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How to add events to your iPhone's calendar in 2 ways, and edit or delete them later

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:24pm  |  Clusterstock
It only takes a few taps to add events to your iPhone's calendar.
  • To add an event to your iPhone's calendar, open the Calendar app and tap the plus sign at the top right of the screen.
  • You can also add events by tapping the "Create Event" option when it appears in other apps.
  • After you add an event, you can easily edit or delete it by tapping that item in the calendar. 
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The iPhone's Calendar app is a simple tool for keeping track of your meetings and appointments. It isn't particularly sophisticated, but that can be an advantage because it's easy to quickly add events to your schedule. 

How to add an event to the iPhone's calendar

There are two ways to add events — manually through the app, and automatically through other apps.

First, manually:

1. Start the Calendar app.

2. Tap the plus sign at the top right of the screen. 

Add a new event by tapping the plus sign at the top right of the screen.

3. Fill out the event details. Enter a title for the event — this is the only mandatory field — and then adjust the date and time. If it's an all-day event, swipe the "All-day" button to the right. You can also tap the "Repeat" option if this is an event that's going to occur regularly.

You can tap "Invitees" to send an email invite to others to join the meeting, or leave that field blank. And tapping "Alert" will allow you to set up notifications for the event, so there's no risk of you missing it.

4. When you're done, tap "Add" in the top-right corner. 

Tap "Add" to save the event to your calendar.

To add an event automatically:

1. In the Mail or Messages app, find a message someone has sent you that has a time listed in it. You'll likely see that it's underlined, while the text around it isn't.

You'll find times (and occasionally dates) may be underlined.

2. If the time is underlined, tap it. A menu should appear showing a variety of options — tap "Create event."

You can also select "Show in Calendar" to see that time pointed out in the calendar app.

3. A pop-up titled "New Event" will appear, and you can enter details about the event like you did above. The time and possibly date will already be filled in.

4. Tap "Add" to create the event on your calendar.

How to edit or delete an event on your iPhone's calendar

After you create an event on the calendar, you can edit it — or delete it entirely. 

1. Using the Calendar app, find the event you want to change. You can do this in any view that shows individual calendar items, such as the day view or itinerary view. 

2. Tap the event you want to change. 

3. To delete the event, tap "Delete" at the bottom of the screen. Confirm you want to do this by tapping "Delete Event" in the pop-up window at the bottom of the screen. 

4. To edit the event, tap "Edit" at the top-right. 

You can tap "Delete Event" to remove an item from the calendar or tap "Edit" at the top to change it.

5. Make any changes you want to the event. You can change the name of the event, adjust the meeting time, add notes, or make any other adjustments you want.

6. When you're finished, tap "Done" at the top-right. Your changes will be saved.

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Where the ultra-wealthy summer Hamptons set is heading after Labor Day this year

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:22pm  |  Clusterstock
  • Private travel is still happening discreetly and Hamptons real estate prices are through the roof.
  • The East End feels like “la la land” and a “different world” where people are flying private in and out every weekend.
  • Despite the seclusion and privacy it offers, the Hamptons villages are still “insanely” crowded, and restaurant reservations can be hard to come by.
  • Some Hamptonites have decided to stay indefinitely, and a few are heading back to the city, but overall, the post-Labor Day mentality Out East is “wait and see.”
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Typically at this time of year, the Hamptons empty out. The summer season comes to a close and the 1% dutifully head back to their Manhattan penthouses or hop on a private jet to their next vacation home.

But not this year. 

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the breathless schedules of the ultrawealthy completely out of whack, and for the first time since almost anyone can remember, it's going to be hard to find parking in the Hamptons after Labor Day.

'Everybody's making last minute decisions'

Normally after Labor Day, the slow crawl of Range Rovers and Ferraris start making their way West on Route 27 out of the Hamptons, their tanned summer residents heading to an airport or a freshly renovated Soho loft. Now, the super rich are handling their fall plans differently.

East Hampton resident Hanna Derrig, 22, said people are still flying private in and out of the Hamptons every weekend. Families are sailing yachts up from Miami to Sag Harbor to dock for a week or two. Her friends, Derrig said, have been doing exactly that.

"When I'm out there, it's like la la land," she told Business Insider. The Sag Harbor Marina started getting packed in July and never thinned out.

The beach in Montauk.

Derrig left Manhattan in March to quarantine with her family in East Hampton. Aside from some college-aged kids headed back to campus, she said, "people are just staying indefinitely. There are absolutely no plans to leave." She said the East Hampton scene throughout August still felt very crowded.

One thing is clear: Concerns about the safety of travel — private or otherwise — aren't stopping the uber rich from living large. Instead of spending on toys that fly and float, they're splurging on real estate. 

Sales and rentals surged in the East End this summer

When it comes to Hamptons real estate, if you can't make an all-cash, above-ask offer on the spot, you may want to rethink your strategy. The competition has gotten fierce: Rental activity across the Hamptons has seen a 194% increase since the beginning of the second quarter, according to The Corcoran Group.

"Anyone that has a contingency for any reason — whether it's financing, inspection, appraisal — is not getting the house," Ernie Cervi, The Corcoran Group's regional president for the East End, told Business Insider. "People are acting swiftly and aggressively to get what they want."

Manbir Singh, 60, a retired financial executive, had already been renting out East since March when he decided to take the plunge and buy. The second house his realtor, Geoff Hull at the Corcoran Group, showed him was a brand-new seven-bedroom home located on a quiet street.

He said he bought the Southampton property two hours later. 

"It was really fast," said Singh, who normally rents in the Hamptons only in July and takes an international vacation in August. "This time, it got so expensive to rent, it made a lot more sense [to buy]." He sees the home as a long-term investment. But he agrees that being out East seems a world away from the pandemic that brought New York City to a standstill just months ago.

"Other than you see people wearing masks, you don't really feel it for the most part," he said.

Signh, who hasn't flown since February, has no plans to leave. He will likely invite family and friends to Southampton for Thanksgiving. Even though he owns a third property in St. Barth's, he wants to stay.

Private travel is still happening discreetly

Despite the coming Hamptons hibernation and a decrease in overall demand, private jet travel is alive and well. According to Patrick Gallagher, president of marketing and service at NetJets, the private jet company is operating at about 80% of its private volume. The number of people flying private for personal and leisure travel has gone up significantly, and has helped make up for the loss of once-reliable corporate travel, which was approximately half of NetJets' business before the pandemic, Gallagher said.

Still, only 10% of people who can afford to fly private actually do, and East Ender sentiment about whether to truly travel elsewhere is overwhelmingly "wait and see."

And anyone can get cabin fever after spending months on end in their second, third and fourth homes, says Sean Emmerton, president of Elegant Mexico, a travel company that curates vacation experiences for high-end clients and rents out a collection of upscale villas in Mexico. He saw an increase in requests as Labor Day neared, particularly for longer villa stays in the 30- to 60-day range. Before the pandemic those requests were rare; most trips Emmerton typically arranges are closer to seven to 10 days in length. 

In late August, a Manhattan-based executive at "the top of the chain" at J.P. Morgan Chase inquired about (though has yet to book) renting a Los Cabos villa for two this September, said Emmerton. The price tag? A cool $10,000 per night during the summer season (it inches up to $16,000 per night during the holidays). The price includes a private butler and chef, as well as almost any kind of amenity you can imagine.

Wherever the ultrawealthy go — or don't go — after Labor Day, it's clear from talking to residents that life in the Hamptons has been business and billionaires as usual.

As Singh, who bought the Southhampton house this summer put it, "Where else are people from New York going to go when nobody wants to fly?"

