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Is Kim Kardashian West a billionaire? Kanye congratulates his wife after beauty brand sale – USA TODAY

June 29th, 2020

Move over Kylie Jenner and Kanye West. There may be a new billionaire in the family.

Kim Kardashian West – the media mogul behind brands KKW Beauty, KKW fragrance and SKIMS shapewear – sold a stake in her beauty brand to Coty for $200 million,in a deal that values the TV reality star’s three-year-old business at $1 billion.

In this new partnership, Coty will own 20% of KKW Beauty.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of the most influential beauty icons to the Coty family: @kimkardashian West!” the beauty company wrote on Instagram Monday. “With Kim’s influence and our deep expertise in prestige beauty we will build a beauty powerhouse and enter new beauty categories together.”

Coty, the multinational company that owns CoverGirl, Tiffany & Co. and Balenciaga among other notable beauty and fashion brands, bought 51% of Kylie Cosmetics for $600 million in 2019. 

Coty:Kylie Jenner sells majority ownership in beauty company for $600 million

Kim Kardashian West is selling a stake in her beauty brand for $200 million, in a deal that values the TV reality star's three-year-old business at $1 billion.

No one was prouder of Kardashian West’s alleged billionaire status than her husband, Kanye West, who was himself declared a billionaire by Forbes in April.

“I am so proud of my beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West for officially becoming a billionaire,” West tweeted. “You’ve weathered the craziest storms and now God is shining on you and our family. So blessed this is still life. So I made you this still life. We love you so much.”

But, not so fast. Forbes estimates Kardashian West’s net worth at about $900 million.

Yes, Kanye West is a billionaire. But he’s still not as rich as he says he is

Kardashian West, who stars on the long-running reality TV show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” founded KKW Beauty in 2017 and tapped into her hundreds of millions of social media followers to sell lip gloss, body foundation and perfume.

In the new partnership, Kardashian West will still help create new products and promote KKW Beauty online. (She is the sixth most-followed celebrity account on Instagram with 177 million followers)

Coty plans to expand the brand into more countries around the world and possibly into other categories, like skin creams and shampoos. It also hopes the buzzy brand can help boost sales and connect with younger shoppers who spend a lot of time on social media.

“This relationship will allow me to focus on the creative elements that I’m so passionate about while benefiting from the incredible resources of Coty, and launching my products around the world,” Kardashian West said in a press release with Coty.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Ontario sees jump in COVID-19 cases among farm workers – CTV News

June 29th, 2020

TORONTO — A single farm in Windsor-Essex, Ont. has been linked to 175 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, reigniting concerns about the rapid spread of the virus among temporary foreign workers.

Ontario reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, 177 of which were confirmed by the Windsor-Essex public health unit following targeted testing of migrant farm workers over the weekend.

Officials noted that one farm, which employs approximately 450 workers, is the source of 175 of those cases.

“These recent outbreaks are concerning and they pose unique challenges that require a targeted response,” Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, said during a press conference Monday.

More than 1,000 agricultural workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ontario since the start of the pandemic, according to the advocacy group Justice for Migrant Workers.

Two temporary foreign workers from Mexico have died from the disease in the Windsor-Essex region. A third migrant worker who was employed on a farm near Simcoe, Ont., also died after testing positive.

Growing case numbers among farm workers have ignited calls for Ontario to shut down the agricultural sector entirely until adequate sanitation and safety measures can be implemented.

“The industry must immediately cease production and, as a society, we must demand that the interests of the workers are paramount, not the profits of a billion-dollar industry,” Justice for Migrant Workers spokesperson Chris Ramsaroop said in a statement to CTVNews.ca.

“Our message to provincial and federal politicians — stop murdering migrants by your inactions.”

Those who live and work on the farms say they are subjected to living conditions that make it nearly impossible to contain the spread of the virus.

“We have rooms that are three metres by three metres. Four people sleeping in beds that are in very poor condition. Mattresses that are used and spent, and bedding that is in bad conditions,” an employee identified only as Francisco to protect his identity told CTV News.

Another worker, Syed Hussan, says many workers aren’t paid if they are off sick from work, preventing them from sending home money to loved ones that rely on it. Some allege WiFi access has even been cut off.

