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    I loved my Barry's Bootcamp workout and wasn't distracted by coronavirus. Rachel Hosie/Insider Fitness studios in London, UK, are currently open, including Barry's Bootcamp. I visited at the weekend and did a class in one of its signature underground "red rooms," and was amazed by how comfortable I felt. With temperature checks upon arrival, face masks in the lobby, and no sharing of equipment, it felt very COVID-secure. The best thing, however, was that classes are running at half capacity, and I loved that it was more spacious than usual. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. While fitness studios in places such as New York City remain closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, in other parts of...
    London (CNN)The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is doubling roughly every seven days, according to the country's chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance. If that rate continues to grow unabated, "by mid-October you would end up with something like 50,000 per day," which "could lead to 200 deaths a day" by November, Vallance warned at a Monday press briefing. "If we don't act, the virus will take off," Vallance's colleague Chris Whitty, the UK's chief medical officer, told the same briefing in Downing Street. "That is the path we are on and if we do not change course, we will find ourselves in a difficult problem." The advisors' comments have fueled speculation that the government is preparing the ground...
    Recently the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) — conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — extended the moratorium for both evictions and foreclosures until the end of the year. Many homeowners breathed a sigh of relief. Indeed, over the past few months the number of borrowers with active forbearances has declined. But that’s no reason for optimism. The more serious matter is how many homeowners are now delinquent. By the end of 2020, several million borrowers who have received mortgage forbearance will have gone nine months without making a mortgage payment. What impact will this have on U.S. housing and mortgage markets? Let’s start with FHA-insured loans. According to HUD’s July 2020 “Neighborhood Watch” report, 17% of 8...
    FAMILIES with a staycation holiday booked in the UK have been warned to check before travelling, due to local lockdowns being enforced across the country. As regional areas are facing further restrictions and strict lockdowns, holidaymakers caught unaware could find their trip subject to a host of new rules. 3Here is what you need to know about your staycation holiday if regions are placed into lockdown across the UKCredit: Mercury Press A number of regions have already had lockdowns enforced across the UK with more expected later this week, following an announcement at 11am today by Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, and Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser. Last week, the North East was handed tougher new rules, with households banned...
    (Reuters) - Coronavirus infections slowed in Australia and New Zealand, while Britain said it was at a "tipping point" on COVID-19 as European countries mulled tightening restrictions to curb a sharp resurgence in cases. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser. * For a U.S.-focused tracker with a state-by-state and county map, open https://tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser. * Eikon users, see MacroVitals cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?navid=1592404098 for a case tracker and summary of news. EUROPE * Britain is at a tipping point on COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said, warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don't follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the...
    (CNN)When Daniel Andrews, premier of the Australian state of Victoria, declared a lockdown over the coronavirus, some detractors on the right labeled him a "dictator" and said he was trying to build "a gulag." But Andrews -- a Labor Party politician who has run Australia's second-largest state since 2014 -- has remained popular with Victorians throughout the lockdown, local polls show. And this week, his hardline approach was thoroughly vindicated. On Sunday, Victoria recorded just 11 new coronavirus cases, down from over 670 at the height of the most recent outbreak last month. Next week, Melbourne will begin lifting some restrictions, including a nighttime curfew, if new cases remain below a fortnightly average of 50 per day. "We can do...
    Is business travel dead? Border closures and domestic quarantines have caused tens of millions of American to miss their vacations, and we are all supposed to be lamenting that trip to the beach or to Vietnam. Instead, after six months of being grounded, I miss boring trips: one- or two-night hops to mid-sized American cities and small towns for work. Domestic business trips aren’t supposed to be fun, and for the most part, they aren’t. The reward for waking up at 4 a.m. to take the train to the bus to LaGuardia is to board a little plane and be stuck next to a strange, tall man in economy class on a short flight with no food. After performing a...
    By The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30. There were also five deaths recorded Sunday. Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions are due to be eased next weekend when child care centers will be allowed to reopen and gatherings of up to five people from two different households will be permitted. But that depends on the rolling 14-day average of new cases being below 50. It now stands at 36.2. Victoria state Health Minister Jenny Mikakos praised residents for adhering to lockdown rules, saying, “The huge sacrifices made by Victorians...
    MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30. There were also five deaths recorded Sunday. Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions are due to be eased next weekend when child care centers will be allowed to reopen and gatherings of up to five people from two different households will be permitted. But that depends on the rolling 14-day average of new cases being below 50. It now stands at 36.2. Victoria state Health Minister Jenny Mikakos praised residents for adhering to lockdown rules, saying, “The huge sacrifices made by Victorians are saving many lives.”...
    MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30. There were also five deaths recorded Sunday. Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions are due to be eased next weekend when child care centers will be allowed to reopen and gatherings of up to five people from two different households will be permitted. But that depends on the rolling 14-day average of new cases being below 50. It now stands at 36.2. Victoria state Health Minister Jenny Mikakos praised residents for adhering to lockdown rules, saying, “The huge sacrifices made by Victorians are saving many lives."...
    By The Associated Press PHOENIX — Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 610 additional coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, increasing the statewide totals to 213,551 confirmed cases and 5,467 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona rose over the past two weeks, from 575 new cases on Sept. 4 to 774 on Friday. The increase followed the state Department of Health Service’s recent changing of its case-counting methodology to adopt an updated national standard that includes “probable” results from less-accurate antigen testing. The counting change resulted in big bulges of additional cases Thursday and Friday as the department updated its records to include more than...
    Even before the pandemic, with the exception of a pair of weekly classes I taught at NYU, I spent most days working in my apartment. I’m a writer; I don’t like doing it at a Starbucks or in a Writer’s Room. I prefer being at home where I at least have some autonomy on the distractions. My place isn’t large—a compact one-bedroom—but I didn’t feel claustrophobic because I was spending most nights out meeting friends for dinner, squeezing in a workout at the gym, and going to the theater. A lot.  Now mostly unable—and for a while cautiously unwilling—to spend evenings out to balance my days in, I needed to find ways to make my life work ‘round the clock...
    Miami, Sep 18 . .- The unemployment rate in Florida stood at 7.4% in August, four points below that of July, and the state managed to recover half of the jobs lost between February and April due to the confinement due to COVD-19, the authorities reported this Friday. From February to April 2020, Florida lost 1,178,100 jobs and from April to August it regained 631,600, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity. The Hospitality and leisure sector, the most affected, recovered 278,500 jobs, 50.6% of those lost; business and professional services, 73,200 (48.5%), and health and education services, 96,600 (72.9%). In August, Florida’s workforce grew 1.4%, joining the workforce of 143,000. The Department of Economic Opportunity...
