Red Carpet: Episode 45

On this episode of Red Carpet, more and more entertainment and sporting events around the world continue to be impacted by the spread of the Coronavirus. We also take a look at how Botswana’s first female boxer is preparing for this summer’s Olympics, and a special surprise from Childish Gambino. These stories and more on this week’s show. 

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Журналісти Радіо Свобода звернулися до поліції через дії охоронців Києво-Печерської лаври

Чоловіки, які представилися співробітниками лаври, агресивно висловлювалися щодо кореспондентки і затуляли камеру оператора

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Some Americans Refuse to Abandon Presidential Candidates No Longer Running

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE/LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Two thousand “Vote for Tulsi” door hangers will arrive soon at Eileen Tepper’s Bronx, New York apartment.  But she’s not sure what to do with them. Her candidate, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on March 19. 

Tepper made eleven road trips, driving 400 miles north from New York to New Hampshire during the campaign, in support of Gabbard.  She stood for hours at a booth inside a New Hampshire sports arena, her hands resting on a stack of navy hoodies reading “Tulsi 2020.”
 
“I’ve never really done anything like this before in my life,” the energetic curly-haired blonde, told VOA in the midst of Gabbard’s campaign.

Her candidate’s polling in the low single digits did not faze Tepper. During the campaign, Gabbard won just two delegates, both from American Samoa, of the nearly 4,000 available nationwide.   

‘I dreamed a Tulsi dream’

Tepper is a Broadway performer, who took a hiatus during America’s 2020 campaign season. Her YouTube contribution to the campaign #WhyTulsi was a Gabbard tribute song to the tune of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables.

Eileen Tepper (L) and other supporters greet a voter asking about issues supported by now former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard dropped out of the race March 19. (Carolyn Presutti/VOA)

Effects of coronavirus

Once COVID-19 curtailed travel, Tepper moved to campaigning through social media. But with Gabbard’s run ending, she says she mourns the loss of her online campaign community, “especially at a time where online community is all so many of us have.”

COVID-19 has disrupted America’s presidential primary process, and some former contenders are reaching out to their supporters – not just to channel their political activism but also to urge them to heed health warnings and help block the spread of the virus.

“In any other kind of national disaster, we would rush to gather together,” former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg wrote in an email to backers of his now-defunct presidential campaign. “But this time, we must do something truly new: find a way to come together even while being kept physically apart.”

‘I’d carry debt for Andrew Yang’

Elsewhere, four young voters from different parts of the United States stood outside a polling site, holding signs and handing out hats for presidential candidate Andrew Yang. “I wouldn’t carry debt for myself, but I’d carry debt for Andrew Yang,” says Macaulay Kong.  The 27-year old – whose dad is Malaysian and mom Taiwanese – quit his job in Los Angeles and started traveling to Iowa, Oregon, and Nevada with “the Yang Gang” – supporters of Yang. 

Macaulay Kong holds up a campaign sign in support of then-Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, at a primary polling site. The “Yang Gang” continued to campaign for him even after he dropped out of the race. (Carolyn Presutti/VOA)

Just one problem. Yang dropped out of the race Feb. 11 and became a CNN political commentator.  He has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, who now has a commanding lead in the delegate race over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
 
Yet some of Yang’s most fervent supporters continued to campaign for him and his idea of a $1,000 a month universal basic income handout.  Kong had never voted before and chose Yang even after he suspended his candidacy.  “I’m a registered Republican all my life…and I switched to Democrat to vote for Andrew Yang,” Kong says.
 
Protest vote

“When a candidate has already dropped out, [residual support is] essentially a protest vote,” says political science professor Justin Buchler of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, adding that voters who cling to candidates no longer in the running usually are unhappy with the remaining candidates still in the race. 
 
Even so, Buchler predicts passionate voters who spent weeks or months serving as grassroots organizers for their favored candidate will continue to work as activists for the Democratic party and will vote for the eventual nominee in November.
 

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У Дніпрі через штрафи за «зайвих пасажирів» на роботу не вийшли сотні водіїв маршруток

У Дніпрі через штрафи за «зайвих пасажирів» на роботу не вийшли 180 водіїв маршруток. Про це в п’ятницю повідомив завідувач сектором контролю та моніторингу договірних зобов’язань департаменту транспорту і транспортної інфраструктури Дніпровського міськради Іван Васючков, передає кореспондент Радіо Свобода.

