Day: June 19, 2020

All NC businesses could soon reopen. Here’s what that may look like in Charlotte

North Carolina soon could enter the final phase of reopening amid the novel coronavirus. Some Charlotte area businesses are ready with safety plans once that is allowed, while at least one vows not to wait much longer to reopen.

Bowlers could see every other lane in use and some movie theater patrons would be required to wear masks. There also will be temperature checks for guests before they hit the gym.

The final phase of the state’s stay-at-home order that would reopen all businesses is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. June 26.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has not decided whether to move to Phase 2.5 or Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases continue to spike. He is expected to disclose his plans in the next few days.

All non-essential N.C. businesses were ordered to close March 17 to stop the coronavirus spread.

Phase 2 started May 22, allowing restaurants, personal

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How to prepare for your first gravel race

The distance and difficulty of your chosen event and your current levels of fitness will alter the exact approach you need to take, but the best practice for an event-specific training plan is to begin at least 12 weeks prior to standing on the start line. This will enable you to develop a structured training plan in accordance with the demands of the specific event you have chosen.

If you’re using a coach, discuss the key elements of the race (distance, elevation gain, terrain type) with them and then develop your training plan accordingly. Any reputable coach will be able to modify your training plan according to your training availability and needs.

If you don’t have a coach, there’s no need to worry as we’ve already covered a few training plan options in a previous series of articles.

Your training plan should include at least three phases:

  • A base phase
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UCLA football players demand protection from ‘injustices’ amid pandemic return

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is one of 30 players to sign a document demanding certain COVID-19 safety measures. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)</span>
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is one of 30 players to sign a document demanding certain COVID-19 safety measures. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

After a virtual team meeting Thursday night, 30 UCLA football players united in support behind a document they believe will protect them in their upcoming return to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document, reviewed by the Los Angeles Times late Thursday, asserts that players do not trust coach Chip Kelly’s program to act in their best interest, particularly in regard to their health, a realm where it says UCLA has “perpetually failed us,” citing “neglected and mismanaged injury cases.” The document does not provide examples.

The players demanded that a “third-party health official” be on hand for all football activities to see that protocols for COVID-19 prevention are being followed; that anonymous whistleblower protections are provided for athletes and staff to report violations; and that

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Here’s Where You Can Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online Right Now

Update, May 6, 2020: As stay-at-home orders come to an end and businesses across the U.S. begin to re-open, a number of states are taking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to wear a cloth face-covering in public to the next level by making it a requirement. This is in effect in the following seven states so far: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Hawaii.

Update, April 4, 2020: The CDC issued a recommendation that President Donald Trump shared on Friday: they are now advising everyone to wear a cloth face-covering mask in public to slow the spread of coronavirus.  

This story was originally published on April 3, 2020

It seems like each new day of the COVID-19 pandemic comes with a hearty dose of surprising, overwhelming, and sometimes even conflicting information about how to navigate your way through this crisis — and

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Athletes With Major Business Empires Outside of Sports

Being a professional athlete can easily make you a millionaire, but these sports stars have expanded their wealth by turning those team paychecks into veritable empires. See how these players have been making bank outside of the sports world.

Last updated: June 19, 2020

1. Shaquille O’Neal

Former NBA pro Shaquille O’Neal has invested his money in companies he believes in — and it’s ended up paying off for him. O’Neal formerly owned 10% of Five Guys’ entire franchise portfolio and eventually sold it, telling CNBC that the burger business was “very good” to him. He was also an early investor in Google and invested in Ring before it was acquired by Amazon for $1 billion.

2. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

  • Magic Johnson Enterprises

NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate valued at an estimated $1 billion, according to

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Finding Affordable Health Care Now

As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, more than 38 million Americans lost their jobs, and an estimated 27 million workers and their families found themselves without health insurance, too. Nearly half of Americans got their coverage through an employer-sponsored plan in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

But as the coronavirus continues to affect communities across the U.S., it’s more important than ever to have health insurance. And if your income has taken a blow, you may have greater access to affordable coverage than you did while you were working. Kaiser estimates that 79% of those losing employer coverage are likely eligible for subsidized coverage through Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

As you compare your options, consider factors including the premium, deductible, co-payments, out-of-pocket maximum and level of prescription-drug coverage. You may also have choices among plan types. High-deductible plans typically have … Read More

‘Step Up’ Coronavirus Testing, MD Officials Urge Local Leaders

MARYLAND — With more parts of Maryland reopening, state officials say coronavirus testing is increasingly important to ensure that potential outbreaks are identified and contained. State health officials sent a letter Thursday to local leaders urging them to make testing more accessible to everyone, as this weekend more restrictions are lifted on businesses and nursing homes.

“It is absolutely critical to step up local COVID-19 testing response efforts so that we may continue to move forward on the road to recovery,” Maryland Health Secretary Robert Neall and Maryland Deputy Health Secretary Fran Phillips said in a letter sent Thursday to local leaders.

Nursing home residents will be allowed to have limited outdoor visits, limited communal dining and small group activities, Neall said Friday, relaxing restrictions put in place by state health officials in March. The older population has been particularly vulnerable to the virus, and visitors to nursing homes have

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How dentist appointments are going to change

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Photo credit: Peter Dazeley – Getty Images

From Netdoctor

Routine dental treatments have been put on hold since 23 March, the day that the the UK went into lockdown to help curb the spread of coronavirus. In England, dentists were allowed to reopen from 8 June if they put in place appropriate safety measures. However, a survey found only a third of dental surgeries felt ready to open, citing a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) as the biggest concern.

Here is everything you need to know about when dentists will reopen in the UK.

When will dentists reopen in the UK?

England

Dental practises in England were allowed to reopen from 8 June. However, according to a survey of more than 2,000 surgeries by the BDA, only 36 per cent felt ready to open by that date due to a lack of PPE available.

Patients with dental emergencies who

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Is loneliness risking your mental and physical health?

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Photo credit: Westend61 – Getty Images

From Netdoctor

It’s not just the elderly who feel lonely; people of all ages and from all backgrounds can struggle with loneliness. You can be surrounded by loved ones or colleagues and still feel socially isolated and you can have hundreds of friends on Facebook and still have no one to turn to.

But isolation isn’t just an unpleasant feeling – it can have a detrimental effect on both your mental and physical health. An increasing body of evidence shows that people who suffer from loneliness have a much higher mortality risk than those who don’t.

So what can we do to combat this growing affliction? Chartered psychologist Dr Vanessa Moulton and Bupa UK ‘s Dr Sarah White share their expert advice on ways to bridge the loneliness gap:

Why do we feel lonely?

Loneliness is an emotional response to when we feel physically

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How Bridge Jobs Can Help You Weather a Recession

At the start of 2020, things were looking pretty good for most job seekers.

Employers were striving to attract new workers — often one-upping one another with sweeter perks, higher pay and better benefits. Your New Year’s resolutions (remember those?) probably included a lofty career aspiration or two.

In a few short months, the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the economy. More than 40 million Americans have lost work and filed for unemployment benefits.

That is not to say your career goals are no longer attainable — just that reality of the current job market needs to be factored into your game plan.

Jobs are out there. Certain industries have been booming throughout the pandemic. The jobs aren’t always glamorous, but, hey, they’re hiring. If you’re out of work, priority No. 1 is getting some money coming in.

Enter bridge jobs.

What Are Bridge Jobs?

Bridge jobs aren’t literal jobs

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