Sotheby’s and Christie’s Look to Luxury as a Coronavirus Antidote

LONDON — Twenty‌ ‌years‌ ‌ago, ‌Sotheby’s‌ ‌and‌ ‌Christie’s made money by auctioning‌ ‌art. ‌And‌ ‌that‌ ‌was‌ ‌about‌ ‌it. ‌Now, ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌process‌ ‌fast-forwarded‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌coronavirus pandemic, ‌technology‌ ‌is‌ ‌transforming‌ ‌these‌ ‌venerable‌ ‌names‌ ‌into‌ ‌very‌ ‌different-looking‌ businesses. ‌Luxury‌ ‌is‌ ‌making that ‌difference. ‌ ‌

Sotheby’s, ‌under‌ ‌the‌ ‌tech-savvy‌ ‌ownership‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌French-Israeli‌ ‌telecoms‌ ‌magnate‌ ‌‌Patrick‌ ‌Drahi‌, who‌ ‌who‌ ‌last‌ ‌year‌ ‌‌borrowed‌ ‌$1.1‌ ‌billion‌‌ ‌to‌ ‌finance‌ ‌the‌ ‌acquisition, ‌‌‌‌said‌ ‌in‌ ‌December‌ ‌that‌ ‌‌‌it would restructure itself‌‌

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Brits ‘to buy extra 145 million presents online’ due to the coronavirus crisis

Brits are due to buy an extra 145million presents online this year due to the Covid-19 crisis – meaning more than one billion presents will be purchased electronically, a study has revealed.

Experts have calculated that the excess packaging from all the presents being delivered online is going to see an additional 150,000 trips by delivery vans – resulting in 86,488 tonnes of additional CO2 emissions.

With many shoppers avoiding the high street, there’s going

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Can coronavirus really survive on frozen food, as China claims?

Following China’s announcement that it came across active COVID-19 viral particles on packages of imported frozen foods, questions regarding how the virus can spread have resurfaced.

Speaking to The Associated Press, experts have noted that while the virus can survive on items like plastic and cardboard containers, exactly how risky it is to catch a COVID-19 infection from contact with these surfaces is unknown. 

Public health officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) said

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Native Americans feel ‘trapped in a house on fire’ as coronavirus surges in South Dakota

Tensions are rising between Native American tribes in South Dakota and the state’s governor over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak. 

South Dakota has one of the highest rates of positivity and deaths per capita in the U.S. Earlier this month, the state of nearly 885,000 residents reported a record high of more than 2,000 new cases in a single day. South Dakota has reported 71,170 cases and 849 deaths over the course of the

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US in the ‘fight of the century’ against coronavirus, says former CDC head

Daily COVID-19 numbers continue to increase according to national statistics, with indicators such as biweekly new cases, deaths and hospitalizations all jumping across the country.

The majority of states and territories are contributing to this overall national rise, forcing the country into “the Fight of the Century,” according to former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Tom Frieden.



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Coronavirus hits Kansas hospitals harder, sidelines staff

Kansas health officials on Tuesday urged communities to take stronger action as more hospital rooms are devoted to caring for coronavirus patients and hundreds of doctors, nurses and other workers are quarantined, leading some surgical procedures to be delayed.

Hospital emergency departments in at least two communities were holding coronavirus patients while waiting for space or staff to treat them elsewhere. The CEO of a northeast Kansas health system called the local spread

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Coronavirus prevention checklist for Sunday River, Sugarloaf, etc

“We look forward to safely welcoming skiers to our many ski areas this winter,” Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson said.

MAINE, USA — Gov. Janet Mills’ administration on Tuesday announced its COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for indoor activities at Maine’s ski areas. 

The checklist, written in close collaboration with Ski Maine and public health experts, outlines health and safety protocols that ski areas must comply with in order to safely allow indoor

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“No evidence” that urban density helps spread of coronavirus says Richard Florida

Richard Florida et al. on a stage

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Richard Florida

Cities will bounce back as young creatives take advantage of lower rents and dense urban areas prove better at mitigating the coronavirus pandemic, according to urban theorist Richard Florida.

The pandemic “may make cities more affordable to artists and creatives” he said, adding that dense neighbourhoods “have been better at mitigating and combating the crisis” when compared to suburbs or the countryside.

Florida said that the collapse in demand

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God, masks and Trump: What a coronavirus outbreak at a California church says about the election

The influence of Bethel Church can be felt all over this economically stressed Northern California city.

In the Redding police officers whose positions the megachurch funded. The once-dying civic auditorium it keeps afloat. The church elder on the Redding City Council.

