The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo could be suspended due to the coronavirus

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The rescheduling of the Olympics would represent the largest disruption the coronavirus has had on a public event yet. A Japanese Olympics minister has admitted that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may have to be postponed, reports The Independent . The news comes less than a day after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told ABC News that they “have never discussed canceling the Games.” Read Full Story

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Face shields are even better than masks. Here’s how to make your own

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Famed Japanese designer went from the Olympic Flame to something far more utilitarian. Prominent Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka created the Olympic Flame for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Made of recycled aluminum waste , it was fashioned into the shape of a cherry blossom—Japan’s most beloved flower. But now that the games have been postponed until next summer, Yoshioka has turned his attention elsewhere: a face shield to guard against coronavirus transmission. Read Full Story

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Stimulus update: Extra unemployment or second checks could be on the chopping block in competing packages

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Congress has limited working days left before the end of 2020. Here’s the latest update on competing stimulus plans for coronavirus relief. The clusterjam of semi-dysfunctional negotiations continues in Washington as Congress rolls into month nine of trying to pass a second stimulus package for coronavirus relief. The good news: Everyone is back at the table. The bad news: They’re at different tables. Read Full Story

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Just in time for baseball, Fox Sports’ new app wants to be your ballgame buddy of the future

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Fox Sports’ head of digital David Katz breaks down why the new app is trying to bring everything—news, live games, social—under one roof, in real-time. The first pitches of the 2020 Major League Baseball season will be thrown on Thursday night, as the Opening Night games kick off between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals, and the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. As with all major sports since the pandemic hit, this baseball season is going to be significantly different. The number of games has been cut to 60, teams are starting with 30-man rosters (up from 26) presumably for some buffer if anyone tests positive for COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Will people care about climate change once it starts ruining sports?

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If we don’t take action, smoke-filled stadiums, flooded soccer pitches, parched tennis courts, and dry ski slopes are all in our future. Watching sports in 2020 is an unusual experience. Supporters didn’t get to see the Olympics in 2020, but they saw a basketball “bubble” with virtual fans and a Premier League with fake cheering. While the coronavirus has stalled and altered sports, a report on sports and climate from this summer warns: “Yet devastating as this has been, something even more problematic is waiting in the wings for the sporting circus.” That’s the climate crisis. Read Full Story

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People are mad that ‘The View’ keeps getting preempted for news updates about the coronavirus

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The perils of doing a live daytime talk show during a pandemic. These are challenging times. COVID-19 has incited the panic-buying of toilet paper and toothpaste, cancellations of just about every type of event from weddings and funerals to basketball games and Broadway shows, and catastrophic closures of many businesses. With everyone now at least aware that they should #stayhome to #staysafe, there are not many places to turn to escape the chaos. Read Full Story

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The hottest new video game is . . . chess?

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Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura has helped spark a digital renaissance in one of the world’s most famous games. As a global pandemic continues to determine a new normal, tens of thousands of viewers have been tuning in to watch people play chess on a live-streaming website called Twitch.tv . An American chess grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura, along with a number of celebrities of the video game world, is leading a renaissance in the ancient game. Read Full Story

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NBA coronavirus suspension: How to get a refund for your tickets

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Different teams are handling tickets to canceled games in different ways. Some are giving credits, some outright refunds. Last night was a doozy as far as coronavirus news went. The president of the United States announced he was banning most travel between America and certain European countries , then Tom Hanks announced he and his wife have caught the coronavirus, and finally, the NBA announced it was suspending the rest of the basketball season. Read Full Story

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How a 4-year-old startup will call the winners on election night

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From mail-in ballots to disinformation to a president talking about a rigged election, a bevy of factors make calling races in 2020 a high-anxiety game. The most dramatic moment on election night usually comes when news organizations “call” the race for the winning candidate. This often happens way before all the vote counts have been reported, like the electric moment in Grant Park in Chicago in 2008 when CNN called the race for America’s first Black president, Barack Obama. Or the very different moment when the Associated Press called the race for Donald Trump at 2:29 a.m. Eastern on November 9, 2016. Read Full Story

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There Were the “Breakthrough Ads” of Q1 2020

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Under normal circumstances, it would not be surprising that the list of top Breakthrough ads of Q1 would be heavy with Super Bowl ads. This year is no different in that respect, but the coronavirus pandemic has brought about some COVID-19 related ads that have also made their way onto the list. This is per… Read More » The post There Were the “Breakthrough Ads” of Q1 2020 appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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