Month: August 2020

Tori Spelling, Amber Heard and More Join Habitat for Humanity to Help Raise Funds amid COVID

Tori Spelling, Amber Heard and Lance Bass are just a few of the celebrities who are lifting hammers for a good cause.” data-reactid=”29″Tori Spelling, Amber Heard and Lance Bass are just a few of the celebrities who are lifting hammers for a good cause.

Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles to launch the organization’s #Hammertime social media campaign, which aims to raise funds to help build homes amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for those in the Hollywood community who cannot afford housing.” data-reactid=”30″The stars have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles to launch the organization’s #Hammertime social media campaign, which aims to raise funds to help build homes amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for those in the Hollywood community who cannot afford housing.

Ian Chen, Charley Koontz, Cassie Scerbo, Tina Knowles Lawson, Holly Robinson Peete,

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A Zoom Thanksgiving? Summer could give way to a bleaker fall

As the Summer of COVID draws to a close, many experts fear an even bleaker fall and suggest that American families should start planning for Thanksgiving by Zoom.

Because of the many uncertainties, public health scientists say it’s easier to forecast the weather on Thanksgiving Day than to predict how the U.S. coronavirus crisis will play out this autumn. But school reopenings, holiday travel and more indoor activity because of colder weather could all separately increase transmission of the virus and combine in ways that could multiply the threat, they say.

Here’s one way it could go: As more schools open for in-person instruction and more college students return to campuses, small clusters of cases could widen into outbreaks in late September. Public fatigue over mask rules and other restrictions could stymie efforts to slow these infections.

A few weeks later, widening outbreaks could start to strain hospitals. If a

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Klarna, Affirm and Brex Make List of Top Fintech ‘Unicorns’

technology sector is seeing a flurry of fresh investments — even as deal activity is dropping, noted researchers at CB Insights in the firm’s latest quarterly “State of Fintech” report.” data-reactid=”19″Fintech is on fire, again. After a slump in funding, the financial technology sector is seeing a flurry of fresh investments — even as deal activity is dropping, noted researchers at CB Insights in the firm’s latest quarterly “State of Fintech” report.

retail, health care and banking.” data-reactid=”20″In the 89-page report, CB Insights also identified the top venture capital-backed companies and said there are 66 fintech unicorns that have an aggregate value of $248 billion. Thirty-three are in the U.S. alone and include a variety of financial service providers for retail, health care and banking.

retail and consumer products sectors such as Klarna, Affirm, Brex and Kabbage.” data-reactid=”21″Among the list of unicorns, which are privately owned

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Here Is the Bloody Face of Putin’s New Crackdown

Reuters
Reuters

MOSCOW—Yegor Zhukov is the face of a new generation of Putin opponents using social media as well as student rallies to stand up to the regime. On Sunday night, he was beaten up outside his home in Moscow hours after posting a YouTube video criticizing Putin. In a statement to the police, he said: “I have not suffered any property damage, but my face is broken.”

An image of the 22-year-old’s bruised face, with bleeding lips and a swollen eye, has already gone viral online—an instant new symbol of Putin’s latest crackdown.

The country’s leading opposition figure, Aleksey Navalny, was already comatose in a hospital bed in Berlin, fighting to regain consciousness after what German doctors describe as exposure to a poisonous substance whose effects are consistent with a nerve agent.

This has been a summer of doom for Putin’s opponents. The Russian president prevailed in a constitutional referendum

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Canada secures millions of vaccine doses in new deals with Novavax, Johnson & Johnson

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 4,800 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 125,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,000 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

August 31

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How pangolins became the ultimate luxury good

Francois Meyer, African Pangolin Working Group: Francois Meyer, African Pangolin Working Group
Francois Meyer, African Pangolin Working Group: Francois Meyer, African Pangolin Working Group

How would you spend £340 ($450)? It’s a lot of money – enough for a haute couture purse from Yves Saint Laurent. It is also the market rate for a kilogram of scales from the world’s most trafficked animal.

The story of how the trade of pangolin scales became one of the most profitable illegal businesses in Africa is one that unfolds alongside the globalisation of crime and the increased Asian presence in Africa.

In the first part of this series, the conditions that forced destitute locals to poach pangolins were examined. But what happens afterwards? And what are the sophisticated networks behind this illegal trade that deliver these animal parts to consumers halfway across the world?

“Pangolin scales are trafficked more like drugs than ivory,” explains Steve Galster of non-governmental organisation Freeland. “[With ivory], buyers want a

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Shortened census count will hurt communities of color

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Community groups, like this one in Phoenix, have been working to get people of color to contribute their information to the census. AP Photo/Terry Tang

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau is having a harder time than in the past counting all Americans, and is now saying its workers will spend less time trying to count everyone.

In August, the Trump administration announced the plan to end the 2020 Census count a month early, on Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 31. With about a month left before that new end date, fewer than two-thirds of U.S. households have been counted so far.

The result will be that the census will count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans

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Latoya Shauntay Snell Has Some Advice for New Riders: Keep Showing Up

Photo credit: W. Eric Snell Sr.
Photo credit: W. Eric Snell Sr.

From Bicycling

I’ve lived in Brooklyn my whole life, and that’s where I learned how to ride a bike with my best friend when I was 10 years old. We went to the Boys and Girls High School track on Fulton Street. This was before they had cleaned it up, before Bed-Stuy [Bedford–Stuyvesant] and Crown Heights were like they are today. It was more of the do-or-die neighborhood, like what Biggie’s songs reference—that’s what I grew up with.

No one in my neighborhood had a high-end bike; our bikes came from Toys ‘R’ Us. So when I decided to learn how to ride, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I fell off one time, and that was all she wrote, because I didn’t have many people to encourage me to get back on.

That represented my experience with sports. After the

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‘I wanted to write my real story’

The Daily Beast

Ed Henry’s Accusers Say His Behavior Was an Open Secret at Fox News

When Fox News fired Ed Henry last month for alleged sexual misconduct, the network claimed it took “swift action”as soon as it learned about complaints made against him by former producer Jennifer Eckhart.But according to Eckhart, her co-complainant Cathy Areu, and several current Fox News staffers—including one who also claims to have had an affair with the now-fired anchor—Henry’s reputation for such workplace misconduct was long an open secret inside the network. And there’s simply no way Fox brass had only become aware of the rising-star anchor’s behavior just this summer, the women all claimed.The Daily Beast reviewed text conversations in which Henry repeatedly sent graphic sexual messages and images to colleagues, and spoke with several current Fox News staffers, including one who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Henry—all revealing just

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WGN America’s ‘NewsNation’ looks for viewers who want their news served up opinion-free

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Albert Ramon, Joe Donlon, Marni Hughes and Rob Nelson on the Chicago-based set of WGN America’s nightly three-hour newscast “NewsNation.” (WGN America)

When entrepreneur Ted Turner first launched CNN in the early 1980s without any big name anchors, one of his credos was that the news would be the star of his then-revolutionary new network.

But cable news has evolved in recent years to offer up a steady diet of personalities, politics and points of view. Those elements have driven up the audiences for Fox News, MSNBC and CNN to record levels at a time when other TV networks are struggling to hold onto viewers gravitating to streaming services for their favorite dramas, sitcoms and movies.

Nexstar Media Group, the Irving, Texas-based TV station owner which acquired cable network WGN America as part of its 2019 purchase of Tribune Media, believes the shift to more

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