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June 22nd, 2020

Elizabeth Hurley’s Ex and Producer Steve Bing Dead at 55 in Apparent Suicide – E! NEWS

June 22nd, 2020

Steve Bing, the producer behind Rock the Kasbah and Rules Don’t Apply, has died, E! News confirmed. The film producer was 55. 

According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, authorities responded to a death located in Century City, Calif on Monday, June 22. “The decedent was pronounced dead at the scene,” the spokesperson stated, adding that it occurred at around 1 p.m. PST. 

Authorities have not confirmed the individual’s identity, but Deadline and TMZ cite law enforcement sources that state Bing died after jumping off a Century City building.

Bing is survived by his two children, Damian Hurley, whom he shared from a previous relationship with Elizabeth Hurley and daughter Kira Bonder, whom he shared with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder

He was the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment, an organization with interests in property, construction, entertainment and music. 


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June 22nd, 2020

Legions across Canada could close permanently, asking feds to help – CTV News

June 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA — Royal Canadian Legion halls across the country have been shuttered for months due to COVID-19, and now a number of them are facing the prospect of never being able to reopen.

With most ineligible for the host of federal aid programs being offered to help keep other businesses and charitable organizations afloat, hundreds of these facilities could be forced to shut their doors forever without federal intervention.

Legions are often seen as the heart of many communities — where Remembrance Day celebrations are held and meals are made and delivered to those in need — but because the pandemic has put a pause on events, it’s cut off crucial income streams like facility rentals that allow legions to keep their doors open to veterans and others. 

It’s estimated that about 124 of the 1,381 Royal Canadian Legion branches across Canada are likely to close permanently, and another 357 are facing financial hardship.

“We’re a 95-year-old organization. And in that 95 years, we have prided ourselves on being self-sufficient, we have not reached out for funding. But these are unprecedented times,” National Executive Director Steven Clark said. 

The Royal Canadian Legion has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office twice, informing him of the gaps in the current federal aid offerings, and says they have yet to receive a response. The Prime Minister’s Office disputes that claim, confirming at least one response has been sent.

A government source told CTV News a reason the legions can’t get funding is because their programs are not directly related to the fight against COVID-19, though thousands of businesses have been able to access billions of federal aid dollars to make ends meet amid the pandemic. 

In an email to CTV News, spokesperson for the Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jessica Eritou pointed to the Emergency Community Support Fund as something legions that support veterans “may” qualify for to adapt their programs, and committed to “work with organizations to ensure they have the support they need to support Canadians.”

However, that program is offered to help adapt programming in the era of COVD-19 and the Royal Canadian Legion says that it’s their understanding based on conversations with federal officials that it can’t be used to cover operational costs, which is their biggest need right now. 

They are calling on the federal government to expand the program’s parameters or allow them to access some other funding option to help pay for costs like rent and utilities. 

While some branches may have employees on their payroll and could be eligible for some assistance, most are volunteer-run.

“We’ve had, of our 1,381 branches 167 have applied for federal assistance programs, but unfortunately only 55 have received that funding so it’s still a very small percentage,” Clark said. 

Local branches have been given some emergency reserve funding from the national headquarters, and have turned to crowdfunding initiatives but still the money is running out. While millions of dollars are donated every year through the National Poppy Campaign, this money can’t be used to cover the operational costs associated with keeping these facilities open. 

While Legions have been struggling for years to attract new members, having to close due to the pandemic could prove to be the final straw for many. 

The branch in Kenora says it can only last a few more months before its closure becomes permanent.

“It’s extremely dire. We were good for the short haul, but as this keeps going, and we don’t know really where the light at the tunnel is going to be, we’re just not going to be able to survive,” said President of the Kenora Legion Jerry Lava. 

“We’re depleting our savings now to make sure we can maintain our expenses. We’ve mothballed pretty well everything in the branch we could,” Lava said. 

In a statement to CTV News, spokesperson for Veterans Affairs Canada John Embury said that the department’s response to the pandemic “is ongoing, and we will continue to explore ways to ensure that we’re providing Canadians and our community partners with the support they need.

