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Will Smith and Original Aunt Viv Actress Janet Hubert Reunite (Photo) – TheWrap

September 10th, 2020

It looks like any hard feelings between the Fresh Prince and his original Aunt Viv have been quashed. After 23 years, Will Smith and actress Janet Hubert have sat down for what looks like a real friendly chat as part of the upcoming “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion special, due late this year on HBO Max.

Smith revealed the reunion with Hubert on Instagram in a post commemorating the 30th anniversary of the day “Fresh Prince” debuted on NBC. “We’re doin’ something for y’all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin’ soon to @HBOmax!” Smith wrote in a message attached to a couple of photos. Smith also included a tribute to his deceased costar James Avery, who played Uncle Phil. Avery died at age 68 in 2013.

In the first, Smith and the rest of the show’s surviving main cast — Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, and DJ Jazzy Jeff — gathered for a group photo in a recreation of the show’s iconic living room set. And the second showed Smith talking alone to Hubert, both smiling and, we hope, apparently putting their differences behind them.

Check out that photo above, and the full cast photo below.

Will Smith Fresh Prince Reunion Full Cast


As fans of the show know, Hubert played the original Aunt Vivian during the show’s first three seasons. She was fired before season four and replaced by Reid for reasons that are still not fully understood — explanations range from creative differences, to contract disputes, to claims that she was fired because she got pregnant. And for his part Smith was vocal about problems he and Hubert had working together.

Since then has maintained a decidedly negative opinion of her former co-stars. Most famously in 2016, when she criticized Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith for boycotting the Oscars to protest the lack of diversity, and the next year when she called out Ribeiro after he posted a photo with the rest of the main cast.

But, while in the feud’s early days Smith criticized her, in 2016 he had nothing but nice things to say about Hubery, calling her “a brilliant artist” who “brought a really powerful dignity to the show.” Maybe that helped pave the groundwork for their (possible) reconciliation. Whatever the reason, we’re glad to see it.

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is currently filming and is expected to stream around Thanksgiving.


Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 users are complaining of swollen and bloated batteries – PhoneArena

September 10th, 2020

Fortnite Maker Tim Sweeney On Apple and Google: ‘These Monopolies Need To Be Stopped’ – NPR

September 10th, 2020

Today I learned Google Sheets now lets you link multiple words in a single cell – The Verge

September 10th, 2020

British Columbia confirms record-high 139 cases of COVID-19 in one day –

September 10th, 2020

British Columbia has hit a new record for the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed in one day in the province, posting 139 on Thursday.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said these new cases bring the number of active cases of infection to a new high of 1,412 out of 6,830 confirmed since the pandemic began.

The number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 has risen to 42, an increase of 10 since Tuesday and the highest number in B.C. since May 21. There are currently 14 people in intensive care.

Thursday marked the gradual return to school for many B.C. children, and Henry tried to reassure families who might be feeling anxious, saying that schools have made it through measles and meningitis outbreaks, and they will make it through COVID-19 as well.

“I think it is important to recognize all the work done by educators, principals, parents to get schools ready this year,” she said. “We will all be learning over the next few weeks.”

However, acknowledging there will be transmission in schools, Henry said local health officials will make sure that everyone affected is notified.

It’s possible that some learning cohorts will have to be sent home and some individual schools might be closed, but Henry said she doesn’t expect a system-wide shutdown.

There have been no new deaths from the novel coronavirus in B.C., leaving the total deaths to date at 213.

There are currently 13 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted-living facilities and three in acute-care units of hospitals.

‘Everybody’s tired of COVID-19’

As the COVID-19 caseload continues to rise with no signs of the curve of infection flattening, Henry urged everyone to play it safe and stick to reliable sources for information about the virus, such as the BC Centre for Disease Control.

“Let’s all make those right choices that will help keep cases low and continue to allow us to engage in important social and economic activities that we need,” she said.