За його словами, через перевірки поліції й штрафи припиняють роботу цілі маршрути – наразі таких шість.

Водночас голова профспілки перевізників Дніпра Михайло Тонконогий повідомив Радіо Свобода, що реальна цифра водіїв маршруток, які не вийшли в рейси, удвічі більша. Магістральні, затребувані маршрути в Дніпрі забезпечені громадським автотрансортом на 80-90%, тоді як ті, що проходять віддаленими районами та приватним сектором і мають менший попит – на 50-65%, повідомив представник профспілки.

Тонконогий стверджує, що урядова вимога щодо ліміту пасажирів у маршрутних таксі потребує змін.

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«17 тисяч гривень штрафу – це їхній заробіток за півтора місяці, і віддати їх просто за те, що везеш понад 10 пасажирів, не хочеш працювати на збиток… Оці вимоги, з одного боку, зрозумілі, а з іншого – треба було просто запровадити обмеження кількістю сидячих місць і щоб всі – в масках. А так – пасажири, які не можуть поїхати, б’ють машини. За вчора в Дніпрі пасажири побили 7 автобусів – сумками, пакунками, один чоловік пляшку розбив об скло. Загальну суму збитків оцінюємо в близько 3 тисяч доларів США», – сказав Радіо Свобода Михайло Тонконогий.

За даними з обласної поліції, станом на 13:00 20 березня на Дніпропетровщині складено 89 адмінпротоколів за порушення правил карантину. Як уточили Радіо Свобода в поліції області, 17 з них – на водіїв маршруток. 

 

Загалом в Україні на цей час є 26 підтверджених випадків коронавірусного захворювання COVID-19, із них три людини померли, одна вже видужала. Через розповсюдження вірусу надзвичайну ситуацію регіонального рівня природного характеру оголосили вже в чотирьох областях України: Дніпропетровській, Чернівецькій, Житомирській і Київській.

20 березня у Дніпропетровській області запровадили режим надзвичайної ситуації, щоб уповільнити розповсюдження коронавірусної інфекції і подальшої епідемії в регіоні.

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Business Fallout: Companies Hoard Cash, Walmart Hiring 150K

With the duration of the viral outbreak unknown, major corporations are piling up cash to ride it out. AT&T cancelled a $4 billion accelerated stock buyback program scheduled for the second quarter. COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronaviris, is starting to make inroads within companies. The chairman and CEO of Marlboro-maker Altria Group has contracted COVID-19. The company said in a regulatory filing that Howard Willard will be on medical leave.  

Less than three months ago came the first reports of cases of pneumonia related to a virus first detected in Wuhan, China. The outbreak of the virus that causes COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruptions that have brought an unparalleled shock to the global economy.

 
Following are developments related to the outbreak, efforts by governments to stabilize their economies, companies that must navigate through an altered landscape, and the millions of people affected.  

Grounded: The lowest number of passengers ever recorded at U.S. airports is being reported by the Transportation Security Administration. Nearly 624,000 people passed through its outbound checkpoints on Thursday, the TSA said. That compares with 2.4 million on the same day a year earlier. It’s the lowest number of outbound passengers ever recorded by an agency created in November 2001 in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The CEO and labor leaders at American Airlines wrote to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and congressional leaders Friday imploring them to quickly approve aid for airlines or else workers will lose their jobs. The company says it will accept “appropriate conditions” on government aid.
Frankfurt airport operator Fraport AG has put 18,000 of its 22,000 employees on shortened schedules, saying that “traffic has come almost to a halt.” Wages will be partly covered by the German government’s short-work policy. The company said it would add payments to ensure at least 75% of pay. Fraport also took its northwest landing runway out of service. It will instead be used to park unused airplanes.  

An air traffic control supervisor in Indianapolis tested positive, the Federal Aviation Administration reported. Some work areas were closed Thursday night, but the center remained open Friday while crews cleaned work areas. It’s the third FAA facility affected by COVID-19. Earlier this week, airport towers in Chicago and Las Vegas closed temporarily, leading to hundreds of canceled and delayed flights.  