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Samsung $400 flagship Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch tries too hard to impress but falls flat, and it's not our top choice

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:20pm  |  Clusterstock

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  • Samsung's $399.99 Galaxy Watch 3 is the company's flagship smartwatch with the most advanced features and hardware inside.
  • Among its advanced features is a blood-oxygen (SpO2), an electrocardiogram sensor, and advanced sleep and stress tracking.
  • After trying the Galaxy Watch 3, I can't say these advanced functions incite much confidence, nor are they intuitive or all that useful.
  • Most people seeking a smartwatch for fitness tracking should have a longer look at the cheaper $229.99 Samsung Galaxy Active 2, which comes with the same core features as the Watch 3 that are frankly more useful than the current iteration of the advanced features.

Samsung's latest Galaxy Watch 3 is the company's flagship smartwatch, and it comes with a variety of enhanced features and sensors, as well as design that reduces the infamously large smartwatch bezel. 

Ultimately, however, the Galaxy Watch 3 isn't a smartwatch I'd recommend to most people, at least not at its starting price of $399.99. It's just such a high price for lots of uncertainty around the advanced features, and there are other cheaper smartwatches like the $229.99 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 that offers significantly better value while keeping the core benefits.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 specs

Display:  1.2 inches, 360 x 360 (41mm) and 1.4 inches, 360 x 360 (45mm)

Battery: 247mAh (41mm) and 340mAh (45mm)

Processor: 1.15GHz, dual-core, Exynos 9110

Memory and storage: 1GB RAM and 8GB storage

Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, Galileo, LTE (optional)

Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Electrical Heart Sensor (ECG), Optical Heart Rate Sensor (HRM), Light Sensor

Water resistance: IP68 + 5ATM

Design and comfort

The Galaxy Watch 3's overall design is plain, even it is made of premium materials like steel or even titanium — any flair or aesthetic comes from the watch face of choice that shines from the AMOLED screen. Still, the Galaxy Watch 3 has some of the thinnest bezels for a smartwatch, and Samsung makes some of the best use of those bezels with the unique rotating dial that makes it easy — and even satisfying — to navigate around the Watch 3.

So, how do the watch faces look? You get a good range to pick from, and you can customize them with different colors, complications, hand designs, and so on — although, I do wish you had more control and options for customization. And, there's the numerous selection you can find in Samsung's app store and Google Play Store, too. But, even Samsung's excellent AMOLED display tech can't emulate a real analog watch face. No smartwatch can.

Comfort-wise, the Galaxy Watch 3 is very nice to wear whether I'm on the couch or working out — it's light, and it's not very big or thick. I never liked leather straps for a variety of boring, whiny personal reasons, but the included leather strap is actually better than I thought it would be. Although it does have a break-in period where it creaks and is uncomfortably stiff.



The Galaxy Watch 3 has a suite of fitness and health tracking features and sensors. You'll find the basic sensors like a heart rate sensor, as well as more advanced sensors like an ECG (electro cardiogram) sensor for blood-oxygen and stress measurements. There's also GPS for tracking distance.

Despite having all these advanced features, I find myself using the Watch 3 more for its core, basic features. I love that the Watch 3 automatically and accurately detects a workout. I also like that it measures my heart rate and time elapsed, distance traveled, and estimated calories burned, and that I could have a simple report on the Samsung Health app.

You can download your Spotify playlists onto the Watch 3's 8GB of internal storage, which should be enough for a few hundred song and your workouts, which is great if you don't want to bring your phone along on a workout just for playing music. 

With that in mind, Samsung's $229.99 Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a cheaper (and better looking, in my opinion) alternative to the relatively expensive Watch 3 that starts at $399.99, because it comes with the core basic stuff.

General usage

Getting notifications on a smartwatch so you don't have to pull out your phone every time has been one of the main attractions for smartwatches, and the Watch 3 performs just fine in this aspect. As always, it's a pleasure to get a quick glimpse at emails, text messages, and any other notification I want to receive.

One of my favorite things about using the Watch 3 has been taking phone calls without touching my phone once. It's been incredibly useful on certain occasions, and it's a feature I actively miss when I don't have the Watch 3 on my wrist.

The Watch 3 also includes fall detection, which may be useful to some users.

Similar to the fitness stuff above, you can do all these things on the cheaper Galaxy Watch Active 2.

Battery life

Battery life is one of the main draws for the Watch 3 with a two-day advertised battery life by Samsung. I found that to be actually true, even with workout days when the Watch 3 was using a variety of sensors — as long as you don't use the "always on" mode for the watch face.

When you have the "always on" mode for the watch face, battery life is reduced to about a day. 

The charger is basic and minimalistic — the Watch 3 functionally magnetically attaches to the disc, and it lies flat on a surface.



The Galaxy Watch 3's marquee and differentiating feature is its advanced sensors for tracking blood-oxygen (SpO2) levels, but neither the Watch 3 or the Samsung Health app tells me what to do with blood-oxygen data. It doesn't really tell you what to do about stress levels or sleep tracking data, either. None of it seems integrated into any overall health or fitness tracking on the Watch 3 or in the Samsung Health app, and the features seem astray and isolated in their current iterations. They're fun to look at, but the novelty wears off, and I never tracked my blood-oxygen, stress, or sleep again after just a couple days.

Samsung does say that the Watch 3's blood-oxygen tracking "evaluates overall endurance during training," but you have to manually go through the watch's interface to begin measuring SpO2 measuring — it's not something that's measured automatically when you're working out, which doesn't seem intuitive or useful.

On top of that, I'm skeptical of the accuracy that the Watch 3 is tracking my sleep. Ever since a recent update to the Watch 3, it claims I haven't been in deep sleep for days, and that the quality of my sleep has been a 30 out of 100. But, it was saying that my sleep efficiency was consistently over 80% before said update. What do I believe? The confidence is gone.

To be honest, I'm skeptical that a consumer-level smartwatch like the Watch 3 can truly record and track things like blood-oxygen levels, and especially sleep and stress. If you're after those kinds of measurements, the Watch 3, or any standard consumer smartwatch, doesn't incite much confidence or usefulness.

One small complaint about workout auto-detection — while it's great, it is also too eager to claim that I am actually working out. More often than not, the watch registers my showers as a workout, for example. It's an annoyance if you're consistently staying on top of your workout and fitness tracking, as it inflates tracking numbers — I doubt that I burn 100 calories during a 10-minute shower. Thankfully, you can easily delete the erroneous workouts in the Samsung Health app.

Another small complaint with fitness tracking is how the watch face doesn't stay on to show you your heart rate and other data during a workout. Having to make a gesture or press a button or the screen to turn the screen on to quickly glance at my workout data is annoying.

A watch that's reluctant to tell you the time

Unless you opt for the battery-draining "always on" mode for the watch face, the Watch 3 won't reliably tell you the time when you want it to. Sometimes, you have to overtly perform a dramatic "checking the time" gesture to get it to work. Other times, a gentle roll of the wrist will work just fine. Sometimes, it simply doesn't work, which is particularly frustrating when the screen lights up randomly when you didn't want to tell the time.

The feature is inconsistent, and it's a smartwatch thing. No smartwatch I've tried with battery-draining, fancy, colorful, and high-resolution screens that require gestures to wake the screen get this right. 

Some people don't mind, or it works better for them. To me, it drives me insane to be met with dark emptiness when I want the time from a watch.

No Google Assistant, and Bixby can be hard to use

The only smart assistant you get is Samsung's Bixby, which is annoying, especially as you don't get the option to use Google Assistant. 

The Samsung Tizen operating system running on the Watch 3 looks and runs great, but it can be difficult to find certain settings and options. For example, some settings and options are on the watch and others in the Samsung Wear mobile app on your smartphone. I was looking for a way to disable the notification I get when the connection between the watch and my phone is lost, and I eventually resorted to googling it and discovered that the setting is only found on the watch itself.

