The world might be running out condoms in the near future, thanks to Coronavirus. In the wake the global pandemic, Malaysia-based company Karex Bhd., the world’s largest condom maker, has announced that they might be running low on condoms in the next few months, Bloomberg reports. The company only started production again on Friday after it was shut down for a week. Even then, they’re only working with half their staff. On top that, China and India are where the majority their production occurs but both countries are dealing with the heavy impact COVID-19.
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Their current supply has fallen by nearly 50% while their stockpile can stretch for about 2 months. As more people stay inside, the demand for condoms is increasing but people are also trying to avoid having kids with the economic uncertainty the globe, Group CEO Karex, Goh Miah Kiat said.
“I would definitely say this is an unprecedented stage, we have never seen such a disruption,” Goh said before warning that their might be price hikes on condoms moving forward. “We are still paying all our workers full salaries but workers only come in half the time so generally there will be a cost increase.”
Meanwhile, Durex, who produce over 5B condoms a year to more than 140 countries worldwide, is facing even more difficulties as governments shut down borders and flights globally.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are ficially free from their 2-week quarantine in Australia, as the Hollywood couple were spotted cruising around L.A. on Friday. A few weeks ago, Tom announced social media that he and his wife had both tested positive for coronavirus while they were visiting the land down under to film Tom’s movie. The actor couple have been providing regular updates on their condition, always maintaining a positive attitude despite the unfortunate circumstances. Thankfully, it looks like the two them have been released from quarantine and have headed back home, as they were spotted driving around L.A. on Friday. Tom and Rita were all smiles as they drove home from Van Nuys Airport, no doubt thrilled that they’re no longer isolated in a foreign country a million miles from home during a global pandemic.
One to never miss an opportunity to give back to the Bay, G-Eazy is stepping up to help those in need. Millions people have been adversely affected by this COVID-19 quarantine, especially students from lower-income families who relied on school meals to eat. Students were sent home to be homeschooled by their parents and guardians, but for many children and teens, this also means they don’t have access to meals.
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The Mercury News reports that G-Eazy is partnering his Endless Summer Fund non-prit with the Larkin Street Youth Services to help feed at-risk youth for one month. “The Bay is my home and I want to help and support my community however I can, which is why I am partnering with Larkin Street Youth Services to provide meals to kids during this crisis,” the rapper reportedly stated in a press release. “We are all in this together and I hope others will join me in supporting our communities however they can.”
That isn’t all. G-Eazy will sponsor the food truck Mi Morena to aid in supplying food for the local Bay Area citizens that are in need but who can’t make it to any the Larkin Street Youth Services sites in the area. The press release adds, “The food truck will provide lunch seven days a week for the next month, the duration the shelter-in-place order.”
United States history has been made amid one its darkest crises in recent memory, the coronavirus pandemic. The House Of Representative has ficially passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, complete with the appropriate acronym CARE. The stimulus package, which consists $2 trillion dollars, has now moved to the White House to be signed by President Donald Trump.
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Naturally, coming to a conclusion took hours debate, as is ten the case when politicians are forced to gather. Yet they did manage in the end, coming up with a solution designed to provide $1,200 to every American citizen, with hundreds billions dollars reserved for businesses both small and large. Apparently, $50 billion has been designated to assist the struggling passenger airline market, which has taken a major hit since the coronavirus rendered recreational travel all but impossible. $367 billion has been designated for small businesses with an employee count fewer than 500.
CNN reports that the package’s creation was nearly stymied by the Republican representative, Kentucky’s Thomas Massie, whose insistence in calling an in-person vote had to be thwarted by House leadership — but not before several fellow representatives were forced to travel to Washington to mobilize against his effort. The move led to a scornful tweet from Donald Trump, who called for Massie’s removal the Republican party.
In any case, the historic package is all set to be made ficial. The economic effects the stimulus package have yet to become evident, though it should go a long way in providing some much needed financial stability to an economy on the verge an unexpected collapse.
