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California’s Apollo Masters Vinyl Manufacturing Plant Suffers “Catastrophic Damage” From Fire [Video]
Tom Shackleford | Saturday, February 8th, 2020

https://liveforlivemusic.com/news/apollo-masters-vinyl-plant-fire/

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This past Thursday, February 6th, a fire caused extensive damage to Apollo Masters manufacturing plant in Banning, CA where lacquer used to make vinyl discs are produced, according to a report from The Desert Sun.

The early-morning “three-alarm fire” didn’t result in any injuries to the employees on-site, but did require the presence of 82 total firefighters to help extinguish the blaze which may have come from an explosion at the 15,000-square-foot factory. The building fire was contained by 10:45 a.m., but not before it almost completely destroyed the facility.

A statement shared to the Apollo Masters website reads,

To all of wonderful customers. It is with great sadness we report the Apollo Masters manufacturing and storage facility had a devastating fire and suffered catastrophic damage. The best news is all of our employees are safe. We are uncertain of our future at this point and are evaluating options as we try to work through this difficult time. Thank you for all of the support over the years and the notes of encouragement and support we have received from you all.

Unfortunately for music fans–specifically avid vinyl consumers–Thursday’s fire could result in loss of productivity for bands and record labels who need the supplies made at Apollo Masters to produce and sell their albums on vinyl.

“From my understanding, this fire will present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide,” Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell said about the fire in a statement shared to Pitchfork. “There are only TWO companies that make lacquers in the world, and the other, MDC in Japan, already had trouble keeping up with demand BEFORE this development.”

Blackwell continued, “I imagine this will affect EVERYONE, not just Third Man Pressing and Third Man Mastering, but to what extent remains to be seen … I don’t want to be an alarmist. But I’m attempting to be realistic as opposed to Pollyannish.”

The fire brings to mind the 2019 report on the 2008 warehouse fire at the Universal Studios Backlot which resulted in the loss of thousands of master recordings from John Coltrane and Nirvana to Joni Mitchell, Tupac Shakur, and Louis Armstrong.

Riverside County Environmental Health officials will now begin to investigate whether the surrounding environment in Banning was impacted by the burning of chemicals used at the facility.


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14 Americans test positive for coronavirus after evacuation from quarantined cruise ship
More than 300 U.S. citizens and family members who had been on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were evacuated.

Feb. 17, 2020, 1:54 AM PST / Updated Feb. 17, 2020, 8:36 AM PST
By Yuliya Talmazan and Kurt Chirbas

Fourteen Americans who were among the hundreds of people evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship off Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1,800 lives in a growing outbreak in China.

More than 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were taken off the vessel and repatriated back to the United States on two chartered flights that landed at Travis Air Force Base, California, and Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, early Monday.

In a statement, a State Department spokesperson said Monday that the American evacuees were all deemed asymptomatic and fit to fly before being processed for evacuation.

But during the evacuation process, after passengers had left the ship and gone to the airport, U.S. officials received notice that 14 passengers, who had been tested two to three days earlier, had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

"These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols," the spokesperson said.

The State Department made the decision to allow the 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers and who continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process after a consultation with health officials, according to the statement.

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U.S. passengers who have chosen to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship, are transported by shuttle bus to Haneda airport to fly back to the United States on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Philip and Gay Courter via Reuters

The Diamond Princess has been on quarantine since Feb. 3 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

The outbreak continued to grow Monday as the death toll rose to 1,772 and the number of confirmed cases reached 70,635 in China.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, said that outside of China, the organization had received reports of 694 cases in 25 countries, including three deaths.

Japan's health ministry confirmed 99 additional coronavirus cases on board the ship Monday. More than 1,700 people on the Diamond Princess, which had 3,700 passengers and crew on board, have been tested since the quarantine began — 454 of them have tested positive for the virus, including some Americans.

The State Department said all evacuated American passengers were closely monitored by medical professionals throughout the flight and any who become symptomatic were to be moved to a specialized containment area.

The evacuees will now be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

"Passengers that develop symptoms in flight and those with positive test results will remain isolated on the flights and will be transported to an appropriate location for continued isolation and care," the spokesperson said, without elaborating on where that location could be.

