Thought for the day

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -- MAHATMA GANDHI 

The companies of mega-rich celebrities, including billionaires Kanye West and Jay-Z, received millions in government PPP loans – and in virtually every case the A-listers have been let off the hook for paying back the full amount.

For the first time, DailyMail.com can reveal the exact amounts that these wealthy companies got through the Payment Protection Program, which was set up for desperate businesses hit by the Covid pandemic.

WATER WARS are about to erupt in America, as dwindling supplies in Lake Mead and Lake Powell lead to federal intervention and legal clashes among the western states. Lake Mead and Lake Powell are drying up fast, falling to record-low levels. Their water levels now stand at approximately 25%. These lakes are fed by the Colorado River, and they are the primary source of water for seven Western states.

o people are driving crazier on the road these days and you have to wonder if it’s because they know they know on some level that they’re being systematically exterminated. The overall level of panic out there in the world is seriously intensifying.

Factories in China’s southwest have shut down after reservoirs used to generate hydropower ran low in a worsening drought, adding to economic strains at a time when President Xi Jinping is trying to extend his position in power.

Companies in Sichuan province – including makers of solar panels, cement and urea – closed or reduced production after they were ordered to ration power for up to five days, according to news reports Wednesday.

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In February, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine after the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics appealed for help to defend them from intensifying attacks by Ukrainian troops.

The Russian Armed Forces as well as allied forces of the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk are continuing to advance as part of the special operation in Ukraine. However, Kiev's forces persist in their attacks on the territory of Donbass, targeting civilians.

Earlier this month, the head of the Zaporozhye region signed a decree on holding a referendum to join Russia.

Crude oil prices have slumped to six-month lows, driven by a mounting wall of worries: US recession, China's zero-Covid policy and real estate sector implosion, Russian production recovering, US SPR releases, and the possibility of a nuclear agreement between Iran, the EU, and the US that could unleash new supplies into global markets. 

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At least 130,000 people in the Detroit metropolitan area were still without fresh water as a boil water advisory continued following a weekend water main break and help could take anywhere from two weeks to a month.

The break happened at the Lake Huron water treatment facility Saturday morning, forcing Governor Gretchen Whitmer to declare a state of emergency in four counties. 

Whitmer said: 'We are drawing on every resource we have and taking every action necessary to get impacted families the help they need'.