all that Chinese authorities often use against people who criticise the regime.

J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy in Virus’s First Big Retail Casualty - The New York Times

J. Crew, the mass-market clothing company whose preppy-with-a-twist products were worn by Michelle Obama and appeared at New York Fashion Week, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. It is the first major retailer to fall during the coronavirus pandemic, though other big industry names including Neiman Marcus and J.C. Penney are also struggling with the toll of mass shutdowns.
J. Crew announced that its parent company, Chinos Holdings, had filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of Virginia. As part of its financial reorganization plan, it will hand over control to top creditors, including the hedge fund Anchorage Capital, by converting $1.65 billion of its debt into equity. The company, which has secured a $400 million debtor-in-possession loan, also plans to hold onto its Madewell brand, which it had considered spinning off into a public company.
J. Crew added that its online business would continue to operate normally throughout its restructuring, and that it planned to reopen its J. Crew and Madewell stores once lockdowns are lifted.

New York Met adds 'Animal Crossing' sharing feature

Some of the world's most famous artworks can be imported into "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" via the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
The New York Met has added a new network to its online sharing tool.
As well as sharing copies of its artworks to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or through email, the Met's online collection now provides for fans of Nintendo Switch game "Animal Crossing: New Horizons."

Obituary: Irrfan Khan, star of Slumdog Millionaire and Indian films - BBC News

Irrfan Khan was one of Indian cinema's finest actors and among its most successful exports to Hollywood.
A veteran of nearly 80 films, he almost gave up acting in his 30s - after an unrewarding decade in TV soaps.
Khan lacked the looks for a traditional Bollywood romantic lead but made his name as a character actor in Hindi cinema and in Hollywood productions like Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic World.

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