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Tennis-Jabeur mulls swapping rackets for dancing shoes in lockdown

MUMBAI, April 6 (Reuters) – Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur is holed up in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic and says she is contemplating taking up dancing to remain fit as the tennis world finds innovative ways to deal with the lockdown.

The 25-year-old became the first Tunisian and the first Arab woman to make a Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne, where she lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin of the United States.

She also reached the last eight of the Qatar Open in Doha and is currently on a career-high world ranking of 39.

But her rapid rise has been somewhat checked with the tennis season currently suspended until at least mid July with both the claycourt season and grasscourt events wiped out due to the coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.

“I’m not allowed to eat much as I’m not moving much,” a smiling Jabeur

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New Zealand demoted its health minister after he took his family to the beach on the first weekend of the country's coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand demoted its health minister after he took his family to the beach on the first weekend of the country’s coronavirus lockdown

Dr. David Clark, New Zealand's health minister, breached his government's own coronavirus guidelines.
Dr. David Clark, New Zealand’s health minister, breached his government’s own coronavirus guidelines.

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  • Dr. David Clark, New Zealand’s health minster, has been demoted after he admitted taking his family on a beach trip on the first weekend of the country’s coronavirus lockdown. 

  • It was the second time he had flouted his own government’s social distancing advice. Last week, he was photographed riding his mountain bike when all New Zealanders were being encouraged to stay home.

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the she would have sacked her minister for the lockdown abuse, but she needs him to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the country.

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New Zealand’s health minister has been demoted after admitting that he took his family on a beach trip in the first weekend of the country’s nationwide lockdown.

Dr. David Clark admitted driving his family to Doctor’s

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NZ health minister demoted after breaking lockdown with beach trip

NZ health minister demoted after breaking lockdown with beach trip

  • Dr. David Clark, New Zealand’s health minster, has been demoted after he admitted taking his family on a beach trip on the first weekend of the country’s coronavirus lockdown. 
  • It was the second time he had flouted his own government’s social distancing advice. Last week, he was photographed riding his mountain bike when all New Zealanders were being encouraged to stay home.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the she would have sacked her minister for the lockdown abuse, but she needs him to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the country.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

New Zealand’s health minister has been demoted after admitting that he took his family on a beach trip in the first weekend of the country’s nationwide lockdown.

Dr. David Clark admitted driving his family to Doctor’s Point beach, located 12 miles from his home in Dunedin, despite his government specifically stating at

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Jabeur mulls swapping rackets for dancing shoes in lockdown

Jabeur mulls swapping rackets for dancing shoes in lockdown

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur is holed up in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic and says she is contemplating taking up dancing to remain fit as the tennis world finds innovative ways to deal with the lockdown.

The 25-year-old became the first Tunisian and the first Arab woman to make a Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne, where she lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin of the United States.

She also reached the last eight of the Qatar Open in Doha and is currently on a career-high world ranking of 39.

But her rapid rise has been somewhat checked with the tennis season currently suspended until at least mid July with both the claycourt season and grasscourt events wiped out due to the coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.

“I’m not allowed to eat much as I’m not moving much,” a smiling Jabeur said in

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Coronavirus lockdown in US 'really should be' nationwide, Fauci says

Coronavirus lockdown in US ‘really should be’ nationwide, Fauci says

  • The US has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world: more than 260,000, or about one-quarter of global cases. At least 6,200 Americans have died, and the number of daily cases and deaths continues to rise.
  • More than 90% of the country is under a stay-at-home order, which enforces social distancing and helps minimize the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Two experts told Business Insider one of the best ways to curb the American outbreak is to enforce social distancing across the whole country. 
  • However, President Donald Trump has left it up to state governments to decide when, where, and how to implement these stay-at-home orders, if at all.
  • Anthony Fauci, one of the US’s top disease experts, told CNN the US “really should be” under a nationwide stay-at-home order, adding: “I don’t understand why that’s not happening.”
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The US has

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Who is Joe Wicks? The fitness guru leading PE lessons for British kids in lockdown

Who is Joe Wicks? The fitness guru leading PE lessons for British kids in lockdown

While the country remains in lockdown, people are having to think of innovative ways to spend their time indoors while also remaining physically fit.

