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As the airline industry continues to spiral because of dramatically reduced demand due to coronavirus, the TSA reported an uptick in screenings.

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TSA screened 128,875 people on Sunday, the largest number of travelers since April 3. That's compared to more than 2.5 million travelers at the same time last year.

TSA agents wear masks as they screen passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport April 15, 2020, in SeaTac, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

TSA's daily number of travelers screened fell below 90,000 on April 14 and has slowly increased since then.

Meanwhile, airlines received cash thanks to the CARES Act, but their outlooks are far from certain.

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For example, Southwest Airlines will be able to keep paying employees for five months, but if the situation doesn't improve by September, it could be "a drastically smaller airline," CEO Gary Kelly said in a video answering employees' questions Thursday.

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Coronavirus fear: COVID-19 may be airborne, says study

The paper, published in scientific journal Nature today, makes worrying reading for public health officials trying to reduce infections across the globe, with the number of cases worldwide certain to pass three million today, and more than 200,000 deaths. A team of researchers led by Wuhan University’s Ke Lan investigated whether the coronavirus which cause COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, had the potential to travel longer distances through the air.

Their report states: “While the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via human respiratory droplets and direct contact is clear, the potential for aerosol transmission is poorly understood.

“This study investigated the aerodynamic nature of SARS-CoV-2 by measuring viral RNA in aerosols in different areas of two Wuhan hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak in February and March 2020.”

The concentration of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in aerosols identified in isolation wards and ventilated patient rooms was very low, but more elevated in the patients’ toilet areas, the research explains.

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Although we have not established the infectivity of the virus detected in these hospital areas, we propose that SARS-CoV-2 may have the potential to be transmitted via aerosols

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The team adds: “Levels of airborne SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the majority of public areas was undetectable except in two areas prone to crowding, possibly due to infected carriers in the crowd. “

Some medical staff areas initially had high concentrations of viral RNA with aerosol size distributions, but these were reduced dramatically after implementation of rigorous sanitisation procedures, highlighting the importance of taking adequate precautions, the paper said.

The scientists add: “Although we have not established the infectivity of the virus detected in these hospital areas, we propose that SARS-CoV-2 may have the potential to be transmitted via aerosols.

“Our results indicate that room ventilation, open space, sanitisation of protective apparel, and proper use and disinfection of toilet areas can effectively limit the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in aerosols.

Diseases which can be spread via the air include influenza, chickenpox and measles.

“Future work should explore the infectivity of aerosolised virus.”

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So far the World Health Organization has largely discounted the possibility of airbourne infections over any significant distance.

A statement carried on its website says: “People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus.

“The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks.”

Such droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground, the WHO says.

The statement adds: “People can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus.

“This is why it is important to stay at least one metre (three feet) away from others. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces around the person such as tables, doorknobs and handrails.

“People can become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

“This is why it is important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand rub.”

However, the statement concludes: “WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways that COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Shares His Most Boring Bachelor Star Interview

Jimmy Kimmel just gave us the most dramatic reveal in all of Bachelor history.

While answering fan questions on Sunday’s at-home episode of Watch What Happens Live, the late night host was asked to weigh in on his most “boring” Jimmy Kimmel Live interview with a member of the Bachelor Nation.

Stuck on the question, he asked his wife Molly McNearney, who was hanging out off-camera, for help. “The most boring Bachelor contestant I’ve ever interviewed on the show,” he pondered with host Andy Cohen. “Molly, what do you think? Molly says the soccer player.” Fans of the hit ABC series know that she was referring to Juan Pablo Galavis, who handed out roses on season 18 of The Bachelor back in 2014. 

It’s also common knowledge that Jimmy is one of the Bachelor Nation’s biggest fans. Throughout the years, he has made his love of The Bachelor franchise vocal on Jimmy Kimmel Live and enjoys sharing his predictions on who will win with viewers.