Health Minister Adrian Dix echoed that advice, saying that while everyone is tired of restrictions related to the pandemic, large gatherings need to stop.

“We’re tired, everybody’s tired of COVID-19. We’re already tired and there’s a long way to go,” he said.

The rule of thumb should be to “stick to six” — the same six people — for any get-together, especially when it’s taking place inside, Dix said.

“Each one of us probably has a list of things we can’t do that we’d like to do again. It’s not forever, even if it feels like it — it’s for now,” he said.

As Sept. 21 approaches, and Canadian and U.S. officials consider whether to extend the border closure for non-essential travellers, Henry said she would like to see more flexibility for families who need to travel between the two countries to see loved ones.

But she said she would not support a complete reopening of the Canada-U.S. border.

“We still believe that visiting for recreational reasons is very risky right now and would advocate to keep the border closed,” she said.

Meanwhile, Henry said that health officials around the world are still learning about the long-term health effects of COVID-19.

She said there has been an increase in cases in younger people, who tend to have mild symptoms, but later there can be an impact on the heart, blood vessels and lungs, as well as profound fatigue that can last for many months.

It’s been “extremely challenging” for some people who fell ill in March and still haven’t been able to return to normal activity, Henry said.

Doctors aren’t able to say whether these effects will last or if they will gradually improve.

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More Than Half Of Americans Wouldn’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine Before Election, Poll Finds | NBC News – NBC News

September 10th, 2020

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Keep watching the money as WE Charity shuts its Canadian operations, observers say – Toronto Star

September 10th, 2020

WE Charity’s decision to wind down its Canadian operations after becoming entangled in a political scandal doesn’t mean the public should stop scrutinizing its activities, industry observers say.

In the months ahead, as the beleaguered charity begins to sell off its real-estate assets, there will need to be close watch of where the proceeds go, who will oversee their disbursement, and that the allocation of funds is in keeping with donors’ original expectations, they say.

“I continue to be worried about the implications for public trust with respect to charities,” said Nicolas Moyer, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, an umbrella group for civil society organizations involved in international development.

“It’s important to keep an eye on how the dissolution activities take place.”

WE Charity co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger announced this week they were shutting down the charity’s domestic operations following a political scandal over the awarding — since denied — of a multimillion-dollar grant program to the Toronto-based organization that has ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family.

The plan is to sell off WE Charity’s real-estate assets, including the organization’s $15-million Global Learning Centre headquarters in Toronto, and use the proceeds to create an endowment fund to support its existing global projects.

Some of the proceeds will also be used to help pay off the charity’s existing debts, the brothers told CTV News.

WE says it plans to lay off 115 Canadian staff. The Kielburgers will also step down from the organization.

They say the step was needed because ongoing costs were expected to exceed revenue and they wanted to preserve as many humanitarian and educational programs as possible.

“The financial math for the charity’s future is clear,” they said.

Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence Canada, a charity watchdog, said the drastic action surprised her, given that the charity received $20.9 million from its U.S. operations last year and has tens of millions of dollars in real estate.

“While they say the math is clear, I’m having difficult time with the math,” she said.

Besides the reasons for dissolving, Bahen and others say they also have questions about WE Charity’s plans to sell off its assets and create an endowment fund.

“With everything about WE sometimes, it looks lovely on the outside and you really need to read the fine print. … Now it comes down to execution,” Bahen said.

Mark Blumberg, a Toronto-based philanthropy lawyer, agrees.

“It’s not that they are really winding down the charity and handing over the money to United Way or something like that,” he said, adding that details released so far about WE Charity’s future plans have been “confusing, broad and ambiguous.”

So far, the organization says the sale of its real-estate assets will be governed by a special committee of the board of directors “who have an expertise in property, legal and finance.”

The real-estate transactions will be managed by Colliers International and “100% of all proceeds will be directed to the Charity and/or towards the formation of the future charitable endowment. For the sake of absolute clarity, no individual(s) will benefit in any way from the transactions.”

