NFL offers players to scrap all preseason games

The NFL has offered to scrap all preseason games, a person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press.

The players’ association had sought no preseason games and the league had reduced the exhibition schedule to two games. But on Monday evening, the NFL said it would eliminate those preseason contests and also would offer players 18 days for acclimation, up from seven days. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the offer has not been made public.

Another part of the offer is to provide a means for players concerned about participating in training camp and/or games to opt out and receive a stipend.

The union has not yet accepted the offers. Should it do so, both sides would have taken a major step toward starting the season on time.

Earlier Monday, the league said players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first

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Chicago offers hybrid plan for return to school

CHICAGO — Most Chicago children would return to the classroom two days a week and spend the other three days learning remotely once the school year begins, under a tentative plan outlined Friday.

Chicago Public Schools officials called the hybrid approach a preliminary framework and asked parents, students and staff of nation’s third-largest school district to weigh in.

A final decision about in-person instruction for fall classes won’t come until late August, with classes set to begin Sept. 8.

“We have to be ready for any possibility,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “COVID-19 has been unpredictable from the start and we have a responsibility to be prepared for what the public health indicators dictate, whether that means remote learning, in-person learning or something in between.”



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Walmart Partners Tribeca, Offers Drive-In Theatre Experience

Walmart Inc. WMT is leaving no stone unturned and no area unexplored to enhance its business. The company is, in fact, utilizing all opportunities to drive business amid the pandemic. To this end, the world’s largest retailer said that it is teaming up with Tribeca Enterprises to offer a drive-in movie experience to customers who are missing the theatres amid the social distancing restrictions.

Walmart is converting 160 store parking lots into contact-less drive-in movie halls, wherein customers can get together safely and see movies programmed by the Tribeca Drive-in group. Walmart will extend the red-carpet experience across towns in the country for a total of 320 shows starting August. These will include blockbuster movies along with special appearances by celebrities and filmmakers. The drive-in experience will be extended to October.

Further, Walmart will make it easy for families to load their picnic baskets ahead of every screening, as they

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Joe Biden blasts Trump, offers alternatives to coronavirus response

WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday and announced a plan to control the virus that he said Trump should adopt immediately. 

During a speech at Alexis I. duPont High School in Wilmington, Biden outlined the plan, which includes increased testing and rigorous contact tracing. It follows a road map that Biden released in March which he said would have saved lives had it been adopted.

Biden is also proposing to get more protective supplies to health care workers and provide a more consistent message on the importance of wearing a mask in public.

The former vice president stressed that the virus is still here and the threat to American public health remains.

“COVID-19 will likely worsen,” Biden said. “We need real plans, real guidelines with uniform, nationwide standards to help us chart our economic reopening.”

Joe Biden addresses the media on the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Hotel DuPont, in Wilmington, De., on Thursday afternoon.
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‘Upload’ offers a familiar digital future. But the details make it disturbingly funny

Robbie Amell is living in a digital afterlife, with Andy Allo as his customer service representative in the Amazon Prime comedy "Upload." <span class="copyright">(Katie Yu/Amazon Studios)</span>
Robbie Amell is living in a digital afterlife, with Andy Allo as his customer service representative in the Amazon Prime comedy “Upload.” (Katie Yu/Amazon Studios)

Greg Daniels, who developed the American version of “The Office” and co-created “Parks and Recreation” — which translates as “never has to work again and can rest comfortably on his laurels” — has instead created a new series, “Upload,” streaming now on Amazon Prime. (For good measure, he has another, “Space Force,” reuniting him with Steve Carell, coming at the end of the month.)

Apart from being a comedy, and good, “Upload” is nothing like those earlier shows. But it is like a lot of other things: an afterlife comedy (of an unusually secular sort); a futurist satire; a murder mystery; and most of all a romantic comedy built along classical lines, replete with cute meet, wacky friends, mid-arc alienation and less serious significant others

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Father’s Day Offers Hopes to Beleaguered Retailers

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Fingers crossed: the coronavirus may actually provide a boost to Father’s Day sales this year — at least that’s the hope of some major men’s wear retailers.

With COVID-19 fatigue in full force and stores reopening nationwide, merchants are seeing some major upticks in their men’s wear sales — in person, curbside and online — as shoppers seek gifts for their dads. But don’t expect a lot of ties and dress shirts to be wrapped up on Sunday. With many people still working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s not surprising that activewear is among the most purchased gifts this year. Other popular choices include tech gadgets, golf shirts and hats, and comfortable basics.

This bump in men’s sales is also providing a flicker of hope to retailers about what they can expect for the remainder of the year. Although the situation

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Best offers on skincare and make-up from MAC, Fenty Beauty and Charlotte Tilbury

You may have spent most, if not all, of lockdown going make-up-free with a low maintenance approach to your beauty routine.

The latest easing of lockdown restrictions means beauty counters and stores are now open, with strict social distancing measures in place. This is thanks to new government guidelines, allowing non-essential retailers to reopen from 15 June in England.

However, as spending on the high street has plummeted, many beauty retailers and brands are currently offering sales, discounts and deals galore across everything from shampoo to mascara.

B2B magazine Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things look bleak.

To ensure you don’t miss out on the many bargains available still to shop from your sofa, we’ve compiled the best of the bunch.

Whether you’re after a top-up of your

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