RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5 looks set to snatch our wigs as a brand new – and quite frankly, savage – twist has been introduced.
Competing queens Shea Couleé, Miz Cracker, Jujubee, Ongina, Derrick Barry, Mayhem Miller, Alexis Mateo, Blair St. Clair, Mariah Balenciaga, and India Ferrah have been thrown a fresh curveball – each week’s winning queen will lip sync for her legacy against a lip sync assassin from seasons past.
The trailer for the upcoming season has teased that ‘a different superstar queen will appear each week as RuPaul names the two bottom queens.
If the Drag Race All Stars 5 queen wins the battle, she’ll get to take home a $10,000 (£8,000) tip and then has the power to eliminate the bottom queen of her choice.
But, if the returning assassin wins, the decision will then fall to the rest of the All Stars 5 cast who will choose who goes, with the cash tip rolling over to the following week.
The shade of it all!
Mama Ru insisted that it’s ‘the biggest shake-up in All Stars herstory, and she’s not wrong.
This bombshell comes just weeks after the official Drag Race Twitter account teased that a plot twist was waiting for us.
‘All Stars rules have been suspended…officially,’ they wrote.
Of course, there will also be an array of star-studded guest judges, including Ricky Martin, Tessa Thompson, Madison Beer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Nicole Byer, Sarah Hyland, Tommy Dorfman, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Bebe Rexha, Jane Krakowski, Sam Richardson, and Todrick Hall.
We are ready.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 5 stars on VH1 in the US 5 June.
Screening ALL middle-aged men for prostate cancer would pick up 8,000 extra cases a year and save thousands of lives, new study finds
Dramatic findings could pave way Britain’s first prostate screening programme
The 15-minute scan would be used on all men between the ages of 50 and 70
Will spot tumours before they become dangerous and could save thousands
Screening all middle-aged men for prostate cancer using MRI scans would pick up 8,000 additional cases a year, a landmark trial has found.
The dramatic findings could pave the way for Britain’s first prostate screening programme.
The 15-minute scan would be used on all men between the ages of 50 and 70 to spot tumours before they become dangerous – which could save thousands of lives.
The breakthrough study, by experts at Imperial College London, could pave the way for Britain’s first prostate screening programme. (Stock image)
The breakthrough study, by experts at Imperial College London, is the first time any scan or test has been shown to be accurate enough for a routine prostate screening programme.
In time it could lead to a national system – modelled on the breast cancer screening scheme – under which all middle-aged men would be invited for scans every five years.
The trial, which saw 411 healthy men scanned, found MRI picked up 50 per cent more aggressive cancers than using the standard PSA blood test.
And, crucially, MRI scans were no more likely than PSA tests to pick up the small, insignificant tumours that doctors are worried could lead to ‘overtreatment’ – if left undetected these slow-growing tumours would never cause a problem.
The team predicts that if extended across the UK, MRI scans would increase the number of aggressive cases of prostate cancer detected each year by between 7,466 and 8,350.
The researchers stress that a larger study of at least 20,000 men is needed before they can take their results to the National Screening Council, which means it would be at least six or seven years before a screening programme could be launched.
The 15-minute scan would be used on all men between the ages of 50 and 70 to spot tumours before they become dangerous. (Stock image)
But the trial provides the first ‘proof of concept’ that MRI screening improves detection rates without leading to a boom in overtreatment.
Questions and answers
Why are doctors so excited?
Creating a national screening programme for prostate cancer would make a major difference to men’s survival chances. Prostate cancer has become a bigger killer than breast cancer in Britain for the first time.
Why is this?
All middle-aged women are invited for mammogram scans every three years as part of the national screening programme, which is credited with saving 1,400 lives a year.
The equivalent for prostate cancer has never been attempted before because the standard blood test – the PSA test – is unreliable.
The breakthrough in MRI scanning is considered the first step to closing the diagnosis gap. Experts have shown the scans could be accurately used without men first having a PSA test, meaning any healthy man could be scanned.
What about cost?
MRI machines cost about £1million each, and not all hospitals have them. Each scan costs around £315, but experts say advances mean this will soon drop to £150 a time. And spotting prostate cancer early could save the NHS thousands of pounds per patient.
The Daily Mail has been campaigning for more than 20 years for an improvement in prostate cancer treatments and diagnosis.
Study leader Professor Hashim Ahmed, whose results will be presented via video link to the American Society of Clinical Oncology congress at the end of the month, said last night: ‘This is massive – it will lead to a re-think about how we detect prostate cancer.
