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Face masks are must-have accessory of London fashion week amid coronavirus panic

Virus protection — but make it fashion.

The hottest accessory at London fashion week isn’t a Barbie-sized purse, but fashionable face masks amid widespread panic over coronavirus.

Though fabric face masks can’t exactly help prevent the spread of the virus, it hasn’t stopped stylish denizens from wearing them to shows anyway.

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A model wearing a Pitta Mask walks the runway for The Blonds during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 09, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

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But these aren’t your ordinary face masks of the surgical hospital variety. The fashion flock is putting their own spin on the accessory with adornments to show off a bit of personality. One attendee outside the British Fashion Council (BFC) Show Space show wore one decorated with arrows, while a pair of women donned pastel-hued versions.

The BFC expects attendance at London fashion week to go down this year due to coronavirus, reports Reuters. Chinese designer Yuhan Wang opened LFW, but tells Reuters she had to cut down on looks because of delays caused by the virus. Six Chinese brands have canceled shows at Paris fashion week, Women’s Wear Daily reports, and upcoming fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai that were slated for March have been postponed.

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A model wears a face mask by On/Off designer during London Fashion Week February 2020 outside the BFC Show Space Show in London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)

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London isn’t the first city where face masks have become the trending accessory. Several New York Fashion Week attendees covered their mouths last week, including stylist Marina Ingvarsson who wore a minimal black face mask outside the Michael Kors show. The trend was just as prevalent during NYFW in 2018 over flu concerns.

The streets aren’t the only place face masks have been popping up. Designers Phillipe and David Blond featured plenty of them during their Monday runway show for the Blonds, including bedazzled, bejeweled and feathered renditions. Blancore’s Yalan Li also included one made out of white mesh during her show.

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Marina Ingvarsson is seen wearing an orange puffer coat and blue bag outside the Michael Kors show during New York Fashion Week: A/W20 on February 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

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In New York, face masks have become hard to come by, too. Most shops have reported selling out of plain surgical masks as of January following the rise of coronavirus cases stateside. Prices have also skyrocketed at online stores such as Amazon as shoppers even scoop up masks for their pets.

In China, where coronavirus originated, over 5,000 new cases were confirmed in a single day, according to officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the total cases of the deadly illness in the US is now at 15 as of Thursday.

This story was originally published by the New York Post.

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Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer couldn’t name Mexican president in interview

Democratic presidential candidates Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer couldn’t name the Mexican president when asked for it during a televised interview in Nevada Thursday.

The two, along with Pete Buttigieg, were separately interviewed by Spanish-language station Telemundo after a candidate forum hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens.

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Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, replied, “No,” when asked who the Mexican president is.

“I forgot,” was billionaire businessman Tom Steyer’s response.

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Presidential hopefuls Tom Steyer and Amy Klobuchar each reportedly drew a blank when asked to name the president of Mexico during a campaign event in Nevada.

Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana mayor, was the only candidate to correctly name Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrado, though he didn’t seem too confident.

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“Lopez Obrador, I hope,” he answered with a smile.

No other 2020 presidential candidates were present at Thursday’s forum, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed the audience via video.

Wire service reports contributed to this story.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fire UK staff, close Buckingham Palace office

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are continuing to distance themselves from royal life, letting go of all 15 of the UK staffers who served their office in Buckingham Palace, The Daily Mail reports.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly broke the news to their employees last month following their decision to step down as senior royals, aka Megxit.

One or two of their axed staffers may find their way back into the royal household, but most are now negotiating their severance packages.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be splitting their time between the U.K. and North America. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty)

Buckingham Palace does not speak on staffing matters, but it is reportedly understood that senior royals such as the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are aware of the office closure and lay-offs.

“Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed,” a source told The Mail. “While the details are still being finalized and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately, there will be some redundancies [firings].”

Fired staffers include communications chief Sara Latham and newly appointed private secretary Fiona Mcilwham.

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Clara Loughran — Harry’s program coordinator who handed Meghan her bouquet on her wedding day — also got the boot.

“The Duke and Duchess have a small team, less than 15 people. The team are very loyal to the Sussexes and understand and respect the decision they have taken,” the source said. “They are all close and supporting each other. The team are busy helping to set their Royal Highnesses up for the future and working on a series of final engagements.”

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Earlier this month, the couple were keynote speakers at a swanky JPMorgan summit on South Beach in Miami.

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Alabama lawmaker introduces ‘vasectomy bill’ in response to abortion ban

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An Alabama state lawmaker introduced a bill on Thursday that would require men to get a vasectomy after their 50th birthday — a measure, she said, that will “neutralize” abortion restrictions in the state.

