Day: June 24, 2020

How the internet is rallying around Disney workers as parks reopen amid a rise in coronavirus cases

As coronavirus cases continue to increase, Disney workers and fans are expressing concern about the dangers that reopening the parks may pose. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
As coronavirus cases continue to increase, Disney workers and fans are expressing concern about the dangers that reopening the parks may pose. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Disney World and Disneyland are still scheduled to reopen in early July, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida and California, where the theme parks are located. And both employees and fans are concerned.

The Florida Department of Public Health revealed earlier this week that the state saw 3,289 new positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 103,506. In California, public health data revealed that the state saw a whopping 7,149 on Tuesday alone.

As of now, Disney plans to reopen the Downtown Disney District on July 9. After that, the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks will reopen on July 17, followed by the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on July

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Coronavirus In Berkeley: Businesses Open, Fireworks Postponed

BERKELEY, NJ — There’s a lot of news to keep up with right now — locally, nationally and worldwide. Here’s a recap of coronavirus updates in Berkeley.


The Ocean County Health Department has reported 716 coronavirus cases and 97 deaths in Berkeley as of Wednesday afternoon. That’s an increase of 45 cases and 10 deaths since Patch’s last update June 12.

The health department counted 18 new cases Wednesday in Ocean County, bringing the area to 9,453 total cases and 866 deaths.

The state has reported the following in Berkeley longterm-care facilities as of Wednesday:

  • Crystal Lake Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center: 74 cases and 25 deaths among residents, 50 cases among staff

  • Tallwoods Care Center: 33 cases and four deaths among residents, 11 cases among staff


Urgent Care Now in Lanoka Harbor and Toms River have coronavirus testing available for all Berkeley Township residents. Patients must show a

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Tour Business Viator Opts for Quality Over Quantity With the Land Grab Ending

Founded 25 years ago, tours and activities business Viator’s initial tactic was to emphasize a curated selection of top experiences in each destination, but Tripadvisor reversed that strategy three months later after acquiring the company in 2014.

At that juncture in November 2014, Tripadvisor decided that quantity would be the way forward as that was a push that some of its rivals were making.

But now, with some 395,000 tour products in the fold, there’s a new pivot.

In a move announced Tuesday and reported by Arival, Viator introduced new product quality standards that would give more exposure to excellent tours and activities, and penalize and even delist others that it finds to be subpar.

In an open letter to operators from president Ben Drew, Viator detailed product quality standards that differentiate “excellent” vendors from merely “good” ones. For example, an excellent tour operator might have at least six quality

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A new #MeToo movement is erupting online as allegations of sexual misconduct hit celebrities, influencers, and streamers

Demonstrators in a #MeToo survivors' March in response to high-profile sexual-harassment scandals, on November 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Demonstrators in a #MeToo survivors’ March in response to high-profile sexual-harassment scandals, on November 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.

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  • Waves of social activism and callout culture have defined quarantine, starting with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, followed by viral workplace-inequality stories, and now hundreds of new allegations of sexual harassment and assault being disseminated online.

  • The surge of allegations echoes the 2017 #MeToo movement inspired by the Harvey Weinstein accusations, which brought about widespread use of the hashtag.

  • This time viral allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian Chris D’Elia seemed to have sparked a new wave of accusations against A-list teen celebrities, video-game streamers and developers, wrestling professionals, and internet personalities.

  • While some allegations have been substantiated and some have had consequences for the accused, the outpouring of allegations on social media has largely been subjected to the court of online opinion —

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Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Following the police killing of George Floyd last month, protests have broken out across the country. We encourage everyone to join the fight by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials, but there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses in your area.

Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there are a lot of tweets containing the phrase “Black-owned businesses.” So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.

Ahead are top-ranking websites

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US reports 35K daily cases; New York City Marathon canceled; Fauci warns of ‘disturbing surge’

As coronavirus cases continue to rise in most states, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a joint travel advisory Wednesday requiring all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days.

The advisory goes into effect at midnight Wednesday and those violating the quarantine will be fined, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference. 

The U.S. reported nearly 35,000 new cases on Tuesday – among the nation’s largest single-day increases since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, as President Donald Trump has blamed increased testing for the spike, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told House lawmakers Tuesday that in states where there is an increase in the percentage of people testing positive, it is a clear “indication that there are additional infections that are responsible for those increases.” 

Fauci said the “disturbing surge

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The litany of rules that are the price of freedom

The new rules are extensive
The new rules are extensive

On July 4, England will see the biggest lifting of lockdown restrictions yet, with pubs, restaurants, hotels and other businesses opening to customers for the first time for months.

The Government has published new guidance that sets out how these businesses can operate, and it’s clear a lot will have to change. Here is a breakdown of how the rules will affect different sectors.

Pubs and restaurants

Pubs and other venues will be required to keep a list of their customers for 21 days, which can be requested by the NHS Test and Trace service to identify and contain localised outbreaks of Covid-19. Professional contact tracers can use these lists of customers to track down places where the virus could have been transmitted.

While some businesses, like nail bars, hairdressers and restaurants, may already have a record of their customers, pubs and bars are

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How affordable international airline travel could bounce back after the pandemic

A man who has arrived from New York City on an Aeroflot - Russian Airlines flight, pushes a luggage cart at the arrivals area of Sheremetyevo International Airport.
A man who has arrived from New York City on an Aeroflot – Russian Airlines flight, pushes a luggage cart at the arrivals area of Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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The past decade and change has seen a remarkable phenomenon in the air-travel market: airline revenue and profits soared, but international flights became cheaper than ever.

Years ago, it was rare to find cheap flights to Europe, barring promotions or pricing errors.

But in recent years, inexpensive flights have become the norm. Even before the rollout of basic economy class, flights from the US to Europe and South America and Asia could routinely be found in the low hundreds of dollars. And passengers could book flights to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa for just a little more.

The lowest fares might not always be available on the busiest travel days or throughout peak seasons and booking

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Everything You Need to Know About the NBA’s Big Plan to Return This Summer

It was a long, strange spring for sports fans. And you can only imagine how it felt for the athletes who were supposed to be focused on competing, training and/or negotiating new deals, and not a heck of a lot else. 

After the NBA abruptly suspended its season on March 11 when Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, with five weeks to go before the playoffs were supposed to begin, the dominoes fell quickly. Within a few weeks practically everything else in the wide world of sports was subsequently shut down or canceled, from March Madness and the Little League World Series to horse racing’s Triple Crown and the 2020 Summer Olympics, with just about every level of competition in between snuffed out as reported cases of the novel coronavirus started to multiply.

Suffice it to say, league officials, organizers and players from all over the world,

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Virus pummels commercial real estate, could end long boom

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are likely to see more “for rent” signs in the coming months as many businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic abandon offices and storefronts and potentially end a long boom in the nation’s commercial real estate market.

Hotels, restaurants and stores that closed in March have seen only a partial return of customers, and many may fail. Commercial landlords have already reported an increase in missed rent payments. They expect vacancies to rise through the end of the year.

Two trends compound the problem: Office tenants are considering renting less space as more employees work from home, and the trend toward online shopping is accelerating, which could cut already weak demand for retail space in downtown areas and malls.

The swift emptying of commercial space marks a sharp departure from the real estate market that boomed in New York, Chicago and other cities in recent

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