“Because we don’t have proper rights, they step on our necks,” Hussan told CTV News.​

Both the Ontario and federal government have pledged to ramp up inspections and oversight at farms to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“We have a great team out there and we’re going to do everything in our power to resolve these cases as soon as possible,” Ford said Monday, noting that the province is taking action against “fly by night” recruitment agencies that may be skirting rules put in place to protect workers during the pandemic.

Last week, the province released a three-point plan to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on farms, including expanded on-site testing at agri-food businesses and access to emergency benefits and supports for foreign workers.

But it also allows farm workers infected with the virus to continue work as long as they are asymptomatic.

When asked if the spike in new cases would alter those plans, officials did not comment directly, instead noting that public health inspectors are working to determine whether or not those who have tested positive are asymptomatic.

“Windsor-Essex has sent a team of public health nurses and inspectors out to the farm that has the majority of the cases to re-interview them, determine whether they have symptoms, and determine the best next steps in terms of controlling the outbreak,” said Yaffe.

“At the end of the day the employer is responsible for ensuring that other workers are not at risk.”

Officials noted that shutting down the farm is a “consideration” as the investigation continues.

Justice for Migrant Workers is calling on the government to change its plan to ensure that all workers who test positive are quarantined, even if they are asymptomatic. The organization also wants to see workers put into hotels and provided individual rooms to prevent the further spread of the disease.

Mexico’s Ambassador to Canada Juan José Gómez Camacho has warned that any farm that fails to follow COVID-19 precautions will not receive help from Mexican workers.

“Let me say something. Any farm that does not follow the rules will certainly not receive any Mexican work,” Gómez Camacho told CTV’s Power Play last week.

Mexico halted their temporary foreign worker program earlier this month due to concerns over the spread of the virus amongst farm workers, but later reinstated it after Canada pledged to ramp up inspections.

– With files from CTV News’ Heather Wright

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The Coronavirus Plus the Flu Could Equal a Devastating Fall and Winter, CDC Director Says – Yahoo News

June 29th, 2020
The Coronavirus Plus the Flu Could Equal a Devastating Fall and Winter, CDC Director Says

Summer has just begun, but health officials are already warning Americans that the fall and winter months ahead will likely be challenging. Once flu season begins, the U.S. will have to worry about not one, but two contagious viruses.

“The real risk is that we’re going to have two circulating respiratory pathogens at the same time,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during a TIME 100 Talks discussion with senior health writer Alice Park. “We know flu by itself can cause substantial morbidity and mortality and hospital utilization,” especially for elderly people and those who have underlying health conditions. With the new coronavirus wreaking devastation in these groups and others, “this could be really a very, very difficult situation.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Getting a flu vaccine is one way to help prevent influenza. But even though flu vaccines are safe and often quite effective, they aren’t very popular. “Historically, less than half of Americans get flu vaccines,” Redfield said. “This is the year that I’m asking the American public to seriously reconsider, because that decision may make available a hospital bed for somebody else that really needs it for COVID.”” data-reactid=”25″>Getting a flu vaccine is one way to help prevent influenza. But even though flu vaccines are safe and often quite effective, they aren’t very popular. “Historically, less than half of Americans get flu vaccines,” Redfield said. “This is the year that I’m asking the American public to seriously reconsider, because that decision may make available a hospital bed for somebody else that really needs it for COVID.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="So far this summer, as states have begun to reopen, Redfield said more than 100 counties in the U.S. are “what we consider [coronavirus] hot spots” and “experiencing higher transmission rates than we would like to see.” In response, he said, the CDC is sending teams to those areas and working with state and local health officials to understand how those cases are spreading and how best to contain them.” data-reactid=”26″>So far this summer, as states have begun to reopen, Redfield said more than 100 counties in the U.S. are “what we consider [coronavirus] hot spots” and “experiencing higher transmission rates than we would like to see.” In response, he said, the CDC is sending teams to those areas and working with state and local health officials to understand how those cases are spreading and how best to contain them.