‘It has the potential to form the basis of a new screening programme for prostate cancer and could be a game-changer.
‘MRI has the advantage of passing over the many cancers which don’t need to be diagnosed and focusing on the types of cancers which are more likely to shorten life.
‘By finding these aggressive cancers at the earliest opportunity, men have the opportunity to be offered less invasive treatments with fewer side effects.’
At the moment men usually only find out they have prostate cancer when they start displaying symptoms.
They then request a PSA blood test from their GP, which they are eligible for after the age of 50.
But PSA has never been deemed accurate enough for a national screening programme.
Experts say this is the key reason that prostate cancer deaths are still on the rise and that the disease now kills 12,030 men in the UK a year.
You may have thought that the love triangle between Brandon, Julia, and Savannah would end now that everyone has officially coupled up on The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, but it has only heightened tensions. Though Brandon picked Savannah and Julia is doing her best to move forward with Sheridan, she’s still harboring some hard feelings about how things played out. Seeing Brandon and Savannah suddenly become super affectionate after the coupling raised a red flag for her, leading to her confront Savannah about her intentions. "I wanted to leave [the show] and it was because of you," she said. "It feels like ever since Chris Harrison said, ‘Couple up,’ you and Brandon have been all over each other … it just doesn’t feel genuine."
Julia insisted she no longer had feelings for Brandon, but it doesn’t seem like that’s the case. Meanwhile, Sheridan is proceeding as if Julia is over Brandon, and assumes their relationship is going strong. But it seems like that’s all about to blow up: the Week 3 teaser shows Brandon telling Savannah that he still has feelings for "her," presumably referring to Julia. Does that mean Julia and Brandon are together now? Magic eight ball says… probably not. Julia doesn’t follow Brandon on Instagram (though Brandon follows her) and Brandon’s last three photos are of Savannah — the latest one being an outtake of their romantic slow dance to Leon Bridges’ "Beyond."
Savannah does follow Brandon, but they’re keeping online interactions minimal — probably in an effort not to spoil their ending. Considering it’s only Week 3 and Brandon is already posting some pretty cozy looking videos of him and Savannah, it seems pretty obvious who will end up with who. Just expect a lot of prolonged drama before anything is resolved.
Kaitlyn Dobrow, 25, from southern California, was a fit, active 18-year-old when she caught bacterial meningitis.
The terrifying illness caused her to lose more than half of her skin and required all four limbs to be amputated.
On the night before she was admitted to hospital, Kaitlyn had a bad headache and spent the night with intense fever, a bloated stomach and threw up.
She explained: ‘My mum asked if I wanted to go to the hospital, but I didn’t feel well enough. I went to the bathroom and my knees almost buckled underneath me. That was the last time I stood up on my legs.
‘Within those first 12 hours my whole body started to turn purple. It progressed very fast. The meningitis got into my bloodstream and pretty much cut off all circulation to my skin and limbs.
‘The disease kept eating away at my arm and they kept having to cut it shorter and shorter. I ended up getting all of my limbs amputated.’
As well as her amputations, the meningitis also took 57% of Kaitlyn’s skin – necessitating a large number of surgeries to help cover the damaged areas.
A lot of the surgeries involved taking skin from areas that weren’t affected by the illness to help grow the skin back.
After going through the ordeal of rehab, Kaitlyn channelled her energies into makeup as one of the few things she felt she could still do with her prosthetics.
She said: ‘I’m self-taught in terms of makeup.
‘I think makeup changes the way that I feel about myself. I wanted to start my YouTube channel because I used to watch a lot of makeup tutorials when I was recovering, that’s when I became obsessed with it.
‘I was like “that looks really fun and something that I could do”.
‘Beauty to me is someone conquering something in their life that feels bigger to them. Something more than looks, it’s something that you feel.’
Kaitlyn is now a successful beauty vlogger and disability rights advocate with 16 million views and 235,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 132,000 followers on Instagram.
She says that while her illness has given her a new her outlook on life, not everything about her has changed.
Kaitlyn said: ‘Before I got sick I was very sassy, which I guess I still kind of am!
‘Over the years it’s become more real that my life has changed a lot. It’s taken a long time to accept my life as it is.
‘But posting on YouTube and Instagram makes me feel like I’m doing something that I’m good at. I like the positive reinforcement, but I also love helping other people.
‘There are people who say they were too depressed to get out of bed and I inspired them to put makeup on and do at least one thing in their day.’
