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The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)
The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them while using public transport and in hospitals. Failure to follow these rules can result in people being refused entry and a £200 fine. 

The new rules mean that anyone travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane in England should be wearing a face covering. Those travelling by train will be asked to cover their face as they enter a station. 

It is also required to wear a face covering when in shops, supermarkets,

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  • September 22, 2020
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Republicans aren’t taking a pay cut, yet + Police reform committee + Heat over RBG remark

Good morning and happy Tuesday to you!

A LABOR DAY PLEDGE

A Central Valley Republican lawmaker hasn’t asked for the same pay cut California state workers are taking despite saying on social media that a request had been made on his behalf.

Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Visalia made the claim after someone identifying herself as a union leader responded to a Labor Day post on his Facebook page asking if he would “stand in solidarity with laborers” and request the 9.23% reduction that was imposed on state workers in July.

“As you probably already know the Republican Caucus asked for the same reductions,” Mathis replied on Sept. 14.

By Sept. 21, the State Controller’s Office, which administers the reductions for state officials, hadn’t received a request from Assembly Republicans, according to the office. The party holds 17 seats in the 80-member chamber.

The Legislature approved the cuts, which are

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  • September 22, 2020
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Will Covid-19 Steal Christmas in the U.K. This Year?

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These 2 Penny Stocks Could Rally All the Way to $11, Says Cantor

Is more volatility on tap for stocks? Following a three-week losing streak, the longest in about a year, all eyes are on the market. The three major U.S. stock indexes have struggled for the last few weeks as the titans of tech, which have fueled the charge forward from COVID-induced lows, came under pressure due to overheated valuations, with market watchers waiting to see how renewed lockdown fears will come into play.So, what’s the bottom line for investors? Even though uncertainty remains as Wall Street gears up for the fourth quarter, the pros are pounding the table on a select few names, noting that these tickers boast strong long-term growth narratives.Bearing this in mind, our focus shifted to two penny stocks backed by investment firm Cantor. Major gains could be in store, as the firm’s analysts

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  • September 22, 2020
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Rule of six must be scrapped and households banned from mingling, warns Sage advisor

Boris Johnson on Downing Street - Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Boris Johnson on Downing Street – Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

Boris Johnson is expected to unveil a wave of new coronavirus restrictions today – but the plans do not go far enough, a SAGE advisor has warned.

Professor Calum Semple, from the University of Liverpool said this morning: “The numbers are rising and tracking the current worst case scenario, so there is significant anxiety amongst the scientific community.”

On the ‘Rule of Six’ he said: “Based on the numbers I’m seeing, it isn’t going far enough.”

One of the measures the Prime Minister is set to announce is a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants from Thursday. 

Other measures look to include a return to working from home, where possible, and a drive to encourage mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing.

Plans for a partial return of sports fans to stadiums from October 1 have been

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  • September 22, 2020
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Yamaha PH offers online motorcycle classes

Ever since the pandemic, companies by and large have shifted to the digital platform to reach to their target market. This is also their way to boost their cause. Such is the case of the local arm of Yamaha.

Yamaha Philippines recently launched the digital version of the Yamaha Safety Riding Program—its advocacy toward safe and proper riding etiquette.

Fit for the new normal scenario, the Yamaha Safe Riding Science Program has turned its face-to-face seminars into digital webinars.

Yamaha Safety Riding program
Yamaha Safety Riding program

Now running for more than two decades, the Yamaha Safe Riding Science Program has initiated hundreds of activities across the archipelago—equipping riders with the right information and knowledge at no extra cost.

Be it beginners, experienced riders, Yamaha club groups, aspiring riders, mothers, couples, company employees, traffic enforcers, and even military personnel, the Yamaha Safe Riding Science Program has reached out to numerous riders willing

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  • September 22, 2020
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Everything you need to be a star baker, according to previous contestants

From foolproof cookbooks to food processors that will do the hard work for you, these are the essential items you need (Mark Bourdillon / Channel 4)
From foolproof cookbooks to food processors that will do the hard work for you, these are the essential items you need (Mark Bourdillon / Channel 4)

Hold on to your whisks, a fresh batch of bakers are returning to our screens today for a new series of The Great British Bake Off.  

