Day: July 4, 2020

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Hoboken Mayor Announces New Coronavirus Spike, All From Travelers

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla sent out an “important update” to residents Saturday morning saying the Heath Department reported 13 new coronavirus cases Thursday and Friday, the most since mid-May. He said all of the people who tested positive — it was determined during contact tracing — had recently traveled for work and pleasure to “hot spot” states in the country where coronavirus is rising.

Bhalla said the states they’d traveled to are on the state’s quarantine list of 16 states, including Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina. New Jersey residents returning from those states have been told to get a coronavirus test and isolate for 14 days. Some of those states loosened their coronavirus restrictions early and now have reinstated orders to close bars and beaches.

In the middle of June, Hoboken had a week in which the city saw only one new coronavirus case —

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Duffy attacks Netflix’s irresponsible release of 365 Days

Welsh singer Duffy has sent an open letter to Netflix publicly criticising their “irresponsible” release of Polish film 365 Days, which “glamorises the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping, and rape.”

Earlier this year, Duffy revealed that she had been drugged, abducted, raped, and held hostage over a four week period around a decade ago.

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365 Days, which has received terrible reviews but has been in Netflix’s top 10 ever since it was released last month, revolves around a Polish woman being imprisoned and abused by a Sicilian man for an entire year, as he wants her to fall in love with him. 

It has proven to be such a huge success that a sequel was reportedly in the works. However the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed its development. 

365 Days has been a huge success for Netflix,

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Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon.

That was just before the coronavirus struck suddenly, forcing them to close. But in May, as authorities eased safety and social-distancing rules, Hungry Pants reopened at smaller capacity, fueled by hope, hand sanitizer and a government loan.

Now, a spike in confirmed viral cases is making Conicella and Marin anxious about the future — for their business and for the region — even as they keep their restaurant open.

“It’s been a roller-coaster ride,” Conicella said glumly.

For residents across America’s Sun Belt — business owners and workers, consumers and home buyers — the past three months have delivered about the scariest ride in memory. With confirmed

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Jeffree Star is staying quiet while Shane Dawson’s career lies in tatters. Here’s why celebrities like him seem uncancelable.

Will Jeffree Star actually be canceled this time?
Will Jeffree Star actually be canceled this time?

Jeffree Star / YouTube

  • Karmageddon is currently tearing its way through YouTube’s beauty community, with Tati Westbrook claiming Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson manipulated her into almost destroying James Charles’ career in May 2019.

  • But while Dawson is currently experiencing a catastrophic fall from grace, Star is nowhere to be seen.

  • Some celebrities seem to be able to brush off criticism and backlash whenever it comes their way, either by staying quiet, or continuing as normal.

  • According to experts, this is down to the brand they have built themselves, what the audience expects from them, and relentlessly fierce fanbases.

  • When someone has a supervillain persona, they are more likely to get away with bad behavior. It’s the ones who set themselves higher standards who get “canceled.”

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Shane Dawson’s reputation is currently hanging in the balance. He’s

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Facebook Business Page Tips That Will Help You Make More Money

If you own a business, you need a web presence. First and foremost, that means you should have a great website. There’s no way around that. But what about social media? Is it necessary to have a Facebook business page?

Let’s see. In December 2019, Facebook had an average of 1.66 billion daily active users, according to its fourth quarter results. So, if you own a business, you want a Facebook page. The trick is to do it right.

Here’s how to make one that will not only start some social chatter but will create new customers for your business.

Building Your Facebook Business Page

The first thing you need to do is to create your Facebook business page. While it’s not difficult to do, you should be thoughtful about how you put it together. Here are a few tips.

Make a Professional, Not Personal Profile

You don’t want to

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Aunt of boy, 11, who died in ATV accident warns parents: ‘It was horrifying’

For many families, Fourth of July means enjoying outdoor activities together, and even though it’s a time to celebrate, taking precautions to protect your kids is still paramount.

That’s why Kristen Almer, whose 11-year-old nephew died in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident in 2013, is calling on parents this weekend — and year round — to teach their kids about power sports safety.

According to a Consumer Federation of America report from 2018, July is the month with the most fatalities due to off-highway vehicles (OHVs), and the date with the highest number of fatalities is July 4.

Logan Almer’s story

On May 24, 2013, heading into Memorial Day weekend, Logan Almer, who lived with his father, mother and older brother in Minong, Wisconsin, got on his dad’s ATV when no adults were around, Almer told TODAY. He wasn’t wearing a helmet or other protective gear and drove the vehicle

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A growing chorus of coronavirus patients have had symptoms for more than 100 days

Felecia Jester using a nebulizer (left) and at the emergency room (right).
Felecia Jester using a nebulizer (left) and at the emergency room (right).

Felecia Jester

  • Business Insider spoke to 17 coronavirus patients who have had symptoms for more than 100 days.

  • Few of them have gotten a clear answer from doctors as to why they’re still sick.

  • Their lives have changed drastically in the last few months.

  • Some face unemployment or might have to file for disability as they stare down the barrel of chronic illness.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The people who’ve had coronavirus symptoms for more than 100 days have a nickname for themselves: the long-haulers.

They’ve been dealing with the virus for much longer than most of their peers, and far longer than their doctors anticipated. As their illnesses persist without explanation, these patients turn to online support groups on Facebook, Reddit, and Slack, where they seek medical advice, swap war stories, and share updates

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Think WFH is a challenge? Not compared to WOFH: Working Out From Home

With many gyms closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, WFH is making way for WOFH: Working Out From Home.

“I use a lot of makeshift materials to work out,” says Anne Barreca, of Brooklyn, New York. Without access to a gym or swimming pool, she uses what’s in her environment for exercise, including the stairs leading to her third-floor walkup, groceries, resistance bands, furniture sliders, dish towels — even her 5-month-old son, Benjamin, whom she calls “the world’s cutest kettlebell.” He’s the perfect size for squats and lunges (“comes with the noises too,” her husband, Brian, jokes).

Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)
Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)

“It’s better than nothing,” Barreca said. “Something is always better than just being lazy or sitting around. … There’s no such thing as a perfect workout.”

Exercising using one’s body weight or with what’s available, of course, isn’t a new phenomenon.

In 1976’s “Rocky,” the underdog

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Washington Redskins to undergo ‘thorough review’ of team name

The Washington Redskins, the NFL team representing the nation’s capital, announced Friday it would begin a “thorough review” of its controversial name that Native Americans have long objected to as racially offensive.

In a statement the team said the decision was made “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community” and it comes after a month of protests calling for racial justice and equality.

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” owner Dan Snyder said in a statement.

Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, has previously said the team would “never” change the name, arguing it actually honored Native Americans.

PHOTO: Washington Redskins logo at

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