Hundreds of Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, the center of the epidemic in China's Hubei province, aboard chartered flights in late January and earlier this month. They were also subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at military bases upon arrival in the U.S.

Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Italy are also making efforts to evacuate their citizens from the quarantined cruise ship.


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Harvey Weinstein found guilty

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/harvey-weinstein-verdict/index.html

By Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN
Updated 12:49 p.m. ET, February 24, 2020

What you need to know

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Harvey Weinstein, 67, was just found guilty of criminal sex act and rape. His sentencing is set for March 11.
The case: The charges are based on Miriam Haley's testimony that Weinstein forced oral sex on her in 2006 and Jessica Mann's testimony that he raped her in 2013 during what she described as an abusive relationship.


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Coronavirus live updates: CDC outlines pandemic planning, fears send stocks plunging for second day
Published Tue, Feb 25 20207:45 AM ESTUpdated 20 min ago
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/25/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

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Total confirmed cases: More than 80,200
Total deaths: At least 2,704


5:18 San Francisco declares local emergency

San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared local emergency, even though there aren’t any confirmed cases in the city, NBC Bay Area reported. She called a press conference scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET that was more than an hour delayed, according to NBC Bay Area reporter Mark Matthews.

4:40 pm: Dow loses more than 800 points as stocks plunge for a second day

The stock rout continued as diving bond yields raised more concern that the global economy is slowing significantly because of the spreading coronavirus. The 10-year Treasury yield hit a record low as the Dow Jones Industrial Average added to Monday’s 1,000-point drop. Comments from health officials warning of a possible outbreak in the U.S. also spooked investors, causing a turnaround in stocks which had opened the day higher. The Dow dropped 879.44 points, or 3.1%, to 27,081.36 after being up more than 180 points at one point shortly after the open. The S&P 500 slid 3% to 3,128.21 while the Nasdaq Composite fell 2.8% to 8,965.61. Monday’s session was the market’s worst in two years. The S&P 500 posted back-to-back declines of at least 3% for the first time since November 2008 during the financial crisis, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

4:20 pm: Delta scraps cancellation fees for Italy flights because of outbreak

Delta Air Lines is waiving the cancellation and change fees for travelers hesitant to travel to several cities in Italy because of the recent spread of the coronavirus there. Travelers booked to or from Venice, Bologna or Milan’s two airports can rebook their travel for until March 31 or cancel altogether, the carrier said. The move comes after Delta, United and American said they would waive fees for flights to Seoul, South Korea because of the outbreak there. All U.S. airline stocks were trading sharply lower than the broader market. —Josephs

3:52 pm: US health officials say human trials on coronavirus vaccine to start in 6 weeks

Human trials testing a potential vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus are expected to begin in six weeks, U.S. health officials announced Tuesday. “We are on time at least and maybe even a little bit better,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters at a press conference. “Hopefully, no further glitches.” The White House reportedly asked Congress on Monday for $1.25 billion in additional funding to bolster its coronavirus response, including money to develop a vaccine and therapeutics to treat the virus. The National Institutes of Health has been working with biotech company Moderna to develop a vaccine using the current strain of the coronavirus. —Lovelace

3:49 pm: US health officials say coronavirus will likely cause a global pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak that’s shuttered commerce across China will likely become a global pandemic, a top U.S. health official said, adding that it’s just a matter of time before the outbreak starts spreading in the U.S. “Current global circumstances suggest it’s likely this virus will cause a pandemic,” Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters at a news briefing. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of when this will happen and how many people in this country will become infected and how many of those will develop severe or more complicated disease,” she added. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar added: “We can’t hermetically seal off the United States.” Azar confirmed four new cases of the virus from repatriated cruise ship passengers, bringing the total in the U.S. to 57.

