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New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of ceremony


Cardinal clothing accessories are seen on display in the window of the Gammarelli clerical clothing shop, in Rome, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The consistory to elevate new cardinals scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28, in the time of coronavirus is like nothing the Holy See has ever seen. A handful of soon-to-be cardinals are in protective coronavirus quarantine, including African-American, Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington who explained that a U.S.-based ecclesiastical tailor took his measurements while he was still in Washington and sent them to Gammarelli, which then made them to order and sent them to Santa Marta hotel where he is undergoing the quarantine.


The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It’s now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for this weekend’s ceremony to get their red hats: A handful are in protective coronavirus quarantine, confined to their rooms on

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  • November 27, 2020

Australia’s Festive Season Moves Ahead With A Buy Now, Pay Later Lifeline – Press Release

As Christmas fast approaches, and many Australians are still relying on JobSeeker payments, Fortunately, the Buy Now Pay Later industry has emerged as a possible saviour for shoppers.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 20, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — As retailers continue stocking their shelves with Christmas decorations, many Aussies will turn to Buy Now, Pay Later to help them through the silly season. Buy Now Pay Later services are popular among those who’d like to spread their expenses out over multiple payments without paying large interest fees.

These services allow shoppers to buy gifts, décor and make travel arrangements with the agreement of a consistent payback schedule set by shoppers themselves. This convenience could see this non-traditional payment method emerge as a popular choice for covering seasonal expenses.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to shape the way consumers spend their money, Buy Now Pay Later programs continue to rise in popularity. The rapidly

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  • November 20, 2020

My body would not be able to handle two weeks of de-conditioning ahead of Australia Open

Johanna Konta, the British No 1, has warned that players’ health could suffer if they are asked to go straight from a two-week quarantine into January’s Australian Open.

This unhappy scenario became much more likely on Tuesday night, when it emerged that the Victorian state government did not want any overseas athletes to arrive in the country until the end of this year: probably Dec 31 or Jan 1.

With all incomers expected to self-isolate in a hotel for a fortnight after arrival – and the Australian Open due to start on Jan 18 – this could give the players little or no time to prepare for the first grand slam of the year.

The best way around the problem would involve players competing in a bubble while still serving out their quarantine, in a similar arrangement to that used at the recent French Open and US Open.

At the

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  • November 19, 2020

England looking to build towards T20 World Cup ahead of inaugural bio-bubble tour in South Africa

England arrive in South Africa on Tuesday to start their winter of bio-bubble touring with an eye on building towards next year’s Twenty20 World Cup.

England will play three T20s and three ODIs against South Africa spending all their time in one hotel in Cape Town and splitting the matches between Newlands (four games) and Paarl (two).

They will be locked away in the Vineyard hotel with the South African side for almost a month, returning home on Dec 10. 

It is the first time that England will have experienced bio-bubble measures on the road having hosted four teams at home last summer. 

Jos Buttler, the vice-captain, admitted on Monday that it was tough mentally last summer for the players to live in hotels at cricket grounds away from family and friends. The Vineyard hotel is a short walk from Newlands but at least the change of scenery from staying

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  • November 16, 2020

Joe Salisbury finally able to practise ahead of ATP Finals after coronavirus quarantine

Joe Salisbury, Britain’s sole representative at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, has had his preparation severely disrupted by a coronavirus scare.

The doubles specialist, who will play at the O2 with American partner Rajeev Ram as one of the world’s top eight teams, was getting ready for the Paris Masters two weeks ago when his coach, Rob Morgan, tested positive.

