Month: July 2020

Opening border could ‘waste’ Canada’s efforts, vaccine may not be available until 2021, health official warns

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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 107,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

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.

July 14

1:15 p.m.: Spikes in COVID-19 cases ‘almost inevitable’

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said

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11 of the biggest myths about coronavirus, according to the World Health Organisation

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Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began making headlines across the world, there has been confusing and sometimes conflicting advice. Should we wear masks, should we not; does wearing gloves help; can the virus be spread from pets to humans – the list goes on.

Despite the plethora of information about the Covid-19 outbreak, the main guidance has largely remained the same for several months, albeit with slight updates: maintain social distancing guidelines, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and isolate at home if you start exhibiting symptoms including a high fever; a new, continuous cough or a loss or changed sense of smell and taste.

Amid the guidelines issued by governments and health organisations, myths concerning the virus have also been spreading, making it difficult for some members of the public to discern truth from fiction.

On the website for the World Health Organisation (WHO), it lists some

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The ultimate guide to coverings you need to shop in England

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

It was announced yesterday that from 24 July, face coverings will be mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

On 14 July health secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “We want to give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops,” while noting the disproportionate impact that the pandemic has had on shop workers.

“The death rate

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The Porn World Exposes Mia Khalifa

via Instagram
via Instagram

After a three-month stint in porn, Mia Khalifa called it quits. Given her limited experience in porn, with only a dozen scenes to her credit, disappearing back into civilian life was a reasonable expectation—or would have been, if the Lebanese-born star hadn’t become a global sensation at 21 years old for wearing a hijab in a XXX scene. Singled out by Islamic extremists, Khalifa received death threats and could no longer travel to certain countries safely but shrewdly used that same notoriety catapult herself into the top-tier of porn, achieving a level of status and recognition most women spend years of hard work and hundreds of scenes to get to.

According to Khalifa, the notoriety limited her traditional workplace options, ultimately forcing her back into becoming Mia Khalifa.

“A lot of people in the industry are vehemently angry with her for making all this money off the

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Swatch cuts 2,400 jobs as it reports first ever half-year loss


Swatch is cutting 2,400 jobs as it shrinks its network of bricks-and-mortar stores, many in Hong Kong. Photo: Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Swatch is cutting 2,400 jobs as it shrinks its network of bricks-and-mortar stores, many in Hong Kong. Photo: Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Swatch Group (UHR.SW) said that it had cut around 2,400 jobs, as coronavirus lockdowns across the globe forced its shops to shut and sales to drop by 46% in the first half of the year.

The world’s biggest watchmaker, which owns high-end brands such as Tissot, Omega, Longines, and Rolex, reported a net loss of CHF 308m (£261m, $327m) in the first half of the year, to CHF 2.2bn.

The company is cutting some 2,400 jobs as it shrinks its network of bricks-and-mortar stores, many in Hong Kong, to focus more on selling its watches online.

Many of the stores that are closing are part of the company’s decision to terminate its contract with Calvin Klein watches, which it announced last October. It will also

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Love Island UK is returning for some special episodes

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Cosmopolitan

This summer has been a weird one for obvious reasons, with one of the more trivial differences being the lack of UK Love Island. But all that is (sort of) about to change, thanks to ITV2’s upcoming Love Island specials.

At the beginning of May, news spread of Summer Love Island being pulled due to coronavirus. In a statement, Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said producers had tried to come up with ways of making it work in the current climate, but that it wasn’t possible to safely go ahead.

“We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority,” the statement read.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

“In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon

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Coronavirus has made it unsafe to take the California bar. So put new lawyers to work without it

California law students, in healthier times, take a practice exam for the state bar UC Berkeley. <span class="copyright">(Sam Deaner / Associated Press)</span>
California law students, in healthier times, take a practice exam for the state bar UC Berkeley. (Sam Deaner / Associated Press)

The state Supreme Court, the State Bar of California and about 9,000 recent law school graduates find themselves in a jam. It is almost the traditional time for the July bar exam, the annual hazing ritual that determines whether students have wasted three years of their lives or, instead, will be licensed and begin their legal careers.

But we’re in the midst of a pandemic. There’s no way those thousands of prospective attorneys are going to be jammed into convention centers and hotel ballrooms around the state for two days of test-taking in close quarters, with face masks or without. The exam has been scrapped, so what now? Every option would heap additional headaches on the legal and testing industries and additional hardships on law graduates.

Delayed exams mean

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Do I need to wear a covering on public transport?

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Getty Images

Anyone travelling on public transport in England must wear a face covering from Monday 15 June, according to new lockdown rules.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began there has been significant debate as to whether face masks and face coverings are effective at containing or preventing the spread of Covid-19.

In May, the government advised that people in England should wear face coverings in crowded or “enclosed public spaces”, such as in shops and on public transport, but it was not made mandatory.

However, on 4 June officials announced that face coverings would become compulsory in England when using public transport, in anticipation of further relaxing of coronavirus measures.

On 14 July, health secretary Matt Hancock is also expected to announce that face coverings will become compulsory in shops in England from 24 July. Anyone who fails to do so could face fines of up to £100.

The announcement

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Can shopping malls survive the coronavirus pandemic and a new slate of permanent store closings?

Just when many shopping malls had finally figured out how to adapt to the era of digital retail, the coronavirus pandemic upended everything.

Having seen their recent move toward dining, entertainment, fitness and personal services come to a screeching halt – a pivot that was supposed to help them survive the Amazon age – malls throughout America are suddenly running out of time.

With J.C. Penney trying to avoid liquidation, smaller retailers closing or requesting rent relief, and venues like theaters still temporarily shut down due to COVID-19, anywhere from 1 in 4 malls to 1 in 2 could go out of business altogether, analysts projected.

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“The whole business model of a mall, which is about pulling in as many people as you can and getting them to stay for as long as you

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Best plastic-free and zero-waste toiletries, including toothpaste, deodorant and soap bars

Whether you’re fully embracing Plastic Free July or are looking at a longer term change, there are a wealth of plastic alternatives out there to make your bathroom that bit greener and more sustainable. While it used to be tricky to find good and effective switches, brands big and small have been upping their game.

And there’s good reason too: it’s estimated there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans and that it is set to treble by 2025. Every year one million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled up in plastic waste.

From solid toothpaste and mouthwash tablets to biodegradable body sponges, old school safety razors and refillable deodorant, the range of eco-conscious and plastic free toiletries is constantly growing.

For Beth Noy, founder of online sustainability shop Plastic Freedom, the best place to start is by looking

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