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Coronavirus: Offline sex workers forced to start again online

Coronavirus: Offline sex workers forced to start again online

Technology
Most sex workers meet customers in person. For them, the coronavirus spells economic ruin."The virus is a disaster for client-facing businesses - and sex work is no different," says Goddess Cleo, a dominatrix from London."Most of my income is generated from one-on-one sessions and events. I [normally] only make a bit of money through online avenues." But like many others, Cleo has switched focus to digital since the lockdown came into effect. Online dominatrix Eva de Vil says: "There's lots of new girls joining the scene right now - or offline sex workers moving online to help with finances."And she has seen a growing appetite from her clientele for isolation-themed roleplay "clips" - on-demand v...
Coronavirus complicates journeys home from Antarctica

Coronavirus complicates journeys home from Antarctica

Science
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) says it can now bring home all of its staff that need to leave the White Continent. At the end of the Southern Hemisphere summer, everyone except a core team is extracted - but that procedure has been complicated this year by Covid-19.Some of the usual routes - such as through Chile via ship or aeroplane - have been closed because of lockdowns.BAS people are being ferried to the Falkland Islands with the intention of flying them on to the UK with the RAF.This will take some time, however, so the research agency is also now chartering a cruise ship in Port Stanley to act as temporary accommodation. The vessel, Hebridean Sky, will additionally act as somewhere to isolate the scientists and other s...
Elton, McCartney and Stevie Wonder set for virus TV special

Elton, McCartney and Stevie Wonder set for virus TV special

Entertainment
Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder will perform in a live TV special, under the direction of Lady Gaga, to show support for healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus.The "One World: Together At Home" event will be broadcast on several US networks on Saturday 18 April, and on BBC One the day after. Gaga and advocacy organisation Global Citizen have already raised $ 35m (£28m) in seven days for the World Health Organisation's (WHO) COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, according to the singer. Image: The event is being held under the direction of Lady Gaga The TV special will also be streamed live on several social media platforms, including YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.During a news conference,
Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu wins John R. Wooden Award

Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu wins John R. Wooden Award

Sports
April 6 (UPI) -- Oregon women's basketball star Sabrina Ionescu won the John R. Wooden Award on Monday for the second consecutive season. Ionescu becomes the sixth woman to win more than one Wooden Award, which is given annually to the nation's most outstanding player. She joins Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, Maya Moore, Brittney Griner and Seimone Augustus as the only players in women's history to receive the honor multiple times. Ionescu, who recently won the Naismith Trophy and Wade Trophy, is the fifth player to win the Wooden Award in back-to-back seasons. "I mean, it's just crazy to come from my freshman year when there was about 1,000 to 2,000 people in the stands to now having 12,000 people and people fighting over tickets," Ionescu said Monday about impacting the culture at Or...
China reports zero deaths; Japan declares state of emergency

China reports zero deaths; Japan declares state of emergency

World
April 7 (UPI) -- China on Tuesday reported no deaths associated with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours -- a first since it started publishing updates on the coronavirus outbreak in late January. Beijing's National Health Commission announced the milestone in its daily briefing that it first started publishing in late January, nearly two months after the deadly and infectious coronavirus is believed to have emerged from the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Tuesday's update reported zero deaths and 32 new cases of the virus over Tuesday, all of which were imported, increasing its total infections to 81,740 while its death toll stands pat from the day prior at 3,331, according to the commission. It also said it recorded 30 asymptomatic cases, which are people who test positive for the virus but d...