Salisbury subsequently tested negative on three occasions but, although he was able to travel home after four days, Britain’s strict rules on close contacts meant he had to complete 14 days in isolation. That took him up until Friday, he practised for the first time at the O2 on Saturday and will contest his first match alongside Ram on Sunday evening against Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

Salisbury said: “It’s not ideal but I’m fortunate that it was yesterday and not in a few days’ time. If it had

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  • November 14, 2020

‘Mass exodus’ of students expected ahead of lockdown, despite ministers’ pleas to remain at university

Signs on a window at Manchester Metropolitan University's Birley campus where hundreds of students were told to self-isolate
Signs on a window at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley campus where hundreds of students were told to self-isolate

The “mass exodus” of university students is expected ahead of lockdown, despite pleas from ministers to remain on campus.

Students want to spend the next month where they feel “safest and most comfortable” and will travel home to be with their families irrespective of the Government’s advice, according to the National Union of Students (NUS).

It comes after universities minister Michelle Donelan urged students to remain in their university accommodation before and during this month’s lockdown in order to save the lives of loved ones.

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, vice president for higher education at the NUS, said: “Students being expected to stay in term-time accommodation for lockdown while everyone else is allowed to continue moving house is not only grossly unfair, it’s fanciful as in reality students will want to spend lockdown where

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  • November 5, 2020

Remembrance Sunday services can go ahead despite new Covid lockdown

Later, the defence minister Johnny Mercer encouraged people to watch the national Remembrance Sunday event at the Cenotaph on television.

Speaking during defence questions, he told the Commons: “This is a very important time of year for the country, and we encourage people to remember in their own way. There will be guidance given out by local authorities, but remembrance events will be able to go ahead. There will be a small national ceremony at the Cenotaph that we encourage people to watch on television.”

On Saturday November 7, Huw Edwards will present the BBC’s coverage of The Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will give tributes recognising the contribution of the Armed Forces as well as the nursing profession. 

The following morning, David Dimbleby will present coverage live from the Cenotaph. Speaking to

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  • November 3, 2020

Biden/Harris campaign coming to Fortnite ahead of Election Day

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going full-send for the gamer vote.

Ahead of Election Day 2020 (have you made your voting plan yet?), the Biden/Harris ticket is headed to Fortnite. In a new custom map, called “Build Back Better with Biden” and located in “Reboot City,” players can complete a solo adventure roughly 20-30 minutes long, designed to promote awareness of the candidates’ economic recovery plan. 

“With voting underway and days until Election Day, we are continuing to meet people everywhere they are online and offline with innovative and thoughtful activations,” explained Christian

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  • October 31, 2020

Office of Elections provides tips on how to properly fill out ballot ahead of General Election

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The General Election is exactly two weeks away and election officials have some tips and reminders to make sure every ballot counts.

[Visit KHON’s Election HQ for Hawaii election news]

Scott Nago, Hawaii Chief Election Officer, says there are a few common mistakes to avoid while filling out a ballot.

While filling out the ballot correctly is important, including a signature is just as essential.

“Signatures are required on the return envelope,” said Scott Nago, Hawaii Chief Election Officer. “Any envelope with a missing signature or a mismatch signature will not be counted. You will be notified by the clerk’s office that your ballot was not counted and you’ll have five days after the election to correct the situation.”

If a mistake is made while filling out the ballot, don’t try to erase it.

“Don’t use Wite-Out or don’t cross it out. Call your clerk’s office and

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  • October 21, 2020

Clubs Adapt to Long-Term Remote Programming Ahead of Spring Semester

Since the beginning of fall semester, clubs have been finding ways to make the most of events they are able to host despite the limitations posed by virtual programming, at times being forced to move away entirely from their traditional events.

Although the University slowly began allowing in-person events on Oct. 5 — with the stipulation that the event hosts no more than 10 people and is chaperoned by a faculty or staff member — many student clubs don’t foresee a return to extensive in-person programming.

“Because almost all of our exec board is remote — there is one member in Atlanta — it would be difficult for us to coordinate in-person activities,” ChEmory President Alex Kim (21C) said, although in-person programming for first-year students remains a possibility.

Emory Chinese Theater Club (ECTC) Co-President Beichen Yu (22B) emphasized that he would be concerned about the safety of club members and

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  • October 17, 2020