New York launching $100 MILLION small business loan program for those facing ‘toughest challenges’ during virus pandemic – The Sun

NEW York state will launch a $100 million small business loan program for those facing the "toughest challenges" during the coronavirus crisis.

Gov Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Friday that small businesses are taking "a real beating" and that economic projections are "frightening."

The New York Forward Loan Fund will offer loans to help small businesses that did not receive federal COVID-19 help.

"Many small businesses just don't have the staying power," Cuomo said during the press briefing.

"They are 90 percent of New York state's businesses and they are facing the toughest challenges."

Many small businesses have struggled to get assistance that was promised in the $2 trillion CARES Act signed by President Trump earlier this year.

There have been about 350,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York state, with 23,000 deaths.

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‘We wash our hands 100 times a day – so these beauty treats make us feel that people care’ – The Sun

GRUELLING 12-hour shifts, staff shortages due to sickness, and patient deaths are just some of the challenges facing Britain’s frontline health workers as they battle the Covid-19 crisis. The photographs of NHS staff with their faces covered in blotches, sores and peeling skin from wearing PPE have flooded social media and shocked us all.

We wanted to do whatever we could to help alleviate the physical toll. Which is why last month, we launched the Fabulous NHS Care Package – a goodie bag stuffed with toiletries and cosmetics to be delivered directly to staff in hospitals, care homes, crisis centres and Covid hubs.

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We joined forces with We C U 2020, an initiative started by Fabulous’ former Beauty Editor Lauren Ezekiel, and helped take it nationwide. Together, we’ve given 200,000 toiletries to tens of thousands of amazing healthcare heroes.

“Self-care is therapeutic. This is like putting a hand on an NHS worker’s shoulders to say: ‘We’re here for you,’” explains Lauren.

Generous beauty brands have donated more than £1million worth of products to soothe chapped hands, rehydrate dry skin caused by harsh chemicals, and reduce red marks from wearing tight-fitting face masks. An army of volunteers has then worked around the clock to pack the bags.

Fabulous has also been working with Helpforce, a charity supporting volunteering in the NHS. It’s allowed NHS workers across the country to register their interest in these care packages, which means we’ve been able to distribute them up and down the country through the courier service UPS.

Here, three frontline heroes who have received a Fabulous NHS Care Package share their stories.

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‘PPE has been giving me a rash and sore nose’

Hannah Jerman, 25, is an A&E staff nurse at Homerton University Hospital in London.

“A&E is always fast – but it’s been a different kind of fast during this crisis. Patients with Covid-19 can become unwell extremely quickly, so you have to be able to react to it with speed and get all hands on deck. It’s emotionally draining, too, which has been the hardest part for most staff.

“We’ve never had to deal with so many patients dying so quickly, and there are more deaths than we’ve ever witnessed before. Normally in A&E we see patients briefly, then either fix them or send them home or on to another department where they’ll be treated. Now, we send them to the ward knowing that many are going to die.

“We see a lot of patients giving up because they just don’t have the energy to get better and they’re deflated knowing that they’re not going to see their families while in hospital.

“We spend a lot of time hand-holding and sitting at bedsides. For anyone who’s going to pass away, we’ve made sure that there’s someone there. And it’s not just the nurses doing that – the doctors have been amazing at stepping in to do this, too, as they’ve followed the patients’ journeys.

“A couple of weeks ago, I had quite a tough week and was thinking: ‘Is this ever going to end?’

“But – in London at least – it looks as though we’re through the worst of it for now. We’re starting to get back to dealing with more normal problems, but we still have to wear PPE as everyone has to be treated as if they might have the virus.

“We wear masks all day and the PPE is very sweaty. I’ve had a lot of breakouts on my skin and was getting rashes, a red sore nose and dry chin. I also wash my hair every day now because of the sweat.

“So when our care packages came in, everyone was saying how amazing it was and it lifted our spirits.

“The Hawaiian Tropic Aftersun was very useful for my rare days off when I got out in the sun, and the Nip+Fab mask was a lovely treat for my sore face at the weekend.

“It really boosted the morale within our department.”

‘I was so ill from Covid I thought I might die – but I still wanted to lift my colleagues’ spirits’

Maria Sansevero, 54, is a healthcare assistant at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

“I work in the hospital’s respiratory assessment unit, which was created to battle the virus. One day we were doing our normal jobs, but within 24 hours it was completely different. We got new work hours, new ways of wearing our uniforms, and then PPE, as well as caring for seriously ill patients. It was mentally exhausting having to adapt to an alien environment overnight. Covid patients come straight into our unit.

“They are triaged, have their bloods taken, ECGs, X-rays and then decisions are made about where they need to go. It can be quite a long process and they can end up staying for a long time before they get a bed on a ward.