    Kareena Kapoor Khan! Bebo’s resilience in fashioning the baby bump in a never-seen-before avatar all whilst championing the cause of working mothers in 2017 had us hooked! With the second pregnancy, Kareena Kapoor Khan is intent on building up yet another brilliant repertoire of vibrant colours, flattering silhouettes, contemporary cuts and all that’s in vogue. The lockdown essential kaftan was given a worthy update by Kareena! Kareena Kapoor Khan celebrated hubby Saif Ali Khan’s homebound 50th birthday. Dressed in a Rajdeep Ranawat printed kaftan, Kareena glowed and debuted that blooming baby bump on the gram. Earlier during the national lockdown, Kareena had taken to flaunting a kaftan by Masaba Gupta. Making kaftans a chic fashion staple, Kareena showed us just...
    Sarah Jessica Parker is among the more than 170 New York business leaders who are urging Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo to fix New York City and urgently boost their COVID-19 recovery response.  The Sex in the City star and 176 other NYC business leaders sent a letter on Friday to de Blasio and Cuomo warning that up to a third of the city's small businesses may permanently close if a plan isn't put in place.  Parker runs her SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Collection - a shoe and accessories business - from New York and is known to frequently greet customers in her flagship Manhattan store. The 55-year-old paid a visit to the Midtown store as recently as Thursday.  Scroll down...
    Israelis just want to fly away. The atmosphere was so grim as the nation entered a coronavirus lockdown on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, that there appeared to be no escape. One meme making the rounds showed desperate hands reaching out of the sea towards a far-off airplane flying high in a deep blue sky, accompanied only by the traditional greeting of “Shana Tova,” a good year. The greeting felt hollow as Israel entered into the year 5781 as the first country on earth to impose a second national lockdown. Alone in small home-bound pods, unable to gather or to pray in synagogues, and confused by the governments constantly evolving, often contradictory guidelines, Israelis feel alienated,...
    (CNN)Van Morrison is railing against UK lockdowns and pandemic restrictions in three new songs, despite the government's success at containing Covid-19 transmissions.The 74-year-old Northern Ireland musician is best known for the soft-rock classic "Brown Eyed Girl." But he is no longer so dulcet. His new singles feature lyrics so specific and incendiary they sound as though they were designed to be played at rallies and protests. In a statement, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer described the forthcoming songs -- "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdowns" -- as "songs of protest" that criticize the government's decisions to shut down businesses, including live music venues. UKs first socially distanced concert shows what the...
    Reuters September 18, 2020 0 Comments Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Biden rejects Trump claim that vaccine is imminent U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday bluntly contradicted President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a coronavirus vaccine may be only weeks away, warning Americans they cannot trust the president’s word. “The idea that there’s going to be a vaccine and everything’s gonna be fine tomorrow – it’s just not rational,” Biden said during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Trump again said on Wednesday that a vaccine for COVID-19 could be ready for distribution ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Most health experts, including Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for...
    Black lives matter in childrens books, too. Thats why this couple started a nonprofit National Cheeseburger Day 2020: Find deals and free food Friday at McDonalds, Applebees and more How South African Companies Are Battling the Pandemic and Recession (Bloomberg) -- South African businesses have had to respond to the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions since March. At the same time, the country’s economy is in its longest recession in 28 years, with millions reported to have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Load Error Here’s how companies in key industries have coped with the unprecedented crisis:BanksSouth Africa’s biggest lenders were faced with the pressing need to raise provisions to protect against souring loans, while demand for credit...
    It happened so slowly — the masks and the social distancing and the economic wreckage were each gradually imposed upon us by slow degrees — that it’s easy to forget how oppressive the weight of our lockdown state has become. But the other day, as I stood masked in line at the grocery store, I looked at the beleaguered crowd of people trudging through their cramped existence and thought: what have we become? It got me thinking about how disconnected from reality our rhetoric has been these past few months. We’ve lost all perspective. The black death, which ravaged Europe with repeated outbreaks of the bacterium yersinia pestis, killed between 30 and 50 percent of the populations it infected — 25 million...
    Attorney General William Barr was heavily critical of the COVID-19 lockdown measures that have been implemented across the world this year, saying they represent an almost unprecedented "intrusion on civil liberties," CNN reported. Barr was speaking at a Constitution Day celebration put on by Hillsdale College in Michigan, when he was asked about the legal ramifications of orders that restrict people from going to church. "You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest," Barr said. "Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history." State and local government leaders in March implemented various levels of stay-at-home orders to slow the...
    10 I HAVE no doubt Chris Whitty is a well-meaning bloke who spends every waking hour gripped by a sinking feeling that he’s going to shoulder a large portion of the blame for our early Covid response. But for our Chief Medical Officer to even whisper that locking down the entire country for a further two weeks because of a virus that is killing one-tenth the number of folk dying from pneumonia and influenza is insanity of the highest order. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 10Chris Whitty is said to be pushing for a second lockdown, risking a poverty pandemic and a cancer timebombCredit: AFP or licensors 10Boris Johnson must stand...
    Attorney General William Barr claimed that, “other than slavery,” calls for a national lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic were “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties.” Barr spoke Wednesday as part of a Hillsdale College event recognizing Constitution Day, making several comments about the constitutional implications of coronavirus-related lockdowns. (RELATED: ‘Let Me Talk’: William Barr Lashes Out At Wolf Blitzer In Testy Exchange Over Mail-In Voting) WATCH: Attorney General Bill Barr says, other than slavery, coronavirus stay-at-home orders are the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”pic.twitter.com/OUdGn40B3J — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 17, 2020 “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr explained. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of...
    Washington (CNN)House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Thursday slammed Attorney General William Barr for comparing coronavirus lockdowns in the US to slavery, saying the comments are "the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard." "You know, I think that that statement by Mr. Barr was the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard," Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House and its highest ranking Black member, told CNN's John Berman on "New Day." "It is incredible that (the) chief law enforcement officer in this country would equate human bondage to expert advice to save lives. Slavery was not about saving lives, it was about devaluing lives." Barr made the comparison during an event at Hillsdale College Wednesday...
    Gurmeet Choudhary is back in Mumbai along with the rest of the unit, after an outdoor stint for the film, The Wife, in Jaipur. He said it wasn’t easy to shooting the film amid Covid-19, and shared his experience of being on the set after lockdown. “Completing the film was a challenge during this pandemic as we weren’t shooting in Mumbai, we were shooting out of the city. When you are shooting outside the city, the major concern is if someone contracts in the team Covid-19 then we would need at least a 21-days quarantine and keep the shoot on hold. The cycle would going if the number of cases increased,” he said. The Wife: Gurmeet Choudhary Resumes Shoot of His...
    (CNN)India is in crisis. Its economy has crashed, with the largest slump on record decimating millions jobs. Its already fragile healthcare system is buckling under the weight of soaring coronavirus cases. With more than five million cases, India ranks only behind the United States for confirmed infections. But whereas other populist leaders are feeling the political heat from their handling of the pandemic -- US President Donald Trump and his British counterpart Boris Johnson, for instance -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has largely escaped the scathing headlines and crushing opinion polls that have beleaguered his counterparts. Modi's landslide re-election for a second five-year term last year gave him a sweeping mandate to push his Hindu nationalist agenda, in a country...
