Two giant pandas sent to Canada in 2014 will be repatriated back to China due to disruptions in the global bamboo supply chain.
Da Mao and Er Shun currently reside at the Calgary Zoo, and they eat nearly 90 pounds of bamboo every day.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the pandas ate fresh bamboo flown nonstop from Beijing. After flights stopped, the bamboo shipments were rerouted to Toronto then to Calgary for a 3,000-mile trip. The flights have since stopped.
According to Clément Lanthier, the Zoo’s president and CEO, the pandas ‘don’t like the bamboo they get. They get less bamboo. The bamboo’s too dry.’
The Zoo has filed for permits to repatriate the pandas back to China and is requesting both governments to expedite the repatriation.
Their arrival in Canada was a sign of friendship between the two countries.
Do you think the real reason for the repatriation is the lack of bamboo or other issues, keeping in mind that countries are increasingly blaming China for the epidemic?
WHO Warns Coronavirus ‘May Never Go Away’ and Raises Alarm Over Mental Health Crisis
The World Health Organization has cautioned that COVID-19 ‘may never go away.’
As if that is not enough bad news, the WHOs experts warned of a looming global mental health catastrophe.
On Wednesday, the world health body forewarned against attempting to predict how long the virus would be in circulation while appealing for ‘a massive effort’ to defeat the pandemic.
According to Michael Ryan, head of emergencies at the WHO, ‘it is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away.’
Ryan continued to say that there are no dates, and there are no promises as the virus might ‘settle into a long problem.’
Meanwhile, the WHOs mental health experts have warned of a spike in mental health illnesses, especially in health workers, young people, and children.
The director of the department, Devora Kestel, has identified ‘the isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil’ as the causes of psychological distress.
With the mental wellbeing and health of entire nations impacted by the crisis, are we looking at a future with severe mental disorders among people?
US Federal Reserve Chair: US to Face a Prolonged Recession
With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, the economic outlook is gloomy.
This is according to the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, who warned investors of ‘an extended period of weak economic growth’ and a ‘prolonged recession.’
Powell’s’ perspective is a final blow to any remaining expectations of a V-shaped recovery.
It also means that the path back from the pandemic is going to be very bumpy.
The Federal chair is cautioning governments that the stimulus packages already in play aren’t enough to protect their economies.
Do you think that the governments might be forced to spend more to keep their economies afloat?
Ohio Planned to Strip Benefits from Absent Workers, but Hackers Had Other Plans
After Ohio permitted services in nonessential offices to resume last week, the state had a foolproof way of identifying people absent from work.
Or so the state officials thought!
The state appealed to employers to report any absentee personnel so that they could be denied unemployment benefits.
After emailing employees with a link to a designated website for reporting the absentees, the state couldn’t predict that a hacker would mess things up.
An anonymous hacker provided a code that enabled any worker to present false information to the website automatically.
The hacker’s objective was to flood the website with so many bogus reports that the state will be overwhelmed and waste time deciding which reports were genuine.
With the state reconsidering the measures and the webform no longer active, don’t you think that the hacker had the last laugh?
The GOP is Progressively Siding with President Trump Over Fauci
At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and for several weeks afterward, Dr. Anthony Fauci was every American’s favorite.
He was the blue-eyed boy who could do no wrong, but today, things have changed dramatically.
While Dr. Fauci is still popular among lots of Americans, Republicans have been increasingly opposing him, especially in the last month or so.
Also, conservative politicians and media figures have been questioning his advice.
On Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul’s line of inquiry showed an escalating conservative doubt of Fauci.
Additionally, a CNN poll this week lends weight to the suggestion that GOPs regard for Fauci’s competence has waned considerably.
Do you think Fauci’s rivalry with President Trump on COVID-19 related matters has contributed to his declining popularity?