The Hong Kong low-cost airline HK Express, part of the Cathay Pacific Group, is suspending all flights through the end of April with millions of potential travelers shutting in. HK Express normally flies 25 routes throughout Asia. Cathay’s flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, has cut 90% of its flights and asked staff to take unpaid leave.  

American Airlines is initiating cargo-only flights between the US and Europe. FedEx and UPS were expecting to absorb a greater share of cargo typically carried by commercial airlines, which have severely cut capacity.

Air Canada is laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants, about 60% of that staff, according to a union official, as the country’s largest airline grounds its planes. Wesley Lesosky, who heads the Air Canada component of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, said the layoffs include 3,600 Air Canada employees, as well as 1,549 at Rogue, Air Canada’s discount carrier. The layoffs will take effect by April. Air Canada says the layoffs are temporary. The Montreal company said earlier this week that it will suspend the majority of its international and U.S. flights by the end of the month.

The Stores: With outbreak-related layoffs expected to surge, at least two major retailers are hiring in a big way. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, said late Thursday that it plans to hire 150,000 U.S. hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May as online orders surge with households stocking up. The jobs are temporary, but many will become permanent, said spokesman Dan Bartlett. He said that the company is reaching out to industry groups in the restaurant and hospitality industry, both of which are getting slammed by lockdowns and travel bans. Amazon this week said it would hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders hires.  

Close to Home : The chairman and CEO of Marlboro-maker Altria Group has contracted COVID-19. The company said in a regulatory filing that Howard Willard is on medical leave. Chief Financial Officer William Gifford, Jr. will lead the company in Willard’s absence. The company is also suspending operations at its plant in Richmond, Virginia, for two weeks after two employees contracted the COVID-19 virus. Some domestic operations at its John Middleton Co. subsidiary will also be suspended due to supply chain issues. The tobacco giant said employees will continue to receive regular pay during the two-week shutdown.

Firewall: Companies across almost every sector are raising cash to ride out the outbreak.  
Kohl’s has fully drawn its $1 billion unsecured credit facility. The department store chain, based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is slashing inventory and expenses. Kohl’s Corp. has closed its 1,100 stores for at least the rest of the month. It and many other major chains are temporarily closing stores to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  

AT&T cancelled a $4 billion accelerated stock buyback program scheduled for the second quarter. The company said in a regulatory filing that it’s also canceling any other stock repurchases so it can have financial flexibility and continue to invest in its business. AT&T said it’s currently unable to estimate the impact the virus will have on its financial and operational results.

Future Unknown: Coca-Cola Co. no longer expects to reach previously set financial goals for the year. Coke said in a regulatory filing that restaurant closures, suspended NHL, NBA and MLB seasons, reduced travel, social distancing, and more people working from home is straining operations. The Atlanta company said that it cannot reasonably estimate the negative impact the virus will have.  

Kohl’s withdrew its full-year and first-quarter forecasts. Several other chains like Nordstrom and Abercrombie & Fitch have also withdrawn their guidance given so much uncertainty.

Factories go Dark: Thousands of businesses have ordered employees to work remotely. It’s obviously not an option for a number of sectors and the impact on heavy industry has been immense. All major U.S. automakers, including Tesla, have shut down their factories.  

Volvo Cars said Friday that its Swedish and U.S. plants will close on Thursday and will remain closed until mid-April. Office employees are being ordered to work remotely with reduced hours. The company said it reopened four manufacturing plants in China earlier this month after an extended closure.  

Streaming Logjam: YouTube is reducing its streaming quality in Europe as more users self-isolate at home.  

The company, owned by Google, said Friday it would “temporarily default all traffic in the U.K. and the EU to Standard Definition,” instead of high definition. The measure will be in place for 30 days and users will still be able to manually adjust their video quality.

YouTube follows Netflix, which said Thursday that it expects the video bit rate reduction to cut its European traffic by a quarter.

The companies are responding to a call by the European Union’s internal market commission, which urged streaming services and network operators to help prevent network congestion as more people use their home internet connection to work or learn remotely or for entertainment.

iHoarding: Apple is allowing people to buy only two iPhones online. It may be attempting to prevent the large purchase and resale of its technology at higher prices. Apple is facing a potential demand decline and supply chain issues due to the virus pandemic spreading across the globe. It closed all retail stores outside of China to help fight the spread. Apple did not return a request for comment Friday. Apple announced  a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air on Wednesday. It made no mention of new iPhones during the announcement.