    Boris Johnson A second lockdown would be an economic “disaster” for the UK, Boris Johnson said as he acknowledged that the testing system was experiencing “huge problems.” In his second appearance before the Commons powerful liaison committee this year, the Prime Minister fielded questions on the surge in covid-19 infections, testing shortages and his handling of the Brexit negotiations.  During the 103-minute session, Mr Johnson insisted that reimposing nationwide restrictions would be “completely wrong for this country” and warned that the impact on the public finances would be “disastrous.” However, he pushed back against criticism of the tightening of social distancing measures through the rule of six, telling MPs that ministers would do everything necessary to “defeat the disease”.  Schools...
    Ferrari today launched its first pandemic prancing horse as it took the wraps off its first new 200mph sports car since the coronavirus forced the temporary eight-week shutdown of its legendary factory. The Portofino M is the iconic Italian brand's new wind-in the hair grand tourer with a signature retractable hard top roof and a £175,000 asking price. Dubbed an everyday supercar, it is essentially two cars in one: a beautifully streamlined sporting berlinetta coupe and a rakishly gorgeous convertible drop-top spider, combining the thrill of the sporting chase with the romance of the open road. Ferrari's first pandemic launch: This is the new Portofino M, which is the legendary Italian car maker's new 'everyday supercar' It is named after...
    JUDE Law has finally confirmed he's become a dad for the sixth time after his wife Phillippa Coan gave birth in lockdown. The actor, 47, and his wife, 33, have welcomed their first child together after getting married in May last year. 9Jude Law and Phillipa Coan have welcomed their first child together The Holiday star revealed the happy news during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show yesterday. When asked what he's been up amid quarantine, Jude said: "I've been gardening. Oh! And on top of that I had a baby. So there you go." Jimmy said: "Buried the lede, buried the lede on that one. Congrats, dad! That's awesome." The actor said "it's really wonderful" and shared...
    A TALENTED mum has shared the incredible dinosaur room she made for her kids and it looks like a Jurassic Park-lover’s dream.  The savvy woman said the epic room was very easy to achieve, thanks to command strips and hooks.  7A mum has shared the epic dinosaur room she made for her kids Credit: FAMILY LOCKDOWN TIPS & IDEAS/Facebook One of the highlights of the room is the bunk beds, which have a fun slide coming down from the top bunk.  And perfect for dinosaur lovers, the walls are covered with large murals of the reptilian giants and there is a themed duvet cover on the beds.  Taking to the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas, the mum wrote:...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's second-most populous state Victoria, the country's COVID-19 epicentre, on Tuesday reported zero deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, a milestone not recorded for two months. Victoria state said 42 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a small increase from the figure posted one day earlier and well below the peak of more than 700 infections detected in August. Victoria last recorded no COVID-19 deaths on July 13. The result will buoy optimism that a stringent lockdown of nearly 5 million people for nearly seven weeks has curtailed the spread of COVID-19. Melbourne, Australia's second most populated city, is on an extended hard lockdown until Sept. 28. But with...
    Emily Veach poses in Menifee, California, after her first night on the road. Emily Veach When most people with compromised immune systems were sheltering in place, Emily Veach, a 38-year-old woman with advanced cancer, embarked on a 2,400-mile cross-country road trip to move closer to family.  In some ways, her experience with a life-threatening illness and confronting mortality made her better prepared for the pandemic than many healthy people.  To keep herself safe while traveling, she packed and prepared her own food and drink, and camped out in friends' yards, and in one case, a barn.  The journey allowed Veach to reclaim independence in a time when both her health and the state of the world could feel...
    Shenaaz Gill earned millions of fans with her bubbly presence on Bigg Boss 13. The Punjabi actress-singer might enter the house again with Bigg Boss 14 on the horizon. We have already reported that Sidharth Shukla, BB 13 winner, might enter the house as a guest star in the upcoming season. Now, new reports suggest that Shehnaaz will also be in tow. As per a report by indianexpress.com, she will be present at the grand premiere of the show. There is also a possibility that SidNaaz will join the new houseguests for a few days to help them understand the game. Bigg Boss 14 Is Here! Funny Memes and Jokes About Salman Khan’s Drama-Filled Reality TV Show Have Taken Over Twitter;...
    YouTube has yanked down a video produced by Stanford University's Hoover Institute featuring public health expert Dr. Scott Atlas, M.D., because it "contradicts the World Health Organization or local health authorities' medical information about COVID-19." Dr. Atlas is a physician who received his medical degree from the prestigious University of Chicago School of Medicine, and he serves as a special adviser to the president and also as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. By all accounts, his opinions on the coronavirus, as one of the country's foremost experts and as an adviser to the president, merit a public airing. However, YouTube disagrees. Now, when users attempt to load the video —...
    In the first seconds of 76 Days, a shaky camera follows a group of hospital nurses sprinting down a hallway in a panicked rush. They’re almost indecipherable in their urgency, all wearing matching protective gear: chemical contamination bodysuits hooded over their head, their eyes barely visible through fogged goggles and face shields. Setting one woman apart in the tense scene is her piercing, devastated wail as their dash leads them to a closed hospital room door. “Papa!” she yells. On the other side of the door, the woman’s father has just lost his battle with COVID-19. For her safety and for the good of the hospital, she can’t see him one last time, left only to scream, “Papa you’ll forever...
    A NATIONAL curfew is the “obvious” next step if Brits ignore the government’s ‘rule of six’ coronavirus rules. The country could be set for another demoralising lockdown if people flout the social distancing laws amid fears a spike in infections could spiral. 3Party-goers on Birmingham's Broad Street enjoyed a night out before the 'rule of six' is brought in Pubs and restaurants are already closing in areas where there are local lockdowns, including Birmingham and Bolton, but similar drastic measures could be rolled out nationwide. The proposal, likely to be enforced over concerns people ignore social distancing after having a drink, would impact younger Brits the most – who have been blamed for the recent spike. A government source...
    France's daily coronavirus cases have topped 10,000 for the first time while Spain's have rocketed to 12,000.  The countries' soaring case numbers have led to fears that the UK, which has seen its daily case figures steadily rise since August, could be heading in the same direction.  On Friday, the UK announced 3,539 new daily coronavirus cases - the highest toll in four months. France reported 10,561 new infections on Saturday - it's highest daily number since launching wide-scale testing.  And Spain announced a whopping 12,183 cases on Friday, bringing the total to above 566,300 just four months after the country's low of 132 new cases on May 25.  France's daily coronavirus cases have topped 10,000 for the first time and the...
