The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 12nd, 2020 day edition

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A sinkhole unexpectedly opened up in front of the Pantheon in Rome last month, revealing imperial paving stones that were laid over a millennia ago, news sources report.

The sinkhole , located in the Piazza della Rotonda, is almost 10 square feet (1 square meter) wide and just over 8 feet (2.5 m) deep.

Inside the hole, archaeologists found seven ancient slabs made of travertine, a type of sedimentary rock.

Luckily, no one was hurt when the sinkhole collapsed on the afternoon of April 27, because the normally crowded piazza was empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

Sinkholes like this one, however, are becoming an increasingly common problem in Rome.

Ancient human-made cavities, including those from quarrying, tunneling and constructing catacombs, have made the ground unstable, especially after heavy rainfall.

Until these upgrades are made, sinkholes may continue to reveal ancient architecture and artifacts, such as these paving stones. »

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel decide not to extend their contract

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Maranello, 12 May 2020 - Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel have jointly decided not to extend the current contract covering Sebastian’s services as a driver with the team, beyond its current expiry date of the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

"This is a decision taken jointly by ourselves and Sebastian, one which both parties feel is for the best.

Scuderia Ferrari occupies a special place in Formula 1 and I hope it gets all the success it deserves. »

Colorado suspends license of Castle Rock restaurant that defied coronavirus public health order

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State health officials on Monday suspended the license of a Castle Rock restaurant that opened to large Mother’s Day crowds, a warning to other Colorado eateries that might also consider defying the statewide public health order that limits restaurants to take-out and delivery services.

The eatery remained open Monday afternoon despite the suspension and an order from the Tri-County Health Department to shut down.

Health officials and the governor’s office did not immediately answer questions about how they will enforce the license suspension, the order to close, and the statewide mandate that restaurant workers wear masks when interacting with the public. »

Elon Musk confirms Tesla production restart, willing to be arrested defying order

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Tesla officially restarted production on Monday at its plant in Fremont, California, albeit not on the local government's terms.

CEO Elon Musk confirmed workers are back on the job and specifically said the decision goes against Alameda County's stay-at-home order.

It led CEO Elon Musk to announce a lawsuit Tesla filed against the county to reopen the assembly plant this weekend. »

Twitter says it will label misleading coronavirus tweets — even if they're from Trump

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Twitter TWTR announced in March that it would remove Covid-19 tweets that could cause a "direct risk to people's health or well-being."

Trump, possibly Twitter's most prolific user, will also be subject to the rules, according to Yoel Roth, Twitter's head of site integrity.

At a White House briefing in April, Trump dangerously suggested ingesting disinfectants could help cure coronavirus. »