Kaitlyn’s dad Donald added: ‘To go through an experience like this and come out healthy, happy, strong, wonderful, beautiful individual, I totally admire her.’
As the coronavirus outbreak grows worldwide, so do the number of cancellations of major events in the worlds of music, film, TV, and sports. The amount of events canceled due to coronavirus in the U.S. is practically growing by the minute due to the risk of exposure at large gatherings. Major festivals like South by Southwest have already been forced to cancel, and many are fearing that it’s just the beginning of many delays and cancellations to come.
As of March 7, according to the World Health Organization, the amount of COVID-19 cases around the world has surpassed 100,000, with over 3,000 people dying from the disease, mostly in Mainland China, where this particular strain of coronavirus originated. Over 90 countries have reported cases, with the U.S. having over 500 cases alone, according to a March 9 update by The New York Times.
While the number of events that have been called off or postponed in the U.S. is still relatively small, the ones that have been canceled are large in magnitude, leaving huge ripple effects on local and national economies, as well as workers who depend on these events for a large amount of their income. And it just might get worse before it gets better. (See the UK-based events canceled due to COVID-19 here, and the list of movies, TV shows, and concerts affected by COVID-19 here.) Here are all the major events that have been canceled due to coronavirus, and a few big ones that are at risk.
The Governors Ball Music Festival has been cancelled due to coronavirus. The New York City festival was originally scheduled to take place in June, but, "due to current government mandates and the evolving situation in NYC," the Gov Ball team has decided not to move forward, according to an official statement. According to their website, fans who had already purchased tickets for 2020 can either request a full refund, or choose to transfer their tickets to 2021.
Cannes Film Festival
The prestigious Cannes Film Festival has officially been postponed. The French festival confirmed the delay in a statement shred on Thursday, March 19, which also set forth potential new dates in the end of June or early July of 2020.
South by Southwest
After huge sponsors like Netflix, YouTube, Warner Bros., and more decided to not participate in South by Southwest, the city of Austin finally called off the week-long multimedia festival. This year’s SXSW line-up included film premieres, live shows from emerging artists, and talks from prestigious guests, including Hillary Clinton. It’s not yet known if SXSW will return in 2021.
Ultra Music Festival
Ultra, one of the largest electronic music festivals in the U.S., was forced to cancel this year’s event by the city of Miami, after Florida declared a public health emergency due to coronavirus in the state. The festival was rescheduled for March 2021. However, it’s unclear whether whether the festival, which was set to be headlined by the likes of Flume and David Guetta, will feature the same line-up scheduled for this year.
On March 10, Coachella Tweeted that the festival would be postponed until October. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously," the announcement reads. "We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials." The festival promised guests that tickets will be honored, and that customers who can no longer attend will get a refund. The official dates are now Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18.
Bachelor Nation’s favorite music festival, Stagecoach, has also been delayed due to coronavirus concerns. The festival takes place the week after Coachella at the same site, and has also been rescheduled for late October. It will now take place on Oct. 23, 24, and 25, per a Goldenvoice press release obtained by Bustle.
The Paley Center announced that their 2020 PaleyFest would be postponed until further notice on Wednesday. The annual event, which hosts panels on various television shows including talks with creators and stars, was scheduled to include panels on shows like The Mandalorian and Outlander. "We are exploring options to reschedule the festival and all ticket purchases will be honored for the new dates," the Paley Center said in a statement, via Entertainment Tonight.
Tribeca Film Festival
After New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a temporary ban on any gatherings of more than 500 people on Thursday, March 12, the Tribeca Film Festival announced that it would be postponed. The festival, which was originally set to run from April 15-26, has not yet announced new dates. However, co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement that they would "be back to you shortly with our plans."
Netflix Is A Joke Fest
Based on the recent CDC guidelines advising against gatherings of over 50 people for the next eight weeks, Netflix has postponed its inaugural comedy festival, set to run from April 27 to May 3 in Los Angeles. "We’ve been blown away by the excitement from fans and we will work to reschedule it when we can," the streaming service said in a statement. The line-up featured comedy heavyweights like Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin performing at venues across LA. It is not known who will still play the festival during its rescheduled dates.
Bonnaroo announced that the festival would be rescheduled to Sept. 24-27, 2020, in a statement on Wednesday, March 18. The music festival was originally supposed to take place June 11-14, with performances by Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, and Vampire Weekend. It’s unclear which artists will headline during the rescheduled dates.