Branches like this are the first point of contact for veterans and offer them crucial services and support, and that’s why so many are worried about what the future holds. 

“I come to the legion and I meet old friends, and the comradery. It’s a place where you come and tell your story,” said Joel VanSnick, who is the Royal Canadian Legion’s district commander for the Ottawa-area which includes 62 branches. 

“Once our legions are shut down, they’re gone… Where are veterans going to go to meet?” he said.

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June 22nd, 2020

Coronavirus spike in Multnomah County linked to spread among friends, family, officials say – OregonLive

June 22nd, 2020

A majority of coronavirus infections from Multnomah County’s record-breaking week reportedly spread among friends and family, prompting county health officials Monday to encourage the use of face coverings in social settings.

Infections within immigrant and refugee communities drove some portion of the spike, officials said.

But county officials declined to quantify how many of the nearly 300 new infections were linked to so-called social clusters.

Nor would they identify the specific immigrant and refugee groups impacted, saying more information will be released after officials speak with community leaders for at least a half-dozen populations.

The continued spread among vulnerable communities highlights the yawning gap of infections within Multnomah County, where people of color have accounted for nearly 2 ½ times more infections than whites over the past seven weeks.

County officials say the latest infections also underscore the importance of maintaining safeguards when socializing among friends and relatives. Those are the people “who probably are more likely to infect you,” said Kim Toevs, Multnomah County’s communicable disease director.

“It may feel uncomfortable or awkward to wear face coverings or masks as you are socially connecting with friends, but now would still be a good time to do that – not just when you’re in a grocery store,” she added.

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Confirmed or presumed infections in Multnomah County.

Oregon’s most populous county leads the state with 1,849 confirmed or presumed infections out of more than 7,000 total. Officials acknowledged both an uptick in new cases and in the rate of infections among people tested.

Within the past week, officials reported 293 new or suspected infections in Multnomah County, including two single-day records of 84 on Sunday and 49 on Friday. Monday’s tally was 17.

Unlike in the past, the recent number of high infections are not tied to any single event such as an outbreak at a fruit facility or inside a nursing home.

Instead, officials say they are seeing more instances of clustered infections spreading in “really close social networks,” said Dr. Jennifer Vines, the Multnomah County health officer.

“People may be lulled into feeling more at ease, understandably, around people they know well,” she said.

Exactly how many of the nearly 300 recent cases are tied to exposures among friends and family remains unclear. Asked for a specific tally Monday, county health officials said they would consider whether to release it.

“I can’t give you a specific percentage, but I would say the majority,” Toevs said.

Officials also would not immediately disclose how many distinct clusters spawned those infections nor the most infections linked to a single cluster, saying a decision to release the information would be made by Rachael Banks, the county’s public health director.

Kate Willson, a county spokeswoman, offered no timeline for when that decision would be made.

County officials on Monday reiterated that they have seen only a handful of infections reported among the demonstrators in Portland who, for nearly a month, joined a nationwide movement protesting the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The most recent infections are not believed to be linked to Multnomah County’s official reopening Friday, either. Officials expect to see more infections in the weeks ahead.

Toevs said county officials are seeing an increase in larger family settings, particularly multigenerational households. There’s particular concern about increased infections in “a variety of different immigrant communities.”

Toevs declined to identify which groups have seen a recent spike in infections but said they are among “seven or eight different distinct immigrant, refugee and ethnic populations.”

County officials would prefer that impacted community members first learn about infections from “trusted partners,” such as community-based organizations, rather than the mainstream media, she said. Officials said they’d likely be willing to release more information publicly later this week.

Some of the recent infections are among residents who live in mid-Multnomah County ZIP codes that have consistently reported high cases, officials said. The county health department previously criticized a decision by the Oregon Health Authority to disclose those ZIP code-level case counts, saying the location of where someone was infected was more important.

County officials gave themselves mixed marks Monday for their ability to reach impacted communities to slow the spread of the virus.

