Day: July 4, 2020

Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech

Singapore’s TraceTogether Tokens are the latest effort to tackle Covid-19 with tech. But they have also reignited a privacy debate.

The wearable devices complement the island’s existing contact-tracing app, to identify people who might have been infected by those who have tested positive for the virus.

All users have to do is carry one, and the battery lasts up to nine months without needing a recharge – something one expert said had “stunned” him.

The government agency which developed the devices acknowledges that the Tokens – and technology in general – aren’t “a silver bullet”, but should augment human contact-tracers’ efforts.

The first to receive the devices are thousands of vulnerable elderly people who don’t own smartphones.

To do so, they had to provide their national ID and phone numbers – TraceTogether app users recently had to start doing likewise.

If dongle users test positive for the disease, they have

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Matthew McConaughey shares inspiring 4th of July message about face masks

Matthew McConaughey has a health message for America: “Wear the damn mask.”

On Saturday, for the Fourth of July, the Oscar winner promoted face masks to protect against the coronavirus, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Happy 244th birthday, America. We is going through some growing pains in this one, aren’t we?” said McConaughey in Twitter and Instagram videos. “But growing pains are a good thing, because how the hell else are we going to grow up?”

McConaughey asked followers to dig deep for improvement and protect each other. “I think we gotta look each other in the eye…look ourselves in the eye, we gotta look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘How can I be better? How can I expect more of myself and others? How can I be more responsible? How can I have more compassion? How can I have more courage? How can

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Florida Shatters Single-Day Record with Over 11,450 New Coronavirus Cases in Single Day

Florida has once again shattered its single-day record for coronavirus cases, reporting 11,458 new cases of the respiratory illness on Saturday.

The Florida Department of Health has now reported a total of 190,052 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,702 deaths, the Orlando Sentinel reported. On July 4, there were 18 new fatalities in the state.

Two weeks ago, on June 19, Florida reported 3,822 new cases of coronavirus — the highest single-day number at the time. Still, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said that the state will not be reeling in its efforts to reopen the economy.

“We’re not going back, closing things,” he said on Wednesday. “I don’t think that that’s really what’s driving it. People going to a business is not what’s driving it. I think when you see the younger folks — I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that’s natural.”

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Casper’s massive 4th of July mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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Matthew McConaughey shares inspiring 4th of July message: ‘Wear the d*** mask’

Matthew McConaughey encouraged people to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic on the Fourth of July. (Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images)
Matthew McConaughey encouraged people to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic on the Fourth of July. (Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey has a health message for America: “Wear the damn mask.”

On Saturday, for the Fourth of July, the Oscar winner promoted face masks to protect against the coronavirus, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Happy 244th birthday, America. We is going through some growing pains in this one, aren’t we?” said McConaughey in Twitter and Instagram videos. “But growing pains are a good thing, because how the hell else are we going to grow up?”

McConaughey asked followers to dig deep for improvement and protect each other. “I think we gotta look each other in the eye…look ourselves in the eye, we gotta look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘How can I be better? How can I expect more of myself and

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Yoox Net-a-Porter CEO Federico Marchetti, E-Commerce Pioneer, on the State of Shopping

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One business’s loss is another’s gain. When Covid-19 forced brick-and-mortar shops to close their doors this spring, a boom in online sales ensued. As a pioneer of online shopping, Federico Marchetti, CEO and chairman of Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, was well-equipped to navigate the sea change. In 2000, Marchetti founded Yoox, one of the first online-only shopping destinations, and in 2015, he drove a merger with Net-a-Porter to create the e-commerce titan that he leads today.

Marchetti is credited with introducing a number of e-tail practices that are now industry standards—from creating digital flagships for marquee brands to selling high jewelry and watches online. YNAP group—which comprises Yoox, Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter and The Outnet and was acquired by Richemont in 2018—is the e-commerce market leader, with more than 4.3 million customers in 180 countries and one billion visits to its websites annually.

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Hoboken Mayor Cites New Coronavirus Spike, All From Travelers

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla sent out an “important update” to residents Saturday morning saying the Heath Department reported 13 new coronavirus cases Thursday and Friday, the most since mid-May. He said all of the people who tested positive had recently — it was determined during contact tracing — traveled for work and pleasure to “hot spot” states where coronavirus is rising.

Bhalla said they’d traveled to states on the quarantine list of 16 states, including Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina. New Jersey residents returning from those states have been told to get a coronavirus test and isolate for 14 days. Some of those states loosened their coronavirus restrictions early and now have reinstated orders to close bars and beaches.

In the middle of June, Hoboken had a week in which the city saw only one new coronavirus case — before the mass reopenings and travel

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Vet Services Drive-Thru | Rose Bowl Movies: Saturday Smiles

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Happy 4th of July weekend! Here are some stories to make you smile —

Fur Babies Get Drive-Thru Vet Care In Mission Viejo

  • Caption this. Orange County’s pets got some tender, loving care at this pet clinic, designed to ensure great health for area dogs & cats.

Tribeca Film Festival Launches Drive-In Series At The Rose Bowl

  • The 30-film series will include “The Wizard of Oz,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Apollo 13,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Jaws.”

Look Inside Ana Paquin And Stephen Moyer’s $14M Venice Home

  • The Hollywood Bowl House, designed By David Hertz, features wood siding from the original Hollywood Bowl amphitheater benches.

Endangered Butterfly In Southwest Riverside County Gets Advocates

Tree San Diego Gets $1.18M Grant For Tree Planting Project

Splash Mountain Redo: Disney Embraces Princess And The Frog Theme

Ringo Starr’s 80th Birthday Bash Becomes Online Charity Concert

  • The celebrity-filled charity concert will raise

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2020 graduates face uncertain job market with hope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If everything had gone according to plan, Missy Wood thought she’d have a job helping at-risk youths by now. 

Wood, a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, saw her internship with Court-Appointed Special Advocates end abruptly in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took root in Tennessee. She started applying for jobs with the Department of Children’s Services and similar organizations in April.

By the time she graduated in May, new job postings for her chosen career had all but disappeared.

Wood is one of the thousands of graduates across the nation who face a turbulent job market amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. More than 47 million Americans have filed jobless benefit claims since the middle of March, according to the Labor Department.  

Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family's backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the two play on the trampoline. Wood has been looking for work since April but has not been able to find any child-focused social work positions since graduating from MTSU in May. After the pandemic hit, job postings for her planned career seemed to disappear.
Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family’s backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the
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With gyms closed and at-home workout equipment sold out, fitness lovers get creative

With many gyms closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, WFH is making way for WOFH: Working Out From Home.

“I use a lot of makeshift materials to work out,” says Anne Barreca, of Brooklyn, New York. Without access to a gym or swimming pool, she uses what’s in her environment for exercise, including the stairs leading to her third-floor walkup, groceries, resistance bands, furniture sliders, dish towels — even her 5-month-old son, Benjamin, whom she calls “the world’s cutest kettlebell.” He’s the perfect size for squats and lunges (“comes with the noises too,” her husband, Brian, jokes).

Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)
Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)

“It’s better than nothing,” Barreca said. “Something is always better than just being lazy or sitting around. … There’s no such thing as a perfect workout.”

Exercising using one’s body weight or with what’s available, of course, isn’t a new phenomenon.

In 1976’s “Rocky,” the underdog

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