Bernie Sanders Rally
On Tuesday, March 10, Bernie Sanders canceled a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, due to coronavirus. "Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight’s rally in Cleveland," said campaign communications director Mike Casca in a statement, per KSBY News. "Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of Ohioans who had planned to attend the event tonight."
The news comes just hours before the rally was intended to take place. Ohio declared a state of emergency on Monday, after three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the state.
Joe Biden Rally
On Tuesday, March 10, Joe Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield Tweeted that the rally scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio that night would be canceled.
"We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events in the coming days," she wrote. "Vice President Biden thanks all of his supporters who wanted to be with us in Cleveland."
White House Correspondents Dinner
On Sunday, March 22, the White House Correspondents Association announced that this year’s dinner, which was scheduled for Apr. 25, has been indefinitely postponed in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson was set to host.
The association announced the news on Twitter writing, "The White House Correspondents’ Association regrets to announce that it is unable to go ahead with its 2020 dinner on April 25. We will get back to you soon with our alternative date. Thanks for your support."
The Peabody Awards
The annual Peabody Awards Ceremony will be postponed. Originally scheduled for June 18, the awards have been delayed indefinitely, according to Variety.
The Tony Awards
The 74th Annual Tony Awards were officially postponed on Wednesday, March 25. Originally scheduled to take place on June 7 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the awards don’t yet have a new date. However, in an official statement, the Tony Award Productions said that they will reassess "once Broadway opens again."
The Shorty Awards
The 12th Annual Shorty Awards are not cancelled completely, but will now be a digital-only event without a live audience. However, given how the show honors the best in social media creators and brands, a completely virtual award show feels somewhat appropriate.
"We’re disappointed that we can’t bring everyone together this year for a physical event in New York City as we have done for the past 11 years," the Shorty Awards wards said in a statement obtained by Bustle. "However, given the public health concerns we feel it’s our responsibility to put the safety of our community and public health first."
The GLAAD Media Awards
The 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards, which were scheduled to take place in New York City on March 19, have been canceled because of coronavirus concerns.
"We were planning to unveil a historic get-out-the-vote campaign at the event because everything is at stake for LGBTQ Americans this election year, and are hopeful that the program and GLAAD’s ongoing work to fight against anti-LGBTQ discrimination will continue to be supported and funded," Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer and an Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, said in a statement.
Kids’ Choice Awards
Nickelodeon officially put their slime-filled celebration, also known as the Kids’ Choice Awards, on hold Wednesday, March 11. In a statement, the network said that they were taking the precaution "in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority." The show, which was originally set to be hosted by Chance the Rapper with a performance from Justin Bieber, will reportedly be postponed until a later date.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, originally scheduled to take place on May 2 in Cleveland, is being postponed due to coronavirus concerns. A new date has not been set as of yet.
“Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement, as per Rolling Stone. "We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”
The Razzies, which honor the worst in film, have been canceled due to to coronavirus concerns. The irreverent "award" show was set to take place on Saturday, Mar. 14. Co-founder John Wilson released a statement that read: "Tonight’s live Razzie ceremony had to be canceled/postponed because the Mayor of Los Angeles shut down all city-owned venues where more than 50 people could gather, including our site, The Barnsdall Theatre. Without a hall, we could not proceed with the show, but we are hoping to have a video to disseminate by tonight (Saturday, March 14) — Perhaps even by what had been our original ‘curtain time’ of 8pm."
Academy Of Country Music Awards
The 55th ACM Awards were set for Apr. 5, but on Sunday, Mar. 15, ACM CEO Damon Whiteside said the ceremony will now be held in September. His statement read in part: "This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed. We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our Country community safely."
On Monday, Mar. 23, it was announced that the 2020 ACM Awards will now be held on Sept. 16. More details, including the venue and performers, will be confirmed soon.
The 2020 CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards have been postponed indefinitely, as of Wednesday, March 18.
Broadway theaters will go dark for the next four to six weeks starting at 5PM on Thursday, March 12, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The closing was directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has prohibited gatherings of over 500 people starting at 5PM on Friday, March 13, and comes after two staff members who recently worked at Broadway theaters were tested positive for COVID-19.
“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, said in a statement, as reported by Playbill. The league said that shows are currently scheduled to resume on April 13, though that date is subject to change.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
When Broadway theaters are safe to open again after the coronavirus pandemic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will not return. Producers of the 2020 revival of the famous play, starring Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, and Russell Tovey, were forced to cancel the Broadway run due to scheduling conflicts with the cast. The production played just nine preview performances before shutting down and was due to open on April 9.
