Day: June 24, 2020

Trump’s national security adviser takes aim at China

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned China on Wednesday that the United States is waking up to the threat that it believes the Chinese Communist Party poses “to our great way of life” and will act to check the spread of Beijing’s ideology.

Robert O’Brien said his speech challenging China was the first of many in the coming weeks by senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“The days of American passivity and naivety regarding the People’s Republic of China are over,” O’Brien told a group business leaders in Phoenix.

“America, under President Trump’s leadership, has finally awoken to the threat of the Chinese Communist Party’s actions and the threat they pose to our great way of life.”

This latest verbal offensive is an extension of Trump’s harsh words for Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus,

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British Land, Intu, Hammerson and more face ‘reckoning’ on COVID impact

People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Wednesday (24 June) marked the second quarterly rent day of the year for shops in the UK.

Quarterly, rather than monthly rents, are a British peculiarity dating back to a time when landlords used to drive a horse and cart around their properties to collect rents. Takings this quarter are likely to be historically light.

Retail landlords collected only around 50% of rents due in the first quarter of 2020, according to the British Property Federation, and the collection is expected to be even lower this time around.

“I can see it being historically low — I could see 10-15% of rent paid,” Jonathan De Mello, executive director of retail property adviser Harper Dennis Hobbs, told Yahoo Finance UK.

Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto
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Ontarians spark closures, worry after crowding beaches

For the first few months of the pandemic, parks were a prominent gathering spot where Ontarians chose to get out of the house.

But now as restrictions are loosened, crowds are swarming beaches across the province. A popular hangout spot for beachgoers in Cherry Creek turned into thousands of people celebrating the beach reopening, with little to no social distancing or use of face masks.

“You look at the pictures, it looked like South Beach, Florida. You see what happened down in Florida, there was 4,000 cases in one day the other day,” said Premier Doug Ford on Monday.

With summer weather in full swing and Ontarians spending the past three months in lockdown, Dr. Nadia Alam, a family physician and anesthetist in Georgetown, Ont., understands the urges people are feeling to reclaim their summer.

“It is human nature to want to get back to the normal you knew, but

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Tour Business Viator Opts for Quality Over Quantity With the Land Grab Ending

Founded 25 years ago, tours and activities business Viator’s initial tactic was to emphasize a curated selection of top experiences in each destination, but Tripadvisor reversed that strategy three months later after acquiring the company in 2014.

At that juncture in November 2014, Tripadvisor decided that quantity would be the way forward as that was a push that some of its rivals were making.

But now, with some 395,000 tour products in the fold, there’s a new pivot.

In a move announced Tuesday and reported by Arival, Viator introduced new product quality standards that would give more exposure to excellent tours and activities, and penalize and even delist others that it finds to be subpar.

In an open letter to operators from president Ben Drew, Viator detailed product quality standards that differentiate “excellent” vendors from merely “good” ones. For example, an excellent tour operator might have at least six quality

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Lessons from the downfall of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben

A year ago Doug Melville, TBWANorth America Chief Diversity Officer, walked into PepsiCo’s office on a mission. Melville was armed with items like Aunt Jemima rag dolls and cups emblazoned with racial stereotypes he had purchased at online auctions. Laying the items out on a table for the company’s executive team he began his work – educating Pepsi (PEP) on the racial insensitivity of its Aunt Jemima brand and persuade the company to change it.

Fast forward to today. The Black Lives Matter movement has forced a reckoning in corporate America as brands scramble to remove racist symbols from store shelves.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance’s “On The Move,” Melville said that what seemingly happened overnight was long overdue. “Some things are just calcified over time and they become overlooked and people become comfortable with them. So there is a solid movement right now to ensure and inform these

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B.C.’s new virus models renew hope for Canadian travel, Atlantic Canada considers travel bubble

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 101,900 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,400 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

June 24

6:15 p.m. COVID-19 questions of the day

5:45 p.m.: B.C. moving into Phase 3 with the resumption of

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CrossFit Has a New CEO and Owner

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In a letter to its community today, CrossFit announced it has a new CEO and owner: Eric Roza.

“Since I discovered CrossFit 10 years ago, it has changed my life, and I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead CrossFit through its next chapter as CEO and owner, following the closing next month,” Roza wrote in a letter that was shared by CrossFit on Instagram.

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The announcement comes during a month of turmoil for CrossFit, which began with former CEO Greg Glassman making an insensitive comment on Twitter regarding George Floyd.

On June 4, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation posted a tweet stating, “Racism and discrimination are critical public health issues that demand an urgent response, wherever they occur.” Glassman responded to the tweet: “It’s FLOYD-19.”

Following the comment, Reebok announced on June 7 that

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Entrepreneur, musician Dae-Lee strives to make Charlotte’s music scene more inclusive

David “Dae-Lee” Arrington doesn’t fit into any one box: He’s a creative entrepreneur who owns two businesses, co-founded a nonprofit, and writes, produces and performs original music.

He draws upon his faith and his experiences growing up in a low-income Black neighborhood and later moving to a predominately white one in Charlotte.

“I went from the corner of my neighborhood in Norfolk, Va. to the cul-de-sacs of Ballantyne in Charlotte,” said Arrington, 38. “It was a 180-flip for me.”

The need to connect people drives Arrington to make music and start organizations that support relationship building and expose people to differences.

“I believe we are better together and that comes from my journey of living on both sides of the track,” he said. “I’m a bridge builder. It’s very much a part of me to leverage the power of art to bridge what is divided, whether it’s people, culture or

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Your favorite apps might be sharing too much about you. Here’s how to make sure they don’t.

Yes, it's possible everyone knows exactly how many times you've listened to the same sad song on a loop since you broke up with your ex.
Yes, it’s possible everyone knows exactly how many times you’ve listened to the same sad song on a loop since you broke up with your ex.
Yes, it’s possible everyone knows exactly how many times you’ve listened to the same sad song on a loop since you broke up with your ex. (Oleg Magni/Unsplash/)

In our modern age, you can’t be too careful when it comes to protecting your privacy online. That means knowing exactly what you’re sharing on the web, and with whom.

Even if you think you know what you’ve put out there and what you haven’t, it’s important to check once in a while. You might be posting out personal information without even realizing it.

And this information takes all sorts of forms—not just your idle thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, but also your Spotify playlists, YouTube uploads, fitness data, and more.

Your music playlists

Sharing a

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A Year of Magical Thinking

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LONDON — It took Fabienne Lupo less than six weeks to transform the Watches & Wonders, an annual display of watch brands from Compagnie Financière Richemont, and other high-end makers into a digital rendezvous for exhibitors, their clients, and the media.

The gallerist Lyndsey Ingram crafted a lineup of virtual, selling exhibitions in just 10 days as her gallery was shutting down in London due to anti-COVID-19 quarantine measures. Stewart Clarke, creative director of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, one of the top media events in the U.K., is in the hot seat right now, thinking of ways to conjure the same buzz and spontaneity of a real live festival, online.

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Masterpiece, the annual London fair that draws high-end art, jewelry, furniture, design and antiques galleries to the verdant grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, is taking place this week as

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