    Kate Middleton has unveiled more images selected for her community photography project at the National Portrait Gallery - including a photograph of a Black Lives Matter protester.  The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, who is a keen amateur photographer, launched the Hold Still initiative during lockdown and asked the public to submit their images which captured the period for a digital exhibition. Earlier this month, she was joined by a panel of five judges to select the best photos from more than 31,000 submitted for the nation-wide contest and said she was 'overwhelmed' by the response and that it was 'so hard' to whittle the images down to a top 100.  Posting on the Kensington Royal Instagram page today, the Duchess shared a further...
    ARMED riot cops pass a blazing car set alight by “yellow vest” protesters in Paris. The demonstrators took to the street for the first time since the lockdown to rage against fuel taxes and demand economic reform. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Armed riot cops passed a blazing car during the 'yellow vest' protestsCredit: Reuters 6Rioters took to the streets of Paris for the first time since lockdownCredit: Getty Police fired tear gas and arrested 220 rioters, named after the hi-viz jackets many wear. Some protesters worse black clothes and could be seen carrying the flag of an anti-fascist movement. The return of the protest movement comes as France grapples with a...
    CANADIAN comedian Katherine Ryan, 37, plays the lead in new Netflix sitcom The Duchess. Here, The mum of one reveals the effects lockdown had on her sex life with husband Bobby Kootstra. 6Katherine Ryan has the Final Say in this week's Fabulous magazine What scares you the most?  I’m really scared of anything happening to my daughter Violet, 11. I’ll be that strange parent who will drive her to the disco and wait outside for four hours. What is your favourite word?  I say authentic and authenticity a lot.  What is your worst habit?  I pick things. Like if I believe a freckle on my arm is a mosquito bite, I have to squeeze it.  Who or what is the love of...
    (CNN)Police took more than 250 people in for questioning and fired tear gas during violent scenes in Paris on Saturday, after the gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, took to the streets of the capital for the first time since lockdown was lifted in May.Footage and photos taken in the city Saturday show cars set on fire by protesters and tear gas being used by police to disperse them. As a result of the demonstrations, at least 256 protesters were taken in for questioning and 90 were also issued warnings, Paris police said at 6:20 p.m. local time (12:20 p.m ET). A pen knife, a bow and a hammer were among the objects seized from those demonstrating, according to a tweet...
    No one really knew what we were in for, the toll it would take, the simple and profound pleasures that would be lost when the deadly coronavirus forced a virtual lockdown across the Bay Area and ultimately the country. This week, it will be six months since restaurants and hair salons and schools and concerts and so many small businesses were first shut down. Six months since you stood in line at an airport. Six months since a stranger walking a dog offered a throaty “hello!” as you passed on the sidewalk, instead of darting to the other side of the street. Six months since you could really touch someone outside your bubble. The shelter-in-place order issued across the Bay...
    VIDEO5:4505:45Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb responds to the Trump-Woodward coronavirus tapesSquawk Box The lack of widespread coronavirus testing early in the outbreak in the U.S. will be remembered as the nation's biggest misstep in its pandemic response, Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday. Gottlieb, formerly Food and Drug Administration commissioner under President Donald Trump, made his comments in defense of the widespread stay-at-home orders that were implemented in cities and states across the country beginning in March. "[February was] the critical the time frame when we could have done more to mitigate the spread and not have gotten ourselves into the situation in March that we had to then reach for the stay-at-home orders which had the devastating impact on the economy," Gottlieb said on "Squawk...
    Stuck at home for the past six months, many of us have felt the urge for a lockdown splurge: a new sofa, perhaps a home cinema, or a new car. Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, known as UHNWIs in the luxury industry, are no exception. Still, it may come as some surprise to learn that the summer of COVID has seen the busiest August for brokerage yacht sales in five years, with 32 superyachts changing hands on the secondhand market last month alone, according to a register of such sales maintained by BOAT International magazine. Industry insiders gave The Daily Beast a number of different reasons for the rush, but ultimately it seems that, after a summer spent chafing...
            by Chris White  Sweden’s positive coronavirus cases dropped after the country carried out a record number of COVID-19 tests recently, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing Swedish health officials. The country saw only 1,300 positive cases out of 120,000 tests last week, representing a 1.2% positive rate, Sweden’s health agency said Tuesday, according to the Reuters report. The low number of cases is the lowest Sweden has seen since the pandemic, which originated in China, first emerged in Europe, the report noted. “The purpose of our approach is for people themselves to understand the need to follow recommendations and guidelines that exist,” Swedish Health Agency Director-General Johan Carlson said at a news conference, according to Reuters. Sweden has downplayed the need for severe...
    A WOMAN has shared how she accidentally washed her sink with hand sanitiser and the game-changing mistake has left her taps gleaming.  Emma Ramsey, from Essex, said she now swears by using the anti-bacterial gel and says it works better than any cleaning products she had tried in the past.  4Emma Ramsey said her sink has never looked more 'sparkly' after cleaning it with hand sanitiserCredit: FAMILY LOCKDOWN TIPS & IDEAS/Facebook Taking to Facebook, she shared some before and after photos of her sink, which she said now looks “sparkly.” She wrote on the group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas: “**CLEANING HACK**. “So, I stumbled upon this completely by accident the other day when washing my hands with anti bacterial...
    GRIPPING hard onto his pliers, Debroy Parrington took a deep breath and prepared to use all his strength to pull down and rip out his own tooth. The granddad-of-five had been driven to take drastic action after days of agonising pain from an infected tooth, with no option of seeing a dentist for professional help in the height of lockdown. 15Debroy Parrington took matters into his own hands to rip his own tooth outCredit: Debroy Parrington He's far from alone, as a recent study found one in four British households opted for at least one form of DIY dentistry during lockdown. Local practices were told to suspend routine face-to-face services on March 25 and to set up local UDC hubs...
    Facebook announces a new college-only social network called Facebook Campus, 16 years after launching as a student-only social network Pandemic stops small German clubs from hosting cup games Anne Hathaway to Star in Heist Movie Set During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Titled Lockdown: Report Quarantine on the big screen! © Provided by People Kevin Mazur/Getty Anne Hathaway On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Anne Hathaway is in talks to star in a movie set during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, currently titled Lockdown. According to the outlet, the Oscar winner, 37, will lead the film, which is described as a blend of heist adventure and romantic comedy. Deadline said Mr. and Mrs. Smith director Doug Liman will helm the movie, with a script...
    Sweden has just 13 patients in intensive care and has suffered an average of a single death per day for the last 10 despite avoiding lockdown. Stockholm's strategy of 'herd immunity' - once backed by Downing Street - to allow the disease to spread through the population, was criticised as reckless but the data increasingly vindicates the decision. Sweden (population 10 million) has 13 patients in intensive care, by comparison the United Kingdom (population 66 million) has 843 patients in hospital, 80 of them on ventilators. Furthermore, Sweden has had an average of just one death per day for the last 10, compared to 9.3 fatalities each day in the UK over the same period.  ...