WE Charity says an independent board of directors “with the specific skillsets to establish and manage endowments” will be appointed to oversee the distribution of funds.

“Specifically, the endowment fund will support WE Villages projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa that are currently underway, but are not yet completed,” the charity said. “It will also fund key, large-scale infrastructure projects that need ongoing support, like the Baraka Hospital and WE College in Narok County, Kenya, and the Agricultural Learning Centre in Ecuador.”



Blumberg said he is curious to know what the timelines are for spending that money and who will be appointed to the board of directors. Will the endowment be held in WE Charity? If not, which charity?

“Statements yesterday seemed more of a PR initiative to quell criticism rather than actually resolving issues of moving forward,” he said.

The final structure and oversight for the endowment fund will be determined in the coming months, the charity said.

Moyer said it’ll be important that overseers of the funds ensure that their distribution aligns with how those funds were intended to be spent.

“With respect to the dissolving of an existing charity there are obligations, some of which are legal and some of which are ethical, around ensuring the funds the charity has collected over years are directed toward what donors intended them to be and are in line with the charitable objects of the organization,” he said.

Governance must be arms-length to avoid conflict of interest, he added.

“Given the public attention to this organization, it would be preferable for those to be as much as possible arms-length persons that are devoid of any perception of conflict of interest.”

It will also be important people on the ground who stand to benefit from this endowment have a say in how funds are distributed, Moyer said.

“How will they look to best practice in the international development space to ensure communities where they work have a significant say in what is funded, how it’s funded?”

Then, of course, there is the question of what will happen to WE’s other operations. So far, WE’s operations in Britain and the U.S are not immediately affected. Neither is its for-profit affiliate, ME to WE, which makes money through leadership courses, retail sales and travel programs.

“You’ve also got the U.S. operation still firing on all cylinders right?” Bahen said. “You’ve still got the corporate sponsorship from the States. You’ve got that money still pouring into somewhere. It’s going to change now. It’s going to go to a new entity — we don’t know which entity.”

WE did not respond Thursday to a question about where the U.S. money will be going.

With files from The Canadian Press and Alex Ballingall

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Five things to know about frequent mass testing for COVID-19 – CBS News

September 10th, 2020

University of Illinois chemistry professor Marty Burke, along with his research team, designed an aggressive testing program to allow the university to reopen this fall. Some experts say it should be a model for the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, researchers at more than two dozen companies are working on at-home coronavirus tests that could allow that kind of frequent mass testing to happen on a national scale. 

Here’s what we learned about frequent mass testing:

1. On any given day, the University of Illinois conducts roughly 2% of coronavirus tests in the U.S.

As part of its mass testing program, the University of Illinois is doing up to 20,000 tests per day — they’ve conducted more than 250,000 tests total and every week, every student is tested twice. In the United States, roughly 2% of all coronavirus tests done each day is done through the university.

Burke said the intensive testing program originated after looking at the modeling of what could happen if the school didn’t take steps to test students. “What they predicted if we put all of our students back and don’t do anything is pretty much all of them were going to get COVID,” Burke said. “I mean it was a pretty humbling prediction as to how things were going to go. So we knew we were going to have to be, you know, very aggressive.”

2. The school’s test is based on saliva, not a nasal swab

Burke told us his research team was concerned using nasal swabs would be “way too slow, way too expensive, and way too cumbersome” to do the kind of massive testing program that the university’s epidemiologists said was necessary. To get around that problem, Burke’s team designed its own saliva test.

“There was a great paper that came out of the Yale group in April that was even further encouraging, showing that you could detect SARS-COV-2 in saliva even more sensitively than the nasal swab,” Burke said. “And so we decided to go all-in on developing a saliva-based test that could be fast and scalable, and thereby allow us to achieve our goal.”

