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Open call for design innovations amid coronavirus pandemic

From disrupting health care and travel to forcing the global community to self-distance and work from home and challenge present day models of health services and human behaviour, the novel coronavirus has changed life as we know it. Bleak as it may be right now, we need to respond with inspiration


This Snickerdoodle in Poundcake Form Is Your Next Baking Project

Whether it’s called a loaf cake, tea cake, poundcake or one of those slyly named “breads” of the banana-pumpkin-zucchini variety, if I can bake it in a 9-by-5-inch pan, it will find a place in my lockdown kitchen. There’s something about loaf cake's sturdy, bricklike shape th


With fire and music performers bring Ramadan to fun-starved Jerusalem

Fire leapt from the masked performer’s twirling baton as the festive Ramadan float drove through the back streets of East Jerusalem, with children cheering and parents watching from balconies. On the side of the wagon was the message – “Stay at home in your house. Ramadan deserves


Egypt shift sphinxes to Tahrir Square despite criticism from archaeologists

Egyptian authorities said on Saturday they have relocated four ancient sphinxes to Tahrir Square, the congested traffic circle in the heart of Cairo. Archaeologists and others have criticized the move, expressing fear that the city’s notoriously high air pollution could damage the artifacts.


Citrus Chicken With Asparagus And Peas

Ingredients2 navel oranges2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil4 5-oz boneless, skinless chicken breastsKosher salt and pepper2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth or water1 lb. asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces1/2 c. peas (fresh or frozen)1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice2 tbsp. chopped f


I’m doing an online fitness class - will my backdrop of 11 pizza boxes spoil my look?

My quest to retain some level of fitness during isolation is being repeatedly undermined by my appetite. The days feel 43 hours long, and I am endlessly bored. Just yesterday, I went through our treat cupboard and found a two-year-old packet of flying saucers nobody wanted. I hoovered them up as if


Are you online shopping a lot during quarantine? Here are some of the psychological reasons why.

Before the coronavirus, many New Yorkers took advantage of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world by shopping — but not me. I've developed sort-of blinders to all the retailers, the sprawling department stores and the kitschy millennial-branded shops. Out of necessity or prac


Spaced-out seating in schools, disposable menus in restaurants

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has drafted a 17-page document that details interim guidance on how businesses, schools, churches, mass transit and other organizations should handle safely reopening to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic. A federal health official stressed th


IPA and Dubai Cares Announce Aid for African Remote Learning Efforts

In an unusually fast display of philanthropic determination, the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the agile educational funding program Dubai Cares committed just under a year ago on May 20 to a major four-year allocation of some 2.9 million dirhams (US$789,523) in support of literacy,


7 Ways To Get A Closed-Off Person To Open Up To You

Open and honest communication plays a huge role in the success of any relationship, particularly romantic ones. But for one reason or another, some people are not always inclined to share their feelings with friends, family, or even their partner. If your S.O. is closed off and resisting opening up


Nigel Slater’s recipe for tortellini with spinach sauce

Plump stuffed pasta pieces with a herby, creamy green sauceThe recipeBring 500ml of milk to the boil in a saucepan, add 2 bay leaves and 6 lightly crushed black peppercorns. Flatten, but don’t peel, 3 cloves of garlic. Add them to the seasoned milk, then remove from the heat, cover with a lid


Federal Appeals Court Declares Literacy a Constitutional Right

In a potential landmark ruling, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held this week that access to a basic minimum education “that can plausibly impart literacy” is a fundamental, Constitutionally protected right. In a 2-1 ruling released on April 23, the court held that basic litera


Dubai to resume metro, public bus services starting April 26

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed that the emirate will resume its metro, public buses and taxi services starting Sunday, April 26, following a decision by authorities to partially reduce movement restrictions in place against the coronavirus pandemic. “RTA said it w


Spending Ramadan in lockdown? Here’s what you can do during the month

As hundreds of countries have gone into lockdown to curb the deadly coronavirus outbreak, Muslims across the world are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, marks the period when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a show of gratitude and refl


Which face masks are most effective?

Face masks have become an emblem in the fight against the coronavirus, with officials across the world recommending – and in some cases requiring – that people wear them to help slow the spread of the deadly outbreak. Figuring out what to wear is not so easy. N95 and medical masks, whic


Flower emoji replaces bouquet as Russian couple wed over live stream

There were no hugs and kisses with friends and family when Gerda Baranovskaya and Pavel Tyun married in a Moscow registry office, but dozens of guests plied the happy couple with congratulation messages and heart emojis on a wedding Instagram live feed.“In the first place we wanted to cheer ou


'The safest place': how one isolated US town is keeping coronavirus at bay

Point Roberts is a geographical anomaly. The small town on a five-square-mile peninsula is connected solely to Canada, but it extends just below the 49th parallel, officially making it part of the US. Getting to Point Roberts from Washington, the closest American state, means traveling by private b


Dubai extends shutdown of hotels, restaurants until further notice

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said it is extending all existing precautionary measures, including the shutdown of hotels, restaurants, and suspension of events, until further notice.According to a statement from the department in charge of tourism in Dubai, the ex





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