    Two large rallies planned in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the president's 2020 re-election campaign were cancelled over the governor's pandemic lockdown order, but the president is going to travel there anyway. The rallies were going to be held at airport hangars at the McCarran International Airport and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport over the weekend but the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that they were cancelled. Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, had originally ordered a lockdown in March banning gatherings of over 10 people, but eased it to 50 people later in May as coronavirus rates improved. In a video interview with KYNV-TV about the rallies, Sisolak pointed out that the White House's guidelines...
    DIDN’T we all know this was bound to happen? The new lockdown rules — a kind of semi-lockdown. People to be fined if in groups larger than six. Including in their own homes. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9If we really do hit a massive second wave, it won’t be the Government to blame this timeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Everybody told to start washing their hands again. The rate of infections in Spain, France and Germany rose pretty dramatically once they eased lockdown measures. At every step of the way, we’ve been about two weeks behind those countries. So, sure enough, once lockdown was eased here, up went the infection rate. ...
    Sweden’s positive coronavirus cases dropped after the country carried out a record number of COVID-19 tests recently, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing Swedish health officials. The country saw only 1,300 positive cases out of 120,000 tests last week, representing a 1.2% positive rate, Sweden’s health agency said Tuesday, according to the Reuters report. The low number of cases is the lowest Sweden has seen since the pandemic, which originated in China, first emerged in Europe, the report noted. “The purpose of our approach is for people themselves to understand the need to follow recommendations and guidelines that exist,” Swedish Health Agency Director-General Johan Carlson said at a news conference, according to Reuters. (RELATED: Coronavirus Not Spreading Among Students, Swedish And German...
    A COUPLE who were dating for just a few months before shacking up during lockdown have revealed that they're happier than ever and are now buying a house together. What's more, the fast-moving couple confessed they are already talking about marriage and kids. 5 Couple Gabriella and Ed were casually dating for five months before moving in prior to lockdown in MarchCredit: gabriellamiller.coach/Instagram Gabriella Miller and her boyfriend Ed appeared on Lorraine to talk about their relationship. In March, Gabriella and Ed had been seeing each other for four months, but were only able to see each other at weekends. But just prior to UK lockdown in late March, professional coach Gabriella made a spur of the moment decision to...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) attempted to honor workers in a Labor Day tweet, but after her attempts to blame a salon owner for setting her up while she violated San Francisco lockdown rules to get her hair done, the tweet was not received kindly by everyone, Fox News reported. What did Pelosi say?"Over generations, working people across America built the middle class and secured progress for hard-working families," Pelosi wrote. "House Democrats are unified in our commitment to America's working families. Happy Labor Day!"Over generations, working people across America built the middle class and secured progress for hard-working famili… https://t.co/d6EcbOnPv0 — Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1599491250.0What's the problem?The message, on its own, is uncontroversial. However, Pelosi recently blamed a salon...
    Millennials are getting handier around the home since lockdown measures began, according to new research. In fact, a poll of 2,000 homeowners found that compared to other generations, millennials have been the busiest, with 81 percent having tackled a home improvement project since March. Conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Bernzomatic, a manufacturer of handheld blowtorches, the survey examined the various home improvement projects American homeowners completed while stay-at-home orders have been in effect — and looked at why they’ve taken them on. SWNS For 65 percent of those polled, a project was done to save money while 49 percent simply needed something to keep themselves busy while being in lockdown. Overall, the average homeowner has already attempted four different...
    New Delhi (CNN)"My heartbeats are heavy. It becomes difficult to catch my breath. My hands shake and get sweaty," said Aritri Paul of the terrifying panic attacks that strike more frequently since India went into coronavirus lockdown in March. India's government started easing the most severe restrictions on daily life in June, but the effects of the lockdown on residents' mental health are still emerging, as the country battles one of the most severe Covid-19 outbreaks in the world. India now has over 4 million cases of the virus, giving it the third-highest tally of recorded cases globally, behind the Unites States and Brazil."The worst are the headaches and the pain in my eyes," said Paul, who lives in Kolkata,...
    APPRENTICE star and vice-chairperson of West Ham FC Karren Brady answers all your careers questions. Today she gives tips to a woman that feels anxious about facing her colleagues and clients again at work and practical advice on how to claim the allowances you deserve. 4Karren Brady answers all your career questionsCredit: Lancton - Fabulous Q: It looks like we may be returning to the office after months of working from home and I’m feeling really anxious. I’ve barely had any contact with my team and have been working independently, and now I’m lacking the confidence I used to have. I’m worried about having to communicate with colleagues and clients face to face. Help! Emma, via...
    Four months ago, I wrote a column titled “The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History.” I explained that “‘mistake’ and ‘evil’ are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people.” Regarding the economic catastrophe in America and around the world — especially among the world’s poor who are dependent upon America and other first-world countries for their income through exports and tourism — I wrote, “It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe.” Unfortunately, I was right. The world should have followed Sweden’s example. That country never locked down and has even...
    THEY are finally back at the school gates after months of tantrums, meltdowns and struggles over homework – and that’s just the parents.  Pupils are returning to class this week, the first time many of them have set foot in school since March 20.  ⚠️ Read our UK schools reopening live blog for the latest news & updates   4Here are the new mum and dad tribes you'll meet at the school gatesCredit: Shutterstock But it’s not just the post-lockdown school run that is different, with staggered starts and one-way routes. Parents have changed too.  We look at the tribes you will meet at the gates . . .  COTTON-WOOL PARENTS PARANOID about coronavirus, they have spent lockdown firmly behind...
    This tiny house was built in lockdown. Courtesy of Michaella Elliott McClendon Taylor and Michaella McClendon built a tiny house while in lockdown when the coronavirus ruined their wedding business.  The 356-square-foot tiny house has 11 windows, two lofts, and a galley kitchen.  With the help of family, the McClendons built the house for around $55,000 and sold it for $98,000. They hope to turn this into a business in the future.   Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When the coronavirus forced Hawaii into lockdown back in March, residents Taylor and Michaella McClendon had to rethink their whole lives.  The couple had moved to Hawaii two years prior to work in the wedding industry, but when every...
    An opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal argued that the United States locking down amid the coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop its spread. Donald Luskin is the chief investment officer of TrendMacro, a consulting firm on investment strategies, and wrote this week that the U.S. launched two experiments in March and then April: the lockdown of the economy and the reopening of the country, respectively. “The results are in. Counterintuitive though it may be, statistical analysis shows that locking down the economy didn’t contain the disease’s spread and reopening it didn’t unleash a second wave of infections,” he wrote in an op-ed titled “The Failed Experiment of Covid Lockdowns.” Luskin argued that lockdowns are not only costly...
