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Pandemic turns Europe’s retail sector on its head as shoppers stay close to home

By Victoria Waldersee

LISBON (Reuters) – City centre shops and malls may have lost their lustre during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as lockdowns ease across Europe many stores in and around residential areas stand to benefit as consumers remain reluctant to venture far from home.

While retail sales appear to be rebounding – surging 17.8% in the euro zone in May and approaching pre-lockdown levels in Britain in June – shoppers are increasingly staying local, leaving Europe’s most renowned shopping districts from London’s West End to Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm struggling in the absence of office workers and tourists.

On Germany’s main shopping streets in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin, footfall in June was as much as 50% lower than a year earlier, according to the German Retail Federation, while in London’s West End it was down 75%, according to the New West End Company, an association of retailers and landlords in the

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Comic-Con 2020 schedule and everything that’s happened at SDCC @ Home so far

Comic-Con 2020 is in full swing – and there’s a lot to talk about! Thursday saw things kick off with CBS bringing their Star Trek Universe to the virtual showroom floor. Later that day at SDCC, we had The Boys season 3 announcement and a first look at the opening scene of The New Mutants. Then, on Friday, we had a barrage of Walking Dead announcements, including release dates and trailers for the season 10 finale, Fear the Walking Dead season 6, and World Beyond. Plus, there was a trailer for Marvel’s first foray into horror, Helstrom. 

Of course, there’s even more exciting stuff on the way. Below, we go into everything that you should look out for at Comic-Con 2020, including a run-down of Saturday’s major panels, and a closer look at everything you’ve missed so far. And remember, you don’t need a badge, ticket, or an impressive cosplay

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Comic-Con 2020 ‘At Home’ Friday Schedule

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To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.

To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.

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Comic-Con 2020 ‘At Home’ Thursday Schedule

To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.

To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.

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dates, times, and what to expect from SDCC @ Home

For the first time in its 51 year history, San Diego Comic-Con has gone online. The event – the ultimate event for geeks around the world – is accessible by anyone with internet connection and a device capable of streaming YouTube. However, as a result, Comic-Con 2020 will be significantly pared down, with Marvel Studios and DC not having huge presences at the event. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t get any juicy new updates via panels and fun video content.

That’s right, San Diego Comic-Con 2020 is temporarily rebranding due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Say hello to San Diego Comic-Con@Home. You don’t need a badge, a ticket, or an impressive cosplay – this large-scale virtual event is open to everyone and available to watch for free. Despite the biggest yearly pop culture convention is a little smaller this year, sifting through the entire five-day programme isn’t any easier.

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15 Recipes Meant to Be Cooked at Home, With Love, During the Pandemic

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From Esquire

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Photo credit: Courtesy

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the restaurant and bar business is severe and will be long-lasting. First, back in March and April, a lifetime go, came the layoffs. Millions of them. Waitstaff, bar backs, hosts, dishwashers—no longer needed, no idea how long.

Around that time, Esquire started gathering recipes from laid-off bar and restaurant workers, and the stories behind them. They aren’t chefs—well, one is—but everybody’s gotta eat. The person who served your meal or mixed you a drink a few months ago is most likely dining at home tonight, as you most likely are.

We look forward to the day when we can go to restaurants without caution or fear. In the meantime, here are fifteen recipes and stories from people who lost their jobs in the hospitality industry after their places of business were shut down or hampered by COVID-19.

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Harvard’s international students are begging the school to let them come to campus in the fall, citing fears of being stuck in unstable home environments if they’re forced to leave the US

One student is circulating a "Hear Us Harvard" petition asking the university to better support international students.
One student is circulating a “Hear Us Harvard” petition asking the university to better support international students.

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  • Last week, ICE released guidance stating that international students would not be allowed back into the US in the fall unless they were taking in-person classes at their university.

  • This poses a problem for Harvard’s international students, as the school recently said classes in the fall would be entirely remote.

  • Students told Business Insider that these regulations pose serious problems for them, including the difficulty of keeping up with online courses while in a different time zone and with poor internet connection.

  • Some also face unsafe or unaccommodating home situations, making it even harder for them to find a proper place to keep up with their studies.

  • Rachael Dane, a spokesperson for Harvard, told Business Insider that “the overwhelming reason to deliver all instruction remotely is Harvard’s commitment to protecting the

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‘Instead of the holiday buffet, it’s egg and toast at home’

My Money is a series looking at how people spend their money – and the sometimes tough decisions they have to make. Here Priya Aiyer from Canterbury in Kent takes us through a week in her life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Priya is 29 and works full-time as an architect for a global construction company. When she’s not designing buildings, her interests include drawing cartoon illustrations and enjoying a good exercise session to train towards becoming a fitness instructor. She is also active in campaigning for racial equality and diversity.

She lives with her fiancé Ben and his mother. She and Ben would have been on holiday in Madeira this week, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Over to Priya…

I would have preferred to spend this week on holiday with Ben. Alas, Madeira was cancelled so have decided to have the week off anyway to refresh. We

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These on-sale Lululemon pants are the ultimate work from home must-have

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Be honest: when is the last time you put on pants that didn’t have some sort of elastic waistband, sweatpants-feel or legging-like quality? Gone are the days of structured trousers and pantsuits — and these days wearing our “nice” sweatpants feels like dressing up. 

If you’re looking for a new pair of comfy yet chic pants to wear for your Zoom calls (and beyond), we’ve found a pair of sworn-by Lululemon pants that might be a good buy. The Wanderer Crop pants are made in ultra-light fabric with a relaxed fit

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Domino’s expands delivery options, home buying moves online

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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PIZZA TIME: Domino’s Pizza is now offering carside delivery service, allowing customers to stay in their cars while one of the pizza company’s workers delivers their order to them.

The chain said Monday that customers can choose the new contactless carryout option when placing a prepaid order online. It is available in U.S. stores.

When a customer places a carside delivery order online, they’ll be prompted to add their vehicle color, make and model, which will be used to identify them when they arrive at the store. Customers can also choose where they’d like their order placed – the passenger side, back seat, trunk or the option to decide when they arrive. Customers

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