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This tiny Canadian e-commerce startup raised $2 million entirely over Zoom to offer try-before-you-buy fashion during coronavirus

E-commerce platform Blackcart is set to launch later this month having raised $2 million in venture funding, solely over Zoom, during the coronavirus pandemic. The try-before-you-buy fashion startup has fast-tracked its launch process with Covid-19 closing physical clothes stores across North America. “We were going to keep the platform in beta for a few more […]

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Major pharma companies rejected a 2017 EU proposal that could let vaccines for viruses like the coronavirus be developed before an outbreak

A 2017 proposal that would speed up vaccine production in the EU was blocked by major pharmaceutical companies, The Guardian reported. The proposal would fund improvements to testing, potentially allowing approval to be fast-tracked and for vaccines against viruses like the novel coronavirus to be developed before an outbreak begins. But it was rejected by […]

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Gucci announces plans to cut back to 2 fashion shows a year as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the luxury fashion industry

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele plotted out a new direction for the brand in a series of diary entries, which were shared on Gucci’s Instagram account over the weekend. Michele said that he would abandon the traditional fashion calendar and move to a seasonless schedule. The pandemic is forcing luxury brands to rethink their strategies […]

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Word Game: May 25, 2020

TODAY’S WORD — OMICRON (OMICRON: AHM-ih-kron: The 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.) Average mark 13 words Time limit 25 minutes Can you find 17 or more words in OMICRON? The list will be published tomorrow. SATURDAY’S WORD — URBANITY unit unitary unity urban rain rainy rani rant ruby ruin runt runty bait barn binary […]

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Bridge: May 25, 2020

Unlucky Louie denies that life is like a box of chocolates. He says that in his case it’s like a jar of jalapeno peppers. Louie was today’s South. His cue bid of two spades conventionally promised length in hearts and a minor suit. North’s 4NT asked which minor. At five diamonds, Louie took the ace […]

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‘We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here’: New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern was unfazed when an earthquake hit during a live interview

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was speaking live on TV when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit on Monday morning. Ardern seemed unflustered, noting to the interviewer: “We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here, Ryan. Quite a decent shake here.” Ardern said not to worry if it looked like the building was moving […]