Redfield also denied that the CDC has been sidelined during the pandemic; in previous outbreaks, the CDC has taken a more visible role in holding press conferences to educate and answer questions from the public. “I’d say no,” Redfield said in response to whether the agency has been taking a backseat in guiding the country through the pandemic. “We have a seat at the table in the {White House Coronavirus] Task Force where I represent the CDC…and we are presenting those view and I can tell you those views are heard, and those views are respected.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Right now, the tools Americans have been using for months—standing six feet apart, wearing face coverings, washing hands regularly—are still the best protections against contracting the virus that causes COVID-19. But by late 2020 or early 2021, that arsenal may realistically include one or more coronavirus vaccines, Redfield said.” data-reactid=”28″>Right now, the tools Americans have been using for months—standing six feet apart, wearing face coverings, washing hands regularly—are still the best protections against contracting the virus that causes COVID-19. But by late 2020 or early 2021, that arsenal may realistically include one or more coronavirus vaccines, Redfield said.

That’s an incredibly quick timeline for a vaccine of this kind, and three months ago, Redfield would have called it “highly optimistic.” Now, though, “I think there’s a real probability that we’re going to accomplish that. No one can guarantee it, but the amount of progress that’s been made in recent weeks is substantial.”

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As Harper’s outbreak reaches 107 COVID-19 cases, Ingham County further restricts restaurants to 75 patrons – Lansing State Journal

June 29th, 2020
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Ingham County Health Officer speaks about coronavirus cases linked to Harper’s Restaurant Lansing State Journal

LANSING — Ingham County restaurants will be under tighter restrictions than the rest of Michigan because of a coronavirus outbreak at an East Lansing bar, the county health department announced Monday.

No matter their size, restaurants are allowed a maximum of 75 customers dining at a time. All restaurants must continue to seat only half their normal capacity, up to 75 patrons.

“Large crowds are difficult to control,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said in a release about the new restrictions. “By allowing no more than 75 people, restaurants and bars will be better able to enforce social distancing and the use of masks and face coverings.

“I strongly encourage all bars and restaurants to strictly enforce safety measures and to do all they can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our community.”

An “alarming” coronavirus outbreak at Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing caused local cases of COVID-19 to spike, Vail said. 

As of Monday afternoon, 107 COVID-19 cases are linked to the Harper’s outbreak, including one that forced LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill to close in south Lansing.

Meanwhile, Ingham County is seeing a dramatic increase in new cases. Nearly 50 were reported over the weekend, putting the county at 961 confirmed cases.

Nearby Eaton and Clinton counties saw 11 and 6 new cases over the weekend, respectively. Some are linked to Harper’s, health officials said. 

More: Ingham County sees highest ever daily increase in COVID-19 cases

The Harper’s outbreak stretches “basically from southwest Michigan to the Lake [Michigan],” Vail said, including cases in metro-Detroit and Calhoun County.

The attention garnered by the outbreak stretched even further. National news outlets picked up the story and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cited it as a reason he might delay allowing indoor dining in the city.

Although the outbreak is troubling, the attention serves as a reminder to take COVID-19 seriously, Vail said.  

“The attention I think is causing some young people to have some ‘a-ha’ moments and is causing people in general to go, ‘we’re not through this,” she said.

Vail re-examined the rules for restaurants operating during the coronavirus pandemic — which, if there is no local restriction, allow restaurants to open with 50% — because of the Harper’s outbreak.

Harper’s will not be allowed to reopen until Vail gives explicit permission, she said. 

“I need to see a plan for them,” she said. “I need to know what they’re doing. They need to have an evaluation and they are not allowed to open [until then].”

County health officers have the authority to impose stricter rules than the state during public health emergencies. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allowed Michigan restaurants to reopen with precautions — like limiting capacity, requiring staff to wear masks and closing self-serve stations — starting June 8. 

In an email, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown said the governor’s team is tracking case numbers and will adjust rules about dining accordingly. The onus is on bar and restaurant owners and customers to act safely by social distancing, wearing masks and taking safety precautions.

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Ingham County health officials are contact tracing the Harper’s outbreak as cases are identified. It has been challenging because patients don’t always know the identity of people they were close to while at the bar.

The health department is better equipped to find people now than it was early in the pandemic, but that might not be enough to stop the virus from spreading like it did in March and April.

“We’re in a different place,” Vail said. “That doesn’t mean that we can’t immediately go back down the other way.”

Contact Carol Thompson at ckthompson@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @thompsoncarolk. Reporter Ken  Palmer contributed to this story.