Another example: I want to add cycling as one of my widget shortcuts so I can quickly start tracking a cycling workout, but it's incredibly difficult to do so. There's lots of internet searching for things that should be easy to do. Even after doing it once, I'm not sure how to do it again. Tizen and the software could do with some work. 

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3?

Not for $400. The fancy SpO2 sensor and other advanced tracking like sleep and stress seem overly ambitious, hard to use, and just don't incite much confidence in what they're designed to do. 

If you're looking for a smartwatch to track fitness, you're better off with something cheaper that has the core basics, like the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 that starts at $230 and can regularly be found for less. 

If you're looking for a watch that tells you the time and you like the idea of personalized watch faces, I wouldn't recommend the Watch 3, either. In fact, I wouldn't recommend any smartwatch if telling the time is your primary use for a smartwatch.

If you already know that you like smartwatches and you can tolerate their typical shortcomings like the reluctance to tell time and battery life (compared to a real watch), the Galaxy Watch 3 can be a good option, but I'd wait for its price to go down. I'm not seeing the $400 value with the Galaxy Watch 3.

Pros: Battery life; good set of core health and fitness features; relatively thin, lightweight, and comfortable for a feature-packed smartwatch; supports Spotify offline music; great for taking phone calls and notifications. 

Cons: Price; plain design; inconsistent screen waking to tell time; advanced health and fitness features are questionable; no Google Assistant support; un-intuitive Tizen operating system.

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How to check the traffic around you on Google Maps in 2 ways, so that you know which routes to avoid

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:19pm  |  Clusterstock
You can check out the current traffic levels for roads near you using Google Maps.
  • To check traffic on Google Maps, you can turn on the traffic overlay.
  • Not all streets or locales on Google Maps have traffic data, so this overlay might not work everywhere.
  • When you map out directions via car, you'll automatically see the traffic levels along that route.
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Google Maps is one of the most popular apps in the world, and for good reason — it works very well. 

Not every feature is equally easy to find, though. Google Maps lets you see the traffic levels around you, for example, but this feature is somewhat hidden.

In many cities, Google will display current traffic levels with a color-coded system — green represents light traffic, yellow is moderate, orange is heavy, and red is severe levels of traffic. 

While you'll see the traffic along a planned route automatically when you plan a trip via car to a specific destination, that color coding doesn't extend to streets not on your route. But there's an "overlay" available in Google Maps in which you can see these traffic levels everywhere.

How to check traffic on the Google Maps mobile app

1. Start the Google Maps app on your phone.

2. Tap the Overlay icon. It's shaped like a stack of squares and can be found near the top-right of the map, under the quick links. 

3. In the Map Details section of the pop-up, tap "Traffic."

Using the mobile app, you can enable the traffic view from the Overlay icon.

The traffic overlay will appear; any roads that have traffic information will appear color-coded in green, yellow, orange and red to indicate increasing levels of traffic. If you don't see anything, traffic data isn't available, or your internet connection might not be fast enough.

If you turn on the traffic overlay, you can see the current traffic levels on streets and highways throughout your city. How to check traffic on Google Maps in a web browser

1. In a web browser, open Google Maps.

2. Click the hamburger menu (the three lines at the top-left of the screen) to see the menu.

3. Click "Traffic."

You can enable the traffic overlay from the menu in a web browser.

The traffic overlay will appear; any roads that have traffic information will appear color-coded in green, yellow, orange, and red to indicate increasing levels of traffic. If you don't see anything, traffic data isn't available.

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Dr. Fauci said Trump's attention span is 'like a minus number' and the president's 'sole purpose is to get reelected,' according to Woodward's book

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:18pm  |  Clusterstock
President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci in April, when Fauci still appeared at briefings.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci privately said President Donald Trump's attention span was "like a minus number," according to Bob Woodward's new book. 
  • Fauci also told an associate that Trump's "sole purpose is to get reelected," Woodward wrote.
  • Trump has a rocky relationship with Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious disease, because of their differing views on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fauci disputed the quotes in Woodward's book and said he did not "recall" making those statements.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, is astonished by President Donald Trump's tendency to hop from one topic to another during meetings and believes Trump has a very short attention span, according to the veteran reporter Bob Woodward's new book, "Rage."

The book, a copy of which was obtained by Insider, is set to be released on September 15.

"His attention span is like a minus number," Fauci said privately of Trump, according to Woodward's book. Fauci also told others Trump operated on a "separate channel" and that the president has generally changed the subject when Fauci challenges him, according to the book. 

Woodward wrote the infectious-disease expert told an associate that Trump's "sole purpose is to get reelected."

Fauci was also disappointed that Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, behaved like a cheerleader for Trump "as if everything was great," Woodward wrote.

Fauci was initially a leading figure on Trump's coronavirus task force but became increasingly sidelined amid divisions with the president over how to handle the outbreak. Fauci has supported quarantines and economic lockdowns to slow the virus' spread and questioned Trump advisers who pushed for unproven remedies.

Though things between Fauci and Trump were frosty for months, their Cold War went into overdrive in July, when The Washington Post reported a White House official circulated talking points criticizing Fauci for his handling of the virus. The report added that Trump was irritated about Fauci's approval ratings.

Trump has downplayed COVID-19 since the early days of the outbreak. A string of media reports over the past several months also painted a damning picture of Trump hampering the US's recovery by ignoring more than a dozen warnings about the pandemic from intelligence officials, cutting funding to public-health agencies, demonizing medical experts like Fauci, and spreading misinformation about the severity of the outbreak.

Trump told Woodward in March that he was deliberately downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19 to avoid causing panic, though in February he told the veteran journalist the virus was deadlier than the worst flus. Fauci on Wednesday defended Trump, saying he never heard the president distort the facts on the virus. He also disputed the quotes in Woodward's book during an interview with Fox News' John Roberts.

"I didn't get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had," Fauci told Roberts. 

He also told Roberts he did not "recall" what he's cited as stating by Woodward in the book.

"I don't recall that at all," Fauci said. "So I mean ... according to what I saw in the newspapers, it says 'and others have said that.' So you know, I don't really want to get involved in the kind of stuff that is very distracting to the kind of things that I'm trying to do and that we're all trying to do with this outbreak."

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The pandemic is making unprecedented numbers of people homeless in the UK — but these organizations are helping

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:16pm  |  Clusterstock
Paul Gwilym, center, founded the homeless services nonprofit Boomerang after being homeless himself.
  • The UK is witnessing a homelessness crisis that won't slow down as the pandemic continues to force people onto the streets.
  • Nonprofits such as Boomerang, in Wales, and Crisis, in England, are seeing unprecedented demand for homeless services.
  • The crisis could get even worse after September 20, when a ban on evictions in England and Wales is set to expire.
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As the pandemic continues to force people out of work and onto the streets, the United Kingdom is witnessing a homelessness crisis that won't slow down.

And with a ban on evictions in England and Wales set to expire on September 20, experts fear the worst is yet to come.

One UK nonprofit, Boomerang, is seeing unprecedented demand for its homeless services. The Cardiff, Wales, organization provides basics like clothing, furniture, food, and household items, and during the height of the pandemic, it witnessed a big increase both in donations and of people in need of help.

"I had three, four vans sometimes on the road. I was hiring outside companies, self-employed people who wanted to work, needed to work," founder Paul Gwilym told Business Insider Today. "And before you knew it, we had 20 beds coming in, 30 beds going out, 40 washing machines coming in, and then 30 washing machines come out, all in a couple of days in a week. It was absolutely crazy."