During his virtual WWHL visit, fans were curious to know more behind-the-scenes details from Jimmy Kimmel Live. Another fan asked him to recall any “Well that went south fast” interview moments and without any hesitation, Jimmy quipped, “Yeah, almost every night.”

“Many, many of them. Ideally, people watching the show don’t notice but it happens,” he continued. “I mean, sometimes, there’s, like, some big story, as you know, you’re expecting somebody to get into and you’ll be like, ‘So, I understand you went—you just got back from Hawaii.’ And they’ll be like, ‘No.’ Like, alright. Aloha, then.”

Switching gears, Andy was curious to know if Jimmy would ever consider starring in a cooking show of his own based on the culinary creations he’s been serving up while practicing social distancing. 

“You know, it’s funny. I’m pretty good. I make things and people seem to like them, but I have unorthodox methodology,” Jimmy explained. “After I posted a video making ‘pasta tina,’ which is something I make for my kids, people are like, ‘You’re gonna set the kitchen on fire. What you did was unsafe. You shouldn’t be doing this. You shouldn’t be doing that.’ There’s a lot of different criticisms and I’m not interested in them, to be honest”

He added, “I haven’t burned the house down yet, and I don’t plan to.”

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Generous Cristiano Ronaldo helps out Danish underwear company as coronavirus hits sales of his CR7 pants – The Sun

CRISTIANO RONALDO has once again proved his generosity by helping out a Danish underwear company following an impact on sales due to the coronavirus.

The Juventus superstar, who was worth over £300million last year, waived the money he is entitled to from JBS, who manufacture his range of CR7 pants.


The clothing line is one of the Portugal captain's most lucrative endorsements and he regularly models his latest collections.

Ahead of the Champions League quarter-final clash against Ajax last year, he posed straddling two baths while wearing just a pair of pants.

But Ronaldo has proved he is continuing to spearhead the fight against the coronavirus pandemic after he teamed up with his agent to finance hospitals in Portugal.

His CR7 range accounts for a mighty 14 percent of JBS's revenue but the company's CEO revealed the footballer has been supplying them economically during the current crisis.

Fortunately, we are so privileged that it was us who started the CR7 brand, and we sit with Cristiano Ronaldo's very closest.

Michael Alstrup told Finans: "Ronaldo's people have said that because of the coronavirus this year, there will be no minimum payments at all.

"And Cristiano has even further helped us not to pay anything until 2021.

"Fortunately, it also shows that it is a collaboration,  even with such big stars, and that is nice.

"We are so privileged that it was us who started the CR7 brand, and we sit with Cristiano Ronaldo's very closest.

"We have been doing this since 2013 and they call us part of the family."

Alstrup also admitted sales of Ronaldo's underwear have taken a hit since the forward's move from Real Madrid to Juventus.

Italy have been one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus in Europe, and Italian outlet Yamamay has closed over 100 stories in the past two months.

He added: "Right now there should normally be the Champions League and everything possible where Ronaldo was also, and there are domestic Juventus matches in Italy and all the hype about it.

"And we have withheld all the goods we should have sent to them.

"They could use Cristiano Ronaldo as a front figure and get CR7 products, which of course escalates wildly in Italy."

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Wojciech Szczesny reveals all over getting caught smoking in Arsenal changing room and how it ended his career at club – The Sun

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY has revealed exactly what happened after he was caught smoking in the Arsenal dressing room.

The goalkeeper, 30, lit one up in the showers after a loss to Southampton in 2015 – which was his final Premier League appearance for the club.

Szczesny's behaviour resulted in his Arsenal career coming to an end after Arsene Wenger was informed of his antics.

The goalkeeper, who has admitted he smoked regularly at the time, was dropped from the squad and fined £20,000.

After failing to break back into Wenger's side, the Polish star was shipped out on loan to Roma before joining Juventus in 2017.

Speaking about the incident on the Arsenal Nation podcast, he said: "Back at that time I was smoking regularly and the boss knew it very well.

"He just didn't want anybody smoking in the dressing rooms and I knew that also.

