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Russia shuns tough restrictions even as infections soar

On Friday, Russian authorities reported over 15,000 new infections, the highest daily spike so far in the pandemic. Moscow — with less than 10% of the population — accounts for up to 30% of new infections each day. The health minister says 90% of hospital beds for coronavirus patients have been filled. Three times this week, Russia’s daily death toll exceeded the spring record of 232.

Even these soaring virus tolls are likely undercounts; experts have cautioned that official figures around the world understate the true toll, but critics have taken particular issue with Russia’s death tolls, alleging authorities might be playing down the scale of the outbreak.

Right now, situation is “difficult” but “no restrictive measures for the economy are required,” Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

The spring lockdown hurt the country’s already weakened economy and compounded Russians’ frustration with plummeting incomes and

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  • October 18, 2020
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Water park may lead Bonneted bat to extinction, activists say

A recent acoustic monitoring survey of the endangered Florida bonneted bat showed that these flying mammals love to hang out at Zoo Miami’s parking lot, even more so than at six bat houses installed inside the zoo.

Something about the dark, open area attracts the fast-flying and large bats to this paved-over plot, supporting the argument that the zoo’s parking lot, located next to one of the world’s last remnants of rare pine Rockland forest, is an environmentally sensitive area that should be preserved, activists say.

Between May and December last year, Bat Conservation International installed ten acoustic detectors across Miami-Dade to identify behavior and distribution patterns. In total, more than 3.7 million bat calls were recorded over 684 nights from the ten sites. While bonneted bat calls were recorded in all ten sites, including Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and inside the zoo, the parking lot showed the greatest activity:

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  • October 18, 2020
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Local agencies seeking public input on long-term Fox River management in McHenry County

A new stretch of the Fox River in McHenry County is being analyzed by local government agencies preparing a plan for the long-term future management of the waterway, and community members can weigh in on what it should entail through an online survey.

McHenry County, the city of McHenry and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning are seeking public input on the Fox River Corridor Plan, which will focus on balancing commerce along business districts adjacent to the waterway, public access, environmental and natural resources and transportation connections to the river, according to a news release from the county.

The planning project is meant to outline strategies and actions that guide communities to realize their long-term visions for the river corridor, according to the release.

The study area for this phase of the is an 8-mile stretch from North Chapel Hill Road in Johnsburg south to Burtons Bridge at Route

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  • October 18, 2020
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Stardew Valley to Get Splitscreen Co-Op in Upcoming Version 1.5 Update

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, in its upcoming version 1.5 update, will add splitscreen co-op to both console and PC.Announced by Eric Barone, the creator of Stardew Valley, there will be up to 4-player splitscreen co-op on PC, but “on some other platforms it might be limited to 2.”

This update will also allow for players to move their bed, and Barone teased a peaceful scene on a beach with a player fishing and ducks hanging about.

Online multiplayer was added to Stardew Valley beginning in 2018, and this new update will give players even more options to play one of our 11 Calming Games to Help You Relax together.

Even though Barone is continuing to update Stardew Valley, which was originally released in 2016, he has begun teasing his next two games, which are still a bit of ways away. One of them is said to take place in the world

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  • October 18, 2020
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps Sends Cycling Letter To Local Authorities Reminding Them That Motoring Gets More Funding

In a letter to English local authorities updating them about the forthcoming second round of Emergency Active Travel funding, the U.K. Transport Secretary concluded by saying “no one should be in doubt about our support for motorists.” This apparent reverse of his position given in front of TV cameras on May 24—when he said pedestrians and cyclists would be favoured—could be a sop to those Tory MPs who have received constituent complaints about pop-up cycleways and the installation, without consultation, of anti rat-running barriers to create “low traffic neighborhoods.”

According to the letter dated October 16, Shapps appears to water down previous government advice to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists. The letter—addressed to “Local Transport Authority Leaders”—says councils must “balance the needs of cyclists and pedestrians with the needs of other road users, including motorists and local businesses.”

Councils

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  • October 18, 2020
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New Study Says Rituals Help Couples Decide The Destination Of Their Relationship

Rituals such as anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, regular dinners together or even Friday movie night—are the glue that holds relationships together. Past research has shown that this glue serves to stabilize family relationships. Households that recognize and celebrate holidays, birthdays and anniversaries have stronger, more enduring relationships than those that don’t observe rituals.

Rituals are experiences we share with others that impact the ways in which we communicate. Most rituals are recurring events, though some (such as rites of passage) occur just once in a person’s life. Rituals have elements of routine, but they have symbolic meaning that goes beyond routine interaction.

Rituals And Dating Couples

A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships suggests that the bonding glue that stabilizes relationships starts in initial dating phases.

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  • October 18, 2020
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Blue Origin takes one small step toward being a competitor to SpaceX

Recently, Blue Origin launched its New Shepard suborbital rocket into the skies over west Texas. The flight was the 13th time a version of the New Shepard flew into space, the 12th time it was entirely successful. The flight was one more small step toward making Blue Origin a major launch company that could compete with SpaceX.

The New Shepard contained several technology experiments, including a lunar landing system that contained a lidar suite, a computer and a terrain recognition system as well as a heat shield that could be used on the upcoming orbital New Glenn rocket. The spacecraft also contained several experiments that, according to the Verge, included a microgravity aquatic garden and a prototype system for asteroid mining. The capsule carried numerous postcards created by school children imagining what a space future might be like. The flight flew to an altitude of 66 miles and took just

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  • October 18, 2020
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How to cancel your Capital One Travel booking online



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If you recently applied for the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, you’re probably considering redeeming the fantastic sign-up bonus through Capital One Travel. This portal makes it easy to redeem points for flights, hotels and car rentals without blackout dates or worrying about award space. But when it’s time to cancel or change a ticket, the Capital One process isn’t as easy as if you booked airfare directly with the airline or a hotel. This is especially true if you’re covered by a travel waiver issued because of the global coronavirus outbreak.

In this article, we’ll walk you through how to cancel airfare, hotel and rental car bookings through Capital One Travel.

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  • October 18, 2020
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How to get 50% off TravisMathew apparel while helping a worthy cause

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Oscar De La Hoya’s foundation will benefit from TravisMathew’s Oct. 19-20 flash sale.

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Oscar De La Hoya always tries to give more than he gets.

That was true in his boxing prime, when his combination of speed and power produced 10 world titles and an Olympic gold medal.

And it remains the case outside the ring.

At 47, the championship fighter-turned-fight promoter is also the founder of the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a better life to underprivileged kids and their families in East Los Angeles, where De La Hoya grew up.


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Jessica Marksbury



We mention De La Hoya here because the Golden Boy, as he’s long been known, is a golf fanatic. He can’t get enough of the game.

What’s more, he’s about to embark on a fundraising initiative — in partnership with leading golf apparel

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  • October 18, 2020