Gwilym was once homeless himself. He had a job and an apartment he rented. But when his landlord gave him three weeks' notice, Gwilym found himself sleeping on the streets — an experience that has helped him empathize with the people he now serves.

"I didn't have enough money within my own business to afford a deposit — security deposit, your first month's rent, and credit checks," he said. "So that was it. I hit hard times. As a man, as a proud man, you failed."

The rate of homelessness in Cardiff was particularly high even before the pandemic started. But now the UK government has taken unprecedented steps to curb homelessness.

In March, it launched a scheme to move 15,000 people off the streets and into hotels and safe housing.

Boomerang and other nonprofits have seen unprecedented demand for homeless services since the pandemic began.

Gwilym uses his life experience to help those in similar situations, like Lynn Bethell, who is moving into a two-bedroom apartment that was provided by the local government.

"This pandemic has kind of brought people together," Bethell said. "They want to help. They want to do things for each other, which is amazing. And I think that's a really good thing."

Despite the help of charities like Boomerang and the government response, over 20,000 households across the UK have been recently made homeless during the pandemic. 

"Right now, the big danger is people losing their jobs, and there are record numbers of people out out of employment or falling out of employment as we speak," said Jon Sparkes, the CEO of Crisis, another homeless services nonprofit.

"And that's the point at which people are having to make these awful decisions between paying their rent, buying clothes for their children, food for their family, heating for their house as we go into the winter."

When the ban on evictions is lifted on September 20, hundreds of thousands of renters in England and Wales could be in jeopardy.  The government will also have to decide what to do with the people who were moved into temporary housing during lockdown. 

"Booking 15,000 people into hotels isn't ending homelessness by any means, but the combination of that effort, policy changes, and regulation changes had an impact," Sparkes said. "So I think what it's done is shown what can be achieved if we work together on homelessness." 

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How to shop on Amazon Prime Day 2020 — all the tips and tricks you need to save the most money possible

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For any event — a half-marathon, a surprise party, a trip to a new city — preparation is key. And yes, even shopping counts as an event, especially when you plan on buying the products you need most in your life all at once. 

Amazon's annual Prime Day certainly warrants some extra preparation ahead of time since it lasts more than a day, features more than 1 million deals worldwide, and essentially pits you against hordes of other online shoppers who also want that kitchen appliance or pair of headphones you've been eyeing. 

Though we're not exactly sure when Amazon Prime Day will land this year, we've been doing the equivalent of getting up for early morning runs and putting in work at the gym for what is sure to be a whirlwind of a race: analyzing the deals and best sellers of past Prime Days, figuring out all the ways Amazon Prime Day will save you money beyond physical products, and more. 

This isn't our first Amazon Prime Day rodeo, and even if it's not yours either, the following guide to how to shop Prime Day will be a good refresher on everything you need to succeed during the sales event. 

And if this fall is the first time you'll be shopping Prime Day, welcome to the party. 

We will be here to make shopping during Prime Day as smooth as possible, with deal roundups and resources like the guide below. Read up on everything related to Amazon Prime Day 2020 here. 1. Become an Amazon Prime member Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime here

More than 150 million people worldwide have Prime memberships to enjoy free 2-day shipping and dozens of other useful benefits. Being able to shop Prime Day is a members-only benefit, so signing up for a free trial is definitely the first step to scoring the best deals. 

If you're not already a member, you'll want to time your free trial for the month of October so you can take full advantage of Prime Day. 

2. Mark your calendar

Amazon has not yet announced the dates of Prime Day 2020. Last year, Prime Day took place from July 15 through July 16. But seeing as we've blown past July and August, it's safe to assume the event will take place in mid-October. 

3. Narrow down what you want to buy The Fire HD 10 Tablet currently retails for $149.99. See what the Shopping team's readers bought on Prime Day last year here

It's smart to go into Prime Day with at least some idea of what you want to buy (and save on). If you need some inspiration from your fellow Insider readers, these were the 30 top-selling products from last year's Prime Day

Aptly, Amazon devices will most likely enjoy significant discounts on the company's special day. If you're able to, we recommend holding off until Prime Day to make your next Echo or Kindle purchase. Amazon now makes tons of different devices, from tablets and TVs to speakers and yes, even microwaves

Your Prime Day wish-list doesn't have to include a best seller or an Amazon device — but you should compile some type of list to make shopping more efficient. 

4. Download the Amazon app Learn more about how to use the Amazon app here

You can use the Amazon app all year long to streamline your mobile shopping experience, but it's particularly useful for Prime Day. Before Prime Day goes live, go to the "Deals" section of the app, where you'll be able to view all upcoming deals. Click "Watch this deal" to receive an alert the moment it goes live. The app organizes all the deals you're interested in, so just pay attention to your phone notifications if you want to grab a deal before it's gone. 

The Amazon app also sends periodic tips and tricks for how to make the most of Prime Day. 

5. Familiarize yourself with Lightning Deals Learn more about how Lightning Deals work here

During Prime Day, some deals will run all day, but others will only be available for a limited amount of time and only while supplies last. These Lightning Deals are usually open to everyone shopping on Amazon, but on Prime Day, they'll be exclusive to Prime members. 

As their name suggests, Lightning Deals go quick, which is why you'll want to watch the deals you want (the app is the easiest way to do this). It is still possible to get a deal that has been 100% claimed if you add yourself to the deal's waitlist and another shopper bails on their purchase. 


6. Create your grocery list Shop Whole Foods at Amazon here

This year will be the third Prime Day collaboration between Amazon and Whole Foods, so we expect similar, if not better, grocery deals. Try doing your grocery shopping at Whole Foods during the week of Prime Day to save on your weekly food essentials. 

Last year, Prime members who spent $10 in-store at Whole Foods or on Prime Now received a $10 credit to use on Amazon for Prime Day. 

7. Bookmark our guides to the best Amazon Prime Day deals of 2020 to save time and energy on the day of the event Read all of our Prime Day 2020 coverage hereFind the best deals across all categories of Prime Day 2020 here

The Amazon Prime Day 2020 page on Business Insider is where you'll be able to find all related coverage of the sales event, from massive deal roundups to special deal spotlights. You can count on us to cut through the clutter of Prime Day and highlight only the deals worth shopping.

We'll be rounding up all the best deals sitewide in a master deals post, as well as the best deals by popular categories like tech, home, and kitchen. 


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Google says it will block autocomplete search suggestions that could sway voters ahead of the US election

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:05pm  |  Clusterstock
  • With the US election looming, Google says it will put a block on certain autocomplete suggestions in search that could surface misinformation.
  • Google's autocomplete feature offers recommendations for queries once a user begins typing, but searching for topics around voting or donations could point users to incorrect information.
  • "That might mean some perfectly benign predictions get swept up in this," said a Google senior director.
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With the US presidential election approaching, Google is making some changes to avoid the spread of misinformation, including a removal of certain autocomplete predictions in search.

The company said Thursday it will remove autocomplete predictions "that could be interpreted as claims for or against any candidate or political party."

This will also extend to queries about the process, such as questions about voting by mail, or queries about donations.

Google's autocomplete feature offers recommendations for queries once a user begins typing, but queries around voting or political candidates could lead to incorrect information being surfaced.

"We want to be careful about the type of information we highlight in the search feature given its prominence," said David Graff, Google's senior director, for global policy and standards, during a press roundtable. 

"That might mean some perfectly benign predictions get swept up in this," he later added.

The news came as part of a broader announcement from Google, which mostly reiterated work that has been done to curb the spread of misinformation through search.

As for Election Day itself, Google said it doesn't have any other specific policy changes planned, but is preparing for all sorts of possible outcomes.