Toevs noted that officials were quick to share information in multiple languages and trained health workers from culturally specific communities. But she also acknowledged that the county could have moved earlier and faster to sign contracts with groups who have established relationships with community members.

Vines said it was “really fair” to question the county’s response addressing infections among people of color.

The pandemic has shined a spotlight on decades-old structural issues – including racism and disparities in health care – that cannot immediately be undone, she said.

“To rebuild that trust doesn’t happen in six weeks,” she said. “But I would say we are really making an effort.”

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Some Windsor-Essex businesses plan on reopening on Canada Day, with or without provincial approval –

June 22nd, 2020

Business owners in Windsor-Essex are currently discussing a possible July 1 protest, in the event that the province continues to prohibit the region from entering Stage 2 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the president of the Erie Street BIA.

Filip Rocca, who also owns Mezzo Ristorante on Erie Street E., spoke with CBC News after Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed Monday that Windsor-Essex would be the only region in the province prohibited from reopening this Wednesday. 

Toronto and Peel Region, previously the only other two regions unable to begin reopening, were given the green light Monday.  Ford pointed to farmers and workers in Windsor-Essex who aren’t getting tested as the reason for preventing Stage 2 reopenings in the area.

Since Friday, June 19, there have been 66 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, with 52 of those cases stemming from the agri-farm industry.

Seven industry workplaces are currently experiencing an outbreak, and a total of three migrant workers have died as a result of coronavirus. 

Rocca said a formal protest hasn’t been organized just yet, but did say that owners of some hair salons, barbershops, restaurants and gyms in the region have started communicating about the effort on Facebook

“It seems like Windsor’s just sitting back and not doing nothing about it,” Rocca said. “I think it’s time for us to stand up and demand that we reopen.”

According to Rocca, a “few hundred” people are already onboard for the July 1 protest, adding the goal is to get participants from across Windsor-Essex, and not just the city proper. 

I’m starting to really feel defeated now. I’ve been pretty good up until now, in hopes that every week that we can reopen, and now this is almost my last [straw].– Filip Rocca, owner of Mezzo Ristorante and president of the Erie Street BIA

Additionally, Rocca said the group has already begun speaking with lawyers to determine their rights in the event that the protest moves forward. 

“Every day hurts,” he said, referring to the effects of restrictions enforced as a result of COVID-19 on his business. 

“I’m starting to really feel defeated now. I’ve been pretty good up until now, in hopes that every week that we can reopen, and now this is almost my last [straw].”

Monique Tomaselli, owner of Salon 892 on Erie Street echoed Rocca’s concerns about reduced business, saying “Windsor is paying the price that they don’t deserve.”

Monique Tomaselli owns Salon 892 in Windsor. She says she’s not able to comment on whether she’ll participate in the Canada Day reopening. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

“We can’t afford to be closed down anymore,” she said. “Small businesses are suffering largely — and this is the fault of the provincial government.”

Tomaselli said she understands why some business owners plan to protest the province’s Stage 2 prohibition, but added she can’t comment on whether or not she’ll participate herself.

“I’m not saying that my business will jump on board of that,” she said. “Our licenses are very important to us, and our careers — our businesses — are long-standing places that we have created.”

In advance of the Canada Day reopening, the group will also be protesting this Wednesday in front of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) building. 

Officials react to province’s announcement

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens held a media conference Monday to discuss the province’s decision for the region, expressing frustration and disappointment that Windsor-Essex can’t take steps to begin reopening. 

Citing numbers from WECHU highlighting that 82 per cent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region are located within Kingsville and Leamington, Dilkens said it would be “politically expedient” to suggest Windsor be move into Stage 2, while other “harder hit” communities remain in Stage 1.

Dilkens, who’s been a vocal proponent of mandatory COVID-19 testing for Essex County agricultural workers, called on farm operators to get all workers tested. 

Nonetheless, Windsor’s mayor said he’s against reopening the city on its own. 