“For staff, the shifts are very long and wearing PPE is so hot and sweaty. I’m at an age where I have menopause symptoms, so it’s not been much fun. When you are wearing personal protective equipment, it’s really hard because there is a barrier between you and patients, but you can still hold someone’s hand and chat to them.

“I came down with Covid-19 a few weeks ago. I had to self-isolate with my partner and daughter and really struggled for about ten days. My whole body had so many aches and pains, I felt like I was 150 years old. I couldn’t get out of bed. At one point, I honestly thought I might die.

“While I was ill I was thinking about my colleagues and I got so upset, as I just wished there was something I could do to lift their spirits. That’s when I came across the Fabulous campaign and immediately thought it would be great for my hospital. I work with the best team in the country.

“We were overwhelmed to receive the goodie bags. I love the hand cream and moisturiser to help soothe the redness from the masks. It really does make everyone feel that they are valued and that someone cares.”

‘Wearing tinted lip balm under our masks boosts morale!’

Alice Wolverson, 26, is a staff nurse at University College London Hospital.

“We are supposed to be a brain tumour unit, but since the crisis we’ve turned into a Covid ward. It’s been a tough environment to work in – London is one of the areas with the most cases and deaths – but I have a great team. We’ve all pulled together like one big family, supporting each other.

“We do 12 1/2-hour shifts. We’re not allowed water bottles on the ward and we don’t even have access to a toilet there. We have to get changed out of PPE if we leave the ward. We wear the protective equipment the whole time and we get so hot and sweaty.

“Wearing PPE is like constantly being on my period – we’ve all got spots on our faces that won’t go away, as well as sore skin from the masks.

“On my way home after one night shift a woman came up to me and said: ‘I can tell you’re a nurse because your face is all marked. I just want to say thank you for everything you’re doing.’

“The lines from the PPE stay on your face for a few hours after work, so getting things such as the face masks have been an absolute godsend. There was so much in the goodie bags that I’ve been able to distribute to staff on most of the wards in the hospital.

“When you’ve been sweating in PPE all shift you don’t feel very nice, so using the face wipes we’ve been given makes a huge difference. We’ve also received some tinted lip balms. You can’t see much of each other under the masks but, just like when you go to a job interview and put on your best underwear, it helps you feel good on the inside and it keeps morale up. I especially loved the Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and the Dermalogica UltraCalming Trio Pack.

“After a long shift, I’m always worried about bringing the virus home to my boyfriend. And even if lockdown finishes it will still be a long time before it’s safe for me to see my grandparents and other family.

“We’re feeling a little bit down at the minute, but these packages have definitely made a difference.”

Thank you!

BIG thanks to all the brands that have donated:

7th Heaven, Alpha-H, Argentum Apothecary, Baylis & Harding, Bioré, Bondi Sands, British Airways, Bubu Skincare, Bulldog, Burt’s Bees, Cetraben, Coco & Eve, Coty, Crabtree & Evelyn, Curaprox, Dermalogica, Dove, Dr Hauschka, Dr Pawpaw, Egyptian Magic, Elizabeth Arden, Emma Hardie, EOS, Essence, Floral Street, Fudge Professional, Guava & Gold, Hask, Hawaiian Tropic, Impulse, Institut Esthederm, John Frieda, Kate Somerville, Lacura, Latest In Beauty, L’Occitane, Lynx, MegRhythm, Mitchum, Molton Brown, Monat, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Neom, Nessa Organic, Nspa, Nursem, OGX, Ouai, Palmer’s, Percy & Reed, Philosophy, Polished London, Proto-col, Ren, Salcura, Tan Luxe, Ted Baker, Toni & Guy, Tracie Giles, Wilkinson Sword, XO Balm.

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More than 100 goats invade neighborhood after escaping enclosure

About 200 rogue goats took over a California neighborhood this week after they escaped from their enclosure, video of the wild episode shows.

The invaded an east San Jose neighborhood Tuesday evening after one of them somehow tapped an electric fence while munching on flowers, local resident Terry Roelands told KNTV.

Then the boards on the fence broke, setting the goats loose, Roelands said.

“I’m dead,” Roelands’ son Zach tweeted. “When I got back from the store all the goats had broken through the fence and were [wreaking] havoc on our street.”

“This is the craziest thing to happen all quarantine,” he added.

Zach told The Mercury News the goats were rounded up quickly, but munched on neighbors’ potted plants during their jailbreak and left behind a trail of droppings.

Terry Roelands told KNTV the hill behind his home caught on fire about 15 years ago and since then, goats are used a few times each year to eat their way through the brush.


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Matt Hancock makes £100 charity bet that UK will meet 100k testing target by end of April – The Sun

MATT Hancock has made a £100 wager that he will get his testing target of 100,000 daily swabs by the end of April.

