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Biden says will not hold campaign rallies due to pandemic

Wilmington (United States) (AFP) – US Democrat Joe Biden said Tuesday he will not hold presidential campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic, an extraordinary declaration that stands in stark contrast with Donald Trump who has already held large campaign gatherings.

“This is the most unusual campaign I think in modern history,” the former vice president said during a question-and-answer session with reporters in Delaware to discuss the pandemic and ways to mitigate its spread.

“I’m going to follow the doc’s orders — not just for me but for the country — and that means that I am not going to be holding rallies,” said Biden, adding he has not yet been tested for COVID-19.

It was not clear if Biden, 77, was referring to a personal physician who has recommended he stay off the trail out of health concerns for him and attendees, or the US government guidelines that urge

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No social distancing or masks required for 4th of July event

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For President Trump’s Independence Day fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore, attendees will not be required to practise social distancing or wear masks, the state’s governor said.

In an interview with Fox News, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was asked about health concerns being cited as a reason to cancel Fourth of July celebrations.

“In South Dakota we’ve told people to focus on personal responsibility, every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they’re comfortable with”, Governor Noem replied.

“We will have a large event on 3 July. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we won’t be social distancing.”

South Dakota has recorded more than 6,700 confirmed coronavirus cases and 91 deaths, according to data from Johns

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Is it Safe to Date Again? Doctors Weigh In

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has placed many people’s love lives at a standstill for months. Even for adventurous virtual daters, the loss of IRL connections has them craving face-to-face interactions. So now, as some cities and states start to lift social distancing restrictions, many people are eagerly re-entering the dating world at full force. But even though restaurants are opening their doors and bars are pouring cocktails again, doctors and relationship experts suggest singles tiptoe back into dating with caution—and, in some cases, while wearing face masks.

“Depending on health, personal comfort, environment, and government regulations, wearing a face mask on dates can be advisable,” Dr. Carla Manly tells HelloGiggles. “That said, if successive dates with the same person are taking place, it may feel safe and appropriate not to wear a mask if the setting feels conducive to going mask-free.”

Wearing a face mask on a first date can

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The Best High School Movies to Make You Feel All the Nostalgic Feels

Photo credit: Abby Silverman
Photo credit: Abby Silverman

From Cosmopolitan

From football games to lunchroom fights to ruthless competition for the title of prom king or queen, high school is filled with enough angst and Hollywood-level theatrics to keep things interesting year after year—and movie after movie. Who doesn’t love watching a coming-of-age melodrama filled with actors who are not-so-secretly well above the legal drinking age? Makes me wonder where all the guys with chiseled jawlines and good style were when I was in school, but that’s beside the point.

Sure, some high school movies tend to be a little, shall we say, larger than life—I mean, how many high schoolers just happen to find out they’re royalty à la Princess Diaries? But who cares! Watching all of those extremely complicated friendship (and romantic) dynamics play out on the big screen is like a familiar (albeit slightly triggering) hug. From oldies like Sixteen

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Done with Facebook? Consider MeWe, Parler or old standbys like LinkedIn

MeWe is a social network that says it has no ads, spyware, targeting, political bias, or newsfeed manipulation. In other words, it bills itself as the “anti” Facebook. 

Parler is a social media app with one point of view – conservative. It’s a place for folks who don’t like the spin at Facebook, or as it describes itself, “free expression without violence and a lack of censorship.”

So maybe, like Coca-Cola, Unilver, Starbucks and other corporations, you’ve had it with Facebook and its policies about either not curbing hate speech, or if you’re on the other side of the aisle, censoring free thought. 

Where to go? We have some ideas for you. 

MeWe bills itself as the "anti-Facebook."
MeWe bills itself as the “anti-Facebook.”

Controversy: Trump’s Twitch channel suspended, and Reddit bans pro-Trump online group

Social: Facebook, social media under more pressure from brands over hate speech

LinkedIn

Yes, that network that for years was thought

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Choreographers relish ‘spontaneity’ unleashed by virus restraints

Paris (AFP) – How do you create dance in the age of coronavirus, when dancers are not supposed to touch each other and stay one or two metres apart?

All across the world choreographers are grappling with the challenge of coming up with safe, socially distanced pieces that still set the heart aflutter.

It may be completely counter-intuitive, but the very rigidity of the restrictions has been liberating for some — allowing them to play on the new taboos and the dramatic tension around personal space the virus has brought with it.

“It unleashed spontaneity!” declared the great German choreographer John Neumeier, the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet.

“In ballet, we are so used to being free in the way we touch,” he told AFP.

“Sometimes we take this for granted, because we touch everybody almost everywhere in doing pas de deux, in doing a lift. And now we

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South Dakota gov says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration at Mount Rushmore

WASHINGTON — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

“We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing,” Noem, a Republican, said in an interview Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

State officials have told the people of South Dakota “to focus on personal responsibility,” said Noem, adding, “Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they’re comfortable with.”

Trump is expected to attend the celebration and

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Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes until at least Aug. 17

PHOENIX — Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes this year until at least Aug. 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday. 

“We also want to bring as much certainty as possible for Arizona schools,” Ducey said. “We’ll continuously reevaluate this target date.” 

The state’s schools usually open in early August, long before Labor Day. But a spike in COVID-19 cases in Arizona has made 2020 an unusual year: Schools are facing difficult decisions in reopening, including whether to offer in-person classes at all.

The state has more than 74,000 confirmed cases, with 3,000-plus new cases reported on five of the past seven days.

People younger than 20 make up about 11% of the cases. 

Nationwide: Younger people are a factor in surge of COVID-19 cases, analysis shows

The announcement means schools will not be able to hold in-person classes until mid-August, but schools could

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Romance author Roni Loren on the ‘eye-catching’ illustrated cover trend (plus her new cover!)

Yes, and… she hopes you love her new cover.

Roni Loren has been writing romance since 2012, but her next book Yes & I Love You, which hits shelves March 2, 2021, marks a new chapter for the author. After penning erotic romance and an angsty series about survivors of a school shooting The Ones Who Got Away, she’s tip-toeing into something a bit more lighthearted. And she’s got the dreamy illustrated cover, which EW can exclusively debut below, to match.

“I wanted to get readers who maybe wouldn’t necessarily pick up a mass-market couples’ cover book to consider it and pick it up and look at the back and see if they would be interested in it,” Loren says of her new foray into the illustrated cover trend. “Because I think there’s a lot of people who are romance readers out there who don’t realize they’re romance readers.”

Yes

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Students react to colleges’ reopening plans with mix of optimism, fear

Arriving on campus kick-starts a year of firsts for college freshmen, and Abbey Shea was excited about all of them. Her first introduction to new roommates who may become lifelong friends, first semester away from home, first foray into independence.

And then her Port Orange, Florida, high school postponed its graduation ceremony because of the coronavirus. Uncertainty set in, and Shea braced herself for “a new normal,” she said — a college experience far different from the social mecca she’d imagined. 

“I’m trying to open myself up more,” said Shea, 18, who selected Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale as much for its diverse student population as for academic reasons. Now, she worries pandemic-related rules will smother her interpersonal goals. “I know it’s not going to be the same.”

Though Nova, a private university, has yet to publish a comprehensive outline for the fall semester, the Florida State University System’s

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