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Being with loved ones at Christmas not worth putting them at risk, WHO says

Being with family and friends at Christmas “is not worth putting them or yourself at risk,” the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.



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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, urged people to think about whether travelling during the festive period is necessary.

Experts also warned that there could be issues in relation to ski resorts.

Dr Tedros said: “We all need to consider whose life we might be gambling with in the decisions we make.

“Covid-19 pandemic will change the way we celebrate but it doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate. We still can celebrate.”



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He warned that “this is no time for complacency,” despite coming after last week seeing the first decline in newly-reported cases globally since September.

Dr Tedros said this was due to a decrease in Europe thanks to “difficult but

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  • December 1, 2020
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COVID, digital deals helping Cyber Monday break records, retail experts say

Online shoppers were projected to ring up record-breaking numbers Cyber Monday, as many consumers avoid mall crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cyber Monday is expected to remain the king of online shopping days and become the largest online sales day in history,” with between $10.8 billion and $12.7 billion spent online, representing between 15% and 35% growth from the same day last year, according to projections from Adobe Analytics, a division of San Jose, California-based software company Adobe Inc.

Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for much of shoppers’ avoidance of brick-and-mortar stores this holiday season, but in-store foot traffic also is down because retailers began offering their holiday promotions earlier, in October.

Also, in-store shopping numbers have been declining for years as consumers become more comfortable shopping from their smartphones and other electronic devices to make purchases online for home delivery, buy online and pick up

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  • December 1, 2020
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Best Holiday Gifts for Geeks in 2020

To quote indie rock legends The Mountain Goats, 2020’s mantra seems to be “I’m going to make it through this year if it kills me.” We will all collectively breathe a sigh of relief once New Year’s Day hits, and a side effect of wanting the calendar to change is the desire to just get the holidays over with as soon as possible. Reality being what it currently is, most of us can’t (nor should we) see our friends and family right now. But that doesn’t mean we have to humbug our way through the next month. Small seasonal commemorations, even if it is just you and a tree straight out of A Charlie Brown Christmas, will be the norm this Yuletide. And that’s not ideal, but it’s okay given our circumstances.

Online shopping makes the arduous task of gift-purchasing, for those who can this year, easier—and safer—than ever

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  • December 1, 2020
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Hoosick Falls Letters to Santa effort goes virtual

Last year, they delivered more than 80,000 letters from seniors and adults and children.

“My classmates and teachers have been asking me what we’re going to do this year, and I’ve been telling them that we’re not doing in-person letters this year, but we are doing on-line,” said Luke Hoag. 

Because of the pandemic, Luke is raising money online this year. 

People can still submit letters online or drop them off at Macy’s.  

The goal of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is to grant about 100 wishes a year.  Some of the wishes that involve travel have been postponed this year. 

Luke is himself a wish recipient, getting a trip to Disney about a decade ago, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. 

Now he’s raised more than half a million dollars for Make-A-Wish over five years. 

“I just do it to give back to Make-A-Wish because they gave me and

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  • December 1, 2020
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BTS’s ‘Life Goes On’ Did the Impossible

Indeed, “Life Goes On” attempts to commiserate without getting consumed by grief. “One day, the world stopped / Without any prior warning,” Jungkook sings in a honey-toned voice edged with exhaustion. “On a street with footsteps since erased, / Here I am, fallen on the ground,” Jimin continues, rising to a desperate falsetto. In his rap verse, RM paints a vivid image of trying to outrun a rain cloud before admitting his helplessness: “I must merely be human.” The members each add their own texture to the song, creating a sense of togetherness out of individual alienation. “Here, hold my hand / Let’s fly to that future,” Jungkook and Jin sing together before the chorus erupts: “Like an echo in a forest / The day will surely return / As if nothing happened / Yeah life goes on … like this again.”