3:46 pm: FDA says it’s monitoring the market for potential drug shortages, fraudulent treatment claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is monitoring for potential drug shortages and fraudulent treatment claims as the coronavirus outbreak places a pause on its product inspections in China. The FDA has identified about 20 drug products that either solely source their active ingredients or produce finished drug products in China and has contacted their manufacturers to see if they have experienced any supply issues, FDA spokesperson Stephanie Caccomo said in a statement. “None of these firms has reported any shortage to date,” Caccomo said. “We will continue to remain in contact with the manufacturers so that we can best help mitigate any potential issues in the future.” Since Jan. 24, the FDA has also reached out to over 180 manufacturers to remind them of their requirement to notify the FDA of any anticipated supply disruptions, Caccomo said. —Higgins-Dunn

2:50 pm: CDC hopes the coronavirus outbreak is seasonal like the flu and subsides in the summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is a hypothesis among mathematical modelers that the coronavirus outbreak “could potentially be seasonal” and relent in warmer conditions. “Other viral respiratory diseases are seasonal, including influenza and therefore in many viral respiratory diseases we do see a decrease in disease in spring and summer,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a conference call Tuesday. “And so we can certainly be optimistic that this disease will follow suit.” –Feuer

2:25 pm: Kudlow tries to assuage coronavirus concerns and impact on US economy

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow tried to assuage concerns over the cornavirus and its impact on the U.S. economy, saying officials “have contained this.” The comments came hours after the CDC said the COVID-19 coronavirus is “likely” to continue to spread throughout the United States and the American public should “prepare for the expectation that this is going to be bad.” –Lovelace

1:55 pm: Toyota reopens fourth plant in China

Toyota Motor has reopened a fourth plant in China following a month-long extension of its holiday shutdown due to the coronavirus. Eric Booth, a company spokesman, said the plant in Chengdu, located hundreds of miles west from the disease’s epicenter in Wuhan, restarted production on Monday. With the reopening of the facility, all of the Japanese automaker’s assembly plants in the country are operating, he said. Booth declined to comment on when Toyota expects the plants to return to full production, saying the automaker “will resume normal operations as soon as it is deemed safe and appropriate.” He also confirmed that no Toyota plants outside of China have been impacted from supply disruptions. –Wayland

1:49 pm: Coronavirus outbreak could force cancellation of 2020 Tokyo Games, IOC member says

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it. Dick Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978, making him its longest-serving member, estimated there is a three-month window — perhaps a two-month one — to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, meaning a decision could be put off until late May. —Associated Press

1:24 pm: Eleventh death in coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy

A 76-year-old woman died in the northern Italian city of Treviso, the Veneto region said, the eleventh victim of the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Italy is struggling against the contagion with its epicenter in the wealthy regions of Lombardy and Veneto. The number of confirmed cases rose to 322 from 229 on Monday, the vast majority of them in the north of the country. —Reuters

1:09 pm: Economic fallout from coronavirus appears ‘much worse’ than SARS

The economic drag from the new coronavirus will turn out to be larger than SARS, according to Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Seroka was working in Shanghai during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. “At that time, we were all grounded,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “This appears to be much worse because of the number of folks who were infected and the lack of productivity.” While estimates vary, economists believe SARS cost the global economy about $40 billion. — Belvedere

12:54 pm: Romania confirms first case as Italy reports more deaths

Romania confirmed its first case — a man who returned three weeks ago from Italy, television station Realitatea Plus said, quoting medical sector sources. In Italy, three more people infected with the coronavirus have died, bringing the death toll there to 10, the chief of the Civil Protection agency said. The number of cases in Italy more than doubled in the last day, topping 322 as of Tuesday morning, according to Italian health officials. The contagion was particularly strong in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, the country’s industrial and financial heartland. Italy’s neighboring countries have committed not to close their borders, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said, as Rome’s government struggles to contain the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe. —Reuters with CNBC
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^^^Watch Contagion it's this very scenario just a much slower roll-out... :idea:


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Contagion it's this very scenario just a much slower roll-out

yeesh, i'll never remember that way-too-long movie title!

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Plook wrote:
Contagion it's this very scenario just a much slower roll-out

yeesh, i'll never remember that way-too-long movie title!



Ya baby, just like that bobby dazzler song in Mary Poppins, ya know Governor the one with the bird and the lanky chap waddling about...what's it called mate, can you remember... :?


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