USA: For weeks, Prez Trump’s criticized the World Health Organization for its initial coronavirus response. Plus halted US funding to the org. Now, it looks like the Prez is taking things a step further and declaring he’ll ditch the WHO altogether and permanently end funding to the org if it doesn’t “commit to substantive improvements within the next 30 days.” This comes as China is donating $2 billion to the WHO - and calling on other countries to do the same. Not a typo. In other news, everyone’s talking about the Pensacola shooting. Reminder: last year, a Saudi Air Force trainee opened fire at a Naval training facility in Pensacola, Florida, killing three US sailors before being shot and killed. Fast forward to yesterday, and the FBI announced that the gunman was a terrorist associated with al Qaeda. Stay tuned.
DISASTERS: Meet Cyclone Amphan. The storm (think: a hurricane, but formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean) is currently headed toward northeastern India and Bangladesh. And already, it’s been classified as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” - plus reached “super cyclonic storm status,” the highest rating for tropical cyclones in India. Amphan’s expected to bring damaging winds, torrential rains, and extreme storm surges to India and Bangladesh when it makes landfall tomorrow. In response, millions of people are being evacuated from low-lying coastal areas in both India and Bangladesh. Speaking of which, a new study suggests that global warming is making hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons stronger. Not good.
BIZ: ICYMI, J.C. Penney’s not doing all that well. As in the dept store chain recently became the largest retailer to file for bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Enter: Amazon. Recently, it came out that Amazon’s in talks with J.C. Penney to make some kind of deal that could have the biz converting its stores into fulfillment centers or cashier-less Amazon retail stores. And in other news, Uber’s set to cut 3,000 jobs, just weeks after firing 3,700 employees. The biz is also reportedly shutting down 45 offices. Because, coronavirus pandemic.