The authors have blamed 'a society that is riddled with structural inequalities'.
As COVID-19 cases rise and temperatures fall, stockpiling season is officially in full swing. A new customer survey released by Deloitte this month found that tons of grocery shoppers are buying up far more food items than they actually need. According to store owners, there's been a sharp uptick in sales for meats, frozen pizzas, baking foods, and all sorts of dry goods. Canned foods, meanwhile, remain in high demand. A poll conducted by LendingTree found that canned goods rank high among the items consumers are snatching up at the grocery store right now.But there's at least one particular canned good that's even harder to find than others: Canned corn. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, there are several reasons that this pantry staple is suddenly in short supply. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)For starters, the corn that's grown specifically for the purposes of being canned is a very "small portion of the U.S. crop." It's only harvested once a year, and it's usually canned "right after the harvest in late summer, and that yield is the entire supply for the year." The number of farmers who specialize in canned corn for canned-good giants such as Del Monte and Green Giant is also quite small. According to the Journal, the previous surge in demand for canned goods after the coronavirus led "retailers [to] quickly [blow] through inventories."That's not all. The report cites supply chain issues as another driving force in the current scarcity of canned corn, noting that the trucking companies who distribute such goods downsized their fleets last year in an effort to boost their profits, which left the haulers in a bad position to meet the new surge in demand earlier this year.In other words: For canned corn, the coronavirus was something of a perfect storm, as suppliers didn't have enough supply, distributors didn't have a full force, and canning season—when stocks could be replenished—fell at the end of summer. Though canned-corn brands say they're going to boost production by 25 percent this year, it doesn't change the fact that you're unlikely to find it in abundance on stores shelves right now. And for more amazing shopping advice, make sure you read up on The Dirtiest Thing in the Grocery Store You Should Definitely Avoid!
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a two- to three-week lockdown in England to bring the infection rate down.
The UK could learn from the 10 countries that 'avoided a detectable rise in deaths' in the first wave.
As lawmakers in Washington continue to circle the possibility of a second coronavirus relief bill, “Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary has weighed in on what such a bill should look like.In an interview with CNBC last week, the O’Shares chairman said he does not support a repeat of the $1,200 stimulus checks the federal government sent to every American earlier in the pandemic. O’Leary also said he favors a reduction to the extra $600 per week in unemployment payments going forward.“We don’t need the $1,200 check to everybody anymore because a lot of those people have now found work again,” O’Leary said. “I would like to see a $400 a week support for the next 14 months [for] anybody that’s unemployed … If you’re unemployed because of the pandemic, we’ll support you with a few hundred dollars a week until you can find a job.”While the U.S. pandemic unemployment rate has declined from its 14.7% high in April, hitting 7.9% for the month of September, there are still currently 12.6 million people who are out of work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The service industry has been hit particularly hard, with a wave of restaurants across the country permanently closing, which is likely to have long-lasting effects on the economy.Before safer-at-home orders were issued in response to the pandemic, the U.S. unemployment rate sat around 3.5%.Also Read: Mark Cuban Tells Hannity: Trump Only Wants to Run a Campaign, Not a Country (Video)The investor suggested that higher benefits would discourage unemployed Americans from seeking work, which CNBC noted is inconsistent with the findings of economists.Congress has been locked in a stalemate over disagreements about the contents of a second economic relief package, culminating in Donald Trump abruptly calling off talks in a tweet issued last week. The president has since reversed his position, publicly encouraging Senate Republicans to make a deal happen before the November presidential election.The latest White House proposal amounted to $1.8 trillion, a number that falls short of the $2.2 trillion package passed by House Democrats earlier this year.Read original story ‘Shark Tank’ Star Kevin O’Leary Says Americans ‘Don’t Need the $1,200 Checks’ for COVID-19 Relief At TheWrap