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens expressed support for business-owners planning on reopening on Canada Day, saying he’s going to recommend against issuing fines. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

Dilkens said he will support the upcoming June 25 rally, adding that he will recommend to city council against fining any business that plans to go rogue on Canada Day. 

For her part, Leamington Mayor Hilda MacDonald issued a statement on Monday, saying the province’s decision “was to be expected, as the case counts across the region remain high, specifically due to outbreaks among workplaces in the agriculture sector.”

MacDonald said her community has been “working tirelessly” for the past three months to increase COVID-19 testing across the agri-farm sector, as well as to develop a plan to protect farm workers and prevent the further spread of coronavirus. 

“Our efforts have resulted in the province initiating proactive on-site targeted testing for agri-food workers in Windsor-Essex that began this past Saturday,” said MacDonald. “While this is what we have been working towards, this approach will only be successful with the full support and cooperation of the farm owners.”

Beyond municipal officials, local NDP MPPs — including Windsor West’s Lisa Gretzky and Windsor—Tecumseh’s Percy Hatfield — have called on the province to reverse its prohibition on the region entering Stage 2. 

“It seems like the Ford government is trying to have a scapegoat somewhere, because they’re trying not to point out the fact that they have been missing in action on the file down in this part of the province,” Hatfield said. 

“They knew back in March that agri-farm workers were going to be in this because of the living conditions they have to live in and the working conditions they have to put up with.”

The government has thrown blame everywhere but on themselves.– Lisa Gretzky, NDP MPP, Windsor West

Gretzky said the government and Ford more specifically have been “passing the buck” when it comes to addressing the COVID-19 situation as it pertains to the agri-farm sector.

“It is frustrating, it’s infuriating and it is really negligence on the part of the provincial government ,” Gretzky said. “The government has thrown blame everywhere but on themselves.”

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June 22nd, 2020

End of lockdown, Memorial Day add up to increase in coronavirus cases, experts say – NBC News

June 22nd, 2020

The spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Arizona, Oregon and other Southern and Western states can be traced back to around Memorial Day, when officials began loosening their lockdowns, health experts said Monday.

And in about two weeks, hospitals in those states could find themselves struggling to find enough beds for patients, one of the nation’s top public health experts warned.

“In some smaller Southern towns, the per capita rates of infections could be as high as New York City was at its peak,” Dr. Erik Toner of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said.

Beachgoers take advantage of the opening of South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla., on on June 10, 2020.Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images file

In the last 14 days, Oregon has reported a 234.4 percentage jump in infections, Oklahoma jumped by 202 percent, Florida’s number increased by 155 percent, and Arizona’s confirmed coronavirus cases climbed by 142 percent, according to an NBC News analysis of state health department figures.

Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana and more than a dozen other states — as well as Guam and the Virgin Islands — had increases in the numbers of reported cases in the last two weeks.

“It’s basically the same reason for all these states: It was Memorial Day,” Toner said. “And in the last week of May, most states began to seriously relax community mitigation efforts.”

Toner said that as lockdowns are relaxed, “we will see a rise in coronavirus cases.”

“The question is how high will they rise,” he said. “Oregon, for example, has done a good job of dealing with the pandemic, and if people adhere to wearing face masks and social distancing, it may not be bad. But some Southern and Western states have gone out of their way to not wear face masks or practice social distancing, and we expect it to be much worse.”

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, delayed reopening four of the state’s most populous counties this month when cases started to climb.

The Republican governors of Arizona and Florida have move been more aggressive with reopening, sometimes over the objections of local hospital officials.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, warned Monday that “additional measures are going to be necessary” and that he may clamp down on businesses that don’t require masks if the number of cases continues to climb.

“There are certain counties where a majority of the people who are tested positive in that county are under the age of 30, and this typically results from people going to bars,” Abbott said.

Abbott last week blamed Memorial Day celebrations, along with a rise in the number of prison inmates who contracted the virus, for the dismal new data.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, announced Monday that he would delay the next phase of the state’s reopening for 28 days.

“This remains a very contagious disease,” Edwards said. “There are a lot of people out there saying they are done with this virus. Well, the virus isn’t done with us.”