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Shaggy Gets Caught Red-Handed Once More in Animated 'It Wasn't Me (Hot Shot 2020)' Video

Shaggy has dropped a new animated lyric video for the updated version of his classic track, “It Wasn’t Me.”

Directed by Jay Will, the “It Wasn’t Me (Hot Shot 2020)” video offers a lively and fun retelling of the song’s infidelity narrative, from the moment the narrator gets caught red-handed to the remorseful realization that the advice he’d been receiving — deny, deny, deny — may not have actually been so sound.

“It Wasn’t Me (Hot Shot 2020)” will appear on Shaggy’s upcoming LP, Hot Shot 2020, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of his breakout 2000 LP, Hot Shot. Along with “It Wasn’t Me,” Hot Shot 2020 will boast new versions of other Shaggy hits like “Angel,” “Boombastic” and “Oh Carolina,” as well as previously unreleased songs.

“My initial thought for this project was to recreate the full Hot Shot album exactly how it was done, but then I decided I wanted to mix it up,” Shaggy said in a statement. “I lived that Hot Shot moment already and it was an amazing ride, but there is no need to re-live. I wanted to move forward and try new things, add some of my other hits like ‘Boombastic’ and ‘Oh Carolina’ and bring in different vibes while exploring some sounds we’d never used before.”

For Hot Shot 2020, Shaggy teamed with producers such as Martin Kierszenbaum, Dave Audé, Dwayne “iLL Wayno” Shippy and Shane Hoosong. Hot Shot 2020 will follow Shaggy’s 2019 solo album, Wah Gwaan?! as well as his 2018 collaboration with Sting, 44/876.

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5 Best Dog Grooming Clippers 2020 | The Sun UK

AS ANYONE WITH A dog will tell you, dog grooming is a big part of a dog owner's responsibilities – and while some pups love a good brushing and fur trimming experience, others find it absolutely terrifying.

The best dog grooming clippers will quickly, effectively and safely cut your dog's hair – without any discomfort for your furry friend.

For many dogs, getting their fur trimmed can be a scary experience, from dealing with strangers they don't know to having scissors coming near their face. Professional dog grooming can also be expensive for owners.

While you can attempt to cut your dog's fur with nail clippers at home, investing in a dog grooming kit can provide some relief for you – and your pup.

A lot of dog grooming clippers available online include scissors – for a touch-up here and there – as well as cordless clippers, which are a quick and quiet way to give your pup a trim.

Other dogs will benefit from de-shedding tools and multi-blade dematting combs, which get rid of loose undercoat.

Note: different dog coats may require different tools. For a breakdown of dog clippers by breed, try Masterclip, which manufactures animal clippers for various breeds of domestic and farm animals.

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Queen’s Brian May jams with Kings Daughters at ‘EXHILARATING’ live launch party – WATCH

Last night at 8pm, Queen legend Brian May went live on Instagram for the first time ever. The 72-year-old admitted, “This is all too scary!”, as he welcomed fans to the world’s first international lockdown launch party. The guitarist was hosting the event with Kings Daughters, whose uplifting new single Get Up launched last week.

May and the Kings Daughters girls sported party hats as they communicated over Zoom before performing the world premiere of Get Up’s music video, the first-ever from lockdown.

The Queen guitarist even improvised a bluesy jam with Izzy Lysell, Vicky O’Neon and Talia Dean.

Meanwhile, May’s wife Anita Dobson – who he referred to as his “special barmaid” during the event – popped in to say hello.

The musicians then took a Q&A session from fans watching, as they opened up on their Get Up collaboration which sees 10 per cent of sales go to mental health charity Mind.

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On working with May, drummer Vicky said: “Recording drums in Roger Taylor’s studio…. an experience that if someone would have told me when I first moved to London that this was what I would have been doing, I would never have believed it.

“Is this really real? I thought I would be super nervous to go into that session and forget my part but I just felt so comfortable –  wasn’t nervous at all.