LBC host Nick Ferrari offered to give a charity of the Health Secretary's choosing a cheque for £100 if the Health Secretary met his own testing targets.

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Mr Ferrari asked Mr Hancock: "Are you prepared to have a £100 wager, and I will never be happier to write a cheque for £100, are you prepared to have a £100 bet when you deliver 100,000 tests on May 1st?"

Mr Hancock replied: "I've got enough riding on this already Nick… (but) let's do it for Hospice UK."

The Health Secretary said he was working hard to get testing numbers up but that there are "no guarantees in life".

Mr Hancock has been dogged by criticism over failing to meet testing targets, and as of yesterday had only reached 37,024 swabs being carried out daily.

He set himself a target of 100,000 by the end of April earlier this month in an attempt to prove the Government was ramping up daily testings numbers.

He has blamed a lack of demand for the low testing numbers and has continually said the "capacity is there" for any key workers that need it.

Last week Mr Hancock announced around 10 million key workers from the NHS and care staff to police officers, firefighters, journalists and supermarket staff would be able to get tests through a new online portal if they needed one.

But yesterday, home tests kits online were unavailable only an hour after new slots were released.

It was the fourth day in a row sick Brits were unable to get a hold of the tests they need through the portal.

10,000 home testing kits were ordered yesterday through the site.

British Medical Association chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said yesterday there was no point setting up the online booking system if it didn't have enough capacity.

He said: "What we found in the first two days was that within an hour the bookings had all been taken up, and therefore offered no practical help for large numbers of healthcare staff."

"If the Government wants healthcare workers to have access to the test, it has to be in the context or providing adequate capacity, not a 'first come, first served' and closing within an hour."

"That's not delivering on the needs of our health and care staff."

Dr Nagpaul added the testing capacity was "well, well short" of the number of healthcare staff currently self-isolating.

The home testing kits are crucial for care workers who are more spread out across the country, often in remote locations.

They are also important for people who are too sick to get to a drive through centre.

Chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) Professor Peter Horby said there would need to be a huge increase in testing in order to be ready for the Government's new focus on tracking and tracing new cases.

He said it would be would be a "real logistical challenge".

Nervtag is one of the groups advising ministers on the coronavirus crisis.

Professor Horby told BBC Radio 4 yesterday: "The test and trace capabilities are really going to be critical as we come out of lockdown.

"We will have to be able to test all those people (declaring via apps that they are displaying symptoms) and it is really a matter of scale and speed.

"One issue is how many tests we need, and if we are looking at 1,000 to 5,000 new cases per day of people with symptoms, of which 5 to 25 per cent may have COVID, then you are talking about 25,000 to 100,000 tests a day."

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Cops ‘handing out $100 fines to anyone walking wrong direction on sidewalk’ during coronavirus lockdown in Boston town – The Sun

A TOWN in Massachusetts is trying to crack down on the coronavirus spread — so they’re fining anyone who walks the “wrong way” on the sidewalk, according to their new rules.

Officials in Beverly, a suburb of Boston, are asking residents to practice social distancing by walking on sidewalks, located near a nearby beach, that face vehicle traffic.

Those who don’t follow the rule can face a $100 fine.

Beverly Police Chief John LeLacheur told WFXT: “In monitoring the area we noticed there was a tremendous amount of traffic with people walking into each other.”

“[So], we had to make changes we had to come up with ideas. [The new rule] gives people the opportunity to keep that six-foot distance.”

The rule applies to more than a half-mile stretch of the popular Lothrop Street along the beach, between Hale and Stone Streets.

Signs with information about the new rule have been posted on poles throughout the town, and police have put up a flashing sign that warns residents to “walk against traffic.”

The police chief said the town’s board of health issued an emergency order to allow police to cite those who don’t comply with the policy.

“We’re hoping we never have to go there, [that] people are being compliant," LeLacheur told the news outlet.

“All the comments we’ve gotten so far have been positive – now that they know this is what we’re asking them to do they’re doing it.”

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has issued a statewide stay-at-home order, and recently extended it until May 4.

The order has closed nonessential businesses and limits social gatherings to 10 people or less.

"The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in this battle," the governor recently said. "Everyone needs to play their part. People need to stay at home as much as possible."

But despite the order and the coronavirus outbreak, police in Beverly say the area along the beach has been popular among residents.

LeLacheur says officers have stepped up patrols around the area and have explained to people why the rule is in place.

Local officials in Brookline, which is closer to Boston, are reportedly considering a temporary expansion of some sidewalks.

Authorities are considering making some streets one-way, which would allow one lane to be used for more walking space or a place to ride bikes.

As of Friday afternoon, Essex County, where Beverly is located, had more than 2,330 coronavirus cases, and at least 50 people have died from the virus.

The state of Massachusetts has nearly 19,000 cases and more than 500 total deaths.

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