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Officials report 107 COVID-19 cases at East Lansing bar as Ingham County reduces restaurant capacity – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

June 29th, 2020

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Health officials are now reporting 107 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases linked to an outbreak at an East Lansing bar as of Monday.

Officials said that 14 people who visited Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub between June 12-20 contracted the virus. That number has risen to 107.

READ: Owners of Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub release statement on COVID-19 cases

Ingham County has issued an emergency order reducing restaurant capacity to 50 percent or no more than 75 people, whichever is less.

Executive Order 2020-114 already restricts restaurant capacity to 50 percent of normal seating, but it does not impose a limitation. The county’s emergency order means no food service establishment may have more than 75 patrons at one time.

“Large crowds are difficult to control,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “By allowing no more than 75 people, restaurants and bars will be better able to enforce social distancing and the use of masks and face coverings. I strongly encourage all bars and restaurants to strictly enforce safety measures and to do all they can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our community.”

The case count now includes 95 cases of people who went to Harper’s during the exposure period. There are 12 cases of people who were in contact with a primary case, but didn’t go to Harper’s themselves.

Of the primary cases, 59 are residents of Ingham County. The others live in Clinton, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, Macomb, Eaten, Shiawassee, Livingston, Kalamazoo, Ottawa, Berrien and Calhoun counties.

People who visited Harper’s June 12-20 are considered exposed and have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days since their visit. The cases are people between the ages of 16 and 28, with the median age of 21.

Officials said nobody has been hospitalized. Most have mild symptoms and 28 people are asymptomatic. At least 40 percent are Michigan State University students or recent graduates.

Everyone who was at Harper’s during the exposure period is strongly encouraged to seek testing. Public testing will be held on Tuesday from 12 – 4 p.m. on the MSU campus at 846 Service Road in East Lansing. It will be free.

For additional information, Ingham County residents can call the ICHD COVID-19 response line at (517) 887-4517 or visit hd.ingham.org/coronavirus

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You may finally be able to watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac with Big Sur – The Verge

June 29th, 2020

John Ivison: The COVID mission is far from accomplished, despite Trudeau’s latest feel-good message – National Post

June 29th, 2020

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After a very challenging spring, things are continuing to move in the right direction

Certainly, if you compare Canada to those three laggards, or Sweden, Brazil and Russia — as the graph does — then this country has fared reasonably well. The grim fandango of death and infection being danced in the U.S. has led to a new prediction of 180,000 fatalities by October (from 125,000 now). Canada’s death rate per 100,000 people is far lower than the U.K., France or U.S.

But when compared to countries that have coped well with COVID, the performance looks less impressive. Canada’s death rate per 100,000 people is double that of peer countries such as Germany, Denmark and Norway. Even when held up against the U.S., Canada is not unimpeachable — 8.3 per cent of all cases resulted in death in Canada, compared to a 4.9-per-cent case-fatality rate in the States. This reflects the appalling carnage in Canadian long-term care homes, where 20,602 cases resulted in 6,920 deaths, fully 81 per cent of all fatalities in this country.

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Health officials link surge in coronavirus cases in Pittsburgh area to bars, not protests | TheHill – The Hill

June 29th, 2020

Health officials in Allegheny County, Penn., say a surge in novel coronavirus cases recently reported around Pittsburgh has been tied to bars, not protests, local media report.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (D) told CBS Pittsburgh the area has seen “some alarming spikes” in cases in recent weeks, adding, “We have seen more cases in the last two days than in the previous two weeks.” 

The latest county health data shows more than 2,650 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, have been counted so far in the region. According to the local CBS affiliate, more than 80 of those cases were reported on Monday alone.

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Investigations into some of those cases reportedly found that a chunk of those infected said they travelled to bars and restaurants in the area prior to becoming symptomatic or getting tested.

The station reported that the Allegheny County Health Department said a number of those infected who claimed to have attended protests, on the other hand, was “in the single digits.” 

The report comes about a week after a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found then that there was “no evidence” that proved a rise in COVID-19 cases seen in various places in the country was due to Black Lives Matter protests that have broken out across the nation in recent weeks, despite speculation otherwise.

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Top 10 Galaxy S10 tips to become a pro on your Samsung phone – CNET

June 29th, 2020

PlayStation Plus Free Games for July 2020 – IGN Daily Fix – IGN

June 29th, 2020