If “Life Goes On” received airplay, non-Korean-speaking

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  • December 1, 2020
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13 Of The Best Cyber Monday Deals At Walmart

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The biggest, brightest shopping day of the year is finally here. Cyber Monday has arrived, and with it, the lowest sale prices on awesome holiday gifts for family and friends. From a multi-tasking kitchen appliance to some of the best wireless headphones on the market, the top deals are right here, so you can snatch them up right now. Not only will you be getting your hands on great gifts at the steepest possible discount, but you can also expect fast and free shipping. Done and done.

We’ve teamed up with Walmart to bring you new deals every day this season, with a project called 30 Days of Savings—and for Cyber Monday, the offerings are eye-popping. Shoppers, start

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  • December 1, 2020
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‘Why Do I Feel Awkward?’ The Answer, According to MBTI

Your Myers-Briggs personality type can help you better understand a great many details of what makes you Y-O-UWhether you’re looking to find love, trying to pin down the source of your burnout, or on the hunt for the best longevity habits to suit your type, the MBTI has you covered. And given how uncomfortable it is to turn into the human manifestation of the awkward turtle meme, using your MBTI to shed light on the question of “why do I feel awkward right now” can be telling and save you from awkward feelings in the future.

Good news: Molly Owens, founder and CEO of online personality-test platform Truity, gave helpful hints as to what makes all 16 Myers-Briggs personality types squirm. From dealing with overt emotional displays to being put on the spot and handling public displays of affection, here’s the MBTI answer to your question of

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  • December 1, 2020
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Blacksburg businesses suffer as Virginia Tech moves to virtual instruction

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Students at Virginia Tech are now in the next phase of an unprecedented semester: online instruction only.

The drillfield at Virginia Tech was empty Monday and so were the streets of downtown Blacksburg.

Students are finishing up the semester on their computers instead of on campus.

The decision to move fully virtual after Thanksgiving was made months ago as part of a lengthy COVID-19 plan to make in-person fall instruction possible.

“We knew back in June that travel was a risky venture because it could help transmit COVID between communities,” said university spokesperson Mark Owczarski.

For university leaders, public health was top of mind. But now the financial health of downtown is suffering.

“With the students gone, it takes a huge hit,” said Casey Jenkins, executive director of Downtown Blacksburg Inc. “My initial reaction was that it was the right call from a safety standpoint, but of

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  • November 30, 2020
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Meet the Gangster-Free Weed Growers Who Hide in Plain Sight

Guerrilla weed grower

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Damo and Neil both have day jobs. Damo works in an office and Neil is a mechanic. But for the last eight years they’ve been cultivating large amounts of cannabis, hidden in plain sight, next to some of the busiest motorways in England.

The pair use Google Maps and a 4K camera drone to seek out ideal sites, usually in lightly forested “no man’s land” zones between motorway junctions, where most people have no reason to ever step foot in. 

They are part of a rising online community of “guerrilla growers” cultivating cannabis on thousands of secret, open-air sites across the UK. For many it’s a more appealing alternative to growing indoors under artificial lights, or buying weed from a black market tainted by organised crime and exploitation. 

Damo and Neil, who are using pseudonyms for fear of being identified, are willing to live

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  • November 30, 2020
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Did Thanksgiving Spread Covid-19? Here’s Why You Can’t Tell Yet.

That’s what happened after July 4, said Megan L. Ranney, an emergency physician and public health researcher at Brown University. She said a jump in positive tests began between two and four weeks after the holiday, suggesting that many were pass-along infections.

The American Automobile Association forecast that about 50 million people would travel for Thanksgiving. Even if only 1 percent caught the virus, Dr. Ranney said, “that’s an extra 500,000 infections in one day,” and they could infect untold thousands more before showing up in the statistics. “We are looking at an exponential effect,” she said, one that would only truly be seen around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. “It will be a double whammy.”

Lewis S. Nelson, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said he was not certain that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings would create a widespread surge in new cases.

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  • November 30, 2020