    A SPANISH resort town has been put on lockdown after its coronavirus case rate leaped to twice the national average. Regional health chiefs have banned people from entering or leaving the municipality of Santona near Santander on Spain’s north coast with some limited exceptions including work reasons and hospital visits. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6The Spanish resort town of Santona has gone back into lockdown following a spike in cases 6 It comes as local health chiefs confirmed 64 active cases in Santona - though the ratio of positive cases per 100,000 people stands at 526. This is more than twice the national average for Spain, which is at 213.3 cases...
    In Wuhan – the origin location of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic – locals say that the city’s 11-week coronavirus lockdown caused severe “trauma” to both the urban center’s economy and its residents’ collective psyche, contradicting Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda suggesting that the capital of Hubei province has returned to a pre-pandemic normal. Despite recent attempts by the CCP to tout Wuhan’s supposed recovery “as proof its authoritarian coronavirus response is superior to that of Western democracies like the United States,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Tuesday that recent “interviews with dozens of local [Wuhan] residents show deep psychological scars and economic damage may take months, if not years, to repair.” According to the report, “Wuhan’s gross domestic product contracted 20 percent...
    IT was the greatest moment in his life — and one that thrilled millions of Brits. Standing in the middle of the ring at Wembley Stadium, Frank Bruno raised his clenched fists to the sky as fireworks exploded. 5Frank Bruno is facing another heavyweight challengeCredit: Louis Wood - The Sun Finally, at the fourth attempt, he had risen from pantomime dame, famous for his ‘Know What I Mean’ catchphrase’, to the world heavyweight champion. Yet 25 years on from that iconic night, yesterday’s anniversary was bittersweet for Frank. That’s because the 58-year-old, who has been suffering mental health problems for two decades, is trying to cope with a relapse in his battle with bipolar disorder. In an emotional interview dad-of-four...
    A PAIR of ‘Flat Earthers’ repeatedly breached quarantine in a bizarre bid to "reach the end of the world" during Italy's lockdown. They Venice couple tried to prove the crackpot theory by attempting to set sail to Lampedusa, an island between Sicily and North Africa. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2The ‘Flat Earthers’ were trying to 'reach the end of the world'Credit: Getty - Contributor The middle-aged couple first headed to Termini Imerese, a town on Sicily's north coast, where they sold their car so they could buy a boat. Then they headed for Lampedusa, off the south coast of Sicily, which would require the couple to sail around the huge island. However,...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was caught on camera Monday having her hair done in a San Francisco salon despite the fact that the city has not allowed the establishment to offer services for months due to the coronavirus restrictions, in a move the owner says is "a slap in the face." What are the details?Fox News reported the exclusive story, showing security footage of Pelosi traipsing through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair — and without a mask covering her face — in violation of multiple orders put in place by the liberal city in an effort to fight COVID-19. Salon owner Erica Kious showed Fox News a text she received from one of the stylists who rents...
    A New Yorker who fled the city in the midst of the pandemic, leaving her rent-stabilized apartment and moving to Vermont, has told how she was bored within a month and quickly returned. Maureen Cross, an accountant, graduated from Champlain College in Vermont in 1999 and based herself in New York City. For most of the last two decades - beyond a stint in San Francisco - she was on the Upper West Side, living just off Broadway. Maureen Cross, an accountant, has told how she left Manhattan - only to return after a month 'I work at home and I'm single, so I rely on the street traffic, the activity on the sidewalks,' she told West Side Rag....
    VIDEO3:2603:26India can still have a V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus outbreak, says economic advisorStreet Signs Asia India's government will not rule out the possibility of further fiscal stimulus to spur consumption, the country's chief economic advisor said Tuesday.  The Indian economy shrank at its steepest pace of 23.9% for the three months from April to June. The country was under a national lockdown between April to May in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Private consumption and investment demand collapsed as most nonessential activities were barred during the lockdown, leading to job and income losses and uncertainties that curtailed spending.  "I would not rule that out especially given the festive season that is approaching in India,...
    Trump defends gunman charged with murdering two in Kenosha A state-by-state guide to the USAs best burritos Transfer VHS Tapes, Film, and Photos to Digital Ad Microsoft Motley Fool Issues Rare “All In” Buy Alert Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/10 SLIDES © MoneyWise 9 ways to prepare for the next COVID-19 lockdown After giving up spring break and summer barbecues, cooped-up Americans are looking forward to the day when things go back to normal. But COVID-19 isn’t like a natural disaster that strikes once, then fades away. Several states have paused or walked back...
    NEW DELHI — India has registered 78,512 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, maintaining an upward surge. The Health Ministry on Monday also reported 948 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 64,469. The surge has raised the country’s total reported virus cases since the pandemic began to more than 3.6 million. A country of 1.4 billion people, India now has the fastest-growing reported coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, seeing more than 75,000 new cases for five straight days. The virus has hit India’s major cities and is now fast spreading in smaller towns and rural areas. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — New...
    A DAD who loves McDonald's dazzled his family by recreating the entire menu at home - including a delicious Big Mac, apple pie, fires and a Filet-O-Fish all from the comfort of his own kitchen. Enthusiastic home chef Jamie Rust cooked up a number of classic dishes from the fast food chain's menu to pass the time during lockdown. 7 A creative dad recreated the McDonald’s menu in lockdown, including Big Mac and apple pieCredit: @bro.n.slo/Instagram Jamie, 30, splashed out £60 on ingredients and even went down to his local branch to ask staff for packaging to make his meals look more authentic. The McDonald's obsessive even made his own uniform - but Jamie claims his version of the Maccies...
    Vaani Kapoor is all set to shoot for the upcoming film, BellBottom. She is excited about the eighties look she will be portraying in the film. “I am just excited right now to start work again after lockdown. It is going to be hectic but I also know it is going to be fulfilling. I am glad I have gotten to be a part of two very interesting projects,” Vaani said. Besides “BellBottom” co-starring Akshay Kumar, she will also start shooting presently for Abhishek Kapoor’s untitled next, a romantic drama opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. There’s the period drama “Shamshera”, too, opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Bell Bottom: Lara Dutta, Huma Qureshi Go Crazy on the Sets of Akshay Kumar Starrer in Scotland (Watch Video)...
    IT was Harry Redknapp’s cheerful personality and down-to-earth attitude that helped him land a new generation of fans to win   2018’s   I’m  A  Celebrity. Even lockdown could not get him down. He took the time to rekindle friendships with the boys he grew up with in ­London’s East End and looked forward to a daily walk on the beach with Sandra, the wife he is still besotted with after 52 years. 12Harry Redknapp is The Sun on Sunday's brilliant new sports columnistCredit: Louis Wood - The Sun 12In an interview to mark his arrival, the footie legend spoke candidly about his son Jamie's love lifeCredit: Getty 12He also spoke about missing his family, such as grandsons Charley and Beau, during lockdownCredit: Instagram 12And the...