3. Scientists are working on how to scale tests so that testing can be done at home

There currently aren’t any FDA-approved at-home coronavirus tests for COVID-19, but more than two dozen companies are working on developing them. Orasure Technologies is one of them. The company’s CEO, Stephen Tang, told us that with an at-home test, “an individual can get the results in the comfort of their own home in about 20 or 40 minutes, it will be done with a nasal swab. And it’s read very much like a pregnancy test.”

4. If used nationwide, at-home testing could be a “game-changer”

Michael Mina, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health, said he’s optimistic that at-home coronavirus tests could be a breakthrough in stopping community spread of the coronavirus. “I think that if we could get rapid home testing into a sufficient number of houses, they can actually serve to stop over community spread of the virus,” he said.

“In a similar way to how we think about vaccines as resulting in what we call ‘herd immunity’ … These tests can actually do the same thing. So if we can get them out into enough households and teach people how to use them and they’re very simple to use, then I think that they can be a real game-changer.”

5. There are some concerns about at-home testing

While at-home options could increase accessibility to coronavirus testing, some scientists are skeptical about whether one will ever be approved by the FDA. They are concerned about the accuracy of tests, whether people will be able to use them correctly, and how people who may test positive may not report their cases to the health officials – making contact tracing more difficult.

Where experts agree, though, is that the U.S. needs to be much more testing than its current rate. Now, the country is doing about 25 million tests per month — a new study suggests the U.S. should be conducting as many as 200 million per month.


Health Minister fires back at Ford, says provincial police can enforce quarantine rules too – CTV News

September 10th, 2020

OTTAWA — Health Minister Patty Hajdu fired back at Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Thursday, reminding him that provincial police can enforce quarantine rules too.

Her comments come after the premier lambasted the quarantine system as “broken” in a Wednesday press conference, saying federal health officers aren’t laying charges against Quarantine Act rule breakers.

“I’ll just remind Premier Ford that in fact, the OPP, who are participating in enforcing the quarantine with the RCMP, have full authority to lay charges,” Hajdu told CTV Power Play Host Evan Solomon during Thursday’s episode.

“So I would encourage him to speak with the Ontario Provincial Police and tell them that if they feel that charges are appropriate, that they should go ahead and use the Quarantine Act as they’ve been empowered to do so.”

Hajdu also pointed out that the vast majority of COVID-19 spread is happening within communities, as opposed to being brought into Canada by an outside source.

“I would encourage the premier and his team to continue their hard work to build up testing capacity and use the full testing capacity that the federal government is supporting with billions of dollars,” she said.

Should federal quarantine officers decide to enforce the Quarantine Act, rule breakers could face up to six months in jail and fines up to $750,000.

Meanwhile, police forces can issue tickets up to $1,000.

“The premier should advise the OPP that if he feels they are not fully using the act in the way that they have the authority to do so, that they of course are empowered to do that,” Hajdu said.

Ford said Wednesday that the Ontario police have uncovered over 600 cases wherein people flouted the rules — but none resulted in charges.

“The system is broken,” Ford said. “I need the help from the federal government to make an amendment or change it. Why have our police go around and checking to see if people are quarantining if they aren’t going to follow up with a charge?”

According to The Canadian Press, between March 25 and Sept. 3, police have been asked to check on the whereabouts of 87,338 people ordered to quarantine. Federal data also shows that the RCMP has issued 27 tickets to rule breakers, while the OPP has handed out 14.

“As of Sept. 1, 2020, the RCMP has issued 20 fines totalling just over $18,000 to individuals under the Quarantine Act,” said Cpl. Caroline Duval, a spokesperson for the RCMP, in a statement emailed to CTV News on Sept. 3.

In addition to that, as of Sept. 3, two people have been charged under the Quarantine Act.

With files from The Canadian Press

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Google Duo can now be installed on Android TV, but it doesn’t fully work yet – 9to5Google

September 10th, 2020