Day: June 19, 2020

The attack that highlighted an epidemic of abuse

Before last week, Debbie Kaore was best known in Papua New Guinea as a champion boxer who won gold at the Pacific Games in 2015 and had recently made a career-changing move to rugby.

Then last Friday, a video was widely shared on social media that showed Ms Kaore being violently attacked with a hot iron in her home. The video was posted on TikTok and Instagram by her friend, with permission, and went viral. Ms Kaore’s partner Murray Oa, a lieutenant in the Papua New Guinean army, was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm.

Graphic pictures showed terrible injuries on the rugby player’s face and body. “I realised if I didn’t get out of our room, he would burn me alive,” she said in an interview with the BBC.

The footage of her Ms Kaore’s assault has shone a light on the extent of domestic abuse in Papua

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All NC businesses could soon reopen. Here’s what that may look like in Charlotte

North Carolina soon could enter the final phase of reopening amid the novel coronavirus. Some Charlotte area businesses are ready with safety plans once that is allowed, while at least one vows not to wait much longer to reopen.

Bowlers could see every other lane in use and some movie theater patrons would be required to wear masks. There also will be temperature checks for guests before they hit the gym.

The final phase of the state’s stay-at-home order that would reopen all businesses is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. June 26.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has not decided whether to move to Phase 2.5 or Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases continue to spike. He is expected to disclose his plans in the next few days.

All non-essential N.C. businesses were ordered to close March 17 to stop the coronavirus spread.

Phase 2 started May 22, allowing restaurants, personal

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Kate Middleton Steps Out for Her First Public Appearance Since Quarantine

Kate Middleton just made her first public appearances since quarantining due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On June 18, The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Fakenham Garden Center while Prince William spent time at Smiths the Bakers to discuss how local businesses are dealing with the international health crisis. Earlier this week, the Duke of Cambridge thanked essential emergency workers in person at an ambulance station at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for their efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“As non-essential shops start reopening in parts of the UK, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited two independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by coronavirus, and how they are returning to a new normal,” reps wrote on the official Kensington Royal Instagram page.

Kate Middleton reportedly wore a padded vest by Fjallraven, skinny jeans from Massimo Dutti, a linen shirt from Jaeger, and her famous Superga sneakers to

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Here’s Where You Can Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online Right Now

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Athletes With Major Business Empires Outside of Sports

Being a professional athlete can easily make you a millionaire, but these sports stars have expanded their wealth by turning those team paychecks into veritable empires. See how these players have been making bank outside of the sports world.

Last updated: June 19, 2020

1. Shaquille O’Neal

Former NBA pro Shaquille O’Neal has invested his money in companies he believes in — and it’s ended up paying off for him. O’Neal formerly owned 10% of Five Guys’ entire franchise portfolio and eventually sold it, telling CNBC that the burger business was “very good” to him. He was also an early investor in Google and invested in Ring before it was acquired by Amazon for $1 billion.

2. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

  • Magic Johnson Enterprises

NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate valued at an estimated $1 billion, according to

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UCLA football players demand protection from ‘injustices’ amid pandemic return

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is one of 30 players to sign a document demanding certain COVID-19 safety measures. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)</span>
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is one of 30 players to sign a document demanding certain COVID-19 safety measures. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

After a virtual team meeting Thursday night, 30 UCLA football players united in support behind a document they believe will protect them in their upcoming return to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document, reviewed by the Los Angeles Times late Thursday, asserts that players do not trust coach Chip Kelly’s program to act in their best interest, particularly in regard to their health, a realm where it says UCLA has “perpetually failed us,” citing “neglected and mismanaged injury cases.” The document does not provide examples.

The players demanded that a “third-party health official” be on hand for all football activities to see that protocols for COVID-19 prevention are being followed; that anonymous whistleblower protections are provided for athletes and staff to report violations; and that

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Is loneliness risking your mental and physical health?

Photo credit: Westend61 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Westend61 – Getty Images

From Netdoctor

It’s not just the elderly who feel lonely; people of all ages and from all backgrounds can struggle with loneliness. You can be surrounded by loved ones or colleagues and still feel socially isolated and you can have hundreds of friends on Facebook and still have no one to turn to.

But isolation isn’t just an unpleasant feeling – it can have a detrimental effect on both your mental and physical health. An increasing body of evidence shows that people who suffer from loneliness have a much higher mortality risk than those who don’t.

So what can we do to combat this growing affliction? Chartered psychologist Dr Vanessa Moulton and Bupa UK ‘s Dr Sarah White share their expert advice on ways to bridge the loneliness gap:

Why do we feel lonely?

Loneliness is an emotional response to when we feel physically

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Classroom bubble to be expanded, as Gavin Williamson commits to Prime Minister’s September schools guarantee

Gavin Williamson during today's press conference
Gavin Williamson during today’s press conference

The  Government is planning to expand classroom “bubbles” to open schools up to all children in time for the autumn term, the Education Secretary has revealed.

Taking the daily Downing Street briefing, Gavin Williamson said signs the virus was receding, saying that meant ministers could look at “making sure every child returns to school”.

He added: “We’ve been creating bubbles of children in the classroom, creating a protective environment for those children.

“Currently that is at 15, what we would be looking at doing is expanding those bubbles to include the whole class.”

Mr Williamson also committed to the guarantee given by Boris Johnson earlier today that every child would return in September, saying he was aiming to get “every child back, in every year group, in every school”.

Speaking during a schools visit this afternoon, the Prime Minister said people should “watch this

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Finding Affordable Health Care Now

As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, more than 38 million Americans lost their jobs, and an estimated 27 million workers and their families found themselves without health insurance, too. Nearly half of Americans got their coverage through an employer-sponsored plan in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

But as the coronavirus continues to affect communities across the U.S., it’s more important than ever to have health insurance. And if your income has taken a blow, you may have greater access to affordable coverage than you did while you were working. Kaiser estimates that 79% of those losing employer coverage are likely eligible for subsidized coverage through Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

As you compare your options, consider factors including the premium, deductible, co-payments, out-of-pocket maximum and level of prescription-drug coverage. You may also have choices among plan types. High-deductible plans typically have … Read More

How to prepare for your first gravel race

The distance and difficulty of your chosen event and your current levels of fitness will alter the exact approach you need to take, but the best practice for an event-specific training plan is to begin at least 12 weeks prior to standing on the start line. This will enable you to develop a structured training plan in accordance with the demands of the specific event you have chosen.

If you’re using a coach, discuss the key elements of the race (distance, elevation gain, terrain type) with them and then develop your training plan accordingly. Any reputable coach will be able to modify your training plan according to your training availability and needs.

If you don’t have a coach, there’s no need to worry as we’ve already covered a few training plan options in a previous series of articles.

Your training plan should include at least three phases:

  • A base phase
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