German Restaurant Protests Pandemic Lockdowns With Stuffed Pandas

FRANKFURT, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The owner of a Frankfurt restaurant is staging a protest against the coronavirus lockdown in Germany by filling his tables with a hundred stuffed toy pandas, in a play on the word “pandemic.”

German officials are expected on Wednesday to agree to extend until Dec. 20 a “lockdown light” they imposed on Nov. 2 that means bars, restaurants and entertainment venues must stay closed, while shops and schools can remain open.

“We wanted to put some life back into our restaurant,” said Guiseppe Fichera, manager of restaurant Pino. “They are Panda-Mic pandas.”

The pandas are seated at the restaurant’s tables and propped up at the bar, some with bottles of Corona beer.

“It is a silent protest. An offer to our guests,” Fichera said, adding he would keep the lights on all day and night as long as the lockdown lasts so passersby can enjoy the display.

The German government has said it will extend financial aid for firms hit by the restrictions, which, according to sources, could add up to 20 billion euros ($23.81 billion) in December, in addition to an estimated 10-15 billion in November.

(Reporting by Andreas Buerger; Writing by Emma Thomasson, Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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End of the world predicted to strike days before Christmas as rare space event sparks fear

Doomsday predictions centred around the Mayan calendar have falsely pinned the end of the world on numerous occasions, beginning with the 2012 phenomenon. December 21, 2012, was regarded as the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and festivities took place to commemorate the event in the countries that were part of the Maya civilisation. But some suggested that the date marked the apocalypse with various theories ranging from the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the supermassive black hole, or a collision with a mythical planet called Nibiru.

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Scholars from numerous disciplines quickly dismissed predictions of cataclysmic events as they arose, but that did not stop the sensational theories.

Now though, they have returned, thanks to a once-in-20-years conjunction on December 21, 2020.

At their closest, the event will see Jupiter and Saturn just 0.1 degrees apart – a fifth of a full Moon’s diameter.

That date is, coincidentally, the beginning of the winter solstice and famed doomsday predictor Pastor Paul Begley believes it is all a recipe for disaster for life on Earth.

The space event has sparked fears online

The space event has sparked fears online (Image: GETTY)

The Mayan calendar has been at the centre of doomsday predictions for years

The Mayan calendar has been at the centre of doomsday predictions for years (Image: GETTY)

He previously claimed: “It will be the closest Jupiter and Saturn have been since 1623 and it won’t even come that close again for another 500 years.

“So this is so rare and it’s going to be on the winter solstice.

“It’s going to be on December 21, 2020.

“The Mayans are now reorganising and saying this could certainly be the end of the world as we know it.”

Strangely, some have taken to Twitter to agree over the last week.

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Now the calendar is said to be linked with space events

Now the calendar is said to be linked with space events (Image: GETTY)

One user wrote: “December 21, 2020 = December 21, 2012, in the Mayan calendar. The world is going to end in a month.”

Another added: “Winter Solstice and Jupiter and Saturn are doing interesting things on December 21.”

A third outright stated: “December 21, 2020, the world as we know it officially ends.”

And a fourth said: “The end of the world is December 21, 2020.

“Jupiter and Saturn are going to conjunct on that day and it’s the start of the winter solstice.”

On December 21 Saturn and Jupiter will come extremely close

On December 21 Saturn and Jupiter will come extremely close (Image: GETTY)

Some have tipped the world to end days before Christmas

Some have tipped the world to end days before Christmas (Image: GETTY)

The predictions, which do not appear to be backed up with any evidence, have been widely discredited.

Back in 2012, NASA said: “News flash – the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012. You’ve probably already figured that out for yourself.

“Despite reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in Earth’s rotation, we’re still here.”

Mayan scholars also stated that there were no classical accounts that forecasted impending doom.

The idea that the Long Count calendar ended in 2012 misrepresented Mayan history and culture.

Instead, the ancient civilisation believed it marked the beginning of a new era.

Life after death: Man believes he was greeted into blackness by mysterious figures – claim

A person named Steve was working a security guard in New Orleans, US, when he was confronted by armed robbers. After an altercation, Steve said that he was shot by his assailants who left him to die.

Thankfully, Steve was discovered and saved by paramedics, but for a brief few minutes, he was clinically dead.

It was his time when he was clinically dead where Steve believes he caught a glimpse of the afterlife.

In it, Steve believes he was entombed in a black void but was eventually shown the way out by mysterious figures.

Steve wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “The next thing I knew, I was in a sort of ‘black box,’ like a very dark void. It was neither pleasant nor unpleasant.

Life after death: Man believes he was greeted into blackness by mysterious figures - claim

Life after death: Man believes he was greeted into blackness by mysterious figures – claim (Image: GETTY)

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Steve believes he saw the afterlife (Image: GETTY)

“I was aware of ‘myself’, Steve, but I didn’t seem to have a physical body.

“I was wondering where I was with all this blackness surrounding me—but I was definitely aware of myself.

“Next appeared a vertical line of bright, white light, from the highest to the lowest point in front of me.

“The light started to open, as a door would. Two heads stuck out through the emergent opening and were peering at me.

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“The light started to open, as a door would. Two heads stuck out through the emergent opening and were peering at me” (Image: GETTY)

“They were not too close, but not too far away. I struggled to focus on them.

“One of the Beings appeared to be wearing a white hat and the other Being, a black hat.

“Both Beings had large black eyes. Finally, both Beings slowly withdrew the way they had entered, through the contracting ‘doorway’ of light, which then closed completely. The bright light dissipated. Only darkness remained.”

Suddenly, Steve was back in his body but he is now convinced there is an afterlife.

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“Finally, both Beings slowly withdrew the way they had entered, through the contracting ‘doorway’ of light, which then closed completely” (Image: GETTY)

Scientists, however, are not so certain and believe visions such as Steve’s are a normal phenomenon.

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “Death is a process, it is not a black and white moment.

“The final result is we have a deduction of oxygen that gets inside the brain when we are about to die and that causes our brain circuits to shut down and we become unconscious to the outside world.

“When the heart stops, all life processes go out because there is no blood getting to the brain, to the kidneys, and liver and we become lifeless and motionless and that is the time that doctors use to give us a time of death.”

Puerto Rico Policeman Accused Of Robbing Home Depot While In Uniform

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A police officer has been charged with stealing more than $1,300 worth of goods from Home Depot while wearing his uniform, authorities said Tuesday.

The officer was identified as 46-year-old Fernando León Berdecía. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

Puerto Rico Police Chief Henry Escalera said León has been temporarily suspended from the department.

Officials said the alleged incident occurred Monday evening.

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