"We have done a lot of preparation expecting there might be some changing information on that day, and we're definitely going to have a group of people on video call with each other tracking how things are going throughout the day," said Cathy Edwards, Google's VP of engineering.

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US officials are reportedly considering extending the deadline for TikTok's sale as the deal faces roadblocks

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 4:04pm  |  Clusterstock
Donald Trump, left, and ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming.
  • The US government has been trying for months to force ByteDance to sell off its TikTok business in the US, and established a deadline of September 15 for the deal to be finalized.
  • However, the deal has hit a number of snags along the way. Bloomberg reports this week that ByteDance is "increasingly likely" to miss the September 15 deadline, and that White House officials are considering offering the Chinese company an extension on the deal.
  • The deadline was first set by President Donald Trump. Since then, Trump has issued two executive orders that have appeared to extend the deadline, first to September 20, then to mid-November.
  • It's also unclear what will happen come September 15 — or any other government-imposed deadline — if a deal for TikTok's sale has yet to be finalized.
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After a week of setbacks that hinted a deal may not be finalized in time, US government officials are considering extending the deadline it imposed on ByteDance to sell off TikTok's US operations. 

Bloomberg reports that the White House may push back the September 15 deadline President Donald Trump first set in early August to force ByteDance's hand to sell off TikTok's US assets or face a ban. Officials have not yet approached Trump about a possible deadline extension, Bloomberg reports, raising questions whether the president would approve a move.

A US company acquiring TikTok would address the US government's national security concerns and avoid Donald Trump's threat to ban the app nationwide because of ByteDance's headquarters in China. 

However, talks have stalled recently after China set new restrictions on exports of artificial-intelligence technology, requiring Chinese companies to get approval from the state government to conduct trade. The new rules could potentially give China the authority to block the export of TikTok's AI, which includes the vital algorithm that powers the app's addictive "For You" feed of videos.

Earlier reports indicated that due to a myriad of technical and political issues, ByteDance would likely need more time to solidify the TikTok deal. ByteDance is now reportedly surfacing "possible arrangements" that would keep the company from having to sell TikTok's US operations in full.

Talks about a possible sale of TikTok's US business trace back to July. In the absence of a deal, the Trump administration's power to impose such a ban on TikTok or take action against ByteDance — as well as its national-security accusations — remains unclear. 

It's also unclear what will happen come September 15, the date the Trump administration first set that TikTok employees have taken to calling "D-Day." Trump's actions since then have made it unclear what the true deadline could be: Trump's first executive order set a September 20 date for banning Americans from making "any transactions" with TikTok and ByteDance. A second executive order a week later seemed to extend a deadline for a TikTok deal to November 12 — more than a week after the US presidential election.

The race for a stake in TikTok's assets — a deal valued between $20 billion and $50 billion — has surfaced names like Microsoft, Oracle, Walmart, and SoftBank as potential buyers. The frontrunners in the bidding war have appeared to be two groups: a joint offer between Microsoft and Walmart that's backed by ByteDance's CEO, and another from Oracle, which has the support of President Trump and a group of ByteDance's US investors.

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How to Become an Industrialized Nation - Yi Wen author of 'China's Rapid Rise: From Backward Agrarian Society to Industrial Powerhouse in Just 35 Years'

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:57am  |  Timbuktu Chronicles
From Yi Wen an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis:How is becoming an industrialized nation like learning math? In this video, Assistant Vice President and Economist Yi Wen discusses the stages a nation must go through for an industrial revolution. He also touches on why it took so long for China to become an industrialized nation...[more]

Mike Pence slated to attend a fundraiser hosted by QAnon supporters

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 2:32am  |  Clusterstock
  • Vice President Mike Pence will attend a fundraiser in Montana next week hosted by a couple who have posted far-right QAnon conspiracy theory memes and retweeted conspiracy posts, according to a new Associated Press report.
  • Pence and other powerful Republicans including Kimberly Guilfoyle, GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and RNC finance chairman Todd Ricketts, are slated to head to the fundraiser hosted by Michael and Caryn Borland, a couple who have donated $220,000 to Trump’s re-election.
  • After reviewing the couple’s social media profiles, AP found that Michael shared several bold QAnon logos on his Facebook page, as well as the conspiracy’s slogan: “Where We Go One We Go All.”
  • On Twitter, Caryn had retweeted or engaged with QAnon conspiracy tweets, while on June 25 Michael shared a post that called Black Lives Matter protesters “terrorists,” and threatened to shoot protesters himself.
  • QAnon conspiracies — none of which are based on evidence — involve unfounded claims Trump is on a secret mission to dismantle a network of child abusers, involving satanic pedophiles, cannibals, Hollywood stars, "deep state" agents, and top Democrats.
  • Pence’s campaign and the White House did not respond immediately to Business Insider’s request for comment, and also declined to comment to AP.
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Next week, Vice President Mike Pence is slated to attend a fundraiser hosted by a couple who have posted far-right QAnon conspiracy theory memes and retweeted conspiracy posts, including a threat to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters, according to a new Associated Press report.

On September 14, Pence and other powerful Republicans including Donald Trump Jr's partner and fundraiser Kimberly Guilfoyle, GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and Republican National Committee finance chairman Todd Ricketts, will head along to the fundraiser in Bozeman, Montana, hosted by Michael and Caryn Borland.

After reviewing the Borland's social media profiles, AP found that Michael had shared several bold QAnon logos on his Facebook page, as well as the conspiracy's slogan: "Where We Go One We Go All."

On Twitter, Caryn had retweeted or engaged with a number of QAnon conspiracy tweets, while Michael — whose Twitter picture is of the Q and the conspiracy slogan — shared a post that called Black Lives Matter protesters "terrorists," as well as threatening to shoot protesters himself on June 25.

The Borlands have donated $220,000 to Trump's re-election campaign.

QAnon conspiracies — none of which are based on evidence — involve unproven claims Trump is on a secret mission to dismantle a network of child abusers involving satanic pedophiles and cannibals, Hollywood stars, "deep state" agents, and top Democrats. 

Last year, Yahoo News obtained documents that revealed the FBI identified it as a domestic-terrorism threat.

In July, Pence told CBS that he didn't know anything about QAnon, and he "dismiss[ed] it out of hand."

Pence's campaign and the White House did not respond immediately to Business Insider's request for comment, and also declined to comment to the AP. 

According to the AP report, the fundraiser is a sign showing how the conspiracy theory is becoming more prominent in the Republican party. 

In late August, President Donald Trump publicly praised QAnon supporters during a White House press briefing, Business Insider previously reported.

"I don't know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate," he said. "But I don't know much about the movement. I have heard that it is gaining in popularity."

He added that he had heard "these are people that love our country."

Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst and disinformation expert, previously told Business Insider Trump's comments could "fuel and embolden" members and boost interest for people who had looked into the conspiracy theories but hadn't yet fully subscribed to the views. 

Trump has also used his Twitter account to amplify QAnon posts more than 216 times since November 2017, Business Insider previously reported. 

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GOP senator says he's not interested in Woodward's latest explosive book on Trump, says it's a 'gotcha' book even though Trump was interviewed 18 times for it

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 2:00am  |  Clusterstock
Senator John Kennedy, of Louisiana.
  • Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana says he is not interested in any “gotcha” books, including Bob Woodward’s latest, which revealed President Donald Trump consistently claimed the coronavirus was no worse than the flu when he knew otherwise.
  • In an interview with CNN, published on Wednesday, Pamela Brown asked Kennedy if Trump’s actions were acceptable, or misleading to the public.
  • Kennedy responded three times, saying: “These gotcha books” didn’t interest him. He also said another one would be “out tomorrow.”
  • When Kennedy was pressed on the fact Trump told Woodward the coronavirus traveled through the air, he said: “To be is to act,” and he said that he didn’t judge officials in Washington “by what they say,” according to the Independent.
  • Kennedy wasn’t alone in his refusal to condemn Trump.
  • According to CNBC, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hadn’t looked at the book yet, so he couldn’t answer any questions about it, and told reporters to direct their questions to the White House.
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Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana says he is not interested in any "gotcha" books, including investigative journalist Bob Woodward's latest, which revealed President Donald Trump knew the coronavirus was deadly back in February, though he consistently claimed the coronavirus was no worse than the flu.