Birthday Candles and Caroline, Or Change
The Roundabout Theatre Company announced on Wednesday, March 25 that the Broadway runs of Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles, starring Debra Messing, and the revival of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change would be delayed until fall 2020. Both productions were scheduled to begin in the spring. Their respective stars, Messing and Sharon D. Clarke, will return for the fall runs.
The MET Gala
The 2020 MET Gala was postponed indefinitely after the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that "all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed,” including the annual Gala, as confirmed by Vogue. This is in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisement that there should not be any gatherings with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. A new date for the Gala, which was set to take place on May 4, has yet to be announced.
San Diego Comic-Con
SDCC 2020 was officially canceled on Friday, April 17, after weeks of speculation. The massive four-day event, a hub for fans of video games, comic books, television shows, science fiction, and everything in between, was set to take place in July. Mostly likely due to the scale of the event, it was impossible to reschedule, and so fans and hopeful attendees will have to wait until 2021 for San Diego Comic-Con to return. In a statement posted to their official website, SDCC announced that ticket holders will be able to transfer their tickets to 2021 or request a refund.
The 2020 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, was officially cancelled due to coronavirus concerns on Wednesday, March 11. The gaming event was meant to take place in June at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters," said organizers, the Entertainment Software Association, per Bloomberg. However, they added that they would try to put together an online experience for fans and people who had planned to attend the event.
ACE ComicCon Northeast
After the state of Massachusetts declared a national health emergency due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, the ACE ComicCon Northeast, set to be held in Boston from March 20-22, announced that they’d be rescheduling to a later date. The convention was set to feature appearances from the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Evans, and Tessa Thompson.
"We feel for anyone and everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus," organizers said in a statement posted to Twitter. "We hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and to those already ill, we wish a speedy recovery." A new date has not confirmed as of yet.
Sadly, drag enthusiasts should sashay away from LA for the time being. The Los Angeles edition of RuPaul’s DragCon has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The convention was originally scheduled to be held from May 1-3.
"The situation in California (and the world) is rapidly changing, with new information coming out everyday," a statement on the DragCon LA website read. "Unfortunately, there’s no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May." The convention promised to return to LA in 2021, but no dates have been confirmed as of yet.
Los Angeles Pride
LA Pride has postponed their 2020 celebrations, which usually take place in June, to a currently unknown date. This year would’ve been the 50th anniversary of LA Pride. "Given the unexpected and troubling circumstances the world is facing today, we’ve decided — in accordance with the latest measures put in place by the City of West Hollywood — to move our celebration to a later date," the LA Pride Board of Directors posted on their website. "The health and safety of our incredible and dynamic community is our top priority."
The 2020 Olympics
Although the 2020 Summer Olympics don’t kick off in Tokyo until July 24, they have been postponed officially. Though there had been talk of fans being barred from attending the events as a health precaution in an effort to avoid cancellation, on March 23, it was announced that the games would not be taking place — at least not in 2020. The International Olympic Committee officially rescheduled the games for July 23-Aug 8, 2021.
BNP Paribas Open
The 2020 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., was called off after the Coachella Valley confirmed a local case of coronavirus. This set off alarm bells for the Coachella Music Festival, which has been rescheduled for October. According to USA Today, tournament director Tommy Haas said in a statement that it might be rescheduled at a later date.
After a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA has essentially canceled the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. The organization released a statement late Wednesday, March 11, noting that all games would be postponed until further notice, adding, "The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."
March Madness & NCAA
The NCAA officially canceled the Division I men and women’s championships on Thursday afternoon. Just days after announcing that all tournament games would be played without public attendees for safety, the NCAA announced that the championships would, instead, be canceled out right. Not only that, but the statement said that "all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships" would be canceled, meaning it’s not just March Madness and basketball that will be affected.
Following the news that an NBA player had tested positive for COVID-19, the NHL announced that the ongoing 2019-20 season will be paused, effective as of Thursday, March 12.
"Given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point, it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time," the NHL wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. The organization said their goal was to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup "as soon as it is appropriate and prudent."
MLB Opening Day
Following the postponements of the NHL and NBA seasons brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the MLB is delaying the opening day of their upcoming season by at least two weeks. They also announced that all spring training games were cancelled, effective as of Thursday, March 12.