State Rep. Rolanda Hollis sponsored the bill, which would also require all men in the state to undergo the procedure after their third child. Men would be required to pay for the operation, the bill states.

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“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” the bill says.

Rep. Hollis said on Twitter that the bill was in response to a proposed near-total ban on abortion in the state that was struck down by a federal court in 2019.

“The Vasectomy bill is to help with the reproductive system. This is to neutralize the abortion ban bill,” Hollis wrote in the tweet.

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“The responsibility is not always on the women. It takes 2 to tangle. This will help prevent pregnancy as well as abortion of unwanted children,” she added.

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Coronavirus testing can be gross and uncomfortable

It’s enough to make you gag.

Getting tested for the coronavirus is far more difficult and uncomfortable than swabbing for the common flu, doctors and medical experts told The Post.

“You’re sticking a swab all the way to the back of the nose or throat and it’s uncomfortable for maybe five or 10 seconds,” said Dr. Lewis Kohl, a director of CareMount Medical in New York.

Flu samples, by contrast, are easily taken from the mouth, he said.

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Before being tested for the deadly virus, patients must first answer a series of questions, including whether they have been to Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the outbreak — are experiencing shortness of breath, or have been exposed to someone with the virus, Kohl said.

If a doctor determines a patient to be “a person under suspicion” for the virus, a nasal or throat swab is then performed to obtain a sample.

In rare cases, doctors may also try to get mucus from hard-to-reach parts of the respiratory tract, which may involve intubation or spraying saline mist into the lungs, Kohl said.

“If there’s not enough of [a sample] we might need to go deeper,” he said. “The saline is a really salty fluid that causes you to bring up sputum — big yellow goobers deep in your lungs.”

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Asian airline crew members wear masks as they arrive at their New York City hotel, Feb. 12, 2020. (Dom Calicchio/Fox News)

“That can be unpleasant because you’re forcing someone to inhale this nasty stuff,” he added.

Dr. William Haseltine, a US-China Health Summit chair and former Harvard Medical School professor, added that the more invasive respiratory testing is only conducted in cases when doctors determine “somebody can’t provide sample results with the more standard tests.”

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Samples are then sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested.

The coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — has killed at least 1,370 people in China and infected more than 48,000.

There are 15 confirmed cases in the US, but no fatalities.

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Dolphin found dead off Florida coast suffered bullet or spear wound

A dead bottlenose dolphin with a bullet or spear wound to its head was reportedly found off the Florida coast last week — leading to a $20,000 reward for information that results in civil penalties or an arrest.

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The dolphin was recovered in the Gulf of Mexico off Naples by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, according to The Palm Beach Post.

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The mammal had a large hole on the right side of its head, below the right eye.

It’s the second member of its species found dead in the area since last May, when one of the mammals was discovered shot off Captiva, the report said.

The latest dolphin death prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to offer the cash reward to bring whoever is responsible to justice.

Bottlenose dolphins are the most common species found swimming along Florida’s Southwest coast, the report said.

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Stacey Horstman, a bottlenose dolphin expert with NOAA, told the paper that the two dolphins were likely in close contact with humans, looking for food, when they were killed.

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“The dolphin off of Naples and the one from Captiva last year were likely in what we called begging posture,” said Horstman.

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MLB plotting playoff expansion — with reality TV twist

Imagine a team picking its playoff opponent. Think about Brian Cashman and the Yankees deciding whether to face the Red Sox or avoid them in the first round of the postseason. All on live TV.

Well, it is probably coming soon to the major leagues.

MLB is seriously weighing a move from five to seven playoff teams in each league beginning in 2022, The Post has learned.

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In this concept, the team with the best record in each league would receive a bye to avoid the wild-card round and go directly to the Division Series. The two other division winners and the wild card with the next best record would each host all three games in a best-of-three wild-card round. So the bottom three wild cards would have no first-round home games.

The division winner with the second-best record in a league would then get the first pick of its opponent from those lower three wild cards, then the other division winner would pick, leaving the last two wild cards to play each other.

To use the AL last season as an example, the Astros with the best record would have received the bye. The Yankees, with the second-best record, would have had the choice to pick from among the Rays, Indians and Red Sox. Boston had the worst record of that group. Would the Yanks pick them or avoid the baggage of a series with their rival? It would create a ton of strategy and interest, and this is what MLB wants to sell. The Twins would then pick next as the other division winner, and then the A’s with the best wild-card record would play the team not chosen by the Yankees or Twins.

