The governor of Illinois says the White House forced states into a ‘sick Hunger Games’ trying to outbid each other for PPE

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker criticized the White House’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a virtual congressional hearing on Wednesday. Pritzker said in the early days of the US outbreak, states were left on their own to secure protective equipment for frontline workers, causing domestic competition that drove up the price of life-saving products. He said White House directed states to acquire their own supplies, instead of letting them take from the national stockpile. “In the midst of a global pandemic states were forced to play some sort of sick ‘Hunger Games’ game show to save the lives of our people,” Pritzker said. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.… Read More

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A self-styled archbishop who got banned from YouTube has been charged with selling a toxic bleach as a COVID-19 cure

A self-styled archbishop and three of his sons face federal charges after allegedly promoting a toxic bleach as a miracle cure for illnesses including COVID-19. Mark Grenon, 62, and his three sons all face charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and criminal contempt. Grenon was the leader of the Genesis II church, a religious group that according to prosecutors was created to dodge legal repercussions for promoting the bleach. A Business Insider investigation in 2019 exposed that Grenon was promoting MMS in a YouTube channel. The site later removed his channel and updated its policies to ban promotion… Read More

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The world’s richest people are getting more and more annoyed at how much it costs them to look after their money

The world’s richest people aren’t happy about how much it’s costing them to manage their money, according to a new survey from consultancy Capgemini. 33% of millionaires surveyed were found to be unhappy with the fees their wealth manager charges them, Capgemini’s World Wealth Report showed. More than one in five of those high net-worth individuals might switch firms in 2021 with high fees being the main driver of any switch for 42% of those surveyed, it said. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The world’s richest people aren’t happy about how much it’s costing them to manage their money, according to a new survey from consultancy Capgemini. The… Read More

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UK supermarkets promise to never sell chlorinated chicken in blow to a Brexit trade deal with Trump

EXCLUSIVE: UK supermarkets pledge to never stock chlorinated chicken or hormone-injected beef, in a blow to those pushing to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. The UK government last month opened the door to accepting American meat products as part of any trade deal with Washington. However, Sainsbury’s, The Co-op, and Marks and Spencer all told Business Insider that they wouldn’t stock any products that breached current UK food standards. A spokesperson for M&S told Insider: “Our customers can be confident that we will never sell chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef.” The companies follow budget supermarket Aldi, who this week also said that it would not sell the… Read More

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The Woman Who Made the Best Action Movie of 2020

Gina Prince-Bythewood has never been afraid of tackling new genres. The writer and director has made three excellent films set in very different spheres: the coming-of-age masterpiece Love & Basketball, the 1960s-set drama The Secret Life of Bees, and the glittery superstar romance Beyond the Lights. But for years she’s craved the scope of a blockbuster action film, the type that studios and audiences gravitate toward in this franchise-stuffed era. She was attached to a Sony/Marvel project called Silver & Black that took place in the Spider-Man universe, but after that fell apart, she moved on to another comic-book property, a grittier series created by Greg Rucka called The Old… Read More

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Goldman Sachs board members just held their first in-person meeting since the pandemic began. Not everyone wore masks.

Goldman Sachs held its first in-person board meeting since the coronavirus pandemic began, and several of the attendees chose not to wear masks inside the company’s board room. Roughly half of the company’s board was in attendance during last week’s meetings, including Chairman and CEO David Solomon. Other Goldman execs were also in attendance. Goldman’s decision to hold the meeting in person comes as others across Wall Street, including JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Citigroup, continue to hold meetings virtually. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Goldman Sachs held its first physical board meeting since the pandemic began and some attendees chose not to wear masks. The… Read More

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High-end kitchenware chain Sur La Table files for bankruptcy and closes over 50 stores

Luxury kitchenware chain Sur La Table has filed for Chapter 11 protection, becoming the latest in a growing line of retailers filing for bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company is reportedly working on a sale with Fortress Investment Group, which recently made an acquisition of burger chain Krystal. “This sale process will result in a revitalized Sur La Table, positioned to thrive in a post COVID-19 retail environment,” Jason Goldberger, Sur La Table’s chief executive, said in a statement. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. High-end kitchenware chain Sur La Table is the latest retailer filing for bankruptcy following temporary store closures amid the pandemic. The Seattle-based luxury… Read More

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Javicia Leslie Cast as New Batwoman Lead: Who is She?!?

Javicia Leslie is coming to The CW. About two months after Ruby Rose stunned fans by stepping away from the title role on Batwoman, the network has announced that Leslie will anchor the series on Season 2. She will NOT, however, be directly taking over for Rose. Instead of playing Kate Kane, Leslie will create a brand new character named Ryan Wilder. “I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television. “And as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” Leslie said after the news broke.… Read More

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Naya Rivera Presumed Dead in Horrible Drowning Accident

Naya Rivera is missing, and observers are fearing the worst, after a boat trip in California that resulted in her young son being discovered all alone on a lake. According to NBC4 L.A. reporter Robert Kovacik, a search for the former Glee actress got underway on Wednesday afternoon after the star and her son, Josey Dorsey, failed to return a pontoon boat to the facility from which they rented it. The four-year-old was later found alone on the vehicle. “[They] found her boat adrift with Naya’s 4-year-old son asleep on the boat and Naya was nowhere to be found,” The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said to Us Weekly. Continued the… Read More

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