Ever thought you’d hear President Trump admit he failed at managing the COVID-19 pandemic? Us neither, but that didn’t stop the Biden campaign from taking some cues from the Trump campaign in crafting its latest attack ad.Coming in response to the Trump campaign’s ad released last week, which featured comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci that he says were taken out of context and used in without his permission, the Biden campaign edited together clearly different, out-of-context snippets of Trump’s public speeches to make it sound like Trump is saying, “I am failing at managing the coronavirus outbreak, so I used Dr. Fauci in an ad to say I’m doing a good job. But it’s fake. He never said that.”“He meant it for the task force, not me. Sorry to Dr. Fauci, and sorry to everyone else,” the pieced together clips of Trump also say.Also Read: Fauci Says Trump Campaign Should Take Down 'Completely Out of Context' AdLast week, the Trump campaign released a new ad that included a clip of Fauci that appeared as if the nation’s top infectious diseases expert was praising the president for his handling of the pandemic.“President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America,” a narrator for the ad says. “Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense.”Fauci then appears in the ad to say, “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more.”But in a statement on Sunday, Fauci said the comments were attributed without his permission and taken out of context. And, indeed, the clip itself is taken from a March interview Fauci did on Fox News, in which he was speaking more broadly about the efforts that federal public health officials and the White House’s coronavirus task force have been undertaking to respond to the pandemic.Also Read: Fauci Says Quote in New Trump Ad Was Taken Out of Context, Without His PermissionOn Monday, Fauci also said on CNN that the Trump campaign should take down the ad, which he called “disappointing” and “completely out of context.”But the Trump campaign has defended the ad by saying they used Fauci’s “own words.” “The video is from a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fauci was praising the work of the Trump Administration. The words spoken are accurate, and directly from Dr. Fauci’s mouth,” Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, said in a statement.Take a look at the Biden campaign ad below:Donald Trump is running TV ads taking Dr. Fauci out of context and without his permission.So, here’s a message from the President in his own words. pic.twitter.com/WCYbIfrQLR— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 12, 2020Read original story Trump Admits He Failed in Biden Campaign’s Deliciously Petty Ad At TheWrap
A 25-year-old tested positive for the infection twice within 48 days, with swabs coming back negative in-between.
Keira Knightley has pulled out of Apple TV+ series “The Essex Serpent” ahead of its production start in the U.K. due to coronavirus-related child-care concerns.A representative for Knightley, who was going to both star on and executive produce the adaptation of Sarah Perry’s novel, said in a statement to TheWrap on Monday, “Keira had to unfortunately pull out of the Essex Serpent due to family reasons. As the Covid cases increase in the UK and additional lockdown and restriction rules are potentially being imposed, with so many unknowns, there wasn’t a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of child care required for the 4.5 month production.”The 35-year-old actress has two daughters with her husband, James Righton: 5-year-old Edie and 13-month-old Delilah.Apple TV+ ordered “The Essex Serpent” to series at the end of August with Knightley attached as star and EP. The streaming service has now delayed the start of production on the project in order to find a new leading lady, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap.Also Read: 'Dickinson' Gets Season 2 Premiere Date, Season 3 Renewal at Apple TV+ (Video)Representatives for Apple TV+ and Knightley did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.“The Essex Serpent” follows newly widowed Cora (meant to be played by Knightley) who, having being released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area.The series is set to be directed by Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant,” “The Arbor”). Anna Symon (“Deep Water,” “Mrs Wilson”) will serve as lead writer. Excluding Knightley, executive producers include Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Patrick Walters, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Barnard and Symon. Andrea Cornwell is a producer.“The Essex Serpent” will be produced for Apple TV+ by See-Saw Films, and is commissioned for Apple out of the U.K. by Apple’s heads of worldwide video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, and creative director for Europe Worldwide Video, Jay Hunt. See-Saw Films is the company behind “The King’s Speech” and “Top of the Lake.” The series joins fellow Apple TV+ international series like “Suspicion,” “Slow Horses,” “Echo 3,” “Shantaram,” “Pachinko” and “Masters of the Air.”Read original story Keira Knightley Drops Out of Apple Series ‘Essex Serpent’ Over COVID-Related Child-Care Concerns At TheWrap
'Cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic', one expert stressed.
The 'Wonder Woman 1984' director has warned there might not be cinemas left to show movies if governments don't step in.