The legal trouble for French Montana has heated up. During their rapid exchange insults on social media, 50 Cent hurled scathing accusations toward the award-winning artist. However, none match up to what an unidentified woman claims she endured at the hands “No Stylist” rapper. According to documents reportedly obtained by The Blast, a woman who wants to remain anonymous has filed a lawsuit against Montana, his employee Mansour Bennouna, and his Coke Boy Records label.
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In the lawsuit, Jane Doe states that she and Montana first met at a recording studio in Los Angeles back in March 2018. Later, the rapper reportedly invited her to his private residence and she claims that’s when things took a turn. It was around 6:00 a.m. when Jane Doe says both French and Bennouna told her to take a shot. Soon after, the woman claims she blacked out, “was rendered incapacitated, and remembered ‘several men coming in and out the bedroom.’ She claimed that she remembered French Montana as one those men.”
It wasn’t until 1:30 p.m. that the woman “regained consciousness” to find Bennouna cuddling her in a “spooning” position. She later told authorities that she “felt a pain in her pelvis, lower back and vagina” and went to a hospital to have a rape kit administered after leaving the house “crying hysterically because she felt that she had been drugged and raped.”
“The investigation showed the presence semen,” The Blast reports. “She also reported the alleged rape to police.” The woman, an aspiring model, says she had to halt her career because the incident. She’s suing for unspecified damages.
It’s been well-documented that Heard allegedly began an affair with Musk just a month into her marriage with Depp back in 2015. Heard and Musk have been adamant that it started after Depp and the actress split up. However, in the footage found here, Heard can be seen snuggling up to Musk in an elevator at the building that Depp owned penthouses at. It’s pretty damning evidence that doesn’t help Heard’s case.
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Due to Heard’s accusations against Depp, he has lost his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates the Caribbean and has been the subject scrutiny from the media. With new evidence in mind, it looks like Depp’s defamation lawsuit is starting to pick up steam.
Stay tuned for updates on this story as we will be sure to bring them to you.
Bugzy Malone, a grime rapper from the UK, has suffered some serious injuries from a motorcycle accident that took place on Wednesday night in Manchester. The Greater Manchester Police Department confirmed that they responded to a call about a collision between a quad bike and another vehicle at roughly 9:20pm on Wednesday.
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“Shortly before 9:20pm last night, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, police were called to Rochdale Road, Bury, to reports a collision involving an Audi car and a quadbike,” a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said. “Emergency services attended and the driver the quadbike, a 29-year-old man, was seriously injured and taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.” Footage the incident has been circulating online, with many criticizing whoever felt the need to film the crash site.
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Bugzy is a rapper and actor from Manchester, who has been credited one the key artists that played a crucial role in the “grime revival” in the UK. Many his fellow British artists, as well as The Manchester City football club, took to Twitter to show their support for the injured star and send him their well wishes.
Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi, an OB-GYN at Cedars Sinai Medical Center who reportedly delivered Kylie and Travis Scott’s daughter Stormi Webster, shared a lengthy post on Instagram thanking the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star for her charitable gift. “I am speechless, my eyes are filled with tears joy and my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude,” Dr. Aliabadi wrote in the caption a photo herself, Kylie, and Stormi. “I made a wish to the Universe to gather protective masks for our brave healthcare workers and today my dream came true.”
She called Kylie Jenner a “Living Angel” and said the million-dollar donation will “buy hundreds thousands masks, face shields, and other protective gear which we will have delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces our front line heroes.” Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi then said Kylie was her “hero” and gave her heartfelt thanks. Read the full message below.
Bacardi Rum is a staple in the party environment but the rum company is doing its part to combat Coronavirus as people practice social distancing. Miami Herald reports that Bacardi Rum’s plant in Puerto Rico has turned its production line into an ethanol producer to make hand sanitizer. At this point, they’re committed to using Bacardi alcohol in order to produce 1.7M 10 oz. bottles to provide to essential workers out there such as police, nurses, and others who are working the frontline the Coronavirus battle.
