Will we be in lockdown for Christmas? What celebrations will look like during Covid-19

Laveta Brigham

It may be too early to put up the Christmas tree, but that doesn’t mean Christmas isn’t on the minds of many Britons. It will be here before we know it, but it’s clear Christmas 2020 will be unlike any other.

The Government has announced yet another fresh wave of lockdown rules following a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the UK. In addition to the ‘rule of six’, which bans social gatherings of more than six people, Britons will face new curfews for hospitality venues, stricter face mask requirements and pleas to work from home if possible from later this week. But how long is it expected to last?  

“Unless we palpably make progress, we should assume that the restrictions I have announced will stay in place for six months,” Boris Johnson said in his September 22 update. 

In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, life events and traditions have

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Major conferences are shipping swag to your door as Covid-19 shuts down business events industry

Laveta Brigham

The media summit swag bag is likely a money-loser after factoring in shipping costs, Rosenbaum said, but there is hope it could drive more late interest and sales for the event. Recipients have been posting pictures of the swag bag on social media, he said, getting the event in front of more people.


Zoom and a host of other videoconferencing platforms have made it relatively easy to shift event programming online. But the events are competing for attention with Netflix, children, dinner and other distractions. Without the perks of letting people pass business cards and chat over pastries, virtual events are left asking a smaller audience to pay chopped-down ticket prices. Online conferences pull in about 13% of the revenues expected for in-person equivalents, according to a September report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, a trade group. The same report projected that large business events are unlikely to

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Business Innovation visa holders exempt from Australia’s COVID-19 travel ban

Laveta Brigham

All visa holders in Australia have been subject to the country’s COVID-19 travel ban, apart from the exemptions currently in place for diplomats, maritime and air crew, and those simply transiting through the country for less than 72 hours.

But since the end of August, there has also been an exemption in place for holders of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (BIIP) (subclass 188) Visa, which has had an “automatic exemption” on par with Australian citizens and permanent residents. 

Prior to this date, Individual BIIP visa holders were still able to apply for an individual exemption of the travel restrictions.  

The Australian Border Force (ABF), part of the Home Affairs superministry, was asked by the COVID-19 Select Committee why such visa holders were granted an exemption when others, such as holders of the Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, have not been extended the same privilege.

“The Business Innovation and

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Athletic Footwear Market Size Research Methodology, Market Landscape, Pipeline Analysis, Forecast 2023 with Covid-19 Impact

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To fill COVID-19 gap, Miami Beach dips into reserves and plans reduced trolley service

In order to balance its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the city of Miami Beach will use about $8.5 million in reserve funds and continue cost-cutting measures it began at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The City Commission passed the operating budget Tuesday evening after facing a $32 million budget gap caused by COVID-19 losses and an additional $6 million gap due to projected decreases in property values.

On top of hiring restrictions and expenditure freezes enacted months ago, the City Commission voted to renegotiate contracts to save about $5 million, reduce public trolley service to the tune of $5 million in savings and trim about $800,000 in police overtime costs. To address immediate pandemic-related impacts, the city used $2.8 million in reserves during the current fiscal year.

The city suspended its free trolley program in March and has not announced when service will resume. Under the new

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Meet The Women Decolonizing Sustainable Fashion

It’s time to wake up. On Global Day of Climate Action, VICE Media Group is solely telling stories about our current climate crisis. Click here to meet young climate leaders from around the globe and learn how you can take action.As demand for sustainable fashion grows, so does the need to navigate its myths. Misleading information is everywhere, from corporate greenwashing to the notion that all women are empowered by eco-conscious choices. One of the most prevailing and dangerous misconceptions about green fashion is that it’s a movement conceived by the West and led by white people. Sustainable fashion has let down people of color time and time again, whether through spotlighting majority-white representatives, favoring Western branding as the prevailing and acceptable aesthetic, or absorbing the capitalist notion that it’s a lifestyle to buy your way into.With strong historical, spiritual, and ancestral relationships

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Will COVID-19 make gyms extinct? Worries mount for health clubs

Laveta Brigham

I hated to do it, but I recently canceled my membership at a health club I’ve belonged to for a decade.

I’m sticking with outdoor exercise, YouTube classes and a home gym for now — a personal decision partly based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit indoor group training sessions.

Experts say people who are breathing heavily are likely expelling more respiratory droplets — the main way infected people spread the coronavirus — so it’s extra important to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Fitness buffs worried about it all have plenty of in-home options, adding to the stress of gyms trying to stay afloat after the national shutdown this spring.

The fitness industry has been “absolutely devastated” by COVID-19, said Meredith Poppler, vice president of communications at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, a trade group that represents fitness facilities.


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Restaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter

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Restaurant groups are scrambling to secure funds to help an already hard-hit industry make the transition from summer to winter, when outdoor seating that helped many owners stay afloat during the pandemic will become much harder if not impossible to continue offering.

Many cities have become accommodating by making more sidewalk and street space available for bars and restaurants during the warmer months, but that may not be enough to attract customers as temperatures drop.

One in six restaurants have closed since the coronavirus took hold, and many fear that the next six months will be too much for small-business owners in colder climates.

Seventy-seven percent of full-service restaurant operators said they would likely take advantage of incentives, like a tax credit, to help them purchase tents and patio heaters, among other equipment, to extend the outdoor dining season, according to the National Restaurant Association.

“Congress is about to leave

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Groundbreaking Salary Survey Reveals How Hard COVID-19 Has Hit Personal Trainers in 2020 | News

Laveta Brigham

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Everyone knew the pandemic would be devastating to personal trainers. But until now, no one just how bad it would get.

In short, it’s bad.

That’s according to the 1,169 fitness professionals who participated in the second annual salary survey conducted by the Personal Trainer Development Center.

The average pre-pandemic income for personal trainers was $46,000 a year; 75 percent of them expected to make more money in 2020.

But when COVID-19 hit and gyms closed, 58 percent of trainers lost some or all of their income, and 23 percent were furloughed or laid off. Six percent hadn’t yet found new jobs during the survey period from August 6 to 13, 2020.

The news wasn’t all bad, however. One in five trainers made more money during the pandemic, and about the same number said their income didn’t change.

How COVID-19 will change

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Several universities investigated over Covid-19 disruption amid growing calls for refunds

Laveta Brigham

Professor Malcolm Press, the university’s vice chancellor, said that a “significant amount of money” would be released to compensate students affected by restrictions, on top of a care package that includes “basic food”. 

Exeter University also urged students to stop mixing with anyone outside of their household for a fortnight, except for study, work, organised sport or in an emergency.

Boris Johnson is now being urged to make online teaching the default position across the sector, while Labour has urged the Government to consider postponing the academic year for universities that have not yet reopened.

Today the party will demand that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson guarantee that no student will be forced to stay at university over Christmas and that teaching standards will not be compromised.

Separately, the University College Union wrote to Mr Johnson warning that many universities were refusing to move online because the Government had refused to

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