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Офіс президента повідомив НАЗК, що чартерний переліт Зеленського з відпустки оплатила держава Оман – «НВ»

Офіс президента повідомив НАЗК, що чартерний літак з Оману, яким у січні до Києва повертався президент Володимир Зеленський, оплатив Султанат Оман. Про це в інтерв’ю виданню «НВ» розповів голова Національного агентства з питань запобігання корупції Олександр Новіков. 

«Ми направляли запити в Офіс президента про те, за чий кошт були сплачені переліт та проживання в Омані. ОП та Державне управління справами нещодавно повідомили, що це не відбувалось за державні кошти, а літак для повернення був наданий Султанатом Оман», – сказав Новіков.

І додав, що після того в НАЗК направили запит безпосередньо Володимиру Зеленському.

«Ми направили запит (4 березня) Зеленському вже як фізичній особі для того, щоб він повідомив, хто оплачував відпочинок. Якщо сплачував хтось із членів родини, то закон не зобов’язує надавати таку інформацію. Але якщо президент сам сплачував і він про це не повідомив, то це факт порушення», – пояснив очільник Нацагентства.

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В інтерв’ю «НВ» Новіков також зазначив, що відведений на відповідь термін – десять днів з моменту отримання листа президентом. На уточнення, якими будуть дії НАЗК у разі, якщо Зеленський не надасть такої інформації, відповів: «Він не може не надати. Тому що тоді складається протокол щодо ненадання необхідної інформації НАЗК».

Голова Нацагентства уточнив: «У запиті ми попросили надати документи, що підтверджують витрати. Сподіваємося, вони будуть надані НАЗК, щоб зняти це питання відносно цієї ситуації в інтересах як суспільства, так і президента». 

На початку січня цього року ЗМІ оприлюднили фото Володимира Зеленського у Маскаті – і повідомили, що він перебуває там начебто на відпочинку із сім’єю.

Після того Офіс президента підтвердив, що Зеленський перебуває в Омані: там зазначили, що президент вирушив туди з родиною за власні кошти рейсовим літаком. Водночас повідомлялося про «зустрічі на найвищому рівні», які були заплановані в очільника держави.

Згодом з посиланням на тодішнього керівника Офісу президента Андрія Богдана, стало відомо, що поїздка президента до Султанату Оман «не була офіційним візитом, не мала офіційного статусу, здійснювалася з приватною метою та за власні кошти».

Пізніше, 13 лютого, було оприлюднене розслідування «Схем» під назвою «Оманлива відпустка». У ньому йшлося про те, що 9 січня президент України Володимир Зеленський повернувся з Оману до України на літаку Bombardier Global Express 6000 із бортовим номером 9H-VJN – журналісти встановили це за допомогою онлайн-сервісу відстежування повітряних бортів та зафіксували, як кортеж, який забрав пасажирів після приземлення літака, заїхав до Офісу президента. 

 

14 лютого у НАЗК заявили, що проводять контроль «своєчасності подання повідомлення про суттєві зміни в майновому стані президентом України».

Раніше про це повідомляв народний обранець від «Європейської солідарності» Олексій Гончаренко, посилаючись на відповідь Нацагентства на його депутатське звернення.

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7 Years After Gang Rape, India Women’s Safety Still Elusive

Four men were hanged Friday, seven years after being convicted of the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi. The case turned the spotlight on sexual violence against women in India. Women in the Indian capital, called one of the most unsafe cities for women in the world, say the situation has not improved.

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VOA Our Voices 219: African Travelers Question Visa Rules

Have you ever traveled with a passport from an African country? Have you been affected by travel restrictions imposed on your country? Why is it so difficult for Africans to travel inside their own continent? This week, the #VOAOurVoices team examines the complexities and challenges faced by African travelers. The hosts are joined by VOA’s Nadia Taha and Paul Ndiho, as well as Maria Byrd, correspondent for Nigeria’s Channels Television, to discuss the impact of travel bans, visa restrictions, and the value of a single African passport. Kenyan author and travel blogger, Ciku Kimeria, also joins the show to talk about her experiences as an African tourist in Africa.