The organization is hoping to resume their planned schedule as soon as possible, but did not give an exact date. "MLB and the clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule," they said in a statement, as per Rolling Stone. "MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.”
The Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon has officially been postponed due to coronavirus. The annual event was originally scheduled for April 20, but will now take place on Sept. 14.
The NYC Half Marathon
The New York City half marathon, originally set to take place on Sunday, March 15, was canceled on March 10. In a statement, the New York Road Runners, which puts on the marathon, announced that the Rising New York Road Runners youth event has also been canceled. The statement also assured runners that those who registered with the NYRR "will be contacted in the next few days with the option to select either a full refund or their entry fee or guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2021 NYC Half next March."
The Rome Marathon
Runners far and wide travel to various locales around the globe to compete in challenging marathons, but they’re all missing Rome this year. The Rome Marathon has been called off as the amount of coronavirus cases in Italy rapidly grows, with over 7,000 cases reported, per CNN. Many Northern regions of the country have been put on lockdown due to the outbreak.
This article will continue to be updated as new information comes out.
Additional reporting by Olivia Truffaut-Wong.
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A changed man. John Finlay didn’t expect such a massive reaction from Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness — but he’s taking it all in stride.
“I’m me because of my past, but I’m pretty much one of those what-you-see-is-what-you-get. And once everybody gets to know me, they tend to like me a little bit differently,” he shared exclusively with Us Weekly. “[On the show], I look like some kind of hardcore badass with tattoos and stuff. They get to know me and know I’m more of a cute, cuddly little bear!”
Finlay, who was once married to Joe Exotic, is in a very different place than he was on the series. He’s now engaged to a woman and has a daughter. However, his life isn’t exactly how it was shown on the series; for one, he wears a shirt more often. In fact, he shared with Us that producers had “suggested” he did his interviews without a shirt.
“There was a couple of interviews where I did have a shirt on. They had actually filmed quite a few interviews where I did have a shirt on,” he said, noting that he wasn’t bothered by the fact that most of what they used showed him shirtless. Plus, he appreciates the outpouring of love — and the “he’s hot” comments he’s received.
“It’s actually flattering that they do that,” he told Us. “I support the LGBTQ [community]. Everybody doesn’t deserve to be judged in life. They should be able to live how they want freely. And that’s how I feel about it. Everybody should have their way, and live how they want.”
During the series, after he and Joe Exotic parted ways, he got one of his tattoos covered up — one that read “Privately Owned by Joe Exotic” on his lower abdomen — but there are many more.
“Me and my tattoo artist right now are in discussion of what to do, but nothing is actually set in stone of how it’s going to be done,” he said. While he didn’t name the number of tattoos he has for his ex, he admitted there are “too many.”
Finlay’s teeth also drew attention during filming, but he has recently had a new set put in. However, the dental issues were not due to drug use, as assumed in the series. “It was genetic. I battled with it from a teenager up until my mid-30s,” he told Us. He got his teeth fixed before marrying Joe Exotic in 2017.
“It hurt worse than my 50-something tattoos,” he shared. “But ever since then it’s, they’re just a normal everyday part of life now. … I smile a whole lot more.”
The zookeeper said that he also has been sober for six years after a tough battle.
“I had just gotten away from Joe and started a new life. And my daughter was born, and everything around me just keeps having a domino effect of a more positive light on everything,” he said. “Because my fiancee’s around me now, and she’s been a big help, and helping me get through everything that’s been going on. … She keeps me on my toes!”
Tiger King is now streaming on Netflix. A reunion special, The Tiger King and I, will be released Sunday, April 12.
With reporting by Brody Brown
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Milk Makeup is collaborating with the iconic Wu-Tang Clan to support New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The beauty brand will be donating all its proceeds on April 10 to the NYC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
The fund goes toward supporting health care workers and essential staff, local small businesses, hourly workers whose employment is affected by the pandemic, and youth, families, and other New Yorkers in need.
“New York City has been Milk’s home for 23 years. This city has given us everything, it’s our time to give back,” said Mazdack Rassi, co-founder of Milk Makeup and Milk Studios, on the brand’s collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan to raise money for the fund.
And to show appreciation to their customers who shop on April 10, everyone who buys at least $55 worth of Milk products will receive a free Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup Lip Color in the shade Flow.
“At Milk Makeup, our community has always been our inspiration. At this unprecedented time, we are grateful to be able to give back to our community and support our brave first responders,” said Tim Coolican, Milk Makeup CEO, in a statement.