Just a couple weeks ago, the governor reported that the state had escaped from Memorial Day unscathed.

Dr. Paul Cieslak, senior health adviser to the Oregon Health Authority, said Oregon’s “recent rise in cases is due to a combination of many factors.”

“We’ve had quite a few workplace outbreaks, increased contact tracing and testing, a large outbreak in Union County and finally just more community spread,” Cieslak said. “But we still have a very low per capita case and death count and have the fifth-lowest cases per capita among states as measured by the CDC.”

Consumers return to retail shopping at Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday, June 20, 2020.Christian Petersen / Getty Images

President Donald Trump and allies, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, have attributed the rise in cases to more testing, a claim most health experts say is at best partly true.

Ducey also suggested another uniquely Arizona reason for the spread of the virus last week. “We’re indoors in the summers,” he said.

Ducey, as well as DeSantis and Abbott, have all insisted that their states have enough intensive care beds to handle any surge.

But DeSantis has also changed his state’s guidelines for ICU reporting. From now on, DeSantis doesn’t want the hospitals to report the number of patients in ICU beds. He wants hospitals to report the number of patients who require an “intensive level of care.”

Florida passed 100,000 coronavirus cases Monday and has recorded more than 3,170 deaths.


Cancer drug: New treatment halts tumour growth – BBC News

June 22nd, 2020
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A drug that could stop cancer cells repairing themselves has shown early signs of working.

More than half of the 40 patients given berzosertib had the growth of their tumours halted.

Berzosertib was even more effective when given alongside chemotherapy, the trial run by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust suggested.

The trial was designed to test the safety of the drug.

The drug is the first to be trialled of a new family of treatments, which block a protein involved in DNA repair.

Blocking this protein prevents cancers from mending damage to their cells.

It’s part of a branch of treatment known as “precision medicine”, which targets specific genes or genetic changes.

The study involved patients with very advanced tumours, for whom no other treatment had worked.

This was what is known as a “phase one” trial, which is only designed to test the safety of a treatment.

But the ICR said the researchers did find some early indications that berzosertib could stop tumours growing.

‘Very promising’

One of the study’s authors, Prof Chris Lord, a professor of cancer genomics at the ICR, said these early signs were “very promising”, adding that it was unusual in phase one trials to see a clinical response.

Further trials will be needed to demonstrate the drug’s effectiveness, though.

“This study involved only small numbers of patients…Therefore, it is too early to consider berzosertib a game changer in cancer treatment,” said Dr Darius Widera at the University of Reading.

“Nevertheless, the unusually strong effects of berzosertib, especially in combination with conventional chemotherapy, give reasons to be optimistic regarding the outcomes of follow-up studies.”

One patient in the trial, with advanced bowel cancer, had his tumours completely disappear after treatment with berzosertib, and has remained cancer-free for two years.

Another, whose ovarian cancer returned following a different course of treatment, saw her tumours shrink after combination treatment with the drug and chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy works by damaging cancer cells’ DNA, so using it in conjunction with this new treatment, which stops the cells from repairing themselves, appears to give an even greater benefit.

And berzosertib is able to target tumour cells without affecting other healthy cells, Prof Lord said.

“Our new clinical trial is the first to test the safety of a brand-new family of targeted cancer drugs in people, and it’s encouraging to see some clinical responses even in at this early stage,” said Professor Johann de Bono, head of drug development at the ICR and the Royal Marsden.

In the future, these drugs could be used to “boost the effect of treatments like chemotherapy” and tackle resistance that could develop to other targeted treatments, he added.

Whereas the traditional approach to cancer treatment has been to categorise it by tumour site – breast cancer, lung cancer and so on – the precision-medicine approach targets the genetic abnormality in the tumour, regardless of where it is.

Precision approaches are already used, for example in prostate cancers to block the effect of the testosterone hormone involved in the tumour’s growth.

If used alone this could provide a less aggressive option than chemotherapy, which attacks cells indiscriminately.

The next phase of trialling berzosertib is already under way.

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