Month: July 2020

Infection growth slows in California, but deaths surge

California overall is not experiencing the same alarming surge in COVID-19 infections as it did in late June and early July, but record-breaking death tolls reported this week underscore the continued seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

California set a new record Wednesday when it reported its highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day with 197 dead. On Thursday, the state reported another 194 deaths, the second highest single-day coronavirus death toll thus far.

Deaths have dramatically increased from the flat-line levels in May and June: As of Thursday, an average of 112 people died from the virus in California every day over the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, about 84 people died every day on average over a two-week period.

Some of those deaths, however, may have occurred several days or weeks ago because of the verification process used by local health officials.

In the last week, California

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Coronavirus child care pinch in U.S. poses threat to economic gains of working women

By Jonnelle Marte and Rachel Dissell

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Most days, Zora Pannell works from her dining room table, sitting in front of her computer, turning off the video on Zoom calls to nurse her one-year-old daughter, Savannah.

Pannell has balanced working from home and caring for her daughter and son Timothy, aged 2, since March when she started a new job as a manager for a language services company the same week that Ohio issued a “stay at home” order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Working from home is an exhausting daily juggle but she’s more worried about being told it’s time to return to the office. Her husband cannot watch the children during the day because he has a job at a local steel mill and the couple have been unable to find a daycare center they deemed safe and affordable close to their Shaker Heights

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Isaias has become a Category 1 hurricane as it heads toward Bahamas and South Florida

A midnight update from the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Isaias to a Category 1 hurricane a day before earlier predictions called for, while it continued on track toward the Bahamas and South Florida.

The late-night update showed Hurricane Isaias had lost some forward speed but grown more powerful, with 80 mph winds, shortly after passing through Hispaniola..

The center of Isaias was forecast to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas late Thursday night, then move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.

The storm has already crossed the mountains of Hispaniola while flooding roads and homes in Puerto Rico and blowing roofs away in Haiti.

The tropical storm watch is in effect from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet, Florida.

Miami-Dade County also announced that all facilities operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, including beaches and parks,

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Australia Is Outraged As Nicole Kidman, Hollywood Celebrities Dodge Hotel Quarantine

Australians’ sense of fairness is being rocked as a string of “mega-rich” celebrities are spared from mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival in the country.

Stealing the headlines is the “fury” over homegrown Hollywood star, Nicole Kidman, getting to spend it at her country estate instead.

Since Australia closed its borders to the world on March 20, all travelers returning home are placed in compulsory hotel quarantine

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Quarterly Travel Outlook Report: Safety Edition

With 5 months since initial stay-at-home orders were introduced in the US, Hopper is releasing its second quarterly Travel Outlook Report. In this second report, restrictions have eased in all 50 states and many Americans are showing a growing interest in travel.

While travel still remains down year-over-year as varied levels of restrictions continue for much of the world, Hopper has seen bookings in the app increase 195% since the industry-wide low point in April – suggesting an upward trend as Americans begin planning and taking their first trips since March.

As we come up on the end of summer, typically one of the busiest times for travel all year, we take a special look at travel safety, distilling insights from travelers who took a trip (either flight, hotel, or both) in the past six weeks. We also look at developing consumer trends as Americans look forward to fall travel

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Tropical Storm Watch issued for South Florida; Isaias expected to become a hurricane

South Florida was put under a tropical storm watch Thursday afternoon with Isaias expected to approach Florida and the Bahamas as a Category 1 hurricane by Saturday.

In an 11 p.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Isaias will see some loss in forward speed over the next couple of days and then a turn north-northwest.

The center of Isaias is forecast to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas late Thursday night, then move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.

The storm has already crossed the mountains of Hispaniola while flooding roads and homes in Puerto Rico and blowing roofs away in Haiti.

The tropical storm watch is in effect from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet, Florida, Thursday afternoon.

Miami-Dade County also announced that all facilities operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, including beaches and

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Seeing Tie Dye Everywhere? There’s a Scientific Explanation for That

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Oprah Magazine

My childhood playground was my father’s T-shirt factory in Yonkers. Instead of asphalt, cigarette butts and snapped rubber bands were underfoot, and in lieu of monkey bars, I could choose from four silk screen machines to climb on. (But of course I didn’t. That would be imprudent.) In the center of the warehouse was an assembly line of folks scrunching fabric into intricate folds, then dosing them with industrial sized squirt bottles of color that would later turn into the tie dyed garments my dad would wholesale—and attempt to outfit me in.

It was the 90s, and tie dye was as ubiquitous as Tamogatchis. If you weren’t cloaked in dancing Grateful Dead bears or a rainbow splattered Absolute Camp shirt, you weren’t part of the zeitgeist. And…I hated it. I thought the fashions my dad foisted on me were tacky, in so much

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Some outdoor events in Howard County make it, while others don’t during coronavirus pandemic

Despite pouring rain at 8 p.m. Friday, a steady line of cars entered the Howard County Fairgrounds for a showing of the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” on the big screen. Sponsored by the Ellicott City Rotary Club, the movie was the last in a short, improvised series featuring a movie every Friday night in July and once in June.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the community,” said Carey Kyler, a Rotary member. “People needed to get out.”

In six weeks, members put together a plan to offer movies at a “drive-in” by renting an inflatable screen, securing use of the fairgrounds, obtaining film rights and rounding up volunteers. Rules were created, including: no lawn chairs or sitting outside of vehicles, though sitting inside truck beds was OK; masks were to be worn when walking outside of vehicles; and a limited number of 300 cars would

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N.J. college to use Atlantic City hotel rooms for student housing

Students at Stockton University could be housed in a non-gambling hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk as the university works to meet COVID-19 guidelines.

Stockton is finalizing an agreement with Showboat Renaissance LLC for the use of up to 400 hotel rooms at the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel to house students in the fall 2020 and spring 2021.

The deal is meant to help Stockton fill a need for additional housing as it implements state COVID-19 guidelines that reduce the number of students allowed to live in existing on-campus housing.

“Stockton promises to provide housing to all students who request it,” Stockton Executive Director of Residential Life Steven Radwanski said in a statement. “This agreement ensures that we will have sufficient housing based on current demand.”

About one-third of Stockton’s roughly 10,000 undergraduates typically live in student housing, the university said.

Freshmen will be housed only in on-campus housing.

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PGA Tour 2K21 to feature 15 real-world courses, including Riviera and East Lake

The new PGA Tour 2K21 video game will feature 15 real-world golf courses, including eight new additions that are annual stops on the Tour’s schedule.

The eight new arrivals include the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, East Lake, Quail Hollow, Riviera, TPC Louisiana, TPC River Highlands, TPC San Antonio and TPC Twin Cities.

They join a list of courses — Atlantic Beach Country Club, TPC Boston, TPC Deere Run, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, TPC Southwind and TPC Summerlin — previously featured in The Golf Club 2019.

The game’s social media accounts have been teasing each individual course over the past few weeks.

“Our goal is to make the PGA TOUR 2K21 in-game, licensed, real-life course recreations as detailed as possible, so it feels like you’re actually playing the course alongside top PGA Tour pros,” HB Studios senior producer Shaun West said. “To see professionals play these courses on TV, and

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