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Ontario announces historic investment in long-term care homes after COVID-19 chaos

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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 108,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,800 deaths.

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July 15

5:52 p.m.: COVID-19 questions of the day

5:15 p.m.: Newfoundland and Labrador calls for more kindness towards people with

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We Need to Change How We Share Our Personal Data Online in the Age of COVID-19

A few months into the coronavirus pandemic, the web is more central to humanity’s functioning than I could have imagined 30 years ago. It’s now a lifeline for billions of people and businesses worldwide. But I’m more frustrated now with the current state of the web than ever before. We could be doing so much better.

COVID-19 underscores how urgently we need a new approach to organizing and sharing personal data. You only have to look at the limited scope and the widespread adoption challenges of the pandemic apps offered by various tech companies and governments.

Think of all the data about your life accumulated in the various applications you use – social gatherings, frequent contacts, recent travel, health, fitness, photos, and so on. Why is it that none of that information can be combined and used to help you, especially during a crisis?

It’s because you aren’t in control

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Hong Kong Citizens Turn to Stablecoins to Resist National Security Law

In Hong Kong, some local citizens are turning to crypto assets and encrypted communication to resist financial surveillance and internet censorship. 

Hong Kong’s national security law, enacted on June 30, aims to quell opposition to China’s ruling Communist Party. The law has raised widespread fears of a clampdown on free speech and tighter control over the city’s financial system. Under the new law, the Hong Kong government will be able to freeze and confiscate assets from people or organizations that are suspected of being involved in national security crimes.

Data suggests people in Hong Kong are increasingly using stablecoins, which are digital tokens whose value is pegged to fiat currencies, as a way of keeping their assets independent of a banking system that is subject to government control. 

Related: Canadian Government Paid Justin Trudeau Family Member to Talk at Blockchain Event

As the chart above demonstrates, trading volume between Hong

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Ryanair boss declares airline is ‘beacon’ for aviation industry on coronavirus refunds

Stormy skies: a Ryanair Boeing 737 taking off from Gatwick, destination Dublin: Simon Calder
Stormy skies: a Ryanair Boeing 737 taking off from Gatwick, destination Dublin: Simon Calder

Europe’s biggest budget airline says it is “a beacon” for the aviation industry in the way it is handling passenger refunds.

Ryanair has been the subject of widespread criticism for delays in returning money for flights cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Eddie Wilson, chief executive of the airline’s main brand Ryanair DAC, has told The Independent: “We have given out close to €750m in vouchers and in cash refunds.

“I would say actually we’re a beacon, we’re doing it right. We are making our way through this, we are giving regular updates.

“There’s up to 30 million journeys that were cancelled. It is truly extraordinary.”

Under European air passengers’ rights rules, airlines that cancel flights are supposed to refund the fare within a week. But Mr Wilson said that deadline is unachievable.

“Nobody

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Cross-continent couples fight for ‘sweetheart’ status amid COVID-19 travel bans

Leah Howd is worried that her 5-month-old son, Johan, won’t remember his father when they are finally reunited.

“He is too small to understand the person on the computer monitor is his dad,” she said.

Howd, 39, of Peoria, Illinois, hasn’t seen her partner, Bas Bruurs, 41, of the Netherlands for three months — they are among thousands of couples now kept apart in different corners of the world by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The U.S. has banned most foreign travelers from Europe since March, while the European Union barred Americans from visiting its 27 member states July 1.

NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team spoke to Americans desperate to be reunited with their partners who are using social media hashtags such as #LoveIsEssential and #LoveIsNotTourism to spotlight their stories.

Howd and Bruurs, who met playing the online video game Guild Wars 2 in 2015, have been dating since 2017, and they

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4 effective ways to make your virtual workplace more inclusive

Let’s be honest: pre-pandemic, working from home was a dream. After COVID-19 forced almost everyone to work remotely, we’ve discovered the new virtual workplace encompasses more than Zoom calls, virtual coffees, and cat memes in Slack.

Tech companies did not exactly embrace working from home before the worldwide lockdown, despite studies showing working from home increases employee productivity. Skilled remote workers are also happier employees that are 9% more engaged and 50% less likely to quit their job.

The crisis disproved the perception that working from home was counterproductive. By mid-May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed his employees that the entire workforce was allowed to permanently work from home – Slack followed suit in June. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft recommended their employees work remotely until October or for the remainder of the year.

Work-life balance, mental health, and diversity and inclusion were already important subjects

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The 20 Industries That Will Never Be the Same After the Coronavirus

There are occasions when a crisis sparks a wholesale change in the way that America does business. One of those epoch-shifting moments when people are forced to take note of a process they might not have questioned before, only to realize it has to change. Likewise, sometimes it’s a matter of an industry just needing that push to take steps toward the future that might otherwise have dragged on for years. Regardless, a major crisis can often spark major changes in the economy, and thus far, it appears the coronavirus pandemic won’t be any different.

Across the country, many businesses are in the process of learning a lot about their supply chains, their products, their workforce and perhaps most of all, just how crucial it can be to have infrastructure in place for remote work. As the coronavirus has essentially redefined the 2020 business year across the U.S., it’s also … Read More

Will UConn play football this year? Public health experts unsure about fall sports during coronavirus pandemic

Currently, UConn football players are on campus in Storrs. They have been tested for COVID-19. They have passed through a modified quarantine period during which they remained in small groups. They have completed strength and conditioning workouts. They have begun on-field activities.

But no one knows for sure whether they’ll actually get to play.

Amid a raging pandemic, public health experts both nationally and in Connecticut have raised eyebrows about the idea of college sports this fall. Some say the games will be safe as long as schools implement proper protocols. Others wonder whether sports, particularly on college campuses, are worth the risk.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, and there is no way we can make the risk zero,” said Dr. Matthew Cartter, Connecticut’s state epidemiologist. “We have to ask ourselves as a society, are sports important that we’re willing to accept the risk that people involved in

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“Many Delegates” Expected, U.S. Movie Prospects & Controversial Directors

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News yesterday that Telluride was canning its 2020 edition in the face of ongoing coronavirus challenges has left a hole in a film festival calendar already decimated by cancellations and postponements. The ‘fall festival trifecta’, as it is regularly referred to (Venice-Telluride-Toronto), has become a perfecta, and the events that do go ahead will be slimmed down this year to make them more manageable and safe.

These peculiar set of circumstances are putting added spotlight on the Euro fests that take place in later summer or early fall. Sarajevo insists it is happening in August (14-21), despite the recent cancellation of events in neighboring countries, and that is followed by Venice (September 2-12). Next up in the calendar is Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival (September 18-26). The event, set up in 1953, has long brought together films from Cannes, Venice and Toronto, alongside

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These couples are stuck thousands of miles apart because of travel bans

Leah Howd is worried that her 5-month-old son, Johan, won’t remember his father when they are finally reunited.

“He is too small to understand the person on the computer monitor is his dad,” she said.

Howd, 39, of Peoria, Illinois, hasn’t seen her partner, Bas Bruurs, 41, of the Netherlands for three months — they are among thousands of couples now kept apart in different corners of the world by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The U.S. has banned most foreign travelers from Europe since March, while the European Union barred Americans from visiting its 27 member states July 1.

NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team spoke to Americans desperate to be reunited with their partners who are using social media hashtags such as #LoveIsEssential and #LoveIsNotTourism to spotlight their stories.

Howd and Bruurs, who met playing the online video game Guild Wars 2 in 2015, have been dating since 2017, and they

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