    GETTING your kids ready for going back to school is often a busy time - especially when you are the mum of Britain’s largest family.  Mum-of-22 Sue Radford, 45, shared a photo getting ready for the big day by ordering their school shoes from Clarks.  7Mum of Britain's largest family Sue Radford showed off the shoes she had bought for the kids starting school The busy mum, from Lancashire, wrote: “#backtoschool. Thank goodness for Clarks online as I wasn’t looking forwards to booking 9 separate slots in store to get these. “Although I’m still waiting for more arriving.” Sue’s photo showed a number of boxes of shoes piled high on the family’s kitchen table - ahead of the majority of...
    SEASIDE towns including Bournemouth and Blackpool are beginning to bustle with shoppers again after lockdown, new figures show. A combination of good weather and foreign holidays disrupted by the quarantine rules means has seen a boom for coastal towns. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7Credit: AFP or licensors Blackpool has seen a resurgence in numbers after lockdown 7 7NINTCHDBPICT000601185886Credit: Simon Jones - The Sun But while coastal towns are seeing a new popularity, city centres are still suffering as workers remain reluctant to return to their desks for fear of a second Covid-19 wave. The data from think-tank the Centre for Cities shows that Bournemouth, Blackpool, Birkenhead and Southend are leading the recovery....
    AS RESTRICTIONS imposed due to the coronavirus lockdown begin to ease many of us may want to get back our post-Covid weight. Most gyms across the country are now open once again and the frequency of online fitness classes means there's no excuse for us to be coach potatoes. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Experts say there are a number of ways to stay motivated and to lose weight Credit: Getty - Contributor But if you're struggling to get motivated and lose weight, experts have said there are a number of things you can do to help shed the pounds. Personal trainer Michael Adu has revealed his seven top tips to help you...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's promise to order a nationwide shutdown if scientists deem it necessary to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic would doom the U.S. economy, former Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon said Tuesday. "There has been such an emphasis on COVID for such a long time and now the president is really trying to get the economy back open," McMahon told "Bill Hemmer Reports". "There are a lot of folks looking at the economy and what’s going to happen next. We are really seeing and talking to people ... that there is that emphasis shift to the economy. NY TIMES COLUMNIST WARNS BIDEN HAS CREATED 'DANGEROUS OPENING FOR TRUMP' WITH TALK OF US LOCKDOWN "Joe Biden could be just content, from what he said...
    A British man has told how he has been stranded on a tiny tropical island since March because of coronavirus travel restrictions.  Diving instructor Rob Small has revealed how being trapped in Samoa - hundreds of miles from its nearest neighbour in the Pacific - has turned from paradise into a nightmare.  Back in March, Rob was enjoying his time and setting up a business on the white sand and palm-fringed shores of Upolu - but when coronavirus started to spread, all international travel was banned. On March 26, the Samoan government banned all international travel to and from the islands by plane. Fiji is the nearest neighbouring country and boat services there are limited.     Now the 41-year-old remains stranded more...
    WHEN Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, not only did she sign up to be his wife, but also took on the HUGE responsibility of knowing she would become the UK's future Queen. And while it might be a far way off, the Duchess of Cambridge is already training for her future role and has harnessed her impressive Queen-in- waiting credentials, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl. 5Kate Middleton is preparing for her role as QueenCredit: Getty Images - Getty Speaking on the show True Royalty's Kate: The Making of a Future Queen, Katie explained there are two main roles Kate will face as Queen. "One is to produce heirs, which she has done," she said, "and the...
    MUM-of-22 Sue Radford has shared a sweet photo of her numerous kids enjoying the family’s hot tub before they return to school next week.  The Radfords are Britain’s biggest family, and most of their large brood will be getting ready to start lessons once more after lockdown.  6Mum-of-22 Sue Radford shared this photo of her kids enjoying themselves in the family hot tub before school starts Sue, 45, from Lancashire, posted a candid shot to Instagram of her kids “making the most of the sun” by splashing around in the water.  The Radfords are Britain's biggest family, with Noel and Sue parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 18, Katie, 17, James,...
    A British doctor said the “every day is Friday” mentality sparked by coronavirus lockdowns has contributed to an increase in the number of alcoholism cases he’s seen. "When listening to the stories, these were people who, a few weeks ago, were actually functioning very well, holding down jobs, living normal, day-to-day lives,” Dr. Rob Hampton, who specializes in addiction, told the BBC. “Within three weeks, they'd become dependent alcoholic drinkers and needing detoxification rehab.” “If you look at what lockdown meant to people's lives — so first of all, having to get up every day to go to work and take the kids to school — all of that just stopped,” he continued. “Somebody described it perfectly to me:...
    By The Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand's prime minister says the lockdown of Auckland will last an extra four days as authorities try to stamp out an outbreak of the coronavirus. The two-week lockdown of the country’s largest city was due to end Wednesday but will now continue through Sunday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that authorities need to be sure they have found the perimeter of the outbreak and they’re not seeing too many cases crop up that they haven’t found through contact tracing. New Zealand went 102 days without any community transmission of the virus before the cluster of cases was found in Auckland this month. Ardern said the rest of the country would...
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand’s prime minister says the lockdown of Auckland will last an extra four days as authorities try to stamp out an outbreak of the coronavirus. The two-week lockdown of the country’s largest city was due to end Wednesday but will now continue through Sunday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that authorities need to be sure they have found the perimeter of the outbreak and they’re not seeing too many cases crop up that they haven’t found through contact tracing. New Zealand went 102 days without any community transmission of the virus before the cluster of cases was found in Auckland this month. Ardern said the rest of the country would continue...
    NADENE GHOURI, 49, an author, lives in St-Leonards-on-Sea with husband Sam, 46, a TV producer, and their son Gilbert, five months. Here, Nadene shares the story of how she became stuck in Ukrainian lockdown with her surrogate baby. 5Mum Nadene shares her emotional journey to returning to the UK with her surrogate baby Gilbert As we held our newborn son, my husband Sam and I sobbed with joy. It had been a 12-year struggle to have a baby before Gilbert was born via surrogate. Sam and I got together when we were working as journalists in Qatar in 2008. We knew that we were meant to be together and began trying for a baby after a few months, as I...
    The world's 'oldest man' has died four months after his 116th birthday in South Africa.  Born on May 8 1904, South African Fredie Blom had 'lived this long because of God's grace,' he said on his birthday earlier this year.  The 116-year-old told local media the most challenging part of his country's lockdown was that he was unable to buy tobacco to roll his own cigarettes on his birthday, his only wish for the special day.   South Africa's banned the purchase of alcohol and cigarettes during lockdown in a bid to decrease hospital admissions from booze-related violence on the country's streets.       Blom, who was the sole survivor of his family after they were all wiped out by the 1918 Spanish...