“Thank you, Brian, for creating that space where I felt like I could do that thing and you just supported that.”

Before the lockdown, the Get Up launch was going to be limited to just 200 people, but in the end May felt the Instagram live launch proved better for the environment during lockdown.

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The 72-year-old said: “We’re not burning fossil fuel to do this, we’re not making pollution, so it seems like we should adopt this more in the world to come.

“We don’t have to go on a plane, on a train or in a car to go to a meeting.

“We can do it this way… we can save the planet a lot of grief, a lot of pollution.

“Wild life everywhere is flourishing whilst we’re in lockdown.”

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May added: “Animals aren’t being killed on the road, the air is cleaner, water is cleaner.

“There’s some good stuff about the human race being locked down.

“Let’s see if we can seize on it and keep it in the world to come, I hope so.”

After the Kings Daughters Get Up live launch party ended, May was ecstatic at how well it had gone.

The Queen legend said: “I was amazed ! What a buzz !! Now I really know what it feels like to be flying by the seat of your pants. It was scary and exhilarating.

“Until I pressed the LIVE button I couldn’t be sure my low-tech hook-up of mixed media was going to work – ZOOM to coordinate the artists and IG to transmit to the party-goers. 

“I wonder if it will catch on !! The hardest thing apart from juggling the machines was reading the comments and questions because they scrolled up impossibly quickly. 

“But it was great fun. Big thanks to all who participated.”

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Richard Dawkins’ horrifying analysis of humanity’s survival instincts exposed

Richard Dawkins, who is best-known for his dogmatic approach to atheism and rejection of religion, has revealed how humans no longer view survival as a main priority. This is not in a conscious sense, more, it is a result of the environment modern humans have built and surrounded themselves in, and the machinations of contemporary life.

The line of argument is typical of the scientist’s frank stance on the natural world.

Ironically, he has built up something of a cult following bordering on quasi-religious, with thousands of followers worldwide across multiple social media platforms.

Eleanor Robertson, in a 2014 Guardian opinion piece, went as far as to accuse him of being “convinced that he possesses God-like powers of omniscience”.

However, Dawkins is keen to remind critics that despite his perceived ceaseless conviction, his arguments are based on fact and science.

In an interview with The Sun last month, he divulged how humans had rid themselves of having to prioritise survival in everyday life.

Giving the example of a pack of hyenas hunting gazelle, he explains how each individual hyena goes through a series of subgoals to achieve the main goal of catching and killing a gazelle.

He said: “All those subgoals are in the service of a global goal which is DNA propagation and survival, reproduction, and feeding your cubs and so on.

“The hierarchy of goals and subgoals and sub subgoals is deep within our brains, within the brains of all animals.

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“Nowadays we fill those goals and subgoals with things that don’t have anything directly to do with survival and reproduction.

“Things like writing a book – writing a book doesn’t actually improve your reproductive success.

“But, the mechanism in the brain to set up goals and subgoals is still there, and is still working away even though we now live in cities surrounded by books and buses and cars computers and things.

“So that survival is not actually one of our major problems, not one of the problems we are solving in our everyday life.

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“We don’t wake up in the morning and say ‘what can I do to ensure my survival today’ we say ‘what can I do to finish the chapter I’m writing’.

“But the mechanism is still there, the brain mechanism that used to be in the service of survival has been commandeered into other services.”

Survival instincts are hardwired into humans, yet we no longer have much use for them since swapping the savannah for villages, towns, and cities.

Although there are still dangers – crossing the road, falling down and injuring ourselves, driving – there are no immediate threats to our existence.

This is not to say we are completely free: broader dangers loom things that are ultimately our own doing, like climate change and artificial intelligence (AI).

Many scientists believe that humans will not be on the list of animals which adapt and survive the climate crisis.

The late Stephen Hawking repeatedly warned that humans will not survive another 1,000 years with the combination of a “fragile planet” and new technologies like AI.