Along with giving away sales to the NYC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, Milk has also donated $250,000 of product to frontline responders in New York City.
Milk Makeup will be donating sales to the fund for April 10 only.
But you can still donate directly to the NYC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund through the City of New York website.
Designers forgo their multi-million dollar salaries for a year: Ralph Lauren gives up his $11million pay packet and Michael Kors, Donatella Versace and Sandra Choi will also waive their wages as the retail giants furlough thousands of workers
Ralph Lauren said he would be giving up his $11 million wage; Michael Kors, Donatella Versace and Jimmy Choo’s Sandra Choi all followed suit
Capri Holdings Ltd said on Monday it will furlough all its 7,000 retail staff
Retail industry furloughs passed the one million mark in the U.S. this week
Around 10 million Americans have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment
Designers Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Donatella Versace and Sandra Choi have all pledged to forgo their multi-million dollar salaries for a year.
Ralph Lauren said he would be giving up his $11 million wage after his store employees were furloughed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Capri Holdings Ltd will furlough all its 7,000 retail staff in North America and expects to reopen stores around June 1, the owner of Michael Kors, Versace and Jimmy Choo brands said on Monday.
Retail industry furloughs passed the one million mark in the United States this week as the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week has shot to a record 6.6 million.
Ralph Lauren, pictured, said he would be giving up his $11 million wage after his store employees were furloughed amid the coronavirus pandemic
Donatella Versace, right, Chief Creative Officer of Versace, and Sandra Choi, left, Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo, have each voluntarily elected to forgo their salary for Fiscal 2021
Capri, which had a total of about 17,800 employees at the end of fiscal 2019, said the furloughed employees were eligible for unemployment insurance and other government relief programs.
The Jimmy Choo owner said it would need a smaller workforce once the pandemic ends and was applying for national payroll subsidy programs in various European countries to reduce payroll expense.
‘Given our size and scale, we believe that Capri is well-positioned to continue to operate its business despite this unprecedented situation,’ Chief Executive Officer John Idol said in a statement.
The board’s annual cash compensation will be slashed by 50 per cent and several executives, including Idol, designers and Chief Creative Officers Michael Kors and Donatella Versace and Sandra Choi, Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo, will forgo their salary for fiscal 2021, Capri said.
The company, which acquired Versace last year, said it would also look for ways to reduce overall salaries at various levels by about 20% to preserve cash flows.
John D. Idol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘This is a very challenging time for our business. We are diligently working to address this unprecedented situation by taking measures to protect our employees and maintain the company’s financial flexibility.
‘We do not take any of these measures lightly, particularly with respect to our employees who are the heart and soul of our company. We believe that these actions are necessary in order to enable us to overcome the burdens of this financial crisis.
‘We continue to believe in the power of our three fashion luxury brands and the resiliency of our company to navigate these extraordinary times.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Capri Ltd for comment.
Many store-based U.S. retailers, including Kohl’s Corp, Macy’s Inc and Gap Inc have indefinitely shut their stores and furloughed tens of thousands of employees, while tapping their credit lines to shore up cash to ride out the hit from the outbreak.
A wave of layoffs at restaurants, bars, hotels and airlines has led to a surge in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits.
New claims for unemployment benefits rose to 6.65 million in the week ending March 28, according to figures released by the Department of Labor on Thursday.
The number of first-time applications for jobless benefits was double the previous record of 3.3 million new claims filed for the week ending March 21.
It means that roughly 10 million Americans have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment in the two weeks that the coronavirus started rapidly spreading across the country.
AROUND half of all coronavirus patients show no symptoms at all but are still infectious, a new study has revealed.
Scientists say that while the two warning signs of Covid-19 are a dry cough and a temperature – for about 50 per cent of individuals infected, the deadly illness is practically invisible.
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It comes amid the growing fears that these infected carriers are slipping under the radar and could be behind the staggering advance of the coronavirus pandemic.
Researchers made the revelation after gathering data from Iceland, the Italian town of Vò, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
In these three places even people without symptoms of coronavirus were tested – which is not the case in the UK, where tests are reserved for seriously ill patients in hospital.
And in each of these locations, around half of all individuals with coronavirus were asymptomatic.
On the Diamond Princess cruise ship, of the 3,711 passengers who were tested, 712 tested positive, and 331 (46 percent) didn't show symptoms, according to Japan’s health agency.
Similarly, in the small northern Italian town of Vò, where Italy’s first coronavirus death occurred, the entire population of 3,000 people was tested.