The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday questioned President Donald Trump’s behavior since his release from Walter Reed Medical Center Monday.The morning show played a clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying Trump is in “an altered state right now,” so she doesn’t know how to respond to his behavior. From there, the show played clips of Trump calling his COVID-19 diagnosis “a blessing from God,” calling for his political rivals to be arrested and calling Sen. Kamala Harris “this monster.”“I guess this is a very sad indictment or just a sad statement on his life: He doesn’t have anybody close enough to him, that loves him enough, that he trusts enough, that can keep him from continuing to destroy himself and politically, destroying his campaign and politically, destroying Republicans across the country,” host Joe Scarborough said.Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski agreed that if they were on the same type of medication Trump is on following his COVID-19 diagnosis, people in their lives would take time off to take care of them.“There is nothing normal about this. He’s not — does not sound like he is equipped right now to be President of the United States and may not be until his steroid treatment runs its course,” said Scarborough, a former GOP congressman.Watch the hosts discuss whether Trump should “take a rest for a week and let Mike Pence assume the presidency until he gets better” above.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Says Trump Doesn’t Have Anyone Who ‘Loves Him Enough’ to Help Him Post-COVID At TheWrap
Vernice Yap is the founder and CEO of Lovenn, a new dating app that aims to reduce “mental health stigma” by creating “an honest dating environment where singles can share and learn about each other’s imperfections at the outset”.
Although the coronavirus mainly spreads via coughs and sneezes, it is no longer considered an exclusively respiratory infection.
The 'Home Alone' star delved back into his past for a coronavirus protection measure that got the internet talking.
Some psychiatric wards received PPE after areas of the hospital treating physical illnesses.
Alec Baldwin says that if President Donald Trump were in “serious trouble,” “Saturday Night Live” would not have opened its 46th season with a joke about his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.The cold open for the NBC sketch show’s season kickoff Saturday was a parody of Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s first presidential debate, featuring Baldwin reprising his role as POTUS and Jim Carrey debuting his impression of Obama’s former VP. The sketch, which aired a day after Trump revealed he’d tested positive for the coronavirus, largely avoided the topic of the president’s health, despite one line where Baldwin said the “China virus is a hoax,” and quickly added, “that will probably come back to haunt me later this week.”Baldwin said in a video posted to Instagram on Sunday that he saw “considerable criticism” on social media from viewers who thought the joke was in poor taste following Trump’s Friday hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which the White House said was “out of an abundance of caution.”Also Read: 'SNL' With Host Chris Rock Scores Biggest Season Premiere Audience in 4 Years“The stuff that gets turned down, you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff that people propose, it’s outrageous. And this is a group of people that’s pretty savvy. They know they’re in network television,” Baldwin said, praising longtime “SNL” showrunner Lorne Michaels. “He is one of the smartest people in the business… And they know they don’t want to sink the ship. So if there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill, if people said, ‘Oh, Trump is really in trouble,’ then I bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that in terms of the content of the show. They would have done something else.”Baldwin said he’s seen that “happen before.”“I’ve seen instances where there were wars going on and they said, ‘Don’t do sketches where you sound like you’re disseminating information,’ as far-fetched as that sounds,” he said.Also Read: 'SNL': Michael Che Says 'There's a Lot Funny About' Trump Getting COVID-19 (Video)The “30 Rock” alum added: “We only have the words of the White House itself and the people who work there themselves to go on. And all of them have been saying that he is not in any danger. We only have their word to go by. And if their word had been that he was in serious trouble, then we probably wouldn’t have done it. But that’s not the case. If they had said he was in serious trouble, I can assure you we wouldn’t have done it, but that’s not the case. They said he’s got this disease and he’s got some manifestations of it and some symptoms of it, but he’s going to be fine and he’s not in any immediate danger.”Watch Baldwin’s video below.View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta) on Oct 4, 2020 at 11:16am PDTRead original story Alec Baldwin Says ‘SNL’ Wouldn’t Mock Trump’s COVID Diagnosis If He Were in ‘Serious Trouble’ (Video) At TheWrap