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Pamela Brown asked Kennedy if Trump's actions were acceptable, or misleading to the public.

Kennedy responded by saying: "These gotcha books don't really interest me that much."

When Brown said Trump was on the record, Kennedy said again: "These gotcha books don't really interest me that much. There will be a new one out tomorrow."

Brown said this book was different, since it was based on Trump's 18 interviews with Woodward.

Kennedy stuck to his response: "Let me answer you again. These gotcha books don't really interest me. There will be a new one out tomorrow."

—Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) September 9, 2020

When Kennedy was pressed on the fact Trump confirmed to Woodward that he knew the coronavirus traveled through air, he said: "To be is to act," and he said he didn't judge officials in Washington "by what they say," according to the Independent

Kennedy wasn't the only GOP member who refused to condemn Trump. 

According to CNBC, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hadn't looked at the book yet, so he couldn't answer any questions about it, and told reporters to direct their questions to the White House. 

Kennedy has shown his support for Trump before

In 2019, when Democrats were trying to get the IRS to release Trump's tax returns, he told CNN's Jake Tapper: "The American people have chosen Donald Trump as president. If you don't like it, in two years, you can vote against him. In the meantime, don't screw with him, let him try to be president."

Woodward's latest book on Trump, titled "Rage," was based on 18 on-the-record interviews between December and July, and is filled with a number of bombshell revelations.

One in particular came on February 7, when Trump was recorded saying the coronavirus was "more deadly than even your strenuous flus" and that people could contract the virus "just by breathing in air."

In public, in the weeks that followed, Trump consistently said the coronavirus was no worse than the flu. 

Since excerpts of Woodward's book have been released, Trump has admitted to minimizing the coronavirus' potential damage, because he said he did not want to "show panic." 

He said: "And I was very open — whether it's to Woodward or anybody cannot show a sense of panic or you're going to have bigger problems than you ever had before."

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Eyewitness claims police killed 'antifa' Portland murder suspect before giving any commands

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 1:23am  |  Clusterstock
Investigators work near a tarp covering the body of a man who is reportedly Michael Forest Reinoehl after he was shot and killed by law enforcement on September 3, 2020 in Lacey, Washington.
  • In a statement on Wednesday, an eyewitness to the killing of Michael Reinoehl claimed that police opened fire before issuing any commands.
  • "Officers shot multiple rapid-fire shots at Reinoehl before issuing a brief 'stop' command, quickly followed by more rapid-fire shooting by additional officers," he said.
  • Reinoehl, who was suspected of killing a far-right activist in Portland, Oregon, was killed Sept. 3.
  • Eyewitness testimony has been inconsistent. Other bystanders have claimed that Reinoehl fired his weapon, with two bystanders claiming he had an assault rifle.
  • Police claim Reinoehl was shot after pulling a weapon and that they recovered a handgun at the scene.
  • In his statement, Nathaniel Dingess said the deceased was only holding a cellphone.
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An eyewitness to the killing of Michael Forest Reinoehl claims police opened fire on the murder suspect outside his apartment complex before issuing any command — and that the deceased was holding a cellphone, not a gun.

Reinoehl, a self-styled "anti-fascist," was suspected of killing an armed member of a far-right extremist group, Patriot Prayer, last month near a protest in Portland, Oregon.

In an interview published by Vice News hours before his death, Reinoehl claimed to have acted in self-defense. But prosecutors rejected that argument, issuing a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Reinoehl was killed on Sept. 3 after a law enforcement task force led by the US Marshalls descended on his hideout in Lacey, Washington. Police have claimed Reinoehl was shot after pulling a gun as law enforcement agents attempted to detain him.

But one eyewitness, Nathaniel Dingess, an ordained minister, said Wednesday that Reinoehl neither fired a shot nor possessed a gun at all, The Oregonian reported.

In a statement issued by his lawyer, Dingess claimed that Reinoehl was walking to his car, holding a cellphone, when officers pulled up in two unmarked vehicles and began opening fire before issuing any commands.

"Officers shot multiple rapid-fire shots at Reinoehl before issuing a brief 'stop' command, quickly followed by more rapid-fire shooting by additional officers," he said.

Eyewitness testimony has been inconsistent, however, contradicting both Dingess' statement and assertions by police. One witness told The Olympian that Reinoehl "did open fire first," while two others said they saw him fire what they described as an assault rifle.

Police, however, have said they recovered a handgun, not a rifle, and are still investigating whether any of the 30 to 50 shots heard by witnesses were fired by the suspect.

Reinoehl died at the scene.

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Austrians are getting $1,200 US stimulus checks by mistake. Some are cashing them anyway.

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 1:06am  |  Clusterstock
Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia Financial Center May 8, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of Austrians have cashed US stimulus checks in the past few months, most of whom are ineligible for the $1,200 meant to help Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reported. 

NPR reported last month that thousands of foreign workers in other countries also received the stimulus check by mistake.

The glitch impacted people who were in the US on temporary work visas. Government officials and tax experts told NPR that sometimes foreign workers file incorrect tax returns.

Manfred Barnreiter, who is Austrian, used to work in the US and still receives a pension. Barnreiter and his wife told public broadcaster ORF that they both received checks although neither are US residents or citizens. 

He initially thought the check was part of a fraud scheme. 

"We quietly went to the bank … where we were told they'll see if it's real," Barnreiter told ORF. "Three days later, we had the money in our bank account."

Barnreiter said he planned to spend the money in the US once the travel restrictions are eased. 

One tax preparation firm said clients in 129 countries received the checks by mistake, NPR reported. 

Officials also told NPR that cashing the check while being ineligible could result in visa changes and trouble re-entering the US.

It's unclear how many of these checks there are and how many have been cashed, but according to The Post they most likely only account for a "small fraction" of the overall $2 trillion stimulus package. 

In late March, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic in the US. As millions of Americans filed for unemployment the package included sending direct payments of up to $1,200 to millions of Americans and also boosting unemployment benefits. 

According to The Post, Austrian banks also confirmed that residents received these checks. 

Gerald Meissl, a senior official with Upper Austria's Sparkasse bank, told The Post that some Austrians who worked as au pairs in the US and recently returned back to Austria got the checks too. 

"People initially thought it's a treacherous form of fraud — but the checks were real," a spokeswoman for Austria's Oberbank told The Post. 

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Portland becomes the first city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by government agencies and private entities in public spaces

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 12:37am  |  Clusterstock
More cities are beginning to crack down on the use of facial recognition technology.
  • Lawmakers in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday passed landmark bans on the use of facial recognition technology by government agencies as well as private entities in public spaces.
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler said during hearings that "Portlanders should never be in fear of having their right of privacy be exploited by either their government or by a private institution," freelance journalist Kate Kaye reported.
  • Lawmakers cited concerns around invasions of privacy, lack of transparency, and the use of biased technology, specifically by law enforcement, and called the bans "model legislation" for the rest of the country.
  • Other cities including San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston have prohibited government agencies from using facial recognition tech in response to similar concerns, but Portland's goes a step further by also applying to private entities.
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The city of Portland, Oregon, passed landmark legislation on Wednesday banning the use of facial recognition by both government agencies as well as private entities in "places of public accommodation."

