Furry News – GFTV News 17/02/2020

Good evening Asia-Pacific, good afternoon
Europe, and good morning Americas! Welcome to GFTV News, I’m Pawsry Hamktxchuzhni. This week, American furcon Anthrocon has announced
they will be hosting a citywide children’s art competition, in collaboration with the
city of Pittsburgh. According to the furcon, the event will only
be open to active students living in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, and participants are divided
by age; Division A will be for any students up to the age of 12, whereas Division B will
be for any students from age 13 to senior in high school. This extends to students who are homeschooled. All entries must relate to the furcon’s theme
this year, “Aesop’s Fables” and must contain “anthropomorphic” or animal characters in
any form, regardless of interpretation. All submissions must be made by June 1, 2020,
to Anthrocon. The winners of the competition will be announced
at the furcon itself, which will be held from July 2-5. Organisers at American furcon Fur The More
has recently announced a shift of venue from Tysons Corner to the National Landing area
in Crystal City, Arlington. Tickets range from US$55 to hundreds of dollars
for a VIP “Raven God” tier ticket. The furcon will be held at the Hyatt Regency
Crystal City, from March 6-8, and will be themed “Boldly Going Forward” in full
sci-fi style. Mainland Chinese furcon Fuzzy Oasis Party
has recently announced that they would be making some adjustments to plans, in sight
of the recent novel coronavirus COVID-19. According to their announcement post, they
would be rescheduling the furcon due to “future uncertainties” posed by the virus outbreak. Hence, they would “cancel crowdfunding and
hotel room package services, and start to open online registrations.” Those who had purchased the hotel room packages
as well as contributed to the crowdfunding will receive a full refund. To give a bit of detail on COVID-19, it has
so far affected numerous countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and
North America, since its origination from Hubei Province in Mainland China. According to the World Health Organisation
(WHO), as of 15 Feb, it has caused a total of 50,580 confirmed cases worldwide, with
50,054 of them from Mainland China alone. The new virus comes from the same family as
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), and as with other respiratory illnesses, infection
with COVID-19 can cause symptoms ranging from a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever,
to severe ones which include pneumonia or breathlessness. With that, here are a few advisories to help
you protect yourself from the new virus: First, wash your hands frequently with soap. Secondly, cover your mouth when coughing or
sneezing. Thirdly, maintain a distance between you and
others, at least 1 metre or 3 feet, particularly those who are not feeling well. Fourth, do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth
because you could quickly transfer the virus to yourself from surfaces you touched before. And lastly, if you are having a fever, cough
or breathing difficulties, please seek early medical care. We all at Global Furry Television wish you
all safe and sound during this global emergency situation. For your weekly dose of furry news, you may
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see you in our next broadcast. Have a great day!

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