The company was founded in 1936. The vice president manufacturing in Latin America and the Caribbean, Jose Class, said this is possibly the first time Bacardi has changed their line production since its Puerto Rican branch launch. Class revealed that they probably didn’t even have anything like this during WWII. This new line production began on March 17th and they’ve reassured fans their alcoholic products that this won’t affect the production rum.
“We have ways to fight this. Just the simple act washing your hands and being careful about your social interactions helps,” he said. ”We need to overcome this as soon as possible so we can start celebrating again.”
Bacardi Bottling Corporation in Jacksonville, FL has also committed to using itsim resources to mass-producing bottles hand sanitizer. This week, they’ll produce 120K units hand sanitizer.
A reckless influencer in California claims to have been hospitalized with coronavirus shortly after he posted a video himself licking a toilet seat in a public washroom, as part a particularly disgusting challenge on TikTok. As clout-chasing becomes almost as dangerous a disease as coronavirus itself, it would appear that some the less bright folks on the Internet have decided to participate in a viral challenge on TikTok, which seems them licking the seats public toilets, open ice cream tubs in grocery stores, and more.
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However, according to reports, at least one participant is facing the consequences his incredibly stupid actions. A 21-year-old Beverly Hills native, who goes by the name Larz on TikTok, reportedly shared a video himself in a hospital bed on Twitter, revealing that he has “tested positive for Coronavirus.” His account, @GayShawnMendes, has since been suspended.
His alleged hospitalization comes days after he posted a video himself dragging his tongue along the seat a toilet in a public washroom, as part the “Coronavirus Challenge” on social media. While Larz didn’t specify that his coronavirus diagnosis was in connection to this stunt, there is a high chance he contracted the virus from his nasty antics.
Another irresponsible licker, who was also technically a participant in this repulsive craze, was charged with making a terrorist threat after he filmed himself licking an entire shelf Walmart merchandise. While the culprit, 26-year-old Cody Pfister, didn’t specify that he was doing the “Coronavirus Challenge” in question, he did ask, “who’s afraid the coronavirus?” in the clip before he lathered the items in his saliva. Let’s hope both these cases are a lesson to anyone out there who was considering taking on this challenge: please don’t.
A Missouri man was charged with making a terrorist threat after footage spread him licking a number items inside a Walmart store, in an attempt to mock the panic surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. 26-year-old Cody Pfister uploaded the video himself on social media, in which he can be heard asking his viewers “who’s afraid the coronavirus?” He then proceeds to run his tongue across some the merchandise inside the Warrenton, Missouri store. The video was widely shared across the Internet, leading numerous complaints to be filed about the threat that Pfister’s actions pose during these dire times.
The City Warrenton Police Department issued a statement earlier this week, addressing the situation. “A local resident who took a video themselves licking the merchandise after making a ‘Corona Virus’ statement at Walmart and posting it to social media has been taken into custody,” the statement reads. “This particular video, which won’t be shared here, has gained some international attention and we have received numerous reports about the video from locals, nearby residents, as well as people from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed.”
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office applauded the police department for taking action, noting how “frustrating” it is “that we have to waste valuable resources on calls like this during these trying times.”
Pfister has ficially been charged with making a terrorist threat due to his reckless behaviour. The charge is considered a low-level felony.
The CDC reports that coronavirus RNA, the genetic material the virus that causes COVID-19, survived for 17 days on surfaces the Diamond Princess cruise ship, after passengers had already left. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the study on Monday, after examining the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan and the Grand Princess cruise ship docked at the Port Oakland in California. Both ships had been quarantined prior to docking, after folks on board each ship had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the study, coronavirus RNA was found on multiple surfaces in the Diamond Princess cabins up to 17 days after passengers had vacated the ship, but before the disinfection process had commenced.
However, it was determined that transmission largely occurred between passengers prior to quarantine, and researchers could not determine if initial transmission occurred from these contaminated surfaces. As for crew members, they were mostly infected during or after quarantine. The Diamond Princess was previously reported as the site with the most cases coronavirus outside China. 621 people had tested positive for COVID-19, with two passengers—an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman—dying from the virus. On the Grand Princess, 21 people had tested positive for coronavirus, including 19 crew members and 2 passengers. The vessel had 2,400 passengers on board.