Legislators voted unanimously to pass the dual ordinances, one aimed at government use and the other at private use, as reported earlier by freelance journalist Kate Kaye.

"Portlanders should never be in fear of having their right of privacy be exploited by either their government or by a private institution," Mayor Ted Wheeler said during Wednesday's hearing, according to Kaye.

More cities have started to crack down on the use of facial recognition technology amid growing concerns about civil rights and liberties violations, including San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. But Portland went a step further by barring private companies and individuals from using it in spaces accessible to the public.

The private ban outlaws the technology in private businesses such as: restaurants and convenience stores; entertainment venues; banks; doctor's offices; hotels and Airbnb rentals; and Uber, Lyft, and public transit stations; as well as anywhere that provides publicly accessible facilities, lodging, transportation, or goods and services.

However, it does include some exceptions, notably: churches; private residences; and private clubs or institutions. Individuals — including those employed by the government — can also use the technology to unlock smartphones and tag people or use face filters on social media.

The ban also creates a legal right for people to sue private companies that collect their information in violation of the law and seek up to $1,000 in damages for each day of violations.

"I believe what we're passing is model legislation that the rest of the country will be emulating as soon as we have completed our work here," City Council Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said during the hearing, according to Kaye, adding: "This is really about making sure that we are prioritizing our most vulnerable community members and community members of color."

Facial recognition technology, in particular its use by law enforcement, has come under fire in recent years amid growing evidence that it discriminates against people based on skin color and gender, as well as nationwide protests against police brutality and racism in the criminal justice system.

Still, some tech industry groups fought Portland's ban. Kaye reported that Amazon has spent at least $24,000 fighting the ban — the first time it has lobbied in the city. The Information and Technology Innovation Foundation, a think tank backed by facial recognition software makers like Google and IBM, also authored an op-ed in opposition.

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US lawmakers grilled health officials about COVID-19 vaccines and whether Trump's word about their development can be trusted

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:54pm  |  Clusterstock
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams (L) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins (R) bump elbows after testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on September 9, 2020 in Washington, DC to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by )
  • Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke at a Senate hearing about COVID-19 vaccines and President Donald Trump's claims that one could be ready before the election. 
  • Collins and said it's unlikely a vaccine would be ready in the next two months. 
  • Both said that the decision on a vaccine will be made based on science.  
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Lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee grilled Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams about COVID-19 vaccines and President Donald Trumps claims that one could be ready before the election. 

Collins disagreed with Trump's assessment that a vaccine would be available by November. 

"Will it be done by a certain date? I could not possibly tell you right now because I don't know what's going to happen in the coming months," he said. "I do have cautious optimism that by the end of 2020, at least one of these vaccines will have emerged and turned out to be safe and effective.

"But even that is a guess, and certainly to try to predict whether it happens on a particular week before or after a particular date in early November goes well beyond anything that any scientist right now could tell you and be confident that they know what they're saying," Collins continued

Adams also said that the decision on a vaccine will be made based on science.  

"There will be no shortcuts. This vaccine will be safe, it will be effective or it won't get moved along," Adams said.


The New York Times reported that the hearing came as there was concern that Trump would apply political pressure to ensure a vaccine is approved to give himself a boost as he seeks re-election, and whether the push would discourage people from getting the vaccine. 

"I'm not sure I know the answer to that question," Collins responded when Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked if Trump's misinformation about the vaccine could influence people's reluctance to get the vaccine. 

When Warren asked him again, he said, "I just hope Americans will choose to take the information they need from scientists and not from politicians."

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious-disease expert, also said a coronavirus vaccine probably won't be ready before the election.

Trump has repeatedly suggested that the vaccine would be ready this year and recently suggested that one could be ready before the election. 

"We're going to have a vaccine very soon. Maybe even before a special date. You know what date I'm talking about," he told reporters on Monday

CDC Director Robert Redfield sent a letter asking governors to be ready to distribute a vaccine by Nov. 1 by fast-tracking permits and licenses so that vaccine distribution sites can be up and running just two days before the election. 

"CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities, and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by Nov. 1, 2020," the letter said. 

Three companies are in late-stage clinical trials, two of which are expected to have enough volunteers for their phase 3 trials by the end of September, according to Fauci.

On Tuesday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris issued a statement asking Trump to "assure the American people that politics will play no role in the approval and distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine."

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Google-owned mobility startup Waze is reportedly laying off more than 5% of its total workforce as roads empty out during the pandemic

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 9:44pm  |  Clusterstock
Google purchased navigation startup Waze in 2013.
  • Google-owned Waze is laying off more than 5% of its total workforce as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, The Verge reported Wednesday.
  • Waze CEO Noam Bardin told employees in a memo that the company is refocusing on "product improvements," "technical infrastructure," and sales and marketing in "a small number of high-value countries," according to The Verge.
  • The company will also shutter offices in Asia and Latin America, The Verge reported.
  • Waze, like other navigation and rideshare companies, has seen a dramatic drop in users during the coronavirus pandemic as people stay home and avoid unnecessarily sharing public spaces. 
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Waze, the Google-owned navigation app and carpool service, is laying off 30 employees — more than 5% of its total 555 person workforce — and shutting some offices as it reels from the coronavirus, The Verge reported Wednesday.

In a memo to employees, CEO Noam Bardin said that travel restrictions in place around the world had led to a "significant drop" in the number of miles people are driving while using the app, trips taken via its carpool service, and ad revenue, according to The Verge.

"This has forced us to rethink priorities, and we've decided to focus our resources on product improvements for our users, accelerate our investments in technical infrastructure, and refocus our sales and marketing efforts on a small number of high-value countries," Bardin said, according to The Verge.

Waze did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story. 

Bardin reportedly told employees that jobs would be cut across Waze's ad sales, partnerships, and marketing teams, and that the company would be closing sales offices in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile.

Employees being let go will be "taken care of [financially] through early 2021 and will be eligible for year-end bonuses," as well as continue to receive "as many continued [healthcare] benefits as possible" and assistance finding jobs either at Google or elsewhere, Bardin said, according to The Verge.

Waze, which Google purchased in 2013 for $1.2 billion, has been struggling amid the pandemic, saying in an April blog post that miles driven were down 60% globally.

The company is far from alone. Other mobility and rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft have been forced to lay off substantial numbers of employees as remote work policies and shelter-in-place requirements have slowed the number of trips people are taking.

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The White House asked the Justice Department to handle Trump's legal defense in a defamation lawsuit brought by his rape accuser

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 8:41pm  |  Clusterstock
President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington.
  • In a highly unusual move, the Justice Department on Tuesday attempted to take over President Donald Trump's legal defense in a defamation lawsuit brought by the writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of rape. A claim the president denies.
  • Attorney General William Barr told reporters Wednesday that the DOJ intervened at the request of the White House, according to The New York Times.
  • Barr defended the DOJ's move, saying it "was a normal application of the law," The New York Times reported.
  • But legal experts have cast doubt on that reasoning and why the DOJ waited ten months to intervene — just weeks after a court ruled Carroll could seek evidence from Trump such as DNA samples and a deposition.
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Attorney General William Barr told reporters Wednesday that the Department of Justice's surprising decision Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump came at the direct request of the White House.

On Tuesday, the DOJ said in court filings that it intends to replace Trump's personal lawyers in a defamation case brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who has publicly accused Trump of raping her and sued him in November after he denied the allegations.

While Trump's personal lawyers have been defending him since then, DOJ lawyers argued Tuesday that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" when he made the comments, meaning the suit should fall under the Federal Torts Claim Act, which would put the US government on the hook for defending him and taxpayers for covering his legal costs.