As usual, this year’s contestants are an eclectic range – from seasoned pros who have most likely whisked more eggs than you’ve had hot dinners, to Gen-Z fresh faces.  

Thankfully not even a national lockdown could stop this year’s show from going ahead. Previously, the show has been filmed on weekends over a 12-week period, giving bakers the chance to go home to practice, but also carry on with their day jobs. But this year things were slightly different.  

Not only did the contestants have the challenge of impressing the judges in the hope of a Hollywood

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  • September 22, 2020
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How do you teach performing arts when there are no performances? This school is learning

PHOENIX — For Monica Sauer Anthony, adapting to the challenge of a virtual classroom started with a reenvisioning of what it even means to teach at a performing arts school.

A choir can’t really rehearse in a virtual classroom much less give a live performance.

Neither can an orchestra.

There’s too much digital delay involved in streaming to get everybody synced up.

When Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Arizona schools to close in March because of the pandemic, Sauer Anthony was teaching Music History and Culture, and Beginning Woodwinds, Flute and Oboe Studies at Arizona School for the Arts in downtown Phoenix.

As ASA began to make the switch to online learning, Sauer Anthony, who’s since become arts director and vice principal of student services, said the faculty was trying to maintain as much of a sense of normalcy as it could.

Teachers changed their focus

They did some virtual performing

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  • September 22, 2020
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What ‘Level Four’ shutdown status means for your holiday

Cornwall - GETTY
Cornwall – GETTY

The Joint Biosecurity Committee has recommended that the Covid-19 alert level be moved back up to Level Four, the second-highest option and the first time it has changed since June 19. This means the transmission of the virus is “high or rising exponentially” and social distancing must be in place – but what does this mean for your holiday?

Boris Johnson is expected to announce new national restrictions in a televised address tonight at 8pm, including a 10pm curfew for hospitality venues including restaurants and bars and a return to working from home where possible. 

For now, he will stop short of the two-week “circuit break” and it seems the “rule of six” will remain in place, meaning you can still go on holiday with another household as long as your group size is no larger than six in England. In Wales, children under the age of

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  • September 22, 2020
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8 Things to Do on National Voter Registration Day If You’re Already Registered

In so many ways, 2020 has already been a big year, and most of it was definitely unexpected. But come November, it’s about to get even more important for Americans. The general election is on November 3. It’s an opportunity for us to participate in democracy, do our civic duty, and have our voices be heard in regard to crucial issues and the direction of our country. For sure, the biggest decision in the election is who will become president for the next four years, but there are also critical races in Congress and state and local ballot measures on the line.

Participation is key here, so we’ve all got to vote. It’s the best thing you can do for your community, family, and friends and for the future. And since today is National Voter Registration Day, it’s the perfect opportunity to make sure you’re registered to vote. You can

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  • September 22, 2020
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Coronavirus dampens seasonal cheer in China’s Christmas production hub

By Sophie Yu and Brenda Goh

YIWU/SHANGHAI, China (Reuters) – At the Yiwu Fuye Christmas factory in eastern China, workers are stitching and testing out Santa Claus toys, checking they play a Christmas tune at the press of a button.

But the jingles are the only seasonal cheer in the factory in the city of Yiwu, which produces 80% of Christmas consumer goods exported globally, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

“There is no way to save this year,” Luo Jingjing, the company’s co-owner, told Reuters after losing almost half her clients because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Let’s see if the virus will return when weather becomes cold and if it does, my next year’s business is also finished,” she added.

Yiwu is a city dedicated to Christmas all year round, filled with factories, showrooms and stores that deliver decorations and toys to destinations all around the world.

The city last

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  • September 22, 2020