This may be particularly difficult for adults with children in their households, considering it is recommended that young people aged between five and 18 do around 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every day.

As the public continues to get to grips with self-isolation, Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, has been offering live-streamed PE lessons for children from Monday to Friday.

But how did Wicks become so well-known within the world of fitness influencers?

Here is everything you need to know about the fitness instructor.

Who is Joe Wicks?

Born on 21 September 1986, Wicks grew up in Epsom, Surrey with his mother, Raquela and his two brothers, Nikki and George.

The fitness instructor previously told The Mirror that his father, Gary,

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Madrid breathes clearer air amid coronavirus lockdown

MADRID, April 5 (Reuters) – The air appears visibly clearer in Madrid since Spain imposed some of the world’s strictest measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters video images show.

The measures have curbed economic activity including road transport since March 14, when the government implemented an initial 15-day lockdown, later extended to April 12.

Reuters video footage of Madrid’s skyline was taken on April 4, 2020 and in 2016.

In the images from 2016, buildings including the capital’s “four towers” skyscrapers are shrouded in smog, whereas on Saturday, the air appeared considerably clearer. Meanwhile, some of Madrid’s major roads have gone from being congested with vehicles to practically deserted.

Under the lockdown, which will now be extended to April 26, people must stay at home and leave only for essential journeys such as to buy food and medicine. All bars, restaurants and shops are closed.

Cities including Madrid, Brussels,

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The ethics of ordering non-essential items online during the coronavirus lockdown

The ethics of ordering non-essential items online during the coronavirus lockdown

In response to the Coronavirus crisis, the UK government announced that all retail outlets, except for those considered to provide essential goods and services, were to close with immediate effect. Online retail is, however, “still open and encouraged”.

So, does that mean we can click with a clear conscience?

Business academics Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten argue that a decision has an ethical dimension to it if it has a significant effect on others it is characterised by choice, and it is perceived as ethically relevant to one or more parties.

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Most of us would likely agree that ordering essential items, such as food or medicine, is ethically acceptable. Especially if there is no alternative, as is currently the case for millions of people who have been deemed at high risk due to underlying health conditions, are self-isolating as the result symptoms of

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Lockdown life in South Africa

Lockdown life in South Africa

Two police officers wearing masks
Two police officers wearing masks

“The night Cyril Ramaphosa became a wartime president” is how a leading columnist for South Africa’s News24 website described the South African leader’s decision to impose a nationwide lockdown to defeat coronavirus.

The three-week lockdown, which started just after midnight, is unprecedented.

It is the first time since South Africa became a democracy in 1994 that a president had stripped away the most basic freedoms of citizens – to walk, to shop, to socialise and to congregate for prayer without hindrance.

As Mr Ramaphosa told South African troops being deployed to the streets this week: “This is unprecedented, not only in our democracy but also in the history of our country, that we will have a lockdown for 21 days to go out and wage war against an invisible enemy, coronavirus.”

Some shoppers were stocking up on alcohol before the lockdown
Some shoppers were stocking up on alcohol before the lockdown

The government has even

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What if This Coronavirus Lockdown Is Only the Beginning?

What if This Coronavirus Lockdown Is Only the Beginning?

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos Getty
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos Getty

SEATTLE—Strips of red tape, six feet apart, line the sidewalk outside the walk-up window at Chocolati Cafe. Business is steady on this sunny Sunday, despite the tables and chairs stacked up inside. Three baristas scramble to keep up with orders from an array of customers that stretches out more than 30 feet. 

Geordie Glass has just ordered his eight-ounce latte. He’s on his way to walk a lap of Green Lake across the street. “I do this almost every day now,” Glass, 45, told The Daily Beast. “I’m running out of things to do at home.”

At the lake, a steady stream of walkers, runners, skaters, and bikers share the three-mile path with gaggles of geese. Here, too, most people—if not the congregating geese—are adhering to the international trend toward social distancing.

A reminder is posted by the trail: “Stay

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