Bethel can be felt in the trendy new coffee shops and restaurants where young, well-dressed people huddle at tables with open Bibles and nary a mask in sight. It can be felt in parking

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How the coronavirus pandemic changed the 2020 campaign

Yet the campaign, like American life, has forged ahead in unprecedented ways amid the threat of the coronavirus, which has dangerously surged again in recent weeks. In April, thousands of people across Wisconsin risked their health to cast primary ballots in the early weeks of the pandemic — a preview of the long lines to come even in the final days before the general election.

In early summer, President Trump, 74, resumed his massive campaign

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Take your neighbours’ minds off coronavirus and scare them silly this Halloween

Chris Gardner, Director of Home & Garden at eBay said: “It’s great to see that shoppers are still keen to celebrate Halloween, albeit a little differently this year. We have seen items such as window projectors and balloons soar in comparison to this time last year as customers look to decorate the exterior of their homes for others to enjoy from a social distance.

“It’s also great to see that dressing up is still taking

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Not trick-or-treating over coronavirus? Gainesville still has Halloween fun

Danielle Ivanov
 |  Special to The Sun

In a state with the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, local residents are still finding ways to safely celebrate Halloween during the pandemic. From trunk-or-treating to costume photoshoots, Alachua County residents, students and businesses have come up with alternative new thrills to bring smiles to everyone’s

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Coronavirus Spurs Brand Innovation

As miserable and devastating as coronavirus is, there is exceptional creativity happening around us. When we finally arrive at the other side of a national vaccine, we will see a changed brand-business world of remarkable new ideas. What is amazing is that some of this innovation is already underway.

Innovation is the development of new customer value through solutions that address expressed needs, unarticulated needs in new ways. This means

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Dramatically Changing the Way We Buy Cars

It took three phone calls to realize how little car shopping has changed in the COVID economy. 

In early August, I resigned myself to buying a new minivan; I knew precisely the one I wanted and found several online that were nearby and listed at fair prices. Yet, I could not manage to click my way to a “buy” button. Time and again, the digital threads ended with the promise of a phone call to

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Coronavirus Deaths, Job Losses Hit Pennsylvania Hardest of 2020 Battlegrounds

It hasn’t been a good year for John Stemler. The brew master and co-founder of Free Will Brewing in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County has had to lay off employees because of the coronavirus pandemic and figures his annual revenue will drop by 25%.

“We’re being very careful about how we operate the business,” he said. “We fear there could be a return to a shutdown, so we are being very, very cautious.”

Economic conditions in the

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Coronavirus pandemic remote schooling surge spurs parents to make desks for kids in need

As remote schooling surged during the pandemic, parents across the country realized that many kids didn’t have desks at home.

So they got busy building, collecting and donating them, giving hundreds or thousands of students workspaces to call their own and helping them get through long days of virtual learning.

For Mitch Couch in the Central California town of Lemoore, inspiration struck when his 16-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son kept taking over the kitchen table

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How the coronavirus has changed education for some of Dallas’ most vulnerable students

It’s after midnight when Gabriella Munoz, 18, comes home, legs weary from waiting tables for eight hours. She sits down at her computer and mulls the economics chapters to read and math problems to finish before returning to another day at North Garland High.

This is Munoz’s new routine since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted her life and left her older sister, who made nearly half of the family’s income, out of a job.

After struggling

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Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include a Tik Tok dance and Wuhan’s coronavirus hospital

Among the 74 projects that have been shortlisted for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year awards is a prefabricated hospital in Wuhan that was erected in only 10 days, Tik Tok’s viral Renegade dance and a steak that is grown from the eater’s own cells.

a cake on a plate: Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak

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Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak

The annual awards, organised by London’s Design Museum, highlight projects from the last year

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With the Coronavirus Spiking in Italy, Domestic Consumption Drops

MILAN — With the coronavirus spiking again across the country, consumer consumption is falling once again following the summer holidays.

According to research conducted by Confimprese in collaboration with EY, September sales of fashion, beauty and interior design products, as well as those of restaurants, bars and cultural institutions, dropped 11.9 percent compared to August and 34.8 percent compared to September 2019.

Restaurants and fashion stores were the commercial activities most dramatically hit by the

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Coronavirus Transforms Dallas’ Nerd Culture

From underground, to mainstream and now online, the world of roleplaying has had many cultural roles through  the years. It has recently come into its own, with celebrities playing and communities growing up around one of the most iconic examples of the genre: Dungeons & Dragons.

Dallas has a robust roleplaying culture based around Common Ground Games, 1328 Inwood Road in the Design District. This previously stigmatized hobby has become a jumping off point for

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