Month: August 2020

Disney World to Cut Theme Park Hours Due to Lower-Than-Expected Attendance amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Disney World will be reducing their operating hours in September amid lower-than-expected attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Florida theme park shared its revised hours on the Disney World website over the weekend.

The Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are both losing an hour of operation at the end of the day. Meanwhile, Epcot is cutting back by two hours and the Animal Kingdom is losing an hour in the morning and an hour at the end of the day.

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Disney World’s new hours set to begin on Sept. 8 are:

Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Epcot: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hollywood Studios: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disney World officially reopened on July 11 after shutting down all operations in mid-March

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Here’s the biggest news you missed this weekend

Trump signs executive orders for coronavirus relief

With stimulus talks at an impasse in Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a series of executive orders to provide temporary relief to Americans suffering from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve had it,” he said. “We’re going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American worker.”

The four executive orders will …

  • provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits,

  • suspend payments on some student loans through the end of the year,

  • protect renters from being evicted from their homes, and

  • instruct employers to defer certain payroll taxes through the end of the year for Americans who earn less than $100,000 annually. 

But questions remain as to whether Trump has the legal authority to take these actions — or the money to pay for them.

A scramble for unemployment aid

It’s unclear whether Trump has the

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Joe Biden and Democrats unveil details of DNC convention including nightly themes, ways to watch

WASHINGTON – With guests and segments streamed in from across the country, Democrats and their presumptive nominee Joe Biden plan to use four nights of videos and speakers at the party’s convention to highlight stories of everyday Americans struggling during a global pandemic and economic upheaval. 

In doing so, they will cast blame on President Donald Trump for simultaneous crises and argue that Biden, the former vice president, is the person America needs to lead the nation out of chaos.

Biden and the Democratic National Committee have chosen “Uniting America,” according to convention planners, as the primary theme for the four-day day Democratic National Convention, originally planned for Milwaukee but now to be conducted by video from satellite locations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The theme for the DNC’s unprecedented virtual convention is meant to show a sharp contrast to Trump, who Democrats say has divided the nation amid one

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New Report Finds 97,000 Kids Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Two Weeks

Understanding the impact to kids and how they transmit COVID is critical

As parents continue to weigh options for a fall school reopening amid a global pandemic, nearly 100,000 children have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds.

The U.S. topped five million cases of coronavirus this morning, which means we now have close to a quarter of global cases of the virus and the most reported deaths in the world at 162,441, according to John Hopkins University. With research still determining the impacts of the virus in children, the AAP reported 97,000 kids tested positive in the U.S. from July 16 to July 30, bringing the total cases in children to 338,000.

In order to continue to research and study the impacts of the virus in kids and the role they play in

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Amanda Kloots Says Picking Up Late Husband Nick Cordero’s Ashes Was ‘Beyond Surreal and Horrible’

Amanda Kloots is opening up about the difficult experience of picking up husband Nick Cordero’s ashes.

In an emotional update on Saturday, the fitness instructor — whose husband died at the age of 41 last month from coronavirus complications — spoke about how the past few weeks have been “really hard” for her.

“I’ve literally felt like I can’t even function. Where I’m just kind of in a fog and I don’t even know what I’m doing or what I’m saying,” she said. “Thank God for my brother and sister-in-law because they’ve rescued me and [1-year-old son] Elvis a lot.”

Kloots went on to share that she had recently picked up her late husband’s ashes.

“It was beyond surreal and horrible. But they’re in my possession and a good friend of mine said some beautiful advice: look at it as you have him with you now,” Kloots said. “Which is

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‘She succumbed to the ignorance of those in power’

Whitney Reddick, a special education teacher in Florida, wrote her own mock obituary in protest of her school's reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Whitney Reddick)
Whitney Reddick, a special education teacher in Florida, wrote her own mock obituary in protest of her school’s reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Whitney Reddick)

As many teachers express fear and concern about returning to the classroom this fall, one Florida educator is using an unusual method to get her point across.

Whitney Reddick, a 33-year-old special education teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., made headlines last week when she wrote her own mock obituary and posted it to Facebook in protest of the Duval County Public Schools’ reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“With profound sadness, I announce the passing of Whitney Leigh Reddick. A loving and devoted teacher, mother, daughter, wife, aunt and friend to all whose lives she touched, on August 7th, 2020,” wrote Reddick. “She left us while alone in isolation and on a ventilator at a Duval County hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She was in her 33rd

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Gov. DeWine explains testing mess; US surpasses 5 million confirmed cases

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was bullish on coronavirus tests Sunday despite his own testing hiccup as the U.S. reached another astonishing milestone by surpassing 5 million confirmed cases.

The U.S. is home to about one-quarter of cases reported worldwide. And our numbers continue to roar higher: More than 56,000 new U.S. cases were reported Sunday, with more than 1,000 deaths. More than 162,000 Americans have died in little more than six months.

All this as the world neared 20 million cases, a number experts widely believe is underreported due to insufficient testing. 

President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally act on the pandemic-driven recession with executive orders drew scalding criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday. Trump, unable to cut a deal with Congress on a new stimulus package, signed an executive order and issued three memorandums Saturday. One would provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits to

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Nearly 100,000 Kids Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Two Weeks

Understanding the impact to kids and how they transmit COVID is critical

As parents continue to weigh options for a fall school reopening amid a global pandemic, nearly 100,000 children have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds.

The U.S. topped five million cases of coronavirus this morning, which means we now have close to a quarter of global cases of the virus and the most reported deaths in the world at 162,441, according to John Hopkins University. With research still determining the impacts of the virus in children, the AAP reported 97,000 kids tested positive in the U.S. from July 16 to July 30, bringing the total cases in children to 338,000.

In order to continue to research and study the impacts of the virus in kids and the role they play in

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US surpasses 5 million confirmed cases; Pelosi calls Trump executive order ‘constitutional slop’

President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally act on the pandemic-driven recession by with executive orders drew scalding criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday as the U.S. reached another historic milestone by surpassing 5 million cases.

The U.S. home to about one-quarter of cases reported worldwide. And our numbers continue to roar higher: More than 56,000 new U.S. cases were reported Sunday, with more than 1,000 deaths. More than 162,000 Americans have died in little more than six months.

All this as the world neared 20 million cases, a number experts widely believe is underreported due to insufficient testing. 

Trump, unable to cut a deal with Congress on a new $1 trillion stimulus package, signed an executive order and issued three memorandums Saturday. One would provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans. Pelosi dismissed the package as an “illusion” and “constitutional slop.”

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Locals scramble to contain environmental damage

Volunteers in Mauritius are scrambling to create cordons to keep leaking oil from a tanker away from the island.

The MV Wakashio, believed be carrying 4,000 tonnes of oil, ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July.

Locals are making absorbent barriers of straw stuffed into fabric sacks in an attempt to contain and absorb the oil.

Mauritius is home to world-renowned coral reefs, and tourism is a crucial part of its economy.

Images posted online by local media show volunteers collecting straw from fields and filling sacks to make barriers.

Others have been making their own tubes with tights and hair to add to the effort and some have been cleaning up the island’s beaches.

Their actions go against an order from the government asking people to leave the clean-up to local authorities.

“People have realised that they need to take things into

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