The plan is to have this all play out on a show on the Sunday night the regular season ends and have representatives picking teams on live TV — think the NCAA selection show, but just with the teams making the selections. The rights to that show is part of the enticement to potential TV partners.

Fox’s new deal with MLB to remain exclusive broadcaster of the World Series, two Division Series, and a League Championship Series runs through 2028. But MLB’s deals with ESPN and Turner run through 2021. So MLB can time expanded playoffs as a lure for new deals with one of those networks — remember that ESPN can offer network television with ABC, as well — both networks or neither at a time when streaming powerhouses such as Amazon, DAZN, etc. could also enter the bidding.

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This satisfies what the networks want which is 1) postseason inventory and 2) as many clinching scenarios as possible. There would be six best-of-three series. Game 1 would be playoff inventory, Game 2 would be a clinching scenario for one team and if there were a Game 3, it would be sudden death for both clubs. The three winners in the round would join the No. 1 overall seed in the Division Series. In addition, many team officials had complained since the onset of the wild-card sudden death in 2012 that no team should be eliminated in one game. So, this system would at least give a chance to a team to rebound from one poor performance.

Any change in playoff format must be collectively bargained with the union; the CBA — like the TV deals with ESPN and Turner — expires after next season. In theory, though, additional playoff teams should provide elements that the union has been wanting. More playoff openings would motivate more teams to try, which should mean less tanking.

If more teams are viable for the playoffs, they will spend more to chase a spot. A club that projects itself internally to, say, 81 wins would think about adding to get to 84-85 and have a chance of being even one of seven playoff teams per league. In addition, teams that have been in play for a wild card have been hesitant to spend because of fear of the one-and-done format making any increase in payroll feel too risky. Will the chance to be in a series — even one that is just best-of-three — encourage greater spending?

MLB is also hoping that more playoff openings drives greater fan interest. In 2019, attendance was down for a seventh straight year. Many factors have led to the dip, but clearly one is so many teams surrendering playoff objectives before or during seasons. MLB wants to have as many regular-season games matter as possible.

In this format, there is a great benefit to finishing with the best record in a league and avoiding the first round, so teams will keep playing hard to the end to get that. There are great advantages to winning a division because you get to play that first round exclusively at home and pick your opponent. And there is an advantage to having the top wild-card record because you get the first round at home. Also, there would be no more tiebreaker 163rd games. To make the regular-season more meaningful, the team that won the season series against its opponent would benefit whether that is to have the top seed or to simply be the final wild card. Thus, if two teams finish as the fourth wild card and both have 84 wins, then the team that won the season series will get into the playoffs.

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Because there would be no travel in this best-of-three round, MLB believes it could play the games on consecutive days, possibly Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday. The goal would be to end no later than Thursday, which is when the first two Division Series round games are played now. The hope would be to stay at 162 regular-season games and not push too deep into November for the World Series or avoid that month altogether.

It is possible, therefore, six playoff games could be played in one day and use a model like the NCAA Tournament, which in the early rounds staggers starts and uses CBS, Turner, TNT, TruTV, etc. MLB would just want the content as close to prime time as possible.

MLB also understands it is in a constant fight now to not only expand its fan base but to keep what it has. The NFL is moving closer to encroaching on the beginning of spring training if it goes to a 17th game with a third bye week. The NBA has weighed midseason tournaments or reducing the number of pre-Christmas games to escape the shadow of the NFL, which could push the NBA playoffs back, perhaps into July.

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All of this has MLB thinking about increasing its playoff content with the belief it will boost interest among fans and broadcast partners.

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Karl Marx gets shoutout during Barack Obama-produced film’s 2020 Oscars speech

“The Communist Manifesto” got a shoutout during the 2020 Oscars.

Julia Reichert, the co-director of best documentary winner “American Factory,” which was produced by former President Barack Obama’s new film company, apparently quoted from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ infamous book during her acceptance speech on Sunday night.

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“Working people have it harder and harder these days — and we believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite,” Reichert said.

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The quote appeared to be a riff on the last lines of the 1848 political document, which are frequently translated from German as “Workers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains!”

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Netflix’s “American Factory” comes from Higher Ground, the production company of the former president and his wife Michelle Obama. It tells the story of a Chinese company occupying a shuttered General Motors plant in Moraine, Ohio.

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“Congrats to Julia and Steven [Bognar], the filmmakers behind American Factory for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change,” Barack Obama tweeted following the win.

“Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release.”