The timing and highly unusual nature of the DOJ's intervention has raised questions about its motivations and drawn scrutiny from legal experts.

Last month, a New York state court ruled that Carroll could proceed with efforts to gather evidence, including DNA samples and a deposition of Trump. But the DOJ's move, which came on the last day Trump could have appealed the ruling, could stall that discovery process and put Carroll's case in jeopardy.

Under the FTCA, which is also known as the Westfall Act, federal employees cannot be sued while acting in their official capacity. If the new federal judge assigned to the case, Lewis A. Kaplan, agrees with the DOJ's rationale for intervening, he could toss the case out.

"This was a normal application of the law," Barr said in defense of the move, according to The New York Times, adding: "The law is clear. It is done frequently. And the little tempest that is going on is largely because of the bizarre political environment in which we live."

While the government has won several cases involving the Westfall Act, legal experts have cast doubt on the DOJ's assertion that the law applies to Carroll's case against Trump.

"The specific facts here raise the question of whether attacking a private citizen and denigrating her appearance — rather than simply denying her allegations — is part of the president's job. A court might look skeptically at that," Ben Berwick, a former DOJ lawyer who worked on civil lawsuits like Carroll's, told The New York Times.

Barr also didn't say when the White House made its request.

In a separate press conference Wednesday, reporters asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany whether Trump or other White House officials had discussed the intervention with the DOJ.

"I'm not aware of any discussions that have been had," McEnany told them, according to CNBC.

Trump is currently facing multiple lawsuits and at least one federal investigation where plaintiffs are seeking subpoenas for his personal and financial records.

In a separate, ongoing defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who accused the president of sexual assault, Trump's lawyers made a similar claim that he's immune because he was acting in his official capacity. Trump has denied all claims of sexual assault.

A federal judge earlier this month also struck down Trump's effort to block Manhattan prosecutors from obtaining his tax returns as part of their investigation into hush-money payments made by the Trump Organization during the 2016 presidential election.

Last week, The New York Times reported that Trump's campaign had spent at least $58.4 million on the president's legal fees, often surrounding his personal business. 

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Woodward claims he sat on Trump coronavirus remarks for 6 months in order to do more fact checking

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Bob Woodward speaks with Dana Perino at "The Daily Briefing" at Fox News Channel Studios on September 11, 2018 in New York City.
  • Bob Woodward is defending his decision to withhold President Trump's remarks about COVID-19 until the release of his new book.
  • In public, Trump was downplaying the threat of the coronavirus, even suggesting it was a new "hoax" from Democrats to harm his presidency.
  • In a conversation with Woodward, however, Trump contradicted his public remarks, noting that the virus is far more dangerous than the seasonal flu.
  • In an interview with the Associated Press, Woodward claimed that he sat on the comment for more than six months in order to do more fact-checking.
  • “He tells me this, and I’m thinking, ‘Wow, that’s interesting, but is it true?’ Trump says things that don’t check out, right?” Woodward said.
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President Trump knew back in February that the novel coronavirus was far more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

Still, weeks after he told veteran journalist Bob Woodward that it was "more deadly than even your strenuous flus," he continued, in public, suggesting the opposite, contrasting the 37,000 flu-related deaths in 2019 to — as of early March — the 22 confirmed deaths in the US from COVID-19.

There are now more than 190,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus, a number that could rise to 410,000 before 2020 is over.

So why did Woodward wait until September, when he had a book coming out, to highlight the contradiction in a populist leader's remarks to his base and his private comments to a long-time member of the Beltway press corps?

He needed the time to fact check, Woodward, a reporter for The Washington Post, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

"He tells me this, and I'm thinking, 'Wow, that's interesting, but is it true?' Trump says things that don't check out, right?" Woodward said.

At the time, however, many experts were warning that the coronavirus was looking to be far more lethal than the flu, as Business Insider reported six months ago, a fact that drove the president mad, at least in public. MSNBC and CNN, the president tweeted on February 26, "are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus [sic] look as bad as possible."

Speaking to the AP, Woodward said Trump called him "out of the blue" in early February to "unburden himself" about COVID-19.

"If I had done the story at that time about what he knew in February, that's not telling us anything we didn't know," Woodward said. Only in May, Woodward said, was he confident that Trump's private remarks — as opposed to his public comments — were grounded in fact.

Woodward said he did feel an urgency to get the story out before November, though.

"Had I decided that my book was coming out on Christmas, the end of this year, that would have been unthinkable," he said.

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About half of the COVID-19 survivors from Bergamo, one of Italy's coronavirus epicenters, haven't recovered six months on, providing a stark warning of the pandemic's lingering aftermath

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A nurse attends to a COVID-19 patient that is wearing a CPAP helmet while he is moved out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Pope John XXIII Hospital on April 7, 2020 in Bergamo, Italy.
  • Six months after the coronavirus hit Bergamo, one of Italy’s early epicenters, nearly half of the survivors haven’t recovered, and are still dealing with a range of problems, according to The Washington Post.
  • Pope John XXIII Hospital infectious disease specialist Serena Venturelli, who has been taking part in a study of COVID-19’s long term effects, told the Post: “Almost half of the patients say no,” when asked if they were cured.
  • Bergamo was closely followed by international media early in the year — army trucks had to drive bodies to morgues outside the region, oxygen had to be piped in for patients, and a harrowing video was released by Sky News showing an overwhelmed ICU dealing with a wave of patients.
  • The long-term effects study began in early May and is based on evidence gathered from former patients visiting the hospital, having their blood drawn, hearts and lungs checked, and discussing how their lives have been since.
  • Venturelli told the Post the doctors felt a “moral obligation” to call the survivors back.
  • Out of the first 750 people who were examined about 30% had breathing difficulties and lung scarring, and another 30% had blood clotting and inflammation issues.
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Six months after the coronavirus hit Bergamo, Lombardy's worst-hit province, which was Italy's worst hit region, nearly half of the survivors still haven't recovered, and are dealing with a range of problems. 

Pope John XXIII Hospital infectious disease specialist Dr. Serena Venturelli, who is one of the doctors working on a study of COVID-19's long term effects, told The Washington Post, "Almost half of the patients say no," when asked if they were cured. 

Bergamo is the city where a harrowing video was released in March showing an overwhelmed ICU dealing with a wave of patients.

At one point, so much oxygen was needed for 92 people on ventilators that oxygen had to be piped in using an emergency tank, according to The Post. 

It had about 6,000 COVID-19 deaths, filling 10 pages of a local newspaper, according to ABC News

At another point, the Italian military had to drive bodies to different provinces, because Bergamo's morgues were overflowing. 

The long-term effects study began in early May, and it is based on evidence gathered from twenty people visiting each day, who have their blood drawn, have hearts and lungs checked, and then discuss how their lives have been.

Venturelli told The Post they felt a "moral obligation" to call the survivors back. 

"What we saw in March was a tragedy, not a normal hospitalization," she said.

Dr. Monica Casati, who works in the same hospital as Venturelli, told The Post working in March, hearing people crying and struggling to breathe, was reminiscent of "Dante's inferno."

Out of the first 750 people who were examined about 30% had breathing difficulties and lung scarring, and another 30% had blood clotting and inflammation issues. 

Doctors from the hospital told The Post there were a wide range of effects, including hair loss, severe fatigue, tingling, depression, memory loss, and pain in the legs. 

This is not the first time COVID-19 damage has been analyzed from Bergamo.

In July, Dr. Roberto Cosentini, the head of the emergency department at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital told Sky News: "We see a significant proportion of the population with chronic damage from the virus."

But doctors are not completely disheartened. Patients' breathing often seems to improve slowly despite permanent lung scarring, and no one has had a fever, The Post reported.

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