Day: September 8, 2020

Ontario premier defends province’s top doctor, ‘You cannot hold big parties,’ Dr. Tam warns

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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 6,00 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 131,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

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At least 1,000 ECU students have tested positive

RALEIGH, N.C. — At least 1,000 East Carolina University students have tested positive for the coronavirus since fall classes began on Aug. 10, according to the college’s COVID-19 case count.

ECU’s COVID-19 dashboard updated Tuesday afternoon shows 1,084 students tested positive for the virus between Aug. 9 and Sept. 5, thus making ECU the first college in the state to eclipse 1,000 cases since classes started again.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, which started in-person classes the same day as ECU, are also approaching 1,000 student coronavirus cases.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

— CEOs of companies making vaccines pledge safety for coronavirus vaccines

— Computer glitches disrupt classes as schools return online

— Retiree in Austria gets U.S. virus relief check, lived there 2 years in 1960s

— The British government facing pressure to act

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Study links 260K cases to Sturgis motorcycle rally; Senate GOP to introduce relief bill

After U.S. health officials warned Americans to continue social distancing and wearing masks on Labor Day weekend, the United States may report its 190,000th death from the new coronavirus on Tuesday or Wednesday.

In sports news, the American men are out at the U.S. Open after Frances Tiafoe, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in July, lost Monday to No. 4 Daniil Medvedev of Russia. The next Grand Slam event, the French Open, which begins later this month, will allow spectators, organizers announced Monday.

Meanwhile, we don’t know when a COVID-19 vaccine will arrive, but we’re starting to know how it will be distributed.

The swift — and so far positive — effort to create vaccines to fight COVID-19 has been remarkable, but it’s only half of the work, said Tinglong Dai, a professor of operations management who studies health care analytics at the Johns Hopkins University. Dai expects the

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We’re At Risk If NJ Cuts Mental Health Funds

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey’s budget can’t be balanced on the backs of children. But if planned cuts to a beloved state program aren’t rolled back, Essex County youth who are struggling with mental health issues will be among those who pay the price, advocates say.

Recently, officials announced that the 2021 budget would eliminate all 90 School-Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSP) in New Jersey. The program funds mental health counseling, employment counseling, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, pregnancy prevention and sexual assault prevention in school communities across the state.

The program, which has been operating as a grant-funded initiative in schools across the state since 1987, is set to be eliminated starting Oct. 1.

Family Connections NJ says it’s one of the organizations that will suffer if funds are cut. The East Orange-based group manages SBYSPs at Maplewood Middle School, Columbia High School, Orange High School and Bloomfield

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Here’s What Would Happen If Schools Didn’t Reopen For a Full Year

The pandemic is making this the strangest start to a school year of a lifetime. Nothing’s for certain with America’s school openings. It’s up to states — and in many cases different school districts — to decide to open their doors. And with so much we don’t know about COVID-19, it’s a toss-up whether schools that open will stay open.

Unfortunately, this ambiguity about schools and safety isn’t temporary. In New Jersey and New York State, for instance, where COVID hit early and hard, infection rates and hospitalizations have eased enough to make it seem like the worst may be over. But COVID-19 is spiking in Europe, sparking fears of a second wave. Questions linger about children and the transmission of the virus. If something big, new, and bad happens, schools won’t stay open long.

It’s not a fun mental exercise, but we wondered: What would happen if schools

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‘It’s good for me to take a break’

Chrissy Teigen is opening up about her focus on mental health during the coronavirus quarantine and how she’s learned to take a step back from social media because of it.

“I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist,” she told Marie Claire in a new interview. “I didn’t start therapy until quarantine. I used to avoid it and make fun of the idea of it, and then I found the right person and it changed my world.”

The 34-year-old explained her increasing anxiety as a result of running two companies at once — Cravings by Chrissy Teigen and Suit & Thai Productions — in addition to being a mother of two who is now expecting her third child. “With my anxiety, the worst thing is not giving enough to enough people,” she said. “People think I’m tough, but I’m such an empath, and I take

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How to Plan a Relaxing, Rejuvenating Staycation

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Staycations are on the rise. Part of it is due to stay-at-home orders and the necessity of social distancing, but staycations have always had some popularity. “One of the greatest benefits of a staycation is the savings,” says Seri Kertzner, Chief Party Officer at Little Miss Party Planner. “You’re not spending on a hotel or travel so you can splurge on hiring a masseuse, fitness instructor, or chef.” The economical appeal of staycations doesn’t mean that you have to be limited in their level of relaxation or rejuvenation, either.

Since every person has their own idea of what it means to relax, that gives you a lot of creative control in recreating your ideal vacation at home. Kertzner suggests finding ways to make it special—like adding scented candles and fresh flowers to your living space for a day of aromatherapy or splurging on brand new

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Abercrombie (ANF) Falls Back on Online Sales Amid Pandemic

With social distancing becoming the new norm due to the coronavirus pandemic, consumers have taken to digital shopping, which in turn is boosting online sales. Catching up with the current trend, majority of retailers are improving their websites and mobile apps, and omni-channel capabilities to serve customers better. One such retailer is Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF, which has witnessed robust digital growth overthe past few months.

Despite a sluggish top line in second-quarter fiscal 2020 owing to pandemic-induced store closures and consumers’ altered shopping habits, a solid online show provided Abercrombie with the much-needed shield. Even as stores reopened after almost seven long weeks following local health guidelines, the company continued to witness solid online performance. Digital net sales surged 56% year over year to $386 million in second-quarter fiscal 2020, representing nearly 55% of the top line. The upside can be mainly attributed to improved traffic, higher

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Online Sales Strengthen Results, But Can It Last?

As the dust settles from recent quarterly earnings reports for major retailers and brands, one thing is clear, according to analysts: a boom in online shopping amid the COVID-19 outbreak has significantly boosted year-over-year online revenue for many companies while helping to clear inventory levels and sell products at higher gross margin rates.

Stellar results were not evenly spread across the retail sector. But in the most recent quarter, Target, Walmart, Gap, Kohl’s, The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. (brand sites), Abercrombie & Fitch, Ulta, Foot Locker, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Big Lots all had robust gains in online sales, with many of these companies seeing higher margins as well as reduced inventory levels (in some cases reductions of more than 10 percent).

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The looming question is whether these retailers can maintain the momentum of online shopping, which analysts see garnering about 30 percent of all

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The Women Making WFH Happen

Photo credit: Design by Hanna Varady + Getty Images + Courtesy of the subjects
Photo credit: Design by Hanna Varady + Getty Images + Courtesy of the subjects

From Marie Claire

No one quite knows what the post-coronavirus, nebulous “new normal” will look like, but one thing is sure: Work is going to be different. Corporations that have long resisted work-from-home models have realized that people actually can be productive despite sitting on couches and at kitchen tables. Some companies, like Twitter and Square, have already announced that employees can work remotely indefinitely if they so choose; others seem ready to let their office leases lapse. According to one survey, 74 percent of organizations report that they plan to allow some employees to work remotely for good, and Global Workplace Analytics says up to 30 percent of the entire American workforce will likely work from home at least a couple of days a week by the end of 2021. Virtual communication tools are no

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