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Thousands of couples tie knot in mass wedding amid coronavirus fears

Coronavirus fears took a back seat to marital bliss in South Korea on Friday as nearly 6,000 couples from 64 countries — some wearing face masks — tied the knot in a mass Unification Church wedding.

“It would be a lie if I said I was not concerned at all about the infection,” Choi Ji-Young, 21, told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “But I feel like I will be protected from the virus today.”

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The 21-year-old, who met her hubby only two months ago when matched by the church, added: “I am overwhelmed that I am getting married today.”

South Korea has recorded 24 cases of coronavirus, which emerged in neighboring China, where more than 31,000 cases have been confirmed after first emerging in the city of Wuhan.

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Seoul has barred entry to foreigners who have recently been to the ravaged epicenter city.

Festivals, graduation ceremonies and concerts have been canceled in South Korea amid fears that large events could lead to virus transmission, and authorities have asked religious groups to cooperate in preventing its spread.

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The church decided to proceed with the event because it had been “four years in the making,” as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of church founder Sun Myung Moon’s birth, spokesman Jang Young-chul told the AFP.

But followers from China were asked not to come, he said.

The church also distributed face masks to the 30,000-strong crowd — but only some actually wore them at the Gapyeong event, where a festive mood prevailed.

Kim Chang-seong, 27, who was marrying a woman he met only 20 days ago, said he was not worried about infection because the mass wedding had “special meaning” for him.

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“By marrying a fellow church believer, I am taking a path paved by our church leaders,” he told AFP.

Mass weddings have long been signature events of the church, whose followers have been dubbed “Moonies” after its founder, who died in 2012.

People who choose to be matched by the church must confirm under oath that they are virgins — and must refrain from sexual relations for a minimum of 40 days after their wedding.

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Evelyne Chimfwembe, who flew in from Botswana to attend the ceremony with her husband of 28 years, said she threw coronavirus cautions to the wind because she believed the event would be “under God’s control.”

This story was originally published by the New York Post.

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SeaWorld trainers will no longer ride dolphins at theme parks

SeaWorld performers will no longer stand on and ride dolphins, a practice that has been under heavy criticism from PETA and other animal rights activists over the past year.

The surprising reform, revealed in a letter last Friday from a SeaWorld Entertainment company lawyer to the Securities and Exchange Commission, comes after an intense battle with the animal rights group, which acquired 163 shares in the company as of Dec. 10.

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In the stunt, performers would ride two dolphins at the same time by standing with each foot on one of the animals’ beaks, or “rostrums.”

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In the most objected-to stunt, performers would ride two dolphins at the same time by standing with each foot atop one of the animals’ beaks, or “rostrums.” (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

PETA has decried the stunt as standing on the dolphins’ “faces.”

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“In order to address the most pressing issue that SeaWorld faces today—the public’s continued opposition to captive-animal displays—the shareholders urge the board to stop allowing trainers to stand on dolphins’ faces and ride on their backs in exploitative and potentially harmful circus-style shows,” reads the shareholder’s proposal, made by PETA — according to the letter to the SEC.

However, SeaWorld’s lawyers also thrashed PETA in the letter for its characterization of the practice of standing on the mammals’ faces as “unclear and misleading.”

“The pictures included in the Proponent’s supporting statement depict trained behaviors involving bottlenose dolphins,” the letter reads. “Second, where the Proponent refers to a bottlenose dolphin’s ‘face,’ SeaWorld assumes that it is referring to what animal care professionals refer to as a ‘rostrum.’”

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According to SeaWorld, a bottlenose dolphin’s rostrum “serves a different function to a face” and “there is no literature to suggest that standing on the rostrum is harmful in any way to the animal.”

SeaWorld also claims that it never provided “circus-style shows” and only lets trainers at one of its 12 parks stand on the bottlenose dolphins.

PETA quickly posted its victory cry on its website after “SeaWorld admitted that it’s ending the cruel practices.”

“Victory! SeaWorld has stopped treating dolphins like surfboards,” PETA wrote.

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“It’s unacceptable for smart, sensitive dolphins to be used as surfboards and launch pads in these cruel and demeaning stunts,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a Dec. 10 letter. “The very least that SeaWorld trainers can do for the miserable animals in their custody is not stand or ride on them, and PETA is taking action to end this practice immediately.”

SeaWorld has struggled to maintain relationships with other companies, as some, including Virgin Holidays, have stopped offering tickets to SeaWorld.

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The company has continuously suffered from poor public relations — from deaths of its whales to insider trading — in the aftermath of the documentary “Blackfish,” which revealed the company’s mistreatment of its orcas.

This story was originally published by the New York Post.

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