“The results provide key information about the stability the virus] and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects,” the National Institute Health said in a press release. It had previously been found in a study by the New England Journal Medicine that coronavirus can survive for 3 hours in aerosols (liquid droplets in the air, from coughs or sneezes), 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. To prevent contracting coronavirus from one’s fingertips, the CDC recommends washing one’s hands for at least 20 seconds each time, and to avoid touching one’s face.
Ariana Grande may be social distancing from the rest the world, but she appears to have her new man, real estate agent Dalton Gomez, by her side while they self-isolate. Ari is known to be very protective her dogs, so after she posted a video a mystery man petting her pup, Toulouse, on her Instagram story, fans were quick to notice that he wasn’t one her usual visitors. Though the video did not show his face, according to TMZ, the man in question is high-end real estate agent, Dalton Gomez.
Dalton is also friends with Ari’s pal and Don’t Call Me Angel collaborator, Miley Cyrus, and he even posted a photo with Miley and some friends on his Instagram recently. Besides the Mikey rumours last month, Dalton marks Ari’s first known love interest since she and Pete Davidson broke f their highly publicized engagement back in October 2018 after just a few months. Hopefully, she has more lucky in this relationship.
He just wanted to get home to be with his pregnant girlfriend Sijia Milosevic, but the trip got 22-year-old soccer star Luka Jovic in trouble with the law. The COVID-19 global pandemic has countries on lockdown worldwide, but that didn’t stop the Real Madrid footballer from traveling. According to TMZ, Jovic and his soccer team were told to keep themselves quarantined in Spain for at least two weeks. A basketball player from Real Madrid tested positive for COVID-19, so ficials wanted to make sure the soccer players wouldn’t begin exhibiting symptoms the virus.
However, Luka Jovic decided to go against the advice and hopped a plane to Serbia to see his pregnant girlfriend. TMZ reports that Serbian authorities are upset that Jovic didn’t practice isolation or social distancing, and they intend on doing something about it. President Aleksandar Vucic has reportedly stated that Jovic is under investigation for potentially putting others at risk. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic reportedly said, “We have negative examples football stars who earn millions abroad and when they come back to Serbia, they don’t self-isolate as is obligatory.”
Jovic issued a formal apology after learning that he could possibly face jail time over his actions. He claims he wasn’t aware that there were restrictions set in place regarding travel. “I apologize to everyone if I have endangered them in some way and I hope that together we can manage to overcome all this,” he said, according to ESPN.
“While in Spain, I tested negative for coronavirus, and I decided to travel to Serbia to help and support our people and be close to my family, in agreement with my club,” Jovic posted to social media, according to ESPN. “When I landed in Serbia, I again tested negative for coronavirus. I am very sorry that some people did their job unpressionally and did not give me the correct instructions on how to behave in self-isolation.” It’s unclear what the punishment could be.
Cindy Parker may have dropped her paternity suit against Future, but the rapper’s legal woes with his other alleged baby mama, Eliza Reign, rages on. Future faced two lawsuits from Cindy and Eliza who both claim that the rapper is the father their young children. Recently, it was announced that Cindy has decided to drop her lawsuit, however, the reason why was never shared with the public.
Eliza and Future have been engaged in a legal drama that has spilled over into social media. The model hasn’t been shy about sharing her alleged struggles with getting Future to take a paternity test. Reports have stated the Future penned in legal documents that he believes Eliza got pregnant on purpose and is now using her child as a way to make money—an accusation she vehemently denies.
Bossip reports that Eliza also has made a formal request for child support, and the number is jarring. The outlet states that Eliza has requested $53K from the rapper per month to help pay for the expenses her daughter, Reign. Although she is the caregiver for Reign, she’s also suing Future for custody. The rapper is also battling it out with Eliza over the need for him to turn over his financial documents. He reportedly fears that is he submits them, his records will be leaked to the public, so he’s hoping a court will only force him to turn over a select few.