Dawkins himself has acknowledged the major problem global warming presents.

He has supported an initiative in which 56 newspapers from 47 countries simultaneously published a joint editorial expressing their views on climate change in order to promote awareness of the problem.

In it, he wrote: “Whatever you think about global warming and whether humans are responsible, I think we have to salute this remarkable feat of international cooperation.”

He has also previously said that climate change may force us to revert to cannibalism – to grow meat from harvested human cells in a laboratory.

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Muslims Who Fast: A Londoner has iftar in Australia after many Ramadans abroad

Welcome back to the third year of Muslims Who Fast – the mini series documenting how followers of the Islamic faith spend Ramadan.

For the past two years, we’ve pried into the lives of brilliant people who shared their iftar (food that one breaks their fast with) meals with us.

What is happening during Ramadan this year is unprecedented. The holy month is usually a communal affair, but during lockdown, families and friends will be separated at a time that is usually made easier with companionship.

One person spending Ramadan alone is 26-year-old Rezma Rahman, a Londoner who’s been living in Australia for the past two years.

Travel connoisseur Rezma left her BBC job at the age of 21 to travel through Asia (and then the rest of the world) and even ended up opening her own hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam.

During her travels for the past seven years, she has spent Ramadan in several countries.

This year is hard for her, living without any other Muslims and unable to share iftar with Melbourne’s small Islamic community.

But she’s quite the chef and whipping up delicious meals for one.

Let’s see what she had for iftar:


Tell us about yourself, Rezma

I’m originally from London and I moved to Melbourne two years ago. I have dabbled in quite a few things from working in telly, to running a hostel in Vietnam to currently working in food as a private chef in Melbourne. 

So what are you having for iftar?

It’s the end of the week so I’m putting together what’s left in my fridge really! Roast chicken, roast potatoes with lemons, and garlic. Steamed broccoli, pickled onions, and kimchi.

I break my fast with almond stuffed dates and a big glass water then eat the rest of the food and finish off with a Thai ice tea. 

What’s Ramadan in Australia like?

Ramadan in Melbourne is usually great! Very community orientated. There is a Muslim community who I connected with last year through Facebook groups and there’s about 3.5k Muslims on it.

So many people reached out last year saying we should break our fast together and invited me to their houses for iftar. It was so lovely. I’ve also had my non-Muslim friends in the past come over for iftar too. 

However this year it’s pretty lonely because I can’t physically connect with anyone or have people over due to the current situation.

It is literally meals for one in my flat this year. I have got a few Zoom/FaceTime iftars lined up but it’s really not the same. 

What’s a must-have Ramadan staple? 

A staple for me, like most Muslims, is dates. It doesn’t matter where I am in the world I always break my fast with dates. I also have a mega sweet tooth and always eat traditional sweets I grew up with like baklava and mishti (South Asian sweet desserts) so this year I’ll try and make my own. 

Do you have any particular rituals/traditions during the month? 

Ramadan is such a beautiful time of the year, it really gives me a chance to slow down and tap into my religion more.

I try and read the Qur’an. This year, I’ve started reading it in English and listening to it on an audiobook so I have a better understanding. I often cook for others so I’ll be cooking for my neighbours this year and delivering them food which I’m really looking forward to. 

What’s it been like to fast under lockdown?

Fasting under lockdown just makes it harder because Ramadan for me is about the community, spending time with family and friends and new people. It’s bout getting together, eating and reflecting so that makes me a bit sad. I couldn’t even invite anyone over to help take my pictures! 

Any particularly fond memories of Ramadan?

Yes, so many! I’ve spent Ramadan in London, Dubai, Marrakech, Sweden, Seoul, so many places.

I have always found little Muslim communities everywhere I go and have had such a good time getting to know new people, eating, and having a laugh with them.

People have been so welcoming and have always made me feel like I’m a part of their families.

I also loved spending it with my mum especially the evening because we often had different work schedules so it was so nice to chill out, have a mint tea, and some shisha. 

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