Skywatchers can expect an exciting month of cosmic phenomena, starting with a meteor shower to mark a beautiful start to Cinco de Mayo. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is expected to peak in the early hours of Tuesday, May 5.
With most people stuck inside, isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic, May’s celestial events present a much-needed opportunity to connect with nature.
What are the Eta Aquarids?
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks each year during early May as Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley’s Comet (1P/Halley). The Orionids meteor shower in October also originates from this comet.
- Russia reported a record number of new coronavirus cases for the fourth consecutive day Sunday, as the virus rapidly spreads in the country, which is fast becoming one of the global epicenters of COVID-19.
- There were 10,633 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, some 1,000 more than were reported on Saturday, according to Worldometers data.
- A total of 134,687 people have now contracted the coronavirus in Russia, making it the seventh most-infected country on the planet.
- While in the early stages of the virus Russia was relatively unscathed, the number of cases is now increasing rapidly.
- “The peak is not behind us, we are about to face a new and grueling phase of the pandemic,” President Vladimir Putin warned, according to CNN.
A city in Oklahoma that had required everyone to wear a face mask when going inside a business has decided to change that rule after store employees were threatened with violence by people who refused to cover their nose and mouth. “In the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse,” Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle said in a statement. One of those involved a threat using a firearm despite “clear medical evidence that face coverings helps contain the spread of COVID-19.”
The emergency measure that had been implemented Thursday called on businesses to require any customers to wear face masks in order to go inside. But for many that seemed to amount to an unacceptable violation of their rights. “Many of those with objections cite the mistaken belief the requirement is unconstitutional, and under their theory, one cannot be forced to wear a mask. No law or court supports this view,” McNickle said in a statement. “It is further distressing that these people, while exercising their believed rights, put others at risk.”
China’s Communist dictatorship mismanaged the outbreak of the coronavirus and tried to cover it up, lying to the United States and the rest of the world.
Indeed, the Chinese government is largely responsible for a local outbreak in the city of Wuhan becoming the global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans and puts tens of millions more out of work.
But we still don’t know the exact origins of the virus. Did it come from a Chinese wet market or a laboratory? We also need to figure out what responsibility China should bear for the devastation the pandemic has caused and how to hold Beijing accountable.
- Gilead’s antiviral drug — remdesivir— has shown success in helping coronavirus patients recover faster.
- “We intend to get [remdesivir] to patients in the early part of this next week, beginning to work with the government which will determine which cities are most vulnerable and where the patients are that need this medicine,” Gilead Sciences chairman and CEO Daniel O’Day told CBS’ “Face of the Nation.”
- Gilead Sciences donated its entire supply of the drug to the U.S. government.
Giant Eagle announced Friday that it will convert its Parkway Center Mall location near Green Tree into a curbside pickup center, allowing the grocery giant to increase pickup and delivery orders its employees fill.
“As we’ve been piloting creative solutions to increase our curbside pickup and delivery capacity, we have been very pleased with the results of our recent supermarket-to-pickup-center conversions in our other markets,” said Giant Eagle spokeswoman Jannah Jablonowski.
The Parkway Center location will close at 9 a.m. May 1 and shift to a curbside pickup-and-delivery operation May 3.
All payments will be processed online, according to Giant Eagle. Orders can be placed through the Giant Eagle app as well as its new ordering website, Shop.GiantEagle.com.
The in-store and walk-up pharmacies will remain open.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s multistate investigation into sexual abuse among separatist Amish and Mennonite communities, reported in the “Coverings” series last year, has been awarded the G. Richard Dew Award in the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s 2020 Keystone Media Awards contest.
The series started with a single email query to Post-Gazette religion editor Peter Smith asking the newspaper to look into the issue. Over the next six months, Mr. Smith, former Post-Gazette public safety reporter Shelly Bradbury and photographer Stephanie Strasburg did the research, met victims and reported on dozens of cases of childhood sexual abuse and criminal cover-up.
The Dew award is given to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the community through articles that demonstrate improvement in the quality of community life, enhancement of public understanding of the role of the news media and journalistic responsiveness to matters of public interest.
Investigators said the incident happened around 2 p.m. The driver’s vehicle was seen going at a high rate of speed before it crashed completely through the outside of Ron Flora Automotive on West Warrington Avenue.
Governor Gavin Newsom decided to close Orange County beaches after 80,000 people flocked to them during a heatwave last weekend.Thousands of protesters have flocked to Huntington Beach to protest coronavirus lockdowns in the days following a mandatory closure of Orange County beaches. Angered by the forced closures, the protesters ignored social distancing guidelines and demanded the beaches be reopened.