The researchers were surprised to find that “a significant proportion of the population, about 3 percent, had already been infected – yet most of them were completely asymptomatic.”
And in Iceland, more than six per cent of the entire country has been tested, by far the largest proportion in the world.
Nearly half of those tests have been done as part of a “screening program," in which anyone who asks for a test can get one, even if they have mild or no symptoms.
“Of the 5,502 samples taken in the screening program between March 13-19, 50 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2… 66 percent of those individuals reported symptoms, such as coughing and body ache,” Kjartan Hreinn Njálsson, at the Icelandic Directorate of Health, told Fox News, adding that the other third had no symptoms.
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Njálsson added that non-symptomatic people can spread the disease, but, “we know that the virus is much more likely to spread from person to person if the infected one is showing symptoms."
Experts say the discovery that about half of all coronavirus patients show no symptoms at all has critical implications and shows that even more widespread testing may be needed to identify all carriers.
Patrick T. Dolan, a virologist at University of California, San Francisco said: "Many cases are apparently asymptomatic.
"This is both good and bad news, because it means the virus lethality may be lower than initially thought, but also that people can unknowingly spread the virus.
“It is still too early to be certain of the numbers, but it is clear that asymptomatic infection is contributing significantly to the spread of SARS-CoV2. This is exactly why strict adherence to social distancing measures is critical."
A separate report this weekend has also revealed that asymptomatic coronavirus cases appear to be on the rise in China.
Reuters reported late Sunday that the country’s National Health Commission identified 78 new cases considered asymptomatic in Beijing – whereas there were only 47 the day before.
It comes as Chinese leaders have begun loosening tough travel restrictions following lockdown.
Health officials warned early on in the outbreak of the new infection that it is possible to spread through "hidden webs".
And a string of recent studies indicate people without Covid-19 symptoms are acting as unseen “super spreaders”.
People can “shed” or emit the virus in the incubation period before they show symptoms.
Research published recently found that those infected with Covid-19 can take a staggering five days for coronavirus symptoms to show – and they can still appear after the quarantine period.
The new study, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US, found that the average incubation period is 5.1 days.
And they say that almost all – 97.5 per cent – of those who develop symptoms appeared to do so within 11.5 days of infection.
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In another study, scientists from the United States, France, China and Hong Kong, found that time between cases in a chain of transmission is less than a week.
Their findings, published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, also showed that more than ten per cent of patients are infected by somebody who has the virus but does not yet have symptoms.
Children are often asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 and can pose a particular risk to those closest to them.
SINGER Duffy has revealed how she she cut all her hair off and moved house five times following her horrific rape ordeal.
The Welsh musician – who revealed she had been raped, drugged and held captive in an emotional Instagram post in February – feared for "so long" that her rapist would return and find her.
She spoke about the months following the ordeal on her website duffywords.com, writing: "In the aftermath I would not see someone, a physical soul, for sometimes weeks and weeks and weeks at a time, remaining alone.
"I would take off my pyjamas and throw them in the fire and put on another set. My hair would get so knotted from not brushing it, as I grieved, I cut it all off."
The star later continued: "It took so long for me to speak because after I was raped and held captive, I fled. I moved five times in the immediate three years after, never feeling safe from the rapist, I was on the run for so long.
"I found somewhere to live, the 5th house, it was not as confined as the other houses, where I grieved silently, in townhouses or apartments.
"This place I would spend solitary years to find the stability to recover, I had stopped running and relocating. I felt he could not find me in the 5th house, I felt safe. I feel safe now.
"When the ordeal happened, it destabilised me so severely, it took years and years, around 90,000 hours. I sometimes didn’t know how I could make it through, it was hard and almost impossible. But I got here, as will you. Hallelujah."
The singer feared for her life when she was abducted on her birthday and taken to a foreign country.
She kept the "dark secret" from everyone for ten years, but on Sunday bravely revealed what happened as she praised her psychologist for saving her.
The emotional blog post was the first time the star had spoken out since February.
Duffy – who shot to fame with album Rockferry in 2008 – previously wrote on Instagram: "You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter.
"Well, not entirely sure why now is the right time, and what it is that feels exciting and liberating for me to talk. I cannot explain it. Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why.
"A journalist contacted me, he found a way to reach me and I told him everything this past summer. He was kind and it felt so amazing to finally speak.
"The truth is, and please trust me I am ok and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days. Of course I survived.
"The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it. But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine."