Day: May 10, 2020

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Pandemic Pits E-Commerce Giant Amazon Against Big Box Stores, Mall Outlets

For retailers, Q1 earnings might resemble a Charles Dickens novel  as a tale of two sectors: Essential and nonessential—or perhaps brick-and-mortar and e-commerce.

Companies with the goods consumers needed as they hunkered down at home are widely expected to have rung up relatively healthy sales numbers, analysts said. Those that sold discretionary items probably struggled.

And it could be better yet for those essential retailers with strong e-commerce platforms to peddle food, aseptic solutions and even lumber (home repair projects seem popular now as people can’t really go anywhere). Non-store retail sales in March, at the onset of the shutdown throughout the U.S. slipped 3.1%, according to the Commerce Department. That sounds disappointing, but not when you look at overall retail sales that month falling 8.7%, making March the worst month ever for retail sales in data going back to 1992.

As many stockpiled food and filled medicine cabinets and

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Coronavirus business interruption battle pits business lobby against itself

Coronavirus business interruption battle pits business lobby against itself

Small businesses trying to get their state legislatures to force insurance companies to cover coronavirus losses are coming up against an opponent many might not have expected: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses large and small often look to the chamber and its local counterparts to be their voice in statehouses and on Capitol Hill. The national organization fosters that expectation, saying on its website it represents “the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.”

But in this battle, it’s the interests of enormous insurers facing billions in liability that hold sway. 

The focus of the dispute is insurance for business interruptions, which after the SARS epidemic in 2003 usually exempts viruses. Eight states – and others in the wings – are considering bills that would close that loophole and make insurers pay up.

In a letter to Congress last week, the U.S. Chamber 

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If COVID-19 Is Messing With Your Sleep Routine, Here’s How to Get It Back on Track

If COVID-19 Is Messing With Your Sleep Routine, Here’s How to Get It Back on Track

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of change to our routines — including how we sleep. Some people report having weird or vivid dreams as of late, which some experts say may stem from disruptions to the REM cycle.

“We only remember our dreams when we wake up from REM sleep. What’s happening is that the sleep cycle has been disrupted, so people are waking up from REM sleep and now they can remember the dreams they were having anyway,” Richard Castriotta, a sleep medicine physician at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, tells Allure. “If that’s new, it means your sleep-wake cycle has changed from where you were before, and you’re waking up from REM sleep more often.”

While it’s easy to get out of sync with your normal sleep routine during any major change, adhering to schedule might be even more difficult when you’re

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Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid

Spanish FA propose five substitutions when La Liga resumes

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has officially announced it will propose the possibility of allowing teams to make five substitutions per game if football returns in the country.

The measure, which had previously been suggested by FIFA, would be introduced in order to help teams better manage player fitness after a long period away from the game.

A statement from the RFEF said the changes could be made at three points in each match, in order to lessen the impact of a potential 10 substitutions would have on running down the clock.

The measure, which would be introduced in the event of La Liga being able to resume play, is now pending approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the international body which oversees the laws of the game.

The statement confirmed that RFEF president Luis Rubiales had communicated the idea to La Liga chief Javier Tebas, who indicated

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Experimental coronavirus vaccine being tested on 360 US patients, Pfizer announces

An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer has been administered to patients in the United States, the pharmaceutical giant announced Tuesday.

Pfizer teamed up with German drugmaker BioNTech and began the trial last week in Germany. Anticipating a successful trial, Pfizer is already scaling up production to produce millions of vaccine doses this year and hundreds of millions by 2021, it announced in a news release.

The experimental vaccine, called BNT162, contains genetic material that could induce immunity for COVID-19, Pfizer said. There are four separate vaccine candidates Pfizer and BioNTech will consider to determine which is the most effective, the company said Tuesday.

Trials have begun at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine with healthy American patients in two separate age groups.

“We look forward to advancing quickly and collaboratively with our partners at BioNTech and regulatory authorities to bring

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The Best DIY Hair Masks for Every Hair Type, According to Stylists

The Best DIY Hair Masks for Every Hair Type, According to Stylists

Now that in-salon trims and treatments are on an indefinite hiatus, the health of our hair is entirely up to us. One of the easiest ways to give your locks some love at home? Make a DIY hair mask. Besides being a huge money saver, a homemade hair mask virtually guarantees the ingredients you’re slathering on your strands are all-natural and non-toxic.