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Global Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 10,000

The global death toll for the coronavirus pandemic as it spreads around the world has surpassed 10,000 people.  COVID-19 has infected more than 244,500 people.  

 

In the United States, California Governor Gavin Newsom Thursday ordered the 40 million residents of the west coast state to stay home as part of the battle against the disease. 

 

Newsom issued the mandate following the deaths of 19 people and 958 people who tested positive for the coronavirus in California.   

 

The lockdown for the entire state followed a Los Angeles County order earlier Thursday that shut down all the county’s shopping malls, nonessential retail stores and playgrounds.   

 

Newsom asked Congress Thursday for $1 billion in federal funds to pay for expected medical costs related to the disease.   

 

On Wednesday, the California governor wrote to President Donald Trump asking for the Navy’s hospital ship to be deployed to the port of Los Angeles for the expected surge in infected patients  

 

Ground zero shifts to Italy

Meanwhile, Italy is now ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic, surpassing China as the country with the most deaths.  

 

As of Thursday, Italian officials report 3,405 coronavirus deaths while China’s death toll stood at 3,248.  

 

Over the last two days, Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began in December, is reporting no new cases for the first time. Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province. 

 

Italy and Hubei province imposed total lockdowns to stop the spread; however, Italy has a large elderly population and those 65 and older are highly susceptible to the coronavirus.   

 

Thirty-four new cases were reported elsewhere in mainland China Thursday. Authorities say people who came from other countries were infected. 

 

South Korea reported 152 new cases Thursday, a setback after reporting fewer than 100 new cases for four days in a row. South Korea is the hardest-hit Asian country outside China.   

 

Another hard-hit country, Germany, reported a jump of 2,800 new cases Thursday. Officials there say coronavirus could strike as many as 10 million Germans unless proper precautions are taken, including social distancing.   

 

Spain has closed all hotels and turned a four-star inn in Madrid into a makeshift hospital.  

 

In France, one of the world’s most anticipated entertainment events, the Cannes Film Festival, has been postponed from May until possibly July. 

 

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Prince Albert of Monaco tests positive

Prince Albert of Monaco is the first head of state with a confirmed case of coronavirus. 

 

New Zealand and Australia are closing their shores to all foreign visitors.  

 

In North America, Mexico reported its first coronavirus death Thursday.   

 

US Congressmen infected

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Mario Diaz-Balart and Democrat Ben McAdams, are the first members of Congress to test positive for coronavirus. Both are in self-quarantine.   

 

Late Thursday, a federal judge in Seattle rejected an appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union to free nine illegal migrants who the ACLU says are at risk for coronavirus because of their age and other health problems.   

 

The judge said he is fully aware of the seriousness of the outbreak but said there is no evidence of the virus at the holding center and said conditions are adequate.  

 

Opera fans will have to do without their Puccini and Wagner for a while. New York’s Metropolitan Opera is canceling the rest of its season because of the outbreak. 

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Нефть по 12$, полное фиаско кремля! рашка не продала ни одного барреля нефти за две недели!!!

Нефть по 12$, полное фиаско кремля! рашка не продала ни одного барреля нефти за две недели!!!

Поставки российской нефти в Европу практически остановились.

К обрушению цен на «черное золото» до минимумов с 2003 года (26,6 доллара за баррель Brent) добавилось резкое сжатие спроса. Вторую неделю подряд нефтетрейдеры не могут продать через порты ни барреля российской нефти Urals в Европу.

Как сообщает Reuters, на текущей неделе все тендеры на Urals завершились безрезультатно.

Trafigura, крупнейший независимый поставщик нефти в мире, предлагала партии с отгрузкой из Приморска и Усть-Луги 30 марта – 3 апреля по цене на 3,35 доллара ниже Brent (около 23 долларов за баррель), но не нашла ни одного покупателя.

Швейцарская Glencore выставила на продажу 100 тысяч тонн Urals c поставкой через балтийские порты 4-8 апреля, предлагая скидку в 3,7 доллара к Brent. Но также не встретила спроса.

Еще большую скидку Glencore предлагала за нефть с отгрузкой уже через две недели (27-31 марта), но результат оказался тем же: покупателей нет.

Не удалось найти спроса на 100 тысяч тонн Urals и британской Shell, несмотря на скидку в 3,35 доллара к Brent.

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