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Acts of public display of affection (PDA) have been banned during disease outbreaks. History tells us that, back in 1939, King Henry VI of England banned kissing in order to battle the plague. As the world confronts COVID-19, health experts are urging people to refrain from PDA acts, such as kissing- even if it is just a small peck on the cheeks, hugging, and high-fives.
Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a deal Saturday to secure America's exit from its longest war through gradually withdrawing troops and starting talks between Kabul and the insurgents. The agreement will likely be heralded as marking the start of a hopeful new era for Afghanistan, which has seen 40 years of conflict. But what happens next is anyone's guess, with questions swirling around the Taliban's intentions and Afghanistan once more in the grip of a political crisis threatening to plunge the impoverished country further into the abyss.
At a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Russian scientist and polar bear expert Ilya Mordvintsev noted that the cases of polar bear cannibalism have been increasing, likely because of a lack of food. According to Mordvintsev, there are some seasons wherein the large males attack females with cubs when there is not enough food and, while such behaviors have been observed before, the once rare cases are now being reported quite often.
Manchester City defeated hosts Real Madrid 2-1 in Bernabeu in Champions League’s Round of 16’s 1st leg Wednesday. There have been very few clubs that have gone and beaten Real in their backyard and hence this result was indeed special for Man City, who could not be playing the tournament in the next two seasons because of the two-year ban from UEFA.
Standard Chartered said Thursday its pre-tax profit rose to $4.2 billion last year but warned growth for 2020 would likely be dented by the coronavirus outbreak. The Asia-focused British bank said pre-tax profit surged eight percent in 2019 despite what the group's chief executive Bill Winters described as "an increasingly challenging external environment". In a statement attached to the results, Winters said the bank faced low interest rates, a slowing global economy, the US-China trade war and several months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year.
German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer on Thursday reported surging profits for 2019 after its buying US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto, but remained entangled in a massive wave of lawsuits over a flagship weedkiller. Net profit at Bayer leaped 141.4 percent year-on-year, to 4.1 billion euros ($4.5 billion), the group said in a statement, beating forecasts from analysts surveyed by Factset by around 200 million euros.
Has China been underreporting its COVID-19 cases? Since the beginning of the outbreak, many have been critical of China’s handling of the situation and even doubting whether Beijing has actually been reporting the correct infection numbers. As of Feb. 26, there were over 78,000 cases of COVID-19 in mainland China alone. However, an unconfirmed report by the Epoch Times claims that the Chinese Communist Party has been deliberately concealing the actual number of COVID-19 cases and that the number of cases may actually be much higher.
Health and human services secretary Alex Azar told a dumbfounded House committee he cannot promise the new coronavirus vaccine to undergo clinical trials in April will be affordable enough to ordinary Americans. He made these remarks, which angered committee Democrats, a few hours before appearing with president Donald Trump and listening him announce vice president Mike Pence as point man for the U.S. anti-COVID-19 campaign.
Donald Trump and Melania Trump's rare sweet moment was caught on camera. There are speculations that the president and first lady have an unhappy marriage. Some even called to “free Melania” because they thought that Trump wasn’t treating her well. But contrary to those claims, the POTUS and FLOTUS have nothing but positive words to say about their marriage. In fact, they said they have a marriage of equals.
Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce took a trip down memory lane and recounted how his team seized the NBA title in 2008. While the championship run was mainly highlighted by the Big Three of him, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, the former 10-time All-Star took time to bring their “unsung hero” to the fore whom he raved about his pivotal play in their successful bid for the chip.
Donald Trump has been warned about the dangers of his “war on truth.”Brian Stelter of CNN analyzed the U.S. president’s war on truth after he posted an update about coronavirus on Twitter. The POTUS wrote that coronavirus is “very much under control” in the country and the stock market is looking good for him.

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