Day: June 20, 2020

Northern California mayor lashes out at Newsom’s mask order: ‘There is no law’

The mayor of Nevada City, in a controversial social media post, suggested that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent order for all Californians to wear masks when in public was not legitimate.

Mayor Reinette Senum wrote Saturday morning that Newsom’s orders could not be enforced by law, and that no action can legally be taken against offenders.

“As you go about your day today, KNOW there is NO LAW that Orders you to Wear a Mask. Our Governor does NOT have that unilateral power to make such orders,” Senum said. “Ask our local Police chief or officers. They will not, and cannot, cite ANYBODY for not wearing a mask because the law does not exist.”

On Thursday, in response to a surge in coronavirus cases across the state as economic restrictions are rolled back, Newsom announced new rules through the California Department of Public Health intended to reduce viral transmission.

“When you

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What does the future hold for this rare and reclusive animal?

China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images
China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images

This has become the unofficial year of the pangolin – the shy and reclusive creatures have harnessed global attention after being identified as a possible link in the coronavirus pandemic.

The new focus may end up being a relative blessing for conservationists who for years have urged greater protection for the endangered species.

The Independent’s Stop The Wildlife Trade campaign was launched by its shareholder Evgeny Lebedev to call for an end to high-risk wildlife markets and for an international effort to regulate the illegal trade in wild animals to reduce the risk of future pandemics.

In 2017, the status of all eight species of pangolins was upgraded in the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna

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Bill Gates is not secretly plotting microchips in a coronavirus vaccine. Misinformation and conspiracy theories are dangerous for everyone.

While the United States spends billions in an all-out effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine, there’s concern that when there finally is one, not enough people will take it to protect the population as a whole.

Even with a vaccine months and perhaps years away, misinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccines for COVID-19 are swirling online, potentially driving people away from getting vaccinated when one or more become available.

One of the wildest is a false story about a purported evil plan by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to use mass coronavirus vaccinations to implant microchips in billions of people to track their movements.

In a media call announcing $1.6 billion in funding for immunization in poor countries, Gates said the misinformation about his work on vaccines was so weird that he found it difficult to understand – and he categorically denied he’s involved in any sort of microchipping conspiracy.

“In

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Here are the latest developments

COVID-19: Here are the latest developments
COVID-19: Here are the latest developments

COVID-19 news is changing by the hour.

Here’s what happened today and some noteworthy stories from the month of June.

See May’s headlines here.

For more updates and resources, click here.

JUNE 20, 2020

Ontario sees slight increase in cases

After nearly a week of daily COVID-19 case numbers remaining below 200 in the province, Ontario is now seeing a slight climb, reported by CTV News. Health officials registered 206 new patients infected with COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the provincial total number of cases to 33,301.

JUNE 19, 2020

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As heat and humidity starts to build across the country, Canada’s top health official is reminding residents that non-medical masks or cloth face coverings can make breathing difficult under those conditions. When outside in a heat wave, Dr. Theresa Tam recommends that physical distancing is best. She says to save the mask for indoors

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What does the future hold for the reclusive species?

China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images
China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported this month (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images): AFP via Getty Images

2020 has become the unofficial year of the pangolin.

The shy and reclusive creatures have harnessed global attention after being identified as a possible link in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new focus may end up being a relative blessing for conservationists who for years have urged greater protection for the endangered species.

In 2017, the status of all eight species of pangolins was upgraded in the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), barring international trade.

They remain the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal, driven by demand for its meat, considered a delicacy in parts of Asia, and its keratin scales, an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Pangolin scales, made with

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How Zack George went from ‘massively overweight’ child to the UK’s fittest man, and how he trains to stay there

Zack George as a child and now.
Zack George as a child and now.

Zack George

  • Zack George came top of the UK in the 2020 CrossFit Open, and 26th in the world.

  • However, as a child, George said he was “massively overweight,” eating fast food five times a week.

  • The professional athlete and CrossFit gym owner told Insider that his dad offered him a PlayStation as an incentive to lose weight, which kickstarted his fitness journey.

  • George now trains twice a day, six days a week, and he still has to keep his weight in check.

  • His best piece of advice to others is to “run your own race.”

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As a child growing up in Leicestershire, UK, Zack George was, in his own words, “massively overweight,” eating huge bags of candy and McDonald’s five times a week.

Two decades later, however, and he’s earned the title of the fittest man

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Rishi Sunak hints two-metre rule will be relaxed next week

Chancellor Rishi Sunak arrives in Downing Street, London, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. - Jonathan Brady/PA
Chancellor Rishi Sunak arrives in Downing Street, London, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. – Jonathan Brady/PA
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has given a major hint that current two-metre distancing guidelines will be relaxed when the Government publishes the findings of a review next week.

“The outcome of that review will be announced this week, obviously that’s something that will make an enormous difference I think to many businesses who are keen to see a change,” Mr Sunak told reporters in Yorkshire today.

“Obviously we need to go through that review but I’m very understanding of the calls for action on that, particularly for our hospitality industry, for our pubs, for our restaurants, (they) are keen to see if there’s some change that can be made there.”

Mr Sunak added that the progress in curbing the spread of coronavirus

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Plenty of new features across all Apple devices

What to expect at WWDC 2020: Plenty of new features across all Apple devices
What to expect at WWDC 2020: Plenty of new features across all Apple devices

On June 22, Apple will hold is annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). But rather than gathering thousands of developers and journalists inside the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose California, the event will be an online-only experience due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

But the new format isn’t stopping Apple from announcing new versions of its operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, MacOS, tvOS, and watchOS during its Special Event Keynote.

While nothing is confirmed, plenty of rumors over the last few months have allowed us to piece together what we can likely expect for all of its platforms.

But there’s also been speculation beyond software. In addition to new features on devices on the iPhone and Apple Watch, the company might also announce its future plans for switching to an ARM-based chip on its Macs.

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Sage adviser encourages Government to relax two-metre rule

Customers pass mannequins stationed two metres apart inside Selfridges & Co Ltd. department store in London, U.K., on Monday, June 15, 2020. - Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Customers pass mannequins stationed two metres apart inside Selfridges & Co Ltd. department store in London, U.K., on Monday, June 15, 2020. – Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A member of the government’s scientific advisory panel Sage has said that he has changed his mind on the enforcement of the two-metre rule.

Professor Calum Semple, a professor of child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, said current coronavirus infection rates mean more decisions can be taken to reopen parts of society.

“I think the reason that I changed my mind now, and whereas I was of a very different opinion three weeks ago, is that now we are in a position where there are low levels and sustained low levels of transmission throughout the country,” Prof Semple told the Today programme.

“I’m still saying that two metres is safer than one, but in my opinion it is now a reasonable

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Man Interrupts Fitness Class, Refuses To Leave Until Police Come

AURORA, IL — A white man taunted a fitness class of mostly Black women working out at It’s Fit Time in Aurora and only stopped once police were called, according to a report by the Aurora Beacon-News. The man approached the women exercising June 6 in the business’ parking lot and harassed them for about 45 minutes, the report states.

Certified personal trainer Asafonie Obed, of Aurora, told the City Council and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin about the experience during an online meeting earlier this month. Obed said she was working outside at the predominantly Black gym when the man came over to the women and immediately began to act “very hostile” toward them.

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“The first thing he said was, ‘What are y’all doing here?’ and ‘I pay taxes,'” Obed said. “I’m a tax-paying citizen. I’m a resident as well. I

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