Join us for our summer virtual event with an unmissable line-up

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Photo credit: Country Living

From Country Living

A date for your diary! Join us for our summer virtual event, Celebrate Summer At Home with Country Living, on 8th and 9th August. We’ll be bringing you a line-up of fun, inspiring, hands-on activities you can soak up from the comfort of your own home – all you have to do is head over to our Facebook page to join us.


We’ve got lots of exciting content planned, with more announcements to be made in due course, but for now, here’s a taster of our exclusive summer line-up…

Celebrate Summer Line-Up

The Yorkshire Vet – Channel 5’s Julian Norton will be on hand to answer all of your pet health questions, as well as talking us through how to choose the right dog breed for you and your lifestyle, alongside his own pup, Emmy.

Gardening with Danny

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District To Offer More In-Person, Virtual Programs

WILL COUNTY, IL — As the state moves to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Preserve District is offering more in-person programs for those who want to venture out, as well as additional online offerings for those who would rather enjoy entertaining and educational nature programs from the comfort of their homes.

Topics range from creatures and history to yoga and fitness. Here are the upcoming in-person and online programs:

In-person programs:

  • “Big Fish Contest,” July 1-Aug. 30 at Monee Reservoir. Bring your catch of the day to the visitor center to have it measured and photographed to be entered into the contest. Prizes valued at $100 will be awarded to biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. One name will be drawn from all contestants for a grand prize winner. Free; ages 16 or older.

  • “Firefly Hike for Adults,” 8-10 p.m.

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The 5 Most Exciting Things Apple Announced at its Virtual WWDC 2020

The effects of COVID-19, which necessitate social distancing and nationwide stay-at-home orders, are evident even when it comes to press events. On Monday, Apple hosted its first-ever pre-recorded Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The stream featured some snazzy camera work, and updates to both Apple software and hardware from CEO Tim Cook, SVP Craig Federighi, and various other Apple employees, including a number of women and people of color, the most ever shown in a single keynote presentation from the company.

Aside from the new faces, Apple went on to highlight the newest features coming to its software for its iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch devices, along with its Apple TV and macOS platforms.

On top of all that, the company announced a long-rumored shift in the hardware that powers its Mac computers—one that echoes a transition it made 15 years ago that set it up for over a decade of

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What to expect from Apple’s first virtual developer conference

For the first time in years, the auditorium where Apple holds its developer conference will be empty, and there won’t be any thunderous applause as Tim Cook walks on stage — unless Apple simulates it like football leagues have.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the company to hold its first online-only Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Last month, Microsoft held its Build conference in a similar fashion. So, we’ll get to see how Apple does it.

It’s also the first time in years that announcements related to the Macs will take the center stage, instead of iOS. Here’s what we expect Apple to announce at WWDC 2020:

Transition kit from Intel to ARM processor for Macs

Earlier this month, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg reported that Apple is going to announce its move to ARM Macs at WWDC. Earlier this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the company will release ARM-based Macs

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What Does Virtual Care Mean for the Future of Maternal Health?

Take one look at some of the maternal health data in this country and it’s hard to argue with the fact that the U.S. is not just in the midst of a pandemic, but also a maternal health crisis.

Here’s a grim glimpse: About 700 women die every year in the United States due to pregnancy or delivery complications (with 60,000 “near-miss” deaths every year), the number of reported pregnancy-related deaths has increased from 7.2 deaths for every 100,000 births in 1987 to 16.9 deaths for every 100,000 births in 2016 in this country, and wide racial disparities exist across the board with Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native women being two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.

“Before the pandemic, with all of the different touchpoints across the healthcare system and different clinics — from diagnosis and referral to treatment — we

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6 virtual groups to join if you want to make friends

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Photo credit: Getty/Country Living

From Country Living

Are you looking to join a virtual group to help ease feelings of loneliness? From online choirs to social gatherings via video call, there are plenty of wonderful options for everyone to find companionship.

According to newly-released data, the risk of loneliness during the lockdown period has increased significantly. “During the pandemic and the rise of self-isolation, many people could be experiencing loneliness for the first time,” Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind, tells Country Living. “Some people can find it difficult to admit that they are lonely, but one of the best things we can do to manage loneliness is to talk about it.”

Whether you want to make new friends or simply want to join a group that will put a smile on your face, take a look at some ideas below…

1. Virtual choir group

Do you enjoy singing

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Run-DMC Legend Inspires NYC Students On Virtual Field Trip

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Young people from more than 150 schools who have been isolated during the coronavirus pandemic — forced to embrace distance learning and see dreams for proms, senior days and other long-time traditions derailed —were able to come together last week during a virtual field trip for more than 1,000 New York City students.

The presentation, “Let’s Talk About It,” was hosted by the United Federation of Teachers and Road Recovery, a not-for-profit organization founded by Gene Bowen and Jack Bookbinder. Road Recovery focuses on helping young people “battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources,” according to the group’s mission statement.

The virtual field trip featured Daryl McDaniels of the groundbreaking hip hop group Run-DMC, who spoke passionately about his experience with alcoholism, fame, recovery

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