    Joe Biden claimed he could potentially shut the United States down again to fight the coronavirus pandemic if elected President.  The newly confirmed Democratic Presidential nominee said he would take the advice of scientists to 'save lives' as he slammed President Trump for concentrating on the economy instead of working 'to fix the virus'.  He blasted it as the 'fundamental flaw' of the current administration in not believing the coronavirus outbreak had to be pushed back before the country can start running again.  Biden made the comments in an exclusive interview with ABC News anchor David Muir that will air in full on Sunday.   Scroll down for video In an interview with ABC News, Joe Biden said he would...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would shut down the country again if scientists recommend the measure to curb the spread of coronavirus. Biden made the remarks to ABC’s David Muir during a joint ABC News interview Friday with running mate Kamala Harris. WATCH: “If you’re sworn in come January and we have coronavirus and the flu combining — which many scientists have said is a real possibility — would you be prepared to shut this country down again?” Muir asked. “I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus,” said Biden. “That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking to begin...
    Humans will have used a year's worth of natural resources in 2020 by tomorrow, August 22 – a calendar event known as Earth Overshoot Day.  The annual date marks the point at which humanity has used all the biological resources that the Earth can regenerate during that year. Due to the lockdowns imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting cuts in human activity, Earth Overshoot Day is 23 days later this year than it was in 2019.   But experts are warning that much more action is needed to reduce our ecological footprint and ensure we avoid 'the direst predictions' for humanity. Humans currently use 60 per cent more biological resources than can be renewed – as much as if we lived on...
    The COVID-19 pandemic may have effectively shut down the entertainment industry (which is only starting to ramp back up in other parts of the world), but that hasn’t stopped the entertainment industry from getting creative. Shudder’s Host and The Untitled Horror Movie both looped Zoom and the pandemic into their horror premises; the drama Malcolm & Marie filmed with a small cast and crew who quarantined before shooting in an isolated location. Coastal Elites, a satire that explores the current political climate while in quarantine, was originally conceived as a play but eventually evolved into an HBO special. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” music video was one for the ages, but they had to spend $100,000 out-of-pocket on...
    Dancing diva Shefali Jariwala and singer Mika Singh have collaborated on a remake of a hit song of the nineties, though they want to keep alive the suspense for fans and are not in the mood to reveal the name of the number yet. The duo recently shot for the music video for the song amidst the lockdown. “Over the years I have got various offers for remixes and original songs, but nothing excited me,” said Shefali, who became popular with the controversial music video of 2002, “Kaanta laga”. Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain: Shefali Jariwala Not Replacing Saumya Tandon on the Comedy Show (Deets Inside) “Mika and I have been friends for over a decade, and have been wanting to...
    NEWS that Britain is bouncing back to normality is music to our ears. Last month, behavioural scientists worried that nervous Brits might let the economy tank rather than come out of hibernation. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Britain is bouncing back - high streets are bustling and the ever-dependable White Van Man is back out on the roadCredit: London News Pictures But they underestimated our resilience: High streets up and down the country are bustling once again . . . and ever-dependable White Van Man is back out on the road. We caution, though, against getting lulled into a false sense of security. New ONS data reveals that a whopping 12 per cent of employees are...
    Lockdown-free Sweden has recorded its highest death toll in a six-month period for 150 years - with 4,500 of its 51,405 fatalities being Covid-19 related.  Its the highest tally from January to the end of June since 1869 when 55,431 people died, largely because of a famine. The population of Sweden then was just 4.1million, compared to 10.3million today. It should also be noted that Sweden remained neutral during the two world wars, whereas most European countries were experiencing the equivalent of a six-month coronavirus death toll in the course of a single battle 75 years ago.  Nevertheless, coronavirus means Sweden's deaths are around 10 percent higher than the average over the last five years, the country's statistics office said...
    CORONAVIRUS infections have jumped significantly in 12 areas in England in the last week, data from Public Health England (PHE) has revealed. Cases are rising fastest in areas such as Northampton and Manchester, while Birmingham is also at risk of local lockdown. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6 6Birmingham is at risk of going into local lockdown as cases continue to riseCredit: Reuters Data from PHE shows cases in terms of per 100,000 of the population and calculates cases up to August 16. Birmingham is sixth on the list and has seen an increase in cases from 22.4 to 30.0. Ministers in Birmingham are set to meet today to discuss the possibility of...
    Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene has been honing her skills at dishing out Sri Lankan cuisine during the lockdown. On Wednesday, the veteran star took to Instagram and shared that she has been putting to practice at home what she learnt at cooking class last year. “The Sri Lankan cooking class we took last year has definitely come in handy during this lockdown.#ExperiencesOverThings,” she wrote. Madhuri Dixit Treats Fans With a Throwback Pic From Last Year’s Travel Diaries (See Pic) Along with it, Madhuri also shared a throwback picture with her family from their vacation in Sri Lanka. In one image, we see Madhuri, her husband and elder son posing along with chefs. She even asked her followers to mention their...
    In two Saturdays’ time, two months late, the 2020 Tour de France will finally begin. On the wide boulevards of Nice, with the glinting blue of the Mediterranean at their backs, the riders and their entourage will head up into the hills surrounding the coastal city and set a course that will lead them to Paris three weeks later. The riders are eager to race. Spectators are desperate for it. And given what the world has endured this year, the 2020 Tour de France may be one of the most symbolically important editions in the race’s long history. But in the midst of steeply rising coronavirus rates in France, is this bike race cause for celebration, or cause for concern?...
    The Gone Game Review: In 2018, Indo-American filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty had made Searching, a gripping thriller that was set entirely on computer screens and mobile phones. It was a bold and ingenious idea that worked well in an already intriguing thriller. Voot Select’s new series, The Gone Game, seems to venture a little close to Searching, as most of its intense thrills come from smartphones and laptop screens. But the context feels relatable to most of the country, for it is set during the pandemic. The Gone Game: Shriya Pilgaonkar, Arjun Mathur, Shweta Tripathi to Star in a Thriller Series Shot in Lockdown. Directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, The Gone Game puts the spotlight on the Gujral family, whose members are stuck in...
    THE beautiful, strong women of WWE have been busy during the lockdown keeping fans updated with super sexy pictures across their social media channels. Even though WWE has continued to run shows during the pandemic, wrestling fans have been unable to attend the shows leaving them thirsty for content. Fortunately, the WWE stars know how to work their hot bodies on Instagram, TikTok and everywhere in between. From the ‘Legit Boss’ Sasha Banks, to ‘The Queen’ Charlotte Flair, these ladies have been heating up Instagram! Here are some of the hottest snaps posted during lockdown featuring unicorn braids, beach bikinis and scorching hot selfies. Mandy Rose Never a dull moment when Mandy is in a bikini. 16WWE's Mandy Rose...