“Plant-based ingredients are holistic, meaning a single ingredient will deliver a variety of benefits and won’t have any negative consequences, such as leaving behind chemical buildup or residue,” says Devin Toth, a hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York.

And because you’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your hair and scalp, you’ll have an easier time tweaking your DIY formulas so that you can score the best possible results for your hair type and the particular brand of hair drama you’re combatting.

How to get the

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Pfizer, BioNTech set to begin U.S. coronavirus vaccine trial

Pfizer, BioNTech set to begin U.S. coronavirus vaccine trial

By Carl O’Donnell and Michael Erman

(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Tuesday they have begun delivering doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccines for initial human testing in the United States.

The U.S. drugmaker and German partner said if the vaccine proves to be safe and effective in trials, it could potentially be ready for wide U.S. distribution by the end of the year, shaving several years off the typical vaccine development timeline.

The vaccine, which uses messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, has the potential to be among the first vaccines against the virus that has infected more than 1 million people in the United States and killed some 68,000.

There are currently no approved treatments or vaccines for the new coronavirus, though some drugs are being used on patients under an emergency use authorization.

The U.S. study is part of a broader, global program already underway in

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Moms who could star at Tokyo Olympics

Moms who could star at Tokyo Olympics

Moms across sports are becoming more and more commonplace. A look at 15 moms who could be medal winners and news makers at the Toyko Olympics in 2021 ahead of “On Her Turf: Inspiring Greatness” on NBCSN on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET …

Nia Ali
Track and Field

Ali, who earned Rio Olympic 100m hurdles silver a year after having son Titus, won her first world title in 2019, a year after having daughter Yuri. At worlds, she lowered her personal best in the semifinals (12.44) and final (12.34) for the upset victory.

Oksana Chusovitina
Gymnastics

Chusovitina’s son, Alisher, will be older than many of Chusovitina’s competitors at the Tokyo Games. He is 20. She is 44, set to break her own record with an eighth Olympic gymnastics appearance. Chusovitina, already the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history from her Rio participation, will next year become

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Coronavirus whistleblower says Trump administration ignored warnings and drug dangers before he was removed

Coronavirus whistleblower says Trump administration ignored warnings and drug dangers before he was removed

A federal scientist who says he was removed from his post after disputing the efficacy of an unproven malaria drug to combat coronavirus has filed a whistle-blower complaint alleging that his warnings were dismissed by the administration.

Dr Rick Bright, who led the office overseeing the development of a vaccine, says officials launched a “baseless smear campaign” against him and levelled “demonstrably false allegations about his performance in an attempt to justify what was clearly a retaliatory demotion” following his opposition to the broad use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

He argued to White House officials that the use of the drugs, which the federal Food and Drug Administration later warned against using, lacked “scientific merit” while the administration pushed to “flood” parts of the US with drugs “imported from factories in Pakistan and India that had not been inspected by the FDA”, the complaint says.

Ignored by the White House,

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Army Bases Prepare for New Ban on Under-21 Tobacco Sales

Army Bases Prepare for New Ban on Under-21 Tobacco Sales

By late summer, it will be illegal for soldiers under 21 years of age to buy tobacco products at on-post stores, but there are no plans to enforce a smoking ban for underage troops, according to Army health officials.

A new law that takes effect Aug. 1 will require all Defense Department retailers to begin checking IDs to prevent the sale of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, dip and other tobacco products to anyone under 21. Under Secretary of Defense Matthew Donovan confirmed this move in an April 16 memo.

Currently, the legal age to buy tobacco products at on-post stores is 18.

Related: Proposed Ban on Tobacco Sales to Those Under 21 Would Affect Troops

“You have to have a photo ID; you have to show that you are the appropriate age, over 21, to purchase these products,” Corey Fitzgerald, the Army Public Health Center’s lead for Army Tobacco Free Living,

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