Day: September 2, 2020

Lacey-Area Gyms Transition Into New Normal Upon Reopening

LACEY, NJ — When The MAX Challenge of Lacey closed last March, their members lost more than the physical space on 800 Lacey Rd. They maintained classes through Zoom and eventually outdoors, but the situation gave owners Tracey and Mike Keogh new obstacles in maintaining everything the group fitness-focused gym offered.

“By closing the gym, a lot of people, even a lot of our members, went into this really tough place,” Tracey Keogh told Patch.

They felt more than ready once Governor Phil Murphy allowed them to reopen their facility Tuesday, and so did their members. Many New Jersey fitness centers will feature a “new normal” as gym goers return, including temperature checks, face masks and social distancing.

Each gym coped differently as they closed for nearly six months, but they all lacked one thing: certainty.

“We had no answers. There was no projected date,” said Jeff Padula, who owns

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Couples could marry remotely via Zoom under Law Commission plans to modernise weddings

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Couples will be able to wed remotely via video conferencing platforms like Zoom in the event of a future pandemic under reforms proposed by the Law Commission.

Its review of “outdated” Victorian marriage laws recommended there should be a new power to enable weddings to take place remotely during any future national emergency such as a pandemic.

It cited, as examples, a couple where one might be in a hospital or they had been living apart and were unable to wed in person due to travel restrictions.

“Each person required to be present could log onto an audio-visual call: each couple would give their consent, which the officiant and witness would hear and observe remotely,” the Commission said in a report published today.

It noted the US states of New York and Illinois and United Arab Emirates (UAE) had all allowed remote weddings during the current pandemic.

The Commission’s

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Face masks, digital thermometers and more: Shop August reader favorites

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As some restaurants, salons and other businesses welcomed back their customers in August, NBC News Shopping readers continued to invest in face masks, filters and thermometers. While students geared up to return to online or in-person classes, our visitors showed an increased interest in back-to-school related items: kids face masks, Wi-Fi routers and other tech to create an at-home classroom. With increased time spent at home, NBC News Shoppers continued to purchase products to improve their homes, including vacuums, ergonomic chairs and exercise bikes, as well as grooming essentials such as trimmers and razors. After you check out the above shopping guides and recommendations,

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CDC tells officials to be ready for vaccine by November; steroids can help severely ill patients

Clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine can be legitimately cut short and could allow a vaccine to become available more quickly than previously expected if results are overwhelming, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. And the CDC is telling some health officials  to be ready to start distributing a vaccine by November, according to one report. 

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he is confident the experts making the call on a vaccine would not be swayed by political pressure as Election Day approaches.

The Trump administration announced a nationwide ban on evictions until December to ease financial pressures fueled by the pandemic. The federal edict came down after some states, including California and Nevada, announced similar protections against evictions.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney apologized on Twitter after a photo of him eating in a Maryland restaurant made the rounds on social media. And Speaker of

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Finding love online with an audience

Television game shows have made dating a form of entertainment for the masses for decades. More recently reality TV has adopted the genre, with hits like Love Island and First Dates. Now the phenomenon has moved online – and anyone can play.

“I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was so nervous to even say, ‘Hi’. The first time I saw him smiling, my heart told me. ‘That’s the one, I’m going to make that man happy whatever it takes.”

Ericka’s heartfelt letter (which she published on social media) recalling the first time she met boyfriend Lex sounds like a timeless tale of love. But read on a bit further and it becomes apparent that this is a love story with a very modern twist:

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Radio Host Farheen Raza Says Faulty Coronavirus Testing Caused Mental Health Struggles

Farheen Raza

Farheen Raza, 37, is a Muslim American community activist, radio personality and mother of three boys from Flower Mound, Texas. She’s the host of the Musings of a Modern Muslim podcast and Real Talk with Farheen on Radio Caravan in Dallas. Known for her fearless approach to dissecting tough topics, Raza helps her viewers and listeners unpack cultural stigmas while bringing hope and healing to all. Follow her on Instagram at @theModMuslim.

I can still remember the events that led to my positive diagnosis so clearly. It was March and coronavirus had been declared a global pandemic. My husband, who’s a physician, started seeing patients here in Texas right away.

At home, we were being extra careful. No one knew at the time how bad things would get, but my husband was adamant very early on that we take things seriously. We lucked out because our kids were

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Teachers ‘painting a picture of the apocalypse,’ Ford says about back to school plan

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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 5,600 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 129,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

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

September 2

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Items That Sell on eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

As cases of COVID-19 spread across the nation in the spring, Bob Moulton decided it was best to close his business, National Pawn, to walk-in sales. Although pawnshops were deemed essential in North Carolina and could remain open, Moulton didn’t want to risk the health of customers or employees at his 19 locations.

However, he also didn’t want to lay off any workers, so he had employees start listing items for sale on sites such as the Facebook Marketplace. Items that were sold were then delivered to customers via curbside pickup.

“We actually found it to be very successful,” Moulton says. “It amazed me the amount of disposable income that our customers had.”

When it comes to selling online, three names stand out: eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. While eBay made a name for itself as an online auction site, the latter two serve as local classified ads. Today, people

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Eighty-one Nobel winners back ‘pro-science’ Biden for president

<span>Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Eighty-one American winners of Nobel prizes in the fields of chemistry, medicine and physics have endorsed Joe Biden for president, based on the candidate’s support for science.

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An open letter signed by the laureates asserts that the United States is at a unique historical crossroads demanding that leaders “appreciate the value of science”. The Biden campaign released the letter on Wednesday.

The letter from the Nobel laureates endorses Biden with three sentences:

At no time in our nation’s history has there been a greater need for our leaders to appreciate the value of science in formulating public policy. During his long record of public service, Joe Biden has consistently demonstrated his willingness to listen to experts, his understanding of the value of international collaboration in research, and his respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the

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Fauci says vaccine could be available earlier than thought; steroids can help severely ill patients

Clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine can be legitimately cut short and could allow a vaccine to become available more quickly than previously expected, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. Fauci says early indication of overwhelming success – or failure – of a vaccine candidate would be grounds for ending the trials early.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he is confident the experts making that call would not be swayed by political pressure as Election Day approaches.

The Trump administration announced a nationwide ban on evictions until December to ease financial pressures fueled by the pandemic. The federal edict came down after some states, including California and Nevada, announced similar protections against evictions.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney apologized on Twitter after a photo of him eating in a Maryland restaurant made the rounds on social media. And Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi faced criticism

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